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#3457363 Anything At All To Speed Up Cysts Going Away?

Posted by a.p. on 24 October 2014 - 03:40 PM

Forget the ice use heat! Doing warm compresses works better. Should come to a head in a couple weeks or come to the surface enough to drain it. Let your lymphatic system do most of the work for you. Also keep it moist in between the warm compress. I use cold cream but you can use Neosporin or any other emollient  

#3433952 Epsom Salt For Everyday Use?

Posted by a.p. on 29 May 2014 - 10:51 PM

Its best to just take a nice hot bath in it for 20-30 mins a couple times a week. Or you can pour some epsom salt In a bowl and add some hot water, soak a clean wash cloth in it, ring it out and drape it over your face. Do that a few times. Then just apply your regular face products. You can also do the wash cloth thing in the tub. That's what I use to do and it works pretty good.

Hope this helps

#3411442 Suggestions For Bb Creams Or Foundation?

Posted by a.p. on 30 January 2014 - 11:33 PM

Tarte Amazonian clay bb cream. You'll love it! Buildable coverage dries to a nice silky matte finish, long wearing and helps the skin.

#3411336 Is Cetaphil Moisturising Cream Clogging Me Up?

Posted by a.p. on 30 January 2014 - 03:15 PM

I really don't use moisturizer anymore. I do use an SPF during the day no matter what the weather condition is.

You can mix pure vegetable glycerin with distilled water for a moisturizer. Or mix a drop or two with one pump of your favorite moisturizer for and extra punch of moisture.

Glycerin will not clog your pores and is a great moisturizer.

#3370668 Best Anti-Histamine ?

Posted by a.p. on 31 July 2013 - 04:44 PM

I use Benadryl (Diphenhydramine). I like it and it works for me. It can cause you to be drowsy but there is a non drowsy version of it too.  

There are both liquid and pill forms of Benadryl (Diphenhydramine). I think there is even a topical cream of it as well.

#3368832 Really Oily Skin?

Posted by a.p. on 24 July 2013 - 04:18 PM

It all has to do with hormones. You're 16 so that is probably why you're so oily. Chances are you will most likely outgrow it.

Only thing I can really suggest is to drink at least one liter of water a day. Use blotting papers or splash face with warm water and dry with a paper towel.

Daily supplementation with zinc can also help but make sure you're getting the correct amount. If you have a healthy diet you may already be getting the correct amount of zinc your body needs

#3363787 Small Bumps Under My Skin That Don't Emerge

Posted by a.p. on 04 July 2013 - 09:35 AM

^^ wtf? The OP doesn't have nodules so cortisol injection would be useless.

There are two things it could possibly be. Acne cosmetica or closed comedones.

Acne cosmetica is caused by rich heavy creams, oil based cosmetics, or anything that creates a seal over your pore preventing it from expelling dead skin and sebum. Acne cosmetica is easy to get rid of. Just stop using thick heavy creams, makeup or whatever your using on your face that has an oily or thick consistency.

Closed comedones are hard to get rid of. Chemical peels, extractions, retin a, sulfur topical and salicylic acid can help.

#3361955 Small Colorless Bumps All Over Forehead

Posted by a.p. on 27 June 2013 - 09:53 AM

I've also read a bit about Nizoral shampoo and the effectiveness of it with fungal conditions.  I assume the application of it would be similar to using another dandruff shampoo except I would leave it on for a bit less time (assuming that it's more potent)?  Any info on that would be appreciated.
Thanks again for the help.

Yea I just recommended that to a women recently. I told her to leave it on for like 15 mins. I guess if your skin becomes to dry from leaving it on that long you can reduce the time and leave it on for 10mins. I'm not really an expert on fungal infections but, I did get ringworm once(gross I know) and I used tinactin anti fungal cream and it went away in two days. So if this is going to work for you, you should see results rather quickly.

#3361695 Small Colorless Bumps All Over Forehead

Posted by a.p. on 26 June 2013 - 10:52 AM

Now that I think about it, it does get slighlty itchy, but almost exclusively during humid weather/ when I'm sweating.

It could be due to your hair. If your hair is constantly on your forehead and you sweat a lot. That can cause a fungal infection. Use a dandruff shampoo on your forehead. Let it sit for 15-20 mins and wash off with tepid water. Do not apply any lotion or cream unless its an anti fungal topical. Do that for a couple weeks and see if you get results. If no results are seen then its closed comedones.

Closed comedones are like a blackhead only the opening of them is to small to get light in and oxidize. So they just stay as a little pinkish white bump on the skin. They're hard to get rid of unless you use a chemical peel on them or have them extracted. Don't attempt to do that yourself. See an derm or esthetician.

#3352769 Draining Cystic Acne, Will It Come Back?

Posted by a.p. on 28 May 2013 - 02:47 PM

Yes if the plug of the cyst isn't removed it will return. All pimples start when a sebum plug blocks oil from flowing freely from the pore. Then your pore becomes infected, inflamed and sore.

Products that are able to disolve oil and dead skin are a must have for people suffering from cystic acne. Acids like salicylic acid and madelic acid work great but take a little time to see results.

Mandelic acid is my favorite. If you use it as a spot treatment on your cystic pimple it can either make it come to head and it can be drained and the plug will pop right out. Or it will travel into the pore and disolve all the gunk. It also keeps dead skin from building up on the surface.

#3350615 Glycolic Acid At Home

Posted by a.p. on 21 May 2013 - 01:41 PM

Hi everybody, I just have a quick question regarding home use of glycolic acid

I am an experienced user and have done the glycolic treatment up to 70% several times now. However, I am thinking of doing it at home because it seems much cheaper.
My question was, should I get a 70% unbuffered or buffered glycolic acid and also are these products sufficent enough to use at home safely:
BUFFERED: http://www.ebay.com....5726596d&_uhb=1
UNBUFFERED: http://www.ebay.com....5aacc0b0&_uhb=1
PEEL NEUTRALISER: http://www.ebay.com....fd075154&_uhb=1

At home mini peels are no big deal. I've done several at home jessner peels. I wouldn't trust anyone selling at home chemical peels on eBay though. You really don't know what you'll end up with. Buy through a reputable site like makeup artists choice. They have many chemical peels to offer. Their prices are very affordable as well.

I buy stuff from them all the time and they're great! They always include free samples too!

#3339872 Whats The Cause?

Posted by a.p. on 10 April 2013 - 03:40 PM

You might want to look into spiro or saw palmetto. Oily skin is do to over active androgen glands.

Search the forums for spiro or saw palmetto and you'll find lots of useful information.

Good luck :)

#3333749 Epsom Salt Helped Me A Lot

Posted by a.p. on 15 March 2013 - 09:42 PM

Epsom salt is amazing! I love the stuff!

I found a stray malnourished kitten with a lump on its neck. I cleaned him up and did warm epsom salt compresses to his neck lump for 20 mins 4x a day. The lump felt very deep in his neck and I was worried so I set up a appointment at the vet. Before I could get my little kitty the the vet the epsom salt worked its magic. It brought that lump to the surface in 1 1/2 days. It was a two inch foxtail barb stuck in my little guys neck! I was able to pull it out safely. Epsom salt saved me on a huge vet bill and saved my little Cosmos life.

I looove epsom salt and think everyone should have some in their house.

#3333254 What Happens If Your Concealer Is *too Light*?

Posted by a.p. on 13 March 2013 - 10:52 PM

I would save it for contouring your face. Under your eyes, on the cheekbones and down the center of your nose and blend with your foundation.

#3309537 Benzoyl Peroxide Not Working? Please Help!

Posted by a.p. on 09 December 2012 - 02:59 PM

Sometimes it takes awhile for bp to work. I truly think it depends on how congested your pores are. It took me about 3-4 months to be like 80% clear. My skin was very congested. Lots of blackheads, closed comedones and cysts.

Give it two months. If you don't see any improvement after two months try hibiclens wash. You can read the reviews on here. It works great!!!