Melanie (h0rsegurrrl) wrote in beauty101,

Acne/Excessive face oil treatment

As long as I can remember I've had the oiliest face ever.  I also have acne, but it's not terribly worrisome.  My main concern is the fact that I look like I haven't washed my face in days, when in reality I wash it every day and use several oil-absorbing sheets throughout the day.

I've tried all kinds of treatments.  I've tried literally every over-the-counter treatment I can think of, I tried Proactiv (made the acne part worse), oil cleansing treatment (ditto), I've gotten prescriptions for acne antibiotics, I use topical BenzaClin, I use Bare Minerals foundation, and I was on birth control for a year and a half.  I've used Nizoral anti-dandruff shampoo to wash my face for the last several years, as per dermatologist recommendation.  Apparently it helps a particular skin rash that I'm prone to (called seborrheic dermatitis - occurs in newborns, geriatric patients, and h0rsegurrrl).  Ironically enough,  the rest of my body isn't excessively oily in the least, and I don't have an over-sweating problem or anything.  My scalp is actually a tad on the dry side.  My mom insists that I'll appreciate it so much when I'm older because I won't have wrinkles or flaky skin, but for the time being, it's maddening.

I wanted to know everyone's recommendations for excessive oil production treatments.  I'm open to over-the-counter treatments (cruelty-free, if at all possible) and/or prescription treatments.  Are there any prescriptions that specifically treat oil overproduction?  I know Accutane is notorious for drying out skin; does anyone have any experience with it, and is it worth it?

Thanks for any help; it's kind of taking a toll on my self-esteem.  I've always had this problem, but the other day when I was hanging out with people, and I glanced in the mirror and looked so greasy like I hadn't bathed in weeks, it was pretty embarrassing.
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