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Vero777

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  1. Use cortisone liquid - not cream

    The problem with cream is that it is greasy, which is not good for cystic acne. So in the shampoo section of the drug store look for Scalpicin. This is 1 percent cortisone in an alcohol base. (avoid generics - they use different active ingredients) Don't put this on your whole face - but it is great for individual outbreaks. What I do is pour some into a jar and let it evaporate a bit (to get a higher concentration) then use a q-tip to dab it on the cyst. Do this a few times a day. The cyst
  2. Sorry you're having such problems. As you know, it's definitely hormonal. You're increasing the amounts of progesterone, which makes the skin secrete more oil, which leads to the acne. You should stay away from salicyclic acid and retinoids, due to the pregnancy. Both can be absorbed into the bloodstream. One thing to try is drinking more water. By keeping your body hydrated, you can help the skin, and also some of those other issues of pregnancy. There's some more general info at this link: w
  3. Vero777

    HELP PLEASE

    It sounds like you are doing things right. Believe me, I know how frustrating it can be. It could be a hormonal imbalance, but only a doctor would know for sure. If you're in your 30s and just developed this, there's a condition called PCOS which might be the issue. Polycystic Ovary SYndrome leads to other issues like excess hair, infertility. There are some good sites on PCOS with more info. Have you tried a different birth control pill?
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    HELP PLEASE

    Besides following the Regimen for your acne, make sure you are eating right and drinking lots of water throughout the day. Water really can make a difference in the health of your skin. There is no conclusive evidence that food causes acne. But common sense can't hurt either - if you see that chocolate aggravates it or makes it worse, stay away from it. Same for greasy foods. There's also some evidence that a low glycemic diet may help with acne. Glycemic index is basically a way to look at
  5. Actually, I never put ANY acne lotions on my face before going to bed for that very reason. When I sleep, the stuff tends to rub off on my pillow and from there somehow wind up in my eyes. I will apply stuff at night if I'm home for a few hours before going to sleep, then wash it off. Guess i could learn to sleep on my back, but until then, it's just easier this way.
  6. Believe it or not, you may be overdrying your skin, and as a result it overcompensates by producing more oil than ever before. Sometimes, even a light moisturizer can be helpful with oily skin that has acne. I know it sounds counterproductive, but... Also, don't scrub too hard. Again, hard scrubbing just stimulates the oil glands to produce even more.
  7. Definitely try the 2.5 percent. As for moisturizer, go with a lighter one, but apply it the right way. As explained in Oily Skin - HealthyU even oily skin needs moisturizers. What you want to do it apply it when the skin is slightly damp, for example right after you wash and pat dry. That's because moisturizers don't add oil - they just seal it in. When you apply it when the skin is damp, you can better results while using a lighter moisturizer.
  8. You can try a lower concentration. Retin-A Micro is available in two concentrations, 0.04% and 0.1%. The .04 may cause less irritation. However, as everyone will tell you, in the beginning, there will be alot of redness and irritation. Your skin can adjust, so after the initial peeling is done, it should start looking more normal. If it's still peeling too much, even at the lower concentration, try using it less often. Also, make sure you don't use any other harsh products, and stay out of the
  9. I agree - sunblock is really important - i had skin cancer (basal) so now I'm really careful. In winter, you might want to switch to a non-chemical sunblock, just to give your skin a break from the chemicals. As for the red marks, instead of dry brush, think about something with alpha hydroxy acids (AHAs) which exfoliate the skin, so the flakiness sloughs off. There's info on Acne and Exfoliation Since your acne's cleared, AHAs or salicylic acids would probably be most appropriate. AHAs usuall
  10. You might want to have a doctor check out the dry patches. There's a condition called actinic keratosis, which happens to people who get alot of sun. They can lead to cancer, so good to check. Here's some more info on Actinic Keratosis The other thing is that you may be overwashing your face. It sounds strange, but if you remove all the protective oils from your face (when you get that squeaky clean feel) your skin tries to overcompensate. There's more info about that at Oily Skin What you want
  11. AHA is an exfoliant. That means it will cause your skin to speed up the shedding of the upper skin cells. This is good, necause it means those cells won't be around to clog pores. You should be able to apply all over your face (do a test spot first) but avoid the skin under the eyes, and the mouth area as these are very sensitive. You need sun protection because the skin is that's under those dead cells is basically new skin - like a baby's - that hasn't been exposed to sun, so it will sunburn m
  12. A glove is probably too rough for your face. So if you want something mechanical, try some of the special pads, like buf-puf sponges. For creams, ingredients such as alpha hydroxy acids (AHA) and salicyclic acids will exfoliate. Start with a mild formulation, cause they can redden the skin. There's a lot of info and links about skin care at HealthyU Skin - Exfoliation. There are also organic products you can find in drug stores or health food stores, with ingredients such as fruit juices that ha
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