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  1. This is going to be a ramble but bear with me. If anyone has any suggestions please let me know I could use the help. I've been on the regimen for almost a year. Long story short I'm not the best at sticking to it so still have breakouts on my cheeks. I usually do BP just at night (occasionally morning if my skin is really bad), I use cetaphil gentle skin cleanser and moiusturise on the days I'm wearing makeup (3 days a week), I also use half dan's moisturiser half AHA some nights. My problem is makeup. I'm past the really flaky stage at the beginning of the regimen but I still cannot seem to apply makeup well. I cant use a foundation brush or blend because my skin just seems to ball up and go patchy. I use a beauty blender which fixes that mostly but still can't get a great texture because of how thick the moisturiser is (I thought using Cerave moisturiser would help but that was even worse when I tried to do liquid foundation over it). I feel like I can't win and it's really frustrating. The regimen moisturiser just feels so tacky and sticky. My makeup feels dry on but looks greasy and I can't do anything I want to do because my skin doesn't agree with it. I use good products, good brushes and good technique to no avail. If anyone has any tips on how to improve makeup while on the regimen or just anything in relation to making it an easier process id be happy to listen whether it be makeup reccomendation, technique or in how I use the regimen products. My makeup routine - dans moisturiser, smashbox primer, born this way foundation, powder bronzer (blended with light brush), UD naked skin concealer (blended with sponge), setting powder, MAC fix + spray
  2. Discovering the perfect eye makeup style takes a great deal of experimentation. Our Indian eye makeup tips will provide the guidance required to find the perfect colors for you. Black pencils have forever been used by Indian women to define and sculpt the eyes. However, eye makeup for Indian is available in a wide variety of shades and mediums. Here are a few tips for applying Indian makeup. When applying makeup for Indian, do not forget that there are numerous options available to you. A combination of eyeliner pencil, liquid eyeliner and shadow will provide your eyes with the greatest degree of definition. If you are in possession of all of these cosmetics, it is advisable to make the most of them. Eye makeup for Indian does not have to remain conventional; black and brown makeup is available in an assortment of shades. This includes makeup of the color of espresso as well as glittery makeup which make the eyes shimmer. Dramatic makeup for Indian need not always be dark in color. Indian eyes stand out with shades of plum and raisin. To give your eyes more depth, graduate your makeup from the eyelash line all the way up to the eyebrow. The darkest shade, to be used along the eyelash line, should be merged into lighter shades of color which are to be used near to the eyebrow. Different eye shapes can be created with the use of Indian makeup. Dark colored eye makeup can be used to minimize the shape of the eyes while lighter colors can be used to make the eyes appear much larger. With regards to color accents, Indian eyes are very versatile. Brown eyes can be complimented with light pink, gold and rust colored shades of Indian makeup. When considering eye makeup for Indian, you should never fail to remember that for Indian, eyes are the key feature of the face and they should always be paid special attention. When reviewing Indian makeup suggestions, you will no doubt discover that black mascara and black eyeliner are widely recommended due to their ability to bring out the beauty in the eyes. This results from the ability of mascara and eyeliner to enhance the almond shaped eyes of Indian. Eye shadow is also of significance when it comes to Indian eye makeup. Our Indian makeup tips for selecting eye shadow shades are straightforward and require little effort or specialized knowledge. Consider the amount of fold above your eyelid when selecting an eye shadow color. A large amount of fold is required for striking eye makeup to be successful. Colors such as black, deep purple and navy blue will look sensational, especially during night time. Multi-layering of eye shadow shades can be adopted to enhance your chosen look. After reading these Indian makeup tips, you will come to the realization that the color black does not have to be your staple color when using eye makeup. With a little patience and experimentation, you will soon be able to create powerful looks using bold eye makeup for Indian.
  3. Makeup Tips To Look Beautiful

    Getting some general make up tips for different occasions is a great idea since you don't want to wear the same type of makeup on every occasion. Makeup for office will be completely different from how you apply makeup on a wedding or birthday party. Makeup tips and tricks often tell you to use the right foundation that matches your skin tone, use concealers to hide the blemishes on your skin and a shimmer on eyes so you they look fresh and bright. All these make up tips address the way you should wear makeup but there are few things common in every type of makeup and one should be aware of them. We have given some dos and don'ts of makeup below so you know how you can wear makeup without damaging your skin or ruining your personality by wearing makeup that goes drastically against your facial features. Make Up Tips - The Do`s • Whatever makeup material and products you choose, make sure that someone has already used and that others approve of its use. You don't want to end up with unsightly spots on your skin due to side effects from a product that didn't suit your skin. • Very few make up tips talk about this factor but it is important to know that makeup is not to make you look different. The first and integral part of makeup is to highlight the good features on your face. Once you have figured out how to do that, you can work on concealing the spots or points that don't look so good to you. • Whenever you are in the store and choosing the foundation, make sure you have enough time to spend in looking one that matches with your skin tone. Foundation is applied on your entire face so you don't want your face to stick out and look different from your neck and rest of the body. • Apply makeup when your face is clean and using a moisturizer after taking shower is a great way to keep your skin fresh. • Many make up tips also forget to mention the time that you should give before applying makeup after applying the moisturizer. Make sure you give enough time for moisturizer to absorb in your skin and once the moisturizer has absorbed you can start with your makeup. • Often missed in most of the make up tips but here it is: make sure that you spend your money only on professional makeup brushes. You will easily notice the difference between the quality of makeup and its fineness when applied with a professional brush as opposed to a regular low quality brush. • Always consult with a makeup critic who's present in most of the families. Just before leaving the house and joining the party, confirm with your friend or someone in your family if everything is looking "normal". Make Up Tips - The Don'ts • Don't ever wear makeup in a hurry especially if you don't have any experience of doing admirable makeup in a jiffy. • Don't take makeup tips and tricks from people you know aren't very good with makeup. You would only want to take the advice of professionals and it isn't hard to get their advice now that you have internet access. • Don't treat makeup like clothes, which means not to wear it all the time. We know this sounds one of the cliched make up tips but what's important needs mentioning. If you're too lazy to remove makeup at night and sleep while it is on, you're suffocating your skin all night long. • Don't ever try to overdo your makeup. If something seems missing, you can add it later on but if you overdo it, there is no coming back unless may be you remove the whole makeup. • Don't ever use the wrong concealer that goes against your foundation or skin. While hiding blemishes, you might make them look like skin spots from sun. • Don't fall for every new product you see on TV or magazine. Everything is not made for you or your skin. While you are on your way to learning professional makeup, don't hesitate from collecting the make up tips from professionals. Explore and research about things before you even think of using them on your skin.
  4. Painful chin acne

    Hi, okay so I need help from all the acne solvers out there in the universe. I am a 17 year old girl, and have had relatively clear skin my whole teenage life- even when I hit puberty. Except for the past year my face (chin especially) has been HORRENDOUS. In the pictures attached you can see what it looks like. It is painful as you can probably imagine and had been consistently like that for a year (as I mentioned before). I've been forced to wear tonnes of makeup just to cover the redness, and even when one pimple fades, a red mark is left over and a new one pops up. I've slowly become incredibly self conscious- to the point where I won't even let my family see me without makeup on anymore. PLEASE if anyone knows how to help ( without going on medication) Please do I can't deal with it anymore. I've been cleansing with Liz Earle cleanse and polish- which I've been using for my whole life, then using their toner and moisturiser. I've not used many acne treatments because they never even to make it better- only worse. Thank so much, your help is much appreciated! This is it not even at it's worst (baring in mind these NEVER clear up, has been constant for about a year now) :
  5. Epiduo Hi everyone. I thought I’d post a new thread instead of my ‘last chance saloon’ essay because I’ve changed my regimen which has totally changed my skin. I’m going to quickly go over what’s been happening and end with what Epiduo has done to me. Photos of course My skin was at its worst about a year ago, constantly covered in active acne. It was mainly around my mouth and chin but still sporadically would appear on my forehead cheeks and nose. They would start as red lumps, then get quite big for 4 days then would get a white head for 3 days. One spot’s life would be about 2 weeks. So it was never ending. I started getting involved with acne.org about 4 weeks ago, reading up on other people’s experiences and getting advice. I bought every supplement under the sun, spent £70 on Clinique products and would wear various different masks depending on what was in the fridge. Emotionally I have been EXHAUSTED. It seemed hopeless. I was spending all my money on skin care, spending all my time in the bathroom and filling my head with non-stop thoughts of my skin. The worst was when it looked as if my skin was settling down… Then I’d break out all over again. It was so disheartening. I finally got a derm appointment and she prescribed me Epiduo and Cetaphil Moisturiser. Epiduo is 2.5% Benzyl Peroxide (I’ve used BP Duac before with no results) with 0.1% adapalene (ingredients in Differin). She directed me to use it once a day. I didn’t use it for a while because I wanted to commit to a regimen for more than 6 weeks. In the end I caved. Thursday 23rd June Evening – I put a LOT on the affected areas + spot treated my cheeks and forehead + put it on my nose (I heard that it helps get rid of blackheads) Friday 24th June Morning – My skin ALREADY looked clearer. Spots that looked like they were going to explode had subsided. My skin looked a bit red/orange. Used Clinique foaming cleanser, clarifying lotion, epiduo then cetaphil. No makeup Evening – Same regimen as morning. Wanted to double dose to enhance rapid results (WHY do I always think I am smarter than the instructions?!) Saturday 25th June Morning – REALLY red. Quite sore and tight. Had another promo job so needed to wear full makeup. Did routine again including the Epiduo underneath Clinique Moisturiser. About half way through the day I couldn’t stand my face being so tight any more. My job was to be smiling and promoting but I couldn’t move my face. Looked in the mirror – my skin was PEELING OFF MY FACE! It looked HORRENDOUS. At first I thought my foundation was cracking with the strange weather but my skin was literally falling off. Tried covering with makeup but looked worse. Evening – took makeup off as soon as I could but my skin was just flaking so bad. I scrubbed with a teatree exfoliation wash when I got home and my skin was coming off in my hands – the sink looked disgusting. I didn’t put any more epiduo on apart from on spots. I also put LOTS of sudocrem on the sorest areas. Sunday 26th June Morning (woke at 6 in pain) My spots were nearly gone but I woke up to a face that felt like it was on FIRE. I ran to the mirror and my skin was shedding even more. I called my mum in tears I was in so much pain who suggested Aloe vera. Bad choice, it stung for 20 minutes. I gave my everyone orders “do not make me laugh or smile because it hurts and cracks my face, but please don’t make me cry because the tears sting my skinâ€. What a rubbish day. My skin carried on shedding and flaking through the day. I kept applying cetaphil and sudocrem but didn’t help. It looked like my skin was burnt. Didn’t put any epiduo on in the night either. Monday 27th June My skin is still flaking but not as badly as yesterday. Only three spots left which are nearly dead. I put epiduo on again this morning and will DEFINITELY only use it once a day from now on. Consensus so far – Epiduo has worked at killing my spots quicker and better than ANY other treatment I have tried. It has caused my skin to flake and be dry because I did not use as directed. I am going to carry on using it and give updates on my progress. Does anyone think I should stop taking any supplements to encourage oil production again because my skin is SO dry? Photos taken Saturday and today. See my gallery for progress before
  6. So after watching all the videos and researching and ordering my regimen, I had a question in regards to makeup removal. This entire regimen is based on "Irritation = Acne" and warns against rubbing the face and stuff like that. So my question is what about makeup removal? How am I supposed to remove makeup without irritating my skin? Does anyone have any advice or techniques? Thanks!
  7. Hey guys, I need your help. I've only recently come across the idea of using setting powders or setting sprays to make your makeup last longer. This is something I really struggle with due to oiliness as my foundation tends to become a bit of a mess by a few hours in. So I could really do with some recommendations! My main concerns are a ) that it won't break me out and b ) that it won't disturb the makeup underneath that I will have spent a lot of time perfecting to hide all my horrible spots! Very especially the first one..... My skin also tends to be quite dry because of my treatments which can make it look cakey under too much makeup, so nothing too drying either. Maybe that means a spray would be better? I'm totally new to this so a bit clueless! Thanks in advance for any suggestions.
  8. Introduction I have stopped buying commercial cleansers and toners for my face and basically switched to an all natural way to clean my face called the Oil Cleansing Method. My skin has NEVER LOOKED BETTER and since I've started I haven't had any breakouts. People of all skin types with all sorts of different issues (including acne) use the OCM and love it. The Oil Cleansing Method/OCM ¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯ Preface OK, this might sound scary to some of you but this cleansing method uses OIL directly applied to your face. Are you cringing yet? lol It breaks down like this: A common misconception concerning oil and acne is that oil causes acne. This is not true. Oil alone does not cause acne--other factors like age, hormones and prolonged clogging of the pores of trapped bacteria, dead skin cells and dirt are the actual contributors to acne. The sebum your skin naturally creates is there to protect and heal it. Ideally, oil is GOOD for your skin. Water cannot dissolve oil, so the vast majority of today's cleansers and toners use chemicals to strip your skin of its oil which irritates it and causes it to produce MORE oil as a result. So why do SO many acne-related products say "oil-free"? Because the oil-acne myth is universally celebrated and sworn by and selling their products using the "oil-free" gimmick makes companies more money. Fact: Oil dissolves oil. One of the most basic principals of chemistry is that "like dissolves like." The best way to desolve a non-polar solvent like sebum/oil, is by using another non-polar solvent similar in composition: Other oils. By using the right oils, you can cleanse your pores of dirt and bacteria naturally, gently and effectively, while replacing the dirty oil with beneficial ones extracted from natural botanicals, vegetables and fruit that heal, protect and nourish your skin. When done properly and consistently, the OCM can clear the skin from issues like oily skin, dry skin, sensitive skin, blackheads, whiteheads and other problems caused by mild to moderate acne--while leaving your skin healthy, balanced and properly moisturized. If you have severe or cystic acne, I recommend going to a dermatologist before you try anything else, including OCM, and working with one to find the best medical solutions for you. Getting Started The basic OCM blend is of castor oil and extra virgin olive oil. Castor oil is fantastic at drawing dirt, bacetria and other nasty stuff trapped in your pores, while healing your skin. Extra virgin olive oil works as a moisturizer and is fortified with antioxidants. The ratio of castor oil to EVOO will vary depending on the person. The typical starting ratio is 50/50 castor oil to EVOO. For oily or acne-prone skin, a ratio of 75% castor oil to 25% EVOO will work better. For dry or flaky skin, a ratio 25% castor oil to 75% EVOO is good. However, you should find the right blend for you. A lot of OCM users cut out the EVOO all together--especially those with oily or acne-prone skin, since it is a heavier oil and in rare cases has even caused people to break out. Many people replace it with other oils like Grapeseed oil, which is light, quick to absorb and is known for its astringent properties. Jojoba oil is another popular choice because it is a great natural moisturizer, is non-comedogetic and mimics the skin's own natural sebum. Other popular oils are Avocado oil, Apricot Kernal oil and Evening Primrose oil--all have extremely low pore-clogging probabilities. I use 60% castor oil, 20% grapeseed oil and 20% jojoba oil. I also add Tea Tree oil, which is a great antiseptic and is popularly used as treatment for acne. Another great oil to use for acne-prone/oily skin is Hazelnut oil, which I, personally, will be trying out next (swapping out the grapeseed for it). How to do OCM You take some of your oil blend and massage it into your face (have you fainted, yet?). Do it gently and avoid scrubbing because that can be irritating to your skin.Then, you take a washcloth dampened in warm to hot water (depending on your tolerance--but don't burn yourself!) and drape it over/hold it up to your face and leave it there until it's around room temperature. What you're doing is steaming your face and opening your pores so the castor oil can draw out the dirt and dead skin cells and the other oil(s) can condition your skin. Take this time to relax or unwind.After you're done, gently massage the oil on your face again to free all of the trapped dirt and dead skin cells. Rinse off your washcloth, wring it out and steam your face again. This can be repeated as many times as you like, depending on how much time you have on your hands. It may take you a few OCM sessions to get your routine down and maximize your time efficiency.When you've finished steaming, rinse off your washcloth, wring it out and gently start wiping the oil away. This gets rid of the dirt and dead skin cells you have freed that can lead to acne. Depending on how freaked out you are by now, you can rinse the washcloth off and keep wipe again to make sure the excess oil is off of your face. Then, splash your face with cold water to close your pores and then pat your face dry.Notes There are two different types of oil for OCM: Carrier oils and Essential oils. Carrier oils (or "fixed oils") are good base oils to penetrate your skin and maximize the delivery of essential oils. Essential oils are strong, concentrated oils, commonly extracted from botanicals and fruit, that are used in small amounts and heavily diluted in other (carrier/base) oils. Different oils of both carrier and essential have their own preferred uses and benefits for different types of skin issues. Essential oils are not a necessity for OCM to work, as carrier oils already do a great job at it, but if you like experimenting or want to tailor your blend further for your own skin, using the right essential oils may be beneficial. Castor oil, Extra Virgin Olive oil, Jojoba oil, Grapeseed oil and Hazelnut oil are classified amongst carrier/fixed oils. Other oils like Tea Tree oil are essential oils. OCM is also, apparently, great for removing makeup (apply the oil directly over the makeup). The best part of OCM? Your face is not greasy afterward and it is properly moisturized--no more need for irritating chemical toners and astringents or those crappy moisturizers that just add chemicals to your skin which clogs your pores. If you do find that your skin starts to become a little on the dry side (which does happen with some people), try using a very small dab of EVOO or Jojoba over your face after cleansing and/or cut down on the castor oil and increase the other oils. Some people prefer to steam their face using other methods. I know many people will massage the oil onto their face when they jump in the shower, do the rest of their routine and let the steam from the shower do the work and then wipe off their face as their last step. My boyfriend does his OCM this way and he usually has pretty behaved skin except for blackheads all over his nose. After just a couple of weeks since starting OCM himself, his face is looking fantastic now and his blackheads are almost gone completely. Note: If you have acne and your existing pimples look red and irritated after you're done, don't freak out. This just means that the pores on which they reside have been opened and drained of their gunk. Be patient. With just a little persistence, your skin will clear and will have the proper conditions for healing itself. Some people OCM morning and evening and some do it only in the morning or only in the evening and others do it a couple to several times a week--while just using water to rinse their face off when they're not OCMing. You can decide what works best for you. If you've got nothing left to lose or you're brave enough to try something new, I seriously recommend the OCM. I've been using OCM for weeks now and my zits have pretty much vanished. What I love is that my skin is all tame and glowy and all of that other good stuff now--all the time. I do it every night and in the morning I usually put on my Concha Nacar cream and/or just rinse my face off good with warm water and a washcloth. OCM as my major life-saver, In conjunction with the small number of other treatments and products I use, my skin is now virtually clear, healing more every day, improving in tone and texture and making me happier with it than I ever have been. ---------------------------------------- Other things I use/do for my skin: Concha Nacar For extra deep cleaning of my pores, treating the occasional blemish, aiding in reducing the severity of post-acne marks and improving my skin tone, quality and texture in general, I use this all-natural cream called Concha Nacar, by a small Latin American company, which is a treatment that utilizes Mother of Pearl/Oyster Shell Powder, among a short list of only six, simple, great, natural ingredients that are beneficial to the skin. Mother of Pearl has been used by native Latin Americans and the Chinese for centuries for the treatment of an array of skin issues and general beautifying of the skin. I usually use this in the morning, but it's not rare that I use it at night before cleansing, either. My post about it is here:http://www.acne.org/messageboard/index.php?showtopic=142011 ACV Toner After cleansing, I use a homemade, all-natural toner consisting primarily of Apple Cider Vinegar and Green Tea. It also utilizes a little bit of aspirin. It is fantastic at balancing my skin, reducing redness, controlling shine, drying up any blemishes and evening out my skin tone. My post about it (as well as the recipe) is here: http://www.acne.org/messageboard/index.php?showtopic=141924 Aspirin Tea Mask Aspirin breaks down into a wonderful beta-hydroxy acid which is oil-soluble and excellent at penetrating pores beneath the sebum and dissolving/exfoliating dead skin cells. I combine it with the leaves from a bag of Green Tea, which is high in essential anti-oxidants that protect against harmful agents and stimulate circulation which is good for healing and skin tone. After I rinse this mask off, my skin is soft, bright, even-toned and fresh looking. My post about it is here: http://www.acne.org/messageboard/index.php?showtopic=142082 ---------------------------------------- Additional Resources: Some basic oils that may be beneficial for acne-prone skin: Carrier/Fixed oils: Flax Seed oil Hazelnut oil Neem oil Perilla Seed oil Seabuckthorn Berry oil Watermelon Seed oil Essential oils: Bergamot oil * Cedarwood oil Lemongrass oil * Litsea oil *~ Niaouli oil Patchouli oil Rosemary oil (avoid if you have high blood pressure) Tea Tree (may be irritant to some, do a skin-patch test first) * = Strong photosensitizer; avoid contact with direct sunlight for at least 4 hours after application ~ = Not recommended for sensitive skin Links to other pages discussions about OCM: http://www.purehenry.com/ocm.htm http://community.livejournal.com/naturalskin/ http://forums.longhaircommunity.com/showthread.php?t=5612 http://www.smartskincare.com/tips/skincare...n_20060416.html http://www.thefashionspot.com/forums/f45/o...thod-51204.html Good luck to you if you decide to try OCM! Be sure to come back and keep us updated on your progress.
  9. Hey, everyone. I'm sure this has been asked before, but I wanted to speak directly to some recent or current accutane users about what foundation has worked best for you. A bit about me: I have sensitive skin and I've been more prone to cc's than ever, so I need something that covers but is non-irritating. I have a lot of PIH/PIE, so a light mineral makeup or tinted moisturizer won't work. The following foundations have worsened my skin: Fiona stiles - the alcohol content stung my skin, and it got greasy fast Cover Fx - dries with a weirdly sticky finish, contains pore clogging ingredients like squalene [ugh] Born This Way - alcohol irritated me, poor color match Maybelline Fit!Me - gave me a huge cystic pimple and irritated skin Cover Girl clean makeup - same as above Clinique - I don't think it worsened my acne, but lord...it's the UGLIEST makeup I have ever worn in my life! Sinks into every line and pore. Not cute. Thanks!
  10. Hi, okay so I need desperate help from all the acne solvers out there in the universe. I am a 17 year old girl, and have had relatively clear skin my whole teenage life- even when I hit puberty. Except for the past year my face (chin especially) has been HORRENDOUS. In the pictures attached you can see what it looks like. It is incredibly painful as you can probably imagine and had been consistently like that for a year (as I mentioned before). I've been forced to wear tonnes of makeup just to cover the redness, and even when one pimple fades, a red mark is left over and a new one pops up. I've slowly became depressed over it and I am incredibly self conscious- to the point where I won't even let my family see me without makeup on anymore. PLEASE if anyone knows how to help ( without going on medication) I'm begging you to, I can't deal with it anymore. I've been cleansing with Liz Earle cleanse and polish- which I've been using for my whole life, then using their toner and moisturiser. I've not used many acne treatments because they never even to make it better- only worse. Thank so much, your help is much appreciated!
  11. What Is My Next Step?

    I'm a 21 male with acne on my face. I first got acne when I was a preteen and i've never been clear since. I did get it on my back, shoulders, and legs, but that has since cleared up. I'm a vegetarian, and try to eat very little dairy, and don't eat junk food or fast-food. I've broken habits of pinching/touching my face and acne, and by now lost my acne scars. I do however wear makeup, mostly foundation and powder on top of that. I only wear hypoallergenic products, and always wash it off the moment i'm home for the day. I wash my face with facial scrub in hot water twice a day, morning and night, and use a facial moisturizer after because I have very dry skin. (I've tested makeup-free periods of time up to 2-3 weeks, but it makes no difference). In the past i've used peel pads, tazorac, and a bunch of different products with benzoyl peroxide, but all of those dry out my skin a lot and give me redness. My best success has been in minocycline, and it works well in reducing and preventing the severity of my acne. The issue is that I have never taken it regularly, because my dermatologist only gives me 30 days to "take as needed" over 3-4 months. I usually use it all within the first month and a half. We briefly discussed trying accutane a few months ago, but my dermatologist changed their mind because they were concerned it would have reactions to my ADHD meds (Intuniv and Adderall) despite my doctor clearing the accutane as fine. I still have acne. I haven't seen my nose free from blackheads in eight years. It doesn't come in waves, it's constant spots around my face (and earlobes) and they take turns flaring and disappearing. I have a healthy diet, healthy skin practices, and religiously clean it. It DOES spike in severity when im stressed, anxious, and have had no sleep. So my questions are: 1. Is it my makeup? Like I said, i've done makeup-free breaks for weeks and it makes not difference. And I feel very uncomfortable in public without it. 2. Is it entirely stress-induced? I'm always overwhelmed, i'm a working college student, so its unavoidable. Will it maybe go away when I graduate and life chills? 3. Should I push for accutane, or find a new dermatologist that'll consider it? I know accutane is for more extreme cases, but i'm so tired of this... Any advice would be great, as I have an upcoming appointment with my dermatologist in two days. Thank you!
  12. Hello all! I'm new to the forums but I've been a bit of a lurker for a few months now. I am a 27 year old Aussie girl who, like many here, suffered terrible acne as a teenager and well into my twenties. In the beginning I was left with moderate to severe rolling scars and an uneven texture to my entire face. I was depressed, angry and constantly dodging any reflecting surface. In 2008 I decided I could live like that no more, so I got off my butt and did something about it. Fraxel I have had 5 sessions of the Fraxel Re:Store laser. I had my first session in 2008, I then had a further three (spaced three months apart) in 2010 and my last session in January this year. I have many things to say about Fraxel, but the first is that I rushed into it a little in that I did not do my research properly. I should have gone with Fraxel Re:Pair or a fully ablative laser instead of the Re:Store. Too late for that now, and I haven't ruled out the Re:Pair for the future yet. Pain: I have a really high threshold for pain so the first few sessions were okay. A little tender after them making multiple passes but in all it wasn't too bad. For some reason though, the last treatment I had was horrific. I don't know if they didn't use the same numbing cream or if they dialled the settings up dramatically or what it was, but I was practically convulsing on the table. Was not nice at all. Downtime: 2 full weeks each time. Even after the 2 weeks was up I was left with micro swelling here and there and an acne flare up to die for. Add in house-bound and sun sensitive and you've got a miserable 2 weeks. Results: Slow, like all good things. I'm ashamed to say that I didn't take before/after pictures whilst going through Fraxel. I felt too hideous. However, I think in all I would have seen around a 30% improvement in my scarring and a bigger improvement in my pore size and general skin texture. So it wasn't a complete waste of money, but i would like to go back and do it all again knowing what I know now. Cost: $1700 each time... so that's a whopping $8500. Eek! Other: The doctor. Curses to the doctor that I saw! He has no bedside manner, no care factor and is clearly out for the money. I am not a sceptic when it comes to the wonders of lasers. I know they work and I know in the right hands they can result in outstanding improvements. I'm not saying my doctor was useless, but I am saying that I will not pay him a cent more. 5 days to return an urgent phone call is unacceptable in my books, especially when I have paid so much. Not only that, but the clinic is poorly designed. In order to get to the treatment rooms you have to walk past the people waiting to be seen! That means walking past gawking patients while your face is smothered in crap and then walking back past them once your face has been attacked by a laser. Talk about awkward. End rant. Dermaroller So, after my last Fraxel session in January 2012 I decided to look for alternatives. I scoured the Internet looking for information on the Dermaroller. I think I found every medical paper, every website, every before/after picture. Months of research. When I finally decided that I was going to give it a shot I then went through the same process to find someone skilled enough to do the procedure. Firstly I really want to make it clear that I would never treat myself with a skin needling device. I've read things about people purchasing cheap rollers on eBay and on other sites and I am horrified! If you want to go out and chance further scarring your skin or causing infection by doing this procedure yourself then that's your risk. I pay someone to do the procedure using the genuine Dermaoller, the one made in Germany. 192 needles, medical grade material, 1.5mm needle length. I have had three sessions so far. The first was in July, then again in September and the third last Friday. Between each session I have waited 7 weeks to allow for proper collagen formation. Pain: Almost none. A little tender on the bony parts of my face and on my nose but nothing compared to laser treatments. Downtime: Around 4-5 days of redness and swelling all up, but I can go back to work on day 3 with a little bit of makeup and nobody's been scared to look at me! I do have a small acne flare up after each session but it's mild and might be more from the products I'm using (which are new and my skin is not used to them yet). Results: Colour me impressed! In my deepest rolling scars (on my left cheek) I can honestly say I've had around 40% improvement. This is over two sessions with my gauging results six weeks after the second session so no chance of me seeing micro swelling. My scars are slowing filling in. I didn't see much change after the first session and was a bit downhearted by that but I am sticking to my treatment plan of 5-6 sessions! Cost: $800 a session. Compared to Fraxel that's nothing, but till expensive I know. I pay for it because I know I'm getting the best treatment money can buy. Plus the person who is treating me with the Dermaroller is fantastic. She cares deeply about what she's doing for me. It's her passion and that makes me excited! Other: Just wanted to add a further blab on Dermarolling. I chose to go with the original Dermaroller as it is the only one listed on the TGA (Therapeutic Goods Administration) here in Australia. Every single copy of the original dermaroller is not listed and never will be unless they apply for it and are thoroughly tested. I didn't take the brochure's word for it, looked it up myself. It's there, all other rollers are not. Copies that claim that they are "TGA approved" etc mean absolutely nothing! There is no such thing as TGA approved. You're either listed, or you're not. Simple. Needles shorter than 1.5mm do nothing for scarring. They don't reach deep enough into the problem layers of your skin. Shorter needles are for product penetration only and are safe to use at home (although I'd still only ever touch the original Dermaroller brand). Needles longer than 1.5mm are a very unwise choice as they are too long and may cause damage to the deeper layers of skin. 2mm needles and longer are reserved for burn scar victims as their scarring goes deeper and into the layer of fat; unless this is your problem don't use them! When your skin is treated using the 1.5mm needles you want to see blood, and lots of it. Your blood contains fibroblasts and collagen fibres. More blood in each session means that your circulation is getting better, which is a really good thing. In my first session I hardly bled at all, but last Friday my face was an awesome mess! More is not better! Rollers with more than 192 needles are extremely dangerous. With more needles more pressure is required to puncture your skin and there is a huge risk of tearing your skin to shreds (think of is as a bed of nails, the more nails, the easier it is for you to lie on it without being impaled). I also have a blab I could get into regarding skin care lotions and vitamins but I'll save that for a rainy day, hehe. Sorry for the damn story... I just wanted to share my experiences and hopefully give a little, learn a little from others here! I have taken a few half-arsed before/after pictures on my phone but I'm still deciding on whether to put them up. All of this stuff I have posted is from my personal research and experiences. I tend to ask a million questions these days and am glad I do; I am not taking any chances on my skin. I may come across as a Dermaroller infiltrator who is out to brainwash you to go do the procedure. I'm not. I am just so freaking excited about find a treatment that has worked for me that I wanted to share. Not seeking perfection, just happiness.
  13. Please help my super oily skin!

    I used to have acne problems when I was 13 until 15 years old. Right now, being 19, I rarely have acne but I do suffer from extremely oily face and NOTHING works!!! I wash my face twice (morning and night), I always remove my makeup and I exfoliate my skin three times per week and nothing. This is very frustrating because using makeup is the only thing that kind of controls my oiliness and I'd prefer not to use makeup at all Before applying makeup I use milk of magnesia and a primer and I use baby powder to set my makeup, but after 3-4 hours my face still becomes a freaking disco ball (thanks to that routine my oiliness takes a bit more to appear). Has something worked for you? I'm willing to receive any tips or advice, I'm starting to think I'll have to bear with this problem my whole life. Is there something out there that could to stop my oil so I could stop using makeup? (Please consider that when I talk about oily face, I refer as really extreme oiliness. Just after 30 mins I have washed my face, oil starts to build up) Ps. My skin isn't sensitive neither prone to acne problems. I don't exercise too much and I try to eat healthy. I wear makeup every day. It is literally the only thing that controls the oil in my face. Thanks a lot!
  14. Hi all, I've spent the past few months reading through various posts on here and finally decided to make a post of my own reaching out. I've had moderate cystic acne since I turned 21 (24 now), and have had a hell of a time dealing with it. Recently I started a new skin care line that seems to be helping prevent new breakouts (great!) but I still suffer from old cysts that never healed around my chin and horrible red scars all over my face from my awful habit of picking. I've become so terribly self conscious of what I look like bare skinned, that I literally have panic attacks when I have to take my makeup off at night, or when I first see myself exiting the shower in the mornings. I have a history of anxiety and depression and take medication for both. It has recently gotten so bad, I refuse to spend the night with my boyfriend because I am so embarrassed about how I look without makeup on (and I dare sleep with it on and cause more breakouts!) I truly feel it is starting to affect my relationship because he has very nice skin and is quite a bit older than me, and has never had a problem with acne before; so he readily admits he doesn't understand why I get so worked up about it. I just want to feel beautiful still when I wash off my "mask" off at the end of the day, but it is so very hard when seeing myself brings me to tears and I truly am disgusted by this reflection in the mirror. Any advice or similar stories I would really appreciate.
  15. Hi everyone, i have a question so let's say i do the regimen at 7am, put on my makeup and go to school. i usually come back at 2pm/3pm (depends). And it says that i should wait 10-12 hours between those 2 routines. Do i really have to have my makeup on till 7pm so i'd take it off?? can't i just take it off at 2pm and do the regimen at 7pm? Because i don't really like having makeup on my face for a long time, lol.
  16. Ever since I became more acne-prone due to both hormones and harsh products that damaged my skin barrier, I simply cannot find a foundation that will offer decent coverage and not break me out horribly. I'm beyond frustrated -- especially since I'm now dating someone and I can't bear the thought of seeing them without makeup like this. You name it, I've tried it -- Clinique, Chanel, Skin Fx, Tarte, etc. Each gave me severe acne, worse than what I normally experience. Case in point: I tried Fit!Me Matte and Poreless by Maybelline 2 days ago. I (stupidly) patch tested on my face and the area I layered it most heavily developed a huge, red nodule! I never get cysts or nodules on that part of my face, so it was a huge disappointment. I've tried Alima Pure but it looked chalky and garish, like flour on my face. Does anyone know a good mineral foundation that actually offers some full coverage? Thanks. I need to order ASAP [before the weekend] so any help is appreciated!
  17. hey guys! so last october i finished my second course of doxycycline, after which i was clear for a solid month or so. after a month had passed, i noticed that i would get a couple pimples, so i slapped some concealer and foundation over it to hide it. before this point, i had dabbled in makeup, but never used it regularly. anyway, flash-forward about two months to now. i no longer get inflamed pimples like i used to before going on doxy, but instead have many, many, many bumps on my skin. these bumps are small, appear in large quantities all over my cheeks and some on my chin, and are accompanied by dark spots underneath them. based on what google says cosmetic acne looks like, i think i may have it. i wear foundation during most weekdays, from around 7am to probably around 7pm. after school i do a sport, so i do sweat with my makeup on, but i take it all off as soon as i get home. i also put on a thick layer of cerave face cream because my skin gets quite dry overnight. however, in order to combat these bumps, i use benzoyl peroxide, wash my face twice daily and regularly exfoliate, which has….not helped. i am going to see my derm next week, but is there any way i can get rid of what i think is cosmetic acne without forgoing makeup totally? my self-esteem is too low to go to school with a bare face and once my face starts getting better i will wean myself off of it and try to come in with less on. thank you guys so much! much love, t.
  18. Hello i was wondering if any of you guys wears/wore makeup during the regimen? I personally cannot go out without wearing my foundation and i know that you should avoid makeup as much as possible but still. What foundations would you recommend? i recently bought a dewy foundation could that work? ( the ingridents are non-comodogenic) as i know that my skin will be super dry and flakey but i still want my face look somewhat decent lol. Also does the makeup slow down the process or were you able to get clear face while wearing makeup?
  19. So I've been using the regimen for a couple months now and I love what it's been doing for me. My skin has almost completely cleared up. The problem is that I love to wear makeup and something in the regimen is causing all my foundation to cake immediately. I'm using only water based primers and foundations. But it's really the second I put it on, it starts to cake. Has anyone experienced this or know of a solution? Is it a specific part of the regimen that I can change?
  20. When to remove makeup?

    Hi all! Only on Day 2 of the acne.org regimen. I use makeup almost everyday. Before beginning the regimen, I would remove my makeup as soon as I got home. I figured the less time the makeup was on my face the better. However, now when I get home it is too soon for the 2nd washing of the day. Should I clean the makeup off my face even though it has been less than 12 hours since the morning wash? Or is it better the leave the makeup (and the medication underneath it) on until it is time for the evening routine? Would love to hear your thoughts on this. <3 Magpie
  21. Hm...I decided to start a log so I can keep track of my progress. Maybe this will help destress too? Personal log/blog! Woo. So here's my story I started breaking out since I was 11 when I was under an immense amount of stress. Now I'm 19 and I think my acne has calmed down a lot. Currently in college doing the whole adult thing: new apartment, new car, best friend for a roomie, new diets, new situations. I've concluded that alcohol is bad for my liver therefore is bad for my skin. My only problem areas are my Tzone. I only break out in my Tzone. I started breaking out when I was in the fifth grade and my acne progressively became worst as I got older. I've been on every type of prescription but accutane. I've been on Tazorac, Differin, Clindamycin, Retin-a (on and off three times), etc. etc. I find that the pills like Doxcycline, Minocycline, Tetracycline are virtually useless to me. Here's what's in my medicine cabinet Dermalogica Anti-bac Skin Wash Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser Neutrogena Deep Clean Gentle Scrub (big no-no don't use scrubs!!) Neutrogena One Step Gentle Cleanser (Complete makeup remover) Neutrogena Alcohol Free Toner Clinique Take the Day off makeup Remover GM Collin Acne Complex (liquid for spot treatment) GM Collin Gel Puracne Gel oxygen (moisturizer) GM Collin Gel Purifant (face wash) Olay Sensitive Olay sensitive SPF 15 Cetaphil Moisturizing Cream Makeup Clinique Perfectly Real Make up Everyday Minerals Diet Lactose intolerant >>kicked in when I started college freshmen year =( Don't drink soda I am currently on Retin-a micro and I use the Clarisonic Skin Care Brush. I don't use all of those products just some of them depending on how my skin feels. =) I JUST purchased my Clarisonic Skin Care Brush and received it 10-1-08 so we'll see how that goes.
  22. Hi everyone. I have posted a few times on here now, always on the "emotional and psychological effects of acne" page, because that's the most important one, I feel. I started having acne when I was 13 (I am 22 now) and have been self-conscious about my face ever since. When I read through peoples' posts, I can relate. I also NEVER go out without makeup, I overanalyze myself in the mirror on the daily, and I hate having my picture taken lest my latest zit shows up on camera. Side note: the state of my acne is mild- I have maybe 10 active pimples of all sizes, and pink scarring on my cheeks. I am also taking Dapsone gel and birth control pills. Anyway, when will I finally decide that enough is enough? Don't you have enough of obsessing over your skin? The only definite cure, I have decided, at least for myself, is to stop valuing external beauty to such a gross, unnecessary degree. I have been wearing makeup (foundation) basically every single day for the past 10 years of my life, not to enhance my beauty, but to cover up my face in shame. Since I'm so used to seeing my face all covered up, my natural face seems distorted, ugly, and in need of fixing. Let's not lie to ourselves- makeup can be severely damaging to the self-esteem when it's used as a crutch. Starting today, December 20th, I will not wear makeup for 30 days straight. I'll fly through Christmas and New Year's, and take family photos, all without my thick mask that shields me from my true self everyday. And guess what? I'LL SURVIVE. Who is with me? At the end of 30 days I will post my emotional and psychological results. I hope that as time goes on, I will realize that people don't care about my acne as much as I think they do, and that beauty truly is on the inside...
  23. Hello all. I just came here to vent about my skin issues tonight. Up until early last year I never even had major skin issues. Now from shitty birth control and skin product binges and sensitivities I look a mess. PIH event worse than anything else I'm dealing with a chin/jawline IB from Spiro. Long story short. I always used to get compliments for my complexion and it just feels like a sorry joke. I feel dead inside a lot of the time and almost subhuman as weird as that sounds. Even though my skin isn't as bad as some people's...it's just the constant anxiety, the stress, the exhaustion of dealing with it and how's it's basically made me anti social and unable to wear any product without a bizarre reaction. Even when I go somewhere bare faced I'm constantly on edge and want to hide and cannot have fun no matter how hard I try. I feel like a prisoner of this. What really triggered my emotional breakdown was trying a new foundation right the first time in at least 1 1/2 months on my vacation. Of course it didn't work out .... that would be too easy. LOL. Why did I think I could look good for 4 days out of the year? After making progress and clearing spots for 2 weeks, using this majorly set me back. Old spots that were healing became inflamed again, and papules on jaw got bigger overnight. Just a joke at this point. Foundation aways seems to ruin my face no matter what. It just feels really unfair - like it's a Saturday night and I don't feel cute or fun, how could anyone with mottled skin? I'm too depressed to not anything, so there goes my weekend on the trip! Guess my only choice is to make it worse now live In constant humiliation feeling like a freak until it clean after knows of long since I'm too defective to wear anything on my face anymore. Honestly I would welcome dying in my sleep at this point. I am seriously considering a mood stabilizer.
  24. I wore makeup today! I thought my face was clear enough to wear some concealer and foundation. However, after the acne.org moisturizer, I put on some concealer on the red spots and foundation. I realized that my skin was super dry and flakes of skin was falling like snow flakes. My skin looks horrible with makeup on,and the red spots are visible because they look purple. I am not sure if I need to exfoliate to remove the dry skin and to have a smooth complexion. Please help any advise would do. I currently use the forever makeup concealer and a covergirl foundation.
  25. I'm currently on my 6th month of Accutane, going good, scars are still pretty vivid but the amount of pimples has decreased greatly. As my skin gets better, I started to think of some of the things that I am now thankful for, in terms of my acne. I've had it pretty bad for four years straight and would still give anything to have never had it at all, but just thinking positively, these are some of those things: Learning to apply makeup: After around 3 years of covering these suckers up everyday for school, I learnt A LOT about colour correction, coverage of beauty products and which combinations of products works best with my skin via trial and error. A lot of makeup artists that have always had perfect skin can often be clueless when it comes to covering acne/scars, which I like to think gives me a little advantage in the field Speaking Up: I kept my insecurities over my skin from my mum (who is a beauty therapist) for a long time, trying to show that it didn't bother me. In the end, I was only prolonging the pain and I was thankful for the moment when I finally asked to go on Doxy, Differin and then finally Accutane. Each time was difficult, as we are quite a jokey pair who don't get too deep very often, but its made it a lot easier to talk about other personal things with her (aka mental health, relationship issues, friend issues) Youthful skin: I have dry skin now, thanks to 'tane, but generally I have oily skin. This gives my skin, when its not all pimply, quite a youthful look and I'm yet to get many lines or wrinkles except for under my eyes (yay sleep deprivation). Yay for this :)) Tougher Skin: As everyone suffering from acne knows on here, its tough to love yourself at times. Especially when the things on your face are completely out of your control. Its made me appreciate other features of myself, instead of focusing all my attention on my hormonal skin. I'll do up my eyes, my eyebrows, do a bright lip and learn to appreciate one face feature at a time. Learning that Perfect Skin is Not Everything: The whole time that my acne was at its worst, I kept saying to myself 'If only I had perfect skin, everyone will want me/want to be friends with me'. And as my skin got better, and basically looked flawless with the help of makeup, this was still not the case. Its more to do with the way you carry yourself, talk to others and how your personality matches others. Flawless skin is lovely to have, can give you a lot of confidence and there will be some people who will find it desirable but ultimately, it will rarely be a 'make or break' moment in a relationship/friendship. It also isn't the answer to everything. Please add any of yours in the comments below! I'm curious to read! :)))