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Hi I'm Dr Kasparis, Dermatology Consultant, I would like to help. Could you please tell me if you are using any products or treatments on your face at the moment? Are you able to upload any photos of your skin at all?
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I have reviewed your photos, you probably have a mixed skin type with oily/acne prone skin on the mid-face(T-zone) and rather dry skin on the sides of the skin. This is not uncommon. This means you would benefit more from a combination of products.
1. For the T-zone I would recommend an anti-acne treatment, if you are able to get a prescription from your GP I would suggest using Epiduo gel 2-3 times a week only. This contains a retinoid and benzoyl peroxide that both counteract oily skin and mild acne. If you use it too much however it could try your skin. If you are not able to ask for thsi from your GP then try Acnecide 5% gel which is an over the counter cream
2. For the dry areas Cetaphil cream is pretty good, it is non-comedogenic and quite cheap to buy over the counter.You can apply this as much as it is needed. A good alternative is Cerave lotion, however this is a bit more hydrating and comedogenic
3. Lastly, Cetaphil gentle skin cleanser would be quite useful to use on a regular basis. It is not harsh and gets rid of all the debris without causing dryness.
This regime should make things a lot better.
Let me know if you have other questions
You can still use a toner perhaps once your skin has gone smoother and less oily. Reagdring salicylic acid, this can be effective in the oily areas that clog up but it can dry the skin when used in other parts . I would probably suggest not using for now.
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Your current daily regime with The ordinary contains good ingredients, caffeine ,niacinamide and hyaluronic acid can rejuvenate the skin , reduce dark pigmented marks and give it a smoother appearance. I am not too familiar with squalene to be honest. So in principal yes you could use them , however , it is sometimes best not to mix too many ingredients together. I would therefore suggest applying the topical therapy I recommended in the areas I advised whilst perhaps reducing the frequency of The ordinary for the next 3-4 weeks and see how this works for you. There is sometimes no absolute right answer with what you should be using as everyone's skin is very unique and responds differently. Trying a different method however allows you to see and compare results.