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All things skin!
Last thread not bumping anymore>>101084
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My skin looks almost exactly like Pumpy’s. I’ve done pretty much everything short of Accutane and while I’ve had improvements it’s still not enough. I have blackheads everywhere: cheeks, forehead, chin. They will not go away even with BHAs and AHAs. I’ve cut down on dairy significantly and with quarantine I’m not wearing makeup anymore really. I wash my face twice a day with a very sensitive cleanser, moisturizer twice a day, drink about 40 oz. water, and do Vitamin C serums and raw honey face masks. I’m 24 and honestly my skin looking like this is the best it’s ever been. Still shit though.
Is there anything I can do to get rid of these blackheads? I can handle the whiteheads and I don’t get cystic acne anymore, but these blackheads are disgusting. If I run a finger over my skin I can feel all of them individually and it’s nasty. I’ve had them since puberty and they refuse to go away. I just want to have nice skin.
Did you get your hormones checked anon? I had the same issue and tried everything too (tbf mine was never as bad as that picture but maybe half that) and going on the pill completely fixed it for me. Like I get 0 acne now, I still can't believe it. I'd get my liver checked too. People always try to treat acne from outside but a lot of the time a systemic issue. Sometimes it has to do with food sensitivity for some people, observe if there is a certain food that breaks you out. Avoid foods that are hard on your liver and alcohol if you can.
I steam my face first to enlarge pores then do a peel-off charcoal mask on top of it for blackheads. You can try getting facials, they get the blackheads out manually after steaming but I don't do that myself because I'm scared of not doing it properly. There are videos on youtube that show how to do it if you want to try just search at home blackheads extraction.
One last thing that really helped me was salt face masks with the scarring I had.
Hope its helpful anon I feel your pain, hope you figure it out.
Pic related is a lot of pih.
Do you use sunscreen? Tried tret? Oil cleansers are supposed to help a lot with blackheads. Niacinamide?
If nothing really works then it's time to visit a derm.
idk about courses but you can pick up tips here and there across the Internet if you look up stuff like "natural" makeup, etc.
I used to be someone who would beat my face everyday (contouring, baking, complex eyeshadow, etc.) because I wanted to hide my eczema and was super self-conscious lmao.
For redness you could also use a green color corrector/concealer.
For eyeliner, a simple small wing or mini-cat eye really makes them pop.
How is the lipstick not done well? Do you use lipliner?
I mean the overall makeup isn't done well. It comes together neatly most of the time but I don't know what works best for my features. Sometimes it looks really off and I don't know why lol. I'd like to learn simple makeup and actually become skilled at it.
The lipstick is probably the easiest part. My most difficult is my eyes. Everything seems to make them sting, except pencil eyeliner. Also I have hooded eyes so it's tough doing anything with them
I don't know any courses either but I can suggest some tutorials
Snitchery - The Truth About My Lips… HOW TO FAKE LIP FILLER
Alexandra Anele - How I Blend Eyeshadow Perfectly
Alissa Ashley - Watch this if you have hooded eyes!
Crystal Lindy - how i do my eyeliner hooded eyes
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Can someone help me find out what undertone I have? I look different in every photo lol, from palest to darkest.
I'm quite pale, but I have a feeling that I'm more yellow or warm toned. Brighter colors look better on me. Any help?
I exfoliate my whole body every week after soaking in a bath for an hour. This is the one thing that transformed my skin and removes any fine lines that could form (like mowing a lawn before it gets the chance to grow too much).
I used to moisturize a lot but I find I get more pimples that way. Other than that, a lot of sport and water. Nothing special.
I can't tell from your photo's. What looks better on you, silver or gold? Silver > cool, gold > warm.
For me, silver brightens my skin and gold makes it look dull and tired, my skin is cool.
does anyone know of a good moisturizer that doesn't have many ingredients, no alcohols, no silicones, no thickeners/texturizers, etc? something VERY bare bones but very moisturizing? >>135612>>135614
thanks, anon. will take some of these tips.
Update: I've watched tens of videos, compared clothes on myself and jewelry and still don't know lol.
I suit brighter colors more: bright red, royal blue, yellow. But also deep brown, olive, and gray. Bright lipsticks go better on me (light lipsticks or peachy ones make me look absolutely dead), but a more blue toned one looks better. Another funny thing is warm eyeliners look better. I've always used dark brown eyeliner, because black looks too harsh, gray washes me out. I like adding gold to it sometimes.
In terms of jewelry, I still have no clue. I think gold but I'm so pale that silver looks good too.
what's your veincolor? I don't know how accurate it is but supposedly green > warm, blue > cool and both > neutral.
Anyway have you tried asking a familymember/friend what they think? Maybe you just find it difficult to see on yourself but it might be very clear to someone else. Also don't wear make-up and stand in natural lighting.
Isn't retin-a persctiption only? Do you mean retinoid? The ordinary has some great products you can order online if there are no Douglas stores around.>>135991
You mean something like closed comedones or little whiteheads?
Yeah, that's what I meant. Sorry, I'm just new to all of this.
After going through TO's store, I was thinking of getting their best seller the BHA and AHA solution for exfoliating. Their granactive retinoids are out of stock so I'll have to wait.
Fyi, you can email them and they'll create a routine for you
Also get a good sunscreen if you'll be using retinoids and acids
Thanks! I will definitely email them then.
And yeah, I'll be getting a good sunscreen. Do you have any brand names you'd recommend?
I remember there was an app that told you which products were good for your skin and which ones contained potentially harmful chemicals. It would rate things like sunscreen so you could buy high quality, good ones.
I don't remember the name of it, but maybe an anon here has heard of it.
You might wabt to look for physical sunscreens containing zinc if you live in a sunny place and dont want to reapply every 2 hours.
If you go chemical sunscreens i use LaRoche Posay Antihelios, its affordable and easy to carry around. Didnt cause any acne which has been a problem for me with other sunscreens.
Thanks, got a LaRoche in my cart right now.
Can anyone tell me what kind of exfoliator they use? I was considering getting TO's BHA AHA solution but I'm a bit scared to use it. My skin is dry but otherwise I have no problems with zits so I'm thinking that solution might be too harsh on the skin?
You can email The Ordinary for a routine? I think I need to do that.
Who here has tried The Ordinary or Paula's Choice, what are your experiences? Is it really as good as they say?
TO's lactic acid 5% is the mildest out of all of them, you can build up in % as your skin gets used to it>>136100
I use the ordinary and personally really like it especially considering the price.
The only negative thing I have to say about is that their natural moisturizing factors + HA sadly doesn't work for me. It made my skin feel tight, but that's more of a me issue I'd say rather than the product.
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I'm having the worst breakout I've ever had and I hope some kind anons can help.
Since moving a month ago, I started breaking out on the parameter of my face, which has never happened before. My occasional, hormonal zits are usually on my forehead or near my nose, but obviously they're mostly on my jaw/chin/temples right now. My skin type is combination and my routine is:
>Cleanse with Cetaphil hydrating cleanser, rinse off with cold water
>Apply rosewater toner
>Apply Cerave moisturizing lotion
I only wash my face in the evening. Sometimes I'll apply my Curology formula (4% azelalic acid, 1% clindamycin, 0.25% zinc pyrithione) even though it's clearly not working anymore and I'm going to have to cancel it soon anyway in order to save $$.
I figure stress might be causing the breakout since it's persistent?? I'm perplexed because I've never gotten those kinds of zits that are clustered and just textured without being inflamed, so I don't know what to do about them. I know I shouldn't care what my skin looks like right now since I'm not going out or wearing makeup, but I used to have clear skin and this is taking a toll on my mental health.
If it makes you feel any better I wish I had your acne instead of mine. Yours is quite mild.
It's probably stress. I've seen many people on skincare and makeup-pages on reddit complain about skin issues during these tough times. In the future I might drop the toner if I was you.
Do you have a different moisturizer you'd recommend? That one's the only CeraVe product I've ever used and I like it mainly because my skin never feels dehydrated since it's so heavy-duty.>>136329
I'd never heard of milium before, so of course, I went to SCA and a bunch of people were saying the main cause seems to be heavy creams. That makes sense considering CeraVe Moisturizing Lotion is so thick. I had a travel-size version of Paula's Choice BHA and when I was using that religiously, I never had this issue. I just can't justify dropping $30 on the full-size right now when that money should go towards groceries, so if anyone has cheaper dupes I'd love to hear about them.>>136345
It's not really itchy, no. Though I suppose my Curology formula is for fungal acne when looking back at what the e-derm says the ingredients are for. That's currently leading me down a rabbit hole to these two sites:https://simpleskincarescience.com/pityrosporum-folliculitis-treatment-malassezia-cure/https://folliculitisscout.com/
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Methods for consistent/long term black head removal on and around nose? I've used the black face masks a few times but would rather incorporate strategies into my daily routine to manage them on the daily rather than ripping them out of my face every few months due to grime build up and poor maintenance on my part.
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is exploring skin care online worth it, for now I use cetaphil/cera-ve couple times a day. Along with pomegranate seed oils at night before bed. I just get my things at the store.
I need to save money but I would like to reduce my pores and lines on my face. I used to use retinol but stopped. Advice or similar problem.
I like messing around with skincare but over the last 6 months-ish I kind of got sick of it and went back to a really basic routine. Cleanser, niacinamide cream, moisturiser, spf. My skin is definitely not as nice as it was in the autumn but it still looks fine. I notice the difference but I'm not sure someone else would.
Which cerave/cetaphil things do you use? I ask because I was going to recommend a BHA/AHA but the foaming cerave face wash has a BHA (salicylic acid) in it so you might have that covered already. A BHA that you leave on will do more to minimize your pores than if it's an ingredient in a face wash.
also spf. You didn't mention your skin type so I don't know what to recommend.
If someone doesn't have the money to visit a derm they probably also don't have the money to keep buying acne cures until something finally maybe works, and god knows most people can't just buy one random zitcream from the drugstore and have never troubled skin again. And anyone who has time to browse lolcow and research acne cures has time to visit a derm.>>136480
I misunderstood "it's not bad enough to require pills" as "I think it's not bad enough to see a derm"
Yeah I tried antibiotics but they didn't make much of a difference to justify their use. I have birth control but I've never noticed differences on versus off. I've tried prescription topicals. The only thing I didn't try was accutane but based on the side effects and all manner of monthly bullshit I don't really want to.
My mom has adult acne too, in fact her whole maternal side has weird skin issues. Mine is only mild because my dad didn't have any skin problems thankfully.
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Thank you!! I am grateful my skin issues are minimal.I struggle bumps on my arms and legs
the most my mom calls them chicken bumps.>>136466
As for Cera-ve I do use the cleanser with salicylic acid. But I think I am going to invest in the moisturizer theu have with spf and see if that helps. Thanks Anon!
I think I have combination skin where my nose and chin are oily as hell.
I'm a sucker for "natural" remedies but I'm beginning to think its snake oil. Probably gonna switch back to Roc Retinol Deep Wrinkle Anti-Aging cream. What do you guys think? How do you guys combat fine lines that my main issue.
Could be fluid pooling on one side of your face when you sleep? Silk pillowcases, better pillows and sleeping in a different position could help.
Or could be linked to more sun damage on one side of your face if you spend a lot of time driving or something.
Also, it took 2-3 months of not smoking for my skin to start exhibiting changes.
You're probably just imagining the difference.
this is motivational. my skin got really oily too in the past 4-5 years and i always thought it was part of growth but maybe smoking is related!
can i ask if you replaced cigarettes with anything else or just went cold turkey?>>136781
i'm sure you're already taking care of this stuff but for me if i ever spot a zit near the jawline, cleaning my phone/changing my pillowcase almost always helps. if not, i end up getting my period in a couple days lol
>>136788>can i ask if you replaced cigarettes with anything else or just went cold turkey?
I switched to vaping actually
Also, your skin problems are most probably from smoking, smoking ruins the skin's natural balance.
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Is my moisture barrier fucked? How do I fix it?
I wore some makeup and sunscreen last year that left my skin red, burning, and flaky. Since then, I haven't been able to use any products other than water and sensitive skin moisturizers without my face burning. Lately, it's gotten even worse. My face looks flushed and my cheekbone and forehead areas are super dry and flaky. Normally, I have pretty oily skin.
I used to have bad cystic acne so I'm always cautious and hesitant of trying new products and seem to have issues with most products, but I'm pretty desperate at this point. What can I do to fix my fucked up skin?
Anon, it sounds like you need to go visit a dermatologist…
What was the products you used? For how long before they gave you the reaction?
The makeup was just a mix of drugstore and Korean makeup. I never wear makeup really, so none of it is super high end stuff.
When I first applied everything, it didn't seem to bother me, but as soon as I used my Colourpop setting spray, my face immediately started to burn. I took all my makeup off right away after that.
After that, I avoided using anything except water or a gentle cleanser and sensitive skin moisturizers for a few months. I don't normally wear sunscreen but was trying to get into the habit so I wore Biore UV Aqua Rich last month for one day, which didn't bother me in the past, but left my face red and burning the day after. Now here we are and my skin is fucked.
Skin history: I had moderate acne like >>135439
but the acne part has healed with the help of an aesthetician. Her acne facials include chemical peel, extraction, and LED treatment for hyperpigmentation but i haven't gone lately due to COVID.
Started to do my own TCA chemical peels (13% from Platinum Skin Care). The first time I did TCA, I fucked up on the application by applying too many layers (4-5 layers as a dark spot treatment) and ending up with more PIH which fortunately my aesthetician fixed. Learned the hard way that TCA peel doesn't work as a dark spot treatment. But my skin in general has improved so much using 1 layer of 13% TCA and then a second layer where my icepick scars are.
Video related shows the product I want to try for spot treating hyperpigmentation (Admire My Skin Ultra-potent Brightening Serum on Amazon). The pictures and video results look super promising. Once I get it, I'll update you farmers in 4 weeks!
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After lurking the thread a little bit, I just wanted to say that I've tried a ton of other products before including The Ordinary. To me their products are pretty hit or miss. I reacted to their Alpha arbutin/ ascorbic acid which turned me bright red, the niacinamide made my skin really itchy and bumpy, the azelaic acid slightly improved my skin but it tingles for a bit. All the other products I've tried didn't seem to improve my skin much and I followed the regimen, in order.
I never had good experiences with dermatologists either. One pushed laser to me, which hurt like hell, and I expected more results for the price. Another dermatologist did an unnecessary biopsy on me, numbed me, scalpeled a chunk of skin off and cauterized it… Super traumatic for me because I was like 13 too. And I wasn't gonna go to another dermatologist only to have them prescribe me pills that wreck my liver and makes me vomit (happened to me in the past) .
So I ended up seeing an aesthetician that happened to practice TCM. Pic related
idk according to this chart i should have cirrosis then, when my liver is doing top notch and i barely put any stress on it.
feels like bullshit.
anon are you still 13 because those face mapping stuff have been proven to be lies.
Jfc i cant believe there are adults who believe in that..you must be low iq digit
I bought a milder cleanser, hopefully that one's better.
But the Hada Labo does have a pretty fluid gel like texture…? I kind of feel like a "normal" white moisturizer (no idea how to describe it) would be the best, anything else like this one and other gels I've tried before never worked for me.>>137121
I guess I'll have to listen to you, anon. It's gotten even worse, for the first time I ever have acne on my forehead and real pimples on my cheeks, not just a few small whiteheads on my chin like before…and it feels itchy too. It just sucks because I was finally willing to put in time, money and effort and now it doesn't work.
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Is anyone into mists? I just ran out of pic related and loved it deeply but it's $30+ and if I'm going to shell out that much for mist, I'd like to try different ones before I get hung up on this one.
Thinking of trying Caudalie Beauty Elixir next
Holy shit, 61?? She looks amazing.
Too bad I can't get retin-a over the counter and will have to use meh retinoids instead.
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has anyone used products like pic related, 'blackhead remover vacuum' or 'pore cleaners'. Any good results? Worth investing in? Complete con?
Smh this looks like fungal acne, you should wash your face twice a day. That curology formula is great for your problem but you’re clearly not using it enough.>Sometimes I’ll apply my curology formula
Well apply it more often, don’t be lazy. Anyway if you cancel it and want to get rid of that get a sulfur mask or soap and maybe get a different moisturizer, I heard the cerave causes break outs for a lot of people.
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What on gods green earth is causing this? It first appeared when I had sepsis in 2017. It itches and sometimes it becomes raised and red. It used to be about just the size of small angel wings between my shoulder blades but has spread into this monstrosity. I couldn't find anything online that really explains my symptoms…
Other than seeing a derm,
Caprylic acid supplement, hibiclens wash. sunlight.
-anon who dealt with this shit before
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Does anyone here have any experience with snail cream for scars and general skin care?
Closed comedones? Or really slight purging due to the bha?
If your face wasn't red before the slow down a bit, worst case scenario would be a chemical burn or something.>>137610
Tbh everyone that I know uses it loves it. I personally haven't tried it.
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Does anyone have lines like these? Growing up I had a bad habit at rubbing my eyes very hard and now I'm just starting to realize that I probably fucked with the skin there.
I'm only 20 and unless I get some filler or something I worried that I'll look like I'm 10 years old by the time I'm 25. Is there anyway I can reduce the lines or do I just continue with the undereye cream? My other eye isn't nearly as bad.
Those are from having deep set eyes in your skull, its genetic.
I think surgery or fillers are the only fix tbh.
Honestly, I'm probably just hyper focusing in on it. If it's not my eyes it's my nose or other weird shit I don't like about my body.
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I'm white with yellow-greenish (?) undertones and my eyes always have this dark circle around them. Of course it's not visible if I use makeup but it makes me look so tired when I don't use foundation.
I read that it's genetic but does anyone know if there's other factors to it?
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Does anyone else break out when they use niacinamide? I've tried The Ordinary's niacinamide twice now and each time I've broken out within a week. It's not the kind of product that would cause purging, but it's also not the kind of product that would be comedogenic, so I have no idea why this keeps happening to me. My skin is cursed.
I personally use it only few times per week unlike some people who are able to wear it am and pm. It helps with redness but if I use too much it seems to break me out a bit.
The only suggestion I can give is to use a bit less of it and see how it goes. Sucks that so many products are such a gamble.
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What’s the deal with the skin around my chin, it’s so much more bumpy and textured then anywhere else. I’m happy with the skin of my face except for this one area. I have a bottom heavy face anyway so the worst skin texture makes me even more self conscious about it. Any suggestions or advice?
this kind of texture without pimples/closed pores is usually caused by diet. First offender is usually dairy. To be safe, cut sweets. And less meat if that's possible for you. >>137772
imo not worth the possibility of ripping off your skin which leaves a scar that will fade or not… Mine mostly did but the skin is a bit different there still, and it's been months. I used to wax my moustache but honestly never again.
It'll be overwhelming wherever you start, so at first don't go out and buy a thousand products lol
I really liked the r/SkincareAddiction guide to Ahas, bhas, skin types etc
https://www.mamamia.com.au/dark-circles-eyes-pinch-test-dr-dennis-gross/>“The truth of the matter is, there’s two basic categories[talking about dark circles and bags] – one is actual pigmentation in the skin, the other is skin that’s thin and shows the dark veins and fat pads underneath… they’re two problems,” Dr Gross tells Hughes.>So, how do you know if you’ve got dark circles OR under eye bags? According to Dr Gross, the easiest way is to try a little something called ‘the pinch test’.>“What you want to do is take your skin [under the eye] and gently lift it up. When you lift it up, look at what happens to the colour of the skin at the dark circle,” he says.>“If when you lift it up, off the skin’s structures… the pigmentation does not change and it stays brown, it’s telling you that pigmentation is the primary problem. If when you lift it up, it all of sudden comes back to a normal colour, you know it’s because the skin is too thin and more transparent.”
So apparently I'm the latter, my undereye skin is too thin so I would need some product with hyaluronic acid and vitamin C to build collagen.
Anyone with the same issue? What are you using? Did you see an actual improvement?
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What's a good alternative for this toner? (I'm talking asian toners, not western toners) I liked it, but I find it a bit expensive for how basic it is.
I have cystic acne around my jawline that isn't caused by food and I finally found something that works. It's worth a shot, anon.
Differin for $10 at Walmart. I put a thin layer over my jaw, chin, and forehead and after a month my shit is crystal clear. I did have to go through purging which was not fun by any means but very much worth it.I used it after my moisturizer once over 3 days as I have sensitive skin but you should be able to just feel it out.
Also, you HAVE to wear sunscreen. Learned that the hard way.
I've been breaking out really badly during quarantine and it's starting to be pretty upsetting. My skin feels really dry too, and lucky me, I've got eczema as well as chronic acne, so my skin goes between being really dry and painful and broken out as fuck. Too often both at the same time. I think it might be partially due to stress/hormones but is it possible for allergies to trigger acne? It's triggering the irritation on my skin, there's been tons of pollen and taking allergy medicine actually made the irritation go down. Idk if I already posted earlier in the thread and didn't get a reply or if I deleted and didn't post but I'm basically at a loss trying to nuke my acne while I have dry as fuck skin. I use oils (mostly argan or hemp seed, I've been trying sweet almond and have used coconut before) or Un-Petroleum when I'm not too broken out to seal the moisture in when my skin is really irritated, and CeraVe cream otherwise. I don't know if the CeraVe could be breaking me out, since a lot of anons had that issue, but in my experience it didn't make my acne worse before. I lay off the oils when I'm really broken out or try it and watch how my skin reacts before using it too heavily, so I don't think it's the oil/un-petroleum. Right now it's only going onto the skin around my eyes/cheekbones, and usually I only put it there unless my whole face is going off the shits with irritation and my normal moisturizer burns. I'm getting these nasty cysts on my chin and forehead and smaller pimples on my torso, neck, and cheeks. I think part of my problem is a lack of consistency, but I've been trying to be more consistent since my skin is really suffering. Could any anons recommend something good for cystic acne but gentle enough not to fuck with my eczema/dry skin? I'm already on topical prescription medications (adapalene 0.3%/benzoyl peroxide 2.5% for the morning, clindamycin phosphate 1.2%/tretinoin 0.025% for the evening) and have been for years. And yet…I feel like my skin is still out of control, it gets bad under stress but since going from irl college, really stressed but getting out more/probably healthier, to locked inside and in online college, it's been worse. I don't think I can go on accutane now in the current situation because it requires regular tests, but I'm considering it more…I've tried different masks/treatments on the side, but it feels like I can't figure out a routine that will both work and be something I can stick to.
Not as important, but I also would love recommendations for eye creams or any nice treatments. I was using an expensive cream before bc I got a sample cheaply, but don't really have that much to blow on it (it is at least $60 for a jar of what I had…) I use straight oils/unpetroleum or my face moisturizer otherwise, but I feel like there may be better options. I have a vitamin C serum that includes hyauluronic acid that I apply sometimes (since it's good for pigmentation/scars and had a good list of ingredients that seemed potentially beneficial to my eye area) and less often do under eye masks. I'm trying to reduce/prevent wrinkles and pigmentation, but am a little scared of using the trentoin gel regularly in case it makes my eczema worse around the eyes or somehow makes the dark circles worse.
I'm really sorry that this is so long and idk if anyone will read all of this lmao, I thought more info would be better than less since everyone's skin has different combinations of issues and thought that maybe someone who has dealt with this and has similar issues/skin to mine would have some insight.
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Anyone uses this? Does it really shrink your pores?
Nothing shrinks your pores.
However, exfoliating chemicals can reduce appearance of pores and make it seem like they have shrunk.
Tanning lotions that you rub on and after a bit wash it off. Easier to get an even tan then spray tan.
Jergen natural glow is a lotion that over time natural builds up a tan. So the lotion has a bit of time and has a little bit of slimmer to simulate a tan. This is the one I used to use
azaelic acid on eye area?! dude no
all of those are too intense for eye skin (vit C in high suspension). It's too thin and delicate, you're going to fuck it up more this way. Just moisturize, hialuronic acid + eye cream. Try those massaging rollers. Sometimes the wrinkles are from the way we sleep, you're squashing your face into the pillow which creases the eye skin. Silk pillow covers are the best and try to pay attention how you sleep (not an easy thing to do lol).
AND drink more water & fix your sleeping schedule. Every insomniac I know have fucked up eyes lol sorry, get pills if you can
hi yes I've waxed my face before. I have thick sideburns and so have only waxed in that area. tbh it was fine, if a little painful (though waxing my legs I found far more painful). I don't know what kind of wax you use but I just used the kind that come in those packs where no heat is involved other than a little friction to warm it up. the only reason I don't use this method any more is because you have to wait for the hair to grow back in to a certain length.
my only issue was the pain (tho bearable), the fact it left areas of slight residue wax I had to use an oil to remove the leftover bits. if you're just removing peach fuzz (and not thick, dark hair like mine) you might have a different experience. DO BE WARNED THOUGH I know it's technically impossible as hair growth doesn't work this way, but I could've sworn the hair grew back in thicker, not such a huge problem for my already hirsute ass but might be something to bear in mind.
Yeah I was a skincare noob and while I read up a lot on the effects I'm not very sure on technique/application (also I wanna clarify holy crap I didn't put the acid on my upper eyelids but I did used to put it like… across my cheeks and cheekbones and creeped up from there if that makes sense). Is sunscreen okay to put in those eye areas?
But thanks for the self care reminder, I suppose it's really called beauty sleep for a reason. Hopefully it won't get any worse, I know I'm grumbling rn about tiny lines, I know when I'm 40 I'd murder to keep my current face.
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I'm 21 and have these really deep creases and wrinkles on my eyebags. It has gotten worse than before. What do I do anons? I use sunscreen, moisturize my skin and use the ordinary caffeine solution.
Has anyone had the same problem? What eye creams would work the best?
I've been taking the powder version + some other stuff inside. Didn't really do shit after 2-3 months.>>138660
That's just skin. It's normal
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What to do when your forehead looks like this? I have large ass pores and oily skin that makes them even more noticeable - plus, it looks like there are mini bumps all over it if I look at it under certain lighting, even though I don't have any acne. When I try to "spread" my forehead skin horizontally with two fingers, the pores flatten and my forehead looks normal. Is there any way I can treat this without resorting to expensive laser treatments?
Looks and sounds like what I had.
AHA, heavy moisturizer, hyaluronic acid and sunscreen helped.
My skin was just reeeally dehydrated and I also thought it was oily at first. The oilyness went away after a few months of lots of moisturizing.
I don't know, I've been using a multi-oil product for months and my derm seemed to disagree with my choice of using oil to fight oil. I bought it because a girl recommended it to me saying it fixed her oily skin, but on me it didn't do anything sadly. It's got meadowfoam oil and argan oil, plus vitamin E and other two types of oils, just in case you want to know.
I've had very oily skin since puberty, and my skincare routine used to have more products until two years ago when I cut some products down because they brought me no benefit and only broke me out. Right now it's very simple, it's just >mild cleanser/micellar water>moisturizer
Then I either apply that oil product, or use a salicylic acid one on my T zone because I noticed that it stops the sebum for… about one hour.
Right now all I want to fix is the oily skin, then if possible the dilated pores on nose, forehead and part of the cheek near the nose. I also have a strange problem where my skin gets red after frowning or smiling. But my derm is clueless, and so am I.
i had a question about AHA usage! i've just started using the pixi glow tonic alternate days in the AM (i know it's expensive. will purchase an alternative from TO most likely once this bottle is finished), it's been a week.
i use the AHA toner by itself, once it dries up i top off with neutrogena water gel.
it seems to work really well on my texture and overall dullness, but it's also giving me large, closed pimples around the center and lower parts of my cheeks. i know this is the AHA that's causing it because
1. this is the only new product in my current routine
2. the pimples appear by evening-ish on the day i've applied AHA, and kind of harden up by the next morning which is a non-AHA routine.
3. the pimples don't go away, and a new one/two show up each day i apply the AHA.
does anyone know what's going on? is it the AHA, or the moisturizer aint sitting right with it? did you face problems like this with AHA?
i read this as baby lotion and was fucked up for a solid minute>>139069
the one thing that's been helping everything from my smoker's lips to budding crow's feet to old white thigh stretch marks, is the body shop amazonian multi-purpose balm
it's the best thing i've ever tried for my lips, maybe give it a shot?
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Do these korean skin lightening products really work?
I have alot of dark spots from shitty cystic acne, i don't even pick at them but they leave dark marks anyways.
My face and neck are also darker than the rest of my body so evening everything would be nice.
Never even heard of it, thanks for mentioning it, anon, I'll try it.
I actually want to get laser treatment when I have "spare" money, but it's not gonna be soon.
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What is a good sunscreen for wearing with strappy sandals? I don't want to ruin the shoes with residue.
I don't use korean products specifically but I have other things with niacinamide and vitamin C in them which I think has helped. I've also been using kojie san soap for 3 years now. My face and neck are still darker than the rest of me but not as much.>>139091
where do people find laser/peel treatments? I have no idea where to look for procedures in general but I've been thinking about it.
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I'd give this Neutrogena spray a try. I really liked the cream version of this sunscreen because it would grip to my skin wet or dry and not be a slippery mess. To be real with you I've never used it with strappy sandals but it seems like the best option of all the sunscreens I've tried.
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I used this one last weekend at it was not greasy at all! I would still wipe the straps of the shoes down with a damp cloth and the tiniest bit of some mild soap
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Just wanted to tell y'all ladies.
After finding out that my favourite body cream (Light creme de corps, from Kiehl) was discontinued I decided that I would go with a different, cheaper brand just to try it out (I 've also used many Lush creams and they were ok). Especially since summer is coming I wanted my skin to shine like a Hawaiian goddess so I bought a pot of Palmer's Cocoa Butter and oh my GOD am I shining! Skin softer than a baby's butt. It looks so smooth , almost like photoshop, and for 1/4th (or less) than the price that I used to pay for the Kiehls one!
tl;dr if you want your skin to look shiny(in a natural healthy way) and beautiful buy this
I do and thats definitely normal. I didnt even notice I had them until that area under one of my eyes started itching like crazy and finally paid attention to that area.
Now Im having trouble because when I sweat a lot from exercise, the sweat tends to make that area dry and its itchy and then it gets swollen (so if that ever happens to you, just fyi don't scratch and put vaseline on it)
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I haven't had cystic acne in almost 2 years — until this bitch appeared literally overnight the other day. I managed to my acne under control with Curology a couple years ago, so I guess I'll start taking it again. In the past I only broke out on my forehead but now it's mainly my jaw/cheeks, which makes me feel like shit because I can't hide the marks with bangs.
Correct me if I'm wrong but from the two exfoliants and lack of a moisturizer I'm guessing you have oily skin.
Is there a reason you're using two exfoliating products? I purged like hell when I first started using a BHA and I was only using it every other day for the first month or so. I'd be concerned that it might be too much and could break you out and dehydrate your skin. Also I'd get a moisturizer and use a smaller amount of your serum under it.
I have Dyshidrotic eczema on a couple of the joints on my fingers, as well as in between them. Essentially the areas just gets all red and itchy and then I end up getting a bunch of tiny blisters and swelling. I used to participate in a medicinal study where I got to test out a new eczema ointment and that used to help a lot, but now that I've finished my study I'm not allowed to use the ointment anymore so my blisters have come back. Have any farmers dealt with this before and found a way to combat it? I've read online that a diet change might help, but some people say reducing flour is the solution while others say reducing dairy or sugar, so I'm not really sure what works.
Any advice would be appreciated! also sucks for my eczema that I have to wash my hands so often because of the pandemic kek
maybe it's the oils from your skin, not the dirt?
Anyway, facial yoga isn't good for your skin, is it?
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I went through this same thing. It's so good. This is what I use now bc it was cheaper at the store and I like it more than Pond's. It smells like old ladies while you're putting it on but it goes away when you rinse. The eucalyptus is good for moisture. Now I pay more attention to maintaining my skin barrier ever since switching to these creamy cleansers. >Using eucalyptus may improve dry skin by increasing its ceramide content. Ceramides are a type of fatty acid in your skin that's responsible for maintaining its barrier and retaining its moisture
Double post but whoops, you were talking abt Cerave not Pond's
My point still stands tho lol
there are a few good alcohols, so no need to give up on something just because you see alcohol in it. They're mostly used to additionally boost the protective barrier of your skin which is especially important in case of SPF protection, you want to be shielded from that sun. Most common good alcohols used are cetyl, cetearyl, lauryl and glycol, read up on it, it's really worth researching skincare ingredients.
As for fragrance it doesnt have to be bad, same as lack of fragrance doesnt mean it's good. Good idea is to look how far up is it on ingredients list, because closed to the end of it, the less of a given ingredient is there. If it's one of the last ingredients, I wouldn't worry much about it.
Sorry I should have specified that I meant the drying/bad ones.>>140926
Fragrance supposedly is bad though, I did research on that too, apparently even if you don't notice problems on the short term it's still harmful in the long term just like how you don't see that the sun damages you right away..
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I ran out of facial sunscreen recently, but due to corona I couldn't get a new one so I started using this and?? I don't know what black magic is in this thing, the ingredients don't even seem to be good for your face but it's made my skin look better than ever. I've made no other lifestyle changes so I think it may be this.
I had basically the same question, I'm a bit clueless when it comes to skincare because I have pretty easygoing skin that has rarely broken out and as long as I use halfway decent products daily it stays clear, but I've noticed ever since turning 25 my face (and body in general lol) is so much harder to keep looking youthful. I'm hesitant to start on anti-aging creams because idk, I'm only in my 20's??? but I'm so tired of having nasty cellulite and fine lines that crept up on me and are not not going away. I also still have little pock marks (scarring I guess?) on one of my cheeks where I had a random bad breakout a few years ago that I was told would heal but the texture is still very much there :/ my mom handed down a pretty high quality undereye night cream and it literally doesn't do shit. feel like all I can do is start taking way more collagen/ vitamins and trying my best to sleep and exercise more, which I've been doing, but I'm impatient lol
anyway tl;dr sorry for rambling but if anyone has had a great experience with an effective anti-aging/ firming/ whatever skincare product I am down for whatever works at this point and am willing to spend maybe up to mid-high range if I have to but would like to keep it affordable, pls lmk if you have suggestions! my skin type is combination i guess? and I'm not allergic to products. I mostly use like keihl's/ mario badescu stuff and just bought a semi-cheap collagen moisturizer
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So first of all with all the under-eye cream, even professionals say they barely give any visible results. Hydration / protection from the sun is best you can have - and it's important!- but anything more than that can be only achieved with aesthetic medicine treatments.
This said, being in your 20s it's the best time to start thinking of your skin aging, because it's far easier to slow the process down that to reverse stuff that already happened. It doesn't mean you have to spend fortune on anti-aging brands, just like you said yourself look into vitamins and never forget your SPF/UVA/UVB protection. Vitamin C is your friend, I love The Ordinary Ascorbyl Glucoside Solution 12%, had issues with post-breakout redness that would stay there for months and regular use of vit C helped a LOT with that.
A lot of people say Retinol works wonders for them, personally I don't know because my skin is too weak to handle it, but it has confirmed anti-aging results. You'd have to read a bit more about how to use it though because allowing the skin to get used to retinol is a whole process, starting with low percentage and slowly building your way up.
Aside from that, obv hydration, hyaluronic acid products are great but drink a lot of water also, as mundane as it sounds.
overall no need to go too crazy but you'll definitely benefit from starting to pay attention at your current age.
thank you! I already tend to drink water like a fish but I'll have to try some of those products. interesting, I didn't realize retinol had a whole process, I thought it was just a regular ingredient like vit c or collagen.
still wish I could do more about my fine lines though, they look shallow enough to just be from sleeping weird but they aren't going away and they're like the only flaw I can't effectively cover with makeup, like concealer just makes them stand out more? if any anons have a holy grail magic undereye concealer let me know lol
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I’m so sorry you’re having an allergic reaction anon. I always use pic related on my face and never break out, i spend all day every day outside so i use it a lot. I should also mention i follow the “caveman regimen”/water only and it comes off in the shower fine. hope your skin clears up soon!
>>141251>I've noticed ever since turning 25 my face (and body in general lol) is so much harder to keep looking youthful.
I haven't yet turned 25 but recently I've noticed the same thing. It's not like I have wrinkles but my overall elasticity went downhill, my upper eyelid/brow area is becoming saggier and I noticed a decrease of plumpness especially in my upper cheeks.
I've been using anti aging products for quite a while already tho, so maybe it's just my shit genetics.
it's a serum so you treat is as any other serum, take 2-3 drops, and gently massage into your skin, though there are various ways of applying these, you'd have to see what you like best.
Vitamin C is used to strenghten the skin and help with regeneration, it definitely does the latter for me, before using vit C it would take weeks to reduce blemishes. In general it's always listed as something that helps to keep the skin smooth, soothed and evenly-colored. Honestly it's the only ingredient which which i've seen a drastic improvement on my own face so I'd always recommend it. The ordinary worked for me best but there are other good vit c products too.
>>141442>I noticed a decrease of plumpness especially in my upper cheeks.
Idk if this is out of the question but I've found that gaining an extra 5-10 lbs can do wonders for my face. Outside of that, I'm in my 30s so I feel you. I just try to load up on water, moisturizer, and retinol cream at night.>>141251>I also still have little pock marks (scarring I guess?) on one of my cheeks where I had a random bad breakout a few years ago that I was told would heal but the texture is still very much there
Have you ever read about microneedling? It could help with this issue and used in combination with the right products I've read it can be an effective treatment for scarring.
thank you anon, I'll give it a try!
Thanks anon! That seems to be something that I was looking for. I'm still not sure if I should use a bb cream or if I should go for some tinted moisturizer. I just want something lightweight and to even out my skin tone without clogging pores and feeling cakey.
The price is really good too.
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can anyone tell me if these are good to buy? I do like foam cleansers but my skin is a bit sensitive, if these arent good is there any other cheap good products out there?
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My skin is naturally very dry and sensitive and I've tried everything. The only cleanser that doesn't make my face feel stiff is this Vanicream one that's less than $10.
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I hace very dry skin.
I started used this (Natura Siberica Nourishing Facial Mask) daily about a year ago. After a week, I stopped being all flaky around the brows and nose.
The flakes come back if I stop applying it for more than 2 consecutive days.
Also, the bottle says you should use it as a mask twice a week (kek) but I put this shit on every day and my skin is all nice and hydrated.
Shout out to all my lizard peeps.
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I really like the cerave hydrating cleanser, not a foam cleanser but it's really nice and gentle on sensitive skin
nta but I'm always used to not seeing most products mentioned ITT in my country but this one actually is. Thanks^^
you're actually going to be fine for a lot longer and i can assure you that no one but you notices the 'changes'.
don't smoke, drink water, get a scrip for retin-a, stay out of the sun.
that's the best skincare advice tbqhwyf
"hitting the wall" is really a harsh way to put it. There's always a way to look a lot younger than expected for your age after you hit 30 (which is still not old btw). But I do agree that anons should expect to not be exempted from the aging process. It sucks that women are judged a lot harsher on their appearance but the key is not to put too much weight on it either. So many older women in their 40s and so on look so much better than the men in the same age brackets but I think that at that point your values should be a lot different than what they are now.
Thanks for coming to my ted talk.
I'm not buying it. Your posts scream incel.
For the record, your cells/collagen don't "begin to die permanently", stupid. They just renew slower as you age. They still renew even in old age. Also, according to studies in the literal textbook of cosmetic dermatology, men in general age like shit compared to women. For all MGTOW talk about muh collagen, muh lower fat percentage and muh thicker skin you sure refuse to ignore the fact that it's the very reason you age like shit, setting aside the tragedy that is male pattern baldness and your sad excuse for a sperm count at 35.
>The degree of facial wrinkling is affected by gender. In men, forehead wrinkles were increased in all age groups as compared with women. However, no gender-dependent differences were found in upper eyelid wrinkles. Other facial wrinkles were greater in men than in women in all except the oldest group (65–75 years)
>Photographs and dermal elasticity measurement by cutometer showed that the morphology, areas of sagging, and elasticity in male faces are similar to those in females in the cheek, but sagging at the lower eyelid is more severe in males after middle age.
>A positive effect of estrogens on stratum corneum hydration and wrinkles was demonstrated when estriol or estradiol cream was applied.
>Study demonstrated a lower baseline transepidermal water loss in women compared with men, but after irritation similar values in both sexes
>Botulinum toxin is injected into the muscles underneath the skin and causes a long-lasting paralysis and relaxation of those muscles. The fact that this has such a dramatic effect on the appearance of the wrinkle proves that deep wrinkles are not simply a phenomenon of changed properties of the skin but rather are an effect of the entire integumentary system including not only the dermis but also the subcutaneous fat and muscle layers.
>Collagen fibers become less well organized and the collagen itself undergoes chemical changes including crosslinking that reduce its mechanical exibility. Repeated imperfect collagen repair can lead to “scar-like” patches of stiff, aligned collagen. When the skin is excised, the wrinkle opens and partially disappears — obvious evidence that major wrinkles are under compression and in part maintained by the properties of the surrounding skin.
TLDR: Blow it out your ass and go get some Botox, Greggy.
Collagen only really affects fine lines, and that can be remedied very easily with topical retinoids, vitamin C, or just moisturizing diligently.
Other factors that increase aging are smoking, drugs and alcohol, sun damage, sleep, diet, stress, hormones (that's why tims always claim their skin is much softer when they start taking hormones, but not the other way around), skin sensitivity, etc.
A common scrote talking point is cherrypicking examples from celebrities (usually former crackheads like LiLo) or saying how his dad looks like a strapping young man while his mother is a shriveled old crone, ignoring the fact that his mom was probably exhausted as hell raising kids without the help from his dad, or perhaps she too does crack, which I don't blame her for since I'd do my same if I gave birth to an internet incel.
"The Wall" is a made-up term used by bitter men to neg women and rush them into settling for a loser. Don't fall for scrote tactics and don't have kids with men approaching 40, lest you also become parent to an autistic incel in the future.
You're right on all counts and especially about this>"The Wall" is a made-up term used by bitter men to neg women and rush them into settling for a loser.
Women need to remember that men are always actively working to create a huge pool of desperate girls who think that a) marriage and kids are the only way to be happy, and b) they're on a very restricted time limit to get marriage and kids. There is a time when you can't have kids, but it's much later than men would have you think. A desperate girl will both work to improve herself and lower her standards for men, it's a big win for them hence the constant fear mongering.
Maybe it's just extremely sensitive? My skin was so bad for so long and I thought the papules and rashes that appeared were acne. Turns out it was just irritation, and everything irritated it, even the stuff "for sensitive skin."
I switched to Avene milk cleanser (but once that's empty I'll switch to YTTP superfood cleanser because the Avene one has fragrance) and Laneige's Cica Sleeping Mask as a moisturizer and that's all I used until all the irritation healed. Now I still use those but my skin will tolerate mandelic acid from The Ordinary every other day, which really helps with my forehead texture. Dermalogica's ultracalming line is also good stuff, I used to really like their cleanser and barrier repair, but they've reformulated a couple of times since I've used it so I don't know how good it still is.
I also only use flouride-free toothpaste because I get perioral dermatitis. Flouride can fuck sensitive skin up bad, might be worth trying Tom's of Maine or a charcoal toothpaste.
Use vitamin C in the morning and AHA in the evening a few times per week instead of retinol. Vitamin C decreases your skin's photosensitivity, AHA increases it. Using all those actives might be destroying your lipid barrier if you have bumpy skin or acne. Give them a rest for a while to see how your skin reacts.
What strength vitamin C do you use? Don't use too much. Don't use over 10% AHA either.
Your cleanser is bad if your skin feels tight after cleansing, try out a moisturizing cleanser like CeraVe gentle.
Seems like a very specific coincidence that my moderate acne stopped after cutting out all refined sugar and only flares up when I accidentally consume some, regardless of my cycle.
I would never say it works for everyone or even most, but the causation is very clear in my case. >>142051
Sorry, I shouldn't have lumped severe in there.
And I'm not blaming anyone for acne, I apologize if it came off that way. I also walked around feeling like shit for my skin and thinking everyone saw me as a filthy grease goblin despite it being out of my control so I get it.
Sorry to you both if you think I'm spreading big lies out of malice, that's not the case. I just wanted to share my experience as well in case it could help someone who is hesitant to go on accutane/BC and doesn't mind giving up some dietary stuff. Maybe it could be a last push to stick to it and they'd find relief, too.
Ascorbyl Glucoside Solution 12% works well for me, it's not THAT much different than other vit C serums but somehow it was quicker to see results with this one as opposed to different brand I used in the past. (Liqpharm, I think it's only in Poland)
100% squalane is great also but you can't do wrong with squalane, so it's not that much thanks to the brand.
Overall TO has very good ingredients for it's price level, thus many positive opinions; it's no miracle solution to everyone's problems though and if it was more expensive people would definitely expect more from it.
Thanks for the recommendations anon, I will look into those products (tho sadly the ordinary doesn't ship to my country for some odd reason).>>142055
I split up the vitamin c and the bha/aha because the vitamin c I use states that you shouldn't use it after exfoliators or bha/aha. I use the one from klairs and it's only 5%, the bha/aha toner is from cosrx and doesn't state how many percent…?
I found a cleanser that is absolutely not drying at all but I feel like it might actually be too mild, sometimes it also makes my skin slightly itchy.
I have super bad dermatitis/ ecsema in between my breasts, scalp, face, ands now spread to my genitals and in my navel.
idk but for some reason I have it really under control on my scalp and face ( I exclusively use only t-gel on my scalp and apple cider vinegar rinses and use eucrisa on my face when needed)
in between my breasts its went away for a while but then would come back, ive tried eucrisa, steroids, adapaline ect and its still there and its spreading, same with my genitals but they started within the last month or so. I can't obviously apply eucrisa everywhere and it seems to do nothing for my breasts, im not putting that shit on my coochie.
I feel hopeless tbh, I dont know what's causing this flare up or why its spread and im so embarrassed by it. im literally pulling balls of my own dead skin out of my underwear and the smell is so terrible it makes me disgusted with myself. my bf has no sense of smell and says he docent care but its really affecting me. idk what's wrong with me I just want normal skin. I shower every day like my doctor tells me to, I just dont know what to do. I feel worthless.
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I'm so sorry to hear, my partner's been dealing with that since birth and it is not a fun ride when it wants to flare up. Are you able to see a dermatologist? Your doctor is an idiot because showering will just be irritating the skin more (especially if it's hot!). His dermo as well as prescribing some meds and topical treatments, told him it'd be best if he just bathed with this stuff taking about half an hour to soak in the lukewarm water and oil mix, and use a small amount as shampoo/conditioner too. It's worked out well enough that he doesn't need to be doing it every night anymore, but the meds are the most important part unfortunately. The oil is a soothing method.
I know this post is old but I was just scrolling and had a flashback>blackhead remover vacuum
NO GOOD if you bruise easy, I gave my entire face a hickey and removed zero blackheads
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alright gals so i've had this red bump on my nose for like 4+ years, straight up. it looks like pic included in size and redness, and is located on the left side of my nose bridge. between a freckle and a pimple, i'd say its more akin to a pimple. it's delicate and will bleed heavily when scratched or open.
this shit has been on my face for over 4 years and no amount of moisturizers or creams have made it go away. it hasn't grown in size but it varies in redness. should i just spend the money and get it checked at a derm? im not hypochondriac but i worry bout cancer…
Anon!! I'm using tretinoin 0.05% and I've been having a VERY similar issue. I'm pale but I've never been prone to freckles or sun spots, I've only gotten a couple ones over a lifetime of not wearing sunscreen (I got my shit together with sunscreen before getting on tretinoin though). But now a year into tretinoin, I'm finding new sun spots that I swear weren't there before. I wear spf 50 everyday even when at home, so idk what's up with that.
My theory is that I might be having problems when reapplying sunscreen, because idk how to properly reapply when I have makeup on.
So on that note I wanted to ask how do you guys reapply sunscreen over makeup? Is powder sunscreen the only option? Because they're pretty expensive here ($40 to $70) and they're TINY.
Use a serum with Vitamin C, it's good for hyper pigmentation.
Also be careful when applying sunscreen daily, make sure you cover everything and remember to reapply throughout the day if you can
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I fucking hate my eyes. I hate my eyes so much. I’m only 24 and I look like I’m 40. Idk what I did to deserve this shit genetic shit. I really don’t know if there’s any hope for me. I really just want to die. I feel so ugly.
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I've used to wearing Bioré UV Aqua Rich Watery Essence SPF 50+ PA++++ inhale but a friend brought me the gel as a souvenir and even though I've used it before, it feels so much heavier and tackier compared to the essence. I've truly fucked myself over, ordered a new essence one and will ofc use up the gel but at what price anons.
I love you bitches.
Yeah y’all I literally took this pic at the most unflattering angle possible. I also used FLASH so that probably made things look a lot worse. You guys are so kind. Idk. I just compare myself to other people way too often. Also one little kid yesterday told me I looked 40 …
I wish I were comfortable in my own skin.
Self love is a journey.
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awe, you don't look ugly anon, plenty of men would find you attractive, you just have to avoid the pornmebois.(emoji)
I’ll die for you my goddess.. >>143261
Nooooo my queen. Banned for stupid reasons. I will avenge you
To make things on topic I bought a bunch of shit from Paulas choice. I think it’s the skin plumping back or something. It came with four products.
A serum, a peptide booster, an exfoliant, and an eye cream. I swear to god Anons, I got the box and it was so small. 130 something dollars for all this shit better be worth it, if it don’t do shit I’m gonna find Paula myself, and I WILL make sure my skin is clear and youthful, even if I need to get blood on my hands.
I’m kind of mad at myself tho cuz the peptide booster spilt a little. Ugh. Whatever. There’s still some in there and I guess some things just happen.
Have you seen my face though?I'm only 19 and I've had very hollow dark circles and fine lines around my eyes since I was 13
Heck at least you can use foundation to cover them,i can't
Has anyone tried this? Basically it says that (studies show that) acne doesn't exist in places where people don't follow a Western diet, therefore the Western diet causes acne. It says to:
- eliminate dairy
- eliminate foods with a high glycemic load
- eat less omega 6 fatty acids and more omega 3 fatty acids (1-3:1 is recommended)
- eat more foods with vitamins A, D and E
I have noticed before when I started consuming an ungodly amount of milk for breakfast my skin suddenly became much, much worse and when I stopped doing that my skin went back to it's normal amount of acne in like a week or so. So I don't doubt there's definitely a relation there. But commiting a 100% to this diet is difficult (I don't have the financial means to move out rn or buy all of my own food so I'm somewhat bound to what my parents decide to eat).
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Im recovering from an tooth extraction with dry socket so I ended up having to be on an antinflammatory and antibiotic combo for like 3 weeks, and jesus h christ my skin has never looked better, i struggled with cystic acne most of my life and now i don't have a single pimple, honestly i even ditched my skincare because i just wake up with perfect skin, its just insane.
How the fuck do I make this last after I stop the meds?
Dairy is actually a very common offender, not saying you should never eat any dairy ever but it's recommended to just stop eating any dairy at all for about 2 weeks and see if anything changes. 2 weeks is not a big commitment so maybe worth trying?>>143078>I use Hawaiian Tropic and I never noticed any residue
I bought Hawaiian Tropic satin protection lotion after your recommendation and damn, it has the best smell ever, like milk with vanilla. So summery and relaxing, love it!!
Im quite bummed out after doing some research and seeing that antibiotics are used as a pre treatment when people go in accutane, which im not allowed to take due to gastrointestinal issues.
Back to the acne life it seems….
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I'm pretty much satisfied with my skin already, it's not particularly dry or oily, and I don't do anything to my skin, but I hear I need to do stuff to my skin right now so that my skin won't go to shit when I'm in my 30s. What am I supposed to do?
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Is there any long term downsides to consistently inflaming my skin every 10-14 days? Whenever I dermaplane, my skin gets inflamed, but it's the best method of getting rid of facial hair for me. Is there anything I can do to stop this inflammation?
Retin-A isn't going to hurt you, but crappier side effects can involve dryness and peeling. People usually avoid this by starting out with a lower strength (0.01 - 0.03%) then getting higher concentrations as their skin adapts to it. Lower percentages will still work but take longer to show results. People usually cap out at 0.1%.
If you're in the U.S. it's tough to get hold of in the first place. You have to get it prescribed by a dermatologist although you can have that done over the internet through services like Curology and Apostrophe. Personally I just order mine through an Indian pharmacy called ReliableRx. Cheaper and less hassle, no prescription required. They do require ID verification to protect against fraud but you can hide your ID number and I've never had any trouble with them stealing info or providing a bad product.
bumping my question in adifferent way this timehttps://www.tampabaytan.com/does-dha-damage-and-age-skin/
what do you think of this link
Not that anon but you’re peaking my interest. I fear aging but I have dry skin already and no acne. I guess I should just schedule a dermatologist appointment and ask them if they think it’s good for me?
Does anyone think getting facials is important regularly? I’ve never had one done but I heard kpop idols go like weekly to the dermatologist but for what treatments?
I have also heard of people using those micro needle rollers on various parts of the body to promote skin healing itself and reduce some fine lines and wrinkles. I saw success for women after pregnancy with stomach wrinkles using that method but does anyone do that for their face? Sorry for posting all my questions at once
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jawline acne is supposedly hormonal. i started to get it super bad (painful!) a couple years back and my derm said it happens to some women as they age. spiro cleared it up, but until that started working i was using this stuff with some success. it is very powerful though and what i would consider like a nuclear bomb it terms of topical treatments.https://www.amazon.com/Burts-Bees-Herbal-Complexion-Stick/dp/B001E6Q9IG
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What are some good retinal-A cream and high SPF sunscreen for the face that can be easily found cheap in the UK? I bought £34.99 of the stuff at boots and now I'm experiencing buyers remorset. I'll try to return it tomorrow.What are some cheaper alternatives so that I don't have to spend as much?
definitely not "all you need for good skin", but a start. Most men don't use anything so when they do bare minimal, the change seems big.
The actual minimal regimen is like >>143986
said, a facial cleanser (not soap) + a moisturizing cream, every morning and evening. Bonus: two times a week you should do a peeling/scrub. Throw in a clay face mask sometimes in the evening. Honestly I'd love if a guy wanted to do face masks with me during stay-in date so that's an idea
My skin doesn't feel irritated, I just get pimples too often for my liking, and my skin feels not smooth. I want nice cool smooth glowing skin. >>143991
Doing a mask with a SO sounds really cute, I agree. I don't really know what a peeling/scrub is, but I'll look into it. Thanks.
Honestly this general is as bad as any general on /fit/. Don't use hyaluronic acid or any acid when you go out/in the morning because it makes you sun sensitive. Use a proper light sunscreen instead. Before you go to bed it's better to use an acid. >>143992
Why do you get pimples? Because of shaving or do you just have acne prone skin? Either way a once a week scrub is really good for the skin, and there are serums made to prevent ingrown hair that actually worked for me lol. (I'm not a guy but i have pcos). If you have mild acne that just pop up randomly every once in a while a spot application of sulfur/retinol/acid/whatever works. If it's severe then you need to see a dermatologist.
I don't know where your pimples are but if they are on the region where your beard grows it must be that. Since I know hairy people suffer the most from those dotty stuff on the nose a bubble mask once a month and shaving it off once a week really kept it at bay. Be sure to not overscrub as i kinda implied but do cleanse your skin twice a day gently.>Charcoal Cleanser have acid in it?
Biore's does afaik. check the ingredients list.
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mostly I just enjoy the experience of getting spray tans, it's a luxury thing I guess, and it develops to a darker shade quickly which is good if you have an event or something. I get mystic tans. they have a purple tinted formula that isn't orange at all that I like. but since all salons have been closed i've been using tan luxe gradual, and I haven't gotten any on my clothes/sheets. I put it on at night. Haven't noticed about it coming off when I sweat, the only thing i've noticed is sometimes it turns out weird behind my knees from bending them
if you live near a salon that has membership packages you can often get a good deal on spray tans tbh
What's the problem, sir?>>144100
Not rich enough for that sadly tbh. But pic related looks amazing. I totally get why girls go for spray tans now. I guess my dazzling darkness will be achieved with cheap ol self tanners.
Idk im latina and seeing something (brown skin) im discriminated and was bullied for in school being treated as a luxury product for white chicks is kinda gross.
But I digress, im not going to start a race talk.
Uhm, yes im that dark im winter? Wtf have you ever met a non white person.
And yes Jessica Alba and Kim Kardashian are these white chicks, the Kardashians literally made their fame on skinwalking black and brown women and making it cool and trendy.
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So should white people just stop going out in the sun then? You're aware that white peoples' skin naturally darkens when they get sun right?
For me a self tanner was the most luxurious thing ever until you've conviced me otherwise lol but I definitely need to step my game up. The st moriz self tanner stained everything I wore/touched even if the color suited me very much. >gradual>>144112
does it look like pic up ^^ because that's the effect I'm going for.
also since you're experienced on self tanners, do you think dha sags the skin?
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Ok you seem to be absolutely retarded.
White Latin Americans Exist.
Kardashian is an Armenian surname, Armenia is on the border of eastern EUROPE and west asia.>>144112
No one gets 5 shades darker naturally bby
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Kim looks more brown than 90% of your average murican latinas lol
You sure don't sound very exotic and it must be because of that familiar calling ethnicities the color of crayons and lack of respecting other people's cultures and regions like they do in a certain asshole country. Latinas, black, white, brown LOVE spray tans just like they love brazillian butt lifts. But I guess your racist ignorant backwards pasty self was too busy doxing white kids on twitter no?>>144115
Not that hard to upkeep since I only need a weekly update. These days fake tans rarely looks dumb it seems and I'm a newbie to it.>>144116
very aryan because armenia is in europe also why are you white if you live in africa??!?!?!?!?!?!??!!?!
>You sure don't sound very exotic.
Oh im sorry am i supposed to not know proper english because im not white?
>lack of respecting other people's cultures and regions like they do in a certain asshole country. Latinas, black, white, brown LOVE spray tans just like they love brazillian butt lifts.
Your culture is? Painting your skin? To look as dark as as non-white people's skin?
>But I guess your racist ignorant backwards pasty self was too busy doxing white kids on twitter no?
Being this obviously racist and calling me racist.
It can take up to 8 weeks to see positive changes from that medication. Some people (on /r/skincareaddiction) report a 'purging period' where after they start using the retin a their skin gets worse before it gets better, with dry skin and breakouts.
I would say stick with it for at least 10 weeks, and apply it as directed, but sparingly (applying more than absolutely necessary won't help and will likely give you dry patched or even peeling skin). And wear sunscreen every day or you'll be harming your skin more than you'll be helping, as tretinoin increases your skin's sensitivity to the sun.
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Does anyone have any experience with this? I went kayaking last weekend and got a really bad farmers tan, and i want to even it out quickly
This is useful, thanks!!>>144318
What serum? If it was vit C it's a bit troublesome, but 2-3 h should be still ok.
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I constantly have bumps/whiteheads on the corner of the moustache area. How do i get rid of them? It's been a year and i don't know how to make them go away. Could it be because of waxing? Then what alternative should i use?
Worst that could happen during these few hours is that it would oxidize a bit which means it could be a tiny bit less effective. But it shouldn't spoil or anything, especially if you can't see any difference in color or consistency.>>144335
Very likely vaxing. Ideally, go without vaxing for at least a month and see what happens, if you really need to get rid of hair in that area, try using razor as gently as you can, maybe with some additional product for sensitive skin.
Retin-a may be too harsh for you. (Same thing happened to me.) It’s not an uncommon reaction, it’s a high grade product that can trigger
sensitivity quite easily.
I switched to focusing on AHA/BHAs and niacinamides and my skin is worlds happier. After all, if it’s causing inflammation it’s only going to worsen things.
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I've only used pic related since I'm already quite pale, and it works really well and was never too dark/orange. It turns orange if you apply too much in one area, it should be an even and thin layer.
Anon, I'm >>144497
and I'm eyeing TO's glycolic acid. How do you like it? Is it similar to their lactic acid 5% or is it completely different?
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Just how terrible an idea is dermarolling my face at home to deal with fine lines? Specifically nose to mouth smile lines. Pic is rando from internet but the before looks a lot like my issue. I've dermarolled scars away on my legs before and it worked extremely well but I'm a bit wary of doing my face. Has anyone here tried it before?
most skincare products (even the cheapest stuff) is usually specified for oily/dry/combination skin. same with factors on sunscreen, so i guess it's more about knowing your skin type.
I'm white but have thick dark hair, black hair care products like palmers coconut shampoo/conditioner are the only product thats actually battled my frizz.
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I have a somewhat bumpy forehead, but also I’ve recently started to notice wrinkles on my forehead, under my eyes and smile lines. I also feel like my nasolabial folds have become more noticeable. They’re not really severe problems and also partly natural but it seems like they would be simple to reduce if I knew anything about skincare. Most people my age don’t appear to have these problems so I feel there must be things I could improve in terms of skincare/lifestyle.
I never used to wear sunscreen, even in summer, or used many products except those for acne. Picrel for the first row is what I’ve started using and the second row is a product I’m considering ordering. I’ve also started to drink more water (at least 1000mL), tried to sleep more often, jog everyday, and to apply sunscreen every 2/3 hours (except when it’s the afternoon and I’m indoors).
I know I need to wait longer to see results but I just want to know if there’s anything else so could do it as soon as possible so my problems don’t get worse. Can anyone tell me if I’m on the right path and if this will help improve my problems? Is there anything else I should do or a product that would be useful? Is achieving extremely good skin possible or should I accept my genetics and just not bother? I’m not really sure how much skincare can help with this type of thing.
makes a good point about computer screens but you'd need a sunscreen that does UVA/B and blue light (I think that's what it's called)
It's not "genetics", you're just getting older, your bone structure is changing and you're losing facial fat, plus you yourself say you didn't wear sunscreen so no wonder you're getting wrinkles.
You sound like you're panicking, which you shouldn't be because this will happen to you eventually. Instead of slapping 100 different treatments on your face you should've used sunscreen religiously, moisturized more and slept more.
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Impulse bought this at Marshall's yesterday cuz my eye bags are out of hand. Has anyone used it? Should I use it? Simple Soothing Eye Balm.
Sad truth anon is that nothing will really help with eye bags except injections. Good to be moisturized tho!>>145325
You can have clogged pored and zits with any skin type, not just oily! From what you're saying it sounds like you're either normal or mixed so look gor cosmetics for either of these. Ideally, have an appointment with a cosmetologist, they would see you irl and advise based on exactly what you need, it helped me a lot with starting my skincare routine.
Not tried the brand myself but Purito has some supposedly good fragrance free sunscreen, it's a K beauty brand iirc.
I find that mineral sunscreens break me out less in comparison to chemical as well.
This website has been a goddamn godsend: https://incidecoder.com/
I figured out that my Korean sunscreen and lotion were breaking me the fuck out so I'll have to stop using those. I hope this website helps you anons!
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Not sure about that stuff but have you tried tea tree oil? It's anti-fungal. I have pic related and it's been pretty good to my skin.
Just a heads up to anyone with sensitive/eczema-prone skin, I had a terrible reaction to this sunscreen. It has great reviews and seems to be very well tolerated by most people so I stupidly bought it without checking the ingredients. Turns out it's absolutely loaded with Alcohol Denat., which is probably my number one eczema trigger
. Took me ages to get my skin back on track. It's probably fine if you're not especially sensitive, but if you are I recommend Purito sunscreens like >>145352
says. I'm using Jigott Snail UV Sunblock at the moment and that's been just fine as well.
I did but the products I was interested in got new formulations in 2020 and went to shit basically. They either got fragrance added or more acne triggering
I have similar issues, seen many doctors and since it's not permanent flushing/redness every doctor I saw would just dismiss me; idk maybe you'd have more luck but not unlikely it would happen to you too.
In general you know your triggers
so try to reduce them as much as possible - more lukewarm showers, less alcohol, I guess nothing you can do about orgasming. Check if you have any rosacea triggering
ingredients in your skincare / soaps, maybe that's a reason for your evening flushing. Azelaic acid is said to be a v good ingredient to reduce inflammation so you can look into products that have it, I'm testing it right now but it's a long process so can't say anything definitive about it's effectivenes on my symptoms. Also, sunscreen is a MUST.
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I just bought some stuff from The Ordinary. It has already been shipped, now I feel stupid because I just found out that a lot of the ingredients (polymers, chlorphenesin) are really bad for the environment. What are your opinions on this? (Sorry for the German screenshot)
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Soooo… I just bought some Clinique facial sunscreen and now I‘m wondering… Isn‘t the sunscreen itself gonna clog my pores? I‘m willing to try it but since I grew up in a household that was mostly anti sunscreen (“sun gives cancer, sunscreen does to, so why bother”) I’m skeptical at the same time. I know my parents were full of shit a lot of the time but I can find information supporting both the use of sunscreen and the theory that sunscreen causes cancer as well.
My personal schedule (sensitive, eczema-prone skin):
Retinol: The Inkey List serum every other night (I started at 1x per week, then 2x the next week and so on), but you'll want to adjust this depending on the strength of your retinol and the sensitivity of your skin. I have a small patch on my forehead that breaks out in eczema at the drop of a hat so I always try to avoid applying the retinol there.
Vitamin C: Every morning
AHA: 2x per week at night on non-retinol days
bio oil doesn't do shit. It's just a mix of mineral oils, plant derived oils, vitamins and fraganance oils. The active ingredient (PurCellin) is a substance made by ducks to coat their feathers (yes really) and there's no scientific basis that it does anything for scars or striae like Bio-Oil claims. >>146432
if you mean scars as in hyperpigmentation (brown spots usually), then anything that increases cell turnover rate and/or inhibits melanin production will help and even more importantly: use sunscreen, every single day.
Check this link: https://simpleskincarescience.com/pie-pih-acne-scar-treatment/
if you scroll down there's a list of ingredient and product recommendations that will do as described above.
Nta, vaseline locks in moisture - it's occlusive
Anyway, I've been using lactic acid for about a year now and been thinking about upping the %, but am wondering if going from 5% to 10% is perhaps too much?
The 5% one doesn't irritate my skin or anything but it seems like a big jump to take since it's double what it was.
Could any anons recommend some good quality exfoliating gloves (available in the UK)?
I've had a look online and judging by recent reviews under popular brands' gloves (like body shop or soap and glory) apparently their products have gone to shit.
On the other hand, Amazon has so many gloves on sale that even after reading reviews I honestly can't tell what's good and what's not, since opinions are so mixed.
I have an exfoliating towel, but 9 times out of 10 I just want to quickly go over a small area and using the towel is a hassle, so I don't even bother, and later regret it…
Dry skin anons, here’s your new routine! Purchase:
>Hada Labo Gokujun Moist (Rhoto or premium, they are both nice. Premium is a little thicker) it can be found cheap on amazon
>now brand grape seed oil or any other grape seed oil that is 100%, check the ingredients. I buy now from amazon
>Cerave facial moisturizing lotion. Sort of optional, but it’s good to have SPF and it’s a decent moisturizer on it’s own. Can be found at any drugstore
AM: splash water on your face and pat it dry with a towel only used on your face. Pat the Hada Labo into your skin, let it dry. If going outside slap that Cerave on top and let it set for a good long while before doing any makeup, of you wear it.
PM: gently wash your face with WATER ONLY (except maybe if you have bad acne) then pour some grape oil in your hand and massage it into your face, adding more water and working it in for a min or two. It’s almost like an oil cleanse, except we are going to skip the part where you wipe the oil off and just let our face air dry instead. You can also add some Hada Labo at the end of the wash, but I find it cuts through the oil and ruins the occlusion so I don’t.
Go to bed, wake up, and congrats! Your “I’m 20 and I have fine lines on my forehead?!” has been banished
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Recommend me an undereye cream please. I'd like one on the cheap side, possibly with retinol or hyaluronic acid in the formula.
I'm also looking for something for oily skin and enlarged pores. AHA, BHA, I don't know. My skin is sensitive and I don't have acne, in case it helps.
Help me out, skincare anons
As far as I know, undereye creams are bullshit, you can use just regular moisturizer.
I don't want to recommend anything specific, because it's all very individual, but I have sensitive combination skin and my pores were quite enlarged, so I wanted to share what helped me. Basically I just choose anything korean on the cheaper side based on the comments/reviews and description. I always purchase foam cleanser (for example, right now I'm using Secret Skin Syn-Ake Wrinkless Foam Cleanser and I'm totally pleased with it), some light gel creams (like aloe or snail ones + you can keep them in the fridge and it will be real good for your eyes in the morning; I really liked A'PIEU 18 Fresh Cream, but some people say it irritated their skin, so idk), peeling gels (A'pieu Naked Peeling Gel PHA is my favorite), and a toner, which I just splash onto my face after cleansing and before applying cream. I liked L’arvore Rose Floral Toner (probably mostly because of smell), but now I'm using a simple Bulgarian rose water that costs, like, 2-3$ and works for me much better. i dunno if it helps with sebum and pores though, it's just a very decent moisturizer (sometimes I don't even use a cream if I'm not wearing makeup that day).
Also drink a lot of water.
Sorry if I'm saying something you already know, but it's very important to keep your skin moisturized, because if you try too hard to get rid of sebum, you can exacerbate the problem.
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It doesn't get super thin, but it does get very hot. Almost burned myself when I tried to put it on when it was at its thinnest (but still a little thick imo)
They came with the heater btw, which is the Mealiss 10, and other people were positive about it..
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Anyone else not a fan of the Retinol line by Ordinary? I'm using the 0.5% one and it just sits on my skin for hours, unless I mix it with a moisturizer
I've been using The Ordinary's 10% azelaic acid for a few months for various issues (acne scars, blackheads, redness) and I really like it! It's not a miracle-worker but it has done a good job of fading my acne scares and while it hasn't budged my most stubborn blackheads yet, I think it has prevented new ones from forming. It pairs very nicely with niacinamide.
One thing to be aware of is that it will probably sting quite a bit going on, especially at first (at least with TO's formula but I think it's a trait of azelaic acid in general). I had done quite a bit of reading on azelaic acid before buying and nobody mentioned the stinging so I was a little concerned, but after doing some more research it seems it's very normal and doesn't mean you're having a bad reaction to the product. The stinging should lessen somewhat after continuous use but it's not completely gone away for me.>>149144
Yes, it's an unpopular opinion but I just don't like the squalane! I want to put on the retinol early on in my skin routine to maximise the benefits, but the oiliness of the squalane makes it difficult to layer anything over it. I recommend The Inkey List's retinol serum instead, it's a similar strength and price and I much prefer the consistency.
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Does anyone have experience with this Granactive Retinoid 2% in Squalane by The Ordinary?
I think I quite like it.
I used a granactive retinoid but I don't think it was in squalane, and absolutely nothing changed about my skin, I only got a patch of flaky skin above my eye and it stung the skin at my eye corners lmao.
But I bought it expecting it would help with acne, surprisingly I also bought salicylic acid from the ordinary and it did nothing, but when I make my own salicylic acid solution from aspirin, it works. Maybe I'm just unlucky since everyone praises the ordinary.
What do you like about it? Do you see any benefits?
Just grind up aspirin tablets and mix with something. I used to mix them with water but the solution was too runny so now I mix them with my moisturizing cream. (not every moisturizing cream works, it didn't work with the plain nivea cream in the blue pot, and my current cream became completely liquid when I mixed it in but still usable)
Since I started using that my acne has gone away mostly and even when it does appear it's not so big and painful and goes away quickly. I really recommend it, even though it might not work for everyone it's worth a try.
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what is this and what can i do about it? been on my chest for years.
It's only attached to my skin. It's not bound to anything inside
Why not? I've been doing it for a year and nothing bad happened. Maybe nothing bad has happened yet
Use water in the AM like the anon above said.
VERY lightly use olive oil or coconut oil for moisturizer.
Use the cleanser, it's better than nothing.
Wet some oatmeal in your hand. That's your exfoliator. Use this 1-2x a week.
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I've started getting pustules all of sudden like pic related around my cheek area and they're leaving scars because I keep accidentally popping them when I sleep or washing my face. I stopped getting them for almost a month but pretty much over night I got two new ones.
I don't know what's causing them. My face was a mess at the start of quarantine because I run out of skin care products so I had to make do with stuff I had at home until they opened the shops again, so I doubt it's caused by any of the new products I introduced since I've gone back to my regular rutine in June.
How do I get rid of them?
I think the ones I got today are hormonal because I'm on my period. That or dirty pillows. >>149697
I've never heard of pimple patches until a few hours ago, will give them a go and see if I stop scarring so badly. Thank you anon!
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they will give you metronidazole and finacea probably
I have a similar issue. My skin was clear and fairly balanced up until two months ago when I randomly started breaking (and losing MASSIVE amounts of hair). My face is also INCREDIBLY oily when I wake up now. I’m going to have some blood tests ordered, though I had them done in May (for unrelated reasons), and everything came back normal. Do any of you have any guesses as to what might be causing all of this? It’s really creating a lot of anxiety.
(For the record, I have had a Mirena IUD for the past five years and don’t get my period as a result. I’ve experienced no other changes since getting it, so I’m not sure if it’d suddenly start causing problems.)
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So I usually have clear skin but the past few months I've had this super dry, red, rash-like patch of bumps on the side of my face. It's only ever in the one spot and ebbs and flows in severity but never goes away completely. Pic related is pretty much the worst it's been so sorry for the grossness.
For the record I have a decent routine, bha, moisturizer, and sunscreen in the AM and hemp seed oil, cerave face wash, aha, and moisturizer at night. Any ideas on what this could be or what I should do?
Anon… please… this is not gross at all. Stop setting unrealistic standards for yourself.
Two questions - do you use face mask and do you sleep on this side?
AHA and BHA daily might also be an overkill.
Thank you anon I guess I'm just being a bit harsh on myself. I actually don't sleep on that side so why it's just on that side I have no clue! I'll use a clay mask/moisturing mask/sheet mask depending on what my skin looks like it's needing, just a couple times a week or so though. I'll cut back on the actives to see if that helps. >>150670
Thank you I'll look more into this!>>150675
Yeah rosacea is definitely a possibility, it does seem very similar to that. I was almost thinking keratosis pelaris as well since I occasionally get it on my arms?>>150678
Thank you I'll see if I can talk with someone!
My bf has fairly big pores and a greasy nose, and the sebaceous filaments are super visible a lot of the time. I don't want to be shallow, but sometimes it kind of grosses me out when I see his face up close. Should I tell him to exfoliate more? Is there any treatment in particular I could recommend to him?
I get that to some extent he can't help it, but on bad days his nose looks like a strawberry.
You're not shallow. If anything it's bad that he can't see and treat his skin problems himself. He's just let it get that bad without addressing it? I have rosacea and when your cheeks/nose or whatever are turning bright red you usually seek out a solution quick.
Anyway he should look into 'strawberry nose rosacea'
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Aah, I see. I don't think you're being shallow. As another anon said, it's normal to want someone to be hygienic and practice basic upkeep so they look nice. It would be one thing if you were asking him to dress in fancy clothes, get ripped and follow a 10-step skin care routine, but you just want him to address one issue. Since he's a guy he probably has no idea where to even start, so I think it could be helpful if you made some recommendations.
He should use a basic skin cleanser every morning, preferably oil-based since oil actually dissolves oil. I'd recommend exfoliation with a gentle BHA product like Paula's Choice RESIST Daily Pore Refining Treatment (2% BHA).
Clay masks also really help with absorbing excess oil and drawing out sebaceous filaments. French green clay is great. You can order some on its own and just mix with water (I like https://mountainroseherbs.com/french-green-clay
) or you can get it pre-mixed like in Queen Helene's Mint Julep Masque.
Another great product for SFs is Ciracle's "Blachead Off" Masks. Have him leave it on his nose for like 10 minutes and when it's starting to get dry, take it off then GENTLY use an extractor like in the related image. If they're ready to go, they should easily squish out with light pressure.
Lastly, a non-comedogenic moisturizer would be good so his skin doesn't react to the cleansing with even more oil production.
Have you tried one of those 'threading spring tools'?
I have facial hair left over from hormone treatment and tbh plucking has been the method I keep returning to, those spring tools can at least make it less tedious
No other way but laser unfortunately, and it may not be fully effective too.
It's possible it's 100% genetics, severity can differ from person to person. But also what is your lifestyle? Do you do weight trainings? What cosmetics do you use in your skincare? Do you use face peels? Do you eat a lot of spicy food? Do you use high spf creams?
Thanks for answering, anon. I started developing mild broken capillaries when I young - eight-years-old or so - and they have progressively gotten worse over the years. They’ve even started crawling down my neck and chest.
I unfortunately am forced to live a sedentary lifestyle, due to the fact that I have a chronic illness - no weightlifting at this point. I just started using the Curology cleanser and moisturizer both morning and night, along with the Curology custom formula (8% azelaic acid, 1% clindamycin, 0.018% tretinoin) at night. I include Andalou Naturals’ Clear Skin Willow Bark Pure Pore Toner (which contains salicylic acid) and Sun Bum’s Face 50 in my morning routine. No face peels. I don’t eat spicy food, nor do I drink alcohol. Are these all activities I should avoid? I’m new to skincare and have only ever used cleansers and moisturizers until recently.
I’m also this anon:>>149842
I’m a walking disaster and feel more ashamed to leave the house with each passing day.
I feel for you so much, it's very similar for me - broken capillaries on my face since babyhood, recent years a lot of new ones on the back of my neck and on the chest, so i have the topic researched to some extent.
In general dermatologists I've seen pretty much confirm the info you can find online too - with weak capillaries it's recommended to avoid physical strain (thus my question about weightlifting) and situations in which your skin would flare up, so flushes of heat that would come with spicy food or alcohol, or for example saunas.
With skincare, every skin is different but it's not recommended to use too much acids on the weak capillaries, you have both azelaic and salicylic acid, the former is mild but salicylic is pretty strong, so you can try looking for a toner without it - but to be fair toners with acids have so little of it, it should be no issue.
Hormonal contraception is unfortunately directly linked with rosacea - which as other anon mentioned can be manifesting as breaking capillaries; and additionally it weakens capillaries in general without rosacea as well. The side effects of hormonal contraception rarely manifest in the beginning and it's not uncommon you'd only start getting them after five years as the damage done by hormones builds up, the skin gets older and it gets harder for it to fight back. If you're willing I'd definitely start with looking for an alternative for Mirena; you can get pills that are very effective with lower hormone levels so that could be a relief for your skin without having to get off contraception completely (I know I wouldn't be able to do it).
I really advise you look for a dermatologist that does laser treatments for capillaries to help you with what has already happened, and ask for advice how to protect your skin better for the future. Since it's genetic you won't be able to avoid new breaks fully but you can control it better with diet and skincare that would have, for example vitamin K and A - with these things it'll be best of if you consult a cosmetologist though, not dermatologist, as a cosmetologist will know more about skincare while dermatologist is more about skin treatment, if that makes sense? And keep using SPF protection (with UVA and UVB!) and moisturize.
Honestly, women with thick skin have no idea how lucky they are, broken capillaries suck. I'm often annoyed because with acne you can pretty much cure it most of the time, but with this, we're stuck. It really hits self esteem pretty hard. I hope you can get a treatment that will work good for you and you'll feel better about yourself soon!
I've always ruled out waxing because I'd have to go around with an evident dark stache until it's grown long enough for it to be waxed.
Bleaching though… I can try.
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does anyone else get really bad redness around their nose, chin and lip lines (?) i have eczema too and i constantly get white heads there, and especially bad dry skin around my nose. i could just be looking too close though :/
my skin has arguably been the worst since i hit puberty, and i know nothing about skincare. any help is appreciated
I second the idea of using a moisturizer. Look for a non-comedogenic option for eczema, like CeraVe. These are designed not to clog the pores.
Also, instead of using a sugar scrub which is a physical exfoliant that can damage and tear the skin/cause more irritation, I recommend a chemical exfoliant that will be more gentle. Perhaps one with BHA. See here: https://www.paulaschoice.com/skin-care-advice/exfoliants/which-bha-exfoliant-is-right-for-me
It seems like your skin is irritated and not moisturized enough! Like the other anon said, Cerave is a good choice but I personally found that some of the ingredients (like stearic acid) broke me out consistently during periods. If you want a pretty basic moisturizer, Sebamed Clear Face Gel is a good choice since it doesn't have any ingredients that clog my skin.(https://www.sebamedusa.com/sebamed-clear-face-care-gel
) I have a cheaper link if you're interested!
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Does this have any basis in reality? Or is it bs?
here ya go: >>145411
I posted that a while back. My skin is a bit annoying in the sense that things make my skin break out easily. A lot of people seemed to have problems with stearic acid so I checked my moisturizer in the site and noticed that it had a comedogenic rating of 2, which means it's probably going to fuck up my skin. After cutting that moisturizer out, my skin looks better other than hormonal acne on my chin (cry)
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Is it alright to consider moisturizers optional? All I really use is pic related and sunscreen and moisturisers just make by skin look greasy imo
if you have oily skin it can be hard to find a moisturizer that works without feeling like it does nothing, or is too heavy. right now i've been breaking out consistently so i've cut out everything but my tea tree face wash once at night, just to see if my skin balances out by itself.
Anyone have any advice on moisturizers when you have hormonal acne (cystic) and tiny whitehead breakouts? I have some pretty bad surface dryness where my skin is delicate on top and flakes off, but a lot of oil deeper down causing problems
Ah, damn. I've tried many cleansers but they all broke me out, some micellar waters too. Only this specific micellar water I'm using isn't causing any break out or issue. My skin is a sensitive little bitch, I'm afraid.
I should probably try out a cleanser from the same line as my moisturizer's, that's another product that never broke me out.
Thanks for the advices!
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Blistex Medex is a lifesaver. I exfoliate my lips with a sugar scrub or a rough cheap toothbrush if theyre extra chapped and apply it before bed. You wake up with new lips in the morning. It does tingle a little bit but not unpleasantly.
I use Blistex Medplus, I'm 99% sure that's the same thing as >>152471
said. It's pretty much the only lipbalm that really actively does something for me besides just keeping the moisture in. I don't use it as a daily lipbalm personally but when I have a cold and my lips are dry and cracked this is what I use, it restores your lips overnight.
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I have dryish skin and couple things that helps me>exfoliating before moisturizing because deadskin blocks your skin taking in moisture
I would avoid harsh exfoliants however. My current favorite is Missha Super Aqua Mild Peeling Gel. It contains essence so it moisturizes as well. It's mild enough that you can use daily but strong enough to remove flaky skin.>Using oil to lock in moisture
So the reason vaseline works well is because of its moisture locking effect. You can create the same effect with oil somewhat. I do this before bed. I'd recommend adding a drop of tea tree oil to 10 drops of squalene oil you're using. Tea tree oil is good for dry skin among other things. (Do a patch test before tho)>Using hydrating sheet masks
Sometimes i switch using my regular moisturizer to doing a sheet mask if i feel extra dry. I don't have a favorite most work well. It's a plus if you get one with hyaluronic acid. (I exfoliate before and lock with oil after with this too.)
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I actually tried this a while back, but unfortunately lanolin also seems to irritate my skin. Lip balms with lanolin give me a weird rash around my lips for some reason (I'm pretty sure it's the lanolin since I've experimented with these products a lot).>>152486
Do you like any particular lip masks? I tried this one from Sephora and it didn't do anything, my lips were even dryer in the morning. I also tried the lip masks with the physical sheet, the Sugar brand scrubs/balms, and the Sephora brand lip balm. The Sephora coconut lip balm is surprisingly not terrible, but needs to be reapplied way too much.
I've found them recently and have been hype as fuck about it. I like their active ingredient choices. I ordered the toner, retinal serum, and Azeclair serum and I've been using it for 2 weeks. Short time, but I can say everything is cosmetically elegant, very mild on my skin, and doesn't trigger
my redness. The Ordinary really seems like a heap of shit in comparison. Retinal seems to have already started working too, without drying out my face. The only downside is the bottles are smaller than usual, except for the stuff with droppers.
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How do I get rid of Fordyce spots (more like patches) on my lips? The ones in the attached photo look very similar to mine - almost like my lips are slowly being drained of color.
Spoiler, just in case a close-up of a random dude’s mouth freaks anyone out.
It could be that the ingredients don't mesh with your skin. I really like this moisturizer https://m.feelunique.com/p/Sebamed-Clear-Face-Care-Gel-50ml
because its ingredients are simple and noncomedogenic. Really helped my skin out during a rough time. This link is the cheapest place I could find this lotion.
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ladies my fingers look like pic related – cracked and dry with peeling cuticles. how do i salvage them? they look and feel like such shit and with winter coming here it's just gonna get worse. what products have done the trick for you all?
Oil your cuticles, push them back and trim them, moisturise your hands regularly, file and buff your nails.
Brands don’t really matter right now since it looks like absolutely zero care is going on. Get a cheap vitamin e oil and some basic moisturiser. Stop biting them.
I was considering trying the revolution one but I read it's perfumed, like an old lady perfume someone said. I'm honestly so close to just shelling out for paula's choice again because it know it works with my skin. really want to try the ordinary one though, oh well I guess I'm waiting>>153102
hmm I suppose certain ingredients could be harder to source cause of covid. good point
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Oh, I noticed that my pores were looking smaller already since day two so I assumed it would show its effects early on. That's good to know, you're giving me hope kek
oh god the spoilered text WHAT THE FUCK anon, do you want to end up with acne leftovers for the rest of your life?
hormonal acne is a real bitch, I understand your frustration. honestly your best bet is going to a dermatologist, but in meantime you can try checking how actives will work on it; spot treatments with salicylic acid for example. but I beg you, DON'T remove them mechanically, you can mess yourself up beyond fixing
Oh shit. I guess I should have specified. Not like a shaving razor, its one of those eyebrow razors. But if it's that bad I guess I'll stop. I kind of just use one side to drain the pus out if it's one of those white ones, not cut into my skin, because I can't stand the way they look and feel. And sometimes they come back after leaking, super gross. I've never been to a dermatologist because I guess I thought I didn't need to?
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Passing by to thank the anon who once recommended me to get the niacinamide + zinc serum by The Ordinary.
I had pores like pic related on forehead, nose and cheeks, and I felt so bad about it that I was thinking of getting laser. Then I remembered one anon's post, said fuck it, let's try that serum, and after only a week it smoothed the fuck out of my pores, just like that. After a couple of days it already shrunk my nose pores, then cheeks', now forehead's too. I was ready to see little to no improvement because I didn't believe it possible and the serum is quite cheap too, but it worked like magic.
So wherever you are anon, thank you.
neutrogena hyaluronic acid with sunscreen. My holy grail and I currently use an innisfree sunscreen moisturizer for higher protection, but as soon as I’m out I’m going back. My skin in spring and early summer adored it and I shouldn’t have stopped using it. >>135608
warm neutral pink and gold.
Does anyone have any tips or methods to completely fuck up my skin to nearly the point of burning it but not completely? I have so much underlying active acne on my chin and around my jawline and I don’t know if it’s hormonal but I do know I want it gone ASAP. I’ve been dealing with it for nearly a month so it doesn’t seem to actually be related to my period. Is putting on an aha mask from the ordinary for 2 times a week a good idea? I know I’m pushing it but I’m really desperate.
Do any anons have experience with the ordinary’s salicylic acid? I want to incorporate it into my routine but I use tret and the instructions say not to mix, but I want to use the acid in the day time since the tret is only for at night. If this doesn’t work I fear I’m going to be put on a stronger dosage. >>153626
Not on my nose but on my chin and all the way to my neck. I want to pick them with needles :(
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Any anons can recommend a good face serum that actually works to clear up skin pigmentation from acne and sun exposure? Or do I have to bite the bullet and fork out the dough to visit a dermatologist to get rid of em?
I also have lots of skin pigmentation/dark spots all over my body. Somehow these dark spots started to appear in quite a number all over my body the last one to two years. Is there a specific soap I can use to get rid of them?
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Thanks anon! Browsing through skincare subs I had always felt disheartened reading that "nothing can shrink your pores, only expensive laser treatments can", yet this serum shrunk mine? I've been looking closely and they look about 1/3 of what they used to be. It's not just that they "appear" smaller, they really aren't as wide and deep as they used to be. I don't know how else to describe it.
I hope it'll help you too! Remember to apply it with a damp face, and pat it in instead of spreading it. I've been using it once a day in the morning, as in the evening I'm using the hyaluronic acid serum from the same brand, but according to instructions you can use it in the evenings too. Good luck!
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Does anyone else get hormonal breakouts? Not sure if I have a hormone problem but every time my period is due I have actually an insane change in personality to the point I don't think it's normal "mood swings", I'm going full on psycho, and migraines that last a week + acne everywhere.
I've been using different stuff from "The Ordinary" mostly rose hip/retinol, I don't think it is helping much. I have the red flat pimples on the cheeks mostly.. but recently I'm getting those huge under the skin bumps that don't go down no matter what. On chin/nose/ears/cheeks. They really hurt. Do you think they are stress related or hormone? Maybe too much sugar? I've been drinking green tea because I heard it helps with balancing hormones..
have you been tested for premenstrual dysphoric disorder? severe mood swings during periods and the physical symptoms you're speaking of are often brought to a gyne's office.> getting those huge under the skin bumps that don't go down no matter what. On chin/nose/ears/cheeks.
Perhaps cystic acne? I get one single cystic pimple on my chin every single period I get. The rest you described of migraines, it may be connected to stress or a vitamin deficiency? But that's only an armchair guess. I have a similar response as well, and I had an iron deficiency before. For right now, I'd recommend birth control but a lot of farmers on /g/ have spoken about how they dislike bc. It's up to you, this sounds like a shitty situation and I'm sorry.
I have PMDD and two things have helped make it significantly better:
-my one time taking PlanB 8 years ago ( Note:I have never taken BC.)
-cutting out dairy and processed foods , esp sugary foods
On the subject of green tea, I've drank basically nothing but 2-3 cups of green tea everyday for the last 12 years, simply because it's my favorite drink and I really don't like any drinks besides the occasional orange juice. When I go the deli I always take the Tea's Tea/Ito-Ten brand of cold tea with zero additives. I believe the hype about it being anti-inflammatory and anti-aging because I look much younger then either of my parents at my age despite being a smoker at one point and I still have a extremely fast metabolism despite every other "skinny" relative of mine gaining weight after 27-29 (yeah I'm oldfarmer). A lot of studies have been done on japanese peoplewho live to 100 with relativwely intact health and pretty much all of them reported a lifetime of drinking green tea.
congrats! I really want to try this serum now, I keep hearing such great things about it. I have huge pores on my nose and cheeks and I hate them. just need to find out if I can use it with the salicylic acid 2% solution… once I manage to find it in stock somewhere>>153970
nice! thanks anon, may try this at some point
Not sure what is expensive for you… I use the Dr. Pen brand which is $130 with cartridges (https://www.amazon.com/Professional-Microneedling-Wireless-Electric-Cartridges/dp/B07J468Y9N
). Imo not bad at all considering microneedling in office is several hundred a pop. If you're really stretched for cash then you can just get a regular roller, they can be as cheap as $15. Look for something that's made from stainless steel. There's really nothing that fancy about them, the most important thing you're looking for is durability and sterility, which is partly on you using proper prep. Bunch of info here: https://simpleskincarescience.com/dermarolling
It's not a fad, unfortunately for those of us without prescriptions. It's the most effective skin product for reversing/preventing aging aside from sunscreen and has plenty of science to back it up. But it's not like you absolutely have to use it or you'll turn into a wrinkled old hag, and it does come with it's own difficulties like sun sensitivity and not combining well with other products.
But yeah I'm still kicking myself for wasting the prescription I got for it after finishing accutane years ago, I didn't realize how good it is and never really used it.
I'm in the EU aswell and know how frustrating it can be that you can't get a lot of things here without a prescription (and derms unwilling to prescripe it to you) while abroad you can just find it at the drugstore. But recently I was reading up on ketoconazol (an anti-fungal (acne) agent). In the US and other places you can freely purchase it as Nizoral shampoo at the drugstore, while here you can't get it without a prescription. In the EU it was banned from drugstores about a decade ago because it can cause liver failure… Another one that comes to mind is hydroquinone (reduces dark spots from acne). You can get it over the counter in the US, but you can't get it here (and Japan, Aus and other places) without a prescription because it's safety can't be guaranteed, it's linked to causing cancer.
Those are good reasons to ban those ingredients. I don't know what the reason is that we can't get a higher percentage retinol cream here in the EU without a prescription, but there must be a good reason for it? I tried googling it but for some reason I couldn't find it. I think it's no secret that the EU is generally stricter when it comes to citizen's health and safety than the US.
Has anyone here taken accutane for mild, persistent (adult) acne? I'm considering it because I've had acne since I was 12 or so and have had cycles of great to shitty skin. I'm 26 now and I still get acne, especially around my chin due to hormones. My skin isn't terrible and can look and has looked really good if all the conditions are right ie. use the right products, sleep a lot, never stressed etc, but there never is such an ideal condition. When I get hormonal breakouts, none of the topical treatments work and I am left with PIE/PIH. I tried exfoliating with AHA, retinoids/retin a (which gave me unpredictable results…), but nothing prevents those cystic spots and nothing subsides them other than time and a lot of tears. I do not want to take birth control since I'm volcel and don't want to fuck around with hormones. It's affecting my self-esteem pretty hard and I have come pretty close to cancelling plans with friends because of this. I have read about the side effects and the regular blood tests I have to do, but to me, it's worth it if it means I'll hate my disgusting face a little less.
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The Ordinary is great, as is CeraVe, gruum or however you spell it has really nice cheap sunscreen.
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I use the hada labo one and I like it but I can’t compare it to the ordinary as I’ve never used that
damn anon I have the same issue. I've had tests and have high androgens/testosterone, I don't have pcos though, maybe you do have a hormonal imbalance like me?
I wish there was an easy way to lower these male hormones. from my research I've read these things can help (though I can't say they've helped me since I've only tried implementing the flaxseeds into my diet so far)
pure organic spearmint tea several times a day
raw almonds (can boil them or soak them. do not use dry roasted)
make sure your vitamin d levels are in good shape
I watched a video from a woman who had managed to lower her testosterone levels and she did it with a combo of the above things, mainly the spearmint tea though. apparently she drank it several times a day.
Sorry to hear, but it’s a relief I’m not alone
So far I’ve added spearmint tea already, along with stinging nettle tea, flaxseed supps, vitamin d, zinc, and iron… cut out all processed food, most breads/gluten, added exercise, fish, veggies, smoothies… quit caffeine, and I’m asking my doc for spiro to lower androgens lol
My testosterone test results came back on the low end of normal, but I’m now paranoid about it.
I'm using the same serum from the ordinary and I also think that it's not very effecfive.
Make sure to use it properly though to try to make the most out of it, you have to apply it while your face is still wet and then apply an oclusive before it dries.
Some of my friends love the hyalu b5 serum from la roche posay, and I'm planning to try that one once I run out of this one.
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My TO order just came and I got the niacinamide + zinc serum so I'm very excited about your results anon. Do you use it AM and PM or only once a day?
Why wouldn't it be ok? It's not like sleep in itself is the triggering
factor to make the products work, afaik the main point of a night routine is that it doesn't account for sun exposure and you can use heavier products without looking greasy all day. I do mine after I shower even if it's only like 5pm.
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This helped me with kp, or you could look for any cream with exfoliating acids. Also stop trying to lighten your skin
For KP try exfoliating as well as a SA acid cream or lotion
I also have dark elbows and knees and they suck but sometimes their just genetics if not you can try a hydroquinone paulas choice makes one i've been using and it has lighten them up a bit but also don't over exfoliate them cause it can sometimes make it worse. Don't bleach or lighten your skin its not worth the damage its does to your skin and being unable to stand in the sun for more then a couple minutes without damaging even more is deff not worth it.
Vaseline cannot "block" or clog pores, it's not small enough on a molecular level.
It works as an occlusive to lock in moisture. Thing is, you have to put moisture in your skin first. It doesn't add any moisture, it simply puts a nice blanket over it and helps it not dissipate
If they have actives (AHA/BHA) in it then yes, otherwise no. Look up purging.
Also the amount of acne depends from person to person. I've known people who at that age had no acne at all, perfect skin while still sleeping with makeup on and eating like shit while others were on perscription stuff for acne and still looked like pizza faces.
You just have to find what works for you, which is hard, yes, but very worth it once you figure out a routine.
if a cleanser makes your acne worse, it can either mean you're purging as the anon above said or it's too stripping for your skin. if a cleanser makes your skin feel squeaky clean, tight or irritated, its generally not a good sign. make sure that your cleanser is gentle.
as for purging, besides acids, cleansers with benzoyl peroxide can also cause that.
Yes, you should also pay attention to basic ingredients and products in the cleaner. If you have oily or big pores you should avoid oils in your skincare. Not to mention, you can over do it with the harshness of the cleaner or you could be not correctly treating your skin problems. If anything, if you do use a harsh cleanser then you would need to have something to moisturize your skin to make it stable and not dried out.
So basically, products with oil in them can cause further acne while harsh products will cause dry skin then your skin will be overly oily making more acne.
Also keep in mind, the type of water you clean your face with too can be a bad pair for your cleanser.
Acne is normal for adults especially women in early 20's. The normal amount is like less than 10 at once but it depends on the size and type that would raise concern or if you have a severe case then yeah it would be bad too.
Cleansers should not make your skin worse for long period of time(more than a month), that is never a good sign. Cleansers aren't medicine so there isn't a need for extreme reactions. If you get a reaction that is extreme from a cleanser don't use it.
Before you rule out cleanser as first to blame keep in mind if you are a female, the time of your cycle, hormones (birth control), diet, and other factors in your life could be causing an out break at the same time.
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not sure where to put this, but anyone here dealing with butt acne? i seem to be getting pimples that i cant pop down there a lot and honestly its really emberassing.
ive tried using topical antifungals which didnt work, so its not fungus i assume.
i dont sit on my ass nearly as much as i used to anymore due to my job, so its not the sweat and pressure, also my underwear isnt even touching the spots that it appears at.
perhaps its that i wear warm thighs underneath my work clothes (nurse) and my ass cant breathe? i eat pretty well and my skins clear. im a little overweight at 150 at 5ft8
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burt's bees tinted lip balm
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Has anyone here used mossa products before and did you like them? I want to try this, I have combo skin with big pores and have ditched base makeup besides powder and spf, so I like moisturizers for sensitive skin. I am open to hear fellow combo big pore bitches recommendeds though!
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It's a local brand, I don't think you heard of it
is right. Please don't rely on this as your only source for ingredients if you have an allergy or sensitivity. As a celiac I try to avoid gluten in the products I use* and they list soooo many things as being gluten free that aren't. It can be a good place to start, but they are absolutely not a comprehensive guide at all.
* Yes, I know that people with celiac don't react topically to gluten, I just touch my face and put everything in my mouth like a dumbass and cross contaminate myself on the regular. If you're celiac and want to put gluten lotion on your face, then do it. IDK if anyone here's going to lecture me on that shit, but I get it anytime I ask gluten-free spaces for recs on gluten free skincare and it's the absolute worst.
I wonder whats the reason for it tho. Why do some people have to wash their face everyday and some don't have to ever?
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Genetics. Or: Inflammation levels, sebum production, skin bacteria and cytokines which is just another way of saying genetics and environmental factors.
Not saying you can't look like a genetically lucky person if you put in the effort, but whether you have
to put in effort while others can sleep with a full face of make up and still have perfect skin is outside your power.
(I know, the screenshot is about acne, not sebum production per se, but you get the idea…)
A few years ago I started taking care of my skin, double cleansing and moisturizing with gentle products and using a couple actives. My skin was so beautiful I stopped wearing makeup. But for the past year I've constantly been breaking out along my neck, jaw, and cheeks, mostly pustules and some cysts. They can take up to a week and a half to heal and they leave dark marks even though I don't pick at my skin. The worst part is that I get them all month long, not only around my period. I'm careful about protecting the skin barrier, I exfoliate with the cerave retinol serum 2-3 times a week, use sunday riley's vit c serum every other day, use pimple patches to cover blemishes. I eat a healthy balanced diet, drink plenty of water and regularly exercise. Yet on average, I have about 3-5 minor to moderately sized blemishes in my problem areas at a given time. I take good care of myself and my skin, so I'm at a complete loss of what to do. I'm entering my late 20s and I'm sick of feeling embarrassed by the condition of my skin. Can anyone relate? Could this be an entirely hormonal problem if new blemishes are appearing almost everyday?
Not very often, when I do they're clean. I wash my pillowcases regularly and don't touch my face either. I rarely even wear makeup. I think I have a hormonal imbalance because my face gets a bit oily throughout the day and my scalp gets oily around the third day after washing. I just wanna know why? It seemed to happen so randomly. I developed all this hyperpigmentation on my cheeks and the side of my face because of these breakouts and it makes me feel so low. I decided to stop using actives for a month and focus on hydration in case it's a skin barrier problem.
When my skin was at its best, I was using an exfoliating toner by lancome and a light moisturiser, but I dropped the toner because it contained alcohol denat. Thinking about giving it another shot in the future for old times sake.
If your skin is dry, look for these ingredients in moisturizers: glycerin, hyaluronic acid, sodium hyaluronate, aloe, panthenol, gluconolactone, propylene glycol, urea (this is really good, the higher the percentage, the better) and alpha-hydroxy acids. After using a moisturizer, you could apply a layer of Vaseline. It helps lock in the moisture
i just started using their AM moisturiser with added SPF and i find it to be pretty good. it’s very lightweight, perfect for an AM moisturiser, and it doesn’t leave my face oily - just a bit shiny at the end of a day, but i can pull it off as being dewy, which i have no problems with. i haven’t tried any of their PM/non-SPF creams though, but i’ve heard good things.
if it’s okay to recommend something outside cerave, id recommend cosrx. it’s a korean brand, and it’s whichever of the cosrx moisturisers i’m feeling at the time. i especially like the thicker ones though, and the aloe vera one is nice on my forehead since it tends to need more care. i get them for relatively cheap through yesstyle, and they’re definitely one of my all time faves.
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Recently started getting these bumps on my knees and upper thighs exactly like pic. Anyone else with this have a cream or something to minimize the appearance? Thankfully they don't itch or anything
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I've heard this works really well
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This is embarrassing but I’m at my wit’s end. I have terrible back acne that only seems to get worse as time goes on. At 18, I just had a little on my shoulders. At 19, it had spread to down below my shoulder blades. At 20, it covered my entire back. At 21, it has now started to migrate down my arms as well.
>have tried many different soaps
>have tried washing with a washcloth, a sponge, a loofa, and even just my hands
>have tried putting acne gel on back
>mfw nothing fucking works and it keeps spreading
Idk if this could possibly be related but I have seborrhoeic dermatitis (face only). Also, I do get the occasional classic whiteheaded red pimple on my back, but my back acne is mostly tiny little bumps almost like young blackheads or something? Tmi but all I’m trying to say they’re not “liquid” lol. Not painful either. But it makes my skin feel rough and gross.
Has anyone dealt with this before? Or am I doomed to become a giant walking case of full body acne by the time I’m 24?
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My ex had a similar issue and I had him use this on his back and it worked. Salicylic acid based products are most likely to help you with this.
I get backne, especially in winter, because of the clothing I wear. It's just not that breathable I guess so it traps the sweat in or whatever. Might be also a factor for you? Or whatever you ise to wash your clothes/bedding with?
Glycolic acid also helped me a bit to keeps the stuff at bay.
I thought some anons might benefit from these links.https://www.babeandbeauty.com/beauty/acids-in-skincarehttps://www.babeandbeauty.com/beauty/alcohols-in-beautyhttps://www.babeandbeauty.com/beauty/your-ultimate-guide-to-retinoids
There's often a lot of controversy about alcohol in skincare, so the second link can help clear things up. If you don't prefer it in your products then that's your bag and no one's judging. This is just to clear any misinformation.
Also, the retinoids link can help anons who are just looking into the products and aren't sure of how to go about it.
The video is about some sustainable beauty brands. Again, if this isn't your bag then that's fine and no one's judging you, but there are a lot of people looking for such brands and it can be difficult to find ones which are legitimate vs greenwashing.
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Use an aha serum or toner to keep the dead skin from accumulating. A retinoid, professional peel, or at home peel is what usually gets rid of these. Sometimes they end up going away on their own as well.
Also, check whatever is in your eye cream or concealer. It's likely too rich for that area, which is delicate.
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The use of alpha or beta hydroxy acids will help to keep pores clear, provide a smooth texture and encourages healthy skin cell turnover.
AHA's like glycolic, lactic and mandelic are ideal for dry, combo or sensitive skin types.
BHA like salicylic acid is ideal for acne prone, congested, textured, oily or combination skin.
Also, a good vitamin c serum is very helpful. Another thing that helps are peptides. They are pieces of proteins and amino acids which are an essential part of collagen production. In combination with antioxidants, SPF and nourishing ingredients studies have shown them to be an effective ingredient in slowing the aging process and signs of aging.
We start to lose 1% of our body's collagen around 28 years old this is when adding a retinoid product at night is beneficial. Retinoids are wonderful for smoothing fine lines and wrinkles, helping to keep pores clear and fading discoloration. Retinoids are considered safe when not used in any sunlight or while pregnant. I recommend starting with an OTC retinol then when in your 30's switch to an Rx strength.
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Original anon here, I just got my hands on some vanicream and holy shit it works so well. I was skeptical cause it went on dry and I haven't exfoliated in like a week but it merged into my legs after a few minutes. Softest winter legs of my life, the kind I only get when I sweat under my blankets. Thank you so much, anon, ilu
hi anon, I use Skin Perfecting 2% BHA Liquid Exfoliant by Paula's Choice
it really works on my milia, i've been cursed with milia all my life and especially due to steroid cream usage. but using this gets rid of them quick af
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Fibroblast plasma pen maybe? Bit of a gnarly healing process but seems to be a particularly good one for around the eyes if you're light skinned. (Higher risk of hyperpigmentation for those with more melanin.)
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