Hi I posted a couple of weeks ago and you suggested the Emma hardie cleanser. I'm going to get it but wondered if I should be using it day and night? I'm 35 and still getting breakouts and lots of blackheads. I have always had an oily t zone but my skin is dehydrated at the moment. Between the blotchy redness, crepey lines under my eyes and blackheads, it's a right mess! I take evening primrose and cod liver oil combined. Is there any better supplement or anything else at all you can recommend? Thank you, Sarah x
Just to add to this, over the last few days the dehydration has gotten worse and I now have red patches of dry skin on my cheeks and even after moisturising with clarins hydraquench my skin feels tight and uncomfortable. I'm trying blue orchid oil in the evening before Ren clear calm seruml. I'm using liz Earle cleanse and polish day and night but think I need to change this in the morning at least. If I get either Emma Hardie or the boots balm, can you recommend a day serum to use with it? Thank you!
Hi.I would stop using the C&P immediately - its quite heavy on the camphor and will make the redness and stinging/tightness worse. Get one of the balms quickly! :) TBH I would do it in stages, so get the balm first, make sure your skin is ok with that and then progress further. As a last resort for calming I always go to Neals Yard Wild Rose Balm when nothing else works?Supplement-wise: what mg are you taking? It may be worth looking at amino acids also. Victoria Health is a good place to start.let me know.
Hi, Thanks so much for your help. I couldn't get the boots balm at my local boots or at Boots online so have gone for the NYR Wild Rose balm and will try this tonight.The supplements I have contain 5oomg of Cod liver oil, 500mg of Evening primrose and 120 mg of Active Omega 3. I'll have a look at Victoria Health if you think amino acids would help. many thanks
Ps sorry, is teh boots balm the Botanics one?
Yes its the Botanics one. Use that to cleane am and pm - just a little in the morning to get rid of overnight skin shedding etc.Use the NYWRB as a treatment a few times a week. Delicious!
Thank you for your time and wisdom- the tightness and redness is starting to go already and the NYR balm is divine! Is the Emma Hardie cleanser the Moringa balm? It doesn't seem to be available anywhere, I have checked JL, Space NK and the Emma Hardie websites.
They had stock issues - sold out! It's back in over the next week or so - you can get the cleansing set which comes with seeds for extra exfoliation? If not, hold tight - will be available soon.
Hello, I have lots of tiny blackheads all over my face but my skin never feels oily. it drinks up anything i put on it. I feel I need moisture but I break out easily. I'm 36, practise yoga, walk loads and have a whole-food wheat-free and dairy-free diet but i am anaemic. I clean with boots balm and at the moment I'm just spraying my face with loreal toner and using clarins blue orchid oil at night. oh and to make things more difficult I don't have a huge budget for skincare either. thanks for your time and such a great blog. Heather x.
What are you using during the day? And are you supplementing iron and vit c and decreasing calcium? Floradix is brilliant.
Hi Caroline thanks for your reply. through the day i use avene cleanance k or sometimes just toner as my skin just feels dirty and cloggy when i really wish it would feel hydrated and fresh. i supplement iron but i also take a combined vitamin d and calcium tablet. i take it i should stop this?i will try the floradix.thanks again for being so generous with your time and advice.Heather
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WOW. OK - stop the calcium if you are anaemic. (Vit d is great though)Take floradix - http://www.victoriahealth.com/product/Floradix-Liquid-Iron-Formula/303/0/ - take iron with vitamin c (orange juice etc) if possible.You have to use a moisturiser - not just a toner! As you have blackheads and are obviously healthy and therefore have a sometimes sweaty skin? In a good way :) - use a light lotion - if you are on a budget try La roche posay or Avene - all major chemists. Avoid mineral oil and you'll be fine. Let me know!
thank you will try all your suggestions. i appreciate your help and will let you know how i get on, thanks. xx
Hey Caroline, I am 22 and I have the most dry, sensitive skin. I get these tiny fleshcoloured bumps all over my face and neck that feel very rough (and are very itchy!) and are still there after (gentle) exfoliation. My skin reacts to almost anything i put on it. So I've been trying to calm my skin down with weleda wild rose oil, weleda cold cream and decleor aroma night rose d'orient soothing night balm after cleansing it with either lancome galateis douceur or avene gentle milk cleanser. It stops it from getting worse, but I'm wondering if there are other/better things I can do? Thank you, Margot.
I forgot to mention that I also have quite a few small pimples (pastules, red/purple, no white head, always there) on my forhead. I've had those for about a year now. I'm seeing a dermatologist and he prescribed me zinc tablets and a cream called benzadermine (benzoyl peroxide and a little bit of topical antibiotics). He is against the idea of me using balms and oils all over my face (including my forhead) and thinks I need to *dry them out*. I disagree and I know the balms don't cause them or make them any worse. What do you think?- Margot.
I would drop the Lancome in this instance - quite fragranced. I disagree too - but a lot of derms think drying out is the best. For me personally, drying out only really works when you combine it with sunshine. THAT is brilliant for all spots. Unfortunately!I would use the balms and oils but perhaps only use the derm cream in the evenings on its own? Also make sure you are washing your face properly - what is the skin like on the rest of your body?
Thank you for your reply! - The skin on my face has improved a lot (smoother, hydrated, more plump, almost no pastules left) just by sticking to my routine. I'll definitely try the things you recommended. The skin on the rest of my body is normal to dry. Again: thank you for your advice!
You're welcome - glad its helping!
Hello, I'm 26 (next month) and I've been trying to start using anti-ageing products. Quite often I come out in under skin spots/ lumps? This happened when I used Protect & Perfect day cream. I think it has something to do with dry skin because I usually woke up and had a fine layer of flaking skin (nice). I have clear smooth skin, but it seems quite sensitive. I'm currently using No7 Protect and Perfect serum and Avene Rich hydrating cream (no spf). My skin is fine with this (though nose gets oily and eyes can get a bit dry), but I was wondering if there was anything better to try for anti-ageing. I have fine lines on my forehead, smile lines and being mixed race I have a bit of uneven skin tone (but not bad). My entire body always has dry skin (had acne when younger and would only clear with Roacutane from a dermatologist). Any advice much appreciated, thanks.
The bumps are possibly a small reaction to the vitamin a in the P&P. Quite common. It will also cause the flakiness.I suspect they will cease if you stop using it. Try that first, the Avene is extremely rich - you may find you don't need it if you stop using P&P. You can still use anti-aging products, but maybe go for peptides rather than vit a at this stage?
Hi, I'm 19, have what I think is combination skin and suffer from frequent cystic acne (not much, usually no more than one spot at a time, but right now there's a very painful one between my nose and my cheek which is driving my to distraction), as well as a host of weird little whiteheads on my chin which just won't. Go. Away. I'm not sure whether the cystic breakouts are hormonal or not - there's no regularity to them, but my hormones have been messed up by contraception anyway. I cleanse with the Liz Earle C&P and a Clarisonic Mia, tone with the Liz Earle Skin Tonic and moisturise with a Robanda moisturiser. My skin's terrible at the moment but I think that's because I left my Clarisonic behind when I went away for the weekend and maybe it took the opportunity to purge? Sneaky so and so. Also, I have very pale skin so any scarring/pigmentation left from the acne looks particularly dreadful. Please help!
Bearing in mind that I'm a student and have to be picky about what I spend my hard-earned (ha!) loan on.
Well firstly, the combination of the C&P AND the Clarisonic is possibly making it worse. As I said in previous comments, the C&P has a lot of camphor in it and the Clarisonic made my acne/odd cyctic spot worse - without doubt.You're only 19 - your skin is still deciding what it wants to do and if your contraception is messed up that will definitely be a factor.Give your face a break!Use oily cleansers in the evening, hot water and a flannel on your chin for a while and see what happens. (No mineral oil - as always!)Scarring wise there are a host of products now to help with that. Kate Somerville Detox Cleanser aids scarring but there will be cheaper options.Have you tried supplements?
No supplements at the moment. I actually bought the Boots cleansing balm and I'm very pleased with it for the evenings, but what would you suggest for the mornings? Also, I am still very happy with the difference that the Clarisonic has made to the texture and evenness of my skin (plus for £120 I'm loathe to give up on it) so should I just continue using it in the non-spotty areas? And how often? As I think you guessed from my age, I'm not in a position to spend masses on skincare, but I am prepared to splurge on the odd thing if it really works, as I do consider my skin worth investing in in the long term. Thanks for your time and help.
If you want to keep using the clarisonic - which is understandable - just use it every second night etc and see what that does to your skin.To save money just use a tiny amount of the Boots balm in the mornings - you don't need two.
Hello!I have awful awful dark cricles under my eyes - even with a good concealer and brightener I look like I've been punched in the face. These aren't new, but they're definitely at the worst they've probably ever been. I'm aware of the genetic factor etc etc, but is there any (non)mircale cream / supplement or anything else that can help me look less like I've been up all night smoking crack?!!
Not really tbh if its genetic - the Lancome concealer/eye cream mix (reviewed previously on eye cream sheet) is really good at covering dark circles. Supplement wise two ways to go: milk thistle/detox type supplements to support the liver and kidneys and magnesium will relax your system - no proof that this will aid dark circles but have worked in the past!?Let me know!
Hello, I left a comment last week: I'm the girl with the crazy skin that suffers with on-going break-outs and uses mainly Dr.Weil for Origins plus + spot treatment +clay masks. I had problems with dehydration that I think were caused by (ab)using a cloth at night to cleanse my face. I stopped using the cloth (should switch to muslin cloths rather than using these towel-thingys but I've left them all in London and I'm currently away), stopped using harsh products (like neutrogena cleanser)as you recommended and started using a hydrating sample by Lierac I had. So the dehydration is gone but I'm left with a skin that always has problems, pores, spots, redness, sensitivity and scarring. So my questions are: 1)Could you outline a routine for me saying what kind of products I should use? (and suggest some brands/producs)2)More specifically which AlphaH product is more suited for a skin-type as mine? I had vit A but I'm considering Liquid Gold.3)Can you give a bit more detail on the cloth-cleansing method? I don't want to be too harsh on my skin cos it obviously doesn't work and also I have read that too much scrubbing with a towel causes dehydration (breaking up the skins barrier or sth) and pre-mature ageing.You are my skin guru! (too many questions sorry)
I'll have to be brief but here goes:The cloth cleansing method doesn't cause broken capillaries or 'break the skins barrier'. That's too hot water if anything. Do stop using the harsh products!Use a balm cleanser and cloth - doesn't have to be muslin.A hydrating toner with glycerin.Alpha-H Liquid Gold a couple of times a week.Read the cleansing cheat sheet for a 'how-to'.Just a thought but if you're hyper-sensitive with redness the Origins may be a little too high in essential oils for you. It isn't for me, but it is for friends of mine?Let me know how you get on.
I'm 23 with normal/dry skin. I don't have too many problems with it apart from dryeness/dehydration during the winter months. What would be good skincare products just to keep the skin young and fresh before it's too late? I currently use alpha-h's balancing cleanser, a toner after that, and sk-ii or trilogy's moisturiser. sometimes I use kiehl's midnight recovery concentrate and some nights I use a mask. I also have rather bad under eye circles and I use an sk-ii eye cream on it. Thanks for doing this!!
If you're dry/normal the balancing cleanser could be unnecessary and causing the dryness.SK-II is a little fragranced I would have thought - you're only 23 - keep it simple. What toner? What mask?
thanks for the reply! what cleanser would be more appropriate in that case? I use a Japanese toner (hado labo) with glycolic acid, which has been working quite well (I think?) and a shiseido eye mask. it's just annoying because I basically look like I have black rims around my eyes all day.
My usual recommendations for oil based cleansers stand - see all other comments. If they are that bad the only thing you can do further is to try and support your liver and kidneys more with supplements such as milk thistle etc - have a read of Victoria Health's website for further info - but if you look at your parents and see the same dark circles? No cream on earth is going to fix them. Sorry!
Hello, really hope you can help me please. I am 50 with classic combination skin, dryish cheeks but still with occasional spots on my chin. My skin is OK but could derfinitely be better, I look very dull, have open pores around nose, thread veins on cheeks, and starting to sag on jawline but am not too lined yet!Mornings- I cleanse with any micellar water but currently Lancome, moisturise with Liz Earle Skin RepairEvenings-I cleanse with any hot cloth cleanser, currently Liz Earle, follow with Liz Earle skin tonic, moisturise with Liz Earle Superskin mainly on the dry bits.I do usually use a serum am & pm and have tried loads, mainly high st stuff admittedly but don't love any of them so far. Twice weekly I use Alpha H Liquid Gold or sometimes use an exfloiating/clarifying mask.Around my eyes I use Alpha H eye complex which is great.So I do feel as though I'm using a lot of products but my skin is not really responding, any advice please? Thanks, Janette
In all honesty Janette, the Liz Earle is not enough if you're 50. Time to play with the big boys. :)Stick with the Alpha-H. Step up your cleansing to an oil based cleanser - and really go to own with the massage. (See my very first post on facial massage)Liz Earle skin tonic is OK but you don't need that micellar water in the am. Use a little of the same cleanser you use at night.Where do you live?You need to be using products that have peptides and vitamin a (a small amount to start - don't go crazy.And read my Cheat Sheet on anti-ageing claims/products.
Thanks very much for your help, you are so kind! I live in Yorkshire, near Leeds.I will definitely read your massage post and your anti-ageing sheet.Do you have any suggestions for oil based cleansers and peptides/viamin A products please? (The only oil based cleanser I've seen is the Nude one, is that any good?)Apologies for expecting to be spoon-fed but I'm not used to all this new skincare, I've never really had issues with my skin until I hit my mid-forties so am basically a bit helpless! Thank you, Janette
My go-to cleanser is Emma Hardie (SpaceNK and John Lewis)- I generally recommend this above most.Try that, use something like a Lierac toner - i like this one http://www.feelunique.com/p/Lierac-Tonique-Eclat-Vitamin-Enriched-Toner-for-Face-Eyes-200mlThen use a good treatment serum - depending on your needs, for instance I use one for dullness. If Alpha-H is working for you so far, why don't you try one of their starter kits from QVC? Good value and smaller sizes so you can really see the difference (or not!)
Hi CarolineI'm trying to be well behaved and do as I'm told! I'm 26 (just) with oily / dehydrated / congested skin and the occasional hormonal breakout.I've just ordered liquid gold and have decleor ylang ylang balm to use on alternating nights. I've been using the boots cleansing balm. I have a couple of questions though:1) I am willing to get spendy if things work - so is the Emma Hardie cleanser going to benefit me more than the boots one? 2) Is there a clarifying toner available without alcohol? On a few of your posts you've suggested alternating one with a hydrating toner but I can't seem to find a clarifying one without alcohol near the top of the ingredients list. I've looked at lots of high st and the french brands (LRP, Vichy, Avene). Is alchol acceptable or am I looking in the wrong place?3) Should I be using a serum? And if so, which one?Thank you. Steph xxx(@callheralaska)
Try the Boots one first for 2 months - then try Emma's if not.I don't actually have a hissy fit about a little alcohol - you don't need it but in most toners it's there. Clarifying is done with alcohol in a lot of cases - think Clinique 1234 etc. (Which is a huge NO btw)The key to alcohol is that it needs to be way down the inci list - not the 2nd or 3rd ingredient.What are you using during the day for moisturiser?
Hi. I'm using Estee Lauder Daywear for normal to combo skin. You initially suggested clarins / decleor for day but I had problems with bobbling and I couldn't get my hands on the kate sommerville goat milk cream in space nk. I'm generally keeping on top of things with the boots balm (it's hardly wowing me but isn't making things worse) but I'd really like to kick things up a notch. Thanks again.
The bobbling is caused by silicones - too much product or too many silicones layered. Try the lierac toner suggested in the other comments - and when your EL runs out think of trying something like Alpha-H moisturisers. Cheaper and in my opinion more effective. :)
Hi I'm 22 with normal to dry skin. UsuallyMy skin is clear and smooth. Recently my face has been very dry and irritated looking. I have flakey patches on my face and also very dry spots - they are not oily or overly viable but they give my skin a very rough texture. In the winter it would be usual for my skin to be a bit dry but it has never really been this dry. I currenly use Liz Earle cleanse and polish, trilogy calming fluid during the day (this is a new addition, I just started with it this week to help calm my skin), trilogy rose hip oil in the evening or trilogy ultra hydrating cream. Also I use rose water as a toner. Any ideas as to how to get my skin back to Normal?! Thanks so much! Ali x
Stop the C&P. As all of the above comments - too much camphor. Check that the rosewater IS rosewater - not water with colouring and fragrance - what brand?Try a new cleanser. Less fragranced and no camphor! The rest looks good.
I’ve got oily / combo skin with large pores and fine lines (mostly eyes) and have cobbled together a routine using the products below, but not sure I’m using them to their best, in the right order or if I’m missing something. Evening:, cleanse with Emma Hardie or the boots organic balm and flannel and 2nd cleanse Perricone Nutritive or Murad time release. 2/3 weekly clarisonic use. I use Alpha H liquid gold 3ish times a week before bed and occasional use of Alpha H rejuvenating cream when not using liquid gold. Recently bought Clarins Lotus oil, But I’m really unsure how to slot it into my night-time routine? I’m also using Clarins Advanced Extra-Firming Eye Contour Serum day and night. Not sure this is correct either. Day time, Perricone or Murad cleanse with a muslin cloth in the shower. Clarins pore minimising serum under Alpha H daily essential spf 50 moisturiser and eye contour serum as above. I’ve started having more regular facials and have fallen for the Clarins Triactive ones. I also want to take better care of my decollate, are the above products suitable, or should I be looking for something specific. I’m 34 btw.
Firstly for your decollete, when you think of the face - it INCLUDES your decollete. Use your products all the way down to the breast line. All of them.Clarins Lotus oil can be used on alternate nights to Liquid Gold. The Clarins Eye serum is designed for day use but won't do you any harm.Maybe up the ante on eye cream when it runs out?The only thing in the daytime is a lack of moisture would be possible. Both of the products you are using are for 2 specific tasks. Get a hydrating serum if you feel dry.
Hi, I am nearly 30 (gulp) with combination, sometimes sallow skin. Lots of tiny blackheads on t zone, cystic spots that leave marks on my chin and my cheeks near my nose (not too many) I've recently switched to MAC cleansing oil from micellar water, which seems to clean my skin out better, Neals Yard moisturiser, liquid gold for the last 3 weeks or so and have just got some samples of clarins lotus oil to use on alternate nights with the liquid gold. There seems to be some improvement but no miracle glow :) Am I missing something from my routine or should I have patience.
Patience! :)Liquid Gold and Clarins Oil will start to work wonders.Which NY moisturiser are you using? Some are great some are a little cloying for me.
Hi, thanks for the reply. I am currently using Power Berry moisturiser as it feels quite light. I was using REN hydro global sensitive cream but it felt a bit sticky and thick sometimes. I also use a caudalie eye cream. Would you recommend something different?
Use them up - don't waste your money! Power Berry is quite light - I would persevere with the oil in the evenings and massage a LOT. When you can afford it move up to a night-time oil that contains vitamin A for extra glow.
Just wanted to say thanks for your help! Every product I now use is something you've recommended and I dug out your first post on massage (OWWW!) but it seems to be making a difference already. I shall stick with the clarins oil at night for now but start researching a vit A moisturiser for day and keep an eye on your blog for future recommendations! Thanks again x
Hi. Before I ask anything,just want to say I love your blog and the advice you give. Ok here goes. Iv combo skin and after reading your blog iv just started using MAC cleanse off oil. Is that a good choice? Can u please suggest a mid price range moisturiser that I can use afterwards? I'm 33. Should I start using an anti aging one? Also after I cleanse with oil, do I put moisturiser straight away or use a toner first?
Hi! Thank you. :)MAC CLeanse off oil is mineral oil free - which is ggod - but for me personally, I can't stand an oil that turns into a milk. I like and oil that stays an oil. If you know what I mean? :)I personally, am obsessed with toner. I recommend one in the comments above that you may like.I would absolutely say start using anti-aging products.There are lots of mid-price products around. If you're 33 you may like Clarins Extra-Firming range. And Clarins are brilliant at sampling!
Hi, I was wondering if you have tried LED or any kind of light pulsed treatment for a acne prone skin? Thank you.
Hi. I have, and I know people have found it has worked for them - but I found it REALLY REALLY painful. I would suggest you ask for a patch test before you start (any good clinic should offer that anyway)and see how it feels.I found it too painful to the point where I wouldn't care about the result...The latest red light therapy gave me an immediate killer migraine too. Just as a warning.
Thanks for your answer.O
Dear Caroline,I'm prone to rosacea and since I became pregnant, I have more flare-ups. I used to use Avene cream for rosacea, but it doesn't seem to make much difference in my current condition. I know that you can't cure rosacea but I would love to hear your thoughts on the "maintenance".
Well you're pregnant, so everything is magnified. I would use a gentle cleanser - no foam anywhere - and again try the Neals Yard Wild Rose Balm - which is safe for pregnancy.
Hello CarolineTwo words. Eye cream!I'm in my early thirties, have fair skin which is by default dehydrated. I've got my moisturiser and the rest of my skin care regime sorted (thanks to your help on this blog!) but I have decided that its probably time I graduated to using eye-cream instead of just using moisturiser around my eyes (I know, Fail.) Could you give me some advice on what to look for in an eye-cream? I'm happy to pay decent money for something that works, but equally if there's not a lot of difference between pricey and bargain then I'm happy with a bargain. My aim is to make pre-emptive strike on fine lines (well as pre-emptive as one can be at 33). I don’t really suffer from dark circles, it gets a bit purple under there sometimes if I’m tired but its not a big issue. My whole eye area can get a bit stingy with certain cream eye shadows etc so I guess they could be classified as a bit sensitive.Many thanks in advance xx
Have you read my eye cream cheat sheet? I would read that first and then come back to me with any further questions. :)
Dear Caroline, this is such a great idea so I hope that I don't fill up all my space with effusive and deserved praise and forget to say what I really want. I am in my 46th year, I have cleansed, toned and moisturised religiously for over 30 years. I favour balm type makeup removers (pm) and creamy cleansers (am). I am more a small brand purchaser (Sarah Chapman, Emma Hardie, Trilogy, Nude, Pai) rather than what I would term high street (ie Estee Lauder, Clinique, Clarins). My skin is quite thin - think thread veins around nose, some redness across the cheeks, oiler in the "i" zone rather than t-zone. I have visible pores on my nose and cheeks (think butterfly shape). I can flare up with jawline spots although that is rare now, I do get shiney throughout the day but cannot bear a light textured moisturiser which sinks into my skin. I have 2 questions. Firstly I use an SPF sunscreen in addition to my moisturiser most days - can this discolour the skin or is this an urban myth that I dreamed up somewhere? Secondly do I need to ramp up the moisturiser - I am feeling that I may need to visit the brands that I have shied away from in the past, I have sagging rather than wrinkles. Thanks in anticipation. Jan xx
SPF does not discolour the skin. Myth.Yes ramp it up. We are past the age of using light anything my lovely. :)no need to necessarily visit the big brands - you can stay small if you want to - what you need to veer away from is natural. You want some chemical action. Peptides/Vit A ahoy!Why don't you try Somerville 'Nourish' moisturiser? Or Lancome Genefique etc? Both are available as a sample.
I thought as much! Thanks for your time and diligence xx
Hello doctor beauty mouth :)I hope you're having a lovely half term.I was wondering: do you know by any chance what causes a moisturiser (face or body) to bobble? You know, you apply it, and then it makes little frrrt frrtt and it peels away on itself :)tata for now xliloo/@tsunimee
Liloo, that's usually caused by using products with silicone in, and possibly applying a bit too much.
Hi Liloo, As we said on twitter - too much silicone, mixing different silicones,over-using etc etcThanks Lippie!
Hi Caroline, i want to say i'm very grateful and thankful you hold these clinics. I wrote a few weeks ago and you said you would be able to provide better advice with pictures, so i have taken some but i warn you in advance they are pretty horrible. I will upload them and attach here and will also write a little moreBasically i have quite red skin but that doesn’t really bother me as i think it’s just natural, i’m very pale.My main issue is the yellow spots i get and also the red ones but they don't bother me as much and aren't painful, should i pop them or leave them? i guess i shouldn't squeeze them but they are very ugly and painful. I mainly get them right around the bottom of my nose, sometimes on my chin. I never ever get spots on my foreheads, hardly ever get them on my cheeks either.For the last few weeks i have been cleansing with a cream cleanser and using a muslin cloth to remove. Sometimes i feel like i really want to use something to scrub my skin even after cleaning it, it is not extremely dry but sometimes almost feels like it needs ‘resurfacing’, although am reluctant to do so as i said a few weeks ago, sometimes using products makes my skin burn and go bright red/purple for at least four hours, i’m not sure why this is. Nearly always it’s moisturisers that do this.I am also unsure as what kind of moisturiser to use. At the moment i am using a caudalie sorbet quenching crème or something like that, i occasionally use a a basic nivea moisturiser at night or rose hip oil which i find softens my skin.I am really unsure of what cleanser, moisturiser to use. I know this is a long question and i’m very sorry, i would really appreciate your help. I can’t really afford to spend more than £30 each on cleanser and moisturiser, although i would prefer to pay less than this. So would be very grateful if you could suggest a few products for me to use for a new routine. Thank you so, so, so muchThanks,Staceyp.s tried to put the images in the text box but it wouldn't let me so you may have to click the links.Also a note for the last picture, lots of the red marks aren't spots exactly but just marks on my skin which have been there for years, or at least i don't think they're spotsThanks so muchhttp://tinypic.com/r/2dj1nqp/5http://tinypic.com/r/2uiydli/5
Thanks for the pictures! Much clearer! What you need is Alpha-H Liquid Gold. No doubt.Use it every 2/3rd night - it will sting - especially on the open spots - but you will NOT believe the difference in the texture.Also - you are red and inflamed. Stop eating sugar - all forms. Look for hidden sugars in everything. It will help.You may also want to take a CoQ10 or chromium supplement.Ditch the Nivea - will do nothing and irritate.For basic moisturisers try something by Avene while you are still red. Let me know how you get on or if you have any other questions.
Hi Caroline,I'm wondering if you can help, I started taking Methotrexate about 4 years ago and ever since i've suffered with bad cystic acne and post acne scarring, I also have really sensitive and oily skin. I currently use La Roche Posay mainly for my skin care, but I'm just wondering if you know of any other skin care which will be better suited to me, and any treatments/products for the scarring? Thank you :) xx
Hi Dannii,That's some major meds! :(Have you tried anything else in the past for the scarring? where are the spots?
Sorry for butting in but I take Methotrexate for my RA and I think it really interferes with all of your B vitamins. It depletes folic acid (and your doctor should have given you a high-dose supplement to take to replace it) but I also think it affects all the B vitamins as they have to be balanced. My skin has done some crazy stuff since I started taking it - weirdest being perioral dermatitis - but it cleared up after I started taking a B-Complex supplement. Maybe this might help you too Dannii? x
Brilliant thanks Laura! In that case I would definitely recommend a B-12 spray from either Vic Health or David Kirsch.
Thanks Caroline and Laura, I'll definitely give the supplement and B-12 spray a try :) xx
hi caroline, hoping you can share a little wisdom!I'm in my early twenties and have struggled with my dehydrated/oily skin for about two years. I frequently have clogged pores in the form of "plugs" - hard, yellowy-clear. my pores are fairly small and it takes some coaxing for these plugs to come out. Every month, I have maybe one or two deep cystic pimples, tons of the aforementioned "plugs" and many sporadic, tiny whiteheads that take forever to fade away. I've tried regular regimes of Liquid Gold, Avene Diacneal and asprin masks, none of which seem to have too much effect. My sunscreen is from Marie Veronique Organics. I oil-cleanse with DHC (olive oil based), wash that off with a La-Roche Posay SLS-free cleanser (I used to use the Alpha-H balancing cleanser), tone with Mario Badescu's Glycolic Acid toner and moisturize with Jurlique. I usually top it off with some cold-press jojoba oil at night. I use a clarisonic maybe three times a week. Paula's Choice BHA once a week instead of moisturizing at night. Here are my questions:+ Would the Emma Hardie moringa balm really be of any benefit to me given my current regime?+ What else might help my clog-prone skin? I really miss being able to go out in just sunscreen and powder!+ Is there a product that might help marks from healing/healed blemishes go away faster?+ I have never found an "outstanding" moisturizer - Mario Badescu seaweed cream used to be my favorite but it got less effective as I got dryer - can you recommend one? Willing to spend up to $70. thank you so much - very helpful!soozan
Hi!Ok answers - 1, Yes I think so - I'm not sure why you are double cleansing with those products? How does your skin feel just post-cleansing?2, It may be that your skin doesn't like a topical clay SPF as opposed to a chemical - I know that sounds weird - but it happens all the time.3, Which Jurlique moisturiser are you using? They are all pretty heavy for an oily skin?You seem to be confusing your skin a little - on the one hand you are using Glycolic Toner and saying you are Oily/dehydrated and on the other you are using Jurlique/organic prods and saying you are dry.I wouldn't personally use the jojoba oil - stick to really refined oils that are tailor made for your skin type.I would try and use an oil for dehydration first, see if that helps.can you send me a picture so I can see for myself? :)
Hello Caroline,Thank you so much for having this Clinic! Here’s my question: I am 28 and have normal to combination skin which is well-behaved most of the time, but…1. I get break-outs on my chin at that time of the month (sometimes also a few on the cheeks and between my eye brows) – do you think anything can be done about it?2. I have blackheads on my nose and I just don’t know how to get rid of them.3. My skin always looks a bit ‘ashen’ – what can I do to brighten it up a little bit?I currently use Liz Earle C&P twice a day (and am loving it), Liz Earle moisturiser or Sysley Hydra Global and Alpha-H Liquid Gold (on alternate nights). I also use Lancome Hydra Intense mask about one a week for extra hydration. My skin is quite sensitive to new products, particularly if they are oily – I break out very easily from those, so would like to avoid that.Thank you so much!
Hi. Again - I would say the C&P is not doing the trick. I know you say you love it but honestly if your nose is full of blackheads???? You see where I'm going.. Use a dedicated balm cleanser - its mineral oil you need to avoid not all oils. To brighten you could use the masks in conjunction with really good facial massage. read my very first post. Also avoid sugar and alcohol - both dull the skin beyond all recognition!
Thanks a lot for your response! Will definitely get a balm cleanser - I see you recommend the Boots one, Emma Hardie and NYR - would you say they would be right for me to get rid of my blackheads? And if so, which one is better? Sorry I keep asking questions, but I've never used a balm cleanser and seeing that I'm a bit afraid of oils :) I just want to make sure I'm getting the right product :)Will read your post about facial massage right now!Thanks again for your help, it really is much appreciated.
I always recommend the EH cleanser as a first choice.
Hello,I've recently discovered your blog and love it! I'm 23 years old and my main issue is that my skin has darkened due to skin exposure :( I haven't properly protected my skin and in the previous summer my skin darkened and didn't return back to my natural skintone. What would you recommend for this? I suppose it would be referred to as hyperpigmentation but I also have slight scarring and blemishes from spots.In essence I would like to have an even natural skintone. My skin is on the drier side but I have blackheads on my nose (which I'm hoping the Murad AHA/BHA cleanser will help with?). Hope you can help; and thanks in advance,Saara
Hi Saara,If you are prone to sun damage you need to do a couple of things: watch the contraceptive pill and always use an SPF on top of your usual skincare. If your main concern is discolouration and pigmentation use products with vitamin a and c - one is resurfacing and the other is brightening. They need to be real strength though - not at an antioxidant level! Also consider using some peels and/or glycolic for the scarring (not at the same time!.What is your ethnicity?
Hi,Thanks for your reply! I'm south asian in origin if that helps. Which products would you recommend? I'm using the alpha h liquid gold and a few other products with glycolic acid in them. What are your thoughts on mario badescu whitening mask?Thanks,
Honestly I would be careful in brightening and whitening products - they can really thin the skin.Alpha-H do a version of Liquid Gold called White Gold. Try that.
Thank you for your help.
how do you feel about the clarisonic? would gently buffing in circles with a facial buff/cloth be the same as using a clarisonic?something like http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-vA_hU1A8qOY/Tagracwf7YI/AAAAAAAAAFI/a-ocLkz5ufY/s320/48b6c94bfad103eb_Facial_20Buffer_321_4_76_zoom.jpeg
No. The Clarisonic is much more intense than a pad. Tbh I have mixed feeling about the Clarisonic. When I first used it it was brilliant - then it aggravated my spots....
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