Cystic Acne - Advice?
Posted 05 September 2008 - 09:39 AM
These are the same bacteria strains used as a natural antibiotic.
Posted 10 September 2008 - 02:18 PM
I've been talking with a Bio Esthetician from SoPhyto for awhile now and finally got on a skin care regimen that is working for me. FIRST off, we got a Water Alkalinizing Machine that also has a setting for "Acidic - Face Wash". Basically you need your face to be at a pH of below 5, and all products you use must be this pH or lower if you have acne - so check all your products and don't hesitate to ask the makers! If they're worth anything (i.e. don't have anything to hide) then they'll tell you! Well, after a few weeks of strictly using that (and my normal routine) my face drastically started improving. The esthetician that I was talking to was so impressed by this machine that she's looking into one for herself. I didn't even need to use face wash! Crazy...
Anyways, I just started my new holistic/organic skin care line yesterday and already my face looks so beautiful! This is what I'm using so far (until I can afford to upgrade and get 2 more products to add in):
1) SoPhyto Deep Pore Cleansing Face Wash
2) Using a cotton pad, gently wipe my face with acidic water
3) Soak a cotton pad in SoPhyto's Tone & Balance SuperBioactive, and use that to completely remove the face wash (if you're using it to remove makeup it may take a few cotton pads FYI)
4) Apply 6-8 SoPhyto Polyphenyl Drops
I do this AM and PM
Eventually I will probably get the Mild Silken Cleanser (or whatever it's called) for removing my makeup at night, and the Skin Energizing Drops to use after the Polyphenyl drops.
All of this is so exciting to me - I've found a new passion and am going to look into selling products like this or maybe doing some sort of consulting basis... not sure yet, just know I love it and it makes me happy to pass it all on to other people too!!!
Ahhhhhh, my face is thanking me
OOOOH AND I CUT OUT MILK/DAIRY!!!! WOW! By about 85% (never realized exactly how much dairy I consumed!!). I'm sure that is helping too, but let me tell you - my allergies are almost completely GONE! Before that I used to have CONSTANT drainage from the time I woke up til the time I went to bed. Not good. I can definitely tell when I have some cheese or something now that it kicks back up a little. It's been really difficult but so worth it and I still let myself "cheat" a bit so I'm not totally deprived
~ Jaime & Martin ~
"Rain or Swine! 2-0-0-9"
We had 24 people attend our wedding in Las Caletas, Mexico on May 24th, 2009!
We all stayed at The Marriott in P.V., and Honeymooned at The Royal Plantation in Ochos Rios, Jamaica!
Posted 16 September 2008 - 01:13 PM
It was stressful to have standing appointments and spending all of my money on "secret potions" that I wasn't totally sure if it was fixing the problem or making it worse.
I don't remember exactly where I read this (probably some magazine) but I started mixing baking soda with Cetaphil and using it every morning and evening to wash my face and using the cetaphil lotion as a moisturizer. I also starting taking vitamin E every day. It was amazing. Literally in about 3 week my skin was almost perfect. The baking soda acts like a very mild microdermabrasion and slowly lifts the dead skin.
The best part is it costs almost nothing, I even started buying the generic brand of cetaphil. You can get two bottles for 5 dollars at Walgreens and or Walmart during their specials and the lotion is about 5 bucks as well. Combine that with baking soda for a buck and a couple bottles of vitamin E and the whole regimen costs less that $30 for the year!
Posted 17 September 2008 - 05:05 PM
Posted 19 August 2009 - 12:13 PM
I've been on birth control for last 5 years and was so used to clear skin. I went off it a year ago and had a bout with bad breakouts but stopped for a while until recently. I'm starting to get painful pimples on my forehead or chin and they are big! It takes a while because they'll start underneath. I am sooo frustrated with this!
I just read that dairy can cause acne. That is not good because I LOVE dairy. I will try and cut back on dairy and see what happens.
I've been just cleaning my face with a cleanser with bendyl peroxide at nights and cetphil in the mornings for about two weeks...it is not really working. I went to a derm last year and his prescriptions did not WORK at all. they dried my skin up.
anyone do blue light therapy?
Posted 19 August 2009 - 08:11 PM
I've since been to a derm and he put me on minocyn (it's a tetracyclin-type antibiotic) and it's done WONDERS for my skin!
Posted 19 August 2009 - 10:32 PM
This is a useful thread; i'm glad it's been resurrected. Lots of stuff to try out. The only problem is if they show up right before the wedding .. then what do you do? They're painful as heck and glare like mount vesuvius!
Posted 19 August 2009 - 11:04 PM
| Originally Posted by susanv66 |
I have been battling acne for a very long time and tried everything-accutane, bc pills, antibiotics, retin-a. I even went to a Chinese herbalist and drank horrible tasting tea 3 times a day! I had a dermatologist turn me away, saying there was nothing further he could do for me.
I did a little research on my own and asked my doctor about a drug called spironolactone. It is used for high blood pressure, but it absorbs extra androgens from your blood. It is often prescribed to women with hormonal imbalances who are losing their hair. I have been on it for 5 plus years now and it is the only thing that ever worked for me. My face and back are clear and I have had no side affects.
I know you are looking for a more natural route, but it may be something to consider.
Here is an article about it:
Spironolactone - Spironolactone for Hormonal Acne
Posted 19 August 2009 - 11:06 PM
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