Skincare 101: Discussions, Questions and All

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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@fairlywell I don't get breakouts but still have some hyperpigmentation around my mouth. I was talking to the lady about it during my skin Fit appointment how it bugs me. According to her it isn't as bad as I think (Lol) and also she said the area around the mouth is mostly slightly darker than rest of the face for most people. It could be due to the reason that we eat and drink all day so the skincare around the mouth are removed shortly after we apply them. She suggested that if we are using some product for hyperpigmentation, it would be a good idea to keep it ha dry and pat a little bit around mouth time to time. I don't know if it is practically possible for everyone but just thought to share what I was suggested 🙂

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That's interesting @fatimamummy. Definitely worth a try! Agreed that no one else ever views us as critically as we do ourselves. 😉

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@fairlywell

 

Blemishes on the lower half of our face, especially around the mouth and chin are often hormonal.  We usually see one or two pop up around that time of the month.

 

I notice that if I eat poorly (I am quite sensitive to excess sugar or refined foods) I will get a spot around my mouth as well.

 

My own strategy is 3-fold, and it keeps the blemishes to a rare occurrence.

 

1. Diet - What I got away with in my 20s and 30s just doesn't fly today.  I see a quick impact in energy and fitness as well.  Even if I have to get a quick meal out on the road, I am more selective.

 

2. Skincare - this is the preventative aspect.  I am in a good place with skincare.   Especially the oils....I am using Aurelia, Uma, and Vintners daughter...and my skin has not felt better.  Around the time I expect my skin to be cranky, I use a clarifying oil.

 

3.  Spot treatment - not to overlook this aspect.  I sometimes feel a deep spot coming up.  I recently found Renee Rouleau Cystic acne fighting gel.  It is lactic acid based.  I bought it without expecting much.  But when I apply this at the first sign of skin irritation that is an early sign of a pimple (itching, tenderness, or tightness)- it stops it in tracks.   Or helps it go away sooner and not be a nasty one.

 

Not sure if this helps, but hope it does.

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@greenchilli thank you! I think you are probably correct about it being hormonal. I've been on a hormone rollercoaster for several years with pregnancy and nursing and then not-nursing. There has been no status quo! 

 

I am considering the Uma Clarifying oil - really just for this issue. I love the Aurelia too, it's made a great difference for the rest of my face. 

 

Is is it the Post-breakout Gel or the Anti-Cyst Treatment that you like from Renee Rouleau? 

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@fairlywell I picked up the Uma Clarifying around Valentines day and would also agree with @greenchilli suggestion of it.

 

I don't use it daily because I find it quite potent (I am more sensitive to scents than some, and it is like being hit over the head with a bag of cloves) but it does work very well at keeping problem spots manageable. 

 

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@fairlywell

 

It is the anti-cyst treatment. 

 

I used it to squelch one just a few months ago.  I felt a tenderness and hardness.....used it a couple three days and it subsided without really developing.  

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Haven't read too far into this thread yet. But I was curious if anyone else has experienced clear, skin tag like bumps on their face? I have pretty clear skin, usual blackheads on my nose here and there, an occasional break out and redness on my cheeks. I can't pin point a product that causes them, but it has been bothering me. I should look into going to a dermatologist I guess!

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IMG_2078.JPGIgnore my sideways photo, it's late and I'm too tired to figure out how to rotate it. These are the bumps I'm talking about! Not sure what it is.. Not a pimple and I have accidentally scratched/scraped them off and they seem to come back in the same place.. HALP! @k617 @greenchilli

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@kissXmakeup I have to agree with what others are suggesting. I got these type of bumps a while ago when I started using PTR water drench cloud cream. It took almost ober week for them to clear after I discontinue the use of this cream.

I think you need to look into what new product you started using around the time these appear on your face. 

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Looks like it could be a reaction to a certain product. I've had that if my skin hasn't agreed to something (like foundation, blush etc)..

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@kissXmakeup I don't think they look like skin tags... I get those on my face if something is irritating it. I get them in places where I don't usually break out. 

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@kissXmakeup

 

If it were me, I would stop picking at it and ignore it.  I see two tiny bumps, I thought you had a bunch of big bumps!  Faces are full of such oddities that are not necessarily skin concerns.  It could be just an accumulation of skin cells.  

 

Your skin looks in good health....you will cause more harm.

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@greenchilli I have two on that side, about 4 on the other and 3 on my chin. Not sure what they are..But I def don't mess with them anymore.

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Skin tag...like a flappy piece of skin on your face? Or do you mean whiteheads/closed comedones?

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I'll have to take a photo and show what I mean lol The closest skin thing that I can think of that it looks like is a skin tag, it is a raised bump on my face, not a whitehead. Nothing comes out of it. I have picked at them before, and they seem to grow back eventually in the same spot.

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@kissXmakeup

 

Could it be milia?  They don't show a whitehead, and it is hard to extract them unless you (a pro) makes an incision.  

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@greenchilli I will post a picture later. I googled milia and it doesn't look like the photos I saw. But what do I know? I took photos a few days ago and will post them once I am home from work! (:

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Apparently The Ordinary Retinoid is not for me. I waited for over a week and whethe previous dry patches were completely gone I used it only once very sparingly and still ended up with this. I think I'll just toss it out. 

I am actually thinking to go back to my previous routine before I started Ordinary products and then introduce new products again with a bit more Gap say two weeks between every new product.

For Retinoid though, Maybe oil based Retinoid serum would be a bit gentle ( I have used REN in past without any bad reaction) and a better choice for me. 

Right now I can feel the pain of people who have sensitive skin. This type of reaction is new to me and very irritating.

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I can't use any retinol/tretinoin but adapalene (like differin) works on me with very minor irritation. 

I wouldn't think oil formula is necessarily less irritating since retinoid is oil soluble??

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@fatimamummy I don't want to convince you to keep using this specific product, but all the dermatologists I've worked with talk about retin-a as really the only thing that's been scientifically shown to delay aging, however a lot of people won't tolerate it due to the several weeks that it takes to tolerate it. It's normal for retin-a to cause dryness and make acne worse in the first few weeks before a patient will see improvement. Outside of Botox and lasers, it's really it in terms of products that are proven. Some studies out there report only the prescription grade makes a difference (I personally use a prescription grade to treat my acne). I would suggest seeing a dermatologist if you can for their advice on your personal situation. Retinol products are supposed to make your skin not happy in the first few weeks. Yes, you're supposed to start using them every 2-3 days, but it's common to have skin look worse while you are using it for the first few weeks and doesn't mean that it's not for you.

 

I hope this is helpful.

 

 

**skincare should be discussed with your personal dermatologist as your complete medical history is necessary in evaluating any case**

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@sierrafallon I keep hearing about Retinol needing time to get used to but I am too chicken when it comes to something that can possibly leave a mark on my face 😉

Luckily I never had Acne and my only concerns are that blemish you can see in the picture and some hyperpigmentation around my mouth so I don't think I have much to request a dermatologist appointment but I'll see what my Family Dr has to say about it.

I have some extra hydrating products on mark but keep forgetting to order .

As you said and almost everyone else have said it might take a while before my skin get used to of it. I just want to make sure I am not getting myself in a skin problem while trying to treat a non existing problem. I do want to start using Retinoid at this stage before my skin actually starts showing visible signs of aging though.