I have been using BP during the day too since April 20, under makeup of course. I find I am getting a little balling because of that. Any recommendations for BP cream which doesn't do that? I am currently using Benzac W 5%
I have been mixing these 2 every night and applying it for about 2 weeks now. Benzagel has 30% alcohol in it as well. So far my skin has become smoother and my breakouts have calmed down. I will tracking my progress here. I am getting married in 3 months and I hope my skin clears up by then!
Go to any skin care site or any of the makeup â€œgurusâ€ on youtube, you will see them harping about wearing sunscreen everyday to prevent sun damage and aging. But you will also plenty of sites like these which say that wearing sunscreen can actually do more harm than good, especially chemical sunscreens containing avobenzene, oxybenzone etc.
It seems physical sunscreens based on zinc oxide and titanium dioxide are somewhat more safe, but these substances leave a white cast on the face, which letâ€™s admit is not really pretty.
I have tried both chemical and physical sunscreens and have found that chemical sunscreens make my face very oily. Itâ€™s probably because chemical sunscreens cause chemical reactions and degrade when exposed to sunlight whereas physical sunscreens just block and reflect sunlight. But physical sunscreens do leave a white cast on my face.
So anyway I have decided not to wear any sunscreen now. As a person living in Canada, we donâ€™t get much sunlight anyway. And I think itâ€™s healthy to get a moderate amount of sunlight everyday. Of course sun bathing everyday for hours together may not be healthy but moderate amount of sun exposure for 1 hour or so everyday can be very good as it helps your body to generate Vitamin D. And frankly I get a general sense of well being when I am out in the Sun everyday for some time. It makes me feel more alive and energetic. And come to think of it, people living 100 years ago didnâ€™t wear any sunscreen and they survived fine. Personally I feel nature has not meant for us to be cooped up inside the house or office all the time. It is natural for us to be outside in the Sun everyday atleast for some time and I love the feeling of the warm Sun on my face and I believe it also helps keep my face clear. I mean Sun is a very effective killer of P.acnes and so moderate amount of sunlight can be very good
So these are some of the things I have learnt about applying makeup and maybe it would help someone out there.
- If you have acne, its better to stay away from liquid foundations. These tend to clog pores more than powder foundations. If you need to use one, choose one which says oil-free or non-comodogenic.
- If you are applying concealer to any "active" spots (i.e pimples where the skin is broken), use a small concealer brush for that. Also don't use the same concealer brush on other unaffected parts of your face as it will likely spread infection. If you don't have another brush, then gently wash the concealer brush with just water and wipe it with a paper towel, before using it on other parts of your face.
- I don't use any moisturizers or foundations in jar form because dipping your hands into it time and again can contaminate the whole jar with bacteria. I only use tubes or pump bottles.
- Better to toss liquid foundations after maybe 6 months since they do expire after a certain time. And they expire much faster than powder foundations.
- Better to use loose powder foundations like mineral makeup than pressed powder foundations. Many of them use oils to press powder foundations, and that can clog pores.
- If you want to use mineral makeup, make sure you are not sensitive to mica or bismuth oxychloride as that can make you breakout. Test the mineral makeup for a few days on a small part of your face to see how you to react to it. And if no reactions, then use it on whole face.
- When using mineral makeup, to avoid powdery look, spray a fine mist of water after it or any other hydrating spray.
I will edit this post if I remember any other tips
Most of the makeup and skin care products never have an expiry date on it. I wonder why they don't put it on there since clearly it would expire after a certain time. All of the makeup gurus recommend trashing away mascaras after 3 months even if its not finished, but what about liquid makeup like foundations?
I tried a Clinique liquid foundation which I have had for maybe 1.5 years now about a couple of months back. It smelled a little funky but I didn't pay too much attention to it and applied it anyway. I had to go to a function. Well guess what? Later that night,I noticed I had gotten like a rash and a boil on my face! And mind you this was not a pimple, it was a "boil", like an infection. I couldn't understand the reason as I had not done anything new that day other than the foundation. Well I smelled it again and yes, it did smell funky and I don't think it smelled like that 1.5 years ago when I first bought it. So clearly it had expired and probably had bacteria breeding in it. Well I store all my makeup properly with lid closed etc. but the lid is not air-tight. And it had no expiry date on it and most makeup doesn't. Well I want to warn others about this, so they don't have to do same mistake as I did. Now I have decided not to use liquid foundation for more than 6 months. After 6 months just chuck it even if not used fully. Sometimes you see these really cheap deals on makeup and you wonder why. Well now I know why. Its probably close to its expiry date and they just want to get rid of it! Similarly, don't fall for those cheap deals on Ebay, some of it maybe expired stuff too.
So I have been using the Maybelline mineral powder for a long time now but it is not an exact color match for me. So I ordered some samples from mineral makeup companies online with only 4-5 ingredients. I guessed the lesser the ingredients, the better. Well guess what? I broke out...None of them had bismuth oxychloride but they did have mica as one of their main ingredients. So I researched online, and found that some people can be sensitive to mica. Mica is a jagged mineral with sharp edges in the natural form, and can cause micro-tears in the skin. Most of the mica in makeup is crushed but it seems some people can still be sensitive to it. I didn't think I would be one of them but unfortunately I am. I guess I should have known because whenever I wear glittery eyeshadows (which is very very rare) and some of the glitter falls on the area below my eye, I always get milia and maybe small whiteheads there. And the glitter is mostly mica. Oh well...I guess you learn something new everyday...
Maybelline mineral powder has zinc oxide as the main ingredient which is a known anti-inflammatory and used in diaper rash ointments. I checked and the other drugstore mineral makeups like Loreal and Revlon do not have zinc oxide as an ingredient in their makeup. Maybelline mineral has mica only in the "may contain" ingredient list at the end. Also their minerals are micronized, maybe that makes the sharp edges of the mica smoother? In any case, this mineral powder does not break me out (probably because it contains very insignificant amount of mica and whatever there is, it is micronized). So yeah, people sensitive to mica in mineral makeup, definitely check out Maybelline.
And don't believe in the hype of "natural" makeup and skin care. Most of the natural stuff I tried broke me out, like jojoba oil. And even natural lip-balms are not at all moisturizing for me. Maybelline has some other ingredients in it too besides the minerals but I believe that is what makes the application smoother and not chalky. Hey I put BP on my face every night and that is certainly not natural...haha.
So I read someone's post on the oily skin forum about how his dermatologist prescribed accutane for just oily skin. Now I think this is very irresponsible of his dermatologist. Accutane is a chemotherapy drug which is supposed to be used only for severe acne. Of course there are people who can get very distressed about a minor skin imperfection like oily skin while someone with even severe acne could not be distressed at all about it. After all acne is not a serious, life threatening condition like cancer, it is just a cosmetic issue. So how to decide who gets to go on accutane? It is a fact that teenagers who are still developing physically and emotionally don't think too much about future consequences and often take rash decisions. It has been proven from scientific literature that the human brain doesn't fully develop until 21 or so. So is it wise for a dermatologist to prescribe accutane to an oily skinned teenager just because he demands it? Yes, these people will promptly switch dermatologists if they are not prescribed accutane, and in these recession times, dermatologists probably don't want to lose business, so they maybe prescribing it. But is this right? If the said teenager suffers from any of the bad long term side effects from accutane, who is responsible for it?
Oily skin can be easily controlled with topicals. I have very oily skin as well but when I apply topicals (benzamycin) every night, I don't have oily skin at all. And then of course there are those countless blotting sheets available on the market as well.
Of course there will always be those guys who want to appear macho and think that applying creams to their face every night is not macho, but this is just ridiculous thinking. If the alternative to applying topicals at night is a chemotherapy drug, it is better to take the first option IMO. If topicals work, then dermatologists shouldn't be prescibing accutane to teenagers.
Ok so usually when I get a pimple, it will be red and swollen for maybe 2 days and on the third day, it will have pus and I can pop it. Then it can start to heal and form a dark spot etc. (which can be more annoying than the pimple sometimes). Anyway so when I was taking oral antibiotic (erythromycin 250 mg every night), I noticed that if I got a pimple, it would stay red and swollen for maybe 5-6 days and then form pus instead of the usual 2-3 days. Now when I have stopped the oral erythromycin and started topical again (benzamycin) I have noticed that if I do get a pimple, it will heal within 2-3 days like before. So I am glad I stopped the oral antibiotic.
If you google acne and birth control pills, most of the sites you will get will say that birth control pills can help prevent acne for girls. While this may be true for some girls, it is also true that BCPâ€™s can actually CAUSE acne in some women who had no acne issues before. I believe birth control pills are mainly responsible for most of the adult acne we see in women nowadays who had no acne issues in their teens. Even for women like me with mild genetic acne which is easily controllable with topicals, BCPâ€™s can cause cystic acne.
I am a high school teacher and see 16 yr old girls in my class who are taking BCPâ€™s. They also discuss taking these in class as if it is like popping candies. I have friends who have been taking BCPâ€™s for 10+ years. When they get married and want to start a family, they stop taking these pills and thatâ€™s when their face explodes for some of them. If you have been feeding your body synthetic hormones for so many years, you cannot expect it to go back to normal immediately. BCP hormones make the body think that you are already pregnant, so you donâ€™t ovulate. Once you stop the pills, your body is confused, and has to start making its own hormones and start ovulation. Some people bodies may adjust within a year, for some maybe 5 years, and for some maybe even more. But the acne which BCPâ€™s can cause is not the garden variety pimples, this is deep cystic acne, usually on the chin and the jawline and sometimes even between the eyebrows. You might get hard sebum plugs in these places as well. I have seen people go on accutane (a chemotherapy drug) to control their cystic acne caused by BCP. Not only that, BCP can also increase your risk for cancer. Young girls who take BCP often donâ€™t use condoms because they think they are protected against pregnancy. While the BCP can be very good contraceptive but it does not protect against STDâ€™s. Only condoms can give protection against STDâ€™s if used properly.
We talk about womenâ€™s liberation but this is not liberation if only women have to take synthetic hormones to prevent pregnancy and men donâ€™t need to do any such thing.
I see a lot of confusion here about these 2 types of acne, so I am writing this post. I would say I have the classic genetic acne due to oily skin. My father also has oily skin and had acne till about his mid-20's. After that, he didn't get acne and that is probably b/c his pores are gigantic so acne couldn't form. I had read about birth control pills reducing acne, so I tried that for a couple of months when I was 26. I took Yasmine which was supposed to reduce acne, and lo and behold I got those enormous "hormonal" cysts on my chin and between my eyebrows! I had never ever gotten even a pimple before between my eyebrows. So I started reading about it, and I realized what I had was hormonal acne. The yasmine was messing up my hormones and was giving me hormonal acne in addition to my original genetic acne. So I stopped it after a couple of months but I continued to get the cysts for another 3 months. But the chin cysts finally went away after that. During that time in addition to the cysts, I also had these hard sebum plugs on my chin, which I had never experienced before. Yes, I am oily, but my sebum was never that hard that you could actually extract and see it.
For those with genetic acne, I would say don't go for BCP's and mess up your hormones even more. I have normal, regular periods and I should realized BCP's is not going to help my acne. Benzamycin and retin A do a much better job for me.
Ok so I had heard a lot about this oil here and also on makeupalley about how phenomenal it is. So I bought a 60 ml bottle for $25 Canadian. Yes, its quite expensive. Sadly this did not work at all for me. I applied only about 2-3 drops of it on my face but it only created an oily layer on my face and did not sink in at all. My skin is drier now because of benzamycin etc. but that day I was oily as hell because this just sat on top of my face the whole day. Interestingly, when I had a shower in the night and washed this thing off, I noticed my skin was much much drier and even flaking. I have read from other people that this controls the oil production and makes their skin drier. But I don't need my skin to be more dry than what it already is right now. This did not moisturize at all for me, only created an oily layer and did not sink in. I am going back to my Clean and Clear dual action moisturizer.
BTW I have read that some people actually can't tolerate plant oils, and it can be more irritating to their skin and I maybe one of them. Even so called natural lip balms irritate me, and are not moisturizing at all like a regular , petroleum, chapstick. BTW I also read that petroleum, mineral oil etc. are by-products of fossil fuels which is basically organic debris from million of years ago. But because it is such old organic matter, bacteria and microbes can't feed on it than natural oils made from fresh things. No wonder mineral oil is actually used as a baby oil since it is completely inert and resistant to bacterial growth.
So I used retin A cream yesterday evening, kept it on for a few hours and washed it off in the night. Then I was used benzamycin in the night. I was afraid my skin would be red and swollen today, but other than a bit of peeling around my nose, and dryness, it was ok. Put on a lot of moisturizer in the morning. Made doc's appointment to renew my erythyromycin tablet prescription, cant believe it is almost a year since I began taking them. But it greatly helped to reduce my oil and acne (touch wood!) I have noticed that now I cant tolerate more than 1 glass of wine at a time or I start getting bad stomach cramps, is it b/c of erythromycin? I have been taking probiotics regularly though. Anyway I would happily forsake alcohol if erythyromycin continues to help my acne.