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About AlexandraD

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  1. Bet the shampoo/conditioner have sodium lauryl (laureth) sulfate. That ingredient can aggravate acne. I've been using Burt's Bees shampoo (which does not ahve SLS) for about a year, and I notice that I don't have pimples on my scalp anymore--or at least they're infrequent.
  2. I want to try henna but they say your hair will be kinda orange at first. I'm afraid of that. Nah. If your hair is 100% gray, yeah, it will come out bright red. If you have a couple of gray hairs, henna will turn them copper, and it will look like you have highlights, and they are so pretty! But if you're a blonde, it will come out strawberry blond. If you're a brunette, it will come out mostly brown with a reddish cast. You can also use henna to color your hair dark brown or black. Light
  3. $0. I cut my own hair and I henna it myself. Henna is so much better for your hair than the scary chemicals that are in the dyes used in salons.
  4. You might want to consider trying a different brand that won't oxidize. You may have to spend a few extra bucks, but don't skimp on your face. It's the first thing people see. If you have to skip buying fewer CDs, going longer between haircuts, or whatever so that you can spring for the better quality/more expensive makeup, then it's worth it. (I cut my own hair and henna it instead of going to the salon so I have extra cash for nicer clothes, shoes, etc. Henna is so much better for your hair th
  5. I've used Bare Escentuals blush for about two years and the mineral veil in the last few months. (The mineral veil is great at absorbing oil on my T-zone.) I've never had any problems with BE makeup, and I have acne-prone skin, though I am just about perfectly clear. I too like to avoid parabens where possible. The only thing I use with parabens is the Neutrogena On the Spot. Dan's BP gave me a rash. So, I'd say my skin's on the sensitive side and I've never had a problem with bismuth oxychlorid
  6. Not really. Very slightly pink, practically flesh-colored--why I am not too embarrassed by it. It was more uncomfortable than unsightly. My husband had to put his face up to mine and squint to see the teensy bumps. It's now drying out. I am being very careful, washing my face ever so gently, using a lot of moisturizer (along with Neutrogena BP), and not using any facial scrub. I think it's wise to let it dry out and flake off naturally before I use any facial scrub.
  7. Your skin can change. Let me tell you a story. When I was in my teens in the early 90s, I only broke out on my forehead, chin, and those little areas between my cheeks and my nose. In 1995, when I was 21, I thought--stupidly!!!--that I was 21 and that I didn't need to use BP anymore. Oh, boy. Not only did I break out on my chin, forehead, and that little place beside my nose, I broke out on the centers of my cheeks, and I never did before. The only thing I can say is that one's skin just c
  8. Definitely moisturize. It protects your skin and keeps it from getting irritated, and in my experience, when my skin gets irritated, I sometimes get a pimple in that spot. Sometimes I have even averted an acne disaster by putting extra moisturizer (on top of BP, of course) on a teensy pimple that could become a big one.
  9. The bumps are super, super tiny and feel like sandpaper when I wash my face. They're mostly flesh-colored. You can barely see them from even a foot away, but they're visible if you walk right up to the mirror. While they don't look too bad, they itch and burn like crazy. I have had to resist the urge to scratch my face. Now that I went back to Neutrogena, the burning and itching have decreased and the bumps are drying out. I know it's a rash and not acne and I know Dan's BP is the cause because
  10. I had posted about my rash a few days ago, and now that I switched back to Neutrogena On the Spot since last Thursday, my rash has been going away. Today, my face hardly burned and itched much, and the teensy bumps are drying out. Lesson learned: Do not change your regimen if it has been working for you. I had used Neutrogena for more than ten years and never had a rash from it. I should have stuck with it, instead of trying to save a buck or two. I am so glad that this rash is going away becau
  11. i noticed these little bumps too. I've only been on it for almost a week, but my skin is super sensitive so I was wondering if I was expereiencing the same issues as you did. To the Poster--I would say that it all depends on your skin type. Even placing a little on my skin will cause if to turn red. I honestly dunno if I will ever make it to the full 2 times a day dosage that Dan recommends. I was using Dan's BP for three and a half months before I noticed the bumps. Before, my skin was
  12. I love Burt's Bees Marshmallow Vanishing Creme and Desert Essence Thoroughly Clean Face Wash. Good stuff.
  13. I switched from Neutrogena to Dan's BP three months ago, but now I think I am back to Neutrogena because I've developed a rash from it. Fortunately, the rash is not very obvious; my husband had to squint and put his face up close to mine to see it. (The bumps are flesh-colored and so teeny that you only know they're there when you wash your face. You can feel them.) Just about a half hour ago, I put a small amount of Neutrogena BP on a small sensitive area, and I've had no itching or burning, wh
  14. I should point out that I made a typo above. I actually started using Dan's BP in June 2009--three and a half months ago--so that was the new thing I had done. Everything else--cleanser and moisturizer were the same. I have to say that I always used a tiny amount of Dan's BP because it irritated me at first, but I thought that was par for the course. I guess over the last few months my skin finally said, "I can't take it anymore! STOP!" Anyway, I bought a tube of Neutrogena On the Spot to see w
  15. I've used BP since I was a teenager (I'm 35 now). For the last ten, I've used Neutrogena On the Spot, and in June 2008, I started using Dan's BP. All that time, I never had a real problem. Now, I have a very mild rash on one side of my face, mostly concentrated on my left cheek. It's not very obvious until you look very, very closely--like when I put my face up to the mirror. When I wash my face, I can feel these teensy bumps, but from two feet away, my skin looks clear and my husband didn't not