My skin got worse after I started taking care of it!?

posted 6 months ago in Beauty
Post # 16
5733 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: October 2016 - Lola's Trailer Park

WesterosBarbie :  

ljm308 :  

Please don’t use apricot scrubs guys! The walnut shell pieces cause microscopic tears in the top layers of skin which allow surface bacteria to enter the deeper layers of the skin. In generally, anything with shells or salt as the main “grit” is terrible for your skin. *Source: Working with professional Estheticians for 5 years.

Post # 17
885 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2015

Honestly, what works best for my acne skin is to use NO products. I just wash my face really well at night with warm water to get the make-up off. For some reason my skin is SO much better now that I don’t use products.

Post # 18
9664 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2015

Dermatologists will tell you, cut out all of the products.

Wash with cetaphil oil free foam or another non-irritating, non-clogging wash. Tone with salicylic acid toner.  Use a light moisturizer meant for oily skin. 

The old stand bys for spots: benzoyl peroxide and salicylic acid. 

Retina a at night. 

Let your skin breathe. Wear a light, non-irritating and non-clogging foundation or bb cream with sunscreen. Try not to blot it with powder all day. Use blotting papers instead and a mattifying primer if necessary. 

Clean all of your make up tools. Use a q tip to dip into cover up instead of fingers or brush if you are covering up a pimple, unless you will clean the brush with alcohol or other disinfecting ingredient. (I have one I spray in my brushes every day, typically used by MUA but you can find cheap version at Sally’s, but I still never use a brush to touch a pimple, possibility of contamination too high.)

throw away make up and brushes you’ve contaminated.

wash your pillow cases every few days, esp if you have slathered on heavy creams or oils that transferred to your pillowcase. 

Water water water. 



Post # 19
2137 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

I am definitely no expert on skin… I have oily skin and in the winter it can get dry. I have found that the best thing for me is to use Astringent everyday. I think you could also use witch hazel (what I use smells similar. Washing my face does not remove all of the oil and dirt even if I let the facial wash sit on my skin… I need a good moisturizer and something to use before I put on my makeup (I only wear make-up occasionally) which I have not found yet. I still break out here and there and I think it can be stress and hormone related. But, my version of breaking out is one or two bumps/pimples. The astringent really dries them out and clears them up. I refuse to pop them, no matter how huge (honestly, they end up erupting on their own if they are that bad). I am sorry if this is not the most useful advice, but it is the best info I have. I hope the other bees pass along some more tips!

Post # 20
7456 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

St. Ives Apricot Scrub is HORRIBLE for the face. You can google the why’s but having used it as a teen I would never recommend it now. 

Please use something far more gentler for any physical exfoliation purposes. I’d do Clinque or the Micro Polish by Makeup Artist’s Choice. 

OP I follow a Korean beauty routine. They advise that when using ANY new products to phase them in. Throwing a bunch of new things on your face all at once, there’s no way to determine which product could be breaking you out.  Add one new product, use it for two weeks, before incorporating another one. Take your time. 

Like you when I first started Kbeauty I ran out and got a ton of new products. And started using them at once. My face was fine the first two weeks then bam.. major breakouts. I had stop everything and go back to basics. I used a basic cleanser, moisturizer and sunscreen for about a month to get my skin to calm down. I then reintroduced the products (I took more than 2 weeks) and learned what my skin likes and doesn’t.  You skin changes also with the seasons so what works in Winter will need to be tweaked at other times. It took me about 6 months to get a routine that consistently works. 

The REDDIT Skincare Addiction and Asian Beauty forums are great for advice. But as its frequently stated on there YMMV (your mileage my vary) meaning everthing isn’t for everyone. Just because 2,000 people on Reddit or Amazon rave about something doesn’t mean its right for YOUR skin. I learned this the hard way again, when I ran out and got a two wildly popular snail products and used them and broke out. I just wasn’t meant for me. 

And yeah sales people are there to make SALES. Whether it ends up being right for your skin or not is a toss up. 

I’m also a big advocate of hydrating from the inside. Up your daily water intake. I aim for a minimum of 64oz to a max of a gallon a day. Makes a huge differance in not only my skin but how I feel.


Post # 21
706 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2017

I’ve had to find my skincare regimen item by item, to figure out what works best with my skin. Sadly, reviews aren’t 100% useful because everyone’s skin is different and different products can react with each other in different ways. I built up my skin regimen by subscribing to Birchbox and gradually finding a cleanser, toner, moisturizer, exfoliator and eye cream that worked for me (and worked together) but it took a while! Whenever my combination of products left my skin too dried out: acne city. 

Post # 22
297 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2017

bibbithebee :  It really just means that the skin care series you use is too moisturising. Acne-prone skin needs something almost drying. Benzoyl peroxide gels are the best to avoid spots and pimples but they are also, well, very drying. The Clinique anti-blemish face wash and creme are good because the creme has a rather low percentage of benzoyl peroxide but you can also get cheaper versions in most pharmacies. Aloe vera gel can also be a good alternative but read the label if you decide to get it – there are huge differences between brands.

I get that, as we all get older, it sucks to stick to the skin care routine of 15-year-olds. For what it is worth, I have made the switch to Lush products (coalface facewash, enzymion creme, & tea tree toner) but I still need to use benzoyl peroxide based cremes about once a week and during PMS. My late-20s skin seems to thank me for using something less harsh and the pimples remain under control. Lush seems to be difficult to get in the US but I am sure there are other options available, that are just as good. It just takes a lot of trying.

Post # 23
16 posts
  • Wedding: December 2017

Just a recommendation but, have you ever been to am Esthetician to see about finding the right products for your skin? They could give you professional products that actually work for your skin. They could also recommend peels that help lighten your acne scars, and help prevent new ones. One thing I can DEFINITELY recommend is do not pop your pimples. You can spread the bacteria and cause new ones to form. 

Post # 24
289 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2017

I’m not familiar with those products, but I swear by all the skincare products from Lush. They’re all natural, most of them are organic, and plenty of them are designed for sensitive and acne-prone skin in mind. You can either buy their stuff in store or online.

Also, this isn’t a skincare product, but I’ve found that drinking green tea really helps my skin calm down. I usually try to drink 1 to 2 cups a day.

Post # 25
116 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2017

I would move back to a more gentle, calming routine closer to the one you were following before and just add a new product every 2-4 weeks, to ensure that if you are struggling with one product in particular you can cancel that out as the cause.

I would start some reading up on skin care. Caroline Hirons has a great blog with cheat sheets on acne, routines etc. Cleanse with oils/balms/milks, use a face cloth and nothing foamy. Look for acid toners to exfloiate without physically scrubbing with beads/hard bits. Use hydrating spritz/facial oils/moisturisers, avoid shea butter. Look for a serum in your budget, and a decent eye cream. Ensure you are using SPF.

It doesn’t have to be pricey either – especially if you are still finding your feet! I’ve listed some good entry level examples below
Body Shop makes a Camomile Cleansing butter and a Vitamin E cream cleanser.
First Aid Beauty or Nip + Fab Glycolic pads.
Body Shop Vitamin E face mist or Caudalie Grape Water.
Your serum should be the most expensive item in your routine, but even then Vichy and Body Shop make some great budget friendly options -perhaps the Body Shop Aloe Protective Serum or Origins Mega Mushroom Skin Relief?
Finish with a good whack of eye cream then moisturiser, again some great options out there.

I’d also suggest you look into La Roche-Posay Serozinc.

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