Posted 06 December 2004 - 01:49 PM
Posted 07 December 2004 - 06:01 PM
Here's what I do:
-Wash face with ACV solution
-apply diluted Manuka Oil w/ cotton pad (Manuka is TTO pretty much)
-moisturize with Jojoba oil
-shave with soap in shower (basis)
-scrub with baking soda 30 seconds, rinse w/ cold water
- splash on ACV solution, and let sit on face for a few minutes
- rinse face w/ cold water again, pat dry
- apply epsom salt solution with cotton pad (I apply it really wet and let it dry on my face)
The main thing for me was like they said earlier, letting the epsom salt solution dry off on my face and sleeping overnight like that. When i woke up, my face was recognizably dryer (i'm normally oily) and less red from the old/active zits. Oh and my zits were noticably healing faster with the epsom salt + baking soda.
I plan on trying the egg white + lemon juice thing tonite and see how that goes, skipping the epsom salt. Hopefully it wiill be just as amazing as the epsom and baking soda. Crossing my fingers, but so far so good...
Posted 07 December 2004 - 06:54 PM
Posted 07 December 2004 - 08:49 PM
I broke out after having two days with nothing. I am going to leave the epsom salt on for a few hours now like when I started instead of only 30 mins like I have done the past 3 nights.
Posted 08 December 2004 - 10:13 AM
Posted 08 December 2004 - 01:08 PM
Posted 09 December 2004 - 04:35 AM
Unless of course the base nature of baking soda is terribly different from epsom salt (i'm no expert chemist). Both advocate usage of a base exfoliant (NaHCO3 vs MgSO4), using the acidic ACV to neutralize it, something to kill P. Acnes bacteria (TTO vs. BP), and reccomend trying to use the lemon juice/egg white masks.
Btw - I'm glad The Regimen worked for you. However, this method is roughly 300% cheaper in cost than The Regimen. I'm seeing better and faster results than BP ever did for me, with zero side effects thus far. (no itching, no flaking, no need for excessive moisturizing).
Posted 09 December 2004 - 04:56 AM
I experimented with it for a week, each day trying to assess how my face felt with it. I tweaked the amount of times i scrubbed, the duration, and intensity, etc. Less seemed to work best - i started doing the epsom twice plus some baking soda, then cut down to just one of each. Also scrubbed for shorter (1 minute to 30 secs max) and was really gentle. Always used the coldest water my faucet allowed for when rinsing too. Eventually I'm hoping i can cut it down to every other day, with just cleansing and applying Manuka / Jojoba for maintenance.
Oh, the other method that agent brought up is similar, but uses a different base (baking soda as the main base exfoliant). You might want to adjust to that and see if it might reduce any irritation this one seems to be causing you. Or you can play with this one some more. Here's the link to that thread: Baking Soda method
I know how you feel, but try adjusting stuff and I hope things will turn out better again. If this eventualy turns on me as well, at least I'll have the satisfaction of knowing I didnt spend more than 4 dollars for about a 2 month supply of this regimen. The leftover vinegar can go to cooking stuff, and the epsom salts can go to soothing baths or fertilzing plants.
Posted 09 December 2004 - 05:57 AM
Here is the link, i really reccomend this regimen it does help, hopefully it will continue to work.
Posted 09 December 2004 - 05:57 AM
Posted 09 December 2004 - 05:48 PM
Anyways, let me get to the point, because I'm just going to keep on rambling about the brainwashing that the pharmaceutical and cosmetics markets expose us to. I had read about the vinegar method here, and had used it with great results for my past scarring (I scar in red marks). But I still had the breakouts to contend with, and tea tree on its own just drained the big cysts and did nothing for the smaller pimples. I decided to try epsom salts as an exfoliant one night, and in the morning when I woke up, all of my pimples had come to a head. I guess the epsom salts had drawn all the gunk out...anyways, I firmly believe in draining pimples that have come to a head, so I did just that; then I mixed a solution of epsom salts and water, dipped some cotton pads into it, then applied them to my face. I let them sit there until they started hardening (recrystalizing), then I took them off and washed my face. This solution had killed all the bacteria and healed the area because none of the popped zits had returned, and the cysts were healing nicely. That was three months ago, ever since then I have been crystal clear...except for a whitehead here and there.
At first I was very vigilant with the epsom salts - applying the pads almost every day at night, even leaving the solution on all night. Now, I just do daily maintenace by using them as a scrub every night; I still use the vinegar daily in the mornings - I don't wash my face with soap, instead, I fill the wash basin with water and mix some vinegar and tea tree oil into it, then I wash with this solution. It normalizes the ph of my skin, kills bacteria and keeps the bacteria off all day. I still use a facewash at night because I have rather oily skin.
I know this is a lengthy post, but if it helps even one person, then I'm glad, because a lot of people have helped me with their experiences.
Posted 09 December 2004 - 05:58 PM
Anyway, I'm a new poster here, but I wanted to thank ukochana.
Posted 09 December 2004 - 10:02 PM
Posted 12 December 2004 - 05:18 PM
I've been doing it for about a week now with good results. The first two days I only used water and 1/2 as much epsom salts as water, and I didn't really see anything happening. Once I added more salts and the tto and acv in the mix, I've consistently had about 2 whiteheads come to the surface every day. I still do the acv and tea tree rinse in the morning too. I've also not had a single new zit. I don't want to speak too soon, but I'm crossing my fingers.
Some other things I've been doing is eating really well, lots of veggies (but I always do that) -- no caffeine, alcohol, or sugar, and drinking LOTS of lemon water and herbal tea between meals.
Posted 12 December 2004 - 06:43 PM
Posted 13 December 2004 - 10:27 AM
Posted 13 December 2004 - 02:39 PM
I don't really measure, but I would guess I use maybe a 1/4 cup of epsom salts, and then just enough liquid to make it slushy - part warm water and part ACV. Like just a splash of each. Then maybe 3-4 drops of TTO. I let the salts dissolve a bit, but they never really dissolve all the way, so I make sure to sop them up onto the cotton pads. I'm thinking about making some calendula tea and using that instead of the water as it's very healing to the skin, and since the zits are just about gone, I want to start focusing on the red marks. I'll let you know how that works.
I read back in the post and it seems like you've been doing this for awhile now. Have you been doing it consistantly every night? And how is it working for you?? Just curious. I also read that it made you get a bunch of little whiteheads. I would say that's a good thing. I think it is bringing all the gunk to the surface. I've had acne for about a year now, and it started as whiteheads and they just stuck around.
Posted 13 December 2004 - 02:51 PM
Posted 13 December 2004 - 04:06 PM