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Old 10-06-2008, 03:20 PM
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Location: Bangor Maine
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Can anyone PLEASE recommend a gentle, reasonably-priced cleanser and moisturizer? As I'm approaching 40 ( ) my skin is still oily and prone to break-outs. I've tried many of the acne cleansers and lotions, but they dry my skin out too much and really haven't done much to get rid of zits and blackheads. I recently tried the Neutrogena Acne kit, and my skin felt fried after a few days of use. I'm also looking for a good eye cream to help with crow's feet. (By reasonably-priced I mean no more than $10 to $15 for each product.)

I would appreciate any recommendations very much.

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Old 10-06-2008, 03:26 PM
 
Location: Orlando, Florida
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I use the Oil of Olay Active Hydrating Cream. It has no oil in it since it is water based. Fabulous stuff! (I'm 50) You should be able to find it online or in the store for less than $8. Again, this stuff is just wonderful and makes your skin look/feel great.
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Old 10-06-2008, 03:27 PM
 
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You need something to exfoliate while cleansing- trial and error different things that do that
(alpha hydroxy is a good one)

Toner - rosewater (google the recipe on how to make it) very cheap.

Moisture - bottle of pure aloe or strait from the plant. VERY cheap and effective.

Honey gets rid of zits - just dab it on the pimple
Plain clay unscented cat litter ground finely and made into a make sucks out your pores

Those are my cheapie suggestions.
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Old 10-06-2008, 03:48 PM
 
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Can anyone PLEASE recommend a gentle, reasonably-priced cleanser and moisturizer? As I'm approaching 40 ( ) my skin is still oily and prone to break-outs. I've tried many of the acne cleansers and lotions, but they dry my skin out too much and really haven't done much to get rid of zits and blackheads. I recently tried the Neutrogena Acne kit, and my skin felt fried after a few days of use. I'm also looking for a good eye cream to help with crow's feet. (By reasonably-priced I mean no more than $10 to $15 for each product.)

I would appreciate any recommendations very much.
Have you been to a dermatologist? That is the ONLY thing that worked for me. I use differin now. It's awesome!
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Old 10-07-2008, 04:09 PM
 
Location: Albuquerque
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Have you thought about having your hormones checked? I had to go on the birth control pill to get my skin under control. There really aren't any products that will effectively address over production of oil. If the bcp isn't your thing you could also consider bioidentical hormones.

HER Place Women's Health - Individualized Hormone Replacement Therapy

Before I went on the pill I tried ProActiv, etc. Nothing ever worked well. Once your hormones are under control you will be able to use a gentle cleanser and moisturizer without any problems.
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Old 10-07-2008, 04:13 PM
 
Location: Bay Area
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I agree with going to a dermatologist. And generally health insurance covers office visits.

It may seem less expensive to purchase from drugstores, but in the long run, if its ineffective, its a waste of money and you are better off spending your money on products that actually work.
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Old 10-07-2008, 04:22 PM
 
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dermatologist = not reasonably priced

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Old 10-07-2008, 05:42 PM
 
Location: North Shore Long Island
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dermatologist = not reasonably priced

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Not necessarily. My derm is a proponent of OTC products such as Oil of Olay, Neutrogena, Cetaphil, etc.. The only thing he has me on that might be considered costly is Retin-A (it's covered under my insurance, so it's only $10). I'm doing Retin-A as an anti-wrinkle treatment.
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Old 10-07-2008, 06:27 PM
 
Location: Indiana
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I second the Retin A, I use the micronized version which is good for pimples and wrinkles. I use Aveeno cleanser or Neutrogena, both for sensitive skin. If you are using an acne regimine, you don't need a harsh or exfoliating cleanser.

The only thing that stopped my adult acne is Amoxcillin anti-biotics. I put off taking this for years, but I get deep cystic acne and the Pill makes me moody. I finally gave up on age stopping my acne.Good luck!!
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Old 10-07-2008, 06:34 PM
 
Location: Charlotte, NC
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Can anyone PLEASE recommend a gentle, reasonably-priced cleanser and moisturizer? As I'm approaching 40 ( ) my skin is still oily and prone to break-outs. I've tried many of the acne cleansers and lotions, but they dry my skin out too much and really haven't done much to get rid of zits and blackheads. I recently tried the Neutrogena Acne kit, and my skin felt fried after a few days of use. I'm also looking for a good eye cream to help with crow's feet. (By reasonably-priced I mean no more than $10 to $15 for each product.)

I would appreciate any recommendations very much.
I use a Clinique cleanser to wash off make-up and dirt. I use a toner occasionally. For pimples I use a little Tea Tree Oil on the acne prone areas. I'm in the same age group as you and have tried numerous acne treatments but they all dried out my skin, yet I still had the zits.

Amagingly enough the Tea Tree Oil worked. Mind you, it smells like camphor and a little goes a long way. One of two drops at the most. I buy the 100% TTO at the health food store and use a cotton swab to apply it. TTO is anti-bacterial and anti-fungal and contrary to some beliefs, the oil is so lightweight, it will NOT clog your pores or make your skin break out more. It also will not make your skin dry like most acne creams. It costs between $6-10, depending on the brand and will last quite a while.

As for the crows feet, really the only thing you can do is minimize their appearance. Keep yourself very hydrated from the inside out. In other words, drink plenty of water and use a good eye cream. If you are dehydrated, so is your skin.
Personally, I have used a TCA chemical peel at home a few times and had some success. Of course I still have a few lines but they aren't as obvious as before. My eye cream is Clinique and it has a velvety soft texture to it and a little goes a long way with it. Grant you, I paid between $30-40 (can't remember now) but I've had it quite a while.

I think this stuff works pretty well since most people guess my age around 32. I'm in my early 40's!
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