Post # 1
I’m at the 100 day countdown to the wedding! The one thing I want to focus on is getting my skin under control (face mostly). It’s not clear or even-toned by any means. Over many many years I’ve been to dermatologists, tried almost everything prescription, and gave up eventually because nothing seemed to help. I went to straight up Dove bar soap, which seems to be the only thing that doesn’t make my skin worse (it doesn’t really help either). I also went to an Oil of Olay face wash as a makeup remover, which is nice and gentle but doesn’t take all the make up off.
I’m looking for some advice on products I can use that will help clear up my skin without drying me out and ones that will take off all my make up without causing more skin problems (gentle, moisurizing, etc.). It could be one product that does both or one for each step. I tend to have combination skin but it’s not overly sensitive. What do you ladies use that you love and recommend? I would prefer to find something at the drugstore before resorting going back to the dermatologist. Thank you!
Post # 3
- Wedding: August 2013 - The Liberty House
The murad acne kit has been working really well for me. I use that along with a peel from philosophy and a clay mask
Post # 4
@GeorgiaBride5: I am not sure if you want to try the natural way but if you look up my thread started months ago: For bees fighting oily skin and break outs, maybe you could give it a try for two weeks and see if it does for you what it did for me ?
I am still using it and it’s been 7 months. I couldn’t be happier.
Post # 5
Witch hazel. Day and night. It has been amazing. I just started using it regularly and for the first time in years, didn’t break out before my period. It seems to have stopped my stress breakouts too!
Try it. It is cheap and non-drying!
Post # 6
I have moderately bad skin (combination oily/dry and occasional breakouts). I’ve had some success with the oil cleanse method (OCM) and chemical exfoliation. It’s a little more time consuming/complicated, but it seems to be working. Here’s what I do:
Morning: wash face with Cetaphil daily cleanser; moisturize with CeraVe in the tub; apply Neutrogena sunscreen
Evening: massage face with jojoba oil for 2 minutes, then wipe off with a cool, damp baby washcloth; wash face briefly with Cetaphil daily cleanser; wipe face with St. Ives exfoliating pad; wait 15-20 minutes, then moisturize with CeraVe.
Post # 7
I’ve been struggling with breakouts since I was a teenager. I’ve been pleased with the results from my new regimin so far. It’s been a month and I’ve alredy seen improvement. I use a mix of stuff from the dermatologist and over the counter.
Over the counter:
Nuetrogena extra gentle cleanser (AM and PM)
Neutrogena pore refining toner (PM only)
Neutrogena oil free moisture with SPF 15 (only on dry areas)
Glycolix elite glycolic acid facial cream (AM only)
Differin gel (PM only)
And, I change my pillow cases more often! I read somewhere (maybe here on the Bee) that hair products that build up on your pillow can cause breakouts.
Post # 8
@GeorgiaBride5: I use Burt’s Bee’s products, their sensitive skin line. I have rosacea and try to keep chemical products off my face to prevent breakouts. This stuff has worked WONDERS for my skin. Never dry or oily either. It’s been perfect.
ETA: i’m in my late 30’s and tried everything UNDER THE SUN!!! Nothing has worked better than Burts 🙂
Post # 9
@rickhurst35: I have rosacea too, and never heard of this line of burts bees working for it, going to look for it tomorrow!
Post # 10
- Wedding: May 2013 - Pavilion overlooking golf course scenery, reception at banquet hall
I bought the Exposed Skin Care set after reading really good reviews online:
It was about $60 after coupon code, so too expensive for my everyday routine IMO, but it did its job and I had a clear face for the wedding day after about a month of use. I haven’t had very bad acne since high school, but I still generally have one or two of those big red whiteheads at any given time. It seemed to help because my face was very clear for about a week up until the wedding. Then the day after the wedding I felt a big red one coming in on my chin – I’m glad it waited until the day after! It was probably my fault, though, I think I went to bed with most of my makeup on. I think I just used a wet paper towel to get most of the stuff off and went to bed. Lesson learned!
Post # 11
@GeorgiaBride5: I started going back to the derm last month for the same reasons- my face isnt too bad but aroudn that time of the month it breaksout. Im using retin-a micro (im not sure how much it costs, bc my derm gives me the free tiny tube samples since my insureence wont cover it)- each tube lasts about a week. So far my face is like almost 100% clear. I will continue seeing him once a month until the wedding, and he does a nitrogen treatment on me, that seems to help. ALso when I first went I had a huge pimple on my farhead and he injected it with corticosteroid and it was gone the next day- so thats always an option for me if it gets to be the week before and i have some bad breakouts
Post # 12
Coconut. Oil. Ok, if you break out ’cause your skin is too oily, don’t use it as it is slightly comedogenic (olive oil is a good alternative). However, as someone with normal-to-dry skin, this stuff has been amazing for me. I use it as a moisturizer at night and even wash with it. If you wash with it take a half-penny sized amount and “wash” your damp face with it in circular motions. It picks up grime and then you can rinse it off/gently wipe it off and leave a thin layer on as your moisturizer.
Only use cold-pressed, organic oil. Anything else is not good. I love it. I’ve stopped using any type of drug store skin products as they contain lots of bad fillers (mineral oils, etc.) I use coconut oil/olive oil and/or pure shea butter as a body moisturizer. It takes a while for your skin to get used to it and it doesn’t sink in like a store lotion but oh man, the effects are great.
Also, Dove bars are not good for your skin. If you just want a basic soap, use a castille soap bar. You can get them at many drug stores/grocery stores and they come in lovely scents (almond is my favorite). A bar costs about 4 bucks but they are made of good quality natural oils.
In general, use a good quality sun screen as your daily moisturizer as it is the sun that causes wrinkles. And start using a Retin-A cream a few times a week at night. If you’re gonna do it, start now and NOT right before your wedding, as it can cause redness/flakiness/break outs the first few weeks. It’s basically concentrated vitamin A. It is the only thing proven to prevent wrinkles and actually creates collagen in your face (which is what makes skin plump and youthful). Make sure it’s right for you before trying and don’t use it while pregnant.
Post # 13
Before my wedding I kept the routine I had (and was using for over a year), because I didn’t want to switch it up and anger my face by any means. My skin is combo with frequent breakouts, usually in the t-zone. Back then, I was using clean and clear advantage cleanser and moisturizer, and had a spot tratment to fight the problems. I did do a one night a week ahava mud mask too. I have never gone to a dermatologist for my skin.
However, no matter how consistent I was my skin never really gave me the results I was looking for. I switched everything up a few months ago and my skin is miles better. I found that focusing on cleaning/hydrating cleared up my skin more than using acne products. I first tried to use olay regenerist, but I didn’t like the moisturizer. I kept the cleanser and bought Elizabeth Arden Visible Difference Moisture Refining Cream complex. My skin improved in 1 week. It wasn;t a miracle improvement but I saw the eveness coming through. If I wasn’t so in love with my stuff, I probabky wouldve tried tarte maracuja products which have vitamin c and that is great for skin!
Moisturizer is so important for difficult skin. Be consistent with your routine too. I don’t always wash up my face at night as I prefer to do it in the morning as a wake me up, but I always always always use wipes to remove my makeup and I ususally buy generics at cvs.
Post # 14
@chanara: My skin cleared up after about 2 weeks of using it. I use the cleanser, lotion and a few of the anti aging remedies because i’m almost 40 (wrinkles LOL) and I use the towelets in the evenings to remove makup – they make them for sensitive skin. Target, Walgreens, CVS..places like that sells Burts Bees. I ordered some of my products from their stie. Sometimes they have coupons. If you keep the chemicals off your face…(like Proactive like i used for a long time and still had rosacea breakouts), you won’t have those breakouts. Chemicals irritate the skin. I also, on the weekends, put pure, raw honey on my face for about 10 minutes in the shower to get the PH balance back in my skin.
Post # 15
I have been using Mario Badescu prodcuts lately, and they seem to be doing the trick. I have oily skin, and mild breakouts. Nothing crazy. But I love his stuff! It has fewer ingredients than many beauty products, and they have been around since 1969.
Post # 16
Please try the oil cleanse method! www.theoilcleansingmethod.com
The difference was unbelievable!!!! I add some tea tree oil for bacteria (acne), nettle and basil leaf extract for redness and geranium and lavender essential oils for balancing oily vs dry, fine lines, even tone etc. Then a few drops of Maracuja oil (easily available at Sephora from Tarte) as a moisturizer. I’ve never seen my skin so clear, smooth and glowing. And every time I switch back to over the counter products my skin gets rough, blotchy and I break out.
One other thing to consider though is that it’s possible to have a yeast infection on your skin. It can look just like acne but nothing will ever clear it. Dermatologists seem to miss this all the time and with some specialized products it can be cleared up in no time.