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In Topic: An Alternative To The Regimen (Success)

04 August 2014 - 04:06 AM

its said that vaseline isnt comedogenic bt is it rly moisturising? nd does it anyhow improve or decrease collagen growth in scars or does nothing at all? what exactly is its effects on skin?what abt redmarks?


i use zinc cream (zinc oxide, vaseline) mask overnight to reduce redness from picking and it does feel like its moisturising but idk for sure


Hey, the vaseline I bought says "moisture locking", "accelerates dry skin's ability to restore itself" etc. It definitely feels moisturising for me. I have no idea how it deals with scars, but I have a huge decrease in redness compared to when I was using Benzoyl Peroxide every day. My skin back then would be clear, but still look "off" because of the redness/inflammation

Though I don't think the moisturiser I'm using is what was the key here (I just bought that one because it was cheap and on offer). I just think that my skin is more naturally suited to washing every 3-4 days and moisturising as much as 3x a day has really helped get my skin back to normal, especially after over a year of using BP :)


Wow, this sounds so much like my own situation! I too have sensitive, acne-prone but not overly oily skin, and I've also been thinking lately that the products I've been using just haven't been working. I won't hijack your thread (I detailed my own regimen in another thread) but I'm also now focussing on moisturising and not over washing with good results. 


I'm thinking now, I've had the same sort of results with my hair. Until recently, I washed my hair with a lot of shampoo and conditioner every 3-4 days, and it was dry and unhealthy. On a hairdresser's recommendation, I changed things up. I now wash my hair with only a 5c coin's worth of shampoo twice, then condition with the same amount of conditioner, and I only wash it every 6-7 days, using dry shampoo if I need to. My hair is in MUCH better condition now from much less washing, because the natural oils are much more in balance. 


Thanks so much for posting this! I think you're completely right. 


Good to hear that something similar has been helping you! It's been a huge thing for me. For the last 2 years it's felt like there's been no way of getting around the fact that my acne would return in full force if I stopped using BP.  There just wasn't any other way (except maybe accutane, which I didn't want to go down). And now, I just wash my face every few days and moisturise a lot, and now my skin is basically back to normal!


Your hair situation makes sense and is actually similar to what I experienced with my own hair. If I wash my hair frequently, it will look dry and unhealthy but also become oiler/smellier much faster (similar to my face's skin when I wash 2x a day, even if I'm careful washing/moisturising). Now that I wash my hair @ a similar frequency to you, everything is back to normal. My hair stays a more natural/constant oiliness, doesn't smell, and is just fine as it is with this frequency


It seems as though some of our body's are adapted to this kind of frequency of washing, though with these general recommendations for everybody (of 2x per day washing etc.) a lot of us may never figure it out.


I'll have a look at your own thread :)

In Topic: How ya feelin' about your acne today?

13 October 2013 - 07:03 AM

I feel great now. Back at uni and a new friend said that he didn't notice anything wrong with my skin. He didn't believe that I'd had acne problems in the past. Yet in August I had pretty bad skin. Only thing is I have to be strict with what I do.

In Topic: Raw Vegan

09 October 2013 - 02:34 PM

If it wasn't for the occasional serving of chicken/fish, my diet would be vegan. I don't see any health benefits in removing this though

In Topic: A Lot Of Organic Food Contains Soy. Does This Aggravate Male Acne?

01 October 2013 - 01:47 PM

Depends on your body.


I've tried breads/milks with soy and without soy, and for me, it hasn't made a single difference, so I've been eating soy as it's more convenient for me to buy. I haven't had any breakouts from it. My skin has actually felt calmer than ever. And strangely, my digestive problems have improved a lot since eating more soy products.


Eating gluten is a different story though. I get breakouts that literally come out of nowhere if I consume too much gluten. I could have calm, clean skin, sit there and do nothing, not touch my face, and I'll break out. Usually these are inflamed red spots with no visible head.


Don't cut everything out out of fear. Do experiments with yourself under controlled conditions. Having to restrict certain ingredients makes it hard to get enough quality/quantity of foods into your diet as it is. So you don't want to be making restrictions that aren't necessary.

In Topic: Acne Keloids

01 October 2013 - 12:51 PM

Thanks for your prompt reply CookieJ. I had a dermatologist once do a couple of cortisone shots on my keloids, and they then went flat. But, I had a massive breakout after that, which got me started on accutane in the first place. This made me think that I am allergic to steroids. I saw another dermatologist about a month ago, and she said to wait for a few months after accutane before taking any more action with a cosmetic surgeon. But I have suffered from acne from such a long time, that I hope to resolve it asap, especially the keloids, since they are uncomfortable whenever I sweat. I am really not sure why is the accutane not working in my jawline?


That's strange, I agree.


When I went to my doctor a few years ago, he prescribed me this steroid tape (which you put on the keloids for 12 hours a day) is supposed to flatten the keloids (much like the injection). It worked, but once I stopped using the tape, my keloids actually became lumpy again, and got even bigger.


The tape caused me to break out in nearby regions. Maybe that's similar to what you experienced?