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post #31 of 64
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Originally Posted by tomgirl View Post
an alpha hydroxy cream will help exfoliate the dark spots away gradually, as will any "skin lightening/whitening" cream, though without sunscreen during the day, these products are ineffective. there's also no instant gratification, unfortunately.
Thank you, I'll look into it. Anyone knows the site that list products with info like whether they test on animals, contain harmful ingredients. The products are rated on a number scale. Anyone have any idea as to what I'm talking about.
post #32 of 64
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Originally Posted by SkinnyGoomba View Post
They help close the pores up.
Oh, okay.
post #33 of 64
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Originally Posted by JayJay View Post
Toners? I've never used or thought of using one. I'm not sure what they do. What's the purpose?

and they remove surface dead skin cells, exfoliating and prepping skin for moisturizer.

unless you're prone to breakouts, i'd recommend a toner/softener that doesn't contain alcohol, as alcohol tends to strip oil from the skin, making it dry and tight and forcing your skin to create more oil to compensate. i'd instead opt for one that contains witch hazel. i obviously don't use men's products, but i know Shiseido has a men's line with a toner ("Hydrating Lotion") that doubles as a light aftershave lotion. they also have a softener in their "Pureness" line that i've used and liked. other than that, i'd recommend a toner that you need to apply with cotton. i personally find that spray toners tend to lay on top of the skin and not penetrate pores.
post #34 of 64
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thx! I'll switch over to one with witch hazel, the irony of this one for oily skin is that the oil-removing quality makes my skin more oily over time.
post #35 of 64
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Originally Posted by SkinnyGoomba View Post
thx! I'll switch over to one with witch hazel, the irony of this one for oily skin is that the oil-removing quality makes my skin more oily over time.

yea, it's just an evil aesthetic conspiracy that forces you to use MORE of their crappy toner.
post #36 of 64
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thx! I'll switch over to one with witch hazel, the irony of this one for oily skin is that the oil-removing quality makes my skin more oily over time.

However, according to the Consumer's Dictionary of Cosmetic Ingredients (Sixth Edition, Ruth Winter, 2005, Three Rivers Press), "Witch hazel has an ethanol [alcohol] content of 70 to 80 percent and a tannin content of 2 to 9 percent. Witch hazel water ... contains 15% ethanol." The alcohol can be an irritant. Witch hazel's high tannin content (and tannin is a potent antioxidant), can also be irritating when used repeatedly on skin, although when used for initial swelling from burns it can reduce inflammation
post #37 of 64
I have a couple questions:

Isn't retin-a specifically made for people looking to treat wrinkles? and isn't it more for older people?
I could be very wrong about this, but seems an odd thing to suggest for regular skin care.
Also, isn't that "Boots no 7" stuff supposed to be proven to work as well?

SkinnyGoomba- what does "clogged pores" mean if it doesn't mean breakouts? I thought they went hand in hand.

Would you guys recommend that anyone use toner? what are the benefits?

sorry if these are dumb questions, and thanks.
post #38 of 64
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Originally Posted by thats.mana View Post
Thank you, I'll look into it. Anyone knows the site that list products with info like whether they test on animals, contain harmful ingredients. The products are rated on a number scale. Anyone have any idea as to what I'm talking about.
Cosmeticdatabase.com I believe, however there are a couple out there. I heard this one is a little oversensitive but it does give you a general idea about what's in them. It's quite difficult to find products that rate lower than 2. I think they give them a point automatically if they haven't been Cosmetic database approved or certified or whatever, if that gives you any indication. Also, Cetaphil and Aveeno are overhyped by dermatologysts, both clogged the shit out of my pores and left my face with this greasy feeling by mid-day, failed to moisturize enough too. Right now I'm using either Neutrogena SPF and Late night cream, or Yes to Green Peppers... I think that's the one I'm using, that stuff is not bad once you get used to the scent they add to cover the green pepper smell, which smelled terrible at first. I'm still looking for a miracle cream though.
post #39 of 64
you sound like you just read that off the package.
post #40 of 64
I'm assuming that post is spam.
post #41 of 64
Hey guys, for those that suffer from breakouts or blemishes consider trying a sulfur soap or mask. My friend told me about "DDF sulfur therapeutic mask" and I always jump at trying new stuff. I was impressed at how quickly I noticed results after only 3 uses. It dries the zits out and smooths out the pores. But this mask is not a miracle solution though.

The down side is that this sulfur stuff really dries your skin if you're sensitive or over do it. It also has an unpleasant odor but if it works, I'm willing to handle the smell. I take care of the dryness with jojoba oil at night and Nuetragina combination skin moisturizer during the day.
post #42 of 64
My dermatologist prescribed retin-a, some kinda cream, and benzoyl peroxide. I apply all three before I go to sleep and my face has never been clearer.
post #43 of 64
Cetaphil gentle skin cleanser, paula's choice BHA and paula's choice balanced moisturizer has improved my skin more than any other product combination I've ever used. If I feel an emerging pimple, then I use Neutrogena Benzoyl Peroxide cream.
post #44 of 64
Hi guys, This is my first post My Clinique M Gel-Lotion is finishing soon and I am considering whether or not to switch to the Shiseido Men Moisturizing Emulsion. I did receive a small sample of the Moisturizing Emulsion but it finished in a week. I quite like it but I need to know how the product is like over the long run. Currently in the day I use the Shiseido Hydrating Lotion as a toner/moisturizer for my oily skin. At night I use a salicylic acid toner followed by Avene Diacneal for my acne and finish off with Clinique M Gel-Lotion. I hear that the Shiseido Moisturizing Emulsion is a good light moisturizer that is oil free and hydrates the skin well. As my Diacneal acne treatment is drying, I was thinking of switching to a heavier moisturizer like Shiseido Moisturizing Emulsion to be use only at night. I have been using the Clinique M Gel Lotion for a good year now and for such an expensive product I see no difference in my skin, that's why I am considering a change. I live in a tropical hot humid country btw. Your advice ? Thank you.
post #45 of 64
I was prescribed Tazorac for my mild acne which did nothing for me, but now I do the 'Oil cleansing method' with olive oil and castor oil and then use Apple Cider Vinegar as an astringent or toner. My skin healed in less than a week. I will never put another chemical on my face ever again.
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