Hello all - In high school and college, I suffered from really bad cystic and hormonal acne. I used Proactiv during that time and for the most part it helped to clear up those breakouts. However, I feel that after 5 years of using the system, my skin wasn't progressing. I now have uneven skin tone, enlarged pores, hyperpigmentation, and severe post acne scarring. I also get blackheads around my nose and cheek area which are under the skin. I want to extract them, but I'm afraid of further scarring. Most days, I wear foundation (Lancome's Teint Ultra in 430 Bisque C) to conceal my uneven tone and scarring. I decided in January of this year to invest in new skincare products. I stopped using the Proactiv and switched to Clinique's Acne Solutions Kit. Along with the kit, I use the following products: - Kate Somerville Oil Free Moisturizer (morning and nightly) - Murad Oil Control Mattifier SPF 15 (every day before makeup application) - Kate Somerville ExfoliKate Intensive Exfoliating Treament (2-3 times a week) - Kate Somerville EradiKate Acne Treatment (spot treatment as needed) - Glam Glow Supermud Clearing Treatment (1-2 times a week, sometimes right after using ExfoliKate) - Murad Post Acne Spot Lightening Gel (nightly) While I love all of these products, I find that now in July, my face pretty much looks the same as it did in the beginning of the year. I don't want to feel discouraged, but at the same time I want to trust that investing so much money and time in these products will yield results. I follow beauty bloggers on the Internet, and many of them rave about the Clarisonic. I've been intrigued for many months now and I'm wondering whether I should purchase it. Will this be the answer I'm looking for? Will it finally help me achieve even toned, clear, and bright skin? Can you recommend any other products that deliver visible results? Do I need to stop using one of the above products? Any skin product life savers? Any help, advice, and product recommendations would be fantastic. Thank you so much!
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.
I have persistently bumpy skin on my forehead. I've tried using products for acne, and then my skin gets so dry it flakes off! I think I may need to exfoliate more often, but I'm concerned about irritating my skin. Any suggestions for a gentle product that may help?
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/
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.
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!!
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.
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!
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!
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?
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?
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
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 ;-(
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?
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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?