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Let me get this thing jump started so it doesn't get buried in /ot/.
I bought these today at Ulta. Previously, I have not had a skin care routine. Are these good brands/products? My skin is pretty hardy, so I don't think they'll break me out or anything at least.
I can't speak to the quality of Pacifica products, but tonymoly brand is mediocre at best. The mist should be okay if you're just using it to freshen up.
At the start of 2016, my routine was at least 10 steps day and night. I was even sheetmasking daily and had a rotating AHA/BHA schedule lol. Now, after cleaning up my diet, I'm down to three steps and I rarely ever wear makeup anymore since I don't need it.
My skincare tip would be to cut out common irritants from your diet (sugar, dairy, wheat, spicy foods, etc) and up your water intake. You might find that it reduces your need for skincare products.
Ive got combination skin. Really oily t-zone and chin but my cheeks and forehead get dry enough to flake with daily cleansers harsher than goat soap.
I'm Australian but I think the skin doctors stuff is available internationally.
I only use the witch hazel on the really sebaceous areas like the end of my nose and across my chin since that's where I'd get horribly blocked pores and huge blackheads but it's helped a lot since then. I'm too lazy for anything with more than two steps but I think you can mousturize after a toner like witch hazel to combat the dryness.
There's definitely gonna be better toners out there but for $6 for a 450ml bottle it's damn good and smells nice too imo.
Clip your bangs back more often.
Always clip them back when you're asleep or when you know you'll be sweating
i bought some medical-grade manuka honey a few months ago, and it did shit-all aside from providing some very light moisture.
i feel jewed.
Medihoney is good for preventing and healing fresh marks and minimizing new scarring, but not for fading preexisting ones.
I'd try gentle derma rolling over the areas in question (only if you're pretty careful with hygiene and keep it sterile) a couple/few times a week.
I'd also do a lactic acid peel every few weeks until they fade. I find it a little more forgiving if you just do it on the areas in question, maybe choosing one area at a time if you have them in multiple places. This means the downtime isn't so bad as far as your raw/peeling patches go. It'll be easier to go about your daily tasks and job without looking really disgusting.
No, it used to be cystic when I was a teen, I had particularly bad cystic backne, even went on accutane for a while. I no longer get cysts, but I still get zits, and then they always leave huge dark spots that make it look like I still have tons of acne when I only currently have a few. I have large pores and get white heads mostly. My backne is always present, and of course its covered in dark marks that make it looks terrible. I haven't worn anything that exposes my back since I was 13. So… almost 20 years. My back gets a lot of hard sebum plugs, that are like a dark grain of rice when squeezed out, these when stuck often become zits. My chest used to be bad when I was a teen with cysts, but its actually quite clear these days. I just get the occasional white head or black head, or zits under my breasts if I wear bras with underwires.
a bit of a late reply, but i use liquid. i was going okay with hada labo foaming face wash, then started getting fucked up skin again, so i switched so nozema cream cleanser with moisturizers, which was working VERY well for a couple of months, then winter hit and i think the drier air just totally raped my face, as i broke out badly but also my skin was flaking everywhere, which makes it impossible to cover because makeup just looks so fucked up on flaking skin.
its starting to heal a little now though, as i'm alternating between noxema and what i have left of hado labo, plus now im using the thayers witch hazel for toner, following it with cold pressed rose hip oil, and only washing my face with water and using the witch hazel in the morning instead of using a cleanser.
my black soap should be in the mail either tomorrow or tuesday, i have my fingers crossed it will be helpful
For all the anons combating acne and looking for a cleanser, i cannot reccomend enough The "Avène cleanance gel", it was a godsend for me. I was battling acne for over 13 years and nothing took it out, not even dermatologist/expensive stuff, and using this every day ended it in like a month, i barely get hormonal breakouts if i'm not too lazy to use it every other day. It has also ended by backne, and chest-acne, since it's face & body. It's around 10 eurs here in europe and it's incredible. It also removes makeup amazingly.
For the left-over acne marks (or any scarring, really) i use the "Cicalfate post-act dermatologique superficial", it took a while because i used to pick a lot, especially on my legs, but my spots are barely noticeable anymore after using this for a few months as a spot treatment. (Around 15 eurs here)
They are pharmacy products but they are incredible for the price point.
As for other products i think helped:
On my face, apart form all my other skincare (i mostly use clarins products), i also use the Missha Time Revolution Borabit Serum every night, i'm pretty sure it's also a big helping factor with all the fading and acne, i do notice a very big difference when i do not use it. (25 eurs on ebay)
For face and body i use roseship oil and it really reduces inflammed spots and very deep "recent" marks in only a few days. (Costs me around 10 eurs)
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Coconut oil is one of the most controversial oils. Some swear by it but many say it gives them break outs.>>45808>>45810
Mineral oil is bad. Are you really this uninformed?
Just google "best oils for oil cleansing". It's not rocket science. You're not supposed to rinse if off when using real oil, you should use a wash cloth instead (pic related). Rinsing only works with some pre-made oil mixtures.
Either use a cleansing oil like >>45809
suggested or make your own mixture. Your mixture should contain a tiny amount of castor oil diluted in an organic sunflower oil, olive oil, almond oil etc., depending on your skin type.http://www.theoilcleansingmethod.com/
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>>45812>Mineral oil is bad
There are some myths about mineral oil but while some aren't true and it's ok to apply it to your skin after you washed it in order to lock in the moisture it's not a good choice for the oil cleaning method. Its large molecular structure doesn't really penetrate the pores. You want the oil you use get into your pores and replace the dirt/sebum.
Also, mineral oil doesn't have any other beneficial qualities than locking in moisture and removing superficial dirt. Most natural oils do. Castor oil for example contains undercylenic acid, which can help to disinfect the skin.
Holy shit you're over reacting. As I wrote the purpose of oil cleansing is for the oil to dissolve and replace the dirt and sebum inside your pores, not only to remove superficial make up. That's why you're supposed to put a hot, damp wash cloth on your skin to open the pores.
Even if that's wrong the other point I made - that mineral oil has no astringent or antibacterial qualities - remains.
>>45816>As I wrote the purpose of oil cleansing is for the oil to dissolve and replace the dirt and sebum inside your pores, not only to remove superficial make up. >inside your pores
That's demonstrably false, a quick google search proves this wrong.
>fell for the steam your face meme
The sanity ends here.
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I did a short online search and only found articles about how oil cleansing unclogs (you're probably going to be angry about this expression, too) your pores whilst recommending natural oils. These obviously aren't scientific claims and as a non-native speaker I lack the vocabulary to express this in a more accurate manner. If that's what rustled your jimmies calm down and explain it to me. I'm perfectly willing to admit that I'm wrong as mentioned here >>45816
but you have to provide the sources. Also you still didn't prove the other part of my argument wrong - but keep calling me stupid and insane because that's what intelligent people do. You're way too triggered
Oh come on are you taking these expressions literally?>>45819
It doesn't literally open your pores
>>Unfortunately, your pores don’t open and close like a doggie door. Here’s what does happen: Steam can help loosen the sebum that builds up inside pores. Once that sebum gets cleared out, pores appear smallerhttps://www.birchbox.com/magazine/article/skin-pores-myths-and-facts
That's exactly what some oils do too. Using those oils and steam combined maximizes the effect.
meant to reply to >>45818
instead of my own post
Try doing korean skin routine. It's a hassle so you can start with 4 steps. (cleansing oil, cleansing foam, toner and lotion) and sheet masks twice a week.
You might be overwashing your face hence your skin flaking but having break outs.
If you know it's hormonal, you probably need a derm or doctor. Topicals can mostly only treat what's already surfacing, so it'd be better to deal with whatever the source is.
Personally I'm kind of leery of how harsh Lush products can be, which might account for why you switch between dry and oily. Both of the products you use have stuff like lavender oil and citrus water, and both can be irritating and possibly cause even more trouble from that irritation.
Something more basic like the Cerave foaming cleanser or Cosrx low ph cleanser might be a lot gentler and cause less dryness. Salicylic acid, azelaic acid (The Ordinary brand has a 10% azelaic product for a low price), and benozyl peroxide (at 2.5%) are basically the best you're gonna get for treating acne that you can still get over the counter.
You can also try Differin if you really want to go far enough to start using a retinoid to treat it, although retinoids can be tricky to integrate into a routine because of their side effects. Retailers now sell the 0.1% version without needing a prescription.
I keep getting cystic acne. Like those deep in the skin, never come to the surface, painful bumps and they show up on my scalp, face, neck, chest, and shoulders.
I'm sure it's hormone based as I just switched to the implant. I was on nuvaring, got off it for a year and saw some acne, but nothing major. Now that I'm on the implant, It is a major problem. Like I kind of look diseased.
I'm morbidly obese and losing weight finally, so it could be my obesity fucking up my body.
But until I lose weight/get used to my birth control … what the every loving fuck do I do? I tried the heavy stuff and it just burns my skin, I tried the weak stuff an it's useless. I want to moisturize, but I'm afraid it will make it worse. I don't want to look 50 at 30 though.
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This product helped my skin a lot!
Hey, thanks, I got some aloe stuff and it's looking better! I'm drinking less each day instead of switching to coke which is helping… weed gives me tachycardia for some reason. Maybe it's psychological since coke is fine.>>45830
I kept on doing my cleanser + moisturizer routine through the drinking and it started both flaking and breaking out at the same time so I'm pretty sure it's just the alcohol. I'm trying to get into the whole korean skin routine but I'm a poor fag so that's more of a long term plan…>>45832
I did this too and gave it time, it's looking better already, thanks!>>45839>roc
Shit nigga I love that brand, will definitely look into it
Also, if any anons have the same problem: I read somewhere (not sure where, I was drunk, sorry) that the flaking alcohol causes gets even worse because of something related to the liver that damages the skin. So try those plant herb stuff that helps the liver recover.
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Clean eating is important but I guess you're already doing that as you said you are losing weight (which you should, morbid obesity is no joke).
I have hear good thing about Accutane for cystic acne, but I think you need to get it thou a doctor. So, if you can, ask a doc or dermatologist.
In the meantime: cleaning lotion, cleaning tonic, moisturize, sunscreen in the morning, scrub occasionally. Don't pic, no make-up (but if you must just clean it as soon as possible of you face). And really, just google around and see what kind of other things you can try.
I'm pretty sure that anon asked that because your doctor seems absolutely crazy. First, who tells their patients to scrub their delicate facial skin daily? It should be done only once or twice a week. Scrubbing/washing too much makes your skin react by increasing its natural oils. When you scrub your skin you will get rid of this oil, making it produce MORE oil to protect itself, unless you apply a good moisturizer
I mean, if you're seeing good results don't stop. But be pay attention to your skin because that treatment just doesn't sound right.
I don't know… It seemed weird to me too, but she said that another product would've been "too much" for my skin. But I think I'll look for a good moisturizer for my skin type and see what happens.
Regarding the scrub, maybe it's a delicate one… Even on the back of the bottle it says "every day". I've chosen my dermatologist because even though she ain't cheap she only has good reviews so I'm expecting a good doctor. Let's see what happens.
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I just found out about deciem/the ordinary and holy fuck their prices are almost too good to be true. Has anyone tried their products?
I already ordered Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1% and Azelaic Acid (I have slight hormonal acne)
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Snyone tried these masks before? I read good things
Did a weeb steal your man or something? Calm down, salty.
You said yourself that you don't give a shit some of us prefer being "pasty" yet you come ask here? Why do you bother coming here if you know nobody will give you the answer you want? Dumbass.
I was using the casual, deadpan snark that is pretty standard on lolcow.
I know there are grills on here that can answer me, because thankfully not everyone is in your hive-collective desu. I'm chill as hell. You're the one that couldn't resist throwing a tantrum that someone doesn't subscribe to your opinion. >>54561
I knew one of you aspies would nitpick this. Sorry, I'm saying I don't want to look like I just crawled out of a cave like Kiki.
Is it really that bad that someone doesn't want to look like a sallow dead fish anymore? I've been the color of a porcelain toilet for years. I'm bored with it. Thank God I'm not going to sperg over some sun spots and vitamin d. Going out in the sun a few times isn't the end of the world. I've spent my due time hiding behind layers and 80 SPF. Who cares.
You're on LOLCOW.
Fucking LOLCOW. Where casual vitriol is spot on the most casual teacup-in-hand-pinky-up levels. Just stop. Either contribute to people's questions or shut the fuck up dude. I'm not even going to read all that.
Of all the threads to try baiting in you choose the skin care thread
You are processing anons standard posts as aggressive because you are taking them personally.
A little dry humor never hurt anyone.
Sit down and stop projecting a very obvious insecurity over the fact that someone doesn't want to look like a Twilight extra anymore :^/ Jeez. You're not used to discrimination over your skin tone, are you? Typically, in the adult world, when someone doesn't agree with your beauty standard or finds one of your assets particularly attractive, you just brush it off and move on. I think you're lost or something.
I bought lactic acid online, diluted it, and began applying it to scars gradually, one spot at a time to reduce peeling monstrosity.
You can leave it on undiluted for a quicker result but you should wash it off thoroughly within 2 minutes or so.
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Could you at least be more subtle. Stop derailing with your autism, nobody cares about your hate boner for white people
What the…I'm white. White as a paper plate. And you're so fucking weird lmao how sensitive are you to process such a thing like that? Who hurt you? Cuz it wasn't me. Or anyone else who disagrees with you.
I don't think those are sebaceous filaments. Those are probably fordyce spots or milia. Most likely fordyce spots if they aren't extreme. Since the under eye area is so delicate, unless they really bother you I would leave them be, honestly. Coconut oil could actually exacerbate the issue, because fordyce spots are caused by trapped oil in places where there are no pores for it to exit through. You could try putting something on it meant for sebum production but again because it's your undereyes, the harshness could aid in aging. I'd research more about fordyce spots and milia if I were you and look for any treatment you're comfortable with doing under your eyes.
>>54653>Tries to be too edgy and fails, then gets called out by multiple people>Samefags pretending to be another person to whiteknight herself>"Lmaoo u so weird xd"
You have to be at least 18 to post here.
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Okay it's been almost three weeks and I'm having the worst breakout on my cheeks I've ever had in my life.
I have no idea why it's happening, yes I have mild acne but a very mild one… like one or two small pimples on whole face and one or two papule type ones, or one blind pimple at worst.
But now. Despite me not being a teenager anymore since years and nothing changing in my habits recently, both of my cheeks are covered in papules (both red and flesh colored ones) since almost three weeks and I'm washing, scrubbing, lotioning and applying Clindamycin based gel every fucking day but little is changing. Now my right cheek seems clear, almost (some flesh colored papules are still there though, and it annoys me that you can see the shadows in sunlight). But the other one is still going on and it's making me feel bad. It's never been this bad, I've always had smooth cheeks. No amount of foundation can cover it. Any advice?
Hmm… I don't know, nothing has changed in my habits so I doubt it's food or something. Pillowcase and towels are always clean.
I'm currently on my period so let's see if it will clear up in the next days… if it doesn't, I will start considerating the possibility of it being an allergic reaction, maybe connected to some type of plant/tree blooming in this period. I hope it resolves quickly, three weeks is already a long time
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There's these tiny little bumps all over my face and I don't know what to do about them. I've had them for months now and got rid of the product that initially caused them but they haven't really gone away. I was thinking they were closed comedones but is it possible they could be keratosis pilaris? Like I said, they're really tiny and uniform across my entire face. No redness, no sensitivity. I have a glycolic serum that I've been using occasionally about maybe once-twice a week for the past month now but it hasn't really helped. Am I being impatient? Should I be applying it more often? Pic related.
Bad skin anon from here >>45826
After that post, I had the worst breakout of my life, and I've been on fucking accutane as a teen. My skin went insane, even my back with two huge cysts and smaller zits all over to the point where I made a doctors appointment for next month (earliest I could get one, yay US healthcare.)
So, I decided to just go balls to the wall any home remedy / holistic treatment that was reasonably prices and do it fucking all. So, first I researched suppliments and found that Zinc is supposed to work well, so I bought zinc pills and also found some videos where you can use Desitin (zinc baby diaper rash cream) on breakouts, so I started doing that. Actually saw a little improvement, but not enough.
So then I bought vitamin E pills with added selenium, borage oil pills (like fish oil but supposedly more helpful for women with PMS symptoms) and most important, organic 100% spearmint tea.
I started the last three all together, along with the zinc pills, just under two weeks ago, and I think its all working, FINALLY. Particularly the spearmint tea. Even before this breakout, my forehead would be an oil slick by the end of the day, so much so that the hair touching my forehead would always look greasy and wet, to the point where I'd try, and fall, to dry it out with baby powder. Last two days that hasn't happened at all. Spearmint tea blocks DHT and testosterone, which causes hormonal breakouts and excess body hair (which I have a LOT of.) I also noticed, could be my imagination, but I feel like my armpit hair isn't as long by the end of the night when I shave (I have to shave it every day.)
Its only been two weeks but I bought a months worth of tea. I drink two cups a day (one full power, and then one with the reused tea bag because I'm cheap.)
I'm really excited this seems to be working and just wanted to share.
Thank you for sharing!
I'm the anon from >>54793
and 11 days later the situation hasn't changed… Breakouts stopped on right cheek and now it's fine even though there's still some redness, the flesh colored papules/closed comedones are still there though.
But on the left cheek I'm still having breakouts and the whole area kinda itches, really weird. Even more since I've never had breakouts on that zone not even in my teenage years, so I'm starting to believe in what >>54794
said. If you are still there, what kind of steroids did your doctor give you?
spearmint tea anon here, and yeah, though i've only been on it for two weeks i really do feel its helping. im going to try to get my doctor to refer me to an endocrinologist or dermatologist so i can get on spironolacone. if she won't, im going to add saw palmetto to my supplements instead.
so my suggestion is to try out saw palmetto because from what i read, some people say it works better for them than spiro sometimes.
I'd say go to a doctor. It could be milia, but it could be a few other things (including one I had and didn't know about for a lonnnng time. https://www.reddit.com/r/AsianBeauty/comments/5pjq31/fungal_acne_what_is_it_do_i_have_it_how_do_i_get/
Just in case you treat it but end up making it worse by using the wrong products. The other anon is right though, keep your skin able to breath and try and protect it's moisture barrier without heavy products.
I love tea, I'm going to try with spearmint, thanks anon! Zinc has never really made a difference for me, I do believe that it helps with my itchy patches though.
Does anyone know if drinking green tea all the time has skin benefits? I always hear that it's anti-inflammatory but I think that only applies to using it topically.
I sleep like a soldier lol so I don't wake up on my side.
AM routine: wash with Acwell 5.5, then layer cosrx snail mucin 96 with my rose water mist (I do a form of the 7 skin method, makes my face soft as cotton), moisturize with lush vanishing cream
PM: tbh no routine since I don't wear makeup. I might blot with oil absorbing paper before going to bed
You may want to consider developing an evening routine because even though you don't wear make up, your skin could be dirty/oily/sweaty/in need of moisture, but just see if that helps at all.
You may want to include some AHA/BHA or a retinoid to help with the situation too.
Another thing is you may want to check the ingredients lists of the items you're using on cosdna to see if anything could be causing you irritation.
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Anyone have any recs for good under eye cream? My skin is great everywhere else and it is really bothering me. It's so dull and dark. I get enough sleep, my diet is healthy, lifestyle active, take care of my skin, moisturize, I'm not old or anything. I hide it with makeup but would like something more preventative if possible. I am just fucked by genetics or what.
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Been using this moisturizing eye cream and it helped a bit to lighten my under-eyes.
If anyone has other suggestions I'd love to hear them, too
Closed comedones will generally look like slightly raised bumps with tiny sebum plugs. You can sometimes (but not always) squeeze out the plug and the sebum in it is usually dry and waxy.
Milia are tiny, usually white spots that can't be removed unless you use a needle to pierce them first. They can stick around for a long time and tend to appear around the eye area. Milia and fungal acne are not the same thing, and some people are more prone to milia than others.
I've seen and dealt with both in person but there may be other forms of the two for all I know. My SO gets a lot of milia and they never go away unless poked with a needle and squeezed out.
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i just had a real fucking weird acne/pimple breakout it started with ones on my chest that looked like a weird boil then to my butt now i have blind pimples on my right (face) cheek and one on my nose and one near my forehead
help me /g/ ;_;; ive been drinking a lot of water these dayss aaaaa
red bumps or white blisters?
pain and itching around the anus?
Anon did you have experience with this? It would really help if you told me how you dealt with it (still not sure if its chickenpox)>>55662
red small bumps and more of a itchy than pain>>55665
Does it help a bit that ive never had any sexual encounters aside from masturbating? Should I ask this on the vagina thread instead?
Normal. Also could be redness. Some body parts are naturally lighter/darker than others for a lot of people. Look at Lisa Eldridge without makeup and compare her face to her hands, she uses foundation to even it out, as do a lot of people.
Vitamin C might help or it might not.
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How do you deal with blackheads on your nose?
I can't stand this cancer.
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Are you actually referring to blackheads or are you talking about sebaceous filaments?
pls know the difference
Nothing fixes them lol
I have been using pretty strong BHA/AHA regime for two years and mine haven't budged. I'm close to just buying that blackhead remover that derms use and going to town on my nose. To clarify, my regime has kept the SBs at bay but the actual blackheads are still there.
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Does anyone have advice on how to whiten your inner thighs/crotch? Products that you've used, etc? I am white but I was huge for a long time and now I have darker skin where my thighs rub. I've been losing weight because I want to feel better about myself and finally have sex and enjoy a proper love life but I think I look disgusting down there. It looks especially bad because I have really pale legs and thighs so the contrast makes it look worse.
Pic unrelated, sort of
err oh dear :\
The strips didn't do that for me (I'm >>55795
) but then again, as I said I was a teen so maybe I got lucky and my skin healed. Sorry for the bad suggestion blackhead anon.
Super retarded question but can you buy spearmint tea in stores or do you have to go to the pharmacy?
I live in a small ass town, we don't have a wide selection so I'm wondering>>55828
Idk how you define bad in your case but moisturising helped me a lot, also less/this clothing that lets your skin breath, sleeping naked and changing the sheets often
But it never went 100% away tho :/
this is probably going to sound horrible but do you scrub in the shower? Or have you changed cleansers lately? It's kinda gross but it's only recently that I started scrubbing myself in the shower because I moved to a colder climate and I started getting dry skin and acne on my body.
When I say scrubbing I mean with a washcloth on your chest/arms and an exfoliating brush for your back.
Could also be a reaction to a chemical.
I do scrub my back regularly to remove dead skin cells. So I guess that wasn't the issue. I use a honey and coconut sugar scrub once a month and the other days a wash cloth. >>55837
Now that you mention that… I started using a new shampoo a month ago. I didn't even think about this! Thank you a lot anon! I usually wash my hair while standing in the shower but will try it differently next time and see if it makes a difference. >>55839
I use coconut oil on the rest of my body but not on my back or chest. My face is fine with the oil as well. So I think it must be shampoo and conditioner.
Have you tried face steaming? Like face over a bowl full of hot water with a towel draped over your head and then massaging your face after? My friend said that worked for her but I don't know if she's lying lol
Do you think it might be the type of makeup you're using clogging your pores?
a dip in the ocean really helps with body acne because of the anti-bacterial nature of the salt
No but really, using a soap with salt in it (not coarse) cleared up my body acne really fast.
And yeah conditioner can be so bad for bacne if it's really oily and you have long hair.
shout out to this anon for changing my goddamn life, i didn't know fungal acne was a thing but i was absolutely at my wit's end with atrocious skin for over a year, rubbed canesten on that itchy business and i woke up with an entirely new face. dreams really do come true.
may your lipid barrier be strong and your pores breathe easy, love from fungus face
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Could anyone give me an example of a good skin care regimen? I was trying to start one since I've reached my mid-20s and want to not look like a raisin by my late 30s.
I was using hydraluron for a while since everyone was raving about it but then I read derms saying it was snake oil because the particles were too big to penetrate your skin or some shit lol.
Now I use my clarisonic with a cleanser, moisturize, use a retinol cream every night and once a week use a 10% AHA cream.
Is this a super shit regimen? I don't know what a good cleanser/moisturizer should have in it because a lot of them claim to have retinol in them but I already use it. I just want to cover all my bases.
It's hard to say without seeing comparison pics of your skin. Does it look and feel better now? If not they you may be using too harsh a routine, or just not the right products. If you need to replace things, I suggest doing it as a 2 week tester so you can see how your skin reacts. Most important items to have are:
Oil-based cleanser (removes makeup and sunscreen)
Low PH cleanser (removes impurities and debris after skin is clear)
Moisturiser (AM and PM suitable)
Sunscreen (face specific. If you're pale you don't have to worry as much about white caste from zinc or other physical-based products. If you're worried about that you can try chemical-based sunscreen. Either way it should be specific to the face, it wont' be the same cream/spray you use on the rest of your body.)
for am/pm moisturizers do you have any brand recommendations? (I have combination skin, I'm pretty sure)
I don't think what I'm doing is too harsh for my skin but I don't think my moisturizers are up to par because I'm still rather dry on my cheeks.
Thanks for the cleanser explanation! I've got an oil-based makeup remover/cleanser and it made my skin feel so greasy (duh) that I ended up using bar soap afterwards. I didn't think of buying a second cleanser for some reason.
Phewwwwwww moisturizers are hard to rec and get a good feel for, they're so personal. I'd say hit up r/AsianBeauty and search for moisturizer to see if anyone has HG products (holy grail). Also people are encouraged to have their skin type/color as a flair so you can try and find a skin-sister and see if they have any recs. Of course because it's Asian Beauty it'll all be focused on those skincare items.
I personally use a stupid $$ one, by Yon-Ka. I have sensitive, dehydrated combo skin. It's annoying because it's 100$ a bottle, but it does last me awhile if I use the correct amount.
Expression lines like laugh lines run a lot deeper than just regular wrinkles and fine lines. If there was a surefire way to get rid of them everyone and their grandma would hear about it. You can get filler to reduce them for a number of months before it wears off.
The best you can do (without getting fillers) is potentially soften them with things like AHAs, retinoids, copper peptides (although this is a relatively new thing and I don't know how effective it is or the side effects), and maybe alpha lipoeic acid.
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I have some questions, not sure if they have been answered in the thread yet. Keep in mind that I don't know much about skincare, I'm mostly trying to not look greasy or like I'm sick anymore:
>are konjac sponges really useful by themselves or is it better to use it with a lotion or a cleaner?
>is something possible to reduce acne scars? not the ones that are visible because of the skin's color but the ones that look like tiny craters. Sorry if I explain it with the wrong words
>I have a hairy face, the hairs on my cheeks are dark and my skin is pale, how do I hide it without shaving it or waxing it (which would cause me to break out)? I used some cheap BB cream but it didn't work for that.
>does anyone use etude house pore freshner? Would you recommend it? I've seen people complain about the alcohol in it or the fact that it dries the skin too fast but it seems popular so I'm curious. My face tends to be oily btw, or at least that's how I understand it?
>I use some tonymoly stuff like eggpore to remove blackheads, eggpore to make pores less big, and a panda dream night mask once or twice a week, what do you think about these products? It has been some months since I started using the eggpore ones but I don't use them regularly enough to be sure they're working as much as they should.
I don't trust blogs that review skincare products and makeup, they praise pretty much anything because they're sometimes paid for it so I'd rather ask here.
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I have HORRIFIC cellulite. It's so bad and disgusting that I can't wear a bikini (or even shorts) without wanting to kms. I bought this the other day, I'm hoping it works.
do any other anons have any tips that might help? I'm desperate and will literally try anything.
do you mean putting lotion/cleaner on top of the konjac? in my experience it'll break down faster. just use it separately. i don't think using konjac by itself can clean your skin or… is it just me.
been using it for months and i still have some of those tiny crates but it look less visible now
Do these gels/creams even work? If so, how? Because I don't really believe it.
If you're not already doing so: start working out and eating more healthy + lots of water.
Cellulite is normal, everyone has some.
I didn't solve it just with canesten, but I imagine if you did it would take at least a month. I woke up with a new face because it was such a dramatic improvement.
It's nearly gone now, but I tried a lot of different things. Basically anything that would work for a fungal infection (tinea, athlete's foot, thrush) works for fungal acne, so i tried things like turmeric masks and head&shoulders shampoo. The nail in the coffin was when I found some prescription-strength antifungal shampoo in a cupboard and applied that in a dilute mask, every other day.
What I found to really speed the process up was doing things to break down the biofilm barrier that the fungus makes on your skin. The flaky dry bits that don't exfoliate away and the yellow/white shit that your pores are clogged with is the fungus' chitinous protection layer, and if you break that down, things such as canesten can work much more easily. I tried salicylic acid, glycolic acid, xylitol (the sweetener), and turmeric for this purpose, though the salicylic worked the best. (be gentle though, you don't need a full skin peel or anything)
I also got some zinc cream from Amazon as a future preventative and I've been using Sudocrem as a moisturiser and coconut oil as a cleanser, all of which are either antifungal or at least won't feed it.
regards, fungus face
I dont know if konjac sponges work either but I bought one to try and so far I'm not seeing the diffence, which is why I asked. People on forums and blogs just keep saying it's not as aggressive for thr skin as some products if you have a sensitive skin but they never talk about how efficient it is (or isnt) in the first place. It's frustrating.
>been using it for months
Which one are you talking about? Eggpore or the etude house lotion?
imo straight oil is a shit moisturiser, especially if you need something else than occlusion. it doesn't give that soft feeling of a water/oil emulsion, it just forms a disgusting layer on your face and inexplicably skin underneath it dries anyway. i tried several oils (perilla, tamanu, immortelle in sunflower oil base, a mix of different ones with 2% salicylic acid) and it was disgusting every time (not to mention 3/4 of these were slightly sensitizing). theoretically you should put oil on wet face or mix it with hyaluronic acid solution but it doesn't change the feeling a lot for me.
additionally, low-processed linseed oil spoils very easily, if it doesn't sit in a refrigerator for most of its shelf life it's basically worthless.
Thank you for the reply! Btw I still don't know if my case is fungal acne or some type of dermatitis, I'm just using canesten. A week after I've seen some slight improvement: 80% of the itching is gone and those underskin things that looked like closed comedones (but under direct sunlight looked almost… translucent? Ew, fuck) are also almost gone. It's a good sign so I'll keep using canesten, even though for now the redness and numbness is still there and some days new underskin pimples are still forming. They hurt, ugh.
I miss my clear skin but I feel like in a month I'll see it again.
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Is the Aria Starr Beauty natural dead sea mud mask any good for blackheads?
I'm on antibiotics for issues not related to acne but it makes my skin have no acne ever when I'm on it. I usually get maybe one every 1-2 weeks and then red spots lasts weeks so it looks like I've constantly got some spots. I'm thinking of getting a prescription benzyl peroxide/ antibiotic cream since it seems my acne is caused by bacteria. Is there any better way to treat acne caused by bacteria or even better to promote the bacteria that protects against acne?>>56387
Have you tried Finacea? I just got some from the doctor but haven't tried it yet.
I can't find a list of ingredients, but the fact that it claims to have Shea butter in it makes me wary if you're dealing with blemishes.
A better option would be to make a clay mask yourself. Mix Bentonite clay with Apple Cider Vinegar (the vinegar makes the pH better for your skin), with maybe a little honey or tea tree oil if you skin likes that. https://www.amazon.com/Aztec-Secret-Indian-Healing-Cleansing/dp/B0014P8L9W/r/>>56434
I didn't care for the stuff I tried, but they do have a lot of sample options, which helps the trial period. I'd also recommend The Ordinary (http://theordinary.com/
) if you want simple products that work, and aren't too expensive.
I agree with >>56581
anon for the ordinary, they're cheaper than paula's choice or the korean stuff and they do their work.
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Okay. I have to ask if any of you have tried Drunk Elephant C-Firma Day Serum. I tried the sample I got from my recent Sephora order and really liked it… but at $80 for 1 ounce… I want to know if you guys have tried and liked it long-term because that seems like kind of a steep price tag.
I know this comment is a couple months old but wanted to pop in my two cents: Tonymoly is basic BUT their line that isn't aimed at teenaged girls (all the cute stuff basically) is pretty good "beginner asian skincare" imo. I like the bunny mist for really dry days since I live in a desert
And so I can keep this thread going since I did reply to an older comment i'll end with a question of my own.
Has anyone here tried any snail products? What's your opinion of them? What brands do you like? I tried Mizon after some suggestions on AB on reddit and i dunno what to think. I keep using it but i'm not really noticing any benefit from it.
The tonymoly snail sheet mask though makes my skin feel smoother though even though people on the same subreddit didn't like it as much.
I've tried Benton Snail Bee Essence, Mizon Snail Recovery Gel and COSRX 95 Snail Mucin something.
Didn't like any of them.
While I don't have this specific serum, I use the blue and pink serum from this line. I have mixed feelings about it. The first month it made my skin feel super moisturized and smoother and I was in love with it. But lately I feel like it might be what has been breaking me out in certain places. I can't tell. It is good, but in comparison to other lines I've used, I'm iffy about the results.
I'm not sure if I'm going repurchase. I definitely don't regret purchasing the serums the first time, because they were amazing and made a huge difference in the first month or so, but I feel like in the long-term it is something that my skin has adapted to? It's gotten to the point where I'm looking to replace it and I haven't even finished half the bottle.
For vitamin C serum, I use Dr Dennis Grossman serum. I've been using it on and off for about two years now. Sometimes it will break me out and I'll take a couple weeks break, but usually it is good. I'm hesitant to switch to another serum like the Drunk Elephant one because of how hit-and-miss the products have been for me.
tl;dr would probably skip this stuff if you don't have the money to burn, the entire brand seems hyped up at the moment. there are countless vitamin C serums on the market so none of these products are special enough to warrant the price tag.
Thank you for your reply! I haven't tried anything else from their line aside from the sample so I'm glad you have long term experience with them… it was also my first experience with a vitamin C serum.
I am mainly concerned about breaking out from usage, which the Drunk Elephant one didn't cause (yet– I could have a delayed reaction in the future) because I can turn into a bit of a skin-picker when it comes to getting acne.
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Opinion on Evian Facial Spray?
It's pretty much just mineral water in a spray can, but the girls in my social circle are absolutely in love with this for some reason
Amazing for light dryness and for making powdered makeup look less cakey immediately after application. I always keep a travel size in my purse.
If you're a little more than mildly dry, try Smashbox's primer water instead. It has a little more tack than just regular water and refreshes particularly dry makeup better.
As far as using the Evian outside of a makeup refresher, absolutely not worth it though. The effects aren't really lasting on clean skin imo.
You sound like you're vitamin deficient. Take a B complex (the Bs are responsible for healthy mouth tissue) and a skin supplement that includes E. You may also be iron deficient but that's a stab in the dark.
Basically, you need a good multi. Your lips shouldn't be cracking if you apply a balm.
That sounds like irritation from something. Honestly it sounds like something you want your GP/dermatologist to have a look at because it could be allergies or a fungal infection. Sometimes moisturizer isn't best because it softens damaged skin and prohibits healing so bacteria gets in.
The best thing to do while you're waiting to see a doctor would be to try an occlusive before bed (like vaseline) to stop it drying out over night and try to avoid super hot water until you know what the problem is.
I had (what I assume was) perioral dermatitis before and cleared it up by applying diaper cream, that zinc stuff.
I never got an appointment with a derma, but I have a feeling I caused it by stripping my skin too much and using a product with way too much paraffin. If you really think you have PD I recommend you find a list of skin irritants on google and then go through the ingredients of each product you're using to see if any are particularly irritating.
have you checked out the FAQs on the asian beauty reddit? I'm assuming you have since you sound familiar with the 10 step.http://www.snowwhiteandtheasianpear.com/p/routines-by-skin-type.html
I like her beginner plans, they're cheap and quite effective.
this is very helpful, thank you anon. Starting with natural/simple things then slowly treading into chemicals seems to be my safest bet so i know exactly what did it if it goes tits up. >>57107
i have, but i guess let it overwhelm me too much. her site is helpful tho, really lays it out for simple consumption. walking into this blindly is easy and that guarantees a bad time.
I don't know if I can help but here's my korean poorfag routine:
oil cleanser: diy vegetable oil + peg 80 (oil should have a high amount of linoleic acid like safflower or grape, I don't recomment coconut or olive)
cheap mineral oil cleanser (Softymo Cleansing Oil for example)
cleanser: Low pH Good Morning Gel Cleanser by cosrx (is only around 9$) or other cheap cleanser with low ph
toner/lotion: Secret key makes good and affordable toners. If you can't afford them then you can use a mineral water spray can or some flower essence. But no cheap western toner with alcohol and shit.
serums: the ordinary/deciem, you can't find any better and cheaper.
moisturizer: Mizon All in One Snail Repair Cream is great and not toooo expensive but you can find cheaper of course.
face masks: diy stuff mostly (honey + tumeric + milk + clay for example)
cleansing tools: konjac sponge
Anybody know how to avoid this?
I want to do anti aging skincare, but I have oily skin so I'm really prone to milia and a lot of Missha products made for anti aging break me out as well.
>Suddenly in mid January I start developing redness and acne on both cheeks, with also a lot of closed comedones on that zone
>Weird thing is that this thing is limited only on these two patches of skin on my cheeks, it seriously doesn't go further, it's like a delimited area
>A lot of under skin pimples that don't go away, we're in March
>It also itches
>I first apply some clindamycin gel, then an erythromycin one: nothing happens
>After this thread and r/SkincareAddiction I start thinking it could be fungal acne, I start rubbing Canesten every day
>Week 4: those closed comedones are less visible, but other than that no big change
>This really happened out of nowhere, no routine changes, no diet changes, nothing
I finally booked an appointment to a dermatologist, I wanted to avoid it since they're hella expensive but at this point I literally have no choice. While I wait, does anyone here know what it could be? Maybe had it? I just want it to stop, I don't know if the next treatment will work, I miss my clear skin, my skin has never looked this bad not even in my teenage years :(
I'm 21… I really hope it's something that could heal with a specific med/gel. Don't think it's acne, it itches and the fact that it's only on a specific patch of skin is really weird>>57194
Yes, it is
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Anyone familiar with this sunscreen by la Roche posay? It was a bit pricey, I purchased it a few months ago but I'm finding it hard to apply daily because I feel like my skin gets oily ): I'm almost in my mid twenties so it's kinda annoying to know I do have to wear sunscreen but feel like everything makes me oily as fuck. I generally buy LRP stuff, I feel like they have good products but I wouldn't mind trying anything new, but since I'm a BRfag and don't know much about Asian products, I'd like something I could purchase in Brazil if possible, or buy online without high shipping costs.
Thanks in advance.
Have you tried a matte sunscreen or matte makeup over the sunscreen?
I've tried that sunscreen before, but don't remember how I felt about it. I prefer "sunscreen milk" now though. Good luck anon!
Any recommendations for sunscreen milk or matte sunscreen? Ideally, I'd like to not wear powder over it.
Also are there any britfags here? Do you still wear sunscreen to protect your skin, since you can still get damage from cloudy days?
Stfu with this open close pores shit lmao
sorry, I didn't explain myself. Of course you have to re apply it but I meant that the protection from this one is very very light as it is an "indoors" sunscreen and it is not waterproof/oilproof/sebumproof.
Right now I switched to another "essence style" sunscreen but its waterproof/sebumproof and has longer "staying power"
Is witch hazel ok as toner?
Best broad spectrum sunscreen for someone prone to blackheads and acne?
I had rings on my neck since I was a small child, they are like expression lines, or say, the lines on your wrists, they are there largely because of the shape of one's body. I doubt typical fine line treatments will show effect.
That is of course if anon that's asking is not past 40 and her collagen is not unwinding at light speed, but I bet that's not the case.
Fellow olive skinned strawberry anon reporting in.
I can't answer your other questions, but I've heard that yang laser works very well on brown skin. Might want to ask nearby places about more details and if there's anyone you can talk to who has gone through with it.
thank you! I'll drink more!
Should I use the little Vaseline lip tins or is the classic big tub of it ok?
do I exfoliate onto the ingrown hair skin?4
how do I exfoliate? what with
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not the same thing! just get some cheap store-brand aspirin. you can get a big bottle of plain tablets at target for just a few bucks
I ended up using some paracetomols and it became the paste like you said, but I didn't use the dissolvable ones in the end!
I'll get aspririn tomorrow though
Are you me? Exact same situation here (but with no job yet lol)
I want to do something about my crazy eyebags. They're dark and deep and I can't remember a day in my life I didn't have them. Even as a child I had them. I'm not sure anything can be done at this point but I've never tried harder than just sleeping a lot and moisturizing so I might as well try.
Any recs? If the product is vegan and cruelty free it'd be a nice bonus.
There's four of us now.
I'm looking into Japanese products as well, RatzillaCosme is a pretty good website for that. I'd like to know if there's a similar 'database' for Korean stuff, it'd help a lot…
I saved this link on my browser a while ago, it has a few suggestions: http://amy-hayden.com/the-best-korean-products-for-combination-oily-troubled-skins/
Unfortunately, I haven't found anything to help with the eye bags and dark circles. I've tried Etude House Moistfull Collagen Eyecream, Cerave Eyecream, and raw almond oil so far. Not sure really what to try next, or to just give up on the hope of ever improving them.
Same here, I'm 26.
There's a deluded attitude on this site that if a girl has dark circles or nasolabial folds then she's automatically not taking good enough care of her skin. I'm not saying that skincare won't help, but sometimes it's just shit luck.
If the circle/shadow is coming from the concave of your eye socket then that's even harder to hide, it's not like you can just rub some extra bone into there.
Does that make 8 of us now? lol
Same problem here. Tbh what helps me the most is good sleep and lots of water, some days you can barely see them. I know it won't help everyone, maybe a few but somehow I gave up on creams and that kind of stuff :/
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Has anyone tried the nyx wonder stick?
I have the universal one and I would say it doesn't match my skin tone (I'm a warm nude/beige tone).
The color does go on quite smoothly though but it is chunky so the line ends up being pretty thick. Probably not the best for nose contouring (which is what I bought it for)
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Does anyone know how to get rid of line creases on your cheek, the ones under your eyes. I've been smiling more which helped greatly and I've been using Korean face masks called dojoshop from my grandma that been virtually getting rid of it.
The problem I don't want to keep troubling her for the masks every time she visits and was hoping there was something I could just get in the states that works great?
I'm in the same boat as you guys and I actually got tear trough fillers in the summer of 2015.
I was really skeptical at first, but I'm glad I went through with it. It did absolutely nothing for my dark circles, which was a little disappointing, but it's been almost 2 years (with no touch-ups or anything) and they still look pretty much the same as they did the first year. (Although everyone's body reacts differently so I can't speak for everyone). Also, they put numbing cream under my eyes before they did the injections so I didn't feel anything.
idk if this helps, but if any of you guys are interested I can try to find some pics of what my eyes looked like before compared to more recent ones. I'd be happy to answer any questions as well.
i am an anon you're replying to, i would reeeally appreciate pics! so did it fill out the area and just leave regular dark circles?
also if you don't mind me asking, was it expensive?
not hard to understand at all! I'll go through it for you if you want!
micellar water is like a really really mild cleanser, it takes off oil and makeup residue but you don't have to wash your face after using it. mostly I have it because I don't want to cleanse in the mornings
ideally I'd have a toner to restore my skin's pH level - skin is naturally slightly acidic, which means that if its pH is raised too much that certain unpleasant bacteria might find it more habitable (which causes acne)
but anyway I use the dual action moisturizer because it has the tiniest bit of salicylic acid in it.
sunscreen is important for anti-aging and for preventing any dark spots from getting even darker. I use this one because it doesn't clog my pores or leave a white cast on me
then I put on more moisturizer because my skin is dry af in the mornings
I use micellar water again to remove makeup and sunscreen and all the grime that's accumulated on my face throughout the day, and then moisturize afterward just like in the morning
I really like the cerave hydrating cleanser because it contains ceramides, which help your skin retain moisture (so it looks nice and plump). cerave actually stands for ceramide vehicle!
a BHA, or beta hydroxy acid, is a gentle chemical exfoliant, so it helps to remove dead skin cells, which allows the newer ones to shine through. it's oil-soluble, so it also reduces clogged and enlarged pores by reducing the amount of sebum (yucky face oil) that's in them. this is very useful if you have those black spots on your nose - don't use pore strips, they'll yank out all of the spots and your pores will be stretched out! the dots are called sebaceous filaments, and their appearance will diminish.
an AHA is an alpha hydroxy acid. this one is water-soluble. it helps to inhibit melanin production, which is the source of dark acne scars that are left behind after a breakout. also works as a skin brightener.
AHA and BHA products also keep your pH in check!
I use serum after exfoliating because then my skin is fresh and clear of any excess sebum/etc. and the fresh skin is ready to absorb any ingredients I put on afterward!
niacinamide is the holy grail of skincare products and I honestly pity anyone who is allergic to it because it works wonders. lightens scars, retains moisture, evens skin tone, has anti-aging benefits, etc.
the zinc I'm not so sure about, but I know that pyrithone zinc (in Head and Shoulders shampoo) is sometimes used to treat dermatitis. it's helped my skin out a lot!
ps, make sure you look at whatever hair products you're using. I was using tresemme and it gave me awful dermatitis for several months. my skin used to be perfect and now it's covered in scars :( oh well
then finally an emulsion is like a lighter version of a moisturizer. i don't like having something heavy on my face at night and the lighter the product, the more quickly it will absorb.
as for spot treatments:
rosebud salve is another miracle ingredient and I'm not sure how it works? it's basically vaseline imho
the mint-julep masque is a clay mask. these work by sucking out the excess oil from your pores. also good if you want to reduce sebaceous filaments or enlarged pores! I use it all over my face when my skin is starting to freak out.
tea tree oil is the nuclear option and will dry out your skin (and any pimples too).
lips are pretty self explanatory, but it's important to note that you have to put something hydrating on BEFORE vaseline because vaseline doesn't moisturize (it just keeps moisture from escaping)
I get very autistic about my skincare. I've also started a skincare blog on tumblr as an outlet for my obsession with it so lmk if you want me to link that too!
Yeah, basically it just got rid of the massive indentation under my eyes but the dark circles really didn't change. As for the price, it was about 750$ Canadian. I was a little hesitant at first because I wasn't sure how long it would last and I didn't want to pay that much for a temporary fix… but like I mentioned before, they seem to have held out fairly well so far.
I'll try to find those pics for you! Sorry about the wait- I think I'm going to have to look through some old SD cards. I have my final exam tomorrow, so I'll probably get around to finding/posting them after that or the next day.
thank you so much anon!! do you wear heavy makeup throughout the day?
How long have you been doing this routine for also? Thank you so much for explaining BHA/ AHA type things because i've been confused for this entire thread. you are a sunshine. <3
hey no problem!
I don't really wear makeup - it's not that I absolutely "don't need to" because I still do have some scars, but I find that my skin looks nice enough without it. but when I do wear makeup I make sure that I take it off as soon as I can. if you wear makeup regularly then you should look into double cleansing – you go first with an oil cleanser to dissolve all your makeup, and then with a foaming-type cleanser to remove everything else.
the makeup I do use, that has worked for me, has been >foundation: MISSHA M Perfect Cover BB Cream
I've got a medium skin tone (light-skinned south asian) and shade 23 fits me really well. it goes on kind of gray so you have to let it oxidize into a nice colour. gives you a dewy, healthy look without transferring or looking greasy! It also has SPF which is great, but I'm a stickler for using a dedicated sunscreen regardless of what I'm putting over it. >concealer
I use the maybelline age rewind concealer and it works fine for me. I wouldn't recommend the foundation from the same line, though. mostly the MISSHA stuff is good enough for spot concealing but sometimes I'll feel like doing a bit more!
for other makeup, I usually just line my upper waterline with a brown eye pencil and then use clear mascara. I don't really like the look of heavy makeup
the burt's bees tinted lip balm is also incredible! they have a lip crayon that I use also that lasts really long, and it's my only lipstick so I wear it for super special occasions only
I've been doing this for a couple of years now I think! I've only really settled into my "final" routine (the one that works best) for a few months though. Lots of trial and error involved. it's a good idea to just go with the most inoffensive products marketed for sensitive skin and then work your way up from there.
patch testing is important too, you should always sample something on your hand and leave it for 24 hours to see if you get an allergic reaction. then before using it on your entire face segregate it to one side and you'll be able to isolate what's breaking you out (if it is breaking you out).
hope that helps :) again you're welcome to check out my blog here and submit requests >>58948
Thanks for posting your routine, anon! From my limited knowledge I'd say you put together a pretty simple but effective routine!
We should all post ours too, to help and inspire each other. I'd post mine but it's not even what I would call a routine. I really want to start taking better care of my skin but unfortunately I don't have the means for that yet.
I have a few questions; for someone who also uses minimal makeup double-cleansing isn't that necessary, right? Can I use micellar water instead of an oil cleanser?
I'm liking the reviews on the clay mask you use. Someone recommended me the Aztec Secret Indian Healing Clay, I wonder which of the two would be better for my enlarged pores/sebaceous filaments…
Also, I'm on the hunt for an affordable BHA/AHA product, does anyone have suggestions?
you really don't need that much money - like I said, my routine is very cheap :)
depends on what you mean? the most I'll wear on a daily basis is some concealer and the lightest layer of BB cream. micellar water is enough to remove that, you just have to keep swiping until the cotton round has no more colour on it - depending on how hard your makeup is to remove, this might be too much swiping.
both of those masks are really good! I haven't tried the aztec one but I think it's pretty good based on what I've heard. MJM is less expensive, which is why I go for that one instead.
the CosRX BHA blackhead power liquid and AHA whitehead liquid (? i think that's what it's called) are really good and super cheap. A bottle of each is $20 and will easily last you 2-3 months. the paula's choice BHA liquid is also really good, but slightly more expensive - I'd recommend going for the trial size, which goes for like $9 CAD but will last you for a month if you're careful.
if you want to make products like that last longer, make sure you're applying them with hands and not a cotton round – the cotton round will absorb some of the product and it will run out more quickly.
I'd also recommend using the clay mask after putting the BHA on your face, because it will help to loosen up the sebum and the clay mask can then do its job more effectively.
Go to your doctor, they will give you a cream which will help and you'll probably have to apply it for a few days.
Warm compress helps too, but I don't think it'll make it go away. And don't put moisturizer there lol
Ow god, I had a eye infection in both my eyes for 3 years!!
>wash all your make-up (better yet, throw it all away)>don't use any eye make-up till it heals>wash pillow daily>clean your eyes with water that has been boiled>wear sunglasses if light it too bright >don't touch your eyes>go to the doc asap
Hope you're better soon, I feel your pain
Same as you, most days I don't even wear BB cream. So I think I'll get the micellar water. I was going to buy the Bioderma one, but I see the Vichy one is cheaper and about the same, yay!
Thank you so much for all the tips! I'll make sure to have them in mind while building my routine.
I'd follow your blog, but I don't have tumblr… So I'll just bookmark it.
have you tried spironolactone? you said medicines make you sick but you didn't say which ones. i have slightly elevated testosterone and i can 100% say that drinking spearmint tea twice a day jump started my skin improving.
i drink spearmint tea twice a day, take vitamin e at least once a day, sometimes twice, zinc once a day, borage oil capsule once a day, vitamin a capsule once a day, and am now on 50mg of spiro. my skin has improved A LOT.
i also use tea tree oil infused goats milk soap, and just starting using Skin&Co products (i got a sample of their toner in my ipsy bag this month and liked it so much i went whole hog on a $100 set of their products. it's been two days and my skin really does feel softer and look better no fucking lie.)
Honestly I can't remember what I've been on, two oral pills and a few topical, one being Accutane? I think that was it? But honestly this is embarrassing to admit but I'm 24 and just moved out of my parents into my boyfriend's house to get out of a bad family situation. I've still been very stressed and lacking mad amounts of sleep 2hich I think helps contribute to me breaking out..
Also embarrassing but I have no money and am afraid it's "greedy" to ask my parents to help me with something…superficial? Is that the right word? Now I'm not sure where to turn. I'm trying to improve my diet but I barely eat and everything is a mess. It's why I'm trying to hopefully turn to more natural options to make it hopefully cheaper and since I get so sick from so many things avoiding a lot of medications my body might know how to handle.
I'm gonna try to gather the courage to ask my mom soon to help me look into the things you mentioned and maybe get an appointment with a dermatologists again. My parents aren't lacking in the money department so I shouldn't feel so terrible asking but idk. Do you think there is hope to getting my skin back to semi normal? I'm gonna say fuck it and post a pic of what I'm dealing with…sigh
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This is my sad skin…very nerve wracking to post this but I'm losing hope. There's pink zinc on my skin right now so it's camaflouging how dark/red it is right now, but I guess you get it…
none of the suppliments i'm taking are expensive, i get them from CVS or vitacost.com. i live in MA and since I just work part time I'm considered low income so I get mass health. I was first on 25mg of spiro for about a month and a half and was just recently upped to 50mg two weeks ago because i was still breaking out on my back. The 25mg of spiro only cost 3.50 with my insurance, the 50mg is 6.50ish so it is not an expensive medication.
and to be honest, unless you are shaving, you are waaaay less hairy on your stomach than i am.
hi anon, I had very similar issues to you. My hormones were completely out of balance (a lot of testosterone gave me more hair, acne all over my face and back). I found out I have an underactive thyroid as well as a stomach issue called "leaky gut". Food slips through holes in the stomach and wrecks havoc in the body.
Try to do some tests for food allergies, and I definitely recommend staying away from oral contraceptive pills if they didn't help. Those pills absolutely ruined my skin (still working on the scarring and pitting now).
Natural could be a great way to go. Cut out irritants like soda, excess sugar (only 25g a day max), and junk food. Incorporate veggies into every meal if you can. Write down your meals for a couple days and see how you feel after them. You can do this for longer too. I personally cut white rice, gluten, and dairy and my skin is happy and pimple free (just hyperpigmentation now!)
It sounds like your issue is mainly hormonal, so perhaps look into natural hormone treatments, like Maca in pill form I believe.
A dermatologist could definitely help. And for the picknig issue, I was there too. I was constantly popping stuff on my face and back. But it was because I would stand in front of the mirror for way too long and get the urge. So try to wash your face, do your routine, and get away from the mirror.
Good luck anon! I just noticed your pic too, I have not seen something like this so probably a derm will be your best bet!
Most of your problem from what I see in the picture is the picking, as that particular area isn't really a place where hormonal acne happens. maybe try to start a hobby that occupies both your hands? like knitting? or playing videogames? an hour spent knitting is an hour not spent picking at your skin.
if all else fails force yourself to wear gloves whenever you're not in public. if you didn't pick you wouldn't be introducing bacteria into your skin and you wouldn't be getting as many infections.
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I've been trying to follow ScA and MuA advice, but I can't get the products without them costing an arm and a leg!
I live in the EU (Slovenia) and local stores don't carry those brands (CeraVe, Paula's Choice, Shiseido …). I don't want to ship it from amazon.com, because of the enormous tax and shipping cost but also don't want to buy it from amazon.de / amazon.co.uk, because the same products cost MUCH more! Check picture for side by side cart comparison.
Can anyone recommend me some European cosmetics webstore, where I can't get all those products with reasonable prices and shipping?
Sorry for simulatenously posting this here and on ScA. I've been trying to order on amazon for DAYS but can't get around high costs! Please, help :<
then what the fuck is with all the sca cerave pushing? i just want something with millions of reviews of it working
i have dehydrated skin or dry skin and mild rosacea. i want my skin to look good an that's it
try amazon.co.uk or ebay.co.uk
it's from the UK so usually no shipping cost since it's still in Europe.
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Thank you for the well-wishes on my exam!
Here are the pictures I promised. I know I had taken 'before' pictures prior to getting the fillers specifically for comparison, but I couldn't find them for the life of me. I ended up having to crop my eye area from various photographs instead, so it's worth noting that I'm wearing makeup in all the before pics (also, I believe the bottom one was taken with my camera's portrait setting which has some sort of automatic skin softening feature). Please ignore my eyebrows in the first after pictures as well… I have no idea what's going on with them, I swear they're not usually that unkempt.
Anyways, I don't know well the pictures showcase the difference… The lines of my dark circles are really defined so it kind of looks like a shadow. I think the second-to-last pics in each row are probably the best indicators of the difference. I'm smiling in both but you can really see how noticeable the indentations were in the first one.
(btw if you're wondering why my skin looks so flakey in a couple of the pictures, it's because I recently had dermatitis on my eyelids and the area is still rather dry.)
Thanks for being patient- I hope this helps! If you have any other questions I'd be happy to answer them as best I can. (Faster than it took with the pictures, haha)>>58956
Not a problem. I actually had cartilage removed from behind my ears when I was 11 because they stuck out a lot and and I was really self-conscious about it. (and that particular procedure was covered by my province's health care for anyone under 16.) Apart from that, I haven't had any other work done.
Gee girl, just try something like Avene Tolerance Extreme or Antirougeurs, it's better than importing Ceteareth-20 in a bottle from US of A for 20 EUR.
If you did try everything available in Europe then I doubt CeraVe is going to save you.
I appreciate the advice. I've always struggled with my eyebrows because they grow in 2 different shapes… Thanks for the tip! >>59427
Aw thank you so much! Good luck, I hope you're pleased with the results if/when you get around to it. ♥
If I put stuff on my face before I shower it will just come off, and if I put stuff on after I shower I'm afraid it won't work correctly.>>60104
I just wash my face in the morning and maybe put on sunscreen or something.
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Starting an all natural skincare routine today just posting before pics and ill add an after in a couple weeks
Also upping my water intake because i dont get enough
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Is the LED trend dead? There are cheaper home kits now.
Was it by any chance from the "Yes to" line? They're very common all over but always irritate my skin.
Try Tonymoly, they're getting pretty easy to find. Walmart sells some (Ae soo i believe?) that are nice and mild too.
Just remember not every brand or even every variety from a brand is created equal.
It's also likely your skin will react weirdly if you've never done skincare before (My husband's skin freaks out when he uses anything other than one specific skincare line, he can't add anything to it without breaking out for a few months first).
The only stuff that hasn't bothered him are SOME Tonymoly products (the banana-based ones for instance) but everything else burns his skin while it just feels wet and soothing to me.
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It was this.
I knew I should've looked at some reviews instead of being impulsive, but I guess that's what I get.
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1 week later already an improvement imo
Yeah most individually wrapped masks that they sell like that on a corner rack are straight garbage
Definitely look at reviews first next time and dont use those anymore
And never use peel off tbh
Honey in place of face wash (on wet skin is best)
Rose water or witch hazel or the combination kind
I dont wear foundation but if i do for some reason remove with all natural wipes (can find hem at health food stores and shit)
Actually he's not wrong. I'm from a cold climate and I suffer from acne but when I'm on holidays for a few weeks it clears up. My nails and hair tend to grow faster too. I'm really jealous of girls from hotter climates because they can wear less makeup.
Depriving yourself of sun can have really horrible effects on your body, we need it to survive.
yeah, uv rays kill acne bacteria apparently, but that's pretty fucking unprofessional of him imo. it's not like it's an approved way of treating acne (ie. there's no way to administer the appropriate dose that shows clinical effects). so there's good chance that either anon will see no effects because of her sunscreen use/not enough time in the sun or will burn and likely her acne will be back in a few months anyway. it's not like acne is nonexistent in sunnier climates, as it is primarily a hormonal condition.
i don't know what was in the products he gave her but if it's just basic non-medicated stuff then he basically scammed her out of a visit.
It seems he gave her suncream though so it's all good.>>61095
Idk I'd rather exhaust all of the other, easier options before I started treating it with something strong like hormones personally.
"hormones" in this situation is usually just contraception pills.
i agree about exhausting less intrusive options first, but "just get some sun" belongs there with "just change your pillowcase daily lol" type of advice, the principle isn't wrong per se but it just doesn't address the core problem which is what i think a medical professional should do.
you can never get rid of them unless you surgically remove the skin they're scarred onto.
best you can do is use topical creams or oils to lessen how they look and get a little sun.
Anon from OP here, he gave me already some legit medical antiacne products to treat my acne, and for the summer he told me to stop only the antiacne gel application, since - he says - I'm getting better and it's one of those gels who react to the sunlight so it would be better to avoid it for the season. Don't know why he's so obsessed with the sun thing anyway. As far as I know it's the sea water that makes acne disappear on summer, not the sun, but I'll follow his advice and will make sure that my face takes a full hour exposed, with sunscreen of course. In this case, if nothing happens, on my October check I'll let him know that his advice was shit, lol. I can't take hormones, so the next step would be retinol. Thanks for the answers!
(Btw I just remembered that he also denied that fungal acne exists, I'm from a small town and his knowledge may be… eh… but there's people coming everywhere from my area to get visited by him and he has a certain reputation so for now I'll trust him)
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Is anyone here more prone to whiteheads? I have trouble with whiteheads alot then it turns into a fullblow pimple that hurts pls send help
Yes, me. I worked for 3 years in a hemp shop and would not recommend you putting hemp products on your face. I used hemp balm for my face for quite a while and I found it to be drying in the long run and a bitch to soak in.
Otherwise I don't see any problems (or benefits, tbh) with putting it on the rest of your body.
Hmm, thanks. Pretty much every type of moisturizer, lotion, cream, etc. has made me break out in a rash, so I'll take your word for it and stay away from products. Have you tried plain hemp seed oil? Also, do hemp products smell weird?
I've been trying out pure oils lately. Coconut, jojoba, olive, argan, and shea butter clog the fuck out of my pores. I use camellia right now with no irritation, but I still have thick, grimy sebum that I can't seem to wash off, and I've heard that an oil with higher linoleic acid (like hemp) would help with that. People have also said it's good for eczema. Idk, maybe I'll just have to get a small bottle and see how it goes.
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Pic related combined with 2x daily gentle facial washing rid me of my acne. I highly recommend it and am on my third or fourth stick now.
Since The Ordinary was brought up in the makeup thread, I'll post here too. I fell for the hype train and just got my first package from them last night.
My issues are combo skin, sensitive skin, hyper pigmentation out the ass, hormonal acne, large pores, flaky patches…
I got the
- Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1%
- Lactic Acid 5% = HA 2%
- Advanced Retinoid 2%
- Natrual Moisturizing Factors + HA
I used the Niacinamide and Buffet last night and this morning. The Niacinamide sinks into the skin, but the buffet leaves a faintly tacky feel. I'm going to ease myself into the Lactic Acid, maybe do it twice a week, and the Retinoid once a week.
I am also spearmint tea + spiro anon, the spiro has done a lot to clear up my skin but now I need to undo as much damage as I can.
I'll keep you guys updated if anybody is interested.
I'm using their Vit C + HA suspension cream and I like it, but it's super potent and siliconey. I'd ease up on the actives if their other stuff is anywhere near as strong as this.
Do you really need the retinol for treating all your issues? Because if you really have sensitive skin as you claim, it won't take all of that very well. It'll just make you sun-sensitive and even flakier.
5% AHA is good, but for enlarge pores you may want to try 1-2% BHA, it's not photosensitising like AHA (Lactic Acid).
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I did a lot of research and my skin isn't really that sensitive (it was never sensitive at all until starting this fall inexplicably.) their lactic acid is supposed to be very mild, i already used it on my back/shoulders last night with some buffet and felt nothing at all, and this morning there is no irritation, no dryness etc.
most of the people i've seen who are using the lactic acid from them use it every other night, some even every night. the retinoid is also supposed to be pretty mild from them (i've heard their 1% is crazy though and will make you peel/sore.) I heard bad things about their Vitamin C suspension (burning, gritty texture etc) so I didn't opt for it.
I based my choices from reviews from gothmista, waynegoss, and a reviewer who seems to have disappeared entirely from youtube and his website is gone too but it was inthenameofskin.
But mostly I focused on this chick's reviewhttps://beautyblogwales.com/2016/12/20/the-ordinary-skincareresults/
she uses the 10% lactic acid daily with no ill effects. with results like pic related after only 5 weeks i had to at least try
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ooooooooooookay. update already. my face has broken out with some micozits/white heads. looking around online leads me to believe that its the niacinamide, as ive found a few reviews from people saying that niacinamide in products broke them out.
super disappointed. washed my face and covered it with some aloe vera gel. never expected such a quick bad reaction. now i got to go back to my regular routine till my face calms down, then i guess i'll try the buffet by itself for a few days.
Also skin on the body =/= skin on the face.
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A bit of a retarded question- what are these tiny brown spots across my nose and cheek area? Are they freckles or something else? (I'm a relatively pale south-asian and don't know what freckles look like on my skin type).
I've been doing a skincare routine for about a year now and seriously for half a year. My skin has cleared up heaps and colour has evened out a lot but don't known if these need spot treatment?
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How does one get rid of discoloration like this?
I have something similar but it's more around the mouth corners than a circle
just use some heparin gel on that are, it always works for me in cases like this. it'll thin out the blood, help with circulation and natural removal of toxins from that area with your blood flow (sorry for being so vague, english is not my first language)>>62595
use azelaic acid on that area. it'll whiten it nicely.
you can also try something stronger like lactic acid, pha or aha but they cannot be used during summer because they may cause photosensivity.
i just got a sample of a korean sunscreen that supposedly reduces heat in your skin. i havent tried it yet, but its called MAKE P:REM UV Defense Me Blue Ray Sun Fluid SPF 50+
Maybe it will help you? Supposedly the brand is pretty good.https://blog.glowrecipe.com/2017/05/10/our-new-ray-of-sunshine-make-prems-blue-ray-sun-line/
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I started incorporating this into my skincare rutine about a month ago. I really like it, because it gives my skin a healthy glow and makes it really soft.
However during the last 2-3 weeks I have also gotten spontainous breakouts. I'm in the middle of my exam period, so I'm not sure if the breakouts are because of the facial oil or if it's just stress.
Anyone have any experience?
It might be stress or purging, but maybe cut back on using it.
I had products where they worked for awhile and then my face broke out from them. So I took a break from them.
I just this article today:http://www.refinery29.com/2016/06/114711/accutane-acne-personal-experience
Try looking through the skincareaddiction subreddit, too. I don't have any personal experiences, though.
i was on it for 6 months as a teen, its no big deal. if you have only been on it a week then anything you're experiencing right now is psycho somatic due to you being so scared by horror stories you've read.
the only issue i had was extremely dry lips, i would do insane if i didnt have chapstick within reach at all times.
I took it, best decision ever, minimal side effects . Don't drink on it and follow your doctors instructions and you should be fine. I doubt you got melanoma from taking accutane for a few weeks. I would blame the anxiety at one week from scaring yourself, you're already googling to see if you have cancer lol, trust me I read some horrible things too but it was mostly fearmongering.
mine started to really kick in around 3 months.
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I saw a dermatologist when I was a teenager. My acne wasn't even that bad, but he wanted to start me on Accutane right away, without even trying anything else. Let me repeat that my acne wasn't even that bad, just a few whiteheads every now and then. I didn't go on Accutane because I was scared of the side effects.
It all really depends on which dermatologist you happen to see.
the acne on my face wasnt very bad, but my back was a sea of cysts (it still is, though while on accutane and for a couple years after it was fine. only started getting bad again the past 3 years.)
if you only get 5 zits at a time you wont get a dr to subscribe it to you
Retin-a is amazing for skin and I totally recommend it. Even though it requires long term commitment, if you stop you basically just get your old skin back. There is a really gross flaky period like a month or so in, but afterwords skin is just SO glowing and beautiful. It helps prevent wrinkles long term too. The only thing that sucks is treating dry skin/using spf but that's really minimal and necessary regardless. If you end up going to a derm and getting it, try to pick up a lower dosage one (definitely not .1 like I started with).
BP facewashes are notoriously drying, have you tried using benzoyl peroxide spot treatments instead since your acne isn't severe?
I went ahead an bought some hemp seed oil like I said I would. Cold pressed. I'm very happy with it.
It looks gross (green & thick like olive oil) and smells grassy, but when I apply it to my skin and hair, the odor fades away. No one could smell it. The oil absorbs quickly instead of sitting on on the surface. No grimy feel. I actually had to apply more oil to my body a few hours later because my skin absorbed it all and was still a bit dry.
I apply a few drops straight to my scalp and ends of my hair before a shower. After the shower, I mix 5-6 drops with some Cetaphil and slather that on my face and body generously.
I was expecting it to be disgusting, but I think I'm gonna be using this every day. My skin is retaining moisture a lot better. The camellia oil I was using is shit in comparison to this.
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just bought this from sephora yesterday. I've wanted a Dr Jart product for a while since the rest of my skincare routine is Korean based but I knew the brand was pricier. I'm hoping it'll even out my skin tone. I get red cheeks and oily skin. I was going to just get a BB cream but the rep at the store told me this will help the problem and not cover it up. Gonna start using this week and see how it goes.