Friday, 29 August 2014

Clinic update

Hi Everyone.

I've answered as many as I can in the last couple of hours. Have to get back to my long work to-do list now so I have published the questions that I still have to answer and will try and get these done this evening.

Thank you to everyone that asked a question and I'm sorry if yours didn't get published this week. Hopefully you'll find some guidance from the answers published.

See you next week!

What would you like the topic to be?

92 comments:

  1. Hello!

    I am not sure if this is too specific, but one of the greatest search terms for my blog is "clear skin wedding". I wrote a piece about how i attempted clear skin 6 months or so before my own wedding and its something that is regularly brought up 4 years later. Not sure if others would benefit from your fantastic knowledge on the subject? For me it wasn't just spot management it was looking rested, glowing and healthy? http://www.soyouregettingmarried.com/2012/11/28/how-i-got-clear-skin-before-my-wedding-uk-wedding-blog/

    Phoebe

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  2. I think you said you're working on a cheat sheet but pregnancy skin care PLEASE. My skin has gone haywire after coming off the pill and 2 miscarriages and as I'm trying to get pregnant again I really don't want to use things which I can't use if I do become preg (like vit A). Please pretty please?

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    1. Yes, please!!

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    2. This would be amazing! With my son my skin went nuts and I felt so bad about myself my entire pregnancy! We are looking at trying to get pregnant again in the next six months or so and I would love to have a go to during any future pregnancies. You are supposed to feel good about yourself while pregnant because you are growing a person and that is INCREDIBLE!

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    3. please do a pregnancy cheat sheet caroline!!!!! pretty please!!

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  3. Mature skin i.e. menopausal skin!

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    1. Third! Melasma, dullness - lovely.

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    2. Yes please! Early menopause at 32 has left me looking knackered now at 42.

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  4. Perhaps not a topic for a clinic, but I would really appreciate a post on how to "decode" ingredient labels. I often find it hard to figure out what's in different products, and it would be good to have a post to refer to :)
    Thanks for an amazing blog and for all the help that you give!

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    1. Oh please, oh please, oh please, do a cheat sheet, post, song...something about this topic :)

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    2. Yes please. I get very confused. Caroline recommends Pixi Flawless Beauty Primer, but it has isoparaffin in it which sounds like mineral oil/paraffin? I'm really confused.

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    3. That would be very useful, and alleviate a lot of queries/confusion about individual products!!

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  5. Topic for next week: skin care for people your mother's age

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  6. Have I completely imagined you mentioning something to do with advice for teachers and nurses? Apologies if I've completely made that up, if not it's something is be very interested to read! Thanks.

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  7. Dry/sensitive/dehydrated skin would be great!

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    1. Seconded - thxs Caroline for doing these clinics :)

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    2. Thirded from me. I struggle a lot with my skin as it's dry, dehydrated and senstive and now I'm experiencing a lot of redness that I can't fix. Thank you :D

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  8. I second an ingredients post please. Sometimes i want to try a different product which may not have been featured on your blog but am not sure if its worth spending the money -Will it really moisturise, or what are these ingredients im reading?! Also are some ingredients bad for facial skin but ok for your body-like mineral oil/petrolatum. I think you say to avoid these in skincare but noticed you like the Garnier Body Repair lotion which contains it.

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    1. YES, please an ingredients post please!

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  9. Caroline hi, please do a pregnancy skin care cheat sheet!
    Thanks

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  10. Mature skin, 60 + please x

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    1. I agree. Skincare for older ladies please

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    2. I agree. Skincare for older skin please

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  11. I second the advice to anyone that works in a hospital setting.....air conditioning can play havoc on your skin. Thanks!
    Ana

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  12. Skin changes that come with cancer treatments (chemo/radiation) and routines for post-cancer skin. A family friend has been dealing with skin problems ever since the end of her treatment for breast cancer a few years ago (thinner skin, recovered burns from radiation, extreme wind & sun sensitivity). Why does this happen and what are some safe ways to fix it?

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  13. Another thought/question... Skin Sensitivities, Intolerances, and Allergies. My skin seems to not respond well to MANY ingredients and it's hard to tell sometimes what the culprits are. Just a few that have caused problems in the past: salycilic acid, glycolic acid, citric acid, lactic acid, castor oil, rosehip seed oil, coconut oil, dimethicone... The list seems unending. The result is always the same; tiny red bumps and whiteheads all over ( almost looks like contact dermatitis) that are angry and irritated looking. They don't itch like other rashes. Should I seek out an allergist? For those things that are edible or in foods (coconut oil, citric acid, lactic acid), should they be eliminated from my diet?

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    1. I second this! Skin intolerancies are making me go crazy as Sweet Almond oil is the base for all the good cleansers but it breaks me out like crazy

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    2. Half the time it's a guess after reading the ingredients as to what is causing the problem. I honestly just have cut out almost everything from my routine. I'm taking fish oil, black current oil, and probiotics along with a healthy low dairy/low sugar diet.

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  14. Rosacea Cheat Sheet please! :) x

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  15. Can you do an in-depth blog post/youtube video on chemical exfoliants and AHAs etc?

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  16. Milia! The acid isn't taking them away and I can't get a therapist to go near me with a needle because they are 'too close to your eyes'. Sigh.

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    1. milia + whiteheads/bumps on the chin and jaw. can NOT get rid of them.

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  17. A clinic on anti ageing would be awesome, I'm 31 and gave some horrible lines on forehead :-( I'd like to invest in some good skincare to help improve the lines but everything seems to be marketed as anti ageing and I'm totally lost!

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  18. I also vote for something on mature skin as I turn 59 this weekend! Also, with winter coming up (and really just in general), how do we know what parts of our routines we should change when things start going haywire? Is it our cleanser, toner, treatments or moisturizer?

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  19. Caroline,
    Thanks for doing this. I have noticed you have a magic recommendations for using TONERS for different problems and improvements. Obviously I was not able to figure out why some people with acne should use beauty elixir for example and some should not. Can we do toners?
    Have a beautiful weekend;)

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    1. Yes I second the beauty elixir query - who it is and is not for. Similarly confused about this product!

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  20. Broken capillaries and Rosacea please!!!!

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  21. Ageing would be a fab one, particulalry the 11s and forehead lines. The retinols post was fab but would be good to get more detail about what to use for differnet ages/skin types. They are super expensive and want to invest wisely. I don't have allergies but noticed someone else suggested it and thought it would make an interesting read.

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  22. Rosacea please

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  23. I am very curious about optimal layering of products, especially serums/ retinol/ anti oxidants for 45+. But maybe do nurses and teachers first. They really deserve it.
    One Q re your answers yesterday - you said the Ren Nr 1 cleanser is not your fab. Any specific reason? I know you like the clay one, but is not the Nr 1 better for normal tending to dry skin?

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  24. Rosacea, rosacea!!!

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  25. After thought ....... how about the topic of psoriasis?
    Thanks again

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    1. I second this! :) Being just 22 years old and battling psoriasis on my forehead close to hairline is driving me crazy!

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  26. Advice for contact lens wearers please! Particularly recommendations for mascara/eye liners. Many thanks!

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  27. retinols/lines-crinkles-wrinkles pretty please! Hermanspottypants ;)

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  28. pigmentation and melesma

    Thank you

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  29. also for a topic - perioral dermatitis

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    1. Hi, I struggled hugely with perioral dermatitis on my chin last year. I took antibiotics for it for a few months which helped, but not a lot. I researched like mad, and discovered a few things. Firstly, avoiding mineral oil like Carloline suggests helped clear a lot of it up for me, and avoiding it in make-up too. Avoiding fluoride does nothing for me so I use a toothpaste that contains it, but I use SLS free toothpaste as that helps (Kingfisher toothpaste from Holland & Barrett). Avoiding isopropyl myristate helps a lot. That makes a big difference. I noticed it all went with these steps, but then came back as a very small, stubborn patch. It was originally covering my chin, but even have this small patch was upsetting me. It is embarrassing, but also uncomfortable. The only difference I was making when the smaller patch came back was using facial oils, so I tried stopping those and it completely cleared up for me. Now, I use facial oils everywhere on my face but not where the small patch was and I haven't had perioral derm since (touching lots of wood as I say that!). Best of luck to you with it.

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  30. Not really a subject matter but a request for YouTube or blog on dietary supplements....oil etc for better skin, I'm vegetarian so would appreciate help suggestions in this regard.
    (YouTube- done a AM routine with Ruth but where's PM?)

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    1. Seconded pretty please. I can't take omega oil capsules or digest fat properly due to a health problem so would love to hear of any alternative supplements or dietary changes :D I don't think that helps my skin much, oh dear haha!

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  31. Rosacea Please !! I need your help xx

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  32. Rosacea Please !! I need your help xx

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  33. How to incorporate things like Rx retinoids into an acne routine? Also things you can do for benign flat warts?

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  34. I'm not sure if it's been covered yet, but how about superfoods for great skin?

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  35. Rosacea/facial spider veins/how to get clear skin after age of 21! Thank you xoxo

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  36. Hyperpigmentation on darker skin tones.

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  37. Slightly random, but scalp health would be great!

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  38. Hi Caroline,

    I'm not sure whether this is really a clinic topic but I would love a post about exfoliation - I never know what to look for, especially in toners. Some key words to look for on packaging, and recommendations of products at different price points would be great!

    Thanks!

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  39. Retinols please - different retinol formulations/products for different concerns i.e. retinols for acne scars/oily skin, and retinols for lines and wrinkles.

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  40. Rosacea, please - in particular, a skincare regimen for a man with sensitive skin. Thank you.

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  41. Please do a video or post on your fave Serums with recommendations for different skin types! Would help us all out I'm sure xxx

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  42. Hyper pigmentation in dark skin and a 101 on retinoids-which do you use depending on your skin concerns.
    This blog is fantastic.

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  43. Hi Caroline,
    I would love for you to do one on either hyperpigmentation in darker skins (echoing what a lot of other people have said) or what to do about a sudden and immediate skin allergy like a rash, perioral dermatitis, etc.

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  44. I would looove a list of what would be your perfect weekly skincare routine, if everything turned out the way you wanted it. Monday through sunday, day and night with your go to products. With the Liquid Gold nights, other night treatments, masks, cleansing, toning sunscreen etc.
    I'm a list-person, and would love to make one myself, but would be great with some inspo -or a copy/paste situation ;P

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  45. Rosacea and dillated capillaries please? Also dillated capillaries + mature skin + anti-ageing combo would be very useful! I'm afraid that anti-ageing stuff make my face redder and redder :/ Thanks!

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    1. I second this. I have rosacea but am also concerned with ageing so would love to read your thoughts on addressing both, i.e. what anti- ageing products can be used by those with rosacea.

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    2. I'll third this :-)

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  46. Hyper pigmentation on dark skin and eczema!

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  47. Hyper pigmentation on dark skin and eczema!

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    1. i second this pleaseeeeeee Caroline !!!! melesma/hyperpigmentation as a result of eczema on dark skin! seriously at my whits end with my skin

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  48. I'll put my vote in for rosacea. I am having a hard time finding effective products that don't irritate my skin more. Darphin was a bust, I'm guessing it was the parfume : (

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  49. Teenage skin please, would be very helpful.

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  50. Hi Caroline,
    I would adore a clinic on PCOS it has been the bane of my existence for a while now. Any advice you could give would be a god send. Thank you!

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  51. How to prepare your skin for your wedding day/occasion?? Dreading all those photos so would like to be the best version of me.

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  52. Hi Caroline,
    I would love a clinic or just a "cheat sheet " on doing your own facial.
    After discovering your site recently I have just purchased quite a few of your recommended products and as the last one arrived today I am going to start to follow your routines as from tomorrow. I hit 55 this month and although I look after me skin I feel now is the time to spend a little more money and time on skincare.
    Keep up the great work. x

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  53. WOuld LOVE a PCOS clinic as well, (anti-hair serums, do they work? delicate but hormonal acne skin, halp!) also a bit of anti-aging for PCOS/any hormonal/spotty 20 year olds (might be a bit specific, but so hard to juggle) xx

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  54. young adult skin (18-20)

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  55. Care and feeding of open skin on the face. A lot of the spots that I get start as legit acne for a couple of days and then spend two weeks better classified as wounds, even if I follow a strict hands-off policy. Sometimes I wonder if the stuff I use to prevent more spots is making the older wounds heal more slowly, and I'm 100% sure that some of the stuff I've used (including Cicaplast) to heal wounds makes more spots. And the holy grail - PLEASE help me to cover them with makeup in a way that doesn't look terrifying and doesn't impede the healing process... if you can tell me that, you're truly a wizard.

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  56. Hi from the tropics caroline,

    Im a new follower of your blog, read your name from a local blogger, im from the philippines by the way.
    I have been quite obsessed with having good skin: as in leaving the house without any makeup (except for a little bit of moisturizer and sunblock). I think i have to revamp my skin care routine, although i have relatively good, clear skin, i feel like it's dull/lackluster, and now that im 29 im seeing some pigmentation behind my cheek perhaps from being lazy to put sunscreen at times. I also have this white spot on my left cheek, near my lip which cause i really dont know about. It just sits there. Not to mention im scared to have wrinkles.

    For now i have the most basic routine:

    Am: philosophy purity 3in1 cleanser or philosophy daily microdelivery exfoliating cleanser
    Clarins beauty flash and/or mac strobe cream
    Belo face sunblock spf 40 (local brand)
    I just finished a bottle of lancome visionnaire toner (i dont know what it's supposed to do)


    If i dont apply sunblock i pat on clarins beauty flash then laura mercier tinted moisturizer (oil-free) just because it has spf 20

    Pm: bioderma cleansing water (pink)
    Philosophy purity 3in1 cleanser
    Estee lauder night repairing serum
    Lancome genifique eye cream
    I used to use lancome visionnaire toner and moisturizer but im quite bored with it already

    Once a week i exfoliate with clarins one-step gentle cleanser with orange extract

    I wanted to add the following to my routine but havent decided on purchasing yet:
    Philosophy time in a bottle serum (since it works inside out, or so i was told)
    Philosophy brightening toner


    What do you think of philosophy products by the way?

    Whats a good radiance-inducing, anti aging mask you could recommend? Ive been wanting to try philosophy purity facial mask.
    And a good (effective) eye cream (please not la mer haha)

    Ive also been eyeing some ren, ole henriksen, and korres stuff but i dont know which are good. The best stuff seems to not be available here...
    To throw it all in, you may also have a good body scrub and lotion/oil (thats not sticky) you could recommend

    Just to add, i have a rather sensitive skin because of the dermatitis i developed although it's mostly on my hands.

    Thank you so much in advance.

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