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  1. Has anyone tried an activated charcoal poultice for their acne? I don't know what to make of this because there is so much conflicting info online. Next time something flares up I might try just a plain poultice of AC and water. http://www.newstarthealthcare.com/article.php?id=208
  2. Here are 2 sites that can help you with cosmetic ingredients - http://www.zerozits.com/Articles/acnedetect.htm http://www.cosmeticscop.com/learn/dictionary.asp?TYPE=MAIN And this one can help you with food ingredients - http://allallergy.net/databases/index.cfm You can try to go over what you eat and what contacts your skin, and eliminate one by one the things you think could be causing the most problems, and see what happens. Hope you can figure it out :angel:
  3. Hi Sunny, Sorry about your problem. I use the shampoo/cleanser and conditioner from Magick Botanicals. It was designed for people with chemical sensitivities, but has really helped to clear up my hairline. Shampoo ingredients: Purified Water, Cocomydopropylbetaine, Alpha Olefin Sulfonate, Cocomide MEA, Panthenol, Germaben, Fragrance Free. Conditioner ingredients: Purified Water, Stearyl Alcohol, Cetyl Alcohol, Cetrimide BP, Germaben, Fragrance Free. If you can't order online I found the T
  4. I'm sure this is nothing new but a few years ago I read Women's Bodies, Women's Wisdom by Dr. Christiane Northrup, and while I did not agree with everything she did go into some detail about how the symptoms of PMS and related hormone imbalances are somewhat preventable, and about how stress in particular "manifests" itself so to speak into these hormonal imbalances. I noticed over the past few years that this is true for myself at least, and the lower my stress levels are the less PMS I have,
  5. As far as I know the warm air could increase circulation to your face, but could also dry it out some. If it feels drier just put on some extra moisturizer.
  6. Unfortunately every single product in your regimen except for the Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser contains fragrance, which I know for me was irritating and made it very difficult to heal acne. The Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser has sodium lauryl sulfate, which can also be a very potent skin irritant. I'm not sure how much these are adding to your dryness, but you could be having some sort of reaction. If I were you I would not use 2 cleansers in the morning, just 1, and I also would not use a s
  7. If you have time I would be interested to know if your books say citric acid (other than being a pH adjuster) is just a food preservative, or can it also be a cosmetic preservative? I am reading a lot of conflicting information about this. Thanks!
  8. I haven't used Thermasilk products recently, but in shampoos for instance some of the main things to look out for are fragrances, sodium lauryl sulfate, ammonium xylenesufonate, menthol, etc. I use a lot of the products from Magick Botanicals, and for instance this is what the shampoo ingredients are: Purified Water, Cocomydopropylbetaine, Alpha Olefin Sulfonate, Cocomide MEA, Panthenol, Germaben, Fragrance Free. Another way to see this is if a cleanser just "cleanses" without do
  9. Several people in Canada have used products from Spectro that as far as I know are available in stores. Your grapefruit product might have a lot of fragrance in it, and your toner might have alcohol, which could both be adding to your problem. The Spectro Derm cleanser apparently does not have fragrance and the ingredients look relatively gentle. If you do have some kind of contact dermatitis you might want to try to isolate what is causing this by stopping products one by one and waiting a f
  10. It looks like there could be something irritating your skin. If you can let us know everything that comes in contact with your face maybe we can help you better. Also if you let us know what country/state you are in someone can recommend products you can get locally.
  11. I use the cleanser from Magick Botanicals, it really is not an acne cleanser, it is more geared towards people with chemical sensitivities. I don't have an acne problem anymore, but I suppose it could come back if I used the wrong products.
  12. yes, i tried the aspirin mask before. left it on for 10 min. i tried to scrub uber gently. but it's soooo harsh, the particles are too big and abrasive. so i just washed it off. but the mask still irritated and dried out my skin BAD!!! is baking soda similar to aspirin in terms of harshness? if it is, it's probably not ok with my sensitive skin. Sorry to hear that happened to you with the aspirin. I have to give it extra time and water to dissolve or as you say the particles are too big.
  13. I tried baking soda once, it worked ok, but uncoated aspirin dissolved into a paste with water works a lot better for me. I have to be really gentle because it is easy to make my face temporarily red if I scrub too harsh.
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