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  1. Hi everyone, I am an 18 year old female who stated to develop acne at age 12. I have been taking the oral antibiotic doxycycline for about 4 or 5 years. Recently I have been reading about the importance of gut flora and gut health. This research is what led me to realize antibiotic use, especially in the long term, can be very harmful to your gut. I suspect myself of having a candida overgrowth due to longterm antibiotic use, tinea capitis (a fungal infection of the scalp), and fungal acne. My tinea capitis and fungal acne have both been cured, however I would love to address the root cause to prevent further issues. I am going to attempt the gaps diet hopefully very soon in an effort to help restore my gut and balance gut flora. This diet is fairly similar to paleo, but was specifically created to heal the gut. The problem I am having now is that I am uncertain and extremely apprehensive about stopping my antibiotic. Doxycycline has worked for me all these years, but probably not as effectively as it should. I still use the topicals tretinoin and aczone with the antibiotic and have mild breakouts. However when I stop taking doxycyciline my acne becomes very severe. The last time I missed taking the antibiotic for one day I developed three huge inflamed zits that took weeks to go away. I am very self concious about my acne to the point where I become dysfunctional while having a break out. I would like to do everything in my power to stifle a severe break out while transitioning off of doxycycline. I have also never taken a probiotic before since I only recently earned about them. My question is how I should go about stopping doxycycline. Some thoughts I had would be to start taking a probiotic for a few weeks and then gradually stop taking my antibiotic. Or that I should start the gaps diet and probiotics right away while still taking doxycycline. I think that taking an antibiotic while doing the gaps diet will defeat the purpose of it and maybe I should wait until I stop taking it. Or that maybe starting the diet right away will only help lessen the effects of stopping doxycycline. If anyone has suggestions or experience with a similar issue please let me know, I will be very grateful. Also if anyone has ideas about the gaps diet and it's ability to heal acne and candida overgrowth feel free to write me about it. additionally if you have suggestions for certain probiotics or vitamins that would be most healing please add those. extra information because I'm extensive currently: diet: I eat mostly organic foods but also quite a bit of sugar and carbs, pretty much whatever I please. no fast food and rarely junk food and rarely dairy skin routine am: antibacterial face wash (from dermatologist), thayers toner, aczone, azeliac acid (brand the ordinary), lotion, sunscreen non-comedgenic pm: antibacterial face wash, micellar water, thayers toner, niacinamide 10% + zinc 1% (brand the ordinary), aczone, tretinoin, lotion, spot treat with mario badescu sulfur drying cream. I have mild to moderate acne on my face (and oily skin), chest, and back. I have the least acne on my chest and most on my back. other health issues: hair falling out, insomnia, vitamin d deficiency (I take gummies for this), extreme sun sensitivity, bad anxiety, paranoia, nausea, occasional constipation, very lethargic again I welcome any additional knowledge or advice from people with similar issues or experiences and am grateful to everyone who replies.
  2. What's going on with my face?!

    Hi, I used to have cystic acne but really smooth supple soft skin. Went on doxycyline for about 10months in 2012. Over the years I started to develop weird texture on my forehead with small spots. This has spread over to both my cheeks, in particularly the nasobial fold areas. My skin used to be very oily, it still can get oily during mid day. However, my skin lookss very dehydrated I also have sebum plugs too which I never used to have. I literally have small tiny spots all over my lower mouth area and can feel them but I can't pop them. My main area of focus are cheeks and forehead. As it looks very rashy and very dehydrated with weird skin texture Can someone please tell me what this is? It would be appreciated. I'm almost 33 and this is really depressing me.
  3. I came across this article the other day that basically states you may never rid candida if you have mercury poisoning. I know a lot of you on the anti-candida diet eat canned tuna and thought you may want to look into this further. Here's the link:
  4. Pityrosporum Folliculitis

    I wanted to start a new thread on Pityrosporum Folliculitis (PF). The other threads seem dead. I am not going to copy what PF is from Wiki. I assume either you can Google it, or you are reading this thread because you are like me, you have PF and you are trying to find a "fix" (notice I didnt say cure It would be nice to keep this thread clean, with just useful information from individuals that have, or have had, PF, and how they eventually resolved it (including what they used). I started having PF after finishing Accutane. It has been almost 2 years. In the last months, it has been pretty bad, localized to my forehead and scalp. I used 1% and 2% Nizoral Shampoo a while back, but eventually it lost its efficacy. Now, I have been using Oral Ketoconazole, Diflucan (Fluconazole), and topical Loprox. It took 7 days for the PF to completely disappear on Oral Ketoconazole, but only < 14 days for it to completely come back. Repeated the same thing with Diflucan, but it came back. Now I bumped up Diflucan from 150mg to 200mg. I am only on day 2 (after starting again). I am using Loprox a few times a week. Too early to tell yet what will happen. I also just started today taking Oil of Oregano (OoO), as well as Pau D'arco (both are liquid tinctures). I took GSE and Garlic a while back, but it didnt seem to resolve anything. As a note, I even took Ivermectin and Permethrin on the premise it could be from Demodex (note that Demodex mites can cause Pityriasis Folliculitis), but didnt notice any positive results. My latest exploit is to explore Candida. I took a blood test today for Candida, to determine if there is possibly a link to the PF. Will update when results come in. By the way, I have been my own doctor. Numerous Derms have misdiagnosed it (acne, bacterial, etc). I was the one that experimented and determined it was PF. In other words, just because your Derm is a Derm, doesnt necessarily mean they know what they are doing.
  5. I have lurked a bit and the factual level seems just best here at I have acne problems as must of us here But my problems are quite specific so I have made a new post after reading several posts. Generally healthy male, 20 In December 2016 I took 100 mg doxycycline orally daily for 20 days or so as a preventive drug for malaria in Indonesia. I had a severe sunburn just a few days after ending the cure triggering a painful photosensitive allergic reaction. The skin on my upper body especially on my face immediately also formed severe acne. After two weeks of zero sun exposure the allergic reaction and its blisters seemed to heal fine but the acne persisted. It actually only slowly got better over the next two months even though I had still zero sun exposure. It was definitely worse than ever before ( had mild acne in my teens) Now 6 months later I am still having problems. The situation are generally slightly improving but I am having some frequent and severe breakouts If I am exposed to small amounts of sun I get a breakout only on my face. If I am exposed to great amounts of sun i get a severe breakout. If I drink alcohol the breakouts gets worse If I eat yeast (active or powdered) the acne seems to mostly heal extremely well but sometimes not What can I do to love me better?
  6. Diet And Supplements Log

    I haven't updated with pictures in a while, so I wanted to document my progress on this log to motivate me to stay on track with my diet. I am still following the candida diet as best as I can. 10 days ago, I got another high-frequency facial treatment, which really helped calm down redness and irritation. My period messed my face up a bit, but now I'm back on track. My only concern is that I had been spotting for a week (a few brown spots of blood) before my period - has anyone experienced this while on saw palmetto? It seems to be a sign that my hormones are fluctuating, and hopefully in a good way! The other major change I incorporated into my regimen is washing my face twice a day with spring water. I used to use deionized water but even that was too harsh for my face. Spring water makes my face feel calm and smooth, and makeup application is much easier. Ok, here are some pics in chronological order....still a long way to go.
  7. I had had butt acne for almost half my life. It started when i was 10 and now i am 19. During the first years it didnt bother me at all, but as I grew up it made me feel very embarassed and keeping me away from everything that included my butt being seen by anyone (from sex to even going to the beach). But over the last year I got really frustrated about it and decided to take some action. First I started using some products my pharmacist suggested for body acne (Castallia, they were French and pricey). It worked for about a week (I mean calmed acne down a little) but after that it went back to the start. Then I tried baby powder. I read someone on the internet that baby powder does the trick if applied to the problem area after shower. Again it calmed it down but not for long (plus my clothes were getting white from all the talc). I noticed that when I would eat white bread my pimples would flare up so I cut it down, which was really hard, but with minimum results again. I started experimenting with more foods and I saw that a big list of them made it worse: chocolate, bread of any kind (even black), rice, potatoes, pasta, even fresh juices(!!!), eggs, cheese and more. But avoiding all that was too hard and at the end gave me little results amd big cravings for food along with headaches. I followed this diet for 3 months but eventually I gave in since I didnt gain anything after all (except maybe a pretty good weight loss). I had been experimenting for about 5 months when it crossed my mind that maybe i was constipated and this was the reason that i had it. So, stupid me started using laxatives which didn't help either and actually made me have constipation which I didnt have before. And because laxatives cause dependency i had to stop them and find another way to help it. I switched to Salt Water Flushes which were DISGUSTING but cleared me better than anything at the time. In 2 days with SWF and minimum eating my butt was almost clear. But that couldnt be the solution either cause it was temorary. I started taking psyllium husks after that, which I must say is one of the healthiest things I did during the past year. It kept acne down (my guess is that it removed toxins) and I was feeling healthier. But acne didnt go away of course. I increased my water intake from 2 lt a day ( I 've always been drinking water) to almost 8 lt a day. That made me pee A LOT but with no big results except that i was freezing in the middle of the summer. I did this for 3 weeks and then I got bored of putting so much effort and not getting what i wanted. Vitamin C was my next experiment. Started from 1000 mg a day and it really helped my calm down and stop stressing (acne made me very anxious and it got worse since i started my journey for the cure) and for a week it helped acne too. Some days when i was feeling really stressed i would take up to 4 pills (4000 mg) and in my mind it helped me calm down more which could also be a placebo effect. Sooner or later I had to abandon it too cause it was pricey and not as effective as I'd like. I went back to avoiding certain foods but it helped very little again. I read something about Head & Shoulders here and thought I'd give it a try. Amazing results within the first 3 days but then my skin got too dry and developed a horrible rash that didnt calm down for a week and still appears when my skin gets too dry. Then I used a garnier product with Zinc and Salicylic Acid. Just like H&S it worked really well but made my skin too dry and the rash came back stronger. After being frustrated by not getting any results, I stopped trying things for about a month until I became worried about it again and begun a new diet based remedy. I was pretty convinced that i had Candida overgrowth and leaky gut which i thought made toxins flow around my blood stream and caused butt acne. I followed the Candida Diet for 3 weeks, which is really hard to do since you have to avoid all carbs. Slight results regarding my acne but I had so much energy even though i was eating way to little calories (not on purpose, its just that you can't eat protein all day long to get your calories). After the first week i was gradually getting badly constipated which didnt go away as I was getting deaper into the diet. So I switched to a different type of detox. I did the SWF again for 10 days in a row, I felt lighter, healthier but I was retaining water and I am not really sure If it was safe for my body Acne was getting better and with the use of H&S it was practically vanished for 5 days before the same old rash problems came back again. I stopped the SWF and the H&S and went with a completely new aproach. Instead of making my skin drier I moisturized it. But not with any random moisturizer. I used OLIVE OIL. (I dont know if any olive oil will do the same work, the one i used is from my parents olives and has no chemicals or anything harmfull, so it was Extra Virgin Olive Oil). What I saw after 3 days was unbelievable! NO NEW PIMPLES, THE ACTIVE ONES FADING! I really thought it wouldnt last long like every other remedy I tried but it has been 3 weeks and my butt is flawless! No pimples, no dryness, the H&S rash going away. After 10 years my butt is perfect again! and it doesn't any acne anymore as long as i keep moisturizing. Let me tell you exactly what i do: MY REMEDY 1) For the first week i applied a lot of olive olive on my butt area and let it sit there for half an hour before showering. Pimples seem to flare up while you have the olive oil on but its temporary and they calm down after showering. While in the shower I use a bath sponge to rub my skin there until the area is red. I dont use any other soaps or cosmetics on it, just plain water to wash off the olive oil. 2) After the first week I changed my remedy a little and I think this is more convinient since i dont have to wait for 30 minutes butt naked every day with olive oil on. Now i put olive oil in a cup and take it with me when going to shower. I apply olive oil on wet skin and let it there for 5 minutes while i wash my hair. Then I apply a little H&S on my sponge and rub my butt until it is red (2 mins are more than enough). I step out of the shower dry myself really well AND apply a thin layer of Olive Oil on the problem area. I wear my clothes which are NEVER the same clothes I will go out with (you dont want to smell like a salad when with friends, do you?), and leave those clothes for at least 10 minutes on so the olive oil will be absorbed by both my skin and the fabric. Then I go on with my day. I apply olive oil 3 times a day in total. 1 after shower and 2 when I have 30 seconds to waste on it. SERIOUSLY NO MORE PIMPLES. And it isnt that hard to follow if you compare it to diets and constant worrying about what to do. I find it really simple and it's really the only thing that completely vanished it for good. It really worked for me, it is not at all expensive like any cream that might be suggested for acne, and the results are permanent as long as you stay on the remedy. I wanted to post what I thought was helping my acne each time I tried something new, but I was waiting until I had perfect results so my advice would be usefull to others too. This though happened only with EVOO since the results are here to stay and i am proud of sharing what I have found with anyone that might need help. P.S.: I apologize for my bad English, it is not my first language.
  8. Treating Skin Disorders From the Inside Out: An Interview with Dr. Julia Hunter Friday, 24 December 2010 00:48By Roby Mitchell, MD / Contributing Writer - Vol. 11, No. 4. Winter, 2010 Dermatologists who think holistically are a rare breed. Sure, many will lip-service the ideas that, “beauty begins from within,” and “Skin health is a reflection of overall health.” But how many actually practice that way? Most treat the skin as if it were somehow separate from the rest of the organism, a canvas to be stretched, tweaked, nipped, irradiated, abraded, laser’d and slathered with toxic immunomodulatory chemicals without regard to how it is connected to the whole. This is why I was thrilled to meet Dr. Julia Tatum Hunter at a nutritional medicine conference a few years ago. Dr. Hunter is a dermatologist who works to restore the overall health of her patients, not just to create a cosmetic illusion of health in a body burdened by chronic disease. Dr. Hunter received her MD at the University of South Alabama, Mobile. Though she always had an interest in dermatology, she actually began her career in anesthesiology, working with plastic surgeons. She realized that while skin surgery can work wonders, it cannot fundamentally change the underlying processes that drive cutaneous disorders. In her quest to find ways to treat root causes, she pursued post-grad training in dermatology, nutrition, Chinese medicine and Ayurveda. She applies them all in her practice, located in Beverly Hills, CA ( Much of what Dr. Hunter has learned over the years will be helpful to us in primary care, since we frequently see patients with acne, eczema, psoriasis, premature skin aging, and neoplastic skin lesions. I’m pleased to share this conversation with Dr. Hunter, my friend and go-to source on all things cutaneous. Roby Mitchell: We met at a conference on nutritional medicine. Tell me what events, starting from medical school, ultimately led you to that conference? Julia Hunter: In medical school I was the contrarian, always asking “why” questions, as in “Tell me why this is so? Why should I believe you? Better yet, don’t just TELL me, SHOW ME!” I could see we were being shaped, manipulated, hazed, and propagandized to. It dawned on me that maybe even the professors didn't see the forest, because they were so focused on the trees. I was keen on understanding physiology, and I saw early on that we were being taught to treat symptoms, not to treat causes. I wanted to cure high blood pressure and heart disease and cancer, not just get rid of the symptoms. I also believed strongly in prevention. I wanted to know why a patient had a particular condition. I saw human suffering and wanted to prevent it, and I saw how our training seemed to be influencing that impulse out of us. I knew there had to be “something else,” so I began to look wider. I found naturopaths, oriental medicine practitioners, homeopaths---even down there in Alabama. I grabbed any opportunity to learn. RM: It’s interesting that you even became a physician. As you’ve told me before, your confidence in physicians has always been…well…”limited.” JH: Let’s just say, my experiences with doctors growing up had not inspired complete trust! For example, I had flat feet, and my parents took me to a world-renowned orthopedist to fix them. I quickly figured out how he wanted me to walk. I practiced it, and at the next visit, I performed the walk perfectly. He pronounced a “cure” even though nothing changed in my feet. That is when my confidence in physician omnipotence began to wane! My parents actually stayed away from doctors as much as possible. They were dumbstruck and not exactly happy when I announced I was going to med school. They thought I was better suited to be a lawyer, with all my “why questions” and debate skills. But I loved science and felt called to alleviate suffering. I ended up in anesthesiology because, after doing different rotations, I found that I was averse to the constant pressure to write prescriptions. When I worked at Beth Israel Hospital in Boston, the so-called “House of God,” I saw that once patients started on a first prescription it seemed to be a downhill slide from there. That was NOT what I wanted to be responsible for. I wanted to prevent people from getting so sick they needed drugs. RM: How did you get from anesthesiology to dermatology? JH: I found the operating room very depressing. I saw the economics of it all, and how the staff became so disconnected from caring. I saw all the negative psychology and politics of medicine. I felt it was such an extraordinary waste to spend so much fixing a ruptured aneurysm rather than preventing it by educating the patient. I moved to plastic surgery anesthesia because I thought this would be happier surgery. But there, I saw patients who spent SO much money and pinned such high hopes on these procedures, and 2 years later they’re back looking just as bad. The skin still has all the rosacea, brown spots, fine lines and wrinkles, skin tags. Again, we were doing nothing for the causes, just treating the symptoms. This all reignited my love of dermatology, because I really saw that the skin was a window to what was going on inside. RM: The way you speak of it, it seems like dermatology inevitably leads to a holistic perspective. JH: Well, the skin does tell a lot about what is going on internally, and you have to fix the inside first, in order to give the external results. Acne and virtually all other common skin pathologies like psoriasis, ezcema, and skin cancers are caused by internal conditions. Skin problems are multifactorial, like everything else, with genetic predispositions, nutrition factors, hormonal influences, medication side effects, stress factors, inflammatory pathology all playing a role. Gut health, or lack thereof, also plays a big role. I am looking for the internal causes as well as any external causes. RM: Tell us a little about how you work diagnostically. JH: First, I talk with my patients. I take an extensive history, and I examine everything! My intake process covers every aspect of their health, including family history, diet, exercise, hormones, gut issues. I pay very close attention to those last two. My initial consultations take 1.5 hours. I also do blood work and biopsies when necessary. I’ve found that I can get a lot of useful information from the Biomeridian system, which evolved out of Reinhard Voll’s work in the 1950s, trying to electronically identify and validate acupuncture points and meridians. RM: You’ve been able to apply the concept of “Oximation”--oxidative stress plus chronic inflammation in a context of hormone dysregulation and fungal overgrowth--as it figures into skin disease. Talk about that. JH: Many skin disorders are connected with accumulated damage due to oximation and high fungal loads. The aging process, skin neoplasia, inflammatory and autoimmune diseases are all either caused by or exacerbated by oximation. Sure, there are genetic predispositions, but it’s the environment in which you place your genes that causes diseases. If that environment is constantly pro-inflammatory and pro-oxidative, the genes express pathology. Fungi play a primary or secondary etiologic role in most of the diseases I see. Candida and other fungi trigger constant inflammation. If you don't cure fungal overgrowth you will not cure the pathology. You may mitigate it temporarily but it will reappear either in the skin or somewhere else. Patients never really get well if they’re in a constant state of inflammation and carrying a lot of yeast. Hormones, especially thyroid hormones---or lack thereof---play a big role in all of this. If your thyroid is low, your skin, your immune system, in fact your entire body, are working at a retired rate. You grow more fungi, inflammation is increased, oximation is increased. Everything starts aging more quickly. So we need to pay attention to the thyroid, and to other hormones like testosterone, DHEA, cortisol, estradiol and estriol, progesterone, growth hormone. The body is an orchestra. If one instrument is out of tune, the entire orchestra sounds bad. RM: Would you say that skin disease is a harbinger of systemic disease? JH: Many of them are just that. Rosacea and redness, enlarged pores, acne including back and chest acne, folliculitis, dandruff, ingrown beard hairs, molluscum, persistent and/or significant psoriasis, eczema, vitiligo, hair loss, lateral eyebrow loss, nail fungus/weakness, skin cancers, bags under eyes, skin tags, brown my experience, all of these have internal causes connected with inflammation, oxidative stress, fungal overgrowth, hormone imbalances, or metabolic problems. The skin is just a window to what is going on inside. You will never cure the skin pathology unless you cure the internal cause. If you are using steroids to get rid of these skin conditions—and many doctors are-- you are not curing, you are just suppressing temporarily. Plus, if you look at the complete ingredient list for many of these topical meds, you’ll see they are full of inflammatory ingredients! Adding inflammation to an inflammatory condition is just like throwing gas on a fire. RM: What role does diet play in skin pathology and in your treatment approach? JH: Well, I do believe that we are what we eat and, as you like to say, we cannot medicate patients out of what they’ve eaten and lifestyled their ways into! In practice, I’ve found that the guidelines in Peter D’Adamo’s Eat Right for your Blood Type have great merit and give patients good direction on how to eat for health and beauty. The Paleolithic Diet is good in principle, but many people cannot follow it. But before we can really get into diets, we need to concentrate on healing the gut, which is often really dysfunctional in people with skin disease. We know there’s a large, very important component of the immune system concentrated along the gut tract. So, healing the gut also quells immune system over-activity. I have seen severe acne and skin pathologies of every sort improve or resolve outright, just by curing gut inflammation! So by clearing up the gut, you resolve problems like gas, bloating and constipation, and you also clear up the skin! There are many aspects to this—stomach HCl production, adequate digestive enzymes, having the right probiotic bugs in the gut, making sure the diet is rich in anti-inflammatory plant-based foods, minimizing refined carbs and pro-inflammatory fats. RM: Vitamin D, or “Vitamone” D as I like to call it, since it has hormone-like actions, is getting a lot of attention lately. What’s your take on sun exposure and vitamin D. Do you advocate that people avoid the sun and use sunscreens? JH: Use Sunblock, not sunscreen. Sunscreens do not protect against inflammation or UV-induced DNA damage, they simply delay the response. Sunblock deflects UV rays completely, which is protective, but you have to reapply it every 2 hours to get maximal protection. I also recommend protecting the eyes and scalp. You don't want cataracts or a head full of skin cancer/melanoma. I like sunblocks that have Zinc, as there may very well be problems with Titanium. As to vitamin D3, supplements are inexpensive and readily available. So I recommend taking a lot, to keep blood levels in the high-normal range. But don’t try to get it by sun exposure. The truth is, even many of my sunbathing patients have low Vitamin D3 because they are full of fungus, which is stealing it all. RM: You recently introduced a new line of skin care products, called Maximal Result Skin Therapy. The market is seemingly saturated with skin products. Why was it necessary to formulate a new line? JH: I’ve looked closely at just about every product line on the market worldwide. I am always looking for what works best. And I need to understand why it works. I am an ingredient fiend! I want to know about all the ingredients in a product, not just the “active” ones, because the overall outcome is not determined just by the actives. Absence of toxicity is sacrosanct to me, and often there are toxic compounds among the “non-active” ingredients. When I first got into this field, I was depressed because I could not find “best-results” products that were non-toxic. There were “organic and natural” lines, but they did not necessarily deliver the best clinical results. People were always trying to get me to do my own line, but I saw no need to re-invent wheels. The choices seemed to come down to either the standard toxin-laden but effective products, or to the less toxic but less effective “natural” ones. I figured there had to be a better way. Then I learned about “chirally correct” formulation. RM: What does that mean? JH: As we know from basic biochemistry, many compounds have a “D” and an “L” form, like a “right” and “left” version of the same compound. And they have different physiological effects. The “correct” form is the one for which the target tissue has receptors and which turns on a beneficial response. This is why we use L-ascorbic acid and not D-ascorbic acid when we give vitamin C, or why we use L-glutamine, not D-glutamine. The idea of using the right isomer is widely recognized in pharmaceutical development. In fact, the FDA mandated all pharmaceuticals be chirally-correct in the late 90's to minimize side effects. Give the wrong form, and you may end up inducing dysfunctional responses. This holds true with skin care products, too. Chirality is akin to bioidenticality; you want to give a form of a compound that binds properly to receptors and triggers a healthy response. So chirality plays a big part in my formulations. I want these products to be scientifically sound, and to give strong, visible results. That’s why the tag line is, “Show me, don't tell me” skin care.” I want them to be easy to use, affordable, and focused on helping people manage common skin pathologies. In terms of packaging, I wanted products that come in recyclable containers, free of toxins like bisphenol-A, with reliable pumps, easy to use and convenient for travel. I put all my experience, knowledge, and ideals into creating this line. I’ve tested the products extensively and I stake my reputation on them. They’re the most ingredient-dense products on the market today. I will continue to upgrade them as new science becomes available. RM: What are some of the skin care ingredients that people should try and avoid, and why? JH: I would avoid anything with a lot of preservatives. Why are preservatives in there in the first place? Because most skin products are made years before they’re sold. They’re essentially “dead” products that don’t go rancid only because of the preservatives, just like chemically preserved foods that are only “shelf-stable” and not completely rotten because of preservatives. Avoid parabens, as they are inflammatory and promote skin aging. Triethanolamine is another baddie; it is an estrogen mimetic in men and women. Propylene glycol, which is very common, is inflammatory and promotes aging. Ureas, found in a lot of products, release formaldehyde and other toxins. Mineral oil clogs up pores, as does petrolatum, so avoid them. Try to stay away from sodium lauryl sulfate, which is hard because it is in so many things. But it damages cell membranes, destroys protein, triggers inflammation and promotes aging. There is a long list of bad-news ingredients, but these are for starters. RM: Your line includes a unique vitamin C product in powder form. What does vitamin C do for skin and why is yours formulated this way? JH: Vitamin C is what cross-links collagen. When it is present in the skin, it stimulates collagen production, kind of like a signal to make hay while the grass is high. The net effect is a tightening and lifting, a youthful thickening from new collagen production. Vitamin C is anti-inflammatory, so it decreases rosacea, redness, pore size, aging, sun damage, and it protects against the internal inflammatory chemicals circulating in the blood. It also helps un-bunch the melanocytes that make up the brown “age spots.” It decreases melasma and dark circles around the eyes. It has an anti-microbial effect too, helping to kill bacteria, viruses and fungi. Topical vitamin C builds a firm foundation for your skin care house. The problem is that when vitamin C is in a liquid or cream form, it gets rapidly oxidized so you get very little therapy by the time it’s applied on the skin. My formulation is a powder; you mix it fresh for each use, and you get 100% L-Ascorbic acid. You also get a lot of other antioxidants, vitamins, minerals, L-Glutathione and other good things. RM: Do you think informed primary care physicians can take care of most common skin pathologies? JH: Yes, absolutely. But I beg you not to take the easy route and prescribe the temporary hydrocortisone quick-fixes that end up damaging the skin in the long run. When you see someone with chronic rashes, pimples, inflammatory skin problems, non-healing lesions, or rapid skin aging look carefully at their hormones, their diet, their metabolism, their GI function. Find out what’s going on systemically. If you fix the systemic problems, the skin problems will usually resolve, too. If you’ve done your best, and the skin pathology persists or if you feel you really don’t have the necessary time to do a good cutaneous work-up, then refer to a dermatologist. Primary care doctors should also be very careful with suspicious-looking moles. Err on the side of caution with anything that looks potentially cancerous. Be aware that there are more unpigmented melanomas these days, so keep a high level of suspicion. RM: What are some of your basic, everyday strategies for healthy skin? JH: Make sure you’re getting enough Vitamin D3, and from supplements, NOT from sun. Drink lots of chemical-free water. Eat healthy oils that contain Omega 3’s and 6’s---I happen to like flax, walnut, and hazelnut oils. Use non-toxic soaps, shampoos, and personal care products. Remember, virtually everything you put on your skin absorbs into your skin and circulation. The more antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals in the diet, the better! Melatonin, iodine/iodide and magnesium are especially important. Avoid excessive sugar. Learn to cast off stress, develop your sense of humor, share love and friendship, open your mind, be compassionate and respectful of others! It all counts!!!
  9. I've had acne since I was about 12 years old. In the first five years of having acne it was pretty minimal. It was still 'ugly' but it attacked mostly my forehead with many small blocked pores. It wasn't until I was about 17 that I had my first cystic pimple or nodule. It was filled with blood, about an inch long, and bled for ten minutes when I finally jabbed it open. I went to a derm and got prescribed Accutane right away by her, accepting it without enough background knowledge on the drug. The Accutane made me even more severe and left me with many scars and side-effects. It worked for about 6 months but slowly the acne came back and completely worse than before! I'm now nearly 20 and I'm suffering with a new cyst or nodule every week. My question is: can my acne still be hormonal if it doesn't really alter that much throughout each month? I think it used to pop up exactly two weeks after I finished my period but ever since I moved to England it's been nearly every few days that I get a new cyst! I now also suffer period cramps which I never used to get so that's a bummer. I'm worried that I'll go on a drug like Spironolactone and make my acne worse because it's not hormonal. My acne is mainly cystic and on my cheeks. For the longest time it only affected my right cheek and after moving its now affecting my left as well. I'm extremely depressed and often hide indoors with the lights off. I've contemplated suicide weekly and all I want is some control in this situation. At least just knowing the cause. I can't see a derm or a doctor since I'm not a British citizen. Everything I do will be on my own. Please help me with what you think my acne is caused by! P.S. I contrasted these photos and I'm wearing some gross Vaseline on my lips because of Accutane so I apologise. I've never shown anyone my acne before so no making fun of me :'(. You can see a few lines on my bottom cheeks which are Accutane scars. I don't have any large nodules or cysts right now but I have one starting and it hurts without touch!
  10. So, i just came across this protein. A quick searcg finds quite a few studies. So I googled how to down-regulate zonulin. The article below says " Splenda is suspected as a stimulator of zonulin along with heavy metals, stress, and most likely other triggers not yet discovered. Gluten is one of the many proteins that seems to be involved in inflammation and autoimmune problems when leaked out of the gut. " We've known that food intolerences often develop due to stress. Then it says something about treating patients with supplements to down regulate zonulin, but doesn't name them, Here are more articles. Aparently probiotics are one method. There's this article about zinc Carnosine ( ZnC ), which is an artificially created "nutriceutical". We know zinc benefits acne. Carnosine is taken by body builders & for antiaging for reasons I don't really remember right now. Muscle recovery I think & anti-inflammatory/anit-oxidant. "carnosine is a dipeptide (comprising β‐alanine andl‐histidine) that is naturally present in long‐living cells such as muscle and nerves, where, among other actions, it probably has a role as an antioxidant." I took if for a little while. I also took b-alanine to both produce carnosine & be an anti-histamine. But the researchers only state it would be interesting to examine it's impact on zonulin.
  11. *backstorySo long story short (kinda) my skin has been clear and almost perfect all throughout my teenage years. Up until I turned 20 and had a realllly shitty break up which I believe the stress caused me to get acne. It was pretty terrible from going from having clear skin to pretty much my entire cheeks are covered with aggravated acne. I knew it was an internal issue because I would have a couple spots on my back or chest as well. This lasted a year and a half of me supplementing, cutting dairy, sweets and caffeine as well as drinking nothing else except water. I got no results no improvements so I caved and went to the derm. He prescribed a few weeks of minocycline and my acne vanished. *currently3 years later at the age 23 here I am again with my complexion looking like hell. Acne and congested skin (clogged pores) on my cheeks, jaw, chin, nose and even a few going down the neck. This past year I had my gallbladder removed and was incredibly stressed because of the process it took and the toll it took on my body as well as finding out I couldn't graduate due to missing too many classes. It wasn't till after that I noticed the spots slowly but surely multiplying. Along with the acne I noticed a few symptoms that I just couldn't shake.-fatigue-brain fog / can't remember things or just can't stay focused -discomforts in arms and legs -pelvic pains -worse periods -ear ringing -bad anxiety First off dealing with pelvic pain and worse periods I went straight to the gyn and she basically told me I was fine. No cysts no infection, nothing. Did some research on the symptoms and the whole leaky gut / Candida thing popped up. Candida overgrowth can throw off hormone levels as well so it could possibly explain the time of the month and pelvic issues. For me personally it made sense because almost a year ago I have been put on all sorts of medication to treat my symptoms that turned out to be my gallbladder issue. A doctor even put me on Flagyl a harsh ass antibiotic and I felt that this was what pretty much did more damage than good.So I took the candida quiz test thing and the spit test which both were positive for candida overgrowth. Obviously I don't know how accurate these things are but at this point it's the only thing that adds up with my symptoms. Not going to see a derm as of now because I'm pretty sure he will just prescribe me with an antibiotic and I'm over the whole antibiotic bs. Went to my regular doc and I'll be doing a blood test tomorrow so maybe that'll help too. See if I'm deficient In something or maybe hormones way out of whack.As of now I'm not going on a candida diet or anything crazy but as for attempting to treat my acne I'm using Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV) and supplementing while cutting certain foods.TopicallyI use ACV toner 1 part water 1 part ACV twice every day, and moisturize right after. This is all I do topically, some days I'll put on the Indian clay mask or other home made masks just to treat scarring and what not. ( don't know why I treat the scars if more acne pops up and results in scarring anyway ) (by the way ACV smells like dirty socks + a hint of salad vinegrette) so just warning. InternallyI cut all dairy, caffeine, most sugars and only drink water. To help the candida issue that I suspect, ACV and probiotics are supposed to be good at combating this issue. - drink 1-2 tablespoons of ACV mixed with 8oz. warm water before each meal.- take diamond herpanacine (herbal supplement to help detox blood and skin) 4 pills daily to assist my body with detoxing- take Carlson cod liver oil twice daily- take a daily probiotic Ultimate Flora 50 billion live cultures 10 probiotic strains- take daily one a day multivitamin Will keep updating !Been doing this fully for about a month and the first 2-3 weeks my face broke the hell out it was horrible. I'm on week 4 and although I still have active breakouts it seems less than usual. note: I didn't just wake up one day and take all these different supplements for a month straight. I've been taking multivitamins, cod liver oil, and Herpanacine herbal skin supplements on and off for a few months prior as a regular routine. Only this past month I focused on adding things to attempt to treat my acne (apple cider vinegar, probiotic, and being more strict in taking my other supplements)sidenote: May slowly add antifungals such as (oregano oil capsules, garlic and or coconut oil) into my diet if candida is more severe than I suspected / if the symptoms don't ease up after awhile. SIDEsidenote: Just wanted to say I know what it feels like going through this acne crap. Feeling depressed and down, you don't want to see anyone or go outside. Don't want to accept mail or packages because you don't want even the mail person to see your skin. Want to even skip out on class because of this. Only one in your family with acne so you even feel like poo about that too. People looking at your acne mid convo and your self esteem just going to shit. Trying different things with no result or worse breakouts so you don't know if its just an initial reaction or it literally isn't working. TRUST ME I HAVE BEEN THERE AND STILL GOING THROUGH IT. But honestly you have to try your best and phase out the negative mentality. A negative mentality itself can cause worse acne adding stress and other bs that you don't need. NOTHING good can come from negative thinking. There are people worse off and wishing acne was their only issue. So take a deep breath and take this one day at a time. You AREN'T the only one going through this ! -Big ass HUG- (we can all use one)
  12. Hey, I was just wondering if anyone might be able to give me some insight as to what is happening around my mouth and chin. I have what my derm and I are pretty sure is folliculitis that pops up pretty much anywhere in my beard and mustache area. This was misdiagnosed for years as basically your standard acne. That however isn't the main focus of my inquiry, I just feel it may be worth mentioning in case it is somehow related. I noticed not too long ago that what I had previously perceived as specks of dry skin due to agressive acne treatmant, actually appears to be some sort of white stringy stuff being secreted from either my poors or hair follicles even in areas where my skin is flat and uninflamed. They seem to appear most prominently on the areas around the sides of my mouth down to my chin. They are not hard like some sebum plugs I've heard of and the seem to be coming from almost every follicle/ pore in the area. I can't be positive but I believe they may not have started to appear until I was put on a rather long cycle of doxycycline. I guess I'm still not 100% certain it's not just dead skin. I cant upload an Image because they won't show up. It's just very frustrating as trying to scrape them off just appears to create more also scratching anywhere around my mouth seems to create them I try not to scratch but the area is quite itchy. I've wondered if they might be candida related because of the doxy combined with my terrible diet. Any insight would be much appreciated thanks.
  13. 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: 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. 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. 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.;#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. 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;#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. 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. User: Clear At Last Title: Clear after 15 years..., 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. 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.;#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. 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. 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. 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. 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.;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:;hl=chromium 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. 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. User: dudeman Title: Almost clear Summary: After 7 years of acne, his acne subsided with a dietary organic regimen of beating acne. 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 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.
  14. Hi there! Lately my face has started itching along my hairline and chest. This could be because it's dried out from acne products (my skin is super oily but also dehydrated). Does this look like acne or is it possibly Pityrosporum Follicutlitis? I tried Nizoral but it didn't really help, neither did an anti fungal cream. The acne on my chest is also resistant to EVERYTHING and if I try to pop a spot it gets SUPER red and inflamed. If I do manage to pop any of the spots on my face, a white stringy substance comes out. I don't drink or eat milk, wash my face twice a day, etc. Is this maybe an allergic reaction to something? Why is my face so bad? And now I suddenly have acne along my jawline. It could be partially hormonal, but none of my acne is cystic. HELP!
  15. I've been struggling with acne my whole life, I've tried every topical treatment, I've been taking spironolactone for close to 8 months with no real improvement. I started birth control pills two months ago in an attempt to help my hormonal acne. But I have been having reoccurring vaginal yeast infections, but not experiencing any symptoms. Every time I go back to the gyno, the infection has returned. I've started a prolonged treatment of fluconazole, so hopefully that will help. I did some research and realized that I've had lots of fungal issues, I've had ringworm multiple times and was also in the hospital for a case of esophagitis, which apparently can be caused by yeast. So my question is, can my acne be caused by the excess yeast that seems to reoccur in my body? And how can I really treat it besides the antifungal I'm already taking and changing my diet completely?
  16. I hope this can help atleast one person. I struggled with constipation for years, found that running every second day helped keep me from being backed up, but I knew that I couldn't keep relying on that forever. Probiotics/fermented foods- Try see if these help you first. If they do, bingo lucky you, if not, all is not lost. Probiotics used to constipate me like crazy, now they don't. Fermented foods broke me out when I first tried them, months later after the below steps they no longer did. Candida killers/antifungals- These usually cause a purging stage for a week or 2, try introduce slowly (coconut oil, apple cider vinegar) Take a spoon/2 of apple cider vinegar before every meal, aids with stimulating stomach acid, also kills off excess candida Don't drink anything 1 hour before meals, during meals, or 1 hour after eating- liquids, including water dilute stomach acid and enzymes and hinder digestion Chew your food properly!! = square jaw, well for me anyways Colon cleansing should be considered, as you will be killing off lots of yeast, yeast feeds on sugars, carbs and other yeasts. How? In my experience, there came a point when antifungals constipated me, then I realised that I had to get rid of the excess. You can do colon cleanses with magnesium, or by colonic irrigation...something I had to get done due to the severity of my situation . Introduce probiotics again slowly after a month or two. Also, there's no such thing as killing all candida in the body, it has to be brought into balance. It becomes out of balance,along with gut bacteria, due to: Antibiotic usage Tap water, due to chlorine and other chemicals Poor diet, excess sugar,carbs, fruits etc Alcohol The above steps along with a clean diet, avoiding your food intolerances like gluten/dairy/sugar/grains (one piece of fruit a day maybe OK), should help! Peace out
  17. so i'm 22 and a senior in college. my acne is starting to clear up. i found out that i had candida overgrowth because of some acne meds i took back in hs which caused the candida to get out of control. i cut out all carbs and sugars and increased my intake of antifungals, antimicrobials, vegetables, healthy fats, etc and now my skin is starting to clear. no more breakouts or anything. (hopefully that helps some of you) my hs and college years i had bad acne. i kept myself from friendships and relationships for 10 + years and now its clearing. i am left with scarring but plan to get fraxel to make some of it less visible. i feel a lot of regret, sadness, anger, and confusion but i'm just glad my face is finally clearing. it's sad because in hs and college i've had several girls who liked me who i could've dated but didn't because i believed everyone was shallow and kept myself from many friendships and relationships bc of what i thought others thought of me. i'm still struggling with lots of social anxiety due to my scarring (funny it used to be because of my acne). if you have any advice for me that'd be great. thinking about just completely disregarding any sort of a relationship and just focusing on my career for now. in hs it was full blown cystic acne and that was due to a milk allergy so that destroyed my self confidence. college it was better but still bad so yeah. any advice would help. i'm just really confused right now and saddened by the whole situation. literally my entire youth was taken from me.
  18. Day 140 - Week 20

    I'm back! I'm sorry to have been neglecting the blog but really not a whole lot has happened. My acne is pretty normal now, no random heads popping up. And when I say "normal," I just mean it hasn't changed a whole lot. It has not improved or gotten worse. The worst areas are still under and around my nose, my chin, along my cheekbones, and on my neck and chest. My back seems to be alright - haven't gotten a whole lot on there lately. I just checked and I have 34.5 days left to go. That is, if I keep remembering to take it. I have been constantly forgetting (maybe because since it's not working, I don't care anymore) and if I continue to remember I should be done on February 23rd. I do have to mention one touchy subject for women though... Candida. More commonly known as yeast infections. I've only had one once in my entire life and that was years ago and was easily treated with an antibiotic. But since starting accutane, I've noticed that my lady parts have been really sensitive. At first I thought it was just me and my body being weird but recently I discovered that it may be a side effect of the accutane since it dries out EVERYTHING. Took it to my doctor a few weeks ago and she gave me the same antibiotic that fixed things up last time. She actually gave me two and it didn't help... not one bit. Neither has anything else. For those of you who might be able to offer any reassuring words that it will clear up when I'm off the medication here's a little extra detail: there is no stinging, it's just predominantly itching. So yeah, that is my week at a glance. Ladies, I would appreciate any thoughts or remedies you have to offer and gentlemen, I apologize if I weirded you out. Until next week!
  19. Hi! My skin is not perfect and it never will be. I still have a bit of active acne (easily only 10% of what is was, maybe even less) and i have some scars and a LOT of red marks. I am not saying that i have the secret to perfect skin. I am posting this because there are some things i wish i had known back when i first got severe acne, and because i have been able to see 90% improvement with completely holistic methods. So, just a quick re-cap of my journey - last may (2010) i got REALLY really bad severe cystic horrible disfiguring acne. I refused to do accutane and tried a bunch of cleanses and really restrictive diets (candida diet, no dairy, no soy, no gluten, etc) as well as lots of topicals and SO MANY EXPENSIVE SUPPLEMENTS. I had another log at that time if you want to look at it. Around November my skin started to slowly improve. I think that what helped me more than anything was improving my attitude and reducing stress levels, as well as completely removing industrial meat/dairy from my diet. I discovered that eggs were a HUGE trigger for me, so i stopped eating them, too. My skin continued to improve although it was really a roller coaster with my menstrual cycle. This summer i apprenticed with Susun Weed and my skin improved tremendously during those 3 months! Right now i have reason to believe that i have PCOS. I have acne - it's in my genes, its how my body expresses internal problems. But now it is so so much better and i haven't touched a drug! I am going to begin taking herbal remedies for PCOS and hopefully that will help to clear me up 100%. Oh, also, i was using a LOT of essential oils when my skin was really bad and i think that that may have overloaded my system. I used to think of essential oils as being benign and just as "safe" as using a whole herb. Really they are extremely concentrated and drug-like, and are only one constituent of an herb. Now i use extracts of the whole herb like an oil or tincture or infusion instead of essential oils. A lot of the things on this board and in health food stores today are "heroic" - the extreme cleanses, the severely restricted diets, the intense supplements. Often they do more harm than good. I do not want to go into it too much right now, but (for example) liver cleanses are really bad for you. Ask anyone who has done one - they feel like you are going to die (because you will if you keep it up)! The heroic tradition says "the worse it feels the better it is for you" that is not sound advice, in my opinion. This summer, i apprenticed with herbalist Susun Weed. She is the contemporary voice of the wise woman tradition. Whereas the heroic tradition 'heals' through cleanses, purges, restrictions, and punishments (it's your fault you've got acne, if you just followed the rules better you wouldn't have acne!) the wise woman tradition heals through nourishing (nourish your body so it can heal itself). So, here is what i believe helped my skin to heal so much: 1. nourishing herbal infusions This is hands down what helped me the MOST. I've been drinking nourishing herbal infusions every day for 4 months and i feel amazing. My hair is thick and shiny and healthy, my skin is really doing better, i have more energy, i'm more calm. I will explain this part a little bit here, but for anyone who is really interested in drinking nourishing herbal infusions, go check out - there is a free online class that explains all the logistics. EDIT- the free online class is actually on sorry. lots of good info on the other website though! an herbal infusion consists of 1 ounce by weight (which is a LOT) of dried herb in 1 quart of boiling water, steeped for 4-6 hours or overnight. This allows for maximum mineral extraction. Then you strain the herb (squeeze all the good stuff out and compost the herb!) and drink up! It's best to drink a whole quart a day but even a cup or 1/2 cup will do you good. Nourishing herbal infusions have TONS of extremely bioavailable minerals, vitamins, and protein so its even better than vitamin supplements. Seriously, i haven't taken a supplement in months and i used to take like 15-20 a day! And, drinking 1 quart of nourishing herbal infusion a day costs around $1 a day (f you buy herbs in bulk which is WAY less than i was spending on supplements. don't make infusions out of aromatic herbs like peppermint or chamomile because the high amount of essential oils are not good for you (if you've ever let chamomile tea steep overnight by accident you know that nasty taste). Also, its best to only make one kind of infusion at a time and then have a different kind the next day, don't mix a bunch of herbs in one jar. There are a lot of herbs which can be made into infusion. I will list the 5 that Susun reccomends and personally drinks and then others which i have been drinking in addition for my acne. Nettle leaf: nettle is AMAZING. It is loaded with vitamins and minerals, has a rich, deep earthy taste, and is known as a purifing herb. It is especially good for your skin and hair as well as your kidneys and adrenals and thyroid (which aids in detoxifying). It is also energizing . Red Clover: red clover is known primarily as an anti-cancer herb but it is also extremely good for balancing hormones and has TONS of minerals - known as an herbal multivitamin! It tastes very mineral-rich and adding a tiny pinch of peppermint to the ounce of red clover will make it more palatable. Comfrey Leaf:comfrey leaf heals your skin from the inside out. it builds strength and flexibility in and soothes and heals your mucous membranes, the inner lining of your digestive tract, your tendons and ligaments, your outer skin, and it also aids your short term memory! You can also apply this externally to speed up wound healing. It is both mucilagenous (soothing property) and astringent, so it has a strange feel in your mouth, and it tastes a bit like grass. I like drinking it warm with honey, but you can add it to juice or whatever makes it palatable for you. it's worth it! Linden flower: Linden is the world's leading cold and flu remedy. It is EXTREMELY anti-inflammatory and it tastes great! can also be applied topically. oatstraw: oatstraw is a nerve tonic and a sexual tonic (good for ED, just a side note). It builds calm strength and is extremely and deeply nourishing. It tastes really sweet and mellow, like oats! my extra infusions: cleavers - I drink a quart of cleavers infusion once a week. They are good for lymphatic circulation and are generally known as a detoxifying herb for the skin. has a mild pleasant taste. burdock root- i drink a 1/2 cup of burdock infusion a day. It is a slow but thourough detoxifier and it works on all of your internal systems - liver, kidneys, lymph, etc. and really increases your body's ability to detox. It's known for working on skin issues. has a mild earthy taste. Dandelion root - dandelion is wonderful for your liver and roasted dandelion root tea is soooo yummy! It is also a digestive stimulant. I could write a lot about dandelion but i won't. So, there we go. Nourishing herbal infusions. They are not just good for people with acne, they are good for EVERYONE. And the great thing about this is that even if you don't change your diet or lifestyle, and all you do is drink a cup to a quart of nourishing herbal infusion a day, you will notice a difference in the way you feel and look. 2. not picking! I didn't pick at all for the three months i was apprenticing because i was so busy and also because i was happy and not obsessing over my looks all the time, and i'm sure that helped. I would just put some faerie organic mineral therapy on as a spot treatment during the day and some NZ naturals manuka honey cream at night and not think about it. If i got sweaty or dirty i would use witch hazel and a cotton ball. I only washed my face every couple of days with himalaya neem and turmeric non-soap cleanser. So it was pretty minimal. Not focusing on my skin really helped me to not stress,too 3. lowering stress levels - this is one of the most important things that anyone can do. I know for me acne is extremely related to stress. Not looking in mirrors all the time, doing things i enjoy, being with friends who love me as i am, spending time outside and with my pets, etc. all helped to reduce my stress. Also, not being on this website all the time haha. It's a great resource but it can become an addiction lol. Also, taking stress away from food was really helpful . I used to get so worked up when i had to go to a restaurant... well, read below. 4. balanced diet - don't be scared of food! mostly organic non-industrial food. whereas before i could hardly eat anything - my list of forbidden foods was sooo long - now i am eating whole wheat gluten products and organic dairy, chocolate, even ocassionally ice cream. The only things on my restricted list now are: eggs, soy. that feels really really good. I don't have to OBSESS over what i am going to eat anymore! I don't see food as scary and potentially dangerous, but as nourishment. No, this whole wheat bread is not going to break me out. On the other hand, eggs are so i'd better not eat that yummy quiche. And yes, if i go on a sugar binge it will probabally break me out as well. I'm not saying that you can eat anything without consequences - i'm saying that not everything does have consequences. I think that the nourishing herbal infusions have really reduced my sensitivity to the common allergens. Many people avoid them all because they are either paranoid (the mindset that is promoted by the alternative/heroic tradition) or because they are hypersensitive at that time. I never had a reason to think that gluten caused acne for me, but i wasn't eating it just in case. Now i am not scared of it. Everyone is different and for some people gluten does cause acne and for some people eggs do and for others its dairy or corn or citrus. Elimination diets are the only way to figure out what really does affect you, and they are grueling but worth it because once you find out what you are actually allergic to, you can eat other things! The insanity is when you are on an elimination diet indefinitely - just in case. That leads to less than optimal nutrition, and creates so much stress around food! some other nutritional tips - cook your fruits and veggies - plants have a hard cell wall which contains their nutrients. Unless that cell wall is broken, you don't have access to those nutrients. Ways to break the cell wall include: freezing, cooking (boiling baking roasting etc.), marinating in oil, and dehydrating. Chewing doesn't cut it. That is why raw food diets are so bad for you. It gives you a feeling of being energized because you are going into starvation mode and your brain is producing feel good chemicals. Also, fructose is difficult for many people of European descent to digest - cooking fruits makes it easier on the system. Anyway, cooking fruits and veggies liberates nutrients so that you get optimal nourishment from those foods. avoid peppers! i used to LOVE peppers but after not eating them for a while, now i can see that they really do make my skin so much more inflamed. From bell peppers to cayenne pepper as a spice. It makes sense, they are a very stimulating food. Try avoiding them for a month and see what happens. (this is not just because they are nightshades - tomatoes and potatoes don't effect me like peppers do) and in general, don't eat a lot of processed foods and refined sugar 5. getting some excercise just moving around really helped me feel better and gets the lymph and blood circulating. Not a ton. I do yoga, hike, walk, dance. whatever is fun for you. Something else of interest: the 6 steps of healing: 0. do nothing - sleep, rest, meditate, leave your skin alone (for a specific time period ex. 2 weeks) 1, collect information 2. engage the energy - homeopathy, positive affirmations, laughter. 3. nourish and tonify - herbal infusions, nourishing food, tonifying herbs, excercise, stretching. 4. stimulate/sedate - stimulating/sedating herbs, hot/cold water, etc. 5. use supplements - synthetic/concentrated vitamin/minerals 5b. use drugs - benzyl peroxide, accutane, etc. 6. break and enter - surgery many people skip the first 4 or 5 steps and just go right to supplements or drugs. The first 4 steps are really important. doing nothing prepares you to heal, and for some people it may be all you need! Engaging the energy may be enough for others. For me, nourishing and tonifying cleared me up 90%. Now i am going to move on to step 4 by using a stimulating/sedating drug to treat PCOS. If that does not work, then i will consider supplements and then drugs to normalize my hormones. In an extreme situation i guess getting my uterus removed would be the last step, although i'm not really down for that lol. The point it, as you go up in steps, it becomes less safe and the recovery period is longer. Of course the lower steps take more time to work. But, if meditating every day for 6 months clears your skin, isn';t that better than doing accutane for 6 months and dealing with the potential side effects without even trying more gentle remedies? (just as an example) So, this is what helped me. I am really really happy about this and about how my skin is doing. This whole journey with acne has helped me to grow so much and i am truly thankful for it (although i could do without the scars and PIH...). I really think that if someone who was in my position last May started drinking infusions and de-stressing, that it would make a big difference for them and they wouldnt even get scars. I would urge anyone to try this nourishing and tonifying approach. By definition, it can't hurt you! Nourishment is nourishment! Tonifying herbs make your body better at healing itself. With an optimally nourished body and the help of tonifying herbs, your skin will improve. Acne has really taught me to love myself and treat myself well, instead of punishing my body by restricting my diet or doing harsh cleanses. I really hope that this helps someone! sept 2010 Sept 2011 and again, i know my skin now isn't perfect but rather than focusing on the scars/red marks focus on the lack of inflamation and active acne. I didn't discover the things i posted here until this summer, and had severe acne for more than a year before that (which i tried to treat with heroic methods) so the scars are not because what i'm saying doesn't work, they are because the restrictive diets i tried didnt work. sending love!
  20. I'm testing something new and while too soon to say for certain, it does seem to help. Doing nothing.. specifically, avoiding soil based bacteria by cooking or thoroughly washing all vegetables, and also not taking probiotics. Here's my long journey... Nearly 40 y/o m, I've been able to clear my skin completely via diet changes stemming from IgE skin prick testing. (The IgG blood testing had tons of false results) All of the most common food allergens and about 10 others were +. So no diary, corn, soy, eggs, spices, preservatives etc etc etc.. wheat was not + but gives me probz. Provided i don't eat those foods, and others i discover to be +, but that weren't tested, i don't break out. Wanting to get to the root cause of my cystic acne, i've tried numerous remedies, some of which worked, but cause problems. The only things that work without diet restriction are accutane/vit a, high dose b5 and high dose green tea (these work individually, not combined) and would clear me 100%. But i now believe accutane & b5 messed with me negatively and permanently. I didn't stay on EGCG very long. Here's what i've tried that doesn't work, many in combination - Diatomaceous earth, zinc, vit D3, low dose ALCAR/Pantetheine, low dose vit A, probiotics, fermented foods, quercetin, digestive enzymes, chelation for heavy metals, amalgam removal (although definitely have a mercury burden, although much removed through ALA chelation – mother had many fillings and i had several), candida cleansing (another issue likely from metals, new tests show low fungal metabolites), everything topical, liver cleansing, milk thistle, burdock root, dandelion, fish oil, tanning. I'm sure i'm missing a few... Another problem i have is even now when testing Vit A, b5, etc, even low dose, it makes my kidneys hurt. For example, the ALCAR/Pantetheine – even at 330mg pantethine daily, my kidneys will start to hurt in the morning, and my urine will be foamy, indicating i'm excreting either protein or candida, and i strongly believe it to be candida. Vit A will make my joints and kidneys hurt. About 1.5 years ago i took a test indicating i still had dysbiosis – i.e., bad gut bacteria.. so this would lead to a leaky gut. I had already been trying to cure leaky gut for 3 years +. Early on a stool test showed 2+ candida, and i went on Nystatin and a future test showed 0 candida. Then, after that the blood/urine test showed low fungus.. About 4 years I thought that if i completely detoxify my body and get good bacteria in, and bad out and seal up my gut, i could eat whatever i wanted. I tried all sorts of probiotics and homemade brews, chelation. Nothing was ever able to cure me and in fact i began becoming senstitive to even more foods. Sometimes i was able to get those foods back, sometimes not. Prior to my mid-twenties, i had taken a large amount of all sorts of antibiotics, some for a few months at a time, for acne, and some 10-day courses for sinusitis that i now know was from a standard American diet. Once i ate healthy and removed intolerances, my sinus probs disappeared completely.. and i also rarely get colds, which i used to ALWAYS get. I believe that, along with the metal, abx is where my issue came from, in addition to genetics. I think my acne is hormonal and possibly gut related as well. Perhaps good bacteria is causing inflammation in the gut by fighting with other bacteria in my gut, and actually making things worse, causing me to lose new foods. So I'm going to kill off any bacteria on my foods and see if that makes a difference, and allows me to eat offending foods again. I post this on here to all those looking for THE cure from a pill or treatment. It's very possible that it just doesn't exist for your type of acne (other than megadosing which causes problems in the long term). Eating healthy/paleo may not be enough. If you have an IgE or IgG type of response, you may also need to remove healthy foods (nuts, seeds, some healthy oils, spices, etc). So far i've never found a way to tolerate the majority of my intolerances.. a few yes.. but not most.. and while losing others. Hopefully instead of putting bacteria in, the reverse will work and give me some foods back. If anyone has suggestions or comments, i'd love to hear them. I would be happy to answer questions as well, although please bear with possible delayed responses as i have a busy December. best of luck, fkBIGpharma
  21. Hello. Hope everybody gets to read this and contributes to your healing. This is my 2 year journey on doing research on how to heal my KP, ADHD, Back and Neck Acne, Seborrheic dermatitis on face, Dandruff, Intestinal issues like Heart burn, Bloating, Constipation, oh yes and also Insomnia. This are all the cures I have found that have worked for me and some people, I specified which ones worked for me and which ones have worked for others. Remember we are all different but the root cause may be the same in all of us. I suspect that this demodex mite articles are real based on my 2 year research and my own experience. Wheat and sugar increase sebum production which feeds demodex, KP and dandruff get better when I cut this 2 off my diet, Gluten free and sugar free diets have worked for some people. Tea tree and sea buckthorn have been show to kill demodex and I always get flare ups (die offs) when I start using this 2 products. Sulfur kills demodex, MSM and Sulfur soaps are accepted treatments for KP and Acne. Vit A and Zinc support healthy sebum levels, Cod liver oil(vitamin A rich) and Zinc are also accepted treatments. Exfoliation removes excess sebum and is also an accepted treatment. Natural Antiparasitic (Scram) + healthy diet seem to tremendously lessen my KP and erase Acne. Ginger, Milkthisle and Turmeric are also known to reduce sebum production to a healthy level and are also accepted treatments for Dandruff, KP and Acne. Selsum blue kills demodex and is also known to have treated some patients with KP. Sun light kills demodex and Sun light is a very known and accepted KP and Acne treatment. Sebum production slows down with Age, most people gets cured of Acne and KP with age. ACV and Coconut oil are antifungals, antibacterial and antiparasitics which have also treated a lot of people. People doing the Paleo/Primal diet, Candida diet and GAPS which all focus on eating healing foods that exclude all processed sugars and fake foods that interfere with our natural cellular and microbial balance have been able to heal themselves from skin disorders by doing this diets for several months. And once again.. Castor oil has worked to treat some people's KP and guess what? Yes, it fucking kills demodex too. So.. Are KP and all this other shit caused by Demodex, bad fungus and bad bacteria? Excuse my bad words but I’m tired of Pharmaceuticals telling their pawn Dermatologists to tell us there is no cure for all this illnesses when most of us don’t have any of this since birth and even people who has been suffering from this illnesses since birth has been able to find a way to heal themselves. Wake up guys, there is cures to all this diseases. Now let’s get to the universal treatment plan. I believe this is the best treatment plan available is a healthy diet that restores your gut flora and heals your insides in general like Paleo or GAPS plus an anti demodex soap like sea buckthorn or tea tree, and supportive necessary supplements like MSM and a Multivitamin, yes if you have never done any of this your symptoms may worsen for the first week or two but trust me you will feel better once you get through the detox stage and you will see results. Nothing is immediate, “progress is a process” and I believe this regime is a general regime for anyone with skin and intestinal issues. Results may take a month or longer but trust me I have done intense research day and night. People who has cleared their skin problems to a 95% has done this treatments for 1 year+, just don’t give up guys keep pushing. Once you eat healthy for longer than a month you’ll realize all the other benefits you are also getting and your body will automatically ask you to return to the healthy life because that’s the only way our bodies start functioning properly and oh boy! Trust me.. Once you treat your body right, watch your body do amazing things for you. Exercise it, stretch it, massage it, feed it right and most important of all love it, think positive and practice healthy sleeping habits! Healthy mind, heart and soul. Peace and healing to everyone.
  22. Hi guys this is my first post:( I signed up because after 7 years of acne and it dwindling and just dealing with 3/4 med-large spots on my face at any given time, in the last WEEK my face has suddenly exploded. I dont even think it is strictly acne. In the last week i have developed a red rash on my face of lots and lots of tiny spots. These spots/rash are on my whole face but especially on my forehead and around my mouth and chin, and on my nose. This is definitely abnormal as i literally hadnt had a forehead spit in YEARS; in a week there is 10+ tiny ones some with pus. They also itch, my usual acne never itched. I went to the walk in clinic and was told it was dermatitis and prescribed hydrocortisone canesten cream, however when doing research it says steroid creams such as this can cause or worsen dermatitis! Could anyone please give me some advice based on my photos, i have zero trust in the walk in centre nurses and my skin is making me feel disgusting i dont even want to leave the house:( also i had tried new products prior to this and have discontinued their use: could this be an allergy and if so when will the spots and rash go?
  23. Ecigs And Acne

    Posted Today, 09:43 PM Hello, Well I've recently researched a LOT about nicotine, cigarettes, and ecigs affect on insulin levels and blood glucose levels and relation to acne. However in my experience, I've noticed less "cystic" acne when I used to smoke regular cigarettes(10-12 a day), and when I quit, I got MAJOR constipation and lots of cystic acne around my jawline and chin and cheeks. I switched to ecigs, and use 12mg nicotine juice and notice that my constipation is controlled, but my acne isn't clearing up. As for weed: when I first started smoking weed, it REALLY cured my acne. I was so clear...until I started smoking weed more often after 3-4 months, I took a T-break....and then I got major cystic acne....and when I started smoking weed again, it didn't cute it this time or help at all. Helped with my anxiety and depression but not my acne. What are your guys opinion on Ecigs and nicotine? And your experience with marijuana use and acne? Also do these substances interfere with candida or yeast infections? (I'm asking cuz I feel like I might have candida although I haven't tested it)
  24. Help With My Acne?

    Why am I getting acne? I suffer from depression (funnily enough, only related to my appearance but I don't tell my therapist.) After a year of stopping Accutane, my cysts/papules have finally started to come back. I don't know how I will live and I **CAN'T** see a dermatologist or a 'caring' / 'good' doctor. If I can't fix it, I will become severely depressed. Please help the best you can: I had very bad side effects on Accutane so that's not an option (plus it didn't work and made it worse for most of the time.) One BC pill gave my right leg problems and a severe migraine so I can't do that. I did get a blood test a while ago (before my period) and I had high androgens. When my skin settled shortly after that (was on my period,) it all checked out normal. That was a couple months ago. Now, out of nowhere, my skin is going crazy. I had to sell an arm just to get my doctor to check my hormones last time so I don't know if I will be able to do that again. What can I do? My acne is mostly located on the left side. Generally ALWAYS on my lower cheek and a bit on the forehead. Definitely worse before period but usually it disappears after I'm finished, but now it gets worse during and after. I really want to try Spiro but I think my blood pressure might be already low. My naturalpathic doctor thinks it may be Candida since I have very high sensitivity to both yeasts.
  25. So in yet another attempt to rid my face of acne, I started the Candida Diet around two months ago and started supplementing myself with some vitamins and minerals. I have completely cut all dairy, refined grains, processed sugars (I still eat fruit), and vegetable oil from my diet. I rarely eat anything unless I have made it myself and I know exactly what it is in. I also take: Lechtin, Vitamin A, B-Complex, Zinc, and Vitamin E. PLUS Udo's Oil Omega 3-6-9. MY QUESTION IS THIS: Does anyone know if after eating this way and consuming these vitamins, there is supposed to be a purging period of the skin? You know, something similar to the retinoids? It seems like all my deep acne is coming to the surface, which....I don't know if this is a good thing or a bad thing. Like, am I making my acne worse? I don't think I will stop this diet or the supplementation, only because I find my energy and emotional level has been much better since I cut processed foods. However, I am worried that if this is NOT a purging, than it's just my acne getting ready to step up the game and make my life hell. Which is entirely possible, because that is what my acne does. Any thoughts?