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No. 178060

Discuss anything skincare related!
Previous threads:

No. 178063

Dae feel like Vitamin C serums dry out their skin?

No. 178096

Reposting in new thread:

So I just realized I've started getting some black? Dirt in my open nose pores. I just started using a new moisturizer with spf ( I've never used sunblock on the daily on my face before, except at the beach and that was super low like 2. Now it's 30spf). Do you guys think this is why I'm getting these black heads? I've never gotten them before and I don't know how to get rid of them

No. 178102

Could be the sunscreen. Is it chemical or mineral?
I get blackheads anyway and my favorite method to get rid of them is benzoyl peroxide for a few hours (or as long as your skin can handle). It can be pretty irritating so have something at hand to soothe your skin in case it makes your skin angry (eg. Aloe vera).

No. 178137

reposting from old thread. Someone mentioned waxing would help but anyone know how to fix the pseudostache look. Would skin lightening or something help? Also about blackheads
do you have a specific brand you buy for benzoyl peroxide. I have had blackheads for forever and believed the would never go away, so this is news to me.

No. 178142

nta but you should be able to find peroxide OTC, the pharmacy will help you out. personally i think regular exfoliation and salicylic acid work better, but when it's about nose blackheads/filaments it really depends so you may wanna figure out what suits you better!
about the pseudostache there are hair lightening creams, or use one of those tiny razors and just shave it off
good luck anon(s)!

No. 178143

Thanks anon, will look for peroxide and salicylic acid and see which works. The thing with pseduostache is even after hair removal I have just a dark shadow and idk why.

No. 178144

is it pigmentation, or just like a mini five-o-clock shadow? laser/IPL for the latter

No. 178145

I think it might be pigmentation. Also for IPL has anyone here tried those ones they sell online and can do at home?

No. 178224

Anyone have some good tips for treating burns? I’ve accidentally burned my hand/arm while cooking a few times and it usually leaves a scar. I burned my wrist a few days ago (accidentally grazed a hot pan) and it looks terrible. I always wash it with cold water and use aloe, but it still takes forever to heal and scars anyway. My skin seems to be pretty thin and scars easily. Am I just fucked anons?

No. 178227

Not sure if it actually does anything, but my mom always puts toothpaste on burns.

No. 178228

Aquaphor healing ointment is recommended for this kind of thing, it's an occlusive that creates a "moist wound environment": it keeps the tissue hydrated and accelerates the healing process, which minimizes potential discolouration from scarring.

No. 178236

I use acne.org's gel since I also am cursed with fungal acne and it's fungal safe. Otherwise any benzoyl peroxide 2.5% should do the job (higher concentrations are redundant).
But like other anon said, also try salicylic acid since all skin is unique! I use that as well for my other acne issues. BP just personally works best on my blackheads.

No. 178241

Thanks anon. Do the products have instructions I can follow? Or is there a better way to use them?

No. 178326

Help me ladies. I have a bunch of whiteheads on my cheeks and some blackheads all over my face. I have mild acne and quite dry skin (except for nose and forehead). My face is full of scars and discolouration already so I don’t wanna use things to make the acne worse. I just want to have clean skin. What should I do? I have absolutely no idea about skincare.

No. 178334

Toothpaste on burns actually does more harm than good from what I’ve read. My mom does it as well, but besides the initial cooling effect, it doesn’t help heal or minimize scaring.

I’m getting some of this now, thanks anon!

No. 178340

I'll add to that real quick as I'm very clumsy in the kitchen and get burns relatively often - the aquaphor ointment recommendation is a+ and I recommend it too, be especially generous in the days after the burn happened; what is super important too is spending as much time as you possibly can on cooling the burn spot down IMMEDIATELY after you get it. Cold water, cold compress, depending on severity of a burn applied for even hours right after it happened. The way you treat the wound in the first minutes has a lot of influence on how well it will heal later.

No. 178366

Any advice on treating the scar after it’s mostly healed? Unfortunately I didn’t spend much time treating the burn after I got it so I’m sure it’s going to scar. Someone also accidentally popped the blister the next day trying to give me a hug (fml).

No. 178367

Does anyone have a slight LACK of pigmentation above their lip like a weird white skin stache? It’s really obvious when I work out and it doesn’t get red like the rest of my face and looks funny. Is there any reason why that happens/if it can be fixed?

No. 178388

2 questions. I used to really pick my acne on my cheeks until about a year ago, whats the best cream/oil to tone down the scars?

Secondly, ever time I shave my puss, I STILL get razor burns and it gets all red and bumpy. I've tried all the solutions, a good razor, shaving cream, post shaving cream etc. (also no I will not go for a wax etc)

No. 178394

Maybe it's melasma?

No. 178395

Can I layer my sunscreens? My moisturizer has sunscreen in it and it's physical one, while the new spf I bought ( biore) is chemical. This is my second day of layering them ( put th e moisturizer with spf in the morning and then the biore one a couple of hours later)

No. 178398

I think biore has enough alcohol in it to dry down nicely!

No. 178406

What should I use after I finished my 1% Retinol serum by the Ordinary? I thought I'd switch to a stronger percentage but I can't find one. Should I just repurchase and keep using it?

No. 178407

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>whats the best cream/oil to tone down the scars?
have you tried products with azelaic acid or vitamin c serums?
>razor burns and it gets all red and bumpy
Do you have any experience with picrel type of razor and using it while showering? I usually do a combo of putting a shaving gel for sensitive skin, then using this type of razor, then immediately cold water on the shaved area and after all shower is done, some kind of antiseptic cream, like bepanthen, tends to get me the best results.

No. 178411

Does rose water actually has any benefits at all?

No. 178433

Do you exfoliate before+after shaving?

No. 178437

Rose water on its own doesn't really produce anything other than a pleasant scent. Some rose water formulas contain glycerin, and the glycerin is a humectant that draws moisture into the skin. Rose water is nice in that it feels refreshing, its kind of like thermal spring water sprays. If you're looking for a product that will transform the quality of your skin in a particular way then there are more effective options to explore. It really comes down to the skin concerns you want to target.

No. 178439

NTA but those plastic razors dull so quickly and just irritate you further.
Get a safety razor and some natural hair conditioner. Aloe vera gel afterwards. Your vag will thank you.

Don't use anything heavily scented, it will irritate your skin further.

No. 178459

This. Also don't use bepanthen on your fanny. It's a barrier cream and not antiseptic. It is breathable but can cause irritation bumps on some people's skin and cause ingrowns. Just use aloe vera gel.

No. 178474

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I'm retarded and accidentally made a whole new thread about this lol but I just got this. i've never used a vitamin c before… and idk how to incorporate this into my routine. I have a couple of post acne marks I want to fade that's why I bought it. I usually alternate between a BHA and retinoid every night, and then moisturizer.. so idk where I'm supposed to fit this in. help pls

No. 178488

Where do u buy this?

No. 178490

in the morning before sunscreen

No. 178550

so after moisturizer but before sunscreen? do u use it as a spot treatment or just put it all over your face? the consistency really throws me off… it's so watery

I got it from Chuusi but there are other k/j beauty sites that stock it, like yesstyle

No. 178571

You should always apply products in the order of their consistency: liquids -> creams. So it should go before the moisturizer

No. 178667

Can someone recommend me a rich nighttime moisturizer? My skin freak isfreaking out from the retinol and is unusually dry and flaky nowadays

No. 178669

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this so much, saved me like no other cream before

No. 178671

Ignore the typo, I was having a stroke
Thanks! I'll check it out

No. 178691

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I would advise against the cerave, personally it didn't do anything for me except break my normal non-acne prone skin out. I'd recommend picrel, it is my fav nighttime cream

No. 178710

nivea in the tin if you can handle fragrance

No. 178713

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Okay nonnies, I'm going to try to stop touching my face for two weeks. I like to say that my mask is breaking me out, but in reality I make it even worse by picking and touching.

No. 178717

I wanted to try this but it's like ten times the price of the Cerave

No. 178724

it's worth it though and lasts quite a long time. it's really thick so you don't need much

No. 178933

I used to have really persistent chin acne which now is mostly gone - I wash my face with salicylic acid soap then with activated charcoal soap, and I started using The Ordinary stuff. I use buffet and natural moisturizing factors in the morning, and retinol and the same moisturizer in the evening. In the evening I also put a lot of V55 max salicylic acid cream just on my chin. Also my diet is mostly low carb, and the only dairy I have lately is double cream and a little bit of cheese. Which one do you think is actually the reason for the improvement? I'm really not sure and I don't want to mess it up somehow lol.

Also I just started using The Ordinary AHA 30% + BHA 2%, would this help with fading dark spots?

No. 178948

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anons how can i get long lasting faux freckles besides getting them tattooed? i really really want freckles i tried everything these past 2 years including traditional indian henna(did not work on me at all it wouldnt stick and it washed away immediately and color was off), brow tint(worked better than henna but would barely last a day) and l'oreals magic root cover up hair dye spray(it looked the best but going into sun with hair dye searing into my face makes me break out). I just want to know how girls like beabadoobee do it bcuz it doesnt look like a tattoo(im only posting this on this thread cuz 1-i dont want to do it with an eyeshadow 2-i couldnt find the makeup thread)

No. 178949

I would gladly give you mine

No. 178950

i'd take it in a heartbeat, full face of freckles lindsay lohan style is my dream its so attractive

No. 178952

That girl's freckles look terrible. Why would you do them in such a fake looking straight strip across your face? Her eyebrows are also tragic but that's besides the point.

No. 178959

oh no i dont want them in that position i just wanted to give an example, there are no pictures of her without the freckles yet they're so obviously fake (eventhough she denies it and insists on saying they're real lmao) so it must be something semi permanent cuz 1-it doesnt look like eyeshadow 2-she cant be doing freckles with eyeshadow every single morning 3-position of her freckles change every now and then so it cant be a tattoo either

No. 178980

having one grandparents on each side with 25% ginger DNA.
It might look cute but having to wear sunscreen and wearing a hat and long dress all summer isn't fun.

No. 178994

No not really, whats the best method of exfoliation for that area?

No. 178998

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nta but when I shave that area I exfoliate like my life depends on it because I dread the itch and ingrowns I used to get before I began exfoliating. I use one of those gloves made of a kind of scratchy material, like picrel. I wet it in warm water and then give the entire area I'm going to shave a really good scrub, avoiding the inner labia area. you don't have to be so rough it hurts though. after I've shaved I hop in the shower, grab my glove again add some soap suds and give the whole area another scrub. it's the simplest and cheapest method, you can get a set of those gloves for like £1. I use the partner glove to exfoliate my armpits before shaving.

No. 179013

I use the exact thing that above anon does. It's very convenient, and I scrub in circular motions.

Also slightly ot, the skin on my legs always trap my leg hair (not ingrowns, just a very very thin layer of skin for some reason) and the glove cures that completely.

No. 179028

Nta but do the suds burn? My skin is hella sensitive and anything applied after shaving is a nightmare. Do i need to change my razor or method of shaving?

No. 179033

yes yes yes, change the razor. If it burns, it means you're shaving while your skin is dry (always wet your skin with water or conditioner or soap, whatever) and/or your razor is dull. Don't press too hard into the skin, and lightly shave with the grain.

No. 179038


is there ever an instance where against the grain is ok if done right? with the grain leaves me looking like a strawberry :(. or am i shaving wrong?

bless you anons. didn't have a mom to teach me basic shit so /g/ is a godsend.

No. 179049

Are you sure you're equating the term to the right direction? I'd google to make sure. If your razor is sharp/new and you make sure to stretch the wet skin with your fingers, then it really wouldn't matter too much which direction you go because the razor should be just about touching the skin, not pushing into it to cause nicks

No. 179069

Does anyone use micellar water as a toner?

No. 179075

If anyone else is confused about how retinol and tretinoin compare to each other in terms of strength: I did some digging and found that 1% retinol is essentially equivalent to a prescription retinoid product that contains 0.02% tretinoin

No. 179125

no anon what are you talking about lol. it's a makeup remover

No. 179133

depends on the formula and stability of the retinol product as well, a 1% retinol product that's in a dropper bottle or jar can become weaker over time as it degrades

No. 179151

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These are wonderful. I have gone through packs of these since I first found out about them. If you get like smaller pimples with puss inside tmi these really help in drawing it out and also protecting it from bacterial and stuff.

No. 179155

nta but I do recommend mederma if you need to fade any scarring after it heals

No. 179263

Should I expect purging when switching from retinol to tretinoin?

No. 179278

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Yes these are fucking great, they also absorb oil from your pores. For USfags you can get picrel cheap at walmart, and they also make larger patches to cover an entire area of skin. Don't buy the overpriced Hero Cosmetics brand at target.

No. 179285

I bought these last month and I loved it

No. 179361

I posted a similar question about the effects of going from a cosmetic retinol product to tretinoin in the last thread, I ended up finding this really in-depth guide by lab muffin that should answer all of your questions. The tl;dr is that there's no way to know until you begin the treatment, but you can take precautionary measures to mitigate the possibility of irritation.

No. 179376

I went on generic yaz and pretty much all my jawline breakouts stopped. If I knew it would be this easy I would have sought BC way sooner. Adapalene and AHAs have been taking care of any remaining issues along with only using powder foundation bc liquid always caused mild irritation.

My last problem is I have broken capillaries on my face and idk if it's possible to get rid of those or how much it would cost.

No. 179378

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Idk if I should invest in an at-home ipl machine. The Phillips one has lots of posts recommending it but I can't tell the shills from actual reviewers on reddit and YT

No. 179382

I have the exact device at home and if you are consistent with it, it really works but I’ve been extremely lazy these days and should do it again…. takes time tho to see the results hence needing to stay consistent.

No. 179421

I have the same struggle, anon. They’re ALL over my face and chest. No idea what to do about them.

No. 179460


I have it and I second >>179382, it totally works and I am a hairy beast. But you HAVE to be consistent, otherwise the hair will come back. I need to get back to it before the summer…

No. 179467

I have this and it really does work but you have to keep using it, it took about 3-4 times for my leg hair to disappear.

The darker your hair the better it works, my bikini line only took a couple of times.

No. 179547

ooh this has me curious. I have hirsutism/hormonal imbalance so I grow dark, thick hairs on my chin and also have sideburns. to the anons who have this, did you try other methods like going to someone for electrolysis? is this at home electrolysis?

No. 179655

Is there a way to make the TO vitamin C work under sunscreen? Because jfc does it pill. It pills even under moisturizer.

No. 179690

are you giving it enough time to absorb? I usually let it do so for about 5-10 minutes and then proceed with other skincare / makeup steps, never had any issue

No. 179760

Can vitamin C tablets cause acne? I started taking them about two months ago, and shortly after I started getting zits all over my face, chest, arms, and back. I recently got blood tests done, and my hormone and thyroid panels came back normal. I was under the impression that all forms of vitamin c were great for your skin, but I can’t think of any other causes. I’m freaking out a bit.

No. 179878

I mix it with moisturizer and only use it at night (cause I heard it makes your skin sensitive to uv?)

No. 179887

You haven't been stressed lately? Any big changes in your life? Change of diet? How about the weather changing?

No. 180469

Any recs for a spf30+ (ideally, spf50) sunscreen to wear everyday that doesn't cause pimples and is good for oily skin?

No. 180470

Forgot to add, that's also on the cheaper side.

No. 180489

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I picked up Acure’s Seriously Soothing Day Cream on a whim and so far I love it. It’s spf 30 and also contains niacinamide, which should help soothe inflammation and acne. The only problem I’ve had is that it feels a little tacky when you first apply, but that’s fine if you put it under makeup. The zinc also makes me look a little pale (I have a light-medium skin tone) but tbh I don’t really mind and it’s not noticeable to others. It was $14 at Whole Foods but I’m sure you could find it somewhere for a bit cheaper.

No. 180609

I wanted to thank you for the Cerave recommendation! It completely fixed my dry ass forehead in 2 days

No. 180611

How can I make washing/showering more comfortable? I am extremely sensitive to water, even just showering for a few seconds on low heat makes my skin red, dry and peeling, and it hurts. Splashing water in my face makes it burn bright red, hell even crying makes my skin burn from dryness. I am sensitive all over my body, but the face is the worst. I have to apply heavy fatty creams before showering to make it even slightly tolerable. Now during the pandemic I'm gross and only shower once a week, and even that short shower is excruciating for my skin.


No. 180615

I don't even read this thread but I came here just to second this recommendation. I will never ever go back to using anything else, this is the shit. It's super cheap too. My skin stays moisturized even if I forget to use it for a day or two.

No. 180620

I have sensitive skin but it sounds like you have a medical problem so I don't know how much help I'll be.
I wipe myself down with a cool damp cloth in the mornings and then moisturise after, you don't necessarily need hot water + soap to clean yourself every day, although I use that for my pits +bits.
It really sounds like you should see a doctor if you can though. My skin hurts when I shower or rinse because my acid mantle is all fucked up, but it doesn't go red. An inflammatory reaction to water is something else entirely.

No. 180622

Awesome, glad it helped you too!

No. 180663

Anon this sounds like a serious dermatological issue, you should seek help. I have a mild version of this, I get an itchy red rash on my body after showering but I figured out it's caused by the water temperature - the hotter the water, the itchier the rash

No. 180664

This is a super basic (and stupid) question but I got a 5% AHA serum from Catrice and I wonder if I should apply some moisturizing cream after that? Is there a waiting time too?

No. 180665

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Oily hoe with acne prone skin here, these two are my faves, most of la roche-posays sunscreens are solid as hell.

The biore one are mainly available online so it can be a hassle to get a hold of depending on where you live.

No. 180801

Does anyone use one of those LED masks? What did it do to your skin?

No. 180805

Seconding the biore sunscreen. It is excellent. In general, Japanese and Korean sunscreens are way better than those available in the west.

No. 180911

I used Dear, Klairs and later realized it was falsely advertised. I am so mad and sad.

No. 181018

No. 181027

No. 181208

Would AHA help with making insect bites disappear?

No. 181236

Aha is used for exfoliating, I don't know how would that help with an insect bite. Definitely not an expert but I think something that would work best is moisturizing it very well and later use something like vit C or azelaic acid to even out leftover redness.

No. 181821

How do I identify what type of acne I have?

No. 181825

Can I replace Tactupump with Benzagel when I run out? Would I have to use retinol alongside it? I just don't want my acne to flare up again later

(accidentally posted this in the wrong thread earlier)

No. 181867

I have been using adapalene/differin since November and seen no difference in my skin… still the same frequency of pimples, closed comedones, blackheads, enlarged pores, etc. I see other people’s progress photos on Reddit and I get so annoyed like why won’t my skin improve

No. 182073

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hi i need help and i have two questions.
my skin has ALWAYS been oily and sticky, there is seemingly not a single pore on my face that is not clogged. i have a combination of tiny tiny blackheads and closed comedones on LITERALLY EVERY INCH of my face and a few down my neck. my back is the same way- i have to scratch out blackheads between my shoulders every fucking day.
i've been using tretinoin for months alongside niacinamide and BHA skin cleanser, and moisturizer i know doesn't break me out. i get less pimples but my pores are all still clogged.
so here are the questions:
1.) can anyone relate to this issue. does anyone have skin that decides to just hold on to every little bit of grease like this(and if you found something that helped what was it. also is there a name for this)
2.) has anyone done accutane and can you say if it would help with this particular issue? i just want normal skin nonnies im down so fucking bad

No. 182078

How often do you wash your face? You might need to. wash it more often and keep something to wipe the sweat/oil off your face during the day. Start using more products for oily skin, like Niacinamide, retinol, sulfur, Salicylic acid, charcoal, red clay or kaolin clay, once a week do AHB/BHA there are gentile products for this

No. 182094

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i have only washed it at night for years because i was told that doing it more would destroy my skin barrier (still not entirely confident i know exactly what that is either) but i'll try doing it again

i use niacinamide, tretinoin and my BHA cleanser and when i don't use tretinoin i use AHAs and ive been doing it for years with marginal success.
thank u for the list i need to try a charcoal/clay mask product again they do help

the only time my pores were noticeably clearer was when i used this neutrogena ""microdermabrasion"" thing but then tons of people yelled at me for overdoing physical exfoliation and said i was basically sandpapering my skin off

No. 182112

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Oily/sensitive bitch here. I had the same problems like you until I figured out a routine that works for me. Lactic acid has worked the best for improving my pores and texture. I stopped using other exfoliators and just stick to lactic acid and retinol now a few times a week.

Another important thing I learned is that keeping it simple is sometimes best, so I also quit using vitamin c, niacinamide etc as I realized it just irritated and resulted in constant breakouts.

No. 182119

fuck i literally have that in my posession right now i haven't been putting it in my routine bcus ive been holding onto hope that my tretinoin would eradicate my pores. i will give it a longer trial now thank u x100 anon

No. 182217

also what % of tret are you on? i heard 0.5% and up starts working to clear out blackheads

No. 182286

Good luck anonette, also remember to not overdo it. I remember wanting to sandpaper my the shit outta my face but it’s the happiest when it gets a break once in a while.

No. 182297

How do I get rid of papules?

No. 182383

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hey anon, i remembered your post while i was scrolling instagram and found this, idk if you'll see this since your post is old but hey, it might work. looks more natural than the pic you posted too imo

No. 182385

I’m going to attempt to remove my “mustache hairs” with one of those tiny brow razors. What can I use as shaving cream? My skin is fairly sensitive.

No. 182392

I use an aloe vera gel. My skin is also sensitive as fuck and it's always worked for me.

No. 182414

i shave my whole face regularly and use baby oil

No. 182466

I started developing fine nasolabial wrinkles recently, not enough deep for hyaluronic filling but visible enough.
What are your holy grail items you use to minimise those?

No. 182467

Retinol. Paulas Choice, inkey list, cerave and the ordinary has some pretty good retinol products. Keep in mind results may take up to 2 months.

No. 183026

nta but are retinols good/safe for dry, flaky skin? i'm plagued by dryness and flakiness no matter what product i use kek

No. 183047

Good sunscreen on a budget?

No. 183230

I don’t understand how skincare influencers can be buying and trying so many different products and know what is having an effect on their skin, and what to recommend. I only have like 5 skincare products and idek what is working and what’s not kek

No. 183538

farmers can you help me out on this one? I wondered if I could use BHA and then retinol right after? I'm currently using the BHA liquid exfoliant from paulas choice and the ordinary 0.01% retinol in squalane, I've been using the bha in the morning and retinol at night but would rather use them both at night.

some sources are saying this is a no no but other sources are saying it's completely fine. who am I to believe. anyone have any experience using bha and a retinol together?

No. 183539

I've always thought this too! I feel as though to really know how a product is affecting your skin you have to add it to aroutine that you've been keeping up for a good while, several weeks before knowing how something new could be affecting you.

if you're constantly adding new things and taking things out how can you know what is helping with say, acne scarring or discolouration when there are so many products coming and going?

No. 183541

nta but you should be okay as long as you start with the lowest amount. like me for example, I started using a 0.01% and haven't had any issues since my skin is just getting a small amount. I've been using it for about a month now and will move up to the 0.02% once I run out. I think as long as you do this and you're giving you skin time to acclimatise to the product you should be fine

No. 183593

Nta but do you use retinol every day or few times a week? I've read conflicting opinions. My skin is not sensitive and I ordered 1% The Ordinary retinol. I feel like I messed up and should've bought smaller %…

No. 183606

I personally started by using it every three days and just a small amount, a thin layer on my face. I do have combination/oily skin but wanted to start with as little as possible and with time in between the days to allow my skin to adjust. I had zero flakiness or peeling but with you already having dry skin you may get more flakiness, if you're >>183026 anon.

I'm currently using it pretty much every night now (when I remember!) and am around a month and a half in.

hmm the 1% may be too high actually, I won't lie, especially if you do have dry skin already, it might be too much for your skin to handle. you could however order the 0.01 and keep the 1% to work up to, which could be months. just remember to keep these in your fridge. the ingredients need to be kept cold.

No. 183702

PSA: retinol is several times weaker than Tretinoin. And the ordinary retinol degrades over time and has to be refrigerated and thrown out after a couple months.

No. 183755

Am really struggling with cystic acne on my chin, it's always in the same place and worse around my period.

I currently use hyaluronic acid, niacinamide, granactive retonoid and moisturiser (as well as face wash) but have no idea if this is helpful. My skintype is pretty average, get some oil on nose and some dry spots but no idea how to clear my chin. pls help sisters

No. 183760

I get hormonal acne on my chin and its my problem spot on my face lol. I tried all those serums but it honestly just made me have additional bad spots on my face. I find simplistic skin care works. I use the simple brand cleanser and toner. Garnier micellar water before that and I've been using olay as my moisturiser forever. I've recently started rubbing ice on my face at night, and I'm going to switch it to green tea ice. I thought it was a meme after seeing it on tiktok, but my skin looks way better. I use the ice after I tone at night then moisturise on top of it. There's videos to show how best to do this, but idk if it's because I notice my face more than others but I feel like since using the ice my face feels snatched and it's also cleared up my chin. Not immediately but I could tell the texture and condition of my skin was better so the blemishes were healing faster.

No. 183777


The ice thing sounds pretty neat, will look into it! thank you!!

No. 183779

Less important psa: not everyone can get tret without perscription

No. 183881

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I just used aloe vera gel on my face for the first time, and my skin feels sticky. Is this normal? I’m using Target’s brand.

No. 183887

You can't introduce more than 1 product every 2 weeks into an established routine if you wanna know exactly what it does, there's no way they genuinely know the effects of all the products they try on their skin. They're just bsing, guessing and making it up.

No. 183895

thats the general feeling i get from using aloe vera gel from the few times i burnt a bit in the sun yeah

No. 183900

is garnier micellar water with hyaluronic acid any good? I've heard good things about hyaluronic acid especially and I'm too lazy to buy another soap I have to rinse off and splash water everywhere

No. 183903

Given you're supposed to wash off micelar water, not keep it on your skin, hyaluronic acid will not even have a chance to properly absorb, sounds like waste of money.

No. 183919

Just buy a hyaluronic acid leave-on serum

No. 183933

What do you get from shaving your face? Does it prevent acne?

No. 183940

is tca crossing only good for icepick scars??????? I have some flat dark spots I want to try tca cross on, it's worked great on my icepick ones, what do you guys think?

No. 183944

What can I use to fade keratosis pilaris scarring? I made a mess of myself thanks to anxiety and some hard times and now I have a bunch of scarring on my legs and arms.
I'd seriously appreciate some cisterly advice.

No. 183981

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not sure if this is skincare or plastic surgery thread but i recently noticed if i smile with teeth i have a horizontal line above my lip and i fucking hate it, its not as bad as this pic though i definitely dont want it to become any more prominent and im asking for a miracle here but maybe even reduce any lines/wrinkles i have right now (no fillers)

No. 184226

>the ordinary retinol degrades over time and has to be refrigerated and thrown out after a couple months

yeah I started out with the ordinary cauase it's so cheap. does that mean other brands have a longer shelf life/be more stable. I don't mind keeping them refridgerated but the short shelf life is kind of annoying

aloe vera is naturally very sticky, it's normal, maybe try mixing it with water to dilute it a little?

nta but I shave my face and I do it cause I like how smooth my skin is. it's also a form of exfoliation. some people say it helps skincare products with their absorbtion. I don't wear foundation but I've head the smooth base allows for foundation to sit nicer on the skin too. lots of benefits tbh but none I know that would help prevent acne

No. 184232

Have you posted about this before or is there an uptick in being insecure about this? I swear I've seen someone asking about this before. When you smile or make really any sort of expression with your face you will see folds appear. This one can appear when you lift your upper lip and becomes more prominent when the lips are also stretched (as in smiling). If it really bothers you then look in a mirror and practice smiling without lifting your upper lip as much.

No. 184233

It’s pretty easy to get a prescription for tret, at least in Canada you can just get it from your family doctor. I’m fortunate enough to have excellent insurance but even if I had to pay the full price I still would. Beats spending tons of money trying different products that are less effective.
I think neutrogena has a retinol product (nighttime wrinkle repair or something) that is actually stable and effective. Lab Muffin gave it a great review

No. 184250

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Looking for body lotion recommendations. Must meet the following criteria: available in drug stores or superstores in Canada, absorbs quickly, smells good, and is not sticky. I used to use B&BW lotion exclusively but my area is in lockdown and they don't do curb-side pickup. They also don't have an online store in Canada and I'm too frugal to pay customs and shipping from the US. I've tried St. Ives but it doesn't absorb properly, and I can't stand the smell of Live Clean. I keep trying new lotions that I immediately despise and then I'm stuck with a huge bottle that I feel like I can't just throw away. Please help!

No. 184261

I like the regular Lubriderm body lotion, it absorbs quickly and feels nice, but it is unscented. Not sure if they make versions with fragrances.

No. 184277

Idk, seems a lot more difficult in europe

No. 184654

Does anyone have issues with acne on their ass? I get several recurring pimples just larger than a marble. Whenever I pop one it bleeds profusely for hours. How do I fix this? Its painful to sit down at this point

No. 184877

Nonnie, I have the same line when I smile and everyone always said it's super charming/makes my smile authentic an unique.

There isn't really a cure for it because it's just how the skin moves.

I love you and your smile-line!

No. 184959

could it be the ingredients in your shampoo or conditioner? some ingredients can cause acne on the back and down the butt. for me personally it was the sodium laureth sulphate that gave me acne in this area. maybe that could also be your issue? look out for parabens, sls, sulphates

No. 184963

Mine went away when I stopped consuming eggs and milk idk. I also recommend using sulfur soap, exfoliate daily and using a very thick moisturizer afterwards is a must, ideally one without scent.
And for the love of god don't pick the spots. If you have scarring you want to treat use a cream with salicylic acid.

No. 184966

My holy grail body lotion is Johnson’s baby bedtime lotion. Best smell over and really does hydrate and lock in moisture after a bath/shower

No. 185108

I don't have acne but I have huge red spots, maybe from sitting a lot. I feel like they don't really go away even when I don't sit up for a long time.
Anyone has a similar problem? I swear I've never heard anyone complain about this and not sure what to do.

No. 185401

I have it but not as bad as you, it's mostly tiny spots.

Consider what underwear you're wearing, too. Cotton absorbs sweat/oil whereas synthetic fibers lock down the moisture and bacteria on your skin.

Exfoliate (every 2 days) and moisturize (maybe even with soften the skin with salicylic acid) so the oil of your skin doesn't get locked under the epidermis and gets infected (pimples).

No. 185404

I'm really annoyed with my skin atm.

I have a morning and evening skin care routine but my skin looks like I'm still in puberty (I'm glad for my genetics concerning wrinkles though, I have almost none, plus a good portion of facial fat to make me look a lot younger than I am).

Could it be just hormones/hormone imbalance? My skin is very fair (to the point of translucent) and gets red/irritated very easily. The spots/pimples are almost always in my T-Zone where I'm getting very oily through the day.

I don't wear a lot of make-up on a daily basis because my job makes me sweat a lot (but I try to wash my face at least once a shift with a gentle cleanser) and I have to wear a mask anyways.
I exfoliate at least twice a week and use mostly organic products that make my skin feel good/moisturized.

Should I look into gentle AHAs/BHAs maybe?

No. 185413

Maybe try exfoliating less - once a week and no more; for something like a month. It may sound counterproductive but often skin overreacts to too much exfoliation by trying to protect itself. Trying a gentle AHA/BHA could be a good idea, dont forget to hydrate to make sure your skin's protective layer is not damaged.
It's not impossible it's hormones or diet too, so if you maybe have an opportunity to check for allergies and check your hormones, do so!

No. 185423

To add to above anon, I'd kick the work cleansing too. Wash your fash with water instead, and spray/pat on a hydrating serum

No. 185425

No way to fully remove the makeup with just water though, so I'd be careful with this.

No. 185499

nta but a lot of people see good results from rinsing the face with water in the morning and using makeup remover/washing the face at night

No. 185802

A few months back an anon with rosacea posted that they were trying out horse paste, wondering if you're still around and how it's going for you?

I started on it shortly afterwards and within weeks I noticed a huge improvement in the texture of my skin. All the raised bumps calmed down and I no longer have stinging or burning when my face gets wet.
I had one initial freak out maybe 10 days into it but I read that's just 'die-off' and true enough to what people said.. after that things got so much better.

I still have flushing in the evenings or I blush heavily when warm but those other parts cleared in no time. I had been struggling for 3 years with this prior. I'm just hoping the eveningtime flush might calm more. At least I'm waking up with a normal looking face. Most of the day now you wouldn't know, whereas before I was in a constant flare up.

No. 186152

im a nonny who was dealing with hella flaky skin earlier in the thread. i stopped washing my face/applying moisturizer for a week (depressed over my friend who passed away not just a slob kek) and the flakiness…disappeared? was i using something too harsh on my skin or what? i didn't even have a huge routine, i only use cerave dry skin cleanser, hada labo gokujun premium lotion sometimes, corsx snail mucin 96, and the regular old cerave moisturizer in the tub. i didn't feel like my routine was enough to cause my forehead to become drier than the sahara desert but apparently not using any product cleared it up

No. 186154

This happened to me before and I think it has something to do with a damaged moisture barrier. Once your barrier is compromised, any products tend to make the situation worse.

No. 186628

How do you guys avoid getting mask acnee? I was doing pretty well all winter because I wouldn't sweat under my mask but now that it is hot again, I'm getting acne on my cheeks again.
I had a pretty bad breakout last year when quarantine started (I never had such bad acne, ever) and I still have some scars from it. I don't wear makeup under the mask, just sunscreen.

No. 186632

I've heard that using mouthwash before putting on a mask will help. but I could use some tips too because I've been breaking out pretty bad lately around my mouth and chin!

No. 186647

For a moment I thought you meant put the mouthwash directly on the face and I was so confused kek
From a 2 minute google search, it seems to help? It has to be alcohol and fluoride free though.

No. 186890

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does anyone else's skin get super sensitive right before their period? i have to stop (or cut down) using my AHA and my tretinoin. if not my skin will get ridiculously pissed off and begin peeling.

it makes me cut down my routine to just cleanser and moisturizer, and the moisturizer BURNS. i'm just using pic related and am planning to switch to a moisturizer that has no irritants. I was wondering if i should just buy the new moisturizer now and start using it right before my time of the month, until i use up my old cetaphil?

i think the ingredient that my skin hates before my period is the citric acid in this one. it really fucking burns but i'm trying to use up the shitty products i already have for the time being.

No. 186938

Sounds like you have a damaged moisture barrier. Periods should make your skin oilier because of relatively higher T levels

No. 186944

Try to look into acid mantle lotions or creams, it helps repair the moisture barrier so it might help you. In the meantime I wouldn't recommend using tretinoin at all while your skin is like this, stay away from scented creams and anything that can irritate it.

No. 186946

I don't usually have skin problems but I started using a light skin bleach lotion on my body(like stretch marks and shit) and have started using it on my face to help even out my skin tone.
It seems like the lotion is starting to emphasize the fading acne scars on my forehead and cheeks though, is that normal?

No. 186947

Are you using spf? Any bleaching stuff makes your skin extra sensative to uv rays so maybe it's the sun darkening your scars? Also I'm pretty sure skin bleaching lotion does nothing for your stretch marks?

No. 186952

First, don't use body lotions on your face.
Second, what kind of skin bleach is this?

No. 186953

Anons, do anti-stretch mark creams work?

Lately I kept thinking that it would be nice to get rid of stretch marks that I got on my hips and under legs, but I don't even know if that's possible, because I got them during puberty. They are not horrifyingly disgusting or anything, just normal and white-coloured, but I am not sure if there's even a way to fully get rid of them.

No. 186954

They don't work. Will make the stretch marks slightly paler at best. You can try laser treatments but nothing will get rid of them altogether. There's nothing wrong with stretch marks tbh, they're here to stay, you'll have to learn to accept them.

No. 187029

What do you think about her claims about HA?

No. 187031

It's not just her claims, it's how things are, hard to really dispute it. Everyone who is into skincare and did their basic research knows that if you want to use HA you gotta use it on moist skin and use a cream on top for occlusion, and only then HA will do it's job.

No. 187032

Thanks. So is using something like Cerave moisturizing cream okay since it has HA in it?

No. 187034

Yeah, having it in a cream already does the trick too

No. 187035


No. 187038

How helpful is adding lotion or serums or oils to your bath in reality to treat dryness? I figure unlike showering, it stays on your body after unless you rinse it off so it should work. What would an ideal ratio of product to water be?

No. 187048

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Any nonnies here use red light therapy? I just purchased the currentbody skin LED light therapy mask. I'm in my very early thirties and looking to plump my skin and tighten the jawline area. Thought this would benefit my skin and it was on offer so thought i'd try it out.

No. 187074

Ooh I'm very curious about this, report back after using it for a while, nonnie.

No. 187089

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Nonnies could you give me some advice?
My skin got significantly worse in around 4 months - it was a fast decline. Wrinkles (especially nasolabial) got more pronounced and pores got bigger.
I got sick with covid, after that I had some heavy stress in personal life and it really showed on my face.
I recently started using niacinamide with zinc serum, retinol 0,1 to 1%, vitamin C and cerave moisturiser. I use UV cream during the day.
I feel like my skin's got worse since I started using retinol two or three weeks ago but I'm not sure.
I don't know what should I do to help the pores and wrinkles.

No. 187103

>I got sick with covid, after that I had some heavy stress in personal life
Have you been drinking enough water and eating enough citrus/berries? Make sure you keep your skin hydrated, I spray my face with witch hazel every now and then when I start to look haggard and it fixes it right up.

No. 187107

Looks like clear healthy skin to me. Pore size is genetic and wrinkles are normal. Welcome to aging. As far as the retinoid goes, it's not uncommon for things to look worse before they get better. It can be very drying which can lead to exacerbating the look of pores. May want to use it more sparsely.

No. 187112

Your skin might be dehydrated. A shiny look with pronounced pores is sometimes a sign that your moisture barrier is damaged

No. 187148

Is glutathione or kojic acid more effective for dark spots? Can't find an answer anywhere.

No. 187165

No. 187166

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Thanks for all your replies!
I switched from a particle peeling to a gentle enzyme peeling (once a week) - and gosh, did it make a difference already!

I quit the face washing with a cleanser during my shift, I only use water to rinse off the sweat. I also only use water in the morning with a microfiber washcloth in the morning, to get off the skin care residue/sweat/oil from the night.

My skin is much better and a whole lot less irritated now, I still have a few spots that I treat with a salicylic acid gel overnight.

No. 187167

How old are you? If you’re close to or over 30, this is just normal aging made worse by stress and poor nutrition/dehydration or whatever is going on. Your best bet is to stick with the tret (it gets worse for about 6 months before it’s better, honestly) but once you’ve used it for a year you’ll be glad. Drink more water, and focus on keeping your moisture barrier in tact in the meantime. You can never use too much moisturizer. Lock it in with Vaseline.

Also, microneedling. It’ll help elasticity and sagging which will help your nasolabial lines. But tbh I work with a 19 year old who has the same lines. Don’t know how people get that so young

If you do microneedling have it done professionally.

No. 187188

>Don’t know how people get that so young
By moving their face anon

No. 187189

this anonette is right about the Vaseline, that shit might as well be magic

I have similar pore-iness in the area right around my nose and I'm prone to breaking out on my forehead, so I always treated my skin like it was oily…which just left me with badly dehydrated skin. I didn't even notice how parched and tight my face felt til I ditched my foaming cleanser for a creamy one and started applying aloe vera and Vaseline after my moisturizer (Neutrogena's Hydro Boost, which is ok but never felt like enough moisture on its own). My face feels a lot softer and less bumpy in the T-zone, and I don't get weird creases in my face after smiling anymore. It's too soon to see any real effect on my acne, but according to skincare science it should calm down once my face stops REEEEEing at me I guess. I swear I'm not a shill for any of these cheapass drugstore products, just dumbfounded at how much of a difference they can make when used correctly.

sage for blog/sperging out over hydration

No. 187202

>Don’t know how people get that so young
I've had fairly pronounced nasolabial folds ever since I was 18 or so. For me it's just genetics since my dad is the exact same. If it suddenly appears or gets worse though it's probably stress/health thing like you said.

It's also important to note the difference between fine nasolabial lines and a deeper fold that's made noticeable by your cheeks essentially casting a shadow onto the less projected area between the nose and mouth. The former is wrinkling caused by aging, moving the face and dehydration, and can be improved by moisturizing. The latter is also exacerbated by aging but usually a genetic part of your face and while the puffiness can be influenced by hydration and diet there's not much you can do about it.
The difference is pretty obvious but if it's visible regardless of lighting it's probably the fine line type.

No. 187214

Based hydration anon. Many skin concerns can be improved just by making sure your skin is hydrated and clean.
Also I wanted to give some advice I saw from a Korean dermatologist - I make sure I cleanse my face for a whole minute before rinsing. This is really the #1 thing that keeps my acne away. If I don’t do this then my tret and moisturizers just don’t work as well for some reason.

No. 187219

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This, I've had mine since birth. I remember asking my mom why my mouth 'separates from the rest of my face when I smile, like a cartoon dog' when I was a kid. My dad has them too and I don't like it but it is what it is.
It's very common in Slavic people, which is why you sometimes hear that Slavic women 'become babushkas at 20' from creepy American and British men. We don't, but when you're a farmer who doesn't take care of her face it's going to look more pronounced.

No. 187226

this may belong in makeup, but are there any recommendations for covering up long scars in the summer? i have pretty severe ones on my legs

No. 187255

My family's Slavic (mostly on dad's side) and none of the women had those folds at 20, kek

No. 187256

>I make sure I cleanse my face for a whole minute before rinsing
I need to start doing this. I did the double cleansing method for a while and my skin improved dramatically, but I've gotten lazy.

No. 187272

In my country it's very common.

No. 187274

I feel so understood anonitas. My maternal family is russian and ukranian and we all have those cheeks when smiling. Aaand I've had nasolabial folds since 17, even while using sunscreen and taking care of my skin. I've accepted them entirely lmao not much else to do

No. 187277

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>unironic nasolabial folds autism
You guys realize that literal children have them too right? Pretty much everyone with facial expressions has them, it's not a sign of anything other than being human.

No. 187283

Bro that was my whole point, it's genetic.

No. 187287

What do you cleanse your face with?

No. 187291

Honestly I just use anything that’s not bar soap, I haven’t really found my holy grail. Lately I’ve been using a few samples of glossier cleanser concentrate and it’s REALLY good. I wish I didn’t like it cause it’s overpriced but it’s so nice, brightening but not drying at all, and cleansing for longer actually lets the active ingredients work. I hated CeraVe, the moisturizing one felt like it didn’t do anything and the foaming one is super drying. Thinking of trying Korean stuff next if anyone has any recs
Do it, you won’t look back. Literally makes the biggest difference

No. 187318


hii just an update. thanks for your insight, i switched to using jojoba oil as that was the only thing i had on hand that fit the criteria. didn't hurt one bit so i assume it was the citric acid in the cetaphil that was causing me issues.

so i went and bought myself cerave in the tub and that also went on like a dream (i used to use it years ago when it wasn't available in stores in my country). i don't think i have any irritation or anything anymore so i don't think i had a damaged moisture barrier but i could be wrong. my skin looks really good now after only 3 days of staying away from cetaphil. thank you for the help <3

No. 187328

Anyone taking collagen supps?

Read it can help joints but also the skin

No. 187338

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I know people love CeraVe moisturiser, but it feels too thick for me. Does anyone have other suggestion?

I used to love Origins: Original skin (Matte Moisturizer with Willowherb), but it's a pain in the ass to get in my country because I'd always have to buy it off eBay from UK, but Brexit happened… It's light, smells super nice and gets rid off any redness on your face.

My skin type is combination one, prone to acne sadly.

No. 187340

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Has anyone noticed korean skincare to have become significantly more expensive over recent 1-2 or so years? I used to buy pic related for like 12ish euro and free shipping straight from South Korea off ebay, now it sells for 20-25ish euro after shipping. On zalando they're selling it for 30!!! euro, which it is NOT worth. Same goes for a bunch of other k-skincare I used to buy. What's up with that?

No. 187342

No surprise, it's super trendy now in the skincare circles to use korean skincare so sellers know that even if they up the prices, people will keep buying.

No. 187365

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In my desperate search for something that tightens my pores, I stumbled upon microneedling/dermarollers. Apparently they can get you results like pic related? And you can buy a dermaroller to use it at home? Sounds too good to be true.
Anyone here used a dermaroller to tighten pores? Is it really that good?

No. 187375

If you do it yourself, you risk making your skin texture worse. It is much better to have a professional do it. Imo, not worth it. Nyx has a great pore filling primer that blurs out your pores pretty well.

No. 187379

I rub a frozen potato over my face in the mornings (we grow potatoes) and it seems to do a really good job of tightening up pores and waking up the skin/face.

Not sure if it's ideal though I'm not a dermatologist.

No. 187380

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Since we’re talking about hydration, I highly recommend pic rel. ive been using it for a few weeks and its so good, the least irritating face cream ever and no fragrance at all. The oil is good af too

No. 187394

I think that's more the cold being effective than it actually being a potato haha

No. 187492

has anyone ever done melanotan? I'm gunna buy some and start super small like 100 mcg a day and outdoor tanning Im tired of being white as a ghost and burning after 10 minutes I'm scared of skin cancer and the only place they ever studied it australia they found it reduced skin cancer. would love to know tho if this is unadvisable

No. 187539

I'm writing down the primer suggestion, but tbh I'm looking for something that actually fixes the problem. Otherwise it's like "fixing" acne by applying concealer and foundation over it.

No. 187548

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I just learned about people washing their face with pee today. It sounds mental, has anyone tried it? If so, did it do anything or did you just kinda smell like pee?

No. 187549

Some people drink piss for health reasons, some gargle it, some put it in their eye. Sounds like mental illness or a fetish

No. 187550

Did you read the article, which clearly states you should NOT put pee on your face?

No. 187579

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25+ anons, when did you start noticing changes in your face and how quickly did it happen?
I'm a few months from turning 28 and a few days ago I just woke up with sunken in eyes. I can't really describe what changed but something just looked off and it seemed to be my undereye area. When I touched my face, that area just felt empty and deflated somehow, and I had dark circles - but it didn't really look that different. I'm not scared of getting older on its own, but having the changes be this sudden is making me want to cry. Is this normal?

A year or so ago I got fillers for the first time, for my (genetic) nasolabial folds, I've felt bad about mine since childhood so I wanted to try it out. They were injected into the cheekbone area to 'lift' the cheek, and the difference wasn't noticeable to anyone who wasn't me. Could it be that it was just the filler absorbing into the skin that made these changes so sudden? When the cheek is lifted my undereyes also become less prominent.

No. 187586

They're probably only doing it for the urea. Which you can get in non-pee form now. Shocking, I know.

No. 187664

It's not normal, look into your diet and sleeping patterns and don't panic. Aging doesn't happen overnight.
If you're very very worried you can look into facial massage techniques, I've seen many people say it's incredibly helpful.

No. 187824

Im 26 and I noticed changes this year. Mainly acne. Never had that

No. 187853

I second this. I’ve been massaging my face every night for the past two weeks and I already notice positive changes

No. 187863

Thanks for the response anon. You might be onto something, diet and sleep have definitely played a part, when I first noticed them I'd been incredibly stressed out because of my shitty work and couldn't sleep for very long periods of time because they would bother me first thing in the morning. I'd also been trying to lose weight in a very unhealthy way.
I'll look into facial massage, thanks for the suggestion! I'm already using Avene A-Oxitive as a weak retinol cream and that should help a bit.

No. 187878

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Nonnies is it better to sleep on your back to not squish your face? Do you develop wrinkles faster if you sleep on your side?

What kind of massages do you recommend?

No. 187881

In general yes but it's better to sleep however you're most comfortable to get a good night's rest.

No. 187936

I'm 25 and this year my dark circles got worse and my undereyes are hollow even tho I have a chubby baby face otherwise. It looks really fucking weird. My mom literally didn't have a single noticable wrinkle or sign of aging until her 40s so I didn't expect to start aging noticably at 25 :/

No. 187937

Based upon all the dermatologists I've looked up online, you cannot literally change the size of your pores as that is determined largely by genetics. You can only alter their appearance. Exfoliation helps (though remember not to overdo it, only a few times a week) with the appearance factor, as do primers. Dermarolling can help with appearance, but as I said, it is easy to fuck up on yourself, and even if you do it yourself, it should only be done 1x a month.

No. 188302

Does anyone use a humidifier?

I thought maybe a small one could help with my dry skin but idk

No. 188316

>you cannot literally change the size of your pores as that is determined largely by genetics
Yeah, I've read about that too. It's just confusing because one derm says that, then on the next page I see microneedling and CO2 laser being advertised for dramatically improving the pore situation, people posting before and afters etc. Makes me wonder which one is it

No. 188317

i mean, if people are saying that the only way you can do it is by buying hugely expensive treatments, they're more than likely just preying on your insecurities and trying to get you to buy their shit

No. 188321

I've been using a sample of hyaluronic acid serum from Kiehl's and I've really seen some improvement to my skin. however the full product is pretty expensive and I've splurged on Kiehl's moisturiser and eye cream already so I'm hesitant to buy it if a cheaper hyaluronic acid will work just as well. would something cheaper like The Ordinary's serum give me the same plumping and moisturising effects?

No. 188329

This is very anecdotal but my mom's pores basically disappeared since she's been to one great cosmetologist few years ago. She keeps saying it was some kind of a UV treatment and I'm not sure about that (she might've mixed it up) but I'm booked there in about a month. I'll report back afterwards.

No. 188330

I'm OP >>187579 and this is precisely what happened to me, but good news, if it happened suddenly it's probably fixable. I've been eating and sleeping better for the past few weeks and it's made a huge difference in how my face looks, my undereyes look a lot better now!

No. 188352

Does anyone else feel like most dermatologists are useless? I’ve been to several this year to have my acne treated, and not one of them asked me about my diet, skincare products, sleep schedule, stress levels, etc. They even brushed right over my skin history. Two of them walked in and prescribed Spironolactone right off the bat, even though I told them that I had just had my hormone/thyroid levels checked and that the tests results were normal. None of them even asked me to remove my makeup or examined my face for long. They’ve just given me the impression that all they want to do is rush me in and out and shove pills down my throat.

I’ve honestly learned more (and had better results) from doing my own research, reading these threads, and experimenting on my own. I figured that getting a professional opinion would be beneficial, as well, but I feel rather disheartened. Have any of you had similar experiences?

No. 188358

It sounds like what you're looking for is an esthetician. Derms focus on medical treatment for skin health, estheticians are concerned with the skin's appearance and are more likely to be tuned into cosmetic trends. They have different medical qualifications, some people recommend visiting with both to determine the state of your skin and how it can improve.

No. 188363

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Dermatologists get commission and don't depend on the results of what they do for their portfolio, estheticians need a portfolio of before and after pictures of skin so they usually put in more effort to not deceive their patients

You're absolutely correct though. Not just with dermatologists, most "holistic" doctors tend to do much better than main doctors

No. 188380

I'm new to developing a skin care routine, I finally got one down and I want to know your thoughts.
I first wash my face with cold to warm water. Then I cleanse with Aveeno Ultra-Calming Foaming Cleanser. After rinsing off the cleanser I use a cotton round and wipe down my face with Oil-free Witch Hazel Toner. Finally I dab eczema medicated ointment on red spots or flare-ups and finish with a coat of shea
It works very well although my face is still discolored and has dark spots from years of eczema plaguing my face.

No. 188381

Thanks so much, anons! Interesting info. I’ll start looking for an esthetician in my area.

No. 188423

Foaming cleansers tend to be drying, you may want to switch it out for something milder once you finish your bottle. Maybe look into BHAs to help improve your dark spots. Wear spf every day if you don't already

No. 188431

Take that other anons med-sci skepticism with a grain of salt, the bottom line is that derms and esties are qualified to treat entirely different concerns. For example you couldn't go to an esthetician for a skin cancer exam or a retin-A prescription, and the average dermatologist isn't going to have the expertise to consult you on your beauty regimen. A lot of the time their practices complement each other. Do as much research into your local estheticians as you can because their approach and practices vary a lot. Generally speaking, the most reputable esties are the ones that work in medical spas. Those are also the kind of places that offer more intensive procedures like TCA cross and stuff.

No. 188496

Try stopping using witch hazel toner for a week or two, i've seen people say it can be drying for some. Also there's no legit moisturizer in your routine, shea butter is only creating protective layer on your face, not really moisturizing it as it doesn't absorb, so I'd try adding it. And like other anon say, maybe try a gel cleanser instead foam one? But I"d start with adding the moisturizer.
So the order would be: cleanser > rinse > eczema ointment > moisturizer > shea

No. 188740

I see! I didn't know that foaming cleansers were drying. Do you have any recommendations that would be okay to use with sensitive/eczema skin? Well then, I'm a bit of an idiot I didn't know that shea couldn't be a moisturizer. I'll try some getting some type of moisturizer that'll help and add to my routine. Maybe something from Aveeno would work? Weirdly enough, the toner hasn't dried out my skin but I'll give it a try. I've been looking into BHAs but from what I've read people with eczema should avoid them due to the salicylic acid in them.

No. 188772

any tips for getting rid of scaly skin that feels greasy after applying moisturizer? i think i need to get a new routine nonas help lol

No. 188773

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I feel this product has become a meme in skincare communities but holy shit it literally solves all my sensitive oily bullshit skin problems. This + retinol, cleanser and spf is pretty much my routine now.

No. 188776

I have dry eyelids and use it as eye cream after every traditional eye cream I tried just irritated or dried them out more. It works so good! I use it on my lips and hands too. I’d use it on the rest of my face if I could, but it breaks me out if I use it around my jawline/nose/cheeks.

No. 188778

What products are you using?

I want to try this one so badly

No. 188783

nivea gel cleanser
emma s facewash
cerave moisturizer for dry to very dry skin
enzyme peeling mask from skir

No. 188786

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Update on cleansing face for a full minute. I still just wash my face with water in the morning, but I cleanse at night. I make sure to gently massage in the cleanser for a longer time, around a minute or two. Anons, my face is so soft. I usually have dry-ass peeling skin that is somehow oily for some reason but lately it's been so soft and hydrated. My oily spots are still oily but not as intensely as before. I still have some dry spots too, but they're not as intense either, and my moisturizers actually work better. Before this I would need to apply so much bullshit after cleansing like oils and ointment to prevent peeling, but now just moisturizer and occasionally a little ointment works great.

Now I just need to figure out how to not pick my face and I'll be oh so pretty

No. 188794

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I bought this on a whim two weeks ago and it’s been doing wonders for me. I’ve heard of acid peels before but was too scared to try them, I usually just stick to using TO’s glycolic acid toner every night and even just switching my nightly toner to that did so much for my skin but this mask is chefs kiss for me. I’ve never had that “after ONE use my skin cleared up!!” but this product is the closest I’ve come to it. Immediately after washing it off it didn’t seem like my skin was too different but after a few days it seemed like my skin was glowing more than ever! I try to keep a minimum of four days between uses because I’m scared of overusing it and irritating my skin but damn. I really love this shit.

I also learned recently that TO’s glycolic acid toner isn’t meant to be used daily but oops lol. I’ve been using it for three years and my skin’s thankfully been okay.

No. 188804

I use this about once a week, I need to order a second bottle asap.

No. 188805

Nona since I read your post I've been cleansing for a whole minute every night and I cannot believe how soft and shiny my face has gotten. Total game changer

No. 188846

how do you fix a shiny forehead and cheeks? it's not just dewy. i look greasy. they RADIATE in the sun and it's super embarrassing. even light moisturiser and anti-shine sunscreen makes it so much worse. i think my skin is dehydrated and stripped, i feel no oil, but with a safe routine (avene very gentle wipe off face cleanser, cerave moisturiser) it didn't improve…

No. 189086

I got my Tretinoin order today and so excited to try it out!!! I think I'm gonna mix it into my moisturizer first so my skin will not freak out
Fellow greasy anon here, I found that using a primer and powdering my face multiple times a day helps the most. The Ordinary also has a niacinamide+zinc serum that stops your pores from producing oil but it pills like crazy

No. 189139

What do you mean by 'pills like crazy'?

No. 189141

Nayrt, pilling is when something forms tiny balls or capsule shapes, like how the fibers on clothing sometimes do over time. Skincare products pill if they leave too much residue, making your face look dirty and making it impossible to apply makeup or other products over it (assuming it's an AM product that you're supposed to be able to apply makeup over)

No. 190114

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Two quick questions for the skincare anons:
>I have oily/combo skin and my routine is cleanser, TO's niacinamide serum, To's HA moisturizer and sunscreen in the morning, and cleanser, Laroche Posay's hyaluronic acid serum and TO's HA moisturizer at night. Is it overkill to use two HA based products at night? I was thinking of switching it up to niacinamide and then hyaluronic serum at night, because I noticed that niacinamide works better on my pores if I use it twice a day. What if I only used moisturizer in the morning, since I already use the HA serum at night?
>I want to start with retinol for anti-aging, I'm 26. Should I go for differin first or straight to retin-a? I don't have any other skin concern at the moment, just sensitive oily skin and dilated pores I'm trying to keep under control with niacinamide.

No. 190272

HA is a humectant so you’re supposed to layer an occlusive moisturizer over the top of it to seal in the moisture, otherwise it will evaporate I think. So I’d keep using moisturizer

No. 190290

You should put it on after your moisturizer, it’ll still work well but will be way less irritating

No. 190381

Hey, nobody talks about this and it’s really looked down upon amongst skincare groups to mention the negative effects of tret use.

But I’ll say it anyways to potentially save someone’s face. Tretinoin is great for evening out your skin tone, fine lines, etc. but it actually destroys your subcutaneous fat stores on your face. This is what keeps your face youthful and plump. If you look at before and afters from tret users, you’ll notice their skin looks clearer, but you’ll also notice they’ve lost mid-face volume. It is very difficult to restore that volume.

I’m gonna be the one to say that tretinoin is not worth it. Clear skin is nice but there are other methods that won’t change your face so drastically. Nobody, and I mean nobody, looks BETTER (even with clear skin) when they’re lost significant volume.

No. 190383

When they’ve lost significant volume *
And if you don’t believe me, check RealSelf. Google “loss of subcutaneous fat after tretinoin use”

Here’s one source: https://www.longecity.org/forum/topic/72441-retinoids-possibly-causing-loss-of-subcutaneous-fat/

No. 190385

Additionally, I can personally attest to noticing this from using tret. That’s why I quit it and will never go back.

No. 190392

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Here’s a good example. On the bottom right (her After picture) she looks significant older after only 3 months of use

No. 190395

I used it for about a month and I noticed I looked older…
Some anons itt say it can get worse before it gets better, now I'm not sure about continuing using it.
On the other hand many articles and forums praise it as a holy grail for skin aging.

No. 190399

It doesn’t get better. I used it for a year and seriously regret it.

No. 190414

The links in that forum post are dead. I need actual proof.

No. 190701

Has anyone here had microdermabrasion for hyperpigmentation? And did you find it made a difference?

No. 190722

The links are dead, source would be nice. On the second page there's a working page but it talks about the rats' metabolism, meaning it was ingested and not applied topically. Also, tretinoin's side effects and the purging show much earlier than the desired effects (increased collagen, clearing acne, etc) and people often give up sooner than they should. Video is about a woman who used tretinoin for 15 years and she looks great

No. 190723

Samefag. Also, if it was true, wouldn't skincare companies try and monetize on it by creating fat loss body lotions?

No. 190741

it's shot with a different focal length, in what seems like different lighting and she lost the bangs, which is why she looks different from the first picture
if it truly was fat loss her tear troughs wouldn't get filled out, they'd get deeper.

No. 190780

Some of the results are insane. This woman is 50+ and looks way better in her after pictures than before. But she also got other minor things done, so I am not sure how much of it is Tretinoin. But I am intrigued, ngl. I recently developed my first wrinkles and now I am trying to figure out what I want my skin to look like and how I can achieve that within the next years. I have been using Retinol for a while now, A-Passioni from Drunk Elephant is my favorite one because it gives me nice skin with zero irritation. Before, I used The Ordinary (meh) and Paula’s Choice which gave me severe skin peeling despite the DE one apparently being stronger. But with those videos I am wondering if Retinol is enough or if I eventually want to try out Tretinoin, especially since I am approaching an age where my face doesn’t look "youthful and plump", anyway, kek.

No. 190790

I have super oily skin and terrible breakouts (like mild cystic acne) and I'm really tired of it. I don't take BC and I don't want to take any pills for it either but aside from washing my face twice a day, what else should I do?

No. 190795

What helped me immensely is niacynamide+zinc serum from TO, cystic acne still happens sometimes but rarer that ever. it's cheap so maybe worth a try?

No. 190844

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Ive never used retinol before, would this be a good one to try?

No. 190852

If you look this up on RealSelf it’s talked about there as well. I think it depends on whether your facial structure is more fat or bone and muscle. Either way, it’s your world queens. I’m just telling you my experience and what I notice in others. Whether or not you risk looking older and more haggard is your choice and has no effect on me. Give it a shot, let me know how you feel in 6 months to a year. Remember that subcutaneous fat loss is irreversible. Enjoy your tret! I’ve said my piece.

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No. 190855

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No. 190857

My goodness those indents are ruthless. I was going to order tret but I'm not so sure anymore. My face is very full and I like my chubby cheeks, and my undereyes are already bad enough.

No. 190858

Yeah I have eye hollows and they started getting worse. (I’m not the Reddit poster, but her results are tragic). Now I’m considering getting undereye fillers due to using tret. It’s really not worth it if you have ample fat and your structure is based on that. Idk. For some people it’s a HG but for me, not worth it.

On the plus side, I found something called Volufiline (Sidmool brand) and it’s helping me gain fat back in that area somehow. Supposedly it works by encouraging fat cells to divide and grow. Guess it’s recommended for tiddies and the butt, but it’s helping my face recover from tret.

No. 190859


Here’s one article about it. Idk I was skeptical but it’s working for me. Apparently the new fat growth is permanent too, not just when you’re using it. So go easy with it, and only put it in spots where you really want to accumulate more fat.

No. 190861

Anons that are looking at this should know that while tretinoin obviously isn't for everyone, the effects of tret depend a host of variables like the dose you use, the other products in your routine, your environment, and what you're ultimately trying to achieve. It's a medical product, misusing it will make your skin extremely sensitive.

Labmuffin is chemist that talks about some of the misconceptions surrounding retinoids. It's not reasonable to deduce a cause and effect relation between two variables just because of an observed association between them, med-sci is more complicated than that.

No. 190862

Thank you anon! Your help and warnings are appreciated. I will definitely keep researching this and look for cases like >>190854. Since she had a great routine and was very careful, I think it is fair to say that Tret just doesn’t work for some people even if they stick to the "rules". Pointing this out because some of the negative examples I have found came from people that did not have a great routine and did not moisturize enough, but >>190854 apparently had a great routine, her skin just couldn’t handle it.

No. 190928

Every sunscreen stings my eyes and every time I wash my face in the shower it hurts so much. What do I do? I tried cleaning my face with cotton pads first but then it also gets into my eyes and hurts a lot..

No. 190929

So what that anon posted isn't a likely side effect?

No. 190933

Don't wear it around the eyes then? It's the only thing that worked for me, really sucks how many sunscreens actually do that.
Started using LRP invisible fluid and haven't had issues since.

No. 191004

Research suggests that it's not a common side effect. That doesn't mean that there isn't a possibility that some skin types have some kind of inflammatory reaction to tret that results in fat atrophy. Like with any medical treatment, it's important to get your information from credible sources before coming to any conclusions, if you can afford it I think it's good to do a skin analysis with a medical esthetician to understand what you're working with and what the possibilities are. And if you're concerned about protecting the condition of your skin as you get older then you need to give priority to sun protection and a gentle, hydrating routine

No. 191238

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Are these forehead “wrinkles” on this girl’s temples normal? Normal as in everyone has them, and/or they don’t go away. I was staring at my face thinking how I compromised my skin’s barrier on my cheeks when I noticed them. I don’t know if it’s merely a nitpick type of thing, but right now I’m dousing my skin in water and ceramides and hyaluronic acids and I hope it goes away as my barrier repairs itself. I broke it using salicylic acid cleanser way too often on top of drying masks + my currently paused tretinoin regimen. I didn’t have my keihl’s face wash the past few days and neutrogena was my only real option, so that’s how it happened.

On another note, I’ve been using the ordinary’s buffet for a few weeks in the morning but I’m really not convinced it does much for me. The hyaluronic acid B5 + innisfree mild spf moisturizer + dr. jart’s good cera mist was my complete morning routine for a while now. I ran out of TO’s niacinamide a few months back and never cared to replace it. But this routine made my skin noticeably brighter and kept it clear. I added lactic acid to give an extra oomph on non-tret days and I really like it. I use it with hyaluronic acid and good cera mist on those nights and nothing else. I won’t use it for a while now though.

I might go back to glycolic acid toner + a heavy cream, or something with eucerine urea repair for my forehead problem. If it doesn’t solve that then at least it’ll work everywhere else since I won’t be using salicylic acid often again. I can’t imagine using it more than once a day, 2-3x a week at this point.

No. 191245

This just looks like normal skin texture to me anon… look closely at children, even they have little lines and texture. Calm down. Are you 16 or something?

No. 191246

literally where

No. 191250

There aren't any wrinkles.

No. 191264

I just bought that Volufiline stuff, bit of an impulse buy because I actually can't tell if I need it? Like I don't know if my under eyes lack fat or not. But I am using tret and I don't want to worry about fat loss, so I figure I'll see if it makes any difference and if it doesn't then I'll slather it on my boobs instead. Apparently you can use it on your lips too.

No. 191266

anon it's time to go to the body dysmorphia thread

No. 191322

That's not wrinkles, that's just texture. You could try AHA, it might help

No. 191339

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I'm happy to hear other nonnies mentioning this, I just added it to my routine a month or so back as well. I decided to give it a try after seeing a Youtuber's results (picrel). I have somewhat pronounced nasolabial lines like her and while they're not terrible I don't want them getting any deeper. Hoping to get a similar effect. Will probably use it around my tear troughs too since they age people so badly once they get really sunken.

No. 191437

I used to use tretinoin as a teenager with NO skincare routine (Ikr). It got rid of my acne but it fucking wrecked my skin's moisture barrier (but that was my fault). But even using it for 2+ years on unprotected skin didn't give me depleted fat deposits on my face. Thanks for the common sense angle, anon.

No. 191463

What's the catch with this stuff? Wouldn't everyone be using it of it works so well? Especially because of the claim that it's like "bogox but wothout side effects".

Not trying to be mean, just legit interested but very skeptical

No. 191467

I mean, I hadn't heard of it until anon mentioned it and it's still very new so maybe it will catch on. Bakuchiol also exists but nobody cares about it even though there are a few studies pointing towards its efficacy because it simply isn't as well researched as retinol. It's probably the same with this.

No. 191476

I’m one of the anons using it but I wouldn’t go so far as to say it’s like Botox. It will slightly improve fat production and create a subtle filling effect over months of use. Fillers will produce the exact, noticeable result you want immediately. It’s effective if you have relatively minimal wrinkles or fat loss you want to address but it’s not going to totally transform your face and you need to be consistent.

No. 191530

I've been using tretinoin for 3 years and I have nothing bad to say about it. I haven't gotten any fat loss or anything, I have no acne and non dominate lines. I use the lowest strength prescribed by my derm

No. 191647

I don’t think there’s a catch, I think it’s just a newer ingredient in skincare. I noticed it’s more commonly used in Asian countries and is just now making it’s first appearances in the US. I like it so far, it’s working to plump up my eye hollows and cheeks (even my lips) so I’m happy. I think it’s a healthier, less drastic option than fillers with longer lasting effects

No. 191662

Where do you purchase it? I am wary of Amazonnor eBay because idk how to verify the ingredients. But maybe it's my only chance.

No. 191674

What brand do you recommend?

No. 191705

Im using a brand called Sidmool. I was weary of buying it on ebay too, but it ended up working out. I think there are other Asian beauty brands on places like yesstyle. The one I ordered from eBay was unopened, and unexpired so I just went for it. Took about a month for it to arrive but it was in good condition and has been legit thus far

No. 191706

No. 191707

Also, this is the video review that led me down the Volufiline/Anemarrhena asphodeloides (that’s the key ingredient) rabbit hole. It seemed like an honest review and it’s honestly the reason I even gave it a shot


No. 191713

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I have what looks like a heat rash (???) all over my face, and more specifically on my forehead. I didn’t freak out at first thinking it’d go away after a week or so. But it’s been two weeks, and while it’s not itchy anymore it’s seriously not budging. It looks like picrel, mostly on my forehead but also around my nose and some small patches on my cheeks

Begging for help here. Has any anon dealt with something that looks like picrel and how did you get it to go away? My skin was looking so lovely a few weeks ago and now I’m embarrassed to even go to work… the texture is so embarrassing.

The only thing I did differently was use a horrible sport/chemical sunscreen on my face for a couple weeks that seriously irritated my skin and it felt like it was burning me when I put on. But I was broke, on tret and out of my good sunscreen and felt I had to keep using it

For the love of god someone please help me

No. 191714

Could be fungal acne

No. 191715

I have some bad tear throughs (think Abii Pop before her fillers) and I can't afford fillers every year. I'm only 26 and it makes me look so tired and old idk what to do anymore

No. 191728

Anon, do you eat a lot of dairy products? I had this sort of rash when I consumed a lot of milk and yoghurt, and other forms of dairy

No. 191734

I got undereye filler last year and it's AMAZING! It completely changed my look, I didn't get it refilled because of college.

My friend had that, she went to a dermatologist and they gave her tret to get rid of it, I suggest going to a derm

No. 191735

What are the active ingredients in the shitty sunscreen you used? If you've got any aloe vera or some sort of soothing product, try putting a thin layer on, maybe a cool washcloth.

No. 191765

Dae find that their skin only feels moisturized if they use a mask?? Like I could slather on any kind of moisturizer and my skin still feels dry-ish afterwards

No. 191771

Try applying your products on damp skin. I stopped patting my face dry after washing, instead I let some of the water evaporate on its own and apply moisturiser while the skin is still a bit humid. At night I add a thin layer of aquaphor and that has made a huge difference. Also, if your skin is dry or dehydrated, consider rinsing with water in the mornings instead of using a cleanser. My moisture barrier was pretty damaged last fall/winter, I worked these habits into my routine and now my skin is soft and smooth.

No. 191812

Thank you for the replies. I don’t eat a lot of dairy but I did eat more cheese than usual last month.

I’m already prescribed tretinoin but it seems to make the situation worse so I stopped using it.

I thought it could potentially be fungal acne, so I bought some Nizoral when it started and have been using it to wash my face and it doesn’t seem to help at all.

The only thing that seeks to make it calm down a bit is cold water and light moisturizer. But it just won’t go away!!! Idk what the fuck to do

No. 191813

The active ingredients in the sunscreen that I’m pretty sure caused this rash are: Avobenzone (3%), Homosalate (15%), Octisalate (5%), Octocrylene (4%), Oxybenzone (5%)

No. 191822

in addition to this you guys may wanna try hyaluronic acid! i have oily-combination skin (dry patches) and a basic HA toner applied on damp skin has brought a really lovely plumpness to my face.

No. 191933

Any dark circle creams that worked for you ladies? The brand that was recommended in the last thread is sold out.

No. 192086

Dark circle creams wont work. Just use a vitamin c serum under your eyes and make sure your under eyes are hydrated properly.

No. 192087

Is anyone else into dermaplaning?
Its the only thing that removed all my flakes. It works so much better than chemical exfoliation atleast for me and because my face is hairless, my makeup goes on so smoothly now.

No. 192088

I have a bottle of this and it stung as soon as I applied it, any ideas why? I've used direct acids before so it can't be that. I couldn't even keep it on for 2 mins

the inkey list is meant to be decent, you could also try the ordinary. just start on a low percentage like 0.1 and work your way up over time

I've had issues with suncream stinging my eyes but I recently started using cosrx's aloe vera suncream and it doesn't sting. maybe it could work for you too?

No. 192090

Avoid chemical sunscreens and use mineral instead. The chemical ones always hurt when they get in your eyes, the baby ones are the best for not stinging but they’re not very cosmetically elegant

No. 192132

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Is there a solution to having slightly reddish skin particularly around the nose? It's nowhere near extreme as most pictures show it on the net, I've found pic related to be the closest. Any anons have a solution to it?

No. 192134

Looks like damaged blood vessels, I think that can happen from sun damage but it's also associated with rosacea, you should consider talking to a derm or a medical aesthetician about it if you can. A derm could prescribe topical solutions that reduce that redness by constricting the blood vessels. Depending on the severity and the underlying condition cosmetic products might not be very effective.

No. 192143

Thanks! I've never been an avid sun bather and I've always avoided the sun because it burned my skin. As for rosacea, all the examples I've seen look really extreme but I do get red rather quickly especially now with hot temperatures. I guess I have no choice but to consult a derm.

No. 192144

lol I've just seen some examples of light rosacea and that's pretty much my case. Still, I'm going to the derm asap to see if that's really the problem and what can be done about it. fml

No. 192163

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Do you get red easily during exercise? That's typically a big giveaway. La Roche-Posay's Cicaplast Baume B5 is very soothing for my rosacea and eliminates a lot of redness. It goes on chalky because of the zinc but it absorbs and goes away within about 10 min. I'm similarly not an extreme case but have some smaller areas of redness and a slightly "flushed" look even when I'm not doing anything if I don't keep up on my skincare.

Super late but I think this was me. I'm so glad to hear the horse paste is working for you anon! That's got to be a big relief after dealing with it for so long, I know it was in my case. Between it and this Cicaplast Baume I've definitely seen an improvement. Like you I still have moments where I get really flushed, especially when I'm working out, but I can live with that. It's nice enough not to look like a tomato on the reg. If you're looking for other treatments I've heard a lot of positive buzz around azelaic acid as well. I'm somewhat hesitant to try it because I've damaged my moisture barrier in the past and don't want to irritate anything, but supposedly it's gentle and good for redness.

No. 192164

On the bright side, if you can get to the source of the problem then you can't start to address it. Sounds like it would be pretty straightforward to get an effective treatment plan going. Good luck anona

No. 192171

Also, do you use any makeup? I dislike using makeup but I was considering getting a bb or cc cream to deal with the redness. I kind of have a hard time seeing it completely disappear even with a decent treatment.
Sorry for bugging you.

No. 192172

> Do you get red easily during exercise?
Yes, haha. Thanks for the tip. What's your skincare routine? I've only been doing gentle cleansing and applying moisturizer am & pm. It's a good thing I wasn't too agressive on my skin because who knows what might have happened.
True. I've been going through the rosacea subreddit and now so many things are starting to make sense to me. I always thought it was natural to look slightly drunk all the time lol.

No. 192194

>thought it was natural to look slightly drunk all the time
This was me, I was getting a facial with an esthetician and she said in passing "since you have mild rosacea…" and I was like wait, what? So there's an actual reason my skin is like this aside from unfortunate genetics?
>skincare routine
Using a gentle cleanser and moisturizer is likely all you need to be doing as a baseline, in my case it's been more about adding or tweaking the type of products used so that they specifically target rosacea as one of my issues. I use an oil-based cleanser, some sort of serum (vitamin C or niaciminade right now) and then the Cicaplast in the morning. Same in the evening except I use Retin-A about 3x a week and then layer my moisturizer with Aquaphor to avoid crazy peeling. Azelaic acid may be a good, gentle treatment you can use on a semi-regular basis for rosacea, and personally I've also found clay masks to be very soothing.

No. 192248

I absolutely love Cicaplast. It makes my skin super smooth like it never was before

No. 192251

Has anyone tried IPL for rosacea/broken capillaries? If so, how did it work? (I know there are better lasers for rosacea, but they're not easily available where I live)

No. 192255

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has anyone used melanotan? has anyone looked in to this? I don't want skin cancer or to be putting unutested peptides in my body but then again I am pale as a fucking ghost and big tan is a 8 billion dollar industry

No. 192257

I like how melanotan gave him muscles and a pool

No. 192264

Just wanted to update everyone in case someone here runs into this issue

For some reason hydrocortisone cream cleared this up almost completely in just one night. If any anon has something similar to acne, but unresponsive to acne treatments or doesn’t heal/change over the course of weeks, it’d highly suggest slathering on some hydrocortisone

No. 192265

I had two sessions with it, probably should have done more. It helped for smaller broken capillaries, bigger ones not so much but then again if I had the recommended ~5 sessions, who knows.

No. 192269

Thanks anon! I really appreciate the answer. I think I will get myself azelaic acid and niacinamide for now and incorporate it in my routine. Clay masks too.

No. 192275

lmao right?

No. 192304

It's extremely unsafe. Just get a high quality self tanner and eat a lot of carrots

No. 192309

I've been getting more undereye lines, even though I moisturize. Anything to make them fade a bit?

No. 192310

Retinol is said to be very effective with that, but maybe wait until autumn so there's no that much sun

No. 192324

How much selftanner are you supposed to use? Say, how many pumps of selftanner mousse for one arm? I'm wondering if I'm simply using too little because I only get a tiny little wash of color from my selftanner.

No. 192436

Are there any anons here with eczema? For a long time I thought I just had general rashes, and would get them in the pits of my knees and elbows. It would get bad-ish every three years, intermittently, I would scratch out of stress.

Anyways, recently (past months) it has gotten the worst it’s been, and spread out larger (up my arms, elbows themselves and legs) than ever. It’s on my ankles and under my buttocks. Now my thighs too. That’s all totally new. Walking or any movement can hurt. Creams do nothing and I don’t know how quickly a diet change can ease shit at this moment.

Does anyone experienced with eczema know what’s happening, I’m just confused and feel lost (honestly scared too). I usually ignore what’s happening but it’s unavoidable now.

No. 192451

do carotenoid tans work tho? does anyone have any xp either eating a lot of carrots, drinking a lot of carrot juice, taking beta carotene supplements and/or astaxanthin supplements and it actually giving you a tan?

No. 192453

retinol can have a gnarly warm-up period and take a while to see results, so i'd recommend starting asap. just be aware that like this anon said, the sun is more brutal when using retinol so make sure you stay covered spf-wise constantly.

No. 192470

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No, hypercarotenemia will never give you a tan. You'd need to eat like 10 carrots a day and you'll end up just slightly orange. Eating well all around will give you a healthy glow and a slight warm tone, but if you want to be tanned either sunbath with all the precautions or try a self tanner

No. 192497

I have eczema, specifically pompholyx. This has worked for everyone I know that has any kind of eczema. This is a two step process of bleach bathing and wet dressings. If you're skeptical please Google it, it's a well known remedy in allergy medicine (mum was a nurse specialist for 15 years).
Step One: Bleach Bath

Take some regular bleach not scented, just plain. Dilute with water so it's about 25% bleach. This will sting a bit, but I promise you it will work…Cover all the areas of the rash, you don't need to rub it in but make sure it all receives a few good soaks. Then rise off with very cold water to reduce inflammation.

This is killing off the bacteria that naturally occurs on our skin, mainly staph. Staph is harmless unless it enters your blood stream then it can eat your appendages off. (Google at your own risk)

If your eczema is really bad you might already have an infection, good news is eczema is pretty good at isolating it due to the ~ constant flaking ~. Doctors will prescribe a steroid cream, but I never use it.. It's only ever made my eczema worse as it's an oil-based ointment which makes it super hot & prevents the flaky healing cycle.

Step Two, Wet Dressings:

Next, slather with an oat-based moisturizer. I love lush dream cream, but others work just as well. If this is an emergency use rolled oats in a stocking to make a DIY milky moisturizer. This keeps the ezemca from becoming dry and cracking..

Then, take an old cotton shirt (must be cotton as it's breathable) and cut it into bandages. Wet the bandages and wrap them around the eczema areas (it's okay if you don't do everywhere but warm places like knees, elbows, armpits, hands, feet definitely need this).

I do this usually around 1-3 hours before sleeping as it's so much easier than trying to deal with dressings during the day.
I 90% guarantee that this will cure you're eczema by 20-50% overnight, do this every night or second night for a week or two and it should be mostly gone.

Good luck, I know how painful and awful it can be and I'm sorry you're going through this. Please don't hesitate to ask if you have questions :)

No. 192498

Would you say that Volufiline could be a substitute for tret when it comes to its anti aging properties? Does it do anything about fine lines? And does it cause breakouts?

No. 192508

Are you allergic to sodium lauryl sulfate? Its in most soaps and caused me to rash up. Otherwise anti-histamines usually help, but make sure you get the ones behind the counter with pseudoephedrine

No. 192514

Any good quality retinol brands that won't break your bank? I was thinking of the Inlet List's, but an anon already posted and and others said it was alright.

No. 192515

From my understanding, volufiline has a different purpose than tret. Volufiline should probably not be applied to the whole face, only areas where more fat would result in a more youthful appearance (for instance, if you have a hollow undereye area). I gain weight in my face so I am very careful where I apply it.

No. 192603

Thank you anon, so so much, wish I could hug you. I actually had seen bleach baths being mentioned on some sites but brushed it off because I thought it was crazy. I’m definitely going to give it a try. It makes sense because now looking at some of my skin, I can see traces of staph infections, and I had no idea.

I also never considered wet dressing because water can be quite painful, so I thought water and eczema didn’t mix. I have the oat based cream covered though!

Maybe, but I have always avoided soaps with this ingredient, and my current soap is free of it (l use a cetaphil bar soap). I might look into trying a cream with pseudoephedrine, I haven’t heard of it before. I have tried cortisone cream and it seems to work fine, I use it really sparingly.

No. 192625

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Would it be okay to use a setting/mattifying spray on top of sunscreen?

No matter what sunscreen I use I end up super shiny and since it's summer I look super greasy if I sweat

No. 192634

Of course, a lot of people do their entire makeup routine on top of the sunscreen layer, just a bit of spray or powder will be 100% ok

No. 192716

very late nonnie but canmake mermaid gel (i use the clear version) does not burn my eyes when applying or washing, no white cast so if mineral gives you a white cast then this might work better

No. 192742

im darkskinned, and i have super hyperpigmented lips, i dont mind it on my top lip but recently i have started to notice darkness directly under my bottom lip and it kinda makes my lips look dry at times, what is a way to correct it
i am looking for a sunscreen but what are gels and creams that help remove the hyperpigmentation fast?

No. 192749

I think vitamin C helps with hyperpigmentation. Look into serums/creams that contain it. A more drastic solution are chemical peels and lasers but I'd say it's too harsh for the skin in your lips

No. 192763

Saged in case, but I've always since I hit puberty get acne? Or something like that on mostly butt and a little on shoulders and back. I'm extremely self conscious about it, I'm really clean and shower daily as I've got clinically diagnosed OCD I refuse to be dirty. So as you can imagine, it destresses me a lot knowing I have these spots there. They're not even pimples, like they look like it but when you pop em there's like only blood in it?? Anyway, anything I can do about it? I've tried antibiotics but they didn't work. Any advice would be appreciated, thank you!!

No. 192770

>mostly butt and a little on shoulders and back

Anon do you let shampoo run down your back? If so you should instead hunch over when washing hair or wash your body last and thoroughly to get the shampoo off.

No. 192882

Omg I do! Ill start doing that, thank you! If u have any other tips or ideas please let me know!! Thank you so much!

No. 192960

Are you sure it’s acne and not some other skin condition like kerastasis pillars or fungal acne?
I’d recommend you use a Salux Japanese washcloth, started getting bacne in my teens and I got one of those, I haven’t had body acne in years (maybe a pimple a few times a year if I’m not careful) and I’m in my mid 20s now.
Another thing that’s important for anyone who wants healthy skin is to not overwash and overexfoliate. You don’t need to soap up every day unless you are active everyday, just washing your danger areas should do fine if you get a nice deep clean once or twice a week. Your skin needs to be hydrated with a robust moisture barrier so it can heal and maintain itself. Clean clothes and bedsheets go a long way as well.

No. 193410

Does anyone know a sunscreen that won't make your eyes hurt like shit + itchy & make your nose runny? I already tried using a garnier sunscreen & the la roche-posay anthelios sunscreen and both left me teary eyed & itchy in the eyes. What so I do? Please, help!

No. 193415

I use Biore water based one and I never had any problems with it.

No. 193433

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Trying out some Korean masks I got, this royal jelly one smells great. Does royal jelly do anything, though? I read it's good for collagen production but has anyone here had success with it?

No. 193438

All the Biore sunscreens I've tried smell of alcohol and sting my eyes like a mf
I've had luck with biotherm waterlovers and the clarins sunscreen stick

No. 193460

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I have very sensitive eyes too, they can burn and sting just from the fumes of a sunscreen. One I've had luck with is the Biore one on the right.

No. 193468

That's weird, Biore water based sunscreens definitely don't normally smell like alcohol.

No. 193481

I also have really sensitive eyes and I use the one on the left. It has a strange consistency but I use it all around my eyes and have never had any problems with it.

No. 193604

Is it okay to use retinol after tanning a bit? Not right after but hours after?

No. 193608

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Use organic baby sunscreen, I’m a super sensitive bitch too and this helps me. But it’s got a white cast so you got to rub it in good unfortunately.

No. 193631

Don't tan if you're using retinol, it makes you more sensitive to the sun. Honestly id recommend not tanning at all, a tan is a sign of UVA damage and that causes skin aging and melanoma.

No. 193633

I am sick to bastard death of my nasolabial folds and dark circles. Im 25 and have a chubby baby face and no wrinkles but those two features age me a lot and just generally make me look like crap. And just my luck they're two of the skin issues that are basically unfixable without fillers. Ugh

No. 193661

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I'm really sensitive too and this is the only sunscreen that hasn't broken me out or stung my eyes. It doesn't pill or have a white cast on me (I'm pale af tho). I also tried the regular garnier sensitive advanced one, it was irritating, left a white cast and pilled

No. 193708

‘nasolabial folds’ at 25 are a meme not a skin issue, they are a part of almost all humans face structure. sounds like you’re over fixating a bit tbh

No. 193731

You might want to give volufiline a shot.

No. 193756

Tbh yeah I’m shocked at how much this has actually worked for me. Volufiline actually has a noticeable filling effect. It’s plumping up my cheeks and eye hollows somehow. I don’t even care how, just grateful it exists

No. 193775

You don't look older because of nasolabial folds, you just look like a human being with nasolabial folds. Are you consuming enough images of humans outside of instagram, celeb content and lolcow? This is not a problem, this is your anxiety latching onto something "unfixable" to agonize over. If you got perfect filler* tomorrow, you'd start freaking out about something else.

*perfect filler doesn't exist and everyone starts to look gross from it migrating and wanting more and more to look "normal"

As for dark circles, I feel like color correction has fallen out of fashion but it's a life saver. A slightly peach-tinted stick concealer under my eyes (blended with light foundation) makes me look much more rested.

No. 193795

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Nta but I'm getting a bit tired of people saying nasolabial folds are natural, "even babies have them" and that kind of stuff. Yes, they are normal and present at all stages of life, but there's a massive difference between a slight dip and deep furrows. They absolutely age people if they get too intense. Take picrel for example. It's highly unlikely that anon has folds that deep, but even so, there's nothing wrong with her wanting to balance out her face if she feels they're distracting. I don't know if you're the same anon who said nasolabial folds at 25 are a meme but I've known and seen women who started developing deep folds even in their early 20s, it's just genetics and fat distribution unfortunately.

No. 193806

Does anyone have a good recommendation for a self tanner that doesn’t get orange and splotchy? I don’t want to tan but I’m pasty from the meticulous UV protection and I’m warm toned so I look sickly yellow instead of elegant icy pink. i would like a little warming up to my skin.

No. 193809

How is your hydration? Not talking about drinking a shitton of water tho because that is actually counterintuitive. Are you eating hydrating foods? Maintaining salt/sugar/potassium balance?

Kinda weird but during my worst stints with alcohol binges is when my nasolabial folds would get really prominent. It takes a few weeks of really clean eating, moderate water intake, and hydrating foods like cucumbers/celery/etc. I think it had something to do with dehydration/water retention.

No. 193811

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Anons I’m gonna be greasy for life. I inherited my grandpas shiny ass Pastapizza -America. skin. Is there any benefit to oily skin while aging or am I just coping for being able to fry potatoes on my forehead?

No. 193812

1 minute face wash anon here, happy for you girls. I switched to neutrogena oil free acne wash (thought it was a meme product but it’s actually really gentle and effective) and would highly recommend it to any anons interested in the 1 min cleanse. It’s summer so I stopped tretinoin for now (I work in gardens and my face kept burning) and this face wash has kept my acne away in the meantime.

No. 193819

What's your current routine look like? That could be the culprit.

No. 193840

Tret, essence, hyaluronic acid, light fragrance free moisturizer
It’s not extreme but I got to blot every couple of hours or so

No. 193853

Getting this shit, thanks anon. (I bow down before you)

No. 193855

I've had cystic acne for the longest time and it has gotten worse as I've aged. I'm 22 now and it started when I was 17. I use benzoyl peroxide but it only clears up minor breakouts, I still get massive painful/pressured cysts along my jawline/cheeks. I wash my face with warm water in the morning and a mild exfoliating cleanser at night, do any anons know what else I can try? The benzoyl peroxide makes me sunburnt and doesnt help the underlying issue at all.

No. 193871

Have you ever had bloodwork done to find food allergies, anon? I had bad cystic acne until I found out I had a soy intolerance. I learned soy is used as a preservative in tons of food, especially meat substitutes and vegan shit. I haven't had acne since I cut it out of my diet.

No. 193879

Yeah I got this done a year ago. I break out in hives all over my body every ~2 years and need to be hospitalised so got the whole bloodworks thing done but they found no allergies. They also have no idea why my skin just hates me but I guess that's life.

No. 193887

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I used to think dietary changes affecting your skin was a total meme. I had all these sources about how correlations between diet and acne were inconsistent and/or inconclusive.
Recently, my doctor had me cut out dairy for a month so she could test me for lactose intolerance. It's been about three weeks and I'll be damned if my skin hasn't cleared up (knock on wood.) I suppose it could also be because it's summer and I'm getting more vitamin D, but my skin has never looked this good. I still have dreadful dark circles, but the acne has subsided significantly.
I did some more reading and apparently it's not dairy, but milk specifically that does this to your skin. It has something to do with how milk is processed/treated, and the theory is that some people are sensitive to it.

No. 193892

See a derm, chances are you need accutane like I did when I had cystic acne in my early 20s. Some acne just isn't possible to fix with topical treatments and benzoyl peroxide in particular is nasty af. I remember it just making me dry and flaky, I'd rather have moisturized skin with pimples tbh.

No. 193894

>Is there any benefit to oily skin while aging
I think there is somehow? My uncle has had insanely oily and stretchy skin his whole life and struggled with it. He's 45 but he looks like he's in his early 30's despite being a raging alcoholic.

No. 193914

Volufiline anons, does it work on the lips too? Which website do you order it from?

No. 193916

The only thing that cleared my skin was cutting sugar (which includes any kind of carb as well)
Whenever I go back to eating it, it comes back almost immediately.

No. 193917

>any kind of carbs

Nta, but what about veggies?

No. 193933

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Most veggies are fine, I have an allowance of around 50g carbs so most veggies do not fuck this up. As long as I dont eat starchy stuff like potatoes, it's fine. Picrel

No. 194211

Do any of you anons know some good products for someone with dermatillomania? Even after my skin is somewhat clear I go back to picking and I’m at square one with the gross scars around my forehead and cheeks. It’s like hell for me and my skincare routine has been helping a whole lot, but I wanna know if any of you found anything that helps by a landslide, I’d really appreciate it. Preferably stuff that isn’t harsh, probably Korean (but doesn’t matter) and for combination skin.

No. 194219

will Botox on the forehead give me arched eyebrows? I would strongly prefer if not

No. 194236

You aren't alone in that, I have dermatillomania too and it really sucks. When waiting for it to heal it helps to moisturize extensively, oils and vitamin E is good. I get wanting to minimize scarring but it can be risky for already damaged skin to exfoliate and all that I think

No. 194273

Reporting back after the treatment. I got treated with a few different things but UV spatula was probably the most important. It hurt like hell when the cosmetologist dug into my skin but after a week, my nose pores basically disappeared and my cheek pores got less prominent. My cheek pores were gigantic so I guess I'd have to repeat it in a few months or they just can't get any smaller.
But I can recommend the UV spatula treatment for pore minimising.

No. 194393

I just ordered some on Amazon. My second bottle. It’s been plumping up my lips - but just refilling volume that was already dwindling. I don’t think it adds anything extra but if you’ve lost volume in that area it’ll get you back to normal in the lip area. My upper lip was feeling deflated and now it’s full again.

Been using volufiline for about 1.5 months once daily, just a few drops under my eyes, my cheeks and my lips. It feels like I had dermal fillers but it’s apparently just new fat growth. I love it tbh never going back. Idk if it works for everyone equally though.

This sounds like an ad but I was doing my makeup yesterday and was really pleased to notice the fullness under my eyes. Like I could finally use eyeshadow on my lower lashline again now that my eye hollows have plumped up. Highly recommend to all the nonnies, cheers

No. 194394

Same question but I want the eyebrow lift

No. 194399

I would actually try a heavier moisturizer, it sounds weird but your skin might be out of balance and trying to make up moisture. Tret is drying and hyaluronic acid can be too- it pulls water in so if it isn’t paired with a good moisturizer it’ll pull moisture out instead. I use Stratia Liquid Gold and Clinique Moisture Surge during the day (I know it’s old-fashioned but it works for me and dries more matte) and Drunk Elephant Layla Retro at night (sometimes with a facial oil) as my last steps. Moisturizing has helped me a ton with my oily skin though everyone is different! Good luck!

No. 194505

I've been trying to self tan for so long but I'm pretty sure my skin is just DHA resistant in some places. The insides of my arms, chest and neck just won't take the tan no matter what I do. I exfoliate properly, make sure there's no barrier caused by moisturizer/lotion/showergel/perfume and let it dry properly while making sure it doesn't rub off from other body parts or clothing. I can't think of anything else that may be causing it. I guess I'm just doomed to stay paperwhite for the rest of my life.

No. 194508

Is volufiline likely to be bad for health? I want those fuller undereyes but I also don't want to get cancer.
I use mevala nail strengthener already but I'd like to limit my use of effective but unhealthy cosmetics

No. 194509

The one I use has only 2 ingredients. Volufiline itself is a plant extract with no known side-effects.

No. 194511

>plant extract
Plants can poison you too though

No. 194512

Wow really? I had no idea! I've been making poison hemlock soup all this time, thanks for telling me.

Anyway, this particular one has been used for years with no side effects.

No. 194619

Anyone else a Kikumasamune devotee? I love the toner and moisturizer in pump form. I recently gave their cleanser a try and while I can't speak to if it does anything for blemishes it does leave my skin very soft and I don't feel as though anything has been stripped.

No. 194660

Recommendations for a drying/hardening sort of product to put over spots?

I had a Neutrogena spot cream years ago that even though I don't use Neutrogena, I loved that it hardened on the spots like a little shell. (I pop the shit out of my spots and hate feeling them seep afterwards kek)

No. 194661

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If you're euro, Akneroxid kind of hardens and it makes acne spots disappear in day or two for me.

No. 194666

you're better off using a pimple patch if you want them to heal faster. I think they have ones that include anti acne ingredients too but I just use the plain ones for whiteheads

No. 194673

If it makes you feel any better I think pale white skin looks so much more beautiful than tanned skin. Tans look really ugly to me, especially on people who are naturally pale. Embrace the whiteness, go for a gothic aesthetic or something. IMO the prettiest girls are Snow White and don’t tan

No. 194699

I have two questions related to shaving.
First, I recently shaved my legs and unfortunately ended up with shaving bumps and possibly ingrowns. I don't know how it happened because I never had a problem with it.
How to get rid of bumps after shaving and most importantly, how to shave properly?
I should always shave with a new razor, right? Should I disinfect after every shave?

The second question is: what do you think of these home laser hair removal devices? I want one, but is it worth it? Do you recommend any? Can I use it to my pubes or my ass crack?

No. 194706

This. Just get the cosrx patches and don't fuck with topical treatments, I promise nothing is more satisfying and better at healing than a patch sucking all the gunk out of a popped pimple.

No. 194712

Exfoliate to expose hair, rinse, oil up or shaving cream (I like do use conditioner), shave with the grain, rinse, exfoliate gently again, rinse again, and finally moisturize or oil. Replace the razor every so often, it’s less the dirtiness and more to do with how sharp the blade is. A sharp blade that doesn’t drag across your skin to shave hair will help reduce ingrowns and redness.

Home laser can work but you have to be consistent and it doesn’t happen fast. Having my armpits sting everyday only for a barely noticeable difference after a week wasn’t worth it to me versus getting near-instant results after one 30-second session at a laser office. Darker areas like your ass crack is even more difficult to get results with a home device. Just buy a 6-session package from groupon with a professional if you want to save money

No. 194726

salicylic acid will help with bumps and ingrowns. Tend Skin and Cerave SA cream are good products.

as for home laser hair removal devices, I have the Tria and it works well for me. it won't work very well if you have dark skin or light hair. the instructions say to use it every two weeks (not every day). spacing out the sessions will help to target the hair during all phases of growth. you can use it on your bikini line but it is not recommended to use on your labia or anus. the manual is available to download for free online if you want to learn more.

No. 194744

I wouldn't bother with a home laser myself. They can work but even the best ones don't compare to what you'll get from a professional. I've had professional laser and while it was costly, it was so worth it. I have a few hairs that didn't get killed that I pluck out when they grow through but having to pull out a couple of hairs occasionally vs the far more consistent use needed for the home laser and mediocre results my friend who uses one has had makes it clear what I'd go for. If you really want to cut down on hair, don't have the money for professional sessions and don't mind the upkeep then they're fine, but even if you just get your pubes and asscrack done by a pro, it's well worth the extra spend (and getting just that area done doesn't cost too much).

No. 194747

Thanks for these shaving tips anon! I hope this time I won't get shaving bumps lol.

>salicylic acid will help with bumps and ingrowns
Oh, I'll remember that! Thanks!

Honestly, I'd like to get a professional shave, but in my shit country it's REALLY expensive. For this reason, laser it's not popular here.
Though, maybe I will just go to do some problematic spots like ass crack lol. But at the same time, I would need to go more than once and after a while my hair would grow back. Idk if it's worth money just to get my ass nice and smooth.
When it comes to home devices, I wouldn't mind if I had to wait for the results or had to do it often tbh.
Idk, I will think about it, but thanks anonettes!

No. 194754

Nazi-chan vibes

No. 194778

I've cleared up my cystic acne with differin. It's a retinoid so it will get worse before it gets better, and will make your skin more sensitive to sunlight, but it actually made my skin prettier over time, compared to bp which destroyed my moisture barrier and made me look a decade older. If you do end up tryinging it, put it on after your moisturizer and only a tiny amount. It takes a while (like at least a month) to see the effects (and it will get worse at first) but it was so worth it for me. I still get acne but only tiny normal ones before my period.

No. 194799

I tried out a cleanser from Cerave & a benzoyl peroxide cream for my acne spots and my skin has been inflamed, red and with underlying tiny pimples all over my face for more than three days! What the hell is this and how can I get rid of this? Help!

No. 194800

It might be Cerave, I've read that a lot of people react to their products

No. 194832

Anons, how often do you use body lotion? I used to apply it every night but in the summer I can't stand the feeling of stickiness on my skin

No. 194836

i agree w the other anon!! i had a big problem with using CerAve products, their cream ended up making my skin red and clogging pores, giving me acne in spots where i'd never get them.

No. 194839

I had the same issue with Cerave

No. 194895

Nta but how the fuck is that Nazi? The sun ages you and tans tend to only look good on those naturally born with them, in my opinion. Some of us have tried tanning because we grew up having it pushed on us (like in the early 2000s) that we'd look "healthier" and ended up not liking it. Plus, its yet another bitch of a thing to have to maintain in winter months.

No. 194896

Thank you, I went and bought this yesterday after reading your reply and it's already really effective.

wrt the patches, they don't work for me and sort of fuck up my spots more, which always annoys me because I was so excited to try them years ago, then when I got them they just didn't work for me

No. 194900

Which brand were you using? I had good experiences with patches from Csorx.

Weak bait

No. 194963

Bumpity-bump. Can someone recommend me moisturizers that sink in quickly?

No. 194968

Topical dermatitis. Stop using both products immediately, take some antihistamines and use very gentle moisturizer, no "active ingredient" cleansers until it clears up (Eucerin makes good ones for sensitive/flaring skin, or Cetaphil).

Could be either products though the benzoyl peroxide is the likely culprit, it's very drying as a wash and I prefer it as a spot treatment. If your Cerave has hyaluronic acid that is probably adding fuel to the fire. Idk why people stan that stuff as one-size-fits-all.

No. 194969

I am that anon, and yeah not a nazi-Chan. Just someone else with pale skin that can’t tan. I never said there’s anything wrong with naturally tan/darker skin. I just think everyone looks better with their natural tone, and trying to tan is detrimental in many ways

No. 194973

keep up sweatys unless you self-flagellate about how pasty and basic you are you must be a secret white supremacist. God forbid you say porcelain then everyone really loses their shit kek.

No. 194982

>everyone looks better with their natural tone
Let's face it most beauty shit is about the grass-is-greener approach: pale girls tan, darker girls lighten their skin, curly girls straighten their hair, straight haired girls curl it… It's like we all think we look prettier when we look less like ourselves.

No. 195027

Could you post the link? There's multiple ones I can see and I'm skeptical with buying from Amazon because they often sell you fakes

No. 195071

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Has anyone here tried any ursa major skincare products? Thinking about trying but its kinda pricey

No. 195142

Is it normal for icepick scars to get wider but shallower after TCA crossing?

No. 195160

How do you deal with peeling caused by actives? My skin peels so bad that it gets in my hair and it looks like dandruff. It's disgusting

No. 195254

Just leave it alone. Only gentle wash, moisturize and use spf. You want to restore your natural skin barrier so just let it chill for like a week.

No. 195288

vitamin c anon reporting back after about 2 months. this is a great product! it has lightened a lot of my stubborn acne scars really well. I also used it on a bad pimple the day after the skin healed and it basically erased it, and left no scarring! I highly recommend it

No. 196071

Probably an overly naive question but would Volufiline help with a weak chin?

No. 196075

A serum? No way. Weak chin is best fixed with surgery.

No. 196081

Does hyaluronic acid help with acne scars?

No. 196083

I have rosacea and started using horse paste around the same time another anon did. (ivermectin like is in soolantra) Wondering if she's still around and what her results have been?

I worked my way through a few tubes. Around a week to 10 days in I had a die-off reaction where my papules and redness flared up even more. After that my papules totally went away for the first time in 3 years. The texture of my cheeks has been normal/soft/no bumps every since. I still get some redness in reaction to sun/heat or in the evenings. Texture fixed itself pretty quick but the flushing is stubborn.

I ran out of paste and stopped for about 2 weeks to see what would happen. In that time I got what seemed like painful hormonal spots around my lower jaw and hairline and I blamed a combo of facemasks, summer heat and traveling with maybe hormones. It was alot for a 30-something though. I re-ordered paste because I still have flushing and within a couple days back on it all my spots cleared. I had read about demodex acne so now I think my perfectly timed 2 weeks of spot outbreaks was that. The papules didn't return at least. These were bigger spots and on the edge of my face rather than in the rosacea zone. I'm wondering for people taking Sootantra is it kept up long term? With face masks being on the way out soon I'm planning on biting the bullet and seeing about paying for a doc to prescribe and advise when it comes to the ivermectin. It is doing something. I just don't know how long term you're meant to stick to it? Surely demodex eventually clear? If anyone else has been through this I'd love to hear.

No. 196084

Dermal fillers can totally change chin shape as well, just sucks that they’re an ongoing cost.

No. 196085

You may find this helpful, it identifies different types of acne scars and how to treat them https://simpleskincarescience.com/pie-pih-acne-scar-treatment/

No. 196094

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For the anons that have used this, is it a gimmick or does it really help? A friend of mine recommended it for evening out complexions.

No. 196148

it's a gimmick. for evening out complexions you should stick to an acid, I like the moon juice one

No. 196208

I’m 25, people guess I’m 19-23. Been avoiding the sun tho hehe.
Decided to finally fuck my skin up by going in sunbeds because self tanners are not cute. Is there a way I can do that to minimize premature aging? Cheap plastic surgery like thread lifting is allowed to suggest!

No. 196209

Most people look the same as they did in their late teens at 25. You don't start seeing the effects of sun damage until your early-mid 30s. Looking young now doesn't mean you should go to a tanning bed.

No. 196214

Unless you live an extremely stressfull life or dress like a boomer most people can't differentiate between a 20 yrs old and a 30 yrs old.

No. 196220

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Is this fine to put on my face?

No. 196222

Won't do any harm but wouldn't recommend prolonged use on your face, I used a similar urea cream when I ran out of facial moisturizer and had some clogged pores

No. 196309

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Has anyone here tried bakuchiol? My skin is really sensitive, but im 27 and i want to start using something for anti aging. Pic rel the product i was considering

No. 196318

Apparently there's no bakuchiol in that specific product.
(Yes it's reddit)

No. 196335

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Well thats shitty. I didnt know herbivore also had a bad history so thanks anon. I was also looking at the inkey list one and pic rel, so i guess i’ll do more research. I just want an anti aging product i can use while im trying to conceive/pregnant and i have sensitive skin

No. 196376

Curology was a fucking lifesaver for me

No. 196384

Is this an ad lol

No. 196405

I have nothing meaningful to contribute, but the fact that a bakuchiol serum turns out to not contain bakuchiol is fucking hilarious to me kek

No. 196442

Has anyone tried curology before? I'm running out of tretinoin from my dermatologist prescription and thinking of giving curology a try. On a side note it seems they always wanna start you off on a super small percentage like smaller than the minimum (0.025%). I"m looking to get higher than that though, I feel that the 0.025% didn't do too much for me. I also wanna know how their formula really compare since they mix the treinoin and niacinamide together.

No. 196444

I did Rory tretinoin for a long time (almost a full year). It was meh. Stopped because I was sick of the irritation and upkeep to do with how drying it is. Ever since I quit tret my skin has been great

No. 196449

I was on Curology before they changed the name from Pocketderm, it was years ago so my opinion might not matter kek but I just remember that it didn't really do anything for my skin. I was on it for a year before I gave up and ended up ordering generic, higher percentage tretinoin online.

No. 196492

I tried threading for the first time today. It didn't remove many hairs and now I even got a friction burn or whatever it's called. What am I doing wrong? It also hurts my hands a lot tbh. I watched a bunch of videos but can't figure out what I might be doing wrong at all..

No. 196582

What website do you use to buy tretinoin from?

No. 197119

Can someone recommend a gentle moisturizer for the chest? I want to make sure the girls look their best but I've yet to find anything that doesn't give me at least a couple of penpoint-sized zits. I think anything oil-based is off the table.

No. 197140

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Cerave or pic rel can be used all over the body, not just the face.

No. 197142

I really like the Eucerin skin calming or daily hydration creams for body

No. 197143

Is this a good product? I thought it was bad because it looks chinese

No. 197147

It's Korean. I don't know anything about this product specifically, but Korean skincare has become very popular in the west lately and a lot of people have great results with Korean products.

No. 197148

Nta but it's 92% aloe vera gel and aloe vera gel by itself is almost entirely made out of water. You can get aloe vera gel from local stores, you don't have to buy from korea. Aloe vera is nice but don't expect much more from it than it being soothing, by itself it won't even lock the moisture into your skin.

No. 197151

What is good for moisturizing sensitive normal/combination skin? I've always used aloe vera because I'm prone to vascularity and it helps with that and because it's lightweight and I hate heavy products

No. 197155

I'm a sensitive normal-to-oily combination and I like Clinique. The Dramatically Different lotion for winter and gel for summer. It's a bit pricey though.

No. 197166

You saying aloe Vera is mostly water has inspired me to share a tip I got from a tiktok. Ice cubes on the face. I use one at night after I tone my face, have it sitting out after I brush my teeth so it's not absolutely freezing, and then rub it in circular motions. I use to get really dry skin on my nose and it hasn't occurred this year since I started (start of spring) and I swear a stubborn pore on the side of my nose has shrunk because I've been fixated on it and it's definitely changed.

No. 197182

Seconding Clinique, it's the only moisturizer that doesn't break me out or cause clogged pores. And i've tried everything from kbeauty to drugstore to luxury brands.

No. 197198

Third anon here to say I’ve been using Clinique dramatically different lotion daily since I was 13 years old. I can’t go without it.

No. 197234

Anon, its sold at tj maxx. I'm not acting like anyone needs to go to Korea for this.

No. 197241

I was just saying you can get it locally from a local brand to avoid confusion since you/another anon talked about it being Korean skincare. Which is commonly purchased directly from Korea or at inflated prices from Western re-sellers. Just making sure no one overpays for plain aloe vera gel. I don't even know what tjmaxx is.

No. 197261

It was a joke, because OP said “the most beautiful girls have Snow White skin” or something along those lines.
Idk about using ice… I think you can break your facial capillaries because of the sudden shift from warm to cold

No. 197267

I mean I wouldn't treat Tiktok as a trustworthy source for lifestyle related stuff. I mean a while ago there was a challenge where they encouraged people to overdose on benadryl because 'it's fun' or something

No. 197376

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I've been on a difficult skincare journey for the past 3 years and I've made the mistake of looking into hyped products or korean skincare that's insanely marked up or requires long shipping times. I've tried cosrx, cerave, tonymoly, benton, cetaphil, you name it. Recently I had a clear out and decided to look into more local options and I have to say it's changed my skin for the better. I live in Europe and for the most part I've considered the French pharmacy brands either overpriced or underwhelming but ever since I looked more into what they offer I'm never going back. The one thing I think is very underrated are sunscreens. Many EU regulated sunscreens that we can find in our drugstores/pharmacies have modern filters and are cosmetically elegant. Picrel, this is a La Roche Posay dupe for their shaka fluid and I swear by it, I reccomend this to all eu anons out there. Other brands I adore include Uriage, Bioderma (their micellar water beats any cleansing oil/balm I've tried), La Roche Posay (amazing cleansers), Avene, SVR, Geek and Gorgeous (rentinal serum and vitamin c serum) and Revox (eu equivalent of the ordinary, although stay away from their retinol)

No. 197379

EU sunscreens are amazing, lots of my friends cling to their Bioré and Canmake sunscreens and refuse to try anything from the drugstore because it's 'bad' but I've found so many nice ones recently. I get buying Asian sunscreens in 2016 or something, but ours have caught up and exceeded them by far.

No. 197381

Anon I have the same exact experience! I got so many Korean skincare products and it made my skin look like shit. Switched over to LRP and its a dream.

No. 197395

I was literally just checking out Revox, what's up with their retinol? Anyway, thank you anon, I needed to hear that. To be perfectly honest out of many Korean/Japanese sunscreens I tried only few worked for me really well but I kept buying them because the small bottles were cute and handy, very easy to carry around for the reapply purposes. Also they seemed cheaper at first, compared to western ones that are marketed as "face" sunscreens, but now with the shipping increase and VAT in place I'm screwed anyhow. I never gave LRP a chance before but your post convinced me.

No. 197402

Putting together a little care package for a friend who has been having a rough time with her mental health. What are some nice sort of treat skincare items that would be nice to receive. Particularly face masks as I know she still uses those cheap clay and peel off ones in the sachets

No. 197405

We get it; Local local local buy local. This is a skincare thread, not a consumer ethics larp. Fuck off already. Also the product in question has been posted in past skin threads and prior to this site's creation over on /cgl/ as its helped many anons. Esp given the minor alcohol content for oilier types.

>breaking capillaries

Because you can and no one advises this unless you wrap the ice in a cloth. Anon is just a moron.

No. 197406

My Beauty Diary or My Scheming makes really great sheet masks.

No. 197411

Are you really this dense? You're making a mega big deal out of something that was nothing more than a short remark to prevent anons from accidently spending more money than necessary. It was about saving money, not consumer ethics in any way shape or form.

No. 197417

Are you the same anon who thinks people recommending cups instead of pads are oppressing your vagina?

No. 197418

Anon they're really expensive in the long run. The cute tiny bottles don't last very long if you're applying the recommended amount and reapplying properly.

No. 197442

ntayrt but considering makeup thread just had a sperg out the other day about wasting money on a mascara I can see why nonnies would be sus. it's not your money at the end of the day so let people buy what they want.

No. 197448

I'm 25 and for the duration of my 20's I've had the most unruly chin/jaw typical hormonal, angry, cystic acne, located entirely in that chin and jaw area on either side, every day I wake up to more. I tried everything OTC, made numerous changes to my diet and routines, all over the course of years. Eventually I started spironolactone which made a huge difference and I had really beautiful skin for a few months but it has stopped fucking working and I have these huge shiny disgusting cysts welting up either side of my chin constantly. why live

No. 197456


Do you have long bangs or hair layers that touch or hang in your face? Do you hold your face/chin in your hands when you're working or scrolling or w/e? That's usually where my chin/jaw acne comes from nonnette

No. 197482

What can I do to minimize peeling after using actives like AHA or retinol? It's so disgusting that pieces of skin are just coming off my face. Do I need to moisturize more?

No. 197503

Yes, a really strong moisturizer is recommended

No. 197506

Use a heavy moisturizer at night and then put a layer of Vaseline or Aquaphor on top when you go to bed.

No. 197513

I've read that most people didn't have any results while using it, it also contains rosmary leaf oil which many found irritating/strongly scented.
I also wouldn't reccomend their vitamin C serum and caffeine serum because it oxidises really fast. The brand overall seems to have mixed reviews but the general consensus is that their products are very gentle and their serums are formulated to be on the thicker side.

No. 197528

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I love this sunscreen, sadly I tried it once when my friend let me try it and I've been hunting it down since it's sold out everywhere in my country at the moment kek
I'm super oily and this sunscreen was amazing.

No. 197530

Has anyone tried Hadalabo Gokujun Hyaluronic Lotion Moist? It's pretty hyped or was at least several years ago. I'm upping my tretinoin percentage and I know my skin will be dried out and in need of nourishment and hydration. Will this help?

No. 197564

I use it and I like it. I used epiduo (differin + bp) last year and that ha helped me retain way more moisture than if I had just used moisturizer.

No. 197591

>La Roche Posay
Seconding this. Had a few weeks where I was trying to find a new salicylic acid exfoliant and ended up with quite a break out due to what I was using not working. Started using their micro peeling purifying gel and 5 days later the break out is mostly cleared up and there's nothing new coming through at all. It's pretty cheap too compared to other brands that have worked for me in the past, it's nice to have found something really affordable that works so well.

No. 197629

So… something weird happened. I was using TO's niacinamide serum twice a day and LRP's hyaluronic serum at night, and I noticed that lately I've been getting some more and more noticeable fine lines out of thin air. I was getting worried and starting to consider tret, then I had an idea to ONLY use niacinamide where I need pore tightening (forehead, nose and upper cheeks). The phenomenon stopped.
Now my HA serum is fixing the damage, it's been I think a week and the fine lines are fading, everyday I have to squint more to notice them.
So yeah, be careful with that niacinamide, maybe only use it on the areas you really need it for.

No. 197651

oh crap I didn't know this about niacinamide, was actually about to introduce it for diminishing the appearance of pores. thanks for the headsup anon

No. 197704

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Does nothing ever work on these things?

I recently had 3 fractional laser (Fraxel) procedures and I feel like there’s still no improvement many months later. Seeing my face in angled lighting completely wrecks my mood. I don’t know what to do anymore.

No. 197709

any way to remove moles at home? apple cider vinegar does nothing

No. 197717

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have you been doing it right? I've removed a couple using the apple cider vinegar method. granted I actually did it on 'flat' moles (when the apple cider vinegar method is only really meant for raised ones) and it took some real time and effort applying the acv onto little bits of cotton bud and using a plaster to stick the soaked ball to the moles every night for probably a 9 days.

these are the links I used to help me




like I said, the method is really meant for raised moles but I have done this on 4 flat moles now and have had varying results. one has completely healed and you can't even tell there was one there, one looks like a tiny fleck/scar on my skin, another now looks like a pale pink scar and the last one is still kinda there lol but a different shape (I consider the last two failures lol). tbh I probably shouldn't be advocating for anyone doing this but basically around the step where it's kinda crusted off I would cut into my skin and basically pick bits out to make sure I was removing all the pigment. what you really want is for the mole itself to 'pop' out which is best case scenario. see picrel, my pic) I realise how messed up this probably sounds and how it was basically self mutilation. I was asking for scars (and probably worse!) but honestly, after healing I'd rather have these little scars. sorry for any anons other than anon I replied to kek

No. 197721

samefag to add after doing this the 'sites' of the removal legitimately can take months to heal, like 6 months before the skin doesn't look sore and after that you may still have a leftover scar

I almost regret posting the info above since it's probably terrible advice but I thought I'd share

No. 197728

my favourite skincare youtuber has a video on this topic, might be helpful, I believe she used glycolic acid. also if you search her channel for 'acne scars' she has other videos on the topic. hoping you find a solution or can minimise your scars anon good luck

No. 197736

Isn't at-home mole removal dangerous?

No. 197743

Maybe try microneedling (if you can afford it go to a professional) or TCA cross. There’s also a type of surgery where they cut the scar tissue with a needle under your skin which should help… Unfortunately icepick scars are super hard to get rid of. Tbh lasers haven’t been very effective for most people with scarring.

No. 197755

> Unfortunately icepick scars are super hard to get rid of.
I honestly don't see how it's possible tbh. They're really deep, how can you get rid of them without removing enough layers of skin that they're shallow enough to be less visible? You'd have to fucking strip half the skin off your face.

I have pretty bad scarring and I just try not to worry about it even though it sucks. If my skin is otherwise clear and hydrated and healthy, I'm doing enough imo.

No. 197771

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finally got rid of my stupid fucking fungal acne i've had since february. realized this was it when i noticed it on my back as well. soap got rid of it in a week or so. anyway, this is my current skincare routine. the daily vitamin c supplements + aloe vera + ulta md combo really helped get rid of the red marks fast, like i'm talking in 1-2 weeks. my skin's nearly back to how it normally has looked my entire life. btw am not acne prone, doesn't run in family. was also probably vitamin c deficient.

No. 197772

lmao i meant elta

No. 197791

Are you supposed to wash your face with a cleanser every morning after you wake up or plain water also does the job?

No. 197793

whatever works for you, there's no correct way

No. 197805

I heard just plain water in the morning is ok, especially if you get too oily during the day. I stopped using cleanser in the morning and noticed that it really helped with oiliness. Might seem counterintuitive, but it's just that over-cleansing your face can make it produce more sebum. Also my cheeks don't get as dry as before.

No. 197808

I always start with micellar water and if I notice there's like still dirt or mascara that didn't fully come off ill use a cream cleanser as well.

No. 197821

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Nevermind, today was particularly dry and I can see the newly formed lines in all their deep glory. Oh well then, tret time it is. Thanks a lot niacinamide, very cool.

No problem. Full disclosure, I don't think this was a common side effect, in fact I always heard of niacinamide as something that should make fine lines less evident. But it's worth avoiding certain areas anyway, especially undereyes and around the mouth.

No. 197837

I swore off of waxing brows like a decade ago because every time I went, I'd end up with like 40+ red pimples all along my eyebrow area, even when I went to high rated "SeNsItIvE sKiN" waxers. I'm thinking about trying again… Are there any tips to brace for a potential breakout? I've read that taking an ?aspirin? (Tylenol? Ibuprofen? I forget which) might help with the inflammation, and something about witch hazel which I'm not sure how my skin will take to. Does the witch hazel have to be applied before or after?

No. 197838

I know a lot of people swear by cerave moisturizing cream but I had the same effect with it. It's like after a few days my skin was drier and my lines more visible even though I didn't use anything else or had any treatments. I switched back to my old moisturizer and my skin quickly went back to normal and all the lines faded.

No. 197844

Just do sugaring. You can do it at home.

No. 197851

It’s not niacinamide, it’s just that TO has some terribly formulated products. I tried that serum too and it broke me out. it was so sticky and dried down super crispy. I think the zinc is part of the reason, since it can dry the skin, and whatever other crap they put in it. I’ve tried some other niacinamide products from cosrx and ponds and had no issues. It really does help the skin

No. 197857

I had the same issue, usually I get less irritation if I get threaded instead. Plucking at home seems to be the best option for me.

No. 197859

Skincare nonnies, please help! I am so clueless.
The skin under my chin and on my neck is very fragile and wrinkly, I think from hair removal (I use one of those threading spring things which plucks all the hairs).
How can I look after the skin there whilst not growing a full-on neckbeard?
Also, I've had expression lines since I was a teenager, but I'm self conscious about them now that I'm getting older… Is this something that can only be remedied with Botox, or is there a solution I'm missing?

No. 197877

With the expression lines, try tretinoin. It's suppose to be like retinol but better and it's commonly known as the golden standard in skin care.

No. 197878

Not great for me either so I switched to using multiple creams and oils my moisturiser routine now is
Iunik beta glucan - for the base
Vaseline advanced repair cream
Rosehip oil - for finish

No. 197910

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I'm not using korean sunscreens anymore since the whole purito controversy, but yeah french pharmacy brands are really worth looking into
Pic related is what I've been using since a month or so and it's amazing, literally looks like you're applying a primer to your face
The only downside is that it is scented so probably not great if you have sensitive skin (the smell's pretty good if you're fine with fragrance though)

No. 197931

> whole purito controversy
nta but what happened?

No. 197933

Pls help my confidence is just gone. I have small spots all over my forehead and chin, there's not a single smooth spot and I just dont know what to do about them. Everything seems to make them worse or not do anything

No. 197941

EU anons, where do you buy your retin-A from?

No. 197947

Just go to a private derm, get a script and it should be good for a year or so. You can even say it's for aging.

No. 197957

I order it from an online store

No. 197992

I'm probably the only one but I'm skeptic about the safety of (unsupervised) retin use. It's not for nothing that it's hard to get here..

No. 197995

Purito sold the centella green sunscreen with SPF 50 but it was later revealed to be SPF 19, less than half as advertised.

No. 198012

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They can cut the scar tissues like pic rel to make the scar less deep. Or putting lots of tiny needles into the skin breaks up scar tissue and forces your skin to make new healthy tissues. I don’t think that peeling/microdermabrasion shit works

No. 198104

No. 198112

I had severe acne as a teen and got my cheeks full of boxcar scars + a weirdly omega shaped icepick scar. My face was always full with big, painful cysts. After going on bc to balance out the hormones + six years of maintaining a skin care regimen that includes peelings & retinol I can say that my skin still has large pores and rough patches with some small holes and a spot with underlying scar tissue but the boxcar scars are almost gone & the icepick scar kinda closed up so I only have some smaller scars right now. I know that my case is severe so if you only have some boxcar or icepick scars on your cheeks they will def. get better over time if you take care of yourself but just like I said - it takes time. You can shorten it by the treatments the other anons suggested I guess.

No. 198118

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It's a local store that imports it from another, Romanian online store called Greeno Shop (https://greeno.ro/en/module/iqitsearch/searchiqit?s=tretinoin). The brand of Trteinoin is picrel

No. 198150

That looks sus as hell

No. 198159

Nta but most tret manufacturers use very simple packaging. I have mine shipped from India and it definitely works but looks very similar to this. These places are pharmacies, not skincare brands. If you need a cute trendy bottle and lots of buzz words blown up your ass then go for an overpriced, watered down product instead.

No. 198161

my current skincare has been working really well, keeps me moisturized but not greasy. I'm pretty sensitive to most products and can't use cerave

double cleanse
>cosrx milk gel cleanser
>esfolio honey cleansing foam
>kikumasamune high moisture lotion
>aloe vera
>cetaphil moisturizing lotion

No. 198168

how does that look sus, it looks like regular pharmacy product.

No. 198186

I don't mean that it looks sus because it's not cute. I mean that it looks like it was made in someone's backyard.

No. 198187

girl it's from romania

No. 198195

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can anyone help me out with an exfoliant? pic related is what my mom gave me a while ago that i had used for years and recently knocked off the shelf and it shattered, i think it's what i used almost exactly.
i have normal-dry skin (more on the dry side) and constantly get flakes or dry spots even from slight picking (i also live in a mostly constant humid environment). is this kind of exfoliant even beneficial for my skin-type - because this is the only shit i've ever used (exfoliant wise) that it actually removes all the dead skin and doesn't leave me flaky, and i see it coming off in the sink with lasting effects like into the next day at least.
i never see this stuff (this type of exfoliant, not the brand) in stores or even online so i always wondered if my mom just gave me some weird goop in a jar that worked like a charm but apparently it's some sort of enzyme exfoliant? the label had seriously rubbed off on mine.

No. 198205

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This reminds me a lot of Secret Key's peeling gel, they work in a very similar fashion. I'm not too sure about how effective these types of exfoliants are, but one thing you have to ask yourself is: is this gel that you've been using actually exfoliate your skin, or does it get rid of your flaky skin patches because it's hydrating? I see that the gel has many hydrating ingredients, especially the hyaluronic acid. I would recommend using a HA serum and see how it goes especially since you live in a humid climate, it's perfect for the serum to draw moisture from the air. Beware though, hyaluronic acid serums tend to have a learning curve, it took me awhile to learn how to use mine (always pat it on wet/damp skin, never massage).

No. 198285

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How do I perform dermarolling properly for maximum improvement on atrophic indented acne scars?
I see a lot of recommendations to use vitamin c serum but it's difficult to find anything with ascorbic acid of 20% or above that isn't extremely expensive.
(anything less than 20% won't be as effective or so I've been told)

No. 198288

I thought it was discontinued tho, can't find it anywhere too

No. 198290


No. 198305

So, I moved from a below-sea level climate to a place that’s around 6,000+ feet in elevation and my skin hates me for it. I’ve never had facial acne in my life, but my forehead is broken out in so many tiny little bumps right now. They’re not white heads, they’re just like… light pink bumps. Help me. In my home state, I would just use a bit of a hyaluronic acid moisturizer ever day, but I know I can’t use that here because the humidity is 0%. Maybe 10% on a good, rainy day.

No. 198307

A facial scrub might help. Could be an abundance of dead/dry skin cells. My forehead gets like that too when the humidity drops in the summer where I live. It doesn’t drop as low as yours for most of the time but my skin is used to a midrange level of humidity.

You could even use exfoliating gloves in the shower and then moisturize right after getting out. Just don’t over do it. Literally spend like a few seconds doing it. Facial skin is soft and sensitive.

No. 198312

How often should I use body lotion? Every day? Every other day?

No. 198314

I've had troubles finding it in my country, but from what a pharmacist told me it wasn't discontinued, just continually sold out? I definitely saw the 30 SPF version of it earlier this week

No. 198322

I use it everyday, sometimes twice if I shower in the morning too but it's a way lighter lotion.
Everyday is best, but there isn't much difference if you do it every other day. Depends on your skin and the weather

No. 198479

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I just fucked up with trying a sample of this Kate Somerville exfoliator and now my face is dry as hell yet has patches of dead skin that feel like sandpaper and won't come off unless I pick to a new layer of skin. I tried this earlier with some of the cracked dry skin and now can't cover up that area with makeup or else it looks ridiculous

Anons I know I sound like a 5 year old but please help me, my skin is so oily from overcompensating from how dry my ski is rn. And my skin is normally oily but I also make an effort to hydrate and lock in moisture every night. =What do I do? Do I try to scrub the rest of the dead skin off or just try to stop my already-oily skin from overcompensating w more oily by layering on [vanicream] moisturizer, squalane, aquaphor, and whatever other occlusives/humectants I can find?

No. 198490

If your skin barrier is compromised, I don't think you should scrub more, just moisturize and pick off the dead skin with your hands. After actives I use moisturizing masks and they really help with the peeling

No. 198499

please don't scrub anymore! I would recommend using hyaluronic acid every night until your skin improves, they do a bottle cheap from the ordinary. wash your face with a mild cleanser, but leave water on your face then rub in the hyaluronic acid to lock in that moisture, it should also help heal your very dry patches. follow with moisturiser. good luck anon, I hope your skin heals up soon

No. 198500

probably not what you want to hear but I've heard you really shouldn't try dermarolling at home, go to a pro, they'll know what to do.

No. 198634

Do you get the 11ml and how long does that last? How many applications would you say you get out of it? or do you get the 30ml bottle?

No. 198802

Turmeric is a super good spot treatment! I have two gross acne spots right now, one right below my nostil and one on my right cheek, so in the morning I mixed some turmeric with water (others use honey or yogurt but I have neither). After 30 minutes or so, the swelling reduced and they're less painful. Try it! But ymmv.

No. 198809

How do you remove the stain though? I remember I cooked with turmeric once and didn't matter how hard I scrubbed my hands afterwards, they stayed yellow for several days

No. 198814

I heard that turmeric is fat soluble so you could get olive oil to remove it. That's a good point though!

No. 198905

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I don’t know if this is common, I feel embarrassed since it’s really stupid but sometimes when I scrub myself really well I get tiny little red spots, like freckles or moles. And it’s not like freckles that have always been there, it’s like they formed during the shower or something.

Picrel is closest to what they look like, sorry for the small photo. It’s not as red and it’s not like… a rash? Just very tiny red spots. The article that I got it from mentioned cherry angiomas but it is definitely not that as they’re much smaller, as if you put paint on a needle and tapped it on the skin lightly. Does anyone know what it is?

No. 198911

I'm not a doctor but it sounds like petechiae. If you're scrubbing too hard then I wouldn't worry much about it (stop scrubbing so hard though). But if you bruise easily and get petechiae easily I would definitely go to the doctor just in case.

No. 198924

I second this. Dealt with the same exact thing but on my face after some intense workout and headstands. It’s basically a form of bruising or broken blood vessels

No. 198946

Where do EU anons get volufiline? Pls help

No. 199393

How much money do you guys spend on skincare/makeup in a year? I just splurged and I feel a bit awful because I only work in the summer but I think it will last me 1+ year.

No. 199395

I spend less on make up and more on skincare these days now that I’m in my 30s.
Although in my 20s I bought a lot of makeup that I never used. I’ve never been much of a make up wearer but I did used to wear foundation and false lashes and heavy contour, etc. Now I barely wear any. Right now I just use an illuminating moisturizer and self tanner on my face. Tint my eyelashes and bam. I’m thinking about getting my brows tattooed (the stippling technique I dunno what it’s called) and that’s even less make up to worry about.

I buy makeup every 3 months I think and skin care about the same. But the skincare costs more. Maybe $600 a year for both. That’s a pretty rough est tho. I can’t imagine more than that tho.

No. 199396

I mean I wasn’t much of an eye shadow wearer. Not that I wasn’t much of a makeup wearer.

No. 199402

Does anyone in the U.K. use tretinoin? Where do you get it? I know dermatica is the obvious choice but I saw it’s much cheaper from AllDayChemist, but the website gives off very weird vibes. From what I’ve read it’s legit though.

I don’t have a prescription so needs to be somewhere that will provide one. There are no dermatologists in my area either.

No. 199411

I probably spend about $100-$150 on skincare a year. My routine is just facial mist, moisturizer, sunscreen, tret (free), maybe an essence if I’m feeling spicy. Honestly skincare products take a long time to use up so idk how nonnies spend so much. Then again I only use drugstore/French pharma and kbeauty

No. 199412

Oop forgot about cleanser.

No. 199415

My skin tends to be on the dryer side (my nose/forehead can be oily) so I feel like I use more than the “normal” amount of product. Hence why I go through a lot. And I also use it on my décolleté area.

No. 199461

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I've been using the paula's choice 2% bha liquid exfoliant every night for about two months now and it has had such a great affect on my enlarged pores/sabaceous filaments on my nose and cheeks. I know you can't shrink pores but you can help clean out excess gunk and using this bha has really helped. when I first started using it I hated it cause it felt too sticky on my skin but once I cut down on how much I used per application it didn't feel so bad and sunk into my skin nicely. I've also been using it directly under my eyes and it's helped reduce the appearance of those little milia like white dots. I used to think it was overhyped but seriously sticking with it for a few months and I love it. seriously, anons with enlarged pores, try this, be patient and you'll see why it's hyped up so much (testimonial not paid for for paula's choice. all opinions expressed are my own!)

No. 199535

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I don't know if this will work for everyone but I highly recommend using these razors
I shave my entire face, forehead, cheeks, chin, everything once a week
In my teens I had horrible acne, in my twenties it all cleared up but another problem arose – literally everything I would put on my skin besides certain moisturisers will break me out. I can't use any kind of cleanser, face wash, oils, scrubs, chemical peels, AHAs, BHAs, nothing. BUT I've had so much success just washing my face with only water and putting on moisturiser twice a day, at morning and night. Then once a week I'll go ahead and shave my entire face, getting rid of dead skin and anything shitty beneath the surface. I put almond oil all over my face before shaving so as to not cut myself and have a smooth surface, and I was any remaining oil off when I'm done (I do not put oil on my face on any other occasion, it breaks me out)
This is something you can try if your skin physically isn't sensitive (can tolerate shaving) but is sensitive beneath the pores to the stuff it absorbs.

No. 199547

I think it's called a dermplaner

No. 199553

I wanted to give this a try but it's kinda pricy! Did you purge at all from the BHA?

No. 199554

Ty, I knew there was another term for it besides "razor"

No. 199557

not that anon, but if you're worried about the price you can buy small travel size versions of it for a fraction of the price


No. 199568

has anyone in this thread actually had luck clearing acne with diet and exercise? i only just started getting acne last year, never had it in my teens. (im 24). my acne is on my forehead, under my nose and on my chin but slowly spreading outward onto my jawline leading me to think it could be hormonal. i hoped it was just from wearing a mask / having bangs but it's been at least 2 months with hair up and no mask and it actually seems to only get progressively worse. the only other changes I can think of is that i haven't been to the gym since Covid started and i used to be vegan before Covid too. I want to see a doctor/ esthetician but would there be a point in trying diet / exercise first? (Cutting out dairy/sugar at least?) I don't have any other symptoms that would lead me to believe I have hormonal problems, but I feel like I've tried everything when it comes to products (even bought expensive ass silk pillowcases) and im at a loss for what to do… has anyone else just randomly started getting acne as an adult and what did you do?

No. 199575

Definitely eat better and exercise, but please do see a derm when you can. Masks ruined my skin last year despite having basically perfect skin prior to them. I wasn't as good about exercising, though my diet was good, but overall imo the changes didn't help. Going to the derm did: I got prescribed doxycycline for a month or two with a strong topical. If I didn't go to the derm, I think my skin would have been worse. Good luck anon!

No. 199577

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Happy for you anon! Had you tried another BHA before? I just went through a box of Stridex and it didn't do much for my SFs so I'm on the fence about trying Paula's Choice. I ordered the Cosrx BHA along with an oil cleanser for now but I am not too hopeful…

No. 199580


You are probably allergic/ intolerant to something you eat. Most of acne prone skin cases are due to something you eat.

I advise you to go to a doctor anyway anon and make an allergy test so you can figure out what you need to cut in order to avoid acne.

No. 199621

it is pricey for sure. one thing I've found is though a lot of people sell them on places like ebay and depop. they buy them and don't see immediate results so they think they don't work and sell them. could the be an option for you?

I honestly am not sure if I purged or if I just had usual acne. I tried to find the difference between the two types but couldn't determine. all I can say is that I didn't get more acne than usual and I had them on my lower cheeks which is also the usual place. I mainly used the bha on my t-zone and had no acne there.

No. 199622

no I'd not tried one before! I think cosrx is meant to be a good brand, I like their aloe spf.

No. 199623

I shave my face too (though not with those kind of razors but with the same kind men use to shave their faces) and also find a more simplistic routine suits my skin better. shaving is a form of exfoliation and can also help skincare products sink in to the skin once the peach fuzz is removed. I love shaving my face honestly. just to any anons don't shave over acne. it sounds obvious but I've tried before, hoping to just take away some of the dead skin cells on healing spots and ended up cutting myself lol don't be like me

No. 199708

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I have an appointment with my GP tomorrow and I want to ask for a tretinoin/retinol prescription but idk how to ask lol what should I say? I don't have bad acne I just want it for anti-aging

No. 199710

Say its for acne. That's how insurance will pay for it. If they question you, just say you're having a good skin day. My face was relatively clear when I went to the derm and they didn't question my clear face at all.

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