THIS MAY SOUND LIKE AN INFOMERCIAL BUT IT'S NOT. I'm a real dude and I have discovered, after all this time, the closest thing to a magic bullet for acne that I have ever found, EVER. Please let me share it with you....
I'm a 34 year old male. I have struggled with acne for 20 years and, yes, I have visited this site many, many times looking for solutions.
I have tried EVERYTHING. I mean EVERYTHING. 20 years is a long time to try...
-putting all kinds of weird chemicals on my face to help heal, including slathering myself with benzoyl peroxide.
-trying megadosing on every supplement known to man.
-desperately trying extreme things like coffee enemas, liver cleanses, ANYTHING TO MAKE IT GO AWAY.
I'm coming back to the forum to give back to the community. I don't know why this took me 20 years to figure out but it did, and I think this will help you.
Here is what I DO NOT HAVE for you: I don't know how to heal acne that has already formed... and believe me, I have tried everything. The only thing that has ever really worked for me is time, and that sucks big time.
Here is WHAT I DO HAVE FOR YOU: For the first time in my adult life I am completely, and I mean COMPLETELY, free of acne. Did you hear me? I said ABSOLUTELY, COMPLETELY FREE OF ACNE. Since I began doing what I'm about to share with you my acne has completely, fully, totally, summarily disappeared. I mean GONE. I have had no new acne whatsoever form for about five months now since I began doing what I'm about to share with you.
First, a little background: understand that in all of my testing and calculations over 20 years, I've estimated that my acne problem was 70% due to dairy. This may not be true for you but it was definitely, definitely, definitely true for me.
So when I would drink dairy kefir (a yoghurt-like dairy drink), I would definitively break out within a couple days, just like I would if I ate any other dairy, like a pizza or what have you. It was weird because I felt like my digestion was better but then I would break out, so it was confusingly good and bad at the same time.
THEN I DISCOVERED SOMETHING AMAZING:
There is such a thing as WATER KEFIR. Totally non-dairy.
Forget ANTI biotics. You need PRO biotics.
Kefir is a strain of about 20 species of bacteria and yeast that are healthy for our guts and it dates back thousands of years to the Caucasus mountains. "Water kefir" is a distinct offshoot of that "diary kefir" strain that has gotten used to eating basically sugar water instead of milk. It's the best way to get probiotics without dairy!! You basically just buy a starter culture for about ten for fifteen bucks. You need a large jar too, like a half gallon jar. Then you just feed the kefir culture some sugar and some dark sugar like coconut palm or molasses for extra minerals or some dried fruit. Depending on recipe it takes 24-48 hours to make a batch and then you drink it. In the first week or so you will be really gassy because all the good bacteria are eating all the extra food matter inside of you, so you want to drink it at night or on the weekend, but after that initial period the gas disappears. I will not provide any further detail which you can google for yourself (search for: "water kefir") except I will say that the best source that I bought "water kefir grains" starter culture from was localharvest dot org.
That's it. My acne literally stopped forming within about a day of drinking water kefir. My skin has had a chance to calm down and heal and it looks better than it has ever looked in my adult life. I still have pitted scars all around my temples from the trauma, but I guess those will just be my battle scars. I hope to save your from that.
If water kefir does not work for you, then I recommend that you do some hardcore research into probiotics and find some that work for you and take A LOT of it. Like I've been saying, after 20 years of personal scientific testing and research on myself, I have finally arrived at the conclusion that it's the state of your internal fish tank that is the key. I even found one scientific article published by at pubmed where scientists were theorizing that there is a gut/brain/skin "axis". (When the embryo is forming, there is some tissue that separates, and one half becomes the brain, and the other half becomes the gut/intestines. So this is what leads to the idea of a "gut/brain axis" where the health of your gut plays a role in the healthy functioning of your brain. So the article I mention extends this idea and says that there is actually a "gut/brain/skin axis"!! Amazing eh? So the idea is that the health of your gut may DIRECTLY influence the health of your skin, and in my experience this seems to be precisely true.)
Also, I definitely recommend you do some general research into fermentation and the history of fermentation because it will blow your mind and change your view of the world and this stupid "anti" biotic paradigm.
I can't help but feel incredible anger towards the medical community for obfuscating this information. What evil bastards to derive benefit from such suffering. And I can't help but feel betrayed and hurt.
Please comment on what you find in your experimentation.
Here is to your happy fish tank!
Edited by aquapurity, 03 January 2012 - 08:45 PM.