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  1. DO NOT TAKE B5. B5 CAUSES MASSIVE HAIRLOSS. Regime: 1. Nizoral Shampoo every other day, leave in hair 10 minutes. 2. Propecia .05 everyday. Obtain Propecia from doctor and dissolve 1 pill in 20mL of 75% proof alcohol (ex: bacardi 151). Take 1ml via dropper everyday. You will see results in 3-4 months. *Girls can NOT take propecia. example of someone helped "I'm also 24 and about 5 years ago I started taking massive doses of B5 for my skin...But within three months, I'd seen not only a massive drop in the speed and thickness of hair growth...but I was shedding upwards of 50 hairs per day. My dermatologist suggested I get on Propecia, and I did. I discontinued the RetinA and B5 supplements shortly thereafter, as I was worried more about my hair then my face. My hair continued to shed for the next 3-4 months, until I had hit NW2, with hair that was thinner and a darker blonde. At that point, the shedding stopped and hasn't occurred since, but I have not experienced much (if any) regrowth." ~KenF
  2. I am a 40-year-old male and I've decided to register here and share my experience because I think I might have finally found a solution to the bad skin I've had since my teenage years. Just a warning that this is a long story (27 years' worth) but if I can help even one person then it'll be worth it. I never thought I'd reach this age and still have hang-ups about my skin. You get told "it's okay, it'll clear up naturally as you age". Well mine didn't. My problem started back in the late 1980s. Suddenly I developed acne-like bumps on my shoulder blade area. Over the course of a few years these bumps spread and would cover my back, down onto my buttocks and thighs, and sometimes extending to my chest, tummy and neck. I have been fortunate throughout my life to have avoided facial acne and have always had fairly clear skin on my face, except for the odd zit or little patches of dermatitis which would come and go. The bacne, though, was awful. I was ashamed to get changed before and after sports lessons, and my worst nightmare was being made to play on the "skins" team in basketball, when this horrible rash would be exposed for all to see. The rash was always there to some extent, although it could be more or less inflamed at different times. Bear in mind that back then the internet didn't exist, so there was nowhere to get information other than from the doctor. I eventually plucked up the courage to go and see my GP, knowing that it would involve showing another person my awful rash. The knowledge about various skin conditions was lacking in those days, and the treatment options were more limited. I was diagnosed with acne and put on a course of oxytetracycline. It didn't work at all. Once I started having a sex life, things got awkward. Going to bed with someone meant exposing my body and rashes are a turn-off, right? I tried not to get into situations where my partner would see my back (e.g. I'd let them get out of bed first for shower or tea-making, and by the time they got back I'd be half-dressed - I got good at that stuff!) I even started using foundation mousse on the affected areas ("this is for my wife - I hope I got her the right brand!") If I was going through a phase where the spots were fading then this would work quite well, but if I had a new, angry red breakout, the concealer didn't work and I'd have to make excuses not to go on dates (I've had "flu" more often than any other human being!) I think I tried another course of tetracycline at some point but to no avail. Recently I learnt that they don't even prescribe that these days and tried better antibiotics that were effective to some extent, at least until I broke out again :-( Over two decades passed like this. I tried exfoliation which would bring me out in an angry red rash but then help to clear me up for a while until the next uncontrollable breakout. When I was 23 I got put on a course of doxycycline for malaria prevention for going overseas, and this coupled with lots of sunshine on the beach cleared me completely for the first time since my early teens. I was tanned, lean and hot as! I experienced for the first time what it must be like for people with clear skin who can go to the beach and not have to feel ashamed. For a few weeks when I got back home I stayed clear, but then gradually the spots came back. I was mortified and really depressed. My depression got worse until it actually became full-on anxiety and panic attacks in my late 30s. I got put on anti-depressants. I know my depression was related to my skin for the most part - not just stress at work etc. Then I did some reading about malassezia folliculitis and tried Nizoral shampoo. This cleared my skin quite quickly and I got excited, thinking I'd found the answer. But like many people have found, it stopped being effective after a few weeks. I then tried Benzoyl Peroxide wash. Exactly the same thing happened. I booked an appointment with a dermatologist, who diagnosed me with malassezia folliculitis and told me to use Nizoral shampoo. I told her I was already using it and she explained that I wasn't leaving it on for long enough: at least 20 minutes, she said, not 5. I asked her why BP had worked for a while if the problem was not bacterial and she said it was because of its exfoliating and deep-pore oxidising qualities which would help stop plugs from forming. I tried leaving the washes on for longer and that may have worked for a while but then I went on holiday overseas in 48-49C heat and sweated a lot. My rash came back angrier than ever and Nizoral and BP were now totally ineffective. This problem is coming from the inside, I thought. Is it stress? Probably to an extent, but I was now keeping a diary and I seemed to get breakouts even at times when I was on holiday and relatively reponsibility-free. Is it diet? No, I told myself, because I was always reading that skin conditions aren't related to diet. Anyway, there were people who lived on fast food and fizzy drinks and they had clear skin, so it couldn't be that, right? Wrong. I hadn't taken into account that we're all different. Our genes predispose us to problems and some of us need to work harder to maintain decent skin. My breakthrough came after recovering from a really bad bout of flu (actual flu this time). The virus totally ravaged me and left me weak and feeling totally depleted. I craved vegetables and fruit, and started wanting oranges (I don't usually). I did some research on the net and it was when I came across this article https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4371663/ that I had my "aha" moment. I had been looking into nutrition and what exactly all the vitamins and minerals do in terms of function, and this was telling me that certain deficiencies could cause skin issues. I looked through the list and recognised problems I've had to deal with on and off over the years: the folliculitis, keratosis pilaris (tiny bumps at the top of my arms), cheilitis (dry lips and cracking at the corners of the mouth), eczema, mouth ulcers, bleeding gums, seborroeic dermatitis... they were all there. Maybe I have malabsorption issues, I told myself. Or maybe I'm just not putting enough of the good stuff into my body. I immediately changed my eating habits. The only meal I changed was lunch. Lunch is now a salami, ham, sardine or cheese sandwich stuffed with as many vegetables I can lay my hands on. I have a big tray full of veg which I bring out of the fridge and treat like a sort of "Subway with all the salad". Onto my meat/fish sandwich go olives, cucumber, spinach, herbs like basil and parsley, red onion, grated carrot, sliced radish, red pepper, sometimes avocado, spring onions, tomatoes, gherkins or raw mushrooms - basically anything I can lay my hands on. If there's part of a carrot left or a stick of celery, I'll have that on the plate separate from the sandwich. I have a piece of fruit with every meal - usually a banana, orange and apple in that order. I've also started taking multi-vitamin tablets once a day. I bought an anti-inflammatory turmeric and ginger liquid and take a swig of that with my vitamin pill. Since I started this new diet, I haven't had a single new spot. My skin has smoothed out and feels invincible. Even when it gets sweaty, greasy or dry depending on my activities or changes in the weather, my skin just deals with it. I don't know exactly what mechanism underlies this or what out of the fruit/veg/pills/liquid is most responsible for the effect, but whatever I'm putting in my body must be doing stuff involving enzymes, receptors, inhibitors, immune system and absorption boosters... whatever, I don't know. Anyway, it's working, and that's the important thing. There's no way I'm changing my new routine! I used to think I had an ok diet, but it seems my body needs a bit of TLC when it comes to nutrition. The 5 serves of veg a day just won't cut it, perhaps because my gut is dysfunctional. If I bombard my body with more fruit and veg than you would think it needs so that it can absorb its daily requirements, I am rewarded with clear skin. I'm so happy right now after 27 years of anguish! Even though I've only been clear a short while, I know deep down that I won't relapse like I did after a few weeks of topical remedies, which were only addressing the surface symptoms and not the underlying cause. And the sandwiches are delicious :-)
  3. Hi everyone, I've been suffering from moderate to severe acne for years and seemed to be able to keep it moderate by cutting out all sugary drinks and replacing them with green tea and water. I'm also taking a few supplements that have helped, including fish oil and a multi-vitamin. Anyway I seemed to never be able to get over the next hump as anything else I tried to take things a step further never worked. I then found out that the yellow/whitish tongue that I have may be a symptom of a yeast infection that may be an underlying cause of my acne. I mentioned this to my doctor who initially said it was a fungal infection and told me to use these drops on my tongue and then swallow the accumulated liquid. When this didn't work I took a course of Ranitidine which had no effect either. Most recently I was prescribed Nexium (40mg) and am beginning my 3rd week of tablets. The worrying thing is that the doctor says if the Nexium works, I will have to be on it for a lengthy period. My concern is that I have been reading up on the side effects, and ironically one is acne. Apparently there are multiple reasons why one might take Nexium and those suffering from acne usually state that they never had a problem with it before. If my yellow tongue is a symptom of something that may be causing my acne, I'm wondering if taking the tablets might do more good than harm. Cheers.
  4. Hi everyone just wanted some advice on good vitamin supplements that help with skin. I'm currently on antibiotics for my acne, have seen some slight improvement but not much to be honest. I've started taking probiotics because I read some horror stories about the damage antibiotics can do. I want to take some other vitamins to help boost my skin and health. I can't take anything with Zinc, Iron and magnesium I believe because of the antibiotics I'm on. I should also note I'm vegetarian so can't take any fish oils
  5. So I've had acne/back acne since I was around 13. I'm 26 now and still have it though it isn't nearly as severe. I used to eat very poorly and that definitely didn't help anything. My diet is a lot better than it used to be but I still eat junk food/fast food/sweets/ect. occasionally. Once I started drinking more water, drinking green tea, ending showers with cold water and taking vitamins and supplements, it has improved tremendously. I get new breakouts on my face here and there and I still have some on my back/chest as well. Some weeks it clears up almost fully and others it doesn't look great. I do a lot of research into vitamins and supplements that could contribute to clear skin and I've come up with a concoction that seems like it has helped a lot. I would like to hear from anyone if they have had success with any of these vitamins/supplements or any suggestions on if I should cut some out or add new ones or even alter the amount taken. I will list the vitamin and supplements below. I take each vitamin/supplement once a day Vitamin A - 8000 IU C - 500 mg D3 - 1000 IU E - 400 IU Apple Cider Vinegar - 450 mg Magnesium - 250 mg Zinc - 50 mg Magnesium is one of the newer supplements that I've added to the mix. I've read and heard that it is beneficial for sleep (I've had sleeping issues since 13), anxiety and of course, acne. Apple Cider Vinegar capsules are the newest supplement that I've added. I've heard so many testimonials about how apple cider vinegar helps with acne whether it's topically or internal. I didn't really plan on incorporating this because I didn't know they made capsules of it. I just saw it at the store one day and figured that it would be a good addition. If anyone has any suggestions or questions about the variety of vitamins or supplements that I take, please let me know. I want to make this assortment the most effective as it can be. I also don't want to be over doing anything that can contribute to breakouts. I hope to hear from some people. Thank you.
  6. I felt that I needed to share my story as a year ago it was me searching acne.org looking for a possible cure, feeling my lowest self esteem I have ever felt, feeling like everyone can see my acne even though I wear make up and feeling like my boyfriend cannot fancy me looking like this. I was willing to give anything ago now as my usual benzoyl peroxide was not working anymore, I went to my doctor who prescribed me epiduo (0.1% adapalene/benzoyl peroxide 2.5%) and started me on the contraceptive pill Diane, I chose Brenda the generic as it was a third of the price. I was sceptical about whether this would work for me as I had previously tried Yasmin in the past. I made a promise to myself that I would stick with the regime for 6 months at least no matter how much I wanted I quit and believe me I did! So in the first few weeks to a month of putting a pea sized amount of epiduo on a clean face every night my skin became very tender, dry, red and chapped I had been using cetaphil derma control moisturiser which made a stinging sensation and did not keep my skin moisturised, I later switched to neutrogina water gel and this stuff is amazing. During the first few weeks I went through the dreaded purging stage, I felt like giving up but I am so glad I stuck with it, in 6 months it was a vast improvement and a year later I have clear skin with the odd pimple now and again. To get my skin super clear and soft I do a turmeric honey and yoghurt home made face mask twice a week, apple cider vinegar mixed with water as a cleanser and neautrogena naturals skin cleanser to wash my face morning and night. I hope this helps someone! I know what it feels like for acne to make you feel worthless but there is something out there that work for you! If you have any questions about my regime please ask below
  7. Hi all, I am a 21 year old female and have been struggling with breakouts ever since I was about 16. My skin is Combination-Oily. Though my skin has calmed down a bit since then, I cannot seem to put a stop to my pesky breakouts completely. I would not consider my skin as horrible. However, it does happen to get small, sometimes cystic pimples several times a month. I know my diet is probably the culprit here. I'm vegetarian, but rarely consume any fruits or veggies. My diet is mostly just carbs. I am looking to make changes to my diet, however. Which fuits/foods do you recommend for clearing up skin? Also, should I be taking any vitamins or supplements? Thanks!
  8. Hey quick intro, i promised myself and some other people that when i found the real cure of acne i was gonna release it to help as many people as i can. I was fed up and done with all the products i have tried, even lemons, coconut oil, olive oil, aztec clay mask and all those natural things seemed to help but i would still break out, also i had the most clean diet you can imagine, only veggies and avocados but i would still break out! Why? I now have the answer - my skin was out of balance so no matter how hard i tried internally i would never clear my acne fully. I am now on day 25 of this regimen and i can tell you this i have not got 1 breakout since the day i started this regimen! My results: My skin is clear, the hyperpigmentation has got away 80% and keeps improving. I feel much better and i have alot of energy! My skintone has now been restored and it looks perfectly normal like when i was 12 I can pretty much eat all of the things i thought was giving me acne before (still eat very clean for max improvment) Other results: Dead skin on my face (goes away by time and is an overrated problem) Blotch easy if i eat spicy foods or if the temperatur is too hot! Kind of dry tight feeling in the beginning but gets better for every day. How to do the extreme caveman regimen: Stop washing your face: I am 100% sure all people in the world are born with a skin that is supposed to treat itself. After this regimen i dont even doubt it. When you keep washing your face 2-3 times a day using all kinds of shit chemicals or other things that cause irritation your skins "acid mantle" dont work and all the natural oils that are supposed to fight the bad bacteria keeps getting washed away. Simply your skin needs a break! Stop washing your hair - have you ever heard of those famous actors who dont wash their hair? After 25 days of not washing my hair i understand why. Notice that i was using an organic shampoo which SHOULD be one of the best naturals out there, but i had dandruff and i noticed that everytime i used it i would break out on my forehead. After 2 weeks the dandruff went away and i noticed today that my hair kind of healed itself and cleanse itself, in the beginning it was kind of oily looking but now it looks perfectly normal and i actully like it alot. Eat like a caveman: I always had a pretty clean diet that was very similar to paleo diet. All you have to do is eat like a caveman, google paleo diet and start eating like that from tommorrow. Some things i recommend you dont eat are: fruits, dried fruits and hazelnuts, peanuts. Don't masturbate: Yes stop masturbating, it definately is not a root cause of acne but it contributes if you still get acne! Let your body have a break and if you can't do this, try at least 1 mounth! For how long time? and what should you do after? Since i am on day 25 and not havent finished it yet its a hard question to ask, but what i do know is that i cleared my acne forever and thats why we are all here right? I cleared it in 25 days. I want to try this regimen for to more mounths before starting washing my face again. WHY!!?! because i got inspired by TheLoveVitamin and she had the best results on mounth 3 so why not continue? http://www.thelovevitamin.com/3819/caveman-regimen-3-month-update/ After you have done this, try wash your face with cold water every 3rd day. That is my plan and when i come to the part where i'm going to wash my face again i will update this thread. Thanks for reading i hope this will inspire you and cure your acne like it cured mine! And when you notice you can eat bad foods again, remember that a clean diet makes your skin heal faster
  9. What is the suggested dosage for over the counter L-lysine to help keep acne under control ? What is the suggested dosage for Vitamin E taken orally to help control acne ? Any suggestions would be appreciated! Thanks !
  10. Hello everyone, Today marks my third week on Accutane and I'm not sure if I will be continuing the treatment. Just yesterday I started dealing with very intense depression and anxiety. For example, I couldn't stop thinking "What if someone very close to me died.." my grandmother specifically, and it was absolutely tearing me apart. These thoughts keep me up at night. So, I skipped last nights dose (40mg) and I'm calling my dermatologist today. Has anyone else experienced these thoughts? How did you deal with them? I've also done a lot of research on the vitamin 5-HTP which puts serotonin back into your brain. Has anyone tried this?
  11. I've spend countless hours on the internet reading about acne and have tried countless more products, none of which have completely helped. i've been on accutane which cleared my skin but of course it came back and it never really helped the blackhead situation, only white heads. birth control also helped but i recently went off of it (5 months go) and really don't want to take it again, but am wondering if my hormones are still balancing even after 5 months? im also vegan, i take vitamin a, zinc, maca, probiotics. i wash twice a day with a natural oil-free cleanser, tone, moisturize, do face masks, everything you're supposed to do, but nothing helps and i'm desperate and so tired of my skin looking like this. if you have any advice or anything you think might help PLEASE tell me! literally every pore on my face is clogged.
  12. So here is my story. I've been battling acne since the age of 18. Initially my acne was not too bad, i had few breakouts on my forehead, but still it made me feel very uncormfortable.I went to see a dermatologist and he prescribed tetraysal antibiotic for almost 2 years, which has helped me a lot. No blemishes at all while taking it. I stopped taking it and my acne was under control until i got married at 22. since then my acne has changed. i started having small cycts on my chin. I' ve used a number of harsh anti acne lotions; clean and clear, murad, ZO skin name it. it helped me only for a bit. no success with cycts. i gave birth in 2015 and after that my acne went crazy. i started having cysts on my cheeks!!!!! my cheeks used to be so beautiful and now they are covered by pimples and scars from them. So i've tried everything; dairy free diet, candida diet, gluten free diet, sugar free diet. nothing helped. i've tried doing accupunture, regular sports, drinking lots of water- nothing. i even went to see a naturopath and paid lots of money to get supplements and vitamins against acne. It does help but only a little bit, my acne is not under control. it gets worse when i ovulate and when i menstruate. I am so against taking accutane, but sometimes i think it is the only option that i have... i feel desperate and ugly. my skin looks horrible. i lost confidence and i feel so sad all the time. i try to approach my problem by using natural and chemical free products, eating organic food... but it does not help. i am so depressed i don't know what to do
  13. I started taking a high quality omega 3 supplement (all epa/dha and high levels of it). A couple days later I added a hair, nails and skin supplement (contains A, E, B, D, zinc). Within a week my existing acne really healed up and I didn't get any new acne. I wish I'd known about this decades ago (I'm in my early 30s and have been dealing with this my whole life). Regarding which supplement did the trick, I had used omega 3 for about a year without knowing about the acne benefits. During that time, my acne cleared up, though I didn't realize the omega 3 had anything to do with it. I just figured my acne had finally cleared up because of my age. After I stopped taking omega 3 for a few months my acne came back with a vengeance. For the past few months I've been dealing with continuous breakouts and didn't realize omega 3 had anything to do with it until I realized that acne is inflammation. So I started taking it again, and then a couple days in learned about A, E, B, D, Zinc, so added a hair, nails and skin supplement and then it started clearing up really quickly. I just want to say that vitamins clearly play a big role at least for some acne sufferers. Also, regarding omega 3 supplements, make sure you're getting at least around 1000mg of dha/epa and make sure the supplement doesn't include any omega 6 since most Americans get too much of that. Also, disclaimer so no one sues me, be sure to consult with your your doctor before taking supplements.
  14. Well, I think I've found it... I think it's finally over! it's been about 2 months, and *no new breakouts*. Absolutely none. I'm... shocked! After all this time, I think I finally found the acne cause and solution, for me. Two months ago, I started taking vitamin D supplements, about 1000IU per day. Nothing else changed: work has been no more or less stressful, my diet hasn't changed, nothing significant in personal life. I just noticed that my skin is always better after getting a little bit of sunshine, so decided to try taking vitamin D... and, voila! My skin has *never* looked better... It actually looks kind of pretty! It's hard to believe it could be so simple, yet it kind of makes sense: I never had acne until moving from Arizona to Seattle, and, it always got worse in the winter. The only other time I had acne in my life was while still living in Arizona, I tried a brief stint of eating a very, very low-fat diet (yes, I was young and foolish), and wearing sunscreen religiously; perhaps since vitamin D is fat-soluble, and I was avoiding the sun, I was just unable to synthesize or absorb it. And, sure enough, once I abandoned the low-fat foolishness, the acne disappeared as well. Until I moved to Seattle, that is, when it returned with a vengeance. The only heavy-duty medications I tried were retin-A for a year, and orthotricyclen for four months. Both were ineffective, unfortunately: the retin-A had absolutely no effect (after a frickin year!!) and on orthotricyclen I still had reliably regular monthly breakouts, plus some in between. I tried eliminating various foods from the diet: chocolate, dairy, peanuts, and citrus, all to no effect. Also, I absolutely don't eat processed foods, and very little sugar; mostly whole foods, lots of veggies, low sugar, lots of fish oils, only grass-fed organic meat when I do eat meat, blah, blah, blah, etc etc, all the usual recommendations. I got extremely sick of claims that acne is punishment for dietary transgressions -- I *don't* eat crap, at all, yet still had acne. Anyway! All this is to say that after 3 years of trial and error, I've been pretty much stumped! Until now... taking vitamin D. It's very weird. It's possible that this one simple thing, vitamin D deficiency, has been the problem the entire time. Wow. It's been about 2 months, so I'm hoping this keeps up. If anything changes, I'll let you guys know, but... so far, so good! If anyone is still trying the litany of various dietary/medical/vitamin tricks, well, don't forget to give this one a try. Not the cause for everybody, I'm sure, but if there are any others out there like me, maybe this will help!
  15. Dessert Recipes and Ideas

    Since our new moderators unpinned it. We didn't seem to have one of these threads so I'm starting one for the resource. Here's a fancy looking one from Martha Stewart. Very pretty and elegant if you arrange the slices back into pear shape. Granola-Almond Pear Crunch Ingredients Serves 1 * 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice * 1 ripe Bartlett pear (red or regular), cored and sliced lengthwise into 8 wedges * 2 tablespoons almond butter (or melted dark chocolate) * 1/4 cup granola (or better yet, make your own mixture of nuts or oatmeal and spices.) Directions 1. Spread one side of each wide bottom of pear wedge with almond butter. Place granola in a bowl and nestle pears, almond-butter-side down, in the granola. I notice they neglected to tell you what to do with the lemon juice, but it's usually sprinkled on fruit to prevent the fruit from turning brown due to the anti-oxidant activity of the vitamin C. Picture
  16. Hi all, I know people are posting with amazing cures all the time so I don't want to say that this is going to 'cure' everyone's acne and it is 'the' treatment for everyone. However, I do want to share my results b/c they've been a shock to me. Just for a short background, I've had acne for 10 years tried everything. The only thing that ever worked was Diane 35. However, I react badly to bc pills so I had to quit and my acne came back worse than ever afterwards. I was almost at the point of doing another treatment of accutane when I read somewhere that evening primrose oil can regulate hormones and help with acne. I thought, well since I know that my accutane is related to hormones, I should try this....knowing that I've tried a million supplements before that were supposed to "cure" acne. So three weeks ago I started taking 500mg of evening primrose oil with 15 IU's of vitamin E every day. (I also take a multivitamin and Vitamin A everyday). I figured it's probably not going to work so I start scheduling my appointments to get myself accutane. Three weeks later and I can't believe it. My skin is clearing. Right now I only have 2 active pimples. The rest of my face is clearing (no active acne, just scars slowly fading). I can't believe this. I've tried everything and this thing I decided to just throw in for kicks is actually working. I don't know that this is going to work for everyone since I know my acne is hormone related, but if your acne is related to hormones i would suggest adding this to your supplements. It's great b/c you don't have to change your regiment at all. Good luck to anyone else who tries evening primrose oil.
  17. I hope I can be of help to all the acne sufferers reading this post right now. I have been an acne sufferer for the past 14 years. I could remember those darn pimples swelling on my face especially when my period comes along. Years have gone by, and I have noticed that my face had gotten worse. From mild to moderate pimples, I started to have moderate to severe acne I believe. I was even scared to look in the mirror just to see those ugly, big red bumps all over my face. After one bump or another disappears, 3 to 8 big, ugly bumps appear. I had big, ugly scars that I wanted to hide from the world. I have gotten tired of hiding from people especially my friends. Fortunately, they have been very understanding of my condition. I have not tried everything, yet I have tried sorts of soaps, exfoliants, creams, washing my face regularly, changing my diet, and hoping on green tea, sweet potatoes, and vitamins. I have tried Benzoyl Peroxide when I was in college. It helped to fade a lot of my acne yet leaving behind ugly scars. Ever since I got tired of using it, I noticed that my acne became worse to the point that I was not leaving home for almost a year because acne almost covered my entire face. I know the feeling of having that low self-esteem that my mother had even saw me crying to death because of this dreaded disease. After that year, I started to work in one of the most progressive cities in the Philippines when my acne started to clear a little while. My cousin there suggested that I use Golden Horse cream. It made my face became almost clear after an episode of horrible acne when first using the product. However, my face didn't clear up that much. However, acne still returns with a deep vengeance. When I got back to school again to pursue another course, stress swelled up and my acne worsen. I used creams to battle the acne off but to no avail. I just don't understand why my acne won't just stop. I know I just can't control my diet that I was even having a junk food for breakfast. When I realized that I was really having this gruesome difficulty, I started controlling my diet as I have learned from the Internet. I tried to eat sweet potatoes and green tea while avoiding sugars and processed foods (such as colas, junk food, bread, rice, pasta, etc.) for almost 2 months. I even almost overdosed myself with expensive vitamins. I lost weight and my acne was controlled, yet my acne still return over a short period of time after I started to break my diet. The worse thing was in every small pimple growing on my face, expect that it will grow to a horrible, big bump and would disappear in a matter of weeks or more than a month (or even months!) and more big bumps will grow before the old ones disappear. I was very desperate in searching for a solution. I searched websites to help me with this terrible problem that almost ruined my life. Finally, I have stumbled through an article in the Internet claiming that ginger tea works wonders. It made the author cure his severe acne and he was drinking 3 cups per day. Why not give it a try? So I continued to control my diet and started doses of ginger tea of 2 cups per day. Fortunately, I did see wonders. What I have done was this. I started to use lukewarm or even hot water to wash my face twice a day (can be very antibacterial as my sources have suggested) for I was only washing my face with cold water. From what I have learned in the Internet, a mild soap (I have been using guava soap. It had glycerin, olive oil, and guava extract in it. Very mild.) can be very helpful in reducing the inflammation caused by acne. I drank 2 cups of ginger tea per day, commonly for breakfast and before going to bed. As for the acne and small bumps that were still remaining, I have used zinc oxide plus calamine ointment after washing my face. I'm not rich, you know. I have to find means that are not costly. For a month, I noticed that my acne had been disappearing. I noticed almost unnoticeable very small pimples (slightly red) not growing to very big bumps that can be too pronounced on my face. I put some ointment on them everyday and they disappear quickly. The miracle here was my acne doesn't respond to any ointment I put on my face. The bumps took a matter of weeks or even a month before disappearing. And now, if I apply this ointment on my face after every wash on even a big, red bump, it disappears in 2 days or utmost, 5 days. At least I have found some miracle in here! Maybe I can attribute this to ginger tea as researches claim that this tea is anti-inflammatory. I have been taking doses of green tea and eating sweet potatoes for 2 months while having my diet controlled. I have lost only my weight but the acne still continued after breaking my diet. I started ginger tea with my diet controlled and it had worked some wonders. When I started to get back eating processed foods and all those nasty stuff that can contribute to acne but still drinking ginger tea, it really is a miracle that my face is still 96% clear up to now. MY FACE HAD NEVER BEEN THIS CLEAR. Now, I am drinking ginger tea once a day only at breakfast. My only problem now is that there are still acne scars left on my face. Maybe I can find a natural way to remove these in the future. Maybe those who have read this post should try. There's nothing to lose in trying. I hope I can be of help to all those battling with terrible acne.
  18. i am a 41 yr old male and over the last few years have gotten a number sebaceous hyperplasia on the face. I have tried the following with results: -topical retin-a micro (tretinoin gel) 40% decrease in size of papule -topical tazorac 50% decrease " -topical epionce lite lytic lotion 50% decrease " -topical cp serum 10% decrease " -topical cellex-c 5% decreases " -benzoyl peroxide 20% decrease " -light electrocaughtery-not recommeded since approximately 1 out of 4 result in a noticable hole in skin due to unpredictable results. -levulan-decreases papules 75%-100% but result is temporary.lasts couple months.not worth the money and time you spend red and peeling to get final result. -fraxel-reduces papules by 60% but result is temporary not worth money spent -oral isotretinoin aka Accutane at 10mg per day 99%-100% decrease in papule within 14 days**this is the best solution i have found** switch to 10mg once every 2- 3 days. the only frustration is getting a dermatolgists to prescribe isotretinoin. none will suggest isotretinoin unless you ask and beg for it. this is due to the big scare with accutane and risk of suicide. the new mandate in the u.s. by the fda and ipledge does not allow a dermatologist to write a isotretinoin prescription for sebaceous hyperplasia. it is not a covered prescription on health insurance for sebaceous hyperplasia either. my dermatologist told me isotretinoin works great and nothing works better, and that no topical lotion will resolve sebaceous hyperplasia. but he was bound by the rules of ipledge. i had to persuade my derm docter to agree to give me a prescription, then go over the internet and order it myself from a canadian pharmacy. thus paying for it out of my own pocket. isotretinoin miraculously relieved me of sebaceous hyperplasia completely within 14 days. you are supposed to limit your alcohol intake to little or nothing per day due to the taxing affect alcohol has on your liver and the potential toxic vitamin a affect in isotretinoin. i have not been able to find any studies that indicate any negative affects of low dosage 10mg per day of isotretinoin. although with equal success, i changed to 10mg once every 3 days, after the first 2 weeks of daily dosage. i know with higher dosages for severe acne such as 80mg to 150 mg per day can pose some additional risks. in any case no matter what dose, it is suggested to get liver function tests periodically to check if your triglycerides are at the proper level.
  19. Hello all. I've been lurking around here for some time, occasionally posting where I could be of help. My acne has always been moderate, but bad enough that it affected my mood and I wanted it gone. Nothing I tried worked really well (I want to be 95% + clear) until pretty recently. Here's what I changed: 1) Started on a liver, kidney and blood cleansing tea 2)Started taking non-dairy probiotic These 2 things have had phenomenal results. But first, the details: 1) For the tea, I researched an extensive list of herbs. I buy: red clover flowers, burdock root, yellow dock root, dang quai root, milk thistle seed, cleavers, schisandra berries, echinacea, and dandelion root. I won't go into specifics but everything's in there for a reason. I grind the milk thistle and put a little bit of everything into a pot and simmer for 30 minutes. Things that are more expensive I use less of. I drink this and then simmer and drink again, 2-4 times. 2) My Probiotic It has 4 billion cells per capsule, with 6 strains of bacteria. Rather than taking 4 at once, I take 1 between meals, 3-4 times a day. That's it. Costs me 1-2 dollars a day, if that. I highly recommend anyone explore these options before giving up. I almost did. My diet, cleansing and supplement regimen remain unchanged for 4 months of so so I don't think they've played a part, but here they are anyway: 1) Diet is pretty starving-student simple. I live on eggs, quinoa, soba, miso and veggies. 2) Supplements include fish and hemp seed oils, vitamin C ascorbate, grape seed extract, vitamin E, alpha lipoic acid and hyaluronic acid. I take these not for my skin but for general health. 3) My cleanser is the best in the world. My cleanser I start with that and add a strong infusion of green tea, camomile, rooibos and honeybush. Then I add grape seed extract and matcha green tea powder. I am so happy it is beyong words. I've blown hundreds of dollars but it's all worth it now. Hope this helps some people and spread the word, liver and bowel health equals clear skin. (PS to al the skeptics like Ben, what of the studies that say silymarin, the main beneficial compound of milk thistle can treat chronic inflammatory skin conditions when taken INTERNALLY? Don't have references now but will modify post with them later.)
  20. I was reading about magnesium deficiency and its causes. Some of them are eerily similar to some of the diet related causes of acne. Even stress can cause a magnesium deficiency. Has there ever been any studies on a possible link between the two? Here's the article I was reading about magnesium deficiency: http://www.ancient-minerals.com/magnesium-deficiency/need-more/
  21. I was feeling so good because my skin hadn't been breaking out for like two weeks. I went to a carnival and walked around feeling normal...the next day I had 5new spots, the kind I usually get from dairy. The foods I had that I suspect were Eggplant( baked not fried, no cheese) Funnel cake with caramel sauce(deep fried) Gummi vitamins for hair and nails, the reason I suspect them is because I'd run out and haven't had them in a whole, once I got them again it correlated to the time I broke out. So disappointed
  22. Acne Routine

    Hello! Brief introduction, I'm 17 this year and i'm Asian. I live in a humid country. My acne main concerns are on my cheeks as they are everywhere on my cheeks and get dry in the night but oily under the sun/will turn red. I have a few acne on my jawline too.Daily routineMorning:Slather my face with Raw Honey (Really Raw Honey brand) for at least 30minutes to an hour ; sometimes when i'm lazy or in a rush, i use Cetaphil Gentle Skin CleanserWash it off and apply toner (I use Bragg's Apple Cider Vinegar, dilute 50-50 with water)Spray water mist (Miracle Bio Water from Bio-Essence)EveningHoney or Cetaphil, depending whether I'm lazyTonerWater MistI'm also taking Vitamin A (From Fish Liver Oil) 10,000 IU and Vitamin D3 5,000 IU daily before I sleep to help my acne. I'm not sure if there are any improvements as it's only been a week since taking them. I have just ordered Zinc Picolinate 50mg and Aztec Indian Secret Healing Clay and will give them a review once I tried it out.I have dry/oily acne prone skin, and I'm finding a suitable moisturizer for my face to use at night. I am currently not using any sunscreen as well in the morning because I don't know any good products for my face, in fear to break out. I wanna try using coconut oil as a moisturiser but I'm scared I'll break out... Any recommendations or suggestions?
  23. Morning... I forgot to take my Manuka honey this morning wahhhh! But I woke up super late! I was so tired after swimming. supplements: 3 PCOS diva, 0.50mL vitamin d, 2 probiotics, 2 spiru blue, 1 krill oil, 1 ashwagandha, 1 tulsi holy basil and 1 liver kidney. I haven't taken glutathione in 2 days and I didn't take my coq10 today. Just experimenting. I oil oil pulled, drank a mug of warm water with ginger and apple cider vinegar and a dollop of coconut oil & dash of salt sole. i feel off so I had my last cup of bone broth. I brought tons of snacks to work and tons of water. tonights supplements after dinner: 1 ashwagandha, 1 probiotic, 2 spiru blue, 1 krill oil and I got my new dr mercola supplements magnesium and a separate calcium supplement. I took one of each of those. after not washing my face with tap water for a good three or four months now, tonight I finally washed my face. Usually I would just put acv on it with a cotton ball and then hemp seed oil but I am going to see how I react. I used to wash my face with no issues (pre hormone phase) and I do believe everything is coming from the inside out. My largest organ, my skin, is constantly purging itself. Sssssooooo today when I got home from a grueling day at work I put a half a capsule of probiotics mixed with a good dollop of Manuka honey and mixed it together. I slathered that all over my beautiful face and then about 2 hours later washed it off with Luke warm water. Then I put straight apple cider vinegar on my face followed by hemp seed oil. i am so tired it's almost 11pm and I'm just beat down over all.
  24. My Acne Routine!

    Hello! Brief introduction, I'm 17 this year and i'm Asian. I live in a humid country. My acne main concerns are on my cheeks as they are everywhere on my cheeks and get dry in the night but oily under the sun/will turn red. I have a few acne on my jawline too. Daily routine Morning: Slather my face with Raw Honey (Really Raw Honey brand) for at least 30minutes to an hour ; sometimes when i'm lazy or in a rush, i use Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser Wash it off and apply toner (I use Bragg's Apple Cider Vinegar, dilute 50-50 with water) Spray water mist (Miracle Bio Water from Bio-Essence) Evening Honey or Cetaphil, depending whether I'm lazy Toner Water Mist I'm also taking Vitamin A (From Fish Liver Oil) 10,000 IU and Vitamin D3 5,000 IU daily before I sleep to help my acne. I'm not sure if there are any improvements as it's only been a week since taking them. I have just ordered Zinc Picolinate 50mg and Aztec Indian Secret Healing Clay and will give them a review once I tried it out. I have dry/oily acne prone skin, and I'm finding a suitable moisturizer for my face to use at night. I am currently not using any sunscreen as well in the morning because I don't know any good products for my face, in fear to break out. I wanna try using coconut oil as a moisturiser but I'm scared I'll break out... Any recommendations or suggestions?
  25. Hey y'all! I hope you are having a fabulous Thursday. Work has been crazy as hell this mornin'! When I post myfitnesspal screenshots I will include photos from the insanity that happened yesterday on the main street outside of our office. My co worker's car got side swiped by some dumb bitch! She is going through the motion right now, I'm telling you. The joke is if you want a new car, park your existing one on the street and walk away. HAH! I put on my same face mask when I get home (well at about 7:30pm) and let it dry overnight then massage hemp seed oil on my face in the morning. I took colloidal silver in my water last night! Finally. And I also had a cup of calendula flowers tea which was very soothing. I drink "cold" well, room tempature spearmint tea at work and lemon water. Supplements this morning after my huge breakfast: half a tablespoon of manuka honey...OH MY GOODNESS Y'ALL. I crave the taste of manuka honey. 2 probiotic, 1 krill, 2 spiru-blue, 1 COQ10, 1 glutathione, 3 PCOS diva, 0.50mL vitamin D, 1 chasteberry and 1 ashwagandha. I'm still rotating my herbal supplements so tomorrow will be saw palmetto and then back to tulsi holy basil on saturday. So...I have thought about switching up my diet. And I was thinking about carb cycling but then I realized! I deprived myself of carbohydrates for an extended period of time and my skin just got WORSE. High fat, low carb and little to no fruits was not good for me. So maybe I'm like Stefani, from Paleoforwomen.com who thrives off of carbohydrates. I'm not talking about pre packaged foods with high calories, high carbs and extra crap-- but carbs from fruits! Also! I saw an interesting youtube video that talked about healing your candida by EATING sugar-- again not pre-packaged crap aka death for your immune system, but fruits! Tonight's supplements will be 1 probiotic, 1 krill, 2 spiru-blue, 3 pcos diva, 1 ashwagandha and 1 evening primrose oil. (I will be taking one a night until next tuesday.) AND!!! STORY TIME!!! ***Note in advance: I have not nor will I ever use drugs intravenously*** Piercings! Oh my. I have had my belly button, both sides of my nose, my septum, my monroe, snakebites (1 on each side of my lower lip) and two piercings on each ear. All of which I pierced myself. I always used the same hollow needle. But, I would pierce my friends and let them borrow the same needle. Cleaned with a little hydrogen peroxide of course. UGH!!! I cringe at the thought now-- I used to put hydrogen peroxide on all of my piercings/wounds and it makes me sick to my stomach just thinking about it now. But the moral of the story, I was tested for hepatitis and the tests came back negative thank god. I've always been concerned like maybe because I pierced my face in 7 different places with a shared needle it could have gotten some grossness embedded in my face; but I only get acne on my forehead and chin and sides of my mouth --- which leads me to believe I have perioral dermatitis. Every single one of my health issues relates to hormones and stress levels, cortisol, adrenaline, testosterone, my adrenal glands, my liver ect.. I have been making a conscious effort to "de-stress" and remember to breathe and not jump the gun and get aggressive. xoxo