Sunday, 8 July 2012

Clinic is Open. CLINIC IS CLOSED.

Thank you everyone - Closed now!


Hi Everyone.
I'm opening up the Clinic this evening as I probably won't get time tomorrow.
As usual, please leave as much info as you can if it's a complicated skin issue and give me time to get back to you all.
If this is the first time you've seen these posts please do read back through some previous Clinics - they may answer your questions.
Also - please don't worry if your comment doesn't appear until the morning - I'll be getting in an early night soon and I have to keep approval on as I am getting spammed a lot on these posts.
That's it - fire away!
:)

239 comments:

  1. What products would you recommend to reduce/combat enlarged pores and blackheads? (: x

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    1. A good clay mask, a good steam, a good toner with AHA's and not too heavy on the Mousturiser.

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    2. Can I ask what AHA is?

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    3. Alpha hydroxy Acids. Fruit derived usually - you can get toners that include them. :)

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    4. Thank you so much for your tips! So first a mask and them a steam bath? I have to admit, I always did it the other way around... Oops.

      I had a sort other question. I'm 19, combination skin and was wondering what product would be suitable for me to use for my hyper pigmentation (caused by acne). Right now I don't have many pimples left, just the occasional spot.

      I am considering getting either the liquid gold or Kiehls Clearly Corrective Solution. Which one do you think will suit me the most? I also heard that Liquid Gold also helps reducing the appearance of enlarged pores?
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    5. No you're right - I was just typing quickly. Steam/Mask And get the Liquid Gold Radiance if pigmentation is your concern.
      Hope it helps.

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    6. Thank you so much for your time and advice! :-)

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  2. Hi Caroline,

    Thanks again for taking the time to do these clinics, have posted a few times now but have just one more question!

    I had fairly sensitised skin for a while that is now back to normal following a series of facials and advice from the ladies at Fern. I stopped exfoliating for a while to allow my skin to heal but have now started with a gentle scrub (Dermalogica skin prep). Not a huge fan of mechanical scrubs and already use lots of Alpha H - wondered if Liquid Gold or rather Liquid Harmony would be ok - perhaps starting once a week & go from there? Skin has not been reactive for 2 months now.

    Thanks x

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    1. LG maybe 1 x week to start. Liquid Harmony is a spray toner - not an exfoliant.
      Try LG. if you react more than a good tingle hold back. :)

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    2. I've seen Liquid Harmony described as a milder version of LG on various websites, with the same glycolic content but additional soothing properties such as chamomile....I know Harmony Infusion is also a toner in the range?

      I have tried LG once (got a sample from a previous order) and there was only a very subtle tingle that only lasted a few seconds, no red face or massive reaction like I used to get to even the most mild products when my skin was at it's worst. So guessing I can continue then.

      Thanks again :)

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    3. You are completely right! My bad. They repackaged/new products launched etc recently and I always think of LH as Harmony Infusion. Stick with the original.

      :)

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    4. Sorry, now am confused - you mean stick with the original as in LG right?

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    5. Thanks so much for your time!

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  3. I'd love to know what you would recommend for my 9 yr old to use each day. She has started get the dreaded spots, and her hormones are raging!! I just would love for her to use something that's going to clean her skin without damaging it. Thank you! Amanda x

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    1. Oh bless her. I know how you feel! Try something fairly innocuous like Cetaphil. She'll have to wash her face properly though - make sure you show her how! :)
      And then a really light lotion afterwards - any of the nice French pharmacy brands - la Roche posay etc - all do light oil free lotions. Also - Alice Hart Davis has a line for teen skin. Google that too.

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    2. Wow, thanks, have written those down now, so we can look at them together. Thank you so much :)

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  4. From beginning to use Emma Hardie Cleanser, Liquid Gold, P50v and perricone the milia on my face is shocking :( I stopped using the perricone but still not any better.
    I was wondering, if my skin is dehydrated could it be obsorbing these products and causing it ??

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    1. Drop the Liquid Gold. Use it once a week only. Use P50 once a day in the evening. What Perricone do you have that you have dropped?
      What moisturiser do you use?

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    2. I dropped the face finishing moisturiser and tried Teint De Rose or a while, too rich I thought. Currently trying Yonka but have ordered the Kate Sommerville oil free moisturiser you recommended

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    3. Good. It's an anti-ageing one too.

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  5. Hello,
    I was wondering if you could offer some advice on my terrible chin breakout.
    Inspired by your blog, I decided at 30 to start taking care of my skin (after years of sleeping in my make up - sorry!).
    I was going great guns with the Emma Hardie balm, Elemis apricot toner and Emma Hardie lighter lotion and my skin was lovely. Then I got all brave and had an Elemis tri enzyme facial, started using Elemis radiance as my second cleanse, liquid gold and also soap and glory feel good factor moisturizer. After two weeks, I noticed loads of blackheads and little white lumps way under the skin on my chin.
    I have now stopped using the moisturizer and the second cleanse, and have been using Ole Henriksen blemish attack mask and the origins drink up mask on alternate nights. I am officially a spotty mess now. Can you help??
    Thanks so much

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    1. Go back to basics. Drop all the superfluous product.
      Use EH, a toner and moisturiser suitable for your current skin condition. The Kate Somerville Oil Free was in the SpaceNK sale - don't know if it still is?
      And Soap & Glory?!??! Body yes. Boat no. :)

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  6. Hi, I'm almost 24 and according to your cheat sheet, my skin is both dry and dehydrated as I get tightness and flakiness and my skin gets oily-looking as the day goes on. I also get a lot of congested pores, especially on my chin. Is there anything you recommend to make my skin more balanced and less congested? Current routine is definitely a bit lacking.

    AM and PM are the same except for the addition of La Roche Posay Anthelios sun cream.

    Cleanser: Sanctuary hot cloth cleanser or Superdrug Vitamin E hot cloth cleanser (Recently finished the former, now moved onto the latter - it contains cocoa butter, is that as bad as shea butter?)
    Toner: something cheap and alcohol-free, currently one from Superdrug's sensitive range. Not sure if it's pointless?
    Moisturiser: Eucerin Aquaporin Active Rich. I've just started a sample of Balance Me moisture-rich face cream.

    I just bought a "beauty box" and it has Kiehls' Midnight Recovery - have you any positive/negative opinions on it?

    I'm on a budget (starting final year of uni in August) but I know my face is something I should be investing in! If you were to suggest one product to invest in, what would it be? I really want to try Emma Hardie's cleanser at some point but would it have the most effect or would I be better with a treatment of some kind?

    Thanks very much for your help! I've learnt so much from your blog.

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    1. Also, forgot to add that the Origins mask is on my list to buy at duty-free/when Debenhams next has 10% off.

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    2. I'll give you a checklist and you can tick them off as you go!

      Emma Hardie Balm Cleanser
      Toner is ok
      Moisturiser is too rich.
      Head for a light REN moisturiser - budget friendly too. Kiehl's is fine - use it up.

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    3. Thanks for your help! :) Roll on August 2013 and my first pay cheque - payday trip to SpaceNK!

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  7. Hi Caroline
    I'm having a horrendous acne breakout, all over my cheeks, jawline. The spots feel like they sharp stabby spikes in them and are really painful. Worse though is the crazy increase in sebum production, I have developed blackheads and thick waxy blocked pores all down my neck ,around my mouth, nose, eyebrows, round lips.

    I'm a regular reader and know inside out all the acne recommendations, nothing is working.

    My dermatologist wants to put me on roaccutane. I'm seriously considering it as my skin is scarring badly and not improving.

    I'm interested in any observations you may have made about post roaccutane skin. For example is the skin much thinner? Does the skin look significantly more aged? Basically am I going to look like a dried up shriveled bag after taking this drug.

    I am so depressed about my face, I stay in all the time and haven't socialised for a year. I'm desperate.
    Thankyou
    Helen
    X

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    1. Helen I'm shooting off to bed but I want you to email me a picture if you would? And where do you live?

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    2. Hi Helen,

      You poor thing. I very rarely say this but I would consider the roaccutane. You have major cystic acne. On top of which I think your hormones are raging and your system is massively stressed - which it would be - as you've said - you're depressed about your skin - it's a viscous circle.
      Roaccutane side effects are depression, dry mouth and yes, really dry skin. Has your doctor given you a hormone test? How old are you? If you can - I would have your hormone levels tested first. I think you need a major dose of oestrogen.
      Your skin afterwards will need to be protected by a good spf - but in cases such as yours, the result is worth the side effects.

      I'm so sorry - but I won't lie to you. No cream will fix that. What you CAN do however, is adjust your routine accordingly once you are on it.

      Please let me know how you get on?

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    3. Thankyou Caroline your reply means a lot.

      I've not had hormone testing, I will request this. I'm 34 and have had this since 14.

      Just have to wait until september for appointment to have it prescribed, I think the NHS is swamped with referrals.

      I will continue to read your fabulous blog and adopt tips for a dry skin when I need it. Will look forward to the new year when I hopefully will send you e.mails of my clear skin!!

      Thankyou
      Helen

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    4. Please do update Helen, the entire clinic are behind you :-) xxx

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    5. Hi Helen,

      I just want to say, I feel your pain and hang on in there! My entire family had to take roaccutane and I was with a colleague (mid 30's) at the weekend who has incredible glowing flawless skin who told me that he too had taken roaccutane! I was gobsmacked. So I think, in extreme cases, it's well worth it and none of my family or my colleague, look like shrivelled dried up bags!! They now have good healthy looking skin but are scarred, like me :-( I can really empathise with how self conscious you must feel. But you're not alone. I'm 34 too and have had acne since age 12. Bah humbug! Good luck with the testing and treatment! X

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    6. And I'm sorry I said viscous instead of vicious. Lots knows what autocorrect was thinking!
      Cx

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    7. Thankyou everyone for your supportive comments. I was very touched when I read them.

      xxx

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    8. Helen keep us posted please! :)

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  8. Hi Caroline!

    I might as well just get straight to it, I'm 20 with oily combination skin that I'm slowly getting under control reading your advice and researching what I put on my face a bit more :)
    My current mission is getting rid of the milia I have around my eyes as pain free as possible (hopefully) I'm also patient so am not looking for a miracle :) and also trying to avoid using a needle as I have very unsteady hands.

    My current routine is
    AM
    Cleanse with REN's mayblossom gel cleanser, then beauty elixer or clarins wake up booster as a toner, then I use the caudalie SOS serum if my cheeks are a little dry and follow with REN's t-zone 'day fluid' (stupid name but it's the green one!)

    PM
    Double cleanse with either REN's mayblossom cleanser or their clay one, then Emma hardie moringa balm (sometimes massage If i can be bothered). Every other night I use liquid gold or REN's AHA concentrate, otherwise it's a tiny bit of clarins lotus oil and then Origins night-a-mins.

    Is this an a-okay routine? My main concern is the milia that I want gone! I'm missing an eye cream if you could recommend one?

    THANK YOU! I'd give you a hug if I could!

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    1. Holy MOTHER OF FREAKING GOD STEP AWAY FROM THE NEEDLES.

      Firstly, you need the right needle, secondly, DON'T EVEN THINK ABOUT IT.

      Your routine is fine. Although I would swap the Eh and REN at night - Use Emma first, then Ren.

      Get an eye cream for the love of MILIA. LOL

      Try Monu Collagen Eye Cream. Affordable and good.

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    2. Ahhh! I PROMISE I have never used a needle on my face!! I can't even get blood taken at the doctors without crying or nearly passing out so it's fine!

      I will look into the eye cream, thank you for the advice, never tried anything by Monu before! :)

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  9. Hi Caroline,

    Thanks so much for your info on previous clinics and cheat sheets. Very useful!

    I'm 25 and have suffered from spots since teenage years but since changing to mini pill have had a bit of an eruption! My skin is definitely dehydrated and not too oily and breakouts are mostly on cheeks and around my mouth with a few on forehead. My current routine is: Ren Clearcalm Clay Cleanser (morning and evening), Caudalie SOS Thurst Serum (morning), Caudalie Vinosource Moisturising Sorbet (morning and evening), Cain and Austin Acne Pad (evening), Neals Yard Wild Rose Beauty Balm (evening). Only started using the NYR last night so not given it much chance yet. Is there anything else you'd recommend? Particularly as a weekly treatment? Have spoken to doctor's about it but am reluctant to use medication as I know you understand.

    Thanks so much!

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    1. You need another cleanser to work alongside the clay one. It's too dehydrating on its own - no matter how oily you are.
      Don't use the NY every night - it's a treatment if you are combination.
      If you are erupting on the minipill your breakouts are obv hormonal not bacterial.
      It doesn't sound bad enough to warrant meds. Do you have to take the minipill? No need to answer me publicly - just food for thought. :)

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    2. I have another Ren cleanser. I think it's the Clearcalm Cleansing Milk. Would that be ok? If not, could you recommend something different? Thanks for your advice esp the food for thought!

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  10. Hi, I was wondering if you would be able to answer some of my questions
    1) What do you think of Gatineau products for face?
    2) Does Decleor aroma cleanse come under a foaming cleanser? I see from your cleansing cheat sheet that there were some execptions to foaming cleansers. I am looking for a light weight cleanser for morning time. I use EH at night. Can you recomend one?
    3) With regards to cleansing, you say you do not use the same cleanser to double cleanse. What would you recomend for a first cleanse under a balm cleanser. I have an unopened bottle of dermelogica pre cleanse, would this do?
    I have fair, fine skin prone to broken veins.
    Thank you so much for giving up your time to answer our questions. I love your clinics & reviews.

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    1. 1, They're OK. Not ground breaking for me personally.
      2, Well - I love Decleor - BUT - they class it as a foaming cleanser - rather annoyingly - they don't list their ingredients on the website - when will brands LEARN!?!?! - so I can't safely say - so I'll say don't use it - it's foaming - and if I'm wrong - its Decleor's fault for not giving me the info I need.
      3, Yes use your pre cleanse - if it works for you perfect - when it runs out come back to me :)

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    2. Thank you so much. Was nearly purchasing the Decleor Aroma cleanse. Will try & find an ingredients listing to know for sure. Can you recomend a light morning cleanser for me as I am without.

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    3. Mrs Hirons/Anonymous

      I did some digging and found the ingredients in the cleanser - I love this product so I am hoping it will get the Beautymouth seal of approval!!!

      Hope that helps!



      Water (aqua), Peg-8, Palmitic Acid, Myristic Acid, Glycerine, Stearic Acid, Potassium Hydroxide, Dipropylene Glycol, Lauric Acid, Glyceryl Stearate Se, Sodium Methyl Cocoyl Taurate, Sorbitol, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Peg-60 Glyceryl Isostearate, Propylene Glycol, Citrus Aurantium Amara (bitter Orange) Peel Oil, Carica Papaya (papaya) Fruit Extract, Tamarix Chinensis Flower/leaf Extract, Saxifraga Sarmentosa Extract, Paeonia Suffruticosa Root Extract, Tetrasodium Edta, Butylene Glycol, Alcohol, Fragrance (parfum), Benzyl Salicylate, Linalool, Limonene.

      Treats These Conditions: Hyperpigmentation Suitable For These Skin Types: All Skin Care: Cleansers Application Area: Neck, Face Natural and Organic : Paraben-free

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    4. I am usless with ingredients, I don't have a clue what any of it means! Foaming or non-foaming?

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    5. it seems a little strong if you are sensitive/prone to broken veins - can you try and get a sample?

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    6. I have just got samples of the Oskia perfect cleanse & Nubo velvet cleansing cream. Hope they are ok?

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    7. Oskia yes - Nubo haven't used. :)

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  11. Hi, wondering if you could guide me to make some sensible skin care purchases. I currently have sore, sensitive reddened skin on my cheeks and front of nose with painful red bumps with small white pustules on top on cheeks, jawline and smaller ones around hairline. The spots just multiply every night, they seem to disappear after a few days but then a new crop are already there to take their place. My GP has diagnosed rosacea, probably brought on by steroids I have been taking for Rheumatoid Arthritis but possibly just an age thing. I am looking for a good basic skin care routine and considering La Roche Posay rosaliac range, guinot red or caudalie products but just don't know where to start combining all of these! I have also looked at the Kalme range but not sure if these would be too heavy. My GP has urged me to keep it simple, prescribing dermol 500 wash and I have been using Estee lauder night repair serum for some moisture but am aware this is not cutting the mustard! If you could advise with a few important first purchases, including sun screen protection as apparently this is important in keeping the rosacea at bay, even in our rain washed summer!

    many thanks

    Lisa

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    1. Hi Lisa.

      Rosacea can be triggered by age, medication and genes. So perhaps you have all 3 by the sounds of it?

      If I was prescribing for MY rosacea (which I used to have and managed to clear up)I would say:
      Emma Hardie Cleanser
      Darphin Intral Toner
      REN hydrating moisturiser
      Neals Yard Wild Rose Beauty Balm for 2/3 x evenings a week

      That's about it to start with.

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    2. thanks so much will def order Emma Hardie tonight and stock up on fluffy white flannels too. I was thinking of double cleansing with Caudalie water or cetaphil gentle cleanser, what do you think? or skip that stage and spritz with beauty elixir as you mentioned on another post...?

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    3. No I wouldn't use extra waters or cetaphil with rosacea. Nor elixir.

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  12. Hi Caroline,

    Think this is my first visit to the clinic but my first pestering of you for advice! Here goes, you remember when that mask destroyed my face? You recommended the Advance Night Repair. Took a week or so but my skin did eventually recover except for one patch by my nose that has never recovered. It varies between flaky and dry to pimply. The area itself is small, about the size of a penny but is always red and as I say, either flaking or pimply.... any suggestions? I appreciate its a bit of a weird one!

    Thank you very much in advance,

    Charlie x

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    1. Hi Charlie,

      I would try Heal Gel personally. It's good for 'flaring-up' anything. :)

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  13. Dear Caroline,

    I was wondering how serious can be the affect of hard water on skin? I live in the area with very hard water, and every time I visit London (!!) it feels like I'm having showers of moisturiser! Does hard water seriously messes up the effectiveness of cosmetic products?

    Thank you,

    xx

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    1. I don't know where YOU live - but the water in West London is horrifically hard!

      Yes, hard water is a pain because you have to use more product in the shower and bath and when splashing your face it doesn't leave that 'soft' feeling. Best suggestion for face? Boil a huge pot of brown rice, keep the water, let it cool down and use it as toner - there's not much you can do for hair/body unless you buy some kind of shower head adapter - which is not my field of expertise! :)

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    2. Thank you! It seriously causes irritation and discomfort to my skin and wastes loads of good quality products ; which makes them pretty useless in conjunction :(

      I live in Cambridge and there is loads of chalk in water. Yet to get water softner in the house too!

      Thank you for your advice x

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  14. Hi Caroline,
    I use to have combination skin which swayed more on the drier side. Always used a good day cream and night cream and always cleansed normally using my Cleanse & Polish. But over the past 4/5 weeks I've gotten a really oily t-zone. I'm even having to blot every day which is so alien to me. My forehead is the main problem
    Area. As for the blemish on my chin and nose area, I can deal with them. I'm using Origins Spot Remover which is fab! My forehead looks bumpy and the oiliness is horrible, by mid day I could use the back of my hand & just blot my forehead and see my hand glistening. I just don't know how to sort this.
    I did think my skin was dehydrated so I've been using the Origins Intensive Drink up! mask to help and on the first couple applications my skin looked better but it's now just as bad.
    Its just my forehead that's really bothering me.

    Thanks for any advice :)

    Sherrie xx

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    1. Stop using the C&P and define what constitutes a 'good morning and night cream' please?

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    2. Yep I've stopped the the c&p as I thought it was too heavy for my skin so using Apivita Aqua Vita 24hr cream- gel day cream & Origins Night a Mins. I use my Antipodes Juliet Cleanser and use my Clarisonic Mia 3 times a week.

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    3. STOP THE CLARISONIC.

      Get a decent toner - Where do you live?

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  15. Hi,
    I'm 18, and have developed awful dry skin underneath my eyes (although its not itchy), that is starting to appear on my eyelids too, and i was wondering if you could suggest anything to help them clear up a bit, as they're becoming a bit unsightly and make my dark under-eyes seem even darker.
    In general i have oily skin (not super oily, but oily enough to stop foundation sticking around for too long on me) although my family has a history of eczema but i have only suffered in a small way with this myself (but never on my face). My skin is also fairly sensitive. My skincare routine is the bog-standard Liz Earle Cleanse and Polish/Tonic/Moisturiser, which i have been using for over 2 months now and have not had any problems with at all, so i'm doubtful this has caused it. Although i wear foundation, i wear very little eye make-up (never eyeshadow, sometimes eyeliner, always concealer - normall Benefit Erase Paste) but did go to an event on Friday where i wore a lot of eye make-up (although my problems started before then). I've also switched to a new mascara in the last few weeks (L'Oreal Telescopic). I don't own any eye creams (didn't think I'd need one because of my age) and just wouldn't know where to start!
    Oh, and I also suffer with mild hayfever (but occasionally use Sodium Chromoglicate drops for itchiness) and I have a small cyst/blocked duct in one eye (don't know if that's relevant but thought i'd throw it in!).
    Don't know if that's too much info but wanted to be as detailed as possible! Thankyou so much for your help, was really hoping you'd do a clinic this weekend as I've been slightly at my wits end with this now as they're getting harder to conceal and I'd love some advice on how to help! Thankyou so much!

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    1. Ok I'll cut to the chase!

      Yes, it absolutely can be the C&P - discontinue use immediately. It has rosemary and eucalyptus in it which will terrorise your eczema.
      And as for the eczema - I think its stress eczema - and you have a history - plus - hayfever - all signs pointing to eczema.

      Switch to REN when you can - its similar price range to LE - and you can use their gentle range. Try a good, calming non-irritant balm like Neals Yard Wild Rose Beauty Balm and use it on your eyes when they flare up in the evenings.
      And stop using C&P!!!!

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    2. Thankyou so much! I thought it might be the Liz Earle too, so will definitely be giving that a rest for a while to see if it makes a difference! And will be picking up some of the Neals Yard when i get a chance. Thankyou again!

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  16. Hi Caroline, Is there a particular Vitamin A product you would recommend? Many thanks!

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    1. look out for retinyl palmitate on labels - its fat soluble and easier on the skin. Its in most nighttime products these days.

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  17. Hi caroline, love your clinic. Am 35 and have oily dehydrated skin. I have asked this on a previous post but just wondering about a day time moisturiser with spf. Need one that doesnt make my face shiny or block pores. Olay have lots of creams with spf, what do you think of olay? Any other ideas? Thanks

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    1. Olay - no. Well, not for me. if you are oily/dehydrated I would consider something like Elemental Herbology Balance - new in SNK - not greasy/chalky - quite light.

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  18. Hello caroline
    I do suffer from eczema on and off, at the moment it is under control the only problem area I have is around my eyes. They are sore and dry skin, sometimes flaky and red. When they rnt red the skin looks dull and grey.
    I don't like to use the steroid creams and have tried a lot of moisturisers but nothing works continuously around my eye area. The rest of the skin on my face is relatively dry. I get a few spots now and again around my mouth and jawline but that's it. I just want a really good eye cream that won't affect my eczema and will help with the dryness which seems to be worse in the morning when i get up and after the shower also.
    Thank you in advance

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    1. Difficult because so many things can aggravate the eye. I would try Monu Collagen Eye Cream and Neals Yard Wild Rose Beauty Balm for the evenings. I would also apply the NYWRBB before you get in the shower to protect them.

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    2. Thank u. Allergies r flared like something else today. Feel very self conscious and just so tight and dry. No time to lose. So online purchases today I think

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  19. Hi Caroline, just a quickie this time: what is your general opinion of hydroquinone for hyperpigmentation? I have some post-acne marks that I'd like to get rid of, and regular exfoliation with retinoids definitely helps, but I was wondering if I could maybe speed up the process. Thank you!!! x

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    1. I don't use - its also been banned from by the EU - the next best thing over here is Arbutin. You're in the States aren't you? Get the P50/v/w/ depending on your skin type from Biologique Recherche - use twice a day as a toner. AMAZE.

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    2. Heheh, I know it's been banned, that's why I'm hesitant to try it :) Thanks for your opinion! Do you think P50 would be too much on top of tretinoin 0.025%? I tolerate that very well but wouldn't want to overexfoliate.

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  20. Hi Caroline,
    Thank you millions for your time.
    I have very oily greasy skin that I can't get under control!
    At first I thought oily use oil control that made me dry and tight, so now I'm using clarins mattifying day dream and their hydrating in evening. I'm using balm to cleanse with, clay mask once a week. I also tried the clarins lotus oil but not sure it agreed with me as skin started to break out which never norm happens.
    I'm 27 if that helps. Also have congested skin on t zone area.
    Thanks in advance if your able to reply

    Steph x

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    1. What balm are you cleansing with? And no toner?

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    2. Rose water to tone with and I was using clarins melting gel cleanser hated it, switched to no7 balm and stil don't like haha!

      I seem to have tones of black heads and lots of little bumps under my skin on forehead and chin to the left side mainly!

      Skin seems horrificly oily no matter what I use or do! HELP lol

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    3. Emma Haride Moringa Balm.
      Caudalie Elixir.
      Fish oil supplements.
      Clarins is a good range - the lotus oil probably just has too much work to do at the moment. Keep hold of it.
      Switch your cleanser first. Then the rest.

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  21. This is going to be along lead-up but the answer I think should be fairly simple. I just need a second opinion :) So at the moment I'm using the Eve Lom Cleanser at night (and have done for the last 2 years), plus the Super by Dr Perricone Retinol Serum, and then a white chocolate moisturiser from MuLondon which is the lightest of his that I've tried. Sometimes I alternate and use another serum every other day, like the Kiehl's whitening one... and then I don't use a moisturiser because it's not a drying serum at all. In the mornings, I use Eve Lom Morning Cleanser, SK-II Facial Treatment Essence, Antipodes Skin Brightening Serum, a La Roche Posay anti ageing eye cream, Super by Perricone's Coconut moisturiser, and then a sunscreen by QRSkin before applying my makeup. In addition to that, I have a mud mask I use sometimes, and Dermalogica's cream exfoliant that I try and use once a week or at least once a fortnight.

    It sounds like a lot when I write it down, but here comes my question... I've got the Alpha-H Liquid Gold Skin Perfecting System, and am wondering if you think it would be worth trying to find a spot for it in my routine? Or am I overloading myself as it is... I'm 28 and freaking out a bit about skin pigmentation, but I want to make sure I'm doing everything right. Thanks in advance :)

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    1. I would use it myself. You're 28. Crack on. And that chocolate moisturiser? Sounds horrific. LOL

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    2. Hahahaha. The smell is really weird but it works quite well. Thanks! :)

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    3. Hahahaha. The smell is really weird but it works quite well. Thanks! :)

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  22. Hello! A few different questions please! I have started using an oily balm cleanser as you reccomend but due to very problem acne and milia prone skin I want to use a wash after (right way round?) I have had a sample of origins checks and balances and love it as most washes are too stripping for me and end up upsetting my skin more. Do you reccomend it? If not anything better?

    Also wondering if you could reccomend a fairly light moisturiser for me (I'm 21) skin is dehydrated which I treat with caudalie SOS serum, facial oils etc and never get dry patches. Looking for something light weight to go over the top at night. Also..I don't rate caudalie beauty elixir as a toner it's ok but has done nothing for my skin, any other toners that you reccomend? I use liquid gold already! Many many thanks

    Xxx

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    1. Yes right way - balm to get MU off, then wash - don't overdo it though - you'll dehydrate yourself.
      Try REN for lightweight moisturisers. Although I wouldn't go too heavy at night - if you have the serum and a facial oil that's enough.
      Toner - so many - love toner!
      What is your budget? If you can afford P50v/w you'll never look back. If not - most toners aimed for oily/combination - use with cotton wool though - don't spray on.

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    2. Thanks so much Caroline! I can't get p50 but can afford up to £25 for an alternative please do reccomend!! I just dont know how to search the ingredients for aha/bha! Which ren moisturiser do you reccomend I agree they have too many products!! X

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  23. hello madame hirons :)

    1) how do i know that a moisturiser/serum/cleanser has mineral oil in it? It is written in 'plain english' on the packaging or do I need to look for a latin name for it?
    2) bought the other day 'eucerin with 5% urea' for my face. broke out a like a mofo. fortunately i got dry skin, so the minute i stopped using it, the minute it all dried up and stopped. (hydrated skin for once fell lovely, snif). Do you think I am allergic to urea or to lanolin? if i am allergic to lanolin, how do i know a product contains lanolin, is it written in plain english at the back or latin name?
    last question
    3) i am trying to avoid products which have too much silicon. what are the names of the most current types of silicon they use in skincare and which i might recognise in ingredient list? xx

    thank you so much

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    1. It will say either: paraffin or mineral oil or paraffin liquidium or some suchness.
      Its impossible to know. Yes will say lanolin, but it was probably just too heavy for you.
      Anything ending in 'cone'. Dimethicone most popular - but its not bad for the skin - I wouldn't bother trying to avoid. The only thing to avoid is using a product heavy in silicone and trying to use a foundation or primer with silicone on top. They will react like magnets and 'roll'. Gross.

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    2. thank you so much :) xx

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  24. Hi Caroline,

    I'm currently having a hard time trying to decide what products to use, and am too nervous to go out and spend a lot on products that may or may not work for me, so I thought I'd come to you to see what you would recommend for my skin type. I pretty much need an overhaul of my entire skincare, so feel free to recommend me a whole new regime!

    I definitely want to start using an eye cream, but not sure what to look for. The skin around my eyes (particularly underneath) is very thin (sunken-ish), dark,quite prone to fine lines (I'm 24 :/)
    My skin is pretty much the bane of my life: its dehydrated; congested and pretty much lacks any elasticity; It can be quite prone to breakouts (particularly on my forehead and chin); I also have some light scarring from teen acne; and just to be extra difficult my skin is quite sensitive. My skin can get quite sensitive if I wash it with water too often, so at most I can do this once a day, or if not then once every other day. My skin is a complete pain in the a**e!

    Any help would be HUGELY appreciated as I've yet to find a product that works. I dont have a huge budget by any means, so the cheaper the better. But worst case scenario I can save up for each product to buy them one at a time if you think I could really do with certain products. My skin needs all the help it can get!

    Thank you so much in advance!
    Carrie

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    1. Carrie I need to know what you are currently using. All of it please!

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    2. I use Elizabeth Arden Hydra Gentle Cream Cleanser for dry/sensitive skin.
      Exfoliate with Biore Pore Unclogging Scrub. For the times my skin cant handle water I use garnier's cleansing lotion for sensitive skin. I also use the toner from that range, and moisturise with Superdrugs 'simply pure' moisturiser for dehydrated skin. So the majority of it is pretty cheap, but dont have a lot of money right now so scared of wasting it on things that wont work.
      Id say the only thing im happy with is the Biore scrub, the rest isnt doing a lot other than not making my skin any worse, its definitely not helping it.
      (sorry I didnt include my regime in the first message, Im pretty embarrassed about the products Im using!)

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    3. Oh my Christ.
      OK.

      You need a decent cleanser first. If you can't afford it try a REN cleanser. It's not water that is the problem its the stuff you are using WITH the water. LOL :)
      Start with the cleanser.
      Garnier toner is fine for now.
      Moisturiser - Again - REN is a safe bet that is not too £££ and they do starter packs.
      Keep me posted!

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  25. Hello I know this isn't about face skin but if anyone knows it's you.. Not long after the last time I had my hair coloured I developed little raised itchy spots on my head mostly around my nape and hair line rather than the top of my head or round my ears. I had bought some products (a leave in conditioner and an Argan oil) at the same time but quickly stopped using them to see if they had caused the irritation. Then continued as normal in case it had been my highlights or toner that had someone damaged my scalp, no improvement. I have switched shampoo twice since and I am still suffering. I had my hair done yesterday and asked the hair dresser about it. She agreed that they were little spots and also said she could see my scalp was flaky from itching it. She suggested everything from wash powder to washing my hair in the bath water when it has bubble bath in to not drying it properly at night as possible causes. I am wondering if you know what it could be of if you have any reccomendations for hair products for me. My hair is blonde a little prone to brittleness at the ends but mostly very well behaved so not really looking for hair care ranges targeting specific problems. Very grateful for any advice! I work with children and all the itching has everyone thinking I have nits! ( don't worry my hairdresser checked!!) x

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    1. Do you tie your hair up when its wet? Thats the main cause in my experience. If I wear a bun of wet hair for more than2 days I get big red angry boils in my scalp. THAT'S attractive.
      I would try sulfate free first - like Naked. See if that helps. Then use a good pure oil on the scalp to nourish before bed - lay on a towel!! Olive oil/almond oil - doesn't have to be expensive. If you're on your own - mash up an avocado and put that on ON TOP of the oil.
      You'll look and smell ridonculous but it may ease the itching.

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  26. Hello! A bit of a lengthy question here so if it is too long please just ignore it! I asked a question a few weeks/months ago about the acne on my chin and occasionally cheeks but have only just got round to taking the fish oil you recommended. I'm now kicking myself for not taking it sooner because it has been wonderful - no new chin breakouts since I started! My problems now are post breakout red marks and a little bit of congestion and teeny red pimples/blackheads on my cheeks - what would you suggest to deal with this? I've seen in some previous clinics you've recommended products with Vitamin A in for scarring, but I have no idea where to start and what contains Vitamin A! Other products I was considering were the P50 (would P50v be most appropriate since I've got very fair, quite sensitive skin?) or Heal Gel, but I'm open to any recommendations! I'm also not sure if I should be double cleansing, and if so what with?

    At the minute my routine is:
    AM: Alpha H Triple Action Cleanser, Clarins Combination/Oily Toner, Elemis Fresh Skin moisturiser
    PM: Alpha H Balancing Cleanser (to take off my makeup), same toner, then either Liquid Gold or Darphin balm (alternate nights).
    6600mg (6 Lambert tablets) fish oil a day.

    Also, a friend gave me the Alpha H Balancing Moisturiser but I've held off on using it - though I've heard it's very good - because I'm worried that too many glycolic products will freak my skin out? Am I right in thinking that? Thank you very much!

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    1. I'm 19, sorry!

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    2. Oh sorry, I forgot to ask also if you do recommend P50, how often to use it? Thanks so much again! x

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  27. hi,
    i exfoliate once a week,using a mild scrub but i'm thinking i should use a product with AHAs or BHAs.could you recomment something?
    i have normal skin,occasionally a breakoutat my chin(that time of the month),22 years old,living in country with hot climate and it is sunny so i reaaly don't want something that causes sun sensitivity.
    I already use oncce a week(different day) a clay mask as you suggested,the balance me one and i love it.

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    1. The gentlest way to get aha's is through a toner - but the effect will be very mild unless its an exfoliating one like P50. Where do you live? Can you get Biologique Recherche?

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  28. Hi Caroline,
    Quick question....
    I am on Roaccutane at the moment, and in my 4th month. Skin has cleared up beautifully, only a few pigmentation marks left. Skin is fairly dry but not uncomfortably so. I am on the hunt for a cleanser. Suggestions would be really welcome!
    Thank you so much!
    Rosie

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    1. I would stick with Emma Hardie Moringa Balm - its not cloying despite being oil based.

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  29. Hi Caroline, I have the oilest skin around! its a living nightmare, an hour after cleansing its an oil slick! I also suffer with acne around my mouth and chin (painful lumps that don't always come to a head and scar terribly). I currently use (am) Etat pur cleansing oil, a cheap boots sensitive skin toner Etat Pur pure actives zinc gluconate and salycillic acid and Etat Pur mattifying lotion. (pm) double cleanse using Etat Pur cleansing oil and champneys cleansing balm, tone, Etat Pur Q10, no7 beautiful skin night lotion (oily skin). I also use an Avon clay mask 3/4 times per week and paulas choice 10% aha liquid around 3/4 times per week. the acne and oilyness is really getting me down now and any advice would be appreciated. my budget isn't huge but would be willing to splash out on one or two "holy grail" products. thanks x x

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    1. Holy Grail: Liquid Gold
      Stop using the Champneys - its too heavy for you.

      And I personally would stop all the faff with Etat Pur and go for stronger, simpler products. Start with Liquid Gold, try the Alpha-H cleansers too.

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    2. Thank you so much! x x

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  30. Whats your best tip for dry, red feet? Do you recommend Paraffin wax? :) Thank you.

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    1. Diamancel Foot File no.1 every night before bed and body cream all over them every morning. Yes Paraffin wax is amazing but it will only be temporary if you aren't following up at home.

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  31. Hey! What do you recommend for uneven Body skin? I really want to get it smoother and more even.. :) thanks!!

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    1. Body brushing and a body moisturiser every single day. Preferably a moisturiser with aha's. Garnier do a really cheaply priced one - love a little Garnier body lotion!

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    2. Hi, i've had a look on the Garnier website and couldn't find one that mentioned it included aha's. Could you give the specific name please? I know you're a fan of the body repair, is it that one?
      Thanks

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  32. Hey! So, i've started to use a Balm cleanser a while ago, and also started to eat much cleaner about at the same time (yay!). However, since then my forehead started to break out CRAZY! I have quite dehydrated skin, that is also very dull and congested (a lot of blocked pores around my T-Zone), but i never had acne previously. I even started to break out on my body. Is this just old grime that is now coming out due to detox, or am i doing anything wrong? Help! Thank you!!:)

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    1. What balm cleanser is it???? And no - your skin is not detoxing. Although if its your body too I would suggest you may have an intolerance to something you've added to your diet OR are eating a lot off.

      Cleanser and diet report please?

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    2. It is the Clinique Cleanse off Balm. Diet wise i just eat a lot of veggies, dried fruit, fruits in general, steamed potatoes, rice, salads (I'm vegan), here and there a little bit black chocolate etc. I do have gluten Intolerance, so i generally try to avoid gluten..
      Could Medication cause it aswell?

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  33. Hey! Can you recommend something for Keratosis Pilaris on the Face? Thanks! :)

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    1. As long as its not on your eye area you need acids. Something like P50 from Bilogique Recherche. Lactic Acid and Salicylic if they are causing you spots in the area.

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  34. Hi Caroline,
    Is it okay to cleanse the face then only moisturise some 4 hours later? For example, i cleanse my face when I get home but only moisturise before I go to bed.
    Another issue: I have these small reddish bumps on my face concentrating more on the cheeks. My cheeks look inflamed and I can see the pores there are larger than the rest of my face. Are these a form of pimples? I'm 26 and have combination dry sensitive skin. Thank you!

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    1. A side note:
      I'm wondering why you wait so long to use a moisturizer despite your dry, sensitive skin. My skin would also feel very dry and would start to itch because of the lack of moisture and fat/oils if I didn't moisturize soon after cleansing.

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    2. The weather here is humid so my face gets sweaty and by the time I'm ready to sleep, it turns oily. My face doesn't itch, I only get dry patches on parts of the cheek and forehead.

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    3. Hi Rosie,

      If your weather is that hot its probably mild rosacea. No, you shouldn't wait until you go to bed - your skin will immediately start to over-produce oil if you don't go straight in with a moisturiser.

      Have you thought about using an oil for oilier skin in the evenings first? You can cleanse/tone and then apply a little oil. That will stop your skin going mental - then before bed apply a little moisturiser if you're dehydrated on top.

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  35. Hi Caroline,

    I'd like to know if it is generally advisable to use more than one serum at the same time. Specifically , I'd like to use my Caudalie SOS serum after my skinceauticals photo corrective gel.

    Thank you!
    Laura

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  36. Hi Caroline,

    What routine would you recommend for very oily and slightly congested (around chin, temples, forehead and cheeks) skin? I'm 24 and unable to wear make-up as everything seems to slip and smudge within an hour of putting it on. This has made me very self-conscious. I've tried primers, waterproof mascara, powders and oil-free foundations but to no avail.

    Currently, I'm using Murad Environmental Shield cleanser and L'Occitane's 'Rice Ultra-Matte Face Fluid' moisturiser. Three years ago, I was put on a year course of Roaccutane and since then, I have tried Alpha H, Liz Earle, Dr Nick Lowe and Dermalogica.

    Since coming off Roaccutane I have a collection of purple spots (that look like there underneath the surface) on my right cheek and scarring along my temples; is there anything I could do for this as well?

    Any help would be greatly appreciated!

    Alex

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    1. Alex can you email me a picture please?

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    2. Hi Caroline,

      Just letting you know that I've sent some pictures.

      Best,

      Alex

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  37. If you are using P50 and Liquid Gold in your routine when should you be using them? For example, is it ok to use P50 the morning after you use liquid gold? Do you use P50 in the morning at all, or just on nights when you are not using Liquid Gold? Thanks for your time.

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    1. I use P50 day and night - On nights you use Liquid Gold put it straight on after cleansing (no P50).
      Nothing on top unless you are dehydrated.

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    2. Can you use the P50 in the am of the days you are using the Liquid Gold?

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  38. I have sensitive skin that is oily and have a lot of acne scars and some blemishes and I don't think I'm using the right things. Could you please advise me?

    Morning: Cleanse with Ren cleansing balm, spray Liz Earle tonic and apply Dermalogica Active Moist
    Evening: Remove makeup with bioderma then cleanse with emma hardy cleansing balm and shu uemura oil then moisturise with dermalogica again
    other times: ren invisible pores detox mask once a week

    Am I doing anything wrong? What else can I do to avoid breakouts?
    Also is there a face fake tanner that won't break me out? I've tried clarins, st tropez, intitue estederm and by terry but I think they make me break out.

    Anything else I should use to help combat breakouts and scars?

    THANK YOU SO MUCH!!!!!!!!!!

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    1. I'm 21 if that helps!

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    2. Lose the Bioderma and Shu Uemura in the evenings. You only need the EH.
      Bioderma is no good if you are sensitive and Shu is mineral oil based.
      You need a toner. Decleor do good ones - and P50 is great for scarring.

      I would also get a good facial oil for oiliness.

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  39. Hi, I would love to know if you could advice me on a good anti-aging brand for a 40 year old,I have fairly good skin with some dryness but a wee bit congestion on nose & chin(tiny white spots on chin) but only the odd hormonal spot. I have used Decleor, Darphin, Elemis, Gatineau & tried some products from the Sarah Chapman range mainly the overnight facial. Which have all been ok with my skin but not sure which would give the best results long term. I always use a serum day & night too. I have been wondering about the liquid gold but not sure I need it? I am a toatal skincare junkie & would spend whatever I need to on the right products. I want my skin to look as good as it can for as long asit can but am realistic about my age. Love to hear your thoughts as i always get taken in by the sales pitch from the beauty counters. I am useless about ingredients so never know if a products is going to help or not. Also what do you think of Botox?? I am seriously considering it! Have been having a course of microdermabration, 1 more to go (had 6) & really think it's not suitable for my skin as it's so fine in the first place so going to look into other facials on offer. So sorry for all the questions but you are so good & straight to the point, really respect what you have to say. Hope am not taking advantage, I know it's alot for you to answer.

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    1. Hi! Ok you're my generation so brace yourself.
      Emma HArdie or Omorovicza Clay cleanser.
      P50v from Biologique Recherche.
      Serums: look for peptides and minerals - like Sjal Serum1 (very ££ but DIVINE)
      Go immediately and buy whatever Kate Somerville has left in the sale at SpaceNK LOL
      You want a mixture of high end and natural.
      Step away from the botox.
      Get good facial oils and massage your face every night - Decleor, Omorovicza, SkinCeuticals - good brands.
      Perricone. Also worth the ££.
      Any specific product Q's don't hesitate.

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    2. Love it! Thank you so much. Will take it all carefully & get back to you with any product advise I may need.

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  40. Hi Caroline, just a few quick questions:

    1)What are your thoughts on green tea extract supplements? Ive read about the great anti-oxidant properties of green tea but I can't stand the taste so I was thinking of taking it in pill form. As well as adding some vitamin C with rosehip tablets to the lamberts fish oils Ive started taking (as recommended by your lovely self!).

    2)Out of these two products which would you say is best for someone with combination skin that can be sensitive; Murad Oil control mattifier SPF 15, or Elemental Herbology perfect balance SPF 12. I really want to get a moisturiser with SPF in there for days when its not cracking the flags.

    3)Which eye cream would you say is better for a 24 year old whose eye concerns are dark circles, slight puffiness and prevention of wrinkles?

    Thank you in advance Caroline your amazing!

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    1. 1, Get a B12 spray instead - either David Kirsch in SpaceNK or on Victoria Health. Builds your immune system. Do you like normal tea? Drink that.
      2, Elemental. Love it.
      3, Monu Collagen Eye Cream - good and not too £££ - or most REN eye creams.

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  41. Hello,

    I'm 22 years old and I my skin goes to the extremes. I have hyper pigmentation (old zits look like they are still there as well as my cheeks are always blotchy red and it's not rosacia). My skin is also very dry (to the point of flaking) but my T-zone gets quite oily (especially in the summer). But it seems even tho my nose is super shiny and covered in oil it can still be dry enough underneath the oil that it's peeling. Even though I have dry skin I also have acne prone skin mainly on my chin/around my mouth and my nose area (sometimes on my forehead). I also have a problem with dark under eye circles. Nothing seems to cover them up My skin around my eyes is very thin. My other problem I run into with my skin is my paleness. I'm fish belly white so the redness of my cheeks and nose really stick out (my friends tell me I look like rudolph in the winter).

    I'm not really sure what to do since I need extra moisturization (especially in the winter) but also can be oily and break out. I'm quite lost and can't seem to find any miracle products that help with all of my problems. I really hope you are able to give me tips! I'm just starting my first job in a month so as much as I'd like to spend 100's of dollars on my skin care I feasibly can't afford it at the moment (maybe in the future).

    Thank you!!!!
    Caitlin

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    1. Hi Caitlin,

      Difficult if you're in the US? Or Canada? As you can't get some of the things I would normally recommend.
      You need to calm the skin down and balance it out.
      I would start with fish oil supplements - at a high dose. Will help internally.
      You need a good balmy cleanser - don't be afraid of oil - its mineral oil that is the enemy - not good oils.

      Darphin Intral Toner will fix the redness.

      Then a light hydrating serum and a good oil for oilier/combination skin.

      What are you currently cleansing with?

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    2. Caroline and other US readers,

      I've had success ordering some of Caroline's recommendations through Beautybay.com (Alpha-H LG and Emma Hardie balm). Free worldwide shipping, but it took awhile, almost 3 weeks. I don't know if that is slow or average, but just some fair warning. It is a good option if you really want to try some of Caroline's recommendations.

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  42. Hi there!

    My skin has been a bit all over the place in the last month, I think because I've been ill with an ongoing virus and on antibiotics etc. My skin is currently hyper sensitive, slightly oily, dehydrated and have patches of eczema between my eyebrows. I also have several painful cystic spots on my temples, chin and jaw line.
    I'm 21 and usually have slightly oily skin, and my acne had seemed to have been dying down over the last 6 months or so, and this last month has not seemed like anything 'normal' to my skin.

    I'm just wondering if you can suggest anything I could use in my regime to calm my skin down and normalise it all? I know this won't last forever, but was wondering if there was anything I should add/take out...

    In the mornings i wash with Avene cleanance, followed by spraying with caudalie beauty elixir and then the EH light moisturiser.
    In the evenings I use EH cleansing balm (with flannel) followed by caudalie beauty elixir and the EH rejuvinating night moisturiser.
    I also eat healthily, don't smoke, don't drink very much and I take fish oil supplements every day.

    Thanks so much for your help,

    Kaz

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    1. Drop the Caudalie toner immediately. It has no business being near sensitivity.

      The Avene Cleanance is no good for your sensitivity. Stick with EH am and pm. You only need a teeny bit in the morning.
      You are missing liquids. As in topical exfoliants. P50 or Liquid Gold.
      And I would buy a really good facial oil for the evenings - it will help balance you out.

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  43. Unfortunately, I can't afford to buy both the P50 and Liquid Gold right now. Would you recommend getting one over the other to start? I am using the REN AHA concentrate up right now, although I feel it's probably not as effective as the Liquid Gold.

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    1. P50. Day and night. Read the site first - you may be a P50v or P50w.

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  44. Hi Caroline,

    I'm going to email you a photo if it's OK as this is quite difficult to describe and I think a photo will help.

    For over a year now I've had a dark ring around the outer half of my right eye. Sometimes it looks dark as if there's vein underneath it, sometimes red - as in the skin looks red/pink, and sometimes it looks like brown pigmentation in the skin. It does seem to vary in intensity a bit but it's ALWAYS there. I am now starting to get it under my left eye too. It's separate/different from the usual darker bits in the inner corners under my eyes. It's a nightmare to cover as it shows through most concealers.

    What do you think it could be/what can I do about it? I think it looks like a problem within the skin rather than under it (although my opinion changes!), my Dad - a vein, my doctor - the skin around my eyes has gone anaemic (waiting on blood results), my Mum - not draining my eyes properly (you know like patting them) when I put my eye cream on, my facial lady - congestion or dehydration..! Texture-wise the skin LOOKS a little different but it FEELS normal to me.

    THANK YOU! And pic on the way from initials CD. x

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    1. Hi. I can't see your email - can you resend please?

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    2. Oh Goodness I hope I sent it to the right address?? The one on your about tab? Will send again the subject was/is "pics for the clinic (rings under eyes)". Thanks

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    3. Hi Caroline, resent the email earlier. Let me know if you didn't get it and I'll try from a different email address x

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  45. Hi Caroline, My boyfriend has suffered with persistent spots for quite a few years and has tried numerous things to get rid (prescribed tablets, roll ons, creams etc). He found pan oxyl was working quite well but his skin has just become used to it! Anything you could recommend, skincare routine or anything that could help?! Thankyou!
    Also, he is using cocoa butter to moisturise as his skin gets quite dry from the panoxyl, he hasn't always used this so It's definitely not the cause but I think it could be stopping it from improving, (clogging pores etc) what do you think?
    Thankyou so much!

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    1. Also, could you recommend anything for clogged skin & blackheads - I have blackheads in my nose that I can't seem to get rid of, have tried Salicylic acid and various other things but they just wont budge! Thanks

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    2. He needs to stop with the cocoa butter. Immediately, The idiot. :)

      Tell him to try Anthony for Men Glycolic Cleanser. And their oil-free moisturiser.

      You need to steam, clay mask and then get them out. If they aren't big enough to come out they aren't big enough to worry about.

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    3. I will pass that on to him! Thank-you!

      I shall invest in a clay mask :-) any you could recommend? I don't have sensitive skin. Thankyou Caroline!

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  46. Hi Caroline

    I am 37 with dry skin and I have had rosacea for about three years - diffuse redness along with papules and a few broken capillaries. I just had my fourth session of IPL and it seems to be working (a bit!) but I doubt that my rosacea will ever go completely. I am currently using Emma Hardie cleansing balm and La Roche Posay Redermic moisturiser morning and night, Liz Earle Intensive Nourishing Treatment a couple of times a week after a clay mask on (congested) T-zone and I have just ordered the Darphin Intral toner and moisturising balm after reading about the range here - I intend to use them in conjunction with my current routine. I recently had a mild glycolic peel that has reduced the lumpiness of the rosacea without adding to the redness and this is making me wonder if P50w or Liquid Gold would have a similar effect - the P50w in particular really appeals to me - do you think I could use it or would it make the rosacea worse? Love your blog and have learned loads from reading your archives - thank you :)

    Regards
    Evelyn

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    1. Go for the P50w but be careful not to overdo it.
      Use it in the pm and the Darphin toner in the am.

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  47. Hello Caroline,

    I'm 23 with oily-combination skin. I have a few broken capillaries on my nose that wont budge, and slight redness on either side of my nose. I also get a bit congested on my nose and slight bumps on my forehead. I supplement with 3000mg of fish oil a day (thanks for the recomendation) and it has halped with redness. My current face routine is as follows:

    AM - cleanse with Sukin Facial Cleanser (Australian brand, here are ingredients (http://www.sukinorganics.com/product.asp?id=0&cid=8&pid=1), moisturise with Sukin Facial Moisturiser (ingredients http://www.sukinorganics.com/product.asp?id=3&cid=27&pid=1)

    PM - cleanse as above, Kiehls Creamy Avocado Eye Cream, and will alternate between Liquid Gold, and the Sukin Moisturiser as above or Sukin Rosehip Oil.

    I have placed an order for Emma Hardie Moringa Cleanser, and Pai Geranium & Thistle Moisturiser, which should arrive soon. I would like to include a mask in my routine, but am not sure what would suit me. I also know that I should be using an SPF but I work in an office and at the moment barely see the sun at all during the week as it gets dark so early. What would you recommend for my skin?

    Thanks for reading, love your blog! :) xx Em

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    1. Alpha-H Balancing clay mask is good. As is Balance ME radiance mask - don't stress about the spf yet - on a beach obviously - but office and combination skin? no.

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  48. Hi Caroline,

    Thank you millions for your time.
    I have oily, dehydrated, sensitive, acne-prone, dull-looking, large pore, stressful skin.

    I had combined Estee Lauder & Artistry in my skincare routine for last 7 months:

    AM: Estee Lauder Oil-Control Foaming Gel Cleanser with Clarisonic followed by Artistry Clarifying Oil Control Toner, Artistry Pure White Moisturizer SPF 20

    PM: Shu emura to remove makeup (I only wear makeup once a week).
    Estee Lauder Oil-Control Foaming Gel Cleanser with Clarisonic followed by Artistry Clarifying Oil Control Toner, EL Hydrationist Maximum Moisture Creme (sometimes my skin goes red and burns after applying this creme)
    I used Artistry Polishing Scrub, Artistry Pore Cleansing Masque, Artistry Moisture Intense Masque once a week.

    My face still breaks out like hell, especially during PMS or when I am stressed (it happens quite often when every first week of the month I have to work until mid night or even to 3am).

    After reading your blog, I have ordered Emma Hardie 4 Piece Amazing Face Daily Rituals Collection and have been applying new regime for one week (I don't live in UK).

    AM: EH cleansing balm + hot flannel, Skin Plumping Serum, Lighter Hydrating Lotion Moisturiser, La Roche Posay Hydraphase UV SPF 30
    PM: double clean using EH cleansing balm with Clarisonic as first step, again with EH cleansing balm + hot flannel. Then I apply Skin Plumping Serum, followed by EH Rejuvenating Night Cream

    I also reduce sugar consumption, stop using Kielh's Creme with Silk Groom for hair as it made my hair oily, causing pimples in my forehead. I wash hair everyday instead of every 2 day like before.

    My skin looks bright and less oily though I still got lot of pimples on my forehead and cheeks (I don't expect them to go quickly as they came >"<). I went to dermatologist recently, they prescribed anti-biotics (erh, no).

    1. Please help to advise more products I could use for my skin
    2. Can I use BR P50T in my routine? They only have P50T in S'pore.
    3. Can I make use of anything in Elemis Perfect Pro-Collagen collection? http://www.elemis.com/gifts/ProductDetails.aspx?pid=324

    Sorry for being to long since I always missed your clinics due to time zone difference.
    Thank you very much for your time xx.

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    1. 1, Stop using the Clarisonic.
      2, Yes you can use any P50 - absolutely.
      3, Buy an oil for nighttime - you can get them specific for oily/combination skin. Worth it.
      4, No to Elemis.
      5, Do you take fish supplements?

      And no problem re time zone. :)

      Your skin is VERY common for Singapore.

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    2. I've been taking Neptune Krill Oil 300 mg/day for 1 month.
      I also take C, B, Calcium-Magnesium, sometimes Iron-Folic (it makes my breakout 3x's worse).

      Should I stop using Emma Hardie Rejuvenating Night Cream as it contains Shea Butter?
      Can I use Darphin Organic Aromatic Purifying Balm or please recommend some oil that suitable for my skin?

      Thank you very much xx

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    3. Should I use any clay mask btw?
      Thanks a lot.

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  50. By the way, I am 25 if that helps.
    Thank you very much for your time.

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  51. Hello, I have combination skin that is also very sensitive and reactive. I have been getting seborrheic dermatitis around my nose and chin area for a couple of years now. Derm meds are not working and those dandruff shampoo type products just burn my skin. Also, I can be dry in spots, oily in other spots, and yet still flaky around the nose and chin, plus it has a burning feeling. Help, please......

    Right now I use either Emma Hardie cleansing balm or Omorovicza foaming cleanser, Chantecaille vital essence serum, and Tata Harper rebuilding moisturizer. I am not able to use any anti-aging actives. I am 47 years old. Thanks!!

    Tammy

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    1. Hi Tammy!

      Well firstly, you obviously CAN use anti-ageing actives because you already are - they just aren't full of chemicals. Which is good.
      Where do you live? UK?
      I wouldn't use foaming anything.
      You need a good toner - I would like to see your skin first though. Can you email me a picture?

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  52. Hi Caroline,

    My skin troubles are long gone (many thanks to you!!) but I would like a good massaging oil.
    You've recommended quite a few on this site recently the Oskia candle and Aromatherapy associates etc - which one really performs and gives you the glow and plumpness? I'm 29 and have combination skin.
    Thanks a lot!

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    1. Either Aromatherapy Assoc - any - OR - Decleor - Ylang Ylang. Most are great - I wouldn't use the Oskia in your case. Well I would in a treatment - on top of the oil you need - but I'm a freak with an obsession for product. :)

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  53. Hello Caroline!
    I'm 18 with combo skin (some areas normal-slightly oily, some areas very dry) and extremely pale, almost translucent :x so ance scars and other spots stick around for ages. What product would you recommend to even out my skin tone? Is Estee Lauder Adv Night Repair (reg or concentrate) any good? and any suggestions for a nighttime moisturizer? AND how do you feel about Philosophy products?

    but most importantly, I want even skin. Halp!
    Thank you, and sorry for a million Qs
    -Miranda

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    1. Hi Miranda,

      1, ELANR - NO - you don't need it.
      2, Some Philosophy good, some heinous.
      3, You need to send me your routine. What do you use day-to-day especially to cleanse.

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  54. Hi, ok 3 questions but hopefully they're quickies :)

    What do you think of spezia cleansing balm for congested pimple prone skin, too rich?

    Not sure what to try for mild acne marks, red uneven skin tone, was thinking either rose hip oil or a vit a solution by alpha h??

    Everyone is raving about by terry cover expert but wasn't sure of silicones etc that might break me out.

    Thank you, thank you, thank you

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    1. 1, Prob too rich - but better than foaming.
      2, Alpha-H Radiance or P50
      3, Silicones shouldn't break you out. Not washing them off properly breaks you out - normally.
      4, I'ma Chantecaille Just Skin girl. By Terry is too heavy for my liking. BUT - yes - everyone else loves it. Trust me to be awkward. :)

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  55. Hi, Caroline!

    (Hopefully when I am finished with this post you are still taking questions) I am now 18 and my skin have been to many ups and down over the years. I do have quite sensitive skin because of eczema (not on my face) and can't take too much perfume etc. My main skin issue uses to be that I got many whiteheads around my chin, when my term put me on epiduo, that sorted it out, however b/c of my eczema it made my skin super dry. NOw this year i have for the first time has real cyst like breakouts that all have ended up as dark spots on my face. I have managed to keep most of my whiteheads under control after i began using the liz earle c&p and the pigmentation but its not really quite enough to get rid of it. What should i use and do for my skin?

    Thanks, you are the best!

    Helene

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    1. Helene where do you live?
      I need your full routine please.

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  56. Hi Caroline, what antioxydant/anti ageing serum would you recommend for someone in their late twenties or early thirties (I'm 29 years old and have sensitive, slightly oily and very congestion-prone skin)? Thank you so much!

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    1. REN omega overnight is nice.
      I would also use an oil in the evenings - one of these for example http://www.decleor.co.uk/products/aromessence-solaire-face-tan-activator-serum

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  57. Hi Caroline

    I have always had (and still have) an oily T-zone which is pretty congested with blackheads. They don't often turn into proper spots but do occasionally which is annoying at 35. I should probably add that I had a baby 9 months ago and am still breastfeeding - not sure how much that affects the skin.

    I wear make up each day (BB cream at the moment as it's quick and easy) and religiously cleans every evening with Dermalogica pre cleanse, then Dermalogica special cleansing gel. I follow up with their power lift eye cream and Lancome Visionnaire serum. In the mornings I cleans with the gel again and use Neutrogena blackhead clearing scrub (which clearly doesn't work). I don't use a moisturiser under my BB cream but when not using the BB (when at work I wear Lancome foundation) I generally opt for Clarins multi vitamin day lotion with SPF.

    I think I am keeping my skin v clean so not sure why I have so many blackheads and breakouts. Can you advise on the best products for me and how often I should do stuff like steam and do a clay masque? I tend to use a Kiehls clay masque very occasionally. I've been using the same products for ages and am possibly stuck in a rut but hate to spend lots of new products which don't work for me. I also have no idea when my skin is dehydrated so occasionally use Origins Drink it Up but could be making my skin worse!

    Thanks
    Helen

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    1. Hi Helen,

      OK:
      1, You need to drink shedloads of water - the breastfeeding and your skin type? I mean 2-3 litres a day. If you can't stomach normal drink fizzy. I drink it likes it going out of fashion.
      2, Yes, breastfeeding means you are hormonal - and that affects your skin.
      3, BB cream - don't do it. There's a price to pay for it being so 'easy'. :)
      4, I would also stop the Dermalogica.
      5, Get a decent balm cleanser - my usual recommendation is Emma Hardie.
      6, Start with cleanser - then go to P50. Then go to night time treatment. Then serum. Then moisturiser. Purchase-wise I mean. :)

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  58. Hi caroline, I hope Im not too late, massive post coming up sorry!
    Im 30 years old and seem to have suffered with spots under my skin since my 20's but as of late they seem to be getting worse. The 3 main things that bother me with my skin are all the bumps under my skin i do get quite afew red angry itchy spots along my jaw and a on my cheeks also. Fine lines around eyes are getting me down as are pigmentation marks on my cheekbones from having my daughter 2 years ago. Ive gave my routine a massive overall after reading your blog but the spots and bumps on days seem to be getting worse and because i gave my skin such a overall with different products I dont know if something doesnt suit me or my skin is purging, If there is something you can reccommend tweak with my routine it would be much appreciated.(ive been using this routine for probs 8 weeks)
    AM:

    Alpha h balancing cleanse
    Claudille elixir
    alpha H moisturiser spf50 or Alpha H rejuvinating moisturiser

    PM:
    EH BALM cleanser
    Alpha H balancing cleanser
    LG 3X WEEK with LG radience used on pigmentation marks
    Neals yard balm or EH night cream alt other nights when not using liquid gold
    alpha h eye cream

    Use elemis papaya mask followed by decleor hydra floral mask 1 x week
    Iv just started taking lamberts fish oil capsules x4 a day for the last 3 weeks (im also trying for bubba no2 would I still be ok to use these fish oil tablets?)
    Sorry for the long line of questions and for my rambling hopefully you can help me out, thankyou so much

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    1. Hi Kara,

      I think you might be having an initial reaction to the Liquid Gold - and its not suitable for pregnancy. Drop it.
      You can use P50 during pregnancy - well, I did. :)
      Yes you can take fish oil during pregnancy - its recommended.

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  59. Hi Caroline,
    Many thanks for taking your time to help others!
    I’m 24 with combination skin. I used to suffer with acne on the chin area but since changing my routine to the one below, this has settled over the past few months. I still get spots on my chin but nowhere near as bad as before
    My current routine is as follows:

    EH Balm Cleanser
    Caudalie Beauty Elixir (as toner)
    Balance Me Moisturiser for comb skin.

    I use the same routine day and night.
    Do you suggest I up this? Add night products?
    I’ve read a lot about Liquid Gold. Would this be suitable for me?

    Also, I’m going on holiday soon. Can you recommend a good face sun cream for my skin type?

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    1. I wouldn't use the balance me at night - its the perfect time for an oil or Liquid Gold on the chin area - more nourishing.

      Sun cream - Decleor make beautiful ones. Make sure to cleanse properly or you'll get spots though.

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  60. Hi Caroline,

    I posted last week asking your advice about oils and serums and when to use them. Thank you for your reply - now could recommend any particular oils/serums? 43, slightly dry skin.

    Also, should I be using other exfoliators on my non liquid- gold days? How often? Any recommended?

    Last question - is it ok to use liquid gold on holiday (Cyprus) - where my skin will have been exposed to the sun a fair bit?

    Once again Caroline - thank you a hundred times!!!

    Lisa F

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    1. I would leave the LG at home while you're on holiday - you'll need hydration - not treatment.

      I like exfoliating balms like Oskia.

      And serum-wise there are hundreds - good brands to pick from are Decleor, Oskia, Sjal

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  62. Hi Caroline,

    I just discovered your blog recently (don't know how i missed it for long!) and I'm loving it, having great time trawling back over all the older posts!
    So I have two questions but they relate to the same thing. I'm going to Burning Man (week long festival in the Nevada Dessert!). So my first question - a good moisturizer? The weather is going to be harsh and extreme and I'm expecting my Irish skin will probably go into shock. I'm confused as to where to start about protecting my skin.
    I'm 28, and my skin is usually pretty normal, I had very mild acne for a while and my dermatologist prescribed Cetaphil, Retin-A, Bionic Cream for night and La Roche Posay Anthelios SPF50 for day, and I've pretty much stuck to that routine until recently when I stopped the Retin-A because I thought it would be too harsh when going to the sun. A friend was recommended P50 for her acne so I was planning on trying that out next instead of the Retin-A, and after discovering your blog I've ordered a jar of EH Cleansing Balm. So i will be using those for about a month before I go but I'm not sure where to go next in terms of a good moisturizer for the trip. Ive been reading about Sisley Ecological Compound, that its a good barrier against the elements, it is very expensive, but I don't mind if its worth it? There's probably something else that may be similar though.
    The second thing is what I think you might scold me for but bare with me! :) I have pale Irish skin, I have freckles but I have tanned on occasions, but not for years because I don't go on sun holidays and there's never much sun here! I do love my fake tan though, not mahogany but a glow- to offset the blue tint of my natural skintone. Now vain as I am, I'm not gonna go applying fake tan in a tent in the desert!! A friend uses the Sun Angel sunbed and swears by it (Ive always seen the word sunbed and heard CANCER) but I have to admit now I'm considering it. I've been reading about Institut Esthederm suncare and they seem to think it's better to build up your skins natural defenses, gradually and you can achieve a tan safely. So it had crossed my mind to use some of that suncream and try out the sunbed slowly and gradually before I go. I don't expect or even want to be dark, I just want to warm up my complexion a bit before I gotta pile my pasty thighs into those short shorts! I can't find a whole lot of information on Institut Esthederm apart from people saying it's good stuff and they've tanned, and it's impossible to get a straight answer about the sun/sunbeds with some people saying completely protect your skin at all times and others saying a little bit is a good thing.
    So I need you to tell me straight, am I being totally naive and stupid even considering it, or would it be a sensible way to go about it.

    Thank you for your time and sorry for the ramble but maybe these queries might be of help to others as well.

    Jo

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    1. 1, SO jealous that you are going.
      2, Moisturiser - Alpha-H SPF50. Light - not cloying. Oh WAIT - are you already IN the USA? Let me know.
      3, P50 is one of the best things I have EVER put on my skin - so yes. Do it.
      4, I don't buy the IE claims myself. Scientifically - its all over the place. using a sunbed won't stop you burning in Nevada. Its the DESERT Dude.
      you definitely need SOME sun - I wouldn't advise sunbeds given your heritage though. Can you get some sun before you go? Sit out in it as often as you can etc?
      I understand your frustration but if I recommend a pale Irish girl go on a sunbed you may as well take me outside and shoot me now.
      Why don't you fake tan BEFORE YOU GO??? Have a salon full fake tan application.

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  63. Hi Caroline, sorry this is late but I've been reading the clinic for about 2 months and always miss it being open so haven't been able to ask, so I thought I'd just have a go now!

    I'm 20 with relatively dry skin except my forehead which is slightly oily. I have the odd breakout and they're normally pimples (i think? they don't have a head is what im trying to say!), but all in all my skins pretty clear.
    I'm trying to find a fairly simple routine to suit me, but I'm absolutely clueless as to where to start! Could you recommend anything? Willing to pay around £30 ish for each product

    Thank you so much!

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    1. Emma Hardie Cleansing Balm
      Decleor toner - whichever - they all work
      REN moisturisers - try them and see which you prefer the feel of
      Monu good range for not much £££

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  64. Hi,

    Hope i'm not too late to get a reply! My skin is just a nightmare, i don't know if it's because of my PCOS or not, but it is so dull and tired looking, i suffer from awful spots on my chin - sometimes they are huge and painful and it looks deformed (!), but they are always very dry looking and impossible to cover! My cheeks are pretty normal, but my forehead looks dry when i put make up on (even with primer) but also ends up shiney, my nose can look dry but around it gets oily looking...make up doesn't last long on me at all, and i feel so self conscious walking around and being at work. I currently have the ren clear calm cleanser, at night i cleanse with bioderma first then use the ren and my clarisonic. I have the caudalie beauty elixr or the elemis balancing toner, and the origins perfect world cleanser. I did have trilogys rosehip oil but it didnt seem to do anything. I hope you can help, 2 years ago my skin wasn't that bad but since then its just been horrible!

    Thanks, Rhiannon (27)

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    1. STOP THE CLARISONIC.
      Stop the Bioderma.
      Use the REN in the morning only.
      Use an oily balm cleanser in the evenings. Non-mineral oil.
      You are dehydrated - all of the above is making it worse.

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    2. Rhi send me a picture - and we'll go from there.

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  65. oh i was too late - oops!

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  66. Dear Caroline, I posted this question while the clinic was open but it seems that it did not go through :(. I just want to know since u told me u are not a fan of strivectin what eye cream do u suggest for someone in the states. I am 32. I would love the monu but I ordered it once and it never arrived... Got stuck in customs. Pls help. I don't have dark circles or lines, just want to start using one since u suggest it. Thank u so much, jen

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    1. High end - Zelens. Mid -priced - REN or Elemental Herbology. All Spacenk.

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  68. Hi caroline! What do you think of this works 5 in 1 water? is it as drying as bioderma? will it make me break out? also what do you think of the caudal beauty elixir? thanks so much for replying!

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    1. I think those waters are great if you don't have access to a sink.
      if you do, wash your face. You don't need separate makeup removers in this day and age.
      I love Caudalie Beauty Elixir.

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