Post # 1
Okay, hive, I need some help. I’ve been pretty consistant with my skin care since I was a teenager. A few simple things have always kept my face happy. I have used Oil of Olay products and witch hazel dilligently for years. I also use St. Ives apricot scrub a couple times a week and Queen Helen’s mint julip mask every week or so. I’ve always had pretty good skin. Until now. I have no idea what has changed but my face and neck are a mess!
I have dry skin…except when it’s oily. There’s just no middle ground. My face has become incredibly reactive. My pores have decided they want to be in the spotlight and are upstaging the rest of my face. My laugh lines are getting deep. And, although I don’t have crows feet or anything, the skin under my eyes is dark and you can see some fine lines appearing. I’m also concerned about the skin elasticity in my neck.
So, please…share your best skin care tips, tricks, and products!
A little background info: I am 30 years old. I have fair, freckled skin. No recent hormonal changes but a fair amount of recent stress (so I’m sure that’s a factor).
Post # 4
Exfoliate, moisturize, moisturize, moisturize!
If your pores are taking the center stage, they might need a hand with cell shedding and turnover, also at 30 it’s time to start working with some product that reduce and control darkness and lines…
I’m an Aveda junkie and their products work for me since you can mix and match between product lines, also I can recommend Lemon Aid from Benefit, it’s a concealer that covers eye darkness.
Post # 5
Nope. It’s been a somewhat gradual change over the past couple months. I have racked my brain trying to figure out what’s different but I can’t seem to link it to anything.
Post # 6
Witch hazel and the apricot scrub are both REALLY hard on your skin… maybe you need something more gentle? I love Paula’s Choice products — her BHA products help a lot with clogged pores!
Post # 7
The dry skin isn’t really new so I faithfully moisturize. Aveda sounds worth looking into.
Post # 8
I wonder if your skin is doing the same thing that mine did when I was about 30? I also am fair and freckly. I used to use lotion with alpha hydroxy acids and one day, I noticed my pores were getting HUGE. it turns out that was an early symptom of rosacea and I needed to stop using harsh products. no more acids for me.
rosacea is characterized by pink cheeks and pink nose, especially if you drink or get hot or cold. but it can also show up as little flat bumps (this is the acne form of rosacea) and in my case, dry skin texture.
I use a prescription medicine called Azelex. it’s not cheap, but effective. I only exfoliate once a week (st ives apricot scrub) and I use super gentle cleansers and lotions.
even if you don’t have rosacea, if your skin is extremely dry I suggest cleansing with cetaphil and using a clean towel to wipe it off (instead of rinsing it off with water). I use olay spf 15 face lotion for sensitive skin (the kind that uses zinc as the main active ingredient). zinc is known to be soothing for skin. in the summer, I switch to the spf 30 version of that product.
as a fair skinned person, you should wear sunscreen on your face and neck every day!
Post # 9
Oo, Neutrogena Healthy Skin Anti-Wrinkle cream is amazing as well. It has retinol, so it helps with both oiliness/clogged pores AND dry skin. Once I started using it, my skin completely turned around, and I’ve never looked back! It can be hard to find it stores, but you can get it on Amazon. You want the “night” version — retinol doesn’t hold up in sunlight, so the kind with SPF is pointless.
Post # 10
@janie-janie: I’ve always been adament about sunscreen. That was something ingrained in me as a fair skinned child.
The rosacea is an interesting theory, though, because my mom has it. I’ve tried cetaphil and not really loved it but I’m going to give it a shot without using water and see if that makes a different. It’s worth a try.
Post # 11
oh also – because of my rosacea, I can’t use any products that are marketed for lightening skin spots or smoothing wrinkles. they contain acids that are too harsh for my skin (such as alpha hydroxy, or retinol – there are a bunch of different kinds).
you might want to talk to a dermatologist to find out if you have any issues before you start trying anything that contains acids.
maybe by simply taking care of your dry skin problem, some of your wrinkles should become less noticeable.
Post # 12
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@MrsJJC: I totally second this, Paula’s Choice products are amazing!! They have a lot of products to address different concerns. Paula Begoun also has books and her website which does research on different products and how they are effective or why they are not as effective as advertised.
Post # 13
@Dandelion D: whoops, you answered me while I was typing that last post!
yes, if your mom has rosacea, you might get it too. it does run in the family and it’s more common for fair, freckly skin. since I caught it early and use the medicine, it’s really not really a problem. I keep it under control really easily, and I still allow myself to drink wine, eat spicy food, and go out into the heat / cold (all things I’m supposed to avoid). I figure life is worth living, and if I ever get the dreaded pink cheeks or nose, I’ll treat myself to some laser treatments. I don’t want to stop doing the things I love just for my skin!
Post # 14
@MrsJJC: I am also a Paula’s Choice advocate! Love her products!
@Dandelion D: There are good and bad products at all price points. So just because something is expensive, doesn’t mean it’s a good product and just because it’s cheap doesn’t mean it’s bad. Also keep in mind, organic/natural doesn’t mean better for you skin. Some of the best ingredients for skin are synthetic.
Witch Hazel is not good for skin. Most WH formulations have high levels of alcohol with is one of the worst ingredients for your skin! Strips your skin of all moisture causing your pores to go into overdrive with oil production, breaks down collagen, and promotes oxidation. Anything cooling and minty is also bad. The tingling and cooling feeling is your skin’s reaction to irritation.
Essentially you want a gentle cleanser that will remove excess oil and makeup with stripping your skin, a gentle toner full of anti-irritants and antioxidants, a moisturizer that is for your skin type. If you’re oily, you don’t need the same thing as someone who has dry skin. If you have both, you may find that you need different moisturizers for different parts of your face and neck.And never forget sunscreen! The best anti-aging product in the world!
Check out http://www.beautypedia.com/ This is a giant database of unbiased reviews of skincare and makeup by The Cosmetics Cop, Paula Begoun. All the reviews are based on what peer-reviewed scientific research proves to be beneficial. Paula also sells her own products, but you know she’s a true consumer advocate because Beautypedia recommends thousands of products that are not her own. What other company does that? Not one other. From Beautypedia there are links to her other sites that offer education. From there you can determine what you need for your skin.
Post # 15
I’ve had severe acne that started early and About last year I finally figuired out how to take care of it. I know this may seem strange but you need to start washing you face with oil. There’s a briliant ofore oil wash from DHC it’s briliant. As well as applying oil directly to your face The ratio changes depending on your oilyness but. If you think I’m crazy but think of it this way, whensomeone washes thier hair every day (shampoo is damaging) thier hair get oily t the end of the day. So they think they have to. But once they start nourishing and protecting the scalp they could go days without washing (if they wanted to and with a awkwardly gross adjustment period)
I found this…
Wash Your Face With Oil….I Dare You!
But even if you you’re your being gentle with your skin your still washing washing it with stripping soap and witch hazel. Wash it like a new born baby lol
Bonus all this oil with help ward off wrinkles. But of course you allways know to wash off makeup, drink plenty of water, eat well,excersizing, and destress.
And another thing, look for a potential food allergy. Mine was dairy and I didn’t even know because I was eating it all the time xD sorry it’s long hope it helps.
Post # 16
I have the SAME problem! I have dry, sensitive, reactive, acne-prone skin (with oiliness on my nose and forehead). I started going to a new skincare place, and she really figured out what was going on as far as the acne (I was using products that were wrong/too harsh, which was forcing my skin to keep the dead cells to protect itself). Unfortunately, I’m still having issues despite an entirely new regimen/drinking tons of water/exercising daily/etc. I need to go see her again, actually, because my skin is freaking out lately.
I do NOT have rosacea–I thought I did, actually, and even went on the Clinique Redness Solutions line, which did nothing (before I went to this new lady). She has this mask that she uses, that stings (for lack of a better word) quite a bit. She always tests your skin in the first appointment to see if you have rosacea–apparently people who do can’t feel the mask, which is nuts to me.