Altavista, I have not read the entire thread. Quick question and a bit of backstory. Thank you for all of this interesting info. Sorry for the somewhat longish post....
I have just started a salicylic acid toner/hemp seed oil (very small amount-2drops AM and PM) to change my sebum and unplug my pores. The SA breaks up existing plugs, the hemp seed prevents the formation of new ones over time. I was told it could take 4 months to clear or maybe a bit more....This regimen was developed here:
I have chemical sensitivities/weakened immune system and a bladder condition called Interstitial Cystitis. Too much BP (per the regimen on this site) sent my bladder into a horrible flare for 3 days. I am being treated for my condition by a Traditional Chinese Medicine doctor. She wanted me to stop the BP and SA. I did, of course, and foolishly added in jojoba oil!! thinking it did control oil and maybe it would help me transition out of BP-land.
Boy was I ever WRONG. After stopping the BP and SA cold turkey and adding jojoba, my face is loaded with a MILLION whiteheads and blackheads, mostly whiteheads. I have NEVER been this bad in my whole life. A rash of a million bumps across my face. The ones on my cheeks and jaw are really inflammed.
I can tell the hemp is very calming and it is loosening the plugs. I caved today and tried to go get extractions but I can't really use traditional peels/extraction prep, so I brought my hemp oil and steam and the aesthetitican did not know how to extract closed comedones, (I realize, it is tricky....) so not much there. But she did try to convince me that a little BP would get me out of this horrible mess. So then I started thinking, maybe I can tolerate a little BP like I used to be able to do in the past 6 months (I can't use Dan's formula because it flared me). I might put some on for a few hours and then wash it off.
Do you think that the BP will negate the effects of the hemp seed oil? Maybe best I just wash off the BP after a bit. Or do you think I can use them together for a while. My goal is to only use a SA toner, and hemp oil, but I have to get out of this red, bumpy mess.
Thanks for reading, and for any thoughts!!!
I should add that I have not eaten sugar in 8 months (wow, can't beleive that!). No alcohol. No yeast (special diet to heal my gut and bladder). When I had to go off BP, I cut out dairy (sigh) and gluten (sigh). So I am basically paleo for a while, with occasional rice. (Sigh) So diet is probably not a factor.
Congrats on your clearing of your acne!!
BTW, Jordey, if you are reading, you said you tried the hemp oil for 2 months? The woman that developed the SA toner (make at home yourself, she has a kit) and the hemp oil regime, said that it took her 4 MONTHS to clear her acne using this method. She has writen on her site that she was ready to give up MANY TIMES in the first two months and was so glad she stuck with it. She had done a ton of research, like Vista, and had come to the conclusion that for people with many closed comedones, hemp is the key. The SA toner breaks up the existing plugs, and the hemp keeps new ones from forming by improving the linoleic acid content of the sebum. Again, given the life cycle of acne (3-4 months) it makes sense that it could take a while. She said she saw nearly NO improvement for the first two months, and then at around that time, started seeing some improvement, with total clearing coming near the end of the 4th month. HTHs!