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Posted 24 May 2012 - 06:36 PM

I know, I'm so scared I won't be able to commit to this diet but I really need to try. So what CAN I eat? Vegetables, chicken and fish are the only meats I eat, low sugar fruits?, what else idk I'm so bad at this stuff lol and I'm definitely going to the dermatologist sometime next month. :)

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Posted 26 May 2012 - 08:33 AM

I know, I'm so scared I won't be able to commit to this diet but I really need to try. So what CAN I eat? Vegetables, chicken and fish are the only meats I eat, low sugar fruits?, what else idk I'm so bad at this stuff lol and I'm definitely going to the dermatologist sometime next month. Posted Image

I know, I'm so scared I won't be able to commit to this diet but I really need to try. So what CAN I eat? Vegetables, chicken and fish are the only meats I eat, low sugar fruits?, what else idk I'm so bad at this stuff lol and I'm definitely going to the dermatologist sometime next month. Posted Image


I know how difficult it can be:

For Protein:

fish (esp Salmon)
Chicken
Beans
eggs

Low sugar fruits :

berries (raspberries, blackberries, blueberries, strawberries, apples)

Grains:

quinoa
brown rice
gluten free oats
quinoa flakes (kinda like cream of wheat)

dairy:

coconut or almond milk
daiya cheese (fake cheese)

vegetables:

sweet potato (go easy on regular potatoes)
any and all vegetables (leafy greens - kale, spinach, lettuce)

So you can see you have PLENTY to eat!

Keep me posted.....excited to hear how this works for you. Let me know how the derm visits go

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Posted 26 May 2012 - 08:40 AM


I know, I'm so scared I won't be able to commit to this diet but I really need to try. So what CAN I eat? Vegetables, chicken and fish are the only meats I eat, low sugar fruits?, what else idk I'm so bad at this stuff lol and I'm definitely going to the dermatologist sometime next month. Posted Image

I know, I'm so scared I won't be able to commit to this diet but I really need to try. So what CAN I eat? Vegetables, chicken and fish are the only meats I eat, low sugar fruits?, what else idk I'm so bad at this stuff lol and I'm definitely going to the dermatologist sometime next month. Posted Image


I know how difficult it can be:

For Protein:

fish (esp Salmon)
Chicken
Beans
eggs

Low sugar fruits :

berries (raspberries, blackberries, blueberries, strawberries, apples)

Grains:

quinoa
brown rice
gluten free oats
quinoa flakes (kinda like cream of wheat)

dairy:

coconut or almond milk
daiya cheese (fake cheese)

vegetables:

sweet potato (go easy on regular potatoes)
any and all vegetables (leafy greens - kale, spinach, lettuce)

So you can see you have PLENTY to eat!

Keep me posted.....excited to hear how this works for you. Let me know how the derm visits go


Oh I can eat eggs? I thought that was a no-no but I do need my protein and it's so easy to make. THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU for this list. I'll be using it as my bible for the next while and I will definitely keep you posted! Haha you're the best

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Posted 26 May 2012 - 03:51 PM



I know, I'm so scared I won't be able to commit to this diet but I really need to try. So what CAN I eat? Vegetables, chicken and fish are the only meats I eat, low sugar fruits?, what else idk I'm so bad at this stuff lol and I'm definitely going to the dermatologist sometime next month. Posted Image

I know, I'm so scared I won't be able to commit to this diet but I really need to try. So what CAN I eat? Vegetables, chicken and fish are the only meats I eat, low sugar fruits?, what else idk I'm so bad at this stuff lol and I'm definitely going to the dermatologist sometime next month. Posted Image


I know how difficult it can be:

For Protein:

fish (esp Salmon)
Chicken
Beans
eggs

Low sugar fruits :

berries (raspberries, blackberries, blueberries, strawberries, apples)

Grains:

quinoa
brown rice
gluten free oats
quinoa flakes (kinda like cream of wheat)

dairy:

coconut or almond milk
daiya cheese (fake cheese)

vegetables:

sweet potato (go easy on regular potatoes)
any and all vegetables (leafy greens - kale, spinach, lettuce)

So you can see you have PLENTY to eat!

Keep me posted.....excited to hear how this works for you. Let me know how the derm visits go


Oh I can eat eggs? I thought that was a no-no but I do need my protein and it's so easy to make. THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU for this list. I'll be using it as my bible for the next while and I will definitely keep you posted! Haha you're the best


Eating eggs would only be an issue if you were intolerant to it. I am very excited to hear how this works for you!

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Posted 30 May 2012 - 03:39 AM

fish oil could break you out

just a note..

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Posted 30 May 2012 - 06:08 PM

fish oil could break you out

just a note..


At this rate Arqa- anything could be breaking me out....lol.

Walking, talking, breathing, smelling fried foods, looking at baked goods. Not to be an ass but everything at this point is speculation. And BTW, i break out with or without fish oil so.......

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Posted 31 May 2012 - 06:55 PM

So i had my second visit with NRT and got my report (based on the tests they did the last time). According to them, the areas in need of improvement in my body are:

Thyroid
Kidney
Adrenal

They told me that i have parasites AND fungus (ugh!)

i was given 4 supplements:

VRM 3 (parasites)

ACP

LACT ENZ

GA ADRENAL (for adrenal support)

I will be on a 12 week program where i see them once a week to 'evaluate' how my body is healing. Not sure if and when this will translate into skin improvement. They said my digestion was great...and it is so hoping this means that they do know what they are talking about. I plan to follow through this program at least for 12 weeks as my skin is really at rock bottom.

My face hurts, is swollen with several inflamed and tender FIRE ENGINE RED BUMPS. I was so embarrassed to leave my house today and i feel more swelling happening for tomorrow. Overall, excited to start this new regimen but feeling low about my skin.

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Posted 01 June 2012 - 04:18 PM

Wow! Thanks for updating. Did they say what kind of fungus? How can they tell if you have parasites? That's crazy!!

Thyroid and adrenal support seriously helped me, not as much with my skin, but with my energy and mood. I hope it helps your skin too though, I know low thyroid function can make acne worse.

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Posted 01 June 2012 - 05:17 PM

Wow! Thanks for updating. Did they say what kind of fungus? How can they tell if you have parasites? That's crazy!!

Thyroid and adrenal support seriously helped me, not as much with my skin, but with my energy and mood. I hope it helps your skin too though, I know low thyroid function can make acne worse.


No problem. If my struggles can help someone else look into another possible cause of their acne, then i'm all for updating.

They didn't tell me what type of fungus and i don't think they would know that as this was a non invasive procedure so......

I can't even explain to you how they know that i have parasites/fungus. The whole 'testing' thing is so difficult to wrap my mind around. They did it again when i went back yesterday and this 'indicated' to them the individualized dosages needed for MY body. In any event, i was not surprised that adrenal showed up because stress is my middle name. I am seriously hoping that these supplements can help me as i am in such a bad state of mind with my depression and acne. I go back once every week for the next 6 weeks for them to monitor my progress (i do like the hand holding part-this will keep me motivated to keep on keeping on.....hopefully). After that they will reevaluate me to see if i have made improvements.

Thanks for reading and i promise to update as frequently as i can.

It will probably be weekly as i will update what happens during these sessions.

Edited by sasch12, 02 June 2012 - 06:40 AM.


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Posted 02 June 2012 - 02:05 PM




I know, I'm so scared I won't be able to commit to this diet but I really need to try. So what CAN I eat? Vegetables, chicken and fish are the only meats I eat, low sugar fruits?, what else idk I'm so bad at this stuff lol and I'm definitely going to the dermatologist sometime next month. Posted Image

I know, I'm so scared I won't be able to commit to this diet but I really need to try. So what CAN I eat? Vegetables, chicken and fish are the only meats I eat, low sugar fruits?, what else idk I'm so bad at this stuff lol and I'm definitely going to the dermatologist sometime next month. Posted Image


I know how difficult it can be:

For Protein:

fish (esp Salmon)
Chicken
Beans
eggs

Low sugar fruits :

berries (raspberries, blackberries, blueberries, strawberries, apples)

Grains:

quinoa
brown rice
gluten free oats
quinoa flakes (kinda like cream of wheat)

dairy:

coconut or almond milk
daiya cheese (fake cheese)

vegetables:

sweet potato (go easy on regular potatoes)
any and all vegetables (leafy greens - kale, spinach, lettuce)

So you can see you have PLENTY to eat!

Keep me posted.....excited to hear how this works for you. Let me know how the derm visits go


Oh I can eat eggs? I thought that was a no-no but I do need my protein and it's so easy to make. THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU for this list. I'll be using it as my bible for the next while and I will definitely keep you posted! Haha you're the best


Eating eggs would only be an issue if you were intolerant to it. I am very excited to hear how this works for you!


Well the allergist said I'm allergic to eggs but when I got the test I was like pshhh they don't do anything to me (I was like 11).. I cut out eggs and sugars for the most part. I don't consume dairy, just almond milk. I eat a crap ton of veggies and low sugar fruits, not really much else. I feel like I'm off to a good start for now. No fatty, fried foods or sugar ESPECIALLY.

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Posted 02 June 2012 - 03:01 PM





I know, I'm so scared I won't be able to commit to this diet but I really need to try. So what CAN I eat? Vegetables, chicken and fish are the only meats I eat, low sugar fruits?, what else idk I'm so bad at this stuff lol and I'm definitely going to the dermatologist sometime next month. Posted Image

I know, I'm so scared I won't be able to commit to this diet but I really need to try. So what CAN I eat? Vegetables, chicken and fish are the only meats I eat, low sugar fruits?, what else idk I'm so bad at this stuff lol and I'm definitely going to the dermatologist sometime next month. Posted Image


I know how difficult it can be:

For Protein:

fish (esp Salmon)
Chicken
Beans
eggs

Low sugar fruits :

berries (raspberries, blackberries, blueberries, strawberries, apples)

Grains:

quinoa
brown rice
gluten free oats
quinoa flakes (kinda like cream of wheat)

dairy:

coconut or almond milk
daiya cheese (fake cheese)

vegetables:

sweet potato (go easy on regular potatoes)
any and all vegetables (leafy greens - kale, spinach, lettuce)

So you can see you have PLENTY to eat!

Keep me posted.....excited to hear how this works for you. Let me know how the derm visits go


Oh I can eat eggs? I thought that was a no-no but I do need my protein and it's so easy to make. THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU for this list. I'll be using it as my bible for the next while and I will definitely keep you posted! Haha you're the best


Eating eggs would only be an issue if you were intolerant to it. I am very excited to hear how this works for you!


Well the allergist said I'm allergic to eggs but when I got the test I was like pshhh they don't do anything to me (I was like 11).. I cut out eggs and sugars for the most part. I don't consume dairy, just almond milk. I eat a crap ton of veggies and low sugar fruits, not really much else. I feel like I'm off to a good start for now. No fatty, fried foods or sugar ESPECIALLY.


Well cut out eggs and see if it makes a difference. I just bought some today and i will be including it back into my diet as cutting it out has not influences my acne for better or worse. Did you do a more recent test? Your allergies/intolerances can change over time.

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Posted 02 June 2012 - 03:11 PM

Yeah I did.. it wasn't an intolerance thing with my stomach or anything it's a straight up allergy. I always ignored it up til now but I never really eat eggs all too often. Maybe the occasional cake or something once in a blue moon, I don't even really enjoy eggs lol.

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Posted 23 June 2012 - 06:01 AM

This holistic approach is a sloooooow process. I am almost a month into my Paleo type diet and i feel meh. My holistic doctor recommended it so i'll probably stick with it another month. My acne is still about the same - sometimes it is healing and looks better and other times it gets worse. It literally changes from day to day. Still breaking out everyday though so i know that i still have imbalances in my body that i cant seem to target.

I've been on my regimen of supplements for about 3-4 weeks and i think its still too early to tell if they are working on my imbalances. I have paid for 3 months with my holistic doctor so if in that time i don't see an improvement, it's on to the next thing. I have also ordered a herbal supplement called Herpanacine so i will be incorporating that into my supplemental routine. The reviews out there seem to be generally positive so it is worth a shot.

I have been toying with the idea of going to see a holistic dermatologist who is actually licensed to practice dermatology but treats skin conditions as naturally as possible with herbs, supplements, natural skin care etc. I am holding off on going for 2 reasons:

1) i am already in a program and i want to give it a bit more time to see if it will work (and i am already paid in full with them)

2) He is mega expensive and the attitude i got from him left a bad taste in my mouth - almost God like, as if he was positive he could help my acne. I am VERY weary of any individual that says with 100% certainty that they can cure anything.

I return to visit my derm on Thursday so we'll what she suggests. Atralin has cleared my forehead and made my skin without acne feel smooth but it has not prevented anything. The Acanya makes me dry, red and while it dries up pimples, i am still getting new acne daily. Not sure what she'll suggest but i will not be doing a higher strength of retin A

Will definitely keep everyone posted

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Posted 30 June 2012 - 03:48 PM

Finally received my Herpanacine and started today. I will take 4 per day, 2 in the am and 2 in the pm. The ingredients list looks good so we'll see if it helps my acne. I plan at the end of the summer to switch to an all natural regimen (chemical free) with the help of the holistic derm i found online. Not putting stock in anything though as i have been disappointed before. But if at the end of the summer the supplements have not made my acne/skin better, i will consider it a bust and give the holistic derm a call.
BTW: i fired dermatologist # 5 and will not be returning to her. They all seem to care about taking your money and not about you as a person. It is so sad that these people are allowed to practice medicine at all with their bedside manner.

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Posted 06 July 2012 - 04:24 PM

So i know i have been 'wanting' to go natural with my regimen but wanting to do something and actually doing something are two different things. In any event, after I get back from my vacation next week, i will be stopping the Acanya and taking a leap of faith with:

African Black Soap (the one that looks like dung) and Unrefined Shea Butter.

I'm anxious to ditch my cleanser first so I will start with the black soap first and continue to use my regular moisturizer so i know if i start breaking out, what exactly is causing it. I am a little scared of the what if's as i've heard great things about ABS as well as horror stories.

What prompted my move was the fact that i hate Acanya and how it makes me red and i am still breaking out and it stings and itches and it has BP and a topical ANTIBIOTIC which really goes against what i am trying to do internally. I am following the dietary recommendations of my holistic doctor, taking all her supplements, working out, calming the hell down, etc, etc, etc so the only thing left to do is change my skin care routine. Many people on this site have recommended some great suggestions like:

OCM
Water Only
Manaku Honey
Tea Tree Oil
Do Nothing Method

But ABS seems like a good place to transition from so hopefully my skin won't freak out too much. I am still breaking out everyday so we'll see how my face deals with changing regimens, the heat/humidity, no BP.

I may also pick up a tea tree oil for any larger than life pimples that form (definitely prone to those). If my face does not improve or GASP, takes a turn for the worst, i will call up the holistic derm sooner than later.

I know i will get my acne under control the natural way, it's just a matter of finding the right regimen for me. Any support that can be offered would be appreciated.

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Posted 16 July 2012 - 04:30 PM

I am back from my vacay and ready to change my regimen again. I have tried the conventional route and i have figured out that most derms just don't have a clue.

I was planning on using African Black Soap but the one i had ordered has coconut oil in it so i don't want to risk using it and exasberating my acne further. So in the mean time, i will stick with my non medicated (and chemically laden) facial cleanser (purpose or aveno), tone with ACV and once it gets here, moisturize with 100% pure aloe.

I am finding it EXTREMELY difficult to heal my acne on my own so i will contacting the holistic dermatologist tomorrow and setting up an appointment. It takes too much out of me to continuously search for my HG. I am becoming obsessed with my skin and my life is suffering as a result. Hoping for the best!

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Posted 17 July 2012 - 07:34 AM

ACV day # 2

So i tones with Braggs Organic Apple Cider Vinegar (Ration 4 parts water to 1 part vinegar) all over my face and had no stinging, redness or any obvious irritation. This morning i noticed a few new large (inflamed) and small bumps popping up so this could possible be:

a) purging from the ACV

b) my skin withdrawing from topicals

c) both

I will continue using it twice a day as well as drinking 1tbs per day to test this theory that ACV can improve acne. When i first started breaking out, i did try baking soda on my skin but that did nada so i am VERY skeptical about home remedies but at this point i have nothing to lose.


Will update again soon

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Posted 19 July 2012 - 08:42 AM

I am back from my vacay and ready to change my regimen again. I have tried the conventional route and i have figured out that most derms just don't have a clue.

I was planning on using African Black Soap but the one i had ordered has coconut oil in it so i don't want to risk using it and exasberating my acne further. So in the mean time, i will stick with my non medicated (and chemically laden) facial cleanser (purpose or aveno), tone with ACV and once it gets here, moisturize with 100% pure aloe.

I am finding it EXTREMELY difficult to heal my acne on my own so i will contacting the holistic dermatologist tomorrow and setting up an appointment. It takes too much out of me to continuously search for my HG. I am becoming obsessed with my skin and my life is suffering as a result. Hoping for the best!

Heyy, I hope your visit with the holistic derm goes well(: Have you ever read the acne blog "High on health"? It has some good tips for skin care and health for acne.... I heard about manuka honey there, and I think (crosses fingers) its been helping my skin. I also find calamine lotion works well when I'm like MAD broken out. haha which for me was a few moths ago. It sucked everything out of my skin, so at first it looked worse, but within a few days it looked a hell of a lot better. De la cruz sulfur ointment from walgreens is also a good spot treatment... it only has two ingredients and its really potent stuff. Zinc oxide cream is great at reducing irritation and redness, and just making your skin smooth. I LOVE aloe vera gel for the reducing redness thing as well, hahah. Betadine is also amazing for zits, and clove oil is WAY more powerful than TTO and works a million times better, imo Posted Image Just it is so powerful it can burn your skin, so I usually add it to a moisturizer or something.

I think its sooo important to treat acne from the inside, but also hit it from the outside somehow. god, skincare can be so complex tho Posted Image but anyway, I hope your treatment goes well, and please keep us updated!!

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Posted 19 July 2012 - 08:56 AM


I am back from my vacay and ready to change my regimen again. I have tried the conventional route and i have figured out that most derms just don't have a clue.

I was planning on using African Black Soap but the one i had ordered has coconut oil in it so i don't want to risk using it and exasberating my acne further. So in the mean time, i will stick with my non medicated (and chemically laden) facial cleanser (purpose or aveno), tone with ACV and once it gets here, moisturize with 100% pure aloe.

I am finding it EXTREMELY difficult to heal my acne on my own so i will contacting the holistic dermatologist tomorrow and setting up an appointment. It takes too much out of me to continuously search for my HG. I am becoming obsessed with my skin and my life is suffering as a result. Hoping for the best!

Heyy, I hope your visit with the holistic derm goes well(: Have you ever read the acne blog "High on health"? It has some good tips for skin care and health for acne.... I heard about manuka honey there, and I think (crosses fingers) its been helping my skin. I also find calamine lotion works well when I'm like MAD broken out. haha which for me was a few moths ago. It sucked everything out of my skin, so at first it looked worse, but within a few days it looked a hell of a lot better. De la cruz sulfur ointment from walgreens is also a good spot treatment... it only has two ingredients and its really potent stuff. Zinc oxide cream is great at reducing irritation and redness, and just making your skin smooth. I LOVE aloe vera gel for the reducing redness thing as well, hahah. Betadine is also amazing for zits, and clove oil is WAY more powerful than TTO and works a million times better, imo Posted Image Just it is so powerful it can burn your skin, so I usually add it to a moisturizer or something.

I think its sooo important to treat acne from the inside, but also hit it from the outside somehow. god, skincare can be so complex tho Posted Image but anyway, I hope your treatment goes well, and please keep us updated!!


Thanks for the response! I thought i was the only one on here....lol.

I am hoping for the best too as it has been a rough year with acne. I am off my topicals and my skin doesn't feel like crap so i am happy about that. I have added ACV as a toner to replace my Acanya but eventually i want to do away with my chemical laden face wash AND moisturizer. My aloe plant came yesterday but i am not going to start using it till after derm visit as i just added in ACV and i want to see how my skin behaves first. Thanks for all the great suggestions. I will be writing them down to possibly try in the future. I am starting to believe like you that natural is the road less traveled but the one that has more long term results.

I will absolutely keep updating as hopefully the advice given to me can help someone else, minus the cost Posted Image .

How is your acne and how are you treating it both internally and externally?

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Posted 19 July 2012 - 06:59 PM

Thanks for the response! I thought i was the only one on here....lol.

I am hoping for the best too as it has been a rough year with acne. I am off my topicals and my skin doesn't feel like crap so i am happy about that. I have added ACV as a toner to replace my Acanya but eventually i want to do away with my chemical laden face wash AND moisturizer. My aloe plant came yesterday but i am not going to start using it till after derm visit as i just added in ACV and i want to see how my skin behaves first. Thanks for all the great suggestions. I will be writing them down to possibly try in the future. I am starting to believe like you that natural is the road less traveled but the one that has more long term results.

I will absolutely keep updating as hopefully the advice given to me can help someone else, minus the cost Posted Image .

How is your acne and how are you treating it both internally and externally?

ACV is amazing! I used it a few months ago twice a day and it got rid of all my acne... but then it started coming back a few weeks later when i slacked, and i haven't picked it up since Posted Image Maybe I should try it again, haha. How is it working for you? I hear it helps get rid of red marks?

Ah, my skin is doing amazing!! i updated my log and talked about some added supplements but I'll just copy the basics down here...
Probiotic -- on an empty stomach first thing in the morning and last thing at night
Digestive formula (with enzymes and probiotics) -- after each meal
Liver support pill -- after breakfast and dinner
Multivitamin -- 2 after breakfast and 2 after dinner
Fish oil -- after each meal
Iron -- after breakfast
An adrenal and hormone support pill (it also has b-vitamins, plus zinc) -- after breakfast and mid afternoon
Zinc (22 mg, but the adrenal/hormone support pill has 6 mg so it makes 28 mg total) -- last thing at night
Alkalinizing minerals -- 1 tsp last thing at night with water
Not really sure which supplement is causing such a great change, but now my skin is about 98% clear.... people are commenting on how great it looks, which has NEVER happened before in my life Posted Image I'm shocked thb, because I never knew the natural route really would work for me. But yeah. I'm really happy(:

How is your acne doing -- any good changes? I really hope the natural route works for all of us!!
I saw on your signature that you're doing the paleo diet... is that working for you? I'm doing some research on it and it looks really good -- is it the diet your naturopath suggested? My naturopath keeps going on and on about the benefits of the blood type diet, so that's the one I'm doing, hahah. Victoria's secret model Miranda kerr, who has the most beautiful skin ever, says she follows that diet, so that was a HUGE incentive for me to follow through with it, loll(; I hope everything is going well!!

Edited by ladolcevita21, 19 July 2012 - 07:07 PM.