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  1. The diluted Apple Cider Vinegar rinse (3 parts water to one part vinegar, aka 3/4 cup water to 1/4 cup ACV) is used after the homemade Borax Shampoo to re-balance the Ph of the hair. Borax shampoo can be a little alkaline. Some people use the diluted vinegar rinse after washing for treating dandruff in the hair. By itself, the ACV isn't as likely to help if demodex is the issue. I totally understand what you mean about the "visual aka glance" exams. Over the years I went to 4 board cert
  2. Podo, As AussieScientist has said, the problem could be fungal acne. But there is another possible cause, demodex skin mites. Have you been tested for demodex skin mites? Demodex can also cause acne like lesions on a cyclical basis. Everybody has microscopic demodex skin mites. They can get overpopulated when your immune system is down due to illness or stress. The mites live in the pores and/or oil glands. They eat oil and possible skin cells inside the pores. The mites live a
  3. The 3 primary causes of acne are bacteria, fungus and microscopic demodex skin mites ( parasites). Demodex skin mites are microscopic parasites that everyone over the age of 5 has. They eat oil and possibly skin cells. If they get overpopulated they can cause large blackheads and apparent pustules. The mites live and die on a 14-24 day cycle and the acne may appear cyclical. Dermatologists are only just beginning to accept the fact that demodex can cause Rosacea and occular rosacea
  4. There is another cause for acne that is frequently missed by dermatologist besides fungus. This skin condition can be treated and potentially cured in about 2 weeks with a generic and inexpensive prescription treatment. Demodex skin mites are a common skin parasite that can cause both acne and rosacea like symptoms including large blackheads and pustules. The mites eat oil so they can occur anywhere on your body except the soles of your feet and palms of your hands. The mites live and di
  5. Its a good idea to rule out a hormone issue that could also be contributing to the skin issues. It could be a combination, certainly. I'm glad to see you are able to get tests to determine the cause(s). Over the years my 4 board certified dermatologists just kept playing Russian roulette with a ton of antibiotics and expensive, latest and greatest acne meds that never worked. They never did one test to find out why nothing was working. I saw the posts on the micro tape too. It makes
  6. What kind of setbacks are you having? Just be aware that for cases of Demodex Skin Mites, when the treatment causes the mites to die off it can cause apparent pustules. That is actually a good sign as it means the treatment is working and the mites are dying. The mite die offs may continue for up to 2 weeks after the treatment is complete. But after that it should be done. Is this the type of setback you are having? Or is it something else?
  7. Sounds like you have found a good dermatologist. I hope the treatment works for you as well as it did for me!
  8. I am sorry that this didn't help. I hope you find the answer to the skin issues.
  9. Yes, when the mites start dying off it can appear worse at first. This is normal and a good sign. Sounds like the treatment is working. Did the treatment help?
  10. Ask the doctor to do the test for Demodex. He is working for you not the other way around. The test is simple. They either stick a sticky microscope slide to your face to collect the sample. Or, they will do a light scraping test to collect a sample. Once they have a sample they look at it under a microscope and try to count the mites. If they refuse to do the test, ask them one very pointed question: "If you don't do a scientific test, how can you be sure of the diagnosis - Especially
  11. 4 Basic causes of Acne (and some types of Rosacea) - make sure your dermatologist tests you to verify which type you have. The treatment for each type is completely different. Correct diagnosis of the cause is important to clear the skin condition. Demodex skin mites are the most under-diagnosed cause of acne for people of all ages. Some more enlightened dermatologists will test for the mites. Many old school dermatologists were taught in school, that the mites were harmless. As such man
  12. 4 Basic causes of Acne (and some types of Rosacea) - make sure your dermatologist tests you to verify which type you have. The treatment for each type is completely different. Correct diagnosis of the cause is important to clear the skin condition. Demodex skin mites are the most under-diagnosed cause of acne for people of all ages. Some more enlightened dermatologists will test for the mites. Many old school dermatologists were taught in school, that the mites were harmless. As such man
  13. 4 Basic causes of Acne (and some types of Rosacea) - make sure your dermatologist tests you to verify which type you have. The treatment for each type is completely different. Correct diagnosis of the cause is important to clear the skin condition. Demodex skin mites are the most under-diagnosed cause of acne for people of all ages. Some more enlightened dermatologists will test for the mites. Many old school dermatologists were taught in school, that the mites were harmless. As such man
  14. 4 Basic causes of Acne (and some types of Rosacea) - make sure your dermatologist tests you to verify which type you have. The treatment for each type is completely different. Correct diagnosis of the cause is important to clear the skin condition. Demodex skin mites are the most under-diagnosed cause of acne for people of all ages. Some more enlightened dermatologists will test for the mites. Many old school dermatologists were taught in school, that the mites were harmless. As such man
  15. 4 Basic causes of Acne (and some types of Rosacea) - make sure your dermatologist tests you to verify which type you have. The treatment for each type is completely different. Correct diagnosis of the cause is important to clear the skin condition. Demodex skin mites are the most under-diagnosed cause of acne and some types of rosacea for people of all ages. Some more enlightened dermatologists will test for the mites. Many old school dermatologists were taught in school, that the mites
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