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Dermatitis, Skin Reactions to Products, Skin Allergies - Post concerns, problems, potential solutions here
I thought I'd start a thread for people to post issues they're having with their skin that relate to dermatitis, reactions to certain products, skin allergies, and similar issues. I think having a central thread may help for sharing ideas and learning from each other.   I have super sensitive skin myself but have been on BT long enough to see that practically everyone has had a skin reaction to some product or another and sometimes sharing with others really helps narrow down the cause and solution. This thread isn't meant to be a place to post about the more common skin issues such as minor acne, wrinkles, etc. that we all experience, but rather a place to post about the more unusual ones relating to specific products/ingredients or longer term ones that are not related to age or hormones such as eczema, psoriasis, rosacea, dermatitis, and just the puzzling things that our skin does from time to time.   I'm not an skincare expert by any means and unless someone asserts that he or she is one, this thread is more of a place to share ideas and experiences rather than a place to seek definitive answers or treatment.    Other helpful threads: Bite Beauty allergic reactions: llergic-Reactions/td-p/2413760
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@ShannonAlexis For face masks, I've only tried PTR's cucumber gel mask. For sheet masks, I like innisfree's cucumber sheet mask. However, I feel like PTR's cucumber gel... see post
Is the new formula X top coat thicker?
Hey guys! I just bought the new Formula X system (XCEL). I have used the old system for a long time and really like it. I just bought the new system and at first it seemed to be pretty much the same, the cleanser and primer worked well (even if the brush on the cleanser "splits" in the middle like many of the comments have pointed out) I did my main color and got to the top coat.... It was sooo THICK! It was really "sluggish" and hard to apply and made air bubbles. It was as if it was getting too old. I am wondering if I should replace it but I'm not sure if it's just that particular polish that's defective or if the new formula is thicker. HELP! has anyone tried both top coats and know if the new one is thicker?
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Me neither! :) My old one was getting a little too well used and I went to the store to replace it but all they had was this new XCEL-system. I wish I could get the old ... see post
Does anyone know of a hydrating mist that is ad good as MD Formulations Moisture Defense Antioxidant Spray? Which is discontinued!
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Hi annharris,    I can suggest a few antioxidant moisture sprays!    - Dr. Dennis Gross Skincare  C + Collagen Perfect Skin Set & Refresh Mist - Tatcha Lumino... see post
New Skin Routine, please help.
Hey ladies, I was hoping someone might help me set up a new skin routine. Once I finish using up samples I plan to buy new full size products and really get down a good system.   Something like this   Morning: Antioxidant product. Sunscreen or Sunscreen moisturizer. Night: Acne product one night Moisturizer Retinol product another night. Moisturizer to go with that. My issue is picking the products and making sure they all pair up. So nights I use retinol I don't want to be using a moisturizer with lots of actives in it that could combat each other or inflame my skin. So I definitely need product recommendations for things. I know I'm super interested in Sunday Riley products, and I won't rule out any good drug store options. Also don't need mask recs, I have so many masks to use up it'll take me at least a year. Thank you, anyone who takes the time to help.
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Ahh yeah sorry. Pretty much combination skin. Regular breakouts and cystic acne. Not very reactive or sensitive though. I've used prescription retinol in the past with n... see post
foundation looks patchy
okay so whenever i use a primer, at the end of the day, my foundation looks patchy and idk what to do about it. I use setting spray and have triend many different primers, high-end and drugstor
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hey makeuplove167 ! what is your current skincare routine ? see post
Help Please! New Skin Care Routine Needed Badly.
Hi! Ok I apologize for the possible rambling ahead. I need an entire new skin care and makeup routine. For the past 3 months or so my face has gone to hell! It started with those tiny bumps on my forehead and chin area, then my pores got larger, and now I have full on breakouts on my cheeks. I don’t know if it’s hormonal or what- I have had 2 babies in the past 3 years, stopped breastfeeding completely about 7 months ago, and currently have the Mirena IUD.. Getting the IUD out isn’t really an option I’m wanting to explore yet (I am horrible at taking the pill). I was prescribed Ziana by my dermatologist- it worked for about 6 months and then I feel like it stopped working.             So right now I am using Cetaphil Oil Control Foam Wash and their Daily Facial Moisturizer. Since starting the was my face has gotten really irritated, red and dry and my breakouts haven’t changed at all. I use the Glam Glow Supermud twice a week, and that will help with the little bumps, but they always come back.. which makes me think it could be my makeup. I use Armani’s Luminous Silk Foundation and that’s about it.             I’ve been doing some research and think I know what I want to get, but I am also afraid that I will be too harsh on my skin. My face has become quite oily the past couple months whereas before it was normal/combination. This is what I’m thinking of, I can’t decide on which moisturizer would be good so any suggestions are appreciated: Skin Care- First Air Beauty Cleanser Sunday Riley Good Genes Sunday Riley Luna Sleeping Night Oil Glam Glow Supermud Gross Alpha Beta Universal Daily Peel Makeup- YSL Touche Eclat foundation   Sorry for my long post, I am clueless when it comes to anything beauty related. I really appreciate any and all help/suggestions.   Thank you!
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MammaDub / NEWCOMER / replied
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Which acne mask?
I've been considering Peter Thomas Roth Therapeutic Sulfur Mask or Origins Active Clear Improvement Charcoal Mask. Is one superior over the other? I'm not sure the benefits of sulfur versus charcoal. 
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ameynard / NEWCOMER / replied
Thanks so much! I have a lot of blackheads with pop-up whiteheads, but not really on the cystic level.  see post
What are you watching? (Don't be a spoil sport - spoiler your spoilers)
We're blabbing about everything else these days, I figured I'd check in and see what people are watching when it comes to TV shows and movies!   It would be foolish to think that this thread could remain spoiler free, so let's be courteous to one another and be sure to spoiler your spoilers. If you don't know how, it's that super adorable little yellow button on the toolbar, located to the right of the bold/italic/underline/strikeout buttons.    DONT FORGET: If you happen to be the most recent post, your first sentence or two of your post will show up EVEN IF ITS IN A SPOILER. So please take care if you're going to go dropping spoiler bombs.    Anywho... I just saw the movie PHOENIX last night and it was absolutely spectacular. Like Academy Award spectacular. If you're fortunate enough have showings in your area, I cannot urge you enough to go see it.    So whatcha'll watchin' these days? What are you anxiously waiting for to start back up? 
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I watched This Is Us this morning and am in love. see post
TOP 5 HOLIDAY PRODUCTS, MOST WANTED (Palette, set, kit, etc.)
Glow kit it's a really good option ... Now i need it jajaja nice top 5  see post
Major congestion, PLEASE help...
I am 26, I have very fair/sensitive/oily skin. I finally just tackled the acne issue by using a retinol cream at night (Kate Sommerville's RetAsphere) but no matter what I do, I cannot seem to clear up the congestion and bumps all over my forehead and cheeks/chin and now I see some are appearing on my neck! I have tried the Clairsonic, ended up returning it because it did nothing, I've done a Salicylic Acid Chemical Peel with SkinCeuticals and she convinced me to buy the Clairsonic again a year later - still isn't changing anything. I have eliminated dairy/gluten/sugar from my diet. Exfoliating doesn't work, Josie Maran Argan Oil Moisturizer doesnt work. Glamglow Supermud doesn't work either. Organic/natural products do nothing.  I've tried a bunch of different foundations. I'm looking for someone who might have similar skin as me and has had this issue. I'm an actress, so when the camera is close, it's very embarrassing! The photo I have posted is kind of an extreme angle and lighting and the camera REALLY picks up the bumps - it doesn't look that bad when I'm in normal light and at a normal distance from people.   Any suggestions are wildly helpful. Thank you!!      
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I have had this in the past except my bumps were a little more red than yours, but it was the same in that it wasn't as noticible except in certain lighting and angles. ... see post
Primer for oily skin and Other
Okay, so I was thinking of getting the Urban Decay All Nighter Long Lasting spray and HOURGLASS Veil mineral primer. Would use those two products be too much for my skin? I don't want to make my skin more oily nor get more acne because I have too much product on.
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Hi MollyC7,   The UD All Nighter Long-Lasting Makeup Setting Spray will work for oily skin and I think you'll really like the results! The same goes for the Hourglas... see post
Very dry skin but breaking out only on my chin?
I have found nice products for my dry skin problem i believe they are helping but im currently breaking out on my chin daily? I keep using the products but every day i have a new one. they are the painful kind under the skin. do I need to change what I am using or do i need to add a acne treatment? I dont want to get dry again tho. 
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Hi Cari11205,   You may not need to change your entire routine, especially if the breakouts are localized to just one area. You might just need to incorporate a spot... see post
Sensitive skin that's dry and aging
Does anyone have any suggestions for extremely sensitive dry skin? I have tried every drug store moisturizer and even keihls, lancome, estee lauder, philosophy. Nothing works. My dermatologist is struggling as well, everything burns, I mean eye watering burn, when it hits my skin. Within a few seconds my face is beet red, my rosacea flares up and then I get acne a few days later. My skin has been so dry lately and im starting to get fine lines and wrinkles under my eyes, so I know I need to do something. But nothing agrees with me! Anyone have similar issues or a miracle skin treatment? The last rx caused me to get cystic acne on my forehead and chin, it's just now clearing up and I am hopeful that something will work!
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Marz21 / NEWCOMER / replied
from my experience, the best cream for sensitive rosacea skin is by Jurlique soothing calendula cream for redness. i also really like the moisturizing serum by first aid... see post
DRUNK ELEPHANT AHA Moment OR SUNDAY RILEY Power Couple Duo: Total Transformation Kit
Hi! I am looking to try new skin care products, and I am unsure whether I should try the DRUNK ELEPHANT AHA Moment set or the SUNDAY RILEY Power Couple Duo: Total Transformation Kit...maybe both? (perhaps that's excessive? lol)   For reference I am 25 with combo/dry sensitive skin that is ALSO acne prone (sigh) I have few hyper-pigmentation spots and dry patches. I currently use a retinoid serum and different mild AHA/BHA toners.      
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under eye puffiness
Hello, I am 64 years old..and I have wasted so much money on eye products...most  promise to help remove the puffiness under my eyes..I know that surgery is the only way to really remove the it... but is there a product that  if used over a period of time ... really would work to help l the puffiness under my eyes  and even help  the eyelids to tighten up.?  thank you for your help   pam. 
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pamjo / NEWCOMER / replied
thank you for a quick response..I wanted to know if you had heard of a product by Dr. Dennis Gross   called  "Ferulic Acid and Retionol firming eye treatment? it is on Q... see post
dehydrated skin - cleansing oil in the morning?
Hey fellow BTers,  I've been struggling with dehydrated skin for awhile and its only been getting worse as the weather cools down    I went into Sephora today to find a cleanser that doesn't contain sulphates and is moisturizing, in hopes to combat that.  an SA recommended trying a cleansing oil in the morning instead of using a cleansing foam, so I wanted to ask if there is anyone who does this    for the longest time, I've been using cleansing oils only to remove my makeup (and then double cleansing with a foam cleanser), so the idea was rather frightening in a sense..    has anyone tried this? or do you recommend any other product for my type of concern? 
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Yes it does! Whenever I run out of brush cleanser I always use Purity lol. It works great. see post
In Need of a New Face Wash
I'm a 19 year old college student and I have dry skin and my face gets red and little bumps under my skin, a couple red pimples sometimes massive but usually a medium size and acne scares and large pores. I am currently using first aid beauty facial cleanser with my mia Clarisonic and I moisturize with Cerave face lotion but my skin has been getting worse ever since I got back to school. Any recommendations for these issues? 
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3 things that can be your life saver : cleanser, toner, moisturizer   I'm big fan of FAB! The only cleanser that works on my dry, sensitive skin. And I always have acn... see post
HELP!!! My skin has gone crazy....
  I don't even know where to start...... my skin has always been very smooth and normal until recently. I am 32 and it seems that over the last few months my skin has gone NUTS!! I have these little tiny under the skin bumps that have popped up and will not go away. They aren't pimples but more like an under the skin rash or allergic reaction. They do not itch or bother me at all other than I can't stand the way they look or how they've changed the texture of my skin. Other than this problem I just have the typical problems someone my age would have: beginning signs of aging such as fine lines, larger pores, uneven skin tone/texture, and an oily T-zone. I'm not sure what I'm using that is causing or contributing to the issue so I think I'm going to change my skincare and foundation (I currently use Clinique Beyond Perfecting Foundation). After reading about the issues I'm having I would love some input from you guys. Any and all suggestions on products that I should try would be greatly appreciated. This picture is terrible and I hate it because it's like I'm living in someone else's skin but I wanted to post it so you could see what I'm dealing with here Thanks guys!!
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I have no idea why that last picture loaded sideways. SORRY :( see post
Hi, I do not understand few things. I have tried few products from Sephora and a lot from Korean brands. When they are non-Korean brands they are hurting my face a lot. For example, Kate Somerville, Ole Henriksen's products, they hurt me a lot. However, when I use korean brands such as all Faceshop products, it's skin, Laneige, etc, they are a lot smoother, so I wonder why does it do this to me! And if I should be restricted to only buy from Korean brands.    thanks! 
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The Korean government is much stricter about ingredients than is our FDA.  Also, the Korean market favors gentler ingredients and many brands wouldn't dream of using som... see post
Cystic Acne Skincare???
Does anyone else have a problem with cystic acne? I don't get little bumps any more but a few large, painful spots that take FOREVER to go away. I'm 21, and never had a huge problem with acne, but this is just awful. I know that stress has a lot to do with it, but I'm sure my skincare routine could use some work.   Does this bother anyone else? Can anyone make a recommendation?    
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hey, go on eBay and get yourself PTR's sulfur masque.   thank me later.   oh and get yourself a prescription from your dermatologist for benzaclin. it isn't harsh. i... see post
Thoughts on YSL Touche Eclat Foundation for Acne Prone Skin?
Hi! I am looking for a new foundation and think I have decided on YSL's Touche Eclat. I apparently have pretty sensitive skin as I have tried Armani Luminous Glow, Laura Mercier's foundation and tinted moisturizer, and Smashbox Camera Ready BB Water and they all gave me either full on break outs or tiny bumps all over my forehead. Chanel's Vitalumiere Aqua was actually ok, but it didn't provide much cover.    Has anyone else with sensitive skin used YSL's foundation?    Thanks!
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It could be silicone, they all are heavily based even the YSL. It could be a certain type of x ingredient. Note I briefly looked up everything but LM.   You're going t... see post
What are the best sunscreens for sensitive skin?
I have very sensitive skin that tends to react to every sunscreen I try. Can anyone recommend any?
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I have really sensitive skin and have had success with Cerave sunscreens, which contain mineral, or physical barrier, sunscreens. Furthermore, Cerave products have hyalu... 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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8/27pm   I've been slacking since Wednesday and haven't been following all of my usual steps due to a recent dental surgery.  My skin is doing pretty well at the momen... see post
can any one suggest any high quality face hydrating or moisturizer please?
Hi Amy1000,   Not sure what your skin type is, but the Lancer The Method: Nourish and the AmorePacific Moisture Bound Rejuvenating Crème are both great face moisturi... see post
De, Algenist, or Sunday Riley
Hi. I'm in need of a new skincare routine. I've noticed my skin texture has changed. Maybe some enlarged pores, uneven texture, and dry patches on cheeks and chin. I'm usually combination skin. I do have hormonal breakouts and am in my 40's. I also want to prevent fine lines. I was wondering after reading reviews for all, which brand might be the best? Drunk Elephant, Alienist, or Sunday Riley? I was leaning more towards DE. Any feedback or any other suggestions would be great. I wash my face now with Cerave. I haven't found anything else to clean the makeup off my face. I was using Philosophy moisturizer, but after 2 jars realized it was not performing miracles. My derm has me using PCA strength serum at night, but I'm not really sure that's working either. Thanks!!!!
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Apologies for the late reply!  Yes, I am still using CeraVe (foaming facial cleanser)! Although I am curious about the DE cleansers, I'm really not a fan of bars! But si... see post
My makeup and skin looks so gross after 6-8 hours! Help!
Ok, so let me try to explain thoroughly so that people can provide accurate help!  I currently have a lovely skincare regime including products from Peter Thomas Roth and Algenist, however my cleanser(s) are Tatcha and mask(s) are Glamglow.  I also wear a primer before my foundation (Cane+Austin) and am currently using UD's naked skin foundation.  I drink enough water each day, and I do not over exfoliate (I do it maybe 2-3 times a week).  I have normal skin (well, or so I thought) with slight oil in the t zone during the summer, and fully normal in the winter (however I have dry cheeks in the winter).  I have noticed that my chin has tiny under-skin bumps as well, like they are ALWAYS there, and sometimes they turn into zits.  Not sure if that's relevant or not.  I also have been using UD's setting spray as well, and oh yes Laura Merciers setting powder.   If anyone has ANY suggestions of what I can do, please help! The photo below shows my issues, and it only seems to happen on my chin, around my nose and also around the top of my forehead.  
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honey your skin texture is a bit all over the map. What I would recommend is to get the most hydrating masque you can get your hands on. I like glamglows thirsty mud an... see post
SPF for face
Hi, I was using AmorePacific spf 50 balm as a sunscreen, do you recomment a different brand? I love AmorePacific but I don't know if I'm getting the right amount of protection. I know it reads SPF 50 but I'm not sure if this is true. Also, I have a combination skin and I need something that won't clog my pores.
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If you like AmorePacific, maybe you can try Sulwhasoo. :) AmorePacific is the parent company of Sulwhasoo. I'm currently using a Sulwhasoo sunscreen and I love it. The o... see post
Skincare product to help with flair ups?
Hey everyone, I'm looking for a skincare product that would help with combination of issues. I typically use the clique 3 step products but every once in a while I'll have a flair up of bumps on my chin. Anyone have products that work to help with intense flair ups?
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I'm under the combo category. I agree with the mod, but you should also exfoliate before and moisterize after your treatments. I'm not sure what you mean by flair up, bu... see post
Q. sunscreen recommendation?
Hi! I have a bad habit of not wearing sunscreen but I just moved to the high desert and it's clearly necessary. How much spf do I need and can you recommend a sunscreen or moisturizer with spf (sephora or drugstore) that isn't greasy, won't cause acne, and can be worn smoothly under makeup? And on that note, should I wear foundation primer over the sunscreen? Thanks. 
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A.   Hi movelikewater, I'm a huuuuuge fan of Orbis and have been using for a few years (it has SPF 34 Pa+++) It might be harder to get in Canada (the only website I foun... see post
Tx for shiny nose/forehead developing with new skin care regimen?
Hi guys!   I am one of those mid-30's women who woke up one day and went "Ack!!! I have mid-30's skin and need to take care of it!!"  Upon the recommendation of my dermatologist (who told me to do VitC in the day and retinol at night), I recently started a new skin regimen (listed below).  I'm loving how, within a few weeks of starting, my skin is looking more radiant.  I get that the fine lines and minor chloasma will take a while to start to resolve, so I'm not too worried about those just yet.    But I have noticed that my nose and, to a lesser extent, forehead have become intermittently shiny (not always really bad, but definitely something that's new).  I have read some reports that the shine never goes away, while others have said that the shine goes away after the active ingredients have time to thicken the lower layers of skin.  So for now, I'm at a bit of a loss, and I have a few questions for those of you who may have experienced this with the start of a new regimen:   1. Should I expect this shine to eventually resolve on its own? 2. Are there any mattifying products that might help reduce this shine that can be used even if I don't plan on wearing makeup?     I am currently treating the shine with Supergoop!'s Defense Refresh Setting Mist with Rosemary SPF 50, which helps, but only lasts a few hours before I have to reapply.   Thanks for bearing with me through this long post.  Anyway, here's my regimen:   AM (daily) - gentle cleanse w/ foreo to remove dead skin cells - toner: Dr. Gross C+ Collagen Perfect Skin mist - Ren Evercalm Anti-Redness serum - Obagi Professional C-Serum (derm recommend) - Obagi Vitamin C exfoliating moisturizer (derm recommend)     AM (as needed to deal with flakiness) - exfoliator: Dr. Brandt microdermabrasion age defying exfoliator (free sample)   PM (nightly) - gentle cleanser - Luna Oil/Good Genes combo - toner: Murad Vitamin C (as needed if skin feels tight)     Thanks guys!
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MirandaBee / FRESH FACE / replied
Thank you so much for the recommendation!  I will give that a try! see post