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  1. Review123- That is so awesome for you! Your skin looked exactly like mine did before it cleared up. I'm really glad to hear that Head and Shoulders also made a big difference. Aussie- Thank you for sharing the other options. I've definitely heard that some people say that Nizoral stops working for them at some point, so this is great to know that there are cheap alternatives!
  2. Hi Anna, That's such a bummer to hear that your derm wasn't able to provide you with something that worked. Nizoral helped me because it contains Ketoconazole so hopefully your fungal creams weren't that same ingredient. However, I've read that some people have more improvement with the lower percentage in Nizoral. My fingers are crossed for you! As an update, it's been a few years since my initial problem with PF and I (thankfully!) don't have the issue anymore, other than maybe once
  3. I'm glad to hear that you are seeing some results from the Nizoral. Mine took about 2 weeks before I noticed huge changes, but the biggest immediate results were that the bumps I had seem to be drying up. I was religious with my cleanses, and seriously kept the Nizoral on until it turned clear. Have you seen any information about this? It kind of looks similar to what you posted: http://keratosistreatments.com/keratosis-pilaris-on-the-back/
  4. Hi ZealShorts, I first of all want to say how sorry I am that you are going through this. Not only is this incredibly frustrating to not see results, but the mental toll of cancelling events or stressing about your wedding day must be exhausting. In that respect, the only thing I can say is to keep reaching out! Whether on this website, or with your fiance- I know there were many times I'd just curl up on the couch with my husband and cry. It can and will get better. I have a few questions b
  5. Hi friend, I was never actually diagnosed with PF by a doctor since I had such a bad experience with the only derm within 100 miles of me. I didn't go to my general doc (I'm assuming that's what GP is?) because honestly I didn't consider it. It sounds like you have a few different things going on, which may not be able to be taken care of by a single product. The cystic acne will need something different than the dry skin, which will need something different than the PF. The Nizoral did have
  6. kestelhomme, I'm glad to hear the bumps are smaller. It took a few weeks for mine to go away completely, but hopefully you're still seeing progress. I didn't have any luck with exfoliating products, so that's good that it's working. For moisturizer, definitely go for something that is oil-free. I like oil-free Neutrogena moisturizer. It doesn't moisturize as well as other options, but the bumps aren't aggravated by it.
  7. Thanks for asking! My skin is much better, though I still use the Nizoral when the texture of my skin gets... angry. Even just once a week keeps the bumps away. Other than that, I use the acne.org regimen.
  8. You may want to look into Pityrosporum Folliculitis (also called Malassezia) for the bumps. It's hard to see from your pictures, but if the bumps are small and Braille-like, it is worth looking into. I was convinced that the bumps on my forehead and sides of my face were clogged pores or acne, but nothing I EVER did made them go away or get better. I was on acne.org when I found information about PF and posted my experience with clearing it up on the link. Let me know if this works for you!! htt
  9. You may want to look into Pityrosporum Folliculitis (also called Malassezia) for the bumps. I was convinced that the bumps on my forehead and sides of my face were clogged pores, but nothing I EVER did made them go away or get better. I was on this website when I found information about PF and posted my experience with clearing it up on the link. Let me know if this works for you!! http://www.acne.org/messageboard/topic/360641-tiny-bumps-that-dont-go-away-it-may-be-pf/
  10. The amount of research you've done about the chemical aspect of this is really impressive! I'm guessing that since you're stopping Nizoral the bumps have gone away?? Mine also "dried up", then kind of sloughed off before my skin cleared up. How was the oil working for you? I'm really curious about that! I'm not proud of this, but I don't use a daily sunscreen. I haven't found one that fits easily into my routine and doesn't affect my skin conditions. When I'm spending time in the sun, I use ei
  11. I dealt with a similar issue last year where I had literally hundreds of bumps on my forehead! It felt like Braille and never went away after months and months. I posted a topic on my experience and how I finally got rid of them. Let me know if it works for you! http://www.acne.org/messageboard/topic/360641-tiny-bumps-that-dont-go-away-it-may-be-pf/
  12. Hey justlikethemakeup, I hope the Nizoral works for you! Geez, it's like I'm an ambassador for that company or something, lol. I substitute the shampoo for cleanser until the PF goes away, or at least until I notice a significant improvement. I figure that if an imbalance is causing the reaction, I have to wait until the imbalance is corrected before the PF won't come back. Either way, you should know within the first few days whether or not it is PF or just a strange reaction to the St Ives.
  13. Hi Girlonamission, It's great to hear that you have started seeing results with the Nizoral! I swear by it, especially in the summer when my skin is extra angry due to sweating while exercising. I totally understand your "forehead envy"- I felt the same way! To answer your questions, I use the acne.org moisturizer in the winter and Neutrogena oil-free moisturizer in the summer. I live in Colorado, so we have a very dry climate. If possible, I try not to use moisturizer at all when I am havin
  14. I am so grateful for this website! Without it, I may still be dealing with one of the worst skin conditions I've ever had. I wanted to write this in the hopes that someone else can benefit from my situation. Starting in the summertime, I suddenly got hundreds of tiny little bumps all over my forehead. Assuming it was because of my bike helmet (I am an avid mountain biker), I washed my helmet and made sure to keep my skin clean. It did nothing to help my skin. Then, the bumps made the
  15. I am so grateful for this website! Without it, I may still be dealing with one of the worst skin conditions I've ever had. I wanted to write this in the hopes that someone else can benefit from my situation. Starting in the summertime, I suddenly got hundreds of tiny little bumps all over my forehead. Assuming it was because of my bike helmet (I am an avid mountain biker), I washed my helmet and made sure to keep my skin clean. It did nothing to help my skin. Then, the bumps made the
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