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#41 miritextiles

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Posted 16 July 2012 - 08:12 AM


I have had closed comedone acne for over 20 years and I cured it FINALLY with salicylic acid and hemp oil. I blog about it because I know how damaging to the self esteem this can be, and how difficult it is to treat! Please check it out. I am NOT selling anything.

http://practicalbohe...cylic-acid.html


I've ordered the ingredients for your toner and want to try it on a particularly bothersome closed comedone as a test. About how long do you think it will take to see results if I apply it twice a day? Thanks.


Ginger, I think it would take a week or two. I'm not really sure, as I've never tried it on just one comedone before! Let me know how it works, will you?

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Posted 17 July 2012 - 12:22 PM

I know it sounds ridiculous that I am treating one comedone! I am in my 50s and am mainly on this site to find answers to treat my teenage son's acne. My acne has cleared for the most part but I still have lingering issues like large pores, scarring, and occasional break outs and I'm always on the lookout for ways to improve my skin with natural products. But I have this one bump (which I recently learned is a closed comedone) above the corner of my mouth that is really annoying me so I would like to get rid of it once and for all! I'll keep you posted...

Edited by gingergirl22, 13 September 2012 - 09:05 AM.


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Posted 17 July 2012 - 10:17 PM

All three did nothing for my skin, actually made it worse at times ;o(

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Posted 17 August 2012 - 06:56 AM

ginger, did it work on that closed comedome?

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Posted 17 August 2012 - 09:31 AM

ginger, did it work on that closed comedome?


It does seem to be less noticable, but I am still working on it. So far I have only used a 1% SA homemade acid instead of Miritextiles 3-4% and I only apply it once a day, so I expect my results to be a lot slower than hers. But I do plan to increase the SA percentage now that I know my skin can tolerate the it. I have been using the Hemp Oil and apply a little each day to my enitre face. I also use a green tea toner on my face. So I am not following her instructions exactly, but I do see a slow and steady improvement.

Edited by gingergirl22, 16 September 2012 - 01:42 PM.


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Posted 12 September 2012 - 04:41 AM

For acne treatment, oxygen therapy works best. Try it once, you will surely like it's results.


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Posted 13 September 2012 - 06:22 AM

Just found this cream combining both BP and Tea Tree in the same product: http://www.createcos...m/products/bpt3 Although the percentage of Tea Tree oil is not disclosed. I would assume its higher for their 10% BP cream. Wonder why I haven't seen that done before?

I'm ordering the creams and I'll get back to you with a review shortly, hopefully this could be the new Benzoil!

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Posted 13 September 2012 - 09:09 AM


ginger, did it work on that closed comedome?


It does seem to be less noticable, but I am still working on it. So far I have only used a 1% SA homemade acid instead of Miritextiles 3-4% and I only apply it once a day, so I expects my results to be a lot slower than hers. But I do plan to increase the SA percentage now that I know my skin can tolerate the it. I have been using the Hemp Oil and apply a little each day to my enitre face. I also use a green tea toner on my face. So I am not following her instructions exactly, but I do see a slow and steady improvement.


I moved up to a 2% salicylic acid and have added Witch Hazel with 14% alcohol to my daily routine and I can keep it at bay. But I am beginning to think these larger than normal closed comedones are never going to completely go away and it will be constant maintenance to keep it reduced.

Edited by gingergirl22, 16 September 2012 - 01:42 PM.


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Posted 21 September 2012 - 06:45 PM

My experience:

Benzoyl peroxide: Gets into the skin and does its thing amazingly well. 2.5% works better than 5% or 10% because it is less irritating but still creates plenty of oxygen to kill the bacteria. Used precisely within The Regimen it predictably clears up the skin completely within 3-4 months.

Salicylic acid: Doesn't seem to do anything at 2% strength, which is the legal limit in OTC products. I tried upwards of 15 salicylic acid products since I was a teenager and I would say they are a waste of money.

Tea tree oil: I have tried tea tree oil in many different strengths, and in several "natural" acne products. In my personal experience, it does nothing. While I love the idea of a "natural" acne remedy, tea tree oil most definitely wasn't it for me.

The clear winner: Benzoyl peroxide. It's not even a contest honestly. Benzoyl peroxide works, and the other two do not.

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Posted 21 September 2012 - 08:37 PM

My experience:

Benzoyl peroxide: Gets into the skin and does its thing amazingly well. 2.5% works better than 5% or 10% because it is less irritating but still creates plenty of oxygen to kill the bacteria. Used precisely within The Regimen it predictably clears up the skin completely within 3-4 months.

Salicylic acid: Doesn't seem to do anything at 2% strength, which is the legal limit in OTC products. I tried upwards of 15 salicylic acid products since I was a teenager and I would say they are a waste of money.

Tea tree oil: I have tried tea tree oil in many different strengths, and in several "natural" acne products. In my personal experience, it does nothing. While I love the idea of a "natural" acne remedy, tea tree oil most definitely wasn't it for me.

The clear winner: Benzoyl peroxide. It's not even a contest honestly. Benzoyl peroxide works, and the other two do not.


Pretty sure it's legal to sell up to 20% salicylic acid peels over the counter.

Otherwise Skin Laboratories, Makeup Artists' Choice, Perfect Image, and Diana Yvonne would have all been shut down a LONG time ago. Perfect Image actually got a FDA recall just a few months ago on their hair loss product because it contained too high minoxidil, so they were just investigated and didn't have to stop selling their at-home peels.

For some of us, higher strength salicylic acid makes a difference in clogged pores that benzoyl peroxide does not.

http://www.ncbi.nlm..../pubmed/1535287

Most cases of acne vulgaris are either mild or moderate in severity and well-suited for treatment with nonprescription agents that are safe, effective, and convenient to use. A review of four clinical studies and a comedolytic assay attests to the efficacy and safety of 0.5% and 2% solutions of salicylic acid for the treatment of acne vulgaris. In three placebo-controlled studies and a comedolytic assay, salicylic acid pads reduced the number of primary lesions and thereby the number and severity of all lesions associated with acne. Comparative studies of salicylic acid have shown it to be superior to benzoyl peroxide in reducing the total number of acne lesions. Adverse reactions to salicylic acid are generally limited to mild, local irritation occurring in a minority of patients.


http://www.ncbi.nlm....pubmed/19250161

Eighty subjects with mild to moderate facial acne were randomized to receive either the LHA formulation twice a day or benzoyl peroxide once a day for 12 weeks. Efficacy and tolerance were evaluated at days 0, 28, 56 and 87. Results LHA formulation and benzoyl peroxide decreased the number of inflammatory lesions from baseline to week 12 by 44% and 47% and noninflammatory lesions by 19% and 23%, respectively. There was no statistically significant difference between the two treatments (P = 0.748; P = 0.445).


http://www.ncbi.nlm....pubmed/14708455

A 12-week double-blind randomized study was performed to compare benzoyl peroxide 5% (BP) gel and chloroxylenol 0.5% plus salicylic acid 2% (PCMX + SA) cream (Nisal cream) for efficacy and adverse reactions. Thirty-seven volunteers participated in the study, 19 in the BP group and 18 in the PCMX + SA group. The patients applied the medication twice daily to the entire face. Clinical evaluation and lesion counts were obtained at 0, 3, 6, 9 and 12 weeks. At week 12 both groups showed a marked improvement in both inflammatory and noninflammatory lesions (60% and 54% for the BP group and 62% and 56% for and 56% for the PCMX + SA group, respectively). Although PCMX + SA showed a slightly stronger keratolytic effect throughout the study period, there was no statistically significant difference in the reduction of the papulopustules or comedones between the two groups. Adverse effects such as erythema and photosensitivity were significantly fewer in the PCMX + SA group at week 12 (p = 0.0002 and p = 0.05, respectively). These results suggest that PCMX + SA cream is as effective as BP gel in the treatment of papulopustular and comedonal acne and that it is better tolerated.



http://www.ncbi.nlm....pubmed/16778460

after 3 h, bp was significantly more effective in disrupting sc cohesion than sa and ra, indicating bp is a moderate keratolytic agent in addition to its antimicrobial properties. After 6 h, all three agents were similarly effective in keratolysis. Barrier disruption, as measured by TEWL, paralleled depth of SC removal. SA tended to exhibit the greatest keratolytic efficacy superficially, hence its clinical effectiveness in superficial conditions such as comedonal acne, whereas BP was more effective at deeper levels, complimenting its antimicrobial effects and enabling it to treat deeper, more inflammatory lesions. None of the agents significantly affected skin erythema. These techniques provide a robust and rapid assay for in vivo keratolytic demonstration.


I think it's a stretch to say that salicylic acid "does not work."

I actually personally agree most with the study that stated benzoyl peroxide is better for inflammatory lesions, and salicylic acid is way better for comedones.

Certainly drugstore salicylic acid is ineffective. It's pH is usually too high and it has too many filler ingredients to penetrate into the skin. If you get a quality product at a 2.0 pH or lower that is almost purely salicylic acid, there is a HUGE difference in efficacy.

Edited by Green Gables, 21 September 2012 - 08:51 PM.


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Posted 21 September 2012 - 11:22 PM

BP is the strongest of the three for certain. It is effective in those not sensitive to it and if used properly. However, I don't believe BP should be used morning and night. SA is a great day treatment. I agree that SA is not a stand alone treatment for moderate to severe acne, but used in conjunction with another nighttime treatment for active active, it is effective. My son currently gets mild acne around his nose. I recently started him on the 0.5% SA, and this does seem to be keeping them at bay. Formulation is key.

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Posted 24 September 2012 - 10:52 PM

Tea tree oil: I have tried tea tree oil in many different strengths, and in several "natural" acne products. In my personal experience, it does nothing. While I love the idea of a "natural" acne remedy, tea tree oil most definitely wasn't it for me.

The clear winner: Benzoyl peroxide. It's not even a contest honestly. Benzoyl peroxide works, and the other two do not.


Not my experience with tea tree oil, or the benzyol peroxide + tea tree oil lotion I'm currently testing as mentioned, this doesn't prove anything, but there's at least one study to support the efficacy of tea tree oil:

A comparative study of tea-tree oil versus benzoylperoxide in the treatment of acne.
We have performed a single-blind, randomised clinical trial on 124 patients to evaluate the efficacy and skin tolerance of 5% tea-tree oil gel in the treatment of mild to moderate acne when compared with 5% benzoyl peroxide lotion. The results of this study showed thatboth 5% tea-tree oil and 5% benzoyl peroxide had a significant effect in ameliorating the patients' acne by reducing the number of inflamed and non-inflamed lesions (open and closed comedones), although the onset of action in the case of tea-tree oil was slower. Encouragingly, fewer side effects were experiencedby patients treated with tea-tree oil. http://www.ncbi.nlm..../pubmed/2145499


Pretty sure it's legal to sell up to 20% salicylic acid peels over the counter.


Yes, it can be sold as a peel, but not as an anti-acne treatment at that concentration, if labeled as an such then 2% is the maximum you can use. That is the way of the FDA Posted Image Personally I haven't had any luck with 2% SA.

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Posted 12 December 2012 - 09:52 AM

i used tea tree oil and it burned my face. i used the soap and that is gentle enough for my face. DOES ANYONE KNOW HOW TO GET RID OF TEA TREE OIL BURNS? any help would be so great. thank you. I'm using manaka honey and aloe 99% with no luck yet. be careful. using tea tree oil to spot treat is the worst thing i have ever done.

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Posted 20 January 2013 - 11:11 AM

My experience:

Benzoyl peroxide: Gets into the skin and does its thing amazingly well. 2.5% works better than 5% or 10% because it is less irritating but still creates plenty of oxygen to kill the bacteria. Used precisely within The Regimen it predictably clears up the skin completely within 3-4 months.

Salicylic acid: Doesn't seem to do anything at 2% strength, which is the legal limit in OTC products. I tried upwards of 15 salicylic acid products since I was a teenager and I would say they are a waste of money.

Tea tree oil: I have tried tea tree oil in many different strengths, and in several "natural" acne products. In my personal experience, it does nothing. While I love the idea of a "natural" acne remedy, tea tree oil most definitely wasn't it for me.

The clear winner: Benzoyl peroxide. It's not even a contest honestly. Benzoyl peroxide works, and the other two do not.


After close to a decade with the regimen, I'm now trying Tea Tree Oil. I was so tired of the dry flakiness which couldn't be fixed by any moisturizer I tried. I was tired of ruining shirts by bleaching them, likewise with my girlfriend's pillow cases. I was tired of not being able to go for a swim in a pool without exiting looking like I had a dry flaky beard. While BP was effective sometimes, I would still get large pimples sometimes, no matter how careful I was being. I would never be clear for more than a week. Plus, towards the end, with BP, my pimples were leaving red marks on my skin. Add to the fact, the reigmen takes 20-30 mins every morning and night, I just couldn't stand it anymore.

Even if I get a few pimples with tea tree oil, to not have all the excess bs that accompanies the BP reigmen is worth it, in my opinion.

Edited by Johnny199r, 20 January 2013 - 01:19 PM.


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Posted 20 January 2013 - 11:40 AM

I used BP for 15 years (I'm 35) before recently switching to a combo of tea tree oil and SA. I did get more acne initially but my skin seems to be calming down now. The biggest benifits from TTO/SA vs BP I've noticed are,
1) Any pimples that have developed while on TTO/SA seem to heal/go away faster then when on BP
2) The red marks left from pimples I've developed while NOT on BP have faded significatly faster than the red marks I got from pimples while on BP. I have been using TTO/SA for about 6 weeks now and I have red marks that have been on my face for months from zits I got while on BP. I also have places where a zit formed while on TTO/SA that have no red marks because the red mark didn't get so dark and faded faster.
3) The condition of my overall skin is MUCH better than while I used BP. It's less dry and more even textured and not as ruddy?reddish? in places. I can go out with only a bit of concealor over my spots, or a light tinted foundation, vs a full foundation and concealor to even out my skin tone.
4) No more bleached clothing/sheets/towles!!

Over all so far I've been very pleased with a TTO/SA regime than using BP. I wish I would have tried it a lot sooner!

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Posted 09 May 2013 - 11:07 PM

Dan is it true that BP makes red marks last longer than SA or TTO?



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Posted 24 April 2014 - 10:03 PM

Tea tree oil is Great! Work really well and fast for my acne. The most important rule though is to DILUTE! Mix in a spay bottle about 5 drops of TTO & fill the rest with water. Before every use just shake the bottle & spray on your face. I swear by this routine. IT WORKS!

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Posted 27 May 2014 - 01:32 AM

In my opinion, Salicylic Acid works much more better than Benzoyl and Tea Tree. Try Salicylic Acid first.






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