Tuesday, 20 January 2015

FAQs

As the blog nears the end of it's 5th year - a lot of lovely new readers *waves* are joining the ranks and I am now regularly being asked a lot of questions of a similar vein.

I don't mind at all - having so many readers is a privilege. I did think however, that it could save you time and enable me to answer more questions if I had a page for 'Frequently Asked Questions'. So, as you ask them, I'll answer them and then add them to the page. A lot of you raise the issue of FAQs regularly on my social media pages so feel free to prompt me when you see them.

My most asked question recently is along the lines of:

'Can I use retinols after/alongside P50/acid toners/Liquid Gold?'

In essence, yes, but you may need to neutralise the acids, hence the spritz (stage 2 toner in my routine).
Example: Peter Thomas Roth Unwrinkle Pads recommend using for anything up to 3 minutes then rinsing the face with water. These pads though, are at a 20% strength. The second ingredient is glycolic acid, the fifth is lactic. They're among the stronger ones on the market.
P50, First Aid pads etc etc are nowhere near this strength. 
I would go by your knowledge of the product versus the strength of the vitamin A - i.e. if it's prescription strength, don't go using it with PTR pads and no rinsing in between. 
Pixi Glow Tonic/FAB pads however, would, in theory, be fine, especially if followed by a neutralising floral water/spritz/traditional toner on cotton pad.
I wouldn't use LG under retinols. Liquid Gold is not a toner. Alpha-H recommend using Liquid Gold on its own in the evening, although I always have to add a light hydrating moisturiser afterwards, otherwise I feel dehydrated.
The key thing to remember is that formulations have come such a long way since AHA and BHA's were introduced. A lot of the old scaremongering around retin-a and acids is outdated - Kate Somerville even makes a retinol product delivered in a glycolic base formula (she doesn't recommend using it after ExfoliKate Intensive however, you can have too much of a good thing).

Feel free to start asking/reminding me about my most FAQs in the comments. I can already see the mineral oil question on the horizon. ;)







86 comments:

  1. I've been prescribed azelaic acid. At present I balm cleanse/acid tone/serozinc spray/oil/moistourise. Where in the routine should I incorperate the azelaic acid cream?

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  2. Hi Caroline, are all the products you recommend suitable for teenage skin? Esp exfoliating toners? Thanks

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    1. I was going to add something like this, too. Such as, "where should you start when teaching good skin care? what are the basics a young person needs?" since pre-teens and teenagers (boys or girls) don't need the full routine like a woman in her 30s or what have you.

      Great idea, Mrs Hirons!

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    2. The cheat sheet 'Where should I spend my money in my routine' (right sidebar) gives some guidance on this. :)

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  3. Can you use good genes if you're an LG customer? Best place in London for facials? How many times a week should you be using LG? (That last one - you used to say no more than twice a week but have seen different info more recently, what's your current view?)

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    1. LG say 3 times a week - basically every other day (minus one!)

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  4. Scalp care: should you treat the skin on your head like the skin on your face? I get bumps on my scalp sometimes and I read to use a dandruff shampoo to help with the acne but should I be exfoliating my scalp also? Is it possible? With what?

    Thank you Caroline!

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    1. TSal shampoo from neutrogena might be a better option for you, since it has 3% salicylic acid (bha). Another option is Aveda Invati, which also has salicylic acid. Try using it every third wash, or when the bumps appear, which ever is less, and use a hydrating shampoo the other days. It's a bit harsh, but not as bad as anti-dandruff shampoos.

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    2. Thank you so much for responding. I will definitely check those options out. I use the Kukui Oil one that Caroline recommended it is hydrating. I was thinking head and shoulders but I hate the formulations and I don't have dandruff.

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    3. I would suggest trying a shampoo which is SLS free. It can cause bumps to sensitive ppl..you fond plenty online I bought mine on iHerb there are even affordable options mine is from a brand called something Essence..

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  5. Hi Caroline,

    A question similar to the first one you have posted: can serums containing vitamin c (eg ole henrikson pure truth youth oil/youth serum) be used with glycolic acid toners (eg fab pads, pixie glow)?

    Thanks for clarifying! X

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  6. I've aways wondered how you would know if you are over (chemical) exfoliating - what are the common signs, if any?

    Thanks for sharing your wealth of knowledge.

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    1. Very interesting question, I've been wondering the same thing.

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  7. Not sure if this counts as an FAQ or not but what about a post on how often you should change up your products? I've noticed you use/test a different set of products nearly every day and wondered if you would recommend the same to your readers. I remember you saying something interesting about not wearing the same pair of shoes everyday in relation to this and found it interesting. Just a thought! :)

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    1. Also interested in this.
      thank you Caroline!

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  8. Hi Caroline! Two Questions:
    -What percentage of acid in a toner is considered "gentle" or good for daily usage
    -I've heard you say that gel cleansers aren't good for people with acne, and that cleansing balms are better, can you explain why? Also, are gel cleansers suitable once the acne clears up?

    http://www.chelsealeigh.ca/

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  9. Oh crap lying in bed reading blog post after just freshly applying LG then This Works no more wrinkles bugger. Why does LG + Retinols = no no?

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    1. no you're fine - the retinol in TW is minimal x

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  10. Hi Caroline. I just got pressurised into buying a copper peptide serum, a product which I know nothing about. What are its benefits? I already use a bioglycolic serum that I love. Thank you!

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  11. Hi I was pressured into buying a copper peptide serum, something that I've never even heard of! Would you recommend this type of product? I already use a bioglycolic serum which I love so am hesitant to switch. Thanks!

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  12. Fantastic idea Hirons!
    Do OTC skin lightening products work? or should you save your money and invest in dermatologist/clinic treatments?
    How should someone whose never used retinols get started with them i.e. do you need to build up tolerance or get cracking according to your skins damage level?
    Thanks lovely!

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  13. Hi Caroline!
    What's your current opinion on Shea butter and combi / acnaic skin?

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  14. At what age should you start seriously using anit-aging products? (I know you hate the term anti-aging but you know what I mean :P)

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  15. Queen Caroline,
    I bought myself a silk pillow and I am now enjoying the "life after a silk pillow purchase" stage. It's great. I'm wondering how often I should wash this. I was washing my regular pillow case every 3 nights to really prevent bacteria build up that may have caused minor breakouts. Do you recommend washing the silk pillow case this often? Or once a week?

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  16. Hey Caroline!
    1) recommend some sprays/spritzes for teen skin that's more accessible in North Americas (ex. at Sephora)?
    2) recommend some good cleansers for the second cleanse that's, again, more accessible here in North America (more specifically, Canada)?
    3) thoughts on Paula Begoun's products?
    4) thoughts on fragrant oils such as lavender and rose?
    5) how do you reapply sunscreen when you've got makeup on?
    6) is a long, sophisticated routine beneficial for younger (teenage) skin as well?
    7) are sleep and skin problems related?
    8) how do get rid of dark spots?

    thanks <3 x

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    1. 1) the body shop (tbs) Aloe toner is a good spritz or hydrating spray.

      2) tbs pomegranate cleanser is amazing and First Aid Beauty cleansers (Sephora)
      Hope that helps with those options. Once you get a routine going it can be pretty $$$.

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    2. I've purchased several of Paula's Choice products and loved them all. Even better they have sample sizes. That way you can try before you buy the full size. And if do purchase the full size and you aren't happy simply return it.

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  17. Hi Caroline,
    I know you are very busy but would love your help if you have the time. I am in my early twenties and have normal skin with a few breakouts and a few dry patches. I have always had dark circles and wrinkles under my eyes. I have tried Elemis absolute eye mask, Kiehl's midnight recovery eye, Bobbi Brown hydrating eye cream and Clarins extra-firming eye wrinkle smoothing cream. However none of them seem to help much and makeup only makes the wrinkles more obvious. Are there specific ingredients I should be looking for, or particular products.
    Thanks, Grace.

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  18. You mean DILUTE, not neutralize, yes? Neutralizing the acid would mean raising it's pH past neutral (7), and we know higher pH = problematic for skin, not to mention moving the acid outside of the necessary pH range needed for exfoliation.

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  19. Ah, i don't think my comment worked on my phone...i was wondering about product ranges. A beauty therapist nearly fell over the other day when i said i use glycolic acid every day & that the ingredients in the products i use may be conflicting (!?). I am 30 with quite hormonal sensitive skin (also not great with zinc sunscreen, high essesntial oils & alcohol) but i get hormonal spots around chin/jaw, getting now for about 4 months. I use alpha h cleansing oil, emma hardie, pixi & pai moisturiser. She told me to just use the Eminence range (8 greens) & stop acid toning. So, what can sensitive skin do?! One product range with no 'conflicting' ing??

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  20. Any idea why decleor recommend applying oil under their moisturiser when most brands now recommend applying oil after moisturiser as the moisturiser won't penetrate the skin. ( if I believe what I read) thanks

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  21. I use the omorovicza gold night drops very expensive! To get the best out of it do I put it on first, follow with an oil then a moisturiser. I am using the this works no wrinkles midnight moisture. Thanks. ( I thought I might try the new Sunday Riley oil, dry skin. Early 40s) not sure about the ingredients clashing :)

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  22. Not sure how frequently these are asked, but they pop up in my mind a lot.

    1) Most acid exfoliator labels recommend 2-3 times per week max. You (seem to) recommend daily use, AM and PM. Why the disparity in guidance from brands?

    2) Should Pepta-Bright be used daily? AM or PM?

    3) You recommend swiping all over with an exfoliating pad, then flipping it and going over the face with the unused side. Doesn't touching the grubby side transfer bacteria to fingertips that could cause spots?

    4) How hygienic are rollerball products (e.g. Tata Harper oil)?

    5) Love Dr. Dennis Gross Alpha Beta Glow Pads, but how can I maintain the tan in light of strong exfoliatior use twice daily?

    6) Dr. Zelens doesn't use a daily SPF in his urban climate. I gather from your daily routine photos that you don't either. Considering reapplication needed, is it really practical (or necessary) for makeup wearers to don SPF daily?

    7) Is SPF always last before makeup?

    8) How can I tell if a product labeled "serum" (e.g. Hydraluron) really is a serum?

    9) What is the rightful place of a granular scrub in a routine that already features twice daily acid exfoliation?

    10) How often should a clay cleanser/mask be used?

    11) Can I use a retinol product like Indeed Retinol Resurface the same night that I use a serum like Dr. Dennis Gross ferulic/retinol combo? Is layering retinol products to be avoided, even if they are gentle?

    12) Should we always ignore labels advising not to use avid exfoliators around the eye? (Ole Henriksen eye peel is specific about avoiding the lids, which makes one wonder what the point is!)

    13) Is it safe/advisable to use facial products on décolletage? Especially pertinent for body skin prone to spotting. Is the skin there basically the same as on our faces?

    14) Is it okay to use my hydrating toner on a cotton wool pad rather than spritzing? Is one method more effective or is it a matter of personal preference?

    15) Do you get weary of constant deluge of shout-outs of gratitude?

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  23. Hi!!
    I wanted to buy few products from your last "clinic" about pregnancy skincare . I found a lot of geraniol and linalool in the list ingredients . Is it not supposed to be dangerous during pregnancy ( causing contractions , toxicity ...) ? I found this Kind of EO absolutly everywhere !! Thanks for your hélp !! Xx I'm a C.H Addict

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  24. Hi, can you let me know what dr perricone cold plasma is & where in my routine I use it alongside serums/oils/moisturisers. I have it but not sure am using the the correct way to get the benefits of it. In the morning I use this first/serum like time bomb collagen bomb then elemis pro collagen. Use it first at night followed by an oil then a different moisturiser. :)

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  25. More:

    1) It seems that the same exact pores around my nasolabial folds are always filling with white stuff - they are not whiteheads per se, as they don't rise above the epidermis, but I can see they are full of white stuff and when I squeeze, it comes out in a sort of worm-like form (not a gunk-filled pus). These seem to refill as fast as I can extract them. What are they exactly, and is there any alternative to pressing the stuff out daily? (I have a pore on my back that has behaved this way since I was a teenager. My back is not spotty at all, but this one pore fills under the surface and I can feel when it is full up. Squeezing produces a rather bizarrely long, skinny "tube" of white stuff.)

    2) I have a pore just along my collarbone that always contains black stuff. It is really difficult to extract without leaving a red mark that takes a week or so to fade...by which time the black is back. Why is this happening and how can I alleviate it?

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  26. First, thank you for your blog - my skin has been transformed. I need to drop around 3 stones and as post 40 my body is not playing the ball with sensible eating and exercise I am thinking of Cambridge diet. Is there anything I need to change in my skincare routine for the ketosis phase?

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  27. Hello Mrs. Hirons,

    you are absolutely the best! I loooooove it, when one of your new blogs/YT videos pops up! Makes this girl really happy!

    My question would be this: I have extremely dry and flakey skin, it is prone to eczemas in the winter and the medical term would be "ichthyosis". I am pregnant now (wohoooo - I somehow missed the pregnancy related clinic - booo to me) and the skin on my belly is so bad. Flakey like nobody's business and it does get itchy. What would you recommend? I am taking Omega 3 capsules.

    Thank you sooo much!
    Eva

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  28. Just a couple of questions :)
    - Where should I store my beauty products? Should they be cool, room temperature, warm... I don't know! :)
    - Face masks - should they come after cleansing / before toning or after toning / before moisturiser?

    Love the blog, you've really helped my skin out :D

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    1. Caroline said once that the only thing she keeps in her bathroom is oil cleansers as it's too hot for everything else.

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    2. Face masks come after cleansing and before everything else

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  29. Could we "hear" more about mineral oil please. There is such polemic online and everywhere else. I find it highly frustrating. I have had mainly bad experience with it myself. Some say it is not occlusive, for example, yet as my GP father points out it is used in medical preparations for that main purpose... I also noticed that many French pharmacy brand stay clear of mineral oil in their combination, acne prone range...my guess is for a good reason...so why do other companies insist it is fine on problematic skin...? What is going on? I hope my rant makes sense dear Lady.
    Xx

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  30. Hello Caroline! I am so thankful for your blog!!
    I am 33 years old with combination acne skin (I experienced adult acne 3 years ago). At present I balm cleanse/acid tone/oil/moisturise following your advice and my skin is clear.
    As I have my first fine lines I decided to use vitamin A. As lots of A-vitamin serums are too expensive for me right now, I recently bought AIROL CREAM Tretinoin 0,05% . Do you think that it can do the job? Where in the routine should I incorporate AIROL cream? Thanks a lot!

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  31. Hello Caroline! I am so thankful for your blog!!
    I am 33 years old with combination acne skin (I experienced adult acne 3 years ago). At present I balm cleanse/acid tone/oil/moisturise following your advice and my skin is clear.
    As I have my first fine lines I decided to use vitamin A. As lots of A-vitamin serums are too expensive for me right now, I recently bought AIROL CREAM Tretinoin 0,05% . Do you think that it can do the job? Where in the routine should I incorporate AIROL cream? Thanks a lot!

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  32. Hi Caroline. Not sure if this is an FAQ, but how/what did you study with regards to skincare? It's an area I'm finding more & more interesting & am contimplating doing some studying.

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  33. Hi Caroline,
    Perhaps a post on the different type of Vitamin A, B (5?), C, E products - when to apply, age group etc. Your "Beauty Mouth dissects.. Anti-ageing" post on this was really helpful!
    Any thoughts on the Medik8 range of serums? I was contemplating buying their CE-Tetra as you'd mentioned Vit C & E could be used from the word go, but their website says for those in their 30s onwards (I'm late 20s, combination skin)
    Thanks!

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  34. I'm really glad you mentioned about the LG instructions. I have tried to leave it just on it's own but my skin feels much better if I use a moisturiser too. I was wondering if I was counteracting the effects by doing that, but glad to know you do it too!

    I would like to know how often you should use masks and which are the best for which things. I've been a long time reader and I know you recommend good clay masks but masks aren't a product you mention often. Are you not a fan in general? I do a lot of flying and sometimes feel like my skin needs a ' moisture boost' even though I use a lot of hydrating products.Masks seem like an option but not sure where to start!

    Thanks in advance!

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    1. Not Caroline obviously but my 2 cents on the matter is that you could use a hydrating mask in flight if it's a long haul one and afterwards if it's shorter. Most hydrating ones are clear! I'm using the Origins Drink Up Intensive as needed. Maybe someday I'll rationalise the purchase of the holy grail Sisily Black Rose!!!!!

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  35. Hello Caroline, would it be more beneficial to rotate acid toners or just use one good acid toner like p50

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  36. Acne scars: is there any efffective product or we just have to wait they to desappear? I'm afraid that products are too aggressive or just useless. What Can we do when we treat spots to prevent the problem? Thank you!

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  37. Caroline, at the risk of sounding dramatic ... you are changing lives here! I read you from France and just Skyped yesterday with a friend back home in the States whilst I sang your praises. Thank you for all of your time and expertise. You're a gem ... and a sassy one at that. Merci!

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  38. Hi Caroline,

    I was wondering is it okay to use an acid toner everyday both morning and evening. I have been using Clarins exfoliating toner but interested in trying P50 and Pixi Glow Tonic. Just unsure how often i should be using them?

    Thanks

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  39. Hi Caroline!
    As someone who was diagnosed with PCOS several years ago (am now 32), should I follow your regular routine? Is there something different to do? I have a 2 year old, and lately my skin is reacting hormonally again... :( I am trying to switch my routine these days with the products you recommend. Thanks!!

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  40. Could you do a cheat sheet on eczema/ultra sensitive skin, ie which over the counter products are recommended? I know it is such a personal issue but it would be good to get your input on this. I'm 56 and love skincare and makeup, but when I get a flare up then am reduced to wearing Avène Cicalfate and that's about it. Or even some tips on how to camouflage blotches without aggravating them ... yours in desperation ...

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  41. What is the best way to help fade red marks/scarring from spots?

    Cheers!

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  42. Your favorite lip balm ever,please...
    And should we do dermabrasion at dermatologist?
    And can we feel safe using SPF50 face powder,only?

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  43. Hi Caroline!
    This is a great idea, thank you for launching this section.
    My question would be: what books/courses would do you recommend to someone willing to improve their knowledge on all things skin?
    Tank you, and have a lovely day!

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  44. Is Amanda Lacey cleasing pomade good for oily, acne prone skin ?,

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  45. Hi! I've heard from various sources that you should use the same brand in all the products, why? Don't see the point, other that the brand/salon will sell more. Explain this attitude. Thank you for your vise dom!

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  46. Thank you, thank you, thank you!

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  47. Can you give a brief overview of your thoughts on parabens, organic products and "natural" products? They're such common concerns that I think having your opinions in an set place on the blog would be helpful.

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  48. Hi Caroline, I'm male and I have a very oily and acne prone skin and it's red, like really red and i easily blush, I live in Indonesia and have a very stressful school life. And it's almost impossible for me to get high end stuffs, especially the ones that are rare here, like tata harper, sunday riley, and practically all the great stuffs
    So, questions :
    1.) I started using 8 percent glycolic acid two years ago, two times a week. Do u think it's too harsh for teens in my age? I think it really clears my skin but it makes me even redder? Should I use the 10 percent? Should I use it more often? Should I just chuck it away and change direction to Paula's Choice 2 percent BHA?
    2.) Do you think a skincare dupe exists? Like, I have an obsession over Korean skincare and there is this brand called Secret Key that produce dupe for SK II FTE, it contains yeast too (btw, do u think yeast and those stuffs are effective?) and they also make a dupe for estee lauder advanced night repair.
    3.) I'm also currently using a skincare line from a brand called Benton, it's also Korean, and it's amazing (it's highly concentrated with good stuffs and they dont even use water). BUTTTT, the issue is they dont use preservatives and there was this crazy ass case that happened. They said there was an error in the plan and there was a contamination and fungus was included (EW). But... I use them just fine (?) So, the question is, Is it actually safe to use products that rely mostly on natural preservatives? (i'm also currently intrigued about lush products btw)
    4.) Oh, they also tout the goodness of snail. Is snail really good or just like.. okay?
    5.) I also have a dog, does playing with my dog (which is oftenly dirty, and I ALWAYS have his hairs everywhere on myface) cause acne?
    6.) Do I need retinol like.. now?
    7.) I heard from people there's this local brand that is only available in pharmacies called Vitacid, they are retinoic acid cream. Is retinoic acid a type of retinol? Will it be gentler or harsher than retinol?
    8.) Is fragrance and alcohol harmful for our skin? I use this sunscreen from Biore called Aqua Rich Watery Essence. It is very very light and absorbs swiftly, but i think the reason why it's so easy to be absorbed is because of the high amount of alcohol.
    9.) I also use a foaming cleanser that I use for like.. ages. It's a German brand called Sebamed if youve heard. It's foaming but it doesnt dry my skin (?) here is the ingredient list : Water, Cocamidopropylalbetainamide MEA Chloride, Cocotrimonium Mthosulfate, Sodium Lactate, Panthenol (Vitamin B5), Fragrance (Parfum), Phenoxyethanol.
    10.) If i still use that cleanser, do I need to damp or wet my face first or just pump and massage like if i use a cream cleanser?
    11.) What do u think abt benzoyl peroxide?
    12.) Grapeseed oil or almond oil for moisturization? Is it okay if I buy the food grade stuff?
    13.) Btw this is the ingre list of one of Benton's product that i use : Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice (80%), Propolis Extract (10%), Glycerin, Arginine, Allantoin, Betaine, Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract, Portulaca Oleracea Extract, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Cross Polymer, Zanthoxylum Piperitum Fruit Extract, Pulsatilla Koreana Extract, Usnea Barbata (Lichen) Extract
    14.) If I'm only using loose powder (Chanel poudre libre), should I use a cleansing oil or a normal facial cleanser like the seba med above will suffice? Or maybe a bioderma first and then the Seba Med?

    i'm sorry this is so long but i'm doing my business studies presentation and oh God i'm just so excited this is my first questions for you and i'm a bit sleepy
    omg sorry i'll stop

    Thank you Miss hirons

    Much love
    AnonymousWhoJustLovesYouSoMuch
    MANY LOVE AND THANKS

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  49. Hi Caroline,

    I've recently switched to using the Clinque 'Take The Day Off' cleansing balm and Vichy detox and wow what a difference! I have combination skin and have recently developed continuous breakouts that leave bad scaring (I'm very fair skinned). What moisturiser would you recommend? The amount of choice is overwhelming! I am/was one of those people who declared I DONT NEED MOISTURISER *slaps back of hand*

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  50. Question on acid toners and dry skin. I started following the "Hirons Method" at the beginning of January, adding fish oil and cutting out sugar and dairy, and incorporating an acid toner (pixiwoo) into my routine. My skin improved at first but now I have red bumps and dry flaky patches. I guessed this is from too much Pixiwoo? I also used the Oskia mask once a week so maybe it was overload.
    I've stopped using pixiwoo but I can't seem to get enough moisture into my skin. I think it is both dry and dehydrated and I'm applying moisturiser a few times a day at work. flaky
    Should I wait till the flakey patches go away to start using it again?
    I added TBS bouncy sleeping mask into my night time routine this week but it has not made any impact on the dryness.

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  51. Hello hello, Caroline! 2 questions:

    1) General routine for "teenage" skin?
    2) What do you all think of fragrance in skincare.. coming from essential oils. i.e. Citral, Limonene, and Linalool.

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  52. Caroline,i love you!what is your toughts on mineral oil based cleansers/mineral oil based products,why we are afraid them(i`m afraid of them too but i had no idea are they actually that bad for skin?chip ingridient or can it be expensive?)
    any thoughts,please

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  53. Hi, not sure if you'll manage to answer but would yo your anyone reading know if time bomb completion cocktail with a shot of chlorophyll be used like a toner or is it a serum for the skin. I have it in my skincare stash but no idea how best to use it along side all my other serum & oils? Thanks

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  54. What products (specifically moisturizers and treatment serums) are best for sensitive skin? I find my skin has a difficult time tolerating acid toners, vitamin c serums, essential oils, and certain plant oils. Embryolisse lait crème concentre is one of the few things that doesn't bother my skin, but I don't think it's actually nurturing it and I want to quit using mineral oil. Any recommendations would be helpful!

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  55. Hi Caroline
    Details on recommended retinol products would be great.
    You are fab... I recommend your blog to everyone and 3 friends so far have been receiving comments on their amazing skin. Thank you
    Emma x

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  56. Hi Caroline

    My FAQ is: you often blog about amazing facial oils but in your #365skincare routines oils haven't featured very often. How do you know when your skin needs oil or moisturiser (or both!)?

    Thank you!

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  57. Hello :) I was wondering do exfoliating products, such as the ones you recommend, interfere with fake tan? Thanks Caroline!!

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  58. I second this question

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  59. Hi Caroline

    Is alcohol in skincare products bad? I've read that there are some good alcohols,but is denatured alcohol included in this?

    Thanks

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  60. Hi Caroline

    Is alcohol in skincare bad? I know there are some good alcohols, but does denatured alcohol fall in this camp?

    Thank you!

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  61. Don't retinol and AHA/BHA work on different levels of the skin?

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  62. Hi Caroline,

    BIG love to you and your blog! My mid-30 skin is kicking the but of my 20 year old skin because of you.

    Skincare routine for early gym days so we aren't sweating it all off 2 hours into the day? Any special considerations for after gym care? (E.g do we need to let skin breathe? I feel like 3 layers of product on sweat can make me...erm..."glow" )

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  63. Dear Caroline,

    Could you please create a FAQ and cheat sheet or Youtube video about cleansing, using your routine and some top tips for those of us fans who have to travel/work/live in hot, humid, tropical climates!
    E.g. What should you do when you find your moisturizer sweating off?
    Are water-based or gel-based serums better for summer routine compared to oil-based serums?

    Thank you!

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  64. Hi Caroline,

    could you recommend a non foaming cleanser for second cleansing? I have acne prone combination skin. My first cleanse is with TTDO Clinique Cleansing Balm.

    Thank you!

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  65. Hello Caroline,

    I was wondering how to deal with PCOS acne? From what I gathered from your posts and comments : strong acid toner + supplements (Omega 3, Magnesium and lecithin) + good diet & exercice. I'm wondering if there's something more specific to do?

    Thank you very much for your blog! Merci :)
    I hope you feel better

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    1. Hi Camille,
      Sorry to jump in (Caroline), but I just wanted to let you know that I suffer with PCOS acne and I have found that the thing that has helped the most is eating foods with a low GI. For example, I was following a healthy diet - no dairy, no refined sugar, etc. - but I realised that some of the 'healthy' substitutes I was using actually rated very high in terms of GI, most notably medjool dates. Since cutting these out alone my acne has improved significantly.
      In terms of products, after a lot of trial and error, I now use Cetaphil Gel Cleanser in the AM followed by Simple Light Moisturiser SPF 15 and then in the PM I use L'Oreal Micellar Water, Cetaphil Gel Cleanser and Medik8 0.3% Retinol Serum (I alternate this with Paula's Choice 1% BHA Toner). All these products are fragrance free and also free from essential oils which I found really aggrevated my PCOS acne.
      Anyway, just wanted to share my experience! Hope that's ok Caroline!
      x

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  66. Hi Caroline,
    I just wanted to say how much I loved your interview with Elizabeth Hurley & was touched by your obvious sensitivity at the beginning of the interview. I have recently been diagnosed with breast cancer & am undergoing chemotherapy. My beauty routine & skincare is one of the only things I feel in control of, especially since losing my hair, but I've noticed how dehydrated and lacklustre my skin has become after only 2 sessions ( I feel like my face has aged 10 years with the stress) & I have 4 more to go. I am 41 and would love some advice regarding products you would recommend to help with this & I'm sure there are many more women going through this, who would appreciate it also.

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  67. Dear Caroline,
    How do you cleanse your skin properly without the hot cloth cleansing method? My friends and I are volunteers to places such as India and Africa occasionally, where we tend to break out cuz we have to wear lots of SPF but access to clean, hot water is not always possible.
    Thank you for your wonderful advice always!

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  68. Your blog is so informative! As is your YouTube channel, love reading/watching it all!

    If you are still taking requests, could you explain what you know about these three ingredients: arbutin, bee venom, and snail mucin?

    I have been using a product containing these ingredients for the past fortnight and my skin is definitely having a pimply reaction to it. Skin is so complicated!!

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