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AshleyMichelle:
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Tay:
I think it's because you increase the skin sensitivity and stuff.  I think you need to use special toners after exfoliating or something because the breakouts are caused by something...

I dunno.

Skincare is NOT my forte.  I use my biorĂ© ice cleanser and my face stays clear.  My face is a mess right now, because I"m out of the biorĂ© cleanser.

tinkerbell:
Perhaps you are allergic or your skin is too sensitive to some of the ingredients found in most exfoliators.  Philosophy and Clinique, IMO, have the best exfoliators which are very kind to your skin but do what they are supposed to do.  You may find the following links helpful as well.


EXFOLIATION -DRY SKIN

EXFOLIATION - OILY SKIN

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Keira:
Pores are often blocked really deep, the exfolliator removes the top skin and exposes this sebum plug, irritating it, you get a breakout. If you use a salicilic acid astringent  (used for people with acne) you'll unblock those pores. Be sure to moisterize with a non comedon forming moisteriser or you'll just plug the hole before it has time to become smaller (once the irritation is down).

I use a 2% salicilic acid product right when the breakout occurs and within a day (or two if I put it a bit to late), the small buttons disapeer and a bit of dead skin flakes off; no redness remain.

If you wait too long, there's a risk of real inflammation (acne) and then it will take some time for the redness to disapear.





tinkerbell:

--- Quote from: AshleyMichelle on July 22, 2007, 07:04:27 pm ---yeah, i dont use any kind of exfoliation product, per se -- i use dove soap and a glove, so its the glove and not the product, if that makes sense.  i havent really been using any kind of "official" moisturizer, just whatever lotion is handy.

is salicilic acid the same as oxy-5 or is that a different product?

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Oh, then I will bet my paycheck that it is the glove.  A few months ago, I don't know why, I decided to try one of those gloves to exfoliate your body while you take a shower. Well, I broke up into a rash which lasted for days.  I didn't develop pimples or anything of that nature, but I was itchy most of the time.
There's this home-made exfoliator cream which you can prepare using baby oil and sugar.  Just mix one tablespoon of regular, granulated sugar and a few drops of baby oil until a paste is formed.  Apply this paste to your face in a circular motion and rinse with warm water afterwards.  As far as OTC moisturizers, Curel is one of the best; it is not very expensive and can be used for the face (although it is designed for hands and body)



Posted on: July 22, 2007, 07:11:26 PM
--- Quote from: AshleyMichelle on July 22, 2007, 07:04:27 pm ---is salicilic acid the same as oxy-5 or is that a different product?

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Yes, salicylic acid is the chemical name of the compound usually found in several medications that treat acne.


http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Salicylic_acid






Posted on: July 22, 2007, 07:17:10 PMThis is another site which could be useful.  My youngest sister received plenty of good advice here.

 http://www.acne.org/



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