My face was incredibly dry all winter and then all of a sudden. So. Much. Oil. Also, I’ve been breaking out like crazy. I’ve never had such skin problems and do not how to handle/correct them. Can you offer any advice and product suggestions?
Thanks in advance, JTC
Isn’t that the worst? Every few years, I experience the same issue, and it is so infuriating.
My first piece of advice would be to see a dermatologist. Things like hormonal changes or diet can effect your skin profoundly, and it might be good to see a professional.
As for my lay person’s opinion, it all starts with face wash. You want one that removes oil, but doesn’t over-dry the skin. I recently discovered Erno Laszlo’s Oil Control Cleansing Bar. It’s a bit pricey at $45, but seems to last must longer than liquid face wash. And it does a great job of removing oil without turning your face into a desert.
My second tip would be to wash both at night and in the morning. Some women skip the morning cleanse, but it is so important for oily skin.
Fourth, you need to choose the right moisturizer. I would recommend two products: belif Oil Control Lotion and Skin Rescue Oil-Free Mattifying Gel Moisturizer. Both will give your skin a drink without leaving it bathed in oil.
Lastly, you need a primer. Bare Minerals Prime Time primer is a lightweight spray-on formula. It controls oil production and keeps skin matter throughout the day. And if primer isn’t enough to keep your makeup in place, augment it with Urban Decay’s Oil Slick setting spray.
If all of this fails, you can try an oil control serum. A friend with very oily skin recommends this Paula’s Choice ‘Skin Balancing’ serum. She says if you can only afford the serum or food, buy the serum.
Have a product to recommend? Leave your thoughts in the comments.