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post #1 of 13
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Greetings.

I guess my skin could be described as both oily and sensitive. I have redness which goes from cheek to cheek, a genetic gift maybe, and I'm somewhat prone to breaking out in spots. I also tend to get skin bumps turning into small spots after I shave. I guess my condition is quite mild because I've never really bothered with skin care in the past and I've usually just washed with water. But, I would like to improve my appearance.

I recently began using a Nivea Revitalising Wash twice a day, but with this recent out-break of spots I'm suspecting that the "Revitalising" wash doesn't help because I theorize that it would only intensify my already oily skin. My questions are:

What kind of routine should I be looking at in controlling the spots?

How can I get rid of this red, blemish like colouration?

And how do I incorporate these improvements into shaving (another subject altogether maybe)?

Cheers.

Oh, and is soap good or bad? I know it dries the skin out, but if you already have oily skin isn't it better to dry it?
post #2 of 13
Have you tried going to a dermatologist?
post #3 of 13
Go to a derm. Get a retenoid to speed up skin regeneration to get rid of those pesty red marks. Don't use body/bar soap on your face. Get a gentle, non-medicated cleanser like the Basis cleansing bar.
post #4 of 13
Excessive drying of the skin can cause even more oil to be produced, since your skin has to compensate for the extreme dryness. If you're using bar soap for your face, you should probably stop that.

Perhaps you can try using a face wash such as Cetaphil, which is known to be very gentle.
post #5 of 13
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post #6 of 13
Try this: 10% sulfur soap to wash face a sensitive skin shaving soap and a boar brush to shave and a witch hazel toner after for the oily skin (may also be from your moisturizer, use a facial moisturizer, not body lotion) I also use a potash alum block prior to toning. Thayers has a toner with cucumber extract in it already. I also don't agree with the soap idea. I think soap is superior to something like Cetaphil, there's a lot superior to Cetaphil... maybe not at your local CVS, I would NOT wash my face with Dove or something... but I think the redness is probably from shaving to be honest. Also, supplementing zinc 15-30mg may help, even better if you get it from natural food sources.
post #7 of 13
An older thread, but I'd like to add my point or two. How does your nutrition look like? A lot of people only care about facial products, but from my experience nutrition plays a MAJOR role in this cases. You shouldn't ever eat fried food or any greasy food except for salmon, avocado etc. No bacon, pork, chips etc. Eat a lot of vegetables every day and drink a lot of water. In a month you should see a significant improvement. I had an oily skin and this helped tremendously. I know that every time I eat at McD, the next day my face looks like hell.
post #8 of 13
Hi,
My face is smooth and I have no acne but it doesn't look like it because of these stupid blemishes. How do i get rid of remedies.Can anyone please tell me.Thanks.
post #9 of 13
getting lots of exercise gives you a healthy glow and improves your skin. the sweating also clears out pore-clogging residue (like dirt and oil) from your pores. just be sure to wash your face after you work out. also, try using a homeade banana and honey mask once a week, which really helps get rid of redness (below).
*simple banana face mask*
mash 1 ripe banana and 1 and a 1/2 tsp. honey together. add in a couple of drop of lemon juice. let sit on face for ten mins then wash off.
post #10 of 13
I posted many times about this skin care line for men TwinLuxe because it works for me.
Try them out
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Skin care and shave care products.
post #11 of 13
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Originally Posted by ~whip~ View Post
Greetings. I guess my skin could be described as both oily and sensitive. I have redness which goes from cheek to cheek, a genetic gift maybe, and I'm somewhat prone to breaking out in spots. I also tend to get skin bumps turning into small spots after I shave. I guess my condition is quite mild because I've never really bothered with skin care in the past and I've usually just washed with water. But, I would like to improve my appearance.
You might have rosacea, a skin condition that affects a lot of people primarily of Caucasian descent. This guy I know told me about skin bumps after shaving as well. I used to get them, but I realized the way I was shaving (too fast, dull razor) was giving me razor burn. Change your razor more often and look into sharpening it before using it. I shave very slowly and every other day to prevent razor burn. If this doesn't work, the guy I know shaved at night before he slept so the bumps wouldn't be there in the morning.
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Originally Posted by ~whip~ View Post
I recently began using a Nivea Revitalising Wash twice a day, but with this recent out-break of spots I'm suspecting that the "Revitalising" wash doesn't help because I theorize that it would only intensify my already oily skin. My questions are: What kind of routine should I be looking at in controlling the spots? How can I get rid of this red, blemish like colouration? And how do I incorporate these improvements into shaving (another subject altogether maybe)? Cheers. Oh, and is soap good or bad? I know it dries the skin out, but if you already have oily skin isn't it better to dry it?
Not sure about the spots, but you could try copying my routine (I posted it in the How to truly cleanse your face thread). Scratch the Nivea cleanser - use Cetaphil as it is non-irritating. I echo what another person said about diet - I know I get eczema on my fingers if I eat too much sugar. Another of my buddies is alergic to wheat and gets horrible acne/eczema problems. I'm almost certain it's because he's unknowingly eating things he shouldn't. Don't use bath soap on your face - use a dedicated cleanser. Drink lots of water every day (this is key). You don't have to drink 8 glasses/day, but I usually drink about 5-6 and you should get the rest from the foods you eat. Don't skimp on good fatty foods, specifically avocado, dairy, salmon (other fish as well) and almonds (other nuts as well), as the fats help hydrate your skin.
post #12 of 13
The Clinique Acne Solutions Emergency Gel Lotion and the masque that goes with it works really well. It helps clean the blemishes and reduces redness and I have tried a lot of stuff...I get these from Fresh as they offer a free delivery and a good service, I hate oging to department stores and I don't have the time. Check them out: http://www.fragrancesandcosmetics.com.au/

If this fails then go and see a dermatologist, make sure you do your research though as there are some shonky ones around.

Make sure your doet is good, not much junk food, heaps of veggies, fruit and minimal booze. Chocolate can trigger acne and so can other foods so beware!

Best of luck :-)
post #13 of 13
Keep your skin clean by washing it every day to remove dirt and oil. Avoid using soaps that contain a lot of chemicals or perfumes, as these may irritate your skin and contribute to acne. As a man you have more oil in your skin than a woman does, it is harder and also more prone to dehydration because of daily or regular shaving, this means that your face gets dirtier. Scrub your face well at least once a week to remove dead skin cells and unclog your pores. A good scrub should not hurt you; therefore stay away from products with rough elements.
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