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In Topic: Do You Think All Acne And Health In General Can Be Made Better?

22 September 2014 - 06:56 AM

Have you kept up a healthy diet and lifestyle throughout this or do you try for a bit, stress out and quit?

In Topic: Sebum Quality

19 September 2014 - 07:55 AM

Well, we see what happens, I will give it time this year to alter my bodys lipid profile, get rid of that ridiculous amount of oleic acid and fill in linoleic acid. I will report my findings in here.. BTW my skin can't hold moisture well, maybe that's too because I haven't consumed enough linoleic acid. Omega-3's don't do nothing to skins moisture holding ability, only linoleic acid has been found to cure it.
Oh and btw, does anyone know how tell tell if safflower oil is high in linoleic acid or oleic acid? I always order everything from iHerb but all the safflower oils in there are high oleic and life flo brands doesn't say which one it is, maybe they don't even know because they won't reply to my query?

napa valley Organics states it on the bottle.

In Topic: I Have Just Started A Predominantly Low Gi Diet And Simple Topical Treatment...

18 September 2014 - 08:43 AM

Hi Alternativista,
how does weather affect acne?

Hi, thanks for response, fallen off the low GI diet quite considerably, I find it very hard to stick to things for a decent amount of time. My skin isn't too crazy at the moe, I think stress, anxiety, hormones has a huge role to play in acne also weather changes,  

Just keep finding good things to eat. Eventually you will replace the junk.  And yes, weather and stress can affect.  
how does weather affect acne?

Humidity tends to make skin oilier.  And there tends to be a reduction in ceramides in winter which weakens skin making it more sensitive.  There are probably others.  And seasons I.e. Less vitamin d production in winter.

In Topic: Sebum Quality

18 September 2014 - 08:38 AM

I haven't memorized all the info I found, but I'm pretty sure that fat consumption does impact sebum composition.  It affects your whole lipid profile, so why wouldn't impact your sebum.  However,

1) fat I isn't the only way diet affects sebum composition.  Stable blood sugar, healthy thyroid and other factors affect it as well. I made a list of things to do in the linoleic acid thread.  Again, I didn't memorize it. That's why I write things down.

2) researchers don't believe that our deficiency is systemic and have identified a couple of enzyme mutations that may account for the deficiency in sebum. And that it should be addressed topically.  

That said, there have been a couple of people that have reduced either oleic acid or all plant oils and got good results.  

CVD has a fairly current thread about avoiding all added fats, I.e. Plant oils.  And ndromeo had a long thread filled with research about sebum composition and oleic acid.  

That's all well and good, and I agree in many cases. However, there is plenty of evidence that shows a causal link between omega 6s and inflammation. I'm not just saying that the omega 6s might not help - I'm saying that they will probably actively worsen your condition, because in the experience of not only research scientists but also anecdotal accounts, omega 6s contribute to inflammation, regardless of their proposed effect on sebum quality.
Alternativista experimented with linoleic acid and sebum quality and found no positive effects, if I recall correctly, except in topical application.

???  I've only used it topically and find it to be wonderful.

In Topic: No-Shampoo Methods & Benefits

17 September 2014 - 03:53 PM

I have a bag of hibiscus powder that I don't know what to do with, but it appears it works as a hair cleanser by itself (I'm bleached blonder, however, and would end up stained.) *URL Removed, see board rules; http://www.acne.org/board-rules.html Acne.org Moderator Team*
p.s. if anyone has suggestions what else I can do with it, PM me


Use it to make blush & tinted lip balm.  Beautiful color!   I don't know that it would stain your hair.  I tried to use hibiscus tea to dye some cloth but it washed right out.  I even tried to help set the stain it with a hot iron.