[personal profile] snarp
I get acne when I consume milk products. I know this. I performed a series of experiments on myself last year that proved it beyond any reasonable doubt. Why do I have all this cheese?

Relatedly, this old post's announcement still pretty much holds - if I lay off the milk stuff, shave regularly, and don't put anything but olive oil on my face, I don't break out.

But the weather's been dry, and that's been causing problems. The specific problems that it's been causing are wrinkles. I AM TWENTY-FOUR BY THE WAY. So I've been trying to find a lotion that will neither make me break out, nor lead potential employers to suspect that I'm lying about my age in addition to my biological gender.

Last night I spent like three hours researching skin care products, which resulted in my figuring out what words like "W/O" and "comedogenic" meant and whether I cared. I decided, tentatively, that I did. Having made this decision, I applied it to Etsy in the form of a truly epic search string.*

I eventually selected, for my initial test subject, this lotion from these guys. If it performs poorly, I'm planning on trying this (from here) or this (from here), which are not technically lotions because they are not water-oil emulsions (I learned about this in my research!), but are made with beeswax and thus will probably do a better job of keeping my face from peeling off than lotions that only use oil, water, and emulsifying wax NF (ie, most lotions on Etsy, because it's what's easiest to make (research!)). This (here) and this (here) actually look like they might work better acne-wise, but I'd rather start my experiment on the hard stuff and then scale back.

* My search string: "beeswax -perfume -solid -bomb -foot -hand -fizzy -bubble -chapstick -mist -coconut -shea -cocoa -body -soap -lip -lipstick -salt -salts -exfoliant -exfoliating -scrub -cleanser -mascara -makeup -conditioner -spray -toner -emu -hair -sand -soap -grains -cleansing -bar -massage -rinse -mask -masque"

I worked very hard on this string! Possibly I will put it on my resume.

Date: 2010-02-28 04:33 pm (UTC)
From: [personal profile] tessercat
That is indeed a very impressive search string.
I hadn't considered milk products as a source of such breakouts myself, but it might be worth investigating. Your research, it intrigues me. ^_^

Date: 2010-03-02 07:26 pm (UTC)
From: [personal profile] tessercat
Interesting. It seems plausible at least.

Date: 2010-02-28 02:38 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] wintersweet.livejournal.com
Aha...good luck.

P. S. I would add to avoid anything with vitamin E in it unless you already know you can handle it; it's a common cause of contact dermatitis (I have a reference somewhere) and dermatologists strongly recommend against it, but everyone looooves to put it in their crap. :/ I found one Etsy person who not add it to their stuff if I asked, though.

Date: 2010-02-28 03:43 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] telophase.livejournal.com
I had acne all my adult life, and when I finally went on the Pill, my acne cleared up and my migraines got cyclical instead of completely random. Apparently my hormones were driving my body nuts.

(I am intrigued by the Citrus Zest Face Cream you linked to, however, due to the fungicidal properties - one of my weirdnesses that sees not to be related to hormones is an occasional tendency to get a yeast infection on my mouth, of all places, which necessitates treatment with a steroid cream. That looks like it might help prevent attacks.)

Date: 2010-02-28 04:33 am (UTC)
From: [personal profile] chomiji

I use this on a very tender portion of my anatomy that hasn't been the same since I had radiation treatments there two years ago, and it works very well. There's also an unscented version, although even the scented version only has five ingredients, and the first two are olive oil and beeswax.

Date: 2010-02-28 06:23 pm (UTC)
From: [personal profile] chomiji

Well, here are some directions for doing just that!

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