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Skincare 101: Discussions, Questions and All

This is a place to discuss everything skincare.


- Have a question about a product (Or type of product)

- Need recommendations

- Learned a new tip or trick you want to share with fellow skincare junkies

- New to skincare and lost about where to start

- Have a skincare emergency ( Bad reaction, broken dropper, lost lid of a jar)


Images From top left to clockwise (Essencz, Garnier, Men's Fitness, Harper Bazaar)


We have some great thread about skincare but I feel we don't have a general place to discuss skincare which is open for everything from lowend products to luxury skincare. 


Other skincare threads you may like to explore




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@fatimamummy I'm just re-entering the world of retinol, and here are some of my favourites. Yes, in general, I think my skin loves all of them!


Neutrogena Anti-Wrinkle cream (make sure you get the formula without SPF - In Canada I think this one's called the "Original Formula" which differs from the one in the States, which has SPF. In the US they call their SPF-free formula the "Night" formula. tThis is a very good, inexpensive retinol in cream. Absorbs well and I've had no reaction to it. SLightly moisturizing too. Only cost $16 at SDM!


Paula's Choice Anti-Oxidant Serum for Normal/Oily skin (it doesn't state % of retinol and is in the middle of the list) - I dipped my toes in the world of retinol with this product in 2015. It took my skin time to tolerate it, it did great things for my skin


Paula's Choice Clinical 1% Retinol Treatment - I really liked this. I didn't have any issues with it not absorbing properly but I would typically skip my face cream (final step) if I'm using this since this comes in a lotion consistency.


PTR 3% Retinoid - this is the "gentler" derivative of retinol, I'm currently using this and it's made my skin super soft, smooth and bright. I hope the fading of marks will come in months' time. This one's in 3% vs. the 2% max concentration I've seen for retinol, probably because this is actually a retinoid rather than retinol.


DDG Ferulic Serum - this one is AMAZING. Wow. I only have a sample of it, but I dotted it on a stubborn but (thankfully) fairly tiny papule/cyst near my mouth and it brought it down significantly overnight. When I use it all over my face overnight, my face glows the next morning. 



I don't think you'll find OTC retinol higher than 2% (I might be wrong). If I see something higher than 2%, I'd be skeptical If your skin doesn't respond to the standard 2% you might need to get a prescription for something stronger!


I tried Luna and my skin doesn't hate it, but doesn't love it either. I sometimes use my deluxe sample for days when I'm using a stronger AHA so I'm skipping retinol. 


I've also tried PTR 1.5% PM Fusion--it was good, but I like the ones I listed better.

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Thank you. For detailed review on so many great products @k617 It is very helpful. I think I am going to start with Ordinary 2% Retinoid and will see where it takes me. DDG serum is another product I get frequently recommended so it is on my "Get a sample to try" list.

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Thank you @k617 @lachaton Paula's Choice BHA liquid sounds like a promising product. I never tried anything from this brand so I think it is going to be a first.

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You're welcome @fatimamummy! Also I forgot to mention I use Paula's Choice BHA 2% liquid, have been since 2015 and I'm probably on my 4th? or 5th? bottle. I haven't tried many others but I really love this product. I feel like it really does contribute to keeping my skin smooth and glowy. I still get breakouts, so it isn't a miracle product for clearing pimples, but who doesn't? Smiley Wink

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@fatimamummy @k617 seconding the rec for PC BHA 2%. Works so well for me - I really do see a difference when I stop using it and start up again. I've gone through I think 8 bottles. 


I want to try out The Ordinary SA next and see how it compares.

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One bottle lasts so long @lachaton, I tend to re-buy when I'm down to the last 1/8 or so, and still don't need to open the new one until months later!

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I use Paula's Choice 1% retinol and it is the best I have tried so far.  I use it every other night without any bad reaction (I recommend avoiding the eye area).

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@kariyava I haven't tried any Paula's choice product but keep hearing about the brand. I'll sure look into it. Thank you 🙂

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@fatimamummy - I use the Ordinary's 2% retinoid. I have sensitive, combo, breakout prone skin and this did not bother me at all. In fact, I use it every night. If it is the first retinoid/retinol product you have tried I would probably start with only a couple of times a week and build up from there. I haven't had any breakouts due to adding it into my routine (stress and a new sheet mask - yes Smiley Sad ), but I find it helps things clear up a bit quicker using this at night. Also, I use it at night since retinoids/retinols increase sensitivity to sunlight - so make sure to protect your skin from the sun when using Smiley Happy


I also tried Luna - disaster! I broke out so much from that, and I have used the REN bioretinoid oil as well and am just meh about it. I actually really like the Ordinary retinoid and will be repurchasing it as well as some other Ordinary goodies (they are on the way!)



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It is good to know that Ordinary Retinoid is working well for your sensitive skin @Zpsid91 My skin isn't particularly sensitive (I rarely get bad results action but when I do, it leaves behind it marks for a long time) So I think it will be a good product for me as well.

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@fatimamummy Just today my order from the Ordinary arrived, with the 2% retinoid in it.  I think we have somewhat different skin types but once I've used it a bit I can give you my thoughts. 


I also don't love Luna. Years ago I tried Roc (drugstore) and thought it did nothing. I used Paula's Choice for six months or so, and I think it's a useful retinol. I just couldn't stand the greasy/creamy formula that never seemed to fully sink in.


I also have DDG Ferulic/retinol serum on the way. I have high hopes for that one because I've had such good results from the DDG Ferulic/retinol peel pads. Those I highly recommend!

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@fairlywell I think Luna is a complete hit or miss product with no middle ground.

I use PMD once a week so I can't use a chemical peel with it on regular basis ( Though I use REN GRR mask and Philosophy peel on occasions but then I adjust the timing between these products and PMD) 

I think I a, going to place an order of a few Ordinary products soon and will be adding their 2% Retinoid in it. 

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PMD is a totally different story! I haven't had a chance to test my new stuff yet - I know you know to buffer with oil/moisture if you aren't sure of the effect. Other readers might not, and chemical burns aren't pretty!

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Just to add some details, I tried SR Luna oil and it was terrible on me. Ren Bioretinoid oil was good but didn't produce any visible results. Currently I am dealing with some tiny bumps on my face mostly chin which appeared when I started using PTR cloud cream. I also notice a blemish forming on my left cheek just below my cheek bone. It doesn't show much in the picture but I can see it is there.


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Too many new products at once and I woke up with either red puffy irritation or chemical burns under my eyes.  I typically use a retinol so I don't think it's that.  I wonder if two products combined and created a reaction or if I'm allergic to something?

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oh no @mspera80! I hope it clears up quickly. If you feel like listing the products you used, I'm curious.

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Oh my gosh when I said so many, I meant it!  Not all at once, I mix them up.  I'm assuming that it was a retinol product with an AHA mixing?  Let me know i f you want me to list what something is.IMG_4661.JPG

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Wow, you're a girl after my own heart.  😍 Mixing retinol and AHA is a good guess, I hope you're feeling better!

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This is my new favorite thread!  In addition to the what are you using one.  I love seeing what you girls are using and getting new ideas and suggestions.

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Is this your first time mixing AHA and retinol? Have you used either for a fair amount of time? I use AHA and retinol in the PM together sometimes (along with a BHA in the morning) but it took me a few months to get to this point. 

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So I have these annoying pesky bumps on my forehead and I have no idea how to get rid of them. I was researching and watching that it could be the overproduction of yeast? Anyways, I saw that nizoral (anti-dandruff shampoo) can help as a mask. If anyone knows anything much appreciated. 

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