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Day 1

Shion

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This is day 1 of my blog.

MY HISTORY: I am a 27 year old female. I have been suffering from mild ~ moderate acne since I was a teenager.

When I was around 15 - 16 I lost a lot of weight. Although I gained it back, ever since my periods were very irregular. When I turned 20, my periods pretty much stopped. I also started to develop cystic acne, mostly on my chin.

I was deperate to find a cure (especially because I was modeling part-time, and not getting a lot of work due to my skin!). My doctor recommended the BCP Diane which helped my skin tremendously.

After 3 years or so I decided to switch BCP because I heard being on Diane for too long was not good for you. I went on tri cyclen for about a year, but my skin wasn't too happy with that. I went back on Diane for a year. Finally last year, I switched to Alesse.

NOW: I still get cysts on my chin, and now I have small pimples on my forehead too. Right now I have a huuuge red zit on my nose!! I want to quit taking BCP all together, but want to prepare myself before doing so. If I'm beaking out even when I'm taking BCP, I'm scared how much I'll break out when I go off them.

I went to a naturopath in October. He told me that I have a candida overgrowth. I've been following a diet which is similar to the candida diet - I've been avoiding foods I was told I was sensitive to, such as gluten, wheat, starchy veggies like potatoes & carrots, dairy, pork, to name a few. I also started taking probiotics, candicin (to eliminate candida overgrowth), and chlorella.

My skin cleared up for about 2 months! I was so happy and I was so ready to quit BCP. BUT 2 weeks ago I started breaking out again. I just started taking Vitamin B5, so hopefully that will help. I am also looking into trying spearmint tea.

It's SO frusrating :) I feel like my life revolves around my acne. I've been so good about my diet, but I had to cheat today with a glass of wine.

Breakfast:

Healthy Skin + Greens smoothie

Oatmeal

Lunch

Rice, Roast Beef, Broccoli

Snack:

Apple

Dinner:

Japanese dish w/ daikon radish, tomatoes, and lean ground beef

Quinoa

Glass of Red Wine

I also drink lots of rooibos tea & green tea throughtout the day!

My regimen:

AM:

- cleanse with Tersaseptic

- 50% Apple Cider Vinegar 50% Rooibos Tea as toner

- moisturize with Aveeno Clear Complexion

- bare escentuals mineral makeup only where needed

PM

- cleanse with OLAY deep cleansing daily facials

- 50% Apple Cider Vinegar 50% Rooibos Tea as toner

- Aspirin mask on spots (left on overnight)

- decleor ylang ylang purifying night balm

Supplements:

AM:

Health Skin + GREENS ( I mix this with unsweetened Almond Milk)

Vitamin B5 500mg

Zinc for Acne (Zing 25mg + Vitamin C, Vitamin B6)

HMF Probiotics

Ribes Nigrum Gemmotherapy (for adrenal support)

Candicin

PM:

same as above, without GREENS

+ biotin



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