RCW converts- progress?

Maybe I will order the castille one and see if that makes any difference. Thanks for the suggestion.
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Maybe I will order the castille one and see if that makes any difference. Thanks for the suggestion.
Originally Posted by xcptnl


The DY Wheat Germ Oil cleanser might be better for you if you're on the dryer side (which I assume is why you tried the PSF Green Tea cleanser over the Castile to begin with).
Maybe I will order the castille one and see if that makes any difference. Thanks for the suggestion.
Originally Posted by xcptnl


The DY Wheat Germ Oil cleanser might be better for you if you're on the dryer side (which I assume is why you tried the PSF Green Tea cleanser over the Castile to begin with).
Originally Posted by RedCatWaves
You are correct - that is why I ordered that one. Thanks!
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One good reason to only maintain a small circle of friends is that three out of four murders are committed by people who know the victim. ~George Carlin~

In regards to Vagazzling: They just want to get into the goods without worrying about getting scratched up by fake crystals. ~spring1onu~
OK, I've been hiding under a rock for a while...what does RCW's skin care method involve?

I've been using a soap free cleanser and Paula's Choice BHA Gel 2% which can be a bit hit and miss.
OK, I've been hiding under a rock for a while...what does RCW's skin care method involve?

I've been using a soap free cleanser and Paula's Choice BHA Gel 2% which can be a bit hit and miss.
Originally Posted by Twirly Girl
It is posted earlier in this thread.
HCC + Kenra Condish + Biotera Gel and Leave In + diffusing = beautiful 3A spirals
Oh boy, I've been following her for quite a while with different things. I have very oily skin (mainly t-zone) and the apples (if I had apples) of my cheeks are crazy sensitive. Maybe rosacea? *shrug*.
Well, after using the castile cleanser, balancing oil and retin A (a few times a week), my skin was looking amazing. We were also moving into the very cold, dry winter. I bought everything and tried everything. I over did it and my face almost looked sunburned. (Yes, I was warned to start sloooooow). So, I'm back to the basics of
Gentle castile for t-zone
GT cleansing milk for cheeks
Balancing oil or emu oil for moisturizing.

I am still using the BA on my nose. The blackheads are almost gone and I just don't want to quit. Extra mineral make-up hides the redness and the emu oil keeps the dryness to a tolerable level.

My skin is very smooth feeling instead of bumpy now. The red cheeks are calming down again (they really flared after I overdid all the products) and in a week or so, I will sloooooowly introduce everything back in and see how it goes.

I'm 100% satisfied with everything (except my own stupidity) and so very grateful.
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I bought everything and tried everything. I over did it and my face almost looked sunburned.

I still over-do it occasionally. I constantly fight the urge to have better better better skin. I'm currently sporting a nice chemical burn on my chin from overzealous use of 15% BHA (yeah, that says FIFTEEN!...I got such nice results from one application of the 15% that I had to do it again...too soon.)

Anyway, keep going slowly and you will see results. I'm glad you're pleased.
I did the same thing 2Happy and I would bet that is what flared up my nasty acne. I am now just using the cleanser and will use that alone for a week and then start bringing in the other products. I wanted fast results - well I got them - my skin freaked!! Overall I have pretty decent skin other than some breakouts and I noticed since I started just using the cleanser (2 nights ago) my skin is already looking less stressed!
Central Massachusetts

One good reason to only maintain a small circle of friends is that three out of four murders are committed by people who know the victim. ~George Carlin~

In regards to Vagazzling: They just want to get into the goods without worrying about getting scratched up by fake crystals. ~spring1onu~


I still over-do it occasionally. I constantly fight the urge to have better better better skin. I'm currently sporting a nice chemical burn on my chin from overzealous use of 15% BHA (yeah, that says FIFTEEN!...I got such nice results from one application of the 15% that I had to do it again...too soon.)

Anyway, keep going slowly and you will see results. I'm glad you're pleased.
Originally Posted by RedCatWaves
Where did you get 15% BHA?
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Well, I'm still using my PSF Castile, BHA 2%, jojoba, HA, Benzaclin and Vit. C serum for over a month now I think. My skin may look close to perfect one day, and the next I have 10 new, but not cystic, bumps. It used to take awhile for acne to appear, I'd maybe a have day or so warning...but not now. I wake up every morning with no idea what kind of skin day to expect. Maybe my skin is still adjusting and periodically freaks out or maybe I should revisit Retin-A and that would solve the problem? I'm not sure but it's bugging the hell out of me. Anyway...just my update.
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Last edited by BrandyC; 03-29-2008 at 08:48 PM.


I still over-do it occasionally. I constantly fight the urge to have better better better skin. I'm currently sporting a nice chemical burn on my chin from overzealous use of 15% BHA (yeah, that says FIFTEEN!...I got such nice results from one application of the 15% that I had to do it again...too soon.)

Anyway, keep going slowly and you will see results. I'm glad you're pleased.
Originally Posted by RedCatWaves
Where did you get 15% BHA?
Originally Posted by southernbelle08

DianaYvonne.com sells it. They have a special webpage with strong acids on it that is not available to see without a special link. You have to request the link from them by email...I guess they want to discourage newbies from buying acids that are too strong for them.
RCW can I ask you something?

I took a course of Accutane 8 years ago. It totally did what it was supposed to do, but my skin is forever changed. It used to just be sort of thick and oily and impervious to everything, and now it is thin and delicate, though it is decent at keeping itself pretty moist.

I feel like more than ever I can't leave the house without sunscreen for two seconds. I know you don't like or use them and so have no recs, but any speculation on whether the DY or PSF ones would be more decent than something from a drugstore? I've only ever really found one that I can use without some kind of freaky result and it's Neutrogena and may be discontinued now. I'd like to find one without too gross of ingredients.

I don't like the idea of acids. I've never had a chemical peel or anything, but the permanent condition of my skin seems to be close to what I'd expect soon after such a procedure. I don't like the idea of serious acids for this reason. I do like the idea of vitamin C, though.

Any thoughts?
ingredients for PSF 30 sunscreen:

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Sage Skin Care has a really great sunblock in SPF 25 and 40 that I've been using for over 10 years now.

I have highly acne-prone skin and this stuff is completely safe for it. It also is supposed to be good for darker complexions [where other sunscreens leave a whitish cast, it does not].



ACTIVE INGREDIENTS: Octyl Methoxycinnamate UVB, titanium dioxide UVB, octyl salicylate UVA, menthyl anthranilate UVA. INGREDIENTS: Stabilized aloe vera gel, glycerin, carbomer 940, sorbitan stearate, polysorbate 80, dimethicone, sodium PCA, tetrasodium EDTA TEA 99%, methyparaben, propylparaben, diazolidnyl urea.
Hmmmm, I'm not totally thrilled with the urea and parabens, but it's probably better than what I'm using now. Which doesn't even have the ingredients on it any more. They must have been on the box. Arrgh.

And the price is decent too. Whitish cast is not one of my issues, a product like that would probably blend right in lol.

Thanks!
It's totally a Skin Cancer vs Other Evils situation, I know.
RCW can I ask you something?

I took a course of Accutane 8 years ago. It totally did what it was supposed to do, but my skin is forever changed. It used to just be sort of thick and oily and impervious to everything, and now it is thin and delicate, though it is decent at keeping itself pretty moist.

I feel like more than ever I can't leave the house without sunscreen for two seconds. I know you don't like or use them and so have no recs, but any speculation on whether the DY or PSF ones would be more decent than something from a drugstore? I've only ever really found one that I can use without some kind of freaky result and it's Neutrogena and may be discontinued now. I'd like to find one without too gross of ingredients.

I don't like the idea of acids. I've never had a chemical peel or anything, but the permanent condition of my skin seems to be close to what I'd expect soon after such a procedure. I don't like the idea of serious acids for this reason. I do like the idea of vitamin C, though.

Any thoughts?
Originally Posted by Riot Crrl

You would probably like Vit C. It gives a lovely glow and it's not harsh on the skin, even though it's acidic. It's not considered an "acid".

Again, I hate, despise, detest sunscreen, and only use it under protest. When someone holds a gun to my head (or I go to the beach), I will apply some to my face. I usually double-up (or triple-up) and apply both a cream and a spray to try to keep from getting sun damage. I try to find something that protects against both UVA and UVB rays. I also wear a hat and look for shade wherever I can. I wash the crap off as soon as possible.


ETA: for my body at the beach, I slap any old sunscreen on. I don't have any body skin issues with sunscreen...other than it feeling awful. I also try to wear clothing that protects my skin from sun damage...I have several long-sleeved breezy white linen shirts that I wear if I'm going to be out in the sun so I can stay cool and still be protected. Also, I usually wear a high-necked swimsuit, which probably explains why my chest doesn't look all crepey and sundamaged like so many other women my age.

Last edited by RedCatWaves; 03-29-2008 at 10:51 PM.
Thanks!

Yeah, I would like to try some of the vitamin C you have recced. I think I will do that.

I always hated sunscreen too, and especially on my face so I totally know where you're coming from. But my skin is so pale and thin now, I think it is just a necessary evil in my case, even for such exposure as commuting to work and back home.

I hate the sun but love swimming. So at a beach I just plaster myself in sunscreen, swim, and then get dressed as soon as possible. I don't tend to dress in things with my chest hanging out, even in summer. And I do like the higher-cut Speedo swimsuits also. If I only showed you my neck and chest, I could look like I'm 25 (as long as the picture didn't show the way certain things tend to hang from my chest)
Just to update on my previous posts. I had been having some major pore-cleansing going on and it was showing up in the form of whiteheads, mostly all over my forehead. Fortunately, I've managed to make them go away!

What I decided to do is use benzoyl peroxide, 30 minutes after applying the salicylic acid, at night, for a couple of nights in a row. This worked really well to dry up all the zits that came to the surface.

I am also using Olay Microdermabrasion & Peel kit once per week, and I think the manual exfoliation helps too.

Except for a couple of minor blemishes that still need to heal, my skin is looking really great!
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OK, I've found the routine and now I have a question!

I have relatively oily skin and don't use a moisturiser, however the routine suggests to use PSF HA (Hyaluronic Acid) a drop or two mixed with either ultra emu oil or jojoba oil or PSF balancing oil as a moisturizer - would this be wise for me? Is anyone else with oily skin doing this?

Also, my skin can sometimes get dry from using the Paula's Choice 2% BHA liquid, so I guess if I order the PSF 2% I nee dto tak eit super slow?

Thanks!

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