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    I've had bad acne since I was about 15, I'm now almost 25. It started as 'bad acne' and moved onto cysts and puffiness, horrible painful lumps under the skin, millions of whiteheads, blackheads, postules, you name it. It felt like a never ending trauma no matter what I did to try to stop it. 
     
    Treatments I tried and their success rates, from least helpful to most:
    (I've left out the most trivial things like getting a full nights sleep, drinking lots of water and taking your makeup off before bed, because lets face it, if you've got good skin, you can get away with caking your face in makeup all day and all night and still never see a blemish and the same goes for having bad skin, I've found that the little things don't actually matter)
     
    - Homemade/Store-bought facemasks - (Honey and oat lotions and potions and all the rest) Didn't notice any change.
     
    - ' Natural/cream remedies ' - Toothpaste, Tea tree oil, witch hazel, sudocream, silver serum, spot zappers, aspirin, honey.. etc. You name it, I've rubbed it on my face night after night to no avail. 
     
    - Anti-acne face washes - (Simple, Neutrogena, Clearsil)  Seemed to do absolutely nothing to help. Whether I clean my face with a face wipe, or do the full process of cleanser, toner, blah, blah, it seemed to make no difference. 
     
    - The Regimen - A nice idea, but no results (and expensive because I had to have it sent to the UK).
     
    - Miracle tablets - (Weirdly named superfood supplements) Taking pills containing all sorts of vitamins and minerals shipped straight from the bottom of the amazon rainforest or the bottom of a drug dealers basement floor for all I knew. Potentially lethal, can't really believe I ordered random pills off the internet and took them like medicine. No success and luckily no harm done.
     
    - Benzoyl Peroxide gels - I've tried a few different brands, mostly used Duac and Epiduo. Yes, they start to dry up your spots but they do nothing for cysts under the skin and they don't solve the problem. 
     
    - The Contraceptive pill - Made my skin much worse with some brands (Dianette), others seemed to have little to no effect (Yaz, Yasmin, Celest), perhaps I never stuck it out long enough, but in my opinion they never made much difference and certain brands gave me slight mood swings. Also, at this point in my life, I don't need them for the job they were designed to do, so why fill my body with more stuff it doesn't need. 
     
    - Antibiotics - I've tried many different types and brands of antibiotics (doxycycline and limecycline were popular from memory), lots of courses, and yes I've seen some slight success, but that's because it stops your skin producing sebum. It's a roundabout way of getting results, but you can't stay on them forever and it's not long-lasting once the course stops, or even particularly effective in the first place.
     
    - Accutane - It was horrendous for the 4 months I endured it, but there were real results, well, for a short while at least. A few months after my course ended and I thought my skin was going to be relatively okay - still far from perfect - the cysts returned and the redness continued until I was back to square one, minus a lot of dry skin, pain, unhappiness, time and cash. It's a nasty drug and I'm sad I had to put myself through taking it. Being ashamed of your acne may seem superficial, but there are more times than I can count where instead of enjoying myself with friends, I've stayed home and cried because I just couldn't face going out into the world with such a hideous face.
     
    At last, my personal cure:
     
    - Giving up dairy - I don't know how it works. I've read and read and read and can't find a definitive answer, the hormones, an intolerance? For me, giving up dairy has cleared my skin up from one end of the spectrum to the other (check the pics). It's the cheapest and almost most ridiculous treatment I've tried, but I'm literally blown away every single morning I wake up and don't look at myself feeling disappointed when I look at my face in the mirror.
    Please try it. And make up your own opinion. People say diet can't change your skin and for a long time I believed it (that, and I didn't really fancy giving up pizza for the rest of my life if it worked). If a person has a nut allergy or intolerance and they eat that food - immediate reaction. Why could it not be the same reaction to the hormones in dairy products? I have noticed that after slipping up and eating a big wad of cheese with dinner, within 24 hours I notice spots beginning to form on my face. Call it coincidence - I call it a miracle that I've finally found my cure. 
    The hormones in milk are designed to turn baby cows into big fat cows, full of growth hormones and nasty stuff we shouldn't be ingesting - look it up, try it out, see the results, switch to soya and sorbet and never look back. Good luck. Hallelujah!

     
     
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    After having found out that I had GERD (Gastro-Esophageal Reflux Disease) caused by the diet pills I was taking for 7 years; which was the cause of numerous spots all over my facial skin, I've stopped taking it and have become one of the happiest person on earth :)

    I've seen so many doctors who only prescribed me skin pills and external products. I even had an argument with one of the doctors who insisted that I washed my face too often even though I did it only once-twice a day as he told me to. They never asked me about my diet plan. Nothing.

    Now that I've stopped taking the diet pills, which was a bad idea of a teenager who wanted to be skinny as the society wanted her to be.., I'm now eating healthily normal and drinking a lot of water daily. The endless spots went away and has never come back along with the GERD sympthom :) My skin is now completely clean and I can use normal skin products like a normal person! I've been enjoying doing make-up and trying on new facial products as well as sharing others about my bad decision on the diet pills which I learned a big lesson from.

    I'm never happier :D
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    Diet is everything when it comes to healing your acne naturally. I recently changed up my entire lifestyle and I saw a HUGE difference in my skin.

    I vlogged the entire results. Hopefully this video will inspire you to do some research!



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    I really hope a vegan diet can turn my current skin around.
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    My last attempt to get rid of my acne: Diet and Lifestyle. And guess what? It worked.
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    This was while trying the OCM....didn't work for me :(
    Nettie25
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    Well, I think my acne got worse O_O I reimplemented berries (came in a salad) and had like 2 cups berries one day. I also think I was too relaxed this week in the meat department (not worrying about quality) - same with today about the meat. Gotta step it up a notch the next days, and definitely no more fruit (or tomato).
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    (forgot chest shot :c)
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    This is how bad my acne was on the first day I decided to go on this diet

    My diet: no dairy, grains, starchy veggies, sweet fruits, highly processed foods, sugar in general/high GI and GL.

    Basically a form of the Paleo Diet mixed with the Candida Diet.
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    What do u think about my acne? How could i treat it? Ive tried everything :(
    kitten2133
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    Diairy free for 2 months
    C vitamin
    B vitamin
    E vitamin
    No results
    Any help?
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    Acne photo log to monitor my progress... :'\
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    Current skin, old scars
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    I'm really have bad acne because I can't eat chocolate, chips, soda, fast food, candy and more.
    Lorraine1491
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    A year's worth of improvement in pictures. I credit the paleo diet, caveman regimen, cinnamon, and minerals (zinc, chromium, magnesium) for my success clearing acne.

    UPDATE: I'm keeping it up! The only mineral I take now is magnesium - I wouldn't survive without it.
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    This month will contain weekly Photos for a month of my face from three angles while on a restrictive diet. This portion of my diet will contain no dairy, and the only drink I'll consume is water. These are the only restrictions so far. I will also be only using cold water twice instead of harsh chemicals.
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