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  1. Good Morning, Afternoon, or Evening Folks, how are you? My name is Dell and I am a new member. I would like to discuss my battle with acne and how I defeated it. Please, keep in mind that this is my personal experience. Just because this protocol worked for me, does not mean it will be effective for you. Alright, I shall begin. At the age of twelve years old, puberty hit me like a freight truck. One pimple lead to another, and you know the story. My acne was very severe. Overtime, it damaged my self-esteem and bravado. Fast forward three years later. I decided to change my diet to a primarily plant-based one. I ate grains, legumes, fruits, vegetables, nuts, and seeds. The proliferation of my acne was reduced. However, I still had breakouts. On that diet I eluded all sweeteners (sugar, honey, agave, maple syrup, stevia, coconut sugar, beet sugar). I avoided wheat as well. I did eat fermented soy products like miso, tempeh, and nato. The only bread I ate was the Ezekiel brand. It contains sprouted soy and wheat. Majority of my carbohydrates came from fruits, vegetables, and grains. Suddenly, I continuously asked myself. If this diet is so healthy, why am I still getting acne? Also, I only ate that way for a four-five months. In the span of nine years, I tried numerous diets. Raw vegan, Acid-Alkaline diet, vegan, and lacto-vegetarian. None of them, not one gave me the skin I had in my childhood. It lead to me being more depressed than ever before. Until I decided to place an appointment with a F.D.N (Functional Diagnostic Nutritionist). She told me the diet I was currently on, was not ideal for my metabolic rate or body. She placed me on a low-carbohydrate diet. I avoided eating all fruits, all sweeteners, all processed meats (beef jerky, sausage, hot dogs, bologna), all starchy vegetables (carrots, squash, pumpkin, potatoes, sweet potatoes, corn), grains, nuts, nut milk, soy, wheat, seaweed, seeds, butter, ghee, milk, cheese, eggs. All I ate was dark green vegetables: collard greens, broccoli, cabbage, brussel sprouts, kale, cucumbers, green zuchinni, romaine lettuce, and spinach. Meat and I seasoned it with sea salt, chopped onion, and herbs. I used coconut oil as an energy source. I would consume several teaspoons to tablespoons a day. I only had spring water as a beverage. Nothing highfalutin or fancy, just the Poland Spring brand. I ate this way for several months. My skin became clear. I was very delighted about it. Afterwards, I decided to add yogurt back in. The brand I consumed was Wallaby's Full-Fat Greek yogurt. It did not give me acne but I had increased phlegm production. So I discontinued the product. Currently, I am not eating that way anymore. Why if it worked so well? Because the diet is very restrictive. Despite the clear skin, I missed eating the foods I once enjoyed. Even if they make me look like a pizza face. Currently, I am a lacto-vegetarian. I am eating almond butter, Fage 5% or 2% yogurt, basmati rice, pineapple, bananas, plantain, cherries, blueberries, blackberries, grapes, cucumbers, apples, dates, and sweet potatoes, carrots, and squash. My acne is moderate right now. Honestly, I may just stay on this diet. I actually enjoy eating again. I know I can get clear skin by going on the anti-candida(ketogenic) diet, but I only have one life to live. Truthfully, I look terrible now. Because we all know how acne deters facial beauty. Anyhow, this is my story I am sharing with you. I genuinely thank all of you for reading this. I know that I typed a lot. Thank you so much. May The Gods and Goddesses bless you forever. Addendum: I only drink water and tea. I do not consume herbs with caffeine. Nor do I drink decaffeinated tea. Moreover, I never eat celery, avocado, or beans. They all make me feel odd. If you have any questions just ask me.
  2. So it all started out when I was 11 to 12 where my hair clogged poors and consistent itching after dandruff because of Candida I have had since age 1. I have had a personal doctor work on keeping it under control (and also my overall health) with coffees, teas, antioxidants in royal jelly, probiotics in yogurt,for leaky gut ps100 supplement pills, also triphala, I even had black tea for months on and off, (white tea) really long ago, glycoside or glycozine I forget but I think it was for my spleen, sero-plus for mental clearance, blue berries for antioxidants and finally right now mulberries (ewgh) for even more antioxidants. I DID THESE AT DIFFERENT TIMES IN MY LIFE DO NOT TAKE TWO DETOX THINGS AT ONCE because you’ll break out and if you have Candida it will go out of control. I started acne masks when I was just starting to get it but what I didn’t know was that Apple cider vinegar would aggravate my acne to come out even more, (since at that young age all I ate and drank were sodas and chips) which fed my Candida thus acne at a young age, as I spiraled down isolation and depression I started not caring any more but still tried with steaming (non consistent) and ended up wanting proactiv (worst decision) it’s chemicals were too strong all at once making huge cystic acne appear. Eventually I got to acutane which worked until I stopped, I started clindamycin and had gone trough ever organic cleanser and toner which was working but my diet wasn’t , if I had kept using rose Mira’s products I would have cleared up but instead I used more toxic charcoal cleanser and rotating face brush irritating my face. I even used hot peppers hoping it would detox my system faster (maybe it did who knows) but I got to thinking and started sweating more with exercise and then I’m just on my 2nd month of vegetarianism (tried vegan, too hard) I’ve noticed a difference ever since I started using azeliec acid, clindamycin and zinc pyrithione together from curology. I have just got prescribed minocycline but researched to learn it kills the little good bacteria I have (I’m not going to take it) I’m starting benzol peroxide again(hopefully it works)
  3. The question has been circling in my mind for a while now... is the fact I’m having more sex the reason I’m getting acne? Ill give you some background info on my situation. I’ve never had any huge breakouts for most of my life. Always had clear skin. Until I went on the implant/met my man. i hated the implant and had it removed pretty fast. They say the hormones leave your body, but I’m not sure if they have? (Could be a factor) I have been vegan for over a year, but recently gluten free and unfortunately I wasn’t watching what I was eating for a few months. Gluten free products are processed, packed with tonnes of sugar and unhealthy fats which cause candida overgrowth which can eventually lead to leaky gut syndrome thus leading to acne because leaky gut is where what you eat goes into the blood stream and passes through the blood brain barrier... check can cause an immune response. I had been eating grains and dairy for years so the damage to my gut wall was already pretty bad. I meditate a lot and raise my vibration so my body physically cannot eat low vibrational foods. So, with my boyfriend, we were staying up late sometimes 1-3 am sometimes 4-5am. We were eating Red Thai curry with rice (GRAINS GRR) without realising the damage was and doing. It’s also very sugary and fatty. So there arenthose factors. I hadn’t been exfoliating or using any products consistently - but I am now. My routine is working and my skin is starting to clear slightly. I keep food diary. Ive sarted working out 5 times a week.(cardio, yoga, walks) I stick to time-restricted eating. Which is where you eat in a 8-12 hour gap. Your liver had a circadian rhythm too. I do not eat anything processed, I eat fresh leafy green vegetables. Around 5-7 a day. I try to eat a small amount of fruit (because fructose is still inflammatory) lots of herbsand spices. Maca, hemp, linseed etc. I drink lots of water. Now to talk about the other factor that’s playing on my mind. My partner and I have a age gap relationship which makes me think his gut bacteria, which can be found in his saliva is being spread to me through kissing. When we do oral I get a yeast infection. We also sometimes have sex 2-4 times a day. We have sex lots during the week we are quite horny for each other. However, it can be so overwhelming and stressful because it feels like I’ve tried everything and how am I supposed to heal if my boyfriend is the one with an overgrowth so ever time we get intimate I’m at risk of an acne break out?! ...and he also has stubble (which is irritating to my skin and stimulates oil production, clogging the pores. ) is being respectful and not kissing me too roughly any more. But sometimes I still feel sore around my chin after a long session of making out and love making. He understands and listens to me and has been cooking us healthy food when I stay over (which is 3-4 times week) he is making an effort. He has athletes foot which is a sign of Candida over growth- he really wants to heal it too! my main question is: Are my hormones going crazy because of all the sex? Should I take a break from sexand see if my acne goes away? Has anyone else experienced this? please help! Who has usedClindamycin Phosphate? Does it work?
  4. Candida diet

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    I'm pretty sure I have yeast overgrowth - I'm always tired, I'm allergic to everything and I have those white bumps on my face. Trying candida diet now (hard as fuck). I have tried the diet for few days and I can see a lil difference on my body. My skin hasn't changed though but it can take a while I guess??? Trying these: - vitamins - probiotics - diet - turmeric - diy oregano oil - coconut oil - ACV - supplements for yeast overgrowth I think I can do this, but do you have any tips and recipes? Oh, my phone posted this twice... Sorry.
  5. Candida diet

    Forums Diet & holistic health

    I'm pretty sure I have yeast overgrowth - I'm always tired, I'm allergic to everything and I have those white bumps on my face. Trying candida diet now (hard as fuck). I have tried the diet for few days and I can see a lil difference on my body. My skin hasn't changed though but it can take a while I guess??? Trying these: - vitamins - probiotics - diet - turmeric - diy oregano oil - coconut oil - ACV - supplements for yeast overgrowth I think I can do this, but do you have any tips and recipes?
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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?
  9. 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!!!
  10. Can't find the cause of my acne.

    Forums Hormonal acne 2 replies

    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!
  11. 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.
  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. 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!
  14. Acne caused by yeast?

    Forums General acne discussion 1 reply

    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?
  15. *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)
  16. 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.
  17. 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
  18. Day 140 - Week 20

    Blogs My Accutane Journey 5 comments

    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. 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
  20. I was considering posting daily pictures but I thought it would be more effective if I shared them weekly- that way if there's any form of improvement it'll probably be more noticeable. Besides, there's probably only so many shots of my flaky, red chin that a human can handle! I'm not going to photograph the acne on my forehead either because the pimples are small, closed comedones, which I can deal with in comparison to my hot mess of a jawline! Yesterday evening I came home to see that the concealer I'd applied to my chin/jaw had formed what looked like giant flakes of dry skin. I know, however, from painful previous experience that it is NOT a satisfying experience to peel these away. It does NOT magically reveal a fresh, new layer of unblemished face. The nodules are still lurking beneath so I've stopped touching the skin flakes. I'm finding it hard to cleanse my face now that it's so dry though- how do I make sure my skin is properly clean without accidentally removing any of these scabs in the process? I used my Cetaphil and fingers in the shower (I always try to cleanse and wash my face in the shower because I figure a constant stream of running water has to be more hygienic than filling the sink and using a wash cloth with increasingly dirty water) and let my face air dry (towels hurt even if I very gently pat dry) before waiting ten minutes and applying the Isotrex. This morning I woke up and a lot of the angry red lumps on my face had shriveled up somewhat, and some had formed heads, but they're still there. This morning I had no new nodules or pustules, but my skin is still very red and tender. A NOTE ON MINOCIN: I haven't written about any of the side-effects I've experienced since starting Minocin because there haven't been any. I developed a yeast infection a couple of days after I started but it cleared up within a few days after I purchased a Canesten Duopak from my local pharmacy. I'm now takjing a tbsp of Apple Cider Vinegar in a cup of water daily because it's supposed to be a natural weapon against candida. But beyond that- everything's good. I'll admit that I did expect to see even a minor improvement in my skin being on a strong antibiotic AND the Isotrex. I've never had an initial breakout before so I'm not sure if that's what this is yet, but I'm willing to wait it out and see! Pee x
  21. I have candida due to a long period of antiobiotics. I am feverish, rashy, and having distinctive reactions TODAY. I just finished menstruating. I have only made the link now that these are not the usual hot flashes/tenderness. Please do not lecture me about what to do in the next six years. I am talking about what I can do THIS MONTH I stopped taking my antibiotics this day and actually whatever has started happening has been on a lowered dose of Doxycycline from when I started. I know I will have to stop taking antibiotics, I would like to know if anyone has decent advice to alleviate some of these symptoms NOW.
  22. Do I Have Rosacea?

    Forums Rosacea & facial redness 19 replies

    I used to have perfect skin. I've posted a detailed story of my current battle with acne, in other forums, if you want to check it out. Basically, two months ago, while on Ziana, after I started taking digestive enzymes and probiotics, and two months after I stopped taking spirolactone, I started breaking out worse then ever. I can't figure out the cause. I HAVE NEVER broken out like this before. Tiny tiny tiny little white heads around my nose. And a rash across my forehead. The rash comes and goes but the white heads on and around the sides of my nose are persistent. I tried to get a pic, but most of the white heads are just so tiny. History of red face: I've always had a punk skin tone. About two years ago, when my skin started being weird, I started getting red flushing once in a while. Rosacea? Or just inflammation? I've always had a *pink skin tone. Sorry for the typo. I've also had oily skin pretty bad since last April. Every once in a while, I'll have a day or two of balanced skin.
  23. My acne started over 2 years ago and since then I've been seeing a derm. This whole time I've been 2 times on tetralysal, have been using differin, epiduo, my derm kept sending me to a beautician for manual facials which basically was just having my whiteheads and bumps professionally popped ( don't know how to properly translate the procedure's name) which I belive could have had an effect on how my face looks now. The thing is, my face has been almost acne-free since the summer of 2012,occasional pimples here and there, I only get more intense break outs in winter, but even when my face was clear of acne it still looked like it wasn't, but the problem is that it's not just red marks, the whole area where I get/used to get pimples is really red. It gets worse when I work-out and does feel pretty hot. Now, the only thing that seemed to help a bit was the oil cleansing method and then me putting mix of argan oil and tea tree oil, however, I broke out after that, it clogged all of my pores and I even got blackheads which I never did before so I had to quit it (I got extreme redness from new pimples so after all it only made matters worse) and go back to epiduo. It's just really upsetting because how am I suppose to treat something if I don't know what it is. I was born with atopic dermatitis, I grew out of it, I no longer get any dry patches on my body but maybe what I have on my face is somehow related to that?. I'm eating quite healthy now, but my diet used to be really horrible even a year ago so I thought that maybe due to that and being on and off on antibiotics for the past 2 years I have developed candida overgrowth?! My tongue is a bit white/yellow coated and I have bumps at the end of it. Please, help me figure out what exactly is wrong with my face, I'm so tired of it, of being ashamed of my face and having to put on foundation even just to go out with my dog, because it looks like I've been attacked with needles. The photo was taken in the morning, the lightest it can get so there's nothing irritating it whatsoever, even the areas where I never get pimples are pink.
  24. I've recently come across a website called and decided to follow its regimen because all the information provided sounds accurate. Like many of you, I suffer from severe acne for many many years and I could find no cure and recently it has become worse. I've tried several types of topical creams, face washes, anti-biotics and acne facial treatments from professionals and nothing has worked and any improvements I seem to gain only became worse once I stopped taking the antibiotics. I won't post my life story as I'm sure most of you can simply relate to how frustrating this can be. I'll just tell you that my face is lumpy from the cystic acne in all areas, especially the jawline, chin, upper and lower cheekbone. Like I said, after much research I decided to follow this regimen as its daily steps seemed simple enough. Please check it out if you have time. The plan seems to be 90% similar to the candida diet with the exception of fruits. I've decided to go fruitless anyways as it seems like sugarless is the safer choice. Its been a week since I've started this diet and I've had candida die off symptoms for the first few days i.e. nausea, headaches, stomach aches etc but my skin seemed to be improving. I just finished Day 8 which is the first day of the Pineapple fast which this website (as well as many sources online) claims to be a great natural quick treatment for acne. I was delighted to begin this step as I've been eating nothing but spinach, raw garlic and onions for the past few days, I thought three days of pineapple smoothies should be heaven but I've never been so wrong. Heres where I seem to come across a problem. I had a total of 4 huge freshly blended pineapple smoothies today and by the third smoothie my mouth started bleeding from the acidity of the pineapple. I've read online that this is very common so I decided to use a straw to avoid the juice on my lips but a few hours ago I just went to bed only to be woken up in the middle of the night by a swollen tremendously painful sore throat. I don't know how normal this is and I really hate seeing through a plan half way but this is really hurting and I'm not quite sure what to do. Can anyone give me any advice out of experience?
  25. Diet And Supplements Log

    Forums Personal logs 107 replies

    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.