Dry Skin Acne: Causes, Things That Worked, and Home Remedies

by Jabberwocky on November 30, 2011 · 71 comments

Dry Skin Acne: Causes, Treatment, Home Remedies

(This is a long post. Popcorn, coke and chips are not recommended for munching while reading it as the topic is acne. Let’s admit it, delicious junk food and pustules just don’t really go hand in hand).

There comes a time in everyone’s life when they become better human beings. It came for me too. I have always been a rather smug about winning a gene pool lottery which made sure that for most of my life, I never had any skin, hair, weight or serious health issues. Combined with my inherent complacence, it turned me into a cocky little sparrow with a careless attitude towards the earth shatteringly important issues of health, skincare and beauty.

Dry Skin Acne Causes Things That Worked and Home Remedies

Then, last year, I turned 20 and intensified the point-and-laugh campaign that I had started 4-5 years back against friends suffering from what I called “the funny little red zits issue.” This is how my thought process went – “Hooray! Teenage over and so is the threat of ever getting any acne! Let’s call up pimply friends and ask them how their pus boils are doing.”

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Then, karma caught up, cuffed me by my neck, gave me its own version of what school teachers call “vunnnnn tiiiite slapp!” and ran away guffawing. Last December, I woke up one morning and discovered (for the first time in my life), a whole gang of big, fat, cherry red pimples hosting a raucous party on the entire left side of my face. Except for a momentary shock-and-scream reaction accompanied by various unmentionable profanities, I was very stoic in my approach. My friends, like all true friends, were utterly unsympathetic and downright sadistic. Here’s the reaction that I received, by the way – “HAHAHAHAHAHAHA! Serves you right!”

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Clearly, it was a battle that I waged alone and for the next three months, one of my life’s priorities was – “Get rid of the goddamn acne before face develops Om Puri’s craters.” My biggest problem was that I have dry skin and none of the usual acne remedies (recommended by my friends with oil fields for faces) could work without making me shed my skin like a mad Basilisk living in the Chamber of Secrets. It wasn’t easy especially with my parents pointing and laughing at me every other day (my family is not big on sympathy over “minor issues” like 5 million mammoth pimples on the face) and classmates asking if I had just recovered from chicken pox.

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After a seemingly endless period of denial, anger, frustration, existential crisis, lots of research into skincare issues, discovery of IMBB, stick-tongue-out-at-mocking-mother episodes, mirror-avoidance, anti-acne Ninja training and similar yada yada, I finally won my war against the enemy. What’s more, there are no ugly scars on my face either to act as relics of that war! :D

If it is hard to battle zits on oily skin, it is doubly so when you have dry skin. So, the reason why I recounted that introductory sob story was because I’ve decided to create a comprehensive acne-battling-tactics-for-dry-skin guide for fellow victims and share tips and sympathy.

The Whys:

The first thing that popped in my mind (after “Oh, CRAP!”, of course) was “Why the hell?”. The moment I recovered some mental stability, I sat up and analysed the living hell out of this issue. Normally, you would not expect acne on dry skin. Well, incorrect assumption. Here are all the reasons that I believe can cause acne even on sandpaper-like skins.

1.) Temperature is an important factor for dry skin acne as humidity affects skin health. In summers, dry skin is easily sunburned and it also produces more sweat and oil to cool down, thereby giving a chance to evil little bacteria to grow. Winters are even worse because frost, harsh winds, and heaters cause more dryness leading to flakes and itchiness. “Cracking” of the skin is common, opening the door for bacteria to creep in and create havoc on the face. In the winter, pores also become drier and more irritated and aggravate problems.

2.) Dryness itself can be a cause of acne. Oily-skinned people are usually advised to use a light moisturiser so that their skin doesn’t over-produce oil for moisturisation causing more oiliness. That is precisely what happens with dry skin. To compensate for extreme dryness, skin starts producing oil/sebum leading to clogged pores and later, acne.

3.) Smoking is also a major factor of acne. Many people don’t realize how harmful even passive smoking can be for the skin and the lungs. People who hang out with smokers or just tend to smoke occasionally (aka. the I’ll-just-have-a-few-drags syndrome) usually suffer from acne. What is worse is that those smokers (passive or otherwise) who kick the butt have to face a purgatory called “quitzits” – acne caused as a side effect of quitting smoking. Classic example of “damned if you and damned if you don’t.”

4.) Stress is also acne’s dearly beloved friend. Basically, this is how the mechanism works: You get pissed off —> you want to punch someone and break their nose —> you remember that your mommy told you that it might get you into trouble —> you punch a pillow and let out a volley of certain words instead that mommy wouldn’t approve of —> your urge to punch may be satisfied but the wish to break a nose stays unfulfilled which makes your adrenal gland go bonkers leading to higher androgen levels —> result = red little buggers on the face —> you get more pissed off —> and so the vicious circle continues.

5.) Do you remember Bugs Bunny? Have you ever seen him with pimples? No, right? That’s what carrots, or rather, Vitamin A can do to you. One of the major causes of acne can be vitamin deficiency and besides the Bugs Bunny Vitamin, other vitamins and minerals for an acne-free skin include B, C, E, chromium and zinc. If you’re a poor eater or are best friends with the McDonald’s/Pizza Hut Staff due to your delusionally healthy eating habits, you will definitely be attacked by pimples, even if your skin looks so dry that you practically resemble a scaly lizard. Lack of vitamins and minerals does not allow your body to flush out the harmful toxins from your body whose results are directly visible on your skin.

6.) Dandruff and flaky scalp could also be the culprits. Your scalp health is directly related to that of your facial skin and if it’s snowing on your head, mini volcano eruptions are bound to take place on your face.

My Weapons of Mass Destruction:

For the gangs of pimples, I mean. I did not achieve success against acne overnight. As I did not want to visit a dermatologist immediately for the fear of medications that dry out skin and wished to pick my own fight against the zits, I decided to be very careful and turned to researching for home remedies and gentle products. It wasn’t easy at first, particularly because most anti-acne products are made for oily skin, and I did use certain products whose makers are now on my suckers-to-be-murdered-in-their-beds list. However, I discovered more about skincare, home remedies and skincare products in those few months than I had ever learnt in the two decades of my life. So, here are my yay and nay lists.

The Yays:

Cleansers:

  • Lotus Herbals LemonPure Cleansing Milk.  I generally prefer using cleansing milks in winters instead of face washes. This one is a total keeper for dry-skinned people. It caused neither dryness nor any more breakouts.
  • The Body Shop Vitamin E Cream Cleanser, I LOVED this one. Super gentle and although it left a thin film of moisture on the face, it didn’t cause any problems. There was no irritation either.

Toners:

Moisturisers:

  • The Body Shop Vitamin E Nourishing Night Cream – I was putting my skin through some experimentation and no matter how careful I was, anti-acne measures tended to dry it out to some extent anyway. This was a super rich cream that did not worsen my acne but repaired the dryness instead.
  • Biotique Coconut Milk Cream – After looking at my pimple scars with pitiful eyes and some tut-tutting, the SA recommended me this cream to battle them. I had never tried Biotique products before but this cream worked like a dream for me.
  • Olay Natural White Cream - This is my pet little love. Incidentally, it was while looking for a review of this product one morning that I stumbled upon IMBB. Needless to say, I did not get off the website until I had greedily read hundreds of old posts. :P This is a totally wonderful product that I am still loyal to – no breakouts and it worked on my small pimple marks like magic.
  • Vicco Turmeric Cream - Good Lord! I love this cream so much that I am going to name my first born as “Vicco”. Of course, that name will become a cause of bitter estrangement between us later, but it’s a sacrifice that I’m ready to make. This cream is a total winner and I have even grown quite fond of its terrible stench too.

Scrubs:

Lotus Herbals Oatmeal & Yogurt Scrub – a really mild product.  It also added a temporary glowing effect probably due to the yogurt content. The oatmeal particles were gentle and softened my skin without aggravating the acne.

Gels:

  • Khadi Aloe Vera Gel – Soothed the terrible irritation and pain caused by the breakouts.
  • Brihan’s Cucumber Gel – Worked like a charm-on dried out pimples and did not let them turn into ugly scars.

The Nays:

Cleansers:

  • Neutrogena Deep Clean – An absolute fail whale of a product. Not only was it completely ineffective on my pimples, but it also made my skin flake.
  • Fab India Tea Tree Face Wash and The Body Shop Tea Tree Facial Wash - These are not BAD face washes per se. It’s just that they’re not right for dry skin no matter how festooned it is with pustules. I did not notice if they reduced my acne as such, but they sure peeled off half my face due to the extreme dryness they induced.

Scrubs:

  • Biotique Walnut Skin Polisher and Biotique Papaya Scrub - These two were excessively harsh on my pimples and even caused a few to burst painfully turning me into a potty mouth again for some moments. They also caused dryness on certain parts of the face. A total disaster for dry-skinned people with acne to boot.

Moisturisers:

  • Lacto Calamine Aloe Moisturiser - To be honest, this is not a total nay product as it did not cause any flakiness or breakouts. However, it didn’t do much in terms of acne marks and still left my skin a little stretchy after application.
  • The Body Shop Tea Tree Skin Clearing Lotion – It’s a good lotion for oily or combination skin people. Although, it did sooth my itchy acne, it just didn’t work at all for my winter-ravaged patchy skin. I needed something extra nourishing but it was too light.

Masks:

Home Remedies:

More than anything else, I relied on home remedies the most. I realised that excessive chemical-laden products would only harm my skin further. This is what worked for me:

    • Honey – Whenever I suffered from cough as a kid, I would be force-fed honey. I used to hate its taste so much that I had resolved to annihilate all the bees from this earth when I “grew up.” As an adult, I couldn’t love honey more – no, not for its taste but for what it does it the face. It’s an incredible anti-bacterial humectant which means it bashes up the mean little zits and draws moisture to your face (hence, anti-aging too). It also heals and repairs the skin and provides respite from redness. Basically, honey is the all-rounder cool kid of the skin care items. You can use it alone or mix it up with anything else like cucumber juice, milk cream etc. to make a face mask.
    • Yogurt – Yogurt gives this wonderfully soothing sensation to pimple-attacked skin. It is anti-bacterial and helps to clear up the clogged pores. It is also a brightening agent and prevents/lightens acne scars. It also provides healthy moisturisation. I used it with a pinch of turmeric for added benefit.
    • Masks – I only used one of these three basic masks every alternate day so as not to spread the mess up too much.
    • Multani Mitti: It is excessively drying if used with only rose water. I tweaked the usual mask idea to suit my dry skin and used it with moisturising products like honey, yogurt and glycerin.
    • Besan: Besan can be a little drying too but it is very beneficial in keeping the skin clear and battling acne scars. I used it with milk cream (or unboiled milk), turmeric and a vitamin E capsule.
    • Mint, Neem and Orange Peel: I powdered some dried-out mint and neem leaves and mixed them with orange peel powder. Then, I made a mask out of it by adding yogurt and some honey to it. Super effective and did not dry out the skin at all.

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  • Crushed Mint – I sometimes crushed fresh mint leaves, applied the paste on my acne (not on the rest of the face), and left it overnight. It caused some irritation at first but by morning, the zits used to be zapped.

Here’s what to avoid in home remedies if you want to save yourself from looking like a dry and red-skinned premature baby who needs an incubator:

  • Lemon juice.
  • Tomato juice.
  • Multani Mitti with any of the aforementioned ingredients.
  • Baking soda.
  • Tea tree oil.
  • Apple cider vinegar as a toner.

Lifestyle Changes:

Ha! I bet you thought that you could defeat the Voldemort of all skin problems by applying just a few products and still lead the same old unhealthy, lazy bum friendly lifestyle. Not. Bloody. Possible.

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The lifestyle tips for acne-bashing for dry-skinned people are pretty much the same that are recommended in all how-to-get-clear-skin articles.

Here’s what I changed:

    • No more once-in-six-months kind of exercise. I went back to Yoga (had quit in a fit of teenage rebellion back when I was 14-15), took up Pilates and started running on weekends. Besides the usual la-di-da of toxin-releasing et al that exercise does, it helped me beat stress and also gave a healthy glow.
    • Developed a habit of moving out every time someone lit up. Just the psychological reassurance that I wasn’t passive smoking anymore was enough. If you’re in a place where you cannot leave easily, inch several feet away from the source, preferably near a window and if you’re good friends with the person who smokes, just shout your head off and tell them to go and chain smoke somewhere else. :P

lifestyle changes

  • Took to some serious fruit eating, particularly oranges, apples, grapes and tomatoes. Also, started on extra stuff like salads (WITH carrots) and green vegetables that I would shun earlier.
  • Started eating more mindfully. It’s not all that hard. I’ve always had a super fast metabolism and was in the habit of my stuffing my face with anything that I could find. After the acne disaster, although I did not give up on junk food altogether, I made sure that one of my meals was definitely at home and became more careful about what exactly I was eating.
  •  Got my food supplements in order. Aside from Vitamin B capsules, I also sucked on a lot of Vitamin C chewy tablets and swallowed a Vitamin E and Omega-3 capsule daily. If nothing else, they help in faster repair of your skin after your misfortunes are over.
  • Do you remember that scene from Dev.D where Abhay Deol asks his Sikh taxi driver if he drank and the Sardarji replies, “Like a phish, ji”? I became a “phish” like drinker too – of water, I mean. Sipping a little water every half hour or so helped in keeping my dry skin hydrated and flushed out toxins easily.

Now, lastly, here’s one of the most important things that you need to keep in mind when you get acne:

It is NOT the end of the world. Yes, it sure seems so at first but with a little bit of perseverance and hit-and-trial, you’ll make it through and for the smirking or omg-look-at-your-face kind of sadistic populace, I used to have a special method. You could try it too. Just rub a wet wipe on their face suddenly, claim that it had been used by you before, and say that your aim is to spread the Holy Creed of Acne vulgaris everywhere. They’ll not bother you again. Doesn’t work on your mother though. You’ll have to resort to I-got-pimples-because-of-your-yuck-food tactic for her, but it’s a dangerous method as she may stop feeding you. So, make alternative arrangements for your meals if you want to try that.

I hope this mini-guide will be of use to the dry-skinned acne-battling Ninjas of IMBB. With this, I have fulfilled two of my life’s purposes – cleaning up my karmic slate, and distributing useful gyaan to fellow sufferers. I am sure that I shall soon be rewarded for my good deeds and be made the Dictator for Life of the Universe. Now, excuse me while I go and prepare gas chambers for my mean little enemies.

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Bee November 30, 2011 at 7:22 pm

Lol. Totally relate to you. Right now I’m sitting with flaky cheeks and pimples on the chin.

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Jabberwocky December 2, 2011 at 12:27 am

That was so me last year. I still get into this situation sometimes. I think the zits on the chin are the most evil of all. :reallyangry: Terribly difficult to get rid of. :headbang: :headbang: :headbang:

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sukanya November 30, 2011 at 7:24 pm

“vvuuunnnn tiiiite slapppp” :lol2: :lol2: :lol2: :lol2: :lol2: :lol2: really informative post for dry skin types like moi… its always a pleasure reading your articles JB :worship: :worship: :worship:

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Jabberwocky December 2, 2011 at 12:24 am

:woot: :D :D

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Dee November 30, 2011 at 7:36 pm

:toothygrin: “vvuuunnnn tiiiite slapppp” :toothygrin: :toothygrin:
was just listening to Kolaveri Di and this line of yours was just like a part of the song…

nice informative post JB…
:thanks:

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Jabberwocky December 2, 2011 at 12:22 am

Hahahaha @ the Kolaveri Di bit! :lol2: :lol2:
Thankee, Dee! :woot: :woot:

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shruti November 30, 2011 at 8:03 pm

very nice article …….. a lot of hardwork you have done :inlove: :inlove: :inlove: :inlove: ……… my skin usually becomes dry in winter and acne also sometimes so this will be a great help :yahoo: :yahoo: :yahoo: :yahoo: :yahoo: :yahoo:

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Jabberwocky December 2, 2011 at 12:19 am

Thanks, Shruti! :happydance: :happydance: Good to know that it’ll be of use. :D :D

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Gargi November 30, 2011 at 8:13 pm

enjoyed the post JW!! I always love reading your articles :toothygrin: :toothygrin: and Its very informative!!
and I’m 20 and I’ve dry skin, and now I’m scared :tremble: :tremble:

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Jabberwocky December 2, 2011 at 12:18 am

Thanks, Gargi! :happydance: I’m glad you liked it. :woot: :woot: Don’t worry about don’t think 20 is the decided initiation age for acne as per the Lord of the Zits. :silly: It’s all very individual. Just take the preventive measures and keep your skin happy. :D :D

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Sangit November 30, 2011 at 8:21 pm

Nice tips..but most of all i liked the way you expressed it..you have awesome writing style

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Jabberwocky December 2, 2011 at 12:12 am

:thanks: :yahoo: :woot: :woot: :D

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Shilpa November 30, 2011 at 8:23 pm

Ms.JabardastWhacky..though I dun have dry skin..but your writing style made the post Petit Gateau for my eyes.. :toothygrin: Its surely is detailed & informative for those who are dry-istas :silly: You seem to have given serious thought the prob..done sufficient R & D & more importantly spreading your valuable gyaan..I do admire it.. :)

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Jabberwocky December 2, 2011 at 12:07 am

Thanks, Shilpa! :happydance: :happydance: Glad you enjoyed the post. :D :D

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DeeKay November 30, 2011 at 8:24 pm

ROFL!! Hilarious yet a very useful article. Totally loved the idea of spreading the holy creed of acne.

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Jabberwocky December 1, 2011 at 11:59 pm

:thanks: :woot: :woot: :happydance: :happydance: :phoolan:

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Vineetha November 30, 2011 at 8:54 pm

:lol: :lol: :lol: Beautifully written Jab… “Good Lord! I love this cream so much that I am going to name my first born as “Vicco”. Of course, that name will become a cause of bitter estrangement between us later, but it’s a sacrifice that I’m ready to make.” :lol2: :lol2: :lol2: :lol2: :lol2:

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Jabberwocky December 2, 2011 at 12:03 am

Thanks, Vineetha. :D :D :D :silly:

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Nupur November 30, 2011 at 8:54 pm

very well written JW … :waytogo: :waytogo:

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Jabberwocky December 2, 2011 at 12:01 am

:thanks: :shy: :toothygrin: :toothygrin:

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jomol November 30, 2011 at 9:06 pm

JW….charansparsh charansparsh :jaiho: :jaiho: :jaiho: :jaiho: :jaiho: :jaiho: :jaiho: :jaiho: :jaiho: the points that you have given is so relevant for oily skin too…I will keep coming back to this article to remind myself that this is what works….. :jaiho: :jaiho: :jaiho: :jaiho: :jaiho:

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Jabberwocky December 1, 2011 at 11:55 pm

Charansparsh! :lol2: :lol2: :lol2: :lol2: Glad that oily skinned beauties could find points of relevance too. :woot: :woot:

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jomol November 30, 2011 at 9:06 pm

and hey thanks for giving out the products that worked for you and those which didn’t….I have chucked out Biotique walnut polisher from my wishlist :haanji: :haanji: :haanji: :haanji: :haanji: :haanji: :haanji: :haanji:

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Jabberwocky December 1, 2011 at 11:57 pm

Glad it helped! :D :D :woot: That walnut skin polisher is supposedly pretty good for normal skin but for acne-ridden people, it’s a no-no. :nonono: :nonono:

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keirti November 30, 2011 at 9:08 pm

hey JW some of the tips will also work for oily skin gang… once agn gr8 artilce… :waytogo: :waytogo: :waytogo: n yeah now u wont make fun of oily skinned galz for sure… :whistle: :silly: :hihi: :hihi: :hihi: :hihi: :hihi:

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Jabberwocky December 1, 2011 at 11:53 pm

Haha, you bet! I’ve become much more sympathetic to the cause of acne and skin trouble in general. :silly: :silly:

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neha November 30, 2011 at 9:15 pm

:happydance: i noted a few points

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Jabberwocky December 1, 2011 at 11:51 pm

:woot: :woot: :happydance: :happydance:

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kanika November 30, 2011 at 9:25 pm

i love vicco cream too!!!! and its available in army canteens too!!!! this is one cream that is always there with me even when i ditch it at times to escape that turmeric odour that lasts forever :toothygrin:

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Jabberwocky December 1, 2011 at 11:50 pm

Haha, that turmeric odour of Vicco’s is something, isn’t it? :yuck: I still don’t mind it too much considering the number of benefits that I comes with. :happydance: :happydance: :balle:

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Akhila November 30, 2011 at 9:32 pm

JW, Vun Word Phoe You……WUNDERPHUL :jaiho: :jaiho: :jaiho: girl this is a lovely post, I did suffer with the prob, now I am cured…all the credit goes to the divas of IMBB. Lovely writing style … :clap: :clap: :clap:

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Jabberwocky December 1, 2011 at 11:36 pm

Thanks, Akhila! :woot: :woot: :woot: :happydance: :happydance: Yes, IMBB played a big role in helping me understand my skin better too. :D :D

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Ekta Gandhi November 30, 2011 at 9:38 pm

Can’t compliment you enough JW, brilliant write up and very useful info…. I am currently at war with these little atom bombs and totally relate with your experience. I hope my ending is as happy as yours! :thanks: :chewnails

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Jabberwocky December 1, 2011 at 11:34 pm

Thanks, Ekta! :woot: :woot: :woot: Hope your war is as victorious as mine. :toothygrin:

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nids November 30, 2011 at 9:52 pm

this was a super lengthy n interesting post..when i was going thru this phase then there was no IMBB to save my lyf n so went for homeopathic medicines n milk cream+haldi routine for treating my pimples. used a cream called glow care tht tuk care of the marks later… :waytogo: :waytogo:
then i also seriously followed home made packs n scrubs… :specs:
u had all the fab india n lotus products in ur list :whistle: but njoyed ur post really… :yahoo: :yahoo: :yahoo:

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Jabberwocky December 1, 2011 at 11:24 pm

Oh, your acne experience sounds difficult! :shocked: I can’t imagine what I’d have done without IMBB’s skincare information and general gyaan.
Yes, I mostly tried Lotus and Fab India products because I am a huge fan of “natural” companies. If I have a choice between a well-known international brand and a good enough Fab India cream, I’d go for the latter. It’s always less harmful in the long run. :toothygrin:

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shrreya November 30, 2011 at 11:21 pm

this was sooo informative!! and extremely well written… i’m a fan now!!
:heart: it :D aweesome!!

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Jabberwocky December 1, 2011 at 11:18 pm

:thanks: :woot: :woot: :woot: :happydance:

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Rati November 30, 2011 at 11:41 pm

you know what JW.. i am going to read it again and agin and again. Not funny! you are awesome. And you know wtay as you are alwys. You are fab, girl. Load of love! :puchhi: :puchhi: :puchhi: :puchhi: :puchhi:

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Jabberwocky December 1, 2011 at 10:57 pm

Thankee for so much love, Rati!! :hugleft: :happydance: :happydance: and you’re fab too for making IMBB the super wonderful place that it is today. :puchhi: :puchhi: :woot: :woot: :woot:

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Aru December 1, 2011 at 10:05 am

hey JW, though the post read for dry skin ( I am mostly oily), i still went ahead and read it since it was from you. I totally enjoyed reading every word.

one question to you and anyone who has the answer- Are Yogurt and besan good for Oily skin too?.. ‘cos I’d rather use that any day over the millions scrubs/masks.

I have a big fat pimple on my cheek and on my chin and it refuses to go away. I have tried the clean and clear anti-acne gel, aloe vera gel etc..not sure what caused it..also i have assumed all this while that I have normal to combination skin (Tzone types) so wondering what caused these dreaded pimples to appear.. :headbang: :headbang:

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jomol December 1, 2011 at 10:33 am

Aruna…..under the Indian constitution, pimples have all the right to appear on oily skin and without any reason….yeh unka janmsiddh adhikaar hai :headbang: :headbang: :headbang: :headbang: :headbang: :headbang: :headbang: :headbang: :headbang: :headbang: :headbang: :headbang:

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Aru December 1, 2011 at 10:41 am

:lol2: :lol2: seriously..aisa hi lagtha hai..pata nahin what pleasure it gets in coming out and maing life stressful. (Aunt Rose was visiting too :toothygrin: so that cud have been a good reason too..or atleast I hope that was the reason)

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Jabberwocky December 1, 2011 at 10:12 pm

:rotfl: :lol: :lol: :lol: Janamsidh adhikar, so true! And usually, they appear when you want them the least – like before a dhinchaak party or a date or your own wedding. :spank: :yuck:

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Jabberwocky December 1, 2011 at 10:09 pm

Thankee, Aru! :D :D
Regarding your question, I am not too sure about how good besan is for oily skin but yogurt is pretty nice. I know oily skinned people who wash their faces with it and it works very well to combat acne scars. Anyhoo, I’d personally recommend honey for the oil. Honey is amazingly paradoxical – it can add moisture to dry skin and pull out excess oil and gunk from the oily one. If you’re not too sensitive to lemon, you could squeeze a few drops of lemon into it for extra action against oiliness.

Have you tried Colgate against the mammoth pimple? It is usually my go-to pimple diffuser. I dab it on the spots at night and remove it the next morning with a cotton ball dipped in rose water. You could try the crushed mint thingie too for redness relief. :toothygrin:

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Agnibanya December 1, 2011 at 10:31 am

Great post Jabberwocky..just about yesterday I was thinking about posting a query that my combination to oily skin has suddenly become dry and scratchy and also much acne..I ws looking for a moisturizer and I’ll now get what you suggest in the post..Thanks again!!! :hugleft: :hughright: :puchhi:

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Jabberwocky December 1, 2011 at 11:20 pm

:thanks: :woot: Glad this post could help. :happydance: :happydance: :dance:

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Ida December 1, 2011 at 12:21 pm

Wow, awesome comprehensive post Jabberwocky! :yes: :yes: :yes: :yes: This is my skin type. Dry with a tendency to be acne prone, plus sensitive. I’ve got things fairly under control now, but I got a lot more tips from your article. Thank you for sharing what worked for you. :))

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Jabberwocky December 1, 2011 at 10:02 pm

Thaks, Ida! :woot: I’m glad the post could help you. :D :happydance: Dry sensitive acne-prone skin can be such a bane. :headbang: :yuck:

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Vishakha December 1, 2011 at 1:10 pm

I appreciate all ur hardwork Jab! :clap:
You are AWESOME!!! :puchhi: I must agree with Aruna, I went ahead and read it since it was from you though I have oily skin… REALLY :haanji: and noted the points which are useful for me :thanks: and ya, I love Vicco too :heart:

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Aru December 1, 2011 at 2:03 pm

like what Vishakha? what points wud u take away from this article? i am curious becos I have oily skin too and am wondering what I could try

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Vishakha December 5, 2011 at 9:56 am

Aru – First of all, I dont have acne problem as such, but I like to take care of my Oily skin and keep it natually beautiful.
I noted down her Home Remedies like…
1.) Multani Mitti, Besan: could be drying if used with only rose water (for dry skin types), means for our skin types it works really well. I used to use it earlier (credit goes to my Mom) as a general skincare routine but stopped it for noreason. :silly: Now I have noted down so that I dnt forget it. :pompom:
2.) Mint, Neem and Orange Peel: I used to apply Orange Peel with milk which is really really effective (again credit goes to my Mom, :jaiho: she had read it somewhere and we tried it), :haanji: now I will add Neem & Mint as well and instead of milk, I’ll try with yogurt and honey and see the effect (I love to experiment :preen: )
3.) Crushed Mint: now this is something new which I havent tried but kept a note of it in case I get acne, i can use it because I prefer home remedies over market products.

I hope this helps you too. :wink:

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Jabberwocky December 1, 2011 at 9:58 pm

Thanks for all the love, Vishakha! :hughright: :dance: And yay for Vicco fans! :D :woot: :woot:

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Swati December 1, 2011 at 3:04 pm

Wonderfully written… :balle:
hadnt read any of ur earlier posts.. will search for dem now!!
Thoroughly enjoyed reading!
i have a terribly dry skin and acne :yikes: … i almost pinched u(same pinch style.. )on ur every experience related to this problem!!!

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Jabberwocky December 1, 2011 at 9:42 pm

Thanks, Swati! :thanks: :D :D

And totally understand your pain. :| Hope your acne vanishes soon too (and hopefully without too many relics). :D

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Pragnyadeepta December 1, 2011 at 3:06 pm

Three Cheers for JW! Hip ,Hip! *Hurray!* :pompom: :shying:
I have oily skin but I am definitely bookmarking this because well…I don’t have acne. Period. :| But there is that looming fear of when that issue will strike me and finish me. :roll: :pray: I just hope I manage to dodge the whole acne stuff. Forever. :ghost2: If I somehow get attacked…This article will come to my rescue. :jog:
:thanks: sooo much for this,hun! It’s super useful and a super funn read. :happydance:

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Jabberwocky December 1, 2011 at 9:38 pm

Thankee, Pragny! :woot: :woot: :woot:
Don’t get too scared about acne. Some lucky ones don’t have to face the issue. My mum never had any acne in her entire life. So, you can also hope to escape perhaps. :D Take the preventive measures and you’ll be fine. :happydance:

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Pragnyadeepta December 2, 2011 at 11:14 am

You’re welcome! :D :teddy:
Never?! :shock: Amaaazing! :pompom: :pompom: I will try my very best to run away from acne. I’m already following some tips my mom gave me. :jog:

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Geet December 1, 2011 at 3:28 pm

JW.. U have amazing writtin skills!!! :yes: :yes: :yes:

Jus loved reading the post and I hav read it thrice already!!! :toothygrin: :toothygrin:

I have an oily T zone and my nose shines like a christmas reindeer always!! :shame: … so maybe i can follow few of ur tips … Thanks again!!! :waytogo:

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Jabberwocky December 1, 2011 at 9:27 pm

Thankee, Geet! :D :D :D
Hope some of it works for you too! :woot: :woot:

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Preeti December 1, 2011 at 5:06 pm

Awesome post JW! :waytogo: Loved it even though my skin was super oily and now combi during winter!!
Regarding Lacto calamine treating acne marks. Its a very slow process and yes it does work but not for dry skin. My aunt has been using that cream (not the aloe version) since the past 25+ years (yeah its her HG and she wont swap it for any fancy anti-ageing cream!). She had really bad acne all those years back and frying pan oily skin and she’s lost all of her marks and has lovely skin now.
So anyone looking for fast results using that cream, wont get it. You have to be super patient with it! :)

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Aru December 1, 2011 at 5:14 pm

Preeti – can you pls find out which lacto calamine one she uses? matlab the oily to combi or normal to oily?

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Jabberwocky December 1, 2011 at 9:16 pm

Whoa! Is Lacto Calamine that effective? :shock: I’ve always liked the purple one during the humid Monsoon months but never knew it could be THAT great in the long run. I’m going to keep this in mind. :happydance: :happydance: Thanks! :woot: :woot:

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Pamela December 1, 2011 at 5:36 pm

Hey JW.. Totally love your writing style. Typical JW.. Loved going through all your post.

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Jabberwocky December 1, 2011 at 9:07 pm

Thankee, Pamela! :woot: :woot: :toothygrin:

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Nikita December 1, 2011 at 9:01 pm

wow loved ur article …i always skim through but i actually read yours …i have acne from past 10 years and now it has chnaged into adult acne ….some times its so difficult to get the zits out :(

Most of the remedies what you said for dry skin is also applicable for oily skin …tooo much of dryness can aggrevate acne …

im so bookmarking this page !

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Jabberwocky December 1, 2011 at 9:11 pm

Thanks, Nikita!
10 years? :shock: That’s a hell of a long time with zits! :| :shocked: Hope the remedies work for you. :toothygrin:

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Jabberwocky December 1, 2011 at 9:21 pm

Thank you. :D :woot:
Regarding Olay Natural White, I used it regularly for 4-5 months right from December till May-ish. I’d say it takes about a month or so to work on the scars (unless they are really old). Perhaps it worked faster for me because my scars very fresh and not too deep seated.

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Riti December 3, 2011 at 7:18 pm

Love ur article :) :) and the HP references hehe :) :) Long live HP! And m bookmarking this for sure ;) And your writing style is very fascinating ..makes me want to keep reading on :) u should be a writer! :)

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Akhila December 22, 2011 at 3:18 pm

hey girlie wenz ur nex post coming up….I am reading and re-reading all of the ones here …..pls come up with something to rescue the (wo)mankind from post acne scars

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