Monday, 22 October 2012

Clinic Lessons this week. The Recap.

I sometimes wonder after I've posted a Clinic if readers who just glance occasionally or have no use for the Clinic wonder why I disappear for a while. 
I'm still here - I'm just down there on the post below answering questions - have a look for yourself. On that note - every Clinic there are things that either arise as a concern or issues that are repeated by a few readers. Welcome to the Clinic recap. And a mini rant at the end.
  • Liquid Gold is not a toner peeps. It's about as high a strength glycolic as you can get without a prescription. Once/ twice a week is fine. Calm down. Before your face falls off.
  • You need to make sure you are getting enough hydration as well as oil in your products as the weather changes. Light Summer lotions need to be shelved to make way for slightly more hydrating and nourishing products.
  • Please stop using foaming anything cleanser-wise. You want surfactants on your dishes, not your face.
  • Bioderma is not a cleanser to be used every single day forever - ultimately its a makeup remover. It's certainly not up there as a product I would recommend for your AM cleanse. I know the hype is out there. But even though it says it is soap free, neutral PH etc - if you don't get some nourishment onto your skin it will show in the end. Even at the cleanser stage. Same goes for all micellar waters - but this one is having it's moment.
  • Clarisonic - don't go mad. Don't. That is all.
  • If a product is 'famous' or on every 'Beauty Must-Have' list in a magazine it doesn't mean it will be right for you. And if it's not right for you it doesn't mean there is anything wrong with you. It just doesn't work for you. This is as true for Cleanse & Polish as it is for Advanced Night Repair. Neither of which do jack for me, or a lot of people on here. You are not alone!
There may be more as I'm still working my way through the Clinic - but this will get us going..


And finally, Victoria Beckham posted this tweet last week:

'Travel tip,after regimen put a layer of baby oil over face.Protects skin on plane, locks in moisture.'

I'm not even sure where to begin with this one so I'll just leave it at this: 

What a load of utter bollocks. Don't use it on your face. Don't use it full stop. And don't ever, ever, use it on your poor baby.


123 comments:

  1. I am so happy that somebody actually said that baby oil is bad for babies! I hate to think that 99% of parents use it :/

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    1. I don't think it's that many people these days is it! I hope not!

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  2. Ohh I use a foaming cleanser and I swear by them, I'll be changing now. Which cleanser would you recommend?
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    1. My standard staple is Emma Hardie.

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    2. Help Caroline, I think I am the only person on the planet who can't use Emma Hardie! I used one pot in March last year with no problems but didn't repurchase for a while as I love my Decleor cleansing milk and toner plus my Eve Lom (I know but been using this combo for about 10 years and it keeps everying looking how I like it!). Cut to April this year and I was in the market for more cleanser so repurchased Emma Hardie. After a week I came out in breakouts on my cheeks (particularly my right cheek oddlyl enough) which took about 8 weeks to settle after I stopped using it. I have tried a further 3 times to use it and it seems to have completely turned against me :( Would love another recomemndation if you have one. PM I use either Decleor all skin types cleanser and toner or Eve Lom. AM I use Decleor all skin types cleanser and toner again or their Aroma Cleanse foaming cleanser which although slightly drying seems to cause me no problems but I would love an alternative morning cleanser without foam if you could recommend one plese. For reference I am 43, colouring of Oprah, with pretty well behaved skin unless I use something that it doesn't like or my diet has been poor for a while. Thanks so much for taking the time to read this and please forgive my cheek in posting a question - really was unplanned I just wanted you to know that try as I might I can't get Emma Hardie balm to work with me :-)

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    3. Sorry to jump in here, but don't worry ProductObsessed, I can't seem to get Emma Hardie to work with my skin either! I have sensitive combination skin, very dehydrated (forcing myself to drink lots more water). I have gotten two sore, smallish lumps on my forehead and my chin area seems to be becoming more clogged since using only in the night. So you aren't alone don't worry! Are we doing something wrong Caroline?!

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    4. Oh Clair, I'm so glad you've jumped in - I'm no longer alone in the Emma Hardie wilderness!! I know Caroline has literally just posted that if a much raved about product doesn't work for you then it's not your fault but it really does make you feel that way if it happens. I've tried using it twice a day, once a day, only 3 times per week, with her cloth, with a flannel, every combination you can think of and it just won't agree with me and I don't have sensitive skin. I think that if I hadn't managed to use an entire jar of it last spring with no problems then I'd just think "oh well it doesn't work for me" but considering I DID get through an entire jar I'm just wondering what on earth has gone wrong?! We definitely need Caroline's words of wisdom Clair :-) Thanks again for making me feel less alone and I hope your skin settles down soon :-)

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    5. Ah Ladies I'm sorry it didn't work - I hate to think of you wasting your money. There must be an ingredient - or a few - that you are intolerant to. Please don't ever think that your skin is somehow at fault if you can't use something - if we all had the same skin we wouldn't need so many different products! :)

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    6. Aww bless you for your reply Caroline - luckily I purchased it from QVC so took advantage of their 30 day MBG so was only out of pocket on postage. It's so odd that when skincare products don't work we tend to blame ourselves and keep trying but just end up in more and more of a mess (especially if it is a product like Emma Hardie that seems to work for the vast majority of people) even if intellectually we know it is the product that just doesn't suit us. I will stick to my tried and true and keep reading your fabulous blog. Thanks again Caroline and you definitely rock!:-)

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    7. Thanks for your reply Caroline! I unfortunately didn't buy it from QVC, silly me - so will give it to my mum who I'm sure will love it! I'm going to keep a beady eye out for your next skin clinic as I really need your help - have spent so much money on products that don't work or I'm too scared to use incase they're wrong for my skin and it goes crazy! (I still use the Clinique DDML - please don't have a heart attack, I know its bad:)!)

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    8. Thanks for your reply Caroline! I unfortunately didn't buy it from QVC, silly me - so will give it to my mum who I'm sure will love it! I'm going to keep a beady eye out for your next skin clinic as I really need your help - have spent so much money on products that don't work or I'm too scared to use incase they're wrong for my skin and it goes crazy! (I still use the Clinique DDML - please don't have a heart attack, I know its bad:)!)

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  3. Feeling like a bad mother here.. What can I use instead of baby oil?

    She only has a drop in the bath as it has really helped with her dry scalp! For her eczema on her body we use cetraben (from doctor)

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    1. Meant to mention that we tried organic olive oil when she was born and she came out in a rash. She's 9 weeks now x

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    2. One of mine has/had eczema/psoriasis since birth. Poor bubs. The Organic Pharmacy makes a brilliant dry skin balm - it's like butter - but lasts forever.

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    3. Aww poor baba!

      All I can find on there website is the Ultra dry skin cream?

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  4. Great recap, what would we do without you! x

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    1. Live peacefully with a Clarisonic and Eve Lom cleanser? :)

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  5. Thanks for the advice about the alpha h. Is it ok to use it even if your face looks like an oil slick in the morning. I am worried its my skin overcompensating for the lack of moisture as obviously I'm not using moisturiser with it.

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    1. I would try it for a month and see how it settles. Everyone's skin reacts differently - but it shouldn't make you worse.

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  6. Im really amazed that a long time acne sufferer, in her mid 30's would be recommending baby oil ON THE FACE! Jesus wept.

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  7. Why is baby oil bad? The fact that you have said not to put it near a baby is enough for me however when it comes to cosmetics ect I always want to know why? Why something is bad and why something is good.

    Thank you!

    ps. I promise never to use it

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    1. It's 100% mineral oil. Suffocates the skin. Not as in they will die! - but the skin just gets coated. Not nice. And SO unnecessary on brand new baby skin.

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    2. Thank you for replying! To think new Mums have been rubbing it on new babies skin for years! J&J should be ashamed for recommending it.

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  8. I want you to live in my bathroom cabinet (and shout at me everytime I pick any spots or reach for bad products) xx

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    1. I doubt I'd fit. Lets set up a Skype camera instead.

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  9. I agree with most points and rather surprised (and shudder to think) that some people use Alpha-H liquid gold as a toner.

    Micellar waters are regular cleansers just like any cleansing milk, gel or foam. Bioderma for example, contains the surfactant PEG–6 Caprylic/Capric Glyceride which is the cleansing agent.
    I am under the impression that water is often more than enough as there is no need to strip the skin of sebum in other to "clean it" and then have to add moisturiser.

    I think mineral oil is not as bad as it's said to be. The only problem one should perhaps be concerned about is it not being from a renewable source (then again, a lot of our skincare ingredients aren't). Most publications I have come across via pubmed have shown that mineral oil is fantastic for maintaining water in the skin.
    I would imagine that if one has acne or congested skin, the tale would be rather different since other factors come into play. However, it seals in moisture and prevents water loss especially in dry environments like an airplane.

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    1. Well all opinions are welcome. But my view differs - a lot!
      In my experience, using micellar waters daily - esp as a morning cleanse more often than not leads to sensitivity - esp on cheeks - and mineral oil - even 'medical grade' is an inferior product that is cheap, blocks pores and has no place in on anyone's face. Especially VB's - who has persistent problems with acne (as seen in the flesh up close) and on an airplane - when you need to be hydrated - not suffocated.

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  10. Why so against baby oil? I know it's pure mineral oil but would be good to know your reasoning on this.

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    1. It's nasty - acts as a barrier on the skin. Stops it 'breathing' properly.

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  11. victoria beckham's face looks like it's carved from wood, so i wouldn't trust her 'beauty advice' if my life depended on it. also, i think your lovely blog is having a serious effect on me, every time i see someone reviewing a foaming cleanser and going 'it makes your face feel squeaky clean' i shout THAT'S NOT A GOOD THING at my laptop. good work.

    from helen at www.thelovecatsinc.com // @thelovecatsinc

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    1. LOL - imagine me when people starting sending me VB's tweet! *headexplodes*

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  12. I want to know why baby oil is so bad too! I use it instead of a lotion on my body (not on my face, that's just crazy!). Thanks for all the tips! xx

    ferdies-place.blogspot.com

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    1. Hi Fernanda,

      It's just not great for your skin. Try natural oils - you should see a difference.

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  13. What would you suggest as a good hydrating and nourishing moisturizer?

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    1. I want the same thing! I live in Adelaide South Australia which is one of the driest cities in the world I think. Its autumn/winter now and alot of moisturisers for dry skin have shea butter in them. I dont like the feel of it on my face its makes it feel heavy and feels like its clogging my pores or something. I think I have dry skin in general i tend to get hormonal break outs monthly just 1 or 2 red spots (pimple) nothing major. Im more concerned about the teeny spots all over my face I "think" are white heads or congested pores -its flesh coloured. Looking for a moisturiser that gives the ultimate hydration that has no shea butter in it that does not feel heavy! Any recommendations?

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  14. I'm curious, what would you recommend for a gentle morning cleanse instead of a micellar water?

    Years ago, before all the hype, my derm prescribed Bioderma as the sole permitted means of cleansing when my skin was recovering from adult chicken pox (something I would not wish upon my worst enemy), so even after healing (and thank goodness, not a mark remained) I kept it around as a make-up remover and occasional morning cleanser. I've always liked it as a make-up remover, not so as a cleanser...

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    1. Keep it for MU - as for morning cleanser - I switch it up between milks/gels - anything really - as long as they don't 'foam' - SLS free preferably.

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  15. Hi Caroline!
    Too bad I missed your last clinic (I had already pictures of my face saved in my phone in case it poped up last minute)! Hope to find some help in your answers anyway! By the way, I'm from Italy and I love your blog! I discovered it in June and your past posts and clinics kept me company all summer long! Learned so many things! Thank you so much!

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  16. Dear caroline, would you please advice me on how to use the zelens pads? Is it ok to use everyday? Is kate Summerville goat milk ok to use on top? I also want to know if its ok to use is goat milk under chantecaille just skin? Thank u so much!

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    1. Hi Anon,

      I use the Zelens pads am and pm - although I ran out last week and now have some spots appearing - ggrrr.
      And yes - Goat Milk is fine on top (LOVE Goat Milk)
      And definitely OK under Just Skin.

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  17. I'd been advised by an Elle writer to use J&J baby oils as a back-up for make up remover, FML :(. What an unbearable lightness of being.
    Thank you very much for the great post. You always rock.

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  18. OH my, I've been using Bioderma every day. WE don't have Emma Hardie in the US. I don't think. Any other suggestions for the morning? I'm a woman of a certain age. Sensitive skin.

    Thanks for your help.

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    1. Sandy, You can get Emma Hardie from Beauty Bay or Feel Unique. They deliver worldwide. It takes a little while to get to the States. My orders from Beauty Bay have averaged 3 weeks. The Emma Hardie balm is fantastic!
      nsingbalm/

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    2. Sandy, the omorovicza balm is available in sephora, bu it's very expensive. Also fabulous

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    3. Sandy Kate Somerville Gentle Daily Cleanse is ok. And if you're sensitive try her Goat Milk cream too.

      Cx

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  19. What a fabulous post!! Thank you for cheering me up on this very grey and dull day!!
    Lizzie

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  20. only just discovered you via Sali Hughes.. so glad I have. What excellent advice. thank you xx

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  21. Wonderful! I just love how honest you are. I tried Liz Earle C&P a few times and it really dried out my skin - I thought I was the only one! Using a different HCC now and it works grand. Also, I've been scouring Boots nationwide (well, Glasgow) for hydraluron (sp?!) and it is out everywhere! I have a little sample of one similar (which I have stupidly thrown the box away on, so no idea/memory of what it is called) - do you have any other recommendations for a similar product? Thanks, xxx

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    1. Not really - hyaluronic acid is in nearly every moisturiser made - its just that Hydraluron is pretty much JUST hyaluronic acid and has a great delivery system.

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  22. I know that your clinic is the place to ask questions and I'm so sorry to ask one here but I'm desperate! I'm a 20 year old girl with very dry (due to antibiotics), dull, acne prone skin. I have been on roaccutane before and am going on it again (dreading it). It's especially dry now in winter and flaking. I drink a hell of a lot of water and eat well, take fish oil tablets, use bio-oil for my ice-pick and pigmented scarring and am religious with Diprobase. I find it so hard to find anything skincare-wise which will hydrate my skin but work to keep the spots at bay! Companies just don't seem to make them! I would really appreciate any advice on cheap-ish (I'm a skint student) cleansers/treatments/moisturisers you could recommend or anything I can do! Also, clarisonic on my skin? Worth a shot? THANK YOU!!

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    1. Hi Kirsty,

      I feel for you. See below:

      Bio Oil - NO
      Hydraluron underneath a moisturiser that has/does not have the following:
      no shea butter
      no mineral oil
      no lanolin
      has hyaluronic acid
      has glycerin
      has algae/seaweed

      Try Neals Yard Wild Rose Beauty Balm - you should be able to sample before you buy. And Darphin Purifying Balm.
      Up your fish oil intake

      Keep me posted. :)

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  23. I second what Caroline says. I had to stop the mother in law from using it on one of my boys and gave her a mix of almond and apricot oil instead. I have been making my own 100% natural balm to manage my son's excema patches for the past 2 years and it wipes the floor with the synthetic counterparts or what the GP would prescribe. Mineral oil is basically petroleum oil/liquied petrolium- a by prduct anyway! Geeta

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  24. And I wouild like to add my 2p's worth, Super by Perricone go a great Exfoliating toner which I have been usinf at night and it does not make my face oily like the Liquid Gold does, its got to be the alcohol in it thtas doing it, more alcohol than a mojito me thinks. Also Ren do an exfoliating one too. Loads cheaper than P50 for those on a budget. I hope this hepls some peeps and hope you do not mind Lacy Caroline LOL! Geeta

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  25. Good Morning Caroline,

    I'm an avid reader of your blog and my skin has improved dramatically since following your suggestions, I see though that the Clarin's Hydraquench formulation has recently changed - what would you recommend as an alternative? I'm almost at the bottom of my pot and really need something that thick and relieving to deal with cold, harsh air outside and nasty air conditioning inside with added steam - not a pleasant mixture!

    Thank you for the constant stream of advice & suggestions!

    Fiona

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    1. Hi Fiona,

      It has changed - which is really annoying isn't it?!

      You could try a number of things - Hydraluron underneath a good moisturiser - anything that says hydrating or nourishing - Decleor make lovely moisturisers - as do Darphin

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    2. Hi Fiona
      Just my 2p worth here :-) Naturally Caroline doesn't need anybody backing her up but I can definitely recommend Decleor's Hydra Floral as well. It's their bestselling moisturiser and really does the business in weather like this. I've been using it for over 10 years (naturally I use others too but always return to this like a Homing Pigeon). Google it and read the reviews, I'm sure they'll give you bit more confidence if you need. If you have a HoF near you then see if you can test a bit from the Decleor counter.

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  26. Great post! So glad I found your blog! Have been religiously following your recommendations and my skin is glowing these days! People ask me if I am pregnant! Lol!
    The only area that is bugging me are the open pores and blackheads on my nose. Nothing helps! What are your thoughts on this? Your loyal fan from Singapore!

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    1. Not that much you can do - try a clay mask on the area a couple of times a week followed by a hydrating one. Keep it clean and clear and make sure you cleanse properly.

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  27. Hi Caroline, what do you think of Environ and Nimue skincare? Thanks a lot. Anne

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    1. I like some Environ - toners etc - I don't use a lot of their moisturisers as they use mineral oil throughout the range.

      Nimue I think I used something of it in the past but can't really remember - my main beef is that they - as with a lot of brands - don't list their ingredients so I can't even check it over. :(

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  28. Ha ha - LOVE this, particularly the advice on LG (seriously - people use it as a toner?! I can hardly bring myself to use it 2x a week!). I do use micellars but only as a first step in a triple cleanse (i.e. surface removal of makeup, followed by cleansing oil or balm x 2) - and only when I wear makeup. Hope this doesn't put me on the naughty step!

    P.S - do you have any thoughts on the Gamilla Secret range?

    Off to read your Clinic now!

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    1. Gamila Soap is brilliant for eczema/psoriasis - my eldest loves it.

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  29. Love you, end of! :0)

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  30. Hi Caroline,

    Liquid gold website suggests the product to be used every other night, and you are saying one or twice is fine (per week) so does that mean you think it is too strong to be used every other night?

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    1. I wouldn't use it that often but they do indeed recommend it to be used that way. Trial and error?

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  31. Great post! I had been following Alpha H's adivce and using the Liquid Gold every other night, but I will be sure to cut back from now on. That Emma Hardie balm is winging its way to me in the post this week thanks to your advice, I can't wait to try it.

    Also, the tags on this post made me giggle :)

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  32. Hello Caroline,

    It's my first comment on your blog, but I wanted to say: THANK YOU !!!!! You changed my vision of skincare and my skin is looking so much better now !
    Doing the clinic must be really time-consuming for you, but just so you know I read every single answer of every clinic ! This way, I don't have to ask questions myself (I always miss clinic time anyway !)
    So thank you again for all your work, I really really apreciate it.

    X

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    1. Ah thank you for taking the time to say so. :)

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  33. Love your bluntness, it just rocks. By the way I know this isn't an "add-on clinic" but I just have to ask (because I missed Monday's one) what do you think of Krill oil? Heard it was better than fish oil and thought of you as soon as I read it - and been dying to ask you ever since :)

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    1. I can't use it as it is shellfish based. Ask London Makeup Girl - she loves it. http://www.londonmakeupgirl.com/

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  34. Ha! Love this post. C'mon people read the past clinics/posts!!

    I am however unsure as to how I identify a slightly acidic toner!?!? Have I missed previous suggestions?
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    1. It will be high in the ingredients and probably name it on the bottle. Lactic, Usnic, Glycolic, Salicylic etc

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  35. Is the baby oil the reason she always look like she's smelled something foul?

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  36. Hello, btw is there anyone here know where could I get P50 in USA?
    Many thanks, xoxo

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    1. Hi
      You can order from toska-spa(toskaspa.com)
      I have ordered from there.
      They have wonderful service.

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    2. Elite skincare.com ships in us for BR

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  37. Hello and thank u for the amazing info u provide to us skincare novices. I have two questions: everyone seems to be on a retinol/ retinoid nowadays. What is your opinion on the need for a nightly retinol regime? Also it seems that reading thru your previous blogs- u ain't a fan of scrubs/physical exfoliation. I am 38 and am wondering if I should use scrubs or not. Thank u for your time and dedication - from Vancouver, Canada.

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    1. I like to use vitamin A based products regularly but as part of a night cream - as opposed to a specific treatment etc
      I like really gentle exfoliants sometimes - like OSKIA balm - I'm not a fan of big bits in exfoliants etc like apricot kernels etc..

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  38. Where did my comment/question go?

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    1. Hi Anonymous, I don't know - because you're anonymous! :)

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  39. Dry wit. The best. I'm an avid reader of your blog, and my skin has benefitted tremendously through following your advice - thank you! I know this isn't the place, but hoped that you might take pity on me and be able to suggest an alternative to Clarin's Hydraquench, I'm just about at the bottom of a jar and know that the formula has changed with more silicon, whilst at the moment it's okay I fancy a change - I need something heavy duty that can deal with cold, biting North Sea wind and horrid steam heating through an archaic AC system.....
    Thank you!

    Fiona

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  40. Caroline, I know you are anti foaming cleanser to say the least, but I do think they have their place. My dermatologist is one of the top derms I the country;six month waiting list etc. so highly thought of is she that I once saw Penelope Cruz there. I digress . She has prescribed a simple and very effective regime for my mature (50 years) combination that includes a foaming cleanser, namely Skinceuticals Simply Clean. This is in addition to their Serum 10 which is an antioxidant plus two Neostata glycolic creams. I have had excellent results, my pores look small, I have fewer blackheads , improved pigmentation etc. the cleanser doesn't leave my skin tight or irritated, it removes foundation well although I use an eye make remover for mascara. I think people with mature skins often use cleansers and creams that are way too occlusive resulting in breakouts and blocked pores, when something with salycilic acid would sweep the pores clean and help reduce fine lines instead .
    Very best, sue

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    1. Hi Sue!

      I had a look - I like SkinCeuticals - and although the second inci is SLS - my bugbear - they do throw a whopping amount of glycerin into the mix which would somewhat counteract the effects of the SLS. Also - fruit acids are always a go for me - so can see why your derm would recommend - although I'm glad you use a different eye MU remover! :)

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  41. Dear caroline, will you please review perricone's 15% vit c ester. It made my skin look like porcelain first day, second day broke me out into red, deep lumps. Would like to try again- not without your concent though!

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    1. It's probably just too strong for your skin - try using it 1 x a week - then up it to 2 x a week etc..

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  42. Hi Caroline, Im new to your blog, so apologies for probably asking the same qestions as everyone else. But my skin needs help!! Ive combination skin with breakouts, I have always suffered from bad skin and recently it has got worse, beause I sadly started using Netrogena face wash, which just ruined it. Its now also on the sensitive side. Im back now using La Roche posay toilerane foaming cleanser, which Im now horrified to know that foaming isnt good, and toilerane moisturiser. You seem to love Emma Hardie, would it be suitable for my skin type. Or Liz Earle? The idea of LG also scares me, as my skin is sensitive, would it help? Can you also recommend a moisturiser?? I pretty much need advice on a new skin care routinue please. Oh and Im 24 if that makes a difference. I previously have taken numereous antibiotics in my teens to deal wtih my skin, but I would prefer to avoid this step and just make worthwhile changes to my skin care. Thank you!x

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    1. Hi Anon, if you really feel like you can't stray from toleriane (I couldn't for about 3 years) then the dermo cleanser is very good and very gentle. I would think it's a much better option than the foaming version. I believe it says it's for dry skin but honestly you want something really gentle and non-drying with breakouts and sensitive skin. Use it with a muslin cloth or a flannel if your skin can handle it (mine could only cope with a muslin for a while but much, much better now!) x (Caroline obviously feel free to not publish this or disagree!!! X)

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    2. Thanks Anon. Its not getting any better so I think its time to change!! Im scared, Very scared!!

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    3. Hi Anon,

      Its really hard - especially at your age. I would start with baby steps.

      Take care of your cleanser and your moisturiser. Cleanser - anon is correct - you can use any kind of gentle milk or balm - if money is an issue stick to brands available in Boots and buy for a sensitised skin. Moisturiser-wise - try Avene for a little while till your skin calms down.

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    4. Avene moisturisers are full with mineral oil. I've used them for years till I started reading your blog and your opinion about mineral oils, Caroline. I could never understand why using Avene moisturiser my skin was so oily. My poor skin it was so dehydrated. The same for the La Roche Posay creams.

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  43. Hi anon, just so you will know caroline is not a fan of the Liz earle, there is an older post about it. She often recommends Emma hardie and ren. Sorry caroline for not minding my business. I ve read all the posts, so it stars to sink in. Xo

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    1. No worries! :) C&P is on my hate hitlist tis true. :)

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  44. Oh caroline, one last question pls, queen of Hungary mist or sjal toner, which? Love!

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    1. Different things - Queen of Hungary better if you are combination - sjal better if you are older or drier/dehydrated

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  45. Love you Caroline! What cleanser with P50 is best to use? Can I use liquid gold with p50?

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    1. Yes - use P50 in the am and LG in the PM :)

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  46. I tried finding out the percentage of glycolic acid in Liquid Gold,and most sources stated it was only 5%,is that right? If so,that is definitely not the strongest percentage you can get without a rx(MD Formulation does a 15 %,I think, glycolic acid serum,f.ex). I've wanted to try the Liquid Gold,but for only a 5 % strength,I think I will pass... Unless you can tell me otherwise! :D

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    1. Hi Nadia,

      I think it depends what you want to use it for. If you are using something like Natura Bisse peels for example - then you would only use them once a week if that - for something like LG they recommend usage 3 x a week.

      Sorry for my hyperbole - I tend to say things like 'the strongest on the market' to make a point - when 'really strong' would suffice ;)

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    2. Thank you for replying! Liquid Gold is very popular at the moment in the beauty world(much thanks to you,I would imagine!),and I was eager to try it. I use the MD Formulations serum(the continuous renewal one),and it really does the trick for me. For the past month I've been doing the MD Formulations Peel(I think that's what it's called in English),and it's helped a little with my acne hyperpigmentation and helped tone down my acne(which after 7 years of this "hell" is a bloody miracle).

      Oh,well,I wasn't here to write you a short story,hah! I am,along with others,happy to have you "here",on the internet. Thanks to you(and a Norwegian version of you! Though,I do prefer you *ass-kissing*) I've become very interested in skincare and become attentive to what the companies put into their products. (*sigh* another short story...This will become a novel one day).

      So,thanks!

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  47. No foaming cleansers :( This broke my heart as my favorite cleanser is the Dermologica Clearing Skin Wash (I won't get you started on the brand ;) ) These are the ingredients...what do you think still a no?!
    Water (Aqua), Sodium C14-16 Olefin Sulfonate, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, PEG-3 Glyceryl Cocoate, Sodium Lauroyl Oat Amino Acids, Melissa Officinalis Leaf Extract, Quillaja Saponaria Bark Extract, Echinacea Purpurea Extract, Arnica Montana Flower Extract, Citrus Aurantium Bergamia (Bergamot) Fruit Extract, Arctium Majus Root Extract, Calendula Officinalis Flower Extract, Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract, Eucalyptus Globulus Leaf Extract, Taraxasum Officinale (Dandelion) Rhyizome/Root Extract, Hydrastis Canadensis (Golden Seal) Extract, Glycyrrhiza Glabra (Licorice) Root Extract, Citrus Medica Limonum (Lemon) Peel Extract, Silybum Marianum Fruit Extract, Melaleuca Alternifolia (Tea Tree) Leaf Oil, Sodium PCA, Lactic Acid, Camphor, Menthol, Butylene Glycol, PEG-150 Pentaerythrityl Tetrastearate, PEG-6 Caprylic/Capric Glycerides, Tetrasodium EDTA, Phenoxyethanol, Caprylyl Glycol, Chlorphenesin, Diammonium Copper EDTA.

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  49. Hello! can you explain why clarisonic is bad?
    thanks :)

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  50. Hello there.am not sure if this helps anyone.
    I have acne for several yeard and gave stopped taking medication a year ago upon advice from my GP.
    Last year my skin was sooo dry and patchy nd bumbs everywhere.i could see that people took a step back when they saw me.i was something out of a horror movie.
    A fee months ago i started using pure Argan oil and nothing elsr.at the beginning i needed to use more than a drop as my skin was so dry.now i only use a tiny amount and although i still have thr occassional breakouts,my skin feels and looks much better.u

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  51. I have very sensitive skin and could never understand why my skin reacted so badly when i used baby oil, or baby wipes, in fact I have to seer clear of anything from J&J. It makes my skin hurt like hell! Imagine what it must be like for the poor baby!

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  52. I have very sensitive skin and could never understand why my skin reacted so badly when i used baby oil, or baby wipes, in fact I have to seer clear of anything from J&J. It makes my skin hurt like hell! Imagine what it must be like for the poor baby!

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  53. I have very sensitive skin and could never understand why my skin reacted so badly when i used baby oil, or wipes, or in fact anything from J&J, it makes my skin and eyes hurt like hell! Imagine what it must be like for a poor baby!

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