Thursday, 22 March 2012

Clinic on Thursday - Clinic is Closed.

Morning All. The Clinic is open!

I just want to say Thank You for the success of this regular Thursday spot.  So many of you have emailed, tweeted and left comments letting me know how much your skin has improved - I'm so pleased it has proved helpful.
I have also gained a large number of new readers - unexpected, but a lovely bonus. I hope you enjoy reading through the archives and something proves helpful to you also.

So this week's Clinic:

I look forward to your questions - but please: stop obsessing - your pores are not that big! HONEST!! :)

121 comments:

  1. Hi, I'm wondering could you recommend a very moisturising eye cream for me please. I'm having a lot of trouble finding one that I don't get dry patches on the outer corner or underneath my eye. I've tried everything from Clarins to La Roche Possay to the body shop.

    Thanks in advance

    Rachel

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    1. You shouldn't be getting patches at all! That's not good! :)Are you using serums or creams?

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  2. Hello Caroline,

    Thank you so much for all your good work, i have read through several of your clinics and I love reading all your advice on your blog. About a week ago i have developed a little problem of my own and i really hope that you can help. I'm 22 years old, I think I have combination skin (sometimes flakes around my nose and dry cheeks but also a couple of blackheads on my nose and an oily forehead and chin).

    Just recently I noticed the 'apples of my cheeks' (if that is a proper way of saying it) turning bright red in the evenings and burning/stinging a little bit. About 3 weeks ago I changed my skincare routine from just using Bioderma Crealine morning and night to cleanse my face (I barely use make-up) and using embryolisse as a moisturizer to using biotherm products that the pharmacist advised me.

    Now I am using: biosource hydra-mineral cleanser toning mousse for cleansing (which i really like) and aquasource 24h deep hydration replenishing cream as a day cream. After i have cleansed my face I usually spray on Sanoflore eau florale rose ancienne bio (I live in paris which is why i use all these french products). I have noticed a little burning yesterday after I applied the aquasource, is it possible that that causes problems, should i change the moisturizer? Also I am concerned having Rosacea, as my mom, my aunt and my grandmother have it, do you think that might be it?

    Thank you so so so so much!!!!! X Mary

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    1. I think it sounds a lot like rosacea to be honest. If you're in Paris, can you slowly move over to Avene for reddened/sensitive skin? And stay away from Bioderma - too harsh. And Embryolisse is mineral oil based which if I used, would exacerbate it...

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  3. Hi Caroline, I had emailed you about my wedding in November but thought i'd post it on here instead for convenience. I recently had a make up trial with some products that, rather predictably made me break out, I think the main culprit was St Tropez Illuminator. I am trying to find a good primer AND a good dewy foundation AND an illuminator that wont give me spots. Are there any particular brands I should look out for, preferably oil free and that don't contain the horrid spot inducing stuff thats in Bare Minerals Foundation? I currently use YSL which agrees with my skin but it's just too matte and heavy.

    My second question was about where you would recommend me to start having facials, but I looked through your archives and spotted the Fern Clinic so I am going to give them a go seeing as it's local too.

    Thank you!!!

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    1. Yes, go to Fern! The ingredient it sounds like you need to avoid is Bismuth Oxychloride. It's in a LOT of stuff that claims to give you light reflective particles etc...

      Have you tried Laura Mercier yet? If not let me know and I will get my girlfriend, the wedding MUA extraordinaire to join in!

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    2. I tried the LM tinted moisturiser a couple weeks ago in Space NK and my skin didnt react but I need more coverage! Cant wait to hear what you have to say. Would you recommend a LM foundation then? Thank you!!

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    3. The LM range is great for weddings - SpaceNK are ALWAYS doing instore appearances with their MUA's. Call customer services - ask for the nearest appearance to you by Emma. She's amazing.

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    4. Just had to tell you...i popped into my local Space NK today to enquire about the LM range and guess who was making an instore appearance??? Emma! What a coincidence! I snapped up a few products. She was amazing! X

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  4. Hi
    I was wondering about your take on alcohol in skincare products such as the Alpha-H Liquid Gold. I had always believed it to be a bad thing?
    Also could you recommend a night time moisturiser that might suit me. I'm 38, have combination skin with pigmentation from pregnancy and sun but the main issue is that I get hormonal spots, just one or two at a time, throughout the month on my chin and sometime cheeks which last ages and leave red marks. I'm using Epionce Renewal Lotion at the moment which is about to run out. I wear high sunscreen in the day, double cleanse at night with Purity Organic cleanser and sometimes other random stuff. I also use Paula's Choice 2% Salicylic toner at night to try to help the spots. I'm also taking 1000mg of Starflower Oil a day.
    Thanks for any help you can provide.
    Ellen

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    1. Hi Ellen,!

      What is your budget? I'm currently using Algenist Overnight cream and it is AMAZING - I get the hormonal spots too!

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    2. If it works I'm willing to spend! I'm concerned it might be too heavy for me?

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  6. Dear Caroline,
    My skin changes between being dry/oily/dehydrated/combination/sensitive what seems like every 3 days. I'm 21 and a post-grad student and so don't have a massive budget, but was wondering would you be able to recommend a cleanser that I could use? Also if you have any other recommendations for my routine, I would really welcome it!
    Currently, I'm using Ren Mayblossom cleanser in the morning (I started using this a few weeks ago, and have still yet to decide if I love it or just like it) and the Boots C&P at night (I don't like it hugely, but am trying to finish it!). I use the Caudalie beauty elixir spray and then will switch between La roche posay effaclar h and a ren t-zone control moisturiser depending on how dehydrated/oily my skin is.
    Thanks!
    P.s. I've been a dedicated follower of your blog for a while now and really look forward to new posts, thank you for all of the good advice!

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    1. I think you need something a little softening and hydrating for nighttime. Try Darphin Purifying Balm. Get some samples from Space NK or Darphin counters.

      And cleanser try Pai Camellia and Rose cleanser? And stress makes them worse. Bear that in mind.

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  7. Hi Caroline, just an update for you!

    Last week i wrote to you, saying that I had started using pai moisturiser and rosehip oil and was noticing a break out along my jaw. You advised me not to throw the towel in but to stop using one of the products, testing one at a time. Well, I continued with the oil and not with the moisturiser and one week on my skin is glowing!! The break out along my jaw, I discovered, was a cluster of blocked pores that came straight up to the surface when I started to use the oil. It drew them out, I squeezed em, and now they're healing nicely. Horrrayyy!!! I am SO pleased and I am in love with the rosehip oil! Next week, Im going to introduce the geranium moisturiser so fingers crossed. Thanks so much for your recommendations and advice. Amazing. X

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    1. Hi Kate. My skin sounds so much like yours! I'm interested in trying out Pai's rosehip oil for pigmentation/bumps/anti ageing. Is it any good regarding these problems? Also do you use the oil as a moisturiser everynight?

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    2. Hi Syd, I dont have pigmentation on my face but I do have darkish scars which the Rosehip oil seems to be helping, along with the bumps. I use it every other night and on the nights in between, I use Alpha H's Liquid Gold which is amazing for scars and I hear, great for pigmentation. I also don't use anti-aging products as I thankfully don't need to yet, but the combination of the Liquid Gold and the Rosehip oil is really working wonders for my skin! Good luck!

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    3. Thanks Kate. I think I'll go and give the oil a try. Sounds good to me.

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    4. You're very welcome!! :)
      I'm thrilled it's working so far.

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  8. thank you so much for all your tips! they've been really helpful. a general question today: do you prefer physical or chemical sunscreens? I don't really like the whiteish casts that physical sunscreens give (they also seem to settle into my dry areas) but I've heard chemical sunscreens make you tan, which I really don't like. what do you think?

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    1. If you don't want any colour at all you need broad spectrum sunscreen - both.
      I personally prefer chemical sunscreen - I like a tan ;)

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  9. Hi Caroline.

    Big thanks to you my skin is looking great. My boots balm cleanser ran out the other day (and btw it has been discontinued, I asked boots when I couldn't find it in any shop in Newcastle) so I bought the Emma Hardie one and OH MY GOD it is lush. The smell is amazing. I normally use a a lotion with a flannel in the morning but this morning I had to use the Emma Hardie again it smelled so good. My Estee Lauder daywear lotion ran out too and you recommended Alpha H to me when it finished, but when I looked I didn't find anything I fancied. But I got the Darphin hydraskin light, and again, it's the mutts! Everything smells so good and my skin is looking really clear. I'm so so happy.
    Much love
    Steph xx (@callheralaska)

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    1. http://www.boots.com/en/Botanics-Organic-Cleansing-Balm_846102/

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    2. http://www.boots.com/en/Botanics-Organic-Cleansing-Balm_846102/

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    3. Oh no!! Please don't tell me it's going out of stock??? I LOVE that balm (also -@What A Lovely Song - It's been 'out of stock' on the website for at least a month)

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    4. It's deffo out of stock and discontinued. I emailed boots and they sent me a long rambling email about checking their warehouse for me and other shops near where I live. It's gone ladies, sorry! xxx

      P.S. Emma Hardie is a million times better.

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    5. Again I'm so happy its working for you! :)

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  10. I listened to your advice and started using a balm cleanser and also have been using alpha h and the wild rose beauty balm. I am also using topical retin a on the advice of my dermatologist. My skin has cleared up considerably, but I am still getting those bumps on the skin! I have resisted the urge to pop them and have kept rubbing the beauty balm on them which makes them come to the surface? But I am just wondering how long this purging phase will last? It has been 2 weeks already. I am also taking evening primose oil and betacarotene pills.

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    1. If you're still getting them I'd say they are probably hormonal like mine! Once they are ready I pop. I know I know but I do!

      Have you considered switching the EPO out for fish oil? It has been amazing for my acne/hormonal lumps. Are you veggie?

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    2. Will do that once I finish my EPO! Not a vegetarian so that should be ok!

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  11. Well hello there God of skincare!

    Been loving the Thursday Clinic, and i'm sure there are answers to my problematic skin issues already been discussed but if you could be so kind to help a girl out, my love for you will know no bounds!

    Lets start....
    I'm 33 (34 in a matter of days ..eeek!!) live (born and bred as they say) in the lovely city Londinium and have THE oiliest skin. Always have. I'm also prone to spots, pimples, blackheads and breakouts of all sorts. I don't smoke (NEVER have) rarely drink (xmas and Bday's only) eat well although i have a sweet and savoury tooth.

    I'm looking for a regime to help balance the oiliness, but also keep the ageing process at bay. And hydrate it. I'm fortunate to not look my years already but every little helps, right?

    I currently use Boots No7 Hot Cloth Cleanser AM&PM (bought on a whim with those never ending vouchers) and i do like it...i second cleanse in the evening with Cetaphil. I've already adapted your policy on flannels. One for each day, running water, chuck in laundry, rinse and repeat. Is this ok? Could I be doing better?

    I also use, upon reading your recommendations, the Caudalie Beauty Elixir AM & PM pre moisturising. Oh my is it bliss in a spritz! This is the most recent addition to my routine and i'm in love already. Helps control my oil better, has stopped my hormonal break outs (and minimise the cystic footballs i seem to have had a sudden development along my jawline and under my chin with)

    My moisturiser is currently, meh....trying to use up Origins Starting Over (oil free version) mostly at night and occasionally in the day and i also intermix with La Roche-Posey Effaclar M Sebo Regulating mattifying moisturiser. Sometimes using both in the day as my skin feels dehydrated so use the Origins but want the maitiffed look so use the La Roche-Posey over the top.
    In my early to mid 20's i use to use Decleor religiously! (Ylang Ylang oil, Ylang Ylang balm and Hydraflora) Loved it altho pricey, I'm prepared to pay out again.

    Eye cream is the Origins Ginzing. I like it's effect for the mornings but need something more moisturising i think.....

    Do i need a complete over haul? What SHOULD i be using? Is there a regime i can introduce bit by bit?
    In a nut, If you were me and were looking for products from start to finish, what would make your shopping basket?

    Your ever devoted follower
    xx

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    1. Wow. ok.

      Well the cleansing routine could be a little drying - thu over stimulating and cause you to produce more oil?
      When you can afford it move up to one of the cleansers I recommend a lot. Do you know what they are?

      The essential oils in Origins may make your spots a little angrier - may - not a definite.
      Two moisturisers is madness - switch it up for something more hydrating and not too heavy - maybe look at Pai Geranium and thistle?

      Eye - same thing - switch up to something a little more hydrating - Monu make a really nice eye cream that's affordable.

      You seem like you are doing the right routine - but need to just tweak the products accordingly?

      And thank you for the compliment. :)

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  12. Hi! I was just wondering what your thoughts on La Roche Posay Effaclar range are? My skin is all over the place, one minute I hardly break out then next I am getting massive cystic acne on my chin and I have loads of under the skin spots around my cheek area and have frankly lost hope!
    Is this a brand you would recommend? Or any others?

    Thanks soo much! x

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    1. I need to know your routine - what you are doing now - all of it - and what you are using. :) Crack on!

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    2. Morning-
      Dermalogica pre cleanse, REN mayblossom cleanser, Dermalogica ultracalming toner, avon oil free spf 15 moisturiser

      Evening-
      Dermalogica pre cleanse, REN cleanser with clarisonic mia, ultracalming toner, Estee Lauder advanced night serum and then an oil free gel moisturiser.

      I have used Alpha H liquid gold but actually did not notice much difference! I use a REN clear calm mask 3 times a week with no7 microdermabrasion scrub. I also am using origins spot remover!

      Currently have a really painful spot with no head near lip and a few spots/scars! Am in despair x

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    3. OK: Ditch the Clarisonic (temporarily), ditch the ELauder ANRepair, Ditch the No.7 Micro scrub.

      Don't pre-cleanse twice. Just in the evening. Toner could do with upping to an alpha-hydroxy/glycolic based one - you don't want calming - you want 'sod off spots'.

      There is a lot of oil free going on which in essence would be ok but your skin needs a little - especially when you get your cystic spots. Try some Pai moisturiser next time for combination skin. And do you have any nice creams that you could be putting on that zit? Nourish it - don't completely dry it out or you'll scar.
      Let me know

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    4. Which toner would you recommend? No nice creams I'm afraid I only end up putting so much stop stuff on them but it never seems to work! I am interested in the La Roche Posay range however not too sure!

      Thanks so much for your help!

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    5. Try LRP - it's a good range. Get one of their toners - they have a lot. Stay away from alcohol and mineral oil

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  13. Hi. I'm new to this blog, I was recommended to visit you only yesterday and I'm not sure how your clinic works, but really hoping you can help me.

    I've always thought I have combination skin as my cheeks and forehead are quite dry and sensitive with redness, but I have a lot of blackheads and very large pores on my nose, and am prone to spots on my chin. In January I went for Dermologica skin mapping and she advised I had normal to dry skin, no oil, and insisted that the blackheads on my nose were simply open pores that were perfectly clean. I went on to buy the recommended Dermalogica products.

    My problem is that they are blackheads on my nose, I can extract some but not nearly all of them, and it's not getting any better. I also still have redness on my cheeks. I also have puffy undereye bags with deep wrinkles around the bags and just on top of my cheekbones.

    My current regime is Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish, Boots Botanics Deep Clean Foam for normal to dry skin, used with my Clarisonic with deep pore cleansing brush, followed by Dermalogica Age Reversal Eye Complex and Dermalogica Skin Smoothing Cream.

    I have tried a sample of the Emma Hardie Moringa cleansing balm and although I loved the feel of it, I suddenly sprouted a couple of spots on my chin so I don't know if this was the culprit, but I've never used it since. Silicone primers also seem to produce the spots on my chin.

    Anyway, I really hope you are able to give me some advice on what's good and what's bad. Any advice would be very gratefully received :)

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    1. Oh honey we need to talk!

      You are stressing your skin out. Stop the Liz Earle, Stop the Deep foam and stop the Clarisonic. NOW.
      The Dermalogica should be ok but it can't keep up with what your skin needs. If you are using all of that and suddenly sprout a couple of spots after using Emma Hardie - that is no big deal - they should settle down. I would strongly advise you to get off those cleansers - add the Emma Hardie or Suti (mentioned before on the blog. Do that first, give your skin a while to settle - up to 10 days? then come back - you don't want to do everything at once.
      Oh! And: do you take supplements?

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  14. Sorry, I forgot to mention, I'm 39 so anti-aging help would be great :)

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  15. hi caroline, just wondering if you had any ideas on what causes red,itchy flakey patches along hairline on forehead . is it hair-dye, though i switched to organic brands, aveda. is it shampoo ,i tend to use joico or naked or at times eurcerin. i put trilogy balm on to calm it. any tips would be helpful. thanks for listening to our woes.

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    1. It could be seborrhoeic dermatitis? Have you been to the doctor? In my experience changing the shampoos doesn't help as much as some specified medicated shampoos - if its really bad you may need hydrocortisone cream.

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    2. hi caroline, thanks for replying.would medicated shampoos strip my hair colour though.

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    3. I've got scalp issues related to my thyroid AND I color my hair. Every medicated shampoo I ever tried did strip color, also since my scaly patches turns out to be hormonal, they didn't work. The steroid drops the derm gives me do NOT fade my dye, plus they control the flaking better than anything I ever tried over the counter. Get thee to a dermatologist!

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    4. There you go! My readers rock! Thanks Juno!

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    5. thanks juno, will look into that. thanks mrs hirons, loving the clinic.

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  16. Hi, Ive always had redness around my nose, the pores dont look particularly large but the skin is red there.
    I've tried scrubs and glycolics such as Liquid gold but all that gave me was whiteheads

    Is there anyway to get rid of this, many thanks

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    1. If you are red and have white heads - it's possible you're just a little dehydrated and are making it worse with the peels etc. What do you cleanse with?

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    2. HI, I've recently switched to the excellent boots balm on your recommendation. I wrote to you originally as I had dehydrated skin and you recommended the Clarins Lotus oil which I have also been using for a couple of weeks, should I just continue with these and see if it helps or use something else in that nose area

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    3. Give your skin a chance to catch up for a couple of weeks - make sure you apply the oil all over the area at night.

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  17. Dear BM

    Help!! I've had an attack of the large cyctic lumps on my face!! Top of my right cheek to be precise. Coast has been clear for months as a result of the beauty regime instilled in me by reading and remembering all of your lovely blog. Long story short. Went away for the weekend, was packing light to threw into my bag a small pot of Seventh Heaven Moisturising Face Base. Used it on the Saturday evening before i put my makeup on and then. Bamm!! Sunday morning. Two massive painful red lumps appear like old friends on my face. The Face Base was the only change to my routine. Promise. I've looked up the ingredients to try and understand what on earth is in it that could have made this happen, I really want to try and avoid it happening again so will ovbs be banning the SHFB but I'd really like some help dechiphering the ingridients so I at least have some chance of avoiding the same fate with a future product. I have found them and have c&p'd them below, I would be very grateful if you could cast you expert eye over them and let me know if you can see where the culprit might be? My skin type is pale (I'm a redhead), dry, prone to high colour, rosecea etc. My skin is happy with stuff like Decleor and Avene (I know, mineral oil, I'll stop when its run out!)
    Thanks a million in advance
    Abby

    AQUA, CYCLOPENTASILOXANE, BIS-DIGLYCERYL POLYACYLADIPATE-2, GLYCERYL STEARATE, BUTYLENE GLYCOL, CETYL ALCOHOL, BUTYROSPERMUM PARKII BUTTER, PEG-100 STEARATE, CYCLOHEXASILOXANE, ETHYLHEXYL PALMITATE, SQUALANE, PHENOXYETHANOL, TRIETHANOLAMINE, PARFUM, IMIDAZOLIDINYL UREA, CARBOMER, PROPYLENE GLYCOL, DIMETHICONE CROSSPOLYMER, ETHYLHEXYLGLYCERIN, TOCOPHERYL ACETATE, RETINYL PALMITATE, LIMONENE, SORBITOL, DISODIUM EDTA, BETAINE, PENTYLENE GLYCOL, SACCHAROMYCES CEREVISIAE EXTRACT, RHODIOLA ROSEA ROOT EXTRACT, GLYCERIN, LINALOOL, ARCTOSTAPHYLOS UVA URSI LEAF EXTRACT, MAGNESIUM ASCORBYL PHOSPHATE, SODIUM BENZOATE, EPILOBIUM ANGUSTIFOLIUM EXTRACT, GERANIUM MACULATUM EXTRACT, METHYLPARABEN, ETHYLPARABEN, BUTYLPARABEN, PROPYLPARABEN, ISOBUTYLPARABEN, SODIUM METABISULFITE, DAUCUS CAROTA SEED EXTRACT, ZEA MAYS OIL, CITRAL, CI 75130, CI 19140

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    1. you know what? It could be something as simple as the shea butter! BUTYROSPERMUM PARKII BUTTER is shea butter and is rich - if I use it in a product that high up in the inci list - i get zits!
      I honestly think that could be it.

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  18. Hi Caroline,

    You are a SAINT for doing this!

    I have a tricky one for you.....I am allergic to parabens and try to avoid SLS and other nasties when possible. I also have mild adult acne and I need sun cream for my holiday! I can find paraben free sun cream but it is usually thick and makes my spots worse. I can find sun cream for oily/spot prone skin but it has parabens in it causing contact dermatitis! Help!

    x

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    1. Have you tried the Organic Pharmacy sun creams? They're not bad at all. The main thing you MUST do if you are using sunscreen and you have acne is double cleanse at night - make sure you get it all off!

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    2. Organic Pharmacy looks great! Thank you! I'm loving all the lovely zinc their suncream has in it! x

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  19. Hi Caroline,
    First I absolutely love your blog.
    I don't really have a skincare problem I just want some general advice.
    I'm 21, normal-combo skin which is clear, hardly ever get a spot, but because I'm mixed race I have a few marks from old spots that I try and remove with certain products. But I've had a serious view on skincare since my teens, never really been a face-wipe kind of gal lol

    PM routine
    I take eye make-up off with Bioderma, then cleanse with either EH Balm or Liz Earle C&P.
    Eye cream = Nuxe Contour des Yeux Prodigieux, which says it is an anti-fatigue moisturising eye cream.
    I then alternate between Avene TriAcneal and Caudalie Vinoperfect Radiance Serum.

    AM routine
    Cleanse with same as before, EM or C&P
    Eye cream = Avene Ystheal+
    Moisturiser = Biotherm Skin VIVO Uniformity for normal/combo skin
    SPF = SVR Laboratoires Lysalpha SPF 50 - for combo/oily skin.

    Any treatments are either Elemis Tri-Enzyme Resurfacing Gel Mask or SVR Laboratoires Clairial Peel

    So my questions are:
    1. Are the eye creams I'm using a bit pointless at my age(because they both say anti-aging)? Can you recommend a good one for younger skin if there are?

    2.I know you'll notice the lack of toner. So that's on my list, I'm thinking the Clarins Iris? I've seen you mention it before.

    3. What's a good but light night-time moisturiser, some of them I've found too heavy and I wake up really oily. Or facial oil, because the more you talk about them the more I think I need one.

    4. And lastly, is there anything you think I should stop doing completely, or start doing. Serums or supplements?

    Thank you so much, I know I might sound stupid asking all these questions but you've only got one face so I want to do as much as possible from early as possible. I, like everyone else truly value your opinions and recommendations x

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    1. 1, No, the Nuxe one is ok for you
      2, I personally love Clarins Iris so yes
      3, Get an oil. Clarins or Decleor - or Ila - or Pai - lots of good oils out there!
      4, If you want to do the best for your skin then absolutely start taking supplements - fish oil - esp the one by Perricone is amazing for the skin.
      And for saying 'you've only got one face' you are officially my reader of the WEEK! :)

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  21. Hi Caroline,

    Thanks so much for doing this! I just have two questions.

    1)What can I do to get rid of acne on my chest? They always manage to pop up once in a while....it sucks because it'll be clear some months...then all off a sudden erupt with these tiny red bumps everywhere.

    And 2)What products best work to control oil on my face. Like creams and such.

    :)

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    1. Acne on the chest - you can use slightly stronger products than for the face - but are you sure its acne and not contact dermatitis? Google the pictures of it and see if they are the same?

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    2. I Googled contact dermatitis and they look at lot worse then what I have..
      but it does look similar. Is it suppose to itch as well?

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    3. If it itches its not acne. If it doesn't itch - it probably is. What acid based products do you have? Do you shower or bath?

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    4. I've only tried cleaning my chest with carbolic acid soap...bad idea? :/ I just put cetaphil moisturizer when it get's itchy though.

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  22. hmm, do you know any good transfer-proof foundations? :) looking for something that doesn't get on my hands and clothes when I touch it gently.

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    1. No treally - you need to powder - loose powder can help stop transfer of product. If a foundation is so thick and matte that it doesn't transfer it's just too thick! :)

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  23. Sorry to ask another question, but on reading more of your blog I'm just wondering whether the Biologique Recherche V50 lotion would be good for me? The blackheads on my nose have been there for years and I've tried so many things to get rid of them but nothing seems to work. Also, the spots I get on my chin are the 'under the skin' ones that stay for a week or two and then go down to a little lump that sometimes stays for a couple of months. Thanks again :)

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    1. Hi Gillian, sorry to gate crash but I have been suffering with little bumps on my chin and under my skin since Christmas. Caroline recommended I try Pai Rosehip Oil at night for a little pick me up, and within 2 days, it brought all the little under the skin spots to the surface. I squeezed them (sorry, that is probably too much info and also, a skincare offence but desperate times...) and they contained a load of oil and gunk but now, they have gone completely! I have no idea what skin type you have but the Pai Rosehip oil really worked wonders for my little bumps. Sorry, over to Caroline...

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    2. That's great, thanks Kate. I'm happy to take advice from people who have experienced the same things ... it's great to know the products that work after trying so many that don't!

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    3. Hi Caroline. Please could you also let me know your thoughts on the Phenol that is contained in the V50 lotion? On doing a bit of research it sounds quite scary! Thanks so much :)

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    4. The P50 is really good - if you want something a little closer to home - the Alpha-H Liquid Gold will help the blackheads.

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  24. Dear Caroline, I know you are an advocate of facial massage and I found your cheat sheet on this very useful indeed. My question is, are you also in favour of facial exercise, do you (or anyone you know) 'do' facial exercises on a regular basis and do they work? If so, which ones would you recommend. I've heard some people say that it's possible to overwork the muscles in the face (like the rest of the body, I guess) and end up with an overly-square masculine looking jawline or worse. Also, what's your view on gadgets, are they truly worth the investment? I confess to being drawn to things like Slendertone Face, Tua Trend or some of the devices designed to improve skin condition like the Philips RéAura, Omnilux etc. I did have a Clarisonic Mia (but it irritated my skin and I sold it after a few weeks) so I am very, very attracted to these hideously expensive gadgets!
    Many thanks once again, I love reading everyone's questions and I'm learning so much from your replies. Best wishes, Niki x

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    1. To be honest not really. I gave away my Clarisonic because it undoubtedly made my acne worse. I know some people who have used the Slendertone Face and swear by it but to be honest, I could never be bothered. If you think you need it - and you will bother to use it, then maybe that one.

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  25. Hiya I have some really awful spots on my back and quite a few acne scars, I'm getting married in october and I'd really like to look good in a strapless dress. Can you recommend anything to try and clear my back up (either home treatments or salon)

    Thanks :)

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    1. Jade where do you live? Are the scars still pink? If so, try Heal Gel from Victoria Health. To clear them up look at lifestyle, food and stress! Eek. :)

      Mine is made worse by sugar and citrus.

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    2. I live in Yorkshire but honestly, if something worked I'd be willing to travel!! The scars are still pink yeah... will look into heal gel! thankyou! x

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    3. Try the heal gel first - it may even help the spots you have now.

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  26. Hi Caroline , I am 41 have dry skin which I think is due to dehydration (don't drink enough). My skin is blemish free occasionally, pre time of the month , no wrinkles or major fine lines .I use have used Elemis melting cleansing gel & Ginsing toner for 6mths and Origins moisturiser with mimosa . I decided to have a little change with my cleanser and used Philosophy all in one cleanser and toner which is ok ,this I have used for 36mths. My question to you is could you please recommend any different natural cleanser & toner and also what silicone free serum could you suggest as my soon does not like silicone (blocked pores and spots) I have tried E Hardie but it is a little rich for me . Also last question I promise where can I purchase the P something toner in the UK or is it only available from France ? Your blog is fantastic and the advice you give is clear and straight to the point. Thank you Farha

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    1. Sorry for the typo I have used Philosophy for three months . Thanks

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    2. Ok Farha as you seem to be a friend and obviously read the blog and like that I am straightforward: Why are you using the skincare of a 20 year old? LOL Sorry!

      If you are dry and dehydrated you have no business using Philosophy all in one!

      Move to Pai cleanser and toner - NOW. And yes the P50 is in Paris but I have heard their is a London stockist - maybe google and see if it has updated?

      Sorry - but I had to. :)

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  27. Hi Caroline, thank-you so much for doing this every week. It's so kind of you to share your expertise with so many!

    Just a quick question, what is the correct way to apply eye cream? I'm 21 so I'm using it more for good habits and to treat dark circles than anti-aging. I've always applied a small amount lightly with my middle or ring finger (using Caudalie's Pulpe Vitaminee at the moment) to the under eye area, thinking it was the right thing to do. However, on a recent trip to Space NK the saleslady told me this was completely wrong and will cause premature ageing and pigmentation, saying instead that it should only be applied to the orbital bone and that the product would travel inwards to treat dark circles? It sounds like she could be right, but as she was also trying to push me into buying a £75 Zelens eye cream at the time I felt a little sceptical. What do you think?

    Many Thanks

    P.S Thank you for recommending Pai, I bought the Cleanser and LOVED IT.

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    1. Ok if you're 21 you don't need the Zelens cream. I think you are right!

      You need to email me and tell me which store that was - because you will not cause premature ageing and pigmentation. that, in all honesty, is utter bollocks.

      She is right however, that the product goes on the orbital bone and will travel inwards. However: I apply it the way you do. I have genetic dark circles but if I say so myself, my eyes are fine. So there! :)

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  28. Hi Caroline,

    I've recently found your blog and love it! I've learnt so much!

    I'm 24 and have olive skin. But have a lot of redness especially around the sides of my nose. What would you suggest to get 'flawless' skin?

    I'm currently using Liz Earle's C&P and Skin Tonic day and night. And the Body Shop's Vitamin C moisturiser in the morning and their Nutriganics Night Cream in the evening.

    p.s what are you thoughts on the Body Shop's skincare products in general?

    Thanks so much!!

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    1. I think you should consider changing your entire routine. That's probably the best way of answering you. :)

      You need slightly more grown up products. Try Pai, Darphin, Decleor - anything with anti-redness.
      And lay off the sugar and booze. They won't help.

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  29. Hi lovely,

    I have no questions, I just wanted to say thank you so much for recommending the Clarins Blue Orchid oil and their Extra Gentle Cleansing Cream - I haven't been able to find many balm cleansers on this side of the Atlantic, so thank you! I just received the cleanser yesterday and used it for the first time in the evening - it felt lovely on the skin and that old school Nivea cream scent transported me right back to my childhood :) If I could have a suggestion, could you maybe show all of your recommended balm type cleansers in one post? I feel like a lot of us would find it useful. Have a fantastic day, Caroline!

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    1. I was planning to so I definitely will! :)

      Thank you! And I'm glad you enjoy!

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    2. I definitely will - I had planned to but its a big undertaking! :)

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  30. Hi Caroline,
    first of all I want to thank you for your help when I last 'used the clinic'

    I'm not sure if you remember but I posted two pictures in my comment, I have very red inflamed skin. I get spots usually around my nose, never on my forehead etc.

    I used the alpha h liquid gold as you suggested and also have cut down on sugar but have not really noticed any difference in my skin. I also used the cleansing balm you reccomended , my skin feels lovely and soft after this but remains the same otherwise.

    Should I continue with this routine?

    I also wondered if you could help me with make up/primer/moisturiser. I have used so so so many foundations, usually 'long wearing' ones, and after about an hour my make up looks horrible. It's really getting me down as I feel so ugly and unprofessional at work with a greasy horrible mess on my face! I have used so many primers and foundations, now I am using nothing and just foundation and still nothing works.

    I don't tend to use a moisturiser at night, occasionally use the caudalie creme but as I'm so worried about my skin going purple and burning as it often does, I'm worried about what to use. Should i be moisturising night and day? I'm just so reluctant to add anything to my face in the day as no matter whether I use a moisturiser or not my make up doesn't last more than an hour!

    Hope you can help,

    thanks so much
    Stacey

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    1. I think you are massively dehydrated - read the cheat sheet on dry v dehyfdrated ------> over there on the side column.
      If your makeup is a mess that would be the first reason - the second is that if you are not moisturising at night your skin is sucking up any oil in your foundation, leaving you with pigment - and a blotchy face. Does that make sense?

      Why is your skin going purple and burning?? That's a worry - check out Pai skincare - made especially for sensitised skins. Yes you should moisturise at night!

      And keep me posted?

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    2. Thanks for your response, I really appreciate it.

      I have been using the Origins intensive overnight mask for a few weeks but I seem to get lots and lots of white/yellow spots around my nose after using it (more than usual) could just be a coincidence I guess but it's put me off using it!

      I don't kind of get burning/purple skin all the time, but loads of times when I have tried moisturisers they leave my skin burning, and even when I wash it off it takes hours and hours to settle down.

      I will buy clarins oil for dehydrated skin, to use at night, and hopefully that will help.

      Can you recommend a day time moisturiser? Or should I continue using the caudalie sorbet quenching creme or whatever it's called?! It seems to be fine, no bad reactions but I keep stopping using it because my make up just does not stay on. But perhaps when I start using the oil at night maybe my make up won't be so bad?

      Another thing i struggle with is finding an spf to use under makeup, all the ones I have tried in the past are extremely thick and so I find it very difficult to wear under makeup. I am extremely pale and burn very easily so I am really keen to find one.

      Once again, thanks soooooo much for your help!

      Stacey

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    3. You might be allergic to synthetic fragrance? I would highly recommend you look at the Pai website.http://www.paiskincare.com/

      I've tried a few of their things and I really like them. And readers from past clinics say the same thing. Cut out all synthetics and see how you go - before you buy the oil!

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  31. To add to my last comment, (sorry for making it so long) when i wear lipstick and lipgloss it often makes my mouth and throat very uncomfortable and itchy, so much so that i have to wipe it off. do you know what may be causing this? thanks again
    Stacey

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    1. You are probably allergic to either mineral oil or lanolin - both widely used in lippys. Have you tried one without? It would probably need to be an organic brand?

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  32. Hi. Thank-you. For doing this. I love your blog and would like your advice. I'm asking this on behalf of my aunt. She is in her 50s and suffers from dry skin and terrible rosacea. She has to resort to antibiotics to help with her flare UPS which r quite often. She used to use lancome skincare but now has stopped everything to.try 'neem' herbal moisturiser. It's still not helping. Would you pleas suggest some products to help with her rosacea,pigmentation and dry skin? Thank you so much

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    1. try Pai - made for sensitised skins. Also - the antibiotics will ultimately make her rosacea worse so she needs to come off of those asap.
      I need to know how she is washing her face - also - she could do with cutting down/out - citrus, tomatoes, alcohol and sugar.

      Sorry Auntie!

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  33. Hi. I enjoyed your post on supplements recently and like the sound of the perricone omega 3 supplements as I am 31 and still get breakouts, especially on my chin. Just wondered if you knew of a cheaper alternative, or would you say it's worth spending more and getting these?

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    1. In all honesty, if you can afford the 60 quid for an intense month - they are the best I have used. However, I now we are in tough economic times so the second choice would be Lamberts. A brilliant range - available on their own website or Victoria Health

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  34. Hi Caroline!

    I have very similar skin to you I think!
    I am 43 years old with dehydrated, hormonal acne-prone skin. I'm Asian,
    In the morning I use Elemis Tri Enzyme Facial wash, BR PV50 Lotion, CD Eye Essential and Kate Somerville Oil Free Cream.
    In the evening I use EH Balm, and either Liquid Gold or BR P50V Lotion, CD Eye Essential and Darphin Purifying Balm.
    Do you think I could benefit from using Sarah Chapman Overnight Facial, or could you recommend anything else that I can try? Also, is there anything that could help with pigmentation from spots?

    Thamks
    Zereen

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    1. Hi! Firstly I am completely jealous that you have P50V! I need some :)

      I think the Elemis could be a little drying - adding to your dehydration. Also the CD Eye Essential - there are better ones out there.
      Try Algenist Overnight Reparative Cream - I'm using it at the moment - the Darphin is brilliant - but you need moisture too - and the Algenist has faded some of my recent spot scarring/pigmentation.

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  35. Hi Caroline,
    Is there such a thing as a light, creaseless, moisturizing undereye concealer?
    I would love it to be water/sweat-resistant too as my eyes tend to water in the mornings.
    I have warm, slightly yellow undertones. In MAC language, I am a NC20/25.

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    1. You really don't want to put anything too water/sweat resistant near your eyes. Not good for them or the skin around them.

      If you are really desperate I would use Laura Mercier Secret Camouflage - it's not made for the eyes - but when I am having a bad eye day - I use it and it doesn't budge.

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    2. Thank you for the recommendation. What ingredient(s) in water/sweat resistant products is (are) bad for the eye area? Would you then caution against Lancome Effacernes, which is supposed to be waterproof?

      Thanks for your help!

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    3. Waterproof is a barrier and in essence the skin doesn't breathe as well as it would normally - if I use waterproof anything on my eyes they puff up like balloons. Can you not buy a normal concealer in a pen format like the Sue Devitt one for instance and reapply as needed if you're desperate?

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  36. Hi Caroline - thanks so much for setting up the Thursday Clinic! I've read the previous Q&As with interest and hope you can answer my question too :)

    It's Alpha H related.
    I've been using Liquid Gold for a few months now and LOVE IT, so much so that it spurred me on to get more of Alpha products. I love the Balancing Cleanser (and the bf has also been converted), Micro Cleanse, White Gold, Absolute Eye Complex (mmm...) and the Liquid Gold mask. However, I am not entirely sure how their moisturisers fit into that regime... most of them seem to have glycolic in them, which makes me think they shouldn't be used during the day. Or can they, but with sunscreen layered on top? I don't know, something about using acids on skin which then will be exposed to sun - sunscreen or not - feels a bit WRONG.

    Also, how do you recommend using the above products in conjunction? Is it too much exfoliation to use the entire range I mentioned?

    Background: 26 years old, combination skin, prone to breakouts and blackheads but no acne or large pores. Could probably be more hydrated (and planning to start taking Omega 3 capsules as I think you recommended here before...).

    Thanks so much in advance! :) x

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    1. No you should definitely try their moisturisers. If you are worried about the acid inclusion try Essential Hydration Moisturiser - really gentle and lovely on the skin - they also make an amazing SPF50 that feels like a light lotion - no tackiness.
      Just be careful not to overdo the Liquid Gold - 3 x week only.
      And if you're skin is ok I would only use the Micro Cleanse 3 x week too.
      Other than that you should be fine.

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  37. Hi Caroline,

    I hope you know how much we all appreciate this!

    I've asked about my mum's skin before, now it's my turn! I'm 28 and have generally ok skin. I suddenly got acne about 10 years ago but it cleared up when I was on the Pill. I do have faint marks left on my cheeks, but Liquid Gold is clearing them up pretty well. My skin is normal/dehydrated, but recently I've been getting a shiny-looking forehead. It's not oily to the touch, it just looks shiny after cleansing. I read somewhere that this was a sign that the skin's acid mantle was unbalanced- does that sound right? I've also recently been afflicted with a little crop of spots on my chin and by my eyebrows, which came from nowhere (Emma Hardie's balm is helping them to go, I think).

    My routine is:
    AM: La Roche-Posay Physiological Cleansing Gel (non-foaming), followed by Vichy Hydra-Fresh Detoxifying Toner for Dry Skin and either Decleor Hydrafloral moisturiser or Elemis Pro Collegen (no idea why I own this..)
    PM: Emma Hardie balm followed by either liquid Gold or Decelor's Neroli Baume. Eye cream is currently Origins A Perfect World.

    Does this sound ok to treat the faint marks, dehydration and dark circles, and can you suggest anything to help with the non-oily but irritatingly shiny bits?

    Thanks so much!

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    1. If you are shiny after cleansing in the mornings I would suspect the LRP Gel - I'm not big on gels - even the non-foaming ones are to me. drying somewhat.
      And if you're shiny - the detox toner may not be right either.
      Nighttime looks ok - Origins is nice but Alpha-H eye complex might be better for you.
      Switch the am cleanse and tone - try Pai - I'm a little obsessed at the moment but it IS a lovely range.

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  38. Hi Caroline,
    Newbie here.Let me start by echoing the thanks and appreciation expressed by so many readers here. Question one: 49 years,in pretty good nick,inevitable fine lines, combination/oily olive skin,prone to pigmentation and the usual suspects- dehydration, congestion, pores, dull etc...So am diligent with cleaning,moisturizing exfoliation,sun block. Recent use of Liquid gold and the AH rejuvenation glycolic/vit c cream which came in a set... It's working well but i think i could do more. So, am requesting something that will banish the pesky pigmentation, a FAB eye cream and a sunblock SPF30 (usual) that doesn't turn my makeup into a oil slick-This one continues to defeat me!
    Question Two: My 14 year old daughter sensitive skin,acne, bad blackheads on nose together with a tendency to dehydration..Also keratosis pelaris on arms..After so many failed attempts.In desperation- big intake of breath-I used the Liquid gold on her nose, forehead and arms and it's worked but i worry that it is too strong at her age.also using Effaclar but its not delivering...What is the right approach here? Finally, any comments on the dermaroller ? Many many thanks, Janine

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    1. Firstly, I personally hate the dermaroller. And people I know and respect love it - but for me, I've seen the skin first hand after a treatment - and performed a treatment myself (on GMTV no less - the panic!) - and although I understand the thinking behind it - for me I just wouldn't.
      So you: Given your age I'm not going to concern myself about ££ - you need the big boys. Try Algenist Overnight for the pigmentation - it's working brilliantly on mine. And Chantecaille SPF30 firming cream for the SPF - read London Makeup Girl's post from a couple of weeks ago on here - Cleanse Tone and Moisturise. She loves it.

      Your daughter:I would use the LG on my own daughter without hesitation. Make sure she has a light moisturiser for the day and that she knows how to wash her face properly. Just a mild one from someone like Good Things http://www.goodthingsbeauty.com/ - and an SPF - again she can just use a 15 - but if she has that lovely young skin and is using glycolic - protect it. Let me know how she gets on.

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  39. Hi Caroline, I've been a lurker for a while so finally decided to post :).

    I have dry and sensitive skin, had a baby 3 month's ago and am breastfeeding. I am taking supplements and a high concentration fish oil supplement. I use liz earle's c&p and skin tonic.

    I'm using clarins santal oil as a night time treatment, but I'm finding that it's not absorbing into my skin that well. I was wondering if you could suggest a better facial oil? I have been looking at The Sanctuary oil, decleor rose d'orient or angelique or liz earle's super skin concentrate. Any help would be much appreciated.

    Your blog is wonderful, keep up the good work!

    Attia

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    1. Hi Attia,

      Congratulations! Your skin will be a little mixed for a few months yet. I always say give it at least 6 months to get back to normal if you have had a baby - and longer if you are feeding.

      Try changing the oil to Ila or Pai - both are also organic which is nice if you are feeding.
      Also - the C&P may not be ideal if you are dry and sensitive - just a thought....!

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  40. Hi Caroline, I asked a question on Thursday but even though it seemed that my comment has gone through I still can't see it here :( just to check, is it being moderated or is it lost forever? :( thanks.

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    1. Thank you so much for asking - there were 7 comments hiding in my awaiting moderation section! It's out now! :)

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  41. Hi Caroline, I am reading through all your responses and gosh, you are one impressive woman!
    I can only imagine how much passion you have for this field; your dedication is evident in the number of questions you have answered and the detail with which you have given. Bravo!

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  42. Hi! Not sure if this is the right place to post a question... I was wondering if you could help me to identify the cause of what seems to be a reaction to two specific cleansers. Its Dermalogica Ultracalming cleanser and Boots essentials cucumber cleansing lotion. Could I be alergic to one of the common ingredients (these are not particularly similar products)? The reaction of my skin was two patches of sore tight skin covered with red painfull spots, one on either side of my chin, just under each corner of my lips. In both cases it took about a week - ten days for this to develop and then another week - ten days to heal after I stopped using the cleansers. My skin is quite problematic all over but this seems to be a really specific reaction so I would like to know the likely cause so I can try to avoid it in the future! Thanks for you help!

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    1. It's honestly impossible to say without checking the ingredients but I would guess at the fragrance element? Has it happened with anything else?

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    2. It hasn't happened with anything else that I can identify. Possibly other products have caused this but the effect has been masked by matching the bad skin on the rest of my face! Its only with the marginal improvement in my skin in general as I get older (I'm late 20s) that I can distinguish this... anyway... I'm perplexed because the only ingredients that I can see in common are water, types of alcohol and glycerin. Dermalogica lists some ingredients as 'extract of something' whereas the Boots thing will list a chemical name so maybe one of these actually means the same thing...? The products don't smell the same though...

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    3. Alcohol. Could be. When you can afford it move to a balm oil cleanser, and try something like Darphin Intral range for calming. - The toner is lovely. Moisturiser try Pai - that range is made for sensitivity issues but it also just works - added bonus! :)

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    4. This makes sense as Cetearyl Alcohol is second on the ingredients list for the Dermalogica cleanser and Cetyl Alcohol is third for the Boots cleanser. Checking other products in my cupboard a lot have an alcohol, just further down the list. Do you think ethanols also count?

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