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ChuckH

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  1. This is just a followup to a previous acne/PF (I think?) problem I've had on my belly and chest area over the past couple of years. Originally thought I had PF on my belly and chest and tried just about every home remedy I think there is. It was a problem that just never went away. This all started while building a stone patio (Texas heat!). Sweating buckets all the time while the job was going. I'm also very active and workout at least 3-4 times a week. Again, sweating buckets throughou
  2. I think I've got mine cured using Target "Origin" brand tea tree oil. Using it "neat" and applying with palm of hand. Occassionally exfoliate with baking soda also, but otherwise that is the extent of what I'm doing. Have been using H&S forever as shampoo. Started on my belly area a couple of years ago. Tried everything before the TTO and this is the only thing that's curtailed the itching and all red spots have disappeared. I occassionally still have a single red spot show up, so I'm n
  3. Well, I don't know if TTO is for you. Certainly, everyone responds differently. If what you have is fungal, then TTO might be the answer. But, it is an antifungal and antibacterial, so it might help with a bacterial issue also. I can only speak for myself. I most definitely had a fungal issue on my stomach similar to these pics http://dermnetnz.org/fungal/pityrosporum-folliculitis.html I'm pretty much 100% clear now. I workout pretty consistently and occasionally get a zit or two. I th
  4. You may have to devise an applicator (I think Dan offers one on this site, haven't seen it though). You may also want to change to a shampoo that has Tea Tree Oil in it. The residual shampoo will coat your back (and other parts of the body) a little after you rinse and may offer some help. It may take a while to produce results, but may be worth a try. All the acidic products just irritate my skin. Tea Tree Oil has worked tremendously (i'm gonna go out on limb and say "cured") a PF infectio
  5. Just wanted to say I also believe in what MissTanya is saying. The combination of Giovanni Tea Tree Triple Treat shampoo (or any well prepared tea tree oil shampoo) with direct skin application of Tea Tree Oil additionally on affected areas is probably one of the best ways to combat PF. I've been doing a lot of research on the web, and it seems that tea tree oil, in tests, is probably the best topical agent to combat PF. Only oral fungal medications outdo it. Sadly though the oral fungal me
  6. If you get a chance read my reply here: http://www.acne.org/messageboard/treating-...ne-t248414.html Also, I would suggest not using a scrubby. Just use your hand as the applicator, no need to scrub it in. Of course, everyone is different. Also, recommend leaving the Nizoral on for 3-5 minutes then rinse in shower. Let the Ketoconazole do it's thing, and it's thing is antifungal. The Tea Tree Oil is also antifungal and I hope it works for you if you try it. Good luck, Chuck
  7. Have you considered Tea Tree Oil. I've been dealing with a fungal issue located on my belly (PF?) for about 2 years. Tried everything, or seemingly. Anyway, went to Target, picked up the Origin brand they carry. Initially, diluted 1:2 with Vodka. Now using straight and am seeing great improvement. Long term cure is yet to be determined. How do I know it's fungal. Finally found it on a scraping under a microscope. I work in a Medical Laboratory. Looked before but couldn't find anything
  8. Hi everyone... Just wondering if anyone has had propylene glycol work on their PF problem? Thanks, Chuck
  9. You may want to consider even this... [Edited link out] Buy the quart...then also go to the store and buy a gallon of distilled water. Mix up equal portions for your 50% solution, put it in a spray bottle and use it to apply. The quart will last a loooong time, for sure, especially when it's diluted 50/50 with distilled H2O. I think I might run out of the 8 ounces I got from the below company before I've got rid of the PF (maybe). [Edited link out]
  10. It looks like what you need although it doesn't say specifically what the exact ingredients are, i.e. 50% Propylene Glycol in 50% Distilled H2O. You could certainly ask the seller what the formulation is. Just be sure it's a 50% formulation and be sure there is nothing else besides Propylene Glycol and Distilled H20 in it. I like the volume you get. The 8 ounces I bought at the below link is half gone after about 10 days now, so the 16 ounces will certainly last longer. [Edited li
  11. When I first read about the Propylene Glycol and was looking for sources I noticed that one of the ingredients in my "Equate" (Walmart) Skin Cleanser, Gentle Formula was Propylene Glycol. Now I bought this last year or maybe later, but it's possible they don't use PG in it anymore. Anyway, there is an option on the instructions for use, to just work it into your skin and then wipe off the excess. Well, this is what I did at first, maybe 3 or 4 weeks ago. And, I did notice an improvement with
  12. Hi...just wanted to comment on the propylene glycol use. I've been using a 50% solution for about 10 days now. There has been a significant reduction in the redness of the areas and the flareup of pimples. In the past 10 days I've had only 2 small pimples form but otherwise what is left is some dull red marks. I must say I'm very pleased with how things are going and I'm going to give it a solid 3 weeks and then make a conclusion. If I have to go beyond 3 weeks I think I'll make a trip to the D
  13. Thanks Steve for the comments... Tommorow will be the 7th day of treatment and there has been NO! flareups, at all. Typically, and usually by now, I would have something new in the form of redness, which would progress to a small pimple or large pimple. And, usually, they always tend to flare up in the same general location. That is what always had me guessing. The flareups would be cyclic (usually about every week there would be another episode), then there would be localized itching at th
  14. Hi everybody... Well, I just wanted to share my experience so far, with what I feel now to be PF. About 3 yrs ago, I had what appeared to be acne forming on my belly. Not sure, how or why, but maybe from extensive outdoor work in the lovely Texas heat and humidity of summer. Anyway, it stayed localized on the belly area. Never really progressed to other areas. And it certainly looked exactly like the belly pic on this link. http://www.aocd.org/skin/dermatologic_dise...orum_folli.html Hav
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