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Vanbelle

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#3395328 Condescending Dermatologist Negates Feelings

Posted by Vanbelle on 17 November 2013 - 10:59 AM

While it's courtious to be respectful of another's feelings, unfortunately you don't need to pass a sympathy test to enter the medical field. More times than not, not just doctors or nurses, people won't understand "what the big deal is." It's very very common for someone to simply not understand the plight of another person because they have yet to be affected by it. 

 

It's really annoying and I think it's happened to all of us, in some form or another. Don't let situations like this get you down. Hang in there.




#3395203 Good Brand Of Manuka Honey?

Posted by Vanbelle on 16 November 2013 - 08:30 PM

http://www.vitaminsh...hQ#.Uogp6Rbl3zI

 

Don't forget: 12+ refers to UMF, the "Unique Manuka Factor." 

 

The higher this rating (10-25, sometimes lower), the pricier it gets, but also potentially the more rewarding. 




#3393820 Sports With Acne

Posted by Vanbelle on 10 November 2013 - 10:51 AM

First, I would look into some makeup that can handle a bit of sweat, if it really bothers you. It can put you at a little ease. 

 

Second, sports are amazing! It's a place where your looks don't matter, your skill does. You can earn respect from these girls. Who cares if they have clear skin? If you have discipline, talent and skill, that's what matters. Check your problems at the door and focus on your craft. Learning how to separate your femininity from your sport will develop robust confidence, because no one can take your skill away from you. You'll be left standing while all the other girls preen their hair. 




#3392013 No Sugar Buddies?

Posted by Vanbelle on 02 November 2013 - 08:32 AM

I could be a no sugar buddy, but I've already gone about 2 months without it, and it is not so difficult for me anymore. I do eat A LOT of fruit though, and I'd like to cut down on that. I'm not sure if the amount of fruit I'm eating is actually a problem, though.

 

I changed my log to "No Sugar Group" in the logs if you want to post! Thanks!



most here already do limit sugar consumption. That's basic to health and acne.

 

Limit and moderate yes, i totally agree.

 

However, in the original post, a reference was made to cutting fruit out. Really?

 

Cutting out a highly nutrient dense food item isn't healthy. Being overly restrictive in any sense isn't healthy.

 

For sure i can understand if someone has an intolerance to fruit then by all means do what you go to do.

 

I generally think too many people go to extremes when it comes to seeking out solutins to acne. I can understand it drives us crazy but the answer is often somewhere in the middle.

 

Balance, sustainability, moderation.

 

The original post is none of these things.

 

For some reason people think fruit is so great. It is unnecessary and not extreme to not eat it for a brief period of time while trying to get a handle on what consider sugar to be addictive. For years I've tried to get sugar out but end up binging on fruit. I said obviously it was extreme to not eat anything sweet, and would try adding the whole natural foods in later. Seems reasonable to me. Definition of insanity is repeating the same thing over and over. 

 

It is sustainable if you want it to be, but as I said, I would add things in later. 



.You had seemed disappointed that no one was interested in joining you.  I posted one reason why.  Another would be, hopefully, that most recognize that extreme dieting is a bad idea.  Learn to eat right. For life.

 

To take offense at my post is pretty extreme, beyond a 'sour mood.'  Sounds like you need to alter your diet to better help with mood.  Avoiding glycemic highs and lows will certainly help.  Replacing the junk with nutrients will also help.

 

I take offense to many of your posts. I've seen you posting for years. You contribute but also come off arrogant. Since your diet is so on point as you say it is, I have no dietary suggestions for altering mood. Maybe light up every once in a while?




#3391759 Frustrated! Advice...please!

Posted by Vanbelle on 31 October 2013 - 07:37 PM

I just ordered again from this company called Garden of Wisdom. I've never found a miracle cure from their product line, but they believe in this thing called "skin complacency." You might want to try contacting them and see if they could recommend to you some products. They're of the belief that your skin can become complacent to your products and blemishes can come back. 

 

Worth a shot? 




#3391735 No Sugar Buddies?

Posted by Vanbelle on 31 October 2013 - 05:15 PM

Actual adults have a "fat tooth" not a "sweet tooth" commonly found in children less than 12. Even though you can temporarly satisfy your craving with sugary items; the body is never satisfied therefore requests more. Its the fat content we crave. Why do you think so many people are addicted to fast food, and other food options they know are wrong and will kill them eventually, but eat it anyway? Its because they cannot overcome their fat tooth cravings.

 

 I learned this from a health care conference for healthcare professionals such as myself.

If you try to eliminate the sugar your body will crave more fat, and or attain its sugar from fructose. Now, that becomes a problem if you have a fructose intolerance/sensitivity as I do. But you are choosing to eliminate that too...

 

Not saying this can't help but... its extreme and the odds are against you.

 

Let me give you an analogy so to speak.

 

One could assume that the reason patient X has Diabetes type I because he drinks a Coke a day since he was 5 years old.This assumption is wrong because Diabetes Type I is autoimmune disorder in which the body does not produce insulin (its congential-born with it). Eliminating sugar will do nothing for this patient- they will continue to have high blood sugar  from lack of insulin. The same goes for Diabetes type II often mistakenly reffered to as "sugar diabetes". Elimminating sugar *might help* but will not resolve the problem. Diabetes type II is caused from the body's own tissues being resistant to its own insulin or from lack of insulin production. Education on nutrition is a must for both clients as the majority of blood sugar rise comes from carbs, not sugar, especially the empty simple carbohydrates. Eliminating these will help, but wont cure. Its chronic.

 

Now, your plan to me anyway sounds like my analogy. Sounds convincing, and good, but its not entirely correct. Elminating the junk will help, but all sugar is not practical; o healthy. Your body runs off it; it needs it.

 

It also still doesn't address the underlying problem. Which will be evident if you continue to break out.

Eat nutrient dense foods in moderation, skip the processed goods. Heck, white bread along has more sugar than a snickers candy bar. Choose wisely and eat smart.

So, just a for warning.

 

Sorry, not interested in a lecture. I've given up debating or discussing diet with others as everyone seems up their own ass on their opinions, which admittedly, you came off as.Some points you make are valid, others I disagree entirely. Regardless of how certified or educated you say you are. This was not meant to incite the opposition to respond, so this is completely inappropriate. Like I said in my original post, this is a support thread.

 

By the way, blood sugar rise comes from sugar. Monosaccharides. I'm sure you realize carbohydrates are broken down into oligosaccharides and then monosaccharides.  I also eat low carb high fat already (cyclically I get a large low-fructose high glucose bolus from starches), and I'm aware of fructose malabsorption. That's very widespread. The body will attain glucose from gluconeogenesis if need be. 

 

You have Diabetes Type I and Type II backwards. 


 

most here already do limit sugar consumption. That's basic to health and acne.

 

Most "here"? As if this isn't a huge forum, and many or most of whom visit this site do not have some special diet for their skin. Color me in a sour mood but this post was inappropriate as well. 

 

Hi everyone,

 

I've had this on-again off-again thing with sugar. I have a major sweet tooth, to put it lightly. But I want it gone. I'm getting rid of sweets in ALL forms: no baked goods, no soda, no diet soda, no ice cream, no sweetened starbucks, no fruit, no sweet potatoes, no honey, agave... nothing sweet. 

 

This is obviously the most extreme version of a "no sugar" elimination, but all my past efforts of no-sugar have failed, and I think it's in part due to allowing myself to have sweet things WHILE going through this process, but after I stop having cravings, I'll add in things like fruits and sweet potatoes. 

 

If you're interested in doing some variation of sugar detox, I'd love the support. I started a thread in personal regimen logs and maybe you could post in my log and it'll be dual/multiple-person log on going no-sugar. The log currently has a few ramblings on going no-dairy as well, but I'm mainly focusing on sugar at this point (having no dairy is easy for me now). 

 

Please let me know! We could also just have this be an update thread as well. But I'm not interested in debating back and forth on whether or not diet affects acne. Just a support thread. Makes no difference where the thread is located.

I will just say this is very illogical.

 

I'm disheartened to only receive negative responses but found this to be the least productive. 




#3391077 No Sugar Buddies?

Posted by Vanbelle on 28 October 2013 - 10:16 AM

Hi everyone,

 

I've had this on-again off-again thing with sugar. I have a major sweet tooth, to put it lightly. But I want it gone. I'm getting rid of sweets in ALL forms: no baked goods, no soda, no diet soda, no ice cream, no sweetened starbucks, no fruit, no sweet potatoes, no honey, agave... nothing sweet. 

 

This is obviously the most extreme version of a "no sugar" elimination, but all my past efforts of no-sugar have failed, and I think it's in part due to allowing myself to have "natural sweets" things while going through this process... but after I stop having cravings, I'll add in things like fruits and sweet potatoes. 

 

If you're interested in doing some variation of sugar detox, I'd love the support. I started a thread in personal regimen logs and maybe you could post in my log and it'll be dual/multiple-person log on going no-sugar. The log currently has a few ramblings on going no-dairy as well, but I'm mainly focusing on sugar at this point (having no dairy is easy for me now). 

 

Please let me know! We could also just have this be an update thread as well. But I'm not interested in debating back and forth on whether or not diet affects acne. Just a support thread. Makes no difference where the thread is located.




#3390328 Why Do I Feel This Way

Posted by Vanbelle on 23 October 2013 - 09:40 PM

Teenagers struggle with empathy. So it's hard to empathize with her. I'm assuming you're a teenager. 

 

You're old enough where you're aware of your shortcomings so at least you have that. I think with time, you'll be able to move past this. I used to have similar feelings about some girls in my class, in high school. In high school I was judgmental of others and judgmental of myself. I feel very, very different from back then. I think it was mostly due to brain development and learning how to be humble, empathic, and most importantly, looks are literally meaningless when it comes to having a personality. And I only choose friends on personality.




#3387711 Please Help!

Posted by Vanbelle on 10 October 2013 - 09:51 PM

The exact same thing happened to me. I would recommend waiting significant lengths of time between applying layers, to ensure it's really settled and absorbed into the skin. Also: massage the BP thoroughly in and give it the most time you can to dry. 

 

You really have to be very conscious of your topical application with The Regimen. It's not very forgiving if you don't work the product in and give each product time to dry.




#3386537 Makeup Used To Be Fun....

Posted by Vanbelle on 04 October 2013 - 09:42 PM

I'm not even sure where this thread is going.

 

I don't participate in fights. I made my point and I don't see it being untrue. 




#3384037 I Need "no Picking" Buddies!

Posted by Vanbelle on 21 September 2013 - 01:23 PM

This is a good positive thread. Everyone should be joining in!

 

I tend to fall into either a negative or positive feedback loop. Essentially, if a moderate breakout occurs, I pick, it gets further aggravated and any spots that may have gone away quickly look terrible. Then everything irritates my skin further (slathering makeup, exfoliants, washing, etc).

 

If my hormones are in balance and my skin clears, I feel no urge to pick, I wear less makeup, and that trends in a blissful period until a little breakout rears its ugly head. !

 

I think no picking would have 2 major benefits: 1, to prevent those little breakouts from turning into chronic acne; and 2, stoping the mirror fixation. It's a skin and mental win. :)




#3356988 How Much Does Your Look Cost?

Posted by Vanbelle on 11 June 2013 - 03:00 PM

How would you use milk of magnesia? I still use a finishing powder, very little amount on top of my BB cream to mask the shine. I don't use so much that I get cakey, but it gives a matte finish. 

 Hmm. i thought thought the matte look was out. But it could be back in again for all I pay attention to such things.  As you get older, a matte finish isn't something you want.  In fact, I at times fake a moist complexion by patting oily fingers on my cheek bones.  don't really need to, but right after you apply mineral powder, you look pretty matte for a while. 

 

(the Coty loose powder my Grandmother wore still comes in the exact same container last I saw it in the drugstore. Obviously to appeal to their demographic.  She wore the powder and lipstick. I kind of want some just for the box).

 

You apply milk of magnesia before makeup. The clays in it absorb oil.  The only thing is that MoM is alkaline and you should use an acidic toner to help compensate. I never tried it since no one told me about it back when my skin was grotesquely oily.

 

There have been really lengthy threads on the use of MOM here but they obviously haven't been bumped in a while.

 

If my face gets too powdery, it looks dreadful, but I don't want shine to make my face look greasy. There's a good balance I think. If you go on Youtube nearly every girl does a liquid foundation and a setting powder. 




#3342183 Most Embarrassing Acne Memory

Posted by Vanbelle on 21 April 2013 - 11:58 AM

There was one period where I was trying honey masks to help with inflammation. I would come home after school and apply it before work. Then my sister's friends all came over and I was sitting in my living room, slathered in honey. 

Very awkward. 




#3315122 Mtor Inhibition And What It Really Means...

Posted by Vanbelle on 02 January 2013 - 12:20 PM

Thanks for replying :) I see I made a couple typos and just fixed that too.

mTOR is a very big intermediate that connects why benzoyl peroxide can work and why dairy could be bad for you. Can you think of anything else that can mechanistically connect those two? Of course I'm distilling those two things for this context but you get the idea.

Oleic acid can also be bad if you're really trying to develop HEALTHY cells. The oil you eat provides fatty acids to be incorporated in the phospholipids of the cell's lipid bilayer. The fluidity of the membrane's "mosaic" kind of structure is crucial for your cell to interact with its environment, and if you know anything about protein transport or protein translocation (those are 2 different things), it all makes sense. Olive oil can make your membranes "stiff." You want more saturated fats and a healthy 3:6 balance of omegas.

I've been trying to research into this topic more specifically in terms of sebocytes, but I'm reeeally busy. I'm hoping others can post links to mTOR. For now, check out the graphic from the research paper!

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#3312639 Mtor Inhibition And What It Really Means...

Posted by Vanbelle on 22 December 2012 - 01:02 PM

I recently read an article on mTOR inhibition. This article is very detailed but could possibly steer people in the wrong direction. I'll put a link to it, and add some thoughts as well.

mTOR, which stands for mammalian target of rapamycin, is an intermediate in all the factors you need to worry about: cell growth, cell proliferation, cell motility, cell survival, protein synthesis, and transcription. Healthy functioning mTOR allows your body to be anabolic and growing, and this extends to skin cells, and how specific foods can have compounded activation of mTOR with other chemicals that ignite sebaceous biosynthesis.


Knowing more about mTOR and how it interacts both inside the cell and outside the cell is very important, including cell signaling of different growth factors (like IGF-1, which is a buzzword for you guys).

Both benzoyl peroxide and isotretinoin have mechanisms for inhibiting mTOR, which can reduce cell proliferation and decrease sebum production. This can help explain why they can be effective at preventing acne and comedogenesis (see: mTORC1 and Comedogenesis).

The interesting part about this article is that it ties in many ideas that everyone here likes to talk about: how to reduce proliferation of keratinocytes and how to reduce production of skin oil. However, it's only hyperproliferation of any of these things we really need to prevent. Being healthily anabolic and growing is good. The opposite of that is of course, dying.

And what's more, hyperproliferation of sebocytes with bad lipid composition and cell proliferation in combination with systemic inflammation is the bad part. What you really need to focus on to prevent your body from growing unhealthily and from overriding and upregulating growth factors in the process is understanding what a healthy dose of anabolism is, and it all starts in the context of a low inflammatory diet (that should be obvious).



On a final note, some foods you should not be consuming, and they run in same theme of this article:

Oleic acid (olive oil) or peanut oil. These have a tendency to shut off inflammatory markers. I know what you're thinking: good right? Wrong. Some inflammatory markers help with a hormonal cascade of your body's own defenses against the original cause of inflammation. Hopefully more research will be put out on foods that aren't necessarily anti-inflammatory, but override inflammatory signals that your body intentionally has. There is a difference. If you're wondering: oleic acid and peanut oil specifically override inflammatory intermediates that allow insulin to work again. So you're body is trying to prevent more insulin production, and these oils help kick up that process again. Instead you should be focusing on the foods that ignited that inflammation in the first place and eliminating them.


Do not consume long-lasting insulinotropic foods with a high glycemic load. This would be the difference between white and brown rice: white rice is high glycemic, so it spikes insulin and insulin drops fairly quickly. Brown rice has a high load of carbs that will be digested for quite a while, keeping insulin high for extended periods of time. If you're worried about reactive hypoglycemia, women generally have a good ability of regulating blood sugar through slow release of glycogen, so this most likely this will not happen. Intaking some fat can help if men are more concerned.

Low-glycemic load while being low on the index is not really a problem, because the carb count is so low. So vegetables are OK.


Following these two recommendations and you're eliminating lots of vegetable oils and less-refined carbs like wheat bread, brown rice, beans, etc. These eliminations also do another number of beneficial things to the body I need not mention, as everyone with eyes and who's read in the nutrition section should know about.



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