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  1. The other thing which can contribute to high copper levels in women is the birth control pill which also depletes the body of zinc.
  2. Zinc is supposed to be very helpful in healing the skin so I would keep taking it. Don't take it with fibre as this will affect absorbtion so I guess don't take it with breakfast if it's high in fibre.
  3. You could try plain old vaseline. It's actually supposed to be non-comedogenic.
  4. Hiya, just wanted to say I know how you feel After using some acne treatments and a cleanser which just didn't suit me I ended up with dermatitis and rosacea and I only wish I could just have my acne prone skin back. Just make sure whatever cleanser you are using is both soap AND detergent free. You can use .5%hydrocortisone for a few days, they make that for facial use. Some the natural oils can be good and healing, emu for example and jojoba for some people. After feeling like I was fin
  5. Hi Dannie, I would stop using the jojoba. I went through the same dilemma with retin-a, six months of inflammatory cyst like acne, six months of telling myself it was purging. It's not bad stuff but not for me. Surely something causing that much inflammation can't be good, we want to reduce inflammation! You could try tea tree oil as suggested but don't apply undiluted to entire face and don't spot treat the same spot over and over as it can cause superficial burns. SA works for me for it's
  6. I know that jojoba is non-comedogenic but for me I swear that it clogged my pores in that: a) My clogged pores/ comedones appeared fairly quickly and consistantly (new ones everyday) and b) They occured in the weirdest of places like in and around my eyebrows and on my neck. I can't be sure but I think it was the jojoba and although it is supposed to purge these are just blocked, not going anywhere without strong salicylic or the like. I think some things just don't work for some people.
  7. Do you mean DianaYvonne Wheatgerm Cleanser? If so, there's nothing wrong with that, it's not actual wheatgerm oil but the castile made from it, or something like that, anyway that's not comedogenic but pure wheatgerm oil is very very very.....
  8. Sorry to be the bearer of bad news but wheatgerm oil is one of the most comedogenic ingredients you can get. The zero zits site rates it 5 out of 5 for comedogencity, 5 being the worst on the scale.
  9. Maybe it's just one of those things which work for some and not for others. Maybe you're sensitive to the formula. When I used to use pantene for coloured hair I used to always have a rash on the back of my neck even though my hair was always tied up. Try switching for a month, you don't have to buy ultra expensive stuff. My "flash" friends would gasp but I just use VO5, it's the only thing that doesn't strip the colour out of my hair or leave it weighted down. You can always go back to Pantene
  10. I do know what you mean. I think it's all about balance. If all you ate was rubbish your body wouldn't have the right nutrients to deal with everything. But eating healthy or at least trying to isn't gonna stop me having my little bit of chocolate everyday. Some people can't eat that at all but for me the brain-chemical enjoyment of chocolate is important to happiness. At least that's what I tell myself . But when I go on a binge, ok that's not good. Someone give me strength this Easter please!
  11. Thanks Labgirl81 and longshot. Labgirl81, it's so cool to be able to understand a bit about what's in a product. You're awesome!!! I started using this due to contact dermatitis about 3wks ago. My skin is fine now but will monitor the whitehead situation and maybe use the Spectro Jel in the morning and something with a bit more oomph at night. It's going into winter where I am now and I don't really wear makeup so hopefully it will be enough cleanser wise. I also use a 2% BHA liquid with a low
  12. Can you post an ingredient lable for spectro gel?....I don't think we have it here in the states....I've never used it myself.. Oh dear, it has that dreaded Cetyl Alcohol!!! Here's the full list: Purified water, Butylene Glycol, Glycerin, Hypromellose, Polysorabte 20, Cetyl Alcohol, Hydrated Silica, Dimethicone Copolyol, Diazolidinyl Urea, Carbomer, Triethanolamine, Sorbitan Oleate. I don't know much, maybe it's not looking too good and it does have a slight filmy feeling but not as b
  13. Thanks LabGirl81, that was a really good explanation of cetaphil, don't much like the stuff myself, in fact thought it was horrible but didn't know why. You're always so clued up, keep up the good work! Is there anything bad about Spectro Jel in the same sense? I've been using it for the last week and it seems to have helped my skin especially after contact dermatitis about 3 wks ago. I'm scared this is the honeymoon period though and it will turn on me. Thanks, I appreciate your opinion.
  14. Pineapples have an enzyme called bromelain, it's highly anti-inflammatry. It is also great for the digestive system and helps to break down protein so your body can digest it easier, this will also lead to better elimination. Bromelain is one enzyme often used to tenderise steak. I've just committed myself to eat kiwifruit everyday for the same reason. I don't expect to make an impact on acne directly but my whole digestive system isn't the best so I'm thinking maybe long term it might help.