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In Topic: What Did You Let Acne Take Away From You?

06 September 2014 - 10:17 PM

Acne took many many years (decades) of my life away from me because I was consumed by how I looked, by how much my skin hurt, and fears about what others thought about me.  It took decades to get a regime that worked and I could use without damaging my body (...can't take accutane or full strength antibiotics forever!).  When my skin finally cleared up and healed it felt like my life was restored --- a rebirth --- like I had been on hold and now could be alive again.  When my skin was breaking out with deep painful infected cystic lesions I was so anxious and sad and without hope.  Now I'm happy and look forward to life.  It may be late in my life but everything is relative --- I feel whole...like I felt as a child before acne.  I wish I could have had an adulthood without acne but acne taught me great humility and empathy for others.  I don't take things for granted and I feel blessed each day.  When I had acne I tried to be positive and overcome how I looked but it was very hard, if not impossible, to do.  I lived with an underlying anxiety that never went away.  I hid my feelings...and regardless of acne still accomplished a lot in my life.  But sometimes I wonder how much more I could have done if I'd felt more secure, more sure of myself...like when I got up in the morning I could rely on my skin not to be broken out like a teenagers!  How amazing it would have been to grow out of acne in my 20's, to be able to concentrate on things other than my skin.  I have seen this happen for my own kids, for my nephews, for others.  But for me acne just got worse and worse.  It never went away despite all kinds of treatments.  Needless to say I am thankful beyond belief for my current derm, for his expertise with adult acne, for finally finding a regime that works.  

In Topic: After 1 Year On Regimen Not Working Going To The Derm For The First Time. Wha...

01 September 2014 - 05:01 PM

Keep going!  It takes months to finally get clear...as old acne works its way out.  My skin has now been clear for several years and keeps improving as scarring fades and skin tone evens out.  I think your regime will work great because you're attacking it on multiple levels at the same time --- killing acne bacteria, opening pores and fading red marks.  It's this combo that gets best results...and adding in a good diet then helps the skin to heal faster and lessens inflammation.

In Topic: 27 Year Old Female Cystic Acne

11 August 2014 - 05:50 PM

Can you see a dermatologist?  PCOS is usually treated with birth control pills which you say don't work for you so you'll have to do something different.  Spironolactone might be a better choice since it isn't a hormone but instead blocks androgens which in turn helps stop the acne cycle.  


For really oily skin try avoiding all processed oils (olive, canola, mayo, butter, fried foods, etc.) and eat whole foods instead (avocado, salmon, whole coconut, olives, etc.).  Google "Dr McDougall acne" and his article will come up about cultures that don't get acne and how to eat to clear up skin.  It works...along with avoiding dairy and sugary foods.


For really deep cystic acne you will have to do more than diet.  It is doing a combination of things that works...not just finding one "magic bullet".  The combination approach is diet + something to open pores + something kill acne bacteria + soothing the skin.


I battled deep cystic acne for years and years until finding an approach that consistently keeps me clear (see signature below).  Hope this helps! 

In Topic: No Moisturizer Works For My Oily Face

04 August 2014 - 10:09 AM

If you are using tretinoin then yes you need to use lotion because tretinoin is so irritating.  Lotion helps skin heal and is a protective barrier.  Acne products like tretinoin strip that barrier and cause skin to shed more (flakey skin).  Try the DML lotion.  DML is the only lotion I have tried that does not make my skin oily.  Avoiding processed oils and dairy is essential to having less oily skin.  It takes awhile for avoiding dairy to kick in because dairy is a hormone issue and that takes time for the body to show a difference.  Avoiding processed oils is quicker in my experience...but you have to be diligent.  That means no added oils, margarine, butter, salad dressings, fried foods...basically anything in oil.  


In my own experience I was doing everything right with diet and acne treatment and my skin was looking better but it was still very oily and breaking out.  The one thing I had not changed was avoiding processed oils.  It was after reading about the diets of cultures that don't get acne and reading everything Dr McDougall had to say about the acne-diet connection that I finally realized that all the oils I was consuming (margarine, olive oil, salad dressings, french fries) was causing the oily skin and continuing to plug my pores.  Within weeks of avoiding those things my skin got normal...and finally clear.  Amazing.  I keep sharing this info with everyone and meet with a lot of skepticism I think because people remember the "low-fat" diets of years ago.  But those diets substituted oil with lots of meats and high sugar processed "low-fat" foods that are also not good for acne prone skin.  The diet I do is whole fresh foods, no added oil, dairy or sugars.  So I get my fat from whole foods like avocado and salmon.  I get my sugars from berries and peaches.  I get my calcium from eating tons of dark green vegies.  I have never felt better in my life.  Just completed a marathon last weekend and I'm in my 60's!


Google "Dr McDougall acne" and articles will come up that go into the science behind avoiding processed oils and why it helps oily skin and acne.  Cut and paste the following...





In Topic: After 1 Year On Regimen Not Working Going To The Derm For The First Time. Wha...

31 July 2014 - 11:28 AM

This is great!  So glad to hear it's working.  You'll have setbacks from time to time...usually when hormones surge monthly but overall things will be under control and easier to live with.  FYI --- biggest mistake most people make is stopping tx when clear.  If you have acne as an adult you usually have to continue doing a maintenance regime of some kind to stay clear.  Your derm will guide you in what is best for your skin and acne type.  A researcher once wrote that adult acne is like diabetes of the skin so if that is even remotely true then it makes sense that you have to continue doing something...just like diabetics do.  Also try modifying diet to help with keeping clear. The diet that has worked best for me is avoiding dairy, sugary foods, alcohol, processed oils (dressings, fried foods, etc.) and eating whole fresh foods versus junk.  Just an idea to consider.