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Reply: Hi @Raaae ! I have a few tweaks to your current routine that might help with the dryness and some of the redness. I'm not a dermat ...read more
Hi @Raaae ! I have a few tweaks to your current routine that might help with the dryness and some of the redness. I'm not a dermatologist, so these are just suggestions to consider. 1. Reduce use of the Biore scrub cleanser to just once a week, if even that frequent. I know Biore says it's a gentle scrub, but it could be irritating your skin and, in turn, causing more redness and dryness. You could reduce frequency for a month or 2, then perhaps increase it to 2 times a week once your skin's better tolerating your topical prescriptions. 2. Apply tretinoin after your moisturizer. This will buffer some of that retinoid's irritating side effects, but won't stop it from working. It'll also ensure your skin is hydrated and moisturized before you add tretinoin. Just give your moisturizer a few minutes to sink into your skin and, once your skin's no longer damp, apply your retinoid. That's how I apply retinaldehyde at night. 3. Try a different moisturizer and always apply it to damp skin. Sure, I could link to plenty of pricey options sold at Sephora. But some great moisturizers that can truly seal in hydration (prevent water loss) are simple drugstore options: CeraVe Moisturizing Cream, CeraVe PM Facial Moisturizing Lotion, Vanicream Moisturizing Skin Cream, Vanicream Daily Facial Moisturizer (my daily AM and PM moisturizer), or perhaps some La Roche Posay moisturizers (I don't use them, but I'm told the Toleriane line is quite good). You can also check out Paula's Choice moisturizers; my mostly-dry combo skin likes their Clear Oil-Free Moisturizer and Omega+ Complex Moisturizer. If your skin loves shea butter, consider The INKEY List Peptide Moisturizer or the pricier (and more robust in terms of peptides used) Drunk Elephant Protini™ Polypeptide Moisturizer . A very good dupe of Protini is Acure Radically Rejuvenating Whipped Night Cream for $20. 4. Be careful with the tea tree oil. Is it 100% tea tree (which I don't recommend), or is it a blend of oils like Biossance Squalane + Tea Tree Balancing Oil ? Tea tree can be very irritating if used too frequently. Also, 100% tea tree oil is not a good occlusive moisturizer on its own, so you should still use your moisturizer on tea tree oil nights (unless the tea tree product you use happens to be a cream that does contain other moisturizing ingredients). 5. For dark acne "scars" (post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation), consider azelaic acid. I alternate between Paula's Choice 10% Azelaic Acid Booster (which also contains a bit of salicylic acid) and The Ordinary Azelaic Acid Suspension 10% . You don't have to apply it to your whole face; you can just treat PIH areas. Azelaic acid attacks acne-causing bacteria and can lift those dark spots, plus it plays very nice with retinoids. 6. Give it time: stay consistent with your topical Rx. I'm sure you've heard this from the derms you've seen, and you're probably rolling your eyes right now, but remember that results can take months. Some folks talk about tretinoin as if it's a quick miracle but, as you can attest, it's not. Stick with it and focus on reducing your dryness and irritation. 👍 EDIT to add number 7, which I can't believe I forgot: Wear sunscreen, minimum SPF of 30, each day your skin's exposed to sunlight, regardless of weather or season, and reapply it every couple hours. We should all wear sunscreen daily anyway, but especially when our skin is damaged, irritated, or excessively dry. Sun exposure without protection will only worsen those skin conditions. And no, a big floppy hat + sunglasses are not enough protection on their own—though they are a great additional layer! Even when I wear sunglasses, I use sunscreen all around my eyes. If you already use sunscreen, great! If not, it's an important habit to get into.
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Reply: I heard that on Instagram, beauty bloggers used gift boxes with this brand. I think that analogues or resellers of the brand name ...read more
I heard that on Instagram, beauty bloggers used gift boxes with this brand. I think that analogues or resellers of the brand name will appear soon.
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Red skin
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Reply: In addition to the cica products mentioned below, the Elemis Superfood Cica Calm Cleansing Foam definitely helps reduce redness, @ ...read more
In addition to the cica products mentioned below, the Elemis Superfood Cica Calm Cleansing Foam definitely helps reduce redness, @nikaanne!!
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Reply: For dryness I like to use the first aid beauty wild oat hydrating toner before I apply my moisturizer
For dryness I like to use the first aid beauty wild oat hydrating toner before I apply my moisturizer
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Reply: Oh wow, great lippie declutter, @itsfi!! So great you're able to donate a bunch of these!! ...read more
Oh wow, great lippie declutter, @itsfi!! So great you're able to donate a bunch of these!!
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Reply: Thank you, @ShanShanMa85!! I actually haven't used either of them . Lol, too many palettes, too little time. The 9 pan is from Su ...read more
Thank you, @ShanShanMa85!! I actually haven't used either of them 😅. Lol, too many palettes, too little time. The 9 pan is from Suva Beauty (which is a brand I like), it's the Saffron palette. I haven't used it yet, but I like the Rose Period palette from them. The 12 pan is Neon Drip by Poppi Cosmetics. I haven't tried anything from this brand yet. When I use them, I'll be sure to post in the 100 Shades of Eyeshadow Challenge thread
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Reply: @rrroxanne ITSMAGIC is live now if that's the one you were interest in. ...read more
@rrroxanne ITSMAGIC is live now if that's the one you were interest in.
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