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Any suggestion for a natural spot treatment? Say if you could feel a pimple coming up but has not yet came to a head what do you put on it?

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I like tea tree oil or witch hazel. Some people like to use apple cider vinegar or lemon juice to make homemade toners. I find tea tree oil is best for spot treatment.


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If you're feeling a pimple coming on, you can't prevent the pimple from maturing. It's a clogged pore you have to treat. If you have a tendency for inflamed acne, treating the area with anti-inflammatories, like ice or manuka honey, could possibly help. If you tend to deal with non inflamed acne, I'd recommend an exfoliant like a natural sulfur mask based in bentonite clay--ranging from 5-10%, depending on skin resiliency. This will exfoliate the area and encourage the pimple to come to a head to be extracted.

Tea tree oil and witch hazel are generally astringents that are used for controlling oil production and/or drying the area applied, all of which I think are completely unnecessary and even damaging to the skin. If you disagree, I still firmly believe BETTER products exist beyond TTO and witch hazel. Astringents cause swelling that give a temporary appearing of smoother skin, swelling your pores closed (which is why so many think it'll "shrink your pores"). It's an illusion.

Overall, once the pimple is there it's there. Focus your effort on a regimen that will continually be fighting and preventing acne. It's good to remember that, if you need spot treatments, your regimen isn't that good in the first place now is it?

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Seconded: Indian Healing Clay. This stuff will heal any sort of inflamed skin issue, it seems. Whether it's caused by an allergy, an infection, etc. It is my new favorite product.


Current Skin-Care Regimen (A work in progress):

Morning:

Gentle wash with DKR cleanser

Benzoyl Peroxide 2.5% (Following Dan's Regimen)

DKR Lotion + A squirt of Argan or Grapeseed oil (The lotion alone wasn't hydrating enough)

Skin 79 Korean BB Cream (excellent stuff)

Evening:

Gentle Wash with DKR Cleanser

Benzoyl Peroxide 2.5% (Following Dan's Regimen)

DKR Lotion + A squirt of Argan or Grapeseed oil


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Lemon juice mixed with non-iodized sea salt. But not lemon juice bought in a container, lemon juice squeezed from an actual lemon, nothing else added. The lemon I hear is supposed to fade red marks faster, and the sea salt dries the pimple and gets rid of it faster. I don't think it really prevents acne, but it helps get rid of pimples very well! Just make sure you use non-iodized, and it has to be actual SEA salt like not the very thin powdery ones but the bigger sea salt crystals.


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Indian healing clay, works wonders!

Seconded: Indian Healing Clay. This stuff will heal any sort of inflamed skin issue, it seems. Whether it's caused by an allergy, an infection, etc. It is my new favorite product.

I just researched on the indian healing clay and theres alot of positive reviews, how do you guys apply it? and do you leave it on overnight?

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Indian healing clay, works wonders!

Seconded: Indian Healing Clay. This stuff will heal any sort of inflamed skin issue, it seems. Whether it's caused by an allergy, an infection, etc. It is my new favorite product.

I just researched on the indian healing clay and theres alot of positive reviews, how do you guys apply it? and do you leave it on overnight?

It comes in a powder and u mix equal parts with water or ACV. ACV works wayyyy better tho. And you can apply it as a mask,but u shouldnt keep it on overnight. But as i spOt treatment I mix a little clay and ACV and put it only on the pimples and lets it dry then leave overnight. Works wonders on pimples.

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where do you get that Indian Healing Clay?


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where do you get that Indian Healing Clay?

I got mine at iherb.com. its called Aztec Secret Indian Healing clay. But Vitamin Shoppe also carries it, any health food store should have it. Or asking Amazon.

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All over. I happened to get mine on sale at a discount health store.


Current Skin-Care Regimen (A work in progress):

Morning:

Gentle wash with DKR cleanser

Benzoyl Peroxide 2.5% (Following Dan's Regimen)

DKR Lotion + A squirt of Argan or Grapeseed oil (The lotion alone wasn't hydrating enough)

Skin 79 Korean BB Cream (excellent stuff)

Evening:

Gentle Wash with DKR Cleanser

Benzoyl Peroxide 2.5% (Following Dan's Regimen)

DKR Lotion + A squirt of Argan or Grapeseed oil


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If you're feeling a pimple coming on, you can't prevent the pimple from maturing. It's a clogged pore you have to treat. If you have a tendency for inflamed acne, treating the area with anti-inflammatories, like ice or manuka honey, could possibly help. If you tend to deal with non inflamed acne, I'd recommend an exfoliant like a natural sulfur mask based in bentonite clay--ranging from 5-10%, depending on skin resiliency. This will exfoliate the area and encourage the pimple to come to a head to be extracted.

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Hi, do you have a good mask you could recommend?

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Hi, do you have a good mask you could recommend?

The only real "mask" I recommend is a sulfur mask based in bentonite clay. People in this thread have already suggested "Aztec Healing Clay," which is what bentonite clay is. I generally don't think the clay does much at all, but when it acts as a base for the colloidal sulfur, it's pretty good. It's a gentle keratolytic as an alternative to salicylic acid.

Variations of this include Dermify's 5% sulfur mask, DDF's 10% sulfur mask, and Garden of Wisdom's sulfur mask. GoW doesn't list the concentration of sulfur but it's pretty low.

The cool thing about GoW and Dermify is that they can double as a cleanser. Instead of leaving the mask on for a long period of time and spending even more time rinsing the stuff off, you can keep it wet and treat it like a cleanser. DDF is generally too much for most people so I'd only recommend it as a spot treatment, but it's a bad spot treatment at that, because I don't recommend exfoliating spot treatments! :)

I've tried all of these and it's a tie between Dermify and GoW. GoW is generally just gentler and better to handle.

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Yeah, I'd say clay. I dissolve an aspirin and apply for my rare inflamed pimples because I otherwise don't have these other things on hand. Queen Helene is a cheap sulphur and zinc clay mask available everywhere.

Sulfur is what provides the benefit in all those natural hot springs like in Iceland.

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Tea tree for sure. Just use it sparingly and I don't suggest applying it more than a couple nights in a row because it can dry out the area.

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Has anyone that uses the Indian Healing Clay figured out how to deal with irritation from it? I only use it for about 5-10 minutes because it irritates my skin if I leave it on for any longer. Even then, I can't use it very often because it seems to irritate and dry out the skin where it's used.

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It will cause redness in anyone's skin, but the redness should disappear after an hour or so. If it is causing prolonged redness or dryness, try using it less often.

Also, it helps if you only apply it to the effected area, not all over.


Current Skin-Care Regimen (A work in progress):

Morning:

Gentle wash with DKR cleanser

Benzoyl Peroxide 2.5% (Following Dan's Regimen)

DKR Lotion + A squirt of Argan or Grapeseed oil (The lotion alone wasn't hydrating enough)

Skin 79 Korean BB Cream (excellent stuff)

Evening:

Gentle Wash with DKR Cleanser

Benzoyl Peroxide 2.5% (Following Dan's Regimen)

DKR Lotion + A squirt of Argan or Grapeseed oil


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