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Acne & Super Dry Winter Skin

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I'm 30 yrs old and have stuggled with oily skin & acne my whole adult life. It's a hormonal thing (PCOS). My issue during the winter is intense flaking and dryness that no moistuzer seems able to combat. The weird and frustrating thing about my skin is it can manage to be oily, acne-prone, and a flaking mess all at the same time. I'm not on Accutane. I don't think it's sebhorreic (sp?) dermatitis (facial dandruff) because it's not like yellowish, greasy, inflammed patches or anything like that. Just flakes all over my nose and cheeks and forehead....while at the same time I can still manage to get a shine going! I mean I don't know, I guess it could be dandruff. It just doesn't seem to totally fit that. And it goes away at other times of the year. During the winter, I can't use my regular retin-a micro at all. No amount of exfoliation with a washcloth helps. Even various oils on my face can't stop the flaking. Anyone have suggestions for getting the flakes under control without breaking me out?


adult acne for 11+ yrs, diagnosed with PCOS 10 yrs ago

Mom to 3 kids, ages 8, 7, and 4

currently on retin-A micro 0.1 (off and on for years, currently on it since April 2014)

vitamins & supplements: 640 mg saw palmetto, 1g B5, 600 mg NAC, ALA, B complex, 10,000 IU vitamin A, 800 IU vitamin D3


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I'm 30 yrs old and have stuggled with oily skin & acne my whole adult life. It's a hormonal thing (PCOS). My issue during the winter is intense flaking and dryness that no moistuzer seems able to combat. The weird and frustrating thing about my skin is it can manage to be oily, acne-prone, and a flaking mess all at the same time. I'm not on Accutane. I don't think it's sebhorreic (sp?) dermatitis (facial dandruff) because it's not like yellowish, greasy, inflammed patches or anything like that. Just flakes all over my nose and cheeks and forehead....while at the same time I can still manage to get a shine going! I mean I don't know, I guess it could be dandruff. It just doesn't seem to totally fit that. And it goes away at other times of the year. During the winter, I can't use my regular retin-a micro at all. No amount of exfoliation with a washcloth helps. Even various oils on my face can't stop the flaking. Anyone have suggestions for getting the flakes under control without breaking me out?


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I came on to look for this exact topic....mine is partially because I started a new sulfur spot treatment. I have used sulfur in the past but not this brand/% and my skin is already dry from the winter (though parts get oily ugh). I am not finding much luck at the moment. Even the OCM is not helping me. I am interested to know if anyone has any advice.

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I'm 30 yrs old and have stuggled with oily skin & acne my whole adult life. It's a hormonal thing (PCOS). My issue during the winter is intense flaking and dryness that no moistuzer seems able to combat. The weird and frustrating thing about my skin is it can manage to be oily, acne-prone, and a flaking mess all at the same time. I'm not on Accutane. I don't think it's sebhorreic (sp?) dermatitis (facial dandruff) because it's not like yellowish, greasy, inflammed patches or anything like that. Just flakes all over my nose and cheeks and forehead....while at the same time I can still manage to get a shine going! I mean I don't know, I guess it could be dandruff. It just doesn't seem to totally fit that. And it goes away at other times of the year. During the winter, I can't use my regular retin-a micro at all. No amount of exfoliation with a washcloth helps. Even various oils on my face can't stop the flaking. Anyone have suggestions for getting the flakes under control without breaking me out?


Diagnosed with PCOS

Occasional acne + rolling scars

Meds:


- Yasmin birth control
- Spironolactone 37,5mg going 25mg
- Inositol powder 2 times/day before meal

Skincare:

- Hemp oil




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Well, since I wrote this I have managed to bring the flakiness down. Awhile back I stopped using soap in the mornings. I only use it as night. In the morning, I use a warm, wet cloth. That actually helped with the oiliness (I htink my face was too stripped). So lately I have dropped the washcloth in the mornings. I just rinse with warm water. And it has helped. I think maybe I was over-exfoliating. I made the same mistake last year when I tried the Clarisonic...the more flakes I removed, the more there were.

As for hromonal treatment...I haven't found anything I'm comfortable with. I feel that the pill is dangerous and haven't been on it since 2003. I don't think artificial hormone overrides are a good idea. I'm not willing to try spiro with its host of side effects. The only thing I am considering is progesterone cream. I do have some syptoms of low progesterone. Also I've noticed me worst breakout times are the few days before ovulations and again a few days before my period. I seem to clear up quite a bit at other times (though it is never perfect). I wonder which hormone is to blame?


adult acne for 11+ yrs, diagnosed with PCOS 10 yrs ago

Mom to 3 kids, ages 8, 7, and 4

currently on retin-A micro 0.1 (off and on for years, currently on it since April 2014)

vitamins & supplements: 640 mg saw palmetto, 1g B5, 600 mg NAC, ALA, B complex, 10,000 IU vitamin A, 800 IU vitamin D3


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