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#3379890 Grape Seed Oil

Posted by stephzoars on 02 September 2013 - 04:59 PM

Having sensitive skin I loveeeee grapeseed oil. Truthfully I read somewhere that Emma Stone used it because it was the only thing gentle enough for her skin so I had to find out first hand and I fell madly in love. I don't use it much anymore, unless I'm making tea tree oil spot treatment stuff to dilute it.

#3379852 Using Light Therapy With Topical Treatments?

Posted by stephzoars on 02 September 2013 - 03:12 PM

Oils can make or break your skin. I've tried several oils (commercial moisturizers just weren't doing well for me) and about 5 drops of rose-hip oil after washing and about 30 minutes after my treatment (retin or benza) is so soothing to my skin. It absorbs very quickly and within 5 minutes my skin feels normal - not the itchy-dry that the medications make it, and definitely not greasy. 


I've also thought about seeing an aesthetician... maybe they have stronger lights? Once I get most of it cleared up, I'm going to talk to a dermatologist about lactic acid peels for scarring and red light therapy as well.





You can use milk for gentle exfoliating with lactic acid, have you ever tried that? I took a milk bath with a tub full of water and a gallon of 2% milk and my skin felt so soothed and soft. I did rinse off afterwards of course, but I would give it a try if you haven't yet. I don't even digest milk, but on the skin it feels fantastic! And okay, just make sure you're not overlooking something because you've been using it so long. I do that with makeup sometimes. >_<

#3379799 Baking Soda, Bicarb Soda, Baking Powder. What Is The Difference?

Posted by stephzoars on 02 September 2013 - 12:52 PM

Baking soda is great as a gentle exfoliant 1-2 times a week. But no, not baking powder. It should come in a box, about 80 cents or so.

#3379782 Using Light Therapy With Topical Treatments?

Posted by stephzoars on 02 September 2013 - 12:24 PM

So, I am not sure if this should be posted in the prescription section or the OTC section, and forgive me if this is incorrect. 


I'm considering purchasing an OTC blue-light therapy device to help with my acne. I have heard some people say it doesn't help at all with cystic acne, and others say it's a miracle product. I was wondering if anyone had used a device or spa therapy like this while also using medications for acne. 


Currently I'm using: 

Philosophy Purity Made Simple cleanser

AM treatment: Benzaclin (RX)

PM treatment: 0.05% Retin-A

Moisturizer: a custom blend of rose hip oil, lavender essential oil, and rosemary essential oil.

Oral: taking minocycline 2x a day (just started a week ago).


Do you think it is worth the exorbitant price tag to try the light therapy devices? Do they work well for hormonal cystic acne, or are they better for "regular" acne breakouts? 


I've heard rose hip oil can cause breakouts in some, have you noticed any difference after using those blends of oils?


I've been looking into light therapy and some of them are so freakin expensive! I would say try a cheaper one off of Amazon that has high reviews and look into something of better quality after testing the waters. It's always worth a shot, right?