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#3473749 Acne Is Getting Worse... What Shall I Do? :(

Posted by Hope7 on 05 March 2015 - 03:36 PM

amy27 - I agree that JLopez has good advice for you.  The other thing that came to mind is what are you using to exfoliate? It is best to stay away from products that contain 'scrubbing particles' as they can actually cause microscopic tears in your skin which only cause further irritation and make your skin worse. Try and be as gentle as you can and make sure anything you put on your face is non-comedogenic.  If you want to check your beauty products for irritants look at www.cosdna or www.beautypedia where they review all sorts of beauty products.  If that is you in the picture then you are a very beautiful girl - so be confident!


whaatsheorda - your acne is pretty mild in my opinion.  The regimen would probably work quite well for you -  ie. mild cleanser, 2.5%benzoyl peroxide and non-comedogenic moisturizer.  Might be worth a try. Also Jlopez has good advice. Good luck!

#3472136 How Long Before The Flaking Stops?

Posted by Hope7 on 18 February 2015 - 02:59 PM

Sorry for the late reply - for some reason I don't get notified if someone quotes me or responds even if I ask for notifications.

Anyway, my daughter used the AHA both morning and night, in the morning just on it's own and at night mixed with moisturizer.

Hope you found what works for you!

#3469562 Moisturizing After Tea Tree Oil Use?

Posted by Hope7 on 27 January 2015 - 01:34 AM

In my opinion it is best to use tea tree oil as a spot treatment rather than all over your face.  You don't have a lot of blemishes so it should work well that way. If you want to put moisturizer on top of the tea tree oil a gentle moisturizer might be best rather than one with salicylic acid so you don't irritate your skin. 

You could always wash your face in the morning and then apply the moisturizer with salicylic acid.  Then in the evening clean your face and apply the tea tree on certain spots and maybe just leave it (ie. no moisturizer at overnight).  I don't know your skin so if it is very dry then maybe you need moisturizer overnight, sometimes you just need to try things for a bit to see what works for you.

Just my two cents worth!

Good luck.



#3459152 Hormonal Acne And Actual Adrenal Treatment-Anyone Thought About It

Posted by Hope7 on 08 November 2014 - 02:23 PM


Sorry to hear of your struggles but don't give up!

I don't know where you live, but if you are in Canada there is a line of products by Lorna Vanderhaeghe which my daughter and I have both used with success.  Lorna is well known here and you can read about her products and research on her website www.healthanimmunity.com (she also has several books on women's health).

FYI I am in no way associated with her I have just found her products to be of a good quality and very helpful. These are herbal supplements and not prescriptions so it usually takes a few months to see the benefit.

My daughter takes Adrenasmart (support for the adrenal glands) and has noticed a difference in her overall mood and stress level. I take Glucosmart (helps with blood sugar levels) and we both take Estrosmart.  You may benefit from Estrosmart as well which helps balance your hormones.  Anyway it may be worth taking a look at her literature. Just a suggestion!

Good luck.

ps. I have read articles that say that drinking spearmint tea (not peppermint) everyday helps reduce androgen levels.

#3455302 Do You Think All Acne And Health In General Can Be Made Better?

Posted by Hope7 on 09 October 2014 - 03:21 PM

Sorry to hear of your struggles.

I would say 'stay positive' but I realize that is easier said than done.

If you can stand looking at more supplements I would suggest that you check out a line of products by Lorna Vanderhaeghe (specifically Glucosmart and/or Sleepsmart). Not sure where you live but Lorna is based in Canada and has a wealth of information (and several books - some free online) for all women on numerous issues.  My daughter and I have used several of her supplements with great results.  Of course everyone is different and I am in no way saying that they are for you - but you may be interested in taking a look at her website.

Good luck to you!

#3436759 Need Help With My Acne

Posted by Hope7 on 18 June 2014 - 11:19 AM

Hi monica23,

I am quite interested in these products and I haven't seen them before. What are the ingredients in the oil? Is there alcohol in the toner?Can't find the info on their website.

How is your progress?

#3434030 What Helps Your Extremely Oily Skin? Sensible Answers Only.

Posted by Hope7 on 30 May 2014 - 02:48 PM

FredTheBelgian, it seems to me that the point of this forum is to share information and to encourage others.  What is the point of you coming on here and simply criticizing or discounting other people's experiences?  We all know that what works for one person may not work for another, but if one suggests a remedy it may well be worth trying for another person.  None of us on here are doctors or dermatologists (you either I guess due to the nature of your comments) so we should be free to make suggestions and discuss our experiences without requiring formal documentation or citing medical studies!!

If paigems found a solution then who the heck are you to say it isn't so? You are way off base.

#3431654 Forehead Breaking Out

Posted by Hope7 on 14 May 2014 - 03:26 PM

It seems like it can be different for everyone.  For my daughter it didn't really get worse in the first 3 months, but it didn't improve at all ie. really NO difference what so ever so she almost gave up.  Then just after the 3 month mark she started to see gradual improvement.  She has been on it for 5 months now and is about 90% clear and hoping it continues.  She has also cut out drinking milk which may be a factor in her skin clearing too (hard to know really!).

Good luck.

#3430602 Dating With This Face (Pics)

Posted by Hope7 on 07 May 2014 - 04:04 PM

That is rather a gross generalization, unless you have some evidence to show that men are insulted by everyone online when they have relationship problems.


Anyway most of us on this forum are looking for support and encouragement and negative and very opinionated people are not terribly helpful.  Just my opinion.

#3430578 Clarisonic

Posted by Hope7 on 07 May 2014 - 02:06 PM

My daughter's dermatologist told her not to use her clarisonic if she had any blemishes at all because it will further irritate her skin and can just spread the bacteria around which you don't really want.  Mind you she has sensitive skin so if you don't perhaps it would be ok for you.  However the general rule seems to be to be as gentle with your skin as possible.  Personally I am not a fan of the clarisonic if you have acne, but that is just my opinion.

#3430564 Dating With This Face (Pics)

Posted by Hope7 on 07 May 2014 - 12:46 PM

I agree that you are a very kind person to respond to rocky0067, I was hoping everyone would ignore him and he would go and rant somewhere else.  Generous of you to pay attention to him.  Interesting he would join an acne forum just to spout off on this thread!

You are a lovely person, all the best.

#3426237 Nivea Soft Milk Body Moisturizer

Posted by Hope7 on 14 April 2014 - 01:15 PM

I must agree with Morgo K and I don't think that this a good moisturizer to use if you have acne prone skin and are using benzoyl peroxide. It contains several ingredients that could be a problem and irritate your skin (mainly the alcohol(s) and the perfume).

I'm sure the pharmacist meant well but I don't think it is a good choice.

Just my opinion.

#3425502 Moisturizers For The Regimen!

Posted by Hope7 on 10 April 2014 - 06:53 PM

I am not on the Regimen but my daughter has been on it for 3 months and is seeing a lot of improvement now.  So hang in there.


The Cerave moisturizers are supposed to be non-comedogenic, however it seems that no matter if they are some people still break out from non-comedogenic products!  The PM moisturizer is not as thick as the AM moisturizer maybe because the AM moisturizer has sunscreen in it (not sure?).


If you want a website where you can check out the ratings of all sorts and brands of skin products you could take a look at www.paulaschoice.com . Their ratings seem quite fair.  I always check it out if I am looking for a new product.

#3425103 Dairy Free

Posted by Hope7 on 08 April 2014 - 12:13 PM

AmberSue - you can get almond milk that is unsweetened which is the best. (The flavoured ones usually are sweetened). Fyi the unsweetened ones are about 40 calories per cup and the sweetened ones are about 120 calories per cup) Also try coconut milk (unsweetened) it is really good!

#3424673 Need A Moisturizer Recommendation

Posted by Hope7 on 06 April 2014 - 11:36 AM


I use a moisturizer made by CeraVe which I really like but I'm not sure you can get it where you live.

You could take a look at www.paulaschoice.com for ratings on all brands of moisturizers.  Their ratings are pretty fair and they tell you which ingredients are likely to irritate.  Like everyhting else it seems to be trial and error with moisturizers as one one person likes another doesn't!

Good luck.