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Freaking Cromollient SCE is irritating and breaking me out

Before I was using pure mineral oil to remove my waterproof sunscreens and makeup. Then I wanted to make a rinseable oil cleanser in hope to skipping cleanser and therefore reducing drying my skin. I followed recipe by mixing 90 percent of mineral oil with 10 percent of Cromollient SCE. Used this mix for paste 3 days. My skin started to break out with little tiny pustules on my nose, folds of my nose and in my eyebrows... And it's making my vision super blurry and eyes supper irritated that coul
 

Fungal acne

Its been a very long while since I updated here. Because my acne issue is pretty much 100% under control until a few weeks ago. I wanted to find a oil or balm cleanser that can remove waterproof makeup or sunscreen effectively and can be rinsed off with water. So I tried Clinique take the day off balm. Big mistake! I broke out badly especially on my chin... And then I stumbled upon a very helpful and informational website called simple skincare science and learned there is a type of acne that is
 

Skincare routine change no more safflower oil..

Current skin status 99.9 %clear. Some blackhead on nose. Pregnant with baby daughter and is due in next two weeks. as tile suggested, I stopped using safflower oil for some time. Because if the oil is slightly ever being off, it breaks me out.. and I don't want to keep my skincare in refrigerator...  But I discovered a new HG facial cleaning product- Garnier micellar cleaning water- for sensitive skin (the pink one). In have gone through at least 4 or 5 bottles of it. Doesn't remove wate
 

HG Sunscreen!! Heliocare 360 SPF50 gel dry touch!

I have been searching sunscreen for at least 20 years and finally, thanks to ever improving technology, I found it!!! It is Heliocare 360 SPF 50 gel dry touch!  Pros: Does not sting my eyes Does not break me out Keep me matte ALL DAY (therefore my makeup lasts all day) Does not have white cast. Does not gunk up on eyebrows nor hairline. Cons: Somewhat sticky, not truly dry touch (but doesn't affect makeup application) Dry down time is kinda long Hard to get in USA  
 

Wrong product again...

This time I found out Dermalogica intensive moisture balance is breaking me out. I used it with safflower oil as I thought I would like to add some humectants and some other anti aging ingredients from Dermalogica moisturizer to the oil. I was wrong... acne start to flare up again... Thankfully, it's not as bad..  I will only use my faithful safflower oil from now on..  I got Rhassoul Clay from mountain rose. Tried it as mask once. I liked it so for. 
 

Continuing improvement

Some before after pictures.  I am happy now. Under skin bumps/cysts have got flatten out dramatically.  I have been using BHA pads like 5 times, not consecutive days since it will dry my skin out too much.. Now my face is kind of crust up with a dead skin on the surface from it. Not a bad thing tho. I know after the dead skin peeled off, new skin will surface and will be smooth.  My routine is still the same and I will stick to it. I have found my HG products. Tretinoin, Saf
 

Improvement :)

I finally saw major improvement on my chin.. it got a lot smoother. There are still cysts but either those are very small or have been deactivated.  I got acne.org AHA and tried using that last Friday night (I did not use tretinoin that night). I did not like the texture as its too sticky.. I will use it as spot treatment then. I also tried the cleanser. I added the cleanser to my safflower oil and messaged on my face. Not only it became so thick and cannot spread, but also it stung my face..
 

Initial breakout?!

Yesterday I posted a suggestion request on holistic and diet board but no one seem to have experience with safflower oil.  By looking at my picture log, I think this is a IB because under skin hard bumps have been reduced even though some got inflamed to cysts.. Well I am prone to cysts on my chin so those are expected. My other acne prone areas like my eyebrows and in between eyebrow seem to stop breaking out. There were hard under skin clogs and now I cannot really feel those anymore with m
 

safflower oil- 3rd week benchmark

3/8 will be my third week of using safflower oil. My chin is still a mess up. Under skin clogs just inflamed to cysts..  There are giant harden clogs formed and fall out every now and then, even though I don't know if this is a good sign or not.. I don't notice a increase in acne though. My acne still are very localized (my chin and my forehead, my eyebrows and between my eyes) My between eyes area and my eyebrows seem to stop popping acne as I don't really feel under skin clogs with my finger
 

Update

I kind of change me routine a little bit. I use cotton pad soaked with safflower oil to gently wipe my face. I do this two times and then use a microfiber cloth to remove the oil. I don't use "hot water" to steam to my face.  I took out using any soap/cleaner for a few days. So far I haven't noticed my breakout increased or decreased but at least I am able to use tretinoin every night (I stopped using for a while as my face was so irritated from figuring out a best cleansing method and then I
 

Skin is dry...

My skin is dry now.. I can feel a layer of dead skin being there.. I don't know if its caused by Tretinoin or Safflower oil cleansing + dove soap bar.. I have skipped tretinoin for like 4 days already but my skin is still feeling tight but oily ( even though it doesn't "look" oily but my glasses are still sliding down my nose and I can blot almost a full sheet of blue blotting paper with my face oil..) As for acne I can see they are healing up.. even though its still breaking out in my eye bro
 

cleanser...drying

Dove soap is drying too... I think foaming cleansers are drying regardless.. I will experiment using safflower oil only... I am so scared it would be the same as past experiences with oils, first few days I thought my skin was improving and then BAN it went haywire and out of control.. AM Safflower oil Tissue off Shower A little bit of safflower flower EltaMD sunscreen Bare mineral makeup PM Safflower Tissue off Splash with water Safflower oil I have been skipping tretinoin the pa
 

Safflower oil-One week benchmark

I have been using safflower oil to pre cleanse and moisturize for a week. I am still loving it. It seems to aid my skin pushing out those underskin hard clogs. I am still having a lot of those though especially on my chin area with combination of cysts....... I hope its not due to safflower oil creating new ones and push out old ones... (a lot of times I thought something was helping with clog pores, but actually it was creating more so those "old ones" got pushed out) My skin still get dried
 

Feeling Optimistic!

This morning i can see n feel my face is healing! Even though i can feel lot of coarse scabs n dead skin, Tretinoin should fix this over time!  Finding a product thats working for my acne prone face is really challenging as i ruined my face several times with lot of new products experiments..  Today will be another product experiment. It is Eltamd sunscreen that I revisit.  AM Dove soap (shea butter flavor) Moisturize with Safflower oil Eltamd UV shield  Cargo liquid foundation Laura
 

Cleanser....

Last night I did safflower oil pre cleanse and then wash off with Bioderma blue gel cleanser. I had to wash twice to get the oil off, but it left me with really tight feeling... Even though putting my moisturizer fixed the problem, I always believe that cleaner should cleanse without stripping..  This morning I did not safflower oil cleanse, I just used dove soap and then oil moisturize. Tonight I will use dove soap to remove oil cleanse oil instead of using that blue gel cleanser to see if t
 

Products change

Last night I tried out putting more safflower oil on my forehead and see what happen. This morning I already felt its less bumpy. I don't know if its helping my acne or not but at least so far it moisturize my skin without adding more pimples or clogging pores. So I went further and oil cleanse with safflower oil to give it a full strength... I am so scared but I just want to try... LOL because d_E_S_S's notepad is so tempting as she had great success using safflower oil. So this morning I di
 

Safflower oil

I got my safflower oil last night. I was debating if I should try that out as a lot of oils broke me out. I guess I caved in this morning and add 2 drops of safflower to my moisturizer.. I really hope this is THE miracle oil for me.. But I am not oil cleansing at all. I will see what happen..  
 

Pumpkin seed oil break me out

I stopped adding to my moisturzer two days ago. Today is the second day i feel my acne seem to coming out healing more easily. With pumpkin seed oil, i dont feel it adds more moisture as my skin still wakes up dry and flaky n tight feeling, plus it added more pimples on my forehead where i dont really break out... Current regimen AM La Roche Posay Toleriane Dermo-Cleanser If feeling dry Dermalogica intensive moisture balance Replenix sheer sunscreen cream spf 50 Baremineral original
 

New products trying out

I got replenxin sheer sunscreen cream spf 50 and La Roche Posay Toleriane Dermo-Cleanser to try out as i really dont like my current sunscreens and cleanser:  Avene Emulsion SPF50+ : sticky and kind of heavy and suffocating feeling.. my skins would become shiny easily Biafine Suncare SPF50 Emulsion: very good light texture but it stings if my face is sensitive like right now... and it also stings my eyes if i apply it on my eyelid and a tiny bit ran into my eyes.. Bioderma Sebium Foaming G
 

Note to self

I kind of figure what ingredient in product will break me out: Olive Oil - clogs Capric/caprylic triglyceride - clogs Castor oil - irritation, cyst acne Aloe vera - irritation (weakens skin barrier, dryness and stinging sensation) Grapeseed Oil - dryness ,clogs, cyst acne Shea Butter - clogs Coconut oil Squalane Cetearyl alcohol + Ceteareth 20 jojoba oil rose hip oil too much silicone  OIL CLEANSING (ANY O
 

My thought process that got me to OCM agian..

Oil cleansing Diary***** I STOPPED IT. Most stupid decision ever..... I hate myself trying this out again.. Background:  Oily and acne prone on chin area and brows.  I used to treat my acne with tretinoin  0.05% with success and stopped using it. My face has been dehydrated and flaky and foundation would look hideous ever since I was constantly using various acne treatments (too many to mention). My skin was acne free but with lot of blackhead. I kind of just lived with it until I
 

Oil cleansing ruined my chin again...

I want to kick myself to death.. I should have followed whatevers working for me and not changing a thing.. i was trying out oil cleansing again with other oils, avocado, tamanu, pumpkin seed and now my face is ruined.. i was pretty clear for the longest time when i checked back my personal log on here and i already kinda forgotten here... now i am back to moan on my acne again...  The reason I went to try oil cleansing again was because i want to fix my dehydrated skin.. again i made a huge
 

Horrible Breakout Again

Baby oil as a pre cleanser or cleanser is breaking me out terribly. My chin area is particularly worse. It is totally my fault. I just wanted to fix my flakes and remove my sunscreen and it turned out a worse breakouts. However the breakouts are not very deep and big. Hopefully........ I am now using purity made simple cleanser and Vaseline creamy formula.

happily after

happily after

03/16/12

Last Reply:
03/17/12

 

Sunscreen Notes

Biore blue shake bottle broke me out (used for about a week) Facecotz really emphasizes my dry flakes (used for about a month) Neutrogena pure and free baby seems to break me out (used for about 2 days)
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