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Calumma

Member Since 08 Sep 2013
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#3412914 Can People Recommend A Salicylic Acid "treatment"?

Posted by Calumma on 08 February 2014 - 04:35 AM

I was on BP treatment for a looong time, for over 20years.. Now I am happy with the 2% BHA extra strenght clear liquid by paulas choice. I use this in the evening, for daytime i use the 2% BHA gel, no other moisturizer required in my case.
I recently added retinol ( green cream) to the routine and it works beautiful!  But to be honest, the Spiro had already cleared me from my deep cysts


#3399170 Sauna - Initial Breakout?

Posted by Calumma on 05 December 2013 - 11:25 PM

Be aware that sweat leaves your skin through totally different openings than oil. So sweating does not "clean" your congested pores. Instad of this, sweat can be an irritant and cause congested pores to inflame, and it can spread bacteria over the face.

So I would definately avoid sauna if you have inflamed acne.




#3394461 Spiro For 2Nd Time

Posted by Calumma on 13 November 2013 - 07:46 AM

Oh geez, that is terrible. I hope you get used to it soon, so you can get good sleep again.




#3393054 Spiro For 2Nd Time

Posted by Calumma on 07 November 2013 - 07:18 AM

I guess icing is the best thing you can do at that state. My acne has definatly changed with Spiro. Well now of course, because it brought me so much relief. But I had a phase that lasted about 2 months where my skin was just weird: I had painful spots on my face. Like there was a cyst underneath, but it was not really hard. sometimes a bit red. But it was really painful and sometimes even itchy.

Whenever I had one of those, I had a 50/50 chance of it just disappearing, or becoming a zit. I learned that icing really makes the difference for those fellows that cannot decide whether they will stay and grow or just go. I applied my PC 10% AHA on them a few times a day, then ice them as often as possible and afterwards I put a spot of 5% BPO on them ( I had been on the regimen for the last 21 years and quit the widespread usage, but still have some here for spot treatment. I also apply it when I have squeezed clogged pores, because it prevents them from becoming inflamed)

I would say that with this regimen, about 90% of those things disappeared after 2 days without developing into a zit or cyst.

For the Rest: hang on. Spiro is really slooow.




#3392439 D H T The Sole Creator Of Acne

Posted by Calumma on 04 November 2013 - 12:23 PM

As excess sebum production was the reason for your acne, accutane solved this problem for you because your oil glands are shrunk. So no matter what shit you eat, as long as accutane is working for you, they cannot produce too much sebum even if your DHT levels are going crazy.

But this does not have to be forever. They can grow again and hormones can stimulate them to produce too much oil again, especially if our acne is hormone cycle triggered. I have seen males that got cured with roaccutane, but the girls and women I know usually had acne relapses after a few moths or years, because of the constant up-and-down stimulation in their monthly cycle..

Accutane reduces gland size, but it does not affect DHT sensitivity, at least as far as I know.

So for people that have been successful with accutane,  it is a good idea to take the good status quo as a basis to work with. This means LOW DHT stimulation by keeping hormones balanced, and a good diet.

Although accutane has suppressed your acne now, you are still genetically acne prone. And for genetically acne prone people, diet often has an influence on their breakouts. Not now, your oil glands are tiny now. But I would be careful not to stimulate them too much.




#3391435 Starting Spironolactone Today..nervous And Questions!

Posted by Calumma on 30 October 2013 - 02:20 AM

25 is really low. I am on 100 mg right from the start and did experince some headache and dizziness the first week. Now I feel nothing at all. It is not even noticeably diuretic to me. I am not thirsty, constantly peeing,  shedding or dizzy ,  I just feel normal.




#3391277 Mica Has Made Me Itchy And Break Out... Any Minerals Without It?

Posted by Calumma on 29 October 2013 - 10:01 AM

Do you get artdeco over there? They have mica , but only to a veeeery low degree.

My smashbox mineral blush is also mica free, so maybe their mineral foundation is also working.

There's a german organic brand for mineral make up that produces mica free products, I will check for you if they ship to UK. I react the same way to it btw. All their prodicts are bismuth free.

 

 

 

Yes, they do ship: http://www.chrimalux...undation,cat-44

 

Shipping costs are low and abou 4-5 working days delivery to UK. They will send you a starter pack with different shade samples of extremely fair to fair mica free mineral powder foundation. I think the english description is not great, so I would just send them an e-mail with a description of your skin tone and what you need. As you can see on the page,  they have different skin tone groups, so everyone can find his very perfect make up shade.

Every salesman here speaks english, no problem.

But you have to stress that you need mica free, because their "normal" series includes mica.




#3387349 Severe Butt Pimple (Sorry If Tmi)

Posted by Calumma on 09 October 2013 - 01:28 AM

You got to see a doctor. It may not be a pimple bit a refilling abscess that has to be removed. I had quite a lot of male friends that experienced this, has nothing to do with acne.


#3386481 When Can I Stop

Posted by Calumma on 04 October 2013 - 01:42 PM

Well as you see in my signature......maybe you will have to go on for a looooong time. But I can reassure you that my skin after all that time on BP does not look older than other people's at my age, just like normal skin. Accoding to my derm, my sklin is even less damaged than average skin at my age ( very likely because I always avoided sun or had sunscreen on because of the BP).




#3384918 I Burned My Skin With Tea Tree Oil. Help?

Posted by Calumma on 26 September 2013 - 12:59 AM

I once did that myself with tea tree oil long ago LOL, although it was a smaller space. I put on one of those sterile hydrogel compresses you put on burned wounds and can buy in pharmacies here. This lets the skin heal in a wet surrounding and less likely to scar. I would not put anything else on there that could irritate the skin further. The *killed* skin layers will now come off. Underneath there was red new skin and to be honest that red patch stayed there looong, but it did not scar.

Of course seeing a doc would be my first advise, but I know that is always a bit difficult in the USA because of this insurance thing I still do not understand how it works.




#3384340 The Regimen Vs Gym

Posted by Calumma on 23 September 2013 - 06:23 AM

It makes no sense to apply the regimen before the gym in the morning, because not only the sweat will remove it, but especially the shower afterwards. I would NOT do the regimen before your first workout, but after it. Then I would do the afternoon workout without caring about the regimen, but then do it when you get home in the evening.