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In Topic: Anyone Else Find Paula's Choice Bha Just Doesn't Work?!

16 September 2014 - 03:05 PM

Consumer acne products are inferior, and this could have a lot to do with regulations, restrictions as well as ingredients included for better shelf life.  The 2% SA that Paula's Choice sells is not strong enough to help.  I use Lumiplexion SA which comes in three strengths.  SA doesn't work overnight.  You do have to be a bit patient, but you will notice a difference with the Lumiplexion strengths.  


I also recommend black soap for blackheads.  I recommend the organic kind you can buy off Amazon.  We take the bar, cut about an inch thick portion off, grate it with a cheese grater, put it in a pump bottle and mix 50/50 with water.  It's messy and melts if you use it as a bar in the shower.    


I recommend visiting Lumiplexion's website.  Then email her  - Pamela@LumiPlexionSkincare.com  Tell her what issues you're having with your skin and tell her what you're currently using.   I recommend including a picture or two of your skin.  She will give you recommendations.   

In Topic: Clay Mask

12 September 2014 - 12:59 AM

Do you have hair touching your forehead?  Do you use hairspray?  

In Topic: What Do You Think Is The Most Necessary Acne.org Product

12 September 2014 - 12:44 AM

I have to rant because I see so many of these posts about cutting corners and trying to use store products versus products made for acne.   


The most important thing is not putting a bunch of crap on your face.  Dan has formulated his products to avoid this.  By using Neutrogena and Clean and Clear products from the store, you're making it much harder for your skin to clear.  


Think of store brand facial products as junk food.  It's cheaper so more people buy it, but it's terrible for you.  Yes, unfortunately, you do have to spend a little more to get products that are made specifically for acne-prone skin.  Dan makes it pretty affordable.  His mission was to make acne-friendly products available to people as affordably as he could.  


I use Lumiplexion products because they were designed specifically for acne-prone skin.  Neutrogena and Johnson and Johnson could give a gnat's a*s about your skin.  Their game is make many products you keep trying because none of it works.  Fillers and preservatives will clog pores and break you out.  


And the number one product you put on your face is sunscreen, honestly.  Unfortunately, Dan hasn't conquered that one yet.  Lumiplexion did it about 20 years ago, and my family uses it daily.  


One less shirt from the mall or one less video game and you can afford to put better products on your face.  You only get one.  Stop feeding it with junk.   


Rant over :) 

In Topic: Photos Attached. Please Help- Post Acne Red Marks/scars

12 September 2014 - 12:24 AM

Is the birth control helping with the cramps?  My daughter was placed on the same BC pill by the OB/GYN.  She was taken off it by her primary care because so many people had been having issues with it.  She now uses Sprintec, and although she still cramps, it's manageable.  It seems to aid with her acne in addition to her topical products as well. You may want to speak with your doctor about switching.


What are you using topically?  


I would suggest cleansing with black soap.  It does help the scars slowly.  Also, use of salicylic acid will slowly help as well.


There is no quick fix to acne scars.  Have faith though, at one point my daughter really broke out and got many marks on her skin.  Through her topicals and time, they are now barely visible.    

In Topic: Getting Off Proactiv

11 September 2014 - 11:17 PM

My daughter uses sulfur instead of BP due to being allergic to BP.  It's definitely not as irritating to the skin.  It's a Lumiplexion product.  A bottle lasts about 4 months.  It smells like sulfur, but you get used to it.  She masks with a sulfur mask nightly (also Lumiplexion) and uses the sulfur medication.  Her skin does very well with it.  


For a cleanser versus Proactiv's, I would recommend either Dan's cleanser, Lumiplexion cleanser, or organic black soap from Amazon (the stuff from Ghana).  I personally use Proactiv's old deep cleansing wash for my face because I love the smell and exfoliating factor.  It does not have BP. It has SA and you can get it pretty cheaply from Amazon for a huge bottle that will last months.  


To go with the sulfur medication, you should use a salicylic acid medication during the day.  Basically it works the little stuff during the day, and the sulfur the bigger stuff at night.  I don't recommend any store brands because they are not strong enough to be effective.  Lumiplexion has SA in three strengths that you work up through.  


I know I sound like an advertisement for Lumiplexion, but I've used her products for over 20 years.  I've deviated from time to time over the years, but I've always come back because there's nothing out there that's affordable and works like her line.  You can go to her website and email her about your skin and what you've been doing so far.  She will get back to you usually within the day.  I always recommend sending a picture or two of your skin so she can actually see what is going on. 


Best of luck!