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A thought

This might be completely asinine...but over the past couple of years, I've wondered to myself whether or not a low level of LDL (yes, I'm talking about LDL...the so-called "bad cholesterol") might be responsible for acne. The reasons I'm thinking this:

1. LDL carries cholesterol to the cells (as opposed to HDL which carries it to the liver). Cholesterol is an important ingredient in cell membranes. Since acne is usually caused when pores collapse on themselves from the inside...and there is a "sticky cell" phenomenon associated with acne...I'm wondering if a lack of cholesterol being transported to the cells might be responsible for poorly structured cells.

2. There has been a link found between acne and a LOW incidence of heart problems. Since LDL is known to be at least partially responsible for heart disease and the formation of plaque (although there is much debate over whether it's actually "oxidized fats/cholsterol that are responsible"), I'm thinking this also fits in line with this line of rationale.

Unfortunately, should I somehow be correct in this hypothesis...I guess there might be the tradeoff between heart disease and acne. That said, I'd take 50 years of clear skin and a fatal heart attack over 75 years of horrid skin.

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Well, the best option is to beat the acne and avoid the

heart attack. Your theory is certainly worth of merit...

It goes with another bigger picture theory that could

explain a few things. How I'm ectomorphic as is my

girlfriend, we're both 41 and still break out. Her in

a very mild way controlled by mere Stridex pads,

and me so bad I'm on a few RX's and have to be

careful in diet, sun exposure, and other things.

It's really simple. Our bodies tend not to store

fat. Where does it go then? Out of our pores.

We've also low Cholesterol / Blood Pressure.

But this may boggle your theory. My LDL versus

my HDL isn't that great. It's a bit higher I think.

But, since my overall cholesterol is so low that

isn't a problem. So at least in my case it's no.

Your regimin had a few interesting points too.

You still break out so it may have some flaw

you may not realize, if I may I'll opinionate.

> Don't wash face

The longer I go without washing regularly,

the worse my skin is. I don't do it to some

extreme though. Merely twice a day most,

occasionally once a day. My skin is just so

oily, it would look wretched and water will

not cut the oil well enough. Plus, I wash it

with a 2% Salicylic Acid cleanser that will

help break down the skin cells to slough,

and also make a clear path for medicine.

> BP will dry your skin out enough

Depends. Used correctly it ought not.

Dryness can be controlled with a non-

comedogenic moisturizier if you'd like.

> Virtually impossible with an

infinite number of dead skin cells

Exfoliation doesn't have to get rid of them

all, just enough to cut a path. I wash and

rub my face with my hands. Lots of older

dead skin comes off. It's gentler than if I

use a scrub or cloth. It's simple & works.

Even just a 70% reduction in dead cells at

the surface means a more open skin layer

below, exposed & ready for the medicines.

> The surface skin cells that you can actually

see and exfoliate aren't what cause breakouts

anyway. Pores clog from inside, and you can't

do a damn thing about that. <

Well. You put on medicine which can. Tazorac,

Differen (3% is new and better) BP and more.

They have effective keratylitic action that will

help the skin stay clearer, science has proven.

A clean, dry, oil free (oil can be a barrier that's

meant to protect skin but can get in the way of

medicine) and at least partially sloughed skin

is more open to those medicines penetration.

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Well, the best option is to beat the acne and avoid the

heart attack. Your theory is certainly worth of merit...

It goes with another bigger picture theory that could

explain a few things. How I'm ectomorphic as is my

girlfriend, we're both 41 and still break out. Her in

a very mild way controlled by mere Stridex pads,

and me so bad I'm on a few RX's and have to be

careful in diet, sun exposure, and other things.

It's really simple. Our bodies tend not to store

fat. Where does it go then? Out of our pores.

We've also low Cholesterol / Blood Pressure.

But this may boggle your theory. My LDL versus

my HDL isn't that great. It's a bit higher I think.

But, since my overall cholesterol is so low that

isn't a problem. So at least in my case it's no.

Your regimin had a few interesting points too.

You still break out so it may have some flaw

you may not realize, if I may I'll opinionate.

> Don't wash face

The longer I go without washing regularly,

the worse my skin is. I don't do it to some

extreme though. Merely twice a day most,

occasionally once a day. My skin is just so

oily, it would look wretched and water will

not cut the oil well enough. Plus, I wash it

with a 2% Salicylic Acid cleanser that will

help break down the skin cells to slough,

and also make a clear path for medicine.

> BP will dry your skin out enough

Depends. Used correctly it ought not.

Dryness can be controlled with a non-

comedogenic moisturizier if you'd like.

> Virtually impossible with an

infinite number of dead skin cells

Exfoliation doesn't have to get rid of them

all, just enough to cut a path. I wash and

rub my face with my hands. Lots of older

dead skin comes off. It's gentler than if I

use a scrub or cloth. It's simple & works.

Even just a 70% reduction in dead cells at

the surface means a more open skin layer

below, exposed & ready for the medicines.

> The surface skin cells that you can actually

see and exfoliate aren't what cause breakouts

anyway. Pores clog from inside, and you can't

do a damn thing about that. <

Well. You put on medicine which can. Tazorac,

Differen (3% is new and better) BP and more.

They have effective keratylitic action that will

help the skin stay clearer, science has proven.

A clean, dry, oil free (oil can be a barrier that's

meant to protect skin but can get in the way of

medicine) and at least partially sloughed skin

is more open to those medicines penetration.

Do you know if there's any actual science that suggests that acne treatment products are more effective when there is/are less surface oil/dead skin cells? I mean, it makes sense when you think about it...but I'm not sure how much of an effect that really has.

Personally, the main reason I gave up washing is because I just don't like the feel of it. It makes me skin feel dry immediately afterward...then it seems to add to the "shine" for some reason.

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