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Hey folks, I thought I would start an "acne diary" here reporting on my observations and experiences trying to get rid of acne. I hate those days (which sometimes stretch into weeks) when my face feels like a battleground full of acne and post-acne marks and I either feel bad when I look into the mirror or spend way too long messing with concealers/foundation before going out.
We've had so many posts here about what products to use to combat acne, but fewer posts about the actual causes of acne. I think this is because it's so different from person to person, and also unless you have the patience of a saint it's really difficult to force yourself through the intensive trial and error needed to figure out WHAT is causing your breakouts. And even then, it might be due to vague causes like "stress" or "environmental irritants" that you have no control over.
I'll try to update once a week or so, to report on what I'm currently adding (or removing) from my routine and what the results are. I would also love to hear other people's personal experiences and maybe we can all learn from each other.
EDIT Apr 28: Here's the new motto for those of us trying to isolate ingredients at the root of our skin problems:
So what do you do when your skin is freaking out and you don't know which product is causing the issue? "Quit everything cold turkey," advises Dr. Chapas. "Makeup, moisturizer, sunscreen—stop everything you're using. Try to use a mild topical hydrocortisone on the skin until your reaction goes down. Start adding products in slowly and use mild, fragrance-free formulas. Eventually, you'll find out what's offending your skin. If your skin continues to react, see a dermatologist."
thanks to krunce (is that pronounced "crunchy"?) for pointing me to the Victoria Stanell Beauty Myths article on beautylish!