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Regime order & input needed
I'm 30 with medium-toned, combination/oily, acne-prone skin, sometimes even with hormonal cystic acne.  I have pitting and dark scarring from previous acne.  I use Tazorac (tretinoin) every other night via my dermatologist and take Spironolac. I just purchased a Clarisonic Mia 3 which is in the mail..   1) What is recommended to use with the Clarisonic?  I'm hoping it will replace my need for my muslin cloth-using REN Rosa Centifolia Purity Cleansing Balm which I use to help w/ the peeling from Tazorac    My usual AM: -REN Rosa Centifolia Purity Cleansing Balm -Kate Somerville Clarifying Treatment Toner -Murad Post-Acne Spot Lightening Gel (all over face) -Skinceuticals CE Ferulic -Perricone MD Photo Plasma w/ spf 30 OR Murad Essential-C Day Moisture spf 30 -makeup   PM regime: -mild cleanser -Kate Somerville Clarifying Treatment Toner -Murad Post-Acne Spot Lightening Gel -Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair -rotating between my Tazorac & Ole Henriksen Truth Serum Collagen Booster -Murad Essential-C Night Moisture   2)  Am I overlapping or using too many products?   3)  Does this order seem about right?  
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Pore reducer
Hi Im looking for something to reduce the size of my lrge pores especially around my nose.  I'm 58 and normal to dry skin  
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NikaBT BEAUTY ADVISOR / BEAUTY ADVISOR BEAUTY ADVISOR / replied
Hi Randela,   It can be tough to treat pore size when it's not associated with oily skin, as many products are meant to tackle both concerns at one! I would suggest ... see post
Skin Care Regimen for oily, post-acne skin?
What are a few awesome products from Sephora for a complete   skin care regimen to help someone with post-acne scars/discoloration or dark spots/oily skin in order to brighten up and even out the skin's tone and texture?   I don't get acne anytime during the month EXCEPT when it's "that time" of the month, so that is not my main concern. It's more about the acne I had when I was younger and the discoloration and unevenness it has left on my skin. Just looking for something to brighten, even out, and smooth my skin out!   I'm thinking exfoliator, peel, moisturizer, cleanser? Thoughts? Thank you!
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BEAUTY BUFF kelloua / BEAUTY BUFF BEAUTY BUFF / replied
Thanks for the three month update.  It's always good to see how skin responds after having had enough time to truly show the effects.  I understand your feelings on Ole ... see post
Dr. Dennis gross peel gentle enough to help fade & even out injury scar?
Suffer an accident 2weeks before Christmas & I am left with 3 slightly indented scars on my face , 1 on my left center top lip. When I ask about treating scars all doc said ""give it 2-4 months its should heal on it own if you keep it clean. See plastic surgeon 6 months later if it bothers me."  That is the last thing I want to hear cuz I don't believe in it cuz I have seen what happened to my friends with careless surgeons. Before all this happened to me I  was getting serious on wanting to improve uneven texture on my skin. I had got a smaple of Dr.Dennis gross ferulic acid + retinol brightening solution loved how it improve my skin so I order online my 1st original formula 14day kit 2days before I got hurt. I had been doing everything in my power not to return it. 6 1/2 weeks since it happened, my kit just sits there since I've been healing. & during healing process  been using gentle scrubs & cleanser, also la mer concentrate (thank u pam) to help treat & heal my scars. Seems my scars are almost done forming, so I started to use my solution again, but is the peel gentle enough for evening out injury scars? I am trying everything in my power to see what might help me so I can prevent plastic surgery.  
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HALL OF FAMER TrysBeautyItems / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / replied
I would try Mederma scar cream first, it's made to help scars heal and is gentle. Also see another doc/derm, it may be beneficial to get another opinion since the skin i... see post
Too old for acne!!
Hi!  I need serious help trying to find a good facewash for my age.  I'm 38 so I have concerns about fine lines/wrinkles and hydration, however, I guess I'm going through a 2nd puberty and have breakouts on my chin/upper lip/nose ALL the time.  I've tried Murad & Kate Somerville products in the past and have been somewhat happy, but this acne always reappears.    Can you help with a good ongoing suggestion that will treat my acne, but not burn my aging skin?
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BEAUTY MAVEN bem564 / BEAUTY MAVEN BEAUTY MAVEN / replied
Hi Aredhead! Since you are familiar with Kate Somerville products, have you tried the Detox Cleanser? It's a very effective cleanser without being so harsh as to cause d... see post
How Do I Figure Out A Skin Care Routine?
Does anyone have any advice on figuring out a skin care routine? I feel like there are so many brands out there, I don't know where to start. I know what my needs are but just have no idea on where to begin! 
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cheesevino / NEWCOMER / replied
To help form a starting point, a few questions:   What are your needs?   How much time do you want to spend on your skincare routine?   If you can provide details ... see post
Need a new skin care regime!
Hey everyone. So I sort of have oily skin, but at other times dry. I don't really get pimples (sometimes under the skin), but I do suffer from black heads and bumps on my forehead. I currently use Dr. Dennis Gross Hyaluronic Moisture Cushion as a moisturizer in the morning at night. I'm looking for new makeup remover, face wash, and cleanser. I do have sensitive skin, but really want to improve the feel of it. I want smooth skin, with smaller pores... I may be asking for a lot, but help!
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HALL OF FAMER calamityjane85 / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / replied
HI! welcome to bt! My favorites:  http://www.sephora.com/the-brightest-skin-wild-rose-collection-P390255?skuId=1651108  http://www.sephora.com/soft-gommage-spa-gel-P3... see post
I'm interested in using a night cream/oil
...for my dry, dull, (acne prone in that I will get one huge pimple that lasts about a week and scars my face), any recommendations?
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BEAUTY WHIZ msema / BEAUTY WHIZ BEAUTY WHIZ / replied
I have acne prone skin too and I was recommended to buy Clarins Face Lotus Treatment Oil.  It's an astringent and moisturizer in one.  It's very light and absorbs quickl... see post
Product for eye puffiness or dark circles
Anyone know of any great products for puffiness or dark circles under and around your eyes. Any products, suggestions or thoughts are welcome!!! Thanks
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BEAUTY SAVANT GennX / BEAUTY SAVANT BEAUTY SAVANT / replied
Water definitely helps, at least for me it does. Though I should also qualify my statements with the fact that previously my water consumption was around one 10 ounce gl... see post
Conceding to mother nature
Just wanted to get opinions on what point one should concede to mother nature and what point one continues on the search for perfect skin?   At this particular point in time, my issues are mostly prevention.  I'm in my 30s and use creams, lotions, serums, oils, and a variety of other products (depending on weather and such, not all at once), but I have to wonder if I'm just helping myself psychologically and not doing much for my skin.  In terms of genetics, it's definitely on my side, so I sometimes wonder if I'm spending too much money for nothing.  To be precise, I'm not talking about doing away with my skincare routine altogether.  However, oils, expensive creams, the endless search the perfect eye cream, etc - I wonder if that's been mostly unnecessary.
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BEAUTY MASTER jenfromnyc / BEAUTY MASTER BEAUTY MASTER / replied
I find skincare to be extremely important. Skincare helps to prevent Mother Nature from damaging the skin - that's why SPF is so important. I always say, if you can only... see post
Best product for blackheads/larger pores?
Hi guys,    I'm 19, turning 20, and I have a problem with blackheads/large pores up the wazoo. Normally I don't suffer much from acne, even as a teen, but I do have a lot of whiteheads/bumps around my chin. (I blame college) I was wondering your takes on unsightly blackheads on the nose/upper cheek below eye and chin and how to get rid of them and minimize my pores. I wash my face and take my makeup off every day, so I don't think its that. I'm assuming its mostly sweat/needs a good cleaning.  I recently bought Clinique's 7 day scrub cream for exfoliation. I alternate between that and Origins Modern Friction depending on how much exfoliation I need that day.    Is it the exfoliation that's the problem? Am I not cleaning deep enough? or do I need a targeted treatment?    Any suggestions would be helpful. In all honesty, they aren't that noticeable, but they bother the crap out of me. Thanks! 
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HALL OF FAMER lylysa / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / replied
You're too kind, I'm always more than happy to help so reach out whenever you're able! :D see post
Sun Damage HELP!!!
I have a lot of sun damage. At least that is what I think it is. They brown spots on my face showed up summer 2013, when I was pregnant. They haven't gone away yet. So, I'm thinking it wasn't from my pregnancy. What is the best thing I can use to help alleviate these spots. 
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HALL OF FAMER greenchilli / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / replied
DDG peels are indeed a game changer.  It has helped me keep my skin smooth and clear. see post
Desperate need of a skincare routine
Hi! I'm 19 years old and I have just gotten really serious about having a consistent skin care routine. My skin type is mostly combination but more on the oily side. My biggest problem that I have is that I have serious black heads on my nose. I do not know how to get rid of them! Right now I have a clarisonic which I try to use everyday-if not, every other day. I also cleanse with the purity face wash and I also moisturize. I've been using my clarisonic for about 3 months now and for some reason I just don't see that many life changing results. I need help! maybe someone can direct me in the right direction to getting rid of my blackheads, because they are just so ugly and super gross!
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HALL OF FAMER TrysBeautyItems / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / replied
If you like Boscia's that's fine. I use Origins Clear Improvements. Others like GlamGlow supermud. You can get samples in store to try out a few. see post
Skincare Routine
Recently I switched my skin care routine because my old one was not working at all. On November 16th, I started using First Aid Beauty cleanser, Ole Hendriksen Grease Relief toner, and Clinique Dramatically Different Gel moisturizer. Since then, I haven't been getting major pimples, but my main concern was bumpy skin, and pores which hasn't improved. On Christmas I got a Clarisonic, so I've been using that every morning. Still no improvement in my skin, and its getting incredibly frustrating. SOS, any suggestions? 
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HALL OF FAMER greenchilli / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / replied
Steph   I agree with Chicdabbler that a gentle exfoliant will really help with bumpoy texture.  Very often this is just dead skin that collects together instead of she... see post
SIJCP Skincare Set?
I seem to recall that SIJCP had a chose-your-own skincare set in early January last year.  Does anyone know whether that will happen this year?  I rarely make it to the mall, so if anyone sees anything in a store and lets me know, I will shower you with hearts!
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HALL OF FAMER skintester / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / replied
As mentioned previously, check Suzealex's post on the SIJCP skincare set (link below). To know more about hearts on BT, read notcreative's explanation in this other thre... see post
Natural exfoliators / peels
Hello, BT,   I am seeking recommendations of a new product for exfoliating. I like to use Fresh Sugar Face Polish as a gentle scrub and moisturizing treatment, but lately I have found that my skin's appearance is vastly improved by a weekly deeper exfoliation. I received a deluxe sample of Laura Mercier's Face Polish around the holidays and I have loved the effect it has on my skin (removing dry spots, smoothing and softening, etc.), but I cannot continue to use it. I discovered that it contains polyethylene microbeads which ecologists have found build up in aquatic ecosystems and in the animals which ingest them (and they get there from all of these at-home exfoliators being rinsed down the drain). Some may be able to look the other way, but I am a biologist and, as such, am unable to ethically continue use of such a product. So I need a better alternative. Specifically, I am looking for a natural exfoliant or even a peel which will yield the same results as the Laura Mercier exfoliant.   So, ladies (and gentlemen), what are your favorite exfoliators sans polyethylene / microbeads? I have never used a peel but am also open to that if it yields similar results and won't burn my face off.   Thanks!
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BEAUTY BOSS dejena / BEAUTY BOSS BEAUTY BOSS / replied
Thanks @aleshamaxime for the link! I gotta check that out :)   Boscia Makeup-Breakup oil is still my favorite. Just recently I forced myself to get through Nude's clea... see post
Anyone tried micro rollers?
I was hoping to find the Bliss micro roller at Sephora! I heard good things about it! Anyone used other micro rollers like Derma Roller in the past? Which one(s) would you recommend? Care to share your experience%
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HALL OF FAMER Nicrohr / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / replied
Hmmm interesting.  I'd always dismissed these.  I have a chicken pox scar I'd like to dimish. Hmmmm. see post
Anyone Try The 24k Donna Bella Products That Were On Hautelook?
I bought three different 24k Donna Bella products from Hautelook recently because I thought it was a much less expensive way to try the brand.       I tried one of the products the other night - the 24k Deep Facial Peeling.  It left an awful gum residue on my face that actually balled up and got stuck on every facial hair on my lower jaw/chin area.  I had to use alcohol to remove it.  I am wondering if Hautelook sold expired or bad product?  It is also a non-returnable final-sale item, and Hautelook is refusing to take it back.      Has anyone else tried this product?  If so, does it really do this, or did I get a bad product? I am now afraid to try the other products I bought because I have to wonder about their freshness/authenticity. Thanks!
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HALL OF FAMER fluffymuha / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / replied
Really now? On a 2-month old thread? This sounds incredibly unbiased. :D  see post
Recommendations on a toner...
Hello ladies! I am looking for a toner but I have no clue where to start...  I have recently completely overhauled my skincare routine and I'm seeing some nice benefits from it, but I still am fighting with getting my pores to be less noticeable. Here's my routine: A.M.- FAB Face Cleanser- apply to dry face, clean off with warm washcloth FAB Facial Radiance Pads FAB daily facial moisturizer   P.M.- Simple face wipes (to remove makeup) Sephora makeup remover (eye makeup) Glamglow Supercleanse daily cleanser - I apply to a dry face, let sit while I shower, then lather and rinse off. FAB daily facial moisturizer   So far, I have seen a DRAMATIC reduction in my acne, and have not had ANY cystic acne this cycle.  That alone is a huge step in the right direction.   I am, however, still a little more oily than I would like to be during the day, and my pores are still a big issue.  I can see daily that the Glamglow is clearing my pores out, but they are still big and noticeable, even under my Tarte Timeless Smoothing primer.   So my question is- would a toner help with the pores?  Which toner would compliment the routine I am using?  I also have fine lines (I'm almost 33).  I'm not greasy oily, but I do blot once or twice a day.  I am posting this in other skin concerns because this is less of an acne issue and more of a pore issue.   TIA ladies!    
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BEAUTY WHIZ Nykole / BEAUTY WHIZ BEAUTY WHIZ / replied
Thanks!  I will remember to do that.  I am trying to be patient :)  I am happy to see the results I have so far and don't want to regress so I will try to allow my skin ... see post
BELLI Anti Blemish Face Wash
I was just wondering if any of you have used the BELLI Anti Blemish Face Wash consistently w/ great benefits from it  ( I know they have it at Ulta & the single tube is S.O., and their site) ? I am not pregnant but I am having hormonal  changes. I am having some breakouts & ( jaw line mainly but doesn't hurt or really turn red, etc.) & temperamental skin ( & I am going through a detox / Holistic health plan).   I used a sample of it UST 1 time & loved the way my skin looked & felt instantly (& I am about out of my normal face wash). I looked into Juice Beauty but this seems like a better choice ( & price) for what I have going on ( hormonal imbalance & detox of body, etc. ).   It has a bunch of research & screening behind it & it only has Lactic Acid instead of Glycolic, etc. I was also wondering other than the fact our bodies make this on it's own (Lactic Acid), what are the benefits w/ someone like my skin ( & detox)? Also, what is the difference in these acids when it comes to skin type / what's going on w/ skin?    I have dry to norm. skin (more so dry but better), redness in cheeks (gotten better), " can be " sensitive skin, and hormonal changes.   Any info would be greatly appreciated!  
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TheBBco / FRESH FACE / replied
I've used it for over 2 years. I started because I was pregnant and just kept using after because I love it so much. It seems to work really well for me for the most par... see post
how to help my acne??
im all of a suden been breaking out a lot, i use the orgins cheeks and balances face wash and the clean and clear moisturizer. What are some good products for me to use?? I'm 12 years old and looking for something not to expensive!! what are your thoughts??
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BEAUTY BUFF kitkat8821 / BEAUTY BUFF BEAUTY BUFF / replied
I would try the acne.org products. After using religiously for a month, my acne is totally clear. It does flare your skin up for a week, but then it diminishes redness a... see post
Dr. Denis Gross Skincare Question
What is the difference between the Triple Correction Eye Serum and the Brightening Solution? Both Ferulic + Retinol products.  Thanks!
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TaydeBT BEAUTY ADVISOR / BEAUTY ADVISOR BEAUTY ADVISOR / replied
Hi xalexandriax,   The Triple Correction eye serum is a  brightening, antiaging retinol eye serum that prevents and reduces the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, a... see post
At home treatments for PIH?
Hi so I'm finally marrying my best friend and father of my kids and I want to look beautiful but it feels like it's taking forever to see big results. I used to have adult acne but have finally gotten in under control over the past year. I have been getting microdermabrasions for the past three months at my dermatologists office and switched it up today to a luminizing chemical peel. The peel is still on (stays on for 6 hours)  but of course I am not seeing too much change my pores seem to be less noticeable but that's it. What other at home peels or treatment serums works well on PIH?
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HALL OF FAMER starsandbucks / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / replied
There's a product that used to be called MaMa lotion (the name is a little misleading - it was called that for the mandelic acid), but I believe it's now been rebranded ... see post
Thoughts on Paula's Choice?
Do you agree with her views on skincare products?  I'm on a hunt for my Summer night serum & moisturizer. I think I'm going to purchase the Perricone Blue Plasma even though it stinks so bad of fish & I hate fish. I've been researching products a lot and one of the sites I was on was Paula's Choice. She is not a fan of the serum... Actually the more I read through her "beautypedia" reviews, it seems like she's not a fan of a lot of products. I also got a feeling she was mainly trying to push her own products and Olay.  Examples:  - She's against treatment cleansers since it's just "washed down the drain". I have to disagree with this. When I use a treatment cleanser, although they can be drying, I do see improvement in my breakouts.  - Witch Hazel is bad. I find witch hazel to be an important ingredient when choosing a toner. She think it's just as bad as alcohol if not worse.    Products she gave a "poor" rating to:  - Anthony Logistic's Glycolic cleanser got a poor rating because it doesn't contain any glycolic acid.  - doctor dennis gross's A/B pads since we can just skip step 2 by simply splashing water on our face to deactivate step 1.  - Dior Capture Totale One Essential Serum because it's not a "miracle serum" since it's primarily just "water, slip agents, and alcohol" - ExfoliKate - Just about every Ole Henriksen product I love   - Origins Checks & Balances, Charcoal Mask & every other decent product from them - Most Murad products   I do agree with a few points she makes, like companies need to stop putting active ingredients in clear vials so the sun doesn't break down the properties of the treatment. Also jar packaging is a big no-no for her. I understand that some creams are too thick to be put in a pump, but what about those airless jars that Bosica & Dermadoctor are using? I hate sticking my fingers in jars & the air does break down the active ingredients over time...  Overall though, I don't think I'll be going to her site when I'm researching a new product I want to try. 
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BEAUTY WHIZ BaseballMommy / BEAUTY WHIZ BEAUTY WHIZ / replied
Thank you so much for posting this! I'm ordering her book now :) I've started using tretinoin for fine lines and dark spots and feel like I've been on a hamster wheel e... see post
Sagging jowls and neck, any suggestions?
laurabt BEAUTY ADVISOR / BEAUTY ADVISOR BEAUTY ADVISOR / replied
Hi jesse, I recommend trying the Perricone MD Cold Plasma Sub-D. It is formulated to target the loose, sagging skin along the jawline. It is pricey, but check out the ... see post
Face sweats terribly when applying my make=up - help!
HALL OF FAMER makeupobesessed / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / replied
Theres a product med-i-tate that makes face wipes to help prevent sweating.  You can wipe them almost anywhere according to what I remember, including face.  I think you... see post
Acne Scar Treatment + Current Acne
I'm looking for a serum/cream that will help with acne scars that also works for someone with current acne.  I have been using Clinique Dark Spot Corrector and while I do see a difference, I frequently get pimples still so the results are not as impressive.  I do use an acne treatment and use that before the dark spot corrector.  A Clinique sales associate said to do that.   More about my skin: late 20s, gets hormonal acne; oily/combination skin that tends towards dry in the winter.     I would appreciate any suggestions!
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HALL OF FAMER Koofa / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / replied
I can't suggest anything just yet, but I am in the same boat as you and my skin is pretty similar to yours as well (combination/oily) - I just purchased the Kate Somervi... see post
Skincare recommendations for blackheads?
  My skin isn't oily. But I have a huge blackhead problem. If I'm not in the mirror trying to extract them all for like an hour every 2 days it looks like somebody sprinkled pepper on my nose and ew. I'm open to anything- face washes, masks, anything that will help. I was using Neutrogena's blackhead eliminating daily scrub but it was a bit drying. Most Neutrogena stuff seems to be for me. I currently don't have any sort of skin routine but it seems to me I should probably start.
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Susuberro / FRESH FACE / replied
First off scrubbing helps but over scrubbing can also damage the skin and leave little unseen cuts    Recommendation would be for daily routine 1) Cleanser 2) toner 3)... see post
dark spots
have kinda a dark mustache over top lip! nothing covers it what to do about it?  
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HALL OF FAMER mberteig / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / replied
Hello,   Is it the skin that is dark or do you have dark hair?  If it is hair, just wax it.  Over time, the amount of hair will be less and it will be lighter. see post
Foot care,,, tried everything still looking!!
Let me start off by saying that my feet are sooooooooo much work! I have tried my micro pedi amd it's not doing as good as had hoped! This month I bought the Soap and Glory heel genius and so far it's not doing much. I have rough heels and have to file them twice a week to keep them soft! Is there any other products that you have tried that really works? I'm so frustrated and sick of spending all this time and money for products that don't work, lol. Please tell me if anything is working good for you! Thanks in advance, Dan 
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HALL OF FAMER kbmatthews / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / replied
In case you're still looking... the Diamancel foot buffer is the only thing that works well for me. I have the kind of feet that get dry, rough patches/callouses, even a... see post