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Day 1 - The First Step In Liberating My Life [Pictures]

Day 1 - March 4, 2012 Today I will beginning my experiemtant that will be expanded over the course of the next six months. Previous posts have detailed and outlined my experiences, procedures, and now new routine. So... today went well, I lifted weights this morning at 5:30 AM and I worked up a very good sweat, I felt good all day. Working out has a positive impact on my positivity and confidence. This morning, I washed my face with COLD WATER ONLY after excersing and before school. I did not use any chemicals at all and so far no difference can be noted. My face seems normal in regards to dryness and oilyness. I have touched my face quite a few times, probabaly more than I should. I think it helped put my down when I was talking to some of my clear-faced friends. I just hate my self image sometimes, acne really does suck. I had broken out all over my jaw line on the left side of my face in particular, as well as around my mouth and on my upper checks. My forehead remains clear and the acne on my neck is still in remission and fading. I used to get terrible cysts here, but most have been reduced. For some reason, my acne persists consistantly greater on the left side of my face. Could there be an explanation for this? Perhaps sleep patterns? My diet was alright today, I ate mostly vegtables, but I did have a handful of products containing wheat and suger. I've noticed after eating sugar, my acne feels more agrivated. I continued with my supplements and dropped all products containing dairy. Here are some Pictures of my face and back as of right now, they will be updated weekly. (Sorry for any "grossness", I know I hate the way my face looks too, life is never fair.) Hope to get to bed realtively early tonight, but we shall see. I will keep you guys posted, I look forward to sharing my routine in hopes of finding the cure. A.




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The Six Month Plan

So it begins... Great achievements in life usually begin with a plan. Getting rid of my acne has sort of turned into a hobby; in fact I've started to enjoy researching and learning about eating right and differnt ways of clearing my acne. I have even day dreamed about it. I have thougt up a plan that will occur over the expanse of the next six months. This is plan relies heavily on diet and will be accompanied by very hollistic and "clean" methods". For those interested, I have decided against using accutane, oral medication, and harsh chemicals on my body. The reason for creating a blog is to RECORD and TRACK my progress using holistic methods so I may better identify the SOURCE of my acne. Considering this, I will be elinimating different foods from my diet. My plan will be laid out month by month and will consist of daily posts. Month #1 - March Summary: This month will be dedicated to the elimination of dairy. Results will be photographed weekly I will be recording any changes daily. All treatments and cleansing on my face will be very basic, modeling the "caveman regimen". Detailed Procedure: ALL dairy for the whole month of March will eliminated. This includes yogurt and probiotic drinks (Kefir).
I will be washing my face twice a day with cold water for a minute in the morning and evening.
I will be striving to get between 7-8 hourse of sleep a night. A strict sleep pattern will be attempted from 5:00 AM to 9:30 PM.
I will excersive every day for an Hour. I must work up a heavy sweat each excerise (may help with toxin release).
All other elements in my diet will remain constant. My normal diet for the month will be normal (without dairy), consisting of frulit, vegtables, some processed foods, some sweets here and there, red meat, fish, and any other food that is eaten on a regular basis.
I will not drink anything except water and green tea, of the water I will strive to drink a gallon a day (I live in a high altitude region).
During this month I will not use ANY products on my face except water.
I will shave every two days. --> Not sure if there is any corelation to acne.
Pillow case will be changed bi-daily.
I will be taking the following supplements and other ingredients daily:
Three Multi-vitamins
Two Capsuls of Fish Oil
One Table spoon of Coconut oil
One Table spoon of Apple CIder Vinegar in the morning
One cup of green tea after breakfast
Month #2 - April Summary: This month will have many of the same elements as the previous month, with the exception of eliminating all sugars the consumption of fruit will be monitored carefully and will not exceed two pieces a day. TO BE CONTINUED... Thanks for reading as always. If you've got questions or any information that I could use along my path to clear skin please let me know. I would love to hear other methods or dietary elements that I could add or eliminate. This goes without saying for applications directly on my skin as well.





Treatments (Failures & Successes)

This list contains everything I have done in the past to combat my acne and its actual effectiveness. I encourage anyone looking for answers to use this list to their disposal and perhaps compare it with personal storeis of success and failure in order to form the best routine and treatment plan. Generic Face wash designed for Oily Skin I used this method for about 2 months and to no avail.
Skin became very dry and required frequent moistureization.
DID NOT HELP ACNE. ---> Made worse

Acne Treatment systems (using Benzoil Peroxide) These systems included the following: Clear Skin Max and Exposed Skin care.
Acne.org BP made acne slightly better, but it was harsh and required so much to make a difference.
Used for about a month each.
Skin became dry and irritated.
Very dependent on using moisturizer.
DID NOT HELP ACNE. ---> Made worse

Topical Creams Made skin oily and "shinny".
Did virtually nothing to skin.

Honey This treatment was the most effective facial treatment I've used on my face.
Face became smoother and redness was reduced.
Total amount of breakouts was reduced by 40-50%.
Only used this for about two moths however.

Chemical Peels Extremely effective for my skin.
Had small breakouts after my skin began to peel, but after the peel skin was "glowing" and my cystic acne was very reduced. Acne on my forehead and checks virtually disapeared.
Helped with scars.
Reduced redness and hyperpigmentation.
Only cons are peeling of skin up to a week after treatment.
Diet changes [*]Hard to stick to diet and it requires extreme dedication. [*]Diet restrictions and eating healthy resulted in more energy, fat loss, easier to gain muscle tone, etc. [*]Inflamation was reduced. [*]Quitting dairy helped reduce pore size. [*]Porbabaly the sinlge most effective thing I've done. [*]Been eating healthy off and on for 6 months until recently. [*]VERY EFFECTIVE. Other treatments [*]Using natural oils on my face helped skin in very miniscule ways. Too little time dedicated to make conclusions however. [*]Apple CIder Vinegar applied topicaly resulted in no visible results. [*]Clay masks and other masks helped complexion some. Current treatments [*]I have been washing my face with a honey and milk based cleanser twice a day. Following this I am using a clareisonic brush to wash my face (I'm not actually using my hands). This is then washed off with a washcloth very carefully. [*]I am using honey masks every once in a while. [*]About three nights a week I am using a 15% glyotoner acid on my face. [*]Results are consistant and have been improving my skin. [*]The biggest facter I've noticed is the food I eat. This list will be updated throughout my experiment.




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In The Beginning...

Greetings and Hello to all the people of the Acne community! Today I will be sharing my experiences with ACNE and (hopefully) start the last journey I will ever need to totaly and completely eradicate acne from my life. All acne sufferers out there are probabaly aware of the terrible social "upsets" that acne can cause in this age. It seems these days the American life has been twisted toward perfection, as if our successes and failures depends on our physical lack of flaws. Over the years of my highschool life I have suffered depression and other negative emotions from ACNE. I came here to Acne.org in hopes of finding answers to my questions and to share my experiences with the world. I do not believe that this skin condition is meant to stay forever, but the idea of having rough, scared skin really upsets me. I still have active ACNE, but the majority of it has shifted to my neck line (I am nearly psotive this is caused by hormonal imbalances, which I am convinced is related to my diet) from my face. I now have scars over my face, which is constant reminder that life is not an easy ride, that we must fight and strive always! I had began to question and beg and plea for better skin to whoever would listen (God? The stars?), I came to the conclusion that we were born independent, we were born alone, and we must overcome our problems through KNOWLEDGE. I realized that our country (the Unites States of America) has deprived our right to protect its citizens from the poison of unhealthy substances and food. It is my overall hope that this guide and blog serve as a journal that anyone can access and utilize in their personal goals. I would like to offer what adivce I have learned over the years and continue to learn what I can in the face of this "life-killing" chronic condition. So... You guys and gals may be wondering how my acne started and how it has evolved and flourished over the years. Or perhaps you are wondering why I have chosen to write here in the first place. In order to understand why my story is as similar as it is as different from everyone elses on here you must understand that all human beings are different in many ways and it is this natural diversity that has allowed for such a community to gain strenghth. Ok, ok I promise I will begin my story... It started in 8th grade, I remember getting my first pimple on the side of my check next to the corner of my mouth. I didn't think much at the time, and it didn't phase me that I had "acne". I had seen the condition on many teenagers and even some of my friend's older siblingshad it, but I never thought much about it. It didn't change my view or opinions over anyone. In fact, I remember thinking that it made people stand out it in a uniqe way almost (I can't make the conection now). Over the course of my eigth grade year I had slowly but surely gained a face full of acne. It wasn't all that sevre and I was using simple face washing techniques to manage it. I do want to make note that I was consuming a LOT of dairy and sugar at this time. I never thought anything about it of course (It has shoved in my face always, walking down ailes at the grocery store and seeing media about how "tasty" it is). High school started and over the next three years and not much happened socialy. I remained dedicated to my studies and suffered multiple cases of disappointment when it came to females and liking girls. The depression set in severly my Freshamn year and I hated my existance. Hope seemed a commodity to lavish for my life. To this day I cannot pin-point a reason for chaning my outlook on life completely. I grew up in high school, I matured, I found my motivation in life. Gradually over my sophomore and Junior years I have developed my confidence and my knowledge. Aout 4 months ago, I was at the pinnical of my highschool life. My acne was in remission and it was nearing its cycle. I had been working out frequently and I was happy at what I had achieved. School was going very well and I was to the point where acne didn't matter much anymore. I would like to also mention that my diet was the best its ever been. Now I sit here typing this thinking of all that I have done, wondering what the future holds. Yet I cannot think of the future when the problem resides in my present. Fof the past few months I have been eating terribly, all routines have collapsed and I will be posting here in hopes of finding my motivation again. My acne has spiked again on my right check, neck line, neck and back of the neck. This Blog will be broken up into multiple components, which can be seen on the right under categories. I will be adding information as I affirm and learn it to "information about my Journey". I will be adding daily entries starting: 03/01/2014 . Thanks for reading my story!




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