I just signed up for acne.org so that I can post on this forum. I was really hesitant to do so because I used my facebook account.... bleh.
But I figured this was worth it...
I'm a male.
I'm 25 years old.
Been on accutane twice - always came back.
Skin type - oily all over.
Been losing my hair shortly after developing acne (this was before accutane).
All my blood tests said I was normal (PERFECT... not low range or high range. just right), and no one gave me a legit reason as to why I was losing my hair...
I have tried the no wash method - seborrhea got way worse... Tried retin a, antibiotics, ..... EVERY PRESCRIPTION I SWEAR because I did not want to go on accutane. Even after going on accutane... I still go acne... And still had oily skin. My acne did not improve either - it was the same before and after which BLEW ME.
What has been working for me:
1) I wash my face with water twice a day. Warm, and then cold. Then I dab a little bit of olive oil on my face, and then RINSE THIS OLIVE OIL OFF IN COLD WATER. I do not leave the olive oil on because it's just too greasy.
2) I have a water filter in my house - works great.
3) I only drink from water bottles now. However, I do know that plastic can be harmful so I'm going to try to invest in a filter, and a BPA free bottle or whatever it's called.
Most important part - my diet....
1) I gave up dairy. It never really affected my acne (at least that I know of).... But both of my parents are lactose intolerant. Also, most people can not digest dairy. Hormones added or not - it's just not natural (in my opinion). Most asians can not tolerate it as well... (I'm chinese).
2) I gave up nightshades. For some weird reason... I DO NOT DO WELL with nightshade vegetables. I miss the jalapenos, tomatoes, white potatoes, peppers, paprika, cayenne pepper, bannana peppers... UGH. But they caused me some serious inflammation.
3) GLUTEN. Even though I am chinese, I live in USA. Loved italian and mexican restaurants. Also, most asian foods have gluten in them (soy sauce for example. Even though they sell gluten free soy sauce, I stay away from them all). I know there are gluten free options for a lot,.... but they are still junk. I cut everything off...
4) Don't eat junk food and I don't eat sugar things.
I also do not do soy... I mean,... I will eat it, but it's not something I intentionally add to my diet (such as soy milk, and tofu).... If it's in something, or used to make something, I don't really care.
I drink a lot of water.
No acne, no oily skin, and my hair loss stopped - it's been 7 years of dealing with this and I'm finally back to normal.
My acne was on my back, my face, my scalp, and my chest. Seborrhea is gone. Oily skin is gone. Hair growing back.
The things i do eat:
Hot cereal made of brown rice and quinoa (comes in a box... easy to make), fruits, walnuts and peanuts (i don't do well with almonds... don't know why), avocados, ......beans,.... rice (yes, I even eat white rice even though i know it's not that great for you.... it's hypo-allergenic and filling. lol plus i'm asian,... come on.... But I also do eat basmati and brown rice. oh and wild rice. I like quinoa tortillas, I eat lettuce wraps, salads with a protein like chicken, carrots.... celery.............. fish such as tilapia and swai. Salmon is okay... Steak and sweet potatoes.... Fried rice (rice + peas and carrots from frozen isle mixed with some egg), omlettes with spinach/kale and mushroom.... kale chips,... asparagus wrapped in bacon, banana pancakes (1 banana + 1 egg = banana pancake. lol add cinnamon if you want...) quinoa... sweet potatoes...celery with peanut butter... These types of things. I found most of these food ideas on PINTEREST.
I think it is important to find out what you guys personally are reacting to... For example, some people might not be able to tolerate eggs.... or peanuts (but I can). Another thing is, I don't eat tropical fruits. I don't know why,.. but it gives me PROBLEMS. Things like coconut, mango, kiwi,...papaya. I also stay away from dried fruit - too much sugar. The types of fruits I eat are things like bananas (even though it's high GI, it doesn't give me any problems), apples, BERRIES- strawberries, blackberries, raspberries, blueberries...)
Anyways,... hopefully this helps someone.
Thank you to all that have contributed to this forum, because it helped me realize that stupid BP or sulfur and zinc oxide and all these other topicals.... and $200 facials didn't do ANYTHING for me.
But diet did.
Oh and I would like to add...
I used to work at the vitamin shoppe, and all these other holistic places... so i was a supplement JUNKIE. nothing ever worked. tried teas, derms, ulta pricey products, accupuncture, homeopathy.... never helped me.
I don't know why avoiding gluten works for me because I have never been diagnosed with celiac disease or anything... I don't have a thyroid problem... nothing. I just can not tolerate gluten.
I also want to add...
The supplements I am currently taking are a multi-vitamin with iron, vitamin D3, and black seed oil. love black seed oil....
And.... I noticed CHANGE in about a week. But my results didn't happen til 3-4 months later. I could see change and improvements, but it didn't totally go away til a few months later. Things like gluten can stay and affect your system for a long freakin time...
Oh and I never did anything for the scars. They just went away with time. And I don't use the word "cure" because.... I can not eat whatever I want. If I slip up, my hair sheds and my acne and oily skin comes back. It's pretty sad... So ... no more sweet frog (this amazing frozen yogurt place),... and olive garden.... so sad.
But I just try to stay busy doing other things. Food is not fun for me anymore... I used to love going out to eat with the guys.. I don't use food and restaurants as a way to get together. I use food as medicine and to keep me full. =/ So in other words, I don't do cheat days. I'd rather have my hair and clear skin than to be bald and have acne and oily skin.
I was also never ate crappy food... It's just that I was eating food that are considered healthy by people, but it didn't do my body good. I never drank soda - hate it. Never ate fast food becuse my mom always cooked for me... I always went to restaurants like chipotle, subway, olive garden, noodles and company, california tortilla.... I used to eat things like "whole grain bread" or "whole wheat bread".... always gave me problems.
I think my diet or way of life is similar to the paleo diet. I however DO eat grains (rice and quinoa but nothing else), and I also do eat beans. I eat beans such as black beans...
I also happened to open up the blood type diet at the bookstore, and it was shocking to me that most of the foods I avoided ..... matched my blood type diet. Crazy right? I'm blood type A. It said I could not do fruits like coconut and stuff. it was right on the money!!! It offered me to eat ezikiel (?) bread, and stuff but I still don't do good with it. Perhaps the yeast? .... iono. And it told me which beans to eat and to avoid. It was crazy... because I can not tolerate garbanzo beans or kidney/red beans, navy beans.... which this book said would be bad for me. so I don't eat them.. but doesn't mean I avoid all beans. I do good with the beans the book says works for my blood type. It also said spinach and almonds are neutral for me. Almonds kinda break me out... I can tolerate almond milk but not straight up almonds. Spinach has a lot of histamine in it so I don't eat too much of it. I like it in my salad.... That black seed oil i mentioned earlier is GREAT for allergies and lowering histamine -which is why i got it but.... i'm sure it's great for other things too). It also said type A can do peanuts (beneficial),.. check it out
I also buy my fruits and veggies at a regular grocery store... because I'm cheap. I also still eat meat from regular grocery store. Nothing organic... I go to the organic market if I need something like organic chicken broth or..... all natural deoderant/toothpaste/shampoo........... But going to the organic store to get me some apples?... nah. I'll be okay. lol
Edited by Ben Lee, 22 March 2013 - 11:58 AM.