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#16 allure

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Posted 16 May 2005 - 02:28 PM

QUOTE (emeraldkitty @ May 15 2005, 04:37 PM)
*groan* I hear you princessjess!

The best thing I ever did a few months ago, was embark on switching to as close to natural products as I could get, without having to turn the kitchen into a mess everytime I needed something new (I was SO not interested in making it all myself). I found, by accident, a little shop in Sydney called Perfect Potion... they make all their products from natural ingredients and essential oils. It's completely settled my skin down and evened everything out for me. Plus they all smell great too, so that's an added bonus smile.gif

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Emerald kitty I can totally relate to this.

I've eliminated all detergent based cleansers and commercial moisturisers and have gone back to basics.

I use a ph balanced detergent free cleanser and natural oils for moisturiser.

My combo skin loves me for it.

Not only that I'm saving an absolute fortune!

#17 Saffire

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Posted 16 May 2005 - 09:55 PM

Hi all

So glad to hear there are others out there like me! I've had problem skin for ages and tried many things - some of which have already been mentioned in previous posts. Here is my experience:

Minomycin - antibiotic and didn't really work
Differin gel - topical gel and didn't really work
Roaccutane - Worked but extremely strong and dangerous drug. Definitely wouldn't recommend unless you were very severe and had tried topicals and antibiotics. Its been 3 years and some acne has returned.
Proactive - worked but the stuff is so strong it noticebly bleached the hair just around my face and my clothes (I was also using on my back) and towels. My skin became extremely dry and uncomfortable.
Perricone Diet for Clear Skin - This is what I'm currently doing. It is a book which details a 3-day diet. After the 3 days you are supposed to notice a dramatic difference in your skin. This is followed by a 28-day diet which is less strict than the 3-day one but by this stage you can see the results so you are motivated to stick with it. It's not what you're thinking - chocolate is allowed! Heaps of salmon, green tea and water. No coffee!!! (I was on pain killers for the first 3 days as I was previously addicted to caffeine!!) I definitely noticed a difference within the 3 days. I've also lost some weight although the diet isn't aimed at weight loss....

I've heard of other therapies that involve special exposure to light etc. These are just way to expensive for me to consider ($200/session and you need at heaps of sessions).

Hope this helps and I look forward to hearing if anyone else has tried other stuff successfully!



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Posted 16 May 2005 - 11:14 PM

I get large purple pimples that never form a head around my chin, particularly when it is my period. I saw an infomercial for Pro@ctive and thought I would give it a try - I have had so many complements and this cycle I didn't get any huge purple pimples on my skin.

I would definetely recommend this product to anyone who wants to improve their skin.

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Posted 17 May 2005 - 09:16 AM

I used Proactive for 2 - 4 months before the wedding and my skin improved noticeably. I'm having a break from it for quite a while because now my skin is so dry and sensitive. It's not a product you should use indefinately, no matter what the infomercials say.
As Saffire said, due to the glycolic acid, it takes the colour out of your clothes and towels. I now have two handtowels that I only use when I'm washing my face with Proactive because they are so discoloured.

But I do recommend it as a short term solution.
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Posted 17 May 2005 - 07:52 PM

Wow - thanks everyone for all your fantastic advice!

I'm currently using a Benzoyl Peroxide wash (fairly mild though) but am still having a few issues. The consensus seems to be around Pro@ctiv, so I might give that one a go.

To offer some advice of my own, I also have a tea tree face mask from a certain large retailer of body products. It's pretty good as a mask, but I also find it works wonders if you put it on any particularly nasty spots and leave it overnight.

Thanks again guys - I will let you know how I go!

PS I will definately be staying away from those nasty drugs...

#21 ponine75

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Posted 17 May 2005 - 09:39 PM

I swear by the Therm@jetics range of skincare.......

My H2B is a consultant with the company that makes them , so I get all the products for free biggrin.gif It really does work though!!!
I suffered from severe acne since I was a teenager and because of that I had really, really bad scarring. This has been the only thing to not only keep the spots at bay but actually help get rid of the scarring too by gradually removing and smoothing out the top layers of skin....

If you're based in Brissy I can come and give you free facial if you like, and you can have a play with all the other stuff I've got - and I've got loads of EVERYTHING!! - and we can chat wedding goss! At least you can have a try of some skincare products before you spend heaps of money buying a load of stuff that might not work.....

Hey that goes for anyone else here too in Brissy....if you're interested PM me..

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#22 ponine75

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Posted 17 May 2005 - 10:13 PM

Woops - that was meant to read "I swear by the Derm@jetics range....." Therm@jetics is their weight loss products....... must be getting late for me! rolleyes.gif
Anyway it's ll good stuff, that's what I wanted to say.....! biggrin.gif
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Posted 20 May 2005 - 11:56 AM

QUOTE (lis626 @ May 15 2005, 07:45 PM)
I have been using pro@ctive for 3 months now & have seen a HUGE inprovement!! It's been years since I have seen my face this clear (& my skin was BAD!)

I have been using that aswell...and my skin was bad also!!! It's amazing stuff...but just make sure you use an old towel to dry your hands after u use it as it bleaches really easily!!!!
I highly recommed it!

Also, I was introduced to the pill D!anne (it cleared my skin amazingly) but I have just changed to Y@smin as I was gaining a little weight with D!anne and Y@smin is a new pill that's supposed to have the same effect on your skin with no weight gain...so far so good... I've lost 4 kilos while on it and my skin is still good.

I could never walk out the door without make-up for years and now with both of the above mentioned things I can!!! Yipeeee!!!


Hope this helps!

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Posted 20 May 2005 - 12:04 PM

LOL, I was going to ask about this as well...

I don't really have 'problem' skin, just the odd zit like everyone else. Problem is, I squeeze them. Then I pick at them. And a zit which should have been gone in a day or two takes two weeks to heal. (And requires more concealer!)

How can I stop myself picking???

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Posted 20 May 2005 - 12:21 PM

I hear you!!

Some ideas that helped me:

1/ Put a note on your mirror where u do the picking! Saying DO NOT PICK IT WILL LEAVE UGLY SCARS or something like that

2/ wear a rubber band around your wrist and when u catch yourself picking give the band a flick so it hurts your wrist (I know it may sound barbaric, but I've heard lots of psychologists use this technique for annoying behaviours!!)

3/ I cut my picking nails so I couldn't pick (This may not work if u use your finger tips)


Anyway...just some ideas...good luck.

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Posted 20 May 2005 - 12:21 PM

Hi,

I forgot to mention about my experience with pro@ctive, is that yes - it did dry out my skin & make it sensitive, so I decided to only use it in the morning & that has worked out just right for my skin, so it's a good idea to lessen the times you use it if it does cause dry skin & sensitivity. It's because it IS so powerful, so you just have to find what is the right method for your own skin.

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Posted 20 May 2005 - 05:59 PM

I went to my gp today and got a hormone test so hopefully it may show up something. Anyway I got a script for the pill "Levlin" because I'm so sick of this acne problem, it's just driving me nuts!

I've been using Pro@ctive for a week and it helped a bit so far but my skin is now really dry, I will take your advice and only use it once a day I think. Last night I got a nice bit red blister on my chin and it hurts. So no, they are still popping up here and there. No big change in that department yet.
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Posted 20 May 2005 - 07:23 PM

Have you tried drinking AT LEAST 2Litres of water/day? I literally spent thousands on different skin care products/AB's/Pills - none of which worked, in fact most of them made my skin worse. A few weeks before the big day I drank gallons of water (and spent most of my time sitting on the loo) but it cleared up my skin.

Hope this helps!
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Posted 20 May 2005 - 10:13 PM

hello lovely!

i too am suffering problem skin after never ever having pimples it is a bit stressful! i just went back on the pill & apparently all the hormones flying around have caused breakouts for the last 2 months! i have been using dove moisturising soap, tea tree face wash (can't remember the brand but it has a green lid it's about $5.00 & you get it from Big W) and bought some clearasil acne pimple cream stuff. I tell you what I have used everything from el cheapo to el expensivo and this combination has pretty much cleared my skin up in one week. The pimple cream works really well, I had a huge pimple on my chin that was really sore and it pretty much cleared it up overnight.

I also think drinking lots of water is good as well!!

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Posted 23 May 2005 - 12:25 PM

My doc changed my pill (to Brenda 35) for my skin and it worked perfectly, I cleared up in about 4 weeks, unfortunately, it also completely screwed up my hormones so after 3 years I had to change to the Yasmin (as someone else mentioned above)
My skin got a little bit worse again.. but it's generally ok now...




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