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  1. I have tried so many foundations. For someone with oily skin like me, it has been difficult to find the right one. I really like the look of Revlon foundations. I liked the Clinique clarifying but recently they discontinued it and added a new one in it's place . It has a good matt finish, I think it is great for some days when you just want light coverage. I used Neutrogena skin clearing foundation a while back but can't seem to remember why I stopped. I love the Almay and Clinique bra
  2. Yes, it should be out of the question. Not only will you be doing permanent damage to your skin but it could actually end up making your scars look worse since the sun can damage your skin to the poing of losing elasticity which will make scars appear worse. I have to say that a teeny bit of sun might not be a bad thing since it is how we absorb vitamin d, but be very careful. If you must have a tanned look, have you considered face tanners? The lotion type? Some of these contain sunscreen as w
  3. I think you should wait till the redness fades before you make any conclusions. Honestly though, 1200 is not much for laser treatments. Just one Fraxel restore in my area is around 800. I may be confusing it with the repair, but the less agressive one in this area is 800 per treatment and sometimes less with package deals. I spent around 1200 on smoothbeam when it first came out and for a few years after. I spent 1000 on dermabrasion for my cheeks more than 15 years ago. It costs alot more n
  4. It's hard to tell exactly the extent of your scarring with those pictures. They seem too small. I am unsure which Fraxel you had but it seems you may want to go with a more ablative procedure to get the desired results. I say this because I am being realistic. I don't know what type of funds you may have available or treatment options in your area but many people do not have their desired results with just 4 Fraxel treatments for scarring. I have been a member for years and read alot of the F
  5. PLEASE DON'T DO ANYTHING TO YOUR FACE RIGHT NOW. Sorry for the caps but I think even considering anything right now is not a good idea. I think you got a deep peel and your skin is still healing. Possibly they made a mistake with the percentage upon production. I don't think it is as bad as you may think since your skin looks irritated and slightly inflamed. Avoid using anything harsh right now and give it some time to heal up. I think it should go back to normal. I've done a few tca peels an
  6. Hi, when I had a dermabrasion years ago, I was told to keep the area moist with ointment and not allow it to scab. It worked. This was done by a plastic surgeon. Not to be confused with a 'micro-dermabrasion". My skin looked similar to a peeled tomato for about a week. I swabbed with q-tips going sideways to remove dead skin but still allowed the skin to remain moist. He recommended that I use bicinactrin ointment to be specific. I didn't have deep scars but one ice pic which was made shallo
  7. He is probably feeling so confident and not worrying about his scars anymore. I used to post quite often and havn't in ages. I don't know why. Please the "soon to be 30 year old", don't be so depressed. It was difficult for me as well. I can relate. 40 was not nearly as bad. You will most likely age gracefully since you probably are by most standards, very informed with skin care and take great care of yourself. Surely you can find positive things about yourself to focus on. Our skin is not
  8. Update: Over 2 weeks on this supplement. I noticed a few pimples last week, one kind of large on left cheek near hairline. Both did go away and now skin is clear. Possibly a slight purge. Btw, I am a 44 yr old female who still experiences occasional breakouts. I have slightly to moderately oily skin. I feel the Dim has slightly to signifigantly reduced the oil production in my skin. Yesterday I took a nap with 4 hr old makeup on my face. It still looked ok when I woke up. Normally, I would be
  9. I'm only on day two of this and havn't completely read this thread. I wish there were some updates. I am taking the Nature's Way DIM - plus which I purchased locally at a vitamin shop for 13.99. I took two tablets yesterday and noticed quite a mood change. Felt very relaxed. Very odd for a first time dosage. I was not expecting this and have read that some people notice an overall good mood with this supplement. I fell asleep quickly last night even after drinking coffee mid afternoon. Very o
  10. I think if all else fails within the next few months, accutane is the way to go. Things I have tried that work and I am 44 with still quite oily skin. Asprin mask: Dissolve some generic asprin till it becomes a paste, then apply it to your skin. Leave it on for a while, wash off with warm water. I would stop with the exfoliation. I do believe bacteria can be spread this way. I like the clean and clear toner which has salicylic acid, works as an exfoliant to unclog pores. Ten o six toner is go
  11. I've read about MAC studiofix breaking out ALOT of people. May not break out everyone and I havn't tried it. I was actually watching Utube of a guy who swears studiofix will breakout your skin. He is a reputable makeup artist and worked for bare escentuals for years. Even claimed bare essentuals breaks out some as is evident if you read this board much. Possibly the bismuth or something in it. I think he claimed studiofix is great for occasions but not every day wear because of the ingredients.
  12. I sometimes use the Almay Clear skin makeup. The coverage is okay but it does not have alot of staying power. Good foundation for 10-12 bucks. You might want to try the Clinique clarifying. I am hooked on it. It has excellent coverage. Medium to heavy if you wish. Around 20.00 with tax and all. Not so bad and I have purchased at least a dozen in the past few years. I would love to find one just as good for around half the price, but havn't .
  13. While it's not really a liquid---- Clinique Clarifying makeup in the tube. I use the 04 light beige. It covers very well and lasts most of the day even on my oily skin. It seems a bit dry at first but after an hour or so, it seems much better. I don't love spending the 20 bucks on it, but it is well worth it. I have tried alot of dept store brands and still use the Almay clearing kind occasionally but it does not cover or last as well. I even tried the Estee Lauder doublewear? a few weeks ago an
  14. While I respect the opinion of the original poster, I have to disagree that results are not permanent. I think some practitioners may want to say what you want to hear especially since you will or might be buying into the treatment. I had a dermabrasion many years ago for a few shallow scars, an icepick and some sun damage. I totally remember one newer scar which was shallow but kinda big. A scab fell off prematurely. That scar was very shallow but very noticeable. It was completely eliminate
  15. After trying so many foundations, I always go back to the Clinique clarifying foundation. It gives a good medium to heavier buildable coverage and seems to last and not melt off my oily skin. This foundation is truely for oily skin and is a very matte finish but not super heavy. I do not use Clinique pressed powder since it seems to cake on me or look weird if using it for a few touchups but the loose is ok. I like the Estee Lauder double matte powder compact (around 25.00 but lasts forever). Th
  16. I just bought the Almay lasting color makeup and LOVE it. I have been hooked on Clinique clarifying makeup but wanted to try something new. The Almay also has sunscreen which is a good thing in Texas. This is one of the first new foundations I have really LOVED in many years. At first when I put it on, I am thinking, OH No. BUT, it sets to a very nice finish. Only thing is the color selection. I am in between the naked and neutral and ended up buying both. One pump of each on my applicator spon
  17. Is the Fraxel "Restore", the same as Fraxel 2?? They recently got Fraxel in my area. I was looking for a relative and accidently typed in my zipcode and found they now have 2 places here which offer Fraxel "Restore". Is this one of the good ones. I called about a package, and it is around 2500.00 for 5 treatments. They do the neck also for 3500.00. I think I may do it. Not only do I have some scarring, but also for age related issues, I thought it may help as well. I am kind of excited. I do w
  18. I don't know if you take any oral meds or not but untill you can get one, I have used a product called Herpanacine. I am not kidding, a few times I was broken out, and took alot of those supplements and it cleared me within one week. It is normally available at a health food store and costs around 30.00 but they are great to have around. It is not an overnight cure but should help. I normally don't get cysts per say, but have had a few and also have dealt with many breakouts, since I am 43 and s
  19. DON'T USE PEROXIDE. I got a nasty scar from using it. I use, believe it or not , jessners peel with a q-tip. It stings and kills the bacteria most of the time. I don't think I've gotten a scar from it but I have one healing and it looks like a tiny ding but is still peeling. I think it is better to use a sterilized needle than to just go at it since the prick is isolated to one little prick and has a better chance of completely healing.
  20. I HAVE A METHOD FOR MOLE REMOVAL!! Sorry the caps but this worked for a big bad mole which was on my back for many, many years. My mom swears by this and made me try it. You take a peice of sewing thread and probably want to have someone else do it cause it needs to be strung around the mole tightly and tied off. After about a week or so, the mole does not get anymore blood supply and falls off. I SWEAR THIS WORKED FOR A BIG BAG MOLE ON MY BACK near the bra strap area. Had to do it twice since
  21. I think you could get great results with peels. It would cause alot of tightening of the skin and peeling and since the scars you have are very small, it may yield some good results for you. I don't normally advise this but microdermabrasion of some sort may help but you would probably have to do alot of them to get any results. Your scars look very small and very minimal but I can relate since I think I have or had some small ones which are very similar and some very basic tca peels or several
  22. I'm wondering if the people who use the conditioner only, have oily scalps? I know if I don't wash every morning, by early afternoon or sometimes even when I first wake up, my scalp area looks a bit oily around the hairline. On occasion, sometimes Saturdays, I give my hair a break and just wash the bang and hairline area. Makes for a quick shower and takes only a few minutes to dry and fix just that area. My hair is just so dry though at the ends. I use a flat iron daily and after I just blow d
  23. I agree with a few of the posters. Fraxel I suppose is slightly invasive, but may do loads of good to induce collagen production on the healing areas. If you can afford it, it may be a good way to go. Topicals may help some but to get more quick changes, you may want to try the fraxel. If you can afford it, see if there is someone who offers it in your area. Keep in mind that since the areas are still red, they are undoubtably still healing and will get better. I do think that a laser might h