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Tom Busby

Member Since 23 Feb 2013
Offline Last Active Mar 11 2014 08:10 PM

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In Topic: Dryest Skin! Help!

01 March 2014 - 05:28 PM

You could try an antifungal like Lotrimin Ultra (not AF) cream, and Nizoral 1% shampoo to see if the chalky skin is seb derm induced by malassezia.  Think of the problem as an allergy to this commensal fungus (which means it's part of the normal skin flora), where the very upper part of the skin (stratum corneum) becomes sticky from reacting to malassezia, and your skin cells don't flake off microscopically like they should.  Instead they clump up.  Adding a moisturizer makes the sticky skin biuts even more adherent.   It's treable but not cureable, so find a routine that works and use it every day.  You should see results in two-weeks, and then you have a positive differential diagnosis for a malassezia allergy-type condition.


If the diagnosis is positive for a malassezia allergy, you could then include the only oil that malassezia cannot metabolize, which is MCT oil, sold at many web stores and at Whole Foods.  It has a carbon chain length of only C8 and C10.  Pure MCT oil will be too greasy (therefore not aesthetic), but you could make a temporary emulsion with 20% MCT oil and 80% water, and then shake it up each time you use it, and spray it with a mister onto your face so you don't apply too much oil.  It will help soften and remove the flakes, and it won't cause any harm like all other oils, but by itself it doesn't cure anything.  Keep it in the frig or make small one-week batches because this simple emulsion has no preservatives.  (The accepted rule is anytime you add water to have refrigerate or use in one week.)  There's a commercial product very similar to this called CapriClear, which is much more expensive but it's a much better emulsion so it's more aesthetic.

In Topic: Do I Have Rosacea?

22 February 2014 - 07:26 PM

You could look at http://rosaceagroup.org and find some answers for your rosacea questions. 

In Topic: Best Lip Balm And Moisturiser Available In The United Kingdom

15 February 2014 - 04:15 PM

"Clarins Moisture Replenishing Lip Balm"" is pricey but it's the only non-comedogenic lip balm I know of.  Clarins is made in Paris so it should be available in the UK.  Expensive stores like Nieman Marcus and Nordstroms sell it in the US

In Topic: Very,very Severe Flushing & Throbbing( Please, Please Help Me!)

14 February 2014 - 05:33 PM

You might look at the wiki page for "Allergen of the Year" and see if you are using products with any of these.  The 2004 Allergen of the Year is often used in shampoo and a very common allergen and can provoke symptoms like you are experiencing.

In Topic: No One Knows What This Is

14 February 2014 - 05:29 PM

If you want to try an antifungal, try Lotrimin Ultra (not AF) first. 


If that doesn't work you could try 5% to 10% Tea Tree Oil in a mild carrier oil like MCT oil.  Use it at night because it will be quite greasy in appearance.  TTO works on a different class of fungus than Lotrimin Ultra.  Whole Foods sells TTO oil and MCT oil.


Try either product by itself for at least two weeks, to see if there are any changes.  If the problem is fungal in nature there will be a biofilm formed from your keratin (etc) -- that is why you see non-inflamed bumps right now.  The biofilm may turn red before it flakes off.  That is your body's immune system recognizing the fungus, and is not a problem.  If there is a biofilm, total treatment may take several months, but you should see some changes in two weeks. 


Test any new product on the crook of your arm to make sure you aren't allergic to it.