Friday, 10 January 2014

Beauty Myths No.5 - if you have oily skin you don't need to moisturise

I beg to differ.

The biggest mistake people with oily/combination skin make is to try and 'strip' the skin during the cleansing stage - to the point where it squeaks (faints) - and then not apply anything else on top and just go.

Your face is not a shampoo advert. You cannot just 'wash'n'go'.

For the more lubricated of us:
  1. Cleanse your face with a good non-foaming cleanser (oil/balm/gel - no mineral oil and no fairy liquid).
  2. Exfoliate with an acidic toner.
  3. Spray hydrate.
  4. Apply a light water-based serum to target specific skin conditions (ageing, pigmentation, scarring/dehydration etc) if that is a concern.
  5. Apply either a moisturiser (am) or a facial oil (pm) designed for your skin type.
Use serums to treat your skin condition.
Use moisturisers/facial oils to treat your skin type.

Washing your face and going out with nothing on it is akin to leaving the house butt-naked. 
Frankly, you should be arrested on sight.


Coming up: the difference between skin conditions and skin types.


80 comments:

  1. Whats the best way to get rid of blackheads and pores on the nose? Please help!! Xx

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    1. P50 has made my blackheads disappear!

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  2. Hi Caroline,

    I am 19 and have had acne since 11, I was put on roaccutane which cleared it but now 3 years on its back, milder and not cystic but back. It is genetically hormonal caused I'm sure, but this is what I've been using, is any of it the wrong thing to be doing:

    AM -
    REN Centifolia Cleansing Gel with Foreo Luna Mini
    REN Clarifying toner
    Hydraluron
    Korres Pomegrante Cream Gel

    PM -
    Balmology Neroli cleanse
    Pixi Glow Tonic
    Pure 100% Cold-pressed Jojoba oil.

    Any words of wisdom would be gratefully appreciated!

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    1. I simply cannot get rid of congestion, uneven texture, blocked pores and subsequent white heads.

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    3. What are your views on HealGel, Cane and Austin Ance Treatment pads (I was recommended those as apposed to Zelens) but haven't purchased either.

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    4. I used to have really bad acne and it has now all cleared up thanks to the treatment from here - http://www.acne.org

      It's hardcore stuff with some nasty side affects but boy does it work for me.

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    5. Your skincare looks pretty good - maybe it could be something you are eating/not drinking enough water? Perhaps try some skin supplements I love Viridian Clear Skin Complex that has helped me!

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    6. Thank you both for your suggestions. I'm tentative to use anything harsh as I was put on such a harsh treatment in the past. I'm thinking. I might be allergic to cows milk and that is what is causing them so I'm going to try dairy free and see of that helps. I do take omega 3 everyday but thank you for your advice.

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    7. After an appointment with Caroline I stopped eating diary and limited alcohol, I honestly noticed the difference within a week! This is after years of prescribed drugs that were to harsh for me or just didn't work. Good luck!

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    8. Hi,
      I suffered with a similar situation to yours. I was put on 3 courses of Accutane because the each time the effects wore off after 2/3 years. I have tried pretty much every prescription cream and gel there is and am totally skin care obsessed.
      And then I came across this book "it's Your Hormones" By Geoffrey Redmond.
      Basically, some people have hormonally sensitive skin. This means that although your hormones may be well within the normal range, your skin just becomes hysterical at every slight hormonal surge or dip.
      You can just google this guy, no need to buy the book, as quite a bit is already online.
      It changed my life.
      Good Luck!
      Lou.

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    9. Have you thought about cutting out the jojoba oil and Hydraluron? Hydraluron contains a red algae which can trigger serious acne for some (but not all) and rated highly in studies on its comedogenicity. I used to use jojoba oil and Hydraluron and the clogged pores were non-stop, on top of horrific acne. Try cutting those out for 2-3 weeks and see what happens. Good luck!

      Tess

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  3. For years I had oily skin and tried to strip it. It was only in the past few years that I learned about feeding oily skin. Good post Mrs H :)

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  4. Hi Caroline,

    I am 19 and have had acne since 11, I was put on roaccutane which cleared it but now 3 years on its back, milder and not cystic but back. It is genetically hormonal caused I'm sure, but this is what I've been using, is any of it the wrong thing to be doing:

    AM -
    REN Centifolia Cleansing Gel with Foreo Luna Mini
    REN Clarifying toner
    Hydraluron
    Korres Pomegrante Cream Gel

    PM -
    Balmology Neroli cleanse
    Pixi Glow Tonic
    Pure 100% Cold-pressed Jojoba oil.

    I simply cannot get rid of uneven texture and tone, blocked pores and subsequent white heads (I'm not bitter...)
    Any words of wisdom would be gratefully appreciated!

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  5. that's a great post and coming at a point where my combination skin feels dry...I use moisturizer and sunscreen in the morning and rosehip oil and moisturizer (the same) at night. I use a balm cleanser and I either use a moisturizing toner or a acid toner...on the lookout for a moisturizing mask as well.
    Anna

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  6. Great post!! xx

    www.lollylovesx.com

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  7. Would you still reccomend using a moisteriser after oil for oily skin? Or just using an oil as a moisteriser? Thanks!

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  8. Would you still reccomend using a moisteriser after oil for oily skin, or just using oil as a moisteriser?

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  9. Totally agree. For years i had oily skin and was afraid of putting any moisture onto it, its only been the past year that i have learnt how to take care of my oily skin, to the point where i now have normal skin!! All thanks to a little You Tube video i saw with Pixiwoo and Caroline. Excellent! x

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  10. Could you recommend some good water-based serums for pigmentation, scarring and dehydration? Thanks!

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    1. Try estee lauder advanced night repair. Although I'm not sure whether it's water based or not.
      But it helped me with my pigmentation, scarring and dehydration.

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    2. Hello! I recommend you use Petunia Skincare's Vitamin C Serum. Already tried it and in two weeks got positive results. Very good for all skin types, paraben-free.

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  11. Great post! Can't wait the next one!

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  12. This is so true. I have oily skin and I always use balms and oils. Its only oily makeup products I try and avoid.
    Great post again Caroline!

    Sarah x

    www.sarahlouhines@blogspot.co.uk

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  13. Caroline, could you recommend products? I never know which products are good and what to go for.

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  14. This was really helpful. Although I was not a sinner before, i do have oily combination skin BUT i also moisturise! Just a question incase i missed that blogpost or announcement. Have you chosen the winners for the christmas giveaways yet? And as always, thank you! x

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  15. Really great post! I have oily/combination still that somehow still feel dehydrated. And though I have never subscribed to the "don't put moisturizer on your face if you have oily skin" rule, I could never manage to find the right moisturizer, one that hydrates my skin without leaving it to shiny. Applying a light serum to target the dehydration and a moisturizer that's right for my skin type after that makes so much sense! I was always afraid of putting too much stuff on my face, but I will definitely try the serum+moisturizer combo. And I would really appreciate a post about facial oils that aren't prone to break you out. I tried the Kiehl's Midnight Recovery a few nights ago and it didn't go so well...

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  16. I have blemish prone skin, and I try to go without make up as much as possible when at home.
    The sun seems to make my skin perfect, so my blemishes are obv down to how oily my skin is!
    whats the perfect foundation for oily skin?

    www.chlotalks.blogspot.com

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  17. I've struggled to find a decent acidic toner since P50 went without phenol. Pixi, Aveda and Clarins just don't do it for me. Sigh.

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  18. I know you don't love dermalogica...but what is your opinion on their ultra calming cleanser? Got a sample and it seems lovely and gel like, not drying etc.

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  19. Hi Caroline,
    I was wondering what facial oil you would recommend for combination acne prone skin?
    Thanks.

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  20. Great post. I just need to find the perfect serum for my clogged pores now. But my question, you promote the acidic toners but most others suggest you shouldn't over exfoliate, especially with younger skin... So many conflicting opinions!!

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  21. Great post. I just need to find the perfect serum for my clogged pores now. But my question, you promote the acidic toners but most others suggest you shouldn't over exfoliate, especially with younger skin... So many conflicting opinions!!

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  22. Hey Caroline!
    What serum would you suggest for acne scarred skin and blocked pores? Preferably on the less expensive side if that's possible as I'm a student!
    Love your blog btw! Have told all my friends about it too!
    :)

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  23. Also I use balance me radiance oil every night (especially since its winter) and I have combination skin that's prone to breakouts and blocked pores, is that ok?

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  24. Most moisturizers I've used/tried leave me looking greasy for a most of the day! I have combination skin with some redness in my skin. I also have blackheads on my chin & nose. What moisturizer would you recommend? Thank you x

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    1. Try nuxe aroma perfection it hydrates my oily skin while keeping it matte and soft.
      Highly recommend.

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  25. Hi Caroline! I was wondering which products you would recommend for the "spray hydrate" step. Thanks. XX

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  26. To think that I used to believe in this myth still baffles me. I used rinse my face with the worst foaming cleanser ever and then just not put on any moisturiser. I do have combination skin, and not oily, but still... Thankfully I know better now and oils and balms are my best friends.

    Cheers,
    FINURLIGHETER

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  27. I agree! I went through a stage of attacking my skin with everything I could to strip it in my teens, which I thought was the right thing to do. I was quite spotty and actually it just made it worse-I am still oily and acne prone at 26 but it's literally the odd spot here and there usually these days-provided I am looking after my skin. I saw a big change as soon as I realised that. Can you recommend any facial oils for oily skin? I do have a little bit of old acne scarring, which is fading but I'd like to help it along without causing any more spots. I read something about rosehip oil being good for scarring but I don't know what it's like for acne prone skin x

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  28. here here! ive always used moisturizer, even though I have combo skin and sometimes a mental oily t zone, my mother on the other hand, who has combo skin like mine (though of course older) didn't use moisturizer for years! she does now, but she can now see the difference, I told her so! :)

    x

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  29. Absolutely loved this Caroline and have sent it to many an oil prone friend! Have a great weekend. Rose xxx

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  30. Am I right in thinking that there is not much point in using moisturiser after face oil or oil based serum as water and oil don't mix? I learned to love my oily skin in my 40s as I am less wrinkly than my dry/normal friends :)

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  31. so true, when I was a teenager I used all the products aimed at oily skin and it was a disaster, my skin was oily and sore, now i've started using more gentle products and cleansing balms my skin is much happier and clearer xx

    yespleasebeauty.blogspot.co.uk

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  32. Hi Caroline! Thank you for this useful post. I was just wondering, you mention oil/gel/balm but what about cleansing milk? Do you think that it's a good idea to use a cleasing milk if my skin is oily/combination and acne prone? I'm currently using the Clinque TTDO balm (that I loooove) but I just want to try something else when I'm done with it.

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  33. Hi caroline..EH bam..una brennan rose cream wash...claring exfoliating toner...hydraluron or lancome gentifique..carins extra firming day or night moisturiser ..bobbi brown eye cream am...eyeslix pm...what'd yer think girl xxlolxx

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  34. So Ms Hiron..EH balm..Una Brennan rose cream wash..clarins exfo toner..hydroluron or lancome gentifique...clarins extra firming day or night moisturiser depending...bobbi brown eye cream am eyeslix pm....well Hun what'd you think? xxlol

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  35. Is using an oil + serum + moisturizer every night overkill? I'm 21, and most nights I layer them in that order. Thanks for your help Caroline :)

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    1. You need to layer lightest to heaviest texture. Most serums can't be absorbed once you put the oil on your skin. I would do serum first, then moisturiser/oil to lock it in.

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  36. i just wanted to say i absolutely adore your style of writing! always very informative and succinct and oh so witty!

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  37. You're so right. I have skin with a personality disorder - eczema and acne on the same face. For years my mother berated me for poor hygiene (she's old school) when in truth I was scrubbing my face off. In the end I gave up, stopped using anything at all, and actually saw an improvement. I now realise this is because I'd been working against my skin instead of with it, and going to the other extreme was wrong, but allowed my skin to find a bit of balance. I'm still struggling to get rid of that last bit of acne, and then I want to start trying to treat the years of scarring on my chin. I've been reading back through your blog since discovering it, and it has really helped me identify where I can make improvements to my regime. I'd be very interested in your recommendations (as with posters above) for serums suitable for acnaic skin. I'm so pathetically grateful for the masses of advice I've already gleaned from the blog - you're a hoot and a half!

    Frankie

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  38. I'm really sorry if I sound like the dumbest person in the world but here goes... Is Day Cream (and Night Cream for that matter) just the same as moisturiser or should I use both? I'm 25. Never had teenage spots but have occasional breakouts when run-down or stressed (wedding in 2 months - face hates me!) Think I'm pretty much combination skin that's prone to blackheads/enlarged pores and weird redness around the nostrils...
    Thank you for saving my skin!

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  39. I so glad your making a post about this! I´ve been trying to tell my friends about this but they won´t listen!
    I found that my skin got less oily in the t-zone throughout the day when I started using an oil at night and a more hydrating moisturizer during the day.

    Your tips has really improved my skin! My favorite now is using products with AHAs. Makes my skin feel amazing and does not irritate it at all. I haven´t used a grainy exfoliant in almost a year now :)

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  40. Just wanted to drop a note and say thank you! I've never really had issues with my skin besides the occasional breakout, but this past summer my face exploded. I tried a bunch of products that just didn't work, then at the end of November I came across you, Caroline, and this wonderful blog. You and the commenters have helped me out so much and my skin has never looked better. So, thank you thank you thank you!

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  41. I love your sass, it is positively the highlight of my blog reading adventures!

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  42. Thank you for another thoughtful post. I appreciate your wisdom, and I look forward to the next post.

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  43. You are a true wise advisor. I do each of these. As a combination skin person, my skin has never looked better. You are a gifted skin scientist.

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  44. Thank you so much, this is so helpful!

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  45. Great post, thanks Caroline.
    Looking forward to the one about conditions vs types of skin.

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  46. A message from my skin: Thank you.

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  47. Thank you for sharing your brain with us, it's rather fabulous :-) I have oily/combo skin and I'm switching up my routine. I'm 34 and I need to treat those fine lines, wrinkles and uneven skin tone, especially the dark patches that have stayed with me since my pregnancies. It would be great if you could give me a few yes or no pointers on my routine to see if I'm going wrong.

    Pre cleanse (micellear water atm, looking at una Brennan's pre cleanse oil)
    Through cleanse with gel wash
    Exfoliate with toner (currently using l'oreal mature skin toner)
    Toner again with botanics rose spray
    Eye cream (Olay 7 signs)
    Moisturise with Olay 7 signs of aging

    Pm
    Pre cleanse
    Cleanse (if I want to use an exfoliant scrub or clay mask I add this now instead of the cleanse gel
    Toner with l'oreal mature skin
    tone with botanics spray
    Eye cream (Olay 7 signs)
    Serum (Olay regenurist)
    Hydraluron
    Night cream (Olay 7 signs)

    I do have an oily t zone, large pores. Trying to treat blackheads and block pores. Am I over loading my skin?

    I like the Hydraluron as I feel the more I pack my skin with Moisturiser the better. I like serums as they go lower than regular moisturiser. I would like to try a oil at night but not sure what to take out and swap it with.

    I'm on a budget, £15 tops per product would stretch to £20 if it was a must. I'd love to try some new toners and cleansing gels and balms. I like Boots, collect those points and go crazy when you save them up.

    I know you're busy and appreciate the time you use to share with us :-)

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  48. I'm feel awful for bombarding you but i need advise on my sons skin. He's 11 and gorgeous peaches and cream skin with the exception of his nose and chin and some areas on his forehead. He's oily in those places but not overly. He has some blackheads and small pimples under the skin. I have absolutely no idea what to use on his skin, i want to promote a skin routine now with him of cleansing and moisturizing. What do you think to boots botanics range for him?

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  49. Very useful post. I feel like there is so much mis-information out there for people with oily skin.
    Thanks to you I've switched to a cleansing milk instead of a foaming gel for washing my face.

    I would love to hear some more affordable (£10-25) options for moisturizers for oily/combination skin. I've searched your posts but many are out of my price range.
    Love your blog dear!

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  50. Completely agree with this (um, obviously, because you are the skin care queen). :)

    I cringe when I think back to when I tried to dry out my oily skin. When I was a teen, my skin was SUPER oily but COMPLETELY flaky because it was so dried out from the Clearasil and oil control lotion I used on it. And I still broke out horribly. It was awful. I'm so glad I found your blog, because I've completely turned around my skin with your product suggestions!

    p.s. I bought myself some P50 and it's freaking amazing.

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  51. I've been doing this for weeks and noticing such a difference! My problem is under the skin spots, had them for months and won't go away! Any help you could give? Please this is really bringing me down!

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  52. Very interesting post here, Caroline. It is true that oily or even combination skin can be really tricky especially if it is also sensitive like mine but with the right diet and carefully selected skin care products it can be balanced and glowing.

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  53. Hi Caroline! I'm trying to switch over my skincare to a Hirons-approved regimine with mixed results. My 30 yo fair, thin and spotty face was diagnosed with rosacea by one derm and acne by another. Super helpful. I started using Glytone Self Foaming Cleaner (acne diagnosing derm prescribed it) and it did really help. But I can't help by get nervous about the SLS/foaming nature. So here is where I'm at, but still breaking out. Any ideas? Is the washcloth not helping?

    Clinique TTDO balm
    Sunday Riley Ceramic Slip
    Pixi Glow Tonic (waiting for shipment to USA!)
    Kate Somerville OIl Free Moisturizer ( I think this is breaking me out?)
    Elta MD 40 Sunscreen

    Thanks in advance! Visit us girls in the States!
    Jackie

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  54. Hi Caroline I would very much appreciate your expert advice. My 16 year old son has just completed a 9 month course of Roaccutane. I was very reluctant to have him take this medication as I had done plenty of research and knew the side effects but it was most definitely a last resort as we had tried a serious amount of products and spent a small fortune. During the treatment he used La Roche Posay products, Effaclar H deep cleansing foam which he stopped using as it made his face quite sore and Cicaplast repairing balm to cope with the very drying effects of the medication. He actually uses my Una Brennan cleansing oil at the moment, is that ok? and could you recommend a moisturiser preferably with an SPF. I use Avene Hydrance and was thinking of buying this for him. Thanks for taking the time to read this, any advice would be greatly appreciated as I would dearly hope not to have to resort to drugs again.

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  55. I have been following your blog for a long time and I have a question about a topic that I really haven't found here before. My name is Joséphine, I'm 19 years old and I'm from Germany. Since I was 16 I am working with the subject of skin care and would assert of me that in this regard I really acquired me a lot of knowledge. I spend a lot of money for good cosmetics with good ingredients and always think about how to take care of my skin in the right way and try to make the best out of my skin. The reason why I even started to grapple with this issue is because of skin picking. I have been suffering for over 3 years now and actually do have good skin. Sometimes I get blackheads but they are always very small and difficult to remove. Rarely pimples or irritation, but if so, then I usually know why. There are good phases where I do not hurt my skin and there are very bad phases in whitch it is violated and inflamed. Sometimes I can control my hands. Sometimes not. I often don't know what even would help me and I really have been through hell. My face was partially so bad that I can not describe it. And out of this whole thing are caused consequences that are extremely painful. That's why I write to you in hope you can help me. That would mean a lot to me.

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  56. Hi Caroline,

    Thanks for the post. I have oily but dehydrated skin. I have a few questions:

    1. Is alcohol in hydrating mist a bad thing, if so can you please recommend one without alcohol? I have been looking everywhere (and La Roche Posay Serozinc in not available here in Aus)

    2. I react badly to glycolic acid, even the mildest one. And I do not use a toner (but I use a hydrating toner), what do you think?

    Would love to hear from you soon, thank you Caroline.

    x

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    1. Lancome tonique douceur for combination skin is hydrating for my oily skin

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  57. Thanks for the post Caroline!!Can you please please recommend a good serum specifically for fading reddish purplish spot scars, all on my chin and cheeks, I am an ex squeezer, sorry! I have been religiously using pepta bright for about two months but not quite doing the job :-( your blog has saved my skin bar this one annoying problem i just cant shift at all. Thanks xxxx

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  58. The best products I have found is the Murad range. http://superskincare.org. I use these on myself and my clients and they are wonderful. I have tried all the high end products and all the drug store ones and these products are the best by far. My skin is a little oily still but at least I am not mopping my face throughout the day. It just tends to get oily overnight.

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  59. Thank you so much for this.
    It would be great if you would do a post on dealing with redness around the mouth or nose. We'd love to hear your thoughts on this

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  60. Hello,

    can you please recommend a cleanser for combination skin?

    Thanks=)

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  61. Hi there! This is a good article since I have an oily skin. What is the best serum you can recommend to me? Thanks!

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