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  1. I had to comment in this thread because despite being only just turning 21, I'm well seasoned as far as hair straighteners . I have naturally curly (like spirals) and frizzy hair. When I first started using flat irons around 15 or 16, I didn't realize how many different kinds were out there. Always bought ceramic but went through several helen of troy/revlon ones before I finally saved up and bought a solia at folica.com. It's a great iron, and I've used it for a few years now. While I'm still
  2. I agree with the above poster. There's a lot of common things that may contribute to acne, but there are so many factors that go into it. Genes, lifestyle, environmental factors, etc. That's why there's no cure-all for acne, and why what works wonderfully for one person may do nothing for another. Not to mention that what you posted is a little disturbing. I understand the idea that it's hard to test a theory about a condition affecting humans without experimenting on actual people, but ther
  3. True, it seems like everything has at least some downsides. But I think aloe is such a natural substance, it's very very unlikely to do any harm and is very very good for the skin. Maybe additional ingredients in an aloe-based product for some people could cause irritation, but I doubt the aloe itself would. It seems to almost always be the first thing recommended for sunburn and other burns, rashes, inflammation, and such. I've never tried it, but I've seen pure organic aloe at health/natural f
  4. I always wash my face only after I rinse my conditioner out and put in any hair products I'm using...I rarely break out on my forehead, and if I do it's usually because I've not been careful with something I put in my hair.
  5. I've always wondered about this. Figured this was a good place to ask since many here use multiple products at a time. I try to keep it simple, but I'm mostly wondering about acne treatments and moisturizer. I use Klaron lotion from my derm. morning and night. At first I was putting that on first right out of the shower because I figured my pores were open it might help for it to be the first product I put on my skin. But I have dry skin and I noticed that sometimes if I don't rub it in quickly
  6. when I first started using it, I was putting the aspirin in a small bowl and putting in water on top but eventually I realized I was using a bit too much water. Still works, but it was a bit runny. You need very very little, just enough to wet each. So what I do now is put the aspirin in my palm, run them under the faucet quickly so they get wet, and then put them in the bowl. They only take a minute or two to dissolve...they won't look like they are, but if you press on them, they'll just kinda
  7. I don't know about bio oil. If you're definitely looking for aloe GEL, the fruit of the earth aloe everybody is recommending, is probably the best and is widely available. However, if you're just looking to get the benefits from aloe, you might be better off getting some pure aloe at pretty much any health food store. Basically the same effectiveness you'd get if you got it from a plant yourself, but easier.
  8. I don't know anything about the medication you're using on your skin, so I can't comment on it. I'm not sure if you mean that you're noticing redmarks from previous acne as well as from acne after beginning the medication or just the latter. From what it sounds like, though, maybe you didn't notice the red marks because you were focused on taking care of the acne, and because it may have stood out more than the marks themselves. I think alot of people who deal with acne and finally get it cleare
  9. Um, I really hope you're being sarcastic. To the OP, I highly suggest if you're going to tan, do it inside and use tanning lotion/accelerator to keep your skin hydrated. Yeah, you have to pay but you'll likely get faster/better results. Laying out outdoors is way more unpredictable and damaging to your skin than doing it in a tanning bed or booth of some kind (of course, neither indoors or outdoors is the best idea but i'd be a hypocrite if I said I didn't like having a tan also). Especially i
  10. A few years ago, I'm pretty sure that was the only thing keeping me clear. Back then, my skin was more on the oily side and it was a bit drying but it worked well. I haven't used it in a long time because my skin is dry now and definitly can't handle it. If you're oily and not sensitive, it's worth a try.
  11. while I agree the sarcasm wasn't necessary, it's kind of hard to expect anyone to know what kind of soap it is considering how many different types and brands of soaps that are sold. Is it general soap, like the kind you would use on your body too or specifically for acne? Is it something you could find in a supermarket or is it from a specialty store? The only green soap I can think of is Irish Spring.
  12. I completely understand the frustration with marks leftover from past breakouts. I felt the same way. I guess I was so annoyed with the acne that I focused on taking care of that, only then once I started to clear up did I get self concious realizing the discoloration. It was like "ugh, I just got over one problem and now there's this??" But over the past several months, I've been making an effort to help them fade and despite how hopeless I felt at first, it actually does get better. Really. As
  13. I second the aspirin mask...(made quite a long post to someone else about that). I like trying to make stuff myself if I can because you can pretty much use whatever you want/whatever works for you. Things like honey (antiseptic qualities I think?), plain yogurt (lactic acid helps soften skin), avacado (moisturizing) are nice too for masks...look it up on google and you'll find a bunch of things to try. As far as oils, I've tried jojoba, camellia, and vitamin e and I love all because I have very
  14. I've had really great results with alpha hydroxy acid products. Helps unclog pores, even skin tone, lighten scars, and smooth texture. You won't have perfect skin overnight but you'll see a noticible difference with a few uses and will definitely see results if you're consistent and give it some time. I would definitely suggest starting with something that has a lower percentage and working your way up gradually if you haven't used AHAs before so your skin can adjust. I've used Kiss My Face Peac
  15. *The most important thing for anyone though is to MAKE SURE you can tolerate aspirin/aren't allergic before you even attempt to use it as a treatment. Some people have a sensitivity to aspirin and using it as a mask or toner will cause a reaction for them. I think a majority of people tolerate it in small amounts, just be sure you can* I don't think an aspirin scrub would be very effective since it's not staying on your skin for any period of time. I think the aspirin mask has to stay on for a