My 33 year old daughter has constant problems with acne. I heard that fashion models use Pepto-Bismol as a face mask. I made a mix of extra strength Pepto-Bismol and Arm and Hammer baking soda and peroxide toothpaste. My daughter washes her face with this two times a day. Once a week, she uses it as a mask and lets it dry on her face for about 15 to 20 minutes then washes it off with warm water, followed by cold water.
My daughter has used this for two weeks and has seen a huge improvement. Her skin is so soft and has a beautiful glow. Just be very careful to keep it away from your eyes as it will sting them.
To use, put a little of each on your wash cloth and mix it a little with your finger and then wash your face. This way, the mixture is always fresh. This is a very invigorating face wash and mask.
The baking soda in the tooth paste exfoliates, the peroxide purifies and cleans. The salicylic acid in the Pepto helps to clean and close pores, the pink bismuth leaves a nice glow, and the cold water rinse after the warm wash helps to close the pores to keep impurities and bacteria out.
Warning: Do not use this if you are allergic to aspirin or other salicylates. This mixture is just for topical use only. I am not sure if a salicylate topical solution is safe for use on teen-ageers or children with flu symptoms because of Reye's syndrome. I would ask a doctor first.
By proudmary from Boise, ID
Has your daughter been tested for allergies? I was tested multiple times for allergies and only seasonal ones and mold came up. I had had allergy symptoms, infections, etc. all of my life and at age 29 was diagnosed with asthma. I also had the worst kind of acne you can have and had had it since age 8. One day I was eating my oatmeal and realized that every time I ate it, I started to get a sore throat, nasal congestion, my nose running, etc. I looked at it logically and recognized that one of the most common allergies is milk. So, I decided to stop eating consuming any milk product for 2 weeks. After 2 weeks, my asthma and allergies had all but completely abated and surprisingly, my face was clearer than it had ever been. I have not had to use any special cleansers or medications for my acne since then and it has been 9 years. For the most part, I do not have major problems with my asthma or allergies, either. Another approach would be to keep a diary of symptoms, what foods are eaten, cleaning products used, etc. to spot a pattern. Good luck to your daughter. It can be very difficult to nail these things down.
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