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The Clearest I've Been In A While Was Due To Junk Food, I Think I Give Up.

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Still battling hormonal acne like most of us

Last month it was the clearest I've ever been and I have no idea why. Considering I gave up with diet and lifestyle for 1-2 weeks and just wanted to be like everyone else around me throughout christmas and new years eve.

I was totally clear no real acne, no painful bumps etc.

The week that I was usually due to explode in acne I was clear and strange enough that was around christmas new years eve and basically I ate was bbq food (could have been the meat maybe regardless if it was unhealthy meat?)

I drank alcohol, my sleeping was all over the place due to parties to the point I didnt even bother to wash make up off some nights.

How is it that even possible ;(

Spend years focusing on healthy diet and lifestyle and the only time I'm clear is when I act like most other body disrespecting people.

It's 1-2 weeks before my period and bam acne is back as per usual.

I hate hormonal acne nothing works! I've focused on myself naturally for 3 years now, I have no options left from food to no drinking with meals to precise sleeping patterns, herbs, vitamins, fasts, juices, broths, no chemicals etc etc I havent even had dairy many many years because I just never liked it. I honestly give up, not one thing I've done to my body for the better has even affected my ance for the better or for worse aside from spiro, a drug. I don't want to rely on that.

I don't understand why my appropriate diet for years and lifestyle hasn't even affected my body in the slightest, I didn't even know that was possible considering I run the same body machine like everyone else.

I really wish I knew what happened for this acne to just come about all of a sudden three years ago so, nearly 21 and living the worst years of my life, like everyone else suffering -_-

There is truly no other options left for me I've exhausted them all and certainly have no faith in any information anymore, sigh.

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Honestly I think thats one of the worst things about acne, its unpredictable and unfair. I could see if it was a self inflicted disease but the fact that we have no control over the situation is frustrating. I know personally I eat way healthier than many of my friends and I exercise regularly in combination with treating my skin as best I can. And yet acne doesnt seem to care, it shows up whenever it wants to and says hey is that self confidence I see? I must infect your face now and take it all away. I totally understand your frustrations as many of us acne sufferers go through the same thing. One day we will all be free from this affliction and can celebrate and live life to the fullest! Until then we can only try our best and continue to pray for a end to this madness

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Talk to your derm and see if accutane is an option

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You ate more meat and you got clear. You've never eaten much dairy.

Think about it.

It's hilarious how close to "paleo" your lifestyle was that week, right to the detail of not washing your face. Your body was normal for the first time in years.


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I am pretty sure FSAS has been doing the gut-healing diet/paleo diets for a long time. Correct me if I'm wrong.


Current Skin-Care Regimen (A work in progress):

Morning:

Gentle wash with DKR cleanser

Benzoyl Peroxide 2.5% (Following Dan's Regimen)

DKR Lotion + A squirt of Argan or Grapeseed oil (The lotion alone wasn't hydrating enough)

Skin 79 Korean BB Cream (excellent stuff)

Evening:

Gentle Wash with DKR Cleanser

Benzoyl Peroxide 2.5% (Following Dan's Regimen)

DKR Lotion + A squirt of Argan or Grapeseed oil


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Well, I know you keep telling us its not stress and you are a calm relaxed person, but you don't sound like that's true. Every one of the threads you've started makes me think its stress. And you were clear over the holidays because you relaxed.

Also, I don't get why you are so down on spiro when you take birth control pills. That could be screwing up your hormones. And that contain an ingredient not approved for use in the u.s.

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Status: Clear after 30 years. Wow, I guess it's been 6 years, now.

[ Story: Severe Acne since I was 10. 10+ years of Dermatologists, Antibiotics, topicals and ACCUTANE did nothing. Discovered oranges triggered the worst of my cystic acne = about 70% improvement. Tried some nutrient supplements like B-complex with zinc and C, saw palmetto and a BHA like the aspirin mask = more improvement, a lot less oily. Then, Diet changes = Clear.

Regimen: Anti-inflammatory, nutrient dense, blood sugar stabilizing diet and supplements (for hormones, inflammation, aging, health). No soap or other cleanser except for hand washing! Water only or Oil cleanse. Aloe Vera mixed with niacinimide and a high linoleic acid oil for moisturizer and reduce pigmentation.

Diet effects acne in so many ways: hormone balance, inflammation, Insulin levels, digestion, allergies and intolerances, liver function, adrenal function, SHBG levels, sebum quality, cell function and turnover, nutrient deficiencies, body fat, etc. Basic advice: Eat, sleep, supplement and exercise like you are a diabetic. And eat real food!

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When you eat stuff, Stuff Happens!


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Still battling hormonal acne like most of us

Last month it was the clearest I've ever been and I have no idea why. Considering I gave up with diet and lifestyle for 1-2 weeks and just wanted to be like everyone else around me throughout christmas and new years eve.

I was totally clear no real acne, no painful bumps etc.

The week that I was usually due to explode in acne I was clear and strange enough that was around christmas new years eve and basically I ate was bbq food (could have been the meat maybe regardless if it was unhealthy meat?)

I drank alcohol, my sleeping was all over the place due to parties to the point I didnt even bother to wash make up off some nights.

How is it that even possible ;(

Spend years focusing on healthy diet and lifestyle and the only time I'm clear is when I act like most other body disrespecting people.

It's 1-2 weeks before my period and bam acne is back as per usual.

I hate hormonal acne nothing works! I've focused on myself naturally for 3 years now, I have no options left from food to no drinking with meals to precise sleeping patterns, herbs, vitamins, fasts, juices, broths, no chemicals etc etc I havent even had dairy many many years because I just never liked it. I honestly give up, not one thing I've done to my body for the better has even affected my ance for the better or for worse aside from spiro, a drug. I don't want to rely on that.

I don't understand why my appropriate diet for years and lifestyle hasn't even affected my body in the slightest, I didn't even know that was possible considering I run the same body machine like everyone else.

I really wish I knew what happened for this acne to just come about all of a sudden three years ago so, nearly 21 and living the worst years of my life, like everyone else suffering -_-

There is truly no other options left for me I've exhausted them all and certainly have no faith in any information anymore, sigh.

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Flush your toxins

 

Your colon, kidneys, lungs, and liver filter toxins from your bloodstream via bile, the

mucous membranes, and your sweat glands. Your lymph system handles toxins like

bacteria and miniscule particles of the chemicals like those found in pollution. To

keep your whole system running efficiently, the American Dietetic Association advises

you drink half as many ounces of water each day as your body weight (For

example, if you weigh 140 pounds, you should down 70 ounces a day. Up the

amount if you are physically active). Staying hydrated helps all of your organs function

properly and helps keep your lymph system flowing. Don’t guzzle endless

ounces of water thinking you can speed your body’s natural rhythm, though. Too

much water is dangerous since it can dilute electrolytes and crucial minerals in your

system.

There are also two home remedies to try to help flush out toxins and help to eliminate

excess fluid build-up associated with those added holiday pounds. One, simply

add a handful (approximately 1/4 cup) of chopped fresh parsley to your salad daily.

Parsley works due to its diuretic effect. Note that chopping the parsley very finely

works to reduce much of the bitterness of this herb.

A second home remedy is try a shot of apple cider vinegar (no more) a day, taken

with a meal. If you can´t tolerate taking the vinegar in this manner, try sprinkling it

liberally in place of salad dressing on your salad or freshly cooked vegetables. Apple

cider vinegar helps draw toxins from the liver, a helpful way to detox post holidays.

Flax seeds and flax seed oil help flush the colon, working to, you know, clean things

out. Taken in whole seed form, (such as Go Lean Creamy All Natural Instant Hot

Cereal by Kashi, it´s a great source of fiber. Taken in its pressed oil form, (such as

VitaMedica Flax Seed Oil Capsules), it functions not just to help with colon health,

but also offers a more concentrated way to obtain an adequate level of Omega-3

Essential Fatty Acids.

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You ate more meat and you got clear. You've never eaten much dairy.

Think about it.

It's hilarious how close to "paleo" your lifestyle was that week, right to the detail of not washing your face. Your body was normal for the first time in years.

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Our situations have always been so similar except that I do have a lot more reasons why my body should be "broken" because of my past. Bad diet, alcoholism, extreme stress, terrible drug abuse, etc.

But even still, I feel I've been living healthy long enough that SOMETHING should have changed by now. Which is one of the things that brought me to the conclusion that 99% of what we eat or do doesn't matter. Of course it's helping our bodies overall, but only so much. Not so much that we should worry or think too much about it really.

I believe you if you say you aren't stressed, but like I pointed out in one of your other threads, you can have a constant, underlying stress subconsciously without necessarily being upset, thinking about it or crying all the time. I actually think that form of stress is WORSE in a lot of ways, because when we get really upset, our bodies release chemicals and things to help us through that turmoil in the moment and then we calm down. I think it's better to get really mad, scream, cry, throw things once in a while than it is to just be worried on a subconscious level day in and day out. You may not realize you're worried but you are. No one has a bad acne problem who doesn't have every day worry somewhere in their subconscious.

I'm not saying that's the reason for your condition, but it does affect things.

One more thing: Have you tried chemical peels at all? It was something I wouldn't have even considered for years. Just the name "chemical peel" sounded terrifying and unhealthy to me. But I'm on my third week of doing them and they are actually really nice and enjoyable. No pain or anything. They don't cure cystic acne or anything but they do help the cysts pop and scab up really fast, fade scars and just make the texture of your skin really gorgeous and young-looking. I figure if I can't cure my acne, I might as well just help my skin overall and have less scars.

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Current Skin-Care Regimen (A work in progress):

Morning:

Gentle wash with DKR cleanser

Benzoyl Peroxide 2.5% (Following Dan's Regimen)

DKR Lotion + A squirt of Argan or Grapeseed oil (The lotion alone wasn't hydrating enough)

Skin 79 Korean BB Cream (excellent stuff)

Evening:

Gentle Wash with DKR Cleanser

Benzoyl Peroxide 2.5% (Following Dan's Regimen)

DKR Lotion + A squirt of Argan or Grapeseed oil


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Stress is a hard thing to evaluate...

Let's put it this way, when I was in college I had 15-18 credits each semester, worked 20 hours a week, and was involved in lots of extracurricular activities, had a social life, dated, etc. I didn't feel like my life was out of control. I didn't see myself as stressed. There were lots of people I knew who did even more than me, so I didn't feel like an overachiever or anything...

Then one semester it was like I got hit by a train. Something snapped and I couldn't do it. I burned out over christmas break. That next winter semester I only took 6 credits, cut hours at my job, and stopped doing a lot of extracurricular stuff. I got 9 hours of sleep a night because I ran out of things to do and went to bed as soon as I felt tired. I had more time to cook. More time to just sit around and socialize with friends.

I had never realized how stressed I was...until I lived for 4 months doing next to nothing. I also met many more people who took life slow...I thought everyone had been pushing themselves to the max before, but that's because as a busy person I was only around busy people. The relaxed people didn't know how to deal with me and my crazy scheduled-to-the-minute life.

During that period I felt the best I'd felt in years.

Anyway, point is, you probably are stressed, I daresay most people with a modern lifestyle are stressed. Our bodies just aren't designed to handle half the stuff we throw at it. Culturally we have gotten so far from what we can physically deal with.

The good thing about destressing is it gives you mental clarity to deal with problems. I have only been able to solve serious life issues (health, relationships, life path, etc.) when I take a BIG step back and just let things process.

And honestly, I don't think being on spiro for a while is that bad. Yeah it's a drug, yeah, you don't want to rely on drugs. But you get to a point in life where you realize you can't have everything. For me to have clear skin "naturally" I would have to waste more years of my life finding that perfect balance. I would have to have more scars, more disfigurement, more low self-esteem. So for me, the choice was obvious. Frankly I'll take clear skin after years of acne and enjoy it.

As for the birth control, I personally use the copper IUD. No hormones. It's a bit of a process getting it inserted, and takes a few months of adjustment...but after that it is the most worry-free birth control you can use. It lasts for ten years, but you can also have it removed (easily!) whenever you want.

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Other thing I wanted to add...

What is your body fat percentage? I have always had low body fat. I didn't know for a long time because my figure never looked like it. I wasn't a stick girl after puberty, nor was I very sculpted. But I had the hydrostatic body fat test done and my level was quite low. I don't remember the exact number, but I remember the staff person saying it was only slightly higher than female gymnasts. Like she was surprised I still had breasts and a butt with how low it was.

I also have a TON of muscle...which somehow doesn't show up all nice and sculpted, but it's there. My abs are freaking huge but you can't see a six pack. My calves are enormous as well.

Point being, lower body fat, more muscle, affects your hormones. Lower body fat = less estrogen and progesterone. More muscle = more testosterone. If you don't have enough fat and/or too much muscle, you will have hormonal acne problems.

And I told you my whole story to point out that it can be problem even if you don't look like it. Trust me I do not look anorexic nor sculpted. Yet my body fat level and muscle level compares with gymnasts, which is definitely a problem for hormonal acne tongue.png


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^ Really well put Green Gables! Most people really don't give a second thought to how much stress actually impacts life; especially their own.

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Other thing I wanted to add...

What is your body fat percentage? I have always had low body fat. I didn't know for a long time because my figure never looked like it. I wasn't a stick girl after puberty, nor was I very sculpted. But I had the hydrostatic body fat test done and my level was quite low. I don't remember the exact number, but I remember the staff person saying it was only slightly higher than female gymnasts. Like she was surprised I still had breasts and a butt with how low it was.

I also have a TON of muscle...which somehow doesn't show up all nice and sculpted, but it's there. My abs are freaking huge but you can't see a six pack. My calves are enormous as well.

Point being, lower body fat, more muscle, affects your hormones. Lower body fat = less estrogen and progesterone. More muscle = more testosterone. If you don't have enough fat and/or too much muscle, you will have hormonal acne problems.

And I told you my whole story to point out that it can be problem even if you don't look like it. Trust me I do not look anorexic nor sculpted. Yet my body fat level and muscle level compares with gymnasts, which is definitely a problem for hormonal acne tongue.png

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Huh? I do eat paleo?

I eat lean hormone free meat every single day.

I don't think eating greasy bbq sausages, chips, lollies, alcohol and white bread all week is considered paleo which is what I did that one week I was clear.


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And honestly, I don't think being on spiro for a while is that bad. Yeah it's a drug, yeah, you don't want to rely on drugs. But you get to a point in life where you realize you can't have everything. For me to have clear skin "naturally" I would have to waste more years of my life finding that perfect balance. I would have to have more scars, more disfigurement, more low self-esteem. So for me, the choice was obvious. Frankly I'll take clear skin after years of acne and enjoy it.

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