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Royal Jelly - Anyone Tried This?

15 October 2014 - 01:50 PM

Has anyone tried royal jelly long term? I started taking it last week once & sometimes twice a day on an empty stomach, and so far I noticed that my sinuses are better. Also, I had fewer allergic reactions to things like dust. It's supposed to boost the immune system, and has no side effects (unless you are allergic to bee products).

Has anyone tried royal jelly?

Types And Causes Of Acne

12 October 2014 - 12:32 PM

I'm curious to hear what type of acne you had that was cured with (or responded to)  diet and/or supplements.

I have a theory that different forms of acne respond to different treatments, and are caused by different things. This might not apply to every type of acne, like cystic for instance, but I believe that the rash-like type of acne accompanied by rosacea/ redness is a definite sign of a compromised immune system (and the consequent allergies that may come with that). 

I was reading this article , and the acne photos seem to fit what I get whenever I eat foods that I'm intolerant to. I also had adrenal fatigue, so that could be why my acne was similar (in addition to the cysts & nodules I had).  It's not the same as hormonal acne, it's a different form, almost like a bumpy rash or eczema. It would be interesting to see if certain types of acne like the one below correspond to different conditions.


New Research: Antibiotics, Food Allergies, And Gut Flora

12 October 2014 - 12:25 PM

Another reason behind increasing food allergies: imbalanced gut flora and lack of good bacteria to help with proper digestion of food. Of course, we here on this forum already know all this, but now there's scientific research to verify these connections.

This particular study (link below) suggests that the good bacteria that antibiotics kill, such as clostridia, can act as a barrier between the allergen and the bloodstream and therefore prevent allergic/ histamine reactions. 

A lot of people on acne.org poppin' antibiotics like candy should really pay attention to this. But I'm sure I'll get attacked if I post it on the prescriptions forum, so here it is. 



Dim Update -- 8+ Months Later

08 October 2014 - 01:59 AM

Hi everyone,

I read a lot of posts recently about people wanting to try herbs and supplements for their acne, and some give up before they give their regimen a real chance. I want to give you an update on how I'm doing 8+ months after adding DIM to my regimen, in addition to a year being on inositol (read my other thread here: http://www.acne.org/...nal-acne/page-6 ) and answer any questions you might have.

I had severe cystic acne for about a year, starting in 2013, in addition to allergic reactions (hive/ welt-like acne, rash, swelling, redness). This is what helped me...it was NOT an instant cure, more like a gradual progress, and now I'm at the stage where my acne has become manageable and I no longer stress out about breakouts. Some of you have seen my before and after photos. I don't want to repost them, but if you want to, I will. 

- I removed sulfates & preservatives (as much as possible) from my cosmetics, cleansers, and diet. Ask me if you want product recommendations for US and EU products. In my case, acne products just irritated my skin, so I stopped using them. 

- I'm following a low histamine diet (see my other posts on histamines and their impact on skin) after doing an elimination diet  --> I try to only eat high nutrient foods and avoid junk, although I occasionally have cheat meals (I take digestive enzymes for that to minimize any food intolerances).

- I worked hard to fix my digestion...I took probiotics (veg. PB8) and still take them on and off as needed.

- I took an herbal multivitamin (see my signature for a list of everything I take)

- I'm taking inositol most days of the month to regulate ovulation and manage excess body hair

- I added DIM last January/ February, and am still taking it

- I occasionally get facials and sometimes a lactic peel to facilitate cell turnover and boost collagen. It's very important to find a good, non-aggressive esthetician who knows how to properly extract zits without leaving scars. Ask me if you need recommendations on what type of facials could work for your acne (hint: NOT acne-specific facials...try something for skin clarity, anti-aging, etc instead and avoid harsh retinoids). 

- I try to minimize stress as much as possible. Yoga, pilates, walking, and acupuncture help a lot with that!


Ok, now specifically for DIM. I take Olympian Labs DIM because it mainly contains DIM. I didn't want to risk taking any DIM complexes because I wanted to test DIM on its own, and for me it works well.

I tried to get off DIM for a few days, and have gotten some cysts, so I'm still taking it every day but sometimes I take only 50mg instead of 100mg (I empty half the capsule). I take inositol in the morning (just 1/8 teaspoon...no more is necessary), and DIM in the evening now.

I noticed that some days, closer to my period, I get a bit of bloating, but it could be from PMS. On those days, I just try to take less of both supplements and try to drink plenty of water and avoid junk food and too much salt.

DIM is an antioxidant, and I noticed that my skin has been looking healthier since I started taking it. It wasn't an instant change, but a gradual improvement. I was patient enough to research my symptoms and address other health issues in order to find the right regimen for me. It takes patience and persistence. If you don't know where to start, I recommend visiting a naturopath/ integrative doctor/ acupuncturist who specializes in skin and/or female issues...not just a generalist because, even though they might be good, they might also be clueless at dealing with acne and hormonal issues. 

- We still do not know the LONG TERM impact of DIM, and whether it helps to take it forever. I'm posting my 8 month update here, and will hopefully update every year or so until I decide to go off it. As far as  I know, it is safe to take long term at a dose of about 50-100mg, and do a hormonal panel every year (saliva or urine..blood tests are not accurate) to see if everything is on track. I would much rather take DIM than be on birth control or other medication for the rest of my life or until menopause. This is my personal choice. 

- I didn't take DIM with liver support...some people recommend it, but I only took calcium d-glucarate (for liver support) for a few days and didn't stick it out long enough to decide if it helped. It initially caused some detox acne, so I backed off and just used DIM on its own instead. Perhaps niacin would work well with it, but I'm not sure. I was drinking a lot of vitamin zero water when I started DIM, which contains niacin and other nutrients, so maybe that was all I needed personally.

I also recommend getting a histamine blood test (a general blood test should suffice) to see if you have high histamines in your blood. If you do, it means that your body is "reactive", which increases your chance of allergic reactions to triggers. 

Image Extension Error When Quoting Comments

26 July 2014 - 10:50 AM

Does anyone else sometimes have trouble responding to quoted posts? I keep getting this error message when I'm responding to someone's comments: You are not allowed to use that image extension on this community.

I realized it's because the person I'm quoting is using a smiley/ image in their post, and once I remove that image from the quoted post, then I'm allowed to post. Is this a glitch, and do others have this issue?