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  1. alternativista added a post in a topic Eating Too Frequently Cause Acne?   

    Yes. What was the point? But at the time I believed the dermatologists and they kept trying different antibiotics. And then later 2 courses of accutane.   And why do the people making the many, many 'about to start my second (or third, or fourth or fifth) course of accutane" threads do it? Why do the derms keep prescribing it? What's the point?  They are not the solution and are very bad for you. 
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  2. alternativista added a post in a topic demodex mites cause acne?   

    Demodex mites can cause an acne like reaction for some people. But it's not everyone.  I think there's much more evidence that it's at the root of rosacea.  

    And why the hell was this 2008 post not archived. When many far more valuable discussions that are just a couple of years old have been? Once they are archived, they are very hard to find. They don't appear in your Content I Follow, My Content, & other lists. 

    Also, not impairing your skin's ability to function is a really good way to control this.  Because everyone has these mites, we just don't all have the same inflammatory response and possibly an overgrowth of them.   Soap, lotions & other topicals impair skin function.    You can also eat right to improve sebum quality & in the meantime, apply a high linoleic acid oil as that is what sebum that works is mostly composed of.
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  3. alternativista added a post in a topic Citrus VS Citric Acid?   

    The reaction isn't necessarily due to the citric acid.  There are other compounds that can be allergens/toxins.  Some citrus oils are used as pesticides after all.  Especially orange.  I've written info about this somewhere in one of my threads. I don't memorize the details. 

    And yes, I get cysts/nodules the day after I consume citrus. And different fruits cause the cysts in different places. I.e tangerine/satsuma = cysts at temple/eye area, oranges = jaw & neck.  Although I can get them anywhere, they just mostly follow that pattern.   

    If you routinely break out just or mostly in one area that could be a clue it's a food intolerance.  Also, I suspect that cysts & nodules tend to be a food intolerance. 
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  4. alternativista added a post in a topic Food That Causes Acne   

    I wish you would change the title to say Foods that cause acne for you.  Because this is not applicable to everyone.  I have no problems with most of those foods and I really never got whiteheads.  

    Also, you don't even mention one of the most important 'cause' for acne & just about any other health condition and that is high glycemic impacting meals/drinks & snack habits.  
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  5. alternativista added a post in a topic HELP! Diet, Supplements and Exercise not working.   

    30 years from age 10 to 40 for me.  And we've had people much, much older here.    

    You don't have to drink only water. You just should not drink sugar. Smoothies are better than juices.  And don't require another machine that has only one use.   All meals should be low to moderate glycemic, but few need to avoid all sugar.  However, added sugar should be a rare treat.  High doses of Pantothenic acid can have side effects.  
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  6. alternativista added a post in a topic HELP! Diet, Supplements and Exercise not working.   

    There is not significant amounts of iodine in eggs & onions to worry about.  You could however try avoiding them a bit to test for allergy.  

    Is your acne different since you began avoiding sugar/gluten/dairy?  Do you eat citrus?  My jawline acne was due to a citrus intolerance.  And dairy doesn't noticeably cause acne for me.  But there's too many ways that it impacts the events involved in acne formation for me to make it a big part of my diet. Especially unfermented dairy.
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  7. alternativista added a post in a topic Good Things For The Many Factors That Lead To Acne   

    American Dermatologists, right?

    Depends on what kind. it can't be the standard test for IgE antibodies that cause an immediate response and is all most allergists & doctors care about. It has to look for other antibodies and other inflammatory responses.
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  8. alternativista added a post in a topic Eating Too Frequently Cause Acne?   

    Yes, I just read it again and was reminded of all the benefits. Including that it reduces cell proliferation, which means it may specifically reduce the hyperkeratinization/hyperproliferation of skin cells that are at the root of acne formation. If you search for intermittent fasting, you find many threads filled with people saying how well it worked for them. But that thread I posted is filled with real information.

    And Lucas, if I was susceptible to the placebo affect, then all those years of antibiotics and accutane should have worked. But they did nothing.
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  9. alternativista added a post in a topic Good Things For The Many Factors That Lead To Acne   

    Citrus was the trigger for my severe cystic acne. I had grotesquely oily skin and other kinds of acne as well. And I figured it out by luck. One winter, when citrus is plentiful & cheap and I started having it as an afternoon snack each day expecting to be good for my skin, my skin got much worse. Then, a coworker who had watched my and my cystic acne filled skin eat oranges everyday for weeks without saying a word, came in one morning ranting that she had 2 big glasses of orange juice for weekend breakfast and now her chin was broken out. She otherwise had perfect skin so she was able to easily figure out the connection for her. I'm still annoyed that she new this and didn't mentioned it as a suggestion for me. And it was over 20 years ago.
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  10. alternativista added a post in a topic Eating Too Frequently Cause Acne?   

    Yes. It could. It can keep your blood sugar/insulin levels elevated. Also, you need to have a period of fasting. Going hungry once in a while stimulates numerous processed that won't happen otherwise. Hence the anti-aging calorie restriction diets. And for those that don't want to be miserable, Intermittent fasting in which you eat all your meals within a certain number of hours each day and fast the rest of the day. The most extreme is the Warrior Diet which involves eating within a 4 hour window. Less extreme is the eating within more like an 8-10 hour window leaving a 14-16 hour fast.

    We've discussed it a lot here in the past, with many saying they can be less strict with the foods they eat while doing this. Info
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  11. alternativista added a post in a topic Omg, Topical Probiotics   

    No that isn't normal. It sounds like you are allergic. Maybe check out coconut or other alternative to dairy yogurt & see if they have the strains mentioned above.
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  12. alternativista added a post in a topic Topical For Cystic Acne?   

    dissolve a plain aspirin in water & apply like a paste. Also, ice or cool compress. aloe vera.
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  13. alternativista added a post in a topic Something About Prickly Pears...magical.   

    Just about all mucilagenous foods are very beneficial for you. Especially for your digestive tract.

    But I would ditch the vaseline. Try grapeseed oil.
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  14. alternativista added a post in a topic Gf Vegan And No Processed Foods. Whats Next?   

    The feeling them coming is how I identify cysts when I still get them. Especially since my diet changes cause them to be so much smaller than they used to be. And I don't mean feeling them with my fingers. i mean you feel like there's something on your face. Or in your face. Although mine didn't take a week. I usually get them a day after i consume the citrus. And they always come to the surface and are red.
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  15. alternativista added a post in a topic Acne Prone Skin/sebum Deficient In Linoleic Acid, Possible Topical Solution   

    well, few people need to consume more omega 6 fats and the researchers didn't believe that our deficiency was system wide. We are just deficient in our sebum. Several possible epigenetic traits were mentioned in the studies I found & posted earlier in this thread.

    The linoleic acid does spread throughout your sebaceous glands. So you don't have to apply it every where. That said, it's not hard to apply a thin layer all over. Applying it to wet skin or with wet hands makes it easy to spread a very small amount. Do it after you shower before you dry off.

    I mostly apply it to my face & legs as my only moisturizer & to backs of arms where I tend to get keratosis pilaris. (if that's the right name, I haven't thought about it in so long, I can't recall what it's called.)
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