Skincare 101: Discussions, Questions and All

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This is a place to discuss everything skincare.

 

- Have a question about a product (Or type of product)

- Need recommendations

- Learned a new tip or trick you want to share with fellow skincare junkies

- New to skincare and lost about where to start

- Have a skincare emergency ( Bad reaction, broken dropper, lost lid of a jar)

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Images From top left to clockwise (Essencz, Garnier, Men's Fitness, Harper Bazaar)

 

We have some great thread about skincare but I feel we don't have a general place to discuss skincare which is open for everything from lowend products to luxury skincare. 

 

Other skincare threads you may like to explore

 

http://community.sephora.com/t5/Ask-The-Experts/All-about-Luxury-skincare-Come-in-and-chat-about-you...

 

http://community.sephora.com/t5/Skincare-Stories/Daily-Skincare-what-are-you-using/m-p/2716765#M8681

 

 

 

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This is my new favorite thread!  In addition to the what are you using one.  I love seeing what you girls are using and getting new ideas and suggestions.

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Is this your first time mixing AHA and retinol? Have you used either for a fair amount of time? I use AHA and retinol in the PM together sometimes (along with a BHA in the morning) but it took me a few months to get to this point. 

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So I have these annoying pesky bumps on my forehead and I have no idea how to get rid of them. I was researching and watching that it could be the overproduction of yeast? Anyways, I saw that nizoral (anti-dandruff shampoo) can help as a mask. If anyone knows anything much appreciated. 

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Good skin starts in your gut. (I think that's the beauty chef  motto) Too much sugar, lack of water, lots of things cause skin issues. One of the best things you can do is take probiotics in addition to  good diet and lots of water. With skincare be patient and don't overdo it trying to get rid of them. @JulesLG 

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If you're genuinely concerned about yeast, cut down on sugar. It's harder than it sounds (fruits are sugar, bread is sugar, etc..) but it will at least help you figure out if that is the culprit. Ive struggled with candida my entire life, and when it's bad I go back to low-sugar. It always, ALWAYS gets it under control

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I love fruit! I was reading about this. Makes me sad but I'm going to slowly try to adjust. Did you try any topic or oral treatments?

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@juleslg I did when I was young! But nothing worked (past temporarily), hence how I figured this out into my adulthood

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@JulesLG What makes you suspect yeast rather than closed comedones?

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I was looking at pictures and descriptions that were very similar to my forehead. I've been using acne medication for the past 6 weeks (see my dermatologist tomorrow) and it has not cleared my forehead at all. So I'm guessing it may also be my diet that is a contributing factor. 

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I hope your dermatologist has some answers for you! My mother struggled with Candida overproduction for years, and as @Alicehoopz said the best treatment at that time was a very low sugar/carb diet.  :/

 

This is way out of my area of any real understanding - but would probiotics help at all to restore balance? I'm not sure how that would work for your forehead, but I know women who struggled with recurring yeast infections that had a lot of benefit from probiotics. 

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There was a discussion about eye masks/gels in the beginning of this thread so I thought it is good to share my new experience.

A few years ago I tried Philosophy Miracle worker retinoids eye repair and woke up with a terrible reaction around my eyes, itchy red skin that later developed dry patches on it. I assumed  it was due to retinoid and avoided any eye products with Retinol including Shiseido eye masks. 

Yesterday I thought to try shiseido eye mask that came with recent promo and it didn't bother my eyes. There was slight tingling when I put it on but it settled after a few seconds. I love how my Eye area looked after using this mask. I think it is going to be my weekly eye mask from now on.

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Thats great! I found that the Shiseido ones really, really worked! I used them once a week too repeatedly for months and now I only have to use them once in a while- maybe monthly. 

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I do like the results very much and hope with weekly use, I will get long term effects like you got @mrsbaine

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@fatimamummy That's so interesting! I got that promo too but haven't tried the eye masks yet. So glad you had a good result!

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oh, I'm really happy to know the Shiseido eye masks worked for you, I want to try the one I have soon! Guess it will be a mystery about the Philosophy product you tried, on why it did that. but maybe it had some other random allergic type ingredient. But your post motivates me to try that Shiseido eye mask I just got (the vib promo recently). Smiley Happy Smiley Happy 

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I know lots of you like The Ordinary so just wanted to say that they are coming out with a foundation and the details are in The Spring Thread... just in case some of you who like the brand didn't see this info. Smiley Happy

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***ADVICE NEEDED***

 

I'm trying to alter between oil, moisturizer, night mask.  I'm currently using Dr. Brandt Do Not Age Night Cream.  I like the consistency and how hydrated it makes my skin.  Wondering if anyone has tried the SK-II R.N.A Power Radical New Age Cream and if they can can tell me whether it lives up to the hype or not.  thanks!

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@mspera80 I had two samples of the RNA cream and didn't see a dramatic change. It is a hydrating cream, if that is all you are looking for...I do swear by the SKII essence. That has made a world of difference in my face when layered under creams. 

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a little PSA from personal experience: exfoliation is good. it helps keep texture and tone even. it helps products like serums and moisturizers absorb better and therefore be more effective. AHA acid exfoliating in particular is best (presuming your skin is not sensitive to glycolic, lactic, etc) imo as it both helps kill bacteria in zits as well as maintain the acid mantle of the skin (that is, slightly acidic. when the skin is too alkaline--prone to happen with soapy washes etc--the skin will be stressed, tight, red and angry pimples can emerge. oil production may increase, etc). too much acid exfoliation can be a disaster, too, though. i have pretty firm control and understanding of when too much is too much, but i still tip the edge every now and then, and this is what happens:

 

a mix of oily and dehydrated skin. and pimples in unusual places. usually on my cheeks or nose. right now it's my nose. pimples are usually 'soft' rather than hard. 

 

i treat it by backing off exfoliation for about 5 days (this is hard for me because i, ironically, depend on my nightly gentle acid exfoliation to keep my acne at bay). things go back to normal and i can resume.

 

(my poor nose right now)

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@jemly oooh I hear ya!! I regularly use a rotation of BHA, AHA and lactic with no problems. I had such amazing results after trying the DE Babyfacial that got a little overzelous with the frequency and now am changing up my routine to deal with the consequences!!!

 

When I go overboard, its very dry, flakey cheeks with flushing and breakouts on them (which I would normally exfoliate to get rid of the dead stuff & bring acne to the surface so my products can do their job) and an oily forehead.

 

It's just hard every once in awhile not to overdo it, especially when I'm excited about something new!  I did the same thing with both the 2% Paulas Choice BHA liquid and the Paulas Choice Clinical 1% Retinol Treatment back in the day.

The results were so good in such a small amount of time that I forgot the meaning of "ramp up to daily use"

 

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I feel this way about masks. I wish I can do a mask everyday. Lol

Applying a mask and playing Fishdom while it works is my favourite relaxation technique at the end of day.