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Posted 19 April 2012 - 04:45 PM

Looking good, Jennifer! I hope life is calming down for you Posted Image

I saw this recipe for a semi-homemade coconut milk shampoo and thought of you:
http://www.onegoodth...conut-milk.html

Also, my skin has been so much better since I started the broccoli and DIM supplement. I was even away from home and had to break my gluten-free and vegan diet for a week and my skin hasn't freaked out. If you at all think your acne could be hormone related, I would def recommend "Hormone Balance" from Vital Nutrients. It also might help you get your hormones back in check after being on BCP for a while.

I def relate to trying not to obsess over my skin, it's hard when you feel like you are doing everything right but it keeps doing the same thing. Bleh!

Edited by 4Fours, 19 April 2012 - 05:03 PM.


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Posted 19 April 2012 - 08:40 PM

Thanks everyone!


Looking good, Jennifer! I hope life is calming down for you Posted Image

I saw this recipe for a semi-homemade coconut milk shampoo and thought of you:
http://www.onegoodth...conut-milk.html

Also, my skin has been so much better since I started the broccoli and DIM supplement. I was even away from home and had to break my gluten-free and vegan diet for a week and my skin hasn't freaked out. If you at all think your acne could be hormone related, I would def recommend "Hormone Balance" from Vital Nutrients. It also might help you get your hormones back in check after being on BCP for a while.

I def relate to trying not to obsess over my skin, it's hard when you feel like you are doing everything right but it keeps doing the same thing. Bleh!


That's great to hear that your skin has been doing better, especially with having to break your diet! Hopefully that means you're well on the way to healing. Lately I've been happy with my skin and it's progress, although I am leery of it at the same time having just stopped the pills. I'm on my second regular cycle though, so I might have just lucked out and not have too much of a hormone balancing issue. I'm sure there's somewhat of one at least, but perhaps it will or is levelling itself out. Considering everything's been on track within a few days of expected dates, so far I'm pretty optimistic that stopping was the right choice for me. That coconut shampoo looks really cool! Lately I added lavender essential oil to my baking soda and tea tree oil mixture and love the extra shine and softness it adds.



Life is settling down again, but is going to be a bit busier still on average. I got a second job at the loose leaf tea store in the mall I already work in, ideal job to drink tea all day! I've been getting into daily matcha drinking, but only one per day and really restrict all other caffeine. A new coworker of mine who has acne swears that the matcha has helped her skin a lot since she tried it.

I've been mostly sticking to the diet, but skipped washing my face two nights this week, eek. Also getting the job at the tea place derailed my soy avoidance a bit. In my training I had to learn how to make lattes. Since we don't have almond milk at the store, soy milk is my only non-dairy option. Also, this is the time for those dreaded time of the month pimples, but I haven't broken out too much from it yet at least. I'll post some more pictures to the gallery probably on my next update. The progress isn't too visible, less under skin pimples, and more scarring has faded. The overall quality of my skin is better as well.

Edited by jennifer36, 19 April 2012 - 08:42 PM.


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Posted 20 April 2012 - 06:47 PM

A tea store!? How perfect for you! :) Glad the BCP stoppage hasn't taken too much of a toll. I think you made a good choice!

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Posted 22 April 2012 - 09:33 PM

just started following this thread.
showing my support!! you look great.

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Posted 26 April 2012 - 09:18 AM

A tea store!? How perfect for you! Posted Image Glad the BCP stoppage hasn't taken too much of a toll. I think you made a good choice!


Thanks! It's been great so far already, so many different kinds of tea to try. I'm glad about the BCP stoppage, but worried still that over the next few months my skin could get worse while transitioning. Based on some posts I've seen in the hormonal treatment section of the site it seems like a possibility. Either way, it's something I'm happy to be done taking.

How has your skin been over the past week? Any diet/supplement/regimen changes? I love checking in with your progress too, especially since we're following such a similar diet/lifestyle.


just started following this thread.
showing my support!! you look great.


Thank you so much! It means a lot to have your support. What type of acne regimen are you currently following, dietary, lifestyle, topically, etc. ?


So over the past week my skin has broken out a bit, but nothing as bad as it used to. Hormonal breakouts, to be expected. Potentially also from all the soy milk I had last week in training at work.. Lattes are delicious but not worth the soy milk involved. At least it's tea lattes so there's some health benefits there. Smaller pimples, and provided I leave them alone they heal fairly quickly without leaving dark marks.

I picked up some new loose leaf teas this week.. surprise surprise. Soleil de provence, which is a white tea with chamomile and lavender flowers. Need I say more? Also an apricot black tea with ginger, safflower petals and sea buckthorn. So delicious! I've learned that if you steep a tea with caffeine for about a minute, discard the water then re-steep the leaves for the right amount of time for whichever type of tea you're making it removes most of the caffeine. I've been trying to do this a lot with any black teas I'm making, especially now that I'm drinking matcha daily.

I've changed my regimen slightly, instead of lavender mixed with my TTO and jojoba oil at night, I am currently trying 2 drops of patchouli instead of the lavender. Mainly until I get new lavender, but it's an experiment in the meantime.

For anyone who was interested before when I said I was using baking soda as a shampoo.. I've been doing that since I said I switched before. My hair went through a transition period for about a month, and it's now very happy and healthy. I can wash it every other day now, without it looking greasy the second day, which is an accomplishment for me. Recently I started experimenting with essential oils combined, I'd been doing TTO for almost 2 months with my baking soda, and added lavender about 2 weeks ago. Yesterday I tried ylang-ylang, clary sage and a drop of lavender for my hair, just added and mixed into my baking soda/water paste. It worked great! Definitely something I'll continue doing. I've stuck with chamomile lavender tea as conditioner for about 2 months as well, usually with a bit of honey mixed in. Also funnily enough it's curlier now, which I am enjoying.

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Posted 28 April 2012 - 06:49 PM

Sounds excellent, Jennifer. I think it is really good that you are drinking a lot tea (I should do that as well).

I am washing my hair with homemade soap (I make my own soap) and use lemon rinses or white vinegar rinses afterwards (1 tbsp vinegar in 2 cups of water). Recently I started adding 2-3 drops of rosmary essential oil which obviously is very good for the scalp. I will start experimenting with Ylang Ylang, Lavender or Patchouli soon.

I am unhappy with my skin right now. My skin has broken out quite bad in the last few days (I am in the middle of my cylce - maybe that is the reason).
I have to admit that I am drinking soy milk every morking (around one cup). Maybe I should stop and see how my skin reacts.
Right now I am sitting here with a manuka honey + fullers earth clay mask.

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Posted 01 May 2012 - 03:30 PM

Sounds excellent, Jennifer. I think it is really good that you are drinking a lot tea (I should do that as well).

I am washing my hair with homemade soap (I make my own soap) and use lemon rinses or white vinegar rinses afterwards (1 tbsp vinegar in 2 cups of water). Recently I started adding 2-3 drops of rosmary essential oil which obviously is very good for the scalp. I will start experimenting with Ylang Ylang, Lavender or Patchouli soon.

I am unhappy with my skin right now. My skin has broken out quite bad in the last few days (I am in the middle of my cylce - maybe that is the reason).
I have to admit that I am drinking soy milk every morking (around one cup). Maybe I should stop and see how my skin reacts.
Right now I am sitting here with a manuka honey + fullers earth clay mask.


Amazing, what type of process do you use to make your soap? I never could do the vinegar rinses on my hair, but either way my hair's faired really great without it. That's unfortunate that you're unhappy with your skin, definitely try cutting the soy milk and see what happens. I love almond milk, it's a great alternative. That's great that you're doing a manuka honey and clay mask, my skin always glows so much more the next day after I've done one. Also, have you been trying them out for long? If so, have you noticed a difference?

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Posted 09 May 2012 - 11:49 AM


A tea store!? How perfect for you! Posted Image Glad the BCP stoppage hasn't taken too much of a toll. I think you made a good choice!


Thanks! It's been great so far already, so many different kinds of tea to try. I'm glad about the BCP stoppage, but worried still that over the next few months my skin could get worse while transitioning. Based on some posts I've seen in the hormonal treatment section of the site it seems like a possibility. Either way, it's something I'm happy to be done taking.

How has your skin been over the past week? Any diet/supplement/regimen changes? I love checking in with your progress too, especially since we're following such a similar diet/lifestyle.


I love checking in with you. This has been such a positive thread (unlike some on this site, bleh!). My skin was nearly 100% clear after starting the zinc cream and broccoli/ DIM supplement (which is for my estrogen dominance). I even was weening off the Differin, and just washing with OCM and manuka honey (inspired by you!).

But lately I have been breaking out more. I am worried that the DIM is wearing off, I have read it only works for 3 month and that's about where I am. But it solidifies for me that it's hormonal acne that I am dealing with. It's hard for me to be objective about my skin, because I am so fair and my red marks last forever. I only have 2 actives right now. I switched from Differin to back to Retin-A again, because it seemed to help my red marks more. And the Aczone is my go-to, it helps my actives not turn into pustiles (which is my downfall because I am a popper!)

Still avoiding my IgG food sensitivities (gluten, dairy, eggs), staying away from soy, peanuts and citrus. I debating on going Sunday for an IPL treatment. It's a low level one, so it's not too harsh, but I've been reading horror stories for most of the day so I kinda want to cancel it. I don't want to risk making my skin worse for the chance of it getting better.

Edited by 4Fours, 09 May 2012 - 03:05 PM.


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Posted 09 May 2012 - 11:58 AM

could it be a gluten allergy? youre eating toast...

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Posted 09 May 2012 - 03:04 PM

could it be a gluten allergy? youre eating toast...


Read the whole thread, she cut out gluten a while ago.

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Posted 14 May 2012 - 01:45 PM

Jennifer! Hope you've been busy with life and clear skin, and haven't needed to come by anymore. :)

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Posted 25 August 2012 - 07:23 PM

Holy shoot, it's been months!

Unfortunately I can't say I'm clear entirely, but definitely close. My breakouts follow a strict pattern now, mid cycle and end of cycle, to be expected since stopping the bcp. In terms of my diet, no changes at all. No cheating either. Sometimes I have more natural sugars than I should, but that's the closest to cheating. The tea store I work at has the greatest beet root sugar, so good in iced teas! Religiously doing spirulina and chlorella, drinking more white tea, more oolong, . I met a woman at work who said that taking chlorophyll is the only thing that helped her acne, which supports the spirulina/chlorella idea at least. Less scarring because I'm getting less severe acne, except for the picking sometimes. As far as my topical regimen goes I haven't changed much really, switched to bentonite clay though, and added that into my manuka honey for the a.m. face wash. Also I've started using rosehip seed oil, not for acne though, but for scar healing. It's actually advised against for acne prone skin, but it doesn't seem to irritate mine. I usually use coconut oil now as my carrier oil, but occasionally still use avocado or jojoba. Sorry for being so unreliable with updating, but unless it's related to applying for school/picking classes I haven't really been online at all!

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Posted 06 September 2012 - 03:36 PM

Hey hon! So glad to hear that your skin is being more manageable. I notice I am not on the org as much when my skin is clear... which is what I was hoping was going on for you. I'm so impressed by your diet and regimen. I really need to get back into chlorella/spirulina, I know an animal rescue group that uses Sun Chlorella to heal their sick animals, and even says it helps beat parvo in dogs. How do you use the bentonite clay? On problem areas, or as regular masks?

Glad to hear you are doing well, thanks for continuing to update :)

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Posted 11 September 2012 - 11:43 AM

will you be posting new pics or does it look the same as your pics from april im also on a vegan diet and ive seen lots of improvement i think ill post pics of my self too >_<

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Posted 07 January 2013 - 03:57 PM

hello,how are you doing as a result?

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Posted 07 January 2013 - 04:36 PM

For all you vegans/vegetarians make sure you get adequate zinc/b vitamins which is possibly why you are getting acne in the first place.

http://www.acu-cell.com/dis.html