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mary prankster

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  1. I'm wondering if your skin can get addicted to moisturizer in the same way that your lips can get addicted to chapstick. I tried googling it, but I couldn't find a straight answer. I've been using a petroleum-based moisturizer and my skin has gotten really dry. I'm wondering if petroleum is more "addictive" to the skin compared to other ingredients, such as glycerin. What do you guys think?
  2. Does face powder lessen or exaggerate the appearance of shallow indented scars?
  3. In your experience, what works better for rolling scars: topically applied retinoid cream, or apple cider vinegar, lemon juice, etc.? I've noticed that many of you claim to have experienced positive results with the apple cider vinegar method. I've been using retinoid cream, but am worried about all the chemicals in it and was wondering if apple cider vinegar would be a good substitute.
  4. Does anyone know of any doctors who administer saline injections in TORONTO? I had many cortisone injections in my face 6 years ago for cystic acne and still have dents in my skin. Two years ago I found an article about saline injections for cortisone atrophy and showed it to my GP. He referred me to a plastic surgeon, but the plastic surgeon said he didn't do saline injections, only dermal fillers. I decided not to get the filler, and thought I would just wait and see what happened. The den
  5. I find that even these kinds of indented scars can smooth out over time. However, I'm talking about several or more years. I use retinoid cream, which is supposed to exfoliate the skin and build collagen. I think that it helps.
  6. I was expecting to see a scar when I looked at the picture. Honestly, whatever scar you might have, it's invisible to other people.
  7. You could try compressing it with warm salt water. The salt will help draw out the infection. I've also tried making a paste out of baking soda and water and then applying it to the affected area after doing a warm compress, and then letting it dry. When the baking soda is dry and beginning to crumble off your face, rinse it off with warm water and pat dry. Then you can try *gently* squeezing the affected area. Probably a clear or yellow coloured liquid will come out. Repeat the process (compres
  8. I broke out really bad in first year too and I feel your pain. You could try an oral contraceptive that suppresses the production of androgens, such as Diane-35 or Alesse. I tried Diane-35 initially and found that it really helped curb my cystic acne. You could also try a topical retinoid cream, which you apply to the skin in the evening before bed. Accutane seems a little extreme in your case seeing as how you don't have any cysts, at least from what I can tell from the pictures.
  9. If you have really dry skin, or skin that's sensitive or irritated (i.e. chronically dry skin, eczema, broken capillaries, etc.), you should avoid washing with hot water. I use lukewarm to cool water to wash my face, and I have really dry sensitive skin.
  10. I have really dry skin and use a tretinoin cream too. I found that taking lukewarm baths instead of showers helps a lot. I use a soft wash cloth to exfoliate the dry skin everyday (move the cloth around gently in little circles), and then moisturize with glaxal base lotion (not the cream version). Also, I found that putting cleanser directly on my face really dries the skin out, so I just fill up the sink with water and add a little cleaner to the water while the skin fills up. Then just rinse y
  11. My sister has oily skin and she loves Complex-15. I have dry skin that is acne prone, and I found that this moisturizer breaks me out, but for her it's fine
  12. I had the same thing happen to me. My face had been pretty clear for about a year, then when I was 19 and in first year university, I started getting cystic acne on my face, but just on my cheeks. I tried minocyclin for almost three months, but it didn't work. I refused accutane, so my dermatologist advised that I take Diane-35, which is a contraceptive pill that is designed to treat moderate acne in women. Since you are female, you could try this and see if it works.
  13. I have eczema and have been using Spectro Derm for Dry Skin for a few weeks. It doesn't burn the way Cetaphil does, and I think it cleans better.
  14. I am looking for an unscented body wash for acne prone skin, and was thinking about trying Spectro Jel for blemish-prone skin. I use Neutrogena Body Clear Body Wash, but it is drying on my skin in the winter and the smell is strong. Have any of you used Spectro Jel as a body wash, and does it work well for mild acne? Thanks!
  15. That's ridiculous. What happens when you make facial expressions? It would look like you have all these rinkles where the mask is creasing. And wouldn't that block the shit out of your pores? Your skin can't breathe.