Sunday, July 3, 2016

Skincare Update

Skincare Update
I know I mentioned eons ago in this thing called Pret A Porter P that I sometimes pretend to update about doing a beauty MVP post for last year. But I've been cycling through so many different "snake oils" ($90 Drunk Elephant glycolic thing I'm looking at you) and my skin is still acting up.

Beauty-wise I go up and down with different products. Some products that I was about eehhh last year, have been cooperating with me lately. So without further ado let's just get into it.

Skin

I finally succumbed to professional help, hoping this helps me rather than hurts me.

-Epiduo: (prescription: adapalene and benzoyl peroxide) the doctor said it was going to make my skin worse before it makes it better. I've been using it for a month. I've seen some improvements. It did reduce the weird texture bumps that developed on my left side of my face. And I dunno my nose seems less pore-y. Not something I considered a problem, but I've noticed. I still struggle with the recurring breakout on my forehead and a patch on my left jaw. I downloaded the matching app to track my progress but no big miraculous wooowww yet. I will say when I used Epiduo on my neck, it did give me rash. My prescription cost me $100 after insurance, which is less than what I've spent on snake oil at Sephora.

-Cerave Facial Moisturizing Lotion PM: The Dr recommended this one--I think--the appointment was 2 minutes long. This is lightweight and doesn't break me out. I alternate and/or use with Aveeno Eczema Therapy Moisturizing Cream.

-Neutrogena Clear Face Liquid Lotion Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 55: This is my new face sunscreen. La Roche has a version of this that was awful. The Dr recommended I use Cerave AM for SPF coverage, but when I told her I use Neutrogena she said it was fine. I used to use Alba Very Emollient Facial Sunscreen but I dunno, it just got too greasy for me.

**Update 8/22/16: I finished the Neutrogena Clear Face unusually fast. I'm not crazy about the mid-day flakiness and settling to fine lines. I'm testing out a new one from Aveeno.

-CeraVe Renewing SA Cleanser & CeraVe Renewing SA Lotion: the Dr recommended the SA line for my recurring patches of eczema on my body. I do see results with this. Overall I'm happy with my CeraVe products, especially considering the first time I tried CeraVe years ago it felt like it thinned my skin to the point my face was burning throughout the day.

-Aveeno Eczema Therapy Moisturizing Cream: this is a beauty MVP for me. I've been using this for 2 years when my arm eczema first started. I've since accepted my mysterious eczema and hollow dead sunken eyes as the joys of getting older. Anyway, I discovered the Aveeno after a different dermatologist's prescription messed me up. I use this on my face as well.

-Purpose Gentle Cleansing Wash: Using this one for years. A no frills face wash.

-Olay Face Brush ("Professional Pro-X Advanced Cleansing System"): I bought this pre-dermatologist. I have it, so I continue to use it. I also use it like this Huda video since I also already have all the products.



There are other products purchased pre-dermatalogist that I sneak in every now again since I spent money on them. The products that caused a bad reaction however were returned. I also tried out a microdermabrasion, but it was my aesthetician that actually spurred me to see a dermatologist since my damage was under the skin. Though I'm glad I tried it because it made my skin noticeably smoother. And my makeup applied so much nicer on the left side of my face, which is the side acting crazy. Okay this post has already taken me hours to type, so I'll stop at skin today.

11 comments:

  1. +1 on CeraVe's line; I'm glad they're working out for you. I like that they don't have any noticeable smells!

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    1. Perhaps there is something to all these "dermatologist recommended" products.

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  2. I went through the whole gamut of acne treatments - birth control, erythromycin, differin gel, Retin-A... there are some that I've even forgotten, I'm sure.

    It's possible that I just grew out of my bad skin phase, but my skin clearing up coincided with my end to using water to wash my face, so I've gone the 'no water' routine and haven't looked back. Maybe Philadelphia water is just not good? When I went to Iceland I used the water and it was totally fine!

    So now I just use Burt's Bees face wipes to get rid of makeup then clean the rest of with micellair water, whatever French brand happens to be on sale at CVS. Of course water gets on my face when I shower, but as I only wash my hair 2-3 times a week I can keep the contact to a minimum.

    CeraVe makes fantastic products, I've switched all of my moisturizers for CeraVe :)

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    1. Have you tried the Garnier water? It's quite good, but I am usually too lazy to use it. I like the Neutrogena makeup wipes in the lt blue packaging.

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  3. Agree with Koko, keeping (Paris hard ) water out of my face as much as possible. It's caused me too much irritations and eczema since I was a child. Heard so many good things about Aveeno, males me want to try that anti eczema product.
    Good luck!

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  4. Sorry to hear your skin is giving you so much trouble. Like some of the ladies above I also stay away from water on my face as much as possible even though Dutch water is very clean. The Garnier micelliar water is indeed very nice. My boyfriend is using it as well, just to clean his face every evening, haha.

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  5. I'm with you and the struggle with problem skin. I also have eczema and find that little dry patches can lead into something more, or just won't go away. I can't properly use foundation either because no matter how much I exfoliate, there are still dry patches/flakesm therefore don't wear make-up on a daily basis. I use Body Shop's Vitamin C face wash, then follow it up with the Aloe Day cream. If the weather is changing or its winter, I may use a heavier cream like the Night cream (sparingly) but I find it to be oilier, causing me to itch and constantly touch my face, which leads to bad things. I have started to try other things and I'll incorporate some items in here and there depending on my environmental, but my daily base consists mainly of those two items. One thing I started to do is to try face masks and I've noticed that the sheets are really good if I've been out in the sun too long, or dry from the cold; peel away masks are nice to get rid of any dry skin - neither cause too much irritation. If things get really bad, I have to use a doctor prescribed steroid cream. For body, totally agree with you on the Aveeno, it's awesome!

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    1. Can you recommend some good face sheet masks? I'm curious to try them. I was @ Ulta today and I was thinking of your post exactly! But I couldn't decide which face mask to get. I know Sephora also carries their own line of sheet masks too.

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    2. So sorry for the late reply, I only saw this now. I forgot to check the notify me option. I've only tried snail essence, goats milk, and green tea so far that were memorable - I prefer the snail and aloe the best of the three as they're thicker but still cooling; the goats milk one, was just so-so and I can do without. I haven't tried any from Sephora and for some reason, I'm not too inclined too - not to knock them at all, I just have a weird feeling about them (that's totally probably my own weirdness haha). Two peel-away ones that I've tried and really like are the Boscia black mask and First Aid red clay mask - both very gentle and didn't leave me with any irritation.

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  6. Oh forgot, if you like Aveeno, I've used the Aveeno baby bath soak with oatmeal when my eczema is affecting my body.

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  7. I use the Aveeno from time to time, and thankfully it works well for me too. I bought one of those face brushes a few months ago, but I am still getting used to trying to use it every once in a while, for whatever reason I always end up going back to using my hands!

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