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07 May 2010 - 18:4931413
Spots.
Clearing up my skin for the expo.

Both long-term and quick-fix would be helpful. ^.^

Any help?


07 May 2010 - 19:0531414
Buy some benzoyl peroxide, it really is the best quick fix ever. You only have to use a small amount and it basically strips the grease off your skin. But just don't get it on clothing as it bleaches it (its pretty strong) Also make sure to do a small patch test before you load it over your face so your make sure your not allergic.

But you'll notice a difference straight away. I used to have horrible skin and was fed up with it, so I was prescribed this stuff and have virtualy clear skin now!

Edit: Sorry, forgot to mention you'd need it either prescribed by a doctor, or you can buy it over the counter at most pharmacies.



Last edited by Neko-Chan (07 May 2010 - 19:06)
07 May 2010 - 19:1831415
I changed a few things about my post and wrote it all up better here, so you can also comment here with questions:

http://miiol.livejournal.com/91025.html

I'm a student Beauty Therapist. If you want to PM me and answer a few questions about your skin I can give you some advice on what are the best products to use for your skin type. If anyone else has questions feel free to ask too!

I hope that helps you.



Last edited by (09 May 2010 - 16:50) Reason: Wrote it all up in a public entry in my LJ
07 May 2010 - 19:2931416
Oh wow! So helpful!
Thank you!



07 May 2010 - 19:3131418
i can recommend the pill ^^

I used to have awful skin before i started taking dianette. it takes a few months but it works really well


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09 May 2010 - 14:3031514
I get really dry skin and exfoliating washes and buffers from the Body Shop did hardly anything to help but then I saw a tutorial for making your own facial scrub at home and it really does work! My skin is sooo soft after:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zAF9PPhnatU&playnext_from=TL&videos=p6_cvdx5qSA

I've started using an Acne serum also but it's too soon for me to tell how well it works (although I haven't had an outbreak since using it) and it depends on your skin type as what results it would give I expect.


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09 May 2010 - 15:0831520
Pretty much all body shop washes have sodium laureth sulfate in them so that may have been your issue.

I did the body shop skin care thing they have on their site to see what was recommended for me. Apparantly men aren't supposed to tone their skin and need to clean it with things with SLS in them.

-Tab


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09 May 2010 - 16:3031543
Quote KhaosKreator:
Pretty much all body shop washes have sodium laureth sulfate in them so that may have been your issue.

I did the body shop skin care thing they have on their site to see what was recommended for me. Apparantly men aren't supposed to tone their skin and need to clean it with things with SLS in them.

-Tab


Ahh that could be why.
Pfft surely men and women should follow similar rules? The only difference is men get more facial hair obviously (I think that's the only difference anyway...).


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Last edited by Leonie Heartilly (09 May 2010 - 16:31)
09 May 2010 - 16:5531547
Quote Leonie Heartilly:
Ahh that could be why.
Pfft surely men and women should follow similar rules? The only difference is men get more facial hair obviously (I think that's the only difference anyway...).
In my salon, and I think most salons, there are no different rules for facial/skin care for men and women. There is only one thing - we cannot do facial peels on men with facial hair/stubble (cos all the dead skin/peel would get caught in the hair! UGH!) but then again neither could we do that on women with facial hair! (Downy hair is ok).

If you do want to buy high street brands, Neutrogena as I've said before are good. There's also the brand Young and Pure. http://www.youngandpure.co.uk/ . Beware it does contain alcohol.

However, on a search for something else I found this interesting link on acne causing ingredients:
http://www.savvyskin.com/how-to-prevent-cosmetic-acne


09 May 2010 - 22:0031597
If you can't get your skin as good as you'd hoped in time, well I swear by BB cream, which is also mentioned in miiol's super helpful post. My own experience is that it's is AMAZING when used alone or as a foundation base. It "prepares the canvas" without it being really cakey and ick. The brand I use is BRTC but I've also heard good things about Missha.

What I find works for me is to put it on after my usual skin care routine, and wait a while before putting makeup on. Not sure why it works better after waiting for a bit, it just does.


09 May 2010 - 22:0331599
Quote Leonie Heartilly:
I get really dry skin and exfoliating washes and buffers from the Body Shop did hardly anything to help but then I saw a tutorial for making your own facial scrub at home and it really does work! My skin is sooo soft after:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zAF9PPhnatU&playnext_from=TL&videos=p6_cvdx5qSA

I've started using an Acne serum also but it's too soon for me to tell how well it works (although I haven't had an outbreak since using it) and it depends on your skin type as what results it would give I expect.


Having seen your cosplay pictures and met you when you're not in cosplay, I can't believe you have any acne problem at all!


09 May 2010 - 22:4831607
Quote Pez:


Having seen your cosplay pictures and met you when you're not in cosplay, I can't believe you have any acne problem at all!


Make-up is a very useful thing lol But yeah I wouldn't say I have serious acne or anything but I still seem to never have clear skin and I thought I would be past the age to have "teenage skin" anymore, my hormones should have calmed down to an extent. I've been to the doctors before and been prescribed anti-biotics and lotions ect.
Doesn't help I can't stand water.


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09 May 2010 - 22:5231609
If theres a 'Lush' shop near you, you could go ask them about their anti spot facial soap (i forget its actual name, its kind of a peach/light pinkish cream colour) - its excellent. Clears my younger bro up and he's in the late teens "facial explosion" stage at the sec.

It is reasonably expensive at about £4 per 100g i think it was but it lasts far longer than most normal soaps and does quite well.


10 May 2010 - 00:1531613
I tend to smell a Lush shop before I see it XD


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10 May 2010 - 09:1131627
Quote Leonie Heartilly:
I tend to smell a Lush shop before I see it XD


lols - I have a similar experience


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10 May 2010 - 10:0431631
I swear by tea tree oil as a quick fix If you've got a spot that just won't go away, use a little bit of tea tree oil and it really dries it up and it'll just scab over and die.

I've had SO many problems with spots in the past, but, touch wood, I've always ended up having pretty clear skin when it gets to convention time, which is so ridiculously lucky.


10 May 2010 - 10:4731633
Quote Tsu-chan:
i can recommend the pill ^^

I used to have awful skin before i started taking dianette. it takes a few months but it works really well


...I agree... I was on Dianette for my skin from the age of 16, up until a few months ago, and my skin is SO much better than it was. I shouldnt have really stayed on it for as long as i did.. because it is the most powerful pill out there, but my god.. IT WORKS! Its not a quick fix i'm afraid, but for the long term, its magic!

Make up wise... I swear by MAC, it is a little expensive.. but it can cover any kind of break out. And lasts all day! Thier Studio Finish concealer is THE BEST!! Will last all day even in hot conditions, and is amazing for quick touch ups, and PERFECT photo make up... the range of skin tones is amazing.. i myself am pale and find it so hard to find makeup that doesnt make me orange. lol. But MAC always match!

So yeah, if your skin isnt how you would like it in time.. this is an amazing make up fix.



Last edited by Alyx (10 May 2010 - 10:54)
10 May 2010 - 11:0231636
Um, it might be stating the obvious, but the Pill is, in essence, a hormonal drug, and different people can react very differnetly to it (though Dianette is certainly used to treat acne!) so please read up on it and talk to your GP first if you can.

Sorry for the over reaction. I have friends and friends-of-friends who had Bad Encounters with the oral contraception, so... better be safe than sorry heh?


10 May 2010 - 12:1131645
Quote Pez:
Um, it might be stating the obvious, but the Pill is, in essence, a hormonal drug, and different people can react very differnetly to it (though Dianette is certainly used to treat acne!) so please read up on it and talk to your GP first if you can.
This is very true, as I put in my post too. In fact someone was telling me they were on a similar pill and they had to stop it after 4 years because it can cause deep vein thrombosis! Scary stuff.

Quote Kan-chan:
I swear by tea tree oil as a quick fix If you've got a spot that just won't go away, use a little bit of tea tree oil and it really dries it up and it'll just scab over and die.
This kind of thing is quite bad however, because it is drying out your skin! Concealer sticks and tea tree roll ons and so on actually spread infection of spots, unless you remove some product from the bottle with a spatula/apply it on the back of your hand, then apply from your hand to the infected areas and wash your hands after use. Otherwise you are day after day putting stuff that's touched your spots back over your face!!

Quote Junta:
If theres a 'Lush' shop near you, you could go ask them about their anti spot facial soap (i forget its actual name, its kind of a peach/light pinkish cream colour) - its excellent. Clears my younger bro up and he's in the late teens "facial explosion" stage at the sec.
Is it Fresh Farmacy? While the essential oils are perfect for treating spots, here are the ingredients. I bolded every unnatrual harmful ingredient:

Quote:
Quantitative Ingredients
Calamine Powder, Propylene Glycol, Chamomile Decoction (Anthemis nobilis), Elderflower Decoction (Sambucus nigra), Rapeseed Oil; Coconut Oil (Brassica napus; Cocos nucifera), Sodium Lauryl Sulfate, Sodium Stearate, Sodium Hydroxide, Water (Aqua), Lavender Oil (Lavandula angustifolia), Chamomile Blue Oil (Matricaria chamomilla), Tea Tree Oil (Melaleuca alternifolia), Rose Absolute (Rosa damascena), Glycerine, Sodium Chloride, EDTA, Tetrasodium Editronate, *Limonene, *Linalool, Perfume
However some Lush products DO contain Sodium Coco Sulfate instead of SLS which is the lesser of two evils (it's still bad). It's silly really, SLS just makes things lather/froth up. That's the only reason it is put in things! Things work perfectly well without it. What is good about Lush is they do not contain parabens or formalhyde as they have best before dates!

If anyone is interested, I could post a list of which essential oils do what for which skin, if you like more natural remedies. On this note a great natural exfoliant (not so great for the face, but for body especially hands) are oats and rapeseed oil mixed together. Cheap and so effective! Also it smells like flapjacks.

But overall you do have to remember different skins require different treatments - even if you have the same type skin as a friend, you will react differently. So please use what I'm saying as a guideline - something may work fantastically for you that I've said is bad!



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10 May 2010 - 13:0831648
Quote Pez:
Um, it might be stating the obvious, but the Pill is, in essence, a hormonal drug, and different people can react very differnetly to it (though Dianette is certainly used to treat acne!) so please read up on it and talk to your GP first if you can.

Sorry for the over reaction. I have friends and friends-of-friends who had Bad Encounters with the oral contraception, so... better be safe than sorry heh?


I completely agree, i wasnt saying it as something to be taken loosly, i just know what living with bad skin is like, i tried every kind of cream, ointment, anti biotic out there, and the pill was the only thing that worked for me, but definetly talk to your GP first.. you have to anyway to get it. I had to come off of it because i had a DVT scare.. it was horrible, so i do only recommend it if you are only gonna take it for a year at max!! .. dont ever do what i did, 4 years of strong chemicals... its scary! Its definely better to be safe than sorry. I changed pills a month ago... and this new one caused me to come out in serious hives, all over!! and its still not completely gone, and i stopped taking it straight away! So it proves that some things really dont suit people, and the pill isnt for everyone.
And i would only ever recommend it to someone with SEVERE skin problems... its not for someone that gets one spot and thinks the whole world is staring at them! lol.


10 May 2010 - 17:4731680
Just to add a note that the Pill didn't do anything for my spots. I was on it for two years, and it didn't make a difference. So it's not a certain thing.


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10 May 2010 - 19:4531693
There are many brands of pill available, so it's possible you just weren't on one good for you.

I hear a lot of people say that the pill didn't suit them (not just with spots, but other ways) but there really are so many versions.

This is an american site, but it gives you an idea of the sheer range of products available:

http://www.wdxcyber.com/ncontr13.htm

-Tab


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10 May 2010 - 20:0331698
An example of pills working differently is when I first started taking it my ex's mum asked what one I was on (I forgot what it was called) and she said I should try Femodene as you don't get cramps with it and she's known people who's breasts have grown slightly whilst on it (I used to moan about my bust size lol).
Now the breast growth did not happen for me like it did other people (damn lol) but I haven't had issues with this pill in general so I've stuck with it. Been on it about 2 and half years I think and the nurse seems happy for me to continue with it.

But it may make someone else feel terrible. It's a case of just trial and error I guess and what the doctor/ nurse thinks will suit you.


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11 May 2010 - 02:3131717
Quote miiol:


Quote Kan-chan:
I swear by tea tree oil as a quick fix If you've got a spot that just won't go away, use a little bit of tea tree oil and it really dries it up and it'll just scab over and die.
This kind of thing is quite bad however, because it is drying out your skin! Concealer sticks and tea tree roll ons and so on actually spread infection of spots, unless you remove some product from the bottle with a spatula/apply it on the back of your hand, then apply from your hand to the infected areas and wash your hands after use. Otherwise you are day after day putting stuff that's touched your spots back over your face!!



Oh I meant actual tea tree oil in a little bottle. I put a few drops on a cotton pad and dab it ONLY over the "infected area" at night. Then in the morning i do the same old cleanse then moisturise routine.

I should've been clearer ^^; Sorry.


12 May 2010 - 22:5531816
To be honest I don't think their is a quick fix for skin. (If their was, no one would have bad skin! XD) Some things work for some people, other things don't. Having a good cleansing, toning and moisturising routine can help in the long run, and you can get things to soothe the occasional breakout, but I doubt you could sort of zap spots away quickly so that they arn't noticeable to the eye.

Drinking plenty of water and having a good diet are two ways of helping improve skin. And I know lots of people will moan at me and say this didn't work for them, but honestly, plenty of water is your skins best friend (Just not so much that you get ill from it.) Benzoyl peroxide is okay, but be careful with the strength as it can burn the skin if its too strong. Also note that its not a super quick fix that will rid you of spots in a few days. Like any medication, it can take a few weeks. It MIGHT reduce the size and redness of activity, but it wont get rid of it over a few days, unless your body adapts very well to it.

Toothpaste usually has stuff in it thats not good to be left on skin and a few people have even had it burn their skin and make spots worse(I know a girl who once put it on her face to clear bad skin and the toothpaste sort of...ate her skin and left her with nasty burns. Don't know what type she was using but it messed her skin up.). Some toothpastes can help, but it depends on the type. (Like using a proper toothpaste, not the gel types.) Same goes for neat tea tree oil, it can damage your skin, so its recommended that you dilute it first, more so if skin is really sensitive.

You can also go to your doctor and speak to them about your skin. Depending on how bad they think it is, they will either give you something their (They often try topicals first then move onto tablets, etc.) or send you to a dermatologist who will assess your skin and try and figure out a program to help clear it. The pill is often given, but it does take a good few months to see results, and often you might find your hormones go up and down a lot until you settle on that particular pill. I'm on dianette for my skin and have been since I was 14 and it works really well. Hasn't cleared my skin up completely, but its much much better than when I was younger. It's cleared up by about 70%, compared to what it once was. I use a skin care routine every morning and night now to keep my skin sort of...stable. Its not completely clear, but it pretty much stays the same and I know how to control a break out on my own face due to having a tried and tested skin care regime for my face.

It sounds silly...but try and stay away from products that guarantee results in one night or something. I find that products like that are for people who THINK they have bad skin...but really they don't(Like that one friend we seem to have who will often point at a non exsistant mark and go 'OMG I HAVE ACNE!111'. Good example of that is the Clean & Clear Advantage Spot Control Kit. Bought it for £12.00 used it...about two weeks? It just dried my skin up, brought it out in cysts and yeah...made a general mess. But you never know, it might work for you. Everyone is different. :3

If you need a quick fix then make-up with good coverage is always an option. Generally you get what you pay for with make-up, so avoid brands like collection 2000 and Miss Sporty, as they aren't that great. Things like Mac, No.7, etc. are great brands. Bit more expensive, but worth it in the long run.

Mac do a great, blend-able and high coverage concealer called Studio fix which is really good as you can build your coverage. I swear by their Studio fix and studio sculpt concealer and their studio sculpt foundation. (Or in summer months I use their studio sculpt or fix concealer with their studio fix powder plus foundation and blot powder to set.)


Keeping skin clear is about really sticking to a routine in my books. Not everything works and it can take years to find a good skin care routine. Mine's taken me most of my teenage life. I'm 22 now and I've only just found a nice skin care regime that keeps it stable. Finding out if your oily, dry or combination skinned is one of the first steps to finding out how to combat your skin problems and find out a method that suits you. Also, try not to strip your skin of oil, merely control it. Their is a difference.
Your skin produces oil to keep it healthy, sadly some of us produce too much, which causes us to get clogged pores and often break out (However, plus side to oily skin is that you tend to age slower apparently XD), so finding a way to control the oil rather than stripping it away, is the better option, as your skin will think 'Hey! Wheres mah oil gone!? *makes more and more and more*' and you'll be back at square one.


Edit: Just remembered a really nice exfoliant you can get on-line. Its EXPENSIVE though. Its called Cure Natural Aqua Gel and its a Japanese brand. At first I was a bit sceptical about using it, as its apparently made from about 90% water, (Its so popular in Japan that a bottle is sold roughly every 20 seconds) so its really gentle. The price tag puts people off though. I managed to snap up a bottle for £30. Which is £10 cheaper than most websites. But its worth it in my opinion. The stuff comes in a pretty large bottle (think its 250ml) and its really runny, so one to two pumps works on your face, and all you do is rub it in circles and it eventually starts taking off these little white its from your skin. Once you rinse it off your skin feels really smooth and clean. I so so so recommend it to people if they can afford it. 8D


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