Wednesday, August 24, 2005

Beauty Question= "Help Me Fight Blemishes!"

J. writes,
Hi Jolie! (or Nadine, whichever you prefer:-) )
I need help! I'm a redhead with fair, freckled skin that's ridiculously sensitive. I'm kind of weird in that I actually do have the
ability to tan a little bit but I try to avoid that. In any case, my skin is really sensitive and I find myself breaking out all the time. I'm 24 years old and still in school so I avoid makeup, especially foundation, most of the time but I put on a tinted moisturizer for a job interview the other day and within 24 hours my skin had completely broken out. I thought I found a great face wash (I'm currently using Aveeno) but everytime I try something new, it works for a couple of weeks and then starts failing on me. Any suggestions? Thanks!
J., I think you and I are secretly twins, since your description and issues sound exactly like me! (Yes, my hair is naturally reddish...I's been so long!) My skin is especially sensitive and keeping breakouts at bay is a daily struggle, but I've finally found a regimen that works for me (and will work for you, too, I hope!). One of the only cleansers that consistently works for me is Neutrogena Oil-Free Acne Wash. I'm in love with it, and using it twice a day keeps my skin clear. (It has 2% salicylic acid, so you might need to alternate with another cleanser for a week or two. Purpose Gentle Cleansing Wash is an excellent choice—although it doesn't fight acne, it's extremely gentle, doesn't leave any residue and even helps get rid of eye makeup.) I then follow with Purpose Dual-Treatment Moisture Lotion SPF 15 (dermatologists love this line because it's non-irritating), my beloved OC8 (to sop up oil) and, finally, Bare Escentuals makeup. (This is the point where you're thinking, "Why won't she shut up about Bare Escentuals?" And my response: Because it just really is that good.) It is the only foundation I've found that won't clog my pores, feels weightless—so doesn't leave you with that nasty "I have a face full of makeup" feeling—and completely covers redness and pigmentation. (It goes without saying: whatever foundation you choose, make sure it's oil-free!!) Give yourself about three weeks on the new regimen to let your skin get used to it and, of course, be religious about washing your face twice daily. I hope it works for you as well as it's worked for me!


Blogger HLS said...

I read this post and was a little freaked out that someone matched my (different, let's say) description so closely - hair, freckles, tanning, break-outs, everything! Anyway, I also use Neutrogena Oil Free Acne Wash, as it was recommended by my dermatologist. It's great!

Jolie - I am ordering Bare Eccentuals right after I type - you have me convinced! Thanks!

8/24/2005 2:19 PM  
Blogger Gena said...

Here's what I use and it works for the most part: Clearasil Daily Face Wash (they make a sensitive skin formula) followed by Zapzyt cream. Always better to use a wash versus bar soap, cause the bar soap will leave residue and the wash won't. Zapzyt works especially well on preventing acne, though its drying at first, so follow up with an oil free moisturizer. I've been dealing with acne for a loooonnnggg time. Unfortunately. :(

8/24/2005 3:50 PM  
Blogger gillian19 said...

I am a sucker for packaging and pretty much anything else that seems out of the ordinary and promises to be the best product ever, so when I first purchased Borba-Skin Balance Aqua-Less Crystalline Clarifying powder drink mix I was skeptical but hey I will try most things at least once. Imagine my surprise when all of a sudden I started noticing results and then after the full month cycle my skin was better than it had been in years. There is nothing better than having your healthy skin come from within. While it may be on the pricey side ladies it is well worth it and it tastes great too!

8/24/2005 4:05 PM  
Blogger cutiepiebunny said...

$10 bucks gillian19 is from QVC

8/24/2005 6:28 PM  
Blogger Dawn said...

I found that Dermalogica products work the best for my skin, which can be dry at times and oily at others...they've got everything from face wash, to lotions, scrubs and masks. They are a little on the steep side but we only have one face ladies and we NEED to PAMPER it!!!

8/24/2005 6:29 PM  
Blogger Movie Girl said...

I can't believe no one has recommended ProActive. I mean people! Jessica Simpson swears by it!

Ok, so I admit. I am a ProActive whore! I swear by it now as well. I was skeptical, but I have been using it for over a year now and I have yet to seen one of those nasty little blemishs appear on my creamy white skin since!

8/24/2005 6:47 PM  
Blogger Mellypinto said...

Neutrogena has the best moisturizer. I have been using it for years. And when my skin is not acting up I like to use Johnson and Johnson Clean and Clear face wash. For Sensitive skin. It keeps it under control and does not dry it out. But it may be because I don't wear a lot of make up too.

8/24/2005 7:13 PM  
Blogger cutiepiebunny said...

movie girl, Jessica Simpson was said to have been using Accutane back in the day...but now suddenly she is the poster child of Proactive??? She doesn't use that stuff, she used Accutane and then he dad signed a deal with Proactive. The stuff does work well but watch out the active ingredient its actually bleach in commom terms...and imagine putting bleach on your face for years, theres no real out for premature aging

8/24/2005 7:53 PM  
Blogger Movie Girl said...

cutiepiebunny, thanks for the heads up. I used Accutane myself, but had horrible dry skin and had to stop. It got rid of the blemishes but I couldn't leave the house for fear of looking like a lepper.

8/24/2005 9:06 PM  
Blogger miss said...

oh yah, this forum reminded me that I once used Accutane too...but I must have deeply repressed that memory- it was a trying time!

but completely absolutely worth it.

ps. my 40yo friend goes to a dermatologist-to-the-stars (ms. kidman in the elvator??) and doc says ProActive is just a really good system for any skin type because it is gentle but regularly exfoliating...I know many people who are devout ProActivists...

8/25/2005 9:51 AM  
Blogger cutiepiebunny said...


I may not have a medical background but my whole theory is, you can read to learn how to do anything else, why not how to clear blemishes. So I read and read and read. I was having problems, Proactiv no longer working for me (skin was clear but dull, no real luster, and break-outs on my chin. went to derm and he wanted to put me on an oral medication ( I said no way, too many side-effects and went running to barnes and noble). I went to herbal remedies and check out acne. In a study 90% of people saw improvements in their acne/blemishes when they took 90 mg of zinc a day. I believe you first have to figure out your skin. What works great for someone with oily skin, won't work for someone with dry skin. Make it your own project. Research your skin. Type in online your problem...there are a lot of sites that have a test to determine your skin type and then proceed from there, they will tell you what type of products to use. And try the zinc. I don't want to speak to soon in fear of jinxing myself but my skin is feeling completely undercontrol and at the same time hydrated for the first time in my life!

* One last note: Don't buy under eye cream with SUNBLOCK. The skin under the eyes is too delicate for the ingredients in sunblock. Wear sunglasses and a cream to hydrate but avoid one with sunblock. You will actually be doing more harm than good with eye cream with sunblock. Believe me, my sister is a chemist.

8/25/2005 2:41 PM  
Blogger PublicityChick said...

I've tried just about everything and I still get the one big red zit even at age 27! I'm pretty fair, but always get a little ruddiness. Here's what usually works for me as far as acne: St. Ives Medicated face scrub at night and Neutrogena face wash at night. Sometimes I substitute a prescripton face wash. After washing, I use Clearasil benzoil peroxide acne cream only at night. That seems t owrk for the most part.

8/25/2005 5:46 PM  
Blogger PublicityChick said...

One more thing. I find that one 400mg vitamin E gel, one flaxseed oil gel, one multivitamin and one calcium really make a difference in my skin. If I don't take them for a week, my skin breaks out.

8/25/2005 5:48 PM  
Blogger jkewls said...

i also love the neutrogena clear pore cleanser/mask....i love it because it's a 2-in-1 product. for those of you whose skin doesn't like or work with salicylic acid, this one has benzoyl peroxide (you just have to make sure you don't get it on your clothes, it has a tendency to stain)..and as far as Bare Escentuals, I also love the foundation..another great alternative to BE, is philosophy's mineral poweder foundation called complete me or supernatural airbrush canvas.

btw, i love your blog nadine!

8/25/2005 5:56 PM  
Blogger jkewls said...

Oh and one more thing, I found that getting facials monthly helps my skin "de-clog"

8/25/2005 6:05 PM  
Blogger Michele said...

What is OC8?

8/25/2005 6:26 PM  
Blogger Jolie said...

OC8 is an oil-control formula (stands for Oil Control 8, as in, eight hours of oil-busting) that goes over your moisturizer and under your makeup. It is AMAZING and I am slavishly devoted to it—it's totally freed me from blotting papers. Check it out at

8/30/2005 2:14 PM  
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