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Itchy, flaky and hard to apply makeup!



I am 17 and stared to get spots as soon as I hit puberty (13) as we all do.

Unfortunately I have had up and down health related to some mild trauma causing me to have symptoms such as panic attacks etc..

Although I have been free of these symptoms for a year or so (yay) My skin has been a terrible mess.

I started getting whiteheads and inflamed spots on my forehead and whiteheads and inflamed spots and papule around my mouth and chin area.

This has gotten worse over the year and I usually just continue my healthy eating, mild exercise and skincare routine without really taking notice of my face as it was very depressing. I even wore concealer 24/7 not allowing even family to know the true condition of my face. Thats when 2 weeks ago I broke down and got up the courage to show my mother (which believe me was hard) right then and there I burst into tears.

My parents were going to take be to a dermatologist but I found acne.org and found the information very interesting. I have been on the routine for a week now and I am using and organic cleanser followed with 2.5% BP and then olay beauty serum for sensitive skin with 5 drops of jojoba oil.

All is going well, I have seen some slight improvement (its only been a week) and have found the routine good (altough it does take up much more time -_-) Some time my face can feel very oily after I use my moisturizer and jojoba oil but I cant really use less as my mouth area (particularly where I have had patches of whiteheads) has been flaky and dry. I am dying to use an exfoliant of some kind..am I allowed to use it before 4 months? Also when I apply foundation (I am using maxfactor as it stays on longer that mineral essence (maybelline)it tends to cake up on the area and looks like my skin is falling off /shock horror!

I find that either the jojoba oil or BP is also preventing my foundation from going on smoothly.

Does anyone have any suggestions?

Thank you! and good luck to everyone who has been cursed with this condition!


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Hi there! Well, I can relate to the itchy flaky skin...I've been on Dan's Regimen for 4 weeks now & I'm seeing SO much improvement..but my problem was that I used too much BP right off the bat, so make sure you start out slow...but other than that I ordered Dan's AHA treatment which is a creme that exfoliates the skin faster & without rubbing/irritating it manually. His suggestion isn't to start until after 4 weeks, but I started it at 3 & it did wonders for me. I guess what I would do is just tough it out until you see a little more acne improvement & then give the AHA a try & see what you think! Also--have you tried the Almay foundation?? I just switched & I love it! The AHA helps it go on much more smoothly. But I will say that even though it was torture for me -- I tried to stay away from foundations when just starting the treatment. I wanted to give my skin a break for a while & see if it would respond to the treatment & it did. But thats just me! Good luck, don't give up!! :boohoo:

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Thanks for the support ^_^Just recently my 'flakiness' spread and now its covering the entirety of my mouth and chin area and its so itchy and irritated and when I apply foundation it doesn't go on very well at all! It makes the flakiness stand out :boohoo: Is your flakiness localized to one area also? I dont understand why I only get it around my mouth...I am going into my 2nd week tomorrow so I will try and stand it till the 3rd week and then have a look at an AHA option.You say that I may be using too much. I use a fingerpads amount on my forehead, nose and chin then gently spread it to the areas that have acne.Also do you use the jojoba oil? Do you think that it might be making it hard to apply foundation evenly cause it's oily?Do you use and topical treatment on you spots as well?I do want to use Almay but I live in spain so its hard to get. Do you have any other suggestions for foundations and concealers that will stay put?I know I said a lot but its awesome to have someone to talk to about this matter :DThank you!

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Hey, I have the same problem because I'm on accutane. Try Almay Pure Blends Makeup. It is actually made with Jojoba oil so it's already blended in the makeup. It goes on very smooth and does a great job of evening your skin tone, but also keeping it hydrated all day. Hope this helps :boohoo:

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I live in Spain so it's hard to get American products such as Almay and Accutane :(Does anyone find that the Jojoba oil can leave your skin a little greasy or perhaps makes it hard to put makeup on?

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