ChaiPassion added a topic in General acne discussionAcne No More RegimenHello, I am ChaiPassion. I have had moderate acne for all my life, but recently my condition has progressed to severe - with large pimples that are painful to the touch.
Here are the products I have tried and that have not worked in the last couple of years: Proactiv, Exposed, TriClear, and SensiClear. If you would like honest reviews on acne treatments, check out www.acnereviews.us
I have also tried Accutane. While it did not cure my condition, it did reduce the size of my pores - which meant that I no longer got large painful pimples.
I was in the hospital for seventeen days last May and I believe steroids enlarged my pores. My condition has gotten worse since leaving the hospital.
I have read the e-book Acne No More. I decided to try out the regimen, excluding diet. Diet will become my last trial.
For this journal, I plan to address each product individually and describe the effects on severe acne. I want to pinpoint the cause for acne in this way. This will also allow you to give any feedback on specific products in my regimen - such as your personal experience.
Tea Tree Oil: I use Desert Essence Thoroughly Clean Face Wash, which I received about two weeks ago. Tea tree oil kills specific bacteria that causes acne. While I have been washing my skin with this face wash twice daily, it has not reduced the size of my pimples. However, it seems to exfolliate as I have noticed slight peeling around some of the pimples.
Therefore, I am not convinced that the main cause of my condition is due to bacteria as there has been no improvement in my condition with consistent use of tea tree oil.
BUT I will test the effectiveness of tea tree oil on skin that have been exposed to steam for at least ten minutes. I will post results here in two weeks.
Aloe Vera Gel: I use Lily of the Desert Aloe Vera Gelly. While I have read that aloe vera gel is a natural moisturizer and penetrates six to eight times than water, my personal experience with aloe vera gel is not AWESOME. I have seen no improvement in my condition with the consistent use of aloe vera gel. When applied, it feels tight - not moistened. However, it does stop overproduction of sebum. In fact, I have no problem with excess oil now.
Therefore, I am not ready to conclude on the effectiveness of aloe vera gel yet. I have only been using this fruit for about two weeks with minimal results.
Jojoba Oil: I use jojoba oil from Aucia Circle...I will check on the spelling of the compan later and post. After applying aloe vera gel, I blend one drop of jojoba oil with one drop of either geranium or patchouli then smooth over skin with a cotton pad. the oils does not absorb quickoy and feels like a layer of silk on your skin. I have onl used these oils for two days now...
I have noticed some pimples beginning to reduce in sie. I will post in two weeks on the effects of using jojoba oil blended with essential oils. NOTE: These oils do not promote acne nor do they promote excess sebum production.
Bentonite Clay: I use Azteck Indian Healing Bentonite clay mixed with apple cider vinegar. When I first got this product about fthree weeks ago, I did not have raw apple cider vinegar. So I used water to mix the clay...
Water and Clay: I saw no results with this combination. It also makes your skin ITCH like crazy and keeping the mask on for 20 minutes is like life in a torture chamber. The clay does not consolidate into a smooth mass when mixed with water, so it is difficult to smooth the clay onto the skin in lumps.
Apple Cider Vinegar and Clay: The clay forms a smooth solid mass when mixed with apple cider vinegar, making it easier to layer onto the skin. I have not been consistent with using the clay because I am often too lazy to take the time to mix the clay and wait 20 minutes before washing it off. BUT I have seen some good results, not dramatic results. My pimples seem to reduce in sie and there is peeling around some of these pimples. NOTE: When mixed with apple cider vinegar, there is no unbearable itching.
I will try my best to use this clay on a daily basis as part of my regimen. If I suceed in two weeks, I will post here.
Witch Hazel: I am waiting on the delivery of witch hazel astringent I purchased, Thayer's Witch Hazel Astringent. I will post results in two weeks.
Zinc: I puchased sinc from the Life Extension foundation and took 90 mg tonight. I will post results if any comes along...
Vitamin A: I do not have this product, but will post here in two weeks. NOTE: Accutane is actually a synthetic form of Vitamin A.
Please share your personal experience with any of these products.
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