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About annie404

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  1. I started Duac Gel (clinda 1% - BP 5%) and Tazorac (0.05%) two weeks ago. So far, all I can say is ouch. Ok, I lied, I want to scream, "OUCH!!". Here is my history. I am 29, female, with an on again off again history of acne ranging from mild to cystic. I've been on everything, literally, everything including two rounds of Accutane in college. My skin is very sensitive, like I can't wear any wool clothing and most cashmeres bother my skin kind of sensitive, and very dry. I remember starti
  2. Agreed on the neosporin. It's scabbed over because you tore the surface skin. It's swollen and it hurts because you bruised the underlying tissue in the process. When you can be makeup free, wash the area thoroughly, ice it down for 10 - 15 minutes, and apply a tiny dab of neosporin. Then don't touch!!! Follow your evening routine and apply neosporin again in lieu of BP on that area. Repeat until the surface is no longer raw/scabbed. This should help prevent a lingering red spot too. Goo
  3. I too have very sensitive skin. When I started the regimen, I instantly cleared for the first week and then the second week, all my acne came back and I was flaming red, ouchey, and peeling. Applying moisturizer burned so badly I wanted to cry. I was starting to think that my acne wasn't all that bad... Then I read some posts on sensitive skin and decided to modify my approach. Here's what I did that worked: 1) Week One - do nothing (no washing, no moisturizing, no makeup, no BP) while m
  4. I can't think of a single website with an apostrophe, fyi. Dankernsregimen.com is long, but it's not difficult to type. I like DKRegimen.com too. Just make sure you keep "regimen" in the title. Everyone associates your product line with that word. If you're still working on a name for the new product line, I like Dan Kern's Regimen or Kern's Skincare Regimen.
  5. 1) Wash hands thoroughly with anti-bacterial soap. 2) Gently wash face with fingtertips, light circular motion, lots of water splashing. 3) Towel to face only once to remove excess water, let air dry before applying BP. -> Note: I change my towels twice a week. Yes, I am crazy clean when it comes to my skin. I could not imagine using a washcloth. For one, a wet towel is probably a nice breeding ground for bacteria. I'd think a washcloth would be very rough and irritating too. Scrubbing c
  6. Stop, breathe in, breathe out. Everything will be ok. Go back to using the Cetaphil Gentle Cleanser. If you read the reviews on Dan's Cleanser, a few people have experienced heavy breakouts. You may be one of the unfortunate few who can't use the new cleanser. Follow the regimen religiously - (AM & PM) Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser, Dan's BP - dry 15 mins, Cetaphil Moisturizing Lotion. Nothing else. You know the drill. I swear by changing my sheets/pillowcases/towels twice a week
  7. I love Bobbi Brown's blush (the powder one). It's expensive, $20, but the quality is excellent. Blush lasts forever too and you only need one. I've been using the same blush everyday for two years and I'm not even down to the metal yet. I've never broken out from blush, fyi. You will need to try on blush before you buy it. Most blushes don't look the same on your skin as they do in the container. Many department store makeup counters have free samples, that's the best way to sample a pr
  8. I love Bobbi Brown Extra Balm Rinse. It's expensive ($55 for 7.3 oz), but the jar lasts for well over a year. It's a yellow gelatin that melts into a creamy jelly that you gently massage into your skin. It takes away everything, including water-proof mascara, and washes away clean, leaving my sking super glowy-soft. The trick is to apply sparingly. A little gentle massaging won't hurt your skin, just don't rub, only a light, gentle swirl is needed. And to add a cosmetics nerd comment, E
  9. "Definitely trying the Aveeno Ultra-Calming Moisturizer Cream and the Burt's Bees Beeswax one as well... Anyone recommend or passionately hate this one?" I passionately hate Aveeno Ultra-Calming Moisturizer. I applied it 15 mins after CSR gel in evening and my face burned for several hours. I tried it for a week, just to make sure it wasn't a fluke response, but oh no, the burning sensation didn't subside, so I discontinued use. I have very dry, sensitive, fair skin and most products cause
  10. In my experience, eating chips makes me breakout around my mouth and chin. My theory is that it has nothing to do with the ingredients of the chips themselves, but instead the force of biting into a chip creates a kind of springboard that launches all the loose salty, greasy seasoning onto my face, which in turn causes a series of very tiny little whiteheads conveniently located where all that crap landed. So, if I'm eating chips, I just make it a point to eat them in one bite. I swear by d