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  1. Photodynamic Therapy - don't hve a clue what it is at this point but heard is good so will look into it Retin-A (mehh don't want to but i will try it before accutane) 10 g of panthothenic acid per day lavender oil Beauty skin lamp (bout £200) but i really like the sound of it so its okay coconut oil iron supplement vit a supplement does anyone have anything to say about any of this? any success with any of it? or any opinions? my acne is persistant mild-moderate and mostly on my chin (hormonal i guess) ... and highly annoying! ) any help is much appreciated Okay....update. I eat, sleep and exercise well , apart from at weekends. I avoid large ammounts of gluten, I drink something which contains zinc on a daily basis, and herbal teas. I take a cod liver supplement for the Omega 3. I will now add Vit C and D. I've found in the past that my diet really seems to have no effect on my acne. Eliminating sugar = no effect. I used to think wheat made me break out , so I got tested and I'm not intolerant. Any thoughts? :/
  2. I've never had a facial before but I'm wondering if its something I should add to my acne regime? Currently I'm being very strict on diet (no gluten, no sugar, eating mostly fats and meat with some veggies) and using tea tree oil and ACV on my face. I also do at home facials using oatmeal, egg, and honey once or twice a week. I was wondering if I should start looking into getting facial treatments especially before big events that I want to look nice? Will it break me out afterward? Right now I have a bunch of tiny bumps on my forehead and have recently been breaking out much more around my chin. I'll get a whitehead, treat it, and then it comes back in a week at the same spot! I'm not used to getting so many whiteheads... are facials the answer?
  3. Ezekiel bread...

    Forums Diet & holistic health 6 replies

    I have not seen "ORG Wheat gluten" before. But now It is listed ..... It have been hidden or what? -_- have anybody seen ORG wheat gluten in the ingredient before? I have no Problem against gluten... but Just asking , because I've never seen that in the ingredient!
  4. Hormonal Acne?

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    So, here is my "plan of action": Diet No Refined Sugar/Low Natural Sugar No Baked Goods (like cookies and cake) Low Gluten/Yeast Low Soy (only unsweetened soy milk) Whole Grains (no white flour) No Fruits (temporary to reduce sugar intake) Lots of Veggies Lean Meat/Fish (no hormones!) Eggs OK No Diary (other than greek yogurt) MAXIMUM of one cup of coffee per day (usually none) DRINK ONLY WATER or Herbal Teas Supplements 2 Capsules Blood Cleanser (Tumeric, etc) 3 Capsules Milk Thistle (one per meal) Threelac Probiotic (2 Packets Daily - anytime) Oxygen Colon Cleanse (4 capsules at night) 3 Capsules Garlic (one per meal) Active Digestive Enzyme (before each meal) Washing/Medication Morning: Wash face with Cetaphil Wash Body with Dr. Bronners (need better body wash - suggestions?) Apply Duac to Upper Back Apply Finacea to Face Apply Coconut Oil (Organic, Extra Virgin, Cold Pressed) to body not affected by acne Oil Free Moisturize Oil Free Makeup Night: Wash face with Cetaphil Apply Duac to Back (Possibly Retin A a few times a week to reduce scarring) Apply Ziana to Face (Retin A Micro may be added to blackheads on nose or persistent dark spots minimally) Starting soon: YASMIN (Mid January after period starts) Spiro (100mg - 50mg Day/50mg Night) as soon as I get blood tests Glycolic Peel on January 24th Anyone who has used ANY of these medications/methods, please give me feedback. I am severely depressed due to having acne for the first time as an adult. I know many people on this board have suffered for years and I certainly am not self-pitying nor pretending my situation is worse...but I basically have to return to work on Monday (I am currently on vacation) looking like a different person. I am humiliated and scared. This has been creeping up on me for months but I thought it was "clogged pores" and it remained calm so no one really noticed. I have now broken out and there is no covering this...I have to face it. ha ha. Thanks to everyone for having this forum - it has given me some hope and comfort. Be well.
  5. what CAN I eat

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    When it comes down to it, it seems like there is a problem with every food out there for acne in some form or another. limit sugar, cut back gluten and white flours and bread, no processed foods or cereals, no dairy, salt etc. wo what am I allowed to eat. oatmeal, salmon, and vegetables is that it??
  6. I always have blackheads, and nothing I do seems to make a difference. It drives me crazy because it makes my pores look big. Right now I do a gluten free low glycemic diet, but its obviously not helping my bheads. I dont know what the cause is, but I suspect hormones. Any ideas on how I can help this? I wont cut out dairy, thats just not realistic for me.
  7. Teach me about being gluten free!

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    Hey! I was talking with my mother and grandma last night, and i found out that they are both gluten intolerent. I knew my mom was, but now that i know my grandma is, im begining to think it runs in the family. And since i take after my mom in a number of ways I was thinking about starting a gluten free diet! I know pretty much the basics, like what gluten is, etc. but im really not sure about much else. Could you guys help fill me in on what the deal is with being gluten free? Any help would be much appreciated. Thanks! I was planning on starting my new diet on sunday and testing it out for 2 weeks. If i start to see any positive effects i will keep going. Thanks for the help! As always, Aiden
  8. ? regarding Grains..

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    well I dont know if im gluten intolerant or if eating gluten even affects my acne at all.. so for awhile now i stopped eating sprouted organic ezekiel bread because it has gluten in it from the organic wheat and barley.. So i switched to a gluten and wheat free millet bread.. I really didnt see a difference in my skin should i try eating the ezekiel again and not worry so much about things like gluten.. I eat overall ver healthy with veggies,fruits, nuts and seeds.. and i get all my needed vitamins.. Should I worry about gluten or should I get a gluten allery test..
  9. so i know alot of people on here are underweight or over weight trying to lose fat and gain muscle or just simply Bulk up and put on muscle.. In this thread post advice for people trying to gain muscle while keeping healthy acne free skin.. I will say first i think the quality of your foods matters, so what Im trying to do is put on muscle but eat all natural high calorie foods like raw nuts, seeds, Avacados, bananas, egg protein, veggies, organic meats (chicken,fish,Beef) Sprouted legumes, gluten free pasta and bread, Raw dairy, Lots of Water, 7-9 hours of sleep, Stress levels keep low, stay positive, and make sure you consistentlly go up in weight in what ever your lifting so your muscles adapt to a new change that there being involved in.. This is my personal advice and what im trying to do in my personal life so far im 90% clear and im gaining muscle.
  10. Im not sure if it's gluten- I haven't had any gluten or grains for 3 weeks. I don't know if its my low glycemic diet. Or cutting out all sugar except whats naturally in my food. Or if the Finacea Gel Im using is finally workig its magic after 4 months. Or if I finally found a sunscreen that doesn't break me out. Grrr I just dont know what it is, but no zits for a week and a half now. I always have at least 2-3.
  11. Damn hormones......

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    I have this sneaky feeling that my acne is like 90% caused by hormonal crap and STRESS. Three weeks ago I had to put my dog down and the stress caused a crazy breakout, I'm STILL breaking out and it's driving me nuts.... And I think this is why dairy also affects me so much. I know this has been talked about many times before and I have looked through using the search function, but I'm just not finding the answers that I can slightly remember talking about. I just want to know all of the things I can do to control my hormones. Can you help me? This is what I am doing so far.... do I need to add to or take anything away? Supplements: -2000mg evening primrose a day taken at same time every day. -20mg zinc a day taken with EPO. -Soy Lecithin taken with EPO to help it absorb (dont know if this actually works I just heard about it a couple times). -Probiotic on empty stomach in morning. -3 large capsules of omega 3 fish oil after dinner. -1g vitamin B5 taken with fish oil after dinner. -I take digestive enzymes once in a while also with my meals. Diet (90% organic): -NO DAIRY -Usually I dont eat gluten but I have been eating it for the past week becuase I am getting tested for celiac (side effects of eating wheat again: oilier skin, VERY tired ALL the time... no obvious stomach issues yet). -Lots of veggies, all kinds... mmmmm sweet potatoes. -Limited fruit, no fruit after 12pm.... or at least I try. -I eat alot of organic chicken and turkey... I dont eat alot of red meat, but if I do it's usally bison, I also eat eggs, I have salmon once a week and shrimp about once every two weeks. -Brown rice... I have it with my dinners quite often, quinoa, millet.... quinoa is very yummy . -LOTS of water! -I use olive oil for cooking, thinking about using coconut oil instead. -I love to cook.... I flavour my foods with homemade sauces, I use the Magic Bullet. For example I make a chicken sauce for baking: garlic, ginger, basil, turmeric, honey, a bit of sea salt, olive oil... I blend it together in the Bullet and I pour it over top my chicken and let it bake. AMAZING tasting. -I make chicken CURRY quite often and I use organic vegan coconut milk... LOVE IT... try using coconut milk in your stir fries. -I eat almonds, walnuts, peacans, sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds -the two things that are like a HUGE treat: xylitol chewing gum and 100% organic dark chocolat with very little sugar. Anyway that is what I have been doing for the past like year or so and my skin was looking great and then BAM just recently it's been breaking out so bad. It seems like ever since I got back from my Cuba vacation I have been breaking out. I am wondering what that would have to do with it also? Anyway if you guys could help me out that would be great. I feel like my diet is perfect... and it's driving me nuts that it's not working.
  12. I'm cool with gluten.

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    So I avoided gluten religiously for almost 1 months, and no results, now I'm back to eating breads and I'm fine, I can say that most likely my acne is not from gluten intolerance.
  13. I've started going to the gym every day I do 60 minutes of cardio every morning, and started adding Pilates at night. there are a lot of pluses to this, I'm feeling better, I have more energy, lost a little weight and can probably reach my goal weight by the end of the summer. I'm fairly good at following the diet restrictions one of the derms gave me (no dairy, gluten, peanuts, sushi, iodine) and I think my diet is fairly healthy Everyone says working out is good for acne and I sure hope so, because every day during and after my workout, my face looks like CRAP. it looks like a war zone. all sweaty, red, blotchy, and all the red marks stand out like 100x worse. I ALWAYS feel like I'm breakout out when I'm exercising I so want to get in shape and lose weight so I tell myself not to care if anyone is looking at me but I do a little bit. My face looks ehh during the day, I obviously still have an acne problem. but during exercise I look like a train wreck. will this get better with time? or is getting hot and sweaty aggravating my skin?
  14. Hey guys, SOOOOO I went to a specialist who took me six months to get into. She has booked me in for three different crazy tests for gluten sensitivity and also testing for ANY problem I may have in the digesting department haha. I am getting a barium xray done on Monday... yikes, I have to swallow barium and they watch it go through my intestines... weird. Next get this scope thing down my esophogus, in through my stomach and then into my intestines. They are then going to take a biopsy of my intestines the see if there is any damage from gluten. Ugh I have to be put to sleep for it becuase apparently it's pretty awful. THEN I am getting some test done called a hydrogen breath test... they test my breath for bad bacteria, I think it has something to do with ulcers. Anyway.... I just REALLY wanted to KNOW if I am sensitive to gluten at all... because I didnt notice much difference in my skin when I stopped eating it... But I have SO many stomach issues that it could be wheat who knows. I thought I would just fill you guys in.... I am a little scared to do these tests but I really just want to know whats wrong with me. Wish me luck!! Haha yikes.......
  15. Hello guys. I got some concerns I would like some help with. Constipation: So.. It all started with me taking antibiotics against my mild teenager acne. I took antibiotics for 5 months or so, so they really did hurt my gut. I got tested positive for mild candida, and after going on a non-carb diet with fat and proteins I got cleared up. I havent had any hormonal breakout for ages, but im getting a hormone test done wednesday. And everytime I would break out (non-inflamed) it would be while I were constipated or after a die off (together with rash on my skin). I knew I had candida-overgrowth or atleast some yeast infection. So now i've stayed on the diet and im feeling alot better. However, I still need soem tests done to see how I stand versus the candida/yeast. But what can I do if I get constipated? I've always overeat a bit I think, and since I stopped that I dont get bloated or nearly as much constipated as I used to. But I break out with non-inflamed acne everytime im constipated. And it really annoys me, because the breakouts are so random. What should I do against this? I guess it'll all be over when I got a normal flora in my gut and my overgrowth are gone. But I will stay on a healthy diet forever. Thats for sure. Im never letting anything bad into my gut again. Digestive system: Is there some way I can help my digestive system digest the foods I eat? Are there some vegetables that I should steam a little, because they are too hard to digest? I'm not so sure about digestive enzymes, since the organic ones are forbidden in Denmark. So they are really hard to get. I've also stopped drinking/eating after 10pm and that helped alot aswell. Im usually exercising 30 min a day in the middle of the day. By cycling, walking or running. Not doing anything un-natural to make my hormones go out of wack. So what are my options on this one? Intolerance: I think I got some problems with intolerance against some foods, but I havent done any tests yet. Im not consuming ANY dairy, sugars, grains (wheat) or gluten. But for example.. Im getting a bit of a rash on my body after eating a avocado I think. Thats more an allergy than a intolerance I guess. But could my constipation/bad digestion also be linked with intolerance of some foods? And if I should do a rotations-diet. Which foods should I rotate (4-days rotation)? Im pretty sure i've developed somekinda intolerance even though stuff like that have never been in my family. Neither has allergy. Hormones: How does diets affect hormones? I know that high glycemic foods affects bloodsugar and can be the cause of acne since some horhomes get elevated after a bloodsugar spike. But are there other ways that diet can affect hormones? Do you stay away from flaxseed, oregano and fennel because they can elevate estrogens for example? And what about androgens? Can they be elevated by any special food? Like I said, I havent had any hormonal breakouts (almost 19 years old now) my hormonal acne were 4-5 years ago. So its seems like my hormones are slowly balancing the right way now (thank god! ) Omega-3 intake: How do I get my omega-3 intake right? I don't use flaxseed anymore, because I saw it broke some people out and I think it did something bad to me aswell. Its impossible to get fish oil in Denmark without soy products (Nordic Naturals etc). And I can't consume more than 2 servings of fish pr. week. Im eating wildcaught slamon and atlantic wild mackarel. Should I look into wild cod aswell? How could I get more omega-3? Im not sure about avocados, since I think im allergic to them. But I might try one more out later today to see how my body reacts. And what about Krill oil? Whats up with that? is it some sort of fish oil? _________________________________________________________ Either way, I would apreciate some help, even though thats a lot of questions. I hope some of you will answer just a little bit of it. Thank you
  16. I think I have discovered the cause of my acne outbreaks. Wheat and Gluten! I cant believe that its taken this long for me to work it out. For many years I only had mild acne 2 to 3 spots a week, blackheads and very oily skin. 8 months ago I started trying different medications from the doctor that only made me worst. I regretted ever starting filling my body with all the crap my doctor prescribed. I found that the only thing that helped my skin was Urine Therapy which was great and healing spots in half the time but was not that great at preventing new spots to appear. Then a week ago I cut out wheat, gluten and grains after reading this great post from some other guy my age. He explained how he saw results after the first week so I was very willing to give it a go. This is week 2 and I have no spots on my face for the first time in 8 months I feel very happy. I think that my main problem is gluten but I will reintroduce grains this week then gluten free wheat the next and see what happens. I guess my message to everyone is give the natural remedies and treatments a go first before the evil drugs from the doctor. I know its different for everyone but I am a firm believer now in treating the cause rather than the effect. Experts say that diet does not effect your skin. I say test it out for yourself! Thats the only way you can be sure. Durgs never seem to give people the long term results they are looking for. Changing your diet has given me more energy, helps me to sleep better, improves my mood and has thankfully cleared my skin. Thank you to everyone who has posted messages in the holistic section of this website.
  17. Fewer topicals

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    My skin is very good. With make-up on, I look unblemished on good days, and perfectly fine even on the worst skin days. Yet I want total clarity, and I'm sick of the irritation (raw skin, severe flaking, and -- I suspect -- continued break-outs!) which my topicals are causing. Regimen (updated on Day 1, 12-11-07) Morning Wash face with cold water.Deal with active protrusions. No way in hell I'm walking around with whiteheads on my face. I'll apply cleanser to popped zits to prevent infection.Apply Smashbox green foundation, and then skin-colored liquid foundation. (I have some light redmarks which disappear under foundation, and of course the limited but active acne present on my face at any given time. Yet hopefully, I'll be able to ditch make-up. It's been my security blanket for far too long. Plus, I worry that it's a culprit.)EveningIn the shower, wash off make-up with Aqua Glycolic.DON'T pop, etc.; the less I mess with my skin, the better.Foods I Don't Eat GlutenDairyPeanutsFoods I Seek Out FishFruit
  18. Can you just ask your doctor

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    If you suspect your are gluten intolerant.... could you just ask your dotor for a colon biopsy? I had a blood test and it was negative... and I am getting a stool test done... but I just feel like I need MORE proof... y'know... I dont want to have to worry about gluten anymore... I hate it... I'm SO sick of worrying about what I eat... it runs my damn life... anyways.... that as my rant, sorry.
  19. So I have been following a diet of no gluten, dairy, sugars, or legumes for the past month and a half now, and while I am seeing some improvements, my skin is still shitty in many areas. What supplements would consider to be absolutely necessary? I don't want to overdo it with too many pills but I was thinking Vitamin B complex (every day), Vitamin C (every other day), and MSM (new introduction). What do you think I'm missing? Also, how many of you use ACV? Do you drink it or apply it topically? What kind of success do you have with it? I truly appreciate your considerations in helping me overcome this very annoying ailment.
  20. Success Compilation Thread

    Forums Diet & holistic health 92 replies

    I've noticed many threads where people say they become clear, vanish away. They have so much potential to help many people but become spread apart in the midst of many other threads. They list exactly what they did and it's good advice. So I figured I would make a thread that will link to the threads in which people have had success. This way anyone who is interested has a variety of diets and regimens to try right from the get go, and also it lets people become aware that there is hope in holistic health and also other means in combination. So if you do remember any threads, please link them here and I can start updating the first post and begin linking. __ I don't have much right now, but this will build with time. Threads: http://www.acne.org/messageboard/index.php...=159954&hl= User: Healthoid Title: What Can Be Achieved Using Holistic Methods, Before and After Pics Summary: After many years of acne, even after going through accutane with acne still coming back, taking out grains and dairy was his underlying cause of acne. Detailed with complete regimen and pictures. http://www.acne.org/messageboard/index.php...t+Worked+For+Me User: Antony Title: My Acne Program, This Is What Worked For Me Summary: A highly detailed multi-section acne program, dealing with cleansing, flushing, diet, supplements, general tips. Including before and after images. http://www.acne.org/messageboard/Everyone-...ng-t172072.html User: crevin Title: Everyone here needs to take a careful look at what you are eating, There is a reason why you have acne Summary: Acne since the age of 15. At 25, finally found out that eliminating grains and anything that raises blood sugar levels kept him completely clear. http://www.acne.org/messageboard/index.php...p;#entry2062016 User: SCAR Title: i stopped it. after 10 years, i stopped acne from coming, seriously Summary: After 10 years worth of acne, at 24 he stopped acne because he realized the root of his problem to be diet. He has tried antibiotics, creams, and most of what everyone has before. Now he avoids dairy, processed carbs, and many sauces that contain dairy etc. Lost acne, and lost weight. http://www.acne.org/messageboard/index.php...33&hl=clear User: Xec Title: I am CLEAR because of DIET change Summary: After following a strict dietary regimen based on fish oil, cocunit oil, avoiding some meat, processed foods, grains, and high GI foods. He cleared his acne completely. With pictures http://www.acne.org/messageboard/index.php...p;#entry1710298 User: sicr2000 Title: Acne Free Diet...No gimmick, no profit seeked, just clearer skin!, A simple, affordable diet that really helps prevent acne Summary: After a trip to China, his acne cleared up, but came back upon coming back to the USA. He found that it is the food that he ate which caused it. He lists exactly what to eat, and what to avoid, and why to avoid it. Many images in his gallery of before and after. http://www.acne.org/messageboard/index.php...10&hl=clear User: bfg9000d Title: Folks Please Read this on getting clear skin, This is not a joke. Summary: A 500 post thread. After a talk with his grandmother, she told him people would eat raisins and clear their skin. After a few years, he tried this and within 2 weeks he was 100% clear, even after trying many other regimens. http://www.acne.org/messageboard/index.php...76&hl=clear User: Clear At Last Title: Clear after 15 years..., ...no commercial products Summary: After following a super akalinic diet, he cleared his acne after 15 years. Detailed with diet, what foods to avoid, and a regimen of how to do it. http://www.acne.org/messageboard/index.php...t&p=2051763 User: SweetJade1980 written by Healthoid Title: (no title, individual post) Summary: Follow a Gluten-Free, Trans-Fat Free, Dairy-Free and No Added Sugar diet. She believed the main cause was rooted from Leaky Gut Syndrome. http://www.acne.org/messageboard/index.php...p;#entry1570320 User: xxbobmckeexx Title: Foundations of Clear Skin, what makes a person have it and what stops others from not... Summary: In depth, highly detailed, analysis and regimen of what it takes to have clear skin. He has been on Accutane 3 times as well as various other holistic methods before finding out what it takes to clear up for good. A lifestyle change based on diet, supplementation, and much more. http://www.acne.org/messageboard/index.php...36&hl=clear User: KT Title: Amazing! I'm clear Summary: After 14 years of acne, with moderate acne and a course of accutane, clarity came after trying a combination of herbs which cleared her up within a month. http://www.acne.org/messageboard/index.php...70&hl=clear User: LivesInABox Title: Very very very nearly clear!!!!! Finally!!!!, And the flowers are still standing... Summary: After 19 years of acne, he finally figured out his triggers, including no grains and dairy. Detailed wth a summary of supplements and dietary tips. http://www.acne.org/messageboard/index.php...t&p=2051838 User: cassiopeia Title: (no title, individual post) Summary: After Accutane, the acne eventually came back. A combination of Fish Oil and topicals such as Paula's Choice products, AHA, and Glycolic facials kept her clear. http://www.acne.org/messageboard/index.php...29&hl=clear User: TheX Title: i've gotten clear from coconut oil, yes, my acne was related to candida. Summary: Finally found his acne was related to candida. By taking coconut oil, he cleared his acne. http://www.acne.org/messageboard/index.php...amp;hl=chromium User: confessions Title: I beg all of you to try Zinc + Chromium Summary: After adding in zinc and chromium to his diet, within two weeks he became completely clear. At one point and time this had also worked for Dan here: http://www.acne.org/messageboard/index.php...amp;hl=chromium http://www.acne.org/messageboard/index.php...16&hl=clear User: KancerStick Title: Im clear, and it sure as hell aint from benzoyl peroxide., come see how i did it without BP Summary: With a strict diet, supplementation, and exercise regimen along with good personal hygene and general tips, his face cleared up. Included is a detailed regimen of what to do. http://www.acne.org/messageboard/what-has-...eek-t26706.html User: sadcaroline Title: What has cleared me 99% in one week, anyone with acne,read! no pills/creams Summary: She had suffered for acne for 10 years, while being on antibiotics for about that length of time. She went from white heads, to cystic acne. she finally found complete relief by not drinking water 2 hours before, during, or 2 hours after so she can effectively break down the food. http://www.acne.org/messageboard/index.php...22&hl=clear User: dudeman Title: Almost clear Summary: After 7 years of acne, his acne subsided with a dietary organic regimen of beating acne. http://www.acne.org/messageboard/index.php...00&hl=clear User: Mr.Envious Title: I am clear, for the last 3 weeks Summary: After going vegan, and avoiding grains and junk food his acne completely disappeared http://www.acne.org/messageboard/index.php...49&hl=clear User: h20 Title: Whats keeping me clear, maybe 2-3 small pimples a week now.. Summary: After 8 years of acne, he has finally maintained relatively clear skin. After adding in fish oil, acv, and cutting out grains, dairy, saturated fat, and refined sugar, his acne is now manageable.
  21. 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.
  22. A few botherances.

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    Right so. I tried going back on BP after having a break and two days in & I'm hating it a lot. It helps tons but I hate how it makes my skin red, dry and rough to the touch. It also messes with my makeup a lot. I decided to quit (for the 39258235 time). I found that ACV is fantastic as a toner and has already helped a great deal. Now to my problems right now. I have been drinking about a pint of Soy Milk a day for years now. And I'm suddenly realising that I started doing so and got acne around the same time. I'm now quitting that right now, I suspect that might be it. I'm eating well (with a few binges here and there). I cut out gluten as it aggrivates my tum anyway and I'm not having dairy or sugar. Now. Is it better to have something with sweeteners in or with sugar in? Or are they both as bad? Are there any types of sugar which should be okayish on an occasional basis? (apart from fruit). Because I'm finding it very hard to stay off sugar as I have an exceptional sweet tooth. Is it best to have one sugary thing a day and no other sugar or to have a day where you have a few sugary things a week but then sugar free the other six days? Or just quit completely? Second thing. When i'm out and about, I'm out for the whole day and that involves eating out. I find it impossible to avoid gluten, milk and sugar as I'm vegetarian also. How do you guys get around that? I could just have salad etc but I find I don't get very full on that. If it was impossible for me to avoid all three things, which is safest to have on that one occasion? I hope you can make sense of my ramblings. Just two things that have really bothered me lately. Thank you much.
  23. Post B5

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    Ok heres the deal. I first began my acne diet about a year and a half ago. About a month or so after that, I started on B5, because my skin was extremely oily. Over the past year, B5 has helped my acne and oily skin immensely. What I am attempting to do now, however, is get off B5, as I am worried about the possible long term effects, hair loss ect. Along with B5 I have also taken other supplements this entire time, such as fish oil (4-6g a day) and beta carotene. I am looking for those of you who had once used B5 for an extended period of time and then managed to get off it. Success stories from what I've heard seem grim and sparse, as many say it simply comes back. Well, I am going to try my damn hardest to not let this happen. I will maintain a strict diet, no grain/gluten, no red meat, no sugar ect, and I will take roughly 6g of fish oil daily (2g at each meal). Along with this I will add a zinc supplement daily, and a probiotic for digestion, which I had used in the past. I will exercise regularly and attempt to get a minimum of 30mins direct sun light each day. I guess I would just like to get an idea of how some of your are holding up post B5. Is your skin worse overall, better and remaining less oily?, ect. Also, any suggestions as to anything else I could do would be appreciated. Thanks guys. edit: Let me just add, I have now been off B5 for 3 days. This seems like short time of course, but considering I have taken it every day for about a year now... well, you get the picture.
  24. yeast free spelt bread

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    Does anyone know if this kind of bread(yeast free spelt bread), is ok to eat on the anti-candida diet, is it gluten free also? If not, is there any kind of bread we can eat?
  25. Gluten/Celiac

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    Hi I found out last yr that i'm celiac which means i can't eat gluten. I've had acne since 13yrs and after going gluten free have noticed clearer skin. If you suffer from depression, digestive problems, fatigue maybe consider being tested for celiac or gluten intolerance, it's a simple blood test. To find out more information please see www.celiac.com Cheers Julie