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Official Skincare questions etc

Discussion in 'Health & Body' started by Flame, Jan 2, 2013.

  1. Flame

    Flame Senior member

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    Since the last thread(s) is dead, and I need to count on the collective wisdom of SF ( and I don't feel like logging on skincare forums), here goes:

    1. I have a hyper pigmented mark on my left jaw due to itchy fingers popping a pimple. Besides using retinols (I'm using Diacneal) and a sunscreen, what else would be good short of cosmetic surgery?

    2. random thought: toners are awesome for oily skin. They also rock as an astringents after shaving. My go-to choice is Kiehls' classic blue herbal lotion. My only gripe is that the price is a bit more than my budget, but the bottle is huge. Currently using body shop tea tree oil toner, decent but not as nice as Kiehls'.

    3. Recommend me a weekly mask to minimize pores, clear dead skin etc. Been trying samples but never found something i can count on.

    Discuss.
     
  2. Alexei Bublik

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    how often per day should I shower?
     
  3. mensimageconsultant

    mensimageconsultant Senior member

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    Shower once per day unless maybe sweating heavily later in the day.

    That does not sound like hyperpigmentation. Has a dermatologist been consulted? If it is that, then hydroquinone could help.
     
  4. hendrix

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    I've had difficult skin for years and I finally am getting on top of it, at the age of 24. I put this down to:

    a) last year going on a course of accutane for 6 months. I was on a relatively low dose, and mitigated the side effects by using moisturiser and putting lip balm on like every 30 mins.

    b) Finding a proper shaving routine.
    I use a double edged razor. Counterintuitively, I find it's best to use a very aggressive razor with very sharp blades (e.g. feather blades) so that i only have to do one pass, and can still get a close shave going with the grain. Multiple passes and against the grain shaving are a bad idea if you have difficult skin.

    The other thing I find is that shaving soaps are better than creams because they provide more slickness and lubrication. Most triple milled English style hard soaps are not good on my skin. The soft Italian style soaps with tallow and glycerine are much better - they provide more slickness and are less harsh. I use Mystic Water (I know, awful name) Sensitive soap which actually took a few goes to learn how to use (trick is to have the brush damp, not soaked), but I also use a Speick shaving stick which you actually cannot screw up and is foolproof.

    So yeah, if you have sensitive skin and have trouble shaving, I suggest finding an aggressive double edged razor, sharp blades, a nice soft badger brush, a soft tallow soap, and to ignore the forum fancy of multiple passes and "baby butt smooth" shave.

    c) After I finish shaving, I wash off the soap and let my skin airdry, while I'm getting ready for work. I do not rub my face dry with a towel. I then put a very light smear of Nivea sensitive moisturiser on. Moisturiser has really helped my skin, I dunno why i didn't try it before.

    Finally, I put a tiny bit of tea tree oil on some cotton wool and lightly brush it onto my face. I have found that this works better than benzoyl peroxide or salicilic acid creams.
     
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  5. mensimageconsultant

    mensimageconsultant Senior member

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    There is a book called How to Wash Your Face. Pat-dry is some of its advice. Whether or not is says to use a soft towel, it's wise to choose that.
     
  6. Flame

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    It's very likely post inflammatory [/B]hyperpigmentation[/B]
     
  7. hendrix

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    I'm not too up to speed on what the dermatologists/drug companies/marketers are telling everyone, but isn't it just as likely that it's a bit of scar tissue? i.e. nothing is going to fix it but a little bit of ageing?
     
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    Any advice for rosacea? In my teens I was a total dirty bum and my hair was giving my forehead a ton of acne which I kept scratching. Now I have this rosacea thing going on and it gets red/irritated easily.
     
  9. gettoasty

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    My skin is fine for a few days, weeks, etc. but every now and then a creeper comes and I have this zist forming that eventually becomes red and then eventually pops causing a bit of scarring that I minimize via Neosporine and some BHA 2% (Paula's Choice),

    I also have to put on lip balm regularly. I also think I have rosacea, mild, but for example after I wash with my face in the morning and pat dry, sometimes I'll get some irritation / redness around jaw or forehead. I put a bit of the BHA on and the itch eventually goes away. Still a bit red and if you look close enough you'll see a rash / blemish.

    I am pretty sure its a combination of diet + lack of sleep and just common dirt / reaction. Taking out dairy completely has drastically helped clear my skin for the most part. Trying really hard with soy as well because it seems that causes a bit of an reaction. It's hard though since most things are made with soy now or some derivative.

    This response was prompted by a sudden numbing pump around my unibrow that I noticed today after work :fu: Clear skin one day then the shit rears its ugly head. Surprise!

    So hard to live.
     
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  10. Flame

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    My friend (who's a model) told me to use whitening cream (probably has niacinamide) for such issues. The scar tissue has been there for over a month now, so yea more than just a little bit of aging.

    gettoasty, your BHA rec is great, my skin has no more uneven bumps. Only gripe is that I now for the first time in my life have to use sunscreen, but i suppose its a good thing since it prevents aging. I'm pretty sure i have the same issue as you. Pretty good skin, but with isolated zits once a week and dry lips. I find using a retinol @ night, and blasting the zit with 10% benzoyl peroxide works. I have to resist popping zits by hand, that PIHP is not a good look.
     
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  11. gettoasty

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    I stopped using sunscreen for 2 years now? Makes my skin feel heavy and I'm so shiny at the end of the day. It actually clogged pores IMO and made my skin not feel comfortable overall. Fwiw I try not to touch my face at all, which I am pretty good about.

    The BHA I use both AM and PM again no sunblock. I also have more than 5 visible moles on my face .... T-T
     
  12. Flame

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    ^ Yeah I'm concerned about permanent dark spots with bha man. Using neutrogena ultra sheer pure mild which is mattifying and has spf 50...not sure if it will clogs my pores but the lotion is really light. I've been using it for 5 days, no issue. gonna give it a month and see how it goes.
     
  13. gettoasty

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    Dark spots caused by BHA without SS right? BHA is pretty light and actually minimizes and shine/oil.

    I should find a sunblock though
     
  14. hendrix

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    What I mean is that scar tissue will never disappear. The only thing that will reduce its appearance is your skin ageing. My skin looks fine now because it's been clear for a long time, but if I look closely I can still see the bumps and I don't think they'll ever go away.

    The discolouration went away naturally without any special creams etc, but it took a lot longer than a month.

    I'm basically not very convinced by creams that claim to "reduce discolouration" when that's a process that happens naturally anyway.
     
  15. gettoasty

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    I will say I also use to get razor bumps that end up looking bad by proper shaving helped that. Now I shave every other day, still get the occasional razor burn, which means it probably is time to change blades, otherwise pretty good.

    Just these damn surprises and reoccuring blemishes.

    Discoloration will eventually go away with time. Cannot make expedite the process though perhaps covering up with SS or something would alleviate further darkness.

    Been thinking about trying this: http://www.dermablend.com/index.aspx
     
  16. hendrix

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    You don't need foundation mate.
     
  17. gettoasty

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    I just want to dig a hole and cover myself up from the world.

    OP: Try cutting dairy / soy for 1 to 2 months and see if there is any change. I tell some people this but its so hard. For me I am lactose intolerant that makes it easier to cut it out completely. The stomach cramps / stinky farts is not worth it IMO.
     
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  18. Flame

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    Nah not lactose intolerant...been chugging milk all my life, no stomach cramps, weird farts etc.

    Actually my main concern is scar tissue/ even skin tone.
     
  19. gettoasty

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    ^I have a bit of discoloration on the bridge of my nose. Hardly noticeable but while at the gym today I thought about it and was indifferent. Initial thought was, "Scars are cool." It will fade eventually and as Hendrix said there is no real OTC product to speed up the natural process beside keeping the area from getting worse, use SS I guess, or see a skin specialist.

    Just ordered another bottle of PC 2% BHA...these things are expensive at $30 shipped for one 4oz bottle. Also going to go back to cotton rounds when applying the toner instead of my finger tips. Will check out Costco or order from Amazon. Any good suggestions for cotton rounds? Premium ones that do not fall apart. I had some years ago, they were awesome.

    Also the blemish I mentioned earlier is receding after killing it with a few dabs of BHA. Must be a bad reaction / the cold weather. Hopefully it will ease up tomorrow till the weekend and I can finally rest.
     
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  20. NiceGuyTom

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    Stay away from processed foods / sugars / fried foods and try to drink half your bodyweight in ounces of water every day.

    I have somewhat large facial pores along thick facial hair and sensitive skin which caused me tons of issues. I tried pretty much every razor solution and couldn't get away from ingrown hairs... Hell I can't get away from ingrown hairs to a much lesser degree now that I use an electric razor. I found that using an electric razor, then applying some American Crew shave oil along with some face lotion pre - shower was the best approach toward taking care of my face. Also a good tip is to use a moderately gentle face exfoliation wash 1-2 times a week helps as well.

    Here's some good products I like:

    Mint body scrub great for post workout - watch out for your nuts on this one :p
    http://www.amazon.com/Bliss-Super-Minty-Soap-Scrub/dp/B001288LJQ/ref=pd_rhf_se_s_cp_1_5J2S

    American Crew shave oil - I use this post electric razor shave and pre shower to help my skin out - smells good too. There are much better oils for to use in the shaving process however.
    http://www.amazon.com/After-Shave-M...56700&sr=1-3&keywords=american+crew+shave+oil

    Molton Brown Black Pepper Bodywash - Probably the best smelling bodywash around
    http://www.amazon.com/Molton-Brown-...832&sr=1-1&keywords=molton+brown+black+pepper

    If you go the more traditional razor route here's a nice shaving cream:
    http://www.amazon.com/Taylor-Street...=1358456998&sr=1-3&keywords=truefitt+and+hill

    & Preshave oil:
    http://www.amazon.com/Truefitt-Hill...corr&keywords=truefitt+and+hill+pre+shave+oil

    Facial Exfoliator I like:
    http://www.amazon.com/Jack-Black-En...8457172&sr=1-1&keywords=jack+black+exfoliator

    Day to Day face lotion with some mild spf:
    http://www.amazon.com/Jack-Black-Do...qid=1358457233&sr=1-1&keywords=jack+black+spf


    Anyways hope this helps in some way.
     

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