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About maelstrom209

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  1. I'm still doing the OCM method and still using castor oil with jojoba oil. It's been helpful for me. I still have acne but I have less of it. I don't have cystic acne but I can imagine that the OCM won't be of much help since cysts are not ordinary acne. The OCM unclogs pores so you can drain the impurities out. Cysts form below the skin right? So draining impurities won't necessarily do much for cysts. Another thing I've decided to do since I'm tired of using benzoyl peroxide , I've created
  2. I have oily skin and large pores which is the perfect recipe for acne. I'm trying to find ways to keep my pores clear but I seem to still have clogged pores. Even though the pore is clogged, they haven't become pimples yet. I assume these are blackheads because they aren't really inflamed but just clogged. Have any of you found a way to breakdown the plug which clogs the pores? I find using steam and the oil cleansing regime (castor oil + jojoba oil) helps but it doesn't get rid of all clogged p
  3. They also suggest using grape seed oil too. I'm going to try revising my mixture using Castor Oil, Tea Tree Oil and perhaps grape seed oil this time around. I'm already trying jojoba which seems fine but I need to to have something that can be anti-bacterial too because my acne keeps coming back. Another thing I should mention, I usually go into the sauna after I put the oil on my face. It helps to draw out all the impurities. Would the steam room be a better option? I think both of them open
  4. I've tried many things for my oily skin and acne but recently discovered the oil cleansing method. For those of you who are not familiar, the oil cleansing method is a natural remedy that you create by mixing castor oil with another diluting oil. You'll use this on your face to help draw out impurities. I've been doing this for a few weeks and my acne does seem to better. I found out about the routine from this site: http://www.theoilcleansingmethod.com/ On that site they suggest using ext
  5. I've used St. Ive's Green Tea Body Scrub, Neutrogena's Clear Body Scrub and Pink Grapefruit Body Wash. All three seem to have more or less the same results for me. I'm looking to possibly try something else as well. I have never heard of Clarisonic but will have to check that out. For brushes, have you guys found any where the bristles are not too coarse? The ones I find are usually so coarse and I can't handle that. Loofahs are too soft. Sea sponges seem to be the best for me but I have yet
  6. I've been plagued by acne throughout my twenties. I'm 28 going to be 29 in March. I've done topical medications and oral medications but nothing seems to stop acne from coming back. I have a pretty bad breakout over the last couple months due mostly likely to stress. Lots going on in my personal and professional life. I never really wanted to do laser treatment but I'm starting to consider it as my last option. I don't know anything about laser treatment so I wanted to ask other people here who'
  7. I know that aloe helps soothe the redness and dryness cause from sunburns and other skin conditions. Will it help to also reduce the hyper-pigmentation left from acne? Thanks!
  8. My derm has me on a Erythromycin/Bezoyl Peroxide topical gel in the morning, Ziana at night, and Doryx daily. These all have some form of antibiotic. I also use Cetaphil Antibacetrial bar soap for my face and Dial's Antibacterial bodywash for my body. On paper, you'd think this regime would help kill the acne once and for all. Unfortunately it has for me. I'm only 1 month into this so maybe it needs more time. With the wedding in January, I just want to get it under control. It doesn't have to b
  9. My brother is getting married in January and I'm his best man. I started with a new derm for a month and my acne seems worse. She told me to give it time to clear. I'm following her instruction but need to clear up faster. January is soon. Any suggestions to help control the problem? Thanks!
  10. I've been to a few derms already and they all conclude that my acne keeps resurfacing due to stress and hormones. I didn't believe them at first but since different derms have said the same thing, maybe its accurate. So how do you relieve stress? What do you guys do? Does meditation help? Thanks in advance!
  11. I went to the derm today and she suggested that I use the anti-bacterial bar soap from Cetaphil. I'm wondering if there are any alternative anti-bacterial soaps I could use that's in liquid form. I really dislike using bar soaps. Thanks for any feedback.
  12. I have had acne for many years. It has not gotten any better. I think that it's actually gotten worse in some respects. I've always had acne on my face but over the last year, I've developed moderate acne around my chest, neck and shoulders. I've been to two derms and I didn't really like either of them. One of them was a referral from my brother. The other one was a referral from my general doctor. I thought that if I just take care of my health and clean my face/body thoroughly and use topical
  13. I have large pores and my somewhat oily skin tends to get breakouts often. Oily skin and larger pores are a recipe acne hell. I'm curious to know if any of you have every been successful with controlling oily skin. I know that washing your face too much can cause irritation and lead to more breakouts. So far I have only washed my face two times a day. I wash it in the morning when I wake up then I wash it again at night before bed. After I wash my face in the morning, my face feels light and cl
  14. I have problems reaching some areas of my back so I was wondering what are some good products to use to help wash the back. I use a body brush but I don't want to irritate my skin. Thanks for any advice!