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Old 02-12-2005, 05:03 PM   #1
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Hi Everyone,

I have read and sympathized with so many of your post. My story is like so many others. I have tried every prescription pill,cremes, birth control and all the ones you buy over the counter as well, all of the natural cures and potions,tried changing my diet, following a certain diet,food eliminations, given up caffeine and quite smoking all to try to cure my acne. Nothing has helpled. When I was a teenager I complained about the random pimple or two, never anything serious, but of course at that time I thought it was the biggest deal in the world. My skin was gorgeous, people where always comenting on it and wanting to know what kind of products etc I used. Boy how I wish a pimple or two during my period where my only problem now! When I turned 22 my face absolutely blew up, there was no warning, nothing changed, I literally woke up on morning with horrible cystic acne. As I said above through the years I tried everything during this time period, it got to where I could not even cover it with makeup because the cyst where so large. The cyst where also causing ear infections and infections in the lympnoids in my neck, I was always trying to bring them to a head and the infections would spread through the poking squezzing etc. many times I would have to go to my M.D. for an infection that had started this way and one side of my face or my neck was swollen from the infection, and I would have to take antibiotics to get rid of the infection. It is humilating going through all of this at my age, I am a young professional and would have to attend corporate meeting in my cutests business suits with a face that was so awfull I would wear my hair down and try to hide some of it, I couldn't even look people in the eye! I have struggled personally/professionally because of it. SO I understand when people say they are depressed because of their acne. Not to long ago about 3wks ago I jus said screw it! If there was a cure or a fix for what I have I would have found it in 5 years! So I stopped working and applying creams and combing stores and magazines looking for something to help with my face. It didn't help my complexion but it didn't make it any worse either. I read a post from a member of this board about "spirit of camphor oil" to help ease the pain and speed the healing process of a really bad cyst. I started to think about campho-phenique. There had to be some connection. I researched it and of course there was, camphor oil is used in both, it made me remember how my mom when I was kid used it for everything, it was the cure all! I also remembered Jeff Foxworthy mentioning the same kind of memory in one of his comedy shows. So I thought what the heck? I went and bought a bottle at Walgreens. I just started using a cosmetics wipe at night and I would get a cotton ball with campho on it and use it like it was a toner, all over my face, giving speacial attention to any active pimples or scars. I would wash my face in the shower in the mornings with "purity" from Philospy and a couple of times a week I would exfoliate with St.Ives medicated. The only thing new in my routine was the campho, everything else I had always done. Within a week I could see a difference, fewer cyst, fewer pimples, the ones I already had where well on there way to being healed and where not leaving marks, my scars where starting to lighten up as well. After three weeks of this, my face is 75% clear which is very high for me! I only had to wear concealer and tinted moisturizer to work this week which is HUGE!!!!!!!!! After all these years and all that money wasted, I can't believe this would be the thing that has helped me the most! I know everyone is different, I know that this will not be the answer for everyone, but if you are like me and had nothing else to do and no where to go but up, give it a try and see if it gives you a little relief or maybe alot like it did me. If this helps just one person get a little of their life back from acne, like it did me, than it was worth typing this HUGE post. Let me know if anyone has any luck like I did with campho.

 
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Old 02-12-2005, 08:44 PM   #2
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Re: Campho-Phenique a wonder drug in a little green bottle?

Does this dry your skin? Do you use any kind of moisturizer?


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Old 02-12-2005, 10:07 PM   #3
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Re: Campho-Phenique a wonder drug in a little green bottle?

Hi Anna,
No it hasn't dried out my skin. I do use MAC strobe cream as a primer before my makeup, and that is all. I haven't had any problems with dry skin.

 
Old 02-13-2005, 09:54 AM   #4
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Re: Campho-Phenique a wonder drug in a little green bottle?

sorry, i re-read the post and found my answers!

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Old 02-13-2005, 03:17 PM   #5
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Re: Campho-Phenique a wonder drug in a little green bottle?

It has mineral oil in it. Isn't that bad for the skin? Also, this product is made for insect bites and minor burns. It is not made for acne.

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Old 02-13-2005, 05:10 PM   #6
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Re: Campho-Phenique a wonder drug in a little green bottle?

Just want to reiterate here, I am not saying this is specifically used for acne treatment,but "oil of camphor" and "spirit of camphor" are used to help heal cystic acne by skin speacialist. That is where I came up with the idea,from a post on the board about cystic acne, it speeds healing and helps take the size of a cyst down. The same ingredients are in campho-phenique. It might not help everyone like I said in my orginal post,but if it helps anyone besides me, that is all that counts!

 
Old 02-13-2005, 09:28 PM   #7
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Re: Campho-Phenique a wonder drug in a little green bottle?

Quote:
Originally Posted by deltoro
Just want to reiterate here, I am not saying this is specifically used for acne treatment,but "oil of camphor" and "spirit of camphor" are used to help heal cystic acne by skin speacialist. That is where I came up with the idea,from a post on the board about cystic acne, it speeds healing and helps take the size of a cyst down. The same ingredients are in campho-phenique. It might not help everyone like I said in my orginal post,but if it helps anyone besides me, that is all that counts!
is campho-penique the name of the product or is it a type of oil? is the consistency greasy and heavy?

 
Old 02-13-2005, 10:19 PM   #8
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Re: Campho-Phenique a wonder drug in a little green bottle?

Camhpor oil, is an oil, that comes from a tree I believe. Campho-phenique is an actual name brand of a product that is sold at drug stores.

 
Old 02-14-2005, 12:37 AM   #9
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Re: Campho-Phenique a wonder drug in a little green bottle?

i luv this for cold sores been using it all my life but if it has mineral oil i wont use it for acne.

 
Old 09-11-2005, 10:27 AM   #10
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Re: Campho-Phenique a wonder drug in a little green bottle?

This has really helped me. I was in the same situation. Growing up, my skin had been great. Then right around 24, I got the same cystic acne. When I was younger, I would get an occasional pimple in my T-zone, never on my cheeks. But when I got older, I got this horrible acne along my jawline. It was so embarrassing!

When I got to a very frustrating point, I got a facial and the girl who did it mentioned it was a common hormonal thing. I had gone from the patch to nothing to Depo, so hormone fluctation made sense. She wasn't able to do much, other than make my skin feel good.

I was at my parents' house last week and I found a very vintage bottle of Campho Phenique in their cupboard(circa around the 80s). The packaging has changed, but on that, it states that it treats acne & the prevents the spread of pimples. The new packaging does not say that (I bought some for myself, something that didn't expire during my childhood!).

I was my face with Thoroughly Clean face wash from Trader Joe's then apply the Campho Phenique with cottom or just my fingers. While my skin is not perfectly clear yet, as it has only been about 5 days, I have noticed a huge reduction in my acne and it looks like it has cleared up for the most part. I am just left with some of the dark marks that formed as a result of the acne, but those have lightened a bit as well. My skin feels so much better now and I can see a definite change after just a few days.

I was using cocoa butter before and while that made my skin soft and started to lighten some of the marks and scarring, it didn't stop the pimples. Once they are gone, which looks like it will be within 2 weeks (I heal slowly), I will cut down on the CP and use the cocoa butter more. My skin has matured so the pimple creams I used before are too harsh on my skin. I am also trying to drink more water to assist in this.

I am very pleased with what this has done for me. I would recommend giving it a try if you have reached the same frustration we have. It is just a few dollars for a bottle of it and the bottle will last you a while. I see it also comes in a cream.

I'm actually researching results of Campho Phenique on acne right now and I have seen pages and pages of correllations between CP and healing acne. Just don't drink the stuff, but I thought that was kind of obvious. If I find evidence against this, I will certainly repost. But up to this point, I have seen my own proof and read of the benefits of this on healing acne. I hope it works as well for you.

 
Old 09-11-2005, 09:26 PM   #11
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Re: Campho-Phenique a wonder drug in a little green bottle?

It's worth a try. Heck tried and am trying almost everything else except Accutane. I have a tube here and washed and spot treated myself (found tube in my cupboard, I use to get cold sores every once and a while - and hey its not expired). I currently have about 25 zits total which includes 8 cysts. 2 of the cysts are huge, about a nickel in size, I hate them. I'm thinking I am a moderate acne person. What do you think? Maybe I am more moderate severe (with all the cysts)........its just that I've seen pictures of severe severe acne and I'm not as bad, but I am bad. With 8 active cysts at one time (a couple weeks ago I had 10 or 11 cysts), I'm thinking I am more on the moderate sever side. Anyone have a comment on this????? I would like to know how to describe it. Or know what I am dealing with. So I am gonna give the campor phenique a shot. I'm pretty sure it can't get worse. Heck if it does, I'll stop. I'll post on my progress. If this fails too, then I see my derm in Oct. and will ask for Accutane.

 
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