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ScarcelyHeard
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I picked up a prom magazine a few weeks ago, and in the magazine, it listed four common problems (blackheads, redness, dry skin and blemishes) and for each problem, it suggested three products and a routine to follow.

... what are you supposed to do if you have more than one of these problems?

I have blackheads on my nose. I have redness in my cheeks because I'm naturally pale. I have dry skin across my eyebrows and the bridge of my nose.

I use Biore strips (they work, but 95% of my blackheads are still there) I've been using a cooling facewash by Biore for my face that's supposed to help redness (It doesn't). I've been using a moisturizer by Johnson and Johnson which doesn't work... every single time I get out of the shower, the dry skin is back [Razz]

Any suggestions?

Or does anyone know any good places on the net to check out for advice?

Thanks!

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LucysDiamonds
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I have dry skin as well (arms, hands, and face), and I have to put moisturizing lotion on every day. I use Eucerin, and I've just made it a part of my morning routine - I put it on right after my daily shower. I don't know of any other way to help with that. Also, since it's winter and drier than usual, that's not helping in the slightest. [Razz]

Question about the redness - why is this bad? I'm fairly pale and I've got a natural flush to my cheeks, but I rather like it. (I actually remember an incident in 8th grade that boosted my self-esteem massively: I was in a bathroom and these two Hispanic girls were in there too, putting on makeup - more specifically blush - and one of them looked at me and went, "You are SO lucky to have naturally red cheeks, not fair!" So. [Smile] )

But if you really are having trouble with your skin, remember that different things will work for different people. Maybe go see a dermatologist for recommendations?

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JamsessionVT
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I would actually go in the direction of LESS products, not more.

3 products for me is too many. I use two maximum: a mild facial cleanser and an unscented lotion. The less stuff you put on your skin, the healthier it generally will be.

My suggestion is, if you haven't already, see a dermatologist. They are seriously your best friend if you are having skin problems. Besides that, invest in a simple but good combination skin face wash. This will be gentle on your dry skin but help with blackhead control around the more oily areas.

If you find a product isn't working, ditch it. Continued use obviously doesn't benefit your skin.

My cheeks (or whole face) tends to be red, mainly because I have red hair, freckles and very fair skin. But honestly, unless the redness is chapped and painful, there isn't much you can do. A lotion with calming agents may help, but best bet is to love the skin you got [Big Grin]

(Too? For those areas that are flaky or really dry? Use a little bit of petroleum jelly. I've found that to be a better substitute than any lotion or cream)

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Djuna
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Also, upping your water intake and eating more fruit will do wonders for your skin.
Oh yeah, look at the straight guy giving skincare tips. Ain't it a hoot. [Big Grin]

DISCLAIMER: This is in no way trying to perpetrate any kind of stereotype.

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I moisturize every single day. Right after the shower, I use either Vaseline lotion or Johnson & Johnsons. I've been doing this for about 2 years and I have extremely soft skin that doesn't get dry in the coldest of weather.

As for my face, I wash it twice a day with a bar of Olay soap. Very simple. I then use moisturizer - I recently have been using Ponds [yeah yeah, "old lady stuff"] - it has been working very well. I suggest purchasing a moisturizer with an SPF.

My cheeks are also very flushed ALL OF THE TIME. Just look at it this way - you don't have to buy blush =]. If the redness is really bothersome, buy some compact makeup. I purchase Clinique - it's expensive - but on the days where my face is very red - it works wonders & you truly cannot notice I am wearing the stuff. I'm not a fan of loading makeup on my face, but I can't even tell I'm wearing it.

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I have incredibly sensitive and dry skin, my own tears sting my skin like crazy and make it flake!
I use an E45 or other sensitive skin facewash, and use a flannel to get off the dry flakey skin, then pat dry and use E45 cream [Smile] it makes your skin really soft and doesn't sting or cause me to come out in weird rashes ee ^.^

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Look into whether you have hard or soft water. If it is at all possible, try to get a soft water unit installed in your home. It really is much better for your skin.

Also, look at www.makeupalley.com for reviews on just about any skincare/makeup/body product ever. It's very helpful in determining whether something will be worth it to purchase after reading all the reviews.

Forums like www.specktra.net also have good sections for asking questions like this, as it is a forum designed especially for that. [Smile] I'm over there too!

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if your skin is dry after you get out of the shower, put a light moisturizer on your face while the skin is still a bit damp, it helps lock in moisture...sounds like bull but it really works...cetaphil is good, gentle, cheap.
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