Thursday, 12 April 2012

Clinic on Thursday - Clinic is Closed.

THANKS EVERYONE - CLINIC IS NOW CLOSED. I'LL BE WORKING ON YOUR ANSWERS FROM TOMORROW.


It's back!  Thank you for all of your comments and replies to my replies over the last few clinics. I love how interactive it has become and know that all of our conversations are helping other readers with similar problems.

Let me know how I can help! 

130 comments:

  1. I have two questions...
    1. I bought the perricone omega 3 supplements and have been taking 3 a day as recommended on the bottle. Would you recommend taking more to improve my skin, if so how much and for how long?
    2. Have you tried any Karin Herzog products?
    Thank you!

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    1. I take between 6 and 9 depending on the day and my mood1 :)
      If you are taking them for skin 3 should be more than enough. I do tend to take more when i;m having a flare-up though..

      Karin Herzog is mineral oil based. :(

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    2. I tried Karin Herzog years ago when it was in Selfridges (before I made the connection between mineral oil and cysts on my skin) and I had nothing but trouble while I was using it. Not convinced about the oxygen theory either.

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    3. Thank you so much, I'll stick to 3 a day for now but might do a month of 6 or 9 to see what the difference is.

      I've been using a karin herzog moisturiser (vita-a-kombi 2) and have liked it although not loved it, and it's expensive, and I didn't know it was mineral oil based! Can you recommend an alternative moisturiser for me? I'm 31 and do get breakouts on my chin but am also interested in something anti-ageing.

      Thank you again, and thank you Grace. I wouldn't say I have cysts as such but they're more than just 'blemishes' at times so that's an interesting comment.

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    4. If you want to spend a similar amount try Algenist. Grace and I both rate it.

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    5. Would definitely say the Algenist does a lot more for my face than the Karin H ever did.

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  2. Morning

    I've cut out as much sugar as I can from my diet but still use Splenda as a sweetener, I can't bear tea/coffee without it.I don't drink a lot of either throughout the day perhaps 4/5 cups at the most. Is Canderel/Splenda bad for your skin as sugar is, I've read negative reports that state it's just sugar disguised in another form. I'm confused, help!

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    1. Xylitol.
      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Xylitol

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  3. Hi Caroline!
    I have an age old question - do you know anything good for stretch marks that actually WORKS?!.. I read something you said here before that if they are not pink anymore there is no hope (I think?!) but I am pretty confident mine would fall into the 'pink' category so am very hopeful!! (also slightly panicking at how much time I have until they are a lost cause!!)

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    1. If they are pink and still have blood flow you can try any number of stretch mark creams/potions/treatments. The strongest healer though is pure rosehip oil. Could prove costly to rub all over your body - but at least yu may find creams with that included? If you want me to run an eye over any you see just let me know.

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  4. hello
    I need advice on how to safe/protect my skin & would like to learn about the products that are best for my skin type.

    my problems are :
    1.large pores ( Iam using Dior for refining pores ).
    2.Iam starting to have liver spots on my skin (my skin tone seems uneven & my skin texture does not look healthy or smooth (& Iam using Elemis tri enzyme resurfacing mask).
    3. fine wrinkles & puffness under my eyes & Iused Estee Lauder advanced repair night cream for two weeks but Inoticed it made my problem worse so Istopped it & I used 'Bliss' oxgyn eyes mask but still with no use.
    4. Ihave dry skin & Iam using Avenoo (skin releif) cuz you scolded me & told me to stop using vasline & baby oil johnson :).


    best regards,
    Ps. I send you photos of my skin on email before one month but after that I have not heared from you so Iam hoping now to get an advice from you please.

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    1. Hi Dolores,

      The only thing you can do with large pores is disguise them cosmetically. No cream will shrink them - don't waste your money.
      If you are prone to liver spots - use an spf daily and products with vitamin A in them at night.
      Use an eye gel as opposed to a cream - lighter and better for puffiness. No mineral oil and no lanolin near the eyes! Sleep elevated, not flat, and not on your front. Cut down salt.
      Dry skin on your body? or Face?

      I don't know if i saw your photos Dolores! Let me check. Sorry!

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  5. Hi Caroline! just a couple of quick questions - thanks for taking the time to run Beauty Clinic, I love reading all the comments and your responses.

    1. What is your take on facial oils for daytime? I usually use a tinted moisturiser and my skin is normal-combi (little bit of rough texture on the cheeks I'm trying to smooth out). I'm using Pai rosehip oil at night at the moment, and I was using one or two drops under my day moisturiser but I read your post on NO VITAMIN A in the day, so now I'm a bit nervous about doing that. Would 1-2 drops of argan oil be any good? Some came in my beauty box so I was wondering if that would be a good replacement? Or should I ditch the oils and go for a Vit C serum instead?
    2. Do I need two separate eye creams for day/night? With and without SPF respectively? If so what might you recommend (I'm 21 this year)
    3. Do you think the new REN clarifying toner (which has a bit of lactic acid) would help with my skin texture?

    Sorry for so many questions and thanks once again xx

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    1. Hi Kay!

      Ok

      1. Pai Rosehip is fine if you want to use during the day - although you would be better with a Vit C serum as you say to give antioxidant protection. I don't use oils during the day personally.
      2. No you don't need two separate eye creams! (Says the woman who owns 40+) - Use the same day and night - I don't use SPF in eye cream - I use it in my makeup and wear sunglasses.

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    2. Sorry! Hit wrong button!

      Yes the REN toner would be good for skin texture. Lactic acid works topically. I had a play with it yesterday actually - nice.

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    3. Hi Caroline - thanks lots!! - anything else you'd rec for the skin texture? It's quite distressing and it's been around a while (I was on accutane but somehow I still got more scarring than I did when on antibiotics...) I got some Filorga Meso C on major discount - do you think that will help?

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    4. Texture-wise you could try either Alpha-H Liquid Gold or P50v - both blogged about previously - both great for texturising the skin.

      x

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  6. Can you recommend a good cleanser, toner/serum, exfoliator & moisturiser for combo/oily skin, sensitive & acne prone with old acne scars & blackheads. Thanks

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    1. P.s I'm 26, no budget

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    2. Wow. A test question or what?! :)

      I'm going to give you the most affordable ideas I can - but I don't know what 'no budget' means so you may have to adjust to suit?

      I would suggest you try and Alpha-H trial kit from QVC - try either the balancing cleanser or micro cleanse - then you don't need a separate exfoliator. try one of the kits for oil/combination - like this one: http://www.qvcuk.com/ukqic/qvcapp.aspx/view.2/app.detail/params.item.200839/walk.yah.UKHB~UKB1~UKMC

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    3. haha sorry!! i meant im happy to spend on more expensive products. would you recommend the EH balm for my skin type? or still to products aimed at oily/combination? def want to try alpha H though!! thank you

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    4. You can use the Emma Hardie - that's fine - just make sure you massage well and get it all off properly.
      And then get the kits from Alpha.

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  7. My lips are always dry & rough & lipstick always looks awful. What lip balm would you recommend?

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    1. Lucas Papaw ointment is AMAZING. Exfoliate with your hot flannel (if following The Hirons Regime), then put a layer on before bed, and wake up with a luscious smacker!

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    2. Hi Anonymous - and Domrocks :),

      I can't use Lucas because its mineral oil based. I once had it massaged all over my face and felt like I was suffocating. The effect will be temporary too as once you stop using it, you'll dry out again.

      When my lips are past the point of no return I use Blistex Relief Cream. It does contain lanolin etc but it also contains camphor and peppermint and is ridiculously addictive. *hangs head in shame*
      http://www.blistex.co.uk/Product-Formulation?BlistexProductID=9&ProductName=Relief%20Cream

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  8. Hi! Happy belated second birthday.
    I'm 18 and my skin texture is awful! I have clogged pores and it's dehydrated, to the point where I cannot find a foundation that doesn't highlight my skins texture or be sucked up so it looks cakey.
    I was using a full Liz Earle routine but I'm finding it's not for me, the cleanser is one of the few that doesn't sting my eyes.
    What products should I be using for my skin?

    Thankyou so much, I love your blog.

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    1. I'm with you on this one. 18, clogged pores, dry skin. Not so much dry/dehydrated at the moment because i've been putting on lots of moisterizers but still clogged :( hope we both get some help.

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    2. Hi Anonymous and Stacey,

      Firstly - if you are using products that are well-known but don't suit you - then stop using them.

      You're not getting a good enough cleanse - which means your moisturiser won't penetrate properly and do its job which means your foundation will absorb too and make you 'patchy'.

      Change your cleansing routine first - switch up for a balm cleanser. Read through my cheat sheets on cleansing and dehydrated v dry.

      Buy a clay mask - use 2 x week.

      Then come back to me!

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  9. Morning BM
    Mine is an age related promblem,skin slackness around the jaw line
    I know their are no miracle products just need something to lessen the look
    Don't like products that put film over the skin then peel off
    I would like something that's not topical which washes off at the end of the day
    Would rather invest in a longer term treatment
    thankyou joyx

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    1. Hi Joy!

      The only long term treatment you can really do is use creams with peptides - and more importantly - massage with oils at night and REALLY MASSAGE - don't just put them on and hope for the best. Read this: do it with oil as opposed to cleanser. And let me know how you get on.

      http://www.beautymouth.com/2010/04/massage-not-for-faint-hearted.html

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  10. Morning

    I have really red plotchy skin at the moment with little raised red bumps on my cheeks and forehead and chin. What could I do to get rid of the redness etc? Also I have quite large pores on my nose, forehead and chin, and no idea how to make them smaller and make my skin look clearer. HELP! X

    Thanks

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    1. Hi Anonymous,

      I need to know what you are using on your skin before I can suggest what it may be. It sounds inflamed - which could be food intolerance, products, not cleansing properly - anything really!

      What are you using?!

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    2. I use the no7 beautiful gel cleanser for dry skin in the evenings and the elemis tri enzyme facial wash in the mornings, I use the elemis soothing apricot toner and the caudalie quenching sorbet creme sometimes I use the no7 calm redness relief balm at night. I also have the Estée Lauder idealist.

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    3. hi
      I use the no7 beautiful gel cleanser for dry skin in the evenings and the elemis tri enzyme facial wash in the mornings, I use the elemis soothing apricot toner and the caudalie quenching sorbet creme, sometimes I use the no7 calm redness relief balm at night. I also have the Estée Lauder idealist.

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    4. Change your cleanser. Drop foaming and washes. Move to balms and oils - all natural. Idealist can also cause red lumps - it does on me.

      Cx

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    5. Silly question but what is a balm and which one do you recommend?
      Thanks for your help x

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  11. Hello Caroline,
    I am so glad I came across your blog! I live in sunny and humid Malaysia and have combination dry skin which is sensitive. I get small spots occasionally and have permanent rashes on my cheeks! I'm currently using the following skincare products:

    Cleanser: Liz Earle Cleanse and Polish hot cloth cleanser
    Toner: Liz Earle Instant Boost Skin Tonic
    Day cream: Clarins UV White HP Velvet Emulsion SPF20
    Night cream: currently finishing off Liz Earle's moisturiser.

    What cleanser and moisturiser would you recommend? I need a cream which is hydrating (as products don't seem to soak into my skin although my skin can get dry) yet easily absorbed as anything that goes on my face seems to make me sweat in the hot sun!

    I've read your previous advice to not use Liz Earle skincare users--is there any reason why? I'm worried in case it may not be right for my skin type!

    Looking forward to reading your reply :)

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    1. Hi Najia,

      I haven't told everyone not to use Liz Earle - Just people who are using it and showing signs of redness/irritability - which you are. The Cleanse and polish contains camphor - which can be an irritant to some skins. The permanent red rashes on your cheeks would suggest the same.

      I would change cleanser in the first instance and when you can, switch to Clarins Hydra Quench range - much lighter and more hydrating for your hot and humid climate. Use hydrating products - stay away from things labelled 'nourishing' etc. Use a non-mineral balm/oil based cleanser and if you can get it over there - Caudalie Beauty Elixir - very refreshing and great for that weather and comb skin.

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  12. Oh and I also forgot to ask you about eye cream. I presume I have dehydrated skin around the eyes too as concealer settles in the fine lines around my eyes and budge like crazy! I'm currently using Eucerin moisturising eye cream but I recently noticed that there may be tiny milia.

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    1. Again its because you need hydration i.e. water - not oil. Switch to a water based cream.

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  13. Hi Caroline,
    Thanks for looking at my question, I'm really pleased I've caught the clinic this time!
    I am getting married in July in Italy (hot!) and I need some advice on how to get my skin in tip top condition for the day (and in general).
    I'm 30 and currently use the following:
    A simple balm cleanser in the evenings with flannel and hot water followed by Origins Checks and Balances.
    For moisturising I use a Garden of Wisdom coconut one (it basically contains coconut in various forms, no essential oils or fragrance etc.) I use a micronised zinc sunscreen from Neal's Yard occasionally and Aveda mineral powder foundation.
    My skin complaints are
    1) congestion / large pores - I have to be vigilant with cleansing as my pores are always full of gunk and a facialist told me I had congested skin under the surface that needed serious help!
    2) Sensitivity and redness - hence the slightly natural bent to my regime so far. I think I have Rosacea which shows more as diffuse redness than spots.
    3) Anti-aging (join the queue..)
    I would be grateful for your input (happy to spend a bit of £ if necessary) and p.s. I've read your cheat sheet on skin care and follow your advice almost to the letter on diet/supplements/not-smoking etc and have done for a long time.
    Thank you so much in advance and sorry everyone for the mega post.
    Dawn

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    1. Hi Dawn! Ok standby because I may be about to upset you. :)

      Just because you have sensitivity and redness does not mean you should stick to natural products. Natural products that contain a lot of essential oils can be more of an irritant than the strongest chemical. Sorry! That would include 4 out of the 5 listed above.

      Stick with a balm cleanser - Balance Me/Alpha-H/Emma H/Oskia/Omorovicza - there's lots out there.

      I think your congestion could be genetic (if the facialist thinks so) but also - the micronized zinc could be causing it. Micronized means its small enough to get in to your pores - ostensibly to give you better protection - but it also stays there - unless you are vigilant about cleansing. So do that first. That, with added mineral powder on top, is a guaranteed blocked pore. I'm surprised you don't need a hoover!

      Let's try and balance out the redness and sensitivity first - then worry about anti-ageing.

      Where do you live?

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    2. Thanks Caroline, this is why we need you! I live in London.

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    3. Try the Fern Clinic in Primrose Hill for a pre-wedding facial - worth the trip.

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  14. Hi Caroline,

    I’ve just discovered your blog, its such a godsend! So generous of you to give so much time to us, thank you =]

    My main problems with my skin are
    -blackheads around my nose/chin
    -loads of noticeable whiteheads on my chin
    -loads of blocked pores on my inner cheeks near nose
    -open pores on my inner cheeks/forehead

    I have sensitive/combination skin. My whiteheads have been there for years, nothing seems to budge them, I have been for facials to get rid of them but to no avail, the facialists seemed decent and they seemed to squeeze a lot of them, but they soon came back just as before. For my blackheads around my nose I generally use Mario badescu silver powder and then a pore strip (terrible, I know, but its so satisfying!), and more recently the origins active clay masque. I have the liquid gold, but when I put that on in the morning my skin seems to be coated in oil. I have a propolis lotion by institut esthederm and that seems to reduce the oil in my face, but not actually reduce any black/whiteheads. I have a couple of salicylic acid spot treatments (a Neutrogena one and an avene exfoliation with aha/bha that i’ve had for a week), and again they seem to help control the oil but do nothing for the actual spots. I also use a benzoyl peroxide 5% on my spots sometimes, which works for angry pimples but not the blackheads/whiteheads.

    My general routine is:
    -Cleanse with cetaphil and a hot flannel and/or clarisonic
    -tone with avene (though only in last 2 weeks)
    -use salicylic acid treatment around nose/chin
    -moisturise with the heaviest cetaphil cream around the perimeters of my face (this seems to work as I have sensiteive skin that is prone to eczema in these areas, the cetaphil keeps my skin soft and moisturised)
    -use Mario badescu/origins mask and pore strip (on my nose AND chin D=) a couple times a week.
    -avene sunscreen for day moisturiser

    so, how do I eliminate the blackheads/whiteheads/blocked pores and reduce my pores? Thanks so much for your time! Alex xx

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    1. Hi Alex.

      Wow. Your poor face. Have a look at that list and see how many times a week you take the time to nourish your skin - not terrorise it. I don't mean to sound harsh but you get out what you put in. Your skin seems to me to be in a constant state of turmoil.

      How old are you? What can you afford product-wise? I need to know both. then we can go from there! :)

      And in the meantime - step AWAY from all the products!

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    2. Hi Caroline,
      I am 21 and a student, but am willing to shell out for products that will actually work for my skin. I also live in Australia so if you could recommend products that are available here that would be great, otherwise i could order them online.
      I have been doing your nightly massage and that seems to have brought some of my whiteheads to small pimples- is this a good sign of my skin purging or is it just my skin stressing out more?
      Thanks! x

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  15. What are your thought on origins checks & balances for acne prone skin? And also eucerin? Currently using their moisturiser as it doesn't seem to break me out like many other moisturisers

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    1. If they work for you keep using them. Simples! :)Keep an eye on the Eucerin for long term use though - could be a little heavy.

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    2. i don't think they are really doing alot for me & when they're finished i'd like to try something else. I see your recommend a balm/oil cleanser. what would be best for oily/acne prone skin. & a moisturiser? anything that will help reduce acne scarring?

      Thank you so much, sorry if you are doing a lot of repeating yourself!!

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  16. PS sorry everyone for the lengthy post! alex

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  17. Hello inspirational lady, I was wondering if you could help. I’m 21, white, very fair. I suffer from persistent breakouts. Sometimes acne cist like stubborn gits and other times, white or yellow headed spots mostly in t-zone or along jaw line. They take a long time to clear up and leave angry red-purple marks that last months. I have had mild-moderate acne in the past and was prescribe antibiotics for it as my skin scars very easily, big mistake and years of stomach problems are only finally over. I also play around with my pill every year to see if I can find a miracle pill, though i’m not sure they’re hormone linked as they aren’t particularly bad at one time. I’m also suffering from quite bad milia, on cheekbones but thankfully not close to eyes. I have taken your advice and switched to products (and makeup) that contain no lanolin or mineral oil and state they are non-cardogenic. I am currently using the Avene range of cleansers (gentle gel cleanser, clearance soap free wash and extremely gentle cream cleanser) no toner, and switch between their Clearance K and Optimale light moisturisers. I use Alpha H liquid gold every few nights but haven’t found it to make a big difference to either milia or spots. I have tried all sorts of ranges and spent far above my means and really don’t feel that anything makes a massive difference. I’m self conscience about my skin and find myself wasting so much time researching ingredients and splurging on miracle products only to be left disappointed. Should I change my diet, take supplements? I just want smooth, healthy looking skin.

    Love your blog.

    Sad reader Sophia
    x

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    1. Try a few things to see how you go:

      I think you're right to avoid antibiotics and hormones via the pill. In extreme circumstances they can help for a very small period of time. In most cases doctors just want us to take pills and go away!

      Try putting a moisturiser on top of the Liquid Gold when you use it to help with the milia.

      And when you run out - try a balm cleanser - will help balance out the oiliness and not dry you out - which is what is causing the milia.

      Supplements - try fish oil - anything between 3 and 9000mg a day - but the high dosage is usually for someone worried about weight too. - I do find that taking a high dose for a week or so has a definite affect on my skin - I do it when I'm having a major flare-up.

      Try that for starters and let me know how you get on?

      Cx

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    2. so sorry if I'm being computer backward and you get three similar replies.

      Many thanks for your help. Can you recommend a milia safe moisturiser and eye cream? I'm nervous putting creams on but you're right about the dryness worsening milia.

      Also, any recommendations for balm cleansers? and should I be using a toner? (which!?!) Don't have a big budget but for the right product willing to spend (anything cheaper than this switching up i've got going on!)

      Thanks, Sophia

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    3. Balm cleansers try Balance me, emma hardie, monu - they are endless - the only criteria is they must be mineral oil and lanolin free.

      Caudalie Beauty Elixir as a toner stage.

      Try samples of Darphin Purifying Balm, try balance me moisturisers.

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    4. Thank you Caroline, I think you're the bees knees :) x

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  18. I am 26 and up until a month ago I was covered with comedones leading to the cystic acne across my entire face (had been like that since I was 13, went through roaccutane, antibiotics etc etc). I would often do careful extractions (!) and remove most of them only for them to reform. From reading your blog I got my godmother to send me over P50 from Paris (they told her that they are opening in London, I’ll get more details on that) and I have been using it for 2 months.

    After one more extraction session where they were practically pooping out (gruesome) I now have no more comedones and no spots, so massive thank you for sharing that it has changed my skin completely. I am however still covered in small blackheads across my tea zone, especially on my chin and nose, and all of my pores are “open” or “visible”. I also have quite deep frown lines and laughter lines (deeper than most my age, probably due to years of wrongly attempting to dry out my skin) so I feel my routine may need to change to combat both the wrinkles and the open/blocked pores.

    I eat a balanced diet, exercise regularly and drink enough water. I am currently using Simple Oil Balancing Exfoliating Wash in the morning followed by P50 and then Simple Clear Skin Oil Balancing Moisturiser. In the evening I using the wash again but this time using a warm (clean) flannel followed by the P50 and then Savlon (it always heals the spots I have very well!?) and then an American moisturizer called CeraVe PM (http://cerave.com/our-products/facial-moisturizing-lotion-pm/). I don’t think my routine is up to scratch so could you suggest a new cleanser and/or mask and a day and a night moisturiser that will help with the pores/blackheads as well as the wrinkles, without making me breakout (which many creams do). The P50 has also made my skin very shiny/oily so maybe something could help with that?

    Your forever indebted reader

    Lizzie

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    1. p.s I also seem to have developed a few milia around my eyes in the last two months, too much exfoliation?

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    2. Hi Lizzie,

      Can you afford more than Simple? I think you're right about your routine. The P50 will make your skin extremely acidic - which kills off the spots and bacteria - but if you don't moisturise with even a little oil, you'll over compensate and produce more. It will also make your wrinkles look more pronounced if you are dehydrated.

      As always - I would suggest a balm cleanser - the balance me one contains oatbran powder and is very gently exfoliatng at the same time - and its not too ££.

      A good clay mask will help with the pores and shine - again balance me - or Clarins - there are a large number of clay masks around, Do that 2 x week.

      What can you afford moisturiser wise?

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    3. I can afford up to say 50 quid at best? Thank you so much for the advice!

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    4. Balm Cleanser, Cay masks, Caudalie Beauty Elixir in the toner stage, try something like Balance Me moisturiser https://www.balanceme.co.uk/face/product-family/daily-essentials/daily-essentials-balancing-face-moisturiser/

      x

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    5. Thank you! sorry one last qn, should I be using a night moisturiser?

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    6. http://www.qvcuk.com/ukqic/qvcapp.aspx/view.2/app.detail/params.item.200487.cm_scid.KeywordSearch

      Just noticed QVC have a try me kit for Balance Me if anyone is interested.

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  19. Hi! I have a quick question about my current routine, im using la roche posay effaclar range- the cleanser, toner and effaclar duo as my moisturiser both morning and night, a clarins spf in the day and then on specific spots I use the effaclar ai spot treatment. I have only been doing this routine for about 3 weeks and have stopped using my clarisonic. However I am wondering if I should still be exfoliating? Also when should I start using the clarisonic again?

    Thanks so much! X

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    1. Also, I recently bought the effaclar k but am totally confused how to use this and the duo. It says both are suitable for all over use twice a day but have read different opinions. Currently using the k in the evening and duo in day, is this right?

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    2. I'd probably use them that way - yes.

      I would use a deep clay mask as opposed to the Clarisonic - they aren't for everyone - they made my acne worse.

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    3. Thank you! Would you recommend exfoliating as well?

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  20. I found your beauty blog by searching for help with SPF and spots. Happy 2nd Birthday.

    I'm 43 and have suffered with spots and GP prescribed antibiotics which help a little and after reading your cheat sheet will be weaning myself of them.

    My problems are blackheads, some white spots and very hard sore angry hard lumps under the skin that don't just appear monthly. I know I shouldn't do it but they hurt and I think squeezing will relieve them, it doesn't and then I'm bleeding and scarring. Vicious circle, should know better. I have sensitive eczema prone skin and have problems with some essential oil/natural products reacting. Lumps mainly appear on T zone but have had the odd one on jaw line.

    I use Alpha H balancing cleanser, liquid gold 3 nights with other nights rejuvenating cream, daily Alpha H Ultra protection SPF30 which I'm finishing and will swop to new SPF 50. I use micro cleanse once a week and Liquid Gold mask. I've noticed the SPF30 contains zinc oxide whereas the SPF50 doesn't, could this be the issue? During the summer months I suffer with more lumps and breakouts and put it down to SPF and sweat. Last summer tried Ultrasun SPF30 face but like to try and keep to one brand. During the winter I use bare minerals make up SPF15.

    My skin had settled recently until warmer weather a few weeks ago and I added the sunscreen back into routine, has this caused the lumps?

    I have also be using Clarisonic since end of February with Alpha h products and was wondering if this may also be the problem? Since using the Clarisonic I have seen an improvement in the blackheads and the overall feel of my skin, but the hard lumps began appearing two weeks ago, two-three weeks are staring to use it. Is this a coincidence? Since reading your many replies advising people to stop using Clarisonic I have done so over the last two days

    Another question, I noticed you rave about cleansing balm, what is you opinion on the new Alpha H cleansing oil?

    I eat a balance diet and exercise regularly. Added Starflower Oil 100mg (GLA)as a supplement, fish oils cause stomach problems.
    Your help and guidance will be much appreciated.

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    1. Hi just wondering if their's any sunscreens you've found to not cause you spots. I too am after a spf 50 everyday facial cream but having acne prone skin am concerned. Greatful for anything you can share.
      Sophia

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    2. Ultrasun once a day formula buy via Amazon/Ifsogo.

      The SPF30 face states it's anti aging moisturiser aswell but they have an SPF50 suitable all over face and body that doesn't react with son's highly reactive skin. Sunscreen on my body is hard to find but for the face is even worse. Their range is the best so far and it's a once a day application under your moisturiser.

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    3. Hi, I also suffer with acne and bad spots and have recently started using clarins uv plus day screen spf 40. It hasn't aggravated any spots/caused new ones and although it is pricey for a small bottle it seems to work and keeps my skin very matt with make up on! Hope this helps

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    4. Thank you so much to the both of you for your kind help. I will look into both Ultrasun and Clarins UV Plus on your recommendations that they are non spot causing. Best wishes x

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    5. p.s. I know alot of us here like Avene, unfortunately, I can't recommend their SPF 50 facial lotion (white tube, not the orange tube) it had a peachy tint which looked very pretty but actually left a terrible white cast and was very oily. If you have very pale very dry skin I think it would be great though and it did not cause me breakouts.

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    6. To the original poster: I was using Bare Minerals and it broke me out in the most terrible hard lumps along my jawline, as well as a thick cluster of spots on my chin. Not sure if you've been using BM recently but that was a huge culprit for me. I think the irritating ingredient is Bismuth Oxychloride, which causes problems for a lot of people. Good luck!

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    7. Hi Anonymous. Hi everyone else!

      OK: Anonymous - I think three things could be your problem - the SPF, The clarisonic and the Bare Minerals.

      I have hormonal acne - I'm 43 in July - and I can't use any of those without problems.

      I love the Alpha-H new oil - its blissful. If fish oil causes problems have you tried flax oil?

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    8. From the original Anonymous, should of used my name! Jane

      What would you suggest for sunscreen for holiday (Florida)? Is Ultrasun better as it's chemical sunscreen? Should I avoid 'natural' sunscreen?

      What make up would you suggest? Avoid mineral makeup altogether and change to fluid? Budget £20/25

      Have been free from clarisonic for 6 days and skin is looking better no new breakouts although I have been using the Alpha H SPF50 (without zinc oxide). Is the Alpha H SPF50 chemical sunscreen?

      Have Linwoods Flax Seed to sprinkle on breakfast, is this OK? Or is capsule with oil better?

      Thanks again for your time and wisdom.

      Thought Bare Minerals would be good for my skin??? Thanks to Kate for your info.

      Thanks to all who commented on my post, nice to know I'm not alone with my problems.

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    9. Original Anonymous again

      Having reviewed the price of foundations on John Lewis website, any recommendations with price range up to £35? Fragrance free please.

      Thanks again for your help.

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  21. Hi

    I've just recently discovered your blog and I'm loving it! I'm 28 and in starting to get deep lines on my neck. Im currently using no7 cleansers and moisturisers. I find them alright. I was wondering if you could recommend some good products for my age as some of the products you've spoken about are for a more mature skin.

    Tanx a mil xx

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    1. Hi!

      For your age you could try a whole heap of brands - Ren, Balance ME, Elemental Herbology - I would move away from the No.7 myself - step it up a gear. You've got a few more years before you're 'mature' yet but prevention is better than cure. :)
      Go for a great cleanser, a great serum and a good moisturiser. Remember the stages: great, great, good.

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  22. Headstaggers8yka12 April 2012 at 13:35

    Hello Again, need a steer once again!

    How do we (you are kin to me now :)) feel about Sunday Riley. I had coveted this from afar a while back but I couldn't get my grubby hands on it so I never tried any of it. It has just become available in the uk (CultBeauty) so yes, I immediatley forgot everything that you have told me and your loyal followers and hit the 'Pay Now' button as soon as I possibly could. I now have the Ceramic Cleanser and a sample of Juno (which I am liking a lot). But I am not sure if it fits with the Hirons Commandments.

    Here is my current evening routine:- Cleanse 1 (EH Balm); Cleanse 2...if needed (SR Ceramic Slip); P50 (I smell like old mens socks but yet I love it !?); Juno Oil.

    Is this good/bad/other????

    Your advice is, once again, much appreciated! xx

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    1. No that's lovely - carry on. :)

      You may need a light moisturiser - water based - on top at certain points if you get dehydrated?

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  23. Hello,
    I have sent you an email with 2 scary photos of my just cleansed face with the subject 'clinic photos'. Basically, I'm only 19 but my skin always used to be almost perfect, I hardly ever got spots/blackheads and if I did it was on my nose only! I was using the clinique 3 step system (no. 2 toner) about 3 times a week and once with a cheap abrasive exfoliator. I then tried the the whole liz earle routine, for combination skin, for about a year (morning and night - I really wanted to like it) which has left me like the photos.

    I am struggling to work out my skin type as it seems to be extremely dry round the corners of my mouth and nose, slightly oily t-zone, spots where I never used to get spots (cheeks/forehead/chin), clogged pores on my nose and generally quite sensitive (this is not new). For the past month I have been using:
    Origins perfect world cream cleanser,United state balancing toner, balanced diet moisturiser, drink up intensive mask and modern friction exfoliator.
    However, the photos were taken yesterday.

    Sorry for such a long one, if you need more info let me know.
    Thank you! Hannah.

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    1. Hi Hannah,

      As you're only 19 and probably short in ££? - try changing up one thing at a time - change your cleanser first to a non-foaming one. Stick to natural balms/oils.

      You've got a typical combination skin - esp for your age. (No condescension intended) - How is you diet? Do you supplement at all?

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    2. Hello,

      Yeah, nothing too pricey but I'm happy to pay a little more for my skin. Is there a specific one that you think would be best for me?

      I take daily A,C and D tablets. I wouldn't say my diet is the worst but certainly not as good as it could be, my weaknesses are chocolate and mcnuggets!

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  24. Hiya Boss

    Current skincare all down to you. Emma Hardie for cleanser, lierac for toner, darphin for moisturiser during the day. Same for the evening, except alternating liquid gold or blue orchid oil.

    I'm running down the last of the Liz Earle stocks and have ran out of clay mask. I quite liked it, but not the smell and Eve Lom rescue mask makes my eyes water. What do you recommend? I'm 26, oily, dehydrated and blackheady. Also, I should proabably be using a serum right?

    *bows down*
    Steph x

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    1. Balance Me Clay Mask is lovely. Try the Intral serum from Darphin if you're red - otherwise try the hydra range for dehydration?

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    2. I've got a bit of redness on my cheeks and around my nose (a few thread veins, nothing that can't be covered with a bit of concealer, like you, I deserve an invite to Francois' house) and some fine lines around my eyes and forehead which I assume is dehydration - they're fine straight after a bath or shower. I use hydraquench light from Darphin which seems to be really helping, I'll give the hydraquench serum as the redness doesn't bother me at all.
      I'll order the balance me clay cleanser in the meantime.

      THANK YOU! You really are a star for doing this. xxx

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  25. Hi. I am interested in the Algenist concentrated restructuring serum as I've seen amazing reviews for this, but the second ingredient is dimethicone. This is something that concerns me, but I'm not sure if I should be worried or not. What are your thoughts?

    Also, you have recommended I change from Liquid Gold to White Gold, or Liquid Gold Radiance, but I can't find an ingredients list anywhere so I'm wondering whether the LGR will still take care of blackheads as well as pigmentation?

    Thanks so much x

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    1. Hi Gillian,

      I'm fine with dimethicone tbh - its a great healer and can suspend the active ingredients in its formulation to ensure they penetrate the skin.

      And yes the LG Radiance should still help with blackheads.

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  26. Hey lovely, I think you chatted to someone else about this but i cant find it... the little cuts/cracks at the sides of your mouth. Mine have split. Have been using EA 8 our cream (contains mineral oil :/) and tips/tricks/advice? Thanks xx

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    1. It was a couple of weeks ago in the clinic I think? Try supplementing with zinc and omega oils - blistex relief cream may provide more relief than 8HC.

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    2. It was me and heal gel was recommended :)

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  27. Hi Caroline

    I absolutely love ur blog!!

    I'm 27 and I've noticed some fine lines forming on my forehead. My skin is quite dehydrated on my forehead, and I breakout all the time on my chin and I also have some scars left on my chin from picking at spots.
    I'm not on the pilll and the only thing I take is evening primrose oil.
    I cleanse my skin in the morning with simple cleansing gel and use simple toner. I moisturise with no7 beautiful skin normal/dry. I cleanse my make up off in the evening with simple cream cleanser.
    Can you please helpme sort my skin out!?
    Xx

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    1. I certainly can. Stop using Simple and No.7.

      What can you afford?

      Use a balm cleanser, good mint/rosemary based toner/moisturiser that is hydrating based. Let me know.

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  28. Hi Caroline,

    Just a quick question on behalf of my dad. His birthday is coming up this Sunday, and I wanted to surprise him with new skincare (he's recently becoming self-conscience about his face). So here are his problems he'd like to address:

    1) Oily skin (like, you can fry eggs on his forehead oily)
    2) Pronounced pores
    3) Any anti-ageing products he would need at his age (57!)

    Thanks a bunch! ♥

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    1. Sorry I've missed his birthday! :(

      Try Anthony For Men - affordable, clean and do what they say on the tin. :)

      Happy Birthday Dad!

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    2. I'll let him know :) thanks for the suggestions. But I have a feeling he's going to like his cake better :p

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  29. Hi, have been religiously following the advice you have given in previous posts (balm cleanser, caudalie beauty elixir and LG or Clarins oil on alternate nights. Two months in my skin looks clearer and brighter most of the time. A couple of really stupid questions this time though:
    1. Should I double cleanse with 2 different cleansers or can I cleanse, dry my face then use the same one again (on the basis that I've finally found a cleanser I like and don't want to start messing again!)

    2. I took flaxseed oil high dosage before and broke out in huge spots on my cheeks, I persisted with the supplements but it kept getting worse and it was the only thing I could contribute it to: can you suggest something to do?

    Many thanks xx

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    1. Hi Hannah,

      no you can use the same cleanser twice no problem - stop using the supplements

      have you tried omega oils? Every skin is different - intolerances can always be different.

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    2. No, I just freaked out about the flaxseed and didn't want to try anything else. Might pluck up courage and get a high quality fish oil. Thanks once again!!

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  30. Hello! (again). And Happy Birthday. It's my birthday today, and what luck, it falls on clinic day!

    So. Random question. As a treat to myself, I bought the much raved about Caudalie Eau de Beaute Elixir. I tested it in Boots and adored it and then found and bought the smaller size in a chemist in West London. Thing is, it has an ever so funky smell about it, like I've been sat in the kitchen of an Indian Restaurant! Not really the smell i was going for. Does the Elixir go off? I wonder if it's just old and slightly rotten and spicy smelling. Thanks!

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    1. I would consider that it is off. It should smell really minty and of rosemary.

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  31. Hi Caroline,

    Like everyone else i'm a massive fan of your blog and really appreciate you taking the time to do this!

    I'm 28 and have spent an obscene amount of money over the years, desperately trying to find a skincare routine that I am happy with. I have combination skin (oily t-zone and increasingly dry cheeks) and whilst I don't have acne, I am never without a spot or three. I have tried everything from Eve Lom (gave me horrendous cystic spots) to Clarins,Lancome, Eucerin, Liz Earle (again - gave me a face full of spots and redness!) and all of the cheaper high street brands.

    I'm finding that no matter what type of cleanser I use, my face seems to be really dry after I cleanse. The water is pretty hard where I live so i think it might be this. I'm tempted to try a micellar water instead to see if this makes a difference, but I know you advocate always cleansing with water and a flannel. I ordered a sample of the Pai cleanser but this gave me lots of spots on my cheeks after a couple of uses so i'm a bit scared to use it anymore!

    At the moment i'm just using Cetaphil cleanser and moisturising lotion,which is ok but still leaves me with dry patches on my nose/cheeks. I know i should probably start using something with anti-ageing properties but pretty much every moisturiser breaks me out. I'd be really grateful if you could suggest a simple routine that I could try.

    Sorry for the essay and thank you very much!

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    1. You haven't tried a natural oil based balm cleanser based on that list. Eve Lom is pure mineral oil - it WILL break you out.

      Try one of the balm cleansers - will do a post on the best ones - it's clearly needed :)

      if your skin is SO reactionary - try changing one thing at a time - cleanser first - then the rest - and keep me posted!

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  32. hi
    I'm 46 with sensitive red skin which goes horridly red on nose and cheeks when hot, embarrassed or drinking - all of which will happen when I get married this June! I use Clinique anti red moisturiser and cream, and Liz.earle hot cloth cleanser. Is there a miracle cream/serum/make up for redness?
    Fingers crossed!
    X

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    1. Stop using the C&P - the camphor in it will make your redness worse. I know that goes against the Law of must use Liz Earle but there we are. :)

      Start on the Darphin Intral Range now - and you won;t have any problems come wedding day! :)

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  33. Hi Caroline

    What is your opinion on Dior hydra life moisturiser? I've got dehydrated skin and was told to try this!

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    1. I tend to buy my skincare from facialist/doctor/speciality brands.

      I would buy colour and fragrance from Dior.

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  34. How do you feel about products like PanOxyl? Benzoyl peroxide. It burnt my face badly and lots of peeling, so I came off and I moisturised it non stop with Origins Dry Intensive mask, which definitely helped, my skin looks alot better but I'm terrified to go back on the stuff. I started at 2.5 and then went to 5%.

    Also I am 22 and from reading other peoples questions about eye cream and anti-wrinkle creams I'm getting worried that I am not doing enough at my age. I'm interested in La Roche and Avene. I just wanted to ask you before I start spending. I am currently using Cetaphil moisturiser day and night.

    Thankyou!! :)

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    1. Really interested to know if La Roche or Avene do a good eye cream, I know some of the Avene ones contain mineral oils and we all know that that's BADDDD....

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    2. You have no need to be doing that to your face if you're 22. That is all!

      I like a mixture of LRP and Avene - Cetaphil cleanser is ok but i wouldn't use the moisturiser.

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  35. How do you feel about products like PanOxyl? Benzoyl peroxide. It burnt my face badly and lots of peeling, so I came off and I moisturised it non stop with Origins Dry Intensive mask, which definitely helped, my skin looks alot better but I'm terrified to go back on the stuff. I started at 2.5 and then went to 5%.

    Also I am 22 and from reading other peoples questions about eye cream and anti-wrinkle creams I'm getting worried that I am not doing enough at my age. I'm interested in La Roche and Avene. I just wanted to ask you before I start spending. I am currently using Cetaphil moisturiser day and night.

    Thankyou!! :)

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    1. You don't need to do that to your face if you're only 22!

      I like a mixture of LRP and Avene - And Cetaphil I would use the cleanser as a quick wash in the morning - but I wouldn't use the moisturiser..

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  36. Hi Caroline, love your blog it's my current bible after hearing about you on gemsmaquillage's blog!!!

    I would love some advice on my skin please, I'm 25 and have combination and sensitised skin, for years I tried all of the top brands to clear up acne including skin peels but for the past 10 months I have been using liz earle products....c&p, toner, moisturiser light for day and super skin concentrate at night as well as weekly exfoliating and masks also with liz earle products, my skin has calmed down somewhat but I still have many spots which I am trying to tackle with diet changes for the past few months and also taking fish oil supplements and burdock root supplements, I know I need to stick at the diet a bit longer for affects but is there anything you would recommend skin care wise to hurry it along? I tend to be afraid to try new products in fear of flaring up acne!! My main issue is acne scars and I would live advice on a product for this???

    Thank you for your time xxx

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    1. Ps.....I am about to purchase the Caudalie beauty elixir after reading through your blog.....was also going to purchase "this works clean skin 5 in 1 water" cleanser but am going to wait for your reply before I order....would you recommend this cleanser as one to use for taking off my make up before using my c&p??

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    2. You don't need a separate eye MU remover with C&P. And yes I would recommend the Caudalie. I love it.

      And as an aside - the C&P flares up my acne - if you are still getting spots try switching.

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    3. Thanks Caroline, which cleanser would you suggest I switch to? The balm one that you use? I was sticking it out with the liz Earle as everyone raves about it so much and just thought maybe I needed to stick it out long enough for my skin to settle down, I've used so many different skin care brands and spent ridiculous amounts of money and nothing seems to make any difference so I've been trying to tackle it with diet changes instead! Thanks again! :)

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    4. Just went to buy the balance me balm cleanser as I saw you've recommended that a lot but it says it's for dry skin and I'm quite oily?

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  37. Hi again Caroline. i have really dark pigmentation that cystic acne spots have left behind. what can i use to get rid of them? I use EH balm morning and night, BR P50 lotion am and pm, Kate Somerville oil free cream am, Darphin aromatic balm and Algenist Overnight cream pm and LG twio to three times a week.

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    1. Hi, I had exactly the same problem! My dermatologist gave me ducray melascreen depigmentant (and also ducray keracnyl cream because there was still some redness) and within DAYS my pigmentation spots disappeared. The glycolic and azaleic acids in the melascreen really thin the skin so don't forget to wear a high SPF. I just saw that they also make a melascreen serum.
      Now, I live in Belgium, so I haven't got a clue as to wether these products are available in the UK. But they are not expensive and they work!

      I hope I've been of some assistance :)

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    2. Hi Zereen,

      Your routine sounds almost exactly like mine! What ethnicity are you? If you are darker I would tread carefully when dealing with pigmentation - if you are using Liquid gold try switching it for the Liquid Gold Radiance? Better for pigmentation.

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  38. Hi Caroline, What do you think of Yonka products - any good?
    Also on another subject I want to get my upper lip hair removed, is electrolysis better than laser for asian skin tone? Many thanks

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    1. I don't mind Yonka - they don't make me do this: *JZZ HANDS* - but they're ok.

      I'd go laser - electrolysis takes forever - they are both however, stupidly painful! :)

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  39. Any recommendations for two small patches of what I think is acne scarring on my cheeks? It's not very old, maybe a year or so but is starting to bug me. I read that rosehip oil was good for scarring, is this true? I have normal to dry skin, with blackheads/spots on my nose and chin and sometimes a slight rash of spots around my hairline on my forehead, but with patches of ezcema (unless I moisturise twice a day) on my eyelids. I've just turned 20.

    I've just taken up your recommendations about cleansing twice a day-my skin has never been better!

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    1. Yes try Pai Rosehip Oil - as you've just turned 20 you don't want to be using anything too harsh just yet!

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  40. Thank you thank you thank you!!!! I asked a question as anonymous a few weeks ago (hadn't figured out how to leave a username yet, bear with, child now 16 weeks, brain still in delivery room), and followed your advice, now my skin looks SO MUCH BETTER!

    Thank you!

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