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Corn Sensitivity And Cystic Acne?

17 March 2014 - 12:31 PM

Saw something about this on Dr. Oz today. Just wanted to share.


Reassessing My Skin In 2014. What Next?

08 March 2014 - 10:35 PM

Hey guys, so I'm looking for some insight on what to try next with my skin (see my signature for everything I've tried in the past). 


Has anyone had any success with coconut oil, bentonite clay, or fenugreek tea?


The only thing that has ever really given me longer (though temporary) relief was Doxycycline and then years later Solodyn. Both helped in controlling my acne for awhile but then my body presumably developed a resistance to the antibiotics and my skin got worse again. Since I have seen some mild success with antibiotics, however, I'm thinking of considering them again. The only thing that concerns me is killing the good bacteria in my body. I feel like when I was on Solodyn my stomach was more sensitive (and maybe still is). I've heard though that taking probiotics with antibiotics can help to counter act any harmful effects and that more dermatologists are now recommending this. Has anyone gone on antibiotics again or else taken probiotics and seen results?


I also started juicing, which I plan to keep up, but really want to attack my acne from multiple angles. 

Going To An Organic Grocery Store Tomorrow. What Should I Get For My Skin?

03 January 2014 - 05:53 PM

So, there's this really awesome, locally-owned organic grocery store in my area. I'm going there early tomorrow morning and wanted to see if anyone has recommendations for anything I should get that could potentially be helpful for my skin.


BRIEF SKIN HISTORY: I have very sensitive combination skin (both oily and dry) with hyper-pigmentation and worst of all cystic acne. I've used many spot-treatment products in the past, and while these products always dry out a blemish, superficially, they do nothing to reduce inflammation. I want to try and prevent cystic acne in the first place by eating better, taking useful supplements, getting proper sleep, etc., but when blemishes do form I also want to know how to effectively treat them. 


PAST SUPPLEMENTS: Overall, supplements haven't really done anything for me. Having said that, I'm still interested in finding those ones that actually do help. Here is a brief list of the most recent supplements I currently take:

  • Zinc - Seems to have generally helped my immune system. I haven't had a cold in over a year now.
  • Boron - Take a look at this site (http://www.acneresea...org/our-system/). They recommend taking Boron with Vitamin B and D with Zinc, but I haven't really seen any difference in my skin as a result. Still interesting stuff.
  • Vitamin D - My levels were on the low side, started supplementing for months, levels returned to normal, but no change in acne. I still take 2,000 IU daily.
  • ALA - It's hard to say whether this or the colder winter air has made my skin less oily.
  • Fish Oil - Started taking for dry eyes, but also for dry skin too I guess.
  • Silica - Can't say that I've seen any change in my skin as a result of taking this for almost two months now.
  • Vitamin B Complex - I've taken many variations of Vitamin B (including just B5, a B complex, pan. acid, etc.) but I've never really noticed any difference in my skin. Also, if I'm not mistaken aren't there particular risks/disadvantages with taking Vitamin B regularly (e.g. hair loss, skin flushing, etc.)?

THINGS I'M INTERESTED IN GETTING TOMORROW: Feel free to provide thoughts and recommendations.

CURRENT DIET: In 2014, I am going to try to eat as clean as possible. I am also experimenting with specific diet eliminations to see how it affects my skin. Here's what I'm currently doing:

  • Gluten-Free (for 2 weeks) - I'm getting a food allergy test in a couple of weeks, but in the meantime I'm trying to cut gluten out of my diet to see if it helps with my skin.
  • Dairy-Free - Haven't had milk in over a year, but now I want to eliminate yogurt and cheeses. I still have cheese if it's prepared in a meal, but avoid cheese sticks, slices of cheese, and so forth.
  • Coffee-Free - Another common and suspected irritant that I have currently eliminated. Apparently, there is also a coffee alternative made with dandelions.
  • Avoiding Processed Sugars and White Flour - Giving preference to honey and rice flour instead. From my understanding this is also an element of Anti-Canidad diets. Can anyone comment on this? Has anyone seen the film The Beautiful Truth, gone vegetarian, started juicing regularly? Juicing is also something I really want to get more serious about in 2014. I plan on investing in a quality juicer in the coming weeks.

That's about it, more or less. I'll add to this list as I think of more things. In the meantime, I highly recommend checking out this site (http://www.acneresea...org/our-system/) as it recommends, and provides research for, many of the lifestyle and diet changes that acne sufferers should be making. Thanks!

How To Meet Girls When Dealing With Acne?

15 December 2013 - 02:26 PM

So, in-short, the acne-induced isolation-filled lifestyle that I've grown content with and accustomed to since graduating from college almost three years ago is beginning to be perceived as unhealthy, and rightfully so, by my family, coworkers and even strangers. Everyone tells me that I need a girlfriend, and its embarrassing and pathetic. I smile sheepishly and say something about how Im more professionally focused in life right now and that the other stuff will come later, but the truth is Im too anxious and self-conscious to really invest 100% into social endeavors. The problem is, as a sufferer of acne, I simply cannot do the same things as other people. I cant consume copious amounts of alcohol and eat processed foods and screw my melatonin cycle up and generally jeopardize the state of my skin. I dont have a wide circle of friends from which to rely upon, nor an extensive history of romantic pursuits from which to draw experience from. Its me, just me. All I have is myself. The only advantage I feel that I have is that Im working, I have a good job, Im making money, and Im saving money.


But even if I was in a serious relationship - a welcome distraction perhaps - I don't think I could ever truly be "happy," not with the presence of acne and anxiety looming over me. I have a hard time thinking that anyone would want to be with another person who has acne and anxiety when there are so many other people out there who are available and do not have this extra baggage. Still, I feel that I should be doing something, making some sort of effort to avoid being alone - and not necessarily because Im deeply drawn to the idea of being intimately connected with another person, but because I just want to be normal. And right now, spending way too much time around my family is not normal. I want to get my own place next year, but the thought of living absolutely entirely alone isnt particularly exciting. I guess part of me does in some way want something more, but I really have no idea where to begin, not after living like this for so long. 

Has Anyone Tried This? Internal Homeopathic Pills?

11 November 2013 - 01:13 PM