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njattana
Q. eye-specific sunscreen?
I've seen quite a few sunscreens specially formulated for the eye area and I'm a bit confused by it. During the day I presently use the MD SolarScience Mineral Creme SPF 50 and go around the eye area (of course not right up too close) and at night I apply my moisturizer to keep the area hydrated. Do I really need an entirely separate eye spf? 
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ashleynne
BEAUTY MASTER ashleynne / BEAUTY MASTER BEAUTY MASTER / answered
A. Honestly it's better to have a sunscreen that is formulated for around the eye especially if you wear contacts or if your sensitive. However if it is working out just fi... see post
vchotia
Q. Sensitive skin testing
Hello! I have a question for those of you who have been to a dermatologist. Do they have some sort of skincare ingredient testing? For example, would they be able to say, You're allergic to Titanium Dioxide and Niacinamide. Or would they just say, You have sensitive skin. Avoid x, y and z.   It seems like everything I try, even if the product says it's for sensitive skin, I break out in red spots/bumps which I assume are from allergic irritation. When I stop using the product, the bumps go away.   The two products that I've been trying to look for are a moisturizer with SPF higher than 15 and something to lessen post acne marks. It has not been a simple task!   Any insight or info would be so appreciated! Thanks.
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lylysa
HALL OF FAMER lylysa / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / answered
A. Allergy tests are certainly available through skin care and medical professionals and can consist of a basic consultation where a profession inquires as to your habits, ... see post
kmaryann
Q. How to layer skin care products? (acne medication and multiple creams)
I'm using Differin in its cream form (while also cleansing, toning, and moisturizing.) My moisturizer is Sheer Transformation from Ole Henriksen's line (in the blue jar,) and it's a cream, but it's very lightweight and not thick or heavy at all (so more gel like, but it "looks" thick.) I also use a cream-serum and a night cream from Eucerin that targets facial redness. All are creams. Is there a certain way I should layer them? I always moisturize before I apply Differin because my skin's a little sensitive to it and get's red when I apply DIfferin before I moisturize. I'm just confused on what happens after I moisturize...any advice? 
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TheSocialQuota
BEAUTY SAVANT TheSocialQuota / BEAUTY SAVANT BEAUTY SAVANT / answered
A. Have you discussed the redness with your Dermatologist? I don't recall ever having a reaction to Differin myself, so please make sure your Dr is aware in case this means... see post
kmaryann
Q. Murad Pore & Line Hydrator or Clinique Custom Serum?
My skin is very oily/combo and has large pores. I also have redness and hyper pigmentation all over my face. I've tried samples of both Murad's and Clinque's products, and none of them have stung my face. However, both are pretty expensive ($50~~~) and I don't want to buy both because a) too much money and b) I don't want to overwhelm my skin with a slew of skincare products.    I know Clinique can target anything that's wrong with your skin, while Murad's hydrator can only do so much. Has anyone tried both these products enough to recommend one over the other?  
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almostyou
Q. Am I Doing Sunscreen Wrong?
Okay, so I did a bit of searching and I couldn't find a satisfactory answer anywhere in the archives. I am adamant about wearing sunscreen whenever there is the remotest possibility of my skin seeing the sun. However, it always drives me nuts because it regularly pills like crazy. Both on my face and body and I'm not sure what's causing it or what I can do about it. I'm also afraid that if the sunscreen is pilling off, I'm losing the protection, which makes the whole slathering up endeavour worthless.   Any help or insight would be greatly appreciated.   ETA: ***Thanks to everyone who responded. I didn't realize how bizzaro this format would be when I posted this. I just thought I was putting it into a Q&A section on the forums. D'oh.   Anyway, I really appreciate your comments and did comment back to each of you even though it's completely hidden unless you hover over the comment, apparently.***
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lylysa
HALL OF FAMER lylysa / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / answered
A. How much time are you giving inbetween steps?   If you're layering a sunscreen over a moisturizer rather than having an SPF infused formula, it's very likely that the ... see post
MareBear15
Q. Ole Henriksen Truth Serum Vitamin C Booster or the Ole Henriksen Pure Truth Vitamin C oil?
I've been revamping my skin care and have set my eyes on 2 serums but im torn on which one to get. I have aging skin. I'm trying to decide between the Ole Henriksen Truth Serum Vitamin C Collagen Booster and the Ole Henriksen Pure Truth Vitamin C Youth Activating Oil. I really like the oil because it has retinoids in it but I am already using another product that has retinoids in it. However the serum seems to have more vitamin c in it but the oil has rose hip oil and other oils. Which seems better for me? 
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ChicDabbler
HALL OF FAMER ChicDabbler / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / answered
A. The oil is meant to be used after the serum. I have combination skin and often find that I do oil replaces moisturizer for me, otherwise my skin can't breathe. While the... see post
xxrhea
Q. Body wash for skin tone
Are there any body washes (sold at Sephora, or otherwise) that helps even out skin tone? I have discoloration from eczema on my arms and legs. I did light therapy for a few months and it improved a lot, but I was curious as to whether there was a product that I could use to help. 
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heartsmyface
HALL OF FAMER heartsmyface / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / answered
A. I'm not sure about a full body toner but I know that theres a cream called skin perfeckt Sephora sells that evens out your body's' skin tone.  It's great for special occ... see post
mariamdolly
Q. Underarm problem
hi everyone  my skin concern is underarm and the problem is that I am a dark thick haired person and I wax regularly and my skin looks like I just shaved as it looks green like a shaved underarm and I want to achieve underarm that is like my skin tone and Ive tried everything lemon and baking soda and everything else please help
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mrsbaine
HALL OF FAMER mrsbaine / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / answered
A. Are you referring to the razor bumps color? What deodarant are you using? Dove has one that says it will even out your skin tone. If you're thinking your skin will look ... see post
nightknight
Q. Stretch Mark Help?
After years of not really gaining weight, I suddenly put on about 10 pounds. I was underweight before and now I'm at 105 lbs. I needed the weight, but it's left hideous stretch marks on my legs and even my face. I usually hide the ones on my face with makeup, but my legs are bare.   Does anyone have any stretch mark products they would recommend? And perhaps some body makeup too to hide the marks. I like wearing skirts and dresses, but the marks have made me a little more self conscience than normal. I've tried the cocoa butter stretch mark products, but they don't seem to have any effect.
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quixotic
HALL OF FAMER quixotic / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / answered
A. Hi nightknight,   The gals at my local Sephora (who haven't steered my wrong yet) swear by L'Occitane Almond Supple Skin Oil for stretch marks.  One of the girls recen... see post
Smurfettea
Q. Congested/Clogged Pores
I am very tired of having whiteheads and blackheads.  I do use the clarisonic and I have used several cleansers and masks.  I don't think that I have terribly oily skin and I have some wrinkles.  I have used some products that have been too harsh on my skin.  I use two different serum's which I do like.  I don't like heavy feeling products on my skin. If I use a BB cream I only put it on the areas that I want to cover.  I cleans my face, use a toner, and serum.  Please advise me on some products that will be better than what I have been using (Biore charcoal cleanser, Aveno, and my serum is Rephacge and Avalon Organics).  Thank you
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lylysa
HALL OF FAMER lylysa / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / answered
A. What products specifically did you find to be too harsh for your skin and what serums did you not like?   http://community.sephora.com/t5/Combo-Normal/What-is-a-good-p... see post
Jenji
Q. HELP! My skin is kinda angry at me....
So I have very combo skin and I've kind of neglected it for a little while and now my skin is having it's pay back. Its breaking out with smaller pimples while peeling, especially on the nose. My nose is a particular mess- its not deep black head type things that are difficult with a couple pimples and peeling dry all at the same time. And I had botox for my migraines and so I think that effected the way the oils in my forehead are too so it almost looks oily at times and yet it's kind of flaky at the same time.I also have these little bump type things on the skin under my eyes. I do have a clarisonic but i'm trying to figure out how much to use it and the best products to try and get this under control again. Any ideas or fave products? I'd prefer stuff without parabens if possible.
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sammiebaby
BEAUTY GURU sammiebaby / BEAUTY GURU BEAUTY GURU / answered
A. Hi there!   I don't have a Clarisonic but I have a CVS brand that kind of works the same.  I use that everyday with my normal cleanser, Dermalogica Daily Microfoliant ... see post
chunkysmoothie
Q. My legs are dry looking no matter what I do!
I have been shaving my legs for a long time and I absolutely hate shaving cream. It irritates my legs so I don't use it. The problem is that my legs look dry and almost like i have scales even though they're completely smooth. I have a natural slight sun tan but because of the way the skin on my legs looks, the tan looks kinda splotchy. Any ideas or solutions would be AMAZING!
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malday
HALL OF FAMER malday / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / answered
A. I ususally get super dry legs when I shave too. What I do is exfoliate, then shave using Aveeno Positively Smooth Shave Gel because it's the only one that I can get a cl... see post
KarissaU
Q. Establishing a skincare routine?
I've been using Clinique for about two years, so I want a change. I've also been breaking out more than usual recently. I haven't had problems with acne or sensitivity in the past, but now my skin is more combination/dry and acne-prone. I'm working on my diet and sleep, but other skincare tips are appreciated. I'd just like to try something new that might work for me. I'm looking for a combination of cleansers/toners/lotions/moisturizers/serums/oils/ etc. Thanks!   Edit: I don't have a budget, if it's the right product it's worth any price to me!
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redwagon44
HALL OF FAMER redwagon44 / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / answered
A. You sound like me a few months ago. I used Clinique for years, thinking it was the best. Started doing some research, and found out that wasnt necessarily true. I'll wal... see post
Marla1121
Q. what goes on first, serum or oils
LindenAnn
HALL OF FAMER LindenAnn / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / answered
A. Serums always go first. Oils vs moisturizer depends on the type of oil. If it's a type that can be absorbed into your skin it goes next, especially if you are using a th... see post
ermahampton
Q. Know Everything about Acne
Know the causes and treatment options for Acne here http://forum.internationaldrugmart.com/health-cond itions-issues-f11/what-acne-causes-and-treatment-o ...
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marydiva
HALL OF FAMER marydiva / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / answered
A. Hey - please take down the link. Putting outside links up is against the BT forum rules. :) I see your new, and that's totally okay. Feel free to give BT members key wor... see post
MikuNerd65
Q. Weird dark eyelids????!!
For a while I've been noticing that sometimes when I look in the mirror, and I hardly/don't wear makeup. It looks like I have like a shimmery, light brown (but tad bit darker than my skin tone) on my eyelid. I hardly do nothing/just put eyeliner on! But then when I do wear the whole shebang of makeup, it gets gray..Then I would have to cover it with Concealer. I have had dark circles, and bags, got rid of that...Now this? I would like to know what's up with it. Like what's happening? Oily? Dirty? Not enough nutrition? Lack of sleep? And how to fix it. Thanks
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ladybirdlove425
ladybirdlove425 / RISING STAR / answered
A. Its probably just oil. I have the same problem sometimes. Although my eye makeup doesn't really "get gray." I'm no pro so I don't have a solution really. I just remove m... see post
Urbie
Q. Treating Scars from Surgery?
So, I recently had a laparoscopic surgery for endometriosis, and I was wondering if anyone out there knew of any good products for treating the incision scars.  One of mine buckled a little while healing and is kind of raised and unsightly.  I purchased some Vitamin E cream and lavender oil- has anyone had luck treating scars with these products?  Recommendations for other solutions?  Thanks!
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CaitlinBrunson
HALL OF FAMER CaitlinBrunson / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / answered
A. Lavender Oil does nothing for your skin but Vitamin E is amazing! Mederma is also good for scaring. I would also limit your sun intake on the area as much as possible. L... see post
fc1123
Q. What cleanser to use for a product similar to clarisonic?
Okay I have a product that is similar to a clarisonic, but I am not sure what cleanser I should use for it? Does anybody have a good suggestion of what cleanser to use with it?
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brittany0859
BEAUTY BOSS brittany0859 / BEAUTY BOSS BEAUTY BOSS / answered
A. You can use almost anything with the Clarisonic, except for scrubs. If you have the Olay Pro X brush then you CAN use scrubs with it. It also depends on your skin type, ... see post
Natkat84
Q. what is the best acne spot treatment and face mask that fights acne at sephora?
jxw200
HALL OF FAMER jxw200 / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / answered
A. one of my friends really recommends a sulphur mask too. I quite like using the origins clear improvement charcoal mask as an overnight spot treatment, though as a mask i... see post
Quinnette
Q. Oily/Acne-prone skin and large pores. Please help! Thank you!
I have very oily/acne-prone skin with large pores around the T-zone. I have been using Proactiv for 2 years. It did a good job clearing my skin at first but now I have break-outs more often, and my pores are getting larger. I am considering switching to other products. I have also tried Clinique but it did not work out for me. What product should I use? Thank you!
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SnowKa
SEPHORA STARLET SnowKa / SEPHORA STARLET SEPHORA STARLET / answered
A. Have you tried DermaDoctor cleanser (Aint Misbehavin), it did a good job clearing up my acne/blemishes. I have similar skin (oily/acne-prone w/ large pores) with high se... see post
NikiMarie12
Q. Hydrating toner
I've been looking for a hydrating toner, and I am interested in the Murad hydrating toner and the Caudalie moisturizing toner. I have acne prone skin that is a bit oily, but I do get dry patches on my cheeks and around my lips. Any suggestions on the products?? Thanks !
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dianabt
dianabt BEAUTY ADVISOR / BEAUTY ADVISOR BEAUTY ADVISOR / answered
A. Hi NikiMarie12,   I suggest you try a good toner that is balancing for the skin so it will help both the oily acne prone areas as well as the dry patches-: ... see post
solveig
Q. How to get rid of sunburns?
Okay, so here is a story of my stupidity. I went out to the beach last weekend, and like a good girl I was using sunscreen SPF70, and I've reapplied it a couple of times. Apparently, I reapplied it unevenly, so I got several severe sunburns on my face and body. Now, when the redness is slowly going away, where my skin used to be pale it is now 4-6 shades darker. Of course, those patches are in all the wrong places too (my shoulder, upper chest, etc.). So my question is, are there any products or treatments that can help gradually lighten my skin to its' normal color? Another "idea" I've got is to start using tanning beds, but honestly I am not very excited about that. The same thing had happened to me before, and without any special attention it took about two years for those lines to disappear, so waiting until it rubs off is hardly an option.   Any advice on how to get my skin to be a single color would be greatly appreciated.
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lylysa
HALL OF FAMER lylysa / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / answered
A. In regards to evening out your skin tone while combating the sunburns, you want to take things slowly and gently. I know "slowly" might not be the answer you want, but s... see post
babykess
Q. Niacinamide
Does anyone know of any products containing niacinamide? I read about it on Caroline Hirons' blog but can't seem to find it anywhere.
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lwgirl
BEAUTY BUFF lwgirl / BEAUTY BUFF BEAUTY BUFF / answered
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anavivi
Q. I am currently using OleHenriksen Truth Serum Collagen Booster & was wondering...
what products I can use over this?
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DTalksAll
HALL OF FAMER DTalksAll / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / answered
A. Just about anything! This is my morning routine: - Wash with a chemical exfoliator (AmorePacific Treatment Enzyme peel) or a cream cleanser - After skin is dry I apply... see post
katyed
Q. Concealer & Cream for Under Eyes?
I'm 19 years old and have hereditary purple-ish, indented dark circles. I also am noticing a little bit of crepey-ness under my eyes, probably due to squinting. I'm looking for a medium/full coverage concealer/corrector for my dark circles that can also accomodate an occasional problem I have with flakiness/dryness under my eyes. As far as concealer, I've heard good things about the Bobbi Brown Corrector, but I'm not sure what color to get and there is no Bobbi Brown counter anywhere near where I live. I'm relatively light-skinned with yellow undertones (a 117 in MUFE HD and a #20 in MUFE Mat Velvet, to get an idea)   Additionally, my under eyes are very sensitive to most eye creams and get red and irritated, so I'm looking for one that will moisturize and sooth and help with the crepey-ness.
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krunce
BEAUTY GURU krunce / BEAUTY GURU BEAUTY GURU / answered
A. I keep trying to stray from the oil-based, waterproof, hydrating and highly pigmented Lancome Effacernes, and fail, every time. It may not be hygenic (don't judge me!... see post
xxrhea
Q. chemical peels on dark skin
Does anyone with darker skin have experience with chemical peels? I want to work on my complexion and was curious as to how peels fare on dark skin. Thanks!
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lylysa
HALL OF FAMER lylysa / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / answered
A. Chemical peels work with a variety of ingredients with various acidity levels and enzymes that break down dry skin, uneven texture, and also work below the surface on a ... see post
lillymagar1
Q. Skincare
It is hard to take care of your skin during school day?? ANY IDEA that would help me? i get ance and it gets very dry
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dianabt
dianabt BEAUTY ADVISOR / BEAUTY ADVISOR BEAUTY ADVISOR / answered
A. Hello Lillymagar1!   It's not TOO hard to upkeep your skin during the day! I used to like to keep a light sheer pressed powder to touch up for any shine and even out... see post
a2z1
Q. BARE MINERALS MULTI WRINKLE REPAIR...
Hi friends, have any of you ever used the Bare Minerals new multi wrinkle repair and if so what are your thoughts on it good or bad? Thanks
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karlskiah
Q. Clinique Youth Surge Night Moisturizer--Combo-Dry or Combo-Oily/Oily
I am wondering if anyone has tried both the dry combination and the combination oily/oily versions of Clinique's Youth Surge Age Decerlating Night Moisturizer? Is there that much of a difference between the two?   I had a sample of the combination dry that wasn't enough to tell what the long term results/problems might be--I have dry skin sometimes but my pores clog really easily, especially in my T-Zone and I am blemish prone even though I tend to get dry cheeks and surface dryness overall. Just wondering if anyone had personal experience they could speak from.   
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beccakasman
Q. Best GENTLE eye cream for under eye puffs/wrinkles?
  I am only 23 years old, and do not have any wrinkles on my face but I suppose I have some minor sun damage near my eyes. I am guessing this because my skin around my eyes looks pretty fine when I have a straight face, but when I smile a problem arises. Whenever I smile, I have puffy bags/wrinkles under my eyes and if the lighting is even remotely bad, I look years older in photos. I have been using Clinique All About Eyes but it really just hydrates the skin and doesnt do much else. I have heard anti-aging eye serums and creams can be kind of damaging/intense on sensitive younger skin around the eyes, but I am desperate to get rid of that bag under my eyes! Can someone PLEASE recommend a gentle (or just not too harsh) eye cream for this issue?! I'm just so sick of it Thank you!   P.S. the photo is not me, it is from google images, but it is an accurate picture of what my eyes look like when smiling.
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kasemarch
BEAUTY MAVEN kasemarch / BEAUTY MAVEN BEAUTY MAVEN / answered
A. I really like Korres eye cream! I've tried both the korres quercetin and oak & the evening primrose eye cream. the Quercetin and Oak cream is more targeted for anti-ag... see post