Post # 1
So I’m thinking of purchasing the 3 step by clinique cause I have a tiny bit of acne… But I’m really scared cause I’ve heard that the toner burns. A couple of years ago I used proactiv and I remember it burned my skin to the point where I couldn’t use it anymore. I would really like some opinions before I purchase it. Thanks!!
Post # 3
I think you can try Clinique products before you buy them.
I also have a problem with most toners burning. I always buy one that is alcohol free and don’t have that problem (L’Oreal and Neutrogena both make one). You mght want to ask the Clinique salesperson if the toner contains alcohol.
Post # 4
Murad. I swear by their products! I switched from Clinque to Murad and it works 100 times better.
Post # 5
You can get a little sample pack – I did that a while ago. I really liked all of them, esp the dramatically different lotion. I use that now, with a different cleanser and toner.
Post # 6
Are you looking for just a cleaser or a whole new routine? I know with my skin, I have to slowly add in products and couldn’t start a whole new regime – plus that way if a product doesn’t work out, it’s easier to figure out what is causing an issue. I had problems w/ Clinique’s 3 Step, but like their mild facial cleasner. the “clarifying lotions” are toners – the name lotion throws me off, but I had problems with those. No matter which I tried, they still really dried out and irritated my skin a lot. I have lots of friends for whom Clinique’s 3 Step works wonders, but I’m not in that group. Also, the Dramatically Different Moisturizing Lotion broke me out really bad. I tried the Gel, and it still broke me out but also didn’t give enough moisture.
I’ve been using Boscia’s Makeup Breakup Cleansing Oil for over a year and love it. A bottle lasts me a long time, and it takes off all of my makeup plus doesn’t dry out my skin. I don’t break out often, which may be more related to other skin care but at least this one doesnt’ break me out more. I use a cleanser from Eucerin for sensitive skin most mornings (probably 4-6 times a week).
Post # 7
I’ve used a lot of different “3 step” routines over the years. Clinique is good and you can start with a lower-number toner than the one you are “assigned” and work up to the stronger ones later. I’ve also used Murad but I think they are more expensive and not as good – although there are a few products in their line that I like.
Proactiv is way too harsh for my skin – really ironic considering some of the prescription retinoids I’ve used!
I’m just starting out on Shiseido’s “Pureness” Line. The non-alcoholic toner does sting a bit, but I really like the way my skin looks and feels so far. They’re expensive but I’m loving their combination skin moisturizer so far.
You can try substituting the toner for witch hazel, which I’ve tried before and doesn’t sting. But it doesn’t really feel like it’s doing anything else, either. I’ve also heard some people say that toners don’t really do anything anyway and skip the toner entirely.