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  1. This isn't about my experiences with acne, as I got on a proper regimen and am now over six months completely clear. I went from terrible horminal cysts to baby skin and I feel great. I just wish I could share my experience with others.

    Long story short: There's a girl in my class* who has the exact same acne as I did. A young woman with hormonal nodulocystic acne. I feel really bad for her, because I remember the pain and itch and embarassment of it. She wears a ton of make-up to cover it up, but with skin that bad, I KNOW almost nothing works.

    I want to talk to her about my experiences with trying different things, but I don't know how she would react to it. I know some people get really offended by others offering solutions (usually terrible advice, like 'stop eating chocolate') and I don't want to come across as snobby or know-it-all.

    I really do believe she would benefit from a similar regimen as mine (I switched BC pills, and got prescriptions for retin-A and Clindasol) Read: Not the exact same regimen, but similar. I'm not a doctor, but I can see she's going through the same chin-cancer horror I did.

    Should I just mind my own business or try to help?

    *and by class, I mean university, not high-school.

  2. Are you red all over, or does the redness seem to be more in certain areas? Depending on where the redness is, it could be a reaction to a certain product, a developing rash, or sunburn, or just irritation from too much exfoliating (even sleeping the wrong way on your face, etc)

    Is there anything you've been doing different lately to cause the redness?

    Does it appear more or less red at certain times? I.E. just after you wash your face, or better when you wake up in the morning

  3. To move past all the trolling, I thought I should bring up a public service announcement:

    Mascara goes bad. Throw your old mascara out.

    If your mascara is over six months old, just throw it out. Bacteria builds in the tube from the moment it is opened, and since mascara is (usually) stored in warm, bacteria-loving conditions like a purse, it is a breeding ground for yuckies. And these aren't just harmless ones, either. You can get serious eye infections and, no joke, your eyelashes can fall out.

    This is commen sense for make-up in general but is especially important for mascara. If it's old, chuck it.

  4. It depends which route you want to go down. As everyone knows, make-up doesn't cure acne, it just covers it. (and in many cases with allergies or poor quality products, it can even make it worse)

    My personal preference is skincare first, make-up second. It's not a moral, you're-too-young-young-lady thing I have against it, but rather fixing the problem where I can just makes more sense to me.

    At your age, you're probably going through huge hormone fluctuations right now, which is most likely causing the over-oily skin. Have you experimented with using non-alcohol toners to keep the oil down?

    Also, the oiliness might be caused by over-washing. Sometimes when you strip your face of its natural oils with strong cleansers, it fights back by producing way more than you need. (which often then continues the cycle of over-washing to get rid of all the oil)

    If all this sounds like stuff you've already tried, like others have said, there's no issue in wearing powder as a solution. I'm merely wondering if there's a better solution for you out there waiting to be found.

  5. When you say times that you're clear and times you break out, is it in any way connected to your monthly cycle? If the cause of your acne is hormonal (even not connected to your period, as mine was) anti-bacterial products probably aren't going to be the solution, because the problem starts underneath the skin.

    Are you currently on any BC pill right now? (or other hormone replacement)

  6. I've recently discovered I have perioral dermatitis. I get small bumps and lots of redness in a ring around my mouth and nose, with smaller bumps around my eyes and forehead. It's really quite unpleasant.

    What seems to be working for me for the past week is using cotton swabs to wipe diluted apple cider vinagar onto the rash, then after, diluted hydrogen peroxide. (about 50/50 of each with water).

    When you first put it on, it makes your face go really red, but then it calms down and starts healing. I've noticed the most difference when I do this at night and look at it in the morning. My rash is slowly going away and my skin texture is getting much better.

    I must also note that I believe this rash is caused by a cosmatic allergy or just cosmetic overuse. when it first started, I had a patch of what seemed to be dry skin in the corner of my mouth. I kept putting lots of moisturizer on it at night, but it kept getting worse. Now, I no longer wash my face with any sort of cleanser and don't use moisturizer. (EDIT: No make-up right now, at all, ever. Your rash will get better, but you have to grin and bear it if your skin is reacting to cosmetics) Just showering, washing my face with water and the ACV + HP wipes keep my face clean enough, but I never had really, really oily skin.

    This is what works for me, and you may have something completely different, so I would try to see a derm, but don't lose hope or feel like it can't get better. (POD is supposedly stress related. Don't panic!)

  7. Are you in your late teens or early-mid 20s? It sounds to me like you're describing hormonal cystic acne. I suddenly got it almost a year ago, and had huge, painful lumps on my face. There wasn't anything like a warning sign, I just got one, then another, then another, etc. I finally went to a derm, got on a new BC pill and retinol and the cysts are now gone.

  8. I prefer pumps as well. They have two advanatges for me:

    1) Same amount pumped out every time. I know how much I'm using. I don't spill all over and waste a bunch

    2) it's way more sanitary. Bacteria can't get in the same way as when you stick your finger in a jar. For makeup to last, it needs to be a sterile as possible. This is also helpful if you have a make-up that oxidizes to work. It wouldn't work if you left it open.

  9. Mods, please move if this is in the wrong place.

    After much detective work, I've finally narrowed it down. I'm not suddenly allergic to my favourite make-up: it's heat rash. I used to get it when I was a baby, and am suddenly getting it more now (I blame my university's abysmal heating system where one room is freezing and the other is sweltering, while outside is humid and inside is dry as heck)

    Basically I'm getting a ring of breakouts/rash/tiny bumps around my lips, ranging from just under my nose to the bottom of my chin. This has happened several times a month, and it subsides after a few days, but the rash is very noticeable, and some of the bumps turn into full-blown pimples.

    1) any recommended products for when I think I might be getting one, like some sort of wipe?

    Sometimes just dressing down and drinking water isn't enough, or isn't possible, and people with very sensitive skin can just tell when they're about to break out. (It's also really difficult guaging how much moisturizer to use in the morning. The air conditioning inside is very dry to the point of cracked skin / chapped lips, but sudden sweating makes too much moisturizer gross)

    2) I'm not sure I want to put regular make-up on when the rash is caused by sweat problems, I assume it would exacerbate it if I went back into the same envoronment. Any advice for covering without clogging?

  10. I wear eye-enlarging contacts from Korea, and I really like them. They give an illusion of a bigger, younger eye by colouring the contact area larger than the edge of your iris. My favourite pair are my black ring lenses, which make my already dark brown eyes really cute and doe-like.

    And even though I'm caucasian and could potentially have natural blue or green eyes, I still get compliments on my lenses. Brown is just too boring for me.

  11. Have you considered looking for theatre-based facial exercises? While I was studying tehatre, I took a voice class that was all about muscle awareness and reactiveness in the chest, jaw and face. It was really interesting, you might want to do some searches for that.

  12. - Avoid balms with menthol, minty, tingly ingredients or supposed lip-plumping formulas. These just irritate chapped lips and make you want to apply more (like how licking your lips makes it worse when they're dry)

    - For less chapped lips in the first place, have you watched how much water you're drinking? You may be dehydrated. And I mean actual water, not coffee, soda or juice, etc. Drinking even a glass more water per day has helped my lips become much less chapped.

  13. I'm a fan of circle lenses, coloured contacts from Japan and Korea.

    Some circle lenses are just regular coloured contacts, but some have a unique feature where the colouration extands beyond the natural iris, giving you a larger appearing eye. Some are very subtle, and some are massively enlarging. (some girls really like a cute dolly-eyed look, some just look like aliens)

    My current lenses are GEO's Angel Colour Green

    If this shows up correctly (No, that isn't me) The lenses are quite green, but since I have very dark brown eyes, it's not too strange looking. There is a thick dark limbal ring which gives a fair amount of eye enlargement.

    Wrong picture, but still here to avoid confusion

    EDIT: I am dumb and made a mistake with the picture. The lens shown here isn't NEO Cosmo's 4-tone Lucky Clover Grey, it's NEO Cosmo's 4-tone Queen Grey. They're very similar, and produced by the same company, but a different series. I apologise for the mixup.

    Actual Lucky Clover Grey

    These don't enlarge my eye at all, but really lighten my eyes, making them a pretty convincing grey.

    And yes, it is illegal to purchase contact lenses if you don't have a prescription in the US, but I live in Canada, so I can order mine online.

  14. Much of eyelash growth is genetic, but I can give you some tips if you have shorter lashes due to damage.

    1) Stop wearing eye make-up for two weeks or more. Your lashes take time to grow, and each time you put on and take off make-up you will naturally lose a couple. just like every time you brush your hair, your lose a few hairs.

    2) Don't curl your lashes, this can result in accidental plucking, and it weakens the body of the lash itself.

    Just like your head hair, you need to give lashes time to grow. If you have been wearing heavy make-up for a while, you probably have baby lashes that are growing newly, but they need time without make-up and products to become really noticable. You can retain your face care routine, but I would try to be gentlest around teh eyes and avoid wiping them excessively.

  15. I have tried this recipe out and it works quite wonderfully. Although you definitely don't need to mix up a tablespoon of this each time. A teaspoon would be enough.

    And yes, it looks and smells really funky going on. Just try not to think about it.

    The recipe for this home-made pore peel is:

    1 Tablespoon unflavoured gelatin

    1 tablespoon milk

    Mix the milk and gelatin in a microwavable cup until thick and chunky

    Microwave for ten seconds

    brush on to your face (I used fingers, I was fine)

    Wait ten minutes until dry to peel

  16. If you're going for an interview they do not want you wearing make-up. It is important to go bare-faced so the agency can see what they have to work with (for better or worse)

    You will not improve your chances by wearing make-up, and you will either be asked to wash it off, or just be sent home.

  17. I use Skinfood Aloe in shade 1 right now and it's great for me. medium but buildable coverage, high spf and moisturizing.

    My only issue is that it's about 1/2 shade too dark for me, so I mix it with a mineral sunscreen with titanium dioxide to lighten it up.

    Overall, I wouldn't say BB creams are magical, but they are a much better choice for my skin than heavy liquid or powder concealers. I am not a fan of cake-up, and I like the sheerer coverage BB creams provide.

    As to whitening, just watch out and try to read labels. Skinfood Aloe does not contain whitening ingredients, so that would be safe, and shade 2 is slightly darker than 1, so it may match darker skintones better.

  18. - I use Skinfood Aloe BB cream. It's not quite a foundation or tinted moisturizer. It's a sunscreen + foundation + moisturizer + acne care in one product. It's considered medium coverage, but buildable, or it can be diluted with other moisturizer or sunscreen. It's a liquid product and is suited for all day wear.

    - I currently do not use powder over my BB cream.

    - No Blush

    - Before I apply my cream, I put on Clindasol and Avene's Cleanance Anti-Shine Regulating Lotion.

    - I rarely wear mascara or eye make-up. My mascara is not waterproof.

    - I usually just use my regular cleanser at the end of the day during my normal routine. I use Avene's Cleanance Soap-Free Gel Cleanser. Though since I do not regularily wear eye makeup, I do not own an eye makeup remover. Sometimes I will have missed leftover product in the corner areas of my eyes if I have worn eye makeup that night. it's never really broken me out so I just don't worry about it.

  19. Burts Bees is definitely good, but for a guy, I assume you would want to avoid a lip balm with heavy scent/flavour/any colour added in. Also, if you're currently undergoing any treatment and need sun potection, Blistex makes lip balms with SPF.

  20. Not to offend anyone here, but make-up does have a factor of skill in it. I only feel comfortable saying this because as an art student whose spent years learning to paint, I still find painting on my face more difficult than creating a photorealistic portait.

    Simply wearing it does not make one look better, especially if you don't know how. (again, I only say this because of all the mistakes I have made) If you wear the wrong shade of foundation, or a very unflattering colour, or just don't really know how to apply it and make it looks smooth, you can be sure it's not going to look good.

    As well, not a lot is really required. You pick a feature you like and enhance it, while drawing attention away from flaws. It's the same way with clothes: pick ones that flatter your figure.

    I certainly don't mean to say that make-up is necessary, or that one even needs to wear it. But with practice it can have its time and place like everything else.