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Is there any hope of any treatment working?

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After accutane failing to make any real difference, I gave up on treating my acne, thinking it will go away eventually itself. This has actually been helpful to me, not thinking about treatments and constantly researching things and wondering if they will work, etc.. It's just less stress and helps me not to think about my skin.

But it's been around 3 years since I stopped taking accutane, and I'm starting to feel like my acne just isn't going to go away, so here is my question - is there any hope of anything working for me?

Treatments I have tried:

Various OTC creams/lotions/whatever

BP (variety of different brands, etc)

Various different anti-biotics

Accutane

Over the past few years where I haven't been treating my skin it has been no worse than when I was using any of these treatments. It's as if my skin just doesn't respond to anything.

I also have 'tane burn' and lots of scarring.

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You don't have to quit. You have to find your rutine to decrease the appearance of lesions. You said you take antibiotics, what antibiotics, mgs and for how long? If you use an antibiotic well, it should kill all the bloody bacteria.

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It's been at least 4 years since I took any antibiotics for my skin, but I remember taking:

Tetracycline

Erythromycin

Minocycline

Possibly others too. I can't remember doses, or exactly how long for. I took each one for at least a couple of months, and I'm guessing a standard dosage.

If you use an antibiotic well, it should kill all the bloody bacteria.
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This is my belief:

Your in control of your acne!

Yeah I know it might not seem like it and its hard to be positive when you look in the mirror and don't like what you see, BUT....

you can control your skin by controlling what you put in your body. Diet is such a HUGE factor in the way your skin looks, because diet effects how efficiently your body works!

Always remember that in most cases acne is a sign that something inside your body isn't working right and I know no one is ever happy to have acne, but at least be happy that it might help you discover the underlying cause of your acne, rather than spend years and years trying pills and creams.

Again most of the time acne doesn't come alone, its one of the many symptoms from an underlying causes, whatever it may be (hormone imbalance, food sensitivity, yeast over-growth, parasites etc)

I highly suggest you start reading this forum and educating yourself on an anti-inflammatory diet and the common food allergens. It might be the answer you were looking for....

What does your diet consist of at the moment? Do you eat a lot of dairy, grains and or sugar?

Are you under any stress at the moment? Do you work out and socialize with your friends?

PANIC

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This is my belief:

Your in control of your acne!

Yeah I know it might not seem like it and its hard to be positive when you look in the mirror and don't like what you see, BUT....

you can control your skin by controlling what you put in your body. Diet is such a HUGE factor in the way your skin looks, because diet effects how efficiently your body works!

Always remember that in most cases acne is a sign that something inside your body isn't working right and I know no one is ever happy to have acne, but at least be happy that it might help you discover the underlying cause of your acne, rather than spend years and years trying pills and creams.

Again most of the time acne doesn't come alone, its one of the many symptoms from an underlying causes, whatever it may be (hormone imbalance, food sensitivity, yeast over-growth, parasites etc)

I highly suggest you start reading this forum and educating yourself on an anti-inflammatory diet and the common food allergens. It might be the answer you were looking for....

What does your diet consist of at the moment? Do you eat a lot of dairy, grains and or sugar?

Are you under any stress at the moment? Do you work out and socialize with your friends?

Thanks for the reply.

I am vegan, so no, no dairy products. Veganism also stops me from being able to eat most candy/chocolate etc so my diet isn't high in sugar either.

My diet mostly consists of fruit, vegetables, bread, rice, pasta and soybean products.

I will read up on anti-inflammatory diet though.

As for stress, I suffer from depression and am pretty much constantly unhappy and stressed out if I'm honest.

I don't really work out although have done regularly in the past and it didn't make much difference to my skin as far as I could tell.

I don't socialise with my friends as much as I would like, mainly due to being busy with uni work, meaning I spend a lot of time in my room alone.

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This is my belief:

Your in control of your acne!

Yeah I know it might not seem like it and its hard to be positive when you look in the mirror and don't like what you see, BUT....

you can control your skin by controlling what you put in your body. Diet is such a HUGE factor in the way your skin looks, because diet effects how efficiently your body works!

Always remember that in most cases acne is a sign that something inside your body isn't working right and I know no one is ever happy to have acne, but at least be happy that it might help you discover the underlying cause of your acne, rather than spend years and years trying pills and creams.

Again most of the time acne doesn't come alone, its one of the many symptoms from an underlying causes, whatever it may be (hormone imbalance, food sensitivity, yeast over-growth, parasites etc)

I highly suggest you start reading this forum and educating yourself on an anti-inflammatory diet and the common food allergens. It might be the answer you were looking for....

What does your diet consist of at the moment? Do you eat a lot of dairy, grains and or sugar?

Are you under any stress at the moment? Do you work out and socialize with your friends?

Thanks for the reply.

I am vegan, so no, no dairy products. Veganism also stops me from being able to eat most candy/chocolate etc so my diet isn't high in sugar either.

My diet mostly consists of fruit, vegetables, bread, rice, pasta and soybean products.

I will read up on anti-inflammatory diet though.

As for stress, I suffer from depression and am pretty much constantly unhappy and stressed out if I'm honest.

I don't really work out although have done regularly in the past and it didn't make much difference to my skin as far as I could tell.

I don't socialise with my friends as much as I would like, mainly due to being busy with uni work, meaning I spend a lot of time in my room alone.

With all due respect why are you vegan? I love animals more than the average person, but animal meat in my opinion is essential to a healthy body and healing. Again I'm not trying to sway you or offend you, just wondering.

Secondly you mention that you don't eat much sugar, but did you know that breads, pastas, fruits etc all turn into glucose aka sugar in the bloodstream?

Furthermore, many people have found that they are sensitive to gluten, a protein found in many wheat and grain products. And by simply eliminating bread, pasta etc their skin clears up.

Also I see a severe lack of fresh veggies in your diet, unless you eat them and didn't mention it. Broccoli, spinach, kale, chard, green beans etc are GREAT medicines for your body and skin.

The idea behind the diet modification is to keep your blood sugar levels stable and low. When you drink soda, or juice or even eat a lot of grain based food, you cause a huge insulin spike in your body if you don't eat the right type, this in turn causes your body to regulate your blood sugar and causes inflammation not only in the form of acne but throughout your body.

I read so many stories of people who have gone on strict diets for a long time and not seen results, then think that diet and acne aren't related, at least in their case. However after finding out more details on their diet, you see they are still consuming tons of high glycemic foods. You would benefit from a anti-candida diet or a anti-inflammatory diet (more or less the same thing)

Also if you must eat grains get the easy to digest kind; buckwheat, quinoa, amarath and always get sprouted grain bread. Jump over to the Holistic Section and start searching.

Also never give up, everyone single one of us is different, what works for one may not work for another; that doesn't mean your stuck with acne forever. You will get clear.....

Lastly, don't let acne control you.... start working out, and sweating, its great for your mood and will keep your mind off your skin. Join a group, volunteer, do something to stay busy and change your diet and sleep patterns and I promise your skin will drastically improve if not clear.

If you need help with the diet, send me a PM and I'll be happy to help.

PANIC

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With all due respect why are you vegan? I love animals more than the average person, but animal meat in my opinion is essential to a healthy body and healing. Again I'm not trying to sway you or offend you, just wondering.

Secondly you mention that you don't eat much sugar, but did you know that breads, pastas, fruits etc all turn into glucose aka sugar in the bloodstream?

Furthermore, many people have found that they are sensitive to gluten, a protein found in many wheat and grain products. And by simply eliminating bread, pasta etc their skin clears up.

Also I see a severe lack of fresh veggies in your diet, unless you eat them and didn't mention it. Broccoli, spinach, kale, chard, green beans etc are GREAT medicines for your body and skin.

The idea behind the diet modification is to keep your blood sugar levels stable and low. When you drink soda, or juice or even eat a lot of grain based food, you cause a huge insulin spike in your body if you don't eat the right type, this in turn causes your body to regulate your blood sugar and causes inflammation not only in the form of acne but throughout your body.

I read so many stories of people who have gone on strict diets for a long time and not seen results, then think that diet and acne aren't related, at least in their case. However after finding out more details on their diet, you see they are still consuming tons of high glycemic foods. You would benefit from a anti-candida diet or a anti-inflammatory diet (more or less the same thing)

Also if you must eat grains get the easy to digest kind; buckwheat, quinoa, amarath and always get sprouted grain bread. Jump over to the Holistic Section and start searching.

Also never give up, everyone single one of us is different, what works for one may not work for another; that doesn't mean your stuck with acne forever. You will get clear.....

Lastly, don't let acne control you.... start working out, and sweating, its great for your mood and will keep your mind off your skin. Join a group, volunteer, do something to stay busy and change your diet and sleep patterns and I promise your skin will drastically improve if not clear.

If you need help with the diet, send me a PM and I'll be happy to help.

PANIC

I'm vegan because I don't believe animals should suffer in the way they do just to provide me with food.

I do eat fresh vegetables (I said vegetables in my post). Mostly broccoli, peppers, onions, carrots, peas.

I looked up anti-inflammatory diets and found the following tips:

* Breakfast could be oatmeal served with fresh berries and walnuts, with a cup of soy milk.

* Snack on whole fruits, nuts, seeds, and fresh vegetables throughout the day instead of cookies and candy.

* Eat more fish and less fatty red meat.

* Stay away from deep fried foods and bake or stir fry your meals instead.

* Choose green, orange, and yellow vegetables for your side dishes.

* Drink plenty of water, fresh 100% fruit and vegetable juices, herbal teas and green tea.

My breakfast is typically similar to the one described.

I snack on fruit, I generally don't eat candy.

I don't eat fatty meat (obviously).

I generally don't eat much deep fried foods.

I eat vegetables as side dishes or part of my meal.

I mostly just drink water and fruit juice (other when I'm drinking alcohol).

Do you think it is worth me trying to make changes to my diet?

Would a food allergen test tell me whether or not it could be diet related?

As for working out, I'm pretty busy at the moment but have been doing a little bit of exercise just in my room. I'm going to start going to the gym again over summer.

My sleep pattern is pretty bad, I guess that's something I should try and control.

Thanks for the help/advice.

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All the redness all the inflammation is caused by bacteria and the reaction of the immune system to it. The first reason you get acne though is because a hormonal imbalance or other reason. So to contain bacteria is important.

I wonder if you took antibiotics well. Perhaps you should try Dan's regimen.

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All the redness all the inflammation is caused by bacteria and the reaction of the immune system to it. The first reason you get acne though is because a hormonal imbalance or other reason. So to contain bacteria is important.

I wonder if you took antibiotics well. Perhaps you should try Dan's regimen.

I took courses of several antibiotics following the instructions provided by the prescribing doctor and those in the literature supplied with the pills.

I have tried Dan's regimen.

I do think my acne is hormonal however.

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cyrosurgical destruction?

i don't want my face burning off.

my acne isn't *that* bad.

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