NEW OR NEED HELP? Ask here! - ScA Daily Help Thread May 27, 2021
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Came across [this article](https://www.valisure.com/blog/valisure-news/valisure-detects-benzene-in-sunscreen/) and a lot of follow-ups, with some detailed info, [here](https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=27292387). I never followed this specific reddit, but I would assume that someone would bring the topic here, by now, maybe with some other views. If the findings have some merit, then they also sound concerning.
I only break out below the corners of my mouth, basically on the sides of my chin. any reason for acne in this location?
It may be due to toothpaste. Some users have found switching toothpaste helped.
it’s not near my mouth, more between the mouth the jawline
The foam from brushing doesn't touch the area? Any chance you drool while sleeping? It could be saliva or saliva+toothpaste residuals. The alternative is either hormonal acne or mask acne (if you're still wearing masks). Hormonal acne tends to be the go-to if you're female and can be determined more assuredly if it comes and go in a cycle. Even if you're not female it could be hormonal but it's not as common an issue with males.
yeah i’m a male, and don’t have to wear masks. idk what it is then. thanks
Since the acne is localized and you don't have any product that only touches the area it's likely an internal biological issue, so it could be hormones or even dietary changes.
any sunscreen recs that are like the Skin Aqua UV Super Moisture Milk? I just find it too pricey
Hello. I had a blackhead which was very big and someone "digged" deep to take it off and left the pore really big and open and it never closed. This was 3 years ago. I have no idea what to do and if there is any way to finally close this pore and make it go back to normal. I basically have a whole in my cheek and It really makes me crazy. Are there any treatments or creams? Maybe laser surgery? Any advice is appreciated. I'm sorry if I couldn't explain it properly. Thank you!
3 years is a long time and if it didn't close up on its own I doubt any topicals can fix that. You'd have better results with a consult from a dermatologist or esthetician for more serious treatments.
Are there any issues with putting Azelaic Acid and Niacinamide on my upper eyelids? Thanks.
Azelaic Acid and Niacinamide can cause irritation when exposed to the eye area, so it’s best to avoid.
I was looking for a serum recommendation, I couldn't seem to find one in the sidebar. My current skincare routine is:
* La Roche-Posay Toleriane Foaming Cleanser
* Paula's BHA 2%
* La Roche-Posay Toleriane Double Repair Face Moisturizer
I have really oily skin and my nose basically looks like I have freckles but if you look close up it's just oil and/or dirt :(
You should try double cleansing([info](https://www.reddit.com/r/SkincareAddiction/wiki/guide_to_oil_cleansing?utm_source=share&utm_medium=ios_app&utm_name=iossmf))as it helps break down oil and dirt/makeup/sunscreen gently. A niacinamide serum can also potentially help regulate oil production.
Are you using BHA daily? BHAs break down oil but over use can dry out skin and in turn lead to an overproduction of oil. Do you know if your skin is dehydrated([info](https://www.reddit.com/r/SkincareAddiction/comments/8wxwuv/misc_dehydrated_skin_an_updated_guide_to_healing/?utm_source=share&utm_medium=ios_app&utm_name=iossmf))?
Gonna be honest it hasn't been daily, but plan on getting back to that shortly. Often time weekends where I don't do anything or don't go out I don't find myself doing my skincare routine. As for dehydration, I wouldn't say so. Like if I press my face against a surface lets say a window, you can visibly see oil imprints from my nose and forehead. The rest of my face seems to be okay I think.
Also thanks for that link!
I’m looking for a good sunscreen or skin protection for work this summer, I work in and around temperatures of about 115F+ for 10hrs a day, I notice that even though I’m not in direct sunlight, I still come home darker and shinier than in the other seasons of the year.
Any and all recommendations welcome, I don’t use any product currently. Application would be arms neck and face only, thanks!
It'll largely depend on where you live but I suggest heading to an outdoors store and asking if they have UPF rated clothing for your arms and neck. Protective clothing beats sunscreens due to reapplication while working up a sweat outside. For your face I recommend sunscreens SPF 50 and higher with the mention of "Sport" or "Beach". My recommendation is [Neutrogena Beach Defense SPF 70](https://www.neutrogena.com/products/sun/beach-defense-water-sun-protection-sunscreen-lotion-broad-spectrum-spf-70/6887272.html). It's a reliable sunscreen for me and helped even out the skin on my neck/chest/arms due to sun exposure. It is tropical scented if you're bothered by sweet scents. Alternatively, [Coppertone ULTRA GUARD Sunscreen Lotion SPF 70](https://www.cvs.com/shop/coppertone-ultra-guard-sunscreen-lotion-broad-spectrum-8-oz-prodid-1130687) could work just as well; they have similar UV filter concentrations. I recall Coppertone's sunscreens aren't tropical scented and more fresh/clean scented.
Warning, you do not want to apply sunscreen close to your eyes. It may sting your eyes as you sweat the sunscreen out. Instead, purchase large sunglasses to protect your eyes from the sun. Apply sunscreen where the sunglasses don't protect.
Thats a solid idea I’ll have to look into that, if it’s not moisture wicking apparel it’ll be a dealbreaker however, I’m already sweating way past the healthy amount
As for the recommendations, are they noticeable or whitening? Something that dries into the skin like lotion would be perfect
I expect UPF clothing to fairly moisture wicking. Staying covered in direct sunlight without being relatively cool would be a poor product. Just be sure to mention the temperature range to the sales associate.
As for whitening, the sunscreens will leave a slight cast, especially when reapplying. Unfortunately, most sunscreens with high SPF will leave some cast as the UV filters are inherently white to yellow in color. Only sunscreens labeled "tinted" would minimize white cast of sunscreen. There may be a chance that sunscreens in oil form *not lotion* will be less likely to show up. [Supergoop Sun Defying Sunscreen Oil](https://supergoop.com/products/sun-defying-sunscreen-oil-with-meadowfoam) could be a contender but it may not be as sweat resistant compared to the sunscreens I recommended. Those two are generally beach/sport types and designed to resist perspiration. The Supergoop is pricey but if you have a Kroger store (or affiliate) Kroger makes a similar dupe for larger and cheaper called [Kroger Oil Spray Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 50](https://www.kroger.com/p/kroger-oil-spray-sunscreen-broad-spectrum-spf-50/0004126000790).
Hi, I have little hairs under my eye area; next to the nose and it looks like I have really big pores but it's the little hairs. Even if I shave them the holes are still there. How do I get rid of them?
read the Hyperpigmentation info in the wiki/sidebar/linked above. For texture issues, something like an AHA should help unless the scarring is deep
Just found out about this whole benzene debacle....the sunscreen I've been using for a while is COTZ Prime and Protect Tinted SPF 40. I haven't seen it on either of the lists. Should I consider changing? or is it likely this doesnt have any benzene? any thoughts?
I haven't had a chance to dig deep into the benzene issue but there seems to be a trend that spray and gel sunscreens pop up as contaminated. There's speculation that there's an ingredient contamination and it may be alcohol as benzene is one of side products in synthesis. Also, it's commonly found in spray and gel sunscreens. I haven't had a chance to see if a majority of contaminated ones have alcohol, but it's a current theory. Since the Cotz doesn't have alcohol I don't suspect it will, but it's worth contacting them. If enough consumers contact them about benzene worries they may take action to get ahead and get a 3rd party to test and publish the results.
Been on tret for a year (cream 0.25), now tackling hyperpigmentation from the purge! Im between azalaic acid, or Topicals Faded. Not sure what to consider when choosing. I have combo skin. The rest of my routine has been tackling the dryness of tret (cerave hydraring wash, neutrogena waterboost, stratia liquid gold, sunscreen, im from honey masks, and just added cosrx snail 96).
Of the two, go for the Topicals Faded with it's melanin inhibitors. Your tretinoin and azelaic acid cover the same ground, but tret does it with more results.
If your PIH is severe and you can visit the dermatologist it may be worthwhile to ask if hydroquinone could be prescribed. It's a gold standard ingredient against PIH, but very potent and for prescription for a reason. Or, if in the US, possibly ask your derm about using Differin Dark Spot Correcting Serum. It has hydroquinone at 2% and under $20, but if your derm can prescribe a more potent version it may be better and cheaper.
I have these red bumps on my neck. It started as some irritation after I shaved 10 days ago then I think it got exposed when I was at the gym and sweating a lot. I noticed it getting worse on Monday so I went to an urgent care and they gave me antibiotics.
It doesn't seem to have made a difference. It's stayed about the same since Monday, no itchiness or anything uncomfortable just looks bad. No existing medical issues.
If no one has a fix for this, any ideas on how to cover it up and keep it covered even while swetting a lot?
if someone were to wet lotion then wipe it with a towel if someone else touched the towel do they get the lotion on them? also if someone put oil or lotion on their hands then touched their phone would touching their phone without anything on get the oil on them
There will be probably be a bit of transfer if the person who touches the towel with wet hands and rehydrates the lotion on the towel. As for the phone, we should be all be cleaning our phones regularly. They are disgusting.
is it enough to make transfer to be able to wash with only water or is it enough to have to use a cleanser
is there any type of lotion/cream i can use on my hands that doesn’t prevent water from reaching my skin
I got a sheet mask from my boss for my birthday and decided to use it before I travel and it [BURNED MY FACE](https://imgur.com/a/nZO22R5), particularly my forehead...
I used Mizon Joyful Time Essence Mask in Vitamin (Clear & Gloss). I’ve used Mizon Time Essence masks before so I had zero worries but for some reason this happened. Anyone have any idea why
OR know how to help soothe area quickly?
I agree with the comment, just wanted to add that if I leave on the face mask for longer than recommended I may have some irritation/itching even if it’s a mask I’ve used without issue before. This has also happened when I don’t dampen my face before applying the sheet mask. I mixed oats, honey and yogurt and applied for ten minutes and all the redness died down.
Side note: you have great brows
It's likely an ingredient issue. Sheet masks are dicey in that due to one time use nature you can't patch test or narrow ingredients down due to (usually) long ingredient lists. Additionally, since masks are worn for a duration absorption may be more efficient making irritation more severe.
From my experience, I've only had a reaction like yours to a face mask with methylisothiazolinone, an uncommon preservative for leave on products. Is there a chance you have the ingredient list of the mask? I may not be able to point to the direct cause but can flag possible ingredients.
Aloe vera will help with a chemical burn like that!
does josie maran 100 percent pure argan oil have any silicones? if so does it block water from reaching my skin
if it's 100% pure argan oil, it should have nothing but argan oil in it. check the ingredient list on their website. as for blocking water, all oils block water from reaching the skin to a degree. i would recommend applying whatever water-based products you want to use before the oil.
so for my religion i need to have water reach my skin 5 times a day so even if the oil sat for a hour or two it wouldn’t allow water to reach my skin?
if you're talking about wudu (please forgive me if I'm wrong), I've seen a couple of posts asking questions about how to take care of their skin while practicing it correctly. Sadly I don't have the answer for you, either from a molecular or religious standpoint, so I would search the sub for those posts and maybe get in touch with some people who have similar issues/questions!
i am talking about wudu thank you for the advice!
Happy to help! Hope the search works out x
How can I get sunscreen to stay on my nose? It just slides off. I work outside and I wear a hat. The rest of my face is ok today but the top of my nose is red I think my sunscreen didn't stick to it. I'll also try to be better about bringing a travel size one and reapplying.
The nose tends to be oily which is why stick sunscreens are best, they're thick and portable. It's common for them to be zinc oxide or titanium dioxide; they're more drying and less likely to slip. But you should be able to find organic UV filter ones too. If you want a cheap alternative that's small any SPF lip balm can work as well.
Also, to help adherence blot/wipe you nose with tissue. Absorbing excess oil will help give the sunscreen to adhere to your nose.
Thank you! I ran to the drug store & picked up a stick on sale. Didn't know these existed haha. Seems promising!
I have a similar issue and really like the sunscreen sticks for easy reapplication
Thanks! I'd never heard of these until now
I have a perscripion for latisse. Which is very expensive. The pharmacy said there is a cheaper generic version they can order (both have to be ordered anyway). The cheaper non-name brand is called Bimatoprost. Has anyone opted for this choice at the pharmacy? Have you noticed any difference between the two? I'm not asking about the generic ones that can be ordered from weird sites online. The one I'm asking about is from an actual in-person pharmacy. Also, how long after stopping using before you noticed lashes going back to normal? Any other helpful tips on use or information would be appreciated! Ty
Bimatoprost is the active ingredient I think. I used Careprost which also has bimatoprost as the active ingredient, not sure if it's exact same as what you'll be getting. As I recall I noticed it working within a few weeks and it also stopped working within a couple weeks of discontinuing use.
I think the biggest thing is apply it very carefully & make sure its just going on your lash line and not on the rest of your eyelids or into your eye b/c it can change your eye colour, darken your skin, or make the fat around your eyes decrease which makes them look sunken in.
I've used Careprost 0.3% solution on my lashes too, and my mom's been using it on her eyebrows for years - it works like magic! It takes a good few weeks to see the effects, but once you do, they're pretty dramatic.
0.3% is also the percentage of bimatoprost that Latisse contains, as well as the more popular/common version of Careprost, which is also sold as Lumigan. Careprost also comes as a 0.1% solution, but that's going to take longer to work and I can't vouch for the results.
I second the warning about not getting it inside your actual eye. Side effects include things as serious as cataracts - don't rish your health for pretty lashes! I applied it with a really thin lipliner brush only to the base of the eyelashes (from above, i.e. not even getting close to the eyeball).
I like to apply moisturizer on a pretty wet face and I also like using vitamin C serum which I apply directly before, so is it fine to just wet my face before moisturizing or will that wash off the C/dilute the effects of the C a lot? or how long should I allow the C to absorb? I've been confused about this one for a while :(
Your skin will absorb it all, once applied to your skin it will absorb. The "dilution" would only be if you splashed your face as if your rinsing soap. A spray of water (not dripping) should be fine.
Absorption times depends on person. You don't have to wait, some wait due to product interactions (e.g. foaming) but once your product is absorbed you can continue with the rest of your routine.
How do I add [this AHA](https://www.ulta.com/p/aha-7-whitehead-power-liquid-xlsImpprod16661023) to my routine?
My routine AM and PM is CeraVe foaming facial cleanser (I used to do CeraVe in the morning and Panoxyl at night but then I heard that you cant use benzoyl peroxide with AHAs so I know I cant use that), The Ordinary. Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1%, and lastly CeraVe Daily Moisturizing Lotion.
My questions are:
* Where in my routine do i apply the AHA?
* What products should i take out?
This is my first time using AHA so I'm very new and unknowledgeable with it so any help will be greatly appreciated!
You would use it two or three times a week after cleansing, before anything else. But I wouldn't use it in conjunction with the Panoxyl. You'll want to use it after a hydrating cleanser to avoid irritation.
Do you have a sunscreen? AHAs are known to increase skin sensitivity to the sun and would like you to avoid any possible negative side effects.
I have the Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Sunscreen Lotion which is SPF 70. I've used it before and had no negative efffect from it
Great, you have a sunscreen. Regarding using BPO with AHAs, I'm not aware of any issues using them together. But my opinion is you should use only one active ingredient in a routine - period. Irritation is more likely to occur when you use many actives at once. Better to be slow and cautious splitting up one active per routine than to pile them on. With that said, I recommend either alternating nights of using BPO and AHA **or** using one in the morning and one at night.
Since it sounds like this is the first time you're using acids like AHA I recommend alternating nights. To start, sub the AHA 2x a week in place of BPO. After 2-4 weeks without problems than bump up to 3x a week in place of BPO. In terms of order, the AHA will take the same place right after cleansing.
Sun stick users, how long does a stick last you?
I ordered some tretinoin (from Rory, was fairly inexpensive), but after seeing so many terrible "purges" on people who previously had incredible skin I am really reconsidering. 🤦🏻♀️ I have pretty good skin in terms of acne and even signs of aging for the most part, I mostly just wanted to use it for its anti-aging benefits. Ugh! Would I be absolutely insane to just stick with my retinol + sunscreen routine? It's just that I really want to do something about the mild elevens I have in between my eyes and I was hoping to avoid Botox (I know possibilities of side effects are rare but they freak me out).
I know it's up to me to do a cost benefit analysis, but I mean, retinol will work, it'll just work more slowly... right? Lol.
I'm 27 and have normal skin tending towards dry.
Purging is normal on tretinoin, i got on tret for acne, while it was bad before tret it made it sooo much more worse. Now 3 months later I’m fine. Don’t worry abt it, it will even out
Thank you for the response 🙂
You could choose to use Tretinoin only on your areas of highest concern _(like a spot treatment)_ and use retinol on the rest of your face.
How is HelloRory’s prices compared to Curology? _($25 for 12 ml/one month supply or $40 for two months)_
So my first order was $5 for a 30 day supply, and then you get charged $75 quarterly apparently.
I thought about the spot treatment thing, but apparently tret "travels" (not sure how lol).
But oh well, according to the tretinoin subreddit you should take a few weeks off of using anything besides moisturizer, cleanser and SPF before starting tret so I guess I have some time to think about it. 🤔
Looking for a summer moisturizer recommendation that would be suitable for a humid climate. And also something that isn't in a jar or tub. I really dislike scooping stuff out with my fingers... Something that could work for both the face and body that would be great, as I've noticed face-specific moisturizers tend to be a fair bit pricier. Grateful for any help!
Look for emulsions/milks, gels, gel creams.
I’m noticing these weird red bumps on my upper arms. I’ve just been washing the area with benzoyl peroxide soap and using the clindamycin lotion prescribed by my derm. But it doesn’t seem to be working so I don’t even think it’s acne?
to me this sounds like keratosis pilaris! [https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/keratosis-pilaris/](https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/keratosis-pilaris/) if you google it, you can see images of it and compare it to urs. on the link i added, they also have some dos and donts for how to manage/ treat it. hope this helps :)
No, it does not block water from reaching the skin. But neither do silicones. They are both penetrable.
but i heard only water soluble stuff can be taken off with water
You asked if it stopped water from reaching your skin and it doesn't.
so for example i’m muslim i make wudu and need the water to reach my skin so it would reach the skin and wouldn’t just block the water from reaching the skin correct?
Correct, silicones and oils are permeable. They still allow water to reach the skin.
Question 1: Can anyone find me an affordable cleansing oil that will work as dupe for an overpriced mascara remover? [https://ibb.co/fHWPvF1](Ingredients). I’ll most likely only be applying this too my eyelashes rather than double cleansing with it BTW
Question 2: Disregard all conventional advice given for dark circles under the eyes _(due to ¿naturally? darker skin in the area, not due to anatomy of the face)_ and tell me what actually DID WORK for you personally. 2% Hydroquinone and Tretinoin haven’t worked for me so I’m at a loss and getting tempted to by questionable serums on Amazon.
I have a bottle of European LRP invisible fluide/shaka and I forgot to put the cap back on for a day, the liquid around the top of dispenser is yellow but the actual fluid is still fine. Did I ruin the sunscreen or should it still be fine to use?
There are usually preservatives in sunscreen so if the consistency & color seems fine I would infer the sunscreen isn’t ruined after only a day or so of having the cap off. Especially since the opening is just a small whole; not a huge one like jar creams have.
Hello. Today and yesterday I changed my morning routine to the CeraVe Hydrating Hyaluronic Acid Serum and then the CeraVe AM Facial Moisturizing Lotion with Sunscreen (after washing my face of course with CeraVe Foaming Facial Cleanser). I wait a couple minutes after the serum to put on the moisturizer but I've noticed the moisturizer isn't absorbing or something. It's almost like it kind of sits on my face and then dries out into these specks. The moisturizer didn't do this when I only used it. I don't quite understand why it's doing this.
this sounds a little like pilling- here's quite an accurate description of it.
*'Ever had your products start balling up on your face like an old sweater?*
*Maybe you've noticed it right away after applying certain makeup or skincare on top of one another. Or it could be hours later, when you touch your face and it feels like it's covered in tiny flakes or globs of product.*
*Either way, it's SO annoying. But this phenomenon—known as "pilling"—is a common pitfall when layering skincare products'*
pilling happens when, for whatever reason, the products do not absorb into the skin. i get this a lot, especially when i am applying moisturiser over serums. there are lots of tips online, but the main thing is to make sure you are waiting before applying each product. make sure the serum has fully 'sunk in'- been absorbed into your skin and is no longer wet- before applying your moisturiser. hope this helps :)
That really helps! Thank you! I'll wait a bit longer after putting on the hyaluronic acid before putting on the moisturizer to see if that helps. I do sweat a bit after washing my face so maybe one of those jade rollers will help cool my face and then help absorb the serum. That's how those rollers work right? 😅
I got this generic brand of Epiduo (I've been using it for 2 days) and I haven't experienced any of the burning that people talk about when they first start out using Epiduo...has anyone used this particular brand before? I couldn't find anything about it online.
Some people get delayed onset irritation.
Some people don’t get any irritation at all; which is very plausible considering that it contains the lowest strength of adapalene **&** the lowest strength of BPO.
Found out my sunscreen has benzene in it, so I need to switch to a new one. The specific sunscreens I'm looking at though don't appear on the Valisure lists, should I get them anyway? I'm looking at specifically the **Bare Republic mineral gel** and **Hawaiian Tropic matte effect lotion**. None of these brands show up on the contaminated lists, but they do show up on the safe lists. However, the ones that do show up on the safe lists are not the specific ones I'm getting, should I be fine getting a sunscreen from any of these brands as long as it didn't show up on the contaminated list?
From what I understand, the issue with benzene was a problem with the ingredient supply chain. It stands to reason that brands that didn't have benzene in some of their sunscreens (i.e. did not use raw materials that were contaminated with benzene in these products) would most likely not have benzene in any of them (I doubt they would get same raw materials from two different suppliers).
I don't have any actual evidence for this - just sharing my reasoning!
So, I started using Curology almost a year ago (I think?) and honestly it has worked SO well! Best skin I've had in years. But also during the day (when I don't have anything on my face) my skin gets oily so so fast.
I use Neutrogena cleanser for sensitive skin and Neutrogena moisturizer (the expensive one in the blue tub with white lid) twice a day. And then the only other thing I use is Curology right before bed. I've always had combo skin but this is a bit more extreme. (I've also never used ANY moisturizer before I started using Curology).
Many people see success with niacinamide, salicylic acid, & retinoids or a combination of those ingredients.
You can also use blotting papers a few times a day until you find the right skincare product to regulate your sebum production
**My personal experience (YMMV);**
•Niacinamide in higher concentrations _(4%-5%)_ work better at controlling oiliness than lower concentrations _(1%-3%)_ but very high concentrations _(>5%)_ didn’t seem to provide extra benefit
•Both wash off & leave on Salicylic acid treatments help remove excess sebum but leave on treatments work better. I’ve tried a few drugstore price & midmarket price treatments but always end up going back to Stridex Maximum.
•Retinoid gels definitely work better than retinoid creams for controlling/regulating sebum secretion.
•I’m paranoid about messing up my sunscreen so I try to only use blotting papers to remove excess oil if I’m going to be reapplying it before I get more sun exposure
Hi, is the Clinique Moisture Surge 100h moisturizer a new formulation of the 72h or is it a different product? I'm finding this 100h more in stock in various stores while the 72h seems to be available only in the biggest size or in travel size
Also, does anyone have any experience with this Moisture Surge 100h?
I'm 15, no major issues but my skin isn't 'perfect' or anything. I've bought these three items so far: Cerave Foaming Cleanser, Cetaphil Moisturizer (already in the house), and Alba Botanica sunscreen. Is this a good enough routine? Also, is using the cleanser once a day before sleeping good enough, or should it be used more?
for me, the cerave foaming cleanser was a little too drying/made my skin feel tight afterwards, so i started using their gentle cleanser instead (it has a "milky" texture). you have all the essentials of a decent skincare routine (cleanser, moisturizer, and sunscreen) so it looks good to me! i would say you can use the cleanser once a day (at night) and if you feel comfortable, you could simply rinse your face with lukewarm water in the morning.
It depends on your skin, I personally would recommend washing twice a day, but only using soap in the night (especially if you are sensitive or dry). In the morning, just wash your face thoroughly with water, or you can add the tiniest amount of soap in the morning if you feel comfortable.
Has anyone else gotten "acne/pit scars" randomly?
I've been clear of acne for about the past year, after being on accutane. But I feel like I am getting these "pit scars" that everyone refers to as acne scars, randomly, that I notice in the morning.
Aveeno oat gel
As for actives, I am using tretinoin and vitamin C serum. Could one of these cause these scars?
Scarring are caused by abnormal skin healing after the acne lesion pops/goes down
Tretinoin and ascorbic acid increase collagen synthesis & improve would healing so they would help prevent pitted _(atrophic)_ scaring if they had any effect at all.
Hey! I am **switching serums** since my last go-to serum (Sake Boscia Brightening Serum) is now discontinued (TRAGEDY).
I wanted to start including a vitamin C serum into my routine in the morning, and since I have sensitive/combo skin, I thought **Drunk Elephant's Firma-C Serum** was the perfect go to!
Only thing is, it honestly feels *too* greasy? Like I put it on, and by midday, my pores feel gigantic and my T-zone is shiny af. But I'm questioning myself so much because so many people seem to love this serum? Should I just keep on going? Has anyone else had this reaction?
I'm also doing research, and it seems like the **Sunday Riley CEO Brightening Serum** is another favorite? Has anyone tried it?
TL;DR - adding vitamin C to routine, Drunk Elephant might be a dud for me, any recs?
I honestly didn’t like the c-firma at first, but I kept using it once I started to see the improvements in my skin. I think you should finish the bottle, especially Bc it’s so expensive. Afterwards, some brands whose formulations I like are beautystat and hyper!
Besides not getting sunburnt, what are the short term benefits of wearing suncreen everyday? Long term I know it prevents aging and wrinkles etc, but will my skin look any different after say, a year of daily sunscreen use? (Again, outside of not having actual sunburns)
How much of a **short term** difference it makes is highly variable from person to person; but in general the shortterm benefits of regular sunscreen use you can experience are;
•reduced risk of sunburn
•reduced severity of sunburn
•avoiding exacerbating existing fine lines
•a more even skin complexion _(ie; less noticeable &/or a lesser amount of erythema marks & dark spots, no tan lines from your clothing)_
•less severe/less inflamed acne lesions _(explained; UV light increases lipid peroxidation which is one of the drivers for acne comedogenesis & inflammation)_
>UV light increases lipid peroxidation which is one of the drivers for acne comedogenesis & inflammation
ooh, could you share some sources on the last point? I'm so fascinated by this idea.
Regarding Acne & Lipid Peroxidation:
[Clinical implications of lipid peroxidation in acne vulgaris: old wine in new bottles ](https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3012032/#__sec4title)
Regarding UV light induced peroxidations role in skin issues
[The Role of Lipid Peroxidation Caused by Ultraviolet Light in Skin Diseases](https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.3109/15569529409062919?journalCode=icot19)
Regarding how antioxidants can reduce peroxidation
There’s definitely a lot more information out there on this topic though. It’s kinda crazy how complicated acne development is. Right when I think I got it figured out I stumble upon something else that plays a role
Thank you so much! I've been struggling with being consistent in wearing sunscreen for literal years - maybe its role in potentially helping with my acne might give me an extra nudge in the right direction... also it's just super frickin' interesting.
protection against skin cancer, which is no joke. a friend of mine's mother had skin cancer at a very young age (30s) and had to get a big chunk of skin removed from her arm, so its best to wear sunscreen if you would like to avoid skin cancer
Tanned neck in comparison to rest of the body from sun exposure - how to get rid of it?
Started applying sun screen regularly, anything else is recommended?
Exfoliating with alpha hydroxy acids
Pilling question -
I have been going through trial and error with so many sunscreens since discovering my contact allergies and having to revamp my entire routine. I thought I finally found one - Elta MD UV Physical. I've been using samples from the derm, and it was working, but today when I put it on after moisturizing with my Avene Tolerance Extreme Emulsion, it was pilling TERRIBLY. Would there be a reason that these two products just don't play well together? Or maybe I just need to wait longer in between applying moisturizer and SPF to prevent pilling? Any tips appreciated!
I think wait longer between applications. I had a similar issue with my sunscreen (Nivea) and the COSRX snail mucin. If I applied the suncreen immediately after the essence my face would be a mess. Hope it goes well!
Thanks! That was my first thought so I appreciate the info from your experience!
From my experience, the CeraVe Hydrating Cleanser doesn't rinse as clean. I also would worry about ceramides in a cleanser, you just want to focus on a cleanser that doesn't leave a film behind. As a rec, I like Vanicream's cleanser. Gentle and mildly foaming that rinses clean.
I am a fairly novice and seek a simple routine. No major concerns except some textural things that bug me, mostly unnoticeable bumps across my forehead, and early signs of aging.
I use The Ordinary mainly. Can someone verify this routine is A-OK? Thanks :)
**A.M.** Cleanse, The Ordinary Buffet, Moisturize, Sunscreen *(haven't chosen one yet, but I have tried Supergoop and loved it, though a bit pricey for me)*
**P.M.** Cleanse, The Ordinary Buffet, **The Ordinary Granactive Retinoid 2% in Squalane** (I do not own this yet, would purchase)
I have a couple other serums from them (Hyaluronic Acid, Niacinamide) – would those go before the retinoid? Also, their site didn't recommend moisturizing after the retinoid, is that correct?
Your routine looks good. If you live in the US and have a Kroger (or affiliate) near you you might be in luck. Kroger makes Supergoop dupes for the SPF 40 gel sunscreen and SPF 50 oil spray.
With regards to serums I recommend putting them before if they're water based, because the squalane will inhibit absorption. I'm not aware of why the site says not to moisturize, but it doesn't hurt to moisturize. You can if you want to or not if you find your combination of serums and retinoid in squalane moisturizing enough.
Thank you! I will look into Kroger affiliates, and appreciate the other insight.
Why does it seem like everytime I have a pimple, it leaves a scar that is a lot darker than other peoples? I use sunscreen daily, and i dont pick at it either. I do understand that everyone’s pimples leaves pih, but why do mine seem so dark in comparison to all my friends which have similar skin tones?
I relate and I sympathize.
Mine are also seem to be darker than other people’s with the same skin tone.
I’m jealous of people who’s post-acne marks lighten as fast as other discoloration marks _(like one’s from scratches)_ and I’m also jealous of people who can lighten their dark marks with “gentle” ingredients like Niacinamide or licorice root
Has anyone tried either TO glycolic acid or 10%lactic acid for body exfoliation?
Yeah and it works as a deodorant btw
Damn that would be very nice
Yep. It’s safe to do and can help with Keratosis Pilaris and pigmentation.
Thanks! Which would you recommend? I know it depends on your skin, but in general, is the glycolic very much stronger? Could it be too strong even for the body?
Glycolic Acid is a stronger exfoliant than Lactic Acid; Lactic Acid is also hydrating. The skin on your body can handle a lot compared to your face, so it should be fine. You can use either of them, but I’d go for Glycolic Acid.
Thank you :-)
I need help. I have always struggled with skincare to the point where I now only wash my face twice a day with water, if that, because every time I try a cleanser my nose and forehead get ridiculously shiny to the point where I feel like a mirror and I was very heavily bullied in school. My face is covered in blackheads and I know I need to build a proper routine, I just need someone to help me with where to start, any suggestions on a good cleanser or even a basic routine that will help me, I would appreciate it more than you know. I am based in the UK. Thank you.
Sounds like you might have dehydrated skin that is over producing oil to compensate for the damage to your moisture barrier. If you look through the sidebar of this sun there are good recommendations on how to build a good basic routine. Cerave products are popular products for beginners. Generally your routine should consist of a cleanser and a moisturizer. Followed by SPF in the morning. Once you have a basic routine down you can start to target more specific concerns like blackheads.
I started using Nivea mens Hayluron and now want to deep dive into skincare.
There are so many brands but id like to just have one face cleanser and one moisturizer
Is hyaluron that good? What is the difference with retinol? Which one should i choose?
Do you have any ideas?
hi! what's your skin type? if you tell me, then i can give you some specific recommendations :)
you could use this if you're not sure: [https://uncovertheglow.com/skin-type-quiz/](https://uncovertheglow.com/skin-type-quiz/)
Hi, thanks for your answer. Could I send you a dm?
My face is just ALWAYS itchy. Sometimes it's my acne that's itchy, sometimes it's nothing - just itchy. I'm hydrating and moisturizing well and my skin doesn't feel dry. What the hell do I do? I try not to scratch but sometimes it's unbearable. I don't have the ability to get to a dermatologist.
You probably have atopic or contact dermatitis. Usually a dermatologist would prescribe a corticosteroid topical. Aloe, oat, green tea, and niacinamide can help ease inflammation.
Thank you! After I have my baby, I'm going to go back to the derm and see what he thinks, but just doing a cursory google search, this seems right!
Hi! Has anyone used Paula's Choice [Super Antioxidant Serum](https://www.paulaschoice.com/resist-super-antioxidant-serum/764.html) or [Ultra-Light Super Antioxidant Serum](https://www.paulaschoice.com/resist-ultra-light-super-antioxidant-concentrate-serum/774.html)? I've been interested in adding in an antioxidant serum, but don't know if these are using ingredients at super low concentrations, or if they have merit to them. Any insight into these products would be greatly appreciated. Thanks so much!
I have used neither Paula's Choice serums. Regarding percentages customer service may be allowed to disclose numbers but may not. But keep in mind formulation is important to efficacy too. But if you were to ask I suggest asking about the Super Antioxidant Serum since its key ingredient is a stabilized version of Vitamin C - Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate. Vitamin C is well studied and used, with many brands listing their percentage. It's prudent to ask since there are many Vitamin C serums listing percentage and you're doing your diligence in finding the best Vitamin C.
As for which serum is better, ymmv with results. What are you looking to improve in your skin with these serums?
Also, it's worth asking if Paula's Choice has sachet samples of some the serums. The Super Antioxidant Serum travel size is out of stock. However they may have sample sachets. The travel size of the Ultra-light Super Antioxidant serum is still in stock.
Thanks for taking the time to reply! So I believe *both* serums include THD ascorbate, funnily enough, haha. Still worth inquiring about though!
With regards to your point about formulation, do you mean that even if the ingredients are at effective concentrations, they may not be as efficacious due to how well the product as a whole has been formulated to work?
To your question about what I'm looking to improve, it's more about protection than specific improvements. Since they're antioxidant-rich (or so we hope, haha), I figure they could do some good work against protecting me from environmental factors, y'know?
Both have tetrahexyldecyl ascorbate, but the Super Antioxidant Serum markets it as the key ingredient, it's also up higher in the ingredient list making the concentration higher than the Ultra-light Super Antioxidant. While you can inquire about the Ultra-light concentration it's not the selling point and not as important information. The Super Antioxidant is marketed as a potent stable Vitamin C serum and comparatively most high Vitamin C products list their concentration.
Regarding formulation, a product could be filled with impactful ingredients at the concentrations proven effective. But if the product isn't formulated correctly for those ingredients to work it's not going to deliver on results. It could be pH or it could be delivery method. Even if a product has the right amount of Vitamin C, for example take the powder version of L-ascorbic acid The Ordinary sells. Even if you use 20% like the HG Skinceuticals if you don't formulate at the right pH and dissolve it in the best medium the LAA won't provide good results. With regards to the concentration of antioxidants, it's unlikely Paula's Choice will disclose. No brand, that I'm aware, lists concentrations of ingredients unless it's an active ingredient purporting skin renewal. However, some companies won't disclose that but most will when their competitors disclose concentration.
With regards to environmental factors, either serum could work. But as long as you have a basic routine that includes a sunscreen your skin will be generally protected. The antioxidants will be a boost in prevention. If I were in your position I'd purchase the travel sizes instead of full sizes. Skin results are YMMV and you can't predict which product performs better, despite reviews. Purchasing both travel sizes and comparing them to each other allows you to see how your skin responds to both. Both products use good ingredients, it's usually how well your skin likes either product.
This all makes a ton of sense! Thank you so much for explaining all of this to me, I really appreciate it!
Potentially the dumb question of the day: doesn’t sunscreen need to be applied multiple times a day? How does that factor in to a skin care routine, esp on days where I’m wearing makeup?
The key is to find a sunscreen without a cast and that absorbs quickly without too much oil. Instead of spreading it, use a sponge or puff to blend it in.
I don't wear any face makeup but I really like Glow by Ramon on YouTube who does wear tests for sunscreen where he shows how they reapply over makeup.
Thanks, I’ll definitely go check out that channel!
I wish I knew! Some companies make powders that have SPF but I have searched this and asked this a million times and there's no doable solution that I can find to have makeup on and properly reapply SPF!
If applying sunscreen to your face, multiple times a day....arent you inviting clogged pores and acne? Because your just trapping oil and dirt thats on your face?
Reapplying sunscreen doesn’t exacerbate my acne or sebaceous filaments but if you’re still concerned you can try either rinsing your face before reapplying or using a blotting paper to pick up sebum and anything sitting on your skin’s oils before you reapply
Good tips. Thanks!
Which is why it's best to thoroughly remove all those layers with an oil cleanse at the end of the day.
Hm. But if you apply at say noon and 1pm then thats alot of “clogged” time. Also, my derm has me just using vanicream wash?
If it's really dirty, then give the skin a quick rinse before applying/reapplying. Everyone's skin is different and some people clog easier than others. If yours is clogging up then there's exfoliants that can treat that.
If your sunscreen is waterproof, I think the best way to remove it is with an oil cleanser. Give it a try if you're interested. Unless you have a skin condition like eczema or dermatitis, I don't see why an oil cleanser would be an issue.
Cool thanks. Just chronic issues with adult cystic/nodular acne, and ingrown facial hair. After 3 derms, and almost 3 years, finally seeing some progress. But my face feels like its gonna burn off from the tretinoin. I just had to take some days off. Strange because im not outside much, and spf 50 daily. Appreciate your help.
I've been using Paula's Choice 2% Bha every day for 3 weeks now, and it has absolutely done nothing to the sebaceous filaments on my nose. There isn't even a slight improvement. Any advice??
Paula's Choice BHA liquid? It could be the formulation isn't right for you, they do have many of them and one may work better for you. Reaching out to their customer service would be worth a try. But it may be your skin needs another product. What's your current routine? Some people find oil cleansing paired with BHA use lessens sebaceous filaments.
I usually use retinol before my collagen serum. Is this OK? I didn't see much about this on the routine order thread. Also realizing that even though I don't get much sun because I'm night shift I should probably start wearing sunscreen anyway. I do walk or run outside sometimes.
You can, but collagen is a really big molecule and can barely penetrate the epidermis - so it won’t really have any benefits. Retinol can help stimulate collagen production underneath your skin, so that should be enough.
That's interesting. Thank you for your response!
I'm sort of new (to Reddit and skincare) and I'm looking to work on the bags under my eyes. Right now I am using Paula's Anti-Aging Eye Cream under my eyes nightly before bed, and I can't tell if it is making a difference. Like, maybe a little? Otherwise I use Nivea Q10 on my face morning and before bed, and Paula's 1% Retinol for my eye wrinkles every Tu/Th night. I started off nightly, but it burned. Oily skin, late 30s.
Anyway, is there something else I should be using?
Under eye bags are primarily genetics and some people are more prone to developing them. Don't feel too discouraged if they aren't completely erased. But first, how long have you used the eye cream? Skin takes a while to respond and structurally you should expect under eye bags to take longer with topicals.
I've been doing this routines since maybe January. Is there a better product to use, or am I (theoretically) doing this right?
Thanks, by the way.
Five months is a long enough time to evaluate your routine and it seems like the eye cream isn't making much of an impact. You could try another eye product from Paula's Choice such as the [Ceramide-Enriched Firming Eye Cream](https://www.paulaschoice.com/clinical-ceramide-enriched-firming-eye-cream/216.html). Compared to your current PC eye cream this could help firm up the skin around the eye and reduce the visual depth difference better. Also, because it includes retinol and is designed for the eye area, it may be gentler than using the 1% Retinol. The skin around the eyes is thinner and may respond better to an eye cream with retinol than a retinol designed for the rest of your face.
I do caution there's only so much topicals can do and if another eye cream provides dissatisfaction a dermatologist or esthetician may have more effective invasive treatments.
Last piece of advice, memory is faulty and change is gradual. Take pictures when using a new product you're expecting changes with and take pictures after you've used it up. Compare the two photos to see what changes, if any, occur. Sometimes changes aren't visible or just so gradual you need a direct 1:1 comparison. This visual comparison will help you determine if changes occur and if your skin just needs to use the product longer.
Thanks! That was super helpful.
How to use tretinonin for milia under eyes?
Hi y'all! I was prescribed tretinonin 0.01% by my doctor to treat milia under my eyes and on my upper cheeks (1x a day, every day). I wash my face cleanly, wait for my skin to fully dry (I usually brush my teeth during this time), and dab tiny amounts of tretinonin gel everywhere I see milia (including super close to my eyes). I don't put any moisturizer on afterwards.
I've been using it for a few weeks now and I don't see much improvement, except that the area I've been using it on BURNS like crazy when I put anything on it, tretinonin or sunscreen or moisturizer.
Is the burning normal? Has anyone successfully gotten rid of their milia?
Not an expert, or anything . But i think tret for milia takes some time to work unfortunately. I have them in my forehead. Tretinoin isnt “quick” unfortunately.
As for the irritation...the eye area is super sensitive. You could try a few things. Put some moisturizer on before the tret let it soak in to buffer it. Can put a little on after the tret too if you need too. Also can try putting the tret not directly under the eyes. Go away from it a bit, it will still get there. Think if it like a sponge you pour water in, your skin will soak it up and disperse it. Hope someone else chimes in bc im not 100% positive.
Thank you for the input!! Has the tretinonin made any progress in helping your milia do you think?
No it hasnt. Not yet. Im only on month 2, and one month of everyday use. She added dapsone/aczone, and a sulfur wash the other day. Havent used them yet. But i think the sulfur encourages some mild exfoliation as well.
Blackheads and Eczema? Help!
Hi there! I believe I have dry or combination skin but I have a very unique dilemma. My eczema causes my face to peel BADLY like skin flakes all around except my chin. (It gets especially bad around my eyelids and the top of my nose near my forehead.) Now you may think that with such a dry peeling face I wouldn’t have blackheads and white heads on my cheeks and nose, well I do and they’re bad. So I’m looking for a new skin care routine that will get rid of my blackheads while seemingly moisturizing my eczema enough to keep the peeling at bay. I believe this would prove to be more difficult on my nose where I have most of the blackheads but also harbor a lot of peeling and skin flakes. I am currently using Cerave cleanser and moisturizer.
Not an expert with routines, but for eczema, my derm prescribed me eucrisa (crisaborole) ointment 2%. It’s a topical ointment that was so effective (for me, at least) to the point where I rarely even have to apply it anymore. You need a prescription for it, so I highly recommend seeing a dermatologist to see if this is a good option for you (they might give you something else), and to also ask about the blackheads. Good luck!!
For the eczema, you may want to look into moisturizers with urea. Really helped with my flare-ups. Also pick up some occlusive like Vaseline or Aquaphor. I like to apply a thin layer on my flare-up areas before I go to sleep as the last step.
For the blackheads, salicylic acid helps most folks. Generally people use a salicylic acid cleanser. You could try this, but only on the affected areas, keep it away from your eczema. So wash your nose with the cleanser, leave it on for 5 minutes and rinse it off. Follow up with your regular routine.
Hi! I’m kind of a newbie, and have recently started to explore the world of skincare. I’ve realised there’s so much to learn, and thank you so much for this sub! I think I have combination skin, and get shiny on my forehead and nose, but kinda dry/sensitive skin on the cheeks. I also live in Norway, and the winter is harsh.
I rarely break out, but have some milia around my eyes and bumps in the forehead. Also I’m worried about premature aging (I’m 27) and have some fine lines in my forehead.
I’ve started a new routine, but don’t know if it’s the right one.
Cerave hydrating cleanser
(Tried the original niacinamide 10%, but it felt like burning my cheeks😳)
Cerave moisturising lotion with spf 25
Cerave hydrating cleanser
The ordinary vitamin c suspension and HA
Simple daycream(need a new moisturizer )
I want to exfoliate, but don’t know how to find the right one. Also I’m curious about HA and retinol, but I’m scared to make mistakes/ruin my skin…
I would be really thankful if someone could give me input/tips to make my routine better!
Sorry about my English 🙈
Welcome to the sub! I think you did a great job narrowing your skin concerns. Your combination skin sounds like it could be dehydrated. I'm based in Canada and kinda go through the same, with the winter and harsh indoor heating. You may want to introduce a humectant like glycerin instead of HA, to combat the dehydration.
Your routine itself sounds good. Not sure the Ordinary Vitamin C suspension is good for sensitive skin. I've used it before and over time it sensitised my skin further. I think you're better off incorporating an exfoliant than a vitamin C. Look at something with lactic acid or mandelic acid. The Ordinary had some. Start with a low percentage and use it in the PM, definitely not with the vitamin C, it'll burn like hell.
As for premature aging, you could up your SPF. Then again, you're in Norway and the UV Index probably isn't that high (unless you go skiing and there's snow every where). The key is to use SPF everyday. So pick the highest SPF that's most wearable for you.
Thank you so much 😊 your description of
Cold winter/harsh indoor heating is really relatable. I will look into Glycerin and the acids☺️ what do you think about the niacinamide?
For me, the 10% niacinamide from the Ordinary was extremely irritating. I prefer using 4-5% niacinamide that's mixed in with a moisturizer. The CeraVe PM facial lotion is my go-to.
Don't feel compelled to use a product/ingredient because everyone is talking about it. You know your skin best.
[I keep getting these on my outer thighs.](https://imgur.com/f7Z8ixZ)
A lot of these are big, hard and red. Then eventually they fade away into a purple/black and go smaller.
I suspect it has something to do with hair follicles. I feel like it's from the pants I wear at work + me sitting down all day that irritates this.
As you can see from the picture, there's a big one and a faded scar. The faded scar I think is an ingrown hair which I had to scratch off once it ages.
I don't know what to do about this. Any advice or help?
honestly- go to your doctor/ dermatologist if you can. they can work out what causes the bumps, and may be able to give you a topical treatment such as a cream or gel to treat it. things like this are beyond our powers on this subreddit i suspect! that looks so painful tho, good luck op!
A couple of months ago I developed a cluster of pimples on my arm that just won’t go away. At first it was three big ones, now they are scabbed over and won’t really heal and I have a new one popping up almost daily. Nothing has changed in my routine or lifestyle and they aren’t appearing anywhere else. I also don’t normally get acne except for occasional hormonal acne. I have been using a BHA and seeing mild results, but am also concerned about why this could suddenly be happening and only in this spot.
Contact dermatitis maybe ? It happens.
Try also to protect it or use some healing ointment on it. If it’s because you’ve got a bacterial infection like a staph go to the dr to get a topical antibiotics
Thank you! I’m going to make an appointment with a derm just to make sure it’s not an infection.
I’ve had acne/been seeing my derm for about 8 years, and after trying everything he’s recommended (except for accutane and birth control/hormones since I can’t risk relapsing back into depression), I’m at a dead end with prescription treatment options we haven’t tried yet. I had been on minocycline for about 5 years straight, but then started to get hyperpigmentation on my teeth and skin because of it, was taken off of it and moved to doxycycline (didn’t last long with that due to severe reactions), and I’ve recently been switched back to minocycline only for it to make me feel absolutely terrible unlike before. I think I have oily skin (not 100% sure). I have a little bit of redness and stubborn bumps on mostly my cheeks, sometimes my chin, and my forehead every so often (I think they’re deep white heads? My derm and I have mainly been discussing treatment options for the past few years, so I’m not great with the terms for the kinds of acne...). I wash my face with cetaphil and spot treat with aklief (I occasionally moisturize where I spot treated), but that’s really about it as of now. I can’t put up with how the minocycline has been making me feel anymore. I’ve never been big into hardcore skincare rituals, so... any topical products y’all recommend for stubborn acne that don’t contain any form of cobalt/B12? I’m currently taking a gut health probiotic to repair the years of damage done by the antibiotics, so I’m open to probiotic recommendations if those work for acne too. Thanks :)
I understand your concerns. I hope I can help. I don’t know about Cobalt and Vitamin B12 so you’ll have to check though.
I think you need the basics: cleanser, moisturiser, sunscreen. I understand the sunscreen is somewhat hard, but you’ll have a lot of hyperpigmentation if you do. And maybe switch your derm or go to a licences esthetician because you can’t kill your stomach and get depression for acne and you don’t see the progress you’d like. Look at the before/afters of @skinclasshero, @makeupforWOC, @fairyglowmother, @_starsabreep or @caveofbeautu (best for acne and inflammatory conditions!) on Twitter and see that they complete or replace derms for some people. WITH RESULTS.
You can book an online or in person consultation with some of them to have a personalised routine, to have the best results possible and your custom routine.
I suggest maybe using a context 2.5% benzole peroxide face wash. There is one by Paula’s Choice (her CLEAR line), one by Malezia and I think Face reality has one but an esthetician has to give it to you after a consultation. The ones I know sell it are FairyGlowMother and Melanopop spa.
I think you need some barrier repair too, to avoid irritation, relapses and hyperpigmentation.
Get you a moisturiser ASAP. And Cetaphil might be a bit too strong for your skin, get a moisturising cleanser if you can. I like to have 1 active face wash a a neutral, hydrating one. Like the Avène Tolerance extreme or Q+A Hyaluronic acid cleanser or something like this.
Face reality gentle cleanser, or if you want one for acne/oily skin: Rosen Earth Cleanser (code sabrenaexperience I think).
The best products right now for hyperpigmentation and barrier repair are the MyTopicals duo. Be careful that they’re thick and smelly but they work. I’d use the code TIARA or TIARAWILLIS if you end up using them. I don’t remember which one it is, but tiara is an esthetician.
Faded is also anti-acne but it’s mostly to fade hyperpigmentation. Like Butter is a barrier repair mask. Good for eczema too but I’m worried about ingredients.
Also for facial hyperpigmentation and
Thank you so much!! I’ll check them out :) I was constantly told by my family that cetaphil was ‘the best cleanser ever’ and was ‘super gentle’ (I had no idea that cetaphil was actually harsh on my skin), but now that you mention it, my skin does slightly calm down if I’m too tired to wash after an extra busy day. I tried witch hazel last night to see if it’d do any good for my face, and I’m already noticing some promising results with my pores closing and some redness going away! I’m gonna keep using that while I get my hands on different products to try. I go to a licensed esthetician for waxing every month or so, so I’ll mention what you said and see if she thinks I’ll be good with those products, along with any pro tips since she definitely has seen my skin at its worst. Thank you so much for your advice :)
Cetaphil is harsh 😭😭
Oh, just don’t go crazy with the witch Hazel, too much of this can also fan the flames or skin irritation ! Or allergy (plant extracts can do that, even good old rose water ).
But yea, try this, and I hope it’s good for you !
You caught me just in time lol! How often do you recommend I apply witch hazel?
I don’t know, I only use it a couple of times in my life because the smell rebukes me and my Esthie said to ditch it... it was a time where pretty much everything rebuked me so I just use Avène tolerance extreme cream and cleanser and nothing else lol
I’d say wait a couple of days to see if you have any further development, to see if its stopping the Cetaphil or the witch Hazel that does its thing on your face.
And I’d leave 2-3 days between applications to be sure. A rash (to me) is harder to get rid than a pimple so proceed with caution. But if you don’t seem to have any sensitivities... just keep using it.
I’ve used it in the past, and I’ve never had any issues. I’ll try only putting it on at night for now instead of doing the morning too to start out. Thanks!
hi op, i really recommend cerave hydrating cleanser as a substitute for your cetaphil cleanser! it is fragrance free, a milky texture, and is super moisturising for the skin.
the ordinary niacinamide and zinc serum may be able to help you with your acne. it doesn't work with everyone, but for me i found it really helped reduce my oil production, which causes acne, and could help make any spots i had less painful.
and moisturise!! for years i dismissed this step as i thought my skin was oily and it would make my acne worse- in fact it did the opposite! i realised my skin was overproducing oil from being too dry, in turn causing acne. now i love moisturising, and i find its often that last step that makes my skin look the best. there are so many amazing ones. cerave pm moisturiser if often recommended, but check the side bar for a more in depth post on moisturisers.
I've had acne for 5 years, and i know how incredibly hard it is :( but good luck op on your acne journey!
Thanks! I’ve always thought the same way you did in the past about moisturizing. I keep hearing a lot of good things about it for oil, so I’m gonna give it a try it all over instead of just where I use aklief. Good luck to you too, and thank you :)
Was wondering if anyone could guide me on what to do with my current issue.
Started shaving and noticed that black little spots on my neck, I’ve tried vitamin e oil and African black soap so far haven’t seen no results, it’s been two weeks.
Just to clarify, do you have dark hair? The area you're shaving includes the area with the black spots? If yes to both, I suspect possible in grown hair. Either take caution in not shaving against the grain and/or using an avid toner to keep the skin from enclosing the stubble left behind after shaving.
Yeah, thank you for info.
What toner would you recommend, like something I’d get from cvs/Walgreens.
*avid toner = acid toner
CVS or Walgreens [Pixi Glow Tonic Glycolic Acid Toner](https://www.walgreens.com/store/c/pixi-glow-tonic/ID=300406988-product), I recall in the travel section there's a travel size if you want to avoid purchasing the full size. Target and Ulta should also carry a travel and full size of the Pixi Glow. However, since this is an AHA (they tend to increase sun sensitivity) I'd only use this **if** you have a sunscreen.
Alternatively, if you have a Target nearby, check if they have [Makeup Revolution 2% Salicylic Acid Tonic](https://www.target.com/p/makeup-revolution-skincare-2-salicylic-acid-tonic-6-76-fl-oz/-/A-80266966). You can also order to store if they don't carry near you. Salicylic acids do not increase sun sensitivity and would be the better choice.
Hi, would it be okay to layer more than one moisturiser?
At the moment, I'm using the larocheposay cicaplast baume b5, and I absolutely love it for its healing qualities although I don't feel like it's doing enough for my dry skin, especially in winter. I also have the cerave moisturing cream with me that I also love using, would it be okay to use both in one routine (night)?
Yup! If it works for you, then go ahead :-)
I started using Biore Aqua Rich Watery Gel a week ago on my already red, pimply face. Now my skin looks terrible i have tons of tiny little bumps and pimples all over my face especially on the chin, and on other areas where I usually don’t get acne! Also my skin looks burnt red despite layering on the sunscreen. I drink lots of water and yet my skin looks so wrinky, uneven, and lifeless.
Should I discontinue this sunscreen?
How can I treat my skin? Can anyone please recommend me a good moisturizer? I have extremely oily skin that’s also sensitive. I don’t like using moisturizers because they irritate me or leave me feeling greasy.
definitely discontinue the sunscreen!
the sidebar has a holy grails list for moisturisers, might want to check that out!
If my skin is oily but dehydrated, will my pores compensate by producing excess sebum in an attempt to hydrate the skin? I’m not sure what type of skin I have but I have really big pores and whenever I oil cleanse, I can feel a ton of grits. The sebum is also somewhat visible if I get really close to a well-lit mirror but my skin feels really dry. Just wondering if this is how skin works and if moisturizing will help at all because I’ve started a routine for the first time in my life. I’ve heard it’s best to stick to solely moisturizing when it comes to dehydrated skin.
Yes, that is often how it is :-) moisturizing is essential no matter which skin type. You might also wanna consider getting a product with hyaluronic acid, if your skin is dehydrated. And applying your products to damp skin :-)
I’ve been using Cerave’s AM and PM moisturizer daily for a few days now. Are there any important rules to follow when it comes to applying moisturizer? Is it possible to put too much on to a point where it’s harmful?
For hydration I like applying the moisturizer to damp face, right after cleansing it. I like to be quite generous, and apply a couple of layers. But that could too much for more oily skin, as my skin is slightly dry. Depending on your skin, I think you'd have to apply A LOT of moisturizer for it to be directly harmful. The worst you might experience if using too much would be a couple tiny pimples, or in som people, slightly clogged pores, if continued for too long. So you'd just have to see how your skin reacts, looks and feels :-)
By applying layers do you mean waiting a little bit after putting some on and then putting on more?
Yes! Letting it soak in slightly, then applying another layer :-)
Thanks for your help.
How quickly should one apply moisturizer after cleansing face?
Also, is it okay to cleanse your face twice a day before putting on moisturizer? (to avoid build-up / grease / eye irritation,etc.) Or is that too drying?