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Post by Herr R on Thu Oct 02, 2014 12:26 am

So I've been using No. 7 For Men skincare products for about a year now. Apparently it has worked wonders for my skin, since some people don't even believe me when I tell them my true age.

However, I still suffer from the occasional acne breakout, oily skin, blackheads, etc.

Then I read that perhaps my moisturizer could be the problem and if I switched to a non-oil based one, that might reduce my problems. So how do I know if my moisturizer is oil based and are there any good non-oil based ones out there?

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Post by fakely mctest on Thu Oct 02, 2014 1:25 am

Generally, oil-based moisturizers are going to be heavier and creamier.  Despite being an oily person generally (LADIES), I use them in the winter exclusively.

My go-to summer moisturizers are either Bliss No Zit Sherlock (spendier, harder to find IRL) or Alba Acnedote Oil Control (cheaper, available more places).  The Bliss lotion works better for me generally (both in helping to keep my skin clear and mattifying), but not better enough that I don't use the Alba most often on account of price and convenience.

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Post by Izmuth on Thu Oct 02, 2014 3:51 am

You could try to add water to a sample of your moisturizer.

Leave it in a cup for two hours or so, if you see two distinct fluids on top of each other, it's def. oil based.

If that doesn't work, add oil to another sample of your moisturizer, leave it alone for two hours, see if you see two distinct fluids on top of each other then. If so, it's def. water based.

If that doesn't work, you could try GCMS, or HPLC. If you have access to $100 000 worth of equipment that is Razz
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Post by Guest on Thu Oct 02, 2014 6:16 am

What country are you in, Herr R? I was going to guess Germany but not necessarily! I also get breakouts but I find that the standard cheap Olay beauty fluid is great because it is very light but really works.

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Post by Herr R on Thu Oct 02, 2014 7:17 pm

embertine wrote:What country are you in, Herr R?  I was going to guess Germany but not necessarily!  I also get breakouts but I find that the standard cheap Olay beauty fluid is great because it is very light but really works.

I'm in the U.S. actually, embertine. But yes, apparently what may be working for me can be a pain in the ass, acne wise.

Amongst DNL's more practical advice, I started using the more Top-Of-The-Line stuff (Boot's No. 7 for Men) that I remember seeing at my local Walgreen's and started using it after hearing good things about it and because apparently, only the expensive stuff is worth a damn. Then I started looking at Anthony Logistics for Men products but that's kinda hard to get around here and I'm not going to shell out $50 for a large bottle or something that may or may not work. I'm still using bar soap to shower with since I have problems with body wash in not wasting it all. But if there is a good sponge out there, I might try it since I also suffer from back acne.

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Post by reboot on Thu Oct 02, 2014 7:30 pm

I love these for wash clothes: http://www.amazon.com/Salux-Nylon-Japanese-Beauty-Cloth/dp/B000CSDDDG

I get ingrown hairs on my legs like crazy and these clothes seem to help. And they feel awesome
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Post by fakely mctest on Thu Oct 02, 2014 11:01 pm

Herr R wrote:But if there is a good sponge out there, I might try it since I also suffer from back acne.

A back brush might be better for this, or one of those loofahs on a stick (just don't scrub hard!). If you go the washcloth route, make sure to get enough so you can use one each day because they can harbor bacteria that may make the problem worse.

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Post by Guest on Fri Oct 03, 2014 6:34 am

Ahahaha, no, paying more for moisturiser is a straight-up con. See Ben Goldacre's book Bad Science for a thorough breakdown of why. The cheaper the better actually, as it's less likely to have a load of extraneous crap that does nothing but might provoke allergies in it.

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