QUOTE(lllynch @ Nov 15 2004, 01:07 AM)
Hey ukochana, I've been using the cotton pads for about 5 days now, and have really liked the results so far. I did break out in one area, but it's probably just the salt bringing everything up. I was wondering how long it took for you to get comfortable enough to stop using the cotton pads, and just use the salts as a scrub and toner. thanks.
I'm glad you're having results...just stick with it, cause at the beginning it will bring up all of the existing acne to the surface.
It took me quite a long time to finally get everything under control in my cheek area...so while everything was nice and clear everywhere else, it took me a couple of weeks of non stop cotton pads on my cheeks to finally get them under control. As long as you're getting active acne in any area, you should use the epsom salts overnight on them using the pads, as you don't want the infection spreading. Everywhere else, you can just use it as a toner.
In hindsight, I also think that exfoliation was one of the things which prevented new zits from cropping up - as I would use the epsom salts in the morning as a scrub. I've also read on the board that a lot of people are having great luck with baking soda as an exfoliant, as long as it's neutralised with vinegar (base + acid = ph balanced skin!). So you might want to look into that as an option, from my experience, baking soda is really great at getting all the annoying flakies off - and then you can use the epsom salts in conjunction with that at night. The key is experimenting to see what works for you.
Also, are you using the washbasin rinse w/ tea tree oil...cause I think tea tree oil is really important with active acne - so either spot treat with it, or use it as a face splash to kill the bacteria. Just make sure that the tea tree oil has a guaranteed amount of terpinen - over 30%, as that's the stuff that kills bacteria.