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#1 Robdrake99

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Posted 31 May 2014 - 05:39 AM


Hi there,
I'll add my advice based on having had acne since the age of nine and still having to
Control it now I'm 41!

I've had pretty much every kind of spot you can imagine, blackheads, whiteheads, large pustules, deep set red mounds that stay for weeks, infected wounds that look like Halloween makeup.... I've suffered in my teens terribly and had to listen to idiots telling me it's just a phase, you can't do anything about it, just leave it etc. Load of rubbish, it is a big deal and you can do plenty about it.

I went through all the medical treatments and commercial products, Benzoyl peroxide reduced the infections and the spots, but only a little. It also caused a bit of nausea endlessly drowning my face in that chemical. After that I went to the doctor and got special face wash and antibiotics. The antibiotics were effective for a while, as was the wash. Gradually my spots seemed to devlelop an immunity to both and came back with a vengeance. The doctor took me off the antibiotics as it's bad to take them long term.

Over many harsh years I had find out what really works for me.... I hope this works for you too! Spots can be fought on two fronts, on the outside - your skin, and the inside - your diet:

1. Diet... I discovered in my late teens that if I ate a lot of plain vegetables and drank water, it made a huge difference. I had to give up all greasy foods, like burgers and all fried foods and most sweets. The worst food is pork, bacon etc. if I eat ham even now, it is spots the next day for sure. The most effective food to eat is spinach. I eat a whole can of spinach (spinach in water, no salt) most days and it has a huge effect on keeping my skin clean. I have the canned one because the raw version has too many pesticides and cooked spinach is less effective.


2. Skin... After I started shaving I noticed my chin was having much less spots than anywhere else. I realised it was actually the shaving foam. I started using it daily morning and night across my whole face. I have to leave it on for at least 5 minutes before rinsing it off, it is more effective and gentler on the skin that anything the doctors ever gave me.
Note that you'll need a gentle one with aloe, it took me a while to find a brand that is effective but not too harsh.
If you sweat, at the gym etc, use the foam immediately after when you shower.

So the two things that have changed my pizza face to perfect skin.... Spinach and shaving foam.

Good luck to you, I hope you don't have to endure the skin horrors I've had to.

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Posted 01 June 2014 - 06:53 AM

Canned spinach is cooked. And who says it doesn't have pesticides too. You don't have organic there?
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!

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Posted 01 June 2014 - 05:10 PM

I love spinach, but damn, a whole can of it would make my stomach hurt and the toilet afraid, lol! I can only eat it every few days, cooked or raw. Must definitely be the way people's bodies can eat and handle leafy greens.


08/20/13: Acne is gone!! Success thread here ---> http://www.acne.org/messageboard/topic/333646-milk-free-diet-cleared-my-cystic-acne-and/ 

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Posted 01 June 2014 - 11:02 PM

Canned spinach is cooked. And who says it doesn't have pesticides too. You don't have organic there?

 

I love spinach, but damn, a whole can of it would make my stomach hurt and the toilet afraid, lol! I can only eat it every few days, cooked or raw. Must definitely be the way people's bodies can eat and handle leafy greens.

 

same here unfortunately. 

Canned spinach is cooked. And who says it doesn't have pesticides too. You don't have organic there?

True about the pesticides. I haven't had anything canned since last year. Who knows what they spray the vegetables with to make them last? Also, there is the concern about BPA from the cans, plus xenoestrogens... it's better to eat small quantities fresh.


Supplements: inositol, DIM, digestive enzymes [don't need them every day anymore, only on cheat days], herpanacine & vitamin C with rose hips [not every day], regular sun exposure for vitamin D3.

Lifestyle & Skin Care: Low histamine diet, avoiding unnecessary stress, balancing skin's PH (using Image Ormedics), using distilled/ filtered water to wash face, occasional high frequency facials... (although I have been slacking lately)

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