For the last couple of months, my face has been really red and blotchy after I get out of the shower. It looks like something is seriously wrong. It lasts an hour or more (so I only shower at night). I use room temperature water. Hot, warm, lukewarm, cold, it makes no difference though. I don't wash with soap. Just water. I rub the oil off with my hands, but I've tried not doing that and the blotchiness still happens. I do have a filter on my showerhead... maybe it's ran its course and is now blocked up with something and whatever it is I'm having a reaction to it. Or the water's really hard, or chlorinated. Or my skin is dry and any amount of water just easily irritates it. My skin is oily, but when I rub it with a clean t-shirt, lots of dead skin comes off. I think I'm finally understanding what "combination skin" is.
I think my plan unless anyone has any better ideas (please, I hope you do) is to a) take the shower filter off and b) not have a shower for 3 days and see what happens. I moisturized my face for the first time in years last night, and again tonight. I'll have to rinse off once more (because my face was gunky and shiny all day today, I need to get the moisturizer out at some point) tomorrow night, and then I'll do the 3 day shower-free thing. Good idea, you think?
My skin has gotten much worse since I started noticing this post-shower redness.