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Never ever ever dry out an Acne Lesion

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So,

I just wanted to share something I learned a little too late. Everytime I used to get a cyst or a big whitehead I would carefully extract the infection from the latter and then put BP or something drying on the lesion. BIG MISTAKE. If you have a lesion you should always keep it moist because during the healing process the wound needs moisture so that scar tissue is minimized. Who the heck knew? My best friend and I got into this enormous fight about it. She said moisturize, I said no. She was right. I got scarred. eusa_doh.gif

Just please, remember, do not try to dry acne lesions when they are in the healing stage. Put some polysporin or whatever. I know what you're thinking: But I wanted to kill those f'n P acnes bacteria bastards from the remote planet of Sebum. Arghhhhhhhhhhhhhhh. Be kind to your skin. It loves you and wants to protect you.

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GO and Emma, I agree with you both. But just going back to the basics....prolonged infection causes scarring. So you need to fight the infection and and keep the skin moist to aid good healing.

Melbournebloke...different strokes for different folks....

Alcohol and sulfur can be good disinfectants, but they are also too drying and irritating and that can make matters for skin worse and hurt the skin’s ability to heal. (Sources: American Journal of Clinical Dermatology, April 2004, pages 217-223 and Cosmetics & Toiletries Magazine, March 2004, page 6; and Infection, March-April 1995, pages 89-93).

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Well I have used sulphur and I have found it very irritating so when you say "if you squeeze a pimple and put sulphur on it you are saved" I know that this statement can not possibly be true for all.

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NATURAL SULPHUR

Sulphur, which constitutes about 0.06% of the crust of our planet and which is abundant in the Dead Sea, has been recognised for thousands of years by most civilizations for its therapeutic qualities. Three thousand years ago, the Egyptians used it in the production of cosmetic materials. The ancient Greeks and Romans used Sulphur for healing dermatological problems and established the first Spas around warm Sulphur springs, in which people with arthritis, rheumatism and other diseases sought relief from their discomforts. Many such Spas exist today, and Sulphur is used in the treatment of various skin disorders, such as Psoriasis, for its oil and toxin absorbing qualities, and is considered effective in the treatment of oily skin.

Sulphur influences the enzyme metabolism in the skin, stimulates hyaluronidase activity, inhibits fibroblast proliferation and modulates inflammation.

http://www.deadseaproducts.com.au/ingredients.htm

Sulphur, one of the main ingredients, is an age-old remedy used against infections and was used to help the recovery of wounds of soldiers during war.

Moisturiser is dangerous. Some acne bugs like moisturiser as food. moisturiser caused blackheads and bumps for me

Only sulphur will level out your bumps and smooth your skin. You need to dry out the bumps WHICH ARE OIL+SEBUM + MOISTURE +FATTY STUFF MADE BY BACTERIA.

THE RULE IS DESTROY OIL+SEBUM-DESTROY ACNE

It is referred to in the Bible as brimstone and it is the fourth most abundant mineral in the body, but sulphur is often forgotten as a crucial element in health, including that of our skin and nails. This vital mineral is a constituent of keratin and collagen - substances in skin, nails and hair.

Sulphur is God of acne tratments.

Sulphur is part of Collagen.

Sulphur is a natural treatment.

Our body needs sulphur.

Sulphur is an exfolient, a bacteria killer and one of the most tolerable substances.

I have dried my skin with sulphur to the extent that no bacteria can survive without the moisture of sebum.

Sulphur does not make skin red or cause cancer. No need to moisturise.

All blackheads have vanished on my nose in two weeks. I had the sulphur mask on day and night 24 hours a day, all days of the week.

As probably all people know, sulfur is very famous element. People from very early time knew it. It was used in China for so-called "burning arrows". Sulfur was source for treatment of many diseases by Greeks and Arabians. In time of Arabic chemistry, scientists in East countries used sulfur for air-conditioning of temples. One of the earliest ideas about substance was idea that all substances consist of few elements including sulfur.

In the Mid Ages sulfur was fully discovered by French scientist Antony L. Lavoisier, who included it to the list of non-metals in 1789. And, in 1822 Russian scientist E. Micherlich fully discovered its characteristics.

Now sulfur is very abundant substance and is very useful by humans. First of all sulfur is used as pesticide in the breeding of wine, cotton, grape, etc. When added to the special types of rubber, it makes it more hard and elastic. Of cause, sulfur is the main source for manufacturing sulfuric acid, which is also very useful in agriculture. Sulfur is used for manufacturing matches, gunpowder, and known by everyone luminous materials. Also, sulfur is used for producing sulfa drugs. So it is seen that sulfur is one of the most useful substances in manufacturing, agriculture and production of different useful materials.

Sulfur is hard, brittle substance, yellow colour. There are several kinds of sulfur, which have different physical properties, though they are the same element. By different methods these types of sulfur can be received. The examples of these types are rhombic sulfur and cuneiform sulfur. One of the types can be dissolved in water, but another cannot. Sulfur can react with many elements, because it has different valences +4, +6, and 2. It can react with oxygen and different acids, what makes it very strong reactant. The density of sulfur is 2.07g/cm3 and the melting point is 119.3o C. The boiling point of the sulfur is 444.6o C (if it is quickly cooled, it changes to crystals cuneiform shape). Sulfur is bad conductor of heat and electricity. It has different isotopes such as 3216 S, 3316 S, 3416 S, and 3616 S. Sulfur is the part of the strongest acid- sulfuric acid.

In the periodic table sulfur is in the Family of oxygen (16th group). It consists of oxygen (O), sulfur (S), selenium (Se), and polonium (Po) (The last one is the radioactive element). All elements in the group are non-metals. Most elements (except oxygen) have valences +4 and +6, and sometimes have valence 2. These elements are very good reactants, because of their special configurations of electron clouds. They are bad conductors of heat and electricity, as all non-metals.

The oxygen is the most abundant element in the Earth. It is very good reagent, and can make oxides with almost all elements. It is a gas without smell or colour. Because of its ability to react, it is very important for all living things.

The selenium and the tellurium are very rare elements, which can be found in many compounds with sulfur. They can also make compounds with many metals.

Polonium is radioactive element, and mostly hasnt been discovered in chemistry.

Sulfur can be found in great amounts in USA and Italy. It is also very abundant along the coasts of Russia and Ukraine (such as Crimea, Baltic Sea, etc.) In nature sulfur mostly occur in sulfuric salts, such as Na2SO4 or K2S. In organisms of animals sulfur is found in organic compounds, such as amino acids, proteins, enzymes, etc. or in non-organic compounds that are in blood, urine, saliva, milk, etc. For plants all sulfuric acids salts (SO4 2) are the most important nutrients.

There are a lot of interesting (and sometimes unknown for everybody) facts about sulfur. One of them tells us that when heated, at 160oC, sulfur becomes brown liquid, but between 190o- 300oC, its density becomes bigger and it becomes more viscose. Sulfur is the part of the sulfuric acid (H2SO4 ), the strongest acid. It makes it so strong by "catching" four atoms of oxygen. (Sulfur can do this becomes of its big valence).

Sulfur is widely used for acne treatment, or any treatment of the skin. You've heard of the famous sulfur bathes? Sulfur has a way to naturally heal problem skin. It drys skin that is too oily. It is used in areas of the world where bacteria and fungus is a problem. These germs hate sulfur!

THAT IS WHY PROACTIVE CALLS SULPHUR "PORE REFINING" TREATMENT. DRY SKIN IS NOT BAD, AS LONG AS YOU AVOID THE SUN AND OUTDOORS FOR A WHILE.

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When your skin is trying to heal from an infection, it is bad to dry it out. Why do you think that they put ointment on your skin after laser resurfacing and dermabrasion? It's because drying the skin would cause more scarring. They don't put sulphur on your skin.

I know sulphur is healing. It's great. But at different stages in the game smile.gif I'm glad it worked for you.

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Hmm... but Vitamin A creams like Tretinoin and Retinoid need no moisturization because they do that already, is that right? Not sure though

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Yeah, i didnt have a single scar before accutane, 3 months later i did, I put this down to the excessive drying accutane caused. Moisture is good!

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i feel that picking makes the zit heal much faster. When the zit is *ripe*, i squeeze the pus out, and then put manuka honey immediately. Then it heals much faster than those I never picked. And no scar left afterwards. Honey is the hardcore for healing. it kills the bacteria to prevent prolonged infection, and gives the wound a moist environment.

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Would keeping the area moisturized prevent red marks as well?

Do you think neosporin is a better alternative to BP since it doesn't dry?

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Hmm... but Vitamin A creams like Tretinoin and Retinoid need no moisturization because they do that already, is that right? Not sure though

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Would keeping the area moisturized prevent red marks as well?

I am not sure, but that would make perfect sense.

Do you think neosporin is a better alternative to BP since it doesn't dry? No, neosporin has an oil base and that will clog pores.

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Hey Rich thanks a lot.

I'm actually getting some Manuka oil this week so that should help keep the afected area healthy. And I'll look into those burn patches, have you used them before?

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Hi,

Have you guys used Proactive solution cleanser to wash your face every day.

It has 2% BP. Does it dry the skin or bad for Acne?

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i have a question.. I have a horrid breakout on my temples and want to stop it from scarring.. Is it ok to put a moisturizer like Jojoba Oil directly on the pimples? Or do i wait until the zit is starting to subside? Do you think Jojoba oil is a good option? Should i be using neosporin instead? I just ordered some hazelnut oil as well.. Do you think these type of moisturzers will be effect in stopping my skin from scarring? Im starting to get desperate, becaue the zit i have is huge.. 5 small White joined forces and creating a huge zit to destroy my SKIN..NOOOOOOOO.. hehe.. ANy help would be appreciated

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i have a question.. I have a horrid breakout on my temples and want to stop it from scarring.. Is it ok to put a moisturizer like Jojoba Oil directly on the pimples? Or do i wait until the zit is starting to subside? Do you think Jojoba oil is a good option? Should i be using neosporin instead? I just ordered some hazelnut oil as well.. Do you think these type of moisturzers will be effect in stopping my skin from scarring? Im starting to get desperate, becaue the zit i have is huge.. 5 small White joined forces and creating a huge zit to destroy my SKIN..NOOOOOOOO.. hehe.. ANy help would be appreciated

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The only moisturizer I trust is the hyalaronic acid ones which contain 4-5 ingredients and nothing else. Expensive as hell though.

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