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In Topic: Anecdotal Evidence That Cystic/nodular Acne Is A Food Or Other Intolerance

06 June 2013 - 11:27 PM

I had tests done to find out which foods I am sensitive to/intolerant of. Dairy, Gluten and Eggs topped the charts for me and are basically full blown allergies, although I am not considered a celiac. 

About a year ago I travelled to Nepal to do some volunteer work there, and unfortunately I was in situations where I could not control my diet and was ingesting quite a large amount of foods containing gluten, eggs and some dairy. Low and behold I had the worst break out of my life, and not just normal acne, but crazy inflamed cystic acne, quite possibly similar to what you are talking about, only mine would develop a head eventually with pus and all that jazz.

When I came home from Nepal, I put myself on an incredibly strict diet, I am now a Gluten-Free Vegan basically, and my skin completely cleared, although it did take some time, and I will get a pimple here and there...but nothing compared to the craziness of what happened to me in Nepal. I know for a fact what I eat is directly connected to my break outs, especially the horrible cystic ones. 


I really wish Doctors would look at diet more instead of just laughing it off...so many people could be saved from the misery of acne if they started to consider their diet (although I know this isn't true for everyone, and for a lot of us, it's a combination of many different factors)...but diet can no longer be ignored.


Although I am cleared, I unfortunately have a face full of pretty horrendous scars because of three months where I could not control what I ate. 

Cystic acne is pretty unforgiving in that not only does it hurt like hell when you have it, but it also leaves it's mark...permanently.


It's interesting to me that you are getting cysts/nodules from oranges/citrus fruits. Have you every considered taking an allergy/food sensitivities test?

In Topic: Scars Worse After Laser?

21 May 2013 - 11:29 PM

It will get better in time. I am in my second week of recovering from a fraxel treatment and I have quite a bit of redness too, but the clinician tells me this is perfectly normal, it may last for a month or so, but is part of the healing process and will get better. :)

In Topic: Acne Scar Treatments I've Had

20 May 2013 - 07:28 PM

Greg, you are my hero. Seriously, your perseverance, patience and courage is an example to all of us :)  Keep on being amazing, we're all rooting for you!

In Topic: You Are Not Alone.

20 May 2013 - 11:03 AM

Thanks Quirky,


I appreciate your encouragement. 

The only thing that keeps me going is being pro-active about my skin and continuing to do treatments.

But on those days where the depression sets in, and everything seems glum, I'm thankful for places like this, where I can share openly and know that I am understood.

All the best to you friend!

Also, Quirky, how are you doing in the battle against your scars, do you feel like you've had any victories?

In Topic: New Acne Scar Treatment

31 March 2013 - 01:03 AM

I hired a tutor that speaks Korean help me find out more about Cora Therapy. This is what he translated for me:

01 What is Cora Therapy?
Cora therapy promote the regrow of skin on its own. After a treatment, the redness of a scar goes away within a week if it is on face and more treatments are needed to accelerate the healing process. This therapy is effective treating acne scars, chicken pox scars, and any other kinds of scars.

02 Cora Therapy of collagen regeneration capacity will rise rapidly.
Treatment of chicken pox scars and acne scars caused by the collapse of the dermis through the promotion of blood flow accelerates the nutrition of the skin tissue, skin problems, depressions or indentations to solve.
Cora Therapy procedure scars, indentations or depressions on top of each other and filled up to a height equal to the surrounding normal skin.
You can get almost no side effects so it a safe and effective treatment.

I also had him translate a letter to the clinic explaining how I live in the States and wondering if they offer their services outside of South Korea and this is their response:

Thank you and we appreciate your interest all the way from the United States.

Cora Therapy treatment can only be done through Rodham clinic. In other words, you can only get the treatment in South Korea.

The treatment consists of a procedure using a single needle. This is how the procedure was able to be published in paper. The treatment interval is twice a week and usually for 5 to 6 sessions. It requires a period of at least three months. A deep scar may require additional treatments and time to fully heal.

If you have been taking care of your skin and it is relatively in a good shape, you may be able to reduce a number of treatments.

The therapy uses one needle to treat a scar and builds up new skin step by step. This will allow the treated scar to reach to the height of the surrounding skin. We do not inject any chemicals but provide an environment that can help skin to regrow. Therefore, there is almost no side effects and makes it easy to take care of after treatment. If you were to receive a Cora Therapy treatment, you can wash your face right afterwards or the next day if you would like a synergy treatment. The synergy treatment allows for even skin color, promote skin regeneration and strengthening keratin, shrink pores, and help manage sebum.

The therapy usually costs between 350 and 700 US dollars. We would need to examine you first in person to be able to give an exact quote for the treatment price. In case if you are interested, getting a treatment for one scar is between 35 to 55 dollars and can be up to 110 dollars if it a big scar. If there are many scars, we quote the price based on the parts of the face that are going to be treated.

Once again, thank you for your interest and have a good day.



You are awesome! Thanks for posting this!
Are you considering going to Korea to have this done?


I so wish that North American Dermatologists would get their heads out of their butts and start recognizing and offering treatments like this.