Mr. Brownstone

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  1. 6 and a bit weeks update... Things are going great. my skin over the last week has been the best it's been in a long time. No new cysts forming and again, the last few spots I did get healed much quicker than previous. As before, my general mood is much healthier and the added exercise I'm getting helps with the stress and overall general wellbeing. I'll keep posting updates, even if no-one reads them!
  2. And I feel pretty good to be honest. 33/M. I have suffered with acne all my life to some degree. Originally joined this website in 2002 when my acne was really effecting my social life (16/17 years old) I'd been to my doctor about it and he prescribed my some pills (I have no idea what they were) which I took for around 6 months. They did nothing to help my acne, but absolutely rotted my stomach and gave me diarrhoea. I stopped using them and started using UK based products similar to Dan's Regimen when I got here. After a while I got my acne down to something I'd describe as mild and I could live with it. I'd occasionally get a big inflamed pustule that would last a week, but they were infrequent and I thought nothing of it. I'd just BP the hell out of them and keep my fingers crossed. Flash forward to around mid December last year, I was getting some HUGE inflamed and large pustules/whiteheads around my chin and lower lip area... it was pretty bad. just a constant stream of them. One would go down, and 2 more would pop up, sometimes double whiteheads! I did my usual thing of avoiding as much social contact as possible (Which is hard with a fiance at Christmas), I even took a few days off work going into January as it was so bad. , I looked in the mirror after waking up and I just wanted to cry. Why was this happening? I took decent care of my skin. I cleansed morning and evening, gently! I used BP and I moisturised. I thought about the food I'd been eating recently. It was Christmas, and I'd been going hard at it on the food and booze for a while now. I came back to this wonderful place, I needed help badly. I clicked on the 'Diet and Holistic Health' Subforum for the first time in my 15 year tenure on this website. My mind was blown. I'm 33 now, and I'd say for the last 25 years of my life, I've eaten at least 4 pieces of bread each day. porridge with milk, I'd drink 3-4 coffee's most days, all with skimmed milk. I regularly consumed pasta and rice. Chips, Pastries, Pizza, Burgers a TON of cheese, fried foods, Beer by the gallon, I eat that stuff weekly by the bucket load. Another thing I never thought of was that during the day, I'd often have bad stomach cramps and sudden bowel movements. This was happening regularly over the last 6 months. I cut it all out. In the first 2 weeks I lost weight. I didn't know what I could really eat! I was living off Broccoli. chicken and sweet potato. I eventually came across Quinoa and it's my favourite thing. It goes with everything. I use it in porridges with cococnut milk and it's a great side for all dishes. bought an electric steamer and am enjoying veg for the first time in my life! Currently eating all meats except pork sausage. All fish, Tons of Kale, Sweet Potato and pretty much all veggies (Have been looking into FODMAPS so avoiding Onion and Mushroom), Also eating blueberries, banana, Coconut Oil, EVOO, Eggs, Pumpkin Seeds, Almonds Using almond milk to have the occasional coffee and having a few squares of dark chocolate here and there. feeling full after every meal. Drinking Green Tea. Lots of Water. Supplementing Omega 3, Vit d and Zinc. I like to cook, so trying all of these new foods has been great for me. I don't plan on cutting everything out forever, and I will start experimenting with some stuff in a few weeks. Overall, after a month I'd say my acne has improved for the better. I am still getting the occasional spot, but the ones I've had have been smaller, and quicker to heal. Much less whiteheads too. my skin complexion is also noticeably better. I have a few scars from the rough breakout over Christmas. Thy tend to look red if I get a spot coming anywhere near where they were. but I'm hoping this will lessen as times goes on. No more huge inflamed pustules though, which is wonderful! On the whole there seems to be less Sebum too. My cleaning Routine is 2x a day Cleanser: Quinoderm: BP and Salyclic Acid Facewash Topical: BP 5% or Skinoren (Azelaic Acid) Moistureiser: Cerave Lotion In addition to my acne, I've also found my general mood and stress levels have greatly improved by this diet change. I also have felt encouraged to start exercising and doing DDP Yoga/ Upper body workouts again and I've even started doing some meditation/breathing techniques to help with relaxation and stress management. I've cut down on the booze massively too. Overall I just feel more balanced and happier. I'm no way out of the woods yet and I'm sure there will be many more bumps to come, but I Just wanna say that this place has helped me so much. To all the beautiful people here that add so much knowledge and their time. You are amazing. God bless you all. Never give up. I wont.
  3. I have been using BP for many years. Doctor recently gave me a tube of skinoren to apply instead. I'm reading that Azelaic Acid is good for reducing the redness in spots. Would it be OK to use the Skinoren in the morning and then maybe use the BP at night. I wash with a bp/salicylic acid cleanser and use Cerave moisturiser. Many thanks!
  4. Positivity is the best outlook. It can certainly be difficult, but you have to try and remain positive. Negativity just breeds more of itself and can lead you to stress which is never good for acne. Stay strong. Fire a pm off off if you just want to vent. Always happy to talk.
  5. It's not much but all I can say is keep on keeping on, brother. Much love.
  6. Confused... FODMAPS and Candida/

    What do you believe to be the underlying factor that causes acne? I think it's fair to state that there are people whos acne has decreased in severity due to diet changes, although again, this doesnt apply to everyone.
  7. So After cutting out Wheat/Dairy/Sugar, I've been loading up on veggies to keep me full. I was considering using probiotics (kefir) to try and mend my potentially damaged gut after reading about Candida symptoms. Went to my Doctor the other day and he mentioned 'FODMAPS' to me when discussing Acne, so I thought I'd see what the fuss was about... Turns out that aside from Wheat, things like Onions, Mushrooms and Garlic can also inflame the gut and lead to acne in some people. Large amounts of broccoli and Sweet potato too, all of which I've been eating tons, and continuing to break out (although no cysts). On top of this, this diet states things like Kefir should be avoided. I'm confused. I'm gonna cut down on the bad FODMAPS, but should I atleast consider consuming Kefir to try and mend my gut? Everything is so contradictory... What else helps heal the gut?
  8. I FINALLY HEALED MY ACNE [With Pictures]

    Could you give a bit more detail on what you did eat? I've been gluten/dairy/sugar free for just over 2 weeks now and am having quite a break out at the minute. I realise it's early days but It's a little disheartening. Trying to get enough food to be full, but worried about what I can eat. Did you find Quinoa was something you could eat?
  9. Hi all, I've been forgoing my morning coffee for a few weeks and am looking for a sugar/sweetner substitute to add it it that won't break me out like sugar can. does anyone know of anything?
  10. 30yrs old and still have it

    have you ever tried cutting out the wheat, gluten, sugar and dairy? you seem to have quite a bit of it in your diet. I'm of a similar age and used a cleansing routine much like yours for nye on 10 years, but it wasn't until recently when I cut out gluten wheat and dairy did I start to have very noticeable improvements. Give it a go.
  11. help, im confused

    it should heal over the next few days now. if it's swollen and raised you could try icing it get the the swelling / redness down
  12. TOO MUCH ACNE AND DONT KNOW WHAT TO DO!!!

    Well I know for a fact that gluten and dairy break me out, so I'd say you're pretty wrong there.
  13. What are your trigger foods?

    still experimenting with my diet to 100 nail down, but it seems gluten and dairy are the main ones for me.
  14. my acne was very similar to yours in look and position. i have had wonderful success over the last 8 days by just cutting out wheat, gluten and dairy. I'm gonna try re introducing dairy slowly over the next week and see what's happens. give it a shot
  15. How I finally got rid of my cystic acne!

    Congrats, I myself have seen massive changes in the last week from just cutting our wheat and dairy. I have a strong suspicion wheat has been my issue for the last 18 years. I would recommend anyone with issues to trade cutting these things out for at least 10 days to see if it helps.
  16. I think I did something really dumb, help(?!)

    Try icing it. it'll bring down the size and redness after an hour or so. Don't touch or prod it!
  17. Gluten free breakfast cereal

    OK thanks
  18. Gluten free breakfast cereal

    I'm in the UK. so I don't know if that stuff is available here. for someone who is trying to cut out wheat and gluten, do you think the above would be ok? I plan to eat it with Almond Milk.
  19. Vaping Caused me Cystic Acne

    Hi guys. I've never really thought about it, but my acne does seem to have gotten worse since i started vaping a few years ago. I'm unsure of the pg/vg levels of my current juice (Hangsen Ry4) but will check when I get it of work. have been cutting gluten and wheat over the last week and I am finding my acne is better.
  20. Gluten free breakfast cereal

    I've suffered with acne for around 18 years. I've only ever looked at topical meds in the past but a sudden and prolonged bout of large painful spots over Christmas (plus some stomach pain) has lead me to believe my diet is the issue. For 15 years I've probably consumed 4 prices of seeded white bread a day, add onto that potatoes, fries, pizza, pasta, rice, cakes, biscuits and tons of other sugary stuff. I would rarely eat vegetables too. Since Dec 26th, I've tried to limit the wheat and gluten and have really cut down on the sugar. Eating more fresh fruit (banana, tangerines, grapes and blueberries) and veg (broccoli, carrots, onions, bell peppers, tomatoes (fresh and canned) and sweet potato) I've also started to drink more water and green Tea (along with green tea supplements) and almonds. I've noticed some good change in my skin, but I'm still getting a few large spots here and there. I've decided now to cut out all gluten but am scratching my head when it comes to breakfast. I was thinking of something like this http://naturespath.co.uk/product/mesa-sunrise Would cornmeal, corn flour and buck wheat likely add to my issues? Full ingredients : Ingredients: Corn meal*, corn flour*, raw cane sugar*, flaxseed* (5%), buckwheat flour*, quinoa* (4%), amaranth* (2%), sea salt, antioxidant: tocopherol-rich extract. *Organic. May contain traces of peanuts, tree nuts and soy. Sorry for the long post. I've spent much of the last 4 weeks reading this site (despite registering many years ago) and an greatful for your contribution and knowledge. It's honestly been like a comfort blanket to me.