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Q. What is a good product in general for break outs?
I use to have great skin but maybe a year ago I developed a problem with cystic acne and I think it was BC related but I've been long off of that and my face does not break out as bad but I still do get breakouts more than I use to and I have some acne scars. I have combination skin and it is more normal than dry but I do get dry spots occasionally. I'm very on top of my face care so I don't know if my skin has gotten use to my cleanser I use now maybe? I was hoping to see if anyone would recommend a great cleanser or even a lotion? I can't honestly call my skin bad BUT when I break out I do break out. I've looked at the Kate Somerville Eradicate Acne spot treatment with the sulfur in the bottle but read it can dry out your skin but would that possibly be something good to try? Anything to get my skin nice again and I do use a pore minimizer and I do have a Glamglow mask. Both work but I'm hoping for something a little more. 
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A. As I got older (late 20's early 30's) I started dealing less with whiteheads and more with cystic acne. (I had gone off BC around this time as well.)  Are the cysts typi... see post
Q. Why does all makeup make me break out?
Hi all, I'm 19. It seems if I go for a week without using makeup, my skin looks nice and smooth. But after even one day wearing it, I break out, and I'm talking painful bumps not small whiteheads. This happens with any and all makeup. I use Hourglass' Mineral Veil Primer and Urban Decay Surreal Skin Mineral Powder, in order to try to minimize the acne, because if I use anything with chemicals like MUFE, Dior, Lancome, or Mac, it is worse. I do use the Proactiv System, and exfoliate a couple times a week with a Philosophy wash. Like I said, they work so long as I don't use makeup :-( But simply abstaining from it is not an option for me. Has anyone had the same problem or has any recommendations for makeup or a skincare line? Much appreciated, thank you.
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DreadPirate / FRESH FACE / answered
A. I have had this problem with most foundations that I used in the past. I have done some research and will be trying a clinique foundation routine I will be using their e... see post
Q. Small bumps all over my face!
I have so many small bumps all over my face. I don't know if it's keratosis pilaris or milia or clogged pores I just really want to get rid of them. I've always suffered from acne, and I've come along way, it's just these **bleep** small bumps!     
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BEAUTY GURU PumpkinSparkles / BEAUTY GURU BEAUTY GURU / answered
A. Whats your current routine like? You cant get proper advice without you telling us what your skin is like and and what you're currently using. see post
Q. Itchy rash from Kate Somerville Blemish Banisher kit? Anyone else have a bad reaction?
Ok, this is going to be long....hopefully someone can give me some advice. I found the Blemish Banisher kit on and picked it up in the store. My acne breakouts have been crazy lately and all the great reviews gave me so much hope that maybe this could be the thing to finally turn my skin around. The first night I used the kit, it immediately made my skin feel better. The next morning, the EradiKate had significantly reduced the size and redness of my cystic pimples. Fast forward a about four more days, and my skin is SO ITCHY and dry! I also first noticed a patch of little itchy bumps, like a rash, on my left cheek. Today I noticed it on the other side two in two different places. Tonight the itching on my face is bothering me so much I just can't use the kit whatsoever, even though I really wish I could apply the EradiKate again because it has been helping my pimples decrease in size a lot which is nice. Downside though is I am breaking out more after starting to use this, but not sure if it was caused by the kit or it was just going to happen anyways.   I do find the Detox Cleanser to be a little drying (once I rinse it off, my face feels more tight), and the Oil Free Moisturizer stings a little when I apply it. I wouldn't consider my skin to be sensitive to products whatsoever. Even though I have acne prone skin, nothing has ever given me a rash or adverse reaction. I've gotten dry skin from overwashing or using harsh products with 10% benzoyl peroxide, etc....but never this bad and usually it was during the winter and I just didn't moisturize enough. I've been using this kit as directed, and I think the EradiKate is the reason behind the dry itchy skin but the rashes I honestly have no idea how those came about because i don't apply the EradiKate anywhere near over on the sides of my cheeks (I do not have acne there)...   Has anyone else had a not so great experience with it? Should I only not be using EradiKate every night? Also, the EradiKate is supposed to dry up the pimples...but how do I remove all that dry skin afterwards (like going out the next day and not having flakes everywhere?)...simply moisturizing doesn't help. I feel like exfoliating would be the only thing to help but that would further irritate my skin. Not to mention, I'm breaking out even more..   ANY advice would be appreciated. Maybe I should just try Philosophy's Clear Days Ahead kit...I don't know.    
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Classicnessa / RISING STAR / answered
A. I'm currently dealing with this! It is so frustrating, in an attempt to get rid of a few blemishes, my skin reacted horribly! Redness and bumps all over my face!! They a... see post
Q. Clinique acne solutions acne + line correcting serum--thoughts?
What are your thoughts on the new Clinique acne solutions acne + line correcting serum? Is it good for combo oily/sensitive/acne prone skin? Is it safe to use while on a prescription retinoid like Tazorac, and how has it worked for your skin? Thanks!
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A. Admittedly, I have not tried this specific product, but as someone who still gets hormonal breakouts around my chin, regularly uses anti-aging products, and owns quite a... see post
Q. Clinique Turnaround Peel?
I'm debating on trying the Clinique Turnaround Radiance Peel set for my cystic acne red hyperpigmentation. I have fair skin that is slightly sensitive, and responds pretty well to salicylic acid. Any advice with this peel/other peels for this issue would be appreciated. Thanks! 
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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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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
Q. Troubled Skin - Please Help!
So I just turned seventeen and up until a few months ago I had nearly perfect skin, besides the occasional breakout, but for the last few months my skin has gone literally crazy. I'm probably being a little dramatic but I'm not used to acne and I want to get rid of it! I get hormonal acne every time of the month (which I don't really mind it's usually one or two spots on my chin). But for the first time ever I've broken out on my forehead and cheeks! I have normal-combination skin. 90% of the time it's normal, oily in the summer, dry in the winter. It's not very sensitive though.   I can't go on the pill due to personal reasons and I feel like I've tried everything but nothings worked! I'm eating healthier, working out, and trying not to stress so much (I'm really bad at that). I'm going to Sephora this weekend with a friend and I really want to pick up something for my skin. Any suggestions?    p.s. my breakouts are mild, and usually form white heads overtime but they take ages to go away.
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BEAUTY WHIZ harrypotterfan6 / BEAUTY WHIZ BEAUTY WHIZ / answered
A. Hi, Guavai! Because you have hormonal breakouts, I'd strongly suggest seeing a dermatologist; he/she can prescribe the best treatment for your acne, whether it be antibi... 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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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
Q. Does argan oil help with acne scars and hyperpigmentation?
mandydon / FRESH FACE / answered
A. I've been using Josie Maran's argan oil for about a month now and I'm blown away by the reduction of hyperpigmentation on my face. I've had huge issues with freckles and... see post
Q. Best cleanser for acne prone skin?
Hey! I have oily, acne (I have moderate to severe acne) prone skin and I have quite a bit of scarring. I'm looking for a cleanser that'll help me. (I just bought the Foreo Luna, so I'd prefer recommendations compatible with it). I'm out of ideas, to be honest. I tried the Murad cleanser for a few months but it didn't seem to help :/ If y'all could recommend some cleansers/toners, I'd be grateful. Thanks!
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A. I used to have very, very acne prone skin.  I always found the best thing for my cleanser to do was to thoroughly cleanse the skin BUT not overstrip or dry my skin.  For... see post
Q. Best skincare routine for acne?
What is the BEST routine that actually gets rid of acne. I have tried everything from Neutrogena to the Clarisonic and nothing has worked. The suggested products could either be high end or drugstore. I have teen acne and combination/oily skin. Thank you so much for helping!
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A. I will say that Sephora doesn't carry much products that are good for acne-prone skin like Murad/Clinique (which I don't like). I've seen better products elsewhere, but ... see post
Q. Effective ways to treat body acne?
As embarrassing as this is to admit, I have really bad body acne. It's not so bad on my face, but it's definitely a problem on my back, my shoulders, my chest, and even my neck. It's getting to the point where it's brought my confidence down so much that I try to avoid anything  that shows my back at all - swimsuits, tanktops, strapless dresses.  I'm already on birth control (I know that's a touchy thing for some people for it's honestly for my acne), I use the Neutrogena Body Clear Body Wash, I try not to wear things that are too tight or potentially bad for my skin, and I even put my hair up in the shower when I have conditioner in it.  Last year, a dermatologist put me on doxycycline - which if you've tried it, you know what a living hell it is. It made my skin so sensitive to the sun that my knuckles burnt when I was outside for fifteen minutes. Also, you can't have dairy like two hours before or after taking it, and you have to wait about thirty minutes after taking it to lay down. It's needless to say that it was too high maintenance, so I stopped taking it. I'm really not comfortable taking Accutane because of all the side effects and whatnot, but I really need to solve this problem. I don't work out at all, and I don't always eat so healthy (I don't have any weight issues as a result of this, thank god, but I honestly have trouble running two blocks or walking up stairs), but I know that's probably factoring into my skin. I'm sixteen years old and I really need to get rid of this. I know what a schpeel this has been, but if anyone has any advice for this or miracle products (not including proactiv and accutane) it's   greatly appreciated. Thank you so much!
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A. Oh I need to chime in here! When I find something that works, I just need to share. The other responses are fabulous and since I am awake I will weigh-in.   PanOxyl 10... see post
Q. Skin Oil Recommendations for Ace-Prone Skin
Hello! I've been wanting to try the beauty and cleansing oils for a bit now, and I've read tons of online product reviews but I would really like to know which ones everyone loves!   Skin Background: acne-prone skin and sensitive, oily.    Thank you in advance!!
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A. My favorite oil cleanser is The Face Shop's Rice Water Bright Cleansing Oil. It does a great job of removing my makeup. I use that as part of a 2-part cleanse.    My f... see post
Q. Product similar or better than Proactiv?
Spoiler (Highlight to read) Spoiler (Highlight to read) Spoiler (Highlight to read)     HI,  I have been using Proactiv for about a year now, but realized how ridiculously priced it is. I was paying over $100 for a "three month" supply. Even though the 1 month supply was the just a tad smaller! Anyways, It didn't work amazingly that i thought it was worth it. So I am looking for an alternative and i am willing to pay a pretty penny for something that works.    I have Oily, sensitive skin that i usually break out easily.  Proactiv, and the Target brand of Apricot scrubs have been the only things in the past that have worked for me. I have been to a dermatologist and had no luck   I am open to all suggestions!!      *PS i do not know how to get rid of the spoiler tab??
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A. First Aid Beauty is definitely a great brand. I might also recommend adding either argan oil or coconut oil to your daily routine. Also, if you like your local Sephora, ... see post
Q. Cystic acne help...
Has anyone here ever had cystic acne and have been able to get rid of it? Mine always seems to flare up around my time of the month but it's so annoying because it takes months to fully heal and so,rites I am left with scarring. Does anyone have a solution? My skin is combination... Oily on my t-zone and chin but dry around my hairline and eyes sometimes. Any kind of help would be appreciated! Just frustrated! 
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A. I used to have awful cystic acne that never seemed to go away. The only thing that made it finally stop was changing my diet. I cut out most dairy and sweets like cookie... see post
Q. Reoccurring Pimple!!!!!
The only big acne issue I have ever had with my face is the pimple that occurs over and over again in the middle of my forehead, slightly above my eyebrows. Sometimes a cluster of littler pimples will accompany it, sometimes it is painful and swollen under the skin, and sometimes it is a normal, single whitehead. I have had this issue since the beginning of high school, and am now a sophomore in college. At some points in time it will disappear, but at those times I must keep applying acne spot cream to the area or it will reappear. However, currently, it has not gone away fully since February when I went down south to Georgia. It will shrink and become very small at best. Right now it is small with no head and sparse, little pimples beneath it. It is so annoying and makes me very self conscious because it is so noticeable!!! My skin is very dry and this area will start to peel and look cakey under makeup. Also, I have small texture bumps on the bottom of my cheeks near my jaw line which do not go away either, but they are not pimples. If anyone could help with this I would be so grateful. (-:   Skin Care Routine: -Neutrogena Oil Free Acne Wash Pink Grapefruit Cleanser - Clean & Clear Toner (only on problem areas) - Kate Somerville ExfoliKate (every other day) -Origins Super Spot Remover Acne Treatment Gel -Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturizing Lotion + -Clinique All About Eyes Rich - Origins Clear Improvement Active Charcoal Mask (Every 2-3 Days) -Ole Henriksen Lemon Strip Flash Peel (once a week) (I've used 100% Argan Oil in the past) ***I have had my pimple issue prior to using these products
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A. If you have bangs, keep them off the face. Acne face mapping would suggest it's an internal issue - make sure to drink water to flush toxins out.   However, since ... see post
Q. blackheads everywhere!
I have a lot of blackheads on my forehead, nose and a few on my chin. I've tried a lot, but I can't seem to get rid of them! Is there a mask, cleanser or anything else I can try to make them disappear? I recently bought the clarisonic mia and I'm using it with philosophys purity made simple. It has helped a little, but I want these blackheads to be gone!
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A. I would try using Dr. Brandt Skincare Pores No More Cleanser with your Clarisonic.  It dissolves impurities, refines enlarged pores, and clears blackheads and whiteheads... see post
Q. Best Product for Acne Scars, please VOTE!
I have really bad acne scars beginning from when I was a teenager (about 10 years ago) until about a year ago from my adult acne, I finally have it under control and would like to start mitigating the scars, but I am unfamiliar with the products. If you have used any of these products, please let me know which is best for lightening acne scars:   Claudalie Vinoperfect Skin Radiance Serum =A17&id=P94421   Bliss Triple Oxygen Energizing Mask: =A17&id=P165448#BVRRWidgetID   Ren Glycol Lactic Radiance Renewal Mask ryId=A17&id=P203616#BVRRWidgetID  
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A. I used and still using the kakadu vitamin c serum to lighten the dark spot and scarring. And age prevention now.    see post
Q. hard painful pimple like bumps on neck, under chin and along lower jawline take weeks to go away
I keep getting these hard pimple like bumps on my neck and right under my chin also along my lower jawline, they are huge, painful, they never come to a head and take weeks to go away....What is this??? Im 22 and this has been happening for about a year now i need help its so annoying!!
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A. This is what you call cystic acne, and it sounds hormonal to me since it started in your early 20s and is on your jawline. It could also be in conjunction with not proper... see post
Q. Complicated skin is an understatement!
I've tried EVERYTHING! Murad? Kate Sommerville? Clairsonic?   I am looking for any advice on my never ending skin problems. I just turned thirty and for as long as I can possibly remember I've had problem skin. I get acne breakouts---the worst being hormonal break outs around my cycle. I get blackheads, white heads, large blemishes, small blemishes---you name it. Unfortunately it is not only on my face but also on my neck, chest and back. It feels like I have tried everything. From perscription remedies from my dermatologist, acutane and I am sure I have spent a small fortune on skin care products. I am currently using Kiehl's products. I have been using them since October and I have seen minimal results. I have heard good things about Kate Sommerville, Murad and the Clairsonic but before I change my skin care line once again I thought I would get as much advice as possible to avoid spending more money! Please! Any advice would be greatly appreciated! Thanks
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A. RainbowNinja, I can so relate.  I'm 31 and you could have written my story!  I've had acne in varying degrees of severity since high school and have been seeing a derm j... see post
Q. Clarisonic clearing up Acne?
Hi Everyone!    I'm seeing that a lot of people are having great results with the Clarisonic as far as clearing up their acne. I have a Clarisonic but I don't think it is helping. Maybe I'm doing something wrong? How often should I be using it to see results?My face is oily on my nose but dry everywhere else and I have really bad under the skin bumps (not so much active whitehead acne). Any advice would be very helpful!   Thank you!
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A. I too have struggled with acne and if I've learned anything it's that everyone's acne is a little bit different and that what works for someone may not work for someone ... see post
Q. Starting from scratch: New skin care routine
Hi,  Sorry if this is long, but I really need help with starting a whole new skin care routine and curing my acne. Please bear with me!   I am a 19 year old college student who has absolutely no idea what she is doing when it comes to skin care. (Honestly, I will probably be posting a whole different post about makeup too.) My skin was doing well during the summer, but once I came back to start my sophomore year, my skin began to act against me. The place my skin likes to breakout the most seems to be in between my eyebrows and all over my forehead. Recently, I have also been getting two or three zits on my cheeks, around my mouth, and under my chin. Some of these zits have gone away, but they have left scars that honestly look like I still have a zit. I have been trying different products these past few months, but nothing seems to be working.    About my skin: I have combination skin: Oily T-zone, and fairly normal skin on my cheeks.  My main problems that I would like to fix : (from top priority to it would be a nice addition ) -The cluster of acne in between my brows and on my forehead. This acne is mainly just bright red dots; only a few are painful. Reducing redness would be great as well.  -Getting rid of the red scars that have grown on my forehead and between the brows.  -The others places I have been breaking out: chin and cheeks (mild) -Shine/oil control -Pore minimizing   My current skin care routine:  I wash my face both in the morning and at night: neutrogena facial soap bar, then Clinique toner (purple one), then Clinique yellow moisturizer. I exfoliate with St. Ives apricot scrub around 3 times a week. Sometimes I do masks but I have been slacking. I also use neutrogena eye makeup remover and burt's bees grapefruit face wipes.  I am fairly active. My college requires a ton of walking every day, but I do not go to the gym or sweat a bunch. My diet is healthy with lots of fruits and veggies, but honestly it could probably be better. I also 100% make sure to drink 7-8 glasses of water a day.    Really, I'm looking for a new skin care routine that will help solve my skin problems. I need a whole new cleanser, toner, moisturizer, mask, exfoilator, acne treatment, etc. I am open to ANY suggestions and feel free to load on the advice about better ways to take care of my poor face.  Preferably, any products under $40 would be wonderful. If you really want to suggest a product that is high price but you believe it will help me, feel free! I can always save up.    I like to use products that are fairly natural (but they don't necessarily have to be.)   I need serious help because I feel so self-conscious about my face and it's a pure struggle to be in college with this problem. I seriously appreciate any sort of help. Details on how to go about the new routine would be awesome. I literally have no knowledge when it comes to this.    If you need any other information, just ask! Thanks a bunch      
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BEAUTY GURU comeoneileen88 / BEAUTY GURU BEAUTY GURU / answered
A. It sounds like you have a very good basic routine, that just needs a little adjustment to meet some of the skin concerns you have right now.  When I was in college I use... see post
Q. Acne prone, oily, red skin. HELP
I have oily, acne prone, skin that is also red due to acne/acne scars. I am sensitve to tea tree products and things with lavender.  Looking for a AM/PM lotion that won't break me out and will help with oilyness.  Any other skin care regime products are appreciated.   
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A. I'd definitely recommend Dr. Murad's Acne Starter Kit. Just use it constantly; it will even eliminate the acne scars. I have used it a year ago and since then I am acne-... see post
Q. Clarisonic purge
I usually only get a monthly hormonal break out on my chin. I bought the Mia a month ago and my skin has been purging ever since. I have been breaking out for 4 weeks straight. How long does this purge usually last? Is that what Im experiancing, or do I need to switch to a sensitive brush head, or stop using the Mia all together? I havent changed anything else in my routine, I'm using the same cleanser, the same moisturizer, same serum, same foundation, same everything. Please help.
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A. Hi Kristamarie- How often are you using it?  2ce a day as recommended?  I found that was too much for my skin.  I switched to the delicate brush and use it only at night... see post
Q. Best acne scar treatment?
I've never had a bad breakout in my life, but my first few weeks at my humid college apartment (no AC! Wah!) really ruined my back/shoulders. I have this nasty trail of pink/purple scars all down my bra strap line. I've never dealt with acne scars. I have NO idea what to use. I'm going home for Columbus Day weekend and want to stop by Sephora to buy something. Thoughts?   Thanks so much!
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A. It's not a true acne breakout, rather the skin adjusting to the new climate (protecting itself) and will balance out in a few months.   As for hair products, there's a... see post
Q. I have really bad acne. What can I use to make it go away, forever!
I have really bad acne, and I just can't seem to get rid of it or cover it up with makeup. What can I use to get rid of it or cover it up?
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A. I was the same. Finally started to use prescription Retin-A and it is wonderful :) At first it makes your face dry and peeling so just hang in there a few months but the... see post
Q. Help! My skin is sensitive dry and recently suffering from moderate acne.
Anyone with similar issues can you share your regimen? Clinque has not been successful and FAB has not been moisturizing enough, Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated. 
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ashe18 / RISING STAR / answered
A. I would highly recommend Glamglow super mud clearing treatment its a mud mask (a bit on the pricier side) but its worth every penny it helps with everything from breakag... see post
Hi, I'm 13 years old and I have acne and I can't seem to get rid of it. Any suggestions? I'm willing to do anything (besides any surgery's)! PLEASE HELP ME. I NEED HELP!!
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IzzyMc / FRESH FACE / answered
A. Im 13 too and I used to have really horrible acne, Ive heard previously that proactiv doesnt work but i tried it anyway and now my face is all clear, its amazing! Yes, i... see post