Q:what's the best way to tackle oily skin? my t-zone is so oily all the time, and whenever i touch my face (like for an itch or something, i dont rub my sweaty hands over my face or anything) i am guaranteed to get a spot there! so annoying! think it's a mixture of very oily skin and ridiculously huge pores! i hate my skin!
I have the same problem. I’ll put on my makeup in the morning and be all “Oh, I’m nice and matte. My makeup looks awesome”. An hour later I’m a greasebag. I always bring touchup with me. If I don’t have anything, I will take a tissue and blot my face. I made a vow to myself to never touch my face because if I did, I may start popping pimples. Hahaha. I’ve heard a little milk of magnesia works well as a primer. But ti tell you the truth, its hard to get rid of oily skin!! I”m still dealing with it today.
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Q:hello! firstly thank you for making such a wonderful blog, it has helped me loads :] i have a lot of box/rolling scars on my cheeks and forehead, and am thinking of visiting a dermatologist (my doctor is useless!) to go over some options for post-acne. what are your experiences with laser scar removal/microderm, would it be worth while/helpful? i'm quite scared about it as well as i dont like talking to people about my acne :[
Hahahaha!! Thanks! I love hearing that.
Definitely look for a good dermatologist. THey can help with smoothing out those scars. I’ve only done at home micro dermabrasion. I was told that laser was safe and helped a lot, but I’m too afraid! lol. Microdermabrasion helped to smoothen out my face overall, but for my boxcar scars, it didn’t do anything. I have one that is across my left cheek that I really want gone, but I can afford to do that now (maybe when I get rich one day. =D)
I get what you mean. For the longest time, I could never look someone in the eye because I don’t want to see them looking at my acne and judging me. I eventually got over it because I started working a lot more and because I have oily skin, my makeup would be virtually gone by the time I left. No one really treated me differently so I was like “eh, I guess they don’t really care”. Hahaha.
So to sum it up: 1. Dermatologist! and 2. You are your own worst critic.
I hope this helped and thanks for your follow! Happy Holidays!
Q:I'm 20 and for some reason my face is breaking out so much more than it ever did as a teenager! I got so frustrated that I went to my GP, who gave me a weak benzoyl peroxide/clindamycin gel, which ruined my face! The spots I put it on stayed for weeks and weeks then scarred, and now I'm covered in red hyperpigmentation! I have oily and very sensitive skin, was thinking of trying salicylic acid to help the redness, what salicylic facewash would you recommend? And does it stop break outs? Thanks!
Look for a dermatologist.That is my first suggestion, because dermatologists specialize in skin. They spend at least another two years in school for it. Tell them your problem. Tell them what you gp gave you and work with him/her on a correct regimen for you.
Personally, I really like my neutrogena pink grapefruit cleanser. I’ve been using it for months and I love it! Look for toners that come with ingredients like aloe vera or green tea, because those ingredients are anti-inflammatory so they will help reduce redness. If you aren’t allergic to soy, I would try the Neutrogena visibly even moisturizer. It worked well for me and it has spf to protect your skin from the sun (SPF is a must if you use acne products bc salicylic acid and BP make your skin especially senstive to the sun’s UV rays, which is verrry badddd).
If I think of anything else, I’ll let you know! =D
Q:I have a huge red rash covering my entire face & neck. I went to the doctor's & he said it was actually acne, so he gave me some Epiduo. I've been using it twice a day for a week now & NOTHING is happening. The rash/acne is still there & it's hideous. I am no longer leaving the house as I can't bear to have people stare at it. I can't even look in the mirror anymore. Makeup helps a bit but not much. I use ProActiv which stops big pimples but not this. Any ideas?! :(
A rash?? Is it painful or just like scarring? Well, first thing is to go back to the doctor and tell him that it’s not working. Think back to when it first started. Was it after you touched something and then touched your face? Were you using a new product on you face? Rashes can be the result of many things. I am really sorry, but to tell you the truth, I don’t know what to say. Just draw a map of when it first started and what you were doing when it came up. Sorrry!! =(
Q:Have you tried Clarisonic? If so, what are the pros and cons of this product? Is this type of physical exfoliation more effective than a chemical one?
Yes, I have. When I use it, I feel like my face ends up soo much cleaner after I shower. However, it is expensive. For me, this brush was an extra step when I had a lot of painful acne because I didn’t want to touch my face (I literally felt like crying when I touched my face when my acne was really bad). Now, I don’t really use it. I only use it every other week just to make sure my face it nice and clean.
I would recommend it if you had the money, but if you just want a brush for your face, look at drugstores. It;s so much cheaper.
Q:Hello. I suffer from... not the worst acne, but pretty severe stuff. I've tried netrugena (sorry can't spell) , clearsil, clean and clear, and numerous prescriptions gels (which I hate but use religiously) and washes. It seems like every time I try something new it shows some improvement, then stops working, like I'm building a resistance to it. I'm too overwhelmed by all the information and sciencey stuff to follow (sorry), but is there any simple advice you can give? Thank you so much =]
Hi! Sorry for the delay. Um, simple stuff…Basically, what I would do is take everything that you use that that doesn’t seem to work (you know your skin pretty well so if you used it for months and nothing happens, don’t use it). Try not to overwhelm your face with too many products. Cleanser, toner moisturizer and/or a spot treatment. Catalogue your face. Look for one acne spot. It could be one that just popped up. See how long it takes to disappear/fade. All your acne probably didn’t come all out at once right? So, don’t look at your entire face and say it’s not working until you try it out and make sure it’s not just because of the difference in time between each spot. LOL, am I making sense? Hahahahaha. I hope this helped
Hey guys! I know, I know, it’s been…months. I did see that I have quite a few questions from you guys and I will answer them ASAP!! But first, I want to do my Proactiv update. This was an ongoing routine that I tweaked through the months because some products worked better than others. This is also going to be my 3-month update because that was how long I wanted to test it.
Before I get started, I hope everyone was safe during the hurricane that hit the North East last October. I had no power for about a week (up until the blizzard). Everyone stay safe and have an awesome thanksgiving!
Q:I am 19 - female. I started getting acne when I was 13. I tried literally everything out there, nothing worked. Earlier in the year, I FINALLY gave ProActiv a go & OH MY GOSH it worked so well! I haven't seen a pimple since! Waking up to a flawless face has been amazing <3 but due to medical reasons, I have to quit using it... & now the breakouts have already begun :( is there anything at all you can suggest?!
Why can’t you use proactiv? Is it the benzoyl peroxide? You can substitute BP with tea tree oil, sulfur, salicylic acid, etc. I like the neutrogena grapefruit cleanser. It worked really well for me as well as the st ives apricot scrub fo acne. hmm…what else…
Q:How did you apply the Missha perfect cover BB Cream to cover up your acne? I just ordered some bc I thought your post was amazing but I am having trouble covering up some of my spots. Did you use a concealer or any other make up too?
I use mostly either a flat top synthetic bristle brush (my go to is the studio flat top from ELF cosmetics that’s $3) or my Avon ergonomic reusable sponge. I used to use my fingers but i forget that here is still foundation residue on my fingers and i end up getting it on my shirt or pants.
For the brush I spray a little water on it so it doesn’t absorb the bb cream and everything mostly goes on my face. For the sponge I make it slightly damp for the same reasons.
Depending on how lazy I am, I will leave it as is, use my finger and spot treat with the bb cream, use a separate concealer or go over my entire face with mineral foundation of extra coverage.
The Missha PC is one of the fullest coverages I’ve ever seen for bb creams (about a high medium coverage to almost full depending on whether you use your fingers or a brush) but it doesn’t cover everything. Most of time I don’t mind leaving it as is, but when I need extra coverage I mostly use my min foundation over it. It helps to unshine my face a little as well. :)
I hope this helped!
Q:Hi, have you tried MD formulations face & body scrub? I love it! I had really bad acne, and that scrub has really helped my skin :)
Hey!! No I haven’t tried that! I will check it out. It looks pretty interesting. Thanks! =]