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stuff i've learnt about acne and some of my thoughts regarding the subject. -researching acne is 100% important when trying to "cure" yourself. there is different types of acne. all have specific treatments. (some skin problems are not even acne) - it important to educate yourself on post acne marks & acne scars + how to treat them. it is easy to mistake post acne/ skin damage for active acne. -sodium lauryl sulfate (aka "SLS" for short) is an ingredient in most acne soaps but should be avoided if you have sensitive skin as it causes redness/irradiation. - get out of the mindset of thinking acne is solely a top layer skin problem which needs to be scrubbed or washed away. this mindset leads to unnecessary skin damaged and lines the pockets of the companies which were created drain our pockets with their "cures". -aspirin topically, over night, works well on under the skin acne lumps. research aspirin masks health and safety before using (under the skin acne lumps are caused by a mix of blocked pores, hormones and poor diet.) -exfoliation is important but should not be over done. (lightly rubbing your face a simple towel works well) -poor diet /binge eating normally has a delayed reaction, in my experience it shows up in the skin within 2 days. - in my experience exessive sugar and fizzy drinks are 100% bad in respect to acne. -sometimes we cause our own misery. you can not expect your skin to be clear if your constantly picking, over washing and attacking it with soaps/washes. -cut your fingernails short and limit your time in front of the mirror. -vitamins can often greatly help improve redness,acne and promote skin healing. -benzoyl peroxide cream (BP cream) should only at 2.5% or 5%. 10% is too strong. also worth noting BP cream can cause redness and drying. so should only be used in a very small amount to initially "kill" a spot and not used after that. - BP cream can also prolong post acne marks. -doctors / gp's have very little time for acne. they will often just hand you a bag of pills. your have much more success in using research via google or acne.org forum than just solely trusting your doctor. -no one, male or female, should be ashamed of using makeup. imo your goal should be to dull down the redness of a spot or lump not try and hide it. (simply dulling down a single red spot on someones face can greatly improve your overall look) -excessive touching your face can cause spots - never blindly trust anyone or buy into hype of a "cure". what works for one person might not work for you. and lastly, some advice i once heard from a bodybuilder on youtube which i think can be applied to acne.. never compare your self to others, you should only compare yourself to yourself. ie is your skin better today than it was last week or last month or even a year ago? (for me,now i dont have bright red, sun burnt type acne. mainly due to info on acne.org forums )
Not sure if anyone else has experienced this, but I have been told by two different doctors that I have Seborrheic Dermatitis, specifically on my chin and chin only. I am a 22 year old male, I live in Colorado where the weather is dry with low/no humidity. This condition has lasted for about 6 years. I grew up believing it was acne, and therefore treated my chin as acne. The truth is, my SD causes pimples on my chin. My SD could have been caused by the climate I live in, the food I eat, the treatment of harsh benzoyl peroxide products, oral antibiotics, genetics, some factor I don't know of, or all of the above. My face will either produce surplus sebum levels leading to a breakout or dry, tight, flaky skin which also leads to breakouts. I have removed sodium lauryl sulfate products, and this has helped. Ketoconazole has SLS in it, which helps with my SD, but still causes breakouts. I have also tried taking it orally. My current routine is T/Sal Therapeutic Neutrogena Shampoo at night sometimes followed by Aczone. In the morning, I only use sea salt with water. Currently take a strong probiotic, turmeric pill, and zinc. I have tried many other supplements and tropical creams and nothing appears to work. I do believe what I eat affects SD as well. Looked into taking Accutane, have not decided if it is worth it or not. Thoughts?
Hello everyone Basically, I'm wondering if anyone here uses skin cleansers with sodium lauryl sulfate in them? I use the acne.org stuff but being in the UK, it's quite expensive, I really do need to find a cleanser in the UK I can use, but everything I look at has this sodium lauryl sulfate stuff in it! I have always tried to avoid it but is it really that bad? It's in everything! I was looking at Cetaphill gentle Daily Skin Cleanser, it would be so much cheaper but it has sodium lauryl sulfate and cetyl alcohol, but I hear so much good stuff about it! Maybe I'm being too gentle with my skin? I don't have acne, I keep it down with the regimen, so maybe I don't have to keep buying acne.org cleanser, maybe something like the Cetaphill will work and maybe clean my skin a bit more? I always find the acne.org stuff leavs dead skin still on my face, I'm just stuck for ideas!