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  1. Its probably keratosis pilaris. I have this, in a fairly mild form, basically from head to foot. You can google for Forums about it, but here's the site that's you'll probably get the most help from. First see a dermatologist to make SURE that it is indeed KP. http://www.geocities.com/blueparadisevalley/KPPictures.html
  2. I don't know what this stuff is called or if it is acne but I was wondering if people have any recommendation. I have what various people have described as chicken skin on my chest, back, arms and legs. It is just like permanent red goosebumps on my arms and legs. Some of them look like whiteheads. I have tried scrubing them with various things but without seeing any improvement. I have tried moisturising it as well but that didn't help either. Any ideas?
  3. Sorry, I just wanted to add. In addition to letting him know you are interested by finding ways to spend time with him. One mistake I have seen friends make is that they are so nervous around the person they are interested in that they become very stiff and formal when they talk to them. This sends the opposite message to the one you want to project and the other person can think you aren't interested in them. Try to pay attention to things like body language make sure you are not crossing your
  4. So this sort of thing is very difficult to give advice on from a distance. In cases where friends have described similar situations, my advice was that it is important to let the other person know how you feel. You should try to do this in a way that will not pressure the other person. Try to find common ground and ways that you can spend time with him. Tell him when you are saying goodbye that you have enjoyed the time you have spent with him and hope to meet up again soon. This will let him kn
  5. I have tried doing what you are saying myself from reading home remedies for blackheads on other sites. They didn't work for me. Recently I have been trying scrubbing my skin with baking soda. It really exfoliates like crazy. Takes that dead layer right off. I haven't seen any improvement in my blackheads from it though and it does leave my skin very prone to getting dry and flaky. Not to mention shiny like plastic for a few hours after the scrub. Instead of lemon juice you would be better o
  6. They're homeopathic so maybe you could order some more from the company but ask them to send you the ones that don't give people libido problems. Might work.
  7. Your face is naturally covered in very fine short white hairs. Are you sure the oil is not just causing these hairs to catch the light so that you are noticing them for the first time?
  8. I was reading some posts in this forum and wondering if people who feel bad about their acne had tried writing a thought record. It takes about 15 minutes and you might find it helpful. I found it very liberating to write down my feelings and look at them from another angle. Here is what you do. Thought Records Adaptive thinking is about identifying negative thoughts and feelings and recognising them for what they are. If you can take your negative thoughts, write them down and find an answ
  9. Well you are using acids on your skin. If you find they are working for you and getting rid of the blackheads then you can reduce the % acid you are using on your skin to get rid of the blackheads but not disturb the skin. Using a stronger moisturiser, like those formulated for dry skin/eczema, should also help.
  10. I was looking up sebum control and I came across talk about ketoconazole. It is an anti fungal drug used to treat dandruff, athelete's foot and other fungal conditions. A listed side effect of using the shampoo is reduced sebum production leading to dry brittle hair. The effect is thought to be due to the drug acting as an anti-androgen. It is available as a shampoo or cream with the brand names Nizoral and Daktarin Gold. It's a long shot but you never know.
  11. So I was doing searches on other forums for anti blackhead treatments and I came across this product.
  12. Yeah, I've been lucky in that I don't get any severe acne just whiteheads and blackheads on my nose, tops of my cheeks, chin and forehead.
  13. 8% Salicylic Acid sounds very strong to me. I have been using 2% and finding it reduces my blackheads a bit but not totally. I have been thinking about going up to 5%. I think 8% might cause your skin to dry out and peel.
  14. A cleanser does not have the time to sit on your skin the same way a lotion can. I would have to question it's effectiveness.
  15. Loads of people say toothpaste works great but I haven't found it helps me. I had the same as you - the toothpaste made my skin dry and irritated. I found Clean and Clear Blackhead Clearing Cleanser worked fairly well. It is cheap and you can get it in the shops. The Clearacil version is not as good. It has 1% Salicylic Acid as the active ingredient. I put it on with my fingers, let it dry, then put moisturiser over the top. If you are getting small spots/whiteheads, make sure you drink plenty
  16. I haven't seen water being mentioned as much as I would have thought it would be. I personally find it is the difference between me having whiteheads and me not having whiteheads. If I let myself go for more than about 4 hours without a glass of water I will get a whitehead. I drink about 3 litres of water a day and it stops me getting pimples. It is very simple to know whether or not you are drinking enough water: is your urine clear? When it is entirely clear, not even a hint of yellow, you
  17. Boire strips made the blackheads on my nose worse. They pull at the skin and stretched and inflamed my pores. They are also not very effective at removing the comedones (blackhead plugs). They look like they are working because you can see stuff on the strip but they just break off the tops of the plugs and rarely pull the whole lot out.
  18. I tried using a 12% Glycolic Acid cleanser and then applying a 1% Salicylic Acid leave on lotion followed by moisturiser for about 3 months. I had been using the SA for a while. I saw no improvement over using regular liquid soap in my blackheads or the general condition of my skin from the GA. When I stopped using it I didn't notice any worsening of anything. Didn't work for me and was fairly expensive.
  19. I'll try the Mandelic Acid first and then if it hasn't helped I'll try a higher strength Salicylic Acid. I am a little nervous about using anything too acidic. I once tried vinegar after a suggestion on another board and found it gave me a small chemical burn. You can't see it unless you get very close but it is still there. I think I had also made the mistake of using a rough cloth when I was applying it.
  20. So I can't say how accurate this is but here are the Octanol/water partition coefficient as log Pow. Salicylic Acid = 2.2 Mandelic Acid = 0.6 To me, this suggests that Salicylic Acid is, can't find my calculator but say, 13 times more fat soluble than Mandelic Acid. I guess this is what you would expect as eurovision50 was pointing out in Mandelic Acid the polar groups - alcohol (OH) and carboxyl (COOH) - are further away from the phenyl ring than in Salicylic Acid. But they are chemically ve
  21. I have a biochemistry PhD. To me this paragraph explains why mandelic acid could penetrate deep into a clogged pore. A phenolic ring would pass the charge around and allow the molecule to pass from the polar environment of water into the nonpolar lipid (fatty) environment in the pore. I have been using salicylic acid for a few years. I am currently using a 2% preparation which I think also contains retinol (DERMAdoctor Ain't Misbehavin'). It works OK but not great. I think my blackheads look