@Lexicon Keeping in mind that you have a very different skin type than I do, I have a question, since you seem to know a whole lot about skin care:
I have combination skin and am prone towards both mild acne (i.e. a zit or two every once and a while) and SERIOUS facial dryness (i.e. noticeable skin flaking on my nose, forehead, and between my eyebrows). I use Cetaphil facial cleanser and Cetaphil lotion and that does the trick during the summer, but in the winter I think I need a much stronger lotion. Sometimes I end up using hand cream(!), which works better but obviously feels heavy and uncomfortable.
Do you have recommendations for dealing with that specific skin issue -- specifically picking a face lotion, but also if you have any other skin care ideas?
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Granted it doesn't get nearly as cold here as it does where you live, my ISFJ bestie looves this stuff. I've never used that product specifically, my skin is way too oily for anything but light moisture. But, I swear by their cleansers. I've also had really good luck with some of their other products.
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Originally Posted by EJCC
I'd say, year-round, you may want to use an exfoliator 2x a week. The charcoal scrub I mentioned in my last post to kyuuei is a good one for all skin types. You can use it 2-3x a week in the shower (make sure you take WARM not HOT showers, so you don't strip moisture from your skin) after using your regular cleanser. An exfoliator will help slough off dead cells & reduce flakiness later in the day, exposing fresh, new skin underneath.
Apply your moisturizer ASAP when you get out of the shower/get done washing your face. Doing so will help your skin hold more moisture.
Get a small humidifier for your room to keep by your bed at night in the winter time. Walmart has a few for $20 that work pretty well (my mom uses one). In the dead of winter, if your whole house feels super-dry & you don't want to buy a larger humidifier, you can always take the small one from room to room. Also, cook more on the stovetop vs in the oven. Ovens tend to dry the air out in your home even faster, while steam from the stovetop will help add moisture to the air. Even boiling/simmering a big pot of water for awhile can make a difference in relative humidity. You can get creative & toss some spices in the water, as well, to add a nice smell to your place. Cinnamon, mint, & citrus juices are always a nice combo.
While my skin hates the humidity, the air getting too dry in winter in New England (like RH of 20 or less) would interfere with practicing pieces for musical theater when I was in college - drying out my throat horribly. A little steam went a long way. I kept a crock pot in my room on low, filled w/water & spices, & kept the lid off. Ideal relative humidity for skin, lung health/general sanitation is between 40-50.
If you feel particularly dry in certain patches after moisturizing at bedtime, you can apply a thin layer of Aquaphor to help seal in the moisture at night, although it does feel kinda greasy. Just make sure to wash it off in the morning. Another option is coconut oil on the areas at bedtime, lightly. Again, cleaning in the morning would help keep the pores from getting clogged. That tea tree oil I posted on the last page may work all right at night if you're particularly dry, but I've never used it on my face. I primarily use it as ringworm prophylaxis, but it has made my heels really soft. The only thing I've used on this list on my face is Aquaphor (mainly on my scars, & lips), and that never clogged my pores, though my INTP friend & another friend of mine seem really enthusiastic about coconut oil.
I think the Cerave moisturizers would probably do well on your skin. You can use a little, or a lot, and it contains a ton of skin nourishing ingredients that help build up the skin's ability to hold moisture & renew itself. They're advertised as great for all skin types. My friend's mom has dry, sensitive, rosacea-prone skin, & her derm turned her on to Cerave stuff, recently. Seems to be living up to its advertising, thus far.
A sunscreen, daily, is also super important. Cellular damage over time can contribute to drier skin that can't perform turnover as effectively. The Cerave night time lotion I posted in one of my recent posts has a good SPF 30 daytime counterpart that you might like.
I use Retin-A for my acne, and it can cause a lot of gross flaky skin when I adjust the potency/have to get used to it (despite having oily/combo skin otherwise). I really like the Clean & Clear gel moisturizer as an extra layer on top of my night cream/beneath my day creams to give my skin a little extra moisture without it becoming an oil slick. If I'm makeup-free duing the day, I can reapply this gel as much as needed to keep my skin from flaking.
If I have makeup on, and I'm getting flaky, a spritz of this facial spray on top of my makeup seems to calm everything right down, without smudging anything. Can be used as often as needed. I got it as a free sample on an order (I love this site). I think almost any facial spray would be helpful, as long as it doesn't contain tons of alcohol.
There have been occasions where I was out & about & flaking like an insane amt, & a little spray bottle just wasn't enough. The dead skin just needed to come off. In those situations, these individually packaged witch hazel towelettes were a huge help. Example: last time I was flying coast to coast.. we got near landing.. woke up, went to the bathroom, & saw this peeling lizard in the mirror. Like skin hanging off me, haha. These babies were super handy, then. It wiped off the dead skin, gently. I just reapplied my gel moisturizer immediately afterward & was good to go. The towelettes and Clean&Clear gel moisturizer are always in my bag.
Also.. for all skin types.. drink LOTS of water. Try to minimize caffeine intake, or at least compensate for it, even if you're gonna pee more. Incorporate lots of fresh fruits, leafy green vegetables, & fatty fish (salmon's great!) in your diet. Almonds & avocados are also great skin-nourishing foods.
That's all I got, I think, for now. Hope some of it helps!
PS - If you're worried about wasting $ on trying new stuff, I recommend buying these items at CVS or Walgreens. Both stores have a very reliable Beauty Guarantee - you can return anything you buy if you're not satisfied, for a full refund, as long as it's not completely empty. I do it all the time.
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I have huge craterous open pores. They are very unsightly. Someone please help.
(My skin is very oily but also sensitive and dries out and reddens with harsh treatments )
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I have super oily skin. I'm talking visible oil on the nose, forehead and chin. I have to use those oil blotting papers to get rid of the excess. I don't wear make-up or even powder.
I have a question about cleansing though...I get a lot flakiness around my nose, sometimes my chin, too...like dry skin but that's the oiliest part of my face. What can I do about this freaking flaky skin? It drives me crazy.
I am pretty much the same.
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I haven't found a facial lotion that works for this, as I have always stuck with Neutrogena moisturing + 15spf, just because I wanted the spf and don't want to clog my pores, because I also break out a fair amount still (not a LOT, but I get zits and blackheads ) - and I'm 37, lol. I'm also interested in hearing feedback.
I will say that, *possibly* tied to this, my hair used to be a LOT more oily than it is now - like, I'd have to wash it every single day, otherwise by day 2 it was very oily. I've figured out something that finally works, and now for the first time in like 17 years I can wash it every two days -- I may be to the point where it can be every 3. And it seems counterintuitive, but, I've just been seriously moisturizing my scalp - I've been using an Aveda 'Scalp Benefits' conditioner every time I wash my hair, massaging it into my scalp (ie attacking my scalp rather than my hair). Now, Aveda stuff is insanely expensive, it's like $100+ for a giant bottle (eek), but also my scalp and hair are so much more healthy, and less greasy now. My point with this ramble being, that the excess oiliness very well may be because your skin is too dry, and your body is over-producing oils. I think that is/was the case with my hair and scalp.
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