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  1. you do not really need a moisturizer but they are mentally addictive. I felt ''naked'' after stopping using moisturizers, I guess similar to what women can feel without makeup. The downside of moisturizers is that they interfere with the natural process of skin shedding, my skin is in better condition after having stopped using them. Instead I use a mild lactic acid serum after showering.
  2. mineral oil, or any oil, seals off the skin and may heal it but the downside is that it also seals in everything that is clogging your pores, including the dead skin cells (keratin) that are regarded as responsible for acne
  3. yes, sounds familiar. I learned too that skin should be left alone as much as possible, I went through all the moisturizers, skin oils, diets, whatever, and concluded it did more harm than good. Unfortunately a whole (internet) industry has been build upon it. After reading interviews with 2 dermatologists, the eyeopener for me was that your skin doesn't really need a moisturizer, in the words of one of them: ''all you do is sticking dead skin cells that should fall off back to your s
  4. nice article https://www.acne.org/does-salicylic-acid-make-your-skin-more-sensitive-to-the-sun.html I would like to comment on this claim in the article: ''Salicylic acid, while only moderately improving acne, remains a popular anti-acne ingredient in over-the-counter skin treatments and makeup because it fights acne with multiple "weapons'' I found salicyclic acid very effective (only look at the list of things it does in the article), though I believe the concentration use
  5. New & clear skin forms from the inside out, therefore my recommendations are based upon stimulating this process: 1. To renew your skin faster : use retinoids as these increase the cell turnover of your skin. If they make your skin flaky: that's a good thing, as this proves your skin is renewing itself. If you don't like flaky skin, use a mild exfoliator (see 2) instead of a moisturizer (see 4) as moisturizing means sticking those dead skin cells back to your skin, something you don't w
  6. probably keratin https://www.acne.org/the-role-of-hyperkeratinization-in-acne.html
  7. I would recommend trying a gel with salicyclic acid. Salicyclic acid enters the pores deeply and dissolves anything clogging them (hardened sebum or keratin) Use At least 2%, but best would be a little stronger so ask your pharmacist to make a 6% alcohol free salicyclic acid gel. Best of luck.
  8. those bumps are mostly likely keratin plugs, caused as you mention by too harsh skin treatment. Use products that dissolve keratin: - gel with 2% - 6% salicylic acid - lotion with at least 10% urea (urea also hydrates your skin) and / or use tretinoin cream, this pushes the plugs to the surface (warning: this initially makes the problem looks worse) look up keratosis pilaris for more info (this skin condition is basically the same problem you have)
  9. no worries, keeps the post at the top If your skin is clear and you don't have flaky or very dry skin, I wouldn't spend that much money on a 3% SA and 20% urea cream as this strength is too solve a skin problem, not for daily use. For daily use maybe try to add or exchange your SA serum for a 10% urea lotion, assuming this is for sale in your country, as urea hydrates your skin while also exfoliating it like SA does.
  10. whatever your skin issue, the main thing I learned is not to dry out your skin. This causes all kinds of problems, including clogged pores as it messes up your normal skin shedding proces. Creams or lotions containing urea are still good as urea is a natural skin hydrating substance.
  11. I currently use a gel called Akerat 30 (from company called Eau Thermale Avene) that contains 30% Urea and salicyclic acid. It works very well for me, I can feel it is slowly dissolving all the hardened stuff which I assume is keratin underneath my skin. The product is sold as ''gel for keratosis prone and scaly skin''. The 3% salicylic acid and 20% urea product you mention sounds good to me, that is if you believe your skin is clogged with keratin. Note that keratin is hard, so not like p
  12. if the white bumps are caused by hard transparent/whitish pieces or seeds than it could be keratin plugs (your nails and callus areas are also mainly keratin, so similar color). Keratin can only be dissolved by urea (in 20%+ concentration) or salicyclic acid. The advantage of urea is that it hydrates the skin as well, the skin produces keratin when it's dried out or damaged, and salicyclic acid products can dry out the skin in my experience.
  13. I believe that anything that causes damage to the skin can make the skin produce keratin. Look for example at milia (which is also keratin clogging pores): Secondary milia, which develop as a side effect of certain diseases, such as herpes zoster, contact dermatitis, and leishmaniasis, and traumas, including blistering, sun damage, dermabrasion, or medications like corticosteroids, and are located next to sweat ducts. https://www.acne.org/what-are-milia-and-do-they-relate-to-acne.html
  14. I do not want to sound like a broken record but the plugs I see in the photos are most likely keratin. And what works best against keratin is a cream with urea in high concentration (20% or more) as this breaks down the keratin. Keratin is extremely difficult to get rid off, your nails are made of keratin too so you can imagine how hard that stuff is. Salicyclic acid helps too but the downside is that it dries out the skin and keratin forms when your skin is broken, dried out or damaged so
  15. something to think about: Keratosis pilaris can affect 50–80% of teenagers and up to 40% of adults. https://www.skinsight.com/skin-conditions/adult/keratosis-pilaris and kerotosis pilaris is nothing else than keratin clogging a pore and can be deep under the skin too, not just close to the surface like in those photos. Looking at those numbers, I would not be surprised that what many think is acne / clogged pores, is actually keratin and urea is the best solution for this, bu
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