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Posted by danielle on September 29, 2002 at 15:18:32:

Let me start by saying I am very aware my acne is hereditary. my lucky mother has had two or three pimples her whole life, and that was after menopause. my father on the other hand had severe cystic acne and now has "holes" on his face as a result.I have been reading your site for some time now and am anxious to try the egg yolk treatment. my problem is I am not sure if it will be effective enough for my acne. You see, i have had acne for going on 5 years but was always able to succesfully cover it and look great. However, I joined the military almost two years ago and it has only gotten worse. It is now very cystic, much more than normal. I currently have 4 cystics with countless normal pimples and scarring. I work outdoors on the flightline sweating and being surrounded by chemicals all day, which has now made my acne completely uncontrollable and unbearable.( they are so large I can actually see the ones on my cheeks and nose without the aide of a mirror!) I also live in the dormitory, with no kitchenette,and must rely on chow hall, frozen food and take-out for sustinence. I really don't have much choice until I am allowed to leave the dorms. But as I said before I belive it is largely hereditary. I have very oily skin so makeups and concealers wear quickly and don't cover effectively in the first place. The scarring has also gotten worse since my outdoor occupation. Even if i do not touch it leaves purple or tan "pockmarks" all over, sometimes I see how I look in the daylight and am horrified ! moving right along-my acne is very painful, deep and takes weeks up to a month or so to heal then leaves a scar but not without repalacing itself with a few more"friends".Oh, i also tried Proactive, to no avail. It seemed like some of the blackheads on my nose went away and appeared smoother, but that was the least of my problems and acne remained. birth control made it worse and I have tried everything my doctor has thrown at me except accutaine for the obvious. Can anyone help me, it feels hopeless-rachel



Re: ACNE

Posted by CJH on September 29, 2002 at 15:40:30:

In Reply to: ACNE posted by danielle on September 29, 2002 at 15:18:32:

Danielle,
I understand your frustration. I have had cystic acne for the past 2 years(not quite as long as yours), but I think I have a couple tips for ya.
1.) Don't waste your time and money on wierd treatments. It'll only make your situation worse.
That being said, proativ is for mild acne, Cystic is definitely not mild.
Here's what I do to help control mine... it isn't a sure-fire way to make them disappear overnight, but most will be non noticeable in a couple days, usually without leaving that nasty purple spot behind.
1.) 8 glasses of water a day!!!! Try to avoid chocolates and cokes. Even though studies show that only 2% of people who have acne are affected by foods they eat, some people I know break out really bad with chocolates.
2.) SLEEP! 8 hours a night at least. At night, your body doesn't have to worry about carrying you around all day, and your immune system is stronger.
3.) What I do to help is draw a hot water bath and soak your face for 20 minutes at least. (IT really helps.) Try to do this 2 times a day. Not only does it help absorb the bacteria out of your face, it also loosens grime, and the dried puss on the tops of cystic acne, allowing it to drain. A good measure of when you have soaked long enough is when your fingers begin to prune.
4.) Swimming in a swimming pool. Has the same effect as soaking in the bath, but has some chlorine which will fight off infection in the skin. After swimming for 30 mins or more you will notice your skin is much less agitated.
5.) Not positive about this, still testing it...
Hydrogen peroxide applied by cue tip to infected acne SHOULD help, mine acne doesn't get very large anymore- but it could also be contributed to the swimming and soaking.
6.) Medications. Not sure what all meds you have tried, but I have tried 500mg ampicillin and it clears your cystic acnes right up. Ampicillin is an antibiotic that will kill all infections in your skin. I use it for a couple of days whenever I get large cystic acne come up(not very often anymore after incorporating use of above.)

There's my two cents, and I wish you luck.

p.s. Lots of sun doesn't hurt =)



Re: ACNE

Posted by danielle on September 29, 2002 at 16:11:53:

In Reply to: Re: ACNE posted by CJH on September 29, 2002 at 15:40:30:

thank you very much for the advice. I will definately try the soaking. And I am sure you are right about the chocolate and cokes, I have often wondered if a food allergy was contributing, i just don't know how to go about finding out which ones. Again, Thank You!-rachel



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Posted by Walt Stoll on September 30, 2002 at 08:35:00:

In Reply to: ACNE posted by danielle on September 29, 2002 at 15:18:32:

Hi, Danielle.

In addition to what CJH is suggesting, I would suggest you try adding the EFAs (home page protocol) and see how much benefit you get within a few months.

Let us know how you do.

Walt

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Posted by Jenny on October 01, 2002 at 05:17:31:

In Reply to: Re: ACNE posted by danielle on September 29, 2002 at 16:11:53:

Mega doses of vitamin b5 !!!!!
Search the web for other acne bulletin boards and just ask about the wonderful success with mega doses of b5. It works better than accutane..
Buy a good brand like solgar and start with 2-3 grams and work your way up to 10 grams until your clear.
Look up Dr. Leung's hypothesis on the web.

Check out these links :

http://www.coenzyme-a.com/acne_vulgaris.html

http://askwaltstollmd.com/archives/acne/112114.html#112142

http://www.absoluteacneinfo.com

http://www.healthboards.com

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