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wellknell

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  1. Here are the non-OCM cleansers I used to use that worked well for getting rid of long-wearing makeup: Clean & Clear Foaming Cleanser for Sensitive Skin (same as Purpose liquid cleanser) Pond's Pristine Clean Gentle Cleansing Foam Aveeno Ultra-Calming Foam Cleanser Olay Daily Facials Cloths You can also try a makeup remover before cleansing -- Almay makes a pretty good makeup remover wipe.
  2. There's no way I could justify spending that much on a moisturizer, so I definitely haven't tried it. Here's Paula Begoun's review of it, for what it's worth: 'Creme De La Mer is the original product created by Max Huber, as described in the introduction to La Mer. As enticing as this dramatic story sounds, the reality is that this very basic cream doesn’t contain anything particularly extraordinary or unique, unless you want to believe that seaweed extract (sort of like seaweed tea) can in so
  3. I wear mineral makeup and use oils (a mix of castor, jojoba, and grapeseed) to cleanse my face. It works really well to remove the makeup, my water-resistant sunscreen, and my waterproof mascara. If you like the Cetaphil, try using it with a soft, clean washcloth or sponge. That may help it cleanse and rinse better. Also, unless you really have a problem with foaming cleansers, you may want to try something like Purpose or Clean & Clear Foaming Face Wash for Sensitive Skin. I never had troub
  4. I have yet to find an expensive product that was actually worth the price. The most expensive products I use are Paula's Choice, and I only buy those when I really can't find a less expensive alternative. Most of those really high-priced lines are full of crappy products mixed in with one or two decent ones.
  5. You want to apply sunscreen about 20 minutes before going into the sun. Applying at night means that you're far more likely to rub it off on your pillowcase. Also, chemical sunscreen agents degrade over time, which is why you're supposed to reapply. Sadly, the more important issue is that Neutrogena Healthy Skin Face Lotion lacks a UVA-protecting agent, so it's next to useless for preventing wrinkles and skin cancer. And, since it contains AHA at an effective concentration and pH, you're definit
  6. Consuming antioxidants doesn't seem to have the same effects as applying them topically, no. However, I've yet to see any research that applying antioxidants topically has much to do with curing acne. It is considered to be good for your skin in the long run, though, hopefully helping to prevent wrinkles and skin cancer.
  7. Does your makeup not come with a list of ingredients? Where do you live?
  8. Sadly, I have no idea what's sold in the UK. I would think if they have Clean and Clear products then they would carry the Foaming Cleanser for Sensitive Skin. It's identical to Purpose, which so many people on this board swear by. As for sunscreen/moisturizer, just look for one that contains UVA as well as UVB protection and doesn't contain SD alcohol, isopropyl alcohol, menthol, camphor, eucalyptus, etc. Of course, if the alcohol isn't bothering you at all (no increased dryness, redness, or
  9. Most of the research has shown mineral oil (baby oil) to be noncomedogenic. Try it on your skin and see how it works.
  10. The Cetaphil Cleanser for Oily Skin actually lathers, as opposed to the Gentle Cleansing one that is a massage-in/wipe-off type cleanser. The only difference in terms of possible irritation is that the one you bought contains fragrance. Unless your skin is especially sensitive, though, I doubt that would bother you. And kudos for getting rid of Noxzema! Man, the damage menthol, camphor, and eucalyptus have done to my skin over the years...
  11. The old wisdom is that cleansers in bar form are both pore-clogging and drying. If it doesn't act that way for you and you like the product, then continue using it. Don't just trust the packaging, though. There are no regulations on terms like "noncomedogenic" or claims about not clogging pores. I've used plenty of cosmetics and acne treatment products that claimed not to clog pores but ended up doing just that. Purpose Cleansing Bar is just a cleanser. It can't clear up acne all by itself unles
  12. So, would it be better to cover red marks with just concealer by itself, or do you need foundation on top of the concealer? I'm a guy, so I don't want nobody to know that I'm wearing make up...
  13. Blotting paper. Or paper towels, toilet paper, toilet seat covers... There are lots of folks here who say a low glycemic index diet helped them, but there's still some scientific debate on that. It can't hurt, though. To reduce the appearance of oil, you can try wearing a thin layer of translucent powder or a mattifying makeup primer with silicone (Monistat Chafing Relief Gel or Revlon Anti-Aging Primer are two that are relatively cheap and widely available).
  14. The PanOxyl might be a bit high concentration for you, but if you haven't had trouble with it, don't worry about it. The cleanser has menthol, which doesn't do anything for skin except make it tingle. Tingling is almost always a sign of irritation, so switch to a more gentle cleanser. Trust me, there's nothing about the one you're using that will give you a deeper clean than their Foaming Wash for Sensitive Skin. The Nivea Men's Moisturizer that's sold here in the U.S. has decent sunscreen prote
  15. Without a picture, it's next to impossible to figure out what it is. Does it blanch (lose color) when you press on it? Does it itch or hurt? Could it possibly be a little spider angioma? (Do an image search on Google.) Your best bet would be to show it to your doctor at your next regular appointment. Family docs love interesting derm questions.
  16. Here's an already-existing thread on the product: http://www.acne.org/messageboard/index.php...155879&st=0 "Hydronium" isn't even listed as an ingredient, and I'm really not sure what in the ingredient list would render this acidic. It contains essential oils that can irritate and sensitize many people's skin, as well as fragrance. Otherwise, it's just another useless gel full of botanicals that have never been shown to do a thing for acne. The tea tree oil might help, but you can buy tea t
  17. Hydronium is acid, or rather what acids make water molecules into. I can't really see how this gel could contain a very high percentage of it. Frankly, nothing about the website makes much sense. "Acne Source Theory" is just a made-up term for what everyone already knows about acne. Like so many other sites, if there's an ingredient list there, I can't find it. There's no telling what's actually in the product. Also, what the hell is a bhatologist? I've never heard of a field called bhatology, a
  18. Sadly, I'm not much of a hair product girl either. Maybe try walking into a local salon, Trade Secret, Sally Beauty Supply, etc., and asking one of the sales people? I hate telling you to trust a cosmetics salesperson, though. You can look at hair product reviews on www.makeupalley.com and see if anyone describes the product of your dreams. I would expect that what you're looking for would be in a cream, mousse, or putty variety and not a gel. In fact, mousse might be your best bet, depending o
  19. 1. Use a high-quality brush. I love Everyday Minerals' new, incredibly inexpensive long-handled kabuki and flat-top brushes, but they're currently out of stock. You can try the MAC counter, but those are going to be very expensive. Just make sure that the one you have is dense-bristled and soft -- if it scratches your skin, don't use it. 2. Try using a silicone-based primer underneath. There's Smashbox Photo Finish, Revlon Anti-Aging, and my personal cheapo favorite Monistat Chafing Relief Gel.
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