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I have ordered some actives and once I receive them will make my first SA Recipe.  My skin is red and uneven, few zits but several red marks from going on low dose accutane.

Sea Kelp Bioferment
EGF
Liquorice
Niacinmide

I plan on adding the requested amounts to the Sea Kelp and just using that twice daily.  Am I doing this correctly?  Do I need a preservative? (I hope not because I already order the stuff!)

About niacinmide - If I remember correctly niacin is bad for rosacea sufferers, but i'd really like to get rid of these pesky red marks.

Is it ok to use niacinmide?

Thanks!


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fut: What topicals are you able to use on your face right now?

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I don't think you can dissolve liquorice in sea kelp.  It needs oil, so you are going to need canvas or another cream.

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Is licorice oil soluble? I thought is was more complicated than that..?

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The only topical I use now is Fruit of the Earth 100% Aloe Vera Gel.  Will the liquorice be able to mix into that if it will not be able to mix into the Sea Kelp?
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Liquorice will not dissolve in aloe gel.
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Hmmm. Fut I would start by mixing a tiny dab of the sea kelp into your aloe vera gel and applying once a day )or once every other day if you have dry skin). Or you could simply wash with plain sea kelp. Many find this very helpful for rosacea. I would do something like this for a week and see how you like it. Then I would add the EGF to 4 ounces of your aloe vera gel (about 8 tablespoons), perhaps with a teaspoon or two of sea kelp mixed in if you find your skin likes it. Then see what happens for another week. Then you might start with .5% of the niacinamide in that mixture (and slowly increase to 1% over time if needed). A .5% concentration of licorice is about 1/2 teaspoon mixed into four ounces (about 8 tablespoons) of your base (be very careful not to add too much). Then see how it goes for a few weeks. Perhaps by then you will not need the licorice

Do you moisturize? If your skin is dry at all you may want to find an oil you can use. Many seem to do well with jojoba, kukui, and Emu oil (my favorite). If not acne prone, rosehip oil is a dream.

I mix my licorice into my Noritate topical. Do you have any topical like that you can use just a small amount of to dissolve the licorice, then add to your mixture? I do not think licorice dissolves in sea kelp. Stubborn!

I think licorice can possibly be dissolved in a mixture of water with 50% alcohol. You would have to then gently boil off the alcohol, but I wonder if that would harm the licorice? If not, then the liquid could then be incorporated into your aloe vera.

I suggest you use a dropper bottle for your mix and keep in the fridge and be careful not to touch it when droppering, unless your aloe vera has preservatives. You may want to cut the recipe in half or 1/4 and make small batches that will be used within a week or two.

Please correct if any of this does not seem right.

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I really appreciate the help.  I was under the impresison that you left the Sea Kelp on your face rather than use as a cleanser.  Can you do this instead?  Any cleanser i've used in the past has been atleast mildly irritating, and i've realised that i can do without a cleanser at all.

Perhaps, concerning the niacinamide, I can mix that with aloe vera gel and apply that only to where my red marks exist.

I am still uncertain as to what I should mix the liquorice into.  I do have Noritate but do not use it because all it does, if anything, is irritate my skin and cause breakouts.  My whole regimen consists of Aloe Vera only and my skin has thanked me for that.

I wanted to try Sea Kelp to see if I could substitute the Aloe vera or perhaps mix/incorporate both.

Any more suggestions are greatly appreciated!



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Artist,

I understand what you mean now concerning the Noritate.  I'll just use the minimum amount of noritate possible to dissolve the liquorice and mix that with the sea kelp.  Any ideas of how little I can use to get in enough liquorice for 2 oz of sea kelp?

Anyhow, I want to start things simple.  Perhaps just mix some EGF in Aloe Vera then move on from there.

I am still uncertain as to whether the purpose of the Sea Kelp is to cleanse solely.  I guess i'll do some more research for that one!

Thanks again,
George

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Ok, I have proceeded to browse through the 24 pages under the Q and A board and have come out with some answers.

I am scratching the liquorice.  I e-mailed Hannah to see if she could switch it to the Rosehip Oil since it hasn't been shipped out yet.  Hopefully she gets that e-mail in time!

I will start with 2 oz. of Aloe Vera with 1/4 of the EGF.  Is it ok to refrigerate the remaining reconstituted EGF?  If so, for how long?  If I am traveling for a couple of hours, is it ok if the reconstituted EGF be not refigerated for some time as well?

If that goes well, I hope to mix my lovely Aloe Vera Gel + EGF with Sea Kelp.  Any recommendations on ratios of that one?

After some testing with that i'll try the Rosehip Oil and Niacinmide as needed.

As to mixing the EGF with Aloe Vera Gel or whichever mix of bases I choose to use, I have read that I should gently mix.  Excuse my newbieness but is it too redumentary to use a spoon at gently mix the EGF into my base?  Or does the kit that the EGF come with provide something better for mixing?

Thanks for the help, this site is going on my favorites :-)

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