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

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 helped me. From what I understand, you'll need to find what works for you. Each and every person is different.

 

This took me about one year to discover and figure out.

 

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This will be the last time I come on here and talk about my acne. If anyone wants to see my pictures, I've left them up in my galleries for everyone to see. They are all completely PUBLIC.

 

I'm not going to make a fancy thread/post/topic or whatever because I've already spent a lot of time on here as it was. I'm also sorry if you come across any typos or broken links but I have at this stage in my life happily moved on and will be leaving acne.org.

 

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 and 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. Next, find a local library that has a computer or free internet and begin reading a hell of a lot of material (I'll list some links below). If it helps, get a notebook and begin recording a food diary and things you are only going to be eating from now on.

 

2) If it's at all possible, get a blood test done at a doctor's office. It's always best to know where your starting from and where you stand when it comes to your health.

 

3.) Consider completely getting rid of all your milk and milk-containing products for about 6 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. 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

 

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

 

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.) Fint Alternativista's Acne.org profile and topics/posts in the diet and holistic health boards and read every single one of them. Start here:

 

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

 

7.) Drink a minimum of 4 bottles of water a day (does not have to be bottled).

 

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

 

9.) Do not stress about your acne. I was able to be stress free this the whole time in front of hundreds of people and they could all clearly see that I don't give a damn about it… or at least to the extent to where I would start harming myself. Is life fair? Who knows, But anyone can see my past posts and photo's, I've left them all up and alone for good. I had no idea if and when my acne was going away either, so why bother worrying about it? Clear your mind, forget the past, and start NOW.

 

10.) Walk. Don't just flat out run for long periods of time killing yourself trying to do something unnatural and harmful, just walk. Walk for long distances if possible and enjoy every single step. Do it at least once a day if possible. Two times a day would be your best bet. This is what I do. If you want to take up Yoga and/or other Meditation-like classes then do it, but I didn't have to. Don't think about it, just DO IT.

 

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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 won't help you. Maybe it will. You'll never know unless you try.

 

It helped me... that's all I'm really saying here. 

 

My diet is basically fruits and vegetables will little fish. 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.

 

I'm not a meat eater, but I'll occasionally have fish once a month or so. I don't eat chicken, beef, pork, turkey, etc. Once I accidentally ate some chicken in a stir fry… but it's not like I'm going to throw the chopsticks across the room and demand retribution. A tiny bit every few months or so is something that I doubt will cause an issue with most people, so it's wise to be practical and open minded. Also, I still eat potatoes, rice, and very few times bread. I drink fresh, hot tea (real, loose leaf tea, not the bagged kind) and water every single day. Once every few months I'll fast for a couple of days. I make and drink my own homemade vegetable juice about once a week or even less than that.

 

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 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 put aside some time and find and watch these videos, 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 - or raw foodists, naturalists, etc… whatever you want to call them - CAN work together if they really want to, but when their beliefs get in the way you can be sure that there will be an all out war to win to public opinion. 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. There are several ways you can 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 scientific research and PROPER 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 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… etc… whatever kind of diet into your face... I'm just giving you the suggestion that you should be exploring all other alternatives before going to the extreme with pills, lasers, steroids, etc.

 

I am neither one or the other, I am simply myself. 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 change with it every time.

 

Again, I will say that the biggest thing that simply 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. 

 

That is all I have to say.

 

 

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*** SPECIAL NOTE: I have eczema as well! That's right! Acne and Eczema: Two different skin conditions with, in reguards to MY body, completely different causes. I use to tell people with a sad expression that "The roll of the dice had gotten my twice".

 

People have asked me if they are possibly related to the same "cause" since few people have both problems at once, and after finding out what worked for me I began to tell them that we have to be careful with the word "cause". My eczema's biggest cause was not milk, like milk is for my cystic acne… it was actually certain vegetables and nuts. With that said, is that even eczema at all? Some have told me that it's a reaction to having food allergies, not 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!!!

 

I didn't even know food was causing my rash until I joined acne.org and started eating more raw vegetables and nuts. 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. To an extent, my rast IS -currently- incurable, but that doesn't mean that it will NEVER be cured for good! It just means that it's a complex issue that has many "triggers". 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 and now only has smooth skin in that area.

 

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 4-6 hours later after eating the culprit.

 

This time frame of consuming the food and then digesting the food within 4 hours 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 for me because all of my blood/stool tests I have taken have all come back negative and healthy… but the SENSATION that it IS my gut is completely there with 100 percent accuracy. I even had an endoscopy done (I was put to sleep) to see what was causing the extremely hot and burning feeling in my stomach area, 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, but tried to convince me (rather smugly since I was the "only one" who had ever come to him with this issue) that the incredibly hot and burning sensation I was feeling was from stress, which we all know is nowhere near the truth. So once again, I had to try to figured out the "cause" for the fiery feeling in my gut on my own. Unsurprisingly, I did! I discovered that the hot/fire/tingly feeling in my gut/bowels to be a reaction to caffeine and vitamin pills. … Something that I had drunk and eaten most of my life without any issue whatsoever?… Insert confused face icon here: huh.png .

 

Why my body suddenly decided doing this at the age of 25 I have absolutely no idea, but any amount of caffeine will cause my lower belly's front, sides, and lower back to feel as though someone is wrapping a hot blanket around me. This started happening after my diet chance and after I stopped drinking vegetable juice. At first I was convinced that the juicing and diet change had somehow screwed up my body for good and that I could never go back to drinking coffee or anything with caffeine in it again, but I later accepted what IS and decided that MAYBE I had so much crap inside of me that when it was finally "washed out" my body could then tell me what I should and shouldn't be consuming. IS this a legit conclusion? Absolutely not, but it's all I have to go on for now while I continue searching for the truth. Either way, I can't have anything with caffeine in it (or "decaf" products since they also contain small traces of caffeine) with the ONLY EXCEPTION of loose leaf tea. So there's not only THAT weird burning issue, but also my eczema and acne. Gut. Gut. Gut. That's all I'm hearing and understanding, but no one else seems to have any idea how to help me...

 

Anyway, despite the doom that has been mysteriously permitted upon me, I avoid the vegetables that irritate my second most common skin condition; eczema… which is flared up by corn (yes, many things have corn and even HFCS), tomatoes, peppers, table mustard, certain kinds of nuts, and eggs. When I found out that corn and tomatoes were a HUGE factor for me (as an example), I wondered why I never broke out with pop and candy (HFCS) and pizza (tomato sauce). It turns out that the closer the food is to its natural and complete/whole body source, the greater of a reaction I have. Maybe now you could imagine my absolute confusion and frustration with my breakouts… as well as my excitement in FINALLY figuring out what was causing it to behave in the way that it did!

 

Is avoidance a "cure"? No, but it's my current and temporary "solution" while I join the thousands of others who are searching for the truth as well. 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 . Please note that Photobucket keeps changing it's website to the point where I can't seem to organize anything or add any titles to my pictures, so please forgive the lack of description while you start at the link I gave you and work your way through all 28 of my pictures. In a nutshell, this is what happens when I eat the rejected food once, and then wait out the rash until it goes away. Sometimes it takes longer than one month, but lotions can and usually do speed up the healing process.

 

Out of curiosity (and possibly for other people's sick amusement), I wanted to see how red and irritated my rash would get if I continue to eat the rejected food for up to three days. 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, I couldn't ignore the heat, and had incredible amounts of fatigue. My stomach and gut would burn with pain, a sign that my body can no longer attempt to digest it, let alone get it past my stomach in the first place. The final symptom would be dizziness, feverish-like sensations, and alas throwing up the culprit. Afterwards I would feel normal after 24 hours, and simply wait for the rash to go away as long as the culprit has not passed my lips.

 

It's a crazy, complicated life, but I guess someone has to live it!

 

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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. Becoming friends with your doctor and/or nutritionist would be a big plus and easy support. 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 at the people or the government who hold onto it. 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 should be important for anyone to consider studying. 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 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 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! May you all live a long and happy life!!

 

GoodBye and God Bless!!!


My Experience(S) With The Regime

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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Laugh Of The Day...

28 August 2012 - 12:20 PM

I'm bored... thought I'd tell you guys about something I saw on TV. I was watching American Dad with my father a few days ago when I saw this episode about Stan's son, Steve, not fitting into school. Steve skipped the rest of school that day and walked in on Stan putting on a hair wig. Stan then told the story of his "incurable acne".

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As quoted from the website: http://americandad.w...wiki/Stan_Smith :

"Stan attended John DeLorean High School in the late 1970s and early 1980s. A very unpopular student, Stan was scrawny and had horrible acne, which caused him to be nicknamed "The Penis".... It is revealed in "Chimdale" that in an effort to get rid of his acne, he took part in testing of an experimental acne treatment. The treatment caused all his hair to fall out, and he has worn a toupee ever since. Up until this episode, he didn't think anyone knew. The family told him that it was obvious (other than Steve who had no idea). His co-workers still have no idea though."

Further episode detail here ---> http://americandad.w...m/wiki/Chimdale .

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***UPDATE: You can watch the whole episode here but you have to try "Hulu-Plus" for free and cancel before you get billed:

http://www.hulu.com/watch/54454

Peace Out.

Why Is Someone Brave For Posting Their Pictures?

03 April 2012 - 02:42 AM

I have always been extremely curious about what a person is feeling and thinking whenever they say that I am "brave" for showing my pictures to the public, such as my account's gallery on this website. At least 10 people have privately noted me about this in the past several weeks, as well as a recent comment. They always say they would never be able to do it, and I am curious as to why they would think that.

Now, granted, I was a little uneasy about doing this too, simply because I wasn't sure if my acne was severe enough to even be worth discussing around others who have it a lot worse than me. I wasn't, however, embarrassed to show off my face. After all, it's my FACE. This is how people on the street see me, at my school, my family, my job, and so fourth... and there is nothing I can do to change it. And if I could afford to, WHY would I? It's a waste of time, money, and self-esteem. We ALL know that people are not as beautiful as they appear on TV, yet we criticize ourselves about these things every single day of our lives. And what's worse, we openly express our APOLOGIES to these people for simply being who they are, no matter how surprising the random outburst or how unnecessary the situation called for it.

Are there any TRUE dangers in showing my pictures public? Will I somehow pay for this in some insane way? Do people go onto the internet and actually use random images for something else, such as people who advertise a different product for acne on TV and then use my image to prove how my "before" and "after" pics worked for them (even though it's obviously a lie)? If that was the case, would there be anything I can do about it? Would I be "shamed" or even "sued" for tying to speak out about this?

While it's interesting to get useful information and feedback from others, that "you're so brave" comment has always lingered in the back of my head, and I am not sure what to do about it.  During my past few miserable acne years I have come to a sobering realization that not only do I have an uncontrolled skin issue, but that I will most likely be stuck with it until I reach my senior years. Why even attempt spending energy to hide it? And THEN I see people on the internet claiming that they are "alone" and practically begging others to show off their pictures... but when these people do what they ask, they are then bombarded with insults and comments that are, in my opinion, beyond despicable.

So, what is the REAL reason for this public fear?


This may seem like a strange question, but can you guys think of BAD and GOOD reasons for displaying your pictures to the public? All the ones you possibly could? It would ease my conscience and curiosity greatly :). Thanks so much!! ^_^