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#1 FSAS

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Posted 15 October 2013 - 12:56 AM

Hi,

 

I've somewhat stopped trying to treat my acne, I've definitely exhausted all my options, I've just been living and accepting it's apart of me.

 

One thing that I've been thinking on most lately though is how temperamental my acne is. For months at a time. One month I'll be considerably clear, only a few bumps ad maybe just one pimple. Others months I break out like nothing before. I won't even bother trying to figure out why it's a mystery but one question I wish could be answered is why these forehead bumps of mine just wont go away!

 

My forehead in general is always bumpy, not pimples, just little and sometimes big bumps. The skin of my forehead seems to be flaky, it doesn't feel dry dry though, it just seems to constantly flake I guess ..it just seems like there's always some broken skin.

 

My question is, has anyone had any experience with specific forehead bumps? Sometimes they turn into pimples but very rarely at the most just a little clogged pore nothing inflamed. To be honest if I didn't have these bumps I'd be 98% clear! but these bumps are so unsightly I look and feel only 10% clear.

I've tried everything destressing, detoxing, etc etc I've tried it all over 4 years I swear. All but chemicals because I don't want to result to a cover up, I want to fix the problem.

Does anyone have any advice, what do these forehead bumps mean (and it's not an allergic reaction, I don't use chemicals anyway and also I've tried all the anti-fungi/antibacterial methods and no change)

The bumps seem to cluster more around the left side of my forehead/middle...
If anyone has any perhaps inner health information that might help me..maybe I'm deficient in a mineral or vitamin? Maybe its a sign of liver or digestion? Even though I don't have any other symptoms etc.

This is the first time I've actually bothered to think about my acne for months, today was just one of those days where it was considerably worse so needed to attempt to find my answer again..



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Posted 15 October 2013 - 08:46 AM

is that the side you sleep on?  clean pillow cases every night or every other...use free of dye/fragrance laundry soaps too

 

and try a few mild salicylic acid peels...mild like 20% or so (follow directions and go slowly), I find it helps me with the bumps I tend to get on my temples



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Posted 15 October 2013 - 10:05 AM

I would suggest a 2% salicylic peel daily and once in a while an 10% AHA product (2-3 times a week for the night). That kills those little guys. I use the Paukas Choice 2%BHA Gel and the weekly resurfacing treatment and am thrilled about the results for those closed comedones. The cysts are killed by the spiro.


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Green Cream 6 Retinol

Acne free and already almost free of hyperpigmentation, discolorations and wrinkles

#4 FSAS

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Posted 15 October 2013 - 06:18 PM

is that the side you sleep on?  clean pillow cases every night or every other...use free of dye/fragrance laundry soaps too

 

and try a few mild salicylic acid peels...mild like 20% or so (follow directions and go slowly), I find it helps me with the bumps I tend to get on my temples

 

I don't sleep on my side as I have jaw issues, I'm i guess "trained" my body to always sleep on my back. and either way I clean my pillow cases very regularly and use allergy free washing powder. I also don't use things like fragrances, soap or anything chemical around my face.
Would salicylic acid peels work if these bumps continuously come and go? wouldn't it only help, until they came back? I also haven't used chemicals on my face and I don't want to damage my skin more :/ I guess I've never really looked into salicylic acid peels maybe I should give it a go though



I would suggest a 2% salicylic peel daily and once in a while an 10% AHA product (2-3 times a week for the night). That kills those little guys. I use the Paukas Choice 2%BHA Gel and the weekly resurfacing treatment and am thrilled about the results for those closed comedones. The cysts are killed by the spiro.


Do you have to continuously use salicylic acid peels? I'm a bit cautious because I've never used the chemical options as I've always wanted to find the root cause these bumps so i can prevent them rather mask them, i'm nearly 22, had them since I was around 18. Maybe I will try what you suggested just to see, I just wish I knew what was causing them. How often do you use salicylic acid peels yourself? 



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Posted 15 October 2013 - 06:18 PM

if you keep up with the SA daily, like 2% and weekly peels as FSAS recommends, they will clear and stay clear...but you will need to keep up with the SA

 

good luck to you



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Posted 16 October 2013 - 01:42 AM

I use them daily myself, because I get closed comedones especially on my temples and cheeks
Successfully on "the regimen" from age 12 to 33 for cystic acne
 Now:
 100mg spironolactone since 08/13
Paula's Choice BHA 2%,
Green Cream 6 Retinol

Acne free and already almost free of hyperpigmentation, discolorations and wrinkles

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Posted 16 October 2013 - 03:09 AM

thank you for the suggestions I will look into it for sure.

 

I'm curious if there are really any lone explanations for these forehead bumps, is there any known specific cause?



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Posted 19 October 2013 - 01:02 PM

Do you have a picture of what the bumps look like? That might help you get more specific advice. What type of shampoo do you use? Shampoos and conditioners can cause acne, esp. forehead acne. Acne on the forehead is usually not hormonal, it's related to allergies/ sensitivities, either to products or certain foods, and also to infections. 


Edited by WishClean, 19 October 2013 - 01:02 PM.

Supplements: inositol, DIM, digestive enzymes [don't need them every day anymore, only on cheat days], herpanacine & vitamin C with rose hips [not every day], regular sun exposure for vitamin D3.

Lifestyle & Skin Care: Low histamine diet, avoiding unnecessary stress, balancing skin's PH (using Image Ormedics), using distilled/ filtered water to wash face, occasional high frequency facials... (although I have been slacking lately)

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Posted 21 October 2013 - 03:36 PM

I've done a few experiments with forehead bumps. One thing I found to work, strangely, was the SCD diet. I did this for 3 weeks. By the end of 3 weeks, my forehead was almost completely clear of those little bumps.

 

The idea of the SCD diet is to reduce the amount of food your bacteria get. So, no fiber, no grains, etc. Basically I just ate whole cuts of meat, plenty of oils (butter included), specific fruits that have low fiber content (grapes especially), eggs, honey (but not table sugar or any other kid of sugar), etc. There's a list of foods somewhere. What got me by (because it's very restrictive) is the SCD version of pecan pie.

 

Now I don't have (nor have I ever had) any sort of bowel disease, which is what this diet is meant to treat. But it was surprisingly effective in eliminating my forehead acne. I stopped because it was too restrictive, which brings me to the second option - a retinoid. Retinoids (like tretinoin and adapalene) have to be prescribed by your doctor, and they usually take MONTHS to work - but after these months (and after a bunch of breakouts) the retinoid is usually highly effective. Retinoids are also just plain good for your skin, and will make your skin look better over time. You mentioned chemicals - I'm not a fan of using chemicals for anything. However, retinoids are natural compounds produced by your own body for use as signalling molecules. A prescription retinoid is simply a concentrated form of these signalling molecules intended to replace a deficiency that most people with acne have.

 

Third, as others have mentioned, a salicylic acid wash. I did not find salicylic acid to ever be effective for me despite using it multiple times for months at a time at different concentrations.



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Posted 21 October 2013 - 04:44 PM

Do you apply anything topically? The only time I'd ever had that was when I first started using oils topically. And that's also the only time I'd ever noticed anything topical clogging any pores.

Status: Clear after 30 years. Wow, I guess it's been 6 years, now.

[ Story: Severe Acne since I was 10. 10+ years of Dermatologists, Antibiotics, topicals and ACCUTANE did nothing. Discovered oranges triggered the worst of my cystic acne = about 70% improvement. Tried some nutrient supplements like B-complex with zinc and C, saw palmetto and a BHA like the aspirin mask = more improvement, a lot less oily. Then, Diet changes = Clear.

Regimen: Anti-inflammatory, nutrient dense, blood sugar stabilizing diet and supplements (for hormones, inflammation, aging, health). No soap or other cleanser except for hand washing! Water only or Oil cleanse. Aloe Vera mixed with niacinimide and a high linoleic acid oil for moisturizer and reduce pigmentation.

Diet effects acne in so many ways: hormone balance, inflammation, Insulin levels, digestion, allergies and intolerances, liver function, adrenal function, SHBG levels, sebum quality, cell function and turnover, nutrient deficiencies, body fat, etc. Basic advice: Eat, sleep, supplement and exercise like you are a diabetic. And eat real food!

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