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Hey everyone. Well I'm going to try to cure my acne naturally, aka no BP/Accutane or anything like that. I will be revamping my diet and vitamin intake and sticking to natural products. Right now I'd say my acne is moderately severe. We'l

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Hormonessss

well today got my period...explains why my skin is so shitty and the crazy cravings of the past few days. ive read of how drinking spearmint tea is good for girls with pcos-related acne and although im not sure if its affected my acne it certainly has helped me in some way as i had no cramps. hoping my skin clears up soon.

lapiel12345

lapiel12345

10/28/2011

 

Acne Sucks... But Genocide Is Worse.

Ok so my skin is shitty right now. This is frustrating, made me hide my face and be down and severley self-conscious all day. HOWEVER the pimples on my face in no way come even to some of the real suffering that is taking place on this earth. Not to say having acne doesn't bring suffering. It does. But I am trying to give myself a little wakeup call. Through out Africa the LRA is capturing children, kidnapping them from their families, making them kill their loved ones and other child soldiers. Those who have suffered, truly suffered, are thousands of innocent people. Creating facial deformities with machetes is a frequently used torture method. Children then are forced to live with noses and ears cut off, their mouths bashed in, their entire faces covered in scars. That is something to be self-conscious about. That is true suffering. I feel like an idiot for spending half my day checking in the mirror how my skin seems to be getting worse when in parts of the Middle East girls have chemicals thrown in their faces for trying to obtain an education. How can I binge eat when millions upon millions starve? Just rambling but wanted to get this thoughts out there, perhaps will be a little reminder for someone else that if acne is our biggest problem...well we're doing okay then.

lapiel12345

lapiel12345

10/27/2011

 

Hmmm

Well today food wise was good! Had my regular veggie bfast and then lunch of rice, beans, lots of veggies and avocado. I think that's been helping keep me full. but I woke up to see that my forehead is breaking out! ugh not sure if its related to recent diet slips or hormones or what...but it sucks Determined not to pop/pick them though and see if they go away relatively quickly. My face is so red! Its weird, sometimes I think my acne has improved and then I'll look more closely or more far away and it looks worse than ever. A lot of it seems like just red spots, not full blown pimples, but just inflammation. ALL over my cheeks. Wish I could figure out what thats from.

lapiel12345

lapiel12345

10/26/2011

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11/14/2011

 

Day 2

Wellll I messed up again. Had a healthy breakfast but for lunch I was too lazy to cook anything healthy so I had 2 whole weat english muffins with peanutbutter...and then ended up falling asleep for an hour and a half! crazy how food affects me so strongly. I've realized that when I'm on my stricter diet I actually really do feel better. Also had peanutbutter mnms and cheese pasta (not much tho). But I did make rice with turmeric, which is supposed to be great for acne so we'll see if that helps anything. I've prepared my meals for this wk and they WILL be healthy. I'm going to try to work out tomorrow morning so I'll see how that goes. meal plans: bfast --> spinach salad w/ broccoli, cauliflower, onions, butternut squash and avocado green tea banana lunch --> rice w/ turmeric & other spices, chicken, all the veggies listed above snack: apple dinner --> spaghetti squash with all those veggies snack: not sure yet, hoping dinner will tie me over green tea I drink tonsssss and tons of water throughout the day of course. Also my vitamins in there at some point. Hope it goes well!

lapiel12345

lapiel12345

10/24/2011

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10/25/2011

 

Hello!

Hey everyone! The point of this blog is not only to track my progress but also to keep me honest... I do think that the root cause of my acne is health-related, and that my poor habits are resposnible for how bad my skin has gotten. I've had a problem with binge eating for several years and I know the sugar spikes and crap I've injected into my body has definitely taken its toll. It seems like the severity of my acne really came rather quickly, but was after months of drinking A LOT of alcohol, not sleeping enough, and binge eating all the time. I've been doing better for awhile with giving up dairy and wheat, which did seem to be helping, but I f'd up (as usual) and binge ate last night and today.... candy, frappucino, pizza, ice cream, and more candy. WHOOPS! Definitely a deviation from the vegetables and hormone free chicken diet I've been trying to stick to. Anyways, I'm assuming that the effects of this will show up on my face within the next few days So that's really upsetting but life goes on. So I'll be recording my diet, but another important component is my emotional health. I'm going to try to be as honest as possible, although that might get kind of embarassing or whatever. But I feel like acne.org is a safe place Hmm this is long but I'll keep going and give you guys some background about me. I'm 25 now so this has been going on for about ten years. So my acne started in highschool, mostly on my chin and a little bit on my forehead. I always knew it was hormonally related because when my period would come my skin would get crazy and then usually clear up after. Freshman year of college my skin was nearly flawless, which still blows my mind, and unfortunately I can't pinpoint why it was so clear. It definitely wasn't my diet, so I'm not sure. Maybe it was related to the medicines I was on. I've taken various meds for anxiety and depression through out the years. Anyways that is when I started drinking, and also when my skin started to get worse. Nothing out of control but certainly not clear. So through college my skin got worse, then a bit better, than mostly worse and as I got a job in the real world it stayed about the same. So this winter I went to Ireland for seven months...and that's where it went down hill. As you can imagine, LOTS of drinking, not healthy eating, and because of so much stress with my job I was binge eating a lot. When I got back to Minnesota my skin just kind of exploded. I have acne all over my forehead and cheeks now, as well as on my chin. I also have some back and shoulder acne as well. So I think alcohol, stress, and diet have had a big part in it. Since I've been home (since June) my skin sadly hasn't improved leaps and bounds, although I've tried several new methods, like revamping my diet and sticking to natural products. But, as strict as some parts of my diet were/are, the binge eating hasn't stopped. Wow as I write that I'm kind of realizing that. So that really really needs to change. Emotionally....acne has really screwed with me. I am SO self conscious, sick of avoiding situations and people because of the redness all over my face. And it sucks, because I can tell that other people see it. Two of my friends have actually asked me, like woah are you stressing out or something, WHAT is up with your skin?? And I just want to crawl into a hole...ahhhhh so frustrating. I feel guilty writing that, because the world is full of SUCH bigger problems - I have acne, not leukemia. Yet it still really gets me down and holds me back in so many areas of life. It consumes so much of my time, researching various products or cures online, as well as money as manuka honey and fruit are more expensive than what I was using on my face/eating before. Anyways enough bitching! So here is my plan: diet --> cutting out gluten and dairy. I think gluten might be in some of the granola bars that I eat, so I should probably cut those out (as there a binge-trigger food anyway) but sometimes I'm just stuck and in a rush and need a simple food. Other than that the main things I'll be eating will be A LOT of veggies, 2 to 3 servings of fruit a day, rice, hormone free chicken, and fish. Definitely gets bland but its better than the craziness that is my complexion... vitamins --> vitamin d, b-complex, zinc, and vitamin a face wash --> ive been using what i thought was a natural face wash but I looked more deeply at the ingredients and its actually not oh so natural. but I do wear a lot of makeup (unfortunately) so I need something that will get the gunk of my face. I bought some manuka honey today and if that can get the makeup off all the way I'll use that as a cleanser. Often I mix some tea tree oil in with it. Tea tree oil has been questionable...I think it helps but at the same time it seems to cause white heads, although I guess that's just bringing it to the surface? I've popped a lot of pimples and I knowww that's bad, but sometimes I just can't help it! I'm going to try to stop though. Anyways, so for spot treatment I've been crushing zinc and mixing it with aloe vera and that helps with active spots. It dries them out really well. That I'll definitely continue. For moisturization I use 99% organic aloe vera and sometimes mix a litle jojoba oil in there. I use shampoo and toothpaste with no sodium lauryl sulphate, just a random fact lol as I've read that can play a part. As for sleep...I need to get more of it! My job is rather stressful (the easiest way to explain it is that I'm kind of like an accountant...but do a lot more work than what I'm paid for lol) and I always have tons of deadlines. I work a second job as a waitress. So I'm generally pretty stressed and with very little free time. This has made exercising tough. I know everyone says you can make time, but I swear, some days I really can't! I sleep through my alarms like crazy, which is bad. I need to make sticking to a sleep schedule more of a priority. Hormone info ---> in last January I guess it was, I got my hormones tested and it said I had slightly elevated testosterone and am at risk for pre diabetes. This freaks me out, yet I haven't done much to change it, which pisses me off. I have another appointment with my endo in about a month. She, and my primary doc want to put me on the BCP, but I think we all know that will not solve my acne, just screw it around a bit. I'm hoping by a month from now I'll have seen some real changes. Other than that...I guess that's all. PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE if anyone has any suggestions or comments or even questions please feel free to bring them to my attention! Thanks for the support

lapiel12345

lapiel12345

10/23/2011

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