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How I Cleared My Acne But Got Ugly Skin.. What Now?

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After several months with tetracyclines i finally cleared up my bad acne. I also ate primrose oil which helped my skin a lot during the hardest time.

I'm so happy that my hurtful cysts are gone but my skin is not pretty now either. I suffer from dryness, red marks, big pores, sometimes whiteheads and it feels like I look much older than 21 because of this.

Because of the dryness I use almond oil and furthermore I'm into organic skincare so I prefer natural products. The only thing I'm using now is moisturizer and facial mud masks from time to time.

I'm asking you guys for advice, how should I move on now that my cysts are gone but my skin looks so SAD and DULL and OLD?! sad.png I want advice about skincare, natural remedies, nutrition...anything! Cause I feel like nothing is giving me my pretty teenage skin back again..

I hope that my cleared up face will give some of you a bit of hope - it is possible to get rid of your acne, just be patient wink.png

(sorry about language mistakes, Swedish chick here rolleyes.gif )

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Hi Mimili. You need to be patient. It will take between 6 months to 24 months to start achieving healthy looking skin. To help you maximise your healing, keep as faithful as possible to a Candida Diet (to eliminate yeast, sugar & gluten just google this) and a diabetic diet (similar to the Candida diet). You should also stay away from anything which makes your body acidic. You need to make it alkaline. Here are some general tips:

1. Try cleansing your skin with extra organic cold pressed coconut oil etc at least once a day...either rinse with water or leave on for half an hour then rinse.

2. Try applying lime juice morning and night to your skin after using the Oil Cleansing Method above. It makes it heal and glow.

3. Scrub the skin gently once a week or month with cinnamon and nutmeg (just add honey and lime juice). This makes a nice natural antiseptic, antibacterial and anti-fungal scrub. (Please discontinue this treatment if this is too strong or flares up your skin).

4. If you have a break out use lavender oil on the spot. For a bigger breakout, wash with sea salt and water for a week and then return to using Oil Cleansing Method.

5. Depending on your skin, use Hyaluronic Acid serum to moisturize daily (if your skin is very oily) or just dab a little virgin coconut oil or pure aloe vera beneath the lime juice at night. Don't wash your face in the morning. In fact, go a few days without washing and make-up as over washing dries out your skin and makes it acne prone and dull.

5. Eat less than half a tea spoon of cinnamon after a big meal, to help stabilize your blood sugar (as sugar spikes in the blood can cause acne).

6. Drink liver cleansing fresh juices daily like beetroot, carrot, apple and ginger or green juices with parsley, cucumber, alfalfa and spinach lettuce etc.

7. Exercise gently every day for 20 minutes or 1 hour.

8. Sleep in a cool and dark room. Get natural sunlight without sunblock for at least 1/2 hr to 1 hour per day. Just don't get sunburn.

9. Eats lots of healthy oils with omega 3 like cold pressed flaxseed oil or walnut oil, coconut oil. Also, be generous with extra virgin olive oil. Just don't cook it.

10. Stay away from processed foods, fried foods and sauces. Eat mostly natural, raw, unprocessed, organic wholefoods that are grown on trees like legumes, nuts, fruits and vegetables.

11. Drink a wedge of lemon juice in purified water first thing the morning.

12.Add fresh lemon juice to all foods instead of vinegar and sauces.

13. Stay away from sugars, sweets, junk food, takeaway, sodas, alcohol, teas or coffee.

14. You can drink herbal tea that's caffeine free like spearmint & chamomile etc.

15. Try taking a non-dairy refrigerated quality probiotic per day.

16. Eat lots of veggies & fruit like sweet potato, asparagus, cos lettuce, tomato, red/ green/ yellow bell peppers, herbs (parsley, mint), carrots, avocado, kiwi fruit, berries, apple etc

17. Eat a handful of mixed nuts and seeds daily.

18. If you choose to eat meat (which I don't recommend at all), stick with organic, grass fed meats, or better still, Turkey, Salmon and Tuna etc.

19. Stay away from dairy. But if you choose to eat dairy, stick to small quantities of cheeses. However, if you breakout eating cheeses, stop eating them.

20. For extra help, try taking psyllium husk fiber once a day (like metamucil) to keep you regular.

21. Also, look into doing a glycolic acid peel once a fortnight or month or every 6 months depending on your skin. Start at 10% unbuffered strength and then work up to 20% strength after 10 x 10% applications. You can use 35% strength in your 30s. NOTE: Leave the acid on your skin until it turns lightly pink and then neutralize BUT no longer than 10 minutes. Please see a beautician or dermatologist first time doing this. However, once you are confident your skin can handle this, you can do these at home yourself. You'll need witch hazel to prep your skin prior to the peel and then you'll need to neutralize the acid with Bicarbinated Soda.

22. If you need extra help, look into gentle home skin needling with vitamin c serum and copper serum. See www.clearskincare.com.au for a simple kit that's cost effective.

23. Use lots of spices & fresh herbs in your cooking like turmeric, ginger, mint, continental parsley etc

24. Eat superfoods like chlorella and spirulina, quinoa, berries, chia seeds etc.

25. Take a daily multivitamin (and possibly also a mega B complex vitamin with zinc, magnesium like "Nature's Way" Mega B).

26. You can eat non dairy dark chocolate 80-85% as a treat or popcorn with lemon juice, sea salt (and curry powder if you like spicy things).

27. Drink 6-8 glasses of purified spring alkaline (even ionized if you have an ionizer) water daily.

28. Get fresh air as often as possible. Walk in a local park or by the seashore.

29. Stay happy, positive & enjoy life! The less you stress about your skin the sooner your skin will recover.

30. Keep researching into new natural skincare products and health tips.

Hope this information is useful!

As smile.png

** Note: I took out the former reference to olive oil topicals because it can encourage fungus/ yeast growth on certain individuals.

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  • Everyone has a doctor in him or her; we just have to help it in its work. The natural healing force within each one of us is the greatest force in getting well.
  • Our food should be our medicine.
  • Walking is man's best medicine.
  • As to diseases make a habit of two things - to help, or at least, to do no harm.
  • Prayer indeed is good, but while calling on [God], a man should himself lend a hand.

All quotes by ~ Hippocrates, "Father of Modern Medicine"


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PS I just wanted to add that certain individuals find the following helpful too:

A) Wild Yam

B) Saw Palmetto

C) Fungus/yeast treatment like: Nizarol & pyrithione zinc

D) Pure aloe vera juice to drink and as a topical

E) Spiralina and other superfoods.

F) Milkthistle

G) Abstaining from citrus fruits like oranges or lemons etc.

H) Refrigerated quality probiotics

I) Sulfur based healing remedies

J) Edible clay drinking detox (available from a health food store) & sacred clay masks

K) Niacinamide Nicomide gel

L) Don't use a microwave and try and stick to a mostly raw and organic diet.

Here are other useful websites:

http://www.drbaileys...dont-know-this/

http://www.drbaileys...acne-naturally/

http://www.drbaileys...-dermatologist/

http://www.chrisgibs...arch/label/Acne

Also, I read here that one individual went to a toxicologist and found that through the use of a "black light", their cysts showed they had a build up of plastic! They need to do an intense detox. Hope this update helps.


  • Everyone has a doctor in him or her; we just have to help it in its work. The natural healing force within each one of us is the greatest force in getting well.
  • Our food should be our medicine.
  • Walking is man's best medicine.
  • As to diseases make a habit of two things - to help, or at least, to do no harm.
  • Prayer indeed is good, but while calling on [God], a man should himself lend a hand.

All quotes by ~ Hippocrates, "Father of Modern Medicine"


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Just deleted this post as it's repeated.


  • Everyone has a doctor in him or her; we just have to help it in its work. The natural healing force within each one of us is the greatest force in getting well.
  • Our food should be our medicine.
  • Walking is man's best medicine.
  • As to diseases make a habit of two things - to help, or at least, to do no harm.
  • Prayer indeed is good, but while calling on [God], a man should himself lend a hand.

All quotes by ~ Hippocrates, "Father of Modern Medicine"


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Look in to emu oil soap works or tea tree oil, aloe vera (100% not that bullshit 70% with additives). You can look into cosmetics, into make up, cover up, and yes, I am a guy. Whatever it takes to boost and lift your confidence.

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You need to exfoliate and get all the dead dry skin off. i used to get cysts and was left with scars and red marks and real bad flaky skin so i started using exfoliating wash towels (got them at cvs and shoprite) and kiss my face soap with olive oil and aloe vera and it def helped get rid of the scars, dry skin and red marks much quicker than anything else i tried.

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I am a sufferer of mild acne and pityrosporum folliculitis (PF). Because of my medicines (Differin - a retinoid and Ketonconazole - an anti-fingal) along with eczema and living in a dry climate I had dry, flaky skin and dark spots (post-inflammatory hyper pigmentation). I started microdermabrasion treatments (every 2 months) and it seemed to help exfoliate my once "crispy" skin. Another thing that helped was completely changing my regimen. I used to use Clinique facial soap and it dried me out. I now only use Cetaphil daily cleanser with a Clarisonic brush. The brush was recommended by my aesthetician and it has helped keep me exfoliated. I have less dryness, less breakouts even less PF after using it. The brush helps clear pores and exfoliate allowing medicines and moisturizers to sink to penetrate deeper. I didn't know what all the hype was about this brush but I can say it made a HUGE difference. I find my dark spots diminishing quicker along with the help of the Differin. I have dark spots because I have brown skin. They would be the equivalent to your red spots. Another thing that was recommended was using a sunscreen with zinc oxide because the sun makes red/dark spots worse. Plus, Avobenzate and other sunscreens cause inflammation to us people with skin problems. Hope this helps!


My Regimen - for Acne and PIH

(Cured Folliculitis! Began regimen 4 weeks ago and 100% clear of acne)

AM

Cetaphil Daily Cleanser

Elta MD UV Facial moisturizer

Acanya and Cloderm

Neutrogena Body Wash in shower

PM

Cetaphil Daily Cleanser

Elta MD UV Facial moisturizer

Ziana and Hydrocortisone Valerate

Oral meds: Acticlate (Doxycicline Hyclate)


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man, i feel youe pain. Atleast your clear. Im still in the struggle. Even if my skin was clear I feel my skin is in very poor shape. 10 years of benzoil peroxide along with the millions of things I tried and failed dermotologist visits I look like a wreck. Super red flushing flace, large poors, scars, veins are showing, SUPER oily skin and dryness and still horrible acne. Im only 22 and am jelouse of my moms skin. Its just not fair

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man, i feel youe pain. Atleast your clear. Im still in the struggle. Even if my skin was clear I feel my skin is in very poor shape. 10 years of benzoil peroxide along with the millions of things I tried and failed dermotologist visits I look like a wreck. Super red flushing flace, large poors, scars, veins are showing, SUPER oily skin and dryness and still horrible acne. Im only 22 and am jelouse of my moms skin. Its just not fair

hell yeah, same story here. those chemicals took a toll on my skins texture and overall health. im only 20! and im jelouse of my grandmother's skin! who is 60 and only looks 30! WTF!!! .....sigh.......its DEFINETLY not fair. eh, but what is?


So much on my mind that I can't recline

Blastin holes in the night til she bled sunshine

Breathe in, inhale vapors from bright stars that shine

Breathe out, weed smoke retrace the skyline

Heard the bass ride out like an ancient mating call

I can't take it y'all, I can feel the city breathin

Chest heavin, against the flesh of the evening

Sigh before we die like the last train leaving


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not much of advice but be thankful that you at least have acne-free skin. Be content. Otherwise this will never stop. Once you have baby butt smooth skin who knows what you'll want next. You'll always find flaws and stay unhappy if you don't learn to be content...

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