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#3477978 5 Day Water Fast Experiment!

Posted by melmel87 on 15 April 2015 - 08:06 AM

Hello everybody! :) So today I started my water fast. Before that I was on a strict paleo diet for 11 days and it didn't help my acne. Anyways I'll keep being on a paleo diet after this fast... If you have some experience with fasting please feel free to share it here! :cool:


Day 1  - started the fast about 16 hours ago. Still have inflammation and those bumps are still itchy and painful. Will see what happens next and keep you posted! :)


Just my opinion and because I've been dealing with acne for a long time and all these different experients to clear skin. Also because I don't like people abusing their health/body. I don't see how fasting is going to help you. Your body needs the right nutrients to function properly, if you're only consuming water, you're starving your body of basic needs. Eat a healthy diet, drink plenty of water and exercise. Unless you have actual food allergies something like this is not going to help. The rest is up to your skin care regimen. If you want to get technical, I could actually explain more reason as to why a water fast could cause even more acne because it's too much stress on the body, especially the heart, which will in turn raise cortisol levels in the body which can result in even more breakouts.

#3441975 What Should I Do With This Pimple ? (With Pictures)

Posted by melmel87 on 17 July 2014 - 06:51 PM

ugh I would disinfect a needle with rubbing alcohol then pop the whitehead to get that stuff out. if you are planning on going to the doctor in the morning they may just pop it for you though

#3441464 Gentle Cleanser Or Acne Cleanser?

Posted by melmel87 on 15 July 2014 - 09:10 AM

I used to use an acne cleanser but it was making my skin too dry, especially around my eyes, but now I use a gentle non-soap cleanser. Salicylic acid also gives me white heads for some reason. I've been this this garnier smoothing cream cleanser http://www.garnierus...m-Cleanser.aspx

#3429677 Quitting Benzoyl Peroxide

Posted by melmel87 on 02 May 2014 - 06:20 AM

Your skin should be back to normal by now if you haven't used BP since December. Normal just meaning not irritated. What are you using to cleanse and moisturize your face? Do you have any other skin conditions like rosacea? Most people's skin gets used to BP over time, not the opposite. Were you using any sort of exfoliators?

#3425232 Which Cetaphil Moisturized?

Posted by melmel87 on 09 April 2014 - 07:56 AM

The first one clogged my pores. The second one works great if your skin is on the oily side. I've been using it for about a week and it hasn't caused any problems and gives my skin enough moisture.

#3425216 Really Just Need Help

Posted by melmel87 on 09 April 2014 - 04:50 AM

Sounds like folliculitis if you got them after shaving. First, stop shaving that area if you still are. If you've tried acne treatments and they didn't help that area you could try applying an antibiotic cream and/or washing that area with one of the dandruff shampoos that contain selenium sulfide.

#3423739 Flaking And Dryness, Should I Stop Caring!?

Posted by melmel87 on 01 April 2014 - 02:25 PM

Jojoba did not help moisturize my skin, but I would massage it into my skin to help remove a lot of the flakes. Cut back on the BP so your skin isn't so irritated, apply it only at night then try increasing it again. You're using the acne.org moisturizer?

#3416747 Red Mark Help!

Posted by melmel87 on 26 February 2014 - 10:18 AM

Using an aha or retinoid at night will def help. Make sure you're wearing a sunscreen during the day.

#3410531 Cystic Pimple Rupture Own Its Own! Help >.<

Posted by melmel87 on 26 January 2014 - 07:15 PM

Hopefully all the puss got out of it, because the inflammation should go down within a couple days then and it can heal up. I guess they could rupture on their own, never had that happen personally. Wouldn't hurt to apply some BP on the are so the bacteria doesn't spread.

#3406737 Swimming On The Regimen

Posted by melmel87 on 09 January 2014 - 03:43 PM

You just have to make sure to moisturize well after swimming, not much else you can do!

#3402483 Help! Allergy?! I Dont Know The Cause..

Posted by melmel87 on 20 December 2013 - 04:32 PM

I'm positive. Many skin conditions that have nothing to do with allergic reactions can cause itchy skin. Your neck just got irritated from the BP.

#3401193 Bad Acne

Posted by melmel87 on 16 December 2013 - 07:49 AM

I don't know if it's from the tetracycline causing your skin to be more sensitive but it looks like you may have acne+rosacea. The tetracycline should help, I would drop the argan oil though. Also, you should apply a sunscreen daily, should help reduce the redness. And you are right, your acne does not look bad in the pictures! If your skin can't tolerate the BP then a topical antibiotic like clindamycin may help.

#3399586 Scar Treatment On Accutane

Posted by melmel87 on 08 December 2013 - 10:43 AM

Why do you want freckles removed? And everyone is told not to get treatment done while on accutane because accutane impairs the skin's healing ability and you could end up with some even worse scarring from the treatment. 6 months after accutane you can get peels and dermabrasian done but you are supposed to wait a year before having any sort of laser treatment done.

#3392332 Can You Purge With An Antibiotic Or In The Change? I'm On Doryx & Bre...

Posted by melmel87 on 03 November 2013 - 07:30 PM

There are two general types of antibiotics, bacteriostatic and bactericidal. Doxycycline (monodox) is  bacteriostatic, which means it only stops the growth of the bacteria, it won't kill it. The purpose of this is so that then your own good bacteria can kill off the bad bacteria (acne). Bactericidal antibiotics (like the bactrim) kill the bacteria itself and is generally more effective against acne. It is possible that you have built up a resistance to these antibiotics though, which can be why they are seeming less effective. I'm confused though, you're terrified of birth control but going on accutane (especially a 2nd time) is less terrifying? Birth control helps control my acne a lot and personally the thought of taking accutane frightens me way more. Also, if your acne is hormonal it will still probably come back not too long after the accutane.

#3390086 View On Clarisonic Brushes?

Posted by melmel87 on 22 October 2013 - 03:00 PM

I got the mia last year and it is great for making my skin feel smooth, but does nothing for my clogged pores and I seem to break out more after using it. I also only use the 'decliate' brush and have very sensitive skin.