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Skin Overly Sensitive To Temperatures - Acne Or Something Else?

04 January 2014 - 05:30 AM

Hi everyone! This is my first trip over to this board - not sure why, since I've had this problem for a while.


Whenever I'm too hot or too cold my face goes bright red. This is made worse when I've been trying a new product or skin care regimen, but generally happens anyway. I don't think my skin is sensitive because I don't experience redness or irritation when I actually use the products. I do have a circulation problem called Reynauds disease so it could just be a blood flow irregularity. It does get embarrassing though since I'm incredibly pale and even the tiniest bit of redness is obvious - people I don't even know point it out to me (the most memorable time being meeting one of my ex's friends for the first time and being called an ugly lobster. Yep, ex. Enough said there.)


I do blush very easily and always have somewhat of a natural flush on the apples of my cheeks, but this is within the normal range. My red phases, however, definitely aren't. I'm a 20 year old female with PCOS if that sheds any light on things. Does this ring a bell with anybody?

It Feels Like My Pores Are Too Small Sometimes

23 December 2013 - 04:32 AM

Hi there!


So, I'm pretty sure my acne is caused by my PCOS. I have a testosterone dominance which gives me mild acne (which becomes moderate if I pick at it). The things is, my skin isn't oily - it's normal-dry, and it's only ever my forehead which gets oily in the summer due to my hair. The problem seems to be dead skin cells not shedding properly - they don't always seem to come out of my pores, instead blocking them up and creating bumps which eventually become infected and turn into white heads. I know people usually complain about large pores, but when I use things like benzoyl peroxide my pores seem to get larger and my face stays clearer. 


I've found that dry brushing my face keeps me clear - it turns out a lot of dead skin that other forms of exfoliation (BHA, AHA, scrubs) just don't seem to pick up on. But I was just wondering if there was anyone else out there that has this issue? 

Don't Know What To Do About Tomorrow

19 December 2013 - 09:00 AM

Hey guys and girls!


So, I'm in a pickle of a dilemma (not an onion of a dilemma thankfully. Don't need any more eye watering going on!)


Basically, I'm meant to be meeting up with someone. We met a few years ago and really hit it off, but stopped talking for reasons that are irrelevant now. Tomorrow will be the first time we've seen each other in years. I'm really excited because I've missed him a lot and we left a lot of loose ends last time. 


The problem is, my acne has come back. I was clear when I met him the first time and I've been clear right up until last week or so, but all of a sudden I'm going through a really rough breakout. My cheeks are very red and inflamed with headless, under the skin bumps and fresh hyperigmentation. I really like this guy and I don't want him to find me unattractive. In the past I've gone plenty of places with breakouts sans makeup - even first dates. I'm generally of the opinion that a person's skin doesn't matter. The problem being I'm very concerned that the attraction between us is probably still in that superficial physical stage. I know he thinks I'm attractive in general because he's said so but I have no idea if he's one of those people who acne really puts off.


I know makeup is an option, but I have two problems - it's not covering up my breakout very well at all and it makes me looks worse in general due to flakiness and masking the decent parts of my face. I'd look a lot better without makeup than with it if my skin would just behave.


So, right now I'm thinking there's a few things I can do. I can either go and wear makeup to semi-cover my skin but look worse, go bare faced (I suppose I'd learn quickly enough if he was actually in to me or not), or simply not go at all. I know, I know, I don't want to be one of those people that cancels something because they look bad. I've never done it before in my life. I just really, really don't want to make a bad impression on this guy, especially since I looked quite nice when we met initially. 

New Dawn Soap

25 September 2013 - 03:00 AM

Hi beautiful guys and girls,


I'm just dropping by today to share the place where I get my soap from. Many of the ingredients are natural with minimal preservatives and I've found them to make mild, effective cleansers as part of a complete skin care regimen. Really I think anything mild and natural enough works pretty well as a cleanser for acne prone skin.


I prefer the peppermint one; my acne progress from mild to clear can be seen in my personal log and galleries. Although this doesn't treat all of the acne by itself it does seem to help towards the cause. Let me know if any of you have experience with this brand smile.png

Scalp Condition - Related To Acne In Any Way?

27 August 2013 - 06:15 AM

Hi neighbour-la-reenos!


Ok, sorry. I'll never do it again.


Well, I'm here today to ask if anybody else gets this - 'this' being like little grains of sand on the scalp that look like hard sebum and can't be squished or anything, and if it's anything at all to do with acne. So far I've read that it could be seborrhoeic dermatitis (try spelling that when you've been awake all night!) plain old dandruff or a collection of DHT crystals (is there such a beast?). I figure if it's related to hormones then it spans from the same problem as being acne prone does. I think I used to have medicine for it when I was younger but gradually decided to stop using it for whatever reason.


Any ideas on this?