Background story: I've been using retin-a .01% for a little less than a month. I used to use benzoyl peroxide and clindamycin for years. My acne was under control for a while, but I had a huge breakout over the summer. Then I took Bactrim (an oral antibiotic) and it got under control, but I developed an allergy to it and had to stop. My doctor decided to give me retin-a instead. My acne was mostly under control so I didn't need a very high concentration of it. I've always had the oiliest skin of anyone I know, to the extent that there is no foundation on earth that can hold up for more than a couple hours.
However, my skin is now so oily that I've noticed people giving me weird looks. I think tomorrow I'll have to take a picture and post it on here because it's INSANE. I have to wear makeup to cover my acne marks but it literally melts off my skin. It always looks like I just smeared my face with olive oil!
Does anyone have any experience with this? Does it go away eventually? I've been doing all the "right" things (ex. using a mild cleanser, moisturizing well, staying hydrated, etc.)