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Hey all. This is a long tale, but its my story and what worked, so if you have time check it out...maybe it'll help you too :)

I used to frequent this board quite a bit about 3 years back (under the name CJ), when I was dealing with adult acne at the age of 23.
It was the worst time of my life, at 21, I started getting a few zits mostly on my forehead, nose and temples, and I didnt really have any in high school. I figured it was just from the garbage I had been eating...but it kept getting worse, even after I changed my diet.

I did what most of you did (and are doing), I panicked. I tried all kinds of OTC topical cleansers/creams/zit goo's, started taking vitamins and drinking tonnes of water....nothing caused my condition to improve.
I also started really looking into more technical articles on skin and skin care (I was a science student in college), and I was reminded that our skin cells, just like all cells in our bodies, need oxygen to heal and stay healthy. This means that even though you think youre helping your acne by putting stuff on your skin 24hrs a day, you arent. In fact youre probably stunting your skins natural healing process. As well, I was reminded that damaged cells dont like harsh treatment, including oily skin. So, I changed my whole routine......
I decided that I would use only one product a day, during the night time when I sleep, and the rest of the day Id leave my skin completely clean of anything, so it can absorb as much O2 as possible and heal faster.

Next step was my cleanser.
For me, I realized that neutrogena acne wash, Oxy washes, Clean&Clear, etc, etc were too hard, but ONLY after I stopped using them. I switched to Cetaphil, because science would dictate that a milder cleanser with few chemicals and irratants would sooth the skin and aid in healing.
A lot of you complain about it being "too mild", and Ill admit at first I thought this too, but I kept my faith in science as usual. See, its not too mild, the problem is that all the harsh cleansers you have been using have conditioned your skin to release more oils as a "defense mechanism" against total dryout (cellular damage). Try cetaphil straight for 6-8 weeks, it'll stop feeling "mild" and your skin wont be as oily (this is what happened to me anyways)

Next was to remember that acne is a bacteria, so just like any medical cases with bacterial infections, you must first kill the bacteria while giving the body enough nutrients.
I was working out at the time, so I just added pure egg protein to my diet, and I was also taking a multi-vitamin, extra C, and extra zinc... I must note that zinc caused my condition to improve greatly.
To kill the bacteria, I decided on a good benzoyl peroxide cream, because this IS a tried and tested method. I had already tried Oxy, Neutrogena, etc etc, no success. I did some research and found out about a product: Solugel from a company called Stiefel. What I found interesting about this product was that the bio-chemists that engineered it, used a compound that causes BP to become "solubilized", in other words, it gets ABSORBED into your skin and its cells, and doesnt just sit on the surface like the other BP products available. In effect, it kills bacteria faster and more effeciently. I cycled this every night for about 4 months straight..... guess what? no new zits appeared after that period. But I had lovely marks everywhere.... so next I needed a method to exfoliate my dead cells quicker, and help my healing cells out....

I remembered that Neutrogena Clear Pore was pretty decent, and mild as well. Salyclic acid (its main ingredient) was used since the roman times as a healing agent, as well its being proven over the last few decades as being an excellent deep exfoliator by dermatologists. I began using Clear Pore every second night, and using Solugel on the other nights as a safeguard to insure that the acne was indeed "dead". 4 months of this, and I ditched the Solugel (yaay! no more stinky BP smell!!) and only use clear pore every night, I still do actually.
The summer I was 23, I had nice clear skin. Sure I get the odd zit, but its "normal people" types of pimples, and theyre gone in 2 days tops.

I still take my multi-vitamins every day, with an extra C, and of course Zinc...Guys, take zinc, its needed to increase healing, as well it acts like a "traffic director" for hormones and makes sure theyre balanced. Oh, and I eat whatever the hell I want :)

I dont know if I forgot anything, sorry for the length any questions just ask.
[QUOTE=Simian]Hey all. This is a long tale, but its my story and what worked, so if you have time check it out...maybe it'll help you too :)

I used to frequent this board quite a bit about 3 years back (under the name CJ), when I was dealing with adult acne at the age of 23.
It was the worst time of my life, at 21, I started getting a few zits mostly on my forehead, nose and temples, and I didnt really have any in high school. I figured it was just from the garbage I had been eating...but it kept getting worse, even after I changed my diet.

I did what most of you did (and are doing), I panicked. I tried all kinds of OTC topical cleansers/creams/zit goo's, started taking vitamins and drinking tonnes of water....nothing caused my condition to improve.
I also started really looking into more technical articles on skin and skin care (I was a science student in college), and I was reminded that our skin cells, just like all cells in our bodies, need oxygen to heal and stay healthy. This means that even though you think youre helping your acne by putting stuff on your skin 24hrs a day, you arent. In fact youre probably stunting your skins natural healing process. As well, I was reminded that damaged cells dont like harsh treatment, including oily skin. So, I changed my whole routine......
I decided that I would use only one product a day, during the night time when I sleep, and the rest of the day Id leave my skin completely clean of anything, so it can absorb as much O2 as possible and heal faster.

Next step was my cleanser.
For me, I realized that neutrogena acne wash, Oxy washes, Clean&Clear, etc, etc were too hard, but ONLY after I stopped using them. I switched to Cetaphil, because science would dictate that a milder cleanser with few chemicals and irratants would sooth the skin and aid in healing.
A lot of you complain about it being "too mild", and Ill admit at first I thought this too, but I kept my faith in science as usual. See, its not too mild, the problem is that all the harsh cleansers you have been using have conditioned your skin to release more oils as a "defense mechanism" against total dryout (cellular damage). Try cetaphil straight for 6-8 weeks, it'll stop feeling "mild" and your skin wont be as oily (this is what happened to me anyways)

Next was to remember that acne is a bacteria, so just like any medical cases with bacterial infections, you must first kill the bacteria while giving the body enough nutrients.
I was working out at the time, so I just added pure egg protein to my diet, and I was also taking a multi-vitamin, extra C, and extra zinc... I must note that zinc caused my condition to improve greatly.
To kill the bacteria, I decided on a good benzoyl peroxide cream, because this IS a tried and tested method. I had already tried Oxy, Neutrogena, etc etc, no success. I did some research and found out about a product: Solugel from a company called Stiefel. What I found interesting about this product was that the bio-chemists that engineered it, used a compound that causes BP to become "solubilized", in other words, it gets ABSORBED into your skin and its cells, and doesnt just sit on the surface like the other BP products available. In effect, it kills bacteria faster and more effeciently. I cycled this every night for about 4 months straight..... guess what? no new zits appeared after that period. But I had lovely marks everywhere.... so next I needed a method to exfoliate my dead cells quicker, and help my healing cells out....

I remembered that Neutrogena Clear Pore was pretty decent, and mild as well. Salyclic acid (its main ingredient) was used since the roman times as a healing agent, as well its being proven over the last few decades as being an excellent deep exfoliator by dermatologists. I began using Clear Pore every second night, and using Solugel on the other nights as a safeguard to insure that the acne was indeed "dead". 4 months of this, and I ditched the Solugel (yaay! no more stinky BP smell!!) and only use clear pore every night, I still do actually.
The summer I was 23, I had nice clear skin. Sure I get the odd zit, but its "normal people" types of pimples, and theyre gone in 2 days tops.

I still take my multi-vitamins every day, with an extra C, and of course Zinc...Guys, take zinc, its needed to increase healing, as well it acts like a "traffic director" for hormones and makes sure theyre balanced. Oh, and I eat whatever the hell I want :)

I dont know if I forgot anything, sorry for the length any questions just ask.[/QUOTE]

i would like to ask what you use for clearing scars ? where can u buy clear pore in singapore ?





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