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dry sensitive skin on face have searched for years for the perfect routine


I have sensitive as well as dry skin. I have tried so many products but with no luck. I also am acne prone which makes it worse. I dont mind paying a little more for a product as long as it works. I dream of clear soft supple skin. I also just want a routine that finally works. Currently I am using dove sensitive cleanser as well as the moisturizer. It's ok but my skin skin lacks moisture and is dull. PLEASE HELP ME!!! I NEED IT!!!
Jun 13, 2008 @ 12:10 am

10 Replies

Feisty Redhead


You might benefit from trying the Oil Cleansing Method. I know it sounds nuts and like something that would have the opposite effect you're going for and believe me I was super skeptical when I first tried it out. But I've been doing it for about 2 months now and my skin is doing great. I won't lie and say it's made my skin perfect - I still get blemishes now and then just like I always have. But it's really helped in keeping my skin soft and glowy. There's an article about OCM and how to do it located here: http://tinyurl.com/6jb4a2

I personally have had great results using grapeseed oil (bought from the grocery store, in the Asian foods aisle where I live.) for this - I know others who use mixtures of evoo and castor oil with great results, some prefer just the evoo... you just have to try and see what works best for you if it works out for you at all - this method of cleansing certainly isn't for everyone but it's a very popular one among my circle of friends and we all have very different skin types and issues to deal with. So it's at least worth a try.

Also, depending on how much makeup you use you *might* need to use an eye makeup remover before doing an OCM. I usually just use some sheer eye shadow and a little (water resistant but not waterproof) mascara and usually just the OCM can get that off without any trouble. I've had days of wearing more though and I've needed something extra to get the eye makeup off - everything else always comes off just fine though.
Jun 13, 2008 @ 06:23 am
Ali de Bold


Assuming you haven't already, you should see a dermatologist. They could get you on the right regime before you invest any more in products that don't work. If you've already done that without success, I agree with FR that natural products may be a good solution for you. Because they are only made with natural ingredients, there is less there to irritate your skin. A neat trick that really works for me is using honey that you buy from the grocery store. It is a natural cleanser and moisturizer in one. If you get the hard creamed kind (clover honey), it also works as an exfoliant.

Steam your face for a few minutes until your pores are dripping sweat. This can be done by boiling some water, putting it into a large mixing bowl, letting it stand about 30 seconds and then leaning your head over it with a towel draped over your head to trap the steam in.

Then apply the honey directly to your face, massaging it in circular motions. Once your face has a nice shiny sticky coating of honey, go lie down on the couch for a few minutes and relax. This prevents honey from dripping all over your clothes and it's just nice and relaxing.

Wash it off with a clean warm wash cloth and then apply a toner. I like the Life Brand Apricot or a natural toner called Lavender Mint by Wild Sage (available online at Apothena.com). If you need a little moisturizer afterwards, try Kiehl's Ultra Facial Moisturizer. The stuff is amazing and you only need a little.

This routine will help seriously with the glow factor and it (hopefully!) won't irritate your skin.
Jun 13, 2008 @ 09:24 am
Ali de Bold

in Toronto?

If you live here Garnier is doing an experiential booth right beside the harbourfront center where they are doing skin and hair analysis and recommending different products for you to try. They have a wide range and I highly recommend you check that out. It is free and they do give out some free samples too!
Jun 13, 2008 @ 12:39 pm

Honey love

There's been a lot of discussion about honey as a beauty product in these forums, and at first I was a little skeptical. It truly works amazing and I was surprised at how moisturized my skin was after simply rinsing my face off. I didn't even need my normal face cream! Give it a try!
Jun 13, 2008 @ 04:44 pm

Honey love, part two

I forgot to mention, I struggle with a little adult acne which the honey does quite a good job zapping. Not perfect, as good or better than all the drugstore brands (plus it's natural)!
Jun 13, 2008 @ 04:45 pm
Scents Of Peace

So proud of you girls - mmmmwah !

Oil and honey work well together as well as apart !

I know you want to reach for the soap - but don't ! It strips the oils from your face and causes the body to overproduce to compensate - so here is your current scenario :

Wash face with soap = "dry" skin that goes into oil-overdrive to compensate and also over-exfoliates due to dryness = too much oil and dead skin that clog pores = acne

Go back in the threads and read where I explained how to wash with honey and why. Just be gentle when cleansing - never scrub - and educate yourself to the ingredients in your skin care products.

I *completely* agree about oil washing. It is a proven and practical way to care for the skin. Somewhere in the forum I talk about using castor oil to remove eye makeup . . .

Last thing - avoid glycerin-based products. In the long run they deplete moisture from the deep layers of your skin. The main reason it is added to our products is to keep THEM from drying out - not to moisturize our skin. That is a myth . . . a very harmful skincare myth !

Jun 18, 2008 @ 01:04 pm

use organic cosmetics


may try some of the Jiadé Organic
Cosmetics products - they are made of certified organic ingredients
only - very
clean line. The Truly Organic Moisturizer for Oily, dehydrated, acne
prone skin
is working very well on skin that needs to balance the sebum, to retain
moisture and to prevent acne. Also you may try the organic Cleanser
that has mild
exfoliating, moisturizing and cleaning effect. When you purchase skin
care products,
please, read the ingredients list - avoid ingredients with chemical
alcohol, parabens, fragrances, animal derivatives (collagen, emu oil,
etc), petroleum products - all of them could cause damage to the skin.
cosmetics that contains food grade ingredients - means you may eat them
anyway your skin as your major body organ actually "eats" the
products applied on.



Jun 16, 2009 @ 02:38 pm

My experience. and comment of oil cleansing method

I have really dry and sensitive skin too. And i break out often if i don't take care of my skin. I've used Fancl House Mico Cleansing Oil for the longest time (It's a Japanese brand, quite expensive, but last a while) I just pump two pumps and put it on my dry face directly and massage, it gets every single trace of make up off without drying your skin. There are other alternatives out there, the ones that i know of are mostly asian brands. I know there's a DHC olive cleansing oil, Mandom cleansing oil. you can do some research on the net with those ones. My parents ships mine to me, but if you live in toronto, they sell it at Pacific Mall in those beauty boutiques. 

For my pimples, i mainly use Mario Badescu Products. Their famous drying lotion is a good choice for hot summer months, but i do find it a bit drying, so i use it on inflamed pimples. I found the drying cream works wonders on pimples without drying the skin too much. Another non-invasive way is my Tanda Skin Light therapy.It's the same concept as the LED light therapy you get at a derm's office but it's an at home version. If you purchase it from Holt or Sephora, it's around 250 for two different light heads. The red one is for wrinkles, inflammation, collagen production, age spots, sun spots etc and the blue light is mainly for acne and kills acne bacteria.I use it every singly night while i surf the net or watch Tv. i just use my normal routine, and then let it set in my skin a little and then treat it with Tanda. It doesn't irritate the skin or dry the skin but works wonders. If a have a big pimple coming out, i concentrate on that area for three mins (1 cycle) with both the red and blue light. And the blue really helps with that, and i find the red really helps with inflammation. It doesn't stop the pimple all the time but it'll shrink it and help it heal faster. I definitely recommend it if you have extra cash, don't mind the long treatment time (24 mins). It's a great way to treat sensitive skin without drying or irritating the skin. I've also read that it helps with rosacea, so i guess it's a safe bet for sensitive skin. 
Jun 17, 2009 @ 10:54 am

I have the same problem

I have the same problem - sensitive skin with mild acne. I've tried a bunch of things and am trying something new now and it's not working so great but I'm supposed to give it until August. I've tried the following:

-Neutrogena stuff
-this line of product my esthetician recommended (I forget the name right now)
-some prescription my dermatologist recommended

None of them worked. With Proactiv and Murad, they worked for maybe a few weeks but then it got significantly worse.

Honey didn't work for me. I tried it for 2 weeks. There was pretty much no change or it got worse. Probably not due to the honey but just because I wasn't cleaning anything.

Now I'm trying a strong prescription my dermatologist recommended. He said changes won't happen immediately and to go back in 2-3 months to see how things are working. Another thing he recommended was going to certain brands of birth control pill.

I don't know what works but I think everyone will react different to everything. I'd suggest to just keep trying and hopefully something will work. Or like misschickie said, go to your dermatologist and see what he/she says. That person will be able to give you a proper assessment whereas everyone on this forums is giving you advice from personal experience. But we haven't seen your skin and probably have no idea what's going on.
Jun 17, 2009 @ 10:16 pm

my two cents....

First of all, you've already received the best advise - go to a dermatologist, figure out whats causing this and what to do to fix it.

If you've already been to no avail, then here's my skin regime..I hope it might help even a bit in guiding you towards whatever suits your skin type (i'm sort of copy pasting my review on this regime, so pls don't mind if it is worded a bit wierd):

I've been using the Clinique 3 step system for a several weeks now, and have marked a noticible difference in the look and feel of my skin. It is very smooth, radiant even! I have stopped wearing foundation / powder because my face simply does not need it anymore. I apply some blush and gloss and I'm good to go..!!

The 3 step includes:
Liquid Facial Soap
Clarifying Lotion
Dramatically Different Moisturizing Lotion

I've also added to that:
Superdefense SPF 25 (day time moisturizer)
Super Rescue Antioxidant Night Moisturizer
All About Eyes (eye cream)
7 day scrub (exfoliant)

Each of these products are made in various formulae to custom fit each of our skin. My friend has combination / oily skin (and she used to break out quite a bit), she uses the 3 Step, I have dry skin and I use it as well. We're both getting amazing results.

I use each twice a day - when I wake up in the morning, and before going to bed, and started noticing a dramatic difference on the second day of usage! I have to admit, I've skipped many day and nights but skipping it once in a while doesn't seem to make any difference. You just get right back on the bandwagon and no one knows any better.

The clinique experts at Bay @ Eatons diagnosed my skin and determined which type of skin I have and what products it needs to look its best. They also call regularly to follow up and make sure I'm liking the product, that its suiting me, etc. I also get a free Clinique Facial.

The whole thing cost me about $250-ish, and in my opinion worth every penny. Our face is the first font we show the world, and with these results, its more than worth it.
I know I'll be sticking to this product for a very long time.

And I just met a girl at the shop crawl who has amaaaaaaaaaazing skin, and she swears by Dermalogica - a bit pricy, but judging from her skin, I'd say its VERY worth it.
You can read reviews on Dermalogica here:
and many more - just do a search on "dermalogica" on this site and you should come across pleanty.

Hope this was helpful!
best of luck... :)

Jun 19, 2009 @ 12:28 am

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