OK, I suffered with cystic acne for years. It had finally subsided, after much change in diet and my getting a little older (32). I had been over two years with virtually NO acne--a life-long dream come true.
A few months ago, my hubby and I became friends with a couple whom we love dearly. The wife has severe cystic acne (or are these cold sores) all over her face??).
She and I use the same brand of face powder, and one day got them confused in the car. Call it coincidence, but ever since THAT DAY, my acne is BACK. Terrible cystic acne, and I am so disheartened... I have it in facial areas where I never had it before. We have teased that it must have been contagious...but now I really do wonder.
So, my question: IS there ANY way this could have been some transmission of fungus, bacteria, or virus which caused this? How do I treat it if I don't know what is causing it??
I have tried ProActiv (not all-natural, but always worked so well before), white vinegar (in case it was fungal), apple cider vinegar, colliodal Silver...NOTHING is helping at all.
Please, please help!!
Disgruntled Eternal Teenager,
Many texts state that acne is not contagious.
However, inside the cysts are staph bacteria and they may have set up shop in the face powder. So when you applied the powder, the staph found a weak spot in your pores.
We all have staph and strep on our skin. It is a question of how much of them we are carrying and if we have vulnerabilities to them due to open wounds, imbalanced gut flora, exposure from friend's skin care pads, sharing razors and others.
A natural acne product is Torf Moor Mud Astringent Facial Mask. It has a proven track record for the face. Naturopathic physicians use this product with success on their patients with acne. Torf Moor Mud Astringent Facial Mask works deeply and you can actually feel it 'drawing out' when you put it on. A side benefit is that it tightens your skin thereby reducing wrinkles.
For your friend: I recommend that you tell your friend to discard her face powder and applicator. Purchase a new one and apply the face powder to a one-time applicator that is dipped only once into the face powder. If she does not, she will continue to re-expose her skin to the staph. This is crucial. She, too, needs to the Torf Moor Mud Astringent Facial Mask.
It is nice being an eternal teenager but without the acne. You'll get better!
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