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  1. My acne is almost entirely gone these days, but I used to pick at my spots relentlessly. As a result, I have close to 50 hypertrophic scars all over my chest. Only 3 or 4 of them are especially bad, but all of them together in combination create a bumpy, uneven looking complexion. I understand that injections are the standard starting point for scar treatment, possibly followed by some laser treatment. I am, however, a little bit worried about the cost, just because there are so many. Are
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    Plan B

    I skin was almost completely clear for the first few months of 2014. Then I took Plan B at the end of April, and my acne has been back ever since. I'm assuming it's related, so I'm wondering if anyone else has had the same experience, and if so, how long it took for things to go back to normal.
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    Sun Bum

    For any who are interested, I did some additional research and it's seems like their Pro line is the best bet for acne prone skin. It's oil free, PABA free, paraben free, hypoallergenic, fragrance free, oxybenzone free, and zinc oxide based. It only comes in a tiny bottle though (3 oz), so I might have to keep looking for something that comes in a big enough bottle to be useful for my whole body. Their Original line comes in bigger bottles and is oil free, PABA free, paraben free, and hypoa
  4. Is anyone familiar with Sun Bum brand sunscreen products? I have an easy enough time finding acne-safe face lotions, but I have a harder time finding body sunscreens that won't make my skin greasy or cause body acne breakouts (my back is super acne prone). I've been hearing good things about Sun Bum, but none of the reviews mention if it's acne-safe. Other brand recommendations would be helpful as well.
  5. Just bought the Tarte concealer last week and the lightest shade was a perfect fit. So far it seems very durable and long-lasting...much more so than the Benefit and Smashbox concealers I've used in the past. I haven't tested it in the water yet. If it doesn't hold up, the recommended MUFE will be next on my list.
  6. I use Cerave and I initially hated it...until I realized that I was using it wrong. Once I started applying it like a topical gel, rather than applying it like a lotion, I started having much better results. I've found that it works much better when it's applied in tiny amounts, and at least 15-20 minutes after applying my prescription acne medications. Now it's the only lotion I'll use. My theory is that some of the people who are having problems with Cerave may just be using too much of it
  7. I'm going on vacation next month and will likely be spending some time in the pool. I rarely get my face wet, so my primary concern is covering up pimples and red spots on my chest and back. I'm looking for a concealer that won't wash off if I get wet (or smear during a sunscreen reapplication). So far I'm reading good things about Tarte Smooth Operator Amazonian Clay Waterproof Concealer. Has anyone tried it? Any other recommendations?
  8. Well. Period started a few days early, so I guess you were right.
  9. I've always heard to use them separately, one AM, one PM.
  10. Yes. I had thought about that, but the bad breakouts started about 10 days before my period, so I don't know...I don't usually get PMS-y symptoms that early.
  11. Hi everyone. I'm currently on a regimen of BP (Duac) in the AM, and tretinoin at night. I had initial break outs in the first 3 weeks, then a significant clearing in weeks 3-6 (to the point where I had almost NO acne at all, and the few blemishes I did get healed super fast). Now, after 3 weeks of being almost completely clear, my skin is going crazy and I'm getting lots of pimples. I don't quite know what to make of this. Thoughts?
  12. For those of who you struggle with blackheads and whiteheads, you may want to consider a metal extractor tool. If you're careful, it can usually get them out without causing any damage to the skin.
  13. About two weeks ago, I started on tretinoin gel, duac gel (bp and clindamyicin), and oral doxycycline. So far, the initial breakout hasn't been too terrible (mostly just little whiteheads), but I have noticed that some of my old scars have become red, itchy, and inflamed. Has anyone else had this problem associated with acne meds?
  14. I don't usually pick too much, but last week, I had a couple truly awful bumps on my chest, so I picked at them and ended up completely tearing away the skin (ultra-thin, sensitive chest skin is the worst...ughh). Now I have these craters with a strange, flesh-covered crust over them (they feel like scabs to the touch, but are light and skin colored - and they're attached pretty strongly, so they absolutely do not peel off like a normal scab would). Does anyone else ever get these strange no
  15. Eh. I don't think so. I have extremely thin skin, and if anything, I've found that it's more problematic (my skin breaks very easily, especially around pimples, so if I'm not extremely careful when tending to them, I'm left with awful scabs that take forever to heal). EDIT: It could just be that your forehead break outs are less severe than the acne you get elsewhere.