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  1. A great post-exfoliation product

    I apply a thin layer of rosehip oil on my skin every night and then apply a very light moisturiser (Simple Light Moisturiser). It doesn't appear to block my pores up and is a great product to use after exfoliating (I use a PMD device to exfoliate). It leaves my skin smooth and doesn't smell of anything!
  2. meg242424

    Acne/skin picking journey

    I really think it is a LOT more common than we all think but people obviously have varying degrees of picking behaviour and we have some of the more severe examples! In fact in making the conscious decision to finally tackle my picking behaviour I have noticed I have a close friend who is always picking! I think she has probably triggered me in the past too- it's quite scary. If I think back I remember my Mum insisting she squeezed a few tiny spots that I had on my forehead and she proceeded to cover them in make up and I've had a problem ever since that has just grown worse over the years. I'm glad I know that it is a genuine condition now though. I still have my bad days but they aren't as frequent and I try to focus on all the good days I've had to keep me in check! I'm also drinking lots of water daily to help with the oily skin (it really is helping) and I use face masks over lotions and creams. This means I not only have a covered face but I don't get the opportunity to scan my face as I apply products! All it takes is for me to see a collection of blocked pores in certain lighting and I'll be back and forth to the mirror all day. I found make up clung to scabs and spots too but I have persevered and I find Clinique's stay-matte oil-free to be the best at not drying up or moving about. It is pricey and obviously everybody's skin is different but that works for me. Ironically, I used Clinique's anti blemish foundation for 2 years and I found it so drying that I was constantly picking and forming lumps and bumps and more acne. It really is stressful for us all but like I said it's almost comforting to know that it is recognised and people have overcome this! Keep going guys, one day we will all be able to look in that mirror urge-free!
  3. Can be effective but DO NOT use a whitening brand!

    I have tried this technique on and off over the years. The cheaper the better I say- cheaper toothpastes don't have all the whitening ingredients and chemicals that some big brands contain. I do find the technique uncomfortable though. It dries awkwardly and makes me very aware of how many spots I have! I would recommend using tiny quantities, right before bed for results overnight. These results are temporary however and I would say there are better alternatives out there.
  4. meg242424

    Natural and Anti-Bacterial- I love it!

    Natural and Anti-Bacterial- I love it!

    I love tea tree oil and pretty much any product with tea tree in it! It always leaves me feeling clean with the knowledge that I haven't applied multiple chemicals to my face! I dot on spots or add a drop to my moisturiser for it's acne fighting effects.
  5. meg242424

    Effective!

    Effective!

    I love this idea. Perfect for cleaning my back effectively. However, I am keen to ensure the body buddy is completely free of product and is clean after every use. It could definitely harbour some serious acne inducing bacteria if not regularly washed!
  6. Cleared up angry spots but left my skin dehydrated with blocked pores.

    I used this range for around 2 years. After around 18 months I swapped out the moisturiser for a cheaper Simple moisturiser as it had a horrible consistency on my face and left me feeling greasy. I found the foaming cleanser and toner to be useful in preventing my red, angry spots but there are far too many chemicals in these products for my skin. My skin became dry and my pores clogged further. I was told by Clinique staff that I had to use the full range to see the full effects (surprise, surprise) but I now find a cheaper Clearasil face wash, the Clinique anti-blemish toner (or Garnier Micellar cleansing water) and a light Simple moisturiser is a good balance and works best for me. So you can mix and match these products!
  7. Silicone free, Oil free and Alcohol free!

    I love this primer! So many others have caused blackheads, break outs and excess oil! This primer mattifying effect and dries quickly on the skin. It is simply water with electrolytes- perfect for my sensitive, acne prone skin. Somewhat expensive for what it is but my favourite skin find so far.
  8. Not the foundation for me but don't rule out Clinique entirely!

    This foundation gave me light-medium coverage, dried up my skin and left me with more blackheads and rough patches. However, I did find my skin was less oily at the end of the day than my skin is with other foundations. Clinique do a wide range of oil free foundations and even though not aimed at acne prone skin I am finding their stay matte oil-free make up to be best for my skin right now.
  9. meg242424

    Please help skin picking is ruining my life!!!

    Hi, I'm 21 and also a skin picker. It's actually called Dermatillomania and you are right it is a behaviour that we use to deal with stress- https://www.anxietyuk.org.uk/our-services/anxiety-information/anxiety-disorders/compulsive-skin-picking/ Behavioural therapy is apparently quite effective. I find wearing make up means I don't tend to pick as I cannot see imperfections and I don't want to rub the make up into my skin so my brain turns to turn off almost. I know it's not really good for my skin but it stops the picking behaviour. As for your arms I used to pick all the time, maybe 2 years or so ago, and my arms have not got much scaring and I rarely pick them now. I wear long sleeved t-shirts and sweaters at home so I can't physically pick them. I used, and still use, bio oil to even the skin tone on my arms and body. This helps with scars but sometimes gives me blocked pores but the long sleeves at home means I can't pick them! Exfoliating my arms and body helps too. My key tip is to try not to obsess over picking. As it is linked to anxiety and stress the obsessing almost encourages picking to comfort you. It's a vicious cycle. Drink plenty of water, eat good food (avoid sugar), take off all make up at night (if you wear any) and if you do have a bad day when you pick just accept that you have done it and think to yourself "I've slipped up but I can't take it back now" and move on. I would suggest dealing with the underlying issue and seeking help for your stress and anxiety as this is the root cause of the picking. This is what I am currently trying to achieve and it is helping!
  10. meg242424

    Acne/skin picking journey

    Hi I am 21 and also a compulsive skin picker. It's actually an obsessive compulsive disorder called Dermatillomania. When I first realised I had this I freaked out but then I quickly realised it explains why I can pick or "search" my skin when I'm not aware of it and why I excessively pick during stressful times in my life. For example, if I have an exam or am struggling with anxiety I can spend hours in one day picking my skin. I also scan and pick my arms (which has caused scaring) and I even search through my scalp. I used to prefer my scalp behaviour because at least it was covered in hair and no one could see. However, I accepted this was still picking and making my behaviour continue and I had to stop. I'm I'm honest therapy is going to be helpful to unlearn this behaviour (I am yet to try this). Personally, I find I don't pick when I have make up on. Silly I know but If I have make up on I can't see the imperfections and I don't want to rub it into my skin so my brain seems to turn off and I don't tend to pick. Also If my skin is particularly oily I will pick. So days when I am not wearing make up and my skin becomes oily I simply splash my face with water, dab with a clean towel and walk away. I've learned not to obsess over how often I pick and what products I use. As picking is linked to anxiety not obsessing over these things is key! Your skin would benefit more from you not picking than it ever would from all the creams and medication. I would say your skin is a lot better than mine from the pictures you have provided. Do not be too hard on yourself and please try not to obsess. I have been picking for years too, probably around 7 as well, but I only found out last year about the condition. The issue with skin pickers is not our skin per say but our anxieties and how we pick for comfort. It sounds crazy but it's true. Good luck- you are not alone!
  11. I'm sorry to hear you feel so down about your skin and I can 100% relate. I'm 21 and my skin has gone from bad to worse since I was around 10 I would say. My anxiety over my skin meant I stopped seeking help when I was about 14 because I couldn't bear to go to a specialist without my make up on. How crazy is that. Anyway like you I have just a million blocked pores. My forehead, my nose, my cheeks and even around my ears and my lips. I wish I could go back to my 12 year old self and tell her to stop freaking out about her handful of spots- If only she could see my skin on a good day now. There is only one time in my life where my pores seem to have looked better and my acne non existent and it's a bit tmi but if it could help you it's worth telling. When I was about 17 I suffered with horrendous UTIs. They were near constant and I would drink water all the time to try and help. I would drink a glass of water when I woke up, a few bottles in college (maybe 4 throughout the day), a glass or 2 when I got home, about 3-4 glasses in between dinner and bedtime. After a while my skin was plumped and pores so reduced! Reduced oil production, more even complexion- it was amazing (too bad I was too stressed out with my health concerns to really care!) It's difficult to stick to now I'm better and I don't really think about drinking so much water but when I do I really notice the difference. Over the years no amount of products have consistently helped my skin. I think they have just contributed to my weird, dry/oily, blocked and lumpy skin. It's what I have drank and what I have ate that has really made the difference. Avoiding juice, milk, alcohol and drinking plenty of water and eating loads of fruit of veg and minimising sugar intake is so good for skin. I also find that in the summer using an oil free sun cream (I use clinique sun cream for the face) and getting an hour of sun on my face a day really improved the appearance of my skin too. Not easy now in February but next month I will be back in my garden with any warm day we get. Different things for different people I suppose but these are just a few things I have learned for myself over the last few years. I'm also starting to see the affect of all the creams and cleansers I have used over the years too now- I have fine lines were my skin has been so dried out. At the age of 21 I cannot afford to make this worse it's just too depressing. So yeah water, healthy food and multivitamins are working best for me now. Slowly but surely. Good Luck! You are not alone
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