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The_Snow_Queen

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  2. Sodium lauryl sulfate is worst when it's listed as the second ingredient on an ingredients list. In Cetaphil's Gentle Skin Cleanser, it is the fourth ingredient.
  3. The way I see it many of the breakouts one experiences when first using salicylic acid would have happened over time anyway. And in the longrun, salicylic acid should help prevent breakouts. Assuming salicylic acid is an effective treatment for you like it is for many, you would most likely be subject to more scarring if you didn't use it than if you did. When you say you're afraid of scarring, do you mean red marks, which are not really scars, or true indented or raised acne scars?
  4. From what I understand the Murad regimen does feature unnecessarily irritating products using ingredients like drying alcohols, though I can't comment on specific products without seeing the complete ingredients lists. It is best to avoid unnecessary skin irritants to prevent as much damage to the skin from occurring as possible. Notice I say "unnecessary" skin irritants; some irritation from various treatments like exfoliation is inevitable, but the benefits can outweigh the negatives. Ingr
  5. That's too bad; your acne sounds like it is a terrible ordeal for you. Hopefully an over-the-counter regimen will help. I apologize if I sound pessimistic, but there is a good chance that over-the-counter products will not be enough on their own (though they definately could help a lot). I don't know why doctors and dermatologists first prescribe antibiotics to acne sufferers; they should be used as a last resort or to help get breakouts under control in the first place because they cannot
  6. Salicylic acid should not be used with alkaline products, like bar soaps (but bar soaps really shouldn't be used on the skin anyway; see my pinned thread in this forum), because these can negatively impact the effectiveness of a salicylic acid product. I would not recommend using more than one type of exfoliant, manual or chemical, at a time. Diacneal contains glycolic acid, so I would not recommend using this at the same time as your Paula's Choice BHA product. Most salicylic acid products
  7. Bar soap should never be used on the skin. They tend to have alkaline pH levels, which encourages bacterial growth. The ingredients which keep them in bar form can leave a pore-clogging film on the face. Bar soaps inevitably contain harsh cleansing agents; sometimes bar soaps contain emollient ingredients like shea butter to mask the drying effects, but these emollients add to the risk of more clogged pores because they also do not rinse well from the skin. Always use surfectant-based and so
  8. It is always better to use gentle cleansers. You can't scrub away breakouts, and the irritation can aggravate. If you have oily skin and buy a drying cleanser, that won't prevent the oil from coming back and your end result will be both flaky and greasy skin. I can't comment on specific cleansers without seeing complete ingredients lists.
  9. The cleanser would be better if it didn't contain the rose extract and other additional fragrances, which are irritating to the skin (as far as I know there is no conclusive research that rose is beneficial to the skin; if it does have antioxidant properties there are less-irritating antioxidants available). Since this is a rinse-off product and the rose extract is not in contact with the skin for very long, it is probably not too much of a problem for the skin unless your skin is very reactive
  10. It is documented that salicylic acid does have some antimicrobial properties, though I am not sure what exactly it is most effective at killing. I would think if it were to help with killing the p. acnes bacteria, it would be by exfoliating away the clog so that oxygen can better penetrate the pore (p. acnes is anaerobic). However, this is just my guess; I don't know this for fact.
  11. The Clinique sunscreen I use is matte and not very hydrating, but that's great for oily skin because oily skin does not need a moisturizer at all. The sunscreen is very slightly tinted; I would recommend testing it out at a Clinique counter prior to purchase. If you order online from Clinique's official web site it is my understanding that you can be refunded for used products that you dislike, though don't quote me on that. If you have both areas of dryness and oiliness, you can spot treat t
  12. Some people get great results with azelaic acid, others find that it does little or nothing to help, and then there are those for whom it makes acne worse. Which category you fall in depends on you. No one can tell you how well it will work for you specifically. If you haven't been using azelaic acid that long (under a month), I would continue to use it and hope that things improve. I would recommend you try and use it for at least two months, unless you are obviously having a bad reaction.
  13. From what I understand the Murad regimen does feature unnecessarily irritating products using ingredients like drying alcohols, though I can't comment on specific products without seeing the complete ingredients lists. It is best to avoid unnecessary skin irritants to prevent as much damage to the skin from occurring as possible. Notice I say "unnecessary" skin irritants; some irritation from various treatments like exfoliation is inevitable, but the benefits can outweigh the negatives. Ingr
  14. Salicylic acid should not be used with alkaline products, like bar soaps (but bar soaps really shouldn't be used on the skin anyway; see my pinned thread in this forum), because these can negatively impact the effectiveness of a salicylic acid product. I would not recommend using more than one type of exfoliant, manual or chemical, at a time. Diacneal contains glycolic acid, so I would not recommend using this at the same time as your Paula's Choice BHA product. Most salicylic acid products
  15. If your acne is as bad as you are describing, you can try over-the-counter products, but chances are you'll probably need the help of a dermatologist.
  16. According to the makers of Differin, salicylic acid and sulfur can be used with the treatment with caution. If you just started using any one of these treatments, you may not want to apply them separately until your skin has gotten used to the treatment(s), which should take a few weeks. Disinfectants like sulfur can be used as often as twice daily but must be used at least once daily. Salicylic acid can be used as often as twice daily and as little as once every other day, though you'll prob
  17. Some people get great results with azelaic acid, others find that it does little or nothing to help, and then there are those for whom it makes acne worse. Which category you fall in depends on you. No one can tell you how well it will work for you specifically. If you haven't been using azelaic acid that long (under a month), I would continue to use it and hope that things improve. I would recommend you try and use it for at least two months, unless you are obviously having a bad reaction.
  18. I like Paula's Select Barely There Sheer Matte Blush. They're very natural-looking and easy to apply. Which shade you get depends on your skin tone (there's a shade selection chart on the site); if you have dark skin you probably will find that the Soft Matte Blushes are better because they have more pigment and show up better. Also, I tried Jane's blushes when I stayed the night over at my friend's house unexpectedly and needed to get makeup from Wal*Mart really quickly and was really surpri
  19. Part of your problem may also have been that you did not apply enough sunscreen or that you needed to reapply your sunscreen If you haven't already seen it, you may find this article, which details facts about sun exposure and proper sunscreen application, helpful: http://www.cosmeticscop.com/learn/sun.asp?ID=163 Wearing sunscreen is an important part of preventing dark patches from occuring and worsening, but you'll probably find that you need the help of an inhibitor of melanin production t
  20. It is a broad-spectrum sunscreen, but all the fragrance it contains might be a problem. Are you looking specifically for an SPF 30 sunscreen, or would an SPF 15 sunscreen be OK? You might like the SPF 15 lotions Dove, Olay, and Almay make. You might also like some of the lotions Clinique offers, which come with higher SPF ratings. Or you might like Neutrogena's Dry-Touch Sunscreens, which also come with higher SPF ratings (though if you have areas of dry skin you'll probably need to wear a s
  21. Almay daily moisturizer for normal/combination skin with grape seed has an SPF of 15 and it's wonderful. It has antioxidants that can help soothe the irritation you are experiencing. It might help with your flakes, too. That would work too. It contains a broad-spectrum sunscreen and ingredients which are not likely to cause irritation or breakouts. Because Almay is best-known as a makeup brand, Almay skincare products are often times found in the makeup aisle.
  22. Although product reviews can be useful in determining the application, feel, finish, etc... of a product, I very rarely use product reviews to determine how well a product works. There are many reasons for this, including: 1) Often users haven't been using the product long enough (a month at the very minimum) to determine whether or not that product is really working 2) Users often don't include what other treatments they are using which might instead be responsible for their improved skin co
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