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  1. 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:http://www.acne.org/messageboard/index.php?showtopic=142011 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: http://www.acne.org/messageboard/index.php?showtopic=141924 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: http://www.acne.org/messageboard/index.php?showtopic=142082 ---------------------------------------- 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: http://www.purehenry.com/ocm.htm http://community.livejournal.com/naturalskin/ http://forums.longhaircommunity.com/showthread.php?t=5612 http://www.smartskincare.com/tips/skincare...n_20060416.html http://www.thefashionspot.com/forums/f45/o...thod-51204.html Good luck to you if you decide to try OCM! Be sure to come back and keep us updated on your progress.
  2. Updated 14th April 2013: supplements changed to B5 only. Disclaimer: The following post is intended merely as a contribution to the global pool of knowledge and experience of acne, I'm not a healthcare professional. Nothing in this post constitutes medical advice, or inducement or encouragement for sufferers to take any course of action, I am simply putting my own experience into the public domain. How you use this information is entirely up to you. Any consequences of your use of this information is entirely your own responsibility. Please scroll down and read the FAQ before posting questions -the chances are it's already been answered. I get a lot of emails asking me for information already posted -please be a good egg and check first. Thanks! Introduction Hello and welcome to my regime! Hopefully by reading and adopting this treatment plan you will take a major step towards dramatically improving your skin and your life. I don't make that statement lightly -people from all over the world have done just that: "My mild acne is completely gone (it took about 10 days), my blackheads are 90 % gone (I had a LOT of them) and my skin looks better than ever. I am 39 years old and I have never had so clear skin!" "'I've been using this regimen for about 2 weeks and honestly, my acne never looked better than it does now!" "I've been doing this regime about 16 days so far...pretty much all my body acne has gone." "My skin looks better than it has in a long time." "My skin and eyes are glowing." "My skin feels much smoother." "My skin is healing very quickly and swiftly in comparison to before." "When I look in the mirror every morning all I can say is WOW...PLEASE, PLEASE give this a go because it has worked a treat for me" "My oily skin has reduced by 85% and acne is 70% gone" "My oil production has stopped completely!" "Awesome results..." "I'm now addicted to the fantastic energy boost that juicing each morning gives me.." "Skin started smoothing out almost immediately....I've received compliments from family about how nice my skin looks." "Vast improvements...my acne has gone from cystic and relatively severe to much more mild and not at all cystic in just over 3 weeks." "The combination is a winner...It's been 9 weeks so far and I'm very pleased with the outcome." "I have been on the regimen for 4+ months. my stubborn moderate acne is 100% under control, my skin is 95% clear at all times...my skin is softer, and so smooth, literally not a bump on it." "I'm almost at 30 days and continue to see great improvements!!" "THANK YOU! THANK YOU! THANK YOU!" I know first hand the devastation that acne can wreak in people's lives -I had cystic acne from age 14 to 40. I have been clear for over 4 years now and this is how I did it. If I managed it, I am convinced that you can too. These steps transformed my quality of life and I hope they can help other people. There are 4 simple steps: 1. Vegetable juice. 2. Removal of sugar from diet 3. Low B5 supplementation 4. Increased water consumption My view After 26 years, I became convinced that intractable adult acne is the result of a systemic failure in the body. If topical treatments could work for you, they would have worked by now. You wouldn't be reading this page. Accepting that fact is not easy for some people, but it is the crucial step in adopting an effective holistic program. It's what I did when I turned 40 and how I managed to clear my skin. I am not a doctor or a dermatologist or a nutritionist. I am regular guy who created this regime from reading and researching what other people had found out and combining it. I simply asked myself two questions: What has come up again and again as producing the best results? Is it possible to combine it into one program? The hypothesis behind this program is that there is a synergistic effect between all four elements, in that the power of the regime as a whole is greater then the sum of the parts. If you omit any one element then you are undermining the logic behind the treatment and hampering your chances of success. My regime 1. Vegetable juice. THIS IS THE KEY ELEMENT OF THE REGIME! I bought a jucier for £100 (about $160). Every day I make up 1 pint of vegetable juice. I generally drink it on an empty stomach. Among my favourites are sweet potatoes or carrots cucumber beetroot vine tomatoes bell pepper celery butternut squash anything else that juices -although dark green vegetetables are often bitter so use sparingly! But I've come to believe you can pretty much use any vegetables, and in fact, it's much better to vary your juice as widely as possible. Carrots tend to be the first thing people juice, but I advise restraint. They are high in sugar. I would restrict their use to every other day at maximum. Similarly with beets. If you after beta carotene, it is far better to use sweet potatoes or butternut squash. Among the very best vegetables for the skin are kale and spinach. Being leaves, a budget juicer won't juice them, you will need to add the juice and the leaves mixture into a blender. I tend to buy organic because I can afford it, but I don't think it realy makes much difference to the effectiveness of the treatment. It takes 5 minutes to chop and juice the vegetables, 5 minutes to drink, 5 minutes to clean the jucier. For 15 minutes effort you are taking therapeutic levels of nutrients. This is a list of the nutrients in a typical glass of juice I make: Vitamin A Vitamin B1 Vitamin B2 Vitamin B3 Vitamin B5 Vitamin B9 Vitamin B12 Vitamin C Vitamin D Vitamin E Vitamin K Betain Calcium Choline Copper Iron Magnesium Manganese Omega 3 Potassium Protein Phosphorus Selenium Zinc and of course, water Also: 10 essential amino acids Anti-oxidants such as Quercetin, Kaempferol and Lypocene all linked with anti-cancer and anti-heart-disease properties. Anti-inflammatories Imagine this powerhouse of nutrients hitting your system first thing every day, in a liquid form quickly absorbed by the body. Now compare that to the breakfast you currently eat. 2. Removal of sugar from the diet I'm not going to discuss the whole sugar-acne thing. All I will say is that I noticed huge reductions in the oiliness of my skin when I cut out sugar. I stopped all discretionary sugar items: cakes, confectionary, chocolate, soda, sweets, etc. I didn't go so far as to stop eating processed foods with added sugar, since you have to be practical. Almost everything has sugar added to it. It doesn't matter eating a little -it's the huge spikes in blood sugar that come from eating things like donuts and cola that you want to avoid. See the FAQ below for why I juice 'high-sugar' vegetables and how this fits in with removing sugar from the diet. 3. Supplements I don't believe in megadosing. I think it's dangerous. I strongly advise anyone considering megadosing vitamins to think again. See the FAQ below for more on this. I take time release 500mg of B5. Incidentally, way before the recent B5 studies, it was known that B5 had a beneficial effect on acne even at low doses. Adele Davies in her book "Let's Get Well" (I think published back in the 60s) noted cases that cleared up by taking just this amount -500mg. B5 hasn't caused me any problems. However, the possible side effects of B5 (mentioned with much larger doses than 500mg I recommend) are related to the fact that it can in theory crowd out other B vitamins. So it is possible in the longer term to suffer deficiency symptoms of other B vitamins. It is therefore very important that you eat a good diet, one rich in B vitamins, and to monitor yourself for any conditions like itching scalp or dry lips. For this reason I now sprinkle powdered wheatgerm into my food once a day. The bottom line is that we all have different metabolisms and what may be okay for me, may be too much for you. I only mention this for the sake of completeness -it's always wise to have as much information about the subject as possible. 4. Water consumption I increased water consumption by 1-2 pints a day. Hydration of the skin is always beneficial. Note, however, that I am not advocating forcing down pints of water for the sake of it. I noticed that I would often wake up in the night, thirsty, so I started drinking a pint of water before going to bed. That's all. This meant my body was always adequately supplied with fluids. The results I experienced There is no such thing as an overnight cure. We've all read posts along the lines of "WOW! I started taking xxxx on Monday and three days later my acne has ALL GONE!!" These posts are often well-intentioned but they suffer from obvious problems: 1. You need to be able to sustain a 'cure' for months and years, to have confidence that it really works. 2. No problem in the human body heals overnight. Think about it. When did you last go to the doctor with some ailment and he said to you, "Just take one of these pills tonight, and tomorrow you'll be cured." Even antibiotics, among the most powerful and targetted drugs available, take about a week to ten days to work. And that's on temporary infections. Any problem you've had for years is going to disappear gradually, not overnight. If you've reached your 30s or 40s with acne, then it's clear that no short term approach will work for you. If there was a short term treatment, you would have found it by now. Only the long term treatments remain. I know that's an unpalatable truth for many people reading this, but it is the truth nonetheless. It is essential, therefore, that you recalibrate your expectations from seeing results in days, to seeing results in weeks, or months. So many acne treatments promise 'visible results in just five days' but this is not a realistic scenario for adult acne. Accepting that requires a fundamental shift in your mindset. With that in mind, here is the timeline I experienced: 1. Five Days Energy levels much higher. Elevated mood levels. No visible skin benefit. 2. Two Weeks Skin felt unusually soft, smooth and younger-looking. Noticeable oil reduction. No improvement to acne. 3. Six weeks Oil overproduction no longer a problem. Number of existing lesions diminished. New acne still appearing but heals faster. Unsolicited comments from people about how well I was looking. 4. Three months Acne had completely disappeared, and has never returned. Note that this is my experience. Some people have reported faster results than this, others slower. FAQ (periodically updated as new questions arise) I strongly advise you to read this FAQ. It covers a lot more ground than the basics above. GENERAL QUESTIONS I've been through all these so-called 'cures'. Why is this one any different? I'm not saying I can cure your acne. What I can say is that it worked for me and I had cystic acne for 26 years. If it can help me it is almost certainly able to help others. You may be one of them. Who are you and how did you develop this program? At the age of 40 I decided that I was going to try my best to kill my acne once and for all, and rather than hopping about from one quack remedy to another as I had done for the past two decades, I would develop a logical treatment based upon the best available clinical and anecdotal evidence. I concluded that if I could combine the elements most likely to help into one program then I would stand the best chance of a 'cure'. From searching the internet and reading widely a consensus of opinion emerged: sugar-elimination, vegetable juice, B5 supplementation. I'm not a healthcare professional. Nothing in this post constitutes medical advice. I am simply putting my own experience into the public domain. How you use this information is entirely up to you. So how does it work? I'm not a scientist. But my hypothesis is that the elements of treatment work together to create a more powerful effect than the sum of their parts. But it's basically healthy eating, right? No. Just eating 'healthily' won't work because there are not enough nutrients in whole food (and they are absorbed too slowly) to fix the problem. Juice is like a mainline of nutrients over and above regular meals. Juicing is not a substitute for poor meals. You still need to consider the amount of fibre, omega 3, calcium, etc that you are getting from whole food. Also, when people talk about eating 'healthily' in connection with acne, they nearly always focus on food elimination, and not food inclusion. Cutting out suspected trigger foods is not healthy eating. The key is the nutrients you supply to the body, not what you remove. In what ways does your regime differ from all the other threads here about diet? It doesn't. My regime concurs with the basic principles of most dietary-based approaches. That's because I took the elements that crop up again and again and put them into one regime. There is an increasing body of evidence to support these principles, rather than them just being someone's opinion. For a recent article, go here: http://www.huffingto...a_b_822163.html However, where I diverge from other views on diet is that I don't think it's possible to cure acne by removal of foods from the diet. Although there is the occasional person on these forums who achieved clear skin through stopping eating bread, for example, I think these cases are very rare. For most of us, the key is what you DO eat, not what you DON'T. Vegetable juice will have more effect in your skin than stopping bread, chocolate, dairy, processed foods, meat combined. Will it work on teenage acne? In principle, I don't see why not. But common sense would suggest that there is something fundamentally different going on between the 90% of teenagers who get acne and the 5% of 35 year olds. Furthermore, all the doses (and that includes the juice) are meant for adults. Not matter how grown-up you may feel, teenage physiology is not the same as that of a thirty or forty-year old. You are still growing. Your internal organs are not the same size. Your hormonal situation is different. You don't have the same tolerances. Most prescription drugs usually stipulate a reduced dosage for children under 16 or under 12, or sometimes it's not allowed at all. So, I'm not recommending it for people under 18. It's listed under 'Adult Acne' for a reason. Please do not disregard this advice. If you choose to, then whatever you do, make sure that you cut the doses by at least 50%. And that includes the juice. JUICING The more juice I drink, the better, right? No! Doing anything to excess is not a good idea. Don't exceed my recommended dose. Can I drink commercial vegetable juice like V8 instead of making my own? No. Commercial juices have been centrifuged and pasteurised to destroy bacteria. This also destroys many of the nutrients. They have also been bottled many weeks, if not months, in advance. This also degrades the nutrient content. Furthermore, juices like V8 usually have high levels of added salt which is bad for you. Freshly-juiced vegetables from commercial juice bars are fine, but relatively expensive. Can you recommend any juice recipes? I'm not bothered what the juice tastes like; I just want the nutritional benefit. But if you want the juice to taste delicious, there are plenty of juicing websites with recipe blends. Your juice seems very high in sugar. How does fit in with removing sugar from your diet? The average American eats just one vegetable per day (and the average Brit, let's be fair). But they also eat candy bars, soda, and all manner of other very-high sugar foods. By removing these and juicing more vegetables you are still taking far less sugar and getting the intense nutritional benefits of vegetables. The only high-sugar items on my list are carrots and beets. Most vegetables are not high in sugar. Can you recommend a juicer? I use the L'equip 110.5, which has been highly recommended by many juicing websites. It's well built, easy to use and clean, has a decent warranty, and is reasonably priced. It does the job. I would not advise buying a juicer from a department store on the recommendation of a sales person. They'll sell you any old tat, often models that are difficult to clean or not even specialised juicers, but food processors which don't do a great job. The main things to consider are: 1. How easy it is to clean? If it's difficult to clean you wont want to use it. You should be able to do the whole thing in 5 minutes. This is the main thing to check out. 2. How noisy is it? If you've got close neighbours you're not going to be able use it at the crack of dawn. You don't have to spend a fortune to get a workmanlike juicer that will last a number of years. I recommend spending about £160 (US $100) on your first model. If that sounds like a lot to you, think of it this way. If it lasts 3 years, that's just $1 a week for probably the single greatest thing you can do for your skin (and your health). Now think of other things that you normally spend $1 a week on. Which is more important? If you are on a budget, then it is possible to juice using a normal food blender and then straining the mixture afterwards to separate out the juice from the fibre. How should I clean the vegetables? I use a vegetable brush. It is important to clean them well. Should I buy organic? I'm in two minds. Part of me suspects that the 'organic' foods you buy from supermarkets are little different to the regular kind. However, I think it's a big benefit if you can source your organic veggies locally from a farm, which I now do. But I hate the taste of vegetable juice. Carrots and beetroot are sweet, not bitter. I think my blend of vegetable juice is delicious. The 'difficult' vegetables are the dark green leafy ones, which certainly you want to use sparingly. Just experiment until you find a blend you like. I can't be bothered with juicing -it sounds like a lot of work. As I said, it takes just 15 minutes. I would also hazard that you probably already spend at least 15 minutes a day on the topical treatments for your skin. This will being bring better results. Should I drink it on an empty stomach? Yes. Should I drink it in one dose or a half dose twice a day? Logic would indicate that splitting it into two separate doses would more effective. But then you've got to clean the juicer twice. Your call! Should I water the juice down? No. Most of it is water! I'm worried about not being to tolerate vegetable juice. Might it cause an upset stomach? The main vegetables I recommend should cause you no problems. But be careful with others. Dark green veggies should be introduced carefully. Others, such as onions, which are irritants, and leeks, can make a glass of juice completely undrinkable even by adding just a small amount. You will discover these things as you go along. It is possible to make yourself feel quite sick by drinking too much of the wrong vegetable (i have done this a couple of times!) so go carefully with those experiments. Should I add anything to the juice? Some vitamins are better-absorbed alongside fats. For that reason you may wish to add a spoonful of olive oil. Recently I have taken to adding flax seed, sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, sesame seeds for the fats. But it is rather unpalatable. Olive oil is probably a better idea. You may also wish to add other things like protein powder, etc. Sometimes I add pea-protein. Some leafy vegetables won't juice. What should I do? Make your juice, transfer it to a blender, add the difficult vegetable and give it a whizz. You'll have a vegetable smoothie. Can I make fruit smoothies instead of juicing? Smoothies use the whole of the fruit, blended into a drink. So it's just as physically difficult to drink a smoothie made with ten apples as it is to eat ten apples! The point of juicing is to ingest more vegetable nutrients than possible through eating. To do that you need to remove the fibre. People are often drawn to fruit smoothies because they find the taste more palatable than vegetable juice, but aside from the aforementioned reason, there is no evidence to support fruit juice benefiting acne. That's not to say that fruit isn't healthy to eat; it's just not part of this program. DIET What about pizza/alcohol/gluten/pasta/bread etc? All the salient points are listed in the regime above. Whether you want to drink beer or eat pizza is up to you. Generally I think living a monastic existence when it comes to food and drink is neither desirable nor practical. So you're not some health nut, then? You only have to look around you to see couch potatoes with clear skin and athletes with acne. Living a healthy lifestyle is certainly desirable, and one we should all strive for, but I don't actually think it's of specific value when trying to clear your skin. So don't think you have to get up at 5am and go jogging to help your acne. And this isn't a low GI diet? No. I have never consciously tried to adopt a low GI diet since it seems too restrictive and difficult to follow to me. That's not to say that I don't endorse the principles of it. You may wish to tweak my approach if you wish to follow a low GI approach. You've mentioned sweet potatoes a lot in your posts. What exactly are the benefits? They are amongst the most nutrient dense foods on the planet. They always appear near the top of the lists of skin-care vegetables. They are higher in beta-carotene than carrots. They are rich in anti-cancer chemicals. They have proven immune system boosting properties. They are highly anti-inflammatory. And they taste delicious. Do you drink coffee? I don't drink coffee. It's not a conscious decision; I just can't stand the taste without sugar. Starbucks will just have to eke out a profit without me. What about tea? I'm British! The county would collapse without tea! I'm the same. Although recently I have switched almost exclusively to green tea. And what about milk? There's some evidence that milk may be a trigger. I don't drink milk. Again, this isn't a conscious decision, it's just that since stopping sugar, I don't drink coffee. Also, I don't really like breakfast cereal. So I just never drink it. But it was never consciously part of my regime. Perhaps it should be. But diet doesn't cause acne! My friend eats all the junk food he/she wants and he/she has perfect skin. Some people (me included) can eat all the junk food they want and they never put on any weight. I'm the same waist size at 44 that I was at 21. Does that mean junk food can't make people fat? What foods do you emphasis in your diet? Green leafy vegetables. Berries -blueberries, strawberries, blackberries, raspberries. I probably spend £5 (US $8) on berries daily. Salmon. Turkey And what about 'bad' food that you shouldn't eat? I love curry. If I could I would eat curry every day. As it is, I have it two or three times a month. I also love pizza. But in my opinion, it's probably the most unhealthy food on the planet. So I never order a commercial one. Occasionally I buy one in a supermarket. SUGAR REDUCTION Mmm, sugary things! There's no way I could get through the day without M&Ms, a can of Coke, and my aunt Alice's delicious lemon cake. It's going to be impossible to quit those. You only think it's impossible because you are attaching a positive utility to eating them. If you reprogram your mind to associate sugary food and drinks with negative utility (oily, spotty skin, excess fat, diabeties) then you will naturally want to avoid them. It takes time to reprogram your mind but it can be done. I did the same with cigarettes. Once I changed how I thought about them I never wanted to go near them again. And 14 years later, I haven't. We each have our own 'weakness'. But the human brain is extremely powerful if you know how to leverage it correctly. Can you elaborate on that? Most of the time our brains work in our favour. If you put your hand into a flame, your brain sends a message to instantly retract your hand to avoid serious damage to the organism. If you walk into a smoke filled room, your lungs crave fresh air and you try to get out of there as soon as possible. You don't have to think about these things -it's instinctive. The body will always try to get us out of pain and into pleasure as quickly as possible. It is a survival mechanism. Unfortunately, with cravings also, you are in pain, and your mind will try to get you out of pain (the craving) and into pleasure (the craving has gone) also. It is instinctive too, and works on a very powerful subconscious level. That is the simple reason why WILLPOWER ALONE WILL ALWAYS FAIL. It's why people who try to stop smoking fail again and again because the pain (nicotine withdrawal) is too strong for willpower alone to overcome. The way to change behaviour is to reverse the pain/pleasure process and get it to work in your favour. If you mentally associate sugar with pain (blackheads, lesions, cysts, oily skin), then your mind will start to work in your favour by trying to get you away from the pain of horrible skin and into the pleasure of not eating sugar and having clear skin. It is then easy to stop. Really. Willpower is not required, since it doesn't take any willpower to get away from something bad. It happens automatically. Now. To get to this stage is simple, but not easy. You have to reinforce your new way of thinking about sugar until it becomes subconscious and automatic. This means repeating the bad effects of sugar to yourself several times a day. Sounds silly? It works. I advise writing out all the bad things about sugar consumption and keeping it with you and reading through it several times a day. Don't just write down 'spots' -write down the emotions connected to them. Embarrassment, isolation, self-loathing. Really FEEL the pain of those negative emotions. This is the most powerful way to start mental reprogramming since you are experiencing the pain on an emotional level. Tempted to eat sugar? Then run through the list again. You wont want sugar after reading it. It's a chore at first but it yields massive benefits if you manage to see it through. After a while, your mind automatically associates sugar with pain and eventually it never crosses your mind to eat it again. This saves you the futility of fighting cravings all your life. These are well-known principles of changing addictive behaviour and they really work. I have applied them to several areas of my life and they have yielded incredible results -results that I could never have got through willpower alone- and I advise everyone struggling to change their behaviour to try them. Sounds like too much effort? I understand. But you're trying to change your life here. It's not an easy thing to do. Massive effort = massive results. SUPPLEMENTS That low level of B5 supplementation can't possibly work -you have to take at least 5g/10g etc. It does work. There is a wealth of anecdotal evidence to support the benefits of low supplementation. I'm concerned about the possible side effects of B5 It's sensible to be concerned. See the section on B5 above. I can't find B5, can I take Pantothenic Acid instead? They are the same thing. I already take other supplements. Can I continue to take them whilst using your regime? In recent years I've come to believe that supplements are generally not beneficial and may well be harmful. I would advise anyone to take only the barest minimum level of supplements necessary. You may be able to take even less than the B5 and Carnitine doses I describe. Can't I just take lots of vitamin pills to save me the hassle of juicing? I have to say that it concerns me greatly to read (albeit well-intentioned) posts from young people treating their acne by megadosing vitamins. If you research the clinically documented cases of vitamin toxicity caused by megadosing you will be shocked. Don't be fooled by the fact that vitamin pills are legal products, available without prescription. Cigarettes and alcohol are legal products. Does that mean they're safe? Cigarettes aren't safe at all, and with alcohol it's left up to the user to moderate his or her consumption. Society does not employ legality of a product to ensure safety; it's left up to the user to do that. The problem is that desperate people do not moderate their usage; they take very high doses. The manufacturers know this -that is why these pills are packaged in high doses. It is a response to demand, not a statement of safe dosage. Furthermore, don't be fooled by the fact that because these substances occur in nature they are therefore 'natural' and must therefore be good for you. Many things in the world are 'natural' -it doesn't make them desirable. There are all sorts of poisonous plants, insects, fish, etc on the planet. No-one would eat Deadly Nightshade. Or the seeds of the Laburnum tree. So forget the myth of 'natural' = good. And remember that these pills are drugs. They are mass-produced in factories using artificial processes to synthesize chemicals into pill form, often at concentrations hundreds of times stronger than the richest food source. Just because it doesn't require a man in a white coat to prescribe them does not mean that they don't share the essential qualities of a drug. If you're not convinced of this, remember that the origin of drugs is in the natural world. No-one would deny that opium is drug, and yet it comes from poppies. Heroine is derived from opium. Cocaine is derived from the coca plant. And I'm not just referring to illegal drugs. Many prescription-only drugs are part-synthesized from the natural world. I know the harmful effects of megadosing first hand, having given myself vitamin D toxicity in my 30s. This was taking 'just' 5000 IU a day. Over a period five months it built up in my system and made me very sick. (Note: there is a difference between the way Vitamin D is synthesized through UV exposure and that gained through dietary sources, this is why UV synthesized Vitamin D will not lead to problems). My doctor had no idea what was wrong with me. I was in hospital for five days. Did it cause any long term damage? Who knows. I don't want anyone else to put themselves through that. People have said to me, "Look, here's a website showing Vitamin X is absolutely non-toxic" or "Dr Z states categorically that Vitamin X has never caused any adverse symptoms." Well, fine. But for each one of those, I can show you someone else with a contrary opinion, with different research. The very fact that it's a matter of debate proves that the health risks are unknown. And megadosing is relatively new. It's not until a generation has passed, that we will know the full story. And let me tell you that being able to point to a specific website saying that Vitamin D is perfectly safe is of no benefit if it's you that's sick. I would strongly advise anyone considering taking megadose vitamins to do some research and think again. Juicing the amounts I recommend doesn't begin to approach megadose level. Wow. You sound quite opinionated on that. I have no particular axe to grind with the vitamin industry. Vitamins are helpful for many people. I'm simply keen to dissuade others from making the mistakes I made. TOPICALS Do you think a good skincare regime is still important? Yes. Unfortunately most people make this the focus of their treatment, when it really should be a secondary treatment. So what topicals do you you use, then? If you ask a hundred people to recommend a skincare product to you, you will get a list of a hundred products! It is futile to ask for recommendations because everyone differs in product tolerance, pH skin values, and oiliness. For that reason, what you should be looking for is the overall reputation of the manufacturer, not any individual product. Companies that make effective acne skin care products tend to also make a range of acclaimed skin-care products for all skin types.This is no coincidence. I use a cleanser of clinical grade and a non-oil based rehydrating gel. They are relatively expensive but they are superior to anything you can buy on the high street. That's not to say that these particular products will work for you; but rather that the manufactuer's product range will almost certainly contain a product that will. I'm not going to mention the brand here because this thread is about holistic treatment, not topicals, and I don't want to be misinterpreted as promoting anyone's products. But if you'd like to message me, I will gladly tell you which ones I use. What about Benzoyl Peroxide? I stopped using BP prior to starting this treatment. If my program works for you, then you won't need BP either. MANAGING THE TREATMENT I've started your treatment and I'm still getting zits. What's going wrong? Nothing is going wrong. Review the timeline that I mention above. Remember, you are attempting to heal a systemic problem in the body. It takes time. Don't get obsessed over the day-to-day fluctuations in your skin. Much as people like to look for cause-and-effect situations in acne ("I ate a fresh cream cake on Monday, and on Wednesday I've got a big cyst on my chin") I believe that this is merely pattern-fitting out of random data. The only meaningful measure is the bigger picture over the longer timescale. What's the key to success with your program? Setting up a routine and seeing it through. I'm going away for a while. How can I follow this regime whilst on vacation? If you're going away, then enjoy the break! Don't spend time worrying about your face. Short breaks from the regime won't make any lasting difference. But that doesn't mean it's acceptable to gorge on chocolate. Stick with the main points as best you can. If you want to continue to take vegetable juice whilst away, then I suggest tracking down a local juice bar, if possible. Here in London, there are several specialist juice outlets dotted around, and the better cafes will also do you a nice fresh blend. I daresay it's the same in all major cities. Failing that, emphasise vegetables, where possible, in your diet. Personally, I would rather take no vegetable juice at all than drink V8. As I've said above, I think V8 is of very limited, if any, benefit. I'm some weeks into your program and I haven't seen any benefit, I feel like quitting. I know how tempting it is to quit after a couple of weeks and move on to another treatment. It is inherently challenging to continue with programs that appear to be producing poor results. But often the one thing we haven't tried with skin programs is time. I guarantee that there are people who will have read my regime, tried it for a few days, seen a couple of new lesions pop up, then quit, concluding it doesn't work, off to another thread to try that for a few days, and so on. How do I know that? Because I used to be that person! If you can manage it, try to formally assess the condition of your skin just once a week, say every Sunday night, for twelve weeks. Use objective measures such as how many active lesions, how many are healing, how oily your skin is, etc. Perhaps put this down on a spreadsheet. This will help you see the broader trend over time and keep you on track to the 12 week goal. Only at that point, can you make an informed decision about whether to continue. I've reached the three month period, I've followed your regime to the letter, and I can't see any benefit whatsoever -now what? (so far, this question has been asked just twice) Please don't despair. My regime may require tweaking or reworking to find what works for you. That may be just around the corner. What is important is not to respond emotionally and throw in the towel but to take a step back and consider logically and carefully what additional elements you might add, and to give those time to work. Juicing provides a firm foundation on which to base further treatment plans. Remember Thomas Edison, who took 5000 experiments to perfect the light bulb. Or James Dyson, who needed 1000 prototypes to invent his bagless vacuum cleaner. You need to adopt a similar, calm, scientific approach. I know that's easy to say, but it's ultimately the key to clearing your skin. A couple of areas you may wish to investigate are L Cysteine and probiotics. I've been reading around about Cysteine and some users have reported success with that combined with B5 instead of carnitine. The area of probiotics also looks interesting. My advice is to get a list of your top-4 programs to try, and start at the top and work downwards giving each one program three months. Over the course of a year you will have investigated all of high-probability holistic remedies. A structured and targeted approach has a much greater chance of success. And keep up the juice. PSYCHOLOGICAL FACTORS I'm age XX and I feel really depressed and angry that I'm still suffering with this awful skin all these years later, especially when I think about the effect it's had on my life. Why me? Everyone reading this knows how you feel. Someone once said to me, "You're so ugly I can hardly bear to look at you". There is no denying that moments like that shape you. You wouldn't be human if they didn't. I can't change anyone's past. But I can hopefully point you in the direction of a better future. What about stress/masturbation/depression/psychological factors? Don't get sidetracked from the fact that acne is a physical ailment like a broken leg. Stress doesn't help anyone but it's not causing your acne and thinking about it won't help any. MISCELLANEOUS So what do you look like these days? Apparently I'm the spitting image of Keifer Sutherland. With a few scars. Although he hasn't aged as well. Hey, your regime has worked for me. Thanks! You're welcome! Please put up a post or email me. Reading about other people's success is very inspiring for others new to the program and you can help other people just by letting them know that it helped you. I can then quote your post in the FAQ. I can't get back the years I suffered with acne but I can give those years to other people. That's why I put this up. So you're not promoting any product or service or website through this post? No. Unless I figure out a way to corner the world's production of sweet potatoes and cucumber! Is it advisable to read all of the subsequent posts below this one? No. I've summarised everything important that's come up from other people in this FAQ (and will continue to do so for the foreseeable future). However, you may find it encouraging/motivating to read posts from other people who have started to juice. Can I tweak your regime with my own ideas? Of course. My treatment plan may require tweaking for you to get results. Some people have found that combining my regime with probiotics or cysteine, was the way forward for them. It's not set in stone. The idea is that this thread evolves for people to develop their own individual treatment plans, and share their knowledge with others. It's about empowerment, and not being a passive sufferer in the dermatologist's waiting room! Any final message to anyone considering your program? Beating acne is not straightforward. If it was, sites like this wouldn't exist. Succeeding means making it your mission in life, for a short while, to clear your skin. Make no mistake, you will need to summon more resilience and perseverance than the average person. But it can be done. And the benefits of succeeding are so significant that it's worth putting everything you can into it. For that reason it is important to prepare psychologically. Don't choose to start the regime just before Christmas, for example, when you will be surrounded with sugary foods. Make sure you are able to get to the supermarket sufficiently often to buy enough vegetables. Think about what time of day you will be juicing. Maybe buy a new knife or chopping board specifically for the task. Consider keeping the regime a secret from family and friends, to see whether you get any unsolicited comments on your skin further down the line. Preparing well like this will give you the biggest chance of success. Woody Allen once said "90% of success in life is just showing up". Be that person who shows up! Can I contact you with questions? Sure. But be a good sport and check it hasn't been answered already. Good luck! Winged Serpent
  3. green tea..bad for acne??

    ok is green tea REALLY good for acne.? i mean it still has SOME caffine in it (even decaf) and caffine is Bad for your skin. Like i drink like 5 cups of green tea a day. and i dont know why but i feel like its gonna make things worse...idunno.. im at a phase where i feel guitly about EVERY single thing i put in my mouth cuz i feel like itz gonna trigger more break outs...any body get clear skin while drinking this stuff?
  4. Studies have shown that a 3% green tea extract in topical form is just as effective as 4% benzoyl peroxide in treating acne. A green tea product would also have less side effects (redness, dryness, sun sensitivity) and would provide a significant amount of antioxidants (good for sun-damaged skin, preventing aging of skin). There are no reasonably priced products like this out on the market. Just sayin...
  5. Green tea Benefits

    Chinese green tea benefits are numerous - most are health-related but some are cultural, especially in China, the home of green tea. Here, people drink green tea during meals to improve digestion and dissolve oil or fat in the food, and throughout the day as a refreshing beverage. Green tea is also offered to visitors to welcome them into the home or workplace, and it's a common ingredient in many traditional health remedies. Listed below are some Chinese green tea benefits, as well as common green tea uses, and tips on how to make a cup of green tea. Chinese Green Tea Benefits According to Traditional Chinese Medicine, these are some important green tea medical benefits: Stops thirst Stimulates appetite Improves digestion Diuretic Clears heat from your body Removes phlegm Reduces fat Reduces high cholesterol Green Tea Uses While there are numerous Chinese green tea benefits, there are also many traditional green tea uses, not just as a drink, but as a skin wash, a mouthwash, and as an ingredient in folk remedies. Green tea mouthwash: Trying to find green tea mouthwash to buy? The traditional way is to simply place 1-3 grams of loose green tea leaves in a cup and add hot water. When it cools, use the tea to rinse your mouth. Repeat as often as you like. Green tea cleans your teeth and prevents tooth decay and problems like gingivitis. Green tea cleansing skin care wash: Another of the traditional green tea uses - to cleanse and cool your face and body skin. It's also used in cases of swelling, inflammation and itching, e.g. from insect bites and sunburn. Steep 6 grams of loose or whole green tea leaves in a bowl of hot water. When cool, apply the leaves directly to the skin or use the tea water to wash the skin. Green tea and weight control: It is generally believed in China that you can drink green tea to lose weight. For this reason it is not uncommon for thin people to be advised not to drink too much tea. Pu Er Tea from Yunnan province in China is reknowned for its ability to benefit digestion, reduce fat and treat obesity. Steep 6 grams of the tea in a cup of hot water for 10 minutes. Drink throughout the day by topping up the cup with fresh, hot water as required. Cover the cup when not in use.
  6. Okay hi, I remember I posted a post in March about my acne. I Haven't used benzoyl since then I stayed away from chemicals, I don't even use face washes anymore. I went on antibiotics and I started drinking a lot of green tea. Surprisingly my acne has somewhat cleared up I still have acne scars which I'm working to get rid of and breakouts on my forehead/chin but I tried everything and finally something worked. My entire back and chest acne had gone away first (I have black scars from it) I've never been so happy I also use a tumaric face mask from time to time which helped. I noticed my diet had a lot to do with my acne I eat nothing but vegetables and i started drinking tons of water. I'm going back to the doctors on Monday to refill my pills so let's pray all of my acne goes away by next year.
  7. I hope I can be of help to all the acne sufferers reading this post right now. I have been an acne sufferer for the past 14 years. I could remember those darn pimples swelling on my face especially when my period comes along. Years have gone by, and I have noticed that my face had gotten worse. From mild to moderate pimples, I started to have moderate to severe acne I believe. I was even scared to look in the mirror just to see those ugly, big red bumps all over my face. After one bump or another disappears, 3 to 8 big, ugly bumps appear. I had big, ugly scars that I wanted to hide from the world. I have gotten tired of hiding from people especially my friends. Fortunately, they have been very understanding of my condition. I have not tried everything, yet I have tried sorts of soaps, exfoliants, creams, washing my face regularly, changing my diet, and hoping on green tea, sweet potatoes, and vitamins. I have tried Benzoyl Peroxide when I was in college. It helped to fade a lot of my acne yet leaving behind ugly scars. Ever since I got tired of using it, I noticed that my acne became worse to the point that I was not leaving home for almost a year because acne almost covered my entire face. I know the feeling of having that low self-esteem that my mother had even saw me crying to death because of this dreaded disease. After that year, I started to work in one of the most progressive cities in the Philippines when my acne started to clear a little while. My cousin there suggested that I use Golden Horse cream. It made my face became almost clear after an episode of horrible acne when first using the product. However, my face didn't clear up that much. However, acne still returns with a deep vengeance. When I got back to school again to pursue another course, stress swelled up and my acne worsen. I used creams to battle the acne off but to no avail. I just don't understand why my acne won't just stop. I know I just can't control my diet that I was even having a junk food for breakfast. When I realized that I was really having this gruesome difficulty, I started controlling my diet as I have learned from the Internet. I tried to eat sweet potatoes and green tea while avoiding sugars and processed foods (such as colas, junk food, bread, rice, pasta, etc.) for almost 2 months. I even almost overdosed myself with expensive vitamins. I lost weight and my acne was controlled, yet my acne still return over a short period of time after I started to break my diet. The worse thing was in every small pimple growing on my face, expect that it will grow to a horrible, big bump and would disappear in a matter of weeks or more than a month (or even months!) and more big bumps will grow before the old ones disappear. I was very desperate in searching for a solution. I searched websites to help me with this terrible problem that almost ruined my life. Finally, I have stumbled through an article in the Internet claiming that ginger tea works wonders. It made the author cure his severe acne and he was drinking 3 cups per day. Why not give it a try? So I continued to control my diet and started doses of ginger tea of 2 cups per day. Fortunately, I did see wonders. What I have done was this. I started to use lukewarm or even hot water to wash my face twice a day (can be very antibacterial as my sources have suggested) for I was only washing my face with cold water. From what I have learned in the Internet, a mild soap (I have been using guava soap. It had glycerin, olive oil, and guava extract in it. Very mild.) can be very helpful in reducing the inflammation caused by acne. I drank 2 cups of ginger tea per day, commonly for breakfast and before going to bed. As for the acne and small bumps that were still remaining, I have used zinc oxide plus calamine ointment after washing my face. I'm not rich, you know. I have to find means that are not costly. For a month, I noticed that my acne had been disappearing. I noticed almost unnoticeable very small pimples (slightly red) not growing to very big bumps that can be too pronounced on my face. I put some ointment on them everyday and they disappear quickly. The miracle here was my acne doesn't respond to any ointment I put on my face. The bumps took a matter of weeks or even a month before disappearing. And now, if I apply this ointment on my face after every wash on even a big, red bump, it disappears in 2 days or utmost, 5 days. At least I have found some miracle in here! Maybe I can attribute this to ginger tea as researches claim that this tea is anti-inflammatory. I have been taking doses of green tea and eating sweet potatoes for 2 months while having my diet controlled. I have lost only my weight but the acne still continued after breaking my diet. I started ginger tea with my diet controlled and it had worked some wonders. When I started to get back eating processed foods and all those nasty stuff that can contribute to acne but still drinking ginger tea, it really is a miracle that my face is still 96% clear up to now. MY FACE HAD NEVER BEEN THIS CLEAR. Now, I am drinking ginger tea once a day only at breakfast. My only problem now is that there are still acne scars left on my face. Maybe I can find a natural way to remove these in the future. Maybe those who have read this post should try. There's nothing to lose in trying. I hope I can be of help to all those battling with terrible acne.
  8. Hello all. I've been lurking around here for some time, occasionally posting where I could be of help. My acne has always been moderate, but bad enough that it affected my mood and I wanted it gone. Nothing I tried worked really well (I want to be 95% + clear) until pretty recently. Here's what I changed: 1) Started on a liver, kidney and blood cleansing tea 2)Started taking non-dairy probiotic These 2 things have had phenomenal results. But first, the details: 1) For the tea, I researched an extensive list of herbs. I buy: red clover flowers, burdock root, yellow dock root, dang quai root, milk thistle seed, cleavers, schisandra berries, echinacea, and dandelion root. I won't go into specifics but everything's in there for a reason. I grind the milk thistle and put a little bit of everything into a pot and simmer for 30 minutes. Things that are more expensive I use less of. I drink this and then simmer and drink again, 2-4 times. 2) My Probiotic It has 4 billion cells per capsule, with 6 strains of bacteria. Rather than taking 4 at once, I take 1 between meals, 3-4 times a day. That's it. Costs me 1-2 dollars a day, if that. I highly recommend anyone explore these options before giving up. I almost did. My diet, cleansing and supplement regimen remain unchanged for 4 months of so so I don't think they've played a part, but here they are anyway: 1) Diet is pretty starving-student simple. I live on eggs, quinoa, soba, miso and veggies. 2) Supplements include fish and hemp seed oils, vitamin C ascorbate, grape seed extract, vitamin E, alpha lipoic acid and hyaluronic acid. I take these not for my skin but for general health. 3) My cleanser is the best in the world. My cleanser I start with that and add a strong infusion of green tea, camomile, rooibos and honeybush. Then I add grape seed extract and matcha green tea powder. I am so happy it is beyong words. I've blown hundreds of dollars but it's all worth it now. Hope this helps some people and spread the word, liver and bowel health equals clear skin. (PS to al the skeptics like Ben, what of the studies that say silymarin, the main beneficial compound of milk thistle can treat chronic inflammatory skin conditions when taken INTERNALLY? Don't have references now but will modify post with them later.)
  9. Acne, Im gonna kick your ass

    Hi this is Snarky girl. I've been meaning g to start a log for my own benefit and for anyone else who is interested in sharing ideas. I've had acne since age 10 more or less and I'm 32 now. Enough is enough! I've tried the usual in the past: Minocycline on and off, which worked for a while but I don't want to take it anymore because of the side effects and killing off good bacteria. Last time I took it I got a yeast infection and my stomach felt bad. Doxycycline: just NO, makes me sick Proactive, benzol peroxide( works somewhat but dries out skin and bleaches my eyebrows!) Salicylic acid( nothing!) Juicing...not any noticeable effects on acne but did lose weight. Starving myself( EFF that, life's too short!) So here's what I'm going to be attempting g now: Yaz and Spiro 50mg. I've been on them for a bit longer than 2 months and my skin is a lot less oily. I may eventually go up to 100mg but for now I'm satisfied. Supplements I'm taking: chelated zinc, resveratrol, cod liver oil, magnesium, vitamind D3, E, and C, tart cherry juice, selenium and silica. I'm taking recommended doses, nothing goods going to come from megadosing imo.I may take probiotics but I haven't as of yet. Not eating: grains like pasta, bread, cereals, cookies, biscuits etc out of my diet. I'm not obsessed but most days I try not to have these. If I do its at one meal. Junky, sugary stuff,processed food and or sugary drinks or soda. I do t smoke and I only drink rarely so that's not really an issue( if I do drink its blush or rose wine). Eating: sweet potatoes, red, purple, yellow potatoes( any other than white), most fruits, greens, limited meat and only organic eggs, cold water fish not farm raised, oysters, sardines, coconut and vegetables like squash, a bit of corn and celery. I'm also trying to drink green and herbal teas but I'm not a big fan. Sparkling water and pomegranate or cherry juice for me. I'm eating gelatin and bone broth. Toically I've stopped the duac because its just too drying and again, I dont like to keep using antibiotics .I've been using ground oatmeal to wash my face , I was using a bar soap with triscolan but I read it has hormone disruptors. If I wear make up I'll have to figure out how to remove it but I've only been using concealer. Im using green tea and sea buckthorn extract twice per day. If I go in the sun I use DML lotion.I plan on adding a mild retinol but haven't started that, I'm not sure which one I want to try. Any suggestions? I don't know how quickly this will work but my skin is a lot better than it was 2 weeks ago. I plan on updating and adding pics and letting you know if anything makes a good change. This is a pic of my lovely spots from about 2 and a half weeks ago. My skin is a lot less inflamed now, even though I just accidentally wiped my nose with a greasy napkin my son had potato chips on lol. The second is just now, the thing on my cheek is a mole and I only have 1 active spot. I'll update every few days, bye for now
  10. I used to drink green tea every single night last year in 2015. I haven't drank it in 5 months because I started lifting and drinking whey shakes instead. After June started, I stopped drinking whey shakes and started drinking green tea instead. It's been about a week since I've started drinking green tea and I'm having the WORST breakout of my entire life. Is green tea causing this awful breakout to happen? I used to always drink it. In fact, last Summer was when I was still drinking it and my skin was the clearest it had ever been.
  11. I dont know if i started this topic in the right section but is it possible to cure or help hormonal acne WITHOUT medication? fish oil makes my skin worse but ive heard it work for others. Ive recently started drinking 2 cups of green tea a day (i cant do more because i have iron deficiency). I basically have clear skin for two weeks, then two weeks before my period i break out with papsules and around 4 days before my period i get 1-2 massive cysts. All on my chin. People would think i suffer from acne just because of the scars! I hope someone could help, im losing confidence....
  12. green tea breakout

    I'm pretty sure the green tea I've started drinking for the last 2 days has caused/ contributed to a breakout. How can you tell if it's just a breakout from the caffeine or just a purging stage? Anyone have great success with green tea? Especially when your diet is near perfect lol. I've been having 2 cups a day.
  13. First, a background on myself. I'm 20 years old who has had perfect skin until last year, when I started breaking out like crazy on my chin. I was desperate to make them go away so I tried every single OTC acne medication, cosmetic acne treatment you could think of. Tretinoin especially made my acne worse for me and I started breaking out on my chin. I NEVER break out there. So I stopped using it and my face calmed down a bit. Only a pimple or two every other day. I decided to try using egg white with green tea powder and it worked really well. But now I get too lazy to crack an egg open every night and separate the egg white. So I've cracked a couple eggs, mixed green tea with it, and put it in a container. How long do you think it's okay for me to use it? Will it spoil and make my face break out? Should I put it in a fridge? Ugh I knew I should've put it in the fridge. It's been three days and I'm still using it. So far, no bad reactions. Yet. And also, I've been using raw potatos on my face every morning. I think that helps too.
  14. Hey everyone, I'm really new here, and wanted to ask the community about a new skincare routine I'll be trying out soon. I've had a really bad breakout that started almost 7–8 weeks ago, and I've been trying Salycyclic Acid, namely through Stridex Maximum wipes since then, but I realise that Salycyclic Acid doesn't help my acne too much and I'm reorting to sulfur instead after reading up about it. Here's the breakdown of my routines (before breakout, during breakout, and what I plan to change to) and I was hoping if you guys could provide comments, maybe explaining why my routines were bad and what could be improved. BEFORE BREAKOUT Morning and Evening Cleanse with Neutrogena Oil-Free Acne Wash Tone with some toner (lol can't remember which one but I've stopped...) Moisturise with ICM Pharma BASIC AquaCream (Singapore product) Evening: Face Masks from convenient stores (see: MyBeautyDiary) DURING BREAKOUT (I've done about 7–8 weeks of this) Morning and Evening Cleanse with Neutrogena Oil-Free Acne Wash Exfoliate and Salycyclic Acid with Stridex Maximum Moisturise with ICM Pharma BASIC AquaCream (Singapore product) WHAT I PLAN TO CHANGE TO Morning and Evening Cleanse with Grandpa's, Thylox, Acne Treatment Soap with Sulfur Tone with Thayers, Witch Hazel Aloe Vera Formula, Alcohol-Free Toner Moisturise with Madre Labs, Camellia Care, EGCG Green Tea Skin Cream if I'm going out in the day, I'll probably put on some sun screen Any comments or inputs? I'm seriously trying to put an end to all this acne crap that's been going on for 2 months now. I just want it to stop as soon as possible...
  15. Hello guys! This is my first post there, but I have been reading this forum for a long time. Recently, I started to have some doubts about my skincare routine and my methods of treating acne, so I'd like to hear your opinion! I will summarize my history with acne: I am 18, male and I've had bad skin for 3-4 years, but in the last year it was just terrible (extremely oily skin, lots of large and inflamed pustules). After some unsuccessful treatments (doxycycline, Acnease supplement, Benzoyl Peroxide and every topical known to man) I was finally put on Accutane. My dermatologist told me that he considers a low-dose treatment to be the most effective (balancing side effects with beneficial effects). I took 20mg per day for ~6 months. Since then, I've been taking 10mg per day (~3 months and a half). I weight ~62-63kg, so to reach the recommended cumulative dose I need 9 more months (10mg per day) which is extremely unpleasant for me. Back, chest and arms acne is completely gone. The following description is about the face. My acne and oiliness have improved a lot in the first 3-4 months of Accutane, but since then I've seen little to no progress. Lowering the dose has certainly not helped. My skin is oily (less than in the beginning, but still annoying). My nose is always full of blackheads, even though I apply nose strips every 2 or 3 days. I get small whiteheads/pimples around and on my nose every day and in some bad days even 2-3 larger pimples across my face. However, the biggest problems are the uncountable red/brown marks and the overall redness that I have on my face. They show no sign of fading after so many months! During these months I've tried some "gentle" topical products to support Accutane, however nothing seems to be very effective. I am currently using La Roche Posay Effaclar Duo, which isn't great but at least doesn't (usually) make my skin oilier or redder. I have also been using Paula's Choice Pore Reducing Toner and 2% BHA Liquid for over 1 month with no results. The weird thing is that in some days, like in a few days a month, my skin is magically bright and clear. It is much less oilier and all the red marks are barely visible, even from up close. Every product that I apply gets absorbed very quickly. It’s still not perfect skin, but it can be considered "normal". For the rest of the time, and by this I mean like 90%, my skin has an ugly red-brown tone, it is oily and I usually have 3-4 pimples of varying size every day. All the red marks are very visible and look like active acne. Any product that I apply on my face makes it sticky and oily and it remains like this for hours. I have observed no correlation between this and diet and/or stress (I am always stressed and my diet is not very healthy but I don’t eat any junk food or anything in excess. I avoid dairy products. Little sugar as well). As of now, I cannot explain the weird fluctuations of my skin, nor can I find an effective way to combat this. I thought of increasing the dose of Accutane, to at least 20mg per day, but my dermatologist is against this. He says that my skin will eventually become normal (completely cured) but I am not seeing any progress at all (for at least 3 months my skin was the same, maybe worse). I am currently trying to improve my skin’s condition with some supplements: - Zinc (~25mg per day) and other minerals - Vitamin D3 (planning to take 2200IU per day) - Vitamin C (not much more than the daily dose) Although I don’t think they will make a big difference. I drink white and green tea every day, although I have tried this in the past and I’ve seen no improvement. I recently read on this forum that some studies say that green tea is actually bad for your hormones. Is this true? I thought that it was universally accepted that green tea lowers testosterone. I also thought of taking some herb supplements which should help (Androgen/DHT blockers) like saw palmetto, pumpkin seeds, etc. since my acne might be hormonal but I see that most of these products are made specifically for prostate health issues. Would it be safe for me to take them? I also heard that Omera-3 might be useful. I italicized the last paragraph as it is one of the most important issues that I want to discuss here. that It may not be much, but these supplements are my last resort. It would be great to hear your experiences and opinions!
  16. Green Tea

    A few days ago, I started using green tea as an attempt to treat acne. I drink about three cups a day and rub the bag over my face, mostly on old scars. I have a few questions about this method. How effective is it? Should I use the leaves inside the bag on my face? How long will I have to wait to see changes? I'm washing my face with a tea tree wash and using a toner as well
  17. Hi and Thank-you for dropping by, My name is Hannah, a 22 year old female looking for allies to support each other through our difficult journey in battling acne. I had acne since my teens, but got 90% clear through changes in diet and taking supplements. I've tried from paleo to low-fat vegan, and I am still looking for what works best for me and my life style. (Of course I don't neglect traditional medicine, I've experience great results from anti-biotic topicals and dan's regime) I noticed throughout my food journey, I'd usually get isolated and feel like I'm the only one changing my diet for the sake of my skin, because everyone around me has clear skin despite eating junk food, or have bad acne however will not go as far as to changing their diets. I am looking for people whom I can openly share my unique experience as someone who is pursuing a healthy life style in order to get clear skin. if you don't feel comfortable discussing on an open forum, please feel free to message me personally and I will message you back It would be preferred if you live in Vancouver, Canada, but of course, I am always looking for friends from all over the world! (if you think I'm being a little creepy, message me anyways lol Any thing will be appreciated)
  18. As a companion to the The Bad List. This contains products whose formulation does not contain a single ingredient that has a comedogenic ingredient of 3 or higher. This is purely informational. I am not making any blanket statements concerning any particular product. Use this post to inform yourself. What you choose to slather on your face is your own business. If any products change their formulation or if you have cross-checked a product yourself that you'd like to add, please let me know. CeraVe Hydrating Cleanser Purified Water, Glycerin, Behentrimonium Methosulfate and Cetearyl Alcohol, Ceramide 3, Ceramide 6-II, Ceramide 1, Hyaluronic Acid, Cholesterol, Polyoxyl 40 Stearate, Glyceryl Monostearate, Stearyl Alcohol, Polysorbate 20, Potassium Phosphate, Dipotassium Phosphate, Sodium Lauroyl Lactylate, Cetyl Alcohol, Disodium EDTA, Phytosphingosine, Methylparaben, Propylparaben, Carbomer, Xanthan Gum CeraVe Foaming Facial Cleanser Purified Water, Cocamidopropyl Hydroxysultaine, Glycerin, Sodium Lauroyl Sarcosinate, PEG-150 Pentaerythrityl Terastearate and PEG-6 Caprylic/Capric Glycerides, Niacinamide, Propylene Glycol, Sodium Methyl Cocoyl Taurate, Ceramide 3, Ceramide 6-II, Ceramide I, Hyaluronic Acid, Cholesterol, Sodium Chloride, Phytosphingosine, Citric Acid, Edetate Disodium, Dihydrate, Sodium Lauroyl Lactylate, Methylparaben, Propylparaben, Carbomer, Xanthan Gum CeraVe AM SPF 30 Active Ingredients: Homosalate 12%, Octinoxate 7.5%, Zinc Oxide 3.5%, Octocrylene 2% Inactive Ingredients: Purified Water, Niacinamide, Behentrimonium methosulfate, Cetearyl alcohol, Glycerin, Hyaluronic acid, Dimethicone, Ceramide 3, Ceramide 6-II, Ceramide 1, Cholesterol, Phytosphingosine, Disodium EDTA, Sodium lauroyl lactylate, Methylparaben, Propylparaben, Hydroxyethylcellulose, Aluminum starch octenylsuccinate, Boron nitride, Carbomer, Xanthan gum Neutrogena Extra Gentle Cleanser Water (Purified), Glycerin, Capric/Caprylic Stearic Triglyceride, Cetyl Ricinoleate, Isohexadecane, TEA Cocoyl Glutamate, Methyl Glucose Sesquistearate, Stearyl Alcohol, Cetearyl Alcohol, PEG 40 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, PEG 20 Methyl Glucose Sesquistearate, Bisabolol (L-Alpha), Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract, Tocopheryl Acetate (Vitamin E), Dipotassium Glycyrrhizate (Licorice Root), Stearyl Glycyrrhetinate, Tetrasodium EDTA, Acrylates/C10 30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Triethanolamine, BHT, Geranium, Dipropylene Glycol, Phenoxyethanol, Propylparaben, Methylparaben Neutrogena Ultra Gentle Daily Cleanser Water, Glycerin, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Lauryl Glucoside, Potassium Accylates Copolymer, PEG 120 Methyl Glucose Dioleate, Disodium Lauroamphodiacetate, Sodium Cocoyl Sarcosinate, Ethylhexylglycerin, Caprylyl Glycol, Potassium Sorbate, Fragrance Neutrogena Oil-Free Redness Soothing Facial Cleanser Active Ingredients: Salicylic Acid (2%) (Acne Treatment) Inactive Ingredients: Water, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Propylene Glycol, Butylene Glycol, Decyl Glucoside, PPG 5 Ceteth 20, Anthemis Nobilis (Roman Chamomile) Flower Extract, Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract (Matricaria), Cocamidopropyl PG-Dimonium Chloride Phosphate, Aloe Vera (Aloe Barbadensis) Extract, Tetrahydroxypropyl Ethylenediamine, C12 15 Alkyl Lactate, Sodium Lactate, Menthyl Lactate, Disodium EDTA, Sodium Benzotriazole Butylphenol Sulfonate, Betaine (Sugar Beet), Dehydroxanthan Gum, Benzalkonium Chloride Solution, DMDM Hydantoin, Yellow 5 Lake, Blue 1 Lake (CI 42090), Fragrance Simple Refreshing Facial Wash Gel Water (Aqua), Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Propylene Glycol, Hydroxypropyl Methylcellulose, Panthenol, Disodium EDTA, Sodium Hydroxymethylglycinate Simple Smoothing Facial Scrub Water (Aqua), Mineral Oil (Paraffinum Liquidum), Cocoglucoside, Oryza Sativa (Rice) Powder, Polyethlene, Vegetable Oil, Panthenol, Tocopheryl Acetate, Pelargonium Graveolens Oil, Anthemis Nobilis Flower Oil, Acrylates Copolymer, Acrylates/C10 30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Sodium Hydroxymethylglycinate, Dipropylene Glycol, Disodium EDTA, Methylparaben Burt's Bees Natural Acne Solutions Purifying Gel Cleanser Active Ingredients: Salicylic Acid (1.0%)(Acne Treatment) Inactive Ingredients: Water, Decyl Glucoside, Lauryl Glucoside, Sucrose Laurate, Salix Nigra (Willow Bark) Extract (Willow), Coco Betaine, Betaine (Sugar Beet), Beet (Beta Vulgaris) Extract (Beet), Oenothera Biennis Leaf Extract (Evening Primrose), Sodium Cocoyl Hydrolyzed Soy Protein, Hydroxypropyltrimonium Honey, Glycerin, Glyceryl Oleate, Coco Glucoside, Fragrance, Glucose, Alcohol Denatured, Glucose Oxidase, Lactoperoxidase, Citric Acid, Sodium Chloride, Phenoxyethanol Burt's Bees Radiance Daily Cleanser with Royal Jelly Water, Decyl Glucoside, Carthamus Tinctorius (Safflower) Oleosomes, Sodium Cocoyl Hydrolyzed Soy Protein, Glycerin, Coco Glucoside, Glyceryl Oleate, Fragrance, Royal Jelly, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Vaccinium Myrtillus (Bilberry) Extract, Sugar Cane (Saccharum Officinarum) Extract, Sugar Maple Extract, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) (Sweet Orange Peel Extract), Lemon (Citrus Medica Limonium) Extract, Glucose, Xanthan Gum, Citric Acid, Sodium Chloride, Lactoperoxidase, Glucose Oxidase Pond's Luminous Clean Daily Exfoliating Cleanser Water, Sodium Cocoyl Isethionate, Propylene Glycol, Stearic Acid, Cetearyl Alcohol, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Oxidized Polyethylene, Disodium Laureth Sulfosuccinate, Sodium Lauroyl Sulfoacetate, Hydroxypropyl Methylcellulose, Sodium Isethionate, Sodium Lauroyl Sarcosinate, Magnesium Aluminum Silicate, Polyethylene, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter), DMDM Hydantoin, Fragrance, Disodium EDTA, Acacia Senegal Gum, Gelatin, Iodopropynyl Butylcarbamate, Kaolin, Mica, Red 30, Tin Oxide, Titanium Dioxide Pond's Cold Cream The Cool Classic Mineral Oil, Water, Ceresin, Beeswax, Triethanolamine, Behenic Acid, Fragrance, Ceteth 20, Cetyl Alcohol, Carbomer, DMDM Hydantoin, Iodopropynyl Butylcarbamate, Methylparaben Aqua Glycolic Facial Cleanser Water (Purified), Glycolic Acid, Ammonium Glycolate, Cetearyl Alcohol, Amino Methyl Propanol, Sorbitol, Stearyl Alcohol, Methylparaben, Propylparaben Glory for Girls Everyday Foaming Cleanser Aqua/Water/Eau (Water), Polysorbate 20, Hamamelis Virginiana (Witch Hazel) Water, Cocamidopropyl Hydroxysultaine, Citrus Grandis (Pink Grapefruit) Peel Oil, Lactic Acid (L), Decyl Glucoside, Sodium Lauroyl Lactylate, Glycerin, Allantoin (Comfrey Root), Citrus Grandis (Grapefruit) Fruit Seed Extract, Citrus Aurantium Bergamia (Bergamot) Fruit Oil, Euterpe Oleracea (Acai Fruit) Extract, Arctium Lappa (Burdock) Root Extract, Aloe Vera (Aloe Barbadensis) Leaf Juice (organic NOP certified), Sodium Cocoyl Glutamate, Xanthan Gum, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Sorbitol, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter), Linalool, Limonene, Citral, Citronellol, Geraniol DDF Blemish Foaming Cleanser Salicylic Acid ([1.8%] Acne Medication) Water, Amino Methyl Propanol, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Propylene Glycol, Triethanolamine, Cocamide DEA, Phenoxyethanol, Methylparaben, Allantoin (Comfrey Root) (Comfrey Root), Azelaic Acid, DMDM Hydantoin, Citric Acid, Disodium EDTA, Fragrance, Propylparaben, Commiphora Myrrha (Myrrh) Extract, Hydrastis Canadensis (Goldenseal) Extract, Propylene Glycol, Water, Trifolium Pratense (Clover) Flower Extract, Calendula (Calendula Officinalis) Flower Extract, Symphytum Officinale (Comfrey Root) Extract, Echinacea Angustifolia (Coneflower) Extract, Panthenol, Blue 1 Lake (CI 42090) Cremo Face Moisturizer Water, Carthamus Tinctorius (Safflower) Oleosomes, Neopentyl Glycol Diheptanoate, Persea Gratissima (Avocado) Oil, Jojoba Esters, Hydroxyethyl Urea, Pentylene Glycol, Algae Extract, Mugwort (Artemisia Vulgaris) Extract, Aloe Vera (Aloe Barbadensis) Leaf Juice, Xanthan Gum, Allantoin, Polyacrylate 13, Polyisobutene, Polysorbate 20, Capryl Hydroxamic Acid, Phenoxyethanol, Methylpropanediol, Farnesol, Linalool Willa Face Friendly Clear Face Moisturizer Water, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Flower/Leaf/Stem Water, Glycerin, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Mangifera Indica (Mango) Fruit Extract, Citrus Nobilis (Mandarin Orange) Fruit Extract, Zea Mays (Corn) Silk Extract, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Extract, Cucumis Sativus (Cucumber) Fruit Extract, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Eucalyptus Radiata Flower/Leaf/Stem Oil, Xanthan Gum, Sodium Phytate, Sodium Hydroxide, Dehydroacetic Acid, Benzyl Alcohol Vanicream Sport Sunscreen SPF 35 Zinc Oxide (8%), Octinoxate (7.5%) Water (Purified), Cyclomethicone, Glycerin, Tridecyl Neopentanoate, Cyclopentasiloxane, Cetyl/PEG/PPG 10/1 Dimethicone, Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Polyethylene, Cyclomethicone, Dimethicone, PEG 30 Dipolyhydroxystearate, Vitamin E, Magnesium Chloride Hexahydrate, Triethoxycaprylylsilane Vanicrema Sunscreen Sensitive Skin, SPF 60 Titanium Dioxide (5%), Zinc Oxide (5%) Alumina, C12 15 Alkyl Benzoate, Capric/Caprylic Stearic Triglyceride, Cetearyl Isononanoate, Cetearyl Alcohol, Isopropyl Titanium Triisostearate/triethoxycaprylylsilane (Crosspolymer), Methylpropanediol, PEG 12 Dimethicone, PEG 30 Dipolyhydroxystearate, Phenyltrimethicone, Polyethylene, Polyhydroxystearic Acid, Water (Purified), Sodium Ascorbyl Phosphate (Vitamin C), Stearyl Dimethicone, Tetrasodium EDTA, Tocopheryl Acetate (Vitamin E), Triethoxycaprylylsilane EltaMD UV Clear SPF 46 Zinc Oxide (9.0%, UVA/UVB Sunscreen), Octinoxate (7.5%, UVA/UVB Sunscreen) Water, Cyclomethicone, Niacinamide, Octyldodecyl Neopentanoate, Hydroxyethyl Acrylate/Sodium Acryloyldimethyl Taurate Copolymer, Polyisobutene, PEG 7 Trimethylolpropane Coconut Ether, Sodium Hyaluronate, Tocopheryl Acetate, Lactic Acid, Oleth 3 Phosphate, Phenoxyethanol, Butylene Glycol, Iodopropynyl Butylcarbamate, Triethoxycaprylylsilane Blue Lizard Australian Sunscreen Daily Moisturizer SPF 30+ Octinoxate (5.5%), Zinc Oxide (8%) Water (Purified), C12 15 Alkyl Benzoate, Cyclomethicone, Lauryl PEG/PPG 18/18 Methicone, Polyacrylamide, C13 14 Isoparaffin, Laureth 7, Tocopheryl Acetate (Vitamin E), Hyaluronic Acid, Camellia Sinensis (Green Tea) Leaf Extract, Beeswax (Apis Mellifera), Caffeine, Diazolidinyl Urea, Methylparaben, Propylparaben Boots No7 Protect & Perfect Intense Beauty Serum Cyclopentasiloxane, Aqua/Water/Eau (Water), Butylene Glycol, Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Cyclohexasiloxane, Glycerin, Arabinogalactan, Sodium Ascorbyl Phosphate (Vitamin C), Magnesium Sulfate, Dimethicone Copolyol (Silica), Phenoxyethanol, Sodium PCA, Cetyl/PEG/PPG 10/1 Dimethicone, Hexyl Laurate, Polyglyceryl 4 Isostearate, Retinyl Acetate (Vitamin A), Medicago Sativa (Alfalfa) Extract (Alfalfa), Methylparaben, Propylene Glycol, Lupinus Albus Seed Extract, Butylparaben, Ethylparaben, Carbomer, Propylparaben, Isobutylparaben, Polysorbate 20, Ginseng (Panax Ginseng) Root Extract, Morus Alba (Mulberry) Leaf Extract, Tocopherol (Natural Vitamin E), Palmitoyl Oligopeptide, Palmitoyl Tetrapeptide Boots No7 Lifting & Firming Night Cream Aqua/Water/Eau (Water), Glycerin, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter) Fruit (Shea butter), Cyclopentasiloxane, Steareth 21, C12 15 Alkyl Benzoate, Capric/Caprylic Stearic Triglyceride, Cyclohexasiloxane, Dimethicone, Polyacrylamide, Cetearyl Alcohol, Steareth 2, Glyceryl Stearate, PVP Shea Moisture Organic Shea Butter Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter) , Extracts of Frankincense and Myrrh , Tocopherol (Vitamin E) , Essential Oil Blend Cetaphil DermaControl Oil Control Moisturizer SPF 30 Avobenzone 3%, Octisalate (5%), Octocrylene (7%) Water, Isopropyl Lauroyl Sarcosinate, Glycerin, Dimethicone, Diisopropyl Sebacate, Silica, Polymethyl Methacrylate, Aluminum Starch Octenylsuccinate, Sucrose Tristearate, Dimethiconol, Pentylene Glycol, Polysorbate 61, Sodium Stearoyl Glutamate, Phenoxyethanol, Caprylyl Glycol, Tocopheryl Acetate, Glycyrrhetinic Acid, Panthenol, Triethanolamine, Allantoin, Carbomer, Potassium Sorbate, Zinc Gluconate, Xanthan Gum, Disodium EDTA, Hydroxypalmitoyl Sphinganine Alba Botanica Natural AcneDote Oil Control Lotion Salicylic Acid 2.0% Acne Treatment Aqua/Water/Eau, Ethylhexyl Stearate, Cetearyl Alcohol, Glycerin, Cetyl Alcohol, Dimethicone, Cetearyl Olivate, Sorbitan Olivate, Polysorbate 60, Azadirachta Indica (Neem) Extract, Camellia Sinensis (Green Tea) Extract, Carum Petroselinum (Parsley) Extract, Melissa Officinalis Leaf Extract, Salix Alba (Willow) Bark Extract, Urtica Dioica (Nettle) Extract, Potassium Hydroxide, Xanthan Gum, Alcohol, Benzoic Acid, Dehydroacetate Acid, Phenoxyethanol, Citral, Limonene, Linalool, Fragrance (Parfum), Certified Organic Ingredient, Naturally Derived Botanical Fragrance Queen Helene Mint Julep Mask Water, Kaolin, Bentonite (CI 77004), Glycerin, Zinc Oxide, Propylene Glycol, Sulfur, Chromium Oxide Green (CI#77288), Fragrance (Parfum), Phenoxyethanol, Methylparaben Simple Replenishing Rich Moisturizer Water (Aqua), Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Glycerin, Polyglyceryl 3 Methylglucose Distearate, Stearyl Alcohol, Panthenol, Polyacrylamide, Stearic Acid, C13 14 Isoparaffin, Caprylyl Glycol, Laureth 7, Allantoin, Pentylene Glycol, Bisabolol, Disodium EDTA, Lactic Acid, Sodium Lactate, Serine, Sodium Hydroxypropyl Starch Phosphate, Urea, Sorbitol, Sodium Chloride, Citric Acid, Methylisothiazolinone, Phenoxyethanol Simple Hydrating Light Moisturizer Water (Aqua), Glycerin, Polyglyceryl 3 Methylglucose Distearate, Mineral Oil (Paraffinum Liquidum), Cetyl Palmitate, Dimethicone, Borago Officinalis Seed Oil, Tocopheryl Acetate, Panthenol, Cetyl Alcohol, Caprylyl Glycol, Carbomer, Potassium Hydroxide, Pentylene Glycol, Bisabolol, Acrylates/C10 30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Disodium EDTA, Sodium Lactate, Lactic Acid, Mica, Serine, urea, Sorbitol, Sodium Chloride, Allantoin, Citric Acid, Methylisothiazolinone, Phenoxyethanol, Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891) Dickinson's Original Witch Hazel Foaming Facial Wash Contains: Water, Hamamelis Virgiana (Witch Hazel) Water, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, PEG-80 Sorbitan Laurate, PEG-150 Distearate, Disodium Cocamphodiacetate, Sodium Lauroampho PG Acetate Phosphate, Tetrasodium EDTA, Quaternium-15, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Chamomilla Recutita Flower Extract, Citric Acid, Witch Hazel Flower Extract
  19. Ah, back again! If you've followed to any of my recent posts, you know I'm a frustrated Acne.org long timer. Long story short I started the regimen in December 2013 and was 110% baby butt clear about 5 months later. I then lived happily ever after with no acne! I wish... I stayed clear for the better part of 3-4 months. And I mean REALLY clear. No noticeable signs of acne at all. It was so good I could posted a photo of myself during my clear period and I had friends texting me say "Holy crap your skin looks amazing". I didn't stay clear for long though, my skin went back to being a normal teenager acne filled around October of 2014. I've had on and off acne since then with no changes to diet or regimen. My acne is nothing like it was before, but nothing pisses me off more than a big ol' zit in the corner of chin. So I've decided to really take charge and implement some things into my daily life to get clear before school starts up. 1. 3-4 cups of organic green tea daily - hoping this helps with cysts 2. More sleep! I've recently started going to bed around 11-11:30 and I feel it is affecting my face 3. Sleeping on back and washing pillow cases every 3-5 days. 4. Food based multivitamins and probotics every day 5. Continuing the acne.org regimen and my dairy/gluten/sugar free life style I'll also need your help with this. You got something that you did in the past that helped clear you up? SHARE IT! I'll be updating this thread with my results and responding to thread contributors daily. Thanks, and feel free to follow me on my journey. I hope I can help people in all stages of their acne, wither they are just starting to get it or have been "blessed" with acne for quite some time.
  20. The Beginning

    Alright folks. Here it goes. The only thing that has ever worked for my acne is BP, but I can't use it very often because my skin is so sensitive. I mean if I so much as touch my face it turns red. So I've been reading a lot of posts on AcneEinstein, which is natural, science based treatments for acne, and I read one post that shows green tea is just as effective as BP for acne without all the side effects. I also read that antioxidants are very good for acne, especially Niacinamide and SAP (a vitamin C derivative). So I went and I bought NeoStrata Clarifying Lotion, which has 5% SAP and 2% Niacinamide. I also bought a green tea cream, Camellia Care, that has EGCg from green tea, resveratrol (another antioxidant) and HA. I am using a natural face wash from JES Organics formulated for acne, and have a natural face cream by the same company that I am going to use if my skin needs extra hydration. I am waiting on my Jane Iredale makeup, which has always worked well for me. I am going to start using my two new creams tonight and see how it goes. I have been getting a lot of bigger, deeper pimples, I guess those are called pustules? I don't know why, I can't figure it out, but I've been wanting to switch over to natural products for a while now anyway. I am going to try to document this journey with pictures to see if it is actually doing anything.
  21. Hi folks, I am beginning my third month of 100 mg spironalactone per day. I'm hoping it will kick in soon. I have read (in The Big Hormone Post) that coffee makes hormonal acne worse. In an effort to reduce my coffee intake, I hope to switch to mate, black tea, and green tea. I understand that avoiding caffeine altogether might be ideal, but this is not realistic for me. Has anyone experienced or read about an improvement upon switching from coffee to tea? Finally, has anyone found that drinking licorice tea has reduced the side effects of spironalactone? (Fatigue, complete lack of energy.)
  22. 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.
  23. So my acne consists of small, flesh colored bumps around my mouth and mostly my chin area. It's been like this for almost or just about a year now and has increasingly gotten worse. The area where I do have acne is slightly red JUST IN THAT AREA, which is around my mouth. Not cute. I'm almost positive this is hormonal. I started getting it around the time I had developed anxiety. Now that my anxiety has been gone for months, I want my acne to be gone! I started taking Ortho Tri-Cyclen Lo about a month ago. I am not seeing much improvement but I know this is too soon to even tell. I've been told by my gynecologist that it will take three months for my body to adjust to the pills. I'm only 18 and having acne is the worst--especially from having flawless skin to this. It takes a toll on my self-esteem. If anyone has birth control stories DEALING WITH HORMONAL ACNE ONLY--please share! I also know that hormonal acne is usually either cystic or small comedones around the chin area. Also I have a pretty good diet. I take Vitamins E, C, Fish Oil, and Biotin everyday. I drink PLENTY of water--about five bottles daily. Drink at least a cup of green tea a day. And I eat healthy, with occasional sugar to satisfy my sweet tooth! I hardly ever drink milk. I heard that Zinc and Magnesium is good for your skin also. I'm thinking about buying them tomorrow. For skin care, I wash my face in the morning and at night only and I use a facial scrub once a week. Please people share your stories and help me out! I'm desperate.
  24. Hey guys. I found a treatment that does amazing things for my skin, and wanted to share in case it helps someone else. About me: I have had mild to moderate acne since puberty (I'm 21 now). I don't have rosacea (no flushing, generalized redness or clusters of red bumps). My skin tends to be pretty oily and rough to the touch, with a lot of built up dead skin, clogged pores, and some inflamed bumps and occasional cysts around my mouth and jawline before my period. It's never been too severe, but enough to annoy me and cause me to look for solutions. I've tried glycolic acid, salicylic acid, retinol, physical exfoliators like baking soda, wash cloths and various scrubs, clay masks, enzyme masks and benzoyl peroxide. They worked to varying degrees, but none of them completely solved the problem. My skin was still bumpy, rough, and prone to break outs. What helped: I tried Devita Rx Rosacea Rx on a whim. My mom bought it to treat her rosacea, but found it too harsh, so she gave it to me (even though I don't have rosacea). I tried it one night, and when I washed my face the next morning I noticed a huge difference in my skin. My cheeks and forehead were silky. Silky! I still had a few bumps, of course, but the dead skin was gone and my face was glowing. After using it every day or every other day for about two months, the bumps are reduced by at least 80% and my skin even looks clear in a 10x magnifying mirror. I no longer break out significantly before my period (just a couple of small barely noticeable bumps). I haven't had a new cyst or inflamed papule in 2 months! The only reason I use concealer anymore is to cover the red dots from the inflammatory acne I used to have. Those are fading too, but very slowly. What else I do: I use a salicylic acid cleanser followed by a retinol serum. I've been using both of these products for ages and think they're great, but can't credit them for the recent improvement in my skin. After my skin absorbs the retinol, I apply a pump of the Devita Rx to my entire face and neck. Depending on how disciplined I'm feeling, I do this anywhere from twice a day to every other day. I guess my skin likes me now because I can skip a day (or even two days) with no major consequences. I also take cod liver oil, 5000 IU vitamin d, magnesium citrate (in the form of Natural Calm), selenium, silicon, zinc, copper and beet kvass (a lacto-fermented beet tonic). I eat a lot of saturated fat including pastured butter and ghee, coconut and fatty meat, avoid grains other than white rice and occasional corn, avoid vegetable oils other than coconut and olive, and limit sugar. I really can't say if diet has helped my skin, but it's certainly possible. The cod liver oil and magnesium are two things I added around the same time I started using Devita Rx. I started drinking beet kvass regularly around a month before. Improved gut flora from beet kvass, better vitamin A status from cod liver oil and better magnesium status could all theoretically have helped my skin. Devita Rx Rosacea Rx costs around $35 for a 1 oz glass bottle. I have about a third of a bottle left after two months. Ingredients: Evening Primrose Oil, Glycolic Acid, Lactic Acid, Aloe Vera Gel, Comfrey Extract, Japanese Green Tea Extract, Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein, Zinc Glycine Salicylate, Sodium Lactate, Hyaluronic Acid, Alpha Bisabolol, Hydroxymethylcellulose, Sodium Hydroxide