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Resa93

Member Since 27 Nov 2013
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In Topic: Oil Cleansing Method - Ruined My Skin And Now I Can't Fix It No Matter Wh...

13 July 2014 - 11:44 PM

Just wanted to update everyone on my situation. I did the OCM in Oct 2013. It's now July. My acne is pretty much gone now, minimal scarring! Yay! My skin tone is still a little rough. It took a long time, but I got rid of my acne naturally without the dermatologist. For me, it took lots of time and learning to leave your skin alone. I now don't wash my face at all (except with plain water) and I don't scrub. Occasionally, I put some homemade toner on my face (made with 1/2 vinegar, 1/2 water, plus a few tablets of aspirin). 

 

Good luck to the rest of you! so glad it's over! 

 

Here's my acne when it was at its worst during the OCM. Note that I didn't have ANY acne (only blackheads) before I started OCM. 

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In Topic: Oil Cleansing Method - Ruined My Skin And Now I Can't Fix It No Matter Wh...

13 January 2014 - 07:34 PM

I am yet another person who had a horrific experience with the OCM. I experienced TERRIBLE cystistic acne on my forehead, cheeks and jawline and chin area. It's the worst my acne has ever been. My skin looked great for like a month and then all hell broke loose! I carried on because I believed the bullshit that it was purging! I tried switching from jojoba to grapeseed with no improvement.
I stopped just before Xmas and have seen a dramatic improvement after using tea tree wipes and witch hazel. I went to my doctor though as I still have a lot of blocked pores and new smaller breakouts. My doc has started me on Duac and Lymecyline and I am having tests to check thyroid function.
I wish I had never discovered the OCM and just gone to my doctor in the first place.

I know...I don't think people should try this at all...even if they think the oil is not pore clogging. This has been an absolute nightmare. I've managed to clear up the majority of my acne, with like 2 new breakouts every few days or so.  My skin actually is smooth again but I have so much redness, it looks like the lower half of my face is still covered with acne. This has been what is helping me if you'd like to know: wash face with Purpose bar cleanser, use Olay pro-x face brush, tone with 50% diluted raw apple cider vinegar with the "mother" with a cotton ball. I do this morning and night. If a zit pops then I put full strength apple cider vinegar on that pimple only with a q-tip. I have slightly oily skin so I don't moisturize at all and my skin doesn't dry out. At night, after I wash and put on ACV, I apply betadine with a cotton ball to the areas that look like something might pop up. 

 

Also, I drink lemon water multiple times a day. Honestly, I think the thing that has been helping the most is the Olay brush. I bought it at Christmas time, and it was the only different thing I added and my skin is finally almost cleared because of it. .


In Topic: Oil Cleansing Method - Ruined My Skin And Now I Can't Fix It No Matter Wh...

03 December 2013 - 08:54 PM

Resa93 the oil cleansing method RUINED my skin. I had great skin before and had used proactiv since I was 16 (I'm now 31). I used to get compliments in my skin all the time. I don't know what possessed me to try oil cleansing. I must say the acne.org regimen is the only thing that helped me. I first went back to proactiv because it had always worked great for me. Then added antibiotics. Nothing worked. My skin was a nightmare. I then found The Regimen. This was back in June. I started the regimen in July and have been consistently clear since the end of September. It does take some time but it's worth it. I follow the regimen using over the counter products. I wash my face with Purpose gentle cleansing wash. I use Neutrogena On the Spot benzoyl peroxide. To moisturize I use Neutrogena moisturizer for sensitive skin at night and Neutrogena with SPF 15 in the morning. You'll be tempted to exfoliate when you start getting some dryness from the BP but don't! Every time I gave in and exfoliated, I broke out terribly. The dryness subsides. I started seeing a huge improvement in my skin the first week. In my experience I would get clear and then break out again for the first couple months until I finally cleared completely. Stick with it! About 3 months into it I added in some AHA to help fade spots. If you follow the regimen exactly ( no masks, no scrubs! Although it's tempting!) I promise you'll see results! Good luck:)

Thanks for responding and for your suggestions! The method I'm using now seems to work some days but then other days I get like 10 new zits/whiteheads. It's very frustrating...just when you think it's starting to heal, it flares up again :( I think I need to get some BP..I have not tried that yet. I'm going to try to add the On the Spot stuff into my current routine. I think I'll stick with the African black soap for cleanser, use BP, and then moisturize (i just got a new moisturizer...garnier oil free gel cream). hopefully it will clear soon and thanks again! 


In Topic: Oil Cleansing Method - Ruined My Skin And Now I Can't Fix It No Matter Wh...

28 November 2013 - 08:56 PM

I did the oil cleansing method in early September and by October, I started getting 3-4 pimples on my right cheek which I thought was strange because I had never broken out on my cheeks before. Before starting, I had maybe one pimple. I was just trying to get rid of existing blackheads with OCM (used olive oil, castor oil, and tea tree). Fast-forward to today and I have terrible inflammation on both cheeks and chin and jawline. My forehead is clear of pimples but covered with blackheads and my skin looks leathery. For about a month, I had no space between pimples, it is such severe acne. I never had acne this bad even throughout puberty. My face is very raw feeling and hurts to touch. Pus keeps oozing out of my skin if I move my face a lot. I've got "hard" areas on my cheeks that feel like they are filled with pus. I have to sleep with gauze on my face to keep the acne from popping on my pillow at night. To the person who tried the African black soap, is it still working? I just got some myself and I like it so far, but it seems to really be trying out my face a lot. I'm also applying aloe vera gel (the fruit of the earth brand) to my face afterwards as a moisturizer with tea tree oil mixed in. Do you think I should be using tea tree oil...will it clogged my pores like the other oils? I don't know if aloe is enough of a moisturizer. Also, I have been using Aztec bentonite clay a few times a week as well as St. Ives Scrub (don't use that often because exfoliating hurts my acne).

What do you guys suggest. I'm so sick of this acne:((

I had the exact same reaction. I basically followed a variation of the regimen from this website... gentle cleanser, 2.5% BP, moisturiser... day and night. I really plastered my inflammed areas with the BP. This cleared me up pretty quickly, considering how damaged my face was (maybe 2 months). You may also benefit from a low dose antibiotic, nothing long-term. I started taking one and it really helped kill all that junk in my skin!

 

Try to be as gentle as you can be.

I found that when I got super crazy with the masks and whatever to get clear, it made things worse.  

 

It's been about 4.5 months since my skin looked its worst ever... and it's finally more or less back to normal. Still a lot of PIH, especially noticeable since my skin was broken out basically everywhere. Yes, it takes a while to get back to healthy normal skin but you will get there! Be patient and keep up hope. 

Do you recommend seeing a dermatologist for the antibiotic, or can you get that from a general doctor? What is PIH? Also for the BP, what kind did you get? LIke a spot treatment with BP? 


In Topic: Oil Cleansing Method - Ruined My Skin And Now I Can't Fix It No Matter Wh...

27 November 2013 - 09:57 PM

I did the oil cleansing method in early September and by October, I started getting 3-4 pimples on my right cheek which I thought was strange because I had never broken out on my cheeks before. Before starting, I had maybe one pimple. I was just trying to get rid of existing blackheads with OCM (used olive oil, castor oil, and tea tree). Fast-forward to today and I have terrible inflammation on both cheeks and chin and jawline. My forehead is clear of pimples but covered with blackheads and my skin looks leathery. For about a month, I had no space between pimples, it is such severe acne. I never had acne this bad even throughout puberty. My face is very raw feeling and hurts to touch. Pus keeps oozing out of my skin if I move my face a lot. I've got "hard" areas on my cheeks that feel like they are filled with pus. I have to sleep with gauze on my face to keep the acne from popping on my pillow at night. To the person who tried the African black soap, is it still working? I just got some myself and I like it so far, but it seems to really be trying out my face a lot. I'm also applying aloe vera gel (the fruit of the earth brand) to my face afterwards as a moisturizer with tea tree oil mixed in. Do you think I should be using tea tree oil...will it clogged my pores like the other oils? I don't know if aloe is enough of a moisturizer. Also, I have been using Aztec bentonite clay a few times a week as well as St. Ives Scrub (don't use that often because exfoliating hurts my acne).

What do you guys suggest. I'm so sick of this acne:((