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#3483787 How Do I Stop This? I Have Tried Almost Everything

Posted by Hope7 on 08 June 2015 - 04:42 PM

If the witch hazel contains alcohol then it is not good to use as it may just cause more irritation.

Why are you not leaving the benzoyl peroxide on overnight? It is probably having little if any effect if you just leave it on for 5 minutes.  Just my opinion.

Have you seen any improvement in your skin?

#3479913 Bumps On Forehead/temples Won't Go Away!

Posted by Hope7 on 04 May 2015 - 02:24 PM

Your acne is very mild and you are a pretty girl regardless.

Looks to me like maybe you just need to us a topical that contains either benzoyl peroxide or salicylic acid to dry up the small blemishes.

What are you currently using on your face?

#3476644 Comments Welcome On Skin Texture Please Following Fraxel, Co2 And Ipl

Posted by Hope7 on 01 April 2015 - 02:48 PM

I agree with tracy521, your skin looks friggin awesome!


if you are looking for a moisturizer I have just discovered one by eltaMD and I love it, and it contains no ingredients that can clog pores. Just a suggestion.


Otherwise I personally wouldn't do anything to your skin. Looks great.

#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.

#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.

#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.

#3423711 Flaking And Dryness, Should I Stop Caring!?

Posted by Hope7 on 01 April 2014 - 11:28 AM

Personally I am not a fan of jojoba oil as it made my daughter break out a bit but if you want to try it I'm sure you can buy it in the UK at a health food store.


What moisturizer are you using? If it is non irritating and doesn't contain oil you can apply as much of it as you want.

#3420831 Why Does My Face Turn Shiny After Using Cleanser?

Posted by Hope7 on 17 March 2014 - 12:03 PM

If your cleanser is making your face tight and shiny it may be too harsh and stripping your face of natural oils which is not really what you want.   You want a cleanser that cleans your face but is gentle.  Try switching to the regular cetaphil cleanser (not the one for oily skin) or if you are on the Regimen try the cleanser that goes with it That you order, it cleanse really well but doesn't over dry your skin.  And also use a moisturizer that is oil free and won't irritate your skin.

Good luck.

#3416309 Extremely Dry And Flaky Skin

Posted by Hope7 on 24 February 2014 - 12:55 PM

From what I understand the flakiness is normal and all part of the process. Cutting back on how much BP you use seems to work for some people.  If you have the right moisturizer (non comedogenic and non irritating etc )it should help and you can apply it as often as you like during the day.

My daughter started to use Dan's AHA after the first month and that helped quite a bit.  The dryness does go away after a while you just don't want to make it worse.

Other people on this forum have used the jojoba oil for the dryness and seem to really like it so you could give that a try.  Either mix it with your moisturizer or put it right on the dry areas of your face.


Good luck!