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Help sort my skin (pics included)

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NCtotalkaboutsex Sun 19-Apr-15 18:25:02

I'm 35 and still have shit skin! I just can't figure out what I need.

I have dry/dehyrated skin it has flakes and dry patches and my make up just get sucked up and disappears. I also get zits on my chin

It's also sensitive and I can't use anything to harsh!

I like to wash my cleanser off as otherwise it just doesn't feel clean

I have just also started taking a multi vitamin and omega fish oil, quit the fags and I'm going to try and drink water instead of 15 cups of tea a day

NCtotalkaboutsex Sun 19-Apr-15 20:20:16

Also could it be combination? Have I been using the wrong products all my life?

pieceofpurplesky Sun 19-Apr-15 20:23:16

Make up wise you need a primer to keep it on. Try a cc cream rather than foundation.
I have sensitive skin and use a simple face wash and cleanser. Also tea tree for spots,
Arbonne cc cream and primer (Cheryl coke uses it)

pieceofpurplesky Sun 19-Apr-15 20:23:30

Cole that is!

coalscuttle Sun 19-Apr-15 20:23:35

Oil cleansing method. I was just like you but have done this for 4 years and get compliments nowadays

legolegolego Sun 19-Apr-15 20:24:15

I don't have any tips but I'm watching with interest as my skin is exactly the same! Oily nose and chin, spots on chin, but dry and flakey under eyes, around nose on cheeks. Makeup just looks rubbish on top of it! The only time it's looked nice is when I cut dairy out for a week... But I love cheese too much for it to be a permanent thing.

RipMacWinkle Sun 19-Apr-15 20:25:07

Sorry I'm no help OP but I'm watching with interest. Apart from the fags and a couple of years difference in age, you are me!

I'm fed up with a dry, flaky forehead but very spotty chin and neckline. There must be a solution!

legolegolego Sun 19-Apr-15 20:32:56

this is my chin right now sad

NCtotalkaboutsex Sun 19-Apr-15 20:51:20

coalscuttle what oil do you use? I have coconut oil that I use a lot for my hair

Lego and rip it's frustrating isn't it, I just can't figure out what my skin needs it just looks dull and grey

Truckingalong Sun 19-Apr-15 20:58:42

Go onto the Caroline hirons thread that's currently running. There are loads of good ideas and great regimes to try on there.

legolegolego Sun 19-Apr-15 21:03:06

NC have you tried coconut oil on your face? That was going to be my next plan of action

RipMacWinkle Sun 19-Apr-15 21:09:58

I loved reading the CH blog before but I was so confused what to actually use.

OP if you can fathom it I'll copy and love you forever

DoorsAndWater Sun 19-Apr-15 21:15:35

Ok I have dehydrated skin and I'm 34, this is my routine and I no longer get painful spots now, brace yourself though... It looks long one but I think I've found what works for me!


Superfacialist oil to remove make up - from Boots
Estée Lauder wash off cleanser for combi skin (doubles as a mask)
Acid toner - currently using pixi
Estée Lauder advanced night repair serum (this has been a complete lifesaver for me, it's expensive but has been well worth it)
Clarins face oil for combo skin (think its lotus?)
Estée Lauder advanced night repair for eyes (sample pot!)

The EL wash off cleanser in shower
No toner
Avene mousturiser its one for calming skin, really sorry can't remember what it's called but its lovely!

I've had to save for these and added them one by one and you could probably use cheaper face wash/toner but the biggest changes I've noticed are from double cleansing at night, the serum and particularly the clarins facial oil

Hope this is helpful, it's finally so nice not to have to wear loads and loads of make up to cover my skin x

RipMacWinkle Sun 19-Apr-15 21:27:36

Can I check you use oil and serum at night after cleansing? Plus moisturiser?

DoorsAndWater Sun 19-Apr-15 21:31:44

I take my make up off with oil, then use the face wash, tone and then apply the serum followed by the clarins oil - no moisturiser ��

RipMacWinkle Sun 19-Apr-15 21:40:25

Ah ok I see. Thank you! Even though I keep reading it my brain cannot compute oil on spots not giving you more spots. Old habits die hard I suppose.

DoorsAndWater Sun 19-Apr-15 21:44:07

The clarins oil is clarifying and has really really helped me to clear my skin up, weird isn't it?!

Annabanana1812 Sun 19-Apr-15 21:45:10

Witch blemish stick is amazing for zits if I get any I cleanse my face and then use the blemish stick through out the day every 2/3 hours and they are gone by the next day. The boots botonics brightening range is good to it's helped my dry skin and also giving em a fresh glow

Bakeoffcake Sun 19-Apr-15 22:05:30

My chin was very similar to yours until dec. I then started to use sudacreme. It has made a fantastic difference and have a spot free chin for the first time in ages.

I haven't changed anything else in my routine- Liz Earle cleanser, no toner and Boots Botanics organic moisturiser and I exfoliate twice a week so it must be the sudacreme.

I slathered it in the spots at night and a thin layer during the day and within a couple of days the spots had shrunk. I now just put a thin layer around my chin at night.

fiorentina Sun 19-Apr-15 22:11:58

I read on here that calamine lotion could help with the big red chin spots that have no head. It really did work, they've all but disappeared.
I need to know find something for the bumpy forehead skin.
I've been using a heavier moisturiser and vitamin e oil from Body Shop and am hoping that is making some difference as well as drinking more water and trying to cut down on sugar etc.

Cocolepew Sun 19-Apr-15 22:16:51

Spots on our chin/jawline are hormonal . Try taking a multi vit for women and b vits.

coalscuttle Mon 20-Apr-15 07:21:47

I just use olive oil. It's the easiest thing in the world, then just a bit of moisturiser. Also incredibly cheap! It makes much more sense to me than putting more and more chemicals on my skin

Kundry Mon 20-Apr-15 07:54:25

Have a look at Caroline Hirons youtube video with Dr Sam Bunting who is an acne expert. Or google Dr Sam's Mumsnet Q&A where she explains it clearly.

Her regime is:

Bland non-foaming cleanser such as Cetaphil, Avene Extremely Gentle Cleanser or LRP Physiological Cleansing Gel

Acid- Salicylic acid for blackheads, glycolic if not. Salicylic products are Effaclar Duo, Clearasil pads, Clinique Mild Exfoliating Lotion, Paula's Choice BHA. Will also help with the flakes and dry patches.

Moisturiser - Must be oil-free, am sure she suggests Avene and LRP again.

Dr Sam hates coconut oil as it's highly acnegenic and isn't in to the 'good oil' thing either. But the stage you really need is the acid, currently you don't have anything that's actually treating the spots. She also advises to do everything for a few weeks before deciding whether it's worked or not as it takes that long for new skin to be created and in the early stages it can bring spots up that were lurking.

legolegolego Sat 16-May-15 14:58:29

OP, I just wanted to pop back to tell you about a new routine I've tried that seems to be working.
All I'm doing is baby oil at night, and cleanse with micellar water in the morning followed by Clinique Redness Solutions moisturiser. I used baby oil by chance at a friend's house when I forgot make-up remover and my skin felt so gorgeous the next day. I still have a bit of scarring on my chin but no more dry skin and the oily bits seem to be less oily too (how?!)

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