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  1. Try Selsun Blue (don't think you need to let that stay on overnight; apply, let sit for a few minutes and shower should be sufficient). After showering try one of the sprays/creams for athletes foot/jock itch (usually the same stuff just labeled differently). Have to consistently do it for about 7-10 days. They used to have one in a small pump bottle that was either an alcohol or water based spray that worked really well. The first time I had it I was about 14 or 15. Let's just say that it'
  2. I use a product by DDF - exfoliating oil control gel, at least I think that's what it's called. It's 10% glycolic and 2% SA. I absolutely love it. I use it under makeup strictly to keep the oilies at bay - does a great job. Kind of pricey and doesn't smell all that great, but....
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    I've thought about doing this for quite some time. Mentioned it to my derm about 2 years ago. At first, he said that he would do it if I signed a waiver. Unfortunately, he changed his mind. Given the frequency of lawsuits and such, I can't say that I blame him.
  4. Just thought I'd add this regarding Smoothbeam and redness. I've had lots of them done - usually do a series every fall/winter for the last several years. It's a slow process but it definately helps. I read on here a long time ago that you have to have it done at a high level and I would agree with that. It has not caused any lasting redness at all in my case. I look terrible at the doctors office, by the time I get home any redness is usually gone. One time I still had slight pinkness on
  5. It's been a number of years since I tried BM, but at the time I found that I couldn't get the coverage I needed without increasing the shine effect. Overall, coverage wasn't too bad, but if I needed any increased coverage the shine just seemed to draw attention to what I was trying to cover! The color selection really just didn't work for me either - but it was a number of years ago. I was really hesitant to try EDM because of my experience with BM - really glad that I did. It took me seve
  6. Since someone mentioned the EM green concealer, just thought I'd throw this in. If you have a moisturizer that you like, just add a little bit of the green powder to it, mix well and smooth it on. I like that you can control the intensity of the greeness - not enough and you're still red, too much and you look like an alien. I've been using DDF Daily Matte all over with added green where needed. Seems to be working really well.
  7. Hi, I went in today for a smoothbeam (Which, btw, I think are wonderful. Progress, however, is slow.) Anyway, decided to take the plunge and go with a filler for a while. Want to not worry about the scars for a couple of months and then probably pick back up with smoothbeam in the fall. My Dr. also mentioned that he is getting another laser similar to pixel in Feb/March, that I may go for in the fall...after he has some practice time with it. More than likely will go with Restylane, despit
  8. I recently found it the other day at CVS, too. Due to the breakout potential, I'm a little bit leary about using it. My 6 year old has been using it on her face though after a recent 2nd round of the chicken pox! It's worked wonders for that in the couple of days that she's been using it. The red marks are almost non-existent and today is 2 weeks to the day from her first chickenpox.
  9. Just thought I'd chime in, too. I never had a problem with acne until about the age of 35 (after going off of the pill) - and then it was cystic and just really irritated all of the time. In the past 5 years I've tried everything except accutane - numerous antibiotics, medicated washes and creams, differin, retin-a and lasers. I'm not discounting the more traditional remedies - I'm still on antibiotics (although I'm considering trying to discontinue them) and I still use clenia daily and reti
  10. I'm really confused as to why you wouldn't return to 15-20 minutes a day if you were happy with the results. Only you can decide if the benefit (significant acne clearing?) is worth the time investment. If it were me, I would go back to the full amount of time until I was clear again and then maybe try the full amount of time every other day. The lamp has been working really well for me - I would say better than any of the prescriptions and laser treatments and at a significantly lower cost o
  11. Just thought I'd give a little update. After using the DPL LED for several weeks, it did seem to help with overall inflammation. However, it didn't seem to do a whole lot to prevent new breakouts. They did heal more quickly though. Last week I went ahead and purchased a Beautyskin - and I'm really glad I did. Tomorrow it will be a week that I've had it and already I can see a difference. I haven't had a single new breakout and my skin seems to be much calmer. Since I had already been usin
  12. Thanks for the input. I was on a mission yesterday and purchased the DPL before anyone had replied. You're right though, once both of you pointed it out, I did notice that it does not have the blue light. I purchased the unit below the retail price through a best offer on eBay. I'm hoping that for my purposes, it will still work. The web site does mention that it does improve acne. In my case, it's not so much the acne itself as the inflammation that results from it. The tiniest blemish s
  13. Hi, just had a question and was wondering if anyone could offer any insight. I'm one of the older ones, didn't acquire acne until I went off of the pill at age 35. (As an aside, I wonder what will happen to people who are prescribed the pill to clear up acne - I didn't have it before I went on them.) Started out relatively mild and got progressively worse. For the most part, it is much better now. I currently take Adoxa and Nicomide, wash with Purpose liquid cleanser, use Nicomide gel in th
  14. I've used baby wipes to remove makeup for years - as long as I can remember. They seem to be pretty gentle (safe enough for a new born) and they do a good job of removing everything, even waterproof stuff. Don't get any eye fog from them either. I don't believe they irritate my face - they are the one thing that hasn't changed since I acquired my late in life acne (other than purely hormonal outbreaks, my acne didn't kick into high gear until after I went off of bc at the ripe old age of 35!)