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I have begun to have a real problem with facial sores.  I have pretty regular acne, just random zits here and there and I've started scratching at them and they go from being bumps or red marks to being small scabbed wounds.  Not cool.

I do this in my sleep mostly.  I also will catch myself picking at my face when I'm reading or kind of zoning out at stuff, but I'm very deliberatly starting to watch myself with that, but I still do it in my sleep.  I heal slowly as it is, but these just take forever to go away because I scratch them open each night. 

I'm beginning to worry about scars because my acne is concentrated in two places mostly, so those areas are constantly getting sores now.  I can't use most scar-preventative stuff, like vitamin E or cocoa butter, my skin is *so* oily that any really oily moisturizer just makes me break out *horribly*.

I've tried gloves, but I wind up taking those off without waking.  For healing I've tried peroxide, tea tree, alcohol and various antibiotic type oinments, like neosporin...but those are so oily I wind up healing a wound but developing 12 more zits in it's place.  I also do keep my nails filed very short (because I chewed them for 25 years they are really weak now and will bend if they get to long).
I'm going crazy with this!!


So any thoughts at all on ways to try to stop scratching at my face at night,  and/or how to make these sores heal quicker so as not to leave scars, but without using really oily moisturizers?


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Oct. 19th, 2007 08:02 pm (UTC)
Heh, rockin icon!
Oct. 19th, 2007 08:08 pm (UTC)
This is my "life is wapping me upside the head right now" icon. Heh.

I love Get Fuzzy. Bucky is just so *awful*. The recent storyline with the meat-eating had me cracking up and staring at abject horror.
Oct. 19th, 2007 08:15 pm (UTC)
Oh, I know! I've been loving it lately. Didn't quite groc the Hollywood/movie star/etc series. I'm glad it got back on track because I love the characters.
Oct. 19th, 2007 08:07 pm (UTC)
this might sound silly but wear gloves at night. you can get those moisturizing gloves and moisturize your hands at the same time. :-)
Oct. 19th, 2007 08:08 pm (UTC)
I have tried that, I just take them off at night in my sleep.
Oct. 19th, 2007 08:58 pm (UTC)
it may take you some time to get used to wearing the gloves while you sleep. dont give up! when i had to wear a bite guard for tmj, i'd wake up every morning and have to find the thing somewhere in the bed. took weeks before i stopped taking it out in my sleep. and if i try to sleep with socks on, i usually kick them off during the night over and over until i get used to wearing them again.
Oct. 19th, 2007 08:59 pm (UTC)
duct tape them around your wrists? not the most natural solution, but it might help the taking them off in your sleep
Oct. 19th, 2007 09:00 pm (UTC)
for the acne (and for healing) what helps my skin is jojoba with tea tree oil in it. honestly, it's my magic oil... has healed cuts, scrapes, acne, and a wart.
Oct. 19th, 2007 10:45 pm (UTC)
How greasy is jojoba? I've certainly heard it mentioned lots in this community, but have avoided it because, well, it's oil. But tea tree is as well, and it doesn't break me out...
Oct. 19th, 2007 10:50 pm (UTC)
Tea tree tends to be drying rather than oily-ifying (haha), so that's why it doesn't make you break out. I don't know about jojoba though.
Oct. 22nd, 2007 11:53 am (UTC)
not very greasy at all on the scale of oils, it is technically a liquid wax, and it's also the one most like your skin's natural sebum, so it's readily absorbed.

It does take a bit to get used to on your face, but it's really not bad at all.

It seems that *part* of the reason I have acne is I was over-stripping the oils on my face, so my skin worked harder to compensate for it, and *over* compensated (part of it is hormonal, and I struggle with that still). Since I stopped stripping my face, my skin has gotten better.

I basically wash with plain water and oil any dry spots. If my face is *actually* dirty, I will do the oil cleansing method, I put TTO on any acne that appears. I also exfoliate every once in a while with baking soda, and definitely put jojoba on after that.
Oct. 19th, 2007 09:41 pm (UTC)
yowch. when i start picking at sores it's usually low level inflammation from allergies or sensitivities triggering it (causing itching i dont quite notice until i notice i'm scratching). then i use clippers and files to take my nails down right to the quick so i dont HAVE anything to scratch with (and up my antiinflammatory herbs). my nails are VERY thin and VERY sharp and that's the onlything i've found that helps. i dab itchy spots with raw acv too, and that helps the itching. and it's one of the few things i can put on my face that doesn't make me break out more.

for mechanical...finger cots taped on each finger with waterproof tape at bedtime?
Oct. 19th, 2007 09:48 pm (UTC)
I have a very similar problem. I'm curious, what anti-infmammatory herbs do you take?
Oct. 20th, 2007 12:15 am (UTC)
grapeseed extract (not gse) and turmeric. i use vitamin e and bromelain as anti-inflammatories, too. grapeseed, e, and bromelain can be blood thinners too, though, so be careful if you aren't prone to hypercoagulation or other "thick blood" sorts of things (i am, so they do double duty. and actually, for me, i have more problems with thick blood when i'm having more inflamation, so maybe they can be related....
Oct. 19th, 2007 10:46 pm (UTC)
i have this problem too. it starts out as an oily pimple, but i attack it until it's a wound. once it's a wound, i put antibacterial ointment on it (with a q-tip JUST right on the spot, using my finger puts the meds AROUND the wound, which makes me break out right next to the wound :( ugh) and i don't even worry about rubbing it in (again, spreads it outside the circumfrence of the wound). i wander around for a bit, fold some laundry, something where my hands are busy, and then i blot it off with a tissue before bed or relaxing, because i tend to touch and feel my face while i am watching tv or reading. when it's a wound there's not supposed to be an open pore there that can get clogged, so just dab it right on the wound. not a layer over two or three in one spot. i dunno if you've tried this already, but it's the only thing that worked for me.

be careful with tea tree, acv, rubbing alcohol - the drier the skin the harder it is for it to heal. just keeping the area moist would probably help some - are the spots somewhere on your face where you could drape a warm washcloth while you watch tv?
Oct. 20th, 2007 01:12 am (UTC)
i know you dont want to use oily moisturises, but i also have oily skin and this works for me! i only use water on my face, no cleansers or toners of any sort, then i use bio-oil, and rub it right in. firstly im not sure if you can get bio-oil outside of nz, and secondly i would recomend trying some of a friends, because it is very expensive, and for it not to work would be dissapointing.
i was hesitant at first to use this but have found it awesome in nipping those pesky pimples in the bud. you need to rub it in really well, or it does leave a residue, and probably use it twice a day.

HTH, good luck!
Oct. 20th, 2007 04:18 am (UTC)
aloe vera gel might help. i've been using it as a moisturizer as of late and it's helped with spots healing too.
Oct. 20th, 2007 09:20 am (UTC)
Rose Hip Oil is pure gold for anything involving healing, and healing sensitive, inflamed skin. Hospitals use it for treating burns. I use it as a night moisturiser, and I love it. You can buy organic Rose Hip Oil from health food stores, for about AU$15 for 20ml, which would make it cheaper in the US.:)
It's truly wonderful stuff, and has helped immensely with the skin issues I've had as a result of allergies and stress. I have *no* scars, even though I've been awful to my skin. And I have ultra-sensitive skin, and have never had any reaction to Rose Hip Oil.
Oct. 20th, 2007 07:16 pm (UTC)
try covering the sore w/one of those small round band-aids before bed
Oct. 22nd, 2007 01:14 pm (UTC)
I prefer jojoba oil to just about any other oil out there for healing sores. But Vitamin E oil also works extremely well. I use vit e for just about any place on my body with scars. It's a little messy, and you really want to use literally only a tiny little drop, and really rub it in good, as it can be very sticky. Both work really well for anything you need to heal. Vit E helps with scars for me, and I've had great luck. I'm not sure about using it on my face, as I've never tried it, but I can't see why it would hurt. Good luck to you. :D
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