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Skin Care For Oily Faces

Dear Sugar
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.

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Cece5 Cece5 11 years
Well, I used to have a similar issue. I tried every product almost on the market and they all just wouldn't work and it was costing me a fortune. One day I decided to try this line of products called AcneFree and let me just tell you it is fabulous! Its a three step system like ProActive but it actually works wonders! You can pick it up for about 20$ at your local Walgreens, Eckerds, CVS or Walmart. The first step to use is the cleansing wash, the second is a toner and the last is the topical medicine. It really has helped balance my oily and sometimes dry skin. And when I get a blemish it takes it away overnight. But overall it should clear up your face and balance it out in about 3 weeks total. (you will have noticeable differences in just a couple days too) If you can't run to the local store try where they sell the whole line. Also if you get alot of spot pimples try the terminator that takes away most of my pimples in a couple of hours. I really recommend the AcneFree products because it has really helped me feel better about myself because I was a 20 year old still with this terrible skin. So write me back and tell me what you tried and what worked for you! Good Luck Acne Prone Andie!!
nomerz nomerz 11 years
I am in school right now to be an esthetician and Dermalogica is the product line we use. I have combo skin so I use the Anti-Bac cleanser and it's awesome! It makes my skin so soft and doesn't dry me out. Love it.
ethiopian_princess ethiopian_princess 11 years
I think you should buy (or just go to bookstore and read) the skin care type book because then there's no guess work. Each type is specific to texture, tendency to pigment, sensitivity, oiliness or lack of it, etc. I've heard it's wonderful, but I haven't really had a face wash that I disliked. Maybe it's because I moisturize a lot. Even oily skin needs some of that tlc. If your skin is dry from those drying products, your face will just self-moisturize which you don't want.
aphrodite aphrodite 11 years
I have oily acne-prone skin and have tried almost everything. I tried the Dermatologica stuff. Even though it's such a harsh cleanser (as most for oily skin are), my acne didn't clear up and my skin seemed oilier and really tight. I do agree that salicylic acid is great for oily acne-prone skin though. I adore DDF-Salicylic Wash 2%. You can get it at Sephora. Their Breakout Foam Cleanser is great, too. I alternate the two and also use their Pumice Acne Scrub twice a week. For a moisturizer I use Keihl's Sodium PCA Oil-Free Moisturizer. It's light and your skin will soak it up right away. It doesn't aggravate my acne and keeps the oil in check all day. Good luck!
My-Opinion My-Opinion 11 years
Does anyone know much about Bare Essentials? I thought about ordering it..
TruJrzyGirl TruJrzyGirl 11 years
Hmmmmmmmmmmm .... I'll have to try that Kiehls ... I use Clinique right now- it's ok, but I've recently started breaking out a lot. Maybe it's the season ??
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