Large Pores, Oily but Dry Skin
Hello everyone. I need help. I am 21 with very strange skin. I guess you would call it combination; it is very dry around the cheek areas and a bit on my forehead but it gets extremely oily throughout the day. I have tiny bumps on my forehead that appear to be acne under my skin. I do not really break out anywhere else, however, the bumps on my forehead do not clear up! I had my son 7 months ago so I understand that may have somethign to do with it. They are so irritating, I have tried a MILLION products to clear them up and absolutely nothing has worked. I've tried different cleansers, toners, masks, moisturizers. But the problem is, it always feels dry even after moisturizer but then gets very oily.
I also have very very very large pores around my nose and on my cheeks that seem to be so apparent. I would really like a smooth complexion. I have tried at least 10 different foundations; liquids, powders, loose, minerals. I have tried endless primers, sprays, creams, etc. Needless to say, I have spent quite a pretty penny trying to a) clear my face and b) hide my pores for my than 10 minutes after applying my face makeup. Right now, I kinda skipped a lot of my products and have only been using a clay mask (3x week), a very light cleanser and moisturizer as my daily routine to see if my skin will tolerate that instead of other harsh products. I am also limiting my foundation to just a tinted moisturizer and some powder but my cheeks are very red and I do love my full coverage at times.
I just want minimized pores and a smooth complexion and for these darn bumps to get off my forehead! Please help and thanks for taking the time to read this.
I'm not an expert, but the bumps may be milia. I suggest going to a professional who knows way more about skincare than I do but in the mean time maybe check out a woman named Caroline Hirons. She has a blog called Beautymouth.com. On the side of her blogg are these 'cheat sheets' and one of them addresses milia.
I have found that she has a wealth of knowledge. For example, I have acne prone skin and foaming cleansers are the last thing I should be using on my skin and those are always the ones I pick up. Maybe Caroline may be able to answer some of those questions.