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Tom Busby

Member Since 23 Feb 2013
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In Topic: I Don't Know How To Diagnose What's On My Chest

18 July 2014 - 03:53 AM

I believe it's called keratosis pilaris, because each hair follicle has a small bump at the opening of the follicle.  Some people have treated it with coconut oil.

In Topic: Oily Forehead And This Weird Texture:

11 July 2014 - 09:02 PM

I think you're seeing plaques formed by the reaction between malassezia and your skin, because malassezia is capable of forming a biofilm from your own skin components.  The skin is slightly thickened, and is less flexible, so the texture looks odd.  Chicken texture is an good description, or a wrinkly sort of super thin cellophane stuck to the top of your skin.


You may see some inflammation too, as your body's immune system recognizes the fungal biofilm as "not self" while you are slowly dissolving the fungal cell walls with Nizoral.   You could also try Hegor 150 (1.5% climbazole) shampoo because it's more effective than Nizoral -- buy it off eBay or from baroness.co.   Or try Lotrimin Ultra (not the AF kind) -- it's a cream so you'll have something more long-lasting than a shampoo.


The problem is like a skin allergy, and it's chronic and relapsing.  It doesn't go away with age like acne usually does.  Biofilm plaques and folliculitis are 2 different forms this skin allergy can take.

In Topic: Almost All Moisturisers Make My Face Red

09 July 2014 - 06:13 PM

Just a possibility, but the Nivea product probably contains piroctone olamine -- it's dissolving malassezia cell walls, and then your immune system is recognizing the dissolved fungal cell walls as "not self" and activating the immune system, the first result of which is inflammation, or redness.  You may be getting a positive diagnosis for seb derm induced by malassezia, which is essentially a skin allergy to a fungal overload.  It can be treated but not cured.  It doesn't go away with age, either.


Try an additional antifungal, with climbazole for example, in a shampoo form, to help control a fungal overload.  Try adding Nizoral 2% ketoconazole cream.  Ketoconazole is only somewhat effective, but you can't buy the more effective Lotrimin Ultra (not the AF kind) in AUS.


Nivea makes "Men's Sensitive After Shave Balm" with piroctone olamine in the US, which is the primary basis for my opinion, and also because people with a malassezia skin allergy are generally more "red" than other European-type people. It's often misdiagnosed as acne.


The other reason that all commercial moisturizers make malassezia-skin red is because malassezia metabolizes oils that have a carbon chain length longer than C11.  The only oil that is shorter than this is "medium chain triglyceride" oil, sold as "MCT Oil" at health food stores and on the web, for about $25 per liter.  It's edible and used by bodybuilders.  MCT oil is C8 and C10 and an excellent moisturizer.  Used neat it's too much oil though, because it's shiny, etc.  If you can find someone local to you who makes lotion, they could make a liter for you.  15% or 16% MCT oil in a lotion would feel good IMO.  The only commercially made MCT lotion is sold by Dermalogica (Active moisture Lotion) but it's super expensive, about $40 for 50 ml, which in my opinion is not a viable option.  Maybe "New Directions Aromatics," an AUS-based company, can help you out too, as they sell lotion making products.

In Topic: Best Shampoo For Scalp Acne?

30 June 2014 - 01:51 AM

Try Hegor 150 climbazole shampoo, sold on eBay.  It's fairly effective but has harsh SLS and SLES surfactants, so it's not perfect.

In Topic: How To Make 1% & 2% Salicylic Acid Bha Solution

19 June 2014 - 06:45 PM

You can use 99% Isopropanol, Glycerin, or Propylene Glycol as solvents, four parts solvent to 1 part SA.  With Glycerin or Propylene Glycol, you can mix in the SA, and then heat in a shot glass to about 150F.   Hold it at this temp for about 20 minutes, covered.  Bubbles form in water at about 145F, so if you put the shot glass into a water bath, you can estimate the temp even if you don't have a thermometer.  If you overheat and boil the water, the shot glass will eventually crack, so take it slow.


The problem with Salicylic Acid in Isopropanol is that SA will dissolve easily, but then recrystallize about 2 weeks later, and make whatever you put it in will feel very gritty.  Also, you can't heat Isopropanol to any functional level because it evaporates so quickly.


I haven't tried dissolving SA in oil, but I suspect you would use more heat, above 212F but below the melting point of SA, which is 318F.  You could try this in an oven, with a stainless steel measuring cup, covered.  There probably is a specific temp' point where SA dissolves in oil and doesn't recrystallize --- you would have to experiment to find it.  I didn't really answer your question, but I hope this info' is helpful.  Four parts solvent to one part oil is a good place to start, but you may find three parts oil is enough.