Best facial cleansing products according to redditors

We found 2,734 Reddit comments discussing the best facial cleansing products. We ranked the 795 resulting products by number of redditors who mentioned them. Here are the top 20.

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u/TheRainbowpill93 · 286 pointsr/SkincareAddiction

My skin isn't perfect and I still have a lot of work to do but I love the routine I have now.

So, here are the products and my review.

KOSE Softy Mo Deep Treatment Oil, 7.8oz

So, this is my first oil that I've been using for a double cleanse . I've really enjoyed it and I often feel like it can clean my skin on its own, it doesn't leave my skin feeling greasy either. This was also my first Asian skincare product , specifically from Japan. Love it !

La Roche-Posay Effaclar Medicated Gel Acne Cleanser, 6.76 Fl. Oz.

I like this BHA SA wash because it doesn't completely strip my skin of its' oils but does leave it drier than usual. Personally, I think it's one of the better SA washes on the market but obviously YMMV.

Neutrogena Hydro Boost Hyaluronic Acid Hydrating Water Face Gel Moisturizer for Dry Skin, 1.7 fl. oz

This was a huge game changer in terms of moisturizers. Most moisturizers are way too occlusive to me to the point that I actually break out because my pores can't breath or so light, I remain dry and unaffected...and thus break out from dryness. This is the happy medium for me. My only issue is that the amount you get in the tub can make you run out quickly, luckily, a little goes a long way.

Village 11 Factory Sunscreen, Broad Spectrum SPF 50+, UVA/UVB Protection for Sensitive Skin, Moisturizing Hydra Sun Fluid

This is a Korean product. This is probably the only sunscreen I'll be using until something happens to the company LOL ! Its consistency is very close to the hydroboost so it just glides into the skin. It smells very similar too. One thing I noticed about this sunscreen is that it contains chemical ingredients as well as mineral ingredients. As someone who has only ever used American sunscreens before, I find this hybrid very unusual (and welcome). Perhaps it's a Korean skincare thing ? Let me know.

The other two are very well known products.

I use TO Niacinimide + Zinc . This was also a game changer for me and I'm just so glad I learned about it. It really helped regulate my oil production and helped the inflammation I get whenever my face get's too hot and sweaty or too dry. I've tried going without it for a month, just to see if perhaps it was just my imagination. Well, I think it's safe to say that it wasn't my imagination , this stuff really works.

I also use TO AHA + BHA chemical peel once or twice a week. I mostly use it for my hyperpigmentation . I know that the SA from my la roche posay is a BHA by itself but I like the extra "oomph" that the AHA does to my skin .

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/Mama-Emily · 105 pointsr/SkincareAddiction

Simple Micellar Cleansing Water: $22.99 - Lasts me ~3 months

Cereve Hydrating Cleanser $12.39

Thayer's Rose Petal Alcohol-Free Toner: $6.99 - Lasts me ~4 months

TruSkin Vitamin C Serum: $19.99 - Lasts me ~4 months

Simple Protecting Light Moisturizer SPF 15: $8.11 - Lasts me ~5 months

Simple Quench Sleeping Cream: $9.96

The Ordinary Azelaic Acid Suspension 10%: $7.90

Jack Black Lip Balm: $7.50

I'm sure there's variations in price based on where you get it and if amazon is having sales/add ons etc. Total is about $110 if you went out and bought all the products at once or roughly $20 a month. Totally reasonable imo!

EDIT: Bad math, sorry, I needed to count the Micellar water twice since it doesn't last me as long as the other products. Totals are estimates.

EDIT #2: Forgot the CereVe cleanser so I added that in as well. Some of the items don't have estimated time frames of how long it takes me to use up because I've never used them up.

u/scumteam14 · 60 pointsr/SkincareAddiction

Product name: Stridex Maximum Strength (red box)

Price (range): ~$5 for 55 or 90 count; can purchase in any drugstore or grocery store in the U.S.; amazon

Country of purchase: U.S.

Skin info: Normal-dry; mild but persistent acne; Fitzpatrick Type II

Ingredient list: (cosdna); Active Ingredients: Salicylic Acid (2%)
Inactive Ingredients: Amino Methyl Propanol, Ammonium Xylene Sulfonate, Citric Acid, DMDM Hydantoin, Fragrance, Menthol, PPG 5 Ceteth 20, Water (Purified), Simethicone, Sodium Borate, Tetrasodium EDTA

Special info: Alcohol-free; has menthol; pH 3-4; 2% salicylic acid

Experience & opinion: Cult-fave for a reason - simple, cheap, effective. Dries down fast, alcohol-free, incredibly convenient to use. Even with my normal-dry skin, I find that the drying effects of this product are easily mitigated with moisturizer (obviously ymmv.) This has seriously helped manage whiteheads, sebaceous filaments, and those lil red inflammed buggers.

u/iAtty · 58 pointsr/SkincareAddiction

This week I turned 30 and got a haircut, looking at the selfie I took after I thought my skin finally looks like its in a better place so I thought I’d share my routine! As a guy that has lurked this sub for a while I thought I’d try and help the other dudes here who feel a bit lost at trying to look our best.

Been trying to find the right regime I can stick to for years - started using my moms and various SOs face stuff, using just about every trick in the book that we all know only makes our skin worse. The routine I’ve settled on now is…


CeraVe Foaming cleanser in the shower - Been using it for years. Works well. I can only use it once a day though, dries my skin otherwise. -

TO Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1% - Started using this a few months back and it seems to be helping a lot. Blemishes fade faster, are less apparent throughout the morning, I like it -

TO Hyaluronic Acid 2% + B5 - The first day I used this was the first day in years I can remember not having an oil field on my face at the end of the workday and not seeing pools of oil on the bridge of my glasses when I take them off, I think having properly hydrated skin has really help keep my acne at bay and skin clearer -

TO Natural Moisturizing Factors + HA - Favorite moisturizer I’ve used and I’ve tried a handful -

Sunscreen - currently using a mineral sunscreen from CVS, unclear on brand. Not the best, not the worst. Going to give TO’s Mineral UV Filters a try next.


OCM with Snow River Mineral oil - Used it for about 4 years now, works extremely well, wipe it off with microfibers I get from Amazon in bulk -

TO Glycolic Acid 7% Toning Solution - I use this every other day, sometimes every 2. I was using it every day but since stopping that I’ve found my skin feels a bit better -

TO Hyaluronic Acid 2% + B5 - Again, see above!

**TO Vitamin C Suspension 23%

  • HA Spheres 2% - Use this daily, the first few days I used it I woke up with noticeably better skin -

    TO Natural Moisturizing Factors + HA - Again, see above!

    Once a week:

    TO Salicylic Acid 2% Masque - This stuff makes my skin feel amazing afterwords. Like, washing it off and my skin feels noticeably different. Since using it I’ve been more blemish free. Generally use this Wednesdays once a week -

    TO AHA 30% + BHA 2% Peeling Solution** - This stuff gives me a very similar experience to the Masque but I feel the differences the next morning. My skin looks more even and healthier. I use this typically on Sundays but may skip a week if I’m feeling dry. -

    Happy to answer any questions about the regime or products! I'm planning to add a few more TO products to my regime soon and can update any successes later on. So far, everything above will be a constant part of my regime - I'm even about to bulk order most of the TO stuff so I don't run out anytime soon haha.

    Hope this helps others! :)

    E: I posted this earlier this week but it was removed as it was a selfie and not Friday, so I'm reposting today so anyone interested in it can see.
u/TooManyPoisons · 57 pointsr/AskMen

Copying from my previous comment from earlier in the thread:

Face lotion alone is NOT providing nearly enough SPF coverage. Come over to r/skincareaddiction! :) There are many sunscreens out there that feel like lotion but are highly protective. I personally use an Asian brand that is SPF 50 and protects against both UVA and UVB rays, something most standard sunscreens don't do. It's only $12 on Amazon and lasts me a couple months. After it dries, I can't even tell I'm wearing sunscreen.

My typical morning routine for my face is:

  1. Cleanser (then wash it off)

  2. Toner

  3. Moisturizer

  4. Sunscreen

    I also add sunscreen to any exposed skin on the rest of my body. This sunscreen is cheap enough that I feel fine using it for my full body.

    I repeat this whole process at night (excluding the sunscreen). I also add Vitamin C serum after the toner, which also helps with anti-aging (promotes collagen growth).

    The whole thing takes less than 5 minutes, plus a couple minutes between each stage to let it dry. Wrinkles are SO hard to reverse... the best solution is prevention while you're still young! Plus, as someone whose parents have both gone through cancer, skin cancer is not something I take lightly.

    EDIT: I've had many requests for my exact products so I'm adding them here. Everyone's skin is a little different, so I would definitely advise doing your own research to find what works best for you. For reference, I have clear (little-to-no acne) skin, not too dry or oily.

    For each product, make sure you do a patch test to ensure you don't have a bad reaction. They're all pretty gentle so you should be okay, but always good to be safe.

    Cleanser: Vanicream Gentle Facial Cleanser

    Toner: KLAIRS Supple Preparation Facial Toner

    Moisturizer: Trader Joe's Nourish Oil-Free Antioxidant Facial Moisturizer (this is cheaper in store)

    Sunscreen: Skin Aqua Super Moisture Gel pump (SPF50 + PA ++++) (takes like a month to deliver so I usually buy multiple at a time)

    Vitamin C serum: Dr. Brenner Vit C parent (small bottle but a little goes a long way)
u/roslein · 52 pointsr/SkincareAddiction

I've had KP since I was a kid and am finally getting handle on it in my 30s. My current routine is glycolic lotion twice a day, creams on the affected areas 3-4 times a day, and then physical exfoliation and using zinc or sulfur soap a couple times a week to keep the bumps at bay. But since skincare is YMMV, here's the exhaustive list of almost two decades of treatment, in case some of these other things will work for you!

100% of the items can be purchased via Amazon in the US - it's pretty much the only way I shop.

Beginner Level

If your KP has just appeared, focus on physical+chemical exfoliation and moisturizing. Look for lotions with the following ingredients:

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/d4m1t · 44 pointsr/SkincareAddiction

I've finally resisted the temptation to spend money and change my routine that works. I am 22 y/o guy with very oily skin & I sweat a lot - which is usually what causes my breakouts. I also love these products because they're (mostly) readily available from stores in Australia.

Derma Sukin Daily Hydrating Wash - AM & PM. This stuff is so cheap, and very gentle. It has an almost identical texture to Cetaphil, only makes me feel less dry.

Kose Softymo Speedy Cleansing Oil - PM, before Sukin cleanser. My holy grail oil cleanser. This stuff is liquid gold, it's excellent for blackheads and a really deep clean. I feel like wake up with noticeably softer skin.

Innisfree Green Tea Seed Serum - AM/PM after cleansing. It's a very hydrating serum that I feel has reduced a lot of the redness from my acne scars. It's kind of expensive-ish so if you guys have any alternatives hmu!

The Ordinary, The Buffet - AM, after serum. This is stuff of miracles. This stuff has really helped the texture of my skin, and I only use a drop each morning.

Neutrogena Water Gel - AM/PM, mixed with TO Hyaluronic Acid. Cheap, doesn't break me out, good for Australian heat, and my sweaty face. I don't think I need much more until it gets dry and cold eventually.

The Ordinary, Hyaluronic Acid + B5 - AM/PM mixed with Neutrogena moisturiser. Cheap, hydrating, effective & mixes really well with my moisturer. I tried the Marine Hyaluronics one and thought it did nothing. The Hada Labo one was also good but harder to pick up in stores.

The Ordinary, 30% AHA + BHA 2%]( - PM, once a week. I prefer this stuff over the stridex pads or any other AHA/BHA I've used as it's less irritating on my skin. Really helped with acne scarring and prevents cystic acne breakouts. Kind of annoyed you can't get it in stores in Australia anymore though.

La Roche Posay Anthelios SPF50*]( - AM, final step. I feel like I'm yet to find a sunscreen my skin LOVES, but this one does the job and doesn't break me out. It's kinda expensive but it lasts for a while.

u/mdkps · 43 pointsr/AsianBeauty

i started an ab routine about 2 years ago but i still havent found the perfect routine - but im getting there.

  • double cleanse with mineral oil (pm only, still trying to find something like hada labo cleansing oil that wont break me out on my period)
  • hada labo foaming face wash (hg - i will NEVER change this. ever.)
  • (non ab) skinoren (azelaic acid 20%, currently on its way to hg status)
  • naturie hatomugi skin conditioner (hg, helps with redness and gives dat glow)
  • ceradan hydra cream (hg, gimme dem ceramiiides)
  • skin aqua uv watery gel (am only, someday ill find the perfect sunscreen. but that day is not today...)

    you can check the routine megathreads for some people with full hg routines. all the best to you!

    edit: here is an amazon link to the face wash because idk how to upload pictures.
u/sporksforever · 40 pointsr/MakeupAddiction

These are some of my holy grail skincare products!

Night time:

  1. Cleanse with cerave cleanser
  2. I typically do Melano CC or BHA/AHA every few days or so. AHA/BHA are chemical exfoliators and Melano CC is vitamin C that helps renew your skin. These are both applied right after cleansing the skin, you have to wait 20-25 minutes after applying BHA/AHA (10 minutes for the vit CC) before you apply other stuff.
    ** these products dry out your skin so I put on many layers of moisture after, and also don't do them everyday. AHA (and BHA too, I believe) makes your skin more sensitive to the sun so I also wear SPF 50 everyday underneath my makeup.
  3. then the Missha FTE mist
  4. the snail mucin gel
  5. scinic honey thing

    day time:
  6. either missha fte or snail mucin gel
  7. shirojyun toner
  8. shirojyun lotion (just cuz I have it, probably wouldn't repurchase although I do really like it!)
  9. sunscreen

    hope this helps! :)

    these products all contain brightening properties. If you want to learn more about other people's experiences with these products you should search r/asianbeauty. If you search top posts there as well you should see lots of hg lists/reviews!
u/borborborbor · 38 pointsr/movingtojapan

I usually recommend Biore Watery Essence as a starter SPF. It has bit of alcohol in it, but other than that, the application is so smooth and the coverage is great. Whenever you get here, head to any Don Quixote, Cosme Shop, or any other sort of drug store. They often have samples out of things (especially the Cosme shops), so you'll be able to try out different brands and types on your arms and see what leaves a cast, has a weird smell or texture you don't like, or my favorite - for some reason has some sneaky shiny highlighter powder bullshit in it.
On that note, some classics in Japan might not be for you. Best to avoid anything that promotes: tone up, brightening, color correcting, etc. (which is quite a lot of the market right now tbh), or strictly mineral based (zinc or titanium dioxide) ones because they will leave a whitecast on darker skin tones. Here's a ranking of current SPFs in Japan by popularity.
SPFs here are typically either oil based ('milk' type) or water based ('essence' type). Oil is best for body, sinks in easily, a lot runnier and easier to apply, can be a bit moisturizing. Water is best for face, usually more of a gel like texture, tends to clog pores less, but usually has more alcohol in it, so it can be drying. But YMMV, and I know people who use the milk types on their face with no issues (but uh, I am not one of them).
Another thing to note is that SPF, and skincare in general, is often reformulated every year or so, but still sold under the same brand/item. So if something was working well for you and suddenly isn't, that is likely the culprit. There are also some ingredients in sunscreen that may irritate your skin, such as fatty alcohols, higher alcohol content, fragrance, etc. so if one doesn't work or is causing dryness or clogged pores or blemishes, search for your item on cosdna for ingredients that may be triggering issues, and just keep trying ones that don't have suspected irritants in it.
A lot of nicer sunscreens retail for ¥1500-2000/30-50ml. But there are also a ton of great ones for way less! So don't feel pressure into getting the creme de la creme. Paying ¥600-800/50ml is a decent range to expect. There are waterproof ones for those super sweaty days, but honestly, nothing beats reapplication every two hours of sun exposure. Finding a sunscreen that is enjoyable to apply is really the key to consistent usage. And you should also look into getting an oil cleanser and a soap cleanser for the evening. The oil cleanser is rubbed into your skin, dry, and then emulsified away with water. It helps break down and remove a lot of the longer lasting ingredients in SPF. Follow it up with a foam cleanser and you'll be golden. (These are my two recs for cheap and great for that.)
Anyway. Gooooood lucccccck my dude. LMK if you need any more overwhelming amounts of info. Hahaha.

u/Phanners · 30 pointsr/SkincareAddiction

I've recently started oil cleansing and its both reduced the size of my SFs and made my pores look smaller. Like, noticeable difference in less than a week.

I use this stuff (some people just use regular mineral oil or what have you, but this is the only kind that's worked for me). I'll massage it into my dry face for about 2 minutes, then follow up by washing my face with my normal cleanser.

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/Dolo1234 · 29 pointsr/popping

Try AHA+BHA and hydrocolloids for a while for the scars. I use to do this too (terrible extraction technique), now I know better. Took about 2 months of all day long hydrocolloid (they have scar healing properties, something about keeping them always moist), morning BHA (Cerave brand) wash, weekly AHA (mandelic). I do my whole face but spot treatment exfoliant would work too. Those both could easily be gone!

u/Taellion · 27 pointsr/singapore

Unfortunately, for most people who have sensitive skins, there is rarely a single product that solves all. Here are several habits I develop to cope with my troubled skin.


In Camp care

  1. Applying sunscreen - Yes, at first some of your friends/bunkmates will be laughing at you, but after awhile they will not care about it. I recommending purchasing matt/ non-shine sunscreen, as is the least obvious in appearance. Avoid applying too close to your eye area, it hurts like hell when it mix with your sweat and get into your eyes.
  2. Put a clean towel on your pillow before you sleep. Try to change/wash that towel as often as possible. This will protect your face from built-up skin cells, oil, dirt and bacteria on your pillowcases.
  3. Eat more fruits and limit your intake of sweet drinks/oily/fried food. (Some skin types are more sensitive to dietary changes.)
  4. Always practise good hygiene and wash your face twice a day. (Morning & before you sleep)
  5. Sleep early if possible...
  6. Avoid touching your face. If you want to touch, wash your hands first.
  7. Vitamins and supplement - My friends recommend purchasing grape seed extract, zinc & vitamin c supplements, it said help them manage their acne problem. (Case by case basis)
  8. Wash your helmet after use, especially the chin strap and forehead area.
  9. Build your skincare routine, like others have mention you can look in the following subreddits (skincareaddicts/ Asianbeauty/Skincareaddiction) for tips on how to take care of your skin.
  10. Shower properly, most people just rub soap on their body, don't be afraid to bring a shower sponge to scrub your body.
  11. Avoid laying in your bed if you have not showered or feeling sweaty.
  12. Moisturiser might help if you have eczema.
  13. Use a separate towel when for dying of face.
  14. Wash your jockey cup too.
  15. This product might help with your back and chest acne, can be applied on the face too. Do not apply too often, it can cause skin dryness.
  16. Sleeping on your sides might reduce chest and back acne.
  17. Clean your phone screen every now and then. Because throughout the day, your phone is gonna collect a lot of nasty and the last thing you want to do is to transfer it to your face when you call your loved ones.


    Outfield care

  18. Clean your face with Aloe Vera/baby wet wipes before you sleep. Avoid sleeping with camo if possible.
  19. Spam camo cream... Camo cream can act as an effective sunscreen. (Do note some skin types might have a reaction to camo cream, if you have such a condition, try to get a letter from the MO.)
  20. You can use wet wipes to clean camo off your helmet.
  21. Bring an antiseptic cream, sometimes even exhaust all your means and your skin continue to rebel, is better to prevent it from getting worst. I use this for my eczema and groin rash, it will help to control the inflammation for awhile.


    Route March Care

    Friction rash

  22. I recommend wearing tights or swimming trunks and if your commanders forbid it, just apply a layer of Vaseline on areas that are prone to friction rash. (Thighs, groin, nipples, underarms etc)
  23. Wear double layer socks and pour a gentle amount of SAF powder in them. The socks have to be brand new, in the event, your commander prohibits you to wear double layer socks, I suggest purchase professional hiking socks beforehand. I brought mine here. They used to carry in green.
  24. If your field-pack/ILBVs is also giving you issues, I suggest purchasing cushion/padding for them or just place 2 layers of socks underneath them. Furthermore, make sure the weight is evenly distributed on both sides of your shoulder.
  25. For extended marches, you can consider changing your walking style similar to a cow-boy to avoid your thighs from touching.

    Source: History of oily skin, cystic acne & eczema.
u/neuro_neurd · 26 pointsr/SkincareAddiction

Based on the Beginner's FAQ, I started using the Cerave foaming wash and moisturizing cream and my skin is doing MUCH better. I have oily, somewhat acne-prone skin. I was also using the apricot scrub but I don't miss it AT ALL. The Stridex pads and occasional use of AHA pads pads a couple times a week have served to exfoliate and treat breakouts better than St Ives scrub. I feel like a bit of a success story so I recommend trying out some new products if you feel like your skin condition could improve.

u/tall-americano · 25 pointsr/SkincareAddiction

Ulta is currently having a sale on all Cerave right now: Buy one get one 50% off.
Normal price is $14.99, so the first bottle is $14.99, the second is $7.50, use two $2 off coupons from Cerave’s website, plus the $3.50 off $15 Ulta coupon and pay $14.98 for 2x 12oz ($0.62/ oz)
Target: Go to customer service/ price match at the register for’s price of $10.79 for the 16oz bottle. Then use a coupon for $2 off from Cerave’s website. Final price of $8.79 ($0.55/ oz)
Compare these prices to Amazon Subscribe & Save $11.39 for 16oz ($0.71/ oz)

u/lurkercreep · 25 pointsr/SkincareAddiction

if you're trying to maximize bang for buck washing off your actives is probably not the way to go. I'd switch to a gentle cleanser like cerave or an oil cleanser and follow with an exfoliant that I leave on-- maybe Corsrx AHA/BHA?

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/Katrinamazing · 24 pointsr/SkincareAddiction
u/n3rdfish · 23 pointsr/SkincareAddictionUK

I have oily skin, but the oiliness decreased DRAMATICALLY once I (a) stopped using strong, stripping cleansers and (b) addressed some underlying dehydration issues.

First, paradoxically, you've got to stop drying your face out. The second ingredient in that toning lotion is alcohol - as a start, I'd stop using that. The second ingredient in that cleanser is sodium laureth sulphate - I'd also replace that with something much gentler, like Cerave Hydrating Cleanser, or my favourite, Hada-Labo Cleansing Foam.

You've got to get some hyaluronic acid and ceramides into your skin to help repair your moisture barrier. For me, the key to repairing my oily/dehydrated skin has been using multiple light watery hydrating layers - this is where Asian products really are better. For hyaluronic acid, you could try Hadalabo Light Lotion. This is basically an extremely light hyaluronic acid serum that almost looks like water, that you pat into your face after cleansing. You could also try layering that with Cerave Lotion at night to get some ceramides into your poor skin.

For me, the best mattifying primer is my sunscreen, Biore Perfect Milk, but this does leave a slight white cast so is not suitable for deeper skin tones.

So, TL:DR, your drying cleanser and toner are doing you no favours. Invest in light, watery hydrating layers to repair your moisture barrier. And pls use sunscreen!

u/thistlerose21 · 22 pointsr/SkincareAddiction

I put together a mini version of my daily skin routine because I am in my early twenties and spend a lot of nights not at home.

Left to Right

1st: [Hada Labo Gokujun Cleansing Oil](r/ a few pumps of my favorite oil cleanser in this [miniature airless pump]( Works to get off my night makeup and pull the gunk out of my easily clogged pores.

2nd: [Cetaphil Daily Facial Cleanser]( r/ in a travel size container. My preferred second cleanser that doesn’t get me as dried out as a Cetaphil Foaming cleanser does.

3rd:[Biore UV Aqua Rich Watery Essence Sunscreen]( The biggest item in my travel case, but half used up so it’s easily folded in half. For application the morning after.

4th: [Pixi Glow Tonic]( I use this as a substitute for my preferred nip and fab glycolic fix extreme- works just as well in a pinch but doesn’t have the added salicylic acid/isn’t a convenient pad.

5th: Curology in another airless container. I only wanted to spare a few pumps of product for travel as it’s the most expensive item in my routine.

6th: [Bliss Drench n Quench]( sample size. A sub in for my Neutrogena hydro boost gel- works well enough, but not enough to persuade me to switch.

u/ilyaev_ · 20 pointsr/news

If you want an exfoliate I suggest something like muslim cloth and rub it gently (this is a physical exfoliate) , or an AHA/BHA depending on your skin concerns. (chemical)

If you have dry skin an AHA would be best. Since it slowly destroys the "glue" that holds the dry skin on, and helps it fall away.

Or BHA if you have oily skin. For example I use BHA on my jaw line because I get hormonal break outs from time to time, and its definitely made an improvement, but I use AHA for my forehead because I'm quite dry and my forehead gets the driest.

This is fairly cheap and seems to be peoples favorite (bha):

This is an AHA and you can buy it from Superdrug :) Anyway, you can find all you need fairly cheaply if you know what to look for!

Just to let you know, if you use AHA please use sun screen every day. Regardless of how it looks outside, you'll be photosensitive for a week.

u/GlossyProse · 20 pointsr/SkincareAddiction

For bacne:

  1. Change to a salicylic body wash. I recommend Neutrogena Body Clear Body Wash.

  2. Use a salicylic acid exfoliant on the back, once or twice daily. I recommend Stridex Med Pads.

  3. Finish with a salicylic moisturizer. I recommend CeraVe Renewing SA Lotion.

    You’ll notice the trend here: salicylic acid.

    Salicylic acid penetrates the skin, causes a softening and sloughing of the top layer of skin, and helps unclog pores to resolve and prevent acne. This acid is also lipophillic, which means it can even penetrate oily skin and already clogged pores, resulting in a deep cleaning. Salicylic acid can reduce sebum secretion, which is another way it can help reduce acne. Lastly, it's also an anti-inflammatory, which can help calm inflamed acne and promote healing.

    As a final note, unrelated to the bacne.. please stop using R+F products. The products are of average quality at best, way over-priced, and even more overrated. Not least of all that MLM schemes should be avoided. If you need help with your skin care, the community info in this subreddit has a really excellent FAQ and wiki, and members are more than happy to answer questions.

    Best of luck.
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/krissycole87 · 19 pointsr/SkincareAddiction

As someone who suffered from razor bumps my whole life, let me help!
Ok so the solution to razor bumps: Kill germs + exfoliate

You can do this in many different ways. There are lots of products out there (TendSkin, Bliss Ingrown Hair pads, etc) that are to treat razor bumps and they are all generally a mixture of alcohol and a chemical exfoliant (some type of AHA/BHA) You can try these products but Ive found it much easier to use my own.

My process:

  1. Cleanse/exfoliate my legs with CeraVe SA Cleanser and a scrubby glove
  2. Shave with a clean razor and a nice shave gel. I use Aveeno Sensitive Skin
  3. After shower I use Witch Hazel toner w/ Alcohol to kill germs and soothe microscopic cuts
  4. Follow that up with my CeraVe SA Body Lotion
  5. MOST IMPORTANT STEP: Is to repeat exfoliation DAILY until your next shave. This means applying your AHA/BHA product each day.

    Immediate bumps are caused by germs getting into your pores, which could come from your razor, your towel, your shower, really anything. This is why sanitizing with some type of alcohol immediately after shaving is important.

    Bumps which appear later (especially next day after shave which was always when it happened for me) are caused by the hairs inability to push back through the surface of the skin properly. This is where exfoliating comes into play. Exfoliating after shaving and each day until your next shave helps the hairs come back through the skin with minimal irritation.

    You can use any combo of products to kill germs and exfoliate. Ive used just pure alcohol and stridex pads before. The stridex pads work really well for this, actually. But I like using the SA lotion instead since its a lot more moisturizing and seems to work just fine. If you understand what you are trying to accomplish, then it doesnt really matter the products you use to achieve it.

    I hope this helps! Hang in there!
u/jacksclevername · 18 pointsr/malefashionadvice

I don't sleep well and would at least like to look like I do. I once asked my buddy's girlfriend, who is all about skincare, how to reduce the darkness under my eyes and she got all excited and ran back with a bottle of The Ordinary Caffeine Solution to use at night, told me to use Cera Ve cleanser in the morning (I use this one, no idea if it's better or worse than the other ones) and to regularly use moisturizer.

I forget sometimes, so I do feel like my eye bags have cleared up a bit.

u/ItsOkayToLurk · 18 pointsr/SkincareAddiction

I would recommend less exfoliating with physical exfoliates and more chemical.

You probably have combination skin, right? Is your face wash drying? Do you feel like your skin is tight after you wash your face?
You want a more gentle face wash. Yes, I'm going to say it only because it works but CeraVe's cleanser is cheap and easy on skin. I doubt you're running around with much makeup on so this will be fine both during the day and night to wash with.

You can also use CeraVe's moisturizer both day and night to help kick start the repairing your skin needs to do.

I would suggest you start throwing in some glycolic acid to speed up the process of clearing everything up. Apply this before the cream.

With the acid though you're going to need sunscreen. They say that 5 minutes in the sun without sunscreen is just as bad as hours. Yes, CeraVe also offers a great sunscreen for a cheap price. This will be your last step. Apply it half an hour or so before you head out anywhere.

Don't do much more than this for a couple weeks. See how your skin reacts to it all. It'll need a bit of an adjustment period before you can start adding more products in. I suggest reading some of the stuff in the sidebar. The people here have great advice to give and have complied it pretty neatly.

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/7sided · 16 pointsr/SkincareAddiction

I'm going to recommend you some products based off the photos but YMMV.

Super gentle face wash

Glycolic acid, for gentle chemical exfoliation

Hyaluronic acid, to force moisture into your skin

Snail gel, to help heal your skin and lock in more moisture

Sun cream, because it's never too late

Use in that order., only suncream in the morning [obviously]. The products listed will smooth the texture of your skin and promote healing. Drink loads of water, of course, and at night, don't be afraid to layer on some thick, heavy duty moisturiser like a cm thick. I use the Nivea in the blue tub and various eczema cremes, depending what's in my cupboard this month.

Good luck and post an update if this works for you!

u/nailpolishbonfire · 14 pointsr/SkincareAddiction

Hi! It sounds like your boyfriend could use an AHA for both the dark spots and the KP. The AHA will likely help the acne as well but you can also try a BHA formula for breakout-prone areas. He'll probably want to cleanse his back if he doesn't do that already (a back brush with a gentle head will help to reach); I used Cetaphil's cleanser on my shoulders years ago when they used to break out. The exfoliation is liable to help with the ingrown hairs but be careful not to overdo it so his skin doesn't dry out (I imagine it's hard to moisturize the back without help). I used to have dark spots from acne scars and KP on the back of my arms but using the AHA and BHA I linked on my face and this on my arms mostly cleared them all up. You can find information on all of these issues in the wiki.

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/seafulwishes · 13 pointsr/SkincareAddiction

it's actually $12 here :D my HG toner.

Speedy oil $10 :D

u/hhungryhhippo · 12 pointsr/AsianBeauty

Based off this post

  1. Oil-based cleanser: Kose Softy Mo Deep Cleansing Oil
  2. Low pH water-based cleanser: Not AB, I just use cerave's cleanser
  3. Moisturizer: I don't have one yet...
  4. Sunscreen: Biore Watery Essence

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/haveyouseenthebridge · 12 pointsr/JUSTNOMIL

You should check out r/AsianBeauty. It is a skincare subreddit and it has changed my life! I also recommend an oil cleanser (one without coconut obviously) I love this stuff:

It's cheap and comes in a huge bottle. I also have sensitive skin and this has really helped. It has mineral oil as the main oil so it might work for you! Good luck!

u/LSScorpions · 12 pointsr/SkincareAddicts





NEVER USE LIME (I mean, really? What year is this? Why are we recommending this to people?)


These things will make microtears in your skin and leave you with scars and pigmentation, and even carry bacteria all around your face (they don't kill bacteria, but if you have some causing acne in one spot they're great at getting into a pore when they tear your skin and carrying that bacteria over to a new spot on your face to break you out more).


If you find that you have flaky skin and need to exfoliate, you can use a physical method that is gentle such as a cotton wash cloth, a clean brush or silicon thingy (like this ). Or you can use a very, very gentle exfoliating product like this one that uses cellulose and cotton in the actual wash and not something hard and granular that will have sharp edges like sugar ( ).


Better yet, if you don't really have that thick, dry, flaky, crackly skin, use a cleanser, toner, or cream with an AHA or BHA like 2% SA:

Start off using these once every third day, and if they don't irritate your skin, you can try every other day, or every day, or twice a day. But don't overdo it right away because it will essentially burn off a layer of your skin if you are overexposed to an acid. These are strong, which is why they are effective, but you have to be careful.

u/anniecakes · 12 pointsr/AsianBeauty
u/butterflybrains · 11 pointsr/femalefashionadvice

I swear by stridex in the red box (a long time favorite over at /r/skincareaddiction, as well). Nothing really ever worked for me until I started using these daily.

u/Manungal · 11 pointsr/SkincareAddiction

Yeah, Thomas Roth’s water drench. Expensive AF but it works for me and everything irritates my skin.

I also use Sebamed clear with a few drops of squalane and put that on top. Only thing that keeps everything hydrated without irritating my face in the winter.

u/versaiie · 10 pointsr/sugarfreemua

I had issues with scaly skin and what helped me tremendously was glycolic acid pads to exfoliate instead of scrubs and also applying makeup with a beauty blender. I've used a couple different brands that had no more than 2%, I have rosacea so my skin is very dry/sensitive so the girl at Sephora recommended to not go higher than that but I have seen pads up to 20%. This is what I use specifically

u/EmPav · 10 pointsr/SkincareAddiction

It just looks like some blocked pores/small whiteheads. Id start a really simple routine. Just absolute basics in case you're a newbie:


  1. Wash hands first. Wash face with Cetaphil Gentle Cleanser or Cerave Foaming wash (or another gentle wash - gentle and not harsh is important, normal soap or even "acne washes" can make skin worse, annoyingly) Wash off, pat dry with CLEAN towel
  2. Put a small amount of SPF moisturiser (Cerave AM is good, or Cetaphil moisturiser) on skin, rub in gently.
    Don't skip moisturiser! When skin dries out after being cleansed it can feel all tight, then starts to actually produce more oil day to day to compensate (and more whiteheads!) But moisturiser stops that from happening.

  3. Wash hands. Wash face gently with the Cleanser. Pat dry
  4. Wipe a Stridex pad (or another Salicylic acid exfoliant) all over face.
  5. Moisturise (Cerave PM or Cetaphil, don't use the SPF one from morning at night)

    Never pick or pop the whiteheads, it's tempting but they will hang around longer. The stridex pads will help release them, as Salicylic acid essentially dissolves the glue in between the dead skin cells holding the plug there.
    If your skin feels tight or itchy/dry on this routine try stridex only every second day. You'll still get results. Don't skip the Cleanser or moisturiser if you're using a BHA (that means something like Stridex with Salicylic acid)
    Change your towels and pillowcases often, don't touch your face too much, and be patient, it'll take a couple of weeks to see results

    TL;DR - try buying these 4 and using them:
u/nerisella · 10 pointsr/SkincareAddiction

Sure!!! In my opinion, the differin makes the most significant difference in my overall skin appearance and texture and the rest of the products are there for "support" so to say, but are no less important to my routine! I'll also try to include some mini reviews when possible so this might get long. I'd get a snack, lol.

AM Routine (note: this also depends on time in the AM, and whether or not I plan on leaving the house and/or apply makeup) --

  1. If I did not apply the CeraVe Healing Ointment the night before, I cleanse only with micellar water. I like the Simple brand, L'Oreal for dry skin, and the CVS beauty 360 brand a lot. If I DID apply the CeraVe Healing Ointment the night before, I cleanse with the Neutrogena Hydro Gel hydrating cleanser. I like this one and my skin feels really soft but really clean after, not dry.

  2. Hylamide SubQ anti-aging serum -- Very thin and watery, but I like it. My skin feels less dry and since fine lines are an issue under my eyes due to eczema under them, I'm getting more into anti-aging at age 23.

  3. Hyalmide SubQ Under Eye serum -- Bottle is only 15 ml but you really only need one drop for both eyes. Genetic dark circles and fine lines are major concerns for me. Both Hylamide serums are still very new to me, so I can't comment on results yet.

  4. TO Alpha Arbutin 2% + HA -- My acne scars fade quickly and the product has HA that helps with hydration. I can't single out this product as something that single handedly cleared up my scarring because I use so much, but I genuinely believe it helps. If I'm short on time though, this is something I might skip. This doesn't happen often though.

  5. TO Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate 10% -- If I'm feeling really, really, really dry, at this point I'll also incorporate a drop or two of facial oil when applying this product. I like this product a lot, but it wasn't hydrating enough for me on its own regardless. If I'm super pressed for time in the AM, I might skip this one as well, but again not often.

  6. Avene Skin Recovery Cream -- This product is a ride or die, holy grail, will never, ever, ever be without it again kind of moisturizer for me. It's a bit pricey at $20-$30 USD on Amazon, but if I ever heard it was getting discontinued I would still buy a 2 year supply in backups. I have to buy mine on Amazon due to lack of retailers near me and I have gotten duds/fakes before, so be careful. Read reviews!!

  7. Sunscreen -- If I'm not planning on wearing makeup, I wear the Elta MD UV Clear physical sunscreen with Niacinamide (also note: If I plan on wearing this, I'm also gonna be skipping the Vit C from step 5). If I am planning on wearing makeup, I LOOOOVE the Nivea Sun Protect Plus UV Milky Essence, but it's hard for me to get on Amazon with prime shipping so I usually settle for the Biore UV Aqua Rich Watery Essence. The Biore has a higher alcohol content and is therefore more drying, but it does the job.

    PM Routine --

  8. If I were wearing makeup, I would used to always go for plain ol' mineral oil to remove my makeup/oil cleanse and follow again with the Neutrogena Cleanser from the AM. Now I'm trying a cleansing oil that actually emulsifies and rinses away and I'm liking it a lot. I usually follow with a quick swipe of micellar water and continue with my routine. If no makeup, I go straight in with the micellar water to cleanse.

  9. MISSHA Time Revolution The First Treatment Essence -- I like this a lot. I've only been using it for a month or so texture wise I don't notice a huge difference in my skin from this product alone. But it is very moisturizing and I think it helps my skin hold onto moisture for longer in conjunction with the other products. I kinda pat this on with bare hands after putting a few drops in my palm.

  10. Differin, every other night. I use a pea sized amount all over my cheeks (worst prone for clogs), chin, forehead, and then the remainder on my nose. Holy grail status, will never be without again.

  11. Same Hylamide serums from AM.

  12. TO Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1% serum -- I love this. It is pretty thick/goopy/gooey and kinda sticky when it dries down but this texture doesn't bother me too much because the residue feeling goes away when I apply other products on top.

  13. TO Azelaic Acid Suspension 10% -- On nights I don't use the differin, I will use this with a few drops of face oil mixed in. This has a more slippy/silicone-y feeling that isn't very moisturizing despite it looking very creamy. I mix the oil into the product on my fingertips before applying to my face because I found if I applied a few drops of oil on top of the skin after apply the suspension, the product would pill up and move around. I didn't love this product at first, but after cutting it out for a while I really missed it because it's definitely subtly effective. I read somewhere to pair it with TO's Niacinamide serum and I like them back to back.

  14. Avene Skin Recovery Cream -- See AM routine.

  15. Random Sample Eye Cream OR Mario Badescu Hyaluronic Eye Cream if I have it on hand. That's the only eye cream I've ever repurchased the full size for after using a sample.

  16. CeraVe Healing Ointment -- I use this shit for everything. Seriously, I will put a thin layer all over my face at night to lock in moisture, heavily applied under/around the eyes if my eyes are feeling irritated from eye makeup or my eczema, lip balm, cut balm, burn balm, elbow/callous balm... So good. It's quite a bit more moisturizing than Aquaphor and has ceramides.

    I will also layer the CeraVe Creamy Oil onto my skin under the Avene Skin Recovery Cream in the PM if I'm feeling extra dry/irritated and skip the acids. I like the My Beauty Diary Hyaluronic Acid Sheet masks. I'll usually take a bubble bath once or twice a week and use those on my face during that time.

    Feel free to ask me any questions! :)
u/lurklurklurky · 9 pointsr/SkincareAddiction

Also too lazy for pics, but here's mine!

Skin: Combination/normal, oily t-zone and normal elsewhere (somewhat dry/flaky if I don't use a BHA), hormonal acne on forehead and chin just before my period

AM & PM (One added step in PM: remove eye makeup before cleanser using store-brand oil-free makeup remover):

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/BloodyTrannyCock · 9 pointsr/AdviceAnimals
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/SpiritSnake · 9 pointsr/SkincareAddiction

I found three things really helped with my body acne, which I had on my chest and back. It was never terrible, I only had mild - moderate acne on my body, but it was definitely annoying.

  1. Using a good face wash on my chest, back and shoulders really helped. I use Cerave foaming face wash on my upper body when I shower.

  2. Showering more frequently helps. I used to shower every third or fourth day (dry shampoo and deodorant go a long way), but now I shower every second day.

  3. Using a BHA on the more stubborn areas. I still occasionally get minor breakouts on my chest, but applying a BHA keeps my skin super clear. I use either the Paula's Choice Clear Body Spray or Cosrx BHA Liquid.

    Hope that helps!
u/notmycat · 9 pointsr/SkincareAddiction

Yeah, someone on this sub turned me onto this as a face cleanser instead and I'm obsessed. Best I've ever used and it's only $10, y'all. Of course I've now graduated to $45 eye cream, daytime lotion and nighttime lotion, but that's because my adult skin is literally more prone to breakouts than my high school skin.

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/reallycoolpeople · 8 pointsr/MakeupAddiction

Just AM:

  • rinse face, slap on chemical sunscreen.

    Just PM:

  • emulsifying oil cleanser. Great for a very gentle makeup remover and cleans well. Thanks, adult acne!
  • Wash face with Cerave Hydrating. Does this do anything? Who knows.
  • I throw this honey thing in. It really does a good job adding some moisture, but it's too sticky for the morning/takes too long to sink in.
  • Almost last, rosehip oil. I am not a homeopathic gal, so I turned up my nose to all the promises. Dumb. I LURVE this. It soothes, it fights acne, it really helps with the dryness more than anything else. It will turn you into an Oompa-Loompa for about 2 minutes, though.
  • At the end, seal the whole shebang with a sleeping pack or Vaseline. That definitely helps with the dryness and my face is softer the next morning.


    What about you? My routine does super well at fighting the irritation-red part of the rosacea, but I wish I had something that blanched the actual-red-all-the-time part.
u/UnderwaterTelephone · 8 pointsr/malefashionadvice

I have always been a fan of Cetaphil. It is very mild, has never dried out my skin and it doesn't have an obnoxious scent.

u/mvincerz · 8 pointsr/AsianBeauty

Second the Hadalabo Cleansing Foam pH of 5.5 too I believe.

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/toxik0n · 7 pointsr/MakeupAddiction

Oil Cleanser: Holika Holika Soda Pore cleansing B.B Deep Cleansing Oil

This stuff takes off ALL my makeup with a gentle massage. Every ounce of waterproof eyeliner and mascara comes off in under 10 seconds. When it comes in contact with water it emulsifies, leaving your face clean and soft with no oily residue. Magical stuff.

Cleanser: CeraVe Foaming Cleanser

My skin has improved leaps and bounds after introducing CeraVe to my routine. Both the cleanser and moisturizer are gentle and have improved my skin texture greatly.

BB Cream: Lioele Triple Solution BB Cream

Amazing coverage, great tone-matching and leaves my skin looking fresh and flawless. With skin brightening ingredients and SPF30, this is my go-to skin product.

Mascara: Clump Crusher

'Nuff said.

Eyeliner: Cailyn Gel Liner

A great find from Ipsy! This stuff is totally smudge-proof and with the applicator brush (included in the packaging), it goes on smooth and crisp. Perfect cat-eye every time.

Everyday Lip Colour: TONYMOLY Petite Bunny Gloss Bar in Juicy Apple

Even not including the beyond adorable packaging, I adore this lip balm. It gives a gorgeous sheer pinky hue to my lips. The formula is SUPER moisturizing and creamy. It goes on like butter, no stickiness at all. And less than 4 bucks a pop? Amazing.

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/SylphsAndSnowflakes · 7 pointsr/AsianBeauty

It largely depends on where you live and how quickly you need the items. As a general rule, if you're willing to wait a bit, you can find items much cheaper from non-Prime sellers on Amazon and overseas sellers on eBay. Also, if you're just purchasing a few things and they are heavy items, I find it's usually cheaper to stay away from sites with high shipping charges by weight, like Testerkorea and RoseRoseShop.

I usually do a lot of research when I make a new product purchase to find the lowest price from a reputable seller that I can. Partly because I just like shopping online for AB stuff and partly because I make it into a sort of game to see how cheap I can find something. It's like a hobby for me.

I recommend the Honey browser extension for Amazon. If you're looking for something it will tell you if there's a cheaper price available from another seller. It also goes through available coupon codes on many other online sites to see if there's one in the database that works for your order.

Anyway, I'm not sure where you live, but I did a bit of looking (I'm in the U.S.), and this is what I came up with. I can't guarantee these are the best prices out there -- just what I found from a bit of quick looking at a few different places.

Hado Labo foam for $9.40 with free shipping on Amazon (not Prime) here

The Face Shop Cleansing Oil - $9.58 with free shipping from Jolse here or $10.20 on Amazon Prime here.

Shiseido Aging Care Sunscreen on Amazon for $8.20 with free shipping (non-Prime) here.

Rosette Aqua Ceramide Gel - $12.45 with free shipping (non-Prime) on Amazon here.

u/DarknetSurgeon · 7 pointsr/SkincareAddiction

It may have also been due to SLS or SLES! I recently switched over to Vanicream cleanser, $7 and 10% sulfur ointment, $8 as recommended as my curology provider and a lot of the irritation and texture is slowly beginning to fade from my face. Also, I read that snail mucin is excellent for hydration; Cosrx snail 96 mucin is only 15 bucks on Amazon. No fragrance or SLS for me anymore...

u/SureInvestigator · 7 pointsr/AsianBeauty

If you want something low pH that isn't drying, I'd go with this, it's such a good all around cleanser, very gentle, and it's cheap:

Hada Labo Gokujyun Foam

It makes my skin feel clean but chokchok

u/loneSTAR_06 · 7 pointsr/AskMenOver30

Same here. It has made a lot of difference for me.

Witch Hazel


Face wash

That’s all 3 things I use. The last 2 have lasted me 5 months and I use them both morning and night. The toner lasts about 2-3 months.

u/TourmalineTart · 7 pointsr/SkincareAddiction

Ok! (I have melasma too. Grrrr, I hate it!)

Have you always been on the 0.05%? Did you start at a lower dose and work up? I use tret too, and it is ferocious when you first start using it, it has kind of a long acclimation period. How long have you been using it?

For your routine, I have a few thoughts. You've got some potent products going on, which is ok.

Right off the bat, I'd suggest switching to a non-foaming cleanser. Foaming cleansers generally have an ingredient in them to produce a lather (it's normally an SLS) and they can dry your skin out extra. Look for a gentle hydrating facial cleanser. Since you are using a CeraVe now, you can try the CeraVe Hydrating Facial Cleanser. I would recommend this one from Cetaphil though. It's super gentle, AND! You can get a travel-sized bottle from the mini's section at Target for under $2 to try it out.

I like the silicone scrubbies! It's nice for tret users because of the peelies. Just be gentle with it, and maybe even switch to every other day use.

Are you using the oil control moisturizer because you're oily? You definitely want a moisturizer in the AM. You may want to find something with ceramides and/or niacinamide and/or hylauronic acid to really help your moisture barrier during the day. This would go under your sunscreen and after your hydroquinone.

Ok, then the next big thing I think will really help, is adding a good moisturizer at night. You don't even have to use a fancy one. Both CeraVe PM or CeraVe moisturizing cream are good options. The former has some extra goodies in it (niacinamide), but the later is really creamy and rich (you can also but it all over your body. It also comes in a smaller "travel size" tube for less $$$ if you just want to try it out).

Since you are on a kinda beefy dose of Retnin-A I would recommend mixing a pea-sized amount for your entire face into a dollop of the moisturizer you chose and apply it that way. This won't change the potency of the retnin-A at all, it just provides a bit of a buffer for your moisture barrier.

Personally, I take this a step further and wait 15 minutes for everything to sink in, apply a little more moisturizer, then apply vaseline ALL OVER my face before I go to sleep. This may or may not help you out-- I don't know how your face and your acne responds to occlusives. But, the vaseline step is what was crucial for my skin to stop being so red and peely on retnin-A, because it locks the moisturizer in while you sleep.

Edit: Sorry, this post was getting long so I figured I'd send it. I know we haven't even talked sunscreen yet! But, I strongly suspect the sunscreen isn't the root of the problem, so I wanted to talk about your routine first.

u/deathxbyxsnusnu · 7 pointsr/femalefashionadvice

Okay, this is going to be way too much info but I love skincare dearly and I really wish women had more good, readily available information on vaginal hygiene. So soldier on if you want to learn something and also get product recommendations that I’ve personally vetted.

Not to imply anyone isn’t taking care of themselves, but besides ‘Here is how a tampon works’ in 6th grade what education did any of us really receive that was about us taking care of our bodies for OUR benefit? I can’t tell you the dozens of female clients I previously worked on who would be embarrassed of their natural odor or secretions and would ask my advice on how to taste/smell/look better. I have a whole other soapbox rant about that but this isn’t the time for it.

Back to recommendations. I’m going to include what I consider to be the highest quality facial soaps that will also pull double duty as a cleanser for the outside of your lady bits so you don’t have to hide the bottle in the shower from nosy roommates or have an awkward convo with your partner. And one that is specifically vaginal wash because it’s just a great prod

I personally use Eminence Organics Stone Crop Gel Wash and then chemically exfoliate -if needed- with Aveda’s Botanical Kinetics exfoliant. and moisturize with Eminence Bamboo Firming Fluid Yes, I have a skincare routine for my bits...and I am aware of how stupidly bougie that is.

That’s obviously not the route for most rational folks and I HIGHLY stress that you use unscented products until you’re familiar with your own ability to tolerate fragrance, natural or otherwise.

I use Stone Crop because I am prone to Bartholin Cysts and this does the trick to help prevent them/reduce PIH and smells divine. Eminence is an amazing Hungarian skincare brand that uses zero water in their formulary and is certified organic, cruelty free, and has their own organic farm to source most of their ingredients. Only downside is the cost.

The best truly low ph cleanser I’ve ever used thus far is SanDaWha Camellia Secret Zone Soothing Wash. It’s expensive, but lovely. It’s formulated as a vaginal cleanser, aka, technically okay to use on your inner labia, but I am a firm believer that you should never be using soap in your vagina, it cleans itself, just wash the outside well with warm water and a clean washcloth EVERY TIME. Well, maybe on your period do a bit of unscented, ph balanced soap. For that, there is nothing better than good old CeraVe Hydrating Facial Cleanser - ph of 5 . As an aside, I much prefer the moisturizing cleanser to the gel cleanser for acneic skin. The gel is too acidic and strips the acid mantle which makes your skin produce more oil. Moisturizing your oily skin after cleansing gently will, in most scenarios, heal blemishes faster than swinging the hammer of spot treatments and harsh AHAs.

Now, regarding your lady parts chemistry, we run between a high 3 and just under a 5, IIRC. The SanDaWha clocks in there, and is also amazing on facial skin. I use about 5 different face washes/cleansing oils based on how I’m feeling, but it would be my choice if I wanted ONE product I could also use on my face and , because I hate overly niche products. Our skin sits at 5.5 ph, so your best bet is to always use a wash that’s at 4 and you’ll strike a happy medium.

u/BoxedBoobs · 7 pointsr/SkincareAddiction

SebaMed gel moisturizer. It's way better for me because it leaves no white cast (I'm medium brown) and a little for my big face seems to go a long way. It is a little sticky but paired with the watery essence my skin seems to like it.

u/flinchcr · 7 pointsr/malefashionadvice

been looking through r/asianbeauty as that region has great skincare products. from what i’ve gathered Kracie Ichikami is a great sulfate free shampoo. this is a great face cleanser and this is a great face toner/moisturizer.

u/Cranberry_Lips · 7 pointsr/SkincareAddiction

For the most part, the salicylic acid in a cleanser doesn't stay long enough on the skin to help with blemishes. It takes 4-6 weeks for the skin on your face to renew itself, so you should have seen some improvement by now.

I would try a leave-on salicylic acid product, like Stridex pads and switch to a more gentle cleanser. If Aveeno products didn't make your face worse, I would stick with them until you were sure that Stridex or whatever BHA product you chose didn't break you out.

u/iemg88 · 7 pointsr/AsianMasculinity

This is my carefully crafted list according to friends/reddit and other sources. enjoy

Skin Care (in order of application)

Hada Labo Rohto Gokujyn Hyaluronic Acid Cleansing Foam, 160ml

Klairs Unscented Toner

Time Revolution MISHA Essence

MISHA Time Revolution Night Repair AMPOULE

CNP Laboratory 50 SPF sunscreen (since it doesnt burn like others)- i bought in korea,

Also seems promising is La Roche-Posay Anthelios Cooling Water Lotion Sunscreen

Belif The True Cream Aqua Bomb MOISTURIZER


Maintenance skincare masks:

Innisfree Jeju Volcanic Clay Mousse Mask Original (I only use twice a week)

Innisfree skin clinic mask-Madecassoside(10 sheets)- Use like every other day

\^ hands down the best face mask

u/yabih2o · 6 pointsr/SkincareAddiction

If you're looking into skincare, then definitely start a basic routine and get a good cleanser, moisturizer, and sunscreen if you don't already have them. Here's a few recs I have: cleanser moisturizer sunscreen. If you're really serious about treating pimples, then look into AHAs, BHAs or maybe even trying Differin. Only thing is that you have to be committed to wearing sunscreen every day if you go that route, and your skin WILL purge (get worse before it gets better).

u/eep27 · 6 pointsr/SkincareAddiction

Morning routine:

u/Devastating · 6 pointsr/BlackPeopleTwitter

Ok bro, I got you

u/SEXPILUS · 6 pointsr/AusSkincare

There's a message on their website saying that they plan to soon stock their products in Australia, but I emailed them about it and they said it's not true (wtf?).

However, if you are open to buying online, I was recently linked to an Amazon seller where the CeraVe products are reasonably priced, and the shipping was affordable.

You can find it here.

I am now the proud owner of the Foaming Cleanser, Hydrating Cleanser, and moisturiser in the tub. I can't speak for the cleansers yet, but the moisturiser is quite good but the texture takes some getting used to.

u/onigiri815 · 6 pointsr/muacjdiscussion

I recently bought Hemp Oil to try out. Usually I use "proper" balm or oil cleanser's which emulsify but after seeing posts like this I was like fuck it lets go then.
So far so good, wipes off cleanly, doesn't clog (has a condomogenic rating of 0) and no new breakouts. I will probably go back to an oil cleanser and plan on using the Hada Labo Oil Cleanser. I also love the Clinique Take The Day Off Balm and it's sort of "budget" alternative, Banila Co Balm range

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/sea-weed · 6 pointsr/muacjdiscussion

I ordered a bottle of Cure Natural Aqua Gel exfoliator stuff out of pure curiousity. While I was researching it I found loads of rave reviews along with skeptical assessments that because of its ingredients it shouldn't work. I have to find out for myself.

I also ordered another bottle of Missha Time Revolution First Treatment Essence, making this my third repurchase. My skin really loves this stuff and it seems to miss it when I run out.

I'm trying to decide which facial sunscreen to try next and would appreciate recommendations, particularly AB! I'm currently finishing a tube of Missha All Around Safe Block and like it a lot but fancy trying something different. I've also used and enjoyed Shiseido Hada Senka Mineral UV Gel, Biore Aqua Rich Watery Essences, Supergoop Everyday, Supergoop Soothing, and both of the ones from Elta MD. Ones I didn't like so much were Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Dry Touch, Benefit Dream Screen, or any of the ones from La Roche Posay. I have dry skin and my budget is pretty open, and I don't have a preference between physical and chemical sunscreens.

u/RandomRedditor25 · 6 pointsr/AsianBeauty


Etude House Cat Headband- I got this as a freebie and I looove it. I feel so cute when I do my routine, it keeps my bangs out of my products, and my SO seems to like it too. It's funny that such a small thing can make me feel happy~

It's My Cushion(Black and Mint)- I am so upset with myself for waiting so long to get a cushion. I use the Black for BB Cream and the Mint for sunscreen.

I don't get gross BB Cream or sunscreen all over the back of my hand, I feel like it's more sanitary because I'm not touching all over my freshly cleaned face, and it gives a better finish to my application. I also use less product. And since I'm using my own BB cream, I can refill it easily(one bottle costs about the same as a good BB cushion, and lasts me around two years)

Rosette Ceramide Gel- The elusive "chok chok" feeling, just like CosRx Honey Ceramide Cream gave me, but without an allergic reaction from the honey. It dries a little more slowly, but is also more matte, which makes applying my sunscreen and makeup easier. To me, it also feels a lot lighter, but only a tiny bit less moisturizing than the CosRx.


Beauty People Lip Tattoo(Tomato and Strawberry)- TL;DR Great product, but why does Korea only ever make lip products in four colors?!

First, the good: It doesn't dry my lips out horribly like most lip tints, and it lasts. Like, will not come off even with oil cleanser. And it doesn't highlight damaged parts of my lip like other tints. Full coverage!

It's very pigmented. If you look good in bright lipsticks, you will love this. The tomato is(well, like a tomato, facepalm) bright orange-red, not a true red, which was disappointing to me as I look horrible in orange. And the strawberry is like if you added cool undertones to hot pink. However, I favor a more natural look. I was hoping to do what I did with my old tint, and either only put on a thin layer, or apply it more thickly, then heavily blot to bring it close to my natural color.

You can't apply it thinly, it just doesn't work. But you can do the blotting method if you're very quick. If you leave the product sitting for more than about 7-10 seconds, it'll be there the rest of the day. Nothing you can do about it. Don't touch it with your fingers, and don't try and use your toothbrush to remove it either(stained hands and one ruined toothbrush later...)

Even a thin layer does last all day though. I think this would be a fantastic product for someone who loves bright lipstick. It's also great for people whose lips get dried out from other lip tints, or for people who tend to rub off their lip products.

I do like the lasting power and I can make it work for now, so I'm keeping the Tomato and getting rid of Strawberry. But I'll be trying other lip stains until I can find an HG that is long lasting and a good color, so I'll have more reviews for you later. Please let me know if you have any suggestions!

I've heard PeriPera Inks are nice too, but they have pretty much the same shades, so I'll probably try something else...

u/double-dog-doctor · 6 pointsr/femalefashionadvice

I usually get a couple Brazilians during the summer, and I actually find the pain to be way less jarring than getting my eyebrows threaded. I'm super hairy with incredibly sensitive skin and very thick, coarse hair.

Pop a couple Tylenol before you go to reduce your sensitivity to the pain. And make sure you remember to breathe. It's easy to just get into this weird rhythm of holding your breath, but the mechanism of breathing is a great pain and stress reliever.

Easier said than done, but try to forget that a stranger is looking at your labia. It's like going to the gynecologist. This is what they do for a living, they've seen a million labia that look a million different ways. You're just another labia in her salon.

And no one told me this, but if you do a Brazilian she'll have you flip over to wax the hairs aaaall the way up your crack. You're warned!

I'm supppppeeeerrrr prone to ingrown hairs. Always have been. I get them even when I do absolutely no hair removal.
I do a combo of physical and chemical exfoliation. I have a Turkish scrubby mitt, and I use that pretty much every time I shower with a really thick shower gel. I usually use Moroccan black soap, but it's really expensive in the States (it's cheap as shit in Morocco and way better).

A few times a week I use Stridex pads in the red box over the area.

Make sure you give your skin a couple days off to recover after waxing. I usually start exfoliating a week afterward.

If you get itchy, taking a Benadryl or spraying on some topical antihistamine and some vitamin E oil can be helpful. Just try to avoid scratching!

Good luck! You'll be A-OK.

u/muaaccount · 6 pointsr/SkincareAddiction

I get it from amazon here but you can also get it on here. Good luck!

u/mividaremix · 6 pointsr/SkincareAddiction

Issue: I need a good sunscreen, preferably one that dries matte (or as close as I can reasonably get).

Skin type: Dry and sensitive

Current Routine:


u/uglybutterfly025 · 5 pointsr/AsianBeautyAdvice

Kose Softy Mo Deep Cleansing Oil

Seller: Amazon with Prime shipping

Experience: Honestly was too easy to buy! got prime shipping so ordered it the other night and it should be here tomorrow

Reasons why products were bought: I am almost out of my Banila CIZ and I'm going out of town this weekend so I needed a replacement ASAP

u/quagsirechannel · 5 pointsr/SkincareAddiction

No problem! If you like it and want more, it’s Kose Softymo Speedy Cleansing Oil. I’m interested in trying it out myself, so let me know how it’s working for you!

u/TeaLeavesAndTweed · 5 pointsr/SkincareAddiction

The Neutrogena cleansing oil is one of the least expensive cleansing oils I've seen on the US market. I use a mineral-oil-based Japanese cleansing oil that I can get off Amazon for a bit less per ounce. It's the Kose Softymo Speedy Cleansing oil, which is fragrance-free and mostly mineral oil. If you're sensitive to jojoba oil, though, be aware that it does contain jojoba a bit further down the ingredients list. It's about $8-9 if you wait for it to ship from Japan or $11 with Prime shipping, but it's almost twice the size as the Neutrogena bottle, and you can get refill pouches for even less:

u/MaliaXOXO · 5 pointsr/SkincareAddiction

TBH the S.W. Toner is too expensive for the quantity
Here's the custom recipe I've created for it.

  1. Thayers Alcohol-free Rose Petal Witch Hazel with Aloe Vera, 12 oz ($10)
  2. Bragg Organic Raw Apple Cider Vinegar (With the Mother), 16 Ounce - 1 Pack ($10)
  3. Miracle Botanicals Premium Bulgarian Clary Sage Essential Oil - 100% Pure Salvia Sclarea - 10ml ($10)
  4. Miracle Botanicals Organic Australian Sandalwood Essential Oil - 100% Pure Santalum Spicatum - 5ml ($30)
    Total= $60

u/allonsyyy · 5 pointsr/femalefashionadvice

The double cleanse, I just read all about that on /r/AsianBeauty! I got this low pH cleanser to use after this oil cleanser.

I can't say if it'll work either, I'm on day two. But that sub can, and does.

u/lunadollx · 5 pointsr/AsianBeauty

Rant: Rohto Hada Labo Gokjuyn Cleansing Oil

I thought this cleansing oil would be amazing because of the brand. Turns out it can't even do its job at removing makeup properly. Granted, I do wear waterproof eyeliner but even then, I used 3 pumps of oil and thoroughly massaged it into my skin for more than 4 minutes and still I had so much leftover eyeliner on my eyes. I gave up and had to use the Skinfood egg white pore foam twice afterwards to fully remove my eye makeup.

u/kellymb · 5 pointsr/SkincareAddiction

Product name: Cosrx Low pH Good Morning Gel Cleanser (Amazon [CAN] ( | [USA] (
Price (range): $8 - $15
Country: Canada
Skin type: Oil-y, acne-prone, hormonal
Ethnicity: Caucasian
Special info: pH is about 3.5, smells like tea tree, a much loved skin cleanser in the [AB Community] (
Experience & opinion: I like the smell, I love that it makes my skin feel so clean and is non-drying (for me), I love that the pH is appropriately low, I've had no negative/adverse reactions

u/me0wlo · 5 pointsr/AsianBeauty

Not sure about RRS, but you can find it on Amazon Prime for only $10.90

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/mujerdelchicken · 5 pointsr/SkincareAddiction
u/chellebell13 · 5 pointsr/SkincareAddiction

I've been in your shoes and I know how disheartening the struggle with acne can be. When we feel like it's really bad we tend to throw any and every big gun product we have at our disposal to fight acne, but these products are so harsh and can make things worse :/ If I may make some product/routine recommendations from my experience with the ebbs and flows of acne, maybe it could be helpful?


Cleanser: Vanicream gentle cleanser (pH balanced, won't strip your skin or irritate it further, but doesn't leave a film or residue)

Treatment: if you feel the AHA works well for you, keep it here or I might suggest asalicylic acid product

Moisturizer: if you feel your cetaphil works well keep it or I would suggest something very bland and gentle, Sebamed Clear Face Gel. I would also recommend a healing/anti-inflammatory product over top of everything before you go to sleep, La Roche Posay Cicaplast Baume B5. It has madecassoside which is a wound healing ingredient that can soothe, repair, and help with irritation; it works so well on my cystic acne!


and in the daytime a non-pore clogging SPF, Elta MD is often well tolerated by people with acne and acne prone skin! I personally use CosRX Aloe Soothing Sunscreen tho

u/ryanxedge · 5 pointsr/malefashionadvice

I use Cerave Foaming Facial Cleanser. Twice a day, seems to work pretty well for me.

As for post-acne, look into mild chemical exfoliators. I don't have acne but I use Stridex Pads every other day.

u/whitegirlAMA · 5 pointsr/SkincareAddiction

Generally scrubs are not 'good' to use every day. And you can't scrub away black heads or any blemishes. It simply doesn't work that way. Scrubs = physical exfoliation. Chemical exfoliation (like Stridex in the red box) is the preferred method here.

I'd recommend getting a gentle cleanser like CeraVe foaming.

Also I'd recommend reading the Beginner's Routine and this post on sebaceous filaments. Your blackheads are probably sebaceous filaments, Stridex (which I linked above) could be beneficial for you if you want to minimize the appearance of these.

If you decide to buy multiple products, only buy ONE at a time! & use it for 2 weeks before buying the next thing.

u/Rach__ · 5 pointsr/TheGirlSurvivalGuide

You will have to find out what products are best for you! Cetaphil (very drying) broke me out horribly, but I recently found Cerave Foaming Face Wash and it is amazing! Moisturizer is also very important. I use Nivea Creme but a lot of people like Cerave in the tub. It breaks some people out (me) but a lot of people love it.

u/MeatCat88 · 5 pointsr/PCOS

Spearmint, berberine and omegas have been great for me. Look into supplements to lower testosterone/androgens. Sugar free and dairy free diets work extremely well. My acne has been so intense and painful that I've had days when I don't leave the house.
Supplements combined with a skincare routine developed from using r/skincareaddiction

My top products for topical use are:

Face wash -

Toner -

Acid -

and moisturizer -

I'm also a big fan of clay masks for clarifying the pores, sheet masks for moisturizing and night oils.
You can get a ton of affordable products from "The ordinary"
my favorite is:


Note! Topicals are great but fixing the hormones is the best cure for pcos acne. Topicals are best for management and prevention.
I'm glad that I started and consistently used a skincare routine with lots of moisture because it helped to reduce scaring and pigmentation associated with acne.

u/shineeslash · 5 pointsr/SkincareAddiction

Please keep in mind that my face was a tiny bit angry in the pictures from last night as I had just finished OCM. The morning pictures are from right after I woke up, before doing any of my morning routine. :)

My skin type: Pretty dry, acne-prone (obviously), prone to redness. I also have dermatillomania (compulsive skin picking) which creates a lot of scabs/scars.

PM Routine:

u/ParadoxicGer · 5 pointsr/SkincareAddiction

Read my original comment, CeraVe and Stridex products are available from Amazon.DE for 15€ and 17€ each, so it's certainly cheaper than to order from the US considering cheaper shipping and no taxes, that's what I meant.

Stridex for example:

Cerave cleanser:

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/Alwayslittlespoon · 5 pointsr/SkincareAddiction

So I had that problem bad before I got Laser (which completely got rid of it) but this is what I would do to help my legs before I got the laser -

  • Use Cetaphil cleanser as shaving cream.

  • When shaving - Shave with the grain of the hair once or twice, and then once against the hair. (So you would shave from your knee down first, and then from your ankle up to your knee once), this helps with irritation a LOT.

  • Lotion immediately out of the shower with something like Aveeno Baby Lotion
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/ThorsHammerMewMEw · 5 pointsr/SkincareAddiction

Cleansers (Unless you're using a medicated cleanser most skincare products aren't really going to prevent acne.)

Mochitto Mochi Mochi Face Wash

Hada Labo Gokujun Oil Cleanser (200ml)

Hada Labo Gokujun Hyaluronic Cleansing Foam (160ml)

Medicated Deep Cleansing Oil L (200ml)

Cow Brand Additive-Free Foaming Facial Cleanser (200ml)

Rohto Hadalabo es cleansing foam type (160ML)

Hada Labo Gokujyun Premium Hyaluronic Acid Lotion (170ml)

Spot Treatment

Since your acne is deep in the skin I would look for a dermatologist that also serves foreigners because unless I'm mistaken a lot of products with Benzoyl Peroxide etc are prescription only.

Hydrating Toners

Meishoku Cosmetics Meishoku Facial Water Medicated Skin Lotion 2.7 oz (80 ml) - Acne Prevention

Hada Labo Gokujyun Hyaluronic Acid Solution (170ml)

Hada Labo Gokujyun "Hyaluronic-Eki" Large-Capacity Pump-Type 400ml

Matsuyama Skin Moisturizing Water, Light Type

Kikumasamune High Moist Lotion

Mebika Moist Lotion

Cezanne High Moist Lotion

Meishoku Cosmetics Ceracolla Super Moist Face Lotion 6 fl oz (180ml)


Hada Labo Shirojyun Cool Hyaluronic Jelly (200ml)

Naturie Skin Conditioning Gel

Rosette Ceramide Gel

Meishoku Cerracolla Perfect Gel


Kobayashi Pharmaceutical Eaude Muge Medicated Skin Cream - 40g - Acne Prevention

Lion Pair Acne Clean Lotion - Look for the cream as well!

Meishoku Cerracolla Perfect Cream

MUJI Sensitive Skin Moisturizing Milk - Moisture (200ml)

Hada Labo Gokujyun Hyaluronic Cream 50g

Hada Labo Gokujyun Hyaluronic Milky Lotion 140ml

Hada Labo Gokujyun Premium Hyaluronic Acid Milky Emulsion (140ml)


CANMAKE Mermaid Skin Gel UV

Nivea Protect Water Gel SPF35/PA+++ Pump 140g

Biore Sarasara UV Perfect Face Milk SPF50+/PA++++ 30ml

Biore Sarasara UV Perfect Milk SPF50+/PA++++ 40ml

Hada Labo Gokujun Perfect UV Gel (50g)

u/aquajack6 · 5 pointsr/SkincareAddiction

If you have a Sally's nearby you can get a dupe from GVP someone recently posted about it, and several people commented that they liked it

Dr. Dray reviewed this cream, and said it was very similar to the Hydro Boost, and that she even liked it better. Right now it's more expensive at $18 but I've seen it go down to $10 on Amazon, it's worth keeping an eye on for a sale

Rosette Ceramide Gel is similar too

u/pleasekisumi · 5 pointsr/AsianBeauty

Welcome! :) Ceramide products are good at repairing your skin's moisture barrier and are good moisturizing products. If these sound like things you are looking for, I highly recommend getting some products with ceramide in them! A popular product is the Rosette Ceramide Gel.

Vitamin C is a good idea, just make sure you start slow, like once a week. Also, actives such as vitamin C are a form of chemical exfoliation. You want to make sure you have a few solid moisturizers at the ready to compensate for the drying nature of actives.

Snails are a great idea too, but they don't have the same mind-blowing affect for everyone who uses them. Its a very Your Milage May Vary (YMMV) sort of thing! A popular snail product is the Cosrx Advanced Snail 96 Mucin Power Essence. This product has 96% snail mucin, so it'd be a good way to see if snail is an effective ingredient for you. (because 10% snail in a good cream may give you good results, but it may not be because of the snail if you catch my drift!)

However! First and foremost, if hyperpigmentation is your problem and you have no routine, start with a sunscreen! If the word makes you cringe, don't worry, AB sunscreens don't tend to be as thick and sticky as Western suncreens.

Which brings me to two threads you should start with. The AB Beginner Guide is a good place for basic information. The Holy Grail Thread is a good place to see what products people with your same skintype swear by.

ALSO I wouldn't recommend using sheet masks meant for your face on the rest of your body. Sheet masks are usually a temporary fix for your skin issues and I would not rely on them to do any major skin whitening. I'd pick a product that you can use on the body and that will give you consistent results. Try products with niacinimide and arbutin, which are whitening ingredients.

That's what I have to contribute! Feel free to ask more questions and good luck!

u/Totoromumsie · 5 pointsr/AsianBeauty

I got this one, and it had a seal with the little spatula on top of the seal:

My first time trying the product -- I think it's real and my skin seems to like it. Hoping the one you got was not this seller :/

u/zero_vitamins · 5 pointsr/CompulsiveSkinPicking

The reason it works is because it contains salicylic acid. I'd recommend just getting a skincare product with salicylic acid instead, since as /u/Lykkekat says, it is made for skin and not ingestion. The red Stridex is a favorite over at /r/SkincareAddiction since it's cheap, alcohol free, and effective.

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/Kyamaera · 4 pointsr/AsianBeauty

Lots of people like the Kiku holy long name watchacallit lotion moist (it's the pink bottle). It's a toner so I don't know how you would prefer that.

There's also the Rosette Ceramide Gel. People say that's pretty nice too.

Edit: found the links

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/foreverclumsy2 · 4 pointsr/AdvancedAsianBeauty

u/Munashii The green Italy towels for physical exfoliation are the friggin shit. Get them at your local asian/korean store though. Amazon is expensive. The "large" size barely fits my tiny hands. I also use Stridex Red Box and Kiku. All this has almost eliminated my KP completely. KP isn't going to go away forever so you'll have to keep up with this routine to keep them at bay.

u/youngmakeupaddict · 4 pointsr/SkincareAddiction

What??? I live in England, and got 110 for £8.99?

Are you in the UK? from that comment it sounds like you are.

u/drummerboye · 4 pointsr/SkincareAddiction

I second adding a BHA product like Stridex Maximum Strength Pads. The BHA here is salicylic acid, which is like roto-rooter for your pores (an aesthetician told me that once and I liked it).

The biggest game changing secret though is an oil cleanser. You can't go wrong with this one. Video here. It's an extra step, but it transformed washing my face into a relaxing experience I look forward to.

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/caffeinatedlackey · 4 pointsr/SkincareAddiction

It's only $9 on Amazon!

u/MiyaMiya79 · 4 pointsr/AsianBeauty

I would pick the popular [Hada Labo Gokujun cleanser] ( (spelled wrong as Gokujyn on Amazon) instead, as it has a cleaner ingredients list and slightly lower pH than the Tokyo cleanser. Plus it comes in an awesome foaming pump bottle. If you want to, you could also opt for the [Hada Labo premium] ( version instead of regular Gokujun lotion, as it has 5 types of hyaluronic acid is much thicker and more moisturizing, but that is up to you

u/IsaTurk · 4 pointsr/asianbeautyexchange

I was interested in the HL face wash, but $14 (used, incl shipping) is a lot considering it's $9.98 (new, incl shipping) on amazon. Even if someone is in NYC, amazon is still cheaper.

u/violets_will · 4 pointsr/SkincareAddiction

Cannot recommend Hada Labo Gokujyn Hyaluronic Acid Cleansing Foam enough. Doesn't strip at all, right pH level, fun to use. Little goes a long way, and its refillable. YMMV, people on this sub tend to either love it or feel "meh" to it.

I have super sensitive, dehydrated skin and this is perfect for it. No fragrance either, big bonus.

u/LeviPerson · 4 pointsr/SkincareAddiction

The pimples around your chin. I almost never get them, but when I tried the hydrating cleanser my skin lost its shit in some areas and refused to find it until I stopped using it. It's odd because I too use CeraVe in the tub and found it bizarre that another of their best-reviewed products would nuke my face. I've been using this for a while and kinda love it.

Granted, that may not be your problem. Just thought I'd share my experience. :)

u/topknot1975 · 4 pointsr/SkincareAddiction

Here's my assessment and suggestions - you're basically OD'ing on oils. My guess is to combat dryness? But using lots of oils won't = hydration. It can caused congested skin.

Current routine AM - Potential Issues:
--Kiehl's ultra face cleanser = basic creamy cleanser. In theory, based on what I've researched, this should be fine for you to use. I believe it has has a pH of 5.5 (acidic) and looking at the first five ingredients, nothing offensive jumps out at me (I think a poster here said it was drying and had a high pH but that's not what I found on here). The marketing touts apricot and avocado oils which could be acne-causing but those are way down the ingredient list (apricot and avocado oil are high in "oleic" acid which acne-prone skin should stay clear from). I don't think this cleanser is anything special though so if it were me, I'd save my $ and put it towards effective actives (see below).

--lush scrub "Let the good times roll on" = corn, glycerin, corn oil. I’d stop using this manual scrub b/c it's full of corn oil and there more effective exfoliators out there, which is what you need right now to. Corn oil is moderate on the acne-causing scale. Too harsh, too much fragrance and there are more effective exfoliants out there.
--kiehl's reviving concentrate = oils. I’d stop using this b/c again, it's more oil.
--la roche posay tinted sunscreen = titanium dioxide, silicone, chemical sunscreens. Fine to use. Shouldn’t cause you issues.

Current Routine PM - Potential Issues = Oil OD!:
--Kiehl's cleansing oil = oils. I'd stop using this b/c I don’t think you need to double cleanse since you don't wear a lot of makeup. Double cleansing is helpful if you need to break down a lot makeup since cosmetics are primarily silicone/oil-based, oil breaks down oil. Just use a makeup remover where you where makeup.

--Kiehl's midnight recovery concentrate = a ton of oils. Some are good, some are iffy.
Too many in there. Definitely stop using this until you figure out what product is causing the comedones.

--Kiehl's ultra cream = emollient. Fine to use. It’s a great basic moisturizer.

--Paula's choice 2% BHA liquid = BHA. Definitely keep using this to keep your pore lining clean. This is an effective BHA. Won’t fix currently acne but will help prevent future.


Suggested AM Routine + Products:
--Cleanser: CeraVe Hydrating Cleanser - $11. Save some $ and try this tried and true cleanser that I recommend to everyone. It's creamy, non-drying and has a pH of 5.5 pH. Any skin type can us it and you can find it anywhere.

--Active: BHA: Keep using the PC BHA.

--Moisturizer: Kiehl's ultra cream. Fine to keep using. If you want a cheaper alternative, [CeraVe Facial Moisturizer PM - $10] ( You can use this day or night - ignore the PM marketing. This has a thinner consistency b/c it’s a lotion. If you like a thicker cream consistency, try [CeraVe Moisturizing Cream - $12] ( in the tub (fine for face and body).


Suggested PM Routine + Products:
--Cleanser: CeraVe Hydrating Cleanser
--Actives: BHA then AHA: 1. BHA: Paula's choice 2% BHA then 2. AHA: [Mizon AHA 8% Peeling Serum - $19] (
AHA can better penetrate your skin more effectively after a BHA is applied (AHA isn’t oil-soluble). They work synergistically together. Lots of folks will use an AHA immediately washing their face particularly in their oily T-zone and not see results. AHAs are non oil-soluble so they're not going to get results! Ideally, wait 15-20 min. between applications but no one has time for that!
--Moisturizer: Kiehl's ultra cream or CeraVe Facial Moisturizer PM.

u/gigantic_trex · 4 pointsr/SkincareAddiction

Is the redness just general redness in your skin, or is it redness leftover by acne? Either way:

I would start by finding a new cleanser, both AM and PM. Scrubs are very harsh and bar soaps are stripping and typically not the right pH for skin. Both off these things can compromise your skin barrier and make it look and feel worse, as well as inhibit it's ability to protect itself and heal. Your skin is your largest organ, don't think of it as something that needs to be dried out and stripped, it needs to be hydrated, moisturized, and healthy. I think this could definitely be contributing to your redness, at least in part. The most popular recommendations are listed in the holy grail cleanser thread, but CeraVe Hydrating, Neutrogena Hydrating, or Vanicream are good places to start.

I couldn't find your moisturizer, so I've got nothing in it specifically, but yet again, there's a holy grail thread for that. If you're concerned about redness, you could look for one that contains niacinamide, which helps a lot in reducing redness. CeraVe PM is a good drugstore moisturizer that contains ceramides, hylauronic acid, and niacinamide, all of which are very good for your skin.

The last thing you need for a good basic routine (and before you should start adding anything heavy duty like chemical exfoliation) is a good sunscreen. Wearing this everyday will help a lot with your redness. Oh look, a holy grail thread for that too!

Since you're relatively new at this, don't forget to patch test new products. And wait at least a week or two before adding the next new product. This can be time consuming but it makes it much easier if you start to break out to pinpoint which product is causing it.

Sorry, I realize this is very long, but getting a solid basic routine of cleanse, moisturize, and SPF is the most important and beneficial thing you can do. If you're getting into skincare and adding lots of things, you really need a baseline to fall back on if you need to. I'm glad you posted! Don't be afraid to ask lots of questions, this subreddit is very helpful and only wants you to succeed!

Edit: I totally neglected to mention the side bar in this sub. Not sure If you've checked it out yet, but it is full of fantastic information that is very helpful.

u/noys · 4 pointsr/TrollXChromosomes

I find oil cleansers are fantastic at removing lip products and other greasy makeup. I use this one for my face. Daiso sponge cleanser is a more heavy duty version of it that's not meant to be used on a face, but it gets all my foundation sponges and puffs squeaky clean.

Oil cleanser needs to be worked into a dry stain. Make sure the entire stain has a good coverage (you don't need to drench the stain but don't skimp). You can let it work a few minutes, then make the area where you applied the oil cleanser wet and work it gently, then rinse it out. Oil cleansers have emulsing agents so it becomes water soluble when it gets wet and dissolves with hopefully all the makeup leaving behind no residue. You can repeat the process if you missed a spot or didn't get everything out, just keep in mind that you have to put it on a dry stain again.

u/phantom_poo · 4 pointsr/femalefashionadvice

OIL CLEANSER ERMAGERRRDDDDD. I use commercial ones rather than OCM, and have settled with Softymo after trying a ton of other products because it's half the price of most other available cleansers and works just as well.

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/Jilltro · 4 pointsr/weddingplanning

I’m a newbie but this is what I use. My skin is very dry and reddish. Any products that made it not dry left it feeling greasy my whole life.

First I wash with this KOSE oil cleanser which is different than just using oil! When I first put it on my face I thought I was making a huge mistake because of the texture but it just took some getting used to. It feels very slick and oily, but not greasy in a bad way. This stuff gets off any makeup or buildup from lotion and other products.

Then I wash again with Secret Key and believe me I was skeptical because I thought washing my face twice in a row would ruin my skin/life but this exfoliates and gets the oil off perfectly and leaves my skin feeling great.

I use Klairs Toner which is so different than every other toner I've used that made my skin feel dry and tight. This is about balancing your pH and getting your skin ready to absorb moisturizer and a little goes a long way.

Then I use this Benton Aloe Gel to moisturize and it feels great and leaves my face so soft!

If I'm not sitting around the house all day I use Biore sunscreen which is so light and doesn't clog my pores.

At night I use some standard ponds cream as a moisturizer.

u/CH4C4RR0N · 4 pointsr/AsianBeauty

Is it a good idea to reuse the packaging of the KOSE SOFTYMO Speedy Cleansing Oil? I bought it some time ago and realized it contains some ingredients that are bad for me, so ever since then it has just been lying around.

Right now I want to make my own Mineral & Cromollient SCE mix and I am currently looking for a decent pump dispenser. It's only that everyone I come across seems to have one or another issue, like leakage, rust and so on.

Since I had the Kose Softymo lying around I gave it a try and it is perfect. No leakage, it uses the stuff up all the way to the bottom and I especially like the white plastic thingy that prevents it from accidentally pumping. That way I can simply put it in my backpack and don't have to worry about anything.

The only thing is, is this really a good idea to reuse it over and over? From what I know people are pretty careful when it comes to plastic, since from what I know it sort of degrades and some of it could end up in the product you are using, which is why reusable packaging is often advertised as being BPA free and so on. I couldn't find anything on the Kose Softymo packaging.

Alternatively, I am also open to suggestions about other pump dispensers!

u/Steccca · 4 pointsr/SkincareAddiction

I have oily/combo skin, acne, sensitive/rosacea prone (getting the picture?) and I love using [Cerave's hydrating cleanser] ( It's 8.38 on Amazon (great way to get it if you have prime). I don't like spending lots of money on a cleanser especially since you wash it right off. This cleans my skin, leaves it feeling hydrated (doesn't strip the moisture barrier) without making me more oily. Let me know if you have more questions, I love talking about skin care.

Also you can usually print off a $2 coupon from cerave's website. The cerave cleanser has last me over 3 months and I don't think I'm half way through yet.

u/OrganicSprout · 4 pointsr/RedPillWives

I just ordered a bunch of stuff!

I've always had an issue with acne. Early on I developed CSP (r/compulsiveskinpicking). Of course I didn't know this until recently and am working on it with my therapist. It's a small part of a larger issue.

However, my battle recently has been with my sebaceous filaments and blackheads. So I am going to follow this. I ordered the following:

u/MarzipanShibe · 4 pointsr/AsianBeauty

HL's cleansing foam didn't do me any good either. But I switched to Su:m32's Cleansing Rose Stick and it's been amazing since. (Please note: if you are allergic to coconut, don't use this.)

My BF is on the CosRX good morning cleansing foam and hasn't had any issues yet and he has more acne-prone skin than I do.

I don't wear foundation or heavy makeup usually, so I don't normally have to worry about getting my skin rid of all of that stuff. when I do wear it, I have a 50/50 chance of either just using my cleansing stick or using my oil cleanser which is The Face Shop's Rice Water Bright cleansing oil.

I haven't had any issues with the oil causing any clogging or acne issues. I'd look up reviews for both and see what you think. The cleansing stick is more expensive than the oil, but you use /so little of it/ for each cleanse that honestly it will last you a long long time even with daily use. I normally use one pump of the oil (1/2 pump at a time) but it does naturally seem to go faster than the rest of my stuff.

I think that no matter what products you get though, the initial cost for them is going to be over 20$ just because of shipping and all that.

u/madipadifofaddy · 4 pointsr/Accutane

I use Rice Water Bright Light Cleansing Oil to break down makeup then the cleansing foam to remove the remaining remnants, then to be sure - I use Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water on a cotton square. I wear full-coverage foundation and I set it with powder so it's pretty hard to remove.

u/Cthulia · 4 pointsr/MakeupAddiction

thank you <3

LORD JESUS GIRL DON'T RUB YOUR EYELIDS RAW TRYING TO USE MICELLAR WATER TO GET THIS STUFF OFF! get thee something like jojoba/almond/grapeseed/etc oil, or a cleansing oil! i personally really like the face shop - rice water bright light cleansing oil but simple also makes a cleansing oil. there are lots if great cleansing oils, don't feel constricted to the two i mentioned!

u/drinkscoffeewstraw · 4 pointsr/muacjdiscussion

The Face Shop Cleansing Oil

Ulta stopped carrying the Burt's Bees cleansing oil, so I was looking for a replacement. I like the Face Shop one. It's cheaper and doesn't leave a residue or film after activating it with water. It also leaves your face feeling silky.

u/kaybeezeey · 4 pointsr/SkincareAddiction

I use Vanicream Gentle Facial Cleanser. It's the only cleanser I've been able to find that's completely free of fatty alcohols, SLS, and fragrances! I think it's just straight fairy dust. It also comes in a bar form that I've been using for the last 3 - 4 days since my local store didn't have the pump and it seems to be working fine. I bought a little container for the bar to keep it clean.

u/Shin_Singh · 4 pointsr/SkincareAddiction

UK based? Asos and sell The Ordinary. Useful if you have Premier with Asos.

I suffer from redness and a few scars too, out of their range I love the Advanced Retinoid & Rose Hip Seed Oil (Used both for 6+ Months). Just trying out VitC Suspension by them (for 2 weeks) and I do see slight improvements - was using their Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate.

(I'm also using a BHA Toner from CosRX - using my hands not a cotton pad, Neutrogena Ultra Sheer SPF55 Sunscreen, and cleanser by Aesop or CeraVe)

Back to The Ordinary, I have tried their Niacinamide, Azelic Acid and Arbutin, they didn't play nice with my skin, and became really irritable...more than likely they reacted with the CosRX - which is my wonder product for AM I haven't broke out since using it (Retinoid is my PM godsend)...and I didn't think they worked well on alternating days - Also CosRX has some Niacinamide already so didn't want to overdo it.

For what it's worth, I'm male, with light brown skin (I guess in between 3 and 4 on Fitzpatrick scale)...and I have waffled on too much, I apologise.

u/katsu695 · 4 pointsr/SkincareAddiction

Tiny Bumps and Redness on Forehead, as well as Puffy, Reddish Skin (and large-ish pores) Around the Nose

I've been dealing with tiny bumps on my forehead (along with redness in the middle of the forehead) and puffy, red skin around my nose (between the nose and the cheekbone). Plus, the pores around my nose seem larger than on the rest of my face. It's not terribly severe, but it's enough to knock down my confidence a peg and it's a touch uncomfortable. I've taken three pictures, though they aren't great due to the camera.

Here are two after a morning workout and before a shower;

Here's one about a half hour after my shower;

The redness and bumpiness is worse than the pictures show. Not by too much, but by a bit. Enough to where that section of my face looks noticeably redder than the rest.

I've dealt with this issue for years. Longer than I can remember. I've never had terrible acne and what I did have stopped after 21. So, it's just mostly this. Here are some other details;

  • I'm 25 and a dude.
  • I eat fairly healthy (though I have a weak spot for coffee and sweets)
  • I work out daily
  • My skin type is hard to pin down. It's definitely combination, as I experience pretty much no problems outside of the T-Zone (mostly in the areas already mentioned). After a shower (or even rinsing my face), that area feels fairly dry. If I haven't had enough fats, it flakes or gets slightly ashy. But, it does get a little oily as my day goes on. Not terribly so, but enough that I can put a finger up there and it comes away with more oil than it would on other parts of my face.
  • My old routine, which I've had for several years, went as such; I'd use either Nivea Men Moisturizing Face Wash or St Ives Apricot Scrub during my daily shower, alternating between them each day (never using them in the same day. Then, after my shower, I would use [Aveeno Daily Moisturizing Lotion] ( That's about it.
  • I ditched my old routine a couple months back and started doing nothing. I actually noticed slight improvement in the redness, if anything, but not much else. But, my skin was noticeably dryer.
    About a month ago, I started using Cerave Moisturizing Cleanser during my daily shower. I think* I noticed a small improvement in the quality of my skin. To deal with dryness, I tried using a St. Ives Moisturizer but it wound up making my skin burn and causing other problems, so I ditched it.

    Whew, that brings me to now. I don't know what's causing this problem. It's not terribly severe, but I want to fix it. And I figure asking you guys would be the best way to do that. My main questions are: What is causing these two issues? And how can I fix them?

    I hope to hear something good.
u/000000000000000000oo · 4 pointsr/AsianBeauty

I like her little experiment here involving "chemical exfoliants." I use Cure Natural Aqua Gel and I always wondered how it worked.

Edit: Also, I am not affiliated with this blog at all.

u/bmcclure937 · 4 pointsr/SkincareAddiction

New member to this subreddit. Looking forward to digging into the FAQ and wiki over the next few days... my current routine is not much of a routine and is very basic:

u/LittleHelperRobot · 4 pointsr/AsianBeauty

Non-mobile: Here

^That's ^why ^I'm ^here, ^I ^don't ^judge ^you. ^PM ^/u/xl0 ^if ^I'm ^causing ^any ^trouble. ^WUT?

u/ippo4ever · 4 pointsr/SkincareAddiction

You should stop that. Hand soap will strip much needed oils from your face. Buy a gentle cleanser for your face like CeraVe Hydrating Face Wash | 16 Ounce | Daily Facial Cleanser for Dry Skin | Fragrance Free

u/ViralKira · 4 pointsr/SkincareAddiction

SebaMed Clear Face Care Gel

I also used Benton Snail Bee High Content Essence, hyaluronic acid, TO squalane and rosehip oil, sealed with vaseline. The unfortunate thing about not being able to use moisturizers with fatty alcohols is you have to compensate for moisture.

u/whaevr · 4 pointsr/SkincareAddiction

Same here! This has been the first moisturizer I've used for a long (almost used up my first tube..) time and no longer fear putting on my picky face Lol

Only thing that sucks about it is that its like 20 flippin bucks on amazon. So I end up ordering it from here for about half the price with shipping but it takes about 2 weeks to get over to the US. Long as I plan ahead I should be fine!

u/Dashing_Delight · 4 pointsr/malegrooming

On my grimey days:


-Cleanse with Oil mix (Sunflower/Neem/TeaTree)

-Wipe and wash that off with CeraVe Foaming (Just trying to finish it)

-Few drops of oil mix on damp face

-MUAC Oil free sunscreen


-Oil cleanse again, wipe off with microfiber cloth

-Paula's Choice 2% BHA Gel

-Nivea Creme


Most days I only cleanse at night, but I have been really inconsistent with my routine.

u/literal-lol · 4 pointsr/AsianBeauty


I'm trying to surprise my wife for her birthday with some AB products. My only reference point is that she has sensitive to breakout oily/combination skin and has pinned some items on Pinterest.

Here's what I have so far:

CeraVe Foaming Facial Cleanser, 12 Ounce

belif The True Cream Aqua Bomb [Korean Import]

Mario Badescu Drying Lotion, 1 fl. oz.

Elizavecca 24K Gold Waterdrop 2hsam Cream Mask

Also some Stridex pads (she loves to use mine)

Is this enough to create a routine? If so what would the routine be? If not what am I missing?

Any and all help would be appreciated.

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/flyingkiwi · 3 pointsr/AsianBeauty

Have you tried Amazon? I ordered mine here for 15usd with free shipping to Norway. Was the cheapest option I found to me.

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/Moonfrog · 3 pointsr/SkincareAddiction

I didn't know about gel moisturiser til I found this subreddit either.

The most popular ones are:

u/beansandbooks · 3 pointsr/SkincareAddiction

Fellow Dutchie here! I know your struggle. I order many of the products I use from the German amazon. It's not ideal, as the prices vary every day and can get way higher than the original price. The shipping is usually cheap though.

It looks like they have the sebamed clear face care gel here for seven euros! They ship for free throughout Germany which usually means shipment is free in the Netherlands too :) good luck!

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/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/PoppySeedK · 3 pointsr/malefashionadvice

I don't have pics to show, but I just thought I'd share my skincare routine that has worked perfectly for me over the past year or so.


Clean & Clear Continuous Control

[Cerave Foaming Face Wash] (

[Some sort of gentle anti-fatigue/illuminating moisturizer] ( (I use this one now, but have used others in the past)


Stridex in the Red Box

Bio Oil

Cerave Moisturizing Cream

On Occasion:

Something with Retinol

Aztec Clay Mask

And when it's sunny/if you are spending a lot of time outside, make sure to use a morning moisturizer with SPF in it.

u/Rlight · 3 pointsr/SkincareAddiction

They're $10 on Amazon.

u/kokomocat · 3 pointsr/SkincareAddiction

My acne is not as severe as yours, so I don't know if what I do would help you but we can give it a shot, right?

  • I use CeraVe Foaming Cleanser in both mornings and nights to wash my face
  • I don't use a BHA anymore
  • I do use AHA, Alpha Hydrox 10% Glycolic in both morning and night
  • I use a Salicylic Acid Peel 20% once a week, so far it has helped, I've only used it for two weeks
  • After the peel, I use a MBD Black Pearl mask, mainly because it's soothing and very moisturizing, which is perfect after a peel.
  • I moisturize with Cetaphil Moisturizing Cream. People here vastly recommend CeraVe Moisturizing Cream because it has ceramides and it's pretty good.
  • For sunscreen, I tried Cetaphil Dermacontrol, it's too oily and I didn't like it because it stung my eyes. I tried L'Oreal Ideal Moisture with SPF, didn't like it because it was heavy. I tried both Biore Aqua Rich and Biore Perfect Face Milk I loved both thoroughly; they are light, milky, smooth, they feel great on the skin and stay matte like it's nobodies business.
  • I use the Thayer Cucumber Witch Hazel toner. No reason in special for the cucumber aside from me loving how it smells. It has helped me some with redness and inflammation.

    My routine is as it follows:


  • Cleanse with CeraVe
  • Apply Witch Hazel toner
  • After it dries, apply AHA, wait for it to absorb 20 min
  • Apply Cetaphil Moisturizer
  • Apply sunscreen
  • Makeup if any


  • Remove makeup and sunscreen with Pond's Cold Cream cleanser
  • Wash with CeraVe
  • Apply witch hazel
  • Apply AHA
  • Moisturize


    Every Friday night each week

  • Wash with CeraVe
  • Clean face with rubbing alcohol (my face is super oily)
  • Apply Salicylic acid peel for 2:00 min
  • Rinse acid
  • Apply my beauty diary sheet mask for 20 min
  • Moisturize with Cetaphil
  • Apply thin layer of Aquaphor


    And that's it, my skin has gotten way better and something that has also helped millions is that I went on the pill, since my acne is hormonal.

    Remember to patch test and to not abuse your skin, the gentler the better!!!! There are things that might or might not work for you, it takes a while to find what's best for your skin. If nothing works, you can always try PocketDerm or a dermatologist around your area, don't be afraid to ask for professional help. Good luck!

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/LadySkywalker · 3 pointsr/RandomActsofMakeup

Alright, first...Happy Early Birthday!!!

Now on to face things.


First of all you should check out r/skincareaddiction. Even if you don't want to join the community the FAQ is great.

What I do for my normal/oily skin is every morning and every night I wash with CeraVe Foaming Face Wash which is recommended for oilier skin. So you might want to check that out.

Every 3 days or so I exfoliate with Epicuren which is just from my mom's shop but it's a nice deep scrubs without being too abrasive. You don't want abrasive like with say St. Ive Apricot scrub because you're actually tearing your skin and that's just not very nice. You want to gently exfoliate.

Once a week I use a LUSH face mask. My favorite is Love Lettuce because it's refreshing and exfoliating. Second favorite is definitely Cupcake. I feel so clean and bright after it.

Wipe off your makeup before you go to bed. It's bad for your skin and bad for your sheets. Whatever you do to take it off, just get it off. I use vaseline. It's cheap and easy on my sensitive skin.

Clean your brushes. Clean them. Seriously. What I do is after every makeup application I get a tissue and something with and edge like the edge of my dresser and I wipe the brush over the tissue over the edge to get all the excess makeup out. Then every 2 weeks I do a deep clean. Get a bar of some kind (towel rack, clothes hanger) and rubber bands. Get some warm, running water, and either some baby shampoo or some brush cleaner (though honestly I just use shampoo) and wet your brushes, bristles pointing downwards always. You don't want to get water trapped inside the little metal/plastic attaching ring thingy. Add a dot of shampoo to your hand and swish that brush around. It'll be gross. Good. You'll always remember to do it now that you know how gross your brushes get. Rinse bristles down. Dry bristles down by wrapping the rubber band around the handle and attaching to your rod/hanger.


This is what I cannot live without

  1. Naked Basics. This is the best $27 I have ever spent in my life. I use it every single friggin day. All of the colors are perfect neutral mattes from lightest light to darkest dark. I even use one of the colors to fill my eyebrows. It's perfect.

  2. Wet n Wild Liquid Liner. I've become a liquid liner addict. It really helps make it look like I have eyelashes. The brush is very firm and very thin so I always end up with a line where I want it.

  3. Urban Decay 24/7 glide on liner in Smoke. I have very light eye lashes. So I tight line.. Trust me. You want to tight line.

  4. Clump Crusher I love this mascara. It really is non-clumping and while it doesn't give me the longest lashes in the world it makes them look fuller because there's no clumps.

  5. Smashbox BB Cream. This is just the BB cream I use. It does what all the BB creams do but I happen to match the 'Fair' color very well.

  6. Too Faced Milk Chocolate Soleil Bronzer. This shit smells like chocolate. I'm not even joking. I'm new to bronzer, but it's perfect for my skin tone.

  7. Sephora Blush. I'm still learning about blushes but I like that this one is matte. I'm not a sparkle face girl.

  8. Lipstick. I have too many to choose. See this comment I did where I swatch and rated every lipstick I have.

  9. E.L.F eye shadow primer You need primer. No. You need it.

    Makeup For You

    So if you're just starting out again you don't want to go spending a stupid amount of money before you figure out what you like. So here are my suggestions for you specifically.

  10. Eyeshadow. Now if you can afford it, I highly recommend Urban Decay Naked Basics. But that's $27. So in lieu of that I suggest you get some Wet n Wild Eyeshadows. Maybe this one or this one.

  11. Eye shadow primer. Go to target and find the ELF section and get primer. It's a dollar and it will make your eye shadow amazing. No reapplying no smudging no creasing. Just perfect perfect eyes. It comes in other colors too, you may want to get a shade darker if you want to match your skin tone.

  12. Eyeliner. I would say get a pencil in either black or dark brown. I don't know if liquid liner is right for your eye shape but if you want to give it a go then you do whatever you want; it's your face.

  13. Eyelashes. Get a lash curler. Two to three curls and you should be good. I'd say black mascara for you.

  14. Eyebrows. I'm not an eyebrow expert but you're probably going to want to shape and fill in your eye brows (unless you love them just the way they are). For shape I'd go to a professional first before you wax at home or go plucking away. Then for filling in you can just use an eyebrow kit. Although I've heard complaint that dark eyebrows are the hardest to find a matching color for :(

  15. BB Cream. I hear Etude house kicks butt and it won't break your bank.

  16. Concealer. I love Maybelline 24 Hour Superstay Concealer it's awesome. You want to blend that stuff too, don't just dot it on.

  17. Blush. I think maybe a peachy blush but pictures don't always show stuff right for skin tone so maybe you need pink. I can't really tell.

  18. Bronzer. You've got great cheek bones. I would skip this for now. Unless you're super gungho in which case: I'd check out The Balm.

  19. Lipstick. Cheap and amazing lipstick is NYX and I think a nice natural shade would look great on you. But seriously, if you live near an ulta, nyx is like $3.99-$5.99 for lipstick. It's amazing. Or everyone goes gaga for these Etude House Bunny Glosses.

    Anyway, I think you look really great and that's the best start is being confident and having a natural beauty. Also I love your hair. But if you have any questions just let me know :)
u/jsxca · 3 pointsr/MakeupAddiction

This would be just over $100:

u/Eyes_Tee · 3 pointsr/niceguys

Sorry about you being laid off. That really sucks.

The routine isn't anything special--it's a simplified version of some advice I found over at /r/SkincareAddiction. You should go there if you're looking to really get into it. I intentionally kept it simple just so that I more easily keep up with it.

I mostly concentrated on my face, since I'm really prone to getting acne. In the evenings, I'll wash my face with Cerave Foaming Cleanser and exfoliate with Stridex pads. Wait for that to dry while I brush my teeth and then moisturize with Cerave cream. Wait for that to set in while I floss and put my hair up, and then I use a spot treatment on whatever acne I'm developing. Change my pillowcase every other day. In the mornings, it's the same thing minus the exfoliating pads and spot treatment. For the rest of my body, I just moisturize with cocoa butter lotion twice a day.

Like I said, it's not much. But it's a big step forward when you used to just wash your face once a day and leave it at that. Sorry I couldn't be more helpful.

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/AlaskanFeesh · 3 pointsr/SkincareAddicts

Some things that might help:

Anything that goes near your chin (hands, chinstraps, jacket collars, pillows, etc) needs to be washed regularly and thoroughly. Try to touch your face as little as possible!

A good cleanser and chemical exfoliant can help you out. Some commonly recommended products here on SCA are CeraVe's foaming cleanser and Stridex pads (the red box, not green box). Both will help keep your skin clean and remove any bacteria that are causing you problems. It is important when using an exfoliant that you use a lotion afterwards so your skin doesn't get too dry, moisturized skin feels and looks better! Another common product here is CeraVe's lotion (there's a pump kind that's thinner, and a jar kind that's thicker and creamier).

Hydrocolloid bandages are a godsend if you have any active acne! If the blemish is 'open', cut off a small portion of the bandage and put that on the offending zit after you wash and moisturize your face for the night. By the time you wake up, most (if not all) of the fluid from the acne will be absorbed into the bandage, leaving the blemish flat and less red.

I hope this information is helpful to you! Acne can be so painful and embarrassing, but it can be managed and fixed. Best of luck! :)

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/MsAnthropic · 3 pointsr/AsianBeauty

Kose Softymo is a good inexpensive oil cleanser.

Excellent review comparing Hadalabo with Juju Aquamoist here. Hadalabo also has English webpages for their products.

Shiseido Anessa & Kanebo Allie sunscreens are my #1 Japanese purchase.

Shiseido Aqualabel Special Gel Cream is great for humid weather.

Kao Biore has some special Japan only items like these toners. I recommend that blog for a lot of product reviews.

u/Nasrinn · 3 pointsr/AsianBeauty

There are lots of really good (and cheap) options available if you're willing to shop online. I think it's worth the investment because they really don't have to be that expensive. I use this one It works really well and a little goes a long way! I maybe buy two a year :)

Edit: formatting

u/ediblesprysky · 3 pointsr/femalefashionadvice

> Kose Softymo oil cleanser

Okay, I just looked this stuff up on Amazon, and WOW Google Translate failed hard on this description.

> About the product

Vultures in adenseadhesive repair care treatments
Union grass premium oil compound
The haire specially the pain comes to mind
What... what?

Since Amazon's product description is no help, what do you like about the product?

u/legalbeegle · 3 pointsr/MakeupAddiction

To echo what others have said, definitely stay away from the makeup wipes. Most of them are too harsh to be used while on medication that causes dry skin.

I'm also on a strong retinol and I use this cleansing oil.:

It's cheap, the bottle lasts for months and it seriously removes everything and washes away clean afterwards.

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/SarcasticMethod · 3 pointsr/AsianBeauty

That is hilarious and also a little sad.

Are you on, or another country's Amazon site? The first result I see is this with 150+ reviews.

u/SheShallLurkNoMore · 3 pointsr/MakeupAddiction

I use this.

I used to use makeup wipes but never again. This is so much more gentle on my skin. The girls over at /r/skincareaddiction are lifesavers. (was going to type skinsavers but that sounds gross)

u/gorebabe · 3 pointsr/MakeupAddiction

Avaliable at asian supermarkets/drugstores
KOSE Softy Mo Deep Treatment Oil

u/orata · 3 pointsr/SkincareAddiction

I LOVE Kose Softymo cleansing oil:

I used to use the Neutrogena makeup remover, which was fine but I felt like I had to rub a bit to get everything off and then wash my face with a separate cleanser.

OCM left me feeling too greasy.

The Softymo stuff, I just squirt into my palm, massage into my face, then rinse off with water. It takes off everything and then rinses clean. I'm sure other cleansing oils are similar, but this one works for me and is really cheap compared to something like Shiseido or DHC.

u/yenneferofhamburger · 3 pointsr/SkincareAddiction

I added some Asian skincare stuff to my routine and it's helped greatly. It's more about layering on moisture vs using one super hydrating product. For more info visit /r/AsianBeauty and check out the sidebar. Here's what I use:

  • Hada Labo Replenishing Hydrator (at ULTA)

  • Hada Labo Hydrating Face Wash (at ULTA)

  • Skin Aqua UV Moisture Milk for sunscreen (this one is important because most sunscreens have alcohol, and this brand doesn't)

  • Softymo Speedy Cleansing Oil (bonus: this product is great for eliminating closed comedones)

  • Hydrating sheet masks (My Beauty Diary Aloe, Hyaluronic Acid, or Apple Polyphenol; some Biore masks from Japan) 2 - 4 times a week

    I use Thayer's alcohol-free toner year round, twice a day which helps keeps the flakes away. Also, I use Stridex red pads for chemical exfoliation, but I can't use them more than once a week now that it's winter. I normally use those every other day in the summer.

    You may want to try only washing your face in the evenings, and just using water to cleanse in the mornings. Some days I need to wash my face before applying sunscreen, especially if it's a greasy day.

u/stich226 · 3 pointsr/AsianBeauty

Sorry I have a lot of questions...
Skin Type: Oily, Acne-Prone

Is it recommended to double cleanse? I don't wear makeup either. If so, any inexpensive but effective oil cleansers? I heard about Banila Co Zero Purity but it's kinda expensive....

EDIT: Do you recommend the [](Kose Softymo Speedy Cleansing Oil)? The price is low so I'm sorta skeptical..

Do you recommend the CosRx Salicylic Acid Daily Gentle Cleanser? I looked on Soko Glam and it says it has a pH of 8.9 so I'm kinda curious..?

Should I get the Mizon Recovery Gel Cream or the Mizon Black Snail All in One Cream?

For a toner, should I get something targeted towards my skin or something just hydrating...? Because I was thinking of getting the famous Hada Labo Hyaluronic Acid Lotion?

What are effective spot treatments for acne?
Thank you~ <3

u/smitha12345 · 3 pointsr/SkincareAddiction

Kose Softymo Speedy Cleansing Oil seems to fit all of your requirements. I use it and really like it, though I do double cleanse.

u/for-fox-sakes · 3 pointsr/SkincareAddiction

Kose Softymo Speedy Cleansing Oil - fragrance-free, cheap, and effective.

u/Arielyssa · 3 pointsr/AsianBeauty

Foaming cleansers are second cleansers. You can use it in the shower if you want when you wash your face probably won't make much difference plus it is less messy and saves water.

Other recommendations:

u/gotti9660 · 3 pointsr/Accutane

As with most of the CeraVe products, they do well for people on Accutane from everyone I've spoken with. Can you add CeraVe Hydrating Cleanser onto the list? It's a great moisturizing cleanser, and pretty gentle on your skin.

u/cleonm · 3 pointsr/wicked_edge

I'm going to throw CeraVe Hydrating Cleanser out there. It works wonders on my acne and also doubles as a great pre-shave soap for me.

Bonus: I like their Moisturizing Cream as an aftershave balm and face moisturizer. After I put it on I wait a few minutes then put on a splash for scent.

u/Sexthrowawayforfun · 3 pointsr/SkincareAddiction

Wash face in morning( I use cerave hydrating cleanser), apply moisturizer (I use nivea creme)

Wash face in evening (same cleanser), apply stridex (red box) all over face, wait 30 minutes, moisturize (nivea creme)

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/gmwrnr · 3 pointsr/MakeupAddiction

The only other options I can think of are a ceramide gel and/or a sleeping pack nightly. Ceramides repair the moisture barrier and essential work to cure dehydration of the skin. Sleeping packs seal in moisture overnight and you rinse them off in the morning. I'm partial to Korean skincare products so I'd suggest checking out r/AsianBeauty . There's a thread with recent holy grail items here!

u/savage_in_a_sundress · 3 pointsr/SkincareAddiction

Rosette Ceramide Gel (CosRX)! Near dupe of Cerave PM, but without the fatty alcohols.

u/laredo_lumins · 3 pointsr/AsianBeauty

You could try the Rosette Ceramide Gel. I've heard some great things about it here.
Here's a link to it on Amazon. I've purchased it from here recently, I haven't gotten it yet to review though.
And a link to a reddit thread about it.

u/jam219 · 3 pointsr/AsianBeauty

I can totally relate!!! It's taken me about 4-5 months. I began seeing results within a couple weeks, but consistency is key.

Vaseline and ROSETTE have helped me a lot! I find that layering helps. Depending on the weather, I only wash my face once a day -
when taking off my makeup. SPF 30 or greater is an absolute must. There are options that are more moisturizing than others. I have sensitive skin so I have to be mindful of products that have fragrance.

If there is an ingredient that irritates your skin by making it drier then I would find products without that ingredient.


u/notahotdesk · 3 pointsr/SkincareAddiction

That's fair. It is pretty overwhelming and there are a lot of good products out there, but they won't necessarily all work for you.

If you bought one of everything in the actives list, you'd probably a) end up spending way too much money and b) end up with really unhappy skin.

So, with that in mind, here's my personal recommendations from where I'd start if I was in your shoes (i.e. decent skin, no routine to speak of, but looking to make some anti-aging protection moves).


u/pyratus · 3 pointsr/SkincareAddiction

You can buy the red box Stridex on Amazon!

u/zelday · 3 pointsr/AsianBeauty

A lot of people here love the Sridex pads:

Don't use a BHA yet myself, but this brand gets a lot of love.

u/suzypepper · 3 pointsr/SkincareAddiction

Hello and welcome! I just want to tell you that I'm pretty sure every single person in this sub is freaking adorable so I'm sure you will meet all sorts of entertaining and awesome people here. :) I'm so psyched for you!

In terms of exfoliation, speaking very broadly (i.e. there are always exceptions to what I'm about to say), AHAs are generally recommended for dry skin, while BHA is recommended for oilier skin types. I think things will work better for you if you attempt to tackle one problem at a time. For instance, for pimples, Paula's Choice BHA 2% liquid is my absolute holy grail product, but a drugstore BHA such as Stridex may work equally as well, and perhaps would be something to try first since it's more easily accessible. Speaking of Stridex, try to make everything you use as gentle (checkmark on the Cetaphil) and as alcohol-free as possible - your skin is dry and we don't want it to get even more dry. :( My skin gets dry in the winter and the itchiness can just drive me up the wall.

And yes, start moisturizing every day, morning and night - just a pea-sized amount, I promise it won't be greasy. And if it is, we'll figure something out. If you're still feeling dry after that, we can think about changing or supplementing your moisturizer. :)

Welcome again!

Edit: I just saw a pattern in your description of pimples! Scalp, forehead, shoulders and upper back? Check your shampoo/conditioner/other hair products for clogging ingredients!

u/HeroAssassin · 3 pointsr/CanSkincare

Any hydrocolloid bandage will work. Hydrocolloid is a type of bandage not a brand. I've bought some from Shoppers, sometimes they even have the ones specifically for acne. Look in the skincare section.

For stridex I think amazon is the only place. Link Here

u/dlandwirth · 3 pointsr/SkincareAddiction

Using a 2% salicylic acid topical would help diminish the appearance of your pores. Personally, I've been using these - they're extremely cheap whether you buy them online or in drug stores

u/xEgoC · 3 pointsr/malefashionadvice

>As stated below look into /r/SkincareAddiction[1] . They'll probably you using an AHA exfoliant to get clear out the darker pigmentation.

This guy is right, and as a browser of SCA, you are most likely going to be recommended Stridex Red Box You can get a smaller box for about $3.55 at the store. Don't expect to see results right away, probably a few months before you notice anything.

u/momu1990 · 3 pointsr/SkincareAddiction

Might be a minor form of ingrown hairs. Official derm name: Pseudofolliculitis Barbae - "Razor bumps are a common skin condition that occurs as a result of shaving. The condition is more common in men and usually occurs on the face."

BHA (beta hydroxy acid or salicylic) can help clear out and prevent them and reduce redness. Paula's Choice BHA 2% liquid is a popular choice here.
But a much cheaper option is Stridex pads, you can pick them up at your local Walgreens or CVS

Also here is a old thread with people discussing how stridex helped people get rid of their ingrown hairs

Good luck!

u/SuckinLemonz · 3 pointsr/SkincareAddiction

Hey! I'm just an SCA lurker so I hope someone with a wealth of experience comes in to give you some more specific recommendations. For now I'll just give a comment to get you looking in the right direction until someone comes along to give more specific help.

First off, for acne, most people here recommend using Stridex in the red box. There it is on amazon but you can usually find it cheaper in drug stores. It's good because of the 2% salicylic acid which helps dissolve dirt & dead skin in your pores without damaging the healthy skin.

What is your current routine? Do you use a cleanser? If you can share that information it will help everyone understand how to help much more.

u/lll_1_lll · 3 pointsr/SkincareAddiction

I do not live in Australia, I didn't mean to make it sound that way, my bad! I just know Cetaphil is easier to get and im pretty sure it's sold in your guy's stores too.

After reading around this sub for a few days, I realized that using those neutroegna scrubbing exfoliants may have been adding to my dryness, so I switched over to just exfoliating with stridex pads instead. (rubbing my face enough to get the dead skin and stuff off).

So basically my routine is just

  • Wash with cetaphil

  • Rub down my face with Stridex pad

  • Put on some lotion

    I'm still pretty new to this stuff, so apologies if this routine is really bad! The people here are usually pretty good about weighing in and correcting bad info.
u/Keyan2 · 3 pointsr/NoFap

This product has worked wonders for me. You can read more reviews for it here.

Also, I highly recommend visiting /r/SkincareAddiction if you haven't already.

u/aloe-you-vera-much · 3 pointsr/SkincareAddiction

Why don't you suggest a BHA or AHA? These chemical exfoliants accomplish the work of physical exfoliants without harming your moisture barrier and skin in general. A common, inexpensive BHA is Stridex in the red box (maximum strength, alcohol free). One AHA is glycolic acid, I've seen nip and fab pads that contain this.

u/space-honey · 3 pointsr/SkincareAddiction

Warning: long rambling comment ahead. My skin has recently been dry and acne-prone as well. I'm not as much of a skincare expert as some of the folks around here, but I'll tell you what's worked for me.

  • Cleansing with an oil. This may sound silly if you get breakouts and YMMV, but I've found they clean my skin well without drying. I've used sunflower oil from Walmart in the past and a lot of people here swear by this mineral oil that is marketed for polishing wood.

    Alternately, you could try a Cleansing Oil type product, which are sold for the purpose of skincare and usually contain an emulsifier to make it easier to wash the oil off your face. A lot of Asian lines sell cleansing oils; I've used and liked this one. Currently, I am using a solid oil product from Clinique. It's marketed as a makeup remover but I find it cleanses my skin very well on its own. I sometimes follow it up with a cleanser but I don't seem to need to if I wash the oil off thoroughly. Oils are the gentlest way I've found to cleanse my skin, and I'd recommend them to anyone with dry skin. Just avoid the highly comedogenic ones (e.g. coconut oil) and know that you might have to test a few before you find one you love. I just saw that you've ordered hemp seed and argan oils; I have a feeling you'll like them. (Side note: argan oil is a wonder drug. I use it basically like a serum, rubbing it into my skin and just letting it on.)

  • I ditched my benzoyl peroxide products after it became apparent to me that they dried my skin out without doing all that much to help my acne. Are you putting the BP on your whole face or just using it as a spot treatment?

    Most (helpful) acne products I've found are drying to some extent, so I weigh the benefits against the side effects, meaning that a drying product has to be pretty damn amazing at fighting zits if I'm going to use it. Benzoyl Peroxide was not that product for me, unfortunately, though it may be for you. I found that it sped up the healing process of spots only minimally compared to doing nothing to them, so I threw it out. I've replaced it with Stridex pads and Mario Badescu Buffering Lotion. Like I said, they are quite drying (the Buffering Lotion actually has alcohol in it) but they offer enough tangible benefits that I am willing to accept that.

    I use the Stridex pads 2-3 times a week, and only on areas where I have sebaceous filaments, blackheads, and breakouts. I know a lot of people here love them for SFs, but I've found they shrink cystic spots pretty quickly as well. They smell weird and sting, especially if you put on moisturizer too soon after using them, but they work really well.

    The Mario Badescu Buffering Lotion is a great spot treatment, and the only product that's ever helped me with cysts that are still under the skin. I've actually used it on deep cysts before and had them disappear before ever coming to a head; it's like magic!

  • I've recently started using honey as a mask and it's one of the few things that has helped moisturize my skin while simultaneously shrinking zits. You may not be into using a mask and, if you try this, you will feel like a sticky lunatic until you wash it off. It's a very gentle treatment though and quite calming on days when my skin feels extra dry and irritated. Some people will use raw honey but I just bought a cheap generic bottle after checking that the only ingredient listed was honey. You literally just slather it on your face and let it sit for a bit; I usually read for about an hour before washing it off with water. The next day my skin is soft and my spots are smaller.

    I hope at least some of that giant comment was helpful to you! One last thing I would recommend is adding an additional moisturizer at night. You said that the AHA cream helps with your PIH so I wouldn't stop using that, but you could always layer another moisturizer with it to combat the dryness. As long as neither product breaks you out I don't see the harm in using two! I have no specific recommendations on a moisturizer as I've been looking for one myself (just bought this one though and it looks promising) but I'd look for something richer and non-comedogenic.

    Edit: Sorry for the wonky formatting, I do not know how to fix it!
u/Tuplad · 3 pointsr/SkincareAddiction

So just got into skincare. I'm a male and I train Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (lots of sweat, chafing, mat burns, other people's sweat) and go to the gym, 6-7 times a week combined.

Skin type: normal to dry, have dermatitis on my head (red spots) and face (left and right, 1cm from my nose). My skin has a reddish color after I've used Roaccutane for 6 months to battle back acne.

Routine: Cerave hydration facial cleanser and moisturizing lotion (the cream is a bit too thick/sticky).

Also, I've bought the cetaphil soap bar for my face, and stridex 2% pads to use after training.

Issue: Specifically, after BJJ I've noticed that my skin is damaged. Just using moisturizer for now. Also, maybe something to restore my natural color (white) instead of the reddish hue?

Location: Ukraine (Slavic skin)

u/skincareotaku · 3 pointsr/SkincareAddiction

Hope you find something that's right for you!

Besides The Ordinary's line of chemical exfoliants, Paula's Choice, COSRX and Stridex are examples of some other well-known brands that make AHAs and BHAs that a lot of users here seem to like.

However when it came to AHAs, one that I personally preferred using over the other more popular recommended ones was the Glycolic Acid Facial Toner by Reviva Labs since it's only 3% glycolic acid as opposed to 7%. The 3% was just right for my skin, while the 7% would irritate it.

u/lobster_johnson · 3 pointsr/Psoriasis

"Red raw" sounds like something perfectly normal — hot water causes blood vessels to dilate, which causes psoriasis plaques to look redder than they would otherwise be.

Hot baths are good because they soften the outer layers of the skin. As a reminder, psoriasis as a disease is inflammation, but the main symptom is that it causes the skin to grow too fast (in an effort to "repair" damage that isn't actually there), the result of which we call plaques.

Plaques are the main problem for most people. The many layers of skin will itch, crack and bleed, and it looks terrible. But if you have inflammation and no plaques at all, you will merely have reddish, slightly swelled patches of skin. In other words, aside from treating the inflammation, and important part of treatment is avoiding plaque build-up on its own. Baths help here because they soften the dead outer layers and cause them to slough off.

You will also see a similar, but more significant, effect with an urea moisturizer. Urea is a natural, safe skin-tissue softener, or keratolytic, that causes the dead skin to come loose and slough off. A 20% urea moisturizer such as PurSources is extremely effective, and also works great to hydrate the skin. You can also get products that combine urea with salicylic acid, which is also a keratolytic, such as Bare Urea 40. I highly recommend an urea product like this, and I'd apply it right after the hot bath. Anything between 20% and 40% has a very good effect. (Urea creams are sometimes marketed as foot creams. As a general rule, 40% is appropriate for foot callouses, but can also be used elsewhere on the body, though it is stronger. 20% is sufficient, in my experience. Never use anything above 10% on the face.)

There are also soaps that contain salicylic acid, such as CeraVe's Renewing SA Cleanser (which is safe to use on the face). CeraVe has a product called Psoriasis Cleanser which contains both salicylic acid and urea, but they don't say at what percentage. I'd guess 10%.

u/hplssrmantcxox · 3 pointsr/AskDocs

Try CeraVe products - they have a Salicylic Acid (SA) line (Cleanser & Lotion) that would help with your acne, and they also have a Hydrating cleanser + amazing Moisturizer creme and moisturizing lotion too.

CeraVe's moisturizing products are amazing if you have solely dry skin + no acne, but I've heard reviews about it helping clear acne too even without the Salicylic Acid. CeraVe has some sort of patent in their products that help encourage your skin to renew its cells and encourage natural facial oils to emerge and help moisturize your skin without causing pimples.
^ You can read more reviews about CeraVe and see if it works; it worked really well for my horrible dry face rash that I got as a result of radiation + my bone marrow transplant. (Face was basically peeling and couldn't breathe/felt "stuck" because I stripped all the oil away from my face using too many harsh cleansers to get rid of the dead skin and rash. I used the hydrating cleanser and noticed a difference in 3 days with the moisturizing creme + lotion - creme for the really extra dry/flakey skin and lotion for my hands/other dry skin.

I used these products: <--Read up the reviews here too for the different cleansers and see which ones would be best for your skin. You might be able to get a sample of these too if you went to a local Ulta store or contact CeraVe.

It's hypoallergenic and Dermatologist recommended for Eczema too.

CeraVe also has a $2 coupon on their website too :) I bought mine at a local CVS when they were having a great sale on it.

u/wong__a · 3 pointsr/AsianBeauty

I also have oily skin! I love Cosrx low ph good morning cleanser. It does contain tea tree oil, so if you are sensitive to that, I would skip it. It is light on my skin and removes grime from the day really well without stripping my natural oils/moisture. I highly recommend it

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/ITLady · 3 pointsr/DecemberBumpers2017

I've found r/asianbeauty to be life changing. Basically, you need a SUPER gentle face wash and tons of moisturizer. I can tell that my skin is a lot oilier now, but because I know how to manage it and my hormonal acne, I haven't had many breakouts. When you use too harsh of a face wash, your skin freaks out and over produces oil (simplified explanation).

My super simple AB routine:

u/BONG_OF_JUSTICE · 3 pointsr/SkincareAddiction

For my body, I like using pre-soaked exfoliant pads, 'cause I'm lazy and cheap. Right now I'm using these Nip+Fab ones and they're pretty decent, but I'm planning on picking up these lactic acid ones next. If you're looking to dip your toes into the waters of AHA for facial use that you can also use on your body, then I'd recommend the CosRx AHA, which is great, but much gentler. (obligatory mention that if you begin using an AHA on your face, then daily sunscreen use becomes mandatory)

Undereye circles are genetic, so there's not much you can do topically to get rid of them. I know there's some people who anecdotally believe that products with caffeine in them can help with their appearance, but I've never tried any, so I can't really offer any specific advice there.

And yep! I alternate between the CeraVe foaming and the CosRx Good Morning cleanser, both of which are great low pH options.

u/ZG2047 · 3 pointsr/SebDerm

Hello and welcome to SebDerm you are in the right place.

First and foremost : stop buying new products every week, unless you have desastrous effects or flare ups.
Introducing a new product in your skincare routine means that you must use this product dilligently for 3 to 4 weeks before you can draw any kind of concrete conclusion.

You mentionned that Dandrazol works for you that's very good, hang on to it- use that frequently for a few weeks with a type of oil as suggested below for at least 3 weeks before you draw any conclusion.
If you have a big problem with flakes I strongly recommend one type of oil for your scalp and behind your ears:

  • MCT Oil.
  • Mineral Oil.
  • Squalane Oil.

    PS: I'm personally a fan of MCT OIL for the cost efficiency I used this one in the past but do your research and try to find a product yourself.

    If you want to relieve the symptoms on your face and still keep it budget friendly :

  • Benton - Aloe Propolis Soothing Gel - use this after washing your face - Generally Safe contains Propolist with is an antifungal and helps inhibiting Seb Derm.
  • Hada Labo Rohto Gokujyn Hyaluronic Acid Cleansing Foam - Might cause a reaction depending on your skin or might work
    Note if you use product or a similar one I recommend that you use a suncreen from this list the budget friendly Japanese products are not available on Amazon prime anymore but you can generally find them on Ebay UK.

    For lasting improvements inspect your routine most people have bad habits and bad habits die hard.

  • Do you use any make up ? did you notice any patterns of flare up when using some type of make up ?
  • Do you smoke ?
  • How is your overall diet ?
  • How is the quality of your tap water ?
  • How often do you wash your pillow and bed sheets ?
  • How is the moisture in your living space ?
  • Do you have good sleep habits ?
  • Do you lack any vitamins when did you last check your blood or do a full checkup ? Did you go see a dermatologist ?

    If you have any questions and can't find the answer by yourself don't hesitate we are here to help you fight this stupid skin condition !!!
u/Lulucons · 3 pointsr/AsianBeauty

I am an African American guy new to skincare and AB in general. I built a plan and I wanted to get some opinions and suggestions on what I have before I follow through with buying everything. I have really oily skin, and I live in Southern California. I'm focused on wrinkles and tightening my pores and skin as a whole.

First cleanser: DHC Deep Cleansing Oil

Second cleanser: Hada Labo Gokujyun Hyaluronic Acid Cleanser

Toner: Hada Labo Alpha Lotion

Moisturizer: Hada Labo Hyaluronic Lotion

u/AlexaviortheBravier · 3 pointsr/ftm

No problem.

I had some issues where I kept changing something in it and messing all my progress up. Been doing much better now that I realized I was the problem. Seems like a lot in writing, but it really isn't much.

  • Wash hands

  • Wash face with Cetaphil gentle skin cleanser gently using kojac sponge

  • Pat dry with washcloth

  • Apply Thayers Rose Petal Witch Hazel with Aloe Vera with a cotton square/circle

  • After shaking to mix, pat on CeraVe Moisturizing Cream to which I had previously added almost .5 fl oz/15mL of 100% pure tea tree oil. (I think I read that it should be no more than 10% tea tree oil.) Last time I used Now tea tree oil but I have also used Jason.

  • Wait a while and sunscreen before going out, added to help scarring. Not sure if the one I had been using was good for my skin though so I won't put a brand here.

    I mainly use the kojac sponge because it cuts down on me picking the flacky skin off my face which tended to be the gateway to me picking acne or peeling off scabs.



    (I do my face wash last step in the shower even though places tend to recommend against it because of the heat; if I turned up the heat a lot during my shower, I turn it down to wash my face. It seemed to me that I used more heat in the sink after showering since my hands can stand heat better than the rest of my body.)

  • Wash face and neck with Hado Labo Rohto Gokujyn Hyaluronic Acid Cleansing Foam (Harsher so I prefer it at night.)

  • Pat dry with towel before drying any other part of my body. (I go face, hair, upper back, rest of me and don't lay a towel on my back after showering since that seemed to cause acne.)

  • Apply Thayers Rose Petal Witch Hazel with Aloe Vera with a cotton square/circle

  • After shaking to mix, pat on Differin Gel

  • Pat on same CeraVe Moisturizing Cream as above to face and neck.

    Shower details:

    I use shampoo/conditioner that doesn't contain sulfates. I know my one friend realized that sulfates in her shampoo were likely what was causing her back to break out. I use this which is expensive but it lasts me a year even though I tend to overuse it.

    I also wash in the following order: shampoo, conditioner (leave in), private areas with water, wash my hands with my body soap (Dr. Bronner's), then my shoulders/back before any other part since that seemed to cut down on back acne as well. Last, in order, I wash my armpits, groin (not the inside of genitals, I mean my groin pit?? [Where my leg bends] I cover my genitals to keep soap out of that area.), feet. Then I rinse out the conditioner and do my face wash routine.

    Edit: Also forgot to mention that I avoid letting soap sit on my skin. Trial and error seems to show that that causes me to breakout as well so I rinse it off as I go.

    I don't change my pillowcase every night but I flip them. I have two pillows I sleep on and I sleep once on each before changing the pillowcase.

    I would definitely recommend changing one thing or adding one thing at a time and patch testing if you can.

    ETA: If your acne is severe, I'd still recommend a dermatologist when you can go. Or maybe talking to your primary doctor even. My HRT prescriber, for my acne, prescribed me Doxycycline and Tretinoin at one point. I don't use either, currently, but you can try using a non-dermatologist if you don't have any other option.

    Edit2: Clarified some minor things.
u/christina-rae · 3 pointsr/Rosacea

I was just diagnosed myself -- July 2017, so I'm trying to figure things out too. The way your rosacea presents itself sounds like mine.

I'm currently taking brand Oracea, but I used to take the generic Doxycycline IR-DR. I changed health insurances and the one I have now doesn't cover the generic. Weird, right? Anyway, I also apply Metronidazole Gel 0.75%. It took almost a month to clear my face. Even my acne was gone.

Triggers vary from person to person. If you can identify them, then you can avoid them or take the necessary steps to manage your symptoms. For example, you can't avoid the sun unless you want to be holed up in a windowless room for the rest of your life. So apply some sunscreen! I'll get more into that later.

Establish a skincare regimen for yourself. It doesn't have to be fancy or long and extensive. Just cover the basics. If you can't get yourself to follow it daily, then it's no good. I've read that niacinamide is great for rosacea as it alleviates the symptoms amongst other benefits. The products I use containing niacinamide are Cerave Foaming Facial Cleanser, The Ordinary Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1% Serum, and Cerave PM Facial Moisturizing Lotion (which I use in the morning too, not just at night).

If you're not using a sunscreen already, what are you waiting for?! Even before I was diagnosed with rosacea, I was already applying sunscreen to my face as the last step of my morning skincare regimen prior to applying makeup. I use Missha All Around Safe Block Essence Sun SPF 45/PA+++ or Innisfree Perfect UV Protection Cream Triple Care SPF 50+/PA+++. Both are Korean brand sunscreens. The Missha one has witch hazel extracts which can be a trigger. It doesn't affect me though. The Innisfree one has niacinamide. Definitely check out /r/AsianBeauty/ and /r/SkincareAddiction/ for more recommendations.

For some people, spicy food is a trigger and should be avoided. I am one of those people. Story time! (You can stop here if you don't want to read my story. :P) I don't really like spicy food, so I usually avoid it anyway. Well, last week, I bought 8 pc. fried chicken from the grocery store. I thought I had dinner covered for the night and leftovers to eat over the course of the week. It turns out the guy gave me spicy fried chicken. I didn't want to go back to the grocery store nor did I want to throw it away, so I sucked it up and ate the fried chicken anyway. The following morning, I woke up to dry, red, irritated skin on my face. I attributed it to the cold weather and decided to bust out some heavier moisturizers. It wasn't until the next time I ate the fried chicken that I remembered spicy food can trigger rosacea flare-ups. I didn't want to waste the fried chicken, so I finished it. My skin was angry with me, but it's starting to subside now.

u/yo_soy_soja · 3 pointsr/AskMen

Fwiw, I was asking this a couple months ago.

Every morning, I apply a moisturizer,
cleanser, and sunblock to my face. At night, I apply the moisturizer and cleanser again.

Supposedly this, in combination with being an indoor neckbeard, will mitigate much of the toll of aging on my skin. We'll see.

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/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/Alex4evah · 3 pointsr/SkincareAddicts

Hi, u/mihaelalala7! :)

I would suggest replacing the micellar water with a cleansing oil or a cleansing balm (even though your dermatologist suggested it), as it would do, in my opinion, a much better job at breaking down the gunk that's on your face that your regular water-based cleanser won't be able to dissolve. Even though it might seem strange to put oil on your already oily skin, the excess sebum that builds up on the skin and in our pores cannot dissolve in a water-based formula, and maybe even certain ingredients from your SPF and such. Micellar water does a similar job, but I don't find it as effective. Then I Met You has a nice, fragrance-free cleansing balm.

When building up a skin care routine, the most important things to look for are skin barrier support and sun protection. For your skin to be happy, you have to provide a good SPF, gentle cleansing and proper hydration through a good moisturizer. By looking at the ingredient list of your Isis Pharma moisturizer, I came to the conclusion that you should definitely replace it. It contains a lot of fragrance, which should definitely be avoided in skin care, and it also contains a really harsh surfactant, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, that is just terrible for the face. Sodium Laureth Sulfate is basically the stuff that makes up regular soap, which we all know we should not put on our faces. It really strips the skin, and can definitely lead to skin barrier damage that will worsen your skin concerns (breakouts, comedones, dullness etc.). A much, much better option would be the CeraVe Hydrating Cleanser, that is fragrance-free, non-comedogenic, MUCH gentler and hydrating. It contains ceramides, compounds that are present in our skin's own moisturizing system. Your cleanser is by far the worst product in your routine and you should replace it in my opinion.

When it comes to the exfoliating acids, I think you'll do a much better job preventing breakouts and smoothing your skin texture by using your Salicylic Acid as a primary exfoliant, since it does basically the same job as the Lactic Acid, but it also has the property of being soluble in oil, thus unclogging your pores while also providing a gentle exfoliation. Salicylic Acid also can help with controlling excess sebum production and it also has antibacterial properties. Be aware that the overuse of chemical exfoliants can lead to irritation, dryness, redness and peeling, so maybe use them a few times a week, and don't apply them on areas where you don't experience congestion. You can switch to using the Salicylic Acid on your breakout-prone, textured areas, 2-3 days a week, and see if your skin tolerates it well. If not, you can go back to the Lactic Acid. Do not use your chemical exfoliants on the sensitive parts of the face, such as the under-eye area, as it's simply unnecessary, and the risk of getting irritated is much higher on the extremely thin skin under our eyes.

I'll have to mention fragrance again when talking about your moisturizer. It's definitely not as bad as your cleanser, but I'd look into other options that are fragrance-free, such as CeraVe's Moisturizing Cream, that is also non-comedogenic and contains ceramides.

The SPF you're using is most likely fine, and you should continue using it if you like the product. La Roche Posay, Eucerin, Cetaphil and CeraVe also provide good sunscreens that you can explore in the future.

The witch hazel may or may not help, you can keep using it if you like it. For sebum production control and anti-inflammatory properties you can also try incorporating Niacinamide into your routine, as it's a proven ingredient that can definitely help with the appearence of breakouts and post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation (dark spots) from acne scarring. The Ordinary has a great Niacinamide 10% + Zinc serum.

Also, the order in which you apply your products is of utmost importance. There are a lot of sources online where you can find more about this, but generally you should look to apply your products from the thinnest to thickest, starting with your cleansing oil and water-based cleanser, and ending with your sunscreen/moisturizer at PM.

So, to summarize: definitely look to replace your cleanser, you can improve your PM double-cleanse by replacing your micellar water with a cleansing oil/balm, be careful with your exfoliating acids, look to get rid of fragrance and harsh ingredients in your products by paying close attention to the ingredient list of the products that you're buying and doing research on that (Dr. Dray is board-certified dermatologist that has a YouTube channel, her advice is just pure gold, you can learn a lot from her). Our skin is a living, breathing organ, that is perfectly capable of self-sustaining and protecting itself. Our job is to enhance its mechanisms, and not overwhelm it by using too many products, harsh ingredients and fragrance.

Since you're not dealing with really bad skin concerns, having a really good, gentle double-cleanse, potent moisturizer, SPF 30+ sunscreen, using frangrance-free, non-comedogenic products and mildy exfoliating your skin with a gentle BHA (Salicylic Acid product) should really be all you need to get your skin to a good state. I'm glad you asked for advice, I'm extremely happy that you specificed the products you use, because otherwise I wouldn't have been able to identify some of the mistakes in your skin care (and potentially the biggest), and I hope you'll find my advice helpful.

All the best!

u/LyphBB · 3 pointsr/SkincareAddiction

I’m in the USA 🇺🇸 but this really helped my dry skin:

CeraVe Hydrating Facial Cleanser 16 oz for Daily Face Washing, Dry to Normal Skin

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/Pickled_Pankake · 3 pointsr/malefashionadvice

Check out /r/skincareaddiction , they will probably recommend this for oily skin.

u/pyramix · 3 pointsr/amazon

This is not true. You should clarify that this is speculation on your part. Amazon does update prices, like all retailers, but it's not to trap people to subscribe and then raise prices on them. These items are also sold separately (non-subscription), and SnS is just a discount over whatever that price happens to be at the time.

As a heavy SnS user, I've found the prices do fluctuate sometimes (I've also seen them go down from my subscription price). But even when they increase, I find that Amazon still has it for the lowest or close to it online. For instance, is right now $9.57 at StocknGo, $11.99 on Ebay, $16.18 at Drugstore ($10.19 + shipping), $18 something at Rakuten, etc.

u/Ocean-derp · 3 pointsr/AskWomen

I use an Asian brand which is on amazon which is this

Another really popular brand (which I also love) is a DHC brand!

u/mastiii · 3 pointsr/SkincareAddiction

I haven't been to Japan, but from what I understand, it is a great place for amazing and inexpensive skincare. There's a whole sub dedicated to Asian products here: /r/AsianBeauty

I'll also link you the SCA routine page. The /r/asianbeauty subreddit also has tons and tons of info in the sidebar. Start with the basics in the SCA routine if you feel overwhelmed.

Here's some of my thoughts of the products you're using:

  • Nivea Soft: contains denatured alcohol, which can be drying, irritating and cause that burning sensation. The may not be the reason for your issue, but do keep it in mind
  • Clinique toner: I don't think this is intended to be a makeup remover. Also, does this one contain a lot of denatured alcohol too? If so, that will contribute to your issues. Instead, try using an oil cleanser to remover your makeup. This one for example should be in drugstores in Japan.
  • Jason Apricot Scrubbie exfoliator: this is going to be very rough and irritate your skin. Chemical exfoliants are considered better than physical ones. There is a section about chemical exfoliants in the SCA routine link I provided.
  • Acure Organics Seriously Glowing Facial Serum: this is an oil blend, which is fine, but I find that oils don't moisturize my skin very well. I need a mix of other emollient and humectant ingredients. This serum is also not going to do much for acne.

    You didn't mention how you wash your face; do you currently use some kind of cleanser or soap?

    So to redo your routine, I would add in an oil cleanser and/or foaming cleanser, a chemical exfoliant like this if you can find it, a new moisturizer (I'm really only familiar with Hada Labo, so maybe this, and preferably a sunscreen (Biore, Hada Labo and Nivea should sell cheap drugstore ones). The Hada Labo ingredient lists can be found here.
u/ilalli · 3 pointsr/SkincareAddiction

Hada Labo Gokujyun Oil Cleanser is a great emulsifying oil cleanser - it rinses clean, so I personally don't need to double cleanse when I use it. It is olive oil based, not mineral oil (which my skin doesn't like).

u/buyingaddict · 3 pointsr/AsianBeauty

Ahh, I almost bought this just this morning. I'm glad I passed on it. That's disappointing! Maybe because it's the light version? I have a cleansing oil from the same brand that worked fine for my waterproof eye makeup. Did you let it sit for a few seconds before emulsifying it with adding a bit of water, then rubbing a bit more? Lathering it up by adding a bit of water helps.

If you read the review on amazon, they mostly say to get something else as eye makeup remover just cause it's so liquidy and might get in your eyes easily.

Also, I was kinda disappointed this wasn't about your dad. :P

u/scarieb · 3 pointsr/SkincareAddiction

Double cleanse is not washing your face twice with a cleanser. It's a two step process, the first step to dissolve and remove makeup, and the second step (cleanser) to remove any residual product from the first step and makeup. I like to followup with a toner to remove remainder of cleanser.

I would use a makeup remover type product first, there are so many options like cleansing oils, micellar water, makeup remover, cold creams, etc. and followup with your Cerave. I personally love this light cleansing oil - The Face Shop Light Cleansing Oil but have had great success with Pond's Cold Cream and Clinique Makeup remover. I prefer to save dedicated makeup remover for my eyes especially because they're typically more expensive.

u/bigdog2525 · 3 pointsr/SkincareAddiction

wow - do you really use 3 cleansers at night?? my skin is feeling dry just thinking about that. I would switch to an oil cleanser, as was already suggested. I like the Rice Shop one:

u/sieberi · 3 pointsr/SkincareAddiction

That sounds like a good start, however to really target your SF's you should add in an AHA like glycolic acid or something of that sort. I use these and they work well. You should add them in slow, though, so maybe on the days you don't use BHA, use the AHA. Toner goes before BHA/AHA, right after cleanser. And yes, you should clean and moisturize every night.

edit- fixed the link haha

u/bee_antlers · 3 pointsr/SkincareAddiction

I have very sensitive acne prone skin and use Neutrogena Hydro Boost Gentle Cleansing Lotion and Neutrogena Hydro Boost Gel Cream for Extra Dry Skin. These can both be found in most drug stores and on Amazon and are fragrance free and non-comedogenic.

Vanicream is also a popular brand for those with sensitivities. My mom is severely allergic to a myriad of ingredients: fragrance, linalool, benzyl alcohol, propolis. She uses Vanicream Gentle Facial Cleanser and Vanicream Moisturizing Skin Cream. They are also fragrance free and formulated for people with extreme sensitivities. She hasn't had any problems with them.

u/mazelpunim · 3 pointsr/AsianBeauty

I am loving my vanicream! It is creamy but it still gives a ladder so I can use it with my Clarisonic. I think the pH is around 5.5, from what I read on this very informative acne blog. And it's cheap!

u/bearable_lightness · 3 pointsr/SkincareAddiction

Looks like the Cetaphil contains both a sulfate and fragrance. I'd suggest trying something like Vanicream Gentle Facial Cleanser.

u/sunkissedpride · 3 pointsr/SkincareAddiction

I had this problem too!


It would burn in areas that are generally sensitive for me (that's under my nose and on the sides of my chin). I've never had this experience with another cleanser.


I recommend simply switching to another face wash (you probably have one laying around).


Right now, I am using the Cleanser with no issues, but I think any gentle cleanser (with the proper PH) should be fine. From what I've read, the Vanicream cleanser is really gentle and soothing to the skin.


I hope this helped! Good luck!


u/natterrific · 3 pointsr/SkincareAddiction

You're right, there are lots of options! Here is a guide to the different lotions and moisturizers.

I personally like the pm lotion. I use it in the am and pm. It has ceramides, niacinamide, and hyaluronic acid. Here's a link to it on amazon

For a cleanser, I personally use the hydrating one because I generally find foaming cleansers too drying. But some people prefer the foaming. You can look at reviews to help make your decision

Also, be sure to pay close attention to your skin when you start using them. Cerave is probably the most popular brand on this sub, but there are still a lot of people whom have skin that don't agree with it. If your skin does have adverse reactions, it will probably be due to the fatty alcohols or niacinamide. It's a great product but some people are sensitive to those ingredients

u/modernparadigm · 3 pointsr/AsianBeauty

2 chu-lips for a CeraVe hydrating cleanser.. Or one chu-lip + a sun screen of your choice. (Plus random samples I have.) chu-lip black-market.

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/jingansi · 3 pointsr/MakeupAddiction

I got prescribed clindamycin + tretinoin (mine is lower than yours, at 0.025%) for moderate/severe acne more than two years ago. According to my doctor, I was put on a "medium" dosage and wanted me to try the combination out first before we decide if we want to amp up or go lower, perhaps you can look into the option of switching to a lower concentration for the tretinoin if possible and slowly work your way up. The doctor also told me that if my skin was getting excessively dry/irritated, I could reduce the application of it from every night to every other night.

None the less when I first started, my skin freaked out and was patchy for weeks-months mainly in the area around my mouth, nose, and above my lips. I felt that no matter how much I try flake off the dry skin with a cotton pad and toner in the morning, my face looked like it was falling apart by the end of the day. What I ended up doing for a while was just putting foundation on my forehead and cheeks and avoiding all the patchy areas as much as I could. I kept a little tube of lotion everywhere I went and made sure that those problem areas were moisturized at all times - they looked red because they were irritated and not concealed by makeup but I know for sure that looked a lot better than flakey patchy skin barely clinging on. I also switched from Lancome Teint Idole Ultra (more of a matte finish) to Estee Lauder Double Wear (dewy finish)

I've also added a few more steps into my skincare regime such as the:

CeraVe hydrating cleanser

Mizon Hyaluronic Acid Ampoule

Kiehl's Midnight Recovery Concentrate

Intense Fast Healing Cream with Aloe

and really thick moisturizers like Vanicream or Cetaphil

My typical skincare regime at night involves ~10 different products but the ones I've listed really stands out to me. I also make sure that I give each product some time to absorb before layering on the next one.

Once times a week, I will also use chemical exfoliate on my face, currently using the Boscia because I got some with point perks but those peels are more or less all the same to me. 2-3 times a week I also use Raw Honey from Trader Joe's as a mask (I just slather it all over my face and wait for 20-30 minutes) and the My Beauty Diary Black Pearl Sheet Mask. They have many different kinds but black pearl and hyaluronic acid are my two favorites. Make sure you gently pat the remaining essence into your face after you take it off!

And lastly, I was really self conscious about my face as well in college. I was on and off of birth control for the most part and it really wrecked my face to the point where I felt that makeup wasn't a luxury I entertained myself with but rather a necessity in order to present myself to others. But towards the end of it, I felt more comfortable with my skin regardless of improvements in my acne because I realized that nobody in a 300+ people lecture hall probably gave a crap about what I look like. I'm sitting next to different people everyday and I'm probably never going to see them after the class ends. I don't sit around school scoping out people to judge (at least I try not too) and even if I do for example encounter someone with really bad acne or hair or whatever walking around, I'm probably not going to remember her/him the next day - so no one that mattered was going to be judging my face either.

Also sorry if my amazon links are kinda weird, I have an extension that defaults them to amazon smile, just take it out when you browse.

u/LaLaLeapYear · 3 pointsr/SkincareAddiction

About your age here!

I have pretty difficult skin... it's sensitive and gets rashes in response to all sorts of things, I have PIH (every time I get a pimple, after it heals, a dark mark stays on my skin for weeks and weeks), it gets oily and dry, the works. I ended up on this subreddit seeking help, and though I'm still experimenting with some things, it's DEFINITELY getting better.

I usually shower twice a day just because gym time works out in the middle of my schedule. I do my face washing in the shower, and I have the generic Trader Joe's Tea Tree Tingle body wash. It's actually pretty good on your face. I also have the Cerave hydrating face wash, but I'm not sure lately if it adds anything. Maybe. For now the Tea Tree Tingle seems to be doing just fine.

Every few days I use the St. Ives Pads. I know a lot of people on here recommend the Stridex, but my hyper-sensitive skin had a conniption about those.

By day, my moisturizer is the Cerave in the tub and they are NOT KIDDING. Of all the products I've tried courtesy of this sub, this is the #1 most helpful thing I've discovered yet.

At night, in hopes of treating my PIH, I've been experimenting with Retinol. They say it takes a long time to notice any difference. They're right. I've noticed no difference. BUT thus far, my skin hasn't broken out, gotten blotchy or rashy, or otherwise freaked out over this stuff, so... I'll hang in there.

Oh, and Sunscreen. I use Neutrogena Sensitive Skin. I recommend starting with VERY LITTLE and working it in one section at a time. It's easy to go overboard and end up with caked-on white face.

PROTIP WITH SUNSCREEN: you guessed it: there have been cases of melanoma in my family and I freckle out a lot and have a high risk (I told you my skin was difficult). ALWAYS remember to put sunscreen all over your ears (front and back) and on the tops of your feet/toes. People don't think to cover these areas and don't check for melanoma there in time, usually.

Oh, and last: I've tried the Aztec Healing Clay twice now as I've needed to get rid of blackheads or calm things down a bit. Definitely use Apple Cider Vinegar, that stuff is the best.


  1. in shower, Tea Tree Tingle or Cerave hydrating face wash

  2. (only 2-3x/week) St. Ives Pads

  3. Moisturizer Cerave in the tub or Retinol

  4. By day: Neutrogena Sensitive Skin sunscreen

  5. Randomly on a Saturday afternoon if my skin's been having freak-outs, Aztec Healing Clay

    I'm pretty new at this myself, but so far it's working out pretty well. I started with the Beginner's Skincare Routine as a rough guide and otherwise lurked around figuring things out (which is still pretty much how I'm handling it). So far, awesome sub, and found a lot of this has been really helpful!
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/geekier · 3 pointsr/SkincareAddiction

> CeraVe Hydrating

Is this the correct product you mentioned? I'm new to this sub and keep hearing how awesome Cerave Hydrating is.

u/Sunhappy_DC · 3 pointsr/AsianBeauty

does anyone have any suggestions on dark spots? i'm african and I get horrible dark spots from acne scars on my face and chest.

Also, i'm looking into a chemical exfoliate. what are your thoughts on this? It says #1 in Japan.

u/proveyouarenotarobot · 3 pointsr/SkincareAddiction

What I actually use regularly:

u/unkle · 3 pointsr/asianamerican
u/koerfezayran · 3 pointsr/SkincareAddiction

>Japan's most popular exfoliator

This interests me.

E.: Do you mean this?

u/x420legitsniper · 3 pointsr/malegrooming

Hi there! I also struggle with sensitive skin, and as a result I have problems with dandruff, oily skin (especially on the face), acne, acne scars, and eczema. Sensitive skin runs in my family (I'm Irish). So, I will give you a personal remedy that I developed over the last year that significantly reduced these problems.

I got some good initial information from this thread in /r/malefashionadvice. I use most of the products that he mentions there, my personal favorites being the cetaphil dermacontrol foam wash and the cetaphil dermacontrol moisturizer SPF 30.

For starters, it is important to get in a good skincare routine. I was always busy in high school and told myself that I didn't have time to waste taking care of my face. It wasn't until college that I realized my lack of skincare was really inhibiting my ability to feel confident, so that's when I decided I needed to get into a good routine. I started out by washing my face three times a day, and making sure I drink at least half a gallon of water throughout the day. Skin becomes oily when it is dehydrated, and drinking water is a good initial step to keeping it from being dehydrated.

I didn't really solidify my routine until I stumbled upon the /r/malefashionadvice skincare thread. It all depends on what works for your skin type, but for my oily sensitive skin, this is what I found works best:

  • I wash my face three times a day, once in the morning and afternoon each with cetaphil gentle skin cleanser, and before bed with the cetaphil dermacontrol foam wash.

  • Each time after washing my face, I also apply the Dickinson's witch hazel pore perfecting toner. It's a lot harder to find than the cetaphil products (I just picked those up from walgreens), but it is definitely worth it. I've tried two or three other toners and all of them left my skin very oily and irritated. It smells a little off, but it's not really a lingering smell

  • After the toner has set in, I apply cetaphil dermacontrol moisturizer SPF 30. I'll also apply this throughout the day if I'm outside a lot. It helps control the sheen of my skin by keeping it moisturized. Make sure you wash your hands with soap and water before putting this on because you do not want dirt getting into your pores!

  • To get rid of the stubborn blackheads that won't go away, I use pore strips about once a week.

  • I wash my pillowcase once a week and my bedsheets every two weeks. Every night sweat and dirt and dead skin comes off of your face and hair and goes into your pillowcase and bedsheets. Keep them clean so your face has a nice sanitary place to rest for 8 hours every night.

  • I also wash my towels once a week. I have four that I cycle throughout the week (one every two days). Washing your towels is just as important as washing your pillowcase/bedsheets because they are supposed to wipe away the dirt in your face, so if you don't wash them regularly, that dirt just accumulates and goes back into your pores.

    After finally getting into a good facial skincare routine, I started having problems with excema and dandruff. I fortunately had a routine physical with my doctor where I asked him what I could do about these problems. This is where you may disagree with me, but he told me that I should not shower more than once a week. As I mentioned earlier, skin becomes oily/irritated when it is dehydrated, and one of the easiest ways to dehydrate your skin is excessive bathing. The doctor told me to shower once a week and more importantly to not use soap on areas besides the face, armpits, and genitals.

    I told my doctor that I shower everyday because I go to the gym and sweat furiously. He told me to just take a quick rinse after the gym to wipe the sweat off, and to apply lotion daily. I apply Jergen's Ultra Healing lotion once every night before bed.

    As for dandruff, this is where you may need to look elsewhere. While I do have dandruff, it's not much of a problem for me simply because it isn't very severe. I wash my hair three or four times a week with Dove Men + Care Sensitive Scalp. Since I don't shower, I usually just do this before bed by getting my hair wet in the shower, scrubbing the shampoo in vigorously with my fingers, then washing it out while also massaging my scalp. If that product doesn't work for you, you can't go wrong with some Head & Shoulders.

    I hope this helps you, let me know if you think there's anything I left out!

    EDIT: added towel-washing regimen
u/vagabonne · 3 pointsr/AsianBeauty

In terms of cleansers, Hada Labo certainly has some good ones. This one has been a hit with my sister, who deals with both acne and sensitivity. I love the toner that /r/sca recommended, but you may want to try it in person. Hada Labo offers different kinds of hyaluronic acid toners, with this "Moist" one being the heaviest/thickest one. They also have a lighter version that you may prefer (I know my sister thinks the Moist version is too heavy).

I hope you enjoy Taiwan! Taipei is a wonderful city, lots of good food and fun.

u/zena-marie · 3 pointsr/AsianBeauty

Edit edit edit

  1. out of the 2 oil cleansers, skinfood gets suuuuuch a good rap on this sub. The other one, I've never heard of. Here's another uuuuuuber omg so beloved product in this category.

  2. check out the holy grail list for each product category! I find it super helpful.. And terribly enabling. Beware. Though, I personally use and love this particular US version of a popular Japanese (?) brand, hada labo. sold at target, Walgreens and Amazon. So gentle. Non stripping. Removes oil... Yay :D. Other popular foaming cleansers: &π=AC_SX110_SY165_QL70

    3). I've never personally tried secret key! Maybe the holy grail list. Can help? What I do know, as far as 3 in 1 products go, hada labo perfect gel I have heard only good things about. (try searching the product name in this subreddits search function and are what people say!) None of those 3 are exfoliants. Hereπ=AC_SY200_QL40 is an aha exfoliant (for exfoliating dead skin), here are a few bha exfoliants (for exfoliating inside the pore). I personally have only ever used bha and aha exfoliants from paulas choice, also found on amazon, and have only good things to say about it. If you don't want to pay that much for their products, stridex pads are a good non-asian beauty alternative for a bha and st ives exfoliating pads or nip + fab glycolic fix are good non-ab options for an aha. all found on amazon. Please also note that exfoliants don't typically go on third. They go on first, and are generally allowed to sit on the skin for a half hour at least to work uninterrupted before beginning the rest of your routine.

  3. I have heard only good things about both of those ampoules. I fucking love mizon products. If your skin is dull you neeeed vitamin c serum in your life. STAT I use and love this essence , very popular. The first two products on this page aka the missha essence and ampoule... So. Many. Good. Things. Have been said about it.

  4. I say go for the snails. Snails snails snails. Well it's the only product I've had any experience with out of those 3.

  5. Emulsions are lotions yep.

  6. holy grail list holy grail list. So many good creams. Too many good creams.

  7. holy grail list holy grail list.

  8. NICE. That's on my wish list, Hope you like it!

  9. here is a link that takes you step by step through each product category with reccomendations. Good luck!
u/scaryasabutt · 3 pointsr/SkincareAddiction

If you end up wanting to find a cleanser with a balanced pH, the lovely people at the AsianBeauty subreddit have a chart filled with tons of different cleansers and their pH levels. [Here's a link.] ( A favorite is the [Hada Labo cleanser] ( which contains hyaluronic acid and its pH is 5.5

u/ThirteenDream · 3 pointsr/SkincareAddiction

I think the Neutogena gentle one is paraben free. Check the beginner's routine in the sidebar if you haven't already. The Accure organics cleansers are a low ph. Finally, /r/asianbeauty has a whole spreadsheet of cleansers and ph.. Most people suggest you avoid Cetaphil because of the SLS. Also, use the oil cleanser first, and apply the oil to dry skin, then use the foaming cleanser. This is probably the most popular low ph cleanser on /r/Asian Beauty. edit see OCM directions in sidebar

u/OrangesAreLove · 2 pointsr/Random_Acts_Of_Amazon

I think my self care routine is more pamper-y, Ive been picking at my skin and eyebrows so much lately because I’m not feeling so good so for me its this cleanser: CeraVe Hydrating Cleanser, 12 oz. (Packaging May Vary)

u/MrPeriodical · 2 pointsr/beards

I've been using minoxidil for a couple months too.

When i started I didn't notice shedding on my face, but that may have been because I had nearly no facial hair at all. (I did also start applying it to my hairline, and I noticed shedding there)

No rashes, no itching, or anything.

For the first two weeks I kept shaving everything off, then I decided I to just let it grow. Now I just trim it to 4.5mm everyday. I make sure to rub in enough that it reaches my skin under the hair.

I plan on applying it until my beard looks something like this. Then I can be sure it will grow back if I cut it.

I use this foam. The foam is simple to apply and dries super fast. I rub it in the morning and at night. I also use this face wash because the alcohol in the foam started drying my face out.

u/uncleoperation · 2 pointsr/malefashionadvice

it's been said to you already but a ton of people have success with CeraVe products. I was in a very similar situation as you, in terms of skin and what I wanted out of a product, and their hydrating cleanser and their moisturizing lotion have done wonders for me. 100% recommend them both.

For what its worth, I use Stridex Red exfoliating pads as well (after my shower, 20 minutes before I apply the lotion).

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/mo3w · 2 pointsr/SkincareAddiction

Heyo, I recently swapped to the COSRX Low pH Good Morning cleanser after the Cerave Foaming Face Wash was found to be dehydrating my skin. However, when I initially started the switch, I noticed my skin seemed a bit sensitive and seemed to still be producing a good amount of oil. I tried using the Cerave Hydrating Facial Cleanser and it seemed to get rid of the irritation and lowered the excess oil production, but does not feel nearly as cleansing as the COSRX or Foaming Face Wash did.

Do you recommend I continue using the hydrating cleanser until my moisture barrier rebuilds and then swap back? If you look at my last post, I'm following most of the steps suggested (including applying Vaseline at night), but am still struggling with CFs on my nose (hard ones) and clogged pores on my cheeks and forehead.

Any recommendations?

u/brandononrails · 2 pointsr/everymanshouldknow

I use this every morning and night in the shower with Cerave cleanser.

Twice per week I use AHA renewing cream (10% concentration of Lactic Acid. Got the recommendation from /r/SkincareAddiction's wiki for my skin type).

After every wash, and sometimes during the day (especially during bad days) I use Cetaphil moisturizer with SPF15.

I still have bad days but this routine has given me the best results so far. SD sucks (not that I have to tell you of course). If it ever gets worse, I'll try adding an anti-fungal cream as well.

A quick note about how I use the ProX brush at it's highest speed, which isn't all that fast anyway. The brush is extremely soft, I even use it dry to get rid of flakes if I'm at home.

u/hellokitaminx · 2 pointsr/AsianBeauty

Yaaaaaas. This, so much! Oil cleansing + hydrating foaming/cream second cleanser have totally changed the game for me with my super dry skin. I personally love Kose Softymo. I use the Speedy version right now, but the Deep Cleansing version has my eye!

I'm also washing with Hada Labo Tokyo Hydrating Cleanser, which I like a lot! Super mild.

Lastly, as a facial oil, Goodal Wateriest Water Oil has been particularly popular lately, and for good reason! I have a different version from the same line and, while I just only tried it out yesterday, it has immediately left my skin feeling leagues better.

I hope this helps!

u/missdjx3 · 2 pointsr/AsianBeauty

I have dry skin too and I'm currently using Cerave Hydrating Cleanser. It's really gentle and it doesn't leave my skin feeling tighter afterwards.

u/spaceman425 · 2 pointsr/Accutane

I didn't have too much scarring, but I use this every day in the shower:

It definitely reduces redness and gets rid of most of the dryness caused by the Accutane.

u/furyasd · 2 pointsr/SkincareAddiction

Thanks for the help.

Fortunately, I have no other skin problems, I just get a lot of oil, specially in my nose and forehead, also I have a problem with my lips since I'm like 10, which is I have to use 1 or 2 chapsticks per month, otherwise my lips and all around it will become red and I get a burning sensation, it has gotten worse over the years, probably because of the shitty chapsticks I bought.

I will have to buy those products on Amazon, since I'm Portuguese, and I don't know if they are available here.

Yeah, I've just stopped writing for a bit, and looked on Google, and it's not available here.

I've got some links from Amazon, cleanser here amd moisturizing here.

It's seem expensive, but I'm tired of having this problem, and I'll make an effort to buy these, if these are worth buying.

The only thing I used when I was like 12 was Clearasil, but only for a few days/weeks, due to having a little bit of acne, nothing much.

I appreciate your help, seriously, I have been dealing with this for so long, I'm getting tired.


u/CoolCoolBeans · 2 pointsr/AusSkincare

I actually just had a bottle of cerave hydrating cleanser ship in today.

Make sure the product you're looking to buy is sold and shipped by, and not a reseller.

Edit: This is where I bought the moisturising cream earlier this year

u/Rhiddon · 2 pointsr/SkincareAddiction

Okay so I dont think that my skin is kinda dehydrated that much but still sensitive. Was thinking to just start with this for now:
And maybe add Vaseline on top of moisturizer before sleep
Both of these were recommended with bunch of other products so im not sure I picked good lol anyways I would still like to add supplements (at least Zinc and Fish oil cuz I cant remember when I ate fish last time and I barely eat any meat) btw I really appreciate your help a lot :) I need someone to save me haha

u/croissantstastegood · 2 pointsr/AsianBeauty

It’s not so much a mask as it is a odorless gel that you rub on your face and then it turns into flaky bits (think the stuff that comes off when you use an eraser)

u/FuckinPeaches · 2 pointsr/SkincareAddiction

This is the next regiment I'm phasing in (as in one or two new products every month) after a month of lurking on here. Please feel free to throw suggestions at the newbies guys!

In the morning:

  • CeraVe facial cleansers (I've ordered both the foaming and gel kind to compare and for travel) to replace my Burt's Bee's Radiance face wash.

  • A month after starting CeraVe, starting at once a week, then working my way up, the Green Cream as a strong, non-prescription retinol.

  • The [CeraVe SPF50 sunscreen] ( I know the amazon reviews say that it leaves a film, etc, but I really want to avoid the silliness of layering product upon product in the morning. Everyone's going on and on about CeraVe and the importance of SPF 50, so voila I'm getting this product.

    Starting at twice a week, after work:
  • [The Cure exfoliator] ( to replace my Angels on Bare Skin physical exfoliator from Lush. Chemical exfoliation sounded scary for the longest time, but after some research I kind of see why it would be more effective and less damaging than manual exfoliation. This product seems to be one of the gentlest and most effective.

  • A DYI face mask: ground oatmeal, milk, aloe vera gel, honey.

    At night:
  • CeraVe face wash
  • My old Lush Eau Roma toner and Skin's Shangri-La cream until they run out,
  • After which I would switch to CeraVe in the tub both for my face and as body lotion--this makes some people break out, but with my skin type I can risk it. I think I'm going to skip toning entirely.

    As for shaving "down there", I've been advised to just use those electric buzzers they use for hair cuts. Leaves a stubble but worth not having ingrown hairs. (Sorry for the gross imagery). Otherwise, I would imagine the same rules apply as for men avoiding ingrown hair on their face, which comes with a plethora of articles and products. Not wearing tight jeans/pants two or three days after shaving helps (men are advised to not wear tight collars after shaving to avoid ingrown hair), as does using shaving cream. Also, those round electric shavers are supposed to be better than razors because they don't "dig" at the hair under the follicle and facilitate ingrown hair.

    Not using a shaving cream allows the razor to irritate your skin, and following that with a body wash, no matter how gentle and natural, will likely cause your skin to itch. Source: I stubbornly refused shaving cream for years. Still skip it sometimes out of laziness, but life is so much better when I at least remember to shave my legs before rinsing off my soap lather in the shower.

    Oh and I started drinking 3 liters of water a day. Absolute game changer for my skin. Yay!
u/ttlens · 2 pointsr/japan

2420yen per bottle on Amazon Japan.

$28.99 isn't a bad price considering they are paying eBay fees, PayPal fees, and offering free shipping.

u/sensitiveadventurer · 2 pointsr/SkincareAddiction

Is it beneficial to use both an AHA exfoliant like Paula's Choice 8% AHA gel AND another exfoliant like Cure Natural Aqua Gel? Or is just one or the other optimal (considering cost, too, which is expensive for both)?

u/saltr · 2 pointsr/CasualConversation

^ Dutch girl who owns a cat and recommends Cure. :P

u/EgregiousWeasel · 2 pointsr/MakeupAddicts

When I was exfoliating too much, my skin broke out in tiny, itchy red dots. It was irritated, red, and flaky, but still oily as hell. So I backed off from the scrubbing and let my skin heal. Now I use cosrx blackhead power liquid, which contains betaine salicylate, a more gentle form of salicylic acid (beta hydroxy acid). I don't really have problems with salicylic acid, but this stuff does seem to be less drying. I also use MUAC Mandelic Acid Toner a few times a week. It contains mandelic acid, which is an alpha hydroxy acid with a large molecular size. Their mandelic acid serum is also really good. I only use it a couple times a week.

Every couple weeks I'll use Skin79 Crystal Peeling Gel. It's a gel with cellulose, which sticks to oil and dead skin. As you rub it off, it takes the oil and dead skin with it, leaving behind smooth skin. I really like it because it's very gentle but effective. Korean and Japanese brands have lots of peeling gels. All of them have worked pretty much the same, so I haven't bothered with the expensive ones like Cure Aqual Gel, which is very popular.

I used to use abrasive scrubs and at-home microdermabrasion kits like the one from Olay. It worked really well until my face decided it had had enough.

This is just my exfoliation routine. There are other products I use that I can tell you about if you're interested. :)

u/aquamarine271 · 2 pointsr/SkincareAddiction

1. Cleanser -link - Remove dirt, really powerful. It has gotten rid of my blackheads, and I had a lot.

2. Exfoliator -link - Only whenever my skin can handle it. Will get rid of all of that flakey skin you have for a smooth finish. It'll make your skin 100% smooth without flakes after 1 use.

3. Essence -link - Skin treatment after exfoliator, replacement for toner. Repairs damaged skin as well and is good protection.

Finally, any Korean BB Cream that goes well with your skin tone. A good BB cream is protective tinted moisturizer to hide your imperfections. Asian BB Cream products are way superior than the American versions.

I would recommend this for you as good BB Creams if you're ever interested:

Choice One - Link - Whitening, Wrinkle Repair, Moisturizer, Tinted, Sunblock. This one is a bit stronger.

Choice Two - Link - Whitening, Wrinkle Repair, Moisturizer, Tinted, Sunblock. This one is more popular.

u/molassesqueen · 2 pointsr/SkincareAddiction

I started getting similar breakouts near my chin after getting on birth control. After trying a lot of different things, I tried adding an evening primrose oil supplement to my vitamin regimen due to my research on this sub and elsewhere. It's only been 2 months (I know that's not a long time in skin-care land), but I have already seen a big difference in my skin, especially around my period. Though I do still get some breakouts, they are MUCH smaller and clear up almost immediately.

My regimen:

Morning: rinse face with water, moisturize with Cetaphil (in the tub), take vitamins/supplements after breakfast (one 1000 mg pill of evening primrose oil, one multivitamin, one 400 IU pill of vitamin E)

Evening: wash with Cetaphil gentle cleanser & pink Sephora manual face cleansing brush, apply coconut oil(I literally just dip my fingers in the jar and apply to my face).

I may up my intake of the evening primrose oil (the bottle recommends taking 3 pills per day), but I wanted to test it out first. I've also heard good things about spearmint tea helping with hormonal breakouts, but no personal experience. Good luck to you!

u/DejahofHelium · 2 pointsr/SkincareAddiction

my daughter suffers from eczema and isn't into makeup yet, so we've had a little experience in reducing the redness without cosmetics... for her, what's worked best is a combination including

gentle face wash

good, consistent moisturizing



and sunscreen

and when there's time for "extras" she's been really happy using some soothing sheet masks, too in both Aloe and Green Tea

I know it's not exactly what you were looking for, but there's a chance that some additions to your skincare could help reduce the symptoms you'd like to hide... if I'm way off base and you're looking for makeup, please let me know and I'll run through my husbands "cheat sheet" stuff for presentations!

u/worth · 2 pointsr/malefashionadvice

American Crew shampoo / conditioner.

Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser facewach.

St Ives Apricot Scrub (might switch to the sensitive skin version, which IIRC doesn't contain apricot shell pieces which are bad for your skin).

Luffa sponge with Method Body Wash. The natural luffa is great; I just started using the Method body wash because my girlfriend hates Dr. Bronner's, which I was using previously.

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/kellykellykellyyy · 2 pointsr/AsianBeauty

I have the same skin type and when I was using foaming cleansers, I tried one of the favorites here, Hada Labo's Rohto Gokuyjyun Hyaluronic Acid Foaming Cleanser. Personally, I've found foaming cleansers to be slightly stipping and although this cleanser was gentle, I still noticed that when I switched away from foaming cleansers, I was much happier and less stripped of moisture after cleansing.

u/girlteal · 2 pointsr/AsianBeauty

what is the exact name of the cleanser? is it this one

how do you like it?
I'm on the same boat as you, using Pocketderm! now that it is winter my skin got really dry with the perfect routine I had in the summer (hot weather) so I have had to intensely MOISTURIZE and change things up !

I already use this one a love it!

EDIT: also can you explain to me what the two bottles on the top right are? I don't think I have seen those! Thanks!
and how are you liking the sunscreen? :)

u/loverink · 2 pointsr/SkincareAddiction

Cleanser Recommendations - NO niacinamide

Neutrogena Ultra Gentle Cleanser

  • This is a very popular gentle cleanser recommended here

    Avalon Organics Intense Defense Vitamin C Cleansing Gel
  • I have used this one and find that it cleanses well without being stripping. It is my current favorite, but I keep meaning to try Neutrogena.

    I have not tried the HL Hydrating Cleanser. I have tried the HL Foaming Cleanser. It is VERY gentle. I suspect I might like it more come winter when I'm prone to dry skin, but this summer I just feel like even when I use it in the morning (no end of day grease or makeup) my forehead gets significantly more oily throughout the day.

    Edit: ridiculous formatting issues
u/FairyGodDragon · 2 pointsr/SkincareAddiction


u/-katekiko · 2 pointsr/AsianBeauty

Hi guys, I've been loving AB for about a year now but I haven't stuck to one routine for more than a few months at a time, mainly due to travel and addiction to trying new things 😅 I'm sorry for the epic novel to follow, skip to the bottom if you want. I'm just so tired of dealing with crap skin!

I've had a horrible breakout in the last few months on my back that I can't seem to shake. I don't know why. I got back on the pill after being off it for several months in the hopes of fixing the breakout; it's helping a little but I'm only just starting my second month back on the pill so it might take a while to see results.

Of more concern to me is a new cystic breakout along my jawline--I haven't had such sore acne in years. I'm 19 and I've gotten my acne a lot better under control thanks to the pill and PocketDerm (don't like the name Curology lol) but I've dealt with it in varying forms of severity since like 6th grade.

Before the cysts (bear with me here!) were all these closed comedones, as well as tiny white marks on my face--some raised, some not--which are either CCs or scars, I'm not sure. I plan to eventually get laser treatment because I hate the texture of my skin and all the PIH I have but I want to make sure I'm stopping new breakouts before I spend a ton of money on treating old scars.

So basically I've stripped down my routine to complete, tried and true basics in the hopes of not irritating my skin and making sure nothing's breaking me out. And yet I have like three whiteheads on one side of my face near my mouth and cystic acne on my jawline and near my temples. Nothing has changed in my lifestyle, I haven't added anything new to my routine...please give me any ideas or product suggestions!

TLDR my skin is somewhat freaking out, may be hormonal but I want help setting up a routine to help my moisture barrier, acne, and PIH

Oily/Acne-Prone: | Boston, USA/Dry, windy: | Acne, PIH:

Current Routine/Products I'm Using:


u/vikingpixie · 2 pointsr/AsianBeauty

Assuming that he'll want something fairly inexpensive, and not too complicated, I'd recommend the Hada Labo Foaming Cleanser. It's a good pH for skin, doesn't smell like much, and pretty easy to find (I've linked you to an Amazon listing, but you can find it on ebay, and, depending on where you live, in Japan/Koreantown stores, 99 Ranch, etc.).

For the irritation, I'd recommend something with snail, the COSRX Advanced Snail 96 Power Essence is inexpensive, unscented, etc.

Let me know if you'd like another recommendations! Hope this helps. :) Edit: also it just occurred to me that I assumed you live in the United States, and if not, these might be harder (or easier) to find.

u/PeanutbutterPorridge · 2 pointsr/AsianBeauty

If you take a look over here you'll find a range of cleansers. Pick any below 6.

A very popular one is the Hada Labo Gokujyun Foaming Cleanser.. Don't get the one in the tube or confuse yourself with the AHA&BHA (tube and pump).

u/winderer · 2 pointsr/SkincareAddiction

I'd suggest getting a sunscreen, a cleanser, and a moisturizer. In the mornings, splash your face with some water and use moisturizer and sunscreen. At night, cleanse and use moisturizer. A spot treatment would probably be good as well (neutrogena on the spot has always worked beautifully for me, it's a 2.5% benzoyl peroxide cream), just for use when you have a spot. The location of your spots is kind of indicative of hormonal acne, which can't always be stopped, but can be tamed by a good routine and perhaps help from a doctor that can give you effective prescriptions. If you can order things online, I recommend this cleanser! If not, I recommend the boots expert sensitive gentle cleanser which is at target.

Sunscreen is pretty important! It'll protect your skin damage caused by the sun's UV rays. UVB rays cause sunburns and both UVB and UVA rays damage DNA (which causes aging). Both contribute to cancer as well. After using sunscreen for a while, personally, my skin is way healthier. Spots clear up much faster and the residual pigmentation is gone in little time. For a cheaper sunscreen, I would recommend alba botanica very emollient (can be found at target); for a higher end sunscreen, I would say shiseido urban environment (sephora, online). Sunscreen seems to be pretty personal as far as individual skin compatibility goes, though, so you might have to try a few.

That foundation should work well for you, and after you have an established routine, you can build it up if interested!

u/jack_hammarred · 2 pointsr/FeminineNotFeminist


I've been using Can Make Mermaid UV Skin Gel for a while now and ADORE IT. HIGHLY RECOMMEND. It's a hydrating SPF emulsion that hydrates, has no white cast, and is sooo lovely to use. I'm spoiled, and now that warm temperatures are on and ten thousand layers are off, I want a similarly luxurious SPF for my chest/arms/legs/feet for day to day wear. No white cast, no SPF smell, hopefully that's also hydrating. The Mermaid gel isn't expensive... but it will be if I use it everywhere (I want to use it everywhere.) I'm not trying to get spendy here.. but I can probably be convinced :) Also, if you haven't tried this sunscreen, what are you doing? I feel for you. It's the best. Especially if you are prone to breaking out!


  • Khiel's makes this mud mask that I feel confident is helping to deep cleanse my pores, decreasing their apparent size. It tingles just a bit, which I don't mind. This is my first clay mask, so I'm not sure what to compare it to, but it seems to do it's job! I'm open to trying other ones for sure. There's some Australian made clay mask that I keep seeing on Instagram which has caught my interest.

  • Dr. Gross's universal peeling pads are not bad, oh, at, all. They leave my skin feeling really really clean and ready for the next steps without adding tightness. They do add about five minutes to my routine, since you're supposed to use the pads all over the face until the pads are dry. But I really think these, and my clay mask, are to thank for the drastic decrease in pore size.

  • After patch testing, I've used The Ordinary peeling solution once so far but it's pretty great! It's a fun product to apply.. very viscous and bright raspberry in color. Doesn't tingle or burn at all, and I noticed a lot of dry skin coming up around my forehead and temples which is new for me so success!

  • The Ordinary Granactive Retinoid 2% in Squalane made me peel the morning after use, and is SO GENTLE. No tingling or redness at all! I'm in love.

  • The Ordinary Vitamin C in HA is definitely a tingly product, but it's amazing. My skin is looking so much more refined and even in tone, IMO. It's a gritty suspension so I only do this at night. But highly recommend it!

  • The Ordinary Marine HA is another great one. It's a very watery essence step that instantly moisturizes... I feel like it hydrates deeply, and it also absorbs rather quickly as well! So in love. Love love love. It does smell like algae and sea organic matter, to be expected. It feels amazing but smells kinda gross.

  • The Ordinary HA Moisturizing Factors is lovely. It's so lightweight and fluffy... it's a surprisingly luxurious experience for such a low cost. I notice I do value the Khiel's day oil in combination with this for some added festivity... but I can't go without this stuff!

  • I got a sample of the Rosette ceramide gel and quite like it as a replacement for the Dr. Jardt gel moisturizer I'd been using. It's got a nice ingredient list, and that shows :) Macadamia nut oil seems to be a good thing for my skin.

  • I bought the Dermaflash device when I went to Nordstrom and just tried it yesteray! I don't assume it is as effective as a professional dermaplaning service, but if you'd like something to tide you over between professional services, to test out the concept of dermaplaning, or if you're disinterested in actual dermaplaning! I didn't realize just how much dead skin was clinging to my face! My products really are absorbing sooo much better already, I love not using Nair to remove the peach fuzz on my face. It's awesome! I had to charge a few times during the process, which wasn't ideal, but all in all? I'd totally recommend this. I used it on my chest as well and love how soft all my skin is now :) I love this thing! Excited to try actual dermaplaning to determine the difference :)

  • I've been using the Laura Mercier blemishless primer and think I love Laura Mercier primer like u/theartnomad always said I would... but I don't like this one. It says it prevents breakthrough shine, and it DOES, except I want my breakthrough shine as a bright spring with dry skin perpetually on the hunt for a dewy glowing complexion. It's even a bit too matte for when I want to be more professional in terms of skin finish. I'm not sure if I want the radiance primer (it adds a pearlescent finish... which I like, but I'm wary of white cast, which I think the bronze might help with) or the hydrating one? I'll get some samples at Sephora soon :)

  • Christophe Robin makes a volumizing hair line and I am obsessed. The spray was lackluster for me, but I haven't experimented thoroughly with it. The scalp scrub feels AMAZING, dissolves completely, and the conditioner is so hydrating (makes detangling very easy) and my hair is visibly thicker and fluffier and shinier after use. I'd like to get the non-scrub shampoo as well to add in for my third weekly wash. Highly recommend.

  • Christophe Robin's moisturizing kit is also nice, but I simply don't need that much moisture. Can't comment on the styling product as I'm allergic to the almond oil included. This is a great option for a deeper conditioning, or any one with breakage/damage I'd imagine, but it left my hair very sleek, if my goal weren't huge massive voluminous hair I'd be a happy camper!

  • u/littlegoosegirl recommended the Bumble and Bumble Sunday Shampoo and it's AWESOME. Leaves my hair feeling totally perfectly squeaky clean! Not drying or damaging either, it wouldn't appear. I use this to remove the deep cleansing product I treat my hair with I've reviewed in the past, and it's a dream.

  • I've long been in love with Khiel's Midnight Recovery Oil but am now entirely in love with the day version of this oil. Totally recommend. It's a drier, faster absorbing oil that lays fabulously under makeup. The warm citrusy scent is absolutely a plus.
u/Zhoutopia · 2 pointsr/SkincareAddiction

What are you using to wash your skin? It might be too harsh and drying. Also, if Cerave is burning your skin you should stop using it. It sounds like your skin is dry, dehydrated and irritated. Have you tried olive oil, Vaseline or cocoa butter on your face before? Right now, it appears that your skin doesn't like one or more of the products that you have been using. So if you are introducing those things for the first time, definitely try it on a tiny part of your face before using it all over your skin.

Personally, Cerave, olive oil, cocoa butter and Vaseline all irritated my skin. If none of them work for you, you will have to buy additional skincare products. I use this and this for when my skin is irritated and damaged. I also like this but shipping and processing takes much longer.

For more immediate relief, I suggest stop washing your skin with a cleanser, stay in the steamy bathroom after a shower and put on some aloe vera or Vaseline (if you already know your skin is fine with this). Once you do the patch test and find things that won't irritate your skin, then you can start applying them.

u/M0j0fl0j0 · 2 pointsr/AsianBeauty

Hi there! I only have KP on my arms, but I have been using Pond's Rejuveness Anti-Wrinkle Cream (not AB, sorry). I originally bought it to use as an AHA step for my face, but I'm taking a break from actives on my face right now. So, not wanting to waste it, I started using it on my arms. It has actually really helped! Probably thanks to the AHA. You might also want to add a BHA if your pores are getting clogged.

Also, I haven't tried this on my arms, but I've recently started the Rosette Ceramide Gel on my face and HOLY WOW. In like 3 days it's drastically improved my skin. It is so much smoother and glowing! I might try using it on my arms soon, I feel like it would help the texture drastically.

I have a feeling that moisturizing helps my KP in general, so whatever I use I try to make sure my skin stays nice and moisturized. YMMV, though.

u/mayacchi · 2 pointsr/AsianBeautyAdvice

Really? The link I'm looking at has it on Prime: here for $13.80. I apologize if you're looking for it from outside the US though and would also suggest Rakuten otherwise.

u/KaidenM · 2 pointsr/AsianBeauty

Thanks for your great reply :)

I'm unsure whether I'm sensitive to fatty alcohols tbh but I don't think my skin is usually sensitive to alcohol

I checked out the things you recommended:

  • CeraVe is unfortunately not available in my country except online for $26 not including shipping.
  • I found the Rosette Skin Care Aqua Ceramide Gel for the cheapest price on Ebay for $25 here but I'm not sure if I have to pay for shipping or not because the description is kind of confusing... and on Amazon for $18 here but I haven't used Amazon before and I'm not sure which would get to me faster.
  • The Laneige Multiberry Yoghurt Pack is almost $40 so it's too expensive unfortunately :( I've been looking around and I can't find any samples for it?
  • The Innisfree masks seem pretty good $17 for 5.

    I'm really trying to do what's best! :( I'm using Cetaphil cleanser but it stings my face :( I do have Innisfree Bija gel cleanser coming maybe that will be better but who knows.

    This would be a lot easier if I had money lol

u/isleofviews · 2 pointsr/RandomActsOfAB

I love this idea!! Here goes!

On the 1st day of Christmas, my Snailer snailed to me a Kikumasamune.

On the 2nd day of Christmas, my Snailer snailed to me two facial oils, and a Kikumasamune.

On the 3rd day of Christmas, my Snailer snailed to me three pH Strips, two facial oils, and a Kikumasamune.

On the 4th day of Christmas, my Snailer snailed to me, four Berry Bombs, three pH Strips, two facial oils, and a Kikumasamune.

On the 5th day of Christmas, my Snailer snailed to me five Sleeping Masks, four Berry Bombs, three pH Strips, two facial oils, and a Kikumasamune.

On the 6th day of Christmas, my Snailer snailed to me six Donkey Sheet Masks, five Sleeping Masks, four Berry Bombs, three pH Strips, two facial oils, and a Kikumasamune.

On the 7th day of Christmas, my Snailer snailed to me seven Warming Eye Masks, six Donkey Sheet Masks, five Sleeping Masks, four Berry Bombs, three pH Strips, two facial oils, and a Kikumasamune.

On the 8th day of Christmas, my Snailer snailed to me eight Melting Lip Tints, seven Warming Eye Masks, six Donkey Sheet Masks, five Sleeping Masks, four Berry Bombs, three pH Strips, two facial oils, and a Kikumasamune.

On the 9th day of Christmas, my Snailer snailed to me nine Ceramide Gels, eight Melting Lip Tints, seven Warming Eye Masks, six Donkey Sheet Masks, five Sleeping Masks, four Berry Bombs, three pH Strips, two facial oils, and a Kikumasamune.

On the 10th day of Christmas, my Snailer snailed to me ten Brightening Essences, nine Ceramide Gels, eight Melting Lip Tints, seven Warming Eye Masks, six Donkey Sheet Masks, five Sleeping Masks, four Berry Bombs, three pH Strips, two facial oils, and a Kikumasamune.

u/Spootpants · 2 pointsr/SkincareAddiction

Hi ladies and gents! So sorry in advance, this is going to be long!

I've just recently started having success with the products I'm using and I'm thinking it's a matter of proper combination/layering (I've been reading a lot about the Vitamin C/BHA/AHA/Niacin situations). I feel overwhelmed trying to figure out what works with what or counter-acts, etc, so I'd love some input from more knowledgeable folks. I don't have a set routine and I'd like to change that. I'd say I have combination skin, very acne prone although it's pretty mild at the moment due to the recent success of something?! Lots of PIH. No birth control or prescriptions currently.


  1. Petunia - Vitamin C serum

  2. Shiseido Urban Environment Oil Free Sunscreen

  3. Nars Multi-Protect Primer with SPF 30 (is this enough sun protection or should I buy the Shiseido?)

  4. MyKonjac Charcoal sponge with Cera Ve foaming

  5. Stridex red box

  6. Cera Ve PM Facial Lotion

  7. Mario Badescu Drying Lotion for spot treatment

    I also occasionally do [Aztec Secret Indian Healing Clay] ( or Glamglow Super Tingling masks but I'm not consistent with it.

    I have used all products with the exception of the Vitamin C Serum for at least 4 months. Nothing has seemed to make anything worse but I'd like to improve. Open to any and all suggestions for routine or products. Primary concerns: acne, anti-aging, hyper-pigmentation.

    THANK YOU SO MUCH to any and all help or input. I really appreciate it and I apologize if I'm asking something that should be apparent by what I'm reading here in the sub. I'm just a bit confused. :)
u/peaches-and-pears · 2 pointsr/birthcontrol


When picking something with salicylic acid in it you'll want to start out gentle if you haven't really used it in the past. Don't go over something that claims to contain more than 2% salicylic acid.

These ones by Stridex are popular and easy to get:

I have also used these by First Aid Beauty:

And I've heard great things about these ones by COSRX, a Korean skincare brand:

Use these products after cleansing, but before moisturizing (and you absolutely should moisturize every time you cleanse, and especially if you are using products like these!). Do not use any of these everyday. At first it might feel like you're not getting anything done by not using them often, but in the long run it is way better to respect your skins moisture barrier by being gentle with chemical exfoliation than to dry your skin out. Start out by using them just every two days and then maybe move on to every other day if your skin does not seem to be getting dry. Again, really focus it on your problem area if the rest of your face is happy and clear.

Moving on to spot treatments, here are the two I've found to work for me.
Clean & Clear (contains benzoyl peroxid):

LUSH Grease Lightning (contains tea tree oil):

Put a generous amount right the zit after moisturizing. Some people put a thin layer and leave it on during the day, but I've always found it ends up looking flaky and weird.

Pimple patches have also started to gain popularity recently. They started out mostly as an Asian Beauty thing I believe and now their making their way over to some western stores as well. They're basically these packages that contain some sort of something (science) that draws the gunk out of your skin. Put them on before bed and in the morning you wake up with a lumpy yuck-filled sticker! Here are some options for those as well.

Nexcare (I've started seeing these ones in North American pharmacies):

If you want more resources and ideas check out /r/SkincareAddiction and /r/AsianBeauty. I would also highly recommend the YouTuber Liah Yoo if you care to look more into skincare. She's all about taking a gentle approach to healing your skin.


Don't get discouraged if takes some trial and error, everyone's face reacts differently to different products. Above all else remember to start slow and gentle with new skincare products. Good luck!

u/Andreajunelle · 2 pointsr/SkincareAddicts

Agreeing with the other comment, salicylic acid, and/or glycolic acid.

I would try BHA (salicylic) first - it works like a charm for me. But I have to be diligent with it - 2x/day, every single day. Stridex Pads in the red container or Clearasil Rapid Action Pads are great, inexpensive options that I currently have and use.

If after several weeks you notice no changes, try switching over to an AHA (like The Ordinary’s Glycolic Acid, mentioned here already). Hope this helps-Good luck!

u/bewbtewb · 2 pointsr/SkincareAddiction

i've seen that one mentioned a lot here as well as the stridex pads in the red box. it's also 2%.

u/Hinaiichigo · 2 pointsr/TwoXChromosomes

You could try applying a chemical exfoliant, try BHA. You can get stridex in the red box and apply it to your shaved areas to prevent the ingrown hairs, people do that over at /r/skincareaddiction and evidently it works really well.

u/newfangl3d · 2 pointsr/SkincareAddictionUK

If you're not sensitive to menthol you could try replacing Paula's Choice 2% BHA with Stridex maximum strength pads. They're 2% salicylic acid and you get 90 pads for around £10.

u/Jarvan_v · 2 pointsr/SkincareAddiction

Skin Type: Dry/Sensitive/Oily ?

Skin Concerns: Redness, Dry Skin flakes, white heads, large pores (this is probably normal), and oily nose yet still dry skin? Sometimes I will feel a very light burning on my face, its so subtle though I don't notice very often.


  • Cleanser: Paula's Choice Hydralight Face Cleanser

  • Exfoliator: Stridex Red Box (This makes my face more red I feel so I stopped using)

  • Moisturizer: Sebamed Clear Face Care Gel

    I've used these for about a month, the only thing they really did was make my pores look bigger, and introduce more oiliness to my nose. Skin still felt dry, had deep pimples, had white heads, still red.

    Please help guide me on what I need to do to fix these issues, I'm here to answer questions.

    Side question: my face feels more rough and I notice more of a burn feeling when running on lack of sleep, why is this?

    Edit: The redness has been here for years.
u/AimingForZen · 2 pointsr/SkincareAddictionUK

Stridex red box is £8.99 for 90 pads on Amazon. I don't have acne but I use these for my Keratosis Pilaris with good results.

Cosrx BHA blackhead power liquid doesn't come in pad form but is a great product.

u/veryshanetoday · 2 pointsr/SkincareAddiction

Sometimes I use the Stridex in the red box. I looked it up on and found it. Honestly, the breakouts are worse if I use the same bra twice or the same shirt twice (so I avoid doing that unless I really feel like being lazy as fuck), but the Stridex helps it go down. Anytime I use Stridex, I make sure I wait a bit and follow up with the CeraVe moisturizer, because Stridex tends to make my skin feel a little dry. Benzoyl peroxide 2.5% works too. I just use generic stuff I find at CVS or Walgreens or whatever. You should be able to find that at a drug store in the UK? Neutrogena makes a spot treatment with 2.5% BP, but if you can find an off-brand, it'll be wayyy cheaper.

edited for clarity: Really, as far as products go, I treat body acne like the skin acne on my face; however, with my face, I treat it "proactively" in that I use those products on my face daily, but with the body, I treat it retroactively and only use the products when I find myself having problems. To be proactive on my body skin, I make sure that I clean it gently (no scrub brushes or wash cloths, just water/my hands) and use the same "medications." I just use plain Dove soap to wash with; I used to use fancy Old Spice body wash, but I think the fragrances make my skin feel oily (so I only wash with it if I'm going on a date or something).

edit OH. And even though I use the mint julep masque on my face, I generally prefer to use this stuff on my body (mix 2 parts apple cider vinegar 1 part clay powder), but it's messy as fuck (but it's really nice for your buttcheeks, no shame).

u/abidR · 2 pointsr/SkincareAddiction

Hello, i'm new here and am wondering if this is a good starting routine? Please let me know if there's anything i should watch out for or be careful about, or if anything collides with another.

Cleanser: Clean and Clear Essential (

Exfoliant: Stridex Maximum Strength (

Moisturizer: Cetaphil lotion

Sunscreen: Sunkiller (


u/underwateroxygen · 2 pointsr/SkincareAddicts

yes, it will help clean out your pores. Try the stridex pads in the redbox, here, but also probably at your local drugstore

u/Parallel-Unicorn · 2 pointsr/SkincareAddiction
u/DinosArtist · 2 pointsr/Random_Acts_Of_Amazon

You're welcome. It's worked super well for me, made a huge difference right away, and it's cheap. Can't beat that! :-) Ditto for these which work a little differently (salicylic instead of AHA's) and may be a bit more drying.

u/D_struct · 2 pointsr/SkincareAddiction

Stridex is a BHA (Salicylic Acid).
Make sure its the red box one, which is the right pH for exfoliation.
Walmart sells boxes of 90 pads for only like $4.

A commonly recommended beginner AHA is St. Ives Exfoliating Pads.

You might be able to find them in a drug store, but I haven't seen them recently. They are pretty affordable on amazon though.

Make sure to introduce new products slowly and patch test to check for any possible bad interactions.

I'm no expert, mostly just regurgitating info I've read on this sub.
Best of luck to you!

u/ACNL · 2 pointsr/SkincareAddiction

SA can come in many forms. cleansers or lotion, etc. All of them will exfoliate to a degree. In your case, how about getting some stridex pads with SA and using them on your body. This is the direct way to test if it will work for you or not.

u/why-ask-why · 2 pointsr/SkincareAddiction

I'm not an expert but I believe that if you do the OCM you want to be using an exfoliant (I personally use a BHA to help with my breakouts). Stridex in the red box is pretty popular around here which is a BHA, and you'd wanna add this in after you do the OCM. (Make sure you patch test)

I also think it might be better to switch to a micro-fibre cloth for the OCM. It is supposed to be gentler on your face while still removing dirty oil. Wet it with warm water and it's so soft!

Edit: I also think you want to be washing the oil off with something. Just wiping with the cloth may leave some dirty oil on your face, so you could try to follow OCM with a gentle cleanser.

u/Majestad · 2 pointsr/AsianBeauty

I use stridex redbox(the strongest one and the one with the best ph) right after shaving my legs when I get out of the shower. No burning. I use excess on my pits/shoulders. The pads are great, you can get a 3 pack of 90/each on amazon cheap.

u/kpcwazabi · 2 pointsr/SkincareAddiction

AHA is an alpha hydroxy acid and is an exfoliating acid that can remove dead layers of skin while as well allowing newer skin to surface! There’s tons more info in the sidebar about it!

So the shave strident exfoliation product is actually three different things! I meant that I would shave my beard, use Stridex Exfoliating Pads, or use The Ordinary Glycolic Acid 7% Toning Solution.
Here’s some links to the Stridex and Glycolic Acid!


The Ordinary 7% Glycolic Acid Toning Solution

Also to clear up confusion on my exfoliating part of my routine. I will either shave, use Stridex, or use the glycolic acid every other day. Here’s an example of my week:

Monday - Shave

Tuesday - no exfoliating

Wednesday - Stridex

Thursday - no exfoliating

Friday - Shave

Saturday - no exfoliating

Sunday - Glycolic Acid

Monday - no exfoliating

and so on! Just a consistent rotation between stridex and glycolic acid every other day after shaving!

As for tightening pores, I’m not sure where to go from here as I’m pretty confident in my skin right now :)
I may look into Niacid, but a general rule of thumb I’ve learned is that you can’t exactly “tighten” pores but rather reduce their appearance with molecules like niacinamide or rich moisturizers!

Let me know if you have any questions!

u/Waffleloord · 2 pointsr/SkincareAddiction

I've been washing off my salicylic acid (Stridex pads) after leaving it on for around 20 minutes. Now I read something which suggests that I do not rinse it off. I've also read that you should just apply it then rinse your face after 30 seconds. So now I'm a bit confused.

Can someone let me know what the right way to use this product is? Thank you

u/KellyJoyCuntBunny · 2 pointsr/SkincareAddiction

No problem! I had looked into this for myself anyway, so it was just a matter of looking at their website to refresh my memory. They say you wash your face, apply the gel to your whole face, and moisturize. They say use sunscreen in the morning. I’m assuming they think you should use the gel itself in the evening- that’s what I would do. And you know what? I’d be suuuuper tempted to use it more than once a day. But I’m guessing you should start with once a day for a couple weeks, because it can make your skin red, irritated, and even make it peel a little. But if I were you I would probably end up using it twice a day eventually because I don’t have good self-control and it’s like, “if a little is good then a lot is great!”Probably a bad idea, though, lol.

And yeah, wait a few weeks until you add salicylic acid. I use Stridex pads- the ones in the red box. They have 2% salicylic acid, no alcohol, you can get them at the drugstore, they’re relatively cheap, and there always seems to be enough liquid in the tub once you use all the pads that you can dip a cotton ball into it and use that for another week before you have to buy a new container. Here is what you’re looking for. And if you look at the other suggestions Amazon makes for “similar products” or whatever, like the CorsRX blackhead liquid, which has the same active ingredient, you’ll see most of them are all fancy and expensive. Maybe they are nicer to use, I don’t know, but I like to isolate the actual ingredient that has the function I want, and use the one that is cheap and effective, you know? Luxury stuff is nice, but who needs it? Lol

u/ms_kittyfantastico · 2 pointsr/SkincareAddiction
  • The Skin Success Facial Astringent has alcohol in it which is highly irritating, especially when used twice a day. I would cut that out personally.

  • The Skin Success Toner has some beneficial ingredients in it, but again has alcohol. Both these products might make your skin more oily!

  • For a good alternative to the toner, try Stridex Maximum (red box) which can be found in most drugstores. Don't use it every day --maybe at night every other day -- and read up on purging in the sidebar to know what to expect.

  • As far as sunscreen, you can find La Roche Posay in the drugstore. Disclaimer: I have not tried it, but this blog post indicates no white cast.


    To conclude: cut out the Skin Success Astringent and Toner to see some improvements. Incorporate a sunscreen, which may take awhile to see what breaks you out. Finally, add the Stridex BHA.
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/reservationsjazz · 2 pointsr/SkincareAddiction

How long should one wait after using Stridex before using a spot treatment and moisturizer?

u/tensett · 2 pointsr/SkincareAddiction

Well, I would stop using that cleanser because it's probably not helping any. You shouldn't be physically exfoliating with skin as irritated as yours (and the micro-beads are bad for the environment). Also, even though it contains 5% BP, the cleanser is not in contact with your skin long enough for it to have any appreciable effect.

You need a specific acne treatment product (e.g. Stridex salicylic acid pads, 5% BP gel (this might only be available in Canada)), and if it's feasible for you, go to a Dr. to get something prescription strength. Oh! and Differin (0.1%) is now available OTC in the U.S. (~$30 for 45g).

Lastly, a lot of these treatment products make your skin photosensitive, so it's important that you wear a >30 SPF broad-spectrum sunscreen. If you don't, the redness may stick around for longer.

u/blaaaaaargh · 2 pointsr/Random_Acts_Of_Amazon

On my $5 and under list. :]

Thanks for the contest!

u/randomusername177 · 2 pointsr/Random_Acts_Of_Amazon

I really like the Cerave PM Moisturizer. Most of their products are really nice. Recently, I been switching products I use to some cruelty free alternatives. Right now I am using Acure Radically Rejuvenating Whipped Night Cream. Its supposed to be a dupe for Drunk Elephants Protini moisturizer. I tried it last year when it was a free sample during Sephora's birthday gift. I really do like this Acure cream, and so far it works well. I have dry skin with eczema around my eyes and haven't had any issues. I also use the Ordinary's Lactic Acid 10%. I first started with 5% and would highly recommend people to use that one first to see how you react. 10% works great for white heads for me. Stridex in the red box works great for any acne I get. I been wanting to swap it for the Ordinary's Salicylic Acid 2% Solution since Stridex isn't cruelty free. It's been out of stock since August though, so I had to cave and buy Stridex the other day at Walgreens. It works though!

I just got Colourpops new Zero to Hero set. It's makeup based off Megara from Hercules. I am in love with it! A berry lip and a lavender highlighter. It looks great on my pale skin! Packaging is super cute and fancy too.

For Christmas, face masks can be great. Kbeauty really excels in that area I think, and Amazon has a set of 16 for 10 dollars or 24 masks for 16 dollars. Can be tricky though if you don't know the persons skin type that you are getting the gift for.

u/baies_ · 2 pointsr/AsianBeauty

Is this one different than this one? When I scrolled down it says "there is a newer version of this item" so I'm wondering if the formulation is the same?

u/runlizzyrun · 2 pointsr/AsianBeauty

Sure! Here it is, this shop uses prime so it's covered by Amazon in case you don't like it. They have other fun goodies too :)

u/1934escapes · 2 pointsr/AsianBeauty

I'm using this one! Sad to hear about the Cosrx one. :(

u/mysteriousseal · 2 pointsr/Skinpicking

I second Sebamed already mentioned here! The one I use is more of a gel with aloe in it. Afterwards put a super thin layer of Vaseline on - it’ll help seal the moisture in to help heal the area and it’ll keep you from bugging it since it’s a little slimey.

If the area has any open wounds look into hydrocolloid bandages! Make sure the area is freshly clean with no ointments/lotions/serums before putting them on. You can keep them on for 3-7 days and even shower with them on! I prefer the gel-like ones over the tegaderm sheets (which are more like adhesive plastic wrap).

Sebamed Clear Face Care Gel:

Band-Aid HydroSeal:

u/cupcakes93 · 2 pointsr/SkincareAddiction

No problem, I am glad to help! Yeah, chemical sunscreens don't seem to bother me either, it's very weird lol. Yes, I see! It can be a challenge finding a sunscreen that works while also taking into consideration rosácea too. Hmmm, I have two ideas! I don't know if they will help, but here goes:

  1. Have you tried a gel-based sunscreen? I know that gel moisturizers are specifically designed for oily skin, and can be cooling and soothing at the same time. I have never tried one, but I have used a gel moisturizer before and it was amazing and refreshing. The one I tried was Simple Ultra-Light Gel Moisturizer. Although it has no SPF, maybe the texture would be good to try. Also, Sebamed makes one called Clear Face Gel but I've never tried that one

  2. Have you tried any Asian sunscreens? That's something I've been considering myself, because although the chemical sunscreens don't give me breakouts sometimes they look shiny with my makeup. I haven't ventured into that world so far but have heard great things about those being weightless and without a heavy, white cast. One example is Biore UV Watery Essence. I'm sure there are a ton more that probably /r/AsianBeauty knows about.

    Awww, I feel your pain :/ It can be really expensive trying and testing products until you find the right one!! Lol my bank account knows all about that XD

    Hope this helps somewhat!!
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/dollyparton26 · 2 pointsr/SebDerm

This is a safer option. I really like it, it has never given me any issues. And if it’s not moisturizing enough just add some drops of squalane oil ;)

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/LuvFrozenBlueberries · 2 pointsr/SkincareAddiction

OK, so based on your advice plus u/gotohela I'll be putting the acids in the fridge and maybe go with this routine:

u/aimeenew · 2 pointsr/Random_Acts_Of_Amazon

CeraVe Foaming Facial Cleanser, 12 Ounce

My favorite face cream, I highly suggest it.

St Ives Scrub, Even & Bright Pink Lemon & Mandarin Orange 6 Ounce

And a nice face product for me. :) haahha

u/3BB7 · 2 pointsr/March2017Bumpers

Not to push products on you, but as soon as I got off of birth control my face went BONKERS. I had always had excellent skin and then it started becoming AWFUL. I finally got it to clear up with benzoyl peroxide, glycolic acid, and salicylic acid BUT…you can’t use those when you’re pregnant. Cue pregnancy hormone induced acne awfulness. It just got worse and worse but I have to say…CeraVe’s foaming facial cleanser: and Cetaphil’s AM lotion with SPF 30 for acne-prone skin: and my skin isn’t perfect yet but it has significantly cleared up. Obviously, if you can find cheaper products with the same ingredients, go that route. But no one had any good product recommendations for me when I was going through this so I figured maybe this would help a bit. Good luck, momma!

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/candoLAL · 2 pointsr/AsianBeauty
  • Skin Type: Combination + Redness | Country/Climate I'm in: Dry Southern California | Top Skin Concern: Redness/Whitening/Filaments
  • Current Routine/Products I'm Using:


  • CeraVe Foaming Cleanser
  • Klairs Supple Toner
  • PC 2% BHA Liquid
  • Cosrx Galactomyces 95 Essence
  • OST C20 Serum
  • It's Skin WH Effector w/Arbutin Serum
  • CeraVe PM Lotion
  • Nivea SPF50/PA++++


  • Have yet to do, but am thinking same as AM minus sunblock, and maybe minus BHA liquid also

    I'm new to skincare and did a bulk buy of the above products based on what I've read in this sub. I'd appreciate advice on...

  • Are the products in the correct order of usage?
  • How much time should I wait between using each step? (cleanser --> toner --> essence --> serums --> lotion)
  • During my first run through the above products, I experienced redness and a bit of a burning sensation. I will start the process of elimination with PC BHA liquid.
  • Am looking to replace WH Effector serum with Benton SnailBee Essence. Yay/Nay/KeepBoth?
  • Thanks! :)
u/sarabeacher · 2 pointsr/30PlusSkinCare

My bad! I totally missed that. I don't have oily skin myself, however most people that do say washing their face only at night before bed with a gentle foaming cleanser (like Cerave foaming) and then just splashing with water or micellar water in the AM has helped their skin from producing so much oil. So you would wash at night, use your toner, and then your moisturizer. In the AM, splash with water or use micellar water on a cotton round, use your toner, and then moisturize and use sunscreen. This is the sunscreen my husband uses and loves. It's tinted so there is no white cast, and actually helps control oil. Don't be put off that it's tinted, it literally just disappears once you rub it in. Here is a link to the Cerave foaming cleanser. Link to the Cerave PM moisturizer. Now, I wouldn't buy everything at once and start this new routine. You will want to use something for a week or so and see if you have any reactions, that way if you break out or have an allergic reaction you will know what product caused it. If you want to use micellar water, I really like the brand Simple. As for the sunscreen, try to get into the habit of using it everyday. Even if you're inside. No need to use it at night tho. :-) I think you will notice a huge difference in your skin with this routine. Check out the r/skincareaddiction when you get a chance. After you get used to this new routine you will to start exfoliating, I prefer chemicals to exfoliate. So you can read up on the different types and what you think would work best. But remember to space everything out so your skin doesn't freak out. I would start with the face wash and sunscreen first, and go from there. If you have anymore questions let me know!

u/alittlechangeofpace · 2 pointsr/SkincareAddiction

Hi everyone! I need a new clenser, I used to use this and it worked great but my skin felt tight after application, so I switched to CeraVe Foaming Facial Cleanser, which didn't make my skin feel tight but now I get more acne than I did with the old clenser. What should I do? I have quite oily and acne prone skin, by the way.

u/dafukisdat · 2 pointsr/AskMen
  1. So that type of scrubbing wont be too effective in cleaning your face up and is more likely to cause damage to your skin. Apart from damage to your skin, doing that every shower likely isn't too much (in terms of drying out your skin or anything like that). But I'd generally suggest going with a more effective and less potentially damaging approach. Depending on the washcloth and how hard you're pressing/scrubbing it's probably better than, but there's some better options. I'd suggest an exfoliating scrub (i.e. something like this) to replace the scrubbing action. Basically there's very small "abrasives" that when you wash your face with it, it scrubs off the dead skin etc on the surface of your skin. I put abrasives in quotes just because of their size they aren't really abrasive to your skin in a bad way how one would typically think of it. A physical scrub is easy, quick, and works well. Recently there's been talk about moving away from physical & chemical exfoliators to only chemical. The "abrasives" used to mostly be plastic microbeads which are generally awful for the environment; they've mostly moved away from the microbeads now though. But there's also been recent studies that suggest that physical scrubs might cause microtears in your skin. Not a huge deal as there hasn't been a huge amount to back this up, but a chemical exfoliator would be preferable. I didn't go into it because people see chemical and think the process is involved and potentially dangerous. An AHA (i.e something like this) you put on your face just like you would a moisturizer and that's it.
    After exfoliating use a cleanser. You said your face is a bit oily, and I'm in the same boat there. Go with a foaming cleanser (i.e. something like this). This replaces the soap part of what you're doing now. Actually (physically) exfoliating will be better because of the size of the things actually doing the scrubbing compared to the looped fibers of the washcloth. Much smaller and will be much more effective without causing (significant) damage to your skin. Chemical exfoliation would be even better. I'll talk more about the cleanser here:

  2. I've got the same issue and I use a foaming cleanser and then moisturize after. It's better to go with a foaming cleanser than a hydrating one because if your skin is already overly hydrating itself (the oil), and you use a hydrating cleanser, and you use a moisturizer it's just going to be too much. You'll feel like you're sweating. If you use a foaming cleanser, wash it off with water after using it, pat your face dry and let it air out a bit, your skin will be quite dry (borderline dried out). Put a relatively small amount of moisturizer on (one pump from the bottle, glob smaller than a fingernail). This will provide enough moisture that your skin hopefully doesn't feel the need to overly produce that oil, not too much that you're going to be even shinier than before. If even a small amount of moisturizer is too much and your skin is too shiny, maybe skip it and instead use the foaming cleaner periodically through the day. It will get your skin dryer (less shiny) and also keep it clean. It's worth pointing out that often the cause of overly oily skin is that your skin is in fact too dry by itself and your skin feels the need to put all this oil out there. I'd give the moisturizer an honest effort.

  3. Absolutely. It's the reason I got into skincare in the first place. Exfoliate once a week, cleanser everyday and moisturizer after. Easiest and most generally effective approach to skincare. If you want to look into more specific issues, adding a BHA (i.e. something like this) into the mix can work well for people. Works well for blackheads, and shrinks pore size to prevent in the future - also can help with acne. General advice is to use after cleanser and before moisturizer, leave on for ~30 min, then moisturizer. r/skincareaddiction usually has some good advice for just about any specifics further than that.

  4. Aftershave typically has an antiseptic like alcohol or something to avoid infection of post-shave cuts etc. and to clean out now-exposed pores. I use an electric shaver and don't use aftershave because there's never any cuts and I wash my face as described above after shaving to clean everything. And the alcohol will dry out and damage your skin.
u/marisab9 · 2 pointsr/SkincareAddiction

Would the Cerave foaming cleanser also work? this one?

u/Kitty2Shoes · 2 pointsr/AsianBeauty

I'm basing this on what I already have these in stock and I'm just replacing what I already have. Anything I don't spend in one month, I will bank for the next month. I don't use AB products exclusively and I cannot use retinol, so I will be staying away from products that contain it. I also live in the UK so $25 in American stretches differently in the UK.

Oil cleanse L'Oreal Paris Extraordinary Oil Facial Cleansing Oil 150ml It's around £5.29 and lasts me ~3-4 months

Regular cleanse Cerave Cerave Foaming Facial Cleanser, 12 oz This bottle lasts a whole year....or I shall say I'm still using the bottle I purchased over a year ago. £14.99

Hydrating Toner/Essence Whamisa Natural Fermentation Organic Flowers Skin Toner - Deep Rich / 120ml At $35 USD, one of the most expensive, but for me it's toner AND essence AND ferments. I consider this three products in one and lasts ~4-5 months

Serum Shark Sauce or Sauce du mois At $29, it's one of the more expensive items on the list. One bottle lasts ~2-3 months, although I use a lot more than I probably should.

Face Oil A'kin Rosehip Oil I have found this on sale in the Holland and Barrett store during specials, so although it's listed for £16.45, I have never paid that price for it. Trilogy is phenomenal as well and will often go on sale too.

Eye Cream I cannot recommend an eye cream in this price range with my specific concerns. All my recommendations are above budget. I have yet to find a satisfactory eye cream that tackles wrinkles, fine lines, and sunken black circles (genetic condition). For me, I need to go above budget. What I can recommend is using the rosehip oil gently around the eye area at night. Another recommendation are Koelf Gold Royal Hydrogel at around £12. If you have time to put them on after the serum and before a lotion/moisturizer first thing in the morning, they will work great.

Moisturizer/Lotion/cream A few in this category to include Kiehl's Ultra Facial Cream at £24 or Olay Regenerist 3 Point Super Age-Defying Fragrance Free Moisturiser 50ml at £20.99. I use the Kiehl's during the winter months and can recommend Olay any time of the year. A jar lasts a good 4 months. The original Olay is great for the warmer summer months (and has sunscreen in it)

Face Mask So many great ones out there - hard to choose.

Nice but not required (your mileage and needs may vary

Clay Mask Any of the L'oreal new clay mask range £5.99 a pop and a month's usage - if you want to use them.

BHA Paula's Choice Skin Perfecting 2% BHA Liquid Exfoliant As much as I detest their business practices, I think the 2% BHA is worth the bother. £25 a bottle, but used twice a week the bottle really does last.

AHA Paula's Choice Skin Perfecting 8% AHA Gel Exfoliant same as above. I use this roughly once a week, lasts a LONG time. £25

Lip care Aquaphor, Vasaline, cocoa butter....All under £5

u/amerenda · 2 pointsr/malefashionadvice

I usually use the Aztec clay mask after I wash my face with CeraVe

I don't exfoliate on the days I use the mask, as the mask cleans my pores out really well. I also find that chemical exfoliates are the best to use, like BHA's found in Stridex red pads.

A good place to go to learn more is /r/skincareaddiction

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/blacktieaffair · 2 pointsr/SkincareAddiction

I've been using Softymo Oil Cleanser with great luck. $10 gets you a HUGEEEE bottle of the stuff. It's very emulsifying and removes makeup like a dream. I don't think it would be best by itself, but with double cleansing, it's great.

u/Somanyofyouhaveasked · 2 pointsr/AusSkincare

I’ve just returned with a suitcase of products, I’m still working my way through them all!

Products I loved:

  • Mediheal tea tree sheet masks (available at Don Quixote): calms down skin on the verge of a breakout. The packaging has changed slightly from that shown in the link.

  • Acne Barrier Protect Spots (Cosme and other speciality beauty/skincare stores): seals pimples and turns them into a tiny speck overnight. Seems to work better once they’ve (TMI) popped unfortunately, but still an amazing product. I apply to a clean cotton bud so I don’t contaminate the dropper.

  • SK-II Facial Treatment Cleanser (department stores): received this as a sample in a pack. It’s a nice gentle cleanser that visibly brightens afterwards.

    Things that didn’t set my world on fire, but YMMV:

  • Kanebo Suisai Beauty Clear Powder Wash (any drug store): This was described as being coarser than the Tacha Polishing Powder (haven’t tried), but I could barely feel any of the exfoliant. I usually use the Aesop exfoliant which is very coarse so may just be me.

  • Shiseido Macherie Perfect Shower (speciality beauty/skincare stores): Not /AusSkincare and think this really depends on your hair type. It’s described as a perfect cure for bed hair, I have naturally wavy hair and it made my waves partially drop out, so it was neither straight nor wavy - just flat and messy. I’d prefer something like the Bumble and Bumble spray.

  • Canmake Perfect Multi Eye Pallet, Shade 02 (most beauty stores): nice formula, blends well and really lovely warm brown shades. However it’s very much that subtle Japanese eye make up look, I’ve been using Huda, UD and ABH for too long so prefer something a bit stronger.

  • I bought a La Roche Posay sunscreen and BB cream at the same time they started flogging them throughout the Aus Open. There are plenty of threads on them.

    Things I bought and haven’t tried yet:

  • SK-II Facial Treatment Essence and sheet masks (department stores): When in Rome...

  • Shiseido Ultimune (department stores): As above.

  • Anessa Perfect UV Sunscreen Milk (drug stores and speciality beauty/skincare stores): I saw lots of good reviews for this brand, but the Aqua Booster version. I could only find it in spray form rather than a bottle (perhaps wrong time of year) so bought this instead. There is a gel option too.

  • Biore UV Aqua Rich Watery Gel (drug stores): another sunscreen that was highly recommended.

  • Melano CC Intensive Anti Spot Essence (drug stores): I had to have the concept of a vitamin C serum explained to me so probably not the greatest source. Apparently it’s “more stable”.

  • Kose Softy Mo Deep Cleansing Oil (can’t remeber where I bought this, drug stores and beauty/skincare stores will have it): highly recommended, DHC seems to be well regarded too.

  • Canmake Perfect Serum BB Cream (beauty/skincare stores).

    Other things on the must-have list but got to the end of the trip and was all “I’m not paying that”:

  • Shu Uemura Ultime 8 Sublime Cleansing Oil.
  • Hada Labo Shirojyun Lotion.

    I speak schoolgirl Japanese at best, but everyone there is only too happy to help. Screenshot as many products as you can so you can show people in shops.

    It probably goes without saying no matter where you are, but knowing what colours work for your skin is a must. I’m biracial but look completely western, so I found SAs would try and direct me to pink-based makeup by default. My skin is completely yellow-based so I always had to politely decline their recommendations.

    Happy shopping!
u/xiuboxed · 2 pointsr/SkincareAddiction

Right now it's pretty much like this:


Wash with cold water then put on Aco Fae 3+3 Day Cream.


Wash with only cold water or Kose Softymo Deep Cleansing Oil (depending on if I use makeup), twice a week I use Aco Face Cleansing Scrub and then I put on Aco Face Nourishing Night Cream. Sometimes I use AHA and BHA from COSRX but I feel like it dries out my skin quite a lot and makes it too red....

I tried using sweet almond oil and it only helped with the redness and kept my skin moisturized but it gave me those small white bumps so I stopped using it yesterday.

u/ms_sy · 2 pointsr/SkincareAddiction

Yes, it's a cleansing oil (Kose - Deep Cleansing Oil). But alright, I'll stop using it in the morning. Would it be okay to use a vitamin c serum while using the retinoid or do I have to alternate them? And yeah, the lotion (Hada Labo - Premium Lotion) is actually just a bunch of hyaluronic acids I think. But thank you, I'll try to find everything you mentioned at the mall :)

u/MissOne24 · 2 pointsr/AsianBeauty
u/Oxca · 2 pointsr/AsianBeauty

If this helps, here is a link to the Amazon listing. When I type in "deep cleansing oil" I only see a listings for "deep treatment oil".

u/lemonracket · 2 pointsr/AsianBeauty

Nah, I'm on Here is the link to it. It seems like there are way fewer people buying AB on amazon in Canada, and less selection as a result :(

u/unicornfairyprincess · 2 pointsr/AsianBeauty

I'm not an expert, but I noticed right away that you're missing a few things- an oil cleanser in your PM routine (maybe you forgot it?) and an SPF, which you mention. Nothing is going to help prevent wrinkles and skin damage like SPF, so I highly recommend adding that to your routine- just search HG SPF for your skin type, and there will be a lot of good recommendations like the Biore watery essence. An oil cleanser is also going to help clean away the sunscreen, oil and dirt that your foaming cleanser might not be picking up- the Banila Co and Kose are popular. Once you've got all that in place, you might want to start looking into actives, like BHA for keeping your pores clean or Vit C for evening your skin tone/dark circles!

u/Cricket_1981 · 2 pointsr/Rosacea

This is the one I ordered. If you do a rosacea search on the product page, a few people say that it's helped.
So far I've only used it once and nothing terrible happened, I'm slightly nervous that it's mineral oil though.

u/CaptainCatbee · 2 pointsr/Makeup

Cold Cream is made of mineral oil, so any mineral oil based cleanser would be about as effective. I personally use this one, it even emulsifies in water so you can rinse it off properly.

u/Miwwies · 2 pointsr/TheGirlSurvivalGuide
u/Snailsandhoney · 2 pointsr/SkincareAddiction

If it's working for you then don't change it. I would suggest adding:

  • an oil-based cleanser like this to help remove makeup, they have the added bonus of doing a good job to clean pores. You would still use your regular cleanser after
  • a spot treatment and hydrocolloid bandages for active acne
  • a honey product like this Propolis is a great product for acne prone skin

    I've found that, for me, adding in these sorts of products has made a huge difference and cleared up my skin.

u/scratchedhead · 2 pointsr/SkincareAddiction

This is a Asian beauty favorite. Check it out.

Don't know about the grapeseed oil though

u/ixxiesparkle · 2 pointsr/SkincareAddiction

This stuff is pretty great. i used this before i switched to Tatcha basically everything, and i had to go on worker's comp a few months back so with the cash flow issues that presented, this was something i didn't flinch saving a little money on. It's good stuff and it's cheap. Honestly if i didn't run out of enough Tatcha stuff at about the same time that buying sets wasn't the economically stronger choice, i'd probably just buy this. Their camellia oil cleanser just isn't THAT much better.

u/Ultraluminosity · 2 pointsr/SkincareAddiction

Thanks so much for the advice!
I use Softymo Cleansing Oil to remove makeup when I wear it (like once a month). Would this be appropriate for ocm?

u/jbrownjr1994 · 2 pointsr/SkincareAddiction

It's on Amazon if you are able to order it from there. Not sure about any stores though.

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/josiphoenix · 2 pointsr/Accutane

I started oil cleansing (about a week before starting my course along with intense hydration creams despite my skin being super oily) and I haven’t had any problems. If I use my Cereve cleanser instead of an oil cleanser I notice more dryness.

I use this
KOSE SOFTYMO Speedy Cleansing Oil 230ml

And rub in with just my fingers for about a full minute. Then I use a warm, wet microfiber wash cloth to wipe off the oil and any flaky skin. I do this super gently. Then I moisturize, wait ten minutes and moisturize again.

I focused super hard on my lips, face, hands and feet. I pretty much ignored the rest of my body. My advice is to start lotioning up the rest of your body after showering and before bed NOW. I got flaky shoulders like yours and my forearms about 6 weeks in. I started moisturizing my whole body after a shower and it’s cleared up. But it was itchy and gross for about 2 weeks.


u/yashiyaa · 2 pointsr/AsianBeauty

Skin Type: Combination |
Country/Climate I'm in: Canada, winter (close to -30 celsius this week) |
Top Skin Concern: sun protection (but don't want vitamin D deficiency!)


Current Routine/Products I'm Using:

Cerave Hydrating Cleanser
Cetaphil Daily Moisturizer SPF


Cerave Hydrating Cleanser
Noxzema Anti-Blemish Pads
Cerave PM Moisturizer


I discovered this subreddit last week and bought my first sheet masks! Tony Moly's Rice mask is amazing. I'm looking into getting AB cleansers and sunscreen, and I've compiled a list of stuff to get from amazon. I am super confused about the sunscreen though. I don't want to dry out my skin with too much alcohol. I also need proper sun protection because I'll be going outside quite a bit, and the snow reflects UV rays. Windburn is also a problem. Also is there anywhere I can buy bulk sheet masks?¸


How's this for my first Amazon haul (I haven't bought anything yet, any advice is welcome):


TONYMOLY I'm Real Mask Sheet Pack of 11
KOSE COSMEPORT softymo Speedy Cleansing Oil 230ml
Elizavecca Milky Piggy Carbonated Bubble Clay Mask


Which sunscreen should I get?? I want something that looks good and isn't too drying. Good smell would be nice as well:


Tonymoly Magic Food Mango Mild Sunblock 45g


Biore KAO JAPAN AQUA RICH Sarasara SPF50+ PA++++ NEW 2015 50g Sunscreen


Japanese Skincare Mommy UV mild Gel N 100g AF27



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/plasticpolitics · 2 pointsr/SkincareAddiction

Not OP, but here it is on Amazon!

u/dreamskape · 2 pointsr/AsianBeauty

Hey, I started a new routine (I didn't add everything at once) I'm currently using 2 and 3 on my list, morning and night. I started noticing the breakouts after the snail cream was added.


.1. Oil-based cleanser - softymo Speedy Cleansing Oil

.2. Low pH water-based cleanser - Sulwhasoo Snowise EX Cleansing Foam Facial Cleanser
.3. Moisturizer - Cosrx Advanced Snail 92 All In One Cream
.4. Sunscreen - Biore Sarasara Uv Perfect Milk Waterproof Sunscreen

I've been using it for around a week now and my acne is worse than ever! I've read some stuff about "purging," is this what's going on? My acne is in the same place (my cheeks (right on the cheek bone), forehead (right in the middle of the T zone), and right under the corners of my jaw.) but much more red, and there seems to be more. Should I stick it out and see if my body is just getting used to it? Before this I just used an acne-prone skin Spectro Gel 2x daily.

u/SluttyGandhi · 2 pointsr/SkincareAddiction

Hey there!

I use a whole bunch! I believe the first I tried was olive oil, because I read that it was used by Sofia Loren (and because it was in my kitchen).

I do use specific cleansing oils; this speedy oil cleanser is delightful and I also use this one from Trader Joe's (even though it has coconut oil, which SCA often shuns due to its reputation for being comedogenic for some people.)

I occasionally layer Marula oil from TO under an occlusive at night. And my favorite thing is massaging in mineral oil (and then rinsing it off) after a clay mask. It is so wonderful.

Anyway. I have not yet tried hemp oil but after a quick Google I am intrigued and will be putting in on my list to try. So thanks!

Side note, if your face is dry and stinging products with ceramides and hyaluronic acid are often recommended to restore the moisture barrier. Using oils can be YMMV but can also definitely be a game changer. Best of luck!

u/siassias · 2 pointsr/SkincareAddictionUK

This is my favourite! However, I have to admit that when I was out of supplies for a while I used a bottle of Good Things honey cleanser, and it did a similar thing. This made me wonder if lots of creamy or non foaming cleansers might do the trick.

OP another thing you could try is using an oil cleanser that emulsifies i.e. can be washed off with water without leaving an oily residue. I find that when I use oil cleaners like that, I don't need a second cleanse. I haven't tried it myself but a lot of people on /r/asianbeauty recommend this one as a cheap, effective and readily available option:

(Personally I use Illi total ageing care because it smells WONDERFUL, but I can only buy it from Korean eBay sellers.)

Are you subscribed to that sub btw? You might get some other gentle cleanser ideas over there!

u/BavidDrent · 2 pointsr/SkincareAddiction

Ah awesome, thanks!
I was using jojoba oil before, but after sticking with it for 4 months it didn't seem to help at all. I've heard there's 'pure' oils like jojoba and 'oil cleansers' that emulsify in water like this, I don't know if I'm right with this though! Which do you prefer?

u/lindsheyy · 2 pointsr/AsianBeauty

For oil cleanser, I really like KOSE Softy Speedy. Makes my face feel soooo soft after using it. I really thought I would hate oil cleansing, but I really miss it when I travel. Comes in a pump bottle, so clean to use. Did a fair amount of research before settling on this one. It's relatively inexpensive (less than $10) and sell it on Amazon here.

u/Thoriel · 2 pointsr/SkincareAddiction

This is a great guide on Oil Cleansing. I personally use this Argan Oil and then CeraVe Hydrating Cleanser to wash off the oil and then proeceed with my routine.

EtA: Please ask if you have any more questions regarding this issue (including timing, etc.). My main concerns with my own skin is dryness + enlarged/clogged pores and my knowledge base reflects that.

u/jacknettle · 2 pointsr/feminineboys

/r/SkincareAddiction is the best thing ever. (Other than you guys, of course)

I use Cerave Cleanser and Moisturizing Lotion, and currently looking for a new exfoliate.


u/brew-ski · 2 pointsr/SkincareAddiction
u/LittleBigGulp · 2 pointsr/SkincareAddiction
u/LittleBitofPixieDust · 2 pointsr/JulyBumpers2017

My skin is definitely dryer than usual this winter. I use CeraVe Moisturizing Cream after I wash my face every time, and I use their Hydrating cleanser to wash my face. I usually use their standard foaming cleanser, but I switched when I noticed how dry my face had become. I still feel like I need something else, though, so I tried picking up the CeraVe night cream yesterday. I don't have feedback on it yet, but I really love their product line in general, so I'm guessing it will help.

u/discard_after_use133 · 2 pointsr/SkincareAddiction
u/howyalikdemapples · 2 pointsr/SkincareAddiction

Mine is the second week. Stupid hormones. All the products I use are the very basics, they're plain without fragrance or any other frills. I'm afraid of frills...fragrance...dyes...anything my skin could be sensitive to. And I'm lazy so I buy everything on Amazon Prime.

uncoated aspirin

face wash

face lotion

paulas choice bha 2%

u/thegoodcounsel · 2 pointsr/malefashionadvice

I found that using a gentle cleanser helped tone down my skin a lot because it didn't strip my skin. But the most important part was to
moisturize! This is the one I use. Any lightweight moisturizer should be fine so definitely find something that works best for your skin.

u/tempacc4somedays · 2 pointsr/SkincareAddiction

Issue: Getting on the wagon, need help and recommendations/etc.

Skin Type: Oily, Blemish-Prone (Not completely sure, pics attached below can give more info/etc. I sweat like a pedo in daycare and shine^bright^like^a^diamond, so there's that.)

Previous Routine/Experience?: Only skin routine or care I do is washing my face with water couple times throughout the day. I used this cleanser/whatev they gave us at school for 4 or so months (PM only) half a year ago (Was quite harsh, but kinda adjusted to it. I think?), and that's about it.

About: Young lad, live in [very] hot environment (Soon to move out, <1year) and lead an active lifestyle. Crazy beakouts couple years ago coupled with cocaine hands got my face fucked up for life.

Location: UAE, will be buying my shit from Amazon US and shipping it here. Don't worry too much about this unless you know some local stuff that's of appropriate price.



Went with the recommendations and chose Cerave Foaming Facial Cleanser, 12oz. Best price, ships here, generally well received. Not much.

Went with CeraVe Moisturizing Cream w/ Pump, 16z. Good price, ships, got a pump (Hey!), well received. Same old.

Sweat a lot and lead an active lifestyle, so need a waterproof sunscreen for the morning-noon/school period. Considered a lot of options, but I constricted it to these as they are the only ones that are waterproof, ship here and are priced reasonably (Not so).
However, I will surely not get anything with Octinoxate due to it's link with Endocrine disturbances (Something which I need very less of, especially currently) and all. Will also not get the All-Chemical Paula's Choice because it's just fucked.
That leaves the EltaMD (Which does not ship now. Things just keep getting worse and worse man) and the CeraVe. The CeraVe has a greasy texture that doesn't go away (Or so they say) and leaves a very pronounced white tint, and the EltaMD has better UVA protection and is tinted to somewhat my skin tone, so I decided to get it. If you have any suggestions/recommendations/etc., please do drop them below.

Went with a BHA cause it's simpler and is recommended for oily skin. Problem is I'm afraid Stridex Maximum Strength Pads will be too harsh and unusable (Big no-no, can't return it and shipping rates are crazy).
Neutrogena Rapid Clear Acne Defense Face Lotion, 1.7oz and Olay Age Defying Classic Night Cream, 2oz ship here too but I don't know man.

To remove waterproof sunscreen not else. Found this quite cheap baby oil called Corine De Farme Baby Massage Body Oil (Ingredients: Paraffinum Liquidum, Parfum, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis Oil), but I honestly don't know anything about this so I just want some input.

AM: Cleanse->Moisturize->Put sunscreen

PM: OCM/Remove sunscreen->Cleanse->Exfoliate->Moisturize

u/pouletteingreenpoint · 2 pointsr/muacjdiscussion

A Hada Labo one, although the price has shot up remarkably on Prime. I've never paid more than $12 for it, have gone through I don't know how many bottles of it.

u/reddev3 · 2 pointsr/SkincareAddiction

After reading fiddy's page it seems you are kind of using an oil cleanser to do OCM? could you just quickly tell me why using an emulsifying cleansing oil is better/different to say using jojoba oil?

I am pretty certain I want to try this to but thought i had better ask as OCM with stand alone oil's has never worked for me.

Also is this the oil you use?


u/tiny_tinas_bff · 2 pointsr/AsianBeauty

My skin is also super picky about oil cleansers as I found out. I tried quite a few before finding this one I like that it has no mineral oil and is affordable and amazon prime! It busts through sunscreen and makeup so well!

Otherwise I would suggest a micellar water. It's not AB but I like the Simple Brand micellar water. It's very gentle and they don't use perfumes or anything harsh in it.

u/literallyanythingtho · 2 pointsr/SkincareAddiction

I used that cetaphil one too, and it was WAY too drying for me. I got that same dry, tight feeling. I use the CeraVe hydrating one now, and it works very well. It seems like your skin might not like foaming cleansers, so that one might be a good fit for you. If you have a problem with oil, an emulsifying oil cleanser instead of just oil would be a good idea. This is the one I use:
but Neutrogena and Burt's Bees also have ones that you can find in the drugstore.

u/florallaural · 2 pointsr/MakeupAddiction

ROHTO Hadalabo Gokujun Cleansing Oil 200ml

Love this cleansing oil! I have dry skin that can’t tolerate any foaming cleansers. I use this and then follow up with a cotton round & Micellar Water to really make sure I get every last trace. The oil emulsifies nicely and rinses off without leftover oily residue.

u/soreee · 2 pointsr/SkincareAddiction

Yeah, it is fragrance free and rinses clean. Here is another good one is one by Hada Labo. They're both great for sensitive skin!

u/wolfiewu · 2 pointsr/TheGirlSurvivalGuide

Coconut oil or cleansing oil

u/petitfolieadeux · 2 pointsr/MakeupAddiction

I use The Face Shop Rice Water Bright Oil to remove makeup, then I follow with Bioderma Micellar water to make sure everything's off.

u/zikadu · 2 pointsr/SkincareAddiction

Some people just don't react well to certain oils. Maybe patch test if you decide to try it again, or use a different oil. I use an oil cleanser that has emulsifiers in it so that it can be rinsed off with water. Amazon Link: The Face Shop - Rice Water Bright - Cleansing Light Oil. I've been using this for a few weeks and really like it for double cleansing (oil first to dissolve makeup and sebum, rinse, low-ph cleanser to remove any excess and balance ph).

You can also add emulsifier (polysorbate 80) to any oil at a 10:1 oil to emulsifier ratio to make your own. I haven't tried this myself, but I saw it in a post on either /r/asianbeauty or /r/skincareaddiction. The post, if I'm remembering correctly, recommended rice bran oil since it's pretty neutral and unlikely to trigger an allergic reaction.

u/cuxtmuffin · 2 pointsr/MakeupAddiction
u/flying_doughnut · 2 pointsr/MakeupAddiction

The Face Shop's Rice Water Cleansing Oil

It's cheap from Amazon (and though it's not prime from the seller that is linked, it doesn't take too long for shipping) and it feels really nice.

u/tabytha · 2 pointsr/AsianBeauty
u/chemkara · 2 pointsr/SkincareAddiction

My routine as promised. It’s not set in stone, sometimes I am lazy and I just cleanse and moisturize but most times it’s as follow.
I have combo skin, was oily for years and now it’s getting drier as I am getting older. I am 45.


u/IncognitoDoorknob · 2 pointsr/AsianBeauty

I really like The Face Shop Rice Water Bright cleansing oil. It's light, effective, pleasant smell, decently priced, and works really well.

u/olliepop88 · 2 pointsr/AsianBeauty
  1. I had issues with the DHC oil as well. In fact, I had trouble with Shu Uemura's cleansing oils so much that I was breaking out in closed comedones all over my forehead. You should definitely ditch them and switch over to a lighter formulation. I suggest The Face Shop's Rice Water Bright Cleansing Light Oil. Additionally, if you're in the mood to try something new, I highly recommend Banila's cleansing balms. They even have a special formulation for sensitive skin called Clean It Zero Purity.

  2. Seeing that your main concern is hyper pigmentation, I would up usage of the AHA serum. If you find that you're handling it well, up it to once every other night. Of course, seeing that you have sensitive skin, I would approach cautiously.
u/sprengertrinker · 2 pointsr/AskWomen

I've fallen in love with this Rice/Jojoba oil mix:

I massage a couple pumps in before I get in the shower, and the jojoba oil has consequently helped my nails as well!

u/Izzerskizzers · 2 pointsr/SkincareAddiction

I find stridex red box too drying/harsh when I use retinoids. Prior to using retinoids, I used it every day with no problem.

I switched to using nip + fab glycolic fix daily cleansing pads while also using typical retinoids. Similar effects as stridex pads, for me at least, but less drying, even slightly hydrating because it also has hyaluronic acid and witch hazel in it.


u/rrroastedgarlic · 2 pointsr/SkincareAddiction

Nip + Fab Glycolic Fix might be a good option at just under $10 - Amazon link.

u/ren33nay · 2 pointsr/SkincareAddiction

This looks very familiar--as familiar as my own face. I'm impressed though with how you've kept the redness down--is it the rose hip oil?

More importantly--this is fixable! I remember being very sure that it wasn't because everything I tried to do made things worse, & I had just about given up. Eventually I figured out what worked for me, and you will too. I think you might be one of the lucky ones who will be able to get a lot of improvement without prescription medicine.

I think your main issue is exfoliation. It's what always works for me when my skin decides to go crazy for no reason. I have to be patient, but slightly increase the exfoliation (not all at once & definitely go slow if you're not used to exfoliating): very soft washcloth or one of those soft silicon face sponges, Differin gel, fruit acids--AHA (Cosrx Whitehead Power liquid), BHA (Cosrx BHA Power liquid), glycolic wipes (dr denese my HG), lactic acid cream (sunday riley good genes). I have to keep up with exfoliation as soon as I notice any bumps or red spots starting. Now that I know which products don't further enrage my skin, it takes about 3 days to dial down a wild outbreak to almost invisible. Things that don't work for me: scrubbing, any "scrub" gel or lotion, anti-acne toners... And sulfur spot treatments seem to be better for me now for drying out the worst pimples than benzoyl peroxide or salicylic acid.

If it were my skin, I'd start with a glycolic acid pad twice a week (Nip + Fab?) & use a soft washcloth/flannel morning & night. If my skin tolerated it and if the bumps started to go away, I'd increase the pads to every other day. I'd slowly add in the BHA liquid if my skin felt ready. If my skin got worse, I'd stop and try another exfoliator. If my skin didn't get worse, but if the pads and BHA didn't seem to be doing much, I'd try the Differin. And the AHA.

I think the cream you're using might be too rich for you & causing some of the blockage. The Ponds Dry Skin Cream you're using would give me a breakout within 2 weeks. Maybe take a break from it and see what happens? I'd try tonight skipping the Ponds & using the rose hip oil alone or with a thin top layer of Vaseline, or the Vaseline without the rose hip oil. If that helps, keep moisturizing but switch to a gel moisturizer for combination or oily, acne-prone skin (Cetaphil oil control moisturizer, Clean & Clear acne control moisturizer, Neutrogena Oil Free moisture, Burts Bees Daily Moisturizing, etc)


u/teenyleaf · 2 pointsr/SkincareAddiction

It's my birthday today and went on a purchasing splurge!

New Purchases:

Refillable Atomizer Bottles - Came in 6 pieces and a little soft bag! Originally I was gonna use this for my colognes and perfumes; easily fits in pockets so I can spray on the go (also bonus point quick air freshener for bathrooms cuz some men's rooms be rank af.....); but then I was on the hunt for misters for my toners and realized I could use these perfectly for them! It's color-coded too so I don't mistake one of my scents for a toner!

-I filled the pink one with Kikumasamune High Moist Lotion
-the red one with Thayer's Witch Hazel Toner w/ Rose
-the blue one with Secret Key Milk (new)
-and the gold one with Secret Key Aloe (new)
The secret key ones are new purchases im trying out B) giving them about 2 weeks trial runs each before I rotate them in my routine!

Benton Snail Bee Essence - I enjoyed using the sheet masks once a week beforehand, and figured I'll up it to a more frequent usage so I went ahead and got the essence bottle! \o/ Dipped my toes with sheet masks first cuz I wasn't too sure about the bee venom ingredient (especially considering I get a bad reaction from stings) but it's gentler than I thought and no allergic reaction!

Etude House Sunprise Airy Finish SPF 50+ PA+++ - Received this 2 days ago! Previously I used Cerave AM and disliked the pilling and white cast on just a beige skintone! This is my first time using a sunmilk and the consistency is really nice! Goes on smoothly and can layer easily, with no whitecast after absorbing! If I wanted to, I could layer a moisturizer underneath without worrying about it pilling as well! Since I'm oily enough I'm not as concerned with it's lack of moisturizing and I find just toning layers is enough for me underneath! Great for oil control so far!

Australian Gold Botanical Sunscreen Tinted Face SPF 50 - Got this about a week ago! Since summer is around the corner, and the etude house isn't a waterproof sunscreen, I went with this that I bought at ulta! This matched my skintone pretty well so there was pretty much no whitecast. If it's a really sweaty day or I'm gonna be somewhere where there happens to be water/rain, this waterproof sunscreen was perfect! (and reef-safe for ocean trips)

Rohto Melano CC - On the way in the mail but excited to try this out since I was looking for a vitamin C, but wanted to start out gently!

Kao Success Scalp Washing Brush (Normal Type) - Sort of skincare since it has to do with the scalp, this is also on it's way on the mail. I'm a fan of scalp brushes since my hair is pretty thick (and also dandruff woes). The tips of it has little bumps on them and there's 3 types of tips on a single brush for that jam packed scalp action, so gonna give it a whirl and see how different it is from the standard silicone scalp brush!



Tony Moly Chok Chok Green Tea Watery Cream - I realized using stridex as my gentle BHA exfoliator and a Cerave SA cream on top of that meant I technically had 2 BHAs in a night routine, so I'm returning back to chok chok! Good point to change tbh since the cream is too heavy for summer. The tony moly one is pretty light and had good oil control!

Nip+Fab Glycolic Fix Pads - Bringing back AHAs into my life for my PIH; I'm gonna rotate them with my BHAs. I prefer low %s so the 2.8% was perfect!

u/SoJenniferSays · 2 pointsr/Septemberbumpers2017

Mine was awful, then I fixed it with two products, then I got lazy and it came back. Lessons were learned. My two products are tea tree oil body wash ( and glycolic acid pads ( Note that this combo would be way too harsh for your face, so don't get any crazy ideas!

u/PriestessOfNaga · 2 pointsr/SkincareAddiction

100% not happy haha, but I did have a look!

So far I've picked out a few items that I think would match pretty well with my skin type.

  1. CLEANSER - CeraVe Hydrating Facial Cleanser 16 oz for Daily Face Washing, Dry to Normal Skin

  2. EXFOLIANT - Nip + Fab Glycolic Fix Daily Cleansing Pads, 4.0 Ounce

    Simple Kind to Skin Facial Moisturizer, Hydrating Moist Spf 15 4.2 oz

    Blue Lizard Face Sunscreen SPF 30+-5 oz

    I now know I should only introduce one new product at a time, and I don't want to spend all the products before hand then have some not work out. So my current dilemma is having now idea which product would be best to introduce now to help get my skin back to where to needs to be. My guess would be the cleanser but I think its pretty clear I don't know whats best lol
u/teitaimu · 2 pointsr/SkincareAddiction
u/tristesse-joie · 2 pointsr/SkincareAddiction

If you try the Cerave Baby wash, and don't like it/break out, you could also try Vanicream Gentle Facial Cleanser.
I've tried it and it's somewhere between a hydrating and foaming cleanser. It is somewhat opaque like a hydrating cleanser, but it does foam up. It's somewhere in the middle, but more closer to a foaming cleanser. Plus its very good at removing makeup and has a perfect score of 0 on The only downside is that it doesn't have any "beneficial" ingredients like how the Cerave Baby has ceramides, hyaluronic acid, and niacinamide. The Vanicream doesn't have any of that.

u/Ttatch1 · 2 pointsr/SkincareAddiction

What are my next steps? I’ve read all over the FAQs and Wiki, but I'm not sure where to head next with my routine. I've been using the same routine for approx. 9 months now and I’m no longer seeing positive changes or results that I want.

The issues: I still have acne, though not as severe as it was a year ago. I have quite large pores and very sensitive skin when it comes to what I use. I’m allergic(eczema) to methylisothiazolinone or others like it. It’s found in many many liquid soaps, lotions, treatments etc.

Skin Type: I would say combination, as I am prone to acne, eczema, have somewhat oily skin, and flaking skin as well. Left profile Right Profile

Current routine: The routine I’ve been using for the past 9 months is as follows:
My mornings and evenings have been somewhat interchangeable, depending on if I shower in the morning or evenings, so I will combine it in to daily, with the exception of 1 product.


  • Cleanse: Rinse with water OR Vanicream Gentle Facial Cleanser (1-3x per week) OR Neutrogena Clear Pore Cleanser/Mask (1-2x per week)

  • Moisturize: None if rinsed with water, unless feeling dry OR Vanicream Moisturizing Skin Cream on my cheeks, nose, and chin.


  • Tretinoin Cream 0.025% every night.

    Occasionally Used:

  • Neutrogena Rapid Clear(BP) for active large pimples.

    Anything New: I am currently reducing(eventually to zero) an antidepressant, so hormonal changes will probably cause acne to pick up. I exercise regularly, drink approx. 3 liters of water every day, and eat very healthy.

    Location: Southern Maine region.

    Thank you for your help SCA World!
u/superkicksuz · 2 pointsr/lexapro

Hey there, sure I can let you know what worked for me. Just some set up- I've always had acne since a teen, now 30 years old (female), surface bumps, sure, but my the main bane of my existence was painful cystic acne. I'd always have a couple at various stages (since you know... you feel the big painful bumps coming in and it takes time to surface, then time to heal, so each one has a 2-4 week lifespan, ugh)

I've never used any prescription medication to address it, but I've tried any and all over the counter solutions. In the last year I found the following products that actually worked for me, hoping they might work for you but of course everyone is different:

  • LUSH Dark Angels Scrub - this really seemed to reduce the number of breakouts, not completely, but I did feel like I noticed some improvement. I use this 1-2 a week in the shower
  • Glossier Solution- I was always using toner, but this stuff changed my life. I noticed a flair up in small surface zits the first 2 weeks, almost like my skin was purging or something, but I hung in there and I have never had such clear skin in my life. I do get an occasional zit here or there, nothing like before though (usually around my period, not too uncommon). Again, not sure if this will work for everyone but it really changed the game for me. I use this every night before bed. Solution contains a particular 10% blend of three acid groups: Alpha Hydroxy Acid (AHA), Beta Hydroxy Acid (BHA), and Polyhydroxy Acid (PHA) -> you can google search for a dupe of this product, there's probably something with similar ingredients for less.
  • Vanicream Gentle Facial Cleanser - pretty cheap non-scented no frills cleaner. I use this with my Clairsonic after using the LUSH scrub in the shower
  • Clairsonic Brush - I got one of those vibrating brush doo-dads, you can certainly find cheaper alternatives, but this really helped me get that deeper clean.

    I'm locked into this routine because it's the only one that's ever worked for me. I know the Scrub and Solution toner can be a lil' pricey- I think you can request a sample of the scrub from a LUSH store for free. As for toner, before the Glossier one I was using this Nutrogena toner daily that sorta helped, better than nothing :)

    I think a reduction in dairy products has helped (which sucks cause I love cheese), as well as the increase in water.

    Good luck!!!

u/jrockgiraffe · 2 pointsr/SkincareAddiction

You could try albolene or vanicream.

You should also read this thread

u/Madky67 · 2 pointsr/SkincareAddiction

The dove soap bar is a cleanser and so is the panoxyl bp wash. I know this post is old and I really really hope you are doing well. It sounds like your skin is angry and being overworked. I would try vanicream cleanser, it's gentle. Vanicream Gentle Facial Cleanser for sensitive Skin with Pump Dispenser, 8 Fl Oz

I am a huge fan of hyaluronic acid, it's a humectant. I sweat easily especially from my face and when I have hyaluronic acid serum on my skin, it acts like a shield. Keeping in my oils and sweat and not letting anything into your skin except moisture. You just want to apply it to your face when it's damp after cleansing or you can use rose water. Then you can apply light moisturizer on top of it, if you want. I prefer water creams. 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

Benzoyl peroxide really irritates my skin and doesn't help my acne. I think the reason you are producing so much oil is that your skin is trying to heal it's skins barrier. Don't use hot or cold water on your face, both can aggravate your skin. You need to go back to the basics and nuture your skin and yourself.

u/felawful_ · 2 pointsr/SkincareAddiction

Looking to add TO Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1% to my routine to help with PIE/PIH. Where in my routine would I incorporate it?

Current routine for the last few months:

u/kalelust · 2 pointsr/SkincareAddiction

Anyone tried the Vanicream Gentle Skin Cleanser? I've recently tried the Cerave hydrating cleanser and Cetaphil gentle skin cleanser and both gave me a couple of hives. Not sure if they share ingredients that I'm allergic to or simply sensitive to. Anyway, I want to know if anyone has had luck with the Vanicream cleanser. I'm desperate for a truly gentle cleanser. I'd appreciate any recs

u/angeelah · 2 pointsr/VeganBeauty

Vanicream is CF & vegan, super gentle. I love their cleanser, lite lotion and regular lotion for those super dry days. Similar price point to cetaphil. I highly recommend!

Amazon link

u/Mallyn · 2 pointsr/keto

I like using Vanicream! It's been incredibly gentle on my sensitive skin, and it doesn't have tons of extra junk in it.

u/Naimad42 · 2 pointsr/SkincareAddiction

I'm guessing you are talking about the two Moisturizers? I only have two because one of them says it is for PM and for going to bed. So I was worried that it meant I couldn't use it in the AM after using a cleanser. Is the PM thing just marketing?

Edit: Fixed a Typo.

P.S. After looking at the AM they sell, it looks like they just added SPF. So I guess I'll just use the "PM" In the mornings with sunscreen. Instead of buying another moisturizer with SPF added.

Thanks for the tip on using SA for Acne over AHA. I might get both and play it by week for which one i'll use.


Another Edit: Do you think this SA is good enough ?

CeraVe Renewing SA Cleanser 8 oz Salicylic Acid Body Cleanser Normal Skin

u/gotohela · 2 pointsr/SkincareAddiction

Here are my suggestions:
AM Cleanse: [La Roche Posay Toleriane DermoCleanse]( or, my favorite Glossier Milky Jelly
Hydrating Toner: Thayer's Rose Petal
serum: The Ordinary makes awesome serums and explain a lot in the description boxes
moisturizer: Neutrogena HydroBoost Gel Cream
SPF Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Liquid
Oil/Balm Jojoba Oil, this one's currently unavailable, but any will do.
Micellar Water Garnier Micellar Water
Tougher Cleanser I prefer Cerave SA Wash because I always feel like I need a bit more oomph. Avoid foamy stuff, they'll dry out too much.
chemical exfoliant I like The Ordinary Glycolic Toner but I'm dry. The Generic of these Salicylic Acid (BHA) pads work better if you're oily.

u/throwaway975138 · 2 pointsr/SkincareAddiction

I have tried CeraVe Renewing SA Cleanser, is this what you'd recommend? I could try it again, it has been a while. I also have Cetaphil Exzema Calming Body Wash.

u/CinnaStacks · 2 pointsr/AsianBeauty

First of all, I am an employee at a major western beauty retailer in none other than the field of skin care. I am very familiar with ingredients and quite savvy at building skin care routines to fit my clients' needs... and I'm proud of it. That being said, I've found that many of the products my employer offers are too harsh or contain ingredients I don't agree with; in addition, we don't sell a huge variety of AB, at least not enough to satisfy my liking.

SOOOO, this is kind of new territory for me. I know one thing for a fact: I LOVE love LOVE snail. Below, I have a tentative list of AB products I have researched and have added to my cart and would love to hear from this community about my choices. I would love to hear recommendations as well. Below, I'll list the products by AM or PM routine (as I've planned).

A little background:

u/wambrita · 2 pointsr/ABraThatFits

Seriously, /r/AsianBeauty saved my skin.

I wash my face with Cosrx Hyaluronic Acid Hydra Foam Cleanser in conjuction with something called a Konjac sponge and then I follow up with the Cosrx AHA after. Then as a moisturizer -particularly under makeup- I use their Snail Mucen product. Also, sunscreen is super critical, it helps prevent your hyperpigmentation spots from getting darker. I'm not a fan of the western sunscreens, so I use Shiseido brand. The smell is different than the regular stuff we're used to but it's not unpleasant. And there's no need to buy the more expensive stuff, this works out really well.

The facewash I use has a slightly high pH level, and it's okay for me because I immediately put on the AHA after because it somehow cuts down the pH level. This lower pH face wash is what my daughter uses, and it does a good job, she started using it and the breakouts pretty much stopped, although she's apparently prone to blackheads on her nose so I got some BHA product for her, and I also got her a konjac sponge as well, so hopefully it provides her with some results. The sponge is super soft, but it does a surprisingly good job of exfoliating; without that feeling of scrubbing your skin with sandpaper. Heads up, with the konjac sponge there's lots of different ones out there and they pretty much work all the same; even the cheaper ones.

If you're gonna try exploring and experimenting with other products, be sure to try one product at a time, to make sure you don't have a reaction to it! Of course you probably already knew that, but I figured I'd throw that out there in case you didn't.

u/fireantdance · 2 pointsr/SkincareAddiction


How long is a purge period? Is my patch test even working?

I ordered Stratia Soft Touch 10% mandelic acid AHA. I've been using it once a week for the past month on the left side of my face.
Since it has tret and I don't want to destroy my moisture barrier, I stop using my Curology script the day before, of, and after on the left side of my face. I wonder if this is excessive?

My skin looks much better the day(s) after the AHA, but overall that side has more blemishes going on. I don't know if this is a reaction to the AHA (good or bad : purging or just disagreement) or a consequence of skipping the Curology? I've continued on the right side like normal (so, yeah, applying curology to just the right half my face like a weirdo.) I also don't know if I should be using the AHA more often? I'm not dried out or flaking.

I also added a cleanser CosRX Low pH Good Morning - patch testing on just the right side (I need a sunscreen, and to have a sunscreen I need a cleanser.) I'm using it (most) every night for about 20 days. The right side looks more or less the same...hard to really say, as I've always had closed comedones and some breakouts naturally. I don't think it's any worse off as a result of the cleanser? I will say my face feels a little "squeaky" when rinsing it off, but I wasn't using any cleanser before and I think that might just be what happens when I use a cleanser. I've never not had "squeaky." Anyway, during the rest of the day it isn't dry or flakey.

Is the cleanser maybe helping the right side to look better? Or is it the continual application of Curology?
Should I apply cleanser all over, and then also AHA on still just left side maybe twice a week for a couple more weeks to see how that goes?

edit : lol, patch test for 20 days, not 20 weeks.

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/seira_san · 2 pointsr/SkincareAddiction

You can use normal soap on the rest of your body, just not on your face. Use a facial wash for your face that has low pH e.g. Cosrx Good Morning Low PH Gel Cleanser, on top of the other examples mentioned by others :)

u/jiyounglife · 2 pointsr/AsianBeautyAdvice

Location: California, USA

Skin Type: Normal

Skin Concerns and goals Moisturize, glow, anti-aging

Allergies/irritants to avoid: High fragrance


u/pascalines · 2 pointsr/SkincareAddiction

I would forego the physical exfoliation cloth + African black soap, and replace with a low pH cleanser (to PlasticSquid's point, you don't want to use alkaline soaps on your skin!) and chemical exfoliation (gentler). For example, I use this Cosrx low pH cleanser:

I suggest exploring AHA/BHA exfoliation to clear closed comedones and ward off picking. A lot of people say to use BHA for pores but personally I find AHA does a much better job for me because it exfoliates the skin "trapping" my comedones and removes dead skin that would have created new ones. I'm using Mizon's 8% AHA, but there are tons of options.

Just make sure to use sunscreen every day! You didn't specify in your AM routine whether you're using sunscreen.

u/miscakes · 2 pointsr/SkincareAddiction

I would really recommend getting better face wash, especially since you're buying Paula's Choice which isn't cheap. Cheap face soap options:

  • CosRX low pH

  • Equate or Neutrogena Oil Free Acne Wash

  • Cetaphil

  1. Super Booster would go after face wash and before toner
  2. Yes, I would suggest using the AHA at night, but since you're using a sunscreen it's not as big of a deal. If not, it would go after the Super Booster and before the toner.
  3. These are great for acne that has it's head (i.e. extractable). They suck out most of the goo, no extraction required, overnight (but I extract first because I'm bad too!). Otherwise, you could reapply a little of the AHA as a spot treatment, or get a salicylic acid spot treatment.
  4. I would recommend repurchasing if it works for you until your skin is used to the new products. However, it looks like a relatively simple ingredients formula. I'm on the snail train with /r/AsianBeauty, you could look there for possible new moisturizers. I recently bought cosRX's Oil-Free Ultra-Moisturizing Lotion with Birch Sap which is a light moisturizer. You may want to look towards moisturizers with more humectant ingredients (more moisturizing) if your skin feels tight or dry.

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u/jv_level · 2 pointsr/SkincareAddiction

Hi and welcome! I tried answering earlier, but Reddit wasn't connecting for me. I know you already got some good advice from teddy, but in case you want more information or someone else it reading, here is what i wrote:

There are many things to help you on your quest for brightness! I got completely carried away here as this is the first comment I haven't address acne/dehydration in a looooooong time. Got a bit too excited looking at a different subject. So hopefully you find it helpful still!

First thing is that you definitely do NOT need to be washing your face 4 times per day plus the 1-2 extra times per week, which is what you would be doing with the two aveeno cleansers and Nip+Fab. In general, the best cleansers for your skin are pH-balanced (maintains your skin's acid mantle and general skin health) and are as gentle as possible. In basic routines, washing the skin is actually the most irritating step. For most people, washing their face as little as possible is best (barring things like getting physically covered in dirt). For example, with my drier skin I only wash my face with a cleanser about 3 times per week...I rinse with water in the mornings, and when I shower in the evening I do the oil cleanse method.

Second, if you are starting chemical exfoliation, you should be wearing sunscreen every day. UV still travels through the clouds and the sun still shines in winter! Glycolic and lactic acids make you sun sensitive so wearing a daily sunscreen is a necessity! (also I would take a look at EltaMD UV 46Spf. It has niacinamide which is good for evening skin tone...but it is a separate product rather than incorporated in your moisturizer).

So! What to do!

  1. The Aveeno cleanser isn't bad...I am slightly wary as it has added fragrance and sodium lauryl sulfate (and a bit of mica to make you sparkle. Just a bit! it's not glitter, but that's where the 'radiance' comes from I think), but it can definitely work for you. Alternatives: CosRx Good Morning Gel Cleanser (here), or the Innisfree Blueberry Cleanser (here). Or even just a basic CeraVe Foaming Cleanser. The CosRx has tea tree oil, so it might end up being too drying if you skin is sensitive to the tea tree.

  2. For your exfoliation, I would definitely go with a leave on product (either swipe pad-style or a serum). Washes tend to not be effective as they don't spend a long time on the skin. But if you are worried about the strength of a leave on product, do short-contact therapy and just rinse your face with water after 5-10min of applying your chemical exfoliant. Using a gentle chemical exfoliant will actually provide a more even exfoliation and is more gentle than physical scrubs, which are dependent on things like how hard you push on the skin and how wet your skin is while scrubbing. One very popular product to consider is the Neogen Gauze Peeling Pads (here). It's a very gentle chemical exfoliant on a double sided pad which gives you a bit of chemical, a bit of physical. It also comes in three 'flavors'. Other options: Nip + Fab 5% glycolic pads (here). Or for serum style, the is the 5 or 10% lactic acid serums from The Ordinary. Or it you want to spend A LOT of money...Sunday Riley Good Genes is a raved about product with lactic acid. Lactic acid is larger molecule size than glycolic, so it is more gentle...I would say the 10% would be on par with a 5-8% glycolic. For a gentle physical only exfoliant, I would look at the Skinfood Rice Wash Off here. The grains of the scrub are quite large and rice is supposedly a brightening ingredient! But you can also just use a cloth in the shower to physically exfoliate (remember! No more than 1-2 times per week!). When watching over over-exfoliation keep an eye out for lingering redness, stinging when you apply products, excess dryness and a general feeling of your skin being like 'plastic wrap'. Redness and irritation start first, so if that starts to linger, just stop exfoliating for a while and focus on moisturizing!

  3. The Kiehl's Vit C is a good starter Vit C. Just remember to put it on bare skin directly after cleansing and even before your chemical exfoliants if you happen to use them in the same day. Vit C. was my favorite powerhouse ingredient in terms of evening skin tone. I now use the Drunk Elephant Day-Firma, but it's a bit expensive for a first jump in.

  4. A good moisturizer in general will make your skin look healthier/brighter, so I do recommend moisturizing in the PM as well as the AM. A good moisturizer will also help you handle any irritation that might arise from exfoliation, cleanser, dry weather, etc.... Also, something with niacinamide specifically might provide more benefit. Options with niacinamide: CeraVe PM (oldie, but goodie!), Beaty of Joseon Dynasty Cream, CosRx Overnight Rice Spa Mask, Mizon black snail all in one cream, Ponds Clarant B3 (2 versions here I think, one for dry, one for oily skin).

    Absolutely optional things (getting deep into skincare addiction here)

    Niacinamide is another great product for evening out skin tone and helps with the appearance of wrinkles! It also improves ceramide production in the skin which strengthens your moisture barrier and can make your skin look more bouncy/healthy. I would consider a niacinamide serum...Something like Stratia Rewind (only available here on their website) or the Holy Snails Shark Sauce. They both have licorice root extract which helps with skintone as well.

    If you want another hit of licorice brightening, you can take a look at the Acwell 5.5 Licorice toner. This would be applied after your actives (chemical exfoliants/vitamin c), before serums and moisturizers. Some people do a '7-skin' method of layering on this type of hydrating toner to really give your skin a big drink of water! Of course you don't have to do a full seven layers, but even 2-3 might give you that extra little sumthin' sumthim' of bouncy, bright skin!

    Also First Treatment Essences...they are essentially very watery layers applied just after your actives, before toners. They contain a yeast extract that some absolutely people swear by to get dat glow! The classic here is the SK-II FTE, but it costs like a million bucks. The Missha FTE or the Secret Key Rose Edition are dupes. The CosRx Galatomyces 95 Whitening Power Essence is also similar (in asian brands they often use the word whitening in place of brightening..don't be alarmed, it is not a skin bleach!).


    Anyways, I'm rambling on now. I hope you find something useful in there! Remember, you know your skin best, so please ignore advice that won't work for you. Good luck!

    Edit: fixed link formatting!
u/That_Cupcake · 2 pointsr/AsianBeauty

Skin Type: Combo, NW15 (Ginger with freckles)

Colorado, US / Climate Type: Steppe (semi-arid)

Top Skin Concern: Dullness/aging/tired looking skin

Current Routine/Products I'm Using:


u/4b3ats · 2 pointsr/SkincareAddiction

Heya! I'm still a SCA newb, but I have similar skin to what you're decsribing, so I figured I'd throw in my two cents.

My skin is sensitive and dehydrated. It's not necessarily oily, though it can be (I have normal/combo skin). The first thing that was recommended to me was a low pH cleanser, like this. It shipped really quickly too, which was nice (and it was super affordable). Second, invest in a good light-weight moisturizer, like this.

Here's what my current routine looks like, and while I've only been doing it for a week (and have fiddled with it some), I can already feel a world of difference (see not so much, but that will come with time).

AM: rinse face off with water, Witch Hazel toner, spritz, and then maybe moisturize (I've been moisturizing in the morning every other morning).

PM: cleanse, Witch Hazel toner, exfoliate (using this BHA up, and then getting a better one) every other day, moisturize, sleep pack several times a week

u/Helen0rz · 2 pointsr/AsianBeauty

can someone please help me confirm if this is the [current packaging] ( to Hada Labo's foaming wash? A friend is going to pick up some stuff for me there soon and I want to be able to provide pictures for her so she doesn't have to hunt things down

also, what are the difference between these 3 Heroine mascara? One is the film version that's supposedly easier to remove, but I'm confused about the regular looking one and the one that says something like version 3?

version 3?



u/blobasaur · 2 pointsr/SkincareAddictionUK

If you’re open to using Asian skincare products, they have tons of gentle/low ph ones! I use the Hada Labo Foaming Cleanser which I buy off Amazon UK you can also head over to r/AsianBeauty and search for low ph cleansers if you’re interested!

u/EasyToLearnName · 2 pointsr/AsianBeauty

On a side note for any New Yorkers and those visiting New York City...

I just heard about Teso Life from a post yesterday on this subreddit, and I checked it out today. It’s like a mini Mitsuwa marketplace!! Has all things Japanese — skincare, foods, etc.

Price wise, at least for Hada Labo products, there is a $1~$2 markup. I think this is fair considering NYC rent, and how shipping from Japan takes forever and usually costs money.

For example, Amazon Cleansing Foam Price , is $10. And it’s $11.99 in store.

Yeah... those are my two cents for anyone curious.

u/TigerLady-TX · 2 pointsr/30PlusSkinCare

You want this:

Hada Labo Japan Gokujyun Hyaluronic Acid Moisture Bubble Foaming Cleanser 160ml

u/gabpaloma · 2 pointsr/glossier

I agree! I noticed this when I couldn't find my MJC for a week and noticed that my skin felt more ~dehydrated than usual. I recommend the Hada Labo Hyaluronic Foaming Cleanser or Senka Perfect Whip if you're on the lookout for something similar. Does a slightly better job with removing makeup too!

u/haras8534 · 2 pointsr/SkincareAddiction

If it’s this one, I have been eying it up. It’s in my amazon cart and I am ordering it this coming payday 😜

u/essenceofLLAMA · 2 pointsr/AsianBeauty

I'm sorry to hear you had a reaction to the Hada Labo Gokujyun Foaming Face Wash - I found it drying as well, but didn't have that same reaction. I did recently have a reaction to the Biore UV Watery Essence sunscreen (I'm thinking maybe it was the citrus extracts?), and it took me about 3-4 days to get back to normal-ish and about a week to 10 days to fully recover. I went super boring on my recovery routine:

  • La Roche-Posay Toleriane Hydrating Gentle Cleanser (non-foaming, pH 5.5)

  • Hada Labo Gokujyn Hyaluronic Acid Lotion (both applied directly to skin and the cotton square masking technique, pH 5.5)

  • Sebamed Clear Face Care Gel (pH 5.5)

  • Mizon Snail Recovery Gel Cream (pH 5.5)

  • Vaseline as an occlusive at night

  • No actives and no sunscreen (partially because I was traumatized by sunscreen and unsure of what ingredient(s) gave me the reaction, and partially because I didn't think my skin could handle double cleansing to remove the sunscreen if I wore it)

    It can and will get better!

    I recently went through and re-pH-tested a bunch of my products, after reading Snow's blog post on the disappointment and betrayal of product reformulation, and I got the same result that you did on the Hada Labo Gokujyun Foaming Face Wash! pH = 7, with or without water mixed in (my tap water has a pH of 7)! I'll have to go home and check the expiration date/location of manufacture, but I ordered my Hada Labo Foaming Face Wash on Amazon on October 18, 2017 and received it on October 24, 2017.

    When/where did you buy yours? I posted about this in the Daily Help Thread on November 15, 2017, hoping to see if anyone else had the same experience as me. I wonder if there are more of us...
u/justdoingmytime · 2 pointsr/AsianBeauty

Hi everyone! I'm very new to AB and after reading through many guides and articles, I created my first routine, and it's made up of the basics (since you guys said to limit your haul to 4-5 items), I have these items in my amazon cart ready to go, but I wanted to get a second opinion!

Skin Type: Dry/Acne-Prone | Country/Climate I'm in: Seattle - Rainy and Cold | Top Skin Concern: PIH/Acne


u/sweetsumatra · 2 pointsr/SkincareAddiction

I’m going through the same thing with my cleanser and just switched to a low pH cleanser. Already helping a lot. Probably one of the most important steps. CeraVe has great low pH cleansers that I would suggest.

CeraVe Hydrating Facial Cleanser 16 oz for Daily Face Washing, Dry to Normal Skin

u/Adidasbitch · 2 pointsr/SkincareAddiction

CeraVe Hydrating Facial Cleanser 16 oz for Daily Face Washing, Dry to Normal Skin

Here you go! :)

u/flapjackKing · 2 pointsr/SkincareAddiction

I use this cleanser in the morning, followed up moisturizer and sometimes sunscreen. Then I repeat at night.

u/Lutya · 2 pointsr/SkincareAddiction

As a tip, the only benzoyl peroxide I can find that I like is the “moisturizer” in the AcneFree sensitive skin kit. I buy the kit for $20 and toss everything but the last step. I think Paula’s Choice makes a decent one but buy the 2.5% one. The clear series version is very harsh to start.

Here is my routine if it helps you. Please keep in mind that using an AHA and a BP might be really harsh on your skin. But after a lot of trial and error, this is my go-to routine.

CeraVe Foaming Facial Cleanser

COSRX AHA 7 Whitehead Power Liquid

AcneFree 3 Step Acne Treatment Kit for Sensitive Skin - just use the 3rd step - Benzoyl Peroxide Lotion

CeraVe Daily Moisturizing Lotion

u/0unique_username0 · 2 pointsr/BipolarReddit

For sure. I've been trying different products for about 6 months now using the SCA routine guidelines. It's a great sub & I've learned a lot about skincare from it. Apologies for my formatting, on mobile. Keep in mind that skincare is not one size fits all. Always patch test, go slow & only change one product at a time so you know which product is causing a particular effect. I also wish I had taken a proper before picture to help measure my results.

My current routine:
Am - rinse with lukewarm water, dry & apply micellar water using a cotton round wait 5 minutes for it to absorb then apply moisturizer. Apply sunscreen, CeraVe makes a lotion with sunscreen too

PM - Wash with a gentle cleanser. At first I used Cetaphil because it is super gentle but I've now stepped up to CeraVe Foaming Facial Cleanser Next I use the red box Stridex wipes to exfoliate I let that soak into my face for 20-30 minutes. The I use a benzoyl peroxide as a spot treatment to help dry up postules Note that as low as 3% is as effective as 10% and doesn't dry out your skin as much. I already had the persa gel when I found out & it doesn't dry my skin too much so I'm using it all up before trying something else. After the benzoyl peroxide has set for a few minutes I moisturize using CeraVe PM Lotion Both the CeraVe face wash & PM lotion have niancinamide which seems to be working well with my face. Overall I have been satisfied with CeraVe products. I've used some of The Ordinary line & loved them but it seems they are always out of stock so I gave up. Their azaliac acid & glycol toner worked great for me.

I'm far from an expert but feel free to pm me if you have any questions. I know all to well how much acne can really weigh someone down & I'm happy to help. Good luck!

u/zonules_of_zinn · 2 pointsr/CrohnsDisease

if you're still on prednisone, well, there's your acne cause. 100%

whenever i go on bowel rest (i.e. stop eating food and just drink fluids), my skin clears up beautifully. i'm not sure if it's simply the extra hydration, or if i have dietary triggers. dairy and greasy foods have a reputation for causing acne, but i haven't read any science on that. (props on the vegan diet!) wash your face after you eat, if you get food stuffs or grease around your face. i use this, though there's also a foaming version that lots of people like.

wear sunscreen. hydrate by drinking lots of water and applying moisturizer. this stuff is good. with the pump so you don't get weird crap in your lotion. wear sunscreen.

these product recommendations are pretty reliably loved by r/skincareaddiction. good ingredients, unscented, work to rebuild your skin's protective barrier against infection and inflammation. but everyone is different, so ymmv of course.

also, i'm a huge fan of curology. it's 20 bucks a month. you send pictures of your face and problem areas, and a dermatologist is basically of at your beck and call to answer all your questions online. you get a prescription face cream to use every night, and recommendations for products, routines, etc. the prescription creams almost all use tretinoin, which treats acne and signs of aging. (wear suncreen!) but you'd probably get some other antibacterial and anti-inflammatory ingredients as well.

u/Jocko-podcast · 2 pointsr/askwomenadvice

Honestly thats understandable, but from my 10 years of trial and error i found that its never provides a consistent complexion. Changing variables such as diet, vitamins, sleep, water, non-comedogenic products, washing 1x daily , twice daily, not at all seem to always lead be back to square one.


I hate using chemical products as well but, the chemicals provide reliability. This is what I use now. keep in mind that this regimen i got 95% clear consistently, quit because i thought i didnt need it anymore. only have the nightmares bumps come back and have to go through the whole process again. which put me back 4 months just to get clear again. And I did this 4 times, dumb me...


1, cerave foaming face cleanser

2. paula choice salicydic acid

3. benzyl peroxide gel

4. cerave nightime pm moisturizer stacked with cerave moisturizing cream.

5 paula choice aha gel for exfoliation.



Use 1,2,3 wait 10 mins, then 4 day time

then at night or when u take shower use 1,2,3,5,


Good luck.


links below





heavy moisturuzier



u/AvenueNick · 2 pointsr/Minoxbeards

Sorry, I didn’t see a notification for your comment.

CeraVe Hydrating Facial Cleanser is what I use.

It’s kind of weird as it feels like I’m washing my face with lotion since it doesn’t foam, but that’s a good thing as foaming cleansers are harsh and leave skin feeling dry. This is due to those cleansers generally having a higher pH level.

The CeraVe cleanser is pH balanced (around 5.5). This is important because our skin has a natural pH range between 4 and 6. Using a cleanser that’s pH balanced avoids temporarily raising your skin’s pH level. Bacteria thrives at the neutral pH of 7, so the lower the pH of your skin, the better off your skin is at fighting that bacteria.

Source: My girlfriend is an esthetician and she is always on me about taking care of my skin. Apparently there are a lot of terrible products on the market.

u/kbyee · 2 pointsr/SkincareAddicts

Get gentle unscented face wash and gentle unscented moisturizer. “For all skin types” these are the best available in my opinion.

CeraVe Hydrating Facial Cleanser 16 oz for Daily Face Washing, Dry to Normal Skin

CeraVe Daily Moisturizing Lotion 12 oz with Hyaluronic Acid and Ceramides for Normal to Dry Skin

u/mairhi · 2 pointsr/SkincareAddiction

I completely second a fragrance free shave cream/soap, as well as the hyaluronic acid moisturizer afterwards. Here are some products I've used and highly recommend:

Kiss My Face Moisture Shave (Unscented) - Lathers great, non drying, very slick
Hada Labo Gokujyun Hyaluronic Lotion - Wonderful after a shave; doesn't sting in the least. Non-greasy, liquidy gel-like. If you have more dry skin, a drop or two of your fave oil (I like sea buckthorn, argan, or rosehip) mixed in is great.

These are creamy/non-foaming face washes, but double wonderfully as a shave lotion. Both unscented:

CeraVe Hydrating Facial Cleanser
Neutrogena Ultra Gentle Hydrating Cleanser



u/MissplacedLandmine · 1 pointr/SkincareAddiction

How long do purges last? I never realllly used sin care stuff and after like 2 and a half weeks withthe weird sponge and the cerva thing for oilly skin my forehead and cheeks look worse than they ever have?

I just had a couple pimples and oilly skin before nowwwww i look like i need skin care.

CeraVe Foaming Facial Cleanser 16...

It seemed fine until i started just using it in the shower instead of re washing my face in the sink after my shower

Kinda at a loss here :/

u/throwaway232344123 · 1 pointr/SkincareAddiction (album with 3 pictures)

Any ideas what this could be or what is causing it? Has been a problem for a while but just recently started trying to fix it.

Using CeraVe Hydrating Facial Cleanser 2x a day (morning and night)

and aftershave when I shave (every other day)

also use head and shoulders for to treat dandruff which works well

u/cinderflight · 1 pointr/SkincareAddiction

Hello! I have suddenly developed some deep pimples(?)/bumps on my cheeks that have some pus if forcibly extracted. The bumps do not have a typical "head/center" like common pimples, and they have been on both of my cheeks for ~2-3 weeks. They also tend to form "clusters/groups" on both cheeks. What should I do to treat/prevent this issue?

My skin is combinational, with my T-zone being oily and my cheeks being usually a little on the dry side. My current routine is using the following:

> Cleanser 1: KOSE SOFTYMO Speedy Cleansing Oil

> Cleanser 2: CeraVe Foaming Facial Cleanser

> Exfoliator: Stri-dex Pads Maximum Strength only for nighttime

> Moisturizer: Elizavecca Aqua Hyaluronic Acid Water Drop Cream

Due to using moisturizer, my cheeks are not as dry as before and I have been using this routine for ~1 year without any major issues. I do not recall adding or removing anything new in the recent past. I currently live in the USA.

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/jgeeeeeeee · 1 pointr/SkincareAddiction

Hey! The one thing I wish I knew when I was a teenager was to stop using the harsh stuff specifically made for acne. The proactive is probably irritating your skin and causing more acne, especially since you said you have dry skin. I whole heartedly believe the more simple the routine, the better. Acne is really just caused by dirty/dehydrated skin. Once the acne is there, it can be treated with certain harsher topicals, but starting with a routine that will gently clean your skin and keep it hydrated will keep the acne popping up in the first place.

tbh I would trash the proactive and that neutrogena moisturizer. I've used both, Proactive ruined my skin and that moisturizer didn't moisturize nearly enough for me. I would get the cerave foaming face wash and the cerave daily moisturizing lotion. I was having skin issues last year and started using just these two products and my skin made huuuuuge improvements. I still use them daily. (I'm only 22 btw) Moisturizing is really the key to clear skin.

Also, I know this is super annoying to hear, but just drink a shit ton of water. It's the easiest thing you can do to help your skin and it truly does make a difference. If you can, stay away from dairy. Dairy is literally just loaded with cow hormones meant for a baby cow to grow. Humans don't need cow hormones, and thats why dairy makes a lot of people break out (including me) but thats a rant for another time.

Hope this helps!!

u/Rogue_Glory · 1 pointr/SkincareAddiction

Haha the rest of me is going through a rough time as well xD Should I switch up my cleanser as well? I was just looking at this CeraVE cleanser

u/darth_advocate · 1 pointr/Random_Acts_Of_Amazon

I'm not entering my own contest but here's my routine:

  1. I wake up in the morning, wipe my face down with Simple Micellar Water Wipes or a cotton pad with either Rosehip Micellar Water or Tea Tree Micellar Water I found at Ross for stupid cheap.

  2. I tone my face with a cotton pad and Thayer's Alcohol Free Rose Petal Witch Hazel

  3. I apply a Salicylic Acid Spot Treatment (product varies)

  4. I apply a Hylauric Acid and Vitamin C Serum (I found mine at Ross for stupid cheap)

  5. I'm moisturizing right now with DermaE Brightening Day Cream that I also found at Ross for stupid cheap. Otherwise I use Cerave Moisturizing Cream or this stuff I saw at Ulta and bought.

    Then I prime and apply makeup as normal.

    At the end of the day I:

  6. Remove makeup with the Simple wipe linked in 1.

  7. Wash my face with Cerave Foaming Facial Cleanser or DermaE Anti Wrinkle Cleanser that I got on clearance at Ulta.

    Repeat 2-5 and go to bed.

    Sometimes I do sheet masks and Indian Clay masks with ACV.

    I wanna start going to the sauna at my gym once a week too for happy skin.
u/RobotMorty · 1 pointr/beyondthebump

I use this and it's the only thing that worked for me. I had oily acne prone skin too.

u/mateoenfuego · 1 pointr/Accutane

Sooo these are just suggestions 😁 you could pick one from each category...or just do it however you'd like lol



CeraVe Hydrating Facial Cleanser 16 oz for Daily Face Washing, Dry to Normal Skin


"after shave":

this shit is AMAZZZZZING
seriously if you get NOTHING else, I'd say get this Paula's Choice toner. It feels like you're extinguishing a fire when you put it on (pour it into your palms and lightly pat on your face...then do it again).

Paula's Choice-SKIN RECOVERY Calming Toner-for Sensitive Facial Skin and Dry, Rosacea Prone Skin-Reduces Redness and Fine Lines-1-6.4 oz Bottle

HADALABO Gokujun Hyaluronic Lotion Moist

Bioderma Sensibio Moisturizing Toner for Normal to Dry Sensitive Skin



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

Skinfix Gentle Lotion - Fragrance Free - 12 oz

CeraVe Facial Moisturizing Lotion AM 3 oz

Squalane Oil is terrific. Yes, it's oil, so you may be apprehensive, but it's an oil that your body produces naturally and it absorbs extremely well and quickly. Next to the PC toner above, this is probably my most useful product. (It's way cheaper on their website directly btw.)
Always apply any oil after everything else (except sunscreen, which must always go last).

The Ordinary 100% Plant-derived Squalane 30ml


POSSIBLE treatment:

I don't use any topical treatments for acne per se, but here is one you could certainly try (sparingly):

The Ordinary Salicylic Acid 2% Solution (30ml)


Sunscreen (mandatory! 😁):

Cotz Spf 40 UVB/UVA Sunscreen for Sensitive Skin, 3.5 Ounce

CeraVe Facial Moisturizing Lotion AM 3 oz


Hope this helps!! :)

u/bekahfromspace · 1 pointr/SkincareAddiction

Your skin is very sensitive and you should never use scrubs or vinegar, they only act as irritants will make your skin irritated and flare up with more acne.

With combination skin this means you are both dry and dehydrated. Basically this means that you need to moisturize the fuck out of your skin.

Don't go anywhere near anything with alcohol in it as that is going to act as an irritant as well. Rehabilitating your skin needs to be handled gently and will take a bit of time but trust me, the patience is worth it.

You want to start out with a gentle cleanser and a gentle, hydrating moisturizer. Cetaphil products have alcohol in them and will only harm your skin.

Try the CeraVe Hydrating Facial Cleanser, or Cosrx Low PH Good Morning Gel Cleanser (you can use it any time). My preference is for the Cosrx as it has some tea tree in it that is super soothing for the skin. Both can be found on Amazon and depending where you are, you may be able to find CeraVe in a drug or grocery store.

For a moisturizer I would definitely check out the Cosrx Oil Free Ultra Moisturizing Lotion with Birch Sap for the mornings and the Hada Labo Gokujyun Super Hyaluronic Acid Hydrating Lotion for night. The Cosrx is going to keep you hydrated during the day without feeling heavy on the skin which is perfect if you're using makeup. The Hado Labo is basically the best thing on the planet for anyone. It's great for all skin types and the addition of the hyaluronic acid is great for trapping moisture in your skin overnight and it helps with anti-aging. Both can be found on Amazon.

If you're wearing makeup you need to find a good cleanser that isn't going to strip you of the natural oils you need or be too rough on your skin. Oil cleansing with Jojoba oil is good, but I really think you should look into using Rice Water. It's super gentle and takes the makeup off without stripping your skin and won't leave you feeling dry and tight. Some people like to cleanse with the oil and just wipe everything off, but I like to gently cleanse to make sure I'm getting all the oils, make up, and general dirt that accumulates on your skin throughout the day.

There are other steps and products you can add that will help but this is a good starting point.

Please check out Renee a.k.a. Gothamista on Youtube. She discusses products that are best in each category, and most importantly what's best for each skin type. My skin has been absolutely perfect ever since finding her:

PRODUCTS(pretty much everything in my skin care routine comes from Amazon but they can be found elsewhere):

CeraVe Hydrating Cleanser:

Cosrx Good Morning Cleanser:

Cosrx Moisturizing Lotion with Birch Sap:

Hada Labo Gokujyun Super Hyaluronic Lotion:

The Face Shop Rice Water Cleanser:

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/fetalstar · 1 pointr/SkincareAddiction


I've been lurking on this subreddit for a few months, and while it's helped me put together a routine, I feel like there's more I can do to improve my skin!

To start, here are some pictures!

I'm 31 (32 soon!), and I THINK I have normal/dry skin. Sometimes it feels tight or flaky in the morning, before I wash and moisturize. Overall my face is soft, but there's a tiny bit of roughness. I have the occasional breakout (around nose/chin), but it's never more than one or two whiteheads, and they usually go away after a few days.

My main concern is REDNESS, as well as whatever's going on with my forehead.

The pictures are after I've been up for a while, before I wash my face. This is about how my face looks normally, and I'd really like to reduce the blotches and have a more even skintone. My forehead is a little bumpy, with red spots.

Here's my routine!


Splash some cold water

[MILK Makeup Matcha Toner

Mario Badescu Rosewater Spray

Cerave PM
(Brush teeth while it dries)

Shiseido Senka Aging Care UV Sunscreen SPF50+ PA++++


Cerave Hydrating Facial Cleanser

MILK Makeup Matcha Toner

Stridex Red (Brush teeth while it dries)

Mario Badescu Rosewater Spray

LUSH Full of Grace serum

Cerave PM

Every once in a while I'll use the FOMO jelly mask from LUSH.
I also have this diy mask powder from WitchBaby that I haven't tried yet, but I was thinking about mixing it with Aloe.

I used the Mario Badescu Drying Lotion like, once. It didn't really do much for the pimple I had, but it could be because it rubbed off. Maybe I'd have better luck if I slapped a hydrocolloid bandage over it after it dries?

I WAS mixing Acure Seriously Soothing Blue Tansy Night Oil (new formula) with my moisturizer for a couple weeks, and it made my face feel GREAT, but I started getting more breakouts than usual, in spots that I don't normally break out.

I also tried using CosRX AHA 7 Whitehead Power Liquid every other day (alternating with Stridex Red) for about a month, and stopped because I didn't see much difference and I got tired of waiting 20mins to finish my routine.

I've been doing this since early January, and I haven't really seen much improvement. I really like to keep things simple (my PM routine is already on that border of being too much!), so I'd rather replace parts of my routine with things that could work out better, than add to it, unless it's super necessary.

I'm thinking about replacing the Matcha toner (which is kind of meh to me) and the MB spray with some Thayer's witch hazel (cucumber or rose?). I really like the MB spray because it makes it easier to apply moisturizer, but if I can do the same thing with Thayer's (in a spray bottle) then it'd be nice to combine the two steps into one product. And it'd be cheaper!

I'd like to add some sort of oil (rosehip seed? squalane?) that I can just mix with my moisturizer. I liked doing it with the Acure, but something about it broke me out.

I was also considering using Azelaic Acid instead of Stridex. If I did that, my choices would be either TO or Melazepam since I'm in the US.

I was also looking into the possibility of using Curology as a way to just mix all that good stuff into one product.

I'm very lazy.

Anyways, this ended up being REALLY long! I probably should have made this its own post, but I figured I'd try the daily help thread first!

Thanks for any advice!

u/throwaway123rq2 · 1 pointr/SkincareAddiction

My current routine has been to use Cerave facial cleanser ,Cerave SA cream, and Cerave Moisturizing lotion+sunscreen. In the A.M. I apply the cleanser, exfoliant, wait for the exfoliant to dry out and then apply some moisturizer.In the P.M. I apply the cleanser and moisturizer, then right before I sleep I put on some more facial cleanser.This routine has worked for me for the past month up until last week, when I started realizing I got a little more prone to breakouts. I'm just looking for routine advice. Anything would be highly appreciated.

u/zascar · 1 pointr/SkincareAddiction

Help with a full routine please? I've basically never had one before bar occasional moisturiser use. Male 38, very pale skin - mostly OK - I get a few odd spots but nothing like I was younger. Mainly I have some red marks on my cheeks, dark circles under my eyes and lots of blackheads around my nose. My skin is slightly dry and sensitive. I've just started using Differin from my doctor which is great so far. I need a daytime moisturiser with spf, a night cream, probably a facial cleanser, also I was wondering should I use an AHA or BHA? Can anyone advise please?

I've been looking at Cerave but happy to consider other If better value.

Here is what I'm thinking of buying:

u/Hotpwnsta · 1 pointr/malefashionadvice

Whatever you prefer! I've seen people just use one or pick a combo like use this during the day, this to cleanse, and this at night. I'd just start with the lotion or regular cream (not night cream) and see how it does then expand your arsenal from there.

u/MangoWhoDidNotLive · 1 pointr/SkincareAddiction

Skin type: oily(?)
current routine: moisturizer on affected area every morning and night [tried out cerave daily moisturizer lotion, and now trying out cerave pm facial moisturizing lotion]

So a bit of background, I always had a dark patch on my face just under my lip, which you can slightly see here

I decided to try to combat my acne by using products such as [paula's choice BHA]
cerave hydrating facial cleanser and cerave daily moisturizer lotion

but then eventually the dark patch on my skin got really dehydrated (? I'm only saying it's dehydrated because of how it's all dark and textured is because of how its all gray and textured, although I dont know if it is infact dehydrated or something else)

I didnt know what was causing this to occur so I stopped using all my products and although all my acne came back the dry patch stayed [I stopped using products for a little under 2 months until I succumbed to the temptation to use the earlier mentioned moisturizers on that area] I honestly dont know what to do at this point, I know the FAQ says that after you feel like you've tried everything it's time to see a dermatologist, but I'm hoping someone has experience with this to help me, I dont know what exactly I should be looking under because on the surface it looks like really dehydrated skin but maybe I should be looking under a different topic? or should I just go off and head to the nearest dermatologist asap?

u/mich1331 · 1 pointr/RandomActsofMakeup

Skin care:
My MUST have is a face wash and lotion by CeraVe. Never heard of it before until my dermatologist suggested it. I have annoyingly sensitive skin, most face washes cause peeling after several uses but this is perfect. The face wash I use, is perfect for daily use and is great for removing face make up. And I never EVER leave without my night moisturizer and lets be honest, I use it in the AM as well and it's perfect, within a few minutes it is completely absorbed and it doesn't feel like there's anything on your face. (They're body lotions good as well)

u/xX_Justin_Xx · 1 pointr/Random_Acts_Of_Amazon

junkyard dogs!! I need this Cerave facial wash. I have really sensitive skin and my face gets this redness on my cheeks if I use regular face wash. my dermatologist told me to use this stuff and I have been using it for about a year now and it is great!

u/agristew · 1 pointr/SkincareAddiction

I keep it very simple. I used to think I had very oily, acne-prone skin. Found out it was actually dehydrated instead. Made the switch from oil-removing products to moisturizing ones and its made a HUGE difference! Here's my routine now:

Am- rinse skin with water and apply [nivea daily lotion for dry and sensitive skin] ( followed by [biore uv perfect face milk spf 50+++] (

PM- cleanse with [cervae foaming cleanser] ( (might switch to gentler formula after I'm finished this one), then maybe apply vit-c serum (I use [this ole henricksen one] (, free sample!) and finish with [nivea aqua effect nourishing night creme] (

EDIT: Another important step I now take is removing my makeup as soon as I get home from work, before I work out. I use [these exfoliating facial wipes] ( that give me daily gentle exfoliation and some hydration.

u/privatecaboosey · 1 pointr/SkincareAddiction

I have skin that is probably more oil prone than yours, but with significant dry patches that flake off at the hint of a cool fall breeze.

A simple routine is probably a good bet, but you will want to patch test one product at a time. It appears you're already using a cleanser, so I would target the moisturizer issue first. For daily moisturizers, I like Cerave in the tub. For the coldest of winter months, I actually caved and bought the German formulation of Nivea creme (the kind in the blue tin). My skin is extremely sensitive to anything remotely comodogenic, and the American version has some mildly comodogenic stuff in it as I recall. If your skin is less sensitive than mine, the American version will likely suit you just fine. During cold winter months, I apply it at night after my regular moisturizer and I wake up without the flakes.

After moisturizers, I would probably test an AHA. I like the Alpha Hydrox swipes, but they can be too intense for someone who hasn't used a glycolic treatment before. You would probably want the Alpha Hydrox enhanced lotion which has a lower concentration. Start off sparingly, maybe once a week, and be sure to follow with the Cerave once it sinks in.

Finally, I prefer a mild cleanser that can de-slick my oil without drying out my skin. I've had very, very good luck with the Cerave foaming face wash.

The main problem right now seems that your skin is very dry. The flaking and peeling is a larger, worse symptom than the shiny, oily parts.

What moisturizer are you using?

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/Pufflekun · 1 pointr/oculus

> buy a good face cleanser to remove excess oils

CeraVe makes an incredibly effective cleanser that's also incredibly cheap. That $10 bottle will last you ages.

Check out /r/skincareaddition if you want to put together an easy skincare regimen.

u/mlcathcart · 1 pointr/Random_Acts_Of_Amazon

I've had acne since I was like 13, and at 25 I've finally started to get a handle on it. I use CeraVe cleanser and moisturizer, Red stridex pads, and use that Aztec clay mask with AC vinegar once a week, and spot treat with benzoyle peroxide (sparingly) and sometimes those pimple patches. I don't really have an embarrassing story just constant self-consciousness and humiliation all throughout high school and college because of it haha. Still get acne (damn that adult acne!), But I'm doing my best to keep it under control.

link to something on my list. I've always used the gel CeraVe cleanser and always wanted to try the foaming cleanser but never got around to it.

Edit: /r/skincareaddiction saved my skin!

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/oliverbj · 1 pointr/SkincareAddiction

Hi there.
I could really use some help getting started with a routine; I've read the sidebar and been on and read quite a lot there about my skintypes and such - but I still feel that this is quite a jungle with a lot of different pitfalls.

Some basic information about me: 21 year old, male, combination skin.

My current routine:

AM: Use a cleanser (with a cotton pad) after waking up, to cleanse my face.

PM: Same as in the morning - clean my head with a cleanser (using a cotton pad).

This is the cleanser I've been using: TEA TREE FACIAL TONER from TheBodyShop

So, obviously my current routine is not enough, as my skin is acting all crazy and has been for quite a few months now.

Can anybody help me on the right path here? Maybe tell me what products to avoid and which one that would suit me?

I've been looking at this:

Clean the skin: [Bioderma Sebium H2O Micelle Solution]

Cleanser: CeraVe Foaming Facial Cleanser

Exfoliater: Alpha Hydrox Oil-Free Formula

Moisturizing: Moisturizing Cream from CeraVe

Sunscreen: Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Dry-Touch Sunblock, SPF 30, 3 Fluid

How does that look? Any advice is greatly appreciated!


u/bqk178 · 1 pointr/SkincareAddiction

I have been using CeraVe Foaming Cleanser for over half a year now alongside with my regimen (Paula's Choice 2% BHA for exfoliation and CeraVe Moisturizer) and recently, I've noticed that after using the cleanser, the skin on my face get really dry and irritated. I usually use it while showering in the morning and also at night before bed. I have tried lowering the temperature of the water and putting a lighter touch on my face but the result is still the same. Is it the cleanser's fault? Should I find a newer cleanser?

u/pastapastas · 1 pointr/SkincareAddiction

Bought the Face Shop Rice Water Bright Cleansing Rich Oil and recently started used it for double cleansing (followed it with my usual face wash, TonyMoly Goat Milk Cream Foam Cleanser if it matters). Not sure if I was doing it right, but I got a break out after two days!

I do randomly get break outs every now and then so I wasn't sure if it was due to the product. I kept using it and after what's now been about a week, the initial breakout died down and nothing has happened since.

[I realize that I bought the "rich" version instead of the "light" version, which I think I should have bought, since my skin leans towards oily.]


My Questions:

  1. Should I try a new oil cleanser, or do you think that since the acne has died down it might have been coincidental?

  2. How do I know if a product breaks me out?




    I'm considering either the light version, or the Hadalabo Gokujun Cleansing Oil if I do buy a new one.

    If you think it would be helpful for me to post my entire routine I wouldn't mind!
u/cagedgirllane · 1 pointr/Random_Acts_Of_Amazon

Oil cleanser! It's become my new favorite necessity. I use this one because it's hard to find one without mineral oil which I have a bad reaction to. It seriously has been a huge game changer for me because it can remove even the most stubborn makeup and sunscreen so easily. I never realized how much products were not being fully removed.

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/imran81222 · 1 pointr/SkincareAddiction

Hado Labo Cleansing Oil.

Check this out at
ROHTO Hadalabo Gokujun Cleansing Oil 200ml

u/ZangeonS · 1 pointr/AsianBeauty

Thanks for the response! I've looked through most of the threads and they were extremely useful! Here is what I've decided on as my first haul:

u/ORANGESNAPDRAGON · 1 pointr/SkincareAddiction

I've used oil cleansing with both Paula's Choice BHA and AHA with no adverse effects. Because the oil wipes your face clean, and then you use the acids afterwards on fresh skin.

Here's another great resource for more information on OCM, and it's what convinced me to jump in. She outlines the basic reason behind why OCM is so popular and gives some great recommendations on how to start. It's worth noting that many cultures around the world have used oils on their faces for centuries if not longer. It's really only within the last 100 years that we started formulating all these different types of products which are vastly different from what humans have used for hygiene purposes before the rise of modern industrialization.

I've become a huge proponent of OCM, and at first I did mess around with a bunch of different blends but I've realized that I can just slather on olive oil or whatever I happen to have around the house without any sensitivities or pore blockages (with the exception of coconut oil, which can be highly comodogenic for some people, and I just don't want to risk it). Basically you have tons of choices with lots of room for customization to your skin type and skin concerns! You could also buy an oil blend like this one by Hada Labo, which is what I'm currently using and I've almost emptied it. I really like this formulation because the oil emulsifies very easily, so I can just rinse it off with water and not have to bother with a wash cloth. I use it everyday, and almost nothing else has been so effective for removing my sunscreen and makeup, even waterproof mascara.

Here's my PM step-by-step routine if you're curious:

  • Without splashing water on my face, use one pump of the Hada Labo cleansing oil to gently massage all over my skin, loosening sunscreen and makeup. I like to do this for at least one full minute. I used to do the oil massage and then place a warm wet wash cloth over my face, which gives a nice spa treatment effect by softening the makeup even more and allowing the oil to penetrate more deeply. Now, I find that's not really necessary. I rinse off with water, and sometimes repeat with another pump of oil just to be safe. I don't use a toner or anything because the oil just gets every speck off.

  • If I have any active breakouts, I'll spot treat with diluted tea tree oil.

  • Then, I spread one pump of Paula's choice 8% AHA over my face but avoid the areas where I just dabbed tea tree oil, because that's too harsh all at once. I use the AHA at night because it increases sun sensitivity, and I use the BHA in the mornings.

  • Wait 15-20 minutes for product to sink in. While I'm waiting I usually pat on some eye cream and moisturize the rest of my body.

  • Use a nice moisturizer. Even for oily-skinned people, I cannot stress the importance of moisturizer. Despite being oily skinned at the beginning of my skin journey, I can use OCM and then use a rich cream as moisturizer or another kind of oil as a moisturizer without feeling overly greasy. My skin has never been more balanced, I haven't had to use anything to blot in ages. I don't powder either, and I don't use any kind of oil controlling product.

    Feel free to PM me for more info, anecdotes, or recommendations if you like! It seems that we started at a similar place, and I did TONS of research to get where I am now, so I love passing on that knowledge to others. Hopefully you find it helpful.
u/Nyantoka · 1 pointr/AsianBeauty

Have you tried the hada labo oil cleanser? link

The Fancl one burned in my eyes, but this one is a lot milder to me (yes, I have really sensitive eyes).

u/JakeBSc · 1 pointr/SkincareAddiction

Thanks for such a long and detailed response! I have a few questions, if you don't mind.

I wasn't familiar with sebaceous filaments until you posted this comment. I think you are right, they are not blackheads, but they are sebaceous filaments. Thanks for noticing this. What do you make of the Hada Labo oil cleanser and Hada Labo foaming wash combo? (i.e. this oil cleanser + this regular cleanser).

I will investigate those things relating to vitamin/mineral deficiencies, cleaning products and hard water, thanks for the suggestions. Off the top of your head, would you happen to know of some scientific literature that has studied these things? I have found some myself, I'm just interested in what you've read specifically.

Are these colloidal oatmeal and honey masks pre-made by some cosmetics manufacturer, or do you mix this yourself with ingredients from a shop?


u/positivespadewonder · 1 pointr/SkincareAddiction

The Hada Labo oil cleanser I just received doesn’t look like the packaging I’ve seen in other photos. Is it a fake or other edition?:

I’m used to seeing this packaging

u/aknycgal · 1 pointr/AsianBeauty

Hey, I'm new to AB and am thinking of buying the Hada Labo Cleansing oil. Does anyone know if this Amazon seller is legit, or if not where the best place to get it is?

u/capybara_agua_fresca · 1 pointr/AsianBeauty

I'm sensitive to mineral oil, too- the Hada Labo Gokujyun Cleansing Oil is almost exactly the same price (+/- $1 USD on Amazon) and it's an HG for me. It's olive and jojoba oil-based. :) I see you're in the UK, so here's the relevant UK Amazon link.

u/Maxine72 · 1 pointr/SkincareAddiction

I'm looking into the Hadalabo cleansing oil and have found 2 on Amazon, so I'm wondering if they're the same with different packaging or if one is a different formula or..?? This one is the original link that I followed off 50 Shades of Snail's blog and it links to this, which it says is a newer version of the item. I would just go ahead and buy the first linked item, as it seems reputable with many many reviews, but it's gone up in price to $25 and the second one is $16. Really hoping someone can help bc Google wasn't very helpful when I searched for things like "hadalabo cleansing oil new packaging" "new formula" etc lol.. Thanks in advance for any help! :)

u/linyiseating · 1 pointr/AsianBeauty

Oh, SF are one of the biggest issues I have too! I tried Fiddy's method and no grits came out for me last week but I probably have to do it consistently, like once a week. I did find that using a oil cleanser helped in reducing the size of the SF, right now I'm using [DHC Oil Cleanser] ( but may try the [Muji Cleansing Oil] ( or the [Face Shop Rice Water Cleansing Oil] ( since DHC is rather pricey.

u/TeddyGramz88 · 1 pointr/SkincareAddiction

Me personally, I use cleansing oils. I used the hydrating makeup remover wipes from Neutrogena for years before I found cleansing oils. I tried micellular water and I’m not a fan. I don’t like the tugging feeling of cotton on my face and I didn’t feel like it removed all of my makeup.

Cleansing oils on dry skin followed by gentle cleanser has been amazing for me. I use the hydrating cleanser by La Roche Posay and it’s HG for me. Love love love it.

For cleansing oils, I’m still in the process of finding my HG. I have used the neutrogena one and wasn’t a big fan. I tried the one by Simple and also wasn’t a huge fan. So far Burts Bees oil has been my favorite. Trader Joe’s sells an exact dupe for $6. That one is nice too. Also, The Face Shop sells one that is really light. I got it on amazon and I’ve been using that for the last month or so. I actually just picked up a new one today made by Palmers. So I’m gonna try that out tonight. Links ;

The face shop;

Burts bees;

Trader Joe’s;




u/ktlene · 1 pointr/SkincareAddiction

I used to have really intense oily skin, and I've found double cleansing to help immensely! I use The Body Shop cleansing oil to remove my make up and then Glossier's Milky Jelly Cleanser to actually wash my face (since it doesn't take off make up completely). My face is really sensitive to all those foaming cleansers. No matter how "gentle" those things claim to be, my face always sting and feel way too tight afterwards. The Glossier cleanser is very gentle, and I used it when I first switched to tretinoin and it made my skin really sensitive.

u/vag--abond · 1 pointr/SkincareAddiction

Seconding the OCM and BHA tip. I use this oil cleanser and this BHA and they've done wonders to shrink the pores on my nose. FWIW I have combo skin with large pores. I've recently switched to a mostly Asian skincare product routine and my skin has never looked better!

u/Sanguinem7 · 1 pointr/Makeup

Cleansing oils like this are great for removing makeup. I like my cleansing oil because it tends to leave my face softer afterwards than if I were to just cleanse with a water based cleanser, it's a great alternative for makeup remover wipes. You can wash off an oil-based cleanser with water or follow up with a water-based cleanser. :)

u/Hisui_Bara · 1 pointr/SkincareAddiction

Yeah the oil I use is facial cleaning oil from the face shop. I love the way this and the cream cleanser combined make my soon feel smooth at least at night. I'll definitely have to check out your recommendations as they seem pretty well priced.

u/blindf0ld · 1 pointr/SkincareAddiction

The cleansing oil I started using is by The Face Shop. It says it's made with Maringa Oil? TBH, I'm not that experienced with cleansing/mineral oils because my face never really needed it, but I purchased this one on a whim because I thought it would up my face game.

u/xoxgoodbye · 1 pointr/femalefashionadvice

I have oily skin, and have found that even the Neutrogena deep clean cream cleanser is too drying for me. Try using CeraVe Hydrating Cleanser, or just any cleanser that has ceramides and niacinamide to rebuild your skin barrier. Also, maybe try switching makeup removers, and use something more gentle (ie. an oil cleanser)? Towelettes can function as physical exfoliants, so using it on a daily basis might thin out your skin even more. I use The Faceshop Rice Water Cleansing Oil, which is about $15 in store and it's great. There's also one from The Body Shop, otherwise I can't really think of drugstore brands atm. I know some people who use coconut oil and olive oil to remove their makeup, so maybe try those as well?

Have you thought about using a hydrating serum or oil before your moisturizer?

u/neekowmoo · 1 pointr/MakeupAddiction

I have really acne prone skin also and have found that The Face Shop Rice Cleaning Oil works really well for me! I go in and double cleanse afterwards with my CosRX Good Morning Gel cleanser. Another oil cleanser that didn't break me out is The Body Shop Camomile Cleansing Oil, this was actually my first cleansing oil I ever used. It works really well but I prefer the first one I mentioned just cause it's a lot cheaper hehe.

To answer your last question, it is definitely something you should worry about. I have tried a couple cleansing oils while still double cleansing after, and was able to tell that some specific cleansing oils were breaking me out.

Links of the cleansing oils I use, if you're interested:

  1. The Face Shop Facial Cleanser, Natural Rice Water Light Cleansing Oil Moisturizer for Dry or Oily Skin - 150 mL /5 Oz

  2. The Body Shop Camomile Silky Cleansing Oil, 6.7 Ounce (Packaging May Vary)
u/pioneer2 · 1 pointr/SkincareAddiction

Yeah, I haven't used the Simple cleansers myself, but they were recommended to me by a friend. I used to use the Boots Botanics Hydrating Booster Cleanser up until a year ago, before I switched to my current cleanser, and I think it was pretty good.

If you feel all soapy cleansers dry you out, then maybe try some oil cleansers or cleansing balms?

u/ripewdecay · 1 pointr/AsianBeauty

I thought I would like double cleaning but it made my skin dry, tight, and freak out. I used the face shop's rice water line. It was primarily the cream cleanser component that my skin didn't like- it reminds me of clearasil. I know you're supposed to moisturize the fuck out of your skin afterwards but I think it cleans "too much." I use Philosphy Microdelivery wash from sephora and it cleans well enough that it's not all tight and dry but not pizza face at the same time.

I was underwhelmed with laneige's water bank mask too. It's kind of like a glorified sheet mask without the sheet portion. I'd rather slather my face in Cerave which is what I do when my skin gets dry.

And I don't care for Mizon's snail recovery gel. It's like an inferior sheetless mask.

(I like sheet masks obvz. )

And things I expected to hate but ended up liking: Dr. Jart's BB. I don't like traditional Korean BB's because they're too pinkish for my skin tone (I'm a beigey yellow.) It's easy to put on too much and look awful. This one was not awful though. I like Dr. Jart's ceramine lotion too. skin looks great after I use it.

u/-Siv- · 1 pointr/AsianBeauty

Has anyone used this cleanser before? I'm looking for a new one and I'm kinda new to the whole oil cleanser thing.

u/completemyseoul · 1 pointr/SkincareAddicts
u/bethrevis · 1 pointr/muacjdiscussion

Cleansing oil recommendation: The Face Shop's Rice Water Bright. It smells lovely and feels like silk on your skin!

eta: link

u/hell0potato · 1 pointr/MakeupAddiction

There is tons of info on oils in the skincare subreddit, but I think any oil would do. Personally, I use this and love it:

u/Holaitscarlos · 1 pointr/SkincareAddiction

How about these: Nip + Fab Glycolic Fix Daily Cleansing Pads, 2.7 Ounce

Available at CVS!

u/halfisglassfull · 1 pointr/wicked_edge

Yeah, so skincare is, much like shaving, a YMMV situation. I'll share what I use, but it really is essential to determine your skin type and then choose products that work well for that skin type. I strongly recommend reading the r/skincareaddiction wiki for all their standard recommendations and getting a better sense of what might work for you and how much of their routine you want to incorporate.

For exfoliation, I use Nip + Fab Glycolic Fix Daily Cleansing Pads.

For moisturizing, I use CeraVe Facial Moisturizing Lotion AM with SPF 30.

u/iEatPorcupines · 1 pointr/SkincareAddiction

As a beginner I have some dumb questions. So I started a routine and I read on here that it’s better to use cold water. How long should I wash my face with cold water before using the cleanser? I'm using these pads and I don't know if I should wash my face after using them?

I have this exfoliant. thoughts?


Also, are there any other stuff I should know? I used the ScA routine and mainly those products to create my routine.

u/Epikplatypus · 1 pointr/SkincareAddiction

So about a year ago when i first started trying to make a routine, and my old routine was this:
AM: store brand exfoliating scrub with the beads, ambi fade cream
PM: glycolic pad, ambi fade cream, cerave.

Well, i started to read the exfoliating scrub was bad so i bought La Roche Posay cleanser and it broke me out like none other. So i switched to Cetaphil and it has got a lot better, however i still have more acne than my old routine where i was using glycolic every day and using a "bad" cleanser. Keep in mind the glycolic pad i'm using is <3% glycolic acid and I use it every other day or even less often. Link.

I'm Pretty certain it's not the ambi fade cream or the glycolic pad. I'm afraid to try another cleanser and ruin my skin like the LaRoche stuff did.
Maybe i just need to wash my face once a day instead of twice, idk.

u/khalepa · 1 pointr/SkincareAddiction

Exfoliating helps remove the dead skin on the surface of your face. It helps remove the dead cells which, in turn, gets rid of the clogged pores over time. ScA prefers chemical exfoliation (the use of acids, usually in the form of pads or wipes) over physical exfoliation (the scrubs you see in pharmacy) because they're less abrasive and maybe more effective.

I use Nip + Fab Glycolic pads (sorry, that's the UK link but they sell it in the US as well, where I assume you are). Once a week and you usually some improvements. You can find more info on the sidebar as well :)

u/mixterrific · 1 pointr/muacjdiscussion

I buy my Nip + Fab chemical exfoliant pads there, because I can't find anything similar in person that's not a million dollars from Sephora.

u/sparksflyup2 · 1 pointr/SkincareAddicts

Oh I hear you. I'm on the same front, no birth control, try to make it bearable to deal with my monthly acne.

I'm not as familiar with oily skin. I damaged my skin by being too rough with it so it needs a lot of external support and is incredibly dry.

Have you considered any of these? I've used them all and did find they were effective over time and weren't too harsh.

Olay AHA moisturiser

nip/fab glycolic acid

Stridex BHA 2%

Crave 3% BHA

u/neurobeans · 1 pointr/SkincareAddiction

Hmm, that stuff looks pretty good. I'll give it a try. My only concern is that it has white petroleum. If I find mineral oil irritating, I wonder if I'll have the same reaction to petroleum. But it's worth a shot!

I just realized you're probably referring to this product. This looks like it is an emulsifying cleanser, correct? Does it wash off clean or leave a residue? Any dryness if you overuse it? Have you used it for make-up removal before?

u/lightmedium_ · 1 pointr/SkincareAddiction

Vanicream Gentle Facial Cleanser, Vanicream Cleanser

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/IMakeNoises89 · 1 pointr/SkincareAddiction

Hmm as far as suggestions for moisturizers and cleansers, perhaps look at the HG sidebar! I am unfortunately (fortunately?) in Europe so my selection is probably quite different from yours! I have heard good things on here about the CeraVe AM lotion for a moisturizer

and Vanicream gentle cleanser

and you can definitely do stridex every other day or even less to start with until you can see what your skin tolerates :)

u/cheesehotdish · 1 pointr/SkincareAddiction


  1. Cleanse with Vanicream Gentle Cleanser
  2. Apply Corsx BHA Blackhead Power Liquid. I used to do this every other day, but I've built up enough moisture to do it daily.
  3. Moisturize with Hada Labo Tokyo Skin Plumping Gel Cream this is HG status for me
  4. Sunscreen La Roche Posay Anthelios. Not sure if this is FA safe, but it hasn't given me issues. I don't use it that often though because it pills up and doesn't sit well under makeup. I also sometimes mix some sunscreen into my foundation to lighten it and give me a super dewy look. It's some stuff from Thailand, don't know what it is to be honest. Solera?


  5. Remove makeup with Micellar water, otherwise skip if no makeup.
  6. Cleanse with Vanicream
  7. Alternating Days I do:
  8. Moisturize with Hada Labo Japan Gokujun Gel
  9. Finish with:
    • TO Squalene Oil on days with Stratia OR
    • Rosehip Seed Oil on days with TO Z+N

      So some of these may not be entirely FA safe. I had tons of tiny pimples on my jaw and chin area for months. They were stubborn as F. I've done a few things that could have impacted it from:

  • altering my routine, getting rid of anything with coconut oil in it
  • going vegetarian
  • moving climates
  • simplifying my routine
  • focusing on moisture barrier

    If something simple is working, I say don't alter it. Don't add more if you don't need it. I thought I needed a 10 step routine. NO. I like a lot of AB products, but it's important to avoid gimmicks and extras if it doesn't add anything. This includes leave on masks for me. tbh.
u/LoSientoMrRoboto · 1 pointr/tretinoin

I should preface this, I mostly go for Asian Beauty products...

Gigi Bioplasma Azelaic 15% **added this in after ~1mo
Wait 15 min
Benton Propolis Gel
Hada Labo Premium HA Lotion and I'd mist water all over my face - makes it REALLY hydrate my skin.
Biore Brightmilk SPF

Vanicream Cleanser
Just started adding in Glycolic Acid here intermittently to shrink SF's, will report back after I have results
wait 20 mins
Tret Gel 0.05%
try to wait 15 mins, but, ya know...
Hada Labo Premium HA Lotion and I'd mist water all over my face
Hada Labo Plumping Gel Cream - again mist water all over face

u/JJ_RR · 1 pointr/SkincareAddiction

It looks like a mix of folliculitis caused by malassezia (fungal acne) and bacterial acne. I'm not sure but all products below are safe for skin with fungal / bacterial acne.

u/J-C-F23 · 1 pointr/SkincareAddiction

I have quite oily skin and often get red inflamed spots and some puss filled pimples on my forehead and cheeks. My skin is also mildly sensitive to very harsh products.

I have been using these products as my skincare routine for about 6-7 months:

u/tehlolredditor · 1 pointr/SkincareAddiction

The issue(s) you need help with:

I have had chronic skin dryness/irritation/redness/flakiness in the areas around my nose and upper cheeks for a few months. I currently have a routine, but it is obvious to me that it isn't optimal.

Skin type:

When I wake up, there may be a few flakes on my skin, and it is usually oily. But it is never intensely red/irritated
A few hours after cleansing and moisturizing, my skin will become a little oily, but some areas on my nose or sides of my face my dry up.

I would say I have pretty sensitive skin.

Current routine with the full names of your products:

Here are photos of my skin:

The first photos are when I wake up. There is no intense visible redness, but there is some flakiness.

I currently shower in the morning with lukewarm water and cleanse with Vanicream gentle cleanser link. I then use Vanicream Lite lotion link. As you can see at this point in the pictures above, my face is noticeably red. Occasionally, I will feel stinging irritation, but most of the time it feels fine. After a half hour the redness goes down, and my face feels smoother, but not 100 percent smooth in all areas.

This routine has only functioned as a temporary measure until I find something more ideal. I use it because it is effective in treating the flakiness. If I don't cleanse, the area around my nose especially will generate a lot of flakes, even if it isn't particularly irritated.

I do not have a routine for the evening or night time before I go to bed. Sometimes I may just cleanse or maybe just apply some lotion, but the results in the morning aren't drastically different.

How long you have been using your current routine, or product in question:

I tried getting suggestions from this sub in September last year about gentle products for sensitive skin. I have been using these products ever since that time, but they are not ideal.

I would really welcome any help regarding this. I have dealt with it for so long and it really affects my self-image. Please let me know what I can change or fix! Thanks

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/alphaiten · 1 pointr/Minoxbeards

I think one of your best bets would be to experiment with other facial cleansers to see if that helps. Here's what I use: Vanicream Gentle Facial Cleanser for Sensitive Skin

u/_ihavemanynames_ · 1 pointr/SkincareAddiction

Hi there!

I just wanted to let you know that Automod has removed your post because it contains an Amazon referral link, which we don't allow in the sub.

Could you please edit the URLs so that everything from (and including) "tag=" is removed? That way, the product page will still be visible - but no one can make a profit from the link.

Alternatively, copy these links:

The same goes for your comment here.

If you've done that, please reply to this comment so I can approve your submissions. Thank you!

u/erin_said · 1 pointr/SkincareAddiction

I'm not too familiar with that brand. If you can (and if you haven't yet), think about giving the new Cerave SA Cleanser a try. I have a similar skin type to yours, and the other versions of Cerave were either too drying (the foaming one) or didn't clean well enough (the hydrating one), but this one seems to work pretty well for me.

u/Yankee_Fever · 1 pointr/SkincareAddiction

A number two on the buzzer. I wouldn't dare go shorter because of the red marks. I would like to go shorter but it would look disgusting

Edit: is this the sa wash?

u/SignumVictoriae · 1 pointr/SkincareAddiction
u/broccholio · 1 pointr/SkincareAddiction

Hi, i'm new here and recently asked for advice in a separate post with not many answers, so i thought i ask here: i have red, bumpy acne scars from 1 or 2 month ago, i picked on them, and now they won't go away. I don't have a routine yet, but i read the guide so i ordered these:





i plan to use these twice a day, but i'm not sure if these will do the trick, so i was looking into . Any advice, suggestions or observations? I really wanna get rid of the general redness and the scars redness. If you check my post history you can see the picture. Thanks

u/midnightfoxx · 1 pointr/SkincareAddiction

Hello SCA, I'm a 25yr male that wants to improve his skin, I have dry skin with Sebaceous Filaments. I've been lurking for a while and reading a lot, I want to compile all of my knowledge and do a review of my routine going forward. Please take a look and let me know if there are areas of improvement.


CeraVe Facial Cleanser, Hydrating Cleanser

CeraVe Facial Moisturizing Lotion AM


Same Cleanser

Exfoliate Stridex Strength Medicated Pads, trying to reduce my Sebaceous Filaments +
Innisfree Super Volcanic Pore Clay Mask

CeraVe Moisturizing Facial Lotion PM


  1. Do I need to put on sunscreen if my moisturizer already have 30 SPF in the morning? 2. I don't think I should be using the Stridex everyday right? I am reading 1~3 times a week? Should I be using other exfoliating products on days I am not using the Stridex?

    Thanks SCA! This whole thing is very new to me and I feel like a lot of these key words are very foreign to me, but I'll get there!
u/WithLinesOfInk · 1 pointr/SkincareAddiction

If you skin is bumpy- you might have closed comedones. Try factoring in cheap salicylic exfoliating pads (

If you skin feels tight/flaky, you need some extra moisturizing in there. I wear Vaseline to bed over my moisturizer, and you may want to use a cheap oil cleans (look up OCM on this subreddit) in the morning instead of soap.

Other people may have more suggestions!

u/pdxbeautiful · 1 pointr/AsianBeauty

Kose Softymo Deeping Cleansing Oil here is cheap and works great! I used it for years. You can buy a refill too which is even cheaper

u/zoobieZ00B · 1 pointr/MakeUpAddictionUK

I love a Korean cleansing oil available online. This stuff melts everything off. I typically use a simple cleansing wipe then follow up with this and rise with a warm wash cloth. So so so nice

u/oh_myglob · 1 pointr/AsianBeauty

This is probably the best cleansing oil I have ever used.

u/thefoolinme · 1 pointr/SkincareAddiction

Probably... I'm not very familiar with the terminology so I just copied the product description, haha:

u/milenah · 1 pointr/AsianBeauty

I've heard/tried the following and liked them:

u/beeblebroxtrillian · 1 pointr/Makeup
u/bad_wolf_chick · 1 pointr/AsianBeauty

I work in an environment where there is a lot of bicarbonate in the air. Since bicarbonate is alkaline, im worried that im messing with my skin's pH. I was wondering if anyone knows a way to combat the alkalinity with maybe a toner, or lotion, or anything?!! something that would bring my skin's pH down to the slightly acidic level it should be at. I've also noticed my skin get a lot drier ever since starting work there. Has anyone tried ROSETTE Ceramide Gel?? How does it compare with the CeraVe PM Facial Moisturizing Lotion i currently use in my routine?
I'm asking AsianBeauty because your products & recommendations helped me a lot!!
PS, i think my skin is clog-prone, so keep that in mind when recommending products!! (i've read a lot that people got clogged skin from the CeraVe that i use, but to me, it doesn't clog my skin at all! just thought i'd mention it since even though it clogs a lot of people's skin, it doesn't clog mine, so still recommend whatever it is that came to mind!! even if it may clog skin!!)

Skin type: on the sensitive side || Country/Climate i'm in: Canada // colder weather approaching now :(((

Ethnicity: White (Eastern-European)

Top Skin Concern: CCs and hyperpigmentation, and acne :(((

Current Routine / Products I'm Using:


  • splash face with water; pat dry; apply CeraVe PM Facial Moisturizing Lotion

  • apply EltaMD UV Physical SPF 41 Sunscreen

    on Thursdays and Sundays, after splashing my face with water and patting dry, i apply ZOMEDICAL Glycogent and then follow up with the rest of the routine (Cerave and EltaMD)


  • remove sunscreen with KOSE Softymo Deep Cleansing Oil

  • wash face with Rohto HADA LABO Gokujyn Hyaluronic Acid Cleansing Foam

  • apply the same CeraVe lotion that i use in the morning

    on Thursdays and Sundays, instead of washing with the Hada Labo cleansing foam, i wash with CeraVe Foaming Facial Cleanser and then apply ZOMEDICAL Brightenex, and i DO NOT apply the CeraVe lotion over that

    I'm an 18-year old female, if that helps, who may or may not have hormonal issues (don't get a regular period :/) and i eat gluten- and dairy- free, and i limit the amount of sweets i have (mainly i eat protein and veggies, or protein and fruits throughout the day). Also, i drink only teas and water (no fruit juices, coffee, or pop!). I also don't eat artifical things/things with preservatives, etc. (i like to eat things that are minimally processed).
    Any help is appreciated
    Sorry for the lengthy post, i just want to make sure you have as much info so you can best recommend something for me!!

    TL;DR started working where the air is alkaline. worried about that fucking up my skin's pH and the horrible clogged skin, dry skin, reddness, etc, that results from that. wondering if there's anything i could add to my routine to combat the alkalinity -- perhaps a toner, lotion, etc, that will bring down my skin's pH to a more acidic level (as it naturally should be slightly acidic). ANY HELP IS APPRECIATED ❤❤

    *edited for formatting & added in ethnicity in case that's useful??
u/skindy · 1 pointr/AsianBeauty

There are two Kose Softymo cleansing oils that people love - the one you linked and the orange one:

I use the orange one and it works great. It's up to you which one you think would work best!

Yes, the cleansing oil and the cleansing foam would be the two-step cleanse. Oil first, foam second.

As for the Kose foam ... I can't find any information about it's pH so I can't tell you for sure if it's good to use. You want something that is close to your skin's pH and the Hadalabo fits that. I use the orange Kose Softymo cleansing oil and the HL foaming cleanser and will continue to do so until I die :P

HOWEVER, what works for me might not work for you. There is a great cleanser list here that lists out the type of cleanser, it's pH, and brand.

u/claramill · 1 pointr/SkincareAddiction

We're in the same boat then because I just ditched CeraVe micellar water because it was too drying as well. :/ I don't know much about oil cleansing (apparently it's not unheard of to do it with just a facial oil instead of a "cleansing oil") but someone recommend this one on Amazon to me as a start.

u/howdidIgetsuckeredin · 1 pointr/AsianBeauty

If you want to try the Kose cleansing oil /u/beyond_the_moon suggested, here are the Amazon Canada links:

Kose Softymo Deep Cleansing Oil CAD12

Kose Softymo Speedy Cleansing Oil CAD13

Alternatively, you could try MUJI's Sensitive Cleansing Oil if you have a MUJI near you.

u/Cordoba_ · 1 pointr/SkincareAddiction

When you Oil cleanse, is the product supposed to foam up?

I'm using this that was recommended in the FAQ,

u/stufstuf · 1 pointr/SkincareAddiction

Hooooollyyy crap that's expensive! I pay like $10 tops.

I've never tried it, but I've heard good things about this one:

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.


u/yuuhei · 1 pointr/SkincareAddiction

You could try to switch to the cleanser I mentioned, which I purchase on amazon here for a gentle foaming cleanser. Is there a specific reason you oil cleanse? I've tried myself and found double cleansing to be drying and then found an oil cleanser that washes away with just water, this one , and found it cleanses nicely without drying, but didn't do much for my skin otherwise so I didn't purchase it again.

You could opt to the normal hydrating cerave cleanser (by itself), get a more gentle foaming cleanser (like the one i linked you), or try a new cleansing oil (like the second one i linked) that doesn't require double cleansing. Your moisturizer should be fine objectively speaking but if it isn't hydrating enough to you, you can try this one from Paula's Choice which is a more emollient, yet slightly more expensive, option. Paula's Choice in general has really great products for all skin types, and for the quality it's expensive in comparison to pretty much everything except CeraVe...

u/saesaenyaa · 1 pointr/AsianBeauty

You can try Banila Clean It Zero Purity, which seems to be marketed towards those with sensitive skin. There's also Kose Softymo Speedy Cleansing Oil and it's the one I currently use. I introduced it during a horrible skin period (acne, super sensitive skin) and it didn't agitate my skin at all, rinsed off cleanly, and didn't strip my skin or make it feel dry or tight. I actually quite like it, but will be trying the Banila Purity when I run out.

You can also take a quick glance through the Holy Grail Megathreads (here and here) for products used by people with the same skin type as you. Hope this helps. :)

u/xjwv · 1 pointr/asianbeautyexchange

I have and can decant:

Memebox I'm Cleansing Oil #Moist (
Kose Softymo Speedy Cleansing Oil (
sample of SCINIC coconut cleansing oil


SCINIC Snail All-In-One Ampoule (
SCINIC Snail Matrix Cream (
samples of:

  • Skinfood Gold Caviar Cream
  • Skinfood Royal Honey Nutrition Essence
  • SCINIC Super Aqua EX Jelly Cream
  • TonyMoly I'm Real Avocado Rich Cream
  • sample size tube of Benton Snail Bee High Content Steam Cream


    Kose SUNCUT UV Protect Gel SPF50 PA+++ - thin/spreads easily, fragrance free, and goes on clear

    sample of Laneige Water Sleeping Pack
    samples of TonyMoly Intense Care Dual Effect Sleeping Pack
    sample of Etude House Play Therapy Sleeping Pack (Moist UP!)

    Let me know if you're interested in anything!~
u/runswithelves · 1 pointr/SkincareAddiction

I highly recommend giving it another shot. [This](KOSE SOFTYMO Speedy Cleansing Oil 230ml is the one I keep coming back to for years even after trying a bunch of other brands.

u/bahamalove · 1 pointr/SebDerm

KOSE SOFTYMO Speedy Cleansing Oil 230ml

For no particular reason other than I saw somewhere it was sebderm safe. It’s great at removing makeup too! I only use it when I shower/after a night out.. other than that, I don’t wash my face much.

u/BrangDoritos · 1 pointr/amIuglyBrutallyHonest

Thanks guy!

I use these two for cleansing:

And this for moisturizing:

Though for moisturizer, you're gonna want different products depending on whether your face skin is dry or oily. Mine is oily.

This is the toner I used:

And this is the essence I used (I'm pretty sure it's meant for people with super fair skin, so heads up):

Dunno if this'll work for everyone, but it helped in my case.

u/benetea · 1 pointr/tretinoin

I use this one:

I haven't felt the need to try any others since it seems to work so well

u/svenskt · 1 pointr/SkincareAddiction

I'm sorry your skin is making you depressed, I've been there. How long have you been using the stridex and how often? My skin looked very similar to yours but on my cheeks. Maybe try switching out your face wash for this, it's worked wonders for me. Also washing cleansing twice a day may be an irritant, I like to use micllear water in the PM. Also for the white heads, try hydrophilic pads for acne. I strongly recommend that you don't pop every zit, draining is okay, but I have huge acne scars from when I would pop huge cystic acne

u/premenopausal · 1 pointr/SkincareAddiction

I’ve been using the Kose Softymo speedy cleansing oil to great success. It’s mineral oil based so there is a very low chance of it breaking you out. Plus it emulsified very cleanly at the touch of water, so you could in theory use it as your only cleanser. I got it off amazon, it’s not too expensive.

Do you remember what oil you used when doing OCM?

u/strawnaman · 1 pointr/SkincareAddiction

I have combination acne prone skin and I’ve realized that the best oil cleanser for me is Kose Softymo Speedy Tried Boscia’s Makeup Breakup and menthol smell was too strong and I think I should just stick with Softymo since I know it works. Softymo is a very reasonable price (about $10), very effective at removing makeup, and is fragrance free.

I’ve been struggling to find a baking soda-free natural deodorant that works. Currently using EO in tea tree which I found at Marshall’s for about $5 and it’s ok. I don’t think anyone else can smell me but I do notice after 5 hours or so it doesn’t work as well and I need to reapply. Also the directions say to do 1-2 sprays to each armpit - HAH - I definitely need 5 or so. If anyone has any recs please let me know!

u/purpledonutglaze · 1 pointr/SkincareAddiction

I have combination skin, more oily than dry in the summer. Obvious large pores in my t-zone and cheeks. This is my biggest concern.
Is there anything that can be done about this???

Routine AM:

  • Splash with water
  • Thayer’s Witch Hazel - Rose Petal
  • Clinique’s Dramatically Different Moisturizing Gel
  • Biore UV Aqua Rich Watery Essence SPF 50 sunscreen

    Routine PM:

  • Mineral Oil cleanser
  • Clarisonic Skin Renewing Peel Wash PM with Clarisonic Mia
  • Stridex Maximum pads, let dry
  • TruSkin naturals Vitamin C serum, let dry
  • Winter — First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Cream
  • Summer — Clinique’s Dramatically Different Moisturizing Gel

    Although in the summer, after I put on the clinique gel, my skin doesn’t feel quenched! Like i need to put on more moisturizer.

    I would love to go makeup free. But I feel like I need to put on makeup to even out my skin tone/hide my giant pores. I hate it! Please help!
u/chouxkurimu · 1 pointr/SkincareAddiction

I usually use the sugar scrub to really get the dead skin off, but if my skin is feeling particularly sensitive, I will opt for the oatmeal! It still physically exfoliates, but I find moist oats are gentler on the skin. Leaving on the oatmeal mask for a bit does soothe skin though! So it’s a 2-in-1 heh

I use the Softymo Speedy Cleansing Oil !

u/AGracefulSeal · 1 pointr/AsianBeauty

Hey guys, I'm transitioning towards AB products and was thinking about getting some cleansers since I'm running out.

For my 1st cleanser, I plan to get the KOSE oil cleanser but I'm not sure between the KOSE SOFTYMO oil or liquid. Does anyone know if there's a distinct difference between these products?

For my 2nd cleanser, I'm planning to integrate CosRx Low PH Good Morning Cleanser into my routine. But I'm curious if I would be over exfoliating if I use this product before Stridex since the CosRx states that it contains a BHA. Or is it ok to use them both since I'll rinse off the CosRx cleanser before using Stridex?

Skin Type: combo | Country/Climate: USA West Coast |Top Skin Concern: Switching to AB products

AM: Rinse with warm water - Cerave Hydrating Cleanser - Cerave Moisturizing Lotion - Biore UV Aqua Rich Watery Essence

PM: Cerave Hydrating Cleanser - Alternating between Stridex Red Box (2%BHA) and NipFab Glycolic Fix Pads (2.8% Glycolic Acid) x2 a week (Will probably stop using the NipFab Pads since they seem to break me out) - Cerave Moisturizing Lotion - Aquaphor

u/garnetandpearl · 1 pointr/AsianBeauty

Hi all, I want to order the kose softymo speedy cleanser from amazon but I don't know if I can trust the sellers. Does anyone have a list of verified amazon sellers? I saw a list of sites, but not amazon sellers.
KOSE Softy Mo Facial Cleansing Oil Speedy, 0.5 Pound here is a link to the product

u/glaceauglaceau · 1 pointr/femalefashionadvice

LOL! The one I use is this but it has an equally bizarre description:

"Paindifficulttoundertake,inthepowerofthegrassandthesilkhair.NETUniongrasspremiumextracts(repair & prevention beauty hair ingredients) scheme. Replenishlostindamage,moistureandshine.Thinhairreinforcingthecuticleofthehair.Volumedownandglossofcare,manureinsteadofglossyhair."

Ignore the nonsense. I like this cleanser because it is a very effective one step oil cleanser. It works super well to dissolve makeup, sunscreen, waterproof mascara, the works, and then when you rinse it off with warm water it emulsifies and washes away easily without leaving any residue or leaving your skin feeling dry and stripped. I have normal/dry skin and I find that traditional double cleansing (using oil + cleanser after to remove the oil) is subpar to using this product.

u/heyoitsben · 1 pointr/AsianBeauty

So, I found three new products after doing some bit of research.

KOSE Softy Mo Facial Cleansing Oil Speedy - I read that they updated the formula 6 months ago and all the reviews I could find are of the old formula, but of the old reviews everyone praised it for the skin issues I had. Also, I can't find the pH level of this one.

Tosowoong Enzyme Powder Wash - Plan to use this after oil cleanser. I read similar good reviews on this one for issues I have with my skin. The pH level is 5 according to that mega datasheet for cleanser pH levels.

Advanced Snail 92 All in one cream - Plan to replace my current moisturizer with this. Like the other two, read good reviews for my skin concerns with this one.

I don't think any of them have the niacinamide product you mention or alcohol, which I think dries my skin. I don't think my current moisturizer is working for me. After about two to three hours of applying my current moisturizer in the morning my skin may start to feel tight around my mouth/cheeks, so I picked a new one.

Aside from these three, I still need to find a toner I think. I already found two sunscreens that I plan to use. I don't know which of the three to buy first and test though. If I were to buy the oil cleanser first, would it be fine to use with my western routine? I figured it'd be best to get the oil cleanser/moisturizer first, then the second cleanser if the other two worked out. At the same time my current cleanser is making my skin feel tight/dry/flaky after using it so would it be better to start with replacing my cleanser first?

I really appreciate all the help you've given me by the way, it's helping me out so much.

u/woodr1km · 1 pointr/beauty

I get this cleansing oil from Amazon for under $10. It’s the best one I’ve ever tried for eyes and my whole face.

KOSE SOFTYMO Speedy Cleansing Oil 230ml

It’s light, takes everything off, doesn’t burn my skin or eyes, doesn’t dry out my skin, easily washes off, doesn’t break me out, lasts forever. I follow up with a normal cleanser after using this.

I tried everything for makeup remover: Neutrogena oil, olive oil, coconut oil, Clinique balm - the works. Nothing works like this one.

u/SquatMonopolizer · 1 pointr/JapanTravel

oil face wash is my favourite, like thesoftymo speedyone.

u/wifewithalife · 1 pointr/MakeupAddiction

Softymo Speedy Cleansing Oil changed my life.

u/PrincessLPSA · 1 pointr/SkincareAddiction

If you like to order from amazon something that might compare to your sweet almond oil that I think you might like as well is called the Kose Softymo I found this product through a blogger named Kate from the Skincare diaries in this post. She has really good recommendations on skin care in general. She also rosacea too so if you are looking for other stuff to try out I totally recommend her!

u/Betulaceae · 1 pointr/SkincareAddiction

I think you do need the cotton pads for it to work. It just doesnt seem as effective when I just throw it on my face. Cotton pads are the most convenient way imo. The thin, flat ones, not the fluffy balls.

Other than that this is a good simple routine! Definitely adding micellar water to remove the thick biore sunscreen is a must.

If you want to try an alternate first step cleanser is the Kose Speedy Cleansing Oil, it's an emulsifying oil cleanser so you squirt a pump or two into your hands and rub into your face, emulsify off with water, and then follow with the your CeraVe cleanser.

u/M34YA · 1 pointr/AsianBeauty

Hi, by any chance have you tried KOSE SOFTYMO Speedy Cleansing Oil 230ml?

Sorry I'm on mobile and I'm horrible at formatting. Anyways, I have this sitting in my cart and it seems pretty effective.

u/girlintaiwan · 1 pointr/AsianBeauty

Yes, AB using cleansing oils. It's a bit different than skincareaddiction (if you're also a fan of that sub) because most of the AB cleansing oils contain emulsifiers, which when mixed with water, allows the cleanser to wash cleanly off. Just to make sure that nothing is left on the skin, most ABs follows through with a foaming or hydrating cleanser (double cleanse). If you have mineral oil left and it doesn't break you out, keep using it and make sure that you are double cleansing. Once you are done with the mineral oil, you can check out some AB cleansing oils and see which style your skin prefers.

If you're fine with mineral oil, I would recommend trying Softymo Speedy Cleansing Oil. It looks like this in the pink bottle. I like it more than the Deep version because it contains no fragrance, which is great for my sensitive skin. You can try using something cheaper like Cetaphil for dry skin (I think Walgreens even makes a generic one that is exactly the same) as the second part of your double cleanse, or check out the AB sidebar for some recommendations.

The good thing about having a compromised moisture barrier (can I even say this), is that it's not permanent. If you take the time to change your routine and baby your skin a bit, it will turn back to normal. I had a messed up barrier for awhile before finding AB, and once it was fixed I was pretty amazed at how much better my acne situation became.

So, focus on fixing your barrier first, then when you're ready, you can start to expand your skin routine to include products that focus on your skin goals (vitamin c, chemical exfoliants, etc.). Because you are on a budget, I would buy samples of everything first to make sure that your skin likes the product. I have a box of things I cannot use, because of my AB greed. :(

Good luck!

u/yoda_33 · 1 pointr/AsianBeauty

Hi, I'm new to all of this. I'm going to purchase these items - probably tomorrow. I'm aware that I have to start with baby steps. I've read that I should start using only the moisturizer then slowly add the others so I see which product responds well with my skin and to make sure to patch test.

I'm just not sure how to put these in a AM and PM format, mind helping me out so when it's time to use all of this in a routine, I'm more confident in what I'm doing, please?

Skin Type: Oily / Combination / Occasional Breakouts| Country/Climate I'm in: USA/Spring|

Top Skin Concern: My skin isn't really smooth or clear. I have blackheads and maybe tiny whiteheads, but there around my whole face like super tiny pimple rocks. It doesn't like bad, only when I'm close up the mirror. I also break out around my check and mouth area.

Oil-based cleanser: KOSE Softy Mo Facial Cleansing Oil Speedy

Low pH Cleanser: Cosrx Low pH Good Morning Gel Cleanser

Moisturizer: COSRX Oil-Free Ultra Moisturizing Lotion

Ance/BHA: Cosrx Bha Blackhead Power Liquid 100 Ml

Sunscreen: Biore Aqua Rich

Spot treatment -[Cosrx] Acne Pimple Master Patch 24EA

u/RevengeSC · 1 pointr/SkincareAddiction

I am 26 years old male and i want to keep looking young in my 30s/40s/50s

My routine consist of cleanser and moisturizer



Help me achieve that

u/skincareaddict92 · 1 pointr/SkincareAddiction

So this is the [oil cleanser] (, this is the [low ph cleanser] ( and an essence is like a serum but less concentrated. This is the [essence] ( I use. It has snail secretion which sounds gross but is believed to stimulate collagen and elastin and to improve the skin's texture. There's a lot of debate about it's effectiveness but I personally believe it has helped my skin retain moisture greatly. Overall, I use the oil cleanser to remove any makeup and sunscreen on my face. The low ph cleanser is basically to bring acidity to my skin which the toner balances out. Always remember to patch test every product you use especially if you have dry skin because it tends to be more sensitive. Also, check out the asian beauty sub reddit. There's a lot of great information.

u/digoxinprincess · 1 pointr/SkincareAddiction

1- instead of using micellar water as the first step, have you considered an oil emulsion? I love it ( because I massage the oil, let it sit, and then it easily and quickly rinses off with water. No cotton rounds required. Then I follow up with my cleanser (Elta foaming facial cleanser).
2- Hydrate! I am obsessed with the scinic honey all in one ampoule ( and this hada labo hyaluronic "serum"

u/Forever_Sorry · 1 pointr/AsianBeauty
u/ABaccount6174 · 1 pointr/AsianBeauty

Hey all! Newbie here. I just ordered four products:

Oil Cleanser

Foaming Water Cleanser

Snail Cream


So, my question is, should I wait until everything comes in to begin using it? The Cosrx advanced snail cream will come in within a week with the rest coming in the next month. Also, do these four products seem okay for a start? I'm a 17 year old guy if that helps at all (lots of acne)

u/historygeek33 · 1 pointr/SkincareAddiction

Also, this one is a really great option although it has some jojoba oil. I also break out from jojoba oil but this works great for me.

Ingredients: Mineral Oil, PEG-8 GLYCERYL ISOSTEARATE, Cetyl Ethylhexanoate, Cyclomethicone, Water, Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Oil, Sesamum Indicum (Sesame)Seed Oil, Carthamus Tinctorius (Safflower) Seed Oil, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea)Butter, Tocopherol (Vitamin E), Helianthus Annus (Sunflower)Seed Oil, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Glycerin, Isostearic Acid, Propylene glycol dicaprate, Zea Mays Germ (Corn) Oil, Phenoxyethanol

u/DaBomb091 · 1 pointr/SkincareAddiction

Hi /r/SkincareAddiction! I just started reading about skincare and after looking through the FAQ and product recommendations, I was wondering if it's unusual or incorrect to use an AM moisturizer at night. I'm a man so I was wondering if there is any concern behind using different products or different things I should prioritize? I have normal skin and am looking for budget products so I'm thinking of using the Neutrogena Oil-Free Moisture With Broad Spectrum Spf 35 Sunscreen as an AM/PM moisturizer and the CeraVe Hydrating Facial Cleanser for Daily Face Washing, Dry to Normal Skin for the cleanser (because it was on the recommendations). Also, I hope my product names weren't unusual, I couldn't discern what was important and what wasn't in the titles so I just removed the amount of product listed.

u/i_pee_in_the_sink · 1 pointr/SkincareAddiction

Issue: Skin keeps feeling too "tight"

Alternative to CeraVe Hydrating Cleanser?

u/comfort_fiend · 1 pointr/hapas

I think you need to revamp your entire skin routine to resolve this. Rule #1, be gentle, not only in exfoliation methods whether those be physical or chemical, but also you should pay attention to the chemicals you are putting on your face (ie products that are conflicting each other and if anything you're putting on your face is even what you need).
I would suggest washing with CeraVe for dry skin (it's inexpensive, super gentle, feels great!). Use a Konjac sponge if you don't have a Clarisonic (if you do use a Clarisonic only use the softest level of brush head and maybe only do it once a day properly meaning use a lot of water and plenty of cleanser to get the proper slip going on to not over aggravate your skin).
Only use mildly warm water, never hot, do not ever scrub your skin. Just gently exfoliate if doing physical exfoliation. You will need to do some form of gentle exfolation to remove the dead skin regularly.
If you wear make up start doing double oil cleansing. If you do not wear make up just ignore this sentence lol.
When you're done washing your face if you're going to bed: get an antioxidant serum to help support your skin, then layer a very good moisturizer, and then a "sealer" so a face cream that works that's heavier on top of that, maybe even add a few drops of oil to your final cream layer.

Go to bed: wake up, wash gently, pat dry, anti oxidant serum, daytime SPF at least 20 or more. If you find your SPF is too drying then you need to search for one that has some oil in it probably. I suggest using Supergoop Mineral for that.

I know it sounds like a lot but it really isn't. The main thing is just getting your products lined up and then wash/dry/apply. It just takes a few minutes, I promise, and your skin will look amazing.

If your skin can tolerate it- I'd try adding some AHA's to your routine also like a glycolic acid treatment a few times a week.

u/anAdminsAdmin · 1 pointr/sysadmin

Also, for face I use this, the chemical isn't in it either

u/balsooma · 1 pointr/SkincareAddiction

I use and enjoy the Garnier cream cleanser and the Korres Milk Proteins Foaming Cleanser, both are very gentle and non drying (even though the Korres says it is 'foaming', it is not very sudsy at all and I feel like it's more of a cream cleanser). Check out the ingredients to see if they're right for you!

Other than those two, around here I've seen the Neutrogena Ultra Gentle Hydrating Cleanser or the Cerave Hydrating Cleanser recommended as gentle cleansers.

u/Aingeala · 1 pointr/SkincareAddiction

You may be experiencing a reaction to the alcohol in the wipes, which can be quite drying. Your skin type sounds like it might be dry, which can often become oily feeling due to the skin producing an overabundance of oil in order to accommodate the dryness (like after using wipes with alcohol in them).

I don't have any wipes specifically to recommend, I feel that they tend to leave films on the skin which can cause clogging. However, if you're looking for a wipe to use before cleansing there are these ones which appear to be non-irritating and good for dry skin. Are you specifically opposed to using a regular cleanser like Cerave Hydrating Cleanser? This cleanser would be my number one recommendation, and it's drugstore priced.

u/FoodChest · 1 pointr/acne

Thanks a lot. Is this the one?

u/ForIAmTalonII · 1 pointr/SkincareAddiction

Hello all. 21 year old male here and need some help.

So my skin is super messed up. It's super dehydrated. I drink 2 liters of water throughout the day.

I posted and got recommended to use the following:

Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1% - I don't think this has done much for me, and don't plan to purchase this again.

The second was a moisturizer with Ceramide [This one from Amazon] (

CeraVe Hydrating Cleanser - [This one from Amazon] (

So far the cleanser is the only good one I've used. I also purchased Vit C serum to help rid of pimple scars and forehead wrinkles.

Also used Rosehip Oil, but don't think it's worked.

I'd appreciate any advice. I've heard Rose Water works well, how well can anyone confirm? Thanks!

u/GoCrapYourself · 1 pointr/SkincareAddiction

I use the same skincare products everyday at home, but I’ve bought different ones for travel. Is it okay as long they are the same quality?

Example: I use CeraVe Cleanser at home (, but I use Cetaphil Cleanser Traveling ( Is this okay?

Profile: 27 year old guy without any proclivities or skin issues

u/Ariallar · 1 pointr/SkincareAddiction

The CeraVe hydrating cleanser is a good alternative! Google “oil cleansing” and have a look if that’s for you. This blog about dehydrated skin might also be beneficial.

u/fur_sure2250 · 1 pointr/malefashionadvice

I have eczema and rosacea on my cheeks. My dermatologist gave me several samples of Cetaphil Restoraderm Calming Moisturizer for my eczema. It worked really well and I ended up buying the 10 oz bottle.

Also, I don't know what you use to wash your face with, but I was given samples of Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser and CeraVe Hydrating Cleanser and they have helped me tremendously with acne/eczema.

u/kawausokoi · 1 pointr/SkincareAddiction

I'm on 0.04% and am a very fair skinned female (Celtic and Nordic descent) living in California. Even though I'm not typically outside for more than 20% of my day, I still wear a higher SPF/PA++++ because with the tretinoin the risk of sun damage is significantly increased. Any time you leave the house during the day or sit next to a window, you're being exposed to UV of some sort. Do you drive to work? Walk to the store? It may not seem like it, but all those little instances add up. Plus, if you're wearing a chemical sunscreen and not reapplying, it could be entirely broken down by the time you take your lunch break or leave work.

When I started on tretinoin, I had to go very slowly. Even every other night could get to be too much. I'd notice that with specific products (LaRoche Posay Helios sunscreen) my face felt like it was burning on contact, but there was no additional redness. I would also break out far worse when my skin was in that state. I'd damaged my moisture barrier by over-doing the tretinoin, not moisturizing enough, and not staying hydrated.

I also noticed that with the 0.04%, and recent hormonal changes, my skin didn't like oils anymore. A little Argan or Jojoba here and there is ok for me now, but I had to stop them entirely for at least a month before my skin cleared everything.

You're on 0.08%, which is twice the strength of my script. I think you may have dehydrated your skin and damaged your moisture barrier. The CeraVe PM may not be enough right now. From looking at your routine, it seems as though you're over-cleansing with the foaming wash and Clairsonic. Maybe try the CeraVe Hydrating Cleanser in the AM or just rinse with water in the AM and use the CeraVe Hydrating at night.

Try stopping the Retin-A for two nights, then do every third night for a week or two, then every other night. I would also back off of the manual exfoliation (Clairsonic) and clay/charcoal masks until the breakouts clear up. With a higher concentration tretinoin in combination with the azelaic acid in the AM, your skin is probably really sensitive now.

I know I recommended the Biore Aqua Riche earlier, but after reading your routine I recommend a more hydrating sunscreen like Elta MD or my new favorite Korean Jelly Sunscreen.

I also highly recommend taking a D3 supplement with some fish oil supplements in the morning and a calcium supplement with dinner. These seem to have helped me a lot, along with taking a much more gentle approach to my skin.

u/mmkhaimm · 1 pointr/AsianBeauty

Combination Skin/ Sensetive to Chemical Burns: | Canada: | Acne Prone/Red Spots :

Current Routine/Products I'm Using:


  • As soon as I wake up, I wash my face using CeraVe Hydrating Cleanser

  • Put on CeraVe Moisturizing Lotion

    Post Gym

  • Again, wash my face with the CeraVe Hydrating Cleanser

  • Take a Shower

  • Apply CeraVe Moisturizing Lotion


  • Wash my face with the CeraVe Cleaner

  • Dry my face very well, and wait for 30 minutes

  • Apply LESS than a pee sized 0.05% Tretinoin Creme

  • wait for an hour, then apply CeraVe Moisturizing Lotion

  • Take a 100mg Minocycline Pill.




    My Main Concern

    CeraVe Moisturizing Lotion makes my face Itchy (especially while working out), and am suspecting that it's causing my face to break out in red spots ( Underneath the skin, without bumps).


    What am looking for:
    Is a recommendation for a non-clogging moisturizer, For sensitive skin. That won't make me itchy or break me out in red spots.
u/JamesFromUK · 1 pointr/acne

It is called CeraVe Hydrating Cleanser

This one

Best cleanser I have used and I have tried quite a few. I use around three pumps from the bottle every time I wash.

Was thinking about trying their moistruisers but the one I am using at the moment seems pretty good.

u/831106 · 1 pointr/AsianBeauty

I ordered it from amazon for $14: here!

It's available for prime too so I had it at my doorstep in two days, yay!! :)

u/cymbelines · 1 pointr/AsianBeauty

I've read quite a few times that this version of the cleanser has an ideal pH, whereas the one in the tube has a higher pH. I wouldn't know from experience, though.

u/Nekkosan · 1 pointr/AsianBeauty

Gentler cleansers are less likely to cause acne according to studies. High PH stripping cleansers create an acne friendly environment. I don't know if it's high PH, but harsh cleansers also do damage as well. So then trying to undo with serums and toners is a bit like punching yourself daily and using arnica daily to heal the bruises. Why do that? Find a milder cleanser then add the toners and serums. If you are worried about it not really cleansing well, consider a double cleanse at night. Oil cleanser followed by foaming or other type. Micellars can be used instead of oil cleansers as well.


This Hada Labo cleansers is well liked by people with combo skin.

There is an Innisfree Blueberry one some like.

Stratia Velvet Creamy Cleanser is pretty safe for many skin types. Holy Snails has a new cleanser that looks interesting.

Also mild Etude Soonjung Foaming Cleanser.

There is always that random breakout /irritation factor with any product.

. r/SkincareAddiction has side bar with cleanser recs on the left side.