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Old 05-03-2007, 11:07 AM   #21
 
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Well i used the Jojoba oil last night in my night time mousterizer.. i didnt put any spot treatment on a lil pimple and today the pimple is pretty much gone , i dunno if it was the jojoba oil or just a weird fluke but hey its a start!. ill see how it goes in the next few days.
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If the jojoba oil doesn't work for you --

Have you tried Retin-A or similar? For me, the combo of Retin-A and a topical disinfectant like benzoyl peroxide gives me perfectly clear skin.

A topical antibiotic like Clindamycin can help a lot without the digestive and immunological problems of oral antibiotics. But the combination with a retinoid is the real one-two punch.

I agree that oral antibiotics are not in any way a long-term solution, although your ongoing tonsil issue is kind of a concern. Have you been taking probiotics and/or active culture yogurt? Helps a lot with the stomach woes.
SuZen - Do you apply both all over, or just on the acne area? I would guess you'd need to apply wherever you'd break out normally.

I think I'll call and ask if I can do a topical antibiotic or retinoid instead. And call my insurance for another referral for a second opinion.
I apply the Retin-A all over in the evening, and benzoyl peroxide on the T-zone in the morning. They can't be used together because they cancel each other out. I use the Retin-A all over because it has additional skin benefits besides preventing acne -- I am over 50 and have very wrinkle-free skin.

Because of my age, my doctor has to authorize the prescription for Retin-A every year, but the insurance does pay for it. I would use it even if I had to pay full price. A tube lasts me a really long time.
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CurliLocks- The jojoba oil I use is Desert Essence brand. It's a clear 4 oz. bottle with a green top, and the oil is yellow. I bought it at Whole Foods for $7 or $8, and it's still more than half full (I've used it daily for 5 months now).

I hope it works for you!
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Old 05-03-2007, 11:53 PM   #24
 
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Yea my jojoba oil is called dessert essence as well. i thought for how lil the bottle was the price was alot , like $7-$8 but i have had it since last year sometime and a lil goes a long way. mine is way over half full still . second night on using it mixed with my night time creme and so far so good. at one time i used it over my face with out the creme and it was a tad oily. i like using it this way much better since it doesnt get oily.
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PSA: remember, with summer coming up, that some acne meds can make your skin extra sensitive to sunburns and sun damage!
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PSA: remember, with summer coming up, that some acne meds can make your skin extra sensitive to sunburns and sun damage!
Another reason I don't want to continue taking the antibiotics. :P

I'm not on the pill, can't take it due to high cholesterol, etc. Same reasons the doctors nixxed the Accutane.

I haven't called yet. But I stopped all antibiotics for now. I've been so busy.
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I have had extremely resistant acne since my teenage years. I saw a dermatologist and tried all sorts of topical (retin-a, differin, cleocin) and pill (antibiotics) combinations. Perhaps they helped somewhat but nothing completely cleared my skin. My skin is also very oily. As I've gotten older my skin has cleared some but I'm pretty sure that it will never be completely clear. I have been using jojoba oil and benzoyl peroxide for at least 5 months and my skin looks better than it ever has. I still break out but not nearly as much as I used to.

It is also not good to take antibiotics long term. It can mess up things in your body.

I did have another dermatologist recommend the smallest dosage of accutane possible. However with everything I've read about it and my depression I declined. Perhaps I will try it at some point.
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Thanks for the jojoba oil info. I'll have to look for it.

tgreyz - thanks. I agree on the antibiotics too. I'll try the jojoba oil. Of course, I can't tell *him* that since he forbids anything with oil in it. :P
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PSA: remember, with summer coming up, that some acne meds can make your skin extra sensitive to sunburns and sun damage!
Another reason I don't want to continue taking the antibiotics. :P

I'm not on the pill, can't take it due to high cholesterol, etc. Same reasons the doctors nixxed the Accutane.

I haven't called yet. But I stopped all antibiotics for now. I've been so busy.
In that case, I would definitely ask about topical creams like Retin-A, Differin or Cleocin (sp?)

I agree, you probably don't want to be on antibiotics long-term
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Does anyone use salicylic acid toner or gel on their acne? Or is it too harsh? Mary Kay has a toner that I've used rarely, it seems to really dry me out.
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That dermatologist is jerking you around. Antibiotics are only a bandaid for acne. They don't work longterm, and they cause untold problems in the longterm. Find a better derm who will put you on Accutane...the only real cure.
I agree, and frankly I'm surprised doctors are still doing this. I remember my doctor put me on antibiotics in my teens (a long time ago!), and later when I switched doctors my new one was completely horrified.

I think accutane should be a last resort though... if retin-a doesn't work.

I use face washes with salicylic acid, and creams with retinoids and I very rarely have any breakouts now.
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Does anyone use salicylic acid toner or gel on their acne? Or is it too harsh? Mary Kay has a toner that I've used rarely, it seems to really dry me out.
I have a spot treatment of salicylic acid but it doesn't really seem to work, so I don't really use it. Also, if I put too much in one spot my skin gets irritated and red and itchy. My facewash has 2% salicylic acid and I think that it definitely helps. It is Biore Pore Perfect Pore Unclogging Scrub. As I said before I usually add oil to the fashwash so it doesn't tend to dry me out.
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I believe it's a 2% s.a. toner.
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I use to wash with a facial cleanser of salicylic acid in it , now i just use a spot gel treatment of 2.0% of salicylic acid since im barely get a pimple now. (wash with Aveda foaming calming facial wash at night ) plus with jojoba in my night time regimine my skins been looking great. ( Ty lauraloo for that jojoba idea )
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plus with jojoba in my night time regimine my skins been looking great. ( Ty lauraloo for that jojoba idea )
No problem! I got the idea to use it from another poster, I think it was tgreyz. This stuff has saved my skin!
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Old 05-05-2007, 06:20 AM   #36
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S.A. works so much better for me than B.P. The S.A. is not drying for me at all.

I've been using Kiehl's Herbal Blue line with pretty good results, but my skin is still not clear. I've been thinking of getting on Accutane, but I won't have health insurance come September.
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I've been using Paula's Choice SA liquid for several months now. The Mary Kay toner may contain alcohol or witch hazel which would explain the dryness. The PC liquid has really helped with my greasy T zone. I've also been using a cleanser for sensitive skin which doesn't contain any sulfates. I use BP as a spot treatment, tea tree oil also works well.
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Everyone responds differently -- salicylic acid is the only thing that works for me and the best delivery system I've found is Aveda's Outer Peace skincare line. Totally gentle, no irritation at all.

I use the whole line (mousse-like face wash, toner wipes, all-over lotion and spot treatment, if needed). It's a relatively new line for them -- their old line of skin care didn't work for me.
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I'll check the ingredients on the SA toner.

Thanks for all the product recommendations.

My face has actually been clearing up, but my chest and back are full of little tiny red bumpy pimples with pus. :P
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someone here had a link about people using head & shoulders shampoo for treatment of back acne....i'll try to find the thread.

also, this book was a life saver for me. i've read MANY skin care books and this one explains ALOT about skin.

the skin type solution

this is also a good book breaking out
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