Hello! Do you have any suggestions for covering up acne? I'm currently putting concealer over my foundation, but it doesn't seem to last long. Also, any skincare suggestions? I usually exfoliate twice a week, use a cleansing bar morning and night, and use a toner after I remove my make up. I have normal to dry/ oily skin. Thank you!

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Chi-Chi: The best video tutorial for covering up acne that we’ve found is by PD’s patron goddess, Lisa Eldridge - seen here.

Arabelle: I use products she’s recommended in the video (specifically because of this video, actually) and love them. Your skincare routine seems totally reasonable to me, I wouldn’t change it if it’s working for you. It really depends on how sensitive your skin is and what chemicals it reacts to. Acne fighting products in the drugstore are pretty much all the same, just repackaged differently, since their active ingredients are typically either Salicylic Acid or Benzoyl Peroxide. For me, none of these products are effective & I ended up using a doctor prescribed topical cream, and using a deep cleansing oil and/or cetaphil as my routine. 

I was just wondering how satisfied you were with the Skinfood fermented pomegranate whitening mask. I'm looking for something to use for acne scarring and was curious as to if it worked for you.

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Meh to be honest I’d pass on it. BUT! I haven’t used it every day so I can’t truly give you an honest review about it yet, when I’m back home I’ll pick it up. I feel like it’s kind of thick and tingly though, I’m not a huge fan from the last time I remember using it.

I do, however, really enjoy using the My Beauty Diary White Truffle Whitening Mask on a weekly basis, I definitely notice a difference in how visible my scars are. In fact, I use it the night before every photoshoot or filming I have to do because I know it will just magically lighten my scarring (however temporarily) and make covering up any hyper-pigmentation so much easier the morning after.

Every time is gets to that time of the month, I get really bad break outs and it makes me really self-conscious. I have tried everything to keep it at bay but nothing works, do you have any recommendations?

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Few products can stand in the way of your hormones — it’s a hormonal breakout, so nothing over the counter will get rid of your hormonal acne because it’s not formulated to, those are all just topical solutions that aim to dry out your spots. I have no idea what works for your chemical makeup, and I also don’t know what you’ve tried, so I don’t want to just throw things out there because the reality of the situation is the the vast majority of drugstore acne products contain the same two things, salicylic acid or benzoyl peroxide. If neither of those active ingredients work for you, you’re out of luck, because that is pretty much all that drugstore acne medications offer and those are all just topical, temporary solutions. 

For hormonal acne, you can get Tazorac or other hormonal acne treatments (that contain retinol or something similar) through a dermatologist though. That is the only thing that works for me. 

sister's dealing with bad acne. The makeup covers the redness, but it looks cakey and it still looks really bumpy. Any advice :)?

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I think this video on Acne cover up by Lisa Eldridge (PD’s favorite Makeup Artist, she’s kind of our hero) is incredibly helpful and I am really fond of all of the products she recommends in it and purchased some of them for myself. Dermablend/Vichy has the best makeup for acne scars and serious skin issues, it’s the heaviest coverage out of everything I’ve seen and really lovely, but you need to learn how to apply it properly. 

When it comes to acne coverage, you can honestly apply makeup perfectly but if your actual skin has bumpy texture, even the most perfectly blended makeup job won’t be able to make it flawless, because the canvas itself is bumpy. Makeup can alleviate redness and even out skintone and all of that but short of applying latex or whatever, you’re stuck with whatever texture you started with, give or take a smoothing primer, which can’t smooth over a huge zit no matter how hard you pray. 

Hey, so my friend and I were wondering if you know any good face wash for acne. My friend breaks out easily and I finally got my skin to be nice. And schools starting in 3 weeks. So we were wondering if you recommend any brands or type of wash. Thankss xx

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Hmmm…here’s a couple that I would recommend. Again, as with all of our recommendations, we cannot guarantee it will work for your friend.

  • Neutrogena Oil-Free Acne Wash Pink Grapefruit Foaming Scrub ($6-10) | link
  • Burt’s Bees Natural Acne Solutions Purifying Gel Cleanser (~$10) | link
  • Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser ($9-12) | link
  • Dickinson’s Foaming Face Wash ($5-7) | link
  • Neutrogena Fresh Foaming Cleanser ($5-7) | link
  • Etude House AC Clinic White Trouble Bubble Cleanser ($10-17) | link

Hope at least one of these work for your friend!

I'm an esthetician, maybe I can help with the question about scarring. It largely depends on where you fall on the Fitzpatrick scale (1 being the lightest and most sun-sensitive, 6 being the darkest and least sun-sensitive). If you're a Fitzpatrick 4-6, over-exfoliation can cause hyperpigmentation and keloid scarring (this is sometimes seen in levels 1-3 but it's much rarer). There are treatments and peels that can't be used on levels 4-6 for the same reason. Hope that helps!

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Omg thank you. !!! <3

And from myvenusdoomx3: “To the person who asked about exfoliation and scarring: Although it made reduce the appearance of acne scars faster, over exfoliating can cause tiny abrasions on the skin that can lead to micro-scarring, which will give the skin a rough texture over time. Exfoliate no more than 2-3 times a week to avoid this. (Less if you have dry skin) Hope that helps!”

i started using an acne cleaner call Skin Success by Palmers and it has salicylic acid and i don't know if it's good for sensitive skin. I haven't noticed anything bad happening to my skin but i'm still really scared of it. What do you think?

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Salicylic acid, along with benzoyl peroxide, are two of the most popular and easily accessible treatments for mild to moderate acne. Neither of these active ingredients are particularly ‘good’ for sensitive skin, but if your skin isn’t reacting badly to it and you see results with the product, continue to use it. If your skin decides it doesn’t like the product, abandon that product ship immediately and try something else. Nothing you put on your skin should make you feel uncomfortable.

We’ve both used acne treatments in various forms with salicylic acid and have had no adverse effects, but that doesn’t really mean anything since as we try to stress time and time again, everyone’s skin is different.

For the skin discoloration ask: I used to have the same problem. I've found that using fresh lemon juice on my face in the mornings, followed with a lotion (with SPF), the discoloration is almost gone. Lemon juice will naturally, and safely lighten most dark spots or discolorations on skin :)

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re: solving acne discoloratio/hyperpigmentation

This is why Powder Doom readers are the best, within 15 minutes there were so many recommendations! Here are all of the reader suggested options (cannot personally vouch for any of these suggestions):

  • Exfoliation and sunscreen with physical ingredients (basic yet important)
  • Microdermabrasion
  • Proactiv Solution Dark Spot Corrector (this contains hydroquinone) and generally eating healthier/better
  • Bio-Oil and/or Coconut Oil
  • Mederma Scar Gel
  • (for scarring in general) Vitamin E Oil
  • (prescription) Aczone Gel

I’ll edit this post with more suggestions as they come in.

Back to the basics - Cleansing your skin.


So today is something a little different then the normal, we tend to forget about the importance of cleansing our skin so here’s a little refresher. One of the most basic rules when it comes to skincare is to remove your makeup before you hit the pillow at night, although basic, and although simple are people beginning to forget the importance of cleansing? Or are they just plain lazy? Here are the basic facts about why you need to be removing your makeup.

- Sleeping with your makeup on can clog the pores; resulting in acne and breakouts.

- Sleeping with your makeup on can cause skin irritations such as contact dermatitis, redness, eczema and lots of other nasty skin conditions.

- Most makeup contains pore clogging ingredients and other nasty chemicals, leaving them on for long periods of time is potentially dangerous to your skin, and your health.

- Sleeping in makeup which contains mineral oil (a petrol chemical) can increase skins photo sensitivity and cause acne (photo sensitivity is where you skin is more sensitive to the sun, shows up wrinkles quicker, absorbs more UVA/UVB rays)

- Most makeup contains some SPF even if it’s only a very small amount, and if your makeup didn’t contain your skincare you used to prep your makeup would.  normally at least one of the products you are using will contain SPF. SPF is normally Zinc oxide or Titanium dioxide based, when these products are on your skin the skin cannot properly repair itself alone, as these ingredients create a barrier.

- It can cause the skin to come under stress and produce excess oils.

- Your skin needs to be able to breathe.

- Skin needs to be replenished and packed full of nutrients and moisture at the end of each day as it is subject to environmental damage.

- None of your serums, or moisturisers will work to their full potential if you’ve got a layer of makeup between them.

- Wrinkles.

What do you think of this post? Would you like to see more articles like this;taking you back to the basics?