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Suggestions for gentle exfoliation

I'm noticing some dead skin just hanging around on my face. It's especially obvious when applying foundation. I'd like to scrub this off, but my skin is quite sensitive and prior exfoliation attempts (St. Ives, Clean & Clear) have been irritating. Can you suggest any products or methods that would make for a really gentle exfoliation? Thanks!
posted by mossicle on May 19, 2013 - 39 answers

My eyes are up HERE

Help me cover up this big dark bump on my shoulder with makeup or other tricks! [more inside]
posted by Ms. Toad on May 16, 2013 - 13 answers

I don't want to be alarmist, but I also don't want to be stupid.

Suppose you've noticed a growing red skin blemish on your arm that's irregular, raised, and a little flaky towards the center. At what point do you start to worry it's skin cancer and go see a doctor? [more inside]
posted by meese on May 11, 2013 - 33 answers

What's up with my skin?

I've had a mysterious rash for the past 8 months, starting 2 weeks after my first child was born. Two different dermatologists say probably eczema, and I probably just have to live with it. Should I give up and live with it, or try to do something else? [more inside]
posted by Vampire Cat on May 4, 2013 - 15 answers

Red-faced runner

How can I prevent or shorten the time that my face is beet red after going for a jog? [more inside]
posted by greta simone on Apr 25, 2013 - 25 answers

What's up with my face?

YANAD, but what are these lines on my face?? They start from the inner corner of each eye and run in a long semi-circle under my eye to the middle of my outer cheek area. Bad phone quality pictures here and here (it's a good day so they aren't as puffy so it may be hard to tell). Limited Google results tell me they may be malar festoons/mounds??, however I can only find articles on these in older people and I'm 23. Some days they are barely noticeable and others they are very pronounced (for example, at 16 I was once asked how I got those big scars on my face). I haven't noticed any link between how pronounced they are and what time of day it is, if I am especially tired etc. It can sometimes make me quite self conscious when I catch a glimpse of my reflection in a window or mirror and see these pronounced creases cutting through my cheek fat. Any ideas??
posted by sunshine arakhan on Apr 25, 2013 - 17 answers

SCUM Manifesto

I do not think of myself as a dirty person, but when I'm in the shower and I scrape my nails over my neck/chest/back area, a grayish scum collects under my fingernails. What is this disgusting medley, and what can I do about it? [more inside]
posted by airguitar2 on Apr 22, 2013 - 19 answers

How do we treat this wound on our cat's ear?

Yesterday we noticed this hairless patch on The Grey Lady Jane Grey's ear. What could it be, and how do we treat it? [more inside]
posted by aparrish on Apr 13, 2013 - 11 answers

How can I soothe/remoisturizing the irritated skin on my face?

How to heal or restore moisture to this (probably) temporary chemical-sensitivity induced rash/dryness on my face? [more inside]
posted by lovableiago on Mar 11, 2013 - 8 answers

Everybody's free to wear sunscreen. But what kind?

I need daily sunscreen recommendations compatible with oily skin. [more inside]
posted by Sara C. on Mar 11, 2013 - 35 answers

Advice to lessen my dermatographic urticaria aka "skin writing"

I have dermatographic urticaria, also known as "skin writing." It's really problematic because I will scratch an itch on my forehead or rub my chin while I am working and then, without even realizing it, I will look like I am breaking out with an illness or I got into a fight. Even though my skin is going haywire, getting puffy and red from being scratched or rubbed, I don't feel anything bothersome at all so I don't know until I check in a mirror. Does anyone have any experience with this and possibly reducing the symptoms? [more inside]
posted by AppleTurnover on Mar 5, 2013 - 16 answers

At the age of 37, she realized why the hell didn't I wear sunscreen?

I am a late thirties, fair-skinned, outdoorsy, sunscreen-shunning person who now has the face to show it. Assuming from now on I don't smoke (quit several years ago), wear hats and/or sunscreen, will the accelerated aging of the skin on my face slow down to a normal rate? [more inside]
posted by silly me on Mar 5, 2013 - 13 answers

Botox me?

I have a wrinkle (or whatever this particular skin condition is called) that is very similar in position and depth to this one on Ethan Hawke (mine doesn't go up that high but curves a little bit at the top). I'm trying to educate myself a bit before I consult with a dermatologist so that I can be an informed patient. Does anyone know if this is treatable with Botox? Are there any other effective treatments?
posted by Dansaman on Feb 20, 2013 - 8 answers

My skin has decided to start hating me

I recently turned 40 and my skin, which has previously been happy under my tender loving care, has decided to rebel. I've always had dry skin but this winter is the first I've experienced flaky patches on my face. My usual moisturizer does nothing. HELP! [more inside]
posted by jezemars on Feb 20, 2013 - 34 answers

Is there any hope for smooth skin, post-depilation?

Brazilian wax has revealed unattractive skin issues. Is there anything that can be done to solve it? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Feb 5, 2013 - 10 answers

Facewart Funtime

I have a little wart on my face next to my nose. It's only pimple-sized but has been there for almost a year or so and won't quit on its own. It's not very noticeable but I want to get rid of it and as far as I know freeze-burning in the fastest way to get these things off. But sometimes they are stubborn and need multiple hits of the nitrogen gun. Will doing this freeze-burning thing leave me with noticeable marks on my face the next day, or even scars?
posted by moorooka on Feb 4, 2013 - 12 answers

Finally won a battle--help me win the war (against acne).

Washing my skin with just water has gotten rid of 90% of my acne. How can I get rid of the remaining 10%? [more inside]
posted by tomorrow on Jan 26, 2013 - 24 answers

Can I do anything with pig skin after slow-cooking it?

I made some delicious slow-cooker pulled pork using this chow.com recipe. I cooked the pork shoulder with the skin on, believing it to add flavour. After cooking, it came right off, along with a thick layer of fat. I've looked up pork scratching recipes, but none of them take into account that I cooked it for 8 hours beforehand. I'd like to do something useful with it, but I'm not sure what. Is it destined for my tummy or the bin?
posted by Magnakai on Jan 20, 2013 - 9 answers

It-All-Goes-Downhill-After-30-Filter

Is there anything I can do to minimize, hide, or slow down the lines developing under my eyes? [more inside]
posted by raztaj on Jan 10, 2013 - 17 answers

My skin is revolting. Help me lead the charge against this mutiny!

My newly 30 year old skin is acting like it wants to ruin my life. And my boobs are my skin's accomplice, apparently. What is happening with my hormones? [more inside]
posted by youandiandaflame on Jan 8, 2013 - 31 answers

Get rid of oily worms

What's the best way to get all the white and black heads out of your skin? Specifically in the nose. I always seem to have little white and black heads and I don't know how to definitively get rid of them. [more inside]
posted by Napierzaza on Dec 23, 2012 - 16 answers

What is going on below my waistline?

I have spots near my groin region. I know you're not my doctor, but if you can give me any insight to calm my nerves it would be appreciated. Also, what do I say to the girl I'm dating? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Dec 12, 2012 - 15 answers

Is my wrinkle cream aging me?

I'm in my early 20s and my skin is getting worse by the day. Can wrinkle creams make wrinkles worse? [more inside]
posted by vanitas on Dec 5, 2012 - 28 answers

Rule of thumb for initial break outs?

At what point do you decide that the initial breakout is now a reaction breakout? [more inside]
posted by flying_trapeze on Dec 3, 2012 - 4 answers

Tea Tree Filter

Should tea tree oil in bath water sting like crazy? [more inside]
posted by bad grammar on Nov 28, 2012 - 15 answers

Boy, is my face red! And blotchy!

What is a good facial moisturizer for rosacea? [more inside]
posted by Frowner on Nov 27, 2012 - 18 answers

How to get good good looking skin for men? Suffering from dry skin and back acne.

What's a daily mens skin care routine to have good looking skin? Also how do I get rid of back acne for men? I have had it for years and nothing seems to be working. [more inside]
posted by Parh6512 on Nov 23, 2012 - 30 answers

Indeed what is normality

Face-elasticity-filter: Should my skin be this stretchy? (also file under weird-things-you-talk-about-when-married filter) [more inside]
posted by Albondiga on Nov 19, 2012 - 11 answers

Why is my skin so dirty?

Weird question about my skin. Is this a thing, or is it only me? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 12, 2012 - 22 answers

Out, out damned spots!

Why do I keep getting spots round my eyebrows, temples and hairline? [more inside]
posted by mippy on Nov 9, 2012 - 15 answers

It's the body's biggest organ, you know.

Please help me figure out what's going on with my skin. I have either a rash or acne or something on my face and I don't know why or what to do! I've used Dr. Hauschka skincare for years and would like to stick with that if possible, but I am getting desperate. Details and gross skin photos within! [more inside]
posted by pupstocks on Oct 13, 2012 - 25 answers

Soy-free moisturizer for acne-prone sensitive skin?

Can someone recommend a moisturizer for acne-prone sensitive skin that doesn't include any of these things? [more inside]
posted by lemoncakeisalie on Oct 12, 2012 - 24 answers

Skincare for Dummies

I want to start taking good care of my skin now, but I don't know where to start with all these serums and toners and moisturizers and creams...what are the basic products I need to establish a good routine? [more inside]
posted by vanitas on Oct 10, 2012 - 32 answers

Decode these Chinese characters, please!

Can you decode these hastily-written Chinese characters? Here's a picture. [more inside]
posted by greatgefilte on Sep 27, 2012 - 3 answers

By the time I'm 40, I will be see-through!

Is-This-Normal filter : I am a few short months away from turning 30, and have noticed while looking in the mirror and at body parts I can see without one, that over my whole body my veins/arteries are a lot more visible than they were before. Is this a normal part of aging? Can it be stopped, or mitigated somehow? Deets inside. [more inside]
posted by Fig on Sep 20, 2012 - 7 answers

fiery feet

My feet are so itchy I could punch someone. What bugs in my house could be biting me? [more inside]
posted by mnemonic on Sep 18, 2012 - 23 answers

Can this Pork Knuckle be Saved?

I purchased a rotisserie roasted pork knuckle at the Farmer's Market yesterday. I unfortunately neglected to pay attention to the prep instructions on the scribbled note at the stand. When I got home, I got out the slow cooker and started throwing stuff in...the meat and knuckle bone, a ham hock that I had stored in the freezer, a bunch of shredded carrots, cabbage, a cut up onion, 2 cut up apples, some seasoning, and a beer poured over the whole thing. I left it slow cooking for about 8 hours, then on warm overnight. When I got up this morning, the slow cooker was off and it was room temperature. Two questions: 1. is it safe to eat? 2. It doesn't really seem edible in it's current state. There's not a lot of liquid but what there is is mostly fat. It smells good but looks like a mushy mess. Is it salvageable for any purpose? Can I do something else to it to make it a broth base? Bonus question: I pulled the crispy skin off and stuck it in the refrigerator separately. Suggestions on what to do with that?
posted by ms_rasclark on Sep 16, 2012 - 9 answers

Is there an age at which a child's skin colour becomes permanent?

Is there an age at which a child's skin colour becomes permanent? [more inside]
posted by JoannaC on Sep 10, 2012 - 16 answers

What is this skin problem I have that makes my facial hair turn Gray? (image included)

What is this skin problem I have that makes my facial hair turn Gray? (image included) [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 8, 2012 - 9 answers

All the King's horses and all the King's men

Suppose there is a person who was broken into many pieces. Scientists can look at bones and say where on the body they came from. Can they do the same for pieces of flesh and muscle? [more inside]
posted by bugmuncher on Aug 18, 2012 - 6 answers

Can I clear up my acne scars?

I'm in in my 40s. I have scars on my face from teenage acne. Is it too late to do anything about it? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 16, 2012 - 14 answers

Oh just pass me the spackle already!

What are the best foundations for my skin? In particular, ones that don't make my skin look even worse! Basically, I have oily skin, black heads on the nose and chin, and frequent breakouts in the t-zone. I also have a ton of broken blood vessels around my nose and mouth and larger veins around my eyes and temples. More info on my regimen after the break... [more inside]
posted by two lights above the sea on Aug 6, 2012 - 21 answers

Will it hurt?

Having a potentially cancerous skin growth removed by a plastic surgeon. What should I expect? [more inside]
posted by swift on Jul 27, 2012 - 16 answers

How do I fix acne leftovers?

I have leftover acne redness from 15 or so years ago, and I've finally decided to do something about it. The goal is to make my skin more even-toned and healthier-looking. What methods and/or products - preferably available over-the-counter - would you suggest? Pics of some of the offending areas on my face here, here, and here.
posted by st starseed on Jul 27, 2012 - 13 answers

What's this red line on my thumb?

What's this red line on my thumb? (Picture inside, not gross) [more inside]
posted by overeducated_alligator on Jul 5, 2012 - 13 answers

My dog is itchy itchy itchy!

My dog seems to be allergic to something. Skin scrapes have shown it isn't mites or anything else. We've changed his food and other things in his environment, and he's still miserable. Pictures here. [more inside]
posted by daboo on Jun 18, 2012 - 23 answers

Do blotting papers just make your skin more oily?

Do blotting papers just make your skin more oily? [more inside]
posted by jpritcha on Jun 8, 2012 - 7 answers

Accutane alternative

What's the next best option after Accutane? I have Crohn's disease so that's not an option, but doxycycline and topical treatments haven't worked. Are there any other options? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on May 21, 2012 - 12 answers

Excess skin after weight loss

I have finally lost most of the extra weight I gained for the past 20 years. What can I do to get rid of the flabby skin? [more inside]
posted by remi on May 13, 2012 - 8 answers

How to test pH of skin?

How would one test the pH of skin? And other questions related to the pH of skin, shampoo, and conditioner. [more inside]
posted by HotToddy on May 11, 2012 - 9 answers

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