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#81 Lilo

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Posted 17 June 2013 - 06:49 AM

I'm really sick of this and have reached rock bottom once again. This diet is not sustainable for me in the long-term. It may have been if I at least cleared up, but I contnue to break-out daily, have low mood and no energy. It should have at least slowed down somewhat by now. I'm really disappointed, I hate feeling so inferior because of my skin. Am I giving up to soon?

Seriously, can I give up oats and wholgrain rye bread forever for mediocre results? No.

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Posted 17 June 2013 - 10:06 AM

Sorry about the rant, I haven't really given up. But, I will be taking 10 mg accutane per day and gradually tapering until the diet actually kicks in. Unfortunately, my current break-outs are making me depressed and I feel like quiting every day without giving it enough time to work. But, with accutane I won't suffer these break-outs and may remain more positive about my diet changes and if, after 3 months, I still break-out exactly the same as now after I stop accutane, I will have my answer.

B: chicken and veggies stew
Snacks: 2 coconut muffins, 85 % dark chocolate
L: meatballs and a banana
D: ckicken and veggies soup

Skin: 5/10
Mood: 3/10

Acc: 1
Pal Diet: 35/90

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Posted 18 June 2013 - 11:46 AM

B: 2 boiled eggs, rasberries
Snack: banana
L: chicken and veggies stew
D: lightly smoked wild mackerel, avo, beetroot
Snack: carrots dipped in macadamia nut butter

Skin: 5/10, my skin colour is also funny lately, hope its not due to beta-carotene overload, I don't look or feel good about myself, probably need to up my greens instead of always having carrots and butternut squash, but yeah, my colour is way off
Mood: 1/10 this morning, 4/10 in the afternoon

Acc: 2
Paleo Diet: 36/90 (at day 90 I will completely stop my low dose Accutane, and should start breaking out fairly quickly, few weeks to a month max)

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Posted 19 June 2013 - 12:17 PM

OK, well today I caved, I have a very stressful work and can't really deal with diet stress as well. Worst of all, for some reason I feel like it is the end of the world every morning, my depression is through the roof in the mornings with this diet, so much so that I almost wanted to resign today because I could not take it anymore.

I had chicken and avo on a rye sandwich. I just don't see a future without some grains, nothing terrible, just some basmati / brown rice, steel cut GF oats and GF bread / rye bread at one or two meals per day. I don't need to have much dairy or sugar or anything like that, but if I do, I won't die.

For now, I'm sticking to my 10 mg roaccutane while focussing on trying to get my BMs to be more regular.

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Posted 20 June 2013 - 01:29 PM

Felt a lot better today. Overdid it a bit, had oats, two slices of rye bread and a GF pizza, it's good to feel normal again. I've had it with restrictive diets. I do eat healthy anyway.

Skin: 5/10
Mood: 7/10

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Posted 11 July 2013 - 01:58 PM

I took my last accutane on Tuesday. Currently on a very high dose niacinamide and zinc combo (almost 3 weeks now), broke out pretty bad last week, whereas my skin is fairly clear this week. Will see how it goes.

Skin: 8/10

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Posted 13 July 2013 - 12:54 PM

My skin is still going great, and I'm not eating that great, it may still be the effect of roaccutane, or else the zinc and nicotinamide combo.

Skin: 8.5 / 10, not oily as usual

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Posted 18 July 2013 - 10:38 AM

Still good.

Skin: 8/10, have upped my dose to double the amount, ie 3 g nicotinamide, 400 mg zinc. To soon after accutane to tell if this is working. A month should do!

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Posted 20 July 2013 - 12:25 PM

Skin really well, 9/10.

2,1 g nicotinamide
300 mg zinc
3 g vitamin c
250 mg vitamin b6
30 g pygenol

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Posted 24 July 2013 - 12:12 PM

Still 9/10, no actives, chest clear, oilyness still way down. Almost cant believe this? But it may be the honeymoon phase, I don't want to get too excited and then it doesn't last.

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Posted 27 July 2013 - 11:20 PM

Still clear. 9/10.

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Posted 30 July 2013 - 11:30 AM

What I don't understand is why nicotinamide and zinc cleared my acne? Was I deficient? Could it have been Pyroluria or maybe something else? Will my initial results last?

Still 9/10, no actives.

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Posted 02 August 2013 - 11:26 PM

Still clear, but now I have a cyst on my chin, it is sore when I touch it, and releases a clear liquid, not sure what this is, can't be a pimple, so what is it.

Worried about all the other stuff I'm taking, ie GLA, B6, C, manganese, p-5-p (mainly for depression) and maybe I should just stick with the nicom and zinc for now.

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Posted 05 August 2013 - 01:28 PM

The cyst is gone, still not sure what exactly it was though. Had a few very small ones pop-up, but nothing to be concerned about, they are healing already.

I have dropped down to 1 pill (375 mg nico and 100 mg zinc) twice per day.

Stopped all other pills except for pycegenol for melasma (40 g twice per day).

It is almost a month since stopping accutane.

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Posted 06 August 2013 - 12:46 PM

OK, have quite a bit of a break-out on my chin, ie small whiteheads, not very happy with this latest development. Will up my dose to 4 pills starting tomorrow and we'll see how it goes. Fingers crossed!

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Posted 11 August 2013 - 12:04 PM

My skin is not doing so well, I stopped accutane a month ago and thought that my nicotinamide and zinc combo was keeping me clear, not!

My new orthomolecular protocol:
- 1000 mg no-flush niacin, 3 times per day - 3000 mg / day
- 110 mg zinc, 2 per day - 220 mg / day
- 1,5 g vitamin C, 3 times per day - 4,5 g / day
- 50 mg of p5p - 50 mg / day

Im actually supposed to take 250 mg B6, but instead is taking p5p 50 mg.

My current skin condition:
- more oily, but not as bad as previously
- suddenly getting blackheads again
- have new small whiteheads daily

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Posted 16 August 2013 - 10:07 AM

My skin is clear at the moment, but I do have marks and my skin does look and feel a lot more oily.

Have also started to apply a niacinamide topical gel, not sure if it is the reason why I do not appear to have any actives.

5 weeks off roaccutane.

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Posted 18 August 2013 - 12:09 AM

My face is 100 % clear again. Very strange.

I will be starting a new log, as I am no longer eating paleo.