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Daily Skincare - what are you using?
Often people ask for recommendations on a skincare routine or for specific products/combinations.  This might be a place to share your everyday skincare, both AM and PM.  A skincare "what are you wearing" as it were.  Hope this is useful.   *Age - 40 Skin type - oily/combination Current skin condition - quite dehydrated (winter/indoor heating)*   01/17/16 - AM skincare in the order I used 1. Nude Jelly cleanser (love) 2. Pixi Glow tonic (5% glycolic toner - love) 3. Omorovicza Queen of Hungary Spritz (sample) 4. Radical Skincare Youth Infusion serum - hydrating and anti-ageing (new to me.  Testing) 5. Bobbi Brown Hydrating Eye Cream (like) 6. Elemis Pro-Collagen Marine cream (really like as an AM moisturizer)   I will try to post PM skincare tonight so the post can be comprehensive.   General comments - Okay skin.  Apparently the age between 38-42 is a transformational time in hormones (dehydrated skin/spots), so I am more aware of how my skin performs/reacts .  My skincare definitely has more "actives" now than before.
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HALL OF FAMER Gwenhwyfar / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / replied
Skin type: combination, hormonal acne on forehead just hanging on...   For the past week, AM & PM: Boscia purifying cleansing gel & Julep charcoal konjac sponge Cau... see post
NATURAL SKINCARE TALK
I don't think we have one of these yet... But, if I'm wrong, please do correct me.   I've been wanting to make this thread for a while now, but as it usually is... Life got and gets in the way. But, better late than never, huh?   I've been enjoying many natural skincare products for the last 15 years or so, on and off ( mainly facial oils and balms, but masks, treatments, and body oils and balms, as well. ) I even used to make my own for years ( years ago ) as good natural skincare products were not a very easy thing to obtain. You'd have to try and hunt down quality ingredients and make stuff yourself most of the time. And, that was quite a task! It makes me happy to see that there is so many wonderful products widely and easily available lately. It makes things so much easier!   Natural skincare performs better for me personally. I love and enjoy using it. My skin adores it. I love the idea of it and behind it. So, I wanted to make a place for us natural skincare lovers to talk about anything natural skincare as I see there are many others out there that are interested, or already in love with it, as well. So why not have our own little place on here? So we can share our experiences ( good and/or bad ), loves, favorite products, favorite brands and their news/new launches, discus things, share our daily routines, talk DIYs if anyone is into that, why not? Anything really.   By "natural" skincare here I'm talking about skincare made mostly or completely of ingredients available in nature, like plant-derived ingredients, minerals... You know, the whole nine.   Anyway - feel free to join in! You don't have to be a natural skincare lover exclusively. Everybody's welcomed!   A word of caution ... For those who are new to natural skincare, proceed with caution. Inform and educate yourself really well on everything you are interested in trying and putting on your skin. Natural does not mean it won't hurt you! And, it certainly doesn't mean it's safe. Some natural ingredients can be irritating for some people. Go with what's good for you, don't force anything on your skin just because someone said it is good.  Do patch tests. Be smart. People prone to allergies should pay careful attention to what they use on their skin.    P.S. I am not completely and 100% natural, nor I imagine I ever will be as I do love me some other stuff, as well. But mostly, yes.    
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HALL OF FAMER lyravega / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / replied
Oh, bummer indeed about the Tea Tree, @pixiedust2 . That is most effective for me personally. And, tamanu is next ( with even more benefits ). Tamanu oil is so great at ... see post
Q. Skincare help!
Hello, I was wondering if anyone had some skincare suggestions. I am fairly new to the world of skincare and I really want to work towards more radiant skin. I have sensitive and combination skin. I also have some acne problems, but those aren't my main priority at the moment. I was looking into some of Sephora Collection's cleansers and was wondering how those are. Also, how is the Urban Decay Hot Springs Hydrating Gel and would it work alone as a moisturizer? If you have any suggestions or tips, I would really appreciate the help! Thank you!
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MariekeBT BEAUTY ADVISOR / BEAUTY ADVISOR BEAUTY ADVISOR / answered
A. Hi @DramaticBeauty,    Once you get into the world of skincare there's really no turning back from the addiction so welcome! hahaha :D    I personally really lik... see post
Best product for acne scars
I am looking for the best treatment for acne scars. I used to break out really bad as a teenager and of course picked at it, because what 16 year old doesn't. Anyone have any luck with their regiment to treat acne scars. I have looked into going to get this professionally done, but if I can do it at home where its more convenient, I would much rather do that. I personally, have combination skin, fairly light, so the scars show up pretty easily. Any advice is welcomed Thank you! 
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BEAUTY MASTER sydtomato / BEAUTY MASTER BEAUTY MASTER / replied
You have to get this prescribed but Retin-A did WONDERS for my skin.  I went on accutane and my skin was perfect except for the acne scars leftover.  I went off Accutane... see post
Sensitive/Dry Skin
What is the best moisturizer/skin care routine for sensitive, combination skin?  My face randomly breaks out in hives and gets red, dry patches and previous products I have used have made this worse.  Other parts of my face like my nose get extremely oily though so I'm not sure what products to use.  Please help!!
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HALL OF FAMER ChicDabbler / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / replied
I have combination skin that gets sensitive/dehydrated sometimes as well. I'm a big fan of FAB oatmeal mask. If you tried other FAB products and find them to be too rich... see post
Help! Face Moisturizer for teenagers
So I have 2 girls 13 and 14yrs old. They always see me using skin care items and they are starting to get interested taking care of their skin. Which is good because I didnt do it when I was their age 😬 I want to ask what brands are good for teens for a face moisturizer?  From sephora or any drugstore brand 😊 Thank you in advance!
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BEAUTY WHIZ greeneyedgirl107 / BEAUTY WHIZ BEAUTY WHIZ / replied
@friedrice CeraVe PM is great!   see post
h2o hydrating boost
is the h2o hydrating boost from tarte good for oily skin as well?
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Carter5 / NEWCOMER / replied
Most hydrating things like those will be good for oily skin.  I have very oily skin and have been studying skin.  I have learned that skin gets oily when it is not moist... see post
Skin care during pregnancy, concerns and need new routine
what skincare line is safe or even products during pregnancy%3F i need a cleanser and moisterizer and a exfoliater. I have the fresh umbrain clay moisterizer and also have kate somerville face wash. please let me know if these products are safe and other suggestion????? thanks guys
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StephanieBT BEAUTY ADVISOR / BEAUTY ADVISOR BEAUTY ADVISOR / replied
Hi babyMama2017,   Congratulations! During pregnancy, taking a gentle approach to skincare is usually best. I also recommend consulting with your doctor before start... 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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BritQiangYu / NEWCOMER / replied
I read The article that you provided. The author of the article name is Robert Tisserand who owns a brand Call Tisserand, which is a Essential oil business brand. His ar... see post
I love Tarte Cosmetics. I have been trying to get my hands on Tarte Shape Tape concealer. Any word on whether Sephora will ever carry it?
BEAUTY MASTER sydtomato / BEAUTY MASTER BEAUTY MASTER / replied
As of right now the whole double duty beauty line, which includes shape tape, is an Ulta exclusive.  Probably will never be on Sephora so you gotta go Tarte direct or Ul... see post
Whats a good foundation or bb cream for the summer for someone with really oily skin?
I been looking for good foundation suggestions, I have really oily skin and it gets worse in the summer and also whats a good Facial Mask ?
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SIGHTSEER dreamycindy / SIGHTSEER SIGHTSEER / replied
Awesome thank you i'll try them :)  see post
What are the best products in the store? I'm willing to splurge a little bit if necessary!
MeganBT BEAUTY ADVISOR / BEAUTY ADVISOR BEAUTY ADVISOR / replied
Hi Cara1717,    I've been dealing with acne for years and I swear I've tried almost acne related product at Sephora.    Without hesitation, I recommend the Murad... see post
Ole Henriksen Real Results Challenge
Finally, oily skin meets its matte! We are so excited for you to try our bestselling Counter Balance™ Oil Control Hydrator and share your skincare journey with us. This lightweight daily moisturizer controls oil, minimizes the look of pores and is clinically proven to improve foundation wear for up to 8 hours.   It’s powered by Green Fusion Complex™, a proprietary blend of potent active botanicals—green tea, eucalyptus, algae (kelp) and Irish moss extracts—with natural antiseptic properties. With neem seed oil and AHAs, Counter Balance Oil Control Hydrator minimizes the look of pores and helps skin maintain a healthy balance.   This open forum is for you to share your experience and hear from others. We’ll be checking this thread frequently, so if you have questions, ask away!   Remember, a happy face is a beautiful face!
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elisep21 / NEWCOMER / replied
I was excited to try an oil controlling moisturizer. I have combination acne prone skin and had high hopes. It made me break out so badly after the first use! I tried it... see post
Overnight masks for replenishing oily-dehydrated skin???
I would consider myself to have oily skin, but at the same time it feels SO dry and tight - with or without makeup! I think my skin is trying to compensate the lack of moisture with producing more oil? (Even though I drink plenty fluids throughout the day...). So, I thought maybe investing in an overnight mask in place of my night cream. I don't know if using an overnight mask every night will clog my pores, but I am out of ideas!!! Any advice/product recommendations are greatly appreciated! Thanks  
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JaneanBT BEAUTY ADVISOR / BEAUTY ADVISOR BEAUTY ADVISOR / replied
Hi @tongxiaowei,   I have oily skin and I love to use onvernight masks!    One of my favorites is the Peter Thomas Roth Camu Camu C x 30™ Vitamin C Brightening S... see post
Self Tanning/Spray Tan - Dos, Don'ts and Funny Stories
It's the time of year where everyone wants that beautiful sun kissed glow. Thankfully we have a wide range of good quality self tanners available to us now so we are not exposed to harmful rays.  What is your favorite self tanner and why? Share any helpful tips on application, what not to do and any funny stories you'd like to share.  
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HALL OF FAMER Loretta55 / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / replied
Bumping this thread. I am still using the JM Argan Liquid Gold Self Tanning Oil once a week and I am very happy with the results. My faux tan is very believable.  I hav... see post
Dry Skin Talk
I think it's about time we have a place for people with dry skin to talk their dry skin, share, discuss, help each other with their skincare routines, problems, goals.... Skincare. Life style changes. Anything. As much as we can. We don't have to be experts to help each other out. Maybe our experiences combined and put together can produce something helpful and beautiful for every fellow dry skin person that might seek help, word of advice, or simply a "safe haven".   Of course, you don't have to have dry skin to join us. Anyone with some wisdom willing to share is welcomed here!  
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BEAUTY MASTER Alicehoopz / BEAUTY MASTER BEAUTY MASTER / replied
ok so I've had dry skin since I was in my teens. I vividly remember applying my covergirl foundation and asking my mom why it was flaking off. she told me I have dry ski... see post
Kat Von D lock it foundation - oily skin, moisturizer, and primer?
Here are my questions 1. is this sweat proof and will it last all day? I have oily skin so thats why im asking.. I will set with powder but I am still asking. I plan to use in the summer 2. what kind of a moisturizer should I get if I tend to use this foundation... would I use a more mattfying moisturizer (that is for oily skin) or should I get a hydrating moistruzier (that is for all skin types) 3. This sorta goes with the moisturizer question ..but what kind of primer.. would i get a mattfying one or a hydrating one? 4. will this foundation work if I have dry patches?    
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HALL OF FAMER KellW / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / replied
So I'm going to try to answer as many of your questions as I can.  1. I have normal/dry skin but I get sweaty quite easily. I actually chose this foundation because it ... see post
looking for day cream with SPF %2C anti-aging%2C pore minimizing. Any recommendations%3F Thank you %3A%29
looking for day cream with SPF, anti-aging, pore minimizing.  The more benefits-the better
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SianBT BEAUTY ADVISOR / BEAUTY ADVISOR BEAUTY ADVISOR / replied
Hi HockeyGirlRU,    Are you looking for a regular moisturizer or would you prefer something with some color?   A great option is the Josie Maran Argan Daily Mois... see post
Best Makeup and Skincare for Oily/Acne Prone Skin
So I have super oily acne prone skin and large pores. I'm looking for face washes, or toners, and possibly foundation or BB cream that would "work" or "be ok". I have tried the Clinique pink toner (I forgot what its called. Clarifying Toner?) and Kate Somerville Acne Face Wash. They both work pretty well but the toner doesn't keep my skin feeling fresh. And something using both can be slightly drying so I sometimes use a moisturizing gel or facial essence.  So to sum it all up, I'm looking for skin care that can help with my oily skin and potentially some form of makeup that won't oil up (i.e primer, foundation, BB cream, concealer). I don't need full coverage, light to medium would be perfectly fine, just to help cover up my trouble stops and have a light veil over my discoloration. Thank you so much!
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BEAUTY BRAINIAC Ateeezy / BEAUTY BRAINIAC BEAUTY BRAINIAC / replied
Check out the Veil Mineral Primer and Immaculate Liquid Powder foundation from Hourglass.  These 2 items are my holy grail for oily skin.  see post
Best exfoliators?
I'm looking for a resuracing, pore minimizing, scar diminishing, and anti-aging exfoliator. I have done my research and realize I'm asking a lot of qualities pertaining to a product. If anyone has suggestions outside of an exfoliator, I'm all ears. I am particularly in the market for an exfoliator and am always open to new skin care suggestions! 
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JaneanBT BEAUTY ADVISOR / BEAUTY ADVISOR BEAUTY ADVISOR / replied
Hi @katgoulding,   I also suggest the Dr. Dennis Gross Alpha Beta Peel Pads. These pads help with u neven tone and texture, reduce f ine lines and wrinkles and e n... see post
Skincare 101: Discussions, Questions and All
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) 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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HALL OF FAMER fatimamummy / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / replied
Lol @nche I'm often asked this question but no she isn't taking new patients any more 😉   see post
Allergic reaction to Tata's resurfacing mask
I got a sample of the Tata's Resurfacing Mask in my play box this month. Used it and had an allergic reaction of hives all over my face (that are still here hours later and progressively got worse.) I do not have sensitive skin. I have never had an allergic reaction to anything in my life. My skin is fairly well balanced. Has anyone else had this problem? 
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BEAUTY WHIZ Christin13 / BEAUTY WHIZ BEAUTY WHIZ / replied
I have pretty sensitive skin and have had no problems. Different people have different reactions. You should read the ingredients and try to figure out what caused the i... see post
Help! Need VitaZing moisturizer substitute!
I use the Origins Vitazing moisturizer every day instead of foundation - it gives me a perfect smoothing look without a 'foundation-y' look and it's low maintenance and doesn't make me break out. But Sephora has been out of the Vitazing for weeks now, and I'm running out!    Is there another lightly tinted moisturizer that would be a good substitute? Any suggestions? I've tried Laura Mercier's tinted moisturizer which I didn't care for (too sunscreen-y smell and too tinted), and Dr Jart's BB cream which looked fabulous but made me break out something awful. 
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BEAUTY BRAINIAC dashaowls / BEAUTY BRAINIAC BEAUTY BRAINIAC / replied
This is also my favorite moisturizer of all time. I would just buy it from Ulta   There's really nothing else like it! see post
Facial Sunscreen Causing Eye Irritation
Recently I've been having an issue where my eyes will suddenly start burning and watering ferociously. (Seriously.  I look like I'm bawling.) Over the last couple of weeks I think  I've made the connection between the burning/watering and using facial sunscreen.   It started at my daughter's track meet after I applied my gold standard Neutrogena sunscreen.  I initially assumed I had applied it too close to my eyes because I used this product often over previous summers.  But then it happened again a few days later when I used Coola's Setting Spray.  Then again when I tried Murad Invisiblur.  If I go without sunscreen it doesn't happen.     But, what doesn't make sense is that the irritation doesn't just happen shortly after application either.  I can be at Target 8 hours later and the burning and watering will start as I'm walking through the parking lot.  (Thank heaven it was in the parking lot.  Anyone who saw me probably just thought I spent too much lol!)   Thoughts?  Suggestion?  I'm very fair and can't go without sunscreen over the summer!
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HALL OF FAMER kalex / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / replied
The Neutrogena is sweat/water resistant but the other products are not.  I have dry skin and wasn't working out/breaking a sweat in any of the instances where the burnin... see post
What is a good Cleansing Oil?
Hi,   I am in search for a good cleansing oil that removes makeup and is good for sensitive skin. Any suggestions? What do you think about Tatcha and Shu Uemura? 
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BEAUTY WHIZ kathmb / BEAUTY WHIZ BEAUTY WHIZ / replied
@tvisram, Do you have any other skin concerns besides sensitivity, e.g. are you prone to breakouts and/or dryness easily or more redness and hives/rash? Does even light... see post
OILY-COMBINATION SKIN PRODUCT RECCOMENDATIONS PLEASE%3F%21
Hey everyone!    So I'm in desperate need for some holy grail product recommendations of ALL kinds! Face washes, serums, moisturizers, masks, toners, ANYTHING YOU GOT! Plot twist: They need to be for oily/combination skin!   Thanks! 
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JaneanBT BEAUTY ADVISOR / BEAUTY ADVISOR BEAUTY ADVISOR / replied
Hi @makeitnastia,   I have been loving the Lancome Tonique Pure Focus. This toner mattifies yet provides hydration to the skin. It reduces the amount of oil I produc... see post
desperate for acne advice
My skin has been a mess for the past three months and I feel like I've tried everything. Any recommendations to clear my acne up would be so appreciated!   Here's my current routine: AM: tone with Lush Tea Tree Water, Josie Maran argan whipped face butter, and the NARs tinted moisturizer spf 30 PM: wash with Youth to the people cleanser, Kate Somerville Anti Bac benzoyl peroxide treatment, and Ole Henriksen invigorating night creme OR Josie Maran light argan oil   I have tried Paula's Choice 2% BHA, Belief aqua bomb, Ole Henriksen find your balance cleanser, Ole Henriksen find your balance toner, most Murad products (the post acne spot serum worked, but its recommended to stop use after 3 months), Tarte maracuja oil, Kate Somerville eradikate cleanser, Ole Henriksen invigorating night treatment, Ole Henriksen truth serum, etc.   I feel like I've tried it all. I'm even on spironolactone which totally cleared my skin last year when I first started it. I did stop using a benzoyl peroxide/clindamycin treatment back in November that I was on for 10 years, but I wouldn't think it'd take 3 months for my skin to break out again. But my skin was clearest on spiro and benzoyl peroxide/clindamycin.   So now I've introduced the Kate anti bac and have seen some results, however I'm so dry and still getting new break outs.   I am desperate for any advice. I've spent these last 3 months with trial and error
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BEAUTY MAVEN ostark / BEAUTY MAVEN BEAUTY MAVEN / replied
I really appreciate this reply. I'm understanding that ingredients are much more important than I thought. I even located a website that tells you what each exact ingred... see post
Q. need new moisturizer for dry skin
I have dry skin and at night I like to use a moisturizer that is REALLY moisturizing. I have seen replies for questions like mine but those products are not moisturizing enough for me. I would be using this lotion for nighttime along with some acne medication I am using. Thank you for your suggestions!!
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BEAUTY PRO honeylemongirl / BEAUTY PRO BEAUTY PRO / answered
A. The brand that my dermatologist recommended to me is CeraVe, which is available in drugstores. I really like the products because my skin is dry but also irritated at th... see post
Combination skin now dry
Hi. I'm 43. I"ve noticed a big change in my skin. What was once oily is now dry. I have skin with eczema and rosacea which makes things worse. I feel like I've tried everything. I'm at a loss. Help. Thanks.
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HALL OF FAMER ChicDabbler / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / replied
@charlyc I just realized you asked for cleanser recommendation, not exfoliator recommendation, lol. The stuff I recommended below are exfoliators.   Gentle cleansers t... see post