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  1. Oh my gosh, I was REALLY hoping that Green Gables was right and that I just had an allergic reaction to something else. so I tried putting on a tiiiiiiiiiny little amount of Differin on my forehead yesterday evening and BOOM, rashes developed there (I completely stopped using it for a month). And it's now spreading. D: Wow, yikes hannabanana! I hope you are okay now! ummm... I'm really scared now. ;A; Differin has been working EXTREMELY well at keeping my acne manageable. It's so discouraging
  2. I've been using Differin for about 2 years with great results. But about two months ago, I suddenly got really itchy, scaly, dry rashes that felt hot to the touch and looked bright red (i've attached some pictures i took at the time). My doctor and she said that it was very likely contact dermatitis. But I haven't changed my regimen at all, so that's what's really throwing me off. I was using (and have been using for years): Differin 0.3% Gel (pea-sized amount) Spectro Jel for Blemis
  3. i-love-guinness: Hey, that looks very promising, thank you!! Will place an order there. FutureScarless: There isn't one near here (in Québec). Thank you for the recommendation though! Next time I go to Ontario, i'll pick some up. c: OmegaisJaded: Unfortunately Amazon.com doesn't ship this to Canada and Amazon.ca doesn't carry the product. ):
  4. Hi there! Personally, Differin 0.1% did nothing for me... it was like putting on water! There was no irritation/purging no matter HOW much i put on... but there was also no improvement acne-wise. D: Switching to the 0.3% definitely did make a difference-- my skin started to get dry-patches (it still does, and it's almost been a year!) and it started sheding a looottt (so much so that i personally needed to exfoliate lightly everyday). It also stung a bit at the beginning after the switch. Per
  5. There is no such thing as commercially made 100% aloe vera gel. They have to add preservatives and most of the time, thickeners. If you can't get aloe straight from the plant, look for products that are 98-99% aloe vera (check the ingredients list! Aloe should be first...!). Also, the colour of aloe should be mostly clear... if the "gel" is bright green/etc, dye has been added and people with sensitive skin may find this irritating. Personally, I use Lily of the Desert's 99% Aloe Vera Gelly.
  6. Like all products, it really depends on the individual. I think that the general consensus is to avoid make-up with bismuth oxychloride like Bare Escentuals. Some people are allergic to mica. Some have problems with zinc oxide or titanium dioxide-- all are common ingredients in mineral make-up. Although, I think that only a handful have problems with these. The key is to do a skin reaction test before you apply it all over your face. I usually take a clean concealor brush to pick up some of t
  7. Yet another well-received product that i can't seem to find over here in Canada... I've tried checking a few health stores around here, but can't seem to find it. Are there any Canadians who managed to find this product somewhere? Please share! Alternatively, could anyone please recommend a good online store that stocks this? I noticed that a lot of people here recommended Vitacost, but consumer reviews on the company were dismal to say the least! Did you guys actually order from the plac
  8. Hey guys! Unfortunately, Canada doesn't have the new "classic formula" for Olay's Complete SPF 15 suncreen for sensitive skin (the one with zinc oxide). I'm running out of my old bottle and am in desperate need of a new sunscreen... could you guys please recommend a sunscreen that is very similar to Olay's old formula sensitive skin one? I know that Equate (Walmart's inhouse brand) has a knockoff... but one thing that really makes me worried is that instead of Sucrose Polycottonseedate, Equ
  9. omg, i'm so sorry for what you had to go through, trulydee! ): thank you so much for the warning! So you just suddenly starting becoming sensitive to it after 2 years? Did you have any irritation/breakouts before that, or did you only break out after 2 years?
  10. Thanks for the replies, ladies! I've only worn the makeup for a half day and have not had a reaction (yet? *knocks on wood*). fourfivesix, thanks for the advice! Hopefully i won't have a reaction... it's really great foundation. So does that mean that people who are sensitive to Bismuth Oxychloride get irritation? If not, does anyone know how long it would take to start breaking out? Sorry for all the questions...
  11. Hello everyone! I was interested in the ColorStay foundation for a while... and finally took the plunge after reading so many great reviews for the oily skin version! With winter quickly approaching and Differin drying out my skin, I decided last minute to get the normal/dry version... and to my surprise it has Bismuth Oxychloride! >__<;;; On the ingredients label Bismuth Oxychloride is between Titanium Dioxide (4.4%) and Zinc Oxide (2%). So... the amount of Bismuth Oxychloride in this
  12. The gel is discontinued in Canada so I have to rely on Ebay and online stores. If you can't find it in stores, maybe you could check those out.
  13. Great! Thank you for your responses, xoteamo and pinkstarlett!
  14. Unfortunately tinted moisturisers, like foundations, have lots of mixed opinions because everyone's skin reacts to them differently. Have you tried checking out MakeupAlley? There's a wealth of great information there. Here's a link to the tinted moisturiser section. You can view reviews by the product's rating, number of reviews, etc just by clicking on the corresponding links. However, if you want medium coverage (or more), they might not be for you... many are quite sheer. At most, the cov
  15. Thanks for the link, lccarri. There's no direct comparison of Retin-A 0.1 to Differin 0.3 but it's something! If anyone else has any extra info, please let me know too~
  16. Do you have refills on your prescription? My derm gave me a prescription with 3 refills (meaning that I can go to the pharmacie and buy Differin 3 times after I run out... without having to go back to the derm). If you're not sure, you can check with your pharmacist. They should have that information stored on their computer. Also, you could try asking the pharmacist if there is a bigger tube of Differin that you can purchase... because 2 weeks? That must be a tiny tube!
  17. Hey there! I'm on my 2nd month of Differin 0.1% Cream and... I haven't really noticed it doing anything. My skin is peeling at a faster rate, but I haven't noticed any purges/improvements. So the question would be... which is more potent? Differin 0.3% or Retin-A 0.1%? It's been said that Differin is a "weaker" retinoid, but 0.3% is higher than 0.1%... unless Differin really is that weak. Please let me know! Also, I'm sorry if this has been answered before... I tried searching for it but
  18. I'm almost at week 6 for using Differin 0.1%. I haven't really noticed any difference in my old red marks/scars. However, if you read the stickied post "Info about retinoids and the initial breakout", a very knowledgeable poster said that retinoids promote collagen and therefore fills in shallow scars and wrinkles. From that, I assume that it will help red marks too! Keep in mind that since Differin is a weaker retinoid, it will take a longer time to see results.
  19. Foundation: Silk Naturals mineral makeup. Heavy Coverage formula. Powders: None. Blush: (all are mineral blushes) Silk Naturals - Lovelace, Tart; Everyday Minerals - Pink Ribbon. Primer: None. Mascara: Rimmel Extra Super Lash Mascara. I have the normal and water-proof formula. For rainy/humid/long days, I will use the water-proof one. Eyeliner: Fyrinnae - Kuroneko. It's a loose powder. I will sometimes mix it with water for a wet application. Removal of makeup: I just use my normal cleanser (
  20. For a natural look, the key is to use very little makeup. If you're afraid of getting called out for wearing makeup, use a tinted moisturiser! These range from light to light-medium coverage. It may not cover everything but it will definitely soften up all the redness/spots. And unless you're wearing the completely wrong shade, no one will notice. A tip for choosing the right colour would be to go a drugstore/Walmart/etc. Use the available testers to apply small streaks of the foundation/tinte
  21. Yay! Thank you so much! I was surprised that (some?) people on the SN forum have been saying that the zinc worked well to control oil. Off to order some oil control blur.