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#3467535 How ya feelin' about your acne today?

Posted by Exister on 11 January 2015 - 10:58 AM

Hey everyone, long time no "see". I just wanted to pop in and let you know what's working for me lately. It's something I've talked about on here in the past but I always went back and forth on it. Now I know for sure that it helps. This is my "face washing" regimen:


-I shower once a day, in high pressure, lukewarm water that streams directly on my face for a few minutes.

-I don't rub with my fingers or use any soap.

-I get out of the shower, dry off my hair and body with a towel, then go to my room and pat dry my face with the inside of a clean t-shirt.


My face looks red and irritated, plus a little dry and flaky, for a couple hours after doing this. But it never itches. So I usually shower at night, or very early in the day if I'm going out later on. After a few hours it looks practically flawless. Although I usually have 2-3 spots at various stages in their cycle, because I have days where I second guess this regimen and do it differently, which breaks me out.


My diet is dairy free, red meat free, with limited sugar intake. But that's for general health and animal welfare reasons. I don't know if it makes a difference for my skin but I thought I should mention it.


Doing this keeps my skin clear and never oily. It does look a little rough and red at times, but I'm probably still transitioning.

#3452346 How ya feelin' about your acne today?

Posted by Exister on 16 September 2014 - 07:46 PM

On September 1st I moved to a new house. The water pressure in the shower is much stronger. I've been running it directly on my face for a couple minutes, once a day. I don't use any cleanser, haven't for years (any time I do I break out immediately). I've also started patting my face dry, instead of letting it air dry. The result? My skin is extremely dry and flakey, it looks pretty rough and a little bumpy. But! No breakouts. And I had just recently convinced myself that dry skin leads to damaged skin, more oil production, and more acne. But my skin stays tight and dry for 24+ hours. At this point I don't know what to do though... I don't want it to look rough and bumpy, but I don't want to go back to oiliness and whiteheads either. Hmmmmm

On the bright side im thinking about getting a tattoo of Taz from the Looney tunes. It would be nice to have something else on the skin apart from pimples.


This is extremely freaky. I've been thinking of getting my first tattoo as well, of Kurt Vonnegut's self-portrait/autograph. I never ever think about Taz or the Looney Tunes. But last night I had a dream that I accidentally got a tattoo of Taz instead of Vonnegut. I forgot all about it until I read your post. What the hell....

#3439293 How ya feelin' about your acne today?

Posted by Exister on 03 July 2014 - 08:22 PM

I'll pay you $100 if you find someone with bad skin who doesn't wash or moisturize it. Think about it - what is bad skin but damaged skin? What is more likely to damage it, the things you put in your mouth or the things you rub directly into your face? When you get something in your eye, the worst thing to do is rub it, as that just irritates it and makes it worse. When you pick a scab it bleeds and takes longer to heal. Why would the skin on your face be any different? The reason some people find success switching to a gentle cleanser and very gently massaging it in has more to do with their gentle approach than the cleanser. They would be just as successful without the cleanser at all.

#3439029 How ya feelin' about your acne today?

Posted by Exister on 02 July 2014 - 11:08 AM

I am 100% confident that acne is caused by over-cleansing. Especially if face wash or soaps are used, but even if just water and finger tips are used too often or too harshly, or if the water is hot.


My face gets very dirty, sweaty, oily, dusty, etc. etc. all day at work but I've been just rinsing in the shower once a day and my skin has never looked better.


Internally, I think the only thing that can affect your skin is actual allergic reactions to food. If it makes your face flush and/or itch, I could see that inflammation leading to bad skin.

#3430251 The More We Try, The Worst It Gets

Posted by Exister on 05 May 2014 - 05:55 PM

Over the past few months I have become 100% positive that acne is caused by... wait for it... worrying about and trying to get rid of acne. In two main ways:


1) I believe in the mind-body connection and that thinking and stressing about acne all the time can cause it to manifest itself.1
2) When you worry about and try to get rid of acne, that usually involves washing your face, which I think causes bad skin.


My skin has been MUCH better since I've been less focused on it, and given up all cleansers and reduced the amount of time I spend under the shower head.


1The placebo effect is more than just "that frustrating phenomenon that routinely threatens the success of our product" (pharmaceutical and cosmetic companies everywhere). Most products show a very insignificant percentage of increased success over the placebo in clinical trials. But since the goal is not to help people but to make money, research has never been focused on using the placebo effect as treatment.

#3414228 How ya feelin' about your acne today?

Posted by Exister on 15 February 2014 - 06:32 AM

My skin is practically perfect right now. Here's what I'm doing. Unfortunately I started the first 3 things listed at the same time so I don't know which one caused me to clear up. But I haven't had a single pimple since. I've been doing the rest of the list for a long time.


No cleanser. I only rinse my face with water at night in the shower. Lukewarm while gently rubbing the oil off my face with my hands. Then a cold splash before I get out.

Now Foods Opti-L-Zinc once a day.

Wellbutrin XL for mild depression.


Avoiding dairy and excessive sugar.

Drinking lots of water.

Trying to get as much sleep as possible.

Thinking positively, keeping my mind off my skin, trying to eliminate stress and anxiety. This is most easily done by just being outside, working, enjoying the fresh air and sunlight (even if it's -10 Celsius or worse).

#3387690 The Cause

Posted by Exister on 10 October 2013 - 07:16 PM


#3377758 A Bit Of A Weird Concern: Harsh Showerhead Spray?

Posted by Exister on 25 August 2013 - 08:53 AM

I used low pressure for a couple years out of a similar fear. A couple months ago I started using high pressure and my skin is no longer oily and new pimples are rare. Just dealing with old marks now. This might have been caused by something else, not the high pressure, but I'm pretty sure the shower pressure was at least a large factor.


Check this thread out: http://www.acne.org/...hower-pressure/

#3370870 How ya feelin' about your acne today?

Posted by Exister on 01 August 2013 - 10:25 AM

I stopped taking Vitamin C because I read about how almost all ascorbic acid comes from the same source in the States, and is derived from genetically modified corn. Also that ascorbic acid is only one component of Vitamin C and taking just it throws off the balance and confuses the body.


I've also been using high pressure, warm to hot water directly on my face in the shower for a minute or more every day.


My skin is looking better and better every day. Still needs improvement though.

#3369345 Clear Skin Or 100 Million Dollars?

Posted by Exister on 26 July 2013 - 10:40 AM

"100 Million Dollars" is a ridiculous figure. If anyone wouldn't choose that and use most of it to help people in need, they're selfish as hell and deserve the acne.


Now if the choices were clear skin or "everything you own", it'd be a different story. I would choose clear skin. I'd probably cheat and save a directory of my music library first though.

#3365826 How ya feelin' about your acne today?

Posted by Exister on 12 July 2013 - 08:09 AM

Feeling good. Lots of my spots cleared up in time for this outdoor concert today. I owe it all to running high pressure shower water over my face. I always thought that would just irritate my skin but it's only helped it.

#3361474 Acne Scarring

Posted by Exister on 25 June 2013 - 01:54 PM

Wow, no one would notice or give half a shit about them. They are normal. Don't spend money and take a risk getting them removed.

#3354724 How ya feelin' about your acne today?

Posted by Exister on 03 June 2013 - 10:24 PM

Every once in a while, usually in the shower, sometimes not, I'll just feel my face for once. Instead of being terrified of touching it, I'll feel around it with my hands, gently but not too gently, remembering what it's like to not care about touching it. Connect to it, you know? Feels like hugging someone I haven't seen in a long time. I don't use face wash so my hands never normally touch my face except to itch it for a brief second (which comes with a LOT of trepidation and anxiety). But when I do this, I just feel so relaxed. Tonight as I did it I found myself repeating, "my face is not a foreign object, my face is not a foreign object", over and over again in my head. It's damn-well therapeutic.

#3341395 Best To Not Think About It?

Posted by Exister on 17 April 2013 - 04:42 PM

The mind-body connection is much stronger than the diet-acne connection.

#3336963 How ya feelin' about your acne today?

Posted by Exister on 28 March 2013 - 10:12 PM

I've been getting depressed, and hating my skin again lately, so it's making me breakout and look more inflamed. Hooray.