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  1. Hello: I'm kind of new here, so bare with me. But I'm an African American female with oily, moderate acne, skin. I've been trying to figure out what would be the best foundation/powder combo for me?? Currently, I've been using Physician's Formula mineral powder by itself. No foundation or concealer. But, of course, that isn't enough coverage for my acne and dark spots. I've been considering Joppa Minerals, but I'm not sure if their coverage would be enough without foundation or concealer. I was at the store, getting ready to buy Iman second-to-none stick foundation, but was hesistant because I've heard that cream foundation is bad for oily skin. So, I am a little unsure, but her makeup, from the ingredients I ready have jojoba, vitamin A and E, so I thought that was pretty good. But what would be best, a foundation/powder combo or just a powder?? And what brands would you suggest?? I'm a little bit lighter than Iman herself.
  2. Prep & Prime

    I adore my MAC concealer & powder foundation however halfway through the day, my skin quite obviously has make-up on and can look somewhat "mask-like". I was wondering if anyone used Prep & Prime by MAC to deal with that...? And if so, did you find that it broke you out or clogged your pores? [i break out easily] Is it worth it or is there something else anyone can recommend?
  3. Has it been your experience that mattifying liquid foundation settles into scars, making them look more noticeable as the day wears on? (Actually, this question could apply to powder foundation, as well, though I'm more concerned about liquid foundation at present.) I'm thinking of trying Estee Lauder's Double Wear Stay-in-Place Makeup (liquid foundation), which many reviewers on state has a mattifying effect. That's great for oily-looking skin and large pores--both of which I have; but I'm concerned that a mattifying foundation--especially one with potentially heavy coverage--could settle into my scars, making them more noticeable. (My scars are rolling, though I've one boxcar.) Thank you, PI
  4. Has it been your experience that mattifying liquid foundation settles into scars, making them look more noticeable as the day wears on? (Actually, this question could apply to powder foundation, as well, though I'm more concerned about liquid foundation at present.) I'm thinking of trying Estee Lauder's Double Wear Stay-in-Place Makeup (liquid foundation), which many reviewers on state has a mattifying effect. That's great for oily-looking skin and large pores--both of which I have; but I'm concerned that a mattifying foundation--especially one with potentially heavy coverage--could settle into my scars, making them more noticeable. (My scars are rolling, though I've one boxcar.) Thank you, PI Apologies for the DP.
  5. 2nd week of roaccutane

    So this is my 2nd week ( a little more actually), even though the side effects are kicking in I am still very excited! I got 3 new pimples yesterday even though things were getting so much better the week before, no white heads just (kind of) small red bumps. It seems like no matter how much I moisturize (i literally moisturize at least 5 times a day) my skin is still dry, yet its bearably dry and thankfully its not pealing or anything. I am currently using 2 creams, mainly I am using the cream that was recommended by my derm which is called ss4 cream and when I am feeling extra dry I use bioderma atoderm. Sadly when i apply foundation my skin looks way drier than it is, I am currently using Revlon color stay which apparently doesn't work for dry skin so when it finish I will try something else most probably I will switch to bb creams. My lips on the other hand are very dry ! I am starting to believe no one can escape the lips dryness. I've been applying lip balm (I am using bioderma) and Vaseline almost every hours yet if I forgot to apply lip balm for an hour my lips crack and peal especially on the sides ! My scalp also is extremely dry, its very red and itchy and I am having a lottt of dead skin falling off it also feels like it kind of burns and its hot. I will ask my dermatologist about this issue in the next appointment since I find the it a bit unbearable, but I am assuming its very dry so I am considering apply an oil mask on my hair and switching my shampoo to something that is for dry scalp .Please I highly appreciate any recommendations for a good shampoo for dry scalp, I am considering trying out Dove since its very creamy.. Other than that I've been having a bloody nose, I constantly have dry as well as not dry blood in my nose. i solved this problem by applying olive oil into my nose using an ear swab. I am also having headaches but I feel like the headaches are related to my scalp problem so hopefully the problem will be solved soon. lastly, on Saturday I went to the gym and I had a body pump class (weights class) . The class is considered intensive but I carried light weights since my derm advised me to stop playing sports. Everything went well and I didn't feel extra tired so I am glad I can keep going to the gym normally . That's it for now, I hope the side effect don't get any worse than this :D.. I hope! feel free to share any tips guys <3
  6. Hey, everyone. I'm sure this has been asked before, but I wanted to speak directly to some recent or current accutane users about what foundation has worked best for you. A bit about me: I have sensitive skin and I've been more prone to cc's than ever, so I need something that covers but is non-irritating. I have a lot of PIH/PIE, so a light mineral makeup or tinted moisturizer won't work. The following foundations have worsened my skin: Fiona stiles - the alcohol content stung my skin, and it got greasy fast Cover Fx - dries with a weirdly sticky finish, contains pore clogging ingredients like squalene [ugh] Born This Way - alcohol irritated me, poor color match Maybelline Fit!Me - gave me a huge cystic pimple and irritated skin Cover Girl clean makeup - same as above Clinique - I don't think it worsened my acne, but's the UGLIEST makeup I have ever worn in my life! Sinks into every line and pore. Not cute. Thanks!
  7. A few weeks ago I purchased the Estee Lauder Double Wear foundation since I'd heard a lot of great things about it; however, I'm beginning to think it might be causing a bit of a breakout on my skin ugh. Not a ton of pimples, but more clogged pores/comedones? especially along my jawline. I read online that this happened to some other people as well and they mentioned it being due to improper cleansing of the skin. I don't think this is the case for me since my toner pads came out clear. I'm not 100% certain that it is due to the foundation or if its hormones or what, but it was also quite drying around my mouth. I'll probably save it for special occasions since I like how it looks on the skin. Does anybody know other foundations that are similar to double wear, but less likely to cause a breakout? Before I was using Clinique Stay Matte, but I want something with better coverage, doesn't separate, and that is also buildable.
  8. 5 Best Foundations for Acne Prone Skin Acne is the most common skin disease and contrary to popular belief – it doesn’t affect just teenagers. Dreadful pimples, blackheads, whiteheads, papules and cysts can affect just about anyone, regardless of their race, gender or age. And while the cause of these outbreaks is still unknown, dermatologists and cosmetologists have started developing lines of cosmetic and beauty products specially designed for acne prone skin. So, instead of always listening to talks how makeup is bad for your skin and that it’ll just cause more acne outbreaks, you better equip yourself with some of these five best foundations for sensitive and acne prone skin. Source Neutrogena SkinClearing Liquid Makeup Neutrogena is known to be the #1 dermatologist recommended skincare brand that offers a wide range of skin and hair care products. They also have a special line of skincare products designed specifically to help reduce acne outbreaks. Recently, they introduced Neutrogena Skinclearing Liquid Makeup, an oil-free liquid with salicylic acid in a dozen available shades, that feels light on the skin and helps prevent future outbreaks. It works wonders both for regular and sensitive skin. Maybelline New York Fit Me Matte + Poreless Foundation Probably one of the most renowned makeup brands in the world, Maybelline has launched another product which provides an amazing matte finish, medium to full coverage and most importantly – it doesn’t settle into the pores. It’s available in 16 different shades and it doesn’t leave you with that shiny, greasy appearance. Another equally effective foundation is Maybelline New York SuperStay Better Skin Foundation, which comes in 12 amazing, velvety shades. Source Clinique Pore Refining Solutions Instant Perfecting Makeup A great solution for all those ladies who are looking to achieve a natural look. Clinique offers a formula rich in salicylic acid which has strong antibacterial properties, meaning it helps with preventing new acne from forming, but it also has exfoliating properties and helps shrink pores. Not only this, but this product also leaves you with a soft, matte finish. Another product from the same line is Clinique Acne Solutions Liquid Makeup, which is offered in 16 different shades, that all contribute to a smooth and silky appearance. Estée Lauder Double Wear Stay-In-Place Foundation This foundation not only helps you tackle those uncomfortable blemishes and redness, but also provides you with a powder-like finish and an SPF 10. It’s quite creamy, but doesn’t leave oily traces on your face and is one of the best products for controlling shiny textures throughout the day. Coming also from the same brand, Estée Lauder Double Wear Makeup to Go is a mineral based, loose powder foundation, that doesn’t clog the pores and comes in 20 different shades. Make Up for Ever Ultra Hd Liquid Foundation If you’re looking for a product which not only provides full coverage but also camouflages pores, fine lines and acne and at the same time hydrates the skin, then you’re at the right place. It offers 40 impeccable shades, so you’ll certainly find something that suits you personally. While it’s effective as it is, makeup artists recommend using Jane Iredale disappear concealer underneath the foundation in order to cover dark circles, major blemishes or any other discoloration. There are a number of ways to conceal acne and cover them using various makeup products, but the great thing about these foundations is that they’re designed specifically for acne prone skin, meaning they contain valuable compounds and nourishing ingredients which help nurture the skin, reduce the appearance of acne and help prevent future outbreaks.
  9. Ever since I became more acne-prone due to both hormones and harsh products that damaged my skin barrier, I simply cannot find a foundation that will offer decent coverage and not break me out horribly. I'm beyond frustrated -- especially since I'm now dating someone and I can't bear the thought of seeing them without makeup like this. You name it, I've tried it -- Clinique, Chanel, Skin Fx, Tarte, etc. Each gave me severe acne, worse than what I normally experience. Case in point: I tried Fit!Me Matte and Poreless by Maybelline 2 days ago. I (stupidly) patch tested on my face and the area I layered it most heavily developed a huge, red nodule! I never get cysts or nodules on that part of my face, so it was a huge disappointment. I've tried Alima Pure but it looked chalky and garish, like flour on my face. Does anyone know a good mineral foundation that actually offers some full coverage? Thanks. I need to order ASAP [before the weekend] so any help is appreciated!
  10. Great Foundations

    So I'm on Accutane and have been using Vichy Dermablend this whole time! I love the coverage, but just feel that the shade is too light for my skin (Opal) and that it is too matte. I want to finally quit Dermablend and switch to another good foundation that doesn't have to have that strong coverage as Dermablend. I am extremely picky when it comes to foundations, because I'm always scared it'll break me out. I've searched the whole Internet and finally decided to buy NARS Sheer Glow, but had to give up, since I can't get the shade Gobi to my country! (I can still get Siberia and Deaville, but feel that it'd be the wrong shade, since I'm NC15). So I thought I should buy Lancome Teint Miracle, but then I found out it's full of alcohol! Urban Decay Foundations I've also read are no good! (Eventhough they look amaaaazing) so I seriously don't know what to do! Does anybody have any idea which foundation could be great, that doesn't cause breakouts and isn't completely matte (has that dewy glow?) The last foundation I've been thinking about is Estee Lauder Double Wear and Double Wear Light! Does anybody have any experiences with these 2 foundations? All suggestions and advices are welcome!
  11. So I've been using the regimen for a couple months now and I love what it's been doing for me. My skin has almost completely cleared up. The problem is that I love to wear makeup and something in the regimen is causing all my foundation to cake immediately. I'm using only water based primers and foundations. But it's really the second I put it on, it starts to cake. Has anyone experienced this or know of a solution? Is it a specific part of the regimen that I can change?
  12. Ive been struggling with acne for about 3 years now and I'm still looking for a liquid foundation that covers everything. Im on my second round of roaccutane which is so frustrating and Im always so self conscience about my skin. Any other makeup recommendation would be extremely appreciated! thanks
  13. I discovered a new foundation that has literally been a game changer for me and thought I should post it here as I know it will help others. It was recommended to me after I had my last dermapen treatment as it's formulated to be used 'post-procedure'... this surprised me as I thought the golden rule afterwards was NOT to put on any make up. This oxygenetix foundation actually heals the skin so the clinic puts it on everyone, even men, after procedures as it not only covers up redness but accelerates healing as well. My acne had thankfully cleared up before this so I use their regular foundation but I've read lots of glowing reviews about their 'Acne-Control' foundation as well which has salycillic acid in. Even though my acne was under control, I still got the occasional pimple and my overall skin condition still wasn't great with enlarged pores from caking on mineral make up. Since using Oxygenetix, my skin has improved a LOT and, as I've just had some procedures for my scarring, I'm still able to wear the foundation as it helps healing and has SPF 25. It isn't cheap at around $90 but it's such a great product, I will never be without it again.
  14. Hello all. I just came here to vent about my skin issues tonight. Up until early last year I never even had major skin issues. Now from shitty birth control and skin product binges and sensitivities I look a mess. PIH event worse than anything else I'm dealing with a chin/jawline IB from Spiro. Long story short. I always used to get compliments for my complexion and it just feels like a sorry joke. I feel dead inside a lot of the time and almost subhuman as weird as that sounds. Even though my skin isn't as bad as some people''s just the constant anxiety, the stress, the exhaustion of dealing with it and how's it's basically made me anti social and unable to wear any product without a bizarre reaction. Even when I go somewhere bare faced I'm constantly on edge and want to hide and cannot have fun no matter how hard I try. I feel like a prisoner of this. What really triggered my emotional breakdown was trying a new foundation right the first time in at least 1 1/2 months on my vacation. Of course it didn't work out .... that would be too easy. LOL. Why did I think I could look good for 4 days out of the year? After making progress and clearing spots for 2 weeks, using this majorly set me back. Old spots that were healing became inflamed again, and papules on jaw got bigger overnight. Just a joke at this point. Foundation aways seems to ruin my face no matter what. It just feels really unfair - like it's a Saturday night and I don't feel cute or fun, how could anyone with mottled skin? I'm too depressed to not anything, so there goes my weekend on the trip! Guess my only choice is to make it worse now live In constant humiliation feeling like a freak until it clean after knows of long since I'm too defective to wear anything on my face anymore. Honestly I would welcome dying in my sleep at this point. I am seriously considering a mood stabilizer.
  15. Hey guys, so I've been on Accutane for the past two months and have been using Vichy Dermablend for the last month. Dermablend has been amazing, but unfortunately I have noticed that it keeps breaking me out. I see a lot of things that form under my skin when I use Dermablend. I have also been using a BB cream recommended by my dermatologist, but I get some allergic reactions to it. My skin gets all red. I'd love to use again (I will hopefully go back to it after finishing Accutane) BB cream from Nuxe which I have been using the whole summer when my skin was clear. It is completely organic and I love the glow it gives my skin. Unfortunately I can't use it right now cause I have too many blemishes So can somebody recommend me a good foundation that isn't heavy and won't break me out? Has anyone used Urban decay foundations? Are they any good? Also, if you know which ingredients I should avoid in makeup? (Talc, Mica?)
  16. I have not worn makeup for a week now, and I would like to go back to it for the weekend. i am just not sure how to do that because I have the bp cream on throughout the day. Is it safe to put makeup over that? Or is there a way to put on makeup without breaking out ? I have a covergirl foundation, and would like to know what is the safest acne prone foundation /concealer?
  17. I might be starting accutane today and my skin is dry already because it's winter time. I need a foundation that can give me full coverage and look good when my skin is super dry. Any recommendations?
  18. I am running out of foundation and thinking of buying a new one that covers my redness better. I found his foundation and saw that it has excellent reviews. I have one question though. Does it make dry skin look patchy? I have acne and dry skin from my treatments.
  19. Foundations for sensitive skin

    Hey everyone, I seem to have the MOST sensitive skin ever it gets red so easily, and every foundation I have used (I have used a lot!) seems to make me break out. My skin type now I think would be normal. It isn't too oily, or isn't too dry, just really sensitive! I am looking for foundation recommendations that will not break me out or irritate my skin! TIA, Julianne
  20. Makeup and Acne HELP

    Hey everyone, I am needed some help in the acne vs makeup battle. First, does anyone know of any good concealers that actually cover and stay put? I have tried a few and I put it on the pimple and as soon as I blend it in it somehow it just surrounds the perimeter of the pimple and I am left with a red bump with a cakey ring around it. The foundation I use is the L'oreal True Match Lumi Cushion because it is the least cakey I could find and it doesn’t stick to the dryness caused by Epiduo. Still, I feel like it still looks cakey. No matter what foundation I use I feel like you can see it in every pore or crease or anything, any tips on how to fix this? Also, I currently stopped using my Real Techniques makeup sponge because my skin has been getting much worse and I feel that those sponges tend to hold a lot of bacteria so, I am on the lookout for a good way to blend my foundation and concealer. If you guys have any extra tips and tricks for me I would very much appreciate it!
  21. I wanted to share my story as a warning to those searching for a foundation: expensive is not always better. It's interesting how so many luxury brand foundations can actually trigger acne due to their rich formulas. TOM FORD is one of them. Before I used Tom Ford, I had zero acne on my cheeks and forehead. I occasionally got a mild hormonal breakout on my chin with PMS. Or a zit near my hairline due to my hair products. I used Tom Ford's foundation for 3-4 weeks, and in that time I got closed comedones on my forehead and around my nasal folds for the FIRST time in my life, and a cyst on my cheek and forehead. If you don't know what closed comedones are, they are one of the most challenging forms of acne you can ever treat, because they're deep closed whiteheads beneath the skin that retinoids or peels have to push to the surface. TOM FORD GAVE ME ACNE COSMETICA -- acne triggered by pore clogging makeup and facial moisturizers. It disrupted my pH and now has to be treated like a case of regular/teen acne with Differin and an antibiotic! I wish I could issue a formal complaint with the BBB. Their foundation is filled with crap yet they charge $80 a bottle (!!!) -- irritants like Lavender (which can cause cell death), and so much Jojoba that it is like an oil slick on your skin if it's mildly warm out. The more you wear it, the worse you'll break out until it's too late to reverse it. I'm utterly disgusted.
  22. Hello everyone. So unfortunately my skin is getting worse again and I need higher coverage than my current BB Cream that I've been using for the past year can provide. Does anyone have any recommendations for a light liquid foundation or potentially a high coverage BB Cream that doesn't break you out? My skin is also really oily so anything that reduces shine is a bonus and long-wearing with spf because I do lots of exercise and outdoor stuff, but main thing is that it doesn't break me out. Thank you in advance!
  23. Hello All, I am in DIRE need of recommendations. I am a true believer in the comedogenic scale, however, I have found about 4 scales, and some have additional information than others. To be frank, I have literally checked out hundreds of products' ingredients...every single ingredient, for hundreds of products, against these scales, to find anything that literally has zero comedogenic ingredients. I also learned than many ingredient names have other more technical names for the chemical, that eventually are comedogenic, but are not at first glance. I am tired of this. I do not generally have acne, and pimples aren't the problem, its the clogging that's the problem. I have been dealing with clogged pores in my chin area, and neck, and back, chest and scalp for YEARS. I am in my late 20's. I have tried Rx, I have tried OTC, oil cleansing with hemp and caster, etc. Anyway, not to digress about other clogging issues...let's focus on my face. I need to find a concealer and foundation that is truly non-comedogenic. Not even 1 ingredients with a level 1 rating. I suffer from skin picking and as long as I have these heavy clogs, I have a hard time stopping picking. it' feels gross to me. Can anyone recommend a foundation and concealer?? Right now I am using TruAirbrush, but it's time consuming and annoying, but it's truly non-comedogenic. It doesn't cover up red marks or scabs well though like a liquid concealer or foundation would.
  24. I have severe acne, and I'm currently visiting the derm and trying to get rid of my acne and acne scars. I recently began practicing makeup but my foundation is wayy too cakey. This is my routine: Wash face with Cerave Facial Soap and pat dry with a towel Use Cerave Moisturizing Cream, then wait until it all sinks in use NYX Pore Filler and pat it on, then wait for it to sink in a bit Then use NYX Photo Loving Primer Anti-Redness and let it sink in my skin Then I apply green concelor and then put a regular concealor on top of each blemish I also use purple concealor to balance out my dark spots since I have a lot of them Then i use my Maybeline Fit Me Matte+Poreless Foundation (125) and apply with a beauty blender Next I just retouch some visible acne spots with some concealor Then I use concealor under my eyes and do my eye makeup Then my lips Then i use my setting spray And now my foundation looks cakey. What do i do? Should i buy another thing? Did I add to little or too much makeup? Should i add another layer of foundation? I dont have much money, so drugstore would be appreciated. Thanks !
  25. I want to warn people the best I can to save them from trauma to their skin and ultimately, their psyche. I don't have the most sensitive skin but not the best skin either. Although, I have been able to use tons of products and all kinds of various make-ups (seeing as I used to with make-up artists for shoots) without problems. Then, I decided to try Bare Minerals because it cut down my time to do make-up with it's quick swiping. although, it didn't cover very well so I had to often re-apply the make-up throughout the day. This stuff is dangerous to the skin. It's best to not even bother trying it out or messing with it because it's so finely milled that it can stay in the skin for months....maybe years. It has bismuth ocxychloride-"bismuth oxychloride is derived from a heavy metal that is brittle and easily refined." I used it for months and noticed my skin getting dryer and felt some itching, tingling sensations. I didn't really think too much into it. Then after 2-3 months, I started noticing these little bumpy pimples and scaly looking unhealthy skin on the sides of my face where I applied the make-up the most to cover acne scars. I still continued using the make-up thinking it was just some acne that would clear up on its own. I was wrong and once I finally stopped Bare Minerals, my skin became increasingly worse after stopping as if it had a delayed allergic reaction. I've had now for months this awful itching and bug crawling sensation on the face, tiny tiny bumps on my skin that do not go away, and pink rashes on certain parts of my face making me look discolored. The rashes tingle and burn and itch and it's hard for me to move my face or smile without feeling like my face is cracking and realizing that skin actually IS breaking. I have gotten some depresssions on my face, the skin is constantly dry no matter what, if my hair or something touches my skin it feels like it's burning from the skin contact to anything's awful and so sensitive. Water makes the patches redder and stings. My pores enlarged in certain areas and the skin has become scaly, rough and somewhat inflamed and red where the patches are. I'm in constant pain and sometimes I'm pretty certain I can see the little shiny metal crystals from the Bare Minerals make-up come off the skin onto my fingers when I brush over the skin. Bare Minerals damaged my skin and probably for a long time or permanently and it continue to keep getting damaged and worse. Save yourselves from this dangerous make-up powder. I should have's never a good idea to use a make-up so finely milled that can sink deep and quick into the pores of the skin. It's best to use cream liquid foundations and cream concealers and hypoallergenic pressed powders that aren't so finely milled, especially with a metal compound. Clinique seems to be best for these kinds of make-ups and even general drug store make-ups are safer.