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MickyD

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  1. 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?

  2. 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 arms and legs, frowning or moving away from the person. You need to smile and have an open relaxed posture. It is natural to touch your neck, lips and hair and also to mirror the way the person you are talking to stands or sits. These things may sound like you are putting them on but nervousness can be switching them off. It is also important that you keep participating in conversations if and when they become more personal and intimate. I have seen too many conversations stop dead just on the point where two people are about to tell each other how they feel.

  3. 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 know you are interested. You could also suggest events or things that you have seen that you think you want to go to and think he would be interested in too. This will allow you to arrange to see each other without the pressure of directly asking him out on a date. Hopefully this should allow a relationship to flourish naturally.

    I also think that letting someone know directly that you love them can work well. I think that putting your feelings in a letter allows the person to digest the information and take time to make their reply. Take time to compose the letter and work out exactly what you want to say. I think it is worth holding your final version of a letter like this for a couple of days before posting it to give you a chance to reread it and be sure you are comfortable with it. If you decide to do this, you must accept that they may tell you that they are not interested in you.

  4. 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 of trying a product with salicylic acid or mandelic acid. At least these acids are fat soluble so there is a chance of them getting into your pores and doing something.

  5. 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 answer to each thought, then you can overcome these thoughts and the negative effects they may have on your self esteem.

    Throughout the day, you will find yourself having many negative automatic thoughts. You may not even recognise you are having them but they have a severe negative impact on your emotions. These thoughts are automatic and trained in to your brain just like the thoughts and skills involved in learning to ride a bike or drive a car. At first cycling and driving are difficult but after years of practice you no longer need to think so hard as you have trained your brain to perform these tasks automatically.

    In relationship to acne you may have automatic thoughts like:

    "The person I am talking to is repulsed by me."

    "I will never be able to meet anyone."

    "My skin will never look good."

    "I don't want to deal with people face to face in my job."

    These negative thoughts will often involve some kind of avoidance. People avoid things because they make them feel worse or already expect a certain outcome to the situation. However, the avoidance leads to more negative feelings such as depression and anxiety. This leads to a vicious circle of worse and worse emotions. To break the circle, it is important to identify these negative thoughts and become aware of when they happen and what causes them. Then you can learn to think about these things in adaptive ways.

    Thought records are designed to allow you identify, slow and restructure negative thoughts. They consist of a table with 5 columns. The headings for the columns are:

    • Time and Situation
    • Automatic Thoughts (what was going through your head?)
    • Mood and Intensity of Mood
    • Thinking Errors (match thoughts from list)
    • Rational Reponse

    To start with, think of a distressing incident in the past week. In the first colum, "Time and Situation", write when and where the incident took place, who you were with and what happened. This should be one or two sentences.

    In the second column, "Automatic Thoughts", write what you were thinking. What were you saying to yourself about the incident? What did you say to yourself about you, other people and your role in the situation? What did you worry might happen? What is the worst that could have happened? What does this mean about how the other person thinks about you? It is important to write your thoughts here and keep them separated from your feelings.

    In the third column, "Mood and Intensity", simply write each of the moods you experienced followed in brackets by how strongly you felt this emotion on a scale of 0-100, where 100 is the most intense. Examples of mood include happy, angry, frustrated, repulsed, anxious, depressed, shocked.

    In the column "Thinking Errors", you identify the type of thought you have listed. Each thought may be fall into several catergories so write all those that you feel apply. By identifying the type of thought we can understand why we have these thoughts and can see how they affect our behavoiur and emotions. Remember that not all negative thoughts represent thinking errors but there may be thinking errors associated with a thought even if it is appropriate to the situation.

    List of Thinking Errors - from Hope, Heimberg, Juster and Turk (2000)

    • All-or-nothing thinking: You are seeing things in black and white catergories.
    • Overgeneralization: You see a single negative event as part of a never ending pattern.
    • Mental filter: You pick out a single negative detail and dwell on it exclusively, overlooking other positive aspects of the situation.
    • Disqualifying the positive: You reject positive experiences by insisting that they "don't count" for some reason. In this way, you can maintain a negative belief that is contradicted by your everyday experiences.
    • Jumping to conclusions: You make a negative interpretation even though there are no facts that convincingly support your conclusion.

      1. Mind reading: You arbitrarily conclude that someone is reacting negatively to you, and you don't bother to check this out.
      2. Fortune telling: You anticipate that things will turn out badly, and you feel that your prediction is a predetermined fact.
    • Magnification/minimization: You exaggerate the importance of things or inappropriately shrink things until they appear tiny (for example, your own desirable qualities or another's imperfections).
    • Catastrophizing: You attribute extreme and horrible consequences to the outcomes of events.
    • Emotional reasoning: You assume that your negative emotions necessarily reflect the way things really are: "I feel it, so it must be true."
    • "Should" statements: You try to motivate yourself with "shoulds" and "shouldn'ts" as if you need to be punished before you can be expected to do anything.
    • Labeling and mislabeling: This is an extreme form of overgeneralization. Instead of describing an error, you attach a negative label to yourself or others.
    • Personalization: You see negative events as indicative of some negative charateristic of yourself or others, or you take responsablility for events that were not your doing.
    • Maladpative thinking: You focus on one thought that may be true but over which you have no control. Excessively focussing on one thought can be a form of self criticism and can distract you from an important task or from attempting new behaviours.

    The fifth column, "Rational Reponse", is about correcting the negative thought and finding more helpful thoughts to replace them. In the book this section contains a fairly long story about two little league baseball coaches. Coach A is a bullying nasty coach who tells his players "I can't believe you missed that ball! Miss another like that and you are on the bench!" Coach B is very supportive and says "Well you missed that one but it doesn't matter. Fly balls always look further away than they are." He is supportive and full of advice for the future. This is what you are trying to do. Change yourself from a negative Coach A to being a supportive Coach B when you are thinking. The questions to ask yourself are:

    • What is the evidence that this thought is true?
    • Is there an alternative explantion?
    • What is the worst thing that can happen? Has the situation unreasonably grown in imporatance?
    • What would a good coach say in this situation?
    • Have I done what I can to control it? If I were to do anything else, would this help or hinder the situation?
    • Am I worrying excessively about this?
    • What would a good friend say to me about this situation? What would I say to a good friend about this situation if he were going through it?
    • Why is this statement a thinking error?

    Adapted from Safren, Sprich, Perlman and Otto (2005)

    I really hope this helps. If you have any trouble with it, feel free to ask in this thread and I will try and help you with it. I think you will find it easiest to take a sheet of paper and turn it on its side to fit the five columns in. I hope you have luck with it, if you try it out. You should consider seting aside time each week or each month to go over the excercise again. I found it worked great for me.

  6. 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.

  7. So I was doing searches on other forums for anti blackhead treatments and I came across this product.

    Dermalogica - Medicated Clearing Gel 50ml

    In Style - Best Beauty Buys 2006 - Best for Blackheads

    An overnight medicated treatment to help clear skin and prevent blemishes by sloughing off dead skin cells and reducing sebum (oil) that clogs follicles leading to breakouts. Dermalogica's unique Alginated Zinc Triplex helps fight bacteria, provides anti-inflammatory benefits to soothe irritated skin and helps regulate sebum production. Exfoliating Salicylic Acid is delivered deep into the follicles to prevent future blemishes. Naturally purifying Tea Tree Oil helps fight future breakouts. Fragrance free.

    Salicylic Acid (2%) helps clear skin and prevent blemishes by sloughing off dead skin cells.

    Aliginated Zinc Triplex helps fight bacteria, regulate sebum production and reduce irritation.

    Naturally-antiseptic Tea Tree Oil aids in skin repair.

    To use: Before going to sleep, apply a thin layer of treatment to the entire face and let it absorb. In the morning, wash off with a Dermalogica cleanser. Use nightly, as needed.

  8. 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.

    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.

  9. 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 of water. I find this gets rid of my whiteheads. It is recommended that you drink 2-3 litres of water a day. It is not nice but if you drink enough water so that your urine is clear not yellow that is the right amount.

    Don't use anything by Boire. I have had very bad experiences from using their products. Like a scar from a flareup after using their Warming Blackhead Clearing Cleanser.

  10. 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 are drinking enough water.

  11. 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.

  12. 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.

  13. Thank you for posting that info, Micky! I hope mandelic works out for you.

    For some people, if 2% salicylic is not very effective, 5% does the trick. My skin does not like SA very much, so I have never tried this .... but you can get a very good 5% salicylic product at www.dianayvonne.com if you are interested. DY's acids are extremely well formulated.

    While I was poking around looking for pH information yesterday, I read that your skin does become accustomed to hydroxy acids, and after a few months, the exfoliation effects lessen. The person who wrote that suggested rotating acids every 3 months or so. So that's also something to keep in mind ...... you might try mandelic for a few months, and then go back to salicylic.

    The experimentation never ends.

    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.

  14. 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 very similar. You have to take into account that with Salicylic Acid coming in 1-2% and Mandelic Acid coming in 10-15% the difference will be reduced simply by one being more concentrated than the other.

    Which will be better at getting into pores or clearing blackheads? I have no idea. I imagine that sebum is very complex and the clogged pores will contain dead skins cells as well as oil so I'm not sure that it would be predictable.

  15. Traditional AHAs, including glycolic acid and lactic acid, are highly polar, water-soluble materials. Lipophilic AHAs also exist, and they offer benefits on oily and acne-prone skin because they can preferentially absorb into the oil rich follicles. Mandelic acid, glycolic acid with a phenyl group attached, and benzylic acid, glycolic acid with two phenyl groups attached, are two examples of AHAs with enhanced oil solubility.

    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 maybe a third better. They are still very visible.

    I was wondering how mandelic acid compares to salicylic acid. I tried glycolic acid, at 12% I think, about a year back. It did absolutely nothing. Same with Lactic Acid but they would not be able to get into the pores.

    I have combination skin. I almost never get acne on my cheeks. My nose, the tops of my cheeks near my nose and the middle of my forehead is all blackheads - every pore. I get a lot of whiteheads but only if I let myself get dehydrated through lack of water or too much alcohol.

    I have been trying everything I find out about and every home remedy. My personal experience is that anything mechanical - pushing the blackheads out with a loop or pin, using boire pore strips, exfoliating with large beads - gives a very temporary improvement but if you use them again and again over the weeks the pores get stretched and enlarged. I have over the last few months been using the Queen Helene Mint Julep Masque. I put it on once or twice a day leave it to dry and then leave it another 20-30 minutes. You can see the oil getting drawn out of the pores into the mask. This does make the pores look empty instead of like they have oil in them but it does not seem to reduce their size. I have recently been scrubbing my face with Bicarbonate of Soda. It makes my skin very shiny. I have only been doing it for maybe a month so I can't say if it works. I read it was a cheap alternative to getting professional microdermabrasion which I have been considering for a while now. However, $1000 for a course of seesions is a lot if it isn't going to work.

    I will order some Mandelic acid and try to report back on how I do.

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