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In Topic: I Know Yeast/allergies Are Causing Some Of The Acne But I Can't Tell The...

21 October 2014 - 10:16 AM

Okay --- first off it is going to take some changes to get your system to calm down.  Years ago I was in a similar situation as yours.  Reacting to everything...horrid acne erupting overnight continually and very infected, etc.  What is making your skin itchy is that it is very inflamed right now.  The pores are filled up with junk and it is infected and this causes the skin to itch.  Your system is "itchy" too because of your diet and distress.  It is in reactive mode.


To calm your system down try eating only whole natural foods that are also calming foods.  That means no caffeine, sugars or dairy.  Yes, I know this is hard to do but it is essential, believe me.  Also avoid all added oils (margarine, cooking oils, fried foods, etc.) to help the gut function better.  Eat things like herbal teas with non-dairy milks, salads (without dressings), steamed vegetables, whole starches like potatoes and rice, and whole flesh foods that are wild (ie wild salmon) or range-fed.  Bake things, steam things, and avoid all fried foods and fast food places.


Don't worry about "probiotics".  If you have a bit of undiagnosed rosacea along with your acne then eating things like yogurt and fermented foods will flare it up.  Your body can naturally make its own probiotics if you eat the diet above.  If you can't tolerate probiotics then it will take time but it will happen.  P.S. I too can not tolerate probiotics...makes me break out every time!


You still need to kill acne bacteria to stop the itchiness but you can do it with a topical antibiotic versus an internal antibiotic.  This works especially well when paired with a BP cleanser.  See my regime below.  I too took internal antibiotics for years and was skeptical that this would work.  But it did.  Took a little while to get total clearance but it happened.


Also, don't worry about Spironolactone.  It is an extremely mild drug and only blocks androgen receptors.  It is not a hormone itself...only controls the amount of androgens the skin receptors take up and hence it helps control acne.  Spironolactone has been extensively researched and studied and is mild on the system especially in the very low doses taken to help control acne.  It is 100% better than taking birth control.  Don't worry if you need to take this, especially during the years your hormones are still fluctuating.


Hope this helps!

In Topic: Does Eating Too Much Honey Cause Acne?

21 October 2014 - 09:51 AM

If you are an adult with acne you may also be dealing with some rosacea.  If so, then ingesting apple cider vinegar may cause acne-like flare-ups.  I have rosacea in addition to acne and have to avoid rosacea triggers such as vinegars, fermented foods, spicy foods, dairy, etc.  If you continue to get "acne" flare-ups after ingesting apple cider vinegar then you may have a bit of rosacea.  Rosacea can look very much like acne (pimples, whiteheads, in addition to the usual redness).

In Topic: How To Moisturize Well?

21 October 2014 - 09:43 AM

I hope the all natural methods work for you.  Unfortunately they never worked for me.  I am very big into natural foods and methods of healing and it was hard to finally admit after decades (yes, decades) of trying that I had to use more mainstream ingredients if I ever wanted to be clear.  When my derm recommended I wash with Panoxyl 4% (BP), use a topical antibiotic (Cleocin-T) and moisturize with DML lotion I was really hesitant because they are not natural.  My derm told me that so-called natural methods often are harsher than people think and introduce substances and pathogens that irritate the skin.  He favors products developed for use with extremely sensitive skin and skin that has undergone surgical procedures.  These products are tested for purity and mildness.  It is in effect not introducing additional factors that the skin has to deal with when already irritated.  


Natural and especially homemade products are easily tolerated by people with normal skin because their pores are already functioning properly and their skin is not usually irritated to begin with.  However, further irritating acne prone skin can promote acne lesions...this is well researched. 


I too hoped and hoped for an easy natural method to control my acne.  It never happened.  Diet alone didn't do it and neither did various natural methods of washing or natural oils or natural things like tea tree oil (it just inflamed my cystic acne).  


I think after reading many posts that natural methods can sometimes work for people with very mild acne.  I have read posts of people who think they have awful acne but their acne based on photos is actually mild surface acne.  They try some natural method or diet and it works and then they promote it for everyone with acne.  Unfortunately that leads many people with more serious acne into thinking it will work for them too.


Some people have a true food allergy that is inflaming the body and thus their acne and avoiding the food gives them clear skin.  This is something we all wish would be the case for us but it is rare.  Still good to check out though.


Some people just need to get into a routine that cleanses the skin in a gentle way (ie. natural method) and then their mild acne goes away because it was really a response to surface irritation.


Deep cystic acne that is chronic, resistant to treatment, and causes lots of inflammation is a different matter.  It takes time to get clearance while diligently following a tx regime that effectively kills acne bacteria, keeps pores clear, helps pores to shed dead skin cells properly, and provides a barrier to the skin while it heals.  Internally it means following a diet that lowers inflammation, sugars, and promotes good gut health.  You have to do all of these things simultaneously to get clearance.

In Topic: 31 Years Old, What's The Next Step...

17 October 2014 - 04:23 PM

Hi Cob


I had much the same problem, although I used another well known 3-step BP program...same thing though.  It just never really worked.  Yes, I had less pimples but I was still breaking out everyday and HATED having to layer on the BP because my skin got so red, peeling and cracked.  It never stopped.  I was so desperate and tired of the routine.  Same thing with Retin-A and all other kinds of tretinoin.


Please read my regime below.  My derm is an expert in adult acne and sensitive skin.  I still use BP which is best for killing acne bacteria but instead it is in the mild cleanser.  He also has me on a topical antibiotic...which is soothing and kills acne bacteria.


I have been clear now for a long time and I'm so relieved.

In Topic: Does Eating Too Much Honey Cause Acne?

17 October 2014 - 04:13 PM

Honey is the same as white sugar to the body.  Doesn't matter that it's natural.  Yes, it does have some nutrients which is great for people who are not acne prone but if you get acne then you have to keep your internal sugar levels more balanced or lower than the general population.  In other words eat like as if you are diabetic.  Some derms think that adult acne is like diabetes of the skin.  


You must avoid all sugars (brown sugar, white sugar, honey, molasses, etc).  You can eat whole fruit but not fruit juices which are too concentrated --- hence too much sugar.


The honey/apple cider treatment may work for very very mild acne but cystic acne is different...deeper.  Cystic acne requires avoiding all sugars, dairy, caffeine, and anything you may be allergic to.