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#21 PikachuCupcake

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Posted 30 July 2012 - 12:14 PM



That cleanser has Sodium Laureth Sulfate, which may be irrating the areas where you are broken out. Plus those walnut shells are a little harsh. And the 2.0% Salicylic Acid is just being washed away.

If you wear make-up I think it will be hard to just clean with water, but if not, maybe you should try it. I was hesitant too, but now the thought of using cleanser is unthinkable, but I don't wear make-up. All I use on my skin is the green tea toner with a few drops of apple cider vinegar added.

Have you ever tried sulfur for your acne-prone areas?

Ah, that explains a lot. SLS is pretty harsh and irritating - I had to buy shampoo and conditioner free of it because I had scalp acne occurring awhile ago, too.

I never have worn makeup, so then this should be something for me to think about. I use the same toner as you, and I have acv stored up in my cabinet somewhere. Heck, I used to drink 1 tbsp of it a night because I heard it can help acne that way. But I threw up one night and I can't handle that anymore. Adding a few drops in the toner is a good idea because I don't have any other uses for it.

Do you do what the OP here does? Do you pour water on your face 3 times daily and let it air dry, also? Posted Image


No, I don't splash with plain water because the pH of plain tap water.is too high to combat acne. but I do splash (and rub in) with the green tea toner 2-3 times a day. I decided to add a few drops of ACV to the toner to bring it down to 5.0-5.5 pH range. I only add a few drops of the ACV - the smell is nauseating and no way can I handle that smell all day long, but the green tea masks the few drops. Anyway, if you use distilled water to make your green tea toner the pH will be 6.0. For every 1/4 cup I add either one drop of lemon or 2 drops of ACV to bring the level down to 5.5. So what I do is for every 1/2 cup I add 1 drop of lemon and 2 drops of ACV. Lately I have been adding a few dropsof Epsom Salts for the magnesium content...I'm in experimental stages with that. I don't add sea salt to the whole batch but I do keep a batch with sea salt in a little eye dropper bottle for spot treating. Hope that helps!


Wow, thank you so much! I'm going to try that, then.
I appreciate how you explained it in pH ranges. That way I can understand better what I'm putting on my face so I can try not to ruin my acid mantle, I believe it's called.
That's very helpful, again. Thank you so much! :P

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Posted 30 July 2012 - 12:37 PM

Wow, thank you so much! I'm going to try that, then.
I appreciate how you explained it in pH ranges. That way I can understand better what I'm putting on my face so I can try not to ruin my acid mantle, I believe it's called.
That's very helpful, again. Thank you so much! Posted Image


The city of live in sends out a water quality report and the pH is listed as 8.0. That helped me understand why my skin always feels so tight. I then ordered some pH strips and the tap water read 7.0. I don't know what accounts for the difference - either the tests strips aren't all that accurate (hope not!) or the pH changes as it travels through the pipes leading to my faucets. Anyway, I decided to always apply something to my face after a shower that is pH balanced. I decided on distilled water and green tea that measssures 6.0 with the addition of lemon or ACV to bring it down to between 5.0 - 5.5. From what I read the P. acne bacteria does not do well in this slightly acidic environment. In no way do I want to support those creeps!

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Posted 30 July 2012 - 02:24 PM


Wow, thank you so much! I'm going to try that, then.
I appreciate how you explained it in pH ranges. That way I can understand better what I'm putting on my face so I can try not to ruin my acid mantle, I believe it's called.
That's very helpful, again. Thank you so much! Posted Image


The city of live in sends out a water quality report and the pH is listed as 8.0. That helped me understand why my skin always feels so tight. I then ordered some pH strips and the tap water read 7.0. I don't know what accounts for the difference - either the tests strips aren't all that accurate (hope not!) or the pH changes as it travels through the pipes leading to my faucets. Anyway, I decided to always apply something to my face after a shower that is pH balanced. I decided on distilled water and green tea that measssures 6.0 with the addition of lemon or ACV to bring it down to between 5.0 - 5.5. From what I read the P. acne bacteria does not do well in this slightly acidic environment. In no way do I want to support those creeps!

Ooooh, I should check the water quality in my city, seeing as I don't know. I use tap water for my green tea toner, but I remember the OP from that board said purified water is the best. So I'm thinking about trying Smart Water or something next time.
It's good that you leveled out the pH that way! I bet your skin is looking fabulous now!
It's also good that you stopped putting a bunch of potentially harmful chemicals on your face that, honestly, might have been contributing to the problem. I'm going to try and cut out the exfoliater tonight and add some acv to my toner. I hope that helps. :D

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Posted 30 July 2012 - 06:59 PM

Ooooh, I should check the water quality in my city, seeing as I don't know. I use tap water for my green tea toner, but I remember the OP from that board said purified water is the best. So I'm thinking about trying Smart Water or something next time.
It's good that you leveled out the pH that way! I bet your skin is looking fabulous now!
It's also good that you stopped putting a bunch of potentially harmful chemicals on your face that, honestly, might have been contributing to the problem. I'm going to try and cut out the exfoliater tonight and add some acv to my toner. I hope that helps. Posted Image


Up until recently I never thought my face was clean unless it was "squeaky" clean, but then I had to add a moisturizer to take away the tightness. Now I realize that our skin makes it's own oil to protect us and there I was washing it all away with irritants. With my lifestyle, I doubt my face gets so dirty that I have to scrub it clean. Anyway, try it and see how it goes...

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Posted 31 July 2012 - 03:21 PM


Ooooh, I should check the water quality in my city, seeing as I don't know. I use tap water for my green tea toner, but I remember the OP from that board said purified water is the best. So I'm thinking about trying Smart Water or something next time.
It's good that you leveled out the pH that way! I bet your skin is looking fabulous now!
It's also good that you stopped putting a bunch of potentially harmful chemicals on your face that, honestly, might have been contributing to the problem. I'm going to try and cut out the exfoliater tonight and add some acv to my toner. I hope that helps. Posted Image


Up until recently I never thought my face was clean unless it was "squeaky" clean, but then I had to add a moisturizer to take away the tightness. Now I realize that our skin makes it's own oil to protect us and there I was washing it all away with irritants. With my lifestyle, I doubt my face gets so dirty that I have to scrub it clean. Anyway, try it and see how it goes...

I was exactly the same way.
It's pretty funny. People get rid of their acne, but still crave the perfect skin. I know if I ever get rid of my acne I'd still be trying to get perfect soft skin, and no scars. Which is probably stupid because I've seen people ruin their faces with products trying to achieve that.
And thank you. :)

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Posted 06 August 2012 - 12:42 PM

bump!

in the last 5 days i've had one tiny tiny white head that you'd have to be 5 inches from my face to see (I have not had anything come up in my past problem areas for a week). this is after walking a few miles every other day, sweating a lot, and spending nearly an hour each of the past two days around the pool. I also went out on Saturday, had a few drinks, chased some tail, and danced the night away.

For you sexually actives/masturbators I recommend doing it first thing in the morning (as opposed to before bed) every other day and then chugging the water followed by the lime a half hour later. My theory is that this will allow hormones to be flushed out throughout the day rather than keeping them inside while you are asleep. Wacky theory? Perhaps, but i've been sticking to it the past week+ and is when the results really started to come in. I feel that I am at a point where I don't even know if washing my face is needed now (this is crappy city water I use too which I was paranoid about using in the first place). Please at least try a few of my tips, guys.

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Posted 22 October 2012 - 09:51 AM

alright guys so I haven't been on here in a couple months.. i now get maybe one zit a week (if that). I now do my splashes twice a day (morning+night) rather than three times a day. The key I think though for me now to maintain my results has been reducing sex/masturbation. Now I will masturbate/have sex 'only' once a week. despite this though i need to figure out how to be able to surf again without breaking out (went last week for three straight days while being clear and broke out in little white heads the following days after - i think the sea salt just dries my skin out too much at this time - now i've been 100% clear again for the past four days since not going). anyways.. biggest tip i can give now is to reduce masturbation/sex and to not look at porn, especially past a certain time of day or you'll go to bed horny and probably have a wet dream. Wish you guys luck.. I think i'm now in my 7th month of using water only.

note: It was my 24th bday yesterday and i'm sure my hormones are a bit more controlled now, but if I go on a wild sex binge, i'll no doubt break out ha ha.

..and one last thing: fk you, acne - you were a b!ch !

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Posted 28 January 2013 - 10:34 PM

I have now incorporated a washcloth into my regimen for the past month - something I wish I would have done from day 1. Every 4 days I will use a wet washcloth and press/brush/scrub in a downward (not up side to side etc - just down) motion all over my face. Loving the results. The rest of the days I still just splash water on my face twice a day. Washcloths are where it's at I tell you. You might purge using one for a bit, but stick to it. Creams and all that stuff do not do a simple washcloth justice. My suspicion is that the creams trained my skin to make more and more dead skin that when I stopped using them, a while ago, I kept getting a crazy amount of flaky/dry/dead skin alas clogged pores. This is where the washcloth comes in smile.png Good luck and if you wish to go the washcloth route (highly recommended) do it in moderation! (1-2x a week).
 
 

 


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