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  1. Still doing this. Stlll works great. 5% ibuprofen gel twice a day, with face cream straight on top, to which I added a few percent by volume tea tree oil and shook it to dissolve it. Not enough ibuprofen gel- you need it twice a day!!!! You might or might not get away with doing the tea tree oil in the evening only, but not the ibuprofen.
  2. For me, there's no contest. If I put tea tree oil and ibuprofen on a new spot, it's gone in a few days. BP never seemed to do that for me. My skin really hated BP though, maybe I'm allergic or something, I tried everything you can think of, but nothing worked.
  3. Well, the (Sainsburies own make) ibuprofen I use contains propylene glycol, and this research proved that this combination (listed as F3) was not inert and was absorbed and was active over 2.5 hours, as the PG acts as an permeation enhancer. We also know that ibuprofen pills improve acne; and I'm not using it for any supposed analgesic property anyway. So I don't understand how you draw your conclusions; you seem to be starting with an assumption and then trying to fit the facts to meet that.
  4. Lots of people on this site are on topical vitamin A, topicals do work. And it's not snake oil, it has an active ingredient in it that is known to fight acne. If you're in the UK just get it and try, stop messing about! It's dirt cheap anyway. Just make sure you stick a decent moisturiser right on top, because the alcohol is a bit drying. Use it as a spot treatment, as soon as you start to get a spot, put it on for a few days, twice a day. It works best with an antibacterial, or if you're on a
  5. The total body dose is low, but it's all going right where you need it, the local dose is obviously pretty significant. I mean we're applying a few tens of milligrams to a few grams of skin, whereas normally you would apply a gram or so to a whole 70kg of person. The topical ratio is actually higher. One other thing about this study, it stopped short; it normally takes a solid 12 weeks for a particular treatment to max out, so you would expect it to give much more than 53% at the end fo the da
  6. Pretty much ;) It has to suit your skin. Dan's moisturiser is supposed to be very good, but importation costs are extremely high apparently.
  7. TTO is an oily substance that doesn't dissolve very well in water in my experience, but YMMV. Also the topical ibuprofen is quite drying because it has alcohol in it, but if you add moisturiser then it's fine. Moisturiser already has emulsifiers in it, so TTO will usually go in if you mix it carefully or shake it hard. But you don't have to put the TTO in the moisturiser, you could use a separate TTO product, just make sure that moisturiser is the last thing you use, don't wait after putting
  8. Ibuprofen will nearly always massively shorten the life cycle of the cyst, and greatly reduce the chances that it will be a long-lived red mark. Based on my experience you should probably stay on ibuprofen for up to a week, at fairly high dose, but not more than the package says, and then come off. You could stay on it for two weeks or whatever the packaging says is the longest. Then come off, ibuprofen is not completely safe. Hopefully the cyst will then have completely cleared up. If you ha
  9. There shouldn't be too much of a problem with Accutane and NSAIDs. They're not contraindicated so far as I have been able to find out. The real problem is that it looks like most NSAIDs ups your stroke and heart attack risk by a few times. Probably most people on this board have low risk, so it's possibly not particularly important, but it's doubtless going to be a bad idea to max out on the pills over a long period.
  10. Yes, that's probably right. I had a similar thing I was on Vioxx for a while; my skin was good, and I didn't know why. Diclofenac is a COX inhibitor NSAID as well and it looks like all the COX inhibitors seem to help acne quite a bit, probably not just the ibuprofen. Incidentally, there is reason to think that there's a connection between carbs and acne; if you have a 'high' carb diet (defined as taking in more carbs than you burn each day) then the remaining carbs may take a pro-inflammatory
  11. If it's the hormones, how come full fat seems to cause a lot less acne than skimmed? They both come from the same source, and if anything, full fat should have more hormones in it. If anything that says that milk fat (i.e. butter) is anti-acne.
  12. It may not dissolve if it's truly oil free, but usually there's enough emulsifiers there to dissolve it. How hard did you try to mix it? It will usually take a couple of minutes to go in. Sometimes screwing on the lid tight and shaking it hard will get it. Also leaving it to stand will often improve it. If all else fails, adding a tiny smudge of a detergent, shampoo or cleanser and shaking it will get it to go in, but it's not as good for your skin if you add that.
  13. It will take a few weeks. You're using clindamycin though, you probably don't need the tea tree oil; JayQ. Tea tree oil is just to kill bacteria, but clindamycin does that.
  14. Incidentally, I've got a new theory about how this works. I think the ibuprofen acts as an anti-irritant, a pain killer. What that means is that normally as a spot initially forms, it will probably itch, and you'll probably scratch it; just without even thinking. If you've put ibuprofen on it, it probably won't itch. Just not touching it when it initially forms means that the spot won't be nearly so bad and will heal up really quickly.