Gentle cleanser, antioxidant (Vit. C or copper peptide serum), sunscreen, sunglasses, hat, Rx retinol (retin A, tazorac, etc.).
But mostly sunscreen. A#1 ultimate most important thing!
― quincie, Friday, 18 July 2008 18:19 (twelve years ago) link
why am i breaking out on my forehead? just tiny little bumps. this never, ever happens. i am concerned.
― tehresa, Wednesday, 13 August 2008 12:49 (twelve years ago) link
My skin got really bad lately and I realized I had forgotten to change towels, sheets, as often as usual because of not being at home all the time now. So when I start getting little bumps and annoying redness it's usu b/c of linens and things that touch my skin.
― Laurel, Wednesday, 13 August 2008 13:11 (twelve years ago) link
yeah that can make a big difference - did i already talk about how you can add 1/2 tsp of bleach, heavily diluted in a small container of water (like a small plastic container from yogurt or whatever) and add that to the soap while the washing machine is beginning to fill up, then add clothes - doesn't affect coloured fabrics and kills bacteria/mildew/etc - esp good for washing towels and sheets.
― rrrobyn, Wednesday, 13 August 2008 14:52 (twelve years ago) link
my skin is ok these days tho still not perfect or anything and still really sensitive. i find i can only use the aveda salicylic acid pads once every two weeks, and i should probably not wear make-up but i mean damn i work in an office and also like to look somewhat polished despite my hippie leanings. using the weleda salt toothpaste has made a noticable difference in breakouts around mouth though!
― rrrobyn, Wednesday, 13 August 2008 14:59 (twelve years ago) link
rrob, those aveda outer peace pads have really worked well for me. i've cut them in half and use a half every day or every other day, and so far no irritation or dryness or anything of that nature. these plus my sulfur cleanser have been keeping my skin in pretty great shape despite the heat and humidity.
― lauren, Wednesday, 13 August 2008 14:59 (twelve years ago) link
i'm currently debating whether i should buy a tinted moisturizer or a primer to help even out my skin tone...i don't want to wear foundation every day, but i need something to help smooth over my pores and give me a more even look. any suggestions?
― bell_labs, Wednesday, 13 August 2008 15:00 (twelve years ago) link
Re bleach: Hah, for years I only bought all-white sheets and towels and Tshirts for sleeping in, expressly for the purpose of bleaching them at every wash. I stopped somewhere along the way b/c of the lure of polka-dotted bed-set but I do wash all household linens in hot water.
― Laurel, Wednesday, 13 August 2008 15:16 (twelve years ago) link
i'm glad to hear it, lauren!
i would like aveda to make their super-sensitive skin moisturizer with a slight tint, that wld be nice
a friend gave me some of her nuxe (french, expensive) mattifying moisturizer to try and even tho it is all 'botanicals, high-quality, blah blah blah' my skin went a bit pink and i got a couple (minor) pimples by the end of the day eeesh botanicals whatever
― rrrobyn, Wednesday, 13 August 2008 15:49 (twelve years ago) link
bell i have been using laura mercier tinted moisturizer and i really like it. not too heavy, and seems to maintain a nice look all day w/out looking too makeup-y.
― tehresa, Wednesday, 13 August 2008 17:08 (twelve years ago) link
also they have good shades for fair skin.
laura mercier website just made me feel highly under-makeuped
― rrrobyn, Wednesday, 13 August 2008 17:27 (twelve years ago) link
I've been really frustrated all summer with breakouts under the corners of my jaw and in my cleavage.
THEN I read somewhere that I might be allergic to perfume.
Last time I tried natural scented oils I broke out as well. Any suggestions?
― felicity, Wednesday, 13 August 2008 17:54 (twelve years ago) link
Put the scent somewhere else, I'm sorry to say. I can't wear it on my head or ears or neck or chest either. Wrists are okay usually, back of knees, armpits seem all right. That's it for me.
― Laurel, Wednesday, 13 August 2008 17:58 (twelve years ago) link
For tinted moisturizer usually I just mix a little foundation (usually only for special occasions) with my regular moisturizer = not having to purchase another product + color is right.
― La Lechera, Wednesday, 13 August 2008 18:01 (twelve years ago) link
hmmm. glad that perfume issue does not happen to me. i am feeling rly greasy this summer, though. i keep forgetting to blot during the day and then at 5:30 i'm a mess!
― tehresa, Wednesday, 13 August 2008 18:01 (twelve years ago) link
Good idea, Laurel. Thanks. I put it in my hair sometimes, too.
― felicity, Wednesday, 13 August 2008 18:42 (twelve years ago) link
Sorry my suggestions are so limited. I don't like putting perfume in my hair but I should try dabbing a finger of scented oil into my part or somewhere on my scalp. It would make hair greasy in large quantities but maybe a little dab underneath....
― Laurel, Wednesday, 13 August 2008 18:43 (twelve years ago) link
Not a tinted moisturized, but I like MAC's studio fix as an alternative to foundation (to which I too am averse). It goes on powder-ish and but gives coverage somewhere between a powder and a liquid/creme foundation.
Most of all I like that I can wear it just on my cheeks--which need help in the evening-out department--but can skip it everywhere else. It matches my skin tone well enough, and is sheer enough, that it doesn't leave a line of demarcation.
― quincie, Wednesday, 13 August 2008 20:59 (twelve years ago) link
I was really bored on my lunch break and bought a bunch of stuff from Origins. It was all much better than expected and I like the smells when you use a bunch together. There is some sort of microdermabrasionawesometimesupercub scrub that I am in love with. And I bought a bunch of mushroom dr. weil stuff because i read his book when i was like 15.
― Yerac, Thursday, 14 August 2008 00:36 (twelve years ago) link
oh and I bought some loose powder which I like, because I don;t think I have had powder in about 8 years.
― Yerac, Thursday, 14 August 2008 00:37 (twelve years ago) link
i got this mattifying tea tree oil moisturizer @ body shop yesterday. it really does feel mattifying! will see how long it lasts... i've been feeling so greasy this summer so i hope this helps cut that.
― tehresa, Thursday, 14 August 2008 12:42 (twelve years ago) link
― gabbneb, Thursday, 14 August 2008 16:59 (twelve years ago) link
does not work for the sensitive skinned, have tried
― rrrobyn, Thursday, 14 August 2008 17:16 (twelve years ago) link
tea tree? i just felt like i needed to strip off summer gunk.
― tehresa, Thursday, 14 August 2008 17:17 (twelve years ago) link
(my breakouts are rosacea style bumps, not uh 'traditional acne')
i think tea tree does work as an anti-bacterial! but obv again it depends on yr own personal sensitivities to stuff
― rrrobyn, Thursday, 14 August 2008 17:18 (twelve years ago) link
i don't really have "acne" either. i think it's just a little bit of congestion in the pores or maybe from summer sweat? it also may just be that it was my off-week for the birth control.
― tehresa, Thursday, 14 August 2008 17:20 (twelve years ago) link
omg tehresa I LOVE that body shop moisturizer! It treats pores right, too.
Gonna see how much those Aveda pads cost if my sis-in-law gets them at cost...if under $20, I'm in. Salicylic acid normally turns my face into a cracked & reddened wasteland, tho, so I'm kind of afraid of it. I mean, wart remover is salycilic acid, just in a higher concentration!
Trying zinc pills for the acne...too many confounding factors to see if IT really works, but may as well give it a try. Sometimes I wish I had a second me as a control group.
― Abbott, Thursday, 14 August 2008 20:12 (twelve years ago) link
When I stayed at her house, she had some really thin nylon scrubby cloth that was the BEST face exfoliator. I can't find it at any of the stores here (basically K-Mart, Target, drug stores & the like). Does anyone know what I am talking about & where I could find one?
― Abbott, Thursday, 14 August 2008 20:14 (twelve years ago) link
New St. Ive's olive face wash is shit, btw.
oh zinc supplements totally work/help!
― rrrobyn, Thursday, 14 August 2008 20:15 (twelve years ago) link
my link tells you to stay away from salicylic acid
― gabbneb, Thursday, 14 August 2008 21:49 (twelve years ago) link
i feel the winter skin in full effect. it is dull and occasionally flaky, but also i feel like i'm getting greasy by the end of the day! asldgjk. using same products as last winter, to different results. ugh. i hate trying to find new ones.
― very quotatious (tehresa), Friday, 12 December 2008 16:42 (eleven years ago) link
that stuff's great. i heartily recommend it, in combo with differin, too.
― schlump, Friday, 12 December 2008 17:20 (eleven years ago) link
it feels too drying to me in winter!
― very quotatious (tehresa), Friday, 12 December 2008 17:33 (eleven years ago) link
guys, someone fix my skin. i have been breaking out like crazy.
― horseshoe, Tuesday, 16 December 2008 23:58 (eleven years ago) link
stop eating sugar*
*is my dermotologically unsound but empirically proven skin cure. no refined sugar, and steering clear of stuff that's high in naturally occurring sugars. try it for a couple of weeks and see if you get better x.
― schlump, Wednesday, 17 December 2008 00:40 (eleven years ago) link
how is it breaking out? is it like the dull winter blues your skin is freaking out?
― the schef (adam schefter ha ha), Wednesday, 17 December 2008 01:20 (eleven years ago) link
maybe that's what it is? though tbh my skin doesn't seem dry or suffering from winter in any other ways. seriously, it just feels like i'm 13 again or something (it's not really that bad, i guess.)
man i have never tried to give up sugar! what would i eat?
― horseshoe, Wednesday, 17 December 2008 20:06 (eleven years ago) link
i replace 1/3 of my coffee's sugar w/ splenda (bitter) and 1/3 with xylitol (poopy) [as low carb regimen]
there's some supplement on the market that supposedly blocks sugar from getting to skin. sadly can't remember what it is now.
other things to do.
heavy exfoliationglycolic acidretinoldaily sunblock (obv)save green tea bags, douse your face w/ them in showerdaily flax meal in diet (omega-3s)add cinnamon to sugary sweet junk (hot chocolate). it may slow production of insulin (and is antioxidant)
antioxidant food and high protein is something i focus on daily (mustard, tumeric, red wine, cinnamon, lycopene, etc every day)
i am vain as all get out
― Let a Man Come In and Do the Popcorn (PappaWheelie V), Wednesday, 17 December 2008 20:39 (eleven years ago) link
i just went to a korean sauna and had all my dead skin scrubbed off by an old woman it was amazing
― figgy pudding (La Lechera), Monday, 16 February 2009 23:35 (eleven years ago) link
pappawheelie, i want to know more about this green tea treatment. i've only just started drinking the stuff and i've got bags to spare.
― just1n3, Tuesday, 17 February 2009 20:27 (eleven years ago) link
i just worry that if i use too much salicylic/benzoyl than it will age my skin faster :/
― Surmounter, Monday, 16 March 2009 18:16 (eleven years ago) link
yeah i had a mini breakout last week and used a light salicylic treatment and noticed that i got REALLY dry and it scared me a lot and made me feel old.
― tehresa, Monday, 16 March 2009 18:25 (eleven years ago) link
If it does, I'm in trouble. I consider my skin an endlessly renewable resource. Isn't that what the subdermal layer is for?
― How can there be male ladybugs? (Laurel), Monday, 16 March 2009 18:28 (eleven years ago) link
If it does, I'm in trouble. I consider my skin an endlessly renewable resource. Isn't that what the subdermal layer if for?
i hope so.
i just feel like especially women's products are targeted to the whole cyclical thing: wash, use toner, use moisturizer, etc.
sometimes i wonder if i'm creating more work than i need to, and in the process putting too many chemicals on my face. like maybe i should try just washing with a gentle wash. but i swear i'd breakout.
― Surmounter, Wednesday, 18 March 2009 15:30 (eleven years ago) link
you might not! a lot of times breakouts are caused by overproducing oil because you've stripped it all away w/ 30 products. a dermatologist i used to go to said the best thing you could do was just wash with dove and a washcloth. of course, she also prescribed all sorts of random prescription cremes, so who knows?
― tehresa, Wednesday, 18 March 2009 17:46 (eleven years ago) link
dove soap dries my skin out SO much - i can't even use it on my body, let alone my face.
what is ILS consensus on toner? i haven't used it since i was a teen, but am contemplating it again.
― where we turn sweet dreams into remarkable realities (just1n3), Wednesday, 18 March 2009 18:47 (eleven years ago) link
i can't decide if it actually helps or is just psychological.
― tehresa, Wednesday, 18 March 2009 18:50 (eleven years ago) link