Skin health

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    Nov 14, 2008 9:32 PM GMT
    Don't know why, but I've never been able to really keep my skin under control very well. I don't notice a particular correlation between what I'm eating and its condition, so if food's causing it I have no idea what food is the culprit. I generally drink enough water and keep a mug at my desk that I refill through the day. I don't buy sodas, so I rarely have those. Whether I'm having a sedentary period or being active doesn't seem to affect it one way or the other, though due to being pale it looks worse after running due to the blood pumping. I also don't notice whether a particular soap might be causing issues either as I tend to pick up a different bottle each time, though there has been an obvious culprit or two that focused too much on the moisturizing, which I then avoided. Don't really trust a lot of over-the-counter washes/creams/scrubs as I kind of think they're mostly snake oil.

    So what can I do? It's a bit maddening that at 27 my skin hasn't quite figured out how to regulate itself just yet. Are there soaps that tend to help that you guys know of? Should I start taking A, D, E and/or K vitamins? Should I just lay out in the sun for a while? Any suggestions are helpful.

  • Nov 15, 2008 12:22 AM GMT
    if you have oily skin, use a clay mask from CVS. Neutorgena makes a great product. Leave it on for 5 minutes then it hardens, then wash it off...do this every other day and use a toner ( i use aveda) after you wash your face. Kiehls is also a GREAT line. Google them and see where they sell their products and go in for a consultation. they will want to sell you the world but just tell em you are on a budget and you want a facial cleanser, mask and toner.

    YOU MUST BE CONSISTENT!!!!

    Also go see a dermatologist...always helps.

    Best of luck brother*
  • DCEric

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    Nov 15, 2008 12:25 AM GMT
    Some of us will break out for all of our lives. I'm oily, but the MORE I wash the worse it gets. If I don't slap soap on my face daily (all together now... *ewwwwww*) I don't break out. My skin does regulate itself- the problem comes in when I try to help.
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    Nov 15, 2008 12:26 AM GMT
    Skin is a very personal thing. Number One, You have to find out what works for you.

    A pimple or breakout is caused by oil and dead skin cells. Eventually bacteria beneath the skin as well, but there is a blockage of oil and debris.

    So you do have to rid your skin of extra oil with soap etc. A soap that is low on the pH scale will dry your skin out (generally soap that we use for our bodies). There are some good, balanced soap out there and our cheap. Cetaphil is a great one to start with.
    What happens when our skin gets dry? We produce more oil to compensate which makes us even more prone to breakouts. A vitamin E supplement everyday will definitely give you a noticeable clarity to your skin though.
    The skin will naturally rid itself of skin cells constantly. It's always good to give it a little help. Find a good exfoliant (not if you have an active breakout region). If you want a quick natural remedy, raw sugar and honey. It's antibacterial and very moisturizing. Just rub it in small circular movements on your face in the shower.

    Moisturizers. All the hype and marketing is all BS. Good skin is from within. My suggestion is a light oil free moisturizer. no SPF, however it is extremely necessary to apply SPF over your moisturizer. If it gets in your eyes when your running, get waterproof. Find a moisturizer that is non-comedogenic (this should be on the packaging somewhere). I use pure hylauronic acid and vitamin E.

    My only question, is it once a month? how frequently?
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    Nov 15, 2008 12:39 AM GMT
    I would never try to self diagnose. Go and see a dermatologist. When I graduated college and for about a year and a half that followed my face freaked out! I finally said forget this and made an appt to see a dr. In 2 months he had me all hooked up and my face has never looked better.
  • Parker817

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    Nov 15, 2008 12:45 AM GMT
    I dont know much in the way of vitamins; but, I usually clean my face with an oxy pad halfway thru the day and again at night, and I like Neutrogena products. Also, don't go to bed until you wash the gel out of your hair, and wash your pillows regularly. A facial now and then isn't bad - I was really intimidated to go at first, but I forced myself and really enjoyed it.
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    Nov 15, 2008 1:06 AM GMT
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  • vince_the_cyc...

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    Nov 15, 2008 1:47 AM GMT
    See a dermatologist and ask about Accutane. After trying every acne product under the sun, including prescriptions for creams and Tetracycline, Accutane was the only drug that actually had a remarkable, lasting effect.
  • UStriathlete

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    Nov 15, 2008 2:16 AM GMT
    www.evanhealy.com

    blemish kit is really good. tea tree gel cleanser is awesome. green tea clay mask is very cooling and helps with breakouts.
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    Nov 15, 2008 4:09 AM GMT
    vince_in_chicago saidSee a dermatologist and ask about Accutane. After trying every acne product under the sun, including prescriptions for creams and Tetracycline, Accutane was the only drug that actually had a remarkable, lasting effect.


    Been on it three times. I still break out. Nothing works. If I wash, I break out. If I don't, I break out. If I moisturize, I break out. If I don't, my face gets really dry, and I break out. I f-ing hate it.
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    Nov 15, 2008 4:51 AM GMT
    I’ve also had terrible acne problems. I’ve been on accutane three times like HotToddy, and still get pimples on my face and torso. You should see a dermatologist for a prescription, but you mentioned diet, a topic which dermatologists are coming around to (my mom’s a dermatologist, and they’re slow people). Some new studies suggest a link between acne and dietary factors like glycemic load and dairy consumption. This semester, I eliminated dairy from my diet, and I’ve had some improvements, but it’s not a cure. Ultimately, dermatology is still really primitive.
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    Nov 15, 2008 6:22 AM GMT
    Go to the dermatologist!!! Accutane was the best thing I've ever done!!
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    Nov 26, 2008 7:30 PM GMT
    Everybody will have an opinion about this subject, buddy. Here's mine:

    Eat right and exfoliate everyday. People talk about dryness and oiliness a lot when it comes to zits, but neither is the culprit in and of itself, in my opinion. Benzoil Peroxide dries your skin, for example, but it clears the skin. On the flip side, my skin is oily, but I don't breakout because I eat well (mostly) and exfoliate everyday.

    My skin is clear and youthful and I NEVER get breakouts, unlike when I was a young man and had a pizza face.

    Let's not forget about stress, too. After 9/11, my partner - who had always had clear skin - suddenly (like within a few days of the attack) broke out regularly for nearly a year and a half. It eventually cleared with time, but no treatment worked (he tried creams, drugs, lasers, dermatologists, everything) until he just stopped freaking out about the world's woes.

    Times are tough, and it can be stressful on people. Don't be too hard on yourself, try not to focus too much on your breakouts (the worry can make it worse if it's stress-related), and enjoy your young life despite it. Many people have skin issues WAYYYYYYYY worse than yours will ever get.

    People tend to make mountains out of zit-hills because we're all supposed to be flawless, to use an annoying term. Believe me, you care about it a lot more than those who love you do.

    This will pass.

    Peace
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    Feb 17, 2009 11:24 PM GMT
    I had to use accutane twice. To me, it's hard to separate skin health and mental wellbeing.

    When I had to use accutane, acne was the least of my problems. A man with a grade 3 acne has a bigger fish to fry... let alone if he's gay.
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    Feb 17, 2009 11:28 PM GMT
    Pombo saidBelieve me, you care about it a lot more than those who love you do.


    I couldn't agree more!
  • FrontRowIn

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    Feb 17, 2009 11:55 PM GMT
    Try Issimo for Men, their products are all-natural.

    If you're looking for something a little less pricey, clinique makes a body scrub called Sparkle Skin that I've been using on my face and I really like it. The key is to wash your face (this lifts the dirt out of your pores), rinse it off and then wash your face again (this removes the dirt that has been lifted out of your pores).