Facial Cleanser

  • nhnelson

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    Feb 22, 2009 11:02 PM GMT
    Does anyone here use Proactiv? I've been using it for a couple of years now. I don't really have acne, and never did, I just like to have extra clear skin. I've heard that it bleaches the skin a little bit and that it can mess up your pores if you use it for too long. So, now I'm thinking that the cost of the product has outweighed its benefits and I sort of want to move on to something different. Does anyone have any recommendations for a good facial cleanser?
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    Feb 23, 2009 1:37 AM GMT
    I use Neutrogena Purpose soap. My skin is very sensitive, and most soaps will make me red and rashy.

    It is about four dollars for a large bar.
  • trvlmscl

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    Feb 23, 2009 1:43 AM GMT
    I use Carley's Clear & Smooth... all natural ingredients, reasonably priced ($18 + SH, each bottle lasts me a few months), and clears up any acne or skin flaking I have left over from puberty. Just make sure you moisturize when you get out of the shower as its a mildly abrasive cleanser. Their moisturizers are great, too. Hope this helps icon_smile.gif
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    Feb 23, 2009 1:54 AM GMT
    Proactive is not worth the price... and it's chemical composition scares me.

    Most cost effective cleanser?

    St. Ives - Apricot Scrub and CeraVe http://www.cerave.com/cleanser.htm cleanser (ask for it at your local pharamacy) - extremely gentle and cleanses without removing the skins protective layer while using

    Moisturizer?

    Vanicream light - ask for it at the pharmacy. http://www.vanicreamstore.com/DisplayProducts.asp?criteria=16801
    It is the most neutral ( fragrance, formaldehyde, paraben, etc free) moisturizer there is for skin and it is extremely cheap. (Like 7 bucks for a pump bottle that will last you for months).

    These are the products 3 different dermatologists have told me EVERYONE should use.

    There is no reason to be paying for a product with an over-priced advertisement campaign and packaging.

    Vanicream and CeraVe are the very best for your wallet and for your skin.
  • whenitrains

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    Feb 23, 2009 6:52 AM GMT
    I use Huge Boss face cleanser, also Zirh the one in the tin bottle, also Clarins face wash. All three are very good. I get seasonal and stress breakouts. I've been realitively breakout free since using any one of these products. I'd say the Zirh cleanser is my favorite.
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    Feb 23, 2009 6:58 AM GMT
    Kiehls hands down
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    Feb 23, 2009 7:05 AM GMT
    ive always used a gentle soap and warm water...my theory being the less chemicals on your face, the better in the long run.
  • josephmovie

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    Feb 23, 2009 7:06 AM GMT
    Neutrogena Fresh Foaming Cleanser in the blue pump bottle. Cheap and doesn't dry your face out.

    BTW, if you want to read user reviews of skin care, including Proactiv, try this site:

    www.makeupalley.com
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    Feb 23, 2009 7:51 AM GMT
    I have terrible skin - thank you mom & dad... but I see a dermatologist regularly and with some prescriptions and the following products, I've gotten my skin under control.

    1. Anthony for men. I can't recommend this product line more. I love the scent and the products really work. I use the orange face scrub and the moisturizing bar soap. I really like the facial moisturizer with sunscreen as well, but these products are pricey so I buy them sparingly.

    2. I use Lumiene moisturizer with spf15. (when I can't afford the Anthony For Men moisturizer)

    And Anthony for Men is made in the USA, based in Michigan, and gives a portion of their revenues to fighting prostate cancer.



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    Feb 23, 2009 8:01 AM GMT
    I just bought L'OREAL men expert Power Clean anti-dullness face wash and it seems to work very well.. I tone with Garnier.. I can't think of the name but its in a green bottle and use Biotherm Homme Age fitness too keep my skin looking the way it should icon_razz.gif
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    Feb 23, 2009 8:51 AM GMT
    I use a line called Tolsom skin care that my friend Mark introduced me to. It works for me really well because it helps control oil levels...and I get pretty shiny. I also get a lot (or used to) of ingrown hairs after shaving, and this stuff really, really helps keep them to a minimum. Check it out.

    https://beyondthedream.mychoices.biz
  • pcsean28

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    Feb 23, 2009 8:57 AM GMT
    Sean_85 saidI just bought L'OREAL men expert Power Clean anti-dullness face wash and it seems to work very well.. I tone with Garnier.. I can't think of the name but its in a green bottle and use Biotherm Homme Age fitness too keep my skin looking the way it should icon_razz.gif


    Yeah those L'Oreal men expert productes are awesome, I use the power clean and Hydra-Energetic cream as like a regular face cleanser and morning and night I use Neutrogena Skin ID (Neutrogena's answer to ProActiv, but with personalized product numbers... you've probably seen the commercials). I've had pretty bad acne since i was twelve (took acutane at 15 but that just got rid of the cystic stuff) and if I miss just one day of the Skin ID I'll break out. I wish I could only use the gentler L'Oreal stuff. I'm jealous of my little brother who looks mostly like me but with no acne and he has the bue eyes. Bastard! (not really)
  • MikemikeMike

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    Feb 24, 2009 12:44 AM GMT
    josephmovie saidNeutrogena Fresh Foaming Cleanser in the blue pump bottle. Cheap and doesn't dry your face out.

    BTW, if you want to read user reviews of skin care, including Proactiv, try this site:

    www.makeupalley.com


    I don't have acne -never did, but I do like that Neutragena foaming cleanser in the blue pump bottle with the green cap. I only use it once a month-deeps cleans without drying.

    A dermatologist friend of mine recommened this- for daily face I use Cetaphil -dove for body.

    Neutrogena ultra sheer dry touch sunblock spf 55 every day!!!!!
  • MikemikeMike

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    Feb 24, 2009 7:50 AM GMT
    Yeah Much all year round. I take vitamin D in the winter. I look 10 yrs younger, so I'm told.(Felt great attending my 20 yr HS reunion, I didn't get fat I have all my hair, awesome feeling!!) I put 30 in the summer and when I'm on vacation. I play alot of outdoor sports and I am on the beach alot.icon_cool.gif

    I don't have tatts but my cousin does. He uses sunblock for babies on his because he wants them to stay vibrant. So far it still look like the day he got it and he's in the sun alot, and I think he tans in the winter.
  • Latenight30

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    Feb 24, 2009 12:31 PM GMT
    My partner is an aesthitician. His product line he uses is Sircut. He was trained at Dermalogica. I have to say buy professional. Now Proactive has a 2 year working time and then it will almost reverse all the results you've seen. It makes a big difference taking care of your face and all your skin. Few belive he is 37 and I'm 31.
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    Feb 24, 2009 1:20 PM GMT
    josephmovie saidNeutrogena Fresh Foaming Cleanser in the blue pump bottle. Cheap and doesn't dry your face out.

    BTW, if you want to read user reviews of skin care, including Proactiv, try this site:

    www.makeupalley.com


    i used this too for a long time, though i've started using L'Occitane's rice line, formulated for oily skin- it does a great job of cleansing the pores, reducing sebum production through the day, and mattifying, so you're not all shiny.

    used proactive for a year in middleschool when i had bad acne- never worked for me.
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    Feb 24, 2009 1:22 PM GMT
    I think its best to use a variety of products so that your body, face, hair, don't get 'used to' a single kind of product. Besides, its less boring than using the same thing day after day.

    I regularly use, and can recommend, Bumble and Bumble, Arbonne, Neutrogena for Men, George Trumper, Clinique, Aussie (I especially love the 'Aussie Moist' shampoo), and Earth Science, among others.

    Ahava Men also makes a great deep cleansing gel; while 'Burt's Bees makes an excellent bodywash and Philosophy makes a very good "razor sharp" shaving gel for men.

    I also like TRESsemme and Australian Organics products (especially the 'exfoliating' body wash).

    Good luck

    R
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    Feb 24, 2009 1:57 PM GMT
    I use the complete skin care line for men by Nivea: The Scrub,Facial & Body wash and shaving cream and lotion. I love it and so does my skin.
    Since I have never had acne problem ever. I thin proactiv would be to much from my skin.
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    Feb 25, 2009 4:43 AM GMT
    Ajax...gets rid of acne every time!
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    Feb 25, 2009 4:56 AM GMT
    Comet.. great for exfoliation
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    Feb 26, 2009 12:04 AM GMT
    muchmorethanmuscle saidCetaphil is a good cleanser.

    So, Mikex3, you use an SPF55 even during winter? You're in Jersey, right? The sun is further away from us in the winter. I am not sure this is necessary during the winter months.

    I use an SPF30 during the summer and especially on my tattoos to keep them fresh and the color from fading.


    AHHHHH!!!
    Cetaphil is not a good idea...

    Water, Cetyl Alcohol, Propylene Glycol, Sodium Lauryl Sulfate, Stearyl Alcohol, Methylparaben, Propylparaben, Butylparaben.

    The last three ingredients are all PETROLEUM derived products... and in combination with the Cetyl and Stearyl alcohols DRY out your skin and with prolonged use it causes your pores to be further infiltrated with nastiness.

    It is NOT a cleanser - it is a watered down moisturizer!


    and no... it is not an alternative energy source...
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    Feb 26, 2009 12:10 AM GMT
    I use the entire line of Facial Fuel by Kiehls, wash, scrub and moisturizer! Been using it for years and it's GREAT, worth the money

    http://www.kiehls.com/_us/_en/face/facial-fuel-energizing-face-wash.htm

    you can also get at Nordstrom or Niemen's
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    Mar 09, 2009 6:45 PM GMT
    clinque
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    Mar 24, 2009 5:08 PM GMT
    IMO, half the problem with people's skin is that they use 100 products to strip, scrub, clean, remoisturize and tone their skin. It's tough on your poor skin!

    I used to have problems with breakouts and oil, but since switching to a gentle cleanser, scrub 1-2 times per week, and using a gentle non-complicated moisturizer, my skin has improved greatly. I also try to drink more water and eat healthier. The summation has left me with pretty good skin. Not perfect, but pretty good.

    My personal recommendation is Every Man Jack products. They usually have no Sodium Lauryl Sulfate, no preservatives, you can get fragrance and dye-free products, etc. Seem to work great for me, and best of all, they're relatively cheap! (About $5 per item).
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    Mar 24, 2009 5:18 PM GMT
    I've tried a few different lines. I really like M.A.C, Kiss My Face, Menscience, Malin + Goetz, and Khiels. Lancome is pretty good, but it is pretty fragrant.