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#3448138 Fluoroderma

Posted by alternativista on 20 August 2014 - 01:15 PM

Things to consider for those that don't get better with healthy diet (low glycemic/nutrient dense/whole) and lifestyle.


Acne or acne -like breakouts caused by Flouride.  http://www.cellulite.../fluoride-acne, http://www.skin-evolutions.co.uk/fluoroderma-could-flouride-be-causing-your-acne/,  http://www.ncbi.nlm....v/pubmed/507887


Also, halogenoderma - caused by halogens of which flouride is one. Also iodine & bromide.  Bromides are additives in many processed foods and beverages and are detrimental to your health.  Just another of many reasons you want to eat real food.



Demodex mites could be another.

#3448133 Story About Acne And Truth Of Overdose Of Vitamins

Posted by alternativista on 20 August 2014 - 01:04 PM

well k then but then what iyo is that what we should be focusing on exactly? externaly. like the main thing would be?


hyperkeratinization and chronic inflammation.

#3447968 Organic "green" Diet And Cystic Acne

Posted by alternativista on 19 August 2014 - 02:00 PM

Few doctors know anything about nutrition and have an idiotic belief it has little impact.  Think about it a moment.  How can you possibly believe what and how you eat doesn't affect everything happening in your body? 


Anyway, there have been numerous researchers and numerous studies demonstrating the many ways diet and specific nutrients affect the mechanisms involved in acne formation. Including researchers testing specific diets on acne sufferers finding that the diet did improve acne.

#3447965 Story About Acne And Truth Of Overdose Of Vitamins

Posted by alternativista on 19 August 2014 - 01:53 PM



can u tell, how do u know this? specifically that its exactly a bacteria that becomes resistant n stronger? 


also idk y wouldnt they get resistant to good diet adjustments just as well?


we just have to destroy the bacteria to the point it cant revive anymore then? wht if ur hormones n else r still messed up?


where exactly does acne bacteria gets generated from anyway?


bacteria that survive antibiotics and your other attempts to kill them do become stronger. And they can make other microbes stronger as well. 


However, the bit about probiotics is nonsense. Your body is filled with bacteria and other microbes many of which play vital and even protective roles in how your body functions. We evolved with them and they belong there. Stop trying to kill them.  Bacteria is not where you want to focus your efforts in managing acne.  Internally and externally.

#3447812 Amount To Be Consider Overdose For Vit A And D3

Posted by alternativista on 18 August 2014 - 10:51 AM

That is definitely not too much vitamin D.


  I think that's more vitamin A than you should take for very long. I wouldn't do more than about 3,000-4,000 IU daily.  Be sure to include  organ meats, salmon, eggs, cod liver oil, butter, etc in your calculation of how much you are consuming. Hopefully you aren't eating a lot of foritified foods which pretty much = processed foods. If you are, improve your diet.

#3447392 Local Forehead Acne - Help

Posted by alternativista on 15 August 2014 - 07:37 AM

Your acne is minor.  Stop stressing.  Dont do so much to your skin.  It isn't because of dirt.   For exfoliation, try a BHA or the diluted acv mentioned above. A yogurt mask is a nice mild exfoliant as well.  If your skin is oily, blot it away.  

You should eat and sleep well and have fun.  But puberty isn't going to go awa

But. your diet is packed with empty refined carbs, dairy and processed meats all day long.  Eat more real food with these thing called nutrients.  Did you mention anything green?   and drinking orange juice is drinking sugar.  Eat an orange instead.

If that's your idea of cutting out bad foods, I don't want to know what you ate before.  

#3447284 Overdosing On Vitamin A, Good Idea Or Nah

Posted by alternativista on 14 August 2014 - 03:04 PM

No to the overdosing. 

#3446923 Avocados And Omega 6?

Posted by alternativista on 12 August 2014 - 03:32 PM

Just get some omega 3 and avoid grain oils and limit grains.  

Canned mackerel is cheaper, a better source of omega 3 and a more sustainable fish than tuna btw.  I think it tastes pretty much like tuna.    If you can find it.  They do can them like sardines though, with the bones and skin.  But really, that's a good thing. Eat them.

#3446742 Caveman Regimen

Posted by alternativista on 11 August 2014 - 05:02 PM

You should wash with water.  Not using soaps/cleansers is good. That not letting anything touch your face business is nonsense.

#3446728 Over-The-Counter To All-Natural To Confused

Posted by alternativista on 11 August 2014 - 02:45 PM

jojoba oil broke me out. One of the very few topicals I've ever noticed causing a problem.  Try safflower. Here's why: http://www.acne.org/...pical-solution/


And have you tried a BHA? 

#3446325 If Acne Was Caused By Diet Why Would It Only Start At Puberty?

Posted by alternativista on 09 August 2014 - 06:05 AM

Alternatvista, your article says nothing about what starts the inflammation cycle. Without androgenic action on the pilosebaceous unit, the necessary events for the inflammation specifically in the pore that create the acne pustule cannot take place. You do not have to have "oily" skin to have just enough androgenic action to start the cycle which does result in inflammation near the end of the chain. Many people with seemingly dry skin on the surface still get blockages underneath the skin in cyst-like form. Have you ever had a stage four acne cyst excavated by a doctor? I have. Guess what, there is always a sebum pore blockage deep in the skin. Yet I have "dry" skin on the surface. 
There are cysts that do not have a pore blockage. But definitions are important. What differentiates acne from similar skin conditions is the pore blockage. If there is no pore blockage, then it's not acne you're not looking at. 
If you could possibly have ZERO androgenic action and ZERO sebum production, then you would not get acne. However even people with dry skin do not have zero androgens and nor do they have zero sebum. EVERY adult out there has some sebum. You don't need a lot to create the pore blockage that leads to an acne pustule.
This is why acne does start during and/or after puberty, because once puberty activates the hormones those hormones never completely go away, and typically you will always have more hormones after puberty than before. So you're way more likely as a 40 year old to have acne than a 4 year old purely based on your hormonal levels. 
Tons of hormonal changes also occur later in life even if you live a great healthy stress-free life. Menopause is just one great example. In some women, the testosterone/estrogen ratio is altered in favor of testosterone. This can even happen in perimenopause. No wonder some middle aged women start getting acne out of the blue. 
Also a huge point is that you are affecting your hormones every day by your lifestyle and what you eat. You may think it's all about inflammation, and it partially is. But you are modifying your hormones (including insulin/glucose) with every "anti-inflammatory" step you take. To say that it's initiated by inflammation is somewhat disingenuous as you can be as inflamed as you want, but if you had zero androgenic action and zero sebum you simply could not form the pore blockage that leads to acne. We can shut down the acne cycle much quicker by changing the hormones (major: insulin, minor: testosterone) than trying to address all the modalities of skin inflammation that are preceded by hormonal events. As most traditional acne treatments are either anti-bacterial or anti-inflammatory, certainly inflammation is a key step. But if your anti-inflammatory treatments are in no way affecting the internal hormonal events (e.g. something like benzoyl peroxide), your chances of eliminating acne are slim at best. Of course if you can do BOTH, more power to everyone. 
You highlighted stress. Even the most stressed out four year old does not have acne. I have worked with many troubled kids with terrible lives, mental disorders, high amounts of stress, abuse. They don't have pustular acne in the prepubescent stage. The whole cascade of hormones simply aren't in place for the particular type of acne to develop. Studies of girls that were considered premenarchial still showed hormone changes that indicated internal puberty changes before the other visible changes came about. There was one study that said that acne can precede other signs of puberty such as pubic hair and breast development--they determined puberty had happened by measuring hormone levels. 
That said, I also feel that we are agreeing in some ways but describing the problem differently. Even stress is largely a hormonally involved event. Maybe if we really really stressed out a four year old and gave them full blown type 2 diabetes (insulin problems) and stimulated androgens through weight lifting and dairy consumption, we could cause acne without the markers for puberty necessarily being in place. But to say that's happening because of inflammation only without the help of hormones is a bit silly. 
I'm also curious if you even personally have acne as traditionally defined, as you seem to report "reactions" from time to time that do not sound like acne at all. For example, how was your MSM-induced acne different from your typical acne? Do you truly think the MSM-induced "acne" was even acne?

I don't think it's all about inflammation and of course hormones are involved and you are affecting your hormones with diet. I don't know why you are telling me this.    I've only said so a million times.

And I don't believe the MSM issue was true acne just like I don't believe my cystic acne caused by a delayed response to a food is true acne.  Also wonder if the breakouts some women experience with their menstual cycle is true acne.  By true acne I mean the process they tell us takes weeks to occur

#3445572 If Oil Cleansing And Honey Can Reduce Acne, Is It Just A Superficial Thing?

Posted by alternativista on 05 August 2014 - 06:51 AM

it isn't superficial at all. Especially if they use the right oil. It's getting at the root of acne formation.

1) if they are cleansing with oil. Or honey. They aren't using soaps so are not interfering with the skins ability to function. They probably aren't applying any kind of lotion either. The emulsifiers and more occlusive oils like petrolatum also interfere with the skins ability to function.

2) if they use a high linoleic acid content oil, they are making up for a deficiency that acne and other problem prone skinned people have. And improving healthy normal skin function.

BP on the other hand, is treating acne at a superficial level.


More info on the skin function I am referring to: http://www.acne.org/...pical-solution/



#3444867 To Breakfast Or Not...

Posted by alternativista on 01 August 2014 - 04:16 PM

Intermittent fasting has some great benefits including improving your glucose metabolism and also reduces hyperproliferation of cells. Details: http://www.acne.org/...-aging-disease/


Some people do it by skipping or delaying breakfast.  And if you are going to do that a good thing to do is have a fat source as alternate form of energy.  Which is why this thing now often called paleo coffee was invented.  You just add a teaspoon or tablespoon of coconut oil to you coffee. Or as I do, cocoa.


Also, it isn't good to eat carbs too soon after waking as your cortisol is elevated as part of waking up and this decreases insulin sensitivity. Do some chores or exercise first.

#3444824 If Acne Was Caused By Diet Why Would It Only Start At Puberty?

Posted by alternativista on 01 August 2014 - 11:22 AM

If you don't like a post that much then do not respond to it. Not having a go, just a suggestion.


You are right, I should not respond to trolls.  Which is why I added that first part. Because I knew I shouldn't be responding to the troll.

The other thing that really gets me about this entire part of forum,


People giving out advice about hormones when they have no clue what they are talking about.


Endocrinologists will be the first to say they are just scratching the service when it comes to hormones. So if the leaders of research are saying this then who is anyone else to comment about insulin sensitivity, leptin, ghrelin or whatever other hormone you want to talk about?


I'm a nutritionist. This would be like me giving nutrition advice to a cancer victim. Only an oncologist would be in a position to comment.


People need to get real and stop talking about a subject they clearly know nothing about.


There are like 10 thousand processes going on in the body at anyone time, we can control like 12 of them.


That makes no sense.   A cancer patient absolutely needs good nutrition advice.  An oncologist only poisons them. Sugar/high glycemic diets feed cancer tumors.  Nutrients and other habits help the body defeat them. 


And this belief isolating issues rather than using an integrative approach is at the root of problem with our health care system.

#3444604 Acne Doesn't Signal Illness

Posted by alternativista on 31 July 2014 - 11:01 AM

 I *think* the OP is trying to emphasize that there shouldn't be shame or guilt associated with having severe acne that many people have, and people shouldn't convince themselves that they are unhealthy, dirty or living a bad lifestyle solely based off of the fact that they have blemished skin. I've been tested for allergies and everything was negative, then tried to alter my diet anyway by slowly eliminating certain foods for periods of time (gluten, dairy, citrus and caffeine) to see if there was a correlation between breakouts and the food I was consuming. All I ended up doing was delaying treatment and causing serious permanent scarring all over my face and so it can be a little disheartening to hear other people going through the same thing or asking themselves "Why am I breaking out despite a healthy lifestyle?". It's important to realize that acne is a lot more than just not taking care of yourself, and although diet is ESSENTIAL to healthy living in general, it's foolish to assume that it's a cure for every ailment out there. With that said, many people on here say avoiding trigger foods = clear skin, all I can say is be lucky that you have some level of control over your acne whereas many people out there don't and that's the messed up reality of severe acne. Judging those people or implying that it's their fault they have acne is absolutely not okay.



Actually, what the OP is here to do is tell us this whole board is stupid.  Believe me. She PMd me several times and this isn't here only post.  In fact she apparently joined just to make these posts as she did it all on day one & two of membership.


We are no sicker or dirtier than clear skinned people. They just don't get the symptom of acne.  But that doesn't mean acne isn't a sign of processes going awry.


Also, my seeking treatment from dermatologists that told me diet had nothing to do with my acne, delayed my path to truly healthy habits and clear skin.  By over a decade in which I became quite scarred and possibly impacted what all i might have done with my life.


And trigger foods is not the only way diet affects acne or anything else to do with your health. There's Inflammatary/anti-inflammatory foods, there's high glycemic impacting habits that elevate hormones involved in acne as well as being inflammatory.  There's the nutrients your body needs to function.  


I was hoping you were on the path to become one of the better than average dermatologists. Please. We don;t need more mediocre ones.