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Cleanser and moisturiser for dehydrated, acne prone skin damaged by year's of topical treatments

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IceAndASliceWithSoda Tue 07-Mar-17 21:59:00

I'm in my early 20s with awful skin. Genuinely bad- dull, uneven in texture (red and grey patches), hugely open large pores, 'fresh' spots and acne scars, very dehydrated to the point it feels painful to smile and my skin drinks in water from the shower. my foundation 'cracks' as soon as I smile, leading to fetching fine lines around my mouth. I'm early 20's ffs!

My skin has been battered from years of topical treatments for acne such as benzoyl peroxide, duac etc. The only thing that cleared my skin was the diannette contraceptive pill but I have stopped this due to health issues.

Brand wise it feels as though I have used everything- la Roche posay, Vichy, avene thermal, most of the Clarins ranges, Lancôme and simple.

I'm currently using avene thermal oil cleanser, Elizabeth Arden glycerin acid pads (only once a week) and la Roche posay hydra phase moisturiser morning and night. I use so much moisturiser I'm getting through a tube every fortnight! Yes still my skin and makeup look shit.

I am so down about my skin, does anybody have any recommendations?
Anyway of curing dehydration without breaking out?

Foundation wise I was using Estée Lauder double wear (fab coverage but much too drying), then I tried Clinique beyond perfecting but found it was causing breakouts and I have now ordered Nars sheer glow

DoorsAndWater Wed 08-Mar-17 07:10:22

I use Bobbi Brown extra range for dry skin on my dehydrated acne skin, the illuminating balm in a morning is particularly good as well as the face oil at night, I seem to have a glow again, they are expensive but I use the tiniest amount of everything, the repair serum is good, I got a trial size with my last order and layering it under the oil seems to be working. I had a chat with an online consultant and she recommended a few things. It's really evened everything out. smile

Notreallyhappy Wed 08-Mar-17 09:29:01

My dermatologist said don't mess with products. I use a sensitive wipe to remover my make up and same in the morning after a shower. (clinque even better foindation).
Put a sunscreen on and keep my face out of direct sunlight.
No spots dots coldsores on my cheeks or rosascea for 18 months
If I need moisture he said some salon or light sunscreen.
Works for me.

Notreallyhappy Wed 08-Mar-17 09:29:58

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