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#1 karna

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Posted 21 April 2014 - 12:58 AM

Helle everybody,

My back and neck is covered with red marks and hyperpigmentation all over and it takes forever for it to heal. We are talking months and probably years also. My face is not so bad, maybe because i use moisturizers there but i find it is too expensive too use on my back/neck + I easily break out from topicals, even if it is ok on my face. So my question is:

Do you know of any holistic methods that i can use that will heal old red marks on my bach, neck and chest and not cause new break outs?

I have tried almond oil and oat meal. It does not break me out but it does not promote the healing process either.

I would really apreciate any help and input from you. It is difficult to deal with for me especially in summer time where it is too hot to cover my back and neck with clothes. Thanks in advance.

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Posted 21 April 2014 - 01:44 AM

Hi there! i have almost the same problem, a friend of mine suggested trying calamine lotion and leaving it on for an hour then washing it off..i've been using it on my face for a few days now..it sure is making it less itchy and much cooler..give it a try :)



But ofcourse patch test it first! Just to make sure you're not allergic to it!



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Posted 21 April 2014 - 08:34 AM

Thanks - I"ll give it a try and see if it works for me.

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Posted 21 April 2014 - 03:44 PM

Try safflower oil instead because it's higher in linoleic acid. And mix up a niacinimide & glucosamine capsule in some aloe Vera. See the helping your skin function thread for more info.

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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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Posted 21 April 2014 - 10:26 PM

Thanks Alternativista, I"ll see if safflower oil will make a difference on my skin. Would that be possible to use on my face as well? Do any of you have experiences with that?

I have tried aloe vera several times, even bought a plant, but for some reason it does not do a thing for me. And I sooooo much would like it to work, but it just doesn't.

Could I put the B3 vitamin and glucosamine in the oil or is that a bad combination?

During the past 5 years (I am 36 now) I have noticed that my skins healing ability has decreased a lot. Even a simple mosquito bite can take months for the red mark to fade. It concerns me and I am a bit worried that all my acne has eaten up the the "healing ingrediens" in my body. I once supplemented with zinc but i felt nauseaus taking it so i stopped again. I eat reasonably healthy at least good enough to keep my acne under control but it seems as if it is not good enough to promote the healing proces in my body. Do any of you have suggestions how I can regain my former healing abilities?

Edited by karna, 21 April 2014 - 10:37 PM.


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Posted 22 April 2014 - 10:39 AM

Thanks Alternativista, I"ll see if safflower oil will make a difference on my skin. Would that be possible to use on my face as well? Do any of you have experiences with that?

I have tried aloe vera several times, even bought a plant, but for some reason it does not do a thing for me. And I sooooo much would like it to work, but it just doesn't.

Could I put the B3 vitamin and glucosamine in the oil or is that a bad combination?

During the past 5 years (I am 36 now) I have noticed that my skins healing ability has decreased a lot. Even a simple mosquito bite can take months for the red mark to fade. It concerns me and I am a bit worried that all my acne has eaten up the the "healing ingrediens" in my body. I once supplemented with zinc but i felt nauseaus taking it so i stopped again. I eat reasonably healthy at least good enough to keep my acne under control but it seems as if it is not good enough to promote the healing proces in my body. Do any of you have suggestions how I can regain my former healing abilities?

 

By itself, you probably wouldn't notice aloe doing much. That would be one of the reasons your commercial moisturizers have a million ingredients. (And if they have mineral/petroleum oils &  emulsifyers, they aren't actually helping, just temporarily making it seem like they work, but keeping you coming back for more.)

 

Use it as a mixer as I described. And yes, you can add the oil. that's what I do.I add a little turmeric & green tea too. Plus use the oil by itself.


Edited by alternativista, 23 April 2014 - 09:17 AM.

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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Posted 23 April 2014 - 05:50 AM

I have two masks to suggest you. Mix turmeric powder with yoghurt and honey and leave on for more than half an hour, as long as you like. Use yoghurt with licorice powder as well. You can add some essential oil drops if you like. I use lavender and geranium. Leave it the longest you can.

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Posted 23 April 2014 - 09:13 AM

The yogurt masks are good for boosting ceramides & exfoliation.  Turmeric, licorice, & honey good for acne & other skin conditions.  But I don't know that they'd help with hyperpigmentation. Other than the exfoliation from the lactic acid & the soothing anti-inflammatory properties which would reduce 'active' redness..  But then again, on hair forums, they say honey is mildly bleaching, so maybe it helps that way..

 

The linoleic acid, niacinimide & glucosamine I mentioned, amongst other things, reduce hyperpigmentation by inhibiting melatonin & such.  Niacinimide is also an effective acne treatment.  As is the linoleic acid.


Edited by alternativista, 23 April 2014 - 04:23 PM.

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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Posted 25 April 2014 - 12:45 PM

Exfoliation and time are the only things that will definitely, really, truly get rid of hyperpigmentation. To help your tissues heal, I recommend upping vitamin A, E, and D intake, as well as taking a gelatin supplement. I buy bulk porcine gelatin (pastured, organic), and add a few tbsp to all soups, broths, and savory dishes that I eat. It also works great for making homemade jellos from juices without all the sugar! Good luck!


Suffered from acne as a young adult that went into remission when put on hormonal birth control. Went off the HBC around age 22 and the acne returned with a vengeance (along with a host of other hormonal complaints). 100% clear with a modified diet that excludes dairy, sugars, grains, citrus and cured meats and emphasizes whole food-based nutrition from both plant and animal sources, most notably organ meats like liver and juiced whole vegetables. I have included a recipe for the most helpful juice I have come up with for skin complaints. I drink it every day, and it is invaluable for acne due to the large amounts of vitamin A (carotenoids) from both the carrots and beets. It also helps improve your coloring if you are very fair, giving you a pinkish, more radiant look (not orange. Don't worry!).

 

Magic Juice

 

In a juicer, combine:

 

5-6 carrots

1 medium beet

2-3 stalks of celery

1 small apple (Green is preferred. Omit if you are very sugar-sensitive)

1 small (1inch) piece of ginger (optional, but good for digestion)

 

This makes a variable amount of juice depending on the size of the vegetables you use.

Drink this throughout the morning until it's gone. Store in the fridge not longer than one day.

Having perfectly clear skin on my wedding day was worth all the headache and effort of figuring out how diet affects acne!

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