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Old 02-20-2007, 10:42 AM   #1
 
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I think I've always had an on again off again problem with little pimples or bumps on my neck behind & below my ear lobes.

Is this because of too much conditioner left behind?

If so, wouldn't I have more of these pimples/bumps on my nape & on my scalp? There are fewer on my nape & even fewer yet on my scalp compared to the ones behind/below my ears on my neck.



It makes me self-conscious about wearing my hair up.
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Old 02-20-2007, 12:26 PM   #2
 
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I posted on this earlier ...i cant remember where. But my dermatologist told me when I was 15 that if I stopped wash/condish in the shower my cyctic acne would clear up and it did. Now I only wash upside down over the side of the tub or in the util sink. He said that because my pores opened up in the shower it accepted more of the condish/poo. And because I already had an acne problem it just made it worse. Plus I use Noxema toner on my neck and back just in case, it really gets the greasy feeling off and smells like yummy peppermint too.
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I'll have to try washing & conditioning my hair hanging over the side of the tub only then instead of standing up in the shower.

Thanks for the tip, it'll save me a referral to a dermatologist!
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Old 02-20-2007, 02:26 PM   #4
 
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Oh yeah it's the conditioner alrighty. I have to rinse upside down and be sure to rinse behind my ears well. I diffuse at least partially upside down so my hair stiffens up before I flip up.
I don't think about it anymore since I also do it for volume but if I don't rinse my scalp well I get a spot or two of irritated pores there too.
Ah the price we pay for nice hair!
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Thanks for posting this. I was wondering about this too. Maybe I need to start washing at the tub, upside down.
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And you know, I swore I was rinsing enough of it out of my hair & rinsing off my neck. I guess not!
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Stylers with a lot of dimethicone (like the first or second ingred after water) and mica do this to me. It could be a styler just as easily as a condish b/c it's in your hair/on your skin all day.
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I haven't worn any stylers for a while (I need both hands for that & have one in a cast).
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Old 02-20-2007, 09:06 PM   #9
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I posted on this earlier ...i cant remember where. But my dermatologist told me when I was 15 that if I stopped wash/condish in the shower my cyctic acne would clear up and it did. Now I only wash upside down over the side of the tub or in the util sink. He said that because my pores opened up in the shower it accepted more of the condish/poo. And because I already had an acne problem it just made it worse. Plus I use Noxema toner on my neck and back just in case, it really gets the greasy feeling off and smells like yummy peppermint too.
Well I'll be a money's uncle!.. I have had pimples behind my ears that started sprouting ever since I went on "Curly Girl"!. And I had chalked up the acne on my lower chin as a menapausal thing. I should have made the connection sooner!

There is no way my back will cooperate with me bending over the tub to
wash my hair. Do you guys think that if I now pay attention to rinsing behind my ears when I get out of the shower and condidtion in the am it will solve the problem.? Or should I coat my ears with something (Noxema) before I shower/condition?

Opinions/suggestions welcomed please.

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SDL - maybe you could try what I've been doing (since I can't bend over for long some days either or catch hell from my chiropractor!). Anyway, I wash and condition my hair first, then drape a small towel along the edge if it's dripping, secure it with a claw clip (like plopping) then proceed to shower. I think it has helped.


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I might have figured out another cause for what I'm experiencing. I was given a prescription for elidel, a cream, for helping with my excema-related patches.

Yesterday I had a lovely zit show up right below & to the side of my nose. That's in the same area as where I apply the elidel. I also apply the elidel to the backs of my ears.

I checked the ingredients & though the box doesn't say it's oil-free/non-com...genic (sp?), I didn't see any oils or waxes.



If it isn't one thing, it's another, or a combination therein! GRRR
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Well guess they best give you something else for that, there has to be something that doesn't give you the skin irritations.
It's good to know it might not be your hair products, that means you don't have to change your routine
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I might have figured out another cause for what I'm experiencing. I was given a prescription for elidel, a cream, for helping with my excema-related patches.
Most eczema creams are heavy lipid (fatty) creams to try and hold moisture into the skin. I would think they would very easily contribute to pimples!
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I might have figured out another cause for what I'm experiencing. I was given a prescription for elidel, a cream, for helping with my excema-related patches.
Most eczema creams are heavy lipid (fatty) creams to try and hold moisture into the skin. I would think they would very easily contribute to pimples!
The ingredients of the elidel are:

10% pimecrolimus, and benzyl alcohol, cetyl alcohol, citric acid, mono- and di-glycerides, oleyl alcohol, propylene glycol, sodium cetostearyl sulphate, sodium hydroxide, stearyl alcohol, triglycerides, and water.

Are all those alcohols lipids/fatty acids?
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I have had the same problem as you. For me my back tends to break out when I am abnormally stressed or going to the gym regularly (sports bras), and conditioner is a culprit as well.

Even when my back is clear, this is what I do:

1) When conditioner is in my hair in the shower, I either clip it up or put it in a loose pony tail.
2) After rinsing my hair, I clip it back up and then wash my back with a facial acne wash.
3) After getting out of the shower, I put a towel around my shoulders to keep my hair off of them
4) When my gel/leave in conditioner/etc are already applied, I then use a toner on my back to clean off any products that might have gotten on it

Might sound excessive, but I had such a chronic problem as a teenager that now in my 20's I am still paranoid about getting "bacne" so I do everything to avoid it.

Hope this helps!
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I have had the same problem as you. For me my back tends to break out when I am abnormally stressed or going to the gym regularly (sports bras), and conditioner is a culprit as well.

Even when my back is clear, this is what I do:

1) When conditioner is in my hair in the shower, I either clip it up or put it in a loose pony tail.
2) After rinsing my hair, I clip it back up and then wash my back with a facial acne wash.
3) After getting out of the shower, I put a towel around my shoulders to keep my hair off of them
4) When my gel/leave in conditioner/etc are already applied, I then use a toner on my back to clean off any products that might have gotten on it

Might sound excessive, but I had such a chronic problem as a teenager that now in my 20's I am still paranoid about getting "bacne" so I do everything to avoid it.

Hope this helps!
ITA and used to do alot of that routine myself. Although it was just easier to stop washing my hair in the shower, and now that I plop for so long that I have my clothes on by the time I take the tshirt off I no longer have a problem except the odd bump now and then. I also sometimes use that PanOxyl 10% benzoyl peroxide soap bar in the summer on my shoulders, it makes a HUGE difference. Its very cost effective too and usually lasts for months.
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SDL - maybe you could try what I've been doing (since I can't bend over for long some days either or catch hell from my chiropractor!). Anyway, I wash and condition my hair first, then drape a small towel along the edge if it's dripping, secure it with a claw clip (like plopping) then proceed to shower. I think it has helped.


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HMM - CuliLocks I have been rinsing, then conditioning leaving the conditioner in, then I put on a plastic cap. I shower and do whatever and once I am clean and shaven I take of the plastic cap off and detangle my hair. This is the longest part of my shower time. Then I rinse hair and get out. I wonder if the conditioner is dripping out of the plastic cap and behind my ears while I shower my body?

Guess I could wrap a towel around my neck while I shower. I just must do the conditioner in my hair for about 5 or 10 minutes or else I won't get all the tangles out.


I wonder if there is perhaps just one specific ingredient the the conditioners I use that could be causing the pimples behind my ears.

Oh well.

I'll check back later to see if some genius found the miracle cure.

Cheers.

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1) When conditioner is in my hair in the shower, I either clip it up or put it in a loose pony tail.
I do this one too, just to keep the condish off my back and the back of my neck. It also makes it easier to wash my back, etc.
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1) When conditioner is in my hair in the shower, I either clip it up or put it in a loose pony tail.
I do this one too, just to keep the condish off my back and the back of my neck. It also makes it easier to wash my back, etc.
I pile my hair on top my head & keep it in a shower cap.
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