Ok so i want to wear makeup but i have a problem. I have used treatments on my skin (specifically cheeks) that have dried that area out and made it red and irritated and slight flaky. I want to wear makeup to cover the scars and acne on my cheeks, but foundation looks horrible if i dont use moisturizer (and even sometimes if i do)because it accentuates all the flakes/dry areas and settles into the lines of the scars. Its kinda hard to explain. my cheeks arent extremely flaky, its more just lil pieces of dead skin that are not noticeable without makeup. So obv, u wud think the answer to this is simply to use moisturizer. BUT i cant use moisturizer ever since trying differin bc it doesnt absorb and leaves my face so greasy and its like a shiny film over my face. It feels gross and icky. (basically my skin is a bit dry after cleansing but then later it becomes EXTREMELY OILY). and if i do use moisturizer with foundation, my skin will get so oily and the foundation will wear off and settle into the lines of my face. Well since i have scarring i NEED to use sunscreen, so i use a moisturizer with spf (i know i just sed that i cant, but this is the only exception)BUT i have to add cornstarch to it to make it matte and absorb oil (and even then im still very oily but not as much as without) or else i will be greasy and gross. Using this cornstarch moisturizer mixture keeps me less oily than using no moisturizer at all. (srry if this is complicated.) So the problem with that is i cant use makeup over the moisturizer with cornstarch. addin cornstarch kinda takes out the moisturizing properties and im left with a powder finish. So applying makeup over that is like apply foundation over powder and it does not look good at all. It doesnt blend, and settles into the lines and small cracks of my skin and looks cakey and chalky. Its horrible. I do wear concealer sometimes on active blemishes but what i do is apply the cornstarch moisturizer, then take a wet paper towel and wipe the area where i want to put concealer to get rid of the cornstarch moisturizer. then i apply regular moisturizer w/o cornstarch to help the concealer blend. (cant do this on my whole face bc it will all become super oily, can only do a couple spots) usually it will look somewhat presentable but it still looks cakey and noticeable. Do u have any advice? Any oil stopping primer/lotion/anything u'd suggest? certain foundation? tips? application method? (the ones ive tried are the covergirl 3 in 1 outlast as well as revlon color stay oily skin and garnier oily skin bb cream) the concealer im using is almay, the one with blemish medication in it.and btw, ur prob thinking i need to treat the dry area, well at night and before i apply the cornstarch moisturizer i use jojoba oil and i dont use the harsh treatments anymore, i only spot treat. and honestly its not even that dry, just slightly. everything just settles into the scars and makes it so noticeable, i feel like im not explaining myself. :/ and its only my cheeks that are like that, the rest of my face has pretty normal texture (besides it being bumpy small blemishes, but i mean as far as the small flakes/lines/tiny cracks)
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Posted 14 December 2013 - 12:03 AM
Posted 15 December 2013 - 03:49 AM
I'd advise you to maybe try using a hydrating serum which you can apply after cleansing and before moisturising.
I naturally have oily skin but my face became dehydrated once I started the regimen, due to the drying effects of benzyl peroxide. Even after decreasing the amount of benzyl peroxide and only using the treatment once a day at night, my skin still felt dehydrated and I did not feel comfortable wearing makeup and instead I would always apply moisturiser throughout the day to keep it hydrated. But since I incorporated a hydrating serum in the mornings, my face is no longer dry and doesn't flake, and now feels plumped and hydrated, and makeup actually looks good.
The serum I use is Caudalie Vinosource S.O.S Thirst Quenching Serum, which is very pricey. But there are cheaper alternatives out there that you can check out such as Reviva Labs Professional Strength Hyaluronic Acid Serum, Indeed Labs Hydraluron, Cosmetic Skin Solutions Hydra B5 Gel.
I would also recommend using a makeup setting spray which would take away the cakey-look of your makeup. I personally can't go without a setting spray if I'm wearing makeup, it is that good. Not only does it help my makeup stay in place all day but if my face looks a bit too powdery for my liking it will take away that powdery/cakey look. If not, even a rosewater mist would be good to help your makeup look less cakey.
Posted 15 December 2013 - 07:12 AM
Status: Clear after 30 years. Wow, I guess it's been 6 years, now.
[ Story: Severe Acne since I was 10. 10+ years of Dermatologists, Antibiotics, topicals and ACCUTANE did nothing. Discovered oranges triggered the worst of my cystic acne = about 70% improvement. Tried some nutrient supplements like B-complex with zinc and C, saw palmetto and a BHA like the aspirin mask = more improvement, a lot less oily. Then, Diet changes = Clear.
Regimen: Anti-inflammatory, nutrient dense, blood sugar stabilizing diet and supplements (for hormones, inflammation, aging, health). No soap or other cleanser except for hand washing! Water only or Oil cleanse. Aloe Vera mixed with niacinimide and a high linoleic acid oil for moisturizer and reduce pigmentation.
Diet effects acne in so many ways: hormone balance, inflammation, Insulin levels, digestion, allergies and intolerances, liver function, adrenal function, SHBG levels, sebum quality, cell function and turnover, nutrient deficiencies, body fat, etc. Basic advice: Eat, sleep, supplement and exercise like you are a diabetic. And eat real food!
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When you eat stuff, Stuff Happens!
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