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Old 02-01-2003, 12:09 PM   #1
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Wink Clear skin? What's that?

Probably very few of you saw the post that I did about my cousin giving me all these beauty products - makeup, lotions, hair stuff, skin cleansers and masks. I was wary about using a few of the skin products first, just because my skin can go out of wack with one wrong product.

But I started using them anyway...not all of them every day, but several of them every few days. I wash my face with Phisoderm's Clear Confidence wash twice a day(which I bought on my own and have been using for about a month now). About two times a week I'll use Naturessence Detoxifying Mud Face Mask. Whenever I feel the need, I'll wash my face with Neutrogena's Pore Refining Cleanser instead of Phisoderm, and every once in awhile I'll use either Neutrogena's Pore Refining Toner or the Alcohol Free Antiseptic Cleanser. I also switched makeup and am now using Neutrogena's Skin Clearing makeup...

...and my face is just about clear!!

I haven't had clear skin since about 6th or 7th grade (a senior in high school now). The only thing is I picked at a tiny, almost invisible cyst and it got a big bigger, and I just kept picking at it...So it's my fault. It's healing now, but if I hadn't picked at it, my skin would be almost 100% clear!

I don't think this is gonna last long though. I'm switching birth control in a week, from Yasmin to OTC, so I'm scared that this won't last long. But still, I'm gonna take what I can while I can!

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Old 02-01-2003, 12:32 PM   #2
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why switch BC?

What people should remember about picking, popping and scratching is -- pretend it is a clear face, now imagine if a light projectd 'fake pimples' onto it and someone said 'go get em.' That is the same harm done to a non-clear face. No one would go and wound a clear face, so why attack a non-clear face? You're attacking your SKIN just as if you went and attacked clear skin. Would you look in a mirror with clear skin and start scratching, squeezing (endlessly) and popping it? It would look like a train wreck afterwards. I follow that advice now and 2 monsters died on their own in 3 days because I didn't touch them. They were the only things on my face and the size of a pencil eraser. If I would have attacked them I would have ended up with bleeding, bruised huge circles that would be 200% worse than a small red bulge.

Old 02-01-2003, 12:36 PM   #3
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My doctor is making me switch BC pills. Something with the hormones.

I envy you that you can resist picking. It's not so easy for me, and I'd imagine many others. I know that it'll ultimately make it worse, but for some reason that doen't even phase me when I start. I am trying to lighten up on it though, and not do it as much - I know if I stop altogether it's gonna make me want to do it even more.

Old 02-01-2003, 01:11 PM   #4
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Trust me I would squeeze just about anything that looked like it shouldn't be there. I recently stopped doing that (unless it has a head!) because I noticed that not only would it not go away, but it would make it uglier and scar.

Old 02-01-2003, 03:05 PM   #5
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I completely agree with everyone here, ok granted not picking is easier when you only have like 1 or 2 spots coz you don't feel the need to go on a mad one but still it's wise to leave them until they're either just right to pop or they go on their own. THis monster just appeared on my skin about a week ago, it was also the size of a pencil eraser and I left it, by next day I could barely feel it and I was so happy

If it's really itchy wrap some ice up ina kitchen towel or two and then apply it generously to the itchy area, it should help reduce swelling and should stop the itching. My skin is also practically clear now, I have just one visible spot really and a few red marks which are fading quite fast i'm so happy

luck to you all, Chris.

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Old 02-01-2003, 03:31 PM   #6
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I forget what clear skin looks like. I am in 9th grade and I have had pimples since the summer before 7th. I have came close to being clear a lot, like now I am doing pretty well. I feel so comfident at my present condition but everytime i think i got it under control it worsens over night.

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