(Closed) Skincare help?

posted 6 years ago in Beauty
Post # 3
1614 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

go on Ebay and order TCA from the seller Bettercomplexions…its AMAZING!!! And you’ll save a TON of cash from not getting professional chemical peels and just doing it yourself at home and mixing it yourself…(its crazy easy)!

Post # 4
7587 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2010

@ForeverAndEverAfter: I use the same stuff!!! I think we’re long lost bff’s lol

Post # 5
1002 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

I just started using Proactive a week ago. It mostly cleared up my face in that time. I don’t know how it will work long-term though. Right now I am just experimenting to see if it will work for me. So far, so good though!

Post # 6
1572 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

@Chiotilidieo: You might try posting in the Beauty board – just may get more replies.

That said, I don’t use a “system” just b/c I like to be able to pick and choose. My skin is combo and gets more dry in winter and oilier in summer. However, I’m back on Prednisone soo my skin is a little oilier than usual adn I’m having a few breakouts. Here’s what I use:

-Boscia’s Makeup Breakup Cleansing Oil in the evening – it’s gentle and takes off all of my makeup. A lot of people don’t like the idea of using an oil but it doesn’t break me out. the nice thing is that it doesn’t dry my skin out. Even though I’m oilier, if I strip too much of the natural oil from my skin, it will just produce MORE oil to compensate. Unless I’m wearing uber heavy duty makeup, Boscia’s cleansing oil takes it all off. I know that it’s better to use a separate makeup remover but I just can’t get myself in the practice of doing that! When I was a bartender, I kept baby wipes by my bed b/c some nights I’d literally fall into bed and could then just reach over to wiipe my face off. Sometimes in the morning I use a baby wipe (Target brand for sensitive skin) or just splash my face with water, but if I want to wash I use the store brand version of Oil of Olay face wash. My partner loves Neutrogena liquid face wash (it’s orange-ish and in a pump bottle) but it dries me out. If I use the teeniest pump with lots of water, I can do it when I’m super oily or just where I’m broken out. I can’t get it near my eyes at all though.

-Boscia’s Enlivening Amino-AG Eye Treatment under my eyes, patted lightly both morning and night. I see a difference after using this long term. I wouldn’t say that my skin is majorly sensitive, but my eye area is. I used a much more expensive eye cream and had a REALLY bad allergic reaction once. So I know this works and it would take a lot to make me stray. I also like Clinique’s All About Eyes, but this is around the same price and I see more of a difference.

-at night if I have any pimples I either use the CVS version of Clearisil (benzoyl peroxide) or Neutrogena’s salicyclic acid spot treatment. Just one. If I use both it will crazily dry out my skin – so not sure if I’d rather have a small red pimple or a small scaly gross spot. if I use either of these, I wait 5 or so minutes before I apply a moisturizer.

-At night I use Fresh’s Umbrian Clay Face Lotion. IF my skin is a little drier I will sometimes use Caudalie’s Queenching Sorbet Cream or mix it half and half with the Fresh moisturizer. I just love how the Fresh moisturizer smells and when I started using it, I noticed a difference in a few weeks in my skin. If my skin is super dry, I just pat on some jojoba oil (from Trader Joe’s). In the morning, I use Kate Sommerville’s Oil Free Moisturizer unless my skin is dry and then same as at night (half of Kate Sommerville, half of the Caudalie). If it’s summer or I’m really oily, I apply everywhere but my nose and then lightly pat whatever is left on my hands. In the morning, I always start where I’m driest (cheeks), then next driest (forehead and chin), and last goes to nose. 

-I exfoliate once a week, MAYBE twice. I know people who can exfoliate every day and be fine, but it irritates my skin really bad and then i break out more. I have been using whatever Neutrogena’s newer line is (Neutrogena Naturals I think?) exofliator. It’s in a tube and seems gentle. Plus a little goes a long way. Once a month or twice a month I use Ren Glycolactic Skin Renewal mask – it really gives a nice glow! I can only leave it on for 5-10 minutes or it tingles really bad.

If I’m wearing makeup and want to use primer, I love Hourglass. Boscia’s primer is also really good but I like Hourglass better (so I’m trying to use up Boscia’s while still using Hourglass).

Before I got into this current routine I was breaking out so much more and I wasn’t on Prednisone at the time! Plus I feel like my skin isn’t as crazy combo with really dry areas and super oil slick other places. I don’t get as oily during the day anymore either or wake up super shiny.

Post # 7
118 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

I started using a clairisonic and I am OBSESSED.

Post # 9
649 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 2011

@Firefliesflash: Me too, I just got the Mia2 a few weeks ago.  Love it!

Post # 10
329 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

I bought a Clarisonic Mia a week and a half ago and I love it.  I’ve been using it with my regular face wash – Cetaphil. I’ve already seen a huge improvement. My skin is pretty oil and breaks out from time to time. Already, my face is so much softer and my skin tone looks super even. I also use 10% Benzoyl Peroxide on any breakouts. It’s kind of expensive ($119), but so far I think it was completely worth it. 

Post # 11
1999 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

I agree with the clarisonic with cetaphil, except that I bought the oil of olay version of the scrub brush for only $30 to try it first 🙂


I also use Watts Retinol Cream (bought of amazon) because retin-a is the best thing to clear up my skin and my insurance doesn’t cover the perscription ones; just remember to only use it at night, as retinol is light sensitive

Post # 12
336 posts
Helper bee

I use Cetaphil Daily Facial Cleanser.

Dickinson’s Witch Hazel All Natural Astringent Unless I have a break out, then I use Clean & Clear Deep Cleaning Astringent for a few days but never in the winter time because it’s extremely drying.

To moisturize I use Cetaphil Daily Facial Moisturizer Spf 15.

For eye cream I use Vitamin E Moisturizing Skin Oil. It’s $6.00 at CVS. In the winter time I even use it on my entire face. 


EDIT: OH AND once in a while, when I feel like I need it, I exfoliate. I just add a packet of white sugar to a pump of Cetaphil and rub it on my skin for about 3 minutes. Then I wash it off and moisurize like usual. 

Post # 14
38 posts
  • Wedding: January 2013

I have stubborn acne on my chin and jaw line.  I feel like I have tried just about everything.  I just switched things up again after using a mixture of things for a few months with no progress.  I started using Philosophy’s On a Clear Day kit ($65) about a week ago, and I’m finally seeing my stubborn cystic acne waving a white flag!  I do use the Clarisonic Mia, which before using this kit I felt it was making my acne worse.  I don’t know what it is about this cleanser, but it’s working nicely with the Mia.  This kit was a little out of my price range, but you do get full sized products.  Buying the products individually will cost you more than $100.  I think the biggest part of this kit that is making my skin better is their retinol lotion.  I haven’t used a retinol before.  The retinol itself is $40!

Every once in a while I’ll use Fresh’s Umbrian Clay Treatment Bar as a mask.  It’s pretty potent stuff so the first few times I used it, 10 minutes was too long for me.  It can be used as a cleanser also, but it does not foam if you like a foaming cleanser.  They have a tube version of it too, but it’s not as good as the bar!

I got both items at Sephora.

Post # 15
13 posts
  • Wedding: May 2012

Hi. I’ve been using the Reverse regimen from Rodan + Fields (the makers of Practiv). I cannot believe what it has done to my skin in two months. It “reverses” acne scarring, sun spots, treats acne, and helps with uneven skin tone. It also seems to have shrunk my pores and smoothed my skin. My skin hasn’t felt this way in years and years. I used to have terrible cystic acne and I had scars and rough skin left over from that (I had to take Accutane twice even). I am a consultant for Rodan + Fields now, but I am not just telling you guys this because of that fact. It really did make a difference for me. I used to Google things all the time, trying to find something that would really help me, and I couldn’t find anything that was right for me. Then I found this stuff a few months ago and I am so happy I did. I still have 4 months until my wedding and I’m so glad there is still time to keep seeing changes in my skin. Next, I’m going to use the Amp MD which is a “roller” with surgical grade steel acupuncture needles (it doesn’t hurt even though it sounds like it would) and that will help smooth out my pick scars – another thing I used to Google with no luck (except expensive surgeries that didn’t work well enough to be worth the money or pain). Anyway, I’m not trying to sell to you. I just want people to know about this product line because it’s really revolutionary. I don’t want to spam you guys but if you want to know where to get some, send me a message. Good luck with your wedding prep!

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