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This aspect I found to be quite intimidating and daunting at first, because there were so many components which so many tutorials spoke of and each of those items had to be utilized in a very specific manner or you were doing it wrong. Moisturizer, toner, foundation, concealer, BB cream, powder versus liquid foundation, several types of primers... Even the beginners' tutorials I found to be overwhelming! These tutorials' recommended sets of items and processes were needlessly complicated and expansive, and I felt as if I was expected to utilize everything or attempt something as if I was a seasoned expert. What I came across just seemed to promise me I would need to expend substantial amounts of energy and time on makeup to do it properly. I don't remember coming across a page which precisely instructed me on the limited number of things I needed and a correct but simplistic manner of utilizing them. With this in mind, I will lay out a precise regimen that is modest in scope and complexity, so those who need to know where to start and who just want to conceal blemishes can do so with minimal anxiety and confusion. I have a doctrine of rapidity, economy, and efficiency on matters of clothes and cosmetics, as the more time, money, and mental energy I am expending on preparation or maintenance, the worse my emotional state becomes. You can most assuredly use more or different items and apply them in a more painstaking and time-intensive manner, but I will hold your paw through a very simple, rapid, and effective process for concealing blemishes if that is your primary or only objective. My experience on everything else is limited, and I also have a limited experience with cosmetic brands in general.

Check this section periodically if you are desirous of utilizing cosmetics and experimenting, as even as I write this I am experimenting with new items and acquiring knowledge to add here.

The Ethical Ramifications of Brands

I assume most of the readers of this are furry, and thus I assume most of you care more about animals than the general population. Given the industry's continued ties to animal testing, for those of you who are enlightened and care about ethics, I am composing this. Those of you who don't care about animal welfare can skip this, though shame on you if you are such a person!

If you wish to avoid patronizing a company which engages in or otherwise facilitates animal testing, you must choose carefully. All of the major mainstream brands seemed to not qualify as 'cruelty-free' for whatever reasons. The term 'cruelty-free' means no animal testing was used to produce or research those items or each of an item's components. The organization Leaping Bunny verifies whether a company is truly "cruelty-free", and their website is  Additionally, some companies also produce certifiably vegan products, which means no animals or animal products are ingredients in the products, though Leaping Bunny only deals with animal testing. Of course, it is up to you to determine whether you are satisfied with certified cruelty-free or will only settle for vegan.

Of course, as with the normal varieties, a vegan or cruelty-free product can perform badly due to formulation or some other variable, so be mindful of quality and suitability when you acquire cosmetics. I used Amazon a while ago to replace cosmetics, and I remembered that many of those that were indeed truly cruelty-free had lower ratings, while it seemed most of the mainstream brands were highly rated but of inferior morality. Regardless of whether ethics factors into your cosmetic procurement strategy, you need things which are durable and easily usable. My experience with the core items is limited to The Body Shop and thus I don't have any alternatives to offer, but, if you wish to experiment, I advise first checking a product on Amazon or some other appropriate site (The Body Shop's own customers seem free to down-vote its products, so I use the site's products' ratings) to see how highly rated it is. If it has over 4 stars, I would consider it worthy of consideration. Just be sure the company is certified by Leaping Bunny rather than immediately assuming it's cruelty-free because the brand itself says it is.

Facial Cosmetics: Overview

Alright, first, you may be wondering what you need for concealment of blemishes and in what order to use them. There are two general routes to go here. The first is just one item which does a moderate job at concealment but is obviously less complex. The second entails a series of items which are to be used in a certain sequence. I honestly don't find I save much more time using the first relative to the second, and the second offers greater adaptability and allows for easier re-application if needed.

The second option is to be used in this order, with the bolded items being absolutely essential: moisturizer -> primer -> concealer -> foundation (powder or liquid). Some primers double as moisturizer, and some IIRC also double as foundation. Some foundation is liquid (sprayed on or applied as any other gel would be), some is powder. There are many various options and variations available even for just one sub-type of product, let alone combinations of them. You are free to conduct research and experimentation, and completely disregard what I lay out here. For now, let us stick to the aforementioned regimen for the sake of demonstration and simplicity. For this setup, you would also need a brush to apply the powder foundation, preferably a large one commonly called a kabuki brush.

The second approach is just one item, something known as BB Cream, or Beauty Balm. You apply it to your face with your finger (the same way you apply primer), acting as a sort of moderate-strength foundation without having to apply primer or get out the brush and foundation tin. I generally don't prefer this method because I only save 2-3 minutes applying just this, the concealing effect is somewhat or substantially weaker, I cannot easily reapply it as I can powder, and it is more of a stain hazard (mine is, at least) since it is a smearable light brown gel rather than powder and clear primer. If the idea of using multiple items even with the benefit of this guide deters you, however, this might be preferable for you.

Oh, one quick thing. I do not advise using cosmetics if you expect to sweat much after using it. I generally don't wear any cosmetics in warmer months during grocery shopping for this reason. I sometimes also don't use cosmetics when leaving for conventions in warmer weather, but will apply it after I arrive and succeed in cooling down.

Facial Cosmetics: Basic Equipment

I utilize The Body Shop brand of cosmetics for the face. They are a highly socially conscientious company that also generally produces highly usable products, and I have seen no need to deviate from what I know at this time. If you purchase from them as well, if possible, wait until they run large online sales and acquire as much as possible at a 40%+ discount. Though, the stuff seems to last so long it might not matter much either way. Also, if you go with them and do not know your ideal shade, if possible visit one of their shops and ask the clerk to determine which shade is best for you. Otherwise, you probably can determine the best shade after one or two attempts on your own (if you're white and pale like I am, their foundation shades 02 and 05 both worked for me).

So, these are the core items I use for the face. I will present you with the specific URLs as well, so you can immediately run with this and not have to do research.
-Primer (this one is larger and slightly more highly rated) This is what keeps the powder adhered to the face. The second one is purported to further improve certain aspects of one's complexion, but our focus will be on the powder adhering quality.
-Concealer (This one has a higher area of coverage and is retractable) Applied after the primer, it serves to bolster the concealing effect on spots where the foundation alone would be insufficient. Birthmarks and discoloration from other causes would be the usual places to apply this. Note that the pencil lasted so long I never even came close to having to sharpen it before I lost it.
-Foundation This is the concealing powder for the face in general. This goes on after the concealer, and works in concert with it.
-Retractable Kabuki Brush Kabuki brushes are large and designed to apply powder to the face quickly. This one is retractable and thus is suitable for field duty. This one also serves an aesthetical role since it's pink and pretty! Smaller retractable brushes meant for applying powder do exist, as do brushes for other roles.
- BB Cream (if you have darker skin, this would be the one to acquire) This is the stand-alone product I mentioned earlier. I use Shade 1.

Facial Cosmetics: Basic Process

It seems so much easier to physically demonstrate this than to textually explain it. However, I'm going to attempt to textually instruct you all since I haven't a clue how to create and submit videos on YouTube and would rather not aggravate myself attempting to learn. Plus I feel my communications proficiency is sufficient to convey what I aspire to. If there are no mistakes, the full routine can be completed in ~3-5 mins once you have acquired adequate proficiency. This walkthrough assumes you are utilizing the same types of cosmetics that I use (as of 28 March 2016). If you elect to use liquid foundation or concealer, your routine will have to be substantially altered.

Primer: It is quite easy to overuse this because it takes little to cover a large area and it is completely undetectable by sight as you apply it. Gently squeeze the bottle and extrude primer onto a finger. You'll have to experiment to determine how much is enough for a given area, though the second primer I linked is more rigid and thus easier to precisely dispense. You then would coat one side of your face with it by gliding your finger across your face repeatedly. You aren't able to see the primer once on the face, but you can feel it. You likely can sense when you're gliding your finger on skin coated in primer versus when it's on untreated skin, and thus eventually be able to sense when you applied too much or not enough for a given area. Eventually you'll develop a sense of how much is enough for each side straight away and bolster your application efficiency enough to apply it in ~30-60 seconds without rampant overuse.

Concealer: After finishing the application of the primer, take out the concealer and rub it on the darker/redder spots of your face only. Concealers of this nature are meant only for substantial blemishes which foundation alone will not fully or sufficiently mask. Be sure the concealer is about the same shade as your own skin, or maybe a shade lighter at most. The foundation is supposed to go over it and render the concealer (and preferably whatever it was used to mask) invisible.

Foundation: Retrieve the kabuki brush, swirl it in the powder cake about 3-5 times, then apply it across one half of one side of the face with several strokes. Repeat this for the other half of that side, then the two halves of the other side. Swirl in the powder one last time, then apply the powder to the middle of the face (nose, around lips, chin), then drag the brush all across the face so that you are equalizing the powder distribution. That is my general method of applying powder, as any fewer applications or brush strokes cause me to fear underapplication (though where the line is no one can say with any specificity). If you're also doing your forehead (I do not since I always wear a kemonomimi cap), you will need to raise the applications by one or two.

You do not need to rigidly adhere to what I laid out, of course. I am being this precise because I remember how utterly unsure I was even after doing it several times. It took practice and seeing the powder rub off on fingertips hours after application for me to realize I more or less got it right and it was adhering to my face. Oh, and, speaking of powder coming off the face, it should not blow off even from rather substantially high winds, but it WILL rub off onto whatever surface comes in contact with your face very readily. Thus, if you tend to rub a sleeve or shoulder against your face to scratch an itch or whatever, you will need to retrain yourself to cease such behavior.

Secondary Items: Description and Process

The process I have laid out will conceal blemishes admirably for the average femboy, but it will otherwise not have a brightening or accentuating effect. There are several other types of cosmetics which can be utilized to that effect, and there are advanced strategies for the application of powder makeup as well. I have no experience with the vast majority of that because I don't feel it is necessary for me, I am frustrated enough just trying to keep up with what few routines in general I have, and some things such as eyelashes and mascara don't seem practical or safe to me. Also, keep in mind that for a given part of the body (nails, eyelids, face, lips), you generally need multiple items to properly expand into that area. Even for something as small and seemingly effortless as the eyelids, you need three objects: eyeshadow brush, eyeshadow powder (possibly many colors- you also can blend colors!), and eyeshadow primer (regular primer apparently isn't very suitable, and I have noticed the eyeshadow diminishes far more rapidly than it should with just regular primer). Any expansion you undertake will require much research and several objects if it is to be done properly. And, God forbid if you just look up how to do a general makeup job, as you might feel as if you need college training to do everything correctly!

That being said, I do have a limited range of experience outside the basic facial concealment and tone-evening routine, and this will probably rise somewhat rapidly over the next year as I experiment with eyeshadow, blush, and the group of lip product types. Just remember that each area you wish to add to your makeup routine substantially increases your preparation time, and each one poses a risk of further time loss in the event of having to correct a mistake. Once I lost something like 15-20 mins downtown because I wanted to apply lipstick, and I had to then make a series of corrections and adjustments following a mistake.

Nail Polish

This is something that is very pretty but comes with substantial costs of time and frustration. I have used three brands of nail polish, in order from best to worst: Yume Lacquer, The Body Shop, and American Apparel. As you must apply this while at home and are deliberately sedentary, and the use of your paws is greatly limited while it solidifies, this is quite problematic to utilize. I couldn't even get around to applying it before or during FWA 2016, because that would have taken an hour or two I just didn't have. This also makes it very dangerous to any clothes you are wearing, and thus I encourage anyone applying this to be naked or wearing clothes they don't care about during this process. These same liabilities also make repairs problematic, doubly so if in the field.

The brand you utilize is absolutely critical, as some will dry comparatively expeditiously and some seem to never dry. I do not know what in the chemistry causes the solidification progress to hasten or slow, but clearly something does, and that something varies between brands. The American Apparel type just seemed to never dry and I gave up trying pretty quickly. The Body Shop was tolerable but trying to properly apply it and prevent distortion and unevenness gave me fits. Yume Lacquer allowed the most rapid resumption of movement and its glittery composition made any unevenness in application invisible, but they are an independent company who I came across at AWA and whether the formulation is truly cruelty free I cannot say either way (I didn't think about the policies of the makers of the components used to make the polish at the time). For all of them, the polish didn't truly harden and become fully resistant to gouging and indentation for 12-24+ hours. Worsening this problem is the fact it is preferable to use top coat on nail polish (a clear liquid applied after the polish hardens enough to accommodate that), which resoftens the polish and lengthens the time needed for it to dry to a given degree. Due to the time needed for polish to harden, the time required in applying it, and the preclusion of most activities while applying it, I strongly recommend someone does this the night before they must depart, after showering.

Also, I tried a couple recommended ways of expediting the solidification process, and neither were feasible. Supposedly cold hastens the hardening, so, if that is true, sticking your fingertips in cold water or in front of a freezer would be beneficial. I tried both, and not only were they not feasible regular methods, but they had no appreciable effect anyway. Thus, as far as I am aware, no feasible method exists for expedited hardening. If one does exist, it would probably cost more, anyway.

Here is the optimal process as best I can describe for applying polish and top coat.

-After showering the night before, complete all tasks that entail heavy use of your hands and/or departure from your desk first. You will regret it if you apply polish and then very soon have to eat or make a call or something.
-Once you are sure you are able to remain at your desk and do nothing besides surf the internet and apply polish for ~2 hours, dip the brush into the polish to a depth that is proportionate to the surface area of the nail you are going to paint. In other words, you need only a bead on the lower part of the brush for a pinky, but for the thumb you'll need to dip most of the brush in.
-Transfer the polish from the brush to the nail QUICKLY. You should not be gliding the brush + polish onto the nail for more than 15 seconds, because after that it congeals enough for the polish to stick to the brush and become misshapen as it's pulled.
-Perform this on each nail on one hand. Depending on the polish, wait 5-30 minutes before applying a second coat to each one. If you settle with one coat, the dull flesh color of your nailbed will be quite visible through the first coat. It usually takes two to make the polish sufficiently opaque. Applying a massive amount in one coat to avoid having to apply two seems to offer poor results at least for me.
-In between applications, I suggest placing a heavy object on the back of your hand, as a tactile (and aural if you forget its there and it falls over after you move it) reminder not to move it. Also, use the stopwatch feature of your smartphone to assist with timing.
-5-30 mins later, begin work on the other hand, repeating the instructions above.
-About 10-30 minutes after applying the two coats on the second hand, apply the top coat to the first. You only need to do this once per nail. The top coat should rather easily glide on with no resistance. If you are encountering any friction, you are not using enough top coat, or possibly you have started too soon.
-Oh, yes, top coat is used to reduce chipping and to make the nail glossier. You can refrain from applying it if you are short on time or don't have it. Your nails should hold up well for 1-2 days, but after that they start flaking or chipping rather rapidly.
-About 10-30 mins later, apply the top coat to the other hand.
-10 to 30 mins after that, if you have gloves or mittens, wear them to act as a barrier in case you accidentally whack a nail against something. These I found work nicely for such a task, though be careful not to apply much pressure to the nails soon after donning them or the polish will adopt the pattern of the fabric.
-NOTE that a polish which dries as rapidly as Yume Lacquer can have these steps completed on the lower end of the ranges quoted. Also, if you did not apply polish the night before some engagement but you just HAVE to have this polish on your nails, if your polish is that or something similarly rapid, you can complete these various steps within 45-60 minutes. As you are having to get ready and do this and that with such soft polish, I strongly suggest you wear gloves for a while after finishing to protect both your paint job and your pretty femboy clothes. Rest assured, unless you found a way to harden nails almost instantaneously, your polish will be soft and indentable for the rest of the day/evening.
-I have found I can adequately and rapidly restore the paint at the tips when it has eroded enough to become noticeable. To do this, use a very lightly saturated brush and run it over the bare nail. The drying time at this stage will be very low. If a large chunk has come off, you either will have to improvise a repair on that section or just fully strip and repaint it.

While polish as you can see is extremely time-consuming relative to the other cosmetics, they do make your paws (or hooves, or hands if that's what you prefer) substantially prettier. I can maintain a respectable paint job for about 7-10 days before it's not worth the effort or becomes impossible (nails do grow after all, and more and more will be bare at the top). I also stumbled upon a secondary benefit to painting my nails: it severely inhibited my habit of chewing my nails and raking them across my teeth.

Oh, yes, removing polish! I actually often just scrape my incisors against the edge of the paint and tear off chips that way, but that doesn't work well for the entire surface area. You COULD use that method or something similar exclusively and eschew polish remover, but honestly I don't recommend it. For the parts where the polish has adhered especially strongly, or when I just don't want to be spitting out paint chips trying to be monetarily efficient, I use nail polish remover. I use this almond oil variety and it does work (get some cotton pads from them or someone else, too!), but I suspect the traditional heavy chemical remover would remove polish with less liquid and time.

Lip Products

My range of direct experience thus far is limited to "lipstick", and my range of knowledge beyond that is preliminary at best. This is an extremely complicated area of the body, with several subtypes of lip products. There is Lip Stick, something everyone is aware of. However, there is also Lip Liner, Lip Gloss, Lip Balm, Lip Stain (which seems to be Lip Stick with fewer colors and far greater duration), and Lip Primer. There are multiple ways of applying Lip Stick alone! There is a brush people can buy and utilize for applying Lip Stick, or you can apply a liquid form of it, or use the traditional retractable stick. Hell, you can apparently also use Lip Liner as Lip Stick, and use Gloss either alone or on top of Lip Stick. I almost felt dizzy when I was researching this family of products some days ago, because there was a staggering number of details and complications involved with just this small realm alone! I recommend, of course, not bothering much or at all with this for now if you are overwhelmed with similar ease upon such discoveries. However, I have a limited amount of knowledge to impart to save you time or an initial headache.

If you wish to rush to this part of the body immediately but don't want to have to decide on multiple products and wish to spend minimal time researching, Lip Gloss is what you will want. It is easily applied and is glossy and comes in a huge variety of colors, but it also apparently dissipates rapidly. However, Lip Stick on its own, unless it's of a special long-duration formula, also dissipates rapidly, with the added drawback of looking like warped paint on an old house towards where the lips meet. So, Gloss would be my suggestion if you like colors and wish to dive in with minimal effort.

Lip Stick is FAR more complicated than people generally imagine, and you should not utilize the average variety of it alone (I know from personal experience: last paragraph in this section) unless you don't mind reapplying it every hour or two and trying to prevent that unpleasant warped paint effect I mentioned earlier. If you wish to use only one subtype for lips and want something heavier than Gloss, you will need Lip Stick that is specifically advertised as being all-day or something similar, or the less colorful variety advertised as Lip Stain. I've also read of people using Lip Liner as Lip Stick. The Liner apparently prevents Lip Stick from smearing outside the lines that are drawn on the border of the lip, and is far more adherent than Lip Stick. I have never used it and thus haven't a clue how it works.

If you don't mind utilizing multiple items to beautify the same tiny region, then, from what I gathered from sifting through several pages, you would want Lip Liner or Lip Primer (which seems to do for that type what the facial primer does for powder) along with your Lip Stick. I have never utilized anything besides The Body Shop and Lime Crime Lip Stick, so I have absolutely no advice to impart on the optimal application or brands of the other types. I just wanted to advise people who want to start with Lip Stick to get something in conjunction with it if it is not a long-lasting version.

Finally, my experience with Lip Stick... I have thus far used The Body Shop and Lime Crime. The first one comes in the typical stick form, the second is a liquid version you spread across the lips with a felt-like applicator. Both of them are highly rated and cruelty-free, and at least Lime Crime is vegan. Both of them had the same underlying problem, and more recently I discovered it was not due to a faulty design: they diminish and warp within 2 hours of application. Especially if I was sufficiently diligent and self-conscious, it wasn't unsightly. However, having to be so mindful of that effect is emotionally attriting, and also we will forget at times no matter how attentive we are. I believe I will need to acquire primer to make the Lime Crime type I currently own casually usable. If the fading and matting were not issues, I would be wearing Lip Stick far more often. As it stands now, I opt not to wear it outside special moments because it's too bothersome.


I have very limited direct experience currently (10 April 2016), but definitely enough to effectively advise, especially with the overarching doctrine of simplicity in mind. As with most other areas, you need multiple items to start on this one: a specialized eyeshadow brush and at least one dish of eyeshadow at a minimum, and preferably specialized eyeshadow primer (every site urged people to use that type) as well. Especially if you wait for a sale, the cost is not at all significant (though I guess that term is relative and subjective), but it's frustrating to have to invest in that and then this on top of the thing you want to apply. Also, you will want multiple colors probably, so that's more items you need to acquire. Also, speaking of colors, the various sites keep alluding to or urging 'blending', which is I'm sure what it sounds like vis-a-vis eyeshadow color. If you're already cautious and daunted, don't bother with this nonsense. It's most certainly not necessary to apply eyeshadow or even blush in a manner that is appealing, honestly.

Preferably, you will have eyeshadow primer to apply to the eyelids. If not, regular primer or maybe even nothing will suffice, but be forewarned the color will fade more rapidly and be less appealing at the start. I don't need to explain how to apply the primer, I presume. I then sweep each side of the brush once onto the powder, apply it to a lid, and do it once or twice more for the same lid. I don't really have a set brushing technique for eyeshadow, as the main concern is applying it in sufficient strength to the eyelid and maybe just slightly above the top of the eyeball, while keeping the eye closed and the lid accessible. I gently pull on some lashes or just very slightly touch the very bottom of the top eyelid to keep it closed and accessible, and the brush once it makes contact with the lid also helps keep it gently closed. So, yeah, that's pretty much the process: keep the eyelid closed and apply to where the eyelid is rounded by the eyeball. If you want to mix two or more colors together, feel free to do that.


I have also very recently incorporated this into my routine, though it does add maybe 1-5 minutes to any makeup routine and I run the risk of losing time and product in the event I apply too much. The name rather accurately conveys its function: to add a sanguine hue to the cheekbone and cheek. This is applied after the foundation is, so it mixes with that powder somewhat. For this, you need a blushing brush in addition to whatever blush you prefer. Unlike foundation, it is meant to be applied sparingly and to a limited area. Other people's preferences may vary, but I find blush is appealing to me only when the cheeks are just slightly to moderately darker than the rest of the face. I applied more my first time and found it repelling.

After the foundation is applied, take out the blush and the blusher brush. Your precise method of getting powder on the brush will vary depending on the product you have. I acquired this with the rationale of being able to apply foundation-color powder when I feel I need to counteract overapplication of blush, though I probably could have gone for the pure one-tone variety without any real consequence. I stroke my brush across the powder 3 times, half on the blush and half on the regular, and then just intuitively sweep the brush in short-medium motions across the cheekbone area. I do this 1-3 times per cheek, until the shade is darkened so that I can barely detect a difference with a casual look. Given the size of the dish and the area of application, this thing very possibly will effectively last forever. Additionally, the application will last as long or even longer than the foundation.


That completes the range of cosmetics I have any appreciable familiarity with. There are many types I did not cover at all, and there are many, many varieties of those types I did cover which weren't expounded or mentioned. If you are eager to expend time, energy, and money, there is ample opportunity for experimentation and full mastery of the various cosmetic areas. If you are like me and just want to make your blemished face IRL less repulsive with minimal effort, you now know exactly how to achieve that. Neither is right or wrong, but do keep in mind that the more components you add to your preparations, the more chances there are for mistakes, the more the cost will be for cosmetics up front and per departure, and the more space you will need to dedicate to various items. Speaking of carrying/storage space...

Carrying Your Field Makeup Devices Both Efficiently and Stylishly

You have these various devices, but you now are tasked with having to carry them with you if you value the ability to do touch-ups in the field (or have to do the whole damned thing if you suck at time management like I do and just had to forego a home job). If you do not plan this out carefully, you might be chronically frustrated trying to fetch this or that accoutrement from your bag or purse since the object is so small and the purse so large. Or maybe you lack that problem but your bag is dull, or it isn't appropriately sized. I have a manner of carrying both my field cosmetics and other critical commonly accessed small items, and this solution also fits in with and augments my adorable animal fashion theme.  

Their complete collection of bags is here. Note that these are not only very femboyish items aesthetically (doubly so if you're a furry), but also serve critical functional purposes. I will delve into this concept more in the Accessories chapter, the combination of fashion and function. If this design also strikes your fancy, your cosmetics carrying problem has now been resolved. And, there will be spare room in both the satchel and pencil bags to store additional items (your phone in the former, and Q-tips and cotton pads in the latter, perhaps?)!

Facial Dermal Care: Do NOT Ignore Acne!

I want to stress this to all femboys and aspiring femboys, and to all people in general who care about their appearance: you are liable to incur scarring from regular untreated acne or from overenthusiastic pimple popping! I have a few relatively minor pits on my face (I just checked when I got to that, and it's worse than I had realized... *whimpers*) which won't recede because I had exercised poor judgment and was ignorant of the danger of scarring or distortion from even mundane things like inflamed milia cysts and pimples. When I more closely scrutinized my face and sought the advice of a dermatologist, the damage was done. It's usually not even noticeable by others (and I would be highly uncomfortable if someone was that close to my face), but one is one too many to a self-respecting femboy!

Preventing acne can be achieved through one of two routes. The first is through medication, which is honestly a much easier route since, according to my dermatologist's office, if I'm on medication I don't need to bother with toners and exfoliants and washes since it is itself an exfoliant and cleanser of sorts. The standard treatment is tretinoin, a gel one applies to their face approximately once every other day. There is also something called Ziana, which is what I just described but also with clindamycin phosphate. Ziana seemed to work best for me, though the tretinoin by itself works almost as well. There are other dermatological medications and remedies, but the gels seem to be the primary treatment.

The other route is more aggravating and more costly even if you have good insurance (insurance may pay for tretinoin, but not for toner and exfoliant), but this the one most people go down since they don't need medication or it was never suggested. The three things people are exhorted to acquire for their face are, in order of use: facial wash, toner/astringent, exfoliant. Before I was prescribed tretinoin, I utilized products of each category from The Body Shop. Specifically, wash, toner, and exfoliant, plus a sponge and cloth in conjunction. From what I could gather online, wash and toner are used together 1-2 times a day, and exfoliants are meant to be used last and 1-4 times a week. Moisturizer is supposed to be used after the first two, and that is recommended whether you use all these things or just a tube of tretinoin. My dermatologist recommended CeraVe, and I assume it does what it should.

Oh, yes, one last thing. Do not forget to remove your makeup after you return home and have no further need of it, as failing to do so increases the chance of breakouts and also will smear on whatever you lay your face on. There is such a thing as 'makeup remover', though honestly there's no reason to spring for that and eschew your regular soap or regular facial wash unless you are using super-adherent stuff.

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