I have had acne and skin problems since I was about 15. I started off using benzoyl peroxide and salicylic acid and progressively got more obsessed with a topicals and finding a way to decelerate my acne. I would try anything and many things I read about on the internet in succession and eventually I noticed my skin not getting any clearer and it was becoming dry and oily and flaky. I tried soaps, harsh cleansers and scrubs, oils, topicals, antibiotics and crappy, cheap moisturizers.
I KNOW I stripped my skin of its natural oils and barriers (moisture) because I remember when my skin could handle anything and didn't produce insane amounts of oil.
I stopped everything about a year ago. All i use now is water to wash my face and an apple cider vinegar toner. My skin gradually went from moderately severe to moderate to mildly light. I still have oily skin which is also very flaky.
My skin is DEHYDRATED, it can't retain moisture. Even though I drink at least 64 oz of water everyday it still is sensitive, dull, lacking moisture and flaky. I don't want to use a moisturizer because they have added chemicals in them and I don't use anything that isn't all natural.
I want to know if anyone could suggest a way to hydrate my skin and restore its natural suppleness that I used to have years ago before I wrecked it. I believe there are people out there that have made the same mistakes as me.
p.s. my mom has oily skin so I think mine might be hereditary but clear, oily skin is different then mild breakouts and pretty much permanently flaky skin.