Thursday, 19 April 2012

Clinic on Thursday - CLINIC IS CLOSED

Morning!

The Clinic is open. I'm thrilled at the success of the Clinic - but I may have to cap the amount of comments I can publish at any one time - last week I was still going on Sunday morning - I hate letting anyone down but my kids are getting tired of looking at the back of my head all weekend! 

For newcomers - just leave a comment with your query below - unless its a straightforward question I need to know what you are using at the moment, how you cleanse and your diet.

If your question is very similar to previous weeks - I may refer you to that post - but I will always get back to you!

So let's see how we go......!

187 comments:

  1. Hi there,

    I've really struggled to actually define what skin type I have as I'm puzzled how I can have both acne but dry skin at the same time. My biggest acne areas are my cheeks which is so upsetting when I want my make up to look flawless and not bumpy! But the actual skin itself looks dry and flaky.

    I do everything I should, cleanse, tone, moisturise gently, yet I can't seem to clear up my cheeks. I'm puzzled what to do next or what products to use!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Marina you could be overly drying your skin - what products are you using? And are you supplementing?

      Delete
  2. Hello!
    I'm not sure if this has been asked before so let me know if it has!
    I recently got my makeup done at a counter and the artist commented on how dry and tight the skin on my T-zone was, which I have noticed before but just heavily moisturized. She recommended a serum, but I am a 21 year old student and can't afford a serum without knowing for sure it's awesome, since they are ridiculous kinds of expensive.
    I've heard good things about Advanced Night Repair, but have you any recommendations for me? I have dry, super sensitive skin that hates most fragrances, especially rose.
    I also seem to have an issue with petroleum products.
    Thank you!
    S xx

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I forgot to say (and I'm almost worried to say given what people seem to think of it here!) that my routine is C&P, Instant Boost and Skin Repair after I remove my makeup with Bioderma. I also use Avene Eau Thermale. I could, however, be convinced to change up my skincare routine although I really do like the moisturizer because it doesn't sit heavily on my skin. The toner seems useless though (is it?)
      S xx

      Delete
    2. If you're dry and tight and want to keep using LE - you can buy their Superskin Concentrate to use under your moisturiser. I like the LE toner - I would use it both ways though - esp if you're dry - use on cotton after cleansing then spray over before moisturiser - that alone should help.

      Delete
  3. Hello! Me again! I am getting really fed up with these, almost cyst like spots that I keep getting each month. Usually on my chin (one or 2) but I also have one near my eye and one of my forehead (thank god for fringes) they are red, rock hard & painful. There is no actual "spot" there just this lump thing that takes weeks to go away. I'm still using the cleansing balm, water toner & face oil, no face wipes anymore! Drink loads of water, clean food diet, but nothing is helping. I'm wondering if I need to go to the docs for something? *waaaaa* x

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I was about to ask the same question! I've had these cyst-like lumps that never surface for years. No amount of good diet and good skin care will stop them, and the rest of my face is pimple-free and on the dry side. Dermatologists have recommended that I go on antibiotics but I can't imagine being on them for months or years at a time. So bad for your immune system! Any suggestions?

      Delete
    2. I used to get these red cyst pimples that HURT and took forever to heal on my neck and chin, and while I improved them with clean diet, an oil based cleanser skincare regime and supplements, the only thing that REALLY made them go away was being diagnosed with a thyroid issue that required me to go on a no gluten, anti inflammatory diet. It took 6-9 months but even that one recurrent cyst at the side of my mouth that rose up every month, and then sorta healed two weeks later without ever coming to a head, only to return the next time I got my period, has been gone for 3 months.

      Not that that's necessarily the cause, but perhaps try a naturopath/holistic doctor to look at your whole immune system? The right diet is not always as obvious as lots of veggies and whole grains.

      Delete
    3. I was going to ask the same question too! Im exactly the same, really horrible hard painful lumps under the skin. They never head to a spot but just get bigger and bigger and eventually start going down, but I also always get really dry flaky skin on them, which makes covering them up 100x harder. I now only seem to get them my chin, but I did used to get them on my forehead too. Looking forward to the reply. x

      Delete
    4. Hi Ladies! :)

      I'm exactly the same - the life of the raging hormonal cyst eh? In all honesty the things that help me are anti-inflammatory measures such as copious amounts of fish oil and sadly - avoiding too much dairy (esp non-organic), chocolate - which does, despite our wishes, contribute to hormonal imbalances and make you more prone to these type of lumps.... Don't over-cleanse, make sure you still use good oils on the areas in question - and don't pick - saturate at night-time - they will either calm down or come to a small head - sometimes - most of the time they hang around like a bad rash!

      Delete
  4. Hi

    What products/procedures would you recommend to treat old acne scars (not red/dark marks, but rather indentations in the skin similar to chicken pox scars)? Also is there any way to prevent these occuring following new breakouts, except the obvious e.g. not picking etc!

    Thanks
    Fiona

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Having looked at other posts I'm guessing you may want to know may skin type and current skincare routine. So ...

      My skin is combination/oily. I have redness and sensitivity, with some broken capillaries on my cheeks and get regular breakouts on my lower jaw/neck (i used to have acne which was improved massively with roacctutane about 4 years ago, but which is starting to flare up again now).

      In the morning I use a glentle non-foaming cleanser and remove carefully with muslin (Liz earle, Avene extremely gentle cleanser or body shop aloe vera), followed by a gentle toner (liz earle or body shop aloe vera) and then a light moisturiser with spf or just sunscreen (la roche posay fluide extreme spf30). Then in the evening I do the same but use dermalogica overnight clearing gel on my chin/neck to prevent or treat breakouts. I have recently started to use Alpha-H microfoliant and liquid gold to try and improve scarring and pigmentation, and have also previously used MD formulations skin renewal complex (which hardly made any difference).

      Thanks so much!

      (P.s. I eat very healthily and drink loads of water :))

      Delete
    2. Hi Fiona,

      Its hard without seeing but those types of scars are the hardest to treat - you can use Vitamin A in the evenings, you can try dermaroller if they have healed - v painful and expensive though - just to warn you..
      For new acne/scarring etc make sure you don't pick, keep them clean and covered in good plant oils in the evenings - try and keep the area calm and keep inflammation down.

      Delete
  5. Hi Caroline!

    I've been doing a bit of research over the last couple of days into serums containing antioxidants, like Ole Henriksen's Truth Serum, but I keep hearing that they shouldn't be used during the day as they're so unstable that light will make them useless. I always thought that antioxidants are best used to fight off free radicals we encounter during daytime and therefore would have used them in the morning. So, I'm a bit confused as to when they should be applied!? Help? x

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. They are absolutely formulated to be used during the day - that's when you need them! Crack on!

      Delete
  6. Hi Caroline. Back for more valuable advise please.
    I have been on your skin care routine since I contacted you for help to make me look human. And thank you so much because skin is UR-MAZING!

    but...... Caught sight of my eyes yesterday and they look a little baggy and red. Am on a mission to ditch all make up. Am 36 (shh) is this un realistic and have a phobia about wrinkles ( have some already which doesn't seem fair as have always used good products!!). I am alternating between decleor - Harmonie calm & serum hydrontenseur firming serum. With your fountain of knowledge would love your opinion and suggestions. Like a glass of good red wine. And drink about 5 cups tea a day. Diet good.

    Thank you so much.

    Cas x

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. If you are going to get wrinkles/circles etc - you are going to get them - sorry :( - doesn't matter as much about the quality of the product as it does genetics when it comes to the eyes.
      If they are baggy and red (!) I would aim for gels rather than creams at this stage- Molton Brown and Alpha-H both have good gels.

      Delete
  7. Hi Caroline, I'm 31 and my skin is so bumpy, there are lots of little bumps under the skin, they are not irritating and never turn to spots I do still get a fair few spots each month mainly hormonal I think. The bumps are all over my face but especially on the lower part of my cheeks and forehead. I thought if I exfoliated it might help but it only seems to make it worse, I've also tried a Clarisonic and noticed no difference. At the moment I use Nubo cream cleanser or Clarins water purify and Clarins day or night cream or one of their skin oils for oily skin. I really hope you can help, I am so miserable :'( Thanks in anticipation of your reply, Holly xxx

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Hi

      Sorry for barging in, but I have the same problem, and one thing that did work for me is the REN resurfacing concentrate, which I use in cures of two weeks, every evening, without using moisturizer on top. It absolutely doesn't prevent the little bumps (i.e they eventually come back) but seems to be good at getting rid of them and is very gentle. Reviews of this product are mixed though, this is just my personal experience. I have to add that Alpha H liquid gold didn't work for me unfortunately.

      Delete
    2. Hi Hannah and Zoe,

      I suffer from KP too on my upper arms and read that omega oils combined with mild regular exfoliation helps. So i bought L'Occitane's supple skin almond oil as its rich in omegas 3&6. Ive used it every night for a month and a half combined with Naked's dead sea salt scrub 1-2 a week and Ive seen a big improvement. The bumps are alot less red and noticeable! (The redness was awful as Ive got such pale skin!) Also my skin is not sore and really soft to touch.

      Ive recently started to take seven seas fish oil too to see if this will help further.

      Hope this helped a bit

      Rachel

      Delete
    3. Hi Holly (and Ladies) :),

      It sounds like you are in a constant state of mild inflammation. I wouldn't worry so much about using products for oily/comb skin as I would sensitive skins.
      Try fish oil - I take up to 9000mg a day when I'm flaring up - and try balms at night - Wild Rose Beauty Balm and Darphin Purifying Balm both lovely. I think your cleansers are too stripping tbh which will exacerbate them also.

      Delete
    4. Thank you so much I will try this. So unfair to have such crappy skin and not even a teenager! Will hopefully be able to report back positive news :) Holly xxx

      Delete
  8. Hi
    I have just found your blog, and I think what you do is fab!

    I'm 21 and have only just started to think/worry about my skincare.
    I have always had VERY sensitive skin. I have little bumps on the sides of my face, rosy cheeks & I suffer from very bad heat rash every holiday.
    I have recently ditched the face wipes and I am now using Liz Earle cleanser, tonic & moisturiser. It seems to be doing the job (I think) it's not irritating my skin and looks like it gives my face a good clean.

    I have 2 questions for you..

    1. I have always had bumps on my upper arms. They sometimes flare up and becoming a lot more sore and itchy. After looking on the internet I found something called Keratosis Pilaris. This looks exactly like what I have!! Is there any skincare/ treatments you would recommend?

    2. As I said, I am very new to this! And I have no idea where to start or if what I am using and doing is beneficial for my skin. I would love to go and see someone who can guide me in the right direction and tell me what is best for me. Do you know of any good skin clinics (I live in Surrey, but would be happy to travel) or maybe someone like yourself?

    Thank you so much for your time. And again I am so glad I found your blog!

    Hannah

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Hi Caroline -

      I was just coming to ask about KP myself. I've been using Alpha H on my arms hoping it would do some good - but three weeks later I'm not sure it's made any difference.

      Hopping on the end of Hannah's Q here so I can see what you recommend!

      Zoe

      Delete
    2. Hi Hannah and Zoe,

      I suffer from KP too on my upper arms and I read that omega oils combined with mild regular exfoliation helps. So I bought L'occitane's supple skin almond oil as its rich in omega's 3 & 6. Ive used this every night for the past month and a half combined with Nakeds Dead Sea Salt scrub 1-2 a week and ive seen a big improvement so far! The KP is alot less noticeable, the redness has gone down significantly (and on my pale skin it looked awful!) also my skin isn't sore and really silky!

      Ive recently started taking seven sea fish oils to see if this helps a bit more.

      Hope this has helped a bit,

      Rachel

      P.S I replied by accident to the wrong comment above, sorry!

      Delete
    3. Hi Hannah/Zoe,

      Something similar to what Rachel recommends would be advisable. Definitely increase your intake of healthy oils as per the comments above - fish oil is amazing for the skin.
      But for this - you need to exfoliate to make sure you don't get ingrown hairs as well as the KP - and moisturise liberally after every wash.
      They are hereditary - eventually they do tend to go away - but not when you're that young. Sorry!

      Delete
  9. Hi I am hoping you can help as I am feeling very low about my skin!
    I have always been prone to breakouts or sometimes hormonal acne around my chin/ lower jaw area and this has left me with a very uneven complexion there which consists of bright red dots (looking like spots but aren't)! I never pick my spots, just leave them, always cleanse/tone/moisturise (recently changed my routine which has helped with spots) and 2-3 times a week use a facial mask (REN clearcalm or Lush one). I have stopped using my clarisonic hoping this would make my skin look less red but no such luck! I still haven't found a exfoliater that I like for my skin either.

    I am going away in just over a month and really don't want to be wearing make up when it is so hot. Could you recommend anything? Thank you! x

    P.S sorry for the long ramble!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. hi,

      It's hard to say without seeing what you're using - but in general if the redness is always present your skin is inflamed.
      The best things for taking down redness are supplements - fish oil in particular - and staying away from things like dairy. The sun should actually help your skin a little - but make sure you double cleanse to take the spf off as that can cause redness also.
      If you want to give me more info I can try a little more detail?

      Delete
    2. Thank you,

      I am using La roche posay cleanser, a lush tea tree water, lrp effaclar moisturiser! When I wear make up I use my dermalogica pre cleanse beforehand. I have noticed my face becoming less prone to big cystic acne but still get spots. I just feel like nothing will hide my scars and I am very pale so they are pretty obvious and I dont really want to be caking make up on anyway! I have looked at the pai rosehip oil but not sure if it will break me out?

      Thanks x

      Delete
    3. would I be able to send you a picture of my skin without make up? i woke up this morning to bright red and more spots, it is awful!!

      Delete
    4. hi sorry what is your email? x

      Delete
  10. Hi Caroline,

    I hope you can help again! I emailed you a month or so ago and my skin has improved but I think I’m ready for the next step.

    I’m 35 and my skin was oily with blemishes and blackheads as well as redness around my nose. I started using Liz Earle and hot cloth cleansing and my skin became very dry. You recommended NYR rose balm and that has helped and the dry patches are much better. My skin is still quite red and blotchy (at times) Dry on my cheeks and on my forehead between my eyebrows) and I’m sure the lines around my eyes are worse that they should be! The oiliness is pretty much ok though and the blemishes aren’t an issue. I have quite open pores though and still have blackheads.
    I’m currently cleansing AM with the NYR balm (without a cloth) and PM with the Boots Organic Balm (HCC). I’m using Clarins Hydraquench as a moisturiser and their oil for dehydrated skin most evenings.
    What else can you recommend? I am considering/ have been recommended the following but don’t know what to do first:
    Origins Drink Up mask
    Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair Serum
    Trilogy Rosehip Oil
    Eucerin serum
    Decleor oil for day use (the rose one?)

    I do drink a fair amount of water, eat plenty of veg (generally) and take a Cod Liver oil and Evening Primrose Oil supplement which has 120 mg Omega 3 in it,

    What do you advise? Thanks so much,

    Sarah

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Sorry, just to add after reading posts above that I also have bumps under the skin on my cheeks.

      Delete
    2. Hello Sarah,
      I hope you dont mind but I just wanted to say that three weeks ago my skin was very red and blotchy/ patchy dry areas,(I also have acne prone oily skin bleurgh). I started using Pai rosehip oil and pai chamomile&rosehip sensitive skin cream (as recommended by Caroline) and my skin is like 1000 times better, the redness is greatly reduced and my skintone is so much more even and smooth.
      That and shed loads of omega 3 caps have really helped my skin.
      P.s I use the oil am and pm and have no problems with increased oiliness in fact my oilys appear to have reduced.

      Hope this is helpful and thankyou so much Caroline for your amazing blog.
      xx

      Delete
    3. Hi Sarah (and hellsbells),

      I would:
      *increase your omega intake x 10 as a minimum - you're not taking a big amount at the moment at all. Buy a bigger supplement - for example Perricone is 1000mg per caplet
      *you must use the WRBB with a cloth - it can be a flannel - you don't need a muslin - but otherwise you won't remove it properly.
      Do that before you waste more money on product! Give your skin a chance.

      Delete
  11. I have acne and tight itchy skin in the same areas on my back. I use simple soap only on it. Can you recommend a cleanser/ body wash please. I react badly to salicylic acid and benzyl peroxide. Thank you.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Try body washes from natural based brands like Balance Me, REN - they both do small sizes so you can try and see if they work for your before you invest in a big one. You could also use a body moisturiser with lactic acid in it. You ARE moisturising aren't you?

      Delete
  12. Hi Caroline, thank you for your skin clinic. I'm actually just going through your past posts (very helpful!), so I'm sorry if my questions have been answered already, but here goes.

    I am 22 years old and I have very sensitive skin, a bit dry, with rosacea around the nose and chin area (not too pronounced, but it's definitely there). My mom got me Diroséal Anti-redness skincare lotion from Avene when I was younger, but it never did anything for me despite daily use for over a year. These days I just ignore it and try to moisturize well enough. My questions are:

    1. Do you have any suggestions for a good cream/lotion/serum to minimize rosacea? Or any alternatives (my mom said I could get it lasered off, but I'd rather not go that far)?
    2. What is your take on tinted moisturizers versus BB creams? I am partial to Laura Mercier and I procured some BB creams from Asia, so I am trying both out. Do you favour one over the other, or would you rather recommend using foundation? I am not a huge fan of foundation to be honest, I normally use a daily moisturizer and the tinted moisturizer or BB cream on top. The coverage isn't as amazing as with foundation, but I find that foundation normally breaks me out.
    3. In your opinion at what age should someone start using eye cream?

    Thank you for your help and I can't wait to read more. You're amazing.

    Best wishes x

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Hi Ingrid,

      Does your mum have rosacea? It can be mostly hereditary. Blame her! :)
      As you're 22 - I would start eye cream - a light gel will do.
      With rosacea its not so much what moisturiser you use - its how you cleanse - what do you use at the moment?

      And I prefer Tinted moisturiser over moisturiser as opposed to BB creams.

      Delete
    2. This comment has been removed by the author.

      Delete
    3. Hi, thank you replying :)

      Haha, yes she does, but she has a naturally tan skintone whereas I am very pale, so on her it's barely visible. Heredity picks and chooses!

      Well, at night I wipe off my mascara first, and then I use the Neutrogena Visibly Clear Pink Grapefruit Cream Wash to cleanse my face (and have done so for the last 3 months, and before that it was also a Neutrogena one, the 2 in 1 cleanser/mask thing I think), and I follow with a toner for sensitive skin, then a garnier moisturizer. Sometimes I use wipes if I am particularly lazy or at my boyfriend's house. Same routine in the morning.

      I use drugstore brands that are also for acne and have done so since I was quite young, because I sometimes get a few spots, for 2-3 days a months, and I often have black heads. Do you think I should use something more expensive?

      I hope you have a really nice Sunday. Best wishes! :)

      p.s. is there any way you could maybe do a skincare routine with examples for men as well? thank you! I'm trying to get my boyfriend to care about his skin, but so far all he does is clean his face with wipes at night (he showers in the morning and just uses water) and then he uses Sudocream on spots if he has any, and after he shaves I forced him to use a lotion because his skin was flaky, but he can be so difficult sometimes :(

      Delete
  13. Hello! I am hoping you might be able to help- apologies if this has been asked before! I am 26 and currently hormone changes from the pill have caused me to have pretty bad chloasma/melasma all over my face.bar changing/coming off the pill to see if it will just go is there anything else I can be doing to try and help the situation? I look so uneven it is ridiculous! any help would be completely amazing, thankyou :) xxxx

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. In all honesty, it won't go away until you come off the pill - and you will probably really suffer when you are pregnant - just so you know! :)
      I wouldn't start using anything until you see how it reacts when you aren't on the pill - the only thing you can do for now is use an incredibly high SPF and see if that minimises it - ESPECIALLY through summer!!!

      Delete
  14. What are your thoughts on St Ives apricot scrubs? I used them in the past when I had bad acne and it seemed to help and now I am looking for a scrub as spots have come back!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. For the love of God NO!!!

      Delete
    2. Any recommendations on a good priced exfoliater that is good for acne and red scars?

      Delete
    3. Alpha H!

      Delete
    4. Alpha H liquid gold-£20-30 for a large bottle online but will last you absolutely ages. Is not like a cleanser or moisturiser that you will go through quickly. You use it three times a week and so will last you 3 times the length of your toner. In my oppinion it makes cheaper cleansers and moisturisers do a better job because it really improves the condition of your skin. It has helped alot with my milia and general skin condition-not sure yet about acne and scarring. I save money by dropping a few drops into palm of hand, rubbing together and applying to face (then wash hands thorougly!) I find cotton wool pads as recommended to use with absorb the product and then it evaporates so you use more than necessary-wastage!
      Good luck!

      Delete
    5. Dear Anon above,

      Don't apply alpha-h LG with your hands pleasethankyou. :)
      Use cotton. Applying glycolic liquid with your hands onto your clean skin? No.

      Delete
  15. Hi , My question is about whiteheads,
    I get these alot and usually wait for them to do their thing. This time I applied Dermalogica overnight clearing gel to them and rather than do their thing the spots hve gone very hard . They have been like this for a couple of weeks now
    They are still raised so I know there is still stuff trapped in there, how can I get them to erupt ! thx

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Also my love afair with boots beauty balm ( gave me eczema around the eyes) and clarins blue orchid oil ( made me face itch all over) are over boO !!!! They worked fine for a few weeks but then started to aggravate my skin

      I am currently cleansing with caster sugar/almond oil scrub ( homemade) which works beautifully but I have been wondering about the Emma Hardie range. Based on the reactions above is this a good range to try ? x

      Delete
    2. Emma Hardie should be fine - but you can use any good balm cleanser - Oskia, Suti, Monu - all make good ones - but making your own is fine if its working for you!
      For the spots keep them really oiled up and hydrated at night - they'll either go or come to head eventually.

      Delete
    3. Azra would you mind telling me where you get your almond oil? I can only find tiny bottles in boots almost like aromatherapy oils, none in health food shops etc. any ideas? What should I look for when buying online? X

      Delete
    4. Hey there, no probs. For cleansing I get through alot so I get a big bottle from the local asian grocery store, it just costs a couple of quid.

      I also use a more pricey one on my skin at night( Weleda Almond facial oil for sensitive skin approx £11 for 50ml) which I get from Nutricentre
      I got mine from there but you can probably get it online too. Also I am pretty sure Holland and Barrett sell it too Hope that helps x

      Delete
    5. Hi Azra, thanks for your help. I bought some from holland and barrett, it says it is is pure almond oil so do you think this is ok? the weleda version (I know Neals Yard do one too) would that be any different? any better? It was only a couple of pounds (and in their penny sale so got two) so can use on body if you don't think it will be suitable for eye make up remover.

      Delete
    6. I would give it a go, the cheaper it is I guess reflects the extraction method although there is no way of knowing for sure as the Weleda one doesnt say its cold pressed or anything.
      As I say I use a cheapo one for cleansing and I apply it over the eye area and it works just fine and doesnt irritate my sensitive skin
      If you are worried then try it on another part of your face first but if it says its just almond oil with nothing else added it should be ok.

      Delete
    7. Thanks Azra, I take my eye makeup of with the almond oil and then wash my face so their is no oil left anyway, should it not be as pure and good as it should be.

      I am enjoying using it as an eye makeup remover and not worrying about any of the chemicals interferring with my carefully chosen cleansers and moisturisers!
      thanks again x

      Delete
    8. Anon - almond oil is fine if it just says Almond Oil on the inci list - don't stress about it :)

      Delete
  16. Hi Caroline,

    I wanted to ask your opinion of the Dr Sebagh line of products. I have read some good reviews, but as the products are mostly rather pricey I wanted to ask whether you (or any of your other lovely readers) had any experience of or thoughts on them.

    Many thanks for all your help, it is very much appreciated.

    Liz

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Depends on your skin type to be honest - but I don't use them - make of that what you will. ;)

      Delete
  17. Hi, I am looking for a really nice mask for skin that is prone to breakouts (always have at least 3-4 spots) and also is scarred from previous spots? I have a bit of a budget as I have previously spent ridiculous amounts on skincare which never seems to work! Thank you :)

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Balance Me Radiance Mask is lovely - clay based.

      Delete
  18. Hi Caroline,

    Thanks again for your dedication! I have three questions/suggestions:

    1. What are your favourite clay masks/deep cleansing masks?

    2. Do you have a preference for either the Aesop spot treatment or the ones from Payot (pâte grise and spéciale 5)? I asked this question in your previous Aesop post but thought it would be easier if I grouped my questions here.

    3. If you ever have the time, it would be great if you could write a cheat sheet on exfoliation (how much, how, product recs).

    Thanks x

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Hi Alice,

      SO many - balance ME, Clarins - both good - as long as the main ingredient or second ingredient is clay of some sort - you should be ok.

      And yes I like the Aesop - a lot!

      And cheat sheet request - noted.

      Delete
  19. Hello! Just discovered this blog and I love the idea of Clinic Thursdays! My question is about deep pitted pores. I had a couple of acne spots in between my eyebrows (attractive) a few weeks ago that wouldn't seem to go away. After they toned down I noticed that I know have a blemish from one of the spots (which is fine), but the other one seemed to become a really deep pore that has now filled dirt. I've been washing my face with Liz Earle every night, Cetaphil every morning. I noticed after I used my Dermalogica Gentle Cream Exfoliating mask it seemed to raise the pore a bit. Is there a way for me to draw out all of the dirt from it and potentially close it up? I should note I have eczema, and not sure if this is relevant but I had used the La Roche-Posay Pigment Control serum treatment for two weeks (stopped last Sunday). Thanks so much!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I would try clay mask repeatedly on the area every evening followed by a hydrating gel/serum/mask - every evening until its gone!

      Delete
  20. Hello Caroline and thanks heaps - I'll have to be quick as my 12 months is screaming! I suffer from pigmentation, some caused from the sun and some I think also helped bu pregnancy hormones. it's not massive, but lots of small spots esp below eyes and on my forehead. I am not afraid to spend a bit for a good cream, I have combination dehydrated skin, and am considering some sort of procedure - but not in the immediate future as I am hoping number 2 is coming along!! thank you again in advance now gotta run

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I'll just add (while baby finally sleeps!): I am 40, eat reasonably, don't smoke, do not drink enough water *lower head in shame*, do wear sun protection (invisible zinc env shield SPF30 at the moment) but we do have a place in the sun (I am Italian) so exposition is inevitable! my current routine is: morning cleansing with clarisonic (I do have the impression you disapprove of it - why? I hope I have not just ruined any chances of an answer from you...) and origins foaming cleanser (although I fear it may be a bit too drying for me) or occasionally origins papaya scrub 'never a dull moment', caudalie brightening serum (although I finished the last drop this morning) and invisible zinc; evening cleansing with either ren rose balm or spiezia cleansing balm or NUDE cleansing oil, Oskia's Bedtime Buauty Boost, and for the eyes Sarah Chapman. I have used in the past Liquid Gold but didn't notice any major improvement so once finished did not buy again (should I persevere?). I have now started double cleansing in the evening, although I am not sure if I should use a different detergent/cleanser post balm... Many thanks again - for your answer as well as for this blog which is really super

      Delete
    2. and finally! when I remember/baby allows, I alternate between Avene's hydrating soothing mask, REN glycolactic mask, and Oskia's renaissance mask... sometimes 1-2/week, sometimes 1-2 month..... now running as it's time to bring the baby to swimming class!! thank you again

      Delete
    3. Your cleansing stage is too harsh - the Clarisonic, the foaming cleanser and a scrub? Too much. Step it down a notch.

      Once baby number two is here you can use vitamin A to help with the pigmentation - in the meantime if you are prone to chloasma make sure you use spf - that's about all you can do at this stage to be honest.

      the Sarah Chapman Eye Cream contains bismuth oxychloride - that can cause slight irritation in some people and full on allergies in others. Maybe try stopping it for a bit?

      Delete
  21. Hi, so glad to have the chance to ask my question! I'm 20, have dry, acne-prone skin and use Mario Badescu Enzyme Cleansing Gel and Kiehl's Ultra Facial Moisturising Cream. I've learned to live with my spots as I feel like nothing will make them better, I eat well, exercise and generally take care of myself. However, my main issue now is how uneven my skin has become. My nose and the bottom of my cheeks is very red and i have acne scars around my mouth and nose. This bothers me because it makes my skin look so much worse than it actually is. Could you recommend something to help clear up and even out my skin? Also could you recommend any products for my skin type? I feel like it is one that isn't really targeted by skin care companies. (I'm willing to spend any amount of money to get better skin). Thanks in advance!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. hi caroline, also have acne prone skin which doesnt seem to be oily & would like recommendations for products to clear up new spots & acne scarring

      Delete
    2. Liz can you send me a picture of your skin with no makeup on please? I sense that your products are not right - but a closer look would help. I think you may need to relax on the cleansing?

      Delete
  22. Hello Caroline, I am 30yrs old, i have been using Paula's Choice products (including BHA's and AHA's) and they made my skin become normal :)
    I also use Liz Earl's Cleanser (love it to remove make up)
    However, I feel that my skin is sometimes dehydrated, especially around the EYE area... Recommendations pls:
    1)for (re)hydrating eyecreams (i have VERY sensitive eyes and use eye drops often!) i wake up with tired/ itchy eyes and puffy lids due to medication I have to take.
    2) rehydrating MASK (other than the Nuxe one I have asked you on twitter?) maybe with hyaluronic acid?? (I don't know... you know best! :))
    3) face scrub - i have tiny blackheads that won't come off w/ the BHA's and I want them gone ;)
    4) (unscented) body scrub - I have VERY dry skin on the body!

    oh, I prefer unscented/ perfume-free everything, IF it is possible!

    THANK YOU!!! :)
    xx Raquel

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Hi Raquel!

      If you are dehydrated the camphor in C&P won't be helping. No.1.
      Eyes - Alpha-H and Molton Brown both make light water based gels that shouldn't irritate. I'm a puffy eyelid sufferer as you can see from my pics - when its bad I only use gels.
      Hydrating mask: Skin Ceuticals B5 is good - using that recently. Also Origins but that isn't fragrance free?
      Face scrubs don't get rid of blackheads - topical exfoliants are better and oily balms used all over them can purge them out. Like Neals Yard Wild Rose Beauty Balm - that can help make them more 'pliable' and thus easier to manoeuvre.

      Delete
    2. Unscented body scrub - pretty much impossible to my knowledge. you best off making your own with a mixture of brown sugar, sea salt and almond oil. Smelly and messy but your safest bet!

      Delete
  23. Forgot to tell you (don't know if it is important): I have healthy eating habits... I drink a lot of tea (camomile, melissa and green tea, mainly) and fresh frit juice; eat veggies, no greasy food nor sugar - don't like those! my only (not so) guilty pleasure is nutella ;)

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I'm not going to go there with the Nutella.

      Delete
  24. Hi Beauty mouth, thank you thank you for your time. Have followed lots of your advice and skin is looking pretty good considering still breast feeding third baby and knackered!

    I have run out of everything except cleanser - using wild rose balm and/or liz earle. Have about £100 (could stretch to £150 if products were going to last ages), really need night cream, day cream with spf (holiday in turkey coming up), something to tackle the wrinkles that are appearing round eyes and forehead. What do you suggest? Was thinking of investing in the Emma Hardie night cream and maybe Alpha H or La Roche Posay for sun protection, but wouldn't leave much to spend on serum/ eye cream.

    I asked my dad, who lives in france for some caudalie eye cream and he arrived with darphin hydraskin light gel creme! not sure if to start using or try to sell and buy something richer?

    Am feeling a bit overwhelmed and confused by the amount of products out there. Skin can be dry, I love using oils and balms, take omega 3 and vitamin E, really keen to fight signs of exhaustion and ageing (I'm 36)

    Thank you so much for taking the time to do this, much appreciated.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Keep the Darphin for Turkey.
      You'll be glad of it in that heat.
      Try Alpha-H SPF50, Algenist serum and night cream for now. Bit more than that ££ but not too much. :)

      Delete
  25. Hi, thanks again for the clinic. I've learnt so much and my skin has been improving week on week.

    Mattifying toners, the ones with liquid powder in them are they ok, good, best kept away from.

    I'm mostly controlling oil with products suggested in previous clinics and the P50v has been revolutionary, I only use it at night though.
    .

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Don't bother. Use P50 day and night.

      Delete
  26. Hello,
    I'm not sure if you remember but last week I sent you a couple of photos of my skin, you told me it was combinational (but normal as I'm 19) and told me to try a balm/oil cleanser? I was just wondering if you could recommend one for me? I was thinking of trying the balance me one.

    You also asked if I supplement - which I don't, and my diet is probably not the best but I do take daily vitamins if that helps!

    Sorry for asking again, thank you.

    Hannah

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Hi Hannah!

      The balanceMe one is lovely - and you should take fish oil - goo for your skin and your brain. ;)

      Delete
  27. Morning!
    My question is to do with my seemingly never ending question for blemish free skin! To the point whereby I can get away with a tinted moisturiser, or something of the sort. I read many Beauty blogs- have scoured yours for hours!- and have tried many various products over the last few years, yet still have the following: blackheads (mainly on my nose, cheeks, chin, and surrounding my mouth); blemishes/spots (always on my chin, and occasionally on my forehead, cheeks and the outer corner of my eyes, and strangely enough on my brow bone!); I also have a few red bumps on my cheeks, nearer to my mouth.

    My diet is quite good, I avoid 'diet' products, fizzy drinks, and alcohol consumption is average. I tend to eat my 5-day most days, and lots of protien- eggs, meat, and fish. I drink about 1 litre of water a day.

    Now for my skincare routine! I use simple facial wipes to remove make-up, following with either cetaphil cleanser, Alpha-H triple action cleanser, or philosopy cleanser. A few nights a week I use liquid gold (Alpha-H), or origins 'out of trouble' facemask. I follow my cleanse with Alpha-H rejuvenating cream on the odd occasion, however have tended to just leave it if I haven't done the liquid gold or a mask after my night time cleanse. In the morning I use either cold water, or any of my cleansers, followed by origins 'vitazing', however I also own Alpha-H 'clear skin hydrator gel'.
    I am 21 years old, and have combination skin. I also tend to use a muslin cloth or a facial brush (manual body shop one) with my cleanser, however have wondered whether investing in a clarisonic mia would have a positive impact? However I am looking for whatever would have the biggest positive effect on my skin, and would prefer not to spend £100+ on products that won't reach my goal!

    Thank you so much for your time, and hopefully advice! (If there is anything I can do!)

    P.S. I have a plethora of products which I have flung to one side, and hope to whittle my collection down. Also I do enjoy the odd chocolate bar!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Hi Anon!

      OK - I order here goes:

      Simple wipes - I'll pretend I didn't read that. Stop. All of your cleansers are foaming (except Alpha) which puts your skin into an alkaline state and breeds bacteria.Try and introduce an oil cleanser - non mineral oil.
      Switch to a flannel - better grip for oilier skin - no to the Clarisonic - get your routine sorted first. Your other products seem ok but you could possibly look to a hydrating moisturiser as Summer approaches - water based.
      Chocolate will give you inflammation - which will age you quicker. Stop. :)

      Delete
    2. Thank you! I will look into getting a new cleaner immediately- are there any you recommend? I will also try and stock up on Bioderma Crealine solution to replace my simple wipes!

      Again, thanks! Really appreciated! Looking forward to giving this a whirl! :)

      Delete
    3. Don't bother with the Bioderma - wait for my next post.

      Delete
  28. Hi Caroline, I'm only a new fan of yours but after adopted your cleansing cheat sheet routine, I have to say, I love you! Thanks for taking the time to do a clinic! It's fab!

    Anyway, I've got two questions to ask you about skin complaints I'm suffering from; any advice would be greatly appreciated!

    I am 21, and for the best part of 6 years have suffered from acne on my back and chest. At the minute I've been put on antibiotics (erythromycin) and the pill (dianette) by my GP, but i've been on these medications for about 4 years, to NO AVAIL. At the minute I'm waiting for a refereal to a dermatologist to be put on Roaccutane, and i've been taking fish oil supplements (in 9000mg/day as per your blog) and kelp tablets. Do you have any recommendations as to products/treatments I should use on the skin, or supplements I should take? I am willing to try ANYTHING. At 21, I'm too old for acne!! I have a good diet, but being a student I can tend to stray.

    Also, do you have any advice for persistent itchy scalp? I have thee worst, most agrivating scalp at the moment, it is definitely influenced by stress, and i have tried many shampoos and lotions, although they never really help for very long. Again, any products/supplements you know of that could be of use would be greatly appreciated.

    Final question, after flicking through your Picture Heavy Post, I have to ask, what is it with you and RHCP? I am a massive fan and was just wondering if it was the same for you or if there was more too it....especially after you posted a photo of your husband taken by Anton Corbijn!

    Anyway, thanks so much for taking the time to do this, and ANY advice you could offer me would be greatly appreciated.

    Caoimhe xx

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Also I should have probably mentioned that on my face (which is spot free, most of the time) I cleanse with Origin's Dr Weil's Mega Mushroom facial cleanser, then Clarins Chamomile toner, and follow with Origins oil-free Starting Over moisturiser. On my back and chest I usually use Elemis soothing shower cream because it is very moisturising and then a moisturiser like e45 or Origins Precipitation.

      Thanks again!

      Delete
    2. Hi Caoimhe,

      OK well my advice would differ greatly from what the docs would say but I would: *bites the bullet*
      *stop the antibiotics and the pill. One messes with your entire system and makes you ridiculously sun sensitive and the other makes your hormones go ALL OVER THE PLACE.

      How BAD is it? Roaccutane is EXTREME - and can cause depression and make you feel like crap.
      how long have you been on the fish oil? It can take over 3 months to get into your system at the right level?
      The fact that your scalp is also distressed is a sign of a deeper problem in your system. have you read any books on ayurveda? http://www.holisticonline.com/ayurveda/ayv-basis-tri-dosha.htm
      It won't fix years of acne but is an interesting resource to see if anything rings any bells etc..
      You could try moving to SLS free shampoos etc - that helps some. But again the fish oil is the best bet for what has worked for me..

      Chili Peppers - an obsession since I was 18. A long time ago. :)

      Delete
    3. At the moment it's not that bad, I've discovered a product thats clearing it up like MAGIC (http://moogoo.com.au/acne-cleansing-cream.html if you want to check it out) however, I'm afraid that I still want to go on Roaccutane... From hearing feedback from patients and reading up on it, I think it may be able to bid my spots the final farewell they need. However another setback from this is that I need to stay on the pill & antibiotic until my referral (although I suppose, what the doctors don't know can't hurt them ;) )

      I've only been taking fish oils for about a month so I shall keep at them.

      I'm not sure I understand ayurveda......are you suggesting I see an ayurveda specialist? I read your review on the Aveda invati range, and although it is targeted at hair loss - surely it's scalp benefits would be of some use? At the moment I use paraben-free shampoo. But if my scalp is a sign of a deeper problem, would this be on a nutritional level? (I'll keep at the fish oil, promise!)

      Delete
    4. You should absolutely do what you feel is best for your body. I wish you every success - keep me posted on how you get on! :)
      Yes keep up the fish oils - and no not necessarily see a practitioner - but read up about the different doshas - some of the advice may ring true.. :)

      Delete
  29. Hello Caroline!
    Could you please recommend two things to me- a serum and an eye cream.

    I am 21 with acne prone and very milia prone skin. I currently use Avene cleansers (alternate between an acne one and a gentle one-both washes not creams/oils/balms) La roche posay toners, a moisturising glycerin based one and an acid acne prone one, and then the avene clearance K moisturisers and a light moisturiser. I use alpha H liquid gold every few days. Cheek milia looking better finally, but suffering a particularly bad mini red non-cystic acne/spot outbreak on forehead. Had never washed with wash based cleansers before a few weeks ago and never in the morning so is it just my skins reaction to being cleaner and treated properly? could you recommend a serum and eye cream that would be suitable for my skin and also the products I currently use.

    Thankyou thankyou x

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. So sorry to add again now clinic is closed but might help.

      I've been to see my dr today (their were tears...why don't they care about the skin!?) and have changed to cerazette oral contraceptive in the hope of improved skin and given a topical treatment (Dalacin T topical lotion- clindamycin phosphate-aqueous base not alcohol base). I'm so dissapointed that I hardly want to try it, I'm sure I've had it several times over the years. Looks from side effects to cause dryness. Any thoughts? guidance? x

      Delete
    2. Have you tried balm cleansers? I think your current routine is a little harsh and is stripping the skin thus producing more oil while still being dry.

      I think you need to change your cleansing routine before you worry about a serum. have you tried Caudalie Beauty Elixir? Amazing for acne - also - use a water based moisturiser and spray your face regularly (with the Caudalie or la Roche Posay zinc spray) - alternating with the moisturiser to help prevent the milia.
      An at the risk of sounding like a broken record - fish oil!!!!

      Delete
  30. Hello!
    I recently found your blog and I find it really usefull.
    I would really appreciate your input on my skincare routine and on what to change to make my skin look better.
    I am 28 years old and I have a fair combination skin.
    Diet wise, I eat rather balanced (no fast food, no soda, a lot of fruits, too many sweets though) and drink around 1.5l of water each day.
    My skincare routine:
    Morning: Etat Pur foam cleanser, bio rose water, Caudalie Vinosource hydrating serum, cream: Caudalie Matifying Cream, strivectin SD eye-cream
    Evening: remove makeup ― bioderma crealine, bio rose water, the same Caudalie serum, Garancia - Tomate Diabolique cream, for the eyes Strivectin SD again.
    I also apply a mask at least once a week but I change them a lot.
    I am currently following a cure: for 3 months, one week a month I put each evening (on clean skin and alone) Etat Pur citric acid (pure AHA). I started it this month.
    I am also taking zinc for acnee issues.

    My skin problems:
    1) dull skin (looking really out of shape and grey)
    2) acnee - less lately however
    3) acnee scars
    4) irregular skin - my right cheek has redness and some acnee looging little lumps, it also has dry patches
    5) wrinkles - I am starting to show some arround the eyes and those on each side of the nose
    6) last but not least - dehydration: I went and had my skin analysed and it prensents a 11% of hydratation

    Do you have suggestions on what should I change to improve my skin?
    Can you suggest some deep cleaning clay masks that you fin good? There are so many...

    Thanks for your help!
    Ioana

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Hi Ioana,

      I'll be brief!:

      Don't say your diet is balanced and then say that you eat a lot of sweets! :)
      Your skin is dull because you are using matifying products and foaming cleansers - you use literally no oil on your face - so you have no glow... :)
      Also the same reason you are dehydrated.
      you're also not cleansing your skin at night? just removing makeup? is that right?

      Take fish oil for the acne - and zinc. They are ok together - use oil or balms at night - try Decleor - they make beautiful products. And you can buy one for combination or radiance.

      Delete
  31. Hi Caroline

    I am so pleased to have discovered your blog. I feel like I've been going around in circles for years with my skin care and am so frustrated that the beauty industry makes it so hard for me to figure out what products will actually work for me. I am sending you some photos in the hope they will be helpful.

    I am 30 and have had acne since my early teens. I went through the full gamut of acne treatments in the UK, including Roaccutane, none of which made any difference. Since moving to the US and switching to a new version of the pill things have calmed down considerably, and I had laser treatment to remove the bad hyperpigmentation and scarring I had.

    I still get the odd breakout if I forget to wash my face or touch my face with my fingers, and my nose is covered with perma-blackheads, which I have given up on trying to get rid of. If I have acne breakouts they tend to be in the centre of my cheeks. The best my skin has EVER looked was when I spent a summer in Italy and didn't wear any sunscreen the whole time.

    I am utterly confused about what skin type I have, so I just have no idea what kind of products I should be using. The dermatologist I saw said I have really, really sensitive skin; someone on a Prescriptives counter said I had dry skin. I have always assumed I have oily skin, because of the acne and because moisturizers don't seem to absorb into my skin – they just seem to sit on the surface, stay shiny and slide off – even oil-free ones.

    At the moment I am using Boots Expert Sensitive Facial Cleanser twice a day, with a clean flannel every time. The mildness of it seems to help with not irritating my skin, but as it is a foaming cleanser I wondered what you think of it. I am also using Peter Thomas Roth Clini-matte All Day Oil-control SPF 20 in the daytime as it is the only thing so far that doesn't slide off, and PTR Max Sheer All Day Moisture Defense Lotion at night. I think a priority is finding a moisturiser that absorbs and has SPF in it for the daytime as I have pretty pale skin. I don't usually wear makeup.

    My diet is generally fairly healthy, although I do eat a lot of chocolate and biscuits. I mostly drink water, but have the odd coffee. I'm going to look at fish oil and B12 supplements and am thinking of going back to the dermatologist to deal with the current redness I have, but I just feel totally lost at the moment. I am in the US and am prepared to spend up to $100 per product.

    thanks for your time, Jo

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Hi Jo,

      I'll go from the top and then you can come back to me ok?

      If you have had laser treatment you will be slightly sensitised but if you heal in the sun then you're not overly 'sensitive'. You seem to have a classic combination/dehydrated skin.

      Without seeing your face for myself - I would recommend my usual starters of a balm cleanser - with a fresh flannel as you state. It would seem that your products are sliding off because they are not penetrating rather than because of the oil.I know that sounds odd but I'm not sure your cleanser is doing the job or removing the mattifying spf daytime product - which will give you blackheads.
      Whereabouts in the US are you?

      I would absolutely recommend fish oil and vitamin d in high doses starting right now. I take up to 9000mg of fish oil a day - when I don't my skin flares up (adult onset acne). And 800 of vit d (or higher). And I know it sounds horrific but I would also recommend a little time out in the sun with no spf. I don't mean during peak times - I mean 15-30 minutes in the morning and 15-30 minutes in the evening - as long as you're not in Florida Keys! :)
      If you eat a lot of chocolate and biscuits your DIET IS NOT HEALTHY.

      And at the very end you allude to redness - sugar causes inflammation and redness - stop with the biscuits and chocolate!

      Come back to me and we'll go from there.

      Delete
  32. Hi,
    I just found your site through a model recommends.
    I'm twenty, eat a vegetarian diet, don't really eat much dairy and drink a lot of water, coffee and herbal teas. My skin is quite dry and flakes around my chin, some flaking on my cheeks and between my eyebrows. I use mostly avene skincare as my skin can be a bit sensitive. What's bothering me though is that I've these bumps all over my face, not spots, just these small bumps. They tend to be worse on my chin But are all over. Do you know what these are and what's causing them?. They are the same colour as my skin and don't contain any fluid or puss.
    Thanks :-) Rachel x

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Hi Rachel,

      If you are using Avene Sensitive range it is based i mineral oil which can cause those spots - they do on me anyway...

      You can be sensitive to different things - some people can't use organic products because they invariably contain essential oils - one of the biggest irritants out there....

      How do you wash your face?

      Delete
    2. Hi Caroline
      Thanks for the reply :-)
      In the morning I wash my face with a hot cloth cleaner, the radiance boosting one by no7 (my mum got it and I liked how soft it left my face) and I use the muslin cloth. In the evening I cleanse my face twice with the avene cleanser to ensure all makeup is removed. Would there be any brands or products you would recommend for me as I've been fed up with how my skin has been and well when it comes to skincare I can be a bit lost as I find they all promise so many good things But don't deliver.
      Thanks
      Rachel

      Delete
    3. I would try the balanceME balm cleanser and then the rest of their range - or Pai - also good for sensitivity issues. :)

      Delete
  33. Hi Caroline,

    Thanks for doing this, and I hope you can help with my question. I know you're extremely knowledgeable about skin, I can only hope it extends to hair too as this is what I need advice on! My hair started falling out (during brushing and washing) more than it used to. I know it's normal for it come out a bit, but it's getting ridiculous. My scalp is really itchy too, and not much helps. I started using Liz Earle shampoo which seems the best at reducing the itch, but obviously won't stop the fall out.
    I thought it was just the usual winter-time thing, but it's getting worrying now. I suppose I should consult a doctor but I thought I'd ask here first.
    My boyfriend's hair started thinning as well, and I know that's a separate issue, but perhaps you can recommend some supplements/hair care for men in their mid twenties with hair thinning issues, or something both of us could use.

    There is just so many products and supplements out there for balding/thinning hair that it is hard to know what might help to slow down the process :(

    Would be very grateful if you could advise anything!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Men - Anthony for Men make supplements call Inside - he makes one for hair loss. He also has a new shampoo for thinning hair.

      For you its different - is your Dad bald? Or your Mum's Dad?

      your scalp may be itchy because the hair is growing back - sounds ridiculous I know - but there we are!

      I have a thinning bit at the front - I use Aveda Invati treatment and have just started using Nioxin - a new salon only range for thinning hair.

      I would also suggest a blood test, and if its happening to hubby to - are you I a particular hard water area?
      I also tend to favour mint/rosemary products as they at least feel stimulating!

      Zinc is a good supplement - and my odd favourite fish oil - in high quantities.

      Delete
  34. Hi Caroline.

    I suffered from acne for few years, now I finally managed to stop getting breakouts. However I have been left with mild post acne hyperpigmentation. Whats the best way to get rid of it at home.

    Thanks.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Vitamin A based products in the evening - and SPF in the daytime.

      Delete
  35. I am really interested in the manuka dr bee venom serum (heard a few good things about it lately). I have post acne marks which have been there ages and are still very red. In the past I have tried serums such as estee lauder, caudalie and rosehip oil but none seem to work or they break me out. Do you think the manuka dr one looks any good? Thanks x

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I woulderr on the side of caution tbh. Vitamin A is the only proven regenerator of pigmented/acne scarred skin.

      Delete
    2. Would pai rosehip oil be suitable for someone who has acne and still has spots?

      Delete
  36. Hi Caroline,

    I was wondering if you might be able to recommend a few products that I can send to my boyfriend in Afghanistan, for both his body and face. He has slightly oily skin and occasionally gets a few spots, I'm mainly just wanting to send something which will help repair any damage the incredibly hot weather and incredibly long periods of time in that weather, will have done!

    Many thanks,
    Stacey

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Hi Stacey,

      Anthony for Men make kits that are really travel friendly - or you can purchase them individually. He makes SPF Moisturiser that would suit the weather - but he also makes an oil-free that ill help the spots. Try Mankind.

      Delete
  37. Hi Caroline,

    I posted a few weeks ago about a sort of rash that I developed after using two cleansers and you thought it could be alcohol causing it. I've been googling a bit to try and understand this a bit better...

    My first question concerns the specific types of alcohol that were in these products. One contained Cetearyl Alcohol and the other Cetyl Alcohol. It seems to be the general opinion that these don't cause reactions apart from this one website, http://www.mirskincare.com/ingredients_to_avoid_in_cosmetics.html, which says:

    Fatty alcohols, used at certain levels, can produce cumulative irritation - ie irritation that builds up gradually over time.

    Would you agree with this or not? If this is the case then I'm thinking that I might have a constant low level of irritation from products containing lower quanitities of these ingredients.

    The other thing, when I started thinking about this more, is that I have trouble with my hands. I get a rash which, if it gets bad, is like a hundred tiny paper cuts across the skin on the backs of my hands and my skin stings whenever the it gets wet and when I apply hand cream. It has developed over the past 5 years or so but only gets bad in Spring and Autumn, so I thought it was just dry skin made worse by changes in the weather. But, putting two and two together, I work in a hospital and so am constantly washing my hands and applying alcohol spray and then hand cream. Last Autumn I was between jobs and did not get this problem.

    So does this all make sense? If so I can embark hopefully on a completely tee-total beauty regime...

    For my face currently I'm using a basic milk cleanser or on some evenings coconut oil as a cleanser while I look into buying a cleansing balm and my skin has calmed down a bit. And I'm considering Avene Hydrance Optimal Light as this is Alcohol free. I looked into Pai moisturisers on your recommendation but I live in Germany and according to the website they only ship in the UK. I have easy access to most French pharmacy brands if you have any other recommendations.

    If you do think alcohol is the problem and can suggest an alcohol-free hand cream that would be amazing as I have spent hours reading the ingredients of every single one in the chemists here and have found nothing!

    Sorry this turned into an essay, really I just want you to let me know wether you think I'm on the right track.

    Thank you! xxx

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Hi Emma,

      I can't help you with most of your questions but PAI do ship to the EU. I live in the Netherlands and I order from them regularly. http://europe.paiskincare.com/index.php?main_page=index That's the link to their EU site. (: Good luck!

      Delete
    2. Hi Emma,

      Pai do ship to the EU. I live in the Netherlands and I order regularly from them. http://europe.paiskincare.com/index.php?main_page=index is the link to their EU site.

      Delete
    3. Hi Emma,

      Yes you could be on the right track - I don't worry so much about the face to be honest because I am always changing/trialling new products and tend to stay away from alcohol in toners etc. Moisturisers isn't so big a deal as the alcohol evaporates off and so your skin is protected by the other ingredients in the cream...
      I've never actually had to find a non-alcohol based hand cream before but will put a tweet out and see what i get back! :)

      Delete
  38. Hi Caroline,

    I'm 18 and have combination/oily skin. I get acne often but its not as bad as the dark hyper pigmentation that it leaves behind. I have this pigmentation on my forehead, chin and cheeks. My diet is healthy and i exercise too. I cleanse using Clarins Gentle Foaming Cleanser with Tamarind. Do you know of any products that might help the fading process speed up? Thank you x

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Hi!

      You should be using night time products with Vitamin A in them - they will be listed as retinol/retinyl palmitate etc and should be quite high up on the ingredients list.
      As you're only 18 - make sure you are using an SPF during the day - you have a LOT of years ahead to protect your skin from :)

      Delete
  39. hey im a 19 year old girl living in a big city and studying a really stressful career, so i have to admit my diet is not that good at the moment because i dont usually have time to cook from scratch and my skin right now looks terrible.. it feels dry and oily at the same time and i have acne sensitive skin and even though it might be only one or two ugly pimples at a time i dont feel my skin soft and healthy... i have been using a lot of different products throughout my teenage years but none of them really helped, although sometimes on the surface but i think its also a cause from the inside and also many of these anti-blemish products are full of harmful ingredients that might make your skin dry on the moment but they contain all these ingredients that on the long run are actually ruining skin more... i have also started taking natural supplements.. but i would really appreciate if you know any sensitive acne skincare that is natural without any harmful ingredients that just put more toxins to my skin and do you recomend i should do a one or two days fasting diet to get rid of toxins inside out? i heard it was also good otherwise any other recommendations?
    thanyou very much! xx

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. A fasting is always good for the body but it will have very little effect on your skin long term.
      It's hard to say without seeing you but I would definitely steer away from mineral oils and lanolin - I am doing a cheat sheet on acne this week so stay tuned for that.

      Delete
  40. Hello,

    I am looking to even out my skin tone and also work on my first signs of aging - lines on neck, forehead and eye area. I had breakout few months ago and after i switched completely to Pai products my skin calmed down and i didn't suffer from acne (except for occasional 1 or 2 pimples once a month) or redness. I have uneven skin tone, which i think could be from sun exposure. I tried alpha-H white gold liquid to even out my skintone and my skin became blotchy and i had mild acne.

    Skintype: sensitive, combination skin
    Products: Pai cleanser, tone, and moisturizer, alpha-H cleanser, NIA24 sunscreen
    masks: origins drink up mask, glam glow mud mask
    diet: mainly vegetarian, diary free. I make sure i get all the essential vitamins, minerals and fats through my diet. Whenever it is not possible, I take a supplement
    Exercise: 4 times a week.

    Also, can you suggest a sunscreen that has no parabens and phenoxyethanol.

    Thanks
    Green ^_^

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Hi Green,

      How old are you? Because your routine looks fairly good? You would have had mild acne as a result of the vitamin a in the white gold - that's what it can do in some people at the beginning. have you tried the original Liquid Gold? That is more glycolic based?
      Have you tried The Organic Pharmacy for sunscreens?

      Delete
    2. I am 27. I didn't try the liquid gold. Will give it a shot. I didnt try any of the organic pharmacy sunscreens either. I was just overwhelmed by the number of sunscreens available.

      How do you combat puffy eyes? I have been using pai eye cream for over a month now and no progress in getting rid of them. Can you do a post or suggest how should we deal with puffy eyes

      Delete
  41. Hi Caroline

    Could you recommend a fragrance free foundation for sensitive skin which has acne?

    Have been using Bare Escentuals for several years and have been told this could be the cause of lumpy spots. Looked online at many brands but very few list ingredients and want to avoid mineral contents. Live in rural part of Wales can get to Bristol or Cardiff but can take between 45-60 mins travel time to get samples or make up applied. Then have to wait for any reactions before going back to purchase. So your help and advice is invaluable.

    Previously used clinique but too harsh for me, then an American brand Models Prefer from qvc. Qvc good for returns although limited choice which departments store are not.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. If you like mineral makeup but are worried about the red lumps - have you reied the other mineral makeup brands? Inika for example do mineral makeup but don't use bismuth oxychloride - which BE do. A lot of people have irritation issues with BO - I'm one of them?

      Delete
  42. Hey, I forgot to mention that I suffer from back/chest acne marks. I read from your earlier posts that one should take fish oil supplements for the problem of back acne. I would prefer getting my nutrition from food rather than supplements. Can you highlight as to what fats/vitamins i should be concentrating on? Also, I would prefer to avoid the tan as I already have yellowish brown complexion and would prefer to just stay that way. So, can you suggest a good sunblock without parabens or phenoxyethanol?

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I understand you wanting to get nutrition from your food - unfortunately there are just some things that we can't get from food in the high doses that are to be effective. You would need to eat a LOT of salmon to get the same effect as the tablets. If you buy high quality fish oils they are amazing.

      Delete
  43. Hi Caroline ♥

    Was wondering if you were going to put a supplements cheat sheet. I know you wrote it somewhere in your blog...but I have a questions about fish oil :) I'm currently taking some, but I'm not sure if I'm taking a good amount for it to work & also I was wondering if you heard about/know anything about "zenmed"

    Thanks!
    Carla xoxo

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Caroline wrote an article on 19th March 'Spotlight on Supplements'. Take a look, hope it helps.

      Delete
    2. Thanks Jane :) i'll go read it again.

      Delete
    3. Zenmed look ok in general although they do have a weird statement about exfoliating whiteheads and blackheads before 'they become full size pimples'. Erm - that doesn't happen with blackheads especially.

      I don't know what's in their supplements- but as with everything I would be wary of using the entire range - just take what you most need from it and then move around.

      And nothing beats fish oil for the skin - except Roaccutane which as we know is heinous and for severe cases only.

      Delete
  44. Hi, Caroline!
    I just stumbled upon on your website after reading Ruth's Amodelrecommends blog! I'm 18 and having trouble finding the 'perfect' foundation. First off I'm not totally sure on my skin type. I would say my t-zone is quite oily but my foundation often flakes around my nose. My cheeks are quite normal so I don't know if that makes me combination? I have been getting endless foundation testers from make up counters but just wondered if you could recommend a foundation? I have freckles so I would like a medium but buildable coverage. I don't really like a matt coverage as I feel that it makes my face look too dull. I just want something that is going to stay is place all day but not feel cakey. I quite like Clinique perfectly real however I'm still not completely sold! I don't really want anything over 30 pounds! Thank you for starting this clinic!! Basically I want to make sure the foundation I buy is definitely something I love, seeing as I'm spending a lot more than I normally would.

    Thanks again, Charley x

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Hello, I just had to share my perfect foundation find. I have struggled for years! and jus discovered shisiedo sun protection liquid foundation, its amazing, Im very oily and this is not too heavy or cloggy or matt it glows without being greasy. Its really long wearing too. It looks natural whilst covering my scars and spots. Check out fleur de force on youtube for reviews. Lots of reviews on makeup alley also.

      Its similar to chanel vitalumiere aqua but way better.

      Good luck!!

      Delete
    2. Your skin is dehydrated. you need to sort your skin out before you spend £30 on a foundation. That's why you can't find the perfect one. What skincare do you use? Read my cheat sheet on dry v dehydrated and let me know if it sounds familiar?

      Delete
  45. hi caroline,

    I am 42, always looked younger than I actually am (diet ok except the fact that I always had a sweet tooth and occasionally smoke a cigarette when going out) but since I had my babygirl of 2 years I have the impression that I have suddenly aged.
    Especially the wrinkles around my eyes are bothering me-looks as if the area just needs moisture,but eye cream (I am using zelens intensive triple-action eye cream at the moment and before I used skinceuticals eye balm) and biotherm acquasource eye perfection aren't bringing any results.I am even wondering if the biotherm aquasource that I am using during the day to refresh and moisturize the eyezone is actually drying it out?! Or is it the Eye make up remover (Estee Lauder gentle eye make up remover,switched to Elizabeth Arden recently but don't like the oily feel)?
    I have sensitive,dehydratet skin, occasional redness.
    Do you have any recommendations?
    thanks

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I would remove your eye makeup with almond oil or organic eye makeup remover (which usually contains a lot of almond oil ) :)
      Kids can dry yu out but as you're my age - your body is probably slready really depleting itself of good oils etc.

      Do you supplement?

      Delete
    2. Thanks for your reply
      I forgot to mention that i am using sisley eye contour mask every other day in the evening,too.
      And no, I don't supplement. I even didn't during pregnancy-the iron supplements gave me side effects, mainly stomach problems..:(
      But I would like to give it a try- especially the omega 3 supplements from dr perricone sound interesting.
      What do you think? what else would you recommend?
      I will go back to work as a flight attendant (also doing long distance flights) in june,so the dry air won't help to improve the wrinkles around my eyes...(
      I tried your face massage and it's fantastic,really getting my skin "working!! ":)

      Delete
    3. Perricone Omegas are amazing - esp if you are a flyer - at least 3 x day I try and take 6-9 x

      Delete
  46. Hey Caroline,

    I am mid twenties female with usually very well behaved skin, hinting on a touch of dryness but nothing really to complain about. One huge irritation however is my chin, which is rarely without huge angry spots. Its been this way since my late teens. I usually have about one or two spots at a time and they are really big, sore under the skin beasts that take ages to surface, then ages to head and even longer to disappear completely and tend to leave behind red marks. Its really getting me down.

    I usually use clarins cleansing wash with cocoa butter (when i can afford it, when I can’t i use a simple cleansing wash) and the orange peel exfoliator (once per week). I’m using clarins dry moisturiser with spf (which i bought during the winter, could probably do with changing to something lighter in a few weeks time). I eat fairly well, try not to indulge too much, plenty of fresh fruit and veg.

    Anything that you could recommend to dig out these nasties once and for all would be amazing!

    xx

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Your skin can't breathe properly - the cleansers are foaming - not nourishing - and they won't remove the spf properly on their own.
      The spots are also in the 'reproductive area' of the face - how are your periods? Heavy/normal etc?
      You need a better cleanser - balm based - and you need to double cleanse at night - before you do anything else.

      Delete
    2. Sorry - also - veg is fine but fruit is full of sugar - eat it, but don't go mad and be careful of citrus - makes my skin erupt like volcanoes.

      Delete
  47. Hello there! I applaud this blog and your dedication to helping all of us with our skin issues.

    My skin is maddening. I am 35 years old and I have had skin issues since I was 13. I live in the desert climate of Las Vegas, wear makeup everyday and drink lots of water. I have very ruddy, sensitive combination skin. I rarely ever get cystic pimples, but I have clogged pores in my oily area and little whiteheads around my chin area from time to time. It seems that whenever I use anything with fragrance or essential oils, my skin goes bonkers with itching, scaliness and more redness. I also cannot use chemical sunscreens for the same reason.
    I use a Mario Badescu moisturizer called Control Cream that does contain mineral oil under the trade name Carnation Oil, but when I try to switch to something else; my skin will completely freak out with itching, scaling and redness. Even too much friction makes my skin react! I can also rub my fingers across my skin and have little Oil plugs come out. I just want to understand my skin so I can give it the best possible care.

    I eat a plant based diet (no meat, dairy or eggs), but I still take fish oil caps because I believe they are beneficial, a whole food multi, vitamin d and vitamin c.

    I'm at my wits end!!!

    Please help! Thank you!

    Alison

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Hi Alison,

      Your poor skin! Las Vegas weather is about the worst there is for the skin! :) Really hot, no moisture.
      the reactions could be for that very reason - the essential oils are light/heat sensitive and are reacting on the surface of the skin.
      I would avoid silicones - for the simple reason that they are designed to hold product on the surface of the skin to allow it to penetrate - which in turn could aggravate.
      I'm doing a cheat sheet on acne this week - that may help. How do you cleanse?

      Delete
    2. Hi Caroline,

      Thank you for taking the time to reply. You are not going to want to hear this, but I cleanse my face morning and night with Purpose Face Wash....

      Are you still with me? :) I have tried to use milky/oil based cleansers with a hot wash cloth, but it makes my skin very angry. The friction of wiping it away gives me little bumps and whiteheads, I believe.
      Purpose does foam a bit, but it seems to leave my face soft and not irritated. I use a hydrating serum morning and night under my moisturizer and none of my products contain any silicones.
      I am open to other suggestions if you have them.

      Thank you and keep up the great work!

      Alison

      Delete
    3. What about a hydrating toner underneath the serum to extra protect against the dry air?

      Delete
  48. I love the clinic, I read your answers religiously (when I can). I finally thought of a question today in the shower. For as long as I can remember I've had red spots scattered across my chest. Not a huge amount but sort of....bumpy congested under the surface with ones that occasionally erupt with white heads. I exfoliate my chest with Laura Mercier face perfection or whatever, so rounded beads....I must admit I never moisturise my chest....ever....but I can start applying something? I use the goat cream on my face. I drink at least 1.5L of water per day, I highly doubt it's from UV exposure or something like that because I tend to wear big silk scarves over my chest as I am always freezing....

    I think I rambled enough!

    xo
    Sara

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Hi Sara!

      Your 'face' area is defined in the industry by going down to the area just above the start of the roundness of the breast - basically the entire décolleté. I bet if you start extending your routine down your neck and on to your chest you will see improvements.

      Delete
  49. This comment has been removed by a blog administrator.

    ReplyDelete
  50. Hello Caroline,

    Here's my request - I hope you can help!

    I'm 40 and I'm worried that my jawline isn't as smooth and tight as it used to be :-(
    You mentioned in the last clinic and the 'scaffolding' post to look for peptides - what are they exactly? and where can I find them?! Your posts on Algenist and 111skin seemed positive - could something from these ranges help?

    Thanks to your advice, I've started using EH balm (marvellous stuff!) along with your face massage too. I use Perricone's advanced face firming activator, followed by Chantecaille firming sun cream or Alpha H spf50 moisturiser, I also use Alpha H liquid gold 2/3 times a week - the whole thing seems to be working well
    Thanks so much, love your straightforward advice!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Hi!

      Honey you're 40 - your jawline is supposed to be heading south... LOL

      Peptides are in most anti-ageing products these days - but bear in mind they will all be temporary fixes. Do you extend your current routine all the way down your neck and up and behind your ears?
      The area behind your ears is the real scaffolding for the face - and the one area that hardly anyone takes care of!

      Delete
  51. Well done with the clinic. I wonder if it might be an idea to create a "follower" forum, for your followers to help each other with skincare queries and for you to intervene where necessary? Anyway, enough problem solving. What are your thoughts on using BRP50 and Liquid Gold alongside each other. BR advise not to use any other products that contain acid. What do you reckon?

    Thanks, you're a legend!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Hi Kate,

      GOD NO. :)

      I know Ruth (A Model Recommends) had a forum and it caused her no end of problems with spammers etc also - I don't have the time to monitor it closely and I may get people recommending things that I wouldn't - and then I'd feel responsible.

      I have used P50v in the mornings and Liquid Gold in the evenings with no problems. I wouldn't use them at the same time. There is no need.

      Delete
  52. Hi Caroline. I'm 27 and have suffered with dry skin around my eyes for quite a few years now. Can you recommend anything for this please? I'm quite dark under my eyes so my concealer always looks really dry and cakey and the outer corners of my eyes are usually quite red too but difficult to conceal.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Try something like balanceME's wonder eye cream or Alpha-H eye complex - both good and hydrating.

      Delete
  53. I'm not sure if you can help with this sort of thing, but I have dry skin around my neck and chest area. It's not like normal dry skin that peels, its like dark patches of rough scaliness that peel when picked at. They seem to get a little better when I moisturize frequently with gentle creams, but haven't gone completely away. I'm not sure what is causing this? Maybe too much hot shower water is breaking down my moisture barrier? Anyhow, my diet is very veggies and fruits and lean protein. Thanks!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. You're probably spot on with the shower thinking - are you extending your routine all the way down your neck and décolleté? Because you need to.

      Delete
  54. This comment has been removed by a blog administrator.

    ReplyDelete
  55. HI Caroline, my name is María I'm from Argentina. Im 30years old. My face is a mess... I have a dehydrated skin, red and brown acne marks, and i brekout a lot, acne, blacheads, you name it, and (I swear i don't pick!) they leave a mark EVERY TIME. I went yo, at least 7 dermatologists, they gave me creams, acids, antibiotics, the pill... and my face got worst, now it became super sensitive...
    I soped the pill las month, and im not wearing any acids, just cleaninig toning an moisturizing morning and night. My face it's a little better but the red marks are awfulll, my despered question is WHAT SHOULD I DO??!

    Thanks for this blog! i love it!

    HELPPP!!!

    María

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Hi Maria,

      I'm doing a cheat sheet on acne this week. Read that and then let me know if you have any questions.

      Delete
  56. Hi :-)
    I'll keep it brief...
    Keep reading things about almond oil helping dark circles...? Worth a go or total rubbish?

    Thank you! xxx

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Worth a go as a MU remover. May have some weight in it - its v good for that area.

      Delete
    2. Thank you!! I'll give it a go! :-)

      Delete
  57. Hi Beauty Mouth, just to let you know that I popped into the Space NK near Convent Garden today and asked for some Darphin samples to try. The girl pulled out the draw to which there were loads and told me Darphin were greedy and didn't send them any and didnt give me one :'(

    *cries*
    my skin has massively improved from 2 months of taking linseed oil, not much but enough for me to notice :)

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I'll let them know! :) How RUDE!

      Delete
  58. Hi Caroline!
    I hope you can help me with my problem.

    My skin for the past few months has been dehydrated, probably brought on from the Clinique anti blemish 3 step treatment I started this time last year (I still like the brand and use their cosmetics, so it's not a brand diss).

    I have dehydration lines around my mouth that are obvious with or without foundation on, papery type lines on my forehead and beside my nose under my eyes and recently I got 3 large whiteheads around my eye area. My nose is always a little congested and always has blackheads and my skin is generally just dull atm and always a little spot prone.

    For cleansing I use Alpha-H Balancing cleanser with a muslin cloth morning and evening.
    My moisturiser is Avene's Hydrance Optimale, the light version for combination skin.
    I use the REN mattifying day lotion on my nose and chin.
    For sun protection I wear a Stila sheer tinted moisturiser with spf 30
    In the evening I put on Trilogy's rosehip oil, also under the eyes.
    I'm also 28 years old and I drink alot of water.

    My ££ limit is about 25 - 30 pounds for a good product.

    On a side note, I've tried using my Clarins Hydraquench for normal to dry a few times but all it does is crumble off my face like eraser shavings D=


    Please advise me on how to get my dehydrated dull skin back into shape.

    Thank you! xx

    Eva.B

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. If you've had it since this time last year its probably not Clinique's fault - the effects wouldn't last that long! :)

      If you have whiteheads - I assume you mean milia - not spots - near the eye area - you are dry - not dehydrated. You are dull because you are treating a dry/dehydrated skin with mattifying products! :)

      And Clarins have changed their formulations - the Hydraquench has too much silicone in now! Boo!!!

      Delete
    2. Thank you for your reply!

      Oh god, now I'm as confused about my skin as ever.
      I read your cheat sheet on dry vs dehydrated skin and I DID think I was a bit of both.

      But what do I do now? I'm confused because I always get a shiny forehead come midday, same goes for my nose and chin. My nose is always blackhead ridden no matter what I do and, like right now I always have a few small spots on my cheeks and T-zone.

      What products should I look into getting now, I'm in desperate need of a moisturiser.
      I was thinking darphin hydraskin light or pai geranium & thistle moisturiser, although again it's for combination skin.
      For night time the darphin purifying balm, or would that be too heavy?

      I'm thinking of getting the Caudalie elixir. Would that work with my
      skin even though it has alcohol in it?

      I just have 2 last questions (don't kill me)
      Do you think I should use a cleansing balm, like the Balance Me one?

      and FINALLY

      I've been using the Trilogy rosehip oil for 2 weeks now, just using 4 drops max for the whole face, but it never sinks into my skin, is it even meant to?

      Sorry for so many questions!

      xx

      Delete
    3. yes to darphin, pai and darphin again.

      Absolutely yes to caudalie
      yes to balanceme or alpha-h new oil cleanser
      Shelve the trilogy for a bit - sort the rest first x

      Delete
    4. Thank you so much!
      :D
      x

      Delete
  59. Hi again Caroline. Can you recommend a good concealer and foundation for 44 year old Asian skin with pigmentation that looks as natural as possible? Also products to help with pigmentation and a desert island eye cream please.
    again i use er balm and p50 lotion am and pm, ks oil free cream in the day and liquid gold or darphin balm/algenist overnight restorative cream all on your recommendation and my skin has vastly improved. Now I just need a mask and eye cream.
    Thanks again x

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Try EX1 cosmetics for Asian skin tone recommendations. Brilliant site. Pigmentation - P50 will help but also try night-time products with vitamin A.
      There is no Desert Island Eye cream as every skin is so different but the Algenist is a good one at the mo!

      Delete
  60. Hi!
    Im a twenty year old female with oily combination skin. For years i really struggled with clogged pores and redness in my t zone as well as loads of those kind of spots that stay buried under the skin and refuse to come to a head. Ive read your blog for a while now and tried to follow you advice, i am pleased to say that over the past 18 months my skin has really improved but i still have an issue with clogged pores along my jaw line as well as redness and scarring. While i really do del that my skin is clearing in terms of blemishes, as this happens, i am becoming more and more aware of the remaining marks on my skin. If it helps i have an olive complexion (bobbi brown warm beige/ MAC nc35 kind of colour) and the scars are brownish in colour. I was wondering if you had any ideas as to how i could alleviate these problems as nothing so far has really helped, other than getting a sun tan which of course doesn't last..
    My skincare regime at the moment is:

    Evening - No7 Beautiful Skin melting gel cleanser
    Vichy Normaderm facewash
    Clinique Clarifying Lotion (number 3)
    Vichy Normaderm moisturising lotion
    Clinique All About Eyes eye cream
    Tea-tree oil on blemishes if necessary

    Morning - Vichy Normaderm facewash
    Clinique Clarifying Lotion (number 3)
    Vichy Normaderm moisturising lotion
    Garnier caffiene eye-roll on (the tinted one)

    I also use the Dermalogica Gentle Cream Exfoliant mask thing once a fortnight, i use that one week and St Ives Apricot Scrub the next

    Hope you can think of something that'll speed up their disappearance!

    Thank you in advanced for your time!!!


    Sophie x

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Clinique clarifying lotion and St Ives face scrub?
      Oh Caroline, I can hear your cries of frustration already!

      Sophie, for the love of your skin, step away from the nasty ingredients.

      Delete
    2. Hi Sophie,

      Bin the Clarifying toner number 3 - and the St Ives.

      Use products with vitamin a in them for the evenings - don't over scrub or dry out your skin a it will make pigmentation worse!Tea tree oil if used neat can also be problematic on some skins...

      Delete
    3. Thank you sooooo much! (and to you as well 'anonymous') I am grabbing a bin bag as we speak...

      p.s. your blog is fantastic, me and my housemates are addicted!

      Delete
  61. Hello!
    I really hope you can give me some advice as I feel I have neglected my skin for so long I need to do something as I'm fast approaching 30! I have noticed fine lines appearing under my eyes. I have combination skin and use Liz earle to remove my makeup. I have recently come off the pill so am getting a few hormomal spots too. Can you recommend some products I should be using.

    Thank you in advance.
    Sarah x

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Depends what you need - get an eye cream if you don't have one - try something light and hydrating - balanceMe and alpha-h all make good ones.
      Watch the C&P if you are breaking out - it can aggravate.
      Read my cheat sheets on cleansing - and I am doing one this week on acne - which may help with hormonal breakouts! :)

      Delete
  62. Hi!

    My question is similar to what someone else has posted above on pigmentation, however i am 30 years old and my skin may not be able to heal itself as quickly. =(

    Have had two darker spots on my forehead for about 10 years and they seem to be growing ever so slightly. I use spf50 everyday but nothing targeted for the pigmentation. Would you suggest IPL or are there any over the counter products you would recommend?

    I have tried hydroquinone but it did not really work for me.

    Thanks
    Gem

    ReplyDelete
  63. Vitamin A in night products. Niacinamide in day - have a go :)it takes time though!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. thank you for taking the time to reply!

      where can i get niacinamide? i read its a form of vitamin B.

      Delete
  64. Hi
    I have a couple of questions: 1. What do you think of elemis tri-enzyme Resurfacing facial wash (as a AM cleanser). 2. I have very sensitive eyes and get very dry skin on my eyelids, I'm currently using LE eye cream but still have dry eyelids after using it, the only thing that seems to work is using steroid cream containing lanolin and I would prefer to use something more natural on a daily basis.

    Thanks for your help.
    Zoe

    ReplyDelete
  65. Hi,

    Anna from Vivianna Does Make Up sent me here :) I really enjoy reading your blog and take your opinion and advice very seriously.

    I really hope you can give me some advice about my skin. I'm a twenty-three year old female and I suffer from mild acne and acne scarring on my cheeks. It all started when I was about eighteen, before that my skin was great.
    My skin is normal to combination (oily noise, large pores, normal cheeks/forehead/chin) and also sensitive. I tried tons of products and I went to several dermatoligists (wasn't very pleased with that, I used minocycline for about 3 months and other very hars products on my skin). I also go to a skin therapist every two/three weeks.
    I use Avene products at the moment, but I would like to switch to Aesop, but I don't know which products/range to use. Do you have any suggestions? Or should I use products from another brand? What could I do to treat my acne and (red) scarring? What could I eat/drink to help my skin?

    Thank you in advance!

    Greetings from the Netherlands

    ReplyDelete
  66. Hello,

    Your site has been recommended to me by loads of bloggers and youtubers! And so far, I understand why...

    I am girl, aged 16, who eats healthily - I don't eat candy nor do I drink soda - and I am active for at least 20 minutes daily.
    I have quite clear skin, I get the occasional red spot/pimple, that disappear after 2-5 days (not beacause of my period though, since I don't have it yet..), I don't suffer from a lot of blackheads, and my skin is normal/sensitive/combination (sometimes I get oily on my forehead and around my nostrils).
    BUT: for a the past months I have been getting these weird lumps between my brows, that ARE NOT going away, no matter what masks I use or even if I do steam-baths and what not... By reading your "Cheat Sheet"-post on spots, I would guess they were cysts, but they don't become red and only one; the largest of the three (none of them are very swollen, but they are lumps) is sore, and it has been there for more than 3 months.

    I really hope you can help me!!

    Ulricha

    ReplyDelete
  67. Hello,

    Your site has been recommended to me by loads of bloggers and youtubers! And so far, I understand why...

    I am girl, aged 16, who eats healthily - I don't eat candy nor do I drink soda - and I am active for at least 20 minutes daily.
    I have quite clear skin, I get the occasional red spot/pimple, that disappear after 2-5 days (not beacause of my period though, since I don't have it yet..), I don't suffer from a lot of blackheads, and my skin is normal/sensitive/combination (sometimes I get oily on my forehead and around my nostrils).
    BUT: for a the past months I have been getting these weird lumps between my brows, that ARE NOT going away, no matter what masks I use or even if I do steam-baths and what not... By reading your "Cheat Sheet"-post on spots, I would guess they were cysts, but they don't become red and only one; the largest of the three (none of them are very swollen, but they are lumps) is sore, and it has been there for more than 3 months.

    I really hope you can help me!!

    Ulricha

    ReplyDelete

Thank you for taking the time to comment.

Follow this blog with bloglovin

Follow on Bloglovin
Related Posts with Thumbnails