Thursday, 24 May 2012

Clinic on Thursday - CLINIC IS CLOSED

Morning All!

The Clinic is open - could I ask a couple of things?

Can you please contact me here if you have re-commented on last week's Clinic or have emailed me and are still awaiting a response? Apologies - but as I know you'll understand it's a lot to keep up with.

And I'm sorry to reiterate but please don't email me your queries unless I specifically ask you to on the blog (i.e. for further information) - if only 1% of my (lovely) readers from last week emailed me, I'd still be dealing with 160 emails - all of which are very detailed and take a lot of thought - on top of the Clinic, the blog, full-time work and a very large family. 
All of which I adore and am blessed with - I'm not complaining - BUT - I have to stop somewhere.

Thank you for your continued support - this site has opened so many doors for me and I am very grateful to you all.

160 comments:

  1. I've got a bit of a strange one for you lol. Ive recently started to finally get off my arse and hit the gym, but my sensitive skin really is not loving the sweat, it starts to sting and feel burny during and after exercise.

    Do you have any tips or products that would help with this? As stopping going to the gym is really not an option with the size of my arse!

    Thank you :)

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    1. Not really - your system is hot and just needs to cool down - drink a ton of water - stay away from harsh foaming products in the showers afterwards (face)and avoid steam room/saunas. :)Make sure you use a hydrating moisturiser.

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    2. Thanks caroline. I always went in the steam room afterwards because I thought it was good for the skin, but maybe not my stupid sensitive skin. Lol I will commence the gym torture minus the steam room!

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  2. Hi Caroline. In the past year I've had 2 big skin crises. Red, sore skin, very very sensitive, not absorbing product, very thight feeling and my entire face was covered in tiny bumps (felt like every pore was raised). I think I may have messed with my acid mantle? Not sure. Eventually got better with a lot of patience and moisturizer.
    My skin is dry, sometimes dehydrated and sensitive.

    Routine:
    AM: Eucerin bath and shower oil as cleanser(as prescribed by derm, I know it's weird), kiehls midnight recovery concentrate, Embryolisse lait creme concentré.
    PM: Lancome lait galateis of the Eucerin one, darphin renewel balm or darphin purifying balm.
    I've been tested for allergies (cosmetics) and nothing came up.
    Any idea what it was of what could have caused it? (I have pictures).

    Thank you!

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    1. Yes I think you're skin is shouting at you! :)
      The only part of that routine I would keep is the Darphin to be honest.
      the Kiehls is fine but not what you need -the rest is either mineral oil or too fragranced. Sorry!

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  3. Dearest Caroline,
    first of all, let my say that I really appreciate what you're doing with these Clinics - they are absolutely amazing! I really wanted to thank you for the great advice you're giving.
    Now, I'm really sorry if this comment will be uber-long, but I have a few questions I wanted to ask you.
    First of all, I'm 25 years old, with oily/combo (possibly dehydrated - according to your cheat sheet) skin. I've moved to london from italy 2 and a half years ago and i have to say that prior to me moving here i never suffered from breakouts or spost (yes, the occasional hormonal spot, but nothing more than that). around october of 2010, i started developing a lot of cystic bumps underneath the skin of my right cheek, which eventually became an actual acne breakout. only my right side was affected, with the spots becoming painful and irritated every single day. because of that, i decided to go to my italian dermatologist, who prescribed me oral antibiotics and suggested a visit to the ob-gyn. the gynecologist said that i suffer from pcos and that the only way to get rid of my acne would be to go on the pill. because i am quite stubborn, i decided not to take the pill and try other ways to get rid of the spots. the oral antibiotics my dermatologist prescribed were useless (in fact, i think they actually aggravated my skin), so he gave me a topical antibiotic gel (erythromicin) to put twice a day on my acne. i have to say that this gel seems to work (I've been using it for three months now). my routine is as follows:
    AM
    Dermalogica Special Cleansing Gel
    The Organic Pharmacy Rose Water Toner
    99% Aloe Vera Gel
    Erythromicin (only on my right cheek)
    Pai Geranium and Thistle Moisturiser.

    PM
    Dermalogica Special Clensing Gel
    The Organic Pharmacy Rose Water Toner
    99% Aloe Vera Gel
    Erythromicin (only on my right cheek)
    Pai Rosehip oil

    eye cream: ren active 7 radiant eye gel. (right now I'm trying a sample of Bakel cool eyes eye cream)

    once a week i exfoliate with Dermalogica Gentle Cream Exfoliant and, always once a week i use a clay mask.

    My skin is now a little bit better, i still get the occasional breakouts but not as frequently as before. the thing is that i still have a lot of bumps underneath my skin: they're not red or irritated, but they are still visible, especially when i wear makeup. i also have a huge amount of red scars, which are really annoying and don't seem to want to go away.
    I forgot to say that i live quite a healthy lifestyle, i drink at least 2 liters of water a day and i don't drink alcohol and i don't eat dairy.
    Now the burning questions:

    1) do you think i should change my routine? am i over-drying my skin? am I missing anything? should i ditch the dermalogica?
    2) i wanted to ditch the topic antibiotic gel for the summer, but i'm afraid that my spots will come back. what do you suggest as a valid alternative? liquid gold?

    i'm really sorry for the length of my comment, i really hope you won't be upset. ;)
    thank you again, you're a gem.
    Vera

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    1. Hi Vera,

      If you had PCOS you would in all likelihood have it across both cheeks and under side of your jaw.
      I think the cleansing routine is prob too harsh with the cleansing gel. Use a good oil/balm cleanser and massage it through - especially where you have the red marks under the surface.
      Yes I would try LG - use it 2/3 times a week and see how your cheek is affected. The one cheek thing is bothering me. Do you get pain in your left side ever?

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    2. thank you, Caroline.
      the one cheek thing bothers me as well. my dermatologist told me that apparently i have excess sebum on that side, but, in all honesty, i have my doubts.
      if i have to think about it, i do tend to get pain on my left side - nothing major, fortunately - but i have always thought that this is my sort of 'weak' side. should i get worried?
      i'm ordering the liquid gold as i'm writing, together with the eh moringa balm. do you think it will be ok?
      thank you again, darling.
      Vera

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    3. No don't worry - but if you DO have any cysts - they could be on your left ovary. And don't worry about them - I used to have loads - the size of a grapefruit one radiologist described it as - disappeared after babies. The body is a strange thing!
      And yes - go for EH and LG.

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    4. Thanks a million. I really appreciate it. <3
      Vera

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    5. I wondered for a long time why I mostly got spots on the left side of my jaw. After an embarrassing amount of time I figured out it was because I rested my left hand there while I was on the computer.

      It could just be something silly you'd never normally think of.

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  4. Hi
    thank you thank you thank you!!! your blog has helped me so much already. Having changed my skincare from dermalogica alone has improved the texture. But need advice about my skin probs. Have now got good brands but think I'm using too much or too many different products. After just using one 'brand' for years its all new.

    Im 38 with PCOS have combination skin with very very oily areas around my nose and each side of my chin.
    Monthly cystic lumps around my chin, spots that never heal and stay red for months occasional ingrown hairs too (having laser hair removal 4 wkly for that) but dry forehead and red flushes cheeks (broken veins) and crepey under eyes with some milia. Which might be from using too rich eye cream in the past?

    Now..
    I double cleanse at night with either Emma hardie balm then Elemis pro collagen or Liz Earl cleanse and polish then Elemis pro collagen. In the morning I just use C&P.

    Then use Elemis lavender toner or liz earl skin tonic afterwards
    Every other night I use alpha H liquid gold alternating with either Elemis oxygenating night cream or Emma Hardie night cream from the recent qvc tsv :D

    For my daytime moisturiser I use either Elemis marine cream or Emma Hardie light lotion and under my eyes I have some SkII eye film, alpha-h resurfacing? and just got the Elemis pro collagen eye serum.

    In the starter pack i got of alpha-h i also got a balancing cleanser and spf 50 but haven't used these yet.

    Will any of these fix my skin :) am I using them the right way round and can I dry this damned oil up with primers (murad/laura mercer) my foundation still slides off by lunchtime.
    thanks your a star x

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    1. Stop using C&P. The camphor in it will irritate your redness.
      And double cleanse with Emma Hardie if you need to. You don't need two separate ones - stick with the oil one for now till it settle down.
      Try Alpha balancing in the morning.
      Try P50W or P50V - in the morning at toner stage.
      And you need a more suitable moisturiser - the ones you are using are generic for generally good skin. Your skin has issues. :)
      Do you take supplements? Fish oil would calm it down all over.

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    3. Thanks that's brilliant stuff
      I'm taking a multi vit ,6000mg of omega 3 and bcaa's after my workouts
      Any moisturiser ideas or good primers I'd rather buy skin are and makeup than clothes anyway lol
      Hope your nose isn't peeling too bad
      X

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  5. Which clay mask do you recommend for congested skin?

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    1. Balance ME, Elemis, Omorovicza, Clarins Pink Clay - all good.

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  6. Hi Caroline
    What do you think of the Tua trend facail toning thingy. If bo**ocks, why??
    Xx

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    1. There's something in it - electrical stimuli has long been the foundation of facials - but I prefer my hands, good diet and supplements - because eventually nothing will stop you ageing, but you can take care of the skin internally to aid signs of ageing.

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  7. Hi, I'm suffer really bad with razor burn on the day after shaving. I shave correctly but I still end up with painful irritation. Unfortunately all other hair removal methods give me the same result. Any suggestions for treatments/ingredients etc? Thanks!x

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    1. Take an anti-histamine before you shave - and buy any topical ingredients with goldenseal (shaving creams) or benzocaine (chemist - pain reliever)to use after.

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  8. Dear Caroline :) some quick questions for this 30 year old lady ;)

    1) Best face mask for dehydrated skin

    2) I get swollen/ puffy eyelids and irritated/red/tired eyes every morning (due do meds I take for fibromyalgia) what do you recommend?

    (Do you like/ recommend the Liz Earl Eyebrigh Soothing Eye Lotion??)

    3) Best face primer with SPF OR a sunscreen for daily/city use for COMBINATION skin (that gets oily around the T-zone)

    THANK YOU! And congratulations for your achievements and success: well earned! ;)

    Raquel

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    1. Skin Ceuticals B5 Hydrating masque or origins intensive moisture overnight - although that has more essential oils in it.
      Make two cups of tea - let the bags cool, whack them on your eyes while you drink the tea. The Liz Ealre feeld lovely but does very little for puffiness for me. Unfortunately if you have meds - the only thing you can do is cut out booze (which I'm sure you do) and support your liver and kidneys so that they can flush toxins away.
      And never - EVER - use mineral oil on your eyes.
      Chantecaille SPF55 - pricey - but you get what you pay for. Sorry! :)

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    2. i drink lots of tea :) so i'll start putting the bags on my eyes... :)
      I don't drink alcohol anymore (since I started the medication) :) thank you for the heads up, though! :)
      and... the restraining order on mineral oils is up ;) (I don't want them near my face anyway!!) ;)

      Thank you Mrs Hirons ;)
      xx Raquel

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    3. During the winter this was my routine and my skin was great:

      am:
      1)Paula's Choice RESIST cleanser,
      2)PC RESIST Toner (or Liz Earl Tonic)
      3)PC RESIST AHA (OR PC 2% BHA lotion for normal/ Dry skin on that time of the month or whenever I had slightly more cloggled pores)
      4) PC RESIST Super Antioxidant Serum
      5) Suncreen (Avene or Anthelios by La Roche Posey)
      Then usually tinted moisturizer or light coverage foundation

      pm
      1) Liz Earl C&P w/ muslim cloth or flannel
      2) PC RESIST toner or Liz Earl Tonic
      3) PC RESIST AHA (OR PC 2% BHA lotion for normal/ Dry skin on that time of the month or whenever I had slightly more cloggled pores)
      4) PC RESIST Intensive Wrinkle-Repair Retinol Serum
      5) PC RESIST Barrier Repair Moisturizer with Retinol

      When the heat came I felt that I had to change something because my skin was getting really oily during the day on my T-zone so I stopped useing the serum in the morning.

      (I live in Portugal.. we're having a heat wave: 25-34ºC during the day)

      I bought the EH set on QVC and after 2 days of using it my skin broke out like mad on my forehead and neck... It might be a coincidence... I don't know! You told me to stop and as a good girl I did ;) but I didn't start including one at a time because I was afraid to breakout even more!

      At night I stopped the Liz Earl cleanser and use ONLY the EH cleansing balm with a good massage and a hot flannel (LOVE THAT: Thank YOU!)

      HOWEVER... I'm still having very pily T-zone with small breakouts on my forehead, my neck, around my ears and on my hairline: some are red bumps that hurt, some are tiny blackheads, some are small red and then turn white/yellow.

      My cheeks are normal.

      All this is so unusual for me! I'd used to have some tiny blackheads on my t-zone and 1 or 2 occasional hormonal breakout that would disappear within 1/2days w/ the Paula's Choice BHA.

      To make matters worse, I have dry patches around some of the breakouts :( HELP!

      xx Raquel

      PS-Sorry for this longest comment on the history of blogging :( but I feel terrible and don't know what to do!

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    4. Are you using the PC with just the EH cleanser now?

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    5. Now I do:


      1)Paula's Choice RESIST cleanser,
      2)PC RESIST Toner
      3)PC 2% BHA gel or lotion

      4) Suncreen (Avene or Anthelios by La Roche Posey)

      pm
      1) EH with flannel
      2) PC RESIST toner
      3) PC RESIST AHA (OR PC 2% BHA lotion)
      4) PC RESIST Super Anti-Oxidant Serum
      5) PC RESIST Barrier Repair Moisturizer with Retinol

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    6. the skin seems to be calming down... but it is still not like my usual skin at all! After about 1h of appying make up I look like I have been working for 14h stright: oiliness on T-zone, foundation melt-down and no traces of blush or lipstick!!

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  9. Dear Caroline,

    Just wanted to ask, I am on Roaccutane at the moment (40mg a day, and on month 3) my skin isn't very dry at all, not as much as i had expected. I am struggling a bit with my skin care routine at the moment, and dont quite know what to give my skin! Any skincare suggestions would be so helpful.
    Thanks for your time,

    Rosie

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    1. Rosie come off it as soon as you can - I mean when its cleared - not in the middle of treatment! :)
      Keep it hydrated - use non-foaming cleansers, spf in the day, double cleanse at night, take care of it.

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  11. Hi Caroline,

    I am loving the sunny weather however this is causing my face to become really greasy, at present I use just the Pai cleanser and geranium and thistle moisturiser and that is all I am using at the moment as my skin has been irritated recently. Upon talking to my doctor on Tuesday he thinks I have a form of urticaria which is what may have been causing the irritated red skin on my forehead. He has advised that I take antihistamenes (sp?) for this so now I would like advise on products that I can use to control oil now that it warmer that won't react too badly with my skin.

    Also, do you know anything that will help with lines that have formed on my chest which I think are from sun damage?

    Thanks in advance.

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    1. Anti-histamine is good advice.
      Geranium and Thistle may be too rich.
      I would switch to a balm cleanser - especially for the evenings - keep Pai for the mornings.and invest in a good toner - one with fruit acids if poss.
      And always carry your products down to the top of your boobs. If the lines are there - you can use SPF and vitamin a products to try and repair what has been done.

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  12. Hi Caroline,

    Since it's summer now in the UK and I would want to invest in some SPF products for face. Do you recommend me getting some sunscreen to put underneath the face before primer or some primers with SPF in? Do you have any recommendations for SPF products (I am newbie to this as normally I don't use them)

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    1. I use foundations/tinted moisturisers with SPF in. I think layering skincare, then spf, then primer, then foundations - is too much for summer!
      And think if you really need a primer. Not everyone does.

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    2. thanks, I have been using primer without fail... just to separate the skin from the make up products ;)

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    3. If you're foundation has silicone in it you don't need primer. In my humble opinion. :)

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  14. Hi,

    I've suffered with really noticeable blackheads mainly on and around my nose for as long as I can remember and I haven't really tried that many products specifically to deal with them because the few I have tried have done very little. I was wondering if you could prescribe anything as a good starting point...? I have combination skin.

    Thank you!

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    1. Oily (non-mineral oil) cleansers and a bloody good massage, good toner/2nd step - containing acids is possible (toner acids are not as strong as acids you use for treatments - don't worry!) - followed by sun exposure.
      Yes, sun exposure. :)
      The heat warms the skin to the point where I got a HUGE one of with a flannel at the weekend.

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    2. Thank you very much indeed and all the best with continuing your brilliant site! : )

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  15. Caroline,

    First of all I think this is incredible what you are doing, and should be applauded at all opportunities. I can’t believe a resource like this exists, and from one person’s own time and hard work. Incredible.

    I’m 22 and I’ve just come home from university for the summer. Since I got back, my skin has become so sore and dehydrated (must be the Devonian water). I look ridiculous if I wear any foundation or powder on my face – it all soaks in to my pores, leaving little round circles of foundation, dry cracky bits of foundation stuck to the hairs on my face, and my sore red skin shining on through. I’ve just bought the Clarins Blue Orchid oil in the hope that it will help sort things out. Have you got any tips? Obviously I’ve been drinking loads of water, I don’t smoke, and my skin is pretty normal and happy most of the time.

    As you can see my skincare is about the £15-£30 mark – if it was a really special product I’d pay a little more but in general that’s what I can afford.

    I use:

    Cleanse – Liz Earle

    Second Cleanse/Exfoliate – Elemis Tri Enzyme Resurfacing Wash

    Toner – Sophyto Restorative or A’Kin Brightening Lavender

    Day Cream– right now, layers and layers of Vichy Aqualia Thermal Light (I was using Eucerin Aquaporin Rich, but it was making my skin greasy and still thirsty, and the Vichy one was the only ‘light’ version with sodium hyaluronate in) – though I do use Korres Wild Rose when my skin is back to normal

    Night – Clarin’s Blue Orchid Oil

    Eye Cream – Vichy Liftactiv HA Eyes.

    Could you recommend:
    1) Whether to use an exfoliant lotion rather than an exfoliating cleanser - and if so, do you think Liquid Gold might be a little harsh on my skin? It's usually pretty normal and doesn't need much of a kick. I was also thinking about perhaps the Hydrating or Brightening Super Activators. What do you think? I think the Liquid Gold might last a bit longer?
    2) Whether I need a serum or not (am I missing any important ingredients in what I'm using?)
    3) Are the products I’m using any good before I re-purchase?
    4) I know I should start on omega, b12 and zinc supplements, but could you recommend any entry-level mid-price ones? I can’t quite afford Perricone but I don’t want to buy some own-brand that doesn’t work. Unless the Perricone is absolutely worth every penny for an average 22 year old, in which case I will happily part with the cash. The B12 is pretty important for me.

    Sorry if this is a lot covered, the more I read of your wonderful blog the more questions I have!!

    Thank you so much!

    Leila.

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    1. Hi Leila,

      Your poor face! That first and second cleanse is way too harsh! One is camphor heavy, the other is too foaming and for me - stripping.
      Doing that twice a day to your face is akin to manslaughter. :)
      Devonian water is soft (from memory) meaning the activation of your products is intensified - basically double the strength that we would have in say London.
      Get thee to an Emma Hardie cleanser tout de suite!!
      The toner is ok - and yes I would invest in Liquid Gold - its great for redness too. You just have to trust in the process.
      Supplements - go to Lamberts website or Victoria Health - they are affordable - high quality and work - the zinc and fish oil are great - I would get a B12 spray - I use David Kirsch from SpaceNK.
      And take a vitamin d supplement.

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    2. Oh wow, I really thought both of those cleansers were for normal/dry skin! Thank God for Hirons. Wednesday might be a bit too late to ask questions, but would the Alpha H balancing cleanser be a suitable alternative to the EH balm? I'm just a little worried that a tiny wee 50ml pot is going to run out a bit too quickly for a student and a £33 price tag (or do tell me it lasts for absolutely ever so I can justify buying it!). Thank you for the supplement advice too. I feel extremely lucky to tap into this much knowledge for free! Leila.

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    3. Its not as nourishing. You could do both and just use a little EH at night - that would stretch it out :)

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    4. Hi Leila, Just my two penneth worth - I'm a student too and use the EH balm. I triple cleanse with it, once in the morning and twice in the evening and it lasts me forever! Seriously, a little goes a long way AND it's amazing!! Besides, 100ml is £29.10 + P&P on QVC, http://www.qvcuk.com/ukqic/qvcapp.aspx/view.2/app.detail/params.item.225108.cm_scid.KeywordSearch

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    5. thought i would also give you my thoughts...i bought my EH almost 6 weeks ago now. at first i was using it 3 times a day just like kate said she was, but then i purchased alpha h balancing cleanser about a week into May, so 3 weeks ago now and since then I've been using the alpha h in the morning and once in the evening, and doing my second cleanse with EH and doing a massage at that stage. my EH is almost half full now, and the alpha h is roughly 2/3 full so hopefully this gives you an idea into how long they last. to be fair i could also use less of the EH, its just that its so amazing i can't help lathering it on! and, one more thing, i used the EH as a mask a few nights ago, a thin layer left on for 10 minutes and my skin felt so soft and hydrated afterwards! the alpha h is also a lot easier to use in the shower when you don't have that much time :)

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    6. You guys are great. I felt very stupid when I checked at it was rrp £34 for 100ml, not 50ml! But also pleased as punch. I've just ordered both the EH (200ml! such faith) and the Liquid Gold... eff it. Thank you all for helping :) what a lovely little community there is on the Mouth! Leila.

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  16. Sun protection questions:

    Scenario 1: Apply moisturiser with zinc oxide based SPF 15 (Aesop one), then apply tinted moisturiser say SPF 20 (chemical SPF), am I doubly protected or does the TM SPF somehow supersede the Aesop SPF?

    Scenario 2: Apply non SPF moisturiser then a sunscreen (say Kiehls which is SPF 50) then some TM/Foundation with SPF in it. What level of protecion do I have?

    I am an outdoor kind of girl, that doesn't often wear foundation, early 40s, dehydrated but overall good skin. Sorry if this sounds like an exam, just trying to be succinct!

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    1. I wouldn't overdo it tbh - you'll get breakouts and possible reactions.
      You are only as protected as your highest level of SPF. layering two different ones makes no odds.
      Use one or the other. I tend to add spf in my makeup stage.

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  17. Hi, I love your blog and have been following your cheat sheets and am happy to report I am now washing my face properly, flannel and all.
    My problem is I'm fairly spotty, mostly whiteheads and on the whole slightly oily.. I do however get insensly dry and sensitive patches that can be really painful, I also find anything particularly 'force full' in terms of spot fighting ingredients breaks me out more. Overall my skin is red and sort of blotchy.. Is there a brand/product you could suggest for acne ridden yet sensitive skin? I'm drawing a blank, I can only find things to battle the spots that aggravate the sensitivity or keeps my skin calm but does't do anything for the spots. I've tried cheap and higher end stuff and I can't seem to get it right. I just need some suggestions please!!

    Keep up the good work!!
    x

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    1. Chloe can you send me a picture? Although I sense you are highly sensitised.
      Do you have asthma/eczema or hayfever?

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  18. Hi Caroline just a quick one .. Iv started using the p50v lotion this week using it at the toner stage.. However im noticing my skin looking more oily on the t-zone than normal.. Would this be because of the lotion or something else ( mayb the heat we'r getting this wk?). Thanku :-)

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    1. Probably yes your skin could be adjusting. And the heat!

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  19. Hi Caroline,

    Thank you so much for taking the time to help so many people with their skin issues. It truly is appreciated.

    I am now in my late twenties and have been dealing with troubled skin since I was 21. I believe the primary cause has been stress/hormones. Prior to a particularly stressful year I had suffered through typical teenage blemishes, but never wore foundation and wasn't too concerned (I now wear foundation and concealer everyday).

    When I started to notice my skin changing I ended up buying a tube of benzoyl peroxide 10% and spot treated myself. To make matters worse I didn't even remember to use sunscreen.

    I have tried lots of products over the last 6 years but I am still dealing with painful blemishes that leave red marks once healed and hyperpigmentation.

    My current routine for the last 6 months is as follows.
    AM:
    Dermalogica Skin Clearing Wash
    Dermalogica Active Moist
    Then Dermalogica Skin Clearing Booster or La Roche Posay Effaclar Duo on any spots
    Neutrogena Sunscreen
    (Foundation: Usually Bourjois Healthy mix and Laura Mercier Secret Camouflage)

    PM:
    Dermalogica Precleanse
    Clarisonic with either Dermalogica Skin Clearing Wash or Philosophy Purity
    Some nights I will use Dermalogica Overnight Clearing Gel or La Roche Posay Effaclar K.
    Then I moisturise with either Neutrogena Rapid Wrinkle Repair, Jojoba Oil, or La Roche Posay Toleraine Ultra.


    I have seen some improvements mainly with my forehead blemishes, but I get quite a lot of dryness from using BP and glycolic acid and still have blemishes particularly on my cheeks and chin that never seem to clear. If you could give me any recommendations regarding my current routine and any products (both higher end and drugstore) I would be so grateful. I have read your acne cheat sheet, but was wondering whether I should be using BP every day/night and if using the clarisonic is a good idea or not.

    Many thanks in advance for any help and sorry for such a long comment.

    Isabella.

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    1. Hi Isabella,

      I'm surprised your face hasn't fallen off. ;)
      You don't seem to be giving your skin any nourishment. Its like permanently shouting at a child without explaining what it has done wrong. If that makes sense?
      You need to get some good oil on that skin and stop with all the BP and over stripping.
      Where do you live? In the States?

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    2. I'm surprised too Caroline!! I'm currently living in Australia so it's harder (and more expensive) to get some of the more popular skincare products from the UK and USA. Would you recommend just using a really gentle cream cleanser, no clarisonic, and then jojoba oil every night? Is there a less stripping spot treatment for blemishes you would recommend in place of BP? Many thanks again for taking the time to answer my questions. :)

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    3. Get on to Alpha-H's website - they are based over there so should be affordable!

      You may find Liquid Gold fixes all your problems straight away!

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    4. Thank you Caroline. :) My only other question would be if you recommend as a day and night moisturiser the Pai Combination Skin cream or if just some pure jojoba oil is the way to go??

      I will definitely order Liquid Gold ASAP! I am also looking at buying the Emma Hardie Balm, Caudalie Beauty Elixir and Neal's Yard Wild Rose Balm to use as a spot treatment.

      I am so thankful I discovered your clinic and I am really grateful that you are providing such brilliant information for everyone. I have a new perspective on everything and only wish I had figured out things sooner (having been told previously I needed to "dry" out my skin in order to get rid of the acne). I am sure my skin will be thanking me (and you) when it finally gets the nourishment it needs.

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  20. Hello Caroline,
    Please to not roll your eyes, but what's the difference between flannel & muslins ? I'm using the muslins from the Organic Pharmacy, but keep reading about your love for flannel.
    And also, I've just bought the P50V lotion , should I used it pure, every day to start with?
    Thanks a lot for your help.
    Odette

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    1. I prefer a flannel as they retain heat, are thicker and therefore easier to manoeuvre and are brilliant exfoliators. Personal preference.
      I use the P50V in the mornings - but for you I would say start on damp cotton for a week or so? Then try neat on cotton.

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  21. Hiya Caroline, i seem to have developed sensitive skin, or specifically patches around nose and mouth and eyelids. Been using EH balm morning and night, moisturise with trilogy vital and rosehip oil and a nuxe eye cream. I stupidly used eve lom rescue mask recently(was developing a few spots) and flared it up rather badly,felt like i was burnt. i use LRP cicaplast baume to calm it. Any tips on how what i could use to keep it under control either daily or when it flares up. dont want to have to use hydro cortisone. Thanks Caroline.

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    1. If you tend to flare up stay away from camphor - the main irritant in Rescue Mask.
      Get a Neal's Yard Wild Rose Beauty Balm and keep it on standby for when you flare-up.

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    2. do you think i could use liquid gold or any idea what face masks i could use, i am 40.
      thanks again.

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    3. If you want to use LG I would get a very small trial bottle - prob from QVC and test it first.

      Do you take supplements?

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    4. I dabble with vitamin d,not very good at remembering. What do you think of seven seas fish oils? I know you recommend lamberts as a brand but i'm in ireland and its hard to come by. I ordered the rose beauty balm from nutribeauty,thanks v much for discount code;)

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    5. oh meant to say,whilst waiting for my rose balm i've been using Thalgo bio immediate soothing mask for my red flaky patches and their repair serum. Do you think its okay to use for this type of flare up.just can't seem to shift the darn thing.

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  22. Hi Caroline, I have a quick question...I ordered the Liquid Gold (because of you :p) but now i wanted to fake tan, does that interfeer at all? And when should i put the fake tan? Before or after LG?

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    1. Put your tan on in the morning honey!

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  23. Hi Caroline,

    Just a general question -- what hydrating and (separately of course) antioxidant serums would you recommend? I'd like to add a serum to my routine (currently, EH cleanser, a toner, and EH moisturiser). Thanks in advance! x

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    1. REN Omega night-time is lovely. Skin Ceuticals - depending on your budget...

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  24. Hi Caroline!

    I just wanted your opinion on a serum. I'm 28 and after reading your blog I'm changing to the Emma hardie cleanser and I'm going to try the perricone moisturiser.
    I just wanted to know what kind of serum to go for, my skin is dehydrated and prone to breakouts on my chin. It's quite dull looking with a few whiteheads here and there.
    I was thinking of getting either the ren keep young and beautiful serum or the guinot hydra cellular serum. What is your opinion on both of these!?

    Thanks Caroline!

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    1. Try Caudalie SOS Hydrating serum first, then move on to either of those.

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  25. Hi Caroline - I need some serious help/advice.
    I have to go camping for 3 weeks this summer (nothing glamorous about it - think bucket showers in England), and I'm not going to have the luxury of my normal skincare routine - will probably only have cold water at night etc. I will be wearing SPF during the day, so obviously will want to make sure that it all comes off.
    Can you recommend anything? I don't want to just have to rely on a micellar water or facewipes, but am struggling to think what I will be able to use. I have combination-oily skin that gets clogged up quite easily. I probably will be wearing minimal makeup, but will be in quite a grubby environment as I'm an archaeologist!
    Really hoping you can help - your blog is incredible by the way!
    thanks,
    K x

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    1. Try Clarins One-Step Facial Cleanser. It's an oil-water mix so better chance of getting the SPF off.
      And camping?

      May the Lord be with you.

      :)

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  26. hi Caroline,
    let me say that ur clinic is a blessing for people like me who are quite new to the world of 'skincare'. Eventhough i had asked a very short question last clinic, you wanted a few more details ...so here goes...
    i'm 36, Indian, living in the UK ...have dehydrated skin(acc to ur cheatsheet)..lately(8-9 months ago) started breaking out like crazy...now stopped for the time being,but has left brown spots all over my face..i use la roche posay cleanser,olay regenerating serum and olay rehydrating lotion in the morning...i use the same cleanser and use Alpha h liquid gold alternated with vichy retinol night with ha at night...i dont use makeup on a regular basis even though i have uneven skin tone...dont know if the routine is doing anything for my skin...but apart from the frown line,have very few noticeable wrinkles as of now...
    i am planning to go to india in a few weeks time and as u said ,i need to use skincare products that are water based..could u please recommend some good brands for antioxidant serum, moisturiser/sun cream that dont feel greasy/heavy...please..
    i tried pai cleanser and moisturiser, but felt sticky on my face and not hydrating enough...thanks..

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    1. Try Caudalie SOS Serum - very light - non sticky.
      And the new Elemental Herbology Perfect Balance is a lovely SPF - but its only a 12.

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    2. Thank you...will surely try ...

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  27. Hi Caroline

    My concern is congested skin. i get it really badly on my forehead and chin (also get spots that time of the month on my chin)
    Sometimes i try to squeeze at my forehead and chin, then regret it in the morning as my skin then looks awful!

    My skincare routine is as follows:
    AM
    either Liz earle cleanse and polish or clarins gently foaming cleanser for oily/combination
    Elemis balancing toning lotion
    Clarins Multi active day early wrinkle cream or hydra quench for normal/ dry

    PM
    remove make up with bioderma
    use clarosonic with clarins foaming cleanser
    Elemis balancing toning lotion
    Origins mega mushroom moiturisier

    I also use La Roche posay effaclar duo.
    I'm looking for a new exfoliator and have been trying Ren glycolic mask, dermalogica cream exfoliator mask and dermologica daily microfoliant.
    I've tried Ren cleansing balm as looking to change my cleanser.

    Does this all sound awful?
    My skin type is i get an oily t-zone / centre face, the rest seems normal. Dermalogica told me my skin is dehydrated and from your cheat sheet that sounds right, my skin is really tight when i get out the shower.
    I've been trying the Clarins oil which i think is doing the trick.

    i would appreciate any help!
    Thank you!!

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    1. Hi Anon,

      As you're anon - allow me to be harsh.

      Your skin hates you right now. I would too. ;)

      You need to STOP: C&P, anything foaming, hydra quench for normal/dry, clarisonic, bioderma

      Now that I've binned 3/4 of your routine start again.

      Nourish your skin - you are punishing it.

      Balm cleanser. If you're buying new go for Emma Hardie. Elemis toner is ok but if you can afford it move up to P50.
      I wouldn't go for the Ren mask - or any Dermalogica for that matter.

      How old are you? In your 20's?

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    2. haha i knew i wasnt doing anything right so kinda expected that! think i get too easily sucked in by sales people when buying!

      i'm in my twenties. what exfoliator do you reccomend? i'm really struggling to find one that will work properly.

      ordering the balm now :)

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    3. I don't use a typical 'exfoliator' very often. I get exfoliation from P50 and Liquid Gold.

      THE BEST.

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  28. Hi, just wondered if you had an opinion on the Darphin HydraSkin light moisturiser... My skin is dehydrated, and occasionally acne prone and I was advised by a sales assistant at Space NK that this product would be ideal, but just wanted the opinion of someone more impartial! Thanks in advance...

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    1. Sounds good - if that's your skin issue that's a good product.

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  29. Dear Caroline,

    Firstly, thank you so much for all the help and advice you have given me already.I need to call on you again :)

    I am 47, have normal skin, little oily in T-zone but nothing more than that. My skin is clear and I am very happy using Sarah Chapman serum/moisturiser (not the concentrates) and eyecream. I have two questions: my foundation (Bobby Brown liquid foundation which I have used before and is fine) seems to slide off and pill in the morning. I use very little and I wait as long as I can before applying it after putting on the SC. I have also tried using the minimum amount of serum and moisturiser. It is particularly bad where the eyecream has been applied. I have tried patting on the products, sweeping them on but still same result.

    I visited the Bobby Brown counter this morning and they say that it is the products underneath that is causing the problem. They tried a bit of their serum (but no moisturiser) and reapplying the foundation and surprise surprise it looked better. Here is my question:

    they (natch) have suggested that I use their Extra Repair Serum and Hydrating Gel in the morning and the Sarah Chapman at night time........

    I feel slightly fed up with this BUT if you think it's as good a range as Sarah Chapman then I might consider doing it. If you don't rate Bobbi Brown skincare can you think of a range of equivalent strength/similarity to SC that might be lighter to use in the day? It's taken me so long to find a skincare range i really like and make up that I like - typical!

    Lastly, are you supposed to pat on your skincare products and make up or glide/sweep it on? Am told conflicting info so often!

    thanks so much Caroline x

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    1. Its the silicone in the products reacting to each other.

      You're going to have to pick which one you prefer - the skincare or the foundation. :)

      SC skincare will be better than BB (sorry BB).

      I would stick with your skincare and switch out your foundation personally.

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  30. Hi Caroline, i really like your blog and found so many of your suggestions useful, but I still have some questions.
    I'm 25 and have been dealing with acne my whole life (well, almost). About a year ago I went to a dermatologist who suggested series of treatments with liquid nitrogen. It helped a lot at first, but after a while I ended up with a lot of scaring, very dehydrated skin and more acne but in different places than before. Now, my skin is a lot better but is still both oily (forehead, nose, cheeks) and dehydrated (chin) with mild acne (I get spots approx. once a month so I don't think there is much I can do about it) and some scaring around the jaw line.
    My routine:
    AM
    1. philosophy purity made simple
    2. bioderma sensibio h20 OR clinique lotion 2 (i know you don't approve but don't know what to use instead)
    3. some moisturizer (would like to have something mattifying but when i do use something like that, my face feels too tight so now I use only SPF that makes me look quite shiny)

    PM
    1. bobbi brown cleaning oil (for my makeup- eyes and face)
    2. vichy normaderm purifying cleansing gel (I think you won't like it- what would you recommend instead of this one?)
    3. the body shop vitamin E hydrating toner
    4. EITHER Sampar Nocturnal Rescue Mask and Poreless Magic Peel OR Clarins Lotus face oil.

    Twice a week I use enzymatic exfoliator from Phenome ( http://phenome.pl/en/main/products/1;2;139;skin_with_imperfections/?pid=49 ) and white clay mask also from Phenome. About 3 times a week I also apply Clarins HydraQuench Cream-Mask after the evening routine and leave it for the night.

    Can you suggest something to replace Clinique lotion and evening cleanser?
    Do you think I should change something else in my skincare routine?
    I see that you all talk about Liquid Gold, but it's not available here (Poland). Can you suggest something else? I have access to Biologique Recherche- would it be a good replacement?

    This post is sooo long- sorry for that but I really hope for your advice.
    Thank you,
    Zuza

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    1. Hi Zuza,

      Your poor poor face. :( I'm sorry you've been through all that.

      To be honest I would change half your routine. I would lose everything in your AM stage.

      If you have access to P50 definitely switch over to that as your toner.

      Its difficult because I'm unsure what brands you can get - I've asked a few of the retailers - will find out.

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    2. Thank you so much for replying.

      I'll get P50 then. I should use it once a day, right?
      The main issue I have with buying a moisturizer is whether I should buy something for oily skin (that leaves me with dry patches) or dry skin (that make my face shiny).

      I would be grateful if you could recommend some products.

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  31. Hi Caroline,

    I had acne but it's cleared up by itself. Before the acne ( hormonal) I had normal skin, now I have dry dehydrated skin and pinkish brown scars on my cheeks and chin. What can I use to improve the dryness and dehydration and the scarring. I'm considering purchasing the origins drink up mask but wanted to ask is is suitable for sensitive skins it says on the origins website it is for all skin types but I have quite reactive skin... I have tried the avene moisture mask but it didn't do much

    Thank you :)

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    1. You probably want more of a treatment than a mask.

      Try Caudalie SOS for immediate hydration. And Skin Ceuticals B5 masque is great.

      Algenist is a great range for scarring.

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    2. what product from algenist would you recommend for scarring? thanks

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  32. Hi Caroline. On your advice, for the past 3 months, Iv been using botanics balm cleanser, caudalie toner and pai rosehip oil daily with liquid gold twice a week.
    Though it has made a huge difference to my skin, (thanks to the great Caroline Hirons) there is still no 'glow'to it.and it still looks dull if u know what I mean.
    Can u suggest something to give it the glow? I'm eating all the good stuff and don't smoke/drink. Thank you. I really appreciate this.

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    1. How old are you Syd? Do you take supplements?

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    2. I'm 33. Yes I ve been taking fish oils ,again on ur advice.

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  33. Hello,

    Can I do anything for my bacne other than putting liquid gold directly? I have scarring/discoloration and I have had them for as long as I can remember. My skin is fine everywhere else. Please help. ;(

    How much Vit D do you take daily?

    Thank you so much! x

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    1. I take 2000iu units.

      And yes stick LG on it. As you can't reach it yourself its more difficult to treat.

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  34. Just a quick question about a few new products I have got/when to use them!
    Purchased the clarins lotus oil, should I use every night or say 3 times a week/on its own?
    Also got alpha h liquid gold and am wondering how many times a week I should use this as well as my pai exfoliator and balance me mask?

    I have recently changed to the whole of the REN clearcalm line and love it, my spots are being kept at bay (so far) and the redness is fading but I am still heavily scarred! x

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    1. Mask and exfoliator once a week - I do mine on a Sunday...

      LG 2/3 x a week - Clarins oil other nights.

      And you should use a moisturiser or hydrating serum intermittently to make sure you are also applying water to the skin.

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  35. Hi, I have a bit of a weird question! I am going to a few festivals this summer and am concerned about my skincare routine whilst away... I am very prone to spots if my skin is not clean and I am quite heavily scarred from acne so feel self concious about no make up, but really dont want to be slapping lots on in the heat! Any tips? Thank you! x

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    1. As above try Clarins One-Step cleanser and also Beauty Works West wipes. Organic - not crap.

      Why don't you take a really good concealer like Secret Camouflage by Laura Mercier?

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  36. hi caroline

    can you recommend a facial wash & moisturiser for a 27 year old man with dry skin, particularly dry/flaky on the cheeks.

    Thanks a lot

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    1. Anthony for Men Algae Cleanser and All Purpose moisturiser.

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  37. hello caroline! i love the blog so much! wondering if you could recommend a moisturiser &/or moisturiser & oil. i am dehydrated & congested, get very oily on the nose but quite dry around the mouth area. thanks :)

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    1. Lots of good ones on the market. Try Ren, balance me and oil-wise try Clarins, Decleor, Darphin.
      What are you cleansing with??

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    2. at the moment AM- elemental herbology cool & clear
      PM - origins checks & balances which is almost finished and i will be investing in a balm or oil cleanser. is there a particular one you would recommend for me or the EH balm good for all? thank you

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    3. Yes get Emma's. Or Elemental's balm is nice too.

      Emma's seems to spread more.

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  38. I just ordered a Beauty Elixir by Caudalie and it looks like the oils got separated from the water and they float (a few drops). Is that normal?

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    1. mine is like this, and from memory every other bottle in space nk was like it too, so i think its normal! hope so anyway..

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    2. Yes totally normal - oil and water don't mix. Shake before use.

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  39. hi Caroline, i hope you are reading this on a laptop whilst sitting in the sunshine :)

    i have been following your advice and have ditched the C&P and replaced it with balance me cleansing balm, moisturiser and face mask and the claudile beauty exilir and at night the darphin aromatic purifying balm, i have also been using a manuka dr toner and serum to help with acne scarring and bioderma as precleansing makeup remover......as a whole i feel that my skin tone and texture has improved, scarring has faded slightly and acne has cleared up a lot to just a few blemishes so ****MASSIVE THANK YOU***** for all of your help and advise!!! but...i have noticed a couple of blackheads on my cheeks which i have never had before and was wondering if one of these new products could be causing this?? any advice or suggestions would be hugely appreciated

    thanks again, jen!

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    1. It could be anything - that's a lot of changes! Make sure you are rinsing your cleanser away properly.
      Use the Darphin on clean, dry skin after cleansing - skip the Caudalie - see if that gets rid of them.

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  40. hi caroline,

    looking to invest in a balm cleanser. would EH be best for oily/congested skin? also should i just be using this to remove makeup & a dif one in the mornings. & for my evening double cleanse should i use the balm cleanser twice? sorry bit confused whether i should be using 1 cleanser all times of day or not!!

    Thanks

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    1. It seems to work well on most skin types so yes try.

      I only double cleanse if I have been wearing makeup or SPF.

      And yes then you can either double cleanse or use a milk second stage if you prefer...but you don't have to.

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  41. Hi Caroline,
    I discovered your clinic 3 weeks ago and love it beyond words, think i've read every single post now. So i'm not going to digress more and go straight to question:

    I'm 30yrs old, prone to acne, done 2 courses Roaccutane in last 10yrs but now have skin in much better state. I still get cystic acne on the jaw/upper neck and it's true that diet/supplements/good cleansing/liquid gold help but here's the problem: once the cyst has a head and it goes with cleansing i'm left with the lump underneath the skin. i'm not sure how to explain, it's almost as if the cyst remains under the skin as a small lump and all liquid gold and other exfoliants do is fade the redness of the scar but the lump remains under the skin. Any thoughts on what to do? I've started using darphin purifying balm and the EH cleanser. Also use alpha-h's balancing cleanser, skinceuticals serum 10, liquid gold and paula's choice bha liquid on alternate mornings. I've also ordered Pai's rosehip oil because someone on previous clinic said it made her lumps under the skin surface.

    thanks!

    ps: i also think you should 1) write a book and 2) start a campaign a-la Jaime Oliver to educate young people on skincare. i was put on Dianette when i was only 16yrs to deal with acne and then at 21 had my first round of Roaccutane. If only i knew then what i know now, no one didn't even mention Omega 3 supplements or food allergies!

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    1. Hi,

      I have the same problem. The problem is that the topical products fix the result - not the initial problem - which is sticky sebum trapped underneath.

      The only thing I can suggest is that you keep up with the acid products - acid is the only thing that gets down to that level.

      try P50 in the mornings - and stick to the Liquid Gold 3 x week.

      And fish oil fish oil fish oil!!!

      And thank you. :)

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  42. my foundation sits in my pores & looks horrible & cakey on my skin. is this a sight it's dehydrated? if so please could you recommend me a product or two that might help? thanks so much, you are a genius!!!

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    1. Yes you are dehydrated.

      Look at what you are using, you need products for dehydrated skin. Caudalie SOS Serum is a quick fix. Skin Ceuticals B5 masque is great for overnight.

      Foundation-wise - until its sorted you need a primer. A primer will stop the foundation settling in the dehydrated areas.

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    2. thank you very much. is there a moisturiser you could recommend for my dehydrated & oily skin?

      at what point in my skin care routine would i apply the caudelie serum? is this as well as a moisturiser??

      thank you

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    3. I have your skin type I use the caudalie sos serum under my moisturiser, its really fabulous, I have seen continued improvement the more I've used it. I can highly recommend Emma Hardie Lighter lotion moisturiser on top it is wonderful!!!

      My skin has literally been transformed since following Carolines advice to the letter especially taking shed loads of fish oil, its taken a good 2-3 months but now I no longer have to start on a course of roaccutane that my dermatologist recommended.
      I'm so happy.
      Thankyou Caroline.

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  43. Thanks again for previous advice Carloine.

    Just a quick one: toner, do I need it? If so, which one please? I'm 27, combo skin with some acne still remaining on cheeks.

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    1. Yes. Try Lierac Radiance Toner

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  44. Hi Caroline
    I'm 23 and fine lines are starting to appear on my forehead. I have normal skin with slightly visable pores on my nose and forehead. Please could you recommend a good anti-aging cleanser and moisturiser?

    I am currently using Liz Earle C&P and repair moisturiser.

    Thanks a lot for your help.
    Summer

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    1. You're 23. There's still time! LOL :) If you take care of your skin you won't need to worry about anti-aging.

      Switch to a cleansing balm. Please.
      Lierac toner - Radiance - as above - and moisturiser you can use Ren or something equally light and accessible.

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  45. For redness and 43 year old skin, can I use liquid gold? What does hyralaunic acid do and peptides do to my skin?

    Can you suggest some good weekly treatments, masks, exfoliating products to do weekly? Can you suggest products of products of treatments that you would do yourself each week? The reason I am asking I am moving to a dry climate and want to stock up on my skincare plan since its very expensive in Australia. Thanks so much for your response in advance.

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    1. Big question!

      Firstly, Australia is the home of Alpha-H so you'll be fine! :)

      Use Alpha-H for masks, exfoliators and Liquid gold etc.

      They also just released Age Delay Cleansing Balm which is lovely. Antipodes is also a good brand from over that side.

      I honestly wouldn't worry - if I was moving to Oz I'd take Emma Hardie Cleansing balm, Caudalie Beauty Elixir, P50 from Biologique Recherche and I'd get the rest there.

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    2. So glad Alpha will be accessible. Whoa.... You saved me some cash and a lot of stress before my move (as moving abroad can be a bit stressful). Anyway, I will do exactly what you recommended with EH, P50 and Caudelie. THANK YOU THANK YOU! I so appreciate your time that you take to share your knowledge.

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  46. Hi Caroline,
    I came across your blog and really appreciate you doing these clinics. I am 23 years old and have rheumothoid arthritis and possible lupus and so my skin is somewhat sensitive to the sun and every now again I have red rashes on my face and neck which are dry and flakey.

    My doctor have prescribed me steroid cream however it is for short term uses. I understand I won't have perfect due to my condition but is there any products you would recommend to minimise the redness and dryness for the long term.

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    1. Hi Anon. I have Hashimoto's, which is an autoimmune condition as well, and I used to get terrible irritation and flaking. It's almost completely disappeared after 8 months on a gluten free, anti-inflammatory diet, with 3000mg of fish oil a day. Not all autoimmune diseases are the same of course, but there are some similarities.

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    2. Hi Anon/Juno,

      My mum has lupus. You have my sympathies.

      Its easier if I tell you what to avoid:
      SUGAR
      FIZZY DRINKS
      ALL ANIMAL PRODUCTS INCLUDING DAIRY
      (ESP RED MEAT)

      Take a large amount of omegas and MSM for your joints. - you need to embrace the anti-inflammatory diet. And you should not be in direct sunlight. Ever.

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  47. Hello Caroline,

    My mum suffers from very bad spots only on her Chin, so I am assuming this is hormonal?

    She is 45 and has normal skin I would say (slightly visible pores).

    She seems to have had these forever and she somethimes picks so they leave scars. Please could you recommend something that could help?

    Thanks a lot,
    Daisy

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    1. Daisy what does she wash her face with?

      She needs to massage the area well every night - does she supplement?

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  48. Hi there

    I have very sensitive, fair, allergy prone skin and why is dehydrated and beginning to age. At the moment I am using

    AM

    Bioderma Crealine
    Olay Total Effects

    PM
    Bioderma Crealine
    Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair
    Olay Total Effects

    In a previous blog post that you were going to try out Perricone Hypoallergenic range, which sounds perfect for my skin. What are your thoughts on the range, just before I splash out on it.

    Thanks in advance

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    1. I'm stunned that you can use those products if you are highly sensitised.

      All Perricone is brilliant but you need to bear in mind that what is an allergen for you may not be for someone else. Calling something hypo-allergenic is pointless really - you may be allergic to one thing - and that negates the entire claim.

      Always patch test before you buy.

      But looking at what you are using - I wouldn't have said you were sensitive! :)

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  49. I just wanted to ask if you had tried any Mario Badescu skincare? I'm thinking of ordering one of the face scrubs.

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    1. Its a nice range but nothing you can't get here by other brands from the UK. Oskia micro exfoliating balm for example is phenomenal.

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  50. Hi Caroline, I hope you are well.

    I am 22 and for the last 7 weeks I have been experiencing troublesome skin - triggered I assume by my exams. I am currently using EH balm morning and evening and taking 2-3 fish oil tabs a day and have been now for 3 weeks, yet haven't seen much improvement with my skin. It is definitely softer (probably down to the EH balm) but my blemishes are still coming and leaving prominent scars. I am trying to get an appointment with a derm at the moment, but wondered if there is anything I am doing wrong? Do I just need to give it some more time? I have also been applying heal gel to the scars but am really am at a loss at what to do now. It is ruining my life! :(

    Thank you so much for taking the time to do this clinic. x

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    1. What else are you using on your skin?

      Stress triggers your system in all sorts of ways - none of them really very good for the face unfortunately.
      You need some form of acid on there to kill off the bacteria and address the sticky sebum.

      Don't worry about the derm yet - fish oil takes a little while to get the effects through the skin (and you could up your intake).

      Try Liquid Gold or P50 for the acidic element.

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  51. Hi again Caroline! What are your favourite spot treatments, masks and eye creams? i have similar skin to yours. Also I need a really good suscreen that stops tanning that doesnt go grey on my asian skin, that I can use under makeup. Thanks again x

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    1. SPF try Elemental Herbology - tis v clear - not ashy at all.

      Too many to mention re the other question! I'm putting a favourite product page together - will prob be best to wait for that! :)

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  52. hey there :)

    would you recommend cane + austin acne treatment pads?

    thanks

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  53. Hi, Caroline, quick question, best facial oil for over 40. thanks appreciate. xx

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    1. A few. Decleor, Aveda, Aromatherapy Assoc and Ila - all good.

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  54. Hi, fairly new to your blog, which I'm loving, so excuse if you've a post on this already. I'm 22 and have suffered ance since i was 17. Atm most of it has cleared and I only get the odd 'normal' blemish. However I have a lot of scar left from the ance, not the crevice type, but red marks from cists. I have pale skin and they really show up and bother me. Is there any serum or treatment which can help with the pigmentation scarring?
    Many thanks :)

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    1. Vitamin A and Niacinamide products.

      Algenist (not cheap) has been great for my scarring.

      Also P50 - good for long term issues and use.

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    2. What product by Algenist would you recommend? It sounds like I suffer from exactly the same type of scarring that Boo does.

      Many thanks, x

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  55. I quite like cleansing powders (also referred to as washing powders in Asia) for the face, for example the one by Declare (the ingredients are OLIGOSACCHARIDE, SODIUM COCOYL GLYCINATE, TALC, MALTOTRIOSE, MALTOSE, XANTHAN GUM, GLUCOSE, SILICA, PARFUM [FRAGRANCE], CI 77 89), as a second cleanser after a balm cleanser and when travelling. What is your take on these?

    Thanks!

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    1. If you like it use it - but I personally would watch the talc content.

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  56. I've been looking for a mattifying moisturiser, so I went to my usual stops: Vichy and La Roche Posay. Looking at the ingredients I found that they both have alcohol near the top of the list! Can you think of any reason they would do that? It seems like it would make skin much worse. If you could recommend an alternative, I would be very grateful.

    Thank you!

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    1. Sometimes alcohol is used to suspend the active ingredients in products. I honestly wouldn't worry too much. It's not poison.

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    2. Thank you; I may have been overthinking the ingredients! Your site has been a great help recently.

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  57. CLINIC IS CLOSED - THANK YOU!

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    1. SEE HOW NO-ONE LISTENS TO ME??????

      IT'S LIKE BEING AT HOME!!!!!


      :)

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  58. Hi Caroline, Two (quick?) questions! 1) What would you recommend as the ultimate body moisturiser for ageing, dry skin? 2) Any top tips on treatments for facial thread veins? (laser etc).
    Many thanks!

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    1. Depends on your budget.

      The best body moisturiser I've ever used is Chantecaille's Retinol Body. But it's 4 billion pounds. Kind of.

      I am actually a massive fan of Garnier Body Lotions. The red one is the best for old skin like mine. Body Repair - that's the one!

      Red veins - veinwave therapy. Dr Newman in Harley St is the God of veins.

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  59. Hi Caroline, I have a follow-up to my query from last week: I was looking for an affordable cleanser - can't decide which one. What do you think of Origins Clean Energy, Clinique Take the Day Off Balm, Clarins Pure Melt Cleansing Gel, and Boscia Make Up-Break Up Cool Cleansing Oil? I need it for nighttime to remove makeup with SPF, have dry skin that feels tight after cleansing. My skin is mostly clear save the perpetual hormonal cyst near my mouth. I take BC pills which do wonders for keeping spots at bay.

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    1. Emma Hardie. Moringa Balm.

      Do it. you know it makes sense.

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  60. Hello, apologies for posting after the clinic is closed; I just saw you'd asked us to post here if we were waiting for a response and I'd emailed you about a moisturiser in particular to choose? You recommended a few brands in your email and I was just wondering if there were any particular product names you'd recommend (the brands you suggested were Pai, Elemis, Balance Me and LRP). Thank you so much!
    xx

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    1. Emily are you 18?

      If that's you I've just checked your email and I would go with something simple from Ren.

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