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Diet + The Regimen

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Hey,

I posted this under the regimen section but I am not getting any feedback there. LOL

So I will post this here....

I was wondering if anyone here had some success combing the two?

I been mostly concentrating on the diet aspect in the last 7 or so years but I noticed that I always had to use benzoyl peroxide wash (10%) regardless of the composition of my diet. Out of all the products the benzoyl product somewhat controlled my acne better compared to other products.

I eat a Paleo style diet for almost 2 years but unfortunately after almost 20 years of having acne I am still breaking out. I am now 32 years old and realize I will always have acne and will never outgrow it. I don't really know what else to do at this point. I have used Accutane 13 years ago and obviously it didn't work. And I am still suffering some of the side effects from it.

I am wondering if adding the treatment gel (2.5%) like described in the regimen will make any difference? I am assuming it won't hurt me since my skin is already used to benzoyl peroxide. Does putting the gel help control the oil too? I tend to get very oily by mid-day and evening..

Any feedback would be appreciated smile.png

FYI my current topical regimen is: Clean and clear cleanser (10% benzoyl peroxide), clean and clear moisturizer (0.5% salicylic acid) (or Complex 15 moisturizer) and clean and clear spot treatment (10% benzoyl peroxide).

~dd

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couldn't hurt, if you are only spot treating with the BP then overall 2.5% as a preventative measure would be worth a try

do you really need the moisturizer? if not I would ditch that...and do the BP at night and maybe alternate with a salicylic acid treatment in the mornings, not the moisturizer but a treatment with 2%

good luck, a long fight for you but don't give up!

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If you're already using 10% BP, adding 2.5% will probably be fine. But I would replace the 10% wash with the 2.5% gel because having both would be redundant. I would wash with a mild cleanser or soap, then apply BP gel, then apply moisturizer.

Sorry to hear that you still have acne at 32. If you're interested in different kinds of dietary changes, you might want to consider a specific food sensitivity (if your acne is inflammatory). You could also try the SCD diet; if it's a case of dysbiosis, then not feeding your microbes could resolve your acne (again, if it's inflammatory).

Benzoyl peroxide can also cause acne in some cases, and it prematurely ages the skin by creating reactive oxygen species. You could look into BP use as a potential cause if you're interested.

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If you're already using 10% BP, adding 2.5% will probably be fine. But I would replace the 10% wash with the 2.5% gel because having both would be redundant. I would wash with a mild cleanser or soap, then apply BP gel, then apply moisturizer.

Sorry to hear that you still have acne at 32. If you're interested in different kinds of dietary changes, you might want to consider a specific food sensitivity (if your acne is inflammatory). You could also try the SCD diet; if it's a case of dysbiosis, then not feeding your microbes could resolve your acne (again, if it's inflammatory).

Benzoyl peroxide can also cause acne in some cases, and it prematurely ages the skin by creating reactive oxygen species. You could look into BP use as a potential cause if you're interested.

I already looked in dysbiosis and i don't have it. I tried the elimination diet for 4 months about 2 years ago. And all it did for me is confirm what my blood test told me that I am sensitive to corn, wheat and gluten. And obviouslly been avoidng this since I am following a diet similar to Paleo style of eating.

eah that is what I was thinking of doing. Once I receive the 2.5% BP I will stop using the 10% BP wash and just use a mild cleanser. Since I will leave in the gel to go into my pores, I figure its just as strong as the BP face wash. Well atleast thats what it says under the regimen... But many people seem to have success with the gel even though most of them eat crappy compare to me.

I will see if this will work for me...

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Just a little update

Well after 12 days of adding in the regimen to my Paleo (plus carbs) diet I have seen about 50% improvement in my acne!

My forehead is very dry and flaky but I think my skin is still getting used to the benzoyl peroxide 2.5%.

I am okay with putting benzoyl peroxide at this dose because it is not damaging in the long run according to my "research".

I am going to try to test this out 4 or 5 months in addition to my already healthy diet.

I guess for some people it is not enough to eat a healthy diet to clear up at any age!

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Good for you! If you found a regimen that works for you, then that's great. Not everyone can get 100% clear on just diet, and most people on this forum also have a cleansing routine and/or take supplements, so very few are actually relying on diet alone.

If you can reduce your bp amount over time, that's even better....I personally don't believe that something strong enough to bleach towels is healthy long term.Some studies I read about long term safety of bp are sponsored companies that endorse bp products, so it's hard to find an objective source that supports long term use of bp (or at least that was the case when I researched it a few years ago).

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Current regimen: garlic supplements [as needed], Enzymedica gluten blocker [as needed], nicadan [not sure if it works yet]. I try to simplify as much as I can. Don't take more supplements than you need....try one at a time and be patient.

The supplements that really helped me when my acne was at its worst: inositol, DIM [not as frequently now!] digestive enzymes [don't need them every day anymore, only on cheat days], herpanacine & vitamin C with rose hips/ low acid [not every day], regular sun exposure for vitamin D3, superoxide dismutase (SOD) enzyme supplements. NOTE: I do not recommend DIM for long term use, and I do not recommend hormonal creams without doctor supervision.

Lifestyle & Skin Care: acupuncture, regular exercise/ yoga, low histamine diet, avoiding unnecessary stress, balancing skin's PH (using Image Ormedics), using distilled/ filtered water to wash face, occasional high frequency facials...

 

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Good for you! If you found a regimen that works for you, then that's great. Not everyone can get 100% clear on just diet, and most people on this forum also have a cleansing routine and/or take supplements, so very few are actually relying on diet alone.

If you can reduce your bp amount over time, that's even better....I personally don't believe that something strong enough to bleach towels is healthy long term.Some studies I read about long term safety of bp are sponsored companies that endorse bp products, so it's hard to find an objective source that supports long term use of bp (or at least that was the case when I researched it a few years ago).

Yeah I agree with you. I am just trying to find out what best works for me:)

I already found the right diet and supplements that work best for me for several years.

Now I just have to add in the external part and see what works best for me. So for me its the combination.

Of course once I am mostly clear (~90%), I will experiment with reducing bp. But for now bp is surprisingly making my face hurt a lot less along with reduction.

I will try to remember to update this next month or twosmile.png

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