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The Genius Next Door

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  1. I wouldn't worry about it too much if I were you. My face is basically one giant whitehead.
  2. Haha, cool. Well, I would love to see how your story unfolds, as we seem to have basically the same problem. How old are you?
  3. I don't believe they know the exact cause, although it's probably that the skin's oil balance is off and that your skin is excreting too many toxins, meaning that your bowels/digestive system are all messed up. I recently discovered that like many people in Western societies, I have Candida overgrowth, which is probably why I get comedones. My father has the same thing, but neither one of his parents ever had it, nor did any of his siblings. Unsurprisingly, he was also the only one who refused
  4. Plain old apple cider vinegar truly is the best, that is, if you can stand the smell.
  5. Plain old generic aspirin will work just fine. You can get a bottle of it at Wal-Mart for about a dollar.
  6. Nothing dissolves them completely. You need to address the root cause, m8. However, salicylic acid/BHA is probably the single best topical thing I've found for reducing blackheads. And here's a little tip for you: although Paula's Choice products are wonderful in general, (I'm a huge Paula Begoun fan), you would probably save a lot of money by just using salicylic acid powder mixed with water or even crushed aspirin mixed with water. I believe it's exactly the same thing, and it's worked for
  7. Here's a suggestion: I've noticed that while honey seems to moisturize the skin, it also seems to bring blackheads and whiteheads to the surface. Although this might help comedones to some extent, it will temporarily make them look worse. If you want your skin to look free of blackheads immediately, I would suggest just using crushed asprin without the honey. This formula will also be less sticky.
  8. I don't think that's how you're supposed to do it, Benny. :/ A Dermaroller would probably work better than regular needles or even a tattooing machine. Since the needles are all at an angle, they can penetrate the skin from many different directions.
  9. Anyone who has severe acne is probably aware of every single treatment option available. ~
  10. I have loooots of blackheads too, in all the same places you have them. My pores are also giant. The oil has been reduced dramatically from megadosing on pantothenic acid, but the blackheads are still there. I do use the mask on the whole face, and I do have several freckles. It will not dry out the skin or turn it red, in fact, you'll notice that your skin seems much more soft and moisturized. I've used it for two nights in a row so far, and my complexion looks a lot nicer. It's possible that
  11. Jeez... any food is okay as long as it's "sometimesy." If you like Chinese food, then go ahead and eat it every so often, just make sure it's less than once a month. There's nothing worse than having acne and also being psychologically miserable. And an occasional mood boost from your favorite food might actually do you good.
  12. I personally love the Salicylic acid, but saw ZERO results with Differin. You should just go on Accutane. It will get rid of your rosacea as well.
  13. I have a few, (five to be exact,) pores on my nose that have been stretched open to 1-2 mm size and are very noticeable. The worst part is that they are all in this little cluster, with most of them located on the front. Does the punch method work on scarred pores, or is it only for icepick scars located on the cheek? What else could potentially get rid of these marks?
  14. In my opinion, mineral makeup is NOT a good choice for oily skin and/or large pores. It has sort of a weird sheen to it, which looks really strange when combined with oil, and tends to accentuate the pores. Also, although it stays on all day, it makes your skin look like vinyl after a few hours. The thing that made me decide to stop wearing mineral makeup was when a REALLY gorgeous girl with flawless skin and a presumably 36-26-36 figure asked me if I wore Bare Minerals. I told her no, even tho
  15. So I had heard of using salicylic acid/BHA for a long time, but I never truly understood its benefits until recently. I finally decided to make my own aspirin mask, thinking that it would be like most other homemade concoctions and have very few to no benefits, but I was pleasantly surprised by the results. I combined some crushed aspirin with a little water and some honey, applied it to my face, and left it on overnight. In the morning, after I washed it off, I found that my blackheads were g
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