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03 May 2015 - 09:22 PM
I am of the belief that the very act of courting, particularly post-graduation, involving copious amounts of alcohol and the process of assimilating into complex social hierarchies and settings, is in stark opposition to living with acne. For one, alcohol is counter to the detoxification process that is critical in regaining one's health. Similarly, large social settings are a catalyst for anxiety and related fatigue. While it's true that "nothing changes if nothing changes," it is very difficult to entertain the notion of entering into large social scenes and the concept of dating with an enflamed golfball sized cyst on one's forehead and feeling exhausted and physically miserable. It is not a state that is receptive towards accepting other people, let alone projecting oneself.
As it is now, all of my time, energy, and money is devoted towards resting and healing and taking a greater stake in my health, which is to say supplements, appointments, literature, clean eating, etc. It is a lot of responsibility just caring for myself. To do so for someone else as well, however less so, is scarcely comprehensible. I could literally write volumes on why I will forever remain single while battling acne. Most of us in this predicament, as I suspect, are not open to the idea of intimacy and drawing closer to another person when we have never accepted ourselves to begin with. My interest is neither in obtaining love. It is in getting better, and yet, I know, deep down, however contradictory, that everything I do to get better is an attempt to move closer towards one day sharing something meaningful with someone else.
05 April 2015 - 05:35 PM
Have you had your thyroid levels tested?
After years of being on antibiotics (e.g. Doxycycline, Bactrim, Solodyn, etc.), I am beginning to think that my acne has something to do with leaky gut syndrome. In addition to acne, I deal with chronic fatigue, frequent upset stomach, bloating, dry eye syndrome (exacerbated by LASIK), mental fog, lowgrade depression, and anxiety.http://files.draxe.c...08/symptoms.jpgAlso, watch the documentary, "A Beautiful Truth" on Netflix. This pretty much changed my life.
And yes ,antibiotics are bad ,I know for a fact that they mess up the digestive system.
Well besides all the genetically modified crops that we have to eat ,because we have no choice,unless we grow our own ,rain used to be good to the plants and all beings when the soil contained all natural sulfur and the clouds would come down and absorbed it ,now the clouds come down and absorb pesticides and salicylic acid injected engineered enhanced soil.
Water used to be good then ,but we still need water .
All animas injected with hormones and antibiotics,no wonder so much cancer and us becoming immune to antibiotics.
Try to eat organic if you can ,my son insists that it's impossible to know if it's really organic. Well I can tell you this ,I bought some organic chicken at target and when we grilled it on the stove ,it didnt form the white film and water that most chicken do, it cooked faster ,
it didnt have the stinky smell,and my son cooked it and he was ,like ?
So ,I'm just sharing .
I hope that you can find a good eye doctor who can help you .
Take care .
Thanks, noche. I had a comprehensive blood test a few years ago, which revealed low Vitamin D levels at the time, but I'm not sure whether my thyroid levels were checked as well. Regardless, this is something I plan to look into in the coming weeks. Hypothyroidism actually runs in my family but mostly among older relatives who are all women.
I also want to schedule an appointment with a nutritionist to better understand how my current diet (primarily paleo) could still be affecting my skin and what changes I should make. Giving preference towards eating organic foods is something I practice now and to do this even more I plan to start a small garden in the spring.
I have an appointment scheduled in a few weeks at the John Hopkins Wilmer Eye Institute for my eyes though I don't I have particularly high expectations. I am too used to conventional doctors merely treating symptoms without any consideration of diet, lifestyle, or other health related factors.
I know you promote leaky gut, but I think you might just have a thyroid problem. When my acne was really bad with post traumatic stress syndrom I went to a naturopath that told me that I had leaky gut (without asking me any questions) probably because I had acne and was really down. She told me that she would do a food intolerance test and then we'd take those out of my diet and let it heal. Great. I went on accutane instead though. Now, when I decided to go back to this theory I went to a new naturopath, took the test (real blood test, super expensive and sent to a lab), and after told her how I would heal my 'leaky gut'? (because obviously I have been thinking about this quite a lot- who wants a leaking gut right?) She looked at me oddly and asked why do you think you have leaky gut? "You only have two food intolerances, in situations where leaky gut is a problem almost everything you eat end up on these tests and they can be more than 40+ intolerances."
I find this very odd, are you saying accutane healed my 'leaky gut'? Or, is it that she only told me I had leaky gut because I had acne? Checking food intolerances might not be bad though, but since I still suffer from anxiety (which I believe is the root of my problems) my stomach will be in nots regardless of what I eat when I'm having such an attack. But, lesson? Just because you have acne and stomach problems (me too) does not mean you have leaky gut.
I feel a bit sceptic since being through chinese medicine, naturopathy, diet (also did candida diet for 4 months without any results, then paleo for a couple of months, I've stayed away from sugar alcohol etc for possibly two years). This has been for mild-moderate (the worst it became when I got like three or four cysts during the night completely randomly after being on these diets for awhile). It got so bad with everything that I got severely underweight and was scared to eat. Proteins being bad for digestion and liver, fat for slowing down digestion, and carbs the worst (I don't need to tell you about carbs - you know). I'm still scared of food and I hate it. It is like we're punishing ourselves for having acne, like it is gonna help. Candida diet was the worst, when I ate some almond butter months after being on this diet I almost fainted because it tasted so good, I could literally not stop my mouth from watering. I'm glad I'm not doing that to myself anymore. I have also tried making SCD yogurt (with coconut), and eating it everyday for months, exercise everyday (running), juicing everyday (5 weeks now), fiber, every supplement you can think of. Liver cleanses, milk thistle (this actually works though for me with stomach you might try that 3000 mg everyday). I don't have acne anymore, but that was accutane sadly enough, and I am sure that my acne originates in anxiety. BUT, I do not completely discredit leaky gut (only candida - please read this which explains it really well: http://www.theskinny...ndida-hoax.html), some who have a LOT of intolerances can have it (I am not totally sure though, but maybe) so if you wanna check that out... but...
Get a thermometer and take your temperature every morning just when you wake up. Is it below 36.4 consistently for a couple of days or above 36.7, then go check your thyroid. Being as exhausted as you are is def something I would point at anxiety, depression, or thyroid (especially since it is in your family). Go see a doctor and MAKE them understand how you are feeling, MAKE THEM HELP. Because you feel so lost after surfing on the web trying to self diagnose in a sea of scams and hoaxes, and as I understand it, it is really hard to navigate when you are in a distressed state of mind.
I wish you luck.
Thanks for your reply and sorry that I'm just now responding. You're right in that possessing symptoms of leaky gut (e.g. acne and digestive issues) does not necessarily mean one is suffering from a similar diagnosis. The reason I tend to think that leaky guy may be to blame though is because I blindly took Doxycycline, Bactrim, Solodyn, and other antibiotics frequently prescribed for colds over a period of roughly two or so years. There is also a strong preference in the alternative health community for attributing small intestinal bacterial overgrowth (SIBO), dysbiosis, and candida as the culprits for adult acne and related symptoms. The extent of my own digestive symptoms mainly includes experiencing diarrhea at least once or twice a week. Between that, and always exhibiting a subtle or sometimes pronounced reddened complexion, which is likely some form of rosacea, I have often thought that my gut is probably in inflamed and generally in trouble, with the thinking being "healthy gut, healthy skin" or potentially lack thereof. In reading some of the sites dedicated towards helping others overcome leaky guy, I almost hope that, like you said, this is not the root of all of my problems, as the sheer lifestyle changes, medical tests, time and money needed to reverse something like leaky gut is enormous. It's almost overwhelming, and that's not to say that other chronic diseases may not require the same level of commitment, but leaky gut in particular is scary stuff.
I can definitely relate to your fear of eating, as so many foods are suspected allergens or contributors to chronic disease and so many different diets contradict one another in recommending or advising against the same foods, making things very confusing. Having said that, however, I have elected to follow a modified version of the Paleo diet, one that incorporates rice and quinoa and occasionally goat cheese. The general philosophy behind Paleo is great because it emphasizes consuming whole foods but I've found, at lest through my limited trial and error, that I need some of kind starch to stay full. Still, depending on what I'm actually dealing with, which I'm hopeful my initial appointment with a functional medicine practitioner will shed light on, I may need to alter my diet further. I have always had a very strange relationship with food (not eating enough, avoiding certain foods, being a picky eater, etc.), and, as a result, struggled with maintaining weight. For someone with my metabolism and build to gain weight, I would need to regularly and frequently lift weights along with consuming adequate amount of protein on a daily basis, which may or may not be counterintuitive to something like, say, leaky gut. There are, what I believe to be, horror stories of people on the CureZone forums who lived entirely off fennel and chicken for the course of a year in order to manage their candida and get rid of their acne. I hope I would never have to venture on a similar path. I say this now but I guess it all depends on how far down the rabbit whole one is willing to go to get better.
Lately, I've noticed large dark circles under my eyes, but also in several family members as well. I don't think this is necessarily heredity though but more so another sign of my current state of health. I will definitely keep my thyroid in mind too. There was a thread I read on this site where someone indicated that although their bloodwork revealed nothing unusual in regards to their thyroid, their doctor still treated them accordingly, as they were experiencing all symptoms of a thyroid condition. This apparently proved to be successful.
28 March 2015 - 09:26 AM
Last summer, flying back from Alaska was probably the worse I ever felt in my entire life and I truly mean that. Earlier on the day of my flight, I had hiked extensively for hours so by the time my plane was set to depart I was already pretty exhausted. But of course I can never sleep on planes. Maybe if I had had a neck pillow and an eyes mask and over-the-ear headphones things would have been different. My flight ended up being delayed for 2 hours while we sat on the plane, then a few hours later, we had a 5 hour layover in Chicago. At this point I had come down with a tremendous cold (being so prone to illness - another sign of my poor health). I wanted nothing more than to take a later flight out and instead get a hotel and sleep even though our next flight was only 2 hours in length. But my group pressed on. The flight from Chicago to Baltimore was one of the worst experiences of my life. I literally felt like death having been awake for close to 36 hours with a monster cold, and unlike most people I don't simply feel tired. Tired for me is a state of extreme adrenal exhaustion, one in which I am scarcely able to cognitively function. When most people feel tired, their eyes feel a little drier as well. For me, everything is magnified because the fatigue is so great and my eyes are already so predisposed to being dry. The itching,burning, throbbing, and dryness becomes nearly unbearable. There is something that is very much wrong with me. It is clearly visible in my face riddled with cystic acne, in the dark circles under my eyes, and in my eyes themselves, which are bloodshot and constantly red and inflamed. I just look sick.
So what I am trying to say from the above example is that I need to sleep and rest my eyes at regular intervals, which means never being too far from my bed, despite having a strong sense of wanderlust and more recently a very real fear of missing out (FOMO). So many people I graduated with are studying or working abroad this summer and I've realized that I don't want those kinds of meaningful international experiences to be absent from my own life. I only have a few years before my twenties end, and that realization alone has ignited a kind of panic in me, amplifying any impulse and desire to travel. Time is the only luxury. It doesn't matter how much money you have if you don't have your health, and, in turn, the time, to realize your dreams. I am fascinated by the idea of personal transformation but it is a concept that increasingly feels unattainable and that's what terrifies me the most. It has been a lifelong dream of mine to visit Japan but thinking about where I'm at now, and the 15 hour flight, and everything that would be needed to get from point A to B is incredibly daunting. I am terrified, but also equally enthralled, at the idea of venturing half away around the world and perhaps on my own as well. Knowing how much work would be involved, how much I would have to do to regain my health, and how amazing an existential experience like traveling alone would be is strangely motivating. The goal seems so impossible that it makes me want it all the more. Plus, to be perfectly honest, I would have no one else to travel with.
Acne has dictated my entire adult life. It has caused me to avoid social interactions and lose friends but it has also sent me on a journey towards better health. In doing so, in lingering longer in my safety net and delaying major life milestones, I have saved more money. I have the means to travel, which I suspect most other people my age do not as their financial responsibilities are very different from mine. What I don't yet have is the time or wellbeing and mental outlook to venture forth. I want to stay positive and I try to do so but the sheer physical misery and negative thinking is sometimes overwhelming. Some people are very fortunate to clear their skin and take control of their lives through diet and exercise and supplements alone but I do not think I am one of them. At 26 years old, I think I need to very seriously start considering detoxication protocols, things like liver cleanses and temporarily candida diets. I am seeing a functional medicine practitioner on the 29th of May and am very hopeful that that, along with any resulting blood tests, food allergy tests, etc. will shed greater insight into my condition.
27 March 2015 - 08:37 PM
Skincare products will do little to treat chronic life-long acne (see below; taken from the CureZone forums):
The biggest mistake of your life was going to doctors and taking prescription medications.
That mistake will add years to the healing process.
Acne may have started with your parents taking you to doctors when you were baby, with antibiotics, medications, vaccines, poor diet or it may have started with your mother being vaccinated or using antibiotics, hormonal contraception, steroids, poor diet, antibiotics in diet, hormones in diet or other toxins before you were born.
That is the cause of acne. It is self inflicted.
People pay for vaccines, antibiotics, prescriptions, hormones, steroids, poor food, poor water ... and in turn that causes health problems to them or to their kids or to their grandchildren.
That is why I call it self-inflicted.
Self-inflicted out of ignorance.
Use of antibiotics, birth control and other prescription medications and toxins across generations causes acne.
Poor diet from your side just makes it worse.
Antibiotics in meat and diet make it worse.
Sugar in diet makes it worse.
Antibiotics you took during the last 10 years have only destroyed that little left of your good microbiota, your intestinal health and your liver health.
Your healing tasks now are:
- heal your liver
- heal your intestines
- heal your microbiota
- ignore treating your skin, any topical treatment will only extend total healing time
Now, it will take time because you neglected to do it for more than 10 years.
If you have a car, you drive that car, you use inappropriate fuel, inappropriate oil, inappropriate tires, and you keep neglecting red lights telling you that engine oil is low, steering oil is low, cooling liquid is low , engine is overheating etc ...
It does not really matter if you took that car every single day to car wash, car polish and if your car shines from outside. ... the fact is, once that car stops, and it is going to stop running very soon, it is going to cost a lot to fix it and it is going to take a lot of time.
And, all that could have been prevented by using appropriate fuel, appropriate oil, adding oil, changing oil, changing filters and adding cooling liquid at the right time.
- correct diet is equivalent of using appropriate fuel, appropriate engine oil and appropriate tires, appropriate spare parts
- Liver Flush is equivalent of changing oil and changing oil filter regularly on your car engine ;
- Fecal Transplant is equivalent of replacing worn out parts of your engine, changing register belt, changing filters, changing liquids ...
As you neglected to do it for so many years, now it is going to take a very long time to fix everything.
Every month and every year of neglecting your engine needs adds weeks or month to the healing process.
That link you gave is good, but that is not enough for you.
You will also need Liver Flushes and fecal transplants on top of perfect anti candida diet.
Read and learn:
02 February 2015 - 03:44 PM
Maybe digestive enzymes before eating will help? I read somewhere else on here recently that betaine HCI+ Pepsin not only helped with stomach problems, but cleared skin.
Yeah, also heard that. I will order som betaine HCI., and see If it could help me mabye.
There is definitely a connection. Google Dr. Chris Kresser and acne. Recently, I began taking Swedish Bitters, but it didn't really help me. What is helping I think is taking a daily probiotic alongside lactoferrin, l-glutamine, and milk kefir. I try to avoid dairy but the kefir I buy is 99% lactose free and is from cows not treated with growth hormones.