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This thread is intended to act as a lexicon of resources, safety/how to instructions, abbreviations & definitions etc. It will be linked to my signature so anyone seeking this type of info can just click to access it. Please post yr info in this thread (you can copy/paste to save yourself from re-typing).
 

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This link is for those concerned about Hydroquinone use & cancer. What are the facts? Click the link to read a wealth of factual scientifically verified research based information. It'll de-bunk the myths & put your mind at ease. Enjoy! http://www.skincaretalk.com/skin-lig...an-legend.html
 

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Awesome - thanks Odine.

Here are some of my local sources

Vitamin C (L-Ascorbic Acid)
Vitamin World Stores- 20oz. ~$30US

Vitamin Shoppe Stores - 1lb - ~$20US

Whole Foods Market - ~$12 ( can't remember size)

Glycerine:
Walmart Stores 6oz. ~$3US

Jojoba Oil

Vitamin Shoppe Stores- 4oz. ~$10US
 

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Luv Ya Salsera & Thanks! Seems everyone is talking about Vit C serums of late.

SOURCES FOR HYDROQUINONE 4% & TRETINOIN

Prescription Medicines - Prescription Drugs & Medicines, Indian online pharmacy for all type of generic drugs

This Indian online pharmacy carries generic HQ4% at < $1.50 USD/tube.

They also carry generic Tretinoin (Retin A aka RA) in both gel & cream formulations in strengths from 0.025% to 0.05% to 0.01% . Shipping is $25 USD but this is easily offset by buying in bulk & by the low product prices.


Another option at ADC: Skin-Lite with 2% HQ, 0.5% RA & mometasone furoate (a mild steroidal anti inflammatory). This compound may be effective for Caucasian & fair Asian skinned individuals seeking to exfoliate away sun damage, melasma, blend freckles & lentigines & generally brighten the complexion. This will not lighten brown to black skin but it can give it a nice glow. The RA has anti aging benefits & the anti inflammatory helps prevent any irritation from the RA as well.

Another source for Hydroquinone 4% & Tretinoin 0.01% (only) is:[email protected]

Located in the USA, people in North America receive their order much more rapidly. Good if you're down to that last tube & are about to run out. Shipping is reasonable but the creams cost $15/tube for the identical products carried by ADC. SSS is great for those seeking to try these compounds out before committing to a treatment regimen. They are 100% reliable. You send them an email stating what you want & how much of it & they'll email you either a Paypal or Google Pay invoice.
 

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GENERIC EYELASH GROWTH SERUM

This stuff is nothing short of miraculous. So fast & easy to use that it feels like cheating! Made by Allergan & first sold as Lumigan, it was originally an eyedrop used by Glaucoma patients to diminish intra-occular pressure. These patients began reporting incredible eyelash transformation. Their lashes became longer, thicker, more abundant & curlier. This 'side effect' inspired people to apply the Lumigan to the lash line only (like a liquid eyeliner) with a fine brush. Allergan caught on & repackaged the Lumigan under a new name: LATISSE. It is chemically identical to Lumigan but sells for a good $130/small bottle (HOLY SMOKES!). Latisse comes with a bunch of cheap (meaning poor quality) disposable applicator brushes.

All Day Chemist recently launched their chemically identical generic version of Latisse under the name CAREPROST. At only $10/ bottle, it is a bargain. Many here can vouch for its effectiveness. Having used Latisse, Lumigan & now Careprost, I can state with certainty that it works the same way for a fraction of the cost. You'll need to buy a cheap fine paintbrush (craft shoppes) or those cosmetic Q-tips (NOT those fluffy ones)

Prescription Medicines - Prescription Drugs & Medicines, Indian online pharmacy for all type of generic drugs

HOW TO USE: Use before bed 1x/day. Full results take 16 weeks. Remove all makeup, cleanse & dry. Apply 1 drop of CAREPROST to yr brush. Sweep it along the lash-line of the upper eyelid as if you were applying liquid eyeliner. Repeat on other eyelid. You do NOT place the drops IN your eyes. The Latisse website says to use it on the upper lid only as it naturally seeps through to the lower lash line while your eyes are shut & you're sleeping. To see the 'Before & After' results of the clinical trials for Latisse, please click the link below:

LATISSEÂae Home | LATISSEÂae — the first and only FDA-approved eyelash growth treatment
 

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MICROFIBER CLOTHS


www ncnproskincare com 1 @ $12.50US


www gardenofwisdom com /tools 1 @ $2.25US

5 @ $7.85US
 

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Thanks, Salsera BUT I cannot take credit for the Likas Papaya soap. The source, though, was one I dug up since Jose's source did not ship to Canada & many other places. Yollie's will ship it to the moon if need be! A member named JOSE posted a thread about it many months ago along with regular updates & his B4 & after photos.

A word about the LIKAS PAPAYA SOAP

Why so many of us like it:

- It does not make any crazy claims to 'whiten you overnight'


- It cleanses you thoroughly removing all traces of sunscreen, makeup, any soil & dead skin.

- It leaves no deposit or residue of any kind to all ow your treatment creams to penetrate more effectively.

- It leaves no identifiable scent on the body to interfere with your treatment creams making you smell like an over-stuffed dumpster on a humid August day.

- It is really cheap
but GOOD.

- It contains no high concentration 'actives' or stinging acids to alter the effects of your treatment creams OR hypersensitize the skin.

- It does NOT drip stinking orange 'goop' all over your shower stall.

- Anecdotal accountings claim it DOES lighten skin. In my case, it did not but it exfoliated nicely giving my skin a glow.
 

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THANK SALSERA! These conversion tables will prove priceless for all home compounders. How nice of you to dig those up for everyone.
 

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pH (Litmus) Strips

Purpose: Use test pH levels in acid based actives, solutions, compounds, etc. to ensure appropriate and effective pH levels. Particularly useful when preparing DIY Vitamin C serums, toners with acidic ingredients (i.e. HA, FA, etc.)

Where to Buy: www gardenofwisdom com

www indigo com/Test-strips

www amazon com (search for pH strips)

Info on pH: www indigo com/Test-strips
 

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SKIN CARE FIRST AID KIT

1. Neosporin (you need this sometimes post peel when skin is really raw, red and itchy, also helps prevent post inflammatory hyperpigmentation if applied on bumps/occasional pimples, and prevents skin infections after strong peels).
2. Zinc Oxide Ointment (you need to apply this to the areas that might have been burned or overexfoliated after a peel or too much use of Retin-A, zinc oxide rebuilds collagen and heals the skin quickly).
3. Hydrocortisone Cream (when some areas of the skin feels itchy and irritated from RA, AHA/BHA/TCA or rough exfoliation.
4. Multivitamin (yes I know its awkward to have this in your aid kit, but when your skin gets too irritated and "flesly" looking, taking a multivitamin or maybe two helps the body work faster in restoring the skin to its natural balance.
5. Vitamin E Oil (helps the skin rebuild).
6. Aloe Vera Gel (helps soothe and calm the skin from all irritations/burns or any other ailments).
7. Visine Regular Eye Drops (takes the Redness out not just from your eyes, if you have some red spots or even a pimple, just put this on the spot or area and it sucks the redness right out for about 5 to 6 hours, the active ingredients in this - tetrahydrozoline hydrochloride and potassium chloride - constricts the blood vessels in your spot and effectively takes the redness out).
8. Iburprofen (anti-inflammatory - when your skin is really inflamed and broken out in rashes or you have a bad reaction to any product, taking an iburprofen capsule orally or cutting it open and applying the gel topically helps to bring down the inflammation greatly).
9. Preparation H, when you have had a burn from ur chemical peel, on your face or wherever, wash it with cool water, and apply Preparation H right away, after 5 mins the redness will be out and it will start healing and cut ur recovery time by 3 days, no joke.
10. plastic Saran cling wrap, when you have had a burn or if you just want your skin care products to work better ----> before you go to bed, after you apply your nightly regimen creams, cut holes for hte eyes, nose and mouth on a saran wrap and wear it on your face. The saran wrap keeps your skin moist so that the products can work better or any redness/burns on your face from chemical peels can heal fast.
11. Essential oils of Lavender, Tee tree & Eucalyptus.



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For those of you who want to know everything about Retinoids (Retin-A, Differin, Tazorac) and Retinol Serums, how they work on your skin, which brands are out there, the difference between retinol and retinoids, how they help you lighten the skin, applications, precautions, and how to buffer it for less irritation, click the link below. It also has valuable information on ready made effective Vitamin C Serums.

http://www.skincaretalk.com/skin-lig...retinoids.html



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For all your peels needs:

Makeupartistschoice.com
beautyscientific.com -> this source is also good because according to the site "There are no parabens associated with this product. It is also free of propylene glycol which is an industrial anti - freeze that may cause contact dermatitis; free of stearic acid which is an acne causing agent. Most importantly, it is consciously formulated with out any formaldehyde or formaldehyde inducing products such as: Germall II (Diazolidinyl Urea), Polyquaternium - 10, or Imidazoylidinyl Urea."

I would recommend you use a Lactic Acid peels, if you have pigmentation issues. If you want sundamage gone then try the TCA peels, work ur way up from the low strengths and if you need exfoliation to undo years of neglecting ur skin then use a Glycolic Acid peel.



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Thanks for linking us to all that great info, LNL. BTW, a while back, you posted a really informative message all about sunblocks. I can't seem to find it to link it here. If you nkow where it is, would you pls add it in?
 

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SILICONE (a.ka. Dimethicone, cyclomethicone, silica)

Uses:
a) sealer for actives/serums - use after applying serums, such as
Vitamin C, Triple C serums, etc to seal the serum in to increase
absorption. Especially for DIY serums. Many OTC Retail serums
already contain some silicone.
b.) make-up base/primer/sealer - apply before makeup to help create
a smooth surface for make-up. Apply a small amount after make-
up to seal and protect make-up and produce a silky feeling.
c.) skin protectant - creates barrier and protects skin from extreme
heat and cold temperaturs, seals in moisture. Mix a little with
sunscreen to seal or add a small amount on top of sunscreen
d.) booster - boosts absorption of serums and topicals when mixed

Where to Buy:
- Walmart - Monistat Chafing Relief Powder Gel - ~$6US (don't laugh
it works and gives a great finish)
- www gardenofwisdom com - dimethicone, cyclomethicone
- www lotioncrafter com - Lotioncrafter EL_DM, EL61, etc.
- Dr Office - La Roche Posay Biometric Extra Mild Protection (sealer)

CAUTION
a. Use only a little dab of silicone - do not slather it on
b. If you suffer from rosecea - test for irritation first (i.e. underarm)
c. If you suffer from eczema - do not use!
 

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Here's some great sunscreen info.

http://makeupalley.com/account/sn.as...e=sunscreenFAQ

http://www.makeupalley.com/user/notepad/sunscreens

Skincare Central-All About Sunscreens

Skin protection

Sunblocks/Sunscreens

A VERY overlooked aspect to applying sunscreens is the amount of sunscreen which should be applied. As the link above says, somewhere in the area of 1/4 tsp for the face and 1/4 tsp for the neck is recommended. Not to mention the rest of the body. Much more than what most people use. If your using less, your not getting near the SPF that the bottle claims.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sunscreen

This is from a graph in Pinnell, Cutaneous photodamage, oxidative stress, and topical antioxidant protection, J Am Acad Dermatol, Jan 2003

applying 2 mg/cm^2 (about 0.37 tsp to face)

spf ; true spf
2 ; 2
4 ; 4
8 ; 8
15 ; 15
30 ; 30
50 ; 50

applying 1.5 mg/cm^2 (about 0.28 tsp to face)

spf ; true spf
2 ; 1.7
4 ; 2.8
8 ; 4.8
15 ; 7.6
30 ; 12.8
50 ; 18.8

applying 1.0 mg/cm^2 (about 0.19 tsp to face)

spf ; true spf
2 ; 1.4
4 ; 2.0
8 ; 2.8
15 ; 3.9
30 ; 5.5
50 ; 7.1


applying 0.5 mg/cm^2 (about 0.1 tsp to face, most typical)

spf ; true spf
2 ; 1.2
4 ; 1.4
8 ; 1.7
15 ; 2.0
30 ; 2.3
50 ; 2.7

(modified from Wulf et al., J Photoderm Photoimmun Photomed 1997;13:129-132)
 

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I thought silicones hindered the absorption of actives, no?
Depends on when it is applied - which is why order is important.

If the sealant (silicone) is applied before the active, make-up, etc- it hinders absorption. It seals and creates a barrier - so actives cannot get to the skin and do their job.

If it is applied after actives, it seals. So the underlying active continues to work and be absorbed .

For makeup if it is applied before ,it is a primer and acts as a barrier - so that skin does not absorb the makeup. If it is applied after make-up it seals the make-up so that it lasts longer.
 
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