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Sun Sep 25, 2005 4:39 pm      Reply with quote
**just an FYI before you read the whole thing, i don't have a recommendation. i just have a cry for help..ha!

Hi everyone, my name is Jamie and this is my first time posting on this website. I'm 19, and for years, I've been trying to find products to help my skin. I've realized that the things I don't like about my skin are only going to worsen with age, so I need to start taking care of my skin immediately.
I used to have an acne problem, but now, when I have an occasional pimple, it leaves a mark that takes months to fade. So even though there aren't any pimples in a certain area, there are still lots of red marks that LOOK like pimples.
I also have a lot of brown beauty (not so beautiful) marks on my face partially from genetics and partially from never wearing sunscreen. They all range in size and a couple of them are pigmented skin left over from having moles removed.
I have very slight wrinkles near my lashline which causes make-up to crease. I'd also like to start firming my whole face before I realize that I need to.
The reason I'm wearing make-up right underneath my eyes is because the skin is discolored. Directly underneath my lashline is skin that's always red and I constantly look tired. Below that are blueish circles. I'm assuming the skin around my eyes looks like this because it's thinner, more delicate skin that needs to be plumped up. But then again, I don't have a clue what to do.

So with all this in mind, I'm looking for a daily moisturizer that I can just put on in the morning and wear throughout the day and wear at night.

#1. I don't want it to be thick, shiny, oily, or just plain gross to feel, but I'd like it to keep my face moisturized.
#2. I want it to even out my skin tone and get rid of its discoloration.
#3. I want it to be firming (if it's an anti-aging lotion that works, I'll take it!)
#4. I want it to help the darkness under my eyes.
#5. MOST IMPORTANTLY - spf 15 or higher!

Wow.. I'm needy. If anyone knows of products that are made especially for these seperate problems or if you know of ONE product I can use to take care of ALL OF IT AT ONCE, let me know please! I'd greatly appreciate it. I just want a miracle.. is that too much too ask??
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Sun Sep 25, 2005 6:19 pm      Reply with quote
I dont know of a product that does all 5 things but a vitamin c serum should take care of a lot of your concerns. I use Vivier 10% which is a nice serum to start with, though if you have oily skin it may not be the best one. I think Cellex-C and Skinceuticals make some that people with oily skin tend to like better. You will still need to wear sunscreen, though the vit c will help make the sunscreen even more effective. If you do a search, you should be able to read up on more of the benefits of vit c.

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Sun Sep 25, 2005 6:46 pm      Reply with quote
Well I don't really have a awesome moisturizer to recommend.. I'm still waiting for a miracle myself Laughing but I definitely think you should buy a Vitamin C Serum for your skin tone!
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Sun Sep 25, 2005 6:49 pm      Reply with quote
I agree, vitamin c will help with the discolouration, and help prevent further sun damage. I like the skinceuticals one and the one from

I suggest you start using a daily sunscreen ASAP. A moisturizer with spf 15 will do the job, and if you're in a sunny climate you'll need higher spf and you'll need to reapply.

You will need an eye cream for the dark shouldn't use the facial cream there. I'm sure someone will be able to recommend a good one. I do find that jane iredale circle delete concealer is great for hiding the circles (get #2, it's a pinky tone that hides the blue)

As for a daily moisturizer...I'm sure someone can recommend a good one. I personally can't use ones with the built in sunscreen because of allergies. If you're willing to do 2 steps I recently got the Babor B young combination cream and really like it.

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Mon Sep 26, 2005 2:56 pm      Reply with quote
Decleor's Prolagene Energizing Gel may help with your acne scarring, however, results can take several months, but it may be something you want to consider if you're willing to stick to it.

Also, you should have a seperate moisturizer and sunscreen...Moisturizers/creams penetrate the layers of the skin to treat it, and sunscreens stay on top of the skin to protect it and act as a barrier. A 2-in-1 doesn't do that - it's just a marketing scheme to try to offer convenience to consumers. Confused

Interesting topic...good luck!

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Mon Sep 26, 2005 9:14 pm      Reply with quote
Hi Jamie Smile If you do find that miracle potion, promise you will pm me immediately? Very Happy In the meantime, your skin issues will have to be addressed by several products. Here are some that have helped me:

Vit C serum - for hyperpigmentation, acne
scars,evening out skin tone, collagen
production which will result in firming
DIY aspirin mask - for acne scars
Vit K - for dark undereye circles
Sunscreen - to prevent future pigmentation and
prevent existing spots from re-pigmenting
due to UV exposure

My impression is that you are prone to pigmentation problems so try to get the highest SPF/PPD sunscreen your skin can tolerate. It might be better to use a separate moisturizer because then you can use it with sunscreen for day and alone for night. If you had acne before a chemical sunscreen could irritate your skin if left on overnight; a physical sunscreen might be too occlusive to have on your face for too long. IMHO these are risks which are not worth it because there is no need for sun protection at night. Also, the amounts of SPF moisturizer used by most people tend to be too little to provide adequate sun protection. HTH

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Tue Sep 27, 2005 3:57 am      Reply with quote
You might try "Super" vitamin K under your eyes. (I've found it at those big Wal-Marts). It takes awhile but does works on dark circles and discoloration under the eyes. It also has healing properties so give it a try on your scars as well.

If you have deep scarring, try Mederma, (you can usually find it in larger drugstores). It's a bit pricey but plastic surgeons recommend it to treat scars. Again, it can take months to see any difference.

Many times an initial consultation with a dermatologist is free, it might be helpful to get a professional opinion as well!

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Tue Sep 27, 2005 10:31 am      Reply with quote
I agree with the posts from above about Vitamin C serum. If you are looking for just one product to help with all this, that's the one that will get you most of what you want results-wise. I use the C+ Firming serum but vivier/psf/skinceuticals are all popular here as well. I use my C right up to my lash line, too.
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Tue Sep 27, 2005 4:45 pm      Reply with quote
You've got some excellent advice above, but I am going to buck the trend and suggest you need to see an aesthetician (or possibly a dermatologist) for your situation. After all, every product in the world (and you sound like you do not want to use a lot of products) cannot do it all, and a good facial and strategy is better than a cabinet of 12 creams that you used for 2 weeks and then gave up on.
You should ask about facials for the blemishes and mild procedures like Intense Pulsed Light, Electronic Muscle Stimulation (yes they do it for the face), Radio Frequency facials (European-harder to find- be prepared to hunt for these),MicroDermabrasion and Peels. All of these can help- it just depends on what your specific needs. The aesthetician can give you a better understanding of your redness around the eyes- it could be sensitivity, fluid retention, etc.
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