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Posts posted by coolduderyan07

  1. In all honesty, rubbing alcohol will do worse to your skin than any form of acne can. If i'm not mistaken, the point of alcohol is to render bacteria (and other viruses) useless via degrading the protein in it's cell wall. Basically, you're ruining the cell so it can't survive or replicate. What's the difference between a bacterial cell wall and a normal healthy cell wall? Not much I presume. Alcohol, if applied to the same area cells, will ruin them. 2x a day may really hurt your skin. I'm no medical doctor but Ive used alcohol on my skin enough in the past to prove very experienced with it. I used it constantly along with peroxide because I heard they were the best antibacterial solutions. They not only killed the bacteria on the skin, they also damaged the skin itself and whatever my body was using to repair it. At one point, I was stuck with a cyst for a month because it never healed. It was just one big mass of ruined skin that took forever to surface and repair. PLEASE for the love of skin, stay away from rubbing alcohol at LEAST on the face. You're better off using Neosporin in the longrun. At least it will allow your skin to repair and effectively get rid of infection from bacteria.

  2. I have quite a severe cystic acne problem on more or less my chin, DEAD CENTER ON NOSE, chest, and back. The rest I guess I can handle. Cystic is the worst though. I find myself untagging myself in way too many facebook photos because of outbreaks. My chest has been the worst lately. If I go out and drink one night, the next 2 weeks are HELL for my chest and face. That's honestly why I cut out alcohol. But i'm still seeing awful breakouts. I noticed that people who cut out red meat, dairy, and gluten do see results. WHAT KIND OF "HEALTHY" LIFESTYLE IS THAT? Ive been living a body building lifestyle recently because Ive been trying to gain muscle and stop being so scrawny. I'm 5"11 and weigh 185. Ive gained quite a bit of muslce, and I look 10000x better than I used to, and am in the best shape of my life. But guess what: Dairy, clean carbs (Gluten: rye, wheat), and red meat are staples of muscle building. There's no way I'm going back to that pale scrawny kid who ate less than 1500 calories a day. No way in hell.

    Current Regimen:

    Somewhat healthy diet. Give or take a few days.

    Zinc 100mg a day.


    Aloe Vera gel after morning shower.

    Neosporin on cysts.

    2.5% BP on smaller zits.

    Facial Cleanser in morning shower and before bed.

    Past Regimens:

    Proactive: FAIL

    Most facial cleansers on the market: FAIL

    10% BP for long periods: FAIL

    10% BP for short term: Somewhatpass then FAIL

    Doxycycline for long periods: Works okay on cysts for a few weeks, then FAILURE ON ALL FRONTS

    Minocycline: Better results on smaller acne. CYSTIC? NOPE. FAIL

    My current regimen is keeping the smaller acne at bay. But these cysts on my nose and chest are REALLY killing me.

    The one thing that REALLY helped me get rid of my acne for a month?: Ocean water->Tan->pool to rinse of the sand and salt. I went on vacation to martha's vineyard and it cleared up my acne considerably. Seeing that I live in New England. This might work for the month and a half we have with summer weather. The other 10 and a half months? HELL

    So I would really love to hear some suggestions. I'm going to be 19 and need a fix for this. Acne has made me completely antisocial in the past. I don't want to relive that again.