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noether

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  1. I think all the exfoliation is overkill. Just use a gentle cleanser and moisturizer, and give it a little time. If it's been a week or so and your face still looks dull, try using Alpha Hydrox oil-free formula at night for awhile.
  2. Aveeno ultra-calming foaming cleanser and Eucerin Q10 SPF 15 moisturizer.
  3. I'm not saying that this cleanser is the sole reason that I cleared up-- age (coupled with cutting out all products besides cleanser) may have taken care of the bulk of my acne. However, it seems that Aveeno ultra-calming foaming cleanser pushes me over the hurdle from mostly clear skin to completely clear skin. So I hope I didn't give anybody false hope about this product being a miracle.
  4. I just wanted to suggest that you try Aveeno ultra-calming foaming cleanser if you haven't given it a shot yet. The first cleanser to really make a positive difference for me was Eucerin Pore Purifying Wash (which I posted about previously). When I used that, I had a significant reduction in acne, and had only a few small pimples at a time. Then I ran out of it and fortuitously came across the Aveeno. I used it for four months and had the clearest skin I've had since I was 12 years old (I'm
  5. I think the concern with using Differin during the day is that it, like all retinoids, will make your skin more sensitive to the sun.
  6. If you haven't picked up a new cleanser yet, I recommend Eucerin Pore Purifying wash. It has very few ingredients and it's gentle. Moreover, it lathers so I think you could use it for shaving. I can only find it online (drugstore.com, amazon.com) but I think some pharmacies might have it. If you can't find it, then the next thing I'd recommend is Aveeno Ultra-Calming foaming cleanser. However, it's a foam- i.e. it doesn't lather per se, so it probably wouldn't be the best for shaving.
  7. Do you eat acidic foods regularly? Sometimes when I binge on oranges or tomatoes, I get sores in my mouth.
  8. dumbmrblah, I don't get rashes that leave behind blemishes so I can't offer any advice there. But when I get really stressed or tired, my face turns reddish and radiates heat. Ugh. Some of us just have what can only be described as "bad skin" in general.
  9. I second that suggestion. Eucerin Pore Purifying cleanser is non-medicated, non-drying, and cleanses dirt and oil well. It's my favorite.
  10. Oops, I posted this in the wrong forum. I didn't intend to post it in the "over-the-counter acne medications" forum, lest anybody think I meant for antihistamines to be used for treatment of acne. If a mod could move it to a more appropriate forum (e.g. the general acne forum) I'd appreciate it.
  11. I've been taking antihistamines for about a month for allergies that cropped up as a result of being in a different environment. My face has largely cleared up-- I still have a somewhat rough skin texture, but not much visible inflammatory acne. Coincidence--I'm just finally outgrowing it at age 20? Or are the antihistamines preventing inflammatory acne? Please note that I am not advocating the use of antihistamines for the treatment of acne. I am just wondering if anybody else has noticed a
  12. It does a good job of removing dirt and oil, but without making you dry. What I really like is that it is simple--no fragrance or colors--so you're not putting unnecessary junk on your face. It hasn't cleared me up, but I didn't expect it to work that miracle. If you want a good gentle cleanser, this is great.
  13. That'd be awesome if there was a generic Yasmin. I'm paying a little over $38/month for the stuff! Thanks alot, insurance, what a help you are. Yasmin hasn't done much of anything for my acne but the regulated cycle without awful cramps is great and I'm too scared to switch to a cheaper birth control because I'm afraid another pill will make me gain weight or give me cystic acne.
  14. Eucerin Q10 Anti-Wrinkle with SPF 15. Love the stuff, it's the best of the four moisturizers I've tried (the others being Neutrogena Oil-Free, Cetaphil, and Olay Complete). Not greasy, but thick enough to moisturize well.
  15. Frozen blueberries are good and they're pretty cheap when they're on sale.
  16. I go through phases where I eat blueberries ravenously (when they're on sale!). Anyway, I never noticed any skin clearing as a result. But they're still delicious and even if they don't help your face, their antioxidant properties will help your brain.
  17. Hehe...just so ya know for future reference-- benzene is a carcinogenic compound and you need to wear gloves when handling it. You don't wanna be rubbing that on your face.
  18. I've never tried light therapy- but, I have used Benzamycin and that was definitely the culprit for making my skin excessively dry. Here's what I'd do: 1) Get a good, non-medicated moisturizer with SPF 15 for the day, especially since the things you've been prescribed make you more sensitive to the sun. Right now I'm using Eucerin Q-10 anti-wrinkle skin lotion and I think it's the best I've tried so far. (Not that I'm old and wrinkly, but it's a good moisturizer, and I don't think the Q-10 i
  19. Yasmin hasn't worked at all for me. I'm on my fourth month of it and I plan to stay on until I finish the two other packs that I already purchased. Just know that you can't expect results simply because it worked for somebody else. Acne treatment is too individual.
  20. If it's just a little blood, it could be from dryness in the anal area. Search for posts by Antony and craigms on this topic.
  21. Dogs get acne too. My vet said the bumps around my dog's mouth/chin area are "canine acne."
  22. Maybe it means 3 refills. At any rate, just use it twice a day. If some idiot derm told you to use it morning, noon, and night, I wouldn't do it. Washing and using Benzaclin that many times would just cause irritation and dryness with no added benefit. After the 3 refills, if you like how it's working, call your doctor for a few more refills.
  23. Um, if it's on your receipt, i think it's the identification of the cashier, as in "sales rep 3."
  24. I'd say go with the AHA instead of BP, if you have some on hand. BP will dry it out, as will the AHA, but BP makes my red marks last >6 months. (I stopped using BP a little over 2 months ago, and noticed that my new red marks from the past two months are now lighter than the ones that have been there over 6 months.) Also, icing seems to help me a bit.
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