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How Do You Feel When Driving Around In A Car?

08 November 2013 - 03:30 PM

If you have acne, do you feel anxious driving around in a car? I noticed that when I have a bad breakout I get very nervous when driving next to another car, especially at stop lights and the sun is shining bright on my breakouts. Sometimes I wish I could limo tint my whole car so no one could see inside.

Cortisone Injections For Acne Cysts

15 May 2013 - 12:28 PM

I went through a really bad breakout last year and have been using a benzoyl peroxide wash to help clear up my face. Most of the blemishes have cleared away, but I have a few lingering cysts in my neck area that are driving me crazy. They've been there since last year and won't budge at all or come to a head.  I've tried chemical peels, facial steaming, heat pads, etc.  They don't hurt or look red, but they just sit there on my neck like small pea-like bumps.  I have about 3.  I can't make them drain at all so I'm convinced the infection is deep in the skin, out of reach.

I went ahead and scheduled a dermatologist appointment next week for cortisone shots. Anyone here have any experience with these? Apparently the doc injects cortisone straight into the cyst with a fine needle, which then clears up in a few days, if you're lucky.

I'm nervous about getting injections but I'd do anything to finally get these bumps out of my necks. They're so embarrassing...  The rest of my face has smoothed out almost completely but everytime I see myself in profile, I see these bumps on my neck, ugh! 

If you had these injections before, please, if you can share your experience I'd be very grateful. I have a week til my appointment and just want some reassurance or cautionary words.  Thanks board!

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15 May 2013 - 02:03 AM

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Desperate And Have Acne All Over? Try This Now!

28 March 2012 - 12:46 AM

Hey guys,

I've been on the org for awhile and just wanted to share this with everyone.  Especially those people who've tried everything and still can't get any relief from resistant acne lesions.  Maybe you can try and supplement your current acne treatment with this simple and effective remedy.  It works all over your body, it's cheap, and it works!  What is it?  An epsom salt bath!

I just recently discovered the benefits of salts in treating acne (sea salts and epsom salts, I use epsom).  I tried the OCM (oil-cleansing method) which didn't agree with my acne-prone skin, and left me with a severe breakout where I had cystic acne on my cheeks, and clogged pores all along my jawline.  I was panicking for awhile until I discovered salt treatment.  Now, everything is clearing right up and I feel more at peace with my skin.  I don't wake up wondering if my skin is better or worse, I know that it's better everyday.

The way it works is by drawing out toxins from your body, and stimulating natural chemical reactions in your body promoting wound healing, and kills bacteria festering in your skin and acne lesions.  Most bacteria cannot survive in a salt environment, the same concept as preserving meats with salt, etc.  This is especially effective if you have a back or face full of open pus/blood-oozing spots and just want relief.

Anyway, all you do is fill a bathtub with warm water, add a generous handful or two of epsom salt or sea salt while the water is running, spread it around the tub so it dissolves evenly.  Then you soak in the tub for 15-30 mins, making sure you cover all the areas you want to treat.  The most important areas for me is my back and face, so I make sure that those areas are completely submerged.  Practice breathing through your nose just above the surface of the water.  Just relax and think good thoughts, imagine your body detoxifying and your acne bacteria dying :)

After soaking, rinse off with warm water, pat dry and go to bed.  You can add in your other regimen steps afterward if you like.  If anything, just make sure to wash your face before getting in the tub so the salt solution can penetrate your skin better.  A light application of moisturizer can help if you feel a bit dry, but try not to layer all your medications on too thick after doing this.  Let the salts work!  

That's it!!  Try this out a few times as a supplement to your current regimen and I guarantee you'll see improvement in your acne.  Make sure to drink a glass of water afterwards.  The salt does enter into your body and can make you thirsty.  This has helped to completely clear my back (along with a daily salicylic acid wash), and is now helping my face as well.  The salts are super cheap, you can find them in any drugstore.  Nothing to lose, clear skin to gain :)