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Hiya there,

I want to officially file a complaint about my skin! It's been annoying me for years and I thought that it'd get better once the worst of puberty was over, but no such luck.

Here's the deal: my skin is really horrid in that it's both flaky and greasy at the same time. So using moisturiser to get rid of the dryness and flakiness makes me break out in pimples and makes my skin unbearably oily, but I can't properly do make-up over the dry skin either, it looks awful. That's what I hate the most - that I can't even cover it up!

Now, I've given up dairy, I eat lots of fruit and veg, aim for 7 hours of sleep a night, don't smoke, drink buckets of water a day. What the heck am I still doing wrong! Does anyone else here have a skin as fickle as mine? How do you deal?


Meh, just needed to vent a litttle.
 

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Loads of women have combination skin. That's why you see all sorts of products marketed "for combination skin"


Are you possibly stuck in the over-cleaning, so your skin produces too much oil to overcompensate, trap?

I hate to say it, but I'm old so I can...you may find that it's gets better in a couple of years.
 

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Loads of women have combination skin. That's why you see all sorts of products marketed "for combination skin"


Are you possibly stuck in the over-cleaning, so your skin produces too much oil to overcompensate, trap?

I hate to say it, but I'm old so I can...you may find that it's gets better in a couple of years.
The problem is that I always hear that the common thing is an oily t-zone (chin, forehead, nose) and dry everywhere else, but with me it's everywhere at the same time - can't win


I'm very basic in my washing routine. Warm water, occasionally some oatmeal with warm water. It cleans well enough, but doesn't moisturize much - but all moisturizers so far have only made my skin more oily or didn't help at all :/
 

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Make sure your moisturizer is oil-free. Surprisingly, some moisturizers contain ingredients that can clog your pores.


Also, you might try steaming your face once or twice a week. My boyfriend does it, he puts lemon slices and tea tree oil in the water and leans over the bowl of boiling hot water with a towel over his head for about 4 minutes. It does wonders for his skin (and that is saying something because he's a major fuss-pot).
 

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So far I've tried several moisturizers by LUSH because I love them and they're mostly vegan, but they are often on the basis of almond oil and such - think I'll have to switch!

And steaming sounds like a great idea! I'll give that a try. Is there anything besides tea tree oil I can use? I'm a little short of money right now and I wouldn't know where to organise it :/ Camomile perhaps?
 

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So far I've tried several moisturizers by LUSH because I love them and they're mostly vegan, but they are often on the basis of almond oil and such - think I'll have to switch!

And steaming sounds like a great idea! I'll give that a try. Is there anything besides tea tree oil I can use? I'm a little short of money right now and I wouldn't know where to organise it :/ Camomile perhaps?
Nah, you can just use clear water, then. After you've steamed, use a fresh facecloth and gently dry your skin. Splash your face with cool (as cold as you can handle) water to close up your pores. Never *rub* your skin dry, always pat dry!
 

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Kjesta, you are not alone. I too wish to file a complaint about the abysmal state of my skin. I think perhaps we should consider our own support group
 

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I also have combination skin and I use baking soda + water paste (cleans and exfoliates dead/dry skin) or Dr. Bronner's to wash and then use a witch hazel toner. I found other types of soaps really dried my skin out, lotions made me extremely oily and caused more breakouts as well. Using no lotion and avoiding drying soaps seems to work best for me. Sometimes I use a bit of cornstarch over my makeup as a powder if I'm going to be out of the house for a while because it absorbs the excess oils really well. Makeup powders didn't work for me, I was oily again within an hour or two. Cornstarch keeps me looking matte for much longer. For foundation, I use a mineral powder (Everyday Minerals) that was recommended to me by a VBer because liquid made me feel oily. They offer free samples of their foundations but I'm not sure if they ship to your area. My skin isn't perfect but it's much improved. The steaming technique sounds great, I'll have to try that.

Good luck to you, Kjesta, hope you find a method that works better for you!
 

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Here is what works for me (my skin is similar to yours):

Nothing. Once I stopped with the scrubbing and the slathering, my skin got better.
 

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Here is what works for me (my skin is similar to yours):

Nothing. Once I stopped with the scrubbing and the slathering, my skin got better.
Yeah I'm definitely guilty of getting frustrated with my skin and going overboard with products...scrubbing my face with harsh cleansers, applying topical ointment, etc.
Now I just wash with a bar of unscented soap, and apply coconut oil as a moisturizer...okay, I'm still guilty of over-applying topical ointment, but I'm trying
 

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Yeah I'm definitely guilty of getting frustrated with my skin and going overboard with products...scrubbing my face with harsh cleansers, applying topical ointment, etc.
Now I just wash with a bar of unscented soap, and apply coconut oil as a moisturizer...okay, I'm still guilty of over-applying topical ointment, but I'm trying
skin loves simplicity. It allows it to breathe and balance itself.
 

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That's about what I've been doing in the past years. Since no moisturizers or scrubs ever really improved things I generally went the simple way of clear water because I don't have much money to spend on creams and washes and blah that won't help anyway.
 

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I went off the pill and my skin become oily with break outs every now and again! I feel your pain as it is horrible to have bad skin!

DO U GET ROOIBOS tea bugs in shops? You put bags in hot water and steam your face and afterwards put tea bags on your eyes! Rooibos very good for skin! Let me know if u don't get it will post you some.

Less is best!

I do find dairy and alcohol esp red wine makes it worse,

Found tissue salt Calc Sulph Homeoforce 3 that you take 3 times a day works very well.
 

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I was using few to no products until just a couple years ago, it my skin was horrible. I'm better now that I'm using products.
I'm just too oily, and my skin can't deal with it. (Same with my hair, going without shampoo is just a disaster.)
Oh I use products, just not a lot of them. But combination skin is very different from oily skin, and I understand why someone with just oily skin would use more products to control that.

I'm lucky with my hair, I only need to wash it every four days.
 

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Is it possible to shrink pores?
No. Don't believe those advertisements for products that claim to do reduce pore size. It's genetic, just like the color of your eyes or hair.
 

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I really hate my skin.

Had it under control for ages; it was lovely and clear etc etc. Went out last Saturday & drunk some alcohol (not even as much as usual) ...the next day I woke up with that feeling of spots under the skin. Now I have a terribly cold and horrible spots, I get them around my mouth!?! And they get really, really sore. So ugly. PLUS i'm going on holiday very soon & now my face looks gross.
Sigh.
 

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I really hate my skin.

Had it under control for ages; it was lovely and clear etc etc. Went out last Saturday & drunk some alcohol (not even as much as usual) ...the next day I woke up with that feeling of spots under the skin. Now I have a terribly cold and horrible spots, I get them around my mouth!?! And they get really, really sore. So ugly. PLUS i'm going on holiday very soon & now my face looks gross.
Sigh.
For me the alcohol would've been the trigger for the acne. I have some weird alcohol allergy. Just a few sips and I will develop hive like cysts on my face. Have you noticed that you seem to break out after you drink?
 
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