Skincare
KhaosKara
Anti-aging Products for Beginners?
Hi, I'm 26 years old and have normal/combination skin with occasional breakouts. Although I'm not at the point of having wrinkles or fine lines, I've always read that you should start using anti-wrinkle and/or anti-aging products in your 20s before any of those issues come up. So I'm thinking of starting to use something, but I honestly have no idea what I'm doing and I need some help. I don't know what kind of ingredients to look for, stay away from, etc. I'm really not looking to get an entire new skincare routine. I already have one that my dermatologist has recommended and has been working for me for years. I'm more interested in a single product that I can use along with my normal cleanser and moisturizer to help stave off any signs of aging. What are your thoughts? Any product recommendations? I'd love to hear them!
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comeoneileen88
BEAUTY BUFF comeoneileen88 / BEAUTY BUFF BEAUTY BUFF / replied
What is your routine like now?  You mention moisturizer and cleanser, but is there anything else you use regularly?  I would definitely add sunscreen if you don't use it... see post
beauty4ashes
Facial MASKS Confusion
I want to start using hydrating facial masks. I hear the *gasps* in horror already when I typed "START USING."   Anyhoo, the reason why I don't use masks is that I have a bad habit of using something, hating it, never to try again. "Masks" in the 70's-80's were like goop that dried, got crunchy, flaked off, paralyzed any facial movements, then ripped off the surface of your skin. Or, a more gentle MASK was like Elmer's School Glue.   I read a little about some Hydrating Masks...they sound like a heavy night cream/moisturizer. Over night & 24 hour mask? It doesn't peel off? See what I mean by the confusion?   Sounds like they redefined "Mask." I guess it applies to whatever you slather on your face, then remove.    What are some really good Hydrating "Masks" that hydrates/treats skin, but doesn't contain anything that exfoliates? (For Mature Skin)
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Missie772
HALL OF FAMER Missie772 / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / replied
I didn't use hydrating masks until lately either because I have combination skin and I thought it would make me more oily.   I love the Korres Wild Rose sleeping facia... see post
andyhtrieu
stubborn pimples/zits
I have two pimples/zits on my cheeks and NOTHING IS WORKING. I've been using benzoyl peroxide in the morning, and 2% salicylic acid and Tretinoin at night. It's been a few weeks since I got them and they're so stubborn. Those products that I mentioned above don't make a difference. Help!
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VC425
BEAUTY BUFF VC425 / BEAUTY BUFF BEAUTY BUFF / replied
Benzoyl and Salicylic acid don't do much for me either! I got the Dr. Dennis Gross Sulphur mask, and it's been helpful for me! You can wear it as a traditional mask (10 ... see post
armybeauty
What is your regular skincare routine?
I live in a mild climate, where it can be slightly humid, but otherwise it rains continually for 3/4 of the year. I have normal-to-combo skin, meaning I don't really have any major dry/oily spots, but I can get dry or slightly oily in my t-zone occasionally.    I use the Boscia Detoxifying Black Cleanser twice a day (ok, usually I only manage to use it once a day), and I moisturize with Ole Henriksen's Nurture Me and Bite's Agave Lip Mask twice a day (religiously). I exfoliate with Exfolikate twice a week, and I use the Boscia Black Luminizing mask all-over once a week, and in my trouble zones up to three times a week. I use the GLAMGLOW Powermud once or twice a week, and I spot treat any incoming blemishes with the GLAMGLOW Supermud as needed. I also use the Boscia Purifying Pore Strips on an as-needed basis as well.    What is your skincare routine? 
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KendraKendra
BEAUTY WHIZ KendraKendra / BEAUTY WHIZ BEAUTY WHIZ / replied
AM: Alternate between Fresh Soy Cleanser and Purity SK-II Treatment Essence Ole's Vit C Serum (just started this, don't see any improvements yet, but hasn't broken me... see post
JoFitz
Skin care line for dry skin. (Cleanser, eye cream, moisturizer, toner)
I am looking for a skin care line that is easy and resolves issues with my very, very dry skin.  I am 66 years old and want something that is easy and does not take long to apply and use successfully.  Could you please give me some ideas?  While cost is not extremely important, I would like a product that is reasonable, not extravagant in the snout of money it takes to maintain the routine.  Please advise. 
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lylysa
HALL OF FAMER lylysa / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / replied
I got a mini set of the Ceramidin liquid and cream with a promo last Winter and it saved my skin during cold months! The liquid absorbed super easily and the cream felt ... see post
ChicShifter
Jurlique Or Origins??
Hey Ladies!    I was hoping to get some input on these 2 product lines?  They are both on the pricier side of skin care products and I was looking for something to amp up my routine.   I have combination skin - dry cheeks (some dryness/flaking above eyebrows, cheeks and nose) but oily t-zone.  On top of that I have sensitive/acne prone skin that has very red cheeks due to irritants/sun/acne.    Any thoughts on these two lines would be greatly appreciated.  I would love to hear from those who have used either or both thoroughly!   Thanks a ton!
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TheSocialQuota
BEAUTY BUFF TheSocialQuota / BEAUTY BUFF BEAUTY BUFF / replied
Haven't used it yet, just trying not to over medicate my face. :) It is so hard to be patient! see post
LivDamaris
Can you over moisturize your face?
I just recently started washing my face everyday.  It's horrible, but I guess I never had to wash it as much.  Now that I am washing, applying moisturizer, putting on makeup, and then removing it it is a lot for my skin.  I have noticed my skin feels almost oily--but doesn't look oily. I apply moisturizer AM and PM is it being over moisturized? 
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LivDamaris
BEAUTY MAVEN LivDamaris / BEAUTY MAVEN BEAUTY MAVEN / replied
I am not using a toner. Should I be using a toner? My Neutrogena wipes come in a blue package.  My friend recommended them because we are so similar in face type--or at... see post
nattygirl
Skincare in your 20's!
I just turned 22, and am starting to get a little worried about my skin aging over the next few years. I really only use: face wash/toner/occasional treatment with benzoyl peroxide (which my skin responds wonderfully to), laura mercier face polish exfoliator, spf during the day, clinique dramatically different moisturizing gel moisturizer, and occasionally an eye cream.   My skin is pretty normal, but it can be sensitive. I need a good eye cream (my problems are dark circles, and some fine lines), and a good serum that will combat early signs of aging and might as well help correct the tone of my skin too. 
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tessie84
BEAUTY MASTER tessie84 / BEAUTY MASTER BEAUTY MASTER / replied
I second this. As my dermatologist explained to me, the tricky thing about sensitive skin is that every case can be different. Unfortunately, it's not like oily skin or ... see post
OzMaven
I'm Clueless! Regimen/Product Recommendation Expertise Please
Hi everyone:   Here's why I desperately need advice, in bulleted form for those of you that like to "scan"   I've always been a <gasp!> Cetaphil (with Clarisonic) followed by Oil of Olay and sunscreen kind of girl with my skin Good genes have allowed it, but 40 is looming in a matter of days and I'm out of denial about the crow's feet.  I have no idea what I'm looking for--would love your advice and recommendations!  Want to purchase at Sunday's Rouge event   My skin: I'm very fair/"Irish" skinned, but not particularly sensitive.  Still, good sunscreen in the morning is important Combination: T-Zone super oily/borderline greasy by noon despite products to mattify, and the rest is normal but dry in winter I do get occasional breakouts but it's not the main concern I do have dark circles, but full coverage concealer keeps them in check so a perk to address, but not top of the list Looking for products to address fine lines and "preserve" my skin.  Improved texture a plus. Need products for my neck too--surprisingly it is aging faster than my face Need a SIMPLE regimen---everything needed but nothing more to start. I'm used to a simple 2 step wash and slather so this is a big step!  Budget isn't a major issue other than the first purchase all at once. (Rouge member = embarrassing spending on make up)   Let me know if I've missed any required details, and I'm so looking forward to your shared knowledge and loved products!   Thanks,   Karen  
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OzMaven
OzMaven / FRESH FACE / replied
Haha!   Yes, I'm very blonde (literally and figuratively...LOL) with VERY green eyes.  Emerald green: people often ask me if I have colored contacts.  The Irish red ha... see post
LT83
Need Help
I have acne prone, dull skin. I have tried all types of different toners, cleansers, exfoliaters, face lotion and I can not find my right fit. I would like to start over with a whole new morning and night routine.   I need some reccomendations on the best:   face cleanser face toner face exfoliant face lotion acne spot treatment and undereye cream   Thank you!!!
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lylysa
HALL OF FAMER lylysa / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / replied
No probs!   Try making adjustments and changes gradually as to not throw skin in for a shock (which can lead to a new formation of issues), I know being patient and ti... see post
Junko54
WHICH SKINCARE/MAKEUP BRANDS ARE REALLY NOT SUITABLE FOR SENSITIVE SKIN?
lylysa
HALL OF FAMER lylysa / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / replied
Hi, Junko54!   This is a really open ended question and without knowing the specifics of the sensitivity and what may cause reactions it'll be tough to narrow down.  ... see post
rosale1972
pores
I generally have oily skin.  I also have open pores and they get clogged with sebum.  I have tried multiple cleansers and they just don't seem to be able to clean out my pores.  The only way is when i take a "hot shower" and remove it gently with my finger scraping my skin.  I know I shouldn't be doing this but when i put on powder or blush you can see the residue from the clogged pores. I have tried mary kay; 2 different types of cleansers, boscia; 2 different types; etc... I need help. Please advise Thank you'
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lylysa
HALL OF FAMER lylysa / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / replied
Is your skin so oily in the morning that it merits an actual cleanse? Or does it become oily moreso as the day progresses?   From the looks of your routine as is, it d... see post
VIBrougeaddict
Everyday Skincare
I was wondering how much time is needed in between applying lotion and sunscreen to make sure all of it is applied correctly.
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lylysa
HALL OF FAMER lylysa / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / replied
Hi, VIBrougeaddict!   The "dry down" time between your moisturizer and sunscreen can vary with what type of moisturizer you use/its formula and the sunscreen itself. ... see post
HookedOnBeauty2
Is it bad to switch up skincare products often?
I often read that you have to use a product for X amount of days/weeks before you will start to notice a difference. Makes sense to me but I have tons of different brands mostly deluxe samples received as GWP, skin care sets or promo codes.   My routine is wash with Clarisonic, then apply toner, serum, eye cream, moisturizer and argan or maracuja oil (at night). My skin is normal for the most part with some dryness occasionally. When I shop for products I go for ones for dry skin and anti aging.   So is it bad that I use different brands every couple of days? What I mean by bad is.....is it a waste of product/time since Im not using it continuously like the instructions usually say to see results?   Hope this makes sense
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lylysa
HALL OF FAMER lylysa / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / replied
You're very welcome, and I am quite flattered! :)   My skin is actually quite tolerant and for that I'm very thankful so there's never been heavy risk for swapping ite... see post
kggw
Josie Maran argan oil milk or Tarte maracuja oil
I want to buy a face oil , which one is best...JM argan oil milk or Tarte maracuja oil ... Please help! ( I have combo skin... )
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HookedOnBeauty2
BEAUTY GURU HookedOnBeauty2 / BEAUTY GURU BEAUTY GURU / replied
I have both and love them. I also have the JM argan oil. I use the JM milk as a serum before moisturizer and oils are last to go on the face. You can't go wrong with the... see post
haylay28
What is the best pore minimizing product?
I'm looking for some type of pore minimizer, whether it be a primer, a BB cream, or any other product. Personal opinions are very welcome! I'm looking for a product that isn't too heavy but will minimize the look of large pores. Any sugguestions?!
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frickfrost
frickfrost / NEWCOMER / replied
Hello haylay28! If you're wanting to minimize pores I would suggest a BHA product (or salicylic acid) product. This exfoliant will now only exfoliate the surface of the ... see post
Jackie98
Powder for Super Oily Skin!
Hi, I was wanting a powder that will keep my super oily skin matte and shine-free. I've been reading the reviews and i'm not sure whether the BareMinerals Matte Foundation Broad Spectrum or the Stay Matte Sheer pressed powder would work better.
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TheSocialQuota
BEAUTY BUFF TheSocialQuota / BEAUTY BUFF BEAUTY BUFF / replied
My trick for staying matte is to do a mineral veil application prior to foundation. This soaks up the oil before it hits the foundation layer. Easy peasy! see post
DTalksAll
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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kemoca
BEAUTY PRO kemoca / BEAUTY PRO BEAUTY PRO / replied
You might like the BHA in the Clear line- its liquidy, like a toner, so it dries very quickly. Also, the once a week BHA dries very quickly. I've actually started using ... see post
nandini05
I need a good moisturiser for super dry skin!
I'm 25 and I use clarins early wrinkle correction cream and was really happy with it until i found out my face has started to flake especially around the nose. Please suggest a good moisturiser that isn't very exorbitant.
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End0ra
BEAUTY GURU End0ra / BEAUTY GURU BEAUTY GURU / replied
I agree with what the others below are saying about oils. I've had dry, flaky and sensitive skin all my life and Clarins has absolutely been the best moisturizer line fo... see post
KerrieB
Q. Need suggestions for skincare products
I need some suggestions for skin care products.  I'm overwhelmed by all of the choices.  I'm 36 years old with normal to dry skin.  My major issue is hyper-pigmentation that is from the sun and old acne places.  I'm very careful about wearing sunblock and a hat, but I spend so much time outside during the summer, I still end up with with some sun.  My current routine just doesn't seem to be enough anymore.  I would love some ideas.  I'm willing to spend more on skincare, but I don't have an unlimited budget.  Sephora is difficult for me to get to, but Ulta is much easier.   I have been using Cetaphil face wash and lotion along with an Olay night cream for a long time.  My skin is sensitive to some stronger products that results in redness and stinging.  My acne is under control now, and seems to be stress related.    Thanks to everyone for the help.
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frickfrost
frickfrost / NEWCOMER / answered
A. Hello there. First off expensive doesn't mean better. Just because you are spending more money on a skin care of skin care products does not make them better or not as g... see post
infinitise
Clay mask for dry skin types?
  I have dry combination skin type that is very very acne prone.  I get redness every now and then, but with the right products, I usually don't.. but breakouts are something I tend to not be able to control     I use clarisonic, philosophy and sulwhasoo peels for exfoliating about 2 times a week, but I feel like its not enough to deep clean for pores especially in the summer.    I have in the past used Fresh umbrian clay and PTR sulfur mask from what I can remember on top of my head.  I loved the umbrian clay mask, but found it to be very dehydrating.. PTR sulfur mask on the other hand barely did anything..  oh and Glam glow was way too irritating for my skin..    can anyone please recommend a good clay mask that I can use for the purpose of drawing out impurities and keeping my skin a bit more clear?    thank you in advance! 
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infinitise
HALL OF FAMER infinitise / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / replied
Thank you Katy so much for your suggestion!! :)    I've heard about freeman mask before and probably passed by them in the drugstore but never thought to give them a t... see post
angelfall12
Q. I need help finding a Cleanser and a light Moisturizer!...
so I am a 13 years old girl, currently in 8th grade. I have breakouts very often, but I don't know what kind of cleanser I should use since I never tried any skin products before. I also would like to know a few makeups that are recommended to teenagers like me and are very natural. Thank you! 
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andyhtrieu
BEAUTY MASTER andyhtrieu / BEAUTY MASTER BEAUTY MASTER / answered
A. Actually, I wouldn't recommend the Clinique Acne Solutions skincare line. For some reason, a lot of companies think the solution to acne is to completely dry them out (a... see post
BeautyIsPassion
HYDRATION!!!.....while using Retin A
Im currently on my 3rd week using Retin A and my skin has become dry and flakey. Apparently this is normal until my skin adjust to the retin. Im seeking an affordable cleanser (preferably cream based), i also need a good SPF moisturizer. I have to stay away from anything citrus in order not to irritate my skin (while on retin citrus and alcohols can irritate and cause bad redness). Also, i prefer something with minimal alcohol in the products. I cant afford to lose anymore hydration lol. I cant wait until my "Ugly" phase is over. Only 3 weeks in and my skin is almost acne clear. Im hoping the dreadful 4-6 weeks horror stories of purging does NOT come my way, Id really appreciate any suggestions from my fellow beauties.
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PrettyLittleDr
BEAUTY WHIZ PrettyLittleDr / BEAUTY WHIZ BEAUTY WHIZ / replied
Oh oh, I too use Retin A and always wait for these type of Qs so I can share my discoveries with others :)   1. First off, are you using Retin A or Retin A Micro?? If ... see post
makeup8910
Facial routine for fair skin, redness
I've got really fair skin that has a LOT of redness.  What skincare brand/products would you suggest?  Thanks!!
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beauty4ashes
HALL OF FAMER beauty4ashes / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / replied
@makeup8910   "..I've got really fair skin that has a LOT of redness..."   Have you seen a dermatologist to rule out Subtype1 Facial Rosacea? Once you get that out ... see post
infinitise
Boscia's luminizing black mask
I've recently been on a hunt for a clay mask to combat the pores, black heads, and deep cleansing and have fallen in love with the results Boscia's black mask gave   but I've found the peeling off process to be very irritating and reddening (?).. but otherwise its "just right"  does anyone have tips/tricks to use this in a less irritating but still get as much benefit? 
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infinitise
HALL OF FAMER infinitise / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / replied
Thank you for your opinion :)  yes it did feel like my face was getting slapped from it being pulled so hard :(  I kept it on for almost 40min to hour because I though... see post
laynebr
Testing PH Levels in products
Does anyone know of a website where I can find the PH levels in skin care? Or of any brands of ph testing strips that are good? My skin has gone through some medical changes lately and the PH balance of my skin if just all over the place.
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laynebr
BEAUTY GURU laynebr / BEAUTY GURU BEAUTY GURU / replied
Thanks Andy! I just got these Loving them so far! see post
pivspie
Need skincare products/routine for dry sensitive skin
I am looking for some skin care products to help with my dry, sensitive skin (I have eczema). I am also prone to blocked pores if the formula is to thick and doesn't absorb well. I have my daytime moisturizer with SPF squared away, so this would be more for nighttime/weekend use.   I tried the High Potency Night-A-Mins™ Mineral-Enriched Renewal and it didn't work for me. My skin never got moisturized, but would end up greasy and has started breaking out.   Any advice is greatly appreciated!
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Manda
HALL OF FAMER Manda / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / replied
I would never use GlamGlow Super Mud for dry skin. It is too drying for those with dry skin. Combination it is fine for but dry, I would avoid it. see post
HelloCoffee
Sagging eyelids?
I am in my early 30s and am starting to notice that my eyelids are beginning to droop a bit. The skin isn't as tight as it used to be and my makeup doesn't come out as well as it used to (the shadow in the crease). I used the search bar, and the answers were from 2010-2012, nothing too recent (there may be new products?). I know there are no miracle products, but can anyone suggest an eye cream/serum that will help to prevent future eyelid sagging? Thanks!
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HelloCoffee
HALL OF FAMER HelloCoffee / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / replied
I start a new job in a few weeks, so as soon as the money starts coming in again, I will be able to begin my search and will definitely let you know any info : )   I wil... see post
toxictwin
Stubborn blackheads
Does anyone know of any aggressive blackhead removal products? I use a clarisonic and use salycilic 2%, Benzoyl 10%, and PTR glycolic exfoliating serum. I have large pores and just can't seem to get rid if blackheads. Has anyone tried GlamMud?
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yazmin
HALL OF FAMER yazmin / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / replied
I cant go outside with out it. I just don't feel right. but now I just use the Naked Foundation. and do the minimum I would have to use Kat Von D for the coverage. Hopef... see post
lPinkAllurel
Need a lil help
ok this is going to probably be a really slow question to ask on a beauty thread , because i should probably already know and all that buuuttttt.... how do you tell if you have oily,dry,or combination skin ? When I'm shopping for foundation and they ask I'm usually just like i don't know but it does not seem like anyone can help me I know sometimes i get oily but not all the time so I'm just really confused >.< so guyss how can i tell ( sorry again for the dumb question lol) 
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lPinkAllurel
BEAUTY BUFF lPinkAllurel / BEAUTY BUFF BEAUTY BUFF / replied
I did some of the things you guys suggested and It turns out i have normal skin :) thanks for all the help see post