I just don't feel clean enough by just cleansing with a mild cleanser. I do wear a heavy make up so I wanna feel really clean especially at night prior to applying my retin a. Perhaps I should be using a makeup remover b4 cleansing but don't want to try something else to irritate me. Can anyone suggest a mild , non-alcohol, non irritating non-drying ,toner? Many thanks.
Try removing some of your make up w/ a very soft cloth soaked w/ warm water. Gently wipe off some of your make up w/ this then cleanse your face w/ your cleanser. I wear heavy make up too and this works for me. I don't use toners b/c they irritate my skin.
Thanks you guys for responding so quickly...gosh I get answers faster from you all then a doctor on call! Anyways, Misty, I truly like the warm washcloth idea, my only concern is having to wash it out for fear of letting it hang around collecting bacteria........that's why I do like those disposable cleansing cloth ideas, but once again I fear the irritation factor.
And to Beat_Acne(and we will btw, ) yes, I have read in Paula Begoun's book that she liked the neutrogena toner you mentioned as well. The rose water idea sounds promising also...I'll need to do a little research on that one too.
For Emma....the retin A that I have used for many years (on & off mind you)is the .05 cream, but was recently given samples of the Micro version of .1% I'm kinda playing around with that one to see if I can jumpstart my results here combined with minocycline.
Thanks for the replies..........any and all are appreciated!
I would suggest using a gentle cleanser, but maybe you could try washing it twice, carefully so as to remove all the makeup. Try to use a makeup that isn't going to irritate your skin (such as a mineral makeup like Jane Iredale or Bare Essentuals). If you are using Retin-A then I would not use a toner. Toners do remove makeup well, but they are also designed to clean and close the pores. If you do decide to use a toner, use one that is extremely gentle that does not contain alchohol.
Toners aren't nesseccary, but they are good if you feel your makeup isn't fully off. A few times after totally cleansing my face i've used toner and still found traces of makeup. I'd recommend something alchol free and maybe with natural ingrediants.
hey Deedee... I like witchhazel mixed with some green tea, and chamomile tea (brewed strongly, and cooled to room temp). The green is an antioxidant, and the chamomile is really soothing, and anti-inflammatory. The witch hazel has only 14% alcohol or something like that, so it's yet to bother me.
I'm am still on the fence regarding toners......maybe they just make me feel clean, and Dramaqueen, I do agree choosing an alcohol free one is desirable.
Hey to Sedulous, wow, you are quite the chemist mixing your witch hazel and teas! I've read Witch hazel water contains 15% ethanol, and that content can be irritating, and also has a high tannin content, which has constricting properties on skin, that although can help with wound healing, can be a skin irritant when applied repeatedly to skin In any case, glad it is working for you). Nice hearing all your feedback everyone!
that's a good point DeeDee... i should've mentioned that i don't use it every day... just when i feel like i'm not quite 'clean enough' or when i have some really irritating pimples...i give 'em a swab then. Sometimes with vitamin e oil too. I didn't know all that about witch hazel...i might rethink my chemistry!
Wash once? Wash twice? Gosh, when I'm in there my kids know that that won't see me for a REAL LONG TIME....they think I'm taking a bath in the sink!! And I have taken all of you smart people's advice to abstain from these toners......I'm trying really hard to....... this week anyway. Perhaps I'm a toneraholic.
Avon has a toner called "Keep It Fresh" that I really like....it doesn't dry my skin out or cause breakouts (I'm 38 and have combo skin). I also like their "Keep It Fresh" cleanser and I use the cleanser & toner in the evening and just the toner in the mornings (since I don't have any makeup to remove at that time).
I have not heard of the Keep it Fresh line from Avon but will certainly inquire about it from my Avon girl. I too am not a kid here on these boards, and it's nice to know that I'm not alone in my struggle to clear my adult skin(that keeps acting like a kid). Thank you for your input.