Skin Changed Overnight! - Dry (Aging) Skin Care

Updated on May 05, 2011
S.S. asks from Grapevine, TX
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Hi Mamas! I'm 42 (soon to be 43) and my facial skin has changed virtually overnight. I've always had oily acne prone skin, but within the past week, and I'm not exaggerating, my skin has all of a sudden gotten totally dry. I've got little wrinkles and craypieness (sp?) under my eyes that I never had before and there is just no moisture to my facial skin at all. My acne appears to have gone as well, but I'm at a loss as to why my skin would change so dramatically so abruptly. The only thing I'm doing differently, besides aging of course (sigh) is I started taking a multi-vitamin and a calcium supplement a few weeks ago and I added a glucosamine chondroitin supplement about a week ago. Would adding vitamins to my daily repertoire so drastically change the moisture in my skin? I guess I could just stop taking the vitamins and see if it changes back, but in the mean time, in case this is age related and it's just my time to start showing my years, anyone out there LOVE their skin care products/routine/procedures? I've been using acne products for so long, I just don't even know where to start when it comes to dry (aging) skin care.

Thanks in advance for your kind advice. :-)


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answers from Los Angeles on

Many things could be the cause. Change in diet, dry or cold weather, stress, not drinking enough, hormone imbalance, Menopause.

I LOVE Olay Regenerist Deep Hydration Regenerating Cream. It absorbs into the skin beautifully and is not greasy.

Best of luck!!

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answers from Dallas on

It's got to be your hormones. I'm 43, and some days I wake up looking like me, and others I wake up looking like a purse. It depends on what I've been doing the day(s) before.
I also used to have acne prone skin. The first thing to do is stop using the acne washes. They are so drying that they can actually make acne worse. Nutragena has a 5% benzyole (sp) peroxide cream you can use for spot prevention, and then there's always Clearasil when you need the "big guns". I use the Olay line because all of my "older" friends raved about it, and it does do the trick. I switched from Cetaphil because I found it too drying. I did a lot of reading about what to choose as well, and the more expensive lines didn't perform any better, but they did tend to have a nicer fragrance (if you want that). The same is true for sunscreens. Speaking of sunscreen, I use Clinique on my face and neck. I wouldn't recommend this for summer, but in the WINTER you might want to try a hyloronic(sp) acid. It will help remove dead skin, keep blemishes at bay, and moisturize, too. Since it exposes new skin, it's not a great idea for summer. Even with sunscreen, you're bound to get exposure.
As for preventing the dryness and restoring some moisture, the only thing I would add to all the great advice you've received is to avoid alcohol and salt, and get plenty of rest. (For some, that's impossible!) The thing is, your skin will only quietly trill, "I'm lovely!" when you do things right. It's when you DON'T take care of yourself that it screams and is noticeable to others. Also, if you sleep with a ceiling fan blowing on you, it might be time to look for an alternative. There's only just so much even a heavy night cream can do, and you don't want to wear so much that half of it ends up on your pillow. Lastly, sorry for the spelling errors - I have small children, and I had to rush through this! Best wishes!

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answers from St. Louis on

43 here *waves* I take all the stuff you are talking about and it doesn't dry out my skin at all. Could there be any climate issues effecting your skin. I know if I work out in my garden or ride my bike a lot my lips dry out but not all my skin.

If you figure it out tell me, I think I am old enough to stop having zits.

I use the Olay for old farts system if that is any help to you.

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answers from Las Vegas on

yes, that's about right... 42 is when skin does begin to change. .mine did. :( However, since this dramatic change from oily to dry......... I have noticed that when I take Krill oil , my skin does look better as does drinking LOTS of water and of course exercise. Also, I have resorted to Dr, Hauscka's Rose Cream,.. it's pricey, but I find of all creams I have used, it does work the most effectively... I used to be like you and use acne skin care products, but nowadays, those DRYING agents are a NO NO.... try the rose cream.. again, it's pricey but I find so worth it....

best of luck



answers from Philadelphia on

I would say sometimes it does change that quick. I would make sure to drink lots of water to help keep the skin hydrated. Watch hot showers as they do dry out the skin. Take flax seed or fish oil supplements to help put moisture back in the body. It is also a good supplement to take to help promote heart health and healthy cholesterol levels. I wash my skin with oil of olay for sensitive skin. Cetaphil is also supposed to be good for the skin to wash with. They also make good moisturizer. I started using that recently due to recommendation of my mom. good luck



answers from Dallas on

I was using Chanel skincare, very expensive, and not seeing great results. I tried Olay Pro Rx Wrinkle Smoothing Cream for night and still use Chanel Ultra Line Correction for day. My skin was cracking with each facial movement. It's now smooth and young, flawless. I'd say splurge on a day one and get the drugstore night cream. I use cetaphil face wash. Baby shampoo works well for eye makeup remover. Also, get a good eye cream!


answers from Stockton on

check out aloette, it is expensive but totally worth it!! I don't sell it, I just use it.....



answers from Dallas on

For such a sudden and drastic change I would be concerned about thyroid function. Dry skin is one of the first indicators of low thyroid function. If you are also feeling tired and/or sleepy a lot, then I would go for a thyroid check-up.



answers from Dallas on

glucosamine chondroitin combinations do use your own body water to lubricate joints that need more moisture but these supplements should not make your skin dry like that and in such a quick time! You should be sure to drink lots of water and tell your doctor



answers from Dallas on

I started using Mary Kay's Time Wise products back in March and I loved them so much, I signed up to sell it and get the discount. They have the Good Housekeeping seal that states they do what they advertise- that within 12 weeks, 83% had reduced fine lines and wrinkles, up to 25% improvement in skin elasticity, 100% had softer, more supple skin, and 46% showed improvement in more even skin tone. They also have a Time Wise firming eye cream that works dramaticly on the "crepeiness" under you eyes. If your interested, message me back and we can get together and see how it works for you. 100% money back guarantee for any reason. Can't hurt to try it!



answers from Atlanta on

Hi S.,

The only way your new supplement routine would affect your skin negatively is if you are taking bad supplements. Not all vitamins are created equally. Some are dangerous because of the free radical creation. I can suggest a good one if you'd like, including a glucosamine chondroitin supplement too.

I use Sei Bella cosmetics and skincare and they have an eye cream that got rid of my crow's feet completely. I started using the cream about 5 years ago (at age 48) and within six months they were completely gone. It's been five years and they are still gone. They also have an antiaging cream that feels so good and smells so good I look forward to putting it on. I wouldnt live without it! Nobody knows I'm seven years older than my husband.

If you're interested I can tell you more. I'd love to help!




answers from Dallas on

I agree with what everyone has posted so far on Omega 3's and drinking more water, you may check to see if your calcium is the bio-available kind. Calcium Citrate is more easily absorbed than Calcium Carbonate from what I've read.

NuSkin has an excellent skin line that I use and I've seen it take off 5-10 years off of a friend of mine in one day. It's patented AgeLoc formula actually stops the free radical superoxide aging process from happening in your skin and helps rebuild collagen and elasticity. I'm a distributor to get the discount on my own products, but I don't really push them. If you'd like a free treatment with the galvanic let me know and I'd be happy to let you try it out.

Another brand you could try that's really good and not crazy expensive is Body Dynamics, the owner is a local woman who looks 15 years younger than her age. She uses as good ingredients or better in her line than the ones that cost a fortune and her prices are very reasonable. (See her comparison here:
You can buy from her website and/or I've also seen it in Central Market (it may be cheaper on her site). Her website is:
If you want to get 10% off the order just put "10off" in the coupon code section. :-)

Best wishes on your quest! There's hope :-)

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