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Sensitive skin annoyances!
I've seen quite a few posts on BT about sensitive skin and problems people need help with. I thought it may also be fitting to have a space for people to complain about the difficulties of sensitive skin among sympathetic readers, as well as possibly look for advice and recommendations. It can be so annoying sometimes and no one quite gets it like other people with sensitive skin.    Skin type: Combination oily/oily, hypersensitive skin with eczema (developed 6 years ago) Complaint:  I recently tried the Nars Radiant Tinted Moisturizer and fell in love. I mean,  in love . As someone with usually combination oily/oily skin, I usually shy away from anything with the words "radiant" or "luminous". However, it works in a way that my skin is glowy (in this less-than-glowy New England weather) without looking oily. Alas, it seems like it's not to be because the  Octinoxate sunscreen. I have had a problem with chemical sunscreens for a few years. However, my lips have recently been more tolerable of them, so I thought that  maaaayybbe the same could be said for my face. Alas, that is not the case. I can't stand the limited options that sensitive skin can bring. Oh, to be able to use almost any product...I dream of it. 
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HALL OF FAMER tessie84 / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / replied
I did, and I loved it, but, unfortunately, I had a reaction to it. I have issues with a number of botanical extracts, so I assume that's what the issue was there.    Y... see post
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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BEAUTY BOSS seemee22 / BEAUTY BOSS BEAUTY BOSS / replied
Dermaplane is awesome! =)   I've been looking into the new HA-5. Maybe after I finish my Neocutis. =) see post
Looking for the right line.
I am 45 and looking for a skincare line that is right for me.  My skin has been acting up lately - probably because of trying new products to find the right one.  I am looking for a line that would help me with anti-aging issues, dry skin and small breakouts around the nose area.  It is not rosacea I have been told, but definitely irritated skin.  So bottom line is my skin is sensitive and dry.  I would like to try a line that is paraben free and more on the natural side, but I understand some of the chemicals are needed for the anti-aging.  Any advise is greatly appreciated!!!  Thank you in advance for any info you all can give me.
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HALL OF FAMER lylysa / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / replied
Changes in skin isn't uncommon, but keep in mind that changing too many things too quickly in a regimen can be risky as it doesn't give skin any time to adjust and becom... see post
73 years of age, dry skin, golfer in sun, wrinkles with sun spots. What do you recommend?
HALL OF FAMER lylysa / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / replied
Hi, Itchiway!   There are an assortment of products and steps one can take to address dryness, sun spots, and wrinkles.   Can you share with us what products you're ... see post
Troubled skin - Early 30's
Little background info. I am in my early 30's, combination skin (more on the dry side) having trouble with breakouts around my chin and nose. Currently I am using Acne Solutions Cleansing Foam, Clinique Toner #3 and Cliniques Dramatically Different Lotion +   I've tried several different products and nothing seems to be helping clear me up. I am becoming a little frustrated spending $$ and returning and trying different products.    I've been told that the breakouts are hormonal however they don't just happen at that awful time of then month, it is consistent so not so sure about that.    Just wondering if there are any others in a similar situation and what has worked for them.   Seriously considering going back to Proactiv but hesitant.
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HALL OF FAMER lylysa / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / replied
With 6-7 blemishes being on the higher end of normal from what you experiencing (meaning you typically experience even fewer blemishes per month), I would recommend opti... see post
OLE HENRIKSEN Truth Serum?
I am 21 years old, and my skin is super dry because of the winter weather, but oily in the summer. I struggle with a little bit of acne (that is clearing up), acne scars, uneven texture, and uneven skin tone. I was looking to add a serum, if I needed it? Would adding the OLE HENRIKSEN Truth Serum  help with any of that?    My current skin care routine:   AM Shiseido Pureness Foaming Cleanser (if my skin is very oily) Shiseido Pureness Toner Philosophy Take a Deep Breath Moisturizer Sunscreen   PM Makeup Remover Wipes Shiseido Pureness Foaming Cleanser Shiseido Pureness Toner May Coop Raw Sauce Peter Thomas Roth AHA/BHA Acne Clearing Gel Shiseido White Lucent Moisturizing Cream Tarte Maracuja Oil or Farsali Rose Gold Elixir    Any info helps, thank you!
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HALL OF FAMER jenfromnyc / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / replied
Yes it would potentially help.   that said, it broke me out in crazy hives. see post
Q. Hydration for Eczema Prone Skin
I've lived with severe eczema for my whole life. I can't keep my skin moist and hydrated unless I use Vaseline which causes my skin to look very glossy and greasy. I have used First Aid Beauty hydration cream and other creams/lotion that do not have the glossy look, but my skin still feels dry and tight after applying. Which then causes my skin to wrinkle and peel. All I'm looking for is a way to keep my skin hydrated without using a lotion that looks greasy.    If there is also a way to decrease the sights of eczema scars that would be appreciated.  
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HALL OF FAMER tessie84 / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / answered
A. A lot of these suggestions are good, and I just wanted to add that you may want to look for something (in addition) that has ceramides. Eczema is often caused by the ski... see post
what exfolate for large pores would you recommend
HALL OF FAMER kssweetheart / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / replied
Have you tried using Clarisonic? I watched and waited for a long time before purchasing, I was skeptical, but it was one of the best purchases I've made. I LOVE it. It'... see post
Undereye cream
I have dark circles under my eyes and have been using lotion from loreal and concealer. It doesn't seem to be working. What is the best cream to correct dark circles. I would love some day to not rely on using concealer   thanks Roxy demo
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JaneanBT BEAUTY ADVISOR / BEAUTY ADVISOR BEAUTY ADVISOR / replied
Hi Roxydemo,   I suggest the Kenzoki Lotus Caress to Moisturize Eyes. This cream will hydrate your under eye area and provides natural microcirculation to help prev... see post
Budget friendly Korean skincare that works?
Hello!! I know there are a few threads on here about Korean skincare but I was hoping to get some opinions tailored to my own skin.  I have pretty normal skin, dry in the winter, and acne prone.  I currently have a second cleanse that I will not part with (Yüli Halcyon) and two toners I love (Herbivore coco rose and Yüli Panacea) but I will take all kinds of recommendations! I'm most curious about essences though, I was looking between the Missha essence and the Benton snail bee essence.  Can anyone give some insight into budget friendly (but still gives results) products? 
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HALL OF FAMER meganlisa / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / replied
Secret Key is a little more gentle..and works better on my skin than Missha too.  It works better than SK  II for the same reason....and is a lot cheaper. Secret Key is... see post
day cream
I'm 40 and live in the tropics.  I'm looking for a non greasy/mattifying day cream that can also work on dark spots and fine lines.  
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StephanieBT BEAUTY ADVISOR / BEAUTY ADVISOR BEAUTY ADVISOR / replied
Hi mrslaga,   Based on your needs, I'd recommend trying the Murad Essential-C Day Moisture SPF 30. It's lightweight, but still hydrating and has anti-aging and dark-... see post
Aging Skin Care Line
I am 53, and am looking for a great anti-aging skin care line that also has the basics like cleanser etc.  I have been exploring different brands this past year, but cannot find one that has it all!!  Please advise
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BEAUTY MAVEN tonyacan / BEAUTY MAVEN BEAUTY MAVEN / replied
I am turning 47 soon and can definitely recommend Algenist's Genius line from cleanser to eye cream to the peel. I like it all and it simply works! I am also fond of Kat... see post
Dangers of Josie Maran Argan Oil on Face
*EDIT*  This is a really old post, almost a year old, but I'm happy it was revived because it means people are using the search bar. Yay! HIGH FIVE! I'm not going to edit my previous post, because that would be wrong. I may have written it quickly & jumped the gun. Not all oils are bad, and not everyone will have the same results as me. Everyone's skin is different. Sephora & their employees like to overly promote the "flavor of the week". When this post was written, they were pushing Argan Oil non stop & I got a little frustrated with all the pushing of something Dermatologists weren't keen on.  I would like to add that, I am not using PTR oil-less oil, it's 100% squalane that is sugar derived (not sharks) and it works really well for me.    What I've recently found out though is that a lot of people are applying oils the wrong way . We were always taught to apply face products in order of thickness: toner/softener-> serum-> treatment-> moisturizer. The thing is oils are heavy, a lot heavier than most moisturizers even though they feel "light". Oils form a barrier and block Hyaluronic Acid and other benefit ingredients from penetrating into the skin . So really, you should be applying your oil last, to lock in all the moisture and benefits from your serums & moisturizer.      *ORIGINAL POST*  I've been using Argan Oil on my hair for years & never had a problem Recently I got the 500 pt perk that included her Argan Oil. Everyone raves about it's benefits on the face, so I figured I'd give it a shot since this cold weather has been brutal on my skin. I have not changed anything else in my skincare, or makeup routine. After about 5 days of nighttime use, I started noticing a rash developing on my face near my nose (my dry spot areas). So I did a little Google search and was shocked to see all the negatives about Argan Oil on the face. Argan oil has many benefits in food and on hair, but the FDA has not cleared it for use on the face. Dermatologists freak out when they hear patients use it because it can bring on rosacea and is highly comedogenic. Any oil (natural or not) will clog pores. I'm surprised Sephora promotes something when it is highly advised by Doctors not to be used on the face. 
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Beautyqueen9284 / NEWCOMER / replied
I am using another brand Argan Oil from Oil Republic. It's non greasy and absorbs quickly. It doesnt clog pores at all and I love it.   They also have Shampoos and Con... see post
Nothing seems to help!
I have extremely dry skin. I'll try to give as much detail as I can without being too boring.   I'm originally from a more humid climate. I have lived in a new, drier state for five + years and my skin has had enough! My skin is pretty sensitive so I try not to use insane chemicals.   My face is my biggest problem because that's what people see the most. My current routine is to remove my make up with cold pressed coconut oil and moisturize with Vaseline Intensive Care Advanced Repair lotion for face and body (my skin drinks it in and feels soft and smooth for hours and hours afterward). About once or twice a week I do a gentle exfoliating routine but it has literally made zero difference in the result.   Before make up, I apply Feel the Moment Anti-Aging Ultra Hydrating Sensory Awakening Primer Serum by IT Cosmetics. I then use Your Skin But Better CC Cream with SPF 50. (I bought yet another foundation and primer to try just yesterday, to not avail.) I don't use powders because they only make the dryness more visible. But already I can see the texture on my cheeks and chin where it looks like my foundation is clinging to patches of dry skin that are settled on the top. I use a beauty blender to apply foundation and other areas of my face, such as my nose, blend beautifully onto my skin. Once I am done with the rest of my make up, I apply Urban Decay's Chill setting spray. I have tried many other foundations, primers, serums, setting sprays, and moisturizers and I don't know what I could be doing wrong.   Before I apply foundation, my skin doesn't look dry at all, but as soon as make up touches my face, even a moisturizing foundation, it seems to instantly reveal dry patches. I did an experiment over winter recess and went nearly two weeks without wearing a stitch of make up on my face to see if maybe my face just needed a break but the day I went back to work, the results were the same.    As far as nutrition: I stay very well hydrated. I drink mostly water and green tea. I eat mostly paleo.   I recently bought several First Aid Beauty products and I gave them a try just before applying my make up yesterday and they made no difference. At this point, I'm worried that I might have to see a derm, but I am really hoping someone would be able to give me some advice  before I have to spend that type of money on a doctor.
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BEAUTY PRO Beadshopgirl / BEAUTY PRO BEAUTY PRO / replied
I'm a huge fan of the Amore Pacific Enzyme Peel. It's pricey, but I've been using it a few times a week for 6 months, and I've still got more than 1/2 the bottle left. I... see post
Yüli Skincare Experience?
I know they're not carried at Sephora but for you Green Beauty lovers, any experience with Yüli?  I love their philosophy and have been heavily swayed by blogger: BeautyIdealist! Thoughts? 
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BEAUTY SAVANT LovePlaid / BEAUTY SAVANT BEAUTY SAVANT / replied
I know! Haha thank you! Yeah I figured if I absolutely need it eventually I will splurge but for now, i'll try some cheaper products see post
Moisturizer for acne prone, dry skin?
I know there's loads of posts out there but I kind of wanted one a bit more tailored to my skin and personal issues! My skin is always kind of dry in the winter, definitely not oily in the summer though, so it's normal I guess!  I recently started a topical prescription (Benzaclin) but it makes my skin super dry! It doesn't really need to be oil free (I also find they don't work as well), just something that isn't too thick (I didn't like the FAB repair cream)!    Thanks  
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HALL OF FAMER lylysa / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / replied
The peeling is more than likely a side effect from the prescription, speak with the family doctor that prescribed it to you and see if the level of peeling you're experi... see post
Best Skincare Products for getting Rid of Acne?
I used to have really good skin. I would only get like two pimples. Then my girlfriend broke up with me, and everything started falling apart. I've been extremely stressed. I got over ten pimples in one day. I've never felt so bad about my appearance. Foundation recommendations would be nice as well. I recently bought a really great foundation, but it is sheer and that was what I needed before but now I need something that will cover up all my pimples. Nothing too expensive. My health has been keeping me from working regularly so now I have to be much more careful with spending my money. Thanks in advance,
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HALL OF FAMER kssweetheart / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / replied
I'm so sorry that you're having such hard times. :(The break up is bad enough, but battling an illness on top of that......that's rough. My heart goes out to you.   I ... see post
Desperately Seeking Night Cream!
Hey All!!  Hope everyone who's into football is excited about  kick off, in this exciting Super Bowl 50!!     So, I'm just over 40 with normal/dry skin. I've been blessed with intermittent hormonal acne in the past few years, which was kind enough to leave behind some bumps and scars.In the past several months I have  begun obsessing about my laugh lines and the creases  on my forehead.   I've now spent so much $$ on anti aging skin care products it's scary. I'd love help with anything anti aging and/or scar healing, but what I  desperately NEED to find is a really good night cream. I need something hydrating that I can put over my acne cream. I already use SR Luna and l'occitane's Divine Youth oils, and I love them,but I need a cream that I can wear over them once the oils have absorbed.      Any suggestions and/or advice is much appreciated!!
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BEAUTY WHIZ Angiedawn13 / BEAUTY WHIZ BEAUTY WHIZ / replied
Thanks so much, Janean. I've actually been looking at the Murad one. There's just soooo many night creams out there, it's almost impossible to decide on just one. I swea... see post
Q. Under Eye Bumps, NOT milia
For as long as I can remember, I've had these tiny bumps that gather around the inner corner of my eye and along my dark circles. I really, really hate them! They kind of look like chicken skin, but they don't really feel bumpy or anything. I've seen pictures of milia, and that is definitely not what I have. These little bumps don't ever go away and they never move. Some people say that they've started to notice this chicken skin under their eyes as they aged, but I'm a Sophomore and I've had this problem my whole life! I've done a little research, and so far all of the fixes have been really complicated and confusing. Please give me a solution! I like to take good care of my skin, but I'd much rather just buy a lotion or something than see a dermatologist. Thanks for all your help!
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SCENE QUEEN relc / SCENE QUEEN SCENE QUEEN / answered
A.  I have theseen non raised whitefish dots under my eyes as well. They are definitely not milia because they are not raised and they are only under my eyes. I can't find ... see post
URGENT
I am 14 years old and I need help finding foundation and a face care products to help with my acne. My skin is very odd. It gets irritated very easily, its dry but sometimes oily, and i get acne to go along with it. I need a foundation that would fit my skin type and a face wash that would help get rid/treat my acne at A REASONABLE PRICE PLEASE!!  
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HALL OF FAMER Sprytely / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / replied
Only mildly pressing. see post
Favorite Mask or treat yourself products
So its that time of year when a lot of us either get gift cards, or get ourselves a little something special just because we deserve it, and face masks are one of the things I always think of as the perfect little indulgence--not too expensive, but mostly not something I think of as an absolute necessity so not something I usually buy for myself and the perfect thing to treat yourself with.  Since its been a couple of years since we had a thread on favorite masks and with so many new ones that have come out, I thought this might be a fun discussion to have so......   1) what are your favorite masks and why? 2) do you have another favorite treat yourself product/purchase?
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BEAUTY WHIZ Angiedawn13 / BEAUTY WHIZ BEAUTY WHIZ / replied
Sounds like you have a pretty good place to start with your K beauty products, but if they don't pan out, Glowrecipe.com offers sample boxes for $23 and all their produc... see post
Valentine's gift for my wife
I figured I should get started on my wife's Valentine's Day gift. I know she's looking for some kind of anti-aging overnight mask, but of course I have no idea what that means or where to find it. I was hoping someone could help me and recommend some brands that have worked for them.
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HALL OF FAMER kssweetheart / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / replied
Thanks ncip, I like the way you think. 😉 I came back to suggest a mix tape-ish gift, you beat me to it. Maybe a new ipod w/ special songs of ChrisToms choice on it, or ... see post
I'm looking for a new moisturizer
I'm looking for a new moisturizer, the last one I used was a dior pro-youth with SPF that they've since discontinued. I have sensitive skin, and an uneven skin tone. I have combination skin that tends to be more oily than dry. 
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LindsayBT BEAUTY ADVISOR / BEAUTY ADVISOR BEAUTY ADVISOR / replied
Keeping those to refill is actually a brilliant idea!   I LOVE the KS pump jars, I wish more products came with similar packaging. see post
UNDER MAKEUP MOISTURIZE??
I need help with some good moisturizer to go under my makeup....something where it soaks into my skin and wears well with my liquid foundation....
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HALL OF FAMER ChicDabbler / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / replied
I have dry combination skin. While I prefer a lightweight lotion for summer, they are not moisturizing enough for winter. My favorite moisturizer with SPF for winter are... see post
Dr. Brandt Needles No More - 3D Filler Mask
Today I started trialing the Dr.Brandt 3D Filler Mask.  Sephora generously sent this to me to try out.    The product is a white transluscent paste (not really creamy but not chalky either).  It comes with a little brush to apply it.  It is recommended as an overnight leave on mask.     From the Sephora product page: "This leave-on mask restores volume and youthful-looking contours, giving your skin an instantly smoother look. It’s specially formulated with a potent, age-defying combination, including hyaluronic acid , peptides , and an Adipofill'in™ Complex. "   For all skin types, this product targets the middle to lower part of face, smile lines and marionettes to visibly revolumize jowl and cheekbone contours.   Some Claims include - Smoother and more supple skin Less visible lines and wrinkles Plumper skin Product fills in wrinkles and folds.   Possible allergen for me - Shea Butter I already use Dr. Brandt Overnight Resurfacing Retinol Complex as one of my serums in rotation.  It has shea butter in it as well, but that hasn't irritated my skin yet.  So I am not too worried.   My skin condition: I am almost 41.  I have oily/combo skin that is currently dehydrated (skin sometimes feels parched and tight).  But I don't have wrinkles yet, and I think my facial contours are hanging in there just fine (for the moment).   What I expect this product to do: Although I am not addressing wrinkles and facial contours, I am definitely testing all the other claims.  I have highlighted the ingredients and claims that interest me.  Winter dehydrated skin is a great time to see if the hyaluronic acid plumps and makes my skin more "supple". This is supposed to address fine lines as well by smoothing the skin.  I am not sure if I have fine lines, but I will stipulate that I do just due to current age.   Usage: I read up on Sephoras webste and also Dr.Brandt's website to learn how to incorporate this in my regular skincare.    After I cleansed, toned and serum-ed, I applied this in an inverted V from my cheekbones down to my jaw (hugging my nose and the corner of my mouth).  Then I waited about 15 minutes for the product to sink in.  It didn't completely absorb and looked matte and pasty on me still (not sure how it's supposed to look).  I then applied my nightime moisturizer.  It reminded me very much of a matte primer - how they can look matte and leave a white cast.    Lets see how I feel in the morning.  :-)
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HALL OF FAMER fatimamummy / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / replied
Quick take after first use.   I used this mask last night . I used it as an extra step in my nightly skin care routine so I used it after serum, let it stay there for ... see post
Acne Cleanser
Can you recommend a good acne cleanser for oily skin? I've tried Murad and i still broke out.
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mmcc12875 / FRESH FACE / replied
I have somewhat oily skin too and I really wanted something that was going to unclog my pores. I have two little toddlers so needless to say, I'm always on the run and p... see post
how to add points to beauty insider account online with a sales receipt
I went to the store last Saturday and spent 210.50 before taxes but i forgot my beauty insider card.  The cashier told me that with the receipt I could do it online. I tried to do it later but there was no option on the website to add your points with your receipt.
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HALL OF FAMER lylysa / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / replied
Hi, Tamalarenee!   Please contact 1-877-Sephora to speak with a customer service rep to add missing points or shoot Customer Service an email on the Contact Us page: ... see post
Murad Skincare
So I was wondering if anyone has any recommendations on Murad skincare products. There are two reasons I ask this, one I recently got a 100 point perk of the hydro-dynamic quenching essence I believe it is called and love it.   Second my holy grail face wash has been discontinued. It was Olay total effects anti blemish cleanser.   I was thinking the Murad AHA/BHA cleanser might be a good match as it has salicylic acid in it and that is the one ingredient that keeps my hormonal breakouts at bay. It also has scrubby beads in it like the Olay one I loved.   Any advice would be great!
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HALL OF FAMER lylysa / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / replied
Although the AHA/BHA exfoliating cleanser has more gentle/soft textured jojoba beads, I would highly recommend that you follow Clarisonic's direction in not using any so... see post
What are some good products / solutions for my HUGE PORES?
I did some searching, but it appears all similar threads are pretty outdated and / or contain little helpful information for me.   The pores on my nose are HUGE. It's a genetic thing. My mom and sisters have it too. It's not from aging or sun exposure, it's just a thing I've always had to deal with. It has always bothered me. I use the strips to keep them deep cleaned and mattifying moisturizer, but it's still an uphill battle.   I did a product search, but there are so many. So I was curious if anybody out there has any personal experience with any of them and could point me in the right direction.   Thanks in advance!
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BEAUTY MASTER BlueEyeAli / BEAUTY MASTER BEAUTY MASTER / replied
You want to keep your pores clean, unfortunately there isn't anything out there that will make them disappear. I never found pore strips to be helpful until I found a r... see post
need advice for acne prone skin and acne scars
hey all,    so lately i have been getting really bad breakouts i have tried proactiv but it just irritated my skin. I have really dry skin but i have a oily t zone. I also have several acne scars that i would like to try to minimize or possibly clear up completely! right now i am using cetaphil because its quick and easy but i am ready to try anything at this point! any recommendations would be great! 
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SIGHTSEER mjshah90 / SIGHTSEER SIGHTSEER / replied
Oh girl, I FEEL you. I've been looking for something that is quick and easy but also gets rid of my acne scars and oily t zone. I'm pretty bad at finding the "perfect" ... see post