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Spots + wrinkles = skin nightmare

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MrsT2007 Thu 28-Apr-16 10:08:48

I have sensitive skin which frankly, is a PITA.
I get cystic spots and it's combination but seems 'thirsty' and I was seeing lines developing, so thought I'd get a good routine going.

So I bought the una Brennan cleansing oil & rose cleanser, I've got cloth cleansed, toned and used the hydrobomb night cream and my old faithful olay 7 signs in the day.

And four weeks in, my skin is better everywhere bar my forehead. Which is covered in spots. It looks awful. It's like being 15 again.

How the hell do you control spots and tackle wrinkles? I'm 37 I really should not be dealing with spots sad

botemp Thu 28-Apr-16 10:38:02

I'm sensitive too and if I suddenly have spots not in the jaw area (hormonal) it's usually a reaction to a product. It's usually from using a too rich cream and it's always a delayed reaction, the skin just doesn't know what to do with the excess oil, it builds up and reacts which means you're possibly dehydrated (lack of moisture- thirsty skin) rather than dry (lack of oil - tight skin).

You can try temporarily moisturising the forehead area with the day cream at night (the SPF in not making it a permanent solution) to see if this is the cause to see if the spots subside.

Sorry, Google seems no help with what the hydrobomb night cream is, so I don't know what that is supposed to do but I'd look for a hyaluronic acid serum like the Simply Pure Hydrating Serum from Superdrug rather than a heavy night cream for your dehydration issues, if that is the cause, but figure out the cause first before introducing another new product.

MrsT2007 Thu 28-Apr-16 16:36:20

I have Hada labo hylauronic lotion so I'll use that and a serum and knock the moisturiser on the head.

It's dehydrates skin definitely: fine, pale and 'thin' skin iygwim.

Been told to try the superdrug clearly youthful range to tackle wrinkles & spots and it's incredibly cheap so I'll give it a go. They have serums etc.

MyNameIsPrince Thu 28-Apr-16 16:53:38

signing in with interest.

I'm nearly 49, getting wrinkles and still getting spots.


midnightmoomoo Thu 28-Apr-16 17:17:46

If your skin is sensitive you might find the Superdrug range too harsh, I found it tingled and made my eyes sting like mad.
Try LRP Effaclar Duo cream, it's brilliant! Keeps spots at bay but won't dry your skin out. I use it on my t-zone, bought it in Feb half term and still not finished the tube. Then I use the fragrance free Olay 7 signs all over at night but not necessarily all over in the morning depending on how my skin feels.

MyNameIsPrince Thu 28-Apr-16 17:22:28

I don't know that fancy products actually make much difference - certainly I think less is more when it comes to sensitive skin and products. Oil based products, seem to be the way to go too. Still I get spots.

Using a good night cream makes the biggest difference, second only to drinking at least 2 litres of water a day. But I find it hard to keep both habits up every day all the time and as soon as I get too relaxed the skin shows it.

Drinking all the water makes a fantastic difference to my skin though. Alcohol, even a glass, shows in my skin the next day and makes me more spot prone.

<has a glass>

LumpySpacedPrincess Thu 28-Apr-16 17:25:30

An Asian Beauty routine really helped me with this, it seriously changed my skin.

In the morning I cleanse with a low ph cleanser then use a Vitamin C serum, wait 20 minutes the hydrate with Serums, Moisturisers, touch of Snail Filtrate and then factor 50 suncream.

Night time I oil cleanse, wash with a low ph cleanser then use my BHA (beta hydroxy acid) serum, wait 30 minutes then apply my AHA (alpha hydroxy serum) then I apply my hydrating serums, creams (Retinol) and snail filtrate as an occlusive.

I also use sheet masks couple of times a week.

After 6 months a lot of my fine lines have gone and my skin is clear and bright.

If you want to make changes then you need actives. Aha, Bha, Vitamin C and Retinol.

They work.

burnishedsilver Thu 28-Apr-16 17:36:04

Retinol or Retin A.

MrsT2007 Thu 28-Apr-16 17:46:58

@lumpyspacedprincess I started this and have got as far as oil and then 'normal' cleanse, Hada labo lotion.....and then got baffled by the rest.

Where on earth find find good aha and BHA serums, and everything else? I haven't got £££ to spend sadly

But 4 weeks into this and my skin is great until you got up past the eyes. Then....less so!!!

My sister has

botemp Thu 28-Apr-16 18:18:34

Well Hada Labo should do the trick in place of serum. So for the Asian skincare info, don't go rushing into AHA and BHA until the rest is working for you. When you are ready for those, the answer is Nip+Fab and Paula's Choice (the Asians really have a poor offering when it comes to these imho). I do think you should really try to figure out what isn't working for you now, the more you slap on the more confusing it'll become.

If you're starting an Asian Skincare routine it really shouldn't be about the x number of steps. At the start it should be four products; oil cleanser, low ph cleanser, moisturiser and sunscreen. And generally you introduce things one at a time, cleansers you know work pretty quickly but everything else needs at least two weeks before something else is introduced, especially since you're sensitive skinned. Get those four basics working for you and then you can look into the actives.

MrsT2007 Thu 28-Apr-16 19:48:57

Thank you. I think the oil is great, but suspect the other cleanser isn't low enough ph wise.
I'll maybe get some nip & fab pads.

My sister has suggested I borrow her excessive work related Dermalogica stash for a few weeks to see if that calms it as she rates it (& gets it very cheaply!!!)

My cheeks chin and nose are great, it's just this forehead!

LumpySpacedPrincess Thu 28-Apr-16 20:31:54

I use Cosrx Bha and Cosrx Aha, I get them online from various sources, depending which is cheapest, and they do not cost a fortune, or even a lot. Each costs about £13, including postage, and lasts for months as you use so little.

I've fallen down the Asian Beauty rabbit hole and I am never coming out again. grin

LumpySpacedPrincess Thu 28-Apr-16 20:34:19

Shop by ingredients, not by brand. Make sure if a product promises something that it's delivered in an effective form, correct ph level, ingredient present in a percentage that will actually work etc.

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