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6 months since last update

I haven't logged into this site for 6 months. That is an indication in itself that in the last 6 months my skin has been manageable. I will post an update pic, as I've had a lot of success taking zinc picolinate (22mg Solgar brand). One a day (for the last 8 months). The only place I still seem to get spots is around my lips. I've also been sticking to a much better diet. I have a checklist for each day and a really good day means I eat something raw at each meal, no sugary foods, and a raw

billygirl

billygirl

01/09/19

 

Finally an improvement

I’ve been taking zinc picolinate since the beginning of June (so, about 7 weeks), and my skin is SO much better. I am SO relieved and my depression has really lifted. Here’s where we are at the moment:  

billygirl

billygirl

07/15/18

 

4 Weeks Dairy Free

I thought I’d have picture perfect skin by now, but the acne continues. i am still getting spots around my lips and mouth. I’ve cut back on the snall amount of sugar I wad allowing myself, but it has made little difference. I’ve started using an antioxidant skin cream (yesterday) and I also got squalane as a moisturiser. The only big change to my skin is the rough, dry, flakiness has gone, almost completely since i stopped dairy.

billygirl

billygirl

05/16/18

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05/27/18

 

3 Weeks Dairy Free

Three weeks no diary. I am still breaking out. However, my acne has changed. It doesn’t show well on the photos, but my skin has lost the eczema-like, scabby, flakiness that it used to have. My skin is softer and smoother, it’s just still full of pimples. I got my estrogen/testosterone and cortisol results back. All okay, estrogen low normal. I’d like to raise estrogen somehow as my skin is better when I’m pregnant or breastfeeding, so that lowness I think is a contributor. Not really sure

billygirl

billygirl

05/10/18

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05/11/18

 

No Dairy Week 2

It’s been 14 days since I cut dairy. The first week was amazing. This week it’s all flared back up again. My skin is awful again. My mum passed away over the weekend so maybe stress has a part to play. I’ve ordered some hormone tests to see if I can track down whats going on. Utterly miserable.  

billygirl

billygirl

05/04/18

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05/10/18

 

One Week Diary Free - Results

The only thing I can do is post a picture because I am utterly astonished. My skin is softer (instead of feeling like sandpaper all over - even in the acne free areas), it's not sore, and my spots are clearing up in places that haven't been spot free in years. I have been 100% strict with no dairy. I have eaten dark chocolate occasionally (although it tends to give me a stomach-ache which is interesting because I never noticed that with milk chocolate), and I've had some maple syrup in cooki

billygirl

billygirl

04/26/18

 

Dairy Binge & New Start

I had a miserable day yesterday. And I ate a ton of sh*t. I had hot chocolate with mountains of whipped cream, chocolate, pizza for dinner and a massive serving of stewed apple and cream for pudding. I basically ate all my favourite foods. Yesterday i had 33 active spots. Today i have 42. I am breaking out really badly. But today I am going 100% dairy free. In my six weeks of near perfect eating i was still breaking out and I was still eating dairy. Let’s try cutting it completely for a mont

billygirl

billygirl

04/19/18

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04/20/18

 

Whiteheads Around Lips

What the actual f*ck is the reason for these? Woke up with three this moming and they are so painful and they look disgusting. My skin has been a bloody nightmare for the whole of this year so far. I honestly think i need to cut out dairy but i swear that eating it is one of the few things that makes my day better. Without knowing for sure if it’s dairy-related I just can’t bring myself to give it up because I’m too depressed anyway without that being taken away as well.  

billygirl

billygirl

04/18/18

 

Crying

I'm just crying and crying and crying over how fucking impossible it is to clear my skin. I decided to go vegan and I lasted one day. Because I hate not eating the foods I enjoy and I hate everyone that can eat a ton of shit and still have clear skin. It would be easier for me to eat healthier if it WASN'T for the sake of my skin. I am becoming obsessed with what I eat and then bingeing on crap because I miss eating "normally". I swear, acne is basically sending me down the tunnel of a fucking e

billygirl

billygirl

04/16/18

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04/16/18

 

It's all about what you eat

Four days ago I just went totally off plan and gorged on gluten and sugar. It started with a bit of chocolate after lunch each day. But then I just went off the deep end. For three days I ate whatever the f*ck I wanted. I was just so fed up with not having clear skin after 6 weeks of being so strict and careful.   Well, now I’m paying the price and I look bloody awful.   Compare this to four days ago. Anyone who tries to tell you diet doesn’t affect skin is so wrong. I swe

billygirl

billygirl

04/13/18

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04/15/18

 

Chocolate

I ate 100g of milk chocolate this morning because I was feeling down. Sigh. A bit of a dent in my no sugar policy, but hopefully the consequences won’t be horrendous. I had a green juice and a massive salad at lunch to compensate. My skin seems to go in cycles in patches around my face: dry up and peel, breakout in tiny pimples, dry out and peel. Each time my skin seems to get a little better, I think. Today’s progress pic:

billygirl

billygirl

04/08/18

 

Almost there

It was definitely the B vitamins affecting my skin. It has settled down again and I am getting close to having no active spots. I’m still getting little whiteheads pop up in the worst affected areas, but they are getting less. I’m still off all gluten, sugar and alcohol, and meat/fish, and having a green juice once a day. I’m eating a ton of vegetables too. Slowly healing.  

billygirl

billygirl

04/06/18

 

Breaking Out

I’m breaking out again, albeit it tiny pink pimples, but it’s not good because I’m getting new spots and I want my skin to be completely clear. I started taking a load of B vitamins I had left in the cupboard, but I have got a feeling I remember them doing this before. I have thrown them all out and will continue to rely on just food to clear my skin. Let’s see if things settle over the next few days.  

billygirl

billygirl

04/03/18

 

Plateau

I seem to have hit a bit of a plateau. I’m way better than I was, but on a daily basis I am still getting little whiteheads popping up. This says that something is not right. I tracked my calories yesterday and I consumed 2,200 over the day, 43% of which came from fat. 103g of fat!  I eat a lot of nuts, seeds and avocados. More than I ever have. My diet is really good now - no gluten, alcohol or sugar. But the fat content is really high and I am maintaining around 10lbs of extra weight

billygirl

billygirl

04/01/18

 

My Skin Is Almost Clear

Can’t believe the improvement, even on a daily basis. I swear - it’s the green juice. it was such a slow start, but now things are finally changing. I’ve got a long way to go with red marks and skin smoothness, but this is the best my skin has been for ages.

billygirl

billygirl

03/28/18

 

Better Photo

I’ve noticed how much difference the lighting makes in my photos. I took this in the evening - usually I photo in the morning. However i think this picture looks most like what I see in the mirror. Another good skin day. Pleased with how everything is healing.

billygirl

billygirl

03/26/18

 

I Think I’ve Cracked It

I think I’m finally moving in the right direction. My skin looks SO much better. I am STILL getting small spots, and I’ve a face full of red marks, especially around my mouth, but it is definitely, absolutely getting better. Here’s where has consistently helped: 1. No sugar, 25 days 2. No alcohol, 17 days 3. No gluten (strict - I am coeliac but often allow a bit), 3 days 4. Green juice daily (I’ve juiced a big handful of kale, carrot or beet, and apple), 7 days I should also say th

billygirl

billygirl

03/25/18

 

Slow Changes

Still sugar and alcohol free. I’ve added a green juice daily (kale beetroot and apple at the moment, which is more red than green, but still good). So it’s odd. 1. My spots are still popping up and still sore, but they are getting smaller. I just get little whiteheads. 2. My skin-tone is less red and my face is less puffy. I think there was a level of inflammation there that has reduced 3. I’ve just noticed for the first time in months that my skin, esp on my cheeks, is not so sandpapery a

billygirl

billygirl

03/21/18

 

Still breaking out

Wrote a long entry on my phone but it got lost on submit. Can’t be arsed to retype it all, so just pics today.

billygirl

billygirl

03/18/18

 

Calmer skin

Finally my skin is looking better. It’s been a rough few weeks and I’ve hated going out. Stopping oil cleansing seems to have done the trick - I may try it again at some point but I have to be super gentle as the exfoliation part just made my skin so sore. I’m not washing my face or using anything at the moment, which seems to help everything but the extreme dryness. Is my skin ever going to be soft and smooth?? At least the spots have calmed down. My face looks a bit mottled from all the

billygirl

billygirl

03/12/18

 

Feeling Positive

My skin was pretty much the same today although I drank no alcohol last night. I’m stopping the oil cleansing also as it seems to be aggravating my face. I don’t think it’s the oil, I think it’s the hot face cloth afterwards that is too strong an exfoliant. My skin is kind of sore. So, at the moment I am: 1. Topical antibiotic 2. No sugar 3. Drink lots water 4. No alcohol 5. Back to caveman - other than the antibiotics - as nothing I put on my skin ever seems to help I’ve changed things

billygirl

billygirl

03/10/18

 

Alcohol or Maybe OCM Reaction

So... I had two glasses of wine last night AND I used a different oil in the oil cleansing method. I've broken out in loads of teeny whiteheads and my face is really red again (I also didn't take any MegaMag yesterday, so another thing I've changed). EVERYTHING seems to affect my skin and I'm just not sure which is the problem. Wine doesn't usually affect my face like this, but then I've been using the OCM for a week now with no issues either. Sigh. I was so pissed off today looking in the

billygirl

billygirl

03/08/18

 

Day 1003

Today I can see a difference. It's more about the red marks than the actual spots. I've had almost zero sugar for 7 days straight since getting my Invisalign braces, and I think that, more than anything else has reduced the redness and inflammation in my skin tone. I've stopped taking the MegaMag today. I think I'll just do a week at a time now and again to boost levels - there's something about it that doesn't agree with me and I've found it really hard to sleep the last two nights even thou

billygirl

billygirl

03/07/18

 

Improving or Not?

I can't work out if my skin is improving or not. It's definitely NOT as dry and flakey, which has made a huge difference. But otherwise, I'm still getting new little spots all the time. I know it's only been a week (just under), and changes take time to show on skin, but I'm so impatient. I just want this gone. Here's 26th Feb (so, 8 days ago), and today on the right. ***UPDATE Two people independently told me this afternoon “You look really well!” which is rather random and out of the b

billygirl

billygirl

03/06/18

 

An Improvement

My skin has improved a lot, especially the dry flaky soreness that was driving me crazy over all the spots. It's so much softer. My current regime is: 1. topical antibiotic (4 days in) 2. oil cleansing only 3. MegaMag supplement x1 day 4. Drinking lots of water And something else that I've added to the mix: 5. No snacking/sugar Number 5 is a complete by-product of the fact that I finally got my Invisalign braces on 1st March. They hurt like hell (I'm on day 3), and I can't eat or drin

billygirl

billygirl

03/03/18

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