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#3401026 I Stopped Retin-A 0.05% And...

Posted by Seeking2012 on 15 December 2013 - 01:38 PM

I am in my late 20s. I've been using Retin-A 0.05% for acne since I was about 15 years old. While it did help my skin all those years, it never did completely clear up my complexion. I lived through my teen and young adult years with oily skin and at least one new zit each day.


Do not assume that Retin-A will clear your skin up completely; it won't. But it will prevent you from becoming a bubble face that is constantly exploding with zits that then become huge pock marks later.


Now, in my late 20s, I decided to move towards a more natural lifestyle and get away from meds. I consider Retin-A to me a medication, and it does have side effects, including severe consequences for your unborn baby if you become pregnant. Well, I'm married now and I could become pregnant, even though I'm on the pill. So, about 3 months ago, I quit Retin-A cold turkey.


And my skin stayed the same. Zero changes.


My skin went from oily to normal when I went on a low-carb diet 8 or so months ago. Also, when I went low-carb, instead of getting at least 1 new zit per day, I had 1 new zit or fewer per week. That's really what clears my skin. Low carbing. I aim for 100 or less grams of carbs per day, but the fewer I eat, the better my skin is. Turns out that I also have high DHEA-S. It's higher than the normal range. And I have hyperinsulinemia and insulin resistance. So my acne is, and has been for many years now, caused by my body's intolerance to carbs. I never even needed to use Retin-A.


If I had been on a low carb diet my whole life I wouldn't have had acne. I am sad I wasted my time and money on Retin-A when I didn't need it.

#3366645 For Those Of You Who Wash Your Face With Just Water Or Essential Oil

Posted by Seeking2012 on 15 July 2013 - 04:44 PM



I wasn't trying to keep my antimicrobial bodywashes and soaps, I was trying to understand bodywashes and soaps and their true role in cleansing my body because all this time I had assumed that all soaps were killing bacteria and that was the supreme function of them.


Oh, how ignorant I was!!!!!


Since my last post in this thread, I have made several sweeping changes to my facial regimen. Things that I never thought in my life I would be doing. And the outcome was shocking.


I began the oil cleansing method. After much reading and watching of videos, I purchased grapeseed oil and lavender oil as a facial cleanser, and jojoba oil as a moisturizer.


The number of breakouts on my face decreased! I was in shock. And my face felt fully moisturized all day. And it didn't feel heavy and weighed down either.


I also stopped wearing makeup 6 days out of the week, and guess what. Again, fewer breakouts!! This is a makeup I had been using for years!!


Guess what this means! Soaps and makeup cause breakouts!!!! Who would have thought! Certainly not me. But now I know I need to change my makeup. Just a FYI for everyone out there, the makeup I used for many years that made me breakout is Maybelline. I will never be using it again.


To some folks, these statements might be very obvious, but to me, they were totally shocking.

#3366640 How Do Products Clog Pores?

Posted by Seeking2012 on 15 July 2013 - 04:32 PM

This is something I've been asking too, and the answer is either not there or difficult / scientific to answer. There are lots of threads though that go into detail. Do some advanced searches for "comedogenic" or "non-comedogenic" ingredients list and such.