No worries, look forward to seeing you there - everyone is very lovely, open minded and most importantly anti-accutane, anit-bi's etc etc etc. Detox, internal cleasning and healing through supps and food are the order of the day.
Green tea and blueberries most certainly do rock, but there are tonnes of other things to embrace and avoid in equal measure, some of which you might not even considered.
Hi Indigo, Ganoderma lucidum extract may be something worth considering - it is a medicinal mushroom that is supposed to have incredible healing and detoxifcation abilities due to the high anti oxidant and glyconutrient content. Also, come over to the nutrition board - there are loads of very experienced and knowledgeable people there who don't generally hang around the medications section who would definately be able to help you.
Hi Supervixen, I completely know what you mean by the trick to not being a skin picker is accepting that you're not perfect - that's definately the crux and one of the hardest things to do if you have conditioned yourself over years into thinking that perfection must be sought at all costs - it's like rewiring your brain!
Glad that you are having some success with Dan's regimen, I have myself come to the conclusion that less is more product wise - all I am using at the moment is retin-a, mositurizer (hemp seed oil) and sunscreen. I have recently stopped using soap on my face also and it is really helping not to dry my skin out and make my pores over produce sebum like crazy. It's wierd cos I have done this before and it always helps my skin, but then after a few months I kind of 'forget' why I am doing it and start using soap again, and my face freaks out! Won't be doing that again...
Another thing i am trying as a result of a thread I found the other week (see below) is hemp seed oil to condition my skin, and I can't recommend it highly enough so far - less noticable pores, more even skin tone, a healthy glow and it feels like my skin is really healing from within. I have tried all sorts of oils before and nothing comes close to this for results. I think it's the omega 3/6/9 fatty acids in it, and the lack of oleic acid that was in the emu oil I was previously using, and which I have now come to understand is very comedogenic:
I have also given up dairy as of a few weeks ago, and have had very little inflammatory acne since I have done so, particularly on my scalp where I had learned to live with at least a few painful spots at any one time.
All in all, and I feel as a direct result of all of this, my skin is feeling and looking alot better, and I have not had a compulsive squeeze since last week - I blitzed a few clogged pores yesterday, but literally spent about 5 mins doing that and then went straight out - yay!
Good for you doing a psychology degree, i myself did one a few years back (well, not straight psychology, but an educational psychology degree), and am now doing PhD - it's a hard slog, but worth it.