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In Topic: Dan's Aha+ Or Alpha Hydrox Enhanced Lotion

30 April 2013 - 12:15 PM

The Alpha Hydrox brand works great for me. I've been using it for about two months and it speeds up the healing process of my zits and post-acne marks. I use it every night without a moisturizer because it's already very moisturizing (and I have oily skin). It will "red" you if you're not already used to glycolic acid, but it usually subsides after a week of using it. I've never tried Dan's AHA because of the higher price, but I'd definitely give it a shot. Heck, try them both! AHA is worth utilizing in it's many forms and if you find that it works, more power to you...smile.png

In Topic: It's Not All Doom And Gloom :)

24 April 2013 - 10:18 AM

Thank you Ibiza, I enjoyed the article. It made me laugh out loud to hear acne being spoken about in such a light-hearted, casual manner. The bullet points on the positive effects of acne reflect everything I've been telling myself (and others) for years, and it's never mattered how bad or good my acne has looked. Like the article says: "Just remember that it can always be worse, but more importantly, it can always get better too. You're in for a long battle. Find ways to cope with it."


I agree, the pics were a little minor, but perhaps the point of the article is that no matter the severity of your acne, the real struggle is in accepting it? At least that's what I garnered from it...:)

In Topic: Tips For A Cyst?

18 April 2013 - 01:42 PM

Don't pop it. I know the temptation is hard to resist, but just like a splinter is pushed from your body when it's ready to come out, so a cyst is pushed out and healed up all by itself, naturally. I use BP also and it usually keeps it from spreading and/or swelling to an incredible size. Also, I drink a gallon of water every day when I get a cyst, it seems to help push it up faster. I really couldn't tell you why it works...it just does. O.o

In Topic: Cystic Acne And Red Marks

07 April 2013 - 03:57 PM

Heres the thing.  I have these big nasty cystic acne but its always in a few areas of my face.  Thing is i dont have it all over my face.  Like for example, if you look at me, you would say i have some pretty nasty cystic spots on my face but its not considered severe unless you only look at those spots.  Problem is those spots are huge.  I usually have between 2-3 of them at a time but sometimes its more than that.



My question that i want someone to answer is, does the cystic pimple have to break/bleed no matter what?  The thing if i dont cleanse my face hard enough... then it would not break and thus that huge cystic pimple redness would still be there.



So i should cleanse my face very lightly so it won't bleed but if i do this, then wouldnt the cystic pimple still stay there?  Thing is i tried this but eventually it would bleed after cleansing my face.



I see people say dont pop the pimple etc but its a cystic pimple so if i dont do this, then how would it heal?  Its not a normal pimple where you put cream on it, then it goes away.  Someone says popping it would infect it but if i dont... then it would always be there...


In my experience with cystic acne, I've always tried to treat it as gently as possible when washing it. I use Olay for Sensitive skin and it's never made my cysts bleed or get larger, which means it's non-irritating (a good thing). I also don't scrub my face. Ever. I don't believe in stripping your skin when it's already at it's weakest (makes your skin more vulnerable to scarring and more acne). When my cysts are ready to heal, they never bleed out, they simply flatten out and get kind of...crusty, and eventually that falls away revealing fresh pink skin underneath.


I've found that it helps to use an AHA at night before bed (my favorite is Alpha Hydrox Enhanced Lotion 10% Glycolic AHA). The low percentage is safe enough for everyday use and helps to constantly renew your skin, thus pushing out dirt, bacteria, infection, etc. It's similar to tretinoin, but I believe it makes your skin less oily while using it. Though cystic acne takes FOR-EVER to show it's face entirely, so once a week I use a baking soda mask to kind of speed it along. Sulphur or mud masks can do the same thing (I prefer anything without fragrance or fillers).


Honestly, any time one of my cysts broke and bled I'd have a big ol' ugly gaping wound on my face that looked worse than the actual zit. So, no, in my estimation it's not worth picking or popping it. Using the correct products for your skin should ensure that your cysts will heal with little to no trauma left on your face. Just remember, all that is Good takes patience and thorough planning. I wish you well. smile.png

In Topic: (How Acne Affected My Life) & I Want To Believe That I Can Live With My A...

17 March 2013 - 11:26 AM

Hello fellow embarrassed girl,

I just wanted to let you know that you have been lied to your whole life. Yes, lied to; popular media, health and beauty ad's, people's expectation's, society, etc. Beauty isn't something that can be put on and taken off or diminished with physical flaws, and anyone who tells you differently, including your friends and family, are shallow, misguided people. If acne affects the way they love you, they're not worth a thought.


Some of the most beautiful people I've ever known have faces like rock slides. They're not considered physically appealing in any sense, but their beautiful spirit and soft heart for people make them worth noting. If I could, I'd surround myself all day long with people like this. Not a bunch of idolized actors and actresses with "perfect" looking skin, constantly under public scrutiny.


You have an opportunity to transform into something really, truly beautiful and it's literally staring you in the face. You can either choose to be humbled by your experience with acne and learn how to love and function without your good looks...or you can fight the change to become merely acceptable in the shallow eyes of those around you. It's a surrendering, really. I'm not saying it'll be easy, but nothing worth having ever is. Hang in there luv. wink.png