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Siouxsie

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  1. They took before and after photos but I didn't get the photos from them. I suppose I could call and ask if they'll give them to me. No, I didn't take any myself.
  2. Acne.org's AHA lotion seems to work really well for when I'd get cysts and scabby zits. Not sure why, but it would heal faster and be less likely to scar or not as darkly. I also recommend an antibacterial ointment like neosporin or I prefer colloidal silver ointments. Putting moisturizer on top of that can protect it too. Short answer - use both.
  3. Micellar water sounds pretty harmless, but I don't know what brand you're using and its exact ingredients. IMO thorough removal of makeup is pretty important, so I think it's a good idea to make sure you get it all off. "Double cleansing" is popular in korean beauty routines and it works well for me. Basically you use an oil cleanser to remove all makeup and then follow with a gentle, regular face wash. It doesn't break me out but some people are scared of all oils. Micellar water sounds lik
  4. I decided to try Clear and Brilliant because it's a relatively affordable laser with no downtime. I didn't have high expectations but was hoping for some improvement of my texture. I had a few very shallow pit marks on my cheeks and an orange peel / bumpy texture on my chin. My face was mostly clear but always with a few angry cysts. I had large, visible pores and skin overall looked kinda rough. I did a package of 6 sessions and chose the texture laser for all 6 (as opposed to the one fo
  5. If you can hide out for a day to let it heal, do so. Put some antibacterial ointment like neosporin on it (or I personally like a colloidal silver wound ointment) and place a small circle bandaid over it to prevent bumping it and to help keep bacteria out. If you must go out, then a liquid banadage has worked for me. After it dries, I gently apply a little concealer. Be very careful when / if you wash off the liquid bandage later so you don't reopen the wound. Acne spot patches are also v
  6. More and more I find it makes little to no difference. Makeup can make an existing breakout worse for me, but it doesn't cause it. That's why giving it up never worked and I no longer blame makeup. I realize that everyone is different and I have certainly used makeup that didn't agree with me (the typical bad experience with mac), but my skincare and health are the bigger factors. My skin is oily and I look bad with a matte finish because it turns cakey on me and the matte finish highlights my
  7. My skincare is mostly Korean. I love it! Its not a 10 step but it is pretty lengthy. The ingredients are awesome for the price. See my sig for my exact routine. My focus is on - thorough makeup removal with double cleansing (oil Cleanser followed by regular Cleanser) - clear pores with BHA and AHA serums - protecting and soothing with moisturizers and ampoules packed with anti-inflammatories - making my sebum (aka skin oil) more effective (i.e. a natural defense against bacteria). Vitami
  8. How did Ziana work out for you? When did the IB end? It was such a long time ago, that I cannot remember what happened with the IB. I do remember not liking it, which is why I stopped it. I think it was drying and not that effective, if I remember right. My best results have been with BP 2x a day except when I use tazorac at night. I will use 2% tazorac a few nights a week for about a month, then a month rest, and so on. I also moisturize well, which seems to help decrease inflammatio
  9. ^ No it's NOT bad for teens, IMO, because as mentioned, most "anti-aging" ingredients are really just anti-inflammatory (ie. red pimples are inflamed, so anti-inflammatory stuff helps prevent/heal these), anti-oxidant (prevent & heal skin damage), moisturizing and strengthening ingredients which all benefit acne prone skin too. Even if it doesn't specifically help clear acne, it can improve the over all complexion & combat the drying side effects of acne meds (ie. BP or retin-a). The
  10. I just started up on tazarortene again about 8 weeks ago. I had a difficult dry period & my skin was blotchy & raw looking, but the acne was clearing, so I persevered. Then I decided to replace my cetaphil moisturizer at night with Oil of Olay Regenerist Night Cream (the purple one). I did this because of the ingredients (see below) & affordability. Well, the past two weeks have shown vast improvement. I have no doubt it's the tazarotene too, but this seems to be the missing piece.
  11. From my experience, no. However, I use a prescription retinoid (tazarotene), which come in cream form also. I have better results using this than glycolic acid alone, which I used at 10% concentration. I tried that (mainly for financial reasons; couldn't afford a prescription for awhile), and my skin got pretty bad. Glycolic acid helped to heal breakouts faster, keep pores clear, and fade redmarks, but it didn't prevent inflamed acne and cysts for me. When I first stated with a prescriptio
  12. Remember that BP is a treatment, not a cure. Your skin has cleared up due to a consistent treatment. Unless the cause of your acne goes away (hormonal change, etc), then stopping treatment will allow the acne to form again. If you don't use BP, then you'll probably need something else to keep it at bay. I'd look at your family history - do people your age or older generally get acne still? For example: there are several family members of mine who get acne into their 50s, and my skin has follo
  13. You have some rather large inflamed pimples, and considering you are currently treating it with topicals & it's still breaking out like that, I'd label it moderate acne. I'd group it this way: - Mild acne tends to be mostly comedal, possibly with a few small inflamed pimples, the occasional pustule & never cysts. - Moderate is when there are numerous inflamed pimples, including frequent large pustules & a few cysts/nodules on occasion. - Severe includes frequent & numer
  14. Inflammatory acne often hurts because of the inflammation itself. So a small, red pimple can hurt & not be a cyst/nodule, but simply a pustule/papule. Nodules/cysts are identified by their size, "depth" & how long they last: http://www.acne.org/whatisacne.html http://www.acne.org/types-of-acne.html It seems all inflamed acne has potential to scar because of the "break" in the pore wall that occurs, but pustules/papules are less likely to than cysts/nodules because they are larger,
  15. There is no comparable product that I know of. Clindamycin kills bacteria, which both helps prevent & heal acne. The best OTC equivalent is probably good old 2.5% benzoyl peroxide. I doubt the wipes exfoliate much (are they textured?), but if you want some ex-foliating action similar to them, then try some non-medicated, textured towelettes designed to remove makeup &/or cleanse the face. Your current solution sounds easy though, and if it works for you, then you may just want to he
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