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Best Face Forward (Closed)

The one piece of advice that my mother gave me in my youth, that I actually didn’t fight her on, was the need to take care of my skin.  From the time I first flirted with baby blue eyeshadow and matching blue mascara for trips to the roller rink, she took the time to instruct me on the importance of always removing my makeup, and washing and moisturizing my skin both morning and night.

Still, as I was well established in the angst filled teenage years, I battled with the dreaded pimple.  I always hesitated to call it acne, because I knew kids who were really affected by acne, and what I dealt with was nothing in comparison.  But still, I was rarely without a pimple or three somewhere on my face.

This issue followed me into adulthood, and I developed what I affectionately called periodic pimples.  That is, pimples that would pop up during my period, announcing to the world that menses was imminent.

As if the bloating and irritability aren’t enough.

Not long after the birth of my blog, I took to the internet to discuss my plight regarding a recurring eyebrow pimple.  I found great joy in the reader response I received, because I knew that I didn’t suffer alone.  In fact, I’ve learned that nearly 50% of all women have suffered with adult acne at one time or another during their adulthood.

I’ve tried all manner of acne related products, even in a moment of desperation opting for the dab of toothpaste.  Admit it, you’ve tried it too.  The problem is that most acne/pimple related products are geared to the teenagers and their skin needs.  Frankly, my skin has changed quite a bit as I’ve grown older.  Nowadays, the old standby of a really potent astringent will cause more problems than I had to begin with because my skin is a good deal more sensitive and dry..

Recently I was given the opportunity to try the Olay Professional Pro-X Clear Line.  Olay has been a trusted product that has graced not only my bathroom shelf, but also my mother’s and grandmother’s shelves before her for many years.

Olay Professional Pro-X Clear Line is an easy 3-step process that I’ve been able to incorporate into my daily facial care regime.

Step 1Olay Professional Pro-X Clear Pore Clarifying Cleanser: This is a salicylic acid acne treatment that you apply to your face, gently work in, and then rinse.  It reduces oil and removes the dead skin and dirt that can clog pores.  I found it to be a very effective, yet mild cleanser.

Step 2Olay Professional Pro-X Clear Skin Clearing Treatment:  A leave-on salicylic acid treatment that is designed to control acne and help to prevent future breakouts.  The instructions say to begin using a thin layer once daily, and then increase to two or three times daily as needed.  I have very dry skin, and am able to apply this in the morning and evening, and have not experienced any excessive drying.

Step 3Olay Professional Pro-X Clear Complexion Renewing Lotion:  A light moisturizer that rehydrates the face to help fade the appearance of spots and redness.  Even when I’m not experiencing periodic pimples, I have always had redness around my nose and chin (the only places on my face that get oily). I love this product because I have noticed a definite difference in my skin tone, as the redness is no longer as apparent.

I noticed this change when I found myself going without makeup more often than not.  In fact, this is me, sans makeup.

Four weeks ago, you would have seen definite redness, making my nose look even more pronounced.  And I never ever would have had the nerve to post a picture of it.  If you’ll look closely (and as I have been particularly HORMONAL) there’s nary a pimple in sight.

The Olay Professional Pro-X Clear Line also carries two other products which I’d love to stock in my cabinet.  They have an Olay Professional Pro-X Clear SPF 15 Moisturizer, and Olay Professional Pro-X Intensive Refining Sulfur Mask Sulfur Acne Treatment which is used to help dry out current breakouts.  I’m pretty sure that would be so much more pleasant and effective than applying toothpaste.

While we’re on the subject of taking care of your skin, you might want to check out this post by Roxanna Sarmiento in the Life Well Lived section of BlogHer.com. She has some great tips for developing habits that will help your skin looks its best!

A Giveaway!

I am giving away a $50.00 gift card to Drugstore.com, thanks to BlogHer and the Olay Professional Pro-X Clear Line.  In order to enter, please answer the following question in the comments section of this post:

“What was the best advice your mother, sister, or grandmother ever gave you about taking care of your skin?”

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97 Responses to Best Face Forward (Closed)

  • My grandmother and mother have great skin and they both have always stayed out of the sun. I think that’s the biggest secret to their smooth skin.

  • From my cousin – when removing eye-makeup under the eye with a wipe, move from the outside of the eye towards your nose, to reduce cumulative pull one the under-eye skin.

  • My mom has/had beautiful skin – which I did not inherit. She only had to wash her face with water and usually Dove soap – which did not work for me. She only wore lipstick. I did NOT get any tips from her, just a good dose of envy! LOL… I didn’t get any tips from her mother nor my grandmother on my dad’s side who did not wear make up either… So I always wondered whose skin I DID inherit????

    I have a friend whose mother always gave her a bottle of Oil of Olay for Christmas. I thought that was sweet. From that point I realized I needed to find something that worked for me. I’m still looking. I’ve tried Clinique, Mary Kay, Almay, Aveeno, Neutregna, Noxema and L’Oreal.

  • Nobody ever gave me any good advice about taking care of my skin. 🙁 I heard a lot of “wash your face before you go to bed” and “don’t pick at your zits” but nothing REALLY constructive!

  • Best advice – stop using baby oil for tanning!!! 😉

  • My grandmother always swore by Noxema. I hated the smell of it and seldom use it, but it worked for my grandmother’s complexion!

  • My mom still washes her face with Dial soap and a washcloth, so needless to say I did not receive any skincare tips from her.

    My esthetician (sp? fancy word for waxing lady) said that benzoyl peroxide is about the only thing to keep pimples away, as she notices I got the regularly in my chin area. I started using a benzoyl peroxide cleanser twice a day and a benzoyl peroxide cream twice a day and my skin has cleared amazingly!

    The only other time my skin looked better was when I was pregnant. But I’m NOT willing to do all that again, just for glowing skin!

  • Hmmm… I’m posting even though I can’t remember whether my mom, grandmothers, or sisters ever gave me any advice about my skin. Probably somewhere along the way, my mom would’ve told me to wash my face, so I’ll count that. 🙂 Really, I was left to figure things out for myself in just about every area.

  • Don’t forget to moisturize your neck! I thought that was about the weirdest thing when I was a teenager, but now that I’m past middle age I can say it really does keep the wrinkles away!

  • The best advice was to always remove my make up at night. ALWAYS. I still do. I suffered with bad acne as my freshman year in high school. When we moved, my aunt said it was probably the water I used (city water) where we used to live. She suggested I was my face with Ivory soap, and then use rubbing alcohol on it and moisturize 3 times a week. I did, and within 2 weeks the acne was GONE.

    I don’t know that I recommend the alcohol thing to everyone, but it worked for me. 🙂

  • Drink tons of water. That was the most advice my mom gave me–we lived in the desert, so it was probably really good advice. And wear sunblock. That, too. 🙂

  • Water. Drink a lot of water.

  • always wash your face morning and night

  • My grandmother always lathered her face in Vaseline petroleum jelly before she went to bed. She pronounced it VAS-a-lyn. I don’t remember what her pillowcase looked like, but eewww. I’m not sure why she did it and I just can’t bring myself to even think about trying it. She, by the way, was the one who bought me my first bottle of Oil of Olay moisturizing lotion, which I still use today. I mean, not the SAME bottle (because it would had to have been a really mega jumbo size to have lasted these 20+ years), but the same brand.

  • my mom told me to pinch pimples…not much good advice so I’ve learned 🙂 but I have read much and learned much from others 🙂

  • Moisturize!!

  • My mom just told me to wash my face before bed. She didn’t really ever give advice on what to use. (That I remember anyway!)

  • Both my mother and grandmother have very wrinkly skin and as a result, have offered much advise about what not to do. Their best advise… never smoke, drink plenty of water, and always wear sunscreen.

  • Sunscreen, clean your face at the end of the day, and moisturize. My Grandmother had amazing skin at 85 because she stayed out of the sun.

  • Moisturize and sunscreen. Actually Mimi always insisted that wearing a hat was the best protection when outside. She always looked younger than her years well into her 80’s. Guess she knew what she was doing. I bought a large sunhat this summer and have kept her advice.

  • Well, my grandmother, God bless her Southern Beauty Soul. lived to 97 and had the most perfect porcelain skin, ever. Ever. I repeat EVER.

    And my mom inherited it. As did my daughter.

    As I did not. (No resentfulness here, na-ah).

    Other than looking much, much younger than I am (which did cause trouble for John when first dating and married to me) I am also prone to the periodic. Even though I have not been periodic since the Day Before Thanksgiving Surgery of 2002.

    The face, though, it doth remember.

    Anywho- the best advice I ever received from either of the two that came before me, was wash with Dove soap only and use Oil Of Olay lotion every morning and evening.

    I do notice a textural difference in my face when I run out of lotion for a few days, but still get those occasional breakouts.

    I think I Will be trying this Oil of Olay line. Thanks!

  • Remove your eye makeup before you go to bed. Advice from my mom.

  • Moisturize, moisturize, moisturize! Sadly, I did not listen to my mother and now I’m trying to play catch up. This is working about as well as you might imagine. :-/

  • To keep my hands off my face was the best advice my mom gave me about taking care of my skin.

  • Now I don’t feel like I was the only one shorted of motherly advice. Thanks for sharing, ladies!

  • I don’t recall any advice other than “don’t pick at your face”. Most of what I learned came from experimenting on my own. I’m over 50 and still suffer from adult acne breakouts, but not as bad since I began regularly using Olay Regenerist. Good stuff! I’ll have to look for the Pro X Clear line and see if it’ll help me a little more. Thanks for the review!

  • Unfortunately, I did not receive any tips from my mother. I even have two older sisters but, since they also didn’t get them from mom, they didn’t pass them along to me.
    My face is rough and I’m trying to give it some pampering, but not having much luck!

    On a more positive note, I’m trying desperately to encourage my own daughter to take good care of her skin, but she doesn’t want to listen yet. She’s 13 and at a perfect age to start some good life long habits but what teenager wants to listen to her mother?

  • Fortunately I had wonderful ladies in my family, my mother, grandmother and aunts who all taught me the value of taking care of my skin. I am very fair so sunscreen is a must…I use foundation with spf already in the product. I remember my mother using Oil of Olay every day. I have the t-zone/combo skin so I have either been using an astringent/ toner and /or moisterizer since my teen years. I do believe when anyone says Oil of Olay you immediately think of taking care of your skin!

  • Um….wash your face. That was all.

  • My Grandmother always said to wash your face first with hot water and dove soap. Then rinse it with cold water. Twice a day. I don’t know that it really works too great, because I’ve always struggled with acne even as an adult. But I did follow her advice religiously as a teen.

  • “NEVER go to bed with makeup on. It stuck with me. Doesn’t matter how late and tired I am I always wash my face and moisturize.

  • I have bad skin, have since I was 11. My family has cystic acne in its genes (sigh). I even did Acutane once, but the side effects were unbearable.

    Best advice my mom gave me was “maybe it’s something you’re eating”? when I still had acne at age 33. The doctor insisted that food had no connection, but the topical retinoids and antibiotics did nothing. Strict “no picking” helps a lot, but still… I always have 3-5 large, inflamed pimples somewhere on my face at most times of the month. So I did a little investigative research, and it turns out that an allergy to soy can manifest as acne. I cut out soy, and things improved a LOT. Not perfect yet, but now I’m down to 1 inflamed pimple sometimes and clear sometimes skin. It’s the residual soy that’s hurting me (like trace soy in stuff–it’s everywhere) but I’m not willing to be crazy to cut it out. Maybe the Olay-X products, coupled with my almost soy-free diet, will clear me up for good!

  • Remove makeup every night before bed!
    ljatwood at gmail dot com

  • “Don’t pick at your face, it only makes it worse.” ;P

  • moisturize, moisturize, moisturize!!

  • Never go to bed with makeup on – and use moisturizer!

  • The only advice I remember was to was my face morning and night. She did take me to the dermatologist when I got severe acne and for that I am forever grateful!

  • Boy, it’s fun reading all these tips left by other commenters! My mom’s skin was completely different than mine and so the only tip she could really give me was “keep it clean, girl!” LOL
    I’ve actually been blessed with pretty decent skin, except for the fact that I burn easily if out in the sun too long, and I am allergic to 99.9% of makeup currently available on the market.

  • I don’t remember my family talking about skin care. Since we are older and worry more about cancer…its a big topic. Staying out of the sun or using sunscreen is what we do.

  • My Mom always told me that no matter how tired I was I should wash my face at night. I have always done that and now I also use a moisturizer too since I have gotten older and my skin has gotten drier.

  • Drink water and a suntan is not worth the skin damage later! Those would have to be the most memorable.

  • Don’t over wash your skin and olive oil can be great as cleanser and moisturizer.

  • Wash face before going to bed and don’t pick the pimples.

  • Unfortunately acne runs in my family. We were always at the dermatologist. Probably the biggest advice was to don’t over-indulge in junk food, drinks plenty of water and visit the dermatologist for treatment.

  • My mother also started me out washing my face religiously at a young age. Coming from a family prone to acne, it probably saved me from a much more severe problem than I ended up with. Also stay out of the sun and away from caffeine. I didn’t say that I actually LISTENED to all her advice! lol

  • Always wipe up and not down when washing or applying moisturizers.

  • The best advice I have gotten, and keep harping on about to my children…..WEAR SUNSCREEN!

    Thanks for the great giveaway!

  • Wash your face before you go to bed!!!

  • Keep it clean!

  • Always wash your make up off before going to bed.

  • wash my face everyday

  • To wash my face and moisturize every night.


  • use moisturizer mom always used original olay. don’t let your skin dry out

  • Well, like many others, I received no advice about skincare from my mom. She was blessed with perfectly dark gorgeous perfect skin while I got Daddy’s pale freckled skin! sigh… Thanks Dad! But I do wash my skin night and morning and always use moisturizer. My latest find was the Olay ProX cleaning system and I love it!!!

  • My mother advised me not to wear liquid foundation, since she believed that it blocked the pores (back in those days – the 1960s – it did). I am now over sixty, with great-looking skin, and I credit my mom’s advice for keeping me looking young.

  • My mama said “DON’T touch!” and it was the best advice I’ve ever received – it has helped me not to break out and helped me not to overwash, overscrub or overtreat for many years!

  • My mother’s best advice was to never, NEVER go to bed without washing my face first. And I’ve stuck with that advice for many years.

  • one word: wrinkles:-(

  • my granmomma always told me that love in my heart and daily laughter would keep me young. It has to be true, cause i look 32yrs. old at 39! & yes admittedly, our family of african-american women seem to love ivory soap & oil of olay products..i don’t ever remember using any other products growing up.

  • In my family waking up loved means more than any “wrinkle device cream” in existence. Not sayin Olay products don’t work, THEY DO! I’m just sayin there are other ways to keep those wrinkles away, like EVERYDAY smiles, and laughter. Even when you feel you have nothing to smile about, well,.. you’re wrong! take time and formalize yourself with lifes little pleasues. Its free, and the results are amazing.

  • The best advice I got was to wash my face before bed every night.

  • My mother always told me to stay out of the sun between 10-3 or to cover up if I was going to be out in it.

  • Always wear sunscreen.
    Thanks for the contest.

  • Mom said “Always wash your face” and when I was younger I would roll my eyes and say “later”, but now I make it a point to wash my face when I get home.

    abitnerdygirl at gmail dot com

  • My mother always told me to wash my face!

  • I tweeted about the giveaway 🙂


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  • Definitely taking off your makeup at night – I’m still bad about it, ugh! I’m young enough that I haven’t noticed it causing any problems… yet.

  • Take your makeup off every night!

  • Stay out of the sun.

  • The advice I got from my grandmother is not to use soap on my face, instead she had us girls use Ponds Cold cream, make sure I remove my makeup before going to bed, and moisturize daily. And last just a little lipstick when you go out.

  • I have pretty good skin, and even over 40 I don’t have too many wrinkles yet but I still get those annoying menstrual pimples every month and they really bother me.

  • My mom always encouraged me to drink lots of water … “plumps up the skin,” she’d say

  • My Mom always said to wash my face before bed.

  • No one really gave me advice on taking care of my skin. I was the one who showed my mother how to take care of her skin and apply makeup once I because a skin care consultant in my early 20’s! She was my best customer. And I still use Jafra Cosmetics 30+ years later…

  • Always clean your face beore going to bed.

  • Don´t squint and take a daily nap.

  • My mom told me not to pick at zits, to wash and moisturize daily, and to not make faces as they cause wrinkles. I listened and did everything except the faces…now I have the wrinkles to show it! LOL

  • Mom always said drink lots of water, and clean your face before going to bed.

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  • Moisturize, moisturize, moisturize! The women in my family have dry skin, so it’s all about keeping things fresh and moisturized!

    coriwestphal at msn dot com

  • Best Advice: stay away fom spicy & fried foods.

  • I was told to keep hydrated.