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VisionInBlack
:| My crazy stupid sunblock made my face break out terribly! I went on a shopping trip to an outside mall and put on Coppertone sensitive. I knew there was the possibility that It would cause a problem, but I had faith that since the bottle said "Non-Comedogenic especially for sensitive skin" it would be OK. WRONG! :) Now I have one horrible evil blemish above my lip!!!!!!!! It was there monday after the trip, but it was miniscule so I ignored it. As the week's gone on, it's turned into a nightmare. I'm indoors right now because I don't want anyone to think I have mouth Mersa or something. It's so stupid how I trust products sometimes. From now on I wont use anyting except stuff from the local Merchantile health store. Jeeze...this week even my legs gave me trouble. I tried a new lotion with oil of Jasmine in it. Lets just say that I had to wear jeans for a couple of days! And I also got asked to go to the swimming pool today but I cant go because my face looks like hell and I know cute guys that go to my local pool. FML
VisionInBlack

For those who haven't read my blog...I have sensitive skin and almost all makeup causes breakouts and freakouts. So I've pretty much used every brand. When I first started using makeup it was:

#1: Cover Girl foundation clean makeup with pressed powder.

( Pros: Lightweight and good color match, dries up acne.

(Cons: It didn't cause me to break out at first but it started to make my skin flakey and dry around my nose. It seemed to dry up pimples, but more and more would start popping up everywhere else. So I stopped using it and moved on...

#2: Dream Matte Mousse Makeup by Maybelline.

(Pros: This makeup was very nice to the touch, very silky and blends well.

(Cons: Too greasy and makes my face feel like it has pancake batter on it after an hour or so. Creases badly. Causes those painful deep acne spots on cheeks. You know what I'm talking about, ugh. moving on...

#3: Mineral Power Natural Perfecting Liquid Foundation and mineral power powder.

(pros: Lightweight, blends well and has light coverage. Color matches well.

(cons: A little drying but not bad. Causes blackheads and small whiteheads. Moving on...on...

#4: L'Oreal True Match Super-Blendable Makeup.

(pros: Lightweight and blends well.

(Cons: Rubs off easily, creases and causes breakouts! UGHHHHHHH!!!!!

#5: Revlon custom creations with color dial foundation.

(Pros: Great coverage, velvety texture. Color matchs great, Stays on all day.

(Cons: No cons except for the fact that it caused yucky blackheads all over my cheeks and a few zits. I really wish I could have continued with this makeup, but alas...moving on again!

#7: CoverGirl true blend mineral foundation powder.

(Pros: Doesn't have as many chemicals as most foundations. Gives a nice glow.

(Cons: Doesn't cover great, wears off and irritates my skin.

#8: SMMbeauty.com Smokey Mountain Minerals powder foundation and flawless veil.

(pros: Lovely texture, goes on smooth and covers wonderfully. Can be mixed with favorite face lotion for a liquid foundation. Stays on all day and doesn't cause breakouts or irritation.

(cons: Creases a little under the eyes.

#9: Neutrogena Healthy Skin Brightening Eye concealer.

(Pros: Great coverage, conceals dark circles. Good for hiding blemishes. A life saver for emergency touch ups to keep in my purse. Doesn't irritate or cause blemishes.

(Cons: None.

So there they are!!! I hope this helps you. I dont think anyone really reads these. If you do, please leave a comment. Thanks!!!

VisionInBlack

:| My skin hates me this week. My face was looking wonderful. I guess it's all my fault because I make my own mineral makeup and I tried a new formula with Vanicream as the base for my concealer. I'm guessing my skin doesn't like it, lol!

I have small whiteheads on my chin, around my nose and above my lip. I used a Kaolin mask on my face earlier today and now I'm using a Persa Gel spot treatment. So if I stop using my makeup concoction I will be clear in a couple of days...Hopefully. I traded my vanicream away to my Aunt who has rosacea in return for some perscription strength BP cream. So I think that's a good deal.

Now I'm going to have to order some more minerals and make another batch of concealer...Acne is so epensive! I bet if I didn't have acne I'd have an extra 200 a month. OH! And I have yet another breakout on my shoulder...just one shoulder. How do you explain that? Anyways....

I thought you girls out there might be intersted in how to make organic mineral foundation for ultra sensitive acne prone skin, so here goes...

I buy from a mineral website called Smokey Mountain Minerals.

I will buy Mineral foundation in my fav color and mix it with a non-comedogenic face lotion that I've tested on my face to know It won't cause breakouts. Right now I use "The Healing Seed" face lotion with hemp. The hemp smells a little weedy, but you get used to it and it fades away after a while. Then I just mix the mineral powder foundation with the lotion untill it's a cream. It works really well and the thicker you make it the more it covers. And you can save the mineral powder and use some powder over the foundation you've made to set it.

Just remember to cleanse your face before bed!

VisionInBlack
:| I am so happy today! My face is looking good. I stopped using my tea tree oil lip balm and now the breakouts around my mouth are gone, yay! The Kaolin clay worked it's miracles too. Plus I stopped using Artificial Sweetener and my skin tone and everything has really improved. I found out that Artificial Sweeteners are hiding in a lot of drinks that most people are unaware of. So now I'm trying to just stick with real sugar. So problems with your skin might be from using a lot of Arti/Sweeteners too.
VisionInBlack

I wrote yesterday that My chin/jawline was breaking out. I "removed" any whitheads/blackheads, Cleansed my face with Witch Hazel astringent added my dermaE lotion and allowed it to fully absorb. I poured white Kaolin clay into a small bowl, added a bit of water until it was a paste and put it on the spots with a cotton swab. I allowed it to stay on all night ( even if that meant it was crumbling on my pillow!) and it was worth it! Unlike acne spot treatments that have chemicals in them that can cause irritation, Kaolin went on without stinging, dried quickly and didn't have a smell.

I woke up and was like, holy moly! The breakouts dried up and the redness is significantly better. Now... just to get rid of those pesky dark circles from stressing about acne, lol!

VisionInBlack

I thought I should introduce myself. I am 22 years old, with pale sensitive skin. I sunburn easily and break-out with blemishes every time I use something with fragrance, dyes etc...

I thought someone might benefit from my trials and tribulations with my skin. So here goes.

It all started last year when winter hit. Before that, I had some acne as a teenager but it had cleared up when I was 18-20. It all came back and got worse as the air got colder and dryer.

It was hard to treat because the wood stove I had was also drying my face out and causing more acne. I had to wash my face of course because of my acne, but I couldn't find a lotion that moisturized it enough to combat the dryness and not make my skin react. I put a humidifier in my room at night and it did help, but it wasn't a cure-all. I am still wondering what I'm going to do about it next winter. I really hate the winter now. Maybe I should wear a ski mask? lol.

Summer is way better on my skin. My face no longer looks like a pizza. Although I've recently been breaking out again on my chin! It could be for a number of reasons:

(A) I tried using baking soda because I thought my skin was looking flakey, then broke out all over my chin and jawline! UGH!

(B) I've also been brushing my teeth a lot more lately because of braces and the toothpaste is drying my skin around my mouth.

(C ) I thought I saw some laugh lines so I've started using a new Derma-e organic wrinkle cream.

(D) I've been using a new lip balm. Or wearing too much makeup.

(E) I've had too much caffine or artificial sweetener.

So I don't really know where to start. :| I'll probably start by NOT using baking soda and stop staring at my face in the mirror, lol. So we'll see, I'll cut each one out until I find the culprit.

UPDATE!

#1:The lip balm was definately a problem product so I stopped using it.

#2: I stopped using baking soda as an exfoliant and rplaced it with a loofa.

#3: My toothpaste was not the culprit because I've always brushed my teeth, so it would have happened sooner.

#4: The dermaE wrinkle cream I think is OK, but It's still under suspicion.

#5: I stopped all artificial sweetener and it did help in the way my acne heals faster after a major breakout.

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