Thursday, 23 February 2012

Clinic on Thursday - Clinic is Closed.

CLINIC IS CLOSED.

Morning All!

The Clinic is open!

Just some things that may make it easier for me to help you:

If you have a really bad skin condition please do try and put a link to a picture. If you're too embarrassed you can email it and I am happy to look at it privately. Whatever works for you - its just so much easier if I can see the problem.

I've had a lot of questions over the last few weeks about dehydration, large pores and red, sore skin. If your concern sounds similar it may be worth you reading the comments from previous weeks.

I will give it one more week and then do an F.A.Q. - there seems to be a lot of you with similar problems so it may help.

That's all!

65 comments:

  1. Hi Caroline,

    Many thanks for running the clinic again! I and many others are so grateful you take the time out to help us and all the fantastic information on your site! I have already started implementing many of your suggestions.

    So, I am in my late 20s, and of Chinese descent. Having NEVER had any problem with my skin in my teenage years and early 20s, I had no idea how to deal with what has become incredibly spotty, post acne pigmented, flaky and oily skin. Yup, pretty much all the problems in one face. I suppose at least I'm not getting wrinkles yet.

    I am certain that stress plays a big part of this - I work in finance, in a terribly air-conditioned building, for very long hours. I see little fresh air or exercise unfortunately, but I do eat well - plenty of greens, limited refined carbs, lean meats and fish. I also take fish oil supplements.

    My routine is to wash with Sephora's AHA balm/cream cleanser (available in France and they will deliver to the UK - I LOVE it, and happy to send you a spare pot so you can review it) with a warm flannel, followed by 2% Paula's salicylic acid lotion, a face cream (currently Jurlique balancing balm), and then La Roche-Posay Cicaplast as a makeup base and also to deal with scarring. I will probably start using a benzyl peroxide gel soon too.

    My questions are:

    1. Should I start taking Dianette pills to help with the potentially stress/hormonal related breakouts?
    2. What's the best way to deal with cystic spots to make them go away as fast as possible without leaving a scar? Any good on the spot treatments?
    3. Do you recommend any products to deal with or lighten post acne discolouration for Chinese skin available in the UK?
    4. What would you recommend as a higher coverage foundation that does not exacerbate already sensitive skin?

    Thanks SOOO much for your help in advance.

    Also, just wondering whether you would perhaps think about offering private one-on-one advisory sessions in London?

    Looking forward to your answers!

    Best,
    Jenny

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    1. Hi Jenny!

      I'll try and answer your questions by number..
      1. I'm not a fan of going on the pill to cure acne to be honest - nor antibiotics. You sound like you have a very stressful lifestyle. That's what you could TRY and look at - although I know it easier said than done.
      2. I still get these ALL the time around my jawline. Painful and so bloody annoying!I personally pay specific attention to them when cleansing, massage over them really well - even though its painful, then use a good, strong clay mask on them (at the same time I put a hydrating mask on the rest of my face - just an fyi), then wash off, tone, and apply whichever product depending on time of day. I did this myself yesterday and then last night I used Liquid Gold on my face - all over - twice. This morning they are almost dried out.
      3. Really difficult one because some products advertised to do that are actually quite drying and/or damaging to the skin. Kate Somerville Detox Cleanser aids scarring as well as drying up current ones, Darphin Purifying Balm is great for keeping the skin calm while you're drying them out, but most products that are whitening/for discolouration contain hydroquinone/arbutin - not banned in the EU.
      4. To cover scars I would use a line made by a MUA i.e. NARS, Laura Mercier etc. And don't wear it too thick - make sure you make use of your concealer!!

      I don't have any plans at the moment - but watch this space! :) Am always open to a cup of tea and chat though

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  2. http://www.sephora.fr/Maquillage/Demaquillant/Visage/Baume-demaquillant-epoustouflant/P112300

    Link to the sephora cleanser product.

    Jenny.

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  3. how you feel about taking omega 3 and 6 supplements, like blackcurrant oil? will it clog me or cause me to break out?

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    1. Absolutely! Take Omega 3 - fish or flax depending on veggie or not. No it absolutely will not clog you! :)

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  4. Hi Caroline, how are you? I love this Thursday Clinic idea :)

    I was wondering if I could get some advice on broken capillaries around the nose. I'm in my early 20's and have a few around my nostril area/just under it, which constantly makes that area of my face look really red. I realise that there isn't really anything to make them go away, but is there anything you can recommend to make them look less prominent or prevent more from occurring? What do you think about laser capillary removal?

    Thank you :) Joy xx

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    1. Hi Joy!

      You are in SO much trouble missy!!! :)

      I checked out your blog to see if you were of asian descent. 30% GLYCOLIC PEEL???? BOUGHT OFF EBAY????? It's a good job I was sitting down!

      You don't need to be doing that at your age. And NEVER buy generic from ebay. AND - it's far too string if you are prone to broken capillaries!!!!!

      Having said all that... :)

      If you have then that young it's one of 3 things:

      genetics
      over-use of product
      smoking

      Use something like Secret Camouflage from Laura Mercier (that's what I use)and yes, treatment gets rid of them. Sarah Chapman does it at her clinic - this is the treatment you need - you may find it closer to you at home.
      http://www.sarahchapman.net/clinic.php?title=treatments&id=18

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    2. Hi Caroline, thanks for your response.
      Oops! I'm sorry! *Holds head in shame* I'll definitely be laying off those peels from now on.
      I will definitely be checking out LM Secret Camouflage and the vein removal treatments.
      Thanks again :) xx

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  5. Hi Caroline, my skin sounds pretty similar to Jenny's, I've just turned 30 and recently come off of the pill (been on it for 15 years) and my skin has gone mental. Ive always had really oily skin (that no primer, foundation, powder can ever control fully) on my t-zone, and pretty normal everywhere else. Im getting ALOT of cystic/acne around my chin at the moment too.

    I started using a combination of the new ''secret'' cleanser thats been doing the rounds(by Clearasil I think) (which I really like)morning and night, and Avene Cleanance K (I think its called) at night, along with my normal garnier anti wrinkle for my eyes. The same as above but Effaclar Duo to moisturise in the mornings rather than the Avene. I am 30 now so I would like to start using more anti aging products, but because of my skin type (oily/acne prone) Im not sure what products to use? Im very keen to try the Aplha H liquid gold that you reccommened previosuly too. Does this regime sound ok?

    Sorry for the ramble, I've spoken to a few 'specialists' in the past, but I feel like all they do is push their own products on to me! Thank you :)

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    1. oh and I have open pore's all over my cheeks, and lots of little bumps and blackheads on my chin. Lovely! :)

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    2. This! Soooooo this!

      Nicola you have just described my skin! Even to coming off the pill (only because i am to be operated on so came off to reduce risks). Same uber oily skin that NOTHING can control long term, sudden onset of cystic acne, mostly on the chin/jaw area, open pores over my cheeks and a chinny chinny chin full of blackheads and bumps/congestion. And i'm soon to be 34....gulp.

      I know clinic is closed now but your post was like reading myself!

      If it helps Caroline, i use No7 Hot cloth cleanser to cleanse, No7 Protect and Perfect serum and Origins starting over oil free version to moisturise both in the morning and evening. Occasionally i use Effaclar M sebo-regulating mattifying moisturiser in the daytime for long work days. I also use Queen Helene mint julep masque to combat the spots but it all seems in vain!
      HELP!

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    3. Oh, and if all that wasn't a coinkadoink, my name's Nicola too........

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    4. Hi NIcola, :)

      Hormones eh? Bastards!

      Your skin WILL go mental when you come off the pill. Your routine seems fine - I think you should look at more long term solutions such as:

      Supplementation - try zinc, a B multi-vitamin and fish or flax seed oil. And avoid dairy.
      And yes, I know I sound like a broken record - but for acne - Liquid Gold!

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  6. Hello!
    I have a couple of general questions:
    1) What age should we start using anti-aging products at? Im only 24 but sometimes I see laughter lines, dull skin and my eyes looking tired; I just go on and use some of my mum's anti-aging products but I've heard it isnt good for you if you are in your 20's?

    2) I know you are a big fan of balm cleansers. Would you recommend them to people with oilier skins, breakouts and clogged pores? If yes, do you think we should use them twice a day, or just at night?

    3) I am doing the "oil cleansing method" a couple of times a week. You basically use an oil blend you make at home depending on your skin type (olive oil and castor oil), you massage it in the skin and then remove it with a hot flannel. I'd like to hear what you think about this method. Thanks!

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    1. Hi!

      1, It's not 'not good for you' it's just - you may not need it....? If you look dull - massage for longer when you cleanse - and laughter lines? GOOD!
      2, Yes balm cleansers for your skin - just make sure you rinse/flannel off really well.
      3, No thank you. Stick to the balm - then you don't need the oil!

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    2. Well it's not just laughter lines; it's permanent lines around my eyes and also two very annoying lines between my eyebrows (I frown a lot). The oil is just easier for me, I wanted to know if you think it comes close to the balms. It is so much cheaper and more accessible (where I live there arent many options on balm cleansers, we only get some very expensive ones).
      Thankyou

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    3. Honestly, not really on the oil.

      Where do you live? I'll FIND you a cleanser :)

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  7. What do you think of dermalogica and in particular the microexfoliant? My mom's french and she hates all forms of physical dermabrasion and she prefers hers chemical (in particular p50), but I have heard so many good things about it that I am tempted to try it?

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    1. P50 - one of my all-time favourite products. I like your mother. Listen to her. She knows what she's talking about.
      I'm not overly fond of Dermalogica.

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  8. Hi Caroline!
    I have sensitive skin with acne. Do you think that it is important to stick to shelf-dated when it comes to skin care? I bought a serum and a lotion a few months back and although at the begining (for about a month, or maybe more) the seemed to be working, now I think that they might be making my skin worse. I think that the serum started smelling different as well.

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    1. *dates! not dated, sorry

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    2. Yes! And if something smells 'off' BIN IT.

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  9. Hello Caroline, I have 'Celtic' skin - fairish and quite sensitive. I have noticed a real improvement in dryness since I started using Emma Hardie about 9 months ago, so would really support your recommendation of that balm. My key problem is redness on nose and chin (I'm not a heavy drinker, honest!). I have two or three very small broken capillaries but it's mainly high colouring down the centre. Do you have any skincare solutions?
    In addition to the Emma Hardie, I have a very simple skincare routine using just a Suti balm moisturiser which I purchased after a facial (another of your recommendations - v enjoyable) but I find this a bit heavy so plan to revert to Sisley Repatrice once I've saved up! I'm coming up to 45.

    Thanks in advance for your advice,
    Caroline

    PS was very pleased to see Jan from BeautyDiarist on last week's Clinic - I've missed your blog!

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    1. If you're 45 - only having a 'few' capillaries is amazing! Well done! :)

      Not too much you can do - cover them with concealer, avoid sugar and booze.

      Out of interest why are you saving up for Sisley? How much is the Repatrice? You can get an equivalent for less ££. Just sayin!

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    2. Thanks for your response! Re Sisley, I like the creamy feel of the Repatrice (but not the Sisley lotions and wasn't keen on Emma Hardie moisturisers ) so I suppose I've just got in the habit of using it although it is pricey at about £90. Any other suggestions very welcome. Thanks again, Caroline

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    3. There are lots of really good moisturisers for about half that price. Darphin Ideal Resource is new and so far working well. Perricone are better at anti-aging that Sisley IMO and they are similarly priced.

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  10. Hi Caroline,

    Firstly i just want to say i love your blog! My concern doesn't concern my face, but i hope you might still be able to help!? I'm of chinese asian origin -with combination-oily skin. A few summers ago after a beach holiday, i noticed i developed a patchy tan on my back and stomach-basically looking like some patches of my skin didn't pick up any sun. It doesn't get itchy, red or sore, but just looks unsightly and blotchy. The colour difference has faded slightly, and i've been using SPF and not staying in the sun too much when on holidays so it doesn't get any worse. I have since found out it might be something called 'pityriasis versicolor' ? Do you know if any treatment/ products that might help? many thanks!

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    1. Hi,

      It's caused by yeast that we all have on the skin - the only thing aside from seeing a doctor that you can do is use either a medicated shampoo as a body wash or a yeast-free shampoo as a body wash. And unfortunately stay out of the sun as it reoccurs.

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  11. Hi Caroline,

    Could you please recommend a suitable daytime moisturiser for me? I am 35 - so am thinking I need to look for 'anti ageing' benefits BUT my skin is also oily, with open pores and is prone to congestion (mainly blackheads with occasional pimples). Any suggestions would be very much appreciated. Thank you, Bella.

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    1. Hi Bella,

      Look at your cleansing routine first - to optimise the moisturiser you're using. Look for moisturisers with water as the main ingredient and peptides. Darphin Hydraskin Light is nice - or Elemental Herbology Soothing Oil-Free?

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    2. Thank you Caroline. As a devoted reader of your blog, I think (hope) I am doing the right things - cleanse am and pm with Emma Hardie and a Lierac or Payot toner and alternate evenings with Liquid Gold and Decleor Ylang Ylang. I will look at the moisturisers, the Darphin sounds lovely. Bella x

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  12. Hi Caroline! I'm 22, and suffered from terrible eczema for most of my life. For the past few years I've changed my diet, started drinking more water and now supplement Vit C (1000mg), Vit E (400iu), Evening Primrose Oil (1000mg) and a multivitamin. My eczema has all but disappeared, but within the last year, although still prone to dryness and sensitivity, my chin, nose and forehead have developed open pores and blackheads and consequently spots. Most of the time, it just feels totally unbalanced, with flaking skin in the same areas as the blackheads and spots. I'm not sure if this is due to genes (the rest of my family have oily skin), past over use of hydrocortisone creams (which I still use occasionally) or something else. What are your tips to get rid of these without irritating my still highly sensitive skin. I use Origins oil cleanser morning and night, Goodskin All Calm Soothing Toner, Neal's Yard Soothing Starflower lotion and Decleor neroli Night Balm.

    Thanks in advance for the help, and I hope someone hasn't already asked a similar question (tried looking through previous questions and couldn't find anything).

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    1. Hi!

      Difficult one without seeing you tbh. If your eczema has all but disappeared it may be that you can now try and adjust your skincare. You can be oily and sensitive as well as dry and sensitive.
      I wonder how you are cleansing?
      I would try my cleansing routine and perhaps venture into a soft clay mask - Clarins Radiant mask is good. And Darphin Purifying Balm is bliss. And they make good sample sizes of it.

      Let me know though? I'd like to see a pic! :)

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    2. Thank you, I'd never thought of being dry, oily and sensitive all at once! I emailed you a few photos anyway!

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    3. Also, regarding how I cleanse, I read your Cleansing Cheat Sheet, and try to massage at least every other night with the Origins Clean Energy Oil Cleanser, then buff it off with a muslin cloth. I know you prefer a face cloth, but I really like to scrub away any overly flaky skin! Bad, I know, but it's a habit I'm finding hard to break.

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  13. Hi Caroline,

    I'm at a bit of a loss with my skincare routine and would love some advice. I have quite congested skin on my cheeks and was recommended to go use an oil free moisturiser, toner and scrub - my skin has never looked so bad! While I don't have cystic acne I do have quite large pores on my cheeks and blocked pores on my nose and T-Zone. I'd say that it's dehydrated as it's quite grey and just looks tired. What would you suggest?
    Products used at the moment - Nivea Oli Free Moisturiser, Neutrogena Spot Stress Control Exfoliating Scrub.

    Thank You!

    x

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    1. Poor you. Bad advice. Bin them asap. Using completely oil-free products and over scrubbing is not good.

      What can you afford?

      We'll go from there.

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    2. I knew it! Paid for advice too! Budget isn't really a problem, just keen to get skin into a good routine!

      thanks Caroline! x

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  14. Hi Caroline, I'm 32 and I've been on Dianette for over 10 years to keep my acne under control. When I was a teenager I had to take two courses of Roaccutane which cleared my skin up for a while but the spots always returned. My skin is really clear now. I tried to come off Dianette a few years ago but after about 9 months it flared up worse than ever and laser treatment didn't even help so after a few months of bearing with it, I succumbed and started taking the pill again. I want to come off the pill but I'm petrified my acne will return. Do you have any recommendations about supplements that may help? my breakouts tend to always happen on my chin and I've still got combination skin with blackheads and open pores across my nose. Any advice would be welcomed, Doctors don't seem to be able to give much advice,

    Thanks
    Jenna

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    1. Hi Jenna!

      Sorry about the acne - I know exactly how you feel.

      The reality is it WILL probably flare up again. Supplement-wise I find zinc, B multi-vitamin and oils - be it fish or flax in high doses work. Start taking them 3 months before you want to stop the pill. Give them time to get in your system.

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  15. Hi Caroline,

    I've been reading all the advice diligently and have actually managed to still think of something I don't think you've answered before. I'm going through a dermatologist-prescribed treatment for the acne on my face right now - I take an oral antibiotic (minocycline), use a combination topical antibiotic/tretinoin cream in the pm and another anibiotic cream in the am. My skin's been miraculously clear for the last month, but I still suffer from hiperpigmentation/scarring and dehydration (I've always thought my skin was oily, but actually both my doctor and a friendly cosmetologist told me it was combination/dehydrated). I'm using a Vitamin C serum and a hyalarunic acid serum (more often the latter) on top of my medication in the pm (is that fine? I try to wait a couple minutes after the meds) and Caudalie Creme Sorbet in the am, or a tinted moisturizer and sunscreen on days I leave the house. So I guess my question is whether it's ok to layer those serums/moisturizers on top of medication and also whether there's anything better I could be using to fade my scars - they're already much better from the tretinoin, and whether I should get that Clarins oil for dehydration (ok... I think I will after other things run out). Thank you so much in advance for all your help!

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    1. Hi :)

      Yes I think you're fine to use products on top. What are you cleansing with? I would be wary of using harsh chemical products to fade scarring when your skin is already compromised because of the Vitamin A.
      Yes I like the Clarins Oil - also - do you ever apply moisture to your skin directly? Roche Posay make a mineral water fortified with zinc that I kinda love!

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  16. Hi sweetie, I've read your cheat sheets, FAQ's and the fabulous clinic posts BUT I still have some queries. I'm 38 and have typical combination skin with oily I zone and dehydrated cheeks, eyes and forehead. I get cystic pustules along my jawline and hairline which are hormonal and not helped by PCOS. I use Shu Uemura orange oil to cleanse in the morning and Clarins Orange Melt in the evening. I use the Decleor Rose oil in the evening and massage in after Burts Bees orange cleanser balm to exfoliate with flannel. Any exfoiliants scratch my skin. But I struggle with moisturiser. All day creams are too heavy - leave my skin oily and make up slides off (hot flushes don't help) so I use them as night creams as night creams are far too heavy. I use the Clarins Hydra Quench mask once a week and Clarins Multi Active Day cream after and Dr Hauschka Rose day cream as my normal night cream. a) is there a moisturiser you'd recommend? b) as my skin is affected by medication which Alpha H stuff if any should I start using? c) any other recommendations? PS Yes I smoke but no alcohol, caffeine or refined sugar so no bat threats please...

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    1. Hello lovely Lady. :)

      Well firstly, no shouting - but MINERAL OIL CLEANSER??? Car-MEN!!!

      I'm ignoring that. Also - you know I LOVE Clarins BUT the melt cleanser turns into a milk, which I don't like for our kind of skin?
      Decleor Rose Oil is also not the right oil IMO. And the Burts Bees has lanolin in it. I'm sorry! :(
      Dr Hauschka Rose is WAY too thick no?

      OK - I have a moisturiser for you. I'll post it to you. For the record it's Kate Somerville Oil-Free. Oil-free but still anti-aging and anti-redness.
      You need Liquid Gold for the cysts. And good clay masks - which I can also help with ;)
      No bats. But maybe some nagging? With hugs?

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  17. Hiya :)
    This is actually a question for my Mum. She's 57, is a vegetarian and has pretty good skin, although it's a bit dry. However, she's worried about looking increasingly wrinkly and 'crepey', especially around the eye area.
    She currently uses Boots Restore and Renew range, with Protect and Perfect Intense Serum. Can you recommend anything better for her? She lives in France, so has access to different brands too.

    Thanks!
    x

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    1. If she's 57 and lives in France - she has no need to use Boots Protect and Perfect. Vastly overrated.
      Tell her to use Avene, Le Roche Posay and to order P50 from Biologique Recherche TODAY.
      SO many good products available on France. She basically needs to shop on places like Parashop and not department stores!
      :) Let me know what she says!

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    2. Will let her know! Do you have any specific product recommendations from those brands? Apart from P50 obviously...
      She hates cleansing with water as it makes her face itchy and dry...apparently.
      Thanks so much,
      Sarah

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    3. Avene make good cleansers and moisturisers, LRP are great all round too. Hard to go wrong tbh.

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  18. Hello,
    I work in the Merchant Navy, and spend a lot of the working day outside in the North Sea and Baltic - it's cold, windy and fairly bracing on my skin! Obviously I'm unable to change my skincare for the next couple of months whilst I'm at sea, but was wondering whether you would have any suggestions for skin care in the future, in particular a moisturiser which would help protect me from the elements? I have dehydrated skin which the Clarin's Hydraquench balm has helped massively, I use a Clarisonic most evenings with Alpha-H Triple Action Cleanser, occasionally use Dermalogica's Gentle Cream Exfoliant which is almost finished and I use Dermalogica's Dermal Clay Cleanser in the mornings. In the evening's I use Estee Lauder's Advanced Night Repair - I have no idea if this does me any good, or if it's the Clarisonic but my skin does seem in much better nick that it had been previously. I do get breakouts around my chin, jaw and occasionally on my cheeks. I'm starting to get paranoid about the Clarin's finishing before the end of my trip!

    Thank you in advance,

    Fiona

    P.S. I agree wholeheartedly about the Cleanse and Polish - I couldn't see that it could possibly have been what was breaking me out last year, it made my skin very read, rashy and broken - it was my husband who suggested I stopped using it. (I didn't tell him he was right!)

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    1. Fiona firstly, Merchant Navy - AMAZING. Secondly, JESUS WEPT! WHY are you using Clarisonic AND Alpha-H when you are SO exposed to the elements up there? They are both strong - one or the other. I would ditch the Clarisonic for now - maybe once a week?
      Advanced Night Repair is NOT what you need. I would highly recommend an oil in the evenings alternated with a balm such as Neals Yard Wild Rose Beauty Balm to keep your face calm and replenished.
      Basically your products seem a little harsh for what you do for work!?

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    2. Thank you! Just starting to think the same myself - have only been up here for a week now. But will definitely heed your advice.

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  19. Hi! i wrote to you last week asking for advice and am so very grateful. It's Stacey the girl who posted the two pictures, not sure if you remember , i have red, inflamed skin with spots. I was wondering if you might be able to suggest what type of skin i have? sorry i always ask questions but i truly have no idea whether it's oily/dry etc and so am struggling to find an appropriate moisturiser for under my make up! thanks again, am really grateful.
    Stacey

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    1. I would say oily/dehydrated/sensitive.

      Avoid mineral oil, lanolin and alcohol!

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    2. Alcohol in product - I wasn't talking about Budweiser. :)

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    3. Thank you so much for your help! My skin feels amazing already even by just changing my cleanser. Haven't noticed a drastic difference with the Alpha h yet but i'm going to continue using it! Thanks soooo much! xxxxxx

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  20. Hi, Just wanted to come back and say your advice a couple of weeks ago was awesome. I have dehydrated skin and the clarins orchid oil and hydra quench moisturiser are working very well and best of all no breakouts. I read through some of your other comments and have added boots balm as my cleanser, my skin is now beginning to glow - thx so much

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    1. Excellent! I'm so happy it's working!

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  21. Hi. I'm thinking of investing in a Clarisonic Mia. I am mid-20s with problem skin (breakouts on cheeks, chin and forehead). I don't have massive oil problems apart from in summer and reckon I'm dehydrated mainly. I currently use Origins Clean Energy Oil, followed by LE Cleanse and Polish and REN Clearcalm Night Serum at night. SpaceNK recommended a balm like REN's purity one for use with the Clarisonic. What are your thoughts on both? Many thanks. x

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    1. No to the Clarisonic and No to the REN.

      Ditch the C&P, use a flannel with the Origins and when your Origins runs out use a thicker balm that doesn't emulsify into a milk.
      What are you using in the day?

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  22. Hullo Caroline! Recently, about a month ago, I bought one of those 'do-it-yourself-at-home' chemical peels (30% Salicylic Acid) to get rid of some whiteheads, but it totally backfired and burnt my face. I was left with a darkish patch around my lips and across the jawline. It's been a couple of weeks, but the pigmentation doesn't seem to subside. I was wondering whether you'd be able to suggest any topical cream/serum/treatment, or whether you reckon I'd have to resort to expensive laser treatment? Many thanks.

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    1. God do-it-yourself kits give me the heeby geebies. If you burnt your face it will take time - use a really good multi vitamin serum and a high SPF in the meantime.
      When its healed you can try Vit A products at night - but keep that SPF up.

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  23. Hi there!
    I am 21 years, have a very oily t zone and normal cheeks. I suffer greatly with black heads and blocked pores all over my face, blackheads on the nose and chin and forehead and lumps of blocked pore on the cheeks and chin and forehead. To try and combat this I use paula choice 2% betahydroxycacid liquid, which has dramatically improved my condition but there is still a fair amount of congestion on my face. I cleanse morning with dermalogica special cleasing gel ( IS THIS BAD? ) and at night with bioderma crealine h2o then liz earl cleanse and polish. i follow with the palaus choice both am and pm. I use a muslin cloth or a face cloth to remove cleanser. I seem to have a lot of redness in my face that is sometimes more prominant than other times. and even tho i have an oily blackhead prone nose. i almost always have dry flakey skin around the nose which looks terrable with make up . it seems if i rub it with a cloth it just makes it worse ! im really stuck ! please your help would be so appriciated ! im tired of having terrable skin! ( PS I very rarely get spots. ) xx

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    1. Its the night-time routine. Bioderma followed by C&P is too much and can be really drying. They are both quite drying on their own and especially on reddened, sensitised skin. Switch to a balm and go easy on the scrubbing. Let me know after that - but give it a couple of weeks at least.

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  24. Dear Caroline,
    I know I´m not allowed to squezze the pimples on my chin (already read your cheat sheet on Spots), but sometimes I can´t keep my hands off them. Most of the times they had a white hat but weren´t offering any sebum - just blood. Can you give me some advise how to handel these fat, red ones after my squezzing made it worst? Still put something with nice acids on or better just moisture an wait?

    Im 31 (old enough to know better, but still ...), cleanse one time in the morning with cleansing milk from naturaderm (a very mild one) an moisture with cliniques moisture-surge. In the evening I do a double cleanse with 1. calrins pure melt cleansing gel 2. clinique redness solutions soothing cleanse an moisture with the clarins santal face oil. my skin is combination an dry on cheeks an the nostril area. the clarins oil was recommended for my by a beauty assistant at clarins after a facial.

    Thank you so much for your offer to help us all here!
    Theresa

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    1. Why are you double cleansing with those two out of interest? I would have thought the Clarins was a good second cleanse - not initial get rid of your makeup cleanse?

      If you KNOW the spot isn't coming to a head, leave it alone. Cover it with concealer during the day, and at night use a topical clay mask or spot treament on it for a few minutes BEFORE slathering it in moisturiser - that usually brings them either to a head - or a halt! :)

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