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Old 03-25-2005, 06:43 AM   #1
 
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I have oily/breakout prone skin, and I know I read somewhere that products with alcohol in them are bad for your skin. Is this true? I've purchased alcohol free toner before and it doesn't seem to work as well as toner with alcohol in it. Could anyone recommend a good toner for my skin type that doesn't cost tons of money.
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Old 03-25-2005, 07:26 AM   #2
 
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Make your own

Use destilled H2o in a spritzerbottle with pure eo that fis your skin, I use lavendel as a refreshner...If I had problemskin, I would read about each eo and deside which one is best suited for problemskin

http://chagrinvalleysoapandcraft.com...sential%20Oils u can read more about these in this link. Just add a few drops of your eo into the water, shake well and use! everytime u use it, be sure to shake it its very easy to make and will save u lot of money. Also, these eo are very good for health!

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have you tried witch hazel?

it works as a toner, has no alcohol and is inexpensive.
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Old 03-25-2005, 10:14 AM   #4
 
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Second what Rou says. I have been using T.N. D i c k insons's Witch Hazel toner(clear bottle)for almost a year now and this product along with Dr.Bronners Castille liquid soap & jojoba oil have saved my face! I was acne prone with combo skin(oily in some places dry in others)and this routine balanced me out...after a month or so, to my complete surprise, I had clear smoothe skin!
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Old 03-25-2005, 09:16 PM   #5
 
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I haven't tried witch hazel..I'll have to look into that...where can I buy it?

Angie: What is your routine with these products? You actually put oil on your face? Isn't that just adding to the oil already there?
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According to Paula Begoun, Witch Hazel is a skin irritant. If you have oily skin that is prone to breakouts the last thing you want to do is introduce another irritant. I would try mixing a combo of acv and distilled water and using that. When I am not lazy to make it, this is what I use and it works very well.
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Old 03-26-2005, 08:02 PM   #7
 
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Jerseycurl...when you are too lazy to make this concoction what do you use?

What is this acv stuff? Don't CG followers use that on their hair too? And how much do you mix with distilled water?

How about tea tree oil is that a good toner?
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Jerseycurl...when you are too lazy to make this concoction what do you use?

What is this acv stuff? Don't CG followers use that on their hair too? And how much do you mix with distilled water?

How about tea tree oil is that a good toner?
Since toner is just an extra cleansing step for the most part, when I am too lazy to mix this up I just use a soft washcloth to remove cleanser and all traces of dirt and makeup.
I mix anywhere from 50-60% Apple Cider Vinegar to 50-40% distilled water in an 8 ounce plastic bottle. Also, another thing is mixing cooled steeped Green Tea with distilled water in the same amounts. The Green Tea is chock full of vitamins and antioxidants. Hope this helps.
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I have a question. What results are you expecting from using the toner? Fewer breakouts or more even toned skin?
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Old 03-27-2005, 07:01 PM   #10
 
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I feel like using toner after I wash my facce helps clear away anything the cleanser missed...makeup...dirt etc... Would be nice if it helped prevent breakouts.
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I have been using witch hazel, too, as a toner for over year now. I think it works very well -- does a better job than more expensive dept. store stuff I was using before. I've never heard of using ACV/water mixture as toner, but it's something I might try (esp. since I have so much ACV in the house -- it didn't work for my hair).
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Old 03-28-2005, 01:26 PM   #12
 
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I haven't tried witch hazel..I'll have to look into that...where can I buy it?

Angie: What is your routine with these products? You actually put oil on your face? Isn't that just adding to the oil already there?
Hi Tgreyz, sorry for the late response....I have been without internet for the past few days. Anyway, as far as the witch hazel, I buy mine from Wild Oats, but, I think it would be sold at any of the local chain stores, as well as online, like drugstore.com or MotherNature.com.

As far as using Jojoba Oil, I have no idea why it works, it just does! I have researched the oil and there is a lot of info. out there that says this oil acts like our natural sebum so this could possibly be why I have not seen an increase in oil...you have to know though, I have combo skin but it has a tendancy to be sort of on the dryer side. Believe me, I have tried
everything to get my face clear and this is the first time that I have clear skin, no red marks and I actually feel comfortable without wearing makeup -- someone actually told me the other day that my "face was glowing" and "what do you use"

Here is my routine:

Morning
Splash face with water, take a nickel size puddle of the Dr. Bronner's soap and massage on my face & neck using my fingers in a circular motion for at least one minute. Rinse, then pat dry. Then I use a cotton round to apply the witch hazel, focusing more on the chin, cheek, nose & forehead area. I let the WH dry and then use another cotton round to apply the jojoba oil...a little goes a long way with this stuff so be careful of that. I just swipe the pad of JO all over face & neck and tend to focus moreso around the eye & neck area. After this, my face is prepped for makeup or if I decide to not wear any that day then I don't, lol.

Night
Same steps as above, except I usually will use a washcloth with the Dr. B's soap if I wore makeup that day and then after I use the witch hazel, I will apply Benzaclin(prescription acne med), let this dry on my face, then use jojoba oil as the the final step.

I should also mention that the Dr. B's soap can a little strong for those with sensitive skin but what is so great about this stuff is that it can be diluted and still have the same benefit. I am currently using the Hemp Almond and I have used the Aloe Baby Mild soap with the same great result.

Anyway, I hope all of this made sense!
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I have tried the ACV toner and I couldn't stand it! The smell was horrid, and I just didn't see any result at all...I used this concoction for about a month and decided that me or my nose could not take it anymore!
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Everybody's skin is different because the ACV made my skin smooth and soft. The smell is a little hard to get use to at first but the smell does go away. Anyhoo, only you can decide for yourself what will or will not work for you.
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So would using a toner or witch hazel make my nose less oily? I don't have problem skin, just an oily nose (which I can't stand). What else can be done to fix an oily nose?
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The skin has allergic reactions to some concoctions made at home, so just a word of caution with natural remedies. There is plenty of science backing up some good products out there. It really all depends on your skin. I like using toner at night. You will want to find a toner without irritants. Dr. Brandt makes a great toner with botanical ingredients. It's really refreshing.
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Old 04-30-2005, 07:30 PM   #17
 
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I read an article that talked about skincare that said that a toner wasn't necessary. It said that our society has this obsession w/ cleanliness that we strip our skin. Your face isn't the kitchen floor. If I feel I'm having a problem w/ breakouts, witch hazel is wonderful, and gentle. It's in the first aid section.
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Old 05-02-2005, 03:23 PM   #18
 
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i've been using witch hazel too and it works pretty good....i still have my spendy washes by ddf but as they run out i might try dr. bonners for my face. before a lot of the stuff that's on the market now people used witch hazel and had nice skin...
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Old 05-02-2005, 05:28 PM   #19
 
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I take what Paula Begoun says with a grain of salt. She's the one that says mineral oil is fine to put on your face. If witch hazel works for you, use it. You'd know instantly if it irritated you too.
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Old 05-03-2005, 11:46 AM   #20
 
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yes i agree....i was getting way too caught up in "paula said"....now i take her info and use it in my decision making process. one thing that's helped me is getting a cosmetics ingredients book. now i know better what's what. some ingredients sound scary but really aren't and vice versa.
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