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Dermatitis, Skin Reactions to Products, Skin Allergies - Post concerns, problems, potential solutions here
I thought I'd start a thread for people to post issues they're having with their skin that relate to dermatitis, reactions to certain products, skin allergies, and similar issues. I think having a central thread may help for sharing ideas and learning from each other.   I have super sensitive skin myself but have been on BT long enough to see that practically everyone has had a skin reaction to some product or another and sometimes sharing with others really helps narrow down the cause and solution. This thread isn't meant to be a place to post about the more common skin issues such as minor acne, wrinkles, etc. that we all experience, but rather a place to post about the more unusual ones relating to specific products/ingredients or longer term ones that are not related to age or hormones such as eczema, psoriasis, rosacea, dermatitis, and just the puzzling things that our skin does from time to time.   I'm not an skincare expert by any means and unless someone asserts that he or she is one, this thread is more of a place to share ideas and experiences rather than a place to seek definitive answers or treatment.    Other helpful threads: Bite Beauty allergic reactions: http://community.sephora.com/t5/Lips/Bite-Beauty-A llergic-Reactions/td-p/2413760
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HALL OF FAMER DiVWA / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / replied
Thanks for your input @RainbowRae. I was thinking it was the copper too since I'm already allergic to some other metals. But maybe I'll try it in a few months. My husba... see post
What makeup and cleanser and moisterizer is recommended for rosacea?
I have rosacea and am looking for cleansers, moisturizers and makeup that is recommended and/or used by fellow rosacea women. Thanks Alison
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SPECIAL GUEST plumparvati / SPECIAL GUEST SPECIAL GUEST / replied
Hi Alison!   [edited to add more]   I have rosacea too and while my general makeup plan is a mess (I've yet to find any combination of products that look polished an... see post
under eye puffiness
Hello, I am 64 years old..and I have wasted so much money on eye products...most  promise to help remove the puffiness under my eyes..I know that surgery is the only way to really remove the it... but is there a product that  if used over a period of time ... really would work to help l the puffiness under my eyes  and even help  the eyelids to tighten up.?  thank you for your help   pam. 
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DaneeBT BEAUTY ADVISOR / BEAUTY ADVISOR BEAUTY ADVISOR / replied
@pamjo,   The Dr. Dennis Gross Ferulic + Retinol Eye Cream is another great eye cream! However, this product is mainly for firming, lifting, and brightening the und... see post
DRUNK ELEPHANT AHA Moment OR SUNDAY RILEY Power Couple Duo: Total Transformation Kit
Hi! I am looking to try new skin care products, and I am unsure whether I should try the DRUNK ELEPHANT AHA Moment set or the SUNDAY RILEY Power Couple Duo: Total Transformation Kit...maybe both? (perhaps that's excessive? lol)   For reference I am 25 with combo/dry sensitive skin that is ALSO acne prone (sigh) I have few hyper-pigmentation spots and dry patches. I currently use a retinoid serum and different mild AHA/BHA toners.      
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BEAUTY MAVEN wokekeh / BEAUTY MAVEN BEAUTY MAVEN / replied
just about to ask the same question! see post
HELP!!! My skin has gone crazy....
  I don't even know where to start...... my skin has always been very smooth and normal until recently. I am 32 and it seems that over the last few months my skin has gone NUTS!! I have these little tiny under the skin bumps that have popped up and will not go away. They aren't pimples but more like an under the skin rash or allergic reaction. They do not itch or bother me at all other than I can't stand the way they look or how they've changed the texture of my skin. Other than this problem I just have the typical problems someone my age would have: beginning signs of aging such as fine lines, larger pores, uneven skin tone/texture, and an oily T-zone. I'm not sure what I'm using that is causing or contributing to the issue so I think I'm going to change my skincare and foundation (I currently use Clinique Beyond Perfecting Foundation). After reading about the issues I'm having I would love some input from you guys. Any and all suggestions on products that I should try would be greatly appreciated. This picture is terrible and I hate it because it's like I'm living in someone else's skin but I wanted to post it so you could see what I'm dealing with here Thanks guys!!
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SPECIAL GUEST HayleyBonnette / SPECIAL GUEST SPECIAL GUEST / replied
I have no idea why that last picture loaded sideways. SORRY :( see post
What are the best sunscreens for sensitive skin?
I have very sensitive skin that tends to react to every sunscreen I try. Can anyone recommend any?
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HALL OF FAMER tessie84 / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / replied
I have really sensitive skin and have had success with Cerave sunscreens, which contain mineral, or physical barrier, sunscreens. Furthermore, Cerave products have hyalu... see post
My makeup and skin looks so gross after 6-8 hours! Help!
Ok, so let me try to explain thoroughly so that people can provide accurate help!  I currently have a lovely skincare regime including products from Peter Thomas Roth and Algenist, however my cleanser(s) are Tatcha and mask(s) are Glamglow.  I also wear a primer before my foundation (Cane+Austin) and am currently using UD's naked skin foundation.  I drink enough water each day, and I do not over exfoliate (I do it maybe 2-3 times a week).  I have normal skin (well, or so I thought) with slight oil in the t zone during the summer, and fully normal in the winter (however I have dry cheeks in the winter).  I have noticed that my chin has tiny under-skin bumps as well, like they are ALWAYS there, and sometimes they turn into zits.  Not sure if that's relevant or not.  I also have been using UD's setting spray as well, and oh yes Laura Merciers setting powder.   If anyone has ANY suggestions of what I can do, please help! The photo below shows my issues, and it only seems to happen on my chin, around my nose and also around the top of my forehead.  
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BEAUTY BUFF bonbon2014 / BEAUTY BUFF BEAUTY BUFF / replied
honey your skin texture is a bit all over the map. What I would recommend is to get the most hydrating masque you can get your hands on. I like glamglows thirsty mud an... see post
Korres Golden Krocus Ageless Saffron Elixir Serum alternatives?
I really adore Korres Golden Krocus Ageless Saffron Elixir Serum and I just got done using a full sized container but I dont think I can afford to put down another $98 for another bottle. Is there anything that is as lightweight and an elixir/serum I can put underneath my moisturizer and not so expensive? Or at least a different brand to try something new?
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BEAUTY BRAINIAC Sara0326 / BEAUTY BRAINIAC BEAUTY BRAINIAC / replied
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Dry, Sensitive Skin & Pores
Hey everyone! My skin has decided to take on multiple personalities as of late and I was wondering if anyone could offer any suggestions? I lean towards dry but my pores, especially on my cheeks and nose have been getting large and clogged a lot recently (this has never actually been a problem for me), as well as getting breakouts on my chin. Unfortunately I'm quite sensitive and allergic to coconut, which really limits my options...help!
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BEAUTY BUFF KristinGL / BEAUTY BUFF BEAUTY BUFF / replied
I've been using pure Aloe as a moisturizer and it has calmed my skin down, reduced redness, and the overall condition of my skin has improved. I highly recommend it! see post
Uneven skin tone, broken capillaries, old acne scars, red spots, fair skin, please help!
Hello all. I used to have mild acne and now I experience the occasional pimple, but I never notice my skin getting better because I always seem to be waiting on old red spots (and new ones) to disappear. My natural face shows old acne scars, pesky red spots, an uneven complexion and a few broken capillaries around my nose. I imagine it can be attributed to the history I had with mild acne, being fair skinned and sun exposure. I need a good product that can bring an all over and more healthy even looking skin and tone so I can stop covering up so much with make up.    Help!
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Meghanls13 / FRESH FACE / replied
Hi Gemnicole, how long do you think it took to start fading your broken capillaries? They're the last issue on a long list I'm trying to resolve. Any guess and any other... see post
What Makeup remover do you use?
I tried to find a thread dedicated to this, but was unsuccessful.  I want to hear what you use to remove your makeup!  I feel like this step can sometimes be tossed aside but it is very important.   I currently use AmorePacific Oil cleanser.  I have sampled other oils and always come back to this one.  I really like omorovicza thermal cleansing balm but not the price.   So please share, what is your favorite method?  Is it a wipe, an oil, milk, etc?  How do you feel about it?    
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HALL OF FAMER Sonny4President / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / replied
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Eye Cream Help: Allergy Eye
I am looking for an eye cream that can help with redness and puffiness around and under my eyes. I have had bad allergies lately and my eyes are looking red and irritated. I hope to find something that can help with the red and maybe brighten my eyes up a little bit. Any suggestions would be appreciated. Thanks!
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JaneanBT BEAUTY ADVISOR / BEAUTY ADVISOR BEAUTY ADVISOR / replied
Hi @luvboobays,   I suggest trying Dr. Perricone MD's Hypoallergenic Firming Eye Cream. This eye cream is great if you have sensitive eyes or eyes that are prone to... see post
i need a really good product that will take care of acne scars
BEAUTY BUFF TG4TG / BEAUTY BUFF BEAUTY BUFF / replied
Dermatologists and local spa/laser clinics usually offer chemical peels that are very effective in treating stubborn acne scars and preventing skin congestion. I have fo... see post
Glycolic acid toner!
Hi! Can anyone recommend a Glycolic acid toner that's free of salicylic acid and alcohol? I'm currently using the Anthony Glycolic wipes, but only 30 come in a pack and I use them twice/day, so it's not cost effective. I'd love to find a regular Glycolic toner, but everything that I've found either has salicylic acid too (which breaks me out) or bad alcohols (which dry me out).    Thanks so much! 
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HALL OF FAMER TrysBeautyItems / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / replied
Also look into Mario Badescu's one, there products are very gentle, but effective - also contact them directly for samples tailored to your needs. see post
What Is a good deep cleansing mask/products?
I have normal skin and some acne on my chin and forehead I am trying to clear up. I wear a lot of makeup almost everyday and because of it my skin occasionally feels like its gross and clogged up from all the products. Is there anything that will help my skin to feel more clean and refreshed and get rid of all the gunk in my skin?
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BEAUTY MAVEN TiffanySierra / BEAUTY MAVEN BEAUTY MAVEN / replied
Origin's charcoal mask is definitely the best product you can buy and it's not nearly as expensive as Boscia or GlamGlow (I've tried all of them). Although it sounds li... see post
Eye Cream For Thinning Eyes
I have used hydrocortisone cream for years on my eyes to treat eczema, since I was a little kid. Now that Im getting older I have realized the side effects of hydrocortisone used for a prolonged time and want to prevent thinning and repair my skin.  I am basically looking for a hydrating eye cream that will assist with this if it even exists lol, not sure if thats asking too much but I have no idea where do even begin there are so many eye creams! Thanks 
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MaliBT BEAUTY ADVISOR / BEAUTY ADVISOR BEAUTY ADVISOR / replied
Hi sydneyd2612,   I went ahead and moved your post for you! You can now view it under Skincare/Other Skin Concerns.   As @krunce mentioned, a product with vitam... see post
How do you treat uneven skintone?
jo098 / FRESH FACE / replied
Will it be good for person after facelift treatment?  see post
blackheads
I want something that is good for black heads but I don't like any of the scrub-and-wipe kind of products, because I feel like it doesn't do anything for me. I would really like to find something that you would apply and wait for it to dry so that you can peel it afterwards.
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BEAUTY BRAINIAC DAnne / BEAUTY BRAINIAC BEAUTY BRAINIAC / replied
i would recommend going to a spa and having a facial.  You need extractions done.  Blackheads don't just disappear.  You need to remove them.  After the facial make sure... see post
Night Shift skin routine
I work 3rd shift, and I'm not sure what to do with my skin care routine. On one hand you hear that your skin regenerates when sleeping, on the other you hear your skin repairs itself between 11PM and 2 AM the most.   So should I do my night time routine at night, before work. Or in the morning before trying to sleep? I use retinol products, anti-aging products etc. It's so annoying to try and figure out what my new skin care schedule should be.
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BEAUTY GURU snoflakefaerie / BEAUTY GURU BEAUTY GURU / replied
I work at night and usually go to be between 4 and 6 am. I do my routine the same as anyone else would, where I put my retinol on before I go to bed, I just make sure my... see post
Skin Care Routine - Multiple Issues
Hi, gals! I've recently began trying this whole self-improvement thing. Exercising, losing weight, and I'd like to get back into the swing of things with a good skin care and makeup routine. I have way more issues now that I'm nearly 40 than I did when I was in my early 20's and could basically wash and go.   Here are a list of my problems I'm facing. Many of the were brought abut post-chemo, and I'm guessing hormones since I was thrown into menopause.    1 - I have mild rosacea. It stays fairly controlled with Mary Kay Clear Proof. I do still have some redness and bumps. My only concern with this is how dry my face is after using this. I'm ok with redness if someone can recommend a good makeup that will cover it.    2 - I have really large pores on my nose. Makeup looks terrible in that area, and it rubs off easily.    3 - By noon, it looks like I have no makeup on at all.    4 - My skin doesn't feel smooth and soft, so my makeup doesn't look smooth and soft. I am currently using a Mary Kay foundation or CC cream, along with their mineral powder. I have also tried other foundation types and one other brand, and it still does not look great on my face. The powder, maybe, looks too heavy, redness still peeks through, and you can tell I'm caked up with makeup.   5 - Here it is - the dreaded question - facial hair. I had some mild problems before, but now that I've hit menopause, it is really bad. I am not a candidate for hormones, so I just really need something to help keep this away. The creams make it grow back worse than before. What are you using that's tried and true?    Keeping all of these things in mind, what do you love using?    I need things to treat/cover the following:  - redness/acne -large pores -dry skin -cakey makeup -lasting wear -facial hair   Thank you! Spoiler (Highlight to read)        
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BEAUTY MAVEN rae1993 / BEAUTY MAVEN BEAUTY MAVEN / replied
Hi!    I only have recommendations for a few things on your list! Some of your problems can cause others! (Dryness causes large pores, and your make-up to look cakey; ... see post
HELP ME PLEASE- ANYBODY
what is on my face? what can i do? I will literally buy anything. 
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SPECIAL GUEST nancyishere / SPECIAL GUEST SPECIAL GUEST / replied
Sorry I posted twice you guys but you have have been really helpful and I appreciate all your responses <3  see post
Blackheads on nose and chin
I've been struggling with large, deep, noticeable blackheads for over four years now and I'm just ready to get rid of them. My skin is normally combination but it tends to get more oily in the summer. I've tried lots of products from the drugstore such as the blackhead scrub from Clean and Clear, Yes To Tomatoes Active Charcoal Mask and Yes To Tomatoes Active Charcoal Sheet Mask. I've also tried products from Lush such as Coal Face Cleanser, Dark Angles Cleanser, Mask of Magnaminty, Cupcake Mask and Don't Look At Me Mask. I've even used pore strips from Boscia and the Target Brand. Any product suggestions?
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HALL OF FAMER TrysBeautyItems / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / replied
Most likely not blackheads then. Sebaceous filments don't go away, it's just natural oil blockage that can only be temporarily treated. You can Google the differences. A... 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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SIGHTSEER sephora17 / SIGHTSEER SIGHTSEER / replied
  I don't always agree on her views on skin care products, mainly because -- as much as she may know what she's talking about from years of analyzing ingredients and pu... see post
Serum and More
Hey Beauties ! I would like some advice on to how fade away dark sports with serum or whatever else! My skin is dry and sensitive. Thank you !!!
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HALL OF FAMER TrysBeautyItems / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / replied
You may like Lumene vitiman c essence, it's like a serum but before serum and/or moisturizer. Vit c will help fade marks and the rest is hydrating, I don't have dry skin... see post
In need of a night cream......
I need a good night time cream...any suggestions...something that pumps your skin and makes it nice and silky....any recommendations?
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BEAUTY MASTER JoannaMC / BEAUTY MASTER BEAUTY MASTER / replied
My new favorite night cream is Fresh Rose Deep Hydration Face Cream - I used a deluxe sample and fell in love! It felt so hydrating but yet absorbed well and didn't clog... see post
Skincare for dull skin
Lately I have noticed that my skin is dull. Any advice on how to revive my skin? Thank you!!!
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HALL OF FAMER kelloua / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / replied
What's your current routine like?  For me I find it's a combination of regular exfoliating with a chemical exfoliant and then using serums and oils to help keep skin hyd... see post
THANK YOU SEPHORA AND OLE HENRIKSEN!! <3
So today I got my package from Sephora and Ole Henriksen. I received the Power Bright 3-step skin brightening system. There are 6 treatments in the box. It has a 25% Vitamin C concentrate. I haven't tried something like this and am excited to!! Thanks for the genorous gift. =)   As per Sephora-    Solutions for: - Dullness - Uneven skintone - Fine lines and wrinkles   This set contains: - 6 x 0.14 oz Facial Mask - 6 x 0.11 oz Facial Mask Concentrate - 6 x 0.11 oz Facial Cleanser - 2 x Complexion sponges   $66 CAD/$55 USD   I will update on how it works out for me!    
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HALL OF FAMER jesscheems / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / replied
I used this for the second time around and made a video for anyone that cares to see it. I know @Anewxa told me she would like to see a video on it and I have a new YT ... see post
SPF setting spray?
So, I know we should all be wearing SPF everyday, even when we are out in the sun minimally. It has anti aging benefits, etc and even being in the car the sun can still do damage. So my question is do setting sprays with SPF, like the Coola Spray that has SPF 30  http://www.sephora.com/makeup-setting-spray-spf30- P396623?keyword=COOLA%20Makeup%20Setting%20Spray%2 ... or the one from Super Goop  http://www.sephora.com/defense-refresh-setting-mis t-spf-50-P396249?keyword=SUPERGOOP!%20Defense%20Re ... . Are these really good replacements for when one can't wear sunscreen? Just a regular day when I'm wearing makeup and not going to the beach or something similar? I know foundations with SPF aren't enough, but how about these setting sprays? Anyone have other recommendations? I'd also like to note that I have dry, sensitive skin. 
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BEAUTY MASTER mella900 / BEAUTY MASTER BEAUTY MASTER / replied
I use mineral sunscreens that I can brush before I go out side whether I'm wearing make up or not (colorescience). It's working so far, since my arms are really tan but ... see post
Skincare for mature skin with rosacea
My mother has had red and inflamed skin for a while. She has asked me recently what to do about it but i am not familiar in this area. I was thinking a cooling mask/cream or something of that kind but i am not sure. Any help?
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HALL OF FAMER TrysBeautyItems / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / replied
Part of the inflammation is probably due to lack of sticking with using products for a good amount of time. Nothing is going to give lasting results in one use, unfortun... see post
Looking for something to make my pores smaller....any suggestions?
NikaBT BEAUTY ADVISOR / BEAUTY ADVISOR BEAUTY ADVISOR / replied
Hi giannadante2,   Do you prefer to address the appearance of your pores through skincare, or makeup? Personally I like to approach these types of common skin issues... see post