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Bleached Eyebrows And Hair Tips - Help!

23 August 2014 - 11:32 PM

This is my 3rd time trying the acne.org regimen.  I first attempted it all the way back in 2007.  I always had issues with severe dryness and not spreading the BP out enough.  I tried again in 2012 and had the same problems as I did the first time.  Fast forward to January 2014 when I decided to give it a final try.  Because of the extreme dryness, I don't use a cleanser and only wash my face with water.  This has worked out extremely well as there is no longer any irritation and only minimal dryness.


Unfortunately I am acne prone everywhere on my face.  This means that I get pimples towards my scalp and on my lower forehead and temples near my eyebrows.  In order for me to remain completely clear as I am right now (that feels amazing to write), I have to spread the BP so that it comes in contact with my hair and eyebrows.  I have attempted to avoid my hair but in doing so, I will miss skin that needs to be treated as it is so close to my hair that it will breakout.


As a child, I had pretty light blonde hair.  Over the years it has changed to a light brown shade.  Unfortunately it is bleaching the tips of my hair and basically the entire upper portion and sides of my eyebrows which is bringing back that blonde color a bit but in a weird way.  I have been buzzing my hair every few weeks to get the bleached hair out but I obviously can't shave off my eyebrows.  Does anyone have any tips on things to put on my hair and eyebrows that will protect them from the BP?  I have tried to put Aquafor on them but it gets messy.  

Bp + Sun = Bleached Eyebrows And Hair Tips

13 July 2014 - 05:01 PM

Recently I have been getting a bit more sun and have noticed that my eyebrows and the tips of my hair are starting to bleach and get really light.  It looks awful and people are asking me if I am highlighting it.  I know BP is known to bleach clothing and towels but can it also bleach hair?  If so, any tips on how to prevent it?  I breakout near my hairline and eyebrows so I can't really skip the area.

Am I Blaming Food When It's Really Stress?

25 June 2014 - 09:19 PM

Can stress be the root of my acne?


I am an almost 27 year old guy who has had acne for 14 painful years now.  It has been cystic at times while other times manageable.  I have done EVERYTHING besides Accutane (still regret not trying it)


From 19-23 it was pretty mild and responded extremely well to a combo of a light coating of Dan's BP in the morning and Differin at night.  I ate anything that I wanted.  Fast food, dairy, tons of alcohol, and my acne stayed mild.


Fast forward to when I turned 23 and two stressful events (long term relationship ended and I got my first stressful office job) caused my acne to become consistently cystic.  From 23-25, I had 10-15 pimples at all times many of which were cystic and scarring.  Nothing worked at all.  I finally changed my diet a few months away from my 26th birthday.  No dairy, no sugar, no gluten, no alcohol, and highly anti inflammatory whole foods.  The bottom line is eating that way works wonders.  I still use my BP in the morning and night but that wasn't enough to make a dent in my acne when it was bad from 23-25.  


The problem is I have to be PERFECT on this diet.  I am terrified to deviate from it and for good reason.  One example is 2 weeks ago when I went to Vegas for the weekend.  I kept up my topical routine but decided to say fuck it and eat whatever I wanted.  So I ate out every meal, drank alcohol and just had fun for once.  It was NOT worth it.  Painful cysts and pustules all around my mouth, temples, and jawline which I am still recovering from.


This is honestly no way to live.  I can stay 95 percent clear by following a perfect diet but I am living in fear at this point.  I have never learned how to control my stress but I KNOW that deviating from my diet will cause deep pimples that scar.


Can anyone else relate to this?  Everything that I read says that stress can make current acne worse but can it actually be the cause for someone that shouldn't have acne (a 27 year old man)?



Two Weeks No Bp - Am I In The Clear?

30 March 2014 - 12:30 PM

For 14 straight years, I never went longer than maybe 5 days without BP.  In spite of all of that, I still regularly brokeout and was never really clear from BP.  Over the past 2-3 months, I have overhauled my diet and cut out anything processed.  So my diet went from a ton of fast food to only whole foods and making sure my glycemic load is always low (I follow a one ingredient rule when selecting foods.  obvious exceptions are made if it is something like hot sauce that has a few different spice ingredients.)  I also went from eating no veggies to at least 5 servings a day.


I had planned on staying on BP as a safety net, but for some reason I developed an allergy about a month ago.  Extreme dryness, itching, and eczema-like patches.  3 weeks ago, I went from applying BP twice a day in large amounts to once a day in the morning.  2 weeks ago I stopped it all together after I started developing more rashes.  In the past 2 weeks, I have continued my diet and worked on deep breathing exercises to relieve stress as quitting BP has scared the hell out of me.  I also use a moisturizer morning and night with high amounts of B3.


For those who have quit BP and gone on to start breaking out again, when did these breakouts start?  I haven't had a pimple in weeks which is the longest I have ever gone but I am still worried.

Recovering From Antibiotic Usage?

20 January 2014 - 03:30 PM

Unfortunately my lazy doctors had me on a few courses of antibiotics longer than I should have been over the years:


3 months - Zithromax

6 months - Doxycycline

6 months - Bactrim 


While I'd love to sue them for incompetency as the antibiotics did nothing but damage my body (didn't even help my acne), I understand that is a losing battle shifty.gif


Either way, at this point I am just trying to help my body recover from the heavy antibiotics and restore my gut.  Unfortunately I have noticed that I get sick more, my acne became more severe, and my overall energy levels dropped after the antibiotic courses.  I feel as though it overall weakened my immune system and my body has trouble fighting off infections now. (I've had 3 staph infections in the past year)


A few weeks ago, I started a whole foods diet and cut down heavily on dairy/sugar.  I am eating a lot of grass fed butter, EVOO, organic coconut oil, etc.  I have been reading about probiotics but many sources say when the gut is damaged from antibiotics, it will never be the same and the damage is done.  


Any advice?