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  1. How Often Should an Acne-prone Person Wash Their Towel?

    Can Bacteria from Towels Make Acne Worse? Can Oil or Makeup from Towels Make Acne Worse? The Real Danger of Towels: Rubbing the Skin with Towels Can Physically Damage the Skin and Make Acne Worse Towels May Spread Infections Unrelated to Acne Some Towel Materials Pick up More Microbes than Others In Summary Can Bacteria from Towels Make Acne Worse? Towels are often damp, and are stored in relatively warm bathroom environments, which is an ideal...
  2. Do Different Strains of Acne Bacteria Affect Acne Differently?

    Clogged pores form through the accumulation of skin cells and sebum (skin oil) that clog a hair follicle (pore). If the contents of the follicle are unable to escape the clog, they continue to build up until the follicular wall ruptures. This rupture causes inflammation that forms inflammatory acne, i.e., papules and pustules - the red, inflamed lesions people refer to as "pimples" or "zits." Many factors, including overproduction of sebum, skin cell overgrowth, hormones,...
  3. Riddled

    Betaine Hcl

    I have been taking Betaine HCL on and off for a few weeks now. Maybe a month or so. I stopped for around a week becaus ei was getting weird reflux feelings in throat. At first i thought my skin was getting better but was just coincidental. Skin has been very bad last week or so, so started takign it again. Erythromelalgia has been bad last few weeks may or may not be related to betaine hcl. - The tablets stink like cat piss. - need to research what and how they are made from.
  4. The last couple of days I have come to the conclusion that I will be Forever Alone forever. I'm too late in the dating game and will never marry and barely have a social life all thanks to acne and some other personal issues I had when I was younger. Now I'm just trying to figure out how to accept this and be content while seeing happy clear skinned people everywhere. Some of us are just cursed.
  5. Read this PLEASE. It's been a long road, and I feel like I can answer a lot of questions. I'll have a concise conclusion at the end, so don't worry about remembering everything I say that you need to do. The immune system is designed to keep things like viruses and foreign bacteria out of our system. Bacteria's getting in our system, so there's clearly a problem. To first answer the fiends that insist acne is from hormones and oil glands and which can't be changed, they can. You can balance horm
  6. I'm testing something new and while too soon to say for certain, it does seem to help. Doing nothing.. specifically, avoiding soil based bacteria by cooking or thoroughly washing all vegetables, and also not taking probiotics. Here's my long journey... Nearly 40 y/o m, I've been able to clear my skin completely via diet changes stemming from IgE skin prick testing. (The IgG blood testing had tons of false results) All of the most common food allergens and about 10 others were +. So no diary
  7. Alpha Hydroxy Acids (AHAs) vs. Beta Hydroxy Acids (BHAs)

    Introduction to AHA and BHA Differences Between AHA and BHA Similarities Between AHAs and BHAs Side Effects of AHAs and BHAs Comparing the Effectiveness of AHAs and BHAs Introduction to AHA and BHA Hydroxy acids are a group of acids used to treat a variety of skin conditions, including acne. There are two main classes of hydroxy acids: Alpha hydroxy acids (AHAs) Beta hydroxy acids (BHAs) The main AHA used to treat acne is glycolic acid, while...
  8. Hello everyone.. I love to come onto this site and read but I hardly ever make any posts myself.. decided to change that. So I was researching all about the benefit of garlic and how it can help acne sufferers.. seems like it has helped in a lot of cases so I decided to give it a try. It seems that the beneficial element of garlic is "allicin" which only occurs when the fresh garlic is crushed. It also appears that most garlic supplements do not have a usable amount of allicin. I came acro
  9. Throughout personal research and coming to my wit's end after trying loads of stuff to help me. I am still stuck with acne. Not crazy just medium acne thought the face and a little on my back. My skin gets oily in the day and its very annoying. I want to get rid of all of this and just live normally. Now these are my general rules that I go by for acne. Acne is an overgrowth of parasites, fungus, metal and bacteria. After realizing these factors, I immediately got rid of my toxic amalgam me
  10. Ok past two weeks I've been breaking out inbetween my eyebrows, my skin gets oily her but never usually break out this much here. Using a come done extractor a hard sebum like clogged pore thing comes out and it leaves a brown mark which takes forever to go and fade the slightest. Possible causes: Gym sweat from cardio, I try to wash my face as soon as possible after a gym session however sometimes i shower and wash my face a bit later like 30 minutes later so maybe the sweat hardens which c
  11. First of all, I am in no way associated with the products advertised at the end of the video nor do I use it, I just thought the video was very simple and explained how acne is actually formed. *Moderator edit, URL removed - read the board rules* I just wanted to share with everyone (if you are unaware) how we get clogged pores and why we get acne in general. EDIT: Oh, and this video has actually stopped me from picking and squeezing my whiteheads!
  12. NO PICKING CHALLENGE! (for real) I've tried this challenge multiple times, I have failed EVERY, SINGLE TIME. This time, I will succeed! Personally, my acne is not hormonal but most likely has to do with my diet, stress, and POPPING --> spreading bacteria --> more acne! So, I am going to stop popping, picking, and touching my face at all. I've done these things to stay on the challenge: -Ticker app to keep track -Drew on my mirrors so I can't look close -Dim light in bathrooms -Dist
  13. My cyst had come to a head and while I was putting on the treatment it had popped did I just spread all that bacteria around on my face?
  14. Interesting article on the causes of celiac disease: http://www.nytimes.com/2013/02/24/opinion/sunday/what-really-causes-celiac-disease.html?pagewanted=1&ref=general&src=me I believe there might be possible implications to acne through the discussed Gut health - probiotics - autoimmune connection? Acne is essentially an autoimmune disorder isn't? Would be interesting to know the rates of acne amongst the Finnish and Russian populations they looked at. Does a
  15. The question has been circling in my mind for a while now... is the fact I’m having more sex the reason I’m getting acne? Ill give you some background info on my situation. I’ve never had any huge breakouts for most of my life. Always had clear skin. Until I went on the implant/met my man. i hated the implant and had it removed pretty fast. They say the hormones leave your body, but I’m not sure if they have? (Could be a factor) I have been vegan for over a year, but recently gluten fre
  16. If you primarily suffer from break outs around your nose, cheek, and chin, your acne-causing bacteria may be living in your nostrils. 30% of the population are thought to be persistent Staphylococcus aureus nasal carriers. http://cid.oxfordjournals.org/content/45/4/475.full If your break outs predominate around your ear, neck, jawline and temples/forehead ​ the acne-causing bacteria may reside in your ears. S. aureus http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/12542200 and Pseudomonas aeruginosa h
  17. interesting small news article i spotted today which basically outlines what most of us have know for a long time.. using antibacterial / harsh soap can irritate the skin and cause acne and most days our skin only needs a rinse in water. the short news piece goes on to say how using antibacterial soap regularly in the shower can stop your body recognizing good bacteria leading to acne. worth a quick read - http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/technology-science/science/using-soap-regularly-shower-coul
  18. Hi, I'm not going to give a lengthy account of my skin and its history. Suffice to say I've tried literally everything, and its still terrible. Accutane and antibiotics have made it much worse in the long term, and I'm now desperate to fix the problem at its source. I'm convinced it starts and ends in my gut for many reasons that I won't go into here. Increasing probiotics and dietary fibre, and eliminating sugar, wheat, dairy, and gluten, all seem to help manage it to a degree, but I'm still
  19. I have had a small patch of folliculitis on the back of my neck for about 18 months now. My doctor put me on several antibiotic creams and then pills. Neither worked, so he said the only resort was to take Accutane. I hate ingesting harsh drugs and keep hearing that one should avoid Accutane at all costs, so i have tried everything from coconut oil (did nothing) to tea tree oil (helps some) to see if i can discover a natural cure/magic bullet. So, my best friend, years ago had a back acne sit
  20. So last week I started using a blue light treatment similar to the Tria device, however my skin has been freaking out. So I stopped using it today and read some interesting research about how the blue light works to treat acne. Apparently the blue light makes the P. Acne bacteria produce more Porphyrins. Porphyrins are bacterial excretions, that kill the bacteria themselves by free radical damage. However this can become lodged in pores and lead to more acne. So what do you guys think
  21. If I understand correctly, acne is caused by a bacteria (P. acnes). Right? So... why do we say "everyones skin is different"? While I'm sure we all vary we're not THAT different. In fact, it seems the only thing that really varies between us as individuals is our sensitivity to dryness and irritation. FACT: Benzoyl Peroxide kills P. acne by creating oxygen where bacteria can't live. ANYONES skin. It can't not work (at killing the bacteria). FACT: While bacteria can develop res
  22. I went to the dermantologist and he prescribed me Bactrim DS. I am currently on the regimen, and now I will be taking this. My next appointment is in 2 months, and he said I should be clear or start seeing results by then (I hope he's right...). I have to take this twice by mouth daily. Has anyone else ever been on this? Any good results? Also, my skin is very red and dry and it stings all of the time... It's my second week of the regimen, is this normal?
  23. So... I'm about to start weaning off antibiotics and start incorporating fermented foods that are rich in probiotics into my diet. [i've been on antibiotics for 7-8 months, "doxycycline tetracycline" and/or "doxycycline hyclate"] (Not sure) [assuming I have at least 1-3 servings of them a day] How long will it take for fermented foods to repopulate my gut flora/good bacteria?
  24. Diet: Your body needs to have healthy cells to reproduce and fight skin damage. However, it has to be balanced. Too much of anything, even omega 3 (too much can hurt our skin's ability to fight bacteria), can hurt us. Remember the food pyramid and too get plenty of fruits and vegetables, while not getting too much of any one thing (multivitamins hurt, you get everything you need in a healthy diet). Showers: A big hidden killer. If you take long hot showers, you are not doing your skin any fa