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Shampoo is the culprit!!

11 May 2011 - 07:41 PM

I've had bacne for years - I'm a woman in her 30's with medium to long hair.  I won't bore you with the details, but I've had it pretty bad in the last few years.  I was constantly getting new breakouts while dealing with hyperpigmentation from old breakouts.  It sucked.

After lots of research on this website and others, I realized that my new expensive shampoo and conditioner seemed to exacerbate my problem.  So I started on my quest to find a new shampoo and conditioner that wouldn't give me bacne and tried Burts Bees, and other brands from the healthfood store.  I did not see a huge difference.

Then I stumbled onto the "no 'poo" method of using a baking soda paste and diluted apple cider vinegar rinse - this is not for all people, because your hair will go through a period where it's oily and kind of gross, and you may miss how your shampoo and conditioner makes your hair look and smell. However, I'd rather have no bacne (plus I like the way my hair looks - it's more wavy and tousled looking). Recently, I started using Dan's cleanser on my hair around the roots and that's worked pretty well to cut down on grease.  Also, I don't seem to need conditioner - the apple cider vinegar rinse has been wonderful for detangling my hair.  I did buy a leave in conditioner, but haven't felt the need to use it.

Around the same time that I stopped using shampoo or conditioner, I started using PCA's pigment bar.  This is supposed to treat hyperpigmentation - what I noticed immediately is that it removed all residue from my back - after I wash with this my skin is squeaky clean.  You know how sometimes when you have dry skin or make up on your skin, when you wash you feel gunk that needs to be exfoliated off?  Well this stuff does a great job of exfoliating my skin to the point where my skin feels clean and normal - not too dry or oily.

I think what was happening in the past was the shampoo and/or conditioner was leaving a slight film on my back that I wasn't fully removing when I bathed.  The residue, plus all the treatments I put on my back (bp, retin a, bha, etc.) was just me piling even more crap on my skin,drying it out,  and with that part of my body difficult to exfoliate, my pores were constantly blocked.

I started this new regimen in February - it's been about 3 months.  I've gotten maybe 5 small breakouts that have healed really quickly (which is unusual for me). I used to get a new one or two almost every day.  While I still have hyperpigmentation that is slowly fading, I consider myself pretty much cured of bacne.

I decided to be patient and let my spots fade naturally.  I think if you have hyperpigmentation, you're best bet is to figure out what is causing you to breakout, rather than piling more products on your skin.  Otherwise, you could be setting yourself up for a vicious cycle.  Also, I don't use the pigment bar every day.  In fact, I haven't used it in about a month.  I think how it initially helped was to gently exfoliate all of the gunk that had accumulated on my back.

This really has been a miracle for me - I never thought I'd be free of bacne.  I hope it helps someone else.

P.S. - I should also note that I take 50 mg of zinc daily; I've been doing that for a while longer than the no poo method and while it noticeably helped my facial acne, it didn't do much for my bacne.

P.P.S.  If you are interested in the no poo method, google it!  There is a ton of info out there.