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Acne comes and goes, comes and goes.

Hey guys,

so at this point I am just confused by the cyclical nature of my skin. If you look through this forum, you'll see a few posts I've made in the past where I've gone "Finally! My skin is perfectly clear! I've won the war!" only to see that I'm still here and struggling to figure out why it's bad again.

Here is how it goes:

I begin with clear skin. No blemishes, no comedones, just good skin.

Followed by a massive breakout two weeks later.

Breakout lasts anywhere from a week to a month.

Clears up again. Competely.

Repeat cycle.

It's like the changing of the moon! And I think now that it is probably just hormonal acne. I got it when I turned 12 and I still have it now at 19, seven years later.

I am also beginning to feel like giving up on holistic methods and just revert to obsessing over skincare, giving my self daily extractions, sulk in front of my blue light every night... I went to a dermatologist earlier this week who gave me a stronger prescription of Retin-A and suggested that I try Spirolactone (which I said no to, because I am unwilling to reduce my consumption of potassium-rich foods and the side effects freak me out.) I love the retin-a, which I think is relatively natural and effective and far as some treatments go - but I am unwilling to do anything else. I take perfect care of my skin.

Don't misunderstand me. I still believe it's important to be healthy, and I will never go back to eating junk food or smoking - but I am going through a tight phase, financially, I'm not even sure I can afford to buy organic food anymore.

And I miss eating bread - wholegrain bread with peanut butter. And yogurt. And chocolate.

What is wrong with me? Do I lack self control? I am not looking for a quick fix, but I am looking for a permanent one.

My acne has to be either one of three things, or all three combined:

1. Hormonal problems. I did, after all, have a lot cysts on my ovaries when they scanned me. And I foolishly went on BC pills way to early which they thought would help me skin.

2. Clogged up bowels/digestive system. It's possible that the break-out I'm experiencing now is because I just finished up a 7-day oxypowder cleanse (6 pills per night, lots of bowel movements the next day) which was kind of fun actually, although I didn't stick to the green smoothie fast I meant to. On the bright side, I was feeling pretty bloated prior to doing this and now I feel a lot better. But I am worrying now I have some sort of leaky gut or whatever.

3. Food sensitivities/allergies. It's not my imagination that when I eat gluten, especially wheat, I tend to break out a day or two later. But even avoiding it religiously has not cleared up my skin.

I know my hormones are screwed up, but if my acne were JUST my hormones and not #2 or #3, then why punish myself? I've started to obsess over what I eat and worry about my "toxic" body, about my weak digestive system, about parasites or candida or all the chemicals stored in my system from my previous use of anti-perspirants, make-up, etc. I am even starting to worry about what is in the air. Am I becoming paranoid? Someone would say no, that we do live in a toxic world, but I do not want to develop an eating disorder on top of everything else.

I don't want to whine. I am just frustrated. On top of this I'm going through a financially tight period and I can't afford to spend money on anything that isn't really, really worth it.

Any good advice would be much appreciated.

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Hey - your not alone :)

It's incredibly difficult to pin down acne to any one particular cause without other symptoms. The basic method of acne forming is well known, but what isn't well known what things exactly trigger it and how to stop them. It's incredibly difficult for even specialists to pin down, which is why they often "try" something to see if you get results, and usually they go for topical treatments to fight the acne, rather than the more difficult cause. I imagine some forms of acne can even be the problem, say bacteria or mites on the skin - which wouldn't change no matter what you eat, so in those cases a topical would be the cure.

I've made headway by just improving my digestion, i still eat wheat, dairy, pizza/fried foods occasionally. I've gone from very bad to moderate/mild. It's better than it's been for years, but still not perfect. So i keep trying, and some weeks it looks like it's about to go 100% then back it comes. It's so frustrating!

As for oxypowder, you can defintely get a die off from using that. Just a couple of things. Take the maintence dose every other day for a couple of times after. You have to remember that these things take time, you won't see results overnight. If oxypowder helped at all then i'd recommended doing everything you can to improve your digestion - this is a good thing acne or not.

Good luck - just take it easy and look for small improvements over time!

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Hey - your not alone :)

It's incredibly difficult to pin down acne to any one particular cause without other symptoms. The basic method of acne forming is well known, but what isn't well known what things exactly trigger it and how to stop them. It's incredibly difficult for even specialists to pin down, which is why they often "try" something to see if you get results, and usually they go for topical treatments to fight the acne, rather than the more difficult cause. I imagine some forms of acne can even be the problem, say bacteria or mites on the skin - which wouldn't change no matter what you eat, so in those cases a topical would be the cure.

I've made headway by just improving my digestion, i still eat wheat, dairy, pizza/fried foods occasionally. I've gone from very bad to moderate/mild. It's better than it's been for years, but still not perfect. So i keep trying, and some weeks it looks like it's about to go 100% then back it comes. It's so frustrating!

As for oxypowder, you can defintely get a die off from using that. Just a couple of things. Take the maintence dose every other day for a couple of times after. You have to remember that these things take time, you won't see results overnight. If oxypowder helped at all then i'd recommended doing everything you can to improve your digestion - this is a good thing acne or not.

Good luck - just take it easy and look for small improvements over time!

Thank you, I will definitely keep up with the Oxypowder. At first I was quite skeptical, I was thinking "$40 for some white tablets? What are these going to do?" But I was actually really impressed by the way it worked, even if I don't know how it worked.

Can you give me some advice on what you mean by "improve digestion?" If you mean probiotics, I've already been taking those, and I have started drinking a little Chlorophyll and Aloe Vera juice from time to time.

How have you improved your digestion?

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Thank you, I will definitely keep up with the Oxypowder. At first I was quite skeptical, I was thinking "$40 for some white tablets? What are these going to do?" But I was actually really impressed by the way it worked, even if I don't know how it worked.

Can you give me some advice on what you mean by "improve digestion?" If you mean probiotics, I've already been taking those, and I have started drinking a little Chlorophyll and Aloe Vera juice from time to time.

How have you improved your digestion?

Oxy powder is pretty good stuff. Just remember to take breaks and not do it continuously - Everything in moderation!

To be honest i've lost track of all the things i've done for digestion, and i'm still doing and picking up new things all the time. Heres some posts where i went through the things i'm doing/done for digestion

General Digestion Tips

Supplements so far

Latest experiment

Latest supplements to add to the list grapefruit seed extract, colon care capsules, amazing grass green superfood.

To be honest, the digestion/food habit changes have been far and away the most successful, and cheap and easy to do. The supplements themselves haven't given me any major turn arounds in relation to acne, but some of them have helped overall for sure. I see them as shortcuts really, not a cure of anything just sped things up i think. Hope that gives you some ideas!

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Are you sure your breakouts don't coincide with pms or ovulation? Have you tried tracking that? If so, you might try Alleve. See the thread pinned in the adult acne forum.

Also, it could be an allergy to something else, in addition to the gluten.

And your acne could have several causes. Mine did. An allergy caused severe cysts. But in addition to that, I still had extremely oily skin, blackheads and pimples.

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I second the Aleve recommendation. It's done wonders for me. Not one cyst in months now! Not one!

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Are you sure your breakouts don't coincide with pms or ovulation? Have you tried tracking that? If so, you might try Alleve. See the thread pinned in the adult acne forum.

Also, it could be an allergy to something else, in addition to the gluten.

And your acne could have several causes. Mine did. An allergy caused severe cysts. But in addition to that, I still had extremely oily skin, blackheads and pimples.

I will definitely look into Alleve. I have been taking Vitex every day for the past month, and I must admit I was surprised when I quickly got a normal period, something I haven't had in months. I will look into taking that....

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