[acne] do you use a specific towel to dry off your face after washing? Do you change your pillowcases often? I have so many questions!

[acne] do you use a specific towel to dry off your face after washing? Do you change your pillowcases often? I have so many questions!

I’m changing my skin routine and trying to think of things that will really benefit my skin, like using a specific towel to just dry my face off, changing my pillowcases every certain number of days...or is that too crazy? Leave a comment if you can think of anything else. Thank you!!

Ya I have a separate towel for my face and I change my pillow case every week or sometimes every two

This is terrible for the environment

I have a dedicated cloth to dry my face that I change every fee days. I change my pillow case every night- it makes a difference in how oily my face is.

After I started trying out any kind of skincare options, like different serums day and night, I started getting the odd breakouts. Soap and water a couple times a week for the past 20 years - maybe one breakout a year or less. Two months of skincare.... 6-8 breakouts.

Maybe less is more. But, yeah, I have a separate face cloth as a towel for skincare stuff. Can change it more often than the usual 1-week for everything else.

[HUMOR] I just wanna be pure.

[HUMOR] I just wanna be pure.

😂😂 dying. This meme is perfection

Frank clearly uses Snail Essence

Hahahah I am dying.

Slug Life - for that fresh out of the compost shine.

[B&A] 6 Months Progress

[B&A] 6 Months Progress


[AM] splash with water, Clinque dramatically different lotion +.

[PM] boots simply sensitive cleansing gel wash, PC 2% BHA, PC 8% AHA gel, Clinique Dramatically different lotion +, clarins blue orchid face treatment oil.

There is spf in my foundation too - I'm wearing mascara but no foundation in the photo.

Also on my fourth month of roaccutane and have a vegetarian (+ veganuary) diet. 

I promise I'm a lot happier than I look! So much appreciation for this sub - never been so happy with my skin.

Wow!! Awesome progress, congrats!!!

Also on my fourth month of roaccutane

The BHA solution you use, is that a liquid, gel, lotion, or something else? I'm seriously considering starting to us BHAs/AHAs, so I'm super curious!

[Misc] How to figure out what to buy from The ordinary.

[Misc] How to figure out what to buy from The ordinary.

I’ve seen so many comments and questions where people ask for help incorporating TO’s products or ask for help to decide what to buy.

I just got a handful of links that I found most useful when I went down that rabbit hole. :D

Maybe we can all collect useful information and links here and that might save the odd person from getting desperate. :)

I spent quite a while on researching and trying to find out what to buy from the ordinary. These links helped me the most: -> Gives you an idea for a routine for every skin type and suggests products -> General help with building a routine, also focuses on incorporating TO products. -> Breakdown of all TO products, what they do and how to use them. -> List of all TO products which tells you if they’re oils, water based etc. and in which order to use them.

This should be stickied for the next two weeks.

This should be stickied for fucking forever.

I actually went to the Deciem Store here in NYC yesterday and learned so much about The Ordinary. The young lady who waited on me had perfect skin and was so knowledgeable about their product. I did say I wanted to start small, with maybe 3 products, tops, because I have very sensitive skin and an autoimmune thing going on, so I would have to add in the products one at a time. She said that's the best way to go anyway, because sometimes people come in and buy almost the whole line and that's not the best way to do it. So she asked me what my biggest issues were and we worked it from there. I ended up buying 3: Buffet, which I will use at night (because I currently use nothing at night). She said it's one of their best all around products because it has so much in it to help your skin. Then she asked if I was happy with my moisturizer. I used to be (Laura Mercier), but now it feels too heavy for me and kind of like it sits on my skin, rather than sinking in. So she recommended Natural Moisturizing Factors. My other issue is wrinkles becoming more noticeable as I lose weight, so she suggested Argireline Solution 10%. So that's it for now. I'm going to add in the second two products today (keeping Buffet at night) and see where I go with this stuff. I didn't find their website helpful to me. It was so much better going to the store and speaking with someone who knew the line pretty well.

What really helped me were the videos on Sephora's site. Idk if I wasn't looking hard enough on the TO website, but for each TO product Sephora sells, there was a video that explained what the product was, how and when to apply, etc. It saved me A LOT of time (and spared me a few headaches).

[Before&After] progress over the course of 9 months!

[Before&After] progress over the course of 9 months!

Whooaaa! Congrats!! Your skin is glowwing!

my routine is fairly basic and simple. i have to hand it to my dermatologist for helping me out with the major parts of my routine. i was first on antibiotics when i broke out because it got so painful. my skin normally never got that bad and one day it was just like poof! the not so magical acne fairy had blessed me with a ton of spots.

face wash: biore charcoal soap BAR

toner: witch hazel from target.. i don’t really use a specific brand oops

mist: rose water spray

serum: trader joes antioxidant facial serum

face cream: coconut oil at night and differin balancing moisturizer in the daytime

spot treatment: (from my dermatologist) epiduo (MY LIFE SAVER!!)

that’s about it, sometimes i put Aquaphor on my skin when it gets super dry and i always always always wash pillowcases once a week. (:

ps i need a good sunscreen anyone have a favorite?

Hi! You've got a beautiful skin, congrats ! Envious of your minimalist routine :)

My personal favorite sunscreen is the Biore UV Perfect Milk Spf 50+ PA++++, because it's super mattifying, easy to apply, not leaving a white cast and serves as a great makeup primer as well. However it contains alcohol so it really depends on whether your skin can tolerate it or not.

Many people rave about the sunscreens in the reccomendations sidebar though. Good luck ! :)

Wow. So clear! I'd love my skin and especially chin to look as great as yours.

[Humor] When you finally decide to buy a product after weeks of research and see "sold out" when you go to order....

[Humor] When you finally decide to buy a product after weeks of research and see "sold out" when you go to order....

Me when Sephora started selling The Ordinary. I kept looking at Buffet face serum, finally went to purchase after reading every review I could, and BOOM sold out. Exact same face was made.

You missed the post on here where someone ordered TO from ASOS and received a hat instead. Then ASOS won't send them the products in the original order until the hat is shipped back to ASOS at the customer's expense. This is where they're informed that half of their TO order is now out of stock and no refund will be given if hat is not returned.

EDIT: Found the post:

I am looking at you, The Ordinary Glycolic Acid.

Haha, Buffet is amazing and I'm desperately waiting for them to restock.

I finally decided to go in on Stratia Liquid Gold now that you can get free shipping on New Pharmacy with a minimum purchase, but they were sold out in what felt like seconds. I ended up just going to Stratia's site because I have no patience. :)

[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:


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.


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

Try one of these subthreads