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Totally stopped using certain products/oils and I am CLEAR!
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Thu Jul 08, 2010 2:36 pm      Reply with quote
So on June 20, I purposely decided to give my skin a break. I was using salicylic acid 2%, retin a (lowest percentage), doing OCM (olive oil, hemp, jojoba), 1x per week aspirin mask, sunscreen, and not much else. My face was just "okay"--I would get blackheads now and then, and acne during TTOM, and actually got a lot of cystic acne around the last week of May--so hence the COMPLETE STOP.

Now, I just use a mild cleanser, no toner, and 1x per week an aspirin mask. Well, kinda weird, but my face is completely clear, no more blackheads, whiteheads, and cystic acne since then.
I got 1 zit and just got persagel 5% from the drug store because it was near my house. That zit went away in a day.

Still eat the same, and do the same things. So could my face be telling me "thanks for the rest?"
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Thu Jul 08, 2010 3:08 pm      Reply with quote
Some people do better with less products, less active ingredients.

It could also be that oil cleansing was causing your problems.
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Thu Jul 08, 2010 4:34 pm      Reply with quote
Sounds like you are right. Your skin is appreciating the "break".
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Fri Jul 09, 2010 3:55 pm      Reply with quote
I just hope that it lasts. I will probably go back to my retin-a if my face becomes bump again. My face is liking it though
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Fri Jul 09, 2010 3:57 pm      Reply with quote
Josh wrote:
Some people do better with less products, less active ingredients.

It could also be that oil cleansing was causing your problems.


I'll have to agree with you on that one. My face broke out a bit when I started OCM, then it cleared of black heads, then they came back again. OCM is really something that you have to experiment with, I suppose.
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Fri Jul 16, 2010 11:32 pm      Reply with quote
So, I'm still clear and it's that TOTM.

Wow. Kind of worried to back to the Retin-A and BHA/AHA.

Hmmmm...just thinking.
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Mon Jul 19, 2010 9:05 pm      Reply with quote
I used to have the same problem. Because my pimples were mostly cystic, I couldn't help that they were so deep and I had them eroding all over the place.

So after going through Esthetics school, I slowly realized that my skin is way more sensitive than I originally thought. I am now on Dermalogicas new Ultra Calming line and with the new calming serum, it takes away all my issues including my deep and shallow pimples! On top of that, I use my Clarisonic to get rid of all the other crap and to keep my skin uber clean!

I have now realized that with how sensitive my skin is, I was breaking out because it was reacting to all of the products I was using on my skin. I kept on stripping my acid barrier and I had nothing to protect my sensitive skin.

I am happy because my skin isn't uncomfortable at all and I actually enjoy my skin. I use to think about it's condition throughout the day and try to "catch" the new ones that were coming in so I could try to treat it. Now, I don't even think about my skin because it has been a while that I have had no issues. This, my dear, is a HUGE thing for me.

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Mon Jul 19, 2010 10:55 pm      Reply with quote
That's fantastic divalovesmusic! I wouldn't add back in any of the other actives if your skin is doing better without them. Do try to find a sunscreen that you can use though, it really is THE most important product you can use.
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Tue Jul 20, 2010 5:09 am      Reply with quote
Miss Tina wrote:


I have now realized that with how sensitive my skin is, I was breaking out because it was reacting to all of the products I was using on my skin. I kept on stripping my acid barrier and I had nothing to protect my sensitive skin.



I am actually having the same realization. My skin seems to have done a 180 and instead of being able to tolerate everything, it has become sensitive and my cheeks are red all the time!
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Mon Dec 13, 2010 12:08 pm      Reply with quote
Just an update. I am using Korres QUERCETIN AND OAK Age - Reversing Night Cream just for the moisture and it's all natural. It's dry this winter so this is what I use at night, very little. A sunscreen during the day and that's it. Drink plenty of water, excercise, green tea, and yoga. So far: still no breakouts, face is wrinkle free, except for some wrinkles on the neck, but those have not been progressing. So I have been without breakouts for some time now.
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