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Facial Dry Skin

Hi.  I appreciate someone's help.  I'm 26 years old and developed dry and flaky skin around my nose, eyelids, around my chin area and in the fold above the mustache area (don't have a mustache though).  I've never had it before in my life.  It started for the first time in my life around the middle of November when the temperature started to get cold and less humid.  It seems to be more dry and flaky when I get out of the shower and when I wake up in the morning.  Does anyone know what would cause this type of dry skin problem?

I've read a lot about Seborrheic Dermatitis on the internet, however it mentions oily skin is the cause...my skin doesn't feel/appear oily to me, but all the places I have the flaky skin seem to be places where SD is described.  I usually get acne on my forehead and face in the warm summer months when I sweat and skin seems more oily, however now I don't have any acne on my face at all. Could I have developed dry facial skin for the first time at 26 years of age??  Is it possible to have oily skin in the summer, more humid times and dry skin in the winter, less humid times?

Thank you in advance for someone helping me with my question.
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309783 tn?1271961829
I would recommend Lutsine Hydrafnia facial cleanser and moisturiser. It is for acne-prone skin which has become dry. Google it for delivery or stockists in your area and let me know if this helps.
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Thank you loiloi.  I appreciate your response and will Google your recommendation today and let you know.  Does this mean that I have developed Seborrheic Dermatitis or something?  Or does it sound like something different / a seperate condition?  As I said, my skin doesn't feel, nor appear oily...rather it appears dry & flaky in the morning and after a shower prior to putting on moisturizer.  The moisturizer initially seems to cover/help the flaking, but seems to soak right into the skin...leaving the same dry/flaky look shortly after.  I appreciate any/all guidance you can provide & Thank you so much.
309783 tn?1271961829
You certainly have combination skin because your skin is dry but you get acne too. Contrary to what you've read on the internet, seborrheic dermatitis has nothing to do with sebum or any other type of greasiness. Adult seborrheic dermatitis is more common in men than women and in those with dandruff. It affects the central part of the face, scalp, ears and eyebrows. You may also get red eyes with it.
The lesions tend to grow from hair follicles and develop may develop a yellow crust. Clinically and pathologically, the condition has the features of both eczema and psoriasis. Treatment is with topical steroids, but please get a diagnosis from your doctor before using topical steroids as i)they can make acne worse ii)they are not liscensed for use on the face in the UK (where i am) except under medical supervision and iii) they are contra-indicated for long term use as they can cause thinning of the skin.
If your skin is very dry at the moment use the Lutsine cleanser for dry skin in the winter and switch to the cleanser for acne prone skin in the summer. Loiloi x
309783 tn?1271961829
Have just checked for you and the Lutsine cleanser for acne prone skin which has gone dry is called Lutsine Hydrafnia. The cleanser for dry skin is called Lutsine Xeramance, available from www.Leguidesante.com. If your skin is not too delicate, try exfoliating inbetween cleansing and moisturising. The foaming cleanser for combination skin by Estee Lauder is good, leaves a real soap and water clean feeling without over drying and their exfoliator for combination skin (blue bottle)leaves your skin flake free and soft. Loiloi x
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Thank you for going to such a great extent to help me with my question.  I really appreciate it a lot.

Through the many things I have read and researched, I've noticed that there is indeed a difference between dandruff and dry scalp/skin. I appreciate your clarification about SD and your description.  As I've been analyzing myself and progress, I have not noticed any discoloration in any of the flaky skin - it is not yellow in color, rather is is a normal white-skin color at all times.  As I said, it first showed up when the weather got cold and less humid here.  Additionally, I do not have signs of flaky skin around or within my scalp or ears...just in the places I listed above.  Based on a lot I've read and seen, I decided to purchase a humidifier the day that I posted my question and have had it running in my room since.  I also went and got samples of Kiehl's Men's Face Cream and applying it since 12/26...and believe it or not...I woke up this morning and my face (with the cream still on it and reapplied when I woke up) was not flaky on my nose, nor around my chin.  My non-professional conclusion was that my skin has been really dry due to dehydration, no moisturizer and lack of humidity based on what I've recently done....I would really appreciate your thoughts on my non-professional, but trial - and - error diagnosis.  Thank you for your help and support.  

I am still going to check out all of the products you've suggested and see if I can either get a sample to try/test or order a small bottle to try it out.  I was not as conscience today at work as I've been for the last month because my face wasn't flaky.  I guess I am just a little confused on what to believe...As I said, I REALLY appreciate your willingness to help post on this site and help me specifically with my questions.  You really do a great service by being willing to put your time into this forum and I very much thank you for it.
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Very night I get a towel with a little bit of water and I scrape it off then I put green Aloe Vera on and then in the morning my face is perfect. Just to make sure it stays like that I do it every night. I hope it helps you. Post a comment.

WARNING: When yo do the towel part don't be afraid the really do it hard. Even though I may hurt a little. Try to take everything off.
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