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#61 suko

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Posted 18 January 2013 - 04:15 AM

I would say that my journey has been a success. I have had mild acne all my youth and even in my twenties. Then I finally went to a dermatologist, who prescribed me specifically made medication that I should apply in mornings and evenings. It cleared up my face. I'm really happy about this. It's still not "photoshop" skin, but it doesn't have any noticeable flaws.

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Posted 18 January 2013 - 04:19 AM

What worked for you?

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Posted 18 March 2013 - 01:49 PM

Bumping the recently unpinned topic.



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Posted 01 April 2013 - 10:47 AM

Bumping this recently unpinned thread.  We have had quite a few new success stories recently.  Please post here.



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Posted 01 April 2013 - 02:21 PM

Way back when in 2011 this thread motivated me to get my healthy eating act together. It's 2013 and here I am adding my own success. It's possible, people. For many of us, diet is the key for clearing acne. It takes time, patience, commitment, and (initially) tremendous will power, but you won't regret it. Don't give up. Where would I be today if 3 or 6 months down the road I'd given up on my eating plan because I wasn't seeing results? 

 

I eat what is known as the paleo diet, meaning I:

  • Do  not consume gluten, dairy, or refined sugar;
  • Eat plenty of leafy greens and other veggies, quality meat and eggs, and fruits;
  • Avoid cooking oil and use only animal fat and organic coconut oil; and
  • Avoid commercially processed foods: if it contains additives (like preservatives or flavoring), I'm not eating it. 

To treat insulin resistance I:

  • Consume a gram of cinnamon spice (the everyday spice used in cooking and baking) after each meal;
  • Practice intermittent fasting by going without food for 15 or more hours a day. On a typical weekday I eat between 13:00 and 20:00; and
  • Supplement with minerals zinc, chromium, and magnesium. At present, I am now only taking 150mg of magnesium.

To care for my face I:

  • Only wash it 2-3 times a week with plain water;
  • Regularly apply home made face masks consisting of avocado or honey or both;
  • Exfoliate by gently rubbing off dead skin with my fingers. I then brush the dead skin off my face with moist cotton wool;
  • Use honey as a lip balm; and
  • Use apple cider vinegar as a shampoo. I'll sometimes mash a chunk of avocado, spread it over my hair leave it in for 30 minutes, and wash it off. Fantastic!

I've read that others in this success compilation thread find eating a healthy diet difficult and restrictive. I don't. I'm very comfortable with this way of eating and I will continue to eat paleo for the rest of my life. I don't miss junk food and sugar. Because of this diet, I am depression and anxiety free, 20 pounds lighter, happier, more energetic, calmer, and I have better skin. I'm going to stick with this.

 

These are my results: (the first pic was taken February 2012 - five months into the paleo diet - and the second pic was taken March 2013)

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Posted 02 April 2013 - 02:54 AM

Why is this topic unpinned?



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Posted 02 April 2013 - 09:43 AM

Why is this topic unpinned?

 

They recently unpinned several topics.  My index of all of our very useful nutrition, recipe and meal idea threads, for example.  And the Sweetjade topic titled something about leaky gut. Which I suppose made it controversial. But it wasn't just about that. They never are.   And a while back, She had many more pinned threads full of research on the many ways diet affects acne which they unpinned then, for some reason choosing to leave the leaky gut thread.   I have links to them in my Good Things thread which they thankfully left pinned.



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Posted 02 April 2013 - 01:01 PM

NEARLY CLEAR!

A quick post to say that women who have PCOS very often have vitamin d deficiency too.

This was the case with me. A couple of years ago I was extremely deficient. My specialist put me on 3x the recommended daily dose of vit D for 3 months and my acne cleared up in a couple of months (for the first time in about 8 years!!). After 3 months I stopped taking any vitamin D at all- I thought my cure was down to the contraceptive pill Dianette. 

Over a year ago I came off the pill and about a yea later my acne reappeared. I blamed this on coming off the pill, despite the fact I had managed to go a year acne free since coming off it.

I immediately started researching holistic treatment of PCOS and put myself on a low sugar, low GI diet. This helped my hormones but didn't really stop the breakouts.

So, eventually I put two and two together and decided to assume I might be vitamin d deficient again. Getting a blood test at my doctors is like trying to get blood out of a stone so I didn't bother, and just started taking double the recommended daily dose- 2,000 iu

I plan to take this dose for three months altogether and then reduce to the RDA of 1,000 iu.

I'm about two months in on my 2,000 iu dosage and my skin has finally stopped breaking out!

Just left with lots of red scars now but they will disappear- I hope!

And, if you don't have PCOS, as previous posts have shown, it's very likely that Vitamin D3 will still help you to cure your acne.

I desperately wish I'd tried this sooner and really encourage you to start taking supplements. 

However, I'd say best to get checked out by your doctor first if you intend on taking above the recommended allowanceHi, 


A quick post to say that women who have PCOS very often have vitamin d deficiency too.

This was the case with me. A couple of years ago I was extremely deficient. My specialist put me on 3x the recommended daily dose of vit D for 3 months and my acne cleared up in a couple of months (for the first time in about 8 years!!). After 3 months I stopped taking any vitamin D at all- I thought my cure was down to the contraceptive pill Dianette. 

Over a year ago I came off the pill and about a yea later my acne reappeared. I blamed this on coming off the pill, despite the fact I had managed to go a year acne free since coming off it.

I immediately started researching holistic treatment of PCOS and put myself on a low sugar, low GI diet. This helped my hormones but didn't really stop the breakouts.

So, eventually I put two and two together and decided to assume I might be vitamin d deficient again. Getting a blood test at my doctors is like trying to get blood out of a stone so I didn't bother, and just started taking double the recommended daily dose- 2,000 iu

I plan to take this dose for three months altogether and then reduce to the RDA of 1,000 iu.

I'm about two months in on my 2,000 iu dosage and my skin has finally stopped breaking out!

Just left with lots of red scars now but they will disappear- I hope!

And, if you don't have PCOS, as previous posts have shown, it's very likely that Vitamin D3 will still help you to cure your acne.

I desperately wish I'd tried this sooner and really encourage you to start taking supplements. 

However, I'd say best to get checked out by your doctor first if you intend on taking above the recommended allowance



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Posted 02 April 2013 - 09:21 PM

After years of being on the regime and seeing great results but still getting pesky breakouts especially if I didn't follow it exactly, I decided to try a low GI diet. Hence why I'm checking in because I cleared my skin with diet, too! My log is in my signature.

 

I still follow the regime but I also now avoid dairy and refined grains. I do have them on occasion although I really shouldn't because it sometimes leads to a binge and a breakout. But nonetheless, I go right back on the diet and my skin clears right up. Sticking to it 100% and 24/7 is very hard but well worth it.

 

I also supplement with green smoothies that is basically a way for me to eat more fruits and vegetables since I lead a pretty busy lifestyle and don't want to be in the kitchen all day.

 

I will say this: the diet is more effective than the regime. And I really, REALLY wish there was more research but telling you to not eat cereal or drink milk doesn't necessary help sell products.

 

I suggest everyone give it a shot!



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Posted 07 April 2013 - 11:38 AM

Wow, can't believe I get to be in the success compilation thread with my story. :)

 

 

Hi friends,

 

 I'm creating this post, not only to help those who are still looking, or who are finding hard to keep up with strict regimens, but also to help myself, If I ever go down the old path again and need a refresher smile.png

 

I have been using certain NATURAL steps to control my cyctic acne that have helped immensely. These are aimed at preventing the root cause which leads my body to wreck havoc on my skin. Over the last few weeks, my thinking has changed drastically. I stopped looking for a magic superficial cure to acne and started thinking in depth. For the first time I started to notice how I feel after eating certain things or doing certain things.

 

For e.g. If I have blackheads, I can be sure those they will erupt into cysts any day. Now my aunt also has blackheads but her body doesn't think of those as threats which must be attacked. She can live with those for years. So what is different here? My body is reacting differently to blackheads than hers.

 

What I have learnt is that any type of acne at heart is basically one thing. It is an inflammation in the body that is out of control. Now this can further be due to several factors such as Insulin resistance, Fluctuating blood sugar levels, Unhealthy gut, fluctuating harmones etc. You don't have to worry about that. All you have to do is take any measures you can to reduce the inflammation and hence facilitate your body to heal from within! I just found some articles where this exactly has been explained very well by Seppo at clear for life. I wont go into the details here but he has explained exactly what I have been trying to implement into my life. This realization, i.e. the body will heal by itself, you just have to help a little bit really set me free. I have been feeling so much better knowing that I don't have to go on a highly restrictive diet  or take crazy measures to cure it, I can live a relatively normal life.

 

Here is what I'm doing

My goal: Reduce any inflammation in my body, keep blood sugar moderated, mitigate stress

 

How to achieve it: Limit things that cause spikes in blood sugar or put body under any abnormal stress. Increase things which help keep body calm and reduce inflammation. 

 

Step 1: We all have read that diary, wheat etc. trigger acne. Instead of going crazy with a restrictive diet, eliminate one thing at a time, if you notice no difference. Move onto another. This is important because I have previously tried to eliminate diary, wheat etc. all at once, which was so difficult to manage that my diet would just fall apart and Ill go back to beginnings. So baby-steps.

Hence I limited dairy. I used to drink a glass of cow milk every night, have milk tea etc. I stopped. And new cysts stopped forming. I still eat wheat as I cannot do without it, but after my diary experiment, I know it is not that big of a problem for me. Still I have tried to limit it very slightly anyway. (Note: Having a balanced diet is the healthiest for our bodies. Moderation is the key)

 

(For those who have noticed that wheat is a problem for them, they will obviously have to limit it until their body heals)

 

I eat everything else in moderation. Meat, chicken, fruits, and all. The only things I am consciously trying to limit are dairy and sugar. 

 

 

Step 2: Increase vegetable and fruits (Quickest way is to have a blended vegetable fruit juice in morning). Again fruit is not a problem for me in moderation.

 

Step 3: Green tea after every meal to reduce inflammation. Now I didnt like the taste of green tea so I did something interesting. I added some more anti-inflammatory things to improve the taste, so much so that I actually really enjoy it now. I want to share my recipe for those who do not like green tea much either. Put half centimeter piece of ginger in a cup of water. Bring it to boil. Add a green tea bag. Then add a pinch of Cinnamon and half a pinch of turmeric to it. i also add 2 teaspoons of honey, and squeeze half a lemon. So this is my own super anti inflammatory drink smile.png It has not caused me any problems in case someone is wondering this might be too 'hot'.

 

Step 4: I am taking a multivitamin just because I dont think I get all the required nutrients through diet. I'm taking one called skin, hair and nails vitamins.

 

Step 5: Intermittent fasting. This means, reduce the time bracket in which you eat. Do not have too many meals in a day. I have 3. Even a snack counts as meal here because it will be converted to sugar in your body, I have just the green juice for breakfast. Then a proper lunch and dinner later.

 

Step 6: That is it for now. I want to start exercising as that also helps in moderating insulin resistance, similarly mitigating stress helps. But I just wanted to share these little steps so that you guys get the idea about where to go from here.

 

I eat everything but in moderation. I used to get sugar cravings and hunger pangs but it has quickly moderated. My skin has become less oily. (Used to be embarrassingly oily before), no new cysts, just one or two pustules but I'm not bothered as I'm sure that I'm on the right track and by taking some more healthy lifestyle measures, I will be free from those as well. The feeling of having swelling all over has subsided. I feel much calmer and my face is pretty calm too. I have even lost some weight as I don't feel hungry all the time like I used to just few weeks ago.

 

I'm still learning new things every day about making my body healthy from inside and I really think this is the path to a happy healthy me. smile.png

 

Good Luck to us all.



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Posted 11 April 2013 - 11:43 PM

I have gotten clear following the following regiment:

 

 

 

-Sleep as much possible

-Vitamins(Systemic Enzmyes, Probiotics, Fish Oil, B-complex, Pantothenic Acid, Vit C,)

-Herbs(Licorice Root, Siberian Ginseng, Maca, Rhodiola)

-No face makeup

-Diet(Carb moderated Paleo) NOTE: THIS IS THE MOST IMPORTANT

-Avoiding working too many hours, commiting to excessive social obligations



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Posted 12 April 2013 - 01:25 AM

I find interesting your last point. This is exactly what my naturopath told me.



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Posted 21 April 2013 - 07:02 PM

Bump. Since its no longer pinned at the top so people can find it.

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Posted 22 April 2013 - 09:41 AM


Hi!  The following is my acne story.

I was in fight with acnes for 3 years.


I tried different methods...but nothing helps.


I even had depression because of acnes.


Life was a hell to me.

 


Until there came a day, I read a book " The Vitamin D Cure"  , written by a doctor..


It mentions how alkaline diet and vitaminD works in beating Hypertension, DM,..and even Acnes.


 


Since then, I turned to a new diet.

I cut off all the sugar and salts in my diet. No cheese. No candy.

I have meat and vegetables in 1: 3 proportion.

 More than 8 glasses of water/ Day

I take vitamin D 5000iu/ day.

I go sunbathing whenever it is possible.

I have 1 tablespoon of organic coconut oil/ day

I use warm water to clean my face only. No chemicals.


I found my mood, appetite and sleep quality were improved in just 2 weeks since having this reigme

I started to see the result on acnes in 3 month's time (minimal outbreak only)

Now, NO more outbreak , No more depression  (9 months now).

I'm so happy with the result.

That's why Im here to share it with You.


Kind Regards,



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Posted 22 May 2013 - 01:50 AM

This is a great thread! Thank you all for posting your stories. I don't have a success YET, but Im replying so it be easier to find! 

 

I'm reading:

Paleo diet (meat, seafood and eggs, vegetables, fruits)

Coconut oil instead of cooking oil, does that include olive oil?

 

Found a website on Paleo diet since I know nothing about, includes recipes 

http://thepaleodiet....o-diet-recipes/


Edited by ImPrettyUnderAllThisAcne, 22 May 2013 - 01:50 AM.


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Posted 22 May 2013 - 10:48 PM

Way back when in 2011 this thread motivated me to get my healthy eating act together. It's 2013 and here I am adding my own success. It's possible, people. For many of us, diet is the key for clearing acne. It takes time, patience, commitment, and (initially) tremendous will power, but you won't regret it. Don't give up. Where would I be today if 3 or 6 months down the road I'd given up on my eating plan because I wasn't seeing results? 

 

I eat what is known as the paleo diet, meaning I:

  • Do  not consume gluten, dairy, or refined sugar;
  • Eat plenty of leafy greens and other veggies, quality meat and eggs, and fruits;
  • Avoid cooking oil and use only animal fat and organic coconut oil; and
  • Avoid commercially processed foods: if it contains additives (like preservatives or flavoring), I'm not eating it. 

To treat insulin resistance I:

  • Consume a gram of cinnamon spice (the everyday spice used in cooking and baking) after each meal;
  • Practice intermittent fasting by going without food for 15 or more hours a day. On a typical weekday I eat between 13:00 and 20:00; and
  • Supplement with minerals zinc, chromium, and magnesium. At present, I am now only taking 150mg of magnesium.

To care for my face I:

  • Only wash it 2-3 times a week with plain water;
  • Regularly apply home made face masks consisting of avocado or honey or both;
  • Exfoliate by gently rubbing off dead skin with my fingers. I then brush the dead skin off my face with moist cotton wool;
  • Use honey as a lip balm; and
  • Use apple cider vinegar as a shampoo. I'll sometimes mash a chunk of avocado, spread it over my hair leave it in for 30 minutes, and wash it off. Fantastic!

I've read that others in this success compilation thread find eating a healthy diet difficult and restrictive. I don't. I'm very comfortable with this way of eating and I will continue to eat paleo for the rest of my life. I don't miss junk food and sugar. Because of this diet, I am depression and anxiety free, 20 pounds lighter, happier, more energetic, calmer, and I have better skin. I'm going to stick with this.

 

These are my results: (the first pic was taken February 2012 - five months into the paleo diet - and the second pic was taken March 2013)

Do you consume extra virgin olive oil?



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Posted 02 July 2013 - 06:41 AM

http://www.acne.org/...st-bit-of-acne/

 

 

The fabled success thread, never thought i'd make it. 

 

Anyone reading this, go through my previous content if you wanna find posts about my acne experience,  the link above tells you how to get rid of that last nagging bit of acne. 

 

Next week i'm going to a nightclub to celebrate my 18th with 12 other people who are on the guest list.  Acne forced me to eat well and exercise and because of it i'm looking good, that is to say i've never been more confident. I just wanna say to anyone on their last legs to not give up. Clear skin is not a carrot on a stick, even though it feels like that sometimes, it will come if you stay focused and remember the real reasons why you're doing this! 

If im honest, i did it for a girl! But it turned out she weren't that great! 

 

feel free to PM 

and heres a pic from 9 months ago in case you're wondering what i look like:  

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much love! 



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Posted 19 August 2013 - 07:24 PM

Woody Harrelson would like to contribute:

 

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"I was on a bus and some girl sees me blowing my nose," Harrelson is saying of his early years trying to make it as an actor in New York. "I had acne all over my face, which I'd had for years and years. And she's like: 'Hey, you're lactose intolerant. If you quit dairy, all these symptoms you got will be gone in three days.' I was like twenty-four. And I was like, No way. But three days later: gone."

 

http://www.esquire.c...on-profile-0212

 

He also doesn't eat sugar or flour.



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Posted 23 August 2013 - 01:41 PM

I wanna see more success stories! ! I'm currently eating a low gi/anti candida/paleo type diet. All of my meals consist of meat, healthy fats such as extra virgin olive oil, extra virgin coconut oil and avocados and lots of veggies except I'm not consuming nightshades at the moment. I'm not eating starchy veggies either, so no sweet potatoes, yams, etc.. I'm currently taking probiotics, cod liver oil, milk thistle extract and a multivitamin. I also juice veggies only, once in the morning and drink some acv with each meal. My face wash is from a brand called simple, which you can purchase at a drugstore. It doesn't contain any perfumes or dyes and is great for sensitive skin. I also apply acv as a toner at night only, then moisturize with jojoba oil. I'm posting here because my skin hasn't been this great in years. I'm breaking out less often and my scars are lightening up fairly quick. I've only been doing this for about 1.5 weeks and I believe that if I continue this, I could be 100% clear within the next few months or so. It's still VERY early to tell, but I'd love to be able to find this page later, that way, I can post my success story!:) Congratulations to everyone that has had success in clearing up their acne! :)

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Posted 20 December 2013 - 06:32 PM

Bump. Because we seem to have a handful of people around who need it.

 

I realize that many of the examples in the OPs initial posts are goofy and not really about healthy diet & lifestyle. There's nothing I can do about that.  But the majority are good stories.  Also, not everyone who announced in this forum that their skin cleared by their diet & habit changes are included in this thread.  It was unpinned  by the moderators along with other important threads when they recently reorganized the board & I haven't been asking everyone to post their story here before they disappear lately. There's been quite a few.






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