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    I used to use the proactive routine and it kept me super clear and then I went overseas to a garbage dump and my skin has been breaking out ever since. Proactive also changed their formula and it is doing next to nothing for me. I have oily skin.

    I'm giving up on proactive now and started the regime that is from acne.org. Basically consists of a wash, toner and a ton of benzoyl peroxide which seems simple enough but it's gotten really good reviews. I truly thought Id be done with breakouts at age 30 but wtf, nope. I find when I wear less makeup I breakout a lot less but it's this frustrating cycle of breaking out and needing makeup to cover it up..I can never be completely clear enough to feel comfortable enough to not wear foundation. I'm ranting..

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    full-face undiluted iodine spread before night sleep

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    My skin is a highly sensitive mfckr that usually resists control.


    The only thing that works for me and keeps it nice, healthy, shiny, and young is a combo of :

    - medicinal face cream - Sebamed (I tolerate best the anti-aging formula +Q10 and hyaluron complex)
    - Sebamed face lotion
    - Sebamed soap-free cleansing bar (with olive oil) or liquid face wash for sensitive skin
    - pharmaceutical cream (prepared with special ingredients on demand : tretinoin, urea, lactic acid etc); I use it every other day as a night cream (theoretically it should be used daily, but it's rather drastic in certain respects)
    - La Roche-Posay foundation - Toleriane (actually most of their products are generally good)

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    Rose water, orange blossom water. Better when kept in the fridge. STOP putting chemicals on your face!



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    I only remember to look out for the words "Salicylic acid" and use vast quantities of shaving foam.

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    full-face undiluted iodine spread before night sleep
    Do you peel off a couple layers of skin after you wake up?

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    @Starfall in what order do you use these products? Right now I use a moisturizer w/sunscreen but am going to try separate products. I'm assuming moisturizer before sunscreen? I try to use as little products as possible usually because I hate the feeling of having something on my face (one of the reasons I rarely wear makeup) but I've always worn moisturizer w/sunscreen because 1. my skin feels healthier with moisturizer and 2. I'm very conscious of sun protection. So now I worry that if I try them separately it will feel awful being heavier on my skin than just one product.

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    i am kind of excited with the kombucha SCOBY stuff i read. want to try drinking it,putting it on my face and swimming in it mb>?

    http://becomingpeculiar.com/how-to-s...thout-a-scoby/



    loo kat this huge kombucha scoby


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    First of all, I don't experiment. I used to experimented until I got comedos, whitehead and as a result got acne.

    I have oily skin. I use only medical products for acnecic and seborrhoeic skin. The basic components of my face care are acids, sunscreen and mousturizer is also important.

    Morning:
    1. Aknicare cleanser (with pyruvic acid).
    2. Aknicare cream/ LRP Hydraphase legre(when I feel my skin is dry).
    3. Aknicare sun SPF 30.

    Evening:
    1. Cleanser.
    2. Avene Triacneal (with glycolid acid)/ Acnederm (with azelaic acid)

    I don't wear makeup - my face is beautiful! ;d

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    Slapping oneself repeatedly on the face brings out a nice rosy complexion

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    I have oily and acne prone skin that will likely persist that way until I'm 6 ft under. I'm in my late twenties and still have break outs.

    I use a combination of skin care products to help. Salycyclic acid. Tretinoin (Retin-A), Glycolic Acid (10%), and sometimes Clindamycin (antibiotic). I am allergic to benzoyl peroxide.

    The good thing about the first three is that they also are used in anti-aging products. Retin-A is the only FDA approved anti-wrinkle cream; you hear the 5 times weaker version "Retinol" advertised for people who can't find the chemical or prescription. So while it sucks having to use this to prevent acne, it's nice to know I'll be looking like I'm in my late twenties for awhile :-). Don't forget sunscreen either, no matter what skin type you have!

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    Tretinoin is the strongest anti-aging substance discovered so far on earth. I would never hesitate to recommend it. I've been using it for 4-5 years and it's no joke (I'm in my early 30s and I bet without it that would be a bit more obvious). It ensures some sort of in-depth skin regeneration. I avoid buying "pre-packaged" products, never tried Retin-A. ... tbh I don't trust the composition is for real.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Agni View Post
    Tretinoin is the strongest anti-aging substance discovered so far on earth. I would never hesitate to recommend it. I've been using it for 4-5 years and it's no joke (I'm in my early 30s and I bet without it that would be a bit more obvious). It ensures some sort of in-depth skin regeneration. I avoid buying "pre-packaged" products, never tried Retin-A. ... tbh I don't trust the composition is for real.
    OMG I forgot about this stuff. It is AMAZING. You can almost literally shave years off your appearance. The only thing is, it was super harsh on my skin. Like...bits of skin would come off every time I washed my face but it still looked great and wrinkle free. Now that I'm getting older and noticing some wrinkles on the forehead, I think I'm going to try and get another RX for this. I feel like this stuff is almost like Accutane in a bottle.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jessica129 View Post
    OMG I forgot about this stuff. It is AMAZING. You can almost literally shave years off your appearance. The only thing is, it was super harsh on my skin. Like...bits of skin would come off every time I washed my face but it still looked great and wrinkle free. Now that I'm getting older and noticing some wrinkles on the forehead, I think I'm going to try and get another RX for this. I feel like this stuff is almost like Accutane in a bottle.
    Yes, it can be quite harsh, that's why I use a cream in which other moisturizing and nourishing substances are also placed. I don't think I'd tolerate it alone, because I have sensitive-to-dry skin anyway. I never go out without at least 25 SPF protection and I have to use the other "normal" cream daily to balance out the skin. But the anti-wrinkle effects are really awesome.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Starfall View Post
    Masque - I use a mint & lemon facial clay masque about 2 times a week. It really helps out with my pores.
    That's the only thing I see in your routine that's potentially irritating without having beneficial effects - mint and lemon are both irritants. I like using Aztec Secret Clay as a mask - it's bentonite-based and super good at sucking out oil. It's also pretty cheap, and if you mix it with apple cider vinegar it brings it down to a nice skin-friendly pH and makes it easier to spread

    For pore cleansing - maybe try a leave-on salicylic acid product? They're better for oily skin since they penetrate through oil ad get into pores (unlike glycolic acid, which is too water soluble).

    For everyone here who's using AHAs (glycolic/lactic acid), I'd highly recommend using a sunscreen with lots of UVA protection (PPD or PA rating, or something that contains avobenzone or zinc oxide or titanium dioxide) - AHAs make your skin photosensitive so if you're trying to smooth out your complexion, not using a good sunscreen will make your skin more prone to unevenness and undo the acid's work!

    Yep, since I've been away I've gotten really into skincare haha...
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    Quote Originally Posted by jessica129 View Post
    I feel like this stuff is almost like Accutane in a bottle.
    It pretty much is, chemically speaking!
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    I used to have a mixture of oily (nose, forehead, chin) and dry (cheeks) skin and use a lot of different products - don't remember names, but there were lots of them and I'd change them to try new ones every once in a while. In the end what worked the best for me was stopping using any of them. It was hard in the beginning, but I'm not sure if this was because my skin really looked bad/got worse, or just a psychological thing. In any case, I don't have any problems with either oiliness or dryness anymore, no pimples. I only use cream occasionally if it's really cold outside in the winter and my skin is having trouble dealing with the constant changes in the temperature / moisture levels of the air. And I get a lot of compliments for my skin. I'm not saying it's the same for everyone, but I bet that a lot of people have artificially developed a need for skincare products.
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    I have combination skin. The two-step exfoliator from Philosophy makes my face feel like a baby's ass. I've also used ExfoliKate which is in the same price range but nowhere near as good and very stinky and my skin did very well on the old Shiseido The Skincare range. The replacement Ibuki range is ok but not great.

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    My skin is dry as shit right now. I hate the midwest. I hate lake effect
    winters. I hate the way the air feels and the water. I feel like I need to
    buy special water for my face and ever so carefully wash my hair in
    the bath to avoid getting the tap water on my face. I need to buy
    more of my holy grail moisturizer but it is so expensive I cant.
    Everything interests me but nothing holds me.

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