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Dry skin for 24 years, now dripping oil

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I am 24 years old and have always had normal/dry skin. However, about a month ago, my face started producing WAY too much oil. I can't go for more than a couple hours without feeling like I need to wash my face and having a crazy shine. Is there some sort of test I can take to see if I have a deficiency of some sort?

My routine for the past 7 or so years was:

Morning:

- Dove sensitive skin in shower

- Differin Cream

Night:

- Clearasil Ultra 10% BP

This worked great. I actually went to my dermatologist for a normal checkup to refill the Differin. Within a few weeks, I became incredibly oily and tried Differin Gel. This works okay for about the first hour or two but once the oil covers the Differin, it makes the shininess a million times worse. So my new routine is:

Morning:

- Dove sensitive skin in shower

- Clearasil Ultra 10% BP covered by some Sebasorb

Night:

- Differin Gel

I have tried B2, B5, and Saw Palmetto for a couple weeks and continue to use these. Tried Milk of Magnesia at night. OC 8. Using more moisturizer. Use no moisturizer. No matter what I do, I am way too oily. Any suggestions? I seem to be unique in the fact that my face has never been like this and its not really in my genes.

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I got a blood test done and everything looked normal. I was hoping it would be something like hyperthyroidism. Any other ideas?

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At your age, you shouldn't be using Clearasil anything. That's formulated especially for teenage skin which is tougher than adult skin. I also find Dove products to be also heavy because it's full of moisturisers too. Give your skin a break from everything and just use water for a while then start a new routine, and perhaps visit a specialist who deals with the Dermalogica medi-bac range. Medi-bac is seriously strong stuff though so I'd only recommend using it if you've seen someone about it first.

I made the mistake of buying it on line without getting a consultation and within two weeks my skin was falling off. But it works a treat with professional guidance.

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At your age, you shouldn't be using Clearasil anything. That's formulated especially for teenage skin which is tougher than adult skin. I also find Dove products to be also heavy because it's full of moisturisers too. Give your skin a break from everything and just use water for a while then start a new routine, and perhaps visit a specialist who deals with the Dermalogica medi-bac range. Medi-bac is seriously strong stuff though so I'd only recommend using it if you've seen someone about it first.

I made the mistake of buying it on line without getting a consultation and within two weeks my skin was falling off. But it works a treat with professional guidance.

So a sudden change in oil production many years after puberty is somewhat normal? It's not some sort of disease? Because I feel like I have tried everything externally and at this point I highly doubt any sort of topical product or lack of topical product will change anything. I have also changed my diet with no changes. For whatever reason, my body is producing a constant flow of oil no matter what I try and change.

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Turns out it was the Differin that caused the oily skin. Over the years the differin has dried me out. A few months ago, I had started breaking out because of stress, and the fact that I had an extra tube of differin lying around made me decide to use a lot more on my face. Similar to how Dan puts a lot of BP on his face. Well in the past week, I have switched to using Dan's BP twice a day and no differin at night. I was able to go the whole work day without using an oil blotting sheet and I can tell I don't have that heavy, greasy feeling all over my skin. My chin also started getting really dry and I haven't been dry in many months. My nose is still a little oily but hopefully soon I will be back to where I don't even have to wash my face at night.

My guess is that since Differin clears pores and sheds skin, the oil was not being absorbed as much or possibly my skin was aggravated by that much differin. I was literally a step away from getting differin 3%, and then accutane once that did not work. Having said all of this, I would still highly recommend Differin. It is THE thing that made a difference in my acne. Just use a very small amount. Not gobs of it like I did.

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