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I Know It Sounds Obvious But How Do You Know If You Have Dry Skin Or Oily Skin?

19 August 2013 - 02:03 AM

As the title suggests, how do you know? Because if someone were to have dry skin, then their body will try to compensate that and produce excess sebum to moisturize it, therefore creating oily skin. Would that be defined as dry or oily skin? Thanks for the reply

I Had Significantly Reduced My Breakouts, But I Still Get Pimples.. Help?

18 November 2012 - 06:45 PM

Okay, so recently I finally found a decent regime that helps me treat my current acne, and has reduced the frequency on my breakouts..however, every now and then, I still get acne in certain spots, and I'm uncertain why. If my current regime is able to successfully treat acne, and if I'm still keeping up with the regime, why am i still even getting acne? I do not get this.

here is my regime.

-Cerave Hydrating Cleanser, used 2x morning/night
-Clean and clear pera gel benzoyl peroxide 10% 2x morning/night
-Hemp oil (for moisturizer) 2x morning/night
-Dermalogica gentle exfoiliator AHA/BHA cream every other night.

Before coming up with this regime, I basically came to the conclusion that my skin suffers from hyperkeratinization, and that my skin is producing sebum with Oleic Acid, and so I started using products that will help my skin slough off dead skill cells, and started to use hemp oil which contains linoleic acid so i can produce healthier sebum on my skin. Hemp oil has also been the best moisturizer I've ever used on my skin. My skin has never felt so normal using it.

But other than that, I still get a few cystic pimples. They are smaller, and they aren't as visible as they used to be, but I still get them, and i have no idea how to prevent further breakouts.
What are the other possible causes of acne I can tackle?

If Nothing Else Works For Me, I Might Risk It And Go On Antibiotics Again, But This Tim...

05 October 2012 - 01:35 AM

I'm a 26 y/o male.

A few years ago, when I was 18-19, I went on antibiotics  (minocycline) for my acne, and it did clear my skin. However, when I was done with it, about 6-9 months later, my acne came back, and it came back in full force, the worse it has ever been for me, and left me with a lot of nasty scars. It was the worse time of my life until i finally decided to go on Accutane. Accutane really helped, and literally cleared 90% of my acne within a month.

Unfortunately, i couldnt complete my course of accutane, i only went on it for about 4 months and had to stop because I had severe side effects. I had bloody stools, really bad stomach ache, nausea, and i think i had a stomach ulcer, etc. But I remained clear for a year after taking accutane. When I started to break out again, my acne wasn't as bad as it was after i took minocycline, but its still bad enough for me that it messes with my self-esteem and confidence.

Anyways, I have tried many OTC products, diet, supplements, medical treatments (retin-a, clindamyacin, etc), and such, and im just getting tired of trying to find the solution to my acne. I've spent soo much money :[

I recently tried the Candex + Charcoal Solution, and I don't think that has worked out for me. During the 2+ weeks of using it, there was a time where I thought it was working, but then i recently got a break out, so I don't think my acne is based of a yeast overgrowth/candida.  

The solution im trying to do to solve my acne right now is that im thinking it is hormonal. So I'll be trying out Saw Palmetto supplements, spearmint tea, stinging nettle root, and maybe spiro 50mg etc to see if that will help. I'm not combining any of them, just trying them one by one. I am very oily, so hopefully blocking DHT and reducing oil will help me out.

I would love to go back on accutane, but i cant because of what it did to my body.

So anyway, if my recent experiment fails on me, i might just bite the bullet and go back on antibiotics, but this time i'll be taking them with probiotics. I feel like this could be the solution because it will basically reset the balance of good/bad bacteria in my body by destroying everything, but if i supplement on probiotics while and after i take antibiotics, will it prevent a horrible breakout in the future? Or is the risk not worth it?

err, yeah, if not, what else can i do???

[Pictures Inside]Is This Acne Or Folliculitis? I Feel Like I've Almost Every Acne S...

18 September 2012 - 04:23 PM

I'm 26 years old and still fighting acne...sigh*

So for 10 years, I've been on anti-biotics, topical medications, and tried several OTC products, and did accutane. Accutane actually cured my acne, but after a year later it all came back. When it came back, i tried using BP, which worked for about a year, and it made my skin age, and dry, then when it stopped, I went to see my dermatologist and was prescribed retin-a and clindamyacin. The clindamyacin made my skin rash, and I had red patches so I stopped that, but continued using retin-a, which worked for a few months, but it made my skin too sensitive, and my "acne" or whatever it may be started to come back. Then I figured I should go organic. I was using Marie Veronique Organic acne kit, which basically uses tea tree oil, jojoba oil, and many oils in combination to treat acne. The MVO products seemed to make my complexion better, and maybe some of my acne went away, but after a month of using it my acne was still coming back. I also had taken vitamins, b complex, b12, c, e zinc, fish oil, etc that all supposedly promotes skin care. And I have no idea if those are working either.

And the last and most recent thing I have tried is use lemon juice + rose water for acne treatment, and aloe vera juice as a moisturizer. In a way, going organic was much better, but it hasn't cured my acne. The lemon juice most definitely has helped my blackheads and tightened my pores, and somewhat slowed down break outs, but i don't know if its completely working or not.

I have a feeling that whatever solution i did sparked another problem. Perhaps using all of these chemicals on my face and making my skin sensitive caused it to break out in another way. Anyway, I figured that maybe the problem is that I'm treating my skin problem as acne, and rather that it could be folliculitis and i should treat it as that. here are some pics.....is it acne or folliculitis?

If it is acne, then what other treatments should i try? Because I have no idea what else to do, except to go on accutane again. However, the unfortunate thing is that accutane gave me some really bad side effects and i don't think my body can handle it too well anymore.
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