Combination to Dry & back
I always had combination skin veering towards oiliness. As a teen I was constantly battling acne & accompanying scars. About a year and a half ago, I started some medication that had the side effect of drying out my skin. At that point I was unaware that this is a side effect of the meds, bombarded by anti-aging ads I was convinced that my dryness was a sign of aging. Scared that my skin had started to dry out so badly at 25, I was all about moisturising my skin. The good part was that my acne also went away, and my scars healed over time.
I stopped these meds about 3 months ago, but since I never once connected my skin dryness to it, I continued with my high moisture regime. Disaster stuck - I got acne & lots of it!.. My skin was suddenly oily!
I was confused, I initially thought I was reacting to some product I had used - untill I googled for the med's side effects. Suddenly it all made sense. But in any case, this change has necessitated a change in my regime.
I was really unequipped to deal with the acne & oiliness. Not wanting to experiment in case it makes the acne worse, I began small & started to use Cetaphil gentle cleanser only. After 2 weeks I managed to get some LUSH goodies.
This is my current regimen
1. Wash face with Lush Fresh Farmacy
1. Remove eyeliner & mascara with Jergens Face cream
2. Cleanse using Cetaphil Gentle cleanser
3. Apply Lush Cosmetic Warrior Mask for 20 mins.
4. Apply Cetaphil gentle moisturising lotion mixed with a drop of sesame oil. Let it absorb for an hour
5. Wipe off excess with Damp cotton.
This has certainly not stopped my acne. I'm still getting the odd one every week, but it has definitely resulted in lesser & smaller acne that heals faster, less inflammation & redness. My acne is generally very red & inflamed.
Makeup wise, I'm struggling with foundation - everything makes me oily by mid-day, including my trusty Ponds TM.. I find that I have to use a blotting paper twice during the day to prevent the grease face and that takes off most of my base, which I have to then re-apply.. :-P..
I have also reverted to using more of eyeliners as opposed to bright lip colors that seem to call & fight with attention with my red acne. Eyeliners on the other hand - seem to make my acne less obvious.
Calling out to all my oily skinned gals, I need your tips & reccos!! What do you do for foundation? and any zit busting lotion you swear by?