Other Skin Concerns
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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beauty4ashes
HALL OF FAMER beauty4ashes / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / replied
"...Honestly, I've just googled the hell out of products I'm curious about..."   So do I! I look up every active/inactive ingredient...look for blogs...reviews. see post
lPinkAllurel
Need a lil help
ok this is going to probably be a really slow question to ask on a beauty thread , because i should probably already know and all that buuuttttt.... how do you tell if you have oily,dry,or combination skin ? When I'm shopping for foundation and they ask I'm usually just like i don't know but it does not seem like anyone can help me I know sometimes i get oily but not all the time so I'm just really confused >.< so guyss how can i tell ( sorry again for the dumb question lol) 
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lPinkAllurel
BEAUTY BUFF lPinkAllurel / BEAUTY BUFF BEAUTY BUFF / replied
I did some of the things you guys suggested and It turns out i have normal skin :) thanks for all the help see post
kalex
Infrared Saunas
My Dr's office has infrared saunas and I was wondering if anyone here has used them.  What does it feel like?  How long did you use one and did you see any benefits?   For those will ask, infrared saunas are supposed to: - remove toxins through increased circulation and sweating - burns as many calories as 30 minutes of jogging - clears cellulite - reduces stress and fatigue - improves acne and appearance of wrinkles
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haylay28
What is the best pore minimizing product?
I'm looking for some type of pore minimizer, whether it be a primer, a BB cream, or any other product. Personal opinions are very welcome! I'm looking for a product that isn't too heavy but will minimize the look of large pores. Any sugguestions?!
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lylysa
HALL OF FAMER lylysa / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / replied
After some digging, I was able to pull up an ingredient listing on HSN for the new primer. Compared to the original formula (Photo Finish) it appears to be richer in sil... see post
jullysay
Hydrating eyecream suggestions
I've finished my jar of the Kiehls Creamy Avocado Eye Treatment a few weeks ago and am still hesitating whether to rebuy it or not. I really like the Kiehls one to use under makeup as it hydrates my eye area and makes the fine lines under my eyes less noticeable and the fact that it doesn't irritate my eyes if I put it too close. I've been using the Algenist Eye Renewal Balm and have noticed that my eye area looks dry when makeup is applied over top. Should I just go back to Kiehls or maybe try another eye cream? Another one I am considering of getting is the Bobbi Brown Hydrating eye cream since it does have the word "hydrating" in its name. 
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lylysa
HALL OF FAMER lylysa / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / replied
It's possible that the change in your Kiehl's to the Algenist and noticing the mild dryness may be due to the formula change as well as the Algenist formula being more t... see post
Linderrr
What product can you use to get rid of the dark upper lip shadow???
What product can you use to get rid of the dark upper lip shadow???
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lylysa
HALL OF FAMER lylysa / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / replied
Depending on what may be causing the darkness will dictate how and with what it can be treated.   Certain areas of the face can be more prone to pigmentation developme... see post
Gnatalie97
Q. Under Eye Bumps, NOT milia
For as long as I can remember, I've had these tiny bumps that gather around the inner corner of my eye and along my dark circles. I really, really hate them! They kind of look like chicken skin, but they don't really feel bumpy or anything. I've seen pictures of milia, and that is definitely not what I have. These little bumps don't ever go away and they never move. Some people say that they've started to notice this chicken skin under their eyes as they aged, but I'm a Sophomore and I've had this problem my whole life! I've done a little research, and so far all of the fixes have been really complicated and confusing. Please give me a solution! I like to take good care of my skin, but I'd much rather just buy a lotion or something than see a dermatologist. Thanks for all your help!
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bexrose
BEAUTY WHIZ bexrose / BEAUTY WHIZ BEAUTY WHIZ / answered
A. I totally have that too! Just in the inner part of my under-eye area, where the darkness is.  I refuse to wear concealer because it just makes it look twenty times worse... see post
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
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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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
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
SCENE QUEEN willowc / SCENE QUEEN SCENE QUEEN / replied
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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
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
No, I will look into that. Thanks! 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
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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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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
rachi
Q. whats the best self tannning lotion that actually stays on through showers?
i want one that wont turn me to orange and also one that wont just rinse off in the shower!(: 
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nathaliew
BEAUTY GURU nathaliew / BEAUTY GURU BEAUTY GURU / answered
A. I second the Tarte Brazilliance, I have tried Vita Liberata rapid tan mousse and St. Tropez and I think that Brazilliance applies the best (the most streak free) stays p... 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
BEAUTY RESIDENT siofmcbeauty / BEAUTY RESIDENT BEAUTY RESIDENT / 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
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
BEAUTY RESIDENT siofmcbeauty / BEAUTY RESIDENT BEAUTY RESIDENT / 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