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  1. AHAs increase your sun sensitivity for a while, and irritation is common when you first start use. Make sure you're also using a sunscreen, and increase use of the AHA gradually.
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    Stopping Diane-35

    Keep us updated... I'm curious because I first started having skin problems when I came off a bc pill several months ago... I'm still having some issues, though I'm not sure now whether it's because of some products I've started using since I had my first breakouts.
  3. Some people do break out in response to titanium dioxide or zinc oxide. Sadly, while both are supposed to be more gentle (and are therefore used in baby sunscreen products), they may clog pores more.
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    post-acne hyperpigmentation

    I have medium brown skin myself, and leftover dark marks... So far, I'm considering trying apple cider vinegar, some product containing retinol (like the neutrogena anti-wrinkle anti-blemish lotion), manual exfoliation with St. Ives or a similar scrub, a glycolic acid product like Neutrogena healthy skin face lotion... I dunno, trying to think of more stuff here Also, I highly recommend putting extra sunscreen on pimples as soon as they burst... I did that on a big pimple recently and the hyp
  5. bluespigot

    Glycolic Acid Users CHECK THIS OUT! PICS

    This is fascinating - thanks for posting the pics so diligently, Sgt Pepper... looks like you're getting great results. Are you using sunscreen now? Also, it would be great if you'd post another pic in like a week or so, to see how the healing process finishes up.
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    Shiny Face?

    I'd recommend Papier Poudre, available on Amazon.com. The powder is noncomedogenic. My problem with the Clean and Clear sheets is that they contain mineral oil and propylene glycol, and there are some people who think these are skin irritants.
  7. The Neutrogena Healthy Skin Face lotion used to work great for me... now it just seems to break me out. I would say if your skin isn't really sensitive right now, then go for it...
  8. The "Great Urban Myth" marches on!! Bryan Is the "myth" the idea that overwashing causes the body to compensate by producing more sebum? I've heard such contradictory things on this subject... i.e. applying moisturizer decreases sebum because your skin "detects" the presence of moisture, or contrastingly, that the body pumps out a set amount of sebum no matter what, so nothing topical (except maybe retinoids) would have an effect... Hmm...
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    Oily skin

    I've been looking into anti-androgens for a while now, and here's my list: licorice root extract exercising a lot (higher testosterone while you exercise, baseline declines however) meditation / relaxation exercise (adrenal glands also make testosterone) nizoral Stuff with estrogenic effects: black cohosh soy anything else with isoflavones, like peanuts So i've been trying to incorporate these things in gradually.. we'll see how it goes!!
  10. Well, mine are 6 months ago to the present, and i'm expecting to wait at least 1 to 2 years for them to fade. if they don't fade by then, i'll look into laser treatment.
  11. Hey, yeah my skin gets hugely discolored when i apply bp, even though i put sunscreen on top of it, and then it takes days for the scaly, purple skin to recover. so i don't use bp. perhaps we're mildly allergic to it?
  12. hi there, good to hear you're having some success with your regimen! i may try some of that mandelic acid stuff soon... i don't really have an answer to your question, but i've pondered it myself - it IS difficult to tell whether a breakout is product-caused or purging-caused... i know i recently tried a retinol / glycolic acid containing product and it was definitely causing a breakout / purge of some sort, within one to two days... the larger issue is, will a purge-breakout in areas of you
  13. hey, AHAs tend to cause initial breakouts, like many other products. I actually had a similar experience with a product I used to tolerate just fine (Neutrogena Healthy Skin spf 15 with glycolic acid) and gave up on it because I didn't want to risk anything... But if you stick with it (and use a proper sunscreen, since AHAs increase your sun sensitivity) the benefits will be visible in a while.
  14. I used the Healthy Skin spf 15 lotion in the winter (before I had skin issues) with some success - it contains glycolic acid, so although there was a mild sting, it made my skin glow. Tried using it again post-skin issues, and it just irritates my skin. Maybe it's because there's a lot more sunlight now, so it makes me sensitive. Hmmm... Or maybe it's because my skin just isn't happy anymore and reacts to everything
  15. Yeah, had really good skin, went on Aviane for a short while, felt really depressed (like I had PMS all the time), came off it, broke out bad and am still dealing with skin issues 6 months down the road. But hey, I'm sure it helps clear up skin for a lot of people...
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