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Taking care of my facial skin

Discussion in 'Health & Body' started by xmx250, Jan 12, 2008.

  1. Young Scrappy

    Young Scrappy Senior member

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    Your daily regimen should consist of something like this (ideally):

    Morning:
    1. Exfoliate -- use a daily exfoliator (if you don't shave everyday, then adjust accordindly) to prep for shaving. A daily exfoliator will be less harsh (there will be a lot more cleanser than beads) than a specialized /weekly scrub which you should use 2-3 times a week. Exfoliating basically means to remove remove older skin cells and reveal younger skin cells thus making your face looking softer, younger.
    2. Shaving cream/gel for shaving -- to ease shaving.
    3. Moisturize -- very crucial as a good moisturizer will soften your skin and over time re-texturize your skin and make it softer. Make sure to look for "oil-free" so it won't clog your pores and make your skin even oilier.
    4. Sunscreen (SPF 15 or higher) -- very important as more than half of skin damage is from the sun. Wear it even on cloudy days and when you know you will be outside for more than 15 minutes. Sunscreen will save your skin from discoloration, uneveness and wrinkles. Sun damage (even 15-30 minutes day to day damage that occurs) eventually will take its toll on your skin, though it may take years to see its effects.

    Night:
    1. Cleanse face -- use a basic cleanser, I would suggest something oil-free as well.
    2. Moisturize -- I would recommend using a night cream as it will both moisturize and exfoliate. Something with an AHA (Alpha Hydroxy Acid) as this will help with your uneveness in skin tone and bumpiness.

    Special Products:
    These products are optional and not part of the basic skin care regimen, but will definitely help with your skin look its best.
    1. Clay Mask (to reduce oiliness/blackheads, minimize look of pores) -- if you use this over a long period of time, you will see a huge difference in your skin tone, clarity and texture. Your pores will also be less visible and a lot smaller. Use 2-3 times a week.
    2. Eye cream -- If used regularly, this can help with undereyes issues such as puffiness, dark circles and wrinkles.
    3. Toner -- I consider this an optional product personally, though some would disagree. I used to use a toner, but it was just too much of a hassle and I don't care for it anymore. Used after cleansing and before moisturzing, this will restore your skin ph's balance and make moisturizing more effective.

    Some other things to note. Wash your face only twice a day, more if needed (if you work out/exercise, the environment you are in is particuarly dirty that day), once in the morning then once at night. Cleansing it more than twice a day will strip your skin of its natural oils and thus make it at first a lot dryer than it is, but eventually more oilier as your skin will compensate for the dryness and make extra oil.

    Some brands worth exploring if you are new to skin care: Baxter of California, Anthony's Logistics, Jack Black, Urth. They are all formulated for men specifically.

    I use a basic ph balanced cleanser (Dan Kern's Cleanser), Neutrogena Men SPF 15 for a moisturizer and sunscreen, Baxter of California AHA Enriched Night Cream, Menaji 911 Eye Gel and a basic spa clay mask from time to time. I used to have a lot of acne scars, uneveness in my skin tone (some parts were darker than others), and the texture was a lot rougher, but since using a skin care regimen it has definitely helped a lot. I hope this helps! [​IMG]

    Like the others aforementioned, visit
    1. http://www.menessentials.com -- has a 'basic' training guide to the left which can answer any questions you have on skin care. sells lots of brands and offers free shipping, samples.
    and
    2. http://www.menskincaretips.com/blog/ -- a skin care blog for men. offers reviews of skin care products and answers questions on general skin care issues. [​IMG]


    I replaced my Acne-free cleanser with a cleanser with glycolic acid. My aesthetician suggest glycolic night cream also. I think I might be overdoing it. I also use retina .1% every three days. What do you think?
     
  2. Brian278

    Brian278 Senior member

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    I replaced my Acne-free cleanser with a cleanser with glycolic acid. My aesthetician suggest glycolic night cream also. I think I might be overdoing it. I also use retina .1% every three days. What do you think?

    If your face is constantly dried out and irritated, you're overdoing it. If it's not, your not.
     
  3. Karo

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    Try to not touch or pick at your face. I'm not sure if you do this or not, but you'd be surprised at how often people do this without realizing it. It'll make your face greasier and dirtier.

    I agree. My colleague who sits across from me picks at his freaking chin all day, and thats the only spot on his face that looks like hell.

    So don't touch yourself [​IMG]

    I recommend Biotherm moisturizer for men. I've been using it for a month now and I liked it plus it has a nice fragrance. I have your same "too oily & too dry skin" and this product gives me the balance.
     
  4. xmx250

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    thanks for all the responses!


    i'll look into some of these things. Any more specifics on getting rid of blackheads etc...?


    i think someone mentioned a clay mask.


    Also what are the sotres that i should be buying this stuff. I dont want to buy from somwhere expensive
     
  5. xmx250

    xmx250 Member

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    I just took a quick look around menessentials.com, wow so many products to choose from. i dont know where to start.

    i guess i need.

    cleaner
    exfoliator
    clay
    moisturizer
     
  6. blank

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    I'm going to buy some new things. I think I have normal-to-oily skin, so I'd like some input on the following: Men-u Cleanser Ritual Blade Antiseptic The above are because I have suffered from staph bacteria on the face, so I need to kill that. Then, the Dan Kern cleanser. I'm hoping my routine can be: Baxter Herbal Mint cleanser in the morning Dan Kern at night Kiehl's Exfoliator before shaving Ritual antiseptic on the blade Men-u ultra-concentrate after the shave Baxter moisturizer I use Benzoyl Peroxide for acne but that has subsided a lot lately. I'm thinking that I can ween off of that if I can come up with another routine. Should I purchase another exfoliator, something that I can use every morning? And, I have to wash my face during the workday as well, as it gets oily then. I have a lot of Acne scars that I'd like to start taking care of; I'm prepared to spend some money to improve the skin on my face. I've scoured MenEssentials but aside from the Men-u and the Ritual, I don't know what else to buy, nor when to use it. and if I keep on the Triaz (benzoyl peroxide), how to I work that in. Plus, I have a differin prescription that I use at night, so I can't use a clay mask or moisturize then.
     
  7. zatarregaza

    zatarregaza Senior member

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    I just took a quick look around menessentials.com, wow so many products to choose from. i dont know where to start.

    Read the articles in the Read section on the left or the Grooming Guides at the top first before purchasing. He's included lots of useful material there.
     
  8. xmx250

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    okay thanks i'm gonna check it out
     
  9. TheRealAshland

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    i still say the facials work miracles, ...over time that is
     
  10. egoiste

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    Whoops, sorry for the long reply! I've been a little busy with school and work.



    Young Scrappy -- Yes to what Brian278 wrote. As long as your face doesn't seem irritated or dry, go ahead and use the cleanser and cream. Make sure to also use a daily SPF to protect your skin from sun damage due to the use of the glycolic acid.

    *******

    xmx250 -- Men Essentials charges no shipping for their products and the prices are about the same anywhere else online.

    There are a variety of brands and prices out there for skin care. You can buy brands that target men specifically (Baxter of California, Zirth, Urth, Men Science, Jack Black), mainstream brands that you can virtually anywhere (Neutrogena Men, L'oreal Men, Nivea) or designer skin care (Shiseido Men, Dior Homme Dermo System, Givenchy Homme, Prada Men, Lancome Homme). If you are on a tight budget, you can always try out the mainstream brands.

    Sites to consider:
    -www.drugstore.com -- go to the men's skin care section
    - http://www.mugonline.com -- some products are cheaper here than other sites.
    -http://sophee.com -- good selection of products.

    As for clay masks, I recommend one that contains kaolin clay and If you suffer from acne and blemishes, DDF Sulfur Acne Mask is an amazing product and is my favorite mask. Sulfur alleviates the size and redness of existing acne and prevents future pimples from forming due to the clay absorbing the oil. However, it is quite expensive (4oz for about $34). You can use it as a spot treatment for pimples or a weekly mask. Olay (Olay Deep Cleansing Clay Mask) has a good mask that sells for about $6. You can also go to stores like TJ Maxx, Ross, Marshalls and buy general spa clay masks for around $3-7. Look for kaolin clay, bentonite, seaweed, kelp, etc. in the ingredients list of clay masks. These ingredients are needed for an effective weekly mask (tighten pores, rid oil, alleviate skin).

    *******

    blank -- A word of advice for the benzoyl peroxide (BP). If you don't use bp as a routine, your acne can come back. I would try to do the same thing once I saw results on my face, but weeks later, I would have pimples here and there. An alternative can be tea tree oil (TTO) as TTO has antiseptic and antibacterial properties which can clear the skin of acne scars and blemishes. TTO isn't as effective as BP and it takes longer to work, but it is a safer alternative to bp as bp has been shown to age your face quicker due to the release of free radicals. Plus, it's really harsh and drying on your face. I'm using TTO now after using BP for about 2 years and it's been working. Secondly, salicylic acid may be another alternative, though it is still quite harsh on skin.

    As for washing your face during the day, make sure to re-moisturize. An alternative to washing your face can be using a toner to refresh your face. Use a cotton pad and wipe your face with it removing the dirt and debris (and you'll see lots of it on the pad afterwards!). You can also use oil removing strips (Clean & Clear Oil Absorbing Sheets) and use them on oily areas.

    For acne scars, there are a variety of options. Chemical peels are costly ($500+), but are effective on mild acne scars and you would need to go to a professional doctor to do so. This basically removes the upper layer of your skin.

    You can also go the natural route, though they are less effective and may take longer to work. However, they are the cheapest route! Some natural alternatives are:

    1) Aloe vera--apply topically as a gel or drink aloe vera juice.
    2) Lemon juice--bleaches skin: apply topically (1-2x a day) only on acne scars with a cotton pad, let stand for 10-15 minutes, rinse with water. Lemon juice is a natural alpha hydroxy acid. Thus, it can be overdrying and sting skin.
    3) Cucumbers -- apply cucumber juice topically over entire face with a cotton pad and leave on skin overnight. Not as harsh as lemon juice and thus can be used over entire face.

    Lastly, you can purchase products in creams or gels ($30+). Look for ingredients in products such as kojic acid, licorice extract, vitamin c, vitamin a, retinol, glycolic acid, lactic acid, hydroquinone, azelaic acid, mulberry extracts, etc.

    Some products: Murad's Post-Acne Spot Lightening Gel, Lancome BRIGHT EXPERT - Intense Brightening Spot Correcting Serum, Dior DiorSnow Pure UV Ultra-Whitening Spot Corrector SPF 30 , PH Advantage Boosters: Pigmentation Fader, Clarins Bright Plus HP On-the-Spot Brightening Corrector, Peter Thomas Roth Potent Skin Lightening Gel Complex (also comes in a gentle formula), DDF-Doctor's Dermatologic Formula Fade Gel 4, Korres Wild Rose Imperfection-Targeting Oil, Shiseido White Lucent Concentrated Brightening Serum.

    Finally, for your skin care regimen. Simply adjust accordingly. If you use differin at night, then a night cream isn't needed. Focus on the morning regimen the most and preventing acne and sun damage. For BP, I put on BP and wait about 10 minutes until it sinks into my skin, then put on my sunscreen and/or nightcream.

    I hope this helps!

    And yes TheRealAshland, facials work miracles! Practicing good skin care regimen along with adding special needs such as facials certainly help your skin look its best.
     
  11. Fat-Elvis

    Fat-Elvis Senior member

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    Thank you Patrick Bateman. [​IMG] i found the info on clay masks to be the most useful....I should get one.


    btw, what is a good sunscreen to get in addition to a moisturizer? I want one that's at least 15spf, oil-free, and isn't greasy or anything. I can't find a moisturizer with spf that has all that and is good for combination/oily skin. Right now I'm using Clinique Dramatically Different moisturizer lotion.
     
  12. totally epic

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    I'm also using the DDF sulfur clay mask and it's fantastic.
     
  13. skunkworks

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    Neutrogena Sunscreen - just keep it out of your eyes and you'll be good.

    Queen Helene Mint Julep Clay - the best way to zap a blemish is to wash your face, put some benzoyl peroxide on it, dab on some AHA 10%, moisturize, then put a spot of this clay on the blemish overnight. When you wake up, it should shrink significantly. Best part is that it's $3 for a gigantic tube at your local drug store.
     
  14. chobochobo

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    Two most important things for good skin, in the long term - don't smoke and use sunblock. Things with AHAs or acids are providing very superficial chemical peels and provide a little surface rejuvenation but nothing else. Retinoids cuts down sebaceous gland activity and so will work for acne and for overactive glands, depending on dose/ administration route.
     
  15. blank

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    blank -- A word of advice for the benzoyl peroxide (BP). If you don't use bp as a routine, your acne can come back. I would try to do the same thing once I saw results on my face, but weeks later, I would have pimples here and there. An alternative can be tea tree oil (TTO) as TTO has antiseptic and antibacterial properties which can clear the skin of acne scars and blemishes. TTO isn't as effective as BP and it takes longer to work, but it is a safer alternative to bp as bp has been shown to age your face quicker due to the release of free radicals. Plus, it's really harsh and drying on your face. I'm using TTO now after using BP for about 2 years and it's been working. Secondly, salicylic acid may be another alternative, though it is still quite harsh on skin.

    As for washing your face during the day, make sure to re-moisturize. An alternative to washing your face can be using a toner to refresh your face. Use a cotton pad and wipe your face with it removing the dirt and debris (and you'll see lots of it on the pad afterwards!). You can also use oil removing strips (Clean & Clear Oil Absorbing Sheets) and use them on oily areas.

    For acne scars, there are a variety of options. Chemical peels are costly ($500+), but are effective on mild acne scars and you would need to go to a professional doctor to do so. This basically removes the upper layer of your skin.

    You can also go the natural route, though they are less effective and may take longer to work. However, they are the cheapest route! Some natural alternatives are:

    1) Aloe vera--apply topically as a gel or drink aloe vera juice.
    2) Lemon juice--bleaches skin: apply topically (1-2x a day) only on acne scars with a cotton pad, let stand for 10-15 minutes, rinse with water. Lemon juice is a natural alpha hydroxy acid. Thus, it can be overdrying and sting skin.
    3) Cucumbers -- apply cucumber juice topically over entire face with a cotton pad and leave on skin overnight. Not as harsh as lemon juice and thus can be used over entire face.

    Lastly, you can purchase products in creams or gels ($30+). Look for ingredients in products such as kojic acid, licorice extract, vitamin c, vitamin a, retinol, glycolic acid, lactic acid, hydroquinone, azelaic acid, mulberry extracts, etc.

    Some products: Murad's Post-Acne Spot Lightening Gel, Lancome BRIGHT EXPERT - Intense Brightening Spot Correcting Serum, Dior DiorSnow Pure UV Ultra-Whitening Spot Corrector SPF 30 , PH Advantage Boosters: Pigmentation Fader, Clarins Bright Plus HP On-the-Spot Brightening Corrector, Peter Thomas Roth Potent Skin Lightening Gel Complex (also comes in a gentle formula), DDF-Doctor's Dermatologic Formula Fade Gel 4, Korres Wild Rose Imperfection-Targeting Oil, Shiseido White Lucent Concentrated Brightening Serum.

    Finally, for your skin care regimen. Simply adjust accordingly. If you use differin at night, then a night cream isn't needed. Focus on the morning regimen the most and preventing acne and sun damage. For BP, I put on BP and wait about 10 minutes until it sinks into my skin, then put on my sunscreen and/or nightcream.


    Mate, thank you for the reply. It is very helpful. I agree that BP has done some very harsh things to my face and it might be the reason that my face looks weathered. My acne is not bad anymore -- I might get one blemish a week, if that. And I'm sure you know how this goes, but depending on how your face feels, so goes your acne, I think.

    I am going to try to use the Baxter Toner in the morning.

    I bought the Men-U antiseptic wash that features Tea Tree Oil, so I will try to switch over to that in the morning after the toner, moisturizing with the Baxter Oil-Free (which is very nice).

    Let's see what happens!
     
  16. Fat-Elvis

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    Neutrogena Sunscreen - just keep it out of your eyes and you'll be good.

    Thanks!

    Now, is it better to apply sunscreen after or before moisturizer?
     
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    thanks.

    'nother question: I currently use the Nivea Extra Gentle Face Wash to wash my face every day. I have oily/combination skin though, so would the Purifying Face Wash be better? Is there anything about it that would actually help with my oily face, or is it just marketing bs? Would the Extra Gentle just be better because it's fragrance/dye/alcohol/soap-free? (the Purifying wash just claims to be soap free)
     
  19. Ande

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    i have dry/oily skin too and cetaphil works for me. i don't mess w/a lot of chemical cleansers because they do more damage then good. i've tried that expensive stuff too. they irritate my skin. cetaphil is fairly gentle.

    the best thing you can do is limit the chemicals that touch your face. i had breakous from age 13-27. once i left the harsh products alone i cleared up. never spend a lot of money on products when you can get great stuff that works for cheap.

    to moisturize i use 100% pure jojoba oil (which isn't really oil). it's actually very similar to sebum which is oil that the skin secretes but it won't clog pores. it can be a little greasy if you use too much but blot your face w/tissue to remove the excess. three drops is enough for the whole face. they got it at Whole Foods for like $7-12. pure emu oil is great too if you can find it.

    here's the regimen that cleared my skin:
    1) Steam your face: bring a pot of water to a gentle boil, turn off the heat, tent your face over the pot w/a towel, and steam for 3 minutes. if the heat is too much back away and wait a minute. you want it to be warm enough to get a consistent sweat for all 3 minutes. you should have sweat dripping from your face. the steam flushes out any impurities/clogged pores. after steaming DO NOT wipe the sweat off. go to the sink and splash your face w/warm water.

    2) while your face is wet use the Cetaphil gently for a few seconds. maybe once or twice a week, apply the cetaphil with a rag instead of your fingers. the rag will help exfoliate the skin.

    3) blot your face w/a towel but not completely dry. apply a few drops of jojoba to your face and gently rub it in.

    Sidenote) you can remove blackheads after steaming while your pores are open. before i wash my face i take some tweezers or nail clippers (any hard item) and press its edge on the side/edge of my nostril. pull your nostril outward with the other hand and press the tweezer down and drag it to the front of your nose. the blackheads will squeeze out with ease. repeat for the other side of your nose.

    there are some great natural skin care treatments. honey is a great moisturizing mask. i started to get small craters on my skin and i applied a little apple cider vinegar to my face w/a cotton swab. after a few weeks they were gone. acv is also great for dealing w/dandruff.
     
  20. blank

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    Certainly don't want to jinx anything, but I'm just a few days into using these new products and I feel great. I think I can see things clearing up, and I'm trying to get off BP entirely. I will say that the Baxter Oil-Free Moisturizer feels fantastic, you can't even tell you're wearing it but hours after putting it on, if you splash your face, you can feel it washing off because it is still applied. Great stuff.
     

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