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  1. I'm completely clear, but I have scarring and so I feel very self conscious without makeup on. I feel like I can't really go out without it on unless i'm sick. And scars don't go away. Not the kind I have.
  2. Life after acne

    You're skin is so clear omg. I know, and me from like two years ago would be yelling at me for being upset about this. But they're visible through makeup and I feel so ugly without makeup because of them. They're not worse than acne because they're static and acne felt like I had no control over my skin and it was unpredictable. But I can't do anything about these. My skin will literally never look better than this. This is as good as it gets.
  3. Life after acne

    or indentations. idk whatever you call them. they're more than just red marks! they're not that bad - they're just annoying. I tend to exaggerate these things in my head. that's what it looks like. It's like a handful of small scars but my perfectionist brain let it get to me. There's also a lot of hyper pigmentation mixed in.
  4. Life after acne

    me too - pits. And i can't afford to treat my scarring.
  5. Life after acne

    I'm like super obsessing over my scars right now. Even though they're not that bad. it bothers me that my skin isn't perfect and never can be.
  6. Makeup looking terrible on my skin

    I'd try a few things: 1. add in some sort of exfoliant? It looks like there's maybe some dead skin you need to get rid of that your foundation is clinging to 2. It looks really chalky - you probably use two much foundation in the first go -- it kinda looks like it's "caking". start with a small amount of foundation and really work it in to the skin and build up as needed in the spots you need it -- you don't need a thick layer everywhere. It helps if your foundation matches your skin really really well because then you can use it where need rather than thickly all over. also areas that lose some coverage won't be as apparent. 3. Use a lighter dusting of powder in just the areas you need (aka your nose) - that can also make foundation look a lot cakier.
  7. Put it on after you pat your skin dry with a towel and your skin is still just a leeeeeetle bit damp from washing.
  8. Finacea is probably better for spot treating since it works on top of the skin rather than on cellular receptors like the retinoids.
  9. Take things slowly. If your skin is really dry and tight and irritated and flaky, use it like three times a week instead of every day. Ease into using it every day. Also retinoids can take 4-6 months to work properly. Personally, retinoids worked really well for me but for some reason AHA and niacinamide has worked even better at preventing pustules. I'm not sure why. Also if this acne happened after waxing, it sounds more like it might be cosmetic acne or a dermatitis type condition. You might just need some gentle skincare and a protective moisturizer. Does your skin feel right or dry after washing if you don't put any moisturizer on? If yes, you need a much heavier moisturizer. Aveeno's daily moisturizing body lotion is Fragrance free and has the skin protectant dimethiconr and oatmeal in it so I find it's quite good for irritated skin. The tretinoin might be overkill and just irritating your skin further. If I were you, I would try just using a gentle wash and moisturizer for a few weeks until your skin is atleast not dry and irritated and if you want using the retinoids like even just once a week until your skin calms down. I think It's important for the skin to be intact as a barrier and be able to hold water and feel healthy before you use something as harsh as a retinoids
  10. Yes exactly. I would also start really slowly and not use it at the same time as your exfoliating liquid (like alternate days). Definitely use sunscreen if you're going out in the sun.
  11. panoxyl face wash

    I used it for a while and it's just really harsh and drying and not that effective. Use a gentle face wash or face bar and a plain moisturizer and buy 2.5% bp lotion or gel instead.
  12. Hm. Your timeline honestly lines up with seasonal changes. Your skincare needs to change with the seasons usually. It is possible that winter was better for your skin because you were sweating less/less bacteria and as warmer weather came into play, the every other day washing wasn't properly removing dirt/dead skin cells. Try washing your face every day with a gentle wash. Watch out for tight skin that feels like it has to stretch when you move or flaky skin and use a plain, bland moisturizer if you need it. See how that affects your skin after a four weeks. You might want to consider using bp like once a week to maintain the clear skin and prevent acne. If you're worried about scarring, you could also try out an AHA or BHA. I would make changes slowly (every three or four weeks) and track everything with weekly pictures though. I use an AHA and a niacinamide moisturizer (olay Regenerist) and it's the niacinamide that has really helped with fading marks. I use 2.5% BP too but it sporadically. It actually does less than the AHA and niacinamide for preventing my acne and is better at clearing up skin if it does break out.
  13. Just start with a simple nondrying face wash or cleanser bar. Pick one you like with no Fragrance. Cerave, cetaphil, and Olay sensItive are good. Use a simple moisturizer with no Fragrance. It doesn't have to be fancy - I actually use aveeno body lotion! But you could use cerave, cetaphil, olay. Pick one that feels good on your skin. Wash and moisturize your face twice a day. Don't scrub too hard and use cool or warmish water not hot. Add in a light exfoliating treatment that will help prevent acne. AHA is gentle and you can actually get it as amlactin at the store. Give it four weeks. If that doesn't work completely, try adding in a pea size of benzoyl peroxide all over your face. The important thing to realize is to go slow and be patient. You can't "dry out" your acne. That's not how acne works and dry skin can make acne worse. I wish someone had told me that when I was 13! Keep your skin healthy and moisturized or he treatments you put on it won't work! These are the tips I gave my 13 year old brother and they worked for him
  14. Life after acne

    I don't think that's how anesthesia works... even after being clear now for like two years, I'm still super obsessive about my skin and always looking for ways to make it look better. Smoother, get rid of the hyperpigmentation, get that glow. Etc.
  15. Will Papaya Lighten My Skin?

    Niacinamide helps with hyperpigmentation and evening out the skin. Try olay Regenerist, cerave, or The Ordinary's zinc + niacinamide?
  16. Acne that won't surface?

    Yep. I get these near my nose usually when I use BHA alone so I wonder if it's excessively dry skin or dehydration causing them in my case. I'm not sure what to do about them except ice. Niacinamide serum also seemed to help them? the maroon is definitely bleeding under the skin
  17. Try using a moisturizer without any active ingredients in it - simple moisturizers are just way less likely to clog your skin. How does your skin feel right after washing? Does it feel tight - like you can feel the stretch when you smile? I think in general moisturizers are good for skin, especially in POC b/c we get ashy. Also if there's a lot of dead skin hanging around, it combines with oil and causes breakouts. So you can have dry skin + acne. The two are NOT mutually exclusive. Your skin also looks like clogged to me. You could try some gentle exfoliation. I really like the Paula's Choice products. The Ordinary is also good -- it's cheap skincare you can get online so you could get a BHA or AHA from there.