Thursday, 29 March 2012

Clinic on Thursday

Hi All,

So the Clinic is open - last week's was the most popular yet - and I am still writing replies to further questions one week later. I'm thrilled you have found it useful.

This is the last Clinic before Easter. I'm taking next Thursday (Maundy Thursday) off. The next Clinic won't be until 12th April. 

So if you've got a question - get it in! 

112 comments:

  1. Hi Caroline, love your blog.

    I am 34 have had a very oily acne prone skin since 14. Have treated the acne with antibiotics, salicylic acid, benzoyl peroxide, retin a and tretinoin to name a few!!

    I'm now in the position where I have very dehydrated/oily skin, very open pores and breakouts at that time of the month.

    My concern though is after years of acid and acne treatments my skin is incredible thin and fragile, ( feels like a grannies )it is literally screaming 'no more harsh chemicals).

    So my question..(at last) how do I strengthen my poor skin, reduce its sensitivity, but continue to tackle the pretty extensive scarring without exacerbating oil production/acne.

    Sorry so long, and thankyou so much in advance.

    H xx

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    1. oops meant to say skin on face feels like a grandmas batwing..yucky,
      As an addition I have very loose skin on the mobile eyelid and lots of fine lines/crepyness around my eyes.

      I take supplements, udos oil, and am willing to spend all of my hard earned spare cash on whatever will finally help me to stop hiding my face, I think 20yrs is long enough.

      Thankyou so much for taking the time to do this.

      H xx

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    2. Hi Helen,

      Firstly I wouldn't worry about your eyes - they are perfectly fine. You haven't seen crêpey eyelids till you've seen mine!

      Your skin looks really inflamed, which may sound obvious but I'm talking about from inside - not due to external factors. The last picture is the most telling to me - I can see the texture of your skin and see what you mean. I think your problem is hormonal and due to your system - for whatever reason - working against you.

      Can you let me know the following in more detail please?:

      Your current routine
      What supplements you take
      How long the spots/cysts take to come to the surface - ie the lifespan of them - mine is around 2 weeks

      I think your skin needs tlc - i actually think its ok underneath that - do get back to me!

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    3. Thankyou so much for looking at my pictures...getting quite desperate now.

      Ok, here go's:-

      Supplements:
      Imedeen
      Perfectil
      Eye Q oil caps/Effalex caps/ Udos oil (one of the three, depending what I have in)
      Floradix (I feel run down at mo)

      Prescribed Meds:
      Lamotrigine 150mg (anti-epileptic-prescribed for bi-polar) Hate taking these!! They allegedly deplete B vitamins
      Sertraline (anti-depressant)

      Routine
      Up until 4 weeks ago;
      JoJobo oil to loosen really heavy foundation
      Cleanse and polish
      liz earle skin tonic
      Clarisonic on evening only
      Paula Begoun Salicylic acid lotion (night)
      Oil of Olay spf 30 regenerist moisturiser (day) (why??? no idea!)
      Benzoyl peroxide 2.5% for a week before period, everyday until skin began to scream.

      At this point skin pumping oil, flaky on surface, red, sore and itchy... me very peed off!
      So off I toddle to Boots and buy Estee lauder Advance Night Repair, Idealist and
      Daywear oil free moisturiser...FAIL!!! After 2 weeks low and behold more surface dryness, soreness etc.

      Last 7 days
      I've read your blog avidly and have ditched all the above. I am cleansing with Alpha H balancing cleanser (I have all Alpha H line, it breaks me out, so I don't persevere), my Emma Hardie is on its way. For 3 days I've been using Pai rosehip oil and the sensitive skin moisturiser. Skin still feels parched itchy and oil slick.

      Hard to give a lifespan for the cysts/spots, it must be two weeks, few days before period, during and about a week after. I literally have around 7 days a month with minimal to no breakouts. My skin hasn't behaved any differently since 14.

      I have to confess my diet needs addressing, more from the point of view of actually eating something rather than what I eat. I love all healthy foods, but lack discipline to make the effort to eat. Weird!!
      Also get terrible sugar cravings each month.

      Phew!! Information overload!!

      Thankyou Caroline. It means so much to be able to actually show someone my skin naked, I feel liberated, ha.

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    4. OK I'll go from the top:

      Can you take fish oil with your meds? Effalex is fish isn't it? If so - get on it/up it! I wouldn't worry about Imedeen and Perfectil - go with fish, floradix, amino acids and B12.
      No multi-vitamins - the B in them aggravates acne. Change Floradix to Floravital - the yeast and gluten free version - also has more iron.

      Sort your diet out love! you are what you eat - so if you're not really eating...?! The thing that helped me the most was getting out all of my supplements first thing in the morning when I put the kettle on. They stay out until I've taken them. It's the only way I'll remember!

      And read this: http://theconsciouslife.com/top-10-inflammatory-foods-to-avoid.htm

      I cut these out without reading this but these ARE the foods that inflame and aggravate my skin - worth reading.

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    5. My number 10 is citrus btw - every time - citrus=acne.

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    6. I'm on it!!
      Vegetarian shepherds pie for dinner, lots of veg and lentils..
      Thankyou for the inspiration.
      xx

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  2. Hi Caroline.

    What's your thoughts of pure coconut oil for second cleanse and face massage? Have been using as a cheap alternative to Emma Hardie (on tight budget).
    Really interested in your thoughts.

    Thank you

    Cx

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    1. Go for it. I'm all for budget constraint ideas! Also olive oil - although coconut is arguably better for the skin - also - almond oil. Cheap from chemist - great for eye MU removal

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  3. Yay! Thanks a bunch for doing this again Caroline - SO helpful! So, a few quick ones...

    - Do you recommend any dermatologists in the London area? And how much should I expect to pay usually for an hour session? Us Brits seem to be well behind our American sisters on going to them!

    - Do you think it's safe to use a pure hyaluronic acid serum bought from eBay? The seller has very good ratings but also sells the scary high percentage home acid peels...

    - I have just invested in a tub of Algenist night cream on your recommendation - the most expensive face product I have ever bought! How should I prep my face and apply the cream, to get the most out of it?

    - Is there any sun protection that would still allow me to tan? (sorry if this is a dumb question, but I'm still a little ignorant on sun care despite your guides!)

    Thanks a lot, again, these clinics are so good, and some very interesting questions from fellow readers!

    Jenny

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    1. Hi Jenny,

      Brilliant questions!

      First one. Dr Francis Prenna Jones is a really well known one. - Not sure on the ££ - but there is a contact us section on her website. http://www.drfrancesprennajones.com/

      I would always tread cautiously with ebay - is it a named brand? Can you send me a link?

      Re applying the Algenist - make sure your skin is really well cleansed, and toned if you have one - what do you currently use? A prep tonic/serum is great - something like P50v or Formula 2006+ by Francis Prenna Jones for example! :) Then apply, massage in and let it do its work!

      All sun screens will let you tan - sun block will stop you tanning. Depends on what you are talking about - if you're talking about going on holiday and sitting on a beach - you will tan using anything under a 30. (In my opinion) - Don't BURN yourself though! And if you are in the city - I always use a SPF15 in my makeup - and I always get colour.

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    2. http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/100-Pure-Hyaluronic-Acid-Serum-/400218891967?pt=UK_Health_Beauty_Skincare_PP&var=&hash=item9bffa50188

      Thanks for the advice! Link to the Hyaluronic acid above.

      At the moment I am using Sephora's micellar water to clean off make up, followed by Sephora's AHA balm cleanser to double clean, no toner (I think I will invest in some P50 though), followed by Jurlique day cream in day (I use a high factor BB cream for sun protection), and Algenist at night. Weekly I use Dr Sebagh deep cleansing mask, followed by The Sanctuary's time reversal mask (I don't care about the anti-aging yet, but it is the most moisturising (replenishing water, rather than oil) cream mask I've every used.

      I get cystic spots but paradoxically since ditching Salicylic acid toner/serum (Paula's choice) and benzyl hydroxide (prescription), stopping irritating my skin, and taking supplements, it has got a LOT better.

      Again, can I just say how AMAZING a job you are doing.

      Jenny

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    3. Thanks :)

      the serum looks ok - although I've never seen it before. Definitely try the P50v - amazing.

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  4. Hi Caroline,

    I just wanted to say thank you first of all - you recommended back in your first clinic that I switch from C&P to the EH or Boots. Had a horrible allergic reaction to Botanics so am now using Emma Hardie and it's a winner. I'm using Alpha H from a trial kit, 3 times a week and my face is really noticing the difference. However, since adding in the Alpha H (I waited until the reaction to the balm had completely calmed down) I've been getting a spotty neck. I don't put the Alpha H on it, but am not sure if it's some kind of reaction?

    Also, moisturiser. I use Decleor neroli oil over my cleansed face in the morning, and their night balm on the night's I'm not using Alpha H. My skin loves this, it was what finally turned it from hormonal oil pit of hell to smoothish and clear. However, I'm not sure on moisturiser. I've tried lots in the past (and at 35 feel I should probably start on the anti aging) from high street, to high end and in between. Nothing has ever been wonderful, although the nearest I got was an Origins one for dry skin that did feel lovely, Make a difference maybe? (hmmm now I remember that I may have answered my own question) Is there anything you'd recommend for dry skin, no lines or wrinkles yet, very sensitive although the Piriton is on standby. Just wondered what you'd recommend?

    Many thanks once again. Your help is incredibly valued and should you ever need cake. Just shout.

    Penny

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    1. Hi Penny,

      Well No.1 - I would add the alpha-h to your neck. Your skincare routine for your face should go down to the top of your boobs.

      Decleor - I would use the oil in the evenings on alternate nights with the balm and the Liquid gold. And moisturiser for day - if you are getting on with both Decleor and Alpha - use one of theirs? Essential Hydration by Alpha-H is very calming - but I would try and sample first - it does contain ylang ylang and although it is natural - essential oils can trigger reactions just as much as synthetic fragrance.
      Have you tried the matching day cream from Decleor?

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  5. Hi Caroline,

    love the clinic!

    Now to my question. I'm close to 21 and I have very sensitive skin. Acne prone and combination but can dry out a lot if I use the wrong products. I have acne since I'm about 16 and always go through quite good periods and then (like right now) horrible ones with big red breakouts.
    I read quite a few good reviews about the Lush products as well as the bodyshop ones (especially the tea tree line and the seaweed line both from the bodyshop). I was wondering if you know anything about these specific lines or about Lush and the Bodyshop products in general and if you would recommend trying them out or if I should just stay away from them. Thought it might work with my sensitive skin since it's all natural products.

    Also I'm looking for a treatmend I can put just on active breakouts to help them clear up easier and faster.

    And lastly, I get brakouts on my back since about a year ago. There are not very many but it annoys me anyways because they always!!! leave a scar even tho I don't squeeze them or anything. Any idea why I'm breaking out on my back and what I could do about that?

    Thanks a million Caroline!

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    1. I personally wouldn't use Lush or Body Shop on acne. Aesop have just released a spot get which is really lovely - http://www.aesop.com/latest/products/item/263-control

      I need to know what you are using at the moment routine-wise but if you are getting bacne - I would start taking fish oil supplements now as a starting point if you aren't already?

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    2. Thanks for your help to the Lush etc. products...will stay away from them now.

      I'm using mainly la roche posay. Foaming cleanser (I know....but it seems to work better than most other cleansers I tried!?), clinique moisturizing gel, effaclar duo and effaclar A.I. on the spots.

      Ah yeah read about these fish oil supplements quite a bit on your blog...any brands you would recommend or anything I should know about them or can I just go for any kind from the drugstore?

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    3. I like Lamberts and Perricone. Perricone is more £££ though.

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  6. Hello,

    I please need some recommendations for affordable drugstore products for acne prone skin. I'm 19 and can't go out and buy expensive products but really need something to help with my acne. My skin is combination skin, has an oily T-Zone and rather dry cheeks.
    Please can you help me.

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    1. Nope in Ireland.

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    2. Can you get La Roche Posay over there? Will be in chemists - and not too £££

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    3. Yeah we can get that here...any products in particular you would recommend from the line?

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    4. No its just a good range - go have a read and pick what you need for your skin at the mo.

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    5. Thanks a million!!

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  7. Hi Caroline,

    I wonder if you have any suggestions, one of my main skin problems is that I have terrible discolouration around my eye area. It is more than just dark circles. My eyelids tend to get a little swollen sometimes and they're quite a dark colour. I also have a reddish brown pigmented area at the outer corners too. I also get a little bit of dermatitis on the skin near the inner corner of me eye. I'm 28, but I constantly look tired and nothing gets rid of it! Is there anything you can recommend or am I just going to have to live with it!

    Many thanks!

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    1. Is it genetic? What do/did your parents eyes look like?

      What are you using on it? A pic would be ideal. You can email it to me if you don't want to post?

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  8. hi Caroline!

    I'm 25, pregnant & have problem skin. It's gone wild since being pregnant but I struggled with break outs before. I have large hard spots around my jaw, an area of small bumps on my chin, blackheads & blotchy red spots on my cheeks & scarring from spots. I want to try Alpha H liquid gold, is this ok to use in pregnancy? & i was interested in trying Kate Somerville daily detox too.

    Also should i be using my cleanser to remove my makeup & then be cleansing again to make sure my face is clean?

    Thanks

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    1. Hi! If you're pregnant your hormones are all over the show! Yes Liquid Gold is safe to use in pregnancy - reference here: http://www.alpha-h.com/ingredients.html

      Kate Somerville Daily Detox contains salicylic but her website advises it is safe.

      In all honestly, most skincare products - except extreme peels are in fact safe for pregnancy in normal doses - the only way Vitamin A can really affect your baby is with oral Vitamin A (Roaccutane) - which is really nasty and therefore only available on prescription anyway. And if you are taking that - your dermatologist/doctor will make sure your system is completely clear of it before they advise you it is safe to get pregnant. Most of the time at least 6 months.

      Yes you should double cleanse in the evening. How pregnant are you?

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    2. 30 weeks. I've been trying a few different skin care brands out but I'm not sure whether to ditch it all until after the baby & then go back to basics? I recently went into space nk & bought the Elemental herbology cool & clear cleanser moisture milk hydrator & have been using for about 5 weeks with no improvement, before that origins checks & balances cleanser & eucerin oil free moisture but even I am acne prone with combo skin & a tendancy to get dry forehead & temple area. The EH moisture milk seems to have improved dryness but i seem to be getting red bumps & white heads on my cheeks since using. I also use a clarisonic every other evening but have noticed you telling people to ditch that. I feel like maybe it's caused me skin to flare up but not sure if it's the pregnancy or other products.

      A bit stuck, emotional & hormonal here! What would you recommend is the best thing for me to do? Products you recommend? or should I wait.

      Thanks so much

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    3. Ditch the Clarisonic and strip it right back to basics. Use a balm cleanser, no mineral oil, good oils on your skin at night, hydrate your skin, keep it calm and let your hormones do what they need to do.
      Avoid sugar. Buy Caudalie Beauty Elixir. Keep it in your handbag. Use liberally.

      Good luck! Are you having a boy?

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    4. Thank you! I am having a boy, how did you know that?

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    5. Also, is there a moisturizer you'd recommend? Thanks a lot for the advice

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    6. Your system is overloaded with testosterone. = boys. Had three myself. Joyous eh? LOL
      Moisturiser - try Balance me or Pai - both lovely, natural and work.
      And also - eat a lot of edamame and soy - get some plant oestrogen in you to balance those rampant male hormones!

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  10. Hi Caroline,

    I'm hoping you can recommend a moisturiser for me - I have my skincare routine pretty much down, but this is the one thing I'm always chopping and changing, and am yet to find a firm favourite.

    I have dry, ever so slightly sensitive, slightly red skin. Generally clear, although the very occasional tiny whitehead.

    I've recently graduated from using facewipes to using a balm cleanser at night (Boots organic balm). At night I'm then using either Origins Intensive Drink Up, or Dermalogica Intensive moisture balance.

    During the day I'm still using face wipes (Simple), and then am currently using Liz Earle moisturiser for dry skin, followed by Origins VitaZing which i use instead of a foundation.

    At night I feel like I still need extra moisture - my face often feels parched and tight, even after moisturiser. During the day I don't seem to have this problem though?

    I'm also growing ever closer to thirty (next year, oh god!), and I'm sure I should be introducing some sort of anti-ageing something into my routine - although I'm just not sure what??

    Thanks for doing this, Caroline. You must be transforming hundreds of peoples faces!!

    Z x

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    1. Zoe for the love of CHRIST step away from the wipes. That is all. You'd be better off splashing your face with fresh warm water and a face flannel than wiping a chemical laden cloth all over your boat! ESPECIALLY if you are dry and sensitive. Depending on your budget why don't you start with some anti-ageing products from mid-priced brands like Ren or Elemental Herbology? If you aren't worried about ££ and want to go for it - go for Algenist and the like - you could start with a serum but I personally find the most satisfying is a night treatment or cream.
      AND USE THOSE WIPES ON YOUR HANDS. Or your bum.

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  11. Hi,

    I was wondering if you could recommend a facial exfoliator for acne prone/scarred skin? I have used Alpha H LG but didn't get on with it and prefer using more 'manual' ones! Any recommendations? Thanks again

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    1. Exfolikate or Clinic-to-Go pads: http://www.katesomerville.com/skincare/by-skin-type/exfoliators-and-masks/

      Available in SpaceNK at the moment.

      Done.

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    2. Thank you! Was wondering if you have any cheaper alternatives as am on a bit of a budget?

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    3. Pai exfoliator? http://www.paiskincare.com/kukui-jojoba-bead-skin-brightening-exfoliator-32

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  12. Hello,

    I was wondering if you could reccommend something for the very dry corners of my mouth that often crack! I always seem to have very dry lips and i'm only 19 so preferably something not too expensive! I've already tried Origins drink up intensive and Elizabeth Arden 8 hour cream but the dryness is still there.

    Thanks!

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    1. Step away from the mineral oil and go for something more nourishing - try shea butter based lip products or beeswax and you need a B vitamin supplement.

      B2 deficiency causes cracks - the simplest option is to see if a B vitamin supplement helps. You don't make it in your body yourself and pee away excess so its pretty safe to crack on with a supplement.
      And up your intake of fresh veg and dark green vegetables. Try Lamberts or victoria Health.

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    2. Hi, just a quick comment in addition, if that's ok. I suffered from the same problem last winter and found HealGel to be great. It is really cooling, keeps the area moisturised, and I think improved healing time - though it was a bit of a slog as opening my mouth to eat or speak kept tearing the cracks. It's a lot of money, but one pot was more than enough to sort the whole thing out and £30 was worth paying just to get rid of the problem!

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    3. Definitely - I have recommended Heal gel numerous times on here! Thanks for the tip.

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    4. How about the body shop shea butter lip balm?

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    5. May not be rich enough? But worth a try?

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  13. Hello again,
    I hate to be doing this but I sent you an email with pictures of my skin a few weeks back but haven't got a reply yet. I have left comments on clinics before and got advice that really did help me. That's why I followed up with an email that had pictures attatched and some more specidic questions for you. I hate to be a pain but your help is so appreciated! Im the girl that suffers from acne and was using Dr. Weil products. I hope you can help. Thanks x

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    1. Oh no! I've checked and can't see - let me try junk mail!

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    2. Got it! Does you name begin with A?!

      Your problems seem to be concentrated on the cheek area - would you agree with that? I can't see too much of the rest of your face. Just a random question but do you suffer from asthma or any chest problems at all?

      I think you should be using oxygenating products - Liquid Gold definitely, maybe micro cleanse, Caudalie Beauty Elixir and then maybe Pai moisturiser for combination skin. Let me know the answers to the other and then we'll carry on!

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    3. Oh!!! Thankyou so much!!! Yes thats me. The problem starts with my jawline and expands on my cheecks. It all started when I got off the pill. I used to have asthma up until the age of 12-13.

      After your amazing recommendations I started using LG every other night and stopped using Dr. Weil which got substituted by Bliss' Triple Oxygen lotion in the morning and Organic Surge's moisturiser for normal skin (surprisingly good). Because of the LG and because Im currently in Greece I use Anthelios by La Roche Posay as a sunscreen, which is really light-weight but I suspect that it still clogs my skin a little.
      Will definitely try Beauty Elixir once my Liz Earl tone is finished.

      My main problem is that my skin feels always congested and it is never stable; any (hormonal or other) change seems to reflect on it. As I said in my email, I have been off the pill for years but the spots remain. Thankyou so much for your precious help, you are a saint!

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    4. Chest problems can show up on the cheeks. And if you're in Greece make sure you are putting your face in the sun. Get out in it in the morning and late afternoon if you can - will do wonders for your skin. Controversial but true.

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    5. Yes I have noticed that sun helps but Im a bit panicked about using Liquid Gold AND going in the sun? I just got the uber-dry sunscreen by peter thomas roth... havent used it yet but the ingredient list isnt very impressive...
      Thanks so much again, I will be coming back with more clinic comments after Easter xx

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  14. Hi thankyou for this i need help! Im 26 and have had breakouts on my chin/ jaw area for what feels like forever they improved when i was on the pill but i wasnt keen on using that so i came off it. In the past iv used different brands amongst them dermologica which was too harsh for my skin. I have combination skin that is also a bit on the sensitive side. I wanted your opinion on what you think i should maybe add to my current skincare routine. Am: decleor aroma cleansing gel followed by their toner and the aroma purete moisturiser. At night iv started using eh balm ( love , love!) followed by the decleor mousturiser and im using ah liq gold every other night. And i exfoliate with the dermologica microfoliant two- three times weekly and use the sisley Creamy mask tropical resin once weeek. Since starting the eh and liq gold 2weeks ago iv seen a change to my skin however im still experiencing chin area breakouts and lil whiteheads on my chin/cheek and forehead area. Is there anything u can suggest to help? Oh and im taking fish oil/ zinc/ vit b supplements too.

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    1. Ditch the gel in the morning - unnecessary. Will be alkalining your skin. Not good for breakouts.

      Up your fish oil intake to 3000mg a day. Minimum. And take a separate B12 supplement or spray like this: http://www.victoriahealth.com/product/B12-Boost-Pure-Energy-Oral-Spray/9705/345/

      Persevere with the Liquid Gold and the microfoliant should be fine. Let me know.

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  15. Hello,
    Firstly, this is a really fantastic idea and you put an unbelievable amount of time and effort into this so thanks so much. I really believe that this is the best beauty blog out there.

    OK, as a teenager I had light acne and oily skin. I'm 21 now and the pill has stopped my spots, which only pop up once every so often, usually around the chin at my TOTM. Now I have dehydrated skin, prone to a little flakiness on my T-zone. My skin feels smooth but I can see where I am going to wrinkle, (if that makes sense). I use La Roche-Posay Hydraphase light for day, which feels too little, and rich for night, which feels too much. Moisturisers for dry skin are spot central and Biotherm's Aquasource Skin Perfection made my skin hyper-sensitive and gave me three massive islands on my chin. (Read the label and it's chock-full of silicones). I love the feel of serums but I'm not sure they are going to be enough for flaky skin. Any recommendations?

    Thanks

    Sarah

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    1. What do you wash your face with?

      Dehydration is pretty easy to treat - if you want to avoid silicones keep it natural and go for Pai toner with orange blossom - basically shop on this page: http://www.paiskincare.com/dry-dehydrated-20/?zenid=02b993fce5995e537e2d23863493e53c

      Not an affiliated link by the way - just good products!

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    2. Right now with dermalogica essential cleanse or something like that. Would you recommend REN? Was thinking about trying their hrydo cleansing milk. Thanks

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    3. I would try and sample it first. Go for milk or balm, avoid surfactants like SLS etc

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    4. Thank you. First two cleanses of REN hydra calm milk sample were bliss, and I have a Pai toner and serum on its way x

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  16. Hi Caroline

    What's your recommedation for pigmentation spots on my face.I've got the odd little brown spot here and there like a freckle but a bit bigger. I don't like the idea of a professional peel,I'm way too scared of a bad reaction but don't mind paying £££ for a very good topical cream/serum. I'm 43 by the way and my skin is pretty good and well behaved.

    Thanks.

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    1. Try Algenist - it has done wonders for mine. And it won't disrupt your skin if its pretty balanced.

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  17. I was wondering if you could help on a hair related question! I am about to turn 20 and ever since I was about 14 I have been dying my hair (awful I know). This has caused my hair to become so thin and I feel embarrassed to even go out without clip in extensions. I am taking skin/hair/nails supplements and also folic acid, using a thickening shampoo and serum and I am seeing some results, however I was wondering if there are any products or other supplements you could recommend to me? Thanks!

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    1. The Aveda Invati range is better for you than thickening shampoos - which will basically just add silicones to your already stressed hair. Style with product - not shampoo and conditioner.
      What supplements do you currently take?

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    2. Folic acid and a Holland and Barrett skin, hair and nails supplement. I tried biotin as I heard it was good for hair growth, however I am prone to acne and it broke me out! Are there any other supplements I should be taking? I also use a hair mask of castor oil 2-3 times a week which has helped. Thanks!

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    3. Try B12, zinc and fish oil (flax if veggie). B multivitamin broke me out too - but B12 is fine.

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  18. Hi Caroline i need your help!!
    Im 26 years old with combination skin that is slightly on the sensitive side. Iv had breakouts since my teens which have improved but i still breakout on my chin/jaw area around that time of month and have marks on my skin from previous breakouts.Also iv started noticing whiteheads on my forehead and cheek/chin area. My current routine is as follows:
    AM cleanse with decleor aroma cleansing gel, tone with same brand and moisturise with their aroma purete.
    PM iv started cleansing with the eh balm after reading your fab reviews and follow this with the decleor moisturiser. To add i use the ah liquid gold on alternate nights.
    I exfoliate with dermologica microexfoliant twice - three times weekly and use the sisley tropical resin mask once weekly.
    Iv also regularly started taking fish oil/ zinc/vit b supplement.
    Since starting with the eh and liq gold iv seen an improvement in my skin however im still experiencing some breakouts on the jaw area (currently one mark from an old spot one whitehead and two spots..not pretty)and whiteheads on the forehead. Is there anything you can suggest that i could add or change to my current routine??

    Thanks

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  19. Hi Caroline,

    I think this clinic is fantastic!

    I am 25, my skin was horrible as a teenager, went on the pill when I was 19 for both my skin and endometriosis realated period pain and my skin changed completely and I had a couple of years of perfect skin. In recent years it has been more difficult again, not terrible but really not great.

    My forehead has always been my problem area and I get blackheads and congested looking pores and little bumps all which give me a very uneven looking skin tone. My cheeks also seem to be more porous and uneven recently. I always seem to have 1 or 2 angry spots and light scarring. I am also starting to get wrinkles around my eyes which I don't like!

    I eat really well, drink lots of water, don't smoke and I think that if I find the right skincare regime my skin should settle down (except the wrinkles which are probably there to stay)!

    I am currently using Lavera basis sensitive cleansing milk (morning and night) followed by Dr Hauschka cleansing cream (at night, sometimes morning too) and Dr Hauschka clarifying toner. My old eyecream has run out and I am thinking of getting the Origins Plantscription one that you recommended (even though it is quite a stretch for my budget). I use tea tree oil on spots, and although the Dr Hauschka recommendations are not to use moisturiser at night my skin sometimes feels like it needs it. Sometimes I use argan oil and have used trilogy rosehip oil in the past, both which I like.

    I am really struggling to find a moisturiser (preferably with SPF) that suits me ie isn't to heavy for my skin but also not too light (I was told once by a beautician that my skin wasn't as oily as I thought and if I used a slightly heavier moisturiser it would improve which it did - but I can't seem to find something that is a good balance now). My skin is not super sensitive but does change quite a lot in relation to weather, products etc.

    I prefer more natural products and my budget is not very big but I have wasted so much money on cheap products that just aggravate my skin that I am willing to spend a little more on something that works.

    If you have any suggestions as to (1) moisturisers (preferably with SPF) (2) what I should be doing at night (3) any changes I should make, or things I could add to help my skin improve I would be hugely appreciative.

    Thankyou so much!

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    1. Ok well I completely disagree with Dr Hauschka and always have. Stuff and nonsense. Ditto Eve Lom. If you have a perfect skin - and live in the perfect climate - maybe, MAYBE you could get away with not moisturising at night - but I would still do it. :)

      If you like natural, why don't you (again) go for Pai - or someone like Suti - natural, high quality - and you can build up by buying one thing at a time. This oil in particular is only £20.00 - and you could start using it at night. http://www.paiskincare.com/rosehip-bioregenerate-fruit-seed-oil-blend-22

      Let me know how you get on!

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  20. any recommendations for products that fade stretch marks & also any that help with celulite & skin texture?

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    1. Stretch marks will only fade if they are still pink/red. If not - then you are wasting your money - no matter what anyone tries to sell you.

      If they are pink and you can still help them there are a lot of products out there - the new lanolips body oil claims to aid stretch marks - I'm not a fan of lanolin on the face but the body - and the bum area - is a totally different scenario.
      http://www.victoriahealth.com/product/Lovely-Lanolips-Herbal-Treatment-Oil/9685/0/

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  21. Hi Caroline firstly thank you for replying to my questions , and yes at 41 what was I thinking of Philosophy all in one cleanser & toner ; ) . Pai here I come cleanser & toner on order ! I would like to know your thoughts on Caudalie brighte- ning serum or could you recommend a serum for dry skin which contains no silicone. Carry on with your straight to the point advice !! love the blog Farha

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    1. Serum for dry skin - no silicone - Ren rose serum is lovely - no silicones. Caudalie is good though - you could also take these supplements: http://www.victoriahealth.com/product/Hyaluronic-Acid-Capsules-High-Strength/1735/0/

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  22. Hi Caroline!
    thank you for replying to my query.
    You mentioned that you didnt think the CD Eye Essential was doing me much good - can you recommend any good eye creams that are moisturising, anti-aging and, if possible, anti dark circles?
    what do you think of Sarah Chapman's overnight lotion? can you recommend a day cream - i will be trying the algenist cream.
    i use alpha h liquid gold every other night and darphin balm when i dont.
    once again i have very similar skin to you

    zereen
    ps the br lotion is great!

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    1. Algenist, Perricone, Malin + Goetz all make good eye creams depending on your budget.

      Day cream Kate Somerville Nourish Daily Moisturiser - bloody lovely.

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  23. hi Caroline,i am 21 years old and my skin is normal.I wanted to ask you what is the best way to remove facial hair without damaging the skin and how to apply eye cream,no mineral oil i swear.

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    1. Where on the face is the hair? Threading is the easiest on the skin - when done PROPERLY! :) Eye cream depends on the cream - some new formulations are designed to be used all over the lid - some just to the orbital bone - think panda eyes.

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  24. Hi Caroline,

    I was wondering what you would suggest to make skin texture softer/smoother. I had horrible acne on my forehead when I was in highschool (it has recently subsided though) and I was wondering what you would suggest to help fix that area. I have oily skin, and still have pimples and pigmentation from previous breakouts. If it helps, i'm 19 years old.

    Also one last question, what are your thoughts on 'skin purging'. I have recently started to use La Roche-Posay's Effaclar duo (it's been 3 days) and my face has errupt (like 7 pimples..after the FIRST night) and I want to know if that's my skin 'purging' or something else. I know it's not my time of the month yet so I can rule that out. But it's so easy for me to throw in the towel with this product since I can only look in disgust at what has happened.

    Thanks so much for everything! I really appreciate you're help and look up to you :)

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    1. Hi Carla,

      I would give any products up to 10 days to have any effect - the skin may purge - but it shouldn't be extreme!

      Where do you live Carla?

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    2. It will be a week tomorrow :) so ill keep it up.

      I live in Vancouver, Canada, I might be your biggest fan out here haha thanks so much Caroline .

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    3. Let me know if it doesn't subside.

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    4. Hi Caroline, I've been using effaclar duo for almost 2 weeks now and it hasn't made my skin any better. In fact, its made it worse. Not sure what ill do now though. Was thinking of trying DDF sulphur mask, what do you think about that?

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  25. Hello!
    Congrats on the success of the clinic... Like everyone else am totally in love with the whole idea and your advice has helped me improve my skin a shedload.

    Just wondering what you would recommend for horizontal lines on forehead (the ceases left when you raise eyebrows) I have two... they aren't majorly deep but always there! Im 25 with oily/combination acne prone skin. Have been using elemis pro-collagen marine cream just on forehead area, just to use it up really, but don't think I've seen much improvement. Use liquid gold 3nights a week, clarins lotus oil other nights, and alpha h/vichy as a day moisturiser.

    Thanks once again!!

    xx

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    1. Keep going with the Liquid Gold and the Clarins oil. Short of Botox - nothing will make the lines go - but the LG will strengthen collagen and delay as long as possible.

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  26. Hi Caroline, it's Stacey from previous clinics (with very red, sore, inflamed and spotty skin around my nose and chin, but mainly nose)

    Thank you so much for your help recently. I took a look at the Pai website, and, I hope you don't think I'm acting like I need to be spoon fed but I was wondering if I could ask your advice for moisturisers. I think you mentioned I probably have oily and dehydrated skin. So I don't know whether to go for the 'dry sensitive/dehydrated' or the 'combination sensitive', which I guess would include oily skin?

    I have also been using the liquid gold twice-ish a week for the past few weeks and I haven't really noticed a difference, should I continue to use it do you think?

    I also wanted to say, that just in the last few days as I have been using moisturiser in the mornings, sometimes two applications, my make up has lasted much, much longer. In fact, it is still present now and I put it on at 10am! Let's hope this continues, Thanks again!

    Stacey

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    1. I'd go combination sensitive to start. Yes keep going on the Liquid Gold. And you're very welcome.

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  27. I can't explain how awesome you are!
    I am 22, was diagnosed with Polycystic Ovary Syndrome. I have Hormonal acne all the time due to the syndrome. Lots of testosterone I think.

    First question. What do you think of Lush products?

    So far I have been using Ultrabland oil based cleanser, Angels on Bare Skin and a couple of masks. I haven't noticed much difference but I think thats due to the PCOS and trying to get my hormones balanced.

    I have combination skin, meaning I am very oily but I am also very dry.

    Second question. Under my nostrils I have 2 red veins, very thin but very red. I have had them for as long as I can remember. Too be honest the whole area under my nose and above my lips has some sort of red discolouration and dryness. I am using a Lush moisturiser, which I think helps (Imperalis and Celestial). But would you suggest anything for it and what this could be?

    I am a student and could probably only afford £20 and under. I would like to spend more but not right now (most of my money is going on supplements like Flax seed oil, Zinc, Selenium, etc.)

    Thirdly, I use Estee Lauders Double Wear due to the redness of my acne and it really does hide alot, but I find that one the foundation dries my whole face goes patchy, particulary around the nose, lip, chin and eye areas. I have tried the method of waiting at least ten minutes for my moisturiser to sink in but I still see some dryness.

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    1. I think you're dehydrated - not perhaps dry. Read the cheat sheet on dry v dehydrated ----> over there on the sidebar.
      You're right to spend on supplements - I'm not huge on Lush to treat acne or severe problems - I'm a bit of a fan of chemicals tbh.

      The two red veins can be gotten rid of with veinwave therapy in about 2 seconds - no cream will do anything for them.

      I think if you have PCOS you need to step up to pharmacy brands like La Roche Posay, Lierac and Avene - all of which are affordable and under £20.

      Treat yourself as dehydrated though - definitely.

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  28. Oops Would it be ok to apply Liquid gold to my acne?? I'm 22 and I know it is for anti-aging but it seems to work a treat for acne and I am tempted :)

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    1. Absolutely. I do. I even apply it to broken skin. *whatever* :)

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  29. Hi, I am 30 and have extremely oily skin which has gotten worse since i've come off birth control five years ago. I feel like I'm doing too much to my skin right now, constantly switching things up and adding new products. I honestly don't know what's working for me right now and what's making it worse. So here's what I'm using:

    3 nights a week use Philosophy Purity Cleanser with my Clarisonic, followed by the Dr. Dennis Gross Alpha Beta Peel, and then Boscia recharging night moisture. On the alternating nights, I use Liz Earle C&P followed by either the Mario Badescu Glycolic Toner or the Liz Earl tonic, DDF benzoyl peroxide gel, and the Boscia night moisture.

    In the AM, I use Dr. Perricone Skin Clear Cleanser, Caudalie Beauty Elixir, Eminince eight greens youth serum, and Murad Essential C day moisturizer spy 30.

    I'd like to know what I should change, or get rid of completely? Any recommendations would be greatly appreciated.

    THANK YOU SO MUCH!

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    1. I forgot to add that I tend to have breakouts around my chin at any given time, sometimes just a few and sometimes i'm overloaded!

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    2. Keep: Murad, Causalie, Perricone, Eminince, Badescu, DDF and Dr Gross
      Ditch: Philosophy, Clarisonic, Liz Earle - and the Boscia is for dry skin

      You need a decent cleanser - where do you live and what can you afford? No foaming, no SLS - balm please and no mineral oil.

      And yes I'm being bossy and to the point - its nearly lunch! :)

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    3. Thanks for your reply! To answer your questions, I live in the US but am not opposed to ordering products from overseas. As for price, at the rate I've been switching out products and trying new things, I will just be happy to get into a steady routine... so I'm open to anything!

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    4. I would just add a balm cleanser - stick to the 'keep' list and let it settle in to a routine?

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    5. Thanks for the advice, I'm going to give Clinique Take the Day Off cleansing balm a whirl since it is readily available in the US and moderately priced.

      I think i've known that my Clarisonic was causing more problems than it was eliminating, but sometimes it is just so hard to give up an expensive product after you've shelled out so much money for it! Bottom line is, I need to listen to my skin and stop trying to rationalize an expensive purchase. :(

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  30. Hi Caroline,

    A real quickie. I read you hate the DermaRoller treatment. Is there anything you'd recommend for old pitted acne scars or am I stuck with 'em? I suspect I am...

    Thanks x

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    1. It's not that I HATE it - I just don't like it! ;)

      I would say you are mostly stuck with them - vitamin a creams are your best bet. Do you still get them?

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    2. No, I mainly just get dark scars that fade with time and products. Recently started using Pai's Rosehip oil and love it. Pesky teenage acne. Hmph! Thank you!

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  31. Hey there !

    I wrote to you a few clinics ago saying thank you for your blog and your recommendations, and that I was in love with Biologique Recherche, I use their P50 lotion and I got the Creme Dermopurifiante today because I loved the samples they gave me. I was reading the ingredients and Mineral Oil (paraffinium liquidium) is the 4th ingredient ! I'm 24 and have adult acne, my skin can't bear benzoyl peroxyde but every time I used this cream, especially on my acne areas, it looked so much better... I don't really know what to do since i found out it has mineral oil...I'd love to have your opinion on that, is it possible to not break out from an product that has mineral oil ?
    Here's the inci list : water, propylene glycol, cetyl alcohol, strearic acid, palmitic acid, triethanolamine, lanolin oil, sodium hyaluronate, hydrolized silk, mimosa bark extract, arnica extract, hydrocotyl extract, yeast extract, bladderwrack extract, horsetail extract, cucumber fruit extract, birch bark extract, ivy extract, thyme extract, yarrow extract, lavender extract, horse chestnut extract, myrtle extract, onion bulb extract, myrrh resin extract, with hazel bark/leaf/twig extract, st john's wort flower/leaf/stem extract, lactic acid, gluconolactone pyridoxine hcl, thiamine hcl, citric acid, urea, allantoin, serine, vinegar, rhizobian gum, magnesium chloride, magnesium nitrate, niacinamide, absorbic acid, tea-lactate, sodium lactate, salicylic acid, sodium benzoate, glycerin, sorbitol, ceteareth-33, cetearyl alcohol, carbomer, chlorphenesin, methylparaben, ehtylparaben, propylparaben, potassium sorbate, alcohol.

    Thank you so much for your help !! xxx

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  32. sorry me again, i forgot to add mineral oil in the inci list above, silly me...it came after cetyl alcohol

    xx

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    1. Hi Shabina,

      Here's the thing:

      I love BR - and their creams DO work - they do unfortunately use two things I don't love - mineral oil and lanolin. BUT - if it is working for you? Stick with it. Definitely.

      The good ingredients really outweigh the bad in that cream - people have a thing about propylene glycol too - I don't because it helps kill the germ specific to acne so sod it - if you're happy - crack on!

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  33. Hi Caroline, I absolutely love your blog, I have started using a couple of products you recommended (L G and Emma Hardie) and love them now. I am 43 (yesterday!) and I would like to try Perricone MD products as I think I might need to bring on the big guns (my skin is good but I think, as you say I need to step away from the organic natural stuff now) and was thinking about two products in particular - the face firming activator and the Eye Lift. Two questions, is it okay to use Liquid Gold and the FFA (both containing glycolic acid) and basically, is the eye lift any good for puffy prone eyes (my main problem). My puffiness is definitely hormone related (worse at certain times of the month) but would still invest if I thought it would help (even a bit) thanks so much

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    1. Thank you!

      Yes to the activator, the eye lift I am still trialling but to be honest I would need a crane for my eyes (surgery) so its hard for me to say. Yes to both the LG and the FFA at the same time.

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  34. HI there

    I was wondering what you would recommend and it there is a way to help firm up eyelids?

    Thank you

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  35. Hi Caroline

    I really hope that you can help me. Firstly, you rcently recommended Heal Gel for fading red acne scars a couple of weeks ago and I've seen a little bit of a difference already, so thanks for that!

    I'm 27 and for aroud 6 months now I have been getting acne on my cheeks and jaw and the odd neck spot too. At the moment I have a particular one on my cheek that is huge and really painful. I cleanse with MAC Cleanse off Oil and have been moisturising with Vichy Normaderm at night and La Roche Posay (spf20) in the morning. I also use Origins Out of Trouble mask a couple of times a week. Can you please advise me of something that will get rid of the spots? I keep thinking that it's better then I will get a few big sore ones on my cheeks again and it's really getting me down.

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    1. Sorry, forgot to mention my other main problem - I am always really really dry around my eyes. The outer corners, tops of the inside and directly underneath are always dry and the outer corners are often very red. Any ideas why or how I can help this? I'm very dark under my eyes and concealer just looks cakey because of the dryness.

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  36. Hi

    I have normal/combination skin, but recently I started using Alpha H liquid gold again and it has brought me out in lots of spots (including those big red bumps under the skin). I also have found my skin is very sensitive and stings when I put any moisturiser on it, which was happening sometimes before I started using liquid gold. Can you recommend a treatment/mask that will calm my skin down but also help with the spots?

    Thanks

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  37. Hi Caroline,
    I am 21 and to be honest I don't have horrendous skin. There are a couple of things that do slightly bug me though. I currently have a small dry patch just above the middle of my upper lip at the 'cupid's bow' area. I have tried numerous products to try and soothe the dryness but nothing seems to be working. I upped my water intake, changed my moisturisers and started using oil based products but nothing seems to get rid of this patch. I also have slight dry patches at the corners of my lip and dry lips. Is there any reason in particular why my dryness is concentrated around my lip area? I have very sensitive skin and suffer from eczema so which products would you recommend to treat this problem? I have recently purchased the healgel intense gel and tonight is the first time I have used it. Hoping the results will be good.
    Thank you!!

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