I've been having this problem for a while. I'm 15, so I break out quite a bit. It's not horrible, but it's bad enough that I have a prescription acne medicine.

My problem is that I have combination skin. I wake up and my face is kind of oily, so I wash using Olay Daily Facial Cleansing Cloths for Combo/Oily Skin. But if I use my astringent (Loreal Pure Zone) or the acne medicine, my skin gets too dry, so I use some moisturizer and put on my makeup. (I use Cover Girl fresh look foundation and powder on my face.)

After an hour or two my skin is all shiny and oily and gross. I use Clean and Clear blotting sheets, but sometimes it's so bad that the sheet gets slippery from all the oil! And the other day, I forgot them at home and tried to blot it a bit with a paper towel and you could see the oil on the paper towel!

At night I use the cleansing cloths, astringent, and acne stuff, and my face feels fine...until I wake up and it starts all over again.

Basically, my forehead and the apples of my cheeks break out (and occasionally my chin, but not often). Those parts of my face, as well as the front of my nose get really oily. But the sides of my nose get really dry, sometimes so dry that the skin peels!

What could be causing the problem? I only use the acne medicine right on the areas where I break out, and I try to avoid the dry areas of my face when I use the astringent. I've tried everything...different cleansers, astringents, moisturizers, makeup...but nothing works. Any ideas?

Sorry this is so long, but I didn't want to leave anything out!

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