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  1. Do you get really anxious before starting school? If so, it seems that your acne is probably hormonal, in which case a very important step to manage it is to manage stress. Also, do you discontinue treatment when your skin clears up? Typically, anyone who suffers from at least moderate acne will have to stick to their routine for quite awhile to keep it from returning. As for specifically how long that is, we're mostly at the mercy of our genetics. It's likely to taper off when you're in your tw
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    I've just learned about post-inflammatory erythema. What the hell, where do these terms end? Apparently, PIH denotes brown spots whereas red spots indicate PIE. Well, that's not the kind of pie I want. But, are they treated differently, or am I chewing on useless information?
  3. Really good stuff, for the most part

    This cream is great at reducing redness, and is provided in ample quantity. Results come quickly, but in my own experience, I've found it to be limited. It caused no irritation whatsoever and has only a very subtle scent. There are some drawbacks to consider. For one, you'll most likely find that this is the densest viscosity possible for a topical cream, the consistency is very much like clay. Also, it's highly resistant to rinsing, so be careful with how much you apply. A thin layer is all yo
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    The kojic acid soap, as of now, seems to be working. Given that the process of restoring hyperpigmented skin to normal is a very slow one, I would say that the results I've seen so far are a good sign of progress. But it also seems to be causing - though not significant - a slight adverse effect. It's really a miracle if I find some shit that has any effectiveness at all with no considerable repercussions.
  5. I'd recommend using it for body treatment only. The skin on your face is much thinner than the rest of your body, and as such, it usually doesn't have as much tolerance for robust chemicals. When introducing any new topical substance to your face, begin with a very small amount. If that's all it takes to cause an adverse effect, it most likely won't work under any circumstances. If a more generous quantity causes less-than severe irritation, redness, etc., it may or may not still be effective
  6. Arguably the simplest way to get the most bang for your buck is to perform a generalized search (such as "benzoyl peroxide acne treatment" instead of a specific product) on whatever online shopping site you prefer to use and sort by "price: low to high." From there, examine the most highly rated items (ideally with at least 20 reviews or so) and you'll be able to sort the good from the bad while staying in a favorable price range. Of course, it's highly advisable to read those reviews rather t
  7. I have a few blemishes on my forearms and around the elbows that only long-sleeved clothing can hide. A couple have still only partially faded after about 2 - 3 years. It's very, very frustrating, and don't worry, the vent is perfectly acceptable and not offensive in the least.
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    I've just learned of niacinamide serum and I'm tempted to try it. I just want a topical treatment for PIH that won't aggravate existing acne, if such a thing exists.
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    I'm super selective about everything I buy online, especially acne treatment, and yet I've just been sifting around through failure after failure. I analyze every ingredient in the list for their comedogenic properties, I read reviews, I determine the validity of those reviews (e.g, blacklist anything with reviews stating "I received this product at a steep discount in exchange for my honest and unbiased review"), and yet, I spiral down the path of a fallible shopper. Well, I'm putting my fait
  10. I've been wondering this about myself as well. You should get a blood test before anything else, after which you might be able to receive professional advice on what you can do to reduce your testosterone to a moderate level, if it is, in fact, excessive. When it comes to diet, be wary that some foods can increase estrogen levels and that can aggravate acne much the same way as testosterone.
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    Sudocrem Antiseptic Healing Cream. It's the only thing that's providing me decent results. That's all I have to say.
  12. Careful, largely differing formulas

    I bought this awhile back after finding it on this site and being enticed by the mostly positive reviews. It was of no benefit whatsoever, it simply made my acne appearance worse. As it turns out, this astringent comes in variants, and I wasn't buying what I thought I was. Here's the ingredients of the original formula: Water, Alcohol Denat., Camphor, Peppermint Oil, Eugenia Caryophyllus Oil (Clove), Eucalyptus Globulus Oil, Eugenol, Sodium Benzoate, Yellow No. 5, Orange No. 4 As you can see,
  13. It might be keratosis pilaris. It's more often found in body areas like the chest or back, but its presence on the face isn't rare. Moisturizers are highly emphasized in the treatment of KP, as well as AHA's and BHA's. Of course, it's very advisable to seek a potential diagnosis, after which you could try prescription treatments and/or medications.
  14. Good to know it's not just me. I like the copy+paste idea.
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    Oh, how convenient, the site went temporarily unavailable when I clicked submit. Let's try again... It's been 5 months. Quite awhile for nothing to happen. Actually though, after several years, it's finally begun to seem reasonable to believe that my acne has improved somewhat. But not significantly. And not quickly either. Granted, it's not all down to the product, because I haven't been very responsible about maintaining a consistent routine. But, I don't blame myself 100% for that. I'm in a