Best face moisturizers according to redditors

We found 2,102 Reddit comments discussing the best face moisturizers. We ranked the 442 resulting products by number of redditors who mentioned them. Here are the top 20.

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Top Reddit comments about Face Moisturizers:

u/scumteam14 · 405 pointsr/SkincareAddiction


u/Hongbinnie · 240 pointsr/SkincareAddiction

I wasn't sure if this would fit in product questions or diy, so I put it in misc.

Seriously though, I get that the brand is a lot of the price, but these are just pure ingredients. The brand didn't do much other than create packaging with their brand on it.

You can get all of these, with more product, for less than $15 on amazon with just a quick search and hardly any effort.

Squalene, 2 fl oz (60 ml):

Argan Oil, 4 fl oz (120 ml):

Shea Butter, 7 oz:

You can get them for even cheaper if you bought them from ingredient suppliers as well.

u/AsianMustache · 138 pointsr/AsianBeauty

you'd be better off purchasing from amazon

The costco one has vague descriptions in terms of gram amounts (what is .45 g?).

Assuming its 45g per 2 containers for 29.99 (Its 30 bucks wake up sheeple!), the amazon version sells 2 packs of 75g ones for 27.50$ with free shipping for purchases over 25$

Be wary though, amazon's price changing algorithm is shady sometimes.

Here is a screenshot at this current time of 11:18 am Seoul

Looking at the big picture though, is price the most important decision making factor here?

Amazon is cheap, fast and efficient but they work their employees to the bone and are aggressive as hell business wise.

Costco on the other hand last time I checked REALLY takes care of their employees with above above average wages, good company culture and a customer centric paradigm. Not to mention the costco hotdogs and soda are still the same price of 1.50$ for over 27 years.

If there is any vote that counts in this day and age its the vote of the almighty dollar. So if you espouse the values costco practices over the corporate behemoth that is amazon the choice is ultimately yours to be the change you want to see.

Its just a few dollars after all

u/mwilke · 114 pointsr/SkincareAddiction

Howdy, skin twin! This is what my skin looked like before I started taking care of it, and if I fall off the skincare wagon, that's what it goes back to.

The main issues here are that your skin needs some exfoliation, and you need both a source of moisture, and a way to keep it in.

With exfoliation, you have two options: physical and chemical. Physical exfoliation is stuff like facial scrubs, pore brushes, etc. It's a popular method, but it can be harsh to your skin. I like chemical exfoliation - specifically, and Alpha Hydroxy Acid (AHA), which works by breaking down the bonds between dead skin and living skin, so the dead crusty bits can be gently washed off.

After that, you need to tackle the dehydration. Dehydrated skin gets that rough, uneven orange-peel appearance, and makes large pores more obvious. This is true even if your skin is oily - you can be oily and dehydrated at the same time, and dehydrated skin can actual trigger more oil production.

In addition to a moisturizer, you'd benefit from an occlusive to keep the moisture from evaporating, especially if you live in a dry climate or are exposed to air conditioning all day.

So here's a really basic routine you could try out. I use a lot of Asian products because they're cheap and work well, but you can find similar products local to you.

1. Oil cleanse

"Normal" face washes can be really drying, especially the ones marketed towards men, for some reason. If your face feels tight and plasticky after you wash it, your cleanser is to blame. I use an emulsifying oil cleanser.

You put it on your dry face, rub it around to get it to stick to the gunk in your pores, and then rinse with water, which makes it emulsify and become un-oily. Cool!

It doesn't actually have to be an oil cleanser - any hydrating, non-drying cleanser will work fine.

Some folks use a secondary cleanser after this, but unless you wear makeup, you probably don't need it, and it risks drying you out more.

2. Acid exfoliation

Now that you have a clean face, it's time to get rid of the dead stuff that makes your skin lumpy. For this, we'll use an AHA - I like this one from CosRX, even though it smells like dog piss on a mushroom.

This is a step you'll only do every other day, maximum. Start with every 2-3 days and go from there. Do this step at night, as AHA will make your skin less resistant to UV (more on that later).

Put a couple drops in your hands, massage it into your face, and then wait. It takes at least 15 minutes for the acid to fully break down that "glue" holding dead skin onto your face.

Rinse it off with water, dry, and move on to the next step.

3. Hydrating toner

The next thing you need is a thin moisturizer, something that can sink right into your skin to plump and de-leatherify it. These are typically going to based on hyaluronic acid, a "goo molecule" that your body uses in every squishy part of your body, from skin to eyeballs to bones. I like this one by Hada Labo, but there are good options from Klairs, Paula's Choice, etc.

Put a few drops on your hands and pat/squish into your face. Give it a minute to dry. If your face feels tight, you can repeat this step a couple times.

4. Ceramide lotion

Ceramides help to "waterproof" your skin from the inside, to prevent loss of all that moisture you just added. Cerave PM is pretty much the best bang for your buck - despite the "PM" in the label, you can use it day and night.

5 (Daytime). Sunblock

Before you go out for the day, you need sunblock. Damage from the sun is a huge contributor to crappy dehydrated skin, and now that you're exposing fresh new skin with the AHA, you're going to be even more sensitive to it.

Due to some weird laws surrounding what we can use in sunblock in the US and some other Western countries, it's likely that the only sunblock you can get in stores is that thick, oily, gross, white stuff.

The Japanese have the rest of the world pretty much beat when it comes to sunblock - Biore Aqua Rich is a solid choice, although you'll need something heavier for days when you're going to be sweating or swimming.

5 (Night). Occlusive

Now that you've done all this work to moisturizer your skin, you don't want it to just evaporate overnight. That's where an occlusive comes in - a thick outer layer that protects your skin and all the stuff you just put on it. Aquaphor is great for this.

So there you go - a solid starting routine! Try that out for a week and see if your skin doesn't start to look better - if you're not doing anything to your skin right now, you're bound to see some improvement with this.

Note that there is some risk of bad reactions whenever you're using new face stuff. The oil cleanser and lotion might give you a breakout of small white bumps, the AHA might feel to harsh and make your face red, you might be allergic to an ingredient in the toner, etc. If that happens, stop using everything, and start adding each item back into your routine slowly until you identify the culprit.

Good luck, and happy moisturizing!

u/ParabolicTrajectory · 100 pointsr/trashy

I've had eczema for 24 years, and here are some products I swear by:

100% squalane oil - this is more expensive per ounce than hemp oil, but my god is it effective for flare-ups. Squalane is the hydrogenized form of squalene, an oil naturally found in your skin.

Cerave Moisturizing Cream - this is the holy grail for eczema lotion. It can sting when you put it on, if the flare-up is bad. It works really well when mixed with a few drops of squalane. Cerave's claim to fame is the ceramides. Skin with eczema is frequently lacking in these crucial lipids.

Colloidal Oatmeal Lotion - there are a few brands of these that are mostly the same, but this is the one I like. This is best for those really, really nasty flare-ups, especially the kind where you scratch yourself raw/bloody, because it's so gentle and thick.

Similarly, colloidal oatmeal for baths. If you've got a full-body flare-up going on, or a flare-up somewhere that lotion can't reach (like on your scalp), this can be incredibly soothing.

Dove Beauty Bar For Sensitive Skin - accept no substitutes. This is the only bar soap my skin can handle, and it is the only soap that every dermatologist I've ever seen has recommended for my eczema. That's because it's not technically soap, it's actually a gentle detergent mixed with moisturizer.

Sulfate-free shampoo - SLS, sodium lauryl/laureth sulfate, is a big trigger for me, and a common one. (I also have to use SLS-free toothpaste.) If you're prone to scalp flare-ups, this might be a good first line of defense. For a cheaper option, Johnson's Baby Shampoo is also sulfate-free.

If I sound like a brochure, I'm sorry. I've spent years dealing with this, and I'm kind of a skincare hobbyist (who also dabbles in hair care), so I've tried a lot of stuff.

u/sebdermhoneycure · 81 pointsr/SkincareAddiction

Hi there! Using a throwaway as this is showing my (32F) face.

I've struggled with an outbreak of facial sebhorreic dermatitis since April. I've had it before, tried everything to make it go away, and then it just decides to go away on its own months later. This case was different. It was more aggressive, covered more of my face, and was harder to cover with makeup. I went to the dermatologist, who gave me steroid cream. After the two week course of treatment, it had almost cleared, but it would come back even more aggressively. I did this three times, and then it was out of control. Those white spots you see in the first picture aren't flakes (yet), they're blisters. My skin was angry and itchy and just not having it anymore.

After spending $400 on this doc for several out of pocket appointments, he said he couldn't help me anymore. Since I'm breastfeeding with no plans to wean anytime soon, he couldn't give me the treatment he wanted to (which wasn't a recognized treatment for the condition anyway). He referred me to a doctor in the city who works with a research university.

I have young twins and didn't have time to drive to the city and spend more money just to get rid of a rash. So I scoured the web for other possible cures, and came across this extensive resource. Along with helping me find products to keep my skin moisturized in the meantime, it referred to a small study showing that 30/30 patients had their condition disappear after using a raw honey mask for three hours every other night. I liked those odds, so I committed myself to be homebound quite a bit during August, bought some raw honey, and set to work.

I didn't mix the 9 parts honey with 1 part water. It was too goopy for me, so I just used the honey by itself. Other than that, I did not deviate from the parameters of the study. After washing with mild cleanser, I massaged a thin layer of raw honey into the affected area and left it for three hours, simple as that. I expected to hate it, but as long as my hair was tied back, it didn't feel nearly as nasty as it sounds. Plus I got to lick my fingers after applying it! After the three hours, I wiped the honey off with a dampened clean washcloth, and put on a Hada Labo urea cream (one of the only creams with ingredients that won't irritate seb derm) and BioM8 oil (formulated with only oils that won't feed the underlying fungus) to help take care of the flakes while the honey did its magic. I also used these products morning and night at non-honey times. Morning cleanser was some mild foaming cleanser my sister formulated for me, and in the evening I used 2% zinc pyrithione soap. My sunscreen was irritating the condition, so I went without for a while, using a floppy hat and glasses outside. Last week, I got Biore Bright Milk, the pink one, which has no seb derm irritating ingredients, but as I had to wait for it to ship from Japan, it didn't play a part in the results here.

I cannot believe how quickly and relatively painlessly this worked. I am putting it here in the hopes that it helps someone else, as I've searched this sub many times for advice. I plan to continue the treatment every other or every third day until all traces of seb derm are gone, and then to continue weekly for six months, as the study indicates, to prevent it from coming back. Let me know if this helps you!

Edit: filled out the details of my routine

u/A_french_chinese_man · 73 pointsr/SkincareAddiction

First, I apologize for these english mistakes I will probably make in my post.
For the context I'm in my mid-twenties. And It didn't take me 5 years to cure from my acne but 8 years. (Because the oldest photos on my acne face have been taken 5 years ago.)
Album with B&A and products.
When did my acne appears ?
My acne appears during my last year of middle school. And it followed me until my master’s degree.
What's my skincare routine and what have I try before ?
I have tried many stuff.
1 - Roaccutane : Only few months, it was very difficult to stand this treatment.
Dry lips, random nose bleeding, tired etc. Very effective but as soon as I stopped the treatment my acne came back.
2 - Cutacnyl : Not very effective, at least for severe acne like mine.
3 - Honey mask : Not effective.
4 - Aloe vera : Not bad but I had to use it very consistently.
5 - Antibiotics : Acne came back after the treatment.
6 - Pills : pills like MSM, zinc, vitamin B, chromium picolinate. It worked quite well, to be honest they reduced my acne a lot but it came back when I stopped to take these pills so it wasn't the solution I was looking for.
My morning routine : I use a sulfur soap to clean my face and then I moisturize with a Cerave facial lotion. During the summer I use the Biore UV Aqua rich essence to moisturize and to use it as a sunscreen.
My afternoon routine (back from work) :
I wash my face with the same sulfur soap.
After the shower : Rohto Hadalabo Gokujyn Hyaluronic Acid Lotion
Before I sleep : Cerave lotion + tee trea.
Once a week : Green clay mask
What's my diet :
I completely stopped dairy stuff. I also stopped to drink soft drinks ( except when i'm eating something that have to be accompanied with a soft drink, like burgers, pastas ). So let's say a soft drink a week or a soft drink every two weeks at best.
I started to work out, bought a bench press bench, some weights and started to build a new body.
I started bodybuilding not only because I knew It could help me to reduce my acne but also because I had (and still today) some confidence issues. I'm proud to have made this decision (since i'm quite a lazy guy IRL).
And because I followed a meal plan, I ate more "green" stuff. Bunch of fruits everyday, like bananas, apples, tomatoes etc. Less sugar, more water.
I also drink green tea matcha and green tea with lemon on a daily basis.
Nothing new you can learn from me in this thread. Eat less dairy and sugar. More fruits, vegetables and tea. More sports.
I just wanted to let you know that even though you think it's impossible to get ride of your acne, because no matter what you do you don't see any improvements, all you need is consistency and having the desire to heal. Having the desire to heal is important because your psychology plays a big part in your healing. It will sound like some anime bullshit but you have to believe in yourself.
I had to deal with acne for 8 years, the first 3 years I thought It was just some temporary situation because every teenagers have that. But the years go by and I see no progress. I had no confidence in myself and It was very hard to go outside, even when I needed to buy groceries. Each day was difficult to live. In the subway, in the bus, when talking to people, to girls, all I wanted was to stay at home and cover my face with a green clay mask and tea tree and hoping that my acne would dissapear during the night. Everywhere outside of my home was a test that I had to face. Sometimes I asked a day off because I didn't want to go to work with my shitty face.
TL:DR : Green clay, Cerave lotion, Chromium picolinate, sulfur soap, working out, fruits, vegetables and tea and (trying) to enjoy life.
Thanks for reading. Feel free to ask me questions if needed.

u/karayna · 63 pointsr/SkincareAddiction

Edit: Forgot to write that I haven't dried my face with a towel during these three weeks. Just soaked it up with soft napkins.

I took 750 mg Niacin supplements every day & ate a mostly vegan diet. Went from greenish, sickly pale to a healthy pink tone (the pics above were taken in the same room, same tone of lighting). Under eye line & forehead lines disappeared with BHA & hydration!

I don't tan, smoke or drink. My routine (I noticed a difference overnight with BHA & the snail gels):


u/Mememeuhhh · 50 pointsr/truerateme

So I'll give some general skincare advice and some acne specific advice since many of the posters here are dealing with that. If the acne part isn't relevant, you can skip ahead.


Acne is caused by sebum (skin oil), the oil clogs pores and attracts bacteria, leading to inflammation, which causes pus formation and pimples. Tendency to develop acne is sometimes genetic, but you can still kill it.

Get the sebum under control first. Make sure you're washing your bedsheets and pillow cases regularly (at least once per week).

Wash you face twice daily with a gentle, non pope-clogging cleaner. You don't want to use harsh cleaner with fragrances because it makes inflammation worse. I used Cetaphil Daily when I had acne, it works great. Wash your face morning and night with the cleaner using your hands. Every few days or so, lightly use a washcloth to aid in using the cleaner. You want to exfoliate dead skin and gunk, but not inflame your skin. Do not use astringent products, EVER.

After washing your face, use Persa-Gel on your pimples. The stuff is no joke and it's been proven for decades.

General Skincare

For people that don't have acne or have it under control, you want exfoliating cleaner and moisturizer. I only use two products.

Body Merry Glycolic Acid Cleaner for the face and neck. I use it once per day about 4 times a week, but you might want to start out twice a week at first to build tolerance, it's a gentle acid. You want to scrub the product on gently with your hands. This shit will change your game, trust me.

For moisturizer, I use CeraVe Lotion. Rub a small amount onto your face and neck once per day morning or night after your face wash. If you'd rather use it at night or you don't need the sunscreen, I'd recommend getting the PM formulation at a drug store because it's super expensive on Amazon.


Not only are fruit and vegetables good for you and alleviate depressive feelings, but people that eat more fruits and veggies are objectively more attractive. The pigments from the veggies/fruits deposit in your skin and give you a glow that's similar, but more attractive than tanning. You don't have to go crazy, but try and implement sweet potatoes, berries, green leafy veggies and other produce into your diet. Ditch the soda period. Stay hydrated. Pick up a nice water bottle and use it like there's no tomorrow. Stay away from refined sugar and white bread as well, these things cause inflammation. Whole grain bread is your friend (and will also help you lose weight if needed).

Also you gotta control the heavy drinking. And if you smoke cigs, quit ASAP.

Hopefully this helps. I'm not a doctor but I have a science background and a degree in biological science from a well regarded school. Also I have a lot of Asian friends and a family who care about skincare. Good luck to you guys and keep me posted with any progress :)

u/tsquaredwsu · 45 pointsr/MakeupAddiction

Sorry it took me a while. I had some research to do for you. This is what I've found:
So I took a look at the ingredients of your face wash. The ingredients are fine, but one in particular makes me uncomfortable. Take a look here.
The moisturizer is okay, but has alcohol in it, which is recommended to avoid for dry skin. It also has isocetyl stearate, which flags as an irritant. I'm not sure exactly what it does, but I like to stay away from things that are flagged that highly. See here.
I've done some more research on dry skin and improving your type of skin texture, which is called 'orange peel skin', and here are some products I think may work for you. Remember, if you decide to go with any of them, introduce them one at a time, and give at least two weeks between each introduction to make sure they don't break you out or irritate you.

  1. New face wash: in the morning wash with water or Garnier Micellar Water. I prefer the pink cap, but others like blue. In the evening, remove your makeup with the Micellar water, and then wash with CeraVe Hydrating Facial Cleanser.
  2. New moisturizer: for the AM use CeraVe AM and in the PM use Cerave Facial Moisturizing Lotion PM. If you prefer only one moisturizer, just pick up the PM, but then you'd need a new sunscreen. If you feel as if it's not moisturizing enough, add a layer of Vaseline before going to bed.
  3. Now we can treat the texture! Here is what I've found: it's very possible you've compromised your moisture barrier. If this is true, Stratia Liquid Gold will fix it. It's a moisturizer, but you can use it in conjunction with your others. I actually use this product after my toner but before my moisturizer, and I will repurchase it until I die. I seriously love it. You could also add in a hydrating toner. I personally use KLAIRS Supple Preparation Facial Toner.
    That's it! After about 3/4 months you should see an improvement. Make sure you're not exfoliating, scrubbing your face, or rubbing it really hard with a towel.
u/i_do_declare_eclairs · 45 pointsr/MakeupAddiction

I failed to keep the mascaras I went through this year... my bad... But I always use Maybelline Lash Stiletto.

What have I learned? I should really tone down my purchases of products like eyeshadow palettes and blush palettes. It takes FOREVER to get through one. And yet I have so maaany.

Left row - Powders!

E.l.f. HD setting powder

Skinfood Peach Sake Powder x2

Laura Mercier Translucent Loose Setting Powder

L’oreal Infallible Pro-Matte Powder x5

Urban Decay Ultra Definition Pressed Powder x2

Maybelline SuperStay Better Skin Powder

Top row, left to right


Urban Decay All-Nighter Makeup Setting Spray

L’Oreal Infallible Makeup Setting Spray

Smashbox Primer Water x2


Biore Aqua Rich Watery Essence x3

Second row, left to right


L’Oreal Infallible Pro-Matte x2

Rimmel London, Lasting Finish Foundation x2

Giorgio Armani Luminous SIlk Foundation

Tarte Amazonian Clay Full Coverage Foundation

Kat Von D Lock-It Concealer Creme - sample


L’Oreal Brow Stylist Plumper Brow Gel Mascara

Third row, left to right


Kat Von D Lock-It Hydrating Primer

Hourglass Veil Mineral Primer, Jumbo size

Too Faced, Primed & Poreless

Smashbox Photo Finish Color Correcting Primer, Apricot

Smashbox Photo Finish Color Correcting Primer, Green

Smashbox Photo Finish Pore Minimizing Primer

Coola, Daydream Mineral Primer

Benefit, Porefessional

Murad Invisible Perfecting Shield

Fourth row, left to right


Too Faced Shadow Insurance

Smashbox 24 Hour Photo Finish

Becca, Shimmering Skin Perfector in Moonstone

Becca, Shimmering Skin Perfector in Champagne Pop

Maybelline master Hi-Light in Nude, discontinued, but still available on amazon

Fifth Row, left to right


Vitamin C serum x3

Vitamin C serum

Mizon Black Snail All-in-One Cream

Mizon Snail Eye Cream

Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair Eye Cream

Mizon Collagen Power Firming Eye Cream

Corsx BHA Blackhead Power Liquid

Corsx AHA Whitehead Power Liquid

Corsx Advanced Snail 96 Mucin Power Essence

Caudaline Organic Grape Water - Guys I can’t find this shit anywhere. Did it get discontinued/ replaced?

Thayer’s Witch Hazel Toner

Bottom row, left to right


NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream, Stockholm

L’Oreal Colour Riche Lip Balm, Nourishing Nude

Buxom FUll-On Lip Cream, Mudslide

Dr. Lipp Miracle Balm

Buxom Full-On Lip Cream, Rose Julep

u/phedre · 41 pointsr/MakeupAddiction

Wall of text incoming, along with the products that work for me. YMMV with individual products, of course!

All of these are just what I use, and all have alternatives that may work better for you and/or be cheaper. This has evolved over the past two years, I didn't just pick all this up at once and start throwing it on my skin - start slow, and see how your skin adjusts to each step for a week or so before moving onto another product.

I do my "skin routine" morning and evening, with some variations depending on how much time I have and what time of day it is.

First, hydration. Looks like you've taken care of that one! Water, water, and more water is what helped the most. I go through roughly 3L of water at work if not more, plus more once I get home.

Second, I never use foaming cleansers. I cut out anything with foams, and went with a two step cleansing process: first, oil cleansing (I use Banila Clean It Zero) to get rid of the bulk of my makeup. Then I follow with a cream cleanser (Guerlain Lait de Beauty, but there are MANY more affordable options out there).

Then I use a toner. But not the stripping, Sea Breeze type toner, a moisturizing one. Currently using HadaLabo Hyaluronic Lotion. Don't let the "acid" fool you - hyaluronic acid is extremely moisturizing.

Every 3-4 days in the evenings, I use a chemical exfoliator (NEVER physical, my skin can't take it) in the form of a BHA and AHA. BHAs remove gunk from pores, AHAs strip dead skin. Both mine are from cosrx:

Some people leave them for 20 minutes, I don't have the patience, I just go right into the next step and add a sheet mask. If you're new to actives, this will be too often - do them once a week, max.

Then the fun part - sheet masks. I looove sheet masks. LOVE LOVE LOVE. Anything with Hyaluronic acid is my go to. My Beauty Diary Hyaluronic Acid is a staple. I let that sink in while doing whatever around the house. I do one of these a few times a week, every night if I can.

Then I go onto moisturizing. I have a variety of serums, essences, and oils that I use depending on how dry my skin feels, but my basic routine goes:

If my skin is extra dry, I add in an extra moisturizing step here. I use Miss Flower and Mr Honey in summer, Scinic All in One honey ampoule in winter. Or sometimes I use Guerlain Face Treatment Oil.

If my skin is red, I add in CosRX Snail 96 to help control it.

Separate eye cream, ALWAYS. Right now I'm loving Clarins Super Restorative eye cream.

Then the big moisturizers:

History of Whoo Jinyul Essence

History of Whoo Jinyul Cream

Final step for day, sunscreen - Biore Watery Essence SPF50 for daytime. Skipped at night for obvious reasons.

For the night routine, before bed I apply one of these masks:

CosRX Honey Mask

CosRX Rice Mask

Guerlain Abeille Royale Honey Mask

These give extra moisture at night while you're sleeping.

Again, this is not something that happened overnight - I can almost guarantee if someone takes this list and throws it all at their face at once, they'll end up a mess. I added things slowly.

If I was going to recommend an order, I'd go with this:

  • If you're using a foaming cleanser, replace it with a cream cleanser the next time it runs out. No need to waste things.

    Wait a week.

  • Add a GENTLE AHA. This will help remove dead skin and reduce dryness. Just once a week, no more.
  • Add a Hyaluronic acid sheet mask, like the MBD one. It's affordable, and relaxing.

    You could swap the above two if you have a lot of cleanser left.

    Wait a week.

    Once you're used to those, add an essence. Something very moisturizing and rich.

    Wait a week.

    Look at adding in a sleeping pack.

    From there, pick what you'd like to address and add them in.

    I know it's a lot to take in, so if you have specific questions about any of this, just ask.
u/jadebcmt · 38 pointsr/AsianBeauty

That's awesome! But I think Target prices them way too high. You could get the Mizon AIO for $11.96 on amazon!

u/Gracieloufreebushin · 37 pointsr/SkincareAddiction

Yes! I second hyaluronic acid. I've been using Hada Labo in the mornings after cleansing and before moisturizing. It makes a world of difference!

u/aquajack6 · 32 pointsr/SkincareAddiction

Rave: Vanicream Lite Lotion

I’ve been using this for 4 weeks now, and it’s become a staple. It’s wonderfully simple and sinks into the skin quickly. It doesn’t leave a film on my face and is cosmetically elegant imo. I can use this in the AM, under sunscreen & makeup without it pilling! This is the first AM moisturizer I’ve found that is so functional. I've also been using this Vanicream Moisturizer at night for awhile longer, this one is more heavy duty (I like using it as my last step to seal everything in), while the Lite Lotion is more hydrating. I suggest both these moisturizers if you have oily or sensitive skin.

New Purchases: Vanicream in the tub

I like it. I’ll use it up. I've used it for over a week, and it makes my skin soft. It has prevented dry skin so I should be satisfied. I think I’m going to try other heavy cream moisturizers after this, because I’m not wowed by it. The tub version is different than the 4 oz moisturizer in the tube, even though the ingredient lists are pretty similar. The 4 oz tube is really not greasy at all and blends into the skin quickly. The larger tub is greasier, and takes a bit longer to sink into the skin.

Cotz spf 45 lip balm

I like this one a lot! It's not too stiff or waxy, but it's also not too greasy. I chose it because of this awesome review. It has a brown tint that blends into the lips well, there's a pic in the review I linked showing how it looks on the lips.

Unrelated Rave: Redken All Soft Heavy Cream

I've tried countless drugstore hair masks, and this one beats them all. It was worth every penny. I didn't use any product afterwards and my hair was soft down to the ends, shiny, and frizz free.

u/sassXcore · 30 pointsr/SkincareAddiction

Here is the Skincare Addiction sunscreen guide post, although it's a bit confusing. I found this Skinacea page to be much more helpful and to make much more sense when I was looking into sunscreens. Also look at the related links at the top of the page for more descriptions about what you need in a sunscreen. You should have something that's at least SPF 30.

I have skin that's really difficult to please with sunscreen. Sunscreen either clogs my pores or burns my sensitive skin. My skin is also combination/oily and acne prone. There are chemical sunscreens, physical sunscreens, and ones that use both chemical and physical blockers. Here's a helpful side-by-side comparison. The combination ones are generally suggested as the best for skin protection, but sometimes people react badly to various ingredients and the most important thing is the sunscreen provides broad spectrum, photostable protection. It's mostly about trial and error until you find something you like.

As far as the ones I've personally tried...

Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Dry-Touch Sunscreen in SPF 55 felt really good going on. It only got a little greasy around my nose, but otherwise was dry. It seems like a number of people here like it for a drugstore sunscreen, but I broke out after a few days of using it.

I like MaryKay's SPF 30. It goes on dry and has a bit of a fragrant scent, so it doesn't smell like sunscreen. I've used this at the beach for many summers, though I'm going to try out some other sunscreens because I'm worried that it'll clog my pores if I use it daily. I think I may need an only physical sunscreen.

A lot of people here like the Elta MD sunscreens, which are a little pricier. People tend to recommend the UV Clear SPF 46 on this subreddit. I just ordered their UV Physical SPF 41, though I haven't tried it yet. It's important to note that the physical one is tinted, so it probably works best on more fair skin.

I'm no expert on sunscreens, but this is the info that I've researched and that's been provided by the subreddit. Thank goodness for /r/SkincareAddiction, amirite?

u/OzzyAmir · 30 pointsr/AsianBeauty

So I've been a long time lurker and reader and thought I'd introduce myself and my new routine to the community. Special thanks to /u/mynomdeplumeisplume for the amazing guide that finally got me to pull the trigger!


A quick breakdown with links (all from Amazon):

Type | Product
Oil Cleanser | Banila Co. Clean It Zero Purity
Water Cleanser | Rohto Hadalabo Gokujyn Hyaluronic Acid Cleansing Foam
Moisturizer | Mizon Snail Recovery Gel Cream
Sunscreen | Biore Aqua Rich UV Watery Essence


(Sk)intro and review

I'm a 24 year old male in the UK with light olive/brown skin that is pretty resilient but can be prone to spots. I have some PIH on my upper cheeks and forehead and dark circles under my eyes. Generally speaking I've gone for products that are formulated for sensitive skin and pretty "mainstream" from what I've seen in AB circles so far. They've been working great and my skin has never looked so good.

Special shout out to the Biore UV for being the first sunscreen that I actually don't dread using. I've not used sun protection much in the past because of how greasy it feels but this has been a dream. I'm going to stick to it for another week before adding a toner and my first essence - any suggestions for brightening/hydrating/PIH tackling would be great and also where to buy the Biore that isn't amazon. That's all for me, thanks for reading any questions and critiques would be welcome.

u/atomheartmama · 30 pointsr/SkincareAddiction

have you checked out /r/AsianBeauty much yet? their philosophy might be a good fit for you as AB routines often involve layering of several moisturizing/hydrating products, many of which are not necessarily cream or lotion but more gel-like. so i'd poke around there as well! for instance, the Hada labo gokujun lotion is a popular product for holding in moisture due to the hyaluronic acid. although if you definitely can't use butylene glycol without issue, that specific product may not be good for you. unfortunately its a very common ingredient in skincare products :( i'm sure there's some good options without it though!

in the meantime, if you're really that flaky, i'd personally cut back on the aha/bha/retinol/tretinoin and get back to applying your oils after cleansing more often to give your skin a break. you could even add something like vaseline over the oil to act as an occlusive.

u/gigantic_trex · 26 pointsr/SkincareAddiction

Product name: Hada Labo Tokyo Skin Plumping Gel Cream

Price (range): ~$15 for 1.76oz Target, Amazon

Country of purchase: USA

Skin info: Normal, Fitzpatrick 2, very mildly PD/eczema/rosacea-prone

Ingredient list: water, hydroxyethyl urea, butylene glycol, glycerin, pentylene glycol, PEG/PPG/polybutylene glycol-8/5/3 glycerin, squalane, triethylhexanoin, ammonium acryloyldimethyltaurate/VP copolymer, agar, alpha-glucan, arginine, citric acid, dimethicone, dipropylene glycol, disodium EDTA, glucosyl ceramide, hydrolyzed collagen (marine), hydrolyzed hyaluronic acid, iodopropynyl butylcarbamate, methylisothiazolinone, sodium acetylated hyaluronate, sodium chloride, sodium citrate, sodium hyaluronate, triethyl citrate

Special info: Free from fragrance, parabens, dyes, and mineral oil, FA safe

Experience & opinion: I picked this up around the beginning of the year and am currently working through my third jar.

It comes in a small jar and I was a little skeptical about how cost effective it was going to be since I had only ever used moisturizers that come in larger pump bottles. I use this in the morning only (followed by EltaMD UV Clear) and one jar lasts me about four months—a small amount really goes a long way, but I tend to use more than I probably need.

I apply it to damp skin immediately after cleansing, and I feel like it glides on nicely. It sinks in well, and I only have a problem with it drying tacky if my skin is too dry when I apply it. I've also never had an issue with pilling unless I don't give it adequate time to dry before applying sunscreen.

I'm not sure I can contribute it entirely to this product, but I do feel like my skin looks healthier and more hydrated since I've started using it.

u/Apples-and-kitties · 25 pointsr/SkincareAddiction

Oh gosh that routine sounds quite drying.. The tea tree oil could be burning your skin and I'm not sure about using vinegar straight in your skin... Water doesn't dilute the tea tree oil or the vinegar, it's just floating around it. You are basically putting household cleaner on your face. The excess oil your skin is producing could be because it's stressed and dehydrated and you've damaged your moisture barrier. I'd stop both of them immediately and start looking for some soothing healing products and try and baby your skin back to health. If you want to learn more about your moisture barrier and why it's important this is a super in depth and helpful article -

To address each of your concerns:
-blackheads and sebaceous filaments can be helped with BHA products BUT these will only damage your skin further, I'd get it back to good health before adding this in. Eventually you could try something like this routine (which I do once a week) - but seriously it will make your skin worse for now, it's better to wait till its in a better condition.
-spots around your mouth I'm really not sure about sorry. Ingredients like niacinamide (sp?) or alpha arbutin could help but I'm really not sure.
-small bumps could be fungal acne, try googling a bunch of images and see whether any look familiar. If you think it is fungal acne here's two good resources on what ingredients/products to avoid - and
-sensitive skin - as you start trying new products keep track of what makes you more sensitive so you can pinpoint your triggers and learn to avoid. It'll be a painful process but you'll get there in the end I promise. I have a very basic spreadsheet to track what I buy, how long it lasts and how my skin reacts. If there's a few different things flaring up your skin you can cross check ingredients to work out exactly what sets you off and avoids products with that in it. It'll be a long process but you've got many more years to live in your skin & it'll be worth it.

Now in terms of what I suggest you should do here's my two cents... Stop everything you're currently doing and focus on gentle hydration, hydration, hydration. Take it all with a grain of salt though, I'm no expert, just a gal trying to get her skin looking good and staying healthy. As you've got sensitive skin you might find it quite hard to find your holy grail products so I'd recommend getting sample sizes and patch testing excessively to try and reduce the effects of products your skin disagrees with. I put a small dab on my neck, cheek & eyelid for at least a week, although two weeks is the gold standard.

Specific things:
Coconut oil has a reputation for breaking people out, but if it's working for you keep going. If you want to try something else mineral oil is supposedly pretty non reactive. I personally use the pricey shu uemura cleansing oil which is my to die for product if you can justify the $$ (££) -,default,sc.html
I think a more hydrating moisturiser would make a big difference, the stratia liquid gold is known for helping repair damaged moisture barriers - gold. The Dr Jart+ ceramidin cream is also super hydrating, I'm working up to dropping the $s on that again - The Cerave PM is very highly regarded as a gentle moisturiser too - I also tried this brand once when a friend had it and it was very gentle -
You could also consider adding in another hydrating product after oil cleansing before your moisturiser. Hyaluronic acid is super hydrating, it's molecules can hold like 6 times their weight in water. Hadalabo is a popular brand with a few variations on a HA "liquid" this is the most popular one - There's a premium one that is more hydrating that I'm about to start using once I'm done with the regular one -
Snail is a nice soothing product if your skin doesn't react to it (it might! Get a sample and patch test) this is a nice one I slather all over my skin -
Honey is another nice soothing ingredient, there's lots of options you could try some regular ole honey on your face to see if it reacts. I'm using this product at the moment although I think it might be breaking me out so I'm taking a few weeks off in case - I don't have oily skin though, so it might be too much for you.
Facial oils could work for you, rosehip gets a generally good rap. You can use on its own or mix into a moisturiser to make it more hydrating. Google facial oil and try out ones that seem like they'll suit your skin.
I talked about niacinamide earlier, the ordinary has a nicanimade + zinc serum which is quite nice and VERY good value -
Sunscreen is always critical in skin health, you might struggle to find one for your sensitive skin, but if you can find a moisturiser try a sunscreen in that range. And if in doubt try Japanese, they do the nicest. I use this one which is alcohol heavy but very light overall -

If I was you I'd stop everything but the oil cleanse and find a veeery gentle, very soothing moisturiser and just do the two of them for a few weeks and see how that goes and slowly add in other things. You only need to oil cleanse at night, in the morning a splash of water should be fine. If you're not wearing make up its still worth cleansing off your sunscreen and the general pollutants of the day, go for a low PH cleanser to be more gentle with your skin. I use this foaming one - I've seen other redditors with sensitive skin prefer milk cleansers eg Please no more tea tree!

As you can probably tell from the products I've suggested I use a more Asian skin care regime which really works for me. It focuses on hydration and being gentle with your skin. It can get very complex but doesn't have to be. I started with an oil cleanser and now two years later I have a hydrating toner, essence, serum and ampoule... not all necessary but all I enjoy! If you want to know more here's a good start:

Good luck with your skin! No quick fixes unfortunately just lots of trial and error and eventually you'll get there. I think without the stripping tea tree and vinegar & with a repairing moisturiser you should see some improvements pretty quickly. Stick with it even if it doesn't. Research other people's routines, learn about what different ingredients do, how your skin works etc. Definitely not wasted time, eventually you can help others on reddit :)

u/PuddleOfSunshine · 25 pointsr/SkincareAddiction

Yay, dehydrated skin buddies! My faithful standby is Hada Labo Hyaluronic Acid Lotion, a hyaluronic acid packed liquid that you pat into your skin after cleansing, also my gateway drug to Asian beauty products. The moisturizer I've been liking the most for summer is Simple Replenishing Rich Moisturizer, which has a lighter texture than you'd think from the name. In winter when my skin is more dry I really like Clinique DDML because it's a bit more emollient. I also use a face mist of about 5% glycerin in 95% distilled water between skincare layers or during makeup application if my skin is feeling extra dehydrated. It helps everything to sink in nicely. Oh, and sheet masks! The other AB gateway drug. :) They're like a drink of water for your face.

If you're interested in more information about specific humectants, take a look at the dehydrated skin link under skin concerns in the sidebar.

u/yogapantsareforever · 21 pointsr/SkincareAddiction

Sorry, what's TCA? A tca peel? If you're new to skincare please don't try a TCA peel to start with!! They are very strong and deep, I honestly don't recommend anyone do them at home ever. But especially not someone w/o extensive experience with peels. A gentle lactic acid peel is a great way to start out with them.

MUAC is a great choice for peels (I promise this is legit!) This is a good one to start with I recommend purchasing the sample kit, in my experience they last a super long time and you get to see if it'll work out for you.

And this is a good HA serum. You can check out the reviews on amazon too. Others might have more recommendations as well.

u/Exener · 19 pointsr/malefashionadvice

The gospel from /r/skincareaddiction is that chemical exfoliation will help. A good place to start is BHA (beta hydroxy acid) - a popular drugstore product that contains this exfoliant is the Stridex medicated pads in the red box. At night, you would wash your face, pat dry, swipe a Stridex pad over it, wait for it to dry, moisturize if necessary, then go to bed.

Warning that BHA and other chemical exfoliants can make your face more sensitive to sunlight; SPF is a must. I use Cerave "AM" moisturizer that contains SPF 30.

u/thezoomaster · 19 pointsr/AsianBeauty

On this note, the Scinic AIO Honey Ampoule is $15 with prime shipping on Amazon and this is the lowest price I've ever seen. Its usually around $18-$20. I grabbed one!

SCINIC Honey All in One Ampoule

u/chemkara · 18 pointsr/30PlusSkinCare

The main thing you need to concentrate on is hydration, once that issue is tackled, you might find that your skin doesn’t need all those actives but that’s for the future. For now your routine (according to your skin state right now) would look like this:


u/GreenTeaForDays · 18 pointsr/SkincareAddiction

I like Elta MD UV Clear SPF 46 for everyday use.
> Active ingredients: Zinc Oxide 9.0%, Octinoxate 7.5%.

For exercise I like La Roche-Posay Anthelios Mineral Ultra Light Sunscreen because its waterproof. My old sunscreen (CeraVe) used to burn my eyes, and the skin around my eyes, especially if I was sweating so I switched to this I have been loving it. I wouldn't like it for everyday wear though because it does leave more of a white cast and is difficult to wash off.
>Active Ingredients: Titanium Dioxide 11%

u/keanex · 18 pointsr/AskMen

This is the one I got. That will last me 5+ months.

u/niccig · 17 pointsr/MakeupAddiction

Here is a post on hyperpigmentation and how to fade it. For all the things I'm about to recommend, wear sunscreen with them! Other than niacinamide, everything here will make your skin more sensitive to the sun.

For over the counter products my favorites are:

St. Ives Exfoliating Pads - a very gentle lactic acid wipe

MUAC 40% lactic acid peel - a really good starter peel. If you've never done chemical peels before, you should start with something more gentle (like the St. Ives pads) to get your skin used to AHAs

Elta MD UV Clear SPF 46 Sunscreen - prevents dark spots from getting darker, and has 5% niacinamide to help fade them

Garden of Wisdom Niacinamide Powder - I bought this but haven't used it yet, actually. It needs to be dissolved in distilled water, and you can mix it with glycerin or aloe to make a DIY niacinamide serum.

If a doctor's visit isn't a huge financial burden for you, prescription retinoids like Retin-A (called tretinoin in generic form) or Tazorac are the gold standard for fading hyperpigmentation. They cause your skin to turn over really quickly, so dryness, redness and irritation are frequent side effects. Skinacea has great info on how to minimize the side effects by starting to use them gradually.


Here's a before and after (separated by a couple of months) after using said products - Tazorac/St. Ives Pads/sunscreen daily and chemical peel weekly.

u/Fervidor · 16 pointsr/SkincareAddiction

Hi! Okay let's see hereee. Gather 'round, friends. I imagine this is going to get quite long.

My Skin: Oily t-zone, dryish cheeks and one weird dry half of my chin. I also deal with eczema on random parts, depending on what my body decides with be most annoying that particular time. Random things will make me break out, and basically if I don't cleanse with mineral oil at night I break out. I rarely break out anymore, than goodness.

Morning routine!

  • Cleanse with Cerave foaming if I feel I got greasy during the night, or Pond's Original Cold Cream if I still want to cleanse my face but feel dry, OR just splash with water and a wash cloth.

  • Apply Hada Labo Gokujyun Lotion as my serum. It's called a "lotion" in the Asian skincare routine, but it really acts like a serum in a typical US routine. This is a hyaluronic acid serum that helps your skin retain moisture, and it gives my skin the moisture it needs to not be so oily.

  • Apply either Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturizing Gel which is pretty much every day except the driest days of winter, OR Cerave in the tub. Sometimes I mix a dab of the two together when I'm feeling cRaZyYy. I sometimes add a few drops of Passion Fruit Seed Oil.

  • Apply Murad Oil-Control Mattifier, this stuff is sstttuuuppidd expensive at $40, and it has about 8 million ingredients that could upset your skin and you would never know which one it is, so I am often hesitant to suggest it for that reason. HOWEVER, nothing works as well for my oilies than this, and I always, always come back. HG, unfortunately.

  • Apply either Clinique City Block SPF 40, Neutrogena Clear Face Liquid-Lotion Sunblock SPF 30 or Elta MD Clear SPF 46.

    Night Routine!

  • Cleanse with baby oil and a washcloth. Sometimes use Pond's Cold Cream again, simply because it feels so nice. If I am planning on using an AHA, I will cleanse again with the Cerave Foaming Cleanser.

  • Apply Alpha Hydrox Intensive Serum, 14% Glycolic Acid - AHA 1-3 times a week. Or use Stridex 2% Salicylic Acid Pads 2-4 times a week. Probably once a week, or every two weeks, I will use a Stridex pad and then the Alpha Hydrox. I wake up with the smoooooothest skin ever, but it makes me dry so I can only do it every now and then. Ever since I started using AHA and BHA, my blackheads and sebaceous filaments are almost completely gone.

  • Use either the Hada Labo Serum again, or Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair, which I LOVE. It's really expensive, but I really do love it.

  • Moisturize with Cerave in the tub! I have a soft spot for Clinique Super Rescue Antioxidant Night Moisturizer but it's expensive and I only buy it sometimes! Sometimes I slather my face in Passion Fruit Seed Oil just because.


  • Cleanse with the regular Dove bar, or sometimes I do a weird broke-ass body oil cleanse with whatever body lotion I am trying to get rid of. I rub it into my skin and then wipe it off with a washcloth. Feels good, man.

  • Cerave in the tub everywhere, twice a day if my eczema is acting up. Top with baby oil if bad. My eczema is either going to be okay with Cerave, or I need 3 months of oral steroids. There is no middle ground for us.

  • I obsessively sunscreen the backs of my hands with whatever sunscreen I am trying to use up at the moment.

    Things I do sometimes!

  • Makeup Artist's choice 40% Lactic Acid Peel

  • Mario Badescu Silver Powder Mask

  • Neem Seed Oil for spots treatment if I get a spot

  • Hydrocolloid bandages if I have a zit that needs....drained. I don't know how to say that in a less gross way. These only work if they have come to a head or you've popped it, but if you put them on overnight, you wake up and it is completely flat. They suck the liquid out without drying your skin out.

  • I love raw shea butter for those really dry times, works anywhere! Use this during the driest times of winter.
u/__uncreativename · 16 pointsr/MakeupAddictionCanada

This is pretty much it.

It's one of the original holy grail low pH cleansers on r/skincareaddiction and have been using it for a few years now. I just buy it from large asian stores like T&T or Ocean's (Toronto area), but sometimes amazon is cheaper. I stocked up on a few bottles when I was in Japan because it's only like $4 there or something 😭

Their hyaluronic liquid is also amazing if you have dry/dehydrated skin! You just pat a small amount over your face before applying moisturizer and your face just sucks up all the moisture.

u/coopcakess · 16 pointsr/SkincareAddiction

I got mine here. It’s a moisturizer. Think Neutrogena Hydraboost but cheaper and no fragrance. It soaks in quickly and offers great hydration without leaving any residue behind.

u/Aniew · 15 pointsr/MakeupAddiction

There's something exciting about seeing improvement!

I have combination skin that gets oil through the day but also has dry patches, especially on my forehead.

My skincare routine is cleansing every night with [Paula's Choice Cleanser] (, afterward once I week I use the Paula's Choice 4% BHA foam as a chemical exfoliator, and the last step is Cerave Moisturizing Cream. I also use Elta MD Sunscreen under my makeup on days where I'm going to be outside for more than a few minutes.

My skin's not perfect but it's a lot better and using /r/skincareaddiction helped me tremendously in getting a basic understanding of skincare and finding a routine that I feel works well for me.

u/ffleur · 15 pointsr/SkincareAddiction

If you're new to HA, I would try another (cheaper) product first to see whether or not you react negatively to it. I'd recommend Hada Labo HA lotion which is very popular and loved by many over at r/AsianBeauty.

u/Felix--Felicis · 14 pointsr/MakeupAddiction

Eltamd is really nice and wears well under makeup. /r/SkincareAddiction has a ton of threads on sunscreen, too -- just run a search! And the order of application is moisturizer, sunscreen, primer, foundation.

u/theskinwearein · 14 pointsr/SkincareAddiction

Timeless Skin Care 20% Vitamin C Plus E Ferulic Acid Serum, 1 oz

Claire-ity 25% Vitamin C Serum with Hyaluronic Acid and Vitamin E, Best Organic Anti-Aging Moisturizer Serum for Face, Neck & Décolleté and Eye Treatment (1 fl. oz)

Vitamin C 1 oz Serum with Organic Hyaluronic Acid - Lighten Sun Spots, Anti Aging, Anti Wrinkle - Light and Oxygen Stable MAP Vitamin C - ASTERWOOD NATURALS - Classic Formula Bottle

I also get my B3 through [MIZON] Good Night White Sleeping Mask 50ml (1.69 fl.oz.)

u/aalitheaa · 14 pointsr/SkincareAddiction

Rosehip oil

Vanicream Lite instead of NMF It's more moisturizing, gentler, and cheaper.

Azaleic Acid

I am still using up my glycolic toner but will probably replace it with Pixi glow tonic.

I also tried Salicylic acid, HA, and Niacinamide from TO, but they just irritated me or broke me out, and I haven't tried replacing them yet. If I did, most of it is pretty easy to find a dupe for on Amazon. There is a master post of dupes here, for anyone interested.

u/justherefortheAB · 14 pointsr/AsianBeauty

Probably the Hada Labo Gokujyun Lotion (bear in mind lotion refers to a hyrating toner here). People also use Kikumasamune toner for similar purposes.

u/[deleted] · 13 pointsr/SkincareAddiction

Ok! Well I am a 24 yr old female with combination skin. I am normal on my cheeks but oily in my T zone. I've dealt with severe cystic acne my entire life but after seeing a dermatologist and getting chemical peels and changing my diet, it went down drastically. Now I am just left with hormonal acne on my chin and some discoloration on my skin. So here is my brand new routine I started a week ago! Many of these products have made people break out but it's just about finding what's right for you :)


Use [low ph Cleanser] (

[Toner] (

[vitamin C serum] (

[Moisturize] (

[sunscreen] (


Oil cleanse with [this] (

same cleanser

same toner

A [random sheet mask] (

same vitamin C serum (under eyes only)

[collagen cream] (

[overnight moisturizer] (

I've also been taking [primrose oil supplements] ( but it's only been a week and I'm not sure if it's doing anything yet. I bought some other stuff too but since this worked for me, I am sticking with it and might change it up next week and add more things in.

u/Yoyochan · 12 pointsr/SkincareAddiction

In this case if you don't think it's milia, you should consult a dermatologist for a proper diagnosis - just in case!

To me though, it really does look like milia. Just speculating because I had the exact same thing in the exact same spot recently when I had neglected my skin for a few days. I had also tried a new eye cream (CeraVe eye cream) and I think that may have contributed to the area getting bumpy and clogged.

Now this isn't a for-sure, but it might help. I got a couple tubes of RoC brand retinol moisturizer to see if I could gently exfoliate the area. It definitely did help over a couple of weeks and the bumps are pretty much gone now. The only real side-effect for me was that my skin felt a tad bit sensitive a few days after I stopped using it.

Now I'm using Hada Labo brand moisturizers to keep the area moisturized.

Here's some links if you want to give any of them a shot, though I would suggest getting them from a local drugstore when they're on sale, especially someplace that has a good return policy in case they don't work for you. I got mine at CVS when they had a buy 1 get 1 for 50% sale.

RoC retinol correxion night cream

RoC retinol correxion eye cream

You will definitely need a sunscreen if you decide to try these, or they also make a day cream with SPF:

(the one with SPF in the combo pack) (I haven't tried this one so I can't attest to its effectiveness like the other two)

The moisturizers I'm using that don't clog my incredibly clog-prone skin:

Hada Labo clear "toner" lotion

Hada Labo "milky" lotion

I really like these since they only require about 3 drops each and keep my skin nicely moisturized. I tried the thicker creams from the brand but found they were more suited to super-dry skin. Also they dry to almost-matte and have no added scent.

Again, worth a try, but definitely try to get an appointment with a derm if you can, just to be sure it isn't anything serious.

u/bluesky557 · 12 pointsr/SkincareAddiction

Timeless C serum with E and ferulic is a good one.

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u/Lunerose · 12 pointsr/AsianBeauty

I stumbled upon this subreddit, and am so excited to discover Asian beauty. I live outside the U.S. and had someone coming to visit, so everything I purchased was from Amazon Prime so that I could get it in time. Also, being such a newbie here, shopping on other sites is a bit intimidating for me. I thought this would be helpful to others that are just starting out with Asian beauty.

[Etude House Tint My Brows Gel #3 Gray Brown] (

[Elizavecca Milky Piggy Carbonated Bubble Clay Mask] (

[Skinfood Dark Circle Concealer Cream no.1 salmon] (

[Dermal Korea Collagen Essence Full Face Facial Mask Sheet, 16 Combo Pack] (

[SCINIC Honey All In One Ampoule] (

[Mizon Snail Recovery Gel Cream] (

[C 20 Original Pure Vitamin C20 Serum] (

[Etude House Sunprise Mild Airy Finish Sun Milk SPF50+] (

[Missha All Around Safe Block Essence Sun SPF 45 PA+++] (

[MIZON Snail Repair Eye Cream] (

[My Beauty Diary Black Pearl Mask 10 pcs] (


[KOSE Softy Mo Deep Cleansing Oil] (

[TONYMOLY Shiny Foot Super Peeling Liquid] (

[Hadalabo Japan goku jyun Hyaluronic Acid Moisture Bubble Foaming Cleanser] (

[Etude House I Need You Mask Sheet 15pcs set] (

My SCINIC Honey All In One Ampoule is in plastic because the lid came loose in transit and spilled everywhere, but there is still half of it in there. So far I have tried a few face masks, and I am in love. I am so excited to try it all! :)

u/heyitslainey · 12 pointsr/AsianBeauty

[MIZON] Snail Recovery Gel Cream 45ml (1.52 fl.oz.) Pack of 2

This was the price I paid for one tube in October =/ BUT.. at least now I get two for the same price! Happy Shopping everyone!

u/ilizbubble · 11 pointsr/SkincareAddiction

Eltamd UV Clear SPF 46 This is the shit! My skin finally cleared up, used this for a week straight when I went to Florida and absolutely no breakouts! A little pricey, but a bottle seems to have more than I originally thought because I slather this on multiple times a day.

u/bluecowboyboots2 · 11 pointsr/muacjdiscussion

It sounds like your moisturizer is not sinking into your skin because the whole point of a moisturizer is to lock in moisture.

When you told me your skin feels tight after a shower i automatically think dehydrated skin. SkincareAddiction has a good post on dehydration

What moisturizer do you use?

If I were you id use products with hyaluronic acid, like a serum or toner and then a gel based moisturizer and then at night a layer of moisturizer over that.

I also would take a break from harsh scrubs, cleansers and masks and only use the gentlest products.

Here is what I would recommend (Asian Beauty Skincare Exchange often has decants (aka small samples of products) so you can see and test out what works for you.

To get your skin back and hydrated :

Rinse skin with water -I don't know your skin type so if you're oily, use a very gentle cleanser (which i can recommend to you if needed)

Toner/Serum Hada Labo Hyaluronic Lotion Moist - many people on the skincare reddits I am active in rave about this product, because its super cheap for the amount you get and its soooo moisturizing. I personally think it is too light for me (I am veryyy dry and dehydrated, stupid midwestern weather lol) and I use the premium version of it. Some people complain about it breaking them out, but everyone's skin is so different. But I think doing a layer of this morning and night will really help.

Moisturizing Gel - this will add moisture and hydration to your skin. My favorites are Hada Labo Plumping Gel Cream and Mizon Snail Cream
You only need a little of these, but I find they are super hydrating and comforting. The Mizon Snail is an all in one miracle.

Sunscreen- pretty important step (in my opinion), some sunscreens have occlusives in it. Occlusives mean it is holding all the moisture in. Sunscreen choice really depends on your skin type (which I am happy to recommend you as well)


Double Cleanse but gently. First an oil cleanser (to remove makeup) and then a gentle water based one.

Same as morning

Then seal it all in with your moisturizer. I am so dry that I even put vaseline on my face at night and I wake up comfortable and hydrated.

As far as trying out products, if you're in the US, /u/Gothickornchic sells decants on Asian Skincare Exchange. She ships super fast and is so nice, and helpful. you can find her post here

If you don't want to do that, Amazon and most places have great exchange and return policies. Skin is very weird and its all trial and error :[ but i hope my recs help and if you need more recs let me know!

u/uno_dos_tres_quattro · 11 pointsr/AsianBeauty

So just three things?

Konjac Sponge

Eye Moisturizer (what brand?)

Hadarabo Gokujyun Lotion

u/LikesGreenTea · 11 pointsr/SkincareAddiction

(I'm not OP.)

Before I list product recs, I want to distinguish between regular Urea and Hydroxyethyl Urea. Both (Urea & Hydroxyethyl Urea) have a moisturizing effect, but so far there's no mention of the keratolytic effect of Hydroxyethyl Urea.

If you use regular Urea on your face, don't go over 5%.

Regular Urea - 5%

Eucerin makes several different 5% urea creams; I use this one.

Other 5% urea creams: Sebamed, Balea, and Numis Med.

Regular Urea - 3.5%

L'Aturajeu Cactus Moisturizer

Hydroxyethyl Urea - 5%

Hada Labo Tokyo Skin Plumping Gel (also has ceramides!)

Hydroxyethyl Urea - 3%

Hada Labo Premium toner

Unknown urea type & %

Sukoyaka Suhada Urea Moisturizing toner

u/xPawreen · 10 pointsr/SkincareAddiction

To add on to this, I added Hada Labo Gokujyun Hyaluronic Acid Lotion to my routine as a hydrating toner under my regular moisturizer and it really helped with my dehydrated skin.

u/ayimera · 10 pointsr/SkincareAddiction

The dry skin gel-cream version is very similar but has no fragrance or dye. I no read good.

u/winterchickadee · 10 pointsr/SkincareAddiction

Link to the amazon page.

Link to the review

u/aliendayzz · 9 pointsr/MakeupAddiction

It honestly sounds like you could have dehydrated skin and you should check out /r/skincareaddiction and /r/asianbeauty

Asian beauty was extremely helpful to me as I have almost completely restored my skin and it is so much better, plumper and brighter. I find that there are great, drugstore friendly priced products that you can use with an AB skincare routine, although the sometimes it might be harder to get products as quick, as most ship from Asian countries. One thing that has helped me is using a hyaluronic serum before I use a hyaluronic face mask. I use these twice a day (when I have the time, which is almost daily). I also use the hyaluronic serum before my mask, let it sink in for a couple minutes, put the face mask on and keep it on until it starts drying out (about 45 min, which seems long but I prioritize it). I then take the mask off and let it all soak into my skin for a couple mins, use the hyaluronic serum again, let it soak in and then out my moisturizer on. I've only been doing this for the past month and the intense change in my skin is absolutely ridiculous. These are the two products I use. and

If you're worried about the price, you can buy bundles of sheet masks on Amazon for low prices.

u/reallycoolpeople · 9 pointsr/MakeupAddiction

::Deep breath::

AM & PM:

  • Slap some o' this stuff all over my face: Hada Labo Hyaluronic Acid. This shit is the shit. It makes everything else absorb better. Less slug life, more actual benefits.

  • Snail Goo! Bee Goo! This is very calming, and helps with redness and itchiness from the tret irritation.
  • Sometimes an ampoule but I haven't found an exceptional one yet.
  • More magic: This Donkey-flavored cream. Sometimes, my face is so unhappy that even Cerave stings. This always helps. Plus, the name makes me giggle every time I open it. Don't buy it at this price, though. Memebox runs lots of sales, and I can stock up for more like $25. I'd like to find a cheaper dupe.
  • Draw a goatee on myself with a thick cream (where my peeling and redness are worst). I don't think this is particularly special, any heavy cream does the same thing. I carry it around all day, though, and reapply said goatee. Makes my skin feel less tight, helps with the red some more, and hides the edges of the peeling for a while.
u/frogtened · 9 pointsr/TheGirlSurvivalGuide

My face reacts badly to every sunscreen I've tried besides this: EltaMD. I believe what I'm reacting to is Avobenzone, a common "chemical" sunscreen ingredient. This stuff is "physical" sunscreen.

u/Beautiful_Alice · 9 pointsr/SkincareAddiction

I have some suggestions. None of these have been moisturizing enough for me in the past though- I'm currently using products with both that irritate/break out my skin minimally. Please double check!

Hada Labo Rohto Hadalabo Gokujun Hyaluronic Lotion Moist

Sebamed Clear Face Care Gel

Cremo creme

Ceracolla Perfect Gel

Ceracolla lotion

Have not tried:

Oilatum natural repair cream

Asian beauty is where it's at mostly:

u/Nerd_in_a_28 · 9 pointsr/AsianBeauty

They are, but I've found that the American retailers of Hada Labo charge a lot more than it costs to get the Japanese version from, well, basically anywhere.

Case in point, Ulta's Hada Labo Hydrator is $9 when it's half off for 1.7 fluid ounces of product.

Amazon Prime has the Hada Labo Gokujyun Moist for a little under $12 for 5.7 ounces of product.

u/Hurricane_Alice · 9 pointsr/SkincareAddicts

I have super dry skin that's also super sensitive. I have dry scalp and some scaly patches on my face that I've dealt with by being super gentle with my skin. First, I would recommend finding moisturizing products for sensitive skin. I highly suggest a hyaluronic acid based lotion, but you'll likely have to layer moisturizers to get what you want. It may also be helpful to use a hydrating cleanser or a good cleansing oil.

Basically, what i suggest is to try layering multiple simple products, based on what your skin needs.

What's worked for me when nothing else would:

Hada Labo Gokujyun Super Moist lotion Hyaluronic Acid Lotion. My skin requires this in the dry winter.

Ceracolla Super Moist Lotion This has ceramides that are super awesome for "unhealthy" skin.

Cremo Moisturizer This has Urea which is a mild exfoliant in small amounts... I love this stuff.

Burts Bees Sensitive Night Cream Generic night cream with ingredients that don't burn my face. It's not super moisturizing on it's own, but is great when layered.

Ceracolla Perfect Gel If your skin isn't super dry, this could work for hyaluronic acid and ceramides.

Boots Expert Sensitive hydrating serum This is super moisturizing, but breaks out my chin. It's actually the most moisturizing feeling of the bunch, but doesn't have a lot of "benefits"

Aquaphor: A thin layer overnight can make your skin feel great in the morning, and especially if you're not wearing makeup, it won't need to be washed off.

Bare minerals has a purely nourishing moisturizer which has great ingredients, except for lavender essential oil, which my skin does not like. It's in my skincare drawer for when my skin is healthy, but I'm nervous about considering using it.

Also: Bare Minerals Complexion Rescue tinted gel cream has been wonderful for my super dry skin. I apply it in the morning and do not apply powder (which never worked for me before) and it gives just enough coverage and leaves my skin looking nice. Also, I do find it quite moisturizing for a tinted moisturizer/foundation. The only issue is that it doesn't last on my chin so much, but I'm putting some in a bb cushion test out!

u/misslucylouise · 9 pointsr/SkincareAddiction

Everything was Prime at my time of purchase and when I posted this so hopefully they will stay that way!

All the Cerave!!

Cereve in a Tub-new product for me...mostly use when skin is dry from night usage of prescription trentinol cream

Cereva SA Lotion-really helped with my acne

Cereva Foaming Face Cleanser-loving this face wash but might have to switch to the hydrating face cleanser come the dryer winter months

Other than Cerave:

Hada Labo Moist Lotion-great for quick-drying non-sticky moisture on the go, especially under make up or when I am rushing out the door

Biore UV Watery Essence SPF 50-love everything about this sunscreen except how quickly I go through it!

Mizon BHA/AHA -every other day exfoliation toner applied with cotton pad

REN Glycol Renewal Mask - weekly exfoliation, always makes my skin glow

u/wjello · 8 pointsr/AsianBeauty

The right one appears to be the Milky Lotion and the left one appears to be the Lotion. Maybe you can double check to make sure you ordered the right one? I've occasionally had Amazon product photos that do not match the product description.

u/idontcollectstraws · 8 pointsr/AsianBeauty

Omg, currently living here! In general I'd recommend checking out the Cosme rankings. However I have a lot to say so I'm going to list my recommendations in descending order of importance haha.

The hada labo lotion (note: it's actually a thin liquid that westerners would call a toner) is quite good. (looks like this). However I have really really dry skin, and I personally prefer their "milky lotion". These products (and their equivalents in Hada Labo's "premium" line are popular enough that you can get a good price on them on amazon, but I'd really recommend taking this opportunity to go try them all on the back of your hand at a drugstore. Like, literally any decent-sized drugstore in Japan should have them all :)

There are a lot of really good japanese sunscreens that you should look into. Plus with your skintone, you probably won't have to worry a ton about whitecast. I think the Biore UV bright face milk would be a nice place to start, especially if you have oilier skin! It's also quite nice under makeup.

In my experience, Japanese mascaras tend to be lengthening and clump-proof, but often aren't too volumizing. If, like me, that isn't an issue for you, I highly, highly recommend the Heroine Long and Curl.
Japan also does really great false lashes, if that's your thing. Miche Bloomin makes some really natural looking ones, but I know people also like the ones Dollywink and Dup make.

I really love the CEZANNE UV Clear Face Powder. It takes the shine down without totally mattifying. Other people really like the Canmake Marshmallow finish powder.

The naturie hatomugi skin conditioning gel and/or lotion are really well-reviewed, and fairly cheap here. I see them in a lot of little cosmetics shops and some drugstores. I personally haven't tried them because it didn't seem like they'd be moisturizing enough for my dry skin, but it sounds like they might be a nice fit for you.

The classic DHC lip balm in the pink tube is kind of pricey but also my favorite lip balm, and the lipsticky shape makes me feel ~fancy~

All my japanese girls are currently into Excel's eyeshadow quads. They're great for getting that really shimmery japanese eye look, if you're into that. The Opera tint rouge is also really popular here.

DHC and Kose (the pink softymo, in particular) make good oil cleansers, but they'd be a nightmare in a suitcase so I don't recommend you buy them here.

A lot of japanese makeup shops also currently stock [the SAEM] Cover Perfection Tip Concealer, which I like a lot and is pretty popular.

Speaking of south korean brands, if you're in a big city (ie: Tokyo, Osaka) there will be some standalone South Korean stores (eg: Etude House, Innisfree, Skinfood). The Etude House store in Umeda is closed this week, but if you can find one, you should try the soon jung line! CREE`MARE by DHOLIC stores also stock a lot of south korean makeup, especially cushions.

Anyway, have fun! And feel free to message me with questions about confusing packaging/whatever while you're here :)

Edit: grammar haha

u/kubot · 8 pointsr/blackladies

I've fallen into an Asian Skincare hole lately, and absolutely LOVE Hada Labo Gokujyn Hyaluronic Lotion Moist as a moisturizer for oily skin. It's super lightweight, makes my skin so bouncy and hydrated, is cheap and you can get it with fast shipping from Amazon.

u/galeguinha · 8 pointsr/SkincareAddiction

Hi! Due to the recent drama around here, a lot of the sidebar links take us to nowhere right now. The sidebar is usually a lot more welcoming! I think the mods are working on finding alternative sources of info, but in the meantime, here's a really good breakdown of how to evaluate your current routine to see how you might want to go about changing it, and here's sort of a crowd-sourced list of things the members here recommend, separated by skin type.

Until the beginner guides routines get retooled and put up, the search function might be a good place to start looking for recommendations, as well as sister subs like /r/AsianBeauty, /r/skincareaddicts, and /r/skincareaddictionuk, and outside sites like MakeupAlley and Beautypedia (although be aware of the bias towards Paula's Choice products here).

Now, as for your specific routine, you have a few options: you could look for a new cleanser and/or moisturizer, or you could add a few steps to your routine to level up on moisturizing. Which of these you choose to do and why is completely up to you, but here are a few common considerations among those whose skin feels dry or irritated.

  • 1: your cleanser might be drying you out. Generally, the closer your cleanser is to skin's natural pH (around 5.5), the less it will disrupt your skin's barrier function, which helps protect your skin from bacteria, irritation, etc. I'm not familiar with your cleanser, but if it's above 5.5, this might be what's happening. Off the top of my head, commonly recommended cleansers at pH ~5.5 include: CeraVe foaming cleanser (found in most drug stores), CeraVe hydrating cleanser (ditto), Hada Labo Foaming. You can find more if you search this sub and places like /r/AsianBeauty (who have a spreadsheet color-coded by pH) and other subs linked here on the sidebar.
  • 2: you want a heavier-duty moisturizer. This is pretty self explanatory. You might need something with more emollients and occlusives in it; emollients make your skin softer, while occlusives form a barrier over your skin to prevent water loss. Look for things with mineral oil or petroleum jelly (occlusives) and things like fatty alcohols (cetyl, stearyl, cetearyl) and oils for emollients. A lot of people on the sub like to recommend CeraVe in the tub or CeraVe PM as a starting point, but be aware that some people have negative reactions to fatty alcohols. EltaMD's Melting moisturizer is usually a safe bet, since it includes so few ingredients, and my all-time favorite is DML Daily Facial Moisturizer. Again, these are the things I can think of off the top of my head since I've used them, but the sub search will bring up plenty more.
  • 3: you might want to keep your current products and consider adding in more steps to your routine. Like they say, if it ain't broke, don't fix it, right? If you know your current products aren't breaking you out and feel like your skin just needs a little push over the edge to get to Happy Moisture Land, you could just add in a step or two to your existing routine. One of the easiest changes would be to slap on a thin coat of Vaseline or Aquaphor at night after cleansing and moisturizing; these both act as occlusives to prevent moisture loss overnight. If that's not enough, you could also add in a humectant between cleansing and moisturizing. Humectants help to retain moisture, and they pull up water from the dermis to the epidermis. Common humectants include glycerin and hyaluronic acid, so ideally look for products with those in the ingredient list--you often find them in things categorized as toners (although, as a side note, beware of any toners that contain alcohol, which can be drying). Some people have bought vegetable glycerin from the store and love it, while others prefer light serums with hyaluronic acid, such as this (also available at Ulta with different packaging), this, or this. Finally, you could also include a separate emollient step, like incorporating a facial oil before your moisturizer. You can get a great sample pack of oils from Garden of Wisdom, or you can pick up something from a Whole Foods, a vitamin store, or any kind of natural foods store. Popular oils include jojoba, sunflower, safflower, coconut (this breaks some people out in a major way, though), rosehip, and meadowfoam.

    Anyway, this has turned into a comment of gargantuan proportions, but I hope this helps you in some way, shape, or form. In general, I really recommend using the search function, as there are droves of information on products, on pH-related stuff, on emollients/occlusives/humectants and what products contain which, etc. Don't forget to patch test any new products before putting them on your entire face, just to make sure they play nicely with your skin. I'd also be remiss if I didn't suggest adding in a sunscreen, but that's a topic for a whole different novel-sized comment.

    *Edited to add in a missing link
u/pixelexia · 8 pointsr/SkincareAddiction

I was going to come in here and rave about Timeless so yes it is the best and not ungodly expensive!

Amazon link

u/messenia · 8 pointsr/SkincareAddiction

The Power Defense is an antioxidant serum with retinol. Paula's Choice SKIN BALANCING Super Antioxidant Concentrate Serum does the same thing. Or, you might want to consider the CALM Redness Relief Repairing Serum.

For a cleanser, you could try the CALM Redness Relief Cleanser as an alternative to the ZO cleanser.

You might want to think about using a chemical exfoliant instead of a scrub. Apply it a very thin layer a few times a week and leave it on. In the long run, your skin will be smoother and more radiant that with weekly "polishing" sessions.

As far as a Vitamin C serum is concerned, there so many formulations that entire posts have been written (see the wiki entry in the sidebar) here and elsewhere. The primary research on Vitamin C was conducted with L-Ascorbic Acid. Subsequent work showed that including Vitamin E and Ferrulic Acid increases the effectivity dramatically. L-Ascorbic Acid can be irritating though so a lot of other forms have been developed.

For an affordable LAA formula, you might want to look at Cosmetic Skin Solutions (15%) or Timeless (20%).

L-Ascorbic Acid is more irritating than the form you've been using. If you find that you can't tolerate it or that the formula doesn't work well with your other skin care products, you can experiment with other forms such as the MAP (Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate) version from The Ordinary or the Ascorbyl Tetraisopalmitate Solution (a form that's getting a lot of attention these days). Note: since you are using an antioxidant serum in the evening, think about applying your Vitamin C in the morning before your sunscreen, to amp up the photo-protection during the day.

u/wildeflowers · 8 pointsr/SkincareAddiction

I'm a bit older than your average SCA subscriber, so I'll chime in a bit. I have dryer, more mature skin and this is the basics of what I do and what has really improved my skin.

IF I were to start from scratch with the things I now know, I'd probably start with these things, in order of use.

An oil cleanser, like Hado Labo I've used straight oil and multiple oil cleanser. The ones that emulsify are a bit easier to use, and I prefer them, but I think most well regarded ones are pretty similar.

Second cleanser maybe, a ph balanced foam cleanser. I usually just oil cleanse, but use the foaming cleanser in addition every few days. This one is well regarded.

A toner. This isn't so much of a cleansing step as a first step of moisturization. Klairs supple prep tone

Holy grail product for me, Snail Creme. I love the Mizon one. It goes on before serums.

A Hyaluronic Acid serum, such as Paula's Choice

A night cream. I'd maybe use the Cerave here or another layer of the Mizon AIO. The Mizon is super light, sinks in and never greasy. It's not really a "moisturizer", so cream is a bit of a misnomer, but with everything else, it may be enough.

If you got her nothing else, I'd get her the Mizon snail creme. Seriously miracle product, IMO. I'd start with stuff like this and then maybe consider a retinol or other acid, if needed. Maybe some others can chime in with a retinol recommendation.

u/jiyounglife · 8 pointsr/abdiscussion

1) How do you prep your skin for the journey? Do you do anything differently?

My face gets a mask the night before(whenever I shower) before the entire trip leaving home. I lotion up my body with a thick layer of lotion to stay hydrated and give it ~15-20 minutes to soak in before I put clothes on.

2) Do you have a skincare routine that you do in transit?

My goal is to be comfortable, get some sleep, alleviate back pain, and cure boredom.

3) When you get to your destination, do you keep up with your regular routine, or do you have a modified routine?

I have a shortened routine with just wash, and moisturizer, and SPF. Currently, my travel routine is Shiseido White Lucent Brightening Cleansing Foam (got it as a sample), Mizon snail recovery gel cream, and Kao Biore UV PERFECT Milk SPF50+ PA++++.

For #2 & #3, do you make decants of your routine, bring along samples or travel sizes, or do you bring full-size products? For plane travel, do you check your baggage or do carry-on only, and if the latter, what are your strategies for condensing everything liquid into a quart-sized plastic bag?

I bring the mizon gel-cream because it's perfect travel size, is cheap, and I can consistently slap it on throughout the day or night as needed depending on the location. It doesn't do anything special, but it is a moisturizer I won't feel bad about using heavily. Once I finish the Biore SPF and Shiseido cleansing foam, I don't plan on repurchasing either. Most of the time I have enough samples of "safe" products that I am not worried about trying. Once that does run out, I plan on getting some decants. Once I finish my backlog of products, I plan on venturing out and trying out new stuff. For now, this will do. Oh, I also have decants of my magic hadalabo <3. I bring that everywhere and use it as my toner/hands/elbows/etc. I've been using it for years and is my holy grail toner.

u/IAmASquishyBunny · 8 pointsr/SkincareAddiction

I don't think it's possible to wash your hands 30 times a day and not have it be irritated at all. When you go to bed could you wear gloves filled with lotion, maybe a creamy aloe or oatmeal based one. Snail gel cream as an initial layer, covered with a creamier hand lotion, and possibly a layer of vaseline to seal it in? You'll almost definitely need to use fragrance free stuff to avoid additional irritation.

Also, it's currently sold out online but I have seen them in stores, forever21 has these which are basically sheet masks for your hands.

I think you might want to try this lotion, which is fragrance free, creamy but soaks in quickly so you can layer it, and lanolin rich. I have seen travel squeeze tubes of it at the dollar tree if you would rather not use a tub. I really like it when my hands are at their most irritated (my skin cracks and bleeds in cold, dry weather) because it doesn't hurt the way a lot of lotions do.

The snail gel cream I referred to is by Mizon, you can find their snail gel recovery cream on amazon and I find it to be incredibly good at soothing irritation and that it helps with healing. It's made a huge difference on my face, could help your hands.

Also, you need preventative measures. Use lotion before your hands are so irritated the pain makes you want to cry, that way it hopefully doesn't get quite so bad.

u/mmorix · 8 pointsr/SkincareAddiction

I think it is. :) If you don't find it hydrating enough, try something with hyaluronic acid; like this.

u/Tuxedo_sheetmask · 8 pointsr/AsianBeauty

The blue pouch on the right is a refill of [Hada Labo Shirojyun Milky Lotion] (

I haven't used this particular product, but I've used the watery version called Hada Labo Shirojyun Albutin Medicinal Whitening Lotion, and the regular, much lauded Hada Labo Gokujyun Lotion Moist. I love the regular Gokujyun.

It should be quite hydrating, and brightening. =) Use it directly after cleansing as a toner/first treatment essence unless you're using actives, and then use first after actives.

edit: formatting

u/gtopham · 8 pointsr/SkincareAddiction

Yeah, but you have to use a different kind of moisturizer - I have oily skin and use Dr. Lin Skincare Hydrating Gel After using it for a while, I actually don't have oily skin anymore.

u/cat_can_too · 7 pointsr/SkincareAddiction

Hada labo hyaludronic acid moist toner.

Not a mist, but chock full of humectants and fragrance free.

u/masterofdisquise · 7 pointsr/femalefashionadvice

I've used the niacinamide + zinc serum, buffet peptide serum, and the matrixyl + HA, which are all like improving skin texture/anti-aging serums. I think they have a concentrated H Acid serum that would be good in conjunction with moisturizer for hydration, but have heard that [this one] ( from another of the deciem brands is a better H acid serum.

edit: I feel like you could also use the really popular [hado labo h acid lotion too] ( I personally feel like for my skin, the peptide serums and moisturizer, after a long continued use, built up my skin well enough that I don't have my usual winter dryness, but skincare is really YMMV

u/ohwhereismycoffee · 7 pointsr/AsianBeauty

Oil cleanser --> Foaming cleanser --> hydrating toner in the moist or light version --> emulsion --> cream

The Gokujyun range gets translated in all sorts of weird and wonderful ways, so it can get a little confusing. The name 'Gokujyun' simply means 'super hydrating', all of the products contain hyaluronic acid, and the range consists of the clear, hydrating 'lotion' (what is known in Western countries as a 'toner'), an emulsion/milk, which looks and feels like a thin Western moisturizer (it's white, and comes in a smaller bottle than the lotion) and then the gel-cream hybrid 'cream'.

Edited to add: you don't have to use every step from the range. You can use them in conjunction with products from other brands/ranges.

u/Penguins_Polar_Bears · 7 pointsr/SkincareAddiction

Ah i see. This is the one I refer to as standard

I didn't mean to do it a disservice, only used the word 'standard' as I thought it is the more widely used HA. It's awesome, but the premium one is better in my opinion.

u/mrob2k68 · 7 pointsr/wicked_edge

Funny you should ask. Recently started really getting into products to take care of my tired, old, wrinkly face. This endeavor was directly related to getting into /r/wicked_edge and pampering myself with great products.

I live in Florida and need to moisturize and protect. I've added the following to my regimen:

CeraVe Cleanser - use it when I shower. This has replaced the facial scrub I would use pre-shave.

A Vitamin C serum - again...I'm an old man and trying to slow down some aging.

A hyaluronic acid lotion - hoping it does what it says and keeps my skin moisturized.

Jack Black Double Duty Face Moisturizer - This is my final layer at the start of the day. SPF could probably stand to be higher, but I'll rock a hat and sunglasses if I think my sun exposure is going to last longer than the typical in and out of my car.

I use a different moisturizer at night that doesn't have an SPF component.

It's funny to me...the older I get the more regimens I have. Probably should have started taking better care of things a little earlier in my life, but was too busy thinking in the now.

u/beltaine · 7 pointsr/SkincareAddiction

It is and it's on sale at the moment. It was $18 yesterday and today it's ~$19, usually $23. Not exactly $15 but I've heard great things about it. :)

u/albino_polar_bears · 7 pointsr/IncelTears

So do you shower?

Jk~ if your back has sensitive skin I would recommend you to not use regular body wash as most contain sodium lauryl sulfate. This is an ingredient that is known to cause skin problems, but it is so disturbingly ubiquitous in body washes that people may never realize that its the culprit. Dove sensitive skin bar (unscented one) is a good replacement.

A gentle cleanser is one that is of 5-5.5pH, not scrubs, simple ingredient list, no fragrance to list a free. The Cerave Hydrating Cleanser is a good example along with the Neutrogena Ultra Gentle Daily Face Cleanser (gel, not foam formula).

If you are worried in scarring, invest in some vitamin C serums, and products and ingredients with "whitening effects" (niacinamide, arbutin, kojic acid, etc.). A lot of Asian products focus heavily on "whitening" - it doesn't mean to bleach the skin white, but to remove/prevent hyper pigmentation like acne scarring, sun spots, etc. For something close you home you can try this low cost but effective brand.

A basic skincare low-cost starter pack for you can look like this:


  1. Cleanser

  2. Timeless Vitamin C serum (wait 20 mins)

  3. Moisturizer

  4. Sunscreen <-very important since you are using accutane which increases your skin's photosensitivity. The deadly lazer in the sky can and will fuck your skin up. American sunscreen is shit, European and Japanese one are way better. But if you don't have the patience then pick something from this list.


  5. Cleanser

  6. The Ordinary niacinamide serum

  7. Moisturizer

  8. Vaseline - skin and lips. Honestly, no $200+ moisturizer even comes close to beating vaseline in terms of transepidermal water loss prevention - ie. keeping the skin hydrated. I assume accutane is drying your skin and lips out huh? Not cosmetically elegant and you will probably have to change pillow case more often, but it gets the job done.

u/Iseethelight963 · 7 pointsr/SkincareAddiction

My favorite skincare that I get on Amazon. Sheet masks are fun, and my skin just loves squalane and urea as ingredients. I also find something satisfying about slathering myself in oil before bed (probably because I was told to avoid them like the plague as a child).

Face masks:

Squalane oil:

Urea creamy oil:

Have fun shopping!

u/capslion · 7 pointsr/AsianBeauty

As far as the squalane goes, 100% plant derived squalane is 100% plant derived squalane. Timeless (2oz bottle) has a better price per ounce plus free shipping, both prime and non-prime. TO's squalane (1oz bottle) is going to run you over twice as much an ounce after shipping is paid for.

Squalane is a good if your skin likes facial oils, though. I like to mix it into creams/serums/other products because the very thin texture can make it difficult to apply on its own. It's good if you're looking for your routine to be more moisturizing. It's not very occlusive, so I'd look for another oil if that's something you want.

u/claramill · 7 pointsr/SkincareAddiction

Hey ScA! Found a few products that I wanted to add to my routine through reccs here and research so I thought I'd share them. I have combination skin, Fitzpatrick type IV, and my daily struggles are mainly with hyperpigmentation, a wonky texture on my forehead, and hydration. If you have any friendly advice, warnings, criticisms, I'm all ears. :)

-From Left to Right-

  • Radha Beauty Rosehip Oil: Bought mainly for the linoleic acid. The bottle is huge, the dropper is nice, and it should last a while sitting in its nook in my fridge.
  • Peach Slices Citrus-Honey Aqua Glow: a gel moisturizer with a light, citrus scent that absorbs like lightning and sits well under my sunscreen. I'm patch testing this right now but I'm very happy with it. Confession: shamelessly bought for the packaging.
  • CVS samples! :)
  • Timeless 100% Pure Squalane Oil: emollient, comes in a glass bottle and I'm probably going to mix a few drops in with my moisturizers or use it in its own step.
  • AmLactin AHA Body Lotion: My boyfriend and I both suffer from keratosis pilaris, so we're giving this a shot in conjunction with a daily SPF on the arms.
  • Biore Perfect UV Face Milk: This is a repurchase, it lasts surprisingly long for only being 30 ml (then again, I don't reapply, tsk tsk), is cosmetically elegant, and though there's a bit of a white cast, it goes away after a few minutes even on my darker skin. It is a bit drying, though, which makes sense since its supposed to be a matte sunscreen but I might replace it when I get around to it. Still highly recommend, especially for oily skin!

    Also picked up some cod liver oil. Will it do anything for my skin? Uh, maybe! Mom's been getting on me about my omega-3s so I humored her. :)
u/krissycole87 · 7 pointsr/SkincareAddiction

There are definitely cheaper options! Cosrx snail mucin is highly concentrated and highly recommended, they sell it on amazon, on any of the AB sites, and also now available at Ulta

Cosrx also has a snail cream which is thicker and more cream based lotion also available at ulta here

Mizon also has one called Mizon Black Snail All in one Cream

And Benton has one called Benton Snail Bee Essence this also contains honey

u/carrigura · 7 pointsr/AsianBeauty

Linking pictures was a great idea! I'm all for giving sellers the benefit of the doubt, but seriously - two times they mess up? I feel like I'd have a bit more leniency for them if THEY were the ones who were like 'Hey we screwed up, we sent you the wrong package, please refuse it!' but it seems they're just throwing stuff in there and not double checking.

This is the one I saw on Amazon for about $22. I always go Prime so I get my products faster, but then again, I have Amazon Student, so it's free for the first 6 months then $50 for the next years. Regardless, it cuts down on the waiting time :)

u/savage_in_a_sundress · 7 pointsr/SkincareAddiction


  • Tom's of Maine Sensitive Body Wash ^CosDNA - Probably a no go for you, since it has sunflower oil, but it's a gentle and effective cream cleanser. When I don't want to bother with 2-step oil cleansing, I put it on my dry face a minute before I get in the shower.
  • Tom's of Maine Baby Body Wash + Shampoo ^CosDNA - My 2nd cleanser for oil cleansing.


  • Kikumasamune Sake Skin Lotion High Moisture ^CosDNA - All the Ceramides of Cerave, none of the silicones or fatty alcohols.
  • Straight Up Rose or Lavender Hydrosol


  • Scinic Honey All-In-One Ampoule ^CosDNA - It's 90% honey extract, which has 50% stronger humectant activity than glycerine.
  • Hada Labo Gokujun Hyaluronic Lotion Moist ^CosDNA - Cheapest + most effective HA serum I've tried. Nice, simple ingredient list.


  • Cerave Baby SPF 45 ^CosDNA - The ONLY water-resistant physical sunscreen that doesn't make my skin freak out. No dimethicone and <1% Cetyl Alcohol (after the preservatives on the ingredients label); still has the ceramides and niacinimide of the adult formula.
u/oatmeal_pie · 7 pointsr/SkincareAddiction

I use the Hada Labo Rohto Hadalabo Gokujun Hyaluronic Lotion Moist. I find that if I apply it before a sheet mask the hyaluronic acid really helps my skin absorb the sheet mask essence. You can also use the Hada Labo lotion to make your own sheet mask with puffs like these. There are step-by-step directions in the first review on the Amazon page.

u/docmedic · 7 pointsr/SkincareAddiction

>Cezanne high moist is a good sort of mashup between Hada labo and Kiku as well. It has the HA of hada and the ceramides of Kiku and comes in the same giant size as kiku for a similar price.

Hey, do you think the Cezanne would work as a moisturizer to replace the Dr. Lin gel? I use that for my acne (on tretinoin), and my mom uses it to get rid of her wrinkles, but it recently jumped from $10 to $18. Looking for a moisturizer, but this seems to be considered a toner (not sure what toners do)?

u/peony_chalk · 7 pointsr/AskWomen

I've been using CeraVe PM lotion, and that works well for me. It's not like, OMG AMAZING, but it keeps me moisturized without being greasy/oily, and it doesn't break me out. (PSA: this stuff is apparently like 80% off the normal price right now on Amazon if you get it in a Prime Pantry box.)

I tried the Hada Labo gel cream before the CeraVe. I liked it too, but it left me feeling a little bit ... stickier? So now I've just been using it for my hands and neck.

Also, if you haven't already, you should definitely check out r/skincareaddiction. There's tons of great product recommendations and helpful people over there!

u/karleenamarx · 7 pointsr/tretinoin

Ok, so firstly, do better than I have and remind yourself not to do this again! It's always worth just waiting for pimples to heal on their own, and if you absolutely cannot (like me), lance them with a sterile needle (insulin needles are cheap and sterile), and put a hydrocolloid bandage over until it gets everything out.

Ok, so with prevention out of the way, my #1 product in this situation is snail based products. Snail mucin is one of the few ingredients that's been clinically shown to help repair skin (admittedly not extensively, but in my personal experience, it does help). This is the one I get. In lieu of that, keep them clean, but not overdried. Moisture can help prevent and reduce scarring. I recommend a lotion with HA since it has the potential to help PIE clear up more quickly. I like CeraVe's HA+ceramides lotion.

Hang in there, we've all been there.

u/uponaworld · 7 pointsr/poledancing

SCINIC Honey All In One Ampoule is amazing. It moisturises and instantly sinks in. I have taken a shower, shaved, put this on and gone to class 45 minutes later with no worries and sticking to the pole just fine. It is all I use now prior to poling.

u/urbanflora · 6 pointsr/AsianBeauty


You really need to add more hydrating steps[Hydrating Toners(US)/Lotions(Japan)/Skins(Korea)] to your routine. You can not change the size of your pores, but if you add enough hydration and moisture then you can make them look less noticeable.

I would look around this sub and search for watery layer/Hydrating steps. Some popular ones around here are Kikumasamune High Moist, Cezanne Skin Conditioner High Moist and Hada Labo Gokujyn Hyaluronic Acid Lotion.

Hope this helps!:3

u/RatherNotRegister · 6 pointsr/30PlusSkinCare

I see "crows feet" and I think "dehydrated". So.

  1. Replace your exfoliant with CeraVe Hydrating facial cleanser. It's not going to feel like your face is clean for the first like week to two weeks because you're probably used to the very squeaky clean (stripped) feeling. But focus on how your skin feels about two minutes after you pat it dry - that clean-but-not-desert feeling is delightful.

  2. Add a purely hydrating layer. Depending on what type of environment you're in, that might be Hada Labo lotion or a serum. If you're in a dryer area, you probably want a glycerine-based serum or lotion rather than a hyaluronic acid based one, as HA can actually draw water from your skin if there isn't enough in the air.

  3. Consider a thicker night cream like CeraVe in the tub, Jason Gentle Basics night cream, or (again depending on your area) a thin layer of petroleum jelly (Vaseline) to help your skin keep the moisture in it. If you're in central California or the south - somewhere with humid air - putting your hydrating layer on, sitting for a minute or two, then finishing with Vaseline might be enough. If you're in Tucson, you're probably going to want something like the CeraVe in the tub or the Jason to add additional layers of hydration to your skin.

  4. As /u/glittercrotch said, r/asianbeauty is a great resource. There are lots of skincare companies in various Asian countries that have affordable, high quality products that you can get on Amazon. The Hada Labo lotion is one, and you might check out something like the Hada Labo Skin Plumping Gel-Cream for your thicker cream step.
u/swattahfly · 6 pointsr/tretinoin

Okay YOU appear to be somewhat factually incorrect. Why does no one share sources?

According to the Skin Cancer Foundation, UVA is the dominant tanning ray/aging ray and UVB is the dominant burning ray.

So the best question is, what sunscreen protects against both? Broad-spectrum protection sunscreen. I searched Amazon and this one seemed the cheapest and most highly rated.

u/dobedobedobedoo · 6 pointsr/SkincareAddicts

I have the same requisites as you and I love using Elta MD over my CeraVe Moisturizing Lotion. The sunscreen is great by itself but I use rather drying ointments from my dermatologist so I've gotta use both. Hope this helps!

u/rappity_rap_rap · 6 pointsr/30PlusSkinCare

I use Elta MD and love it, no plans to switch :) It is expensive though.

u/thesixth_SpiceGirl · 6 pointsr/WatchandLearn

If I can offer my holy grail sunscreen Elta MD

It’s not greasy, dries very quickly and evenly, doesn’t have a strong smell, and doesn’t leave a white cast on typical Caucasian skin. However it is a tad pricey.

u/spunky-omelette · 6 pointsr/SkincareAddiction

>do you think any of the positive benefits you achieved would be bad

Absolutely--making distinguished wrinkles disappear and brightening your complexion is TOTALLY not masculine, blech!

Kidding, kidding. I can't see any downsides to focusing on the care and keeping of your skin...except maybe becoming a bit obsessive over it and enjoying it too much (hence this subreddit).

Lurk around and check out some of the discussion threads in this sub, and read the sidebar links. You'll learn a lot. There's a very large focus on understanding the why and how things work (particularly in regards to ingredients) and the science behind them. It's really hard to get into that mindset in the beginning because it's so easy to be swayed by sexy advertising, attractive packaging, and tempting claims, but if the ingredient list doesn't back it up, none of that matters.

The products I currently use:

  • Cleanser: I bounce between a Gentle Cleansing Gel($3-4 per ounce--a little goes a long way and it has lasted me ages) or the Cerave Foaming Cleanser($0.94 per ounce)

  • Exfoliators I use an 8% AHA toner($2.23 per ounce) for gentle daily exfoliation.

  • Oils Changes depending on the season. I got a sample pack of three different oils from GoW for $9.25 back in December, and I'm still working on them. A teeny bit goes a long way.

  • Moisturizer/Hydrator Changes based on my whims. Sometimes I just use an oil, sometimes a simple moisturizer ($5-6 per ounce) with a drop of oil mixed in. Again, these can last me a long time.

  • Masks The Aztec Healing Clay($0.50 per ounce) mask is a huge favorite here. I'll also sometimes make a turmeric mask using ingredients from my kitchen that I'm already using in my food anyways, so I don't calculate that cost.

  • Sunscreen My biggest splurge item, I spent $20 on the Elta MD sunscreen. I like it because it's a physical blocker and doesn't irritate my skin.

    Since the products I buy last me a long time, the cost doesn't seem very large to me. Some products, like the healing clay mask or certain oils, are only used in small quantities, so they'll last a long, long time.

    When I first got started in revamping my routine, I very slowly introduced new products (started with a new cleanser, then after a few weeks tried a moisturizer, etc). This is good because it's easy on your wallet AND it allows you to get an accurate feel for what works and what doesn't.

u/SpeechyKeen · 6 pointsr/SkincareAddiction

I don't know anything about the products you mentioned, but these are possibilities for you:

  • NuFountain is a great product and price! You can also buy 3 bottles at a time for the price of 2.

  • Timeless is also another brand I've heard good things about!
u/bbynug · 6 pointsr/SkincareAddiction

Just checked out the ingredients list. I don't see any high powered anti-aging ingredients in it and fragrance is listed really high up. And it's $50. I'd quit wasting your money and invest in a Vitamin c serum or a product with retinol. There are great products out there with both of these ingredients that are cheaper and more effective than the Kiehls serum.

An SCA favorite is Timeless Vitamin C. It's an inexpensive dupe for a much more expensive product. I can personally vouch for its effectiveness.

One of my personal faves is Alpha Skincare 12% Glycolic Cream. It's a fabulous glycolic acid product that makes my skin soooo smooth. Any little CCs or pimples I get are annihilated by this cream. I find it pretty gentle as well. The ingredients list is very short. As with all acids, start at a lower percentage and work your way up. 12% is too strong if you're new to acids.

There's tons of products to choose from when it comes to retinol. It's hard to give a recommendation without knowing exactly what you're looking for. Try thinking about what kind of formulation you want (serum, cream) and go from there. And if you start using retinol, be sure to use a sunscreen. Hope this helps.

u/anniecakes · 6 pointsr/SkincareAddiction

You can always get the one from Timeless! It's actually cheaper because you get twice as much. There's nothing special about The Ordinary's squalane. Squalane is squalane.

If you don't have Amazon Prime, you can also order directly from Timeless's website. They have free shipping.

u/_ThePalmtopTiger_ · 6 pointsr/SkincareAddiction

Ugh! These marks are so frustrating, aren't they? Acne is crappy enough, but then I get these red marks and they take forever to go away. It's totally unfair, and I empathize with you. Luckily, I actually do have some advice! Now, these products aren't miracle workers, and it didn't cure my spots overnight. However, I have found my recovery time has been shorter.

  1. Mizon Snail Recovery Ge & Mizon All in One Snail Repair Cream: I attribute some of my success with conquering red marks to these other products below, but I think it's mostly the snail products. They've been super gentle on my skin and are pretty affordable. If you're going to go with just one of my suggestions, make it the Snail Recovery Gel. I like the Repair Cream, but I think the Recovery Gel is what's made the most progress with my spots. Bonus, I have a very pink skin tone, and it helps take a little of the redness out of my face as well. Also, keep in mind that the Recovery Gel is not a moisturizer, so you'll still need to use one with it.

  2. Paula's Choice - Resist Barrier Repair Moisturizer with Retinol: Retinol is a good choice for long term minimizing marks, and I haven't had any trouble with this product burning my face or making it dry. (I have quite dry skin, and that's a real issue for me.)

  3. Paula's Choice Skin Perfecting 2% BHA & Paula's Choice Skin Perfecting 8% AHA Gel: I'm sure you've probably already heard of these products. I know they're big on this sub, but I just wanted to throw it out there because I do think that chemical exfoliation has helped some with my marks.

    Good luck with your skin! I've been going through a bad breakout right now which is leaving new red marks on my skin, so I'd love to think that this sucky experience might help someone else even just a little.

    Edit: I was reading some of the other comments, and I just want to second the sunscreen comment. Super important!
u/The_Tame · 6 pointsr/AsianBeauty

International brands...that can only sell their more effective advanced products in other countries, because of these ridiculously outdated sunscreen rules. The Biore Watery Essence is a top seller in Asia, and is manufactured by Biore Japan. The Nivea Sun Protect Water Gel is another example. You can see it's a very different product than what they sell here.

u/thedisenchantedpony · 6 pointsr/SkincareAddiction

The Mizon snail recovery gel is amazing. Asian beauty has made a huge difference in my skin, in every way. Low pH face wash, acids, elegant, light sunscreens, occlusives that don't break me out...

u/Hotnonsense · 6 pointsr/MakeupAddiction
  1. Hada Labo Gokujun Hyaluronic Lotion Moist
  2. Tosowoong Propolis Sparkle Ampoule
  3. Hada Labo Gokujun Perfect Gel

    All inspired by much research at /r/AsianBeauty!

    edit: oops, forgot my cleansers.


  4. Remove makeup with Boots No7 Beautiful Skin Melting Gel Cleanser

  5. Cleanse again with Tosowoong Enzyme Powder Wash. This stuff is AMAZING. My experience is the same as Fifty Shades of Snail's so count her review as mine as well :)

  6. Moisturize using all 3 steps above


  7. CosRX Low pH Good Morning Gel Cleanser
  8. Moisturizing using all 3 steps above
  9. Sunscreen after moisturizers have sunk in a bit (10-15 minutes) - Biore UV Perfect Milk SPF50+ PA++++
u/rachelll · 6 pointsr/SkincareAddiction

Amazon usually has good sellers.

Hada Labo Lotion:


I've bought both and as far as I can tell, they're legit!

u/granola_poopswirl · 6 pointsr/AsianBeauty

Awww, I know that feel completely.

I've never tried any Tatcha products, however... I have been in the market for an enzyme cleanser lately, and the one I'm looking at is often cited as a great dupe of the Tatcha Rice Enzyme Cleanser in the Amazon reviews- the SRB Stabilized Rice Bran Enzyme Cleanser, $25 on Amazon or Peach & Lily. I first saw this in a Liah Yoo video and I guess due to the kinda bland packaging it's not very popular, but the reviews on Amazon and Amabie are excellent. Apparently the product is extremely gentle and the ingredients list is pretty short, so it might be ideal for you. :)

Honestly, I'm kind of an AB noob myself, because although I research many products, I don't really have that much $$ to spend on products and try them. Since you have sensitive skin, maybe try a balm cleanser? They're apparently very nourishing and the Banila Co Clean It Zero Sensitive formula has great reviews. Renee from Gothamista has also recommended the Heimish Cleansing Balm (it has donkey milk and she's butter, oh my gosh) and I believe her skin type is also dry-sensitive.

Looking at the ingredients in the serum and cream, they seem somewhat similar to the Nature Republic Royal Ginseng line, all the way from the rice, royal jelly, ginseng, sodium hyaluronate, and silk extracts to the 24k gold. This line is very expensive as well, but may be less problematic to you.

The top, likely active, ingredients in the Serum are Algae Extract and Rice Extract and in the cream the Saccharomyces Ferment Filtrate is the number 1 ingredient, so I think you should start looking for serums and creams high in those actives, as those are the highest concentrated ingredients in the Tatcha moisturizing products.

I couldn't find much with Algae Extract that was a moisturizer, except one Nature Republic Eye Cream, the Collagen dream eye cream.

The second ingredient, the Saccharomyces Ferment Filtrate, is very interesting because it actually used to be the active ingredient of the famous SK-II Essence, before it was replaced by the very similar Galactomyces Ferment Filtrate. This Ingredient is likely going to be much easier to find in an essence rather than a moisturizing cream. I know that the Missha First Treatment Essence has Saccharomyces but I'm also including a link/list of SK-II dupes that contain either Galactomyces or Saccharomyces as they are very similar, and because many of the other SK-II dupes are actually cheaper (the Missha is around $50), including the CosRx Galactomyces which is only $15.

The last ingredient, Rice Extract, is present in an insane 65% potency in the CosRx Ultimate Nourishing Rice Mask, which is also a cult favorite on Reddit. And, it's less than $15.

Lastly, I saw sodium hyaluronate, or hyaluronic acid, in both the serum and cream, so if I were you, I'd invest in the cult favorite, Hada Labo Gokujyun Lotion. I have the Premium version, and it really is wonderful and leaves your skin firm and hydrated, and is a great way to get in extra moisture before your cream.
Hada Labo Rohto Hadalabo Gokujun Hyaluronic Lotion Moist, 5.7 fl. oz. (170ml)

A final note: since your skin is sensitive, I would stay away from any artificial fragrance or irritants in any products. Hada Labo and Cosrx are both fragrance free companies that only use what they need to make the product effective. Again, check your ingredients at CosDna as well as reviews. Also many of these products are available cheaper on some other websites, I just chose who came up first. Generally, SokoGlam is a safer bet than Amazon because you won't get a fake product, but it's also slightly more expensive.

I know this is a long post but I also know how daunting the search for good, affordable skincare can be. Also, don't forget to wear sunscreen. There's no point in getting so many products just to negate their effects with UVA damage.

Best of Luck! <3

u/FrozenFractalsofIce · 6 pointsr/AskWomen

I don’t wear foundation often but I am a shiny mess by the end of work. I use a three step skin care process every day and a gel moisturizer , primer, this shine killer, setting powder. and a matte setting spray.

You can use a foundation between the shine killer and matte setting powder. I use this when I include foundation in my routine but I don’t wear it often and definitely don’t use foundation at the hospital.

The only other thing I recommend is using an oil absorbing sheet regularly throughout the night. It’s really the best thing I’ve found to deal with oily skin.

u/Whattheheckstepmom · 6 pointsr/SkincareAddiction

RAVE Dermal Sheet Masks 24 pack

These sheet masks are so affordable, fun and soothing. I do notice that they all moisturize nicely and there is so much extra serum in each packet. I haven't had any issues with them at all as far as breakouts are concerned and love using these daily. They all smell decent and the sheet paper is quality for the price. I love these things.

RAVE Drunk Elephant Protini.
This is definitely a HOLY GRAIL product for me and I will continue to re-purchase. No issues with breakouts. It smells AMAZING. I get these weird little bursts of cinnamon in between the lily scent. It leaves my skin feeling like a very healthy sea creature. Like just so soft.

RANT Scinic Honey all-in-one ampoule.
Scinic Honey
I WANTED TO LOVE THIS STUFF. It smells AMAZING. But I literally noticed no difference in my skin after using for a month and even got closed comedones on my forehead after use. I just wish this was everything I wanted it to be.

u/cleverpseudoname · 5 pointsr/SkincareAddiction

I decided to check out the COSDna on Chanel's Hydramax line of products. Seems the biggest part of them is glycerin, a lovely humectant that also makes the application feel smooth and wonderful, while being relatively lightweight (not greasy feeling.) It also has hyaluronic acid, some jojoba esters... I think if you keep looking for products that are higher in glycerin content (you can even get glycerin from your pharmacy) or perhaps use a hyaluronic acid lotion a la Hada Labo, you'll get that same feeling for a lot less.

Overall, I see why you loved that cream, but I can also see that the parts you loved about it are much less than $85 combined :) I'll let others chime in with ideas on what specifically you should buy, but I hope that gives you an idea of why you loved that product.

u/pazuzu6666 · 5 pointsr/JapanTravel

You can try Hada labo. I think their lotion feels like a toner but it's pretty moisturizing.

It looks like this:

u/whitegirlAMA · 5 pointsr/SkincareAddiction

There's no quick fix, but you absolutely need to use sunscreen. The scars will never go away unless you protect them from the sun.

Some of your other options:

  • an AHA. Something as simple/cheap as St. Ives exfoliating pads could work.

  • moisturizer or serum with niacinamide. I use this moisturizer and I'd highly recommend it. This sunscreen which I also use has niacinamide as well.

  • moisturizer or serum with vit. C. The moisturizer I linked above also has vit. C.
u/eatjables · 5 pointsr/AskWomen

Listen to LizzieDane. Chemical peels and Botox are invaluable tools and have their place in this world, read this guide Botox 101: What You Need to Know Before Getting Botox and know it's something to consider. But really, a prescribed retinoid is going to be your new best friend. Just a heads up that there is an online dermatology service that is getting very positive reviews from /skincareaddiction and other respectable beauty bloggers. It's called Pocketderm and for $20 per month, you and a board certified dermatologist will customize a topical medication that will address any acne/age-related issues. Informative review over at /skincareaddiction. If you decide to go for it, go here before signing-up and grab a referral link for a 1-month free trial. Seriously, get some retinoids, it is the only anti-ageing treatment in the U.S. that has been backed by the FDA. Secondly, please wear SUNSCREEN, and do so EVERY DAY FOR THE REST OF YOUR LIFE! Rain or shine, UV damage is the #1 cause of premature aging and protecting yourself from the sun is something you can do for yourself tomorrow. Good guide here about how to choose the right sunscreen. EltaMd is highly recommended with adequate UV protection. Now my personal favorite, the AHAs and the BHAs or 'acids', they'll help with the fine lines, brighten up the complexion and even out skintone. They are seriously great and will give you almost immediate results . Basic explanation of AHA/BHA exfoliates. My BHA product rec to you would be Paula's Choice BHA 2% products, $10 referral code here. Do it! Once you've got the retinoids, the sunscreen, and the acids, incorporating a well-formulated antioxidant serum will round out a solid, 'anti-ageing' skincare routine. Hope this helps and be good to yourself :)

u/LadyIronfire · 5 pointsr/SkincareAddiction

Me too, and this stuff is the best. :)

u/lfinfin · 5 pointsr/femalefashionadvice

I've gone through several containers of this one. That's the "Clear" line, which just means it blends in the easiest. The regular line actually blends in fine too, and lastly I've also used up a "Tinted" which is decent coverage actually but if you're paler than say (in MAC terms), N20, I think it'd be too dark for you.

u/malapropistic · 5 pointsr/femalefashionadvice

What are the exact features that attracted you to the Glossier sunscreen? If you're looking for something "clear" I know EltaMD have a clear sunscreen too.

u/treelets · 5 pointsr/AsianBeauty

I'm actually thinking of narrowing down the number of products I use, though this list doesn't seem to indicate that. I love my Benton + MISSHA lineup but I'm getting older and thinking I need a little more oomph. In any case, things I'm looking at that I will probably not buy for a long time:

>Daytime Serums

u/AnatasiaBeaverhausen · 5 pointsr/SkincareAddiction

Excellent sunscreen for under makeup. Let it set onto your skin for a while (20+ mins) before applying your makeup for the best protection.

u/MissRepresentation · 5 pointsr/MakeupAddiction

This Timeless vitamin c serum ($15-$24, price fluctuates) is an almost exact dupe for more expensive ones (Paula's Choice is $48, etc.).

Essential oils can always be bought cheap as fuck in bulk. On Amazon there are a few brands of argan oil for around $3.25/oz, as opposed to Josie Maran which is literally the exact same thing for $28.25/oz.

Always stay on the lookout. If something is expensive as fuck, chances are there is something with the same or similar ingredients for cheaper, especially things with very few ingredients like vitamin C serums or oils. Personally all of my skincare products (makeup remover, daily AHA, weekly AHA, vitamin C, serum, moisturizer, oil) are all under $25. I don't think I would spend more than $50 on a skincare product. That shit would either have to last forever or be liquid skin perfection in a bottle.

u/Two2twoD · 5 pointsr/SkincareAddiction
  • I was naive enough to buy the 50SPF sunscreen of CeraVe. I look like a ghost, how can I use it so it fades a bit? I don't just want to toss it :( Also I tried applying CeraVe on the tub after and it smudges, gets taken off in little rolls. Applying makeup over it is a pain.
    Do I need a primer? Suggestions appreciated!

  • BP(2.5%) or AHA+ from
    It's mainly for my back as I have some breakouts and I wanted to start tackling them. I'm in doubt since I've read that BP bleaches clothes and I wanted something I could use liberally without worries.

    Also, I am using some BP10% on my face for spot treatment, I supposed the would be less flaking since it's 2.5% and thought maybe I could apply this on my face liberally too?

    Suggestions on cheaper or better would be gladly appreciated as well as reviews!

  • My eternal problem with the eye area. It's dry-ish and very sensitive to anything I put on it. I get dry, burning eyes when I apply normal moisturizer somewhat close. I seriously need something that hydrates it, and was also wondering if SPF was needed there. I haven't seen anything concerning the need for spf. Whaddya say?

  • Was wondering if any of you had anything to say about the CeraVe AM lotion with SPF30. I tried applying sunscreen, then moisturizer, then some liquid concealer,(waiting around 5-7 mins between each application) and I noticed the creams start smudging and some little rolls of cream/moisturizer come off. what kind of cheap face moisturizer do you use to avoid this?
    I use this aveeno cream. I've used this because it's faster and don't have to wait a whole lot to apply the bit of makeup I use. I've read here you guys don't trust much in the moisturize+SPF combos. What do you have to say about this one? Yeh or nay?
u/panniculus · 5 pointsr/femalefashionadvice

I really like Mizon Black Snail All-In-One Cream for a summer moisturizer. It's very light, feels somewhere halfway between a cream and a gel.

u/mastiii · 5 pointsr/SkincareAddiction

Hyaluronic can plump up your skin for sure. Check out this thread from /r/asianbeauty asking people 30+ what product in their routine makes the biggest difference. A lot of people said hyaluronic acid made a big difference in their skin.

Having said that, I agree with the other comments here saying look for something cheaper. This from The Ordinary and this one from Hada Labo are a fraction of the price.

u/MaNamIsKahlfin · 5 pointsr/MakeupAddiction

I picked up some Hada Labo Hyaluronic Acid lotion when I was in Asia and I love it! I pat three drops' worth all over my face and neck before I apply my daily moisturizer. It's done wonders for my dry patches.

u/screambledeggs · 5 pointsr/SkincareAddiction

I recommend using a hydrating toner. This stuff helps the moisturizer sink in better. A popular recommendation is Hada Labo gokujyun lotion. I'm on my second bottle and I will keep repurchasing it. It's also fragrance-free.

Another recommendation would be using an occlusive after moisturizer. It locks in the moisture so it doesn't evaporate from your skin. There's good ol' Vaseline, Aquaphor, and CeraVe healing ointment (which is my personal favorite). They're all fragrance-free. You only need a small amount to cover the face. I use like... a dime size amount.

u/pro_forma_life · 5 pointsr/eczema

How big/ where are the patches? I have pretty severe facial eczema I keep under control with Hado Labo Moist Lotion. That stuff doesn't burn broken skin when it goes on (even on eyelids!). I comes out like a liquid and isn't greasy in the least, but it works very very well for me.

u/SkinnyGirl84 · 5 pointsr/Accutane

Everything I'm recommending can be bought on Amazon fairly cheaply:

1st Cleanser (PM only to get rid of sunscreen or makeup): The Face Shop Rice Water Bright Cleansing Rich Oil Dry Skin

2nd Cleanser: Cerave hydrating Cleanser

Hydrating Toner: [Klairs Supple Preparation Facial Toner] ( or
Hada Labo Rohto Hadalabo Gokujun Hyaluronic Lotion Moist

Medium Moisturizer: Cerve PM Moisturizing Lotion

Heavy Moisturizer: Benton Snail Bee High Content Steam Cream

Sleeping Pack: Cosrx Ultimate Rice Overnight Mask

Sheet Mask: Benton Snail Bee High Content Sheet Mask, illi masks, MBD masks (these might be out of your price range as they are between $1-3 per use).

Sunscreen: [Biore Kids Sunscreen] (

Lips: Lanolin

BB: Missha Perfect Cover BB Cream #13 (RP), Mizon Snail Repair Blemish Balm
Cushion: Innisfree
Concealer: Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer

u/jv_level · 5 pointsr/SkincareAddiction

Hi there! You might consider that your skin is a bit dehydrated (lacking water) as well as dry (lacking oil). Mine certainly was! I would consider adding a hydrating toner to your arsenal rather than jumping right in to large number of active products (you can always add them more slowly later once you've decided on what you want try first). Especially as you are quite young, it might be an easy fix rather than a long active journey waiting for results.

The idea will be to keep your skin plumped, reducing the appearance of fine lines. Hydrating toners are terribly useful in that they are light watery layers full of humectants which draw and hold water to your skin. Plus, you can do multiple layers one right after the other (sometimes called the '7-skin method') if your skin is feeling extra dull that day without risking the addition of more ingredients.

They are usual in the realm of Korean or Asian skincare, but lots are becoming super popular. Here are the classics: Hada Labo Gokujyun Lotion - the OG!, Kikumasamune High Moist Lotion - contains fermented ingredients for brightening and is a HUGE bottle, Klairs Supple Preparation Toner - Recommend the unscented, has licorice for brightening, Benton Aloe/BHA Toner - BHA acts as a humectant here, no exfoliation, Pyunkang Yul Essence Toner - Super light, 6 ingredients for sensitive skin, Etude House SoonJung 5.5 Relief Toner - Just like water, very soothing, many others!!

(just ignore that in Japan toners are called 'lotion'. Yes it is confusing!)

Also, Gothamista has a great video on hydrating toners which goes over several of the ones I mentioned plus others.

One more easy thing to consider is a raw honey mask. If you can get real honey, just slather than on your face! It's a humectant and will help with water levels in your skin. Another point is to apply your routine onto damp skin after cleansing.

Hope this helps!

u/paranoidparabola · 5 pointsr/AsianBeauty

Hada Labo Gokujyun Hyaluronic Acid Lotion in rich/moist? It's super hydrating and marketed as slightly-acidic, good for sensitive skin, fragrance free, oil free, and alcohol free (although it contains butylene glycol). They also make an emulsion/milk as well.

u/tangface · 5 pointsr/SkincareAddiction

OP, your skin sounds similar to mine and for the longest time I couldn't figure out what to use/do to hydrate my skin. I've been tying out Asian skincare brands/methods and have found a huge success in using a hydrating toner with the Korean 7 skin method. It's basically taken a toner and layering it on your face as many layers (or skins) as you need after cleansing.

I haven't had any issues with these two:
Hada Labo Rohto Hadalabo Gokujun Hyaluronic Lotion 
Pyunkang Yul Essence Toner

The Hadalabo lotion has a thicker consistency so it takes a bit longer for the skin to absorb vs the Pyunkang Essence is of a thinner consistency. If you end up doing this method in the future, I would suggest choosing toners that do not have water listed as the first ingredient.

Doing the 7 Skin method has basically changed my skin where now it's not dehydrated, less oily and not flake-y. I hope that's a bit helpful and unfortunately I don't have any advice or suggestions on rough skin texture. Best of luck!

u/Simsmac · 5 pointsr/malefashionadvice

I like Cerave Hydrating Cleanser for face wash. It's mild, and doesn't strip as much oil off as some washes (my face isn't overly oily, so I just get dry skin from tougher washes). Good for daily washes in the shower.

I also use their moisturizer with SPF daily after washing. It's not greasy, and absorbs well. No issues with clogged pores.

Check out /r/SkincareAddiction, they have good guides and product recommendations if you have acne or specific skin issues (even if you don't, the product reviews and wiki are great). Cerave is often recommended in the sub since it's cheap, and all their products have ceramides, a lipid/oil your skin needs for moisturizing that you produce less of as you age.

u/nosomeeverybody · 5 pointsr/SkincareAddiction

CeraVe has daily moisturizer with sunscreen, since you already use a CeraVe moisturizer it’s probably a good choice. I use this one: CeraVe Sunscreen Face Lotion SPF 50 2 oz with Zinc Oxide, Niacinamide and Ceramides for Broad Spectrum Sun Protection however I walk to work and work outside on a farm half the year.
My MIL uses this CeraVe AM Facial Moisturizing Lotion SPF 30 3 oz with Broad Spectrum protection, Hyaluronic Acid and Ceramides for Daytime Use
She works in an office with no windows.

u/QuestionAssumptions · 5 pointsr/TransAdoption

I'm pre-HRT, but here's my skincare routine, with links to the exact products I use. I tried my best to define any skincare terminology. I recommend doing this before bed. Make sure to do the steps in the order listed.

Night time skincare routine

1) Exfoliate. This removes dead skin and other crud. Without exfoliating, you'd be applying skincare products on top of your layer of dead skin, which wouldn't be as effective. I use a Salux brand exfoliating cloth in the shower, lathered with Dove brand bar soap. You should only exfoliate and shave 2 to 3 times a week because it's abrasive. Other steps can be done every night. Side note: if you've never exfoliated before, I highly recommend trying it once. You will feel cleaner than you've ever felt after showering.

2) Shave. If you need to shave, now is the time to do it. If you've had laser hair removal, or simply don't have much body hair, move on to the next step. I don't have specific recommendations for shaving products. The most important thing is to use a clean razor. If you are reusing a razor, wash it with soap and hot water, and use rubbing alcohol to kill any leftover bacteria. Exfoliating before shaving can reduce razor burn because you're cleaner, and therefore less likely to get dead skin and bacteria into the "micro cuts" caused by shaving. Even if you don't cut yourself deeply enough to bleed, dragging a metal blade across your face is always slightly irritating. (Side note: I can't effing wait to get laser.) If you cut yourself shaving, you may apply some 70% rubbing alcohol, only to the cut. I've seen sources that recommend applying rubbing alcohol everywhere after shaving, to kill bacteria and therefore reduce irritation. I don't recommend this because rubbing alcohol is harsh and will dry your skin.

3) Toner. This step cleans your skin further. Similar to exfoliating, the idea is to remove as much dirt and dead skin as possible, so that the skincare products can actually absorb into your skin. I pour some Thayers brand alcohol-free, rose scented witch hazel on a cotton ball and apply to my face and neck. Another reason why the order of the steps is important: This toner contains witch hazel, which is an astringent. This means it tightens your skin. Using witch hazel after shaving may reduce irritation by causing any micro cuts to contract. Let your skin air-dry before moving on.

4) Serum. Now that you're clean, it's time for products that will actually be absorbed by your skin. There are many types of serum available. I typically use retinol, which tightens your skin and prevents wrinkles. I apply a few drops of retinol serum to my face and neck and rub it in. I wait a few moments to let the serum dry before the next step.

5) Moisturizer. Last step. This hydrates your skin and keeps you looking young. I use CeraVe moisturizing cream. It comes in a white tub with a blue label. Most nights I just apply to my face and neck. On the nights that I exfoliate, I use moisturizer on my whole body. The main reason is that it can be time consuming, so I only moisturize my whole body after exfoliating, when my skin will better absorb the moisturizer. Additionally, I use this moisturizer on my hands several times throughout the day (especially after washing my hands because soap can be drying.) This makes a significant difference in reducing dry skin, especially noticeable in the winter. If you only get one skincare product, I recommend this one.

Other important things

That's my nightly skincare routine, but wait, there's more! Any day there's a chance you'll spend time in the sun, wear sunscreen!! This is probably more important than all the other steps put together. You can apply sunscreen on top of your moisturizer, or use a moisturizer that includes SPF. Recently I've been experimenting with using this SPF moisturizer on my face every morning.

Last thing: some people think skincare is all about applying products to your skin, so they'll buy fancier and more expensive products. This is like pulling harder on one lever without realizing there are many other levers available. Diet, exercise, hydration, sleep, having fun, and avoiding stress are all important too. Drink water!! Like, drink a little more water than you think you need.

Edit: Can't believe I forgot this. Don't smoke, and don't use hard drugs. Please don't drink alcohol at your age because it can cause brain damage. When you're older, if you choose to drink, do so in moderation. I don't want to come across as "no fun allowed," but please learn from my experience. Binge drinking is not only bad for your skin, it will make you feel like complete poop the next day. Not worth it.

Edit 2: Fixed formatting, and added details.

Good luck, sis!

u/imaginarypunctuation · 5 pointsr/SkincareAddiction

i've read on here--and i'm sorry i can't provide you with a source--that even very dark-skinned PoC only have a "natural" spf of about 5. at most. so it's still very important that they wear sunscreen!

also, i have a suggestion about the moisturizer thing... if he doesn't like the feeling of creams, could you try a gel moisturizer? the ones i see recommended most here are the simple ultra-light gel moisturizer (cosDNA listing) and dr. lin's skincare daily hydrating gel (cosDNA).

u/digoxinprincess · 5 pointsr/SkincareAddiction

I love the premium much more than the regular one the in the bottle w/blue label! this is my HG gel/lotion/moisturizer It has urea and squalane!

u/gotohela · 5 pointsr/SkincareAddiction

Rosehip tends to be recommended for dry skinned, mature skin.

Squalane is more of a humectant, it helps draw in moisture, like Hyaluronic Acid. You'd need to sandwich in the squalane for it to be effective.

I would suggest the squalane sandwiched with a light moisturizer like Neutrogena HydroBoost Gel Cream or The Ordinary Moisturizing Factors. The Ordinary also sells Squalane, so you could knock two things out in one order (free shipping over $25). Don't be afraid to layer up either. And use moisurizer with your retinol at night. USE SPF in the AM! Otherwise you're undoing the work your retinol is doing at night (and maybe making it worse since retinol makes you sun sensitive)

u/ced841 · 5 pointsr/SkincareAddiction

I have combination skin too and I use the hydro boost but the version for extra dry skin with hyularonic acid and I really like it. The regular hydro boost wasn’t enough for me either. I also like to mix in a couple drops of argan oil with it!

u/sunny_drs · 5 pointsr/MakeupAddiction

In the morning, in the shower, I wash my face. Then I moisturize. Then I dry my hair. Then (about 15-30 minutes later), I put on my makeup.

I usually use kiehls, which is on the pricier side but read really great things about gel moisturizer and bought this.:

u/uretii · 5 pointsr/AsianBeauty

I forgot to mention that Mizon and Shiseido Senka were 2-packs!
Mizon is actually selling for that price ($8/2) right now for anyone interested! Senka is also now cheaper. You can also use camelcamelcamel or the honey chrome extension to monitor prices.

u/nailgirlblog · 4 pointsr/tretinoin

Be very, very, very patient. Improvements will probably not be seen until after 6 weeks. Also take it slow.

I use Cetaphil Gentle Facewash in the morning, followed by a couple of layers of Hada Labo Lotion/Toner, then a gel moisturizer, then SPF. I don't wear anything less than SPF 50.

In the PM, I use an oil cleanser, then Cetaphil, then tret. Then I use a few layers of the same Hada Labo toner before sealing in with my evening moisturizer mixed with a few drops of rosehip. I also usually apply a layer of Papaw ointment (basically fruity vaseline) which helps a lot

u/muchogusto22 · 4 pointsr/Accutane

i reccomend heading over to r/asianbeauty
a common thing glosses over in western skin care is the use of layers for moisturizing. The one and done technique works for some, but not everyone. Asian skin care focuses on layers of light hydration from different hydrating toners, essences, serums and a final heavier cream. Using serums or hydrating toners before your main moisturizer like cerave is a great option to boost moisture content in your skin.

Ingredients like Hyaluronic acid is something to look for- its a humecant that can hold 1000 times in it weight in water- as a result instead of just keeping existing moisture in your skin like many moisturizers- it brings more moisture into the skin from the lower part of the epidermis or the environment around your skin.

For you however- if you do not want to go that route- i strongly reccomend a 5% urea cream like Euricins
urea will do the best job at getting rid of those flakes and scalyness- as a it helps dissolve keratin overloads.

If you want the best of both worlds - you could combine that moisturizer with a hydrating toner or essense underneath- like this Hada Labo Lotion or this Hada Labo Gel
that could also layer nicely under your thicker moiosturizer

in asian skin care the word lotion is used instead of toner. Toners(aka lotions) in asian skin care are not like western astringent ones- they are slightly liquidy and offer a great calming boost of moisture under your main moisturizer.

Sorry for the wall of text!

Moisturizing doest just have to be one step- using layers helps alot through serums, essences and toners.

u/HermioneLovegood · 4 pointsr/MakeupAddiction

I have both aging concerns (I'm 39) and breakout prone skin and early this year I started implementing a skincare routine with mostly Korean products and it has helped tremendously (thanks r/asianbeauty!) Prior to this the ONLY moisturizer I'd ever found that did not break me out in cystic spots was the Clinique DDM gel moisturizer which isn't really very moisturizing.

With the k-beauty stuff I added BHA and AHA which helps with both acne and aging.

Another important thing to consider is PH. High PH cleansers like your Neutrogena scrub or Cetaphil are really not good for your skin. Some great low PH cleansers are Cerave foaming cleanser (not Korean/Asian), Su:m 37 Miracle Rose Cleansing Stick ( ) and Hado Labo Gokujyn Cleansing Foam ( )

My current routine is:


u/MagykZombie · 4 pointsr/Stretched

Most people seem to use pure oils on their ears.

Many lotions contain things that can irritate the skin like fragrances. If I use any lotion besides Vanicream around my ears they swell up and become covered in an itchy dry rash.

u/Charbuck747 · 4 pointsr/SkincareAddiction

Hi. Thank you SO much for this little ray of hope.

In regards to the products you mentioned, I am in the UK but have found this similar product to the soap that (if you could spare a minute to look at) may be a suitable alternative?

  • zinc pyrithione soap

  • moisturiser - is this the vanicream one you are talking about? Seems to be similar to the Dermol cream I have been starting to use recently.

    I will enquire about Amoxicillin with my gp in a month's time when I finish my course of (seemingly useless for me) Lymecyline. Fingers crossed he would prescribe it to me as he is running out of ideas!

    I never once considered the Simple moisturiser could be making it worse. It is the ONLY thing I have used consistently across the 2.5+ years.

    I have incredibly sensitive teeth so have always hoped I wouldn't have to give up my sensodyne toothpaste but I will look into alternatives without SLS.

    Again, thank you so much for sharing this with me. Every little bit of hope helps!
u/these-points-of-data · 4 pointsr/SkincareAddiction

Biore Aqua Rich Watery Essence (specifically the 2015 version)! It is a Japanese sunscreen, but it's available on Amazon Prime. It's a fantastic sunscreen that dries very matte with no greasy feel and no white cast. It does have alcohol in it, although I have very dry skin and still have had zero problems with it. A definite holy grail for me =)

I also liked EltaMD UV Clear, but it's much pricier, pills a ton, and in general doesn't feel as nice on my skin. The niacinamide is great though.

Edit: Will add though that the Biore is meant for daily non-sports use. So if you're planning on using this for physical activity, it probably won't be the best choice. The same company also sells versions of that sunscreen that's more sweat/water resistant that I've heard good things about (this and this) , but I've never actually used any of them. I have heard that these tend to be a bit more drying than the Watery Essence though.

u/DragonBorn76 · 4 pointsr/30PlusSkinCare

For your melasma , I would use a sunblock, most of the time that is caused by sun exposure so you don't want to undo whatever treatment for them you are doing.

For sunblock I would explore the Asian brands which designed to be cosmetically elegant and even if you buy them online, they aren't usually too expensive. A really popular brand is Biore UV Aqua Rich Watery Essence. It can be purchased on Amazon. Another brand , Canmake gets really good reviews here on Reddit for being moisturizing and working well under makeup. It is moisturizing as well so during the day you probably won't need a separate moisturizer .

I would skin the brightening face washes and invest in face washes which will be gentle and non-drying. Facewashes aren't on the skin long enough IMO to really help.

Just depending how bad your melasma is , it just may not be able to correct using OTC products. It may need laser treatment but a few things you can try which is known to help is hydroquinone and 20% glycolic acid ( you will want to build up tolerance to 20% ).

I would also add vitamin C serum for skin brightening .

For a moisturizer , I love La Roche-Posay double repair. It has Niacinamide which has anti-aging benefits and it's very moisturizing. If you DO use the glycolic acid peels you will want something like this that can help restore your moisture barrier.

u/bee_antlers · 4 pointsr/SkincareAddiction

I have very sensitive dry skin as well.

I use Eucerin Eczema Relief Cream on my face. It's non-comedogenic, fragrance free, and has colloidal oatmeal for redness/irritation and ceramides for moisture.

I got it as a dupe for the expensive First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Cream, which has irritants like eucalyptus oil.

I highly recommend the Eucerin. It's the only heavy cream I can use that doesn't break me out and calms my tretinoin induced redness and irritation.

In terms of a facial oil: Timeless Squalane 100% Pure is a non-comedogenic, bland, non-greasy option that would be a great place to start. I use it as well and it does not break me out or cause any irritation.

u/mylifeisavacation · 4 pointsr/RedPillWomen
  • La Roche-Posay Anthelios 60 Ultra-Light Facial Sunscreen is the BEST sunscreen to wear under makeup. It works as a great primer too. I've had issues with others being super oily and thick but you can't feel this at all...I won't leave the house without it.

  • Timeless Vitamin C Serum has worked really well for me, I've noticed my skin is much brighter since I added it to my evening routine.

  • MIZON Snail Extract for some slight acne scarring near my temples and redness. I've been using it for a few months and it has helped big time.

  • Ponds Rejuveness Cream is my moisturizer of choice.

  • Garnier Micellar Water is the best makeup remover and cleanser I've found yet. Put on cotton swabs and press on your lashes for 30 seconds and even the toughest mascara is removed.

    Stridex pads for a BHA.

    Once or twice a week I use a honey sheet always trying something new.

    I'm in the process of looking for a new OTC retinol, would love some suggestions if anyone has them!

u/SophieBulsara · 4 pointsr/AsianBeauty

Found it. PSA: It's for some of their best-selling products. It does not show up for every item in the Seller's Shop.

u/PeepsBlowUp · 4 pointsr/Psoriasis

I use this. It pretty much saves my life. And my ink.

u/icedbergs · 4 pointsr/AsianBeauty

And Amazon, demigod of all online stores.

u/dmcindc · 4 pointsr/AsianBeauty

When I first heard of how well AB products work, I went on a binge and tried out so many, and while all are really great, I keep reaching for the Mizon Black Snail AIO the most. I don't like any perfume smelling lotions, no matter how great they are. The Mizon black snail has no smell to it, so perfect for me. I also felt it healed my acne, acne scabs, and dry patches, and just left me with healthier, softer skin.

I'm not sure if you would be up to trying all of these items, but here's my skin regimen (to heal acne and acne scabs/scars, dry patches, and aging skin and wrinkles) to compare. I have been doing this for about six months and am tweaking very little. I haven't had any acne break outs in the last three months now (well maybe one minor pimple that heals within a day or two) and my skin is the most normal it's been in my teenage/adult life.

Cosrx Low Ph Good Morning Gel Cleanser. I love this cleanser and am not changing.

I use two Konjac half sphere shaped sponges when cleansing. I like to use two of these at the same time, one to lather up the soap (less soap is needed with these sponges) and one to rinse it off, and then I rinse both out and run under warm water and hold the two flat halves against my eyes. The warmth feels so wonderful.

I like the red or pink clay ones, but here's a sample pack. Also they usually come with a small string looped into the sponge. If they don't, you can just get a needle and thread and put one it. This is because they need to be hung up to dry out, so they don't get any mold in them. When they dry out, make sure to run under water to re-expand them fully before use, and don't squeeze until they are fully soft and expanded again, or otherwise you will begin to degrade the sponge and it will start to fall apart.

Then I use Benton Aloe BHA Skin Toner. (If you buy from there, you get a Benton Bee Snail mask try too. That mask is one of my all time favorites.)

Then I use the Benton Snail Bee Essence. (If you buy from here, you get another mask and a few samples to try too.)

New York Laboratories Dark Circle Eye Cream. Not Korean, but uses some good ingredients.

MIZON Black Snail All In One Cream

You can also add another cream over this, like one with retinol or hyalouric acid or both. Sometimes I do, sometimes I don't. I am happy with the above and it works for me.

Innisfree Jeju Volcanic Pore Cleansing Foam Facial Foaming Cleanser. I love this cleanser and am not changing.

I use the cleanser with the Konjac sponges again. I find when you use the sponges, that you don't really need to use a separate exfoliator product daily, which can be harsh on your skin. So think gentle products (See at the bottom).

Then I use the same toner as above, and the same eye cream, but sometimes I also add on Cosrx Honey Ceramide Eye Cream.

I use the same Mizon snail cream as above and then a "sleeping pack cream". I have a few I am trying at the moment and can't say which I would recommend yet, but I keep going back mostly to the SKIN CERAMIC Donkey Milk Yogurt Sleeping Pack one. It is not too greasy like some of the others and my skin feels super moist from it.

I do a sheet mask at least once a week (more if I can - lately I have been doing about 3-4 a week). I subscribe to a monthly sheet mask bag at, and they will send about 7-8 sheet masks each month. I love the snail masks best, the honey ones are my second favorite, and then the donkey milk ones. My Miss Tutii is ending next month, and I am thinking of switching over to Mask Maven subscription, which sends nine masks each month.

I use only mild forms of exfoliation (I am so, so, so done with the rough kinds!!!), like Neogen Dermalogy Bio-Peel Gauze Peeling Wine, to help skin turn-over maybe 1-2 times a week. I keep the jar in the fridge and use after a shower in the morning, but you can also use in the evening after you cleanse and before you apply essence/cream. When I use these pads, I skip the toner part of the regimen and sometimes essence too.

I also have Seven Seconds Morning Sheet. That one has gentle dots on the pad that exfoliate. I tend to use this one when I am in a rush and can't spend the time to do a full skin regimen. This one you just cleanse and do the pad and then you are done.

I use Nooni AHA/BHA peel pad about once a week.

About two times a month I use Laura Mercier Face Polish.

And speaking of healthy skin regimen, don't forget about getting good, quality sleep. Get yourself a few boxes of these KAO heated eye masks. They are freaking amazing! They are so nice and light and comfortable and soothing, and they do block out the light too. I love the rose smelling ones.

u/theeternalnoob · 4 pointsr/AsianBeauty

How much are you paying for Mizon? That brand is pretty cheap in my experience. CosRX has a similar snail cream, but I'd expect both to be around the same price point.

If you want the cheapest of the cheap you could go for the snail repair gel in the pink tube. Mizon's black snail AIO tends to be a little cheaper than the regular AIO; it has kind of an old lady smell, but I find it to be extremely soothing and still use it because I haven't found another product that works quite as well for immediately calming irritated skin.

If you're willing to move away from snail products, I've heard good things about the Rosette Aqua Ceramide gel and the Hatomugi Skin Conditioning Gel.

u/roslein · 4 pointsr/SkincareAddiction

I'm not a doctor, so if you've been prescribed tret, I would talk with your doc before adding any additional products. That said, if your skin can handle it and your doctor doesn't tell you not to, you could try adding AmLactin. Retinoids and AHAs [are different chemicals] ( so it's possible adding one would do something slightly different for your skin.

In terms of how many products you can use, it's entirely up to you. I use anywhere from 2 to 8 or 9 products at once layered /r/AsianBeauty style, including mixing (NON-prescription strength) retinoids with an AHA. On a normal day I just use glycolic acid + CeraVe (2 products). But on a weekend evening before bed, I'll take a bath using [zinc soap] ( and [physically exfoliate] ( in the tub, spray my skin with a [low-Ph toner] (, apply a [Vitamin C serum] (, then an [AHA gel] (, then some [Retinol Cream] (, then a [more moisturizing cream] (, then top it all off with an [occlusive] ( to seal in all that moisture. I might even throw an extra layer of or two of [moisturizing toner] (, [tea tree oil] (, [snail gel] (, or [honey ampoule] ( in there if I think my skin needs extra redness reduction. Is that excessive? Absolutely. But I put all that stuff on my face to make my skin happy, so I don't see why the rest of my body shouldn't be allowed to occasionally join the party.

u/CarnivoreCain · 4 pointsr/AsianBeauty

I feel your pain, OP; my story is very similar and I've been fighting off eczema on my face and body for a year now after thinking I was eczema-free once I reached adulthood. Packing on the ceramides and sticking with simpler products (which works great if you're a "cheapo" with product choices anyway) helped considerably in my case. Full disclaimer, I also did check in with a dermatologist and got some steroids and Elidel for the really bad rashes. But these products have been great for keeping me moisturized:

Face: Hada Labo Gokujun Perfect Gel

Body: CeraVe in the tub, also works fine for your face if you're not sensitive to it and want to save some money

Hope you feel better!

u/nomadicfille · 4 pointsr/AsianBeauty

Are you talking about the perfect gel or their hyaluronic acid cream?

I've heard great things about the perfect gel. Has ceramides and supposed to be quite moisturizing. Also competes with other perfect gels like the Asahi Suzuki which advertises itself as a multiple step (lotion-essence-serum-moisturizer) type of cream.

u/monicaeyes · 4 pointsr/SkincareAddiction

I had the same issue and added the Hada Labo Hyaluronic lotion ( ) to my routine and they’ve disappeared. Maybe your skin just needs more hydration :)

u/notevenglennclose · 4 pointsr/SkincareAddiction

You might be dehydrated. Have you tried more humectant hydrators, like a hyaluronic acid serum?

Thin one is kinda the gold standard:

u/thiswilldonicely · 4 pointsr/SkincareAddiction

Hada Labo Rohto Goku-jun Hyaluronic Milky Lotion, 140ml

Hada Labo Rohto Hadalabo Gokujun Hyaluronic Lotion Moist, 5.7 fl. oz. (170ml)

I am in a similar boat to you where a lot of things left me dry and flaky and I used cerave for the longest time before realizing it was actually causing some issues. I found those two lotions which are great. They are light and you don't notice them on your face but they relieve dry feeling and visible dryness and don't break me out. Added benefit of them being cheaper than some other similar things. Also wanted to throw in some personal experience. For years I went to a derm who always made changes that would be harsh on my skin but might fight acne but being so harsh they cause my skin to be irritated and get acne. I finally had enough and stopped going after they added epiduo Forte to my routine when I complained my tretinoin prescription was too strong (it was 4 times the amount I saw anyone else on here had) and they agreed to lower it if I added that which was super strong as well and things got worse. I did end up switching to curology (although I'm in the process of weaning off of that which is actually going really well) and switching off of the harsh antibacterial bar they recommended. Now I just wash my face with a good cleanser and use a bha and aha a couple times a week (I had tried them before and found exfoliating much too harsh while doing the rest) and moisturizer and my skin is the least dry and clearest I've had in the last 8 or so years. Basically I found that less is more and to focus on using things that help my skin be healthy rather than specifically targeting acne which is often drying. Now I'm not saying to ditch your derm. I did go on Accutane, twice actually, and it did help but I think, especially while on it, to just focus on skin health stuff since Accutane will dry it out more. Obviously everyone's skin is different but I thought I'd share this in case it might be helpful to you. Good luck.

u/pachydermae · 4 pointsr/tretinoin

I used to be very inconsistent with my tret when I was first prescribed it in high school and I got okay results, when I started using it regularly (after building resistance due to using it sporadically for that first year), that's when the really good results kicked in. I second what the above comment stated and pick one day of the week that you give it a break and use it consistently the other 6 days of the week!

My tips to reduce irritation:

  • Use a good moisturizer or even two with tret each night either before or after but whichever you choose (moisturizer or tret first), let it dry first before applying the other (I love Aveeno and the Cerave PM, but a lot of people have good things to say about the Hado Labo premium lotion and the Cerave in the tub or the Neutrogena fragrance-free Hydroboost, see the popular post from today with its many comments and diverse recommendations:
  • I've recently heard that mixing tret with a niacinamide serum helps with irritation like the one from The Ordinary
  • Be RELIGIOUS about sunscreen every freaking day no matter the weather to reduce irritation
  • I use a hydrating toner (this one: after using a cleanser just to calm and prep my skin, I wait to let it dry and then put on my tret. I don't know if this actually does anything since I feel like it's a placebo but whatever, it doesn't hurt
u/zoborz · 4 pointsr/AsianBeauty

Tbh I don't think it's the percentage of hyaluronic acid that makes the Gokujyun lotion so great, but the molecular weight of it. The lotion uses a low molecular weight of HA which is more bioavailable, i.e. it will sink deeper into your skin rather than just sitting on top. The Gokujyun lotion actually uses 5 different types of HA with different molecular weights which, in theory, can hang onto moisture in varying levels of your skin. HA is also only effective in skincare products up to a certain concentration, so trying to maximize the amount of HA you get per dollar spent is probably going to be a waste of time at a certain point.

As far as cost is concerned, I got mine on Amazon for about $10. I'm really pleased with it so far and don't think I am missing out on any HA goodness because it's only $10.

u/imurkt · 4 pointsr/RandomActsOfAB

I use a layering method and start with The Body Shop Tea Tree toner personally, non AB product that I found myself going back to again and again while I ventured through finding my routine. Tea tree oil is one of my favorite ingredients that helps keep my skin feeling fresh and aid in any hormonal breakout. I follow it up with Hadalabo Gokujun Hyaluronic Lotion Moist. A cult fave for AB is Klairs Supple Toner, Kikumasamune sake high moist lotion, and Dr. Jart+ Ceramidin Liquid.

Word from the old and practiced though? BUY SAMPLES before you spring for a full sized. u/gothickornchic sells a plethora of decants to sample before you commit to a full sized. It takes 2-3 weeks to see if your skin is going to respond well to a product, and it's awful to buy a full sized and find out that it's a dud, or worse, breaks you out.

It's super fun to buy new stuff but it eventually bites you in the ass. I used to just slather stuff on my face and wish myself luck. It back fired horribly on me back in May and I'm JUST now coming around to clear skin again. Now I test half my face for a week for a break out then another week to really see results.

u/eravas · 4 pointsr/SkincareAddiction

> have also heard 'CeraVe Moisturizing Facial Lotion PM' might be good?

YES. It has niacinamide in it. I usually use this (lasts forever) before using CeraVe PM because of how harsh the weather has been here lately.

Just be cautious because some people are sensitive to ceteareth-20 and cetearyl alcohol, which can cause breakouts.

u/meakbot · 4 pointsr/SkincareAddiction

[Hada Labo Rohto Hadalabo Gokujun Hyaluronic Lotion Moist] (
Loads of companies make hyaluronic acid. This one is my favourite.

u/szmb · 4 pointsr/AsianBeauty

I believe it would be this one - the Hada Labo Gokujyun (or Gokujun) lotion.

u/josiphoenix · 4 pointsr/Accutane

I use this:

CeraVe AM Facial Moisturizing Lotion SPF 30 3 oz with Broad Spectrum protection, Hyaluronic Acid and Ceramides for Daytime Use

u/Plaidpoop · 4 pointsr/SkincareAddiction

Hada labo has some things that fits
the bill.

This, for example (which I use and enjoy):

Apply to a damp face and it's best to use an occlusive on top, like Vaseline (yes, really, and you don't need much).

This one contains squalane which is technically an oil but I think squalane is sort of in a class of it's own because it doesn't cause the same problems that other oils do (that's my understanding anyway):

u/skibummed · 4 pointsr/SkincareAddiction

A lot of people here including myself love this stuff. No scent that I can notice, and it’s a cross between a gel and a cream:

Neutrogena Hydro Boost Hyaluronic Acid Hydrating Face Moisturizer Gel-Cream to Hydrate and Smooth Extra-Dry Skin, 1.7 oz

u/alchademy · 4 pointsr/SkincareAddiction

All the steps you're taking are in the right direction, but let's talk about product recommendations. You should start off with a basic skincare routine.

Cleanser: Cosrx Low Ph Morning Gel Cleanser - A good cult favorite, gentle cleanser.

Toner- Stri-dex Pads Maximum Strength - I have yet to find anything else that keeps my acne at bay as well as these do, holy grail status.

Moisturizer- [Mizon Snail Recovery Gel Cream] ( - This will moisturize and take care of acne scars.

Additionally, what helps me is to exfoliate twice a week, and I use Skinfood Black Sugar Mask Wash Off Exfoliator.

I would suggest wearing sunscreen, though this step isn't specifically to help your acne, it's just good to protect the skin from premature aging and hyperpigmentation. Assuming you have combo to oily skin I would recommend Etude House Airy Finish Sun Milk.

u/vitamere · 4 pointsr/AskMen

/r/SkincareAddiction for easy to access, typically American products (like stuff you can find at your typical Target/grocery store/etc)

/r/AsianBeauty because Korea is pretty much on top of the asian skincare game

Personally I use an oil cleanser - Kose Softymo Speedy Cleansing Oil, takes everything off really effectively.

Then a toner to re-establish skin pH (which is altered when you wash your face): Kikumasamune sake toner.

Then a moisturizer -- Cosrx advanced snail 92 all in one lotion. It has snail extract, which gives it a gloopy kind of texture but it does a really good job at keeping my face moisturized all day, reducing redness, and making my skin super smooth.

I have combination oily skin that is also sensitive, so figure out what kind of skin you have (dry, oily, combination) and try to determine if you have any skin sensitivities. Then look at recommendations that people with your skin type have made -- the sidebar on both of those subs are well-organized.

Everybody's routine is different, some people don't do anything and their face is perfect, others need a shitton of products to keep their skin in check. I've pared down on the amount of products I've used (it used to be like a 5-step process day and night) but it gets expensive and I don't have the money for it right now. So I guess first, figure out your budget and then just search through threads to see highly-upvoted products/routines that have worked for people.

u/chibi_aily · 3 pointsr/SkincareAddiction

I think your skin may be reacting to over exfoliation, hence the new spots. You mentioned that your skin was clearer without the AHA. Try using Stridex once every 3 days, and see if new ones stop forming. I would be gentle with your skin. (I speak from experience--I was using too much Differin a few days ago and had two very large cystic spots form on my cheeks. Plus my face was burning whenever I put anything on it, like Cerave PM...after I stopped using Differin for 2 days, my face would no longer burn when I moisturized. I will only be using Differin once a week now.)

Since you're in a desert/dry climate, first and foremost focus on keeping your skin moisturized. Your moisture barrier needs to repair before you introduce actives to it. It could be breaking out because its so irritated. Here's a link on Reddit about the importance of maintaining a healthy moisture barrier!

If your skin is oily/dehydrated (my skin type), focus on layering light layers of hydration. After you wash your face, gently pat dry with a clean towel, and apply a hydrating toner like Thayer's Alcohol-Free Witch Hazel and following up with a hyaluronic acid moisturizing toner/lotion/serum. Hada Labo products are very popular amongst the /r/AsianBeauty community. The hyaluronic acid will help draw moisture to your skin. More on the science of HA here.

I do want to state that as always, your mileage may vary (YMMV) with these products. But since we have similar breakouts, I do think irritation and lack of proper hydration may be at the root of your breakouts. Patch test the products above to see if you react to them. Good luck!

u/electricpixies · 3 pointsr/SkincareAddiction

Oh, dear. I have a few questions.

  1. I patch tested the Queen Helene masque a few days ago. Love how it degunked the SFs off my nose. Did not love the fact that my cheeks became flaky. When I ran my finger across my skin, the dead skin started balling up and falling off (it did take a fair amount of pressure, though). Is this normal when using a face mask?

  2. I'm currently using a moisturizer by Clean & Clear. I like how light it feels, but 2-3 hours after I've applied it, my nose still gets oily as fuck. Vaseline on top at night doesn't seem to work. Should I ditch it?

  3. What's the difference between the Hada Labo Moist and Smooth Lotion? Can either be used on their own as a moisturizer?
u/ajj0061 · 3 pointsr/SkincareAddiction

Until you find something, I would use your PC's invisible finish moisture gel mixed with some drops of oil. Sunflower, safflower, and hemp seed are supposed to be noncomedogenic. It just may be moisturizing enough when you top it with Vaseline.

Or you could try layering a moisturizing serum or toner before hand as well, like Paula's Choice Skin Recovery Enriched Calming Toner

or Rohto Hadalabo Gokujyn Hyaluronic Acid Lotion or Benton Aloe Propolis Soothing Gel could try

JOSIE MARAN Argan Infinity Cream Intensive Creamy Oil

FRESH Seaberry Moisturizing Face Oil or really just some of any oil for that matter...

I tried my best...I realize now how few options you have! Hope you figure it out! Update us when you do! :)

u/lnn501 · 3 pointsr/MakeupAddiction

Maybe your exfoliator is too rough? Sometimes I find that a gentle chemical exfoliator is better for removing dry skin. Have you ever used asian skincare? Those products are usually effective and frequently affordable. I use the Secret Key Lemon D Toc peel and it's great for taking off dead skin without leaving damage. As far as a moisturizer, I tried this one today and really liked it. As you can see, its very highly rated.

Lemon Peel:

u/isotala · 3 pointsr/SkincareAddiction

Exactly that - I find it works best over a face mist so that it can use the moisture from the mist. I used to have very flaky skin in winter and a.combination of mist/hylauronic acid and a gentle chemical exfoliator have pretty much stopped that altogether.
There's lots of hylauronic acid products out there. I really like the Hada Lado one:

After cleansing in the morning I spritz my face with a mist and then wipe some of the Hada Labor lotion over the top with a cotton wool pad before applying moisturiser. I haven't used The Ordinary's HA but it gets good reviews and could be a cheap way of trying it out.

u/valentinedoux · 3 pointsr/30PlusSkinCare

Esthetician in training here.

That was a shitty tip. Who tells a client that you're not moisturizing enough and that's it?

You may think your skin is hydrated but breakouts, sebum buildup, redness and oil slick indicate compromised barrier due to excessive exfoliation and lack of moisture. OCM will not change anything.

You need to cut back on exfoliators. Use Pixi Glow Night Serum or Pixi Glow Glow Tonic (it's 5% glycolic acid BTW) every other night or Pixi Glow Enzyme Exfoliator twice a week. Differin Gel isn't for spot treatment. It's a preventative treatment for acne and wrinkles. Don't use Differin and AHAs together. AHAs can deactivate retinol/tretinoin.

Stop using oil-free, oil control and matte moisturizers because it often contains silica, alcohol, salicylic acid and etc. It will cause your oil production to go into overdrive to compensate for the lack of moisture. Switch your moisturizer to La Roche Posay Toleriane Double Repair Moisturizer or Stratia Liquid Gold. They contain niacinamide which can balance sebum production, reduce redness and acne. Use Aquaphor Healing Ointment to seal your moisturizer in at night to prevent water loss and repair your barrier.

Use La Roche Posay Toleriane Purifying Cleanser in the PM and drop La Roche Posay Effaclear cleanser from your routine. If you want OCM, please consider double cleansing with OCM and LRP Toleriane Purifying Cleanser or oil cleanser with an emulsifier to rinse off after washing. Wash your face with water in the morning. No cleansers because you want to preserve your natural moisture that rebuilds overnight. It's essential to keep your skin healthy.

You should consider switching your Thayers toner to one of the products in your routine to improve your moisture barrier: Hada Labo Hyaluronic Acid Toner or Cosrx Advanced Snail Mucin Power Essence.

u/PoroSashimi · 3 pointsr/SkincareAddiction

It really depends on your skin and how intensive your workout is. Some people are very prone to sweating; combined with make-up they end up with clogged skin/pores. However, if you feel like you won't sweat too much/not prone to skin clogging then you should be fine. I personally would never exercise with make-up on (then again I don't really exercise, period. lol).

If I am actually to get off my lazy ass and exercise I would do something like this:

  1. Use a oil cleanser first to remove your make-up and other oil soluble impurities

  2. Use a regular pH balanced cleanser to remove the remaining residue and water solubles. (These two steps is called double cleansing)

  3. If you have dry skin, use a light hydrating toner to slightly moisturize yourself. A hydrating toner is very different from the regular toner. You pat it into your skin instead of wiping it off. I recommend Hadalabo's Gokujyun Lotion. It says "lotion" but it is a hydrating toner with a watery, see-through texture instead of a creamy, white "lotion".

  4. Exercise! HA!^as^if

  5. Wash my face with just water in the shower, probably with my trusty konjac sponge

  6. Rest of my normal routine (vitamin c, hydrating toner, a thicker serum, (face mask if I'm feeling fancy), moisturizer, sleeping pack/occlusive. <-Your own routine don't need to be this long!
u/SpiritSnake · 3 pointsr/SkincareAddiction

Sooo the first thing that stood out to me was the Neutrogena toner and my only response to that is - stop that. I used to use it when I was younger and god it was horrible. It has a ton of alcohol, so it totally strips your face. If you have a "tight and dry" feeling, products with a lot of alcohol only make things worse and irritate your face.

If you want to use something to wipe down with after cleansing, I'd suggest a micellar water. Garnier makes a popular one (in the pink bottle) that's really reasonably priced and that I'd recommend.

If you're concerned with closed comedones, an AHA would serve you well. Paula's Choice makes a popular one, but I've also heard good things about Mizon's AHA (bonus: it's cheaper). Make sure you use a good sunscreen with AHA! It makes your skin photosensitive, so broad spectrum sunscreen is mandatory every day (otherwise it'll accelerate the aging of your skin).

To increase hydration, I'd recommend using a hydrating toner before applying moisturiser. Hydration should plump your skin a bit and reduce signs of aging. I love the Hada Labo toner and apply it after I've used my BHA/AHA (after a 20 minute wait) to a damp face (I typically spritz with plain water or aloe vera juice). I wait for it to dry a bit and then apply a moisturiser and it works super well.

Vitamin C serums are excellent for anti-aging. Unfortunately, they tend to be unstable - they're best kept in a dark area, away from heat and light and optimally, in the fridge. However, if you'd still like to give it a go, OST's vit C serum is popular. Wrap the bottle in aluminum foil and it should keep longer. Signs to tell if it's gone off is a change in colour (goes dark) and smell (sour, funky). You should use it right after cleansing and then wait about 15 - 20 minutes before continuing with the rest of your routine.

Hope that helps! Let me know if you have any other questions. (:

u/alba84 · 3 pointsr/acne

My skin is very oily and I have hormonal acne and PIH due to the cysts. I've seen a derm and she prescribed me some things that I'm combining with others I've found and tried for the last months. So far, the things that aren't expensive and are improving the general look of my face and controlling oiliness are:

  • Avene micellar water (as make up remover)
  • Alepo soap. You can buy it in natural shops and it helps to keep the oil under control. I wash my face at night with it.
  • Aztec healing clay mask with apple cider vinegar. This is so great. I use it once a week and add some drops of Tea Tree Oil and it leaves my skin very smooth and helps with the occasional pimple.
  • Tea tree oil pure. I use this mixed with masks and moisturizer. Is strong so just one drop sometimes stings, but is worth it.
  • Isdin Acniben repair. The only moisturizer that I find suits me and doesn't break me out. Is gel texture, very nice.
  • Sr Skincare Vitamin C Serum 10%. I use it in the morning after washing my face. I feel my PIH is better but I've just bought The Ordinary Vitamin C Suspension 23% + HA Spheres 2% here if you want to check, the concentration is higher and the brand seem to be serious, I don't know how it will go though...
  • Hada Labo Hyaluronic Acid Lotion. I bought it here It last forever and is waterish. I read in a redditor's blog, this one, that it had helped him a lot and I've been using it for a month, no break outs and really, my face is much better with my new routine. Btw that blog has a lot of good tips.
  • I also use Cosrx BHA blackhead Power liquid as exfoliator and Klairs preparation supple toner to balance my skin ph, those are more expensive though. When I have a cyst or a pimple I use DUAC, it was prescribed by my derm and you need a prescription, I was using Epiduo before and it dried out my face, so the derm told me that is the most gentle BP formulation.

    Good luck, btw, I'm a girl not "sir" lol.

u/Betulaceae · 3 pointsr/AsianBeauty

For flaking skin, I love to read /u/Sharkus_Reincarnus 's blog posts. She is on tretinoin too and talks a lot about hydrating skincare products. Here is her routine specifically for tretinoin, and another post about tretinoin skincare.

For me, I have heard great things about rosehip oil added into nighttime creams to boost moisturization(I made this word up). I use it sometimes but sometimes I think it is TOO heavy but YMMV.

I do think AHA is better for surface exfoliation, and is usually the best product for CC's. Especially good for a tretinoin face to consider yourself dry-skinned anyway.

For PIH, introducing more products with niacinamide would be great for skin, and hydrating! I use the Scinic AIO Honey Ampoule and Cerave PM, both are economical products that contain niacinamide at the same time!

Ooo and as for Hada Labo I use their Gokujyun Hyaluronic Acid Lotion and like it a lot! I use it a hydrating toner after doing all my actives. I (like to) think it plumps my skin up and makes product absorption easier in the rest of my rotuine

u/MOOOOOOOOON · 3 pointsr/AsianBeauty
u/renegadeangel · 3 pointsr/Hypothyroidism

I have Hashimoto's and really dry skin (my scalp is horrible, too). The digestive issues could be a factor, if you're not really absorbing nutrients properly. Paleo is good for you, in-general, but I think it moreso works with "clearing up" skin, like with acne, rosacea, and so-on. I recently started getting into Asian skincare, as they focus on lots of light layers of hydration. My skin used to scale and flake, but now it's nice and soft!

I use a low PH face wash only once a day. Too much cleansing can rid your skin of it's natural oils. I swap between this Cerave cleanser and this Hada Labo one. Then I use this lotion (which is more of like a serum) and this gel moisturizer.

I'd suggest reading into the science behind humectants, occlusives, and emollients. Example, you can use a lotion, but if it doesn't have any type of occlusive ingredients, the product and all the moisture will just evaporate/dissipate; it needs something to seal it in. And as much as Asian skincare seems like a million steps, you can really work with just 3 or so products.

u/NikoTesla · 3 pointsr/AsianBeauty

Not AB, but Avene Cicalfate is my dry skin HG product (I feel like I should be getting a commission from them...). Also really love Missha's Time Rev Essence mask - but it's pricey for a mask IMO.

I also totally second the hada labo gokuhyun lotion recommendation. Total game changer when paired with Avene Cicalfate.

u/bellatovo · 3 pointsr/SkincareAddiction

I stuck to simpler, mineral oil based products.
although is pricy, Avene cream for intolerant skin was my savior (it's recently been replaced by the Skin Recovery Cream, im not sure how the formulations compair). Cheaper option is vanicream, which is super thick, best at nighttime (you can thin it out with water if needed). Also some one-ingredient moisturizers; shea butter and jojoba oil worked for me. /u/yvva also mentioned Safflower and MeadowFoam oils in another post about retinoids and cerave burning.

u/grooviegurl · 3 pointsr/SkincareAddiction

So many suggestions to make!

Vanicream is less irritating than CeraVe in the tub.

At night I layer Rohto Hadalabo Shirojyun Albutin Milk underneath Sebamed Clear Face Gel. If you're still not getting enough moisture, put a little Vaseline on top to seal everything in while you sleep.

Good luck!

u/geneticlemon · 3 pointsr/SkincareAddiction

I use it, and it has it's pros and cons.


  • It goes on smoothly and actually smooths out my skin tone and texture.

  • I wear it under my BB Cream, it really seems to help it apply easier.

  • It doesn't feel greasy AT ALL. You apply it, and it sets.

  • No fragrance that I can tell.


  • After you apply it, you can sort of feel it like a thin layer on your skin. It doesn't completely absorb, but sort of sets like a gel. You can't see it, but if your scratch your nose or something you might get a bit of it on your nail.

  • The kind that I buy on Amazon Elta UV Clear SPF 46 isn't water or sweat resistant. Although, I do know they make a water resistant one.

  • It's pretty expensive, especially if you're reapplying every 2 hours as it recommends.

    Overall, I like it because it doesn't feel greasy and doesn't have a strong smell.
u/GlassRockets · 3 pointsr/SkincareAddiction

Oops my bad for not reading the text underneath your title, have you tried any physical/chemical combos? That way you get the best of both worlds usually - no white cast, cosmetic finish, etc. Skin Aqua has a popular one a lot of AB's like. Elta MD this one I experienced no white cast with, but I've heard darker people might. Also you might want to consider this La Roche Posay one. Its PPD is awesome.

u/sarah114q · 3 pointsr/SkincareAddiction

I think three things can be really helpful:

  1. Using SPF daily. I have been using the EltaMD sunscreen and it's helped immensely. SPF is probably going to be the most important factor in combatting dark spots. You can be doing everything to get rid of them but sun exposure will easily undo everything -- it's a losing battle. Make sure you're applying enough -- at least a dime-sized amount.

  2. Using niacinamide to help reduce melatonin production. Luckily the sunscreen I just mentioned has 5% niacinamide as well so that's super convenient!

  3. Using a gentle chemical exfoliator every week or couple of weeks (depending on the texture of your skin). I personally enjoy using the Ayur Medic Cleansing Milk
u/wendybirds · 3 pointsr/femalefashionadvice

What kind of skin type do you have in general? I for sure got little bumps over time when I wore some generic Neutrogena sunblock I got from the drugstore* (but it was 100 SPF and that's what makes it more effective right, the higher numbers?? oh foolish, sweet summer child, pre- r/asianbeauty me) but I also tried this LRP and my face didn't really take to it kindly at the start.

If you have very sensitive skin, Elta MD is the way to go. It definitely sinks in lightly and just doesn't feel like anything on your skin after maybe 2-4 minutes.

I really liked my Biore UV Aqua when I had it but I just went through it way too fast. It's the HG for a lot of people in terms of face sunscreen, but I personally can't justify the price, and don't require something with ~superb texture necessarily, since I don't wear makeup often and never wear foundation.

If your skin isn't too too sensitive I would just try different stuff Asian brands out! I've been wanting to try out this COSRX one next.


* Also, make sure to wash it off every night! Doesn't matter if you wore makeup or not, sunscreen you had on all day and got covered in dust/grime = no-no for sleeping with overnight. That's the reason I got little bumps, anyway!


u/Blumpkin_Queen · 3 pointsr/SkincareAddiction

I think it might actually be classified as PIE (post-inflammatory erythema). PIH is usually classified at brown spots, or melanin hyperactivity -- this is where using skin lighteners that specifically target melanin production can help (such as hydroquinone). However, erythema is a different beast. Once I added niacinamide into my routine, I saw results almost instantly.

What toner are you using? You want to make sure that it's alcohol free and contains at least 4% niacinamide.

I don't see a sunscreen mentioned. Sunscreen is pretty important in reducing PIE, as the sun can exacerbate the red pigmentation and/or negate the effects you are trying to accomplish. You also become more susceptible to sun damage whilst on tretinoin.

I would suggest EltaMD UV Clear as a sunscreen for you -- it has niacinamide and zinc (zinc is anti-inflammatory and can help reduce the look of redness).

u/bigbootyjudgejudy_ · 3 pointsr/TheGirlSurvivalGuide

Hi, first off. I recommend checking out /r/SkincareAddiction. They know a lot about the ins and outs of products. But here's my little bit of wisdom; as someone (F23) who has been struggling with hormonal acne these past few months, I noticed the biggest increase in my skin appearance when I changed my diet. I started this elimination diet called Whole30 just over 2 weeks ago and have seen dramatic improvements in my skin this past week. You may not need to go on a 30 day cleanse, but I recommend cleaning up your diet as much as you can and then re-introducing certain foods to see if it triggers a breakout. Maybe try giving up things like dairy and sugar, and then bring them back after a few weeks to see if they may be throwing your hormones out of whack (because no doubt, your acne is a hormonal issue). Some bits about makeup and products; I stopped using a primer (Benefits POREfessional) and liquid foundation (Urban Decay Naked foundation). I don't know if these products were clogging my pores, but I feel better taking a break from them. I started to just use a set of Bare Minerals powders instead. I also use a micellar water to take my makeup off. Garnier SkinActive Micellar water (pink cap) works great, followed by a cleanser (CeraVe), toner (Thayers Witchhazel), and moisturizer (YesToCarrots Daily Moisturizer) -- this is my pm routine, as it involves makeup removal. In the morning, I use the cleanser, toner, moisturizer, and follow up with EltaMd SPF 46 sunscreen. This sunscreen is specifically made to reduce current redness from past/present acne and protect you from the sun. You need to wear it everyday. Hope this all helps! And good luck. Having bad skin can really take a toll on your self-esteem, but just remember that it's never permanent!

Edit: added links

u/loveyoujustthesame · 3 pointsr/SkincareAddiction

I've been using the Alpha Hydrox 14% swipes for about a month and a half now. Two weeks ago, I moved from one use per week to two and everything seemed fine. I added EltaMD UV Clear to my routine this week and it seems a little drying, but I haven't had any bad reactions or anything. I go to use a swipe last night and it burned like holy hell. I had to wash my face three times to calm it down and was afraid to even use Cerave before bed. Is it just too much aha or could it somehow be related to the dryness from the EltaMD? Or is it something else entirely?

My Routine


  • OCM w/mineral oil, if I feel grimy

  • red Stridex pads only on jawline

  • Cerave in the tub

  • EltaMD UV Clear sunscreen

    When I get home from work:

  • OCM w/mineral oil

  • St. Ives swipes or Alpha Hydrox swipes (on Wed and Sat)

  • Cerave in the tub

    Before bed:

  • Alpha Hydrox Retinol ResQ on forehead

  • Cerave in the tub

  • Aquaphor on stubborn dry spots

  • Mineral oil as an occlusive

    **Edited to add that I have really stubbornly dry skin and mild hormonal breakouts. I work in the sun several days a week (necessity) and I'm mostly trying to decrease SFs and combat aging.
u/nyxsucks · 3 pointsr/SkincareAddiction

EltaMD UV Clear has actually helped clear up my acne thanks to the zinc. I've had zero issue with white cast and works well as a primer for makeup!

edit: Oh, it also has 5% niacinamide!

u/AromaticProof · 3 pointsr/Atlanta

I have sensitive skin and have found this sunscreen EltaMD is not as greasy as most and I don't break out as much. Found out about it on /r/SkincareAddiction.

u/chickenheadcutewhale · 3 pointsr/weddingplanning

I'm fair skinned and burn super easily, and my dermatologist recommended Elta MD's sunscreen - doesn't really smell like anything, and feels really light when it's on! And it's on Amazon Prime :)

u/almualim1 · 3 pointsr/SkincareAddiction


Thank you for the great thread. I am just building my kit at the moment so wanted to get some suggestions. My background:

I am a 24 year old male who has had acne since I was a teenager. I used to have Moderate acne but it has reduced to a mild case of acne mainly on cheeks and forehead. I believe I have oily skin as well. I have been using Proactiv most recently and found that it was working. I typically use it once a day with the three step process. I am considering moving to the following set up based on the post:

  1. Cerave Foaming Facial Cleanser
  2. Stridex Medicated Pads for Exfoliating
  3. Cerave Moisturizing Cream
  4. Eltamd UV Clear SPF 46

    I am planning on following the AM/PM routine mentioned by OP. My question is that is this a good place to start? This kit will be costing me close to $50 so just wanted to get some suggestions before i purchase. Thanks for the help!
u/theauxiliaryclub · 3 pointsr/SkincareAddiction

If you don't want to research I would recommend Curology. It's a 20USD a month prescription that comes with someone with some sort of medical-related degree to act as a dermatologist. Mine's a PA, and no where near qualified to be dermatologists, but for this purpose I find it's good enough. You upload photos of your skin and fill out a quick survey of your goals and you receive a 1 oz/30mL topical prescription with their recommended ingredients for you (e.g. mine's azelaic acid/clindamycin/niacinamide to target PIH and acne) that you apply once a day at night and usually follow up with a moisturiser. Because Curology is technically a prescription, you will also have access to tretinoin, which is one of the most studied retinoids for addressing anti-aging issues and can't be bought OTC in the US. If you want to add anything on top of your prescription, like a Vitamin C serum, you can also talk that over with your derm and they can recommend you products and talk about what to look for or tell you it's unnecessary. If 20USD a month is too expensive for you, then you can sign up for one month, receive the prescription topical treatment, and then cancel your subscription until you run out and then start the trial again when you need more product. The downside of this is that you won't have access to your dermatologist when your subscription isn't active.

If you're not interested in Curology, then to answer your questions

  • Sunscreen: Yes, especially for anti-aging. I'm preferential to the asian beauty sunscreen recommendations. Just pick a random one--that's what I do. Biore Watery Essence is popular and available on Amazon.
  • Moisturiser: CeraVe PM is a solid, no-fragarance no-nonsense moisturiser. I would apply twice a day.
  • Retinoids: I don't know where you live but in the US most retinoid products by popular brands like Olay have very low concentrations. I would recommend Curology for this.
  • Vitamin C: I recommend a 20% serum applied in the morning every 1, 2, or 3 days. This product is more effective if you apply it right after washing your face (your face should be dry though) and wait as long as possible, up to 30 minutes. Timeless is a generally effective one. Toss it it turns dark orange.
  • Other Products: Some people like alpha hydroxy acids for anti-aging purposes. You could try out Alpha Hydrox lotion; it's got 10% glycolic. Nip+Fab is often recommended but it's like 2% and didn't do shit for me.
  • Cleansers: I don't use a cleanser in the morning but I would wash your face with a washcloth/your hands in the shower. All you did was sleep so it's not like your face is that dirty. I would recommend washing your face at night though, so it's clean and the following products can work more effectively. CeraVe Foaming and CeraVe Hydrating are plain, effective cleansers.
  • Other Products: If you have a slightly larger than drugstore budget I would check out Paula's Choice products. They make lotions/AHA's/Vitamin C/everything I listed above and people seem to find their products effective.
u/Pasteque · 3 pointsr/SkincareAddiction

You might consider a vitamin C serum or a niacinamide lotion/cream. While they won't affect your pore size or your skin texture, both ingredients are helpful for evening skin color. Most of the time you hear about people using them for freckles or dark marks, but they help redness too. I see you like PC products, so you might want to consider these: Resist C15 Super Booster and Resist Pure Radiance Skin Brightening Treatment. I love them both, but they are a bit too pricey for me to use all the time. For more affordable products, you could consider the Timeless Vitamin C serum (I haven't tried it yet, but I am looking forward to it) and Pond's Clarant B3 (love this).

u/FIEND_FOR_MOJITOS · 3 pointsr/SkincareAddiction

I started using vitamin c serum to reduce redness on healed blemishes after reading about it here. I have seen a reduction in their noticeability over the past few months. This is the one I use.

u/auggiebird · 3 pointsr/AsianBeauty

I've heard good things about this vitamin C serum.

u/the_buttler · 3 pointsr/SkincareAddiction
u/zubilegend · 3 pointsr/SkincareAddiction

BACKGROUND: I'm new to the world of skin care. I've never had a serious skin care routine before other than applying some acne creams a few years back when my acne was pretty bad. Now my skin is not terrible, but at age 20 I've had it with any sort of acne and want clear skin.

My skin is oily. I don't know if its very oily or fairly oily because I don't know what really oily skin is like or what a fairly oily skin is like. If I had to make a guess I'd say fairly or decently oily...sorry if that's vague.

This is what my skin looks like on an average day.

[This] ( is what my skin looks like when it breaks out just a bit.

I'm showing you these because I read the FAQ and Wiki and I've narrowed my choices for cleansers, exfoliants, and moisturizers but I'm not sure which one to buy. For each category, this is what I've narrowed it down to.


u/i_eat_vetkoeks · 3 pointsr/SkincareAddiction

You could also try some facial sunscreen/moisturizer! I use Cerave AM, and I feel like it helps more than my tinted primer.

It may be just me, but I found that moisturizing better helped reduce some of the redness. It's not gone, but I use that in the morning and put on Vaseline at night (thin layer, pat dry after a few), and my flares haven't been as bad since. Hope this and the other suggestion help!

u/Firefox7275 · 3 pointsr/SkincareAddictionUK

Acne isn't really a hygiene issue, in fact over cleansing or over exfoliating can worsen some people's skin by damaging the skin's barrier function ((keeps water in, bacteria and irritants out). Might be worth discussing it with her GP, in case any medication is affecting her skin - someone on the US sub suggested a link recently.

Niacinamide (vitamin B3) is a gentle yet effective topical active, I've just done an entry for the Wiki on it. From the research it is anti inflammatory, regulates sebum production, can strengthen the skin barrier at 2% to 4%. The 4% Nicam brand gel appears in the British National Formulary, so is either on prescription or only at the pharmacy counter. The 4% Freederm brand gel is in the acne section.

If you cannot face an extra step in the routine, some products include niacinamide, the most likely to have a decent percentage is CeraVe AM or PM lotions (Amazon as they are US products). AM also has sunscreen which you would need to be using when you are acid exfoliating anyway (photo sensitising). CeraVe contains lipids to strengthen the skin barrier.

A gentle cleanser is important, this sub recommends the Boots Simply Sensitive wash which is free of harsh surfactants. Half price at Boots right now £1.25. Nothing stopping you using that for face and body if you don't want two products.

Third option is to switch the glycolic acid out for salicylic acid, which is oil soluble so unclogs the pores not just lifts dead skin. This is drying so may be a nightmare without moisturiser tho. Salicylic acid looks to be in the Clearasil pads.

Doctor may advocate benzoyl peroxide but IMO stay away from that. It is basically bleaching the skin surface, is very drying so really needs moisturiser, and over time is not great for the skin barrier.

u/mabeol · 3 pointsr/FeminineNotFeminist

Products I love!

  • Alterna Bamboo Brilliance Cream. I put about a 1/4-1/2 teaspoon of this in my hair before blowdrying it, and the results are stellar! Smooth, soft, shiny. I’ve been using this for years per the recommendation of the woman who cut my hair when I lived in a different state, and I continue to be so impressed with it. Also, I don’t know if it’s just my hair texture, but if I put this in my hair and then blowdry it straight, it straightens out very well. I don’t even own a flatiron because this stuff + a blowdryer gets the job done.

  • Kenra Platinum Silkening Gloss. This is one of the most highly lauded products over on r/redpillwives, thanks to QB. I haven’t had men trailing me in stores because of the smell, but I’ve been really impressed with the product! If I use this to blowdry my hair straight, I can usually get two “down” days and an updo day out of it! Definitely recommend.

  • Coochy from Pure Romance. I will never tidy up my lady zone with anything else. This stuff is so good, my friend’s gynecologist recommended it.

  • Pretty much anything from CeraVe, but namely this moisturizer (also known as “CeraVe in the tub), this cleanser, and this sunscreen/moisturizer combo.

  • Paula’s Choice 2% BHA Liquid Exfoliant. My skin is smoother when I’m using this regularly. Plus this is such a good brand.

  • Snow River Wood Oil. OKAY HEAR ME OUT. When I’m regularly oil cleansing with this stuff, my face is baby soft. It’s non-comedogenic, so it won’t break you out, and it’s a very neutral oil, so most skin types do well with it (but ALWAYS patch test). It’s also crazy cheap!

    Products I didn’t love

  • Burts Bees Face Cleanser for Sensitive Skin. There was nothing wrong with this product, per se… it was just unremarkable. I didn’t really notice a difference.
u/iirteoo · 3 pointsr/SkincareAddiction

You can get Cerave in the tub on Amazon for £14.18. It may seem steep but keep in mind it's a large tub of almost 500g. The daytime lotion which has SPF 30 sun protection is also on Amazon for £11.50. Both qualify for free Amazon delivery.

You can buy Cetaphil at Boots, however, per gram it's more expensive than the Cerave (£3.15 vs £3.81 per 100g).

u/ceddya · 3 pointsr/SkincareAddiction


AM/PM toner:

AM treatment:

AM moisturizer:

PM moisturizer: or if your dry skin needs something thicker -

PM treatment:

They're not all from Amazon, but they're all located within the UK so shipping charges should be minimal. I would also recommend waiting for a promotion (either free shipping or % based discount) from Paula's Choice before purchasing the toner.

u/ScAThrowaway5370914 · 3 pointsr/SkincareAddiction

Nivea can actually be quite irritating. For one it has fragrance, which irritates a lot of people and shouldn't really be in anyones routine IMO. It also has some other ingredients that can cause problems for some people, like alcohol, lanolin, silicones, etc.

I would try something more minimal and meant for sensitive skin. Vanicream is a brand made especially for this, so I'd recommend their Lite Lotion. Cerave is another good choice. If you want to get fancy, La Roche Posay has some good products too.

As a last resort you could try Sebamed, which is aloe based and is recommended for people when every other moisturizer seems to cause problems for them.

Also you should check out this website,, which helps to understand what ingredients are in a product and see if it's safe.

u/GlossyProse · 3 pointsr/SkincareAddiction

Sunscreen: ROHTO Skin Aqua Super Moisture Milk SPF50 PA ++++. It’s extremely lightweight, not greasy at all, feels literally like the consistency of 2% milk, dries quickly. It’s about 1/4 of the price of many higher end US sunscreens, too. It ships from Japan, tho. So, depending on location (assuming USA), expect up to 2 weeks in shipping. Get two.

Moisturizer: MIZON All In One Snail Repair Cream. Lightweight, not greasy, great moisturizer, snail mucin will help with healing her moisture barrier and soothing irritations. Easy to apply under sunscreen. A little goes a long way. Get 1.

u/lilnat2119 · 3 pointsr/thebachelor

MIZON All In One Snail Repair Cream, 75 Grams

This stuff has really helped my scars. Actually need to order more myself.

u/kalechipsyes · 3 pointsr/SkincareAddiction

You might like snail mucin. I’m a fan of this one. Put it on overnight after cleansing, and you’ll notice a difference by the next morning, if it’s gonna work for you.

Three caveats though:

  1. Do NOT use in a routine with acids. The copper peptides in the snail mucin apparently react with a lot of them.

  2. As with all tub products, use a spatula - avoid dipping fingers in the tub. You can also find this one in a tube form, or else CosRx makes an essence in a pump, though I have never tried the latter, so I can’t vouch for it.

  3. Although this says it is a “cream”, it is very very light. This is actually something nice about it - it soaks riiiiight in really really quickly - but if you like to put a thick moisturizer or occlusive on at night, you’ll want to put that on top of this.

    Lastly - I find this stuff is GREAT to smear onto an area right after waxing or plucking (cleanse off any wax first, of course). Kills the redness.
u/Yourstruly0 · 3 pointsr/Methadone

My arms are absolutely fucked, even more than 6 years later. However, mine were way beyond regular tracks. If you’re a nurse in training a lot of what I’m going to say may be redundant but I’m going through basics in case some dude with no idea comes in here looking for ideas.

Skincare products that did the most:

Any sunscreen you like. Keep your scars out of the sun. A tan may seem to disguise them temporarily but if you want the actual pigmentation to fade you’re going to need to protect them from UV. I’m big on Asian products and love Biore’s Japanese Sunscreens. They feel great, no white cast, not smelly.

Second, keep that shit moisturized. Bio oil, cocoa butter, any basic moisturizer you like is going to be better than nothing. The idea is keep the skin healthy and prime so it can do it’s job breaking down that extra pigment and scar tissue. However, I saw the most results from Korean Snail products. They also don’t smell girly or feel thick. This is listed as a facial moisturizer but I rub this shit everywhere.

Other options:

That’s the basics of care. As for actual treatment? Lasers. I have seen the most astonishing results with scar reduction in laser resurfacing techniques. I have only seen it first hand on nontrack scars but it’s the most dramatic improvement in a short time.

There’s also microneedling which I’ve seen having amazing results on hyperpigmentation and lumpy scars. This is cheaper and more accessible.

I hope some of this rambling help, I have class and gotta run! College at 30, a chance I only got thanks to the ‘done :)

u/h0t0togisu · 3 pointsr/AsianBeauty

Here's a blog reading list for you: the venerable Fiddy Snails, Fanserviced, and Snow White and the Pear. These blogs have been INVALUABLE resources for me in learning about skincare and AB.

And here's a very, very, very, VERY loose shopping list, with one major caveat: PATCH. TEST. Don't just buy a new product and slap it on your face. Choose a spot on your face - somewhere where you break out easily, like next to your nose - and dab a little of that product there every day for 10-15 days. See what happens. This is how I learned that my beloved Hadalabo Gokujyun lotion doesn't break me out, but it does break out a lot of other people.

You need two. An oil cleanser to use in the evening to thoroughly remove sunscreen and makeup, followed by a foaming or gel cleanser. I like Hada Labo Gokujyun foaming cleanser as a second cleanser (it's the only one I use in the morning). Kose Softymo is an affordable oil cleanser for the evening.

These are ingredients that Do Things to your face, such as exfoliants (BHA, AHA, vitamin C) and disinfectants (benzoyl peroxide). I am drastically simplifying. At the moment you're using two products that contain benzoyl peroxide, a disinfectant. It's time to round out your active diet, with the big caveat that irritation = redness. I'll say it again - ditch the astringent, it's only causing the redness you're trying to avoid. If you're going to add new actives to your routine, do it very gradually. Patch test, then start using it every other day.

Things you could try: I'm in love with C21.5 vitamin C serum. This is an affordable powerhouse of vitamin C, that promotes skin cell turnover and does a bang-up job of dealing with pigmentation. It does oxidise easily, though, so you need to keep it in the fridge and toss it when it starts to turn yellow. In terms of exfoliants, Cosrx BHA Power Liquid and AHA Power Liquid are fan favourites. They feel remarkably gentle on the skin, and do a great job of gently exfoliating. If I were you I'd start with the BHA, as BHAs are great at exfoliating within the pore, soothing redness and treating/preventing acne.

I'm here to give you the greatest lesson you'll ever learn: the best anti-ageing treatment is sunscreen. You are 15. It's time to set up a lifelong sunscreen habit. And Asian sunscreens feel better than any western equivalent. RatzillaCosme is a goldmine of sunscreen reviews. The first Asian sunscreen most people try is the legendary Biore Watery Aqua, which is inexpensive and easy to snag on Amazon.

Snail products are wonderful at reducing redness and inflammation. There are just... so many snail products out there. A great starting point is Mizon Snail Recovery Gel Cream, which is a great final moisturiser at night if you've got oilier skin. I'm also partial to the all-in-one repair cream, which is actually more of a 'whipped' essence than a cream, but feels wonderfully soothing on my oilier skin.

Hope this helps!

u/throwawaybob20389023 · 3 pointsr/AsianBeauty

For Tokyo ABers:

Does anyone know if any stores in Tokyo have these Korean products? I tried a few stores in Shin Okubo and none had them.

Sunscreen - Innisfree Triple Care

Moisturizer 1 - MIZON Black Snail All In One Cream

Cleanser 1 - Banila co Clean It Zero Purity

Cleanser 2 - Cosrx Low Ph Good Morning Gel Cleanser

Sheet Mask - Tosowoong masksheet Propolis

Sleep Mask - Corsx Ultimate Nourishing Rice Overnight

Patches - Corsx Patch

u/Alethiometer_Party · 3 pointsr/SkincareAddiction
u/LadyJuggernaut · 3 pointsr/SkincareAddiction

My skin also hates Cerave. I use Mizon Snail Recovery Gel Cream, or, plain mineral oil.

u/happinessinmiles · 3 pointsr/AskTrollX

I'd recommend starting slow. Start with a mild foaming cleanser, a basic moisturizer, and a sunscreen. If you want to add more stuff on for your acne, check out /r/SkincareAddiction and /r/AsianBeauty. Their sidebars are seriously amazing.

But for a cleanser, you can't go wrong with CeraVe foaming cleanser. It's cheap, easily available, and gentle for any kind of skin. There's a bunch of theories on which kinds are best, but I've seen all sorts recommend this cleanser.

Moisturizer is really key as well. Dry skin can cause acne just because your skin is craving moisture! CeraVe and Aquaphor as well as natural stuff like Jojoba oil or Coconut oil have been talked about a lot as good options here. I'm still in search for a really good one I gel with. I do use as a light moisturizer Mizon's Snail Recovery Gel as it also clears up small cuts and inflammation as well. Be patient with this step, as some moisturizers can break you out.

Sunscreen is honestly like 100% of skincare, I'm convinced now, after plunging head first into the two mentioned subs. I use This Japanese one cuz it's cheap on Amazon and has one of the highest pH ratings out there. This Korean one is also highly praised online.

But the fun part I really like? MASKS! OMG MASKING! I love wash offs like Origins' Charcoal Mask (great for acne!) and Queen Helene Mint Julep Mask are both awesome choices! I'm also a big fan of sheet masks (they put the good-for-you goop on a piece of fabric so it's easy to apply). These are the ones I usually buy because it's a great value and they work amazing. You usually only mask for 15-20 minutes and it's like a mini me-time spa-time for me. Doing this like twice a week has done wonders for my skin!

Have some fun with your skincare journey! I'm having fun with finding my perfect self pampering routine. It's more a form of self care for me now, so I feel a little sad if I miss any steps at this point. Hope that helps some! :)

u/Nekkosan · 3 pointsr/AsianBeautyAdvice

Sorry there two: Hada Labo Gokujyun Hyaluronic Perfect (Japanese) that has urea high up.

They list the ingredients as : Water, Butylene Glycol, Hydroxyethyl Urea, Pentylene Glycol, Glycerin, Squalane, PEG/PPG/Polybutylene Glycol-8/5/3 Glycerin, Triethylhexanoin, Ammonium Acryloyldimethyltaurate/VP Copolymer, Agar, Arginine, Dextrin, Dimethicone, Disodium EDTA, Disodium Succinate, Glucosyl Ceramide, Hydrolyzed Collagen, Hydrolyzed Hyaluronic Acid, Methylparaben, Phenoxyethanol, Propylparaben, Sodium Acetylated Hyaluronate, Sodium Hyaluronate, Succinic Acid, Triethyl Citrate

The US version:

Hada Labo of Tokyo (US verson) has 5% according to this . Check bottom of page (also confirms that Japanese Premium toner has 3%)


Actually the urea in the lotion was too much for me when I used it with BHA. This article mentions some other options.

u/WildlingWoman · 3 pointsr/AsianBeauty

Hado Labo Rohto Gokujyun Perfect Gel. I am pretty fickle with my routine, but I always have a jar of this around. I'm not prone to breakouts so I can't weigh in on that front. I can tell you that I prefer it to even some of my Corsx for when I really need a moisture fix and don't have time to layer. I can use it alone, all day, and I know I wont feel tight or dry. I love layering it right before a sleeping mask. To be honest, it could work as a sleeping mask on it's own as it's about the same texture as most AB sleeping masks. It's thick without being greasy. It is gelatinous in texture and jiggles in the jar but it smooths over the skin quite easily.

Ingredient list (good stuff bolded and links to what they do just as a reminder):

Water, Butylene Glycol, Hydroxyethyl Urea, Pentylene Glycol, Glycerin, Squalane, PEG/PPG/Polybutylene Glycol-8/5/3 Glycerin, Triethylhexanoin, Ammonium Acryloyldimethyltaurate/VP Copolymer, Agar, Arginine, Dextrin, Dimethicone, Disodium EDTA, Disodium Succinate, Glucosyl Ceramide, Hydrolyzed Collagen, Hydrolyzed Hyaluronic Acid, Methylparaben, Phenoxyethanol, Propylparaben, Sodium Acetylated Hyaluronate, Sodium Hyaluronate, Succinic Acid, Triethyl Citrate

u/lgbtqbbq · 3 pointsr/AsianBeauty

Hada Labo Gokujyun Lotion Moist. It's this one.

u/mesahal · 3 pointsr/SkincareAddiction

yeah lol.... your skin looks pretty damn good to me. I zoomed in, which no one does in real life, but maybe i'm seeing you have some dryness on the right side of your nose? Personally I have not liked the CeraVe moisturizers (this sub loves them tho). I found that it made my face feel kinda greasy so i thought i was moisturizing but it wasn't exactly sucking into my skin so i had dry flakes still. after hours on this sub i settled on this Hada Labo "lotion"- it's hyaluronic acid which you can read about further here but it's more like a serum than a 'western' lotion but it's incred for me. idk if you even have a dry skin issue but... imho

I'd say keep your lips, beard, and face moisturized and try maybe and under eye patch with collagen-- they are fun and idk if they work but i feel like a diva doing it and i think it's probably a placebo but i like it. below i saw recs for vitamin c and drinking water which are good suggestions too

u/xprplninja · 3 pointsr/SkincareAddiction

If you mean this one then it's a toner. It's really just super thin, watery moisturizer that you use before your regular moisturizer though. It's really nice and hydrating.

u/n00bquake · 3 pointsr/SkincareAddiction

Rant: So unfortunately, I have had to stop using the beloved CeraVe PM moisturizer. As much as I hoped I didn't have a sensitivity to fatty alcohols, I noticed more and more closed comedones around my face as the weeks went by (using CeraVe Hydrating + PM moisturizer). Gonna cut out the products with fatty alcohols and hope things improve.

Also, I tried out some La Mer Lip balm gifted it to me and sure enough, next morning I had new whiteheads around my mouth. Still recovering from this breakout... avoid if you're clog-prone! Looking at the ingredient list, I wish had never put it on. Gonna stick to good ol' petroleum jelly for now.

Rave: EltaMD Clear SPF 46! Love it! Goes on smoothly, nice smell, and didn't sting my eyes. I LOVE that it also imparts a slight white sheen; I'm so pale I can't even wear foundation because I can never find a shade that matches. I haven't noticed the "balling up" effect but then again, I don't wear foundation so I guess that's just a non-issue for me.

[PSA] New Purchase: WA residents, check out your closest Uwajimaya for Asian skincare goodies! Picked up Hada Labo Hyaluronic Acid Lotion and My Beauty Diary Apple Masks and didn't have to pay for international shipping!

u/Snix0805 · 3 pointsr/AsianBeauty

Yup it's the gold bottle. Here are some links for your reference.

This is the Premium one in a gold bottle with the much thicker consistency.

This is the Hada Labo Moist which is less thicker than the Premium

I'll also include the Hada Labo Light since people often get confused between this and the moist. As its name implies, this toner/lotion is just like water, light enough to easily ne absorbed by the skin.

Dry-skinned people would tend to go for the moist while oily-skinned people could benefit more from the light. I could also see myself using the light one during humid summer days.

u/klh117117 · 3 pointsr/MakeupAddiction

Yay! I’m glad to hear that.

I use Cerave! But when my skin was super dry/dehydrated I started also using Hada Labo Hyaluronic Acid lotion and it saved my skin and made it more normal than dry. If you’re interested, you can buy it on Amazon and should use it after you cleanse while your face is still a little wet. Then let it soak in - no rinsing required! Follow with moisturizer. On amazon here: Hada Labo Rohto Hadalabo Gokujun Hyaluronic Lotion Moist, 5.7 fl. oz. (170ml)

u/_saratoga · 3 pointsr/japanlife

Shiseido speedy perfect whip. It's great because it foams up without a net and isn't drying like many other cleansers. It's something like 500~700yen at any pharmacy. Follow up with some Hadalabo gel/lotion and you're good to go.

u/R2-B2 · 3 pointsr/SkincareAddiction

Your face sounds like mine, and I had been messing with my moisture barrier for too long. These two moisturizers have been a godsend for me:

(1) Rohto Hadalabo Gokujun Hyaluronic Lotion This isn't really a "moisturizer" per se, but it helps bring and keep moisture to the surface of the skin.

(2) Rohto Hada-Labo Shirojyun Arbutin Milk This is an emulsifier, technically, but on top of the hyaluronic lotion, it works as an amazing moisturizer.

u/covermeinmoonlight · 3 pointsr/SkincareAddiction

Just to check: are these the same products you're using? I'm mostly looking for moisturizers at the moment!


Nature Republic

u/flowers3459 · 3 pointsr/AsianBeauty

Whaaat? I'm seeing it right here with Prime 2-day shipping.

u/Annathyst · 3 pointsr/AsianBeauty

I bought mine off Amazon and it was prime, heres the listing

u/ajhart · 3 pointsr/SkincareAddiction

Hiya I too suffer from extremely dry thick skinned feet (oh the sounds when then touch my bed sheets ;-;) and just using lotions never worked for me.

I started adding hada labo gokujyun lotion moist ( to my routine to help my moisturizer on my face and said 'hmm why not put it on my feet to help that lotion work better?' And it really did help :D

So my night time foot routine goes like this

-pumice stone scrub on rough callous in the shower
-apply hada labo gokujyun lotion moist to my feet(rub 1or 2 drops in your palms and then pat it on)
-apply a generous amount of nivea cream and rub it into the skin as much as possible(using it as an excuse for a foot massage from a SO is acceptable and recommend :p)
-put on thick(personal preference fuzzy) socks
-pass the fuck out

YMMV but I hope you find something that works for you good luck!

u/IrisThrowsLikeAGirl · 3 pointsr/SkincareAddiction

I second the dehydrated skin mention. Looks and feels dry but is oily on top?
Are you exfoliating? Stop it right now, for at least a few weeks. I know it makes your skin smoother but that if you are doing that it is definitely a contributing factor to the oily/dry skin in the middle of your face. You can probably find a method of doing exfoliation that works for you in the future, but right now your skin cannot handle it.
Do not underestimate the amazing healing powers of aquaphor. Slather it on at night and your skin will feel better in the morning/makeup will go on better (once you wash it off of course)
If the cera ve isn't cutting it, try adding in a serum or something. I too find that cera ve cream isn't enough for me, i've found that using these products have helped a bit (plus aquaphor)

Alternatively there are other moisturizers that are like cera ve but stronger. The only one I know of is the Cheryl Lee cream but that one is much more expensive. I haven't tried it yet but I've ordered some.

When you say the cera ve isn't cutting it, do you mean it doesn't moisturize enough? or that it interferes with your foundation application?
I don't wear foundation everyday, but when I do, I use this one.
I bought it at a drugstore though it is admittedly not a typical drugstore price. However its very dense and a small size is all you need.

u/mynomdeplumeisplume · 3 pointsr/AsianBeauty

Sure! (FYI, these are not affiliate or referral links):

Kohaku Hada Lotion Moist

Hada Labo Gokujyun Lotion Moist.

To get the most effective results, they're best applied to a damp face, so apply it right after washing. Just pour a few drops into your palm, rub your hands together and pat it into your skin. Then put on your moisturizer and pray to the benevolent alien overlords for swift skin justice!

u/shizade · 3 pointsr/SkincareAddiction

I have! What worked for me was topical zinc and a DIY tea tree oil/ACV face spray for the fungus. For dehydration, a [hylauronic acid ](Hada Labo Rohto Hadalabo Gokujun Hyaluronic Lotion Moist, 5.7 fl. oz. (170ml) twice a day then a thin layer of Vaseline at night.

u/Cubbby · 3 pointsr/AsianBeauty

Looks like the same one, but the older version. This one would be the newer version. I'm not sure what the differences are between the 2 though :/

u/apathetichearts · 3 pointsr/AsianBeauty

Great, you're ahead of the game then.


The Hada Labo Gokujyun Moist is the Hylauronic Acid one... "lotion" is just what the Japanese call hydrating toners. I'm talking about this one, is that what you have? I'd try applying it with a mist and some other hydrating layers and the right moisturizer to seal it in, but you could be sensitive to one if the ingredients too.


Is this the honey you have from Trader Joe's? That's mine, I love the texture of it but any raw honey will do. Someone else actually asked me below how I used it, go take a look there I explained in detail how I use it :)


Have you read Snow White and the Asian Pear's post on what I think she calls "the shell." It's what some dehydrated skin types have, it's this dead layer of skin that keeps products from absorbing. AHA and BHA are your best friend for that. In the meantime, I'd order a konjac sponge to use if you're just going to be using water for now. It'll provide some really gentle exfoliation and help cleanse your skin.


My current hydrating products for daytime are the Tosowoong Green Tea Facial Mist (it's awesome, like a essence in a spray bottle), Cosrx FTE (will be trying a different FTE next though), Goodal Waterest Lasting Water Oil,HL lotion, Tosowong Propolis ampoule, Scinic Aqua AIO, HL Shirojyun Milk, and Benton Snail Bee Steam Cream to seal it in. I was using the Enprani Moistfull Booskin but I didn't find it very hydrating and I may cut out the Goodal Water Oil due to fragrance.


I sheet mask at least once a day and I use sleeping packs during the day also if I'm just hanging out at home. I've just started sheet masking regularly but I've tried quite a few masks and have a ton more on the way too. So far the ones I would repurchase are the LJH Tea Tree Masks, the Enprani Pearl Masks, the MBD masks in Black Pearl and Imperial Bird's Nest, and the Lovemore masks in Pearl Barley & Milk and Rose Hybrida because they smell amazing and they're super sheer. I also would buy the Tony Moly Pureness 100 masks in Hylauronic Acid and Pearl again, they're good cheap masks to have around. I expect my sheet masks to be super hydrating or brightening otherwise I'm not interested.

u/MoistSoggyBread · 3 pointsr/SkincareAddiction

This is great, I can make better recommendations now. Dove bar soap is great if it doesn't dehydrate your skin, you don't really need a expensive soap; I'd also compare Dove to Aveeno Daily Moisturizing Body Wash to see which is cheaper. You said your skin types "dehydrated" so I'd stick to using your CeraVe Hydrating Cleanser only on your face, but make sure this isn't the reason your skin is dehydrated (I don't know if your cleanser foams, but foaming cleansers can further dry out people with sensitive skin). Ultimately, your skin shouldn't feel tight or dry after showering.

If your skin is just dehydrated then you don't really need to add an exfoliant because, yeah they are priced way higher in Canada. Chemical exfoliants are more for evening skin tones and cleaning out pores, but you can check out SN AHA Toner, they should ship internationally. (Even in the US chemical exfoliants can be super pricey)

I personally don't really see a problem with deodorant with aluminum, but I know Lush carries aluminum free deodorant bars and powder that're reasonably priced in Canada, Arm & Hammer has their Essential Deo line, and a lot of vegan deodorants are aluminum free, I have no idea how well any of these products work though :(.

Applying lotion after showering can be really good, doing this seals in moisture. I don't know what CeraVe product your using as a moisturizer, but CeraVe Moisturizing Cream is really good at rehydrating skin due to it having ceramides. If you think that's too expensive/already using it, you can just use it to focus on areas that are really dehydrated; but I'd also check out this lotion. HadaLabo Lotion is a reasonably priced Hyaluronic acid thats great for dehydrated skin and if you use it for full body it should last awhile.

The cocoa butter is more of a cheap alt. for a deep thick moisturizer. Just a warning, I'd be careful with finding a high concentration glycolic acid; those are AHAs and over 15% they verge into chemical peel territory, constant use without having a tolerance can really mess up your moisture barrier. For reference I use Alpha 12% lotion a glycolic acid 2-3 times a week, but it's way more expensive in Canada and this is after using lower concentration acids for about 6 months^^super ^^good ^^for ^^my ^^scars ^^though . My skin types definitely not like yours though so if you can find something cheap I don't want to discourage you, I'd say go for it.

Last thing, I'd look up on humectants and occlusives, you said you use vaseline so I think you have that covered though. I use something akin to vaseline at night after everything else to seal all the moisture in.

I really tried to curate this to you so nothing would be too expensive, but if you use anything recommended it should help a lot. Focus on moisturizing, don't get discouraged we're our own worst critics, post to the sub if you have anymore questions-everyone heres pretty friendly, and good luck!

u/emma885 · 3 pointsr/SkincareAddiction
  1. Can someone tell me if there's a difference between these two products?

    Rohto Hadalabo Gokujyun Smooth

    Ulta's Hada Labo Anti Aging Hydrator

  2. If I'm using a 2% BHA underneath an oil based moisturizer, will there be degredation of the moisturizer by the BHA? (I usually wait about 15 mins between the two)

    Thanks, lovely SCA'ers! Hope you all have a great weekend!

    edit: I swear I typed 2 not 1 for the second question but it keeps showing up as 1..... weird!
u/HouseofFiveLeaves · 3 pointsr/AsianBeauty

Hello, I'm trying to find the correct ingredients list for this product .The Hada Labo Rohto Hadalabo Gokujun Hyaluronic Lotion Moist to be precise(according to amazon) and I found a cosdna ingredients thingy that has a pretty similar name, is [this] ( the correct ingredients list?

u/abthrowawayaway · 3 pointsr/AsianBeauty

Hi there guys newbie here, I read the guides and could use help making a simple routine.

Skin Type: Combo Oily (dehydrated?) and shade is closest to 'neutral tan' in this pic | Country/Climate I'm in: SoCal | Top Skin Concern: making it less oily

Current Routine/Products I'm Using: I use this Simple facial wash while I'm taking a shower, and CeraVe moisturing cream afterwards. Thats pretty much it. After reading the guides I'm thinking of making the following routine.


  • Oil Based Cleanser- Kose Softymo Speedy Cleansing Oil

  • Low pH water-based cleanser -Hada Labo Rohto Gokujyn Hyaluronic Acid Cleansing Foam

  • Moisturizer - The CeraVe previously mentioned, this is ok right, or should I get a different moisturizer?

  • Sun Screen - Biore Sarasara UV Aqua Rich Watery Essence Sunscreen SPF50+ PA+++

    PM I'm not really sure what I should use here besides moisturizer, I'm a guy, so I have no makeup to remove.

  • The Simple face wash I already use, because I still have more than half of it left.

  • The CeraVe moisturizer.

    Would a toner be worth it? I'm thinking of adding the Hada Labo Super Gokujyun Hyaluronic Acid Lotion. And this would go in between the 2nd cleanser and moisturizer right?

    And just to double check, I would use the cleansers while taking a shower, then toner and moisturizer after getting out, and waiting a bit before I use the sunscreen right?

    Anything you guys would add or remove, or just general comments? I'm trying to keep this as simple as possible so if there are any reduncies I'd be happy to take them out.

    Edit: buying these products off amazon is safe right, the all seem to be highly rated so I don't think there would be fakes
u/ClemWillRememberThat · 3 pointsr/SkincareAddiction

Okay thank you! That confirms what I thought. This week has been brutally cold and windy and I want to step up my moisture game but only saw the Tokyo line available at Walgreens and Ulta. I will be patient and order the Gokujyun online.

One more question for you: Are these the same products?

u/LizOwd · 3 pointsr/MakeupAddiction

Also as someone with very dry skin ont he Asian Beauty Hype Train this:

changed my life. I use it after toner and before moisturizer and it takes away a lot of the flaky dryness. In the morning I use my moisturizer a Nyx primer and the Sephora Perfect Air Brush Foundation and I have no flakes and my makeup feels light, but stays on. The foundation is $28 and looks great in photos and feels very light.

u/Khatinc · 3 pointsr/asktransgender

estrogen causes your skin to dry out, happens to cis women too. i use gold bond ultimate healing for my body and CeraVe AM on my face.

u/drm5678 · 3 pointsr/Rosacea

Thank you! I think I'm just going to have to keep trying (and hopefully not too much "error-ing") like you said. I have heard many good things about Elta MD UV Clear...I am just hesistant about the price. However, I haven't tried it because last year I tried the Cerave AM moisturizing lotion and I had the most terrible reaction (even worse than my current reaction!). I did some research and chalked it up to the niaciamide...which apparently is great for some but for others can be a rosacea trigger? ( So I'm hesitant to try anything with niaciamide again. (I know...I'm a pain in the butt!) Thank you for the suggestion, though...I really appreciate it!

u/keraut · 3 pointsr/SkincareAddiction

Hey, I’m a guy with “good skin”. What honestly surprised me was the quality of my skin after using sunscreen regularly — I didn’t realize how much sun affected things. I know you say you have normal skin, but some of the below should hopefully help getting started on a basic routine that’ll become evident in the quality of your complexion.

Pick up a gently cleanser like Cerave Hydrating cleanser or Vanicreams cleanser.

Wash the face morning and night. It’s helpful to use a little bit of moisturizer since sunscreens are kind of hit and miss in this regard, so I’d suggest Cerave cream in the white tub to apply to your damp face as needed.

Afterwards, ideally, slather on a bit of sunscreen on your face, neck, ears, and other sun exposed places. My personal favorite currently is the Jack Black sun guard since it’s not greasy and I use it on my arms and hands too, Otherwise, pick up Cerave’s AM moisturizer. It’s my favorite drug store type sunscreen. A nicer one too are the EltaMD sunscreens.

If your face is shiny after some of thing I’d suggest picking up something like Magical Moringa from Lush that’s mattefying. A shine control powder to dab lightly on can work good too — doesn’t look like you have anything on while still taking care of your skin.

At night I really see a difference in the brightness and luminosity with my skin with this “overnight mask”.

COSRX Ultimate Nourishing Rice Overnight Spa Mask, 60ml

That’s basically my suggestions at least. At night just use moisturizer and the mask after washing.

As far as the back acne, in the shower let some salicylic acid sit on the area for a minute or two and rinse it off. I use Zapzyt. The other thing I would recommend after the shower is to apply some Differin to the affected area — Differin used to be what a dermatologist prescribed me years ago and it now available over the counter fortunately. Should be cleared up in no time.

u/littlebitopretty · 3 pointsr/SkincareAddiction

I had the same problem with the Cerave. I loved how moisturizing it was, but alas, it did make my acne noticeably worse. All moisturizers with fatty alcohols do that to me eventually. I've tried the Neutrogena Oil-free for combination skin, and the Nivea cream as well. The first wasn't moisturizing enough and broke me out a little, the second wasn't bad but it wasn't amazing either. Nivea does have fragrance though, which I decided to cut out of my routine completely when my first mineral oil massage with baby oil burned my face (for the record, I tried again with pure mineral oil and it is now my HG for many things).

I started using Dr. Lin Skincare Daily Hydrating Gel after reading about it on here. OMG!! I am in love. It makes my skin feel just like it did when I was using the Cerave, if not better, and it doesn't break me out! The only other gel moisturizer I tried was the Simple Ultra-light Gel Moisturizer, which started to dry out my skin after a while. I haven't tried the DDMG, although everyone else seems to really like it. If you want a cheaper/drugstore option though, this one is amazing and it's only like $6 or $7 at CVS.

u/bitter_caroline · 3 pointsr/SkincareAddiction

Yes, we took him off the shelves at our store last week.

is this it?

u/YourThoughtsHaveBeen · 3 pointsr/SkincareAddiction

Your skin might just be dehydrated honestly. I'm not going to say it's not fungal acne because it could be; if I were you.. I would just put together a routine that fights both.

This article is pretty popular on /r/skincareaddiction.. I assume you've read it but a quote from it: "if you have pityrosporum folliculitis you must avoid most oils and fatty acids". I don't have any oils in my routine because it always seemed like when I introduced any type of oil into my routine, I would break out (this is where I started becoming suspicious that I had fungal acne). As a result, I went ahead and removed all oils out of my routine.

Sebamed was a good choice to buy; I like that moisturizer but prefer Dr. Lin Skincare Daily Hydrating Gel because it felt more hydrating and less sticky (it's still sticky haha, but less). I use it in both my AM/PM routine right after I cleanse.

Also I'm a big fan of La Roche Posay because a lot of their products are oil free and help restore the moisture barrier.. they also don't contain the fatty alcohols I was talking about in my last comment. I use their cleanser and face moisturizer:

La Roche Posay - Toleraine Hydrating Gentle Cleanser

La Roche Posay - Toleriane Double Repair Moisturizer

Here's some videos (Video 1, Video 2) that convinced me that I had dehydrated skin and kind of go along with your feelings of nothing working. They might resonate with you too if you haven't seen them before.

u/sammisamantha · 3 pointsr/muacjdiscussion

Hada Labo Tokyo Skin Plumping Gel Cream

Many gel creams and water gels in Korea and Japanese skin care. NO need to pay $80. $10-20 with shipping.

Check out Amazon or yestyle :)

u/genericfemale25 · 3 pointsr/SebDerm

I use the Hada Labo cream. I did try the Eucerin one for a while, and it hydrated well, but also caused some itchy irritation. So far the Hada Labo one has been amazing, my skin feels soothed and hydrated, I rarely have itchy flare ups, I’ve been using it along side some hyaluronic hydrating lotion, and also azaelic acid. I am not sure what % of urea is in the hada labo cream, so personally, I haven’t found it to be like THE thing, my skin is not seb derm free, but it is so much healthier than it was. It stops me from getting those itchy flakes and dry areas on my face. I also feel it has helped to calm the overall redness of my face, but still, not a miracle or a cure. Basically, it will now be a staple in my skin care routine, while other items will likely be phased out until I can find the perfect combination. Urea is something I will continue to use and look for in products I choose.

u/asecretunique · 3 pointsr/SkincareAddiction

I wonder if this would be helpful, Neutrogena's Hydro Boost Hyaluronic Acid Hydrating Face Moisturizer Gel-Cream to Hydrate and Smooth Extra-Dry Skin, 1.7 oz?







100 % alcohol free

Olive Extract (Fatty acid)

Has some nice reviews on youtube too.


It is about $15

Only 1.7 oz

u/Saturns_Song · 3 pointsr/ehlersdanlos

I totally understand your struggle. I have super chronically dry skin and this is the only thing that has ever worked for me. It doesn't break me out or clog my pores as my skin is also really sensitive, but I actually see and feel a noticeable difference although, everyones skin is different. Hope you find something that works for you!

u/poisonouspeach · 3 pointsr/SkincareAddiction

Hi guys! New to this whole skin care thing but i've been super excited to get started and get new products. And a happy nat'l pet day to my lil pumkin for encouraging me.

I have normal/combo skin with dry patches. Overall minimal acne, hyperpigmentation in cheeks and around scars.


Splash of Water: I prefer to only cleanse at night due to my dry skin

Neutrogena Hydroboost gel-cream for extra dry skin: I was referred this in a previous comment thread and it has quickly become my HG moisturizer. It is a gel-cream so it isn't heavy and can be layered but it is so hydrating.

Skin Aqua Sunscreen: This isn't in this picture but let me tell you this is the best sunscreen I've ever used on my face. Its a gel consistency so again light on the skin SPF50 & PA ++++ so it protects against both UVA & UVB rays. I've seen this highly recommend on AB threads so I decided to give it a go and I'm never going back.


Simple Micellar cleansing water: I use this to remove my makeup with a cotton pad. Not too drying nor oily and gets the job done.

CeraVe Hydrating Facial Cleanser: This cleanser is very hydrating, I don't experience that tight feeling after washing. I would highly recommend this cleanser.

Neutrogena Hydroboost gel-cream for extra dry skin

u/noodleparty · 3 pointsr/tretinoin

Yeah! Neutrogena hydro boost gel cream!
I buy on amazon cuz it has the best price

u/knov5 · 3 pointsr/SkincareAddiction

I was about to recommend Clinique Dramatically Different Gel when I saw the title.
You can stop by Clinique counter at any major mall and ask for a sample, I think they'll be more than happy to give you. I asked for a sample before I bought the whole bottle, which btw lasts for a reaaaally long time. I got mine August last year and I still have 1/3 of the bottle left.
Anyways, your best bet would be gel moisturizers since they absorb better and tend to less greasy. A couple recommendations I have in mind:

  • Mizon Snail Gel Cream - it says "cream" but it's actually clear gel.
  • Mizon Water Cream - personally I don't use this one, but I received a sample and it's a lot like the Clinique Gel.
  • Benton Aloe gel - it's not thick, just a bit sticky, but it's not that visible.
    I don't know if you're familiar with sleeping pack (like this one) or not. If you're not, you should give it a try. One perk of it is that you only need to use it once at night (before you go to bed and leave it on all night) and it's supposed to moisture your skin for the following day.
u/recalcitrantpanda · 3 pointsr/AsianBeauty

$9.49 on Amazon with Prime. :)

[MIZON] Snail Recovery Gel Cream 45ml (1.52 fl.oz.) Pack of 2

u/Unipanda27 · 3 pointsr/AsianBeauty

I'm so tempted by the Mizon Black Snail AIO Cream because I can't stop seeing recommendations for it! But I've also been looking at the Mizon Snail Recovery Gel Cream because it's even more affordable. Thoughts?

u/chinesenaples · 3 pointsr/SkincareAddiction

Actually no, the most common one people use is less than $10 on Amazon :)

edit: the link in my comment is actually for a pack of 2, if you only want 1 it's even cheaper.

u/thatchickenisspicy · 3 pointsr/SkincareAddicts

Hi! I suffered from oily sensitive skin problems too before! Here's the routine I followed and I noticed a big difference:

Face Wash (2 times a day): I used simple korean face washes and these worked wonders for me! You can find really cheap face washes at Marshalls/TJ Maxx or at Amazon. Here's a good brand:

Toner (2 times a day): SUPER IMPORTANT! I used alcohol free which is super important if you have sensitive skin. I highly recommend this toner I still use it to this day and my skin has calmed a lot and become so soft. You can get this on amazon or any local stores really like Sprouts or even Marshalls TJ Maxx. Link:

Moisturize (2 times a day): I know it seems weird to moisturize an oily face but trust me its needed. Sometimes your skin might be super oily since its not receiving enough moisture and thus overcompensates by producing a bunch of oil (I've heard this before I'm not a doctor though). You just can't use super creamy moisturizers. This is my go to really light moisturizer. I prefer gel moisturizers since they don't feel as heavy on my face and provide a good balance to my skin. Link:

Face Mask (once or twice a week): Since you have sensitive skin I don't recommend using Charcoal as it might be too harsh. I instead use any exfoilating (or non exfoliating) masks with tumeric. It's a great anti inflammatory perfect for sensitive skin. I use this one personally:

Again you just have to experiment with what works best for your skin. It's a difficult process but I'm sure you'll find a way. Sorry for the really long post but I hope this helps! :)

u/lipstickghoul · 3 pointsr/MakeupAddiction

This is the one that I ordered, which I think I originally saw linked in a random text thread here on MUA as well, lol. I hope you see results with it! :)

u/luffbunny · 3 pointsr/AsianBeauty

Hello everyone! I was in the market for a lightweight gel type moisturizer as summer approaches. Heard lots of good things about the Mizon Snail Gel Recovery Gel Cream in the pink tube. Peach & Lily is sold out of it at the moment - does anyone know if this seller on Amazon is legitimate or has had experience with them? Their store is called "Mod My Beauty". Their price for a two pack is so reasonable it makes me raise an eyebrow but I am new to the AB game.

Thank you all for any insight!

u/AncientLady · 3 pointsr/AsianBeauty

I hope this helps - here is a link to Hellocos's listing for Mizon Snail Gel Cream. Scroll down a ways and the discounts are listed under "special offer"

u/kitty_hawkins · 3 pointsr/AsianBeauty

I LOVE AZELAIC ACID. So I pretty well thought I would live with a red face forever along with a severely damaged moisture barrier. The biggest thing that helped me was azelaic acid. I use Melazepam from Amazon. Cheap and works! It's thick at first but smoothes into my skin leaving it kinda matte. At first it itched like crazy and I wasn't using it consistently enough. Then after more research, I decided to use it up and give it a chance. Along with anything high in ceramide, my skin got used to the 20% AzA. Maybe around the 10th day of twice daily use, my skin finally started to look normal. I also switch my oil cleanser to an olive oil based one and saw even more improvement in my redness. I've just added in Vit C to my under eye area and continuing to use Melazepam around the rest of my face and neck and my ENTIRE COMPLEXION is EVEN NOW! Would never have believed that was possible. Melazepam has also minimized my SFs on my nose, has finally stopped this ingrown hair on my neck from forming (I've had it for years!!!), and has cleared all the CCs on my forehead. I repeat: I loooooove azelaic acid, specifically Melazepam!

Current routine:


Garnier Micellar Water - pink cap or Cerave Foaming cleanser

Cosrx Aha/bha Clarifying Treatment Toner

BELITAE Vitamin C Serum with Hyaluronic Acid to my under eye area and upper cheeks

Melazepam to the rest of my face and neck, especially my nose. Sometimes I wait after the Vit C but not usually since I don't use them in the same spots.

I do wait 15-20 minutes after my actives step.

SCINIC First Treatment Essence 3 skin method. My face loves this more than the Missha FTE.

SCINIC Snail All In One Ampoule or SCINIC Honey All In One Ampoule depending on the day.

CeraVe Moisturizing Lotion

A'PIEU PURE BLOCK Natural Sun Cream SPF45/PA+++ I don't see much sunlight at all but when I do, this one keeps me from turning beet red imediately upon application.

Dr. Jart+ Cicapair Derma Green-Cure Solution Recover Cream This is the best thing I've found for redness and skin barrier repair! My skin loves ceramides so much and this soothes like nothing I've found yet.

Medela Tender Care Lanolin Tube on my lips. Yes it's nip cream. I couldn't use it all up while nursing and it causes my skin to redden so it's perfect for a little lip color.


ROHTO Hada Labo Gokujun Cleansing Oil My skin reacted to Holika Holika Soda Pore B.b Deep Cleansing Oil so this is my second one to try and I'm really enjoying it.

Cerave Foaming cleanser with a konjac sponge but waiting on
Hada Labo Rohto Gokujyn Hyaluronic Acid Cleansing Foam in the mail.

Cosrx Aha/bha Clarifying Treatment Toner

BELITAE Vitamin C Serum with Hyaluronic Acid to my under eye area and upper cheeks

Melazepam to the rest of my face and neck, especially my nose like the AM.

SCINIC First Treatment Essence 3 skin method.

All depending on how I'm feeling that evening:

LJH TeaTree 90 Essence

SCINIC Snail All In One Ampoule

SCINIC Honey All In One Ampoule

Cosrx Galactomyces 95 Whitening Power Essence

Cosrx Advanced Snail 96 Mucin Power Essence

MIZON Snail Repair Eye Cream

Petitfee Black Pearl and Gold Hydrogel Eye Patch Not sure if I like these or not honestly...

Some or all of these layers followed by CeraVe Moisturizing Lotion and

Guerisson 9 Complex Horse Oil Cream

Pretty sure my shower filter, Mermosis, has also helped my skin and hair.

I also use sometimes REVITABOOST PEEL Anti-Aging Peel Pads or Cosrx Bha Blackhead Power Liquid but I skip my AzA on those days and just go back to my regular routine the following day. These are rare for me though because they make me ridiculously red again.

Things I'm waiting on in the mail:

ROSETTE Aqua Ceramide Gel

Rumase BIFIDA Snail Toner

Hada Labo Rohto Gokujyn Hyaluronic Acid Cleansing Foam

It's Skin Power 10 Formula - PO Effector

Hoping the all work well for me too!

u/mesophonie · 3 pointsr/SkincareAddiction

This is the one I got her:

It's HUGE so i was able to have suffient enough for her and myself. I really like the honey one so I am probably going to try the AQUA one next as well.

u/elisaz91 · 2 pointsr/AsianBeauty

I use the Hada Labo Rohto Gokujyn Hyaluronic Acid Lotion, so the "normal" one (this:, and I find it very liquid! I don't know if it's something objective or not ^^ I use the CosRX 96 Essence too and i love it, but that's an essence, while Hada Labo HA is a toner! So, much lighter but deep-going!

u/MsMessica · 2 pointsr/SkincareAddiction

Oh :/ This product by the same company is a hyaluronic acid lotion I found on amazon Canada. It's also available on which ships to Canada.

u/lemilyslemons · 2 pointsr/SkincareAddiction

I've found that AB products are AMAZING for hydration. I'm now about three weeks in with Hado Labo Hyaluronic lotion -- not a lotion by Western standards, it's a slightly viscous watery texture--and have been amazed at how happy and hydrated my skin is. I apply it after BHA, before moisturizer.

u/0100110101101010 · 2 pointsr/SkincareAddictionUK

I had the same problem for a while. I now use Hadalabo Hyaluronic Acid serum for hydration (the Asian beauty peeps love it), in conjunction with Neutrogena oil free moisturiser.

u/JusKnowThat · 2 pointsr/AsianBeauty

Is this the Hada Labo product that everyone talks about on here?

or is it this one?

I've only ordered electronics, books, etc from Amazon, never a face product. It's legit and safe? Do you guys order it from somewhere else?

And even though it's a toner, can I substitute it as a moisturizer since my skin doesn't have any issues with dryness?


u/Maplebee92 · 2 pointsr/AsianBeauty

Linked to the Amazon UK one!

This is the one I'd recommend as you have oily skin. There is an orange bottle which is the premium version for extra hydration. But given it's coming up to summer as well I think you're better off starting with the original.

u/cityred · 2 pointsr/SkincareAddicts

I just bought this and it's better than any other moisturizer I've tried, because they all kind of sting a bit. It's hydrating but not oily or pore clogging. I cannot believe I am trying it so late, but better late than never!

u/ToastyTheToastening · 2 pointsr/AsianBeauty

For for products with hyaluronic acid in it Hada Labo is your friend. They have a [hydrating hyaluronic acid toner] ( and facial wash that is loved in this sub. They also have a HA sheet masks, sunscreen, moisterizer and oil cleanser so you could technically make an entire routine with products with HA in them!

u/commatogod · 2 pointsr/SkincareAddiction

That's great! It's an amazing moisturizer and the skin recovery toner is wonderful. There are a couple hylauronic serums recommended and I've tried two of them so far 1. The Hado Labo ( is loved by a lot of people in the sub. I personally broke out from it, but from what I've read my experience is atypical. 2. Gardens of wisdom's this has not broken me out and I can finally see the "plumpness" people talk about and I love not waking up with dry skin :).

u/ABnoobdude · 2 pointsr/AsianBeauty

I'm interested in buying the Hadalabo lotion but there are two different versions being offered on Amazon:

The older version (more expensive)

The newer version

Is there any benefit in buying the older version?

u/ShineDalgarno · 2 pointsr/SkincareAddiction

It sounds like we have similar skin issues. As a night time moisturizer, my skin loves Hadalabo Hyaluronic Acid Lotin topped with plain old Vaseline. The ingredients are all very mild and my face is soft and supple every morning. For me, it's too shiny to wear in public, so I'm still searching for my ideal daytime moisturizer.

u/facingthewinter · 2 pointsr/SkincareAddiction

Do you know the difference between the HL you linked and the HL Rhoto Gokujyn Hyaluronic Acid lotion? Link

I’m new to SCA but I see HL everywhere and bought this one, I can’t tell what the difference is though :(

u/Ketchupbunny · 2 pointsr/AsianBeauty



and here


and also here for prime. you can filter your search to look for prime sellers. that is all did to find these.

u/831106 · 2 pointsr/AsianBeauty

Hi! Welcome to AsianBeauty :)

The absolute first thing I can recommend you look at is this post by our resident starfish jiggler /u/sharkus_reincarnus! There's so much good information here about what an asian skincare regimen looks like and how to get started building yours.

Generally we recommend you start with a sunscreen, and since you have quite dry skin you might want to look for a moisturizer too. Hadalabo UV Whitening Emulsion is a really nice basic sunscreen that is also quite moisturizing.

You mentioned hyaluronic acid, which is actually a fantastic ingredient for dry skin. Despite being called an "acid," it's actually incredibly moisturizing and works as a humectant, which means it draws moisture in from its surroundings and keeps it trapped on your skin. Many people here swear by Hadalabo's hyaluronic acid products like the Super Hyaluronic Acid Face Moisturizing Lotion, which works as a light moisturizer. Hadalabo products in general have very simple and gentle ingredient lists so this might be a good place to start.

Keep in mind that with patch testing, building up to a full routine can take a very long time! It's quite tempting to go out and buy a ton of products and start slapping them on your face but this can cause all sorts of problems if you have a bad reaction to anything.

Also a note about sea creatures: Snail mucin is harvested without harming the snails at all. Starfish is the other popular sea creature around here, and they're actually considered a huge pest in many fisheries and are culled quite frequently, so no starfish are being killed specifically for use in cosmetics. I have no idea if that changes your opinion on those ingredients or not, but I thought I would mention it! :)

u/meg0neurotHe11 · 2 pointsr/SkincareAddiction

the differrin is probably just overdrying your face so its tight and dehydrated. what moisturizer do you use? are you open to using lighter layers for extra hydration? so something with hyaluronic acid in the morning before your moisturizer. and then at night, add in that hyaluronic before you moisturize. Lots of people use and like the Hada Labo toner and you would just apply a couple of drops of this after cleansing and let that sink in and then moisturize as normal. Another option is The Ordinary's HA serum

u/schadenfreude13 · 2 pointsr/SkincareAddicts

I had exactly the same problem! My CeraVe cream seemed to wear off after about 2 hours before feeling tight. If you want to dabble in /r/asianbeauty, try Hado Labo Hyaluronic Acid lotion - it's called a lotion but is more of a clear liquid so it goes on before moisturizer to boost the hydration.

u/friendlypegasus · 2 pointsr/AsianBeauty

So I have a few suggestions, because my skin used to be exactly like yours. I realized that after getting my basic skincare routine down that my skin isn't actually oily, it was just the products I use (which may be a different scenario for you) but I do have to take a lot of measures to combat my dehydrated skin. I also have redness that once required full-coverage foundation and now I wear tinted moisturizer to just even out my super mild redness. This is my routine:


Mario Badescu Keratoplast Cream Soap. This is less of a true cleanser in the way that it won't really work at removing makeup, but it is really fantastic at soothing redness/any irritation and making my skin feel super soft.

I then use Etude House 10-in-1 House Wonder Pore Freshener. This is a new addition that I really like for sebum control and pores. Not a neccessity for you it seems like, but I figured I'd suggest it. It's a toner. I find it actually works for me, when in in the past I'd use a toner and be like ok..... this is doing nothing, lol.

Then I use Nature Republic New Soothing Moisture Aloe Vear GEL 92% moisturizer. LOVE this for soothing redness and providing some serious hydration! I was really worried about this being sticky, especially because I have an aversion to textures sometimes, but I actually really like this. I know a lot of people say you shouldn't use stuff from jars, but I find that as long as I continue to see results, the jar continues to work for me. I just switched to this from the Clinique gel moisturizer and not only is the price decrease amazing, but I saw/felt results so quickly!!

For days that I know I need extra hydration in the AM (i.e., winter), I use Hada Labo Rohto Gokujyn Hyaluronic Acid Lotion prior to my moisturizer.

Last morning step is sunscreen - I just switched from a western sunscreen to Missha All-around Safe Block Aqua Sun Gel Spf30/pa++ and I really like it, and that'll help your redness, too.

Cleanse with First Aid Beauty cleanser. I really like this, but I find it to be on-par with most cleansers, although this is gentler for sensitive skin.

Every other day: Too Cool for School Egg Mouse Pack. LOVE THIS. Improves brightness/radiance and gives hydration.

After I get out of the shower, I use the toner I mentioned above.

Cosrx BHA. Some say it reduced their redness, but I found it just helped with sebum/blackheads. I like Stridex better as a BHA, honestly.

I use the Hada Labo Rohto Gokujyn Hyaluronic Acid Lotion every night, and follow with my moisturizer I mentioned above. I'm currently searching for a good night cream, I used Eucerin anti-redness prior and I didn't like it very much.

Throughout the week, I'll use the First Aid Beauty
Skin Rescue Purifying Mask With Red Clay
, which I really like, but since you're on a budget I'd say it could wait. I find it reduces redness but works best for blemish control. I also use Tony Moly sheet masks, particularly ones that combat redness/dehydration.

Overall, if you could only afford 1/2 products, I would most recommend the Mario Badescu and the moisturizer I mentioned - but I also would highly recommend the Hado Labo lotion regardless due to your severe dehydeation.

u/chiquita-banana · 2 pointsr/SkincareAddiction

I use Rohto Hadalabo Gokujyn Hyaluronic Acid Lotion before I apply La Roche-Posay Toleriane Fluid. I don't get the flaky nose, but the reason I use the hyaluronic acid lotion is it "serves as the foundation to your moisturizing routine"- that's the product description and I really find it to be true. Using those two products leaves my skin feeling dewy.

u/_ihavemanynames_ · 2 pointsr/SkincareAddiction

Damn, that sucks...

Hm. The only thing I can think of (besides buying another new moisturizer) is washing with water only, then putting the spectro on damp skin and layering vaseline over it at night. Also, adding mixing a drop of pure glycerin into the spectro in your hand can really help to get some extra moisture into your skin.

Finally, you could consider adding the Hada Labo lotion to your routine (under your moisturizer) - eBay has 30ml packages that are a cheap way of trying them out.

u/14-07-2017 · 2 pointsr/AsianBeauty

I bought this hadolabo from amazon back in February but never used it. I want to test it now but realise my packaging doesn't look like that but instead this.

According to amazon I definitely bought it from the first link however the packaging isn't the same. So what do i have? haha but more importantly would you trust it?

u/zena-marie · 2 pointsr/SkincareAddiction

Do you use a primer?? I've used this one and the difference it makes in cakeyness is huuuge. That combined with following everything up with a setting spray made my foundation look pretty amazing on the special occasions I would put on makeup. I also believe I've come across a few posts touting the benefits of a beauty blender for the poreless look.

Now, onto your routine....

I have consulted with the skincare gods, (lol, read the ingredients) and concluded that that cleanser maaay be an issue as it contains fragrance which can definitely be irritating and as /u/firefox7275 mentioned, can contribute to flakes. An optimum cleanser for dry and sensitive skin would have no fragrance, SLS or be too high on the pH scale. This is the one I use and love because it ticks alll the boxes. Highly recommended. Maybe, since you have dry patches, you'll want to refrain from cleaning more than once a day. Complete and proper makeup removal is also a big deal for preventing skin irritation. Because most makeup is made for longwear, they can be difficult for a cleanser to entirely remove. A cold cream specifically for this purpose, followed by a gentle cleanser should make a thorough job of it. Whatever moisturizer you choose to follow up with would ideally not contain fragrance as well. Layering a serum with hyaluronic acid like this one underneath your moisturizer is a winning bet for extra hydration as hyaluronic acid is able to draw a crazy amount of moisture to the top layer of your skin (I like to apply it to moist skin). Don't be scared by the 'acid' part - it is not an exfoliant and will not induce shedding! Some more hardcore subscribers here sleep with a thin layer of vaseline on their face to prevent evaporation of their moisturizer over in the night (slug life!). I've never been able to manage it for very long, but a few nights of healing for your skin probably wouldn't hurt. And finally, to get rid of excess flakes in a completely gentle and non-abrasive manner, there is nothing more satisfying that will leave your skin more smooth and susceptible to optimum absorption of moisturizers than a konjac sponge. Mmmmmy word, the difference they make is's just not right. They need to be replaced every three months and to be hung up to dry after each use (they come with a little string attached) to prevent mold growth inside but my god, I would give them to everybody I know for christmas if..i hadn't already ordered them in mass from china on ebay and already done exactly that months ago.... >.>. Anyways, hope this helps!

u/pig-newton · 2 pointsr/SkincareAddiction

This "lotion" from Hada Labo is the standard. I love it because your can use it for so many things. I use it on my face, scalp and cuticles. The trick it to use it when your skin it still damp because humectants draw moisture to themselves and if it's super dry, the moisture they draw could be from your skin. Using it on damp skin fixes this though. I used quotation marks because this is called a lotion but it's actually a hydrating toner. Hope this helps!

u/-diyana · 2 pointsr/AsianBeauty

Where do you buy hada lobo's light lotion? I tried finding the light version to purchase in Canada, but it's like $100 on whereas the normal version is only $12 on
Edit: is this the right item?

u/EgregiousWeasel · 2 pointsr/SkincareAddiction

I like to pat a little bit of hyaluronic acid lotion (I use Hada Labo Gokujyun Lotion) on my lips when they're really dry. When it's fully absorbed, I put some aquaphor on top. The next day my lips will exfoliate a little more than usual, but they'll be soft. I use the HA lotion morning and evening, so it's not an issue to put a bit on my lips at the same time.

u/kawausokoi · 2 pointsr/SkincareAddiction

Your sweat has antimicrobial properties to it. The main one is the gene Dermcidin which encodes an antimicrobial peptide that is excreted in human sweat.

It may be your hot showers and over-cleansing that are doing it. Try bringing the temperature down as far as you can stand it. I know how great a hot shower feels after a workout, but my skin just goes all to hell if I indulge myself. Does your gym have a hot tub? Heat does help with muscle recovery and I've found that sitting in the hot tub (as long as it is 101-105 F, any hotter is straight up awful) for 10 minutes gets me the relaxing heat I want from a hot shower but keeps my face out of danger. This may not work for you if your back has a tendency to breakout badly.

If you're going to hot tub often, I recommend a more gentle body wash like Eucerin's Skin Calming Body Wash and a light moisturizer like Hada Labo.

Since it sounds like you've been drying your skin out with all the washing and heat, I highly recommend using the Hada Labo linked above and/or their lighter lotion that's really more like a toner. This one is ultra light and watery. I use it like a toner before the milky Hada Labo.

I also remove my sunscreen and whatever buildup may have occurred during the day with micellar water before working out.

u/redith4 · 2 pointsr/AsianBeauty

just to be sure.. this is what you guys are talking about?

u/lanalg5 · 2 pointsr/SkincareAddiction

Routine Question:

I've been using this Hyaluronic Acid on my neck and around my eyes for a while but I want to start using it on my entire face as I'm feeling bit dull and dehydrated. I'm just not sure where I would fit it in my morning and evening routine especially with the Clindamycin lotion that I'm using.


Wash with Cerave Foaming, pat dry

Clindamycin lotion on cheeks (prescription)

Paula's Choice Hydralight Shine Free with spf


MAC Cleanse Off Oil to remove any makeup

Wash with Cerave Foaming, pat dry

Paula's Choice 2% BHA gel or liquid

Paula's Choice Anti-aging Clear Skin Hydrator

u/buttercup_prncss · 2 pointsr/AsianBeauty

I know the impulse is to do a big order to save on shipping, but I think it's also ok to do several smaller shipments. You can't use everything at once anyway. Ideally, you should be introducing new products little-by-little. Maybe one new product a week, so you can test to see if your skin likes it. Also, you can order samples of a lot of the more popular products, so you can test that way too.

Since your skin is only sensitive sometimes, I guess you'll have to decide how much you want to baby your skin. For me, I would want to choose products that are more for sensitive skin when there's a choice. But you might know better how much you need to do this.

For cleansers, I like the Banila Co. I have sensitive skin, and I am ok with the regular one. The Purity version actually has some herbal ingredients that I wasn't sure would work for me. The BioDerma water looks good, and I think it could work as your step 1 to remove makeup. Cleansing oils are nice too. You could get a few samples of these. DHC is olive oil based and should work for sensitive skin unless olive oil happens to break you out. (You might not know until you try.) The Innisfree, Skin Food and Face Shop cleansing oils are all pretty popular, but scented.

For toners, the Mizon is the one I've heard of most. It might be good for acne, but not sure if it will work for dryer skin. For masks, the Skin Food one is popular. There's a black sugar strawberry one that people like. For eye cream, I would go for the Kiehl's or Mizon because of the snails.

For treatment, I have the C20 Vitamin C but haven't used it yet. I would try to buy some samples of the Innisfree. Missha ampoule and essence are popular as well.

You might want to hold off a little on the AHA/BHA's until you get a settled routine and your skin is more moisturized. The Mizon AIO is not a real moisturizer from what I understand. It's kind of a treatment and goes on before your other steps. A little different. You can order samples of the Starfish Cream pretty easily.

Too Cool for School has a pumpkin sleeping pack that people like. Also, people seem to like Mizon Good Night Sleeping Pack. But Laneige is said to be nice too.

You might want to add in Hada Labo lotion. It's popular around here and works a little like a serum. Not a lotion as we think of it. You may need an extra lotion or cream at some point, but those are usually easier to find in non AB if you need. Have fun!

u/monobolical · 2 pointsr/AsianBeauty

I used a lot of acne face cleansers only to realize that they messed up my skin barrier (my face was really oily and prone to white heads)! My current AM face routine is Laneige White Plus Renew Bubble Cleanser followed by Missha FTE (currently testing this), Laneige White Plus Renew Emulsion + Essence. At night I cleanse first with DHC's Cleansing Oil, and then the same routine as AM but I seal in my moisturizers with Vaseline. After about three weeks of this routine, my face is no longer producing massive amounts of oil (although I still have residual hyperpigmentation and some white heads, hoping it'll be clearer in another week or two!)

If you're looking for cheaper moisturizers, Hada Labo makes a nice toner and lotion which I found to be quite useful (although it didn't agree with my skin in the long run. I've also had good results with Hadanomy Collagen line for cheap moisture! It seems a little counter-intuitive, but give yourself about a month trying out a new regime and see if that works better for you. Sunscreen is also very important, make sure you wear it every day even if it's overcast. I would also reiterate /u/herezy by focusing on skincare first before makeup! Good luck :)! It's frustrating at first but once you settle into a routine that works for you it's pretty amazing.

u/ISwearImAGirl · 2 pointsr/SkincareAddiction

The Hadalabo. This is the one I used. I've used the witch hazel for weeks without issue, so that wasn't it

u/RadicalChic · 2 pointsr/SkincareAddiction

I haven't had any issues with dryness since I started using Hadalaba Hyaluronic Acid Lotion and TonyMoly Avocado Rich Cream together.

u/cactusflowerbloom · 2 pointsr/AsianBeauty

I need help with the ever mysterious Hada Labo Rohto Gokujyn Hyaluronic Acid Lotion.

I purchased a decant of "Hadalabo Gokujyun Premium Lotion" and I think I like it? I can't really tell, but it seems to be a popular hydrating toner and I can take all the hydration I can get, haha.

Looking on amazon I see Hada Labo Rohto Gokujyn Hyaluronic Acid Lotion and [Hada Labo Rohto Hadalabo Gokujun Hyaluronic Lotion Moist] ( Are these different? are they different then the "premium" version I've been trying?

Is a toner even needed?! Or should I just go straight to essences and serums?! haha

u/Felonia · 2 pointsr/MakeupAddiction

My favorite moisturizer right now is the Vanicream skin cream. I've been using it every day during the seasonal change - and it's been very kind to me.

The stuff is great. Suuuuper gentle! and for the weight, quite cheap. It come with and without a pump... of course I prefer the pump.


I've also seen it at Walgreens.

u/ms_kittyfantastico · 2 pointsr/SkincareAddiction

Drugstore moisturizer: Vanicream (heavy, but not in a greasy way) or Cerave Moisturizing Lotion (light).

Higher-end / HG: EltaMD AM Therapy (light, but awesome).

Drugstore AHA: any of the Alpha Hydroxy products.

Affordable but online: CosRx AHA 7 (very effective)

u/notjennyschecter · 2 pointsr/Rosacea

For sure. A lot of people have luck with the CeraVe moisturizing cream, this product works for me and I have dry sensitive skin. A lot of people also recommend Vanicream moisturizer (I personally have not used, but I see a lot of people on here recommending it). These are both supposedly basic and calming products to repair the moisture barrier. They are also not super expensive which is nice.

Right now I am using the Purito centella unscented sunscreen as my daily moisturizer. It is very very moisturizing and my sensitive skin likes it. During night I am using the Purito green cream. Both these products contain centella asiatica which is supposed to decrease redness.

EDIT: Another gentle moisturizer I've read that people recommend on here and r/SkincareAddiction is Cosx ceramide comfort cream.

EDIT2: If you are just starting out with a skincare routine, you should really go check out the bountiful resources at r/SkincareAddiction. For example go on the right hand panel and they have a lot of stuff. Check out the HG (holy grail) threads for moisturizers, etc. They have a whole wiki devoted to

u/teenlinethisisnitro · 2 pointsr/beyondthebump

My husband has eczema flareups behind his knees and uses Vanicream behind his knees before bed. It works really well and we use it when my toddler has behind the knee flareups as well.

u/calamityjaneagain · 2 pointsr/SkincareAddiction

It sounds like you have a good start with the Dove and Cetaphil dupe lotion. Those generally are not irritating. I think the Stridex could irritate what you're describing on your legs. I think Stridex is meant more for facial acne and facial skin is oilier than leg skin.

I would say to use unscented Dove or sea salt soap (works great for irritated skin; I think you can find it at Whole Foods.) And then switch to more intensely moisturizing lotion or a body oil like jojoba or almond oil. I like Vanicream for intense moisture.

u/defstars · 2 pointsr/beyondthebump

Yep my son got the same thing. His ears were particularly bad. We cleaned the area with warm water and soap and applied a lotion called Vanicream

Here are before and after pics. The before pic was after he cried for a hour which inflamed the spots. Took about 2 weeks and we still have probably another week until his cheeks are soft again

u/sw33trt · 2 pointsr/weddingplanning

Gotcha. I think typically office visits are like $150 without insurance, but then most of the rosacea treatments are brand-name, so they'll be crazy expensive prescriptions without insurance.

Anywho, still an idea to keep in mind for the future when she gets on your insurance if she's often bugged by this!

EDIT: also, there's a really light-weight sunscreen by Elta that has an anti-redness ingredient (niacinimide) that lots of people with rosacea swear by. You can put it on under makeup. It's available on Amazon for ~$25

u/im_living_the_dream · 2 pointsr/Rosacea

Can't praise this sunscreen enough: Elta MD SPF 46 w/ niacinamide, zinc oxide, UVA/UVB protection

It's very gentle, provides good protection, and the niacinamide actively reduces redness / flushing for me.

u/sthutton · 2 pointsr/RedPillWives

I love the Elta MD sunscreen for my face. Really light feeling and has never broken me out (which is a pretty big deal, very sensitive skin). No sunscreeny smell either. I can for sure tell you not to try the Cetaphil Daily Facial Moisturizer with spf 50. That one is very thick and very sunscreen smelly (I actually love that smell, haha).

u/Sugarpeas · 2 pointsr/happy

I’m 24. I had cystic acne, although not as severe as OP until last Spring. I, on a whim, started to use this sunscren called Elta MD. In a week my acne cleared.

It’s weird because your face will feel even greasier at first - but overtime the acne shrinks, and fades. Bonus, if you apply through the day it will lower your risk of skin cancer and so forth.

I apply once every morning. That’s it. Nothing else.

I started on birth control when I was 17, tried numerous creams and so forth. I had some devout regimens that sort of worked, but were tedious. Welp. Apparently all I needed was this sunscreen.

It’s worth a shot. Nonprescription. Just a bit pricey but if it works it’s such a simple thing to do everyday. Regardless you should always have a good facial sunscreen to use every day!

u/MichaelPraetorius · 2 pointsr/SkincareAddiction

Yeah But I'd pay for it. Definitely. I think i'm going to order this one. Is it sticky at all? What do I expect? Physical/chemical?

u/crazyplantlady · 2 pointsr/SkincareAddiction

I have sensitive, eczema prone skin and have had good luck with elta md. . It seems to provide really good protection too, I haven’t had issues with sunburn. Side note, whenever my skin is SUPER dry or irritated, literally everything burns. Even my super inert hydrating gel. Dunno if this is the case for you, just a thought!

u/banditranger · 2 pointsr/Rosacea
u/dlandwirth · 2 pointsr/SkincareAddiction

If you filter out all sellers except "" over on the left when you're on the desktop website. You'll find that their signature SPF 46 is indeed available with Prime shipping but there's a 2-5 week wait. Probably why it's not popping up in searches.


It's back for sale through "" with Prime shipping but won't ship out until May 21st!

u/meriendaselgato · 2 pointsr/SkincareAddiction

I start with Hada Labo Hydrating Serum with hyaluronic acid– the American one you can get at Walgreens/Ulta.

I layer St. Ives Timeless Skin, which claims to be anti-aging but is really just a nice lightweight moisturizer (does have fragrance), with Cerave PM, underneath Elta MD UV Clear sunscreen. I used to use the St. Ives alone under sunscreen, but Retin-A means my skin is drier than usual.

The Cerave PM is not heavy at all, and almost feels like a primer. None of these products break me out, which is RARE for me. I have used the St. Ives for about 3-4 years now, and it's my HG. The UV Clear is the only sunscreen that doesn't piss of my face, too, which is a huge feat. No raves yet for the Cerave PM, since it's not that moisturizing IMO, but it's definitely a staple as of yet.

It's a lot of steps but I find that layering several products that don't bother my skin is way better for me than using one heavy moisturizer that may clog me. I would recommend layering any products you already have that work, but maybe aren't hydrating enough alone. If you don't have anything now, try one new product at a time to see what your skin likes.

u/leftylonghorn · 2 pointsr/tretinoin

Elta MD UV Clear. Oily skin, super acne prone. No pore clogging ingredients. I actually think it helps mineral makeup go on really nicely too. It's awesome.

u/Pufferfish1 · 2 pointsr/SkincareAddiction

I recently bought this off of amazon. Eltamd UV Clear SPF 46, 48-Gram 1.7 oz. . It broke me out immediately. Do not recommend personally but I know it's a highly rated sunscreen

u/hellowoof · 2 pointsr/SkincareAddiction

Elta MD Clear is super light and feels nice. It dries really quickly which I really like. It sits normal, or even primes better under my makeup!

u/iplaywithbugs · 2 pointsr/lupus

I would definitely check out /r/SkincareAddiction/! The lovely peeps in there give excellent advice. Specifically this side wiki. You can always post there, and they can help you, but I can try, too.

Things I need to know:

  • Face only, or do you want something for your body?
  • Are you acne prone?
  • Are you sensitive to anything specific, that you know of?
  • Do you wear makeup?
  • How much are you in the sun?
  • Do you plan on getting all sweaty?
  • What's your budget?

    If you never answer me, just keep this in mind: The amount you need to get the SPF labeling on the bottle is about 1/4 teaspoon for just your face. Since SPF is on a logarithmic scale, 1/8 teaspoon of 100 SPF does not equal 50SPF, it measures like 10SPF. waa-waaa.

    For me, it depends on what I'm doing. My everyday under makeup is EltaMD Clear, SPF 46. Super light weight, soaks in fast, I really like it. Totally worth the price (for me). If I'm going outside in the sun for any length of time, I go with Neutrogena Age Shield Face Lotion, SPF 110. Basically, any SPF over 30 is what's important, the difference between 30SPF and 100 isn't that much. :/

    edit: du'oh, formatting.
u/icandanceyo · 2 pointsr/SkincareAddiction

No problem, this sunscreen is for acne prone skin and contains zinc.

u/justinmega1 · 2 pointsr/SkincareAddiction
u/mmishu · 2 pointsr/steroids

Yeah sunscreens suck for everyday use they’re either too greasy or drying from the alcohol or leave a white cast.

Thats why I like using asian sunscreens they’re more cosmetically elegant but you have to jump through more hoops to get it, and they come in tiny packaging so dont last very long, some are on amazon like biore.

Right now I’m using this one

It’s good for everyday use a bit pricey but it offers good uva protection which is critical, without the white cast. Give it a try.

u/wouldyouhelpmeplease · 2 pointsr/SkincareAddiction

My skin feels great after cleansing in AM and PM; there isn't really any tightening.

What do you feel about the above commenter's recommendation of AHA and BHA, one PM and the other AM?

Would Cerave Cream be good for my oily skin, and if so should it be applied x2 daily like my Aveeno? I don't really moisturize my forehead or nose area too much (I have a T-zone), but should I moisturize this oiliness regardless?

I have seen EltaMD sunscreen recommended, but I don't understand the difference between EltaMD's UV clear and shield.

The toothpaste issue has never occurred to me! I will try it, see how things go.

And lastly, is it possible to moisturize my eyes too much in one day?

u/hotyoungsnail · 2 pointsr/MakeupAddiction

Elta md UV Clear SPF 46 is my holy grail face sunscreen. The great reviews on Amazon say it better than me. Seriously, it's love.

u/yogachick14 · 2 pointsr/SkincareAddiction

Try something with zinc in it, which is gentler on your skin. I like Elta MD Clear. It's more moisturizing than the Neutrogena Clear Face, but not thick or greasy.

u/IvyMonster · 2 pointsr/AsianBeauty

I actually have that sunblock on the way to test out.

What I currently use (and really do love) is the Elta MD UV clear SPF 46. It's a physical sunscreen with niacinamide and is recommended for people with sensitive skin and rosacea. I'm fair skinned so I don't notice a white cast but others have said it leaves one for them. It isn't waterproof but they have a water resistant version as well!

u/Everline · 2 pointsr/SkincareAddiction

So I'm a beginner but I've been researching PIH a bit recently. If you have not look at this link from the sidebar yet, I highly recommend it. Basically besides AHA and a retinoid, sunscreen, niacinamide and vitamin c can help with PIH. Elta MD SPF 46 is both a sunscreen and have niacinamide (5% I think) which makes it popular against PIH. Cerave PM or elta MD PM (not the sunscreen, the moisturizer) are moisturizers with niacinamde. I'd say number 1 and I think you know it you need a sunscreen. I know you said that the EltaMD sunscreen is too expensive but it may be cheaper to get it versus buying another cheaper sunscreen and a separate product w niacinamid or vitamin C? Vitamin C worked great for me against PIH (I also wear sunscreen) but a good one is way more expensive than the sunscreen. I personally think that vitamin C would be in addition to sunscreen, not an alternative to it. My 2c but I hope it helps!

Edit: I haven't used Cerave in the tube so I can't compare but I really like cerave PM! it's a very nice texture, absorbs well and it's not too rich at least for me (which makes me wonder if it will be enough for the winter here (illinois)). Looks kind of like a gel, a bit translucent. Plus it has niacinamid you may help for the PIH as I mentioned earlier.

u/EsotericKnowledge · 2 pointsr/AsianBeauty

Not AB (sorry) but I'm getting ready to buy the EltaMD UV Clear (amazon) because it has no alcohol and 5% niacinamide.

(SCA discussion of PA rating of UV Clear)

u/whaevr · 2 pointsr/SkincareAddiction

Say hello to Eltamd UV Clear

Its been my daily sunscreen (I've never worn one daily before this) for the past 3 monthes and while the PPA isn't the highest, it does have 5% niacinamide. Its helped my PIH a ton!!

Also I was pretty against the idea of putting on a gross tacky sunscreen everyday. PocketDerm recommended this and shortly after I put it on I can't even feel it on my face at all.

u/myheroinepretend · 2 pointsr/SkincareAddictionUK

I'm still patch testing but I like it so far :) no white cast or anything! Here's the seller I bought it from. The only thing I have noticed is that it's really difficult to get out of the bottle... like I tried unscrewing the top to see if the straw-type thing you usually get in pump bottles had fallen out and there wasn't one at all. I have to pump it several times to get a small amount out. Is yours the same?

u/arobaz · 2 pointsr/SkincareAddiction

Yeah you can use Elta MD UV Clear (the one designed for sensitive/rosacea/acne prone skin) during the day and then Cerave PM at night. Niacinimide is great for inflammation and red marks :)

u/seagoddessisatplay · 2 pointsr/SkincareAddiction

Niacinamide! I've been using a serum by Paula's Choice, and this sunscreen by EltaMD, and the niacinamide is brilliant at reducing pore size as it reduces oil production. Don't forget to double cleanse!

u/MsMerriam · 2 pointsr/AsianBeauty

> I'm definitely fascinated by the Kikumasamune Sake High Moist Lotion and the Tosowoong ampuole, but also totally intimidated by r/asianbeautyexchange (baby steps).

Haha well the user I mentioned is super sweet and will walk you through the process should you decide to take the plunge, and I have a brand new bottle of the Kikumasamune I'd be happy to decant for you at any point. I also don't mind walking you through how the exchange works (it's pretty simple! c:) whenever you feel brave and adventurous.

Girl yes you will feel like the fanciest broad in town with that adorable Sulwhasoo ginseng trial bottle. I keep it on my nightstand instead of with my skincare basket just so I can look at it, haha.

> And yes, I have read most of Fifty Shades of Snail and have to be careful not to automatically buy whatever she likes at the time (which lately has been fancy Sulwhasoo stuff I can't afford so that's convenient).

This struggle is real. Thanks for having expensive tastes right now, u/Sharkus_Reincarnus. You're breaking hearts and saving wallets all at the same time. c;

Omg that's exactly how I feel about that Drunk Elephant serum. I love the packaging and the formulation seems nice, but I'm afraid to love it. This is one a lot of people love that I've been considering. Also, formulations with MAP (magnesium ascorbyl phosphate) instead of L-AA (l-ascorbic acid) tend to be more shelf stable and gentler on the skin. c:

u/bbdoll · 2 pointsr/SkincareAddiction

you'll be surprised by how far it goes tbh. i use this one on my hands, face, and chest everyday and the bottle usually last 2-3 months. it's the 1 product i've seen fast, real results with. so i think it's a money well spent type of situation. and Timeless is well regarded on this sub.

i forgot, as a general moisturizer i use Olay Total Effects Body Lotion too. it's fragrant but really good & niacinamide is the third ingredient. i like it year round, it's not too heavy or light.

so my AM routine is basically Total Effects body wash followed by vit c, then the aha, then my sunscreen. for PM, the Neutrogena cream followed by the Total Effects lotion. some people might prefer the aha at night but i've had no issues. i hope this helps!

u/soccerperson · 2 pointsr/SkincareAddiction

Let me preface this by saying that I'm a guy, so I'm really in unfamiliar territory here. Any help would be greatly appreciated!

I started using minoxidil to stimulate facial hair growth, so I've wanted to start dermarolling as well to help with collagen production.

I've purchased a dermaroller and 70% alcohol, but I'm a bit lost on what moisturizing products I should use immediately after dermarolling.

My daily lotion right now is Lubriderm 3 in 1 but I imagine that's not something I want to use after dermarolling.

I've sort of browsed around on here and there's a lot of products and abbreviations that are lost on me, but it seems like vitamin C is a good option to use after dermarolling?

Something like CeraVe vitamin C Serum is something I've seen suggested. I've also seen others suggest Timeless vitamin C serum but I'm not quite sure what the differences are.

Do these seem like good options, or is there something better you'd suggest? I'll take any opinions/suggestions

u/ladysyazwina · 2 pointsr/SkincareAddiction
  • Since it's your first time, i'd recommend a 0.5mm dermaroller. Anything lower than that would not be deep enough to stimulate collagen growth. Also, don't cheap out and get a low quality one.

  • Well, you can but it's best that you just buy one size first, in case you find that microneedling isn't your thing. Some people can take up to 6 months or even a year to move from 0.5mm to 1mm. Your skin needs to get used to it first. One dermaroller can last you a couple of months btw. If the needles start looking dull and blunt, replace it with a new one or else you'll end up damaging your skin instead.

  • A 0.5mm shouldn't hurt too much but anything higher than that would definitely hurt so in the future, once you move up to a longer needle size, you would probably need a numbing cream. Also, always wash your face first before you dermaroll!

    In terms of sanitizing the roller before and after, this is what I do. First, I clean it with water (you can also use soap if you like) then I put it in head first in a clean plastic cup and pour 70% Isopropyl Alcohol in the cup so it's just enough to cover the head (I prefer 70% because a higher alcohol content will make it evaporate faster and logic says it won't have enough time to sanitize!). Anyway, just let it sit in the cup for 10-15 minutes, take it out and then wait about 2 minutes or so. Once it's dry-ish, I run it under hot water and let it completely air dry before applying it to my skin.

    After you finish rolling, repeat the same procedure. Wash the roller, dunk it in alcohol for 10-15 minutes, run it under hot water, let air dry then put it somewhere clean (preferably in a box).

  • It depends on the size. With a 0.5mm, you can use it once every 2-3 weeks. If you go higher, like 0.75mm or 1mm then you should use it sparingly like once every 4-6 weeks because it takes time for your skin to properly heal. Do not use it everyday.

  • I noticed you said that you don't really have a routine? You should definitely have at least a moisturizer and a sunscreen (this is a given) before you start dermarolling. After you dermaroll, your skin will be a bit sensitive and tight and it will definitely feel like a bad sunburn so you should pamper it a bit. I find that sheet masks are also great to calm down the redness and irritation.

    The most important thing for me is using a Vitamin C serum. I use one with 20% L-ascorbic acid everyday (also right after I dermaroll) and it has significantly reduced some of my scars (it stings a little bit though). This is where sunscreen is important!!! Wearing sunscreen helps protect your skin (and scars) from getting darker. Those products you linked look great but you should definitely patch test them first to see if you have any bad reaction to them or not before you start microneedling.

    Here are some other Vitamin C serums which are well loved by many:

    Lastly, one important thing about microneedling is patience. You won't see improvements right away but you will if you keep on maintaining it. Hope that helps! :-)
u/Dandelion_Prose · 2 pointsr/AsianBeauty

This one, which I think is the 20% LAA you're referring to.

I'm not a fan of the texture, and there's a huge amount of confusion after they changed formulas about whether it can look pale yellow without being oxidized, but my skin likes it. Admittedly, there are much better vitamin c products out there, but this one does a decent job and hurts my wallet the least. As much as I would love to spend $30 to $50 per ounce, it's just not feasible for me.

u/27jens · 2 pointsr/SkincareAddiction

Here you go! I’ve enjoyed it so far. I had some PIE from a facial injury that happened 14 months ago that left my skin slightly pink. It was hardly noticeable but of course I could always see it. Even after two days the PIE is less noticeable. I’m not sure if the Vit c is lightening these spots or maybe renewing the rest of my skin to match. Either way. I’m very happy!!!!

u/assertives · 2 pointsr/SkincareAddiction

I personally have found great success with Melano CC. ( It's drug store price.

Another one that is also quite good is the timeless c e ferulic, also at an affordable price. (

u/port_of_indecision · 2 pointsr/AsianBeauty
u/alienbaby22 · 2 pointsr/fatlogic

The body butter probably has ingredients I usually avoid like fragrance and what not. I use stuff like that if I’m being luxurious but my everyday skincare I use something simpler. Like cerave or eucerin.

I use this squalane

It could get pricy. I only use it on my face and chest but honestly a little goes a long way. Jojoba is a cheaper option for full body.

u/ACustomFace · 2 pointsr/MakeupAddiction

Sometimes, if the foundation I'm using is more drying. I don't notice it affecting the wear time, but my skin is so dry that I never have a problem with base products not lasting on me, so I might not be the best judge of that.

Squalane oil is another one that's really nice. It's lighter and absorbs really quickly. It has a lovely, silky feel, and it mixes well with foundation. I got mine on Amazon for about $12 for 2 oz. It was this one.

u/_lastunicorn_ · 2 pointsr/SebDerm

[Try squalane oil](Squalane 100% Pure (2 oz (60 mL)) best for me and has no other ingredients that feed the Malassezia

u/Whiskeymuffins · 2 pointsr/AsianBeauty

Timeless Squalane Oil is amazing.

I like using jojoba oil as well

u/wowhannahwow · 2 pointsr/SkincareAddiction

I don’t love TO’s Squalane. I had a bottle of the Timeless SqualaneTimeless Squalane and then replaced it with the TO and I far preferred the Timeless version. The Timeless oil sunk into my skin faster and I find the TO version is slicker and takes longer to sink in for me From reading around here on SCA Timeless’ is Olive derived Squalane and TO’s is sugar derived and the difference between the 2 is just personal preference.

u/svvaffles · 2 pointsr/AsianBeauty

I'm still trying to finish this one, but a cheaper alternative is Timeless Skin Care. It's 60 mL for $10.80!

u/daisylion3 · 2 pointsr/SkincareAddiction

Product Name: 100% Pure Squalane Oil

Price: $22

Country of purchase: Canada (Ordered from Amazon)

Skin info: Combo-oily in summer, combo-dry in winter and prone to breakouts. Fitzpatrick type 4

Ingredients list: Olive derived squalane oil

Special info: This is the one I purchased from Amazon, you can also get it from The Ordinary, Peter Thomas Roth, Indie Lee and Biossance at varying price points. I highly recommend this article that explains why most other facial oils (rosehip oil, argan oil etc.) that are marketed as moisturizing are actually doing more harm to your skin and why squalane oil is the only oil that can actually be used as an effective moisturizer.

Experience & opinion: I have been using this as a moisturizer since I have had zero luck with any of the other hyped up moisturizers. CeraVe PM was behind my suspicious breakouts as it is too fatty for me, the Neutrogena Hydroboost has too many silicones in it that make me break out like crazy. I've been using squalane oil as both night time and day moisturizer and I am obsessed with how smooth and silky it makes my skin feel. It also absorbs quite well. Unfortunately, it is not super hydrating if you have drier skin. As the cooler weather is settling in, I find I still have some dry spots, and I might need a thicker overnight moisturizer for the colder months. However, I can see myself using this all year round.

I also finds this works really well under makeup. It makes my concealer and foundation blend soooo smoothly and gives a nice dewy finish without making the makeup slip around.

If you are having problems finding a regular moisturizer I would definitely recommend this. I think why it worked so well for me was the simplicity of it. A lot of moisturizers have silicones, fragrances, AHAs or something that just doesn't work with different people's skin. This is very different from other oils I've used for moisturizing (argan oil, almond oil etc.) since it actually absorbs very well instead of sitting on top of your skin and doesn't leave you looking like an oil slick.

u/todo-anonymize-self · 2 pointsr/NoPoo

You could try squalane or something as the carrier if you want to definitely not feed the Malassezia.

u/TangiestIllicitness · 2 pointsr/SkincareAddiction

You could try adding a couple drops of squalane oil to your moisturizer. It absorbs really easily and doesn't leave an oily feeling.

If you do a search for squalane oil and skin, you'll find tons of articles about the benefits of it for all skin types. Paula's Choice has it ranked as a Best ingredient.

If you decide to give it a try, make sure you're getting squalAne, not squalEne, which is heavier and can be irritating.

u/Rustys_Shackleford · 2 pointsr/Mommit

Invest in a good dry shampoo to keep oil at bay. I like Living Proof. It's pricey but well worth it. To look a it more "adult" and put together, I'll use a hair clip like this or this rather than a hair tie. Still out of the way but a bit more elegant. Also, a hair stylist can help you with a look that is elegant and "adult" but still easy to work with. Get trims so your hair can stay healthy.

What I do is put a wavy hair mousse in my hair when it's damp, blow dry my roots for volume and go eat breakfast/do makeup/fold laundry/whatever for about 10-15minutes, my hair dries fast. Then when it's all dry I have some nice waves and put in dry shampoo to soak any oil up, run a serum through the ends for some shine and to keep fly aways down and clip it back. Sounds like a lot but it takes me about 5-7 minutes of hands-on time. Also I find that the more I take care of my skin, the more rested and healthy I look. I use a good moisturizer at night and a hydrating eye cream. A little under eye concealer and mascara goes a loooooong way in helping my self confidence when going out in public.

Invest in yourself. It's not "high maintenance" to make sure you have clean, neat and healthy hair. Taking care of your skin is equally important in my opinion. I feel so much more productive and organized when I take just ten minutes to put myself together in the morning.

Products I like:
hair clips I haven't used these particular ones, just this style.
favorite dry shampoo
argan oil serum
mousse for volume
love this face moisturizer with spf
this eye cream works wonders for me

u/narf10 · 2 pointsr/Accutane

I use CeraVe AM moisturizer which doubles as 30 SPF sunscreen! It’s clear when rubbed in, feels moisturizing, and welp protects you from the sun.

CeraVe Facial Moisturizing Lotion AM

u/desi-merican · 2 pointsr/malegrooming

hey, I use this for the face, neck, and back of the neck. its usually $3 cheaper on amazon (almost $13-14 at CVS) so i included a link.

This is a AM version, i pretty sure the only difference between the Am and PM version is that the AM version has SPF 30.

if you using a face wash in the morning and night, you might want to do that too. Anything by Nuetrigina or Cera Ve is usually good. I prefer Cerave just I have fairly sensitive skin and their products have really helped me.

Theres also other higher end specialty companies like SircuitSkin (I use their face wash now, and some serums) but they are fairly expensive. I was in your boat like 2 years ago where i wasn't really using anything for my skin. I would say start using the basics like face wash and moisturizer and as you get more comfortable and ready to spend more then look at serums or something (if you want). Good luck, if you have any other questions don't hesitate, give me a shout out.

u/PolarBearInSpace · 2 pointsr/Indiemakeupandmore

My routine is not really indie. There is a lot of stuff about routines on /r/skincareaddiction btw.

Mine is like this:


  1. Wash face with Nobel Formula Pyrithione Zinc Bar Soap

  2. Wipe off soap with damp microfiber cloth

  3. Apply Paula's Choice Skin balancing toner to face and chest

  4. Wipe on Stridex pad in the red box to face and chest

  5. Moisturize with CeraVe AM sunblock/moisturizer. If it's especially dry, I will apply a small amount of CeraVe moisturizer in the tub

  6. Apply makeup if i feel like it


    (0. if wearing makeup. Rub jojoba oil all over, and wipe off with damp microfiber cloth)

  7. Wash face with CeraVe foaming cleanser

  8. Apply toner

  9. Apply stridex pad

  10. Spot treat with Paula's choice benzoyl peroxide if necessary

  11. Slather on CeraVe cream from the tub.

    Here is a list of products:
u/QuaereVerumm · 2 pointsr/MakeupAddiction

I use this sunscreen moisturizer from CerAve. There's a review that says not to use a primer with it, or use your fingers to apply your makeup or it makes your makeup pill, but I do both of those things and never had any issues. I guess it just depends on how your skin reacts to it! I use this every weekday morning to save a few minutes on my routine before work. I sleep as much as I can in the morning!

u/LaTortugaConQueso · 2 pointsr/SkincareAddiction

Oh good god... Okay, well you asked for it...

I work third shift, so my routine is a little backwards because of that.

I usually shower in the morning before bed (about 8am). In the shower: First thing I do is shampoo my hair, if I shampoo that day (I usually shampoo 3x a week) and I use SheaMoisture shampoo. After that I condition with SheaMoisture conditioner and leave it in, I put my hair in a clip and continue showering. I wash the front half of my body and whatnot, then I wash my face with Cerave. Then I take the clip out of my hair, rinse the conditioner, and then I use one of those loofas on a stick to wash my back. I actually just started that this week, I noticed that washing my back after rinsing conditioner helped with bacne a lot but there was one spot in the center of my back that I couldn't reach that still had acne.

Then I turn off the water, and standing in the shower I flip my hair over and finger comb it with SheaMoisture leave in conditioner. Then while my head is still flipped, I squirt one handful of Garnier Fructis gel into my hand and scrunch it all around my hair. Then I get one more squirt and go through my hair and twist out individual strands. Then I wrap my hair in a Microfiber towel wrap and I sleep all day with that on. I'm waffling between sleeping with that and sleeping with a tshirt on my head, I can't decide which one is better yet.

Once I step out of the shower, I wipe my face with Stridex in the red box and let that dry for 20 minutes. After that, if I have any active whiteheads, I pop them and stick hydrocolloid bandages on them. Then I rub a mixture of Jojoba and Tea tree oil on my face, I use it in 1 tea tree/9 jojoba oil parts. Then I put vaseline on my hands and lips and go to bed. Sometimes if my hands and cuticles are really bad I slather my hands and sleep with gloves on.

When I wake up (around 5pm) I wash my face with Cerave again, and moisturize with Cerave and I use Trader Joe's sunscreen. Then I flip my hair upside down and sit on the toilet and dry my hair with a hair dryer and diffuser attachment, and then flip back over and kinda organize my part and stuff like that. Then, FINALLY, I am ready for the day.

SO YEAH. Most people regret asking.

u/boqolnicks · 2 pointsr/SkincareAddiction

I'm Somali and I use Cerave AM facial moisterising lotion. I don't see a white cast when I rub it in.

CeraVe Facial Moisturizing Lotion AM 3 fl oz

u/unicornsprinklepoop · 2 pointsr/MakeupAddiction

Wait, is that just a body lotion? If so, you should probably be using something that's specifically for your face. I get what you mean about moisturizer feeling heavy though. I went to the dermatologist about a week ago and they gave me a few samples of moisturizers that I actually like more than others that I have used. They don't feel heavy at all and they're probably better for your skin because they're fragrance free and approved by dermatologists...I'm probably going to buy them when the samples are empty. I got this and this. They both have SPF 30, but I usually use a little extra sunscreen anyway. Oh, and you wash your makeup off at night, right? Usually my routine is using a cream cleanser on my wet face to get most of the makeup off, then using makeup remover on a cotton pad for the rest of my eye makeup, and then using my Clarisonic with a Neutrogena cleanser. After my face is dry from that I apply the foundation and my skin feels pretty good after that.

u/expectingrain · 2 pointsr/malegrooming

I use this. It's cheap and has sunscreen and works very well. I think CVS stocks it.

u/floating_on_a_cloud · 2 pointsr/SkincareAddiction

I appreciate the help!

I just ordered the blotting sheets you linked. I will try those out for a few weeks and see how they are.

Tbh still a little hesitant (more like intimidated haha) about the mineral powder, but if I wanna try something new, I will order the mineral powder/brush. I am still a SCA newbie.

So each time I use the blotting sheets, do I need to reapply my moisturizer again? Or is that not necessary?

u/dchi_rx · 2 pointsr/Accutane
u/tristesse-joie · 2 pointsr/SkincareAddiction

Here are some affordable, lightweight, and gentle moisturizers:

Vanicream Lite Lotion

Vanicream Lite Lotion is sold in-store at most Walgreen's.

CeraVe Baby Moisturizing Lotion

This is sold in-store at some Walgreen's/CVS/Walmart.

Aquation Daily Moisturizing Lotion

The Aquation is only sold in-store at Walmart, and on - It's $8.96 for 16 oz.

u/sunshinewalk · 2 pointsr/Rosacea

I really like Vanicream Lite Lotion Pump for Sensitive Skin as my last step (emollient)

u/queenblackacid · 2 pointsr/Rosacea

I have erythematotelangiectatic rosacea with a papule or two every month. My cheeks are covered in permanent telangiectasias, but I don't mind them because I can cover it with makeup easily. I've had them since I was a kid. Occasionally I get a small papule or two

My nose has worsened over the last 5 years. I have no telangiectasias but my whole nose up to the bridge has diffuse erythema. Above the bridge of my nose has some redness too, leaving the bridge of my nose white... The redness goes away if I press on my nose (it blanches - not permanent). It is difficult to keep makeup on my nose throughout the day without it coming off. This is the most annoying thing about rosacea for me.

My forehead has patches of eczema either side that I've had success treating with elidel (pimecrolimus cream) and a better skincare routine. I have rosacea in the middle of my forehead. Easy to cover with makeup.

I've tried metrogel and finacea, both without effect. Finacea just hurts my skin. I'm taking 50mg doxycycline capsules and I thought they were working, but then I forgot for a while. It's difficult to tell. Rosacea is difficult to control, unfortunately.


I currently use the following of an evening:

  • Mineral oil massage to remove makeup - emulsify and remove in the shower with water.

  • Sulwhasoo Snowise Ex Cleansing Foam - low pH cleansing foam that leaves my skin lovely and clean without over-cleansing.

  • Actives - Elidel for eczema if required.

  • Hada Labo Gokujyun Hyaluronic Acid Hydrating Toner - Not astrigent at all. Super slippery base makes the next steps more effective.

  • Holy Snails Shark Sauce and Snowbang Essence - Small amount, mix together in hand and wipe across face. Contains ceramides to help replenish lipid barrier, niacinamide and n-acetyl glucosamine for anti-inflammatory effects, lots more lovely stuff.

  • Mizon Snail Repair All In One cream - Small amount all over face. It's a very light cream, almost like a gel. It has a lovely texture.

  • Shara Shara Honey Bomb Ampoule - niacinamide, so good. Small amount, all over face.

  • La Roche Posay Lipikar Baume AP+ - One pump to cover whole face (400ml bottle has a pump). I love this stuff. Niacinamide (anti-inflammatory), glycerin (humectant), shea butter (emollient), mineral oil & silicone (occlusive emollients).

  • CosRX Ultimate Moisturising Honey Overnight Mask OR Mizon Snail Repair Recovery Gel - Moisturising gel to "set" the layers of moisturiser beneath. I'm still testing out the snail recovery gel, not sure if I like it because it doesn't "set" as well.

    In the morning I gently wash the set slippery layers off with water and apply:

  • Actives - Elidel for eczema if required.

  • Hada Labo Gokujyun Hyaluronic Acid Hydrating Toner

  • Holy Snails Shark Sauce & Snowbang Essence

  • Mizon Snail Repair All In One cream

  • Lipikar Baume AP+ on bad skin days, or CosRX Ultimate Honey Overnight Mask on good days.

  • Shiseido Hada Senka Mineral Water Gel SPF 50+ - I love the finish of this sunscreen. Sunscreen is super, super important, especially with the niacinamide use. Use a sunscreen every single day, even in winter, even if only inside. Every day!

    I take a resveratrol capsule every day to combat sirtuin inhibition caused by niacinamide.

    I've been following this routine for four months and my skin has improved a lot in terms of texture. The flaky patches went away and the eczema almost completely disappeared with occasional maintenance use of elidel and just generally looking after my skin. The rosacea erythema has stayed the same, but I have developed fewer papules. Hopefully, if I can remember to take the doxycycline, the redness of my nose may also improve.
u/BellaScarletta · 2 pointsr/FeminineNotFeminist

Pretty much what it sounds like d: It's snail mucus and praised for its regenerative properties. A lot of people love it. I tried this brand and didn't feel like I noticed anything in either direction? I didn't hate it at all but it just didn't seem worth the purchase. But that exact same product sounds like it is an HG for /u/SadestLittleGirl - I would definitely suggest trying it!

u/SweetShi · 2 pointsr/AsianBeauty

if you don't need two, it's $13.99 each on amazon with prime shipping.

u/kaleidoscopic_prism · 2 pointsr/eczema

I've started only showering every other day. But I make sure to moisturize my face morning and night. I know my showers are causing a lot of the irritation. I use a wet cloth to wash up on non shower days.

I'm using an Asian skincare routine on my face, it has made a big difference. But you don't have time to start one in 1 week, you don't know how you will react to products in that short period of time.

If your skin is angry in the morning, is that when you shower? If you are getting irritated from your moisturizer, you may want to switch. The open sores are going to sting, but it shouldn't "become swollen/inflamed/very red". It sounds like you may be reacting to one of the ingredients in your moisturizer. I don't know if 1 week is enough time to find another one, because you don't know which ingredient is setting you off.

This is what I use, I know it sounds gross but it is very light and absorbs immediately and feels amazing. MIZON Black Snail All In One Cream, 2.40 Ounce

I picked this up to use next because I was annoyed at dipping my hand into a jar. MIZON Snail Recovery Gel Cream 45ml 1.52 fl.oz. Pack of 2

u/blackberrycat · 2 pointsr/AsianBeauty

Here you go. You could try those three! Total = $36

Cosrx AHA, Andalou Roses Foam, Mizon Black Snail.

Reminder that you need a sunscreen if you're using AHA, try this.

u/sugarbibbles · 2 pointsr/SkincareAddiction

**Skin type and skin concerns:**

Main concerns: Dryness, acne (cystic and general acne all over chin and cheeks), and splotchy discoloration all over my face (my dermatologist said it was melasma). My skin is consistently congested and breaking out, yet my entire face is sensitive, dull, itchy and flakey. After years of reading tips here, I've finally gotten to the point where redness and the majority of flaking is gone and products don't burn when they touch me, but my skin remains dull and feels tight.


While the products I've selected are relatively affordable, they add up. Plus I'm worried I'm doing more damage than good by overwhelming my skin with all these product. Mostly though, I'm so jealous of all your minimalist routines I see on here, and I want to create one that would work for me. I don't know where to start. What are your thoughts?


**Skincare routine with full product names**


  1. Wipe face gently with Neutrogena Makeup Removing Wipes
  2. Spritz face with rose water to re-moisten (currently using Leven Rose Rose Water)
  3. Eva Naturals Vitamin B3 5% Niacinamide Serum(daily)
  4. Spritz face with Kikumasamune Sake High Moisture Skin Lotion Tonerbefore skin dries completely
  5. Moisturize with Neutrogena Hydro Boost Gel-Cream
  6. Spritz face again with Kiku to keep moist
  7. Warm two drops of The Ordinary 100% Plant-Derived Hemi-Squalanein hands and pat all over face (I just added this to my routine and I have high hopes)
  8. Australian Gold Botanical Tinted Sunscreen SPF 50
  9. Coola Liplux Lip Balm Sunscreen SPF 30
  10. 1-2 times per week, exfoliate face with Baiden Mitten Exfoliator Glove
  11. 1-2 times per week exfoliate lips with Hanalei Sugar Lip Scrub


  12. First cleanse with Illiyoon Total Aging Care Cleansing Oil (I'm finishing up this bottle and then I'm going back to using Softymo Speedy Cleansing Oil).
  13. Second cleanse with CeraVe Foaming Facial Cleanser
  14. Saturate cotton pad (White Rabbit organic cotton) with Neutrogena Alcohol-Free Toner and gently wipe face and neck
  15. Spritz face with rose water to re-moisten
  16. Elizavecca Hell Pore Control Hyaluronic acid Serum(nightly)
  17. Spritz face with Kiku before skin dries completely
  18. Moisturize with Elizavecca Milky Piggy Retinol Cream
  19. Spritz face again with Kiku to keep moist
  20. Additional moisturizer layer with Mizon Black Snail All in One Cream (I'm sure this is unnecessary, but I feel like the snail cream has done more for me than any other product and I'm emotionally attached to it now lol)
  21. Warm two drops of TO squalane oil in hands and pat all over face (NEW)
  22. Hanalei Lip Treatment
  23. Cover any cystic acne with spot treatment patches
  24. Once a week, spot treat dry problem areas with Origins drink up intensive overnight mask(it looks like they recently changed the formula for this, so I'm going to have to find something new when this runs out)
  25. Once a week, spot treat acne problem areas with Proactiv Skin Purifying Mask


    **Daily behaviors possibly impacting skin:**

    My diet is crap. While I don't eat a lot of processed food, I eat too much sugar, too much oily and fatty foods, too much red meat and not enough vegetables. Because of my family, it's going to be difficult to make adjustments, and honestly I'm not sure where to start. Caffeine consumption is pretty high, while I only have the occasional coffee, I drink a TON of green tea and oolong tea. Water intake is fair, and I usually refill my 32oz water bottle 2 times a day (yes, I have to run to the bathroom at least every 30 minutes). I pretty much stopped wearing makeup a little over a year ago, now I only wear for special occasions and the occasional eye liner.
u/That_Cupcake · 2 pointsr/AsianBeauty

I'm 29 with super oily skin. Since I live in a very dry climate, I also try to look for anti-aging products. This cream has worked pretty well for me. Light weight and doesn't leave my skin feeling oily.

I also run a humidifier in my room at night. Not sure where you live, but if you're in a dry climate like me, you should definitely look into humidifiers to go along with anti-aging creams or serums.

u/zosny · 2 pointsr/AsianBeauty

NIVEA Sun Super Water Gel 80g - SPF50 PA+++

It is made in Japan. The NIVEA in the US doesn't make it.

This is what I use it is great! It doesn't leave a white cast and is very light. It doesn't peel up into little balls over moisturizers either. I have a store around where I live that sells it, but looks like they also sell it on Amazon for fairly cheap.

u/hangonlittletomato · 2 pointsr/femalefashionadvice

Which Shiseido sunscreen? You can try using a gel sunscreen that is meant for daily wear when you're hardly outside if you feel that your Shiseido one is too intense. Gel sunscreens are very lightweight, feel like moisturizer, and don't leave that gross sunscreen feeling on your skin. I use Nivea Sun Protect Water Gel. It's only PA+++ so I use a much stronger one if I'll actually be spending time outdoors. I plan on switching to a PA++++ gel sunscreen after I run out of the Nivea one.

u/spawn1080 · 2 pointsr/SkincareAddiction

Almost transparent gel types: [NIVEA Sun Super Water Gel 80g - SPF50 PA+++] ( (Japanese) and [Make p:rem UV defense me Capsule sun gel SPF50 PA+++] ( (Korean).

u/Toirneach · 2 pointsr/SkincareAddiction

THIS STUFF is awesome. I got my brows waxed and dyed and had the requisite 3-4 tiny breakouts after. A night of snail gel took them down, and another night took out the redness. By the end of the week they were never there.
I patted a thin coat of Mizon Snail Recovery Gel on my whole brow area after nightly cleaning and moisturizing (use this as the last step, even though it's a gel - Mizon says to).

u/AngelicBabyGirl · 2 pointsr/AsianBeauty

I highly recommend these 2 products, I use them daily and they are amazing.

Etude House Baking Powder B.B Deep Cleansing Foam-I also have acne prone super sensitive skin and I love this face wash. I use it at least 2 times a day and my skin have never been irritated once, it also helps cut oil and reduce acne.

Snail Repair Cleansing & Skin Care
- This is magic in a bottle! I use this when I have extremely dry or irritated skin mostly because I want to save it for as long as I can. I can't express how well it works and it feels amazing on my skin.

Hope this helps a little! :3

u/PackedSatisfaction · 2 pointsr/MakeupAddiction

So as a disclaimer I'm pretty acne prone so normal primers don't typically work for me very well because they tend to clog my pores, so my primer choices are a little unconventional. That being said I have a similar skin type to you and live in similar weather conditions so this is what works for me:

Nivea Shaving Balm: I know this sub has a tendency to rave about this, but in my opinion there's good reason to. This keeps my face from getting too shiny, even when I'm sweating and holds everything in place for hours. At the very most I'll need to touch up my powder after about 7-8 hours, but that's usually only on very hot days when I'm doing more physical activity than normal. There is a more manly smell to it, but I find it fades after about 5-10 minutes of putting it on and no one has ever commented on being able to smell it after I finish my makeup (yes I've had my friends sniff my face to be sure).

Mizon Snail Recovery Gel Okay so this stuff is snail slime, which I realize might be a little bit of an ick factor, but bare with me. This stuff is amazing and is currently my every day primer. It's essentially designed to help lock in your moisturizer to keep your skin from becoming too dehydrated, but because of this it makes a great primer. My skin actually feels better after using this stuff and it locks in and performs equally as well as the shaving balm in my opinion.

u/RyderJ · 2 pointsr/frugalmalefashion

Two suggestions you may want to try. For summer, or just if you're looking for something light to wear throughout the day, 100% aloe vera gel is a fantastic option. If you're looking for something a tad heavier for winter or at night that'll leave a bit more of that moisturized feel on your skin, try out Mizon Snail Recovery Gel Cream. You just have to be man enough to use a pink bottle. And putting snails on your face isn't as bad as Fear Factor makes it seem.

u/RoarOmegaRoar · 2 pointsr/SkincareAddiction

Are you familiar with using snail products? (I guess I assumed because you mentioned a couple of Asian beauty products.) Anyways if you're not, snail "slime" is really soothing and fairly hydrating if your skin is more combo/oily - it wouldn't suffice on its own for hydration if you're more dry. Here's the snail recovery gel cream that I love; another popular option from Mizon is the "All in One Snail Repair cream" that's a bit thicker!

Here is a thread from r/AsianBeauty about using the Mizon Snail Recovery as a moisturizer.

u/Velkyrion · 2 pointsr/SkincareAddiction

Maybe something like this. It's not to replace a moisturizer but rather its a treatment that helps heal the skin. It's RAVED about on the Asian Beauty subreddit.

u/rottingmybrain · 2 pointsr/SkincareAddiction

FYI, not sure if this is the product you use but it's pretty darn cheap with free shipping on Amazon:

u/Lolla-Lee-Lou · 2 pointsr/AsianBeauty

This helped when my skin was super dehydrated:

I also like Shara Shara's Water Girls Ice Cream

u/dialectique · 2 pointsr/tretinoin

You could try the Hada Labo Gokujyun Gel layered under Vaseline.

I use CeraVe in the tub and an occlusive.

u/placidtwilight · 2 pointsr/SkincareAddiction

If I'm looking at the right products, the Skin Plumping Gel is the American version and the Perfect Gel is the Japanese version.

I can't account for the different ordering of ingredients (unless it's the same sort of thing as the US vs. South Korean ingredient ordering requirements), but I believe the main difference is that the American version uses methylisothiazolinone as a preservative, which can be potentially skin-sensitizing, while the Japanese version uses parabens.

u/winstonsmithluvsbb · 2 pointsr/SkincareAddiction

OP, you should look more into hyaluronic acid. I know you said you did, but simply putting it on your skin isn't enough.

As someone else mentioned, HA can hold 1,000 times its weight in moisture. However, if your environment is dry, HA is so powerful it can actually pull moisture from your skin because there's nowhere else to pull it from.

So it's important to know if your environment is really cold, windy, or dry. Either way, one of the best ways to use HA is to mix it with another moisturizer.

I will highly, highly recommend you try Cerave lotions. There are a few different ones to try. Their new gel oil seems to be great for dry skin types.

At night, use heavier moisturizers, and put a thin layer of vaseline over your moisturizer.

Look into /r/asianbeauty, they know a lot about keeping your skin dewey, hydrated, and plump. As a matter of fact, one of the best products I see mentioned to moisturize skin that contains hyaluronic acid is Hada Labo's Gokujyun lotion

u/ultrakawaii · 2 pointsr/AsianBeauty

Hi there, guys and girls! Just a quick question: I am looking into buying Hada Labo Gokujyun lotion and a little bit confused about the naming. Is this the correct one?

u/HydrationSeeker · 2 pointsr/SkincareAddiction

Sensitive skin can be a nightmare right? Have you spoken to your prescriber? Cause they can give suggestions.

Your suggestion for putting on a barrier before you cleanse is not a crazy one. Go with your intuition. Before I added an emulsifier to my oil cleanser I would massage my face with hemp seed oil, rinse off with warm water, then use a little foaming cleanser. It helped my skin tolerate the foaming cleanser better. Ultimately I found my face doesn't like foaming cleansers, although a gentle sensitive skin micellar water on a cotton round then rinse works wonders with a rinse afterwards. (Garnier pink cap from the pharmacy but there are plenty of other brands).


Hydration, think fragrance free sensitive skin formulas, a good one to use after you've washed your face is Hada Labo Gokujun Hyaluronic here. Let that dry for 20 - 30mins then apply your Tret. This is not the prescribed way, it is buffering that your face doesn't dry to a crisp before you put on your Tret or BP. Do a wait afterwards then apply a moisturiser and an occlusive after that. Layering in that moisture and buffering, yes reducing the potency of the medication until your skin tolerates it then you can go back to clean skin. It is just a suggestion. Ask over on /r/tretinoin and seach for peoples skincare routines, you might find a skin twin.

Good luck.

u/girlteal · 2 pointsr/AsianBeauty

Wow, okay thank you. So, then it's just a toner to apply after cleansing? I am guessing the only moisturizing properties it contains is the glycerin?
For a moment I thought it was like this one

It's just that I am looking for something light to moisturize with

u/pinguinolatino · 2 pointsr/SkincareAddiction

Oh yeah they have lots of products it gets confusing fast lol. It's the HADALABO Gokujun Hyaluronic Lotion Moist
They also sell smaller travel size version if you want to try it out too

u/i_like_oliver · 2 pointsr/SkincareAddiction

I have been dealing with redness for a while too. I'm pretty sure it's primarily genetic, but being dehydrated does not do me any favors.

There are a couple of things I've tried or been told to try and some have helped a bit. My mom has rosacea and I'm pretty sure I have a mild case of it as well, but I haven't really target that as much as I have tried to create a soothing routine.

Anywho things I've been told/tried (Amazon links just for info, you may consider buying some of these else where, if you decide to buy them at all):

  • Cosrx Snail 96 Mucin Power Essence: I personally didn't see any direct redness reducing effects, but I do really love this as a hydrating essence. I use it to mix oils into quite often.

  • LRP Cicaplast Baume B5: This stuff is THICC. Very soothing for me. Immediate redness reducing with some last effects. It is not very cosmetically elegant so I don't use it during the day.

  • Hada Labo Moist: This is a hydrating toner. This primarily helps with redness by plumping and hydrating my face. I find this to be an absolute workhorse in my routine, but kind of boring at the same time. I may switch to the premium version when I'm finished with my current bottle.

  • Klairs Supple Preparation Toner: This is very soothing for me and I find it does help short term with redness relif. You may have some issues with the essential oils that are in this formula, but they have just a released one that is Unscented!

  • Dr. Jart Color Correcting Treatment: This doesn't fix the problem for me, but it does cover the redness very nicely. I really like using this instead of foundation or a BB cream, it evens out my complexion very well. A little goes a long way!

  • Niacinamide: There are several products that I have tested because they contained Niacinamide. If you'd like I would be happy to link them to you. I really like this ingredient and I find it to be very helpful in a lot of ways.

  • SPF: I feel silly saying this, but honestly using SPF regularly cut my redness in half.

  • Centella Asiatica: This is one of the main soothing ingredients in the LRP Baume & Dr. Jart Color Corrector I mentioned earlier. There are several products that feature it from multiple brands. I know a couple of weeks ago there was this thread about it on /r/AsianBeauty

  • Rosehip Seed Oil: I only linked the Trilogy because that is the one I am testing right now. I really like this oil and may look for a different brand going forward. I'm not positive that it is helping my general redness, but it IS doing wonders for some of the PIE spots that I have on my chin.

    Wow, I have just realized I've written you a book. My bad! I hope this helps some. These are just my experiences and suggestions, ymmv. Let me know if you have any other questions!
u/marley0609 · 2 pointsr/SkincareAddicts

I am very certain that you have dehydrated skin. Not the same as dry skin, though you may have that, too. Tight feeling skin, getting very oily very quickly, redness. Oily and dry at the same time. Your moisture barrier has been compromised. This will take time and patience to repair, but believe me, it is worth it. I once had very similar skin.

Fair warning, I myself use a mostly AB routine, and my product suggestions will reflect that.

Find a simple low pH cleanser. I like this one because it's cheap, easy to find, and lasts forever. Cleanse twice daily, with tepid water.

(I am a fan of the double cleansing method when wearing foundation and/or sunscreen. You can learn more about that here.)

Then I would work on finding light hydration that doesn't break you out. I have found that my skin absolutely loves multiple layers of light hydration. And that was key to restoring my barrier. Just putting one thick heavy layer didn't work because my skin couldn't/wouldn't do anything with it. But multiple light layers was something my skin could work with.

This, this, this, this, and this are all super suggestions. Pretty simple, basic, and gentle choices. No, you don't need to go buy all of them. Try one. See how your skin likes it after several weeks. Maybe add another. Or, some people like adding multiple layers of the same product.

Then find a humectant to layer on top, to seal moisture in. This is a very popular one. This, this, this, and this are all good choices.

Once you find a routine that your skin seems to like, stick with it for a few months. Like...3 to 6 months. It won't be an immediate fix. But over time you'll start to notice less of the tight feeling, less of the dry thin skin with an oil slick on top, less redness. Only then will you be able to see what your real skin type is. Maybe you start to see more dryness or flakiness, and the oil slick goes away. Then maybe you have drier skin. Or maybe the tight and dry feeling goes away but the oiliness stays. Then maybe you have oily skin. But until you heal your moisture barrier, nothing you throw at your skin will do any good.

  1. How many times should one cleanse each day? twice

  2. After washing your face and putting on moisturizer, is it normal for your skin to still feel slightly tight and dry? no

  3. When moisturizing my face, if I use something more watery it just feels like it dries up and takes all the moisture from my skin leaving it dry. Is this supposed to be normal? no

  4. If I put on more moisturizer afterwards, the oiliness gets too much and my face turns red. When that happens should I cleanse again and put more moisturizer on? Or should I use a cloth or something similar to wipe my face instead? keep blotting sheets on hand and blot at the oiliness (no rubbing)

  5. What should I be doing if my skin turns red and irritated? this is a sign that your skin is damaged - find gentle products that restore balance

  6. If I put on sunscreen my face gets oilier but still remains dry. What should I do during times like that? again, this should get better as your skin gets stronger

  7. How many times should one be using 8~10% AHA per week? if I were you, I would stop using this, at least for several months

  8. Would you agree that dry skin is generally darker and tougher and oily skin is reddish and blotchy? no, I think those are unrelated
u/DBathory · 2 pointsr/SkincareAddictionUK

What made the biggest difference for me was a good hydrating toner and a hyaluronic acid. I'd recommend Kikumasamune sake lotion which is a lovely relief to use after cleansing and Hada Labo Gokujyn Moist Lotion, which is a huge help for dehydration because it has a good amount hyaluronic acid and does a great job of holding into the skin any further hydrating layers you use. I'd have a good look into and try some hydrating serums and/or toners as the thick moisturisers you are using on there own just will not be enough to hydrate. Lots of good info about this over on r/asianbeauty as they're very focused on hydrating layers to heal and improve the skin. A great fun method I've found for an instant flood of hydration is the [Korean 7 skin method] (

u/jlamdalamda · 2 pointsr/Makeup

I was having this same dry issue for a bit. I just changed my skincare a bit. I use a gentle face wash like Cetaphil. I then found out about this moisturizing Japanese hyaluronic acid toner called Hado Labo, and this was a game changer for me. Apply it after you’ve gotten out of the shower and your face is still damp. Let it absorb, then use a good moisturizer to seal it in. For me, it’s the Clinique Dramatically Different Lotion. They have a gel version, but gel moisturizers are not enough for me. I know a lot of people mention Cerave out of a tub for a drugstore brand is really good too.

u/horseshoe_crabby · 2 pointsr/SkincareAddiction

I use a Japanese (Rohto hadalabo gokujun hyaluronic acid lotion is Japanese, right? I should know where my products come from...) product, but you may be able to find it in Seoul. Or you can look for a similar product. The Hyaluronic acid is the ingredient you'd want to look for. It's very hydrating. I use it before a heavy moisturinf cream (cetaphil in the tub) and it helps my very dry, dehydration-prone skin a lot.

Amazon link so you can compare to local stuff, if you can see the link:
Rohto Hadalabo Gokujun Hyaluronic Lotion Moist 5.7floz/170ml

u/ItsStellar · 2 pointsr/AsianBeauty

Can someone describe to me, or better yet show a picture of how much hada labo regular they use? I got mine two weeks or so ago and I nearly screamed (but I didn't because that causes wrinkles) when I saw there is only half left. I am clearly using way too much, which I have a tendency to do.

u/Tajaia · 2 pointsr/SkincareAddiction


I have come to the conclusion that although I have acne issues, my face is also dehydrated, and I need to combat that first. Based on my current routine, I'm going to reduce my BHA and retinoid and have it like so:


  • Water
  • intensive moisturiser I was thinking this one
  • Sunscreen


  • Light oil cleanser
  • Same moisturiser
  • Hyaluronic Acid (I currently have a small sample of one, but was thinking of getting this one)
  • layer of Vaseline

    ADVICE NEEDED: Is it ok to use a moisturiser on top of a HA? What order should it be? How are the products I've suggested? My plan is to do this for 2-3 weeks, and then go back to using my effaclar and differin.
u/SouthernBasis · 2 pointsr/SkincareAddiction

I'll pick up the SPF today and order this recommendation. I'm happy with the ingredients list and reviews, and your personal cosign. I'm being told by Amazon UK that this is the "newer" version of your recommendation. Is this the case, or should I stick to this? I'm afraid I do not read the language. Is this an aesthetic or ingredient difference?

u/dick_lovin · 2 pointsr/SkincareAddiction

I'm a follower of Asian Beauty (AB) subreddit so most of the products I'm using are Asian brands. If you are open to Asian skin care products, I would personally recommend these 2 products that I've been using for years. I love them because they are so effective and cheap.

  1. Hada Labo Rohto Hadalabo Gokujun Hyaluronic Lotion Moist
    This is Japanese product. The name says lotion but it is very thin and watery. It has Hyaluronic Acid which can help combat dryness.

  2. Kikumasamune Sake Skin Lotion High Moisture
    This gem is another amazing product from Japan. I would bathe in it if I could. This is my holy water. It makes my skin so plump, hydrating, and glow. It contains rice ferment and ceramides which are very good for skin. The only downside is that it smells like sake or alcohol even thou it does NOT have alcohol in it. The smell comes from the rice ferment filtrate. Fermented products are believed to be very good for skin and very popular in Asian skincare. Some people are bothered by its scent, I don't.

    You can use either of them, or in combination like I do. And yes, toner goes before moisturizers.

    Hope this helps and good luck. Let me know if you have other questions.
u/mshtrtz · 2 pointsr/AsianBeauty

I think it'll help your skin just in general. You'll be properly removing any SPF (and if you wear makeup), so you won't be left with any residue after your second cleanser.

What kind of moisturizer are you thinking about specifically? Are you asking in regards to my mention of hydration? Because those tend to be hydrating toners, not moisturizers. It may be a bit confusing. The easier way to think about it is hydrating toners add water to your skin, moisturizers add oil. You ideally need to have both.

As far as a moisturizer goes, I think the Mizon Black Snail you have is great, I use it actually, but it's not going to get the whole job done (The all-in-one label thing is misleading. Few things that advertise themselves as all-in-one are). I would say add a hydrating toner, like Hada Labo or Kikumasamune, follow with the Mizon Black Snail AIO, then finish off with an occlusive layer to seal in the moisture and hydration. This would usually be some sort of sleeping pack.

u/Sharkswithballoons · 2 pointsr/SkincareAddiction

My skin hates all creamy moisturizers.
After a year of trial and error, the only thing that has worked for me so far has been two thin layers hada labo gokujun lotion (not the premium. My skin hated premium) and recently the addition of rose hip seed oil. Dunno why. Even on a decently strong dose of tret this is all my skin wants.

u/shredderjesus · 2 pointsr/SkincareAddiction

Okay so let's break it down to possible causes.

  1. Your routine

    As far as your cleanser and exfoliant goes, everything looks great. However, you may be washing with too-hot water and combined with dry indoor heat and dry outside chills, your skin may be moisturized but not really soaking it up. I really suggest a once or twice weekly face mask with hydrating properties to seal in your skin. Also a lot of people on this subreddit really love Vaseline to lock in moisture. It's your call how you want to approach adding moisture to your skin.

    One product that I love that you can find in any Japanese market is the Hada Labo Gokyujin moisturizer ( It's almost the texture of water but I splash that on THEN add a moisturizer on top if my skin is extra dry. But it soaks into your skin like a dream. I have really noticed a difference in adding this into my routine. I actually mix it with my serum and let it sit after my BHA exfoliant.

  2. Diet

    There are two key things I can really suggest to combat dullness. The first is drink water. 9/10 you're probably dehydrated. Drink as much as you can, even when you feel fine. You should be drinking plenty. Also, and this is a really unpopular suggestion but it's what got my skin in shape: quit milk and dairy. Eggs are fine but any animal-milk based substances really wreak havoc on your skin. Same goes for meat. I love both products, but quitting milk-based products and reducing meat have really gone a long way in ensuring brighter skin. Obviously, treat yourself occasionally!
u/Iledahorsetowater · 2 pointsr/SkincareAddiction

Always recommend the cera ve SA renewal cleanser. It’s amazing and events your skin and brightens it. I actually use the SA renewal body wash, you get a lot and I can use it on my face as well. The Cera Ve SA body lotion is also love, sometimes I use it on my face. Makes body super smooth, these two are dream team.

I think the dream routine:


u/NanoDice · 2 pointsr/AsianBeauty

Thank you! It does help!

I've actually recently suspected that my skin is dehydrated instead. This is my routine:

AM- Hada Labo Gokujyun Foam Cleanser --> Benton Steam Cream --> Holika Holika Aloe Vera 99%

PM - Kose Softymo Cleansing Oil --> Hada Labo Gokujyun Foam Cleanser --> Benton Steam Cream --> Holika Holika Aloe Vera 99%

I've recently tried putting on Benton Steam Cream and Cosrx Snail Cream together because I thought I wasn't putting on enough. Even if I used just one of them, it becomes oily after some hours. Should I try some gel instead? Specifically the Rosette Ceramide Gel?

Also, are you talking about this lotion?

u/dumplingpanda · 2 pointsr/AsianBeauty

Skin Type: dehydrated and oily t zone
Country/Climate: East Coast, USA

Current Routine/Products I'm Using:


u/somedayicarus · 2 pointsr/SkincareAddiction


u/EvangelineG · 2 pointsr/muacjdiscussion

Examples available at Canadian drugstores- Aqualia Thermal Power Serum Vichy, Indeed Laboratories Hydraluron Moisture Serum

As others have mentioned, Deciem is a Canadian company and that would be my go to- The Ordinary has a very inexpensive HA + B5 serum, and then there is the Hylamide HA Booster and NIOD MMHC serum. These can be found online or in physical stores in some of the larger centres.

AB also has some great HA products- Hada Labo Rohto Hadalabo Gokujun Hyaluronic Lotion Moist is a popular choice, and readily available on amazon.

u/paskiaq · 2 pointsr/SkincareAddiction

Have you tried a hydrating toner? Hada labo makes a very popular one: I find a hydrating layer really helps with flaking and absorption of the cream on top. Good luck!

u/oceanblaze · 2 pointsr/SkincareAddiction

The Biore Watery Essence has a lot of alcohol in it which could be making your dry skin worse and increasing your oil production. I had to stop using it for the same reason. TBH I haven't found a sunscreen that works well for me yet, everything is either too greasy or dries my sensitive skin out, so I don't really have a recommendation for a substitute I'm sorry :( But there are a million sunscreen posts on this sub with heaps of recommendations if you do want a replacement... Just avoid ones with high alcohol content if you have dry skin. The only other thing I would suggest is that you could try layering a water based serum/essence designed for hydration underneath the cerave pm. A lot of people have luck with the Habo Lado Gokujun lotion, like this one:

u/SiameseGunKiss · 2 pointsr/funny

Fuckin psoriasis. My hands are pretty much the only place I don't have at least one small patch.

This stuff has been a real lifesaver, I put it on before moisturizing and it really helps everything soak in. Also, Aquaphor after you moisturize can help seal it all on too. Godspeed, friend.

u/Addylicious · 2 pointsr/AsianBeauty

Hi guys, im new to all this and sorry if this has been asked before or if I'm doing this wrong, but I'm looking to introduce more moisture into my routine beyond just a moisturizer. What do you guys think of the Hada Labo Rohto Hadalabo Gokujun Hyaluronic Lotion Moist after cleansing? I'm a little oily and worried maybe it's not for me but feel really dry after I do my two step cleansing unless I have a sheet mask to help me out. I've heard good things - any suggestions?

u/lolinfi · 2 pointsr/CatsandCosmetics

I'm on mobile so I can only link the US version, but give this one a try? Hada Labo Hyaluronic Acid Lotion

The acid can hold like 6x it's weight in water and that's how it helps moisturize your skin :D It's very liquidy (almost like a toner) so you put a few drops in your hand and pat/rub into your face. I noticed a difference the next day but YMMV!

u/ncasiano · 2 pointsr/SkincareAddiction

Sounds like you need to add some moisture that won't make you too oily. I would add a good toner after washing your face, particularly in your T-zone (if that's where your skin is oily). I would also add a moisturizer that isn't too heavy. I really like the Hada Labo Hyaluronic Acid lotion for that. Your skin will drink it right up. As for masks, I really like this Green Tea one from SokoGlam. It's $2 and you can actually use it twice. They're super hydrating and leave your skin feeling supple. Let me know if you'd like a referral code!

u/A_New_Start_For_Me · 2 pointsr/SkincareAddiction

Whoops, I just checked my order history after reading your post, and I got the lotion! Although what you linked and my amazon purchase link look exactly the same, maybe your site means to say lotion? It's so confusing since they mean vastly different things in Japan than they do over here :/

u/Alura0 · 2 pointsr/SkincareAddiction

Hydrating toners really helped me out, you can find a ton of suggestions on the /r/asianbeauty sub, some you can get on Amazon like hada labo gokyugin , or klairs supple preparation

Also it may sound counter intuitive, but putting straight water on your face and letting it air dry can be more drying to your skin, dry your face well after you wash it!

Hydrating toners we're a game changer for me, I won't be without one anymore!

u/Lizardbreath · 2 pointsr/SkincareAddiction

The one OP is talking about is currently $15 on Amazon, and available for free shipping with prime or orders over $35!

u/Sukashu · 2 pointsr/AsianBeauty

Hey there! I haven't experienced breakouts in response to new products, but I am definitely acne prone in general. I really like this toner: Hada Labo Rohto Hadalabo Gokujun Hyaluronic Lotion Been using it for about a year and that's the product that has helped my skin the most so far. I used to get really oily - I think from my skin being dry. Since I've been using this my face never gets oily. Literally can't think of a time my face has felt oily, which I wouldn't have believed that was possible a year ago! I'm not a hardcore AB-er, so that's the only question I feel qualified to help with. Good luck with your routine! =)

u/Desdor · 2 pointsr/SkincareAddiction

Get suncreen first and wear it everyday. Most people love the Biore UV Aqua Rich Watery Essence. Apply moisturiser in the morning, followed by suncreen on a daily basis.

If your skin is dry I recommend looking into a moisturiser with hyaluronic acid. Hada Labo Gokujyn Hyaluronic Acid Lotion is suggested by most people. You can layer vaseline or aquaphor on top to seal the moisture.

CeraVe moisturisers are also widely recommended. But it would be wise to patch test before using. It has ingredients that some people can't tolerate.

If you think your current routine works, introduce vitamin c slowly. Retinol is very irritating. I don't think waxing beforehand is a good idea. Read more about retinol. This should be the last thing to add to your routine <3

u/KirkOmelette · 2 pointsr/SkincareAddiction

My skin was super dehydrated a few months ago, and like others have recommended, I completely stopped using Stridex for a couple of weeks and focused on only using moisturizing products. After that, my dry patches almost completely went away! I started using it again, but only once or twice a week.

A hydrating toner like Hadalabo Hyaluronic Lotion could also help a lot.

OCM and cold creams are wonderful! I love using Albolene to take off my makeup and/or sunscreen. I have very sensitive, dry skin and it moisturizes very well and doesn't cause breakouts.

u/SpacemanSpiff__ · 2 pointsr/malegrooming

You should definitely look at /r/SkincareAddiction. That said, I also have oily, breakout-prone, very sensitive skin, and these products keep me clear 99% of the time. It's not the cheapest routine though, so be warned.

For cleansing, I only use water to wash my face. I have never been able to find a cleanser that doesn't dry me out and cause breakouts. Not even non-foaming cream cleansers work on me. In the past I've used the oil cleansing method, which didn't cause problems, but also didn't provide much benefit. Plus it was kind of messy, so I stopped.

At night before bed I rinse my face with water, and then apply Paula's Choice RESIST Daily Pore-Refining Treatment With 2% BHA. Once a week, instead of that product, I mix together RESIST Daily Smoothing Treatment With 5% AHA and RESIST Weekly Resurfacing Treatment With 10% AHA and apply that before bed.

In the morning I rinse with water. Then I mix together 15% azelaic acid (I use Finacea) and Eucerin Replenishing Skin Relief Face Cream (with 5% Urea) and apply. These two products make a ton of difference for me. Azelaic acid is OTC in many countries, but if you're in the US it's prescription only, which makes it more expensive. Also the Eucerin lotion with urea is great but not available in the US which is why I order it from overseas via Amazon. My skin is very oily, but also dehydrated. The Eucerin stuff is very moisturizing, not pore-clogging, and even though it's pricey, a little goes a long way, so the small bottle lasts a surprisingly long time.

In the morning, after the Finacea and Eucerin, I put on Paula's Choice Shine Stopper. Honestly, this might be my favorite product. Before I started using it, my skin would get shiny and wet looking within an hour or two of taking a shower. This stuff makes me look normal all day. It can't take care of all the oil, but at the end of the day I'll look "dewy" rather than looking like I just went to the gym. I don't know what I'll do if they ever stop making it.

Anyway, you said you were looking for low-cost, and my skin is particularly finicky and sensitive in addition to being oily, so everything I just suggested is probably overkill for you. If I were you, I would start with either no cleanser, or CeraVe Foaming Cleanser (Amazon link, but you can find that stuff at most drug/grocery stores in the US), a 2% BHA from Paula's Choice, and a non-pore-clogging moisturizer (CeraVe also makes good moisturizers that you can find in stores). And if you want to control the look of oily skin, I really can't recommend the PC Shine Stopper highly enough. I know it's a more expensive item, but in my opinion it's worth it.

u/gabe_miller83 · 2 pointsr/Accutane

AM - Use any gentle face wash, however I recommend this Neutrogena one, works like a charm. Then I use my AM CeraVe Moisturizer and that’s it.

And in the PM - Use any gentle face wash, however I recommend this Neutrogena one, then I use my PM Moisturizer and a layer of Vaseline as an occlusive on top of that. I don’t recommend using Vaseline during your am routine unless you wanna be shiny all day.

My skin stays moist and never peels during the day, I recommend this routine.

Just realized this wasn’t a product recommendation thread..

u/puh-tey-toh · 2 pointsr/SkincareAddiction

Do you think this would do the trick?

u/Crisis_ · 2 pointsr/SkincareAddiction

My other cheek has the exact same piece of acne as well, and i also included a picture of my nose as it's very rough! I'm not sure what to do i wash my face, moisturize, and exfoliate once a week.

Facial Cleanser:



u/Ariallar · 2 pointsr/SkincareAddiction

Google, my friend. I myself wash my face with a very gentle squalane gel-to-milk cleanser that is absolutely perfect for me. And I’ve researched the living shit out of the internet which products may work for my skin. Start with just three things: cleanser, moisturizer and sunscreen. Do that for a couple of weeks and then add in serums that contains ceramides, Hyaluronic acid, cholesterol etc that really build up your skin barrier. I’ll give you my routine as an example:

  1. Squalan cleansing gel
  2. CosRx Centella Water Alcohol-Free Toner
  3. CosRx Hyaluronic acid hydra power essense > apply to damp skin
  4. CosRx Advanced Snail 96 Mucin power essence
  5. Benton Aloe Propolis Soothing Gel > high dosage of aloe Vera which is really great for irritated skin
  6. Eucerin Dry Skin Relief Face Cream 5% Urea > urea makes your skin hold moisture a lot better and the day cream also mildly exfoliates
  7. CeraVe moisturizing cream - normal to dry skin > very good for barrier repair, contains ceramides, Hyaluronic acid and cholesterol. Make sure you have the normal to dry skin version. In the EU they have a different formula and is called dry to very dry.
  8. CeraVe AM sunscreen for daytime
  9. Squalane oil in the evening = unicorn tears <3

    As you see I do not have any acids in my routine because even AHA gives me veeeery painful and irritated skin.

    EDIT: snail mucin really helped my skin a lot, give it a try! AND do not take hot showers and keep your face damp when you come out of the shower.

    EDIT 2: buy a humidifier :) low humidity absolutely dries the living shit out of my face
u/SuB2007 · 2 pointsr/muacjdiscussion

My hands down favorite is Banana Boat Dry Balance. It absorbs well, has a completely matte finish, and has a nice strawberry-ish scent that I really like but don't find overpowering.

My other favorite is Cerave Facial Moisturizing Lotion, SPF 30. This one is pretty greasy and takes forever to sink in, but after about an hour it's good to go.

A couple of the worst I have tried were Cerave SPF 50 Face lotion and Drunk Elephant Umbra Sheer Physical Defense. Both of these never sink in for me and look perpetually greasy until I start sweating and eventually sweat them all the way off. I'm relatively fair (NC10) and the white cast I get from these is unreal. Could be that I don't like mineral sunscreens in general, but these two were mega losers for me.

u/allonsyyy · 2 pointsr/TheGirlSurvivalGuide

You got a bunch of great suggestions already, but if you really want to try a fancy serum, I'd recommend vitamin C. I use this one because vitamin C degrades as it ages, and these guys say they make it fresh when it's ordered. It's got decent scientific evidence for anti-aging, unlike most of the stuff out there that's trendy but lacking evidence and probably snake oil. It's an exfoliant, but it supposedly doesn't leave you more vulnerable to UV damage like most chemical exfoliants do. And something about free radicals, idk.

I use that after I rinse my face in the morning, just a couple of drops in your palm then spread it all over your face neck and chest. Then I top it off with CeraVe AM for a moisturizer + SPF. Exfoliate, moisturize and sunblock are the heavy hitters of skin care, as far as I can tell. Those two guys touch all three bases.

I can't even pretend to help with the other there, I suck at all those. But I think I got skincare pretty well figured out; I read a lot anyway. lol

u/poophead831 · 2 pointsr/Makeup


My sister recommended it to me and I love it! It doesn't make leave my face looking white or shiny. It goes on very smoothly.

u/ryder004 · 2 pointsr/SkincareAddiction

Hello all! First off, I am so glad I found this sub. I am a 27 year old male, and I am a noob. All I used to do was just put on Neutrogena facial moisturizer, and wash my face in the shower with body scrub. Then I found this sub because I really realized that I need to take better care of my skin. I read the WIKI and FAQ and got my current routine from the helpful info on this sub.

The issue: Ever since I started this routine, I am breaking out in both my lower cheeks. I have maybe...9-10 pimples on my face. This is not normal as I usually only have 1-2 at most when breaking out, but normally I have none.

Skin type OILY!

Current routine:So I got all but 1 these product recommendations from this sub. Soo my routine is:

Wash face with Cetaphil Daily Facial Cleanser, for normal to oily skin

Afterwards apply CeraVe Facial Moisturizing Lotion, and do this every 2-3 hours during the day

Wash face with Cetaphil Daily Facial Cleanser, for normal to oily skin

Right before going to sleep, I put on Neutrogena® Men Age Fighter Face Moisturizer with Retinol. This is the only product that I did not get from this site. I used this product for months, and my skin never reacted bad to it. Here is a link in case you guys want to see what ingredients are in it:
>Ensulizole (1%), Octinoxate (6%). Inactive Ingredients: Water, C12-15 Alkyl Benzoate, Cetyl Alcohol, Glycerin, Cetearyl Alcohol, Triethanolamine, Dimethicone, Phenoxyethanol, Panthenol, Retinol, Tocopheryl Acetate, Camellia Oleifera Leaf Extract, BHT, Tocopherol, Cetearyl Glucoside, Butylene Glycol, Polysorbate 20, Carbomer, Disodium EDTA, Titanium Dioxide, Polyhydroxystearic Acid, Silica, Alumina, Methylparaben, Isopropylparaben, Isobutylparaben, Butylparaben.

How long:The age fighter with retinol I have used for almost a year. The rest of the products that I got from this subs HG thread, I have been using for about 9 days now

Anything new:Everything except the age fighter

Your location: Los Angeles

Other notes:I got this stuff from Amazon. The facial cleanser is supposed to be unscented.......however it defiantly has a sent. I got all my stuff from it possible I got fake/knock offs? I am looking at my Amazon history, here is the link to the one I got:

I just also noticed that the latest reviews are horrible..


Any help at all would be greatly appreciated. I kind of don't know what to do right now since both my cheeks are breaking out pretty bad. My face actually was a lot more clear prior to this routine. However because I never washed my face this much, IDK if this is "normal" or not.

u/19cs · 2 pointsr/SkincareAddiction

big fan of Dr. Lin moisturizing gel. I switched over from cerave to this because the gel was a lot more lightweight and better for the humid weather / it didn't break me out!

u/Catmoose · 2 pointsr/SkincareAddiction

I... don't know if there's any difference other than the shape of the bottle, but this is the exact one I order lol same name and same coloring on the bottle but different bottle type?

Edit: And now that I'm at home and linking is easier, these are the exact moisturizers I used:

Dr. Lin Skincare Daily Hydrating Gel

Sebamed Clear Face Care Gel

u/georgecloooney · 2 pointsr/SkincareAddiction

I have really oily skin (like a Starbucks napkin will be soaked after I put it over my face at the end of the day), and gel moisturizers have definitely cut down the oiliness compared to moisturizers the like CeraVe Moisturizing Cream.

I live in Michigan, and the gel moisturizers alone in the morning have been fine so far.

Simple Ultra-Light Gel Moisturizer is pretty good, and I'm currently test patching Dr. Lin Skincare Daily Hydrating Gel. Dr. Lin is a lot cheaper per ounce, but the Simple gel has a pump which I like since it's more hygienic. I think I might transfer Dr. Lin to a pump container.

Also, both have pretty good ratings on CosDNA.

u/edragich · 2 pointsr/SkincareAddiction

Dr. Lin Skincare Daily Hydrating Gel, 4 Ounce

^ this is what I use

Sebamed Clear Face Care Gel

^ I have never personally used this, but it is very basic/straightforward and receives good reviews

u/lookitsnichole · 2 pointsr/SkincareAddiction

I really like the Dr. Lin's Daily Hydrating Gel. It has hyalouronic acid, and some aloe, but it's pretty lightweight.

Dr. Lin Skincare Daily Hydrating Gel, 4 Ounce

I use a heavier moisturizer at night to combat dryness from actives, because I don't really care if I'm greasy while sleeping. It seems to be a good compromise.

u/happuning · 2 pointsr/SebDerm

How much are you willing to spend?? I've got a few recs from the blogger simpleskincarescience

Hada labo gel cream won't/shouldn't bother your skin.

u/ethira · 2 pointsr/SkincareAddiction

Does the Habo Labo Tokyo Skin Plumping Gel Cream not have Urea in it anymore?? It was recommended by SimpleSkincare but I don’t see it in the ingredients?

u/buyingaddict · 2 pointsr/AsianBeauty

So good

Lol. I'm just kidding. I've actually never heard of that! There's a bunch of reviews on Amazon though! Here's a pretty good review of it.

u/kopitiamuncle · 2 pointsr/AsianBeauty

Yeap! I believe that the US equivalent is this

u/MotherRichard · 2 pointsr/SkincareAddiction

Love your ring! Try a moisturizer with 5% Urea. It's not a permanent fix, but it almost makes my scars disappear the next day if I wear it at night. It's very nourishing and it does have some long term effects beneficial to reducing scarring. I use this one, and recommend it because it's safe for all skin types:

u/herefornownyc · 2 pointsr/SkincareAddiction

After combining the advice from my Dermatologist, this community, and Simple Skincare Science, starting on Monday this is going to be my anti-fungal acne kick 'em in the ass regimen! Let me know your thoughts, I hope to be able to post before and afters in a month or so :)

Fluconazole (prescription oral anti-fungal for 2-4 weeks)
Neutrogena Ultra Gentle Hydrating Creamy Facial Cleanser
Hada Labo Tokyo Skin Plumping Gel Cream  (contains urea)
Cotz Face Natural Skin Tone SPF 40

Neutrogena Ultra Gentle Hydrating Creamy Facial Cleanser
De La Cruz 10% Sulfur Ointment (1-2 x weekly for 2-4 weeks, for 10-15 mins at a time)
Neutrogena Ultra Gentle Hydrating Creamy Facial Cleanser again
CeraVe Baby Cream

u/Rainbohapychild · 2 pointsr/SkincareAddiction

I buy everything I can off amazon, but I think you can also get them off of yesstyle and a few other places.


Plumping Gel:

I've been using Differin for years! I love it. I've only been thinking of asking my derm about switching to tret because I'm starting to get up there in age (early 30's). There was definitely a purge phase, but it was worth it. However, I still had acne. It wasn't until I was on the sulfur wash and Aczone that my acne went away. Switching to Azelaic acid was seamless breakout wise, though.

tldr: talk to your doctor about it. You might need a combination of things to make your acne go away.

u/ZanyD · 2 pointsr/SkincareAddiction

Maybe the Hada Labo Tokyo Skin Plumping Gel Cream. Its a Japanese brand and I've heard great things. Here's a link to amazon. Edited my format.
Link to the product!

u/ImpossibleGrief · 2 pointsr/SkincareAddiction

I did the same thing you did by using BHA 2% twice a day and destroyed my moisture barrier. Then 2 months ago, I stumbled into an Hmart to buy Korean bread while on a business trip to Chicago and ended up bringing home Lapothicell Cermide hydra fluid (because my skin was so dry and it was hurting and cracking so I needed something to use in the hotel room). It totally saved my skin! It's so light and moisturizing and doesnt break my acne-prone skin out at all! One notes is that it has Hyaluronic acid so try to apply it on damp face and maybe seal it with something more occlusive. Since you asked for something without a product, here are a few behaviroial changes that I made that helped:


  1. I started washing my face with cold water only before a shower instead of washing it in the hot shower like I always do
  2. I also started sleeping with a humidifier and bought a mini humidity monitor for my room to try and keep indoor humidity level above 50% and it helped too!
  3. I started drinking so much more water
  4. I bought oil absorbing sheets to absorb excess oil so that I can limit the number of time I wash my face to twice a day


    I still am struggling with dry u-zone right now because I am on 2 different actives (tretinoin and Clindomycin/BP) but honestly my skin would have melt away had I not started using this moisturizer. I am currently patch-testing Hada Labo Tokyo Skin Plumping Gel Cream so I can update you how it goes after. FYI I have sensitive combo acne prone skin with very dry cheek and jaw area.
u/1qpalzm0 · 2 pointsr/SkincareAddiction

Nivea face cream or Pond's cold cream (my favorite!) are great affordable options.

Besides that,

  • Weleda skin food is incredibly hydrating, full of essential oils, and smells amazing. It's a cult favorite.

  • Neutrogena's gel cream is naturally formulated, has a great texture, and is great for being moisturizing without being oily.

  • Aveeno Active Naturals is great for balancing out combination skin- it's really light.

  • People might recommend Burt's Bees but I just want to add that personally, I didn't find the price worth it- it's good for keeping acne at bay, but it's not super moisturizing and doesn't help get rid of acne already present. Of course, it might work really well for you, especially if you've got sensitive skin!

  • Bag Balm was used for cow udders until people co-opted it for their dry skin. Fuckin' weird, but who cares as long as it works?

  • Aquaphor is a cult favorite here in the states.

  • Kiss My Face is a great option for moisturizing on the go (although idk how you feel about spray moisturizers- they scare me).

    A random super cheap trick is to cleanse with coconut oil. It can be a great, moisturizing cleanser, but it's not for everyone. Not a moisturizer, but if you're acne-prone these are amazing, especially right after the gym. Really helps to prevent dirt and sweat from building up. I don't know what the water is like in Denmark, but I've heard of French models using this instead of tap water.

    Sucks about the CeraVe- they don't tell you how frustrating and costly taking good care of your skin will be. As always, don't hesitate to go to a dermatologist (I don't know how insurance works in Denmark)- they are fantastic with recommendations (and sometimes will give you free samples!) since it's their job. Anyway, whew! Good luck & hope this helps!

u/Madky67 · 2 pointsr/SkincareAddiction

Are you having any redness or inflammation? I don't get dry skin, so I use a lot of water gel creams. In the morning use just a warm washcloth or splash water on your face or use micellar water then I would apply hyaluronic acid serum to a lightly damp face, I am a huge fan of hyaluronic acid because it works well for everyone and it can hold 1,000 times of its own weight and it's a humectant and will pull in moisture and is kind of like a barrier. I like high molecular weight, but I rarely find products that list the weight of the HA. I make my own and it is easy, if you want to do it yourself I can point you in the right direction. I have used this one and it's a good one Hyaluronic Acid Serum for Skin-- 100% Pure-Highest Quality, Anti-Aging Serum-- Intense Hydration + Moisture, Non-greasy, Paraben-free-Best Hyaluronic Acid for Your Face (Pro Formula) 2 Fl. Oz
I also have this vichy 89 serum which I love, but it does cost a little much. Vichy Mineral 89 Hydrating Hyaluronic Acid Serum and Daily Skin Booster, For Stronger, Healthier Looking Skin, 1.01 Fl Oz
You want to apply a moisturizer on top the hyaluronic acid serum and I would recommend Neutrogena water gel cream, there is a water gel one, but use the water gel cream. Neutrogena Hydro Boost Hyaluronic Acid Hydrating Face Moisturizer Gel-Cream to Hydrate and Smooth Extra-Dry Skin, 1.7 Oz
It has silicones in it so it doesn't dry down sticky IMO. I usually don't do well with silicones but I have no issues with this formula.
At night use a cleanser and wait 15-30 minutes before you apply the differin gel and then wait another 15-30 minutes and apply a moisturizer on top. I use cerave pm ultralight moisturizer, but that might be too light for you. I think Straita liquid gold might be a good fit for you, but I haven't used this moisturizer yet, but I plan to make it. The ingredients are good stuff and are meant to repair the skins moisture barrier.
On the nights you aren't using the diffiren you can use the hyaluronic acid, with liquid gold or another moisturizer on top, and then an occlusive like Vaseline petroleum on top to give your skin a high dose of moisture.

u/casher7 · 2 pointsr/SkincareAddiction

My favorite super soothing moisturizer is Loreal Age Perfect Golden Balm. It's suuuuuuper thick and leaves a bit of a film on my skin, which I personally like. It's not talked about much in this sub and may not agree with everyone, but my skin drinks this up, particularly when it's very red, flakey and painful.

You may also want to consider adding Aquaphor or an oil as the last step over your skincare before you go to bed. This, combined with a humidifier in my room, has really helped my skin from losing all of its moisture overnight, which has been an ongoing issue for me.

I still use the Loreal under makeup - it provides a great base. BUt as something lighter, I use Neutrogena Hydro Boost for dry skin.

u/ignoretheyam · 2 pointsr/SkincareAddiction

Hey, definitely stop using body lotion on your face. It's gonna have a lot of comedogenic ingredients that face lotion wouldn't have.

Here's three simple items you can order from Amazon - no attention drawn:

u/redflavor_ · 2 pointsr/SkincareAddiction

I also wanted to note for others with the same sensitivity/breakout issues I currently use Neutrogena Hydro Boost Gel-Cream face moisturizer, it doesn't seem to bother me, but I don't love it, it's become my fall back/interim moisturizer until I find *the one* because it doesn't seem to make my face better or worse. I'm also allergic to chemical sunscreens, and until about two weeks ago haven't been able to find a sunscreen for my face that doesn't make my skin hate me, that being said I just recently started using Cerave Skin Renewing Day Cream SPF 30 w/Retinol and even tho it contains part chemical part mineral sunscreen/block, it doesn't bother my skin at all and I don't notice I'm wearing it (a RARE occurrence for me). I don't like too use too many days in a row just in case, I live in NY so right now some days are more sunny than others. Just an FYI =). Also like others said Cerave PM was my all time fav, until I noticed when I stopped using I stopped getting little bumps on the sides of my face, perhaps coincidence, but due to all of the Cerave PM fans below, I may just try it out again ! =)

u/ciarao55 · 2 pointsr/SkincareAddiction

Omg! Def cross post to r/Asianbeauty, they may know of some awesome products you can buy over there. Mostly Korean products, but you likely can buy them there. I use a Japanese oil cleanser called Kose (the brand) softy mo oil cleanser. I swear my skin drinks it. And it melts makeup away.

You can order any of these on amazon though!


Edit: def do some research on ingredients that work for or upset your skin. I can't guarantee these will be good for you, but my skin looked similar to that for my entire life and these products have completely changed my complexion.

I also swear by the Mizon snail moisturizer

u/naming_is_hard · 2 pointsr/AsianBeauty

Some fairly inexpensive but widely raved about products you could try (No affiliate link or anything)

  • Mizon snail recovery gel amazon pack of 2 for 10$
  • Sunscreens like the ones from biore (also available on amazon)
  • Low ph cleansers like the Cosrx low ph cleanser or Tosowoong enzyme powder wash
  • Naruko US sells some amazing sheet mask boxes that are fairly cheap (10$ for a box of 10) if you are into sheet masks and would like to try something new.
u/snail_juice_plz · 2 pointsr/SkincareAddiction

Mizon Snail Recovery Gel Cream

Great price if you like Korean snail products and friends with oily skin love it too

u/PLUMPKINPLUMPS · 2 pointsr/AsianBeauty

It's $10 for two bottles on Amazon right now with free one day shipping if you have prime. Hoping I'll have more luck by cutting back on the acids and trying this out!

u/lmorg · 2 pointsr/SkincareAddiction

I HIGHLY recommend [Mizon Snail Recovery Gel Cream]([MIZON] Snail Recovery Gel Cream 45ml (1.52 fl.oz.) Pack of 2 I use it on scars and pre scars all the time. It's amazing.

u/ginger_faerie · 2 pointsr/AsianBeauty

I haven't heard of the BHA-claymask-Oil cleanse method. I actually don't have much need to oil cleanse, as I don't wear makeup or sunscreen (Bad girl! BAD!) and the Good Morning Cleanser works as both a 1st and 2nd cleanser (2 in 1 bonus! Score!). I am working to get better with the sunscreen, but only just got in my first 2 this week.

The blackhead liquid does kinda sit on my skin, but I feel like that's kinda what it's supposed to do - soften the oil plugs so my AHA can be more effective. That's also why I cleanse again after using it.

I do use (and love) kaolin clay and masks. The Body Shop Tea Tree 3-in-1 cleanse/scrub/mask I mentioned before is one of my HGs. I use it while in the shower about once a week: scrub it on, let it sit while I wash the rest of me (it does have a strong tea tree smell and gets tingly on your skin, but I like that) then scrub it a little more before washing it off. After getting out of the shower, I use the pH adjusting toner, then add my BHA liquid and let it sit. I will admit, I have no idea what the pH of this product is, and don't have a way to test it myself. I find that after this routine (Body Shop TT 3-in-1 or the GM cleanser, BHA, AHA, warm water scrub) my blackheads and SFs are drastically reduced. It was actually pretty shocking to me the first time I did it - I was looking in the mirror going, The pores on my nose are gone!!! lol

I can't really tell you what to get - Sorry! But getting the Green Tea samples is definitely worth it, as if you don't like it, you're not out very much $. Fortunately, both the Mizon Snail and TonyMoly Green Tea are pretty cheap. The Snail comes in a 2-pack on Amazon for $17, or one for $11. The Green Tea samples linked above are super cheap (<$2), and the full size is only $13 on YesStyle or RRS.
Like with most K-beauty products, a little goes a long way with both.

if you live in a dryer environment (or your skin is crazy dehydrated and thirsty like mine!), maybe go for both, or maybe try the Green Tea in the Skin or Essence. I can't choose between the two because they do different things - The Green Tea is plumping and hydrating, and the Snail is pigment-reducing and healing (and occlusive, but not greasy).

Sorry, I blabber on...

u/aoltatnoa · 2 pointsr/AsianBeauty

Looks like itself is out of stock and only third-party sellers have it available. You can set a price alert here to be notified when the price goes below a given threshold.

u/roseofchaos · 2 pointsr/AsianBeauty

This! Two tubes of Mizon Snail Recovery Gel Cream for 9.99~

u/sparkl_bunni · 2 pointsr/MakeupAddiction

To warn you, and others, there are some western items I use.

What I use is Mario Badescu Cleansing Milk with Carnation & Rice Oil to remove my makeup. I use the Yes To Grapefruit Rejuvenating Facial Wipes to remove that (you can use a wet cloth). Then I use a foaming cleanser (which I'm in need of finding a better one).

Once done with that I use 40 carrots vitamin serum (it's a Vitamin C serum). Sometimes when I'm lazy I use [Alpha Hydrox Retinol] ( instead.

I then get lost on Reddit or watching Netflix. So at least a half hour goes by before I remember to do the rest of my routine.

I pump Kikumasamune Sake high moisture lotion into my hands and smooth it around my face. Then I apply Tony Moly Pure Eco Snail Moisture Gel (it has alcohol in it but my skin doesn't mind it). Then I use Farm Stay AIO Honey Ampoule (a drop or two). I'd advise you to get a different AIO (Scinic or the likes). As I find it a useless step at the moment.

Next I use Mizon Collagen Power Lifting cream all over my face followed by the Mizon Collagen Power Firming eye cream. Then I get lost in Reddit or Netflix again.

I then use The Face Shop Arsainte Eco-Therapy Moisturizer and follow up with Holika Holika Skin and Good Cera Ultra Emulsion.

My final "sealing it all in" step is about a large pea size of Imselene Bird's Nest Aqua Sleeping Mask Pack (it's cheaper on eBay).

For masking I use these from Amazon (my husband and I have easily gone through 50 of them) and the Petitfee black pearl and gold hydrogel patches.

For sunscreen during the day I use Rohto Skin Aqua UV Super Moisture Gel Suncreen (140g).

Note: I don't get everything from Amazon. I also check eBay to see where the prices are the cheapest. Those were just links to show the exact product I use. Everything I do use I try to keep around $15USD or less (that's including shipping).

u/KeAiKow · 2 pointsr/SkincareAddiction

It sounds like your skin is actually even more dehydrated and might be overproducing oil to compensate for being so dry. Maybe try an oil cleanser, and focus on some hydrating products?

My skin used to be "oily" as well, but was actually dehydrated. I finally got it under check after adding a hydrating toner, ampoule, and essence. The item that's probably helped me the most is Scinic AIO Honey Ampoule

u/VintageJeansx3 · 2 pointsr/AsianBeauty

You're such a good sibling! I use Scinic Honey All In One Ampoule and it's great for moisturizing and tackling pimples because of the Niacinamide in it. It is slightly sticky, but after about 20 minutes, it should absorb into her skin. I also use Benton's Snail Bee Steam Cream as a layer on top of the Ampoule. Link

u/comfortxcute · 2 pointsr/AsianBeauty
u/koalapants · 2 pointsr/sugarfreemua

I have the exact same problem. I’ve been lurking r/skincareaddiction for years and war fairly overwhelmed by the mountains of products to try on a limited budget and sensitive skin. The few products that I tried were expensive and gave me allergic reactions. I started following r/asianbeauty, and I’ve had a but more luck. im only about a week into my new regimen, but i picked up Hadalabo moisturizing toner and COSRX snail cream that have seemed to help a lot.

Basically, i wash my face at night with my usual gentle wash, apply toner, let dry, apply snail cream, let dry, then apply regular moisturizer.

The last couple of days, ive had some flakes coming back, so tonight i put paulas choice AHA (exfoliating acid) on top of everything.

In the morning, I’ll either splash my face with water, or use micellar water and nothing else. Maybe a touch of my moisturizer with spf if i need it. i know i should use the spf every morning but im still figuring things out so im taking it slow.

I dont think im quite ready for foundation, but my face feels so much better so far. hope this helps!

note: on mobile and phone stopped autocorrecting so sorry for mistakes. amazon links below

COSRX Advanced Snail 92 All in...

HADALABO Gokujun Hyaluronic...

TONYMOLY I'm Real Avocado... — i didnt mention this but i really love this korean sheet mask

u/SpecialSnowflakeSkin · 2 pointsr/30PlusSkinCare

-teepees fingers-

Literal snail slime.
1, 2

Cleanser > BHA (let dry) > Snail Slime 1 > Snail Slime 2 > SPF after it dries.

I use a lot of things, but if I were stranded on a desert island, I would want the 2 snail slimes and SPF. I'm 31 and my family all aged very quickly, so far I only have one forehead wrinkle from making the o_O face a lot.

u/JLewis88 · 2 pointsr/Psoriasis

I have this exact same issue! I found this stuff really helps. I use it once a day, after cleansing, before moisturizer. The patches are sometimes still red, as I have very fair skin, but they are flat, smooth, not itchy and not painful. I swear by it!

u/macrumri734 · 1 pointr/SkincareAddicts

I didn't mention my skincare routine but I thought I would share with y'all what I am currently using in case you are curious. I like to follow a 10 step (or close to) type of routine popular in Korea, so bear with me.

Wash #1: Anfora Rose Oil


Wash #2: Yes 2 Yes Daily Cream Facial Cleanser OR Yes 2 Yes Tomato Activated Charcoal Bar Soap

Yes To Carrots Daily Cream Facial Cleanser, 6 Fluid Ounce

Yes To Tomatoes Activated Charcoal Bar Soap

Exfoliant (once per week): Washcloth with warm water. Scrub gently for 30 seconds clock wise and 30 seconds counter clock wise

Toner: Hado Labo Rohto Gokujyn Hyaluronic Acid Lotion. Hada Labo Rohto Gokujyn Hyaluronic Acid Lotion, 170ml

Essence: Mabox Anti Aging Wrinkle Firming Moisturizing Skin Face Cream 24k Gold Collagen Liquid
Mabox Anti Aging Wrinkle Firming Moisturizing Skin Face Cream 24K GOLD collagen Liquid

Moisturizer: (morning) Atomy Lotion; (night) Petroleum Jelly... i know a lot of y'all don't like it but it works for me.

Atomy Lotion

Eye Cream: ROC Retinol Correction Eye Cream

Roc Retinol Correxion Eye Cream, 0.5 oz

u/faradayyy · 1 pointr/AsianBeauty
  • I have a toner in a spray bottle, and I just spray it on a cotton pad and apply it to my face. I've never tried spraying it directly on my face. I just like to use the cotton pad because I feel like I can effectively reach every inch of my face without having to waste any product.

  • I have sensitive skin as well and I just recently purchased the Hada Labo Gokujyn Hyaluronic Acid Lotion. I was actually surprised at how moisturizing this product is!! I know everyone raves about it, but of course I didn't realize it until I tried it out for myself. It's super hydrating and leaves my skin feeling softer and plumper than when I didn't have it in my routine.
u/jetlags · 1 pointr/AsianBeauty

As I have learned about skincare I realized that my skin is dry/combination, and my face has gotten much less oily since I started to focus on hydration and moisturizing. I inherited my skin from my mom, who pretty much worships at the altar of benzoyl peroxide and SA. I want to show her the light by buying her a basic set of products that focuses on hydration.

She is a bit stubborn so I want to get her a regimen that 1) is simple—uses three or less products—and 2) feels good to use—has high cosmetic elegance. I did some research and came up with this:

Hada Lobo Gentle Hydrating Cleanser

u/AcidReyne · 1 pointr/SkincareAddiction

You can try putting a layer of vaseline over your moisturizer before you go to bed. Or get a product with hyaluronic acid like the Hada Labo Hyaluronic Lotion - it says it's a lotion but it's actually a toner :)

u/theBirdjudge · 1 pointr/SkincareAddiction

I dont recognize a lot of those products, but they do sound luxurious. If you have no real problem with your skin on this routine, I wouldn't change anything. Most say that toner isn't necessary. It was used mostly when facial washes were too alkaline. It would balance the ph of the skin and finish cleaning it. Nowadays, toners have antioxidants and are moisturizing. You can check the ph of your cleanser to determine if you need a toner or not. Remember to not get a toner with alcohol.
To learn more about toners, I would go to r/asianbeauty , where people use them much more. The general consensus there seems to be that this
Hada Labo Rohto Gokujyn Hyaluronic Acid Lotion, 170ml
Is made of angel tears or something, but I havent tried it. I have tried the thayer's alcohol-free witch hazel with aloe and rose water toner, and it's okay. It doesn't really feel like I need it, and it smells like pickles. Also, a lot of people on this sub say that witch hazel is bad, while others swear by it. I've heard that the cucumber version is much better, as rose can be irritating. I hear it really cuts down on redness. Both of the thayers toners and the toner I linked are supposed to soften the skin and prepare it for more moisturizer.
Again, I would visit asianbeauty and check out the sidebar regarding toners. However, you probably wont NEED one.

u/Apolla_ · 1 pointr/SkincareAddiction

So, I needed a hyaluronic acid, and decided to give Hada Labo a try, I bought the Gokujyn Hyaluronic Lotion and it kind of foams while I'm rubbing it in. Is that normal? It's this bottle

u/melorga · 1 pointr/SkincareAddiction

Hi SCA-ers,

AM: Cerave foaming, (beginning to put PC Vitamin C serum here again, we'll see), Clinque 2.5 BP lotion, Elta MD Clear SPF 46

PM: OCM to remove makeup, Cerave foaming, tretinoin, (BHA9 or Mario Badescu buffering lotion in teeny amounts to spot treat) Vaseline.

Been using this routine for 3+months.

I asked for a non-heavy moisturizing product, and someone recommended the Hada Labo Hyaluronic Toner which I've gotten and am beginning to test-patch. Where in my routine should it go? I'm hesitant to put it before the tret, but then theoretically a hyaluronic product needs moisture to "suck in" so waiting until after doesn't make much sense either.

u/Waffleconnoisseur · 1 pointr/AsianBeauty

I like the hada labo one. I have this one . It's more slimy than sticky, I think.

u/howyoudodis · 1 pointr/AsianBeauty

Where can I get Hadalabo Gokujyn Hyaluronic Acid Lotion in Tokyo or Osaka?

This is the product I am referring to:

u/jeanthusiast · 1 pointr/AsianBeauty

I'm really afraid that rubbing the products might spread bacteria all over my face so I try to be as gentle as I can. Is it this one?

u/alleypoop · 1 pointr/AsianBeauty

Ah okay. I'll check all of them out because I feel like there's very little chance any of them could break me out, right? I mean, obviously there's some chance with everything, but it would surprise me.

So I think my routine is going to look something like this:

  1. Cleanse with Hada Labo's cleansing foam

  2. Moisturize with Hada Labo's [light HA lotion] ( or the the richer one

  3. Tone with Paula's Choice's RESIST weightless advanced repairing toner I'm really excited about this product. It's formulation looks amazing. So much niacinamide, lots of anti-irritants, and I don't see any problem ingredients at all!

  4. Exfoliate every other day with Paula's Choice's RESIST 2% BHA

  5. Treat with Epiduo at night and clindamycin during the day time to kill p.acnes bacteria
u/airhornsman · 1 pointr/AsianBeauty

I use the cosrx snail 96 essence and I really like it. I find it hydrating and it feels comfortable on the skin, and it doesn't dry down sticky or tacky at all. I use it morning and night. My current sleep pack is the Too Cool for School Pumpkin Sleeping Pack. Some people say that it has a heavy scent, I don't smell it, but I did smoke for years, and I'm still getting my sense of smell back. I live in Omaha, so we have cold, dry winters as well, and I find sheet masking helps as well. I also use the Hada Labo HA lotion in the morning, and I find it very moisturizing. I hope I didn't throw too many products at you, but those are what works for me.

u/tehlolredditor · 1 pointr/SkincareAddiction

Just to confirm, this hada labo product is the toner right?

u/corndogsareeasy · 1 pointr/AsianBeauty

I'd try searching "sunscreen holy grail" in the search bar- you'll get lots of suggestions that way, and can look at everyone's different skin type to see if there's something that matches what you're looking for. I use Missha sunscreens, but lots of people prefer Japanese brands due to the additional UVA protection. For hydrating toners, the Kikumasamune High Moist and Hada Labo Gokujyun are pretty popular- the first has ferments and ceramides, while the second has hyaluronic acid, so you may want to experiment to figure out what your skin likes. For AHAs, there are lots of good ones on the market- glycolic, lactic, and mandelic acid are all AHAs, so do some reading on those, but Stratia, Cosrx, (for non-AB) Sunday Riley, and Nip + Fab all make solid AHA products.

u/teeshbag · 1 pointr/Accutane

Gotta hydrate that skin.
This stuff was my lifesaver. I went from 40mg to 60mg the same week I got this and my skin got LESS irritated and flaky. I still get a few tiny flakes but not like it was before.

u/Amplitude · 1 pointr/AsianBeauty

It's fascinating (and frustrating!) how differently people react to common ingredients.

The issue of butylene glycol is still a mystery to me - because it's also very widely used, and I'm not certain if it causes acne for me. I believe you are on to something with regard to different formulations affecting the severity of how comedogenic an ingredient is.

For example, the Hada Labo Rohto Gokujyn Hyaluronic Acid Lotion breaks me out, and butylene glycol is the 2nd ingredient.

Other products where it's added in a lower concentration seem to not affect me.

u/ThaiSweetChilli · 1 pointr/AsianBeauty

I had been reading here and there, and saw mentions that Hado Labo has been reformulated and their new one isn't great, or has alcohol or something?

It's that item, right? I've used it before a couple of years back and I remember it felt nice. Would I use it after my active of the night?

Thanks a lot!

u/ginseng-ginsa · 1 pointr/AsianBeauty

Erm, this one. Is that the same as the Moist version? I can't keep the different Hada Labos straight for some reason... The sticker on the back of my bottle (which I purchased in a local Japanese market) just says "Hada Labo Gokujyun Lotion."

u/alanayvonne · 1 pointr/AsianBeauty

I find as the seasons change (it's getting warmer around where I am) my skin kinda freaks out and becomes very sensitive, especially the skin around my eyes.

Another commenter mentioned the Kikumasamune, but there's another one that's popular too called Cezanne. There are a lot of reviews on here about both. Hada Labo also makes a moisturizing toner. I think the key point it to layer moisture. So toner, essence, moisturizer.

Also, if you're not using a sunscreen you should get that as well (I can't remember off hand if the AM lotion you're using has SPF).

Also, one guide I like to link a lot is a beginner's guide by Snow White and the Asian Pear. She has a great graphic and examples of each type of product, just to give you a good overview and then you can go from there. I would say it's best to find a blogger that has similar skin concerns to you, because they're going to be your best bet on getting recommendations as they have been there, done that.

Edit: oops!! lol I didn't realize the comment had the same products listed, sorry!

u/someoneinsignificant · 1 pointr/SkincareAddiction

The Issue: I don't know what's wrong with my face (besides ugly). There's like this faint redness everywhere and I want to get rid of it or have some kind of clearer-looking skin. I'm basically looking to add something to my daily routine, like just one product, that'll make me feel better about not doing anything about it. I'm thinking of just buying the Hadalobo Lotion since it seems cheap and recommended on this sub and trying this out to see if it helps solve my problem. However I don't know if that'll work for what I'm trying to do, so I'm asking for help to make sure this is a good idea.

Skin Type: My guess is that it's a combination of all types that cause redness. I have been frustratingly reading to try to find out what the difference is between dry/dehydrated skin, but tbh I think I have both because I can't tell what the difference is. Hopefully the picture helps

Current Routine: Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser, twice a day (morning and evening). I've been doing this for years now. I have tried using a hydrating light moisturizer by Simple (has vitamins B5, E, glycerin, borage seed oil, no perfume or dyes) and I haven't really felt like I noticed any changes. Could be because I'm not using it often enough (like once a week?) and it also causes a slight stinging sensation after usage.

Random additional information: It has been winter/cold here but spring is approaching, I've stopped taking hot showers (just learned a few weeks ago that it caused red/dryskin), I change my pillow sheets often, I have a pretty oily diet, I don't take meds and I don't have any known allergies, I don't get a lot of sun exposure, I do get stressed a lot but I think I handle it well, I drink a lot of water, I exercise often, I do not use a humidifier, don't drink/smoke, and I get about 6.5-7 hours sleep daily.

u/mcy_ · 1 pointr/SkincareAddiction


  • (in shower) Cerave foaming facial cleanser
  • Eucerin Replenishing Face Cream

  • Consonant Foaming Face Wash to take makeup off
  • Mineral oil cleanse
  • Konjac sponge
  • [Hada Labo Hyaluronic Acid Lotion] (
  • Eucerin Replenishing Face Cream
  • Spot treat with neem oil

    Issues: I started using the Hada Labo Hyaluronic Acid Lotion because my face was flakey, on almost every pimple that was starting to heal. I'm considering Nivea Creme for a more substantial moisturizer. I get deep, severe acne on the sides of my cheeks and near my hairline (sometimes so painful it hurts to move my cheeks). About a month ago, I stopped using BHA (Stridex) because it dried out my face like crazy, and I figured my skin was irritated. My skin is easily clogged with hard plugs, and I don't know what it is. Please help! Thanks in advance.
u/ghostunicorn · 1 pointr/AsianBeauty

Is Hada Labo Gokujyn Hyaluronic Acid Lotion Moist the same as the Smooth version? I'm looking on Amazon and the pictures are exactly the same but the price is different.



Same seller as well. Which one should I buy?

u/apollymipanthos · 1 pointr/AsianBeauty

This handy infographic explains the order of everything (:

A booster is equivalent to a Western toner. An example would be this Hadalabo Gokujyn Hyaluronic Acid Lotion

Edit: I haven't tried the Mizon All-in-One Snails, so hopefully someone else could give you advice on that. Sorry! I would assume as one of your last products to use though.

u/snackpack8 · 1 pointr/SkincareAddiction

Check out the basic routine for dry skin!

I've been using the Hada Labo Gokujyn Hyaluronic Acid Lotion as a step before my moisturizer (CeraVe in the tub) and it helps draw in more moisture to my skin. Also consider adding a thin layer of an occlusive like Vaseline over your moisturizer, which helps lock in the moisture.

I've also starting using an AHA exfoliant in the last couple of months, which has helped with dryness and flakiness, but I'd start with just adding a hyaluronic acid and Vaseline.

u/supahgee · 1 pointr/AsianBeauty

I keep getting confused with the different versions. This is completely different than this milky lotion right?

But the same as these two?

u/19751975 · 1 pointr/SkincareAddiction

I think it was this:

I have the Japanese one, NOT the American. Some people say the American isn't as good

u/Kaylemonade · 1 pointr/JapanTravel

I use mainly Korean & Japanese products (I'm in the US). One of the most popular brands in Japan is Hada Labo which focuses on moisture with high amount of hyaluronic acid. I love the Perfect Gel by them & this lotion is the most popular item:

The Hada Labo UV Creamy Gel SPF PA++++ is also an amazing sunscreen for the face and it acts as a primer as well. If she likes makeup, the Dollywink eyeliner is very popular. Sheet masks are also great to bring back!

u/beccamorty · 1 pointr/AsianBeauty

Ah, okay. I can cancel that order since it hasn't shipped yet so thanks so much for the info! Is this the one you're talking about?

u/themodgepodge · 1 pointr/SkincareAddiction

I'm kind of in your boat. When I switched from the pill to a hormonal IUD (Mirena), I got this really weird neck breakout (I'd never had acne on my neck before). The breakout started in mid July, lasted around 1.5 months. It was never severe, just oddly placed for me and persistent. I love my IUD and super light periods that come maybe every 2-3 months, and, like you, I'm not good at taking the pill on time. So I figured I'd do my best to attack the acne, even when I kind of knew the cause.

Try out the beginner's routine linked in the sidebar. Don't go too crazy adding multiple products at once in case one breaks you out or is irritating. For example, CeraVe "in the tub" (cream) is a holy grail for many people on this sub, but it gives me horrendous acne.

If you stick with the BP/tret scrip, find a moisturizer and sunscreen that work well for you. Both of those ingredients are known to work quite well, but they can be pretty irritating, especially in the first ~4 weeks, and tret is photosensitizing (i.e. makes your skin burn and get damaged more readily). Also give them time to work. Retinoids like tretinoin can often take up to 12 weeks for a positive effect. BP tends to work much faster. Use a thin layer of the tret, and if it's too irritating scale back to every other day until you tolerate it better.

Regarding product recommendations: BP and tret will dry you out and irritate your skin at first. Stay with very gentle products. If you're interested in the oil cleansing mentioned in the sidebar (whether or not you follow it up with a foamy cleanser), that can be pretty gentle and non-drying. Otherwise, a gentle cleanser. Don't add any new topicals for now. Your skin will be kind of pissed off at you for a bit while it gets used to the BP and tret. Moisturize, a lot. I've had terrible luck finding moisturizers that don't break me out - cerave cream felt fantastic but broke me out like crazy. I now use (and adore) this Hada Labo "lotion" (more like a thin gel, but works fantastically) and, at night before bed, top it with a water-soaked compressed mask to give the hyaluronic acid in the lotion lots of moisture to pull in, since the air is super dry where I am right now. For sunscreens, I love love love Biore UV Aqua Rich Watery Essence. Be sure and patch test that one if you try it out, since there's some alcohol in there that could be irritating on top of the tret. In terms of topicals, I have a niacinamide/azelaic acid/clindamycin combo from Curology that has worked wonders for me. I've used BP and retinoids in the past and my skin was just too sensitive for them.

My current routine (Curology topical + keep everything else gentle + finding a moisturizer that doesn't break me out) has really helped with the acne I suspected was from my switch to the IUD!

u/pookiecake · 1 pointr/muacjdiscussion

Hey! I wanted to revisit this comment and let you know that a month ago I picked up the Hada Labo Rohto Gokujyn Hyaluronic Acid Lotion/Toner and once a week, I put it on my scalp/hair after I wash it and it REALLY helps my scalp eczema, dry flakes and all. It doesn't leave your hair greasy and it's $11!

u/helloiamtoxic · 1 pointr/SkincareAddiction

I'm strongly considering this one. After u/MxUnicorn suggested checking out their brand, I did some perusing. This one seems very good.

Thank you for letting me know! And for the haiku, too :)

EDIT: Would this cleanser eliminate the need to follow up with this?

u/leannabanana · 1 pointr/AsianBeauty

Has Hada Labo's packaging design changed? Just got my Gokujyn Hyaluronic Acid Lotion in the mail today and it does not have the same bottle design as it does on Amazon. Here is what the bottle I got looks like: link. Should I be worried? And if they changed the packaging does that mean they changed the ingredients too?

u/AnneWH · 1 pointr/SkincareAddicts

I use the Dr Jart in the mornings and it really does reduce redness AND the appearance of redness at the same time. (Does that make sense? It both seems to reduce redness overtime, but it also covers any redness you have.) It wouldn't be sufficiently moisturizing for me for a nighttime moisturizer, but I love it for daytime - smooth without any shine.

I haven't tried the DE. Before you shell out for it, I would recommend trying the Neutrogena Hydro Boost Extra Dry. It MUST be the Extra Dry, because the regular one has a bunch of fragrance. It's so good and cheap. I love it. I also love Roche Posay Baume Cicaplast when my skin is irritated. I would personally buy those two over one DE product. Oh, and the Hada Labo Hyaluronic.

u/sangrette · 1 pointr/AsianBeauty

Hello! Welcome to AsianBeauty!

I would agree with /u/zhene about the Epiduo. It seems that Epiduo is both a retinoid and exfoliant, so we would include it in the "actives" part of our skincare routine lineup, which you can read more about here since AB involves a lot of layering of products anyway. For actives, it's best to wash your face, then wait about 10-15 minutes before applying, then wait for another ~20 minutes to ensure maximal effectiveness of the active, especially if it's pH dependent.

As for oily skin with big pores, it's important to first make sure that you don't actually just have dry skin, since dry skin often becomes oily in order to "compensate" for the lack of moisture. I'd tackle the problematic oiliness with a clay mask -- my personal favorite is the Innisfree Volcanic Clay Mask, used once or twice a week.

I think a safe bet for a good hydrating lotion for both oily and dry types regardless would be a light application of Hada Labo Gokujyun Hyaluronic Acid Lotion. I don't currently have this in my rotation because I'm working my way through other products, but I used this all throughout high school and early college for my oily skin, and it was very hydrating and light. It's almost water-like, and never made me more oily. Some people even use this as a serum for masks!

I personally used this by itself instead of an essence before I started looking for products to address other problems, so if you're using an essence, I would just be light on the application if you feel like your skin is sufficiently hydrated.

u/moistnessisbeautiful · 1 pointr/SkincareAddiction

Is this the one you're talking about? Its a toner right?

u/persapphone · 1 pointr/AsianBeauty This is not a fake, is it? I mean, it's sold by Amazon (and was recced here).

u/ghostforest · 1 pointr/SkincareAddiction

I'm using a Japanese essence this one and I use either of these moisturizers from MUAC: for rosacea or for advanced repair. You can get tester sizes of their moisturizers to that you can see if you react to them. I react to a ton of things, so the ability to get testers is critical for me. They also have 25-30% off sales every couple of months via their Facebook page, so you can get the products for less. I've also shopped at Sephora for the same reason - I can get testers to check if my skin reacts. It reacts even to products designed for sensitive skin, so I have to see if they work for me before plunking down the cash (I finally learned this after many years of collecting jars of things that I used only a few times before realizing they set off my skin).

u/vananners · 1 pointr/SkincareAddiction

Aloe is really great as a additive, but it is not moisturizing on it's own. Have you checked out the Korean Beauty subreddit? There are some fantastic recs on there that focus on dehydrated skin. It really does require special ingredients, like glycerin and hyaluronic acid. I LOVED the toners from Hada Labo for this. There's one called a Hyaluronic Acid Lotion (which is just a toner) that is fantastic:

u/im_ellewoods · 1 pointr/AsianBeauty

Hada Labo Hyaluronic Acid Lotion (toner) is a HG for many on this sub. Personally, it was meh for me. I'd recommend Klairs Supple Prep toner, it's great. If you have dry skin, try the 7 skin method with it. It's pricey, though, Hada Labo is a drugstore product (edit: okay, apparently I remembered the price wrong, lol, it's on sale on Wishtrend, you might try it if you like). If you want, I'll expand more on why I like Supple Prep and why I prefer it to Hada.
Many swear by Kiku-Masamune lotion (toner) and Cezanne and Rosette products (they contain HA). You'll get the gist of what's recommended and why from the sidebar links. Oh, and Dr. Jart products. Ceramidin Liquid is popular and other products in the line.
The ingredients that work are basically the same as with Western skincare as far as hydration goes. Glycerin, hyaluronic acid, niacinamide, ceramides (+cholesterol+phytosphingosine; you can read up on ceramides here ), the likes. I think snail secretion is supposed to be hydrating but I haven't used it yet so I'm not sure, you'll need to research that.
Just a heads up, butylene glycol is used a lot in AB products and it breaks some people out.
Personally, I avoid HA because I have a suspicion it breaks me out though I'm not sure how it's supposed to work. Lately I've been thinking if it's not butylene glycol.
edit: Hada Labo lotion
Klairs Supple Prep

u/Averiella · 1 pointr/SkincareAddiction

Currently I'm switching my routine up. Let me outline what I WANT and what I AM using

Want (in this order, unless it should go in a different order):

Neutrogena Ultra Light Cleansing Oil for removing makeup

A new cleanser (unknown)

NEUTROGENA Rapid Clear Stubborn Acne Daily Leave-on Mask for benzoyl peroxide

Differin Gel for.. differin!

The Ordinary Niacinamide for, you guessed it, niacinamide, since my new cleanser won't have it like my old cerave does.

Hada Labo Rohto Gokujyn Hyaluronic Acid Lotion as a hydrating serum

Clinic Moisture Surge Extended Thirst Relief as a moisturizing gel

What I'm using now as I transition from old routine to new:

Neutrogena Ultra Light Cleansing Oil

CeraVe Foaming Cleanser (too drying, which is why I'm switching)

Differin Gel

Clinic Moisture Surge Extended Thirst Relief

S.W. Basics 3 Ingredient Cream

The problem: I'm using the clinic moisture surge right after differin, and holy shit there is some serious burning and turning my face red as fuck. The first time it didn't really burn doing this combo, and neither have burned on their own, just when I mix them. Since then it has burned worse and worse, but I've also put it on sooner and sooner after differin since my skin is dry as fuck (from the damn cleanser). I'm sure if I let the differin sit longer it will likely not burn, but I want to make sure I'm not doing something very wrong because my skin burns and is hot to the touch and red and just very unhappy if I'm not careful. Really I just don't want this to be like when you combine niacinamide and vitamin c and get niacide or whatever it is.

If there is any other problems in the routine I desire to maintain, please let me know. Thanks for all your help, I love you all.

u/maenad-bish · 1 pointr/SkincareAddiction

For the dehydrated skin, I highly recommend a product formulated around hyaluronic acid. I really like one by Hado Labo. Keeps the skin supple.

My HG moisturizer, which has been great for my acne-prone skin, is DDF Ultra lite Moisturizing Dew. Of course run it through CosDNA and make sure it doesn't include any of your personal acne triggers. It's heaven on my skin.

u/tomathoe · 1 pointr/SkincareAddiction

I already posted a question this week but i'm back with one more:

I recently purchased this "toner" and an AHA. I've read that you're supposed to put toner on before an AHA, should I still follow that rule in this situation?

I'm just a lil confused because according to Amazon comments, the toner I bought isn't really a toner but hyaluronic acid.

Also worried about somehow giving myself a chemical burn by combining acids because i'm not sure how chemical burns work :,)

u/werhiu24102 · 1 pointr/AsianBeauty

I have been using hadalabo face wash, [lotion] ( (toner in US), and [milky lotion] ( (moisturizer in US) for more than 2 months now and so far they've been working great. In the past, I used to use products from the dermatologist due to my SUPER acne-prone, sensitive skin but after switching to hadalabo, I hardly get acne at all.

u/SteamyPop · 1 pointr/BeautyAddiction

This is the American version of hada labo. They are the same company but this is their US line. I think you are looking for this. Hope this helps!

u/xXBootyQuakeXx · 1 pointr/AsianBeauty

Hello! I just got all my products in the mail but I want to be clear about the order I will use them in at night. Any suggestions are welcome.

u/Jaffakake · 1 pointr/AsianBeauty

Where does Hado Labo Lotion go in the routine? I've seen differing information on when "lotions" should be applied.

u/ktdone · 1 pointr/acne

I use Vanicream at night, it's too heavy and shiny for daytime. I think they have a lighter version that would be better for daytime use.

u/drkittenprincess · 1 pointr/Indiemakeupandmore

Hey girl!!

Since your skin seems to be itchy and irritated, I would recommend starting out with a fragrance free, non-irritating/hypoallergenic lotion like this one: .

After your skin has stopped itching, I would then move to re-incorporate moisturizing Indie products back into your routine. My concern is that the fragrances or other ingredients in the lotions and oils listed above will be irritating to your skin and prevent it from healing fully.

Best of luck to you!

u/redxocolatl · 1 pointr/SkincareAddiction

I used to have excessively dry skin as well. My dermatologist switched my moisturizer from CeraVe to VaniCream and that made all the difference for me.

u/balsooma · 1 pointr/SkincareAddiction

Skin type: normal to dry, though my nose gets oilier in the summer.

I've been using this routine for a long time, the only things I've added recently are the vanicream and stridex. My routine has virtually eliminated zits, most of my SF's, and closed comedones (I think that's what they're called) but I think my routine could use a little more pep to help with the following issues:

issue #1: I don't get zits much anymore after a while of this routine, but I still have some clogged pores (SF's, I believe; when I pull my skin taut on my skin or around the outside of my nostrils, you can see white dots like excess sebum is stuck in there).

issue #2: I also get random redness on my chin? Like sometimes it totally looks like a hickey on my chin. I tend to have slightly flushed cheeks after I touch my face from cleansing/moisturizing but the chin redness is almost always there. If I had to guess I would say broken capillaries? What can I do to remedy it, if they are broken capillaries? I also think I have some broken capillaries around my nostrils and the parts of my cheeks that are near my nose.


  • Wash face with either this Garnier cream cleanser or the Korres Milk Proteins Foaming Cleanser
  • Swipe a stridex (max strength) all over my face
  • apply moisturizer: if I'm not wearing makeup I wear Yonka Creme 28; if I will be wearing makeup and my skin is feeling really dry I use Vanicream; and if I'm wearing makeup and my skin is being normal I use this aveeno moisturizer
  • I use Burt's Bees Eye's nothing special, looking for a more hydrating eye cream!


  • With a dry face, I do an oil cleanse/massage with olive oil to remove makeup and grits (I do this whether or not I'm wearing makeup!)
  • To take off the oil, I apply Neutrogena Naturals cleanser and then use a wet washcloth (warm water) to wash it all off
  • Apply Avene Cleanance K to completely dry skin and allow to dry for 20 mins
  • Apply Vanicream, Burt's Bee's eye cream and a face oil
u/kmanna · 1 pointr/SkincareAddiction

Nothing would help the dry skin on my hands. I tried Vaseline and so many creams. Then I discovered Vanicream. I use it in the morning and evening and am good for the whole day. Nothing has helped me like Vanicream!

Here's the link to buy it on Amazon:

u/fawkingreddit · 1 pointr/SkincareAddiction

No worries!

I'd first try Vanicream Moisturizing Cream. It looks like it's less than 10 euros on Amazon Prime. This moisturizer is pretty bland but effective. It really, really gets the job done without any extra ingredients (that you *could* be sensitive to). Nivea is not bad but it is pretty heavily fragranced.

For spot treatment, I'd try De La Cruz Sulfur Ointment. If you feel like you've been applying other types of spot treatments and nothing has been happening, it's worth it to try sulfur. (Which is not in the clean and clear spot treatment)

Echoing other posters, you do need a sunscreen while using differin. I know it seems crazy in the UK, but it creeps up on you for sure.

Check out r/asianbeauty's recommendations for a more light weight, less 'greasy feeling' sunscreen. I'm sensitive to chemical sunscreens unfortunately (give me eczema) so I embrace the dewy look, They've got some good recs on that subreddit though for really light, not-even-there feeling sunscreens. Off the top of my head, Biore Watery Essence comes highly recommended, as does Corsx Aloe Soothing Sun Cream. Haven't personally tried them because again, eczema.

Cleanser I'd consider going to a more gentle cleanser like La Roche-Posay Toleriane Hydrating Gentle Cleanser, but honestly unless you start getting extra tight/irritated feeling in your skin after starting differin, you can just stick with the cetaphil!

u/elflan1 · 1 pointr/SkincareAddiction

Yeah, This is my hg moisturizer. If you prefer a thinner moisturizer, they have a lite lotion as well that is very good.

u/PeriwinkleMoonchild · 1 pointr/SkincareAddiction

Hi friends! I have some questions about the products I use, my skin, and rosacea acne. Skin seems to be combo, or normal. Can get oily, but rosacea requires moisture.

I use the following: Soap&Glory face wash, african black soap, vanicream, and metronidozale topical. Used daily during and after my shower. I also love real rosewater and dead sea salt water if my face gets really bad.

CeraVe clogs my pores and causes breakouts for me, so vanicream is my holy grail. This combination seems to work the best, but I have a hard time using the metronidozale regularly and I fuck up my skin. Is there anything else I should try so my skin gets better?

Thank you (:

u/bean-sprout · 1 pointr/SkincareAddiction

This is the one I have :)

ALL Cerave gives me closed comedones - the cleansers, the moisturizers, anything. It sucks.

u/PimauwJiph · 1 pointr/SkincareAddicts

Haha yeah, it doesn't have a lot of slip, so it's hard to spread it out.

What moisturizer do you use? Try to find Vanicream. It comes in a large, inexpensive pump bottle and they sell it at most drug stores. That's what I use most of the time.

I wouldn't apply the oil yet, but that would be the first thing I would add on to your routine when it's time. The fewer things you apply at first the better.

You should always wear sunscreen. The sun damages and ages everyone's skin. The most effective thing you can do to improve your skin as you age is to wear sunscreen regularly.

Sunscreens in the USA are pretty terrible due to a classification issue that makes it difficult for new sunscreen ingredients to be approved by the FDA. I use Japanese sunscreens. They sell them on Amazon, but they ship from Japan. They are non-greasy and better at protecting skin from the sun. Many of them, even the inexpensive ones, include things like hyaluronic acid. They're awesome. Some examples: here, here, here.

u/dottiepalooza · 1 pointr/SkincareAddiction

I'm trying to figure this out, does my moisturizer have silicone in it? Thanks. link

u/skrism · 1 pointr/eczema

I buy it from Amazon, I've never noticed it in a store. Although I just googled it and it looks like riteaid and Wal-Mart carry it. I buy this one with the pump on it:

u/Haeschultz · 1 pointr/eczema

I have pretty severe eye eczema and recently my dermatologist suggested Vanicream. Glycerin is a common facial skin allergy for people with eczema, and it looks like it’s in the Cetaphil gel.

u/aisakumi · 1 pointr/AsianBeauty

Hello~ I've been stalking the Korean beauty industry for years, but have never committed due to random reasons. I want to try my hand at it next year (need to use up my stupidly expensive Sephora products). Here's a routine I created - mostly from Snow White & The Pear's reviews. For the record, I have eczema (thanks god, no flares right now) and sensitive (contact allergies), oily skin. I know. How can I have eczema and oily skin? OTL

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u/peanutmonkey · 1 pointr/MakeupAddiction

It is so hard to find a good sunscreen when you have dry skin. Most "oil free" stuff is so uncomfortable...but the alternatives can make your makeup melt right off.

  • I am currently using this over my cerave with no troubles at all.

  • I used this stuff a couple of times and it performed well.

  • I tried a sample of this stuff and I found it really comfortable on my dry/sensitive skin.

  • This stuff works pretty well. I used an entire bottle before buying the Shiseido stuff. I liked it well enough that I've got a bottle waiting for me when I finish my current sunscreen (it was on sale at Ulta!)

    I also have some that I have been looking at, which might be worth considering for you too:

  • This stuff, even though it doesnt have a high spf.

  • This stuff came highly recommended.

  • A lot of folks swear by this one as well.

    Sorry for the spam! Hopefully this was helpful!
u/depression-hope · 1 pointr/SkincareAddiction

There are a variety of ingredients, methods, and products that could potentially help you. The problem is everyone is different, so it will have to be a careful trial and error (and patience over a period of time) before you can pinpoint the right solution for you and what the original cause was.

If you're going to try products, I highly recommend you buy small sample sizes if possible and try them out one or two at a time. Be careful and start small, especially with active ingredients. They're quite potent, which means they give powerful positive results, but you can also risk overusing them or using them in a dangerous combination. So do your research about correct application and be careful.

  • BHA (salicylic acid), such as Paula's Choice or Stridex. A very popular ingredient with a great track record in preventing/clearing acne, clearing acne scars, and generally improving texture, tone, and color. I would recommend getting sample sizes of these to start.
  • Azelaic acid is another great way to tackle both acne and scars. Paula's Choice has a great azelaic acid + salicylic acid combo that I highly recommend.
  • Vitamin C. Can help greatly with acne scars. Paula's Choice, The Ordinary.
  • Sulphur is known to be antibacterial and a mask containing sulphur can help suppress breakouts. But most likely will not help with scarring. Sunday Riley Saturn mask helped a few people I know with cystic breakouts.
  • Differin. Contains adapalene which is known to clear and prevent acne. Be really careful and don't use with exfoliants.
  • Benzoyl peroxide. Pretty commonly used to clear and prevent acne, but it has the unfortunate affect of bleaching clothes/pillows/etc and can be pretty strong. Paula's Choice.
  • Aquaphor/vaseline/hyaluronic acid. It's possible your moisture barrier is not doing so well right now. Counterintuitively, being too dry can exacerbate acne. Also, if you're using exfoliants or other active ingredients, you'll want to make sure to stay hydrated and moisturized. Aquaphor, HA. Also recommend this Hado Labo HA cleanser and oil cleanser for a very hydrating double cleanse.
  • Sunscreen. You don't mention it but you should be wearing a daily sunscreen that's non-comedogenic, especially if you are trying any of the products above. La-Roche Posay, Elta MD, Neutrogena.

    The list goes on and on but you can start your research here.

    To eliminate causes, pay attention to when you have breakouts. Make sure the products you're currently using are a good pH and aren't breaking you out to begin with. Don't eat dairy for a long while until you know it doesn't cause the breakouts.

    Hormonal acne is most often clustered on chin and jawline, is often cystic, and often flares up once a month (aka period). If that describes you, you might want to talk to a doctor or dermatologist about whether it's hormonal or not, because there are treatments for that, such as birth control or spearmint tea.
u/swingthatwang · 1 pointr/SkincareAddiction

or if you're lazy like me, zinc oxide protects against both UVA/UVB as a physical sunscreen. Elta MD makes one. i don't know about other physical sunscreens though, so worth researching if you're you know, not lazy.

u/leesah94114 · 1 pointr/AsianBeauty

I also hate sunscreen that leaves me feeling oily. I'm currently using EltaMD's sunscreen, and I really like it. Link to the product on Amazon:

u/BlastedSnowEgret · 1 pointr/SkincareAddiction

Can someone tell me the difference between this one and the one linked here? There is a huge price difference.

u/natalieilatan · 1 pointr/AskTrollX

Elta MD is a fantastic facial sunscreen for acne-prone skin. SPF 46, absorbs well, not oily. It is a bit $$, but I will never use anything else.

u/passeriformes · 1 pointr/femalefashionadvice

I use this Elta MD product. It came highly recommended by the people at /r/skincareaddiction and it's pretty lightweight. It's pricey, but I don't use it everyday, since I'm a student and am either in a building with no windows or at home 90% of the time.

u/squidistic · 1 pointr/SkincareAddiction

Thanks! I have also been more conscious of my skin's exposure to the sun after realizing that it is extremely harmful!

I have heard that organic (chemical) sunscreen usually burn the eyes, you might want to consider switching to an inorganic (physical) sunscreen. You can try the EltaMD UV PHysical SPF41. I personally use an inorganic sunscreen but still find that it is stinging to the eyes when I sweat and it enters the eyes. I think that the much better option would be a very water-resistant sunscreen that would not enter the eye.

There are some inorganic and organic sunscreen mixture that redditors have said that there are good under makeup!. Some of the recommended sunscreens are Biore UV Aqua Rich Smooth Watery Gel and EltaMD UV Clear.

All the best in finding your HG sunscreen!

u/ohshababy · 1 pointr/SkincareAddiction

Elta MD!! Seriously I love that sunscreen. Not greasy at all and doesn't break me out.

u/zefirose · 1 pointr/SkincareAddiction

This is the Elta product I use. I'm not sure if it is any less comedogenic, but I have not noticed any problems from using it.

u/Bugbug72 · 1 pointr/SkincareAddiction

I'm really digging the EltaMD Sunscreen

u/BreezyOG · 1 pointr/SkincareAddiction

My current routine:
wet face

apply CeraVe Foaming Cleanser(

After having applied cleanser to all of face I use this brush for approximately one minute anad then I rinse my face with water(

After using the brush/finishing the cleansing process I use one of these pads and I apply it to all of my face

I let my face air dry for like 30 seconds after using the stridex pad and then I apply this moisturizer lotion (

I believe that I need to start using some sort of sunscreen, no? If so what should I go for? I don't really know where to look for them just by searching "facial sunscreen" on amazon. ( This one looks good based on the reviews but 1.7 ounces for $25 is kinda pricey considering that I'll be using the same amount of sunscreen as I would for my lotion. I have normal skin. Any advice on my current routine or input on what sunscreen I should get that's great for the price would help. Thanks.

u/bingbutt · 1 pointr/SkincareAddiction

I use Elta MD UV Clear (it comes highly recommended by SCA)

It contains niacinamide, which also helps with fading the red marks.

u/Jarvan_v · 1 pointr/AsianBeauty


u/Perplexedplatypus · 1 pointr/acne

Personally, I'm just using some of the cheaper stuff that I saw were in the guide.

Vitamin C:


Sunscreen (This one is good for sensitive skin and doesn't leave your face white):

Careful what sunscreen you get. If you are anything like me, you will breakout from sunscreen that has ingredients other than zinc oxide and titanium oxide.

u/tetrine · 1 pointr/SkincareAddiction

Elta MD UV Clear! It's great under makeup and doesn't have a white cast. I have very fair skin and it's worked a charm for me.

u/Acnehommie · 1 pointr/SkincareAddiction

Personally, I'm not using a vitamin C cream because it's expensive. But sunscreen is literally a MUST. I used to think sunscreen would just make things worse, but it turns out that sun damage makes acne scar spots darker.

Lots of people here have seen success from sunscreens and the one I'm personally using is EldaMD sunscreen, found here:

I also use Adapalene 0.3% (Differin) which is a prescription. It's been shown in scientific studies to promote cell turnover, which fades those spots. I've been using it so far and has been keeping my skin not only clear, but has been helping with the scarring as well.

I'm also about to use GOW's Glycolic Acid and Lactic Acid Exfoliation Wipes. Found here:

I have middle-eastern skin so I need to use lactic acid, as it works better for darker skins. But Glycolic Acid may work better for your skin. The recommendations in the post above are some of the best but make sure to read the ingredient labels. Paraben-free and minimal ingredients are always best for your skin. They also have a DIY Vitamin C found here:

I'm going to add this to my regimen a little later, just trying to be as conservative with money as possible. Vitamin C is essential for collagen renewal and will help fade your spots faster. It also gives your skin a nice glow, so there's benefits!

That'd be my list of recommendations, make sure to read some of the posts around here that had the same problem as you - they can help you choose the best product for you. I'm confident though that given time and determination, your skin will be 100% clear.

Remember though, patience is the key for acne and even the scarring. Just stay persistent and you'll see good things!

u/orata · 1 pointr/SkincareAddiction

I'm a little older than you; I also have combination skin on the dry side. Here's my usual routine right now:


  • Wash face in shower with whatever bar soap I have on hand (usually an indie soap from a brand like Villainess or Arcana). This isn't really an ideal facial cleanser, but my skin is pretty compliant.
  • Wipe any areas with pimples or clogged pores (usually just my T-zone) with a Stridex pad (I use the wipes in the red box and cut them into quarters to make them last longer; don't usually need more than 1/4 wipe for my oily areas). The BHA helps cut the oils and unclog pores.
  • Wait a few mins, then pat a little water on my face to dampen it, and apply a few drops of Garden of Wisdom cranberry hyaluronic acid serum mixed with a few drops of maracuja oil or argan oil as a moisturizer. I used to just use the oil, but find that adding the serum helps keep my face hydrated and happy much longer. This particular HA serum smells really nice, which is the main reason I use it.
  • Sunscreen, either Elta MD UV Clear (what I use most days, but the PPD rating isn't as good as some, so if I'm going to be out in the sun for a while, I might use the Shiseido instead; I do always use this on my eye area since it doesn't sting) or Shiseido Hada Senka UV Gel (all chemical, so it stings my eyes, but has a higher PPD; I think it may also be better for flash photos). Both sunscreens rub in quickly without leaving a white cast or shininess/greasiness/stickiness on my skin.
  • Lip balm (currently using Nuxe Reve de Miel, which I bought after reading rave reviews but I think is really overhyped)


  • Cleanse with Kose Softymo deep cleansing oil. My HG cleanser--takes off all makeup without any rubbing, and since it's oil-based, it gives the benefits of oil cleansing, but rinses off clean without needing a washcloth.
  • Stridex wipes as needed
  • I alternate actives at night somewhat randomly: currently rotating between Garden of Wisdom Vitamin C, E, and White Tea serum as a vitamin C product (I like this, but I'm going to try their simpler Majik C serum next to see if it's something that can be used during the daytime--this one advises use only at night), Neutrogena Healthy Skin Anti-Wrinkle Cream as a retinol product, and Alpha Hydrox AHA Gel as an AHA for exfoliation. Retinol and AHA make your skin more sensitive to the sun and/or break down in sunlight, so I only use these at night. The vitamin C serum suggests only using at night, so I only use that at night as well.
  • I also spot treat hyperpigmentation at night with Garden of Wisdom Light 'n' Brite serum dabbed on just the areas that need it.
  • Lip balm
  • I rub rosehip seed oil on my eyes and lashes (combination lash conditioner, moisturizer, and gentle retinol product for my eye area, since I avoid using most active products around my eyes)
  • Then I moisturize my whole face with the maracuja or argan oil and sometimes the HA serum. I have a drugstore knockoff of Cerave in the tub that I occasionally use, but I feel more moisturized if I use oils. The rosehip seed oil feels a bit heavier than the others, so I usually only use it on my eye area.
  • Occasionally I use masks or spot treatments: Neutrogena salicylic acid gel or Clearasil BP cream for pimples, Queen Helene Mint Julep Mask if my pores are clogged (though it's drying, so usually just on my T-zone), Dr. Jeffrey Dover Skin Effects Glycolic Mask for extra exfoliation, or a honey/yogurt/turmeric mask; I also have a jar of C-Brighter maracuja eye cream that I got kind of by accident and use this sometimes on my eyes as well, but I wouldn't repurchase this because it seems overpriced/overhyped.
u/zero_vitamins · 1 pointr/SkincareAddiction

You can buy it on Amazon.

I'm currently using Elta MD UV Shield; it's the same price for almost twice the amount of product. It works great with my acne prone skin! I use it over moisturizer.

u/i_pee_in_the_sink · 1 pointr/SkincareAddiction

Is this our culprit?

u/Vauldr · 1 pointr/SkincareAddiction

I've been thinking about this one because I keep reading a lot of good reviews.

Is this the right one:

EltaMD UV Clear Broad-Spectrum SPF 46, 1.7 oz

Also: how long does it last you, and where would you recommend purchasing it?

u/veronicaxrowena · 1 pointr/AsianBeauty

Hey, SoCal here.

My faves are:

Physical: Josie Maran Argan Daily Moisturizer SPF 47 broad Spectrum (usually get mine from Sephora, you could also sample this if there is a Sephora near you)

Physical and chemical mixed: Elta MD UV Clear SPF 46 with niacinamide for hyperpigmentation and acne skin. (Available on Amazon but I also found mine locally at a medspa around the corner from my house)

Chemical: Biore UV Aqua SPF 50 PA ++++ (bought this on Amazon in a two pck, but my local Asian beauty store also carries it)


Josie Maran Sunscreen

Elta MD Sunscreen


u/SkivvyLivvy · 1 pointr/MakeupAddiction

Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Dry Touch and Elta MD are both great choices. From my experience, the Elta MD one completely absorbs and doesn't feel greasy at ALL. The Neutrogena one feels slightly greasier to me, but it's not like normal sunscreen greasy or anything. I tend to use the Neutrogena one more often because I can stand the smell of it more than the Elta MD, but I have a very sensitive nose, so that's probably just me. They're both great.

u/tatumd · 1 pointr/SkincareAddiction

That was some awesome advice you got from daisyismydog. Now to put some of that into practice with a starting routine:

Spash water on face
Moisturize with this if you get dry

Wash face with this if your skin is dry or this if it's oily. You could try both and see which you prefer.
Then use these
Moisturize with the same cream I recommended from the morning (CeraVe tub)

All the products except for the sunscreen can also be found at CVS and many other drugstores if you prefer to pick them up locally. If you wanted to buy everything locally a dermatologist recommended this a week ago or so, but I haven't tried it.

u/athenasbranch · 1 pointr/CasualConversation

I've mostly had to grow out of it, but it can flare up if I don't stick to my routine. I wash every night with cetaphil daily cleanser (not the gentle cleanser, that breaks me out and feels icky) and I will sometimes just rinse with water and towel dry in the morning. I put this moisturizer/sunscreen on to protect myself from the intense Texas sun, especially around my eyes and mouth.

u/IntakeExhaust · 1 pointr/SkincareAddiction

So I've been doing my skincare regimen for awhile with issues and decided to add a sunscreen, but I've been having major issues with it burning my face. My current routine is this:


Benzaclin (5%BP/1%clindamycin)

Dr. Lin Skincare Daily Hydrating Gel (

All the regular sunscreens I tried were causing a burning (which I read may be due to avobenzone). So I ordered EltaMD UV Clear Facial Sunscreen (

It again caused a terrible burning sensation and my face turned bright red where I applied it. Does anyone have ideas for what may be causing this, or alternative sunscreens?

u/doingthedo · 1 pointr/SkincareAddiction

Hope people see this, I need help...

u/PhillipMB · 1 pointr/malefashionadvice

Check out the /r/SkincareAddiction side bar. Here are some favorites they rave about (and I use myself with good results):

  • CeraVe oil-free moisturizer - this shit makes your skin feel so soft and good. I literally smile when I apply this.

  • Elta MD oil free sunscreen - sun screen that doesn't leave a white residue after applying, doesn't clog pores, etc.

  • Cetaphil gentle cleanser - I don't personally use this, but it's a very gentle cleanser and shouldn't hurt your skin. Good way to get rid of the dirt on your face at the end of the day.

    You should go and read the side bar and do your own research before you use anything though.
u/Hector_the_Collector · 1 pointr/SkincareAddiction

No I use this one

u/abitofpixiedust · 1 pointr/SkincareAddiction


I have considered it, but I just haven't made the purchase yet. I'm currently using quite a few products and I definitely think that I'm seeing results. It's really important to keep up a good routine

Right now, I use the mint julep mask once a week, and the REN micro polish cleanser every few days. Both of this help keep my skin incredibly smooth and refreshed looking.

For daily use, I apply aczone, sephora instant moisturizer and a bit of argan oil. I apply Elta MD sunscreen over that.

I have the same routine at night, with the aczone, moisturizer, and argan oil, but with no sunscreen and every other night I use a vitamin c + e serum, which was in my post, and which I LOVE.

The sunscreen and vitamin c serum, as well as the REN exfoliator, are all supposed to help with scarring, hyperpigmentation, etc. I'm breaking out way less, and my scars are definitely going away.

As for the other products I had listed here...

The tea tree oil broke me out terribly, it was awful. So I can't recommend that, but it seems to work well for most people!

I did buy the hyaluronic acid, but it was meh. It kept moisture in, but I always felt a little bit oily. You're supposed to add a drop or two of water to it when you apply, but for some reason, that mixture always made me break out. I used consistently for a while, but I haven't been using it for a few weeks now, and haven't noticed a difference without it.

I bought the dermaroller, but then I read on here that it can actually be terrible for your skin, as it can causes micro tears. That freaked me out, so I haven't really ever used it.

I also got the aztec healing clay! I really do like it, but I use the mint julep mask more because it's easier to use. The healing clay needs to be mixed with apple cider vinegar, and most of the time I'm too lazy to actually do that.

I would have to say that my favorite products so far are the vitamin c serum and the argan oil. Hope this helped!

u/2k16throwaway · 1 pointr/amiugly

Cute with a tad of sexy.

But if you wanna know if there can be any improvments heres what I got. I can't tell if the shadows are doing this or not but the side of your face is a little darker. Buy a vitamin c serum, this is my favorite:

It absorbs fast, not sticky, and I got results in a damn week. Usually people use this stuff for PIH aka acne discoloration or for anti aging, but it also smooths out the coloration of your face. Also, if you are self conscious about the slightly darker skin under your eyes, guess what this bomb ass vit c takes care of it as well. Keep it in the fridge and away from light, and it'll last maybe 3 months. If it stops smelling like nail polish and starts browning then it's starting to get bad. Stop using if it becomes golden and becomes too irritating because then its gone too bad. And you should use it anyway for anti aging. Use in mornings with sunscreen over it for photoprotection (and if you don't use sunscreen everyday on your face then you should because anti aging, I recommend Kiss My Face) AND use at nights before bed. vit c also helps prevent sun damage as well, so it works with sunscreen, AND it thickens your skin over time like retin-A.

And if you don't want to do that jazz, which I think is a mistake, then just chill anyway because you really do look cute in that pic.


u/screams_forever · 1 pointr/AsianBeauty

Yeah, this is the one that is suggested pretty often.

u/iyamsnail · 1 pointr/AsianBeauty

I found it here: but there are lots of places to get it I think. If you search this board people talk about it a lot, that's where I found out about it.

u/aerochiquita · 1 pointr/SkincareAddiction

Vitamin C + hydroquinone (Ambi Cream or other) + AHA/BHA will all help a lot. So for your routine, it might look like this...


  • cleanse with CeraVe cleanser (gets your skin to proper pH for vitamin C)
  • apply vitamin C serum (I like the Timeless one)
  • moisturize with CeraVe
  • apply sunscreen


  • cleanse with CeraVe
  • apply AHA or BHA
  • apply hydroquinone
  • moisturize with CeraVe

    Paula's Choice makes a AHA/hydroquinone combo product. Curology (tretinoin) has also helped me a lot. If you're not familiar with that let me know.
u/catgirl1359 · 1 pointr/SkincareAddiction

Thanks! Looks like it’s on amazon and is affordable, which is great. Is this the right one?

u/Cardiscappa · 1 pointr/RedPillWomen

Deciem has a range of products that aren't quite makeup, but sorta are: (Find them on Facebook to ask them the differences if you're confused.)

Also grab a Vitamin C serum. I've been using Vitamin C daily now and my complexion is a lot brighter and even. I've had people ask if I'm wearing makeup. I hear really good things about Timeless though I use Indeed's C24. (Indeed also has a blurring product too.)

And of course, top everything off with sunscreen.

u/malangalump · 1 pointr/AsianBeauty

I bought OST C20 due to its high popularity here. I've also heard great things about timeless C serum which I've read is less prone to oxidizing.

u/nattweeter · 1 pointr/AsianBeauty

Same thing happened to me with OST C20. It was way too strong for me (since it stung literally every time I applied it to my face while I had an active breakout, which was almost all the time). I stopped using vitamin C altogether for about 5 months and then decided to get a non-AB bit C serum from Amazon. It's the Timeless vitamin C 20% serum and so far it hasn't stung or oxidized like the OST C20 serum; and I've had this in my bathroom cabinet for 2 months. Might be worth a try!

u/friendliest_giant · 1 pointr/SkincareAddiction

Replying to you again because I realize nothing was particular so I'll redo this for you.

General Daily CeraVe

Vit A serum that I'm using right now

CeraVe with Sunblock

Petroleum Jelly for face/lips

Amazon korean sheet mask

Aztec Clay

Hair product

Hair product 2

I also use a very high quality cotton cloth for my face got like 5 of them or something...totally didn't steal these from an expensive ass Miami hotel.

Edit: general everywhere moisturizer for post shower lightweight quick stuff

u/a5555tha · 1 pointr/SkincareAddiction
u/jrockgiraffe · 1 pointr/SkincareAddiction

The timeless one is good but can be a little drying depending on your skin type. I like TO Ascorbyl Tetraisopalmitate Solution 20% in Vitamin F a little goes a long way, the price is right, and it doesn't dry me out.

u/HyperGuy30 · 1 pointr/AsianBeauty

> Timeless Vitamin C

I'm familiar with UVA/UVB sunlight though I don't have any kind of specific information regarding the level of protection my sunscreen currently provides. I will try to get the information from the manufactrer.

have you read the reviews @ Amazon for the Timeless Vitamin C serum? some say it's useless as it has a high pH level than they claim. might be another retailer selling on amazon? (

I will defentily read into all the ingridatines you mentioned. I've read about Niacinamide and its effects on hyperpigmentation, I hope I will benefit from it.

I've never used a moisturizing cream before, do you think I could benefit from it? I'm going to use a good sunscreen & Niacinamide\Vitamin C serum for start. I'm not going to look into retinoal or AHA before the winter. I'm currently after a delying product as some of the damage is currently undergoing (spots getting darker altough I void the sun almost completly).


u/Cranberry_Lips · 1 pointr/SkincareAddiction

L-ascorbic acid does, however, the serum has to either be at a pH of less than 3.5, or it must be in a waterless serum, like The Ordinary's.

I'm currently using this one. After cleansing, I apply 6 drops to my face, wait 15 mins, then follow with the rest of my routine. It lasts me about 4 months, which is about how long it takes for it to start oxidizing. I've also used NuFountain and Timeless in the past. I just never found them to give me the results that Paula's Choice has.

Also, it will take about 3 or so months for you to start seeing improvements. The same thing goes for starting a peptide serum.

u/_-Mayday-_ · 1 pointr/AskWomen

I try to keep mine simple while still doing what I can to prevent further damage. I didn't take care of my skin at all in my 20s so I'm undoing damage now, but the vitamin C serum and sunscreen combo have helped a ton. I have fairly sensitive skin, and it gets easily dehydrated as well.


u/HoneyBunnyBeauty · 1 pointr/AsianBeauty

I'm not sure if they changed the formulation recently. The Amazon link that I have doesn't show anything other than L-ascorbic acid and neither does the Timeless website. "We use a 20% concentration of L-ascorbic acid for maximum benefit."

u/topknot1975 · 1 pointr/SkincareAddiction

Hi there! As a start, I'd probably stop using Dr. Bronner's Soap. It's very alkaline with a pH of 8.9, too stripping for the skin. Skin is naturally a little acidic (4.6 - 6.0 pH), and clinical studies have shown that acne proliferates in an alkaline environment, plus continued use of an alkaline cleanser will actually make your skin increasingly more alkaline over time so it's best to use a cleanser with a slightly acidic pH (ideal is 5.5 pH).

Def search this subreddit for silicone-free to see what else you can find but here's a starter list of products (4 years old). A silicone free primer you could try is Too Faced Hangover.

The tamanu oil might be a little high in the oleic acid % (~40%) so it could be potentially comedogenic. Check this site for other acne-safe oils.

As for VitC, it is def quite confusing. VitC, in the LAA form, is quite temperamental. It's ascorbic acid already so it doesn't need to convert but its unstable, requires a low pH to work and needs a 15-20% concentration. It can also be irritating. It oxidizes quickly from water, light, air and heat so smart chemists developed derivative forms which while are more stable and tolerated, must convert to ascorbic acid (SAP, MAP, Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate (ATIP), etc.). There are limited studies on derivatives' efficacy (ability to penetrate, convert to ascorbic acid, etc). The latest derivative, ATIP, has shown to be well tolerated, shelf-stable and penetrate deeper and faster than LAA (7% concentration) so could be a winner for you. Here are some affordable options: LAA form: Timeless Skin Care 20% Vitamin C Plus E Ferulic Acid Serum ($15.50). It's formula is similar to the gold-standard, SkinCeuticals CE Ferulic ($166); SAP product: Mad Hippe VitC Serum; MAP product: The Ordinary Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate 10% ($10); ATIP: Ascorbyl Tetraisopalmitate Solution 20% in Vitamin F ($17.80). I can't speak to the nursing friendly aspect but I hope this helps as a starting point!

u/cat_fox · 1 pointr/RedPillWomen

Good for religiously using sun screen, if you are surfing. When I was younger, people didn't. We would use that Tropicana coconut oil instead of sunscreen. I didn't surf, but I used to bake myself in the water and at the beach. Now, I've had multiple basal cell carcinomas cut from me and I probably have more wrinkles than I should. I also used to look very young for my age, and it kills me now to know that I still could, except that I have more wrinkles!

You should be using zinc oxide based sunscreen on your face. It comes invisible now, although it is kind of cute to use the colors on the apples of your cheeks and nose, if you want. Please use a rashguard to protect your arms and chest from cancer!!

I've just recently started using argon oil on my face at night, and it has been the best thing I've done for my skin in a long, long time. I've also just started to use this in the morning:

u/ketchup_bunny · 1 pointr/AsianBeauty

i shop on amazon; i don't know if you do or have it where you live, but in any case you can at least see how the product looks like: melano, timeless.

personally, i use the timeless. i have had it for a little over two months now, i store it in the fridge. it is unchanged since i bought it, still perfectly clear - something i cannot say for the ost20; within a month it had already started to yellow.

the timeless does smell horrible though. i usually rinse it off after 15 minutes.

u/Trudateu · 1 pointr/SkincareAddiction

I've added this vitamin C to my routine. I'm getting some more (small) acne in areas that I typically get (cheeks) - is this purging?

Overall, I do:
Morning: LRP lightening wash, Dr. Jart Cicapir, EltaMD suncreen
Evening: LRP Effaclar wash, vitamin C serum, alternating 0.05% treitonin (prescription) and clindoxyl gel

u/anonnmoose · 1 pointr/SkincareAddiction

Can someone help me get better products or maybe get a routine going that would be effective? I feel like I am not getting any progress.


I have been trying to get rid of my razer bumps on my face for a while now. I managed to finally get them majorly down using Bump stopper, but now I have a lot of dark splotches on my face. I have been using these products to try and clear my skin up, but I am not noticing any changes:

Biore UV face milk SPF 50 pa++++

Nivea man face scrub




I normally exfoliate using Nivea man face scrub every other day in the shower.



Biore UV face milk



All products except exfoliating ones every now and then.


Skin type:


African American

Probably dry, I normally have dry hands

Pic of how it looks:

u/Dr_ChamP · 1 pointr/SebDerm

VERY VERY small amount like 1 drop. I ONLY use this oil as it does not feed the yeast and some skins in seb derm are deficient in it.

Around my mouth and mustache area I am more liberal with the oil and prefer to use the oil in the areas only for the most part because it skins in the beard and mustache easier where as moisturizers don't.

u/nadapotata · 1 pointr/SkincareAddiction

If you use Amazon, you can buy it there for less $

u/anoukaimee · 1 pointr/SkincareAddiction

Try a few drops of squalane oil in the AM. It's a "dry oil." I had the same situation as you a few months back. I would not use Aquaphor or anything like that in the AM unless you want to look like a greaseball.

The best I've tried (got a huge free sample, not sure if they're still doing it) is Bioessance's; I couldn't afford more, but the Timeless line (which is great for virtually all products: just good cheap and a focus on proven science) is good, too. It's on Amazon for $10.50 for 2 oz, which will last you forever here. Just a few drops. A natural occlusive that will sink right into your skin.

And have you thought about trying a SAP or MAP Vitamin C serum for the redness? I started using one and the results were instantaneous. I stress, don't use the regular "L-ascorbic acid" type--they really don't get at the redness and will irritate your skin. Deciem started a new line called The Ordinary, which is super cheap, (again) results-based, and they sell this. I haven't used that, but the one I do use (Dermapeutic's Sonoma MAP with DMAE) is being dc'd, I think, and I will jump on that as soon as I'm out. $9.60 a pop is freaking incredible.

Also, I started on the Asian beauty train about two months ago and found that FTE ("first treatment essences") like COSRX Galactomytes and (possibly Kiku-masamune--raves but I haven't tried it), which have niacinamide and, most importantly, yeast ferment, have been amazingly helpful in curing my constant redness. But big caution: YMMV. Some people have bad reactions to niacinamide (although if you're using CeraVe you're probably good) and even more so, ferments.

Lastly, you might want to layer on an Asian toner under squalane (keep in mind that a "toner" in Asia is not like the horrible alcohol-based crap we buy here: it's a very, very thin moisturizing solution). Something like the Hada Labo Gokyujun (which can cause problems for some because it actually has too much hyaluronic acid) or the Cezanne brand version (which is focused on ceramides, like CeraVe), topped off with a bit of squalane to seal it in, could be the ticket.

But no grease in the AM! (my two cents' worth, at least).

u/eliamm · 1 pointr/eczema

I like to use squalane oil. You only need the tiniest bit and it soaks in quickly. If I’m really dry I will put a light layer of aquaphor on top to seal it in.

u/Tin_cup_chalice · 1 pointr/AsianBeauty

It's amazing as a hair conditioner! What I am currently using is this but I may switch to this even though it is olive based because of the cost. Aside from using it as a hair conditioner, I also use it when I think I've compromised my barrier in order to get it to heal quickly.

u/Poem_for_your_shlong · 1 pointr/keratosis

Squalane oil is something that our skin produces and makes up 13% of your natural sebum.

Since your sebaceous glands are under performing , this will help to regulate follicle construction and stop keratin from clumping around the follicles:

Jojoba oil is actually a liquid wax ester that mimics sebum. For the same reasons as I stated above, this will help your KP and prevent TEWL which makes your KP worse.

Since you already have AMlactin, you are good there. Here is my favorite BHA acid Body scrub.

And these shower gloves for exfoliation are the best I’ve tried. They don’t require too much pressure and they de-cap existing keratin plugs effectively:

Which AMlactin are you using? The one with the green pump?

Also, do you need me to go over the routine with you or do you think you got it from here based off my original post?

u/CommonSuit · 1 pointr/keratosis

Also becuase I’m from the UK I’ll send you back the same products on the UK amazon just to check,

Squalane 100% Pure, 2 fl oz (60 mL)

Jojoba Oil Nature Shine 100% Organic 120ml Pure & Natural Cold Pressed Aromatherapy Unrefined Moisturizer for Face, Hair, Skin, Nails, Cuticles, Stretch Marks & Sensitive

For the scrub they don’t sell it on amazon UK so this is what I’m using at the moment

Soap And Glory Scrub Of Your Life...

Loofah I’m using is

Salux Nylon Japanese Beauty Skin Bath Wash Cloth/Towel - White

And another one is this:

Korean Italy Towel Exfoliating Bath Washcloth [4 Pcs] (Green) Techef Home


Amlactin 12 % Moisturizing Lotion...

u/undertherexxx · 1 pointr/FungalFolliculitis

And I’m using Timeless Squalane - Squalane 100% Pure (2 oz (60 mL))

u/LeslieKnope-Biden · 1 pointr/blogsnark

I'm going to try this one from Amazon that u/IPlanThings mentioned above and see how I like it when my sample runs out!

u/sjjustus · 1 pointr/SkincareAddiction

The squalene from TO should essentially be the same thing. Its less expensive per oz than TO and I'm a little budget conscious.

The app "Hush" carries some of TO items and always has free shipping, no minimum purchase, items are the same price as TO website, in case you wanted to try a few of TO without meeting minimum free shipping requirements. :)

The micellar water I use is the "green" bottle formulated for oily skin from Garnier. The pink bottle would be suitable for you as well. Blue is only really good for removing waterproof makeup, and can leave an oily residue which I don't think you'll like. I only ever use that one when I have on mascara and don't want to tug at my eyes.

Your skin is already pretty clear, so try introducing one product at a time and see how it reacts. If I had one product to suggest above all others, it would be the lactic acid 5%. It consistently delivers without overdrying. While everyone says the best product is the acid peel, I really find it can be drying and cause issues if your skin isn't used to acids.

Good luck!

u/IPlanThings · 1 pointr/blogsnark

I prefer the Timeless squalane on Amazon to the ordinary's. It's probably not as nice as biossance's but it's also cheaper.


u/Jazzyjose8 · 1 pointr/SkincareAddiction

This is a basic routine that I think is great for anybody
Cleanser: you said you have dry skin so you need a more hydrating cleanser

Chemical exfoliant: I recommend a AHA exfoliant from Paula's choice AHA's are generally good for dry skin and not as drying as salicylic acid

Sunscreen: in the AM is a definite must for anything wrong with your skin really I recommend the cerave am moisturizer (make sure weather you pick that or not you get a sunscreen with at least spf 30)

Moisturizer: I also recommend you get the cerave moisturizing lotion
I said mainly all cerave products cause they have great ingredients and are pretty affordable for most but try them out for your self and see how u like it idk about a hydrating cleanser though

u/pomegrandra · 1 pointr/SkincareAddiction

I have been lurking ScA for about three weeks now and I have learned so much!
Here is my current Skin Care Routine I have developed and I would love some input.


>100% Pure Coffee Bean Caffiene Eye Cream

This product smells so great, just like coffee beans. It wakes me right up in the morning! It is a bit greasy though. I still like to use it because it feels like a little treat for me in the morning!

>CeraVe AM SPF 30 Moisturizer

This product is great. It is so light in the morning and does not leave my skin feeling greasy at all! When it is summer, I will be needing more protection and I plan on using Cetaphil's 50+ SPH moisturizer. Has anyone had luck with this?

>Sometimes I will use Nutrogena's Healthy Skin Enhancer SPH 20

I believe this is a tinted moisturizer? I use this when I want a bit more even looking skin-color. It also contains a retinol treatment it says.

This is all I use in the morning, I also do not put on any make-up.

>Cleanse with Nubian Heritage Indian Hemp & Neem Oil

I really like this product since it has all natural and good ingredients! It doesn't leave my skin feeling tight at all, and I usually have that issue with cleansers. I usually only cleanse if I feel my like face is very dirty though.

> Exfoliate with Silk Natural's 8% AHA Toner

I did have some issues with my skin 'purging' to this product for the first few days, I got little bumps on my forehead, but after that I really noticed my skin getting clearer. I do want to switch to a product that helps with evening skin-tone.

I want 20 minutes before I put on other products.

>CeraVe Eye Cream

I just started using this last week and it really reduces puffiness! With that though more fine-lines are visible... and I am not sure what to do about that. Also i noticed that my undereyes feel kind of tense now.. is that normail
>Moisturizer with Silk Natural's Firming Moisturizer

THIS IS THE BEST MOISTURIZER! My skin looks so radiant the next day! It looks brighter and still feels soft and supple, yet my skin feels firmer. I was using a trial but noticed a difference after the first night! I am now purchasing the full size bottle.

[Products I will be introducing into my routine]

I ordered the following from Paula's Choice:
>RESIST Daily Smoothing Treatment with 5% Alpha Hydroxy Acid

>Skin Balancing Super Antioxidant Serum

>RESIST Pure Radiance Skin Brightening Treatment

I was hoping these products would help me with evening my skin-tone. Let me know if anyone has had luck with these PC products. I've heard great things!

u/consultinglinguist · 1 pointr/SkincareAddicts

For Drugstore finds, CeraVe AM Lotion SPF 30 is a great find. It can be a little thick and therefore sometimes more tricky to spread than the softer Eucerin Daily Protection SPF 30 which I also used for a while but do not see mentioned here a lot.

u/Tiejana · 1 pointr/SkincareAddiction

Could you order a chemical exfoliant online? I live in the US, so I guess I take for granted that most products are easily available to me, but surely at least Amazon will ship to France.

Here's the BHA from the beginner's routine on the site:

And here's an AHA (although this one can has the potential to be too harsh if using an AHA for the first time):

The AHA's and BHA's from Paula's Choice are also recommended on this sub. I checked, and they do ship to France.

As for the sunscreen, the one you linked isn't specifically for the face. Look into one that's formulated for facial use; the others can have ingredients that irritate your skin. I've used this one with no problems: But there are a ton of facial sunscreens out there. Do some research, try some out, but just make sure you're wearing one!

u/victoriousship · 1 pointr/SkincareAddiction

I would try a moisturizer with sunscreen in it! I think cerave has one that has spf, and it’s pretty cheap. And it’s a two in one which is one less step to remember! Most importantly choose one without fragrance and dye! Here’s the link:

u/all7dwarves · 1 pointr/infertility

as for products
This is my stuffs



oil for cleaning


u/efects · 1 pointr/bayarea

yes, i do. and im yellow. realistically, you should be wearing sunscreen everyday on your face at the very least. it will minimize wrinkles and freckles as you get older. i use cerave and its non-greasy and easy to apply in the morning. it's available here on amazon

u/SCA_Newbie · 1 pointr/SkincareAddiction

Sorry for all the text! I had made a thread cause I didn't read rule 9, oops. Tldr included.

New routine (Acne)

I visited the side bar for Acne prone skin under basic routines and bought some stuff. I went to Walmart so I wasn't able to find some of recommended products so I just got ones that I thought were similar or use some that i had at home.

  • Cleanser Looked for the CeraVe foaming facial cleanser, no luck.
  • Exfoliant I wanted the St. Ives pads but walmart didnt have them. :\
  • Treat Walmart didnt have any of the recommended, but I already had this product.
  • Moisturizer
  • Protect (sunscreen moisturizer?)

    I've been using the cleanser and treatment product I listed for a while now, although I ran out of the treatment cream few weeks ago and never replaced it until yesterday, The only change I saw was that it makes the acne appear less red while its on. Oh and for the past week I've also been using tretinion cream that i got waay back only before I go to bed. Should I stop using this?

    I used the products in this order this morning. Pretty much the way I listed them. Cleanser, exfoliant (burned), clearasil treatment, CeraVE sunscreen moisturizer since it was in the morning (burned when I applied it and continued to do so for a while).

    well here are my questions

  • Are these products good or should I replace some?
  • How often do I use this routine and in what order do I use them
  • What not to use and when (am and pm),
  • How long do I wait before applying the next product?
  • Do I only apply the CeraVe AM only when I'm going outside in the sun and do I still apply the other moisturizer if I'm heading out immediately after the routine?
  • Should I stop using the Tretinoin cream?

    Don't know if it matters but I'm a guy who shaves every two days (military) and I've already switched to razors with fewer blades.

    Tldr; First bullet list are the products i bought/have, Second list are my questions.
u/Torp211 · 1 pointr/Septemberbumpers2017

Ok...Here we go! This is a very relevant topic to me so get ready for a long reply ha!

I have cystic acne that only came up after going off of birth control a year ago. I've tried SO MANY things, but nothing worked! It wasn't until we started TTC when I was taking more vitamins that it finally got better, but it was still not great.

I found a routine that keeps it in check though and it involves Manuka Oil! My skin is in the best shape it has ever been! So here is what I found that works for me:

AM: I wash my face with Era Organics Natural Face Wash. About 3x per week I use their scrub. Then mix a little bit of Manuka Oil with CeraVe AM Moisturizer then apply Bare Minerals powder concealer.

PM: I remove my make up as soon as I get home from work with Micellar Cleansing Water and wash with the Era Organics face wash. Then I put a little bit of organic sweet almond oil along with the manuka oil on a cotton round and apply that to my face to moisturize. Sometimes I'll swap out the almond oil for CeraVe PM moisturizer, but the almond oil seems to help a little better.

Along with this routine, I take 30 mg of zinc and the recommended dose of vegan DHA every day, 5000 IU of vitamin D M-F, along with my prenatal. But I swear by the zinc. Here is a little information on why zinc helps with acne.

As for my chest and back (I get pimples there too but not cystic) I've been putting witch hazel and manuka oil on a cotton round every morning/evening and it has really helped clear it up! Granted I just started this routine a week ago so I hope it continues!!!

For someone who has struggled with this to the point of tears, I finally feel like I have it under control!!

u/jeanieinab0ttle · 1 pointr/SkincareAddiction

For acneic skin, I would recommend:

Burt's Bee's

A little more expensive:
Algenist (sorry couldn't find on Amazon, but it is a great product!)

u/-Kevin- · 1 pointr/SkincareAddiction

I'll check em out, but there's like 6 options of each choice, like if you're oily or dry or anything.

Based on those pictures is there something I should specifically get?

If not, then, I'll grab this one and This one And they won't leave my face oily or anything right? I've used someone's moisturizer before and my skin felt gross after.

Also, thank you :)

u/NessaTesla · 1 pointr/MakeupAddiction

Sure, though it's a little wonky at the moment. If you subscribe to /r/skincareaddiction, it should look familiar.

I typically use CeraVe Moisturizer AM and Biore Aqua Rich for SPF (which is super important, and it goes on great under makeup.)

In the evening, I remove my makeup with Garnier Makeup Removing Lotion and wash my face with Neutrogena Ultra Gentle Foaming Cleanser using a konjac sponge to exfoliate all my dead skin. I'll finish it by moisturizing, usually with CeraVe PM.

That said, and I know this is against skincareaddiction's patch test advice, but every few days I've been trying different types of moisturizer or other skincare samples I have lying around. I highly recommend [Sephora's sleeping masks in pearl and rose] (, as well as fresh's black tea mask and seaberry oil or their Lotus Face Cream. A sample for glamglow's supermud was AMAZING, but it's really expensive so I'm looking for similar products now.

I think that's everything I've tried in the last month. Again, I don't necessarily recommend going crazy with tons of different face products, but my skin seemed to respond better when I broke routine. I got dry in the first place by doing too much treatment in terms of AHA and BHA's and BP for acne, so I stopped all of them and focused on hydration instead. I think it's a lot harder to overdose on moisturizers! They've helped immensely. I hope this helped you!

u/dmgb · 1 pointr/SkincareAddiction

My CereVe moisturizer is also a sunscreen or is that not right?

Maybe I will just try the Stridex now and pair it with my OCM. Would trying out maybe like.. stridex before getting in the shower, then using my CereVe cleanser in shower, then my moisurizer/sunscreen after shower in the mornings and use OCM at night be a good starting point? Or is that too much stuff happening at once on my face in the AM?

u/throwawy2737 · 1 pointr/SkincareAddiction

I was hoping to get some help for starting off a skin care routine -

I'm a 21 year old male, and the only type of skin care I've done up to this point is for acne, which I still do. I use 1% clindamycin phosphate gel, and it does seem to help.

I believe I have an oily skin type, so knowing that, I've chose the following products from the recommended section in the wiki -

CeraVe Foaming Facial Cleanser

Mandelic Acid Toner

CeraVe Moisturizing Facial Lotion AM, SPF 30, 3 Ounce

Blue Lizard Sensitive Sunscreen SPF 30+-8.75 oz ?

Does using the CeraVe Mositurizing Facial Lotion AM mean I do not need/shouldn't use a sunscreen? Or should I just use another along with it?

I have acne on my forehead, around my mouth, and on my neck. Is this because of my bangs/facial hair? If so, is there anything I can do about that?

I also have blackheads around my nose, and would appreciate any advice for that.

My final question is, when I get these products, should I really only start with one at a time, and waiting weeks before adding another product? It seems like it would be a really slow process to start.

Any help is appreciated, thanks :)

u/skindoge · 1 pointr/SkincareAddiction


Some questions before I order a new routine (which will be patch tested and added one at a time ofc :) ).

I have somewhat dry skin with a few instances of acne showing up from time to time, I also have some PIH.

My idea of routine is to:
in the evening/night before bed:
Shower, cleanse with cerave hydrating cleanser,
Paulas choice AHA 8% gel (to exfoliate and get rid of PIH),
Moisturise with cerave in the tub.

In the morning:
Cerave sunscreen (

I prefer to shower once a day and doing that shower in the evening, so thats why I wanted the routine in the evening.

So some questions about this:
Will the hydrating cleanser be enough to cleanse the sunscreen?
What is the difference of cerave sunscreen labeled AM and PM? Do I need both?
Overall does this sound like a legit routine to you? Anything I should think about or add?

Thank you very much!
Thank you!

u/OneEightActual · 1 pointr/Rosacea

I'm a fan of the CeraVe moisturizers after they were recommended by my derm. There's a PM version without sunscreen and an AM version with SPF 30. Buying both seems expensive up front but the bottles last me like 2+ months usually, and it's still cheaper than a lot of alternatives and has widespread retail availability.

u/tbt23 · 1 pointr/acne

Hey! Currently on my last month. For facial moisturizer I use vanicream and for the rest of my body, I use whatever I have in the house. The main thing that does get dry is my face however. Just apply it every morning and every night and you should be good until you move up to a higher dose. Honestly any lotion will work for your face but try to get something that says light or lite because it won't leave your face so oily.

As far as other side effects, I haven't noticed too much joint pain(currently on 120mg per day). However your liver could take some damage, my first month my liver numbers were all really high, but i started taking milk thistle once a day and my numbers improved greatly, to the point where it was better than where I started.

For cleaning I would avoid anything made for oily skin because it will dry your skin out. Just get a normal cleanser. For now I just use water since my skin is getting better with just using the medicine.

u/ScreamingBears · 1 pointr/SkincareAddiction
  • The issue(s) Can't tell if I have razor bumps or acne (or a combination). Probably started around 4 weeks ago, but it's getting worse now. Looking for products that may help get rid of it. Do I need a better routine? Masque? Scrub? Asian Male, 27 years old.

  • Skin type. Oily, sensitive skin. I have eczema in certain places of my body like finger, arm, and back so I avoid products with MCI/MI, fragrance, and tea tree oil (very allergic)

  • Current routine
  • How long 9 months

  • Anything new I had just started using a new electric razor and I [am ashamed to] admit that I haven't changed my pillowcase in these 4 weeks. The bumps/acne appear around the places I have more difficulty shaving. Immediately after, I see bumps, but I don't know this is a combination of bumps and acne. Also, don't know how much diet plays a role but I have been indulging in sweets lately. I have also been really stressed (job interview, internship hours, applying for graduation, certification exam)

  • Your location Texas
u/seeing-red- · 1 pointr/TheRedPill

Per a dermatologist's recommendation, I use Vanicream products: cleansing bars in the shower and lotion afterwards to prevent dryness. They have no fragrance or extra BS ingredients that irritate people's skin. And salicylic acid pads before bed if I remember / am having a breakout.

May be better to quit using soap at all as others have said, but that routine and eating clean (try Whole 30) have made a huge difference.

u/TurtleThief · 1 pointr/SkincareAddiction

It could be the method of BC you're using since you recently changed it, did you notice any correlation of your skin worsening when you did?

My suggestion aside from looking into your BC is to switch to a really bland moisturizer specifically for eczema, like Vanicream Lite. Also, using a foaming cleanser and a clairisonic sounds really drying if you have extremely dry and scaley skin. Foaming cleansers are already not recommended for dry skin, adding a physical exfoliate on top of that sounds super drying. You should look into either dropping the clairsonic, or changing to a non-foaming bland cleanser (or both, IMO).

I would slow down on any actives or scrubs until your skin can repair its moisture again.

u/Sarahsaei754 · 1 pointr/SkincareAddiction

This is the lotion: Vanicream Lite Lotion, For Sensitive Skin, Free of Dyes, Lanolin, Fragrance, Parabens, & Formaldehyde, 16 Ounce Pump

I mist my face with Fiji water and apply this when my face is still a wet-ish. It will feel almost like a gel when applied this way. I always hated heavy creams so I understand you completely.

Try taking an antihistamine such as Allegra or Claritin and see if the itching and inflammation will stop. If it does you’re clearly allergic to something. I was taking Allegra everyday trying to get the itching to stop and it helped a little...

Also get hypoallergenic EVERYTHING if you can spare the money. Go see a real derm and ask for your money back from Curology. Luckily I got my stuff for free and but still spent a fortune trying to fix what they fucked up.

u/carson3456 · 1 pointr/SkincareAddiction

I had a similar question with pocketderm and irritation/moisturizers. Was actually using the same cetaphil moisturizer you were. She suggested these, which don't seem to have fatty alcohols in them when I looked up the ingredients:

4. Re moisturizers, I recommend EltaMD AM, (may be used at night as well; does not contain sunscreen ), or Sebamed Clear Face Gel ( ).

Other excellent options include Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturizing Gel, Vanicream Lite lotion:
or Vanicream Skin Cream:

u/BurnEyeSeeYouNurse · 1 pointr/SkincareAddiction

  • The issue(s) Really no issue, just want to be proactive (22M). Occasional breakout but nothing consistent. Am outside studying for 3+ hours a day, I'm sure there is damage I can't see yet.
  • Skin type. Normal skin type? Never had an issue with oil/dryness
  • Current routine NOTHING. Shower every day or every other day
  • Anything new No
  • Your location USA


    Going through the subreddit I've more or less randomly picked the following:

    - Vanicream Lite Lotion Pump

    - Vanicream Gentle Facial Cleanser

    - Glycolic Acid 7% Toning Solution

    - Skin Aqua UV Super Moisture Milk *PLEASE* if you have any other recommendations here it would be greatly appreciated.


    Thank you (:
u/emilyb117 · 1 pointr/SkincareAddiction

My question is, does the Mizon Snail Repair Cream and theRetinol Night Cream act as moisturizers in and of themselves? (The snail cream I use in the morning before sunscreen and the retinol before bed.) Or are they more for repair and I should also be adding in a separate moisturizer? My skin has been feeling pretty dry lately.

u/between_friends · 1 pointr/asianbeautyexchange

Sending out from Boston!

Mizon Snail Cream

Mizon White Sleeping Mask

Etude House Wonder Pore Freshener

Shiseido Perfect Whip

Let me know if anyone has products to trade! I'm a dude so no makeup please. Haha.

EDIT: All jars were used with spatulas so don't worry about bacteria. Cream was used once and didn't agree with my skin, toners was used three or four times and didn't work for me either. The perfect whip was used about 5 or 6 times and just dried me out too much. Let me know if you guys have anymore questions!

u/zenisuyen · 1 pointr/KoreanBeauty

I believed they had a rebranding with their logo. You can also find it explain here: Mizon All In One Snail Repair Cream, Day and Night Face Moisturizer with Snail Mucin Extract, 75ml ) (scroll down). I messaged their official insta and this is their official account on Amazon. Since i just recently checked, might as well share the info.

u/vuong22 · 1 pointr/KoreanBeauty

I swear by this one

I've been using it in rotation with Lenige one, the results have been amazing

u/Tsydenova · 1 pointr/SkincareAddiction

I've recently bought Mizon Snail Repair cream
And definitely can recommend this one! Even though It didn't help my acne, it vastly improved overall skin and appearance. I'm 29 old female with constant adult acne and all my life I have to buy Acne related products and Mizon was the first cream that I've tried for the "rest of my face" that doesn't have an active blemishes. I found it healing, firming, brightening, not very moisturizing.... , but the other huge bonus for me is that it acts supremely under makeup. It stays all day. So even though it's not an cure for acne the rest of your face will love it!

u/CaptainKalashar · 1 pointr/AsianBeauty

How much is it normally then? I bought mine on Amazon and the seller I used has the full price as $39.99 (though its always on sale for $20). O.O?

u/skincareaddict92 · 1 pointr/AsianBeauty

[This] ( along with my biore watery essence sunscreen is my fave for keeping my oily skin...not so oily haha.

u/LNG · 1 pointr/SkincareAddiction

Sorry in advance for the length of my comment but speaking from personal experience, your acne could be caused by fungus/yeast, not bacteria. It's called Malassezia Yeast and we all have it on our skin, but it can cause issues when it becomes overgrown. This overgrowth is called Pityrosporum folliculitis and looks almost identical to other forms of acne.

Other evidence that points towards fungus is the fact that you're breaking out on other parts of your body. The fungus spreads easily, especially if you give it a nice environment to thrive, like sweaty workouts!

I had perfect skin until I was about 22, and suddenly developed acne on my face, chest, and back. It was so bizarre and none of the traditional acne treatments were helping because, as I later figured out, most products are geared towards bacterial breakouts, including benzoyl peroxide. In fact, overuse of these products can cause fungus/yeast to take over the balance and cause all sorts of issues!

So, after months of research I came to the conclusion that I did indeed have fungal acne, so I started a routine to combat it. I was desperate at first, so I bought an anti-dandruff shampoo (because dandruff is commonly caused by fungus). [This one is great because its SLS free!]
( In the shower, I slathered it all all over my face and body, let it sit for 5 minutes, then rinsed it off. All of the breakouts started disappearing overnight, literally.

I felt strange using shampoo on my face so I decided to do more research and discovered that zinc is an amazing natural antifungal. So, I purchased this bar of soap, which contains 2% Pyrithione Zinc (an antimicrobial) and it was also very effective. I only use that about every three days now, and only on my body, because I have super sensitive skin and it is too drying for my face.

For my face, I now use Curology because they offer Zinc Pyrithione as an ingredient! My current formulation is .25% Zinc Pyrithione, 1% Clindamycin, and 4% Niacinamide and it is AMAZING. I'm now free of any and all breakouts.

I also use this mineral sunscreen because it uses zinc oxide - another form of zinc that is an antifungal!

For me, I have to maintain a routine or else the overgrowth returns, so I also take zinc picolinate supplements.
So, yeah, I hope this helps give some insight on your skincare journey!!


I also want to point out the necessity of being super gentle on your skin, in general. I always think "kill it with kindness" when it comes to skin issues. You definitely don't want to make things worse by over-exfoliating (chemical and physical), using harsh cleansers that strip your natural oils, and above all you must keep your moisture barrier in tip top shape because it will protect you from excess fungus and bacteria!

I decided to give you my whole routine as an example, so here it is! I focus on moisture.


u/twochingz · 1 pointr/AsianBeauty

$10.49 with prime shipping

MIZON Black Snail All In One Cream, 2.40 Ounce

u/stich226 · 1 pointr/AsianBeauty

For AB makeup, which eyeliner do you recommend, Dolly Wink Koji Liquid Eyeliner or the Kiss Me Heroine Make Smooth Waterproof Liquid Eyeliner? Or any other liquid eyeliners are fine too~ (pencil and gel just don't work for these oily eyelids T^T)

For starting a routine, do you recommend starting out with a moisturizer? Also is a second cleanser needed? Because I feel like an oil cleanser (for your sunscreen and makeup), and a toner would just be alright (consider it cleans the remaining debris off our skin and I feel like I would be wasting my money idk... sorry if I am wrong...

For oily and acne-prone skin, do you recommend the TONYMOLY The Chok Chok Green Tea Watery Cream or the MIZON Black All in One Snail Repair Cream?

u/thedictatorscut · 1 pointr/AskWomen

My two favorite moisturizers are both under $40 - I use the Mizon Black Snail AIO Cream when it's warmer, and the Banila Co. Miss Flower and Mr. Honey Cream at night during the winter months. The honey cream is a lot heavier than the Mizon one, but they're both great.

u/eperdu · 1 pointr/AsianBeauty

I've been using a lactic acid serum (8.5% lactic acid and 1.5% salicylic acid at pH 3.6) for exfoliating, predominantly, and I use it daily. I've been happy with it overall. But I've switched the rest of my skincare over to AB products and would like to switch this out as I'm nearing the end of the bottle.

I like daily exfoliating otherwise my skin is just flaky and rough. I have some hyperpigmentation going on as well so my main skin concerns are keeping the flakies away, smoothing the skin, and keeping the darkened skin at bay. I am not looking for miracles and am not looking to add multiple products.

I was eyeing the CosRX Whitehead as a replacement but am not sure that's exactly right.

Current routine (inasmuch as I have a routine):

Banila Clean It Zero Sherbet (3-5 times a week)
CeraVe cleanser (either gentle or foaming, depending on how dry I feel)
LacSal Serum -or-
CeraVe Serum

[Mizon Snail Recovery Gel Cream] (
Mizon Black Snail All In One Cream

I will typically do this every other day (the full thing) or I splash with water and use of the serums and moisture on the off days. I am really bad with routines and dislike using a lot of product so this is where I've settled and I love how my skin looks, overall, I just need a replacement for the serum. I'm using up the CeraVe products and will switch those out when empty.

u/queenelle · 1 pointr/AsianBeauty

Has anyone had experience with the Amazon Seller hellocos? They look pretty legit and have good ratings, but it wasn't in the list of reputable sellers in the sidebar. I'm looking to buy the Mizon Black Snail All In One cream!

u/Pukako · 1 pointr/newzealand

If it works, that's great. I've been spoiled by stocking up last time I was in Japan, as they are pretty damn good.

Apologies for going on about it, but I'm going to stock up again later this year.

u/Phoenixdown2621 · 1 pointr/SkincareAddiction

You should definitely be using sunscreen because you'll only end up with better results at the end of your treatment. The PIH you probably have currently will fade best if you're using sunscreen daily (and ideally reapplying even throughout the day).

Personally, I do NOT like US sunscreens in the slightest. None of them do it for me. I recommend this Nivea sunscreen or this Japanese sunscreen.

Yes American sunscreens will indeed provide you with sun resistance, but they do not provide any rating for UVA protection (spf is only rating UVB protection), and they are typically very greasy and look white at higher spf ratings.

Happy to provide more recommendations if you feel inclined to ask.

P.S. I'm also on accutane -- the vaseline will be your friend. Get a teeny tiny tub of it -- they sell them at Target in the moisturizer aisle. Carry it in your bag. You will be happy you did. If you're anything like me, be prepared for your muscles to ache and for your nose to bleed -- constantly. At the end of the day though, it's worth it.

u/HelpMyBrainisBroken · 1 pointr/MakeupRehab

Thanks! Is this the Nivea sunscreen you were talking about?

Also one last question...if sprays are basically useless, is there an alternative product you'd recommend for the body that's not so thick and greasy like the American creams, or should I just suck it up and deal with it? (I find that I can never get them to sink in properly, they always sit on top of my skin in a big ol' greasy layer.) Or, do you use the same gel stuff for both your face and body?

(p.s. especially if you know one that's water or sweat resistant...unless that's all just a big hoax lol)

u/musicalnoise · 1 pointr/AsianBeauty

I LOVVEEE this sunscreen. No whitecast, very liquid-y texture, doesn't make me breakout, and lightly hydrating. It has hyaluronic acid in it too! I have oily, acne-prone skin.

u/10-09 · 1 pointr/loseit

So, micellar water actually is a facial rinse that removes makeup as well. So, even thought I remove eye makeup before I wash my face, I like the micellar water for rinsing. Iam not great as getting all of my mascara off and so washing my face still means I get raccoon eyes. I generally like it as a "swoosh" of the face that gives a wash and gently grabs all the eye mess as well. The bonus is, for the nights when I am lazy, using a couple cotton pads of this gets enough of the job mostly done and I got to stop using those wipes that were aggravating my already angry skin.

Now, for also saving some $$$, here's a few suggestions for a starter routine. These are the things that made the most immediate difference for me. But, please search out reviews for these yourself so you can see if they are right for you.

Wash: CeraVe Foaming Cleanser (drugstore and amazon)

Micellar Water: Garnier or Simple (drugstore or amazon). Bottle is HUGE so should last for five or six months.

Toner: Witch Hazel (drugstore and amazon). I use Dickinsons. Again, huge bottle, lasts forever. Also, cheap.

Vitamin C: Timeless C+E+ Ferulic Acid (amazon) Other brands are far more popular, but this one was the least expensive I could find that had good reviews. I'm quite happy with it and don’t feel the need to check out the fancier stuff. . Vitamin C has made a HUGE difference for my fine lines and the brightness and "visual healthiness" of my total complexion.

Chemical exfoliant: I think this step is just as important as Vitamin C. What's tough here is that there are A LOT of options. I currently us CosRx products here (amazon), but I started with drugstore and they worked GREAT too. The Stridex and the Nip/Fab pads are great and you can even cut each pad in half to extend your purchase. I used them and I liked them. See this link:

After exfoliants is where you can start adding LOTS of things (and I rotate through a bunch) but for keeping it simple and keeping a budget in mind, I'd recommend a repairing cream and then a moisturizer that also has healing elements.

I use Mizon for a repairing get. It made a huge difference in the tone of my skin and helped fade a lot of my acne marks.

I use CeraVe for healing moisturizer. CeraVe has a cult following but people are obsessed with it because it is a fantastic product. I use the Cerave PM in both the morning and evening since I put on sunscreen anyway. But, there's a lot to choose from here and this one is just as loved and is a little less expensive.

This was probably too much information and if you add it all up, this may be beyond your budget. So, for the absolute musts, here's where I'd spend my first dollars:

Face Wash: Cerave Foaming or Cetaphil Gentle. You can even get the trial sizes to check them out.

Vitmin C or Exfoliant: Having both is ideal, but may not be practical. Choose one. If you choose the exfoliant, the Stridex and Nip/Fab pads are great depending on if you want a BHA or an AHA.

Moisturize: CeraVe Moisturizing Cream. You can get a smaller size here as a tester too.

My advice is just start somewhere and add if you can or want to. I needed 1) daily/nightly care and 2) HEALING. You may think your skin is oily but it is likely dehydrated. I ditched my clarisonic too. I thought the clarisonic was giving me a deep clean, but it was really hurting my skin and making it angry and break out. Terrible.

IMO, pretty much assume your skin is dehydrated and give it some TLC. As you clean it and restore it's moisture barrier, you can look at what you want to do next.

Skincare can be comforting and relaxing and I hope it's also fun! I also enjoy flossing...but I only use one type of toothpaste. Am I missing out?

u/plshelpmereddit1234 · 1 pointr/AsianBeauty

I was told this would be a better place to ask about this Mizon snail cream, Im using Cerave foaming cleanser and im going to be adding a bha (stridex or pc) and i want a new moisturizer because cerave pm was making things worse... the thing that worries me about this snail cream is dimethicone which cerave pm also contains, and ive heard it can clog pores (what most of my acne is i think). My skins oily-ish.

u/sitdowncat · 1 pointr/AsianBeauty

I just got Mizon's Snail Recovery Cream Gel a couple of days ago. I've only tried it a couple of times. I have tried some other, heavier snail creams that I didn't like. I'd actually given up on snail, thinking it wasn't for me! But this cream gel gives me hope. It is very light. It fully absorbs and leaves only softness behind.

u/CandidCallalily · 1 pointr/AsianBeauty

Same here! I specifically use the CLEAR BHA because acne and redness are my main problem. When I have acne spots that are healing, the Mizon Snail Recovery Gel really helps heal them faster.

A few times a week I'll put The Ordinary Vitamin C on at night, which might I add is dirt-cheap for a Vitamin C.

u/LavishPuddin · 1 pointr/AsianBeauty

Skinfoods peach sake toner has been really good for my oily/acne skin and it smells sooo good my mouth waters.

I would get a moisturizer with snail in it. It will really help heal the leftover marks from acne. Something like Mizon Snail Recovery Gel Cream could be a good place to start. You could do a snail essence/serum/ampoule but you really should use a moisturizer somewhere in your routine.

Also, it's not skincare related but Innisfree No Sebum Mineral Powder is really wonderful for oil control throughout the day.

Don't try everything at once! If you react badly to something (as acne prone people often do) you won't know what it's from. Good luck :)

u/The_BusterKeaton · 1 pointr/SkincareAddiction

Does anyone know where to buy the [Mizon Snail Recovery Gel Cream] ( in a physical store in Los Angeles?

u/missdjx3 · 1 pointr/SkincareAddiction

Are you using any other moisturizers?

Hyaluronic acid (HA) usually draws moisture from the air and into the skin. Living with high humidity is actually better since there is moisture for it to draw from. If you had lived in a dry climate, the HA would dry your skin by pulling moisture from your own skin instead.

Try applying onto damp skin and then sealing it with a good occlusive. I use the Mizon Snail Recovery Gel, which is highly recommended over at r/asianbeauty.

u/cheeryowl · 1 pointr/SkincareAddiction

Hello! Longtime lurker, first time poster (female, 27 years old). Since my early 20s, my routine has consisted of using sunscreen in the morning and washing it off with water at night, and overall I am happy with my skin. However, for the last couple years I've been wanting to add in some products for exfoliation and to fade some spots; in order to add an AHA/BHA/vitamin C/other similar products, I figured I needed to get a good skincare routine with a cleanser and moisturizer in place first before incorporating actives. After reading Skincare Addiction and Asian Beauty posts for years I finally started building a skincare routine a few months ago, but I am confused and I need some help!

Pics of skin: I think the lighting is more flattering in the first picture, but my skin was also in a better place. The redness and bumpiness in the second picture started a few days ago, and I stopped using the moisturizer that was causing it so hopefully it will get better soon.

Issues: old scar on my cheek (from a weird patch of dry skin that lingered for months), sunspots/freckles on cheeks, PIH, a few CCs, dry skin flakes (especially in winter), one stubborn milia on my cheek (a milium?), occasional acne around that time of the month

Skin type: dry, sensitive (reacts to many products, but overall fairly resilient as long as I stop using all products for a few days after a reaction)

Current routine:


  • splash with water

  • Bobbi Brown SPF 50 Protective Face Base: link (no makeup after, even though I think this sunscreen is for use under foundation)


  • rinse with room temperature or lukewarm water

  • use La Roche-Posay Lipikar Balm AP+ moisturizing cream; previously Nivea Creme

    How long/anything new: I just switched to the La Roche-Posay Lipikar Balm last night. For 2-3 weeks I was using Nivea Crème every night, but I noticed new whiteheads, redness, and bumps around my mouth recently. I have been trying out new skincare products for around 2-3 months.

    Goals for skincare routine over next 3 months: find a moisturizer that I can use morning and night, ideally one that also heals skin; add a cleanser for nighttime

    Goals for skincare routine over next year: add an AHA for exfoliation and fading scar on cheek, sun damage, and PIH; possibly add a vitamin C or other product to fade spots more; possibly switch out expensive Bobbi Brown sunscreen for one of the AB sunscreens I have (the Bobbi Brown sunscreen sort of doubles as a moisturizer for me, and my skin felt dry when using the AB ones since I didn't have a real moisturizer underneath. Once I find a good moisturizer, I'm planning to try the AB ones again)

    My location: USA

    Need recommendations for:

  1. Do I in fact need a cleanser and moisturizer before adding an AHA or vitamin C if I already have a sunscreen?

  2. The order in which I should build my skincare routine. The newbie recommendation says to focus on finding a cleanser (Step 1) and a moisturizer (Step 4), but it doesn't say which to incorporate first. I have sensitive skin and have reacted badly to skincare products in the past, so I can only introduce one product at a time and I need to do a lot of patch testing. I have a sunscreen in my routine already. I tried adding a cleanser first (La Roche-Posay Toleriane Hydrating Gentle Cleanser for Normal to Dry Skin, most gentle cleanser I have ever tried), but after a week my skin got somewhat dry and I developed some little red patches that went away when I stopped using the cleanser, which suggests that my skin needed a moisturizer after cleansing. I am currently trying different moisturizers (Cerave PM, Nivea Crème in blue tub, now La Roche-Posay Lipikar Balm AP+), but after a few weeks of each one I notice new whiteheads trapped under my skin on my cheeks, and now after the Nivea Crème I have some redness and bumpiness around my mouth (see pics above). When I got whiteheads after using the Cerave PM I thought I was reacting badly to fatty alcohols, but now I'm thinking it just means I need a cleanser because Nivea Crème doesn't have fatty alcohols. Do I continue my quest for a moisturizer first and then add a cleanser next? Arrrgh! I'm so confused and frustrated because I feel like my skin looked better when I was only using sunscreen. I also feel like my confidence has taken a hit because I obsess over little spots that I'm sure no one else notices.

  3. Product haul from Amazon. I got $50 in giftcards for my birthday (woo!) and I am interested in buying hydrocolloid bandages and some moisturizers and/or essences to try out over the next few months, especially ones that are not available at CVS/Target/etc. Eventually I want to get actives, but I think I should wait until I have the basics under control. I have narrowed it down to the following options after reading HG recommendations here and on the AB subreddit for dry/sensitive skin, but I would appreciate any suggestions if I have gone wrong somewhere and guidance in narrowing the list to total around $50, or additional recommendations if I missed a good HG product:

    Hydrocolloid bandages:

    COSRX Acne Pimple Master Patch, 24 Patches ($5) link


    COSRX Advanced Snail 96 Mucin Power Essence ($20) link

    COSRX Honey Ceramide Full Moisture Cream ($20) link

    Benton Snail Bee High Content Steam Cream ($15) link

    Mizon Snail Recovery Gel Cream ($9) link

    Sorry for the giant post! If I should ask this somewhere else in Skincare Addiction or post this in Asian Beauty instead, please let me know.

    (edited for formatting and clarity. new to reddit formatting)
u/Jessay94 · 1 pointr/AsianBeauty

Skin Type: Normal/Dry Dehydrated

Thoughts on Hada Labo Perfect Gel?

This one ->

Or suggestions for other comparable light creams/thick gels would be great! (Fatty alcohol free please)

u/searchingstill · 1 pointr/AusSkincare

Thanks for considering this, here is the Hada labo premium perfect gel

Yeah love heroine mascara, it's truly waterproof! Black is great!

u/iMalice303 · 1 pointr/AsianBeauty

Does anyone who uses/have bought the Hado Labo Perfect gel know if there's any difference between these two products on Amazon? The first link is my new HG moisturizer, and when I went to go buy some more I noticed what seems to be a newer version of it for a cheaper price. I'd obviously prefer the cheaper one, but if they changed any of the ingredients I'd rather stick with the one that I'm familiar with.

First link
Second link

u/daysofdane · 1 pointr/AsianBeauty

sure! i found this website that sells them in case you're in the US:
it looks like there are two kinds, but i'm in korea and i've only seen the yellow in the shops here so that's what i bought.

what i'm discovering is that it's supposed to be for cleansing as well (completely missed that on the package) but i always wipe down my face with micellar water before putting it on. it's got a really great cooling sensation that i can feel pull my face together after a night of being smooshed into my pillow. it feels a liiiiittle bit wasteful to only use it for 60 seconds but it seems to be working well so i highly recommend it!

plus it comes in the bulk packaging that i love japanese skincare for, so it's less wasteful in that way :)

eta: i also don't leave it just at this, i follow up with the ganbare watashi gel ( and hada labo gokujyun perfect gel (

u/pinay53 · 1 pointr/AsianBeauty

Here's where I bought it from:

It lasts a pretty good while too :)

u/imjustdrawnthatway · 1 pointr/AsianBeauty

Hi All,

I have tons of products but I'm not sure if I'm using them correctly, in the right order, or using too many at one time. Also, some are not AB. Just waiting for them to run out. Also, I have the Mizon 8% AHA and Paula's Choice BHA. When should I be using these in my routine? How often? Please give me your opinions! I have dehydrated skin.