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  1. I find that 2.5% BP is a really good spot treatment for my skin (especially if I need to go somewhere), as well as the Queen Helene Mint Julep mask. The Mask works well for deeper pimples that are further under my skin, I find it stops them in their tracks. I glob a bit on with a q tip, then wipe off when it dries. Sometimes I reapply another glob if I feel like I need it.
  2. Another option is Silk Naturals AHA Toner. It has 8% lactic acid.
  3. No, BP isn't classified as an exfoliant, I can't find anything with sources to suggest otherwise. How come you decided to change to 5% BP?
  4. Have you considered CeraVe Hydrating Cleanser? It's widely available in North America if I'm not mistaken.
  5. I love spot treating with 2.5% BP. Pimples don't disappear overnight but for me, it helps to shrink them. Sometimes I spot treat with the Queen Helene Mint Julep Mask on deeper pimples, they tend to reduce a lot in redness and soreness when I do.
  6. Estranged, go to your local Woolies and check out some of the sunblock there. I know there will be at least Neutrogena, Cancer Foundation, and Banana Boat sunscreen. (Woolies owns Countdown in NZ and we've got those 3 here) Look for SPF30+ or greater.
  7. My personal belief is that it does, I was surprised about the findings of that study. Studies seem to conflict a little bit about this, but I personally think there's a link between prolonged use of alcohol on skin leading to dehydration and eventually breakdown of the skin barrier. Here's a paper that argues alcohols break down the skin's barrier.
  8. I'd skip the Oxy cleanser completely and stick with the Cetaphil. I don't think actives in rinse-off products stay on the skin long enough for any effect anyway...
  9. There's no difference between a "moisturizer" with SPF and just a regular sunscreen. They're technically both "moisturizers". As long as you apply at least 1/4 of a teaspoon for your face you'll be fine. What do you mean? I was specifically referring to the products OP mentioned not having enough SPF. They might technically both be moisturisers but are not both effective sun protection. OP, You've had 4 product suggestions in this thread: Desert Essence Gentle Nourishing Day Cream with SPF
  10. According to COSDNA, Isopropyl alcohol has an irritant rating of 4. Your study link is broken. Alcohol might not be irritating for everyone's skin but I think it can contribute to skin dehydration - this study found "no significant change in skin barrier or erythema induced by the alcohols in the patch tests, whereas skin hydration decreased significantly." Some people think there is a link between dehydrated skin and excessive oiliness. However, it's important to note that the skin on our hands
  11. The whitening products won't make you white overnight, they don't bleach you or anything. They just lighten PIH. You should be able to find some western brands (Eucerin, Nivea, Neutrogena etc) at pharmacies such as Boots and Watsons, which shouldn't be hard to find.
  12. I've heard a lot of good things about the CeraVe Foaming Facewash. What do you specifically mean by "all natural"?
  13. No, this won't be comedogenic. Truly comedogenic products nowadays are very rare. Can you clarify what you mean by truly comedogenic? Also, OP, you can find a lot of info about a product by copying it into COSDNA's ingredient's analysis. It's a really helpful tool in deciding whether or not a product might be right for you. http://www.cosdna.com/eng/ingredients.php
  14. Moisturizers with SPF are generally not effective at all since you're not actually putting on enough sunscreen for it to work, a dedicated sunscreen product is what you need if you actually want any sun protection. What about neutrogena sport face sunblock?