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Dull, grey skin...feeling old :(

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Blithereens Mon 17-Feb-14 15:56:44

I'm only 32 but my skin is starting to make me look much older. I don't have wrinkles, but my skin is just grey-looking and dull and has dry patches as well as blackheads and the odd spot!

Background: I suffered terrible acne as a teen and young adult, until I was put on RoAccutane. This performed the miracle of ridding me of the spots, but I do still have discolouration scars (not pitting) and my skin still marks very easily if I get the odd zit. It's very sensitive and 'burns' easily if I use harsh chemicals.

At the moment I cleanse with babywipes and moisturise twice a day with Estee Lauder Visible Difference, and exfoliate with St Ives several times a week. I get enough sleep and drink plenty of water. After I came off RoAccutane I had lovely, glowing skin for years, but it's all gone down the pan since I hit 30!!

I feel like the wipes aren't enough, so I'd like recommendations for a gentle but thorough cleanser, maybe with exfoliating properties, and maybe some sort of brightening serum? I've heard good things about Liz Earle and Clinique, any thoughts? When I look in the mirror I feel like I'm in black and white!

RonaldMcDonald Sat 22-Feb-14 11:55:04

For all of you going on about blackheads
Please use this
It is an excellent cheap BHA that works to remove blackheads by sorting out the pores.
It's simply brilliant

Aquelven Sat 22-Feb-14 11:51:41

I would definitely ditch the baby wipes completely & exfoliator too for a while. They are both very harsh. I suspect you think that as you're seeing your face as grey you think it needs scrubbing clean? But I think it needs more gentle treatment to tight itself.
A good creamy cleanser removed with a hot, wet muslin cloth will be more cleansing yet gentle. Try Boots, they do a good range of cleansers in their own brands for all skin types at reasonable prices. I like the No7 balm one or their hot cloth one. Have you thought of a mask? Using a cleansing but gentle mask once a week should help with the greyness.

JohnCusacksWife Sat 22-Feb-14 11:33:15

Blithereens, so glad you like the Superdrug cleanser. I'm quite evangelical about it as I really feel its made a real difference to my skin in a short space of time.

the pack is about £50 shock

jhenx Tue 18-Feb-14 16:13:34

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MrsCocoa Tue 18-Feb-14 15:17:27

I find Elemis Pro Collagen Cream Cleanser is great when my skin is looking grey and old. India Knight was raving about a (£££) skin reviving mud pack in ST's Style on Sunday.

happyyonisleepyyoni Tue 18-Feb-14 11:16:41

I really like the superdrug hot cloth cleanser too. I use Aldi serum and moisturiser as I have oily skin and it's the only one I've found that is moisturising enough without breaking me out in blackheads.

MrsFlorrick Tue 18-Feb-14 10:24:05

I would perhaps try some facial oils.

The most effective are the pure organic oils. Things like pomegranate and raspberry kernel oils. Rosehip is often recommended for scarring.

I would also recommend oil cleansing but without the caster oil. Just a pure oil such as rice bran oil (good for removing makeup) or hazelnut (high in protein).

That said as you've had roccutane and acne, I don't know how you feel about putting oil on your skin.

I would avoid anything harsh. And avoid toners (full of alcohol or alcohol derivaties -harsh drying).

I suffer from rosacea (different from acne) and the medical advice is to avoid all oils on face. However I've found that using oils and cleansing with oils has improved my condition no end. I tried it out of desperation and actually found using oil free products was making my skin so much worse.

I can fully understand if you don't want to try any oils. That said pomegranate and rosehip oils can reduce redness and scarring.
Don't buy expensive blended luxury oils. No need buy basic pure unblended organic ones. I get mine from Akamuti
Very reasonable prices.

I've used Liz Earle in the past. Very good. Don't use the toner. Just the polish and cleanse and moisturiser. Very calming and nice on skin. A few too many chemicals for my liking though which is how I started OCM and pure oils.

burnishedsilver Mon 17-Feb-14 22:30:34

Any chance you're low on iron? My skin is tired, grey and old looking when my iron is low.

charitygirl Mon 17-Feb-14 19:53:55

Glad to see you've ditched the wipes - ditch the St Ives too.

I really like Caroline Hiron's blog for advice on routines and products. Can I suggest a balm cleanser (e.g. From the Balance Me range in Waitrose) too? The new Body Shop 8 hr Vit E serum is really nice and not too spendy.

Blithereens Mon 17-Feb-14 19:01:51

Okay I got the Superdrug radiance hot cloth cleanser (on half price, sweet!) and rushed home to try it like the very cool and interesting person I am. I thought it wouldn't make my face feel properly clean but on a first-use basis it's AMAZING. I loved the way the muslin cloth felt, and the smell and texture of the cleanser are lovely too. Have to wait and see if it helps or if I get a reaction, but using it was lovely!

I'm going to see how this works out for a week or so, then start implementing your other suggestions too.

something like the body shop camomile cleanser, wiped off not scrubbed, then a very gentle face wash and a good moisturiser and possibly a serum, I am currently using a body shop vitamin e one and its nice. the secret is routine, a regular routine night and day but not wipes they are the devils work smile a toner too is good something like a micellar (sp) liquid then exfoliate once a week and use a face mask weekly too.

LostInMusic Mon 17-Feb-14 17:44:05

I LOVE the Pure range from M&S - it's very Liz Earle-esque and really is fantastic! Used alongside the Soap and Glory 15 minute face peel (used once or twice a week) it's improved my quite oily skin no end. I can't recommend it highly enough.

Blithereens Mon 17-Feb-14 17:43:54

Video it was like a miracle! I had a very strong dose and had to stay on it for six months. The side effects were nightmarish (I had nosebleeds, blackouts, total loss of night vision, the works!) but it was WORTH IT. Enjoy the journey to clear skin!

FrankCarsonsDressingRoom Mon 17-Feb-14 17:36:21

You're exfoliating your skin far too often, weekly is sufficient.
Baby wipes are not good for your skin, abandon that!
Oil cleansing method for cleaning skin.
Moisturise using a natural product such as shea butter.
Get facial for blackheads.

VideoEtTaceo Mon 17-Feb-14 17:34:00

Blithereens, I'm currently on Roaccutane (and very encouraged that your spots went away!). Skin is very sensitive and dry at the moment so am using La Roche Posay toleraine cleansing cream which is very gentle.

Blithereens Mon 17-Feb-14 17:00:48

Thanks for the advice, ladies! I'm off to Superdrug to get the hot cloth cleanser, for a start!

laughingeyes2013 Mon 17-Feb-14 16:32:07

Haha. We probably all need a decent tan.

Blithereens Mon 17-Feb-14 16:28:39

I get plenty of sleep. If I look like this now I dread to think how it'll be when I have DCs. I'll scare them grin

laughingeyes2013 Mon 17-Feb-14 16:27:14

Are you getting enough sleep? I've noticed I look so old and washed out by not getting my beauty sleep since having my second baby.

FreakoidOrganisoid Mon 17-Feb-14 16:26:43

I'm not that fussy about the cream cleanser, just use whatever, but at the moment I'm using an eau avene thermale one I got free when I bought another product and it is lovely.

swannylovesu Mon 17-Feb-14 16:24:01

i've started using the sbc range from qvc and my skin is looking brighter. i'm 34 and i just looked old all of a sudden. i do think it has improved in the last few weeks.

Blithereens Mon 17-Feb-14 16:20:50

Bits, loads! I rarely drink anything else tbh, even given up the booze to see if that helps.

Blithereens Mon 17-Feb-14 16:20:26

Hopefully I got into the habit of it when my skin was flaking everywhere and now I find if I don't do it, the blackheads build up.

That Clarins cleanser you linked to does look really nice!

BitsinTatters Mon 17-Feb-14 16:19:42

Are you drinking lots of water?

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