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Karen*

Member Since 06 Dec 2012
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Questions About Jojoba Oil?

17 February 2013 - 06:28 PM

I've always had super oily skin, like my entire face would just be shining within 30 minutes of showering/washing my face, it's awful. I tried using milk of magnesia for a while, and it worked great, I went from being oily in 30 minutes to being able to up to 8 hours without running out to blot my face, but for some reason, after a few months of using it regularly, it just stopped working. Even when I use it, I'm back to being greasy after like 30 minutes to an hour.

 

I know milk of magnesia wouldn't be a permanent solution anyway, it's extremely alkaline and I know it's probably messed up my acid mantle, but it worked and I was just so desperate for being able to go out without worrying about how shiny my face is.

 

I hear jojoba oil is good for oily skin, but to what degree? Does it just work for people with mildly oily skin, or would it work for me, too?

 

Some other questions:

 

1) Which brand/product is the best? I've never really used aromatherapy oils on my skin, so I'm not sure how to pick, or if they're all the same.

 

2) Where can you get it? I'm really tempted to just be lazy and order online, but I don't know if I should for something I'm going to put on my face. I've just never really seen aromatherapy oils for sale ever, but I've never really looked for them specifically.

 

3) How do you use it? Does it act as a moisturizer, or one of those weekly/daily treatments that you wash off after a couple minutes?

 

4) Can you wear makeup over it?

 

Thanks for reading!


Holes In Skin After Popping Cysts/acne

06 January 2013 - 02:02 AM

So, first, I gotta confess that I've always been a pimple popper. I've always heard it's bad and all, and you shouldn't do it, but it's never been a problem for me - I always make sure my hands are clean, my face is clean, and I only pop the ones that visibly have pus in it or are "ready". The skin usually flattens after, and it may leave a mark, but it usually fades in a few days.

But that was a couple years back, when I had normal puberty acne - I'm 18 now, and for some reason, I started getting a lot of blackheads, white heads and pimples and everything on my cheeks of all places, it started a couple months ago, and it's been a very persistent and awful problem ever since. I've been to a derm, and they prescribed me with Differin - I've been using that for 11 weeks now, and all that's done is make my skin even worse, and I've been getting cystic acne along with all the other stuff ever since using Differin.

I never had cystic acne before, so I didn't really know how to deal with them - maybe it's because of where it was (I hear cheek acne takes longer to go away), or just the type of acne, but it seemed to never heal. So I decided to lance it myself and squeeze out all the stuff that was in it. I did this to 2-3 of them, along with some large pimples that also took a long time to heal. This appeared to do the trick - the spots flattened, and all I had were scars left in where they were, and I expected them to go away in time, as usual. The scars are taking much longer to heal now, which is fine and all, but what really scares me is that there are holes in my skin, where the cysts and large pimples used to be. They are not going away, and I fear they may be permanent.

I have no one to blame but myself for this, I know, so please don't give me a lecture on why popping cysts is wrong. I just want to know if this could be permanent, and if it is, is there any way at all to treat it?

TLDR; - I tend to type a lot and I know a lot of people see lots of words and backspace right away, so in short:
When you pop a cyst or pimple and it leaves a hole, is it possible for it to heal like that and leave a permanent dent in your face? Some of these holes have been on my face for weeks, which is why I feel like it has already healed over and will not "fill" back up. What kind of treatments are there for situations like this, and will I have to go to a professional to fix it, or can I possibly do it myself?

Thank you!

Questions About Differin?

09 December 2012 - 10:15 AM

Hey, I'm 8 weeks and 2 days on Differin, and I've just been wondering a few things.

First of all, I read the 'info about retinoids and initial breakouts' board, and from what I understand, the IBs are occurring because the retinoids help 'purge' impurities from your skin? If that is the case, then why isn't my entire face breaking out? I mean, not that I want that, this IB period (at least, I hope it's still IB period) is hell, but I am only breaking out in my cheeks (the reason why I am on Differin in the first place) right now, and the rest of my face seems unchanged; I have always had a lot of blackheads on my nose and forehead, and Differin is neither exacerbating nor making these areas any better.

Also, hypothetically, if my skin is still getting worse and worse by week 12, should I give up and switch to something else? Does Differin ever just completely not work for some people, or is it just taking a longer time for me compared to others?

A quick log to evaluate my situation:

October 19, 2012: Went to dermatologist for an unexpected breakout on both my cheeks; my skin has been okay-clear for years, and acne used to only appear in T-zones, but for some reason, a couple months before October 19, my cheeks started getting blackheads, whiteheads and even the occasional pimples, and I just had to see a derm about it because it seemed really odd; I had just turned 18, and I always figured by this time, my puberty acne stage would be over, but maybe hormones are still adjusting, I don't know. I was prescribed Differin and spironolactone.

And from then on, I've been sprouting pimples more and more every day on my cheeks, for eight weeks, and they do not go away. I am trying to be patient and optimistic because I know retinoids take longer to start clearing you up, but I've just been so upset with my reflection lately, it just makes me want to hide at home until it's all over, which I can't do because I have to go to school for exams, at the very least, and to my horror, Christmas and New Years is only weeks away.

Aside from growing new pimples, the ones that have been with me for a while are hardening. They are painful even when I don't touch them, like I'm just sitting here and I can feel these cysts on my face.

And end rant, I'm just kind of letting the last few weeks pour out on this board, the one place I can (hopefully) rage about my skin and have people understand and not be annoyed with me. I know. First world problems. But seriously, acne sucks.

What Is This? (Please Move If Wrong Forum)

06 December 2012 - 06:47 PM

Sorry for the nondescript title, but my derm prescribed me with... something a while ago, and I know it's dumb to just take something without knowing what it is, but I was just thinking, "you know, he's a doctor, this can't be bad for me", so I never really bothered to find out what it is.

The only thing that indicates what's in the bottle on the label is this:

60ml 2%CL, 1%MET, 10%SSD, 0.5%HC In Complex 15 LTN

And the rest is the usual doctor's name, my name, date, etc. It's a topical medication, and the instructions say to apply twice a day.

I don't have any ongoing arrangements with this derm so I don't know when I'll see him again to ask him about it; I've only been there twice and he's prescribed me with this both times, but the most recent time he also added Differin and Novo-Spiroton, both of which I can find out more about because I actually know what it is, but I have no clue what this other thing is. So, any ideas based on the (I'm assuming) ingredients listed?

Thank you for reading. :)

New To Novo-Spiroton, Some Questions?

06 December 2012 - 06:38 PM

First of all, is this 'spironolactone' the same thing as Novo-Spiroton?

Not exactly new, actually, I was prescribed a 3-month supply (it's 25mg) on October 19, but I'm horrible at remembering to take them, so I have a near-full bottle. I wasn't given much information or instructions, so hopefully you guys can help answer some questions my derm was clearly too preoccupied and busy to deal with.

The only instructions I got were actually from the pharmacist I went to for the pills, and they said to take one every morning, with a meal. Now, the reason why I'm so bad at remembering to take them is because my mornings are pretty rushed, and it's so easy for me to forget to take them. Is there a reason why it has to be taken specifically in the morning? I feel like I would do much better with remembering if I can take them everyday at lunch or dinner, but the bottle is just so clearly labelled with "every morning" I feel like there's a specific reason for it.

So yeah, my main question is just that, can I take it at a different time of day?

Also, is consistency necessary? Like would it be bad if I took one at 10AM one day, and then 3PM the next? I know it's not ideal, but right now, I'm just taking one whenever I remember.

Sometimes I also skip a day or so, if I completely forget. What would be the effect of that? Like right now I'm seeing no difference in my skin or anything at all, but I'm just attributing that to my horrid timing and schedule. The only other thing I am taking is Differin, also started on the same day.

Thank you for reading.