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Old 06-07-2009, 06:17 AM   #691
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I have a friend who is a red head / light brown and her leg hair is sooo thin and light that you cant even see it after a week. So jealous

This is my punishment for being Italian.

If I wanted to be smooth all the time I would literally have to shave every day or every other day. Boo Hiss.
I am really pale with naturally light blonde hair. . . except legs. . .
Not fun at all.
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Old 06-07-2009, 07:42 AM   #692
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I'm the same, cin. Restocked some makeup today. I can only buy 2 brands as no other is pale enough for me.



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Old 06-07-2009, 07:42 AM   #693
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Oh, except the hair on my arms and legs is also white. See-through, almost.
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Old 06-07-2009, 06:00 PM   #694
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Clear arm hair is awesome. Tilda Swinton-ish eyelashes aren't.
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Anyone have any suggestions or recommendations for teen acne? My daughter has tried a few things, like Pro-Active, and a couple others. I wonder if anything actually works. I told her that maybe things will improve after Friday when school is finally out, and she will get more sleep & be less stressed in that department.

And she's been using the Bare Essentuals make-up. She says she gets oily during the day and now wondering if we should try different make-up, or if we need to buy other Bare Essentuals products, etc. Don't know who to ask, since salespeople will just try & sell you whatever they want
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Old 06-10-2009, 03:38 PM   #696
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Depends on how bad her acne is. If it's just the same sort of thing that 90% of teens go through, basically I think she's gonna just have to wait it out. If it's severe, you might consider meds. I think the most effective thing on the market might actually be a drug that you can't get in the US, it's a birth control pill called Diane-35 which is used in Europe, Canada and everywhere else but doesn't have FDA approval in the US for no medical reason at all but because Ortho-TriCyclen's lobby has insisted that Ortho-Tri be the only pill on the market that can advertise acne clearance.

I have to preface this by saying that I've actually never had a single zit/pimple in my life, something that I inherited from my father. But I'm familiar with Diane-35 because I have an enzymatic defect (gene mutation) that requires I be on it all my life.
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Hi Lila

My youngest daughter got it severely, and it really took us by surprise as we couldn't think of anyone in our families who ever had it. (the really bad cases) We tried everything and I mean everything. It's really hard to see your kid go from being happy and active to being introverted, and not wanting to go and do anything anymore. I'd had some people tell me about a drug called accutane and said they swore by it as it was a miracle drug, and others tell me stay away from it. After years of nothing working and the problem getting worse and we could see scarring already on her cheeks we gave in and went for it. By CA law you have to have tried 2 other more mild types of prescriptions for acne first, we did, they didn't work. And the program takes 5-6 months to complete and they must monitor under strict care of a doctor. Blood tests in the beginning and monthly urinalysis during. The patient must also answer an online test monthly too. A doctor must also first certify the acne as a severe case and they evaluate them psychologically too during treatment as the drug can cause depression however my daughter never had a single side effect. I never in a million years thought I would allow my kid to undergo something like this, but all I can say is I am SO glad we did. It is a miracle drug. Within 6 mos her skin is the most beautiful skin I have ever seen. It is china doll gorgeous and over time the scarring has also disappeared. She finished the treatment over a year ago and has not had 1 blemish since then, NONE. And it will supposedly stay this way for life. (We were told that some patients need a smaller booster course a short time later, but so far my daughter has been 100% free of any blemishes almost a year and a half later.) We didn't realize it would not only make the acne disappear but she now has flawless perfect beautiful skin.

Not 5 months after having severe acne, we were getting glasses for me, and the woman there fitting them for me was sitting within about a foot of my daughter, she kept staring at her sort of distracted, and finally said to us, I'm sorry but I keep staring and I have to tell you, you have the most beautiful skin I have ever seen in my life. I can't tell you how it felt to see the look on my kids face. I explained to the woman and she could not believe it was true.
Anyways... I know this is for severe cases and I don't know how bad it is, but I just thought I'd put this out there for anyone else who might want to know too. I know of at least 3 people now who did this, one a 20 something woman, a teenage boy, and a 50 something man, all who say it changed their lives too.

By the way it's expensive, but we have Kaiser and it covered it 100%. Also that's good that she is using Bare Minerals, it's the only powder that ever helped my daughter (with coverage when her skin was bad), but don't use the mineral veil! That one can irritate the skin, but the colored foundation powders are great.
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I concur Sicy

Thanks for the responses. I feel it's just typical teen acne. She has some pimples on her forehead, but she also has bangs. I'm sure the oil from her hair doesn't help things.

I just checked her stuff, and she does have the Mineral Veil. Isn't that basically the loose powder to set your makeup? Why is Bare Essentual's not good? Is there something to use instead? Do they have something for, perhaps, more sensitive skin? Is there something in it that we should stay away from (a chemical or something?). Would she benefit from washing her brushes more regularly?

Bonocomet - I'm glad to hear that the medications worked for your daughter. I pay a fortune for health insurance already, and can't afford to go through what you did, even if it is/were an option with my doctor. I don't think it's severe, though she'd probably disagree. I remember a friend of hers had horrible acne about 4 years ago. Apparently it's gone away according to Maddy. Anyways, I don't know what other factors to watch for. She generally eats well, but maybe didn't always get enough sleep during the school year. And she plays basketball, so there's that to factor in too.



For me, I've been using Lancome's liquid foundation for years, and was using their loose powder, but picked up MAC's last time. I think I did it to save money. Seems fine to me. And I have a Smashbox powder blush. I'm almost out of a couple of things, and never know if I should change/switch to something else. I have no idea if there's something better for me out there, and I don't have the money to sample different brands and test things out. Perhaps I should just stick to what works
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As far the Bare Minerals go (I think it's the same as Bare Essentuals??) there's nothing wrong with them, they are excellent. I just am remembering when her skin was real bad, we were told by more than one skin care specialist that the mineral veil product (I think it's a whitish powder?) was the only one that there was something in it that would irritate skin and to avoid it. The regular Bare Minerals powders that come in the shades are excellent though and don't have that ingredient. I'd say though that if someone is using anything that doesn't seem to be bothering them then that's great (Also I suppose it's ingredients could have changed by now)
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I uses MAC's Prep+Prime finishing powder instead of the mineral veil and I love it. The Mineralize skin finish is good too. (also by MAC)

Make sure she is cleaning her brushes regularly. I try to wash mine once a week (don't always do it though) but I use a spray brush cleaner daily.
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I recently found out the only type of makeup I can really wear is the hypos-allergenic stuff such as Almay, Physicians Formula and Neutrogena.
I do remember trying the stuff from Cover Girl, Rimmell or Maybelline only to have breakouts of facial exzema or irritated eyes.
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I uses MAC's Prep+Prime finishing powder instead of the mineral veil and I love it. The Mineralize skin finish is good too. (also by MAC)

Make sure she is cleaning her brushes regularly. I try to wash mine once a week (don't always do it though) but I use a spray brush cleaner daily.

I use a MAC powder, but it doesn't have any special name on the container. It's just a dusting powder in Medium. I don't know who to ask at the stores, whether it be Sephora, a MAC counter, the Bare Essentuals store, etc. I just don't trust them, because it's generally their job to sell their product. And sometimes I feel that you are just taking someone's judgement or preferences when you go to Sephora

I'll have her wash her brushes this week. I don't have any special cleanser. I think I was once told that any gentle shampoo would work as well (I hope!).

Anyone ever use Lancome's Primordiale (sp?) moisturizer? It's what I put on before the foundation. It's really expensive (for me) and I'm almost out. I don't know if I should just give in and buy a new jar, or try & find something less expensive. Remember I have older skin than many of you... and pale too! It's always worked well, as far as I can tell... And I have to replenish the blush as well. Smashbox or something new, that is the question ...
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Anyone have any suggestions or recommendations for teen acne? My daughter has tried a few things, like Pro-Active, and a couple others.

I get regular facials and my aesthetician has a LED light therapy machine that uses colors to combat different skin problems. The blue light is what works on acne. She treated her 16 year old daughter and has many other teen patients that have responded beautifully with this therapy.

Here is a link, you can try finding a dermatologist or spa that offers these. They will usually give a discount if you buy a package, which will give the best results.


Light Therapy-LED Light TherapyTreatment, Red/Infrared
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^ Just wanted to add that the light therapy was another treatment my daughter had tried with no effect. Not saying it doesn't help some people though! It just didn't work for her.
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