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Looking for a successful pore cleanser!
I'm looking for a new pore cleanser for my nose. I've really noticed my super-clogged pores on my nose over the past few months and I'm tired of it! The gunk is practically sticking out of my nose and my makeup just sits on top of it and makes it look worse! I've tried the bosia peel-off masks in black and white, the biore nose strips, st ives apricot exfoliator, neutrogena alcohol free toner and nothing works!! What's your go to pore unclogging item? I'm desperate!
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HALL OF FAMER lylysa / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / replied
Hi, Lllybt!   Congested and clogged pores can be tough to tackle and it certainly will take time and dedicated care and attention.   Since pore size is genetic and c... see post
Troubled skin - Early 30's
Little background info. I am in my early 30's, combination skin (more on the dry side) having trouble with breakouts around my chin and nose. Currently I am using Acne Solutions Cleansing Foam, Clinique Toner #3 and Cliniques Dramatically Different Lotion +   I've tried several different products and nothing seems to be helping clear me up. I am becoming a little frustrated spending $$ and returning and trying different products.    I've been told that the breakouts are hormonal however they don't just happen at that awful time of then month, it is consistent so not so sure about that.    Just wondering if there are any others in a similar situation and what has worked for them.   Seriously considering going back to Proactiv but hesitant.
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HALL OF FAMER lylysa / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / replied
With 6-7 blemishes being on the higher end of normal from what you experiencing (meaning you typically experience even fewer blemishes per month), I would recommend opti... see post
OLE HENRIKSEN Truth Serum?
I am 21 years old, and my skin is super dry because of the winter weather, but oily in the summer. I struggle with a little bit of acne (that is clearing up), acne scars, uneven texture, and uneven skin tone. I was looking to add a serum, if I needed it? Would adding the OLE HENRIKSEN Truth Serum  help with any of that?    My current skin care routine:   AM Shiseido Pureness Foaming Cleanser (if my skin is very oily) Shiseido Pureness Toner Philosophy Take a Deep Breath Moisturizer Sunscreen   PM Makeup Remover Wipes Shiseido Pureness Foaming Cleanser Shiseido Pureness Toner May Coop Raw Sauce Peter Thomas Roth AHA/BHA Acne Clearing Gel Shiseido White Lucent Moisturizing Cream Tarte Maracuja Oil or Farsali Rose Gold Elixir    Any info helps, thank you!
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HALL OF FAMER jenfromnyc / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / replied
Yes it would potentially help.   that said, it broke me out in crazy hives. see post
Moisturizer for acne prone, dry skin?
I know there's loads of posts out there but I kind of wanted one a bit more tailored to my skin and personal issues! My skin is always kind of dry in the winter, definitely not oily in the summer though, so it's normal I guess!  I recently started a topical prescription (Benzaclin) but it makes my skin super dry! It doesn't really need to be oil free (I also find they don't work as well), just something that isn't too thick (I didn't like the FAB repair cream)!    Thanks  
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HALL OF FAMER lylysa / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / replied
The peeling is more than likely a side effect from the prescription, speak with the family doctor that prescribed it to you and see if the level of peeling you're experi... see post
Best Skincare Products for getting Rid of Acne?
I used to have really good skin. I would only get like two pimples. Then my girlfriend broke up with me, and everything started falling apart. I've been extremely stressed. I got over ten pimples in one day. I've never felt so bad about my appearance. Foundation recommendations would be nice as well. I recently bought a really great foundation, but it is sheer and that was what I needed before but now I need something that will cover up all my pimples. Nothing too expensive. My health has been keeping me from working regularly so now I have to be much more careful with spending my money. Thanks in advance,
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HALL OF FAMER kssweetheart / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / replied
I'm so sorry that you're having such hard times. :(The break up is bad enough, but battling an illness on top of that......that's rough. My heart goes out to you.   I ... see post
URGENT
I am 14 years old and I need help finding foundation and a face care products to help with my acne. My skin is very odd. It gets irritated very easily, its dry but sometimes oily, and i get acne to go along with it. I need a foundation that would fit my skin type and a face wash that would help get rid/treat my acne at A REASONABLE PRICE PLEASE!!  
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HALL OF FAMER Sprytely / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / replied
Only mildly pressing. see post
Acne Cleanser
Can you recommend a good acne cleanser for oily skin? I've tried Murad and i still broke out.
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mmcc12875 / FRESH FACE / replied
I have somewhat oily skin too and I really wanted something that was going to unclog my pores. I have two little toddlers so needless to say, I'm always on the run and p... see post
how to add points to beauty insider account online with a sales receipt
I went to the store last Saturday and spent 210.50 before taxes but i forgot my beauty insider card.  The cashier told me that with the receipt I could do it online. I tried to do it later but there was no option on the website to add your points with your receipt.
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HALL OF FAMER lylysa / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / replied
Hi, Tamalarenee!   Please contact 1-877-Sephora to speak with a customer service rep to add missing points or shoot Customer Service an email on the Contact Us page: ... see post
need advice for acne prone skin and acne scars
hey all,    so lately i have been getting really bad breakouts i have tried proactiv but it just irritated my skin. I have really dry skin but i have a oily t zone. I also have several acne scars that i would like to try to minimize or possibly clear up completely! right now i am using cetaphil because its quick and easy but i am ready to try anything at this point! any recommendations would be great! 
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SIGHTSEER mjshah90 / SIGHTSEER SIGHTSEER / replied
Oh girl, I FEEL you. I've been looking for something that is quick and easy but also gets rid of my acne scars and oily t zone. I'm pretty bad at finding the "perfect" ... see post
Has anyone tried Curology (Pocket Derm)? What was your experience?
I'm considering signing up for Curology (use to be called Pocket Derm) because I've got stubborn acne on my jawline and cheeks that isn't going away.  If you've tried it, did it help?  Thanks.
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HALL OF FAMER irenet / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / replied
I love it! I've been using Curology for 6 months for acne and for the first time in 11 years I've had consistently clear skin for about 4 months now. In the beginning I ... see post
Best Skincare brand for Sephora?
What are your personal thoughts on the best skincare line sold at sephora? Specifically for dark spots, and uneven skin tone? 
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BEAUTY GURU xmychanelscalpel / BEAUTY GURU BEAUTY GURU / replied
Sunday Riley!! see post
Tony Moly snail gel...
Anyone have any experience with the Tony Moly snail gel products? I have been looking at a moisturizer and see they also(saw it at Ulta the other day) have snail gel face masks as well and I am very curious if they really work like I've been reading, or if it's just all hype. Putting snail gel on my skin, face or otherwise, kinda creeps me out but if it really works then I think I'd be willing to give it a shot...
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BEAUTY WHIZ Lisa4040 / BEAUTY WHIZ BEAUTY WHIZ / replied
Thanks for the feedback! I'll check out the Mizon brand as well. The explanation of the concept of how it works is very nice. see post
First Time Facial Oil User
Hi!  So the first oil I tried was back in November, the Drunk Elephant Marula Oil, for my dry skin as I was purchasing a few other items from their line.  However, it broke me out in little bumps on my forehead that are only now going away (I decided to stop using it at the beginning of January)!  The next one I tried, and am still using, is the Herbivore Lapis facial oil but i'm breaking out in weird places (I started this mid-January).     My question to you guys is: How long should I trial a facial oil before ditching it?  Is there an adjustment period where my skin will go crazy (especially since the Lapis is for balancing oil)? Instead of trying it for longer or switching to a new oil I figured I would ask you knowledgeable people!    Thanks in advance  
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BEAUTY PRO ncip / BEAUTY PRO BEAUTY PRO / replied
Here are a couple of threads you might find useful as you continue your oil journey:   Comparison of specific oils: http://community.sephora.com/t5/All-Other-Concerns/... see post
Q. Products that truly work to fade post-acne marks?
My skin is in a rough state after dealing with acne for the past 9 years of my life. I have been on a topical medication for 8 years (benzoyl peroxide 10%, clindamycin phosphate gel) that I apply every night. It keeps my acne under control however I still have acne and am never 100% pimple-free. Because I have had acne for so long and have unfortunately picked nearly every pimple I've had, I have red marks all over my face that make my skin appear 10x worse than it is. I'm considering laser at this point, but would love to hear of any tried and true products that people have used. I'm currently using a gentle exfoliating toner by Pixi, Ole's Truth Serum in the AM (although I've heard vitamin C only fades brown spots/hyperpigmentation and not post-acne marks), First Aid Beauty's Oil-Free Moisturizer, Ole's Aloe Cleanser at night with my Clarisonic, followed by Murad's post-acne lightening serum, then my acne medication and Josie Maran's Light Argan Oil. I have only been using the acne lightening serum for about a week so I am hoping that will start to work eventually.   What products have you tried that have successfully faded your post-acne marks?  
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HALL OF FAMER lylysa / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / answered
A. By chance which formula of the FAB moisturizer are you using specifically in the morning? Is it one with SPF?   The products that you're using appear to be pretty bala... 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 PRO ncip / BEAUTY PRO BEAUTY PRO / replied
I haven't done a ton of research on cleanser PH because historically I had too much trouble finding something that worked, wouldn't irritate my super sensitive skin or m... see post
Pimples
I don't suffer from severe acne. Yet in my forehead I get pimples and my skin is uneven. Is there any products that would get rid of acne in a specific area for good? 
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HALL OF FAMER JazaChai / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / replied
Also, whether you have bangs or not, spot treatments for acne can be effective in managing breakouts, depending on the type they are.   Lylysa has a very detailed thre... see post
Origins Charcoal Mask...
  I suffer from acne and have been wanting to invest in a good quality mask that'll do a lot more for my skin than a cheap drugstore one would. I just want to know how this mask has worked for any of you who have tried it... does it actually help with clearing acne? How often do you guys use it? How long do you keep it on?   If anyone could basically tell me about their experience with this mask I'd really appreciate it
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BEAUTY MASTER BlueEyeAli / BEAUTY MASTER BEAUTY MASTER / replied
Yes dont use it everyday Im pretty sure it would be too much for anyones skin. I usually use it once or twice a week. But it is seriously amazing. see post
Acne
I have acne on my forehead from using the wrong toner for my skin. I was using a toner that has alcohol in it. I went to Sephora and the lady recommended that I change the products I am using because my skin is very sensitive. She recommend I use Kate Somerville Gentle Cleanser, First Aid Beauty Radiance Pads, and a moisturizer. I also purchased a Foreo Cleansing Brush.  I have been doing this routine for a week. I like these products, but have not seen any improvement with my acne. She said the radiance pads should help clear it up. How long should I wait before I see results?   Thanks!
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Ellieurblessed / FRESH FACE / replied
I love MURAD BLACKHEAD AND PORE CLEARING DUO for my forehead breakouts. I run outdoors and get breakouts frequently. I apply a thin layer, leave it on for 2hours then ri... see post
How can I prevent my makeup from smudging under my eyes? It never used to do this.
BEAUTY WHIZ Cecilia08 / BEAUTY WHIZ BEAUTY WHIZ / replied
Along with primer and setting powder, I try to give my skin some time to soak in the moisturizer before applying any eye makeup; when I applied makeup minutes after mois... see post
moisturizer/ spot corrrection
So I have been using my Retin-A because my skin was breaking out, and I was getting large cyst acne. So my acne has cleared up, mostly but now I have the dry skin, peeling, redness and some dark spots left over. What is a good moisturizer that will help with the dry skin and not cause any more acne. Also what is a good dark spot corrector or treatment to try and get my skin looking even again!! I am currently using Clinique dark spot corrector and clinique moisture surge. I feel like both are not working for me though.    Thank you 
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HALL OF FAMER lylysa / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / replied
The concept of oils being problematic for oily or even acne prone skin is one that is slowly being dissolved.    Healthy oils from natural sources versus heavy, synthe... see post
what products can I use for dry skin with acne
I have dry skin and acne just along my jawline on one side. Are there any products that can help? I've found most acne products to only be beneficial for oily skin.
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HALL OF FAMER lylysa / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / replied
4-5 blemishes hardly merits at skin being acneic, so I would recommend opting into a spot treatment to apply to blemishes as they occur so you're not having to apply/use... see post
Acne Spot Treatment
Best spot treatment for normal-dry skin? I am 19 years old, my skin has always been oily but recently switched to more normal-dry so I'm wondering what is a good acne spot treatment that won't dry my skin out?
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BEAUTY PRO ncip / BEAUTY PRO BEAUTY PRO / replied
Depends on the type of blemish you're dealing with. I have super sensative skin but found Origins's spottreatment to be the only one for cystic spots that worked and did... see post
Skincare Advice?: Current Day & Nighttime Skincare Routine
Looking for feedback on my current skincare routine. I know skin is personal and what works for everyone is different, but I wanted to share mine and hear some feedback. I feel like I am using good products but am not seeing anything great happening with my skin. I still get breakouts here and there. I would love to reduce the number of breakouts I experience, improve the red/dark spots from acne marks, and even out the overall tone of my skin.   Skin Type: Combo/Acne prone (more normal now during winter, but oily in the summer). I have some hyperpigmentation from acne scarring but nothing major.      Daytime 1. Philosophy Purity or Kate Somerville Gentle Wash 2. Jurlique Rosewater Balancing Mist 3. Belif Hungarian Water Essence or Ole Henrikson Truth Serum 4. Belif Aqua Bomb   Nighttime 1. Boscia Makeup Breakup Cleansing Oil or Philosophy Purity (depending on if/how much makeup I am wearing) 2. Simple Micellar Water (If I feel I still have makeup residue) 3. Lancome Energie de Vie gel toner 4. Caudalie Vinoperfect Radiance Serum 5. Origins Night-a-mins 6. Philosophy Hope in a Jar Eye cream   Once or Twice a week in the evening...One of the following: -Kate Somerville Exfolikate or Dr Brandt PoreDermabrasion -GlamGlow Supermud Treatment -Luna Oil (when I use this, I do my usual routine but add this after toner) -Dr Gross Alpha Beta Peels (when I use this, I only wash my face, apply the peels, and moisturize with Belif Moisture Bomb)          
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sara225 / FRESH FACE / replied
Can somebody tell me their experience with dark spot treatment on face using this product ?   see post
Non Greasy Moisturizer with SPF
I am looking for a moisturizer with SPF that will not make my face look shiny and greasy after application. I have combo skin that leans towards more dry. I don't necessarily need anything that is oil control which tend to be the more matte looking moisturizers. I have tried Murad's matifying moisturizer but it makes my face look too dull.    Any recommendations would be appreciated!
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LindsayBT BEAUTY ADVISOR / BEAUTY ADVISOR BEAUTY ADVISOR / replied
Great, I am so glad I could help! I hope you find a product that works well for you :] see post
Q. New to Makeup
Constantly breaking out. I would say I have normal skin, not too oily and not too dry. Recommend a good treatment?
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DaneeBT BEAUTY ADVISOR / BEAUTY ADVISOR BEAUTY ADVISOR / answered
A. Hi linasoifer,   If you do not have sensitive skin, I'd recommend trying the Peter Thomas Roth Therapeutic Sulfur Masque Acne Treatment Masque. This is can be used a... see post
Q. Need Advice for Acne Prone Skin
I am 15 years old and for the last year, my skin has been getting worse. I have been struggling to find products and routines that actually work. My acne has become one of my most self aware flaws and I have a hard time being confident in my own skin when my skin looks bad. I have combination skin and a lot of acne in my T-zone and on my chin as well as blackheads and small bumps that I just can't get control of. I am in desperate need for products and routines that work. PLEASE HELP
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linasoifer / FRESH FACE / answered
A. I would suggest the MURAD blackhead and cleansing duo. Great product! see post
Any advice on an everyday product that would hide large pores/acnes scars/occasional adult acne without the heavy foundation concealing?
HALL OF FAMER lylysa / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / replied
For more of a cosmetic method of addressing enlarged/visible pores, check out the primer suggestions in the second thread that I linked above. These primers have a riche... see post
acne for african americna skin tones
my girlfriend has dark skin and suffers from acne. blemishes leave a darker mark on her beautiful face. what can she use to minimize the pimples?
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LindsayBT BEAUTY ADVISOR / BEAUTY ADVISOR BEAUTY ADVISOR / replied
I'm happy to help! I hope she finds something that works for her :] see post
What is the best skincare routine for hormonal/cystic acne?
      About a few times a month I get this nasty cystic pimple on my chin.  I also always get zits around my mouth, in the corners.  Does anyone have any advice for me on how to get rid of it?
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HALL OF FAMER annec322 / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / replied
This is a great thread for skincare regimen examples :)   http://community.sephora.com/t5/Skincare-Stories/Daily-Skincare-what-are-you-using/td-p/2343211 see post
Clinique Acne Solutions Kit for Hormonal Acne?
Hello!  I've heard raving reviews about the Clinique starter kit but seeing that the main ingredients are Salicylic acid i'm skeptical about whether it helps inflammatory acne (red bumps).  I have normal, acne prone skin but since it is finally winter my skin is incredibly dry!  Opinions or personal experience?    Thanks! 
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ChelseaxDagger / FRESH FACE / replied
I have recently been trying the Clinique Clinical Clearing line and I LOVE it. It does seem to be a bit more intense than the regular acne solutions line- I get very dry... see post