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  1. haha your profile pic/avatar is so cute!

  2. I've read a lot of different things about the Levulan PDT, and I'm starting to realize there are a few different ways to do it. Everyone's experience seems to be different I just completed a course of 5 Levulan PDT treatments, spaced about a week apart each. I did it for active acne -- not oily skin. When I started, I was using Differin, which was making my face both dry and oily at the same time. (I had to apply tons of moisturizer, which made my face an oil slick during the day). I immed
  3. This is pretty much exactly how I feel. My main problem was the occasional breakout + quite a few whiteheads. These bumps bothered me so I went to the dermatologist who immediately prescribed me retinoids without much indiciation of what was to be expected or how the medication would work. It's been about 8 months since that first visit, and while my initial breakout is over, I still break out regularly and my skin is still bumpy. The only difference is, I now have all these scars and red ma
  4. I like to use plain tissues. I feel like blotting papers are actually pretty expensive, especially for those dealing with extremely oily skin. The kind I have now, I have to use about 4 sheets to get all the oil just off of my t-zone. It feels like such a waste. I just like to grab a tissue and literally stick the entire thing all across my face and press it into my skin a little... no rubbing necessary (in private, of course... bc it looks pretty ridiculous). It's great bc it absorbs eno
  5. I recently discovered aquaphor for my lips -- it works great! I'm not on accutane, but I hear it's a staple product for those that are. Definitely worth a try, since they come in those small portable tubes too
  6. I'm on a similar regimen (Duac and Differin), except by the time I started using Duac, my skin was fully adjusted to the Differin. I tried applying Duac all over my face in the morning, and after a few days, I realized my face was extremely red/irritated/sensitive... plus I had multiple angry breakouts appear daily. Obviously the Duac was the one causing all this havoc, but I guess it was partially my fault since I didn't ease myself into it (which you SHOULD do). Make sure you're waiting a w
  7. If it helps, my skin took about 3 months to be rid of the redness and flaking when I first started using tretinoin. I used it for 4.5 months, and I STILL couldn't use it everyday bc my skin was too sensitive to it.... it just takes a little for some people to get used to it I guess. I used makeup to cover up the redness, but the dryness was a little trickier. I was already using a gentle cleanser, but I had to find a good moisturizer that wouldn't irritate my already irritated skin. Cetaph
  8. I've tried multiple retinoids, gels and creams (not Taz though), but none of them feel like they're sitting on top of my skin. I always wait about 15 minutes after washing my face before applying a small pea-sized amount all over --- it's usually just enough to cover all the skin on my face without having to rub it in too much. It usually feels fully absorbed within an hour or so, especially since it's such a thin layer.
  9. Am I alone in thinking this wouldn't be classified as severe acne? Definitely moderate, since it looks like there's some scarring and pustules, etc. But I've definitely seen worse. Maybe a little more than moderate? First off, don't wash your face 3x a day. Twice should be plenty enough. And use a cleanser, not soap. If you get oily throughout the day, just blot. There are tons of possible ways you could treat your acne. If you have one, try to get to your primary care physician -- they
  10. I know it's been a while, but I just wanted to give you a little update on the MUFE full cover concealer. It was a random purchase - I told the sales associate that I needed a good, heavy-duty concealer for acne marks, and she led me straight to this one, found me a color match, and I just decided to buy it (mostly bc Sephora has the best return policy). It really is very pigmented, but I have TONS of red marks right now that make it look like I have lot of acne when I really only have a few
  11. I always experience dry skin when it starts to get cold outside. I'd been using Cerave moisturizers (lotion and cream) for a while, with great results. Unfortunately, they just couldn't keep up with the harsh winter weather. I tried adding jojoba oil, but that did next to nothing. I also tried adding eucerin's aquaphor to my moisturizer, but that broke me out. I began using oil-based moisturizers, particularly from the Eucerin line because they are typically unscented and gentle, and have m
  12. I have the same problem with my makeup/foundation... but it only occurs when I have dry skin. I think it has a lot to do with finding the right products for your skin. Sorry to tell you I haven't quite found a solution yet, but that stuff mentioned by Amber sounds like it would be worth a try. I exfoliate and moisturize religiously, but the dry winter weather is just too much during the day. From your original post, I'd suggest using a concealer for trouble spots, and maybe trying out a fo
  13. It depends on what type of insurance you have. I needed a new referral from my physician every few months or so.
  14. So Ryan C, it might just be the brand of jojoba oil I'm using? Did you notice a big difference between Dan's jojoba oil and the one you bought at the store? Does Dan's absorb better and moisturize enough to keep the flakes away? Was it a really big difference between the two? Haha sorry for all the questions, but my dry/combo skin is driving me crazy! I'm loving the colder weather, but hating my bipolar skin.
  15. Both Differin and Retin-A are forms of retinoids. They work in a similar way, so yes, an initial breakout is likely. They both increase cell turnover rate, but Differin (with the active ingredient adapalene) is a synthetic retinoid while Retin-A is a natural retinoid. In general, Differin is milder, so the side effects aren't as harsh as they might be with Retin-A. Here's a post with a good overview on the different types of retinoids. And since 0.3% has a higher concentration of the active