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Acne not present in Canadian inuit prior to 1950

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Although I always love to think that eliminating certain things from my diet and life such as sugar and dairy - I then think to myself about the billions who have significantly worse diets than I do who am flawless skin. And then there are all these holistic YouTube people who are still struggling with acne. Although I believe that yes certain foods can aggravate acne, I don't believe eliminating things like certain types of food will be the magic cure (namely because acne is fundamentally an infection in the skin)...reducing the amount of dairy food you eat may slightly reduce the oil your face produces, but it won't kill the underlying infection.

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Although I always love to think that eliminating certain things from my diet and life such as sugar and dairy - I then think to myself about the billions who have significantly worse diets than I do who am flawless skin. And then there are all these holistic YouTube people who are still struggling with acne. Although I believe that yes certain foods can aggravate acne, I don't believe eliminating things like certain types of food will be the magic cure (namely because acne is fundamentally an infection in the skin)...reducing the amount of dairy food you eat may slightly reduce the oil your face produces, but it won't kill the underlying infection.

Alright try the apple fast, or try ONLY eating berries for a week. I highly doubt that you'll experience new breakouts.

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Interesting thread, very interesting.

So many factors... is it diet? Is it the extreme amounts of stress in a western civilization? Pollution? Combination of these three things?

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alternatevista is right. you would think that people want to learn. it is diet for me. i have switched to a low glycemic diet and now my acne is gone. i really don't give a crap about the people who say that diet doesn't cause acne. i hope they continue to have acne!!! and it gets worse too. they are discouraging others from removing their acne.

oh and the person who said how do we know they don't have acne. there are many studies on ncbi about them not having acne and look up the kitavan island. no one has acne their at all.

and for the person who is too lazy to try it because they see other people eating shitty diets and they have perfect skin. well sorry man!! life isn't fair. point is god doesn't like you. he gave you acne and he gave you the genetics to be disposed to it. too bad. your oil glands are naturally large. you can get off up your butt and change your diet to decrease your acne or just keep complaining and comparing yourself to others. wah wah wah.

diet does influence acne and a western diet of high glycemic foods is known by many to be the principle cause of acne.

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I have only registered to this forum to point out that member Coool is absolutely right. There is actually a documentary showing that Inuits and Eskimos ate raw seal and polar bear liver. One ounce of that contains about 100.000 IU of vitamin A in a form of retinol, and not some useless crap like beta-carotene. I can't believe that you're not adding 2 and 2 together.

Vitamin A (retinol) is the main factor in skin keratosis. Acne prone people have a leakage, sort to speak, in the liver, where liver cannot store vitamin A for long, or, at least, not longer than non acne sufferers. So, additional intake has to be made, and maintained. What vitamin A actually does is that is keeping the skin from exfoliating that much. If you're deficient, your skin will shed off up to 5 layers of skin, which combined to sebum creates a blockage. Insufficient vitamin D will get you acne, but I'll get there. I love when I hear from useless, but mostly paid off (by pharmaceutical companies) dermatologists how they have never heard of vitamin A to be related to skin, whatsoever. I tell them to go f.. themselves.

Vitamin D - of course. Skin's immune system is controlled by a pre-hormone vitamin D. Insufficient vitamin D actually makes the body to send leukocytes to attack mostly harmless skin bacteria - p. acnes (that's actually helping you by eating dead skin cells), and there you have a full blown, red, hot zit. This is actually making the acne an auto-immune disease. When you analyze that after popping it (as I did), you'll see that it's consistent of dead skin, sebum, p. acnes and leukocytes. If your body has enough of vit D, it'll not send them to frontal attack (tested on myself).

You sir, Ichance23, I see you're taking zinc, and I bet you think zinc is actually helping you. Wrong. Zinc is helping your body synthesize vitamin A, so your liver can store more of that vitamin. Low glycemic diet, please. What you're doing with that is that you're keeping a bookshelf from falling, but step aside, and see if it'll keep standing. Introduce vitamin A and eat normally, you'll see there's no difference. Also, add magnesium, it's helping your body synthesize vitamin D, but not too much, since it's interfering with calcium absorption.

Vitamin E - acts like an antioxidant and aids in vitamin A synthetization, along with zinc. So, vitamin A should be taken with vit. E, and zinc.

Why do people relate dairy to acne? They say it's somewhat worsening. That's because when digesting dairy, a special velum, or coat is formed in the small intestine, preventing the absorption of the above mentioned stuff.

Sugar - worsening acne because liver does a poor job synthetising a steroid hormone testosterone, again, vitamin A related. It's a TRICK, people, your body is tricking you, letting you believe you're insulin resistant, and you're treating yourselves like a diabetic! Wrong! An epidemic of insulin resistance? What the hell is that bullshit? Like an epidemic of four fingers on left hand...

Lemon - important because it keeps the body Ph levels normal (natural alkalinization). Does an outstanding job in strengthening the liver.

People think vitamin A (retinol form) is toxic and, therefore they are not taking it. Dead wrong. Retinol is by far the most important vitamin in human body. Yes, more important than vitamin C. Vitamin A toxicity is very rare and can only be seen in those taking the doses seven times higher than RDA for a very long period of time. Why beta-carotene cannot substitute well for the retinol? Because the conversion of beta-carotene into retinol (since beta-carotene is predecessor of retinol) is very poor - for every 10.000 IU of beta-carotene you get 600 IU of retinol, at best.

There were some smart, rich and powerful people, who knew this. They developed accutane. A dangerous form of vitamin A. It basically does jack about your problem with keratosis, liver function and immune system, and all it does is cut off the sebum production. Why the hell would you want to kill the sebum production? Because it's easier to convict people that sebum is the key to your acne. WRONG. I hear Koreans are developing surgical technique to remove the sebaceous glands for good... what the hell is that shit? I bet it will sell like crazy.

Just to say, I have quit my studies of electrical engineering, and went to pharmacy just so I can cure myself. And I did. I guinea pig myself and it paid off, pure science. Oh, and stupid, useless sh.. like holistic diet, or low glycemic diet can help your OVERALL WELL-BEING, not CURE your acne, since it's not addressing your problem. Some people have acne, because they're allergic to something, I cannot help you with that, sorry. But what I wrote now is true for many people. Be smart people, I know it's hard to quit your regimes, since you've worked so hard to be ALMOST clear, but it's like wearing a glass of water on your head all day...seriously that's how it feels, been there, done that.

Vitamin A (as retinol) 10.000 IU a day

Vitamin D3 (better than D2) 2,3 or 4 thousand IU per day, doesn't really matter

Vitamin E 200 IU per day

Zinc 30-40mg per day

Magnesium (whatever says in the label)

Lemon juice - natural alkalinization, liver strengthening, as much as you can per day

** All of these vitamins are fat soluble vitamins, so it will take few weeks to fully kick in. But, preliminary results are seen within 3 HOURS. Since they are fat soluble, vitamin A is best synthetized when taken with some fish oil or cod liver oil. Plant oils won't do jack, since retinol only resolves in animal fat.

** You may also take vitamin B complex, but it's not crucial.

** Vitamins A, E, and Zinc work together, Vitamin D3 and Magnesium work together, take those groups separately, around 1 hour apart. Try not to take too much magnesium since it interferes with calcium, in safe doses it's good.

That's it, thank you for reading.

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adder548, your explanation is very convincing. But I want to know how you connect the case of women who stop their acne through spironolactone and birth control pills with your vitamin A thesis, or is the root of their acne more deeply "hormonal" (as vague as that is) and not all vitamin A-related?

Also, I want to know if you have experienced a plateau effect with your vitamin A supplementation or if you expect it to happen at all.

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whatever maybe you are right. i am 98% clear now after eating a paleo diet for the past 2 months!!! w000t. i have continued to take zinc and i think that acne is caused by high levels of insulin in our body which in turn cause high levels of free androgens. i think most people good get rid of their acne if they followed a true paleo diet and never cheated. it is very hard but worth it because your acne seriously goes away. i do have a lot of vitamin A sweet potatoes i eat. i get about 30,000 a day probably from the sweet potatoes but i personally do not think that has anything to do with it. i think it is my low glycemic diet and no sugar diet. i did not see my acne truly clear until i cut all forms of sugar except for sweet potatoes and then when i cut dairy and grains. now it is awesome!

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whatever maybe you are right. i am 98% clear now after eating a paleo diet for the past 2 months!!! w000t. i have continued to take zinc and i think that acne is caused by high levels of insulin in our body which in turn cause high levels of free androgens. i think most people good get rid of their acne if they followed a true paleo diet and never cheated. it is very hard but worth it because your acne seriously goes away. i do have a lot of vitamin A sweet potatoes i eat. i get about 30,000 a day probably from the sweet potatoes but i personally do not think that has anything to do with it. i think it is my low glycemic diet and no sugar diet. i did not see my acne truly clear until i cut all forms of sugar except for sweet potatoes and then when i cut dairy and grains. now it is awesome!

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whatever maybe you are right. i am 98% clear now after eating a paleo diet for the past 2 months!!! w000t. i have continued to take zinc and i think that acne is caused by high levels of insulin in our body which in turn cause high levels of free androgens. i think most people good get rid of their acne if they followed a true paleo diet and never cheated. it is very hard but worth it because your acne seriously goes away. i do have a lot of vitamin A sweet potatoes i eat. i get about 30,000 a day probably from the sweet potatoes but i personally do not think that has anything to do with it. i think it is my low glycemic diet and no sugar diet. i did not see my acne truly clear until i cut all forms of sugar except for sweet potatoes and then when i cut dairy and grains. now it is awesome!

Was your skin oily?

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adder548, your explanation is very convincing. But I want to know how you connect the case of women who stop their acne through spironolactone and birth control pills with your vitamin A thesis, or is the root of their acne more deeply "hormonal" (as vague as that is) and not all vitamin A-related?

Also, I want to know if you have experienced a plateau effect with your vitamin A supplementation or if you expect it to happen at all.

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There are three ways that I'm thinking of that would (if existed) cure acne for good - 1) a way to alter our DNA regarding our digestive tract, improving it's function, 2) changing our digestive tract completely ( I know it sounds ridiculous) but it could (in theory) be tailor-made, or a miracle pill that's consistent of all vitamins, minerals, fats, proteins, carbs, but is free of every form of damage causing parts that would replace our regular food...

That's it people there is no other way that will 100% eradicate acne for good. I have cleared myself, yes, but I cannot sustain that without supplementation and it will take years before I heal my I don't know how badly damaged small intestine and start absorbing nutrients from food and stop absorbing stupid lectins. And I sure don't wanna wait until I'm 50 to be cured. For the first two ways I have no idea where even to start... third one is much more plausable, as far as I'm involved into this. If someone can tailor-make organs, please give me a call, otherwise I'm sticking to the pill.

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