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80% better

What a difference 6 days makes...

And clean and healthy eating and drinking.

Aside from three stubborn zits

below my bottom lip,

I'm clear.

I would say about 80% better than I was

the last time I checked in here.

Of course the red marks remain,

which look horrible,

but at least they are not painful

and erupting

and they can easily be hidden

under make-up.

Heavy cream and cheese

were probably to blame

for the recent breakouts.

I have to stay away from dairy.

And remember to do that!

My problem is that I think

oh once or twice won't hurt,

and they probably wouldn't

but once or twice turns into

three or four times

or more times

and then I'm screwed.

And it takes so long to undo

the damage.

Miss Diagnosed

No improvement.

I ate really really carefully all day yesterday.

I even cut out all snacking.

It was just three balanced meals for me.

By the end of the day,

I had two new whiteheads around my mouth

and nothing else much improving on my face.

Went through my normal cleansing routine and

woke up today with a new whitehead on my nose

and a nodule on the side of my nose.

No improvements on my left cheek,

but at least there were no new whiteheads around my mouth.

Miss Diagnosed

I am so f*cking pissed off. I've been breaking out for the past 3 weeks and I don't know why! I was doing so good for months. Months. I haven't been on here since March. That's four months. For most of that time I was totally clear. Totally clear. And now here I am with a bunch of whiteheads around my mouth. As soon as one clears up, another one pops up to take it's place. It's so annoying. And now I'm starting to break out on my forehead and my left cheek! I don't know what is causing this. Stress? Something I'm eating? Something I'm doing? I don't use flouride toothpaste so it's not that. I hate this shit.

Miss Diagnosed

I won the battle with the cyst. It's gone.

I did some research online and found out that they make topical anti-histamines. I had no idea about those. So I popped into CVS on my way out Saturday night and purchased topical Benadryl that contains an anti-histamine and zinc for soothing the skin.

When I got home that night, I washed my face with jojoba oil and then I massaged the Benadryl cream into the cyst area. I also put it on another zit that I had on my forehead which was just a big pimple.

When I woke up the next morning, the cyst was greatly reduced, but it seemed to have no effect on the zit on my forehead. I took another anti-histamine pill. I drank alot of water and ate very carefully all day yesterday:

Breakfast: (i've fallen in love with japanese food lately)

Orange Juice and vitamins

Miso soup with wakame and tofu

Small cup green tea

Lunch: (didn't really have lunch, just a snack)

Banana chips


Lettuce and tomato salad with a little feta cheese and oil and vinegar dressing

Homemade vegetable soup (don't eat canned soup)

Small piece of flounder, white rice.


White rice with sesame dressing (rice vinegar, wheat free soy sauce, sesame oil)

Small cup orange juice

When I went to bed, I noticed that the cyst was almost gone so I put the anti-histamine cream on the cyst again and the other zit.

Woke up this morning and the cyst is gone. The zit on my forehead is still there though. Although that seems to be clearing up too. I need to stop falling off the damn wagon and stay with the program! I need to stop eating crap.

Miss Diagnosed

I'm a total idiot. I don't understand why I keep eating stuff that I'm not supposed to eat, that I KNOW will break me out. I think a part of me says, "well let's test this to see what happens. maybe you can eat this and not break out. maybe it won't affect you." And I'm always WRONG.

The Dairy Queen around the corner from my house just reopened the other day after being closed all winter. It has to be about 6 months since I've had any DQ ice cream. And for someone stupid reason, when I was driving home last night, I just had to stop there and get something. I ended up buying a small hot fudge sundae with vanilla ice cream. I came home and enjoyed every ounce of it as I sat on my couch with my feet up, relaxing and watching tv.

When I woke up this morning, I felt the all too familiar feeling of a cyst in it's very initial stages starting to form on my chin. My heart sank. "Oh no, this can't be a cyst. I haven't had one in so long. I was doing so good." Then I told myself that if I was very careful all day, it would just go away. No such luck.

That freakin' Dairy Queen. I looked up the ingredients. FULL of corn syrup.

Dairy Queen Vanilla Soft Serve: Milkfat and nonfat milk, sugar, corn syrup, whey, mono and diglycerides, artificial flavor, guar gum, polysorbate 80, carrageenan, and vitamin A palmitate.

Hot Fudge Topping: Corn syrup, skim milk, sugar, partially hydrogenated coconut oil, cocoa (processed with alkali), modified food starch, cocoa, salt, sodium bicarbonate, potassium sorbate (preservative), mono- and diglycerides, artificial flavors, lecithin.

Never again.

I just got out of the shower and I'm getting dressed to go out and this cyst thing is about 5 times the size it was this morning. Still not a full cyst, but easily on it's way to being one. I have to now slam myself into emergency mode. I took an anti-histamine and drank about 32 ounces of water. I'm going to take another anti-histamine tomorrow morning and continue to drink water and eat only super safe foods. Or maybe not eat at all and fast for most of the day tomorrow. We'll see how it goes. The last thing I need is a HUGE cyst on my chin. What a pain in the ass.

I just wish this acne would go away for good.

Miss Diagnosed

I've been battling dry and red skin this winter. I think using the Tazorac cream every other day or so has been contributing to the dryness. But I think more than anything, the cleansers that I have been using have been really harsh and drying and causing much of the redness. I was using Purpose facial cleanser and that was too harsh, so I switched to Clinique's mild cleansing bar which seemed to be better. I was also using Johnson's Head To Toe Baby Wash as a facial cleanser which seemed to be even milder and gentler yet while still washing off all of my makeup etc.

Today, I was cleaning out my bathrooms cabinets and came across a bunch of products that I forgot that I had. This morning I washed my face with Desert Essence Thoroughly Clean Face Wash. What a mistake that was! My skin felt like it was burning afterward. I washed my face again with the Johnson's wash to maybe wash off any residue from the Desert Essence wash but it didn't get any better. Then I thought that maybe if I put some moisturizer on, it would cool my face off. Still felt like it was burning. After about an hour or so, the painful sensation finally calmed down and went away. I will not be using that product again.

I also found a bottle of Vitamin Shoppe's Jojoba Oil. I noticed that on the back of the bottle it says that it can be used for removing makeup. So tonight, I thought I would try it out as a face wash and see how it worked. OMG. I think I'm in love. lol. Not only did it completely wash off all of my makeup, it is incredibly gentle, non-irritating, and my skin feels soft and moisturized. I'm a little concerned that it might cause breakouts since it's an oil and you never know. But I'm really shocked at how well it worked as a face wash. Who knew?

Miss Diagnosed

Okay, well, I definitely now know that coffee breaks me out - even decaf. I was doing great over the weekend. Clear, red marks starting to fade, etc. Then on Monday morning, I was out running errands and stuff and could not resist the lure of a Dunkin Donuts. Since I couldn't even remember the last time I had a cup of coffee, I decided to treat myself to a medium decaf with sugar. Notice that I did not order milk and sugar since I now know that milk breaks me out. I thought maybe it wouldn't be bad if I ordered a coffee without milk. It was delicious, but I was wrong. By the end of the day, I had new zits forming, and they showed up the next morning. Wonderful... I so won't be drinking coffee again any time in the near future.

I immediately went back to all known non-reactive foods and was clearing up again over the past few days. Then yesterday, I was out at meetings and was crazy hungry since I hadn't eaten lunch. There was nothing around that I could grab quickly, and then I remembered that I had an Apple Pie Larabar in my purse. So I ate that. I cringed with the first bite when I tasted the strong cinnamon flavor of the bar. I immediately looked at the ingredients and sure enough, cinnamon was listed. It's funny how it now tastes horrible since I haven't eaten any cinnamon in over 3 weeks. But since I was ravenously hungry, I ate the rest of the bar anyway. By midnight, I had broken in out new zits. Horrible.... But at least now I know that cinnamon is definitely a reactive food for me also.

Coffee and cinnamon suck!

Miss Diagnosed

I was doing really good. Totally clear for a few days. Then yesterday, I went out to lunch. My skin was fine in the morning, and fine when I was putting on lipstick before going to lunch. I met up with a friend at the food court in a local mall. We ordered from the Japanese fast food place. I had white steamed rice with mixed vegetables which was fine. I was so happy with myself for making a great choice. But then, like an idiot, I ordered a Diet Coke with it! I hadn't had a soda in over 20 days, so I figured that I would treat myself to one. I also thought I would test out whether I am reactive to Aspartame or not. I can now definitely say that I am.

I felt physically horrible after drinking that soda. We weren't even out of the mall yet, and I was slightly nauseous and slightly achy and I had like a sour stomach from it. Since my body has detoxed so well from not eating any reactive substances, I think the effects are felt much more intensely now since I'm not used to them. By the time that I had got back to work, I had vowed to myself that I would never consume another product with Aspartame in it if I could help it.

Within a few hours, I had a painful white head form below my lower lip. By the end of the day another one had popped up on the side of my nose. This morning, there is a new zit on my back and another small one forming on my nose. UGH!

But, at least I know that I did this to myself. And exactly what is causing it - Aspartame. From now on, I'll stick to seltzer or club soda plain or with a splash of juice.

Miss Diagnosed

I am clear. Not a cyst or whitehead in sight! Yay! Eliminating wheat again has made all of the difference. Here is the list of what I'm currently avoiding:

1. Wheat

2. Corn

3. Coffee

4. Tea

5. Milk (most dairy, some cheese or yogurt seems to be okay)

6. Beer

7. Lemon

8. Grapefruit

9. Cinnamon

10. Garlic

11. Oats

12. Aspartame

13. MSG

14. Celery

15. Cabbage

As you can see, it's a much shorter list than was recommended by the food sensitivity blood test that I had. I figured since the test was wrong about corn and wheat (since it showed those as non-reactive but I know my body reacts to them), it was probably wrong with other items also. I figured there were reactive items on their list that I was actually non-reactive to. So I went through the list and refined it to these 15 items which I most greatly suspect have been contributing to my acne. It seems to be working beautifully so far.

Of course, if a food has a little garlic or cinnamon in it, I'm not going to worry about avoiding it. I'm just not adding those to foods when I cook. Or I'm not buying anything where those are main ingredients. For example, I used to eat oatmeal with cinnamon on top of it for breakfast. It ends up both of those were breaking me out. I used to drink coffee with alot of milk, both of those were breaking me out also. A few weekends ago, I took out my juicer and made a bunch of fresh veggie juice with celery and cabbage. I broke out horribly and couldn't figure out why. Now I know it was the celery and cabbage. Little things can make a big difference.

Miss Diagnosed

Yup. It was the wheat and/or the peanuts allright. I stopped eating them again yesterday and by the end of the day, there were no new breakouts and the cyst on my forehead had a whitehead forming on it. Woke up today and there is a huge difference. Everything is calmer and healing and drying up. At least now I know for sure that wheat breaks me out like that.

I've decided that instead of avoiding all of the reactive foods on my list, I'm going back to avoiding wheat and corn and I will also avoid what I think to be the most reactive out of the list. I ate brown rice for lunch and dinner yesterday and was okay with that. I also ate a few small pieces of dark chocolate and was okay with that. I'm curious to see how this goes...

Miss Diagnosed

Okay, I'm pissed. I have a cyst forming on the left side of my forehead and a semi-cyst thing on my chin. It HAS to be from eating wheat again. Or maybe peanuts. I'm cutting both back out of my diet again since this wasn't happening when I wasn't eating them. I'm really starting to question the accuracy of that food test. Unless this is happening due to the detox phase of not eating what your body reacts to. Either way, I don't care. No more wheat or peanuts for the rest of the week...

Miss Diagnosed

I started breaking out on Friday and it continued through the day so by the time I went to bed, the three zits had increased to seven. Another three popped up on Saturday. So there's about 10 whiteheads (thankfully no cysts or big nodules). I'm very disappointed about this. But yesterday, I completely avoided all reactive foods and it seems to be calming down now.

I had to go out to eat again on Saturday for a birthday dinner. I tried to make the best choices that I could, but I'm still not too sure about it. Eating out is really rough. I'll see how this week goes with avoiding the reactive foods. I have continued to avoid corn, but I've started eating wheat and peanuts again. I'm thinking maybe I should cut those out again. If I don't clear up within the next day or so, I will.

Miss Diagnosed

I messed up big time yesterday. I made some very bad choices. First I had half of an all natural cola that had cola nut extract in it. (on my moderately reactive list). Then later in the afternoon I bought some honey roasted cashews that were just loaded with chemicals and additives. (i should have purchased the plain cashews instead). A few hours later I had a cup of tea (high on my moderately reactive list). And to top it all off, I went out to dinner with a friend. We went out to a diner with a menu that was about a mile long. I was so confused by what I could and couldn't have, so I finally settled on the basket of chicken fingers with french fries (white potatoes are on my moderately reactive list). Looking back now, I should have gotten a turkey wrap or something like that. I made a bad choice, but at least I know better for the next time I go out to eat. I'm still in the adjustment/confusion stage. Then for dessert, I had a piece of blueberry pie. I figured it wouldn't be that bad but thinking about it now, I'm sure the pie crust was made with loads of butter, and who really knows what else was in it or the filling. So today, I was greeted with three new zits. One on my forehead, one on my chin, and one on my neck. UGH!

Miss Diagnosed

I am clear. No new zits - at all! (Although I do have a few old ones that are drying up and healing). I am so happy that I have potentially found my cure. I don't want to jump to conclusions so fast though. After all, it's only been 3 days! I have decided that I am going to give it a whole month before I can absolutely say that there is a direct correlation between reactive foods and my acne. And if I stay clear for two whole months, then I am confident that this is indeed my cure.

I have been alternating between Tazorac (to reduce scarring and even out my skin texture/tone) and Seabuckthorn Oil (to reduce scarring and free radical damage, and moisturize) at night. One night Tazorac, next night Seabuckthorn Oil, etc. My skin is alot less red than it was just a week ago. There's been a few times when I've washed my make-up off at night and then when I looked in the mirror, I thought I didn't get it all off because my skin was looking so much calmer. I hope this improvement continues.

Miss Diagnosed

I woke up early again today. 45 minutes before my alarm was set to go off. I wonder if I have more energy now that my body is not using as much to battle the reactive foods.

Stayed off all reactive foods yesterday except for one cup of plain tea. (tea is on my moderately reactive list). No new breakouts. Doing well.

I have also noticed that since getting off of the benzoyl peroxide I have seen a good amount of reduction in the redness of my skin. The red marks that I have from old zits are fading nicely and the overall redness of the skin is also decreasing.

Miss Diagnosed

I did not consume anything on my reactive foods list yesterday. Today, I woke up before my alarm went off! That never usually happens. For some reason, I have alot more energy than I usually do. I have no new breakouts or blemishes and the few that I had are healing and getting better.

Miss Diagnosed

I have just undergone the most scientifically advanced blood test in the United States for food allergies, intolerances, and sensitivities. This is what it found:



Cow's Milk



Hops (beer)







Yellow Squash


Aspartame (nutrasweet)










Cola Nut

Green # 3

Red # 40


Goat's Milk

Green Pepper











Potassium Nitrite




Sorbic Acid





White Potato


Yeah, that's ALOT of stuff to be reactive to. Everyone was kind of shocked by how many moderately reactive foods came up. Most people don't show this many on their tests. I am supposed to now totally avoid all of the highly reactive items which most likely are contributing to my acne. I should also avoid all of the moderately reactive items as much as possible, or at least drastically cut back on them.

I have to say that it does make sense. I always thought that coffee and tea and cocoa might be contributing to the acne, but I like them so much that I didn't want to give them up. But now I have scientific proof that they are messing up my system, so I will be able to give them up much easier because now it's not just a maybe, it's a definite yes.

I'm very surprised about the lemon and the grapefruit being highly reactive, but I've read several posts on this site from people who say that citrus fruits contribute to their acne, so maybe it's contributing to mine also. I never thought I had a problem with that.

I was shocked not to see corn or wheat in the reactive groups. Both came up as non-reactive, which is really strange to me since I've seen such a huge improvement since I've stopped eating those. But they do say that with some foods, after you eliminate them from your diet for a long time, you can reintroduce them and sometimes your body resets itself and reacts normally to them. Maybe that's what it is.

I'm really pissed about the hops too. I like beer. That's what I drink when I go out. But it does make sense, because when I switched over to drinking wine for a few months, my skin got alot better at the time.

Anyway, now that I have scientific evidence, I can use this information as a tool to adjust my diet and food consumption and hopefully clear up ALL of this acne for good!

Miss Diagnosed

I knew it. Benzoyl Peroxide damages skin. After using it for years and years and years, I've noticed that my skin is horribly aged and damaged from it. I was just looking up some information on Hydrogen Peroxide and came across information that states that it causes mild tissue damage in open wounds. Then I thought, well, wait...Benzoyl Peroxide is very similar to Hydrogen Peroxide, so I wonder if Benzoyl Peroxide also causes this tissue damage. After all, when a whitehead bursts, it's an open wound, active acne lesions are often open wounds. This is just some of the information that I came across. I'm living proof that it's true...

"Benzoyl Peroxide and Premature Skin Aging: Benzoyl peroxide creates free radicals and is known to cause premature skin aging, just like repeated sun exposure or persistent acne. Damage is determined by the concentration of benzoyl peroxide and the frequency and duration of use. While moderate to severe acne will cause the skin to age quickly, the use of benzoyl peroxide will significantly increase this speed."

"Benzoyl peroxide used to fight acne bacteria inflicts a similar damage to your skin. People who have treated chronic acne with benzoyl peroxide frequently learn too late that they have severely aged their skin well beyond its chronological age and may have increased their potential of skin cancer."

"Benzoyl Peroxide Cautions: Benzoyl peroxide (BP) generates free radicals in the skin. Its effect is similar to unprotected sun exposure. The redness of the skin (erythema), caused by sun exposure and BP, are both the result of free radicals (oxidative stress) upon the skin. Repeated sun exposure or BP use generates free radicals that damage the skin's structure and cellular DNA, resulting in premature aging of the skin. The extent of the damage and aging from BP is determined by the concentration of BP, the frequency of application and the duration of its use.

Because BP generates free radicals it interferes with and slows the healing process. The red and brown marks that are a part of the acne healing process may last weeks longer when BP is a regular part of the daily regimen.

BP has been linked to cancer for a number of years and many research journal entries state "benzoyl peroxide is a free radical-generating skin tumor promoting agent." Performing a word search of the words "benzoyl peroxide cancer" in PubMed in the National Library of Medicine produces 102 articles from medical publications dealing with research aspects of BP and cancer. About two-thirds of the research supports linkage between BP and skin cancer."

"Benzoyl Peroxide (BP) products have been on the market for years. Truth is, BP does work to some degree, however, it will only work (consistently) for mild acne. BP can cause dryness and irritation to the skin even in lower strengths. Skin can also build a resistance to the actions of BP forcing acne sufferers to use products with higher percentages on a frequent basis.

BP was linked to increased risks of skin cancer by the U.S. Food & Drug Administration in 1992. Medical periodicals contain many scientific articles concerning BP’s possible dangers. We believe that if the FDA ever follows up its 1992 health warnings with an outright ban, the billion dollar plus share of the acne market, now held by BP products, will be up for grabs.

The FDA is preparing new labeling information for acne products containing BP, including Clearasil and Oxy-5, Dr. Murray Lumpkin told The Gazette. Lumpkin is chief of the anti-infective-drug division at the agency. The FDA plan comes seven years after a senior toxicologist at Health and Welfare Canada failed in his efforts to have prescription and non-prescription acne products with BP banned. Studies show that BP can help tumors develop in rodents, Lumpkin said."

"Excessive sun exposure and exposure to the environment causes anatomical degradation of skin which accumulates over time. Every time the skin is photo-damaged or oxidized with therapeutic products such as benzoyl peroxide, the damage produces permanent effects on skin. Although the skin has an ability to repair such damage at an early age, with aging and the depression of the immune system, the ability of the skin to spontaneously repair itself is lost. Alterations in the skin resulting from such damage are apparent microscopically at an early age. As time goes by, the consequences of such degradation accumulate, with the effects being most pronounced at areas of excessive exposure, such as the skin around the eyes. The effects of the damage become visible to the unaided eye as more cells begin to degenerate."

There's plenty more evidence out there.

Needless to say, I won't be going near the stuff anymore. At all. It's already caused me too much damage.

Miss Diagnosed

2 weeks to wait!

I had my blood drawn today for the big food allergy test. They had to take 4 vials of blood! Yuck. I can't stand hospitals and I can't stand the sight of blood. Now all I have to do is wait 2 weeks for the results. 2 weeks! Ugh. I can't wait! I want the results tomorrow, not in 2 weeks. :) These results can be potentially life changing. While I'm not getting cysts anymore since I cut out all wheat and corn, I am still getting some zits, small whiteheads mostly, but they're annoying and embarrassing. Hopefully this test will tell me exactly what other foods and chemicals to avoid to TOTALLY end this acne.

Miss Diagnosed

I just spent $106.00 on Tazorac. What a freakin' rip-off! I've been using it on and off for almost a year now and have noticed some reduction in my facial scarring, but come on... why is it so ridiculously expensive? I have health insurance that includes a prescription drug plan, so I asked the pharmacist how much the full retail price was and he told me $150.00. It ends up that I have a $100 deductible which needs to be met before any discounts can kick in.

The healthcare industry in this country is so corrupt. I'm spending more than $300 a month for health insurance since I am self-employed and have to provide my own coverage. I shouldn't have to then spend money on deductibles on top of that! The lab that is going to do my food allergy blood test called me earlier this morning to let me know that my health insurance would not cover the cost of the blood test because I have not met that deductible yet either. It's a $2000 deductible. So in actuality, I'm spending $4000 a year on health insurance monthly enrollment fees and have to pay another $2000 on top of that before any coverage kicks in. That's so fucked up. It's so not worth it. Of course, unless I'm in an accident or seriously injured which I hope never happens.

Miss Diagnosed

I haven't been on here in over a month! Wow. Times flies.

I am happy to say that for the most part, I have been maintaining 90% - 95% clear skin just by avoiding anything made with wheat or corn. That's been quite difficult as that involves avoiding almost ALL fast food (everything has either wheat or corn syrup or corn starch in it) and almost ALL processed foods (again either wheat or some kind of corn derivative). And with Christmas and New Year's, it pretty much impossible not to eat wheat - cakes, cookies, pastas, stuffings, etc.

I have found that when I take an Alavert or a similar Loratadine antihistamine, I can bump myself up to 100% clear skin. So, needless to say, I have been taking one tablet a day (10mg) for the past few weeks and it's been great. However, I am still curious as to what else besides corn and wheat might be adding to my acne problem.

Today, I had my first appointment with an Allergist. I called every allergy doctor in the local phone book and no one knew what I was talking about regarding delayed food allergies, except for this one doctor's office. Let me tell you, you really have to do research on doctors and shop around to find a good one. Most of them do not stay up to date with current research, findings, or technology, they're just slaves to the big pharmaceutical companies.

Anyway, this doctor really knew his stuff. I explained everything to him about how I break out in cysts if I eat anything made with wheat or corn and how antihistamines clear up my skin, etc. and he had a whole series of tests for me that should specifically pinpoint exactly what I am sensitive to. I took the first test today and go back for the second test next Monday. Today's test involved a series of 60 skin pricks with various food allergen substances on them. I came back negative for everything since this test determines immediate food allergies and not delayed food allergies or sensitivities. I know I have no immediate food allergies so I knew the test would come back negative. The doctor, however, wanted to make sure every option was thoroughly explored. I go back next week for a skin prick test for airborne allergies. And I also have to schedule a full blood test for delayed food allergies. I am so excited and curious to see what the results will be.

I just hope it doesn't say that I'm also allergic/sensitive to chocolate and/or coffee. It would be so hard to live without those.

Miss Diagnosed

I am clear. I have been meticulous in my eating this week and I am clear. I still have plenty of red marks that need to fade and go away, but as far as active breakouts - none. It feels so good.

Every day I am learning more and more about what I can and what I cannot eat. Who knew that most cold cuts and deli meats contain corn syrup?? Found that out a few days ago. That would explain why I broke out after eating an antipasto salad last weekend. The ham, salami, etc all contained corn syrup or dextrose (a corn product). I knew it was a corn breakout because I had a zit/cyst behind my left ear and a zit inside my right ear. Any time i eat corn that happens - weird zits around my ears.

I have found that it's much easier to avoid wheat than corn since there are so many corn products snuck into foods. I had a gingerbread coffee at Dunkin Donuts about a week and a half ago. I knew full well when I ordered it that the gingerbread syrup was made with corn syrup but I ordered it anyway. It was kinda stupid of me since I knew that I would end up with a few zits from it, but I did it for a few reasons - 1) I LOVE gingerbread flavored coffee drinks and I have not had ANY flavored coffee drinks in more than a month since I found out about this corn allergy. 2) I wanted to test it and see what would happen if I drank it. Sure enough, I ended up with some new zits.

Overall, I've been maintaining skin that is about 90 - 95% clear with NO cysts. That it such a huge improvement for me. After battling cysts and nodules and really big red angry puss filled pimples, to deal with a few small white heads is like nothing.

I've been using Purpose Gentle Cleansing Wash because it cleans really well but at the same time does not dry or irritate my skin. At night, sometimes I will use a 2.5% BP spot treatment on the whiteheads that pop up but I find that to be extremely harsh and drying. It always leaves my skin really red. I alternate that with Tazorac which helps diminish the redness.

My only concern at this point is the upcoming holidays - Christmas and New Years. My family's traditional Christmas Eve dinner involves wheat products. I will have to consume some wheat at that time, there will be no getting around it. Although, I can limit my consumption. Maybe if I just pop some extra anti-histamine pills that will lessen or eliminate the break-outs? I just thought of that as I type this. I think that's a plan. And of course all of the Christmas cookies and Christmas desserts are going to be a challenge for me also. Ugh, this is such a pain. I guess I just have to wait and see what happens...

Miss Diagnosed

Wow. Has it been 17 days already? Damn, time flies.

Thanksgiving wasn't very good for my skin. I ate some stuffing which I figured out afterward was made from cornbread, although it was supposed to be butternut squash. And of course, I had pumpkin pie, apple pie, cranberry meringue pie, and coconut custard pie. A small piece of each, but I'm sure it didn't help much. And there were chocolate wafer candies and truffles which I shouldn't have eaten. So I broke out a little. Maybe about 4 or 5 small whiteheads. But at least there are no cysts and no terribly large or inflamed nodules. I just got back from the long holiday weekend yesterday, so it's back to being healthy again and seeing how much more improvement I can make.

Miss Diagnosed

I've been so good the past two days. I have consumed absolutely no wheat or corn and my skin is just loving it. The minor breakouts from the weekend have almost all went away. The holiday stress has started to kick in. I have a crazy amount of things that I have to get done today before I can leave for the Thanksgiving holiday weekend. And of course, I'm a bit concerned about the food that I will be eating tomorrow - specifically the pies! Since they will all be homemade by my Grandmother, I know what the ingredients are, and I know that I can probably safely eat them if I don't eat the crust. But who knows if I will have that much self control, after all, Thanksgiving only comes around once a year. At least I know to avoid the corn bread, dinner rolls, stuffing, etc. That should make a huge difference. And I'm so happy that both Breyers and Turkey Hill make all natural ice creams that don't contain any corn syrup so I can safely eat those without breaking out from them. Ice cream is one of my most favorite foods in the world.

If you're reading this, I hope that you have a very Happy Thanksgiving. (and stay away from the wheat and the corn!) ;)

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