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. 

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Not sure if they are within the products you've tried, but I had tiny flesh colored bumps around my mouth and oily combination skin when I was 20ish. When I started using the Clinique regimen (7 day cream scrub, liquid soap for oily skin, toner 2, and Moisture Surge for oily skin), it miraculously cleared up and I had smooth skin with smaller pores. I use Origins Charcoal mask or Murad Clarifying mask when my skin feel particularly oily. I recommend you try that.


Right now I like BLISS Oxygen+C gel cream as moisturizer in the summer. It delivers a dose of antioxidants to your skin and pushes the oil out for me (I wake up oily, but I just wipe with damp towel and my skin is perfectly matte the whole day. For other gel/cream, I either wake up dry then get oily, or normal then get oily). For some people, the oily skin is the result of overcompensating when there's not enough moisture, in which case they go the opposite way with a beauty oil like Argan oil from Josie Maran or Maracuja oil from Tarte (I only use them in dry winter and they do not clog pores or irritate as long as you apply sparingly).


I try to control it through skincare so I haven't experimented with make up much. For me, the best mattifying primer is Benefit POREfessional, best foundation is MUFE Duo Mat powder, best finishing/touch up powder is Clinique Stay Matte.


Hope that helps, good luck!

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