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Philosophy Help Me

What it is:An advanced, age-fighting night treatment featuring time-released retinol.What it is formulated to do:This winner of Allure magazine's editor's choice "Best of Beauty" award for best antiaging treatment helps keep pores clean and minimized, reduces wrinkles and discoloration, and boosts tone and firmness. It delivers the key ingredient, retinol, through encapsulated microsponge technology, which offers stability for gradual release into the skin. The time-release innovation, along with a soothing dose of bisabolol, increases efficacy and helps prevent irritation.What else you need to know:Ultra-protective metal-tube packaging prolongs shelf life.Research results:In an eight-week independent clinical study, clinician grading showed:- 100% of subjects had improvement in fine lines- 100% had smoother skin- 94% had improvement in wrinkles- 88% had firmer skin
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Questions & Answers for Philosophy Help Me

Question
Anybody use this for acne treatment?
Going off the retenoids, trying to find something that will do almost the same thing.
asked 4 years, 3 months ago
grnfairie
(Wyoming)
on Help Me
6 answers
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answer 1
I've been using this with Purtiy and Hope in a Jar Oil-Free moisturizer for a couple weeks now and have seen a definite improvement in my acne! I was previously using a Retin-A prescribed by a dermatologist along with Cetaphil face wash and Hope in a Jar moisturizer for my moderate acne. At first my skin did get a bit dry(which I thought was weird since the Retin-a I was using was stronger than the Help Me) but using a little extra moisturizer fixed that and my skin is looking great! I will keep using this as long as my skin keeps looking great...if I start breaking out I think I will try out the 'On a Clear Day' Retinol...fingers crossed that I won't have to though!
answered 3 years, 5 months ago
misskristen
(San Francisco, CA)
answer 2
I have "adult acne" meaning I get a pimple here and there in my late 20s. I love it. My skin looks great. I've been using it for about a month and no breakouts. I even made it through my last menstrual cycle with out a breakout. I wouldn't recommend it if you have serious acne issues - if you do....see a dermatologist. Get a prescription. It's really the only way to go. OTC products may work for a bit but not forever.
answered 4 years, 1 month ago
StacyKP
(Phoenixville, PA)
answer 3
No. It made me break out. It made my skin worse. I tried to stick it out to see if it might take time to take effect but my skin only got worse.
answered 4 years, 1 month ago
UFGator99
answer 4
I use it for acne as well as fine lines and it works. I get occasional breakouts now vs. constant breakouts. So, I would recommend it. I find it not to be greasy at all. It soaks right into my skin.
answered 4 years, 2 months ago
tifkin
(St. Louis, MO)
answer 5
If you have an oily skin, don't try this product. I did and it caused MAJOR break out. It even felt greasy when I applied it. I usually love Philosophy; but this product didn't get it.
answered 4 years, 3 months ago
Annie1955
(Charleston, WV)
answer 6
Doubt it, it is a very rich cream. I had a blemish before using it and it has not cleared it so I just used a dab of salicyclic acid.
answered 4 years, 3 months ago
veggiedog
(Morgantown, WV)
Question
Why Can't You Use it while Lactating?
I am just wondering why you can't use this product (or it isn't reccomended) for pregnant or lactating women? I have askeddoctors but nobody gives me a clear or straight answer.
asked 4 years, 11 months ago
ml12
(Bend, OR)
on Help Me
4 answers
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answer 1
Do not use retinol while pregnant. It has nothing to do with making your skin more sensitive to sun, although you can get pigmentation while pregnant (just use sunscreen), retinol is vitamin A and too much of it can cause birth defects. This is really a better to be safe than sorry situation. Wait until after you deliver then start a retinol product. They're safe while breastfeeding. I'm 34 weeks pregnant and plan on using Help Me right after the baby is born!
answered 3 years, 8 months ago
lizzieg18
answer 2
From what I've read, the precautions against using retinol products while pregnant do not apply when breastfeeding. Check with your Dr. for sure, but most health resources will say that a topical retinol product used while nursing is excreted in such small amounts in the breastmilk that it is considered safe.
answered 4 years, 8 months ago
Jen92223
answer 3
in addition to making your skin possibly more sensitive, retinol has been linked with birth defects. whatever you put on your skin gets absorbed into your bloodstream: if you are pregnant this will be absorbed through the placenta/umbilical cord and into the baby, if you are lactating, this will be extruded through breastmilk. the theory is that since too much vitamin a taken during pregnancy can cause birth defects, so can retinol (which is a form of vit. a). hope this helps!
answered 4 years, 9 months ago
voxx
(illinois)
answer 4
It's because retinol and AHAs take a layer off your skin, which makes you less resistant to sun damage, and when you're pregnant you're more sensitive to the sun. The combination is sort of a double-whammy. Pregnant women, or women on the pill, sometimes get large brown blotches from the sun, and from what I've heard they don't go away. However, I was on the pill for almost 10 years, and I used AHAs vigorously the whole time and never had a problem. I used this near the end of my pill stint, even in the daytime before I heard that wasn't recommended, and I didn't have any problems then. I would say, go ahead and use it as a night treatment - just make sure you use sunscreen in the day (a great one is PTR's mineral sunscreen - it brushes on like a powder, protects really well, and is small enough to carry everywhere). Good luck and congratulations!
answered 4 years, 11 months ago
weaselberries
(Oakdale, MN)
Question
What step in my skin care regimen would I use this product?
asked 5 years, 11 months ago
Anonymous
(Kansas City, MO)
on Help Me
3 answers
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answer 1
this product is an active treatment product, meaning it is designed to change the nature of your skin [for the better, of course] so it should be used first, before other products, so it can have maximum beneficial effects on the skin. I would recommend using this product on clean, moist skin. try to wait for about 15-20 minutes before applying a sunscreen if you are using it by day, or a night cream if you are using it at night, so the Save Me can penetrate and do its job. retinol tends to be broken down quickly by UV rays, so I would use it as a nighttime treatment. however do remember to always wear a sunscreen, as retinoids are very effective at accelerating the renewal of surface skin cells, so you need to protect yourself even more from UVA and UVB damage when using a product containing retinol. I hope this helped!
answered 5 years, 11 months ago
productfiend
(4th generation native SF)
answer 2
At night - After cleansing, (and if you don't use the philosophy cleanser - after toning) you put this on before your moisturizer.
answered 5 years, 11 months ago
Details
(LA, CA)
answer 3
You use this product only at night after you cleanse your skin. After applying this all over your skin, follow with your moisterizer and in the morning use plenty of sunscreen.
answered 5 years, 11 months ago
Courtnie
(Northridge, CA)
Question
Is this product ok to use all over my face?
Or should I use this on the affected areas only?
asked 4 years, 3 months ago
sephoragirl2222
(San Francisco, CA)
on Help Me
3 answers
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answer 1
I can't personally use it in my eye area. It caused redness and flaking one night when I got it too close to the eye area. Other than that, I use it all over.
answered 4 years, 2 months ago
tifkin
(St. Louis, MO)
answer 2
Use it all over, on face and neck, especially where you have lines, blemishes or scars.
answered 4 years, 3 months ago
shotgunmichelle
(toronto, ON)
answer 3
affective areas only then smooth out all over if desired.
answered 4 years, 3 months ago
veggiedog
(Morgantown, WV)
Question
can this product be used around the eye area?
asked 2 years, 11 months ago
Anonymous
(Vancouver, BC)
on Help Me
3 answers
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answer 1
Nooooooo, my eyes seriously feel like a pair of chapped lips. Everywhere BUT directly beneath your eyes.
answered 2 years, 7 months ago
rotnebula
(Upland,Ca)
answer 2
no.
answered 2 years, 8 months ago
kaisorg
(Jersey City, NJ)
answer 3
hi! ive only been using help me for a few weeks, i apply it to the outside cornors of my eys where im beginning to get wrinkles, i have no problem with it there!
answered 2 years, 10 months ago
luvmyboxer
(houston texas)
Question
Will this help with blackheads?
asked 4 years, 3 months ago
shuber21
(Pittsburgh, PA)
on Help Me
3 answers
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answer 1
Yes! it also helps shrink pores!
answered 3 years ago
makeupchika
(Albuquerque, NM)
answer 2
Without a doubt! Will even get rid of those little bumps that aren't quite zits.
answered 4 years, 2 months ago
mymarnie
(Vancouver, BC)
answer 3
Yes! and whiteheads, too.
answered 4 years, 2 months ago
njiji
(Calgary, AB)
Question
What percentage of retinol is in this product?
asked 4 years, 1 month ago
sgorski
(Conroe, TX)
on Help Me
3 answers
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answer 1
Philosophy phone rep confirmed that it's 0.15% and On a Clear Day is about 1/3 of that (no specific number available).
answered 3 years, 9 months ago
msgotrox
(Orange County, CA)
answer 2
I just talked to the people at Philosophy and this product is right below the prescription strength.
answered 3 years, 9 months ago
prissygirl1980
(New Orleans, LA)
answer 3
I read on another site .15%
answered 3 years, 11 months ago
erinkm
Question
does this product help reduce acne stars?
the appearance of them or just them in general?
asked 5 years, 9 months ago
danikate
(northern california)
on Help Me
3 answers
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answer 1
Yes. I have some discolouration around my mouth from old breakouts and they are hardly noticeable now. I also have not had any issues with new marks since using this regularly.
answered 5 months ago
ladygorgeous
(Ottawa, ON)
answer 2
Yes. Help Me has dramatically reduced my acne scars and sped up recovery time. I know this product is marketed towards aging skin, but I'm 23 and do not plan on giving this up because of the benefits I have seen so far. A little does go a long way, and although it is pricy, you'll get plenty of use out of the tube.
answered 5 years, 3 months ago
smoj
(Boston, MA)
answer 3
Yes, I have noticed the acne marks on my face have faded and are almost completely gone. I've also noticed that I haven't had any new marks last any longer than a few days after a breakout.
answered 5 years, 9 months ago
csugirl
(Fort Collins, CO)
Question
Help Me vs. On A Clear Day Retinol Lotion
Is there a significant difference between Help Me and On A Clear Day® Retinol Clarifying Lotion ?
asked 5 years, 6 months ago
Anonymous
on Help Me
2 answers
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answer 1
On A Clear Day is for those who suffer from acne. However retinol does help with keeping your pores clear.I have tried both and both work great but I do prefer on a Clear day due to cucumber igredient. Even though On a Clear Day is cheaper by $5 dollars the size is .75 oz. Help me is 1.05 oz. So I would get a sample of both and see which one you prefer. That's what I love about Sephora!
answered 4 years, 10 months ago
katharina
(New Jersey)
answer 2
I just looked at the two of these in the store the other day, and compared the ingredients. Help has the same basic ingredients as the Clear Day, but Clear Day also has cucumber extract, and some other soothing ingredients. I think if you have problem skin that really needs an extra treatment besides the salicylic acid in Hope in a Bottle, it is best to use the Clear Day, it will be less irritating to your skin (and it is $5 dollars less!).
answered 5 years, 5 months ago
cjSeattle
(Seattle, WA)
Question
will it fade freckles?
will "help me" fade your freckles? i' am a teenager and i have some freckles that are fading and i was wandering if this would speed up the process.
asked 5 years, 8 months ago
Anonymous
(San Francisco, CA)
on Help Me
2 answers
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answer 1
I have lots of freckles and I have noticed that they are fading quite a bit. However, because this contains a decent amount of retinol I am also more careful to wear an SPF every single time I leave the house - even if I'm only outside for a couple minutes. It's hard to say how much is the SPF and how much is this product. I haven't noticed much of a difference on the dark circles under my eyes, not yet anyway.
answered 5 years, 3 months ago
avinyard
(Austin, TX)
answer 2
I think that it would lighten them, It did dark red scars for me.
answered 5 years, 8 months ago
shan111
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