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  1. Hi there, I have a question about a problem I have been suffering from over the last six months. I am a 21 year old male and live in Melbourne Australia. Several months ago at a party, I drank a bit too much... A whole bottle of straight vodka. I passed out unconscious for a few hours and had a killer hangover for two days after. A few weeks later I had another big alcohol binge, and blacked out again etc Soon after this my facial complexion started to deteriorate. I had some mild acne as a teen which had clearled up well by the time I was 19. However following multiple binge drinking episodes I noticed my skin getting worse. Now six months on I still have acne that I am finding hard to shake. I have cut out dairy milk, bread and pasta made from wheat, refined added sugar, eggs, and avoid vegetable oils where possible. I aslo drink minimal amounts of caffeine and alcohol (I only have two or three beers a month now). I feel that my binge drinking caused me acne and that I must have damaged my gut lining and/or my liver... Or something else. By the way I am very hygienic and wash my face twice daily with a tea tree oil face wash and aslo take 1 Omega 3 fish oil capsule and two zinc tablets every day. I am wondering if anyone has had an allergy test (igG or IgE etc) and found it to be useful. Any advice would be much appreciated. Thanks
  2. I am dairy and gluten intolerant and know I should cut it out, but I look at people with clear glowing skin, stuffing their faces with cheeseburgers from McDonalds, and am extremely, extremely confused!!! Someone please explain this to me. Also, I was vegan and gf for 8 months, dancing everyday and STILL had spots. Please help me if you know anything about this subject. I was wondering if childhood diet has anything to do with it? When I was younger I used to eat so much melted cheese and french baguette - do you think this overload made me more susceptible? Does ethnicity have anything to do with it? I am white (eastern european, irish, english, french descent). Thanks for helping an sharing any of your experience, and I hope your acne troubles aren't as bad as mine are - I'm trying really hard to keep positive that things will get better!
  3. Updated 14th April 2013: supplements changed to B5 only. Disclaimer: The following post is intended merely as a contribution to the global pool of knowledge and experience of acne, I'm not a healthcare professional. Nothing in this post constitutes medical advice, or inducement or encouragement for sufferers to take any course of action, I am simply putting my own experience into the public domain. How you use this information is entirely up to you. Any consequences of your use of this information is entirely your own responsibility. Please scroll down and read the FAQ before posting questions -the chances are it's already been answered. I get a lot of emails asking me for information already posted -please be a good egg and check first. Thanks! Introduction Hello and welcome to my regime! Hopefully by reading and adopting this treatment plan you will take a major step towards dramatically improving your skin and your life. I don't make that statement lightly -people from all over the world have done just that: "My mild acne is completely gone (it took about 10 days), my blackheads are 90 % gone (I had a LOT of them) and my skin looks better than ever. I am 39 years old and I have never had so clear skin!" "'I've been using this regimen for about 2 weeks and honestly, my acne never looked better than it does now!" "I've been doing this regime about 16 days so far...pretty much all my body acne has gone." "My skin looks better than it has in a long time." "My skin and eyes are glowing." "My skin feels much smoother." "My skin is healing very quickly and swiftly in comparison to before." "When I look in the mirror every morning all I can say is WOW...PLEASE, PLEASE give this a go because it has worked a treat for me" "My oily skin has reduced by 85% and acne is 70% gone" "My oil production has stopped completely!" "Awesome results..." "I'm now addicted to the fantastic energy boost that juicing each morning gives me.." "Skin started smoothing out almost immediately....I've received compliments from family about how nice my skin looks." "Vast improvements...my acne has gone from cystic and relatively severe to much more mild and not at all cystic in just over 3 weeks." "The combination is a winner...It's been 9 weeks so far and I'm very pleased with the outcome." "I have been on the regimen for 4+ months. my stubborn moderate acne is 100% under control, my skin is 95% clear at all times...my skin is softer, and so smooth, literally not a bump on it." "I'm almost at 30 days and continue to see great improvements!!" "THANK YOU! THANK YOU! THANK YOU!" I know first hand the devastation that acne can wreak in people's lives -I had cystic acne from age 14 to 40. I have been clear for over 4 years now and this is how I did it. If I managed it, I am convinced that you can too. These steps transformed my quality of life and I hope they can help other people. There are 4 simple steps: 1. Vegetable juice. 2. Removal of sugar from diet 3. Low B5 supplementation 4. Increased water consumption My view After 26 years, I became convinced that intractable adult acne is the result of a systemic failure in the body. If topical treatments could work for you, they would have worked by now. You wouldn't be reading this page. Accepting that fact is not easy for some people, but it is the crucial step in adopting an effective holistic program. It's what I did when I turned 40 and how I managed to clear my skin. I am not a doctor or a dermatologist or a nutritionist. I am regular guy who created this regime from reading and researching what other people had found out and combining it. I simply asked myself two questions: What has come up again and again as producing the best results? Is it possible to combine it into one program? The hypothesis behind this program is that there is a synergistic effect between all four elements, in that the power of the regime as a whole is greater then the sum of the parts. If you omit any one element then you are undermining the logic behind the treatment and hampering your chances of success. My regime 1. Vegetable juice. THIS IS THE KEY ELEMENT OF THE REGIME! I bought a jucier for £100 (about $160). Every day I make up 1 pint of vegetable juice. I generally drink it on an empty stomach. Among my favourites are sweet potatoes or carrots cucumber beetroot vine tomatoes bell pepper celery butternut squash anything else that juices -although dark green vegetetables are often bitter so use sparingly! But I've come to believe you can pretty much use any vegetables, and in fact, it's much better to vary your juice as widely as possible. Carrots tend to be the first thing people juice, but I advise restraint. They are high in sugar. I would restrict their use to every other day at maximum. Similarly with beets. If you after beta carotene, it is far better to use sweet potatoes or butternut squash. Among the very best vegetables for the skin are kale and spinach. Being leaves, a budget juicer won't juice them, you will need to add the juice and the leaves mixture into a blender. I tend to buy organic because I can afford it, but I don't think it realy makes much difference to the effectiveness of the treatment. It takes 5 minutes to chop and juice the vegetables, 5 minutes to drink, 5 minutes to clean the jucier. For 15 minutes effort you are taking therapeutic levels of nutrients. This is a list of the nutrients in a typical glass of juice I make: Vitamin A Vitamin B1 Vitamin B2 Vitamin B3 Vitamin B5 Vitamin B9 Vitamin B12 Vitamin C Vitamin D Vitamin E Vitamin K Betain Calcium Choline Copper Iron Magnesium Manganese Omega 3 Potassium Protein Phosphorus Selenium Zinc and of course, water Also: 10 essential amino acids Anti-oxidants such as Quercetin, Kaempferol and Lypocene all linked with anti-cancer and anti-heart-disease properties. Anti-inflammatories Imagine this powerhouse of nutrients hitting your system first thing every day, in a liquid form quickly absorbed by the body. Now compare that to the breakfast you currently eat. 2. Removal of sugar from the diet I'm not going to discuss the whole sugar-acne thing. All I will say is that I noticed huge reductions in the oiliness of my skin when I cut out sugar. I stopped all discretionary sugar items: cakes, confectionary, chocolate, soda, sweets, etc. I didn't go so far as to stop eating processed foods with added sugar, since you have to be practical. Almost everything has sugar added to it. It doesn't matter eating a little -it's the huge spikes in blood sugar that come from eating things like donuts and cola that you want to avoid. See the FAQ below for why I juice 'high-sugar' vegetables and how this fits in with removing sugar from the diet. 3. Supplements I don't believe in megadosing. I think it's dangerous. I strongly advise anyone considering megadosing vitamins to think again. See the FAQ below for more on this. I take time release 500mg of B5. Incidentally, way before the recent B5 studies, it was known that B5 had a beneficial effect on acne even at low doses. Adele Davies in her book "Let's Get Well" (I think published back in the 60s) noted cases that cleared up by taking just this amount -500mg. B5 hasn't caused me any problems. However, the possible side effects of B5 (mentioned with much larger doses than 500mg I recommend) are related to the fact that it can in theory crowd out other B vitamins. So it is possible in the longer term to suffer deficiency symptoms of other B vitamins. It is therefore very important that you eat a good diet, one rich in B vitamins, and to monitor yourself for any conditions like itching scalp or dry lips. For this reason I now sprinkle powdered wheatgerm into my food once a day. The bottom line is that we all have different metabolisms and what may be okay for me, may be too much for you. I only mention this for the sake of completeness -it's always wise to have as much information about the subject as possible. 4. Water consumption I increased water consumption by 1-2 pints a day. Hydration of the skin is always beneficial. Note, however, that I am not advocating forcing down pints of water for the sake of it. I noticed that I would often wake up in the night, thirsty, so I started drinking a pint of water before going to bed. That's all. This meant my body was always adequately supplied with fluids. The results I experienced There is no such thing as an overnight cure. We've all read posts along the lines of "WOW! I started taking xxxx on Monday and three days later my acne has ALL GONE!!" These posts are often well-intentioned but they suffer from obvious problems: 1. You need to be able to sustain a 'cure' for months and years, to have confidence that it really works. 2. No problem in the human body heals overnight. Think about it. When did you last go to the doctor with some ailment and he said to you, "Just take one of these pills tonight, and tomorrow you'll be cured." Even antibiotics, among the most powerful and targetted drugs available, take about a week to ten days to work. And that's on temporary infections. Any problem you've had for years is going to disappear gradually, not overnight. If you've reached your 30s or 40s with acne, then it's clear that no short term approach will work for you. If there was a short term treatment, you would have found it by now. Only the long term treatments remain. I know that's an unpalatable truth for many people reading this, but it is the truth nonetheless. It is essential, therefore, that you recalibrate your expectations from seeing results in days, to seeing results in weeks, or months. So many acne treatments promise 'visible results in just five days' but this is not a realistic scenario for adult acne. Accepting that requires a fundamental shift in your mindset. With that in mind, here is the timeline I experienced: 1. Five Days Energy levels much higher. Elevated mood levels. No visible skin benefit. 2. Two Weeks Skin felt unusually soft, smooth and younger-looking. Noticeable oil reduction. No improvement to acne. 3. Six weeks Oil overproduction no longer a problem. Number of existing lesions diminished. New acne still appearing but heals faster. Unsolicited comments from people about how well I was looking. 4. Three months Acne had completely disappeared, and has never returned. Note that this is my experience. Some people have reported faster results than this, others slower. FAQ (periodically updated as new questions arise) I strongly advise you to read this FAQ. It covers a lot more ground than the basics above. GENERAL QUESTIONS I've been through all these so-called 'cures'. Why is this one any different? I'm not saying I can cure your acne. What I can say is that it worked for me and I had cystic acne for 26 years. If it can help me it is almost certainly able to help others. You may be one of them. Who are you and how did you develop this program? At the age of 40 I decided that I was going to try my best to kill my acne once and for all, and rather than hopping about from one quack remedy to another as I had done for the past two decades, I would develop a logical treatment based upon the best available clinical and anecdotal evidence. I concluded that if I could combine the elements most likely to help into one program then I would stand the best chance of a 'cure'. From searching the internet and reading widely a consensus of opinion emerged: sugar-elimination, vegetable juice, B5 supplementation. I'm not a healthcare professional. Nothing in this post constitutes medical advice. I am simply putting my own experience into the public domain. How you use this information is entirely up to you. So how does it work? I'm not a scientist. But my hypothesis is that the elements of treatment work together to create a more powerful effect than the sum of their parts. But it's basically healthy eating, right? No. Just eating 'healthily' won't work because there are not enough nutrients in whole food (and they are absorbed too slowly) to fix the problem. Juice is like a mainline of nutrients over and above regular meals. Juicing is not a substitute for poor meals. You still need to consider the amount of fibre, omega 3, calcium, etc that you are getting from whole food. Also, when people talk about eating 'healthily' in connection with acne, they nearly always focus on food elimination, and not food inclusion. Cutting out suspected trigger foods is not healthy eating. The key is the nutrients you supply to the body, not what you remove. In what ways does your regime differ from all the other threads here about diet? It doesn't. My regime concurs with the basic principles of most dietary-based approaches. That's because I took the elements that crop up again and again and put them into one regime. There is an increasing body of evidence to support these principles, rather than them just being someone's opinion. For a recent article, go here: http://www.huffingto...a_b_822163.html However, where I diverge from other views on diet is that I don't think it's possible to cure acne by removal of foods from the diet. Although there is the occasional person on these forums who achieved clear skin through stopping eating bread, for example, I think these cases are very rare. For most of us, the key is what you DO eat, not what you DON'T. Vegetable juice will have more effect in your skin than stopping bread, chocolate, dairy, processed foods, meat combined. Will it work on teenage acne? In principle, I don't see why not. But common sense would suggest that there is something fundamentally different going on between the 90% of teenagers who get acne and the 5% of 35 year olds. Furthermore, all the doses (and that includes the juice) are meant for adults. Not matter how grown-up you may feel, teenage physiology is not the same as that of a thirty or forty-year old. You are still growing. Your internal organs are not the same size. Your hormonal situation is different. You don't have the same tolerances. Most prescription drugs usually stipulate a reduced dosage for children under 16 or under 12, or sometimes it's not allowed at all. So, I'm not recommending it for people under 18. It's listed under 'Adult Acne' for a reason. Please do not disregard this advice. If you choose to, then whatever you do, make sure that you cut the doses by at least 50%. And that includes the juice. JUICING The more juice I drink, the better, right? No! Doing anything to excess is not a good idea. Don't exceed my recommended dose. Can I drink commercial vegetable juice like V8 instead of making my own? No. Commercial juices have been centrifuged and pasteurised to destroy bacteria. This also destroys many of the nutrients. They have also been bottled many weeks, if not months, in advance. This also degrades the nutrient content. Furthermore, juices like V8 usually have high levels of added salt which is bad for you. Freshly-juiced vegetables from commercial juice bars are fine, but relatively expensive. Can you recommend any juice recipes? I'm not bothered what the juice tastes like; I just want the nutritional benefit. But if you want the juice to taste delicious, there are plenty of juicing websites with recipe blends. Your juice seems very high in sugar. How does fit in with removing sugar from your diet? The average American eats just one vegetable per day (and the average Brit, let's be fair). But they also eat candy bars, soda, and all manner of other very-high sugar foods. By removing these and juicing more vegetables you are still taking far less sugar and getting the intense nutritional benefits of vegetables. The only high-sugar items on my list are carrots and beets. Most vegetables are not high in sugar. Can you recommend a juicer? I use the L'equip 110.5, which has been highly recommended by many juicing websites. It's well built, easy to use and clean, has a decent warranty, and is reasonably priced. It does the job. I would not advise buying a juicer from a department store on the recommendation of a sales person. They'll sell you any old tat, often models that are difficult to clean or not even specialised juicers, but food processors which don't do a great job. The main things to consider are: 1. How easy it is to clean? If it's difficult to clean you wont want to use it. You should be able to do the whole thing in 5 minutes. This is the main thing to check out. 2. How noisy is it? If you've got close neighbours you're not going to be able use it at the crack of dawn. You don't have to spend a fortune to get a workmanlike juicer that will last a number of years. I recommend spending about £160 (US $100) on your first model. If that sounds like a lot to you, think of it this way. If it lasts 3 years, that's just $1 a week for probably the single greatest thing you can do for your skin (and your health). Now think of other things that you normally spend $1 a week on. Which is more important? If you are on a budget, then it is possible to juice using a normal food blender and then straining the mixture afterwards to separate out the juice from the fibre. How should I clean the vegetables? I use a vegetable brush. It is important to clean them well. Should I buy organic? I'm in two minds. Part of me suspects that the 'organic' foods you buy from supermarkets are little different to the regular kind. However, I think it's a big benefit if you can source your organic veggies locally from a farm, which I now do. But I hate the taste of vegetable juice. Carrots and beetroot are sweet, not bitter. I think my blend of vegetable juice is delicious. The 'difficult' vegetables are the dark green leafy ones, which certainly you want to use sparingly. Just experiment until you find a blend you like. I can't be bothered with juicing -it sounds like a lot of work. As I said, it takes just 15 minutes. I would also hazard that you probably already spend at least 15 minutes a day on the topical treatments for your skin. This will being bring better results. Should I drink it on an empty stomach? Yes. Should I drink it in one dose or a half dose twice a day? Logic would indicate that splitting it into two separate doses would more effective. But then you've got to clean the juicer twice. Your call! Should I water the juice down? No. Most of it is water! I'm worried about not being to tolerate vegetable juice. Might it cause an upset stomach? The main vegetables I recommend should cause you no problems. But be careful with others. Dark green veggies should be introduced carefully. Others, such as onions, which are irritants, and leeks, can make a glass of juice completely undrinkable even by adding just a small amount. You will discover these things as you go along. It is possible to make yourself feel quite sick by drinking too much of the wrong vegetable (i have done this a couple of times!) so go carefully with those experiments. Should I add anything to the juice? Some vitamins are better-absorbed alongside fats. For that reason you may wish to add a spoonful of olive oil. Recently I have taken to adding flax seed, sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, sesame seeds for the fats. But it is rather unpalatable. Olive oil is probably a better idea. You may also wish to add other things like protein powder, etc. Sometimes I add pea-protein. Some leafy vegetables won't juice. What should I do? Make your juice, transfer it to a blender, add the difficult vegetable and give it a whizz. You'll have a vegetable smoothie. Can I make fruit smoothies instead of juicing? Smoothies use the whole of the fruit, blended into a drink. So it's just as physically difficult to drink a smoothie made with ten apples as it is to eat ten apples! The point of juicing is to ingest more vegetable nutrients than possible through eating. To do that you need to remove the fibre. People are often drawn to fruit smoothies because they find the taste more palatable than vegetable juice, but aside from the aforementioned reason, there is no evidence to support fruit juice benefiting acne. That's not to say that fruit isn't healthy to eat; it's just not part of this program. DIET What about pizza/alcohol/gluten/pasta/bread etc? All the salient points are listed in the regime above. Whether you want to drink beer or eat pizza is up to you. Generally I think living a monastic existence when it comes to food and drink is neither desirable nor practical. So you're not some health nut, then? You only have to look around you to see couch potatoes with clear skin and athletes with acne. Living a healthy lifestyle is certainly desirable, and one we should all strive for, but I don't actually think it's of specific value when trying to clear your skin. So don't think you have to get up at 5am and go jogging to help your acne. And this isn't a low GI diet? No. I have never consciously tried to adopt a low GI diet since it seems too restrictive and difficult to follow to me. That's not to say that I don't endorse the principles of it. You may wish to tweak my approach if you wish to follow a low GI approach. You've mentioned sweet potatoes a lot in your posts. What exactly are the benefits? They are amongst the most nutrient dense foods on the planet. They always appear near the top of the lists of skin-care vegetables. They are higher in beta-carotene than carrots. They are rich in anti-cancer chemicals. They have proven immune system boosting properties. They are highly anti-inflammatory. And they taste delicious. Do you drink coffee? I don't drink coffee. It's not a conscious decision; I just can't stand the taste without sugar. Starbucks will just have to eke out a profit without me. What about tea? I'm British! The county would collapse without tea! I'm the same. Although recently I have switched almost exclusively to green tea. And what about milk? There's some evidence that milk may be a trigger. I don't drink milk. Again, this isn't a conscious decision, it's just that since stopping sugar, I don't drink coffee. Also, I don't really like breakfast cereal. So I just never drink it. But it was never consciously part of my regime. Perhaps it should be. But diet doesn't cause acne! My friend eats all the junk food he/she wants and he/she has perfect skin. Some people (me included) can eat all the junk food they want and they never put on any weight. I'm the same waist size at 44 that I was at 21. Does that mean junk food can't make people fat? What foods do you emphasis in your diet? Green leafy vegetables. Berries -blueberries, strawberries, blackberries, raspberries. I probably spend £5 (US $8) on berries daily. Salmon. Turkey And what about 'bad' food that you shouldn't eat? I love curry. If I could I would eat curry every day. As it is, I have it two or three times a month. I also love pizza. But in my opinion, it's probably the most unhealthy food on the planet. So I never order a commercial one. Occasionally I buy one in a supermarket. SUGAR REDUCTION Mmm, sugary things! There's no way I could get through the day without M&Ms, a can of Coke, and my aunt Alice's delicious lemon cake. It's going to be impossible to quit those. You only think it's impossible because you are attaching a positive utility to eating them. If you reprogram your mind to associate sugary food and drinks with negative utility (oily, spotty skin, excess fat, diabeties) then you will naturally want to avoid them. It takes time to reprogram your mind but it can be done. I did the same with cigarettes. Once I changed how I thought about them I never wanted to go near them again. And 14 years later, I haven't. We each have our own 'weakness'. But the human brain is extremely powerful if you know how to leverage it correctly. Can you elaborate on that? Most of the time our brains work in our favour. If you put your hand into a flame, your brain sends a message to instantly retract your hand to avoid serious damage to the organism. If you walk into a smoke filled room, your lungs crave fresh air and you try to get out of there as soon as possible. You don't have to think about these things -it's instinctive. The body will always try to get us out of pain and into pleasure as quickly as possible. It is a survival mechanism. Unfortunately, with cravings also, you are in pain, and your mind will try to get you out of pain (the craving) and into pleasure (the craving has gone) also. It is instinctive too, and works on a very powerful subconscious level. That is the simple reason why WILLPOWER ALONE WILL ALWAYS FAIL. It's why people who try to stop smoking fail again and again because the pain (nicotine withdrawal) is too strong for willpower alone to overcome. The way to change behaviour is to reverse the pain/pleasure process and get it to work in your favour. If you mentally associate sugar with pain (blackheads, lesions, cysts, oily skin), then your mind will start to work in your favour by trying to get you away from the pain of horrible skin and into the pleasure of not eating sugar and having clear skin. It is then easy to stop. Really. Willpower is not required, since it doesn't take any willpower to get away from something bad. It happens automatically. Now. To get to this stage is simple, but not easy. You have to reinforce your new way of thinking about sugar until it becomes subconscious and automatic. This means repeating the bad effects of sugar to yourself several times a day. Sounds silly? It works. I advise writing out all the bad things about sugar consumption and keeping it with you and reading through it several times a day. Don't just write down 'spots' -write down the emotions connected to them. Embarrassment, isolation, self-loathing. Really FEEL the pain of those negative emotions. This is the most powerful way to start mental reprogramming since you are experiencing the pain on an emotional level. Tempted to eat sugar? Then run through the list again. You wont want sugar after reading it. It's a chore at first but it yields massive benefits if you manage to see it through. After a while, your mind automatically associates sugar with pain and eventually it never crosses your mind to eat it again. This saves you the futility of fighting cravings all your life. These are well-known principles of changing addictive behaviour and they really work. I have applied them to several areas of my life and they have yielded incredible results -results that I could never have got through willpower alone- and I advise everyone struggling to change their behaviour to try them. Sounds like too much effort? I understand. But you're trying to change your life here. It's not an easy thing to do. Massive effort = massive results. SUPPLEMENTS That low level of B5 supplementation can't possibly work -you have to take at least 5g/10g etc. It does work. There is a wealth of anecdotal evidence to support the benefits of low supplementation. I'm concerned about the possible side effects of B5 It's sensible to be concerned. See the section on B5 above. I can't find B5, can I take Pantothenic Acid instead? They are the same thing. I already take other supplements. Can I continue to take them whilst using your regime? In recent years I've come to believe that supplements are generally not beneficial and may well be harmful. I would advise anyone to take only the barest minimum level of supplements necessary. You may be able to take even less than the B5 and Carnitine doses I describe. Can't I just take lots of vitamin pills to save me the hassle of juicing? I have to say that it concerns me greatly to read (albeit well-intentioned) posts from young people treating their acne by megadosing vitamins. If you research the clinically documented cases of vitamin toxicity caused by megadosing you will be shocked. Don't be fooled by the fact that vitamin pills are legal products, available without prescription. Cigarettes and alcohol are legal products. Does that mean they're safe? Cigarettes aren't safe at all, and with alcohol it's left up to the user to moderate his or her consumption. Society does not employ legality of a product to ensure safety; it's left up to the user to do that. The problem is that desperate people do not moderate their usage; they take very high doses. The manufacturers know this -that is why these pills are packaged in high doses. It is a response to demand, not a statement of safe dosage. Furthermore, don't be fooled by the fact that because these substances occur in nature they are therefore 'natural' and must therefore be good for you. Many things in the world are 'natural' -it doesn't make them desirable. There are all sorts of poisonous plants, insects, fish, etc on the planet. No-one would eat Deadly Nightshade. Or the seeds of the Laburnum tree. So forget the myth of 'natural' = good. And remember that these pills are drugs. They are mass-produced in factories using artificial processes to synthesize chemicals into pill form, often at concentrations hundreds of times stronger than the richest food source. Just because it doesn't require a man in a white coat to prescribe them does not mean that they don't share the essential qualities of a drug. If you're not convinced of this, remember that the origin of drugs is in the natural world. No-one would deny that opium is drug, and yet it comes from poppies. Heroine is derived from opium. Cocaine is derived from the coca plant. And I'm not just referring to illegal drugs. Many prescription-only drugs are part-synthesized from the natural world. I know the harmful effects of megadosing first hand, having given myself vitamin D toxicity in my 30s. This was taking 'just' 5000 IU a day. Over a period five months it built up in my system and made me very sick. (Note: there is a difference between the way Vitamin D is synthesized through UV exposure and that gained through dietary sources, this is why UV synthesized Vitamin D will not lead to problems). My doctor had no idea what was wrong with me. I was in hospital for five days. Did it cause any long term damage? Who knows. I don't want anyone else to put themselves through that. People have said to me, "Look, here's a website showing Vitamin X is absolutely non-toxic" or "Dr Z states categorically that Vitamin X has never caused any adverse symptoms." Well, fine. But for each one of those, I can show you someone else with a contrary opinion, with different research. The very fact that it's a matter of debate proves that the health risks are unknown. And megadosing is relatively new. It's not until a generation has passed, that we will know the full story. And let me tell you that being able to point to a specific website saying that Vitamin D is perfectly safe is of no benefit if it's you that's sick. I would strongly advise anyone considering taking megadose vitamins to do some research and think again. Juicing the amounts I recommend doesn't begin to approach megadose level. Wow. You sound quite opinionated on that. I have no particular axe to grind with the vitamin industry. Vitamins are helpful for many people. I'm simply keen to dissuade others from making the mistakes I made. TOPICALS Do you think a good skincare regime is still important? Yes. Unfortunately most people make this the focus of their treatment, when it really should be a secondary treatment. So what topicals do you you use, then? If you ask a hundred people to recommend a skincare product to you, you will get a list of a hundred products! It is futile to ask for recommendations because everyone differs in product tolerance, pH skin values, and oiliness. For that reason, what you should be looking for is the overall reputation of the manufacturer, not any individual product. Companies that make effective acne skin care products tend to also make a range of acclaimed skin-care products for all skin types.This is no coincidence. I use a cleanser of clinical grade and a non-oil based rehydrating gel. They are relatively expensive but they are superior to anything you can buy on the high street. That's not to say that these particular products will work for you; but rather that the manufactuer's product range will almost certainly contain a product that will. I'm not going to mention the brand here because this thread is about holistic treatment, not topicals, and I don't want to be misinterpreted as promoting anyone's products. But if you'd like to message me, I will gladly tell you which ones I use. What about Benzoyl Peroxide? I stopped using BP prior to starting this treatment. If my program works for you, then you won't need BP either. MANAGING THE TREATMENT I've started your treatment and I'm still getting zits. What's going wrong? Nothing is going wrong. Review the timeline that I mention above. Remember, you are attempting to heal a systemic problem in the body. It takes time. Don't get obsessed over the day-to-day fluctuations in your skin. Much as people like to look for cause-and-effect situations in acne ("I ate a fresh cream cake on Monday, and on Wednesday I've got a big cyst on my chin") I believe that this is merely pattern-fitting out of random data. The only meaningful measure is the bigger picture over the longer timescale. What's the key to success with your program? Setting up a routine and seeing it through. I'm going away for a while. How can I follow this regime whilst on vacation? If you're going away, then enjoy the break! Don't spend time worrying about your face. Short breaks from the regime won't make any lasting difference. But that doesn't mean it's acceptable to gorge on chocolate. Stick with the main points as best you can. If you want to continue to take vegetable juice whilst away, then I suggest tracking down a local juice bar, if possible. Here in London, there are several specialist juice outlets dotted around, and the better cafes will also do you a nice fresh blend. I daresay it's the same in all major cities. Failing that, emphasise vegetables, where possible, in your diet. Personally, I would rather take no vegetable juice at all than drink V8. As I've said above, I think V8 is of very limited, if any, benefit. I'm some weeks into your program and I haven't seen any benefit, I feel like quitting. I know how tempting it is to quit after a couple of weeks and move on to another treatment. It is inherently challenging to continue with programs that appear to be producing poor results. But often the one thing we haven't tried with skin programs is time. I guarantee that there are people who will have read my regime, tried it for a few days, seen a couple of new lesions pop up, then quit, concluding it doesn't work, off to another thread to try that for a few days, and so on. How do I know that? Because I used to be that person! If you can manage it, try to formally assess the condition of your skin just once a week, say every Sunday night, for twelve weeks. Use objective measures such as how many active lesions, how many are healing, how oily your skin is, etc. Perhaps put this down on a spreadsheet. This will help you see the broader trend over time and keep you on track to the 12 week goal. Only at that point, can you make an informed decision about whether to continue. I've reached the three month period, I've followed your regime to the letter, and I can't see any benefit whatsoever -now what? (so far, this question has been asked just twice) Please don't despair. My regime may require tweaking or reworking to find what works for you. That may be just around the corner. What is important is not to respond emotionally and throw in the towel but to take a step back and consider logically and carefully what additional elements you might add, and to give those time to work. Juicing provides a firm foundation on which to base further treatment plans. Remember Thomas Edison, who took 5000 experiments to perfect the light bulb. Or James Dyson, who needed 1000 prototypes to invent his bagless vacuum cleaner. You need to adopt a similar, calm, scientific approach. I know that's easy to say, but it's ultimately the key to clearing your skin. A couple of areas you may wish to investigate are L Cysteine and probiotics. I've been reading around about Cysteine and some users have reported success with that combined with B5 instead of carnitine. The area of probiotics also looks interesting. My advice is to get a list of your top-4 programs to try, and start at the top and work downwards giving each one program three months. Over the course of a year you will have investigated all of high-probability holistic remedies. A structured and targeted approach has a much greater chance of success. And keep up the juice. PSYCHOLOGICAL FACTORS I'm age XX and I feel really depressed and angry that I'm still suffering with this awful skin all these years later, especially when I think about the effect it's had on my life. Why me? Everyone reading this knows how you feel. Someone once said to me, "You're so ugly I can hardly bear to look at you". There is no denying that moments like that shape you. You wouldn't be human if they didn't. I can't change anyone's past. But I can hopefully point you in the direction of a better future. What about stress/masturbation/depression/psychological factors? Don't get sidetracked from the fact that acne is a physical ailment like a broken leg. Stress doesn't help anyone but it's not causing your acne and thinking about it won't help any. MISCELLANEOUS So what do you look like these days? Apparently I'm the spitting image of Keifer Sutherland. With a few scars. Although he hasn't aged as well. Hey, your regime has worked for me. Thanks! You're welcome! Please put up a post or email me. Reading about other people's success is very inspiring for others new to the program and you can help other people just by letting them know that it helped you. I can then quote your post in the FAQ. I can't get back the years I suffered with acne but I can give those years to other people. That's why I put this up. So you're not promoting any product or service or website through this post? No. Unless I figure out a way to corner the world's production of sweet potatoes and cucumber! Is it advisable to read all of the subsequent posts below this one? No. I've summarised everything important that's come up from other people in this FAQ (and will continue to do so for the foreseeable future). However, you may find it encouraging/motivating to read posts from other people who have started to juice. Can I tweak your regime with my own ideas? Of course. My treatment plan may require tweaking for you to get results. Some people have found that combining my regime with probiotics or cysteine, was the way forward for them. It's not set in stone. The idea is that this thread evolves for people to develop their own individual treatment plans, and share their knowledge with others. It's about empowerment, and not being a passive sufferer in the dermatologist's waiting room! Any final message to anyone considering your program? Beating acne is not straightforward. If it was, sites like this wouldn't exist. Succeeding means making it your mission in life, for a short while, to clear your skin. Make no mistake, you will need to summon more resilience and perseverance than the average person. But it can be done. And the benefits of succeeding are so significant that it's worth putting everything you can into it. For that reason it is important to prepare psychologically. Don't choose to start the regime just before Christmas, for example, when you will be surrounded with sugary foods. Make sure you are able to get to the supermarket sufficiently often to buy enough vegetables. Think about what time of day you will be juicing. Maybe buy a new knife or chopping board specifically for the task. Consider keeping the regime a secret from family and friends, to see whether you get any unsolicited comments on your skin further down the line. Preparing well like this will give you the biggest chance of success. Woody Allen once said "90% of success in life is just showing up". Be that person who shows up! Can I contact you with questions? Sure. But be a good sport and check it hasn't been answered already. Good luck! Winged Serpent
  4. Disclaimer I have successfully healed my acne with the methods I will go on to describe. I do not claim that these methods will work for anyone else, however, I feel that I owe a lot to this forum, which has not only supported me throughout some difficult times, but its posters have provided me with much of the insight and information that has lead me to healing my acne. Finally, this post is not preaching that natural methods are the only route to take; and I do not judge those who choose to continue to use topical acne medications, take antibiotics, or use Accutane. I would also like to add that the photos I have included were taken over the course of the past 2 years and serve to document my skins healing. I have used a watermark as I have seen instances of cosmetic companies using photos such as these to falsely promote their products. Brief Acne History I suffered some mild form of acne for most of my teenage years, but at the age of 22 I developed what my doctor would describe to me as moderate/severe adult acne, and I went on to make many, many mistakes in treating it. Years of exhausting trial and error has wrought havoc on my skin, broken me down emotionally, and, eventually, made me a stronger person. No three-step solution/miracle product/pill or cream worked out for me. Here is a non-exhaustive list of things that didn’t work: Antibiotics (doxycycline, oxytetracycline and lymecycline), benzoyl peroxide (5% and 10%), Duac, Dan's Regimen, Differin, Epiduo, Tretinoin, countless over the counter treatments and washes, apple cider vinegar, manuka honey, asprin masks, I could go on. What Worked For Me A 3 pronged treatment approach that took around 2 months to begin working, but finally cleared my skin and changed my life. STEP ONE Dietary changes I eliminated all gluten, dairy and all refined sugars. Now this was the hardest thing for me to do, and it took me months to even consider it (I absolutely love pizza, ice cream and cereal) but it has without a doubt made the most dramatic difference in my skin and health. I am more alert, full of energy and a much happier person. One thing I feel is important to add here, is when I started out with this diet, I was taking it incredibly seriously, but as I have started to see increasingly consistent results, I will occasionally treat myself to a nice dessert out at a restaurant, and sometimes that will result in a pimple in the coming days, but this only serves as proof that what I eat directly effects my skin. I also supplement 2x 1000mg Omega 3 Fish Oil, 1x Vitamin D3 Tablets 25ug, 1x Zinc (Gluconate 15mg) and drink a green smoothie a few times a week, consisting of around 70% kale/spinach/other greens and 30% fruit/veg. STEP TWO Skincare The most successful learning experience I have undergone with my skincare was the caveman regimen. I did not wash my face for upward of 50 days, not even with water. I won’t talk too much about that in this post as I logged my whole caveman regimen here. I experienced some good success with the caveman regimen, but it’s what it taught me that was the most valuable thing; that I don’t have to wash my face religiously twice a day. The most important aspect of my current skincare regimen is the infrequency. I don’t stick to a strict washing schedule. Since the caveman regimen, I have realised that my skin is in fact very dry, so if I feel dry I will use a raw honey mask for as long as I have time (sometimes up to 8 hours) then I’ll use a very diluted apple cider vinegar toner to balance my skins Ph, and finally pat 2 drops of high linoleic oil into my skin. Then I’ll leave it alone for at least a few days and up to a week. STEP THREE Stop Picking Throughout my time with acne; I developed a chronic skin picking compulsion called dermatillomania. Without even noticing I would touch and pick at my skin all day, and most evenings, sometimes a few times a day, I would have a long session stood an inch away from my bathroom mirror, just scouring my pores for something to extract. This has taken a huge amount of time and patience to overcome, and along with my diet changes, has been one of the hardest and most beneficial changes I have made. I am still working on this issue, and I do have the occasional relapse; it’s a work in progress, but as my skin continues to heal I find myself increasingly encouraged to quit the picking. The first step I took towards letting go of my skin picking compulsion was purchasing some toys on amazon called 'Tangle Jr.' to occupy my hands. I also read the book ‘Skin Picking – The Freedom to Finally Stop’ which I highly recommend to anyone suffering with a similar compulsion. Little Extra I know acne is a serious and sometimes deeply depressing disease, but if you can find it in yourself to go out and laugh and run about then you absolutely should, and if you can’t, don’t beat yourself up about it. If you need to be sad then you should be sad; forgive yourself and try to give your body the care it needs. Please don’t hesitate to ask any questions and I will answer to the best of my ability. Thanks, J
  5. Just curious what everyone is avoiding because it causes break outs. For me, dairy is my worst enemy. I can't enjoy ice cream, milk, or moderate quantities of yogurt without paying the price. I have found that kefir is ok though, probably due to the added bacteria helping me digest the lactose. I haven't noticed anything else though. What about you? What foods cause you to break out? I have heard stories that citrus and other weird foods cause some to break out.
  6. Could anyone please help with identifying what could be the root problem for my acne? I'm male, 27 years old, acne since puberty. Around nose, mouth and on scalp. I have something opposite of cystic acne, pimples mostly show up on outer layer of skin. Of all the tests I'v taken and doctors visited, only IgG4 food sensitivity panel show up that there's something wrong with me. High sensitivity to grains and gluten, dairy, few fruits and veggies. But as weird as it sounds, most of the time it feels like the food sensitivities are not the major factor here, there are times when I look even worse when on a "healthy" diet, eating only meat and veggies. As if food sensitivities are just a part of some bigger, yet unidentified.
  7. Hello all! I have written my testimony/story for those who want to read it! For those who don't, keep scrolling and I will talk about my cure below I was taking oral medications to treat my acne for about five years. My dermatologist thought it would be okay for me to be on such medications for that long. Somewhere in those five years, there was a time where I didn’t have a period for nine months. My hormones were completely out of order, and after that nine month time frame, I got off Spironolactone in order to try and regulate my body. However, my cycle went absolutely ballistic. I went from having no period, to the heaviest period of my entire life. My body was lost and relied on medication for so long. It tried to regulate itself, but my hormones were completely out of whack. And, you guessed it. After getting off Spironolactone, my acne came back. So, naturally, I was put on another dosage for the next three years. I went through on and off cycles (yet, mostly on) until my freshman year of college. December of 2014, I got off Spironolactone because I thought I had ‘outgrown’ the acne phase. I was clear for a couple of months, but in May of the next year, things took a turn. I started developing deep, cystic acne and it was pretty inflamed. June and July were the worst for my skin. There were some days where I cried. It was SERIOUSLY taking a toll on me, emotionally. My skin was so incredibly bumpy, inflamed, and people even made comments and asked questions about it. One day, I received TWO comments from two older relatives, and these comments were less than 5 minutes apart. It was at church, first thing in the morning, so of course I walked around all day completely paranoid of how I looked. Another time, I was having a great day at work until I heard “Mommy, she has lots of spots on her face,” a little boy said, loudly. It literally ruined my positive attitude for the day, and it’s difficult when you don’t feel confident enough to even look people in the eye. So obviously this was hard for me mentally, and I avoided pictures as much as I could, but I did find a few from this time period that I can share with you guys to show how bad it was. I am wearing foundation in some of them, but you can still clearly see the bumps and cysts that are impossible to cover. Here’s an interesting fact: last summer, my forehead was extremely broken out, but cheeks were clear. This summer, my forehead is clear and all my acne was on my cheeks. Interesting right? Keep in mind, these pictures don’t do it justice; I just completely avoided the camera at this time in my life. They are attached below. It was May when I broke down and cried because I saw my skin starting to break out pretty badly. I was almost 20 years old, why did I have skin problems? Basically everyone I knew had perfect skin. So, I started doing some research. It took me a few months to really perfect this all, as it does for everyone. If you’re going to treat the source and find a holistic cure, you’re going to have to experiment with it and find what works. You may be thinking, “well she probably drank a ton of sodas and ate a ton of candy/chips/processed foods before”. Wrong; I am an athlete, and NEVER touched soda and had a pretty good diet. However, I workout 4-5 times a week, and it was very crucial that I was taking in enough calories in order to put on more muscle mass. Therefore, my breakfast smoothie, at the time, consisted of almond milk, banana, TWO scoops of peanut butter, oats and a vegetable supplement. I was also taking in lots of carbs, such as white rice and wheat toast to pack on some weight! Out of these items, bananas are the only thing I still eat regularly. Why? I explain that below. Now, my skin is looking better and better every week! The bumps and cysts that I used to have are now completely flat due to cleaning up my diet! And WITHOUT an oral medication. My skin is completely smooth, and its amazing to run my fingers over it. I have red marks from my acne, but I have gotten them before, and they will fade. They are not the icepick/boxed scars that leave dents in the skin, which is why I am confident they will fade on their own. Here is what I have learned about my body and my skin the past few months, and what has helped me tremendously: I eliminated gluten: Not only do many people have a gluten-acne connection, but gluten is hard to digest even for those who don’t have an intolerance!! Gluten promotes inflammation, and it WILL wreak havoc on your gut. Ultimately, gluten causes a multitude of problems for lots of people. After taking acne medications for nearly five years, I suspected I have Leaky Gut (the lining of the intestines are damaged, meaning particles of food can literally leak through the holes of the lining and make their way into the bloodstream) and Leaky Gut is a very common cause of skin problems. Gluten will damage the gut even more, and I needed to HEAL my gut, so I avoided it. I eliminated soy: Very controversial. Soy can create an imbalance of hormones= acne. I personally saw a difference after avoiding my vegetable supplement that contained soy. Soy can also wreak havoc on gut. I also eliminated dairy, legumes, refined sugars, processed foods= Dairy has a huge connection with acne, and some people say its because the hormones injected into the animals end up in our bodies when we eat dairy. If you’re going to eat dairy, look for ORGANIC/CAGE FREE/NO HORMONES OR ANTIBIOTICS/ ETC. Peanuts are legumes, and I was eating peanut butter daily. Legumes impair zinc absorption!!! Lots of people take zinc supplements and it clears their acne! Well, stop it from the source. Stop eating legumes so your body can properly absorb zinc in the first place. Refined sugars, processed foods, and even carbs such as rice= insulin spike. I was eating oats and white rice everyday for the calories, and I stopped. “Elevated levels of insulin cause pimples to form. Insulin is a hormone that is released in response to eating, and tells your cells to take in sugar from the blood (glucose) and store it for later use. Insulin levels and blood-sugar levels are closely related (diabetics measure their blood-sugar levels to determine if they need to inject insulin), and blood-sugar levels are controlled directly by what you eat. Sugary and starchy foods, like table sugar, potatoes, and bread, can raise blood-sugar levels quickly for relatively small portions.” (http://www.instructables.com/id/How-to-Prevent-Pimples-and-Acne-by-Eating-Right/step2/Keep-your-insulin-levels-low/) there are multiple articles on this. Look into it. I’m still looking into nuts: Nuts can cause acne for a lot of people. I was drinking almond milk everyday, and didn’t cut it until July. I believe it has made a huge difference. However, I don’t necessarily think it was the almonds, but the INGREDIENTS in the almond milk. It wasn’t an ‘organic’ brand, so there was a ton of krap in it. I wasn’t drinking it for the nutrition, so I thought I may as well drop it and use water instead for smoothies. My smoothies taste the exact same, and my skin has been looking better. We just weren’t meant to take in so many ‘chemicals’/ingredients that are in almond milk. Basically, I was following an anti-inflammatory Paleo diet. I also added lots of fats. GOOD OMEGA-3 FATS ARE ANTIFLAMMATORY AND RESET YOUR HORMONES. For example: I take coconut oil everyday (good source of fats, helps balance hormones, fights bad bacteria in the gut, and skin problems are usually a sign of something wrong in the gut) I also take L-glutamine to support the lining of my intestines and gut everyday, and I now supplement with certain multivitamins that contain extra Vit D, Zinc, Selenium, etc. I believe this has helped a lot, as most people see a huge change with Vit D and Zinc. I eat lots of sweet potatoes as my carb source! Here are a few other benefits of my lifestyle change: 1.) Clear skin with no more medication! 2.) BMs that aren’t uncomfortable (lol sorry, my digestive system is just so much better!) 3.) LOWER blood pressure! 4.) Less body fat/lean physique! And so much more... I believe what we put into our bodies is a TRUE reflection of how we look and feel!! Gluten insensitivities/other internal problems such as Leaky Gut can even cause anxiety and depression, which of course, doctors prescribe pills to treat. I used to make fun of people who had to eat “organic”, but now I love this cure and am trying to spread the word!! Studies on cultures that live a Paleolithic lifestyle show they had CLEAR skin! Our ancestors didn’t have acne, and definitely had less diseases. (The Dietary Cure for Acne by Loren Cordain will cover this, look into it as well.) If you’re reading my post, give this lifestyle change a shot. Any questions?? Typical Day for me: Breakfast-Green smoothie with water, ice, a banana (carbs in the morning, makes smoothie sweet), 2 big handfuls of spinach, (fiber, good for digestion, anti-inflammatory), half avocado, (balance hormones, good source of fats, filling, sweetness) blueberries, (reduces insulin levels!!!, antioxidants and anti-inflammatory), 5-8 grams of glutamine, 1-2 tbsp coconut oil. If this isn't enough, I'll have Sweet Potato Pancakes (literally just 2 eggs and 1 cooked medium sweet potato in the blender to create a batter, fry like a regular pancake) Here is, in a simple form, what I eat: Meals: 1 protein (chicken, fish, turkey, eggs, etc) 1 carb (squash, sweet potato, etc) 1 fat (olive oil, coconut oil, avocado, etc) I basically just focus on whole, REAL foods! It is what our bodies are meant for. Don't overcomplicate it! Address your inflammation from nutrition with WHOLE foods! I do have cheat meals on the weekends and still enjoy myself! You must think of this as a LIFESTYLE CHANGE! I have included some before photos, and one after photo taken this morning. As you can see, my cheeks are now nearly flat, I just have some 'left over acne' that will flake off in the next few days. I have only been doing this for about 2-3 months, and am looking forward to seeing even more progress in the next few months Thanks for reading! I hope this can help others, I had to share what worked for me! UPDATE: The very last photo was taken September 3, 2015! I have been VERY lenient with my diet, but as you can see, my cheek is clear!! Just have some scars left over because my acne was so bad, but I will gladly take scars over inflamed bumps that are impossible to cover. (They will fade btw) Perhaps my body needed some SERIOUS hormone balancing and gut help! I've been enjoying all foods the past few weeks and my skin looks great:) Still being careful, though, and watching what I eat it is a lifestyle change The third photo is showing the same cheek as the last photo!!!! Crazy....
  8. I hope sharing my story with others may help them in some way. My journey with acne started around 25 years ago in my teens, I'm now 39. I've always had pretty clear skin on my face, just bad bacne (sometimes cystic and painful) and occasionally on chest. Made me horribly self conscious in certain clothing, at beach and god forbid, intimate with partners. Over the years, I've used oral contraceptive Diane (pretty good), taken supplements (not very disciplined, some made me break out horribly like fish oil!), had IGG testing (showed gluten and eggs), been vegan (not good), been almost Paleo (sometimes ok), so many things. I was convinced it was food and avoiding gluten and eggs helped but didn't clear completely. It was hard to pin point triggers as effect seemed to show about a week or so later, but this varied. Generally my diet is pretty good, full of whole foods, organic veggies from garden, ethically sourced meat, etc. I avoided dairy and drank soy milk for years. I ate more soy products when vegan (no longer), acne was bad then. I've been off the contraceptive pill for number of years (trying to conceive) and recently decided to stop soy milk as thought this might be affecting things in that area (not for acne purposes). Within a week, my skin had calmed significantly! I had to laugh (cry) at the irony of myself thinking I was so healthy drinking soy milk when it was giving me acne and probably contributing to infertility. I think I've narrowed it down to gluten, eggs and soy, and if I avoid these, I am pretty much clear. Sugar is bad too, although it generally accompanies the above. Small amounts of my trigger foods seem ok and I've decided not to be so strict that life becomes unmanageable (soy is in everything). This attitude has probably made it hard to pin point triggers but you also have to live and not be obsessed, which is hard if you've ever suffered depression from acne. I acknowledge for some people, they must strictly avoid certain foods. IGG testing helped but can be very expensive (I'm in Australia and used Imupro). I would recommend elimination diet as best solution, as challenging as it can be, and you'll probably need to wait a week between each elimination to see results. Fingers crossed my approach will see results!
  9. A companion to the Better Bread and Bread Substitute thread Methods for preparation that reduce anti-nutrients. Gluten free grains and seeds like quinoa and buckwheat. And substitutes for grains like the Cauliflower 'bread crumbs' below. Also, be sure to visit the ZAG enzyme thread for info on the ways antinutrients in grains and seeds, especially the gluten grains, soy and peanuts are harmful to digestive health and may directly affect how your skin cells exfoliate properly without clogging pores. In this thread you'll also find info on other foods and nutrients that help prevent/undue the damage from the anti-nutrients in these foods. Just remember, Grains are not health foods. They are at best nearly empty calorie filler with their only real benefits being fiber you can get elsewhere and some minerals better obtained elsewhere but that you will only get from the grains if you prepare them properly. Many whole grains are a fairly good source of protein, however. Oats for example. And grains substitutes such as Quinoa. buckwheat and hemp seed are even higher protein and good sources of minerals. Grains are filled with anti-nutrients some more harmful than others, which can be reduced with proper preparation and food combinations which are rarely done in our industrial food. Which is why I explain all of that over and over. If your digestive tract is in good shape and you are not allergic, you don't have to avoid them, but they should not be a big part of your diet and you should know that you are not eating health food. And you should also know which are the most harmful and which are fairly benign in order to make smart choices. ------------------------------------------------------------ Cauliflower 'bread' crumbs This replaces the bread crumbs sprinkled on top of a dish that creates a browned topping when baked.( I doubt it's of any use as a binder as in the breadcrumbs often used in meatloaf, meat balls, salmon cakes, crab cakes, etc. You can use flax or chia seed as a binder. Food processed/shredded zucchini or onions also help bind. And eggs of course. ) Pulse cauliflower into 'breadcrumbs' and add garlic and half the sea salt, stir. Taken from a line in a recipe for a veggie lasagna that uses eggplant or squash in place of the pasta found in this thread: http://www.acne.org/messageboard/Healthy-f...as-t187800.html Also, see this recipe for using finely chopped or 'riced' cauliflower as a substitute for couscous in a Moraccan-style dish: http://www.acne.org/messageboard/forums.html...t
  10. Dear Reader tonight 11/09/16 marks the first night/day into something I have been meaning to try for a long time. A Paleo diet CURRENT STATUS. Mild acne: Both cheeks, forehead, chin. I want to keep this short and sweet throughout my journey. I will post daily. updating the content untill 1 month mark. I will be 100% Strict. I say this as many users have tried to review said diet. how ever failed in their attempts. Supplements 1x 5000ui Vitamin d 1x multi vitamin 2x Omega 3. Skin care 1x shower at night Black soap. moisturiser after shower. No touching face only in shower. Hands always thoroughly cleaned before touching. .
  11. I got my FIT Result, it says that I'm intolerant to gluten (wheat and barley) also to milk, etc. Which I think is true because I breakout whenever I eat pizza. But one thing I noticed is that it says I'm not intolerant to chicken and beef (etc). As far as I know these give me cystic acne, as in big cystic acne. So do you think Food Intolerance Test is accurate? Should I try to eat them? Or there are really cases that even you are not intolerant to it, it doesn't mean it will not give you acne? Anyone here has the same condition? Thanks
  12. I'm writing this post so that I can keep track of my progress and begin my attempt on the caveman regimen. I've never had acne my entire life. I'm 19 and I never struggled with acne ever, I would get compliments constantly on my effortless, flawless skin constantly. In February of this year I had my first ever break out and freaked the hell out, I didn't understand what was going on... When I look back now I actually only got my first ever pimple, it was so tiny and completely unnoticeable but it still greatly affected me. What's to come next was just silly on my part, I got one pimple which led me to acne.org and I was brainwashed into buying a ton of chemical exfoliants, cleansing products and different acne-fighting products. I look back at my skin now and realise I have caused such detriment to my skin. My skin was never oily and hardly ever had any blemishes EVER. Sure to a certain extent you can blame hormones because my first breakout was after I had a panic attack that was extremely severe on a train travelling back home. Straight after that breakout I was washing my face twice a day, trying cleansers, switching toners, sticking to products for 12-weeks, my skin became my life and I was completely obsessed by it. Today I sat down and got very emotional, I looked in the mirror and my skin is an absolute MESS. whiteheads, blackheads, dripping in oil. But what I forgot was, before my tiny breakout, my skin was virtually flawless. I never washed my face and picked a product up if it was near the shower while I was using it. I never thought twice about my skin and just let it do its own thing. What I've realised is I've been using so many products and obsessing so highly over my skin in the past few months that i've been causing the issues. I've been removing the protective layers and acid mantles of my skin, I went to a dermatologist and they actually SUGGESTED the caveman regimen. It's my family dermatologist and he just said, can you not remember before you started messing with your face that you never had issues with acne? It clicked. I am ruining my own skin, it's such an oily mess because the pH is so unbalanced and me stripping away my natural barriers are causing an over-production in the sebum which is resulting in my acne. Later today I'm going to do a follow up with pictures, I'm going to do the caveman regimen, live the way I use to without any stupid harsh products. I've seen the success storys, I was living it with-out even realising. I'm going to post pictures later today and give an update everyday until my skin has returned to its normal self. I created this topic so that I can finally see with my own eyes the problems I have caused my skin and that if I leave it alone, it will do everything it needs to do, NATURALLY. I'd like to hear other opinions on this topic, sorry if I seem very narcissistic, I'm just staying positive and staying hopeful that the only problem with my skin is me. Thanks for reading if you made it this far! Edit: For those who are unknown to the caveman regimen, it is ZERO washing. No products, for some not even water. Not even moisturizing, nothing, leaving your skin completly alone and letting it do it's own thing.
  13. Help guys

    So i was wondering if bread and grains are bad for everyones skin ? I mean even if your not gluten intolorant ? I already gave up dairy but bread and rice are a big part of my diet. i never get severe acne or cists but i do get pimples ocasionally and i have a few blackheads and oily skin .
  14. August 18

    Hey y'all. Happy thursday! I did not take my N-A-C this morning. And I'm going to be taking a break off taking that, for a little while. I ate like 10,000 calories today. Not really more like 2700 but I walked over 5 miles for sure because I charged my phone so I didn't have it on me for an hour and I still walked almost 5 miles today. Plus most of those calories are from nuts lol, deeeeez nuts. im looking into what it takes to be a paralegal. So yeah, that's what ya girl Natalie is doing on a Thursday night. New 60 days in tonight woop woop!!
  15. August 16

    Last night was the same mask as usual-- I tried the rosehip oil out finally, after the Argan and before the aloe. It's 5:55am right now and it's time to punch today in the face haha!! It's 10:25am right now...Work is KA-RAZZZZY. I'm going on my walk after I eat a snack. Yayyyy. its almost 8:30pm I'm going to lay down and rest I'm dead I'll deal with life tomorrow
  16. August 15

    Hey y'all. Same ish as usual. Just working my butt off. For the past week or so, I have been taking my walk around the lake in the mornings usually at 10:45-11:45 or sometimes 11:45-12:45. Depends on how work is goin and if shit pops off. I've been getting good sun. The morning sun is the BEST. It's currently 93 degrees where I'm at. AND NO BREEZE LOL. I have not been putting argan oil on my face in the mornings-- just at night before I put on my aloe. So my routine for the past two nights has been my mixture of manuka honey, colloidal silver, goats kefir, cinnamon, turmeric and a probiotic capsule. Then I wash it off (with tap water eeeeeeek) after an hour or longer just depends, tone with NOW I'm diluting ACV to 50/50 filtered water/ACV, and then put argan oil on let it dry for a few minutes and then fresh aloe. holy shit my dark circles are so insane I really need to start sleeping properly. It's 6:35 and I'm waiting for my sister to get out of the kitchen so I can cook & make tea !!
  17. New blog so I can post photos! Duh! For your reference... this is me: Meet Natalie! Today at work...I'm dead. I'm so sleep deprived I have no idea how I'm still functioning. I ate and I feel sick. It's about 4pm. I'm ready to go home and sleep. I had to start this blog because my other one ran out of MB??? I don't even know. Ain't nothin' changed...Drinkin' tea...Workin'...YOU already KNOOOOW. photos with my hair down are last night and today with my hair up at work looking like death haha!
  18. Last night I finally tried turmeric in my face mask. I was a little nervous, I'm not even gonna lie--- about the whole jaundice lookin' face after. It did not leave my face as yellow as I thought and I feel like it helped my skin overall. And Tuesday night and last night I added fresh aloe to my face after I washed off my face mask, toned with apple cider vinegar and wiped down my face with argan/tamanu/oregano oil then added fresh aloe. It burns for a few minutes because of the wild oil of oregano but my face is SO SOFT from the aloe. Yaaaasssss. In the morning, if I'm feeling a little dry, I add some argan oil in the morning. Also, b-t-dubz, I'm drinking 4 mason jars of tea at work. It's always a mixture of my TEAAAAAAS: calendula, milk thistle, dandelion root, burdock and spearmint. I have merged my lemon juice into my morning mason jar. Its just after 10am. I'm excited to go on my walk! Work got crazy and I finally went on a walk at 12:45pm but I got some good sun. You can see where my work out top was. Woah wtf so I can't upload any photos??? Maybe I have to start a new blog..It says max total size 5.33MB. http://www.behealthy.com.au/aturopathy/iridology/iris-pics/ ^^^ Interesting website about eyes & your health.
  19. It's been super foggy in so cal for the past few mornings. Once the marine layer clears out I'm going to take my walk around the lake. I love getting vitamin D when it's at its peak (10am-12pm). It's 10am now, I think I'll go at 11am after I eat some kefir & berries. I'm drinking my tea today! Calendula tea first. I've been putting a whole lemon worth of juice into my morning mason jar with warm water and coconut oil, ginger tea and sole. Then when it cools down I put in my apple cider vinegar.
  20. STORY TIME CONTINUED... Holy shit how could I forget? My last health issue was when my cat, Atreyu, who is in the photo down below with my pitbull Junior, attacked my leg. It was late last March of 2015 and he saw a stray cat outside and I walked up to him and BAM he redirected his anger on my right leg. I still have scars from it, like 6 puncture wounds. So me being me, I was already freaked out about my skin and my insides and antibiotics BUT antibiotics were the only option at that point. After a week it was swollen and thick with infection so I went to the doctor and got a round of antibiotics. Thankfully the swelling went down and I healed but it was seriously so frustrating having to take antibiotics while trying to cleanse my insides. But it was mandatory. Hey y’all, so I’m going to take a rest on taking my colloidal silver orally. My lips are turning grey/pale lol. I’m at work. I slept OK, but without smoking/drinking canna-oil it takes me a lot longer to fall asleep that’s for damn sure. So it has been two days now that I have not smoked or consumed marijuana. I miss it, but I’m eager to see what happens to my body while taking a break from something my body has been so accustomed to for years and years. And years! This morning supplements were the same, but I took my 2 probiotics, 1 N-A-C, & 1 digestive enzyme (I gotta take it BEFORE I eat!) in the morning, after I oil pulled and brushed my teeth, and my teaspoon of manuka honey with my mason jar of warm water with: 1 teaspoon coconut oil, probably ½ cup of ginger tea (that I make every couple of days by smashing up a couple knobs of ginger, and letting it simmer on low for about an hour, skin and all, not washed [its straight from the farm]) 1 whole lemon’s juice, 1 dash of pink Himalayan sea salt sole, and then when the drink cools down fully I add a dash of apple cider vinegar. And then after my breakfast: all of my herbal supplements --- 1 evening primrose oil, 1 tulsi holy basil, 1 neem, 1 chasteberry, 1 liver kidney detox, 1 ashwagandha, 1 triphala ---- and 1 COQ10, 1 krill oil, 2 spiru-blue, 2 magnesium, 1 calcium. My skin has been looking super raggedy. Stress + not sleeping well + not drinking my herbal tea = no good for Natalie’s overall health & well being. I made a gang of tea last night. I think I brought spearmint, dandelion root, calendula & milk thistle today. I’m not sure though, lol, because calendula is super light just like burdock root. I’ll know when I smell it…Burdock root is DISTINCT. So it’s TWOSDAY. Which means Deadliest Catch! Yayy!!! I’m just catching up on work this morning, listening to my Soja & Bob Marley music.
  21. Last night: usual face mask then ACV toner & my mixture of 30 drops argan, 15 drops tamanu & like 8 drops of oil of oregano. I put that all over my face & a dash on my eyebrow eczema. Good morning y'all. Today was the same as usual in the morning. But I didn't have much of anything for breakfast. Hemp seeds before I had my supplements because I need to take them with a fatty food. And a banana before I left for work and a banana when I got to work. I had a massive blood sugar drop last night and I got so sick at like 2am. I had so much food and calories yesterday and I haven't taken my walk around the lake this week. Today I'm going to a board meeting in DTLA. I get to leave work at about lunch time so I will go home and eat some good hearty food. I'm just not hungry right now...Like, the way I felt last night...I think because I have been taking oil of oregano internally since sunday night your *supposed* to adhere to a ketogenic diet (less than 50 carbs a day). I figure I only eat whole foods so I don't take it seriously when I eat almost 300 carbs a day now. But oh my lord I was so sick. Before work: 1 mason jar with coconut oil, apple cider vinegar, salt sole, and ginger tea. Today at work I drank 2 mason jars at work with 1 being half spearmint/burdock root tea. And the 2nd one is lemon water (1 whole lemon juice). I'll be snacking on fruit through out the morning... A kiwi, some oranges, and some goats kefir with cinnamon & blueberries. on my way to the meeting in downtown Los Angeles. It's 4:30pm... I've been in the car for a half an hour and I'm already like AHHH I HAVE TO PEE LOL i drove home last night so I couldn't take any photos of DTLA. I got home at 9pm and put on a face mask for an hour
  22. Hey y'all. Today at work I drank 3 mason jars of lemon water (equal to 2 lemon's juiced) and 1 mason jar of tea... half calendula and half burdock root. Work is busy busy busy today. Tonight I have to make a new batch of my face mask. Some manuka honey, dash of colloidal silver, probiotics, and cinnamon. I need to drink my apple cider vinegar with my oil of oregano in it. And also put the colloidal silver in my mouth for about a minute. I've already eaten a ton of calories today and I haven't even had dinner?
  23. 2 probiotics 1 n-a-c 1 chasteberry 1 tulsi holy basil 1 ashwagandha 1 evening primrose 1 neem 1 triphala 1 liver kidney detox 1 krill oil 1 coq10 1 digestive enzyme 1 calcium 2 spiru blue 2 magnesium The range of supplements won't be changing-- I think I need to be taking all three herbal supplements everyday to get a boost for my hormones (chasteberry, neem, liver kidney detox) and the others, tulsi holy basil & evening primrose & ashwagandha I take everyday twice a day. I always forget to list one or two so from now on just know I'm taking all of those in the morning and 1 probiotic 1 tulsi holy basil 1 ashwagandha 1 evening primrose oil 1 krill oil 1 calcium 2 spiru blue and 2 magnesiums at night. I drank the oil of oregano last night so by Friday I'm hoping to see some results. I will also be using it externally with my oils tonight. I came into work late today. My period has had a dull ache all night/morning so I got here at about 11:45am. I'm referring to my main job, my M-F 8:30AM-5:30PM. Also, just for you to laugh because we all need to laugh... I remember what my friend's dad used to say about periods... "Anything that bleeds for 7 days and doesn't die is a freak." Same ish, face mask for two hours, ACV toner and then mixture of 30 drops Argan oil 15 tamanu oil and 5 oil of oregano. i drank tea today: spearmint tea, dandelion root tea, milk thistle, and calendula tea. No lemon water.
  24. Morning supplements: 2 magnesium, 2 spiru blue, krill oil, calcium, evening primrose, ashwagandha, tulsi holy basil, triphala, digestive enzyme and a liver kidney detox. Hey y'all...Oddly enough, I have not smoked weed in two days. Last time I smoked was Tuesday night. And for me, you have no idea..I have smoked every day for like a decade. I am planning to make my edibles tonight. I plan to pop on the oven, decarboxylate my weed... http://www.instructables.com/id/How-to-decarboxylate-cannabis/ http://herb.co/recipes/canna-oil/ And then make some canna oil with coconut oil. And use it in warm water just like I use coconut oil in the morning... What's weird is I have never decarboxylated my weed before I cooked with it. But what's also weird is I ALWAYS feel super loopy and sick when I eat edibles. So maybe that's because it hasn't been decarb'd. I'm not sure. We'll see though. My skin had a few new break outs this week. I was doing so good last week, what the hell! The skull face was my favorite photo for so long and then I thought I would share the photos of the pimp rides. Still love my 93 explorer though, Betty, she is my trusty old gal today at work I drank my herbal tea like usual. Tonight I had my face mask on and put some ginger on as well after I mashed it up for tea Also. WTF RIGHT? Am I seriously disturbed??? Do I have green eyes??? I made a little collage of my eyes. They LOOK green. But my whole life I've been told they were hazel....?????? In your opinion, what color are my eyes?