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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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BEAUTY MAVEN ostark / BEAUTY MAVEN BEAUTY MAVEN / replied
I really appreciate this reply. I'm understanding that ingredients are much more important than I thought. I even located a website that tells you what each exact ingred... see post
What MAC next to nothing foundation best matches the color iq 1r04?
BEAUTY WHIZ missjulied / BEAUTY WHIZ BEAUTY WHIZ / replied
It would be hard to say. This foundation oxidized a lot on me. The color was fine when i put my foundation in the morning, but it got darker and yellowish around lunch. ... see post
Night Time Cleanser!
I'm looking for a new face wash for night time, I currently use PTR  Glycolic Acid 3% facial wash, but am looking for something different. I have a few in mind which I pictured below. I have oily skin with tons of acne scars, with the occasional hormonal break out, i also sometimes use my clarisonic 1-3 times per week. Love a good light exfoliating face wash as well as hydrating!! I'm leaning towards Ole but I love PTR and Ren has great reviews and says its gentle which i love and omg I can't decide. Please help and leave any other suggestions!!
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HALL OF FAMER ChicDabbler / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / replied
Don't use exfoliating cleanser or those with beads with Clarisonics. I find exfoliating cleansers to be a bit too harsh in general but I have combo skin. I am a fan of P... see post
charcoal mask
What is the best charcoal mask to buy? 
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BEAUTY BOSS MariaLis / BEAUTY BOSS BEAUTY BOSS / replied
Origins charcoal mask is one of my favorite, it performs  much better the some more expensive masks see post
Constantly breaking out
I'm a teen and I constantly have breakouts on my cheeks and between my eyebrows. I've tried lots of products, (I use them for a few months before I judge them,) and none of them do anything for me! Not only do I get pimples, but I also have scars left over from previous breakouts. Help! What do I use? Any tips?
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BEAUTY PRO eleonorarosa / BEAUTY PRO BEAUTY PRO / replied
Hi @RyryG,   I went through the same issue when I was your age and, based on my experience, the wisest thing you can do is ask a doctor or a dermatologist on what do o... see post
I need help finding a moisturizer to help with eczema
My son has really bad eczema and I need help finding something that will relieve the symptoms i.e. itching.  I want to go organic because I understand that product with less ingredients usually come with less potential side effects. Help Please!!
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HALL OF FAMER sarahshter / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / replied
Dr. Jart cicapair tiger grass cream helped me.  The other thing that helped is Cortisone ointment.  They sell that at Walmart, Walgreens, target for around three or four... see post
Tarte Maracuja Oil: Can't tell if I'm breaking out or my skin is purging!!!
Hi all, I recently got that awesome Tarte Mother Nature's Miracle Discovery Set and I've been playing around with all the products. My skin has been breaking out, but I'm not sure if it's purging due to the new products or the products don't work for me. I have a history of cystic prone acne but the past year my skin has been amazing, so I wasn't too concerned at first. I've read that the maracuja oil is incredible for acne prone skin so I'm not sure what's going on! Other than the small breakouts, my skin feels velvety soft and softened already. I really want to keep using this product, so if anyone has had a similar experience, I'd love to know!
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BEAUTY BOSS quspork / BEAUTY BOSS BEAUTY BOSS / replied
Purging only occurs with actives and exfoliation. As none of the products in that kit fall into those categories, you are seeing a reaction to the products themselves an... see post
Products for cystic acne?
I've been struggling with cystic acne on my cheeks and it's been driving me insane because it always leaves an actual scar no matter how gentle I am. While I know that products at Sephora can't help with physical scars, I do want to prevent the acne so I can prevent more scarring. Please let me know if you know of any products that work well for this type of acne! I have oily (stubborn, in general) skin and clogged pores here and there. I've heard of the Renee Rouleau Anti Cyst treatment being good but you can't buy that at Sephora.
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BEAUTY PRO Halcyon7 / BEAUTY PRO BEAUTY PRO / replied
I highly recommend taking zinc supplements.  I know they don't work for everyone, but they cleared up my cystic acne pretty quickly.  Taking them has been a total life c... see post
How do I remove spots that came as a result of acne??
I had really bad acne up until 2 years ago.  I don't have problems with the acne anymore, because I have made major adjustments to my diet.   However, I am having trouble getting rid of some of the spots that the acne left.  What is the best product for this problem?
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MariekeBT BEAUTY ADVISOR / BEAUTY ADVISOR BEAUTY ADVISOR / replied
Hi @Hanna2017,   I'd definitely recommend going with something that will address the dark spots. This can be specifically labeled as that or you can just a product t... see post
Anyone know how to get rid of under eye milia????
MariekeBT BEAUTY ADVISOR / BEAUTY ADVISOR BEAUTY ADVISOR / replied
Hi @mimiivanakis,     It's possible that something you may be using may be giving you under eye milia. I would consult your doctor to ask them if they can help wit... see post
Josie Maran Argon Oil
Hi guys. I have oily skin so I've been using the Josie Maran argon oil for a couple months now and its definitely made me less oily but I feel as if it may be clogging my pores and causing breakouts since it is a little heavy. I only use it at night but what do yall think of the light version? Thanks a ton!
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BEAUTY WHIZ BarbieGirl1 / BEAUTY WHIZ BEAUTY WHIZ / replied
I love josie maran whipped argan oil I buy sets of those when they are available usually during christmas but the other stuff is super oily and makes my face too shiny p... 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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alexa1024118 / FRESH FACE / replied
ole henriksen skin care is so good! The balance or truth line i think will be the best for you.  balance for the acne and truth for the scares  Also there transferrin... 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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BEAUTY WHIZ greeneyedgirl107 / BEAUTY WHIZ BEAUTY WHIZ / replied
Liquid cleanser: Neutrogena Fresh Foaming Wash Mechanical exfoliation: I like Philosophy Microdelivery Exfoliating Wash; Neutrogena has some good ones BHA: Only Paula'... see post
Sunscreen for Extremly Sensitive and Acne Rosecea Skin
Hello everyone, I am looking for a sunscreen for my face that goes nicely under makeup. I have very dry and reactive skin. I do have mild rosacea that sometimes becomes sever acne rosacea. I have tried chemical sunscreens such as Lancome and La Roche Posay, but my skin doesn't tolerate them as well as it used to. I am allergic to an ingredient in Frist Aid Beauty and cannot use their products. I have looked at Josie Maran's SPF, but it contains beeswax and I am allergic to beeswax.    Please keep in mind that I live in Canada and do not have access to a lot of sunscreens normally recommended such Drunk Elephant and MDSolarScience.    Does anyone with rosacea and severely reactive and allergic prone skin have any recommendations? Preferably a mineral sunscreen. I am on a medication that makes me sensitive to the sun and has caused my skin issues (any my allergy to beeswax!) Therefore sunscreen is really important, and I am looking for one that will not affect the look of my foundation.   Thank you!
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BEAUTY WHIZ AnnieBea / BEAUTY WHIZ BEAUTY WHIZ / replied
That's great! Thanks for letting me know. see post
What is going on with Illamasqua in the US?
I know that Sephora doesn't sell Illamasqua anymore, Nordstrom never has, and now I see that it is no longer on Bloomingdales website. Does anyone know where Illamasqua can be found in the States? I am definitely not paying international shipping from the UK. 
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HALL OF FAMER grayreb / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / replied
B- glowing carries their products. see post
Cleansing oil recommendations?
Hey guys!  I have dry and sensitive, acne-prone skin, and I'm always looking for new cleansing oils because I've not found my favorite yet.  So far I've used The Face Shop Rice Water Cleansing oils and KOSE Softly Mu Cleansing oil which are more affordable.  I've used BanilaCo Clean It Zero and Heimish Cleansing Balm, but I have a Newfoundland dog so his hair gets EVERYWHERE in products in tubs so I prefer pumps...hence a preference for cleansing oils.   Thanks!
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HALL OF FAMER JayJayyy / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / replied
Bobbi Brown cleansing oil! It's absolutely the best I've tried, and I've tried a lot lol. It doesn't leave a residue, doesn't burn my eyes, and removes all of my makeup.... see post
Anyone know if the First Aid Beauty Skin Lab Resurfacing 10% AHA will help with white heads and mild acne??
HALL OF FAMER lylysa / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / replied
Hi, mimiivanakis!   While the FAB Resurfacing Liquid isn't an item that is directly marketed towards tackling acne and whiteheads, the usage of alpha hydroxy acids do ... see post
acne issue
i am having red bumps which later turn into dark spots , if i use acne products they really worse the results as my skin is really dry .what should i use?
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HALL OF FAMER ChicDabbler / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / replied
If the acne products worsen the results and you have dry skin..... it might be worsen because your skin is irritated. When the skin is not properly hydrated/moisturized,... see post
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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ZannaBT BEAUTY ADVISOR / BEAUTY ADVISOR BEAUTY ADVISOR / replied
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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BEAUTY BRAINIAC JM1234516 / BEAUTY BRAINIAC BEAUTY BRAINIAC / 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
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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BEAUTY MAVEN MrsMia123 / BEAUTY MAVEN BEAUTY MAVEN / replied
Hello,  I'm so sorry to hear that! What kind of cleanse are you doing? You should try some of the Renew Life products (http://www.revital.co.uk/renew-life?p=1), 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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MariekeBT BEAUTY ADVISOR / BEAUTY ADVISOR BEAUTY ADVISOR / replied
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?
BEAUTY WHIZ Er667799 / BEAUTY WHIZ BEAUTY WHIZ / replied
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!!!
MariekeBT BEAUTY ADVISOR / BEAUTY ADVISOR BEAUTY ADVISOR / replied
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
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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BEAUTY WHIZ BrennaMcD / BEAUTY WHIZ BEAUTY WHIZ / replied
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
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?
 I HAVE SEVERE CYSTIC ACNE AND IT HURTS I'VE TRIED EVERYTHING AND NOTHING SEEMS TO WORK. DOES ANYONE LIKE ME HAVE ANY IDEAS OR SUGGESTIONS THAT COULD HELP OUT ON SOME TIPS OR ANY INFORMATION ABOUT HOW TO CONTROL THE ISSUE....PLEASE AND THANK YOU EVERYONE 
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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