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Posts posted by Miffy18

  1. I'd blame age sooner than I'd blame moisturizer.

    Everything I've read about moisture and wound healing reports that moisture has a positive effect on healing.

    If you started going to college and stopped eating meals at home, your level of nutrition may have gone down and negatively affected your ability to heal. I only started noticing my scars after starting college, and now I believe both age and poor nutrition were contributing factors.

    Age? :0 wow really? I thought after 30 is when our bodies stop producing as much collagen....

    But then again, everyone's bodies differ so there may not be a real "cut-off" yikes!

    I was thinking like this: so a lot of the times when my acne goes down there is a hole or scrapish thing from where the whitehead came out. Now if you put something (e.g. moisturizer) between the cut (the hole/scrapish thing) then wouldn't the moisturizer be blocking the cut from sealing back together?

  2. Okay so I'm very confused on what has been causing my scars for the past year. I am about to be 23 and I have had acne since I was 13. I have been using benzoyl peroxide since age 15 & never really moisturized (i have oily skin). Last year I noticed the benzoyl peroxide would irritate my pimples more so I decided to stop using it and then I began to moisturize with Cetaphil Cream. I used Oxy (benzoyl peroxide) face wash however. In about a month, two of my pimples popped and left two holes in my face - for the FIRST time ever. Ever since then, I have been getting more and more scars. I had even stopped moisturizing my entire face for a few months, but after a pimple would pop I would either put neosporin or A&D ointment on it thinking it might prevent scarring but it didnt....

    I have no clue but do you guys think maybe the moisturizer (cetaphil, neosporin, a&d ointment) are getting in the way of naturally healing the acne lesion and therefore causing my skin to form a scar?

    do you think if i don't put anything on my skin it will be better?

  3. Yes, it can be hereditary. That doesn't, however, mean that if one of your parents has them you definitely will. It all depends on the "genetic lottery."

    yes i realize that. But lets i inherited them (i have been having my pores randomly enlarge lately), does that mean NO MATTER WHAT I USE OR DO, my pores will enlarge?

    Why don't you try steaming your (cleansed) face 1-2 times a week and get the gunk out of your pores and see what that does? And after steaming, wash your face with a gentle cleanser and splash your face with cold water to seal the pores.

  4. Although topicals like benzoyl peroxide can kill bacteria, they can also irritate your skin, causing swelling and inflammation, which basically does make acne worse. Never trust a topical when it claims to make acne worse before it gets better (unless its an antibiotic)...what its really doing is irritating your skin and some people's skin get used to that medication and puts up with irritation and some people's skin doesnt.

  5. Yes. For foundation, use Estee Lauder's Double MATTE (not double WEAR)....but the MATTE version. It has great coverage, takes care of oily-ness, and never causes break outs.

    by the way, do you know of any setting powders that get rid of shine, keep your face oil-free for most of the day, and do NOT cause breakouts?

  6. it makes me feel good that this post is helping others =)

    I think short-term BP is okay for some people...Ive used it for many years but now I unfortunately cannot because it damaged my skin.

    I dont use any sunscreen because stuff in there can cause breakouts so I do my best to stay out of the sun...however I do wear Neutrogena Skin Clearing Oil-Free Compact Foundation makeup (its no longer in stores but I buy online) it has salicylic acid in there and protects me somewhat from the sun.

    Im not claiming that this is right or wrong but this is just my experience....

  7. I'm currently using the Estee Lauder Double Matte foundation...I love it! Great coverage, goes on easily, and it doesn't make me breakout at all! The only bad thing is that after a few minutes the color starts to get darker and orange-looking. I'm even using the lightest shade. It must be the benzoyl peroxide I put on before I apply the foundation?? But other than that, I love this foundation. Give it a try!!

    it is most likely the bp you are putting under it...remember bp is also a bleaching agent so it might have changed the color of your foundation. I dont wear anything underneath...maybe just a little moisturizer...and my foundation stays the same color the whole time. hope that helps :)

  8. I notice an oily face in the morning...so i thinkkk that ourr faces produce a lot of oil during nighttime and that probably causes a zit to pop up. whenever i USED to use BP it prevented those zits because it was very drying (however I would NOT recommend using BP all over the face as it has weakened my skin a lot).

  9. I doubt BP "reveals" scars....I think once your lesion (from acne or chicken pox or whatever) goes down...that area slowly starts to heal and during that time that area is very weak. BP completely weakend my skin even more so and the "recovering" areas just collapsed and a dent was formed. So far its been several months and the dents are still there :(.......Idk if they will ever go away but because of what I noticed i have quit the use of BP

  10. I really like the double matte foundation...I got it in "Warm Bisque"...it is perfect for (gold undertone) it has no pink in it whatsoever so it actually looks like skin!....only problem (for me) is that it is slightly too light (I'm NC 28 in mac)....however with a little bronzer and blush it looks magnifique! I really do think it is a good makeup for acne-prone people because it feels light. Im astonished with how much coverage there is as well!

    Oh BIG TIP:

    USE THE STIPLING method (and DONT SWIRL)....buy a good STIPLING brush. That way you avoid streaks and you can control the amount of coverage you want.

  11. I just looked it up, and the website says that it contain 8% hydroquinone? That's a bit too much...

    That's probably what is in the mask part which is only left on for a few hours. The cream that you would take home and apply daily is very mild and most likely doesn't contain as a high of a strength. When I went in to get the mask applied at my dermatologists office...for the first time they did NOT have my sign any papers because it was such a safe product that has no side effects. Check with your dermatologist and see what he/she has to say about it. Don't get easily discouraged ...talk to your doctor about it and then decide if it's right for you. I can only speak for myself and for me it was a dream product for hyperpigmentation.....I really want to do it again but I have to save up money :/

  12. Okay I'm writing this post in the hopes of reaching out to those who are in need of knowing what works and doesn't ...as well as to boost some advertisement for these products so they don't get discontinued just because of the lack of advertisement.

    Anyway...the products I will discuss below have been used off an on by me for many YEARS and I have realized what clears me up and what I cannot live without.


    1) Neutrogena Body Scrub = used for six years = completely clears up body acne... FAST....sometimes I even use it on my face and it REALLY helps.

    2) Clean & Clear Blackhead Scrub = used for four years = cleans out your pores and makes your skin feel like it can actually breathe....VERY VERY helpful to reduce breakouts....this is my absolute cannot live without product that i use DAILY because it is a gentle scrub and cleans out all the gunk.

    3) St. Ives Blemish/Blackhead/Acne-prone scrub = used it for two years = it cleared me up within a week of use and I use it every OTHER day because it is not as gentle but it does leave my skin clean...definetely reduces breakouts and makes my skin soft and supple


    1) Neutrogena Acne Mark Fading Peel = absolutely a MUST have....it is not as significant in reducing hyperpigmenation but you WILL notice a difference in about a month if used three to four times a week....but what I mostly used this for is for ACNE and it really shrinks up my pimple size when I leave it on overnight.

    2) Cosmelan MD = BESTTTTTTTTTT hyperpigmentation removal (read my other post about it)...yes it is expensive 300-800 from you dermatologist's office however you can get as many treatments as the jar permits....i think for your face you can probably get about eight treatments...however ONLY after ONE treatment.....yes ...ONE treatment.....(of course using it WITH the take-home cream it comes with)...within two weeks there was a DRAMATIC difference in hyperpigmentation..and before the end of the month...ALL EVERY SINGLE hyperpigmentated spot had vanished and for the first time in years I had even-toned skin. (I haven't used this in a while but I really need to now :/)......and remember get the MD formula! Not the regular cosmelan.


    1) Neutrogena Skin Clearing Oil-Free Compact = yes it will clear your skin and best of all you will never break out from it! It is a beautiful cream powder makeup that gives you medium coverage. I've been using it for SEVEN years. It definetely reduced my hyperpigmenation and keeps my skin from being oily as the day progresses. Some people complain about dry patches FYI...you will NOT have dry patches if you have either oily or normal skin...you will only get dry patches IF you have dry skin...and in that case just use a moisturizer underneath and the makeup will go on smoothly. This is the only makeup...I have to say..that also makes my pores look super tiny! (I wrote a post on this if you want to read more about it)....do NOT use the mineral version of this (mineral version has talc!)...it's hard to find in stores so you have to order online. (I'm NC 27-30 and my perfect match is Golden Bisque).....oh btw....the color is fantastic! it never oxidizes or turns pink...it just looks like my natural skin color.

    2) Estee Lauder Double Matte Foundation = when you want to look your extra best WITHOUT breaking out...this foundation is also great. It keeps you from getting oily as well so that's always awesome....and the coverage is great...they say it's medium coverage but it's really more like FULL coverage (at least for acne and dark hyperpigmentation). Although the finish of this makeup is beautiful and Matte it is still a foundation and so it looks best to wear in the evening....in the day time you should try neutrogena skin clearing oil-free compact which looks great in the day time...like a creamy/powder look.

    I'll add more if I've forgotten anything. Please comment on the products and try them out yourselves....again...I've used these products for many years and they work great.

  13. OKay...so from now on I'm going to start telling people about all of the great things I have tried....WHY spend my time and energy to do this?

    1) I wanna help people because I was in the same boat a couple times and would want to know as well.

    2)...and most importantly my FAVORITE products that ACTUALLY work keep getting discontinued BECAUSE of the LACK of advertisement

    Now back to what you clicked on this post for:

    Cosmelan MD (can only get it from your dermatologist's office or if you are a doctor/esthetician you can order it from them....sorry i don't have the website)

    MAKE SURE it is the MD formula NOT the regular cosmelan.

    It does cost from between 300-800 bucks BUT....here is the BIG BUT....you buy the jar and you can have as many treatments as the jar will permit. The cosmelan MD mask is applied at the dermatologist's office and you take it off at home. You also get to take home with you the cosmelan MD cream which you are to apply daily (or as instructed by your dermatologist)

    So this is MY STORY:

    I got PDT laser done on my back (due to hyperpigmentation from a resolved rash) at a VERY well known dermatologist but because my skin-tone is that of asians and hispanics. My WHOLE entire back was BURNED i KID you NOTTT ...it was soooo burned...and it stayed very dark dark brown/purple for a couple months until he offered me cosmelan MD treatment which got rid of all the hyperpigmentation PLUS burn marks within one month (a SIGNIFICANT difference in just 2 days).

    you might be wondering why not the regular cosmelan....the "regular" cosmelan is known as the NEW cosmelan...which is LESS effective. The "old" cosmelan...which is the one I received is synonymous with cosmelan MD.

    Hope this helps!

    Let me know how it goes if you decide to try it.

    Oh and i forgot to mention.....I was told that there were NO side effects/downtime...and I also noticed it HELPING my acne.

  14. i airdry....i feel like there's too many bacteria on towels plus the extra friction of putting towels on the face might cause irritation.....plus it only takes like 2-3 minutes to air dry.

    i airdry....i feel like there's too many bacteria on towels plus the extra friction of putting towels on the face might cause irritation.....plus it only takes like 2-3 minutes to air dry.

  15. Try out the Neutrogena Skin Clearing Oil-Free COMPACT makeup (the cream powder one). By using a good moisturizer (I use cetaphil) about 15 minutes before applying the makeup...you shouldn't have caking. Do NOT use MAC...although MAC covers wonderfully it has a LOT of potential to cause breakouts. In addition...if you do decide to use mineral makeups make sure it does NOT include talc or bismuth oxide ...these two ingredients are known to irritate skin.

    I've been using the neutrogena skin clearing oil-free compact for 8 years and I can honestly say that it's the only makeup I know for SURE doesn't cause breakouts (and I've tried many others). It also helped fade my hyperpigmentation. I'm really really upset though because I can't find it in stores lately...only online :/

  16. I'm so upset because this one is the BEST! the other ones contain talc ingredients. I've gotten so many compliments every time I wore this. My boyfriend thought I didn't even have makeup on...yet it covered just about everything and made me seem poreless and flawless :/

    I really really hope neutrogena brings it back to walmart and other stores...but for now i have to order from their online sites ...i just hope it's not permanently discontinued.

  17. Hey Everyone

    Just wanted to let you you guys know that the best makeup for acne-prone skin is the Neutrogena Skin Clearing Oil-Free Compact Foundation (don't get the mineral one..it has talc in it). Anyhow this compact foundation is like a cream powder and it really helped with my breakouts and faded some of my hyperpigmentation faster. It's the only makeup (and I've used tons) that doesn't break me out and gives medium coverage. I always use cetaphil cream moisturizer underneath because it can be a little drying...however with the moisturizer it looks perfect! It's a great natural-looking matte finish and has a silky (non-greasy) feel to it. It feels really light on my face like I'm not wearing any makeup at all.

    I'm so so sooo sad because I can't find it at any walmarts in my city. I can however order from a couple of sites like drugstore.com and stuff. I was just wondering if anyone else has seen it at their city's walmart stores or any other stores because I would HATE for it to be discontinued....I've been using it for 8 years...I've tried sooo many others but I always keep coming back to this due to the breakout-prone skin of mine.