Help! I'm suddenly harboring an oil well on my face!

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Registered: 06-03-2005
Help! I'm suddenly harboring an oil well on my face!
Thu, 08-08-2013 - 9:48pm

When I was in my teens I had super, super dry skin. I'm going to say it lasted pretty much up until about 3 years ago. Now (I'm 35) it's nothing but oil. It's gross. I've tried oil wash, most recently Neutrogena Deep Clean Long-Last Shine Control which states:

Guaranteed to combat oil and control shine, Neutrogena Deep Clean® Long-Last Shine Control Cleanser/Mask goes deep down to pores to clear out impurities and absorbing built-up oil at the source. Plus, patent-pending rice protein technology acts like a microsponge to continue absorbing excess oil for long-lasting, fresh, breathable skin.

Use as a Daily Cleanser to clear away pore-clogging impurities and absorb surface oil.

Use as an intensive 3-Minute Mask to thoroughly absorb shine-causing oil. You'll feel the cooling intensity build as it goes deep down.

So effective, the multi-action formula instantly absorbs 85% of built-up oil that can clog pores and lead to excess shine – for clear, fresh, breathable skin for hours. 

Does not work. At least, by the end of hour one, I've got shiny, shiny skin that I can wipe. :/ I just bought the oil absorbing papers to help out. But come on, there has to be an easier way.

I want to clarify that I'm not having breakouts (miraculously). It's just the shine and oil I'm concerned about. If I'm out and look in the mirror, I'm horrified.

Would love some input. Maybe special makeup? Anything! LOL

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Registered: 08-25-2006

A couple ideas.

You may want to try an oil absorbing moisturizer or similar product that you apply after you have cleansed. 

Also, skin care generally falls into varying steps.  Cleanse, exfoliate (scrub or mask, twice a week), tone or refresh (liquid, varying ingredients depending on skin type), moisturize then protect (foundation).  Other anti-aging or acne treatment all fall after cleansing and before protect. 

Another thing to consider.  Sometimes, we inadvertantly cause our skin to produce oil by using products for oily skin.  It is possible that the cleanser or other products you are using might be too "strong." 

You can check around, but I know that Mary Kay makes a oil-mattifier that can be applied not only in the morning, but anytime during the day, even over your foundation or powder.  I would consider talking to a direct selling company, or going to the counter at a department store.  There you will find people who are trained to help you, versus hunt and peck in the isles on your own. 

Before I got involved in the industry, I was using Nutregenia for oily or acne prone skin.  Come to find out after answering the profile questions, I needed a mix of products.  I didn't need everything I used to be for oily skin.  Think of how potent Proactive is.  Some people love it, and others say it fried their face.  After I started using an entire line of the same brand, and had someone help me figure out what to use, my face totally cleared up.

Doesn't mean someone who gets pimples won't still occasionally get a pimple, but that can be spot treated. 

How does your skin feel after you have cleansed?  If it feels tight or dry at all, then you need to change cleansers.  If your skin feels okay after cleansing, then you may want to add some kind of toner, but look at the ingredients.  You may or may not need acne treatment type (salicylic acid), but rather one with just alcohol.  Check how your face feels again.  Then you could try an oil-absorbing moisturizer and/or oil absorbing foundation. 

Enough out of me.  It may take a few tries to get it right, so again, you may want to investigate a direct selling company or go to a counter.

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