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Hair Removal for Acne

I get acne on my arms. I noticed it was near the hair follicles and mentioned it to a friend and he said he gets the same thing but he started to shave his arm hair off and the acne went away. Its not deep cystic acne from hormones but just the occasional blackhead and whitehead.

For some reason sunblock or moisturiser makes it worst. Ivory bar soap worked wonders with a “detailer” but I still get a zit or 5 every now and then.

So this true or “bro” tail?

I would guess the exfoliation of shaving is what helped. I would try using a poof or those exfoliating glove thingys and some moisturizing body wash. Soap sucks!

[quote]debraD wrote:
I would guess the exfoliation of shaving is what helped. I would try using a poof or those exfoliating glove thingys and some moisturizing body wash. Soap sucks![/quote]

I tried those girly soft soaps with the added moisturizing stuff but it seemed to just make things worst. Ivory bar soap works wonders. But I want them all gone and the seem to come and go.

Yea, I would suggest using a sponge (the ocean one) or some other type of brush to exfoliate your skin when you wash. Stay away from the washes with exfoliants in them, because those simply contain silica beads or something similar, that basically scratches and irritates your skin.

Black and white heads just mean that your pores are getting clogged, and exfoliated properly will help keep 'em clear. Also, just make sure you don’t over scrub also, because that can make it even worse if you irritate your skin to much.

Some else I was talking with said sometimes it could be your detergent for washing clothes or your clothes might not be betting washed good enough. Never even thought about those.

WestCoast7 I am going to try the ocean sponge thing your taking about. I know zactly where to get one. I will let you know.

If that doesn’t work I am going to shave my arms.

Update Ok so nothing has really worked so…

I got a razor and some shaving foam and shaved off all the hair on my left arm. The right one is still nice and hairy. Its been 2 weeks since I started doing this. I shave my arm every day when I shave my face.

Results besides looking a bit weird.
Still have acne on my right arm but my left arm has cleared up. I also noticed that when I got out of the shower all the dead skin would come off my arm really easy when drying with a towel. Last time I seen that was when I was a kid. Also the GF noticed my arm was soft and smooth and was making fun at my expense.

So my preliminary conclusion is that after removing the hair this allowed for better dead skin removal that was blocking the pores of my skin causing acne.

Now if this is accurate (I will keep the experiment going for a few more weeks) I have a choice between smooth girly skin or acne scared skin. Think I will go for the girly skin. Acne was horrible when I was a teen.

Jesus fuck, DB. How hairy are your arms, wolfman?

[quote]Vicomte wrote:
Jesus fuck, DB. How hairy are your arms, wolfman?[/quote]

Actually they are not that hairy, well now that I can compare each arm hmmmmm not that bad. I am not Greek or Italian(sorry to stereo-type but its general true) …you know woolymamoth. I am certainly not fine but just in the middle average I would say. But you have to remember acne comes easy to me due to hormonal issues and predisposition when I was a teen. My GF thinks I am a bit picky about it but its been really bad before almost to the point where I get embarrassed if I see people looking at my arms. I also have scars from it so before it gets worst I am going to do what I can. And if this helps then naked arms I will have.

Try KP Duty from Derma Doctor. It’s not cheap but it will help your skin exfoliate and “turn over.” It’s a lotion, not a scrub, so it won’t irritate or scratch you up.

[quote]pushmepullme wrote:
Try KP Duty from Derma Doctor. It’s not cheap but it will help your skin exfoliate and “turn over.” It’s a lotion, not a scrub, so it won’t irritate or scratch you up.[/quote]

Thanks PMPM :slight_smile:

[quote]dirtbag wrote:
be betting washed good enough.[/quote]

Turn your water heater to 130 degrees and all your problems will go away.

[quote]Brother Chris wrote:

[quote]dirtbag wrote:
be betting washed good enough.[/quote]

Turn your water heater to 130 degrees and all your problems will go away. [/quote]

I have no control over that …in an apt building. Lucky if I get moderately hot water from the tap sometimes.