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  1. This is the most important thread on this entire forum.
  2. Thanks! This is very helpful. I do take Vitamin C, but I'll start taking it at the same time as iron now. I'm not going to start eating any animal products, so I have to stick with the iron supplements. How much iron do you think I should be taking? Currently on 35 mg of Elemental Iron (from 300 mg of ferrous gluconate USP), once per day with lunch. I also take 2x1000 IU of Vitamin D twice per day (4000 IU per day total), 500 mg of Vitamin C per day, and one Omega-3 (600 mg EPA, 300 mg
  3. It turns out my original suspicion that the zinc caused my staph/folliculitis was correct. Check out my new thread https://www.acne.org/forums/topic/383682-staphfolliculitis-cleared-by-stopping-zinc-and-taking-iron/
  4. Still completely clear 11 days after posting this. Making it about one month since I stopped zinc, started iron, and became clear. Haven't been washing with anything except Head and Shoulders on my scalp and a simple face wash from Neutrogena every 2 or 3 days. I am 100% convinced that stopping zinc and/or taking iron was the solution for me. I plan on reintroducing zinc soon to see if I can stay clear while taking both zinc and iron.
  5. I've been suffering from folliculitis and/or staph infections for years in my scalp and beard. It has been on and off, but so has my zinc intake (more on that later). Doctors had trouble diagnosing exactly what was going on but I can describe it. Painful, itchy, and/or burning. Bulging oozing whiteheads that I would scratch off (didn't have to pop like typical pimples, they were usually very soft and on the surface and ready to go). They would come back either white, or yellow or gree
  6. Okay, I figured it out. here's a post I made on Reddit summarizing the whole thing: I've been suffering from folliculitis and/or staph infections for years in my scalp and beard. It has been on and off, but so has my zinc intake (more on that later). Doctors had trouble diagnosing exactly what was going on but I can describe it. Painful, itchy, and/or burning. Bulging oozing whiteheads that I would scratch off (didn't have to pop like typical pimples, they were usua
  7. Today I developed several other big, red, hard spots on the outside of my nose. On the bridge and in the seam between my nose and my cheek. I don't ever get these. They are not like the folliculitis, there's no hair or whitehead or anything. I am fully attributing this to the use of HIbiclens in my nostrils yesterday and the several hours of burning and irritation and mucus flushing I had. (The TAO didn't actually help in the end). I even woke up still irritated. So... I don't know w
  8. Wow my nostrils were more irritated this time than ever, I spent an hour blowing it after applying the Hibiclens. On sort of a whim I went and applied some TAO as well, and it seems to be reducing the irritation. It's funny - my dermatologist once told me that TAO is useless, except as a moisturizer. The reason it's effective for wounds is that moisture helps wounds heal faster, and keeps bacteria out as a barrier. I wonder if my sinuses are just frequently dried out, by warm showers, the consta
  9. Hi @healthyalmonds. I've been suffering from either staph or gram negative folliculitis on and off for 3 or 4 years now. I was actually the first person to reply to this thread. It occurs in my moustache and chin area, where I keep a short-ish beard. As well as on my scalp. I can clearly see that the pustules form from my hair follicles, as there's always a hair in the centre of them. Except I also get whiteheads and red bumps and bad texture elsewhere on my skin - I'm not sure if th
  10. I just re-read this thread, which I remember seeing a long time ago http://www.acne.org/messageboard/topic/344935-staph-in-my-nose-caused-my-pimples/ And it made me think: I had a very bad cold at the same time as when I started taking zinc. Nose was running constantly, I was always blowing it. Blowing it was messy, there was so much drainage. I'd clean it up after, but didn't wash with soap or anything. So if I have staph in my nose, then it makes sense it would have spread to my upper
  11. Suffered from bad skin for years, yadda yadda yadda. Tried zinc in the past as Opti-L-Zinc with a bit of copper in it, never noticed a difference. Stopped using it, continued trying other stuff, never managed to cure my skin. Got to a point where new marks were rare but old marks never went away and my skin was generally dry, flaky and damaged-looking. Also suffered from depression, anxiety, and digestion/bowel problems. Once had my zinc levels tested in a blood test and came up deficient. Tried
  12. For the last few weeks to a month, my tap water has smelled very strongly of chlorine. I asked my landlord and he said "the city sent out a notice that they would be flushing the pipes until the end of March". I started buying bottled water because I doubt my Brita filter is enough for water this chlorinated. For the first couple of weeks I was still showering normally, and my skin got reeeeeally bad. Since I caught on to the problem I've been skipping showering on weekends and trying to skip a
  13. Hey everyone, long time no "see". I just wanted to pop in and let you know what's working for me lately. It's something I've talked about on here in the past but I always went back and forth on it. Now I know for sure that it helps. This is my "face washing" regimen: -I shower once a day, in high pressure, lukewarm water that streams directly on my face for a few minutes. -I don't rub with my fingers or use any soap. -I get out of the shower, dry off my hair and body with a towel, then go
  14. This really sounds like it could be what I have. Gonna give the ointment a shot. Thanks. I read that it spreads and forms "pimples" in damaged skin. I often use the inside of my t-shirt to rub small sections of my face when I get an itch, rather than use my dirty fingers. But a whole bunch of dead skin comes off with it and I sometimes break out in those exact spots afterward. So do you think it'd be a good idea to not dry out one's skin too much, not rub it, and let it heal for a couple week
  15. So were you only getting spots around your nose, or all over your face?
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