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MicheyChristine
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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Apocalyptica
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Hi there, I have very similar skin as you do. Very oily and occasionally dry in certain places. I've had acne for years and years and tried just about everything including proscribed topicals and over the counters reccomended by dermatologists. I had honestly given up hope of finding something to work for my skin. I even avoid putting anything on my face make up wise other than eye primer, eyeshadow, eyeliner and lip products.

 

When I found Sephora I also ended up finding Origins. One of the stores in my area is very close to an Origins and they were offering free mini facials. I started going there once every week or two for the facials and they made a HUGE improvement in my skin! I had pretty bad black heads on my nose with visible pores and through the facials those along with the redness of my face and bumps decreased dramatically!

 

I purchased their Charcoal Mask and use it two or three times a week, depending on my oiliness and their Modern Friction face wash as well as their Checks and Balances face wash to rotate use. I recently purchased a Sephora Collection Face Complexion Brush for $3 on clearance and used it for the first time today and it was absolutely amazing! My sister who is a cosmetologist suggested I start moisturizing daily as well to help fight the oil so I will be trying out Origins A Perfect World™ SPF 25 Age-Defense Moisturizer with White Tea and VitaZing™ SPF 15 Energy-Boosting Moisturizer with Mangosteen. 

 

The reason I love Origins so much is because their products are organic and 100% natural. Can't ask for anything better than that.

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