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  1. Hello. First of all, don't get too excited if you're in a similar situation to me and were hoping this post would hold the fix for long-term (Ro)accutane damage. I just wanted to express my situation and see if anyone can help. I'm bored of reading depressing no-way-out answers and I refuse to give up and stop trying to fix myself. I'm also not inviting those who say the side effects aren't caused by this drug - I am 100% sure, and have read enough posts from others to know that Accutane isn't simply 'out' of your system after a month. I've read several theories into why things like IBS, Erectile Dysfunction and knee problems can occur months or years after stopping treatment. I'm talking about the liver storing the high-levels of Vitamin A, Accutane staying in the colon, and even something - which if it's true means only bad news - to do with DNA change and 'Telomere' shortening, which means a slow but sure decrease in health(This has been written by Nathan Carr, who you may of heard of). But I'm not writing to find out which of these theories, if any, is true. I want to see if anyone can actually give good advice on supplements/diet, or whatever else, to repair damage from this poison. Below, I will list the details of when I took this drug and what side effects I have + how I cope with life. One last thing - Anyone saying that these side effects are rare, i.e 1%, forget it. 1% reported. Since taking this drug, my life has been limited and difficult. I'm not in that 1% statistic because I haven't reported it directly to the manufacturer. I expect the figure is a lot higher. As I said, side effects can come on AFTER taking this, so people could be ignorant to the cause. However, I know better, and after watching my health drop dramatically while/after taking Accutane, I can firmly say it's the cause. Let's begin ... Basics: I'm 21 at the end of this month. It's now 5 years since I touched Ro-accutane (Ro-accutane is just the British name for it). I took it from December 2005 - May 2006. I was meant to finish in June, but stopped due to feeling very depressed/suicidal (because of the drug). My problems are below... - Dry Eyes (Severe) - E.D/ Low Libido (Started last year and has gone on consistently since) - Hair-loss (Including eyebrows, facial hair 'gaps' and body hair) - Slow Healing (Shaving is a pain now - No, it's not my technique) - Lack of sebum (oil) - Brain Fog/ Memory problems - Somewhat minor - Anxiety (mainly because of the other side effects - i.e. dry eyes causing me to feel embarassed about eye contact) - Excessive hair (Not related to head, but my beard grows high up on cheeks and even on the outside of my nose) - I believe I look older than I should due to lack of oil - Joint/Muscle problems - Aches/ Slow recovery - Excessive sweating.. Terrible if I go running at the gym, for example. - Dry mouth - Nosebleeds more than I should - Fatigue - Overall depression and confusion (*Rhetorical question* Is this a direct symptom or am I like it because of all the other side-effects stressing me out?) That's what I can think of for now. Of course, I wasn't told about half of these being a possibly problem and I was told any side-effects will be temporary. I was 15, so I had no reason not to trust the Doc's word. I've tried lots of different supplements (a lot of which I still take just incase they are helping/slowing down the problems) including Omega 3, Biotin, B-Complex, Vitamin E, Vitamin D, Vitamin C, Collagen, Hyaluronic acid, Aloe Vera Juice, MSM, Colostrum, Garlic, Acetyl L-Carnitine, Acetyl L-Cysteine, Milk Thistle, Dandelion Root, Quercetin, Tumeric. So, yeah, I've tried a lot of things. The Milk Thistle and Dandelion Root are recent additions because despite having my liver test results come back as positive, I've heard your liver can still not be functioning correctly and people are given liver tests monthly while taking this drug for a reason, right? I'm starting to eat better foods as this sh*t taught me that Natural is the way to go. I still binge on cakes and that occasionally - Mainly for comfort. I'm average weight and height, but want to cut out processed foods to support my body. I don't want to make this EXTREMELY long, so I'll cut it short. I'm currently seeing a Homeopathy about these problems. And Yes, I know "Science says it's boll*cks", and I don't understand how it's supposed to work, but sometimes you have to think outside the box and give things a go. I don't have high hopes for things getting better these days, but I'm not giving up. There is so much more I could say, but let me know your thoughts. I don't want to hear negative and hopeless responses. What HAS helped you? Acne.org seems to be the biggest place to speak about this, but we NEED the word out, so the 'experts' can do the research instead of hoping for someone else to fix us. Thanks for reading, Indy.
  2. 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
  3. ★★★CONNECTION between CONSTIPATION, High BP and Non-Insulin-Dependent DIABETES★★★ Constipation is caused by various combinations of the following factors : 1. Excessive amounts of the constipating nutrients such as vitamin A, vitamin E, vitamin K, riboflavin (vitamin B2), pyridoxine (vitamin B6), niacin, tryptophan (an amino acid), folic acid, protein, fat, some organic acids (like citric acid, but not vitamin C), calcium, fluoride, chloride, (bromide), nitrates and some other compounds of nitrogen, copper, etc. 2. Deficiencies of the laxative nutrients. 3. Constipating medicines and drugs. 4. Constipating additives, adulterants and contaminants in foods and drinks. 5. Residues of constipating pesticides in foods and drinks. 6. Too much exercise. 7. Fasting or semi-starvation diets which result in a deficit of energy in the body. 8. Over-indulgence in sex and excessive loss of semen (in men). 9. Hypothyroidism. 10. Anemia (low RBC count). Over-indulgence in sex makes the constipation much worse in men. During the period of lactation, women who excessively breast-feed their hungry older infants, or have to breast-feed twins, may suffer from constipation. The symptoms associated with chronic constipation are edema, high blood pressure, heart disease, headaches, sleeplessness, mental depression, chronic fatigue, tumors and cancer. The other symptoms in this condition can include non-insulin-deficiency diabetes (NIDD), high levels of fat and cholesterol in the body, leukemia, etc. ★Cures for Constipation & Related Diseases★ Persons suffering from constipation, high blood pressure, non-insulin-deficiency diabetes and other associated problems should take greater amounts of the laxative dietary factors such as: Vitamin C Vitamin D Thiamine (vitamin B1) Pantothenate Magnesium Manganese Sodium Potassium Iodine Chromium Phosphates and some other compounds of phosphorus Zinc, Etc. Note of Caution: High doses of the nutrients should not be given once the symptoms of constipation are controlled. Moving too fast in the opposite direction can bring new symptoms of the opposite condition that can frighten the patients. Nutrition therapists must have the knowledge about such critical stages. Lower doses of nutrients should be given once the change from the constipating stage to the diarrheal tendency is noticed. The treatment should be changed or even stopped once the original symptoms disappear. The salts of micronutrients like manganese, iodine, chromium and zinc should be taken only on the advice of an expert nutritionist. Even small overdoses of such micronutrients taken regularly can be toxic. Patients suffering from constipation and associated symptoms, should reduce the intakes of constipating dietary factors such as vitamin A, vitamin E, vitamin K, riboflavin (vitamin B2), pyridoxine (vitamin B6), niacin, tryptophan (an amino acid), folic acid, protein, fat, some organic acids like citric acid, calcium, fluoride, chloride, (bromide), nitrates and some other compounds of nitrogen, copper, etc. They should avoid constipating medicines and drugs, as well as foods containing constipating additives, constipating contaminants and residues of constipating pesticides. ★★Fiber, Water & Laxative Nutrients★★ Indigestible dietary fiber or roughage, consisting of cellulose, hemicellulose, lignin, pectin, is present in large amounts in whole-grain flour products, bran-enriched foods, peas, beans and pulses, leafy and root vegetables, fruits and their skins. Dietary fiber can absorb a lot of water and can help in producing peristalsis in the intestines. So dietary fiber can be considered as a factor that may physically help in the production of peristalsis. Constipated persons should consume adequate amounts of water and fiber-rich carbohydrate foods like unrefined cereals, vegetables and fruits. They should avoid eating white polished rice, refined white bread and other white flour foods because refined cereal foods are poor in the laxative vitamins and minerals. The refined cereal foods should not be given to such patients till they get cured of constipation. Whole-wheat flour foods should preferably be eaten by them every day as such foods contain many laxative factors. Besides consuming other vegetables and fruits, the constipated persons should also eat foods containing herbs like onion, garlic and leeks. Persons suffering from chronic constipation should be made to consume the vegetables, pulses, etc, along with the water used for boiling them. The water should not be thrown away as it can be used for preparing soups and curries. For example, they should consume the water used for boiling potatoes, spinach, guar (cluster beans), cauliflower, cabbage, carrots, radishes, beetroots, peas, beans, gram, lentil, moong, brown unpolished rice, etc. The water used for boiling such foods contains the laxative factors like potassium, magnesium, phosphate, manganese, chromium, zinc, vitamin C, vitamin B1 (thiamine), etc. This procedure should be followed as long as it is necessary to control constipation. ★More Measures to Control Constipation★ The following salts are constipating and so the processed foods, drinks and medical preparations containing them should be avoided by persons with constipation: Calcium carbonate = CaCO3. Calcium bicarbonate = Ca(HCO3)2. Calcium chloride = CaCl2. Calcium sulfate = CaSO4. Sodium nitrate (Chile saltpeter) = NaNO3. Potassium nitrate (saltpeter) = KNO3. Citric acid. Ammonium chloride = NH4Cl. Salts of constipating micronutrients: Copper sulfate = CuSO4. Other compounds of copper. Calcium fluoride = CaF2. Sodium fluoride = NaF. Potassium fluoride = KF. Calcium bicarbonate, calcium chloride and calcium sulfate are found in hard water. The hard water containing any of these calcium salts can cause constipation, and related problems, and should be avoided by the constipated persons. Chile saltpeter and saltpeter are used as food additives to cure meats, which should be avoided by persons with constipation. As copper is a constipating factor, the constipated persons should not consume water stored in a copper vessel. Constipated persons should not have dental fillings, caps or bridges containing copper. Their teeth should be free of copper. Fluoride salts are used in toothpastes, mouth washes and for fluoridation of water. Toothpastes and mouth washes containing fluoride and fluoridated water can cause very severe constipation in the users. The excessive ingestion of fluoride prevents the adequate formation and the efficient functioning of thyroxin in the body of a person using them. The toothpastes and mouth washes containing fluoride and fluoridated water should be avoided to help the formation of adequate thyroxin in the body. An adequate formation of thyroxin helps in preventing constipation. Persons who suffer from constipation should eat foods prepared with iodized salt. Constipated patients should consume vitamin D-fortified milk. Exposure of the skin to sunshine helps in the formation of vitamin D in the body, which reduces constipation, as vitamin D is a laxative factor. Constipated persons can use foods and beverages that contain dilute phosphoric acid as an additive. Calcium supplements, which do not contain the phosphate radical, like calcium carbonate, tend to increase constipation in the constipated persons. Such persons should, therefore, avoid calcium carbonate and preferably take dicalcium phosphate. Dilute phosphoric acid is much more effective than dicalcium phosphate in combating constipation, as it provides the laxative phosphate radical without the constipating calcium. Persons suffering from constipation and related problems should avoid fasting and semi-starvation diets as such practices make constipation more severe. As exercise makes constipation worse, the constipated persons should avoid too much exercise and must take adequate rest. Men should avoid excessive indulgence in sex and conserve their semen. Men who have too much sex and lose a lot of semen can become very constipated. During the period of lactation, women should not breast-feed their infants excessively, as that may cause constipation in them. A low hemoglobin level tends to cause constipation. A severely anemic person who gets a blood transfusion can even get cured of chronic constipation. To tackle chronic constipation in their patients, nutrition therapists can prescribe proper doses of one or more of the laxative salts like sodium sulfate, potassium sulfate, magnesium sulfate, magnesium hydroxide, sodium phosphate, potassium phosphate and magnesium phosphate. They can also prescribe with caution minute quantities of one or more salts of laxative micronutrients like potassium iodide, sodium iodide, manganese sulfate, zinc sulfate and chromium trichloride. The intake of a proper combination of laxative salts can even produce a bowel motion in a constipated person within 30 minutes! However, the overdoses of laxative salts must be strictly avoided. ★★High BP & Heart Disease★★ All the constipating factors are synergists in raising the blood pressure. The greater intakes of the constipating factors cause the retention of greater amounts of sodium chloride (salt) and water in the body, which results in the elevation of the blood pressure. The dietary factors that can increase the blood pressure are the greater intakes of vitamin A (especially preformed vitamin A as in pills), vitamin E, vitamin K, riboflavin (vitamin B2), pyridoxine (vitamin B6), niacin, folic acid, protein, fat, fluoride, chloride, (bromide), nitrate, copper, calcium, etc. Foods that are deficient in laxative factors also tend to cause constipation and raise the blood pressure. For example, the refined foods like white bread, other white flour products, sugar products, and white polished rice tend to cause constipation and high blood pressure in those who consume them regularly. The consumption of foods rich in the constipating factors should be reduced to bring down the blood pressure and to decrease the chances of heart attacks and strokes. Such foods include meats, eggs, nuts, fats (especially saturated animal fats), coffee and acidic items like sour lemon juice which contains citric acid. Some spices like cumin seeds (jeera), fennel seeds (saunf), mustard seeds, mustard powder, cinnamon (daalchini) and fenugreek (methi) are known to cause constipation and should be avoided. Meats cured with salts containing nitrate, like Chile saltpeter and saltpeter, should be totally avoided. The regular consumption of some constipating item like betel nut (areca nut) is very dangerous for persons who are prone to heart attacks and strokes. Betel nut can cause heart attacks and strokes in susceptible persons. All persons who are prone to heart attacks and strokes should avoid certain killer combinations of nutrients. A patient, suffering from heart disease, who takes a pill containing a large amount of vitamin A immediately before or after eating a meal rich in protein and fat, can collapse in a few minutes and die soon of a heart attack. Preformed vitamin A, as available in pills, forms an incompatible combination with an iron salt. The high doses of vitamin A and an iron salt taken with protein, fat and acids form an instant killer. The addition of vitamin K, folic acid, copper, fluoride, nitrate and other constipating factors makes this killer combination even more extremely toxic. Even the strongest persons in the world cannot easily survive after taking these various combinations of instant killers. The other factors that can increase the blood pressure are the constipating drugs and medicines, and constipating adulterants, residues of constipating pesticides and other constipating contaminants in foods and drinks. The foods and drinks which are rich in the laxative factors help in lowering the blood pressure and in preventing heart disease associated with constipation and high blood pressure. Persons having constipation and high blood pressure should increase the intakes of laxative dietary factors such as vitamin C, vitamin D, thiamine (vitamin B1), pantothenate, magnesium, manganese, potassium, iodine, chromium, phosphate, zinc, etc. Persons suffering from constipation and high blood pressure should eat foods prepared with iodized salt. Calcium supplements, which do not contain the phosphate radical, like calcium carbonate, tend to increase constipation, high blood pressure and heart disease in the persons who take such calcium supplements. Persons with constipation, high blood pressure and heart disease should prefer dicalcium phosphate and avoid calcium carbonate. They should not drink hard water which contains calcium chloride and calcium sulfate. Toothpastes and mouth washes containing fluoride and fluoridated water can cause very severe constipation, high blood pressure and heart disease, and therefore should be avoided. Foods cooked in non-stick teflon-coated utensils should be avoided as they get contaminated with fluoride. Heat-resistant glass and good quality enamel-coated utensils are best for cooking foods. As copper is a constipating factor, the constipated persons should not consume foods and drinks stored or prepared in copper vessels. Persons prone to constipation should not have dental fillings, caps or bridges containing copper. Their teeth should be free of copper. Prolonged and strenuous exercise should be avoided as it is bad for persons with heart disease because it can cause constipation. Excessive indulgence in sex, leading to excessive loss of semen, should be avoided by men as it can give them constipation which can lead to high blood pressure and heart disease. The loss of blood due to injuries and blood donations can also cause constipation and increase the blood pressure. Loss of blood due to heavy menstruation can give constipation and high blood pressure to women. ★How is Non-Insulin-Deficiency Diabetes Caused?★ Instead of non-insulin-dependent diabetes, this type of diabetes should be called non-insulin-deficiency diabetes. The excessive intakes of the dietary constipating factors can cause non-insulin-deficiency diabetes in susceptible persons. The regular consumption of foods that are deficient in the laxative factors can also cause constipation and non-insulin-deficiency diabetes. For example, the refined foods like white bread, other white flour products, sugar products, and white polished rice tend to cause non-insulin-deficiency diabetes in those who consume such foods regularly. The other factors that can increase the blood sugar and cause non-insulin-deficiency diabetes are the constipating drugs and medicines, constipating adulterants, residues of constipating pesticides and other constipating contaminants in foods and drinks. Why do the excessive intakes of the dietary constipating factors cause non-insulin-deficiency diabetes? In the condition of constipation, there is greater stability of the organic biochemicals like protein, fat, carbohydrate, vitamin A, vitamin E, vitamin K, riboflavin (vitamin B2), pyridoxine (vitamin B6), niacin, folic acid, etc, including the hormones like insulin, in the body. Due to chronic constipation, protein, fat, carbohydrate and other biochemicals become very stable and cannot be broken up at a normal rate. There is a much slower break up and utilization of protein, fat and glycogen (human carbohydrate) so they tend to accumulate in the body. When they get saturated in the body, even the glucose level gradually begins to rise in the blood leading to diabetes. In this type of diabetes, there is more than enough insulin in the bodies of patients, as insulin becomes more stable than it is in normal individuals. The insulin is too stable to be utilized properly, and this insulin prevents conversion of an adequate amount of glycogen into glucose to provide enough energy. The person affected by diabetes associated with chronic constipation tends to gain weight as the stored energy reserves in the form of glycogen cannot be broken up and utilized at the normal rate. When glycogen becomes saturated in the cells of the muscles of the body, the glucose level starts rising in the blood, as not much glucose can be sent to the cells of the body to be converted into glycogen. The glucose also becomes too stable to be broken up efficiently to produce energy. When more and more glucose accumulates in the blood, diabetes makes its presence. The body then tries to get rid of the excess of glucose through the urine, which can increase the frequency of urination and the volume of urine. Insulin should not be administered in the non-insulin-deficiency diabetes, because the extra insulin can cause an excessive accumulation of glycogen in the cells of the body leading to many related problems like the formation of more cholesterol, heart disease and cancer. The administration of insulin can even make this type of diabetes worse. ★★Cure for Non-Insulin-Deficiency Diabetes★★ In non-insulin-deficiency diabetes, there are real or relative deficiencies of the laxative factors in the body. The consumption of foods and drinks, which are rich in the laxative factors, helps in lowering the blood sugar in persons who have non-insulin-deficiency diabetes. Persons having constipation and non-insulin-deficiency diabetes should increase the consumption of foods and drinks that are rich in the laxative nutrients like vitamin B1 (thiamine), pantothenate, vitamin C, vitamin D, phosphate (phosphoric acid in dilute form), manganese, magnesium, zinc, potassium, iodine, chromium, etc. If you have non-insulin-deficiency diabetes, you should reduce the intakes of the constipating factors. Food supplements and medical preparations containing the constipating factors can be harmful for persons with NIDD. You should try to avoid the consumption of foods that are very rich in the constipating nutrients like vitamin A, vitamin E, vitamin K, riboflavin (vitamin B2), pyridoxine (vitamin B6), niacin, tryptophan (an amino acid), folic acid, protein, fat, organic acids like citric acid, calcium, fluoride, chloride, nitrates, copper, etc. The patients should consume more quantities of the unrefined foods, that are rich in laxative factors, like whole-wheat flour products and brown unpolished rice, vegetables and fruits like papaya, brinjal (eggplant), guar (cluster beans), bitter gourd, cauliflower, cabbage, etc. They should consume moderate quantities of protein-rich beans, moong and other pulses and legumes. They should consume vegetable soups which are rich in the laxative nutrients and can be beneficial for them. They should greatly reduce the consumption of foods that contain animal protein, animal fat, eggs, butter, cheese, etc. Meats cured with salts containing nitrate, like Chile saltpeter and saltpeter, should be totally avoided. They should consume some quantity of foods containing carotene instead of preformed vitamin A. If you have constipation and non-insulin-deficiency diabetes, drinking wheat water can provide you with extra quantities of many laxative nutrients. For getting wheat water, unwashed wheat should be boiled in water. Half a cup of wheat can be boiled in one and a half cups of water for 2 minutes. The brew should be left standing for not more than about 5 minutes. It should be strained within a short time, otherwise wheat will begin to absorb most of the water. Drink the wheat water hot or cold, once or twice in a day, according to your need. Don't consume the boiled wheat, but throw it away as it no longer contains most of its original vitamins and minerals. Persons with constipation and non-insulin-deficiency diabetes should consume milk and milk products fortified with vitamin D. They should also expose their skins to sunshine for some time daily because that can make their skins synthesize vitamin D. They should use iodized salt in place of ordinary salt. If the constipation persists, the diabetics can also use milk of magnesia, magnesium sulfate and some other laxative salts of essential minerals. The intake of calcium supplements, which do not contain the phosphate radical, like calcium carbonate, tend to increase constipation and high blood sugar in the persons who have non-insulin-deficiency diabetes. Persons with constipation and high blood sugar should preferably take dicalcium phosphate and avoid calcium carbonate. They should not drink hard water which contains calcium chloride and calcium sulfate. Taking beverages containing dilute phosphoric acid helps in undoing the constipating effect and related problems caused by excess calcium in the body. In diabetes associated with hypothyroidism, thyroxin may be given to the patients for some time. As a nutritionist, I do not favor the use of hormones for any long-term treatment, as hormone therapies can produce many side effects. It is better to make the patients consume iodized salt regularly as a long-term measure to treat hypothyroidism. This measure should also help to control the symptoms of non-insulin-deficiency diabetes. Toothpastes and mouth washes containing fluoride and fluoridated water can cause very severe constipation, high blood sugar and non-insulin-dependent diabetes. Therefore, fluoride-rich products should be avoided by the diabetics. Foods cooked in non-stick teflon-coated utensils should also be avoided as they get contaminated with fluoride. Heat-resistant glass and good quality enamel-coated utensils are the best for cooking foods. As copper is a constipating factor, the constipated persons should not consume foods and drinks stored or prepared in copper vessels. Persons prone to constipation, high blood sugar and non-insulin-deficiency diabetes, should not have dental fillings, caps or bridges containing copper. Their teeth should be free of copper. Prolonged and strenuous exercise causes constipation and should be avoided by persons with high blood sugar and non-insulin-deficiency diabetes. Excessive indulgence in sex, leading to the excessive loss of semen, should be avoided by men, as it is extremely constipating and can gradually lead to high blood sugar and non-insulin-deficiency diabetes. The loss of blood due to any injuries and blood donations can cause constipation and increase the blood sugar in persons with non-insulin-deficiency diabetes. Excessive loss of blood due to heavy menstruation can cause constipation and increase the blood sugar in women with non-insulin-deficiency diabetes. During the period of lactation, women, who excessively breast-feed their extremely hungry older infants, may suffer from constipation. They should avoid excessive breast-feeding of their infants, as the excessive loss of milk from their mammary glands makes the effects of their non-insulin-deficiency diabetes worse. With the guidance of an expert nutritionist, constipated persons with non-insulin-deficiency diabetes should take some suitable tonics or food supplements which contain laxative nutrients like vitamin B1, pantothenate, vitamin C, vitamin D, phosphate (as in dilute phosphoric acid), manganese, magnesium, zinc, potassium, iodine, chromium, etc. Diabetics should avoid mental tension, because mental tension produces toxic chemicals that spread to the whole body and weaken it further. ●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●● ★★CONSTIPATION due to IRRADIATED Foods★★ Irradiation of foods is done for reducing spoilage by killing the pathogenic bacteria and harmful insects. Irradiation is also used for preventing the sprouting and ripening in vegetables and fruits. Irradiation of foods causes massive losses of Vitamin B1 and Vitamin C, which can be even up to 90 per cent! The regular consumption of such foods can cause EXTREMELY SEVERE CONSTIPATION, which cannot be relieved even by the regular use of laxatives. Even the highly experienced doctors cannot easily find out the real reason for such SEVERE CONSTIPATION caused by the IRRADIATED FOODS, which can destroy Vitamin B1, Vitamin C and other biochemicals even within the bodies of the persons who consume such foods! This chronic constipation due to the IRRADIATED FOODS can be associated with edema, high blood pressure, high levels of fat and cholesterol, heart disease, headaches, sleeplessness, mental depression, chronic fatigue, non-insulin-deficiency diabetes (NIDD), leukemia, tumors and cancer. Even the fiber-rich foods made from multigrains can become EXTREMELY CONSTIPATING after they are treated with IRRADIATION, which causes MASSIVE DESTRUCTION of Vitamin B1, Vitamin C and other nutrients in such foods, as well as in the bodies of people who consume such foods. Almost all of the packed foods and drinks, which have shelf lives of many months, or even a couple of years, are HIGHLY IRRADIATED items. ●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●
  4. I PICKED MY SCAB HELP!!!

    Okay so like i tried putting garlic on my pimples and left it for like an 1hr so when i woke up the next day IT WAS BLOODY RED and i tried covering it up with concealer and i tried not touching it but the scab was developing, which made my skin flake and become so dry so it became so obvious i was wearing concealer and like it became like a dark red which dumb me got so annoyed and picked it so now i have this really pink skin (Which was btw wet) and it hurts ;( What do i do?!?!!!!!!
  5. I have been suffering from hyperpigmentation for almost a year and i recently came across an article that shows that garlic could get rid of my hyperpigmentation and the remaining acne. So last week i used garlic and nugmeg mixture to apply directly on top of my hyperpigmentation and acne. I accidentally left it on for almost 30 minutes and it burned my face. Later that night i was washing my face and the burned part of my skin came off revealing a bright pink skin inside. For a whole week i used home remedies for healing the wounds including bio-oil, jojoba oil, fresh aloe vera gel from its saps and it didn't get any better. It's been a week now and i have an important event to attend in 2-3 days, WHAT SHOULD I DO TOT
  6. I've been very confused and have been researching for a month now on what pimple I have on my face...I still have not found a definite answer. I never used to shave but just trim my beard but beginning January of 2016, I had to start shaving for work. I have had this for almost 4 months now and I do not know what is it. I first though it was a Papule but some say it's a wart? I believe it happened from shaving as I have sensitive skin around the mouth area. I was wondering if someone can tell me what it is and how can I get rid of it before I visit a dermatologist. I tried popping it once but no puss, just became real red.
  7. Garlic Burn Remedy

    So, I recently had a very stubborn zit on my face, and I applied garlic to it. I guess I kept the garlic on for too long, because now there's still a pimple but there is also a bumpy red inflamed patch all around the pimple. Any remedies for garlic burns?
  8. Hello, Please excuse the TMI. I have vaginal bacteriosis, which is basically a bacterial infection, and of course was prescribed strong antibiotics and an antibiotic cream. The cream has parabens, and the antibiotics are antibiotics, so I will not take either. What are other options? I have been using a natural anti-bacterial vaginal gel called Multi-Gyn Acti Gel for over a month, but it's not helping that much. I'm considering garlic supplements, just because I can't take raw garlic (my throat burns!). Can someone recommend a good garlic supplement or other solutions to my issue?
  9. How to get rid of Acne scars?

    Hey gurls, I have read about some natural acne scars treatment, thus I want to share it with you. Mild acne scars can be treated effectively with natural acne scar treatment. Try the following tips to get rid of acne scars the natural way. 1. Sandalwood is very effective in treating acne scars. Mix it with some rosewater and apply it to the scars. Leave it on overnight and wash it off in the morning. 2. Rub ice cubes on the face to tighten the pores. 3. Cut a tomato in half and rub it on your skin. 4. Use cucumber juice as a toner. 5. Raw garlic is a very effective acne blemish treatment. 6. Take turmeric internally or make it into a paste and apply it to the skin. 7. Sage and Aloe Vera have healing properties. Apply Aloe Vera directly to the skin. Seep sage in hot water, cool and then apply. 8. Apple cider vinegar is good for clearing up spots. Use in place of a toner.
  10. Back in December 2010, I started getting really depressed about my acne. I started having acne problems the previous year, and it was only getting worse. I noticed I was also having notable issues with headaches, muscle aches, and digestion. In 2009, I also worked at a health department and was began doing research on nutrition. During this time, I stumbled upon some sources about food intolerances and how they might contribute to acne. I started keeping a food journal and taking pulse tests before and after meals. I found it interesting that my pulse would race up to 50 beats/minute within 15 minutes of consuming a good number of foods... and this is while at rest! At one point, I limited my dinners to steamed carrots, broccoli, and cauliflower and noticed that my pulse remained unchanged after consuming these. Because keeping a food journal, doing pulse tests, and taking the elimination approach was so taxing (and also since acne was a delayed effect, so it was a little difficult to pin-point certain foods without eating the same food for a week), my progress came to a halt. Things got busy, and I started a new job and classes in a new city. During this time, I was trying out new, healthy recipes using ingredients like tomatoes, lentils, beets, avocados, garlic, citrus fruits, almonds, etc. I ate VERY healthily during this time. But then, I noticed my face started getting significantly worse, and by December 2010, I was in tears many nights due to acne. Finally, I thought back to my research on food intolerances and decided to take action. I made appointments to get blood tests and have those samples sent to a lab for a 200+ food panel. I found out that I had HIGH REACTIONS to the following foods: TOMATO, AVOCADO, GRAPEFRUIT, PUMPKIN, cola, wax beans, safflower oil. I also had mild reactions to egg whites. Immediately, I eliminated these foods from my diet. It was recommended I eliminate the mild foods completely for 3 months and the high foods for 6 months, and then start reintroducing the foods little by little. I also started taking birth control during this time to address cystic acne that I was getting along my jawline. Within a couple of months, my skin changed drastically. Additionally (this is VERY important), my headaches, muscle aches, and digestive issues improved and eventually went away. Until this day, I am grateful for stumbling upon this information. I wanted to share this in hopes that this may be the answer for many of you! Here is my gallery documenting my progression of acne starting in December 2009: http://www.acne.org/messageboard/index.php/gallery/album/11482-face-the-facts If you have any questions for me, please feel free to ask! Best of luck to you all.
  11. Top 10 Detox Foods (click for link) Posted Wed, Jan 10, 2007, 10:31 am PST As 2007 swings into gear, there's no better time to give your body a healthy, fresh start than now! Plus if you're thinking about lowering your weight - and your RealAge "eating clean" is a great first step. Add these 10 foods to your grocery cart and you'll get three terrific benefits: Lots of super-healthy liquids to flush out the body while pouring in nutrients.Fiber to keep your GI tract fit.Foods that energize cleansing enzymes in the liver, your body's built-in detox center.The top 10:Green leafy vegetables. Eat them raw, throw them into a broth, add them to juices. Their chlorophyll helps swab out environmental toxins (heavy metals, pesticides) and is an all-round liver protector.Lemons. You need to keep the fluids flowing to wash out the body and fresh lemonade is ideal. Its vitamin C - considered the detox vitamin - helps convert toxins into a water - soluble form that?s easily flushed away.Watercress. Put a handful into salads, soups, and sandwiches. The peppery little green leaves have a diuretic effect that helps move things through your system. And cress is rich in minerals too.Garlic. Add it to everything - salads, sauces, spreads. In addition to the bulb's cardio benefits, it activates liver enzymes that help filter out junk.Green tea. This antioxidant-rich brew is one of the healthiest ways to get more fluids into your system. Bonus: It contains catechins, which speed up liver activity.Broccoli sprouts. Get 'em at your health-food store. They pack 20 to 50 times more cancer-fighting, enzyme-stimulating activity into each bite than the grown-up vegetable.Sesame seeds. They're credited with protecting liver cells from the damaging effects of alcohol and other chemicals. For a concentrated form, try tahini, the yummy sesame seed paste that?s a staple of Asian cooking.Cabbage. There are two main types of detoxifying enzymes in the liver; this potent veggie helps activate both of them. Coleslaw, anyone?Psyllium. A plant that?s rich in soluble fiber, like oat bran, but more versatile. It mops up toxins (cholesterol too) and helps clear them out. Stir powdered psyllium into juice to help cleanse your colon, or have psyllium-fortified Bran Buds for breakfast.Fruits, fruits, fruits. They're full of almost all the good things above - vitamin C, fiber, nutritious fluids, and all kinds of antioxidants. Besides, nothing tastes better than a ripe mango, fresh berries, or a perfect pear.Ultimate Detox Recipe Easy Wilted Garlic-Sesame Salad Toss dark, leafy greens in hot, garlicky oil for a cleansing and delicious dish 4 servings, about 65 calories each 1 Tsp. olive oil1 clove garlic, minced1 lb. spinach, stemmed, OR 1 lb. Swiss chard, stems sliced, leaves torn OR 1 lb. mixture of spinach and watercress Salt and freshly ground pepper to taste1 Tsp. sesame seeds for garnishWarm oil in large skillet over medium-high heat. Add garlic and stir until lightly browned, about 45 seconds. Add greens (do in two batches, if necessary) and toss until just wilted, 2 to 4 minutes. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Sprinkle with sesame seeds.
  12. Pityrosporum Folliculitis

    I wanted to start a new thread on Pityrosporum Folliculitis (PF). The other threads seem dead. I am not going to copy what PF is from Wiki. I assume either you can Google it, or you are reading this thread because you are like me, you have PF and you are trying to find a "fix" (notice I didnt say cure It would be nice to keep this thread clean, with just useful information from individuals that have, or have had, PF, and how they eventually resolved it (including what they used). I started having PF after finishing Accutane. It has been almost 2 years. In the last months, it has been pretty bad, localized to my forehead and scalp. I used 1% and 2% Nizoral Shampoo a while back, but eventually it lost its efficacy. Now, I have been using Oral Ketoconazole, Diflucan (Fluconazole), and topical Loprox. It took 7 days for the PF to completely disappear on Oral Ketoconazole, but only < 14 days for it to completely come back. Repeated the same thing with Diflucan, but it came back. Now I bumped up Diflucan from 150mg to 200mg. I am only on day 2 (after starting again). I am using Loprox a few times a week. Too early to tell yet what will happen. I also just started today taking Oil of Oregano (OoO), as well as Pau D'arco (both are liquid tinctures). I took GSE and Garlic a while back, but it didnt seem to resolve anything. As a note, I even took Ivermectin and Permethrin on the premise it could be from Demodex (note that Demodex mites can cause Pityriasis Folliculitis), but didnt notice any positive results. My latest exploit is to explore Candida. I took a blood test today for Candida, to determine if there is possibly a link to the PF. Will update when results come in. By the way, I have been my own doctor. Numerous Derms have misdiagnosed it (acne, bacterial, etc). I was the one that experimented and determined it was PF. In other words, just because your Derm is a Derm, doesnt necessarily mean they know what they are doing.
  13. Hello there, I am a longtime lurker and set up this account to share my story. I am a 30 year old female, and have been dealing with what I thought was hormonal, adult-onset acne for the past several years. I have an eating-disordered history, largely the result of attempting to avoid foods that seemed to trigger my acne. I have been vegetarian for 10 years, vegan most of those (including at present). I have a degree in holistic health, and was a raw foodist for a year. My acne went into remission for a year after a 3 month course of juicing 5 lbs of raw carrots each day. It was a pain in the butt, but it worked as well as Accutane, without side effects. I noticed minor flareups returning in December 2013. Around Christmastime, I was hit with a terrible cold. I began taking 2-4 cloves of raw garlic daily, split between morning and night, to kill the bug and rebuild my immune system. I minced it, swallowing it and chasing it with a big glass of water. I did this religiously for about 3 weeks, then decided to take a short break. Little did I know what was about to hit me. First, allow me to reiterate that garlic is a POWERFUL healer. I developed three huge, painful cysts after about 2 weeks of taking it. Midweek of this week, while on garlic break, I woke up at midnight with what felt like food poisoning. Never have I felt so ill. Both ends, the whole deal. The next morning was even worse, and my lower back and hips were in excruciating pain. Luckily, I had an appointment for a physical with my doctor that morning. She attributed it all to the flu, and offered me an antiviral (Tamiflu), which I declined. I returned home to rest, and that's when things got truly ugly. I had terrible diarrhea all day, and I nearly lost my shit (haha) when I noticed parasites in the bowl. As in, worms. Dead ones. I have touted the benefits of regular human deworming (we deworm our pets biannually; why are we above other members of the animal kingdom?) using diatomaceous earth, but never had I experienced this level of die-off. I had never actually witnessed a worm, although I secretly wished I had, for the satisfaction. Never had I experienced this level of physical pain, either. I ran back to my doctor, and actually ended up at the ER that night, as my level of pain terrified me as much as the parasites. A stool sample confirmed the diagnosis of pinworms, and I was prescribed an anti-parasitic. As clinical testing only catches about 1% of parasites, I suspect this was not the only variety. For the next three days, I literally thought I would die. I barely left the restroom. Today is the first day I have felt slightly human, and you'd better bet I'm back on the garlic train. I plan to resume DE as well. It is estimated that 85-95% of us suffer from parasites. There are thousands of varieties. This all got me thinking. In the past few years, I have developed all sorts of food allergies and intolerances, as well as... acne. I suddenly found myself sensitive to all sorts of topicals, products, environmentals, and cosmetics. I assumed I had leaky gut and hormonal imbalances. And you know, maybe I do. But I also noticed that as soon as the horrific die-off began, those cysts drained and my skin looked... great. And felt... normal. Holy moly. I have a gut feeling that the parasitic load I was carrying was responsible for these symptoms. I didn't have overt symptoms of parasites, i.e. I never noticed an abnormal bowel movement, and have prided myself on living cleanly for many years now. And yet, I've had fatigue, insomnia, depression, this acne, and allergies. And apparently, I was offering these jerks a free ride for god knows how long. Related? Hmmm... Raw garlic is the most powerful antibiotic, antiviral, antifungal, and antiparasitic I have encountered to date. I must warn that it is no gentle healer, particularly when taken internally. I began taking 2 minced cloves (raw and minced is important) at night again, which I plan to do for the next several months, repeated again in the fall. I hope I won't experience another period of this level of die-off, but if I do, I will be happy to know I'm ridding myself of a large amount of toxins. Could a high parasitic load be lurking behind your strange food intolerances, environmental sensitivities, and, perhaps, acne? This is nothing to fear. As living things, this is just a part of life, albeit a part we avoid in polite conversation. Even Europe recommends biannual deworming for pets and their people. Knowledge is power! Perhaps a parasite cleanse, in the form of something traditional like DE or raw garlic, or using one of the products on the market (Humaworm is supposed to be good, but I have never personally used it) might alleviate your symptoms, including acne. Couldn't hurt to try, right? Best of luck on your journey.
  14. Herbal Amaranth Make a tea from amaranth seeds and use as a face wash. To make the tea bring 3 cups of water to a rolling boil, add 2 teaspoons of seeds, cover and simmer for five minutes; remove from heat and add 1 teaspoon of leaves (if available) and steep for 30 minutes. Basil To treat affected area, obtain a basil-based oil from your health food store and apply it as directed. Another way is to get the actual herb and make an infusion. To make an infusion, put two to four teaspoons of dried basil leaves in a cup of boiling water, steep for 10 to 20 minutes, cool, and apply to the acne. Burdock The herb burdock (Arctium lappa), is effective in treating acne and is the most important herb for treating all forms of chronic skin problems. To make the tea, bring 1 quart of water to a boil, reduce to simmer, add 4 teaspoons of cut, dried root; cover and let simmer for 7 minutes, then remove from heat and let steep for 2 more hours. Use as a skin wash. Calendula can be made into tinctures, lotions and creams. Look for products containing this herb. Make a tea of calendula and wash your face. Oregon grape (Mahonia aquifolium) It has antibiotic properties and helps stimulate the immune system. Take one of the following three times daily: tea from dried root (2-4 grams); tincture (6-12 ml or 1.5-3 teaspoon); fluid extract (1-2 ml or 0.25-0.5 teaspoon); solid powder of 8-12% alkaloid content (250-500 mg.). Tea There are several other herbs that can be made into a tea and taken internally or used as a wash. Besides aloe and burdock, calendula, chickweed, dandelion, red clover, white oak bark, yellow dock, cayenne, echinacea, ginseng, redmond clay, sarsaparilla, and valarian may be used. Tea tree oil derived from the leaves of the native Australian Melaleuca alternifolia tree contains antiseptic compounds that are a very effective skin disinfectant. Depending on severity, use 5-15% solutions twice daily. It is as effective as 5% benzoyl peroxide and is less drying, although it may take a little longer to work. See our Product. Homeopathic Natrum muriaticum (table salt, sodium chloride) 6x, 12x or 30x. Aloe Use aloe vera juice or gel to counteract infection and promote healing. Use the ointment on pimples and sores. For acne scars, using aloe vera juice morning and night for as long as necessary (perhaps six months or longer) will help reduce the scars and improve skin complexion and color. It is drying, so if you have dry skin, use an aloe-based moisturizer. The pulp of the aloe vera plant is an excellent skin cleanser. Break off a portion and rub the pulp directly on the skin. Apple cider vinegar/lemon juice Clean your skin and apply either lemon juice or apple cider vinegar with a cotton ball. The acid in these kitchen remedies helps flush out the pores and keeps the skin looking beautiful. Vinegar acts as an astringent and helps remove excess oil, kills bacteria, and normalizes the skin's pH. This remedy should work quickly. • Another method using apple cider vinegar is to "steam clean" the face by putting it over a pan of boiling water with a towel over your head to trap the steam. This will loosen the dirt and oil. Then apply the vinegar with a cotton ball to remove the dirt and oil buildup. Repeat twice, then dab more vinegar on the pores to close them. Use this method once a week. Beans Make a tea by boiling a handful of green beans in a quart of water for 10 minutes; add 3 tablespoons of dried chamomile flowers to the tea, cover and steep until cool; strain and bottle. Use as a face wash at least three times daily. Carrot Juice The essential oils in carrot juice will aid digestion and help stop acne. Charcoal To aid digestion, take 3 tablets of activated charcoal three times daily. Colloidal Silver Cleanse the skin morning and night with colloidal silver. You should start to see improvements within a week. Colloidal silver is a natural antibiotic that has safely been used for a century. See our Product. Cucumber Liquify a peeled cucumber in a blender and apply the juice to the acne. Another variation of this remedy is to drink four or five cups of cucumber juice daily for a week. This is said to purify the blood and lymphatic system, resulting in a clearer skin. Egg whites Clean your skin thoroughly and apply egg white with a cotton swab. Let it sit for several hours or overnight. The egg white is an astringent. Fels-Naptha The use of Fels-Naptha soap has been reported with good results for those with oily skins. It contains mineral spirits and other ingredients that work well on skin problems. Grapefruit seed extract This extract is a powerful all-around antimicrobial product and is an excellent disinfectant. Make a solution of 4-40 drops in four ounces of water and apply to the affected areas with a cotton ball two or three times a day. See our Product. Molasses Take 2 teaspoons of molasses with one teaspoon of sulphur once or twice daily to cleanse the blood. Skin eruptions may increase initially, but they are an indication that the blood is being cleansed. Molkosan, a product derived from concentrated whey, the bi-product of cheese manufacture, has been used effectively against many forms of skin problems, especially acne. Add a teaspoon or tablespoon to a glass of water and take with meals. It aids in digestion and regulates metabolism. Soak an absorbant cotton pad or cloth in Molkosan and attach it to the affected areas and leave on overnight. Molkosan is an excellent antiseptic. Oatmeal As for measles and other skin irritations, people have used oatmeal to conquer acne. Apply some cooled, cooked oatmeal to the whole face for fifteen minutes, then wash off. Oatmeal is an astringent and seems to draw oil and impurities out of the skin, keeping it clean and blemish-free. This method may take a week or two, but should have good results. Oil of oregano Put a few drops in a glass of water and dab on the acne using a cotton ball. Oil of oregano is a very strong disinfectant, so if you start to get redness on your skin, stop using it for a few days then use a more diluted solution. See our Product. Sugar Wash your face and make a poultice of white sugar with a small amount of water; dab on the affected area. Sugar has an antibacterial effect. Sun Ultraviolet radiation from the sun or a sunlamp will help kill bacteria on the skin and dry up excess oil. Witch hazel In the morning wash your face with a gentle cleanser. If you have oily skin, rub a cottonball saturated with witch hazel over your entire face. It is an astringent and will help dry the skin and shrink the pimples. Next, spread a thin coat of a 2% salicylic acid product (found in drugstores) over your whole face. Its deep penetrating action will help unclog oil-clogged pores. Repeat the cleansing and witch hazel steps, then dab 2.5% benzoyl peroxide over the entire face to kill bacteria ALOE VERA CREMES AND CAPSULES {Back to Top} Common Uses: » Anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial and analgesic » Helps to heal burns, skin injuries, wounds and ulcers » Soothes skin rashes, acne, insect bites and stings, poison oak and poison ivy. » Soothes dry skin conditions » Is very useful for soothing eczema especially when it occurs on sensitive facial skin » Soothes sun burnt skin. » The gel is rich in enzymes and herbalists recommend taking it internally as a general tonic. They say it can also be useful for poor appetite as it stimulates bile flow and aids digestion. » The powder is a powerful purgative, herbalists sometimes recommend it as a natural treatment for stubborn constipation. TEA TREE OIL SKIN AND ACNE TREATMENT Common Uses: » As an Antiseptic » Effective against fungal skin infections including athletes foot » Effective against vaginal infections including yeast infections » Reduces the risk of infections and aids healing of cuts, abrasions and burns. » Reduces acne with fewer side effects than benzoyl peroxide » Soothes insect bites » Helps reduce dandruff - add a few drops to shampoo when you wash your hair. » Helps relieve cold sores and warts. Soothing Skin Clarifier (for minor acne flare-ups) Mix 1/2 cup warm water with 1/4 teaspoon salt. Using a cotton ball, apply directly to blemish. Maintain pressure with cotton ball for several minutes, to soften blemish. Using a cotton swab, dab honey on blemish; leave on 10 minutes. Rinse and pat dry. Firming Facial Mask Whisk together 1 tablespoon honey, 1 egg white, 1 teaspoon glycerin (available at drug and beauty stores) and enough flour to form a paste. Smooth over face and throat. Leave on 10 minutes. Wash off with warm water. Acne, Pimples: Mix 3 tablespoons of honey and 1 teaspoon of Cinnamon powder paste (ground the cinnamon into powder). Apply this paste on the pimples before sleeping and wash it next morning with warm water. If done daily for two weeks it removes pimples from the roots Mix 1 teaspoon lemon juice with 1 teaspoon finely ground cinnamon powder. Apply on affected areas frequently Make orange peel paste by grinding it and mix with some water. Apply on the face Rub fresh garlic over affected area For acne spots, apply lemon juice with a cotton bud as bactericide Mix and heat for 2 minutes 1 cup grounded Black Seed ½ cup grounded pomegranate skin and ½ cup apple cider vinegar. Apply on area before going to sleep every night until it disappears. Mixture can last 3 weeks and have to be kept in cool temperature Acne, Blackheads: Apply a pinch of Cinnamon (powdered) with a few drops of fresh lime juice on the affected area Seals open pores: Apply mixed 1 tablespoon tomato juice and a few drops of lemon juice to open pores. Wash after 15-20 minutes Massage into skin mixture of 1 egg white and a few drops of lemon juice. Rinse with warm water after 5 minutes Good complexion: Mix 1:1 honey with almond oil and apply on the face Mix a pinch of Cinnamon powder to ½ teaspoon honey and apply on the face every night Drink at least a litre of water everyday for that glowing skin Acne, Pimples: Mix 3 tablespoons of honey and 1 teaspoon of Cinnamon powder paste (ground the cinnamon into powder). Apply this paste on the pimples before sleeping and wash it next morning with warm water. If done daily for two weeks it removes pimples from the roots Mix 1 teaspoon lemon juice with 1 teaspoon finely ground cinnamon powder. Apply on affected areas frequently Make orange peel paste by grinding it and mix with some water. Apply on the face Rub fresh garlic over affected area For acne spots, apply lemon juice with a cotton bud as bactericide Mix and heat for 2 minutes 1 cup grounded Black Seed ½ cup grounded pomegranate skin and ½ cup apple cider vinegar. Apply on area before going to sleep every night until it disappears. Mixture can last 3 weeks and have to be kept in cool temperature Facial moisturiser: Mix grated cucumber with honey and apply on the face. Wash when dried (also for body) Blender cabbage and remove its juice to be mixed with honey. Wash face with mixture Apply a small amount of honey lightly over skin. Remove with splashes of cold or warm water. Leaves skin baby soft Facial scar: Apply 1 tablespoon finely ground raw papaya on face and neck. Let it stay 15-20 minutes before washing Take dates and almond to get rid of scars Soak facial cotton in egg-white and apply on the face. Let it dry. Once hardened, peel off the cotton gently. Do this 1x a week Facial toner: Wipe face with Rose Water or mix 100ml to 1 teaspoon camphor powder Blender 1 tablespoon honey with a peeled cored apple. Apply and leave on face for 15 minutes. Rinse with cool water Natural Masks Break two large bananas, toss into a blender along with half of the peel and one tablespoon of raw honey. Blend to liquefy, pat on, let dry for 20 minutes. Mix equal proportions of honey, fresh cream, or oats and almond paste. Pat on, let dry for 20 minutes. Peel and pit an avocado, liquefy in the blender with one tablespoon of raw honey. Pat on, let dry for 20 minutes. Rinse off with cool water. Oily Skin Masks Wash and core two crisp apples, but do not peel, liquefy the whole thing into the blender. Pat on, let dry for 20 minutes. Splash on with cool water. Wash a big, ripe tomato and liquefy the whole thing in the blender. Pat on, let dry for 20 minutes, splash off with cool water. Two nourishing masks for all skin types: Blend two egg yolks, two tablespoons of honey, three drops of almond oil. Pat on, let dry for 20 minutes. Rinse off with cool water. Grind half a cup of yellow mustard seeds, adding 2 litres of water in it. Also grind in a few rose petals. Apply on skin. Let dry for 20 minutes. Rinse well. One Clarifying facial mask, good for all skins (to be used occassionally): This does with gentle natural enzymes what skin-slouching creams, peelers and exfoliating lotions do with chemical – it removes dead, dry skin cells on the surface to expose fresh clear skin. Peel a ripe banana and puree in the blender. Pat on the fruit, let dry for 20 minutes. Rinse off with cool water. Two cleansing and bleaching masks (for faded, end of summer tans as well as winter-drab or season-change sallow skin) Add the juice of two lemons to one cup of buttermilk. blend, pat on, let dry for 20 minutes. Splash off with cool water. Liquefy one whole lemon (washed, not peeled) and half an orange (washed, not peeled) in the blender, add one cup of plain yoghurt. blend, pat on, let dry for 20 minutes. Rnse off with cool water. Here are a few more any-time masks For a glowing skin, cucumber mixed with fresh coconut water gives remarkable results. use mashed bananas and strawberries as a pack to freshen up the complexion. For curing pimples, apply a mixture of haldi (turmeric) and sandalwood on the face. Pimples can also be cured with a light massage of rose and sevti flowers extract. The extract is easily prepared by distilling a number of flowers in a distilling apparatus. The extract should be applied on the pimples three times a day. Acne Home Remedies - For Your Information Only Put toothpaste on your pimple before you go to bed, should help reduce swelling overnight. Make sure it is the paste not the gel. One of the most popular acne home remedies. Wash your face twice a day in warm salty water. This should leave your face oil free without aggravating the acne like soap. First wash face and then dab acne with cotton balls soaked in vinegar. Place strawberry leaves on the acne, the alkalinity helps to reduce the swelling. Extract juice of one lemon and mix with equal quantity of rose water. Apply this mixture on the face and let it stay for about half an hour. Wash the face with fresh water. About 15 days application helps cure pimples and reduces blemishes and scars. Another method is to massage the face with the skin of lemon before washing with lukewarm water. Application of fresh mint juice over face every night cures pimples and prevents dryness of the skin. A couple of garlic cloves, crushed and dabbed on the face 1-2 times a day. One of the smellier acne home remedies! Apply fresh lemon juice on the affected area overnight. Wash off with warm water next morning. Use 2-3 tsp. dried basil leaves to 1 cup boiling water. Steep 10-20 minutes. Cool, and apply with cotton ball. Grind orange peel with some water to a paste and apply on affected parts. One of the best acne home remedies. Clean face with cotton wool dipped in rose water 2-3 times a day. Do not use soap. Mix 1 teaspoon lemon juice in 1 teaspoon finely ground cinnamon powder and apply on affected areas frequently. Nettle Tea is another solution, this tea has a herb that has some curing power and really helps work wonders on skin problems. Drink four cups a day to get the full benefit of one of the most powerful acne home remedies. Dab egg white on your pimple and leave on for at least 20 minutes preferably overnight, this is supposed to "suck out the nasty stuff." Aloe Vera juice applied twice a day can greatly speed up the healing of acne lesions. Another lotion that uses bee propolis extract may also be effective. Mix eight ounces of water and 11 drops of bee propolis extract. One of the acne home remedies which has been proven effective with many people. Some herbal acne home remedies... Internal: Burdock leaf tea. External: lavender essential oil (mix 1:10 with water) tinture of calendula flowers tea tree essential oil (mix 1:10 with water) cabbage - liquefy cabbage leaves with witch hazel strain and add two drops of lemon oil. Use as a lotion. Drink lots of water. Drinking water will prevent most of your skin problems. For a simple calculation divide your body weight in half and drink at the least that many ounces of water a day. Exercise regularly. Some form of aerobic exercise will bring oxygen to your cells and give you a healthy skin. Keep your skin always clean by washing with very mild soaps and lukewarm water. Whenever you sweat wash off promptly. Avoid eating chocolate, fried food, and refined sugar. Ice down the acne before bed, by morning it should be noticeably better. Works best on larger pimples that have not yet formed a head. Because it is a method of reducing the swelling and helping the acne "re-absorb" it should prevent scarring. Do not try to prick and peel the acne as this can leave permanent marks on the face. If you have constipation problems treat it immediately. Eat plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables. At the least 5 servings of fruits and vegetables should be included in your diet. All acne home remedies should include a healthy diet. Take B-complex and zinc supplements daily to strengthen the skin's resistance to acne. Acne home remedies benefit from proper supplementation. Mix mint juice with turmeric powder and apply on affected area. Leave for 15-30 minutes and wash off with lukewarm water. Mix some vinegar and salt in a bowl. Pour a little bit in your hand and rub it on the pimples. Soak a face towel in it and dab it on the bumps. Leave it on for 15-20 minutes and rinse it off. Blend cucumber and make a paste. Apply this as a mask on your face and leave it for 1/2 hour and then rinse. This refreshes your skin and prevents acne. Mix fresh lemon juice and salt. Wash your face and apply this mixture on your face. Leave for 10-15 minutes and wash off. Mix corn flour with egg white and apply on your face. Let is dry completely for 1/2 hour. Dip your hands in warm water and massage your face and wash off. This when repeated regularly gives you a smooth skin. Eat 2-3 cloves of raw garlic everyday. Mix sandalwood paste with rosewater and apply on the face. Rinse off after 30 minutes. Mix the paste of tender neem leaves with turmeric and apply of affected area. An eastern approach to acne home remedies. Grind some nutmeg with milk and apply on affected area. Pimples disappear like magic without leaving a mark. Make a mixture of lime juice and rose water. Apply on face and leave it for 15-20 minutes. Rinse off with lukewarm water. Try some of these remedies for acne: 1. Blend a cucumber, apply externally, leave on for 20 minutes, then wash off. 2. Rub watermelon rind on the acne. 3. Apply aloe Vera. 4. Eat watermelon or drink watermelon juice. 5. Drink tea made from carrots including the tops and beet tops. 6. Drink lukewarm water with 2 teaspoons of honey every morning on an empty stomach. This effectively lubricates the intestines. If one does not evacuate the intestines regularly, the toxins either end up in the liver or come out in the skin
  15. Week 8

    Well week 8 was exciting.... NOT. four large round red cysts on my check! well needless to say they upped my dosage because 20mg wont do a thing for cystic acne. I was pretty sad this week because my whole cheek looked deformed and makeup seemed to make it worse. I will say that I was so frustrated that I did some research and found online that a bunch of people have had success with using fresh garlic on cysts (it has to be fresh!) Since I am so desperate I tried it, only kept it on for about 5 minutes because I read a bunch of horror stories about getting blisters if you leave it on too long. But it actually worked! My cyst was about half the size the next morning! I am excited to do it again tonight! I will also say that I put tea tree oil on after, so I am not sure which one it was, or if it was the combo of the two working! that's about it. hope week 9 brings me no cysts!!
  16. Hi , i just literally made an account on here because I think ive found a breakthrough for myself, and i think it will help others. Basically i have suffered with moderate acne for the past 6 years and no matter what i tried short of burning my skin off with salicylic acid, nothing seems to work! I have come to the conclusion that 'hormonal' acne can be controlled as long as the hormones in your body are, which shows how the pill can affect young women's skin. I researched particularly just how sugar causes insulin spikes, which trigger hormone production in a way which makes skin oily (i took a supplement when i was going to the gym (weight gain) which made me breakout seriously, thats when i knew that sugar/carbs were doing something to me), so i looked into how diabetics are treated. I came across this article: I have also researched lemon juice (as a drink) and this seems to make the body's PH balance because of its conversion into alkaline in the digestive system but also has other benefits to the body. Another is 'candida' which is a bacteria in our bodies which i have heard to cause acne because the bacteria release toxins by feeding on sugar in the body. A way to test is to look at how white your tongue is in the morning (more details of this are available on the web). Garlic seems to kill this bacteria and shares antibacterial properties with lemon juice. Zinc also seems to help repair skin aswel as balance hormones; So i would conclude that a combination of Vineger, Lemon juice, Zinc, garlic and a low glycemic diet should cure those with hormonal acne. I have read testimonials on this site of people who have had serious success with this and seen results in under a week in some cases! I will let you know how I get on!
  17. Whats the best course of action? I went to the dermatologist today for a cyst, and after discussing my options she told me she felt it would really benefit from making a small incision to drain some of it. I was not expecting this and I've never had that kind of treatment for a cyst before, so it was a little scary but now it actually feels... ok. It's been maybe an hour and it looks the same as before, just a little less large. Very dry though. I'm using a warm compress (washcloth) on it I was told to get triple antibiotic ointment in combination with differin gel. What else can I do? I'm taking a crap load of anti-inflamatories (garlic, fish oil, green tea, ibprophen). Just wondering if anyone else has an experience with draining a cyst and how to treat it afterward. I hope it's at least well enough that I can put makeup over it tomorrow for a New Years Eve party. Thanks.
  18. what worked for me

    As someone who suffers from unfortunate cystic acne, I've been reading advice on this website on and off for years. This is the first time I've had a cyst almost clear up this fast. I wanted to share this in case it could be of help to anyone! Anyway after staying fairly clear besides regular pimples for like half a year (yay!) I just got a HUGE cyst on next to my nose over the weekend, the same place I've gotten really big ones for a while. While it looked like a smallish lump on my face, I could feel that there was a whole legion under my skin next to that that spread the size of almost a quarter. After freaking out and crying a little (I think we all know what a drag these things are) I got my head together and made a plan. As someone who feels that certain foods are my trigger, I first decided to cut cheese(and most dairy- but I'm a veggie) and bread. Salad as a side to protein with at least two meals. Then I remembered all those things I had tried before as anti-inflammatories. First on my list was garlic, a miracle herb. Ive been taking two garlic pills a day, and sometimes I'll cut up raw garlic to eat. Also, green tea reduces inflammation, I've been drinking one or two cups a day. Ibprophen, if you're comfortable taking that several times a day, works as well, I've taken a couple of those for a few days. I was told by a doctor to reduce inflammation you can take three at a time for a few days and be fine. Besides that, internally I drank a bottle of kombucha (fermented tea) which is said to be an elixir of sorts so who knows what kind of magic things that did to me, haha. I know that it's full of all kinds of good probiotics and antioxidants. Topically I've been applying tea tree oil straight on the legion (drying but what are ya gonna do), and this little sample of something my dermatologist gave me, desonate gel. But most of all, I've been religiously using sulfur. I looove the sulfur products in the Mario Badescu line. The drying mask is reasonably priced as you get a lot and it really lasts. I've been mixing a tad of this with my cetaphil moisturizer everyday (someone on here recommended to mix sulfur with your moisturizer thanks!) and at night doing spot treatment with the mask over the area. I don't want to speak too soon but this has gone down so much that I'm almost tempted to cancel my emergency dermatologist appointment tomorrow. I felt this coming Sunday and caught it early I guess. I was thinking that I'd have to get a prescription of prednizone, which is what helped it go down last summer when this happened. I'm just so excited yay! I dont know exactly what has been so effective out of all I've been doing but if anyone has good results trying any of this I'm glad. I have a feeling though that its chiefly the garlic and sulfur. My body is so full of the stuff that my pee smells like garlic. Sorry for the tmi, but if thats what it takes to heal a cyst I'm all for it. Good luck to anyone who suffers from these things! I seriously feel your pain. Let me know if any of these things work for you.
  19. Curry?

    I just bought some curry from whole foods and was wondering if it is good for acne. It has a lot of spices and veggies (onions, garlic, etc.) that are beneficial for acne and it smells pretty good so I want to try it. I am also on antibiotics so I was told to eat as many spices as possible to keep off yeast overgrowth. Please let me know. Thanks.
  20. Garlic

    It's suppose to help acne because it is a strong antioxidant that cleanses your body from toxins. Maybe we should start taking garlic orally... What do you think?
  21. I had to buy a different one because the one I usually buy is out of stock The ingredients for this sauce are - Certified organic imported italian plum tomatoes, organic italian extra virgin olive oil, fresh organic garlic, sea salt, fresh organic basil, organic black pepper. Is it a no-no? =| I liked the other one better but I think this one is healthier. I just don't know what's plum tomatoes. Is it the same as other ones?
  22. hello! i'm a twenty-year old guy who's had acne since seventeen. i tend toward paranoia/hypochondriasis slightly, and tried every holistic thing in the book to try and tackle the problem. when i lost my health insurance a couple years ago, i stupidly (under the advice of a natural medicine specialist) took megadoses of vitamin a (100,000 iu daily--yikes) for approx. six months. i had the usual accutane side effects: bloodshot eyes, joint pain--i even had a major depressive episode, which may or may not be related to the vitamin a. however, the one that bothers me most and hasn't gotten much better to this day (i do still have dry, red eyes though) is hair loss. i started losing my hair around the third month. i took my last pill this past february, so it's been almost ten months since i stopped. how long will this last!? my thick, healthy hair mostly fell out and was replaced with miniaturised hair that looks thin, flat, and fine. not unlike an infant's hair, really. some of the strands have come back thicker, but i'm still losing more strands than i can count every day. it's a diffuse hair loss; there's really no male pattern baldness in my family, and we all have pretty thick hair. could anybody with a similar situation shed some light on their experience? i posted this in the tane forum, because the side effects were basically the same. i read the main tane hair loss thread, but it wasn't much consolation. i would just like to know if i should go on rogaine before it's too late and i have no hair left to save. otherwise, will it just take years for my hair to return to normal? also, do you think i could still have too much vitamin a in my system? i eat very healthy, drink lots of water, and avoid retinol like the plague. please don't make the same mistake i did. i'm currently on prescribed amoxicillin, doing red/blue light therapy, and eating tons of garlic, because, believe it or not, the acne came back but the hair didn't. thanks for your attention!
  23. I want you guys to let me know if you think any of this actually works and also my big thing... Check out www.AcneCured.com and tell me if that is all bullshit or not because if it is some kind of acne breakthrough I wanna know so please someone check it out. And if u get the ebook maybe share it with us that don't have credit cards. Thanks hope you can help. ALSO DO ANY OF THE BELOW METHODS WORK??? I WANTED TO TRY NUTMEG AND MILK AT BOTTOM BUT THEN I READ ON A POST SOMEWHERE THAT DRINKING MILK CAN BE A CAUSE OF ACNE SO PLEASE HELP ME OUT! * Put toothpaste on your pimple before you go to bed, should help reduce swelling overnight. Make sure it is the paste not the gel. One of the most popular acne home remedies. *Wash your face twice a day in warm salty water. This should leave your face oil free without aggravating the acne like soap. *First wash face and then dab acne with cotton balls soaked in vinegar. *Place strawberry leaves on the acne, the alkalinity helps to reduce the swelling. *Extract juice of one lemon and mix with equal quantity of rose water. Apply this mixture on the face and let it stay for about half an hour. Wash the face with fresh water. About 15 days application helps cure pimples and reduces blemishes and scars. *Another method is to massage the face with the skin of lemon before washing with lukewarm water. *Application of fresh mint juice over face every night cures pimples and prevents dryness of the skin. *A couple of garlic cloves, crushed and dabbed on the face 1-2 times a day. One of the smellier acne home remedies! *Apply fresh lemon juice on the affected area overnight. Wash off with warm water next morning. *Use 2-3 tsp. dried basil leaves to 1 cup boiling water. Steep 10-20 minutes. Cool, and apply with cotton ball. *Grind orange peel with some water to a paste and apply on affected parts. One of the best acne home remedies. *Clean face with cotton wool dipped in rose water 2-3 times a day. Do not use soap. *Mix 1 teaspoon lemon juice in 1 teaspoon finely ground cinnamon powder and apply on affected areas frequently. *Nettle Tea is another solution, this tea has a herb that has some curing power and really helps work wonders on skin problems. Drink four cups a day to get the full benefit of one of the most powerful acne home remedies. *Dab egg white on your pimple and leave on for at least 20 minutes preferably overnight, this is supposed to "suck out the nasty stuff." *Aloe Vera juice applied twice a day can greatly speed up the healing of acne lesions. *Another lotion that uses bee propolis extract may also be effective. Mix eight ounces of water and 11 drops of bee propolis extract. One of the acne home remedies which has been proven effective with many people. *Internal: Burdock leaf tea External: lavender essential oil (mix 1:10 with water) tinture of calendula flowers tea tree essential oil (mix 1:10 with water) *cabbage (liquefy cabbage leaves with witch hazel strain and add two drops of lemon oil. Use as a lotion.) *Drink lots of water. Drinking water will prevent most of your skin problems. For a simple calculation divide your body weight in half and drink at the least that many ounces of water a day. *Exercise regularly. Some form of aerobic exercise will bring oxygen to your cells and give you a healthy skin. *Keep your skin always clean by washing with very mild soaps and lukewarm water. *Whenever you sweat wash off promptly. *Avoid eating chocolate, fried food, and refined sugar. *Ice down the acne before bed, by morning it should be noticeably better. Works best on larger pimples that have not yet formed a head. Because it is a method of reducing the swelling and helping the acne "re-absorb" it should prevent scarring. *Do not try to prick and peel the acne as this can leave permanent marks on the face. *If you have constipation problems treat it immediately. *Eat plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables. At the least 5 servings of fruits and vegetables should be included in your diet. All acne home remedies should include a healthy diet. *Take B-complex and zinc supplements daily to strengthen the skin's resistance to acne. Acne home remedies benefit from proper supplementation. *Mix mint juice with turmeric powder and apply on affected area. Leave for 15-30 minutes and wash off with lukewarm water. *Mix some vinegar and salt in a bowl. Pour a little bit in your hand and rub it on the pimples. Soak a face towel in it and dab it on the bumps. Leave it on for 15-20 minutes and rinse it off. *Blend cucumber and make a paste. Apply this as a mask on your face and leave it for 1/2 hour and then rinse. This refreshes your skin and prevents acne. *Mix fresh lemon juice and salt. Wash your face and apply this mixture on your face. Leave for 10-15 minutes and wash off. *Mix corn flour with egg white and apply on your face. Let is dry completely for 1/2 hour. Dip your hands in warm water and massage your face and wash off. This when repeated regularly gives you a smooth skin. *Eat 2-3 cloves of raw garlic everyday. *Mix sandalwood paste with rosewater and apply on the face. Rinse off after 30 minutes. *Mix the paste of tender neem leaves with turmeric and apply of affected area. An eastern approach to acne home remedies. *Grind some nutmeg with milk and apply on affected area. Pimples disappear like magic without leaving a mark. *Make a mixture of lime juice and rose water. Apply on face and leave it for 15-20 minutes. Rinse off with lukewarm water.
  24. Hormonal Acne?

    So, here is my "plan of action": Diet No Refined Sugar/Low Natural Sugar No Baked Goods (like cookies and cake) Low Gluten/Yeast Low Soy (only unsweetened soy milk) Whole Grains (no white flour) No Fruits (temporary to reduce sugar intake) Lots of Veggies Lean Meat/Fish (no hormones!) Eggs OK No Diary (other than greek yogurt) MAXIMUM of one cup of coffee per day (usually none) DRINK ONLY WATER or Herbal Teas Supplements 2 Capsules Blood Cleanser (Tumeric, etc) 3 Capsules Milk Thistle (one per meal) Threelac Probiotic (2 Packets Daily - anytime) Oxygen Colon Cleanse (4 capsules at night) 3 Capsules Garlic (one per meal) Active Digestive Enzyme (before each meal) Washing/Medication Morning: Wash face with Cetaphil Wash Body with Dr. Bronners (need better body wash - suggestions?) Apply Duac to Upper Back Apply Finacea to Face Apply Coconut Oil (Organic, Extra Virgin, Cold Pressed) to body not affected by acne Oil Free Moisturize Oil Free Makeup Night: Wash face with Cetaphil Apply Duac to Back (Possibly Retin A a few times a week to reduce scarring) Apply Ziana to Face (Retin A Micro may be added to blackheads on nose or persistent dark spots minimally) Starting soon: YASMIN (Mid January after period starts) Spiro (100mg - 50mg Day/50mg Night) as soon as I get blood tests Glycolic Peel on January 24th Anyone who has used ANY of these medications/methods, please give me feedback. I am severely depressed due to having acne for the first time as an adult. I know many people on this board have suffered for years and I certainly am not self-pitying nor pretending my situation is worse...but I basically have to return to work on Monday (I am currently on vacation) looking like a different person. I am humiliated and scared. This has been creeping up on me for months but I thought it was "clogged pores" and it remained calm so no one really noticed. I have now broken out and there is no covering this...I have to face it. ha ha. Thanks to everyone for having this forum - it has given me some hope and comfort. Be well.