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Hello,

Okay, this is going to be a bit of a tale, but I want to explain my circumstances to all of you.

In short: I was hit by a car and broke my neck in two places. It was a great risk to perform surgery on me shortly after the accident so they decided to take the safe route and place a "halo" on me, which is basically a type of neck brace. It consists of a large vest that covers half of my chest, and on top of that vest are four metal struts that are surgically inserted into the skin on my head. I had to wear it for 3 months until just recently, when it was finally taken off. It saved my life, yes, but unfortunately it didn't treat my skin well because alas, I couldn't bathe while wearing it. I have a large amount of facial acne, mostly on my forehead and the sides of my face which were the most difficult to wash. My back and neck are also big problem areas.

I also feel I should mention the fact that I am taking a medication - Fluvoxamine, to treat my Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder which I have had for 3 years. Since I started taking it I've had a bit of a problem with acne. Not an overwhelming one, but bad enough. I feel this medication is somehow making these problems worse.

I'm very self-conscious about my skin. I want to go out and visit my friends who I haven't seen in more than 3 months, but I feel disgusting and dirty all of the time. I need help. What I want to ask is: which product(s) would be the best for treating acne relatively quickly in my situation? I had a bit of a problem before - probably due to my OCD, and in retaliation tried a bottle of 5% Benzoyl Peroxide by PanOxyl. It didn't work very much at all, unfortunately. I've also seen a lot of commercials advertising ProActiv. Does that product work well?

Any help would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks in advance.

PS: Don't let my name fool you. I am a man; not a woman. :p
 

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Water definitely helps cleanse the body, including pores. ProActiv or Murad have been successful for many (which is why we sell it on our site) but like the previous post mentioned and as I always do, everyone is different.

We may be grouped together at times, but each person's checmical balancing act puts our skin in a fairly unique situation. Like you said you are taking other medications and since the skin is the largest organ, about anything we put in the body, including food effects the treatments.

Be careful not to be in too much haste. You don't want to do anything too drastic. Basic cleansing helps wonders when the skin has been through the trama you have recently had to endure.

Products with alcohols have a temporary clearing ability but many times closes pores (which is why the face looks clear for a bit) but this locks things in as well attributing to further breakouts.

Drink lots of water, cleanse the face several times a day with water and a warm washcloth (to remove dirt) and slightly pat dry. This at minimum will give you a fresh base if you begin to test out new products.

Let us know how it goes!
 
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