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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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You may need to see a more specialized derm.   But I have dry body skin, here's ideas:   Up your water intake, drinking it, coconut water, through food etc.   Cool... 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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Your post is making me shake my head. Paula's Choice products were developed after years of extensive research from peer-reviewed professional journals. In her books she... 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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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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Have you considered the Murad line?  I have super sensitive skin including rosacea and really like their products.  The cleansers are wonderful just as their serums and ... see post
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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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
Hello What skinccare products should i use for sensivtive skin to get rid of large pores and rough texture. Thank you
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
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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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
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
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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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
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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I have not. I will consider this. Thanks! see post
Looking for a facewash?
Hi,   My skin is extremely sensitive and eczema prone. I have had some problems finding a new facewash--everything makes me blotchy and red, or just dries my skin out. I started looking for a new facewash a few weeks ago after Glamglow Supercleanse caused me a bad reaction (burned my skin, redness and discoloration) after about 3 months of use, daily. I switched to Ole Henricken Pure Truth, with no luck. I have had bad experiences with Boscia, Murad, Philosophy and Fresh. I am allergic to soy, parabens, some sulfates, and salycic acid (white willow bark). Any recommendations are appreciated. Thank you.
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I bought Dermalogica, and my skin is clear again. Yay!!! Thank you so much again. see post
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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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
Skin probs
So, I have always thought that I had super oily skin, and I still believe that I do. My t-zone is always a disaster, however, I have also been really dry and my skin has been burning. I don't know what to use to correct my skin, any advice?
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MrsMFB / FRESH FACE / replied
I recently had a consult at Sephora. I found out my oily T zone with dry cheeks was actually due to the attempt at stripping the oil from my T zone. The esthetician expl... see post
Products to get rid of black spots?
I have had these black spots on my face for some time a couple of years and I'd really like to know if there are any good products to fade them out?I guess at most i can spend $30 so I hope you recommend products that aren't too pricey.
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Do not do not do not use this on your face. My dad gets warts, and this is what he uses to "freeze" them off. I've watched. It essentially burns a hole where the wart is... 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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elivabeth / RISING STAR / replied
I have purchased both.  The clairosonic 2 broke me out completely within 3-4 days.  but i did not realize it and kept using it.  Mind you i have no skin issues, i purcha... 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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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
Do I need a weekly peeling in addition to my SR luna/good genes routine?
I use luna/good genes each other day and use FAB exfoliating pads once a day as a toner. Do you suggest me doing a peeling or exfoliator once a week or would it be too much?   I have hormonal acne and take medication. I found exfoliating my skin help a lot for texture and dark spot. I'm not realy sentitive but my skin is very flaky if I don't use daily exfoliation.   Any suggestion of product or routine is welcome too!
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I was looking for the Dr.Brandt one. I already tried the Kate Somerville one and liked it. Any difference between thèses two products? see post
Q. What to do if your glam glow youth is dried up?
My glam glow youth mud (tingle exfoliate) dried up. I did take the foil lining of but I never used it. Has anyone had the same problem and what did you do ? Can I fix it by adding water? Glam glow.com said you can return the unused product for credit or exchange it for another product if you bought it at glam glow.com  but it was a gift from Sephora. What do I do ?!?
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A. Hey Tdud,   Not to worry! Simply add some water to it (I would use purified water) and stir it around it will be like new. Glamglow brand representatives have said tha... see post
Help me find this holy grail product!!!!
I came in a few weeks ago with a super sunburned face that felt like it was on fire. one of the employees put a skin care product on me with a cotton pad that was milky looking, instantly calmed and cooled everything down, and I didn't have to wipe it off afterwards. It even took away most of the redness, but I cant remember what the product is called someone help me!!
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Dermadoctor? They have products labeled cool, calm and corrected   Dr Jart  Every Sun Day Soothing Gel?   Any clue of product color? see post
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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jazzijoyce / FRESH FACE / answered
A. I got this same "problem" once i started experimenting with new skincare products. It started after using RoC retin-a eye cream or kiehl's cucumber eye cream... and then... see post
hi im a 17 year old, i have oily, acne prone skin i was wondering if anybody has a good skin care routine for this type of skin that they would like to share or any advice on what products to use as i am unsure, thank you in advance. 
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thank you guys i will be sure to try all these things :)  see post
Puffy under eyes :(
someone please give me a good product that works for my under eye puffiness, had it for about 3 years. 
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Hi Noeliaa,   @luvgloss13 is correct. Sometimes under eyes are inherited and therefore not much can be done about it! If it is not hereditary, you can eye creams an... see post
Problem Skin
Hello beauty expert,  I've had problems with my skin ever since I could remember. I had acne as a teenager so I believe that most of it is acne scarring but I inserted a picture to ask for help in identifying what is really wrong with my skin and hopefully you can recommend a product that will help get rid of this. There is nothing more that I want than a nice, clear face! Right now I am using Biotherm which I feel like has done nothing for my skin, I just don't know what other products to use. Thank you and hopefully you can help me out.
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Hi,  My advice is you need actives. BHA. Have you ever been to a dermatologist? I would make an appointment.    It could be regular acne, it could be rosacea, hormona... see post
Dihydroxyacetone (DHA) free sunless tanner
I am a sunless tanner and have been for years but, I recently within the last year have developed a severe allergy to Dihydroxyacetone (DHA). I was a big St. Tropez fan but, cannot use it anymore without developing a horrible itchy/bumpy rash. I have even tried other brands thinking maybe it was just the St Tropez but, I've gotten the reaction with everything that I've tried. Does anyone know of a good Dihydroxyacetone (DHA) free sunless tanner? Help! I'm pale and desperate for a little sun(less!)tan!
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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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lovebeauty648 / FRESH FACE / replied
Thanks for all feeds back.  I almost purchase the DonnaBella on Houtelook. what about Sonic Toner set they sell in Houtelook ? Any one know about it?   see post
Can Crying Permanently Damage Skin Around the Eyes?
Circumstances have been rough, and I've had an "ugly cry" an average of 2-3 times per week for the past 3 years. I notice much more bagging and wrinkling around my eyes, even on days when I haven't been crying. Can crying cause damage? Will it reverse itself if you stop crying regularly? Is there anything that can be done to fix it?   Thanks! 
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This is just my opinion..   I don't think it's the crying itself that will age you, although it does practice your wrinkles lines, which isn't great for your wrinkles.... see post
acne prone/dry/oily skin
hi, im 21 and have acne prone skin that is really dry in the morning and during the day gets really oily, and i dont like looking oily or feeling like i could barely move my face from being dry. i am looking for the perfect moisturizer and cleanser that will help with this issue. Also, i like staying on the natural side with products i use. HELP?!?!?!?! 
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Hi Nuria!   If you’re looking for products on the natural side, I would definitely recommend Airelle Skincare. Although you're still fairly young, your extremely dr... see post
Skincare help - need advice before seeing a dermatologist!
Hello everyone!   I have these little bumps on my forehead that are really red and itchy. The funny thing is that I only get this rash a couple times a week and I don't know what is causing it as I am always using the same products. I would get this rash one day and wake up the next day with baby smooth skin and then two days later the rash comes back. I just recently started noticing these bumps and it is really bothering me. I have to say, I've been eating really bad lately, I haven't been drinking a lot of water and I am very stressed out so that might be the cause.  Information about my skin type: The skin on my T-zone is very dry and flaky but it gets a little oily around my nose sometimes. The rest of my face is normal I guess. I also have skin tags around my eyes and I've had them since I was little so I'm sure it's genetics but I've noticed that I'm getting more and more and I don't know if I'm using a product that's worsening the condition. You can also see what I like to call chicken skin in my under eyes and I don't know if it's something I can fix.   My pm routine:   - If I am not wearing makeup, I use the Boscia Detoxifying Black Cleanser or the Murad Essential-C Cleanser - If wearing makeup, I use the Sephora brand waterproof makeup remover, the one in the blue bottle and I hate it because it's too oily then the simple micellar water followed by the cleanser above - I spray some rose water (when I remember) then put on the May Coop Raw Sauce (which I am gonna stop using because it doesn't do anything) - Followed by the SR Luna Oil - Sometimes I use the Dr Brandts Needles No More cream, I just turned 22 but I already have smile lines and fine lines under my eyes so I use that on the lines hoping it would stop the aging - Bobbi Brown hydrating eye cream - Lastly SR Good Genes   My am routine: - Wash my face with the same cleanser above - Ole Henriksen Truth Serum® Vitamin C Collagen Booster - Bobbi Brown eye cream - SR Good Genes - Tarte sunscreen (If you tried a better sunscreen that doesn't leave residue, please let me know)   Once or twice a week: - Glamglow Flashmud scrub followed by Glamglow Supermud or Sephora brand equivalent - Glamglow Flashmud followed by REN Glycol Lactic Radiance Renewal Mask - Dr Dennis Gross alpha beta peel before my pm routine but I make sure to avoid the products containing alcohol - Sometimes I use the Glamglow thirstymud or the Korres Wild Rose Advanced Brightening Sleeping Facial instead of Good Genes after the Luna oil   I have some dark spots and acne scars that I hate and would love to see them disappear. I bought the Murad Rapid Age Spot and Pigment Lightening Serumbut I don't know when to use it (before or after Luna at night?).  I tried using it by itself before but I didn't see any improvement. I also tried the Mia2 with the sensitive brush head and it caused broken capillaries.     PLEASE HELP. I don't know if the skincare products I'm using are right for me and would love to hear your feedback before going to see a dermatologist. I you have the same skin type and have some awesome products you want to share, please feel free to message me or write a comment. I am also looking for a good moisturizer . I tried the Belif aqua bomb and moisturizing bomb as well as the OH sheer transformation and I like them but would love to find something that would work better for me. Please let me know if you have any suggestions. Should I even be using a moisturizer after Good Genes? I'm so confused..   Greenchilli & Jemly, you guys always give the best skincare advice so I hope you can see this and get back to me. The Daily Skincare thread is one of my favorites.   xoxo 
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Hello Amysangel,   Thank you so much for the great feedback! You're right I stopped using the Sunday Riley duo and my skin is so much better. I think combined with all... see post
Dermalogica Daily Microexfoliant Vs. Tatcha Polished Rice Enzyme Powder
I've tried a sample of a he Tatcha Polished Rice Enzyme Powder, and I love it. The Dermalogica Daily Microexfoliant appears similar in concept. Has anyone tried them both, and is the Dermalogica offering a good dupe?
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Dermalogica's is nice, but messy. Origins nature's dermabrasion is rice, but already in a creamy form.   see post
Daily product to improve look of skin
I am looking for something I can use daily to improve the look of my skin (even out skin tone) without having to use a foundation or BB Cream. I normally just wear moisturizer but this doesn't do much. I tried using the Dr. Brandt Skincare pores no more pore refiner primer and while that provided the look I am going for, it made me breakout.   As for moisturizer I have used DERMADOCTOR Photo Dynamic Therapy, SEPHORA Instant Moisturizer, and ORIGINS Make A Difference Plus Rejuvenating Moisturizer and while I do not dislike any of them, I am just wondering if there is something better out there.   I was thinking maybe there is a Primer I could put on after my moisturizer that would get the results I am looking for but I do not want something that will require me to put on foundation afterwards. Any thoughts/suggestions? I do have acne prone skin.       
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Hi Ca526, We do have a lot of options depending on what you are looking for. What type of improvement are you looking for exactly? see post