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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
Thank you :)   Hopefully this is going to work wonders haha :P see post
Allergic Reaction?
This really sucks. I have somewhat sensitive skin but I've never had a reaction that looks like this and I fear that it will only get worse. It started yesterday in a couple of places and it didn't look bad. Today it got worse.   I'm including a couple photos because I don't know how to best describe it other than "it looks like a bunch of tiny red dots that look like micro pimples".     Below the photos I've included all new products used this week along with all the products I use regularly.   Pictures taken after cleansing and toner.       I've only used a few new things in the past week. Do I need to go farther back? And yes I know I should have spot tested and not introduced so many new things at once but it's done. Deluxe: FAB Face Cleanser (used on Thurs & Fri) Deluxe: Origins Original Skin Renewal Serum (used nightly, I had used a jar sample before and no reaction) Foils: The Face Shop Mango Seed Volume Butter For Face (2X, used Weds & Thurs) Foils: Biotherm Aquasource Everplump (used Fri night, I have used other Biotherm night cream foils and no reaction)   I'm going to go through my whole routine I guess... Every night: The Face Shop Calming Seed Cleanser (if not using other cleansers) The Face Shop Calming Seed Toner Origins Original Skin Renewal Serum A sheet mask The Body Shop Vit E Eye Cream, but I ran out so more recently it's been The Face Shop The Therapy Secret Made Anti Aging Eye Cream The Body Shop Tea Tree Blemish Fade Night Lotion and a cream but I ran out of my usual The Face Shop Calming Seed Cream   Additional products not used nightly: Weds: Laneige Mulberry Yogurt Repairing Mask The Face Shop Mango Seed Volume Butter for Face   Thurs: Boscia Exfoliating Peel Gel Murad T Zone Pore Refining Gel The Face Shop Mango Seed Volume Butter for Face   Fri: Glamglow Flashmud Origins Active Charcoal Mask Biotherm Aquasource Everplump Laneige Water Sleeping Mask
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HALL OF FAMER jozkid / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / replied
@studz Yay! So good to hear. Yeah, finding an eye cream without caffeine is hard, especially since many don't come right out and call it caffeine. More often a botanical... see post
Best Self Tanner - Deep Color, Long Lasting, Non Streaky, Dries Quick, Less Transfer
Evaluating self tanners and I'd love advice from all of you!  There were some older threads that touched on self tanners, but I'm hoping to get some updates now that some new products are out.   I'm looking for:   - Deepest color (not orange of course, not toooo olive either - I'm looking at you Xen Tan); I'd like to be very tan looking (I am med to fair normally) - Last lasting as possible (Vita Liberata is great exaggerating with 2-3 weeks, but ya know) - Non streaky/not prone to splotichess as it fades (no chunking off) - Quick Drying as I hate being wet and sticky in the summer heat, and because I don't want it transferring to everything - No strong perfume scent (coconut OK, DHA smell is even OK) but no floral because gives me huge headache - I prefer mouse/foam, dry oil, even lotion over wipes at this point   Also - so has anyone used Tanceuticals darkest formula?  I read good reviews online but I'm worried they might be paid...   Here's what I've tried recently:   1. Vita Liberata Mouse - I like this, it meets most of my requirements, I just didn't fall in love -- this is my back up.  Some transfer of course.  I would get the deepest shade next time.  Does NOT last 2+ weeks as they claim.  Rosy bronze color with olive undertones.   2. Xen Tan - lotion, not horrible but a little too orange and olive mixed somehow, on my skin - just doesn't look quite natural.  Because this is a heavier lotion, it stays wet and tacky on my skin too long .  I have to use a lot to get good coverage. Just OK.   3. Vita Liberata Dry Oil - I like this, I am trialing it today for the first time.  My bottle is older but had never been opened, finally got around to trying it.  Application is a huge pain however, it comes out in TINY drops from the bottle, it's super thin liquidy and dribbles everywhere.  It does dry somewhat quicker.  The color seems rosy bronze.  I like the idea that it has shimmer although I can't actually see it on my body.   4. Tan Towels - nope. Streaky, orange, dried my skin out, barely tanned me, faded immediately, nope nope nope.   Love to hear your favs and least favs!   Thanks all...  
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HALL OF FAMER Tamara76 / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / replied
@Nicrohr Vita Liberata Self Tanning Mousse is my HG, so I am so sorry that it didn't last long for you.  :(   Did you apply it more than once in 24 hours and did you ... see post
Korres cleanser and Clarisonic
Hi! I've been using my Clarisonic for a couple of weeks now and I'm currently using it with a FAB cleanser. I'm thinking of getting Korres Wild Rose Daily Brightening & Refinishing Buff Cleanser due to my uneven skin tone and dark spots and my question is, can I use that with my Clarisonic? If not, I don't want to store my Clarisonic in the drawers cause it's so expensive and I want to make the most out of it, can I use the FAB cleanser and then use the Korres cleanser as exfoliator or is that too much cleansing since the Korres cleanser works as both cleanser and exfoliator?
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HALL OF FAMER TrysBeautyItems / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / replied
Ok, I don't even use that much due to my skin. For cleansers I just use basic ones, as they get washed off, I prefer a leave on treatment - mask, serum, peel etc. Popula... 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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HALL OF FAMER notcreative / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / replied
Hopefully, they fix it. I know ingredients are the main reason most people look at the site.   I love looking at their reviews, but I never consider them the end all, ... see post
BEAUTY QUESTIONS/ HELP! Thread
Neck Wrinkles! what do you guys do about it???   I am 28, not overweight. And My BIG CONCERNS right now is prominent double chin and very visible wrinkles in my NECK ~sigh  I am using antiaging face creams in my neck instead of face; yet to have one that is showing results. I started doing these korean oil message with spoon (saw it in YOUtube) - too soon to know if it is working.   PLEASE RECOMMEND ME ANY PRODUCTS OR HACKS THAT YOU HAVE TRIED AND SEEN RESULTS.    
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HALL OF FAMER JazaChai / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / replied
Yeah, other than extra weight in the area, this is the biggest cause of neck wrinkles in younger people who don't otherwise have any. I have two prominent creases straig... see post
I need something to help with redness
I have redness on my cheeks and the center of my forehead, it is not acne related. I have not had acne there in almost 10 years.  I have very dry and sometimes sensitive skin. my skin care routine right now is geared towards my skin type and does not cause the redness. I'm looking for something to treat the problem. At this point, Ill even take recommendations on how to cover it up because foundation and concealer doesn't cover it.
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HALL OF FAMER missey1973 / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / replied
I have rosacea and us the it cosmetics line. It has worked well for me. see post
Skin care for combination, dehydrated, blemish (not acne) prone skin
Hi!!! I was wondering if anyone has any skin care product recommendations for dehydrated and blemish prone skin. Lately I've been breaking out more and I find that I have many under the skin type of pimples that just give my skin a bumpy texture somewhat and on top of that I have dehydrated skin. I have very few dry patches but my skin typically feels tight unless I moisturizer and pretty much whenever I wear makeup my face gets oily within a few hours (trying to compensate for the dryness). Any product recommendations will be appreciated!! Thanks  
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BEAUTY MAVEN glowseeker / BEAUTY MAVEN BEAUTY MAVEN / replied
I have the same problem. These products have never made me break out - Estee lauder stay in place foundation - bare mineral primer (white packaging) - dior star found... see post
What does a 25 yr old with normal skin need to be doing everyday? HELP!
Hi everyone! I am 25 year old with normal/semi-dry skin (usually in winter). I am trying to formulate a go-to skincare regimen. Any advice?
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BEAUTY SAVANT Lickety / BEAUTY SAVANT BEAUTY SAVANT / replied
I've never used sunscreen and I'm in my 50's.  I hate the feel of it and the smell - oh god the smell no matter what product.  I wear funky hats and use coconut oil to m... see post
Does reflexology work for itchy skin?
Hi all, I have an itchy skin for the past 4 months. I have tried some home remedies (like turmeric and milk), but that did nothing. I fear to consult a doctor and to use some chemical containing oils on my skin. While searching I found that reflexology works for such skin problems and it will not create any side effects as it is a natural method. I am thinking to try this from Erin Mills Optimum Health What are your suggestions?
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BEAUTY WHIZ prettyangry / BEAUTY WHIZ BEAUTY WHIZ / replied
Hi,  I would be careful about using dihydrogen monoxide on your skin. It has been known to cause severe burns and even metal corrosion, and it might be what is causing ... see post
How to get rid of wrinkles and line?
I'm 32 years old and live in Mississauga. I have seen few lines coming and wrinkles under my eyes. I thought of using anti wrinkle cream to get rid of it. I feel very much depressed when everyone asks me if I'm in my 50's, so one of my friends asked me to go for the non-surgical procedure from mclean clinic in my locality. I have just heard about injectable fillers and botox treatment but don't know much about it. I would like to know if I should consider non-surgical procedure or buy good products that help to get rid of it. Also, I would love to get advice on great products or remedies.      
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HALL OF FAMER DiVWA / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / replied
I'm closer to 60 than 50 and here are my thoughts (which likely won't be ones that others post on this thread):   Be sure to wear sunscreen all the time and good sungl... see post
Dry and flakey forehead at temples near hairline
I've been growing out my bangs and noticed the other day, when wearing a headband, that the skin on my forehead near the hairline above my temples is flakey.   My face/foundation would be nearly flawless except right there - where it looks scaley.  Has anyone else experienced this?  What causes it and what can I do to treat it?  I have a pretty good skincare regime (don't think I'm missing any steps), so any insight would be greatly appreciated.  Thx!
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jesuisjona / FRESH FACE / replied
I have this exact problem as well. It comes and goes, and the only solution I've been able to find is a prescribed lotion calle 'diprosalic lotion'. It fixes the problem... see post
Clarisonic Mia 2 or Foreo Luna?
I really want to get one of these to add to my daily routine. I just don't know which one to get. The Foreo Luna is obviously more money up front, but you have to buy replacement heads for the Clarisonic. So in the end the Clarisonic will cost more. Honestly with price aside which one do you ladies like more?
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BEAUTY BRAINIAC amandasoendoro / BEAUTY BRAINIAC BEAUTY BRAINIAC / replied
I am considering getting one of them too. Currently leaning towards the foreo. Does the foreo cause breakouts?  see post
facelift surgery?
  Hi, my elder sister has a plan to undergo facelift surgery in Dr. Omar Fouda Neel's clinic in Montreal. The problem is that none of our friends or relatives have undergone one before so we are quite unknown about how the procedure would be like, how long would be the recovery time etc. I wish if I could get her some more useful information regarding facelift surgery. Is there any other procedure that should be considered along with facelift to get a better result? Do you guys have any alternative option to suggest?        
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I am looking for a new eye cream. im 40, dark circles, and want to prevent wrinkles. Which eye cream is the best?
StephanieBT BEAUTY ADVISOR / BEAUTY ADVISOR BEAUTY ADVISOR / replied
Hi SLJobron,   Based on your concerns, I'd recommend that you try the Caudalie Polyphenol C15 eye cream and the Algenist Complete Eye Renewal Balm. Both will address... see post
sebaceous filiments products
Do you know of any products that can stop/reduce Sebaceous filiments on the chin
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MaliBT BEAUTY ADVISOR / BEAUTY ADVISOR BEAUTY ADVISOR / replied
Hi tina47,    I recommend a few steps for this. I would try a water-soluble cleanser, and a BHA exfoliant, which with regular use can help to make these  less notice... see post
Blackheads/Sebaceous Filaments on Nose
I have had a problem with the blackheads on my nose for about 15 years. I have otherwise near-perfect skin which is slightly dehydrated, but have never suffered from acne or oiliness. The pore problem is isolated to just my nose, which is also rather large. What I am currently doing to get rid of them is using a pore strip after a steamy shower, then gently exfoliating my face and following up with a charcoal mud mask. This gets rid of them... BUT! I have to repeat the process within 3 days, and I am so tired of doing this. I have done so much research about the topic, and I know someone is bound to respond to this with "Don't use pore strips. They stretch out your pores and make them worse. If you stop using them, the blackheads will go away," but the blackheads are literally so bad that I cannot not be seen in public without clearing them first. The blackheads are 3-D, and stick out of my skin so I can literally feel them when I run my finger along my nose. (Did I mention I have a big nose? The blackheads are very noticeable!) Also, I have tried abstaining from using pore strips for a long time while being diligent with my normal skincare routine, and the blackheads did not just "go away." Below is a list of other products which I have tried to remedy the problem with:   Glamglow Supermud Clearing Treatment Caolion Premium Blackhead Steam Pore Pack Origins Clear Improvement Charcoal Mask Tony Moly Blackhead Out Oil Gel Clarisonic Cleansing System the entire line of Dr. Brandt "Pores no More"   I'm sure I am forgetting even more products which I have used, but NONE of these has helped my nose pores, and I am really open to any suggestions at this point. Has anyone with this problem found a method to fix it? What should I be doing differently? Any advice will help. Thank you so much!
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HALL OF FAMER JazaChai / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / replied
Are you sure they're blackheads, and not sebaceous filaments? This may not be a problem that can be helped, as everyone has them, and how prominent they are is usually m... see post
Searching for a replacement for Estee Lauder Calming Fluid in the Verite' line.
I have super sensitive skin!  I have been using EL's Calming Fluid since its conception...20 some years ago.  It has been discontinued and I am running out of time to find a replacement.  Searching for help...
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BEAUTY BRAINIAC CC50 / BEAUTY BRAINIAC BEAUTY BRAINIAC / replied
Thanks for this -gone but not forgottenI I tried to give you a "heart, but it didn't work! see post
Looking for powder sunscreen
A dry sunblock in a powdered form to reapply over my makeup during the day. Bonus if it is mattifying! I've researched and seen recs for Peter Thomas Roth, Bare Minerals, e.l.f., and Colorscience, but they are either out of my price range or discontinued or unavailable in Canada. Thanks!
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BEAUTY CONNOISSEUR luvmadeup / BEAUTY CONNOISSEUR BEAUTY CONNOISSEUR / replied
Play! By sephora! Does everyone get the same products in their boxes?     see post
Peeling/dry hands
Hey everyone! For the last month or so the skin on my hands has been peeling, dry, and itchy. I've tried everything I can think of (including exfoliating and using FAB, my go-to for any skin issues) but it just seems to be getting worse! Does anyone have any ideas/product recommendations for me?
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BEAUTY SAVANT Lickety / BEAUTY SAVANT BEAUTY SAVANT / replied
I think the best thing you can do for yourself is ask your doctor to send you to a dermatologist.  They are the professionals and they know best what product and treatme... see post
Dry Skin
Hello, please help! Recently I have been on a quest to sooth my never-ending year round dry skin. Im 24 and my skin looks like I'm 80, I have cracks and alligator looking skin all over my body. I get flakes on my forearms, love handle area, and my shins. I just went to a dermatologist yesterday and he wasn't a ton of help but I learned to shower for no more than 5 minutes in luke-warm water, and use a a mild cleanser. I have to admit that due to a lack of knowledge I am guilt of all of this. I not sure which is a good mild body cleaser, suggestion? I also learned that showering everyday can cause dry skin, but I workout really hard everyday and I feel gross if I don't shower. However, if showering everyday is causing my dry skin then I should hold back, but I don't want to always feel sweaty and gross.  Im really unsure how to properly care for my skin for it to not feel so tight, and dry. Please give me some knowledge ! Thank you!  
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BEAUTY SAVANT Lickety / BEAUTY SAVANT BEAUTY SAVANT / replied
Go to the pharmacy and talk to a cosmetician.  You'll be pleasantly surprised at the advice they provide.  For instance, they may recommend Cetaphil cleanser.  Have you ... see post
Will sephora teach me and help me cover up my tattoo, I want to cover it up for a wedding I'm going to.
BEAUTY BOSS Kay522 / BEAUTY BOSS BEAUTY BOSS / replied
Dermablend has some "body" foundations designed to cover marks on the body, including tattoos.   There's videos that show both their Leg and Body Cover and Quick-Fix B... see post
Bikini Line Drama!!!
Hello lovelies!   I got burnt after my brazilian wax a couple months ago and the scar is still there. The burn is right next to my bikini line (very visible when I'm wearing a bikini) and it makes me feel very uncomfortable. The skin is very wrinkly and extremely dark. It was very itchy at the beginning and I didn't know it was a burn so I just applied some soothing cream and kept it moisturized.  I went to a new place yesterday and the waxing lady told me I could get a chemical peel on the whole bikini area to help with the scaring and the hyper-pigmentation but it sounds a little scary. My skin is very sensitive and prone to ingrown and the skin on my inner thighs is a little darker compared to the rest of my body so I'm a little self conscious about that.    I also thought about using peels like DDG or OH Lemon Peel on the skin around the bikini line to help with the scar but I don't know if it's a good idea.    Please let me know your thoughts/ experiences if you ever had to deal with hyper-pigmentation or any type of scars in the bikini area. Any advice or suggestions would be greatly appreciated. 
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HALL OF FAMER ShopgirlM / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / replied
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Hello What skinccare products should i use for sensivtive skin to get rid of large pores and rough texture. Thank you
BEAUTY PRO haleyhamill / BEAUTY PRO BEAUTY PRO / replied
So, you'll never actually be able to get rid of large pore. Pore size doesn't exactly change. You can make them less visible and skin tighter with a skin toner. You want... see post
Moisturizer
Hey, i'd like to know what moisturizer to use on my face before applying makeup. I normally apply moisturizer then primer, then foundation. I'm currently using a knock-off of the POND'S. My skin is normal, not dry or anything. 
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BEAUTY SAVANT Lickety / BEAUTY SAVANT BEAUTY SAVANT / replied
You should be using your primer first - and pat it on, rather than rubbing it in, followed by your moisturizer and then foundation.  If you're not sure of the sequence, ... see post
Spatula for your cream?
Hi girls! I'm wondering what do you use for your creams that are in jars, instead of your fingers ? I used to use my hands to apply a face cream, but I've reading so much how there are too many germs and it's not recommended to put your fingers in any beauty product. Any suggestions?     
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Rosalund / FRESH FACE / replied
For beauty creams when you put your fingers in the jar it changes the creams.  You won't notice it but it does and makes them less effective.   see post
Skincare
I'm an African American male. 21 years old and my skin is oily. I was wondering what would be best to get rid of blemishes on my face and how to stop breaking out when i shave.
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JaneanBT BEAUTY ADVISOR / BEAUTY ADVISOR BEAUTY ADVISOR / replied
Hi YuviePatel,   I suggest Anthony's Glycolic Facial Cleanser. This cleanser  gently removes dead skin cells, and helps to soften and lift beard hairs. Glycolic acid... see post
dry blotchy red spots
Hi, im looking for a skin mask or cream that will help with blotchiness from previous acne damage. I have oily skin and a lot of redness. My makeup does cover up a lot of the of the imperfections, however, they are still visible and i would like to get something that will help me get a more even skintone. I looked at the charcoal masks and red clay mask, but not sure what i best. Can your recommend something? Thank you!
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JaneanBT BEAUTY ADVISOR / BEAUTY ADVISOR BEAUTY ADVISOR / replied
Hi SteffiR,   I love the First Aid Beauty Skin Rescue Purifying Mask With Red Clay. You skin instantly feels fresh and clear!    Another great mask is Glamglow's... see post
Sunscreen For Husband
Hello, I need a recommendation for a good moiturizer with sunscreen for my husband. He has rather sensitive skin, combo, a lot of redness & sun damage. He does not want something in a jar. It needs to be a pump or tube. Something that does not sit on top of his skin & make it white all day. Thank you!
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keelybt BEAUTY ADVISOR / BEAUTY ADVISOR BEAUTY ADVISOR / replied
Hi Gjvaleygirl. I recommend Jack Black Double-Duty Face Moisturizer Broad Spectrum SPF 20. It is lightweight, in a pump and will help reduce some of the redness.    see post
Opinions on hydroquinone cream?
I'm thinking about trying 2% over the counter hydroquinone cream. I've heard some scary side effects, but I've also heard people say nothing else works as well but laser. I'm aware of some of the more frightening side effects like thickening of skin, black/blue skin discoloration. From what I've read these aren't very common, and when they do occur, are from continuous use for a year or more. I've also heard some people say their dark spots got darker, but haven't seen too much on this. I'm also aware you must use sunscreen (which I do anyways). I was looking at the brand Black and White Bleaching Cream. Has anyone tried this or any other hydroquinone cream? I'd really like to hear other people's experience with hydroquinone. Please let me know the amazing, good, bad, or terrible experiences you've had!   Just for reference: I'm fair/light (NC15ish), neutral skin tone. I'm allergic to chemical sunscreen. So I'd like to avoid any creams with spf in it, and just use my physical sunscreen when needed. I have a sunspot (potentially melasma, not sure since it's not on the other side of my face), and a couple sun freckles I'd like to get rid of.
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HALL OF FAMER TrysBeautyItems / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / replied
I would book an appointment, and keep calling to see if there's a cancelation or possibly could you see a primary care doctor? It's understandable it's bugging you. see post