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  1. Acne mystery

    Forums General acne discussion

    Hi guys! I'm trying to solve one big acne mystery. I've been suffering from acne almost 10 years now (I am 23 years old now) and I have tried many things but nothing has helped. Over those years I have eliminated foods that are breaking me out like dairy, sugar(chocolate, sodas, sweets etc.), fried foods, potato chips, nuts, citrus fruit and processed meat (ham, salami...). These are foods that definitely worsen my skin condition. I have even tried for some time vegeterian diet as well as gluten free diet but those didn't help at all. The thing is, even when I stopped eating those foods, there is still something hidden causing my acne. I feel I'm getting close to finding what is the solution but I can't seem to connect the dots. But this summer something strange happened, that's the reason I call it a mystery. Well the mystery is: I am from Slovakia in Europe and I was graduating in June at my university back home and the skin seemed to be ,,normal'' - sometimes breaking out more, sometimes less, according to my knowledge in random patterns. But after graduation I left to New York, where I was working for the whole summer as Work and Travel student. And guess what happened. My skin cleared a lot there. It improved by 80% while I was in the States. Even my first food in the plane to USA was fried chicken (I had to eat it, imagine being hungry on 10 hour flight). And next days no pimples no nothing. Just like that, everything (not really everything, but ~80% is A LOT) changed in one day. Of course I was still on my diet, but occasional fries/ chips didn't break me out, only when I ate a lot of them. My condition started to get back to ,,normal''(my normal) by the end of August and by the September, when I left New York and started to travel (NYC, Miami, California), it was like back home again. By the end of September I got home and like a week after, my skin worsened a lot. It's been now two painful weeks and you can see on the pictures how my skin looks like most of the time now. Right picture is from today. I thought it's because I ate some grapefruits and pomelos during first days home as I know citrus fruit breaks me out. But then my skin improved and after three days it broke out again so I have no idea what the problem is now as I'm still on my diet. It's also good to mention that my type of acne is almost always white inflamed zits, most of the time around mouth and in the chin area. I get some of them on the back, shoulders and middle of chest as well. Sometimes a painful cyst appears, usually around ears or neck but most of the time it's those white zits. And my skin is really dry. I have a lot of clues to solve my mystery but I still can't find any connection. I hope I will find someone wiser than me with more knowledge to help me out. So the clues are: 1. At home my skin is always dry, sometimes even flaky. When I was in USA, my skin was oily almost all the time (like really oily - but no acne). There are several external reasons I thought about. Either different air humidity, different hardness of the water or generally different weather. I have no idea about internal reasons. Only thing I know about - I read that avocado can moisturize your skin from the inside and I know I ate one half almost everyday (because it's really cheap there 98 cents wtf!!). But I'm not sure that 3 avocados a week can make your dry skin much oilier and if they can, who knows if the oiliness is my reason for clearer skin. Could this be the reason my skin started to break out in September - because I left perfect climate to travel across the country? 2. I had two jobs in USA, one of them was housekeeping, which is physically really demanding (don't do housekeeping, if you plan to go on WaT, believe me). Could I have some problem with insulin or IGF-1? I don't have a lot of movement at home and I was moving all day back in USA. Also something similar happened 4 years ago, I worked for three weeks in Czech Republic as construction worker (10 hours a day and even more physically demanding work) and I could even eat cheese back there and no pimples at all. What I noticed is, that when I wake up, my skin is always calm and it gets more red and inflamed over the day, which can be happening because of eating food -> increasing insulin levels. Other thing is, I tried water fasting two times (no food, just water) for 3 and 5 days, respectively. Both times my skin got clear for like a whole week after ending the fasting. But when I tried intermittent fasting last year, it did nothing at all to my skin. Contrary, as my father has diabetes, I had possibility to take that blood sugar test they do and my sugar levels were normal before as well as after eating food with carbohydrates. 3. Stress levels. As I'm graduate, I'm going through big change in my life right now, which can be really stressful. I delayed this stressful time period with my visit to USA and closer it was getting to going back home and to looking for a job, the more stressful was I getting. 4. I suffer from social anxiety, I have been even prescribed antidepressants and anxiolytics. The change in environment could have made some difference on my mind and my psychic, maybe even on those stress levels in no. 3. My condition was really better during the summer and when I got home it worsened again (past negative memories in that place, aquaintances etc.) I really hope there is someone, that could help me and thank you if you have read all of that. Have a nice day ya'll.
  2. Hey, as most of you all probably are aware of is that you want to avoid cheese and dairy in order to achieve better skin. However, we're also aware of how freaking delicious cheese is and how much it can enhance an ordinary meal and make it fantastic. My question is how safe is it to eat the cheeses that are naturally free/very low in lactose? Such as cheddar and feta cheese? Lactose is a sugar and if you look at the sugars in those two cheeses they usually contain zero sugars. Also, what are the opinions on dairy free products such as dairy free yoghurt, dairy free milk, dairy free cheese? If anyone is very knowledgeable on this subject I'd love to hear some information about it as I am dying to start adding some cheese in to my diet again. I am aware that you may want to avoid the fat in cheeses but for me that is not a problem. Thanks a lot! I hope someone can clear this out for me, Yours truly
  3. Hi everyone, I’m looking at getting advice on how to finally clear my acne that I’ve had from age 16 to now 19. Here’s my backstory. (Male from the UK). I had cystic moderate acne on my face for about a month aged 16 before I finally went to the doctors. I was prescribed lymecycline capsules (antibiotic) and benzoyl peroxide cream. It worked and did clear the cystic acne to some extent. About a year in I swapped benzoyl peroxide for adapalene because the BP was too drying on my skin. At 18 I was taken off prescription acne drugs because they said I didn’t need it however I was frustrated because I still didn’t have clear skin. I started proactive and again saw an improvement but still no clear skin as advertised. A year on and I still don’t know what to do, I feel like I’ve tried it all all. I’m 19 and I thought hormones would have settled by now. Also my brother got mild acne, went onto proactive and it cleared within months and he now has perfect skin. Why didn’t this happen to me? Should i go back to my doctor? I’m also looking into cutting out dairy and see if this helps at all. Anyone else seen an improvement without dairy? I would say at the moment I get spots on my T zone regularly but I do get the odd clear week. Spots on my neck/jawline area are constant. I wash my face twice a day with a daily salicylic acid cleanser and then use proactive spot treatments on problem areas.
  4. I wanted to share with you what has finally worked for me with my stubborn, hormonal jawline/throat acne. First of all, I am a 49 year old woman who has battled acne off and on since puberty. It calmed down in my late 20s to late 30s (birth control) but after the births of my children I had my tubes tied and did not go back on the pill. My skin started to break out again but I was too old to go back on the pill. Periods are longer and more cramps too, unfortunately. So, for the last 5+ years I've had acne on my jawline and especially on my upper throat area. In April I finally found the combination of therapies that have completely cleared up my jawline/throat acne. I take one DIM capsule in the evening (I was told that we make our hormones at night so the evening is the best time to take it). I believe that I have estrogen dominance so DIM helps to get rid of the excess estrogen. In the mornings after I wash my face with a mild cleanser and my skin is dry, I apply a small amount of RetinA to my jawline and upper throat. I also take a Cod Liver Oil supplement with my breakfast and again with my evening meal. I also gave up dairy. I do indulge in a bit of cheese now and again but do not drink milk or eat yogurt or ice cream. In the evening after I wash my face again to remove all make up ( I also switched to Bare Minerals powder foundation and have noticed less congestion in my face since I started using it). Then I put on a small amount of Differin gel to my jawline and upper throat area. I am thrilled with the results after trying soooooo many different things over the past five years or so. I hope all my trials and errors can help someone else!
  5. Hi, can someone please suggest a no dairy/no sugar salad dressing? I am having a hard time finding one in the stores that i go to and it sucks so bad to eat a salad without some type of dressing. any and all suggestions are welcome!! thanks
  6. Unbalanced Hormones

    Forums Diet & holistic health 1 reply

    Hello all, I write here today as I am a bit desperate... (sorry for my English, I am not a native speaker) I am 20 years old and have had acne for the past 7 years. I have been on antibiotics (3 time), and Diane 35 for 6 months (it worked but made me feel sick so I stopped it.) I decided to quite every chimical product and try something more natural. But oils are not for me, and I feel sometimes that the natural approach is not doing anything for me. I cut out dairy, but I sometimes make the mistake to have some again, and I regret it days later... I think that antibiotics have fucked up my gut, as I don't tolerate dairy at all anymore (I used to have so much of it as a child and a teenager as well), so I have been taking probiotics before, and now I take collagen to try to restaure my gut... Also, my period are sooooo irregular.. And I feel like, as long as it will be irregular, I will have acne. I have been thinking about trying vitex, but I am afraid it's going to be even worse with it. anyone with great experience with it? I also started differing 1 month ago, still waiting for results, but I don't have that much hope about it anymore as I know the root is more internal. I wish I could be extreme in my diet and routine, but with social events, etc, it's so hard to stick to it. Also, I know diary is a culprit, but even when I don't eat it as all, I breakout sometimes, so I have no clue which other food cause acne to me... it's like a desperate research. If you have any informations that can help me, thanks a lot
  7. How I cured My Acne

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    Hi! I've had acne since the age of 11/12 spots started at age 9, I'm now 32 (female) and I have finally got to the point where I can say my acne is completely under control without any pills, contraceptives, or prescription treatments, so I thought I'd share how I did it in case it can help anyone Brief history; My acne has always been over my face, neck, back, chest, and at its worst, also over my upper arms and bum. I have not listed the topical treatments I have used in the past because there are so many, basically I've tried it all, over the counter, prescription & derm-prescribed. None did anything except aggravate my skin. Age 9 - mild acne started Age 13 - moderate acne - tried all prescription treatments, OTC treatments, nothing worked Age 16 - moderate / severe acne - held at bay by dianette, but this would cause me all sorts of side effects and the acne always returned angrier than ever when I tried to come of it. Antibiotics didnt agree with me. Age 22/23 - severe acne hit - at this point it was debilitating, I wouldn't leave the house and developed an anxiety disorder. Treated with 6 months roaccutane - acne temporarily cured, anxiety gone. Age 26 - pregnancy - moderate acne returned Age 27 - post childbirth / breastfeeding - acne returned after breastfeeding, held at bay by Yasmin Age 28 - 31 - I spent these 3 years trying to come off Yasmin because it absolutely destroyed my sex drive and stopped my lady parts even working. But I was only able to be off it for about 3 months before the acne returned. The longest I managed was 8 months, but I couldn't handle living with the acne and went back on Yasmin. Tried antibiotics again, made me poorly. Age 32 - I decided I needed to make some serious changes and quit all forms of hormonal acne treatments for good. I was also suffering from severe IBS & was generally run down and poorly, which had been going on a few years. The day I quit the pills I also quit dairy and gluten, and cut down on sugar. A few days in I had a spell of withdrawal where I felt flu-y, shakey, had headaches and felt pretty rough. This passed after a week or so, then I just got on with life & waited to see what would happen. Month 1 - severe IBS, which used to leave me crippled on the loo crying in pain for hours at a time, completely disappears. Month 3 - Acne begins to return, but it is mild and limited mostly to jawline area & neck, a bit on my back. At the time I thought, great, here we go. But to my surprise, it stayed mild. Months 4/5 - Acne still mind. Sex drive returns, hurray! Through experimenting I found that a small amount of gluten in my diet was ok, but dairy seemed to cause a flare up, cheese in particular. My general health issues of fatigue and general un-wellness have by this point improved greatly. Months 6/7 - Acne still mild and seemed to be improving. I was having really bad PMT in the two weeks between ovulation and my period, so I started taking starflower oil daily 1500mg + B6 for hormone regulation and to reduce inflammation in my body. This stuff is SO effective, I have not had any PMT symptoms aside from swollen boobs since I started taking it. I don't get emotional or low, I don't feel sluggish or achy, cramps have gone. I also started using a standard ibuprofen gel on my remaining acne areas at night to reduce the acne inflammation. I use an amount the size of a pea around jawline and neck, and the same for my back. The reduction of inflammation from using this was noticeable within hours, and it has never irritated my skin at all. Any acne that I had was drying up and disappearing within days instead of weeks. I started using only pure aloe gel and coconut oil as moisturisers, and I don't put any other lotions or potions on my skin at all. Months 8-10 - this is the longest I had ever manage to stay off the pills. Instead, mild acne continues to improve, pretty much clear skin, except for light breakouts before and during period, or if I indulge in dairy and bad stuffs for a few days in a row. I feel really, really well and full of life. Month 11 / present - feel wonderful. Also stopped masturbating. I won't go into details because it's not relevant but basically I'm doing nofap with my other half. An unexpected side effect - my skin has become completely clear, and stayed clear, even before and during my period. So what I've learnt over the last 11 months; Dairy plays a big role in my acne. At this point in time, I can have a one-off dairy treat, and be ok. I usually save these for dinners at other peoples houses, so that I can just eat what I'm given. But if I have a few days in a row of eating dairy, the acne starts to come back. I think that gluten does also affect my skin, but not to the extent that dairy does. Balancing my hormones with starflower oil & b6 has done wonders for my cycle, my feeling of wellbeing and my general health. My skin looks glowy and healthy since I started taking it. Ibuprofen gel takes care of any flare-ups in a more effective way than any topical acne treatment I have ever used. I don't need anything other than aloe and coconut oil to moisturise my skin. Masturbation appears to affect my hormones and contribute to flare-ups. I feel closer to my other half since quitting , and I hope to stay away from this now. I feel well, really well, and healthy from the inside out, for the first I time since I can even remember. This time a year ago I didn't believe this was possible. I have spent 22 years sacrificing my health for clear skin, and that battle is finally over I don't know if any of this helps anyone, but on the of chance that it might, I thought it was worth posting. Take care all x
  8. Hello everyone and anyone reading this. So this is a 5 year update since getting on accutane. I dont breakout at all now. The only time I get pimples is when I eat dairy and when I drink orange juice or eat oranges. I think I finally found out why I used to break out so much in my teens. I used to eat a lot of dairy food and drink acidic stuff like orange juice a lot. Ive read a lot on this and a lot of other people broke out because of dairy and when they stopped eating it they stopped breaking out. That is probably just one thing though to try out. I also drank a lot of protein drinks cause i used to work out and even now i notice after i drink protein shakes i break out so watch out for protein drinks as well. This is the second time im writing this as my first post closed on me for some reason and im about to get off the metro train. Take care everyone and add me on instagram if you like and ill add you back its adam60634. Heres a picture of me of how i look now. Oh I will finally go see a derm about these stupid acne scars cause they still bother me. If anyone has any suggestions on acne scars please let me know. Peace.
  9. hey everyone, I struggle with acne and going to the gym. Mostly because of the amount of dairy involved in a high protein diet. I made a video on my acne friendly protein shake which helps my skin SO much!
  10. I thought I'd write this to try and help someone who has the same issues as me! Before I bought any products to help my acne, I spent hours reading through info here at acne.org and found them really helpful so hopefully I can help someone too I'm a 21 year old girl from England, I've suffered with mild - moderate acne since I was about 16. I get cystic acne round my chins and jaw line and in the hollows of my cheeks, also some on my forehead (I don't know if anyone else notices this but my acne seems to 'move around'...when my jaw line is clear my cheeks will be bad, when my cheeks are clear my forehead will break out) like many people, this gets significantly worse as I start my period or just before! anyway, I finally have a regime that works and my face is now clear minus 1 or 2 small pimples, hidden well by a tan currently. Last month I found my holy grail product that was the final step in stopping breakouts even during my period. Anyone who has acne knows how horrible it makes you feel, I used to find it hard to meet people's eyes when talking to them because I felt so self conscious. In January of this year things really got bad and that's when I started researching things properly. First I tried body shop tea tree products on my back and face, I stuck with them for a couple for months even though I wasn't seeing improvement as I thought this was a purging stage. It's really hard to tell the difference between a purge and a bad reaction but I eventually decided tea tree really wasn't for me, it was making things worse. Next, I tried cutting out dairy (I LOVE cheese, milk, butter , anything dairy) but let me say, this is when things really started to improve and I will never look back. The difference was noticable within just 4 days. I had a friend who recommended this to me years ago and I wish I'd listened back then! Milk is full of hormones as cows are pumped full of them as they are expected to produce milk all year round. If your acne is hormonal like mine it makes sense that this would be a trigger. Even a little bit of cheese now will cause me to break out...it really is worth the commitment if you've tried everything else! Finally, I heard about Mario Badescu, this is another turning point for me, I'd be lost without these products now. I use the AHA Botanical cleaner on my back and chest and don't get any spots there anymore, not even during my period. I go to the gym a lot so try and shower as soon as I can, this really helps. On my face I use the acne facial wash (acne cleanser) twice a day. Then if I have any under the skin spots (cystic acne), once a day I apply the buffering lotion followed by a dot of the drying mask over the top. I'll use the drying mask on any active spots while using the healing and soothing mask on any red marks/scabs that need healing. The healing and soothing mask is really amazing. I never use both masks all over my face, seems like a waste of money when you can just use it like a spot treatment cream on the affected areas once a day, they both give immediate improvement I then tone with the Glycolic acid toner. I used to use their soothing cucumber lotion but found it was too weak and didn't seem to make a difference to my oily skin. As long as you don't have dry skin, the Glycolic acid toner is great to use twice a day. This is my new holy grail, the missing puzzle piece and I believe it's what's stopped my period breakouts! Finally I use the ceramide moisturiser twice a day and if I have any active spots over night I'll use the drying lotion which extracts the puss in hours! I appreciate that this is a lot of products to use but I've built these up over the last 6 months. To start with I just purchased the acne facial cleanser, toner and moisturiser. Once things started getting under control I started introducing the other products to help with acne scars and brightening. Confidence is worth the money in my opinion! I take vitamin D supplements every day, this is a huge help. I also love the sun and find my skin is even better after a tan and a few hours outside. I also avoid caffeine where possible and when I drink/smoke at the weekends I avoid beer. Alcohol can give me small breakouts still if I'm run down but hey, you've got to enjoy life Sorry for the extrmemely long post but thought I'd explain as much as I can! I'll try and answer any questions you have! thanks for reading xo
  11. Right, I've been on lymecycline for about 3/3.5 months and ain't really saw improvements but the main point is that I've been dairy free since September 2016 and I don't think this has done nothing for my acne and was wondering if it would be ok to go back to eating those types of products?, I've also been on a low sugar diet and that ain't done nothing either. Apart from dairy, sugar etc. Are there big trigger foods for acne which I should avoid? Any help would be appreciated - thanks
  12. Hi everyone, For those of you who claim dairy causes you to breakout, how long after eating dairy do you see a breakout???? hours after dairy consumption? One day? 4 days?
  13. Hi everyone, For those of you who claim dairy causes you to breakout, how long after eating dairy do you see a breakout???? hours after dairy consumption? One day? 4 days?
  14. Before and After Transformation

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    From the album I can't believe I've found a cure

    I've had bad acne since I was about 15, I'm now almost 25. It started as 'bad acne' and moved onto cysts and puffiness, horrible painful lumps under the skin, millions of whiteheads, blackheads, postules, you name it. It felt like a never ending trauma no matter what I did to try to stop it. Treatments I tried and their success rates, from least helpful to most: (I've left out the most trivial things like getting a full nights sleep, drinking lots of water and taking your makeup off before bed, because lets face it, if you've got good skin, you can get away with caking your face in makeup all day and all night and still never see a blemish and the same goes for having bad skin, I've found that the little things don't actually matter) - Homemade/Store-bought facemasks - (Honey and oat lotions and potions and all the rest) Didn't notice any change. - 'Natural/cream remedies' - Toothpaste, Tea tree oil, witch hazel, sudocream, silver serum, spot zappers, aspirin, honey.. etc. You name it, I've rubbed it on my face night after night to no avail. - Anti-acne face washes - (Simple, Neutrogena, Clearsil) Seemed to do absolutely nothing to help. Whether I clean my face with a face wipe, or do the full process of cleanser, toner, blah, blah, it seemed to make no difference. - The Regimen - A nice idea, but no results (and expensive because I had to have it sent to the UK). - Miracle tablets - (Weirdly named superfood supplements) Taking pills containing all sorts of vitamins and minerals shipped straight from the bottom of the amazon rainforest or the bottom of a drug dealers basement floor for all I knew. Potentially lethal, can't really believe I ordered random pills off the internet and took them like medicine. No success and luckily no harm done. - Benzoyl Peroxide gels - I've tried a few different brands, mostly used Duac and Epiduo. Yes, they start to dry up your spots but they do nothing for cysts under the skin and they don't solve the problem. - The Contraceptive pill - Made my skin much worse with some brands (Dianette), others seemed to have little to no effect (Yaz, Yasmin, Celest), perhaps I never stuck it out long enough, but in my opinion they never made much difference and certain brands gave me slight mood swings. Also, at this point in my life, I don't need them for the job they were designed to do, so why fill my body with more stuff it doesn't need. - Antibiotics - I've tried many different types and brands of antibiotics (doxycycline and limecycline were popular from memory), lots of courses, and yes I've seen some slight success, but that's because it stops your skin producing sebum. It's a roundabout way of getting results, but you can't stay on them forever and it's not long-lasting once the course stops, or even particularly effective in the first place. - Accutane - It was horrendous for the 4 months I endured it, but there were real results, well, for a short while at least. A few months after my course ended and I thought my skin was going to be relatively okay - still far from perfect - the cysts returned and the redness continued until I was back to square one, minus a lot of dry skin, pain, unhappiness, time and cash. It's a nasty drug and I'm sad I had to put myself through taking it. Being ashamed of your acne may seem superficial, but there are more times than I can count where instead of enjoying myself with friends, I've stayed home and cried because I just couldn't face going out into the world with such a hideous face. At last, my personal cure: - Giving up dairy - I don't know how it works. I've read and read and read and can't find a definitive answer, the hormones, an intolerance? For me, giving up dairy has cleared my skin up from one end of the spectrum to the other (check the pics). It's the cheapest and almost most ridiculous treatment I've tried, but I'm literally blown away every single morning I wake up and don't look at myself feeling disappointed when I look at my face in the mirror. Please try it. And make up your own opinion. People say diet can't change your skin and for a long time I believed it (that, and I didn't really fancy giving up pizza for the rest of my life if it worked). If a person has a nut allergy or intolerance and they eat that food - immediate reaction. Why could it not be the same reaction to the hormones in dairy products? I have noticed that after slipping up and eating a big wad of cheese with dinner, within 24 hours I notice spots beginning to form on my face. Call it coincidence - I call it a miracle that I've finally found my cure. The hormones in milk are designed to turn baby cows into big fat cows, full of growth hormones and nasty stuff we shouldn't be ingesting - look it up, try it out, see the results, switch to soya and sorbet and never look back. Good luck. Hallelujah!
  15. During my many years struggling with mild cystic acne and after seeing many different Dermatologists, who put me on many different medications (including Accutane), I discovered that I must be the one to resolve my acne. If I was ever going to manage my acne, I must be proactive and study my skin in order to understand my acne disease process. So I began reading all I could about the skin and what role it plays with the body. Then I systematically examined my skin, trying to figure out what was causing my acne. The most important thing I found out is that skin is an excretory organ, helping manage the bodily wastes and toxins, like the digestive system and lymphatic system. As a result, I modified my life and it had a profound impact on my acne. Here's what I did-- Regular bowel movements, everyday or every other day. If I was constipated I'd have a cup of Smoothmove Herbal tea. Worked way better than laxatives and stool softeners. Sweat a few times a week--I hate exercising, so I only run until I get a good sweat going to clear my pores (about 10 min), then I stop. Strictly limit alcohol (not eliminate). Plain Vodka with soda water is that only thing that wont break me out. No dairy, it has added hormones--I use unsweetened coconut milk instead. Eat healthy--Limit (not eliminate) fried and processed foods. Eat lots of fresh fruit and veggies. Strictly limit artificial sugar (not eliminate). This was the hardest for me, because I love sweets--but I love clear skin more. So if I need something sweet I either have a piece of fruit or a bowl of bran cereal with some blueberries or raspberries. Drink lots of water and Green Tea. Also, hot water with lemon too. One over-the-counter Zinc tablet every other day. Have a generalized skin care routine with a non-alcohol toner. In the AM I use First Aid Beauty Cleanser $20, Seaweed Cleansing Lotion Toner $15, and Clinique Moisture Surge moisturizer $40. In the PM I use Neutrogena Clear Pore Cleanser with 3.5% benzoyl peroxide $10, Seaweed Cleaning Lotion toner, Clinique Moisture Surge moisturizer, and a generic salicylic acid moisturizer over the Clinique moisturizer. Every three days in the PM, I use The Body Shop's Tea Tree Clay Mask to deep clean my pores, which replaces the Neutrogena Cleanser (I don't want to overdo it and irritate my skin). The makeup that works best for me and doesn't break me out is Clinique's Superprimer $27 with Beyond Perfecting Foundation $27. No setting sprays, bronzer, setting powder, etc. The less on my face the better. I use damp disposable makeup wedges, not a Beauty Blender or a brush. To remove my makeup, I use Clinique's makeup wipes $15, which I find are gentler on my skin than other brands. What I really want to express is that diet and exercise really impacted my mild cystic acne. It was the game changer. My skin care routine has pretty much stayed the same prior to my lifestyle modification. Once I started to do everything on the list my skin cleared up within 2 weeks and I haven't had any new cysts. I occasionally get a white head, but its gone after 2 days, unlike the cysts which would last for 2 weeks. Staying true to everything on the list is still difficult, but having clear skin makes it sooooo worth it. I hope this helps. Now, you must decide to what lengths would you go for clear skin? Disclaimer: I'm not a doctor and my experience shouldn't replace what your doctor said. I also never said my acne was "cured" only "resolved". I still get the occasional small zit. I'm only sharing what worked for me and it might be different for you.
  16. I looked for answers on this board for years and always promised myself if I found something that worked I would sign up and share it, so here it is: Quick background: I'm 30 years old, male. I've had mild to moderate acne since I was a teenager, but it flared to severe at age 20 and persisted as moderate acne through to age 30. At different times I tried topical and oral antibiotics, topical retinoid, topical benzoyl peroxide, and salicylic wash. I even tested a slow carb diet, no sugar diet, and heavy exercise regimen. I could never get my acne all the way to zero, always with 2-6 active pimples on my forehead at a time (my struggle has been mainly with forehead acne). My solution After becoming quite frustrated last year, I decided to try a dermatologist one more time, and proceeded to take minocycline and apply tretinoin cream .05%. After 3 months, there was mild improvement, but nothing that I was happy about. So I took one more step and made a few big changes to my diet. The following combination worked tor prevent any new pimples on my forehead for over a month for the first time in years. No sugar or fast carbs (white bread, rice, potato) Tretinoin cream .05% (I stopped minocycline) No dairy (for the first time this meant none- no cream in coffee, butter on toast, and no bread products that even contain milk) Something was finally working! I was happy to have finally gained control, but I wanted to narrow down to the actual cause. I slowly reintroduced white bread, with no problems. Then some sugars, with no problems. Then finally cheese and milk, and of course I flared up. I even missed certain nights of tretinoin without a problem. So after half a year of evidence to support this, I want to share that in my case, I believe dairy is the culprit. A big reason it took so long to find out was whenever I thought I was limiting dairy, I probably wasn't (still having butter on toast, having a burrito here and there). It took commitment to have zero dairy, but the change has been dramatic. I hope this solution can help someone who felt as hopeless as I often did. (I still use the tretinoin in case it helps with scars, but I'm pretty sure that it's not necessary for keeping the acne under control)
  17. Calcium

    Forums Diet & holistic health 4 replies

    Hi, I'm eating no dairy at all because it breaks my out. But do I get enough calcium now or do I have to take supplements?
  18. Hi~, What if there was a little software program that you could tell what foods you're eating each day, and it automatically analyzes your diet and figures out what is causing your acne (assuming it's diet-based, so not going to cure everyone). E.g, you tell it stuff like this each day: Monday 17th April 2017: Eaten/Drank: Cheerios w/ milk Big bag of Doritos KFC value bucket Kool-aid jug KFC value bucket (again) Small brownie Acne Report: 4x existing whiteheads 2x existing cysts 1x new whitehead (upper chin) 1x new cyst (lower right jaw) Tuesday 18th April 2017: Eaten/Drank: Vanilla ice cream Sunny-Dee Orange~ 4 litre - Cola McDonalds nugget meal x2 Wheatabix Glass of soy milk Acne Report: 5x existing whiteheads 3x existing cysts 1x new whitehead (upper chin) 2x new whitehead (lower chin) 2x new whitehead (centre of forehead) 1x new cyst (right cheek) 2x new cyst (under chin) ... Then, after a few weeks maybe, you can tell the program to 'analyze' the data you've put into it, so far. It would look at all the dairy foods, sugar foods, grains, etc., and then spot the correlations where certain nutrients are causing a pattern of more acne, kinda like this: Analysis (two days): Dairy - chance of acne cause = 86%. Sugar - chance of acne cause = 71%. Wheat - chance of acne cause = 14%. It could have like an auto-picker for meals you eat often, where you tell it what's in the meal, then you just click it from a list of 'favourites' or something, and it zaps all the iffy food groups into the program. Does a program like this already exist? If not, would anyone (besides me) find it useful?
  19. Dairy is causing me to break out so I don't consume dairy at all now. But I'm wondering if this can be bad for acne? Do you need dairy, for example for calcium or other things? Thanks!
  20. My acne solution..

    Forums General acne discussion 2 replies

    Hello folks, made an account to share what has helped me with my acne. I'm a 29 year old man. From the age of 14, I suffered from horrible cystic acne. The only thing that got rid of the cysts was accutane. If you have cysts and haven't tried accutane, do so. Asap. Before accutane I tried everything else. Antibiotics, creams, you name it. My folks while well intentioned, (a friend's son used accutane and had a mental breakdown) delayed my trying it by years. Immediate results, never had cysts again. Up until a few months ago, I still had pimples. What worked to clear that up was to stop drinking milk and other dairy. I also rest the side of my face on my forearm or back of hand instead of pillowcase. Try these things out. Acne has caused me a lot of heartache, I hope these tips help someone out there.
  21. Dairy products ?

    Forums Diet & holistic health 4 replies

    Hello. Is there a way to cure the dairy break out ? I'm bodybuilder so I need dairy as meals but they will trigger out me. Thank you.
  22. Milk affecting sebum production?

    Forums Oily skin 3 replies

    Hi, 25 year old male in the UK, no acne since I was 14 but for the past 4 months my forehead has had a blast from the past and has been getting really oily within a matter of hours after my morning routine and resulting in a flourishing mountain range, primarily above the eyebrows. Have tried a range of moisturisers and facial washes from both ends of the spectrum as the recommended methods online only seem to contradict one another so thought I'd try them all. I apply a moisturiser at 8am and by lunchtime my forehead is shiny and slippery no matter if the moisturiser is oily, oil-free, non-comedogenic etc. you know the drill and break outs still occur. However I just stumbled upon an article that suggested that milk is a common reason why this might be happening, which almost gives me a kick of hope because for the past 5 months I have been having a bowl of granola or muesli with milk every morning, maybe once in the evening, as part of a change to actually eat breakfast when I didn't do so before. So I'm wondering if anyone has benefited from cutting out dairy from their diets and whether one bowl of milk a day is enough to be a likely cause of this? Also if anyone has tried a different type of milk and has seen any improvement in skin and if any suggestions?
  23. Diet and questions

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    Since I´ve started with the treatment, I´ve been thinking about my diet. We are what we eat, aren´t we? So, was it the reason why my hormones were imbalanced? And I´ve realised that, when i was a kid and during my puberty, I was drinking TONS of milk. I´ve always like it, and I drank two big glasses a day, sometimes even more. And I was drinking a lot of Coca-Cola, too! Also, eating a lot of sugar in my diet. So, I have this question now. I´m not a doctor, nor nutritionist, or anything like that. Does milk make your testosterone levels increase? Is it true that it has male hormones? In woman, could it be the reason of masculine facial features, hormonal acne, even Polycystic ovary syndrome? I know that your genetics count, it´s obvious, but thinking that I could have been doing this harm to my body... It makes me angry. On the other side, I don´t know if this Internet theories are true! What is your opinion about this topic? Thanks.
  24. The Upward Swing

    Forums Adult acne

    So, two weeks ago I turned 23. It marked ten years that I have been struggling with acne. Ten whole years spent hating my face every day. I had decided to try an elimination diet. Not just for my skin, but for my entire body. I was convinced I was allergic to something, causing me lethargy and migraines and all that fun stuff. it's dairy. I've been off dairy for two weeks and my skin is the clearest it has been since I got acne originally. I'm floored. I have read this site for years and just wanted to share that with y'all. I also wanted to ask if anyone has any tips for clearing out the remaining blackheads and small bumps, etc that remain now that the large cysts have ceased. Thank you!
  25. What are your trigger foods?

    Forums Diet & holistic health 4 replies

    Just curious what everyone is avoiding because it causes break outs. For me, dairy is my worst enemy. I can't enjoy ice cream, milk, or moderate quantities of yogurt without paying the price. I have found that kefir is ok though, probably due to the added bacteria helping me digest the lactose. I haven't noticed anything else though. What about you? What foods cause you to break out? I have heard stories that citrus and other weird foods cause some to break out.