What was the last product that saved your skin?

Adding in a dedicated niacinamide serum into my routine (been using Good Molecules) has helped even out my skin (a lot of post-acne marks from recent battle with stress-related cystic acne)!

— Christine
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I am pretty boring when it comes to skin care. I use the same products every day and very rarely try anything else. The only product I can think of is Differin Gel, which I apply directly on a breakout (which rarely happens these days), but it really does help. I always keep a tube in a drawer in case of emergency.

Same here. I’ve used it since the 1990s, when it was prescription only and I had to get pre-authorization every year because it could be used for cosmetic (wrinkle-treating) purposes too, even though I’ve always found it way too drying for anything but killing pimples.

Two things – Josie Maran Infinity Creamy Oil – I use it when I have a cold and my nose gets dry and peels and I’ve also used it around my eyes when I’ve had a bad reaction to an eye product – it was the only thing that helped with the chapping and peeling. Just the other day, I had an allergic reaction on my neck to a necklace I was wearing. Though I usually can’t wear “fashion jewelry”, this necklace had never been a problem before (I’ve worn it for years). I used some Egyptian Magic Healing Cream and by morning, the rash was GONE!

Hands down, prescription oral spironolactone. I only wish I had started sooner. At my yearly derm skin check, I mentioned that I was frustrated with my acne. She said based on the pattern, it was definitely hormonal, and that topicals can only help so much. The spironolactone got me to a point of clear skin that I have not seen since I was a kid. Only now I have age spots and fine lines. But still, being acne free is the best, and I couldn’t have done it any way other than spironolactone.

SAME! I’ve had painful cystic acne since I was 13 and I finally went to the dermatologist year before last. I’ve been on spiro since, and also an astoundingly gentle retinol cream (which is also good for wrinkles) and my skin has never looked better.

Drunk Elephant’s Slaai balm cleanser has completely transformed my very dry, often flaky skin. It’s so much softer, supple, glowing! Completely worth the price tag, for me.

I found a new regime that works perfectly to my skin. After washing and toning in the evening, I apply:
– COSRX Galactomyces 95 Tone Balancing Essence / 95% Galactomyces/Hydrate and Brighten/Niacin (a form of hyaluronic acid and evens skin discoloration)
– Timeless Skin Care 20% Vitamin C Plus E Ferulic Acid Serum (evens skin discoloration)
– DHC Olive Virgin Oil (moisturizer)

And as needed:
– COSRX AC Collection Ultimate Spot Cream (Basically a non-comedogenic Neosporin to apply on broken skin)

I was looking for a serum with anti-aging and hydration benefits and decided to try the Murad Revitalixir Recovery Serum after reading the positive online reviews. It adds hydration to my dry skin, without breaking me out and has helped with the fine lines around my eyes. It has also improved the texture of my skin and it’s now a holy grail skincare product for me. It’s an expensive serum….$89 for 1.34 oz…..but my skin has never looked better.

After a hiatus all last spring and most of this summer from using my Sunday Riley UFO Oil, I am so glad I went back to using it daily again! It seriously keeps whiteheads at bay, reduces my pore size somewhat, plus makes my skin look very healthy and glowing.

Well… `saved my skin` is a huge claim to put on a single product. I use to had bad skin, with pimples, texture, clogged pores, and what saved it was actually building a good skincare routine, with efficient but gentle cleansers, BHAs, AHAs, retinol, using products without fragrance and other irritants.

The biggest difference in my skin I have seen ~5 years ago when I started using retinol.

The last product that gave me significant results (but my skin was already looking pretty good, didn’t needed any saving) was Azelaic Acid. I received the booster from Paula’s Choice for free with an order and added it in my morning routine at the beginning of the month. I get some breakouts from time to time, mostly hormonal, and this month my skin was better than usual; also the `scars` from old breakouts seemed to heal faster.

Niacinamide don’t work for me… I don’t know why, any booster and serum I tried didn’t do anything for me. And I’m almost annoyed, since so many people praise niacinamide. 😀

In my particular case it has been what I took out of my routine as I had added a CBD oil to my routine and started having massive breakouts. I haven’t had breakouts since I was a teenager and I am 65. The CBD oil was the only thing I had added recently to my routine. I stopped taking it, let my skin heal, about a month and then tried again just to make sure that was the culprit and immediately got a band of breakouts across the mid-section of my face. These were whiteheads and cystic acne. I stopped using it and I am still trying to deal with the pigmentation that occurred even though I did not pick at them. I haven’t had a new breakout in about 10 days. As far as adding something that made a difference it would have to be going back to my SR Good Genes after having used Farmacy Honeymoon Glow Serum. Just didn’t work as well for me as the Good Genes.

Paula’s Choice BHA 9: helps with cystic acne though I will warn newbies to start at BHA 2, then 4, before working up to 9.

Bag Balm: apply allover body before swimming to prevent eczema.

I use a combo of old school and new favorites.

Body:
– Neutrogena Acne-Free Body Wash and Facial Cream Cleanser
– CeraVe Renewing SA Cleanser
– Day: CeraVe Daily Moisturizing Lotion
– Night: CeraVe SA cream
– When I want extra shimmer and fragrance I use Sol de Janiero Bum Bum Cream, it’s not for every day for me
– Post shower sometimes I also use Biossance Squalane Oil, it is a delight and a little goes a long way

Face:
– First Aid Beauty Facial Radiance Pads
– First Aid Beauty Hydrating Serum
– CeraVe AM Facial Moisturizing Lotion SPF 30
– CeraVe PM Facial Moisturizing Lotion SPF 30

When my under-eye area (and my lid and upper lid area) get irritated or dry, I’ve found that mixing a dab of Vaseline with an equal amount of Vanicream Lite lotion is a perfect solution for this area. My husband also likes this now.

Volition Strawberry-C Serum. My cheeks were getting dry and dull from menopause and health problem. This stuff has made all the difference. It’s the first C serum I’ve tried that didn’t irritate my skin.

I’d say the biggest “hell yes!” moment for me in skincare isn’t recent, but nothing has beat it yet: switching to a two-step cleansing process that involves ONLY oils — first a wipe down with hemp oil, then a wipe down with sunflower oil, which leaves a thin film on my skin. My skin has gotten steadily calmer and softer, and continues to do so. I haven’t used anything like a “real” cleanser on my face for almost a year.

I really want to try something similar on my body, but the logistics are trickier. I’m still thinking it through.

One product that I’ve been hooked on is Peter Thomas Roth “Potent C Power Serum”combined with the same “Potent C Moisturizer”
I also love Lancers “The Method Exfoliating Polish .”

Using a hyaluronic acid serum and using gentler moisturizers in general help a ton. I refused to use lotion as a kid because the ones my mom used made my horribly dry, cracked skin sting.

My trick for surviving colds is putting a dab of Pond’s cold cream all over the nose and upper lip every time I blow my nose. It prevents a lot of pain and dry skin in the long run.

I Dew Care ‘Goodbye Blemish’ got rid of a milia on my face that had persisted for 6 months, and a second tiny hard to notice one I had for YEARS. In a matter of 2-3 days. No joke.

Can be found rarely in TJMAXX/Marshall’s for 4 dollars. I own 3 and guard them jealously.

Nothing beats routine Vit C and Vit D for my skin. I’ve been using both these products for a number of years.

Vit C: DCL Dermatologic C Scape High Potency Night Booster 30 (2 to 3 times a week)
Vit D: Zelens Power D Treatment Drops (Next morning after Vit C)

Mad Hippie Vitamin C serum. It really works against pigmentation, fine lines and breakouts, though people say it is not so effective. I see result, not fantastic, but visible for reasonable price.

Vitamin C serum and sunscreen.

I only ever get pimples during my period (and a max of three or four at that, on my chin), but I had extreme redness issues for years until I added the above products.

I recently added The Ordinary Glycolic Toner and it’s definitely been helping so much! Would like to try the Good Molecules Niacinamide, do you have an ingredient list?

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