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  1. It's very hard to keep body acne from coming back because the friction of our clothes is constantly stimulating more acne--especially if you sit for long periods during the day or wear tight clothing or synthetic materials. I think you'll have better luck if you keep treating your skin, and if you do stop using the medications, I would stop slowly, so your acne doesn't come back. Just my experience.
  2. Well, there are a couple of things that could be going on here. For starters, physical exfoliation isn't very consistent, so it depends on how long you do it and how much pressure you use. That might be part of why you're seeing different results in different areas. More likely though, you have combination skin, and the oilier areas are being overstimulated and possibly even thickening from the physical exfoliation. Anything that promotes thickening of the skin promotes clogging. Since s
  3. Paula's Choice is one of the few brands that really makes an effort to provide several options and strengths so that consumers can be sure that they choose a chemical exfoliant that's non-irritating. Even though the lotion, gel, and liquid may all come in the same strength of 2%, a liquid will always seem stronger because it delivers the active ingredient into the skin much more quickly than a gel. A lotion delivers the ingredient into your skin the slowest and will be the least irritating, bu
  4. I actually have stopped using the BP for about 5 months now and I'm not using any topical on my face, just my Biore face wash. I am still seeing the same flakey, yet oily outcome so I am beginning to believe it may indeed be something else. I remember having this issue in high school as well and I was not using BP back then either... where can I get the 2% zinc face wash? any suggestions? I would call your pharmacy and see if they have it. If they don't, they can probably order it for you.
  5. If your skin has any flaky areas, they will be more noticable with makeup on unfortunately. Makeup coats these with pigment, so if you can't seem to get them to go away, you might want to switch to a foundation with less coverage because less pigment will stick to the flaky areas. I've had good luck with Bobbi Brown Oil Free Tinted Moisturizer, which gives decent coverage because it's so yellow-based. It doesn't show any flaky patches even though I apply it on bare skin with nothing underneat
  6. I didn't mention any products because I don't know what breaks people out, but Hourglass primer has an awesome reputation for people with oily skin. There's also one from Clarins that's really waxy but fills in any kind of texture problems well. Might be a bit oily for most people. Lancome and Smashbox are also super popular, but they make me break out. I like Cover FX Clear Prep, but it's more lightweight than the others and doesn't fill in pores quite as well. As for matte foundations,
  7. It stays sensitive for about a year or so depending on your skin and the dosage, but it doesn't look as dry as while you were on the medicine. It does seem like it's more on the normal to dry side though until the sensitivity passes, which it ultimately does.
  8. If you had the problem with the flakiness before you started BP, I would agree with the person who mentioned using a zinc pyrithione cleanser, but it sounds like you're thinking the flakiness if being caused by the BP and looks worse with makeup. If that's the case, you may want to try using either a moisturizer or hydrating primer that contains hyaluronic acid. Hyaluronic acid binds water to the skin and hydrates very well without using oil. If your skin's dehydrated, your skin needs water a
  9. Wearing a silicone-based primer will fill in some of the indentations and create a smoother base for you to work on. Your scarring may look worse because it's grabbing your skin unevenly or because the finish/formula isn't ideal for your skin concerns. If the product is too slippery, it can pool in the indented areas. If it's too difficult to blend, it will also look patchy. Also anything that reflects the light may highlight the area you're trying to cover. Try to go for a buildable liquid
  10. Everyone hates fluorescent lighting. It's just ghastly. There are a few things that you can do though that may help. For starters, your foundation may have a gray/white or pink undertone to it, which will make you look washed out. They also don't camouflage imperfections very well, so you have to use more product to get any kind of coverage. If you use a yellow-based foundation that blends in easily and isn't too matte, you will warm up your complexion and give your skin a healthier appea
  11. If you have red marks after a pimple has healed, it's often because there was more blood flow in this area to help the healing process. This blood hasn't completely left yet, and it won't if your skin is being irritated. Lightening products won't really help with this, but you can soothe your skin by using products with anti-inflammatory ingredients like caffeine, niacinamide, green tea, soy, and aloe. Make sure you're not using too hot water, and don't overexfoliate because that will stim
  12. I've had great results with salicylic acid but only if I'm sure careful about what products I use. Most salicylic acid products are intended to treat oily, acne-prone teenage skin, so the anti-inflammatory properties are lost because they're combined with so many irritants. I would skip the cleansers, which have harsh detergents and don't stay on your skin for long enough to provide any measurable results. Instead maybe go for a leave-on treatment that's alcohol and fragrance free and cont
  13. Hey! I'm not a picker, but I had a similar experience as a response to mixing the wrong at-home treatments while I was using acne medications when I was younger. What I did was apply Polysporin to protect and disinfect the area as needed after cleansing the skin with a nonmedicated facial wash. You could also use Bacitracin, but I would stay away from Neosporin because it contain neomycin, which causes dermatitis in many people. A lot of people have no problem with it, but I don't think it'
  14. I've experienced this problem myself, and you just have to tweak your routine. What I do is use a moisturizer, then apply a hydrating primer all over the skin with a synthetic foundation brush. This will catch any flakes before the foundation has the chance to. Then when I apply my foundation, I add a few drops of a water-based hydrator like Clinique Moisture Surge to the foundation on the back of my hand before applying it with a damp sponge. You could also just apply the foundation/moistur
  15. Do you wear nail polish? The chemicals in nail polishes are the most common source of eye irritation, and if you're right-handed, you probably touch that side more than the other. Other hand products like fragranced hand creams can cause a similar reaction. Even your hand soap. You can try going fragrance free and skipping the manicures to see if that helps. If that's not the issue, then there's two other possibilities. If you part your hair on the side and use hairsprays or other mistin
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