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I was feeling very depressed due to the state of my consistent acne and wound up finding the Acne No More website with the book that you download for $40.00. I paid the 40 bucks and read basically what I'd already learned previously as well as some cool detox cleanses. Basically, don't eat: gluten, white rice or potato, sugar, dairy,caffeine (except green tea), artificial anything, alcohol or hydrogenated oils (such as mayo). I had already done research on gluten-free diets and acne and tried it for a few months (with many slip-ups I might add) and I felt like it did actually help with my acne but became increasingly frustrating for a college student feeding herself, and her husband whom both enjoy a good jolly drinkfest after finals week with friends.

While I was doing the gluten-free thing, I was still breaking out, but sometimes I felt like my skin looked great but really that was after a trip up to my family's lodge up river and probably was due to too much sun exposure. When fall semester started again, my acne got really bad! I was about to give up hope...

So that was when I was feeling low and payed the 40 bucks for this man to tell me what I basically already knew (in terms of diet and acne) and I also paid around 50 bucks for some recommended products such as tea tree and jojoba oil as well as this really great clay mask called Aztec Secret that seriously works.

All in all I felt pretty terrible after doing this and hiding it on my computer so that my husband wouldn't find it and clue in on my ever growing insecurities surrounding my acne. Alas, I felt even more depressed!

I'm not saying that the author of ACNE NO MORE is wrong, but not being able to eat dairy, gluten, white rice or potato, sugar, artificial anything, caffeine and alcohol just felt like I was really letting my acne rule my life. Sure, I could forgo all those things and benefit healthily, but I was beginning to feel like I was being punished for having acne and only people who didn't have acne could have their cake and eat it too.

So, after spending close to 100 dollars and feeling like an even bigger loser for knowing I couldn't go a lifetime without even Soy Delicious Chocolate Peanutbutter "ice cream" or the occasional glass, or bottle! of red wine I decided to say, "FUCK YOU ACNE," I'm going to find a more forgiving regimen to follow.

That is what led me here. Well actually it was from IDEALBITE's daily newsletter about finding a paraben-free acne treatment regimen as good as Proactive but better for you and the environment. Dan's Acne.org regimen was there, calling to me.

I was just wondering if any of you out there had done the ACNE NO MORE regimen? Or if you had any thoughts on it as I obviously do. Again, I think this guy is amazing and I'm sure deleting everything bad (but bad in a good way of course) from your life and diet will help you reach beautiful skin...but I'd rather eat a piece of pumpkin pie this Thanksgiving and slather BP all over than feel left out.

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Acne no more; is one of the strictest and hard to follow acne regimens out there. That said, it is in my opinion one of the two acne regimens on the web that actually work.

The alternative is something called 'Clear for Life'; which is all an round skin clearing regimen, it focusses not just on diet but a whole range of other important things such as exercise and avoiding stress. It makes the crucial point that diet is not the be all and end all of clearing acne, and even gives you a very managable degree of flexibility in what you eat.

The best part is though, the main chunk of it that contains everything you need to get clear is completely free, if you want the deluxe verision that basically contains recipes, in-depth explanations amongst other things, then you pay a small fee.

It's currently the one that I'm using at the moment, and I can't recommend it enough - I'm on the verge of becoming 100% clear and as you can imagine very excited. :D

http://blog.natural-acne-solution.com/

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"It's currently the one that I'm using at the moment, and I can't recommend it enough - I'm on the verge of becoming 100% clear and as you can imagine very excited."

Verge of becoming clear means nothing.. For the last 2 weeks i was on the verge of becoming clear, and this week it got worse again. When you get 100% for at least 2 months, then you can reccomend whatever it is that you think cleared it.

Penny, college student and already married? That sure is going fast :)

If you suspect you have gluten intolerance just get tested for it. Don't get schitzo over what you eat, because it most likely has little to no impact on your skin, and it's not good for your mental health.

I also should add there's no evidence that diet is the cause of acne, and that a lot of people have changed their diets with no difference at all. The ones that noticed a difference it was probably due to some allergic reaction to some food. Most people get treated by going to a dermatologist, the people here are the few that either think doctors are evil and out to get your money, or those for whom chemicals didn't work when they tried.

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I also should add there's no evidence that diet is the cause of acne, and that a lot of people have changed their diets with no difference at all. The ones that noticed a difference it was probably due to some allergic reaction to some food. Most people get treated by going to a dermatologist, the people here are the few that either think doctors are evil and out to get your money, or those for whom chemicals didn't work when they tried.

Yes, there is evidence:

[http://www.rmit.com.au/browse/News%20and%20Events%2FNews%2FGeneral%20news%2FHealth%2Fby%20title%2FG/]

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So, after spending close to 100 dollars and feeling like an even bigger loser for knowing I couldn't go a lifetime without even Soy Delicious Chocolate Peanutbutter "ice cream" or the occasional glass, or bottle! of red wine

No need to feel like a loser. What I learned whilst trying to follow an acne diet is that we don't simply eat for nutrition - all over the world food is also about socialising with friends and family, comfort and enjoyment. I know some people here claim that they are able to follow an acne diet for nutrition without sacrificing on those other two elements, but that wasn't my personal experience. How could I enjoy a meal cooked by my mother, friend whoever if I was worried about the gluton, diary, sugar or chemical content or whether it was an organic or high GI food or food that I was otherwise intolerant to? It is perfectly normal to want to enjoy Soy Delicious Chocolate Peanutbutter "ice cream" or the occasional glass, or bottle! of red wine!

The other thing I found with many acne diets is that they are sooooo restrictive that it is easy to blame a new breakout on the fact that you may have slipped up and eaten something you shouldn't. However, the reason you may have gotten that latest breakout is because the diet simply doesn't work. period. I gave diet a good shot, trying various things over a couple of years but spending months at a time being exceptionally 'good'. Sometimes my moderate/severe acne became moderate only. Whoo hoo - big friggin deal. It never got rid of it.

You also didn't waste the 100 dollars. You tried Acne No More - it didn't work for you/your lifestyle and now you know that. That's worth the $40. You can also still use the tee tree / jojoba oil.

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Hi Penny,

I'm sorry you're feeling down :( We've all been there...well i am in agreement with you that I don't think that I would be willing to follow a super strict diet for the long term...In fact, I really don't think it's necessary for most people, that's why I've combined diet with topicals and I have been clear for almost 4 months now (almost 2 months completely antibiotic free)...Everyone is different, but for me, cutting out dairy has made the biggest difference skin-wise. I also eat a generally healthy diet, including lots of fruits and veggies and mostly darker whole grains instead of refined white flour...but I do eat a piece of pie, a cookie, soy and rice ice cream, soy lattes, dark chocolate, a glass of red wine etc. without any issues...now i don't gorge on any of said sweets, but i'd say i probably have at least one of the above almost every day. Even cutting out dairy was a pain at first, but once you get used to it there are plenty of alternatives and I find that a little butter in baked goods doesn't *seem* to bother me...

Now, when I started going dairy free I was using bp and within a week or two I was clear. I decided to stop using bp because i didn't think it was helping and it has been a roller coaster ever since, trying all different kinds of supplements, restricting my diet further and finally I had to resort to antibiotics because my skin had gotten somewhat out of control. Guess what, I started using prescription topicals again (Now I use azelex in the morning and clenia emollient cream at night) and that combined with cutting out dairy has 95% cleared me.

Another thing I've begun recently just for good health (but it is supposed to be very good for the skin as well) is right after getting up, I drink warm (not hot, not cold) water with 1/4 lemon's juice and a teaspoon or two of raw organic honey. This is supposed to be a good body cleanser and the honey is a potent antibacterial, might be something to try.

Topically, make sure you're using a gentle cleanser, and make an appointment to talk to a dermatologist about possible topicals. Like I said, I love the azelex and clenia combo but these may or may not work as well for you. I also use a honey and egg yolk mask which I think is good for the skin... Finally I exercise and try to get enough sleep...I can't say how much that contributes to clear skin, but I have to imagine that what's good for your health is usually good for your skin...i think i've covered the basics but feel free to check out my log...good luck to you!

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"Yes, there is evidence:"

No, there is not.

The authors themselves said those findings are preliminary and that there are other factors that they didn't take in consideration.

Stop your bs misleadings.

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