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  1. Well, to start off, there are several factors involved in acne formation: hyperkeratinization, sebum (over)production, presence/activity of P. acnes bacteria, and inflammation. Hyperkeratinization is abnormal shedding of skin cells within the follicles, which creates plugs... these "plugged follicles" are called microcomedones... if there is some drainage (of sebum and the other contents), it will become an open comedo, or blackhead. If there is no drainage, it will become a closed comedo, or wh
  2. Interesting and well organized post. This is the second mention on the boards I've seen recently about daylight and pineal melatonin regulation, the most prominent being databased's of course. I think they make soap bar holders so you can use the bar to basically scrub your back where you can't reach. The more I think about it, the more I believe that products on your face should be used minimally and in the lowest concentrations possible. Ideally, none should be used at all.
  3. In theory, I don't understand how this works. Acne forms from a microcomedo first. This is before bacterial or fungal play any role in infection or creating a subsequent inflammatory response. At best, I could see this method preventing inflammatory lesions but noninflammatory acne (whiteheads and blackheads), which is a result of pore function and has nothing to do with bacteria, would still form. edit: I'm not saying I don't believe this worked for some people. Quite the contrary. Howev
  4. Acne is simple but it's not simple to address. The mechanism for acne are well defined and few: sebum production, hyperkeratosis of the follice leading to bacterial/fungal infection resulting in the inflammatory response produced by the skin. That's very simple. But when you look at the stressors that can affect each one of those processes alone, they number in the hundreds. Worse yet, if we know x, y and z are stressors for any one of those processes, changing x might make y and z worse in
  5. I recently began to serious clear up and I've had inflamed acne for years. I don't have any visible scarring and I even popped and picked at mine. I think cystic acne is probably more prone to scarring, but it all depends on your skin type. I have oily, baby skin (part of why I think I break out/broke out so much) and maybe it's high in collagen too? I don't have any scarring and if I do, it's too small for me to care (i.e. wasn't visible even sticking my face right up to the mirror). If yo
  6. TTO isn't water soluble so you'll just end up with TTO floating on top of water. Diluting it shouldn't be necessary, but some people cannot tolerate 100% TTO. The way I got around is barely dabbing a cotton ball that has one drop of TTO on it. That seems like barely anything but it's very strong. You'll have to dilute it with another oil or some sort such as jojoba, or find a product that is ready to apply (i.e. pre-diluted). Alternatively, you can go find a tube of Benzoyl Peroxide "vanish
  7. I used to get smaller cysts on my nose in the same exact spot from time to time (it was like it was the same follicle every time). What I did, I highly suggest not doing: I put ice to it for about 10-12 minutes and took a sterilized needle and lanced it open, draining it quickly. I never scarred from it, but I highly suggest not doing what I did. Now my nose just has blackheads. At the very least, I would put some ice to it to help with the inflammation. Since the swelling is result of muco
  8. Nodular lesions are similar to papule and pustules in that they are inflamed lesions resulting from a follicular rupture. Nodular lesions occur from a more severe break along the base of the follicle but are fundamentally the same. They just look worse and result in more trauma to the skin. However, both are treatable with the same techniques. Cystic acne results from large pus deposits when bacterial infections cause an autoimmune response resulting in large inflammation, swelling and creat
  9. I think these are just normal papules. Are they cicular like papules? The size of the papule seems to depend on how deep the follicular collapse is. The deeper the collapse, the larger the swelling and area affected by inflammation. They should be treated as papules. The reason it being cicular is important to a distinction is because this demonstrates that the follicular collapse has not resulted in follicular wall rupture along the bottom of the follicule, only the side. Ruptures at the
  10. I don't see any particular reason why this would work in general, but I find it hard to argue that it might work for some. I drink so much water, my pee is practically clear. I don't see what would be so bad about it. Just somewhat inconvenient. Since I drink so much water, I pee probably 10 times a day at least.
  11. Good write-up. Well written and detailed. This is a very simple regimen and should be easy to incorporate in conjunction with other regimens or by itself. A few questions: You seem to have found a good performing juicer that is also easy to clean. Any tips on the make and model? To make your vegetable juice, do you have add any additional liquid to ensure it's not too constituted and if so, do you just use water? Peace.
  12. Carnitine is widely available in most foods like red meats, chicken, dairy products, peanuts etc. L-Carnitine supplements such as propyionylcarnitine or acetylecarnitine are available from most nutrition suppliers like GNC and Vitamine Shoppe. Please remember you can easily google these things and find them. A question for HaloTek. Are you suggesting reducing low glycemic cereals such as brown rice, quiona etc. to reduce fat lipid releases? What about exercse? I exercise every day for at l
  13. Databased, The forgoing is a long read, and I am not formally educated in biochemistry. However, my background is in scientific disciplines and applied sciences, so if you find the time to entertain my muses, you may PM me or respond here. I don't expect you to set aside time, but this are just some of the thoughts based on your posts. I am aware of your point about the intensity of sunlight. Ever since I can remember, I have had photic sneeze reflex, so as soon as I see bright light (even
  14. As a followup, there are some products on the market that are specifically designed as light therapy devices for treating things such as Seasonal Affected Disorder. From what I understand, they work in the same vein as melatonin regulation but instead are intended to affect serotonin. Here's a $35 10K LUX unit: http://www.amazon.com/Omega-Therapy-Season...r/dp/B004FOQJJS I might give this a try and let everyone know how it works.
  15. Databased, I have had some very high success recently with digestive minded diets (use of probiotics, large volumes of high quality fibers, adequate water consumption and avoiding fructose and things which promote carb malasorption and avoiding things that cause gastrointestinal discomfort). However, I think you pose some interesting correlations in that maybe avoiding things that are gasterointestinally upsetting is really an address of the symptons and that suppressing daytime melatonin prod