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Posted by Lenore on November 09, 2000 at 11:51:53:

In Reply to: All users of Ceramides for red marks...alright, it's time to add your updates to mine posted by Cindy on November 07, 2000 at 20:42:38:

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I have been using both the green and pink ones (pink at night). My skin is definitely clearing up but I don't know whether to attribute it to the ceramides or not because I'm using so many other things, and it could be the meds are finally kicking in. I just started a new birth control pill (Alesse) a few days ago, and it could be that.

The pink ones really help with skin texture (softness and moisturizing) and calming of redness, though, a lot more than the green ones. The green ones are being discontinued and I was told the Elizabeth Arden Good Morning Skin Serum is replacing them (it's in a pump container, and contains the same ingredients plus more).

I'm still nervous about using the pink ones due to them containing isostearic acid (a "2" on the Sage comedogenic scale) and borage oil, but I think really that most of the "oily" feeling when you put the serum on is from the silicone in it (cyclomethicone, for example) and not really from the oil, because it soaks in and the skin doesn't continue to feel oily after that. I've noticed that products with glycerin and silicone have an "oily" feel but they're actually not oily. It just makes them "slick" which gives the illusion of oiliness. Anyway, I am happy with them so far, and praying I won't get some kind of bad reaction months later (sometimes it takes months for a cosmetic to cause a flare up, according to Dr. Fulton).

By the way, has anyone ever tried Benefit's "Dr. Feelgood Balm" and/or their stick make-up? I had a free make-over at Macy's the other day, and maybe it was just coincidental, but it seemed like my skin cleared overnight. I started to wonder if perhaps the make-up I've been raving about and recommending to everyone (La Bella Donna) could actually be causing me problems. I've noticed that my skin looks a lot better in the morning also, than it does at night, but maybe that's because it's moister and plumper in the morning, and that tends to camouflage the acne.

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