I've had terribly oily skin and large blackheads on my nose and forehead since I was about 16 years old. I am now 21 and my problems have escalated to the point where I have become depressed. I don't go out much with friends anymore, and I try to avoid being too close to people when talking with them for fear that they are disgusted. It's sad to say but it occupies my thoughts all day and I am miserable.
15 minutes after I wash my face I can see beads of oil building up from each individual pore on my nose (and somewhat on my forehead, though it isn't as bad). I want to stress that when I say "extremely" I mean EXTREMELY oily. I don't suffer from pimples that much; with the exception of a few every now and then. My cheeks and chin are what I consider to be normal. I have tried everything possible to combat this. Here is what I have done thus far:
Salicylic Acid Cleansers
Benzoyl Peroxide Cleansers
Tea Tree Oil
Black Tea (supposedly reduces DHT)
Biore Pore Strips
Retin-A Micro (.04%)
Drinking a lot of water, good diet and exercise
I have been on Retin-A Micro (.04%) for 3 months now and have yet to see results. In fact I have noticed an increase in the oil production. My dermatologist is useless and is more concerned with keeping my appointments short than with actually helping me. I'm hoping someone can help me. I've given up hope of anything working for me.
I'm sorry if the post was too long. Thank you in advance for any tips.
Edited by YMED, 14 March 2012 - 03:08 PM.