Hello and welcome to my blog. My name is Vicki and I’m a wife, mother, and master aesthetician in the state of Virginia. I am a beauty product connoisseur. I love all things related to skincare and cosmetics. Our skin is our largest organ so we might as well take care of it! I hope you will be able to learn some new things from my posts. If you have any questions please feel free to contact me.

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  1. Veronica
    Sep 15, 2012 @ 00:57:22

    Hi Vicki, I wanted to ask you a question. I stubbed upon your site when I was searching for a resolution for closed comedones. I was directed to you blog in April about your blush breaking you out. After reading through your blogs, I know you know what your talking about and would appreciate your knowledge. So, to make my story story, I broke out due to a Lancôme powder I started using and think talc was the ingredient that broke me out with these millions of tiny closed comedones on my chin and cheeks. It’s definitely acne cosmetica. I was wearing the makeup for like two months before I realized that it was the cause. I went to a dermatologist who prescribed me a face wash and minocycline and prescribed me tazorac and duac. It’s been three weeks and though I’ve seen a change overall in the unity and complexion of my face, these bumps are still under my skin. I stopped wearing make up completely and am now losing my optimism with this issue. Should I go get these extracted? Or is three weeks still not enough time for me to see a change? What has happened is some of them have surfaced into pimples but there are tones left. Any advice you give I will appreciate.I did see your update about your cheek acne and saw that it took a little more than two weeks for yours to clear up. Can you tell me what happened in your case? Did u extract them?


    • thesugarface
      Sep 15, 2012 @ 14:06:17

      Hi Veronica,

      Talc can be an issue for many people causing breakouts or rashes. I know personally that Lancome uses heavy fragrance in their items and this could be another culprit. I get those same exact little bumps but I always get them on my cheeks and yes they are very hard to clear up. Once I stopped using traditional blush with red dye (I now use mineral) it did take a good 2 weeks to notice a difference. My breakouts weren’t 100% cleared, I’d estimate it took 4-6 weeks until I was pleased knowing that yes red dye was in fact my culprit (and using dirty makeup brushes..I’m the type that has to wash weekly). Your derm. pulled out the big guns for you. Have you noticed any irritation at all? I could never tolerate prescription acne medication due to irritation. What worked for me was mandelic acid. I like that’s it an alpha hydroxy acid yet it’s gentle compared to glycolic. Alpha Hydroxy acids were first created to combat acne but after studies performed in the 1960’s, they noticed that the test patients also had fewer wrinkles. In order to introduce any other exfoliant you would need to be off the prescription products for at least a week. I have a love/hate relationship with extractions. As an esthetician I know that people want them performed but I’ve also seen estheticians who are too harsh and end up scarring clients. I try not to extract-including myself which is so hard! Now if those little bumps are not budging then by all means perhaps it is time for extraction. Ask your derm if he/she performs it, if not ask who they would recommend. You want someone gentle that is knowledgeable in the proper protocol. You should be exfoliated with mild steam to soften the area. I personally do not use tools to extract. I use a lancer and then my fingers covered in gauze. After they should tone with an alcohol free toner to disinfect (alcohol use can cause the area to heal slowly). A mask should be used to combat inflammation. If you’re nervous about using a mandelic acid serum you can start small by introducing a toner with mandelic acid. Check out makeupartistschoice.com. They are professional estheticians and they have wonderful customer service. I use their mandelic acid peel weekly for exfoliation as I’m not a fan of mechanical exfoliation (scrubs, oscillating brushes). It has helped to keep my breakouts under control as well as brighten my skin. For cosmetics I would recommend mineral makeup. It is messier but it truely is healthier for acne prone skin. Right now I’m using a tinted moisturizer that’s mineral from Cleopatra’s Choice. I also use their pressed blush. Bare Escentuals just came out with a new pressed mineral makeup. It’s hydrating and it covers quite well. My mother recently used it for her wedding. Good luck to you and let me know how things work out.


      • Veronica
        Sep 16, 2012 @ 18:45:33

        Thank you so much for your response and time. My skin for the most part can handle the topical creams, I mean tazorac makes me peel, but moisturizing helps and the antibiotics are too harsh for my stomach but I take them just cuz I’m so frustrated and desperate for relief. I am so made that I continued to use the very make up that was breaking me out, making my situation worse, just because I was ignorant to know it was that. I thought it was my soap. well, it’s been three weeks and the doctor predicted exactly how u said, 6-8 weeks. So, I’ll keep at the regime and hope I see some relief soon. Again, thank you for you time and advice!

      • thesugarface
        Oct 08, 2012 @ 15:56:40

        Sorry so late in my reply. Try taking probiotics to help with stomach issues from antibiotics. Also peppermint is great too. You can suck on peppermint candy or make peppermint tea. Good luck!

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