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Hey readers!

It's been over a year since I've posted. I must say, what a journey it has been. Over the years, I have tried so many different products in hopes of finding one that will cure my problem; acne. I started to get acne when I was 16 years old, before that, my skin was clear and smooth. Never would I have imagined my face covered in spots and bumps. But it happened. And it was embarrassing, and made me feel really self conscious. I began to experiment with different cleansers, toners, moisturizers, masks, scrubs, anything and everything on the market. Some worked for a while, but then stopped. Others just made my problem even worse. But after years of trial and error, I found my cure; dove soap. In October 2009, I posted an entry on my blog saying how dove soap, evian facial spray, and cetaphil moisturizer were my staples in my skin care routine. And boy it worked wonders. My skin really improved. ALOT. I should have stuck to that routine from then on, but continued to try different products. That's my problem. When I get bored of something, I go on to try something new. Well, my skin started to break out again. So I stopped using everything altogether, no nice smelling cleansers that foam up and make your face tingle, no moisturizer (never been a fan. my skin is pretty balanced, I think), no toners (not necessary!), no acne treatments (which dry and irritate the living hell out of your skin, no thank you!). I just started to use simple dove soap, the unscented one. Morning and night. And my skin began to improve again. Right now, I've been free of acne for a few months. Acne marks are fading very well. You can barely see them. The only makeup I use is an oil free tinted moisturizer by Laura Mercier, which covers up my marks with no problem. I'm really happy with my skin at the moment. My mom has been using dove soap for years and she always gets compliments about how beautiful and young she looks for her age. She is in her mid 50s, but looks like she is 40! I always stare at her skin, envious. That's the whole point though, less is definitely more. Use what works for YOU. It did take me a while to see improvement, but I kept using it because it was moisturizing and unscented. I didn't feel any irritation, dryness, or redness. After a few months of use, the pimples began to diminish and acne marks started to fade on their own. I finally feel confident again :think: thank you, Dove. And thank you, Daniel Kern for providing us with such useful information and effective products. I have tried the moisturizer, cleanser, and treatment. All of them are fantastic, but I just didn't want to depend on the benzoyl peroxide for the rest of my life, instead I made some changes in my diet. I think it's all internal anywayl. You are what you eat!

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Update!

Hey everyone!

So...over the past couple of years I've been observing my skin. I have come to the conclusion

that my diet has by been the reason why my acne keeps coming back. I know 100% that it's the

sugary foods I've been eating. It's just so hard to stay away from sweet stuff. It's an addiction.

For the last month, I've been drinking a lot of 'green monsters' (a.k.a fresh squeezed smoothie out of raw spinach, banana, and almond milk) every single morning. Wow, not only does this stuff give me energy, but I honestly think it helped clear up my skin. But then of course, I broke my own rule and went in for the chocolates. I'm telling you...it's quite impossible to NOT eat it, because there are always goodies on my kitchen table staring me in the face begging me to eat them. it's tempting, and unfortunately, the temptation always wins :|

so, from this day forward...I am setting a goal for myself and sticking to healthy diet. I will keep fighting this, and I will win in the end. sooner or later. And for the rest of you out there, before you start going crazy on finding the right skin care products for you...please look at the foods that you eat, they can be the ones causing your acne. then find a simple gentle cleanser and light moisturizer for your skin. that's all you need. take small steps, don't rush into loading a bunch of products on your face, it WILL get worse if you do. everything takes time. trust me, it will all go away! I promise.

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In Love...

:D

I have discovered an amazing skin care line called Suki about a month ago.

I've been using their Exfoliate Foaming Cleanser 3 times a week in the evening

before bed in place of my regular cleanser (dove soap). It has done a

tremendous job at brightening up my face and the acne marks that I've been

dreading to get rid of for a long time! I am so in love with this cleanser. it's more

like a gentle scrub, but since my skin is a bit sensitive...I use it only a couple of

times a week to give my skin a rest. It contains absolutely 100% natural ingredients,

no chemicals, no alcohol. It's non-comedogenic and cruelty free which is HUGE plus!

I only use this scrub when my skin feels a bit more calm and I have less or not as

inflamed pimples...it works best. but if you have cystic acne, I wouldn't recommend it

because it might further irritate your skin. Me, on the other hand, I have learned to

keep my skin under control...now I'm just trying to maintain and prevent it from

further damage.

I highly recommend this skin care line. do yourself a favor, check it out. no harm will come

from using their products because they are all 100% natural.

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these are tested, safe, gentle for the skin.

  • Purpose Gentle Cleansing Wash
    gentle, soap-free, oil-free, non-comedogenic, hypoallergenic
  • Dove Beauty Bar Soap, White
    gentle, rich lather, leaves skin clean & soft, non-irritating
  • Cetaphil Moisturizing Lotion
    non-comedogenic, moisturizing, fragrance-free, perfect for dry skin
  • Dickinson's Witch Hazel Toner
    100% natural, gentle, non-drying, perfect for oily/combination skin
  • Thayer's Rose Petal Witch Hazel
    gentle, soothing, contains vitamin E and aloe vera, calms redness, perfect for sensitive skin
  • Evian Facial Spray
    natural mineral water, does not contain harsh chemicals or parabens, acts as a toner, increases your skin's hydration, refreshes and soothes
  • Lily of the Desert Aloe Vera Gelly
    multi-purpose, 100% natural & organic, soothing, fragrance-free, contains vitamin A, C, & E, perfect moisturizer for sensitive skin
  • Olay Daily Facials Hydrating Normal to Dry
    hydrating, soap-free, removes makeup, non-irritating, gently exfoliates, doesn't cause breakouts, great for travel
  • Olay Age Defying Intensive Nourishing Night Cream
    lightweight, anti-aging, contains salicylic acid and chamomile, non-comedogenic, non-greasy, moisturizing
  • Merlot's Grape Seed Moisturizer SPF 15
    anti-aging, non-greasy, contains spf, absorbs quickly, contains antioxidants, great for normal/combination skin
  • Queen Helene Mint Julep Mask
    natural, contains sulfur, zinc oxide, glycerin, removes impurities, blackheads, reduces enlarged pores, works as a spot treatment
  • Burt's Bees Soap Bark & Chamomile Deep Cleansing Cream
    creamy texture, natural, soothing, calming, non-comedogenic, paraben free, sulfate free, ph balanced, moisturizing, reduces pimples, leaves skin soft and smooth, great for dry and sensitive skin
  • Neutrogena Oil Free Acne Wash Redness Soothing Gentle Scrub
    contains aloe vera, chamomile, salicylic acid, & glycolic acid, oil-free, creamy gentle scrub which can be used every day, reduces & calms redness, treats acne, smells pleasant, leaves skin healthy, soft & smooth

will be adding more to the list!! :)

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  • dove beauty bar soap (gentle, removes my makeup, rich lather, leaves skin clean & soft)
  • evian facial spray (tones, refreshes. I spray my face with this, and IMMEDIATELY apply moisturizer. It sinks in so much better, making it work effectively.)
  • cetaphil moisturizing lotion (gentle, non-comedogenic, moisturizing. use a pea size for your entire face, because it is a bit greasy.)

okay. now, this is basically my AM and PM routine. I've been using these 3 products every single day for the past couple of months and my skin has never been clear! I still have red marks left on both of my cheeks but not too noticeable and fading. my cheeks are completely smooth and free of pimples. my forehead is the only problem area at the moment but just a few little pimples which are barely there. The only treatment I use is Dan Kern's 2.5% Benzoyl Peroxide every morning and night after moisturizing on my cheeks to help my red marks fade quicker and prevent any pimples that might pop up. my weekly treat is Queen Helene's Mint Julep Mask, which is godsend! I absolutely love it and it helps with reducing oil in my t-zone area and deep cleaning the pores of any impurities and dirt.

that's all! :)

my boyfriend even compliments me now and said my skin looks so much better and clearer than when we first met (which was in May '09)!

the makeup that I use is Estee Lauder's Double Wear Stay In Place Makeup SPF 10, it is non-comedogenic, non-acnegenic, oil-free, full-coverage, and looks oh-so-natural! I'm in love!

It doesn't make me break out and it covers my red marks with no problems. It looks very natural and doesn't feel heavy!

I'm still trying out new products once in a while because I want to switch to more natural skin care...but so far, I have not found anything that works as well as this regimen.

If you have any questions, please feel free to ask. I'd be more than happy to help.

I have experimented with so many products and have more knowledge of what to use for my skin. So I can recommend you products that would work well with your skin type. Just describe me your skin; the texture, the look, the feel. I'll try my best to find you the perfect routine :D

Have a great day!

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Hey everyone! :D

I just wanted to do a quick update on my skin. It's looking and feeling fabulous!

I've been viewing a lot of skin care videos on youtube and I came across this girl's video on how to make a DIY acne/scar reducing mask. and let me tell you, WOW! It's awesome.

It's a mixture of apple cider vinegar, green tea, honey, and sugar! I use the mask every morning, and at night I apply the apple cider vinegar/green tea toner. It does miraculous things, I tell you. My skin has not broken out since I started using it and my skin texture/complexion looks so smooth, clear, and healthy. I think I'm getting my glow back!!!!!!!!!!!

I HAVE read about the benefits of drinking apple cider vinegar but not applying it on my face. my skin is pretty sensitive, so I was kind of scared to try it. but, I'm in awe right now at how great this stuff is. I've also read that it reduces those red acne marks that I've been desperately trying to get rid of, but I haven't seen much of a difference yet because I just started using it. I have noticed that the marks appear a little lighter. I can't wait to see further results!!!! :dance:

I have a wedding to attend on July 5th, and I really want my skin to be at its best. I don't mind the marks, they can easily be covered up with some concealer and foundation. I just pray to god that I don't break out because the bumps even when concealed will be noticeable.

so here is a more detailed description on how to make this wonderful mask and toner! :cool:

P.S: I stopped using the Murad cleanser because I was viewing the forums and apparently, it has broken a lot of people out. I didn't want to take any chances, but thankfully this apple cider vinegar method is really working! wheeeeeeeeeee!

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So, I was at Sephora last week...and I decided to check out some quality skin care products because I've been using a lot of drugstore products without any good results. I walked in and asked the lady what she recommended for acne prone skin and which brand is the most popular. She says, "definitely Dr. Murad skin care line, I think you'll be very happy with it."

I needed a new cleanser since I was out of the Burt's Bees one, so I decided to try out the Murad Clarifying Cleanser, which was $26! Never thought I'd spend that much on a cleanser, but hey...thought I'd give it a try.

I began using the cleanser on the June 16. It's been exactly a week and so far...I've developed a few little bumps along the side of my jawline, but I think they call that the "purging process". Your skin will get worse before it gets better. I have noticed the bumps clearing up a lot faster.

I've been using the clarifying cleanser in junction with Dan's BP and I like it a lot. I think its the combination of salicylic acid and benzoyl peroxide which seems to speed up the process.

I'll definitely try to stick to the regimen this time and give the product some time to work.

Daily Routine:

AM

* Murad Clarifying Cleanser

* Clean & Clear Acne Advantage Spot Treatment (my skin is sensitive, and using salicylic acid during the day time is a lot less irritating than benzoyl peroxide. I can use it under my makeup and at the same time know that I'm getting some kind of acne treatment)

* Merlot Natural Grapeseed Moisturizer SPF 15

PM

* Olay Daily Facial Cleansing Cloths Normal to Dry Skin (my skin is actually normal/combination, but always get dry when I use acne treatments. these towelettes really take all of my makeup off quite well and leave my skin really soft.)

* Murad Clarifying Cleanser

* Dan's 2.5% BP (guys, I really don't follow the whole finger thing and the amount you're suppose to use to see results. I use this VERY sparingly because my skin is super sensitive and I've seen dramatic results within a couple of months. this BP even fades my acne marks. I SWEAR, you just need to give it time.)

* Olay Age Defying Intensive Nourishing Night Cream (this moisturizer is great, love the feel of it and how it makes my skin look the next morning. It also has Salicylic Acid in it and anti-aging properties.)

I'll keep you updated! O_O

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Heya!

So, just to give a bit of an update on my skin.

At the moment, looks decent. The surface of my skin feels nice and smooth.

Not bumpy as it used to be before, which is a really good thing. I have been breaking

out a bit on my forehead, those little tiny bumps...oh how I hate them. I guess its

because of that 'time of the month'. There are still some red acne marks left on my cheeks

but VERY slowly fading.

I've been reading a lot about reducing the marks left from previous acne, and I came across

a product called Dr. Brandt Microdermabrasion. It's pretty damn pricey ($75), but it contains

wonderful ingredients which are very beneficial for your skin such as lactic acid, vitamin E, and

retinol. sounds amazing, huh? I'm 22 now, so I definitely want to focus on keeping my skin

young and preventing any more damage.

I'm still using the Burt's Bees Soap Bark & Chamomile Deep Cream Cleanser. I just ran out actually. Definitely going to buy me some more. It's wonderful at calming my skin down from

any redness or inflammation. I've also started to use the Clearasil Ultra Vanishing Acne Treatment with 10 % benzoyl peroxide and glycolic acid. I must say, that it does work...BUT my skin does not

respond well to benzoyl peroxide, it becomes to red and itchy...ugh. Life's a b.

I also included Merlot Natural Grape Seed Moisturizer into my skin routine. It makes your skin super soft and its a great base for makeup. It's fragrance-free (it does have a scent to it, but its very subtle and it comes naturally from the grapes that's in the moisturizer), non-oily, and absorbs quickly. Another added bonus, it has SPF 15! O_O

As for my diet, I stay far away as possible from sugar. it's the devil. heh. I think it definitely plays a major role. I drink plenty of water, every day. I keep a bottle by my bed at all times.

I don't eat junk food at all. not only is it bad for my skin, but I also have a weak stomach :wall:

Well...what are you going to do? life goes on. this is just a fork in the road, right? acne doesn't change who you are as a person.

stay positive, guys!

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Hey Everyone!

It's been a month since I wrote my last entry. Things are going well, slowly progressing, but improving. I found a couple of products that work very well for my skin even though I still break out from time to time. The thing that I'm really concerned about is the red marks left from previous acne. I can't leave my house without applying concealer. I am desperate to find something to get rid of them and I understand that it takes time, but they've been lingering there for a really long time. I'm thinking of trying Olay's Microdermabrasion & Peel System. But anyway, for those that are interested...I developed a new skin care routine which has been helping me out with controlling and treating acne. here are the list of products I currently use:

Purpose Gentle Cleansing Wash

I truly love this cleanser. Just because it never breaks me out, it cleans my face thoroughly and removes ALL of my makeup. I like it simple. I've been using this for a year and I've never had any problems with it.

Burt's Bees Soap Bark & Chamomile Deep Cleansing Cream

I never thought I would use a cream cleanser before, because I felt that cleanser that foamed up cleaned my skin better. well, I was soooo wrong. this stuff is amazing. It is natural, gentle, doesn't clog pores, leaves your skin soft and smooth, reduces inflammation, treats acne. It leaves a nice tingle, cooling feeling after you wash it off which is nice. Since I started using this cleanser, I have noticed much less breakouts, improvement in my skin tone, blackheads are much less visible with each use.

Queen Helene Mint Julep Mask

This mask is freakin' awesome, and anyone who has used it knows what I'm talking about. It does what it says. It has a nice fragrance, it tightens your face sucking out all that dirt deep from your pores. It treats and reduces acne. It's just fantastic! I use it once a week.

...and that's pretty much it. I don't use moisturizer that much because after washing my face with the burt's bees cleanser, my skin feels nice and hydrated. basically, all I do now is drink plenty of water every single day and stay away from sugar and carbs. I only eat organic and it has helped my skin greatly. every morning, I also make fresh squeezed juice from watermelon, papaya, strawberries, kiwi, guava, celery.

stay tuned for more! :doh:

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I'm baack.

man, I thought I was doing so freakin' well.

I had been using that goat's milk soap that I mentioned and it's been helping..but then after a couple of months, it really started to dry my skin out like crazy! I had to stop and find something else. my skin started to break out again, and I began using the Dan's BP that I put away and hoped that I would never have to use again. It irritates the crap out of my face. my skin becomes so red and blotchy, I also get that burning feeling. not good. :boohoo:

I'm still searching for a good cleanser, but I'm giving up hope. the only product that has worked well for me and has not let me down was the Purpose Gentle Cleansing Wash. I don't know why I ever stopped using it, I did it a couple of times already in hopes of finding something better? but noo...I've been proven wrong. This is it. my holy grail cleanser.

I'm definitely re-purchasing it tomorrow. :dance:

also, I've been using Thayer's Rose Petal Witch Hazel Toner and it's soo great for sensitive skin, especially if your skin gets irritated or red very easily after cleansing, use this! It instantly reduces the redness and calms your skin.

another thing I want to get is the Dermalogica Precleanse, one of their most popular products which is formulated specifically for oily, acne prone skin. It is oil based, so it's suppose to melt all of the dirt and makeup off of your face. I've been reading reviews, and so far...this product sounds pretty promising. I'll give it a try.

as for moisturizers, I recently bought Estee Lauder Daywear Plus Antioxidant Creme with SPF 15. It sounds like a really good product. I bought the one for normal/combination skin because i have an oily t-zone, but normal in the cheeks, maybe even a bit dry (the funny thing is...thats the part where I break out most? anyone have a clue why? :mad: ). but anyway, I haven't tried it yet, but it smells really pleasant...like cucumbers and it has antioxidants and sun protection. which sounds good already. I'm still using my Olay Complete All Day Moisture Lotion for sensitive skin, because its the only moisturizer that doesn't break me out and leaves my skin comfortable and smooth. BUT, it leaves a shine on my face, like a greasy shine...which I don't like :( . so hopefully, I won't have the same problem with the Estee Lauder one.

I'll keep you updated and hopefully, some of this information is helping out somebody out there, because I know how much it sucks wasting your money on everything and not being able to find something that works.

well have a good day, guys. :boohoo:

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Disappointed.

Will this torture ever end!?!? Arghh.

The Olay Regenerist Daily Thermal Mini Peel has been working so well! And then, my face started to break out in little pimples. Bleh! Don't get me wrong, it works...but I should probably be using it like once or twice a week since it is like a scrub. I used it every night. I noticed that my skin started to get irritated easily whenever I would use it. That's a sign.

Oh well, deal with it, JULIE. That's life.

You see, the thing is...my skin doesn't have a type. haha. It's sensitive, dry, oily, and completely effin' crazy. I need something to prevent breakouts...any recommendations? =(

You know what I wonder? I wonder why when I was in high school, all I did was wash my face with soap and water...and my skin was actually normal. No breakouts, nada! I had never heard of things such as toners, moisturizers, scrubs, or masks. Now, I'm like a freakin' guinea pig! Testing out every product and throwing away money which I have worked so hard for. My recent purchase? Stridex Benzoyl Peroxide Power Pads, which apparently have a lot of positive reviews. I just bought them yesterday, so far...I've seen a little bit of reduction in the size of my 'bumps' on my forehead. that's about it. I'll give it a week or so. As for the peel, I'll hold off on it for now and let my skin heal.

I pray that my next entry will be a more positive one.

Toodles,

J.

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Kay, so here's the dealie.

My skin? Getting better. It has developed a few new breakouts though, mainly on the chin. FUDGE.

Don't ya just hate it? They're kinda small though, so I'm not complaining....THAT much.

As for my Goat's Milk soap? Bleh! It just died on me!! What the hell?! My scars started to diminish, but only for a few days. I still use it though, only in the mornings. It keeps my skin very clean. I don't even need to use a toner.

As for the night time, I found the perfect product...at least I think I did. From what I read and heard, Glycolic Acid is VERY effective in reducing acne scarring...and I just happened to have Olay Regenerist Daily Thermal Mini Peel (which contains glycolic acid). Let me tell you something...this stuff is AWESOME! I started using this it as a cleanser only at night, because when you apply anything with Alpha Hydroxy Acids (aka AHAs), you're suppose to avoid the sun for 8 hours. But when you use it at night, it gives your skin time to repair itself. I wet my face, apply it on my forehead, cheeks, and chin...gently massage it onto my skin for 2-3 minutes focusing on areas where I have scars and wash it off with cool water. My scars? Look a lot less visible! Wheeeeee. The redness has definitely reduced, and my skin texture looks and feels a lot smoother and softer. That's the only thing that I care about at the moment, reducing the appearance of my acne scars.

Anyways, I'll continue using this product and keep you updated on how my progress is going.

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Some things I do to improve my skin:

- I drink water every single day as much as possible.

- I drink green tea with honey and lemon every morning and night before I go to bed.

- I love to eat avocados and salmon! As a matter of fact, I happen to like anything healthy, it actually tastes good. But when I was younger, all I ate was junk food =\ that's probably the reason why I started to break out. It caught up to me.

- I started to exercise every other day, and I'm loving it. I feel more energetic and confident. My complexion is starting to improve as a result.

- I look at magazines for inspiration. Every time I look at a picture of a model with great skin, it just makes me want to work harder and take better care of my skin.

- I'm also trying to avoid sugar, which is my worst enemy. I use honey as a substitute.

When I'm craving something sweet, I'll make myself a fruity shake consisting of blueberries and strawberries. Sometimes, I'll even make a fresh carrot juice, which is good source of Vitamin A.

- I don't touch my face at all and try to keep my hair away from my face, especially when I sleep. I take time when washing my face, massaging it gently for at least a minute or two concentrating on areas where I have blemishes.

- I try to keep my beauty routine nice and simple, using only a few products on my skin to avoid irritation.

- When I use make-up, its usually only mascara and lip balm to keep it natural. I only use mineral make-up.

...and that's about it. easy and simple. as for my skin, it looks better and better every day. I'm trying to experiment with different masks and scrubs. I want to try these products; Aztec Secret Indian Healing Clay, Kiss My Face Jump Start Exfoliating Wash, and Rachel Perry Peach & Papaya Gentle Facial Scrub. And, I think I found the perfect moisturizer; Egyptian Magic All Purpose Skin Cream. If you have tried any of these products, please let me know how it worked for you!

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Okay, guys seriously...I don't want to sound like a broken record, but this soap is the REAL DEAL!!

I cannot express how happy I am with the way my skin is right now. :naughty: I added this Goat's Milk soap into my daily routine on August 9th. In just 5 days, my scars and a few pimples I had reduced dramatically. I'm still in shock, because after all...this is just a soap bar. From what I read, soaps are not recommended as they tend to dry skin out. But this is ALL natural, not only cleans your skin so well, but treats and prevents acne.

I have NEVER been more satisfied with any other product before than I am now. And I have tried a lot of products from proactive to dermalogica to neutrogena to cetaphil. Some have worked but with the effects of drying and irritation. Before I went on the Dan's BP Regimen, I actually consulted a dermatologist. It was my first time, and she said that I needed a cleaning. So she laid me down on the chair and started extracting all of my whiteheads and blackheads. It felt like she was popping them with her hands! When she was done, the first thing I did was look at myself in the mirror...and literally I cried so much, I was too embarrassed to leave the office or show my face in public. Since then, I never let anybody touch my face nor did I ever go to see another dermatologist again. My skin suffered a lot back then. I was left with many nasty acne scars that took me yeaaaaars to get rid of. And in 5 days, this soap has helped so much without any irritations or chemicals. WOW, just WOW. My skin hasn't looked this good in a long time. *knocks on wood*

Anyways, I want to help you the same way this product helped me.

so please, believe me when I say this...ANY skin problems that you may have, this soap will help.

I don't know about other brands of Goat's Milk, but this one specifically is just magic. Don't rely on products with chemicals in them, even if they may be working...they won't help you in the long run. I personally didn't like anything with benzoyl peroxide, even though it cured most of my acne...it damaged my skin. As for salicylic acid, that stuff did absolutely nothing for me. I did not see any improvement at all. If you want to look for a more effective and gentle treatment, look for products with fewer ingredients that are fragrance free (if you are sensitive), non-comedegenic, oil-free, hypoallergenic, and soap free. Avoid using any products with ingredients such as sodium laureth sulfate, alcohol, mineral oil, petroleum, sodium chloride as they will dry out your skin and clog your pores. A good cleanser should be able to clean your skin so well, you should not be able to see any dirt on your cotton pad when you use a toner. I still do it though, only because it controls the oil in my t-zone and makes me feel extra clean and refreshed. The only time I think you should use a moisturizer is in the morning and throughout the day. And at night, just let your skin breathe and repair itself.

Hope this helps! If you have any questions, please feel free to ask! :naughty:

P.S: Next time you decide to purchase a product, use this skin care ingredient list to choose the right product for your skin type: http://www.altmednetwork.net/skincare/skin...ngredients.html

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Progress

So, I wake up and the first thing I do is run up to the mirror to see my progress. And my skin looks pretty darn good! :naughty: No new breakouts, scars are fading, my skin is calm, no complaints. I'm so happy this regimen is working for me. Hopefully, I'll keep seeing good results. I haven't experienced any irritations, redness, or breakouts since I started this regimen. The Goat's Milk soap is definitely responsible for this. Every time I wash my face with it, my skin is left so clean and soft. I don't even feel the need to add any moisturizers or extra products.

If you live in Canada and you're interested in trying this soap, I HIGHLY recommend it.

Here is all the information:

Name:

Life Brand Goat's Milk Soap

Description:

Why goat's milk? For centuries, people have been using milk as a cleansing agent. Unlike cow's milk, goat's milk is naturally homogenized -- the milk and cream do not separate -- offering the full moisturizing effect of everything nature puts into the milk. Therefore, goat's milk is extraordinarily gentle, and tender even to the driest of skin. Goat Milk also contains caprylic acid which aids in reducing the alkalinity of soap. Having a lower pH assists in maintaining a balance so that healthy skin may prevent bacterial problems. Goat Milk is easily absorbed into the skin, bringing natural enzymes, proteins, vitamins, minerals, and moisture. Goat Milk is believed to aid in healing acne and eczema, and provides essential nutrients necessary for healthy skin.

Ingredients:

Sodium Tallowate and Sodium Cocoate, Water, Goat Milk Powder, Glycerin, Fragrance, Titanium Dioxide, PEG-75 Meadowfoam Seed Oil, Guar Hydroxpropyltrimonium Chloride, Diazolidinyl Urea, Iodopropynyl Butylcarbarnate, Tetrasodium EDTA, Sodium Chloride.

It says on the back that this product is manufactured for Shoppers Drug Mart in Toronto. So if you live there, go out and buy it!!

Anyways, as soon as I am done with this soap, I'll be trying Grandpa's All Purpose Baking Soda Soap. Looks natural, since baking soda is said to be good for the skin. It works as a skin brightener. So maybe, this could work on my acne scars and brighten up my complexion.

I've become such a skin care product junkie, obsessed about taking good care of my skin. It's almost impossible for me to pass by a pharmacy and not browse the skin care section. I'm always searching for new things to try.

Well, I'm off to do my Hawaiian work out. It makes you sweat like cuuuurrazzy! :naughty: You'd be surprised how much it works your abs, legs, butt, arms. Doing the hula is not as easy as it looks. It's really fun though :naughty:

I'll report back tomorrow!

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Skin Type:

Acne Prone/Sensitive/Combination

History

Let's see, where should I start?

Well, I'll tell you this: I never had acne until about the age of 16. That's when it all began. My confidence has completely gone down the drain. At first, it started with a couple of breakouts, then it just got worse and worse until I discovered this website last year. I started to experiment with a lot of different products over the years. I am 21 years old right now, by the way. And so, I began my journey to clear skin. I started the regimen using Benzoyl Peroxide. It helped with most of my acne, but i felt that it was irritating and drying out my skin too much. My skin became more sensitive since I started using it. So, I stopped using the BP, and decided to treat my skin in a more natural way rather than applying chemicals to my face. I began researching everything on skin care, what ingredients to look for, what to avoid, how to prevent, how to treat, etc.

Things I Want to Improve

1. Skin tone & texture - It looks a bit dull and lacks that glow, even when I exfoliate. :naughty:

2. Scars - I have them on both of my cheeks from previous acne. The right side is worse than the left. It doesn't look so bad, but the redness just makes them more visible.

3. Prevention & Treatment - I have little non-inflamed pimples here and there and the occasional whitehead. I'm trying to maintain a good diet and avoid using products with harsh ingredients on my face. I'm also a sugar addict. lol. Sometimes it's hard for me to control my cravings. I did notice that sugar makes me breakout, so I'm trying to cut that out of my diet. See how long I last. lol.

Currently I'm using:

- Goat's Milk Soap (this stuff is amazing, its so gentle and moisturizing. My scars are beginning to fade more quickly)

- Dickinson's Witch Hazel (I swear by this stuff! It's natural, cheap, & very effective. the best toner in my opinion, next to Nivea's Moisturizing Toner. That one is good too.)

- Queen Helene Mint Julep Mask (this is the only thing that works for blemishes, the best overnight treatment. It also works really well on blackheads, thanks to sulfur ingredient in the mask. Sulfur brings all the dirt and blackheads to the surface, making the pore strips and scrubs more effective in removing all that dirt. It really works! Try it.)

- Homemade Coffee Scrub (words cannot express how much I love this scrub. It is the most amazing exfoliant. It removes dead skin, boosts circulation, and smoothes out your skin. My skin feels soooo soft afterwards. It's just..let me say again, AMAZING.)

I know that every regimen must include a moisturizer, but I haven't found a good one yet. I was using Olay Moisture Lotion, but it didn't seem to help with my oily t-zone. And I don't want to rely on blotting papers the whole time. Any recommendations?

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