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  1. Update! I've got two tiny whiteheads. One on each cheek. Not really worried about them at all; one has already gone down considerably. Note to self - don't put moisturizer on nose; nose will become very shiny. Other than that, things are looking good, probably will clay masque tonight. Have a good weekend people!
  2. What are you using to wash your face with? Usually its best to only wash twice a day; three times might be overdoing it. If you were washing your face, using the Oxy pads and then moisturizing, it might be ok. But if your face isn't getting better, you might want to replace the pads with something stronger like BP or SA.
  3. Definately sounds like a great regimen - simple, and quick without too many products. Keep it up and let us know how it goes !
  4. Ok so after that scrap, you check out my new regimen in my sig. Basically I was my fash morning and evening with St. Ives Apricot Fash Wash with 2% S.A. In the morning I moisturize with Cliniques DDMG and in the evening I use FOTE 100% Aloe Vera Gel. Now normally, I hate using SA washes. I have tried all the Neutrogena washes before and they only turned my skin into a dry/oily mess. I tried the St. Ives on a whim after I read a lot of great reviews for it, and it is INCREDIBLE. First of all, it
  5. he's a smooooth operatorrr

  6. I used the Level 3 version of this. It was pretty strong, but I thought it was doing the job. I was using those cotton pads with it, and after I was done wiping up, the pad was all gunked up with stuff from my skin, so I assumed it was working. But by midday, my face would be a complete oil slick. It was pretty embarrassing. I think all the alcohol in it did do the job of removing dirt from my skin, but it irritated it to the point that it produced more oil eventually. I haven't tried any of the
  7. Hey Fathom. I'm actually not using the regimen in my sig (need to update that). I'm using the St. Ives Face Wash I mentioned earlier, morning and evening. In the morning I just use a regular moisturizer (right now it's Cliniques Dramatically Different Moisturizing Gel) and in the evening I moisturize with FOTE 100% Aloe Vera Gel. I've been doing this for about 5 days now, and it's been working great. I haven't had any new breakouts, oiliness of my skin definately feels more controlled, and I thi
  8. I agree, stay away from medicated cleansers and go for something gentle like Purpose or Cetaphil. Btw the St.Ives scrub you mentioned doesn't contain micro-beads, it has bits of walnut shells that could irritate skin easily. I'm not talking about the Medicated Scrub. There is an Apricot Facial Cleanser with 2% S.A. http://www.drugstore.com/products/prod.asp...GFI-0-RVP-25697 I'm pretty sure there aren't bits of walnut shells in this one, but even if they are, they're extremely tiny and
  9. If you use a medicated cleanser ontop of the BenzaClin, it'll probably end up drying your skin a lot. Remember, a cleanser is only meant to clean your skin. Go for the most gentle cleansers like Cetaphil or Spectro Jel (if you're in Canada). If you want to try something medicated, I recommend St. Ives Apricot Face Wash with 2% S.A. This is not drying at all, unlike the Neutorgena SA washes, and also helps exfoliate gently with small microbeads.
  10. So ... scratch everything about this regimen. I know, I know, I'm terrible at this. But something knew popped up, and I've been going through with this ridiculously simple regimen. I'll update eventually with more details to see if it actually works, but I'm really liking it, and it's simplicity.
  11. Day 4: Moisturizer still working well. I applied a lot today (by accident) but my face still did not become an oil slick as I feared, so it's looking good. Other than that, no new changes.
  12. So Day 3. I tried the Tomato Facial Moisturizer this morning. Initial thoughts - pretty light, went on easily, absorbed quickly, slight plastic-y smell (but nothing too overbearing). It's about 9:40pm right now and my face isn't an oil slick, so that's always a good sign. I guess my biggest worry with this moisturizer is whether or not it will break me out, but only time will tell that. I'll keep on using it every morning for now.
  13. Well I guess this is officially Day 2 of my new regimen, but there's no real noticable change, so on to more important news. I went to Shoppers Drugmart today and picked up a moisturizer. It is the Shopper's Life Brand Tomato Day Facial Moisturizer with SPF 15. I've seen this on the shelf for ages, but never paid much attention. It was on sale today for $5, so I figured I might as well give it a try. I have not used it yet on my face, but will be doing so for tomorrow morning, so I will let you
  14. So I believe this is my 3rd log. I keep losing track of previous logs and failing to update. I'm not sure how long this one will last, but with what's been going on with my skin and the new regimen I have started, I'm hoping this one carries out. Anyways, it's summertime and my skin has gone back to it's regular old oiliness. That, and red marks are still my primary issues. I tried going back on Diacneal for about a month or so, but I didn't see any change or improvement. I've stepped further b
  15. Hey good luck with your regimen. Finding out what works is always good; aloe Vera and TTO are both excellent products. If you start using BP again, maybe consider using Emu Oil >> I've heard excellent things about it, and it should help with the redness/red marks. Some lactic acid products are good, but can be very strong at first. Neutrogenas Healthy Skin Lotion is a great product (has the right pH for proper exfoliation), but it'll sting like a bitch the first few times you use it, and p