Post # 17
I have crazy combination skin and I have only found one regime that works for me. I alternate between two different brands, depending what my skin is doing (so usually every few weeks).
I use Biore face wash (http://www.biore.co.uk/58.asp) and moisturiser (http://www.biore.co.uk/55.asp) for when my skin is normal to less oily, since it is reeeally gentle.
I use the Garnier Pure 3-in-1 wash, scrub, and mask and the Long Lasting Shine Control Moisturiser for when my skin is slightly more oily, since it is good at fighting the oil without drying out my skin (http://www.garnier.co.uk/_en/_gb/our_products/products_range2.aspx?tpcode=OUR_PRODUCTS^PRD_SKINCARE^OILY_SKIN^OILY_SKIN_DISCOVER#)
I wash my face and moisturizer twice a day, in the morning in the shower and at night before I go to bed. I use a light face mask once a week, just to help keep my skin tone even. I also only use the vaseline lip balm on my lips, since it is plain and simple moistuiser and nothing else. I tend not to wear makeup very often, but when I do I find have a good *quality* foundation (be is mousse, mineral powder, or liquid) is key for me!
I absolutely cannot use those makeup remover wipes, because they leave a residue on my skin that makes me break out like it’s going out style. Oh and sunscreen is a MUST!
Post # 18
I had really bad skin in my early twenties, and finally went to the dermatologist. He put me on Accutane, which is the primary treatment for really bad acne. It was too much for my skin though, and we backed off and he put me on birth control pills designed to control acne (Diane 35), an antibiotic, and a cream (I can’t recall the name). That combination, along with seeing a naturopath about my skin and decreasing my dairy intake, totally worked. I slowly eased off on the cream, and the antibiotic, and my skin stayed beautiful. It’s 5 years later and I’m still on the same birth control pills, have dairy, and you’d never know my skin was bad before. I’d really recommend seeing a dermatologist. I spent lots of money trying different products that we supposed to the final fix, and in the end, the medical route was the answer.
Post # 19
Thanks so much everyone! Such great advice here, I don’t know where to start! I really appreciate the advice! 🙂
Post # 20
A clarrisonic does help but you can’t forget to use it and make sure you have the right head type for your skin.
My FH started using this stuff from acne.org
(you can read all about it and acne there and the best treatments). It’s the only thing I’ve ever seen work so fast. I’ve started using it as well and it has made a difference already. I’ve tried other products before like Proactive and Murad with no luck.
Post # 21
I have a few easy tips:
1.) Don’t dry your face with a towel. Let it air dry
2.) Make sure your pillowcase is squeaky clean and fabric softener free.
3.) Drink as much water as you should be.
4.) Buy a milky cleanser and a toner with salicylic acid. I recomend: Origins Checks & Balances and Clinique Mild Clarifying Lotion
5.) Follow it up with an oil free moisturizer on your dry parts only. You need about 1/2 a pea size drop… I just kinda dab around my nose. If I put it all over, I break out. I like Clinique Dramatically Different GEL. There is a big difference in the gel and the regular lotion.