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Maximus Decimus Merideous

Member Since 21 Sep 2008
Offline Last Active Sep 11 2014 10:05 AM

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Best Moisturizer And Spf I've Found

16 February 2014 - 03:00 AM

Hi all...


Havent posted here forever, my skin has been chilling at around 90-95% clear for the last year or two (with all topicals). If I changed my diet I bet I could get it to 100%, but i;m happy where i'm at. I can easily go weeks without a breakout.


Anyways, I have been using an amazing moisturizer am and pm, and an equally amazing SPF in the am. Now, I've been in the acne business for about 15 years, and done hell of a lot of research in those years. These products have AMAZING ingredients, go do your research if you don't believe me...no pore clogging ingredients. I order them from amazon, and they also have really good reviews. I have been using them for about one year.


Elta MD AM therapy moisturizer (I use morning and night) and



I really have nothing bad to say about these products excep that they are a bit pricey (though not as bad as some other high end products). I use about 1.5 pumps of the moisturzier am and pm, and in the am enough SPF to cover my whole face. I hope this helps some1.

Very Sensitive Skin...finally Got It Right

23 June 2013 - 01:17 PM

My skin breaks out extremely easily, and I have been trying to figure out the best way to shave my face for a long time. My face is acne free from my topical regimen, and one of the only times I break out is after I shave. It's usually not bad; just one, two, or three annoying little whiteheads, but it pissed me off like no other!  After years of experimenting, I finally got it down where I don't break out after I shave. Here is what I do:


You have to get a QUALITY electric razor. I got mine on Amazon for 120 dollars, but it was down from 200 dollars. I use Pansonic ES8243A....worth the investment.  I have experimented with all types of traditional razors, even the one Dan recommends, but they all cause major irritation/breakouts.  


The Pansonic is a Wet/Dry shaver, and to avoid irritation you have to use it Wet with shaving gel. I recommend Paula's Choice shaving gel, it has no pore clogging ingredients and is extremely light (basically aloe vera gel with some additives).  I get my face wet with luke-warm water, apply a light layer of the gel, and then just shave!  I hop in the shower after, wash my face properly with cleanser, and voila, all done and break-out free. Definitely worth a shot for those with picky skin :)



Keeping Cleanser In The Shower

18 December 2012 - 02:15 PM

This question may be pedantic, but I was wondering if anybody knows if keeping Dan's cleanser in the bathroom/shower may adversely affect the ingredients (because of the hot steam/moisture in the air)?  I'm hoping /assuming the product is stable enough to be kept in the shower, but I just wanted to make sure. Thanks!

Possibly Great Moisturizers...help Me Ingredient Check Them!

12 December 2012 - 10:49 PM

I have been looking for a good new moisturizer, and these two both look VERY promising.  Can I get some input from you ingredient buffs out there?  Posted Image   How do they look?

Elta MD am moisturizer:

Purified Water, Cyclopentasiloxane, Ethylhexyl Isononanoate, Niacinamide, Lauryl PEG-9 Polymethylsiloxyethyl Dimethicone, Salix Alba (Willow) Bark Extract, Piptadenia Colubrina Peel Extract, Sodium Hyaluronate, Glycerin, Dimethicone, Allantoin, Caffeine, Ascorbyl Palmitate, Dimethicone/PEG-10/15 Crosspolymer, Sodium Chloride, Butylene Glycol, Phenoxyethanol, Capryloyl Glycine, Undecylenoyl Glycine, Disodium EDTA, Sodium Hydroxide.

Elta MD pm moisturizer:

Purified Water, Ethylhexyl Isononanoate, Niacinamide, Glyceryl Stearate, PEG-100 Stearate, Hydroxyethyl Acrylate/ Sodium Acryloyl Dimethyl Taurate Copolymer, Hydrolyzed Rice Protein, Linoleic Acid, 1-3-Bis (N-2-(Hydroxyethyl) Palmitoylamino) -2- Hydroxy Propane, C10-30 Cholesterol/Lanosterol Esters, Sodium Hyaluronate, Glycereth-26, Cetearyl Glucoside, Thioctic Acid, Distearyldimonium Chloride, Tocopheryl Acetate, Xanthan Gum, Oleth-3 Phosphate, Butylene Glycol, Phenoxyethanol, Iodopropynyl Butylcarbamate, Disodium EDTA, Sodium Bisulfite, Sodium Hydroxide.

"little Things" Checklist To Make Sure Your Skin Gets Clear

14 October 2012 - 10:46 AM

I have been interested in skin care... specifically for those acne prone, for a long time.  We all have different opinions on how to treat acne.  Some change diet, some suppress hormones like androgen, some use topicals, etc.

For the 10 years or so which I have been researching all aspects of acne I put together a list of "little things" which we can all make sure we are doing (or not doing) to help us get the clearest skin possible.  Some of the things are trite, others are more original.  I think the little things in skin care make a huge difference....not so much individually, but things have a tendency to add up.  So please take a look at my list, and feel free to comment or add your own "little thing" to help prevent or stop acne!

*No picking or touching face
*If you do pop a pimple, make sure your skin is clean, and immediately dab some polysporin after
*Make sure your laundry detergent is fragrance free
*NO fabric softener in the dryer
*Double check all your cosmetic products.  Use the "acne detective" website to make sure they do not contain pore clogging ingredients. This is a HUGE one.  So many people use products which break them out and have no idea.  Just because it says "non-pore clogging" does not mean it won't clog pores (those liars!)
*Double check shampoos and body washes for bad ingredients also
*Change pillow sheets as often as you can (aim for every 3 days at the least).  
*Be very gentle when you apply products to your face (tough when  you are in a rush, but necessary, as Dan points out many times)
*Don't worry about your acne.  This is much more important than you realize.  Stress definitely affects acne, so just do the best you can and have faith that you WILL beat this damn disease eventually.  Practice popular psychology....try to be positive. It will help your skin, your attitude, your HEALTH, and your life.

Also, consider making some general changes to your life, which can most certainly impact acne
*Start a yoga and/or meditation class if you have some extra time.  Yoga classes often start as early as 5 or 6 am...try to get one in before work if you can handle it.  Just imagine how satisfied you will feel
*Try to get more sleep (easier said than done)
*Start doing a little bit of research into diet if you don't already.  Think about adding one green smoothie or green juice a day
*Get some cardio in!  Run, walk, run stairs, walk stairs, get up, walk your dog.  As much as you can...I believe its one of the best things we can do for our bodies.  Humans are the only animal on Earth which are MEANT to run long distances.  The only animal. Take advantage of this.  If you are out of shape start small, go far a short a few times a week, work your way up to it.

I just want to reiterate, this is not an acne cure, and It shouldnt replace a good acne regimen.  However, following these guidelines will help a lot, especially in the long run!