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Re: Clogged Pores?
Apr 6, 2002
Originally posted by Hollywood:

a question for anyone else dealing with these: is it best to leave them untouched and allow them to fallout on their own? i mean, if they are not noticable, why even take a chance at irritating them? also, has anyone outgrown this? is it even possible to outgrow this form of acne? its gota be concidered mild acne, but probably one of the most annoying forms too.

I would not mess with them...don't touch, pick or squeeze, even if it looks like the plug is ready to pop right out because sometimes they leave ice pick scars (at least they do for me.) Ice pick scars look like small needle pricks in your skin and are very hard to get rid of. Also, if you don't get the entire plug out, it just festers in your skin and will become a big mother zit. If this is the only type of acne you have (like me) I would definately suggest a BHA solution. BHA exfoliates the pores, loosening all that junk in there. Paula's Choice 1% and 2% is very good and pretty cheap. I think a 4oz bottle is only $14 and would last you several months.

If left alone, those little plugs do eventually fall out, but ONLY if you don't do anything to aggravate them which is next to impossible. Anything can turn them into regular pimples...stress, hormones, unsafe makeup, skin care products, food, etc, etc, etc. You want to catch them before they explode on you. Benzoyl peroxide and salycic acid (BHA) both work great but must be used consistently to avoid the breakout cycle. I'd also recommend an AHA. Paula's Choice also has an AHA solution (I believe it's 8%.) I've never used it but have heard nice things about it.

I've been dealing with these persisent and annoying plugs for 4 years (I'm now almost 23 years old) and finally decided to REALLY do something about it a few months ago. I've tried Retin-A a few years ago, Proactiv, many different high and low end skin care lines and almost every over the counter product you can think of. I did my research, picked something I thought was promising and I'm definately glad I did, even though I'm experiencing some irritation right now. I would look into Sage or Paula's Choice. Both are great lines. Paula's Choice is cheaper, but I like Sage alot better and they have more aggressive products. Just keep in mind that these do not work for everyone, but I've done alot of research and have found a great deal of people who have had success with both of these lines.

For the person who asked where you can get Paula's Choice products, do a google search for it and it will take you to her website. I would just give you the link but we're not allowed to do that here.

Good luck!
Re: Clogged Pores?
Apr 7, 2002
Originally posted by Hollywood:
if i decide on using something like it best to get them from the sage website (since they probably use all 'safe' ingredients). also, does it need to be used daily? or can i use it every other day or a couple times a week?

The best thing about Sage is you know for sure you are not getting pore-clogging ingredients. Going through ingredients on other products makes me crazy, so using Sage gives me a little peace of mind and saves money in the long run since there is not much trial and error.

I use the AHA/BHA every single day now and it is suggested to start out slowly since the products are aggressive and very concentrated. They do have a 12% smoothing cream that I'd recommend starting out with and then once your skin adjusts, you can move higher. They have 20% cream (I use this) and also a 20% gel (which I found a little too aggressive for my somewhat sensitive skin, but I may try it again once summer is in full swing.)

I would suggest getting a try me pack for your skin type. I started off with the combo skin try me may be tempted to get the acne one but I really don't think you need it. Plus, with the combo skin one you get samples of all the zit products. I've been using it for a little over two weeks now and I love it, despite the slight amount of purging. Your skin will more than likely go through this stage before it clears, but even while going through this stage, you can still tell it is doing great things for your skin. I love the stuff so much after two weeks that I re-ordered full size bottles of everything I use and some things I ordered a years supply of!

Here is my routine... I know it looks complicated and time consuming but once you get used to it, it only takes a few minutes. The best suggestion I can give you is to follow the instructions exactly. Ice when you are supposed to ice, use the recommend amounts of the products (usually very small) and use them in the correct order.

rinse off fix zit residue with cool water
regular strength corrective grains
regular strength facial shampoo
ice for one minute, concentrating on existing lesions
SPF 25 on damp skin (wait one minute after doing this)
old lady cream on dry areas (for me this is all over)
20% smoothing cream all over

ice for one minute
old lady cream on dry areas as a buffer
fix zit 10% thick all over and more on exisiting spots

The routine they give you will probably be somewhat similar to mine if you get the combo skin pack - they will adjust it for you if you have problems and Barbara (the CEO) gives great advice if you have a problem. You also fill out a skin profile after you order - be as specific as possible so they know how to formulate your products.

The best advice I can give you is go slowly...introduce the products as needed and don't go overboard. You will get tons of samples with your pack - you don't need all of them. Follow the instructions, start off with the basics and then add the others in. Don't worry if your skin freaks out at will get better!

Of course, you don't have to get the try me pack if you only want to use the smoothing creams and gels...but I would seriously consider it because you may be using unsafe ingredients in other things you use (cleanser, moisturizer, etc) that will only defeat the purpose of using the Sage products. It is not an expensive investment - the packs are $50 and the products in them will last you about two months, plenty of time to see some improvement. After that, you can buy full sizes or not...and the best thing about it is that the products are so concentrated that they last a very long time.

Good luck and please let me know what you decide =)

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