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  1. oily skin make me crazy

    hi im maria from indonesia ive got a trouble that makes me so crazy, types of my skin is oily and its make my nose area full of blackheads, and ive acne called "bruntusan" how can i get my beautiful skin?
  2. I have been lurking on posts for a few years now, and it is about time for me to share my thoughts and experiences. I am 27 years old, Asian male who has suffered severe acne and oily skin since I was 16 years old. I tried all the well-known solutions in the States (e.g. Proactiv, Murad, Differin, Benzoyl Peroxide, Salicylic Acid, etc.). I tried almost all of the anti-acne brands at Walgreens and CVS. I bought all the prescribed drugs and meds by my dermatologist. So from 16 to 22, it was a fight. But ultimately my acne persisted and I was developing plenty of acne scars. Well, I have to say that the only drug I have not tried is Accutane, which I deeply regret. This is because after 4 months of 40mg a day with accutane, I was completely clear of acne and my skin was normal. The only thing left was the acne scars. My derm wanted me to take more than 40mg a day but I didn't because I read about low-dose isotretinoin treatment is as effective as the higher dose sans the extreme side effects. Anyways, long story longer... After 4 months of taking 40 mg a day, I began to experiment of doing 20mg x 7 days for every month. I just wanted my oily skin at bay. It freakin worked like magic. My skin was normal and I felt great. I did this for 4 months until I ran out. Once I stopped, oily skin came back with a vengeance. I went back again to this cycle for 1 year until I stopped in 2016. I figured that there are not any scientific studies done on this type of treatment for oily skin. Nevertheless, there are plenty of anecdotal stories in Asia where doctors would prescribe low dose accutane for oily skin. Talked to a few people who are doing this long-term. I care about my health in the long run BUT my oily skin is ruining my present. I guess 20mg x 7 days for a month ain't too bad? I could even try 10mg x 7, if it makes a difference. Any thoughts?
  3. Introduction I have stopped buying commercial cleansers and toners for my face and basically switched to an all natural way to clean my face called the Oil Cleansing Method. My skin has NEVER LOOKED BETTER and since I've started I haven't had any breakouts. People of all skin types with all sorts of different issues (including acne) use the OCM and love it. The Oil Cleansing Method/OCM ¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯ Preface OK, this might sound scary to some of you but this cleansing method uses OIL directly applied to your face. Are you cringing yet? lol It breaks down like this: A common misconception concerning oil and acne is that oil causes acne. This is not true. Oil alone does not cause acne--other factors like age, hormones and prolonged clogging of the pores of trapped bacteria, dead skin cells and dirt are the actual contributors to acne. The sebum your skin naturally creates is there to protect and heal it. Ideally, oil is GOOD for your skin. Water cannot dissolve oil, so the vast majority of today's cleansers and toners use chemicals to strip your skin of its oil which irritates it and causes it to produce MORE oil as a result. So why do SO many acne-related products say "oil-free"? Because the oil-acne myth is universally celebrated and sworn by and selling their products using the "oil-free" gimmick makes companies more money. Fact: Oil dissolves oil. One of the most basic principals of chemistry is that "like dissolves like." The best way to desolve a non-polar solvent like sebum/oil, is by using another non-polar solvent similar in composition: Other oils. By using the right oils, you can cleanse your pores of dirt and bacteria naturally, gently and effectively, while replacing the dirty oil with beneficial ones extracted from natural botanicals, vegetables and fruit that heal, protect and nourish your skin. When done properly and consistently, the OCM can clear the skin from issues like oily skin, dry skin, sensitive skin, blackheads, whiteheads and other problems caused by mild to moderate acne--while leaving your skin healthy, balanced and properly moisturized. If you have severe or cystic acne, I recommend going to a dermatologist before you try anything else, including OCM, and working with one to find the best medical solutions for you. Getting Started The basic OCM blend is of castor oil and extra virgin olive oil. Castor oil is fantastic at drawing dirt, bacetria and other nasty stuff trapped in your pores, while healing your skin. Extra virgin olive oil works as a moisturizer and is fortified with antioxidants. The ratio of castor oil to EVOO will vary depending on the person. The typical starting ratio is 50/50 castor oil to EVOO. For oily or acne-prone skin, a ratio of 75% castor oil to 25% EVOO will work better. For dry or flaky skin, a ratio 25% castor oil to 75% EVOO is good. However, you should find the right blend for you. A lot of OCM users cut out the EVOO all together--especially those with oily or acne-prone skin, since it is a heavier oil and in rare cases has even caused people to break out. Many people replace it with other oils like Grapeseed oil, which is light, quick to absorb and is known for its astringent properties. Jojoba oil is another popular choice because it is a great natural moisturizer, is non-comedogetic and mimics the skin's own natural sebum. Other popular oils are Avocado oil, Apricot Kernal oil and Evening Primrose oil--all have extremely low pore-clogging probabilities. I use 60% castor oil, 20% grapeseed oil and 20% jojoba oil. I also add Tea Tree oil, which is a great antiseptic and is popularly used as treatment for acne. Another great oil to use for acne-prone/oily skin is Hazelnut oil, which I, personally, will be trying out next (swapping out the grapeseed for it). How to do OCM You take some of your oil blend and massage it into your face (have you fainted, yet?). Do it gently and avoid scrubbing because that can be irritating to your skin.Then, you take a washcloth dampened in warm to hot water (depending on your tolerance--but don't burn yourself!) and drape it over/hold it up to your face and leave it there until it's around room temperature. What you're doing is steaming your face and opening your pores so the castor oil can draw out the dirt and dead skin cells and the other oil(s) can condition your skin. Take this time to relax or unwind.After you're done, gently massage the oil on your face again to free all of the trapped dirt and dead skin cells. Rinse off your washcloth, wring it out and steam your face again. This can be repeated as many times as you like, depending on how much time you have on your hands. It may take you a few OCM sessions to get your routine down and maximize your time efficiency.When you've finished steaming, rinse off your washcloth, wring it out and gently start wiping the oil away. This gets rid of the dirt and dead skin cells you have freed that can lead to acne. Depending on how freaked out you are by now, you can rinse the washcloth off and keep wipe again to make sure the excess oil is off of your face. Then, splash your face with cold water to close your pores and then pat your face dry.Notes There are two different types of oil for OCM: Carrier oils and Essential oils. Carrier oils (or "fixed oils") are good base oils to penetrate your skin and maximize the delivery of essential oils. Essential oils are strong, concentrated oils, commonly extracted from botanicals and fruit, that are used in small amounts and heavily diluted in other (carrier/base) oils. Different oils of both carrier and essential have their own preferred uses and benefits for different types of skin issues. Essential oils are not a necessity for OCM to work, as carrier oils already do a great job at it, but if you like experimenting or want to tailor your blend further for your own skin, using the right essential oils may be beneficial. Castor oil, Extra Virgin Olive oil, Jojoba oil, Grapeseed oil and Hazelnut oil are classified amongst carrier/fixed oils. Other oils like Tea Tree oil are essential oils. OCM is also, apparently, great for removing makeup (apply the oil directly over the makeup). The best part of OCM? Your face is not greasy afterward and it is properly moisturized--no more need for irritating chemical toners and astringents or those crappy moisturizers that just add chemicals to your skin which clogs your pores. If you do find that your skin starts to become a little on the dry side (which does happen with some people), try using a very small dab of EVOO or Jojoba over your face after cleansing and/or cut down on the castor oil and increase the other oils. Some people prefer to steam their face using other methods. I know many people will massage the oil onto their face when they jump in the shower, do the rest of their routine and let the steam from the shower do the work and then wipe off their face as their last step. My boyfriend does his OCM this way and he usually has pretty behaved skin except for blackheads all over his nose. After just a couple of weeks since starting OCM himself, his face is looking fantastic now and his blackheads are almost gone completely. Note: If you have acne and your existing pimples look red and irritated after you're done, don't freak out. This just means that the pores on which they reside have been opened and drained of their gunk. Be patient. With just a little persistence, your skin will clear and will have the proper conditions for healing itself. Some people OCM morning and evening and some do it only in the morning or only in the evening and others do it a couple to several times a week--while just using water to rinse their face off when they're not OCMing. You can decide what works best for you. If you've got nothing left to lose or you're brave enough to try something new, I seriously recommend the OCM. I've been using OCM for weeks now and my zits have pretty much vanished. What I love is that my skin is all tame and glowy and all of that other good stuff now--all the time. I do it every night and in the morning I usually put on my Concha Nacar cream and/or just rinse my face off good with warm water and a washcloth. OCM as my major life-saver, In conjunction with the small number of other treatments and products I use, my skin is now virtually clear, healing more every day, improving in tone and texture and making me happier with it than I ever have been. ---------------------------------------- Other things I use/do for my skin: Concha Nacar For extra deep cleaning of my pores, treating the occasional blemish, aiding in reducing the severity of post-acne marks and improving my skin tone, quality and texture in general, I use this all-natural cream called Concha Nacar, by a small Latin American company, which is a treatment that utilizes Mother of Pearl/Oyster Shell Powder, among a short list of only six, simple, great, natural ingredients that are beneficial to the skin. Mother of Pearl has been used by native Latin Americans and the Chinese for centuries for the treatment of an array of skin issues and general beautifying of the skin. I usually use this in the morning, but it's not rare that I use it at night before cleansing, either. My post about it is here: ACV Toner After cleansing, I use a homemade, all-natural toner consisting primarily of Apple Cider Vinegar and Green Tea. It also utilizes a little bit of aspirin. It is fantastic at balancing my skin, reducing redness, controlling shine, drying up any blemishes and evening out my skin tone. My post about it (as well as the recipe) is here: Aspirin Tea Mask Aspirin breaks down into a wonderful beta-hydroxy acid which is oil-soluble and excellent at penetrating pores beneath the sebum and dissolving/exfoliating dead skin cells. I combine it with the leaves from a bag of Green Tea, which is high in essential anti-oxidants that protect against harmful agents and stimulate circulation which is good for healing and skin tone. After I rinse this mask off, my skin is soft, bright, even-toned and fresh looking. My post about it is here: ---------------------------------------- Additional Resources: Some basic oils that may be beneficial for acne-prone skin: Carrier/Fixed oils: Flax Seed oil Hazelnut oil Neem oil Perilla Seed oil Seabuckthorn Berry oil Watermelon Seed oil Essential oils: Bergamot oil * Cedarwood oil Lemongrass oil * Litsea oil *~ Niaouli oil Patchouli oil Rosemary oil (avoid if you have high blood pressure) Tea Tree (may be irritant to some, do a skin-patch test first) * = Strong photosensitizer; avoid contact with direct sunlight for at least 4 hours after application ~ = Not recommended for sensitive skin Links to other pages discussions about OCM: Good luck to you if you decide to try OCM! Be sure to come back and keep us updated on your progress.
  4. acne help!

    For the past month i've been breaking out on a small area on my face. on the left side of my face only, there's a small area by my cheek that has been breaking out for over a month now. the type of pimples i get in his area are different than the other kinds i get. they are under the skin quite deep and take about a month to fully go away. why is this happenig and what can i do to stop it? i don't think they are big enough to be cysts, they aren't very painful but they do leave dark red marks and never turn into a white head, just slowly flatten
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  8. hey, I have tried pantothenic acid for several months before, and I saw never an improvement in my sebum production, but I took only 2 grams a day, 1 gram in the moring and 1 gram at night. Now I realise that it didn't work because I took only 2 grams a day, and that is much too less! So, I thought to try it again, but now I take 5 grams a day. I do this for about a week now but there is sometihing strange! The first day after i took 5 grams, that day i produced only a bit of sebum, it was a wonder for me, and it felt soooo good not to have such oily skin in the evening, it was like a miracle, but I wondered how this can work so fast! but anyway, the days after that day, my skin was just as oily as before :(, but yesterday, the same thing happened again, my skin was again not oily, but today it is like before!! rrrrrrrrr, what is happening? Thank you! XX
  9. It started in about 2012. Yes, that was when i became obsessed with having flawless skin. I was in highschool, before that I was completely happy to be in my own skin but something triggered. I guess I looked at somebody and noticed how flawless their skin was as compared to mine which was kind of uneven toned, my face was tanned(darkened) in a way that my face looks a different color to my body. I was an athlete in school and spent hours under sunlight which brought this condition upon me but until that point in 2012 I didnt care about it as i loved myself and was confident in who I was. I started to do research about lightening my face to match the skin tone with the rest of my body. I looked up some natural remedies and tried them. like rubbing a lemon on my face. What I didnt realize was that I am doing some serious damage to my skin as I was not using SPF. It went on and off and my skin looked more or less the same complexion(maybe darker). I did not have acne up until this point and I was actually proud of the fact that I was acne free despite having sun darkened and sun damaged facial skin. Around 2014 I researched about how exfoliation and sun protection plays a key role in lightening the skin back to it's original tone. At the same time I kept dabbling in natural remedies which could help me exfoliate. I started using sun protection, scrubbed my face once every other day. I used an AHA facewash(low concentration) around that time and immediately started peeling. My skin became drier and the skin color was actually darkening as opposed to lightening. I was like, CRAP! and discontinued the usage of AHA. I started going to the gym and thats when my skin started erupting with pimples here and there, nothing severe. It was somewhere in 2015 that I made possibly the worst mistake ever. I made some kind of scrub adding baking soda and salt or sugar started scrubbing my face. After the scrub I would apply a face mask made up of rice powder and milk in the hope that it will lighten all the sun darkening discoloration whatsoever and I'll achieve even toned skin. MAJOR SCREWUP !!!! My face reacted so badly that it is since that time I started suffering from extremely oily skin and acne all over my face. The acne itself is not severe but the oily skin condition is hell serious. Within 15-20 minutes of cleansing my skin starts to get super greasy and is covered with minute zits and 3-4 active pimples at any given time. My face is a disaster. I feel the acne is the direct consequence of my extremely oily skin. I cleanse and wear SPF everyday but still get greasy skin by the end of the day. I play soccer everyday in the evening and sweat a lot. I cleanse immediately after my athletic activity so that sweat and oil don't take things to the next level. I started hating myself and the way I Look. The rest of my body has clear skin but my face is an oil slick with bad skin texture and sun darkening along with the acne. I wanna stop this oily mess on my face and would like to have a bright complexion like my peers. I guess I have destroyed my facial skin's acid mantle or something which led me to have extremely oily and acne prone skin. PLEASE HELP ME AND ENLIGHTEN ME ON HOW TO CURE OILY SKIN. Thanks for taking the time to read.
  10. Hello, This is a long post but I've tried to summarize my situation in the first couple paragraphs. The rest is background information. I've been lurking here for a while seeking advice for my own problem but haven't posted until now. The community seems great here and I appreciate any advice you may have. I've been searching for cure for several years now and have made some improvement but not complete. I know everyone says it but I feel like I've tried everything... I'm a 30 y/o male with extremely oily and sensitive skin, particularly my T-Zone. Overall, I know my skin is not nearly as bad as others but I am still trying to get to the root of the problem as it causes me a fair bit of stress. I've posted pictures below (taken after washing with water, so not too much oil visible) but essentially I have very oily and what seems to be very sensitive skin. It gets dehydrated immediately after washing (even if just washing with water, even if water just touches my face it gets very dry, tight and flakey) yet very shortly after it is incredibly shiny and oily. It is only my face that is like this, the rest of my skin is very well behaved aside from being dry and flakey (legs, arms, etc). I've included what I think are relevant details about my skin and current regiment below, I know it's a bit of a long read. In summary I'm wondering if anyone has had a similar condition and found a way to minimize the skin oil and gently exfoliate the sebum plugs without causing too much irritation or dryness. Moisturizer suggestions for my skin type would also be appreciated. What I've tried: I've tried not washing (to give skin a rest) but this leads to whiteheads and alot of clogged pores. It seems like each day I wake up and I have sebum coming out of the pores on my face (particularly on my nose and cheeks). The areas that are oily are also often red, particularly after I rub or wash them (even gently). I've tried washing twice per day, various cleansers and moisturizers. Tried salt water, honey, ACV and other "natural" methods. My doctor (GP) told me I had a mild case of seborrhea causing the redness but I have tried treatments for seborrhea like ketocanozole as well as metronidazole (treats both rosacea and seborrhea). Neither of these worked. My scalp is also greasy and I have dandruff (it's pretty mild though and seems to be controlled using keto cream a couple times a week). I'm in Canada and it's difficult to see a dermatologist. Diet: My diet is extremely clean and I've done multiple eliminations of "common" triggers. My diet now consists of fresh meat and vegetables. I cook with a small amount of butter. I use olive oil for dressing on salads (i eat a ton of spinach). I eat oats (though I have cut these oat to test) sweet potatoes and green vegetables as carb sources. Dairy in excess does seem to cause a problem for me. As such the only dairy I consume now is the butter. I have also cut that out completely in favor of coconut oil. Coconut oil appeared to make my face significantly oilier so I cut it out. I can post a full diet if anyone believes it to be relevant. Topical Regimen: I currently wash my face with only water in the morning (have been using filtered water as a test to see if my tap water could be causing problems), I take a cold shower. After that I have been trying to use no moisturizer, sometimes I need to use a little bit of cerave moisturizer (not on tzone), i try to use none as it does seem that the moisturizer leads to clogged pores for me (I've tried a bunch...). I used to wash my face in the morning with a cleanser but it would get oiler much faster in the day. I wash my face at night with paula's choice PC4Men face wash. It seems to be the best facewash I have found but still significantly dries out my face and makes it appear red and irritated after washing. I then use the Paula's choice 2% BHA gel. I believe this is causing some irritation but I believe it has made a great contribution to removing active whiteheads and acne. I used to get alot of forehead bumbs and some whiteheads, since using the BHA I don't get many whiteheads, still some bumps but far less. My skin is very rough and bumpy as well as red and oily in my T-zone and it's filled with many sebum plugs. I'm wondering if there is a more gentle way to remove these sebum plugs which perhaps will get rid of all the clogged pores and redness (which I think may be inflammation from the clogged pores). I'm wondering if anyone has experienced a similar condition and found a way to remove the excess oil and cleans the clogged pores without being overly irritating.
  11. I'm talking about like 70% or more of a decrease in oil. I don't think topicals will do the trick, and Accutane I've heard works very well, but i want to try other oral supplements or treatments before I resort to that. Any help please?
  12. Hi everyone, I'm in desperate need of advice. Il quickly sum up my acne story: Hit teenage years so as expected developed lots of acne on face and back. Incredibly oily skin (would wash and within 5 mind face was greasy amd oily) Tried many many things from Dr before begging them to refer me to a dermatologist. Who said my oil glands were over working. So I was prescribed roaccutane which was the best drug ever, my skin was clear and healthy in matter of weeks. I was told originally that this would last for life. So for over ten years I've had good skin. Until this last year. I started to develop acne on my neck and jawline (which I never had before) so put it down to my dairy intolerance. It then spread up onto my face. So to rule out lifestyle.. I eat healthily and drink lots of water. I used everything simple branded but it got worse. Also my oily skin problem is back. So went to Dr as have been very depressed. Brings back all those years of being bullied at school and it's so visible to see. So he started on acnecide....then onto duac.....then zineryt....then benzoyl peroxide....then a tablet antibiotic but my acne was still bad and the BP just blistered my skin and yes although it dried out... underneath the acne was still there. So I stopped all treatment to see where my natural skin was at and I was back to day one if not worse. So as I told the Dr the only thing that worked in past was accutane he then put me on isotrex. Which is a cream retinoid like accutane. I wanted to do everything I could so After reading many things online I opted to get a non comedogenic wash as doesn't block pores etc so I use cetaphil and a moisturiser that was water based, fragrance free, sensitive skin friendly and non comedogenic which is neutrogena oil free moisturiser sensitive skin. Sadly the moisturiser makes my skin incredibly shiny. But kept at it as thought it would make my skin healthier. I'm 3 weeks in with isotrex. My acne on my face got SO much worse and my neck has developed into cystic acne. I read online that you need to persevere as it brings out the worst then treats it. So wanted to ask any users how you found isotrex? Did it eventually clear? Also I want recommendations on skin moisturiser for oily skin. Is it worth keeping to non comedogenic?? Very sorry for long story I'm just so depressed, not going out, I've lost all confidence Would love to hear from anyone. Thanks
  13. Hi everyone! Welcome to my post! Here are the topics that I'll be discussing: Accutane Birth Control / PCOS Cosmetics Washing your face Topical medications Before you continue reading I'd like to say that I'm still dealing with cystic acne. It's been a long journey, but my skin has improved dramatically. I've accepted that I'll never have perfect skin, but that doesn't mean I can't have try to have decent skin. Attached are pictures of my Accutane journey. My skin cleared up beautifully, but years later the acne came back. The last picture is me wearing makeup, not caring that my skin isn't perfect ;) Accutane I started getting acne in elementary school, and I've always had oily skin. I tried many OTC products, topical meds and home remedies, but nothing helped. Eventually, my derm put me on Accutane. I was on it for a year and my skin cleared. Years later, my acne slowly came back (not to the same severity as before). I did a second and third and fourth round of Accutane, but I had to stop each time due to horrible side effects. The acne always came back. Round one side effects: Dry, cracked, painfully chapped lips Constipation Dry eyes Round two-four side effects: All of the above side effects PLUS Extreme dryness in private area (TMI, sorry) Blurred vision Thinning hair I didn't take birth control during round 1 or 2 of Accutane. Birth Control/ PCOS I have PCOS. I have high testosterone and my periods have always been irregular. My doctors have said that birth control is beneficial for PCOS. I've literally tried 6 different bill control pills. The first 5 all broke me out HORRIBLY. My skin would get so oily and I would get acne all over my entire face. I can't remember the names of all the different pills that I tried- but I can tell you that Ortho Tri-Cyclen and Orho Tri-Cyclen Lo were the WORST. It took my face months to recover from the acne that those pills gave me. I've been taking Yasmin for 5 months and I LOVE IT. No headaches, no nausea, no initial breakout, and my acne has actually improved. My husband has commented on how consistently clear my skin has been. Please try Yasmin if you have PCOS/ adult hormonal acne. Yasmin decreases your body's testosterone levels which is why my acne has improved. AMAZING! Cosmetics I wear light makeup to boost my confidence and cover my redness from current/past acne spots. I start with a light application of non-comedogenic primer, then apply a mixture of oil free foundation with a non-comedogenic moisturizer (my "homemade" tinted moisturizer), and finish with bareminerals loose powder. These products don't give me breakouts, but I still try to skip makeup as much as possible. Face-wash I always wash my makeup off with CeraVe Foaming Facial Cleanser. Actually, I always wash my face with this in general. This is the best face wash that I've EVER used. It doesn't dry out your skin, but it cleans the skin throughly. I wash my face 2-3 times a day, depending on if I workout that day. Please try this cleanser. I can't recommend it enough. Topical Medications/ Spot Treatment If you're going to use a prescribed topical medication, the #1 thing that you need to do is to use a minimal amount. I actually mix my topicals with water to dilute it. Before applying, I use a non-comedogenic lotion with the topical treatment over it. Be gentle with your skin at all times. I have scars from the times that I wasn't gentle. I'm currently using Acanya and, honestly, I love it. It heals my acne very quickly, and I only use it as a spot treatment. Remember, what works for me might not work for you love yourself at all times (even during a horrible breakout) you are not alone <3 you can get through this GOOD LUCK!!!
  14. Okay I got my hair done in December. I used a 360 lace frontal which was extremely tight. But, I'm wondering is it the got 2b glued products that is causing this breakout or is it the hair that I'm using or is it the hair color I'm using or is it from being to tight? I have fine and big bumps all over my forehead,cheeks, and hairline. Do you know anything I can use to get rid of these bumps? I also use dove sensitive soap due to my eczema and oily face. Please help me!!!!! Don't want to go to school looking like this
  15. Links to some recently unpinned threads Add your story! ---------------------------- First: Don't Panic It's not as difficult as it looks. Everything is inter-related and the same basic diet and lifestyle habits are repeated over and over. Because they are good for everything and how humans should eat and live. So, take a deep breath... and read: Good things for Acne (For when you only have time for the answers, but with links to more info. And see also this thread for more details on the Ultimate Question on Acne, Diet, Health and Everything!, a collection of links to numerous of the most valuable discussion threads ever. Including the best of SweetJade, the fairy Godmother of this forum. Click on it!) Covering all these interrelated things: -Stable Blood Sugar/Insulin/good Glucose Metabolism (no link because it's below in this post) -Anti-Inflammatory diet and lifestyle -Hormone Balance -Healthy Liver Function -Healthy Adrenal Function -Good, Complete Digestion/Healthy Digestive Tract -Allergies and food intolerances -Reducing Hyperkeratinization/Hyperproliferation - Stage 1 in the formation of acne. -Good Sleep/Light exposure/Circadian cycle. -Nutrition -Hyper/Hypothyroid - lowers SHBG levels, increases inflammation -Stress -Immune system -Topical treatment - care from the outside. -Exercise - The right kind. Affects nearly everything, like blood sugar, sleep, stress, mood... -Body Fat - affects inflammation and hormone levels -Brain health, Stress, Mood, Willpower, Depression, etc Because your diet can't clear if you stress out over everything. -PCOS -Oily skin, fat metabolism and Sebum quality -Your Health - Numbers to know and monitor, home tests -Anti-Aging - because someone asked and the same diet and lifestyle habits help that too. All this may seem overwhelming, but it's really not. Notice how inter-related most of these things are and how the same nutrients and habits appear over and over because they help so many issues. Also, most things listed here are just plain good for you period. Things everyone should do regardless of acne. Good for whatever ails you. For anti-aging, disease prevention, wellness, happiness... What you want is a healthy lifestyle with natural circadian cycle, stress management, physical activity and a nutrient dense, anti-inflammatory blood sugar stabilizing diet habits that don't include anything you have an intolerance for. More on WHAT TO DO.If you just want to be told what to do, skip to here. Other great threads: -Food and Recipe thread index -Doctors and other experts admitting to the diet and acne connection thread Members who've cleared their skin via diet and lifestyle habits - -Why you should avoid/limit dairy, especially cow, especially unfermented, etc. -Improving fructose metabolism for those that break out from fruit -Diet and health tips and tidbits -Autogenic and Biofeedback for stress, anxiety, emotions -The Necessity And Benefits Of Sulfur -Epigenetics - what you do to yourself affects your genes -Farm subsidy and other bad things they do to our food -'Recent' Advances in Acne Pathogenesis Information -Patent request for an enzyme that works on a gene involved in acne -SHBG - Sex hormone binding globulin -ZAG enzyme which impacts normal formation and exfoliation, possibly inhibited by lectins in grains/seeds Special Posts: Clinical studies on the connection between diet and acne The truth about Calcium and healthy bones- for those afraid to avoid or limit dairy Vitamin D Coconut Oil Omega 3s and our supposed lack of ability to convert ALA from plants to EPA and DHA Will always be in progress. I'm working on it all the time adding good things and links to sources and more info. Refer back when you need reminders of all the factors. I know I need reminders. I'm sure there's plenty I've forgotten in these lists. ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Good things for Blood Sugar/Insulin/Carb Metabolism Insulin is a master hormone that influences almost all other hormones. Elevated Insulin stimulates Androgen and IGF1 production, while simultaneously inhibiting production of the proteins that bind them--SHBG and IGFBP-3. Androgens stimulate oil production, IGF1 causes hyperkeratinization and hyperproliferation of skin cells. We become somewhat insulin resistant during puberty. It stimulates & helps utilize resources for growth. Elevated Insulin also causes inflammation which worsens acne and scarring. Inflammation is also aging and the root cause of degenerative diseases. Causes loss of elasticity in tissues. In addition, when cells become insulin resistant leaving sugar floating around in the bloodstream, it causes glycation which also reduces elasticity in tissues. Post filled with links to research about insulin resistance, puberty, role in acne, IGF-1, etc: Note: This is not about avoiding carbs or eating low carb!! It's not even about never consuming sugar or having a dessert. It's about habitually avoiding High Glycemic Load meals, drinks. And about the nutrients and habits that improve the body's ability to manage blood sugar and insulin response. Just know that every time you consume more sugar than your cells can take in at that time, damage will occur. Your body can counter damage. Just not at the rate that's become normal in this soda drinking, nutritionally void refined food consuming, chronically stressful, unsleeping, sedentary society we've become. Also, many hormones are involved in blood sugar regulation. Insulin sends blood sugar down and cortisol sends blood sugar up. And cortisol is a major culprit in metabolic syndrome. Part of the reason sleep, stress and physical activity are as big a players in the formation of diabetes and acne and related conditions. Basics: Glycemic Index - is a measure of the effects of a food on blood sugar levels. Glycemic Load - as above but takes into account the amount of food eaten. For example, a small piece of candy can have a lower GL than a bigger amount of a lower GI food. Simple chart of the GI and GL of some common processed and unprocessed foods. http://archderm.ama-...TABLEDOB10212T1 Nutrition Data article on GI and GL and their own Fullness Factor index Insulin Index- A measurement of blood insulin levels in response to various foods. Turns out that certain amino acids also stimulate excess insulin and so even low GI foods can be insulinemic. Dairy is insulinemic, being high in the most insulinemic amino acids: leucine, valine, lysine, and isoleucine. Discussion: and website http://www.mendosa.c...sulin_index.htm So, The Good Things for Blood Sugar/Insulin: Diet habits -Avoiding foods and drinks that spike blood sugar like sugars, refined grains, high GI foods not eaten in combination with low GI foods, - making a high GL meal. -Eating Fats, protein and fiber to lower the GI of a meal, doesn't mean diet needs to be high fat or high protein. And very high fiber might not be good for you either. -Avoiding over eating. High calorie meals can also be high GL meals even when composed of fat and protein. And because cell mitochondria are capable of processing only so much glucose so consuming more than your body can handle will result in excess glucose in the blood stream causing serious health problems. -Resistant Starches -Consuming vinegar before carb meals - acetic acid in vinegar blocks a digestive enzyme as well as improving stomach acid PH. Have a couple spoons of ACV in glass of water or have salad with vinaigrette prior to meal. -Intermittent fasting or calorie restriction - Skip a meal now and then. Or spend a day having minimal calories, now and then. -Eating foods high in the nutrients listed below. Anything that improves circulation, Blood pressure, cholesterol, so: -Exercise!!! - also increases insulin activity in order to provide energy for exercise, especially beneficial is short bursts of very intensive activity like interval training such as walking combined with sprinting, stairs, or hills. Or weight/resistance training. Any short bursts of intense exercise will help blood sugar, so take the stairs!! -Omega 3 EFAs - from fish, krill oil, flax seed, chia -The Omega 6 EFAs: G.L.A and linolenic acid -Anthocyanins - phytonutrients primarily in red and purple fruits and veg, strengthens capillaries. -Capsaicin - from chili peppers -GINKGO BILOBA - for circulation -Ginger - for Blood Pressure -Limiting salt - also for blood pressure -Potassium - blood pressure - balances sodium intake -B3/Niacin/Inositol/Niacinimide - helps improve just about all the bad things in your lipid profile as well as circulation & BP. But high doses can reduce insulin sensitivity and harm the liver. -Chamomile tea - studies show it both improves blood sugar and complications of diabetes as well as being calming to help with stress and sleep. -Curcumin - in the spice Tumeric, so have some curry with plenty of veggies! Or yellow mustard. Nutrients specifically involved with insulin signaling and glucose/fructose metabolism -Chromium - essential for insulin activity -Biotin - works with chromium? -Cinnamon -Fiber - slows metabolism of carbs. If you must cheat, such as to have a slice of birthday cake, you can take a supplement like psylium or Glucomannan -Alpha lipoic acid - Insulin signaler, helps insulin transport glucose into cells -Vanadian - same as above -Magnesium - part of carb metabolism, helps body use carbs for energy, may stimulate release of insulin. Study finding magnesium supplementation reducing insulin resistance. -Vitamin D - It's actually a hormone, not a vitamin. Helps maintain insulin levels. Also helps Blood Pressure, immune system... -Zinc - involved in insulin storage and release -CoEnzyme Q10 - carb metabolism -B3/Niacin/Inositol/Niacinimide - also involved in the activity of in enzymes that transport and break down fats, proteins, carbohydrates. Has been shown to improve blood sugar, androgen levels, hirsutism and acne in women with PCOS . But high doses can reduce insulin sensitivity and harm the liver. -See also d-chiro-inositol from buckwheat and d-pinitol from Carob -Taurine -Thread also has a lot of info on fructose malabsorption. -Melatonin -Sulforaphane- sulfur compound in Brassica veggies like broccoli, cabbage, watercress.... -Resveraterol - especially beneficial for insulin signaling in the brain. (yes the brain makes it's own insulin.) Other nutrients that have been shown via studies to play a role in lowering blood sugar/things people with insulin resistance/diabetes tend to be deficient (although we all tend to be deficient)/Things that supplementation has tended to lead to improve insulin resistance for whatever reason: -Vitamin E -NAC - shown to increase insulin sensitivity and lower androgen levels in women with PCOS. - Inositol part of the B vitamin group, comes in many forms d-chiro-inositol -abundant in buckwheat and Myo-inositol also high in seeds have both been studied and found beneficial to insulin sensitivity/carb metabolism and sufferers of hormone disorders such as PCOS. They have have insulin-sensitizing capabilities. Myo-inositol is integral to properly functioning insulin-receptors and has also been linked to the activation of serotonin. Myo-inositol is a component of the phytic acid found in seeds. -Salt -polysaccharides in Tea- and there's more in black tea than in green, white or oolong And lots of things that help deal with damage from and/or degree of poor glucose metabolism like C, B vitamins, E, zinc, CoEnzyme Q10. All kinds of antioxidants. Other habits/issues: -Sleep/Circadian Rhythm- You need bright light exposure in the daytime and darkness at night and regular sleep. Affects melatonin/seratonin, insulin sensitivity, carb metabolism/insulin sensitivity, hormone production and release, stress, digestion. Researchers have begun to believe sleep plays just as big a role in the development of diabetes as obesity and exercise. -A healthy liver - part of sugar metabolism, especially regarding fructose. -Healthy Adrenal function - for proper cortisol levels, which is involved in glucose metabolism. Adrenals also involved in hormone production. -Low body fat - visceral fat(around your middle) secretes hormones that impair insulin sensitivity. -Muscle mass improves insulin sensitivity. -No smoking - Smoking reduces insulin sensitivity. Also, some people may suffer from Fructose Malabsorption or even be fructose intolerant and may need to take steps to improve fructose malabsorption or avoid fructose. See also Good Things for Liver, Sleep/Circadian Rhythm - adequate bright light exposure in daytime affects carb metabolism. Fructose is best absorbed when in equal amounts of glucose. See this Chart of fruits and the amounts of each type of sugar to help you avoid those fruits with excess fructose. And There's evidence that Saturated fat lowers insulin sensitivity and low fat diets have been found to improve diabetes. And this was posted by a member here, but I don't yet have any additional source: Also, see this list for reasons besides acne that you should try to keep blood sugar stable: 146 reasons why sugar is destroying your health. Except that it's not just actual sugar, but refined carbs easily turned into sugar by your body, and any high glycemic or insulinemic meal.
  16. So here is my update. It has almost been a month. No initial breakout. It didn't stop me from getting acne yet. In a month I have only had about 5 pimples. Probably less than usual. Which is fantastic! After two weeks my skin stopped being oily. It isn't dry. Now it is just normal and doesn't get oily. Maybe just a tiny bit like normal people. I love it! My cheeks are naturally dry and got super dry in the first 2 weeks but now they are back to normal i guess. My pores are less clogged and my pores are slightly smaller. Really comfortable with the results so far! Hope to see even more progress soon. I feel a lot more comfortable with my skin and myself. Hope things continue going well. Will update in another month.
  17. Hi all, I'm a 21 year old female and I've been battling mild to moderate acne since I was about 11 years old. I've been to doctors and dermatologists who have all just sent me home with benzoyl peroxide and every antibiotic you can think of. Those things temporarily helped but never got me 100 percent clear. I've tried changing my diet and no longer eat gluten or dairy. I've done the paleo diet for about 5 months with no results. I eat a generally healthy and low glycemic diet. I've tried vitex, estroblock, evening primrose oil, fish oil, zinc, vitamin c, milk thistle & a few others with minimal results but never clear. I'm currently taking probiotics which have helped with inflammation, am currently taking saw palmetto which reduces my skins oiliness but not completely, and have now started taking vitamin d3 & am on my second week. The first week of starting the d3, my skin became twice as oily...which is not what I hear of others who have taken vitamin d. Now, my skins oiliness is a bit reduced but not eliminated as others claim. I started vitamin d because my skin is always better in the summer and I always break out more during the winter, originally I thought it was because I was too harsh and drying on my skin, but with more research I noticed a lot of people break out due to a vitamin d deficiency. I thought that was not possible for me since I live in Florida, & do not stay inside all day. But I am currently waiting to go to the doctor to get blood tests to see if this may be the issue. I would like anybody's input on how long it took them to see results from taking vitamin d3, and if there was a difference between taking the soft gels vs tablets. Also, I'm taking 8000 iu daily. Any input or encouragement would help, I've become so desperate to find something that will work for me. I'm tired of this skin condition controlling my life!!
  18. I am on roaccutane but also want to treat my scars during the course! What oils are recommended? I prefer oils rather than lotions/creams for scars.. thanks for any help I heard rosehip oil and jojoba oils are helpful however not sure if they are non-comediogenic or safe to use whilst on accutane
  19. Right after my period ends my forehead gets super oily right, under the skin bumps appear all over my forehead, and breakouts start appearing on my forehead as well. This lasts for almost a full week and then right after my skin returns to normal, under the skin bumps go away, and the breakouts start to heal and go away. Does anyone know what causes this and how to prevent this from happening? This happens every month and I believe this is what is preventing the skin on my forehead from getting completely acne free. I only breakout on my forehead and sometimes my chin. I keep really good care of my skin and for some reason no matter what I do whether it's with my skincare regimen, eating habits or whatever else this ALWAYS happens every month when my period ends. It's really frustrating as I don't know what causes this.. if anyone could help with this problem that'd be great!
  20. So I have closed comedones all over my face, especially my forehead and cheek area. I started using the Paula's choice extra strength acne kit in February. My skin slightly improved but has not gotten dramatically better. Can anyone recommend other products they know that have worked on closed comedones or any other treatments?
  21. So I don't think I have a major problem with acne. I have some acne scars but they don't bother me. What bothers me are these patch of bumps on my forehead which never seems to go away with any topical medication I use. My acne got better but the rash looks worse and has spread since winter started. It's very dry and the bumps are raised SO makeup cannot cover it. A few months ago the patch bumps were there but they were flatter and less visible. I don't understand why it's not going away but it bothers me and makes me insecure to the point where I have to wear hats to school. I had a mental breakdown the other night because of it. I just would like to know some suggestions on what you think this could be so I can get rid of it. Sometimes the bumps are itchy depending on if it's dry and it can get red if I irritate it by washing it. Otherwise it's pretty much the color of my skin. Thank you.
  22. Cured my skin problems!

    After years and years of testing a number of products that suit me and my skin i've finally found what I need. My skin Problems Oily T-zone Clogged pores on my nose, white sebum stuff pimples on right side of face The three products I used to help me Avene CLEANSING FOAM Olay Complete Moisturiser Fluid Normal/Oily Avene TRIACNÉAL Its been over two months and i no longer get these clogged pores up in my nose which I used to steam my face and remove and extract them. They were a nightmare as id do these every week and over time they'd just make my pores bigger. I don't get spots on the side of my right face. Using the face wash morning and night, sometimes if i go to the gym at an awkward time lets say in the afternoon I'll wash my face using the cleanser straight after as its not a good idea to let sweat stay on your face for long but i wont wash my face at night ill just tap my face with a tissue or something. Ill use the same moisturizer at night. Maybe once or twice a week depending on how my face is feeling I'll use the Triacneal which ill apply a small small amount of around where my clogged pores are if they feel like they may come through this product breaks down the crap. I dont want my skin to get used to this product as i really don't want to change the nature of it. Extra products I rarely use these products but they're still part of my regime: Lush Mask of magnaminty Nip + Fab Glycolic Fix Scrub I really don't like using the face scrub i'm not sure why but it does the job it justs seems to work really well with my skin. The mask is a rare occasion if i feel like ive been sweating out a lot over the gym and stuf or a special occasion ill use it
  23. Face full of blackhead, tried everything

    Hiya! My name is Blair, 17 from California and I am sick to death of my acne. I have blackheads in almost every visable pore on my face and super oily skin. I have exhausted every facet of acne treatment imaginable and spent hundreds of dollars on treatment. I don't know what else to do. Everyone around me seems to have the clearest, cleanest skin and mine is just brimming with bacteria. It makes me so self conscious that I feel the need to wear makeup, even though I know that only makes things worse. Please, please someone suggest something to help me. A little background; I've been on a Paleo diet for about 6 months (no dairy, no gluten, no processed sugars), I exercise regularly and wash my face with a gentle cleanser morning and night, exfoliate once a week and do a facial twice a week. Thank you in advance
  24. hi all, i just thought i would share some of the good results ive been having against adult acne & redness. the 2 main products im using are Sebamed Soap Bar (around £3) & 5% acncide cream (around £10) - both found in the chemist the "sebamed" soap is sls free, soap free & has a ph of 5.5 - so is ideal for sensitive skin. for a long time i was using 10% panoxyl which is good but is too strong, the acnecide product is very expensive but worth the price considering it can kill spot & not cause horrific redness. i only use a small amount of bp cream at night. (i would love to get my hands on 2.5 BP cream - maybe panoxyl will start make it after brexit ). - shaving, ive given up on using a normal razor and only use a foil electric razor.
  25. 28th of June

    I started this regimen 4 days ago and since then I have kept a quite detailed diary. I will write here the first 4 days and then start posting every day or every other day, based on the changes I will be observing. First things first, my skin is a combination of oily skin on my T-zone and normal (neither oily, nor dry) skin on my cheeks. My most prone to breakouts areas are my cheeks and once in a blue moon, my jawline or around my eyebrows. At the moment I'm taking 30 mg of zinc, vitamin D3 1000 IU, 200 mg of magnesium and one teaspoon of bee pollen daily. I have been taking these vitamins (except for the bee pollen which I recently included in my routine) for aa few weeks and they didn't make a noticeable difference. I plan on upping the doze of vitamin D3 to 5000 IU/ day but I am looking for a blend that doesn't contain magnesium stearate. I also drink peppermint tea 3 times per day (I will soon reduce my intake to 2 times per day) to control my hormones. I have heard that spearmint might be more efficient in this matter but in my country, English is not used as a first language and our words do not differentiate between peppermint and spearmint. I stopped using cleanser, toner (DIY fermented rice water with a little bit of apple cider vinegar), aloe vera gel, moisturizer, sunscreen (however I'm not going out much because next week I'm having exams. stress and fear and PMS . AMAZING), makeup, spot treatments, clay masks and acne treatments (isotrexin and skinoren) 28th of June: I started my day by only washing my face with some lukewarm water and patted it dry with a clean tissue paper. Usually, my skin is rather oily in the morning so this time I kind of....vigorously tried to wash away the oil from my skin....Currently, I have a few big burns on both of my cheeks because I have used a harsh acne treatment on my sensitive skin right after a clay mask.....and then I applied a spot treatment with bee pollen, propolis tincture and honey and even though it stung like hell for a few hours, I ignored the symptoms and woke up to raw, inflamed patches (from my ear to my jawline). I know, stupid. I am applying a cream called Avene Cicalfate. I have a few whiteheads on my cheeks, some bigger than others, small red bumps almost all over my face, and hyperpigmentation from previous pimples. 29th of June: IMPROVEMENT My skin is very oily. The burns are healing because I am applying the cream from Avene twice per day. They have already formed scabs, thing that usually happens after 4 days. The biggest whitehead on my right cheek is shrinking and it already formed a scab. It soooo hard not to pick at it......The red bumps on my forehead have reduced in number and I have a new small blind pimple at the corner of my mouth. It hurts everytime I try to speak..... 30th of June: still on the extremely oily skin train wooo.... The red bumps on my forehead disappeared completely. The blind pimple near my mouth is shrinking and it does not hurt as much as before. In my case, blind pimples used to hurt for 2-3 days and then linger on my skin for up to a week and a half. The small whiteheads and red bumps near my burns disappeared as well and were replaced with 3 small whiteheads. Also, my burns healed, leaving behind only some discolored patches. I have one big whitehead on my right cheek and it's so hard not to pop it...but however, by the end of the day, I blotted my skin with a tissue paper and it kind of....popped itself i guess...(without blood and much pus) Another pimple on my right cheek that was a big, red pimple in the first day, shrank and became a whitehead. So basically, everything comes to the surface right now. 1st of July: My skin is still very oily and a little bit itchy but I'm seeing small improvements everyday. My skin tone is evening out, even on the patches from my burns. The small whiteheads on my left cheek are still there, no difference. The blind pimple near my mouth shrank visibly. The whitehead that I popped yesterday by accident became a whitehead again (at least it's coming to the surface) alone, without other 3 pimples following him, like it used to happen. My skin looks definitely better. I have one new blind pimple on my cheek, near my nose. It is rather big, but it does not hurt. I can already see a small whitehead forming underneath.