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Everything posted by greentiger87

  1. Be careful with sprouting buckwheat. I've added a lot of buckwheat to my diet recently, for unrelated reasons. The buckwheat *plant* contains large amounts of fagopyrin (a structurally interesting compound related to hypericin from St. Johns wort). The compound is phototoxic, and orally bioavailable.. it builds up in your skin after eating it. All the human case studies I've read (easily searched for on the net) are of people juicing or otherwise consuming fresh buckwheat greens or shoots. On ex
  2. Rarely, people do react poorly to salicylic acid - it's termed salicylate sensitivity. However, it doesn't manifest itself as a normal acne breakout. In the product you're using, the salicylic acid is really just there for kicks; it does hardly anything because the pH is too high and the product gets washed off before it can penetrate. So I wouldn't characterize this as a "purging" breakout. More than likely the problem is the exfoliating beads. I'd venture to say a majority of people respon
  3. What moisturizer are you using? If you're having excessive dryness, then you should definitely try to do something about it. Minimizing flakes isn't just about looks - properly moisturized skin will respond to DKR faster and better because 1) moisture is necessary for the normal desquamation process and 2) moisturized skin will heal better. You should probably wait another months or so before you add in any major variables like EVOO though.
  4. I took a very long break from the interwebs, to increase my productivity. It worked, a little too well - I started being accused of being a workaholic. So I'm dipping my toe back in When I went back and used better search terms, I was able to find some research about ZAG and desquamation. Interestingly, a couple of papers referred to the ZAG protein as "lectin-like", suggesting it binds to amino sugar signaling molecules. But it also has in vitro ribonuclease and protease activity. There's
  5. What topical products have you tried? A one-two punch of a good AHA product and then BP should give you significant relief. The tough skin on the chest and back really benefits from an AHA.
  6. I can say with reasonable confidence that zinc alpha-2 glycoprotein is not a matrix metalloproteinase. ZAG is a glycosidase, which has a very different immediate function than a metalloproteinase. I don't mean to rain on your parade though, I do think this is something we should pay attention to. Another question though: Have you been able to find a citation or primary source for the contention that ZAG helps break up the corneocyte intercellular matrix? This is possible, because a couple of
  7. Propylene glycol is not comedogenic - it's a small simple diol. In fact, it's often used as a carrier/vehicle in comedogenicity tests! As for the Gentle Skin Cleanser, the SLS is at an incredibly low concentration compared to how its normally used. This evidenced by the lack of foaming. SLS is considered comedogenic because it irritates/causes inflammation, rather than actually "clogging" the pore. Without it, there would be no cleaning going on at all. The tiny amount is what makes it "gen
  8. You're right, BP preparations are usually slightly basic because benzoyl peroxide is unacceptably unstable in acidic environments. But this instability is exactly what you'd want when benzoyl peroxide is on your face, so I wouldn't worry about that too much. This is me thinking out loud: The oxidative capacity is likely exhausted quite quickly once the chemical is absorbed into the skin, as it's also unstable in the presence of pretty much any organic material, particularly those full o
  9. Sometimes AHA products are held behind the counter, even though you don't need a prescription. Just ask the pharmacist on duty. The brand name "Alpha Hydrox" products are properly formulated and commonly available. AmLactin is another popular brand that contains lactic acid, but I can't vouch for its formulation. Walgreens carries a store brand AHA that is effective.
  10. This. Staying properly hydrated is obviously good for you, but if you're dehydrated enough that it's making your skin dry, you'd have a lot of other, much worse symptoms. Dry skin usually means that your skin isn't shedding fast enough, though it can also be more directly related to the lipid content of the epidermal intercellular matrix. Skin cells should desquamate (fall off) long before they get far enough away from epidermis to be noticeably dry. However, even this desquamation process requi
  11. Verrrrry carefully. J/k Anyway, it really depends on what the toner is, and what its being used for. The word "toner" means almost nothing nowadays - its become a catchall term for usually water based, thin liquid products with fairly dilute active ingredients. It used to have some connotation of astringency (hence the "tone"), but that's inconsistent at best in todays world. If its for delivering an active ingredient to an already clean face, then you should just drop some into the palm of
  12. Oh? I just looked it up on Amazon I believe, obviously wasn't thorough enough. But if it is beta-carotene, then it's totally useless... unless you're deficient in vitamin A. The conversion of beta-carotene to active vitamin A is tightly regulated, and definitely won't reach levels therapeutic for acne. Once the need for vitamin A is met, the conversion stops. That's why its more safe
  13. Benzoyl Peroxide is safe to use with Differin, though applying them at different times is still advisable, to reduce irritation. Don't spot treat with it... its much better at prevention then treatment. Spot treating with BP can impede healing and exacerbate discoloration. Salicylic Acid, if your skin isn't sensitive. Again, apply at different times, or even spot treat. Be careful about choosing an effective, well formulated product with a proper pH... common drugstore SA formulations are oft
  14. First off, your bacne is really minimal. Honestly, you'd make better use of your time working up the courage to stop caring about it than trying to completely eradicate it. But, I know the dream of perfectly clear skin is sometimes irresistible... so here are some options, in no particular order. If you're using tea tree oil in a facewash, its just being rinsed down the drain. There just isn't enough of it being absorbed into the skin to have any effect. On top of that, tea tree oil is a pre
  15. I have no idea how you guys control every variable to such a degree that you're satisfied about isolating one food and deciding it caused a breakout. I'm not saying its not possible, I just don't understand how you do it. When I was breaking out, so much of it was utterly random and unrelated to my diet choices, or perhaps related with long stretches of time in between cause and effect (and making things even more complicated, different time delays for different foods). Not to mention all the ot
  16. It is fine if you don't go overboard. For Christ's sake, the iPledge pamphlet doesn't even mention alcohol consumption on Accutane. Get off your soapbox. Plenty of people have drank on Accutane and lived to tell about it. If you're so scared of rare health risks, you shouldn't even be on Accutane in the first place. The science suggests drinking in moderation while on Accutane is safe. Some preliminary evidence (early 90's) suggested alcohol intake might reduce the effectiveness of Acc
  17. Accutane was modeled after a natural compound (Vitamin A), but slightly modified such that it was effective with fewer side effects. Vitamin A, in reliably therapeutic doses for cystic acne, is highly toxic. So I was a little perplexed by your post. But reading the ingredients of Herpanicine cleared things up. It's 12,500 I.U. of Vitamin A, and relatively small amounts of Vitamin E and selenium, with a handful of random herbs thrown in. They suggest you take 1 - 3 pills, twice daily...a maxi
  18. It's also yummy, which is a nice plus. I think I've belabored the Vitamin A point enough - if you don't understand it... ::shrugs:: It's not gonna hurt you.
  19. Wait, I'm honestly totally clueless about marketing/business... but isn't the whole point of marketing to increase sales? Wouldn't the profits from the increased sales pay for the marketing?
  20. I dunno, that sounds like a best case scenario to me. I'd love for people to *think* I'm taking steroids. But yeah, no one cares. People are far too concerned with there own workouts. Besides, just the fact that you're at the gym - there's a mutual sense of desire to better yourself. This is why novices should never be afraid to go use the free-weights for the first time - no one's going to judge you for being a newb, like you think they might. If anything, they jump at the chance to help so
  21. Really? Interesting... could you post a link if you can?
  22. This ^ I know it feels weird, but you have to actively add more fat to your diet. It's really okay! And I have a separate bottle of high quality olive oil that I take shots off too... my friends think I'm nuts. But it's pretty commonplace in Spain/Italy/Greece to do exactly that! My other "out the door" meal is Kefir with a sprinkle of stevia. The acidity/carbonation of the Kefir balances the after taste of stevia, and it's so filling! Provides calm, steady energy for the rest of the morning.
  23. Eww Eww Eww. What if some of the board members did a viral marketing campaign of some sort?