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justabeginner

Member Since 09 Jul 2008
Offline Last Active May 04 2013 12:13 PM

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In Topic: Starting Differin, What Were Your Results?

25 April 2013 - 07:40 AM

I started Differin (.3% gel) maybe a month and a half ago. I got my initial breakout instantly and boy was it bad. I was in tears for two weeks and was exceptionally close to giving up. My face hurt, both from burning, dryness, and the acne itself. I think my years of Epiduo made it work even faster for me. I stuck with it though, and now my marks and acne have improved tenfold and is so clearly improving every day. I would say persevere  because what else do you have? Even if you're so certain it's not doing anything for you, stick to it to prove to your derm you need something more. I'm not clear, but I'm back to a state where with a very small amount of makeup, I can make it look like I'm clear, and I can once again feel comfortable wearing my hair out of my face. 


In Topic: Anyone Tried Cc Creams?

25 April 2013 - 07:33 AM

Yes! I'm currently using Peter Thomas Roth's CC Cream (SPF 30) from Sephora and I love it! It saved me from a particularly bad and painful initial breakout a few months ago. It is $48, however, but since my skin color is next to impossible for makeup brands besides Bobbi Brown to match (bi-racial here). I wouldn't recommend it if you are fair because I'm in the middle shade and it's even a little dark for me.

 

I have heard that the Lorac CC cream is especially thick, but I would personally just go with whatever matches your skin color the best. Most of the popular brand CC creams aren't much more than glorified tinted moisturizers unless you get them from actual skincare brands. 


In Topic: Differin .3% - Face A Disaster After One Week?

14 March 2013 - 07:03 AM

No, I feel like my Epiduo directions were the same as my directions for Differin in that it's a pea-sized amount all over your face. I then only spot treated with it when I was clear(er). Because you're nearing the three-month mark, I'd evaluate if you feel like you're close to improvement or not and talk to your derm (you probably have/had a three month appointment?) 


In Topic: Garnier Bb Cream For Oily-Combo Skin

12 March 2013 - 08:51 AM

I agree! I just bought it after my IB from Differin, and it's been a godsend. I still have to use concealer overtop, but it's saved me at least 5-10 minutes in my morning routine. I used to just spot conceal, but since I've broken out, it was taking me way too long to cover everything, then put on powder, then recover whatever the powder wiped off. 

 

It's great for the price, too, definitely lighter than my Bobbi Brown Tinted Moisturizer, which felt like a mask on my face, and barely covered compared to this. On the other hand, I don't break out from makeup, so I don't know how noncomedogenic this is. 


In Topic: Need Makeup Tips!

12 March 2013 - 08:38 AM

What does your acne look like? Is it widespread or is it more spotty, with pimples/dark marks dotted around? If it's widespread, I'd recommend mineral makeup and not trying to conceal everything. If if it's more spotted, I'd recommend finding a good concealer and only spot concealing, not trying to cover your entire face with foundation, and just dusting a setting powder over that.

 

If you're comfortable going without makeup, then obviously that would be the best option!