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#3492467 I Need A Diet Plan!

Posted by Quetzlcoatl on 16 August 2015 - 07:22 PM

Paleo diet. Include fermented dairy. I would recommend the site Mark's Daily Apple for information. Most people go paleo for weight loss, but it's also very useful for correcting inflammatory disorders such as acne.

#3492466 Drinking Tea And Lemon Juice To Clear Acne?

Posted by Quetzlcoatl on 16 August 2015 - 07:20 PM

Cleanse toxins? How exactly would tea do that? I don't think toxins are the problem. Maybe you should just cut back on sugar and let the outbreak resolve.

Of course, green tea does have plenty of anti-inflammatory compounds, so it could help to resolve it faster. Black tea would be much less useful. White tea would be superior to green tea.

#3492463 Suspect Leaky Gut, What Snacks Can I Have, Low Carbs? Strict Diet Results

Posted by Quetzlcoatl on 16 August 2015 - 07:12 PM

It's probably microbial. You could take a probiotic (I recommend Elixa - I may be writing a more in depth post on this probiotic in the near future if my skin continues to improve from it). You could also try different carbohydrate sources. I would avoid grains to start - wheat (including pancakes, pasta, bread, etc), oats, barley, rye, and possibly even rice. I would then avoid legumes (beans, lentils, hummus, peanut butter, etc), which are also mostly carbohydrates, and tend to be antigenic.

The safest carbohydrates tend to be root vegetables. I would try squash or sweet potatoes first, as some people have problems with white potatoes. You could try some white rice as well, as it tends to be very safe. If you have a problem with all of these, then you almost certainly have dysbiosis, which should be treated with probiotics (see above), or if unsuccessful, antibiotics followed by probiotics. But hopefully you can tolerate some of the mentioned safe carbohydrates.

As a side note, fruit can be safe, but if you're sensitive to something like citric acid, a lot of fruits will break you out. I am not so certain that sugar is necessarily the problem here for you. Chocolate itself - even without sugar or milk - is also problematic for many people.

Finally, to help with leaky gut, I suggest making bone broth soups. This will help your gut heal if you have leaky gut, which you probably do to some extent. Start with a bone broth (google a paleo bone broth recipe), add meat and vegetables. Then you can add a safe carb, such as a root vegetable or white long-grain rice. You should be able to tolerate this.

#3481849 Eliminating Dairy + Daily Green Tea - When Will I Notice A Change?

Posted by Quetzlcoatl on 22 May 2015 - 12:44 PM

2 weeks if that's the cause which it may well not be. Depends on your digestion though, if you go daily it could be faster, if you're constipated it could take longer.

But I wouldn't assume that these two changes will fix the problem.

#3462239 Toxic Body And Liver Is The Root Cause Of Acne

Posted by Quetzlcoatl on 02 December 2014 - 08:20 AM

I did the candida protocol and plenty of detoxes. I am not convinced. The evidence just isn't there, even in anecdotes. Better digestion will improve acne, but you don't need to do all these fancy things for that.

#3461111 Going Off Accutane Early? Scared Of Side Effects.

Posted by Quetzlcoatl on 23 November 2014 - 01:25 AM

It's a risk you have to consider. Permanent side effects are very, very rare, unless you go into accutane with nutritional imbalances (like low vitamin D). No one can tell you that the dry eyes will 100% not be permanent. But from all of the anecdotes I've seen, it basically always reverts within a month after being off treatment. So will the red skin.


If I were in your position, I would push through. The length of treatment is more important than the dosage, and if you were going to get any permanent side effects, you would have gotten them by now. One more month, hell, three more months, are very unlikely to cause any more harm.

#3454408 I Got Tested For A Food Intolerance Test... Here's What I Found Out

Posted by Quetzlcoatl on 03 October 2014 - 02:00 PM

Candida is rarely the issue, even though many think it is. The issue is general dysbiosis, caused by an imbalance in usually bacteria. A probiotic rich diet of whole foods will still help this condition, however; but avoiding sugars is largely unnecessary if the sugars are coming from whole food sources in reasonable amounts.

#3454406 Need Help With Finding The Problem For Cystic Acne!

Posted by Quetzlcoatl on 03 October 2014 - 01:56 PM

Avoid all wheat products. Pasta, bread, cereal, pancakes, cookies, etc. Cystic acne is very often caused by a food sensitivity. Yours could be wheat. It isn't easy, I'll warn you. Wheat flour is often added to things like soup and sauces.

#3453866 Is What Im Eating Fine? Please Comment :d

Posted by Quetzlcoatl on 29 September 2014 - 07:43 PM

There are wheat-free breads available. I like to enjoy a millet-zucchini bread when I'm in the mood for a sandwich or melt. It tastes like normal bread, but has a thicker consistency, kind of like rye.


It would be better, though, if you didn't eat a sandwich every day. There are lots of delicious cuts of meat that you can combine with herbs and sauces to make amazing food. I would also recommend eating eggs at least once a week.

#3453860 Is What Im Eating Fine? Please Comment :d

Posted by Quetzlcoatl on 29 September 2014 - 07:30 PM

I would get rid of the wheat - the ciabatta and the frosted mini wheats. Other than that, your a bit heavy on the carbs. Consider replacing some of the fruit, particularly the melon, with dark leafy greens.

#3452538 Sebum Quality

Posted by Quetzlcoatl on 18 September 2014 - 08:39 AM

Yes, which is what I said

#3451854 Understand & Cure Acne- The Skin Is Used For Excretion!

Posted by Quetzlcoatl on 13 September 2014 - 08:01 AM

This is mostly voodoo. There is a lot of science behind and, and it's becoming apparent that the cause is almost always immune dysfunction in some form.


what if my blood is great and i have no inflammation and have good immunity?


Then you don't have acne

#3450742 Y Does It Take 666 Million Years To Fade Redmarks ?

Posted by Quetzlcoatl on 05 September 2014 - 05:22 PM

Diet looks great.  I'm still on accutane so the reddishness is still here, but I have no doubt it will go away. I do basically paleo but I consume a lot of fermented dairy. I recommend yogurt as it is highly insulinogenic and will increase the turnover rate of your skin.

Vitamin D can potentially help as well, as can mild sun damage/tanning.

Many vitamins take ages to accumulate (like vitamin D), so keep going strong with the diet and you may see improvement with time.

#3450051 Age Blocker

Posted by Quetzlcoatl on 01 September 2014 - 10:49 AM

So I looked into this a little bit and I think it would be worth it to clarify what benfotiamine actually does.


Benfotiamine is a synthetic relative of thiamine. It's been modified to be more lipophilic, which allows for greater biodistribution in tissues. Thiamine, on the other hand, is entirely water soluble, which means that overdosing on it will not really lead to much of a therapeutic benefit as it will be cleared from the blood very quickly. This is the only difference between the two compounds; once thiamine/benfotiamine is inside the cell, the mechanism of action is the same.


The mechanism of action is basically increasing sugar metabolism, which raises the threshold for glucose toxicity (glucose toxicity is the state in which the glucose concentration of a media/cell is high enough for proteins to become randomly glycosylated without the need for enzymes. Glucose toxicity directly results in the formation of AGEs).


What does this mean? It means that if you are on benfotiamine, it could allow you to eat more sugar without experiencing the negative effects. However, it also means that benfotiamine will not remove AGEs that are already formed. There is no known compound that is able to cleave AGEs at any therapeutic level, but a lot of research is currently being done in this area.


That being said, the body naturally metabolizes and excretes AGEs over time. If one were to take benfotiamine for a long period of time to limit the formation of new AGEs, eventually one might see a decrease in total tissue AGEs. This does carry an unknown risk with it, though, as benfotiamine is not thiamine, and could cause unforeseen complications when taken for an extended period of time. This is my conjecture, and I have no evidence for negative side effects, but I think it's worth it to caution against the unknown.


A small final point I would have is that using benfotiamine as an excuse to consume extra sugars would result in no net benefit. If one were to aim to reduce their tissue AGEs, they would need to reduce their sugar intake/glycemic load of foods and take benfotiamine at the same time.

#3449249 1500 Negative Posts About Accutane

Posted by Quetzlcoatl on 27 August 2014 - 12:01 PM

Side effects arise and become permanent for a few reasons. If you have a pre-existing autoimmune condition or a family history of such, your risk is probably much higher. If you have mutations in the pathway that metabolizes the drug, your risk is much higher. If you have poor nutrition, your risk is much higher.

Preexisting conditions and family history are easy to decipher. Nutrition is a bit harder, but it can be improved and then excluded as a risk factor. Genetics are the most difficult to deal with, but are also the rarest.

It's important to not that the incidence of side effects is not cumulative. Certain people are at risk for many side effects, whole others are at risk for very few. You need to with that risk for yourself; for most people, it works out, and most people don't give a single damn about recognizing any of the things I listed.