So, there's this really awesome, locally-owned organic grocery store in my area. I'm going there early tomorrow morning and wanted to see if anyone has recommendations for anything I should get that could potentially be helpful for my skin.
BRIEF SKIN HISTORY: I have very sensitive combination skin (both oily and dry) with hyper-pigmentation and worst of all cystic acne. I've used many spot-treatment products in the past, and while these products always dry out a blemish, superficially, they do nothing to reduce inflammation. I want to try and prevent cystic acne in the first place by eating better, taking useful supplements, getting proper sleep, etc., but when blemishes do form I also want to know how to effectively treat them.
PAST SUPPLEMENTS: Overall, supplements haven't really done anything for me. Having said that, I'm still interested in finding those ones that actually do help. Here is a brief list of the most recent supplements I currently take:
- Zinc - Seems to have generally helped my immune system. I haven't had a cold in over a year now.
- Boron - Take a look at this site (http://www.acneresea...org/our-system/). They recommend taking Boron with Vitamin B and D with Zinc, but I haven't really seen any difference in my skin as a result. Still interesting stuff.
- Vitamin D - My levels were on the low side, started supplementing for months, levels returned to normal, but no change in acne. I still take 2,000 IU daily.
- ALA - It's hard to say whether this or the colder winter air has made my skin less oily.
- Fish Oil - Started taking for dry eyes, but also for dry skin too I guess.
- Silica - Can't say that I've seen any change in my skin as a result of taking this for almost two months now.
- Vitamin B Complex - I've taken many variations of Vitamin B (including just B5, a B complex, pan. acid, etc.) but I've never really noticed any difference in my skin. Also, if I'm not mistaken aren't there particular risks/disadvantages with taking Vitamin B regularly (e.g. hair loss, skin flushing, etc.)?
THINGS I'M INTERESTED IN GETTING TOMORROW: Feel free to provide thoughts and recommendations.
- Aloe Vera Juice - To help internally with hyper-pigmentation.
- A Quality Probiotic - I've never seen a difference in my skin from using probiotics, but I know they are very helpful in maintaining good gut health. Also, after years of mistakenly relying upon antibiotics for common colds and taking some form or another of doxy for my acne, I feel like I need to do everything I can to restore my gut health.
- Cod Liver Oil - Interested from this thread: http://www.acne.org/messageboard/topic/336959-studies-show-that-millions-of-people-do-not-convert-beta-carotene-into-vitamin-a-well-enough-to-substitute-for-vitamin-a-or-get-the-rda/
- Calcium & Magnesium - Not sure about these two, but I've read that some have had success with using these. One of the links about also recommends taking them. Thoughts?
CURRENT DIET: In 2014, I am going to try to eat as clean as possible. I am also experimenting with specific diet eliminations to see how it affects my skin. Here's what I'm currently doing:
- Gluten-Free (for 2 weeks) - I'm getting a food allergy test in a couple of weeks, but in the meantime I'm trying to cut gluten out of my diet to see if it helps with my skin.
- Dairy-Free - Haven't had milk in over a year, but now I want to eliminate yogurt and cheeses. I still have cheese if it's prepared in a meal, but avoid cheese sticks, slices of cheese, and so forth.
- Coffee-Free - Another common and suspected irritant that I have currently eliminated. Apparently, there is also a coffee alternative made with dandelions.
- Avoiding Processed Sugars and White Flour - Giving preference to honey and rice flour instead. From my understanding this is also an element of Anti-Canidad diets. Can anyone comment on this? Has anyone seen the film The Beautiful Truth, gone vegetarian, started juicing regularly? Juicing is also something I really want to get more serious about in 2014. I plan on investing in a quality juicer in the coming weeks.
That's about it, more or less. I'll add to this list as I think of more things. In the meantime, I highly recommend checking out this site (http://www.acneresea...org/our-system/) as it recommends, and provides research for, many of the lifestyle and diet changes that acne sufferers should be making. Thanks!
Edited by John457, 03 January 2014 - 06:07 PM.