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Hey folks. Well I'm cleared of acne now, but I've got a severe problem with oiliness. How oily is my face? Well it starts to get shiny like 3 hours after washing my face. After 3 hours, I have to use like 2 whole blotting sheets on my face (I use Clean & Clear), and I have to blot every 2 hours after that to keep my face matte. This really isn't a solution. I wash twice a day, with warm water, and Eucering Sebum Reducing Cleansing Gel. I moisturize at night with Eucering Skin Regulating Creme-Gel. Other than that, I use an egg white mask for 20 minutes at night. That's my routine. I've tried to keep things as simple as possible.

I feel like I'm really at the end of the tether of trying to control the oiliness on my face. I've tried Milk of Magnesia, 100mg Zinc, 20 000IU Vitamin A , 6gm Vitamin C a day (all for a period of 2 months) - doesn't work. I'm taking 2 tablespoons of Flaxseed oil a day as well, which I believe has controlled my acne, but has done nothing for the oiliness. Differin did nothing either (used for 2 months). Neither did 6% AHA, 8% AHA or 15% AHA. Applying 5% Apple Cider Vinegar a few times a day did not help either.

Short of taking 10gm Vitamin B5, Accutane (never, no way), and other extreme measures, what can I do?? I'm really starting to think oiliness is a genetic thing. Please help.

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Try Queen Helen's mint julep mask. It really sucks up all the oil from your skin, and you can even leave a tiny bit on while you sleep if you want. There are lots of great reviews about it at drugstore.com. I use it once a week to help control oil. Biore also makes a shine control moisturizer which I have used before that I thought worked pretty well. Hope that helps some. :)

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For the cheapest option, apply apple cider vinegar (ACV) all over your face and leave it on.

ACV is highly recommended in the redmarks left after acnes forum..you will find it there (the >40 pages thread). Many, including me, found that ACV GREATLY reduces the oilyness.

Good Luck.

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Try epsom salt and washing or soaking with hot water 2 or 3 times a day. You don't even need topicals if you do this!!!

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