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Embarrassing skin problem

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CheeseBadgers Sun 30-Oct-16 15:54:32

I've recently starting using Pixi Glow - I soak a cotton pad in it and gently wipe my face with it every evening. I recently change contraceptive pill too which had led to some hormonal breakouts on my chin so I started to use Pixi on my chin in the mornings too.

I'm noticing though that not matter how clean my face is, when I wipe my chin with a pad it always looks dirty blush

For example yesterday I washed my face, put on a face mask, washed it off and rewashed my face, patted it clean with a clean towel then used a pad soaked in Pixi on my chin and it came away dark with dirt.

I've even tried it in my DH's skin to see if it's just the pads or Pixi but his was completely clear (cue mortified me).

Why is my skin so dirty?

Shop Sun 30-Oct-16 16:05:28

What cleanser are you using?

OlennasWimple Sun 30-Oct-16 20:03:18

Was the mask you used dark?

Closetlibrarian Sun 30-Oct-16 20:19:55

How are you washing your face?

Dailymaildailyfail Sun 30-Oct-16 20:25:04

Is this morning or night? Sounds like you're not cleansing properly?

Oh but if you do fake tan your face then Pixi tends to strip mine of it quite quickly and leaves a sort of grubby colour on the pad.

ChardonnayKnickertonSmythe Sun 30-Oct-16 21:20:26

Why is that embarrassing?
Everybody's skin gets dirty.

CheeseBadgers Mon 31-Oct-16 00:57:44

So I use ultrabland and a warm flannel to remove my make up then I use either a charcoal soap bar or a green tea and mint scrub after that too. I do that every single night and without fail I will put Pixi Glow on before going asleep and have dirty cotton pads sad

The mask I used was green. My soap bar is black but I've checked that on my poor DH then wiped his face with a wet pad to check if it was the soap leaving some colour behind but his was clear so I don't think it's that.

It just feels horrible knowing I'm dirty even though I've washed minutes earlier. I don't understand how to fix it angry

FeliciaJollygoodfellow Mon 31-Oct-16 01:24:17

It's either residue from the soap or you're not washing far enough into your hair line/down your neck. You can't possibly still have a dirty face!

Could it be mascara? Just a thought, I used to use ultrabland and it would never get my mascara off. Or eyeliner if I was wearing it.

CheeseBadgers Mon 31-Oct-16 09:19:32

I can't really wash anymore than I do as I use exfoliating gloves to do the second soap bit. I don't think mascara could be left behind either, nothing should be.

The last couple of days I've started getting spots on the lower of my cheeks too, the only thing I apply there is Lush Grease Lightening and Pixi Glow.

Could the Grease Lightening be leaving dirt on my face do you think? I might try and cut it out tonight and see if it makes a difference.

Hate having bad skin angry

user1471503992 Mon 31-Oct-16 09:28:29

I found ultrabland very difficult to get off, it left an oily film on my face - maybe it's sticking to the charcoal?

CheeseBadgers Mon 31-Oct-16 10:04:53

That's a thought- never considered it could be the ultrabland. I might have a go at cutting one thing out my routine a week to see if it makes any difference.

Closetlibrarian Mon 31-Oct-16 20:39:44

exfoliating gloves on your face? Eeek - sounds very harsh for your poor skin!

ChardonnayKnickertonSmythe Mon 31-Oct-16 20:53:31

I think you damaging your skin. Your cleansing routine seems excessive,
skin is not meant to be squeaky clean, it need a protective layer.

FeliciaJollygoodfellow Mon 31-Oct-16 23:38:56

I think you're damaging your skin too.

Exfoliating gloves, face scrub and acid toner? It's too much. Not saying that's the cause but I think you need to cut out something.

PickAChew Mon 31-Oct-16 23:44:26

I chucked my ultrabland away after using it 3 times in 4 months. I have ultra sensitive skin, but don't have the time or energy to spend 10 minutes scrubbing what feels like lard off my face, twice a day.

If your skin is soft and blemish free, then its clean enough. you don't need to be chucking a whle shopping list of products at it, morning and night.

FeliciaJollygoodfellow Tue 01-Nov-16 10:57:27

Pick - if you like the idea of ultrabland but not the actual product (me too btw) then you should try body shop chamomile balm. It's a lot lighter, gets everything off without spending hours rubbing it around, and rinses off well. I love it. It's a decent replacement to Clinique take the day off balm - I actually prefer it because I like the scent.

CheeseBadgers Tue 01-Nov-16 19:58:52

I didn't even think of that.

Ultrabland definitely doesn't clean my face enough but is brill at removing make up so if I just use that and soap without the exfoliating gloves and then follow it with toner in the evening, is that still too much?

I used to really neglect my skin and never had any problems then I changed pills and it all just went tits up so I've been trying to fix it sad and making it worse it seems.

frenchielala Tue 01-Nov-16 20:27:01

You are being far too rough and using too many heavy products. Be gentle on your skin if you've had hormonal changes that have caused unusual spots. I had a similar issue when I stopped taking the pill and the routine that calmed by skin down was: remove make up with bioderma on cotton wool pads (ph4.5) cleanse, tone and moisturise with la Roche possay effaclar range (ph 5.5). I think a routine like that might suit your skin better.

TheSpottedZebra Tue 01-Nov-16 20:32:01

I think you might need to simplify things a bit. Use eye makeup remover and a gentle cleanser. Maybe a wash off one if you crave that ckean feeling? Then that's it for cleansing. No scrubs, no acid, just until you recover a bit.

CheeseBadgers Tue 01-Nov-16 21:10:45

Thanks so much, I'm definitely going to give it a go!

Throwing more and more products at it felt like the thing to do and I never considered it could be adding to the problem rather than helping.

Thank you for the product suggestions too, really appreciate all of the help.

SeasonalVag Wed 02-Nov-16 06:40:11

OP. Bin the lot and use oils for cleansing. Seriously.

noeuf Wed 02-Nov-16 06:43:56

Yikes! I think that sounds way too much intervention for your poor face!

I use Nivea cold cream to cleanse (the thick cheap stuff in a tub) and moisturise and my skin looks so clear and clean. Just for contrast.

CheeseBadgers Wed 02-Nov-16 14:53:09

I've been looking into oil cleansing and it looks just right for my skin.

I have very dry skin normally so have found that I need a castor and olive oil shock sounds scary. Might wait til my skin clears up first before introducing a new routine but will be just doing a very simple daily wash in the meantime.

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