Hormonal Acne Please Help Me!
Posted 16 April 2013 - 04:42 PM
Posted 18 April 2013 - 10:35 AM
Well, I suggest you try no body washes. Get a shower filter to remove the chlorine which harms the dermal barrier and other skin functions. After bathing with water only, apply an ACV toner with a small amount of ACV dilluted with brewed green tea.
Moisturize with a quality, properly bottled and stored to prevent oxidation, linoleic acid source like grapeseed oil. Apply to wet skin or with wet fingers to apply lightly. Or get a little jar and mix a little oil into aloe vera gel. You can also add topical things like turmeric. Or niacinimade from a supplement capsule. Or green tea. This is what I do for my face with the green tea and niacinimide. I haven't tried turmeric.
Every now and then, apply a yogurt mask, which also helps restore the dermal barrier.
[ 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!
Posted 21 April 2013 - 04:22 AM
Start to track your cycle. Their is a natural rise and fall of progesterone, and estrogen during your cycles. When your estrogen, and especially progesterone are at a peak, usually during ovulation your body is much stronger, because your adrenals don't have to take up the extra slack of producing sex hormones. Then these hormones naturally fall, and are extremely low around day 21. It is here, that it would behoove you to take the extra necessary supplements to support your endocrine system, as well as rest, and get extra sleep. You'll find that the breakouts are much less if you do this.
Diet: Currently strict Paleo, with minor occasional cheating
Face: No washing with any cleansers
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