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perfect GC it is.. thanks so much, ill see if i can keep this updated to let everyone know my progress with the GC... any recommendation on what i should start with 3,6, or 9?

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nvm 6 is what im going for... im also thinking of getting the BHA 2%... using a combination... since the BHA is less expensive ill try that first and if it works ill just stick to that, if i need something stronger ill use the BHA with the GC 6 gel... is that a good idea?

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yes, BHAs and GC are very easy (and effective) to use together.

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SO.... I just got my bottle of Paula's Choice BHA :) im excited to use it..

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Not a great month for me, skin-wise. I had a horrid folliculitis outbreak a couple of weeks back. Lots of factors involved, I think: hormonal cycle, travel/stress, and excessive sugar and alcohol indulgence (it was Easter break). :(

It was a real low. Red itchy bumps all over my forehead ... plus, the red, irritated patches on my cheekbones came back .... plus, I got some small acne pimples around my mouth and nose. Overall, it was by far the worst my skin has looked in about 18 months.

Luckily the sun came out for a couple of days, and I spent some time outside. After just an hour or so of indirect sun exposure, the patches on my cheekbones completely faded and dried up. Since then, I've gotten the rest of the bumps under control as well.

Some things I've learned:

-- Folliculitis hates sun. I suppose that explains why it comes back full-force in the fall ....

-- I HAVE to cut out sugar. (I know, I know, I've learned this one before.) :shifty:

-- 10 mg of Accutane once every 7-8 days keeps my acne completely in check. But as soon as I push it to a longer interval .... tiny pimples start showing up again. The nose is the first to go.

-- I can dry up active folliculitis bumps pretty well by putting a tiny dab of the DermaDoctor cleanser on them and leaving it there for an hour or so. However, if the dab is too big, it dries up the surrounding skin as well.

-- Best regimen for me right now:

AM:

DermaDoctor "Born to be Mild" cleanser (massage with plenty of water for at least a minute or two).

Vivant 15% mandelic serum (this works better for me with GC than the Face Reality formulation)

Vivant Spin Trap

Emu oil/red tea serum from Diana Yvonne (yup, I've gone back to it ... the emu oil helps keep inflammation from the folliculitis down ..... )

PM:

"Born to be Mild" cleanser

Green Cream (wait 45 minutes)

Emu oil/red tea serum

Plus the maintenance dose of Accutane, of course. Luckily my derm is fine with continuing it!

The oral antifungals don't really seem to help me. I may finish what I have, but I'm not spending any more money on them.

And, of course ..... I have to give up sugar.

Sigh.

I'm not into self-deprivation.

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Hello,

I read about half this thread and I did a search but I must be missing something. What exactly is "Jessfoliation"? I can't seem to find the description / product.

Thank you!

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There used to be a really long thread on it, but Jess (the OP) deleted it.

To make a long story short: it's manual exfoliation using an electric toothbrush with ultrasoft bristles. Kinda like the Clarisonic brush but a whole lot cheaper!

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Five more folliculitis bumps on my forehead this AM. :(

They're small and not very inflamed .... pink, not red. I have a tiny dab of the DermaDoctor cleanser on each one right now, and am hoping they'll dry up and go away without any drama.

Luckily my cheeks are clear. When I get bumps there, the red marks stick around for days.

It's been raining most of the week and I've barely been outside. Today is nice though, and I'm going to make sure I get a little sun.

die, bumps, die!

EDIT: Seems to have worked, at least partially. I can still see the bumps when I look closely, but they no longer feel hard and prickly.

The skin on my forehead looks uneven and a little blotchy, ugh.

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Not a great month for me, skin-wise. I had a horrid folliculitis outbreak a couple of weeks back. Lots of factors involved, I think: hormonal cycle, travel/stress, and excessive sugar and alcohol indulgence (it was Easter break). :(

It was a real low. Red itchy bumps all over my forehead ... plus, the red, irritated patches on my cheekbones came back .... plus, I got some small acne pimples around my mouth and nose. Overall, it was by far the worst my skin has looked in about 18 months.

Luckily the sun came out for a couple of days, and I spent some time outside. After just an hour or so of indirect sun exposure, the patches on my cheekbones completely faded and dried up. Since then, I've gotten the rest of the bumps under control as well.

Some things I've learned:

-- Folliculitis hates sun. I suppose that explains why it comes back full-force in the fall ....

-- I HAVE to cut out sugar. (I know, I know, I've learned this one before.) :shifty:

-- 10 mg of Accutane once every 7-8 days keeps my acne completely in check. But as soon as I push it to a longer interval .... tiny pimples start showing up again. The nose is the first to go.

-- I can dry up active folliculitis bumps pretty well by putting a tiny dab of the DermaDoctor cleanser on them and leaving it there for an hour or so. However, if the dab is too big, it dries up the surrounding skin as well.

-- Best regimen for me right now:

AM:

DermaDoctor "Born to be Mild" cleanser (massage with plenty of water for at least a minute or two).

Vivant 15% mandelic serum (this works better for me with GC than the Face Reality formulation)

Vivant Spin Trap

Emu oil/red tea serum from Diana Yvonne (yup, I've gone back to it ... the emu oil helps keep inflammation from the folliculitis down ..... )

PM:

"Born to be Mild" cleanser

Green Cream (wait 45 minutes)

Emu oil/red tea serum

Plus the maintenance dose of Accutane, of course. Luckily my derm is fine with continuing it!

The oral antifungals don't really seem to help me. I may finish what I have, but I'm not spending any more money on them.

And, of course ..... I have to give up sugar.

Sigh.

I'm not into self-deprivation.

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Yeah, I was. But I honestly don't feel like they were making any difference.

I'm wondering about some sort of light therapy ..... when I had the photofacials last year, it completely wiped out the folliculitis for about 9 months. Have you run across any info in that area?

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Yeah, I was. But I honestly don't feel like they were making any difference.

I'm wondering about some sort of light therapy ..... when I had the photofacials last year, it completely wiped out the folliculitis for about 9 months. Have you run across any info in that area?

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Oh, the diet was off and on. I didn't keep a detailed food diary, so it's hard to say. Basically, I can be good for a couple of weeks at a time .... and then I indulge. But if I have to eat a low-sugar diet regardless, and if I can control the folliculitis that way, what's the point of having to take all these expensive supplements? I really don't believe that ANYTHING is going to knock this stuff out permanently.

The bumps that popped up yesterday morning are all gone. No redness or discoloration at all ... just a little bit of dry, uneven skin on my forehead. It was a nice sunny weekend and I think that helps!

Also, I just started using a new product: Vivant Rejuv RX. I'm layering it under Green Cream at night, with a 30-minute wait period. It's a peptide product, and also an anti-inflammatory .... I figure that's gotta help with these bumps. The only drawback is that it also contains lactic acid, and I really do not need another AHA in my regimen .... I'll have to see how this goes.

On the whole, my skin looks really good again. Hope it lasts.

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Let me know what you think of the Vivant Rejuv product. I'll probably need to add a peptide product into my regimen one of these days (probably whenever I stop using at least some of my acne products - whenever that is!)

Also heads up that Vivant is going to start selling a Mandelic Scrub soon. Laura had some sample bottles that Dr Fulton gave her and I tested it out for her and really liked it a lot. I only used it as a body scrub for my folliculitis, but its meant to be a facial scrub.

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I like the Rejuv so far, although it's really too soon to be commenting ... it's one of those long-term treatments. It does, however, noticeably bring down inflammation in the folliculitis bumps.

Today's new angle: trying a topical coal tar gel called Psoriasin on the worst patches (cheeks, forehead).

LATER: Good news -- everywhere I used the new gel, the bumps are now completely gone. Bad news -- the skin there is now sort of sunburned-looking. Not raw or burned .... just brightly flushed. I was outside for a little while this afternoon, so I suppose there might actually be some sun/wind involved, but I don't have redness anywhere else. :think:

I'll handle my face with care tonight, and we'll see how things look in the AM.

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Skin looks good today! Redness is entirely gone; no new bumps; old bumps have almost entirely disappeared.

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No bumps or redness today .... coal tar gel is still working. :)

I suppose the fungus will build up resistance to it in time, so I'm going to use it for a week or two (I'm also using the mandelic cleanser), and then I'll rotate back to the DermaDoctor cleanser.

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No bumps or redness today. Also, the flaky skin around my eyebrows is gone.

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Still using the coal tar gel once a day .... and my skin looks the best it has since last fall. Despite PMS, no bumps or inflammation at all.

I am starting to wonder if I was mis-diagnosed, or if perhaps I have two fungal ailments at once? The ketoconazole treatments for PF really never worked well for me ... but the zinc pyrithione cleanser and the coal tar gel, both of which are generally recommended for seborrheic dermatitis, help my skin enormously.

I don't know if the itchy bumps can be associated with SD as well as PF ... but I do get flaky patches on my cheeks and around my eyebrows that sound an awful lot like SD.

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Still using the coal tar gel once a day .... and my skin looks the best it has since last fall. Despite PMS, no bumps or inflammation at all.

I am starting to wonder if I was mis-diagnosed, or if perhaps I have two fungal ailments at once? The ketoconazole treatments for PF really never worked well for me ... but the zinc pyrithione cleanser and the coal tar gel, both of which are generally recommended for seborrheic dermatitis, help my skin enormously.

I don't know if the itchy bumps can be associated with SD as well as PF ... but I do get flaky patches on my cheeks and around my eyebrows that sound an awful lot like SD.

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I get SD on one eyelid at the bridge of the nose; selsun blue has prevented a resurfacing of it. Selsun Blue has selenium sulfide and it's also an antifungal. I'm so glad you've found what works for you! :)

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Still using the coal tar gel once a day .... and my skin looks the best it has since last fall. Despite PMS, no bumps or inflammation at all.

I am starting to wonder if I was mis-diagnosed, or if perhaps I have two fungal ailments at once? The ketoconazole treatments for PF really never worked well for me ... but the zinc pyrithione cleanser and the coal tar gel, both of which are generally recommended for seborrheic dermatitis, help my skin enormously.

I don't know if the itchy bumps can be associated with SD as well as PF ... but I do get flaky patches on my cheeks and around my eyebrows that sound an awful lot like SD.

That's entirely possible that you have SD. The bumps you get are mostly red, right? Most of the PF pics that I have seen are white/flesh-colored bumps with a tiny bit of pus in them (looks more like comdeonal acne, but doesn't extract). A friend of mine that I visit in Chicago has SD and he had a lot of red bumps and flakiness on his cheeks - I actually assumed it was acne when I first saw him. He finally got diagnosed with SD and went on antifungal medications and it cleared up.

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Still bump-free!

I'm doing pretty well with my low-sugar diet. A little dark chocolate here and there, that's all.

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Still clear! One itchy bump came up at my hairline yesterday, but the Psoriasin zapped it overnight.

I'm not even using it every day now, and when I do, it's only to spot treat.

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Still clear! One itchy bump came up at my hairline yesterday, but the Psoriasin zapped it overnight.

I'm not even using it every day now, and when I do, it's only to spot treat.

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Still no bumps ... haven't even been using the coal tar gel the past few days. Apparently I am in fungal remission. :)

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