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skincare routine - recommendations?
Hi! I was seeing if any ladies out there had some recommendations for products they have been using. I'm turning 25 in a few weeks, and looking for some new products. I have comination skin, acne-prone and scarring. Looking for day and night products!  Thanks!
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Hi nnejlogan,   I highly recommend Kate Somerville's acne line as it works so well to help with acne! The EradiKate® Daily Cleanser Acne Treatment is a great sulfur ... see post
Low pH Cleansers?
Hello! Me again I'm still working on getting the best skin care routine for my skin and keep it clear, so far no such luck.  I've learned about low pH cleansers being better for your skin, acne prone specifically, so I was wondering if anybody had any recommendations?   I was looking into the Sunday Riley Ceramic Slip but apparently Silicone is bad for acne prone? If anyone has any suggestions or recommendations, even for other products in my routine, that would be stellar!     
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JM1234516 / NEWCOMER / replied
Hi, right now i am using Boscia purifying gel cleanser and I really like it but right now i am looking for a face cleanser that how a lower ph level.  I am going away th... see post
Recommendations Please!
Hi, I was wondering if anyone had recommendations for acne cleansers, creams, etc. for teenage skin.  I suffer from breakouts all over my face- mostly small bumps and some scarring.
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itsvictoria / RISING STAR / replied
Thank you so much Nikko- I will try these out!   Best Wishes, Victoria see post
Body Cleanse - Face Breakouts?
I have some pretty bad stomach issues & in between going to the doctor i"ve been told to try a detox. I never did because I'd always felt peculiar about them. Anyways - I finally decided to try it...& my face is HORRIBLE!!!   Is this normal? Does this have anything to even do with it? Honestly, it just  made me feel better just to blame it on something else rather than my skin just purely sucking!     I also heard a cleanse would help my skin because I would be getting rid of all the gross yuck inside! Is this true?   These are the products I'm using now (GENTLE! - I don't get it!)   -Kate Sommerville Goatmilk Cleanser  -Josie Maran - I switch back and forth between The Argan Oil, Face Butter, Day Moisturizer w/ SPF (mainly the SPF during the day & I'll add the oil if my face is pretty dry - it's been super dehydrated lately!)  Kate Sommerville Exfolicate Wash - I just bought this yesterday bc once this is over I know I'm gonna need. Gotta be prepared! lol     Bascailly - are these good products to be using during a time like this? Is there anything else I can do to help this issue?
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Hello,  I'm so sorry to hear that! What kind of cleanse are you doing? You should try some of the Renew Life products (, they ar... see post
Best face mask for acne prone skin?! Anything out there able to control it?! HELP!
Hi everyone!    I'm looking for a good face mask to use once a week, that will help control my acne and prevent further breakouts. I know there are a ton of good ones out there, just trying to find something that will FINALLY work for me!   Thanks, y'all. I appreciate it  
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Hi @Kristengrab12,    I have pretty acne prone skin and one of my favorites is First Aid Beauty Skin Rescue Purifying Mask With Red Clay. It's a peel off mask and I ... see post
I have a bit of rosesca along with dry skin i need a moisturizer?
Hi,  While I don't have the rosacea issue I do know anything you choose make sure it's for sensitive skin and anti inflammatory.  I do have dry skin and I luv Josie Mara... see post
Best face mask for combination skin? Also that will help to get rid of whiteheads!!!
Hi @mimiivanakis,   @lylysa made some really great recommendations! I have combination skin and acne, so I'd also love to recommend the First Aid Beauty Skin Rescue ... see post
PLEASE help - cystic acne on forehead for 3 months now (they heal but reform so it never clears up!)
this is my first cystic acne breakout - and it's on my forehead and going on 3 months now.  Healing as it goes - and then new ones emerge overnight. I've always been acne prone, and have a simple routine that helps any surface acne.  I had my first cystic acne break out on my forehead/hairline (the ones that are big and deep where they take a long time to drain or shrink). I blame the period where I tried a bunch of new skincare, not remembering that my skin easily clogs (from thicker foundations too).   It's not folliculitis cause they don't itch, and they aren't milia cause I had milia my entire life and I know the difference.   Whatever exfoliation liquids or those "acne" pads I tried, they only irritated and made my bumps worse. And on top of that after 3 weeks, they gave me fine lines that I've never had before. So I really don't want to use them anymore. But I still have no idea what these bumps are.    I'm on my third month. JUST as my forehead starts clearing up, NEW ones reform.     My old simple routine that works with my dry dry sensitive skin: Aveeno intense moisture overnight cream (this cream saved my dry dry flaky skin for years now with no problem) bio oil for acne scars and rough skin   Products I've tried to use for this bad breakout and the current bumps: Cosrx one step pimple clear pads (made it worse) Sonoma tea tree oil serum (made it worse) Arcona aftershave pads (I think made it worse) Aloe vera Gel (I used for a little bit, but the formula has parabens) Aloe vera leaves (wow it made me breakout a whole new fresh batch) Paula's choice CLEAR regular strength exfoliating solution (honestly it gave me fine lines. stopped it immediately) aztec clay mask w/ ACV (regulates it but is not helping)   Mario drying lotion, and drying cream help bring them to a head. but that doesn't stop new ones from forming. Cosrx pimple patches (have worked very well to drain and bring some bumps to a head) Please - WHY is it when I'm starting to see improvement and a smoother surface, NEW acne reforms and the process starts all over again?  This is the first time I'm experiencing this type of acne and even my close ones are like "why isn't your forehead healing at all?" I just bought probiotics today and hoping that it will work. But meanwhile, I really don't want to go to the term in case of any more "suggested" chemicals that will ruin my skin. please please please  
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MissVJ / FRESH FACE / replied
I'm so very sorry you have to deal with this. It is the worst. It is painful and makes one feel really self-conscious. I know! I have had bad cystic outbreaks for years ... see post
Subclinical Acne? What is this?
Hey everyone! I have been breaking out across my cheeks, temples and neck for the past few months or more and I have tried maybe 6 different cleansers, serums, and spot treatments. Nothing is touching this. It's getting worse and actually have been having people notice and comment on my acne. I generally have had dry skin, but maybe not anymore? I never had acne growing up and I'm now 27 years old dealing with this. Any product recommendations? Please Help and Thank You!  
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sophiajr92 / RISING STAR / replied
Hi, have you tried Acne Facial Cleanser by Mario Badescu? I got recommendations from my friends for my subclinical acne. It is about 3 weeks using this product daily and... see post
desperate for acne advice
My skin has been a mess for the past three months and I feel like I've tried everything. Any recommendations to clear my acne up would be so appreciated!   Here's my current routine: AM: tone with Lush Tea Tree Water, Josie Maran argan whipped face butter, and the NARs tinted moisturizer spf 30 PM: wash with Youth to the people cleanser, Kate Somerville Anti Bac benzoyl peroxide treatment, and Ole Henriksen invigorating night creme OR Josie Maran light argan oil   I have tried Paula's Choice 2% BHA, Belief aqua bomb, Ole Henriksen find your balance cleanser, Ole Henriksen find your balance toner, most Murad products (the post acne spot serum worked, but its recommended to stop use after 3 months), Tarte maracuja oil, Kate Somerville eradikate cleanser, Ole Henriksen invigorating night treatment, Ole Henriksen truth serum, etc.   I feel like I've tried it all. I'm even on spironolactone which totally cleared my skin last year when I first started it. I did stop using a benzoyl peroxide/clindamycin treatment back in November that I was on for 10 years, but I wouldn't think it'd take 3 months for my skin to break out again. But my skin was clearest on spiro and benzoyl peroxide/clindamycin.   So now I've introduced the Kate anti bac and have seen some results, however I'm so dry and still getting new break outs.   I am desperate for any advice. I've spent these last 3 months with trial and error
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I have oily/combo skin that is acne prone. I've had acne for 30 years and I'm in my 40s. My acne is under control now.  A lot of good advice here already.  It does sou... see post
Luxury Acne Skincare?
I have fairly bad acne. I always get large cystic spots and it takes forever to go away. I'm looking for more of a high end brand that'll hopefully not only help with acne, but help with anti aging/ overall skincare and as strange as it is I like when it looks pretty on my counter Any suggestions (I was thinking "rose" by the fresh line but it seems more for moisturizing rather than acne).  
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While this is not a line sold at Sephora, I think MOSS would be the perfect line for you. It is targeted specifically for acne and anti-aging. I have used MOSS products ... see post
Clogged pores
I have clogged pores on my chin and blackheads on my nose. The biore nose strips or face strips never worked on them. I don't get much pimples and my skin isn't dry or oily. I need something that will help get rid the blackheads and clogged pores, I have a cheap olay facial cleaner like the electric brush. It dosn't work. I also tried the youinge charcoal mask, it did nothing. 
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I have combo skin and pores that collect dirt and end up larger as a result. Surprisingly I've had some success with using micellar water. I use the one from Garnier tha... see post
Acne scars/marks
I've dealt with acne for a few years now, and as a result I've been left with some post-acne marks. They are flat and redish. It also does not help that I am very pale. Does anyone know a product or anything I can do that will diminish them?
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BEAUTY MAVEN beautyaddict989 / BEAUTY MAVEN BEAUTY MAVEN / replied
I've had a lot of success with Dr. Dennis Gross Alpha Beta peel pads, iS Clinical Active Serum, and Ole Henricksen invigorating night treatment gel.   Basically, anyth... see post
Does anyone know anything for Cystic Acne by any chance? like a treatment or regimen?
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BEAUTY MAVEN beautyaddict989 / BEAUTY MAVEN BEAUTY MAVEN / replied
Going on the pill was super helpful for my cystic acne. Also, not eating gluten helped clear my skin up. I would try seeing an esthetician before a dermatologist. I stru... see post
Looking to change Skin Care
I am looking to change up my skin care. as of now I am using Ole and Origin but i find its just not working to great for my skin. and am in my mid 30's and have extreme combination skin, visible pores, fine lines, and acne thats a little more the hormonal. I have been in store asking about my skin and got a few different responses from a few people. So I don't know what will work best in my case my nose and forehead get very greasy by the afternoon, so bad that i have to wipe it away the blotters are just not enough. Please help.... 
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BEAUTY MAVEN beautyaddict989 / BEAUTY MAVEN BEAUTY MAVEN / replied
I'm only 23, but your skin sounds similar to mine. My biggest issue is acne but I think my skincare routine could work well for you too. I follow Shani Darden's recommen... see post
Help! Need advice with skincare
Hi! I am currently 23 years old and have suffered from acne my whole life. I have recently been using Proactiv+ but stopped because it wasn't having a great affect on my acne or skin. I started to use Peter Thomas Roth Max Complexion Correcting pads along with Dermalogica Medibac face wash and a toner. My face cleared up somewhat well but now I have these little tiny bumps/breakouts all over my face. I never used to get those, and rather I would get bigger acne bumps. Should I switch to using another skin care product? Does anyone have any ideas? PLEASE HELP!
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BEAUTY MAVEN beautyaddict989 / BEAUTY MAVEN BEAUTY MAVEN / replied
I had acne my whole life too and I'm also 23! I've found that changing my diet was one of the few things that truly helped. Anytime I eat gluten, I breakout. A lot of pe... see post
What is the best concealer to hid acne scars?
please it's been a struggle for YEARS and I have yet to find a product that completely works!
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BEAUTY MAVEN beautyaddict989 / BEAUTY MAVEN BEAUTY MAVEN / replied
NARS matte concealer works really well for me. Make Up For Ever full cover concealer is great too.   But the most important thing you can do is wear sunscreen and use ... see post
Skincare for Keratosis Pilaris
i have severe KP on my legs, bottom, back of arms. What products can help treat this and what is a good skincare routine to follow on my body
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BEAUTY MAVEN beautyaddict989 / BEAUTY MAVEN BEAUTY MAVEN / replied
Anything with glycolic acid works for me. Also, dry brushing is super helpful. Ulta sells a really cheap brush that I use. And a really good moisturizer.   If I dry br... see post
Adult Acne...
I didn't have acne as a teenager, a few pimples here and there.  Now I'm in my 20s and am struggling with acne (fml) I have tons of scars now and I'm wondering if anyone has suggestions for products that will reduce the appearance of these scars.  Or any preventative measures!
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BEAUTY MAVEN beautyaddict989 / BEAUTY MAVEN BEAUTY MAVEN / replied
I highly recommend looking at your diet. Do you tend to breakout more after eating certain types of food? I cut out all gluten and it has done wonders for my skin.   I... see post
ACNE SCARS AND CURRENT PIMPLES!! Help! Ive been searching for sooo looonggg
Hi, Im looking to acne scars products that will work for acnes also, I have combo/oily skin , I have been getting so much breakouts recently and hyperpigmentation os horrible. I got it in control last yr. I was using a prescription topical cream 1% which is Adapalene, Im still using it now but i noticed its not working the same. I have been using Caudalie Vinoperfect Serum. I tried the Philosphy Microdelivery peel and it ripped my face off so I discontinued it. Then I tried the First aide Radiance Pads, i dont know if its working yet I only started using it 4days ago.        By the wat I was using Glytone Brightening peel but it just too strong for my skin. So ive been in search for more than a year now.    Please advice! Thank u!
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BEAUTY MAVEN beautyaddict989 / BEAUTY MAVEN BEAUTY MAVEN / replied
I completely feel your pain! I highly recommend Dr. Dennis Gross Alpha Beta peel pads for clearing acne scars, shrinking pores, and preventing future breakouts. I use ex... see post
Dr. Dennis Gross Smooth & Radiant: Peel + Brightening with Clinique Acne Solution Serum?
Hi! I am using Dr. Dennis Gross Pell + Brigthen with Clinique acne solutions serum. Would those product work less because I use them together? And would actually this peel will make my skin Peeling?      Thank you!!!!
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Hi Howzit,   You should be fine to use both of these together, just be careful not to over-do the peel, as that could lead to some extra dryness.If you start to noti... see post
Hello! I am looking for a new skincare routine and unsure if I should try the DRUNK ELEPHANT Day/Night sets or the SUNDAY RILEY New School Skincare Set (As they no longer sell Squad Goals) as I've heard amazing stuff for both. I am still a newbie and currently using a Korean skincare but I seem to keep breaking out now that I am older and almost done with it. My skin is sensitive, dry, now ACNE prone, blemish/ hyper-pigmentation spots and uneven skintone. Also I am turning 30 and want some anti-wrinkle skincare added to my routine. can anyone recommend on past experience, which one will help me the most!   Thanks in advance!
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Oh and Good Genes is fine, but I always find myself reaching for Pixi Glow Tonic instead.    see post
What is the best makeup for my oily dark skin
What is the best makeup for my oily dark skin
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Hi I love Kat Von D Lock-It, Estee Lauder Double Wear...they both have a pretty decent shade range. see post
Vitamin C Purge?
Hello! I was hoping you guys could help me figure out if i'm purging or having a bad reaction to the Drunk Elephant C-Firma Day Serum.  I started it on Tuesday, using it every second morning.  I have since broken out in four new pimples and one that was barely there when I started has come to the surface.    I know that Vitamin C can cause a purging like this and I was just hoping for some help determining if that's what's happening.  I would really like to know before I use it for a month and totally wreck my face (it scars really easily unfortunately).    Thanks in advance!  
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SandySwam / RISING STAR / replied
Gosh! I've the SAME reaction. I am about to return the C firma. But I think the Glycolic and marula oil is good so far. :( see post
HELP: Skincare Recommendations?
I'm currently on a skincare binge. I have sensitive, oily, and acne prone skin.   What are your recommendations for:   Cleanser Serum Moisturizer   Thank you so much!    
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@KristinGL   Based on the little information you have given, here is my input:   1.  Avoid any cleanser that says "Foaming", or has scrubby particles.  Since your sk... see post
skincare issues need advice and recommendations
Hi! I have a few questions and concerns about my skin   1- i have very bumpy skin. around my inner cheeks and my horehead, and near my nose. They are small bumps, most are skincolored, but some are red. Ive had them since I was 10, and nothing would help. I had acne early, since i was 9, and it was moderate. nothing severe. I just have these pesky bumps that do not go away no matter what i do. 2- I have dark spots on the side of my face. I was wondering how to get those to heal and have an even skin tone 3- I have acne scabs, so post acne scabs. I want to get rid of these overnight if possible.   All i want is a clear, healthy, smooth,vibrant face. I prefer some advice on how to prevent these issues, and how to heal them naturally, using natural ingrediants and poducts, as i have very sensitive combination skin.    My acne is not severe, it is moderate.  Right now i am currently using: the body shop vitimin e cleanser, body shop vitimin e toner, body shop tea tree skin clearing clay mask, clarasonic mia2, mario badescu buffering lotion, mario badescu drying lotion, mario badescu enzyme cleansing gel, mario badescu drying cream.  **I do not use these products every single day, i use my cleansers every day, my mask 2-3 times a week, and my mario badescu acne products when i need them. please help, i have been dealing with these issues for years now. 
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Hi ashariff, Greeneyedgirl mentioned Paula's Choice website and I agree it is very good and has questions and answers and recommendations for your type of skin.  It hel... see post
Acne on forehead (ingrown pimples, bumpy)
I tend to get acne on my forehead. I have combination skin. Oily forehead and nose and dry cheeks and chin.  The acne on my forehead is like these ingrown pimples that are swollen from inside (like small bumps) and if i apply pressure to them, they become a white head pimple after a day or so. Sometimes they give out a clear liquid too which seems like water?oil?  I'm not sure what i need to use to get rid of them. Any ideas? 
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Have you tried Differin gel? It used to be Rx only until recently. Now you can buy it at Targetfor less than $13. It works wonders, especially with those deep acne lesio... see post
murad vs clinique: which one?
I have very oily skin and always break out. I'm on an oral medication for my acne but I need some type of acne kit to wash my face with and have a daily routine. I have moderate acne, blackheads, and big pores. I was looking at the clinique acne solutions and murad one. Which one would you recommend? or something else?
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I love Clinique's 3 step care program. I've been using it for 5 years now and I am very pleased with my skin. For about the first 3 weeks of use I had breakouts from all... see post
what is good to treat dark spots?
Serums are treatment that penetrate deep into the skin, look for those that contains vitamin C, niacinamide, licorice extract or kojic acid.   Peels are meant to be us... see post
Skin is very oily and red in t-zone but I notice it's also very dry and flakey when I try and wear makeup, WHAT'S UP?
Are the products I'm using causing this to happen? My routine: (AM) Ceramic Slip cleanser, La Roche-Posay thermal water, Good Genes Lactic Acid, PTR hyaluronic cloud cream for moisturizer. (PM) Ceramic Slip cleanser, Thermal Water spray, Paulas Choice BHA liquid, Good Genes (sometimes at night) PTR hyaluronic cloud cream. HELP HELP HELP? I have very consistent acne prone skin around the chin and jaw line as well as enlarged pores and lots of black heads along the nose right now. Here are some photos of my skin without makeup and what it's been looking like recently. One in the AM and one right before I went to bed.   Thanks a bunch!    
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You're so pretty! But I think you're doing a lot of stuff to your skin, which may not be for the best. Ceramic slip is pretty drying, and might be contributing to flakin... see post