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  1. Finally FREE From Hormonal Acne!

    Forums Hormonal acne 4 replies

    I decided it's finally time to share my story here, since my journey with hormonal acne is coming to an end! YAY!! I spent countless hours on these forums when my face exploded back in June. It took me 2 months of trying everything under the sun to finally find my fix (found on these forums actually!). And 2 months since then to feel human again. Here's my story: 5 months ago I had clear skin. CLEEEEAR. Boom. Hormones went nuts in June. I had a breakout on my chin, then another one, then they just kept on coming for about 6 weeks until my face was COVERED. My face was inflamed and hot to the touch at all times. I had new breakouts and new whiteheads forming every day. Talk about embarrassing - I didn't want to look in the mirror, let alone leave the house most days. Covering up with makeup was a friggin joke at that point. But I work 6-7 days a week, so I had to suck it up & hope to God that people wouldn't look at my face and think I was a drug addict or something. Long story short, I tried it ALL. Cut out carbs & dairy, loaded up on vitamins, tried every imaginable topical wash & cream, the regimen, hydrocolloid bandages, sulfur mask, light therapy, steaming, & all the natural stuff too (tea tree oil, lemon, yogurt, turmeric, ACV, etc)... Lots of time spent staying up at night on forums & blogs, and way too much $$ spent, and an embarrassingly large bag full of face washes to now take up storage space. 3 things saved my freakin life, in this order: 1) Good hormonal supplements: Not just good for acne I might add! "DIM Plus" & "Vitex," both by Nature's Way. DIM is basically made from broccoli, it helps flush out the bad form of estrogen. Vitex (aka Chaste Berry) helps balance the hormone levels. These two completely shut down my acne the first week. I started taking them August 3rd, just a few days before the first pic shown. You can see how my acne started drying up by the 2nd pic- 6 days after I began the supplements. Bonus: PMS is much better now too and periods are regular and light. I take one of each pill, both morning & night. Also added a 1000mg Milk Thistle supplement once a day, since liver support is an important part of detoxing out the excess hormones. All 3 total, was maybe $40 on Amazon, for well over a month supply. 2) Good Skincare: I'd been taking the supplements for about 2 weeks, I was no longer getting active breakouts (seriously, not even one), but my skin texture was still HORRIFYING. So get this - I used to sell cars and FIVE YEARS ago, on my very first day at the dealership, my very first car sale EVER, was to a sweet, young couple. I hadn't talked to her since then, & didn't even know she had my number or remembered me, lol, but she texts me out of the blue, (now, at the one moment in my life that my skin is a complete disaster) about her R+F skincare business. Me being the jew that I am, have never splurged on expensive/quality skincare. Right at that moment though, I was nearly willing to blow through my life savings to clear up my skin. So I bought an Unblemish regimen (which thankfully didn't cost my whole life savings, it was $165 for 60 days) and started it on 8/17 really noticed a difference around 3 weeks into the regimen. I'll just say I am an R+F believer if there ever was one. My skin texture is better than ever & clearing every day. Since then I've added lashboost & their awesome eye cream & lip serum cause I'm getting to the point where I can sort of feel pretty again. Can't say enough good things. 3) Good Makeup. The bumps took about 6 weeks to flatten out, but unfortunately redness & scars were taking their time to go away. Enter Dermablend. I purchased at Ulta for about the price of any other foundation.. $39 I think. It's used professionally for covering up tattoos, so, sweat & waterproof, serious coverage that goes on really light, doesn't look cakey, and it stays all day. Holy crap. Yes this exists. Thank you to the Ulta lady who showed me the Dermablend aisle does helped me match my skin tone. I wish I knew your name cause you belong on my Christmas Card list forever. So yea... life is back to good. Hormonal acne is a bitch and it was looking sorta iffy there for a bit, but I got it covered now. The last pic is from last night... after 12 hrs sweating outside at work, with 14hr old foundation on plus a few dirt smudges... still a work in progress but I'll take it.
  2. Lysine & Probiotics

    Forums Hormonal acne

    I've just started using a probiotic every morning and a lysine pill twice a day (essential amino acid) for my hormonal acne. I also completely changed my diet and do not consume dairy, refined sugar, or meat. It has been 11 days and I'm breaking out on the left side of my face (lower jaw & cheek area) and the right side of my face (laugh line area). I'm not sure if this is "purging acne," but I have seen no positive change in my acne. I usually break out badly around my cheek, chin, and jaw when my period is on it's way. As of now, it is not. My forehead area is clear which I attribute to the food I'm eating (mainly plant based). Has anyone expreined this with lysine and/or a probiotic supplement?
  3. Ok so. To begin with, I'm a teen<14 yr> who has moderate/mild acne. I don't get as much cystic acne. I have many blackheads, and white heads. My acne is all over my t zone. I've had acne for about 3 and a half years now. I decided to go to a dermatologist for the first time. My dermatologist prescribed me Minocycline 100 mg twice a day with Neutrogena Benzoyl peroxide 2.5% gel. I'm on my fourth day of Minocycline but I'm scared. I've been reading upsetting reviews for the past days. I'm scared my liver or gut will turn out bad, or I'll get really sick. I started drinking yakult probiotics since I'm on a antibiotic. I don't know if I should quit or not. I don't know if it's worth it.
  4. I'm on 10 mg of isotretinoin (I use the brand Roaccutane). I just purchased acidophilus and cranberry supplements today to help keep my pH in check and was wondering if it would be safe to take those 2 pills with accutane?
  5. Good morning y'all this mornings supplements were: 1 triphala (new supplement) 1 ashwagandha 1 neem 1 tulsi holy basil 1 evening primrose oil, 2 spiru blue 1 krill oil 2 probiotics 1 magnesium 1 calcium 1 n-a-c on an empty stomach and 1 coq10 when I eat my lunch in a half an hour I will take my digestive enzyme. I drank my mug of ginger water with ACV and sole without the coconut oil cuz I forgot and I had my Manuka honey and n-a-c ive been laying out in the sun for a few hours so at 12 I gotta go get ready for work at 1. Before I went to work I put on some hemp seed oil on my face. ok I'm almost off work... So today I've been drinking lemon water, dandelion root tea and milk thistle, and spearmint tea. I am thinking about including a Blood gluco support supplement in my regimen. I have insulin resistance so part of my issue with my hormones and thyroid and auto immune disorders are intertwined with my blood sugar. Especially now I've really been incorporating complex carbohydrates into my diet. evening supplements were 1 probiotic 1 ashwagandha 1 tulsi holy basil 1 evening primrose 2 spiru blue 1 krill oil 1 magnesium and 1 calcium. im eating some mushrooms watching ghost adventures. also wtf almost forgot--- I have a face mask on. I put it in on at about 8pm. Some refrigerated Manuka honey cinnamon probiotic mask with some additional Manuka honey and probiotic capsule powder. At 10pm after tonight's AMAZING GHOST ADVENTURES LOCKDOWN IN A PRISON!!!! Ermergerd!!!! I will make my bed (just washed my sheets) and then wash my face with some water, tone it with ACV &then put the Argan/tamanu oil on. I will use fresh aloe tomorrow night. I have an extreme headache from my day today. I need to sleep
  6. Hey y'all morning supplements were: 1 ashwagandha 1 tulsi holy basil 1 chaste berry 1 krill oil 2 spiru blue 1 magnesium 1 calcium 1 coq10 1 glutathione 1 digestive enzyme and 2 probiotics At work today I brought 3 mason jars (I think they hold 32 fl oz each) 2 of lemon water and 1 of spearmint tea. oh and enjoy the photos of Knox, the 4 month old Great Dane!!! Absolutely the sweetest Dane I've ever met. baiah came to visit me! I melted into the conconcrete omg I swear she is exactly like my rotty Chiquita so it makes me feel so nostalgic when I'm around a rotty puppy that has the same Disposition. evening supplements were 1 probiotic 1 magnesium 1 calcium 1 ashwagandha 1 evening primrose 1 krill oil 2 spiru blue. have a great night everyone xo
  7. Good morning y'all. I hope you watched the CMA's last night!! I'm telling ya, it frees my soul. This morning I woke up at 6am, even though I've been falling asleep super late (about 11:30pm) but I need to break the habit and not look at my phone at night. When I got home, I just went right in the pool. I didn't even smoke a bowl or anything, bahah. My babies were so excited to go swimming that I took them in with me. Idk if you have read my other posts, but I do not wash my hair with chemicals. I bleach my hair with chemicals, my roots to be exact; every 6-8 weeks. I'm rooted pretty bad right now and actually have to do my roots this weekend--- but anywho--- I have not ever gotten my hair wet in the pool water. And yesterday I did. It didn't destroy my hair like it has in the past because I used to wash my hair with store bought chemical filled shampoo & conditioner. I also do not shower every day. I shower every 3-4 days. And no, I don't smell. I use apple cider vinegar straight on a cotton ball, one for each arm pit. My coochie (yes let's go there) is self cleaning if you didn't know, and I have actually had less irritation since I stopped showering everyday. The skin's natural Ph and microbiome/microorganisms is a wonderful thing. Like I said in my previous posts, I used to shower everyday with commercial cleansers/products and wash my face twice a day with proactive. WHAT THE HELL WAS I THINKING? Back to my wednesday night...I had some beef bone broth, reheated cauliflower & broccoli and 1 Piccadilly pork banger (I'm ENGLISH!). Delish. Then I cleaned all the dishes that accumulate daily in my house and my infamous pyrex dishes. I will take a photo tonight of the chaos. I made tons of tea last night, 2 large mason jars of spearmint tea. I am drinking those at work today. And one of my usual vosses with lemon juice. Spearmint is supposed to lower your free testosterone levels, I did a face mask last night, and I put it on my face dry. I mixed one probiotic capsule with a good squirt of colloidal silver and mixed it with my finger. Honey is too sticky to sleep in! It gets all in my hair, all over my pillows, it's a mess. So when I woke up there was still a yeti-powder-facial situation and I just took hemp seed oil and massaged it in my face. I lightly dabbed my face with a towel and called it a day. Moving forward to this morning: Woke up at 6am/ scraped tongue. Coconut spiked with peppermint oil pulled lol. 20 minutes. Brushed my teeth. Drank a mug of warm water with a dollop of coconut oil and apple cider vinegar. Then I drank a mug of warm water with a tablespoon of psyllium husk and the rhine of one lemon-- GOOGLE IT! That's my new thing. For breakfast I had 10 raw brazil nuts, a handful of blueberries, a cup or so of reheated cauliflower and a dash of ghee, a cup of my split pea ham soup with two froofs of kale and 1 fried egg [seasoned with turmeric and black pepper and salt] I threw the egg on some romaine lettuce and a scoop of sauerkraut. I will screen shot my myfitnesspal today, I promise. I'll add more later! It's still early. PSH! I forgot to include what supplements I took today: after I ate breakfast, so my tummy is nice and full-- I had 1 probiotic, 1 krill oil, 2 spiru blues, 3 PCOS diva, 1 COQ10, 1 glutathione, 0.50mL of PCOS diva vitamin D, and 1 organic india neem. Tomorrow will be liver/kidney and Saturday will be back to tulsi holy basil. Rotation ya feel me?
  8. I have done Honey/Probiotic Face masks before. But they are too sticky to sleep in and I feel like if I only wear it for an hour or so that I'm "wasting" the products, so to speak. Have you seen how expensive manuka honey/probiotics are? Then you will understand my pain. The products I used last night: Manuka Honey 16+ & Colloidal Silver cream (I have been putting this on my face for about a month now, whenever it feels a little dry) Mercola Probiotic Capsules (I take two of these a day, orally, one in the morning after breakfast and one at night after dinner) Sovereign Silver Colloidal Silver (I was putting this on my face topically for about a week but I find it hard because it is pure liquid and I don't want to use cotton balls; I find it soaks up too much) So I just grabbed a little glass bowl and put 1 probiotic capsule, a mini finger sized dollop of MH&CS cream and a good squirt of colloidal silver. I slathered it on my dry skin and rubbed it in really well before I layed down for bed, about 9pm. I couldn't sleep until about 11pm. Stress from work, you feel me? But yeah I have a satin pillowcase so I just slept like usual and woke up without much on my face. I didn't have to wipe anything off, I just let nature take its course. I will edit this post and put a picture of what my skin looks like this morning. I feel like it's less inflamed for sure. Mind you, my eyes are still swollen. They have been this way for almost 2 years now. It is a signal from my body that something is NOT RIGHT. I have massive fluid retention in the morning-- because of my thyroid/hormone issue. And my eyelid/eyebrow ezcema has been acting up this week. Mind you again, I did not eat treats in about 6 months and this week I have been INDULGING in treats. Blueberry muffins, and lemon bars. Ohhhhh jeez. Guilty pleasure. coming to you live!!
  9. I read somewhere that probiotics kill zonulin, which is a protein that is released when you eat products containing gluten. Does that mean that if you use probiotics you can eat food with gluten in it without causing acne or reduce the amount of acne?
  10. Coming Off Antibiotics

    Forums Prescription acne medications 3 replies

    Hi, At the moment I'm on lymecycline (408mg) per day for 2 months (and then one month break followed by a further course of 3 months). I'm just curious about how to come off the antibiotics? A lot of sources say that stopping the tablet over night will cause it to come back quite severely. As well as this, I've heard that the antibiotic will destroy the probiotics in my digestive system. Is it possible to counteract this by taking probiotic foods such as yogurt drinks (yakult etc)? Would it be a bad idea to consume this while on treatment as it will make the antibiotic less effective? Should I consider consuming probiotic products in the month break, and then after my 3 months of treatment? Thanks
  11. So today I'm having a better day !! hallelujah! !! I decided that the differin -even though it's like ,% may be too strong for me.. I'm very fair skinned & burn easily as is so I decided to cut back on it to every second day I woke up with 4 spots today like the white head on the surface ones and they were small so who cares? ? I think I won't skip it again though .. I'm going to mi it with a moisturiser every second night I also went to clinique I was looking at the anti blemish range but a really nice woman (who ended up telling me about her own acne battles with the pill) advise me that the anti recess range would be best ! She knew about differin so advised I retry a prebiotic anti redness face was kph an spf .. she also gave me a huge sample of a probiotic moisturiser ! So I'm thrilled ... The face wash and spf were like €20 each and the moisturiser was about €50 so It was pricey but after one use of the wash & moisturiser I'm shocked at the difference ! I'll attach a picture .. have a look back at yesterday photo & you will probably see a difference ! so .. so far so good !
  12. Hi all, I've suffered from mild-moderate acne since the onset of puberty, but recently the last couple of years it has calmed down significantly in comparison to what it used to be (I am now 18 years old). I now only usually suffer from noticeable small breakouts on the chin/jawline around my menstrual cycle; other than that, I am generally pretty clear (still suffer from uneven skin tone, old red spot marks and stubborn blackheads). However recently, I have found myself on somewhat of a small health-kick and have joined up to the gym and started taking a women's probiotic supplement (I also suffer from lactose intolerance if that is of any relevance). I exercise 3-5 times a week, mostly focusing on moderate/intense cardio and occasionally some strength/weight training; my gym sessions ususally last between 1 hour to 1.5 hours. I am pretty diligent with my hygeine after a workout and always cleanse my skin never more than 30 minutes afterward (this is how long it takes me to get home) and immediately following my workout I will use a makeup wipe on my face. I drink a fair amount of water 1-1.5L per day, most often infused with lemon, and generally eat pretty healthily. I avoid processed foods 90% of the time (you can't always resist chocolate), eat minimal wheat/gluten based foods and steer clear of dairy products such as full fat milk, ice cream, cream and most cheeses (I eat feta sometimes). The bad news is, while I feel great; my skin has taken a massive dive. I now have 2 massive clusters of zits on either side of my chin and along my jawline-- as well as a few smaller spots on the lower portion of my cheeks and around my mouth. I have been applying tea tree oil and mud masks as a spot treament overnight, which seems to improve the affected areas slightly but there's no dramatic difference. I'd hate to think that I have to stop working out / taking supplements which benefit my overall health because my skin is out of control. Do you think it is possible that my skin is going through a "purging" stage as a result of these changes to my daily routine? If so, how long does it usually last? Has anyone ever experienced a break-out like this solely from taking probiotics? It's frustrating to finally have been starting to be comfortable with my skin after so many years, only to have it back to square 1 essentially in a matter of days, so any help/advice would be greatly appreciated!
  13. I bought a plethora of vitamins to try and eliminate these damn blemishes. We'll see just how well calcium, d3, magnesium, zinc, l-lysine, and krill oil work for me! I'm also going to begin a probiotic as soon as I have enough money to buy one.. stupid vitamins cost A LOT more than I thought. As of right now, my skin TONE has never looked better, but I keep getting more and more pimples on my cheeks. I was practically clear before yesterday. I did work out for the first time in a while, but I took a bath and shower right afterwards. It was actually a milk bath last night (dumped 2% gallon of milk into a tubful of warm water) and it was honestly great!! I had to take a shower after though, because with exfoliating comes dead skin cells. I heard that lactic acid is a great exfoliator for sensitive skin, and I must say it is. But I think washing my honey mask off with the milk water is what broke me out.. I have little whiteheads on my cheeks and chin. Blarghhhh. I just got some Tea Tree Oil but I have nothing to dilute it with (I LOVE grapeseed oil - perfect for sensitive skin). I just have extra virgin olive oil, which in the past has broken me out. Bummer! Hopefully I find what works so I can help as many people as possible with crappy skin like myself! x x Stephanie
  14. To cut a long story short, for the past 6 months I have been suffering very bad acne, I am also farting a lot and they smell revolting. Can any reccomend a grets probiotic for a digestive system? thanks
  15. I've browsed all the hot topics of this forum and not much seems to really work to treat oily skin. So far I've only seen those solutions work : - (low dose) Accutane - High Doses of Vitamin A (Animal Form) [under the supervision of a qualified doctor] - Vitamin B5 Megadoses (10 g a day) - 500 mg Vitamin B5 combined with 500 mg carnitine - Topical green tea - Milk of magnesia (cosmetic effect) - 1450 nm Diode Laser - Hormonal treatments (only for females) - Spironolactone (safe for females only) - Peppermint oil (safe for females only) - (Probiotics?) - (More Fiber in Diet?) Could someone add what I didn't mention, that really, and I insist really work for oily skin?
  16. Accutane 2.0

    Forums Accutane (isotretinoin) logs 6 replies

    Dear world, Fairly typical acne experience. High school was no worries. the very odd pimple, family has history of acne, thought I was getting off easily. As I began college my odd pimples turned into the odd cyst/nodule increasing in severity and frequency until the start of sophomore year. It sucked, I could not understand what the problem was after years with acne not even making my radar, I digress. Shit happened and it freaked me out...So I tried all the nonsense. Finally, I just demanded tane around mid October 2010. UGA health center was more than happy to oblige. I hated accutane. It was crushing for me, I did have the dreaded IB. Coming from my acne background, was a challenging obstacle to swallow. However, throughout my course, I grew emotionally with exceptional strides in maturity culminating in my acceptance that it is what it is. I did not see improvement till month 4 of 6. I alternated 30mg on day A to 60mg on B days. Side Effects: -dry skin/lips -extremely dry interior nostrils (complete with scabs blood the whole bit) -Shitty IB *that was it* Upon completion, my life had been dramatically altered and I loved it. It worked 100%. Any side effects pale in comparison to the end results, cross my heart and hope to die. Present: my acne is incredibly mild. One small nodule a week. Occasional bad week with 3 or so. Manageable. I won't even post pictures because there is really nothing to see. Doc was uber hesitant to prescribe the drug again. I had been on Antibios and Azelex for several months prior to this most recent doc trip late Oct 2012. He tried to sell me the same bullshit topical/anti bio treatment, I had made my mind up by this point and again demanded the drug. It took every persuading fiber in my body to get him to agree to it. The Log: A week in. Exactly the same as last time. Skin gradually embracing the dryness. For all you Fools out there with a shitty derm or a "it won't happen to me attitude" you will: 1. Get extremely sunburnt, incredibly sunburnt. I dont care if you black white pink yellow or brown. Will happen, and does. Avoid the sun 20 minutes is all it takes. I fish alot, thus am on the water alot. Even your fingers will burn. Just avoid it. If you are hitting the outdoors use 30spf. 2. You will get incredibly dry skin. Try your hardest to nip this problem in the bud. Moisturize at every point you get. --Personally, the backs of my hands would periodically break out in some rash type deal. Hydrocortizone cream did the trick but had I been moisturizing properly, derm said I probably could have avoided it. --My lips were also bad, especially the corners. I even developed a yeast infection in the split corners. Imagine a manila folder repeatedly lacerating these creases. Shit sucked, slather that lip balm on like its yo job. 3. You will experience constipation, fact. Even for you girls that poop ice cream or whatever. Take a probiotic with gallons upon gallons of water. Water is your only friend. If you're really having a problem, take a shot of prune juice in the morning. Watch out with a glass of the stuff...it uh, works. 4. Drinking on the tane only increases the severity of your hangover. I went to Georgia as previously stated and I partied with the best of them. Both pre tane during tane and post. Please do not lecture me with any type of holy personal message. I do not care. I had many sit downs with medical professionals regarding the subject, they were all of the opinion as long as my liver test showed no sign of damage and I felt I could handle the after effects, was my personal decision to make. --it certainly isn't any worse for you than oh I don't know, snorting some coke while blackout. Having taken the drug once already, I know full well what to expect. I know it is going to suck, first time around I was blindsided...this being the reason I thought it was so difficult. One thing I have learned in the professional world, no one gives a shit what your skin looks like. Unless you are pursuing a career as a super model, with vanity as the central theme. No body really cares about your superficial bs. Easier said than done, but taking the emotion out of it is a game changer. Will make the whole process much easier. Swear to god. I am one of the most open minded people, I will answer any question you've got in regards to anything. I have certainly been around the block once or twice, you would be hard pressed to find a subject I haven't at least dabbled in. As a final reminder to all those on the fence. Nike that bitch and just do it-any horror story you read regarding tane is similar to the national media. Grizzly gruesome sensational stories sell best and those that experience them perpetuate their story, rightfully so. Point being, these stories are by far the minority. I would guess < 5%, again, here I give zero fucks for whatever obscure study you have the intention to post as rebuttal. Most are cured and never come back to the net lamenting their success. I know I did not. Those that do are, similarly, in the minority. I wish everyone the best traveling this road. It is a challenging, but very manageable one, with shockingly beautiful results!
  17. Male, Age 22, Weekly Log

    Forums Personal logs 6 replies

    Background: Acne has been a burden all of my teen and adult life. I started getting my first acne in the 7th grade. It did not become a huge problem until the 10th grade where I had what I would consider moderate to severe acne (about 5-8x worse than my week 0 state shown below). I saw the family dermatologist who put me on an arsenal of treatments. First proactive, then tazorac, then antibiotics, and finally accutane. Nothing but accutane in the 11th grade did anything to lessen my acne. Accutane itself did a great job of reducing my acne down to 1 or 2 pimples a week which was a godsend for me. However, my sophomore year of college, I started to break out more and more. Now, acne once again plagues my life. I'm in my 4th year of college. I hate having acne. It kills my confidence (I feel I have the potential to be a rather handsome/attractive person). I find myself purposely avoiding social situations when I have break outs (my face is in constant break out mode at this point). I find myself turning my head during conversations so people see the side that is least broken out. White heads are gross, I worry about them popping without my knowledge, and it is hard for me to look in the mirror. I'm sick of dealing with acne, and I've had enough. I'm going to start a treatment with the hopes of curing my acne once and for all. It will start out rather mild compared to some of the regimes I have researched on this board. Problem Areas: My acne largely presents itself around my chin and cheeks. I have never had a pimple on my forehead. This is in the form of white heads and deep, large, red, tight hard spots that hurt if touched too roughly. I do have some occasional acne on my back and neck, but it is very mild. Regime -Oxy Clinical: (This is the 3 pack with the face wash (2% salicylic acid), clearing treatment (5% BP), and hydrating cream (2% Salicylic Acid). I've been using this for about 2 weeks, and the results have not been great. I'm going to stick with it for at least another month) -Paleo Diet: (Basically I'm only going to eat meats and veggies. This means a strict gluten free, no sugar, no pastas/breads diet. I've been on this diet on and off, but I want to give it a full month to see the full benefits). -Exercise: (I already do cardio 3 days a week and lift 3 days a week, but I will stick to this) -No touching my face: (This is a big problem for me. I constantly find myself picking at my acne and scratching itches. I have a feeling this is a huge contributor to my acne.) -No masturbation: (I'm not sure how much this contributes to my acne, but I am mostly doing it for other reasons). -Zinc Supplements: (I'm going to take 60mg. This is something I have not tried that gives me hope given the good reviews) -b5 supplement?: (I'm considering 10g a day, but my understanding is this is to control oil. My face is typically dry as a result of the accutane I took, so I doubt this will help.) -Daily moisturizer: (This is a necessity due to the oxy clinical treatment I've been using. If I don't use it, my face will peal and break out even worse. I use a cetaphile brand that is non-comedogenic twice a day) -shaving: (I use a beard trimmer to give myself a 24/7, 5 o'clock shadow. This seems to not irritate my skin, and I have not seen any correlation between shaving and breaking out). -Sleep: (Something that is very, very lacking in my life. Some nights I get as little as 4 hours of sleep. I'm going to make it a habit to get at least 8 hours of sleep a night. Also, I am going to start positioning my head such that my cheeks do not touch the pillow; IE I look at the ceiling when I sleep). -Probiotic: (I've been taking one capsule a day for the past week. I don't have the bottle with me for more information) -Fish Oil: (I take one tablespoon a day to supplement my strength training.) -Water: (I'm going to up my intake from 1.5 liters a day to 3 liters a day) With that out of the way, I present my week 0 photos which I will use to benchmark my progress (haven't shaved in a good 4 days... sorry about that): Disclaimer: My camera is pretty terrible. I recognize my acne is not as bad as some people (not by a long shot), but it still kills my self-esteem. Also, as I mentioned previously, my acne was anywhere from 5-8x worse back in high school, so believe me, I know it could be worse.
  18. Hi there So if you havent seen me post around here lately (which I have often lately lol) I'm a 28 year old female, with what I presume is hormonal acne. All on my chin/jawline area. The bumps are almost always inflamed and rarely come to a head. They hang around forever. Sometimes they are itchy, sometimes hot, sometimes i can kinda feel my pulse in them (that sounds weird i know) Usually get 1-5 of them at any given time. I dont eat gluten or dairy (except for a few cheats a month) I eat low amounts of processed sugar and alcohol and the only caffeine would be from small amounts in green tea. I eat lots of good gut foods, sauerkraut, kimchi. I take b complex, d, omega 3, c, probiotic and just started saw palmetto a few days ago. I do the regimen with cetaphil cleanser, dans bp and cetaphil moisturizer. So now here's my question. Hopefully with all of the above it will start to help the severity and frequency of the acne, but what do you do when you do get one of these big inflamed bumps to help them go away faster?
  19. So i was clear for 1 week about 3 weeks ago. I had stopped taking accutane after being on it for 6 months 5 weeks ago. I didn't actually finish the treatment. My skin was dry up until recently. I used to have severe acne back in febuary but i cured myself mostly through the gut diet and accutane, Im on the 3rd month of the gut diet now. I started eating fermented dairy again when i started the diet as it was a good source of probiotics. Because of this consumption of probiotics in the form of matured cheeses ect i got rid of my cystic acne, or so i believe. The problem is about a week ago, i started getting small spots again, i also noticed this must be because of my newly oily skin. I think the accutane stopped the oiliness but because i didn't finish the course the oiliness came back quickly, especially becuase of all the cheese i've been having. So i've stopped all dairy consumption now. I would like to know by which time the oiliness would have subsided? I had a LOT of fermented dairy in the past couple of days. p.s. can anyone suggest another source of probiotics other than saurkraut and capsules?
  20. Hey guys! I have had this deep sebaceous cyst in my armpit which I had to get drained. I need to take about 4-6 more weeks of antibiotics (doxy) in order to get rid of it. I know it's important to take probiotics during and after a course of antibiotics. My question is: would it be as effective if I get probiotics from food (raw sauerkraut, kimchi, brine-cured pickles, miso, etc.)? Or would supplements be more effective? I would prefer food sources of probiotics, because it's yummier and cheaper.
  21. have any of you guys waited out the breakouts and it eventually cleared you up? I'm currently breaking out from probiotics and I was wondering if this "initial breakout" thing really is just temporary EDIT: Just to clarify guys, I take both VSL#3 supplements (currently ramping up) and water kefir. After experimenting with each one, I've found that I break out from the VSL 3 and not from water kefir, which is non-dairy. My concern is whether or not people have been through an initial breakout and then experienced success, regardless of the particular probiotic sources.
  22. Doxycycline Log

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    Hello everyone, ive decided to keep a log on my regimen that includes doxycycline First of all, I am a long time severe acne sufferer. Ive had acne since i started high school and im going to be a 3rd year in college next month. Ive tried everything and the only thing that has worked for me was the wai diet along with a 3 step facial system. the facial products i use come from an acne clinic in san diego, ca, USA. i use their facial cleanser 2x a day, benzoclear 10 (benzo 10%) 2x a day, their day 25 cream in the morning and their night cream at night. i also will use their exfoliating cleanser a couple times a week. ive been on these products for over a year. from Jan 2012 to june 2012 i was on the wai diet 90%. by that i mean i was strict on it during the week, and on the weekends i would eat a meal or two of junk food. This kept my face about 85%-95% clear. Then summer came , i moved back home and ate crap so i had to mix things up. I tried coconut oil, it broke he out so badly, huge cysts, then i moved to milk of magnesium anda sulfur soap. Last month my skin was really bad and i figured i was using too many products and eating crappy so i decided to make a change. for the last month and a half i have been taking a probiotic every day, colostrum 2x day and eating very healthy, like salmon/turkey burgers every other day, lots of fruits and vegetables, homeade sauerkraut. today i actaully bought psyllium fiber from walgreens, i will be adding that to my diet because i heard it helps alot. I plan on using this whenever i eat crappy foods or anything remotely unhealthy. I heard it absorbs nutrients so i wouldnt be taking it when i eat my salads and fruits... i also take a vegan protein powder that has 5g of L-glutamine in it. Im hoping that the colostrum and L-glutamine heal my gut. im not sure if i have leaky gut syndrome because i didnt have the time to see if this diet alone would help my acne. Now to doxycycline. I started taking 75mg 2x day since august 21. I read about how it could make you naseauted so i started eating it with a small meal. That meal was a banana mashed with EVOO and 3 egg yolks, (without the sac). a few days ago, about 1 week into this on the 27, i started to take doxy on a empty stomach. i read somewhere how food could inhibit it so i didnt eat 2 hours before or after. i just drank with a large glass of water and i didnt feel naseauted. well during the past week and a half my skin definitely had an initial breakout. i had pimples and bumps on my forehead, placed i would never get them. also i broke out with tons of whiteheads around my jawline and chin area, as in 10-15 a day!. some would pop when i washed my face and i would pop some myself, but they would come back by morning. In addition to the regimen i said earlier i also have been using concha nacar de perlop #3 on my face for an hour every night for a week now. im hoping that by the time the doxy kicks in, my scars will start to fade because of this cream. ive read tons of great reviews about this cream to fade scars. i do put lemon juice on my face before the cream, let it dry and then apply the cream. Next week i also plan on starting the KAVI salicyclic acid peel, 15%. That also has great reviews on this website and im hoping it helps with my scars, along with any redness/cycsts... i want to use it once per week. i will keep you all updated on my progess and will upload pictures tomorrow so you can see how bad my face is.
  23. Thanks to general research and advice from moonbase and alternativista I've compiled a shopping list! Can you make notes next to each food stating whether it's safe and what I can have only in moderation, and also add other types to each group please? And does anyone have recommendations for organic recipe books involving safe acne foods? I'm just getting into basic cooking and am not sure about anything other than using the microwave, oven or boiling vegetables. Vitamins and Supplements Men's multivitamin (low in biotin, iodine and other B vitamins) Vitamin D3 Zinc (gluconate, picolinate, optizinc) Omega 3-6-9 complex Magnesium (not oxide) Apple cider vinegar Niacin flush Selenium Milk thistle Chlorella Spirulina Primrose oil Turmermic Substitutes Almond milk Coconut milk Rice milk Coconut oil Probiotics Supplement Dairy-free yoghurt Cocounut or water Kefir Kombucha Sauerkraut Sauerruben Miso Teas Green tea White tea Rooibos Dr Stuarts Liver Detox Tea Bags Organic dandelion tea Nuts and seeds (soak or sprout first) Pumpkin seeds Sesame seeds Sunflower seeds Brazil nuts Almonds Meat, fish and poultry Grass-fed or organic meat (ex. red) Wild fish Eggs Vegetables (none with high GI) Sweet potatoes Green beans Broccoli Cauliflower Cabbage Carrots Peas Lettuce Cucumber Sprouts Mushrooms Sweetcorn Celery Spinach Fruit (no citrus or bananas) Apples Grapes Berries Pears Pineapple Plums Melon Watermelon Peach