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In Topic: I Have No Idea What This Is Anymore

11 August 2014 - 07:58 AM

This is my skin. Always broken out. Always oily. Always red and inflamed. Nothing works.

In Topic: Nearly A Decade Of Desperation, Help!

11 August 2014 - 07:51 AM

I had acne since I was 13 . I'm 22 years old and I'm in the same boat as you . Almost a full decade with ....
ACNE . It sucks , I know and sometimes I feel like getting a rake and scratch my face off . Even though I still have acne it has got a lot better and I mean a lot better since my teens. There's a lot of factors that can contribute to acne . How's your diet ? Any dairy in your diet ? Do you drink enough water ? Are you using a effective antibiotic ? Are you currently under a lot of stress ? Do you exercise ? The list goes on . The way I finally got my acne under control was though exercise , healthy diet , and drinking a lot of water . I also use 5% benzoyl peroxide and a non greasy moisturizer and it has worked great. I'm just sharing personal experiences with you and hopefully this helps. Remember that acne comes from the inside out and you have to attack it from the inside first for it to get better !


Can you be more specific about your exercise regimen? This is something that I definitely need to do, but I find that towards the end of the day, after work, I'm just too tired, or lethargic, or apathetic to even try to begin working out. I know sweating is good and helps release toxins from the body, but I'm also paranoid that sweating will cause me to breakout more and agitate existing acne. I have IT friction band syndrome as well, which just means that the band or muscle running from my hip to my knee requires constant stretching or it tightens, rubs over my knee, and causes sharp pain that prevents me from running for more than 5 minutes. I know these are ultimately excuses, but when dealing with exhaustion via low-grade, long-term, acne-induced depression, it takes an enormous amount of energy to begin anything.


Anyway, I'm in the same boat as pretty much everyone else in this section. I've had acne since sophomore year of high school. I am now three years out of college and am still dealing with this. To make matters worse, I decided to get LASIK a few years ago, even though I was slightly predisposed to dealing with dry eyes. Now I constantly deal with dry eyes. I wake up and the skin around my eyes is red and inflamed and my eyes are bloodshot. I use eye drops every 15 mins or so. As a result, there's no way I could ever go on Accutane and risk aggravating my eyes even more. I don't think I would ever want to go on that stuff anyway though.


Over the years my skin has gone from bad to worse, improved some, but then worsened again. Per my signature, I have tried the typical dermatological pills and creams. I am now at a crossroads where I really don't know what to do or where to go next. My biggest complaints are that my skin is still very oil while dry. I constantly have an unflattering sheen across my face that none of my other peers possess. I have hyper pigmentation from previous blemishes, and my skin is almost always slightly reddened and inflamed. And still I deal with cystic acne, the worse kind of acne.

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.