I've never been able to make up my mind on how I feel about supplements. Many times I've been convinced by things online that different vitamins and minerals will be the answer to my acne problem. But after trying them and seeing no difference I'm always turned off of the idea of supplements for a short time, but eventually end up trying another one.
Right now I'm in the "supplements are bad" camp. But it's more because of the fact that they're artificially produced and throw off balances in the body... I was only taking Vitamin C and even though it's water soluble I still quit it because I was afraid of damage to my organs. It was also in powder form, meaning there were no additional ingredients like magnesium stearate, gelatin, etc. I chose the powder because I read so much about these additives being bad for you.
But I was just thinking... what's the big deal? Is it really so bad to consume these ingredients in an amount the size of a few grains of sand every day? I eat out a few times a week and while I avoid the foods I know trigger a reaction in me, I'm still consuming far more preservatives and iffy ingredients that way than I would from a few pills.
I know many people here are on raw vegan diets and all that so they probably don't consume any strange ingredients and those in the pills would be their only source of them. So for them it kind of makes sense to not take pills... why take trace amounts if you can otherwise completely avoid them? Might as well go all the way.
But for anyone else, who occasionally eats even the healthiest chips or sandwiches or sauces, are the added ingredients in supplements really all that significant?
Hi, so I recently ordered some "Real Aloe Spray", it's certified organic, vegetarian, no animal by-products, all that good stuff. It contains "real aloe vera, purified water, citric acid, sodium benzoate and potassium sorbate".
I sprayed it all over my face for the first time and within minutes, or less, my face was bright red, almost purple, in all the areas where I get acne (not along my jawline, where I never do). It stung a little bit and I was afraid I'd made a huge mistake. Within a couple hours the redness went down and my face looked fine later that day and the next day. But I still just figured I was allergic and put the bottle away, planning to return it ASAP.
But just now I tried spraying some on the inside of my arms, and no redness, tingling or stinging occurred whatsoever. So to me it doesn't seem that I'm allergic. Why do I have the feeling my skin went red because the aloe was attacking the acne bacteria/rash/irritation/infection/whatever's going on with my face? Why do I want to try it again? Does anyone have any thoughts or ideas? Any input is appreciated. Thanks!
For the last couple years I've been afraid to put my face directly under the shower head, unless it's one with naturally low pressure, a low pressure setting, or if I turn my current shower head down (which also makes it freezing cold within 5 seconds). My girlfriend has pretty nice skin, despite picking at it, and using a BP face wash all the time (which I personally believe would do more harm than good). So I asked her, "in the shower do you put your face directly under the high pressure stream?" and she said yes. I asked for how long, and she said about a minute or so each time.
So, I've been trying it lately, for about a week, though not every time because I'm a little nervous about it. It actually seems to be helping clear my forehead.
I'd like to know what others' experiences are. I added the poll so in case people don't feel like posting, I can get a good idea from the poll answers. But I encourage a discussion on the topic too, if anyone has any experience experimenting with different pressures or time spent in the stream, etc.
For the last couple of months, my face has been really red and blotchy after I get out of the shower. It looks like something is seriously wrong. It lasts an hour or more (so I only shower at night). I use room temperature water. Hot, warm, lukewarm, cold, it makes no difference though. I don't wash with soap. Just water. I rub the oil off with my hands, but I've tried not doing that and the blotchiness still happens. I do have a filter on my showerhead... maybe it's ran its course and is now blocked up with something and whatever it is I'm having a reaction to it. Or the water's really hard, or chlorinated. Or my skin is dry and any amount of water just easily irritates it. My skin is oily, but when I rub it with a clean t-shirt, lots of dead skin comes off. I think I'm finally understanding what "combination skin" is.
I think my plan unless anyone has any better ideas (please, I hope you do) is to a) take the shower filter off and b) not have a shower for 3 days and see what happens. I moisturized my face for the first time in years last night, and again tonight. I'll have to rinse off once more (because my face was gunky and shiny all day today, I need to get the moisturizer out at some point) tomorrow night, and then I'll do the 3 day shower-free thing. Good idea, you think?
My skin has gotten much worse since I started noticing this post-shower redness.