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#3436984 Very Bad Acne And Dry Skin On Chin

Posted by TreatAcne on 19 June 2014 - 06:58 PM

Hey alternativevista,

I've read some of your posts and I found them to be extremely informative and thorough. 

Unfortunately, the information is too scientific and it gets into too much detain that makes it a little overwhelming.

What do you recommend for a female who has deep persistent acne and has been struggling with it for 10+years ever since a teenager?

I would seriously appreciate your help or direction (if ou just want to copy and paste links with information).

I was also wondering if people who have followed your advice have cleared up completely.

 

Thanks !!! <3

 

For me, reading such information from Alternativista helped because I was fascinated with the approach, but if you don't care about the nuts and bolts of how it works, then just try actually going milk free (for example) and start from there. You don't need to understand something in debt to make it work, it just helps to know all the angles so that you can make a small adjustment and/or be safe without causing any possible harm. If it helps, I have a success post in my signature bellow, with links that are solid and strait to the point, but it's all up to you on how much reading you want to do. You have to explore yourself as well as what you would like to try, and keep a log of what goes on in your life (sleep, exercise, diet, etc...). If it seems like a lot to look at, then just start small, but don't expect supper large changes because of it. Try a combination of face washes AND vegetables if you want, then void one or the other every so often. Everyone on here has a different regimen that they found works for them, and they will post it to their own specifications, but if you haven't noticed by now then you will later on that everyone is slightly different because everyone IS different. For me, it makes complete sense to start eating a good, nutritious, un-dead, healthy diet with emphasis on vegetables and water, and constant walking most of the week without any stress or awareness/attention on my acne. It did take several months of experimentation but in the end I finally found the culprit and always learned something regardless smile.png.




#3384402 Milk Free Diet Cleared My Cystic Acne, And....

Posted by TreatAcne on 23 September 2013 - 12:24 PM

... Eliminating Sugar, Caffeine, and High GI/GL (Glycemic Index/Glycemic Load) foods cleared the rest of my 'white heads'.

 

This, however, was what personally worked for me me. What I have been able to learn and understand for the past 2 years is that each and every person is different, and everyone will need to find what works for them and them alone. No one can do it for you. Honestly, I wish I could, but only you have access to your free will and final way of life. Not everyone will respond to a diet change, but I am almost certain that the majority of the people will find it beneficial in more ways than one.

 

If anyone wants to see my pictures, I've left them up in my galleries for everyone to see. They are all completely PUBLIC.

 

This will probably be the last post I make, and I may or may not come back occasionally to update some information. I'm not going to make a fancy thread/post/topic or whatever because I've already spent a lot of time on this website as it is. I'm also sorry if you eventually come across any typos or broken links, however I am only too happy to leave this all behind and move on from the experience that bad skin has brought me.

 

Also, If anyone wants to put this post into a success thread then please do so so that others may see this.

 

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So, this is what you need to do if you have cystic acne (or what you should try to do to see if it works for you):

 

1.) Put aside some time for yourself so that you may learn about acne and what it is. The past and even the future is NOT important, what's important is what you do NOW. Not what you did last week or what you'll do in 5 minutes... it's what you'll do NOW. 

 

2) If it's at all possible, get a blood test done at a doctor's office. Nothing fancy, whatever you can afford, although more data is probably more beneficial. It's always best to know where your starting from and where you stand when it comes to your health, and to make sure that you are ready for a GRADUAL diet change.

 

3.) Consider completely getting rid of all your milk and milk-containing products for about 3 months to 1 year. This includes yogurt, butter, cheese, powdered milk, evaporated milk, etc… whatever. As long as it has milk it in, it probably has a large amount of NATURAL HORMONES in it. Read the labels in the box: If it has milk, skip it. If the cow was injected with growth hormones, it could be even worse than regular hormones. I wrote a 3 to 12 month time period because from what I have read online some people responded well to only a few weeks to a few months, but others were so bad that it took an entire year for their acne to settle down due to the high amount of hormones running in their system. I'm sure this may seem like a long time to go without milk, but hopefully these articles will explain in better detail why that is:

 

http://www.acne.org/...t-is/?p=3338544

http://nutritionfact...g/topics/dairy/

http://www.acnemilk...._milk_acne_diet

http://www.cbsnews.c...162-573443.html

http://www.cgfi.org/...lk-ad-is-false/

http://randomfoodfac...mone-free-milk/

http://dairycarrie.c...er-bs-bslabels/

http://www.boston.co...tion/?page=full

http://www.ncbi.nlm....pubmed/21717454

http://www.ncbi.nlm....pubmed/21663648

http://www.ncbi.nlm....pubmed/22081694

http://www.dailymail...truth-milk.html

http://www.ovarian-c...ws109.html#sec1

http://www.huffingto...a_b_822163.html

http://www.independe...ly-8431187.html

http://www.krispin.com/lectin.html

http://www.marksdail.../#axzz2PXiYLGfy

http://www.mendosa.c...sulin_index.htm

http://www.acne.org/...-5alpha-p-link/

http://www.ncbi.nlm....pubmed/23542805

http://www.acne.org/...-6#entry3048157

 

I will, however, say this in regards to milk: I am not sure if boiling milk, melting cheese, or processing milk-ingredients destroys the harmful hormones, but I once -accidentally- melted some cheese on a vegetable stir-fry I made and, eating it bravely, found out that absolutely nothing happened. Although I can not say for sure why this is, I discovered that occasionally melting cheese to a sizzling/boiling point didn't effect my skin at all. Maybe it's acceptable for someone to have milk every now and then (once every couple of months or so), or maybe the IGF-1 Growth Hormone suspected of aggravating acne in acne prone people is killed off by heat when it is cooked, which might explain why homemade yogurt is beneficial to those with acne, not harmful. This is extremely difficult to tell unless you can somehow manage to track your skin at this time and know exactly where you are at. Personally, I would recommend getting the dairy out of your system and seeing if you skin clears FIRST before assuming that you may or may not have melted/cooked milk and milk products. I am only being honest.

 

4.) Get rid of as much sugar from your diet as you can... white refined table sugar, cereal, breads, etc... and instead retrain your taste buds to enjoy the more natural, sweeter side of your food, especially your fruits and vegetables.

 

5.) Go to your local library (and/or free PDF internet database lab) and find/research charts with records for High Glycemic Index/Loads foods. Begin omitting as many blood sugar raising foods as possible without putting your overall health in a nutrient deficient state. You'll want to change your diet as calmly and safely as possible, but not to the point where you start shaking and starving yourself. Do this slowly and gradually, preferably changing only one thing per week.

 

Here are just a few I read that had the most impact on me:

 

(Please wait for some of the links and PDF files to load...)

 

http://www.ncbi.nlm....pubmed/17616769

http://www.cancersup...D Diet Acne.pdf

http://aje.oxfordjou...4.full.pdf html

http://ajcn.nutritio...67-9bb325b88d78

http://www.google.co....52434380,d.aWM (This is an automatic download).

http://search.medsca...0&submit=Search (You may have to log in and create a username/password... don't worry, it's free).

http://ajcn.nutritio...76/1/5.full.pdf

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/18194824?ordinalpos=1&itool=En…bmed_Discovery_RA&linkpos=1&log$=relatedarticles&logdbfrom=pubmed

http://www.ncbi.nlm....pubmed/15688807

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/17083856?ordinalpos=1&itool=En…bmed_Discovery_RA&linkpos=3&log$=relatedarticles&logdbfrom=pubmed

http://www.ncbi.nlm....5?dopt=Abstract

http://www.medicalne...hp?newsid=77676

http://www.ncbi.nlm....pubmed/17448569

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/15692464?ordinalpos=1&itool=En…bmed_Discovery_RA&linkpos=2&log$=relatedarticles&logdbfrom=pubmed

http://archderm.jama...rticleid=479093

http://highaltitudec...l_Blueprint.pdf

http://www.eat-real-...P-food-list.pdf

http://www.eat-real-...ng-protocol.pdf

 

6.) Find a user on this website known as Alternativista and find her topics/posts in the diet/holistic health boards and try to read every single one of them. Start here:

http://www.acne.org/...t-lead-to-acne/

 

7.) Drink a minimum of 1-2 bottles of water a day (does not have to be bottled).

 

8.) Sleep 7-8+ hours a day if possible.

 

9.) Do not stress about your acne... there are millions of other things you could be doing or not doing. I was able to be stress free the whole entire time I was here. I had no idea if and when my acne was going away either, so why bother worrying about it?

 

10.) Walk. Don't just flat out run for long periods of time trying to kill yourself and suffer with the thought of doing something so strenuous... just walk. Walk for long distances if possible, and enjoy every single step you take. Do it at least once a day if possible. Two times a day would be your best bet. This is what I do, and if I don't walk, I am already naturally moving around a lot throughout my entire day. Don't make it into something you won't like doing, and do n't think about it too much, or you'll just end up hurting yourself and possibly your skin even more. 

 

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You're not going to like this answer, but no matter what I tell you or how much you read, you'll never find out what works for you until you try it out. I'm not you and you're not me. Maybe a diet change will help you. Maybe it won't. You'll never know unless you try, and honestly try. Truthfully, honestly, and KNOWINGLY try. You have to WANT to try, not want to want to try. Be brave, and watch everything you say, do, think, and realize.

 

A diet change helped me... that's all I'm really saying here. 

 

My diet is basically fruits and vegetables, nuts/seeds, and beans/lentils. Also, despite what some say about High GI/GL foods, I still occasionally eat potatoes, rice, and very few times bread. I am not a meat eater, so Tofu comes in pretty handy. I drink mainly water and fresh, hot tea (real, loose leaf tea, not the bagged kind) almost every single day. Once every few months I'll fast for a couple of days. I still make and drink my own homemade vegetable juice every now and then, so I guess you could say its like 's a supplement to my normal diet and lifestyle, but it's no where near as frequent as it was before, where I was doing it almost twice a day for several months. I take no vitamins and supplements since they make me sick. All my fruit is usually eaten raw, and the vegetables I eat are either fresh (raw) or frozen and then steamed/boiled. I avoid probably about 90 percent of most average westernized grocery stores, snacking on a cookie only here and there.

 

Nothing I do is scheduled or recorded... I simply live my life to the best extent I can, eat when I need to, sleep when I have to, and I always find ways to enjoy whatever I do and wherever/whenever I do it.

 

I'm also pretty versatile if you ask me. Just because I don't eat meat anymore doesn't mean I won't ever eat it if my life depends on it. If I am stranded on some island and have no way to survive other than unfortunate and alternative sources, then any sane person would resort to eating fish and/or other kinds of meats. I guess what I'm really saying is that I don't actively seek meat out (and I would have to be pretty damn week and starving to want to do that), but that I am compassionate and respectful towards myself and beings.creatures around me. I am similar to other vegans, but certainly not hard core. Whatever the universe has planned for me, I will accept. 

 

It's wise to be practical and open minded, but also compassionate and honest with yourself. Search for the truth, and you will lighten up more than you ever thought you could.

 

I've spent less money, sopped washing my face, stopped putting my hair up, stopped visiting my dermatologist, and stopped having cystic acne. I honestly cannot see what others have to lose, but I do understand that a diet and, let's face it, a lifestyle change, it's not something people are often anxious to do and get rid of. I didn't care for the diet I had before, so this wasn't a big change for me. Maybe you do care about your diet, in which case you may need to work on how to get off it.

 

If you're having difficulty wanting to change the way you eat and live, then try putting some time aside and watch a few of these videos bellow. They may help you make the diet change. (YouTube, Library, Amazon, The Pirate Bay, etc... whatever it takes for you to get them, just find them and watch them):

 

Food Inc.

Fat, Sick, and Nearly Dead

Supersize Me

Food Matters

Forks Over Knives

The Future of Food

Hungry For Change

King Corn

May I Be Frank

Simply Raw - Reversing Diabetes In 30 Days

 

***UPDATE*** (11/19/13): Someone had brought to my attention that a few of the movies above are flawed, not scientifically proven and/or accurate, biased, and make points that have little to no scientific studies (a.k.a. "pseudoscience": http://en.wikipedia....i/Pseudoscience ). Unfortunately I may have to agree with some of their arguments as I've done a little digging myself and discovered a few empty holes in their logic. Doctors and nutritionists, aside from what they do, seem to always want to win the public opinion, and the health and wellbeing of others is all but thrown out the window. I understand that it can be tough to really know what works and what doesn't work, and that's why so many people scream "Bread is Bad!" and "Bread is Good!" to one another in all out frenzy. Luckily for you, there are ways to deal with this: Find what works for YOU and acknowledge that you are different than others; Mention again and again "This is what works for me", and never try to shove your specific diet into other people's faces; Work together, create lists of possibilities, provide good research and statistics, and be the best you can be. If you'd like to learn more about the criticism against some of these movies, then just follow the links bellow (and read the comments from other people as well):

 

Criticism against "Simply Raw": http://www.scienceba...raw-food-diets/

Criticism against "The Gerson Therapy": http://www.scienceba...is-beat-cancer/ , http://www.scienceba...ancer-quackery/ , http://www.skepdic.c...sontherapy.html , http://scienceblogs....t-on-celluloid/ .

Movie reviews on "Food Matters" (and other movies if you use the website and type in the titles): http://www.imdb.com/...s?ref_=tt_ov_rt

 

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There are probably dozens more food/health documentaries out there, but I'm sure you get the point by now. I'm not trying to shove Raw Foodsim, Veganism, Vegetarianism, Paleo Diet-ism, Cave Man-ism… etc… whatever kind of diet into your face... I'm just giving you the suggestion that you should definitely be finding ways in exploring all other alternatives before going to the extreme with pills, lasers, steroids, and all those other chemical goodies most of us have sought out at least one point in our lives.

 

I am also NOT suggesting that you NOT talk to a doctor, dermatologist, or nutritionist first before making extreme changes. Certainly get yourself checked out just to make sure nothing else is wrong. If you can't afford that, network and find some good trusting friends in a similar field who may be able to help.

 

I am on neither one diet or the other, nor am I choosing which side of the nutrition war I want to be on. I am simply myself... nothing more. I am as natural and organic and I can be with exceptions that I know my body can handle. I make most of my own food and found things that I liked to do (soups, stir fries, etc...). Telling you every detail of my diet would be impossible since I am natural and constantly change. I enjoy and love varieties that life has to offer.

 

Again, I will say that the biggest thing that helped me with my cystic acne and 99 percent of my white heads would be NO MILK, NO CAFFEINE, NO -BAD- SUGARS (Table sugar, high fructose corn syrup, etc.), and NO (OR VERY FEW) HIGH GI/GL FOODS with lots and lots of water and vegetables and fruits.

 

That is all I have to say about my acne.

 

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*** SPECIAL NOTE: I have eczema as well! That's right! Acne and Eczema: Two different skin conditions with completely different causes.

 

People have asked me if they are possibly related to the same "cause" since I have never met anyone else like myself, and few people online with this double sided nightmare. Well, after doing some more reading an digging for some more clues, I discovered that many skin issues LIKELY stem from our gut, and that it IS possible for someone to have more than one kind of skin issue at a time, it's just that inflammation can also be hidden under the skin, not just exposed like mine was.

 

My eczema's biggest cause was not milk, like milk is for my cystic acne… it was actually tomatoes and corn

 

I had never... I repeat... NEVER, suspected my rash to have come from food, let alone vegetables. No one else in my family has eczema or food allergies, and everyone was convinced that the only I was ever going to get rid of it was to smother a bunch of steroids and creams all over my shame until it decides to vanish. Sound familiar? Keep reading...

 

With that said, is this even eczema at all? Some have told me that it's a reaction to having food allergies, not just having the rash itself: http://www.dryskinsr...food-allergies/ and http://www.fda.gov/F...ens/default.htm .

 

Well... If that's the case, then why did my food allergy tests all come back negative? Why is my blood work fine and healthy when food allergies often cause abnormal blood count and weight gain in the majority of others? Are there other people being misdiagnosed with eczema if all they have is a food allergy/sensitivity? Isn't the allergy suppose to kill me and not give me a rash? Why does it get worse with age? Why do I have it if no one else in my family does? And why are there so many questions??? Gah!

 

You know, the funny thing is, I didn't even know food was causing my rash until I joined acne.org and started eating more raw vegetables. Unless someone had randomly told me to go on some kind of elimination diet, which NO ONE in my community has ever done nor would they likely suggest, I would have never learned about it.

 

My "eczema" has been with me most of my life, and no one knew the "cause" of it. Most of the time it was just dry and slightly red, and few times it was bright red and agitated by… whatever. My family and I just assumed that it was incurable, and I was given topical steroids to make the rash go away. Most of the time the creams worked, but sometimes they didn't. My rash mostly appears on the bend of my arms, but during my early 20's it started to spread all over my hands and fingers. As a kid it was behind the knee cap, but disappeared when I was a teenager.

 

One again, it wasn't until I came here and began juicing vegetables and eating salads that my rash exploded out of control in a way that I had never seen before. It was too much of a coincidence to not compare it to my diet change, and every flair up was only hours after eating the culprit (tomatoes and corn).

 

The time frame of consuming the food and then by body reacting to the food (which was usually a few hours or so) MIGHT suggest that my gut/bowels are what is rejecting the foods… which is also, interestingly enough, POSSIBLY the main cause for many people's acne according to these websites:

 

GUT Acne:

http://www.acne.org/...resource-guide/

http://gutflora.com/?p=344

http://chriskresser....ffects-the-skin

http://www.ncbi.nlm....les/PMC3038963/

http://www.acneeinst...kin-connection/

 

GUT Eczema(or Psoriasis):

http://www.medicalne...cles/255235.php

http://voices.yahoo....iet-195093.html

http://www.medicalne...cles/264719.php

http://www.caringdoc...is-in-your-gut/

http://primaldocs.co...a-or-psoriasis/

 

If this IS the case, then I haven't found any evidence of a gut problem, because all of my blood/stool tests I have taken have all come back negative and healthy. I even had an endoscopy done (I was put to sleep) to see what was causing the extremely hot and burning feeling in my lower torso (when I was eating a bunch of tomatoes), but no ulcers or anything else were found in my stomach… just very faint inflammation near the start of the small intestines. My doctor didn't find the inflammation to be an issue for me, and tried to convince me that the incredibly hot and burning sensation I was feeling was not from food but was a random case of irritable bowels. I managed to figure out what it was by carefully watching what I ate and how my body felt afterwards.

 

Eczema was with me longer than acne, so it was a blessing to finally be rid of it. Considering all the pizza sauce and corn products I have eaten over the years at random times, it was no wonder why I assumed I couldn't get rid of it... what a crazy mixture of food that causes the same rash to me. And what a shame that these foods are so common! Think about it... pizza, ketchup, sauces, corn-prducts, etc. Maybe that's why this happened to me... the world overproduced and over consumed so much corn and tomatoes that something happened where my body decided to reject it all.

 

Is avoidance a "cure"? No, but it's certainly a welcoming "solution" while I keep an open mind for anything that may help further down.

 

We must accept what we are given if we are to ever put the past behind us a move on with the natural changes of the universe. This may not be what everyone likes to hear, but it's the closest thing to truth that can be understood at this point in our lives.

 

If you want to see pictures of my eczema/psoriasis they're right here: http://s1096.photobu...tml?sort=3&o=27 . 

 

 

Oh, here's a funny story... Out of curiosity, after I found out that tomatoes and corn were the causes of my eczema/food-allergy rash, I wanted to see how red and irritated my rash would get if I continued to eat the rejected food without stopping. I chose tomatoes since they tasted better raw. Well, three days was the longest I could go before the rash turned so hot and bright red that my body could no longer withstand it. I couldn't bend my arms, couldn't ignore the heat, and had incredible amounts of fatigue. My hands, face, neck, and arms were so puffed up that I scared every single person I came into contact with. The rash was spreading to places it had never spread before, and areas which rarely saw daylight. I was working in retail at the time, and customers kept asking me if I had burned myself in a fire. No amount of makeup would have ever been enough to cover up all the bright, firetruck redness on my face and fingers, let alone the puffiness that made it stick out. I was called into the office because my appearance was a cause for concern. No one wanted to touch me, and everyone watched and laughed as I tried to grab a cup of water and lift it up with my incredibly inflamed fingers. My skin turned so thick, red and rock hard that I had little to no feeling in them whatsoever, and felt like my bones would eventually stiffen up on me. My stomach and gut would burn with pain, which always made me wonder why my stomach would allow the food in the first place! The final symptoms I had were dizziness, feverish-like sensations, and alas throwing up the culprit. Afterwards, I would feel normal after a couple of hours, but had to wait 2-3 months for the rash to go away WITH the help of lots of lotion and bandaids. What did I learn?: Never. Again. 

 

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Help for you to get started:

 

I'll provide a list of links for you to read and explore whenever you get the chance. Make sure you are getting as many vitamins, minerals, EFA's, sunlight, and exercise that your body needs to function and maintain itself. You don't have to be daily with everything, but it likely does have to be an overall lifestyle change. Becoming friends with your doctor and/or nutritionist would be a big plus and easy support, so try starting with them. I've always enjoyed properly organized and easy to print PDF pages and information, so I can print them myself and create my very own personal diet book. The specific lists/charts I will give you bellow will help you decide on choosing what foods you want to eat and/or are able to get your hands on based on the minerals/vitamins listed (you may have to do your own adding/subtracting and other calculating based on your own custom made diet):

The minerals your body needs: http://www.health-al...tion-chart.html

The vitamins your body needs: http://www.health-al...tion-chart.html

The protein your body needs (Legumes): http://www.health-al...tion-chart.html

The protein your body needs (Animals): http://www.health-al...tion-chart.html

(Although this website provided the above information for free, it also has the information available in PDF Printable Formats for sale. However, with any luck you should be able to either copy and paste the information and adjust it in Microsoft Word or whatever text program you use, as well as using search engines in finding other websites with similar free nutrition information in pdf formats on the internet. I personally prefer the printable "one page information" charts because they are easy to read and understand as well as organized. This is just my personal preference though since I do a lot of reading and printing. I prefer to save paper and space on my bookshelves.)

 

The FDA's Educational Resource Library: http://www.fda.gov/F...s/ucm239035.htm

(I don't care whether or not you agree or disagree with what the FDA does... getting the RAW DATA in itself is more important than pointing fingers. If you don't agree with any of the information and/or are skeptical of who has collected it/funded it, then make your own charts or seek those with greater truth. Personally, any free resources are always a plus, and might be important for anyone to consider. With that said, this site has free "Nutrition and Labeling" information in printable PDF formats. Just click on the words for a drop down list and look for more information.)

 

Another website with some of their own printable PDF documents and extra information: http://www.abcompany...n/nutrition.htm

(To the uper left of their home page, http://www.abcompany.com/index.htm , there is a search bar. The site seems kind of unorganized, so I just typed in "nutrition" and followed whatever links looked interesting. Read and understand website's URL's to backtrack to other places that may or may not be hidden... For example, they didn't have the link on their website but it still exists. An example of a printable PDF page they have is "food combinations": http://www.abcompany...d_combining.htm .)

 

Despite people "debunking" some of the movies above, some of these people's websites provide their own printable PDF charts with possibly important information (hopefully not biased and supported my several references and resources). One such example is "Food Matters" and "Top 10 Food Additives To Avoid": http://www.drcraigfr...Guide-20121.jpg

 

***Some minerals rely on vitamins! And vice versa! Make sure your Calcium/Vitamin D ratio is accurate, and your Vitamin E is being absorbed properly!!

 

Learn about labels and what they mean: http://nutritiondata.self.com

 

Here's a cool Vitamin D website: http://www.vitamindw...om/VitaminDWiki

 

Great popular educational website with easy to understand videos (Just a warning, this site and the doctor who runs it is practically vegan. If you're worried it's more vegan-propaganda then don't look at it… but the information on the fruits and vegetables alone are amazing): http://nutritionfacts.org/topics/milk/

 

Complete lists of Vegetables, Fruits, Grains, Nuts and Seeds: http://vegetablesfruitsgrains.com

 

Alphabetical list of Fruits and Vegetables and some extra data (PDF Format): http://www.education...tionSection.pdf

 

Website where Vegetarians discus updated research about vegan, paleo, raw food, fruitarian, etc… diets: http://www.beyondveg.com

 

And finally, I saved one of the best for last. It's the only other "acne" website that I think we all can trust since I it had pretty good data and articles to read: http://www.acneeinstein.com . There are also printable PDF formats and information to seek out, as well as their book that I bought for myself and enjoyed reading very much. It's possible to always find more information as time goes on, but learning what you can whenever you can makes the road travelled much less hectic and problem free.

 

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Seriously, thank you all for your support, love, and kindness! I could have never made it this far and this fast without all of you amazing people!

 

Whatever you decide to do, be smart, be safe, and be open to ALL possibilities!

 

May you all find what works for you, and have a good life! 




#3354499 Canadians Don't Have As Much Acne Because Of Vitamin D Levels?

Posted by TreatAcne on 03 June 2013 - 08:08 AM

Meh.. whatever.  Let's just say that America has a slightly different lifestyle that the average Canadian wouldn't relate to which is slightly off putting - not necessarily in a bad way either, it's just a different culture. I feel like the U.S is just "really out there" if you know what I mean, and Canada is just sort of under the radar.

 

I don't have acne.

 

What's wrong with being different? sad.png

 

UNDER the radar??? Sweet tap dancing Jesus, my family's gone missing!!! How will I ever get them back??? Hold onto your pineapples, were going north and beyond!! We've already lost Africa and Australia, we are NOT going to loose this one!!!

 

I think I get what you mean but I've come to assume that when people usually mention "Americans" on the internet (in mostly negative ways) that they're actually just summarizing the entire north continent overall. It's not like they're shoving you under a rug... the very idea of hiding a Canadian or ignoring them because they're Canadian makes me want to burst out laughing and I honestly have no idea why... probably because it makes no sense whatsoever. Everyone knows who and what Canadians are, lol... people go where the warmth and heat is, with is further south of our continent. Canadian's aren't being ignored and if anything some should enjoy the solitude if they haven't already.

 

On an acne site with no acne... 0_0... ohhhhhkaaayyy.




#3352743 Is Gluten The Main/only Reason Why Grains Are Considered Inflammatory Food It...

Posted by TreatAcne on 28 May 2013 - 01:00 PM

Both grains and gluten are difficult for the human gut to digest, and the gut has been linked to acne in several studies. Yes they are inflammatory, whether or not your intolerant. Humans weren't "built" to consume processed food groups, such as today's breads, pastas, bakeries, crackers, snacks, chips, etc... and doing so in large quantities is for sure one of the major causes of obesity. Doing so seldom probably wont do anything, but it's still not recommended for anyone. Bread is basically sugar because it turns to sugar after you eat it... I'm guessing 5 to 10 minutes after consumption, and sugar gets stored as fat. Insulin levels rise afterwards, which in turn causes inflammation which in turn may cause acne in acne prone individuals. Bread is not only sugar in your body, it's also high on the Glycemic Index scale (I don't think the glycemic load is an issue, but you can still gain weight of you eat it every day). Don't go for gluten free bread since it's more unhealthy and may actually be worse for people with gut issues.

 

 

Having bread every day might not be good for acne sufferers, but if you're on a budget at you do not notice a reaction to bread (such as wheat), try limiting yourself to it one or two times a week. I left it out for almost 6 months before introducing it little by little again, and thankfully didn't notice much of a change. I still eat it about once a week. It's difficult to substitute on a college budget for something else, plus it's more convenient and light to carry around. Maybe when I'm finally done studying I can adjust my permanent lifestyle and focus more on that.




#3352328 Canadians Don't Have As Much Acne Because Of Vitamin D Levels?

Posted by TreatAcne on 27 May 2013 - 05:40 AM

Well, I live in Canada and I have acne (ranging from mild to moderate, and thankfully, mostly under control now) and I've certainly seen people here with all kinds of acne - varying from mild to severe.  It's possible that people in the states have more acne - I don't know.  If this is true, I'd guess that it's probably for the same reason that there are more overweight people in the states.  Their diet is generally crappier.  Canadians don't have a great diet, but we don't eat quite as much fried food and pop and our portion sizes are smaller. 

 

Interesting that people here are saying that Canadians live a stress-free life.  That may be true in some parts of Canada, but it doesn't seem to be true in the Toronto area, where I live now, or Vancouver, where I used to live.  Actually, whenever I visit the states, it seems as though people are living a laid-back, relaxed lifestyle (unless they're in the city).  I guess the grass is always greener..

 

Canada can be a nightmare as well. No place is perfect, and pretending that every part of America is worse then Canada overall is insulting to both Americans and Canadians. Some of my canadian friends grew up under a leaky roof and with horrible parenting, including illegal ownership of a gun. Their worlds have been turned upside down by other Canadians. Many of my Canadian friends who travel here wish they lived here, and many of my American friends who visit Canada wished they lived in Canada. I've been to Toronto myself and always end up the target of many Canadian's dogma, that they think they can say whatever they want to my family and I when they overhear us talking amongst ourselves, and that we are all suppose to grin and bear listening to how terrible we are. Much of what they claim to know about us is usually on a personal level. I've lived through more racial slurs and nightmares in Canada than I have in France, Mexico, and most of the other US states with a high immigration status.



I'm Canadian, I have acne. Come on, plenty of Canadians have it.

 

Yes, a lot of my canadian friends have it too. Whether at home or visiting us in the states.




#3351684 Orange

Posted by TreatAcne on 24 May 2013 - 04:51 PM

That sounds like my acne. It's so annoying how after 1 pimple clears another forms. It's ridiculous. That is amazing that you have cleared your acne so much and is a great accomplishment to have done that by yourself with dietary changes. I have done the same thing and it has taken months or research and experimentation.

 

I've been researching since last august, that was my first picture in my "Final regimen" gallery, so I know how you feel. I couldn't have done it by myself of course... I must have gone through weeks and weeks of posts on these forums, most of which pointing to the same thing (Mostly Paleo diet, no dairy, good food, etc.). But I'm not counting my chickens before they hatch... I tend to go at least one or two years without any cysts before celebrating. I'm hoping to bring my acne down as much as possibly through my diet, THEN add in other things if necessary, such as supplements. The less I need the less money I spend. I've seen your pictures too, you're really not that bad looking! And your acne is not as sever as I would have thought (and you should read your picture's comments ;)).



The way I look at it, most people can get clear from omitting dairy/sugar and refined carbs. There are some unfortunate souls (I am one of them), who have to have a flawless diet to be 70-80% clear

 

There's also the time frame of your body adjusting don't forget. I'm about where you are right now, 70-80%, but I'm still screwing around with foods that I probably should be eating (peanut butter, extra fruit, etc...) To the people who had avoided dairy first (it was the first thing they tried), they ended up waiting at least a year until their hormones went back to normal and their acne stopped producing all that puss. And that's from dairy alone. Growing up with these foods will take maybe a quarter as long to filter out... it depends on the individual. Some spots I have now under my neck are STILL from my original cysts LAST YEAR. It takes time to clear out all the crud, but as long as you see an overall improvement then you should be ok. Take things one step at a time and do as many good things at once as you possibly can. That's what I and the majority of some of my friends have been doing (not on acne.org).




#3351301 Orange

Posted by TreatAcne on 23 May 2013 - 09:37 AM


I don't necessarily think its the stress. Its the lack of sleep + diet. What do most students do the night before studying? Eat a shitload of sugary foods to stay energized


All we need to get rid of acne caused by diet then is something that lowers the over active insulin response to carbs and sugar or something to that interrupts whatever the bridge is that leads the insulin to androgens to our skin making sebum in a safe manner. Some sort of pharmaceutical I guess or something to made to increase insulin sensitivity.

Interestingly most acne antibiotics actually increase insulin sensitivity due to their impact on our gastrointestinal organs. Here's the study http://www.ncbi.nlm....pubmed/2374516/
Here's a study saying that vitamin A improves insulin sensitivity: http://www.ncbi.nlm....ubmed/21466649/
I don't know if that's why these products work for most for acne but they effect insulin sensitivity in a positive way: minocycline, accutane, tetracycline

Might as well just put this out there:

http://www.ncbi.nlm....1998014/?page=4

Paper from1939 where doctors show that women tend to get acne around there period and one doctor says it is a simple fact that patients clear up with a proper diet and lifestyle. He also states that acne patients have a problem with insulin as it causes them to metabolize sugar too fast and causes comedogensis. So 74 years ago they were the connection of diet, insulin, sugar metabolism with acne and some doctors even stated that a proper diet will clear acne. But today doctors will not even admit that diet can cause acne and diet changes are not prescribed for acne. I'm sure that it was just an accident that they overlooked the results of the paper and insulin-diet-acne connection for the last 74 years.

 

Welcome to frustration land, we've got jackets.

 

General Practitioners (the people most of us see first, a.k.a our doctor) have been trained to prescribe pills for the last 60 or so years as the normal practice. This is what people want, so it's not entirely their fault. My doctor never even took a nutritional class before, it was all for the study of cancer and other diseases through mostly western practices. No one purposely set up these complicated threads to hurt anyone, they just wanted to make the company they work for as much money as possible. It's a business, and we need our doctors to stay in business. I love my doctor to death and have even given him gifts on occasion, but when I realized that he wasn't going to help (nor the dermatologists he sent me to) I had to walk down the eczema/acne path on my own :(... but at least it was worth it.

 

The people who are hiding this information for us is likely the food corporations. They even made a video on that here:

 




#3351287 Canadians Don't Have As Much Acne Because Of Vitamin D Levels?

Posted by TreatAcne on 23 May 2013 - 08:54 AM

Care to give the link?

 

Raw/natural/hormone free milk may actually be quite good for people, even those with acne, but you'll have to experiment this on your own. I find that avoiding anything to do with milk has gotten rid of all my cysts.

 

If you're up for it, lacto-vegetarians are great people for milk recipes: http://en.wikipedia....acto_vegetarian

 

My notes on milk here (Canada and USA): http://www.acne.org/...t-is/?p=3338544

 

Also, try milk kefir. It's delicious as well as benificial with millions of strains of bacteria that even out the bad bacteria in our bodies if done correctly. Personally I prefer the water kefir since I started making some for myself: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kefir 




#3346390 Naked Juices

Posted by TreatAcne on 06 May 2013 - 08:52 PM

Well of course the websites for the products in question are going to advertise all their creative words with you. Naked Juice is also owned by PepsiCo... that should have been enough for you to close the website on the spot.

 

They are misleading to the public eye and here's why:

 

http://www.courthous...09/28/40142.htm

http://www.naturalne...ce_odwalla.html

 

I use to drink that stuff all the time and thought it was healthy. Boy was I wrong. That stuff is horrible for people with acne prone skin, and is way too sweet for my taste anymore. Just because there's no 'sugar' in it doesn't mean that they didn't sweeten it with something else. 

 

And don't forget, just because it's a refrigerated beverage does not mean that they didn't put preservatives in it. The shelf life is longer than the average fruit/vegetable. It's real food that you should be consuming. Eat as close to the natural state of the food as possible and stop buying into these "heathy" shelves and bottled drinks.

 

One of those is around 4 bucks depending on where you live... One a day for a week is 28 dollars... and 5 weeks is 140 dollars. Save your money for a month and get a juicer instead. Start juicing your own fruits and vegetables.

 

Will it kill you? No. But for acne prone skin, it is extremely questionable.




#3340041 Yoga For Acne!which Ones?how Fast?how Long?!

Posted by TreatAcne on 11 April 2013 - 12:40 PM

I guess it depends on how extreme you want to work out. if it's heavy or extreme workouts you want to do, such as body building and cardiovascular, then you may want to limit those to 3-4 times a week. But if you're only talking about yoga, then I've seen people do their yoga stretches and walks 1 to 3 times a day! It's kind of hard to tell you which form of yoga to use. Just so long as your moving around and doing something then you should be fine. I myself am on my feet more than half the day, so I only need to stretch once a day to maintain loose muscles and some flexibility, but I have done it twice a day before as well (when I wake and before I sleep).

 

If you type in "Yoga for skin" or "Exercises for clear skin/acne" on YouTube, you'll come across a lot of people who can demonstrate several forms of yoga for you. Most of what I've seen keeps the body close together while the head is upside down. Some prefer this kind of yoga that turns your head upside down so that fresh blood is constantly pumping upwards into your face, clearing out all the toxins that may have been sitting there. Whether or not this is true I'm not sure. For me, yoga alone didn't help. I've done yoga and was even a second degree in Martial Arts for 6 years and still had cysts and pimples everywhere, no matter how many times I was slammed on my back or thrown into the ground with my feet in the air. However I had terrible diet at that time, or at least a diet that the acne boards here consider terrible. I'm glad you understand that living and dieting is just as important. Combine several of these factors together and your skin should improve substantially.

 

The best thing to do is to simply move around and stretch a lot. :)




#3334929 My Experience(S) With The Regime

Posted by TreatAcne on 20 March 2013 - 06:21 PM

For those of you who are on The Regimen, currently starting The Regimen or thinking about starting The Regimen, I have made an entire "Questions and Answers" page for it that may or may not help you. This was done a few months ago and I just finally decided to post it so that everyone can find it.

 

Some people have found my pictures in the websites gallery and have asked me if I was still doing the regimen. The answer is no, I have moved onto something else.

 

However, The Regimen did work for me, so the least I can do is offer both my album and information dedicated to it.

 

Here is my album (From right to left):

 

http://www.acne.org/messageboard/gallery/album/12105-1st-regime-dans-regime-closed/

 

... And this is my album at Month three when I was finished:

 

http://www.acne.org/messageboard/gallery/album/12208-the-end-of-my-first-acne-regime/

 

As well as another person's album who is currently doing The Regimen right now:

 

http://www.acne.org/messageboard/user/179893-thereisalwayshope/

 

 

So, without further ado-do...

 

 

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THE REGIMEN OF ACNE.ORG

 


QUESTIONS & ANSWERS


***Updated 01/01/13***

From popular demand, I have taken the liberty of explaining The Regimen (or Dan's Regimen) in much more detail than most people have been able to do here on the community chat boards. I am doing this so that you can hopefully have many of your common questions answered in regards to Dan's Regimen and Dan's Regimen ALONE.

What I have for you are:

*Three things you MUST KNOW about Dan's regimen.
*Pros and Con's of Dan's Regimen.
*My personal Notes on Dan's Regimen.

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* Three things you must know about Dan's regimen:


For those who just started or is currently on Dan's Regimen, you MUST understand several basic concepts:
 

 

 

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1.) The regimen is all about future prevention.



It can take several weeks for the acne to stop emerging, and even longer for the black/red marks to go away. 
 

Do not confuse your black/red marks for upcoming acne spots!
 
Black/Red marks, when it comes to your acne, are usually the most prominent thing on your face (whether dark or light skinned), and can easily distract and confuse you into thinking that it may be an acne spot, but what it actually is was what's left over from the acne legion. These spots tend to fade incredibly slow. I personally have had a few for over 3 years. These "dark spots", or whatever you want to call them, are one of the most slowest thing to fade on your skin, next to acne scars which may take longest to fade, if at all. Taking pictures every day is your best bet at staying focused on your progress and reminding you when and where you had a breakout.

Please note that these black/red marks will take even longer to go away on Dan's Regimen because of the 2.5 BP solution. 

And although sunlight helps acne prone skin, it too can keep the black/red marks stay on the skin much longer than normal. Until your black/red marks are fading, try limiting your exposure to sunlight. I'd estimate a good 20-30 minutes or less for darker skinned people, and about 10-15 minutes or less for lighter skinned people, depending on the season and your location near the equator of course.

 


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2.) Acne is stubborn.



Acne can stay hidden under the skin for up to six weeks before emerging. Once the puss and white bacteria have been formed underneath your skin, I am afraid there is no stopping it. The formation doesn't just magically break apart, so you will not feel its nastiness until it actually begins to emerge. This is especially true for the cyst/papule/pustule/etc. 
 
In other words, the instant you apply the 2.5 BP solution, the acne bacteria will get killed for that particular layer of skin later on, but not until those six weeks are up! Six weeks, from what I have read, is the average rate facial skin completely sheds, and a new "face" of fresh skin emerges. Softness and smoothness from using the lotion, however, can easily be felt only three weeks into Dan's Regimen (or any regimen that uses lotion for that matter). This helps in dealing with the pain of a popping pimple.


For example, lets say a cyst has been created the very day you started Dan's Regimen. After six weeks of doing the regimen twice a day, that cysts finally emerges. This is usually where people either stop the regimen and/or loose their cool. Please understand that acne will stop creating itself after six weeks, but the acne the already was created when you started the regimen still needs to run its course!

On top of this monstrosity, acne can stay visibly attached to the skin for a few more weeks after showing its ugly face… then when it finally pops it can take 1-7 days to clear out all it's crud… then the healing time differs because each legion varies... then you're left with "dark spots" which can take months to years to fade away.
 
I know, I know... it's a giant headache of a mess. Rinse, lather, repeat, and let father time do his thing.

I have taken many, many pictures throughout Dan's regimen. Upcoming acne spots have the ability to sit there before finally raising, popping, and at last healing. This entire process can take almost three months, especially if the puss under the skin only shifted a few millimeters away, making yet another pimple without it actually being produced on its own from the start. Please do not forget where your spots are. Take daily/weekly pictures and/or notes and always keep track of your progress.

 


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3.) The regimen is a lifestyle adjustment.

You must religiously do the regimen twice a day. It will not work once a day or once every other day. The reason for this is because of the bacteria that grows constantly and consistently on our skin... it needs to be killed off as frequently as possible, but not too frequently that we damage ourselves too much. Washing your face once every 8 to 14 hours is going to be your best bet. Your before-and-after-sleep schedule will vary from others, so if you only get 4 or 5 hours of sleep, then it's important to know that you may need to wait a bit longer until doing the regimen again. Aim for a 8-14 hour window if possible. 

You must follow Dan's exact instructions, barely touching your face and remaining extremely gentle with yourself. Dan has countless videos explaining this important breakthrough. Watch them and learn.

You must keep it up for at least three months before deciding that it doesn't work. Wait until your acne runs its entire course! I can not stress this enough!

As far as I am concerned, there is no financial loss in doing this. Although it's refundable, please be sincere with yourself, others, and Dan. If you did the regimen wrong or did not follow his exact instructions, then I'm afraid you only have yourself to blame.


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* Pros and Con's of Dan's Regimen:

 


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Pros:

-It only takes 15-30 minutes every morning and evening!
-You can eat whatever you want and sit down as long as you like!
-No need to study acne diets or change your current lifestyle!
-Gets rid of all kinds of acne! 
-Works faster than adjusting diet and lifestyle, which may take months to years!
-It may be cheaper and faster than any diet and lifestyle for your particular need(s)!


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Cons:

-You'll need water, towels, money, and time twice every single day. Bathrooms aren't entirely necessary as long as you have a clean sink/bowl/bucket/etc... and fresh water to use somewhere.
-The regimen only "hides" the main health issue with your body, it doesn't actually get rid of it. IT IS NOT A CURE.
-It's expensive to do it all over your body if you don't just have facial acne (I personally also have chest and back acne).
-If and when you quit this particular regimen, it is extremely likely for your skin to appear worse than ever before, so plan ahead for a long and lengthy time. (My skin got worse when I quit... you are free to see the pictures in my gallery anytime).
-If you aren't taking the exact same supplements as Dan is (Zinc, Fish Oil, Multi-Vitamin, etc.), then please expect at least some kind of margin of error.
-Most people do not expect the burning, redness, and patches of dry skin, so you must bear with this until your skin adjusts to the BP.
-Adjusting your skin to the BP can take 1 to 3 months. Flakiness will come and go. You're face will get red, will flake heavily, and will hurt.
-You can not lie or fool yourself about not doing the regimen; Your body will always know if and when you cheated.


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Meeting in the Middle:

-The regimen doesn't actually cure the acne, but still treats it nearly 100 percent by prevention.
-Your oil production is still somewhat constant, but the bacteria that causes the acne in the oil dies off from the 2.5 BP solution.
-Depending on your lifestyle, storing the bottles can be easy but not discrete. If it makes you feel better, put stickers over the acne.org labels (please remember which one is which!). If not, you can pour the solution into bottles that have no labels so your guests and or families don't say anything to you, but be sure not to waste a drop. I'd leave the bottle upside down and properly balanced all night long into another bottle until it's completely drained, but I have no idea if the constant open air exposure overnight will effect the treatment later on.


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* My personal notes on Dan's Regimen:


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^ ---> When doing Dan's regimen, his 2.5 BP is priceless… but there are several other "gentle face washes" and "non-pore clogging lotions" out there for better prices and/or larger bottles from your local retail stores (or off the internet). If for some reason you can't seem to find anything, then his whole package is your best bet, at least to begin with. 

If you're still in doubt of which local product to substitute for, then just go ahead and start with Dan's package. See how you feel if you want to replace his cleanser and lotion with something else, or just stick with his product. 

If you just want to buy the 2.5 BP solution, then you will be pleased to know that a few of my friends as well as myself were able to get away with buying only that (although you can clearly see I bought the jojoba oil out of curiosity), and then bought other gentler liquid face washes at our local corner pharmacy. I also bought much larger bottles of lotion such as "Curél" and "Cetaphil" that "doesn't clog pores", and it worked great on my face.


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^ ---> The regimen WILL burn and hurt, but only for a few months until your skin gets use to it. This can be anywhere from moderate to extreme. Don't let this stop you, but be open minded if you feel as though you are having unbearably awful side effects.

 
 
^ ---> Sorry gals (and guys), but you should not be putting makeup on while you are doing Dan's regimen. And on that note, try starting the regimen at the beginning of a non busy summer vacation, that way when you go back to school in the fall your skin should have gotten rid of the redness/flakiness by then. 

If you don't go to school and/or already work full time, then this might be more difficult to deal with depending on your job. If you work somewhere where the state of your face is extremely important, then I'm afraid you may want to consider something else other than Dan's regimen because the BP side effects have happened with everyone I have met. 

I started the regimen at the start of one of my college fall semesters, and the redness/flakiness was still there after my finals. I constantly received double looks from most of my classmates. My job, however, was much easier to deal with. Since I work in a freezer all day, my face is usually covered with a scarf/hat, if not slightly red from the cold, so I'm afraid I lucked out on that one.

 



^ ---> If you are going to wash your face, consider using bar soap rather than liquid soap. Liquid soap is the more preferred choice on Dan's Regimen, and it feels better too, but if you are able to get your hands on organic and "gentle" soaps with fewer harsh ingredients, then you can have a similarly "clean" effect at a much cheaper price. You'll need to constantly save up for the next 2.5 BP solution every 1-3 months or so anyway, so bar soap is a very popular financial choice. Also, bars are more discrete since most of them have no logo's and aren't labeled for others to see, so you won't need to worry about hiding them at home or at the gym. It's also easier on the environment and doesn't produce as much waste while throwing away/recycling an entire bottle. This is just my personal preference though.

(Someone asked me which natural/organic soap I would recommend. I have two kinds: "African Black Soap", commonly found in health and vitamin shops such as Vitamin Shoppe, and "Dead Sea Salt/Mud Soap", usually found in most pharmacies but often ordered off the internet. Please note that soaps such as these leave their reside on your sink, in your tub, and even leave a "rough feeling" on your skin after washing (like most bar soap would I guess), so wash and rinse with plenty of water and as quickly/gently as your can. Afterwards, I recommend using natural oils such as extra virgin olive oil to moisturize your skin rather than lotion, but the choice is absolutely yours. You need to find what works best for you and your skin type).

 



  ^ ---> Rather than constantly run your faucet's water, consider putting a face-bowl (a.k.a. sink bowl, basin, etc...) in your bathroom or whatever room you're using to clean yourself. Most of these bowls can be found at your local retail store (Kohl's, Target. etc…) but also ordered off the internet. The are extremely wide yet short, catching the water as you lift it up with your hands to for face. I did this and was still able to get clear. People have proven that they wasted much less water this way. Also, reaching to turn off your faucet still doesn't catch the water that falls down the drain for those few seconds it's running. It may not seem like much at first, but twice a day for several months/years certainly builds up to quite a hefty water bill, especially for those living in the city.
  
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^ ---> For those who constantly get patches of dry, flaky skin, do not pick or peel it off. If it's flaking too much for you too handle, go ahead and apply extra moisturizer. If you have Extra Virgin Olive Oil, Grape Seed Oil, or Jojoba Oil on hand, than that's even more healthy and effective! (You also have the option of mixing the oils in your moisturizer if you don't want to give the lotion up).

 

But if your dry skin still flakes and sticks out too much to be considered tolerable, then do what I did and gently apply some scotch tape to your skin, carefully ripping it off and taking all those dry scales with you. Do this after your face is 100 percent dried and has completely absorbed the lotion. This is an absolute last resort as the tape could also possibly take off your skin's protective layer and other nutrients as well, but still works great in my opinion.
 
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I hope this helped!

 

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#3317468 How I Cleared My Acne After 26 Years. Try It.

Posted by TreatAcne on 10 January 2013 - 03:26 PM

Hi darkdivine,

Please keep me posted on how it goes for you when you try to be off BP. I have used BP once a day for years now and just yesterday I decided to start apply it only every other night..


Sorry to take your question away, but are you eventually going to quit BP? If so, you may need to prepare yourself for your skin to get worse... at least for a while. I stopped too, and my face exploded with acne far worse than it had ever been, you can see my gallery pictures. I have no idea (if this were to happen to you) how to stop it. Ever other night may or may not work, and in fact almost sounds like quitting the full effects of properly using BP. In what way are you applying BP? Is it Dan's BP? Is it a cream with a different percentage? Is it a wash? Are you doing anything else?

So happy this helped you. I am in the process of changing my diet, hoping for the same results. I will be 25 next week and I am ready for this to be over. In high school, i would get a couple of pimples here and there, nothing terrible though. Then I started college and my face went nuts. I went to a dermatologist and was able to get it under control (not perfect though). SO then I maintained that for a while... it was on and off through college. I got on birth control and it helped for a while. Then I started working after college and it got worse again. Went back to derm, and was able to get it more manageable. Maintained that for maybe a year or so... and it was off and on again. Now, it is probably at it's worse. I consider myself to have moderate acne with a lot of redness, which makes it look worse. I have tried everything (except accutane and i really don't want to). I have started to get deeper acne in spots that I never broke out in before. When one spot clears, another pops up right next to it. Of course I am left with a dark spot also I do everything right when it comes to cleansing my face and treating my acne. So it has to be on the inside for me. I have always eaten whatever I wanted, until recently in the past year or so, I have become more health conscious. So I have done some research about things I should cut out of my diet in order to improve my face and most are things I need to cut out anyways! I eat a lot of carbs, although I try to stick with whole wheat, but I know I need to cut those out all together. Also, sugar and processed foods are hard for me. My skin went crazy again over the holidays, and I am sure it was from my bad eating habits. So what I have noticed is that everything I have tried worked for a little while, but it always came back. So I am making the effort to get my nutrition in order and make notes of the changes in my skin. I really hope it helps.

I'm turning 25 too, this february Posted Image.

GREAT JOB taking notes! I can not express enough how happy I am to hear that! You wont regret recording what you do... people often over exaggerate with themselves and trust to just remember things right off the spot. I use to be that way until I started writing things down every day and noticed that my though process was way off course from my actual lifestyle, at least when it came to my acne.

Changing your diet is a good thing, trust me. I am sorry to hear you are still suffering though. I've been going on this juicing regime for 6 months and still had a few spots come up, but my oil has disappeared and my skin everywhere else has cleared tremendously. If you "facial redness" is what i thinkit is, then it's just inflamation from what you're eating. Do you have an allergy you are not aware of? I began quitting other things like gluten, sugar, and dairy, and my redness, although slightly still prominent, has been going away fast. My acne has shrunk and lessoned, and now my skin is as soft as when I was a child. The only bumps and red spots are my scars. Do you think you have too many toxins in your body? Have you tried any famous diets before? (Mediterranean, Paleolithic, etc...?). perhaps you may be interested in the books I have in my gallery.


#3316580 How I Cleared My Acne After 26 Years. Try It.

Posted by TreatAcne on 07 January 2013 - 06:06 PM

Just checking in! ^_^

So far, the juicing has worked for me CONSIDERABLY. But I also changed my diet to an extreme level.

I ran out of the vitamins a few weeks ago and can't afford anymore. I'm hoping i'll be ok without them since my diet is better. Only time will tell o_0...

Best of luck everyone else!!


#3292737 Starting The Regimen Day 1 Completed

Posted by TreatAcne on 06 October 2012 - 10:19 AM

Hey! Good job keeping up with dan's Regime for so long! Many people often end up quitting at this point, complaining that the BP was too much, but I am happy that you stuck with it. Yes, please touch your face, you have every right to do so, just don't touch it with dirty hands ^_^.

Yikes, your red spots, hu? Yeah, I'm in the same boat. The ONLY thing that will make red spots fade is time, but I would wait until your acne stops emerging before concerning yourself with that. Once your acne is gone, there is a small video about red spots here from "The Love Vitamin". I don't know if this will actually effect your skin on the regime since she is on an acne diet, but I'm not sure where to find anything else unless it's a medication. Hopefully the lotion will soften your skin and improve healing time, so just bear with it for a little while longer :). Again, good work!




#3283758 Dead Skin On Face A Sign Of Healing?

Posted by TreatAcne on 05 September 2012 - 12:58 PM

Exactly how much dead skin do you have? I quit using topics over a month ago and the tightness/dryness in my face had to gradually go away over time. It takes time for your skin to shed... approximately 6 weeks for it to be COMPLETELY shed from the last cycle. A sign of healing? Say's who? You probably had what I had... patches of dead dry skin left over from what you were doing to your face before. Well it's good that you at least stopped. All this flaking is a sign that your skin most likely became addicted to these things over time. Just keep doing hat your doing but no more than twice a day. Don't rub the water on your face too hard if you think that will help because it wont. I just quickly splash my face with cool water or leave it alone when I take a shower. Most of the time I don't even pat it dry, I just let it air dry. If you can't stand the flakiness then put a few drops of jojoba oil on your face (NOT lotion otherwise your flakiness will go away only to come back when you get off the lotion!!). If it sticks out like crazy, grab some tape and GENTLY place it on your patch... quickly and softly taking the dry skin away when you peel the tape off. I don't recommend that though, but some people have such weird temporary patches of dry skin that it works for them just so they could turn their head without the dry skin becoming a shape to their face. Honestly, I would just hang in there a little bit longer, otherwise you wasted two whole weeks for nothing. Make sure you're not putting anything else on your face except approved oils or gentle/natural/organic soaps which I don't even use. Hang in there!