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#41 wingedserpent

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Posted 12 May 2011 - 07:08 AM

QUOTE (RobotRage @ May 9 2011, 01:02 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
I'll be giving this a try if I get no success with Bigphil's fiber and probiotic regimen.

To the OP - what was your acne like in terms of severity?


I had severe but 'regular' acne as a teenager which mutated into cystic acne (often the size of marbles) across my face and neck for a lot of my adult life. Sometimes I felt suicidal. Anyone else who has suffered with this knows exactly those emotions.

So you could say it was pretty bad.


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Posted 12 May 2011 - 08:18 AM

Taken from Wikipedia, if anyone's interested-

ALCAR has also been shown to improve insulin response

ALCAR is an acetylated derivative of L-carnitine. During strenuous exercise, a large portion of L-carnitine and unused acetyl-CoA are converted to ALCAR and CoA inside mitochondria by carnitine O-acetyltransferase. The ALCAR is transported outside the mitochondria where it converts back to the two constituents. The L-carnitine is cycled back into the mitochondria with acyl groups to facilitate fatty acid utilization, but excess acetyl-CoA may block it. Excess acetyl-CoA causes more carbohydrates to be used for energy at the expense of fatty acids. This occurs by different mechanisms inside and outside the mitochondria. ALCAR transport decreases acetyl-CoA inside the mitochondria, but increases it outside.[4][5] Glucose metabolism increases with administration of either ALCAR or L-carnitine. A portion of L-carnitine is converted to ALCAR after ingestion in humans.

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Posted 15 May 2011 - 11:06 PM

I also have similar routines that resolve my acne problem:
1. Eat lots of carrots, broccoli, cantaloupe, salmon everyday.
2. Drink at least 2 liters a day.
3. Take 1 multivitamin everyday after meal.
4. Take beta-carotene 25,000 UI everyday after meal.
5. Wash face 2x a day w/ neutrogena rapid clear foaming scrub.
6. Never touch face except when washing it.
7. Sleep 8 hrs a day.
8. Exercise 30-60 mins a day.
9. Stop eating anything sugary (candy, ice-cream).
10. Limit junk food.

My face used to be covered w/ 100s of huge acne.
They were painful & disgusting.
Now my skin is so smooth and glowing.
I still have some acne scars but they are fading away.

Try the above 10 steps. Clear skin guaranteed. Good luck!

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Posted 21 May 2011 - 06:56 AM

Hi wingedserpent, thank you very much for this post, I've started this regimen recently and feel like it will help me a lot.

I have 4. questions:

1. Part of the regimen is cutting out sugar, however I read that carrots and beets are exceptionally high in sugar (as are most vegetables that are grown below ground.) Do you feel this is a problem, and do you alternate what kind of juice you make?

2. I also read that tomatoes should not be combined with other vegetables when making juice, what do you say about this?

3. Did you immediately stop treating yourself with BP after starting this regimen? And also, what do you topically do now you are on this regimen, only cleanse?

Thank you for this again.

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Posted 23 May 2011 - 12:48 PM

QUOTE (wingedserpent @ Feb 4 2011, 09:06 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
I'm male, aged 42. I had acne from aged 14 to 40.

I have been clear for 2 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 it can help other people.


There are 4 simple steps:

1. Vegetable juice.
2. Removal of sugar from diet
3. Low B5 supplementation with L-Carnitine
4. Increased water consumption


My view
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After 26 years, I became convinced that intractable adult acne is the result of a systemic failure in the body.

If topical treatments worked, they would have worked by now. You wouldn't be reading this page. Tweaking cleansers and skin care regimes is okay for teenagers but we're clearly suffering from something far more deep-rooted. I believe very strongly that skin-care regimes have only a very small effect on the problem. I also suffered from acne on my back. I experimented by using no cleansers at all on my back. Result: it was hardly any worse than on my face. You must treat the problem from the inside.


My regime
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1. Vegetable juice.


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.

3-4 large carrots or sweet potatoes
1/2 large cucumber
1 large beetroot
1 vine tomato
1 bell pepper
1 stick celery

These are my prefered options, but I've come to believe you can pretty much use any vegetables. Make sure you emphasise carrrots and cucumber though.

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 -you're body will love you and will soon show its appreciation (see below).



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. Try it.

I stopped all added sugar, cakes, confectionary, chocolate etc. Everything.

I didn't go so far as to stop eating processed foods with added sugar, since you have to be practical. Let's face it, 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.



3. Supplements


I don't believe in megadosing. I think it's dangerous.

I take 500mg of B5 and 500mg of L-Carnitine.

L-Carnitine increases the absorption of B5 so that you can similar effects with taking a lot less. L-carnitine also improves wound healing times.

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.



4. Water consumption

I increased water consumption by 1-2 pints a day. Hydration of the skin is always beneficial.




The results you can expect
-------------------------------

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. Otherwise you are using a tiny, statistically-insignificant sample size.

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.


With that it mind, here is the timeline I experienced:


1. Five Days

Energy levels much higher. Elevated mood levels.


2. Two Weeks

Skin feels ususually soft, smooth and younger-looking.


3. Six weeks


I received unsolicted comments from people about how well I was looking. (I've learned over the years that when people say "You look well" to an acne sufferer what they really mean is "Your skin isn't spotty!)


4. Three months


Acne had completely disappeared, and has never returned.




Objections
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1. "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.


2. "I can't be bothered with juicing -it sounds like a lot of work."

Like I said, it takes just 15 minutes. Make sure you buy a juicer that's easy to clean. Look online for recommendations. I would also suggest that you probably already spend at least 15 minutes a day on the topical treatments for your skin. This is time better spent.


3. "I love sweet things too much to cut them out"

Listen, I loved donuts. I loved dunking them in hot coffee on a winter's day. But when you come to associate them with spots and pustules, you don't want to eat them anymore. Change the way you think about food and it's simple.


4. "That low level of 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 passionately believe that this treatment program can help you -and that there are people out there needlessly suffering, as I was, way into adulthood. I just regret that I didn't try it sooner -but I hope that you will and you'll lead a better life because of it.


Let me know how you get on.


Good luck.


hi,
I was very interested in reading your post. I have always suspected that spikes/dips in blood sugar have an effect on acne especially inflamation.
just in the past month I have been cutting down on sugar a lot. I cant say I have cut out all sources--most of us are just not able to obsess over our diets and find the hidden sources--but not having things like cake, cookies, soda and especially sugary candies ie gummi bears has helped a lot.
My acne has diminished noticeably and I dont have those up/down feeling of sugar crashes.

I havent tried juicing myself yet but plan to get a decent juicer in the near future. I do drink store bought veggie juice but would prefer to make my own. I do eat a lot of greens beets peppers and avocados.

Drinking a lot more water helps no doubt ...as for the vitamins have just started taking the B will not know how it affects me yet but am hopeful.

Anyway is there anything else ?SO far I think you have very good advice.

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Posted 23 May 2011 - 01:47 PM

QUOTE (Leit @ May 21 2011, 06:56 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Hi wingedserpent, thank you very much for this post, I've started this regimen recently and feel like it will help me a lot.

I have 4. questions:

1. Part of the regimen is cutting out sugar, however I read that carrots and beets are exceptionally high in sugar (as are most vegetables that are grown below ground.) Do you feel this is a problem, and do you alternate what kind of juice you make?

2. I also read that tomatoes should not be combined with other vegetables when making juice, what do you say about this?

3. Did you immediately stop treating yourself with BP after starting this regimen? And also, what do you topically do now you are on this regimen, only cleanse?

Thank you for this again.


Hi there,

1. Yes, you are correct: carrots and beets are high in sugar. The difference is that it's not refined sugar.

2. I have a couple of books on juicing. They don't mention anything about not combining tomatoes with other vegetables; in fact there are several recipies using them. But I'm not an expert of juicing! I have just continued to use what worked for me.

3. Yes, I stopped BP immediately. I am very glad I did. Over the previous 20 years I ruined all sorts of clothes with bleaching and it used to make my face red and itchy. I don't deny it is clinically proven to treat acne but if my regime works for you, then you won't need it. I advise stopping BP and just cleansing. I use a Salicylic Acid cleanser and an oil-free hydrating gel. I'm not going to mention which brand because this thread isn't about topical treatments; it's about treating the problem from the inside. Cleansing is something I've always done so I will continue, but I really feel I could simply wash my face with soap and water and it will still be fine!






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Posted 23 May 2011 - 02:04 PM

QUOTE (AmaraG @ May 23 2011, 12:48 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
hi,
I was very interested in reading your post. I have always suspected that spikes/dips in blood sugar have an effect on acne especially inflamation.
just in the past month I have been cutting down on sugar a lot. I cant say I have cut out all sources--most of us are just not able to obsess over our diets and find the hidden sources--but not having things like cake, cookies, soda and especially sugary candies ie gummi bears has helped a lot.
My acne has diminished noticeably and I dont have those up/down feeling of sugar crashes.

I havent tried juicing myself yet but plan to get a decent juicer in the near future. I do drink store bought veggie juice but would prefer to make my own. I do eat a lot of greens beets peppers and avocados.

Drinking a lot more water helps no doubt ...as for the vitamins have just started taking the B will not know how it affects me yet but am hopeful.

Anyway is there anything else ?SO far I think you have very good advice.



Hi AmaraG

Making your own juice has two major advantages over commercial:

1. Consistency

You get into the habit of taking juice every day. This is what counts in the long term. Every day, day after day, week after week. This is what gets results in any activity. Treating your skin is no different.

2. Packaged juice from a supermarket has been pasturized and doesn't have the same nutrient level of home juice.

Couple of other comments

1. Don't forget the L-Carnitine!

2. Persistance

I've said it before and I will say it again.

Those people that my regime will 'cure' are those that resolve to see it through to three months. They make a solemn commitment to follow all four steps, every day, without fail, and not to quit. They decide to take a macro view of their skin after that time, and not to focus in on individual spots or lesions that WILL appear in that time. Don't obsess over the details in the short term! It's the bigger picture that counts.

I know we live in a world that wants instant results but rise above it.

Good luck, let me know how it goes.





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Posted 29 May 2011 - 07:50 PM

Acetyl l Carnitine is great stuff... Sometimes I remove it from the actual pill i buy it in and smear it in lotion. I combine it with Alpha Lipoic Acid and I swear zits heal faster from it.

There are a lot of theories on why sugar in the diet could have such dramatic effects on health and the body. There is some evidence that sugar can contribute to a bad balance of microorganisms in your stomach. To combat this I use a product called Kefir.

Its made by fermenting milk with kefir grains. Its a very very powerful probiotic that helps your body establish a better ecosystem in your gut. There have been a lot of studies done on the effects of probiotics on the immune system, and regular use of them is associated with increases in your body's ability to deal with bacterial infections and what not. Kefir is the best probiotic I've ever tried... (bb12, activia, lactospore, etc) ... and there is a definite impact on your immune system. The stuff is great for when you have a cold, but people with chronic bacterial infections swear by it. It seems to have a very positive effect on acne.

You can buy it in stores, but the stuff you make at home is the best.

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Posted 30 May 2011 - 08:39 AM

What brilliant, concise advice. I can only but try this regimen - as I approach my 28th year of severe, mind-altering acne (literally), I can only but try. My acne story is such a traumatic one it is even funny - I got myself an absolute killa bod over the years because I was so desperate to get attention away from my face. I literally honed my figure to perfection to make sure ppl would only look at me from the neck down! So here I am, age 37 with the body of a 22yr old gal - all because of horrific acne smile.gif

will try your program, thanks smile.gif

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Posted 05 June 2011 - 11:46 AM

I thought I'd report how things where going with this regimen. I about 6 weeks in, following this regimen and 10 days without any BP applied (I've been slowly weaning myself off of BP since starting this regimen). A few observations:

  • Face was doing pretty well until week 4, when I got 3 smaller cysts. 2 healed OK without scarring, but 1 is persisted for a couple weeks.
  • Since quitting BP, I've mostly got really small whiteheads around my nose that seem to heal pretty quickly. When I tried quitting BP a year ago, I got a lot of inflamed acne around my nose, so I'm guessing I have less inflammation now.
  • I haven't really seen a decrease in oiliness on my face, though my lips have gotten drier

Edited by B-Side, 05 June 2011 - 11:47 AM.


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Posted 06 June 2011 - 07:28 AM

QUOTE (B-Side @ Jun 5 2011, 11:46 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
I thought I'd report how things where going with this regimen. I about 6 weeks in, following this regimen and 10 days without any BP applied (I've been slowly weaning myself off of BP since starting this regimen). A few observations:

  • Face was doing pretty well until week 4, when I got 3 smaller cysts. 2 healed OK without scarring, but 1 is persisted for a couple weeks.
  • Since quitting BP, I've mostly got really small whiteheads around my nose that seem to heal pretty quickly. When I tried quitting BP a year ago, I got a lot of inflamed acne around my nose, so I'm guessing I have less inflammation now.
  • I haven't really seen a decrease in oiliness on my face, though my lips have gotten drier


Well done on sticking at it. I know that elminating BP is a tough step but in the longer run your skin will be better for it.

You should however have seen a decrease in oil after six weeks in. Dry lips tend to be associated with much higher levels of B5 than 500mg.

I would suggest switching to time release B5, if you are currently taking the regular kind.






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Posted 08 June 2011 - 08:49 PM

Thanks, I'll give that a try.

QUOTE (wingedserpent @ Jun 6 2011, 07:28 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
I would suggest switching to time release B5, if you are currently taking the regular kind.



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Posted 28 June 2011 - 08:28 AM

Been going at this for a while now, however I am still using BP - I tried stopping it and I got a breakout.

I was also travelling for a week and didn't have access to a juicer, so instead i bought bottle tomato juice, which didn't seem to have the same benefits as I also got worse skin during the travelling.

I was wondering what cleanser and moisturiser wingedserpent uses?

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Posted 28 June 2011 - 09:22 AM

QUOTE (Leit @ Jun 28 2011, 08:28 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Been going at this for a while now, however I am still using BP - I tried stopping it and I got a breakout.

I was also travelling for a week and didn't have access to a juicer, so instead i bought bottle tomato juice, which didn't seem to have the same benefits as I also got worse skin during the travelling.

I was wondering what cleanser and moisturiser wingedserpent uses?



Commercial tomato juice tends to be loaded with salt -best avoided.

I'm happy to let people know the skin cleansers I use if they message me. As I've said -I don't want my post to become a discussion of cleansing regimes.

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Posted 28 June 2011 - 02:43 PM

Yes, I read the ingredients and it was tomato juice + salt. It tasted very salty as well... At least now I know.

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Posted 28 June 2011 - 05:22 PM

QUOTE (Leit @ Jun 28 2011, 02:43 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Yes, I read the ingredients and it was tomato juice + salt. It tasted very salty as well... At least now I know.


In the UK, the nearest you can get to finding decent commercial vegetable juice are the following outlets:

Health Food shops that have a juice bar (like Fresh & Wild used to)
Juice bars in shopping centres (some only do fruit juice, but there's one near me that does veggies as well)
Pret A Manger -pure carrot juice in bottles.
Some higher-end cafes -there's a nice one near me in Baker Street, London, that does carrot, beetroot and ginger.

If anyone else knows of any more (in the UK or US or elsewhere) we can add them to the list.




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Posted 29 June 2011 - 03:34 AM

Could I just use V8 for my vegetable juice?

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Posted 29 June 2011 - 06:55 AM

QUOTE (Portis @ Jun 29 2011, 04:34 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Could I just use V8 for my vegetable juice?



No.

Nothing beats fresh food.

The problem with all processed foods is that they've been through a production process that degrades the nutritional integrity of the food. V8 is a processed vegetable drink. It has considerable amounts of added salt. That alone is a reason I wouldn't drink it. But it's been centrifuged and pasteurised and bottled weeks, if not months, before you get to drink it. In the case of vegetable juice, the nutrients start degrading within 30 minutes of exposure to the air.

Don't look for shortcuts. If you want good skin you have to make the effort.




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Posted 29 June 2011 - 02:40 PM

QUOTE (wingedserpent @ Jun 29 2011, 08:55 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Don't look for shortcuts. If you want good skin you have to make the effort.



I frown at that statement. Over many years the amount of money I spent, all the doctor appointments, and the dozens of regimes I've tried; please don't talk to me about effort.

Regardless, thank you for answering my question.

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Posted 29 June 2011 - 11:03 PM

QUOTE (wingedserpent @ Feb 5 2011, 12:06 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
3. Supplements


I don't believe in megadosing. I think it's dangerous.

I take 500mg of B5 and 500mg of L-Carnitine.

L-Carnitine increases the absorption of B5 so that you can similar effects with taking a lot less. L-carnitine also improves wound healing times.

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.


Have you noticed any side-effects from this combination/quantity?

Also, what other supplements if any are you taking?





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