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In Topic: How I Cleared My Acne After 26 Years. Try It.

30 March 2014 - 08:36 AM

This may have already been answered somewhere in this thread, but I'm confused about the role of vegetables high in oxalic acid (particularly kale and spinach leaves). These vegetables are also very high in nutrients so I'm wondering how often they should be incorporated into one's juicing regimen. I noticed the OP didn't explicitly mention either of these vegetables in his original post.

What are some go-to recipes you guys use and what recipes do you use on a weekly basis?

In Topic: Folliculitis On Face - Suggestions?

29 March 2014 - 09:03 AM

The folliculitis only flares up on my chin and above my top lip.  I was put on Doxycycline which didnt help at all.  Then they tried me on Flucloxacillin which didnt do anything either.  The only thing that seems to help is Amoxicillin which clears my skin up unbelievably well to the point where Id actually say its perfect and blemish free.  However, as soon as I stop taking Amoxicillin the folliculitis returns within a week or so  and badly too.
I have tried various vitamins, probiotics and antioxidants, diet changes, every face wash, cleanser and moisturiser out there but nothing seems to help.  Also, I dont smoke, only drink in moderation and exercise regularly.  I am not overweight and believe I lead a healthy lifestyle.
I truly feel that I am getting to the end of my tether.  I would love to know of anyone else in the same boat as me or anyone who has been in my position and can offer some hope?
I am due to see my dermatologist again soon.  I am wondering whether perhaps I would be better off remaining on a controlled amount of Amoxicillin for a while as I dont suffer any side effects and I feel so much better in general when my skin is completely clear.

I am in a very similar boat as well. My story is very similar to yours.
I am 22 and ever since puberty I have had very severe cystic acne. It used to be all over my face, neck, back, basically my whole body. I tried proactive and some other commercial products, but none of that stuff ever helped. Amoxicillin was the only thing that ever worked. It cleared up everything and kept it clear. When I'm on it the only thing I have to do to my face is wash it with water, or in the shower, and add some lotion to it.
I've been on it for about 3 years now. The dermatologist I am currently seeing is trying to get me off amoxicillin because he is afraid my body will start to become immune to it. I went down to one 500mg pill a day. That worked. But when I completely stop taking it, all my acne starts to come back. As of typing this right now, I have broken out really bad around my upper lip, mouth, and jaw area. I believe it's do to razor burn.
For the past couple months I have been trying relentlessly to find a replacement for amoxicillin, but to no avail. Currently I am taking:
5000IU of Vitamin D3 daily
30mg of Zinc daily
500-1000mg of Vitamin C daily
500mg of Allicin daily (Really thought this was going to work. Allicin is where garlic gets all of its anti-bacterial and anti-fungul fighting properties from)
Queen's Delight (Combination of Bee Pollen, Bee Royal Jelly, and Bee Propolis)
I am also a vegitarian and meditate daily. So I don't think my acne is greatly influenced or effected by my diet or stress.
From my research I have found that amoxicillin is a type of penicillin that fights of a broad range of gram-negative bacteria. So I have been trying to find natural alternatives that also kill of gram-negative bacteria, or just a replacement for amoxicillin in general.
Any answers or advice is greatly appreciated.
This is very interesting. I've been on Amoxicillin (namely for sinus infections) but never for cystic acne. The only time my skin has seemed to respond to medical-grade treatments is when I was on Doxycycline and later Solodyn. But, eventually my cystic acne came back. I've found that while antibiotics may be great at managing acne, they only really help for a few months and then that's it. I was also on Bactrim for an extended period of time (after doxy and before Solodyn) but saw little, if any, results. I am tempted to try antibiotics again, if not to get some temporary relief, but I am also weary of the long term side effects and further killing the good bacteria throughout my body. I wonder if taking a quality probiotic with an antibiotic would be of any benefit as opposed to simply taking an antibiotic alone. Have you looked into topical probiotic treatments at all? I know they're still relatively new but a lot of research has indicated that they may be useful.

More and more I am starting to think that my persistent cystic acne is the result of internal bacteria since antibiotics are the only time I saw mild and temporary relief. I don't drink or smoke. I don't drink milk. I try to eat organic as much as possible and avoid processed foods. I've also started juicing for the past month but have yet to see any benefits. I even when gluten free for a month plus but saw no change in my skin.

In Topic: How I Cleared My Acne After 26 Years. Try It.

08 March 2014 - 07:36 PM

I've been juicing for 8 straight days now and although I haven't noticed any real  progress, I am hopeful and committed to sticking with it.


Also, has anyone heard of the "Miracle Drink" AKA "ABC Juice? It's apples, beets, and carrots. I'm sure it's been mentioned somewhere in this thread but apparently it's excellent for acne-prone skin. I'm somewhat suspicious of the high sugar content but still interested in the benefits of this drink.

In Topic: Bentonite Clay? WTF? Help me please!

08 March 2014 - 11:20 AM

The Bentonite Clay Mask from Aztecs Secrets on Amazon has a 5 star rating from over 1,000 people. Not sure if that's any indication of how useful it is though. But I've also been interested in trying bentonite clay or at least finding a good acne mask to use one or twice a week. I was previously using a broccoli-sulfur mask from Sircuit Cosmeceuticals but it's too expensive ($75) and I wasn't really seeing results.


Also, OP, as a male, I know how strange and disorienting it can feel having to start investigating different topical treatments and therapies, but unfortunately that's just part of dealing with bad skin. There's no quick fix either. Preventing acne involves making multiple and often drastic lifestyle changes, but that's just how it is. I often find it easier to justify using masks, getting chemical peels, etc. in telling myself that these are things I just have to do because I have acne. I spend more time on my skin than the average guy because I have a problem, and I am trying to deal with that problem.

In Topic: Have You Ever Taken An Emotional Day Off From Acne?

03 March 2014 - 10:14 AM

Absolutely, yes. If you can, try to be proactive about your skin on your day off. Schedule an appointment with an esthetician. Generally, a mild chemical peel (stick with salicylic and glycolic acid) will work wonders for your overall complexion. If any cysts are particularly bad, you may consider a cortisone shot. Warm compresses and a Retin A based topical application may also help. Advil can temporarily help with the pain and inflammation of a cyst as well.


But I'm a big advocate of doing the whole esthetician/spa thing on days when I'm experiencing a border-line acne-induced panic attack. It's nice to have someone to talk to - professionally, personally, and confidentially - at such times. Probably the biggest benefit though is that special care and attention is very therapeutic, which goes a long way in calming your nerves and reassuring your senses.