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This is my first post in this forum. I've recently just quit The DK Regimen, and I'm not bashing it because it really did kill my acne, but my skin never really got used to it. A really horrible reaction caused me to throw in the towel. After much trial and error with more topicals than I can count and an incomplete course of Accutane (I was not an ideal candidate because of the medications I take for bipolar disorder) I've decided to really look deeper into my body and give the natural route a try.

I'm not completely unfamiliar with it as I've gone the natural route for a good 6 months or so last year with not much luck, but it's made me realize that my acne does NOT like a good host of products- I break out from witch hazel and tea tree oil, just for a few examples. Honey, ACV (both internally and externally), and oil cleansing have worked wonders, though.

Anyway, I'm curious if anyone in the U.S. knows what direction I should look toward to get a food allergy test. I have a very small lactose intolerance (I basically just can't drink regular milk) and most definitely a soy allergy, but that's all I know of.

Also, (and mods, please don't move this!) I'm just not sure if anyone discusses bloodwork for hormonal imbalances here and if you have, have you had any success with correcting it?


My Story:
I've had mild-to-moderate adult on-set acne (inflammatory) that started creeping up on me towards the end of 2009 (22 years old). Regarding previous skincare/lifestyle changes I've attempted, I've been conflicted, misinformed, resistant, allergic, and/or had my hopes up too high only to be let down. Many of my previous posts on here may reflect that. Considering I've never found an explanation as to why I developed acne in my twenties, whereas I've had flawless skin my entire life up until then, I claim to know nothing. I can only offer my humble advice based on my own personal experiences.



Finished my Accutane course on 3/29/2015
40mg/day every month for 6 months

Began 2nd course of Accutane on 10/13/2015
Even though my acne came back very mildly & nowhere near as bad as it used to be, I refused any topicals or antibiotics since I've already been through the "last resort" treatment without any problems.

My targeted length of time & dosage is currently the same as the 1st round.


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Welcome xdevochkax! Let's crack this acne nut together! I have taken allergy test and the only things I was allergic was birch and timothy grass. I have considered taking food sensitivity test but I have done my own research on it and the results that people have got from those test varies greatly. Like some woman did two different companys food sensitivity test at the same time and the other test showed sensitivity to some foods like milk but the other test said that there's no milk sensitivity. So you can't really know for sure what to believe when you take those tests..

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What's your diet like?

And if you want allergy tests, they need to look for other responses besides the usual IgE antibodies which is all most doctors & allergists care about.

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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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You could try finding a naturopath. But as alternativista said, be sure that the test includes IgG (and maybe IgA).

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Welcome xdevochkax! Let's crack this acne nut together! I have taken allergy test and the only things I was allergic was birch and timothy grass. I have considered taking food sensitivity test but I have done my own research on it and the results that people have got from those test varies greatly. Like some woman did two different companys food sensitivity test at the same time and the other test showed sensitivity to some foods like milk but the other test said that there's no milk sensitivity. So you can't really know for sure what to believe when you take those tests..


My Story:
I've had mild-to-moderate adult on-set acne (inflammatory) that started creeping up on me towards the end of 2009 (22 years old). Regarding previous skincare/lifestyle changes I've attempted, I've been conflicted, misinformed, resistant, allergic, and/or had my hopes up too high only to be let down. Many of my previous posts on here may reflect that. Considering I've never found an explanation as to why I developed acne in my twenties, whereas I've had flawless skin my entire life up until then, I claim to know nothing. I can only offer my humble advice based on my own personal experiences.



Finished my Accutane course on 3/29/2015
40mg/day every month for 6 months

Began 2nd course of Accutane on 10/13/2015
Even though my acne came back very mildly & nowhere near as bad as it used to be, I refused any topicals or antibiotics since I've already been through the "last resort" treatment without any problems.

My targeted length of time & dosage is currently the same as the 1st round.


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I think it's pretty hard to find one in the states, unfortunately. And I have no idea what the specific immunogobulin tests like you and alternativista mentioned I should be looking out for, or any others.

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You could try finding a naturopath. But as alternativista said, be sure that the test includes IgG (and maybe IgA).

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You could try finding a naturopath. But as alternativista said, be sure that the test includes IgG (and maybe IgA).

Here's a little what various institutes around the world has to say about those IgG tests.

From the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology & American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology:

IgG and IgG subclass antibody tests for food allergy do not have clinical relevance, are not validated, lack sufficient quality control, and should not be performed.

From Australasian Society of Clinical Immunology and Allergy (ASCIA):

There is no credible evidence that measuring IgG antibodies is useful for diagnosing food allergy or intolerance, nor that IgG antibodies cause symptoms.

From the Allergy Society of South Africa, Position Statement: ALCAT and IgG Allergy & Intolerance Tests:

the IgG food antibody test is being used to diagnose food intolerance in the absence of stringent scientific evidence. We urge general practitioners, pharmacists and charities not to endorse the use of these products until conclusive proof of their efficacy has been established.

From the Food Allergy Initiative:

IgG antibodies are found in both allergic and non-allergic people. Experts believe that the production of IgG antibodies is a normal response to eating food and that this test is not helpful in diagnosing a food allergy.

So as you can see, if you take those tests you are going to become a really paranoid person, just like 95% of the people in the diet and holistic health section of the forum. It's the same thing with religion, when someone is really desperate like gets sentenced life to prison or in death row, they usually starts to believe in god. But we all have to make that choice in our own little heads.

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Everyone pretty much covered the testing so I can only add a few things.

The IgG antibody tests are used quite often by Dr's. Any test they order that requires a titer includes an IgG. Lyme disease, H Pylori, Herpes Zoster, and quite a few others they are looking for a IgG immune response. So for the medical field to dismiss a food Specific IgG allergy tests is mind boggling.

I will say this. Even though Dr's are not taught about food Specific IgG's, when they see the results from my clients test results, they call them food allergies (except Immunologists).

Ps... the only 3 labs I trust are Quest Diagnostics, Lab Corp, and Bio Reference Labs. I have used Quest exclusively so far.


"Genetics load the gun, environment pulls the trigger"


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Ask your allergist about histamines. A lot of people who are puzzled when are "diagnosed" with no allergies actually suffer from histamine intolerance, that's what I think based on the things I read on this forum.


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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I will never understand how a Immunologists can go to med school for 6 or whatever years and have know idea how the immune system works. That's puzzling.


"Genetics load the gun, environment pulls the trigger"


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Then there

I will never understand how a Immunologists can go to med school for 6 or whatever years and have know idea how the immune system works. That's puzzling.


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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So xdevochkax, have you made any plans yet how you try to beat that evil acne now that you have stopped BP? Acne usually comes back with a vengeance after stopping BP.

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What is your acne like?


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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So xdevochkax, have you made any plans yet how you try to beat that evil acne now that you have stopped BP? Acne usually comes back with a vengeance after stopping BP.


My Story:
I've had mild-to-moderate adult on-set acne (inflammatory) that started creeping up on me towards the end of 2009 (22 years old). Regarding previous skincare/lifestyle changes I've attempted, I've been conflicted, misinformed, resistant, allergic, and/or had my hopes up too high only to be let down. Many of my previous posts on here may reflect that. Considering I've never found an explanation as to why I developed acne in my twenties, whereas I've had flawless skin my entire life up until then, I claim to know nothing. I can only offer my humble advice based on my own personal experiences.



Finished my Accutane course on 3/29/2015
40mg/day every month for 6 months

Began 2nd course of Accutane on 10/13/2015
Even though my acne came back very mildly & nowhere near as bad as it used to be, I refused any topicals or antibiotics since I've already been through the "last resort" treatment without any problems.

My targeted length of time & dosage is currently the same as the 1st round.


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So xdevochkax, have you made any plans yet how you try to beat that evil acne now that you have stopped BP? Acne usually comes back with a vengeance after stopping BP.

I'm really not sure if this is a condescending tone or not, but I like to believe the best in people.

No, my acne has not exploded. I mostly just have some whiteheads purging right now.

I plan on getting my hormones tested. This thread kind of took a turn that confused me to be honest, but since I have already been researching it for weeks, I believe I may have an androgen dominance, which I know is common. I have most of the symptoms, so it wouldn't hurt to know for sure. Then I'll take it from there.

Right now, I am oil cleansing at night with castor oil and either almond oil or jojoba oil. In the morning I only splash my face with water and use an SPF.

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I'm sorry if I sounded condescending, that was not my intention. I was just speaking from my own experience and from what I have heard from my friends. Last year I stopped BP and decided to try water only regimen. The first week my skin looked absolutely beautiful, second week I started to get some pimples and then suddenly my face just exploded, I had pimples everywhere. I'm back on BP but I will do that IgG food sensitivity test next week. I'm sick of just hiding my acne and now I'm trying to find the root cause of it. I have already tried everything over the years, but diet and saw palmetto.


My Story:
I've had mild-to-moderate adult on-set acne (inflammatory) that started creeping up on me towards the end of 2009 (22 years old). Regarding previous skincare/lifestyle changes I've attempted, I've been conflicted, misinformed, resistant, allergic, and/or had my hopes up too high only to be let down. Many of my previous posts on here may reflect that. Considering I've never found an explanation as to why I developed acne in my twenties, whereas I've had flawless skin my entire life up until then, I claim to know nothing. I can only offer my humble advice based on my own personal experiences.



Finished my Accutane course on 3/29/2015
40mg/day every month for 6 months

Began 2nd course of Accutane on 10/13/2015
Even though my acne came back very mildly & nowhere near as bad as it used to be, I refused any topicals or antibiotics since I've already been through the "last resort" treatment without any problems.

My targeted length of time & dosage is currently the same as the 1st round.


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