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Oily and flaky skin? What do I do?

My skin is often flaky and oily at the same time. Sometimes it's really dry with skin flaking, and at other times it's oily. I breakout with blackheads and whiteheads all over my face. I have lare pores on my cheeks (beside my nose and inbetween my eyebrows).

I tried doing the skin test: where you wash your face, wait and then see how your skin looks and feels. My skin felt tight around my mouth, eyes and forehead, but when I looked at it, it wasn't dry or oily. However there was really minimal flaking on my nose and forehead.  

I don't know what to do! My skin is really confusing and I can't seem to get the right products (skincare and makeup). Someone help me? Thanks a lot. 

Re: Oily and flaky skin? What do I do?

Definitely exfoliate a few times a week!  Kate Somerville's is very highly rated and I use it myself.  It's also quite expensive (but worth it) but a smaller trial tube is offered.


For a moisturizer I recommend one from Clinique - either Moisture Surge or Superdefense SPF 25 as they are both great for combination skin types and have different formulas for different skin type combinations.!keyword=combin...



Re: Oily and flaky skin? What do I do?

How often do you exfoliate?


What is your current skin care regimen and what do you use? Do you have any sensitivities or preferences for formulas?

Re: Oily and flaky skin? What do I do?

I exfoliate every other day. Currently I use the Body Shop's Tee Tree Oil. But it's not working for me at all. I don't have any sensitivities or prefrences for fomulas.

Re: Oily and flaky skin? What do I do?

What are you using to exfoliate and aside from the Tea Tree Oil from TBS, what other products are you using for day/night?

Re: Oily and flaky skin? What do I do?

I use the Seaweed Pore-Cleansing exfoliator (TBS), and the toner that comes along with it. I use the Cetaphil moisturizer for day and night. 

Re: Oily and flaky skin? What do I do?

Do you use any other face wash aside from the exfoliator?

Re: Oily and flaky skin? What do I do?

I use the Tea Tree Oil Facial Wash

Re: Oily and flaky skin? What do I do?

After going over the products and their ingredients, with your skin type and issues here's what I can tell:


Tea Tree Oil Facial Wash -- contains sulfate, sulfates are detergents that provide the lathering sensation, but in excessive use, can dry out and strip skin of essential oils necessary to maintain proper balance. Though tea tree oil is a great natural antiseptic for acne prone skin (especially for those with sensitivities for stronger acne medications), the wash may be drying your skin out.


Tea Tree Oil Exfoliating Wash -- Exfoliating every other day may be over-doing it on your skin. Try to exfoliate just 1-2x a week. Though I understand the idea behind "scrubbing to get rid of dead/flaking skin, ergo, you link more exfoliating to less dry skin", exfoliating too often can throw the balance of your skin off by causing your skin to overproduce an abundance of skin cells because of the constant removal, sending signals to your skin of "Hey, we need to generate more skin cells to replace what's being taken away". For acne prone or break out prone skin, physical exfoliants can run the risk of being too rough or coarse, leading to irritation and inflammation as particles are tear and grinding at the skin and active break out areas. If you prefer physical based scrubs, try to go for one with gentle jojoba beads (Peter Thomas Roth Blemish Buffing Beads) or soft particles like sugar polymers (not granuals) like Boscia's Facial Smoothing Polish. Don't press or apply force/pressure when exfoliating, the physical particles are stimulating enough on their own, too much pressure and you can be tearing and ripping at the skin's delicate surface. Bostongirl made a good point with chemical based exfoliants. Chemical based exfoliants are acids or enzymes extracted normally from fruit or other sources. Glycolic acid (fruit enzymes) are the most commonly used and also clasified as an alpha hydroxy acid (AHA), other AHAs include lactic acid (dervitatives of milk proteins), and mandelic acid (derived from almonds). Beta hydroxy acid (BHA) is most commonly found sourced from salicylic acid, which is the most common acne fighting ingredient as it works to also purify pores. Willow bark/willow herb offer natural sources of salicylic acid. Look into PTR's Complexion Correction Pads (also available in a gentle formula) or PTR's Anti-Aging Gel Cleanser (combins AHA/BHA) for was of exfoliants that can be used at least once every other day. Chemical based exfoliants are more balanced and more suited for frequent use as they promote healthy cellular regeneration compared to physical scrubs which just remove topical layers of dead skin.


Tea Tree Oil Toner -- The second listed ingredient is alchol denat, which is indeed a type of drying alcohol to the skin rather than a beneficial one. Try Murad's Clarifying toner, which is alcohol free and contains witch hazel (a natural astringent that will keep pores clear/clean) and is packed with conditioning ingredients too as to not dry out the skin.


Cetaphil -- Cetaphil itself is great as a very basic, simplistic moisturizer, but if you're trying to combat issues at hand, it won't benefit you any because it's not meant to really assist or tackle those issues. It's one of those products that "won't make skin better, but won't make it worse either" in your case, so it might be better to find other moisturizers that will help you get a hang of the problems. PTR's Clini Matte SPF 20 lotion is great to mattify and control oil, minimize the appearance of pores, and give a vitamin/anti-oxidant boost to skin. It's important to use SPF in the day, especially if your skin is combating issues and problematic, when you don't use SPF, you leave your skin vulnerable to more/premature damage and harm. For night, look into either Ole Heriksen's Vitamin Plus (gives great hydration without a heavy formula) or the Invigorating Night Gel (light weight and helps combat dryness). 


P.S. Boscia's Black line has a great t-zone/refining serum, so does Murad's Vitalic line you might want to check out to keep pores clear of blackheads and break outs!


Re: Oily and flaky skin? What do I do?

Congratulations! You have oily, sticky skin. (Congratulate me, I have it too!) The good part about this is your skin is full of moisture so you're less likely to develop early wrinkles and lines. The bad part about this skin type is that it breaks out easily and can look dry.


There are 3 specific issues with your skin you need to address:


#1 - Sticky Skin: You're breaking out largely because your skin doesn't flake off the way most people's do. It takes longer for your skin to shed the dead skin cells, creating blockages in your pores and thus creating whitehead and black heads. For this problem, look for skincare that has a retinoid (Vitamin A) in it. It will slowly "reprogram" your cells to slough off dead skin quicker. It takes 3 months to kick in so be very patient, and don't overdo it! Increase usage slowly. You will see more flakes than you ever have before, but that's a good thing, it means your skin is starting to respond to the treatment.


#2 - Oil: Oil clogs pores. Clogged pores mean blackheads and white heads. You never want to dry out your skin to reduce oil. This will only communicate to your skin that it is dry and needs to produce more oil. For this problem, look for non-comedogenic (non breakout forming) light moisturizers and use it daily. The only way to really combat oil issues is by balancing it out with moisturizer. More artificial moisture, less natural oil moisture!


#3 - Exfoliation: Skin flaking means dead skin is staying on your face too long. You need to remove it so the retinoid and moisturizers can penetrate the skin's surface. For this problem, look for skincare that exfoliates skin with acids, a face wash or mask. A combination of AHA's and BHA's work best because they target both the inner and outer layers of the skin. I would stay away from physical exfoliators (washes with little particles in them) they can tear up your skin. A word of caution, do not mix the AHAs/BHAs and the retinoid together (it will mix up your normal skin pH balance). Instead use a face wash AHA/BHA exfoliator and a retinoid cream. Or use them on different days.


I would stay away from as much make up as possible when you're trying to get your skin balanced. As you know, makeup can really clog pores and dry you out. But if you have to wear it, stay clear of salicylic acid in makeup, it will dry you out more. Only wear noncomedogenic makeup, I've had great luck with Lorac and Makeup Forever. Hope this helps!! xox

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