Excessively Oily Skin - Any advice?

  1. Does anyone else here have a problem with extremely oily skin? I got more oil than Exxon on my face alone. I have acne prone skin which probably comes from the oiliness. In the summer its really bad, usually within an hour of washing my face and powdering up, my face is slick with oil. It seems to be getting worse every year.

    I have a derm that I go to but she really doesn't seem to have an idea on how to lessen the oiliness, besides suggesting accutane. Any advice would be great appreciated.
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  3. by   txspadequeenRN
    I just solved this problem for myself. I went to the clinique counter told the lady my problem and she gave me face lotion #3. The stuff works ,I noticed a hugh difference the first day. And I notice that if I miss a day or so Im back to oily. I use it morning prior to make up and after I wash my face at night. I also use the clinique bar soap Im sure that helps to . Both products are great and I do highly recommend. Both cost me around 20.00... Good luck




    Quote from PickMePlze
    Does anyone else here have a problem with extremely oily skin? I got more oil than Exxon on my face alone. I have acne prone skin which probably comes from the oiliness. In the summer its really bad, usually within an hour of washing my face and powdering up, my face is slick with oil. It seems to be getting worse every year.

    I have a derm that I go to but she really doesn't seem to have an idea on how to lessen the oiliness, besides suggesting accutane. Any advice would be great appreciated.
  4. by   FutureNurse2005
    i second clinique!!! very costly, but worth it!!
  5. by   RN-PA
    Once the heat and humidity hits, I'm shining continually-- and I'm 48!!! (They'll be powdering my face in my casket, I swear!) But I'm also fairly shiny throughout the year, an hour or two after applying make-up.

    I was on Accutane years ago and that's the only time I didn't have oily skin, but it's pretty extreme medication to be on for oily skin unless you're battling cystic acne as well.

    In our local beauty supply store, I recently found something to help with the shine: Facial blotting papers. They come 150 to a pack and they absorb oil and eliminate shine without disturbing make-up. They're really thin, almost translucent paper, 4 1/2 x 3 1/2 inches. (The brand name is "Victoria Vogue".)

    I use an oil-free moisturizer by Neutrogena for my dry facial areas and an oil-free liquid foundation by Prescriptives. If I use an astringent before applying make-up, my skin gets irritated and eventually gets dry and flaky. But I will check into the Clinique face lotion #3 that txspadequeen921 mentioned. I'll try anything at this point.
  6. by   barefootlady
    I have not tried this, but friend swears by this, she washes her face once a day with salt added to her lather. She says it is really good and her grandmother did this for her whole life and she had lovely skin. She moistens skin, works up a lather, adds about a teaspoon of salt, works it throughly over her face, rinses in warm water and pats dry. Let me know if it works.
  7. by   Havin' A Party!
    Have had this all my life. Good news for ya: The positive side of things is that everyone tells me I look more than 15 years younger than I am.

    Through the years, I've washed my face up to five times a day, and contributed a ton to the benzoyl peroxide industry. Oiliness has slowed a little in the last year. But still use BP (10%) at least daily.

    Went to the dermatologist a long time ago and was told accutane was not the way to go. (Never had a bad case of acne, just oil galore.)

    For many years, I've carried a very soft, cotton handkerchief which I use to pat my face periodically during the day (and night!).

    My dad had the same condition and was complimented on his skin up to his early 80s when he passed.
  8. by   PickMePlze
    Quote from LarryG
    Have had this all my life. Good news for ya: The positive side of things is that everyone tells me I look more than 15 years younger than I am.

    Through the years, I've washed my face up to five times a day, and contributed a ton to the benzoyl peroxide industry. Oiliness has slowed a little in the last year. But still use BP (10%) at least daily.

    Went to the dermatologist a long time ago and was told accutane was not the way to go. (Never had a bad case of acne, just oil galore.)

    For many years, I've carried a very soft, cotton handkerchief which I use to pat my face periodically during the day (and night!).

    My dad had the same condition and was complimented on his skin up to his early 80s when he passed.
    My mom had oily skin and she's 62 w/o a wrinkle on her face. That's great and all, but I hate shining like a light bulb all the time.

    I use Clean and Clear Blotting Sheets (I can use up to 3 in one blotting session). I'm also on Retin A Micro. I guess this is something I have to live with.
  9. by   EmeraldNYL
    Clean and Clear oil blotting sheets are the bomb!!! (And they don't mess up makeup!)
  10. by   Koalablue
    The only thing I have found that successfully combated oily skin is being on the pill! Diane 35 to be exact. Now obviously thats not necessarily an option for everyone, but it makes a major difference for me - one of the side effects of that pill is it does wonderful things for skin (it does wonderful things for preventing pregnancy too, an added bonus lol)

    Once on that pill I went from having to wash my hair twice day, morning and night (or risk looking like I was caught in an oil spill somewhere when I woke up in the morning) to being able to wash every second day. Though I still prefer to do it daily..I just dont *have* to anymore. And my skin is just right....not too oily, and not too dry. It's a blessing, I tell ya!
  11. by   PickMePlze
    Quote from Koalablue
    The only thing I have found that successfully combated oily skin is being on the pill! Diane 35 to be exact. Now obviously thats not necessarily an option for everyone, but it makes a major difference for me - one of the side effects of that pill is it does wonderful things for skin (it does wonderful things for preventing pregnancy too, an added bonus lol)

    Once on that pill I went from having to wash my hair twice day, morning and night (or risk looking like I was caught in an oil spill somewhere when I woke up in the morning) to being able to wash every second day. Though I still prefer to do it daily..I just dont *have* to anymore. And my skin is just right....not too oily, and not too dry. It's a blessing, I tell ya!
    How do you get Diane 35? I've heard that its not available in the U.S. I'm on Orthotricyclen right now and when I first started taking it, it worked great but now its not doing anything.
  12. by   PickMePlze
    Quote from Koalablue
    The only thing I have found that successfully combated oily skin is being on the pill! Diane 35 to be exact. Now obviously thats not necessarily an option for everyone, but it makes a major difference for me - one of the side effects of that pill is it does wonderful things for skin (it does wonderful things for preventing pregnancy too, an added bonus lol)

    Once on that pill I went from having to wash my hair twice day, morning and night (or risk looking like I was caught in an oil spill somewhere when I woke up in the morning) to being able to wash every second day. Though I still prefer to do it daily..I just dont *have* to anymore. And my skin is just right....not too oily, and not too dry. It's a blessing, I tell ya!
    How do you get Diane 35? I've heard that its not available in the U.S. I'm on OrthoTricyclen but it doesnt do anything for oiliness or acne.
  13. by   Gompers
    I love those blotting papers, too! Used to use the C&C blue ones but I've switched to rice papers instead. They're a little cheaper, and they have powder on one side so you get a nice matte finish afterwards. There are various brands, and you can get them at either nice stores like Crabtree & Evelyn, or at the drugstore in the aisle where they sell make-up brushes and stuff.

    I had oily skin and bad acne ever since puberty, so I tried all the products out there. Hated the stuff from the dermatologist - between Retin-A and 20% benzoil peroxide, my skin looked red and disgusting. Used the over the counter stuff, the Mary Kay stuff, the Avon stuff, etc. Finally switched to plain old Cetaphil. NOTHING else. No deep cleansers, no toners, no oil-controllers, no acne creams. Just Cetaphil. After about a month, my skin was less oily (less overproduction of oil because Cetaphil doesn't change your skin's pH balance or dry it out) and clearing up. Once in a while, if I feel really yucky like if I fall asleep in my makeup, I'll use the Cetaphil facial cleanser for oily skin, just because I do feel I need a deeper cleansing at those times. But 90% of the time I use the original formula. If I feel a little dry in the cheeks - it happens now that I'm less oily - I'll actually use the cleanser without water. You just massage it into your skin and then wipe with a cloth or cotton pad.
  14. by   Cherish
    Clinique#3 is VERY good, and it does very well on ethnic skin too! You can buy the soap, cleanser, toner, and lotion for around 25.00-30.00 for the whole thing. My mom uses it, and has been using it since I was 8 (13yrs ago)! I also use it, have been using it on and off for about 3 yrs, and think it does its job.

    When I was in highschool (5yrs ago) I was also on Accutane for a 6-8mth session. I only suggest you use it if you have moderate-severe acne, or if you have cystic acne (large acne-cyst like). You CAN NOT become pregnant on this medicine because your baby will be born with brain damage or deformities. That's why you have to be on a form of birth control and blood tested every month to make sure your not pregnant. After Accutane, I have NEVER had a cystic acne break out, I get the occasional 1 or 2 pimples around my period but thats the only time (besides FINALS)! My pores also shrunk and my oily skin has become combination-normal skin now.

    Talk to your dermatologist (if you EVER get a soon enough appt.). They can suggest a medicine or product that you can use. Hope everything goes well
    Last edit by Cherish on Jun 11, '04

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