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  1. Paula's Choice 2% BHA Gel/Lotion works well on the tiny bumps. It does take time, but it is well worth the money and time spent (also considering that each Paula's Choice bottle lasts FOREVER). For the more stubborn bumps, I've been using Green Cream Level 3. It's worked very well, so much so that after 3 months (how long the Green Cream Level 3 lasted when applying once a day), I've taken care of most of the larger bumps. Green Cream Level 6 should do the trick, but I would suggest starting
  2. 1. Try not to squeeze. 2. Try to use fewer products or find ones that are not harsh on your skin. 3. Use a non-pore clogging makeup so you worry about your face and thus touch it less. I use Neutrogena SkinClearing Oil-Free Makeup Natural Look Blemish Treatment with Salicylic Acid, Golden Ivory 25 Neutrogena SkinClearing Oil-Free Makeup Natural Look Blemish Treatment with Salicylic Acid, Golden Honey.
  3. Remember not to squeeze If I squeeze by accident (overall stopped picking/squeezing) , I make sure to wash my face with Cetaphil Daily Facial Cleanser and put on lotion/Paula's Choice 2% Gel and it's ok.
  4. I am using an electric razor, and used to have problems with blocked pores appearing around the shaving area. Shaving against the grain and being real smooth causes problems for me in the form of blocked pores and pimples. A few tips: 1. First trim with the trimmer, shaving with the grain. 2. Shave with the razor, again with the grain. It won't be very close of a shave, but I compromised and really look no different (since by the end of the day, you'll have visible facial hair). As long as
  5. Hey there - you're not alone. I used to do that a lot too (like 3 months ago). In the end, I felt like I was getting the gunk out, but the same pimples in the same spots came back later on. 1. Remind yourself that picking/squeezing will not help. Honestly after not picking/squeezing, my redness and bumps have been reduced (combined with other solutions). The skin can heal itself and the white bump will fall off when it's ready. 2. Use a makeup made for acne. I am using Neutrogena SkinClea
  6. I'm using 2% BHA lotion and it has helped with some of the closed comedones, as well as cyst growth. For the more stubborn ones (the clogged pores that are flesh-colored), I'd recommend trying something else in addition to the 2% BHA gel. I'm trying Green Cream Level 3; it seems to be working well for being a lot weaker than Level 6 (bringing the clogs to the surface).
  7. You may want to describe your acne, as there are different types (inflammatory, clogged pores). As such, you want to use a mild cleanser like Cetaphil or Eucerin Redness Relief in the morning and nighttime, and a light moisturizer if required (seems like you don't when you're not on Mynocyclin). The side effects seem severe and it's not a great trade-off. Like vulcan3000 said, antibiotics are really not a long-term solution and you want to get to the heart of the problem. There is no cure-al
  8. LionQueen, good to hear from you again! The Snow Queen has been doing a great job in your absence I have a quick question for anyone who'd like to answer - is it ok to squeeze out gunk that you know will come out from clogged pores? I've heard it's best to leave it alone and let it come out by itself, but I have conflicting feelings about this - my clogged pores never came to the surface after years of waiting! I have been using level 3 Green Cream (want to start out slow), and would like
  9. These are clogged pores. I know from firsthand experience that even if you squeeze them, they will come back. Paula's Choice 2% BHA works well for the most part - non-irritating and a bottle lasts a long time (price is ~$16, $20 with shipping). For the really stubborn ones, I'm trying Green Cream (starting off with Level 3). It is 3x as expensive than the BHA, but I'm sure it will help. Shoutout to LionQueen for writing about these two products
  10. You don't need to totally stress out about it, but just wash when you have the time. It's good though that you take care of face
  11. Flax oil capsules if you are allergic to seafood (and thus can't take fish oil capsules).
  12. You can get lactose-free milk (it's sold in every supermarket), but it's more expensive than regular milk. I'd say the taste is more sweet, but I've stopped milk altogether and am taking calcium + vitamin D supplements. Borage oil and evening primrose oil contain gamma linolenic acid (GLA), a fatty acid with anti-inflammatory properties. They help if your body has a problem making GLAs, or if your diet is GLA-deficient (not enough omega-6).
  13. Put a clean face towel inside a plastic sandwich bag, and take it with you. Done!
  14. 1. Dove Essentials Sensitive Skin Lotion - it is light and moisturizing, but I couldn't find it in stores (I ordered in at drugstore.com). It is non-irritating, but if you have dry skin, it may be too light for you. 2. Aveeno Moisturizing Lotion - this is moisturizing as well as non-irritating. 3. Cetaphil Moisturizing Lotion - I'm not sure if this causes pimples (I've stopped using it on my face, or use minimal amounts), but Paula Begoun (Paula's Choice) likes it a lot. It does moisturize
  15. This is due to clogged pores. I have the same things you do, and they are annoying! Do not try to squeeze them out; right now you won't be able to get to the root of the problem (it won't go away and might become an inflamed pimple) and you'll just create a red mark. Right now I'm using Paula's Choice 2% BHA and it's helping a lot. Some of the flesh-colored bumps have come to the surface and I've gotten rid of them. For the really stubborn ones, I'm starting to use Green Cream (thanks to Li