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tynkerbell
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Mon Jun 06, 2005 2:28 am      Reply with quote
I'm a teenager with oily and acneish skin.
All of you have so much experience, so would you please give me some advice, as to what skin care regime I can mantain at my age?
Should I keep it simple...
Sunscreen, Face Wash, Benzoyl Peroxide

Or should I use antioxidants and stuff to heal my skin?

I went for a facial a few times, that left my skin angry. The facialist says my skin is thin? I guess that means its not strong?

Oh well. Please please lend me some advice so that when I grow to maybe 20, I can be proud of my skin.

Prevention is the best cure? Tell me what to do to start now.

Thanks alot! really appreciate it

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Mon Jun 06, 2005 2:31 am      Reply with quote
One more thing, should I exfoliate regularly with my dermalogica daily microfoliant?
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Mon Jun 06, 2005 5:50 am      Reply with quote
Hi tinkerbell, when I was in my teens my skin was really bad, the one thing that I wish I'd known about was vitamin supplements. Teenagers need supplements more than any other age group as their body is changing so much and so when you get into your early twnties your still picking up the pieces from all the hormone disruption Rolling Eyes Wink
The best way to treat your skin is firstly from the inside out. I'd recomend Zinc 15mg, a good B Complex (the highest you can find), Fish Oils and Beneficial Bacteria. It will take you a couple of months before you notice a difference.
Make sure your diet is low in sugar, cafene, alcohol (The hard one Wink ) and rifined foods eg chips, crisps, McD's
Eat lots of vegies, salads, fish, nuts, seeds, fruits, wholegrains, meats, Extra Virgin Olive Oil and Butter.
Yes I would keep skincare simple, use a gentle face wash, toner (witch hazel would be good), moisturiser - try jojoba oil (see the Dr Hauschka theory, the Normalising Day Oil is good although I find Jojoba Oil works just the same at a fraction of the cost).
Sunscreen after the moisturiser, I like the Avene range and have heard that the La Roche Posay range is good as well.
Have a look at the recipes section you could have a go at making up carekates Dr Hauschka Cleansing Cream.
I have heard nothing but praise for Dermalogica's Daily Microfoliant but it may be too harsh if you suffer from oily, acneish skin to use every day. Try using this just a couple of times a week.
I always found that the more simple my routine, the less I faffed with my skin, the better it got. I hope this helps Very Happy

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Mon Jun 06, 2005 6:44 am      Reply with quote
tynkerbell - I think this largely depends on how your skin responds to different products, which, unfortunately, you find out from trial and error. For example, my skin does not seem to react well to Benzoyl Peroxide but anything with glycolic/salicylic acid just clears out all congestion and blocked pores. My skin also loves the Microfoliant and I can use this daily without drying out my skin.

I do agree with Rosebud that diet is very important (as is drinking lots of water - my skin tends to get congested when I drop off the water intake) so I think you should look at that. Then you will just need to experiment to find the perfect balance. I do nowadays lean more towards natural skincare products and I was thinking of something along the lines of Creme 15 and Juvenil from YonKa (both are gentle and have been very effective for me, and others too by the sounds of things). Please try to get samples first Wink

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Mon Jun 06, 2005 7:31 am      Reply with quote
Thanks! So supplements, right food. no alcohol! I don't usually drink it but what bad luck. =p My mom just cooked a meal today and my dad popped a bottle of wine. Should have read your entry earlier! =D

anyway, my diet is pretty good. I try to avoid those stuff. But why do you recommend that butter should be a part of my diet? I thought it's oily and would make your skin breakout more?

As for the witchhazel & jojoba oil, where can i get it? can i use it pure, or do i have to do my own concoction?

btw, my mom ordered this supplement called clear pores for me. arriving soon. i'll see how it goes & post here!
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Mon Jun 06, 2005 11:17 am      Reply with quote
Hi Tinkerbell (love the name, I imagine you to be all delicate and cute now Very Happy )
When I said butter I meant that instead of using margarine on bread which is full of trans fats, always use butter. Personally I think bread dipped in Extra Virgin Olive Oil is tasty.
Wine with a meal is the best way to drink alcohol, as long as you don't binge drink - everything in moderation Very Happy
I bought my witch hazel from the local chemist and I think I bought my Jojoba Oil from The Body Shop, although I imagine you can pick it up from most places.
Let us all know how you go on with the Clear Pores supplements, I would love to know what they contain and how effective they are for you Very Happy

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Mon Jun 06, 2005 5:35 pm      Reply with quote
Right! =D
Thanks alot, i'll sure let all of you know how the clear pores goes. http://www.clearpores.com

Currently, i am using my dermalogica barrier repair as a moisturizer. I think it contains shea butter. is that alright? btw, where do you buy good jojoba oil?
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Mon Jun 06, 2005 9:05 pm      Reply with quote
Tynkerbell,
I am 29 years old as of tomorrow Laughing and have been suffering with acne since I was 13. It has never been the cystic "pizza face" variety, but always present to varying degrees. I have tried nearly everything imaginable to clear my face, but through trial and error and against popular opinion the thing that seems to work the best is being very gentle and very moisturizing. I agree with Rosebud that the jojoba oil or Dr. H Normalizing Oil is fantastic. It may not make sense, but it really does help your skin to produce less oil. I have thin skin too and whenever I get facials, my skin flares. I think you should exfoliate maximum twice a week. Remember... anything that irritates will flare acne. The Daily Microfoliant, however, is a superb product to use. Mabsy recommended you to use Yonka Juvenil, which I have yet to try, but have heard only great things about.
I used to get a bit of constant acne on my chest and back when I used to use a loofah in the shower everyday. I stopped using it (because I imagined the multitudes of bacteria in it) and started using Dove soap instead and they both cleared up completely. I just think in the long run gentle is always better.
Just my humble opinion... I hope this helped you.
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Tue Jun 07, 2005 12:18 am      Reply with quote
thanks! it sure has.
i'm like you too. i have never got any huge cystic acne but these bumps do irritate me. i had clear skin (REALLY clear) when I was 13. Now i don't know what has happened. I hope i won't have to suffer for a long time. Hows yours now?
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Wed Jun 08, 2005 2:02 pm      Reply with quote
Mine seems to be settling down now after using the gentle approach. I'll keep my fingers crossed. I truly hope you don't have to suffer much more either.

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