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  1. It is infuriating to see comedogenic ingredients for a benzoyl peroxide problem. I'm dealing with that and the fact that my skin now seems resistant to it. I have used Clean and Clear Popped Pimple Pen, which is a salicylic acid gel--not great. Not seeing any effects on cysts, but I bought it on clearance just to try a salicylic acid gel. Clean and Clear Persagel seemed to slide off my skin at night and made zits moist, but did not deflate them. I used to put hydrocortisone cream on cysts-that used to work, and now, it's worthless. I tried using calamine lotion recently and it was so-so. I have acne marks and scars and I think I need to stop using BP because it's making that worse. What are you all using to keep zits from popping up overnight--sulfur? I've used clindamycin (sp?) and a sulfur face wash. The smell is repugnant and the effects were underwhelming in my teens, but I think I might have to try sulfur, because I've been on/off Retin-A for ten years and it only worked when I took Accutane. Now it just makes my skin purge. Same with BP, it seems. I'm really frustrated. Any tips? Are any of you successfully using a better BP product? I was unimpressed with Neutrogena 2.5% BP cream and usually use the generic CVS "vanishing" version--they changed the formula so that it's got more (acne-causing) moisturizers and slides off my skin at night. That's everything I've used and how it works. (I see Acnevir is popular around here--I might try that.)
  2. Hi, Not sure what to do now been battling acne for a few years now, (I'm an 18 year old male) and it is really effecting my confidence and making life difficult. I would say that the current state of my acne now is moderate to serve still get cysts and noduals but has calmed done a bit from its worst state earlier on in the year. I also have widespread acne on the chest and back. Both my body and chest acne seem to go through major breakout phases every few weeks. I have less active zitz although still get new ones pretty much each day, but I have lots of red and purplish marks. I have tried lots of things from the acne org regimen to topical retinoids (they made it far worse I know it gets worse before it gets better but it broke me out for 6 weeks so I stopped) I used to put BP over whole face stopped that a few months ago and only use it as a spot treatment mainly on cysts as putting it on constantly was making me break out. My current main cleanser is gamophen soap ( which is quite harsh but ha worked better than cetaphil and acne org cleanser) My GP also gave me a solution that include sulphur and sylicytic acid which i apply to the skin twice a day for 15mins and then rinse off this has helped a bit although I still get cysts, but has made my skin dry and flakey ( I am terrified of using a moisturiser although i know that I should) I have been on doxy and erythromycin, the erythromycin for about 5 months helped a little. Anyway it is not really getting me clear at all I want to be clear because it is really effecting me. I finally got into see a derm in 2 weeks time.... I know like all the GPs that they will say accutane. The big issue for me here is contacts, I use orthkryotlogy lenses during the nigh (they reshape the eye temporally for short sighted people) t. I love these I dont want to not be able to wear them because of tane, this is what is putting me off starting a course of it. I heard that lens wear is possible with eye drops but not at night... Would a small dose accutane still clear me up but not give me major dry eyes????
  3. So about 3 weeks ago i decided to get the mario badescu drying mask and the healing and soothing mask. I seem to have seen little to no improvements on my skin? I am using the masks about 3 times a week, the soothing one on monday, drying wednesday and back to the soothing on saturday, as it instructs to alternate between the two. But yet I am still getting these big shiny pimples on my forehead and face. I am almost every night using the drying mask as a spot treatment overnight trying to reduce these as much as possible. On nights I dont use the masks, I cleanse with a tea tree regime aswell. Any one have any ideas? this is getting reallllllly frustrating now coming up to my 19th birthday. And yes I am a male :/
  4. Can i use a 10% benzoyl peroxide treatment and a 2% salicylic acid treatment during the night while using a Chamomile & Aloe Vera Cleansing bar (soap) and a 10% sulfur ointment during the morning? 10% benzoyl peroxide treatment & the 2% salicylic acid treatment are both equate beauty products. Chamomile & Aloe Vera Cleansing bar is a La Bella product. 10% sulfur ointment is a De La Cruz product.
  5. So I'm a darkskinned female who for the longest has pretty much always had smooth skin. I might've gotten a pimple here or there when my cycle was on but mostly my skin was nice and clear. The type that I'd always get compliments on. This year marks the end of that unfortunately. For some reason I woke up one morning and I just couldn't understand what happened to my face. Now I did start a job that I'm working outside in the sun mostly but I still didn't wanna believe that's what had been the cause a few months ago I had went out and Iet a friend do my makeup (slept in that makeup) but washed it off the next day. Didn't wanna believe that was the cause either. I recently got into the spin for clear skin trend and started using one of their brushes I felt like that could've been an exponent but still not believing that line could've hurt my skin so much. The damage was so disgusting yet I was so used to my skin healing so quickly I'm any and everything that I just knew it was a matter of time (it wasn't). I don't want to mention the $100 of dollars that went into the trash from acne products I'd bought that either irritated my skin more or simply made things worse period. At some point I came across a sulfur treatment. I can vouch that the sulfur treatment works. Because put on any pimple nearly the next day it'd be dried out. That's when I started to question what was it that was on my cheeks because my forehead had cleared up completely yet my cheeks still had these hard little bumps that never budged. Doing reasearch I fell into the thought of it maybe being a fungal infection. Which brings me to what I'm currently testing out. Nizoral. This is my third day I want to say I've noticed somewhat of a difference. I'm getting sort of a purging thing going on but only where the pimples already were no new ones. I've went along and made a dermatologist appointment anyways incase after my trial nothing changes. I've been meaning to do so anyways but we so badly to believe I could figure it out myself not to mention the stories of derms being no help. Anyways I'll drop some pics so you guys can get an idea of evolution my face has gone through.Maybe you have some pointers for me. (also wanna mention I lost a younger sibling early in a the year so some say it could be stress but I didn't start to break out until maybe June is I disagree)
  6. Although my blog is devoted chiefly to oily skin and acne, I also deal with seborrheic dermatitis and I like to provide periodic updates regarding my progress on that front as well, in case my experience can help someone else suffering from seb derm. One month ago I started washing the seb derm areas of my face with a sulfur soap called Coral KAVI. It contains salicylic acid and sulfur. While I have used salicylic acid products in the past with no success, I had never used a sulfur soap until this experiment. My main symptoms of seb derm are flaking, redness, and occasionally pustules, with flaking being the most annoyingly unmanageable symptom. So far, Coral KAVI soap has made a significant difference in the amount of flakes on my face. My seb derm typically shows up in my beard, and whenever my beard used to grow out, I could rub flakes out of it for literally 5 minutes straight. It would just keep snowing down (sorry, I know that's gross lol). When I rub my beard now, next to nothing comes out. I mean seriously next to nothing. I used to get hundreds if not thousands of little flakes, and now I get... maybe ten? I don't know. It's seriously negligible. I wash my face with the soap twice a day in lukewarm water and then apply my CeraVe moisturizer. I'm just hoping that the results stick. I've heard of certain treatments improving people's seb derm only to gradually stop working after a few months of use. But I'm happy at the moment.
  7. Hi I was just wondering if sulfur ointment (specifically de la Cruz sulfur ointment 10%) works for closed comedones? Can someone please answer ASAP?
  8. gingergirl22

    Homemade Sulfur Ointment

    I've posted about how I like the De La Cruz 10% sulfur ointment for treating acne. However, I've never been comfortable about the 90% Polyethylene Glycol absorbing into my skin. So I picked up some powdered sulfur and figured I could easily make my own ointment with healthy ingredients. I'm no chemist, but I found that it dissolves beautifully in vegetable glycerin and since I love the effects of topical yogurt on my (and my son's) skin I also add that to the recipe. Here's my recipe for a 10% sulfur ointment: 1 part powdered sulfur 1 part vegetable glycerin 8 parts nonfat yogurt (I use plain Fage) I use 1/4 teasoons for the "parts". Dissolve the sulfur in the glycerin thoroughly (I use a popsicle stick), then stir in the yogurt. I freeze this mixture by dropping 1/4 teaspoonfuls on parchment paper and storing in shallow container. It doesn't freeze hard, probably because of the glycerin. My son and I are using it on my skin and so far so good. We leave it on for 10-15 minutes then rinse it off. This is similar to the instructions for the De La Cruz ointment. I'll soon try it for an overnight spot treatment. It goes on really smooth and is less granular than the De La Cruz. Does anyone with knowledge of chemistry know if combining these ingredients negates any of the benefits and if freezing changes the structure of the ingredients after they've thawed?
  9. backtoblack

    Tretinoin .025%/doryx/sulfur Log

    I'm starting this up to help me prepare for my next dermatologist appointment. My treatment began on 06/11/2013. In the last three months my skin went from being relatively clear with some issues with a few clogged pores and non-inflamed small pimples that would go away pretty quickly to having very painful papules and pustules on the left side of my jaw and hairline with tons of clogged pores all over my cheeks. I've been using the pill since I was 17 and at 25 I'm not certain this is hormonal acne or just caused by stress or something irritating my skin or something else. I've also had consistent breakouts on my back, but they've been responding well to apple cider vinegar and honestly don't bother me that much. As for my face, blemishes were also forming much quicker that they normally would, a few times I took a nap and woke up with new inflamed pores in the course of an hour. I'm hoping to nip this problem in the bud before it became far worse - and while I'm not happy with the current state of my skin I'm still fortunate enough to be experiencing mild to moderate acne on only a portion of my face. At present, these are the prescription products involved in my regimen: Doryx (doxycycline hyclate - delayed release) - 150 mg/day Acella cleanser (10% sodium sulfacetamide, 5% sulfur) - Use once a day on face and body Tretinoin Cream at .025% - I've been using this for two days in a row and then taking a day off, I think I'm going to switch to using it every other day Other things I'm using: Organic honey as spot treatment, cleanser, and mask Sulfur mask to calm redness and inflammation - mine is the Equate brand from Walmart Jojoba oil to remove makeup and the oil cleansing method to help loosen up the clogs once every few days Possible other factors in my skin's sudden change: Humidity (I live in Atlanta, Georgia and we've had a fairly rainy summer) Avalon Organics Vitamin C cleanser - I've stopped using it but I've read some reviews where people seem to have had similar reactions to mine Wellbutrin - I'm on Wellbutrin to treat depression, but one of the side effects is I'm prone to hot flashes (yuck) which might be making me sweat more and subsequently break out more. I'm pretty certain this isn't the problem though. A week in I can report that any inflamed acne I've had has pretty much subsided - I think this is mostly due to the Doryx. My left jawline looks pretty bad with healing spots and new whiteheads coming up daily. Lots of debris seems to be coming out my pores and I'm expecting that I'm on the cusp of my tretinoin purge period. I'm hoping by using sulfur products and Doryx that the inflammation will not be so bad during this phase and that most of what arises is whiteheads, blackheads, and clogged pores rather than really painful bumps. The painful spots make me want to pick my skin like crazy to release the pressure/infection from under my skin and I know I really shouldn't be doing this when my skin is in such a fragile state with the use of tretinoin. Other than that, I haven't had any bad reactions to tretinoin outside of flakey skin on my forehead. Here's to hoping I'll be through with the purging phase in the next two weeks.
  10. Hello, I've been suffereing from hormonal acne for about 6 years. I've tried everything nothing has worked. Until now. I've been researching into sulfur being the miracle cure. I've decided I wanted to make my own paste with coconut oil. The only problem is I have 2 choices on which sulfur to buy and I'd like your help in picking one. 1: Gold Standard Organic Sulfur http://www.h2oairwateramericas.com/Departments/Supplements/Organic-Sulfur.aspx This sulfur states it's never grounded because that ruins the molecular structure of sulfur making it less effective. It also has no filler or anti-baking agents and it's sourced in the USA. Also is "99%" pure. It has a price tag of $40 a pound The only problem is the crystals are kind of big, thats right not a powder so it would be kind of hard making it into a paste. I guess I could blend them in a blend tech blender . 2: Ground Yellow Sulfur Powder 99.8+% Pure Brimstone EPA approved for feedstock http://www.amazon.com/Ground-Yellow-Brimstone-Approved-Feedstock/dp/B003OJDA4M No guaranteed of the quality on this one but it's a powder that will easily mixed. It's EPA approved whatever that means. Plus it's a hell of a lot cheaper and 60 reviews almost all 5 stars. Should I be worried about additives in the second and go with the 1st one and grind it myself or risk it with the cheaper 2nd option Thanks for the help!
  11. Hello, do any of you tried of heard of louis de widmer acne cream? It contains salicylic acid and sulfur. My dermatologist prescibed it to me but I never used it cuz It leaves my face orange cuz the cream its tinted. But I'm trying again this cream again since yesterday. Other than that it doesnt irritate my skin so thats a big plus but I dont know if it works well on cysts and clogged pores wich is my main problem right now.
  12. Hello, do any of you tried of heard of louid de widmer acne cream? It contains salicylic acid and sulfur. My dermatologist prescibed it to me but I never used it cuz It leaves my face orange cuz the cream its tinted. But I'm trying again this cream again since yesterday. Other than that it doesnt irritate my skin so thats a big plus but I dont know if it works well on cysts and clogged pores wich is my main problem right now.
  13. Hi everyone! I don't usually do the whole forum scene but I think it will be therapeutic for me if I share my acne story. So here we are in 2015 and here's to a new year's resolution. I would like to be clear by my birthday in August and wishing that if I can't obtain that goal, to be clear by the end of 2015! I have oily skin to the point that I have to wash my glasses every night before I go to bed. I have had mild to moderate acne (I feel though as if I have severe) for more than 8 years and just recently I consulted with a dermatologist for the very first time in my life. Prior to the consultation, my routine consisted of everything imaginable - yes I think I have tried everything non-prescriptive. First, there is diet. I have tried pin-pointing the root cause of my acne first through diet change. Removing white rice from my diet showed some signs of improvement but yet here I am having eaten no rice for almost 2 years and my face is still covered with acne of the same severity. I have significantly decreased my fast food, soda, and overall sugar intake and still my acne seems relentless. I have incorporated cucumbers, kale, and spinach into my regular diet as well as increased my overall intake of several different kinds of vegetables, which showed no visible signs of helping to stop my acne. Just because it didn't work though doesn't mean I stopped doing it. I still continue with this diet for my health. Second, there are topical treatments. A long time ago, just getting out of middle school, I noticed I had bumps appearing out of nowhere, I simply started washing my face with warm water - twice a day. It started to get worse so my mom bought a soap bar that tackled oily skin. I was in my teenage years. Teenagers get acne so no big deal, right? My acne subsided for a bit and then got worse with time. I started to get hyperpigmentation and lots of acne scars. I then switch to brand name face washes: from Neutragena, Clearasil, Proactiv, you name it. At this point I was in the middle of getting my BS degree, but I began to feel depressed and avoided going outside to social events and just avoided people in general. The topical treatments I used only helped to control some of my acne. My face was still popping out cysts like a rabbit popping out babies in spring. I've never had clear skin as an adult and I was fed up. Sorry, I meant to keep this short, but there's just a lot on my mind. Anyway, fast forward to my dermatoligist consultation... I heard about Accutane (Isotretanoin I think) and I read about it all over the internet, from the effectiveness to the side effects... I was leaning towards pleading with my derm for this magical drug. My derm recommended that I try the following first because accutane is supposedly a last resort treatment so he put me on: Sodium Sulfacetamide 10% & Sulfur 5% Cleanser (twice a day face wash) Doxycycline Hyclate 100mg Capsule (2 month, oral antibiotic taken twice a day 2 hours before or 2 hours after eating anything) Epiduo (once a day night mask) I started using the cleanser on 1/6/15 and the antibiotic and face mask on 1/8/15. So far, the larger cysts have subsided. What I am concerned about is what will happen when I am finally off of these prescriptions... but that is still a long wait from now and all I can think of is picturing myself with clear skin. I feel optimistic and please feel free to voice your opinion or share your story with me! Thanks!!!
  14. Hey guys, long time no speak. I can't believe it's been nearly 6 months since I posted on here. So I want to get straight into it. Here's an updated skin routine then I'll go into some details, some things have changed some haven't. Here goes: AM acne.org cleanser ACV toner Cetaphil moisturiser Smashbox Light Primer....makeup etc PM - post make up removal acne.org cleanser clearogen cleanser ACV toner La Roche Posey Effaclar Duo+ Cetaphil with a drop of EPO Spot treatments (sparingly) sudocrem (errrday) PTR sulfur cooling mask Cortizone (only for deep cysts) Masks De La Cruz Sulfur Peter Thomas Roth Cooling Mask (I mix the two above together) Aztec Indian Secret with Braggs ACV (I add de la cruz sometimes). Supplements Zinc - 100-200mg per week Evening Primrose Oil Now Foods Female Balance As my acne is hormonal it's like clockwork. This is both advantageous and frustrating knowing its coming but not being able to do much about it. October has probably been the best month for me in terms of acne I started taking now foods female balance straight after my last cycle and that seems to be doing something I don't feel as tho I can review it just yet. But if you have any questions please let me know. I used to take zinc daily but I think it's stopped working a bit so I've cut back. Ok, cleansing. I've been using acne.orgs cleanser which I love to bits but as I'm in the uk it's not too easy to get hold of and eBay sellers seem to have up'd their prices. I tried to come off this product but my acne was flaring up due to YourTea skin magic (yuck and btw they edit people's reviews and don't approve the negative ones it's all rubbish) clea skin in 2 weeks yeah ok I wish. Anyway I had to get myself another acne.org cleanser because nothing else was working. However after a recent trip to Paris I picked up a La Roche-Posay cleanser which is a beaut. Too early to review though but this is a possibly replacement. I use clearogen as and when. Can be quite drying but it helps. La Roche Eff.... Is amazing really gets rid of those stubborn red marks left from old spots loving it and have been for about 4 months. Only product is I get through them quite quickly and they are pricey!! My de la cruz mask has been a long term favourite for me it just works. I won't go into too much detail as I've mentioned this is previous posts but I do tend to mix this with the Green clay mask and this works wonders. Im in two minds about my Peter Thomas Roth mask. I like it but I don't think it reduced the spots themselves. It does defiantly even out the skin and help with redness and brown spots. It can be very drying if not used correctly. ive had it a good 8 months and have used it on a weekly basis it's only running out now. I know this post has been a bit messy but im writing it from my phone which is annoying. Please let me know if you have any questions about any products I've mentioned. My skin is about 90% clear and my breakouts are reduced to almost once a month. Yes I'm careful with my diet but not that careful, like I still eat wheat, gluten and even some dairy recently (I've been daily free for over a year now) but I'm so happy with my skin at the moment. I genuinely thought I'd have acne forever so if I can help even one person in the slightest I'll be over the moon!!!
  15. Hey guys So since we last spoke (I spoke you read) I felt as though clearogen was being way too harsh on my skin so I made some changes. I'll go into my current routine later on. On Friday I had an appointment with a new derm... He told me my acne is probably genetic (even though it's clearly around my jawline and was caused by Yasmin one would think its hormonal hmmm). We did speak for about 45mins (my apologies to the people waiting for their appointment after me). He suggested roaccutane to "break the cycle of acne" but I wasn't convinced and told him my concerns. So he then turned to differin. I came home and immediately did crap loads of research. I'd used epiduo for 6 months and felt it was too harsh but that was probably the BP in it. Can anyone share their differin experience with me? I've decided not to start it just yet (I have a string of weddings in a hot country to attend this summer). Instead I've been researching avene triacneal... Again if anyone has any experience with this because get in touch! I'd love to know how you got on. After an accident a few weeks back I had to take Plan B which I think has thrown my hormones a bit out of whack plus being away I was sloppy with my usual masks and treatments and my skin has suffered. Ive been using a type of product for a while now and I must say has defiantly changed the overall look of my skin, I just need to get the jawline breakouts under control grrrr due to plan B but it's really calming down since using one of these products. Here goes... GUYS... SULPHUR... SULFUR whateverrrrr it's my everything. I have x4 kinds and 2 are just magic Peter Thomas Roth sulfur masque... Meh Azufre sulfur acne treatment ointment I like Now for my two lifesavers DE LA CRUZ ACNE MASK & DEAD SEA SULFUR SOAP <3 Amazing. Also, I have been routine with my zinc and evening primrose oil which I love. Let me know if you have experience with any of the above. I'm so determined to clear my skin without a crappy doctor or derm. I've seen around 8 in the past 10 years, NONE mentioned sulphur in fact when I mentioned it to the derm he said "oh might have a look into that"
  16. tanna23

    Weeks 13 - 14

    My skin went through a dry patch lately since I switched from my regular cleanser to a sulphur soap. But it's the regular dryness I get where I still break out. Anyway, as always I'm back to an oilier state. I'm a living oil factory. smh I also started taking my contraceptive pills again - it's ethinyl estradiol and cyproterone acetate (Krimson or Ginette where I live, Dianette in other places). I started taking them in 2010 for my menstrual problems, stopped because I was sick of taking an extra pill everyday and I started again because my problem came back. Ugh! The insert says it helps clear acne but it never helped me. It never aggravated my acne though so I was grateful because so many things do like microgynon (ethinyl estradiol and levonorgestrel). Microgynon made my skin hideous in a very short time. I AM hoping, though, that this time, the birth control pills will clear my skin. Wishful thinking, but who knows. Right now as I type I don't have anything huge on my skin. I have some small bumps between my brow, and at the corner of my brow, a tiny but oddly painful little whitehead on m cheek and some stuff healing from my recently stressful couple of weeks. Maybe if I find a millionnaire to marry so I don't have to spend 16 hours or more everyday at work and school then I'd have clear skin. I might be just the stress and constant lack of sleep that's not allowing me to have clear skin. The lack of sleep is not something that I can change most times though, not when I have to be out of the house by 6:30 am, 6 days a week and sometimes I'm not home until 11pm... it's just not possible some days.
  17. Hello all who is out there reading this, I’m James, a 23 year old male & I have been suffering from acne since age 11. I’m not quite sure on the exact cause so I’ve come here to hopefully seek some wisdom from maybe those who’ve been in my shoes. Get ready for a bumpy (face of a) ride. Here’s my journey. A brief background on my acne. I’ve tried pretty much all over the counter products. Cleansers Moisturizers Topicals: BP, Salicylic Acid, Clindamycin, Essential Oils Minocycline, Doxycycline, & eventually 6 months of Acutane. All have done there fair share of either helping slightly or damaging my skin. I would say my acne has always been pretty moderate. Anyth region above my eyes has always been crystal clear but my cheeks, chin, & forehead never have been clear. My current regimen includes: VITAMINS & MINERALS & ANTIOXIDANTS: Vitamin A, Vitamin C, Vitamin D, Vitamin E, B-Complex, Fish Oil, Evening Primrose Oil, Zinc, Alpha Lipoic Acid, Magnesium, Beta Sitosterol (active compound in Saw Palmetto), Probiotics, & Fiber capsules. AM: Wash with a gentle gentle cleanser in the morning, use Thayers Witch Hazel (rose water) as a toner with a few drops of Salicylic Acid Moisturize is Aloe Vera gel. Before I head out the door I spray my face with Green Tea water mixed with Thayers. PM: Recently switched to a 3% Sulfur cleanser to help my dead skin cell slow turnover rate. Thayers again as a toner. Also recently switched to Azelaic Acid (20%) as my topical. Lastly I use a Retin-A . I found that Azelaic Acid & Tretinion compliment eachother. MY DIET: This last month I did a full month long colon, liver, & full body detox cleanse to insure my acne wasn’t purely internally based. I am a very health conscience person and happen to be allergic to dairy & gluten so those two factors are already out the window. I stay far from excess sugary foods & hydrogenated oils. Other than that I eat a high fiber/omega-3/omega-6/ diet. Lots of beans, lentils, veggies, avocados, fruit, rolled oats, pumpkin, flax & chia seeds, almonds & cashews. No alcohol. I drink about 3-4 cups of Green Tea a day as well as 1-2 Spearmint or Chamomile teas at night before bed. I also drink plenty of water (at least 100 fluid ounces per day). I believe I may have Hyperkeratinoisis which is a buildup of protein on the skin that clogs pores with dead skill cells. Add my excess sebum (oil) and it’s a mixture from hell. I do get stressed out but not any more than the average person. I’m a fairly calm & level headed human. Depression has taken its toll on me over the last few years after I’ve seen a dermatologist for about 2.5 years which did nothing. I actually obtain more clear skin by researching for myself and trying more holistic approaches. The best thing a dermatologist offered me was Tretinion which I still use to this day. SIDE NOTE: My acne or at least sebum production goes into overdrive after masturbation. I’ve tested the theory and I have broken out bad masturbating consistent days. Also I’ve held off work about two weeks and yes my skin got better but never fully cleared me up. The most frustrating part of this whole journey to clear skin is the teasing of new practices I implement. I try something new & it works, starts to clear me up then out of no where either backfires or stops working. Some examples of these are... Green Tea. Lost its effectiveness so I bumped up to Matcha green tea which was strong and worked again but slowly diminished strength. Pure Tea Tree Oil (huge clogger of pores). My skin was beautifully clear after dabbing pure Tea Tree Oil on my face daily unless it clogged my pores horrifically. Took 3-4 months to unclog them. Alpha Lipoic Acid. Lost its effectiveness. High Fish Oil intake. Stopped its high effectiveness & to thin out my sebum BP. Always overdried me & made my breakouts worse. It’s like my body becomes immune to all of these wonderful options and just wants to make my facial inflammation worse. There’s a few questions that I am eager to have answered. Such as products I’ve been curious to try but have not yet. So without further ado I’ll fire away. Borage Oil over EPO (evening primrose oil)? Does the higher GLA content really make a huge difference Can eating eggs & almonds truly cause more acne? Topical Spironolactone? Anyone have positive experiences with Azelaic Acid? Anyone have positive experiences switching to Sulfur cleansers? If I’ve tried Beta Sitosterol & it didn’t work should I still bother with Saw Palmetto? Sodium Sulfacetamide & Sulfur Topicals/Lotion effectiveness ? Should I try these Best products for Hyperkeratinosis acne? Best acne bacteria fighting/non-drying/non-comedogenic day time moisturizers? Does it does as if I have hormonal acne? Any advice Alpha Hydroxy Acid products? Very curious to try them out if Azelaic doesn’t pan out well. Thank you so much if you got this far. I hope that some of this info can shed new light to those out there struggling because I know some of these products work well for many acne sufferers. I haven’t found my answer yet but I’m still striving to do so. Keep fighting everyone :)!
  18. I have just seen my dermatologist, and she has given me topical Ziana, oral Solodyn, and Sumadan wash (to use in the shower). I have tried Clearasil, Duac, Differin, and Epiduo in the past, none of which have demonstrated much efficacy. Hopefully an oral antibiotic will help, plus a stronger topical treatment and the Sumadan to back it up. Please feel free to post anything you want on this (Suggestions, concernes, personal stories, or even the weather in LA!) Anything you want. Also, if anyone know's of a good vitamin to take that may help acne, that would also be appreciated. Thanks!
  19. So I just found this product that is a 10% sulfur ointment for pimples and this is my first time ever getting a product with sulfur. What does sulfur do for acne and does it actually help ???
  20. Hi everyone. I haven't been on in awhile, and since my last sign on I have run the gamut of 500 different attempts at curing my acne. Stopped eating: sugar, gluten, dairy and all processed foods. New pillowcases every single night. all natural face washes/creams/cleansers.. and don't even get me started on the uselessness of the OCM. I went through another 5 medication combinations, and 6 weeks ago started a little "test" before I went to a new dermatologist. I coincidentally got sick, and the doc prescribed 100mg Doxycycline twice a day for 2 weeks I started using a 10% sulFUR (not sulFA) soap- all natural and mixed together my Special Blend- 2.5% retinol, 1% clindamycin, and OTC Acnevir (Resourcinol 2x, Salicylic Acid 3x, Sulfur 1x) to spread on morning and night. I then put Neutrogena Clear Skin makeup on as a protective layer for the mkaeup I use that actually COVERS my acne, and then did my makeup as usual. After 3 weeks, I saw 80% improvement with my skin. I thought about cancelling the appt, but knew that the moment I did my face would punish me with a terrible cystic breakout. So I went anyway. We reviewed that I can't take BC, Spiro, or Accutane, and the regimen I have been using the past few weeks, and decided to kick it up a notch with Minocycline 100mg twice a day, My Special Blend in the AM, Ziana in the PM and continue the Sulfur soap. The soap is SUPER cheap ($2 a bar online), and has seriously been a MIRACLE compared to every other wash I have ever used. The Ziana is a prescription strength of my Special Blend, so I'm hoping it will knock out the last 20% of my 4 year long battle with acne. We went with Mino becuase the Acne I have remaining is inflammatory (The Sulfur knocked out my cystic acne in less than a week). Fingers crossed, I will keep y'all posted!
  21. Hey guys, today is my first day on this site. I am 21 years old I live In SoCal(hot weather) Before about 5 months ago, I would get acne here and there but one or two pimples with head and would go away 3 days tops. Now I have acne all over my jawline, my forehead, and on one of my cheeks. The ones on my jawline and cheek have no heads, are painful, and pretty red. the ones on my forehead have healed but there are still little skin colored bumps. I have tried, BP and it works for when my pimples have heads. These however dont, I use a 2 percent salicylic lotion, doesnt do anything. I started taking fish oil about 1 month ago, no improvement. Ive been dirnking spearmint tea every day because i hear it helps with hormones but same thing no improvement Yesterday i bought de la cruz sulfur ointment, (10% sulfur) and i applied it twice today Once when i woke up Intially felt really warm did not burn but it was warm. I left it on for 10 minutes as directed then washed it off and applied moisturizer then i applied it again in the afternoon. again for 10 minutes. I notice new acne now about 3 or 4 im going to stick to it for a month becayse i hear you can purge Any success with any products hormonal acne sufferers ?
  22. For many years, despite being prescribed a lot of retinoids, sulfur treatments like Rosac (?) cream, and Benzaclin (recently), I've found none of these work as well as 10% benzoyl peroxide, which nevertheless isn't that great, period. And it never has been. I HATE purging, and that's all I did on Retin-A (at any concentration), even when I was on Accutane, the one treatment that's worked for me. It's the reason I'm scared to attempt Epiduo. I am now in my 20s and notice that any product makes me "purge", including benzoyl peroxide, if if I just use less than a pea-sized amount on the areas I have the most clogged pores. It also discolors my skin, which is almost as bad as the acne. I've tried one of Jan Marini's glyolic acid lotions and broke out in colorless whiteheads. I've tried sulfur treatments--De La Cruz, Acnevir's adult acne formula (also with sulfur), pastes with salicylic acid--they seemed so-so at first, when I used them mainly on cysts (and the Acnevir, a milder treatment, on my jaw)--eventually they only served to irritate my skin. Sulfur no longer does anything to shrink my pimples (whiteheads or cysts). I use salicylic acid astringent and Ivory unscented soap because I've found, ironically, that's the one cleanser that lathers up and removes dirt (for a while) without drying me out the way many acne washes do. I have Mario Badescu's drying lotion and buffering lotion for cysts now--both are hit or miss (and the buffering lotion was great at first, but it's too water to be useful). Right now I have hormonal cysts, but when I'm not menstruating I have medium-sized follicular pimples on the jawline and clogged pores/blackheads at the hairline. I notice the less acne treatments I use, the more even-toned my skin is--but I want to stop waking up in the morning with new pimples. I try to put a very, very thin amount of BP on my whitehead/cyst prone areas--hairline, jawline, foreheads--and it just seems to encourage more acne. If you hate benzoyl peroxide, what do you do to treat your acne and treat extant blackheads/whiteheads? How do you keep a treatment from discoloring your skin?
  23. I'm a male in my 20's am finally able to gain some control over my long battle with acne since age 14. The past 6 years have been a never ending cycle of OTC products and dermatology visits. I've tried every product from every brand such as Proactive to Clean&Clear, Neutrogena, Oxy, ZapZyt, etc. When that didn't work, I started seeing the dermatologist who had be doing Dove soap, Retin-A, and Doxycycline. When that stopped working, I played around with regimens using Dial gold bar, Witch Hazel, Sulfur Clay Masks, and Vitamin Suppliments. I went to see the family doctor last week for an unrelated problem, and asked about acne. He put me on Doxycycline and said to wash my face with a sulfur-based soap. I'm using the DermaKlear Akne Treatment soap with sulfur but I know there's also Grisi brand, Grandpa's Thylox bar, and Joesoefs sulfur soaps, which would probably be cheaper if I could find them! I know there's also sulfur masks like Queen Helene's Mint Julep Mask, the Proactiv Mask, Acne-Free Suflur Mask, etc. Also, they have topically applied sulfur ointments like the de la Cruz that comes in a tub at Walgreens. So, my question, would it be better to use the soap, mask, and ointment together or just the soap? Would it be too drying/irritating to use all three in combination? Before I saw the doc, I was washing twice daily with Dial gold bar and following with witch hazel astringent. I used the Queen Helene Mint Julep Mask once a week. To shave, I first apply Noxzema and then just a basic shaving cream for extra protection (since I tend to have razor irritation). This worked descently, probably as good as it's going to get for right now. It's never been 100% clear! What are you guys' thoughts?
  24. So this is the first time I have posted on here but this treatment has literally changed my life and I felt I couldn't not share my experience. I came across this product randomly on eBay and decided to try it without much hope but it has cleared my skin more than any other product (over the counter included) I've used and I've had acne for a very long time. The product is called ''De la cruz sulfur ointment 10%''. I use it only on my problem areas (both cheeks) because it can be quite drying on the skin. The recommended is 10 minutes but after a week full using it increased that up to a couple of hours when my skin was used to it- if you put too much on too quickly your skin can end up on peeling bit. -wash it off with water- I usually scrub it into my cheeks a little like an exfoliater first -it's not like a standard acne product (benzyl) because it does no absorb into the skin it just sits on it. As a sulfur it does have a very strong smell but that doesn't matter to me as I'm only applying it in private! -if you do have particularly dry skin I would recommend Clinique redness solutions Day cream, it is very pricey but definitely worth it -I use it every other night -it cost me about £7 THE PROOF IS IN THE PICS PEOPLE!!! these were taken THREE DAYS APART there are NO spots in the after picture- just red marks
  25. Hey guys, So im back here a year later with another wonderful breakout... my skin was going FINE (not great but fine) for about a year and then about 3 weeks ago all hell broke loose. ive read so many amazing reviews on sulfur treatments and something about it being better on asian skin.. I am NOT asian but figured id give it ago seeing as ive tried EVERYTHING else. (ill insert pictures of my skin after one week using the sulfur 10% ointment) ive been breaking out in multiple cystic acne and a few white heads ( prior to using this i was using the aztec indian healing clay and it gave me closed comedones so i turned to sulfur to get rid of them) i had no cysts at this time ) but they are not uncommon for me has anyone else experienced purging with this product? or is this just a bad reaction to the product and i should stop using it? I want to be hopeful but i dont know how much more of this i can take i also use a manuka honey and turmeric mask on alternative days to bring in some moisture I take vitamin a, e, theracurmin (tumeric) Berberine an zinc pills each day as well as ACV. I drink crazy amounts of water and am just wondering how long before i see results and not more breakouts? anyone have similar experiences with this product?
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