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congrats

everyone on this site should read this forum more instead of jumping at topicals and meds constantly

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You're a really good lookin guy :) Congrats on your clear skin :):)


One day...

Don't cry because it's over, smile because it happened.


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You're a really good lookin guy :) Congrats on your clear skin :):)

^agreed. u could definately go into modeling.

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What was the time change between the before and after photos?

I am 100% holistic and always will be, but I find it very ironic that you look so young (like a boy) in the before photos, and that caught my attention.

Then I look at the After photos and I see in one picture you have much more facial hair and even look much older.

Great progress, I'm very interested in seeing what changes you have made to your life.


Thanks for all the answers, I guess breathing is more important than acne............!

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You sexy! ;)

I agree with you one hundred percent. I posted a thread here recently about how alternative stuff (liver flushing mainly) has helped my skin like nothing else. Yay!


Current Skin-Care Regimen (A work in progress):

Morning:

Gentle wash with DKR cleanser

Benzoyl Peroxide 2.5% (Following Dan's Regimen)

DKR Lotion + A squirt of Argan or Grapeseed oil (The lotion alone wasn't hydrating enough)

Skin 79 Korean BB Cream (excellent stuff)

Evening:

Gentle Wash with DKR Cleanser

Benzoyl Peroxide 2.5% (Following Dan's Regimen)

DKR Lotion + A squirt of Argan or Grapeseed oil


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You look like two different guys in your before/after pics.



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Thanks for the comments everyone.

The before pics were when my acne was at its worst, about 5 years ago. I'm showing you these ones to illustrate how big the change was. I will see if I can find some decent "inbetween" pics and post them here later.

I don't want anyone to think that I simply grew out of my acne, because I know that is not the case. I would love to have grown out of my acne...but unfortunately if I start eating certain foods again, I turn right back into a teenager and my acne comes back. Those of you in your 20s and 30s and beyond who are still getting acne are more living proof of this kind of phenomenon.

A few weeks ago I started experimenting with my diet, eating bad foods. I got a cyst on my jawline...just like the old days, and only after a few days of eating bad foods. I wish I had taken a picture of it to illustrate how my skin is not a product of genetics or "growing out of it" or anything like that. The way my skin looks is a product of my diet.


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Thanks for sharing, but you forgot to mention what exactly cleared you up. Vitamins, diet, etc.... whats your routine bro?

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Wow, that is absolutely amazing!! Congratulations, I am proud of your success :) Whenever you get time, please do write your your dietary intake and exercise routine! Thanks!


Gone out of the country July 5th to August 5th

Finally Clear! < Click link for regimen

People always think the key to fighting acne is to avoid foods, but in actually it's usually what they're NOT eating that's causing it to happen. It made no sense to start with omitting the small things that MAY cause acne for SOME people. Start with the basics of nutrition. You're a human, not an accumulation of minor problems from every person! Not everyone reacts to the same foods. Not everyone has issues with wheat and such foods. Start with the basics of good nutrition and THEN see what happens, omit foods once you feel something is not working, but don't base a diet off of what to avoid, that will make you malnourished and very depressed when you have nothing left to eat! It is true that some people have issues with some foods, but remember, try it for yourself first :)

Get to the root of the problem, because acne has a relentless and endless arsenal on the surface and it is sadistic.

Testosterone is a steroid hormone from the androgen group. Omega 3 fatty acids can also help to keep the production of androgens under control. Androgens are hormones that influence sebum production and are particularly active during adolescence, which is possibly why many teenagers suffer from acne. Androgen excess may provoke or aggravate acne by inducing seborrhea (sebum). In women, androgen disorders are frequently suspected when acne is accompanied by hirsutism or irregularities of the menstrual cycle. In men, however, acne may be the only sign of androgen excess.

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I posted my regimen. Oh and I'm going to answer all of your posts individually for fun.

congrats

everyone on this site should read this forum more instead of jumping at topicals and meds constantly


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You're lucky NdnRomeo, it wouldn't let me put too many quotes in one post, so you get your own all to yourself :).

Wow, that is absolutely amazing!! Congratulations, I am proud of your success :) Whenever you get time, please do write your your dietary intake and exercise routine! Thanks!

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Forgive me if I am wrong but I understand that at some point you mentioned that you took Accutane and it didn't work for you. Are the before pics pre or post accutane?


Accutane course (30mg/day) 19/4/06 - 8/11/06 for moderate to severe facial acne

Status: All clear. Yeh! Haven't been able to say that for 15 years!

Current regimen: Any gentle cleanser / aloe vera + jojoba oil moisturiser / Green Cream


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Wow! You are looking GOOD! The difference in your skin is amazing. Congratulations. Wow. I am well impressed. I think I'm gonna have to give your routine a go.

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Thats quite a long gap between pics. Just out of curiosity how long did it take you to become 100% clear? And it's interesting that "bad" food causes a fairly instant reaction - what foods did you try re-introducing? Whole groups or just specifics things. Where are you getting calcium from? What things are you eating specifically?

I'm just starting the forth week of my new "regime" and i'm seeing great success. And i'm still eating so called "bad" foods, but trying for an overall healthier diet - i think my body's just coping with it better now.


?tnarelotni esotcurF uoy erA

After all, man is not what he eats, but what he can digest and assimilate. And i can't assimilate much fructose at all!


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Forgive me if I am wrong but I understand that at some point you mentioned that you took Accutane and it didn't work for you. Are the before pics pre or post accutane?

The before pics are pre Accutane. After I took Accutane, I was about 90% clear for a year or so, but then it all came back.

Wow! You are looking GOOD! The difference in your skin is amazing. Congratulations. Wow. I am well impressed. I think I'm gonna have to give your routine a go.

Thanks! Good luck with the routine. I recommend you start by slowly reducing your grain and dairy consumption until it is zero.

Thats quite a long gap between pics. Just out of curiosity how long did it take you to become 100% clear? And it's interesting that "bad" food causes a fairly instant reaction - what foods did you try re-introducing? Whole groups or just specifics things. Where are you getting calcium from? What things are you eating specifically?

I'm just starting the forth week of my new "regime" and i'm seeing great success. And i'm still eating so called "bad" foods, but trying for an overall healthier diet - i think my body's just coping with it better now.

It's hard to say exactly how long it took to become 100% clear, because I'm not 100% clear all the time unless I keep my diet maintained. Like I mentioned before, I got a cyst a few weeks ago from a dietary change. So as I kept getting my diet stricter and stricter, I kept getting clearer and clearer until I got to where I am today. That took about 4 years I'd say, but only because I was never able to keep my diet strict enough until then. My skin is a direct product of how much of a dietary nazi I am today.

The "bad" foods that gave me the cyst were grains (corn and wheat). I wouldn't say the reaction was instant, but a day or two later it was there.

I get most of my calcium from fish bones in sardines and salmon.

My dietary choices (other than the no grains and no dairy part) are based on the metabolic typing diet for protein types. I eat mostly fatty meats and vegetables.

That's great to hear you're having success with dietary changes. I have noticed too that when I am healthy I am able to tolerate the "bad" foods better as well. Sometimes I can eat something like some pasta or a slice of bread and get no breakouts (although I get other bad symptoms which is enough to keep me away from them).


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Wow that's really dramatic. So the metabolic diet didn't have to do with your skin? But how did you find out about yours? Books? Do you exercise everyday? And the calcium from fish bones so that means you eat the bones? I'm confused. For the getting sun daily for 30 mins daily what happens when there is no sun or during the winter? Where do you get your vitamin D from? Oh one more question the diary and grains how did you know you had bad reactions to them? Is there a way you tested it out? And it took you years to see results? thanks :D

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i noticed you mentioned grains and corn. do you have any reaction to rice and rice products?

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Wow that's really dramatic. So the metabolic diet didn't have to do with your skin? But how did you find out about yours? Books? Do you exercise everyday? And the calcium from fish bones so that means you eat the bones? I'm confused. For the getting sun daily for 30 mins daily what happens when there is no sun or during the winter? Where do you get your vitamin D from? Oh one more question the diary and grains how did you know you had bad reactions to them? Is there a way you tested it out? And it took you years to see results? thanks :D

The metabolic typing diet is a great diet for improving your overall health, but because the diet contains dairy and grains, it isn't a diet that will prevent acne all on its own. That's why I modified it to be dairy and grain-free. I took the metabolic type test here: http://www.mercola.com/metabolic_typing.htm, but they're creating a new version of the test at the moment so you can't take it right now. There is also a less accurate test available in the book The Metabolic Typing Diet. If you are at all interested in health, I highly recommend picking up a copy of that book.

I exercise about twice a week. I feel that too much exercise can be just as bad as not enough, so I only do it if I feel I have excess energy to burn. My energy is steadily increasing though so I plan on incorporating some more exercise into my life.

I eat the fish bones in canned salmon and sardines which are soft so you can easily eat them. They're an excellent source of calcium.

What happens when there is no sun? You mean when the sun burns out and the world as we know it ends? We party like it's the end of the world of course...:D

During the winter I sometimes take cod liver oil for vitamin D, but not very often because I trust that my D levels were high enough during the summer that they will not decline far enough to be detrimental during the winter. Vitamin D tests are relatively cheap so you can check your levels to make sure at any time. Also, here in California our winters aren't too bad so I don't worry about it much.

It took me a whole lot of experimentation to figure out I was having bad reactions to dairy and grains. I would cut them out for a week, reintroduce them, cut them out again, for longer or shorter periods of time, over and over again...until I was totally convinced that they were responsible for various symptoms I was having like acne. The bad reaction is most noticeable once you have been off them for a while (a month or more) and then you reintroduce them. That's the best way to see if you have problems.

I saw results within a week after I first started cutting out dairy and grains, but I wasn't very strict with my diet so I was still getting a few pimples on a regular basis.

However, about a year or so I became very strict with my diet and that's when my skin started staying 100% clear for the first time since I was about 8 years old. I cannot emphasize enough how even one little cheat will set you back.


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i noticed you mentioned grains and corn. do you have any reaction to rice and rice products?

Rice is considered a grain. I haven't tested rice specifically to see if it causes acne in me, but I do know that it reduces my energy and gives me digestion problems so I avoid it along with all the grains. It seems the gluten containing grains (wheat, rye, barley, most oats) are the worst for me, while the others aren't quite as bad, but I still have bad reactions to all grains I have tested so I avoid all of them.

Grains and dairy products weren't eaten often by hunter gatherers. They're a relatively new food in the human timeline. This is probably why there are many people out there who do not do well eating them, while there are others who do fine because they have genes that have adapted.


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It's very impressive to be 100% acne free as they are potentially so many things that can cause it. And it's great that you've found a purely natural approach to keep your acne under control!

I reckon i'm on my way to 100% clear, i've gone from fairly bad acne to 90% clear in just 4 weeks (some pics in my profile). I haven't gone down the whole food total group restrictions, im still eating dairy & grain (slightly reduced amounts, and whole grain) and occasionally some really "bad" food as a treat and they don't seem to be causing flair ups - i've had steady progress for a while now and no setbacks so far (still get odd new spots coming & going). Still too early to tell though - i'll only really know how successful i've been in a couple of months time, but for now the more people that are finding their own problems and working out natural solutions the better!!!


?tnarelotni esotcurF uoy erA

After all, man is not what he eats, but what he can digest and assimilate. And i can't assimilate much fructose at all!


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thanks LOL.

I mean not only during winter as in days when the sun isn't out. and when you mean get direct sunlight as in sunbathe for 30 mins? or just normal going out? is their other sources of calcium you'd recommend or vitamin D?

You don't have much scars right? but you had severe acne before?

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