Anyways, my skin was clear for about a year, and then about 3 months ago I started breaking out pretty badly, this time around my mouth (which has never happened.) I probably have at least 5-10 active pimples below and in the corners of my mouth at any given day. I've been washing my face twice a day religiously, along with applying prescription and OTC topical ointments as well all to no avail. So I thought maybe my constantly dry/oily skin might be the issue with dead skin cells clogging my pores and such. Basically, anything that touches my face dries it out. Even simply rinsing it with water will make my entire face super tight and flaky. Washing it with cleaners is even worse. If I don't use moisturizer right after I get out of the shower, my face will pretty much peel off. Even after moisturizing, I still have to make sure keep my face still for at least 20-30 minutes so my face won't move and crack.
Does anyone know why this is or how I can fix it? It's usually only like this for an hour or so once I wash my face. After that, it starts to get really oily again. I've tried washing my face with everything from luke-warm water to manual exfoliators to facewashes with salyicilic acid to facewashes with BP, even to that Purpose cleaner that everyone seems to like because of its gentleness. Yet everytime I step out of the shower, my face begins to dry up like a sponge. Dunno what's goin on. Any help is much appreciated.
P.S. Even if I don't wash my face twice a day, it'll still get just as dry. I could stop washing it for a week and nothing would change.
Edited by Insane Badger, 15 February 2012 - 03:55 AM.