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Isabella123

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  1. Hi there! I have a sensitive, combo skin (dry on cheeks and chin) and Retin-a has so far (fingers crossed) been helpful for me. My skin may not be as dry as yours but it is extraordinarily sensitive and I was worried about using the gel form which has alcohol in it. The best way I can explain retin-a is that I don't really have dry skin, it's more like flakey skin if that makes sense. The purpose of retin-a is to peel dead layers off of your skin so flakes are inevitable. That's just how it work
  2. Hi everyone! I am currently using Retin-A Gel 0.025% and I am wondering if it is ok to apply a 2% solution of BHA (salicylic acid) before applying the retin-a gel. I am currently only using a cleanser and then waiting 30 min to apply retin-a. I know the best solution is to probably apply bha in the morning but I find that it makes my face red for awhile which makes makeup application a bit difficult. Thank you!
  3. Hi there, I used clindoxyl for a couple of years and I don't think it reduced red marks. It did help with my acne but overall, my face was much redder than if I were to not use the clindoxyl. You could continue to use the clindoxyl and use a spot treatment on the red marks to lighten them though. HTHs!
  4. Thanks mayjune! I'll have to revisit that tube of Queen Helene's mask that I have in my cupboard. I've read amazing reviews on the Queen Helene's Mud Mask too(can't remember the name, its in the white and brown tube). Thanks again!
  5. LCJ1234- If you are in Canada, Rexall/Pharma Plus are carrying the Declare line. I'm not sure if they carry the entire line though. I don't think Americans have access to the line, in that case, you will probably have to get it shipped.
  6. Hi there, trust me, I feel your pain about makeup! To start off, your best bet is to probably just use a concealer. If you introduce one product at a time and stick with it for a month or so, you will be able to somewhat figure out which product is a potential acne trigger. Concealing is helpful because you won't be covering up areas of your face that are clear. Try a long wearing concealer that doesn't require powder to set with (again, the idea of only starting off with one product at a time).
  7. Just a heads up, I've recently been battling a breakout which may be attributed to EM. I have hundreds of tiny bumps that may have been caused by the mica. Honestly though, everyone is different, you really have to try a product for yourself. Hopefully it works for you!
  8. Hi everyone! About 2 weeks ago I started drinking about 5+ tsp of Braggs Apple Cider Vinegar diluted in water. For about the same amount of time I also started taking Omega 3 pills which seem to be of high quality (high EPA/DPA, clean source of fish, small fish etc.). For the last 4 or 5 days I broke out in millions of tiny red blemishes predominately around my jawline and chin. My forehead is pretty clear and ironically, it is usually the area where I have lots of congested pores and bumps.
  9. Hey, that sounds great if it's clearing you up. What brand of B complex are you using?
  10. Hi everyone. For awhile I have been suffering with these tiny (very tiny) red bumps that seem to form in clusters or patterns on my face. They are predominately along the sides of my jaw, cheekbones and sometimes by my temples. They are raised and most noticeable if you look at them from the side in natural lighting. Some of them will have a tiny hair sticking out of them and others turn into whiteheads. I've looked up pictures of folliculitis on Google (always the most extreme cases) and it do
  11. It must be organic and non-filtered. It will usually say "With the Mother" on the bottle. Bragg's is a good brand if you can find it.
  12. I've tried quite a few gentle cleansers and a lot of them are too mild to take my makeup off - you won't have to worry about that though lol. I started using Marcelle (a Canadian brand) Aquarelle Purifying Cleansing Gel. Excellent product. Very minimal ingredients, nothing comedogenic, alcohol free, oil free. I'm in Ontario - you can find it at Zehr's/Loblaws, Rexall/Pharma Plus, Shoppers Drug Mart, when I lived in Alberta - London Drugs carried it as well. Its usually in the makeup section alon
  13. Are you using Dove Sensitive Skin Bar? To be honest, I stuck it out for about 2-3 months with the Dove bar and I don't think it did much good. I thought it was working well but it was contributing to a lot (and I mean a lot) of clogged pores and congestion. Maybe try to avoid any bar soaps and try a gel based cleanser (non foaming-free of sodium laureth/lauroyl sulfate). I'm in Canada so I can't think of any U.S. cleansers off the top of my head. Some have success with the Cetaphil liquid (very
  14. I think when it comes to makeup that everyone is different, it's a hit or miss. I know people who NEVER breakout and after using MAC foundations, they end up with a face full of blemishes. Others who are acne prone have been able to use MAC with success. If you read read reviews on makeupalley, you'll see that quite a few had some negative reactions to StudioFix. If you used it before and it didn't cause problems, there's no harm in trying it again. Besides, you can return it to a MAC counter if
  15. I've been in the same situation as you...I think a lot of people have. You start off with a few pimples, start using "acne" products, and they never really go away. I've used everything short of accutane. I've gone through BP, salicylic, glycolic, lactic. I've used numerous cleansers, treatments, toner, moisturizers. You know what? Nothing really worked. Then I think back to when my skin looked best and it was when I was using a basic gentle cleanser and nothing else. After a massive breakout a
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