Skincare Stories
taylor412
Q. Im pale and i want to tan, and i usally burn would a tanning booth work eventually?
Im pale year round! And I want to be tan every where i dont wanna use lotion or go spray tanning cause im not turning oragne, after a couple times in the tasnning boothe would i turn tan? BTW i burn in the sun/
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tenngal
HALL OF FAMER tenngal / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / answered
A. I completely agree with what prettyinpa said.  Tanning booths are so dangerous and bad for your skin.  They can cause skin cancer and pre-mature aging and it's not a goo... see post
kalex
Q. Angry with my Clarisonic Mia
Currently I'm quite angry with my new Mia.  I didn't realize I purchased a "Pimple Variety Pack" along with it.  I've been using my Mia for a little over a week and I suddenly have a smattering of red bumps across my forehead, dozens of little whiteheads along the sides of my nose and my chin, and worst of all two giant cysts forming.  You know those painful ones you can feel forming under your skin for a couple of days before they turn into giant red cysts?  The ones concealer slides right off of and it doesn't matter cause they're so big anyway?  Yeah those.  I'm getting two, right next to eachother, and right at the edge of my chin.  It looks like I've developed a cleft chin.  Stop laughing.  It's not funny (Well ok it sort of is.  But it's not.  I'm 30 for Pete's sake.)   End of rant.
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lylysa
HALL OF FAMER lylysa / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / answered
A. Awww, poor Kalex!!!!   Did you dive right in and use the Clarisonic nightly or in the AM and PM?   see post
princessleahg
Q. Anyone tried "When" brand masks?
Hey there beauties! I've been researching When masks and can't decide/tell what is the main differences between them & which I should try. Of the four sold on Sephora's website (The Last Choice, Travelmate, 10:00pm, Makeup Base) I was initially drawn to Travelmate because it sounds so moisturizing, convenient for travel & great for winter months….but when I read the descriptions of the other options they all sound fairly similar. Anyone have experience with these masks & have any recommendations? Thanks!!
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Nicrohr
HALL OF FAMER Nicrohr / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / answered
A. I've used When Make Up Base.  It's nice!  I love the fibers the masks are made from, and they are fun, easy, and not too messy to use (nothing to clean up after).   I ... see post
fatimamummy
Q. Skin care routine for pre teens
Getting inspiration from princesslondn's post about when you started wearing makeup,,,,, I want to ask what skin care routine is good for pre teens (9-12) and what skin care products and lines you think are gentle enough for these little ladies....p.s ...I have a 9 yr old daughter ,,, though im against makeup at this age but i definitely want to introduce her with some healthy,age appropriate skin care products.
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Londonlover101
HALL OF FAMER Londonlover101 / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / answered
A. as atr3810 suggested neautrogena oil-free acne wash there is a cheaper version but in a different bottle and it works really well. The nivea crème is wonderful moistur... see post
sdavis23
Q. What do you use with your Clarisonic?
I just started using the Clarisonic Mia and am interested in seeing what everyone does with theirs.   1. Which Clarisionc do you have? 2. How often do you use it? 3. What products work best for you? Cleanser? Exfoliator?  4. What is your skin type?   I hope something like this hasn't already been posted recently. 
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PRINCESSKL
IT GIRL PRINCESSKL / IT GIRL IT GIRL / answered
A. 1. Mia 2. 2x a day 3.chanel mousse douceur, first aid beauty face wash ( I use bar soap on my hands for my face Ito get most makeup off so my brush doesn't get stained... see post
newmommy13
Q. In what order should I apply products....
I purchased the Sephora brand Acne-Fighting Mattifying Moisturizer this weekend.  I will be using it in the morning.  Since it contains 2% Salicylic Acid, should I use my serum before or after the moisturizer?  I want to make sure I get the full benefit of the Salicylic Acid, as I have been using the Dermadoctor Ain't Misbehavin' Medicated Acne Control Serum (which also has 2% salicylic acid).  My hopes is the Sephora moisturizer will replace the Dermadoctor, but I have to wait and see how my skin reacts! Thanks for your help!
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wendyomgwar
HALL OF FAMER wendyomgwar / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / answered
A. Serum before moisturizer :) see post
ks51
Q. Best eye cream for young woman (early 20s) looking to moisturize and prevent wrinkles
Hey! I'm only 22, but I think it's important to start to moisturize and protect the skin under my eyes. I am wondering if anyone knows of an eye cream that would be good for me that also prevents wrinkles. I'm not looking for anything to reduce wrinkles because I don't have any yet! Let me know Thanks!
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nebel
HALL OF FAMER nebel / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / answered
A. I love the First Aid Beauty eye cream.  It is mild and great for sensitive skin! see post
dixybell
Q. BB cream making me break out?
I recently started using Two Faced BB cream and although I like it, I've started breaking out.  Is this common for this product?  If so, can anyone suggest a good oil free BB cream?  Thanks!!   Melissa
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MsSASavvy
MsSASavvy / FRESH FACE / answered
A. BB creams totally make me break out. I have tried the revlon and Maybelline. And it is not normal break outs-- like hard under the skin zits that hurt :(   i have  afe... see post
naomi17
Q. How do I get bumps off of my face?
I have little bumps around my Hairline & Nose. They aren't pimples / zits. How do I get rid of them?
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Princesstaira
Princesstaira / FRESH FACE / answered
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beautytester
Q. Make products last. Fridge or no fridge?
I like to "stock up" on skincare products, samples and perfumes. However, my apartment doesn't have AC and can get to be ~80-90 degrees during the day---which is fine for my powder make up, but wouldn't too hot temperature make moisturizers or perfume spoil since they always say to store them in a "dry and cool place"? I can store them in the fridge, but fridge is ~40 degrees, and I'm not sure if very low temperature is bad for them, too? especially perfumes and serums that have lots of vitamins and special ingredients?   What are your thoughts? I know things can go bad when temperature is too high (how high is too high?), but have your skincare, make up or perfume ever went bad because it's too cold or being stored in the fridge?
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sephoramusthave
HALL OF FAMER sephoramusthave / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / answered
A. The only thing I've ever kept in the fridge was a home made toner. I dont think that the fridge would make the ingredients go bad, it will just preserve them. see post
KatrinaR
Q. Benzoyl Peroxide and Retinol
Is it safe to use benzoyl peroxide and retinol together? I heard they can counteract one another. If this is true, would it be ok to use them together if you wait at least a half hour? Which should go on first?
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beautylovingirl
HALL OF FAMER beautylovingirl / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / answered
A. You should absolutely not use benzoyl peroxide and retinol together. These use together are going to make your face peel. If you have acne and have not been prescribed t... see post
francine123
Q. URGENT
i have a quick question, the skin around my lips is lighter than my face, is that normal? i used benzol peroxide and proactiv in the past is this from that? How can i reverse it, if i tan in the sun when i go on vacation will it change back the colour? are there any products i can use? thankks
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AmyBaby615
AmyBaby615 / FRESH FACE / answered
A. I had this same problem and it turned out being the whitening toothpaste I was using at the time. Try changing toothpaste. see post
makeupobesessed
Q. Keeping color in winter months...
I live in the suburbs of Baltimore where it can get very cold.  I love some color in winter,( as I'm convinced tan looks better than pale, especially in the problems areas where I retain some extra weight).  It's just so exhausting to keep it up when I'm all covered up.  Anybody else live in colder climates and keep up the tan, or do you give it up for the moment?  My skin just lookS and feels so much better with a tan ;-(
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beautylovingirl
HALL OF FAMER beautylovingirl / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / answered
A. There are the xen-tan self tanners that you only have to apply once a week. There awesome and they are time released so by your 4th day you are just starting to lose a l... see post
makeupobesessed
Q. Clarisonic- how often ....
How often do you charge your Clarisonic?  I leave mine in the shower and I haven't had to charge in a month, even with regular use.  Just wondering if everyone's is like that?  Should I be charging it more often to maintain the battery?
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babybear04
HALL OF FAMER babybear04 / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / answered
A. I hear it's best to only charge things when they are dead or close to it to help extend the life of the battery (I was told to this with my macbook pro and I only charge... see post
nanobear18
Q. New face wash?
So I am need of a new face wash, and thought I'd ask what you guys recommend. So my skin is sensitive/normal/dry. Basically, skin care with fragrances make me break out ( just a small zit or 2, they usually go away fast) , my skin never gets oily, and it gets dry sometimes. I was using aveeno clear complexion foaming cleanser, but I irritates my skin, and I'm concerned with " natural" products now. So, my price range is 0$-15$, and I really appreciate it. Thanks!  
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updatedversion
BEAUTY MAVEN updatedversion / BEAUTY MAVEN BEAUTY MAVEN / answered
A. Hi,   I have very sensitive skin and I know how much of a pain to find a product that would not irritate your skin. You might want to try Fresh Soy Face Cleanser and u... see post
keven
Q. First Aid Beauty face cleanser
I just purchased this product today and used it tonight. my skin feels great but the smell is almost unbearable!! Is this normal for this product or could it be the tube I purchased is rancid?
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beautytester
HALL OF FAMER beautytester / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / answered
A. well, I just tried the sample packet of it I got with my last order (so it should be good). It smells like unscented bar soap. You know, the super old-school kind that's... see post
kserr
Q. oily uneven skintone
Is there a mask or serum that targets uneven skintone, oily, and acne prone skin? I've tried the PTR acne clearing gel but no dramatic changes have occured. Recently I've developed acne that emerges as a bump always leaving behind a scar.
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beautylovingirl
HALL OF FAMER beautylovingirl / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / answered
A. Definitely try the Murad Acne line it's a great line with very good reviews! Hope this helps!:) see post
VivianGreen
Q. skin care regimine for preventive aging-close to 40!
What are the best skin care products for someone close to 40?  I want to keep my skin fresh looking and protected!  Thanks!!
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lylysa
HALL OF FAMER lylysa / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / answered
A. I would definitely look into lines likes Peter Thomas Roth, Philosophy's Miracle Worker, and even some products from Ole heriksen (their Truth Serum is divine).   Reti... see post
babybear04
Q. Don't lose hope and THANK YOU!
Hi everyone, I just wanted to share a thought with people who have been struggling with their skin like me.  For the past five years or so, I've been suffering from this weird acne (bumps all over face under the skin), and have tried literally everything on the market, including prescrption treatments.  THOUSANDS worth of useless products.   Even though it seems like NOTHING is working and I'm doomed, I remind myself that I WILL find a solution and I force myself to not lose hope.  I don't know what measures I'll have to take, the money I'll have to spend, or how long it will be, but I know one day that I WILL have the beautiful, clear skin that's hiding beneath this acne of mine.  I REFUSE to lose hope.   There have been so many times I've been frustrated, sad, depressed, ect.  Even moments where I can't stand to look at myself in the mirror.  But I still stay positive.  One of the things that has helped me stay positive are these boards.  All summer (while dealing with this horrific acne, recovering from foot surgery that has left me basically immobile during recovery, and adjusting to a gluten-free diet...yeah, talk about triple wammy) I have become pretty active on here in reading posts and offering my thoughts and suggestions.  It's really refreshing to know that I'm not the ONLY one who has insecurities, and it's so nice to read/hear from people just like me, rather than people who are just trying to make a sale.  So for that, I thank you.  All of you.  For being there to offer me your suggestions, inspire me to step outside my comfort zone, and remind me never to lose hope!   No matter what your battle is, don't lose hope.  When you begin to lose hope, all else fails. 
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sarah5530
sarah5530 / FRESH FACE / answered
A. I have the EXACT same problem. Since I turned 27 I have been getting these bumps all over my face. I am not 31. It has become a constant dilemma and something that, no m... see post
lea1
Q. I have to use eye drops for glaucoma , and they irritate the skin around my eyes.
 In the morning my skin around my eyes is dry and rough. Right now I use strivectin eye cream and also Shea Terra Argan Oil and Coffe Bean Oil. They help but really aren't soothing enough. Also I have little bumps that look like blocked pores. I have been to have facials with extractions, but the bumps remain. I really need a good cleanser. I use peeling pads by Phillosophy.  But they haven!t helped. I hope someone can help. I am blind and have type1 diabetes. I have a caregiver during the day and a husband of forty years. My caregiver is great and does my hair and makeup energy day.    
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beautytester
Q. SO expensive but so worth it?
Ok, so aside from Clarasonic, I was wondering what's the most expensive skincare/cosmetic product that you hate because it cost SO much but you keep buying it or is saving up for it because you love it so so much!   You know, some ridiculous moisturizer like La Mer, or lip balm, or foundation, or powder.   For me, I'm curious about Koh Gen Do and SK-II products, but their skincare and powder stuff are sooo expensive.
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makeupobesessed
HALL OF FAMER makeupobesessed / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / answered
A. I would either love to buy the gel nail thingy or the teeth whitener. Neither can I afford to splurge on... see post
nanobear18
Q. Skincare tips : weird but true
So I have some weird tips that, believe it or not, have improved my skin. Some are not that weird, some are, some are obvious but people still don't use it. Let's begin.    Choosing the right products  This is obvious, but when I started using skincare, I was clueless and made this mistake. When I saw about 3 zits on my face, I freaked and bought acne wash, gel, the like. Waste of money. My skin is dry and sensitive, not acne prone or oily (even now I have like two tiny zits that are going away soon, because I didn't do skincare stuff for like a week ) so the products irritated my skin, and I broke out more. Now I use products made for my skin type, and it works great!  Skin super foods   so these are foods that help skin majorly : green tea, it has so many antioxidants, and tastes great ! Ever since i was little, i always drank green tea, unsweetened ( even healthier ) since my mom loved it.. Water ;  yeah so beyond knows this but few listen to it. Drink water, two cups a day ( 4 fl.oz. to a cup, i think or maybe 2 f.loz.)  face mask ingredients to look out for  chocolate :    some brands sell chocolate masks, or make a mask yourself with cocoa powder in it 9 youtube bubzbeauty, she has great diy skin tutorials, including a chocolate one) but chocolate has great thingamabobs in it to fight oily skin and zits.  Rice or rice flour  once again, bubzbeauty did a tutorial on this, check it out. she knows more than me  oatmeal  again, bubzbeauty, she is like skincare magician.  oily skin tips  have oily skin or zits in forehead ? the oil from your bangs could be transfering to your skin.  try to use less freasy hair products or pin up your bangs  moustrize, your skin may be oily beacause it is dry. when your skin is dry and it is not moustrizied, it produces oil to moustrize.  the zit tips  so use a clarisonic if your skin is really bad, so many people with acne credit it for clearing up their skin.  also, don't put makeup on your zits. the makeup might clog  it. if you have a week off school or work, try not wear makeup all week long, or only when you go out. then when you get home, remove all makeup and maybe put a clay mask on areas with zits.  using bare minerals ? had no zits befire using and now have acne? some people are really allergic to the stuff in mineral makeup.  try not to change up skincare a lot. it will makeup your skin breakout since it is not yet used to the new prodcuts.     
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bijouxkristyna
BEAUTY BOSS bijouxkristyna / BEAUTY BOSS BEAUTY BOSS / answered
A. ....and change your pillowcase often!  Even though we may do a fabulous job cleaning our face before bed, our hair still has oils, or we may have left our perfume on, or... see post
xLindseyMx
Q. Philosophy's Take a Deep Breath V.S. Hope in a Jar?
Hey, I was recently at my local Sephora and was browsing through the skin care section, until I found the section dedicated to Philosophy products. I wanted to make a purchase but I had no idea if Hope in a Jar or Take a Deep Breath moisturizer was better for my skin type. I have oily skin all year long and am not prone to acne. My skin is actually blemish-free until around that time of the month when I get a pimple or two. Is there anyone out there who has tried them both? If so, what is your take on which moisturizer is better for my skin type? Thanks in advance!<3  
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wiscoviking
SCENE QUEEN wiscoviking / SCENE QUEEN SCENE QUEEN / answered
A. So, although take a deep breath is a refreshing, gel texture, it's not doing much to better your skin. It's a very minimal amount of moisture (think of it less as a mois... see post
beautytester
Q. What are you guilty of? (beauty-wise)
You know there are things you should do but don't do, like not removing make up at night etc. What beauty sins are you guilty of? Also, what beauty sins are you proudly not guilty of?   My sin is scrubbing/rubbing too hard. I know you don't HAVE to really rub the scrubs in, but then it's like what's the point of using scrubs then? and I don't realize I used too much force until my face hurt when I rinse. And since I paid for those expensive eye cream, I obviously have to make absolutely sure they soak into my skin by rubbing really really well until it's all gone (don't do this, you are suppose to pat gently).   My prevention/good point is I never sleep with makeup. I have Yes to Cucumber wipes so any time I'm too lazy to do the 3-4 step face washing (short naps, or going to bed at 3am), I just use the wipe then go to bed. I've got oily combo skin so I can get away with it. If you've got dry skin, you should use a moisturizer or moisturzing spray after this.
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hotcoco1124
BEAUTY MAVEN hotcoco1124 / BEAUTY MAVEN BEAUTY MAVEN / answered
A. Haha I have quite a few beauty sins myself!! I don't wash my face with my little scrub every single day, but my skins pretty darn good, so it's not that bad, right? ... see post
beautytester
Q. What do you sacrifice for beauty?
Have you ever stop doing something you love or eating your favorite food because it's better for your skin?   We all know that certain food are bad for certain skin types...fried/greasy food, diary products, spicy food etc. But I can't, I LOVE food. I'm willing to dilligently put SPF on in the morning and spend 10min at night for skincare no matter how tired I am. I'm willing to not touch my face, wipe my cell phone clean and change my pillow case regularly. But. I. can't. cut. spicy. food. I can go without fried or diary food for a couple month if I want, but I cannot cut spicy food out. Garlic? Onion? jalapenos? they are the stuff of life! I love them cooked and I love them raw....and I know they definitely give me pimples...it's like telling me to choose between good food and good skin and it's just...well, I was just wondering if anyone have faced this difficult decision, challenge to your self discipline, whatever you want to call it.
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hotcoco1124
BEAUTY MAVEN hotcoco1124 / BEAUTY MAVEN BEAUTY MAVEN / answered
A. Obviously we all sacrifice time to get ready in the morning, and thus sleep in a little less.  Also the time before bed to wash your face and slather on some lotion, rem... see post
nanobear18
Q. clarisonic?
So my skin isn't really that bad, I never breakout or get oily, the worst thing about my skin is it's sensitive, and dry. That being said, I have to be careful about my skincare, sometimes it's not gentle and irritates my skin. So I was wondering, for someone with my skin type, would the clarisonic be good or just really harsh? Basically, should I splurge and buy it?
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Manda
HALL OF FAMER Manda / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / answered
A. I'm going to make a few comments on here, since I have the Mia and I have skin that tends to be dry and sensitive.  I love mine.  I've had it for a little over a year an... see post
Liezt
Q. What will be a good toner and a good am moisturizer with spf for sensitive acne-prone skin?
Ive had sensitive skin but never had break-outs before not even during my teenage years, but eversince i moved to san francisco 2 years ago which is cooler and less humid from where i came from i started breaking out so badly!   The break-outs wer controllable for awhile and i only get them atleast once a month but because ive gotten crazy over my skincare routine i noticed that my skin became worst, i now have a lot of break-outs on my forehead, cheeks, lots of blackheads and darkspots from my previous acne. also now i have dry combination acne-prone sensitive skin.    I am happy with my current skincare, i am using a cleanser with 2% salicylic acid, exfoliate 3-4 times a week, and a gel based moisturizer at night but i cant seem to find a good toner and an am moisturizer with spf thats fit for my skin type... ive read some very good reviews on shiseido, josie maran, and murad. But i dont know which brand will be most helpful for my skin-type. Also aside from my acne, i wanna treat my darkspots as well.
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elizbeth1972
HALL OF FAMER elizbeth1972 / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / answered
A. Hiya Liezt - I have acne prone skin with mild rosacea.  The combo that I am using right now, which I love, for morning is: Kate Sommerville Clarifying toner and Murad Es... see post
malloy
Q. Sagging mouth to chin area
I lost weight due to illness.  Now I have extreme sagging from mouth area to chin.  I've tried several good products but can't seem to find the right one.  Help.   Thanks   Kendall Malloy
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btmod1
btmod1 BEAUTY ADVISOR / BEAUTY ADVISOR BEAUTY ADVISOR / answered
A. Hi Malloy,   I'm sorry to hear you were ill & lost so much weight drastically!  Generally if the weightless was gradual, there wouldn't be a major need for firming &... see post
makeupobesessed
Q. Origins
I think this belongs in the lounge, but my app doesn't have that option... I went to my Sephora today around 5 and they close at 6. They told me that the origins thing was completely gone about an hour after they opened, that ppl were lined up when they opened up. I'm just shocked as I didn't really think it would be that big a deal. I still got a sample and recycled my bottle, but omg! I even went to Macy's and they said the same...too much!
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canseethruu
BEAUTY PRO canseethruu / BEAUTY PRO BEAUTY PRO / answered
A. Well, I'm am totally in the dark about what you're referring to! I don't understand why I'm not informed about any special events......HHHHMMMM. That makes me sad :-(  ... see post
jmacheetas
Q. REDNESS AND LARGE PORES AND OILY T ZONE AND BLACK HEADS
I have an extremely oily t zone and my nose is like black head city. I also have very large pores around my nose and I think I have rosacea on my cheeks.  I try and use face cleansers that are for black heads but they usually exfoliate too and I feel like that makes my cheeks worse and my pores bigger and they never really work for my black heads or my oily nose I just need help I really want to try Dr. Brandt pores no more essential kit its a good value and targets pretty much all the problems I have except I feel like it will be too harsh for my cheeks and will make it way harder for me to cover up the redness. My question is has anyone tried it? Was it gentle or could you really feel it? Or does anyone recommend another skincare regimen.   On a side note Clinique's Redness Solutions sound good but it only targets my redness not the other things I'm concerned about.
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canseethruu
BEAUTY PRO canseethruu / BEAUTY PRO BEAUTY PRO / answered
A. Hi  jmacheestas, I have personally endured much of what you're going through, with the exception of rosacea. As someone that has used Clinique for my oily, acne prone, ... see post