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ElaineA

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  1. It is possible that your current skin issues are not caused by bacteria. The Regimen contains a benzoyl peroxide gel that is typically used to treat bacterial acne. Acne can be cause by bacteria, fungus, microscopic demodex skin mites and possibly hormonal imbalance. The treatment for all 4 different types of acne is completely different. What works for one type doesn't work for the others. A knowledgeable dermatologist can test for the exact cause of the acne and prescribe the appr
  2. That is another possibility. Aussie Scientist has a lot of knowledge about fungal acne posted on Acne.org in the forums. Fungal acne tends to have flesh colored bumps of similar size and whiteheads. You can google for pictures with "What does fungal acne look like?". Google will bring up a lot of pictures. Tea tree oil and HOCL are also effective against fungus. Aussie Scientists recommends some treatment specifically for fungus.
  3. If anti-bacterial treatments aren't working, it might be caused by fungus or demodex. Microscopic demodex skin mites can cause blackheads and pustules from die offs as well as papules (skin colored bumps). Fungal acne doesn't usually look like this. You can get a bottle of Hypochlorous Acid Face Spray to spray face and mask with it multiple times daily. HOCL is anti-microbial, highly effective and not at all harmful. HOCL is a weak acid, same as made by the human body to fight micr
  4. Have you ever been tested for the cause of the acne? Acne can be cause by bacteria, fungus, microscopic demodex skin mites and in some cases out of wack hormones. Treatment for each type of acne is completely different. A knowledgeable dermatologist can run tests to determine the real cause. Unfortunately a lot of old school dermatologists rely on visual exams and never test. I was misdiagnosed with bacterial acne for decades. Treated with every high test prescription antibiotic, b
  5. Staphylococcus aureus bacteria can colonize in the nose when taking Accutane (isoretinoin). One theory is that Accutane causes your skin to be more fragile allowing the Staph bacteria a port of entry. Medical opinions indicate that skin fragility usually goes away after you stop taking isoretinoin. One study showed that applying an antibiotic to the anterior nares (upper part of interior nasal canal) prevented or greatly reduced the rate of Staph infection. Staphylococcus au
  6. Folliculitis can be caused by bacteria, fungus or demodex skin mites. The focused treatments for each type do not work on the other 2 types. A specific antibacterial treatment will not work on the fungal form and vice versa. Neither antibacterial only or antifungal only treatments work on demodex. What to do if you don't know which type you have? Take an anti-microbial approach to treatment. Anti-microbial products can work on all 3 types of folliculitis. Here are 2 product types t
  7. Folliculitis can be caused by bacteria, fungus or demodex skin mites. The focused treatments for each type do not work on the other 2 types. A specific antibacterial treatment will not work on the fungal form and vice versa. Neither antibacterial only or antifungal only treatments work on demodex. What to do if you don't know which type you have? Take an anti-microbial approach to treatment. Anti-microbial products can work on all 3 types of folliculitis. Here are 2 product types t
  8. Hypochlorous Acid Spray is antimicrobial and 99.9% effective against bacteria, fungus and the juvenile nymph form of Demodex Skin Mites. Hypochlorous Acid Spray is highly effective in very low concentrations at just 0.01% to 0.02% acid so it is not irritating at all. Hypochlorous Acid is a substance made by the human body in response to microbes. So it shouldn't cause allergic reactions. Tea Tree oil is also antimicrobial. A Tea Tree Oil facial cleanser followed by spraying the face w
  9. Antimicrobial treatments for acne, rosacea and demodex skin mites. All are relatively inexpensive, highly effective, and available over the counter. All are effective against many/most bacteria, fungus, and demodex skin mites. 1. Hypochlorous Acid Spray in 0.01% to 0.02% concentration is non-irritating to the skin and eyes. Hypochlorous Acid Spray can be 99.9% effective in clearing bacteria, fungus and demodex skin mite nymphs from the skin surface. 2. Tea Tree Oil Facial Cleanser
  10. Hypochlorous (HOCL) Acid Spray can be 99.9% effective in clearing bacteria, fungus and demodex skin mite nymphs from the skin surface. Hypochlorous Acid is a substance made by the human body in response to dangerous microbes. HOCL kills the bad bacteria but doesn't harm the "good bacteria" that is a normal part of the human biome. Since HOCL is identical to the HOCL produced by the human body, it shouldn't cause allergic reactions. Study papers below show that Hypochlorous Acid Spray
  11. Acne has 4 main causes: bacteria, fungus/yeast, demodex skin mites or possibly hormones. A high sugar diet triggers more skin oil which feeds bacteria, fungus and demodex skin mites. Demodex skin mites eat oil and can appear anywhere on your body except the palms of your hands and the soles of your feet. Demodex can cause what looks like body acne as can the other 3 causes of acne. Borax as bound in 20 Muleteam Borax is antimicrobial. It also kills demodex. A 30 minute per day warm
  12. An overpopulation of microscopic demodex skin mites can cause these symptoms. Blackheads, folliculitis, pustules and papules, body acne, scalp acne are all signs of demodex. They may also cause red eyes, blepharitis (swollen lids), styes, etc. "Acne" may appear cyclical as the mites live and die on a 2-3 week cycle. The mites eat oil so diet changes or drugs like accutane/birth control pills/spiralactone that reduce oiliness may appear to help but only while taking them. Reducing skin oil
  13. The Regimen contains ingredients that work on Bacterial Acne. So either its not effective against the type of bacteria you may have OR its not bacterial acne. Based on the fact that you say your face is red and you appear to have acne, that leaves 2 possible options: a fungal infection OR microscopic demodex skin mites. Seborrheic dermatitis caused by fungus can make your face red, dry and flaky but doesn't typically cause acne. Since you say your face is red and you have acne, Rosacea
  14. Folliculitis can be caused by bacteria, fungus or an overpopulation of microscopic demodex skin mites. Since this is on the body, the Borax - Epsom Salt bath soak might help. Borax is anti-microbial and kills demodex, fungus and bacteria. OB/GYN doctors have been prescribing it for over 30 years to treat stubborn yeast (candida fungus) infections. It works. For a standard 5 foot bath tub: 1. Fill tub with pleasantly warm water. If the water is too hot, you may pass out or get o
  15. Find a dermatologist who knows how to test you for microscopic Demodex Skin Mites. Demdex can cause acne like symptoms. The skin mites eat oil. The condition may respond initially to antibiotics or anti-fungal drugs since the demodex can track bacteria or fungus around the skin and back down into the pores and oil glands when they come out to mate at night. Demodicosis can be cyclical, since demodex live on a 2-3 week cycle. When they die they create pustules that look like acne pimple
  16. I had demodex for decades misdiagnosed as bacterial acne by 4 board certified dermatologists. None of them ever ran one test to find out why all the prescription drugs failed to cure it. A 5th dermatologist actually knew what it was and how to test for it. The 2 week oral treatment worked for me. Note: The following treatments work for demodex skin mites only. They will not work for fungal folliculitis/acne or bacterial acne. Best Treatment: 2 week, highly effective, cheap generic
  17. Looks like one of 3 possible causes. Each has a completely different treatment. A good dermatologist should be able to run tests to determine the exact problem. 1. Folliculitis - Fungal - needs antifungal treatment. Topical and stronger oral treatments are available. Aussie Scientist has many knowledgeable posts on the topic on this forum. 2. Demodex Follicullorum - Caused by an over population of the common demodex skin mite. Treatment with Ivermectin topical or Oral Ivermectin
  18. Folliculitis can have 3 different causes: bacteria, fungus or microscopic demodex skin mites. The treatment for each type is completely different. Its important to get it diagnosed. A knowledgeable dermatologist can and will run tests to determine the cause. Regrettably many old school dermatologists just do visual exams. Before making an appointment make sure the dermatologists will do tests. If they don't do tests, keep looking until you find one that does. Body acne/folliculitis
  19. The regime targets the bacterial form of acne. Your acne may have a different cause. Acne can be caused by bacteria, fungus or microscopic demodex skin mites. The treatment for each type of acne is completely different. To succeed at clearing the acne, you have to get the correct type of treatment. A good, knowledgeable dermatologist can test your skin for the exact cause. Regrettably, many old school dermatologists just do visual exams without doing actual tests. When locating a qualif
  20. Body acne can be caused by bacteria, fungus or microscopic demodex skin mites. All 3 types of infections can cause folliculitis, blackheads skin papules, pustules, etc. One simple over the counter remedy for body acne is the Borax - Epsom salts bath soak. Borax is anti-microbial. It can kill fungus and demodex. Gynecologists have recommended the borax soak for stubborn yeast infections for 30+ years. For a standard 5 foot bath tub: 1. Fill tub with pleasantly warm water.
  21. Have you been tested for a fungal infection or demodex skin mites? Folliculitis can be caused by bacteria, fungus or demodex. The treatment for each cause is completely different. It is also possible that the anti-bacterial hibclens is making a fungal infection worse. If your skin condition is cyclical it could be demodex. Demodex skin mites live and die on a 2-3 week cycle. With demodex the pustules occur when the mites die. It is also possible to have demodex with either a bacteria
  22. The raised bumps look like papules. There are several possible causes. Hyperplasia or sebaceous cyst is one - that's just a blocked oil gland. Microscopic demodex skin mites can also cause these. Papules are common in Rosacea Sub Type 2 with pustules and papules. Demodex skin mites eat oil - one type lives in the pores the other lives in the oil glands. Everyone has at least a few of these skin mites. They are not a problem until they get overpopulated and start clogging up pores and g
  23. I'm glad the Borax helped. Demodex are very tricky to count under a microscope. They don't like light so they tend to scuttle to the edge of the slide.
  24. Possible, but its best to get a competent dermatologist to test your skin to get an accurate diagnosis. Recommend you get tested for bacterial infection, fungal infection and demodex. If hormones are an issue they can do blood tests for hormone and thyroid hormone levels. The treatment for each of these skin conditions is completely different. Once you get the diagnosis nailed down, they can prescribe the right treatment to clear the skin.
  25. Recommend that you get a dermatologist to test you for microscopic demodex skin mites and a possible fungal infection. Both can cause folliculitis. The treatment for each cause is completely different. That is why it is important to get tested. If its fungus, you will need an anti-fungal treatment. If the cause is demodex, you need an anti-parasitic treatment. Everybody over the age of 5 has demodex skin mites. A healthy immune system normally keeps the mite population in check. The
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