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  1. Dude, just take the advice of Dan and everyone else and follow the regimen exactly! Don't go messing around with salicylic acid or anything else, Dan makes it a point to say again and again, follow the regimen exactly. And AyeAye said specifically that she had the same problem as you and the regimen fixed it... Doesn't get more straightforward than that....
  2. I've HEARD that no topical treatment will work for hormonal acne, but I don't know if that's true or not. I didn't hear it from an expert, just someone on the Makeup Alley skin board. I'd assume that even though the regimen won't eliminate the root cause of your hormonal acne, it will prevent flare-ups (as it seems to be doing for LoveGreenSmoothies). Have you tried BC pills or that other prescription thing... spiro- something, I think it's called?
  3. I've done threading before and I thought it hurt like hell (way worse than waxing! I guess I'm weird), but it is supposed to be good for Accutane/sensitive skin. Your cosmetologist or whoever is doing your eyebrows should know whether or not it's safe.
  4. Ooh I've tried Hourglass Mineral Primer and it WAS amazing! It was just a sample so I can't speak to its long-term acne-friendliness. I usually default to Smashbox Photo Finish Light, although for mineral makeup you might try Meow Cosmetics Equilibrium Balancing Powder or their oily skin primer, I forget what it's called. Right on for not supporting animal testing, tigerlily-x! I am with you all the way on that!
  5. Hi, I know it's been awhile since you posted this, but I just wanted to say that I haven't had much luck with face wipes in general, but the ones that seem least harmful to my skin are Josie Maran's Bare Naked Wipes. I don't love them, and I have to use two if I'm wearing makeup, but they seem to make me break out less than other brands (Korres, Ole Henriksen, and several drugstore brands are what I've tried). I'm kind of interested in trying Skyn Iceland's Glacial Wipes, and I just got a sample
  6. Hi adalyn, I just started using Tarte's finishing powder (the bronze one)--could you explain why micronized isn't good? Thanks so much!
  7. I like the Active Moist a lot, and the Special Cleansing Gel is okay. Personally I prefer Dan's cleanser and moisturizer--they cleared my acne while Dermalogica ultimately did not. I do have a friend who swears by Dermalogica, though.
  8. Thanks for sharing, LiveTieDye, but I just wanted to point out that what works for you isn't always the only/best option for everyone, which is what I got from the tone of your post in certain places. I apply liquid foundation with a brush (Sigma F80) and am very happy with the results, and I use a duo fiber/finishing brush to apply my setting powder, which works fine as long as I use a gentle patting motion rather than sweeping the brush over my face. Also, not all mineral makeup irritates the
  9. I get that neck irritation intermittently and I can't really figure out what causes it or what makes it go away, but eventually it does (go away). It helps to apply jojoba oil generously to the neck area before bed.
  10. Korres' Quercetin & Oak primer is silicone-free, but I've never tried it and I'm not sure if it contains other comedogenic ingredients. And Tarte's ReCreate primer is silicone-free, but again, I haven't tried it and can't vouch for it. I have tried Tarte's ReCreate foundation and liked it, but it is NOT silicone free. I've sworn off liquid primers and foundation and am currently using Meow Cosmetics mineral makeup with good results. The coverage is definitely not the same, but I've found tha
  11. I use regular makeup remover for my eye makeup, then jojoba oil for my foundation, etc. Apply it dry all over my face, rub it around very gently, then add some water and continue massaging gently, rinse it off, then wash with Dan's cleanser. Works great for me.
  12. I've been using Meow for a few months (Flawless Feline and the balancing powder) and I LOVE it... my skin is way better since I stopped using liquid makeup. Good brushes are essential--I use Sigma's F80 and F82 brushes and EcoTools finishing brush and concealer brush (I apply the concealer damp when I use it, although sometimes I still use my old liquid concealer when I need more coverage). Picking out the right shade is a pain--definitely send them an email with some good close-up pictures of y
  13. Just a heads up, Neutrogena Healthy Skin liquid makeup broke me out (although I loved it and wore it for literally years before I realized this). The fourth ingredient is ethylhexyl palmitate which is comedogenic. I stopped using it maybe 2 months ago and my skin is definitely better, but of course everyone's skin reacts differently and maybe you won't have any problems with it--I hope you don't!
  14. I love Ecotools too, but I've been using Sigma's synthetic kabuki brushes (F80 and F82) to apply liquid foundation and mineral makeup, and they're amazing. Regardless of brand, synthetic brushes are WAY better for acne-prone skin because they don't trap bacteria as easily as natural bristles. Also, the animal cruelty behind natural brushes is horrific. I see using natural brushes as tantamount to wearing fur.
  15. I swap on Makeup Alley, but if you want to sell them, try Craigslist. I tend to see more used products on there than on eBay. No harm in trying eBay too, though--I think they got rid of their listing fees, so you only get charged a seller's fee if your product actually sells, otherwise it's free.