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  2. Usually an Nd:Yag pulsed laser is used to treat moles, tattoos, and other dark spots. Some can be removed in just one treatment session, others may take longer, your dermatologist can advise you.

  3. There are no images, assuming that was an error. Also, if you suspect something fungal or eczema, you should probably see a dermatologist.

  4. Your routine does look simple, so it could be the products. I would suggest eliminating/adding one type of product at a time so you can see what is working. When you experiment with too many variables at once, you don't really know which one is working. There may very well be a combo that works, but if you experiment haphazardly, you'll either get subpar results or may end up using more products than you really need. 

  5. After lancing, it can take 1-2 weeks for the wound to heal. I'd give it a little time to resolve. Then check with the doctor or dermatologist who treated the cyst.

  6. Definitely, see a dermatologist about what is best for your skin.

  7. Do Chemical Peels work for acne?

    Forums General acne discussion 3 replies

    Since they exfoliate your skin, it may seem to get worse initially, as the peel will bring stuff from the inside to the surface. In the long run, you will probably see some benefit. They are a good complement to other treatments. If you do try it, please post an update.

  8. Magnesium Oil is working!!

    Forums General acne discussion 28 replies

    That's amazing. Your skin looks like it's on its way to 100%. Thanks for the info. 

  9. Acne help & advice please

    Forums General acne discussion 1 reply

    I can take 6-8 weeks for antibiotics to start working, so you may not see results right away. Take as prescribed and follow your doctor's instructions exactly to get the best results. Maintain your regular skincare, but be gentle.

    Good luck.

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  11. Undiluted essential oils of any type should not be applied directly to the skin of the face, they are very concentrated. Each one is different and ones like lavender are considered safe. Tea tree oil is very strong and should be diluted. 

    These oils are in many products, but they are diluted. Even so, some people react to them so you have to be careful. Just because they are natural doesn't mean you will not react. Try diluting a few drops with about 20-40 drops of alcohol-free witch hazel. Apply once or twice a day with a cotton swab. Be sure to get alcohol-free witch hazel, or you'll dry out your skin too much, which will cause it to produce more oil.

  12. There are spots that people who tan a lot get, not dark spots on the face, but spots on their torso, that are caused by a fungus. Often they use Head and Shoulders to get rid then. I mention this because the spots are caused by a fungus related to the dandruff fungus.

    So it doesn't surprise me that H&S would work on body acne. If you are using it on your face, be very careful because it is drying. You could just dab it on the pimples so that you don't dry out your entire face. And, of course, moisturize afterward.

    Hope this helps.

  13. I give up.

    Forums General acne discussion 12 replies

    You could also try washing your face with one of the micellar cleansing waters. Just swipe your face with a few cotton balls of the stuff. It's super gentle. Sometimes I only wash my face at night, either the water or gentle cleanser depending on its state, and just rinse in the morning. And you should still be moisturizing.

    Also, remember that everyone's skin is different, so that is why you often see conflicting opinions. One other piece of advice I have is to not try too many new things at once, or you'll never know which one is working. It's possible a combination will get you the best results, but you should add new things in one at a time.
    Good luck.
  14. Charcoal mask disaster!!

    Forums General acne discussion 4 replies

    Keep moisturizing, that can help with the dryness. Otherwise, leaving it alone is best. You can rinse it with water, or try one of the micellar waters if you want to cleanse it. Exfoliating can help with flakiness, but be sure your skin is ready for it. If it's dry, try BeautyRx Skincare Advanced Exfoliating Therapy Pads, they have glycolic acid which is very gentle. Just wipe lightly, don't scrub.

    Good luck.

  15. Be careful about using products that dry out your skin. If you wash your face too often or use products that are too harsh, it can cause your skin to produce more oil, and then more breakouts. It seems like you are on the right track, just use lukewarm water and maybe in the evening a gentle cleanser if you think you need it. Sometimes in the morning I just rinse my face with water and use a little non-alcoholic witch hazel as a toner. I like Thayers, but you can choose whatever you like, just make sure no alcohol, as that will dry out your skin.

  16. Super hard to keep from doing, but much better if you don't.

  17. First, I like the way you applied the scientific method and eliminated one thing at a time. @Michelle Walden is correct, sometimes it is not diet at all. Although you should continue your efforts to eliminate sugar, since you will be generally healthier if you do.

    You didn't mention whether or not you have seen a dermatologist, if you haven't, you should. Review your skincare regimen, maybe it needs to be switched up. You could be drying your skin, which causes more breakout, since your body will produce more oil. If you don't want to go total caveman, try micellar water instead. Wash your face in the evening only and just rinse with water in the morning. Always use moisturize.

    You may have to play with products, everyone's skin is different so it may take a while to find the winning combination. I don't know how you feel about taking medication for your acne, but it may be something to consider. 

    Good luck.

  18. Moisturising...yes or no?

    Forums Oily skin 8 replies

    Dr Obagi has a good reputation. He's been a dermatologist for 30 years and has written books on skin care.

  19. I like the product and when I like something, I get excited and like to share. It's just my opinion. No intention to break the rules.

  20. Washing your face too much can cause the skin to become oilier, so that may have been a factor. And it is annoyingly trial and error for everyone. I might add a moisturizer at night to your routine, and maybe a once a week exfoliation if your skin reacts well to that. 

    Many times I only use cleanser at night and just rinse my face with water in the mornings, this seems to work well.

  21. Washing with only water

    Forums Other acne treatments 4 replies

    Try micellar or cleansing water to remove sunscreen at the end of the day.

  22. It could be, or it could also be doing its job too well. If you dry out your face too much, your skin will begin to produce more oil to compensate. Try backing off on the clay mask a little, maybe only once a week. Wash your face twice a day -- no more. You may even want to skip cleanser in the morning and just wipe it with a damp cloth. 

    Always use moisturizer, try one formulated for oily skin. I like alcohol-free witch hazel for toner to restore pH. It's up to you. Also, try not to touch your face.

    Good luck

  23. Toner of alcohol-free witch hazel might help. Toner can help soothe the skin and reduce inflammation. I use Thayers. Try not to touch or pick at it, it needs to heal.

  24. It's all trial and error, and not everything works for everyone. That's why you should do them one at a time, otherwise you won't know which one is working. Some things do work better together, but you have to set a baseline first with one product, then add others singly and just keep adding and subtracting until you find the right combo. It's like a little science experiment.

    Exfoliating also helps, if your skin can take it. They do eventually go away.

    Good luck.

  25. It is frustrating, made even more so by the fact not every treatment works on everyone, you really have to trial and error it. Underneath all that, you need to the usual: maintain a skincare routine, drink plenty of water, and eat well.

    I would caution you about two things: try not to touch your face AT ALL. And don't overwash your face. No more than twice a day, if you have super oily skin you may be able to get away with washing it only at night and just using a damp cloth in the mornings.

    There are some lasers that can treat both active acne and redness, check with your derm if you decide to go that route. You may not be ready yet, but if some of the scars are persistent, you may want to think about it.

    Good luck.

  26. We're usually not the best judges of how our skin looks to others, but are the best judges of what is right for us. You must weigh the risks for yourself. I personally prefer RF Microneedling, there are many new and very good devices for this that give good results. My derm uses a device by Cutera. My cousin who is a nurse practitioner has said they are highly recommended.

  27. I'd also suggest not being too aggressive with washing and scrubbing, etc, because this can aggravate it more. I know it's hard not to do.