All Other Concerns
annika
Hyper pigmentation/ Melasma treatment?
I'm almost 26, have normal, sometimes blemish-prone skin, and have just developed my first sun spot on my cheek, near my nose and have been battling a dark patch on my upper lip for a while now as well. I exfoliate daily/every other day with Origins Instant Brightening pads & I use Ole Henriksen Truth Serum, and that combo seems to work well for acne marks, but not doing much good to my new sun spot or my "mustache"... Any recommendations on products to treat these issues? Spoiler (Highlight to read)    
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gogreyhound
HALL OF FAMER gogreyhound / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / replied
OK, you are right about the hormones. Sometimes a change in pills can help, ,but the "mask of pregnancy" as they call it is a side effect of any of them.  Add to the fac... see post
CocoF12345
I'm 25 skin isn't that great
I'm 25. Always wanted flawless looking face. I'd say my skin /skin tone is just off. It's not as smooth and even as I'd like it. Looking for products so help perfect my skin and good makeup for glowing skin! I always go for more of a fresh face look.. Bb cream doesn't do the trick!
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FraLaMo
IT GIRL FraLaMo / IT GIRL IT GIRL / replied
Hi Coco, As others have said, a Clarisonic makes a big difference in your daily skin care routine.  A mild cleanser is all you need, because the brush does the heavy wo... see post
laynebr
Testing PH Levels in products
Does anyone know of a website where I can find the PH levels in skin care? Or of any brands of ph testing strips that are good? My skin has gone through some medical changes lately and the PH balance of my skin if just all over the place.
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hessychris
BEAUTY BUFF hessychris / BEAUTY BUFF BEAUTY BUFF / replied
Layne- you can't really use those strips on your face; I assume you mean the litmus paper. You need a liquid substance for those. Your skin should be slightly acidic. If... see post
willowc
what do you use first, mask or toner?
I knoW to cleanse before mask but not sure whether to use toner after cleanse or mask
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willowc
willowc / FRESH FACE / replied
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laura819
Tria?
I have very pale skin and very dark hair. I have been waxing (legs and bikini) for almost a year now and things are not getting better - the hair is not getting thinner, etc. I am seriously considering buying a Tria to try laser hair removal. Anyone have experience with this? The reviews look good but I have to admit I am a little nervous about dropping so much money on something! Also, I get ingrown hairs VERY easily...will that continue with the laser removal or would it eliminate them? Thanks!
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tepidarium
SCENE QUEEN tepidarium / SCENE QUEEN SCENE QUEEN / replied
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dcampb22
what facial product do you recommend for black heads
lylysa
HALL OF FAMER lylysa / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / replied
Since blackheads are caused from sebum being trapped in pores and oxidizing, thus giving them that black color, utilize the beta hydroxy acid (BHA) known as salicylic ac... see post
knadala
Creme De La Mer
I have been eyeing Creme de la mer for almost 2 years now, I read up on the history of the creator and what the ingredients are. I've read reviews, the majority of which are in the 4-5 star range, and I've reassessed my skincare needs over and over again. I am finally at the point where I have pretty much used up all the face products I accumulated (Clinique, Perricone, and Shisedio)...I told myself if I waited and used up all my stuff, that I could go ahead and splurge on a LaMer face cream.   So now that I am on the brink of spending a few hundred dollars, I wanted to ask everyone what their opinion is..have you tried it? Know someone who swears by?   I really really want to buy it, but I will only feel good about it if I cover my bases before I do.   Thanks,
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gogreyhound
HALL OF FAMER gogreyhound / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / replied
I did that, am still waiting...it has been a couple of months. I have heard others say it took a few months. I am inundated with daily emails--itis very pricey! I have t... see post
rdesigns
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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Leahmiah
Leahmiah / RISING STAR / replied
Those MSRP's are SO totally over-inflated to seem like we're getting a great value. That's so gross. I hate feeling like I'm being treated as dumb, that I wouldn't deduc... see post
redwagon44
Any hope for deep genetic wrinkles?
So, unfortunately for me, I take after my dad and my forehead wrinkles when I raise my eyebrows. He's got several deep wrinkles from this, and I will too eventually. I swear I can feel them forming already (although now I probably have a lovely red spot on my head from rubbing it....)   I'm 24, but is there anything I can do to help prevent these? Is anything topical even effective against something like that, or is botox/surgery after they form my only option?   I'm just afraid I'm going to end up like this...  
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ilovemyfreckles
BEAUTY MAVEN ilovemyfreckles / BEAUTY MAVEN BEAUTY MAVEN / replied
I started on the Botox trail for the two lines between my eyebrows. It wasn't an instant fix-- it takes a little time for the skin to smooth out and it did. But then cam... see post
TylerTremallose
I have bumps from nair?
I think its ingrown hair, but not sure.  I naired my legs for the pride festival but now I have bumps on only the front of my thighs. How can I get rid of them fast? I have a photo shoot on the 14th so I need them gone!  I have tried exfoliating and putting unscented lotion on it but nothing seems to work. Help??
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beauty4ashes
HALL OF FAMER beauty4ashes / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / replied
Acne cream can have drying/scaling effect. You need to see a physician. Heartsmyface is right, there is a cream to clear up the folliculitis without damaging your skin... see post
andyhtrieu
Facial oils
I've seen a lot of people on here say that using a face oil can actually help reduce oil production for oily skin. Does it work? I'm really tempted to try it for the summer. Also, is coconut oil safe for the face? I've seen articles say that coconut oil has many uses (hair, nails, cooking), but I ran across an article that said it can clog pores. What do you think?
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craftzombie
BEAUTY MAVEN craftzombie / BEAUTY MAVEN BEAUTY MAVEN / replied
Having been extremely oily most of my life, I've read a lot about this topic and most reputable sources will tell you that oil production is strictly hormonal and you ca... see post
plm95
Stress and Skin Care :(
Hey guys, so I am taking a math mini-mester now plus I am working about 30 hours a week. I'm in class 9 hours per week plus long nights of homework since an entire semester is being crammed into 4 weeks. I have to wake up super early for class and I'm at work late at night, so I'm not getting enough sleep. My under eye circles are awful to say the least, and I'm breaking out a bit in my T-zone. Is there anything from anywhere that'll help with the stress causing my skin to freak out? My skin is pretty normal, not oily or dry really. It can be from anywhere?! Or any suggestions?
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lylysa
HALL OF FAMER lylysa / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / replied
You're welcome, Plm95! My hat's off to you for braving such a schedule! Hopefully balance can be found soon enough and your skin won't be the one caught in the middle of... see post
blackunicorn
I want smaller pores!
I need your help, girls! I really want to reduce the appearance of my pores, but alas, the only thing that works is a silicone based primer. It doesn't break me out or anything, but I don't feel like it's the best thing to wear all day long. Plus, why would I buy high-end moisturizer just to add a layer of silicone on top of it?   So, is there any other alternatives? Maybe microdermabrasion? I have maybe 3 or 4 pores that are really huge on the side of my nose, I heard maybe a dermatologist can stitch them closed. But that would be a little extreme, right ? I already own a Clarisonic that I use maybe 5 times a week.   Your help is much appreciated!
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lylysa
HALL OF FAMER lylysa / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / replied
No one can for sure "know" whether or not they're damaging their skin by trying to have a go at home-extractions. That would be like asking someone who's trying to do an... see post
stephg74956
Blackheads/scrubs?
I am trying to figure out what scrub will help lift out blackheads. I have them around the nose area and nothing that I have used worked...any suggestions??
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jemly
BEAUTY WHIZ jemly / BEAUTY WHIZ BEAUTY WHIZ / replied
i came in to say exactly what andyhtrieu said. scrubbing is not the answer, try exfoliating toners. i've heard good things about PC but i've never used it personally. i ... see post
heartsmyface
Self tanners that don't stink
Okay, so I 'm suffering right now as I've been applying a gradual jergens natural glow daily moisturizer to gradually give my skin more colour so I'm not washed out when I wear white. This stuff has the worst "I'm faking a tan" smell. Not pleasant at all but it was $6 and I know it doesn't make me streak. Does anyone have any suggestions for a pleasant smelling self tanner? Is that even something that exists? I can deal with this until the bottle is empty but that won't take long so I'm looking for options.
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siofmcbeauty
SCENE QUEEN siofmcbeauty / SCENE QUEEN SCENE QUEEN / replied
I  recently used  Tarte Maracuja tanner and found that it did not have a bad smell. Although, it did have a slight scent. The only tan that I've ever used that seemed... see post
beauty4ashes
Any Products to Improve/Reverse Skin Damage Hands/Forearms/Elbows?
Are there any products that either improve or reverse appearance of skin damage hands/forearms/elbows? (Not from a dermatological procedure or prescription)   After decades of using Chlorhexidine based scrubs/hand washing soaps, alcohol foam...I noticed how my hands/forearms/elbows skin looks very different from the rest of my body.   Any suggestions are greatly appreciated.      
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HarlemJPN
BEAUTY BOSS HarlemJPN / BEAUTY BOSS BEAUTY BOSS / replied
That's a great choice! It is often at Costco, too, I believe. see post
beauty4ashes
Home Facial Sauna/Steamer
Does anyone use personal 'Home Facial Sauna/Steamer's?'   I really need brand/type recommendations. It's for a very small area, my closed eyes only. I have to wear/use a microwave rice bag mask, warm/hot compress 2x daily for 10 minutes. Been doing this for years, it's really been harsh for my eye area; contact dermatitis issues now. Thanks  
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tepidarium
tria v. me smooth
Hi, I am trying to decide between the Tria and the Me Smooth. The most important thing for me is to use it on my face, but I would also like to use whatever I get on my legs. So even if the Me is quicker and easier for legs, if it doesn't work well for the face due to being larger I don't think it would be right for me. Has anyone used the Me for the face? Thanks for your input.
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ChelzeeFayce
Not sure..
Ello everyone! So, at night i usually wash my face with Olay  Pore Minimizing Cleanser + Scrub, I never tho take my make up off before. My question is, should I? I have lately been having a problem with dry skin between my eyebrow which is very visible once i apply my foundation. Can this be attributed the way I take my make up off? When i first bought it since it took my make up off i never considered using a remover. Thanks guys!!
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sarola88
BEAUTY WHIZ sarola88 / BEAUTY WHIZ BEAUTY WHIZ / replied
I agree with Tia003 as well. Any flakiness or dry patches can probably be taken care of with a more intensive exfoliating scrub a few times per week. Is the Olay product... see post
bad823
Ok to supplement a self tan?
Hi all, does anyone supplement their self tan with a gradual tanning lotion like Jergens on days when you don't self tan, or is it over kill? I currently use St. Tropez  2-3 times a week. Just curious! 
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kevinbt
kevinbt BEAUTY ADVISOR / BEAUTY ADVISOR BEAUTY ADVISOR / replied
Hi bad823! Yes! This is actually a great way to keep your tan lasting longer.  :) I would recommend maybe keeping with the same brand unless you've used other gradual ta... see post
KendraKendra
SK-II Mask Advice
I just used one I got in a sample pack and my skin looks amazing, so I ordered 6 haha. How do you use the SK-II masks? What are your experiences with results? Thanks all!
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KendraKendra
BEAUTY WHIZ KendraKendra / BEAUTY WHIZ BEAUTY WHIZ / replied
Thanks kells, I was reading in some of the comments how people go as far as sleeping with them on. I didn't know if it was the norm to leave them on for longer than the ... see post
MarciaBrady
Has anybody tried the WEI Dragon Blood Eye Mask?
I'm very intrigued by it, and something called 'dragon blood' sounds like about the strength I need lately. There are no reviews yet, and at $60 for ten, I'm hesitant to just dive right in.    I've never tried their products, so even if you can comment on the general effectiveness of the line, that would be oh so cool and very much appreciated. Thanks!   http://www.sephora.com/dragon-blood-eye-lifting-pa ds-P386014?skuId=1612290
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MarciaBrady
BEAUTY PRO MarciaBrady / BEAUTY PRO BEAUTY PRO / replied
No, that's great! It definitely helps. I'm over Paula. Miracle ingredients are discovered/rediscovered every day. see post
melisa16
To anyone who self tans...
I started self tanning because shorts weather is quickly approaching but I am unsure about how to match my face to the body. I am weary of putting self tanner on my face because I hear it can lead to breakouts and plus I feel like it would rinse off quickly since I use exfoliating toner. Should I buy a self tanner made for the face or buy a darker shade of foundation to match the body?
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siofmcbeauty
SCENE QUEEN siofmcbeauty / SCENE QUEEN SCENE QUEEN / replied
I use the vita liberata 2-3 week mousse and I use it on my face after applying with a mitt to my body. When I have finished tanning the rest of my body, and think that t... see post
laura819
order of skincare/sunscreen
I recently began using sunscreen (took me long enough!) in my morning routine, and I am thinking maybe I am doing things in the wrong order. Currently, I am using (in this order): face wash, toner, serum, moisturizer, and sunscreen. Then of course primer, foundation, etc. Is this the right order? Or should sunscreen be before moisturizer and/or serum? I have noticed my face looking a little drier since I started using sunscreen daily and that made me wonder if moisturizer should be last instead.
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angi77
BEAUTY MAVEN angi77 / BEAUTY MAVEN BEAUTY MAVEN / replied
I have oily skin so I cannot do a moisturizer plus sunscreen without excessive grease.    What has worked for me is wash, tone, if my skin is dry--moisture, BB cream w... see post
sbeaches01
Blackheads and large pores
I have a problem with large pores and blackheads - especially on my nose. Any suggestions are greatly appreciated! Thanks
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Jenniem84
BEAUTY BUFF Jenniem84 / BEAUTY BUFF BEAUTY BUFF / replied
To get smaller pores, a local facial spa should have the derma pen/laser treatment...but also heard microdermabrasion treatments works well..but not as well as the laser... see post
lamper4life
Eye irritation?
Today I noticed that my upper left eyelid, RIGHT in the shape of my every day eyeliner, looks a bit reddish. Could my eyeliner be "staining" my lid? Or is it just irritated? It's really weird because I haven't used any new products...
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dianabt
dianabt BEAUTY ADVISOR / BEAUTY ADVISOR BEAUTY ADVISOR / replied
Ouch, I agree with Lylysa- Keep an eye out (no pun intended) for any more swelling or irritation or if the area is MORE red. It could be due to allergies or the weather ... see post
Dlo121
Favorite products for dark circles?
What are your favorite products for dark circles/puffiness? I was getting by for a while with the Garnier rollerball but my eyes seem to have worsened lately. I tried MAC's Fast Response Eye Cream which seems to have stopped working as well. I'm already getting 8+ hours of sleep, drinking tons of water, and eating a healthy diet so I'm at a loss as far as what to do about my circles. 
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CeliaV
BEAUTY GURU CeliaV / BEAUTY GURU BEAUTY GURU / replied
Sounds as though you have genetic dark circles like me.  I've been learning to embrace mine as a goal this year thanks to other BTers who learned to love and rock theirs... see post
cowgurl
Skin issues on face only =(
Can anybody help me? I've been having a problem with the skin on my face, it has small bumps all over my face that you can only see in certain lighting. It somewhat looks like an allergic reaction but I have not change anything as far as beauty products such as shampoo, conditioner, makeup etc. however the one and only thing I have changed was I took this natural pill called hairfinity for almost a month that was supposedly to help my hair grow faster. Is that what it was from and why has it not gone away? How do I get rid of this for good, because I've had this for months after I stopped taking those pills? Anything please help! Also i clean/ exfoliate every morning and every night as it seems to temporarily " calm down" the appearance of these bumps for a short time.
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beauty4ashes
HALL OF FAMER beauty4ashes / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / replied
Do you live anywhere near a hospital that trains medical students, residents...a 'teaching hospital?' Many teaching hospitals have walk-in clinics that are staffed by a... see post
xjole
How do you re-apply sunscreen over make-up?
I'm currently on Accutane, which means sunscreen is a MUST on a daily basis. I'm currently using a Neutrogena sunscreen with SPF50. I know that sunscreen doesn't last forever though, and that you should typically be re-applying every two hours. My question is, how do you reapply over a full-face of make-up? I don't want to add more make-up (foundations/powders with SPF) on top of what I'm already wearing in the middle of the day, so what other methods are there?
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xjole
BEAUTY MAVEN xjole / BEAUTY MAVEN BEAUTY MAVEN / replied
That was my concern with using powdered sunscreen.. I would have to pack it on to get the SPF coverage, but that would mean caking up my face! see post
KendraKendra
Kate Somerville D-Scar roller or other Ance Scar products
Anyone tried Kate Somerville D-Scar roller? The texture of my skin is fine and the skin around my acne scars is clear and glowy. These scars are dark. I use a clarisonic 3 times a week, SK-II Essence 2/day, followed by Sunday Riley's Good Genes, Perricone's Photo plasma for day and Amore Pacific Future Response Creme at night. I always wear loads of sunscreen. Besides Kate Somerville D-Scar roller are there any scar products you recommend?
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HawaiianEyes7
HALL OF FAMER HawaiianEyes7 / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / replied
I'm using the D-Scar right now, and it has really made a difference! I had some acne scars on my temples that were fairly dark, and they're completely gone! I also have ... see post