I'm in search of a good skin care line. I have tried everything from Clinique and Proactive to Mario Badescu, etc... I have oily skin with frequent breakouts. I thought I would have outgrown this problem by now but it doesn't seem to be getting any better. Dear Acne Prone Andie
Dear Dear Acne Prone Andie
Your oil glands are working overtime. If your skin is shiny and your pores are clogged, causing blackheads, whiteheads, and zits then you need a plan. Try washing your face twice a day with a non-detergent cleanser.
I like Kiehls Foaming Non-Detergent Washable Cleanser. It's suitable for combination or oily skin. It's gentle enough not to irritate your skin, but strong enough to remove the nasty dirt and oil and from your face.
If you are really breaking out a lot, then you need a cleanser and lotion that contains salicylic acid to clear out those pores. Dermatalogica Anti-Bac Skin Wash is fantastic.
Dermatalogica's Oil Control Lotion is feather light. It contains mini micro-sponges to absorb oil throughout the day, reducing shine and providing a smooth, matte finish.
Another option is to try using a glycolic face wash/lotion. The glycolic acid gently exfoliates and works as a preventative agent to clear out your pores. Try Peter Thomas Roth's Glycolic 3% Facial Wash . I love his products.
Lastly, if you are taking all of these strides for clearer skin, then you don't want to slap on make up that's going to reverse the effects. Try
Almay's Clear Complexion Liquid Make Up . It's an oil free blemish healing make up foundation that also contains salicylic acid.
Have you gone to see a dermatologist to get a skin analysis? Sometimes we think we have oily skin and really is combination skin so you wind up buying products that aren't suited for your skin type. That may be a good idea before you start spending on all of these goodies.