Wednesday, 16 July 2014

The Clinic IS CLOSED

Hi All!

The Clinic is CLOSED.  THANKS EVERYONE. SEE YOU NEXT WEEK.

Just a reminder:
  • Questions will be held back and chosen specifically to reply to.
  • Please don't send the same question relentlessly. Bad form. Just one please!
  • Please try not to post a thesis. Yes, it helps to have a full picture but please, no thesis. ;)
  • I won't publish any questions that I do not answer. (But I will be doing the Clinic regularly so please do try again)
  • I will be sat in front of my computer until the job is done!
Look forward to speaking to you! Excited!

125 comments:

  1. Hi Caroline!

    I`m 30 years old.I think I have combination skin(oily t-zone,blackheads, outside of face is like normal, never had acne, few spots in pms and thats it) and dehydrated.
    I did nothing to my face before,and than I saw you on Pixiwoo and started following your routines. This is how I do it:
    AM: Alpha-H Balansing Cleanser, Pixi Glow Tonic(sometimes First Aid Radiance Pads), than Ole Henricksen African Red Tea Mist or Melvita plumping
    radiance duo, Ole Henriksen Truth Serum Collagen Boosterand Ole H. Truth creme advanced hydration.
    PM: Emma Hardie Moringa Cleanser(if I have makw up,I cleane with make up remover first(mineral oil free!), Pixi Glow Tonic,
    Ole H. Red Tea Mist, Ole H. African Red Tea See The Diference Serum(Sometimes Caudalie polyphenol c15 serum), Ole H. express the truth creme.
    Alpha-H Liquid Gold 2 times a week, nothing after it, once a week Aveda Clay Mask, and once Michael Todd Avocado and Mango hydrating mask.
    No suplements at the moment, I ordered Lamberts Fish oil and zync.
    I have 2 problems, I find that serums just sit on my face and with it cream as well.Except when I use Ole Henriksen serums and creams,
    than I find my face sweating big time after apllying. It is summer here now, but I find it happening even on cold days.

    Please help and thank you so much in advance! Boyanna

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    1. If products just 'sit' on your skin it's a sign of dehydration. Make sure you are exfoliating properly and I would use something after the Liquid Gold - if you are dehydrated it can worsen without following with moisture (In my opinion).
      I would use less product, on a more exfoliated face.
      So maybe invest in a gentle powder exfoliator and try that? A well exfoliated, non-dehydrated skin will absorb product. It will drink it up! :)

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    2. Ok, never herd of powder exfoliator(feeling ashamed). Any you can suggest to me and to be available on beauty bay, or feel unique? Thank you sooo much, I hope this doesn`t sound crazy but I LOVE YOU! <3 :* : :)

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    3. try Dermalogica or Alpha-h - they both make them.

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    4. Thank you, I will look for them :) Just one more question, would clarisonic couple of times a week help?

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    5. Soap and Glory have one too at around 10-15. I think they realised their retro-silly packaging was undermining the quality of their facial skincare and they've made it slicker. I know lots of people have their doubts but I'm on my 5th bottle of Peaches & Clean rinse off cleansing milk and I love using it, it's my second cleanse after EH and my morning cleanse. The new SPF 50 is lovely so far too...

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  2. I have been dealing with perioral dermatitis for the last five years. Flare ups come and go and in the past have always gone away with various prescription creams from the dermatologist. Then I got pregnant and waited till after I had given birth to do a topical cream and what do you know, not only is it not going away but turns out the creams they have been giving me (metrogel, locoid, elidel) are probably causing addictions and adding to the flare ups. With a course of putting virtually nothing on my face (because every product made it worse) and getting rid of all SLS products the perioral (around my mouth) portion is mostly at bay, but over the last few months the periocular (around my eye) area has developed dermatitis. I have found that zinc oxide helps and coconut oil doesn't help but also doesn't hurt (unlike almost every product). Anyway a week ago I went to the mountains and was in serious altitude. My face got incredibly dry. It was totally flaky but the dermatits was gone. I came back from altitude and for the first time in a long time washed my face with Avène cleanser (Avène products have been the only thing my face can sometimes handle). My face looked good for three days and is now back to it's flare up. So here are my questions:

    (1) What could I use to mimic that drying quality I got in altitude without damaging the fragile area around my eyes?

    (2) Do you have any suggestions for curing perioral dermatitis (my derm says I should do Accutane when I finish breastfeeding, but I'm trying to avoid this)?

    (3) Do you have any skincare product reco's that don't cause perioral dermatitis flare ups?

    (4) Are there any non-topical suggestions you have (supplements, diet etc) to help?

    Phew. That's a long one. THANK YOU!!!

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    1. Hi Anon,

      Really common. In answer to your first question, it's hard to say - were you getting a lot of sun?
      2, I wouldn't do accutane personally - especially with a young family - unless absolutely necessary. When did you have the baby? How long have you been feeding? Could all be factors. (Sorry so many questions!)
      3, Completely individual but essential oils are worth avoiding - too irritating on broken skin. I would use balms - especially as coconut doesn't hurt - you could be run down - i had it around the eye area at times during the children's younger years. Exhausted much? :)
      4. I upped the ante with omega oils and probiotics - you could try topical pre and probiotics also like Nude products?
      I'm sorry it's not a straight answer but PD is a royal pain in the arse! xx


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    3. I hate to butt in, as you asked Caroline for an answer, but I've struggled with POD for years so wanted to pass on what I've learned through trial and error. I truly believe POD is caused by ingredients; none of the drugs I've had prescribed over the years have worked in the long run, so I'd not go down the Accutane avenue personally. Check the Avene cleanser you mentioned--the Extremely Gentle one has SLS in it. I think SLS triggers POD at least on my skin. Even Cetaphil has SLS in. In addition to SLS, I've learned to avoid essential oils, silicones and anything with alcohol SD/denat in. Kiehl's Ultra Facial Moisturiser (the bottle original, not the cream) works when something has triggered it for me (I insist on trying new things despite experience!). Good luck, I hope you didn't mind me throwing in my two cents worth.

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    4. You could look into MooGoo's products - they have cured my seborrheic dermatitis. SLS and silicone free, pretty much essential oil free (depending on product) and alcohol free. Reasonable price and generous sizes too. Good luck - it's horrible to have skin issues, I know.

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  3. Hi Caroline
    I have read your entre website over the past 3 weeks and I don’t think you have answered this question in previous clinics so hopefully you can help me.
    I’m 29 with very fair (can’t buy pale enough foundation from MAC fair) Irish skin – freckles, tendency towards redness and rosacea and sensitivity. I have 3 issues
    1. I double cleanse with a cream cleanser (LRP Toleraine) and then a balm (Clinique TTDO). If I remove the cream with a flannel, dry, use the balm, remove with flannel and dry my face again my skin can feel a bit raw and prickly. I love the double cleanse and I like my products but it is the technique I need help with. The flannel and drying my face seems a bit much for my skin. I was thinking of moving back to muslin cloths or using one for removing the cream? Any tips or suggestions?
    2. Exfoliation – In the past Nip Fab pads and Origins never a dull moment left my skin incredibly rough over my cheeks and chin (like every pore was raised). I am not sure exactly what caused it but I linked it to times when I exfoliated. I use Dermalogica gentle cream exfoliant at the moment and its fine but not amazing. I was thinking of getting Pixi Glow Tonic or First Aid Beauty pads?
    3. Finally a nice soothing serum to help calm down my skin if it gets stressed. I have hironsulon and use it with LRP serums and I plan on getting Clarins Blue Orchid oil. I was thinking Clarins Skin Beauty Repair Concentrate?
    Even if you can’t answer my question I want to thank you for how much you have helped my skin!
    Ruth

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    1. 1. Why are you drying in between? That could damage your acid mantle if you're rough. (I'm not suggesting you are!) Use the balm on the wet skin that followed your LRP - OR - just use the Balm.
      2. Nip & Fab and Origins pads in particular are really rough - too harsh for me. You may be intolerant of glycolic in which case you need to try something like Zelens PHA Pads or REN Clarimatte toner. I find the FAB pads mild though.
      3. Definitely Clarins SBRC - and Neal's Yard Wild Rose Beauty Balm.
      xx

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    2. Thanks Caroline. I will definitely invest in the Ren & the Clarins serum. I used to blot my face dry between cleanses as I like using the balm on dry skin to get a bit more grip for massage. I will change it up a bit.
      Thanks so much for the advice! Ruth x

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    3. yes you need to stop that LOL!

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    4. Mind blown! I feel like such a wally, was drying in between too and using nip and fab as well! Also just started using the N&F deep cleansing cream and had a massive flare up! Misty be the glycolic! Queen Hirons, thank you x

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    5. I was drying in between too! I think I'd absorbed that message about applying cleanser to dry skin, didn't realise it's ok to be wet for second stage. Thank you for the question Ruth and thank you Caroline for the answer!

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  4. Hi Caroline! Hope you’re having a great summer.

    I have sensitive combination skin (dry/oily with hormonal acne on the law line, cheeks and round my lips)

    I would really appreciate some help with:
    An exfoliating toner for the summer now that I spend some time in the sun. ( I usually use pixie glow tonic but unsure if it’s safe now?)
    A good cleanser for my second cleanse. (Love the Anthony Logistics Glycolic but unsure if it’s safe for the summer. REN Clear calm breaks me out for some reason )’: )

    And if you have time
    An affordable serum or oil that could work for my skin type.

    Thank you so much for taking the time to answer our questions!
    xx/Frida

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    1. Hi Frida!

      There is no need to change your current routine if you use SPF. Glycolic can make you sun sensitive but not so much that SPF doesn't protect it. I would keep using those products - they are good products.
      Try Ole Henriksen Truth Serum. Lush!

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    2. Thank you!
      One problem.. I'm very sensitive to chemical spf and cant seam to find one that is just physical. for daytime I use mineral foundation = physical spf but for my bare face I cant find anything good..

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    3. Try SkinCeuticals SPF - and google mineral SPF - there are loads! :)

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    4. Hi Frida,
      Sorry to jump in, but I do believe Paula's Choice do a couple of physical only SPF. Not sure how good they are or anything though :)

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    5. i know a lot of people like kimberly sayer's ultra light organic facial moisturiser. it's all natural, only physical spf, fairly cheap and doesn't leave that white look you can sometimes get from physical spf. i know it can be pretty hard to find non-chemical spf so i just wanted to help out :)

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  5. Recently discovered your blog & have given my skin routine a major overhaul. I have dehydrated oily skin & it's really improved. My qs is about my eyes. They're extremely sensitive. Most eye makeup removers irritate them & if they don't initially they will after a while, I've stopped using them altogether now as I use take the day off balm. I've tried lots of eye creams: Clinique, benefit & recently eyesilix. All leave my eyelids with a stinging sensation, watery eyes & redness. Recently had my makeup applied at a Clinique counter the mascara after an hour felt like it was burning my eyelids, they were left red & swollen. I generally use maybelline or benefit mascara with no problems. Tbs aloe gel seems to help with the redness when it occurs but I can't keep using it as it also stings and makes my eyes water. What I would love is a nice cooling gel or cream that does not sting or make my eyes water, so would love some suggestions

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    1. Hi Emily,

      I'm so sorry but unless you know what you are allergic to it is impossible to gauge what would be suitable.Mascara is a good place to start. Can you compare the mascaras that you know irritate with the ingredients of the benefit and maybelline ones?
      To save you money (and pain) I would try and sample as many as possible - and you may find that silicone based products are less irritating. try something like Estee Lauder Advanced night repair, or Zelens Triple Action - or Sunday Riley Start Over. If you can't get a sample from a sales person apply the product to your eye on counter. That's what the testers are there for. Use them! Sorry can't be more definite.

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  6. Hi Caroline,
    I am an otherwise normal woman despite the horrible case of adult acne plaguing my chin/jawline/mouth area. I am very healthy (diet, supplements, exercise) and take the utmost care with my skin, but the spots won’t leave me alone!!! I have tried following your general acne advice, but my skin rebels against acids (it hated P50 and FAB facial radiance pads among others) and is so greasy that I can’t use cleansing balms without pissing it off either. Any product recommendations or sage words of advice would be a godsend!! Thank you!

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    1. SO annoying. How old are you Jennica?

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    2. You may be intolerant of glycolic which is not uncommon. Try Zelens PHA Pads or REN Clarimatte toner. I'd keep at the balm cleansers - just make sure you are removing properly! xx

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  7. Thank u for this, my q is: I use Emma Hardie balm in the eve but want a wash off cleanser mild enough for daily use for the mornings (sls free). Dry cheeks, slightly oily T-Zone. Most I've tried dry my skin out too much!!

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    1. There are lots in that area that are affordable and not drying. Clarins Extra Comfort (the new version), Body Shop Pomegranate or Aloe Calming?

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  8. Caroline!! I'm probably too late but I think I may have an infection on one part of my chin because there's been a cluster of spots there, they're starting to heal but I keep getting spots in the same place. I'm eating totally clean now so there's no reason really! Thanks :) x

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    1. Google Perioral Dermatitis. Google MILD perioral dermatitis or you may gag. :)
      You may need to see your GP.

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  9. Hi Caroline!

    Have recently bought Hydraluron and Pepta-bright and was just wondering how to use them? I noticed lots of bloggers using them together but I've been using H in the morning and PB at night, what is the best way?

    Thanks so much!

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    1. I would do what you do. PB in the evening straight after toning, hydraluron in the morning - you can also use hydraluron in the evening under your moisturiser if you're particularly dry.

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  10. Hi Caroline

    Please could you recommend a calming/blemish clearing night treatment for me to use? My skin seems congested/stressed, I'm not sure what’s wrong with it but my doctor prescribed duac, which has helped clear spots but gave me patches of eczema so I stopped using it. I am currently using pixi glow tonic for a toner which helps.

    Thanks so much for opening the clinic! I bet itll be a great help just to read everyone elses quesions and answers.

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    1. Have you tried Aesop Clearing Gel? Make sure you use a good oil also - Ole Pure truth oil is amazing.

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    2. Thanks so much Caroline I have not tried either one will definately look into getting those, an oil sounds a good idea!

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  11. Hello Caroline,
    I am 40 and suffer from very large open pores on my face, loads of blackheads on nose, cheeks... It's been like that all my life:(
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    I use oskia
    Ren clarifying toner
    Liz Earle toner
    And hydralurion as my skin is also dehydrated
    And La Roche posay moisturiser on top of my eye cream

    Pm
    Clinique balm, balance me or Emma hardie balm
    Oskia or Anthony glycolic cleanser
    Same toners as morning
    Estee Lauder advanced night repair
    And Clarins oil, lotus, santal
    Or La Roche posay moisturiser


    Nothing seems to get rid of those blackheads..

    Please can you help!!!

    Anne emmanuelle

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    1. Stop the LRP moisturiser. Buy a stronger acidic toner. You're 40, time to crack on. :)
      REN is not nearly as strong as you could go.
      Try FAB Raidance Pads, P50, Dr Dennis Gross pads, Colbert Pads, any of them.
      Also - 40 is critical for your collagen levels - make sure you are eating enough protein and use those facial oils! :)

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  12. sorry for multiple sends. i thought all our comments showed up and you just answered 25. i couldn't understand why my comment wasn't showing up. gah!! i just realized you are the one choosing what to publish. anyway thanks for doing this.

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  13. Thank you for doing this Ms Hirons! Straight to the point.
    Problem: dehydration.
    - What are the options product wise?
    - Any twist regarding morning and evening routines or normal (your cheat sheets) are fine?
    - Can we exfoliate dehydrated skin?
    - Drinking water helps or it has nothing to do with it?
    Best wishes.

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    1. You MUST exfoliate dehydrated skin or it will never absorb anything.
      Yes, drink water - endlessly.
      Use the cheat sheets.

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  14. New US reader here. You seem to rotate serums/treatments quite often. I've always been told that in order to see a treatment's effect you have to use it consistently for a few weeks. How do you find that balance in choosing/layering serums/treatments. I usually apply base on texture. Currently, I own Pepta-Bright, Hironsluron, REN AHA concentrate, and REN Omega 3 Optimum Skin Serum Oil. Using more than 2 serums/treatments at night seems like overkill.

    Also what are your thoughts on active charcoal?

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    1. I vary a lot as I am always testing - but at least 2 x a week I will use tried and tested products or target any specific problems from that day. I use 2 most nights. Pigment/corrective first and then hydrating/moisturising/peptides etc.

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  15. Lady Hirons hello :)

    Thesis(ish?) below:

    37, normal to dry/dehydrated (in winter normally) sensitive skin, 2x1000mg omega 3 daily.

    AM (don't use ALL the stuff :) but switch daily:

    Cleanse (Vichy/REN rosa one, not the clay one/Avene- all gel or creams)
    Tone (Italian brand toner with citric acids and no alcohol/Mixa soothing toner)
    Eye cream (Vichy Aqualia Thermal roll on thingy)
    Serum (Apivita blue serum/Ren Omega 3/Ren Evercalm/oil in winter)
    Moisturizer (Superfacialist Rose Cream/Korres Wild Rose)
    SPF

    PM

    EH balm
    Cleanse (same as the above)
    Tone (REN toner/Biotherm pink)
    Serum/Treatment (Avene Eluage)
    Oil Superfacialist Neroli/Melvita rosehip (in summer I'll give this a miss)
    Moisturizer - Superfacialist Neroli night cream

    Overall the above routine seems to be working out so far, but maybe a couple of tweaks? and I'd love your input:

    Exfoliation? Use Aveda Kinetics exfoliant a couple of nights per week. Tried nightly but it made my skin dry. Should I be upping it up and if so with what (that won't turn me into a singing detective/make my face fall off if at all possible :)? LG? Don't know if PV50 is available where I'm at (Croatia)

    Eye cream? In the evening I'll use Eluage on the undereye area as well, but given my age should I be using something stronger? Tried Korres wild rose for day and Ystheal for night time, but both made my eyes super sensitive and gave me a headache. Bags, no dark circles? Also milia? Not loads, but a couple (as per your cheat sheet am using REN and Biotherm toners on the area until I find someone I trust enough to have a go with a needle).

    Again, there is nothing super problematic, skin is doing well (and thank you for that!) so if you don't get to me, it's not a problem :) If you do, it's much obliged and thanks!

    P. S. Chilli freaking Peppers rock :)

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    1. I would step up the exfoliation. P50 is preferable over LG. If you have milia you are dry in that area so you could use something much more hydrating and anti-ageing. Korres and Ystheal won't cut it. Try Zelens and Sunday Riley if you can. Use your serums on top of your eye cream as well.
      I'm glad the blog has helped! :)

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    2. Pv50 is available in Croatia (Medvedgradska street, Zagreb)

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    3. Thank you Caroline for your help!

      And thank you to anonymous for the info :)

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  16. Hi Caroline,

    Just like you, I suffer from chronic anaemia, and the comment I get from people most often is (no surprise there) "You look tired". Apart from covering with makeup the obvious issues (e.g. under eye dark circles), eating food rich in iron and popping iron supplements (as you have taught me), what specific skincare products would you recommend that have an instant plumping, de-puffing and brightening effect especially in the morning? I have combination skin, with no major issues though.

    Thank you very much in advance for your help, and my ongoing gratitude for so generously sharing your knowledge and offering your time to us, the readers/viewers.

    Cheers,
    Monica

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    1. Without question Pixi Flawless Beauty Primer. Gives an almost instantaneous boost. x

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  17. Caroline
    My daughter who is 14 is beginning to wear make up. we have spoken about the importance of skincare and I bought her the sam farmer moisturiser. Wondering about cleansers/ toners etcAny advice on an am/pm skin care routine for teenagers as I know your daughter is that age too. I want her to start off the right way. Thanks

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    1. Keep it simple. Sam Farmer and Good Things ranges are both suitable. Try and get her to wash her face in the evenings and apply a light moisturiser. Basically, if she's started her periods, she needs a routine. x

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  18. Hello! Thank you for opening the clinic!
    Quick question: What's your take regarding cellulite? Can we get rid of it? How? Will creams work? I don't mind if I still have cellulite but no one (including me) can see it! I'll cheat, so just tell me what to do!

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    1. No. A cream will not get rid of cellulite. Sorry. Save your money. Embrace it. We all have it.

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    2. I have no cellulite whatsoever - a result of clean eating and heavy weight training. Have a look at bikini and figure competitors, not a scrap of it on them either - the result of a good diet and lifting heavy weights!

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    3. Mmmmm, note to self.....must try to look like Jodie Marsh if I want to get rid of my cellulite :/

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    4. Hi I agree with Andrea re eat clean. From what research I've done your cellulite fate is somewhat down to genetics... But to avoid or improve it you can't beat eating clean and keeping moving, you don't need to aim for Jodie Marsh's physique if you don't want to! I don't know if I can recommend books on this site but what works for me is to eat clean 70% of time and there are some great alkaline cook books out there to help fit it into life with work, family and commuting daily! I also start eat day with a green juice or smoothie which I find helps everything from cellulite to energy levels. Good luck!

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  19. Hi Caroline.

    I've noticed a patch of pigmentation has developed on my face, just above my eyebrow. I think it's been developing for a while, but is now getting quite noticeable (I'm relatively pale). I wear SPF every day and, generally, take care of my skin, so I'm guessing it's just one of those things. I was wondering if there was something you might be able to recommend to help fade the discolouration and/or stop it getting any worse?

    Thanks!

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    1. It's damage from your youth coming through now. Try SkinCeuticals Advanced Pigment Corrector/Retinols and Ole Pure truth oil. More will possibly come through - brace yourself! :)

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  20. Oh, one more: Can you recommend a good facial oil for someone with combination skin that does not have essential oils? I am terribly reactive to them, and I have noticed that so many of them have essential oils, so I cannot use them. Thanks again :-)

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  21. Hi Caroline I've developed a few sun spots on my hands over the past year or two. I use my exfoliating toner on them when I've done my face and use sunscreen daily. Any suggestions on products that may help to fade them please?

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    1. Yep. A laser. Bear in mind that more will continue to come through - its accumulative damage built up over the years. x

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  22. Thank u for answering my question! You rock (please come back to Dublin soon)! Sadia x

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  23. Caroline, I seem to have a constant clustr of little white spots on my chin. I cleanse regularly, and use AHA's and BHA's but still can't get rid of them. Any tips?

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    1. Have you googled perioral dermatitis?

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    2. Caroline, thanks for replying. I just googled it, and it doesn't seem like that would be the cause. The area is in the "crease" of my chin. I make sure to cleanse properly and use clay masks there but the seem to stay. Could it be permanent clogged pores given the area where they are?

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    3. Hope you don't mind if I try to answer this, I think I might have the exact same thing (lots of really small white spots in the crease of my chin that appear to be clogged pores). Using a BHA has seemed to work for me though - I use a 2% salicylic acid exfoliant from Paula's Choice. The spots are very slowly starting to shrink with diligent use. Maybe look into getting a stronger or more effective BHA? Sorry if that's not the most helpful suggestion, as you already use one. I would also advise using anything too emollient on that area.

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  24. Glad the clinic is back. Is it possible that acids can cause breakouts? My skins seems to be worse since starting to use pixi glow

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    1. Yes if you are glycolic intolerant. Try REN Clarimatte.

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  25. Hello and thank you so much for this opportunity.
    I am going to the swimming pool each morning at 10 AM. thensanarium. less hot more humid than sauna.. Which is my morning routine? Do I follow it after the sauna? And before the swimming pool? a light cream and the SPF so that I do not feel guilty my face is naked? Thank you so much and all the best from Rome!

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    1. Is it an outdoor pool? If not, drop the SPF.
      AM:
      Spritz, moisturiser.
      Swim.
      Mild cleanse, apply facial oils suitable for your skin - then sanarium.
      Then routine.

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  26. Hi Caroline, I'm 13 and was just wondering am I too young to use the Clarins Gentle exfoliating toner? At the minute, I am using it once a week but I do not use anything else exfoliating like a manual scrub because my skin is sensitive and they make it sore and also they are not as good for your skin thanks you for any help!

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    1. Too young. Switch to Pixi Glow Tonic. Use in the evenings. make sure you are using SPF. You have virgin skin - keep it that way as long as possible! xx

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  27. Hi, what are your thoughts on SPF spray namedly Goldfaden sun visor. Can a spray SPF give as good sun block as a cream that is rubbed in?
    Thank you.

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  28. Hi Caroline, I am in need of some good facial tanner recommendations! I love the Sisley one but at £80 it's fairly pricey. Saw you tried some recently. Any recommendations?? Thanks x

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    1. Lancome, Hampton Sun, Clarins all make great ones.

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    2. I can't find the hampton sun one for face, does it have a name? And is the Lancome one the Lancome Flash Bronzer? xx

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  29. I'm 52 and generally happy with my skin apart from broken veins on my cheeks. Anything you can recommend for this?

    Thank you for answering any of these questions.

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    1. Veinwave treatments. Only thing that works. Shop around. It takes seconds, don't pay a fortune.

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  30. Thanks for generously offering your expertise to blog readers! I have excellent skin, in my 20s, and do most of the things you advise: double cleanse with balm, flannel, acid (i'm still a firm believer in staying out of the sun though). BUT i sleep on my face! "People" say that will cause wrinkle worse than smoking. Does your experience confirm this Ms. Hirons?

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    1. No. It's not great - don't get me wrong - but it's nowhere near as bad as smoking.

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  31. Hi Caroline,

    I would like to know if it is necessary to wait for a product to sink in before applying another one? E.g, when I apply my serum, shall I wait 5, 10min.. before applying my moisturizer or can I put it straight away? I feel like sometimes it is nicer to wait a bit (with REN omega 3 for example) but it takes longer... Any thoughts?

    Also could you rank the exfoliators you normally recommend (P50, Pixi, Clarins, Ren...) from the most gentle to the most active ones so we know which one to use at night or in the morning?

    Thank you, and thaaaaaank you so much for your blog : learned so much, changed my skin!
    xxx

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    1. Put it all straight on.
      That acid toner post is coming as a cheat sheet - bear with! :)

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  32. Hi!

    I've just purchase pepta bright to help with my pigmentation (sun damage) and wondered if it could be used under my Estée Lauder night serum or does it need to be in place of?

    Thanks!!

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    1. Underneath. If you have bad pigmentation you can step it up a notch and go for Skin Ceuticals Pigment Corrector and Retinols. Pigmentation products first, then anything else.

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    2. Thanks so much!

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  33. Hi Caroline,
    I was raging I missed you in Dublin the other week… anyway, I’m 24 weeks pregnant (yeay) on my first baby, combination skin, and looking for you to check my routine is okay – especially liquid gold use – and any other lovely maternity skin recommendations…???
    AM: REN clay cleanser, REN clarifying toner, Elemis Lavender toner, Caudalie polyphenol eye cream, Caudalie polyphenol defence serum, Hydraluron, Trilogy vital moisturiser day cream
    PM: 4 nights a week Merymaya balm cleanser, Elemis Lime Blossom cleanser, Pixi glow tonic, Elemis Lavender toner, Caudalie polyphenol eye cream, REN omega oil serum/Trilogy rosehip oil, Hydraluron, Trilogy age proof replenishing night cream.
    Thanks,
    Sarah

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    1. yes routine is fine and Liquid Gold is fine. :) Congratulations!

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  34. Any skincare advice for camping? Wipes are fine in these scenarios, yes?

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    1. Ugh WHY WOULD YOU GO CAMPING? How would you wash your woo?!

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    2. Don't even get me started...but my other half has been trying to get me to go for ages now and I have finally relented. I'm imagining baby wipes for the woo, facial wipes for the face...

      Thankfully it's only for two days...

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  35. Hi Caroline
    I suffer from cystic acne. Hard, under the skin boils! Usually once a month on my chin. I know hormonal but can you recommend anything to help? I use una Brennan oil for cleanser and pixi glow tonic. Then rose hip oil and moisturiser.
    Thanks

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    1. Hi Helen,

      Depends on the rosehip oil brand. Some are disgustingly thick and gloopy and block pores and some are divine and actually work (Ole Pure Truth for example).
      I would also invest in an Aesop Control Gel and look at your omega intake.

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    2. Thanks for this Caroline, I will also use those as Im also a bad cystic hormonal acne sufferer. I will go to holland and barrett and stock up on some omega369 pills!

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    3. little brown bird19 July 2014 at 06:47

      Lamberts Pure Fish Oil 1100mg 120 Capsules are ace, I was taking 6 a day and my skin looked good within 6 weeks and amazing after 12 weeks :)

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  36. hi caroline, please can you tell me your opinion on the products I use and also any other recommendations? I'm 13 with combination skin and I use Morning: ren evercalm cleansing milk, liz earle skin tonic spritzer, la roche posay hydraphase eye cream, effaclar duo (only on spots) and la roche posay toleriane soothing protective skincare for combination skin, la roche posay antheelios spf 50 fluid. Night: Remove make up with loreal micellar water (if I am wearing any) cleanse with merumaya melting cleansing balm (double cleanse if wearing spf) then same as morning but body shop vitamin e serum in oil before moisturiser? Is this ok? Is there anything I should change or any recommendations? Thankyou! xx

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    1. Hi Sophie,

      You don't need eye cream. Body Shop Vit E is possibly too much for you also.
      Keep it simple.

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  37. Hi Caroline,
    I'm going to Italy in 2 weeks and wondered if you could recommend some more affordable sunscreen for the body? I can't afford to buy Insitut Esthederm this time round, aha. Thank you!!

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    1. Hawaiian Tropic, Boots own label (if you're UK based) both good.

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    2. Thank you! I shall be hitting Boots tomorrow! :)

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  38. I have really bad dry/red psoriasis on my hands. They are so dry they crack and bleed. Any recs for helping soothe and lock in moisture?

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    1. Has your GP offered protopic?

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    2. I've done several prescription ointments, two rounds of oral steroids, and two steroid shots (in about a month and a half). It's better than it was before all that but it is still giving me troubles.

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    3. Hope it's ok to reply here - I have suffered with psoriasis on my hands and feet for about four years now. Went through many prescription creams/ointments with limited success before giving up on them as ineffective. The only alternative the doctors offered had too severe side effects for me to seriously contemplate it.

      What has worked for me is moisturising the heck out of my skin many times a day, using gloves religiously and avoiding all SLS anywhere on my body (so it doesn't touch my hands).

      The most effective and soothing products I have found are Cerave cream (not sold in the UK but available via Amazon or Ebay in big tubs) and Eucerin Atocontrol. I have found a very thin layer of Vaseline on top to helps to seal in the moisture and protect the skin if things are bad. If they are REALLY bad, cotton gloves on top and then vinyl gloves to enable you to do things like housework, cook etc.

      Sun also helps :-)

      My hands are nearly clear now, feet still have a way to go but getting better...

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    4. I hope you don't mind me answering even though I'm not Caroline. I have eczema and severely dry skin on my hands and body and have noticed that moisturising the skin in layers (a bit like face) works the best. First use layer of oil (coconut is great) and "lock it in" by putting some thick cream on top. Repeat every time you get your hands wet.

      Just wanted to also say thank you million times for this blog! After years of suffering from skin problems my face is finally healing and I'm finally learning how to properly care for it.

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  39. How can you tell the difference between dry skin or dehydrated skin?

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    1. Read the Cheat Sheet over there on the sidebar ------->

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  40. I made it to my computer!!! Just to let you know I'm reading along and it's fascinating, even if it does not apply to me! No Q's, just sending you virtual tea/ vodka/ frozen margarita (take your pick) and bonbons (sugar-less ;)) !!! You're an angel for doing this!!!

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  41. I have a question regarding my sister. She has very fair skin and can burn easily in the sun so needs to wear sun cream however whenever she does it always ends up in her eyes and she ends up with stinging, watering eyes. This is with applying sun cream no where near her eyes. I've no idea why this happens. Do you have any suggestions to prevent this?

    Thankyou :)

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    1. She needs to wear sunglasses instead. Completely serious.Channel Victoria Beckham. The cream travels when it warms on the skin.

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    2. Thankyou, Abi:)

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  42. Hi Caroline - I posted this in the wrong place :( I was wondering why nothing was changing when I kept reloading the page! Anyway, I'm probably too late but I'll paste my question in here anyway :-)

    Hi Caroline,

    I have a question about MASKS and I think that it would be a quick one to answer :-) It is in two parts ...

    1. At what stage in a nighttime routine would a mask go? ...

    Cleanse 1
    Cleanse 2
    ... -> ? MASK ? ...
    Exfoliating Toner
    Hydrating Toner
    Eye cream
    Serum
    Moisturiser

    OR - after the Exfoliating Toner? Or, somewhere else entirely?

    2. Does the answer depend on the type of mask - I mean, would cleansing/hydrating/radiance masks each go in at the same stage in the routine?

    Thanks - LOVE your blog+videos - you are just fantastic!!
    Deirdre.

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    1. I would do it after the exfoliating toner.
      And yes, if they are specifically for a certain area, use them at that stage.

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    2. The answer I was searching for!!! #happy #grateful #yourock

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    3. Oh thank you so much Caroline! I really appreciate you answering that especially since I messed up with asking it ... I can't believe that I sat there like an idiot hitting reload on the other page (the one where you announced the clinic) while, unbeknownst to me, the *actual* clinic was happening under my nose - so to speak. WhatAnIdiotIcanBe. In my defence - after a day with two toddlers, my brain is not usually in high gear by evening time.
      Thanks AGAIN :-) You have revolutionised my skincare routine - I used to just be baffled by serums/toners/oils/cleansing-balms-lotions etc... now I have started trying lots of things that you have recommended - I'm having such fun planning my next purchases and using my new lotions and potions - and I think that my skin has really improved! It feels so nice to take good care of your skin.

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  43. I stop checking your blog for a few days and this happens!! Argh! Annoyed i missed clinic! Pooperscoops!

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    1. I missed the clinic as well - double pooperscoops! But learnt so much from reading the above! Thank you so much Caroline, at 55 my skin has never looked so good!

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  44. Hi Caroline,

    A couple of qs here.

    a) Could you advise me please as per whether I should use an exfoliating toner after using a deep cleansing clay mask or after Alpha-H Micro Cleanse?

    b) Also - would you recommend to follow with a moisturiser after applying Sunday Riley's Good Genes at night?

    c) If I use LRP Exfoliating toner and follow with LRP Effaclar Duo +, will the effectiveness of Duo+ be compromised if I use REN Omega 3 serum between those?


    Thank you very much for your advice,

    Alesia

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  45. Hi Caroline,

    I just wanted to say a huge THANK YOU. I'm 19 and after literally years of trying everything to combat my oily spot-prone skin with harsh, dehydrating products, antibiotics, birth control, etc., all of which probably made my skin a heck of a lot worse in the end, your blog has saved me. I read every single one of your cheat sheets, changed my entire skincare around, started taking supplements, and drinking more water, and now, JUST IN TIME FOR UNIVERSITY, have the clearest skin I've had in years. You are a godsend. I just wish I had found your blog sooner (it would have saved me a lot of tears in highschool). I can't imagine how much time and effort it must take to keep a blog like this up when you have a full time job, but know that it's greatly appreciated. You are amazing.

    And also hella funny.

    Lots of love!!

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    1. This is what I was thinking today: Caroline showed me the path and, without having big problems some 6 months ago, when I have discovered her, I look way better than the last year, for example. Why didn't we have internet 20-25 years ago so that I enjoy my teen years with a clearer skin? Take care, Caroline, I need you for my 40s, 50s and so on! XOXO

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