skincareaddiction

[Shelfie] I moved house today and one of the first things I did was unpack my skincare!

[Shelfie] I moved house today and one of the first things I did was unpack my skincare!

It always worries me when someone has such an extensive collection, but i recognise none of the products. It makes me think i have no idea what im doing!

Not pictured: moisturisers, because they're going somewhere else.

My usual routine:

AM:

Murad Clarifying Cleanser: soothes any breakouts and takes down redness, feels nice and cooling in the morning. If I don't use that, I use Ole Henriksen The Clean Truth cleanser.

Ole Henriksen Sheer Transformation: it's just nice. Lightweight, doesn't interfere with makeup, gives me enough hydration for a casual 30+ degree day in Australia.

PM:

Remove makeup with a microfibre cloth - recently I've been thinking about getting some micellar water, though. The cloth doesn't always take 100% of my mascara off.

Kate Somerville Eradikate Cleanser: this is my second tube. It's the BEST. I notice such a difference in how quickly breakouts disappear since I started using this.

Otherwise, I alternate between Indie Lee Brightening Cleanser (smells really good, genuinely does give my skin a little more clarity) or Omorovicza's Moor Mud Cleanser (smells a little weird but feels very deep-cleansing and hydrating simultaneously).

I alternate between Tatcha's Water Cream and Herbivore's Moonfruit as a moisturiser, and will sometimes throw B-Hydra in as well - I don't realllly feel like it does a whole lot for me, but I want to use it up.

I try to do a mask about once a week depending how my skin feels - Perricone MD's Cocoa Moisture Mask is my favourite for hydration/softening/smaller pores, but The Honey Mud is also incredible and feels sooo luxurious.

I'm also happy to give opinions about any particular product if you're curious!

Full Product List (left to right, top to bottom):

Philosophy Rainbow Sherbet Moisturiser

Philosophy Fresh Cream Moisturiser

LaVanila Vanilla Body Butter

First Aid Beauty Cleansing Body Polish

Sephora Collection Body Lotion in Chocolate

Philosophy Fresh Cream Body Soufflé

Natio Renew Radiance Foam Cleanser; Natio Rosewater Toner

Uppercut Hair Wax (I think? It's my boyfriend's)

Kiehl's Facial Fuel Scrub; Kiehl's Facial Fuel Moisturiser

Origins Clear Improvements Mask

Caudalie Purifying Mask

The Ordinary Vit C Suspension 23%

The Ordinary Salicylic acid; Retinoid 2%, Niacinamide 10% (stacked behind each other)

Drunk Elephant C-Firma; Drunk Elephant B-Hydra

Sunday Riley Luna Oil

Nip + Fab Glycolic Fix Night Pads

May Lindstrom The Honey Mud

Perricone MD Cocoa Moisture Mask

First Aid Beauty Ginger & Turmeric Jelly Mask

Mario Badescu Drying Lotion

Indie Lee Brightening Cleanser

Kate Somerville Eradikate Cleanser

Murad Clarifying Cleanser

Fresh Soy Face Cleanser

Glamglow Youthcleanse Mud Cleanser

Glamglow Powercleanse Mud-to-Oil Cleanser

Glossier Milky Jelly

Ole Henriksen Walnut Complexion Scrub

Ole Henriksen Counter Balance Cleanser

Omorovicza Moor Mud Cleanser; Omorovicza Refining Facial Polisher

Ole Henriksen The Clean Truth Cleanser

Milk Makeup Matcha Cleanser

Omorovicza Thermal Cleansing Balm

Tatcha Cleansing Oil; Dermalogica Special Cleansing Gel (behind Tatcha)

Bobbi Brown Soothing Cleansing Milk; Shu Uemura Anti/Oxi Cleansing oil; Clinique Take The Day Off Makeup Remover

It just means there's more to explore! :)

...or more reason to breakout from. shudders

[B&A] I've nearly cleared my skin for the first time in years.

[B&A] I've nearly cleared my skin for the first time in years.

Me - oh wow your skin is flawless how you do that

OP - cut out sugar and stop touching your face

Me - ಠ╭╮ಠ

Seriously though, your skin looks so fresh and generally amazing.

Saying what no one wants to hear on SCA - changes to diet and lifestyle make the biggest difference!

Hey y'all - I've never had severe acne but the photo on the left pretty much shows how it would usually appear.

The biggest change was diet. I already avoid dairy since I'm lactose intolerant but cutting out sugar made such a difference, I was actually shocked. I always thought that I was using the wrong kind of topical treatments, and for a while getting into a daily routine helped to manage the spots but getting rid of sugar was one of the biggest factors.

I also quit smoking, and started drinking 2L a day. How much these two also contributed, I'm not sure, just know that the combination of all three have culminated in this change.

Product wise, I use a mix of face washes from clinique, simple, l'oreal etc. I found that the product I use doesn't really matter, as long as it works for my skin type (which is DRY). As long as I wash, use a good moisturiser and keep my hands off my face all day, it seems to do the trick.

From what I've seen on this sub, I'm pretty sure it's usually Accutane that makes the biggest difference.

[Humor] When your skin starts clearing up but you realize you’re ugly even without acne

[Humor] When your skin starts clearing up but you realize you’re ugly even without acne

This may not be 100% related/I may be taking this meme too seriously but... I had this same mindset, I felt like I'd never be cute or pretty like the cosplayers or streamers I follow even if I had perfect skin so what was the point? And then one day I was watching a video about Kpop and the Korean professor being interviewed said something along the lines of: "Kpop stars generally believe that beauty isn't something you're born with, it's something you cultivate."

This quote completely changed my perspective of my own beauty and why I was so negative. I originally saw all these women as being born with something I would never have and accepted it as fact. Now I've decided to cultivate my own beauty: I've lost 20 lbs and counting, I'm revamping my wardrobe, I'm figuring out how to do my hair and keep it healthy, and of course I'm here on ScA soaking in all the sage wisdom - and moisturizers! - I can. I'm not a model, but I want to be beautiful in my own skin so I'm going to work hard as hell and hopefully it'll pay off~ ❤️

"Kpop stars generally believe that beauty isn't something you're born with, it's something you cultivate."

while i agree with this sentiment, it's weird to hear this in the context of k-pop, cuz 95% of k-pop idols have had some form of cosmetic surgery.

It's such a rude awakening.

To be fair, though, many Koreans see cosmetic procedures as part of cultivating beauty.

[Humor] Finally cosmo actually gives some good advice.

[Humor] Finally cosmo actually gives some good advice.

For a moment there I thought it was like saying.,. Leave murder behind in 2017

If Cosmo said it I’m not so sure anymore...should I be applying lemon and baking soda? Goddammit Cosmo I was so sure before

I found lemon has greatly reduced my back acne. Should I use something else?

Thankfully, that's still something we're into this year

[Selfie/B&A] October 2017-January2018. It's not great and I've had some "relapses" but this is the best my skin has looked in my adult life. Just gotta keep up with it!

[Selfie/B&A] October 2017-January2018. It's not great and I've had some "relapses" but this is the best my skin has looked in my adult life. Just gotta keep up with it!

AM

-Wash with Neutrogena Hydro-Boost cleanser.

-Stridex on the red box.

-Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturizing Gel.

-Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Dry Touch sunscreen SPF30.

PM

-Whatever makeup remover wipes I have laying around.

-Garnier Micellar Water (the pink one).

-Neutrogena Hydro-Boost cleanser.

-Witch hazel and tea tree oil "toner"

-Olehenriksen Invigorating Night Transformation Gel (I believe this has made the biggest difference in regards to acne scars and texture).

-Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturizing Gel.

For reference, my skin is very acne prone and somewhat sensitive. These days I normally only get some (what I believe to be) hormonal acne around my jaw and mouth, but they go away faster than my breakouts ever have before. Since I have that under control, I'm mostly focusing on fading my scars and improving texture. If anyone has suggestions on products they like for those purpose that might fit in with my routine, let me know!

Your skin is glowing!

What!!! It looks great. Even tone and no obvious new active break outs. Scarring isn’t noticeable and texture looks healthy and hydrated. :)

I think that has more to do with the reflection of light off my freshly applied sunscreen than the actual health of my skin haha. But thank you!

[Personal] I am a straight black male lol

[Personal] I am a straight black male lol

And your date could spend the night and never have to worry about not packing travel size routine items.

He’s like “no I’m not sharing, that bitch can bring her own” LOL

Lmao...okay. I have this friend I haven't since June until recently. We use to work together and he remembers me struggling. I saw him recently and I was telling him I started going to the gym etc and I'm feeling better overall. He acknowledged that I look fitter etc.. But to my surprise he also emphasized " but your face bro, your face... your face looks ..i don't know bro but even your face looks different" and in my head I was thinking I have a few products I could introduce to you to have this face too. Lolol I was shocked!!!

it doesn't matter if you're a straight black male, taking care of yourself (even to this extent) isn't "gay" or "feminine". It's pretty stupid that there's a stigma that taking care of your skin is only for females. Are females supposed to be the only ones with skin problems?!

[Humor] Me when people here admit they don’t patch test but I have the world’s most sensitive skin

[Humor] Me when people here admit they don’t patch test but I have the world’s most sensitive skin

My skin is incredibly reactive but I have to patch test my whole face (after passing an initial allergy test) because my skin reacts differently on every part of my face. It is very annoying and I hate trying new products!

I can’t get past your name

I have never had a negative reaction to a skincare product, so I just go all in. One day, it's going to bite me in the ass.

Haha it’s a line from Bob’s Burgers.

[Acne] I’m Losing All My Progress Before My Eyes

[Acne] I’m Losing All My Progress Before My Eyes

So I recently ran out of most of my acne products. All I have is a cleanser that is extremely ineffective and a moisturizer that is also ineffective. I ordered the acne.org regimen and I’m pretty sure it will work really well since benzoyl peroxide really helps my face more than anything. It should come tomorrow. If it doesn’t I’ll have to wait til Monday.

For a couple days I’ve been watching the progress that has taken months to earn go away within days. My skin is completely breaking out all over my face. I’ve made so much progress on clearing my skin and it’s all gone. I’m not joking when I say that if I miss one day in my skincare treatment, my skin will pay for it. It seems that if I’m not applying tons of products to my face each day, my skin will completely break out no matter what. I’ve completely changed my lifestyle for the better to prevent acne, but it doesn’t work. I break out more and more every day and I don’t know why. And it takes months to get rid of it. My skin just breaks out more and more no matter what and I don’t know why. I know that hormonal acne can be weird, but is it normal to break out every single fucking day? I can’t deal with this.

This reminds me about my situation.. I used BP every single evening during 2 years, skin was pretty clear with minor pimples from time to time. But it was super dry, so I decided to quit. No wonder, skin started to worsen the next day and after. That happened to me before and earlier I resumed BP immediately. But this time I really wanted to quit. I decided to change my whole routine. So at first I started breaking out like crazy, but with time I realized that the quality of my skin became better (less redness and plumper). I still break out but much less and the bad thing as I get big cysts occasionally, that is why I use contact therapy BP once a week or even less frequently to help them disappear quicker. What I think you need to do is to find suitable cleanser and moisturiser (you know this already)). It is hard. I think what helped me is studying info about fungal acne and paying attention to ingredients (in everything I put on my face), there is a website https://simpleskincarescience.com which helped with theory. For now, I don't know how to escape using BP at all, but I am sure you can find a good routine which will allow using it less frequently and not "depend" on it. The thing is, it is best to test cleanser and moisturizer while not using BP.. otherwise it's hard to say if it is good..

I would look into other factors that could be affecting your skin, such as:

Diet (sugar, simple carbs, and sometimes dairy are typical acne-feeding foods) Bed sheets (how frequently do you wash them, especially pillow cases?) Fungal acne (have you ever tried anti-fungal treatments? sometimes it’s behind stubborn acne)

If it helps, acne.org BP saved my skin.

[misc] my friend spent 2017 in a rough spot and neglected self-care. She’s been noticing some improvements in my skin and asked me to create her a little beginners guide to getting him skin back in good shape!

[misc] my friend spent 2017 in a rough spot and neglected self-care. She’s been noticing some improvements in my skin and asked me to create her a little beginners guide to getting him skin back in good shape!

I know I missed out on some topics but I felt like this was a good start! I looked through the sidebar to get most of my info so I hope nothing is extremely incorrect. I wanted to post Incase someone was in a similar situation/just a beginner in general. Talking about skin can kinda feel uncomfortable for some but I tried to make everything “cute” so it could possibly get her excited again

It’s adorable. Remind her of low ph cleanser part and slow introduction of acids/don’t over exfoliate.

This is such a kind gesture. She is lucky to have you as a friend, and I’m sure her skin will thank you!

This is so cute and so simple, I'm going to follow it myself. Have been bumbling around with trying to figure out a skincare regime and this is a huge help!

[Humor] When trying to do your routine- but someone wants attention. Might as well use him as a face towel.

[Humor] When trying to do your routine- but someone wants attention. Might as well use him as a face towel.

My cat would have knocked over all your bottles already. And the other one dips his paws into my hands when I catch water to rinse my face. It's pretty adorable.

I love his proportions

Now that you mention it, they're pleasing to the eye, aren't they?

Instant beard.

Try one of these subthreads