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About almanac

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  1. I use the Estee Lauder Double Wear Light foundation. I've never tried the normal Double Wear, but I like this light version. It's meant to be non-comodogenic and hypoallergenic, and I find it doesn't break me out or irritate my skin. Negatives would be the limited range of shades and coverage is a light-medium. I am currently on the hunt for a fuller coverage foundation for those special occasions though, and I'm contemplating on the Stila Stay All Day Foundation.
  2. I definitely noticed a very tanned face and it was the first thing people noticed about my face when I started the regimen. I experienced it for quite a while, and like someone said in this thread, you only notice it once you moisturise after having applied the BP. My guess as to why it happens is probably your skin overdrying from the the continuous use of BP, but I'm not 100% certain. I found that my tan was slightly reduced when I exfoliated my skin using jojoba oil. But since eliminating the
  3. Thanks for the response! I ordered a Vitamin C + E serum by Cosmetic Skin Solutions, which is a cheaper dupe of the highly acclaimed Skinceuticals serum. I've read that vitamin c serums tend to be ineffective once it oxidises, so when I get my serum I will only be able to use it for about 2-3 months, depending on how quick it oxidises. You can tell by the change of colour, since it is initially clear and will turn yellowish when it oxidises. I've heard about the Mario Badescu Vitamin C serum, an
  4. It's been like that for me in these past few weeks too, I've noticed. But I don't break out from it. Today was probably the first time in recent weeks that the BP dried quicker, and I think it may have been because I let my face dry a little longer than usual after I cleanse. Maybe that's why? Other than that, I don't know why else it would take longer to dry..
  5. Don't worry. I did the same too, I somehow completely missed the info about using it only at night for the first week and was worried as well but I guess it just sped up the dryness side effect. That's really the only harm it caused me. As long as you're not incredibly irritated by now, it should be fine.
  6. The consistency of sugar granules are as bad as St. Ive's Apricot Scrub, if not worse. I think leaving lemon juice on your face as a mask is fine, but I wouldn't recommend using it with sugar to exfoliate at all. Even if you do it gently, the granules are very harsh on the skin. It will more likely than not irritate it at best; at worst break you out. I personally found white granulated sugar to be less harsh than St. Ive's Apricot Scrub on my skin when I used it in the past. But I guess, diff
  7. I've used lemon in the past to treat my hyperpigmentation marks and brighten my complexion a couple of years ago when my face was quite clear. But I used the lemon juice as a mask for 15 minutes and did this twice a week. I found that it helped a lot, but I wouldn't know what it would be like now that I'm on the regimen. I do, however, remember seeing a video on youtube of someone that was using the regimen but also did their own DIY lemon + sugar scrub to use once a week or something. SInce you
  8. I experienced a tanned and red face throughout most of the time I've been of the regimen. A lot of people attribute it to Dan's moisturiser but I never used his. I'm not sure exactly what causes it, but it would probably have to do it what poster Brandy mentioned, about your skin darkening from being overly dried out. I realise that i just had so many dead layers of skin on my face from the BP, causing my face to darken. I'm on my 14th week of the regimen and aside being completely acne-free
  9. I'm on my 13th week on the regimen and I've been completely clear for almost a month I think, which I'm really happy about. My skin is just left with a lot of dark hyperpigmentation marks where all my acne used to appear on my face and I really just want to get rid of them. I've been using AHA every 2-3 days for the past 3 weeks and I've yet to see an improvement (it does, however, help with flakiness and skin texture which I love). I was wondering if it would be okay to use a serum that will tr
  10. 1. From what I've read, using AHA will definitely help the red marks from previous pimples but please be advised that you should only use that once your skin has fully adjusted to BP, which is usually after a month into the regimen. I personally don't get red marks, I just get those dark spots instead and I've only been using AHA every couple of days for two weeks so I'm not sure if they've helped with my hyperpigmentation marks just yet. 2. It sure does! I suffered from those underskin bump
  11. I'm also on the hunt for a new foundation to use on the regimen. I've used makeup only ONCE so far during the regimen (I've been on it for 9 weeks) because it was a special occasion and I wanted to cover up my redness. I noticed how bad it looked on my skin. The dryness of my skin made the foundation look flakey and splotchy. However, I didn't use a primer and it was really early in the regimen. I'm sure primer would make the foundation look better, although I know it's hard to find the rig
  12. Congrats on your regimen success! I love reading posts like this, it really encourages me in continuing my process with the regimen. I've just completed 9 weeks and I'm pretty much clear and hope to keep it that way and to also improve my complexion.
  13. Thank you for your quick responses! I really appreciate it. I haven't used the AHA yet, but since posting, my flakes have almost disappeared and most areas of my face are not as rough anymore. I do still notice the dry, tight layer of skin on my face though, and I plan on starting AHA in a couple of days. I ordered the product a week ago but wanted to use it the night before I have a day off so I can avoid the sun. I'm hoping I don't get any adverse reactions to it, as I understand this could be
  14. Hi everyone, I've been on the regimen for 8 weeks now, and am currently on my 9th. To give you a little background: I'm 22 years old, female, and I was suffering from moderate acne. I was put on Accutane when I was 16. That cleared up my acne and I had clear skin for years til I started to break out a little when I was 20. My doctor prescribed me antibiotics and it kept my skin clear for a year until I broke out again because my body started getting used to it. So since then my acne had wors