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So for the last 5 months i have been following a gluten free, dairy, yeast, often grain and for as much as i possibly could sugar free diet.

Taking -

30 billion strain probiotics

zinc

cod liver oil

total omegas

magnesium & calcium

multivitamin

milk thistle

glutamine

digestive enzymes

psyillium husk

Basically following as close to as i could the anti candida/leaky gut diet and my skin is the worst it has ever been. I have over 30 active spots on my forehead alone, i have read that people say they break out from probiotics and have given up but surely 5 months is long enough for them to have done some kind of good... My skin is an absolute mess! I have lost so much weight from not having grains too.

Whenever i think i am making some sort of progress up pop 3 or 4 painful nodules, work is becoming intolerable due to my appearance and my relationship is definitely suffering... I have tried my hardest to stick to the diet in the hope of some good coming but 5 months with worse skin is surely a sign it isn't working... Accutane isn't an option for me as my cholestrol is high genetically...

Is there ever going to be a light at the end of the tunnel?!?! arghhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh

I'm very active, go to the gym at least 4 times a week, hydration isn't an issue as i consume well over 3 litres of filtered water a day

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Is your acne mainly inflammatory or noninflammatory?

If inflammatory, you could try colostrum. It's an immunomodulator, takes 2-3 weeks to see results, will get worse at first because of the growth factors.

I would cut out the probiotics if your digestion is fine. If it's not fine, then there's part of the problem, and you need to change your plan.

Consider whether soy or citrus could be causing problems. Wheat and dairy are the most common allergens, but others exist. You just have to find the right one(s). Soy and citrus are the next two most common, I would say (especially soy).

I would also consider a mild topical regimen consisting of a mild cleanser/soap and a good moisturizer, and perhaps even some BP to get you through.

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So for the last 5 months i have been following a gluten free, dairy, yeast, often grain and for as much as i possibly could sugar free diet.

Taking -

30 billion strain probiotics

zinc

cod liver oil

total omegas

magnesium & calcium

multivitamin

milk thistle

glutamine

digestive enzymes

psyillium husk

Basically following as close to as i could the anti candida/leaky gut diet and my skin is the worst it has ever been. I have over 30 active spots on my forehead alone, i have read that people say they break out from probiotics and have given up but surely 5 months is long enough for them to have done some kind of good... My skin is an absolute mess! I have lost so much weight from not having grains too.

Whenever i think i am making some sort of progress up pop 3 or 4 painful nodules, work is becoming intolerable due to my appearance and my relationship is definitely suffering... I have tried my hardest to stick to the diet in the hope of some good coming but 5 months with worse skin is surely a sign it isn't working... Accutane isn't an option for me as my cholestrol is high genetically...

Is there ever going to be a light at the end of the tunnel?!?! arghhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh

I'm very active, go to the gym at least 4 times a week, hydration isn't an issue as i consume well over 3 litres of filtered water a day


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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** Find the cause, find the cure **

** If you have a question for me, please ask it publicly so that others can benefit from the discussion**

 

 


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My BM's used to be roughly once every 2 or 3 days prior to starting this diet and now they are at least twice a day so it shows something has definitely improved internally. I ALWAYS found my acne flared up whenever i consumed fizzy pop/alcohol/energy drinks & crisps so this led me towards the leaky gut/candida route... The reason i have been taking the liver supplements is obviously cholestrol is controlled in the liver and with mine being genitically high i wanted to try and give my liver some additional help...I've never really been a big fruit eater so it's only in the past couple of weeks i have added apples into my diet and warm lemon water in the morning. Interestingly the only thing that has ever cleared me up with light treatment at the hospital but i was too young to remember what exactly it was for in relation to my skin! I have tried all the topicals from the chemists and most of the oral antibiotics all to no avail.. the only thing i've found that doesn't dry my skin out is cetaphil cleanser.

I have stopped taking the probiotics 2 days ago as they seem to be causing my skin no end of problems, it was never as bad as it currently is pre probiotics.. my final port of call is statins from the doctors in relation to the cholestrol but lots of side effects in relation to physical exercise. It's just incredibly frustrating when you have made so many lifestyle changes and lost years of hard work in the gym etc ( people constantly telling me i look ill due to the weightloss of trying minimal carbs ) and it's made no difference to my skin whatsoever

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My BM's used to be roughly once every 2 or 3 days prior to starting this diet and now they are at least twice a day so it shows something has definitely improved internally. I ALWAYS found my acne flared up whenever i consumed fizzy pop/alcohol/energy drinks & crisps so this led me towards the leaky gut/candida route... The reason i have been taking the liver supplements is obviously cholestrol is controlled in the liver and with mine being genitically high i wanted to try and give my liver some additional help...I've never really been a big fruit eater so it's only in the past couple of weeks i have added apples into my diet and warm lemon water in the morning. Interestingly the only thing that has ever cleared me up with light treatment at the hospital but i was too young to remember what exactly it was for in relation to my skin! I have tried all the topicals from the chemists and most of the oral antibiotics all to no avail.. the only thing i've found that doesn't dry my skin out is cetaphil cleanser.

I have stopped taking the probiotics 2 days ago as they seem to be causing my skin no end of problems, it was never as bad as it currently is pre probiotics.. my final port of call is statins from the doctors in relation to the cholestrol but lots of side effects in relation to physical exercise. It's just incredibly frustrating when you have made so many lifestyle changes and lost years of hard work in the gym etc ( people constantly telling me i look ill due to the weightloss of trying minimal carbs ) and it's made no difference to my skin whatsoever


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So for the last 5 months i have been following a gluten free, dairy, yeast, often grain and for as much as i possibly could sugar free diet.

Taking -

30 billion strain probiotics

zinc

cod liver oil

total omegas

magnesium & calcium

multivitamin

milk thistle

glutamine

digestive enzymes

psyillium husk

Basically following as close to as i could the anti candida/leaky gut diet and my skin is the worst it has ever been. I have over 30 active spots on my forehead alone, i have read that people say they break out from probiotics and have given up but surely 5 months is long enough for them to have done some kind of good... My skin is an absolute mess! I have lost so much weight from not having grains too.

Whenever i think i am making some sort of progress up pop 3 or 4 painful nodules, work is becoming intolerable due to my appearance and my relationship is definitely suffering... I have tried my hardest to stick to the diet in the hope of some good coming but 5 months with worse skin is surely a sign it isn't working... Accutane isn't an option for me as my cholestrol is high genetically...

Is there ever going to be a light at the end of the tunnel?!?! arghhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh

I'm very active, go to the gym at least 4 times a week, hydration isn't an issue as i consume well over 3 litres of filtered water a day


Status: Clear after 30 years. Wow, I guess it's been 6 years, now.

[ 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!

For more information, see my Good Things for Acne thread *Moderator edit - Please refer to the board rules (see “Advertising/soliciting”, “Linking” and “Signatures”)*

When you eat stuff, Stuff Happens!


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Brandylad

Please do not eat oats, they contain a lot of phytic acid, it is NOT good for you. Rats can eat oats and alternativista, the rat queen. I'm sorry to see you suffer from these guys poor advices, it's gonna be a long and painful life for you when you listen to these guys advices.

There are 5 major and 1 minor factor that contribute to acne:

  1. Hormonal activity (primarily from androgens, male hormones).

  2. Inflammation

  3. Overproduction of oil by the sebaceous (oil) gland. Your oil glands are an important site for the formation of active androgens that control oil production.

  4. Irregular or excessive shedding of dead skin cells, both on the surface of the skin and inside the pore.

  5. Buildup of bacteria in the pore, leading to inflammation.

  6. Sensitizing reactions to makeup, irritating skin-care ingredients, specific foods (rarely), allergies, or medicines.

As you can see # 6 is the minor factor and the people in this section of the forum are primarily using the least contributing factor to treat acne so needles to say that the results are NOT SO GOOD.

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So for the last 5 months i have been following a gluten free, dairy, yeast, often grain and for as much as i possibly could sugar free diet.

Taking -

30 billion strain probiotics

zinc

cod liver oil

total omegas

magnesium & calcium

multivitamin

milk thistle

glutamine

digestive enzymes

psyillium husk

Basically following as close to as i could the anti candida/leaky gut diet and my skin is the worst it has ever been. I have over 30 active spots on my forehead alone, i have read that people say they break out from probiotics and have given up but surely 5 months is long enough for them to have done some kind of good... My skin is an absolute mess! I have lost so much weight from not having grains too.

Whenever i think i am making some sort of progress up pop 3 or 4 painful nodules, work is becoming intolerable due to my appearance and my relationship is definitely suffering... I have tried my hardest to stick to the diet in the hope of some good coming but 5 months with worse skin is surely a sign it isn't working... Accutane isn't an option for me as my cholestrol is high genetically...

Is there ever going to be a light at the end of the tunnel?!?! arghhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh

I'm very active, go to the gym at least 4 times a week, hydration isn't an issue as i consume well over 3 litres of filtered water a day

If they are nodules, I would focus on identifying possible food intolerances. Add back in some good grains like oats for the calories. Few people are intolerant to oats. Have you tried avoiding other common allergens like eggs, citrus, peanuts, soy, nuts, etc? Relax on the anti-candida strictness and Avoid allergenic fods one by one or follow a very hypoallergenic diet for a while then methodically add foods back.

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Brandylad

Please do not eat oats, they contain a lot of phytic acid, it is NOT good for you. Rats can eat oats and alternativista, the rat queen. I'm sorry to see you suffer from these guys poor advices, it's gonna be a long and painful life for you when you listen to these guys advices.

There are 5 major and 1 minor factor that contribute to acne:

  • Hormonal activity (primarily from androgens, male hormones).

  • Inflammation

  • Overproduction of oil by the sebaceous (oil) gland. Your oil glands are an important site for the formation of active androgens that control oil production.

  • Irregular or excessive shedding of dead skin cells, both on the surface of the skin and inside the pore.

  • Buildup of bacteria in the pore, leading to inflammation.

  • Sensitizing reactions to makeup, irritating skin-care ingredients, specific foods (rarely), allergies, or medicines.
As you can see # 6 is the minor factor and the people in this section of the forum are primarily using the least contributing factor to treat acne so needles to say that the results are NOT SO GOOD.

Status: Clear after 30 years. Wow, I guess it's been 6 years, now.

[ 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!

For more information, see my Good Things for Acne thread *Moderator edit - Please refer to the board rules (see “Advertising/soliciting”, “Linking” and “Signatures”)*

When you eat stuff, Stuff Happens!


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In your earlier posts you had acne elsewhere on face and covered your forehead with a hat. So from your recent posts it sounds like your skin imporved everywhere except your forehead, is that right? And are you still wearing a hat all the time?


Status: Clear after 30 years. Wow, I guess it's been 6 years, now.

[ 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!

For more information, see my Good Things for Acne thread *Moderator edit - Please refer to the board rules (see “Advertising/soliciting”, “Linking” and “Signatures”)*

When you eat stuff, Stuff Happens!


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Brandylad

Please do not eat oats, they contain a lot of phytic acid, it is NOT good for you. Rats can eat oats and alternativista, the rat queen. I'm sorry to see you suffer from these guys poor advices, it's gonna be a long and painful life for you when you listen to these guys advices.

There are 5 major and 1 minor factor that contribute to acne:

  • Hormonal activity (primarily from androgens, male hormones).

  • Inflammation

  • Overproduction of oil by the sebaceous (oil) gland. Your oil glands are an important site for the formation of active androgens that control oil production.

  • Irregular or excessive shedding of dead skin cells, both on the surface of the skin and inside the pore.

  • Buildup of bacteria in the pore, leading to inflammation.

  • Sensitizing reactions to makeup, irritating skin-care ingredients, specific foods (rarely), allergies, or medicines.
As you can see # 6 is the minor factor and the people in this section of the forum are primarily using the least contributing factor to treat acne so needles to say that the results are NOT SO GOOD.

Wrong again, YouknowNothing1

Diet affects 1-5. Each and every one of them. And diet is the best way to treat them.. Also, the hyper proliferation of skin cells which combined with inflammation is the real root cause of acne. Nodules & cysts, however tend to be a response to some type of intolerance.

And your remarks about oats are stupid. Phytic acid is not actually bad for you and is reduced in proper cooking. Oats are about the least harmful grain on the planet. The benefits far outweigh any negatives. Especially to someone with cholesterol issues. And someone who needs more calories.

And your first sentence, in addition to demonstrating your English skills, is the kind of personal attack posts that should be reported and could get you banned.

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So for the last 5 months i have been following a gluten free, dairy, yeast, often grain and for as much as i possibly could sugar free diet.

Taking -

30 billion strain probiotics

zinc

cod liver oil

total omegas

magnesium & calcium

multivitamin

milk thistle

glutamine

digestive enzymes

psyillium husk

Basically following as close to as i could the anti candida/leaky gut diet and my skin is the worst it has ever been. I have over 30 active spots on my forehead alone, i have read that people say they break out from probiotics and have given up but surely 5 months is long enough for them to have done some kind of good... My skin is an absolute mess! I have lost so much weight from not having grains too.

Whenever i think i am making some sort of progress up pop 3 or 4 painful nodules, work is becoming intolerable due to my appearance and my relationship is definitely suffering... I have tried my hardest to stick to the diet in the hope of some good coming but 5 months with worse skin is surely a sign it isn't working... Accutane isn't an option for me as my cholestrol is high genetically...

Is there ever going to be a light at the end of the tunnel?!?! arghhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh

I'm very active, go to the gym at least 4 times a week, hydration isn't an issue as i consume well over 3 litres of filtered water a day

If they are nodules, I would focus on identifying possible food intolerances. Add back in some good grains like oats for the calories. Few people are intolerant to oats. Have you tried avoiding other common allergens like eggs, citrus, peanuts, soy, nuts, etc? Relax on the anti-candida strictness and Avoid allergenic fods one by one or follow a very hypoallergenic diet for a while then methodically add foods back.

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Well, then now that you've done this 5 months of strict anti-candida diet, I would relax the strictness and just eat mostly very well and see what happens. Eat plenty of nutrient rich food and avoid any high glycemic impacting meal, drink, snack, etc. Unless you have any kind of digestive discomfort that might be a sign of leaky gut in which case I would avoid all grains/seeds.

Psyllium fiber can bind up many nutrients and carry them through the body without them being absorbed. So I would not take it before a good meal.


Status: Clear after 30 years. Wow, I guess it's been 6 years, now.

[ 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!

For more information, see my Good Things for Acne thread *Moderator edit - Please refer to the board rules (see “Advertising/soliciting”, “Linking” and “Signatures”)*

When you eat stuff, Stuff Happens!


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ok! in regards to my meals how do i lower the glycemic load.. say for example most of meals consist of some form of meat and/or rice,pasta,potato, salad, veg.

I went to the doctors yesterday and he prescribed me a form of statin which will prevent cholestrol being reabsorbed into my bloodstream, it gets deposited into my guy instead. My mum is adamant this is the cause of my acne ( high cholestrol ) but i'm not so sure.. Through diet alone i've managed to reduce it 3 levels on the cholestrol scale, not sure if you have the same in the states but in england its measured on a number scale. The normal is 4 and mine was 9 through my teenage years, it's currently down to 6 through diet changes.

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It's measured with a ratio of the number of milligrams of cholesterol per dL of blood. Here the establishment want total holesterol under 200.

Fat & fiber lower the impact of any high carbs like the potato & pasta.. Also, spices like cinnamon. And acetic acid, such as in a salad with vinaigrette before the Meal.

Also, how the potato s cooked changes the GI. baked is lower than boiled & mashed. as well as how long pasta is cooked. It gets higher as you over cook it.

This is all in the Good Things thread.

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Status: Clear after 30 years. Wow, I guess it's been 6 years, now.

[ 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!

For more information, see my Good Things for Acne thread *Moderator edit - Please refer to the board rules (see “Advertising/soliciting”, “Linking” and “Signatures”)*

When you eat stuff, Stuff Happens!


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