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  1. I believe I got introduced to Everday minerals on this forum. I tried a few of their products, but their finishing dust was what really stuck. But being a medium complexion Black woman, when they released their tinted series was what took my make up routine to a whole different level. Such a natural and flawless look! But alas, they no longer make the tinted version of their finishing dust. I have the untinted one as well but you can really see the difference where it tries to sit too white on my face.

    Does anyone have any suggestions of a product I could use? Hypoallergenic tinted powder that gets applied with a brush? I used Bare Escentuals before EM but I would not use them today due to excessive shine from their mica products. Please help!

  2. I don't think it matters, but Dan's been burned at least once that I know of. Eucerin Skin renewal plus SPF 15 was the hot item on this forum for a while there but they discontinued it. Also manufacturers have the perogative to change their ingredients at any time, so I could see why Dan could get sick of chasing them around and elect to make his own product.

    Just for cost, though, non-acne.org may be more affordable, so I'd generally lean towards that for the cleanser and moisturizer. Also just bought jojoba oil from health food store which helped me save on shipping. Like has been said, though, Dan's BP Gel is leagues above others. If you have any kind of choice, please don't waste your time on anything else. It's just not worth it!!!

  3. Just to make sure you're not doing this... I gave a friend regimen products and since technique is just as important on the regimen, I wanted to monitor how she was using it. RIGHT after patting skin dry after washing, she went to grab the BP. NO! You must give five to ten minutes so your skin is bone dry. If not, it's not only absorbing the BP but the water that was still on there to begin with as well.

    If this is not the issue, well, sorry, and good luck in finding out what it is :)

    PS: Allowing the first pump to dry and then re-applying seems like it would take more time, but I'd say you're still getting the right amount of medicine into your skin. Just make sure you wash your hands again before applying the next pump else you could get bacteria and other gunk onto your skin.

  4. Dan mentioned in his jojoba oil video on utube that he uses 6 drops of jojoba oil with his moisturizer in the morning, but 12 drops at night. If you're still experiencing the dryness and flakiness, why not increase jojoba oil drops if you're already usin it and see if that helps?

  5. This is tricky for me since you do not live in the US, but I know they recommend Basis soap on the regimen. This is a large bar of soap that I just got for $2 in Walmart yesterday and each bar lasts for months and months. I also just bought jojoba oil because I was near a health food store on Friday, and I believe this will improve the moisturizing ability of any moisturizer you select, so long as it goes on the skin smoothly and doesn't clog pores.

    Basically what I'm getting at is you should only have to spring for the BP gel which then shouldn't cost much. You'd be buying soap and lotion for your skin anyway, right?!?! With the pound being so strong compared to the dollar, you could probably have an 8 oz bottle of bp gel shipped for £15, so at this point your cost should be down by at least half, if not more. Dude, for something that actually works, I'd say that's putting you this side of affordable.

    Please check out the International forum, if they don't carry Basis soap in your area, those guys may be able to recommend something.

    PS: in answer to some of your other questions, the regimen should help with black heads, and you shouldn't use less BP once your skin is used to the full amount (remember you're to start small and ramp up slowly). It's like a dose of medicine. "If I only took half my dose, would it be okay?" See, you wouldn't even ask that. The recommended dose is what it takes for the plan to be effective.

  6. No BCP here. They slowed down while on Accutane, stopped altogether for the last couple months and did not return until four months after I stopped taking 'em. Pretty awesome, if you ask me :D Went to a couple male docs after for something else and the jerks did not understand why I wasn't getting 'em if I wasn't knocked up. :evil: First female Doc I went to was like, yeah, of course! Thank God for women :D

  7. I don't regret accutane, but I did feel a little more down than usual while on the drug. Didn't want to hang out or see friends, etc. Some relationships have been permanently hurt by that. Acne by itself never really reduced my self esteem. A lot of the other treaetments like Dan's regimen worked, but they were a lot of *work*, everyday! I just wanted something that was a permanent fix, and Accutane was it. However, the joint and muscle aches and pains did make me feel like going out and doing the things that kept me vibrant a whole lot less. I won't necessarily call it depression, but I'm sure it was pretty close. Once off the drugs, those symptoms subsided and I was free to be my pre-tane self again. And yes, I was also a lot more easily irritable while on the drug. Once I noticed this, I tried to calm myself down more so than usual, because I'd lose control, flip out and yell at people more easily while on the drug...hehe.

  8. Meat would probably contain some kind of fat (not if it's very lean, though). Potatoes or veggies, not so much. I started taking fish oil with my tablets because I was concerned about absorption. I personally think it worked. If you read one of the stickies about starting Accutane, they recommend fatty foods: peanut butter, olive oil, handful of nuts, etc. Either way, take it with a meal and for me, in addition I took two 1g fish oil pills with each dose of 'tane. For me, I really only started seeing results when I added the fish oil, but obviously a lot of people get good results without it. Just thought I'd mention, since you felt 'tane wasn't working at all.

  9. My IB continued for two months with no end in sight (yuck!) Only improved when I started taking each dose with two 1g pills each of fish oil. I think I may not have been absorbing enough 'tane at first.

    A lot of people also experience IB and quit breaking out after about two months with no added products. Some break out all the way to the end, but what's important is your cummulative dose, with the amount stored in your body, it should continue to work even after the course ends, so don't give up!!!

  10. I think your derm didn't want you using other medication that might interfere with her treatment. But if you are concerned about the IB, you can ask her about it and maybe she can prescribe or recommend something.

    The oil suppressing or matifying products are probably not what you need right now. Accutane will take care of that nicely by drying out your skin (maybe too much). I am not familiar with the products you mentioned...

  11. As for the fish oil...I think people take it because they think it will help the isotretinoin absorb better. Frankly, that is wrong. It contains very little fat and won't do a damn thing.

    However, if it somehow makes you feel better, then by all means, take it. The placebo effect can sometimes be a wonderful thing.

  12. You can ask your derm about another compatible treatment you can start at the same time as 'tane to suppress that intial breakout. I hear you can also continue to do Dan's Regimen while on Accutane. My IB continued for the first two months. I did not use anything else during that period.

  13. 1) Don't exfoliate! You'll just aggravate the skin. Use a gentle cleanser and an effective moisturizer instead to deal with dry skin.

    2) I have some recommendations if you read some of my recent posts, but they are all old school :D There are numerous recent topics on the subject on this forum, I'm sure you will find a good one.

    3) I went the same route as you. But yes, you still have to take the test every month to prove you are not pregnant. For me the subsequent tests were done on the blood sample they were collecting, anyway, so other than a slightly higher bill to my insurance company, this wasn't noticeable at all.

    4) My acne wasn't too bad to begin with, either. Yes, I did get gross in the first couple months. If your derm offers you something to start with at the same time as 'tane, you could consider taking it. Mine offered me anti-biotics because I had used them in the past and they worked, just to suppress that initial break-out when Accutane starts working. I turned it down, though, because I didn't want to reduce the effectiveness of anti-biotics in the future. But reading other posts on this forum, people are getting offered other treatments at the beginning of their course, I wish I was offered something like that, I would have taken it. However, everyone is different. I read posts here where people did not get that initial breakout at all!

    5) It was not too hard for me, either. I was prepared to tell them how I had tried different options and it didn't work. But although they took my history, they really didn't need convincing. My derm did mention that treatments usually worked more effectively on cystic acne and other more severe kinds, and he could not guarantee that it would be successful in my case. But I was interested in the treatment and so everyone moved forward. They were really supportive throughout the course. I really like them! :D

  14. Summer is fun and you don't want Accutane to slow you down then! My vote will always be for winter. I live in Central IL, by the way. There are products for the dryness, but I'm not sure what can be done about the things Accutane does to your body (muscular & joint aches and pains, etc). Of course, if you're more of a winter sports person, then that should factor into your decision, too.

    Aquaphor easily takes care of the dry lips. Dry skin (body) for me was made better by using a dab of olive oil with each pump of lotion right after a shower. Really helps seal in the moisture, and I still do that to date. Dry skin (face), use a gentle cleanser, apply lotion to your nose & eye lids as those do feel uncomfortable when dry-- well, not so much the nose, but I did look weird after the first couple weeks with a peeling nose :D There are lots of recommendations for effective face lotions. Unfortunately, the ones I use are either discontinued (Eucerin Skin Renewal + SPF 15), or expensive & only available online (Dr. Perricone's Face finishing moisturizer). Sunscreen is not as critical in the winter but should still be worn to protect your skin while it is healing. I use Coppertone's oil free sun screen, because it doesn't cause me to break out.

    Other than that, I drank plenty of water, and took fish oil (which really should aid absorption of 'tane because it is fat soluble), and Vit E (night time only, I think they mentioned something on the handout I was given during my first visit).

    Good luck on Accutane!! :D

  15. My derm tried to put me on anti-biotics because Accutane is known for the initial breakout when it starts to work, but I said no. The breakout was truly ugly when it happened, but I'm glad I turned down an anti-biotic course because those can truly get overprescribed here in the US.

    Prednisone doesn't seem to be an antibiotic. Wish they would have offered me that instead :P