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paigems

Member Since 24 Oct 2008
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In Topic: I Got This Red Bump On My Nose Somebody Please Help Life Or Death Question!

01 September 2015 - 07:10 PM

It just looks like its a cyst coming to a head. Just leave it alone for now.

In Topic: Let's Talk Acne Safe Make Up : )

26 August 2015 - 03:39 PM

I think what makeup breaks someone out will be very individual. All the makeup you listed except for the Alima would break me out. In general I think mineral makeup is best for people who are prone to acne, but some people even have problems with ingredients in mineral makeup. I would suggest for someone with acne prone skin to start by testing the very basic mineral foundations first. This include the ones that include the most basic ingredients such as mica, titanium dioxide, zinc oxide, and iron oxide.

In Topic: Rambazole, Future Acne Treatment?

21 August 2015 - 09:09 AM

This is exciting! Thanks for sharing :)

Edit: I don't see any recent info on this stuff... Can you find any?

In Topic: I've Ruined My Life

19 August 2015 - 11:32 PM

I am so, so sorry. What you've described is exactly where I was a year ago. I had just started grad school, my acne was flaring, and I was just so stressed. I did't want to leave the house but I had to. I'd pick at my face because I was stressed and then feel even more stressed because I picked. Thankfully I am in a much better place now (even though I'm not completely clear and I still sometimes pick). Everything may seem out of control right now and like it will never get better, but you need to remember that it will. Can you maybe find someone to talk to? Practice relaxation techniques? Exercise? I had to up my dose of anxiety meds to get things in check (I also suffer from panic attacks). Not saying medication is the best option for everyone, but it is an option. I hope things start getting better very soon.

In Topic: Is Accutane The Only Solution?

19 August 2015 - 11:23 PM

Wow, some interesting discussion coming out of this topic.  Definitely there is biological variability between individuals and different people respond differently to the same treatments / diet / lifestyle factors. For FierceQuince...if you look in the adult acne forum you'll see that there are plenty of people like me in the 30-50 age bracket who have tried all of the treatments and still have some issues with acne.  Some people have success clearing acne with topicals, some people have success with Accutane and some people have success with doing not much at all which is how I came to my comment that you either grow out of acne or you don't.  What I mean is that Accutane might be the answer for you but think about the potential for growing out of acne and think about the potential side effects of any treatments before you make the decision that feels right for you.

I was fascinated with lunabear7's comment about damaging the protective layer of the skin with products.  There's some emerging research from dermatologists in Mexico that the bioactive ingredients in epiology cream can target harmful bacteria while preserving the natural microbiome.  There's still a lot we don't understand about health and wellbeing.

Totally agree with everything you said. For some here topical work...they don't work for me. For others diet makes a difference...I really don't see any for me. For me, birth control, anti-androgens, accutane, and avoiding comedogenic products works for me. I agree for OP doing may not work, but it also one of the easiest things to try. I wish it was something I had done when I was their age.