Revised Regimen for Mild-Moderate Acne: May 2011
My original regimen was written over 2 years ago, and I've been able to refine it by making it less complex and difficult to follow while remaining effective.
A few months ago, I began including starchy foods, non-gluten grains, corn, alcohol, and other high GI foods back into my to see if my acne would return. I also ate Jack in the Box for lunch almost every day since it was close to my work.
Unfortunately, my dietary change only took 2 weeks for my skin to feel oily again, and an additional week for my first small breakout. Within a month, a few pimples had formed around my mouth, jawline, forehead, neck, and one large pimple on my chest. I continued to eat this way for 2 months total, and my skin looked like crap again; I was disappointed to say the least.
As if my new breakouts weren't enough, I also began getting bad sinus infections almost every other week, so I had to take some time off of work to recover.
I felt this experience was a good opportunity to see if I could simplify my original regimen by pinpointing the most important aspects of it:
1. Anti-Inflammatory Paleo Diet
2. Omega-3 EFA
4. Vitamin B3 (Niacin)
After 2 months of destroying my skin by eating high GI, highly processed, starchy, and sugary foods, it took 3 months of following a strict Anti-inflammatory Paleo diet (reduced consumption of fruit & alcohol) and supplementing with cod liver oil (omega 3, vitamin A & D), kefir (probiotics), and a daily multivitamin.
I also recently began using colostrum for a short while to help repair my gut and improve my immune system, and I felt it gave me noticeable results within the first week of taking it, but I wouldn't recommend it to everyone due to some of the negative effects that some people have reported:
- upset stomach
- flu-like symptoms
- initial acne breakout
- small pimples in unusual places (mostly forearms)
Fortunately, I didn't have any of those reactions to it. I'm using Symbiotic Colostrum Plus, and to test my tolerance, I began using 2 pills twice daily, but after a few days of seeing how great I felt while taking it, I increased my dosage to 4-5 pills twice daily.
Update: After 3 weeks, I stopped using Colostrum. Once my skin became completely clear, I felt it was unnecessary to continue taking it, and I haven't had any breakouts since discontinuing.
Also, If you are suffering from a severe or resilient acne condition, a more powerful acne protocol can be found here: http://www.paleoapproach.org/acne
For more information about colostrum: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Colostrum
For more information about kefir: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kefir
For more information about leaky gut syndrome and acne: Leaky Gut Syndrome Resource Guide by SweetJade1980
For more information about the negative health implications of the typical Western Diet, and the history, research and health benefits of the Paleo Diet by Loren Cordain Ph.D.: http://blip.tv/sixes...seminar-5231665
For more information about how the human body processes sugar: Sugar: The Bitter Truth
(Video lecture by Robert H. Lustig, MD, UCSF Professor of Pediatrics in the Division of Endocrinology)
For more information about using Paleo nutrition to clear your skin including a safe & effective regimen: PaleoApproach.org
Anti-Inflammatory Diet: (no sugar, alcohol, soy, yeast, fungi, gluten, lactose, preservatives, and hormones/pesticides from food sources. going organic is key!)
-sources of fat are from extra virgin coconut oil, clarified butter, extra virgin olive oil (not used for cooking), avocados, animal products such as omega-3 eggs, chicken, turkey, fish, and occasionally beef or pork.
-sources of protein are from the animal products listed above including some vegetable proteins.
-sources of carbohydrates are from vegetables such as romaine lettuce, spinach, onions, bell peppers, tomatoes, zucchini, yellow/summer squash, broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, unpasteurized sauerkraut, celery, cucumbers, asparagus, avocado, garlic, and a few other low GI foods.
-anti-parasite (used for 1 month)
-anti-yeast/fungal (used for 2 months)
-calcium & magnesium (still using daily)
-b-50 complex (still using daily)
-omega-3 EFA (still using about 3 grams daily)
-vitamin E (still using daily)
-vitamin D (still getting about 20 minutes of sun daily. please use sunscreen!)
-vitamin C (still using daily)
-bragg's unfiltered apple cider vinegar (1 teaspoon with every meal)
-extra virgin coconut oil (1-2 tablespoons with every meal)
-water (filtered using reverse osmosis or mineral water. don't use tap water because it's typically chlorinated. drink at least 5 cups per day.)
-probiotics (used after initial 3 months and still using daily)
Topicals: (wash problematic areas once or twice daily. do not excessively wash your skin!)
-cetaphil gentle skin cleanser
-nucelle mandelic acid cream complex or acne.org's AHA (use as directed to avoid overdrying your skin causing flakiness or cracking)
-acne.org moisturizer (recently switched to Aveeno Active Naturals Daily Moisturizing Lotion)
-senna leaf, psyllium husk, and bentonite clay colon cleanse (done once before each liver flush)
-dr. hulda clark liver flushes (used after initial 2 months. flush once or twice every month until skin is clear. i did a total of three flushes and still continue to flush once every 6 months because it keeps me light on my toes lol.)
-walking (start during the second month since you'll have a lack of energy for the first month)
-mild exercise or light weights (start towards the end of the second month once energy levels return)
-moderate exercise or weights (start towards the end of the third month if you have the energy for it)
-month 1: start diet, supplements without probiotics, and topicals.
-month 2: continue diet, supplements without probiotics, topicals, and start walking.
-month 3: continue diet, supplements without probiotics, topicals, increase walking to mild exercise, and start detoxing.
-month 4: continue diet, supplements, topicals, mild/moderate exercise, continue detoxing if necessary, and start probiotics.
-month 5: continue everything except detoxing. you can stop detoxing at this point if you'd like.
-month 6: go out and see the world with your clear skin on display! lol
-month 0: before this regimen, my skin was oily and swollen with mostly cystic acne and the occasional whitehead. I had acne on my forehead, cheeks, nose, chin, jawline, sides and back of my neck, shoulders, back, and chest.
-month 1: during the first month, my acne became slightly worse than usual (if that's even possible with how bad my skin was).
-month 2: my skin started becoming less oily and swelled, and i noticed my pores were actually becoming less visible. my acne started to clear around my forehead, nose, chest, shoulders, and back.
-month 3: my skin was normal and didn't feel oily at all, but it wasn't overdried. I still had some residual redness from past acne, but I hadn't seen any new acne forming except around my chin and mouth. my acne was clear around my forehead, chest, shoulders, back, and had stopped forming on my jawline and neck.
-month 4: my skin still felt normal with small pores (damn right!). all acne was cleared or had stopped forming except the residual redness from acne i had around my mouth from the previous month.
-month 5: everything was looking clear, and I hadn't had any new acne at all until I decided to sway from the diet and drank three beers and a vodka redbull while watching football at a party. the next day I woke up with a pimple on my neck (right over where my lymph nodes are located on the side) and one on my chin. I made sure to be very strict about the regimen for the next week, and it all cleared up.
-month 6: completely clear! this is the month I'm at right now, and I'm still sticking to the regimen, but now I'm trying to figure out how I can drink alcohol when I go out without breaking out the following day. I'm considering making kefir wine using water kefir with 100% organic grape juice, so I'll have to see if that works out okay.
Anyhow, that's how things turned out for me. Thanks for everyone that put the time into posting tons of useful information on this message board because it all helped with organizing this personal regimen that helped me achieve this happiness.
For further information on products I used while on this regimen, you can send me a personal message, and if I haven't already mentioned it somewhere in this thread or in posts, then I'll try my best to respond.
If you decide to try this out, then make sure to be persistent, determined, and strong willed to stick to the regimen, and I hope you get your own great results.
Edited by Brenton B, 07 July 2011 - 07:49 PM.