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Zach Zach

Member Since 02 Jul 2013
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#3398373 Lets Find The Supreme Cure

Posted by Zach Zach on 02 December 2013 - 04:20 PM

al13: Interesting post but it's ultimately just your opinion, which I disagree with. If you believe that acne is caused by modern civilization, how do you explain the fact that "acne" is an Ancient Greek word meaning "eruption on (or of) the face?" Please see links like this one to read a brief summary of age-old acne documentation: http://adultacnetrea...history-of-acne


But you can research for yourself! Or just believe what you want. I do agree that diet is a BIG factor in the development of acne in Western civilization too. Exactly what in our diets causes acne? Well, I think the answer to that question depends on the person. Different people are affected in different ways and some people are more predisposed to suffering from the "disease." And, of course, don't forget the fact that the world's population is much larger and more diverse now than it was in the past. So, in the past, civilizations in which acne was present were much smaller, perhaps more closed-off, and more "local" than modern cities currently.


So, why do some people have the "acne gene" (if in fact something like that does exist, which I don't know) and why do others not have it? Look to your family tree. Your answers are in there somewhere!

#3386764 30-Day Challenge

Posted by Zach Zach on 06 October 2013 - 10:03 AM

Good luck! Someone needs to invent some kind of a ring or bracelet that lets out a piercing alarm sound if you get your hand too close to your face. You can wear it everywhere so that if you even come close to picking, the alarm sounds and you'll be embarrassed as hell. I guarantee that will set you straight!


I had the same issue with picking and I still pick just as an impulse. Remember, the simple fact that you realize you shouldn't be doing it in such excess is a step in the right direction.

#3385657 Acne And Workout Supplements

Posted by Zach Zach on 30 September 2013 - 09:55 AM

Hello, i'm new to this forum, and hopefully i'll be able to get some good answers from you.


Currently I'm 20, and i'll be 21 at the end of the year. I used to have acne in my face and also chest and back, and I took the accutane treatment for almost 10 months, finally erasing it all from my body. Then, after 6 months, I started taking workout supplements like animal pak (Multivitamins) and also whey protein. After almost one or two months using that supplements, I had another acne breakout. I went to my dermatologist and he told me that I would need to take another accutane treatment, for 7 months. I made it, finally finishing my second accutane treatment and getting rid of the acne again. My doctor told me to NEVER get any type of workout supplement again, because I would get acne again. I would love to get supplements again because I love it, but I'm really scared to get acne again, and starting another treatment. I would like to hear some opinions. Thanks. 


Yo Kevin, good to hear you got rid of your acne with Accutane... that's a big deal. Now, I've got an issue with your doc saying that you should never get *any type* of supplement again. Imo, that's pretty ignorant of what's out there. A lot of the mass-marketed supps are concoctions of all kinds of chemicals, isolates, etc. that can be horrible for your body because they're basically just chemical slush never meant to be consumed by humans in large quantities. But, you can get all kinds of protein powders and multi vites that are very beneficial for you. I know Animal Pak is well known and widely used, but I think it's overkill. I used to use Animal Pak back in the day and had the worst acne I've ever had while using it. I went with another multi that had no iodine or iron in it and a lot, but not all, of that bad acne went away within a month. Whey is generally considered the least useful of any kind of protein powder you can buy mostly because whey dumps amino acids into your blood all at once (your body absorbs whey's aminos within 1-2 hours after you take it, which is not enough time to synthesize muscle tissue), whereas normal food like steak leaches it into your blood over the course of 8-14 hours. This means your body can synthesize muscle tissue over that 8-14 hour time frame. So whey should be coupled with another type of protein like egg or casein to work throughout the day, but that's beside the point. There are plenty of more natural proteins you can use that are much better for you... soy, egg, hemp, rice, pea, etc. Btw, I have never done Accutane and don't know much about it, but it sounds like 7-8 months of not having acne after doing a treatment is really good. I'd think multiple treatments would be necessary thru one's life anyway.


I don't know if dairy, and therefore whey protein, can cause acne (my suspicion is that if it does it is so minimal you wouldn't care about it). I've been using various proteins derived from milk for over 5 years now and my acne has not worsened because of it. Anything else though, multi vits, pre workouts etc will not worsen your acne, though if you buy them you're just buying into marketing hype anyway - I hate to think how much those animal vits are. You're actually in a similar position to me, breaking out again after 2 cycles of tane. What the answer is I don't know but I wouldn't worry about supps one bit


I don't think that buying multi vites is buying into marketing hype. Working out depletes nutrients and eating food can help replenish nutrient levels in the body, but it's difficult to get all the nutrients you need in order to grow from eating if you work out and don't use a multi. Multis will usually help to supplement your daily nutritional intake. You can certainly workout without a multi / protein powder, but it's not optimal. Pre-workouts are definitely hyped though lol... eating a big meal a couple hours before a workout does the "pre-workout nutrition job" much better than protein just prior.

#3382921 Acne On Forehead And Face

Posted by Zach Zach on 16 September 2013 - 08:55 AM

Oh yeah! If someone doesn't like/love cheese, then that someone is insane.


But keep trying! Failing isn't something to be ashamed of... quitting is.

#3382706 Acne On Forehead And Face

Posted by Zach Zach on 15 September 2013 - 08:47 AM

Thesis, I used to work retail and I know your pain! It can be stressful at times... definitely depends on your co-workers too. I had the good fortune of being able to work with hilarious people... laughter is the best stress reliever! But, it doesn't help that I was stressed helping people with acne on my face... makes for a very un-fun job.


But, other than that, I think your dairy consumption is fine. Really that's not much dairy at all... about 1/5 of what I usually eat every day lol. If you seriously think dairy is a culprit, just cut as much of it out of your diet as you can for a month or so and see what happens. Honestly, it could really be anything you eat, the type of fabric softener you use, the clothes you wear, what you put on your face, etc. that could cause new outbreaks at this point.

#3379444 Acne On Forehead And Face

Posted by Zach Zach on 01 September 2013 - 09:35 AM

No what is it?



Thesis79, you probably found that Proactive is a waste of money as do many people. Their marketing campaign is top notch though. Regular soap rarely will help acne sufferers too. It sounds like many of the methods you have tried have involved topical treatment (other than Vitamin E, which I have found does very little against acne). Look into the regimen and then think about oral treatments (pill form) like antibiotics coupled with ibuprofen. And remember to stick with whatever treatment regimen you choose for an extended period. 3 months is usually best to determine effects/lack thereof. Best wishes!

#3372611 How Many People Here Approach People They See With Acne?

Posted by Zach Zach on 07 August 2013 - 09:40 AM

That's cool you seemed to be able to help someone and I hope it works out. But, maybe some people who have acne don't really mind having it. Maybe they're not looking for help. Going up to someone and trying to help them out of the blue seems very "Jehovah's Witness-y" to me (no offense if anyone believes in that). Go up to people if you think you can help, but I think that if someone really wanted help, they would reach out and search for it.


How about wearing a shirt that says "Ask me how I got rid of my acne!" :P

#3366876 Why Masterbaiting Causes Acne?

Posted by Zach Zach on 16 July 2013 - 12:56 PM

I am able to abstain and love it and I eat food and love beef and green apples n pears everyday n not $ex n I believe I will have more food if I keep shopping for food and I am excited about food and I like the grocery store and I love to use soap and shower twice a day wub.png eusa_pray.gif eusa_liar.gif dot.gif eusa_whistle.gif cheer.gif injured.gif exclaim.gif wiggle.gif alien.gif


Please refer to this video, especially the part where he says "SLOW DOWN."



#3364893 New To Forum. Toothpaste!

Posted by Zach Zach on 08 July 2013 - 06:59 PM

Good topic to bring back! lol, I used to use the big brand toothpaste all the time too (Crest / Colgate / etc.) then switched to a flouride-free toothpaste about 6-7 months ago. I could go on and on about flouride, buuuut I'll spare everybody & just say that switching to the stuff I'm using now helped reduce spots around my mouth (imo the most annoying type of acne) drastically. Not trying to advertise, but give Xyli White Refreshmint toothpaste by Now Solutions a try. I get it off of iHerb.com where I also get my multi-vit with no iodine (also worked wonders for me).


If anyone switches to more natural toothpaste update us on how it works out! Good luck wombat and stella!