acne for 30 years why?
Posted 17 August 2008 - 11:09 PM
Posted 18 August 2008 - 01:54 AM
Do u have it bad?
Posted 18 August 2008 - 08:03 AM
Posted 19 August 2008 - 01:45 AM
Posted 19 August 2008 - 03:39 AM
If you've tried most things the dermatologist has suggested without success perhaps its time to try something else. You can be refferred by your doctor and get your hormones/insulin/allergies tested...the results might help improve your skin condition.
i'm 30 tired everything possible for acne - antibiotics, face washes, fash lamps but to my surprise, treating my skin problem like i'm a diabetic(i.e treating the internal problem rather than just the external problem) has finally got me to 100 per cent clear.
on the holistic thread there's several threads that talk about the affects of food, supplements, vitamins.
I'm no saint i still eat fatty foods and sugars(reduced the dairy intake tho) but the vitamins seem to help me digest them easier or help reduce the damaging effect they have. I've stopped drinking soft drinks thru the day and have just water with a slice of lemon which also helps digestion.
These small changes have had a massive effect on the overall condition of my skin...it might just work for you too.
Posted 19 August 2008 - 08:12 AM
My 30 years of acne was always constant. It never had anything to do with that time of the month. However, almost all acne is hormonal. Exceptions include things like allergies and pores clogged from topicals and environment. And diet and lifestyle affect your hormones.
And all the dermatologists I saw for over 10 years saw people all the time for acne too, yet knew absolutely nothing except antibiotics and accutane. And one incredibly stupid, incredibly flawed study done decades ago that they accepted as 'proof' that diet does not effect acne. They said dumb things like that to me too.
Diet effects acne in so many ways: digestion, allergies and intolerances, liver function, adrenal function, hormone balance, SHBG levels, Insulin resistance, inflammation, cell function and turnover, sebum quality, nutrient deficiencies, body fat, etc, etc. And most of those effect each other, along with environment and lifestyle habits like stress management, sleep and exercise.
Good studies on diet and acne or other hormone issues:
Low GL diet helps acne article in medical journal:
Article on Low GI study
Another one referring to the study:
The RMIT study:
Study on Acne-free island population
Study on association b/w acne and prostrate cancer w/diet IGF1 and androgens in conclusion. Therefore, the effect on diet on hormones.
Study on diet effecting PMS. Therefore, the effect on diet on hormones.
Posted 22 August 2008 - 02:03 AM
alter thanks for all the links I will read them all.
Posted 22 August 2008 - 04:44 PM
Posted 22 August 2008 - 05:08 PM
right now I use retin a micro and 100 mg minocycline daily.It works but minocycline is known to leave little blue marks on your face for life so im try to take only when i need it but thats pretty much everyday.I find the retin a mico works very well for me and drys up any acne i get.I alway seem to break out in the same place on my cheeks for some reason.I had 2 really big pimples pop up last week I been reading facil hair can cause acne so i shaved my goate off and my skin is starting to clear up some.not sure it thats the reason or not.I have no clue what i would be eating that would cause acne.
Posted 22 August 2008 - 09:07 PM
From the book, The Acne Cure: In the morning, “wash” face with a salicylic acid gel of 2% (I use one by Neutrogena) – not a wash or soap! Use a gel that is designed for spot control. Directions: wet face, then put small amount of gel on fingers and add small amount of water, then spread over face and leave on for 30 sec. to one minute. Wash off, and then apply 10% Glycolic acid gel. Leave on 10 minutes, and then wash off with water. Use lukewarm or just a little warm water. Then apply light moisturizer. At night, wash face the same way. Then take an ice cube and run it over face several times, but don’t freeze face. Apply benzoyl peroxide to face. Then take ice packs and paper towels. Lie down and apply ice packs with paper towels between packs and skin. Lay for 10 minutes. Don’t let skin completely freeze, just keep nice and cold. ( I know it sounds weird, but the cold helps the benzoyl to penetrate the skin and helps reduce the inflammation of current pimples.) Wait 20 minutes or longer, then moisturizer. If you try this, do it for at least 6 weeks. You may see improvement before then, but if not, stay with it for the full time. It took me 6 weeks to get clear the first time, and slightly longer the second time. After face totally clear for a month, can switch to a glycolic acid face wash in morning and just moisturizer. At night, gly wash, then benzoyl every other day or less, and moisturizer every night. At first sign of a problem, switch back to full regiment.
Diet: Obvious stuff, but eat lots of vegetables and fruit (especially fresh ones), whole grains and limit dairy and meat. Avoid packaged food as much as possible, same for fast food, junk food and caffeine. I know this sucks, but it is totally worth it if your face is clear. Not too much alcohol, although I think a glass or two of red wine a night is very good for you. Consider having oatmeal or a whole grain cereal for breakfast and a “green” smoothie: A handful of spinach, a handful of another leafy green like mustard or kale (buy them in the bags for convenience), a banana cut up, ½ cup to a cup of frozen blueberries and a cup or so of filtered water. Puree in blender. I know it sounds gross, but if you put enough of the blueberries in, it is a purple color and tastes a bit like the blueberries. It actually doesn’t have a strong taste, but if the taste is not quite to your liking, add some honey or other sweetener (just not too much, and use a natural sweetener, not refined white sugar or chemical sweetener). Salad for lunch – my favorite is leafy greens, cucumber, soy and garbanzo beans, tuna or salmon or hard-boiled egg, sliced almonds and a natural honey mustard vinaigrette.
Supplements: DermaKlear Akne Zyme or other skin multivitamin (needs to have Vit. C, B, Zinc), Alpha Lipoic Acid – 200 mg, Selenium – 200 mcg, and Vit. E – 200 iu
Exercise: Walk at least 4 times a week, 1-3 miles. Run if you can during part of walks, ½-2 miles. Take a shower afterwards to wash off sweat. Good to sweat, but can cause issues if left on body and not washed promply off. Extra credit - Yoga twice a week (great stress reliever, plus strengthens muscles, which helps to burn more calories - losing weight will help with acne too. )
Stress relief: Yoga, meditation, walking, nature gazing, baths-whatever works for you, just take time every day or two for yourself and chill out
Keys: right skin regiment, diet, supplements, exercise, stress relief = BIG ACNE IMPROVEMENT!
Posted 22 August 2008 - 09:23 PM
Posted 23 August 2008 - 12:59 PM
Posted 23 August 2008 - 06:58 PM
sorry i'm ranting. my only advice i can give you is be gentle with your skin. your skin needs balance. be an acne detective. read the ingredients in your shampoos and face products.
Posted 25 August 2008 - 07:40 PM
I'm 27 and my acne is not going away anytime soon. I'm glad you found us here and hope you find the support you need!
Posted 26 August 2008 - 02:05 PM
I'm new to the forum but thought that I would try and offer my advice. I have been using a product called SensiClear for my acne. I am currently using their 30 day free trial and have been using it for just under a week now. I have to admit I was very reluctant to try it as I have used numerous others before and none have done what they claimed to do. So far though I am very happy with SensiClear and my skin does appear to look and feel much better. To give you some background I am a 31 year old woman and I have suffered with acne outbreaks since I was in my early teens. I have a number of acne scars and even these seem to be looking a lot better since I started using this product. The website if anyone is interested is www.sensiclear.com and they have a 30 day free trial.
Let me know if anyone uses it and the results they get, and I will keep everyone updated on my results too.
All the best,