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  1. Okay, so it's been a couple of weeks since starting the "minimal products" experiment. My skin seemed to like it for the first week or so, and then I broke out after that. I tried to just apply tea tree oil to the blemishes, but it seemed to lose it's effect. I also noticed that maybe my blemishes were being caused by skin build up... So, now, I've switched to Burt's Bee's Honey and Shea Sugar Scrub, Dr. Bronner's Tea Tree Castile liquid soap, the occasional dab of tea tree oil, and Cetaphil
  2. Thanks for all the advice! It has been 3 days since I stopped using my regular face washes, lotions, etc. and my skin seems to be liking it! I actually did dab a little tea tree oil on a blemish yesterday, and it went down a lot overnight. So I may hang on to that trick during this experiment. I've tried honey before, but it doesn't seem to do anything... it actually makes my jawline itchy. I don't have a honey or bee allergy, so not sure what causes that. I'll keep at it and updat
  3. Thanks for the response! I have very few blemishes at any given time... maybe two or three at once. I just feel like my body needs a break. In doing so, I'm going to give my skin a break too! I'm hoping to have the same fabulous results you've experienced! If you have any suggestions for me, I'd appreciate it! Thanks again
  4. Hello All, So I guess I'll just jump into it: today is my first day of using minimal products on my skin! I'm going to attempt to do an edited version of the "caveman regimen". My new regimen involves putting aside all of my chemical face washes, lotions, soaps, and makeup... well, for the most part. As of right now, I have a bright red spot that will most likely scar (sigh) and a small blemish right smack on the center of my chin that I am covering with a very light foundation. Other th
  5. Sorry to hear you haven't seen any improvements... Any updates so far? I've actually recently started using a Clay Mask called Aztec Secret Indian Clay (bentonite clay) and it has actually helped me with my blackheads, particularly the really large and deep ones on my nose. The bentonite clay also helps with acne and improves circulation. It's super cheap too!
  6. Hello All, So I'm a 22 year old female and have mild acne. I am also on the pill (Ortho Tri Cyclen) just for reference. I have done a little research, and as far as I can tell, my chin/jawline acne is due to hormones. However, I thought that the pill was supposed to help regulate this? I keep my hands off my face, I don't rest my chin on my hands... I use mild products, and very few products. Despite all this, I keep getting one or two deep, under the skin pimples on my chin/ja
  7. The Paula's Choice BHA products (whether you use the one I mentioned or not) treat both the surface and inside pores. That's what makes BHA products so effective; they treat both areas. I use the Paula's Choice 2% BHA treatment every night... sometimes the morning if I see "problem" areas. And by "improvement overnight", I mean that I had a breakout on my forehead, and I applied the product before bed (I had received it earlier that day). The next morning, the breakout had been redu
  8. Hi JackTwick! I agree with the above threads that you should use a BHA cleanser... I also agree that Paula's Choice products work wonders! Right now, I am using the 2% BHA liquid exfoliant and saw results literally overnight. It helped with both my acne and my pores, particularly blackheads (especially those stubborn ones!). http://www.paulaschoice.com/shop/skin-care-categories/aha-and-bha-exfoliants/_/skin-perfecting-two-percent-bha-liquid-exfoliant/ That's the link to what I'
  9. Yes, Mononessa is a birth control pill. I was actually on Lo Loestrin Fe for around a year before switching over to Mononessa (it was costing WAY too much!). Between the two, I'd have to say that with Mononessa, I've definitely had better acne control. I have very mild acne, and so with the extra hormonal balance from birth control I'm able to keep any breakouts under control. I agree with you completely that you should stick it out just a little longer! It usually takes 6 months b
  10. I would recommend Mononessa (also goes by Orth Tri-Cyclen) if you are looking to control or clear your acne. My acne used to be crazy! But having been on Mononessa for about six months now, I've noticed it stays under control and my monthly breakouts are minimal. I've had a lot of luck with this pill, and would suggest it to you (or at least ask your doctor about it!). PS - I haven't noticed any side effects with this one either!
  11. HDsaurusRex

    Irritated Skin

    Irritated Skin

    I tried Tee Tree Oil as a spot treatment and found it too harsh/concentrated for my sensitive skin. I had one particularly bad experience... I applied it as a spot treatment to one stubborn pimple. I used a q-tip to put a tiny spot of Tee Tree Oil on the blemish and left it on overnight. I woke up to dry, irritated skin near the spot treatment. Perhaps if your skin is not sensitive or dry-prone, give this a shot! Otherwise I would suggest trying something else. (I highly suggest
  12. HDsaurusRex

    Good Product

    Good Product

    I used to use this product everyday for a year as my morning and night facial cleanser... it didn't dry out my skin and got rid of any excess oils. I didn't really find that helped me (personally) to keep acne away; it simply kept what I had from getting worse. If you want to get rid of acne, I suggest using something else. However, as a daily wash to get rid of oil build up, this is a great product!
  13. Great as a Facial Cleanser!!

    I've been using the Tea Tree Oil mix for about three weeks now as a daily facial cleanser, and I have to give it a thumbs up. It has actually helped reduce my blemishes without drying out my already dry skin. I also have sensitive skin, and so was hesitant about using something so concentrated... but this soap hasn't irritated my skin at all!
  14. Great Product!

    I've spent countless dollars on products promising results, but nothing has compared to Paula's Choice Skin Perfecting 2% BHA Liquid. My skin is dry, acne-prone, pigmented, and sensitive, and so I had hesitations about using a BHA product... I have been using this product for a little over two weeks and can already see a difference! My skin's texture is better, blemishes are practically non-existent, and my problem with blackheads is getting better! Since it is an Exfoliant, I did experience
  15. Hi there jonathantc22, I feel your pain about cysts... I recently had one under the corner of my mouth. It WASN'T pretty. To get rid of any cystic acne that plagues my skin, I have a few methods I use: 1) Hot Compress - A hot compress doesn't cost money and can actually reduce the lifespan of a cyst. Don't use very hot water though. A good gauge is to dip your fingers into the water; you don't want it to burn but rather to feel comfortably warm. Use a clean, soft cloth and whate