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Got the Blemish Blues?

20 Jun

Got the following message from a friend on fb:

hello Ms. Kate! Congrats on all your great news approaching: baby, business, seems like life is falling together well 🙂 I had a question for the resident beauty product girl 😉 perhaps you can make me a recommendation? haha i hope its not irritating that i ask you!! 🙂

Adult onset skin issues: blackheads and the every now and then red spot….any suggestions on products to diminish these? the daily cleaners leave my skin so horridly dry (i use the purity cleanser)…so do you know of good spot treatments? facial masks? once a week treatments? also, ingrown hairs…i get them something awful from tweezing on my face…i heard witch hazel helps to prevent the chronic issues..have you heard this or experienced anything?

by the way, mederma for scars worked but it takes FOREVER for old scars. once i get medical insurance making a dermatology apt might just need to have lazer treatment…

I actually LOVE that I am now product girl and can offer my insights and do something useful with all the product knowledge I have! Here is my response:

Hi! No it doesn’t bother me at all, and thank you for all the congrats – and congrats to you as well! So proud of you!

I have been blessed with awesome skin for most of my life. That said, pregnancy has be wreaking HAVOC on my face and I have been having terrible breakouts. My recommendations are:

Burt’s Bees Blemish Stick: Best herbal blemish remedy on the market. You can apply it a couple times a day with no ill effects.

Neutrogena On-the-Spot Acne Treatment: For more serious issues, it’s a benzoyl peroxide medication and works great.

Queen Helene Mint Julep Masque: I recommend it on my blog (https://lipglosslife.com/2012/04/01/spa-out-your-bathroom/) and I stand by it. It’s cheap, it’s proven, and it does the job – totally dries out problem zones and cleans the heck out of your skin.

Ingrown hairs: I blessedly don’t get these anywhere but my bikini line, but there, I get them BAD. I have been using witch hazel since I got pregnant but honestly it hasn’t helped much. Before that I used PFB Vanish and Whish Flawless, both of which my esthetician recommended, and both of which worked awesome. Before that I used Nufree Finipil, which works best of all, but can be hard to get ahold of.

My scars fade really fast and pretty much disappear… you almost can’t even see the one from my operation last year (again, just really lucky, I guess), but I did use Vitamin E Cream on it daily for weeks after it had healed, which may have helped.

One last note: Cleansers that dry your skin too much can actually cause more problems than they solve. I am definitely not a cream cleanser proponent – I hate having my face feel oily after washing – but if your skin feels really tight you might want to consider switching cleansers or using cold water to wash your face (if you’re not already). When your skin gets too dried out it actually goes into oil production overdrive (or so I have heard) to try to protect itself. I currently use Caudalie’s Foaming Cleanser (their whole line, actually) and absolutely swear by it.

OH one other thing, but you’re not going to like it. The best exfoliator I have found anywhere is Kate Somerville’s ExfoliKate but it is super expensive. If you want I could put some in a little tester size and send it to you so you could see if it’s worth it to you, or you might be able to get a sample at Sephora. I use it every other day and it is awesome.

Okay, whew! Hope that’s not too much info! I might post this as a blog, with your questions (anonymously) first, if that doesn’t bother you?


There you have it! Not only did she agree to let me post her questions here, she has also graciously offered to try out my recommendations and get back to me with thoughts, so we can get a second opinion on some of these products. Hope this helps someone!

PM Skin Care: The Estée Lauder Edition

12 Mar

I have been promising to follow up my AM version of this for some time, but it’s going to be a long one and I have been busy. After being told the other day, however, that my skin “looks like a baby’s,” I think it’s finally time to get on it!

I used to be really, really lazy about taking my makeup off at night (read: I didn’t do it), but as I have gotten older, I have started trying to take better care of my skin. This includes not just removing makeup at night, but also moisturizing and pampering so my skin can recover as I sleep.

The first step in this nightly routine is the removal of eye makeup. I used to use Almay’s eye makeup remover pads, which are really good and gentle, but I need about five a night to do what Neutrogena’s extra gentle eye makeup remover pads do in one. One side for each eye and I’m done. Sometimes they’re a bit dry, but I just add a little tap water and they work fantastically. Gentle and effective – a must.

Next I use SpaSilk baby washcloths and water – no soap – to cleanse my face. I get the washcloth wet and gently scrub the makeup off my face. Since I use mineral-based makeup, I am not too concerned about any being left on my skin, but a gentle water wash with the aid of the washcloth seems to get almost everything off anyhow. I am prone to dry skin, so the less soap I use on my face, the better.

I keep the following four items next to my bed.

I start with lip balm because by the time I’m done moisturizing my face, my hands are too slick to open the tube! Clinique Repairwear Intensive Lip Treatment is my balm du jour. It’s extremely smooth and hydrating, goes on softly like a gloss, but is in no way sticky, goopy, or at all “makeup” like. Additionally, it’s totally fragrance free, which I’d normally eschew in a lip gloss, but before bed and after brushing your teeth, it’s kind of nice to have something that’s not all smelly and flavored.

Estée Lauder Advanced Night Repair Eye goes on next. I dab it under and around my eyes. I definitely see a difference in my crow’s feet from before I started using this and now, so I’d recommend it. Not sure how much it does for dark circles and bags, but the best things for those are really plenty of sleep and plenty of water, anyhow. This formula is a “gel” type (as opposed to a cream) and is very light and pleasant.

After eye gel, I put on Estée Lauder’s Advanced Night Repair. There has been a LOT of buzz about this product, but unfortunately I can’t 100% speak to it. Granted, I get a lot of compliments on my skin, even from estheticians during facials, but I have a pretty complicated routine, so who knows how much this one product is actually contributing to it. Nonetheless, I have had no bad experiences with it, and perhaps it is an integral part of what keeps my skin healthy. At any rate, this is a very light, gentle serum, with an almost unnoticeable fragrance. It’s pretty pricey, but people do seem to love it.

Final step (whew)! After ALLLL that other stuff is done, I smooth some Estée Lauder Time Zone Night over my face and neck. It’s pleasant smelling and just as nice and creamy as you’d expect a night cream to be.

Voila! That’s the whole lineup.