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Taking Care Of Your Body To Improve Acne

26 April 2014 - 11:24 PM

There are many threads on the boards about eating clean and juicing to improve acne.  That is definitely taking a step in the right direction, but it's only taking a couple steps.  


Everybody's unique makeup makes their acne unique as well.  But there is no doubt acne is related to your health.  If you are not taking care of your body, your hormones will be fluctuating. Yes, some people can do whatever they want and not have acne.  That doesn't pertain to people who frequent this board, however.  Genetics play a part in the hormonal aspects that affect acne.  


You need to take care of your whole body.  Juicing is great and has been effective for some.  However, juicing is only putting in a small number of nutrients back into your body.  Eating clean is great too and definitely is a win-win no matter what your acne situation.  However, most people do not get in all the nutrients they need daily nor are they properly maintaining their body with regular exercise.  


I use a health shake that packs dense nutrition into a single serving, more than most people get in one day.  Ever since I started using it I noticed improvements in my digestive system, my mood, my energy.  But I was also noticing improvements in my hair, my nails growing faster, my adult acne and redness improved greatly.  


I've used this drink now for a couple years now, which I started to get me going fitness wise, and because I'm lactose intolerant and cannot use any of the products out there with dairy in them.    In the last two years I've stopped eating red meat, stopped drinking Diet Coke, began exercising much more regularly, and dropped 22 pounds.  Again, I've had the hair, nails, and skin benefits as well, but never thought to post them (I've been a member here for years) until now.  


This wouldn't be a fast fix, but I do wholeheartedly agree with the other posters that acne is caused by nutrition issues with your system.  What you eat affects your hormones.  I also believe regular exercise is a piece of that nutrition factor as well.  


As an example, many people who suffer from PCOS have acne due to the fluctuations of insulin caused by the consumption of too many carbs.  Nutrition is huge for PCOS, but yet it's very difficult for many people to get their nutrition in check. My daughter suffers from PCOS so this is a road we have gone down.


I won't post what health shake I use here because I don't want to spam this board, but if you're interested, I'm happy to provide more information about it.  Just send me a message.  As reflected in my signature, I try to use more natural products.  Our society wants to take a pill or slather on some gel to fix everything.  Put in the work to reap the benefits.

Tamanu Oil

05 March 2014 - 02:28 PM

If you have mild acne and are more focused on healing your skin, tamanu oil is a must try.  Best used on clean skin.  Massage it in.  Give it a few weeks and see what you think.  

Spironolactone Under The Age Of 18?

12 March 2013 - 10:13 AM

My daughter was tested and found to have mildly higher levels of testosterone.  She has been battling with acne for several years.  The endocrinologist who I spoke with about the results said she could not prescribe spironlactone unless my daughter had excessive hair growth (which she does not) or was over 18.


I'm just wondering if anyone is taking spironlactone who is younger than 18 (my daughter is 15-1/2) with success, and if you had any severe side effects from it.  Also was it prescribed from your dermatologist, regular doctor, gynecologist, etc? 


Thank you.

Acne.org Phone Number Is 1 (800) 773 7803

06 December 2012 - 12:41 PM

This should be on their contact us page but it's not. So there it is.

Giving Jojoba A Second Chance

24 January 2012 - 11:22 AM

I purchased Dan's jojoba oil some time back because he really likes it.  Back then I tried it twice and it seemed to break me out.  If you look on the reviews, it's not uncommon for people to say they are breaking out from it.

So it's been some time, and I decided to give the jojoba another chance.  I honestly don't remember which moisturizer I was using at the time I tried it back then, and I'm wondering if my moisturizer had something to do with my breakout.  I also think I may have been using too much for my skin.  I have combinaton skin.  It's not dry or flakey.  Back then I would use 2-3 drops of jojoba.

So I have reintroduced jojoba back into my moisturizer these past few weeks.  I started by adding barely a drop and have worked up to about a drop and a half, which I'm happy with.  I have not noticed any new breakouts.  My skin feels softer.  Additionally, I use mineral powder foundation, which can look cakey if your skin is dry.  I've noticed with the extra moisture, my makeup looks smoother/more natural.

The reason I'm posting this is because I know there are a lot of people who have tried jojoba and it's seemed to have broken them out.  It may be worth a second look or change of use for people who are really fighting dryness.  I read how some people use 6 to 7 drops of it, and I think, wow, not only would I look extremely shiny, I can't imagine needing that much.  I've tried it in my hair a few times and still have to work on getting the correct amount.  I have a lot of hair and so I used five or six drops one day, and my hair was a greasy mess.  

I think having excess oil sitting on your skin could cause a breakout.  So finding the amount you can use may take a few tries.