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Everything posted by MiBFTo

  1. You're not alone. But... don't blame them. It isn't their fault. They're reacting to their own circumstances, which yeah, is a little self involved, but we all do it to some degree.
  2. I go through phases with water. I often don't have much of a hankering for it, but if I force myself to drink it for a coupla days then I can't stop. Right now I'd say I'm drinking 1.5-2 liters a day. I work an office job, at a desk pretty much all day. I have a cup; probably 16 ounces, that I keep on my desk. There's a filtered water cooler about 15 steps from my desk, on the way to the bathroom. I fill it probably 3-5 times a day, on average. At home, I keep a 1 liter bottle around and fill it
  3. Icing won't necessarily make anything feel or look better right off the bat. For me it's always a cumulative effect. Definitely take an anti inflammatory, like ibuprophin.
  4. That's the way it should be done, BP all over the face and using it on places with normal skin is just going to cause irritation and probably acne in areas you never had problems with. A small amount on a qtip will destroy the acne no doubt.. but it will never SOLVE your acne problems. Im not sure if getting rid of acne by spot treating will cause acne scars but i still would never use it as its way to harsh no matter what percentage. Agreed. It's pretty much a reaction to an already exis
  5. Personally? I'd get them both. I find that having one acne treatment plan is going to work really well for some blemishes and won't do a damned thing for others. TTO and a sulfur treatment are both really good things to have on hand if you have breakouts.
  6. Personally, I rinse with warm/hot water, steam with really hot water, rinse with warm/hot water, and then splash with the coldest water I can get from my tap to close my pores. The steaming is pretty obvious, it opens my pores. I don't feel clean if I don't use warmer water, and I know I usually have a breakout when the weather gets super hot, because I usually start using cooler water out of a need to beat the heat.
  7. Absolutely right, TTO shouldn't be used on your whole face indiscriminately. I have a small bottle of TTO that I dip a qtip into, and dab on individual spots. Personally, I use a hot compress to help draw the core of the blemish to the surface, and dab TTO on it. I find it shortening the time I have cysts for by quite a lot.
  8. Tea tree oil can be bought at any store that has even the weakest "natural" section. I don't know about CVS or stores like that but Wegmans has it, Whole foods does, any kind of health food store will have it. CVS might have it... I've never really checked. Pure tea tree oil (and hot compresses, but I understand why you're hesitant to try that) has helped me reduce the duration of my cysts to only a few days, for the most part.
  9. Have you tried the hot compresses and tea tree oil that I recommended?
  10. Keep a compact and some concealer in your room with you. After nearly ten years with my husband, I still don't like to wander around his parent's house without any makeup at all, even if they are my family and love me to bits. Anything really obvious I'll cover. I personally don't care much about old scarring, but active blemishes... those get covered. Pretty much the only person who sees me sans makeup when I'm broken out is my husband, and even for him I'll wear some concealer if I feel real
  11. Ok, I don't understand how anyone can hate on exercise being a part of this plan. Exercise is ALWAYS a good idea!! Find me one licensed individual in the medical profession that tells you not to exercise and I'll eat my shoe. With regard to acne, specifically, exercise affects how well and how quickly certain foods and nutrients are metabolized (or NOT metabolized). So of course it stands to reason that exercise is a part of the equation.
  12. Personally, I think the biggest PR mistake with acne is that so many seem to think that acne is the result of being unclean-- and no one wants to be unclean, or viewed that way. Were it not for that I think acne wouldn't be the scarlet letter it is today. I don't think it'd ever be viewed as desirable, but perhaps less repelling than in is now.
  13. Little, I think if your breakouts pretty regularly coincide with your cycle, then you're more likely to have luck with hormonal regulation as a correction for your acne. Like birth control pills. They did jack squat for me for the years I was on them, except for kill my libido. But I think this is just confirming that my acne is not heavily influenced by my hormonal cycle.
  14. I've used BP in the past never found it to be effective enough to warrant the side effects. I use mainly glycolics and SAs now, as well as tea tree oil. Tea tree oil supposedly works in the same manner as BP, but is natural and less drying in the long run. I far prefer it.
  15. Ice certainly can't hurt!! Ice it for a bit, and try a hot compress followed by tea tree oil.
  16. I don't know where this pervasive view that seems to be coming from teenage boys on this forum that women are evil, shallow, good for nothing and or prostitutes, but it's getting really old. I'm not saying having a significant other is the be all end all of existence, but if your way of making yourself feel better about not having a girlfriend is to make all women out to be teh debil, then you've got bigger problems than simply romantic ones. ~Michelle, married 3.5 years and the breadwinner
  17. Do you use any product in your hair? Perhaps it's not the sweat, per se, it's the mix of sweat and a hair product that's causing your problem. Perhaps you should rinse off before you start your workout. Most places ask that you rinse off before you get in the pool, but if you rinse once before you work out at all and then again before you get in the pool, even if you're not washing completely, that'd probably be an improvement.
  18. Shaving doesn't make hair grow in differently!! I loathe this old wives' tale. Shaving cuts the hair to a blunt end, rather than it's natural tapered end. This makes it feel thicker and look darker, but it's the exact same hair that was growing there before. Just has a haircut. Anyhoo, I personally don't see the appeal of a guy being "bald". I don't think I'd have a problem with the actual result, but the message, would be that a guy is a little too focused on his presentation. The same way a
  19. Store bought mineral makeup is usually of very low quality and full of filler ingredients. I'm mostly pointing my finger at drugstore brands, here. They have talc and cornstarch in them and are no good for anyone, least of all those of us with "problem" skin. The brands that you have little choice but to order online have fewer ingredients, no fillers, and are less likely to be irritating to your skin. They're more expensive, yes, but if MMU from the store doesn't work for you, that doesn't me
  20. In my experience, it's best to allow this kind of thing to purge. It'll just reappear every couple of weeks or so until it's all gone. Tea tree oil is your friend.
  21. Before getting involved with a derm, try applying a hot compress (a washcloth soaked in hot water) a few nights in a row, followed by tea tree oil. A much cheaper and, in my experience, just as effective treatment.
  22. I don't know what it is, exactly (I can't even always identify my own), but if it feels deep, I know what you're talking about. Ice it, hit it with some tea tree oil, and if you're secure enough in your masculinity, dab a bit of coverup on it. Hydrocortizone will be at the drug store with the anti-itch stuff. Egg white/lemon is some egg whites mixed with some lemon juice.
  23. I'm pretty fair, especially in the winter months. I've found that the Revlon ColorStay in the lightest shade isn't quite right, but lasts all day... and still lasts all day if I mix it with a bit of CoverGirl TruBlend in the lightest neutral shade.
  24. What does OCM stand for ....oil cleansing method ? how do you do that also, how well has your clogged pores responded to this ... do you still get clogged pores ? Sorry, I should have been more expansive with my initial post. Yes, OCM is the Oil Cleansing Method. Be forewarned, though, like any other acne treatment, what works for some can be disastrous for others. It's been working for me for about a month, but did NOT work for me when I started out using extra virgin olive oil-
  25. Way back when, before we got married, my husband and I spent many a weekend holed up in the basement of the house we were renting at the time with cartons and cartons of cigarettes, two liter bottles of coke and takeout subs and pizza and watch seasons of the Sopranos. Good times. We're a little more high brow these days, though. Those were good times though, fo sho.