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ATCMatt

Member Since 27 Feb 2012
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Epsom Salt ?s

04 April 2013 - 06:35 PM

I am wondering from people who have used Epsom Salt for back acne.

 

I pour in 2.5 cups of it into a warmish-hot water bath and lay on my back in the tub for 20 minutes, four days so far.

 

Is that what you are supposed to do?

How often and for how long should I continue to do this, what should I expect?

 

Thanks for any tips.

 

Matt


Can I Return Moisturizer

11 June 2012 - 07:11 PM

What are instructions to do this?

(Unused bottle)

Been Using Bp 1X/day With Success. 21/male

19 May 2012 - 11:17 AM

Think of this as the middle road between doing absolutely nothing to treat your acne and doing everything in your power to get perfect skin (e.g., following the regimen 2x day everyday & altering your diet). The bottom line is you will  NOT have perfect skin but you WILL see improvement and a healthier skin tone without changing your lifestyle so much.

My genetics: I have my mother's skin. She is 37 & she'll get a new bump occasionally, otherwise, she has post-acne marks on both cheeks and the rest of her face is perfectly clear.

Day 1/My Regimen Experience: At first, I had mild active acne & bumps on cheeks, chin, forehead, everywhere except nose. Had alot of bumpiness, unlevel skin due to being rough on it in past attempts of treating my acne. Post acne marks on both cheeks. I used the regimen 2x a day for 3 weeks, worked my way up to 1 + 1/4 pump of the bp.  It took care of all my acne and leveled out all the irritated skin but it left me with a persistent flakiness and discoloration and what I really hated was the time investment! It would take an extra 1-2 hours in the a.m to start my day which is senseless!


My new regimen  I experimented and now for the last few weeks have been doing this.

Morning: Cleanse.
Night: Cleanse, wait 15 minutes, bp treatment - 1 pump, wait 15 minutes, then  2 pumps of moisturizer OR 1 finger length of aha. I alternate.
Occasionally I miss the night application and when it happens I just use aha the following morning right after shower.

The results:  Pretty much have gotten myself to the same point as my mother. Post-acne marks on the cheeks and every couple days a small spot that comes and goes. For some reason my marks are more red while my mom's marks are just ''dark''. But I think it's because she has been tanning...  
Also - no more flakiness and no more of that redness/fake tan b.s. that makes me look like I've been in the sun too much and I don't have to spend so much time on myself. I'm not a perfect person so I can live without a perfect face and actually I've had a few people tell me my face has cleared up a lot. PLUS I'm using less product and so less money.

Things I learned:  I tried just using aha once a day - no bp. FAILED! Acne slowly but surely returned without the consistent use of benzoyl peroxide. It is evident to me that benzoyl peroxide needs to be used on a regular basis as a preventing measure.
There's not much value in spending 1-2 hours every day for the next 20+ years in a war against genetics. Rather, I see better benefit in trying to find the balance between (1) doing nothing & (2) altering your daily lifestyle to accomodate having perfect skin. The middle road I'm using gives me the best skin that my genetics will allow.
I also learned that the 2x regimen DOES work -  quite fast. Personally, I'd recommend it if you've got moderate-severe acne and want to clear your skin up because that's exactly what it will do. But once you clear things up, why not be happy with it & spend less time and money to maintain the new skin condition rather than continue going out of your way to get perfect skin and maintain that? The day/life is too short for that.

I will leave this at that and should I experience improvement in red marks or if my skin worsens I will post feedback! Right now it's awesome.

Using Too Much Moisturizer?

02 April 2012 - 10:18 AM

Hi, I just started the regimen a few days ago. I think I am doing it right, but when I put on the two full pumps of moisturizer, I gently try to spread it around for the two full minutes but after the two minutes there is still a lot of it just sitting around on my face. It takes a good hour for it to absorb and then it's still VERY moist looking. I'm using two very complete pumps but in his video it appears like his was mostly absorbed after two minutes of spreading it around. Am I using too much? Other than this, I haven't really experienced any problems so far.

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27 February 2012 - 09:18 PM

Hey all

It is good to find this site. I am just starting to make an effort to improve my skin health. I have had acne since around 15. Now, I am 21 and it still lingers but I don't think it's as bad as when I was a teen.

I just use casual product "clean & clear" brand:  In the morning I use an "exfoliate"; at night I use benzoyl-peroxide medication. I've been sticking to this for around 4-5 months and it has helped but nothing major. The past few weeks, I have been drinking more water, as well as fruit-drinks that have strong anti-oxidants and vitamins. I eat relatively clean and exercise 2-3 times per week.


I don't really get zits/pimples, I just have lotsa bumps mostly isolated to my cheeks but also on forehead. What sort of acne am I dealing with, or is it scarring? Should I wait it out and continue what I'm doing or will it require a dermatologist treatment? I would think being 21, teen acne would be gone, but I am not knowledgable (obviously).  [


Thanks for the help..

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