My Wonky Skin

curlyjenncurlyjenn Posts: 590Registered Users Curl Connoisseur
I originally posted this on the OCM thread at LHC, but I haven't gotten an answer yet, so I'm going to cross-post here.

Background: I usually cleanse my skin with OCM, then may or may not follow up with my black soap. I'm having a hard time finding a moisturizer, since everything breaks me out.

Well, I'm not quite sure what to do with my skin. I've developed alot of pimples, which I have no idea how to clear up. I've never had pimples. I tried putting on my husband's acne treatment cream and I think it's working, but I have 2 very dry spots that are just getting aggravated by the cream! ARGH! The pimples and my dry spots are all down on my chin, around my jaw line. I quit OCM for a bit because I thought that maybe my skin changed and I needed to start over with a different blend, but then I get these dry spots! So I started washing with my black soap.....

As you can see, I've done too much all at one time. I don't know what to do or where to start. Can anyone help? I've never had pimples OR dry spots before and I don't know how to treat them. Do I try to treat one problem at a time? Is there something I can do for both at once? HELP!
I'm a 3b, with 3c underneath.
I'm a product junkie. <3

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  • RedCatWavesRedCatWaves Posts: 31,259Registered Users Curl Connoisseur
    It might be the OCM. I had the same thing happen to me when I tried OCM...worked great for a while, then BAM, pimples everywhere, especially around my chin. It was like an acne beard. It took me months and months to clear it up.

    A good neutral non-detergent cleanser, some salicylic acid and you'll probably clear up. Emu oil makes the best moisturizer.
  • MagooMagoo Posts: 2,173Registered Users Curl Neophyte
    I've actually been using Jojoba oil (1-2 drops) on my skin at night after washing and putting on my benzyl peroxide cream and it's really helped with my dryness issues. I read somewhere that jojoba oil is non-comedogenic and ok to use on oily skin. I normally have oily skin but constant use of harsh acne/pimple creams dries it out pretty bad which leads to more oil production which leads to more breakouts, etc. So I've found that using a mild cleanser, followed by my pimple cream and then moisturizer has actually helped to balance out the oil/dryness problem.
    3b/c fine, thick, porous, protein sensitive
    Modified CG, CJ Rehab, JCWDT, KCKT, VO5 Chamomile Tea Therapy, CJDF, HEBE Gel/Mousse, Bioinfusion Rosemary Mint shampoo, occasional protein

    Experimenting with BRHG

    "If you want the rainbow, you've gotta put up with the rain"
  • curlyjenncurlyjenn Posts: 590Registered Users Curl Connoisseur
    Sooo...would my black soap be a non-detergent cleanser? I really like that stuff and I have tons of it.

    I'll keep up with the pimple cream and just look for a better moisturizer. I've seen you post about emu oil before. I'll look into it. I'm not sure what the active ingredient is in that pimple cream. I'll look into it. I wonder if an aspirin mask would work for me or aggravate the dry spots more?
    I'm a 3b, with 3c underneath.
    I'm a product junkie. <3
  • RedCatWavesRedCatWaves Posts: 31,259Registered Users Curl Connoisseur
    Sooo...would my black soap be a non-detergent cleanser? I really like that stuff and I have tons of it.


    Soap is non-detergent, but all soaps have a very high PH, which causes the same skin-barrier-breakdown problems as detergents do, maybe even moreso. Some people do OK with soaps on their face, but they're usually not the people who have troubled skin to begin with.

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