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Salt Link To Acne?

17 July 2015 - 09:52 AM

Hello everyone!
I tried to find a topic about salt but couldn't find anything recent or that interesting.
I was wondering if any of you found that eating salt was a trigger food or made your acne worse? Or has anyone ever read about it?
My skin hasn't been too bad this past year as I eat better and went on accutane but it's been flaring up again lately and I wondered if salt might be the culprit (I'm not saying it is though, just looking into it).
Thank you

Accutane Failed Me!

22 March 2015 - 02:33 AM

Hey guys!
My name is Lizzie, I'm 28 years old and have been suffering with cystic acne for the past 7 or 8 years which has really affected me, my life, my relationships and my work etc, I'm sure most of you know what that's like.
So I've tried everything (over the counter topicals, doctor/derm prescribed topicals, antibiotics, birth control including dianette and even accutane!). Nothing really worked except accutane which worked wonderfully for the whole 6 months I took it (didn't get a single spot that whole time) however, one month post accutane, the cysts are back!
Ok so a couple of years ago I was on a very strict diet for weight loss (not acne): no processed foods, no sugar, no simple carbs, no junk whatsoever, plenty of fruit and veg and plenty of water. I was on that diet for about 6 months and I saw a significant improvement in my skin, I had a healthy glow, no cystic acne at all however I did have these tiny spots on my forehead but honestly that's nothing compared to cysts so I was ok with it.
So now that my cysts are back post accutane (so far only had one, but still), I've decided to go back on a strict diet again to see if they stay at bay. I would love some advice, tips and maybe a list of foods that helps fight cystic acne? The internet is very confusing on that subject!
Here is a list of foods I've been eating the past few days and foods I'm planning to include in my diet, please let me know if one is potentially bad for skin!

Porridge (instant)
Salad/veg (except potato)
Fruit (especially apple and berries/grapes)
Lean meat (only chicken/turkey breast)
Fish (salmon fillets)
Tinned tuna
Nuts (almonds and Brazil nuts mainly)
Cows milk (only in tea and cereal, should I switch to alternative?)

As for my skin routine, I do wear makeup but only powder (no foundation as I'm scared of breakouts) and eye makeup. I take it off with micellar water and then apply a salicylic acid-based toner. That's it!
I also apply LaRoche Posay's effaclar duo gel on my "problem areas" (chin and around mouth) and it is very good. I keep my brushes and pillowcases clean and I never touch my face.

I walk at least an hour a day but can't do cardio as sweating also breaks me out (not in cysts but regular pimples)

Anything else I can do? Thank you!

Cystic Acne Back 3 Weeks After Accutane Course Ended

21 March 2015 - 02:25 AM

So I was on accutane 40mg/day for six months for cystic acne (only have it on chin and around mouth). I didn't get a single spot during the whole course and didn't get an initial breakout!
My dermatologist was adamant my acne wouldn't return as I responded so well. However, 3 weeks after stopping, I got my first cyst. I'm totally devastated and it crushed all my hopes. Accutane gave me so much confidence, improved my social life dramatically, not I feel it's back to the horrors of acne and social anxiety. My boyfriend of 4 months had never seen me with acne until now and I'm petrified he will leave or that my acne induced depression scares him off. What should I do? Any help or advice greatly appreciated.

Puffy Eyes On Accutane

19 February 2015 - 02:27 AM

Hey guys
I've been on tane for 6 months now (2 more to go!), taking 40mg per day.
Ok so I've had the usual dryness and aches and pains but for the past month or so I've noticed something that's really annoying but not sure if it's related to accutane usage?
Basically there's like fluid buildup around my eye (both eyes) which make my eyelids really puffy.
It's unattractive and I'm worried this could be permanent. Has anyone experienced this?
Thank you :-)

Sore/red Eye On Accutane?

17 January 2015 - 05:29 AM

Hey guys so I've been on accutane 40mg for the past 5 months, I still have a couple months to go I think. So far unbelievable results and minor side effects (I'm lucky).
However the side effects are annoying dry lips, nose, eyes but manageable until now.
My eyes are so dry, I put drops in and avoid makeup but still. One eye in particular. My eyes sting and are bloodshot, not a great look!
Anyone else experienced this and have tips at all?