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Toner wars !
I have been wanting a toner that really works.i do have acne prone skin..and im fighting acne scars too so i cant decide between fresh toner or murad essential c toner..also if you guys have any suggestions on which one is your most tried and trusted toner...that would be awesome!!!
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I use Dickinson's Witch Hazel toner and I like it. I have sensitive skin and it doesn't burn or irritate it. You can find it at any drugstore. see post
Is Sephora going to stop carrying Soap and Glory products?!
I saw in a product review that Sephora was going to stop carrying S&G products. Is this true?!? If so, where else can I get them in the US?
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OMG NO! I love Bliss!!! But like someone said, if it lowers their prices I guess I will be okay...  see post
Skin Too Dry for Makeup
Every time I put on BB cream it immediately makes my skin incredibly flaky. I've even tried putting on moisturizer first or mixing the BB with some of my moisturizer and ten minutes after applying I'm a flaky mess. My moisturizer works fine and I'm not dry after applying it, it's any kind of coverage that's drying me up.   Im using the Smashbox BB currently and have no idea what to do! The attached photos is after applying.
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rnosilla / NEWCOMER / replied
Thank you for the reply! I do exfoliate, but only 1-2 times a week because my skin is sensitive and any more than that tends to really irritate my skin. I use Mario Bade... see post
need a super hydrating moisturizer
I have combo skin with an oily T-zone and my cheeks are usually normal to slightly dry but now that I've changed up my face routine there's an area of my cheeks close to my chin on both sides that are extremely dry that the skin is flaking. My cheeks feel really tight after cleansing. Before changing up my routine my cheeks were normal and did not feel tight and weren't flaking.   I've been rotating my usual creams but I haven't found that any of them really made a huge difference. I've used Philosophy's Hope in a Jar , Glamglow's Thirstymud Mask , and a moisturizer by Ole Henriksen that I was given a sample of by an SA but the name of it isn't clear on the bag.   I'm looking for a very hydrating moisturizer (for night time) that will hopefully bring my cheeks back to normal soon.
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First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Cream. I see Laura recommended the face version below, but I've only tried the regular one. It works great on my face, and it does say it's... see post
Dry skin around nose. help!!
I have had this horrible dry skin around my nose for about a year. I moisturize day and night and I put Vaseline on it before I go to bed. It never seems to go away. Does any body have any recommendations? I use the Kat Von D tattoo foundation and I love it, but it makes my dry skin look really bad. Is there a full coverage foundation that would work well with dry skin? Thanks!
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porefessional when im doing a makeup routine* see post
Good cleanser for oily skin... Similar to Soap & Glory cleanser?
So I had been using Clinique's 3 Step System for a few months... At first I loved it and after a month or 2 my skin went back to its oily self.   I recently got a sample of Soap & Glory's Daily Detox Vitamin C Cleanser and LOVE it!!!!!!  I went on sephora tonight to purchase the full size and I guess Sephora no longer carries it!?!?   Does anyone else know of where I could purchase one/a good cleanser that is similar?  Thanks!
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Kylsim - I have combination skin that leans more towards oily and I've found First Aid Beauty (Facial Cleanser), Korres (Greek Yogurt Cleanser), and Murad (Clarifying Cl... see post
My order status says unsuccessful authorization.
My order status says unsuccessful authorization Although my card was charged ? This the first time I've ordered from the website so I don't know what's happening.
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I have had this happen once but my card was not charged. One of the items I ordered ran out of stock after I ordered it so they were unable to send it to me and cancelle... see post
what is the best non smuge liquid eyeliner?
Where would i be able to find that? I live in louisiana and it is like walking in a sauna most days see post
New to the beauty thing!
I am new to this beauty thing, I need help covering dark spots, I also need help with oily skin, mascara, lipsticks/lip gloss, eyeliner, eyebrows foundation, primer! please help!
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MAGlass / RISING STAR / replied
Yes I would highly recommend starting at drugstore and slowly moving from drugstore to high end. High end can be very expensive and you don't want to buy a lot of makeup... see post
Oh my hearts!
My total hearts is near the number of the beast…YIKES   Please help me pass it thru without seeing that 'triple digit' number next to my hearts.   I know it might not mean anything to others but to me, this number means a lot. Thank you.  
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Same thing with the witching hour.  According to the Warrens' books, 3 am is a prime time for possession because it's an insult to the holy trinity.  Have a good night, ... see post
Foundation Separates Between Eyebrows
This is constantly a problem for me, no matter what I do or what products I use. My skin is dry all over, so also dry between my brows, but I'm happy with how my skincare routine handles dryness. I moisturize, I exfoliate, I've tried facial mists, setting sprays, at least a dozen different foundations - even BB cream separates on me. I have used many different application methods, from my fingers to a damp beautyblender to any and all brushes. I'm obviously frustrated. Has anyone else had this problem and figured out how to deal with it? I cannot think of anything else to try!
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I suggest looking into a hydrating sleep mask or a facial oil. see post
Age Spots Advice
In preparation for my mom's bday brunch this spring, I want to buy her something that will help diminish her aging spots that are really bothering her.   She has fair colored skin with light brown spots, and she has been wanting to do something about it that doesn't require lasers.  Any advice would be great!   Thanks
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Hi MichaelBSF, I recommend checking out the following products to help with lightening dark spots.    Murad Rapid Age Spot and Pigment Lightening Serum  VERSO SKI... see post
Day/night moisturizers for very dehydrated but very oily-combination skin?
I have tried so many moisturizers in my life but I can just never find the perfect one. I am seriously willing to pay anything for a moisturizer that will ACTUALLY control/get rid of my oil and rebalance my skin while hydrating at the same time. As long as it's worth the money. I went to Kiehl's and they used their moisture level checker (or whatever) on me and I got a pretty bad score. Of course I don't know if it's reliable since it seems pretty gimmicky but my skin does seem pretty dehydrated.   Background on my skin:  -VERY oily in the t-zone, relatively normal around the cheeks -slight dryness/flakiness around the mouth area in the winter -very acne prone, blackheads on nose   Currently, I just use toner and moisturizer in the morning. I got three samples from Sephora (Ren's Clarimatte, Kate Sommerville's Oil Free Moisturizer, and Origins Zero Oil Moisturizer). I have been trialing the Ren moisturizer for a few days now and I've noticed that my nose and mouth have become horrendously flaky and dry. Not sure if it's due to the moisturizer since it's always been dry, but it's been more so lately. I will be trying the other 2 samples in the next few days though. At night, I use my Clarisonic, but my routine is the same (plus the Caudalie Vinoperfect Serum, which seems to be working well).     So far from Sephora I've tried: Murad's Oil Controlling Mattifier (didn't really control oil well) Hope In A Jar (too dewy for daytime) FAB's Ultra Repair Cream (also too dewy for day time, didn't blow me away) Embryollise Lait-Creme (slightly hydrating, but too dewy for daytime) Clinique's Dramatically Different Gel (gave me hives ) Tarte Maracuja Oil (didn't really help my skin)   The ones that were too dewy didn't seem to make a huge difference either when used at night, and if it made a difference, it was too small to notice. Also, my skin doesn't seem to absorb any of the more rich moisturizers… it just sits on top of my skin.   I also currently have La Roche Posay's Effaclar Duo+ at home, but I don't know if that's supposed to be used by itself or with another moisturizer.   ALSO open to face mask/exfoliator suggestions or whatever! Any help is seriously appreciated because at this point my skin seems like a lost cause      
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lust4it / NEWCOMER / replied
I have similar skin type.  Recently discovered Shu Umera Tsuya Youthful Radiance Generator Essence.  Yeah, its a mouthful, but works really well on my skin.     Shu's ... see post
Im a man. I dont want to go into a store cuz embarrassed,
Can someone please help me pick the correct concealer, I would like a tester or a sample but dont want to go into a store.  I want Nars creamy concealer in chantilly. 
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HALL OF FAMER kssweetheart / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / replied
Hi there - PLEASE do not feel uncomfortable about going into the store,  please, there is nothing wrong with it at all. I can imagine it's a difficult and uncomfortable ... see post
Moisturizer for Acne-Prone Skin
Hi Ladies,   I have skin that is very prone to moderate acne. I don't want moisturizer that combats acne because I have other things to help with that. It can't have salicylic acid or anything like that in it. I need a non-comedogenic moisturizer with no fragrance and oil-free that doesn't make me oily and shiny throughout the day.   I've already tried: Clear Days Ahead, the PTR Oil-Free Moisturizer, NARS Aqua Gel, Clinique Dramatically Different, and one of the Boscia moisturizers (it was oil-free in a white tube). They all broke me out. I've been looking at the Estee Lauder Clear Difference Moisturizer. There's only one review on Sephora. Do you guys know anything about it?   Can anyone suggest even a line that I can look into if not a specific product? My dermatologist suggested the CeraVe moisturizer and it's fine but it makes me really shiny. Thank you!
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IT GIRL katkatb / IT GIRL IT GIRL / replied
I know this sounds weird, but Neutrogena's Healthy Skin Anti-Wrinkle Cream did WONDERS for my acne and oil issues! I'm no skincare expert, so I'm not sure what it is abo... see post
I need a daily face wash for semi regular breakouts along my skin and cheek bones!
I am looking for a facewash to help my super combo skin! My t zone is extremely oily while my cheeks are pretty normal to sometimes dry. I do have a good number of break outs on my chin and cheek bones. Murad didnt help much and I have liked the First Aid Beaty but that doesnt help the blemishes. Anyone have any suggestions on great products for this?
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I get blemishes around my cheekbones too.  Started about a year or so ago.  I never did before.  I used FAB Facial polish which worked OK, then switched to FAB deep clay... see post
looking to tweak my skincare routine. 24/combo/acne, pores, redness
Hi,   I'm looking to tweak my current skincare regimen. I'm 24 years old. As a teenager I never really had problems with my face, other than a random pimple here or there. But now I have pimples all over my forehead, down the sides of my temples, a couple on my cheeks close to my nose, and on my chin. My skin is combo. My T-zone is a bit oily and it shines. My cheeks are normal to dry. My main concerns are the pimples, my huge freaking pores, and the redness associated with post-zits.   In the last week I've been tweaking my routine and I find my skin has been improving. I think I'm using the masks too often as now my cheeks are getting really dry in some areas and they weren't before.    A lovely SA suggested that I add the Glamglow Supermud Cleanser, their masks, the Ole Henriksen Truth Serum Vitamin C Collagen Booster, and an Ole Henriksen moisturizer (I forget the name and it wasn't clear on the sample).   So my current skincare regimen is as follows:   *Note, I don't have an AM routine. I usually just rinse off last's nights creams, apply a primer and do my makeup. I've been thinking of adding an AM routine lately but I'm not sure.   **PM Routine: I remove my makeup using Philosophy's Purity Cleanser. I use Neutrogena's Oil-Free Eye Makeup Remover for whatever eye makeup didn't come off. When I don't wear makeup I would use Boscia's Detoxifying Black Cleanser but now I've switched that out for Glamglow's Supermud Cleanser .   If I'm doing a mask or exfoliation, here is where I'll do it. Before the tweak I had been using MAC's Mineralize Volcanic Ash Exfoliator . Once a week I use Boscia's Luminizing Black Mask .   Since the tweak, I haven't used the MAC exfoliator and I've been using both the Glamglow Youthmud and Supermud masks every other day together. On the other day I would use Origins Clear Improvements Active Charcoal Mask .   As a toner I use Boscia's Clear Complexions Tonic .   I've recently added a serum, Ole Henriksen Truth Serum Vitamin C Collagen Booster .   Then I apply Boscia's No Pores No Shine T-Zone Treatment .   For a moisturizer, I was using Philosophy's Hope In A Jar  for winter and in the summer I use Boscia's Revitalizing Black Hydration Gel . Now, I'm trying out the Ole Henriksen one that was recommended to me. When my cheeks are really dry I use Glamglow's Thirstymud mask .   For an eye cream, I'm not using anything special, just going through the tons of eye cream samples that I have.   And finally I apply The Body Shop's Tea Tree Blemish Fade Night Lotion .   I was thinking of adding more things from Boscia's Clear Complexion line. I've also heard good things about Murad, Ole Henriksen, and Fresh.    So I'm just looking for suggestions on products I can add to my routine based on my skincare needs. Also I'm not sure where to start with a morning routine.   Thanks!    
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When I was about 23 I started really getting into skincare.  I always had problem combo skin.  I found that focusing on hydration vs products that were blemish fighting ... see post
Need Guidance on Cleanser and Moisturizer
I am 23 with acne-prone, sensitive, easily irritated, combination skin.   My main skin concerns would be my acne, redness and overall skin dullness/roughness. I feel like I have tried every product imaginable, but nothing seems to work. Currently, I am struggling with little red bumps, mainly around my mouth and chin, that don't appear to be acne, but I believe they are from irritation caused by using the wrong products.   For now, I am looking for a better cleanser and moisturizer. I have done my research and would like opinons on the Shiseido ibuki purifying cleanser v. Shiseido ibuki gentle cleanser and any advice on a good moisturizer that will give me a healthy glow, will not irritate my skin and will get rid of these pesky red bumps as well as keep my acne at bay.   Also, does anyone have an opinion on using alcohol-free, fragrance-free witch hazel? I've heard mixed reviews on using witch hazel on your face, but have also seen where it apparently does wonders for your skin.
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I would say you also need to integrate a gentle exfoliant to help with the bumps. This could be a physical cleanser with enzymes, or an AHA peel. Removing the dead skin ... see post
New Glamglow FLASHMUD mask to be released this summer!!!
New GlamGlow Flashmud mask to be released this summer in June according to the sneak peak/tease that was posted on their facebook page!!!   UPDATE!!! GlamGlow facebook page just posted a link to a InStyle dot com  review on this product.   Some of the things they wrote are:   "Flashmud is jam-packed with potent ingredients like white birch leaf, white wild rose flower, lactic acid derived from sugarcane, and white peony root among many other glow-inducing actives, which give an immediate luminous effect as soon as you wash the mask off."   "The mud itself has tiny exfoliating granules blended into the formula, which act as a pre-mask scrub; you can literally work the mud in circular motions on your face to open your pores and allow more ingredients to be absorbed, then allow your complexion to soak in its magic for 10 minutes"     What are your thoughts ?
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What shade am I in the Cover Fx contour kit?
For reference, I'm shade Gobi in Nars foundations and 117 in MUFE HD
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Hi akhorounjaia, I rtecommend the color N Light in the Cover FX Contour Kit! :) -Laura   see post
I have big pores and dry skin, what would be a good skincare regime for me?
I have dry flaky skin, with huge pores and I'm prone to blackheads. Can anyone recommend products?   Thanks xx Laura 
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Have you tried a hydrating clay/charcoal mask? like Chantecaille detox or Peter Thomas Moors Irish Moor mud? clay, charcoal or mud masks usually helps with pores and bla... see post
titanium free foundation?
Does anyone know of a titanium free foundation. After trying many, many foundations I have figured out that it is the titanium in foundation that causes some of the ashy/unflattering grey glaze that some women of color experience when wearing foundation. It totally kills the vibrant golden/yellow tones in my skin. My true foundation match does not exist (somewhere  between mac nc45 and nc50..or possibly nw). I usually have to choose between one shade that is too dark and the next on up which is often 10-20 shades lighter with an overpowering amount of titanium that makes it hard to even blend 2 shades without looking dead and muddy. I also have oily skin that hates most silicone based foundation (makeup forever hd, etc.). They somehow un-blend from my skin and swim on the surface after 2-4 hrs. If I rely on blot papers I will use the entire pack in one day. I have tried the color matching at Sephora which was not helpful. Any help is appreciated, 
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Having looked at numerous ingredient lists for the last few weeks, I can tell you that titanium is listed as a "may contain" item in many cosmetics, including foundation... see post
Need advise on skincare routine for Sensitive Dry Skin.
I am needing advise on the best products to use for my morning and night skin care routine for sensitive dry skin.
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HALL OF FAMER cherrybombtastic / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / replied
I would try REN. Not only do they have mostly natural ingredients, but I've had experience where it's really good for dry skin when I was using a lot of acne treatment a... see post
ok, so i've been thinking of what 'angle' to take for this thread. i'm not talking anything too hardcore, here. but i figured it could be a thread that inspires and informs the little "treats" we can give to our skin with the products a lot of us have at home.   with the massive shift in weather this past week, my skin freaked out. it was so, so thirsty, as the cool air mixed with dry blasts of hot hair sucked all the moisture out. it was a double whammy for me because this cold front coincided with my skin's most vulnerable time of the month (if ya catch my drift).   so when i got home from work yesterday, to work. i wanted to hydrate hydrate hydrate, and soooothe. this is what i used:     took makeup off with a balm. shown here is my usual clinique take the day off balm--i ended up using my boots botanics balm as it's just a bit more rich, which is what i wanted for these purposes. any balm would do though ! removed with warm water and a washcloth. dried skin then second cleansed with an oily non-foamy cleanser. my current FAVORITE cleanser, NUDE  omega jelly. god i love it. massaged for a couple minutes then rinsed. (not pictured, but) i think did a VERY LIGHT exfoliation to ensure my skin was rid of any dead skin hanging about after being dried out. i used AVEDA botanical kinetics exfoliant (a liquid with salicylic acid) PETER THOMAS ROTH cucumber mask. what i love about this mask is how soothing it is. it's NOT hardcore. i put this on then proceeded to watch a movie or something. you can leave it on for as long as you'd like. i think i had it on for 30-45 minutes. then i took it off with lukewarm water and a wash cloth. my skin already felt so. much. better. i then used my new murad hydrating toner. i could've used this before the mask. but what's cool about it is that it helps your skin retain moisture as well as help balance pH levels. but any sort of hydrating toner / floral spritz would do. (caudalie beauty elixir, a rose water, etc) serum. i wanted to use a "hydra" serum--any sort of serum that helps with retaining water. i used this vichy aqualia thermal. caudalie s.o.s thirst quenching serum is also fantastic. oil -- i used my beloved clarins blue orchid oil. i put it on my drier cheeks, but actually...i also used it for a bit of spot treatment. i was getting a pimple below my lip, and now, no more pimple ! moisturizer. as my skin was severely dehydrated (rather than dry) i used my aveda botanical kinetics moisturizer: the first ingredient is water (hydrating) and the second ingredient is aloe (soothing).  hours later i spritzed some beauty elixir and applied more moisturizer before bed. and today my skin is back to normal !!   so...this is a sort of routine you can loosely follow (plug in whatever products into the steps) if you're skin is needing a bit of help with feeling tight / dry / thirsty.   i'd like this to be a sort of thread people can use for a reference to see others' product recommendations or methods. all skins are different, so what are your tricks ?
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Vikings is super intense/heavy this season. Maybe a facial will help me relax when I watch it!  see post
Who is up for the Mac Cinderella Collection releasing tonight?What are you getting or not?
A pinky peachy blush would've been amazing in this collection. see post
Daily moisturizer
I am in need of a daily moisturizer for sensitive skin.  I would love for it to have sunscreen and be cruelty free.  Any suggestions?
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Steph2258 / FRESH FACE / replied
I have sensitive skin as well (super sensitive. If my skin doesn't agree with something I end up looking like a burn victim) I use the neutropenia hydro boost gel cream,... see post
Night cream
Hi I was thinking of getting a night cream but then I realized that I have the GlamGlow set with the thirstymud. Can I use that as a night cream?
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Thank you - I will check these out. I was going to buy a Mary Kay cream with retinol but I'll stick with one of these instead. see post
Q. Foundation will crack and show flakes
I have dry skin that flakes, and wearing foundation only makes that more obvious. It'll emphasize every dry spot and 'crack' on my cheeks around my nose (imagine really really dry ground and how it cracks when there isn't water, the foundation will do that, but on a very tiny scale) and it's noticeable if someone is standing near me. I've tried everything from exfoliating, moisturizing, to primer, to using/combining different types of foundation, and nothing seems to work. The foundation refuses to blend in with my skin and apply smoothly and evenly to my skin. I like wearing foundation to reduce redness, but I'm so self conscious with it on, I'd rather go bare faced than even use a little to avoid the scaly cheeks that come with foundation. Any suggestions??? (I usually wash my face day and night, exfoliate 2X a week, and always moisturize day night and in between. To apply makeup I exfoliate if I'm really flaky, moisturize, wait, moisturize again, apply primer, wait, apply foundation, apply setting powder)
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A. i have very dry skin too, and applying foundation in the winter can be such a challenge for me too. i struggle with flakes and dry patches too. what i've found helps pre... see post
New beauty tricks for 2015
There was a post long ago that had to do with beauty tricks and secrets that I can't find, and I had a great discovery today, so I thought I'd start a new one for 2015. I was changing my Clarisonic head today and noticed some residue stuck in the plastic and wire part under the head. It wouldn't come out with a brush because I couldn't get the brush to bend under there. I spied my Water Pik on the counter and thought "It gets out stuck food in tiny spaces between my teeth, let's give it a try". And wow, did that thing work!  My Clarisonic is squeeky clean with no effort! Have you used a household item for beauty needs that isn't readily obvious?
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Great idea! I saw that Sigma released a special brush cleansing mat and wasn't sure if i should get it. Considering it's $32. Thanks for the money saving tip!!      h... see post
Best cleanser for clarisonic if your ance prone?
I got a Clarisonic last christmas and I started using it twice a day, every day and of course my skin freaked out. I tried using Philosophy's Purity Made Simple and Fresh's Soy Face Cleanser and neither of them seemed to help with the acne. I then tried using my clarisonic once a day then every other day and finally I gave Clarisonic's acne brush head and cleanser a try. The acne cleanser made the problem worse. After three months of no end to the "purge" I finally gave up and went back to using Proactiv + which works to keep my skin pimple free but it's also really drying. I bought this really expensive tool and I want to use it because I loved how it made my skin feel. I am not super diligent with my proactiv and I mainly use it every other day at night to try and give my skin some time to get some hydration back but really what's the point? I hate using the proactiv and I have had a lot of problems just getting the stuff sent to me so I'm just fed up with them.    I have acne prone skin but lately my skin is more dry and the main reason I use the proactiv now is to help get rid of flaky patches around my eyebrows, nose and around my mouth because my acne seems pretty under control because it's a pretty mild version. It's also a double edge sword because of course I have to pack on some kind of moisturizer after using the proactiv and like I said, I'm just fed up.    Has anyone had SUCESS using something with their clarisonic to help prevent acne but still have moisture in their skin? I am scared to try and use my clarisonic again because I'm worried my skin with start purging (and won't stop) but if anyone has any tips, tricks or advice I'm all ears because I'm really concerned that just using make up remover wipes and a simple cleanser isnt' really cleaning my skin (when I don't use proactiv). 
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I use the deep pore brush head {the blue one),  and use Murad's essential c cleanser. They help fight acne while keeping my skin moisturized. see post