Using a humidifier cleared me up


#1

Since December I have been using a humidifier every night while I sleep. I noticed a difference within a week and within a month was 99% clear. from then to now I have pretty much been clear apart from maybe one or two small bumps a month, which if they do appear are much smaller and go away much quicker.

I have had this issue since late 2015 and my symptoms match those of other users on this site.

I noticed from reading this forum people mentioning that dry skin made their situation worse and that moisturisation is key. I suffer from acne, and use Benzoyl Peroxide twice a day, which leaves my skin extremely dry. I wondered if my dry skin from using BP was making this situation worse.

At the beginning of 2017, I initially tried using less BP in the hope that this would reduce how dry my skin was. This worked really well, but I started to get acne again so had to bump up my BP amount back to previous levels. I then started using more moisturiser and also applying it during the middle of the day as well as in the morning and at night. This made a difference and reduced the number of bumps, but still not close to 100% clear (maybe more like 50%). I then increased the amount of moisturiser I used even further, and while this resulted in further improvement, I started getting these weird bumps that would take forever to heal and were huge in diameter. It seemed like my skin was majorly infected with something as the initial bump just seemed to eat away at the surrounding skin and from an initial small size, would rapidly turn huge. Each one took weeks to fully clear. I put this down to using too much moisturiser and so reduced back to what I previously was using and this seemed to put an end to these extremely large ones. Maybe the increased moisturiser was making for a more welcome environment for bacteria?

The above experiments went on for months, and by the time I experienced the big bumps described above, it was around October 2017. I then thought of ways to increase moisturisation without using any more moisturiser, and I had seen humidifiers mentioned when searching on the internet. So I bought one from Amazon and then started using it every night. As I mentioned before, I started noticing a difference quickly and eventually this daily use pretty much cleared me up.

It makes sense to me that moisturisation is so key, as skin that is dehydrated is surely weaker and more susceptible to infection, and healing capabilities are less.

I will still continue to search for other methods that might work as using a humidifier is a pain due to having to regularly clean it to avoid bacterial growth/mold etc. But even if I don’t find another solution, I know that at least I will have the humidifier to fall back on.

I really hope this helps someone. No harm in giving it a try if you have this disease and suffer from dry skin too.


#2

That’s really good input. Have you tried taking the humidifier away to see if the problem comes back?


#3

Amazing discovery. Thanks for sharing. Please keep us informed of your progress.


#4

I also belief that hydratation is important. Here’s a post of me about it: Skin hydration

In my case, using a moisturiser by itself or a humidifier, couldn’t clear my skin. A moisturizer did improve my skin like maybe 10 to 20% (if I had to give a very rough estimate, whereas Soolantra would be like 90% to 95%), and I still use a moisturizer twice a day as some kind of maintenance regimen (now that my skin is clean). In my case, a humidifier was probably much less effective than a moisturizer.

The effectiveness of a humidifier in increasing the humidity highly depend on the size of the room, how much it’s ventilated and the humidification capacity of the humidifier. In bad conditions, the effect of a humidifer can be near zero in increasing the humidity. In good conditions, it can increase like 20% or maybe 30%. But this difference can also be achieved by moving from winter to summer (depending on where you live).

Choosing a good humidifier is very difficult because it’s difficult to translate humidifier specs to room specs. Also, there are a number of different humidifier categories, and each category has its own drawbacks, like white dust (effecting your breath and room cleaning), high energy usage, usability and noise. I’m using an ultrasonic humidifier combined with a device to purify the water, so that I don’t have white dust (and it’s low on energy usage and pretty quiet).

That’s also something I wonder about. Cleaning the face with a facewasher flushes of some bacteria, cleans the face from dirt, but also makes the skin drier and a bit more prone. It maybe results in less bacteria, but it also makes it easier for bad bacteria to penetrate the skin barrier. Moisturization increases the skin barrier protection, but also makes it easier for bacteria to colonize the skin. (As long as those are good bacteria, it maybe is no problem.)
Also bacteria can colonize the moisturizer product. So I prefer small tubes over large tubes, so that I can replace them more often with a clean moisturizer tube. And I avoid jar like products, because that would be the easiest type for bacteria to colonize. The best package would be a pump product, sealing off the moisturizer from the environment, but the moisturizer that works for me, isn’t available in that form.

Which moisturizer are you using?
Btw, have you tried Soolantra? It’s the primary solution on this forum.


#5

Apologies for the late reply; I became very busy over the last few weeks. Not really to be honest. I have had a period where for a week I did not use it everyday, and I did notice a worsening of symptoms, although not really possible to draw any conclusions from this. Would need to stop using it for a longer time period.

Yes, I have the white dust issue too. I started using bottled water instead of tap water, and I would estimate this has eliminated the white dust by about 70% as a rough guess. I read that distilled water is what would eliminate the white dust completely, but it is not as readily available here as bottled water and is far more expensive. What device do you use to purify the water?

I am Eucerin Dry Skin Relief Face Cream. It is expensive and small, but is the best I have used so far. Never tried Soolantra as it is a prescription medication, and I have long since stopped going to the Doctors for help with my skin problems. I would like to try it, but have no confidence that I would be prescribed it anyway.


#6

Bottled water usually contains minerals (also needed for health), which causes the white dust, but maybe in a different concentrations than tap water. Distilled or demineralized water indeed eliminates the problem. You can buy it in stores, maybe in large supermarkets or maybe via Internet. But depending on how much water you need, it can be impractical to continuously having to buy, transport and store large amounts of water.

Ultrasonic humidifiers often contain a filter to eleminate white dust, but those small and simple filters are usually (by far) not sufficient enough to filter enough minerals to eliminate the problem.

A reverse osmosis system like this: https://www.amazon.com/Aquatic-Life-Reverse-Osmosis-50-Gallon/dp/B00DOG63OY/ can remove almost all minerals, enough to eliminate the problem. I have a similar one like this. But it does require some space, water connection to use it, and it produces fresh water slowely (and also produces dirt water via a separate output).

Another solution would be to buy a different type of humidifier, but it can be very difficult to compare humidifiers. Every type has its own drawbacks, like noise, power consumption, white dust, humidification capacity to humidfy the room etc.

Most people here have no problem getting Soolantra prescribed. It should be easier to get than something like topical antibiotics. But in case it’s difficult, than there is also an animal version containing the same active ingredient: ivermectin. See Does yours spread? for more info about this.