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Thank you, Arachne for you interesting advice!

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As a layperson, I do not think there is a need to be tested for various conditions at the moment. You should be properly treated for Demodex. If that doesn't help, it is time to be tested for other possible causes. I also doubt antibiotics have anything to do with your demodex infestation. Antibiotics kill bacteria, including "friendly" bacteria but I do not think antibiotics can cause oily skin or promote Demodex.

Demodex can for example overpopulate when your immune system is not 100% working, such as due to chronic stress, lack of sleep, fighting other illness etc.

I do not share your opinion that eating so many carbohydrates while not eating protein is a good idea. Carbohydrate-rich foods deliver mainly empty calories so their nutritional value is very poor.

For decades, there has been a crusade against oils and animal fats for being very bad for health and as it turns out now, it has been an immense exaggeration or better to say a complete fabrication. The opposite is the case: It is carbs that are making us fat and unhealthy - not fat.

Try to relax, sleep as much as you can, eat high quality protein, vegetables (raw or cooked or fried - even in butter), salads, nuts and seeds (almonds, hazelnuts,  walnuts, sunflower, pumpkin seeds etc.)

Completely quit soft drinks and sugar and corn syrup in general.

Reduce your intake of carbohydrates (potatoes - especially french fries, rice, pasta and bread - especially the white varieties).

I hope a dietary improvement will assist your immune system in helping the proper treatment for the Demodex along.

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Dermarolling / Microneedling / organic silicium gel plus aloe
« on: June 04, 2012, 08:36:01 AM »

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Dermarolling / Microneedling / Frontal Fibrosing Alopecia
« on: June 04, 2012, 08:29:39 AM »
From Kalea:

NEWBIE HERE. i'm trying to figure out how to post a message but have not figured it out yet so i thought i'd just jump in here cause wow, MY skin sure is starting to fall apart. some of it i suppose i should just accept: i will be 60 on july 3. however, four months ago i was diagnosed with frontal fibrosing alopecia: there is a distinct pattern to it: everyone who has it loses their hair up to the midline of thehead. i am very fortunate that i have curly hairl. my hairdresser has been able to style my hair so that the remaining layer of it, not too thin or bad looking, cover what is happening underneath. i am still, natrually, devastated that this is happening. i am now taking Plaquenil for inflammation (i do have total systemic inflammation, inflammatory autoimmune disease....i'm doing all i can do to address the whole package...)but the disease keeps progressing. i have a custom made wig on its way soon.....i just hope my hairdresser can style it to look like my hairstyle just a bit.......oh how i wish i wasn't having to deal with this. it is just one of several autoimmune diseases i have. and now it looks like i might have vitiligo....i've been noticing for several years that on both arms there are noticeable white spots...what looks like a loss of color on the skin. now i see it has progressed....it is going on all over my arms. not very noticeable as i am fairskinned, but still you can see what is happening.

i have always had a high forehead but not i truly look freakish......what i am noticing are odd areas of "denting" almost; ridges and white patches occurring on the top of forehead, and there are seeming areas that look like they have been outlined or something...many of them. over both eyebrows it looks as if there are actually ridges...very hard to describe.

i dont' see my dermatologist for a check up on the fibrosing alopecia for a couple of months.....and i started looking on the net for any kind of information i could find, with my lack of descriptors for the situation. if there is anyone here who might be able to help, i would so appreciate it. i am really feeling awful about all of this.....it's just been one thing after another for me...........................i've been as "strong" and positive as i can be all along...but this hair loss thing, m y body attacking the hair follicles and killing the, is more than i can take.

thanks for reading....blessings to all..

kalea                

...............................................

Sarah Vaughter:

I understand how mentally painful it is for a woman to be balding.

 

Have you tried Finasteride or Dutasteride?

 

It seems that even though the hair follicles are mainly attacked by the immune cells in fibrosing alopecia, there is still a hormonal aspect present because fibrosing alopecia affects almost exclusively post-menopausal women and treatments with anti-androgens has been successful.

For example:

Successful treatment of frontal fibrosing alopecia with a combination of oral dutasteride and topical pimecrolimus

Abstract

....We present the case of a 55 year-old woman with FFA, who was treated with oral dutasteride, a potent 5a- reductase inhibitor, and topical pimecrolimus. We observed a significant and sustained control of the disease, as well as some hair regrowth with

insignificant adverse effects.


The full study is here:

http://www.dermattikon.gr/magazines/_1/KATOULIS%20EN.pdf

To understand the role of finasteride or dutasteride, please read my reply #8:

http://forums.owndoc.com/dermarolling-microneedling/Dermarolling-for-thinning-hair

Dermarolling or Minoxidil will not help with this type of hair loss.

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Dermarolling / Microneedling / A- ret cream post co2 laser.
« on: June 03, 2012, 06:12:59 PM »
The fractional CO2 laser vaporizes tiny columns of skin by heating them up to very high temperatures. That is painful, the post-laser hyperpigmentation can last for months and in some unfortunate cases the skin gets burnt.

Yes, I think it is safe to use Tretinoin cream (and the 0.5 mm dermaroller) three months later, especially the 0.025% strength. If the skin gets too irritated by Tretinoin, reduce the frequency of application, apply less or dilute the Tretinoin cream with another cream. Due to the fact that Tretinoin speeds up the turnover of the skin, it makes the skin more sensitive to the sun so you should not forget applying sunscreens.

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>1) Very light acne scars, almost like little cuts from picking, not deep - what do you

>recommend?

   

  A 1.5 mm dermastamp

 

  >2) Stretch marks, thighs & hips, close together-what do you recommend?

   

  A 1.5 mm dermaroller + the single needles + Tretonoin cream:

  http://forums.owndoc.com/dermarolling-microneedling/Stretch-Marks-individual-needling

 

>3) My fiance has black toe nail fungus, would the antifungal you have work for that?

   

  I would recommend him our Pythium Oligandrum product. It is applied externally and it is a parasitic fungus that feeds on other fungus and then dies. Fungus routinely gets resistant to antifungals and what is very unique about this product is that the fungus cannot get resistant to it:

http://pythium-oligandrum.owndoc.com/

   

    Nail fungus is so difficult to eradicate because the fungus is actually inside the nail and the antifungal product cannot really penetrate the nails (nails are made out of the same materials as hooves). Our customers developed good techniques to enable Pythium oligandrum to penetrate the nails and we are now recommending those techniques in our instructions:

  http://pythium-oligandrum.owndoc.com/pythium-oligandrum.pdf

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Dermarolling / Microneedling / Poikiloderma of Civatte
« on: June 01, 2012, 11:46:18 AM »
There are several reasons why the skin is pigmented in Poikiloderma of Civatte.

  Dilated blood vessels (reddish color) and melanin pigment overproduction (red-brownish color). The epidermis is thinned and there is usually a mild chronic inflammation.

   

Dermarolling cannot help with dilated blood vessels and inflammation but it can help with the pigment and it can thicken the skin.  

  Nevertheless, dermarolling must be always used with caution in all conditions where chronic inflammation is potentially present (Rosacea, Melasma, Poikiloderma of Civatte etc.) because dermarolling, just like acid peels, lasers, massage, harsh exfoliation or any activity on the skin, including a sauna, cold wind etc. can in some cases worsen it (at least emporarily). You have to do a test patch to see how your skin reacts.

     

  The most important in all these conditions is sun protection.

     

  You could try a 0.5 mm regular dermaroller.

   

  If you have brownish pigmentation, use Hydroquinone.

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Micorneedling works both for pigmentations (hypo or hyper) and scars.

  However, it is easier to treat skin that is just hypopigmented than treating hypopigmented scars. Scars tissue often improves but never completely disappears (unless the scars are really shallow) whereas hypopigmented skin (for example Vitiligo) can go completely back to normal.

       

  Bimatoprost is worth trying but I cannot guarantee its efficacy, neither have I received feedback from our customers yet.

   

  You can either get a prescription from a doctor for a Bimatoprost product called Latisse-for eyelash enhancement (it is overpriced) or try to buy it on Internet without prescription. (for example Lumigan Drops).

       

  http://forums.owndoc.com/dermarolling-microneedling/Stretch-Marks-Repigmentation-A-new-possibility

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The adult, Demodex folliculorum can measure 0.1 mm to 0.4 mm (0.003-0.016 inches) in length and they walk on the skin at a speed of 8-16 centimeters (3.1-6.3 inch) per hour. I start to think that you may actually feel them crawling if you have many.

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Dermarolling / Microneedling / supplies question
« on: June 01, 2012, 07:51:46 AM »
Sometimes it is confiscated to Canada, sometimes it isn't. Since it is a prescription drug in some countries, we can't assume responsibility for EMLA or A-Ret that doesn't arrive.

The rest will arrive, with a refund guarantee if it does not.

EMlLA and A-Ret are always sent separately from the other goods.

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It is very likely that you do indeed have demodicosis. It is caused by the overpopulation of Demodex mites on the skin. Demodex mites are normally present on the skin of about 20 percent of the population and they are normally harmless. The problem begins when there are too many of them. 

  Demodex mites love oily skin because they feed on skin sebum, which is an oily substance, produced by the skin. Men are more prone to have Demodex mites because their skin tends to be oilier. You wrote your skin was getting oily prior to the onset of the problems, so that was probably the reason why you got this problem.

     

  Demodicosis looks like a combination of Rosacea + dermatitis + bumps. The skin is inflamed and irritated; you can experience all kinds of sensations (itchiness, pricking etc). Whether you can actually feel the mites crawling: I do not think so but there are all kinds of strange sensations present.

 

It can take half a year to fully get rid of it with proper treatment.

 The skin with serious demodicosis is somewhat compromised and sometimes gets additional infections such as fungal or other.

 
Look at the photos in this Demodicosis study and tell me whether your skin looked more or less like that. From the photos you had posted, I would say it did.

Demodicosis: A clinicopathological study: http://rosacea-control.com/pdf/sdarticle.pdf


Dermarolling is absolutely not suitable with demodicosis.

Concerning  Keratosis Pilaris on your thighs and arms:

http://forums.owndoc.com/dermarolling-microneedling/Keratosis-Pilaris

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Hi Alice,

The dermastamps still have to be produced so I fear it can easily take three weeks.

We can offer no other ways to pay but a debit or a credit card or a PayPal membership, I am sorry about that.

Paying the mailman on receiving the package is only possible for packages originating in one's own country, as far as I know.

If you have a bank account, I think you can become a PayPal member and pay like that, yes.

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Dermarolling / Microneedling / Question on Oils After Rolling
« on: May 30, 2012, 04:58:15 PM »
Yes, you can use avocado oil.

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Dermarolling / Microneedling / Raised acne scars
« on: May 30, 2012, 03:40:53 PM »
Yes, I think rolling it with a 1 mm dermaroller is a good idea and it will likely help if you have patience to roll, long-term.

   If you do not get any results in a few months and you have someone to help you, buy a 1.5 mm dermastamp and spot-treat the scars with the stamp.

   

Why dermarolling works on raised scars? Please read my reply #4:

   http://forums.owndoc.com/dermarolling-microneedling/needling-dermarolling-hypertrophic-scar