Archived

This topic is now archived and is closed to further replies.

Struggles Going The Holistic Route

10 posts in this topic

Previous history : I have had acne off and on since I was in high school. In high school it didn't really bother me and when I did break out, it cleared up quick. After my senior year summer, I had a terrible breakout. I used antibiotics and BP, but it would not clear. That fall I found out what I was doing wrong with my regimen and was put on doxycyline and epiduo. I also incorporated going in the sauna and working out 3 times a week. This resulted in me becoming completely clear for over a year.

Leading up to holistic route : Then my acne came back slowly. I megadosed on b5 and that clear me up for that summer, but it hurt me in the long run. My skin became too dry the following winter causing the epiduo to cause irritation. Now I was breaking out again, but these breakouts were something I wasn't used to before. They became deep and scared easily. I was in college and tried every quick fix - duac, more antibiotics ect. Nothing worked and it has been over a year struggling.

For 5 months I put all my faith that retin a thinking it was going to be my new quick fix. Obviously that did not work. It caused more irritation then I could handle.

Holistic Route : I decided to start a heathy alternative and was influenced by some of the following sources (thelovevittamin, the holistic forums here, marks daily apple ect.)

  • I wash my face morning and night with only cetaphil
  • I eat gluten free, dairy free, zero sugar
  • Supplements/Nutrition : Fermented Cod Liver Oil, Flax Borage and Primrose Oil, Chai Seeds, Coconut Oil, proteins : all organic eggs chicken and fish, lots of greens as well as a green superfood supplement, olive oil extract, apple cider vinegar, probiotics : sauerkraut, probiotic supplement, kombucha
  • Fitness : Lift 3 days a week with sauna after, walk my dog daily

After 3 months I am experiencing one of my worst breakouts. It may look like I am overdoing it, but I make sure I only take the recommended amount each day. I have not cheated once. Should I keep going or is diet not my problem?

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Going the holistic route is a mixed bag. You could literally go years and years and never find what your body needs to over come acne. I think if in 3 months you haven't seen ANY improvement, its time to reevaluate. Have you tried The Regimen from this site? Have you looked into accutane (it should be a lst resort but if you've tried everything else......). Because you are male, hormonal treatments are not that available to you so i can't recommend anything in that arena. Hang strong. As much as i believe holistic is best, it is unfortunately not helpful to those of use with moderate and above grade acne.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

The holistic route is good for everything to do with your health, so it should never be abandoned.

You should consider if you have added something you have an intolerance for. What's this new acne like?

Is your skin still easily irritated? Have you tried not using any cleanser? Or if you must, then restore ph with some diluted ACV. very diluted since your skin is sensitive. Dilute with brewed green tea. Also, consider oil cleansing or moisturizing with a high linoleic acid containing oil like safflower, but make sure it's not rancid. Fresh, dark bottle, properly stored, etc. See this thread:

You didn't mention sleep or stress management. How do you feel? Do you have any digestion issues? Fatigue? Allergies?

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

The holistic route is good for everything to do with your health, so it should never be abandoned.

You should consider if you have added something you have an intolerance for. What's this new acne like?

Is your skin still easily irritated? Have you tried not using any cleanser? Or if you must, then restore ph with some diluted ACV. very diluted since your skin is sensitive. Dilute with brewed green tea. Also, consider oil cleansing or moisturizing with a high linoleic acid containing oil like safflower, but make sure it's not rancid. Fresh, dark bottle, properly stored, etc. See this thread:

You didn't mention sleep or stress management. How do you feel? Do you have any digestion issues? Fatigue? Allergies?

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Good on you for trying different things out, and looking at the holistic approach.

Alternativista mentioned stress reduction - have you looked any techniques for doing that? Things like EFT really helped me. I know The Love Vitamin has great articles on it, and I'm posting some on my blog as well.

I noticed that my acne flared up alot when big life changes happened, like moving, getting a new job, and new life choices. You mentioned you had a serious breakout after in your senior year summer - were there any big life changes happening that could have been challenging?

1 person likes this

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Good on you for trying different things out, and looking at the holistic approach.

Alternativista mentioned stress reduction - have you looked any techniques for doing that? Things like EFT really helped me. I know The Love Vitamin has great articles on it, and I'm posting some on my blog as well.

I noticed that my acne flared up alot when big life changes happened, like moving, getting a new job, and new life choices. You mentioned you had a serious breakout after in your senior year summer - were there any big life changes happening that could have been challenging?

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Previous history : I have had acne off and on since I was in high school. In high school it didn't really bother me and when I did break out, it cleared up quick. After my senior year summer, I had a terrible breakout. I used antibiotics and BP, but it would not clear. That fall I found out what I was doing wrong with my regimen and was put on doxycyline and epiduo. I also incorporated going in the sauna and working out 3 times a week. This resulted in me becoming completely clear for over a year.

Leading up to holistic route : Then my acne came back slowly. I megadosed on b5 and that clear me up for that summer, but it hurt me in the long run. My skin became too dry the following winter causing the epiduo to cause irritation. Now I was breaking out again, but these breakouts were something I wasn't used to before. They became deep and scared easily. I was in college and tried every quick fix - duac, more antibiotics ect. Nothing worked and it has been over a year struggling.

For 5 months I put all my faith that retin a thinking it was going to be my new quick fix. Obviously that did not work. It caused more irritation then I could handle.

Holistic Route : I decided to start a heathy alternative and was influenced by some of the following sources (thelovevittamin, the holistic forums here, marks daily apple ect.)

  • I wash my face morning and night with only cetaphil
  • I eat gluten free, dairy free, zero sugar
  • Supplements/Nutrition : Fermented Cod Liver Oil, Flax Borage and Primrose Oil, Chai Seeds, Coconut Oil, proteins : all organic eggs chicken and fish, lots of greens as well as a green superfood supplement, olive oil extract, apple cider vinegar, probiotics : sauerkraut, probiotic supplement, kombucha
  • Fitness : Lift 3 days a week with sauna after, walk my dog daily

After 3 months I am experiencing one of my worst breakouts. It may look like I am overdoing it, but I make sure I only take the recommended amount each day. I have not cheated once. Should I keep going or is diet not my problem?

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

You can react for evertyhing, for your organic eggs, supplements, maybe for other gluten free grains like corn. You never know. One thing doesn't work for everyone ;) Try to cut all common allergens

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Absolutely keep up this diet. It is amazing for you and will not contribute to bad skin in any way. A standard American diet WILL. You could also be detoxing because you are eating so well right now. One time I went on a wheatgrass kick, and started breaking out simply because I was doing too much. My body was purging (not a bad thing), but once I eased up on the wheatgrass my skin got better. Just make sure you're getting some diversity in your diet and mixing it up in healthy ways. Don't forget to focus on stress reduction, plenty of sleep, and maintaining a positive attitude as these are all part of the holistic route as well. Good luck!

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

  • Supplements/Nutrition : Fermented Cod Liver Oil, Flax Borage and Primrose Oil, Chai Seeds, Coconut Oil, proteins : all organic eggs chicken and fish

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites