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Old 11-07-2007, 09:42 PM
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Since I started to use this I have experienced a decrease in the amount of blackheads I get and some acne marks have faded a bit. The texture of my skin is somewhat smoother. It does not make my face feel tight or dry. I am, however, disappointed that it does not work miracles. It takes a while before you can see any results.

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Old 11-07-2007, 09:51 PM
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I give it a 2 star. It didn't break me out but it didn't do anything either.
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Old 11-07-2007, 11:29 PM
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Whats the difference between AHA & BHA? I tried AHA but it made me break out like crazy.....
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Old 11-08-2007, 12:20 AM
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Whats the difference between AHA & BHA? I tried AHA but it made me break out like crazy.....
Paula Begoun - The Cosmetics Cop - Paula's Choice has good info on exfoliants.

Lol, Geebs- nothing works miracles and everything that makes a real difference takes time to work. I bet you'd go nuts with retinoids (great effects on wrinkles, discolorations etc but take up to a year to show up).
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Old 11-14-2007, 10:53 PM
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I would also give a 2, maybe 2,5 star. I am on my second bottle now and i really cant say i noticed any significant differences. I guess i was expecting more
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Old 11-14-2007, 11:24 PM
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I use this in a.m. & 8% AHA in PM and I have to say it works fabulous for me I've gotten lots of remarks of how fab my skin looks lately.
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Old 11-15-2007, 12:12 AM
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I would also give a 2, maybe 2,5 star. I am on my second bottle now and i really cant say i noticed any significant differences. I guess i was expecting more
It doesn't work for everybody. You need to extract existing blackheads, and then see if the BHA can keep them away. Repeat after about three weeks.
That said, my clogs are hormonal. Only Tazorac gel helps a little.
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Old 11-15-2007, 09:26 PM
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Thanks Jenn
I must say that today i had a close look to my skin and i didnt find any blackheads, so its does work great for that, but my pores still seem so dilated, though i'm starting to think that its mineral makeup that provokes it, cause when i use a normal powder (like lancome for example) my skin looks smother and nicer
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Old 11-15-2007, 11:34 PM
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I must say that today i had a close look to my skin and i didnt find any blackheads, so its does work great for that, but my pores still seem so dilated, though i'm starting to think that its mineral makeup that provokes it, cause when i use a normal powder (like lancome for example) my skin looks smother and nicer
Oh hon, I'm sorry, pore size can only influenced *some* by retinoids. The pore size is hereditary, and they stretch out with time and sun damage.
BHA can only help in declogging them.
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Old 11-16-2007, 06:51 AM
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I would give it 3 stars. I like how it makes me skin smooth, but it also makes me quite dry in areas. I am down to using it 3-4 times a week at night only. I guess as the weather gets colder, I'll have to lay off even more.
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Old 11-16-2007, 07:09 AM
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My nose is officially clear of blackheads.
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Old 11-16-2007, 07:45 AM
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I like it
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Old 11-17-2007, 11:26 AM
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Oh hon, I'm sorry, pore size can only influenced *some* by retinoids. The pore size is hereditary, and they stretch out with time and sun damage.
BHA can only help in declogging them.
That is sad! my mom has HUGE pores
But then it was a very unfair review cause i am also free of blackheads now, and it doesnt break me up or make my skin dry, actually it looks clean and shinny (a healthy shine not a greasy one). So i would have to change it to 4 star, it is a great exfoliating
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Old 11-22-2007, 09:13 AM
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I love it! I still have some blackheads (on my nose, but the number is significantly less), but I now have NO blackheads on my cheeks and very few on my forehead and chin. I went a few days without using it (waiting for my bottle to come after I'd used up the sample) and my skin went nuts. It doesn't work miracles, but it helps so much.
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I LOVE this stuff. It has worked wonders on my skin...I used to have little bumps everywhere and now they are completely gone. I get tons of compliments on my skin now and this + face wash is all I use
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does her samples come in packets or small bottles? i might try some!
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does her samples come in packets or small bottles? i might try some!
They come in packets. I cut open one end and spot treat zits by dipping a Qtip in it. I need to buy a full size bottle!
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What about for guys?
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^^You can use it no matter what sex you are. It's cool that way.
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Old 02-11-2008, 05:02 PM
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Love this stuff to death. I use the 2% gel both day and night all over my face and it causes no irritation whatsoever. I think I might buy the liquid next, for summer. I liked it a lot when I tried a sample.
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Is this effective as a spot treatment?
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Shelley, me thinks no, but I could be wrong. I'm sure Jenn can better answer this, but I believe it is meant to be used all over for exfoliation. I've been using it for about a month, and I'm not sure how I feel about it yet.

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Old 02-12-2008, 02:19 AM
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It needs to be used continuously, as all BHA, and best allover to keep pores clear. It takes at least three weeks to really kick in- as I explained earlier in this thread you may have to have existing ones extracted.
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Old 02-21-2008, 04:13 PM
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Just want to add my .02 to this product-I was using the Neutrogena 3 in 1 for a month or so, it was okay but really did not clear out my pores. This stuff is rather amazing, I've used it for about 3 weeks and the difference in my skin is remarkable. It's the most effective BHA I have tried so far.

Jenn - what's the best way to extract? I read somewhere that if you are too rough with extracting it can push the stuff so deep that it will cause a cystic breakout. Also, how does one know if their acne is hormonal?
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Just want to add my .02 to this product-I was using the Neutrogena 3 in 1 for a month or so, it was okay but really did not clear out my pores. This stuff is rather amazing, I've used it for about 3 weeks and the difference in my skin is remarkable. It's the most effective BHA I have tried so far.

Jenn - what's the best way to extract? I read somewhere that if you are too rough with extracting it can push the stuff so deep that it will cause a cystic breakout. Also, how does one know if their acne is hormonal?
Yeah, I want to know that too...

And I think I'll be getting some Paula's Choice soon too!
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