Bionic Asks: What’s your most worrisome skin issue?

by Bionic Beauty on 16.Jun.2010 · 15 comments

Bionic Beauty Asks - Makeup and beauty question blog article series

This week’s Bionic Asks… What is your most worrisome skin issue?

Is it aging, wrinkles, skin discoloration, large pores, acne, or something else entirely? Are you constantly on-the-hunt for a new skin care product to help alleviate the problems?

My skin “issues” are basically sensitivity to certain ingredients, acne flare-ups, and some melasma (hyperpigmentation or skin darkening, usually due to a hormone shift or pregnancy). I use YBF Skincare’s Restore for melasma and it’s really helped! More than any other product I’ve tried (including a gazillion “skin lightening” creams).

For my acne, I use several products to control it, but it basically centers around the routine I outlined in this article. My favorite anti-acne battle products are Mario Badescu’s Buffering Lotion, Lexli’s Acne Cleanser, Aztec Secret Clay face mask, Tea Tree Oil, and YBF’s Boost.

As for the sensitivity- my skin will flare up and get rather angry with me if I use the wrong ingredients. I basically avoid glycerin, benzoyl peroxide, and salicylic acid. That’s why I use so many sulfur-based acne treatments. Sulfur is more gentle to your skin and seems to work more quickly at reducing breakouts.

{ 15 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Nenette June 16, 2010 at 12:23 pm

Definitely skin discolouration. I had some unusual, stress-related acne flare-ups a while back, and it left some dark patches.
Nothing I’ve tried has worked. I’ll have to try Restore. It might be just what I’m looking for. xo


2 Jennifer June 16, 2010 at 1:17 pm

I battle with sensitive skin, acne, and those dreaded large pores that always look gunky. I’ve been using Priia’s manuka cleanser(not sure if I have the right name) or Herbaria’s biotherapy soap. Which I like that they’re all natural, but I still have acne issues and gunky pore issues. I prefer having all natural products instead of ones that have chemicals. I do use a green clay mask, but I still must be doing something wrong. So pretty much I’m still somewhat on a hunt and a battle.


3 Brandy in VA June 16, 2010 at 2:27 pm

I get blemishes around “that time of the month” and around ovulation. It sucks! I also have dry skin all year long. I have to be careful what I put on my face for the blemishes, because it is more than likely going to make my dry skin worse. I’m darned if I do and danged if I don’t!


4 Tashi June 16, 2010 at 4:11 pm

I have trouble cleansing my skin well enough to get all the gunk out. Not that it’s horrible, because it isn’t. While some have poo-poo’ed the Clrisonic, I still kind of wish I could get one (heard great things about it).

I use a clay mask weekly, use a face soap or cleanser and a wash cloth every day, and even Noxzema acne pads, then lotion or acne cream. Short of using snadpaper, I need to work on my technique, perhaps. On days I don’t go anywhere, I give my skin a rest and avoid all makeup, after washing my face. Oh, and I stay out of the sun — most of the time. I don’t deliberately sit out and tan.


5 ROBYN June 16, 2010 at 6:10 pm

My problem are my skin is sensitive to alot of things. I have to go
closest to natural as I can. I wear very little makeup, and now that I am aging, I am getting discoration bloches on my face. I can pretty much put up with the wrinkles here and there, I am convinced it’s a part of life without cosmetic surgery. The products I use and have used only take care of the tiny lines. I do my “ritual” with my face a daily need, and then the complete “overhaul” one again, mask etc. I am praying to win the monthy giveaway!


6 Musetica June 16, 2010 at 6:23 pm

My biggest problem is millia. For those that are unfamiliar with it, millia is a skin condition in which small white bumps form, usually on the on the cheekbones and around the eyes, and won’t go away unless removed in a dermatologist’s office. It is considered a result of dry skin that is unable to exfoliate on its own. This causes the sebum to get trapped and form these pearly bumps. However, this is a catch 22 type of problem: I try to exfoliate using , just as Tashi said, everything short of sandpaper, but that just dries the skin out even more and more bumps form. I tried hydrating those areas, too however most of the face creams contain “something” that clogs those pores even more and I get them again. All of these bumps make the skin look very uneven and clogged, not to mention how I look after a session at the dermatologist’s office, or some of the scars I am left with after they are removed…I just read about a face cream from Naturalis that apparently helped many people get rid of this. I am very skeptical about it, though : made by some company I never really heard of, somewhere in China and that retails for about $160+. So that will not be heppening any time soon. If anybody has any words of advice, I’d be glad to hear them. Meanwhile, I keep exfoliating with YBF prep, and every 2-3 weeks I am using the green clay mask. They help keep my skin pretty clean but no help with the milia.


7 Tashi June 21, 2010 at 2:38 pm

:-( Musetica, I wish I could offer you a magical soution. Alas, I cannot. I would, however, caution you about doing business with a company you’re not only unfamiliar with, but also is likely thousands of miles away from you, and which instinctively gives you bad vibes. While it *may* be legitimate, trust your gut feeling. Better to be safe than sorry. Just my humble opinion. Try investigating other companies and their products. Really do your best research beforehand.

So far, it counds as if you’re doing all that you can and know how to, at the time. Hang in there, young lady. While your skin problems may unnerve and annoy you, be reassured that you are beautiful as you are RIGHT NOW (I do not know Musetica, never met her). 😀 Hopefully, no one gives you a bad time if they notice your millia. If they do, smile and thank them. When people have insulted me for whatever, I have gone so far as to tell them, “God Bless you!”, and I don’t do that to impose any of my beliefs on them. Just lighting a fire of kindness under their behinds. 😉 Kill ’em with kindness!


8 Ashley June 17, 2010 at 7:40 am

I have millia too. I never knew I had them before I went to my dermatologist. My biggest problem is acne and acne scars that won’t go away. I’ve tried so many products that sure they take away the acne but not the scars. Then the acne just keeps coming back like a bad habit. Anyway, I’m actually happy with the lemon soap I’m using now.


9 Maureen June 17, 2010 at 8:41 am

My skin issues are that I have very sensitive skin and I have age spots but have to be careful on what types of facial creams that I use. It’s hard to find one that won’t irritate my skin and still be effective for lightening the problem areas.


10 Paula June 17, 2010 at 9:09 am

Aging, wrinkles around eyes and lips


11 Shannon June 17, 2010 at 9:13 am

I have oily skin, and have intermittent issues with acne but most skin cleansers make my skin REALLY dry (even expensive ones). A couple years ago I went to a local organic beauty store and now use one of their facial cleansers, its dry, so you mix it with water or moisturizer if you have dry skin which is perfect for me because I don’t get the dry peely skin, but I don’t end up with an oily face from moisturizers either!


12 Dana June 17, 2010 at 11:20 pm

I STILL fight with acne, and I’m 27 (soon to be 28) and soooo sick of it. I also am very caution about getting wrinkles, but all anti-aging products give me break outs, even most sunscreen (yes the oil-free kind). But I can’t skip the sunscreen, can I! Its so frustrating, I just wish I knew what it was like to have good skin. Is there any products that fight acne and wrinkles??


13 Tashi June 21, 2010 at 2:57 pm

Dana, I’m pushing 42, and I STILL get acne every now and then. Not to discourage and depress you, but that’s just the way it can be with some people. I think you needn’t fear gatting wrinkles. Honey, I have some, and I’m darn proud of them. 😀 I have wrinkles around my eyes, more than likely, due to my SMILING so much. Why worry about those, or any others? I’m not assuming *you’re* getting all wound up over wrinkles, but some people do. With all due respect, I don’t understand why a 27-year-old would need anti-aging products. Maybe some people devlop wrinkles much earlier, perhaps, though. Don’t worry too much about it. :-) I bet you look great at this age. I’d say, stick with the sunscreen, and a good age-appropriate skincare regimen. If you need to, consult a dermatologist. Ask around to your friends and family for their recommendations and skincare suggestions. Your medical doctor may be able to offer referrals as well. I’ve never been to a dermatologist. But if I were to go, I’d try the same.

When I was 27, I had a very simple routine of cleansing, exfoliating, moisturising, and not using 158 layers of makeup (which is REALLY bad for your skin). Using the wrong items on your skin could very well cause adverse reactions — your skin’s way of indicating, “Whoa, there, Sparky!” :-) Good luck and hang in there!


14 Eve June 17, 2010 at 11:37 pm

Acne, which is caused by my oily skin. Im still dealing with breakouts. And although it was worse in high school, I am always trying everything to avoid it.


15 Denise July 2, 2010 at 7:16 pm

I know this is an old post, but who can resist adding our own personal woes to the list of skin complaints???

Being over 40, I am “aging gracefully”, and have noticed that my pores are more noticeable than they used to be. I also have some creases on my forehead and some pretty deep lines between my eyebrows (the “serious thinker” wrinkles that run vertically). No other big problems.

I like GiGi organics facial cleanser. It is natural and has witch hazel which I believe does lessen the appearance of my pores somewhat. But, alas, Sally’s will no longer be carrying it.

Haven’t found any miracle product for my wrinkles as yet. I tried a collagen filler cream (from Sally’s –Dermactin, I think) that didn’t do much for me. –do you know of any good ones out there???


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