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Posted: 2/2/2006 7:46:19 AM EDT
ARFCom ladies, my greatest apolgies for intruding in your forum. But I figured I could grab some decent recommendations here.

I never had much acne/facial problems at all as an adolescent. I was lucky that way. No real skin problems to speak of.

Unfortunately, that seems to have changed this year. It's not terrible by a long stretch, but here's the deal:

I've always been a soap and water type of guy when it comes to my face. And that has always worked well. But soap does dry your face out pretty good, and it seems that since it's gotten cooler and drier out with wintertime, my face is getting really dried out. This has the unfortunate effect of making my skin over-oil itself in retaliation, which is clogging up pores left and right. I'm not getting a horrible amount of problems all at once, but one painful blemish after another is starting to get old fast. Just as soon as one starts to fade, another replaces it.

What kind of facial products work well for this? Washes/scrubs/moisturizers? I'm thinking I need something better and less drying than soap, but I am new to this stuff, and have absolutely no clue what works and what doesn't.

Any advice?
Link Posted: 2/2/2006 8:03:02 AM EDT
Link Posted: 2/2/2006 8:05:20 AM EDT

Originally Posted By SP1Grrl:
Stop using regular soap to wash your face, or if you must, then use a light moisturizer afterwards. Or, use a heavier one at bedtime and see how that works.



Kinda figured that. Anything you'd recommend? Do they make moisturizing stuff just for your face, or is the stuff i'm using for my hands good to go? And what should I wash with, if not soap?

Sorry. I'm a hugely clueless noob on this stuff.
Link Posted: 2/2/2006 8:39:04 AM EDT
Look for an oil-free moisturizer specifically for your face. One of the lines, maybe Neutrogena (?) has a line of face care products for men.

Most body lotions and hand creams are too heavy and oily for face use.
Link Posted: 2/2/2006 8:42:40 AM EDT
Outstanding. Thank you, ladies! Guess i'll pony up and go to the beauty counter.
Link Posted: 2/2/2006 10:01:33 AM EDT
Neutrogena and Clinique for Men are both good lines.
Link Posted: 2/3/2006 5:37:23 PM EDT
I agree that Neutrogena is a good choice. However, if you prefer to use soap try the Lever 2000 with aloe. It is the only soap I can use on my face.
Link Posted: 2/3/2006 5:44:58 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 2/3/2006 5:52:21 PM EDT by yekimak]
My wife hates getting facials.....oh wait..

My wife says that you should try drinking more water and not use any harsh soaps, or commercial soaps like Irish Spring. I used to have alot of skin problems and most were alleviated by switiching to a glycerine soap. I like soaps that are made locally, or soap from sonoma soap co, usually found at health food joints.

Moisturizers are basically oil, and that is not what you want necessarily.
Link Posted: 2/3/2006 6:46:31 PM EDT
i like the olay facial washes, if youre not afraid to buy them
Link Posted: 2/3/2006 7:05:56 PM EDT
Neutrogena has a great moisturizer. Keeps your skin from getting dry and doesn't make it oily.
Link Posted: 2/3/2006 7:09:59 PM EDT

Originally Posted By mattimeo:
ARFCom ladies, my greatest apolgies for intruding in your forum. But I figured I could grab some decent recommendations here.

I never had much acne/facial problems at all as an adolescent. I was lucky that way. No real skin problems to speak of.

Unfortunately, that seems to have changed this year. It's not terrible by a long stretch, but here's the deal:

I've always been a soap and water type of guy when it comes to my face. And that has always worked well. But soap does dry your face out pretty good, and it seems that since it's gotten cooler and drier out with wintertime, my face is getting really dried out. This has the unfortunate effect of making my skin over-oil itself in retaliation, which is clogging up pores left and right. I'm not getting a horrible amount of problems all at once, but one painful blemish after another is starting to get old fast. Just as soon as one starts to fade, another replaces it.

What kind of facial products work well for this? Washes/scrubs/moisturizers? I'm thinking I need something better and less drying than soap, but I am new to this stuff, and have absolutely no clue what works and what doesn't.

Any advice?



stop masturbating
Link Posted: 2/4/2006 6:15:02 PM EDT

Originally Posted By JBravo223:

Originally Posted By mattimeo:
ARFCom ladies, my greatest apolgies for intruding in your forum. But I figured I could grab some decent recommendations here.

I never had much acne/facial problems at all as an adolescent. I was lucky that way. No real skin problems to speak of.

Unfortunately, that seems to have changed this year. It's not terrible by a long stretch, but here's the deal:

I've always been a soap and water type of guy when it comes to my face. And that has always worked well. But soap does dry your face out pretty good, and it seems that since it's gotten cooler and drier out with wintertime, my face is getting really dried out. This has the unfortunate effect of making my skin over-oil itself in retaliation, which is clogging up pores left and right. I'm not getting a horrible amount of problems all at once, but one painful blemish after another is starting to get old fast. Just as soon as one starts to fade, another replaces it.

What kind of facial products work well for this? Washes/scrubs/moisturizers? I'm thinking I need something better and less drying than soap, but I am new to this stuff, and have absolutely no clue what works and what doesn't.

Any advice?



stop masturbating



But I would die!
Link Posted: 2/4/2006 6:16:14 PM EDT

Originally Posted By yekimak:
My wife hates getting facials.....oh wait..

My wife says that you should try drinking more water and not use any harsh soaps, or commercial soaps like Irish Spring. I used to have alot of skin problems and most were alleviated by switiching to a glycerine soap. I like soaps that are made locally, or soap from sonoma soap co, usually found at health food joints.

Moisturizers are basically oil, and that is not what you want necessarily.



I'll look into the soaps you recommend. As to water, I might drown if I drink anymore. I average 1.5-2 gallons a day. Three during the summer when i'm working outside.
Link Posted: 2/4/2006 6:19:18 PM EDT
Link Posted: 2/5/2006 10:33:57 PM EDT
Boy oh boy did I have the wrong idea about this thread.

Glad it didn't live up to my expectations tho.
Link Posted: 2/5/2006 10:49:52 PM EDT
WHATS SOAP?
Link Posted: 2/6/2006 4:41:00 AM EDT
Knew a gal who had the best skin... asked what her routine was... um, nothing. Not a thing.

All the same, would recommend some vitamin A (sparingly), vitamin E (for sure), plenty of water (also for sure), and check into the possibility that you are having some hormonal issues (yes, men have them too). If you are having other symptoms, maybe that will give you some clues. Also, if you've changed your diet recently (gone vegetarian, reduced/increased the intake of fat/sugar, etc.), consider that.

Link Posted: 2/8/2006 1:43:45 PM EDT

Originally Posted By daydreamer:
Knew a gal who had the best skin... asked what her routine was... um, nothing. Not a thing.

All the same, would recommend some vitamin A (sparingly), vitamin E (for sure), plenty of water (also for sure), and check into the possibility that you are having some hormonal issues (yes, men have them too). If you are having other symptoms, maybe that will give you some clues. Also, if you've changed your diet recently (gone vegetarian, reduced/increased the intake of fat/sugar, etc.), consider that.




You know, I didn't even think of that.
Link Posted: 2/8/2006 1:44:24 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 2/8/2006 1:44:34 PM EDT by mattimeo]

Originally Posted By swingset:
Boy oh boy did I have the wrong idea about this thread.

Glad it didn't live up to my expectations tho.



Bad dog. No cookie for you.

Even i'm not that brazen.

(Though I do choose my words poorly.)
Link Posted: 2/9/2006 12:03:51 AM EDT

Originally Posted By daydreamer:
Knew a gal who had the best skin... asked what her routine was... um, nothing. Not a thing.



There's no real secret to good skin. Mostly it's genetics & glandular activity....things entirely out of your control.

Diet is overemphasized, IMHO.

Keep your face clean, your hands off it, and that's about as good as you're going to do without serious pharmacutical help.
Link Posted: 2/9/2006 12:10:17 AM EDT
You may want to see a dermitologist. I just KNOW I spelled tht wrong!

It could be one a million things, from your soap, to hormones, to whatever...and a specialist can diagnose, and treat YOU. Trying this and that will only take up time.

I personally swear by the Obagi system...but that works for me, and may not work for you.
Link Posted: 2/16/2006 11:03:51 PM EDT
Aloe vera,its cheap hydrating and works. Like a% of beach for cleaning the bathroom.
Link Posted: 2/17/2006 10:49:46 AM EDT
Shea butter soap.

Any moisturing soap for combination skin followed by an oil free moisturizer. Oil of Olay is awesome. Nothing too thick or you'll clog dem pores.

Zit cream dotted on any zits at night.
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