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Wigglytuff
Aug 19th, 2005, 07:19 PM
HELP!!!

ok so i never had any acne problems as a teen, but now (almost 25 years old) i am starting to get pimples and acne :scared: :scared:

so i am trying to deal with this because it is getting really bad really fast (like 2 weeks ago i had nothing, now its all over :eek: )

what can i do?

i have stridex face wipe to go and stridex antibaterial foaming facial wash. but i dont know if its strong enough, or the right thing. plus the face wipes to go have alcohol in them and it burns a bit, so if there are face wipes that dont burn that would be cool.

Helen Lawson
Aug 19th, 2005, 07:21 PM
Go see a dermatologist and get professional help. A face fucked up by acne is the worst and so you need to make it a priority with the very best advice money can buy.

decemberlove
Aug 19th, 2005, 07:31 PM
Stridex? :eek: That shit will ruin your skin. It's far too harsh.

Go to Mario Badescu in NYC, or just go to his website (http://mariobadescu.com/consult.asp)and get a free kit to see if you like it.

Also, take Evening Primrose Oil. It's amazing how well it works.

ZAK
Aug 19th, 2005, 07:35 PM
Go see a dermotologist as soon as possible. The Serious Skin Care line is what I use lol; its really good although I use about 5 different products a day

Iroda_Fan
Aug 19th, 2005, 07:38 PM
I used Neutragena pretty much everything from them. It works for me.

Wigglytuff
Aug 19th, 2005, 07:49 PM
Go see a dermotologist as soon as possible. The Serious Skin Care line is what I use lol; its really good although I use about 5 different products a day

my health insurance does not cover that. if it did, i am sure i would have done that.

Wigglytuff
Aug 19th, 2005, 07:53 PM
I used Neutragena pretty much everything from them. It works for me.

i will check them out.

Stridex? :eek: That shit will ruin your skin. It's far too harsh.

Go to Mario Badescu in NYC, or just go to his website (http://mariobadescu.com/consult.asp)and get a free kit to see if you like it.

Also, take Evening Primrose Oil. It's amazing how well it works.
yeah the face wipes seem really harsh, but the foaming wash is not. i havent found any togo wipes that dont have alcohol

ZAK
Aug 19th, 2005, 07:58 PM
Thats unfortunate. From a store I would get: 1) some kind of cleanser like Neutrogena 2) a gel to put on overnight like Differin 3) maybe some pads like Stridex but those are pretty harsh; i forget what the ones I used to use are called. Look for stuff with benzoyl peroxide in it; Clean and Clear and Clearsal are supposed to be good

decemberlove
Aug 19th, 2005, 08:00 PM
Try the Mario website. It's free, girlie. How can you turn that down? They'd probably give you a free consultation & samples if you go to their office.

As for face wipes, I don't recommend them. I hate that film they leave behind on your skin. I used them a few times in Europe and they made me feel like shit.

If you want clear skin, you've got to use AT LEAST a mild cleanser, a toner, and a moisturizer. Also, a face scrub about twice a week to get off all the ickiness that builds up on your skin and a face mask once every week/two weeks.

CoryAnnAvants#1
Aug 19th, 2005, 08:15 PM
I used Neutragena pretty much everything from them. It works for me.

Ditto. Get the Deep Clean Cleanser Mask (leave it on for 3 minutes twice a week), the 60 second Mask Scrub (every day), and the Oil Free Acne Wash (every day). This totally does the trick for me. Evening primrose oil does work too as already mentioned. Tomato Paste soap works wonders too...you can usually find it at hippie supermarket chains like Whole Foods.

If you're looking for something stronger, I know friends who have used Proactiv. It works, but the only problem is that the way it works is that it sucks out all the oil...and it seeps out onto your face. So for the first week or two of using it, your face is a MESS. After that, it looks absolutely fantastic. So if you're willing to look like a pepperoni pizza for 7-14 days, try Proactiv I suppose.

Helen Lawson
Aug 19th, 2005, 08:16 PM
my health insurance does not cover that. if it did, i am sure i would have done that.

Pay with cash then or a credit card. Or steal it. Your face is too important.

daffodil
Aug 19th, 2005, 08:39 PM
Off the shelf acne medicines don't help. I've had acne since I was 12 (now 15). I use ProActiv Solution. It is truly amazing. P. Diddy, Jessica Simpson, and Britney Spears use it.

http://www.proactiv.com

!<blocparty>!
Aug 19th, 2005, 09:01 PM
All this shit with creams is blah. It all what you are eating. You are what you eat, and you tell me you eat out all the time? Tell me if I'm wrong, but eating out in NY = junk junk and more junk food. I used to drink a can of coke a day and have sugar rushes all the time. Then, my sister got sick and my family converted into alternative medicine and healthy eating. ALL my spots went and just felt great in genral.

Firstly, you must drink plenty of water....no fizzy drink shit. Sure, have the occasional one, but not daily. Try to eat as much fruit and vegetables as you want/can. You can make smoothies and all sorts of lush stuff(mango :drool: ). And just try to avoid as much sugar as you can. If you do clean up your diet, they'll all go. Fuck these face wipes, they just cover up the underlying problem and don't get to the root of it :)

alfonsojose
Aug 19th, 2005, 09:03 PM
stop masturbating ASAP

ZAK
Aug 19th, 2005, 09:07 PM
Myth: Acne is related to diet Reality: Prevailing wisdom in the dermatology community is that diet and acne are not related. Of course science is never a 100% reliable enterprise. But at this time, there is no evidence that chocolate, sugar, oil, milk, seafood, or any other food causes acne. Some people absolutely insist that a certain food causes acne for them, or that a specific acne diet works for them. In this case, doctors sometimes recommend that they avoid that food or follow that diet. Regarding chocolate specifically, several studies have been performed, and the answer to "does chocolate cause pimples?" is a resounding "No".

!<blocparty>!
Aug 19th, 2005, 09:10 PM
Myth: Acne is related to diet Reality: Prevailing wisdom in the dermatology community is that diet and acne are not related. Of course science is never a 100% reliable enterprise. But at this time, there is no evidence that chocolate, sugar, oil, milk, seafood, or any other food causes acne. Some people absolutely insist that a certain food causes acne for them, or that a specific acne diet works for them. In this case, doctors sometimes recommend that they avoid that food or follow that diet. Regarding chocolate specifically, several studies have been performed, and the answer to "does chocolate cause pimples?" is a resounding "No".

:retard:

there is no evidence that chocolate, sugar, oil, milk, seafood, or any other food causes acne.

What exactly does cause it then? :confused:

ZAK
Aug 19th, 2005, 09:18 PM
genetics, hormones, using oily skin products, medications; its true there are some food products as well as stress are triggers but it doesn't cause it

!<blocparty>!
Aug 19th, 2005, 09:30 PM
its true there are some food products as well as stress are triggers

Myth: Acne is related to diet

So, it is linked, and therefore not a myth.

I don't know one single person with acne, that has a healthy diet. TBH you cant think what you like :)

ZAK
Aug 19th, 2005, 09:47 PM
Well I guess a healthy diet goes without saying in life in general; but to imply that a person with a healthy diet can not have acne is absurb. I mean just because you everything you can doesn't mean something won't happen, some things are just unfortunate. BTW i didn't write the first one

!<blocparty>!
Aug 19th, 2005, 09:55 PM
Well I guess a healthy diet goes without saying in life in general; but to imply that a person with a healthy diet can not have acne is absurb. I mean just because you everything you can doesn't mean something won't happen, some things are just unfortunate. BTW i didn't write the first one



Well I guess a healthy diet goes without saying in life in general;

But few people actually have a healthy diet. General eating habits in both the UK and US are terrible, and consist of cheap, quick processed food.

I mean just because you everything you can doesn't mean something won't happen, some things are just unfortunate.

?

ZAK
Aug 19th, 2005, 10:04 PM
So why doesn't everyone of all ages in the US and UK have acne?

!<blocparty>!
Aug 19th, 2005, 10:07 PM
So why doesn't everyone of all ages in the US and UK have acne?

Acne tends to be the worst case....loads of people have bad skin thats flaky or the occasional spot.

Hachiko
Aug 19th, 2005, 10:21 PM
Benzac AC cream and facial wash and then applying a fair amount moisturizer afterwoods works for me.

CondiLicious
Aug 19th, 2005, 10:44 PM
I had lots of zits last year when I was overweight and eating too much shitty fastfood crap. I don't have any now. And I didn't have many zits when I was a teenager. That part of puberty passed me over!

Kart
Aug 19th, 2005, 11:43 PM
Seek medical advice if you're genuinely concerned.

I think the initial advice for acne is good hygeine which I'm sure you're already managing. Those alcohol wipes are unlikely to be as good for your skin as soap and water.

Topical or even sometimes systemic antibiotics may help as well but I would take all of that under advisement.

RVD
Aug 20th, 2005, 02:47 AM
Okay, you're gonna hate my suggestion JP, but ...

CHANGE YOUR EATING HABITS!!! :lol:

Seriously though... both my sons are going through this stage (13 & 16 yrs old) and I'm just feeding them more healthy diets and having them use hot towels during 'wash-ups' to draw out the oil.

My nephew's face was so bad that he literally dripped. :scared:
But I believe that he also 'drastically' changed his diet and now his face is as smooth a the ass of a newborn. :lol: It's hard to do but there's no quick-fix method I know of.

Good luck. :wavey:

Berlin_Calling
Aug 20th, 2005, 04:07 AM
go to your dermotologist and get some pills. i take these pills which really help my skin without any of the dryness or irritation.

wta_zuperfann
Aug 20th, 2005, 04:10 AM
Take sugar out of your diet. Makes for me 100 % of the time.

Good luck! :)

SpikeyAidanm
Aug 20th, 2005, 04:15 AM
Differin gel and one tablet of anti-biotics does the trick for me, and lots of water.

Geisha
Aug 20th, 2005, 04:23 AM
Okay, you're gonna hate my suggestion JP, but ...

CHANGE YOUR EATING HABITS!!! :lol:

Seriously though... both my sons are going through this stage (13 & 16 yrs old) and I'm just feeding them more healthy diets and having them use hot towels during 'wash-ups' to draw out the oil.

My nephew's face was so bad that he literally dripped. :scared:
But I believe that he also 'drastically' changed his diet and now his face is as smooth a the ass of a newborn. :lol: It's hard to do but there's no quick-fix method I know of.

Good luck. :wavey:

It is a fact that food has nothing to do with acne. Well, maybe that is not entirely true- I mean, if you eat a donut, then wipe the oil off the donut and onto your face, you will get acne. But, by digesting something oily, you will not get acne.

yukon145
Aug 20th, 2005, 04:33 AM
proactiv works well, it clears up your skin in a week or two and leaves it really really smooth. just make sure you don't have rosacea, otherwise it will fuck you up big time. i do and it pretty much made it 1000 times worse. and now i have to live with rosacea for the rest of my life, or until they find a cure, but thats another story.

so bottle line, proactiv good, rosacea the worse thing ever.

bionic71
Aug 20th, 2005, 07:48 AM
Correct diagnosis is imperative.

Is it acne or just a really bad case of eruptive skin???....only a dermatoligist can determine this.

Eliminate fatty foods and soft drinks completely and simplify your diet.....drink lots and lots of water...and eat fresh vegetables/fruit for at least a month. You need to detox. This dietry change will help your skin to settle. Poor diet, including fatty foods, WILL contribute to skin eruptions.

Be very careful using over the counter acne/pimple creams etc (unless prescribed by a dermotologist)....they can dry out the skin and make it much worse. The skin attempts to counter the dryness (caused by the creams) and makes extra sebum ( skins natural oil)...which just exasperates the condition and makes it more active.

Also...eruptive skin is often a physical manifestation of emotional turmoil...are you under additional stress at the moment.
Are you taking any anti depressant medication at all?????? Many of these medications can cause skin eruptions and you may need to have your prescription reviewed... (Any prescribed medication that is taken regularly should be frequently reviewed)

Good Luck.

Wigglytuff
Aug 20th, 2005, 04:15 PM
I don't know one single person with acne, that has a healthy diet. TBH you cant think what you like :)

A lot of people are talking about how bad eating habits cause or make acne worse.
and i have to say with all due respect, thats complete :bs:
i have never in my eaten healthier or better than i do now. in my teens i ate nothing but chocolate and candy and while i got cavaties to show for it, i got no acne, not one single pimple. now, i eat very well, drink lots of water (not that fruit water shit real water) (i have always avioded soda and now is no different, i dont touch the stuff) if i can find it i eat it organic. i dont usually touch dairy because i am lactose intolerant. hell i have even been learning to cook :scared: to insure i know exactly what i am eating.

so anyway, the long and short of it is that it is NOT something having to do with my "bad diet" because my diet isnt bad.

SpikeyAidanm
Aug 20th, 2005, 04:18 PM
Exercise and fresh hair help!

ampers&
Aug 20th, 2005, 04:21 PM
A lot of people are talking about how bad eating habits cause or make acne worse.
and i have to say with all due respect, thats complete :bs:
i have never in my eaten healthier or better than i do now. in my teens i ate nothing but chocolate and candy and while i got cavaties to show for it, i got no acne, not one single pimple. now, i eat very well, drink lots of water (not that fruit water shit real water) (i have always avioded soda and now is no different, i dont touch the stuff) if i can find it i eat it organic. i dont usually touch dairy because i am lactose intolerant. hell i have even been learning to cook :scared: to insure i know exactly what i am eating.

so anyway, the long and short of it is that it is NOT something having to do with my "bad diet" because my diet isnt bad.
Exactly. I've never really eaten "healthy" foods and I've NEVER had a problem with acne.
But for real though, try the soap and cocoa butter thing.
It really works...and it's cheap. :shrug:

!<blocparty>!
Aug 20th, 2005, 04:23 PM
A lot of people are talking about how bad eating habits cause or make acne worse.
and i have to say with all due respect, thats complete :bs:
i have never in my eaten healthier or better than i do now. in my teens i ate nothing but chocolate and candy and while i got cavaties to show for it, i got no acne, not one single pimple. now, i eat very well, drink lots of water (not that fruit water shit real water) (i have always avioded soda and now is no different, i dont touch the stuff) if i can find it i eat it organic. i dont usually touch dairy because i am lactose intolerant. hell i have even been learning to cook :scared: to insure i know exactly what i am eating.

so anyway, the long and short of it is that it is NOT something having to do with my "bad diet" because my diet isnt bad.

:shrug: :confused: Have you been allergy tested?

Wigglytuff
Aug 20th, 2005, 04:27 PM
Dayum…you guys sure are into big treatments.
My sister had horrible acne and we couldn’t afford to get Neutrogena, Stridex, and all that other shit so my grandmother told us one of her old remedies.

We got Dove (for sensitive skin) and my sister scrubbed her face with it every morning and evening. At night she would NOT put any lotion or moisturizer on her face. She’d let it go dry. Then in the morning, after washing her face with the soap again, she would use Cocoa Butter lotion (not cream) and I’m telling you, her face was almost completely free of acne about a month later.

It’s cheaper than all that other shit and it’s good if you can’t afford a dermatologist. I told some of my friends who had acne problems about the remedy, and it worked for them. Maybe you should think about trying it.

Any treatment with alcohol in it is sure to fuck your face up (especially if you’re black). You also want to stay away from oily moisturizers because acne feeds off oil. :)

ok i will add dove to my shopping list. i have used ivory for my entire life, i dont remember using anything thing else (unless i was at a "special" friends house :lick: ) so it might be time for a switch.

SJW
Aug 20th, 2005, 04:32 PM
Dayum…you guys sure are into big treatments.
My sister had horrible acne and we couldn’t afford to get Neutrogena, Stridex, and all that other shit so my grandmother told us one of her old remedies.

We got Dove (for sensitive skin) and my sister scrubbed her face with it every morning and evening. At night she would NOT put any lotion or moisturizer on her face. She’d let it go dry. Then in the morning, after washing her face with the soap again, she would use Cocoa Butter lotion (not cream) and I’m telling you, her face was almost completely free of acne about a month later.

It’s cheaper than all that other shit and it’s good if you can’t afford a dermatologist. I told some of my friends who had acne problems about the remedy, and it worked for them. Maybe you should think about trying it.

Any treatment with alcohol in it is sure to fuck your face up (especially if you’re black). You also want to stay away from oily moisturizers because acne feeds off oil. :)

cocoa butter is my best friend :)
all my non black friends are always commenting how smooth my skin is.

re acne and diet...i have to say thats a lil bit bs too. when i went to barbados i had a lot of food that had been cooked in lots of oil and butter and my skin is never better than when im over there.

!<blocparty>!
Aug 20th, 2005, 04:34 PM
I use Dove, it's a good soap. I did get some mud soap a couple of months ago, and that was really good - no chemicals.

Everyones skin narurally has oil in it. If you're constantly wiping it off with soap it's going to encourage spots to grow. Bionic71 made a post in another thread ages ago about that...

Justin
Aug 20th, 2005, 04:36 PM
Accutane- the best invention ever

!<blocparty>!
Aug 20th, 2005, 04:38 PM
re acne and diet...i have to say thats a lil bit bs too. when i went to barbados i had a lot of food that had been cooked in lots of oil and butter and my skin is never better than when im over there.

But wasn't that great homecooked, unprocessed stuff? When I go abroad my skin always improves cos of the sun. Something that Wales lacks badly :sad:

SJW
Aug 20th, 2005, 04:40 PM
But wasn't that great homecooked, unprocessed stuff? When I go abroad my skin always improves cos of the sun. Something that Wales lacks badly :sad:

i guess so yeah :o
England too. dammit :p

ampers&
Aug 20th, 2005, 04:46 PM
cocoa butter is my best friend :)
all my non black friends are always commenting how smooth my skin is.
My friends say the same thing.
I've been using it all my life and it has really worked well.
I got some bad burns on my hand 4 or 5 years ago and I rubbed cocoa butter on it everyday. After about a year, my hand was completely healed.
Cocoa butter is great for all types of skin, really.
But it's especially good for black people.

Stamp Paid
Aug 20th, 2005, 06:51 PM
Being a woman of color, I suggest you buy any cleanser that is made by Ambi. That should really help not only cleanse your skin, but it is formulated to help your skin from being excessively oily or greasy. You can find it at any Beauy Supply Store, you may not fins it at CVS or Rite Aid, etc. I never had acne, but I use Neutrogena Visibly Even Face Cleanser, and also the lotion (Even tho a small bottle is $10). It helps because if you get any acne marks or scars, it helps sooth out the dark spots on your skin.

Dont get ProActiv though.

ampers&
Aug 20th, 2005, 07:01 PM
Being a woman of color, I suggest you buy any cleanser that is made by Ambi. That should really help not only cleanse your skin, but it is formulated to help your skin from being excessively oily or greasy. You can find it at any Beauy Supply Store, you may not fins it at CVS or Rite Aid, etc. I never had acne, but I use Neutrogena Visibly Even Face Cleanser, and also the lotion (Even tho a small bottle is $10). It helps because if you get any acne marks or scars, it helps sooth out the dark spots on your skin.

Dont get ProActiv though.
You're a woman? :scratch:

Bacardi
Aug 20th, 2005, 08:22 PM
Be careful if they want you to take pills, the best suggestion I can make is this. Limit your chocolate intake, and fatty foods. And if you are near a Bath & Body Works or well hell since you LIVE in NYC go by the CO Bigelow store and pick up this set... It works better than anything any dermatologist or anything ever gave me :D
Bigelow Oily Skin Foaming Facial Wash and Bigelow Oily Skin Toner
http://www.bigelowchemists.com/images/skintonicoily105.jpg

CO Bigelow Pharmacy (212) 533-2700 - 414 Avenue Of The Americas, New York, NY

:wavey: *It's all natural so if you have sensitive skin like me, it won't hurt or burn. Trust me, it works :) (Should be like $30 for both products)

Stamp Paid
Aug 20th, 2005, 08:40 PM
You're a woman? :scratch:

No, but my momma is one! :p

ampers&
Aug 20th, 2005, 08:41 PM
No, but my momma is one! :p
Oh, ok.
It's just the way you worded the first sentence that got me confused. :p

Stamp Paid
Aug 20th, 2005, 08:43 PM
Oh, ok.
It's just the way you worded the first sentence that got me confused. :p

lol, yeah I could have worded that better :o

bionic71
Aug 21st, 2005, 03:35 AM
A lot of people are talking about how bad eating habits cause or make acne worse.
and i have to say with all due respect, thats complete :bs:
i have never in my eaten healthier or better than i do now. in my teens i ate nothing but chocolate and candy and while i got cavaties to show for it, i got no acne, not one single pimple. now, i eat very well, drink lots of water (not that fruit water shit real water) (i have always avioded soda and now is no different, i dont touch the stuff) if i can find it i eat it organic. i dont usually touch dairy because i am lactose intolerant. hell i have even been learning to cook :scared: to insure i know exactly what i am eating.

so anyway, the long and short of it is that it is NOT something having to do with my "bad diet" because my diet isnt bad.

Whilst a dietry trigger may not be your cause....they can indeed be isolated as a cause of acne or other skin eruptions for many people. You mention lactose intolerance for example.....my partner is lactose intolerant and has not eaten any dairy food for over 12 years...his dermotologist investigated his intolerance due to the skin eruptions he was having on his face....4 months after removing dairy from his diet the skin eruptins ceased.

I am glad that it appears your diet has nothing to do with your current skin problems...however you cannot sinply dismiss dietary involvemnet as "complete bs" as you put it. Any dermatologist will tell you that what you put into your body will have consequences for your skin...just as it has consequences for all the organs and systems of your body.

If you are lactose intolerant....have you had tests to determine if you are allergic to anything else??? This will at least rule out any other foods or additives that might be a potential problem.

A diet low in Vit C and Iron for example will cause skin eruptions and unexplained marks. High fat diets will also cause skin eruptions....there is no "bs" about it.

I hope you find the cause of your current skin problems....

Wigglytuff
Aug 21st, 2005, 05:59 AM
Whilst a dietry trigger may not be your cause....they can indeed be isolated as a cause of acne or other skin eruptions for many people. You mention lactose intolerance for example.....my partner is lactose intolerant and has not eaten any dairy food for over 12 years...his dermotologist investigated his intolerance due to the skin eruptions he was having on his face....4 months after removing dairy from his diet the skin eruptins ceased.

I am glad that it appears your diet has nothing to do with your current skin problems...however you cannot sinply dismiss dietary involvemnet as "complete bs" as you put it. Any dermatologist will tell you that what you put into your body will have consequences for your skin...just as it has consequences for all the organs and systems of your body.

If you are lactose intolerant....have you had tests to determine if you are allergic to anything else??? This will at least rule out any other foods or additives that might be a potential problem.

A diet low in Vit C and Iron for example will cause skin eruptions and unexplained marks. High fat diets will also cause skin eruptions....there is no "bs" about it.

I hope you find the cause of your current skin problems....

note only does my exprience tell me that diet, but also every medical opnion i have read.

some things go without saying, if you are allegric to something, why would you eat it? and if you ate it of course you would have reaction. but that's not something i do, and yet i still have been breaking out. but there is also a difference between an intolerence to lactose and an allergy, i am not allergic, i have an intolerance.

as for vitamins, my iron and vitamin c are well above what is recommended as the minimum. i had this tested recently because of another problem that might have been related to low iron, but that was not the cause in my case.

one thing for certain, its now completely clear why doctors have a hard time pinning down the causes. and why potentional causes are up for debate.

bionic71
Aug 21st, 2005, 06:32 AM
note only does my exprience tell me that diet, but also every medical opnion i have read.

some things go without saying, if you are allegric to something, why would you eat it? and if you ate it of course you would have reaction. but that's not something i do, and yet i still have been breaking out. but there is also a difference between an intolerence to lactose and an allergy, i am not allergic, i have an intolerance.

as for vitamins, my iron and vitamin c are well above what is recommended as the minimum. i had this tested recently because of another problem that might have been related to low iron, but that was not the cause in my case.

one thing for certain, its now completely clear why doctors have a hard time pinning down the causes. and why potentional causes are up for debate.

I am well aware of the difference between an allergy and an intolerance...the physical symptoms are often very similar (be it skin eruptions, itchy skin, rashes, blemishes, or respiratory problems)

However, to dismiss dietary causes of skin eruptions/acne as "complete bs" is utter nonsense. No doctor or dermatologist will dismiss dietary causes...in fact it is one of the first investigations carried out by healthcare professional as they attempt to eliminate and isolate potential triggers.

As I said in my posts above...if your healthcare professional has elimainated all possibile dietary triggers then other avenues need investigation ......eruptive skin is often a physical manifestation of emotional turmoil...are you under additional stress at the moment.
Are you taking any anti depressant medication at all? Many of these medications can cause very difficult to treat skin eruptions and you may need to have your prescription reviewed... any prescribed medication that is taken regularly should be frequently reviewed.

I hope you find an answer to your particular problem.