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  1. Hi everyone! I made an updated video on how I got rid of my scars with diet & needling. Some people had asked me to update I hope I help at least one person out there <3 I also posted a video with my before and afters on my channel if anyone wants to see my scars/skin before.
  2. So I've been on the pill, being Ortho Tri-Cyclen a combo of progestin and estrogen, for just about 3 months now (I'm in the middle of my third week) and my skin was doing a lot better than my pre-pill skin. I was getting less extreme breakouts and not as often. However, out of the blue I broke out in two painful blind pimples, one on the start of my eyebrow and one on my chin! Not long after, my forehead (which was my main area of my face with acne previously) started to breakout more than normal! Any ideas on why this could be? My diet hasn't been the greatest but ever since going on the pill, my diet has not had any effect on my skin so why would it now? I did miss the pill by accident a week ago but I doubled up the next day to fix it. And i have been thrown off my usual scheduled time to take the pill (usually I take it around 3pm, recently it's been 4-5pm due to work). Please if anyone had any ideas as to why this is?? This surprise breakout has thrown me down a hole of low self-confidence again :((
  3. Hey to all of you! I hope some of you could give me some advice. I'm really drawing a blank at this point. I've had acne for about 12 years, I'm 25 now. The acne I'm getting of course changed over the years and I mostly break out on both my cheeks and my jaw. I get new pimples every day or every other day when I'm lucky. I always have about 2-6 active pimples. I tried many things but eventually I ended up reading up on how changing your diet can "fix" your skin. I have a major sweet tooth so in the beginning I only cut out gluten for about 3 months with no noticeable difference. When that didn't work I moved on to dairy. Again, no noticeable difference. It might have been a coincidence but my skin during my dairy free time was the worst it has been in a while. Then I was frustrated enough to give the birth control pill a try. I currently live in hungary so I don't know the equivalent for it but it's 2mg dienogest and 0,03mg ethinylestradiol. The gynecologist said this pill specifically is known to help acne. I've been on it for 5 months. Again, no change. I've finally made the jump and gave up on sugar (I still eat fruits). I'm writing up everything I eat every day. Which is mostly Chicken, broccoli, sweet potatoes, kefir, oats and strawberries. I don't know what I'm supposed to eat and I constantly feel hungry. I've been doing it for about two months with no improvements whatsoever. I still get new pimples almost every day. I'd appreciate it so much if someone took their time to give me some advice. I'm here to learn and improve on whatever I'm doing wrong. Thank you!
  4. So, I was on accutane for about a year. I took it in 2015 and ended towards the summer of 2016. I don’t remember the transition of dosages but I believe I went up to either 60 mg or 80 mg. For the past two years, my skin has been clear. Occasionally, maybe once or twice a week, I’d get 1-2 little dots on my face. For the the past two weeks, I’ve had heavier breakouts. I was not on my period when this began and I still am not. This was my skin two weeks ago:And here was my acne prior to accutane: Lastly, I’m going to post my skin at the moment. While it seems to be drying up, I have a new little red dot or small pimple on my face everyday for the past two weeks. Ive been washing my face twice a day and don’t know why this is happening. I’m worried sick and may consider seeing the dermatologist again. I know there is no cure for acne but I hope the accutane assisted with my skin not coming back to what it was. The newest pimple is the one that appeared on my chin last night:
  5. Hi everyone, so I've been trying to root out dietary causes of my longstanding acne/bacne and have gone dairy, gluten, and junk food free for a while in those efforts. I have seen some success which has been encouraging, although admittedly up and down. My question is for people's thoughts on Chipotle bowls. I basically eat Chipotle every day for lunch because it's the only spot nearby where I can reliably get non-dairy, gluten-free meals. I actually don't mind the repetition at all and my initial sense is Chipotle shouldn't have any triggers, but now I'm not so sure. My order is a chicken bowl with brown rice, corn, mild salsa, lettuce, and guac. No cheese, no chips, so I always thought this was about as acne-friendly as you can get. Could I be missing something? My concern is primarily with the high amounts of salt/sodium, especially in the rice, but there are moments where I think if I need to restrict my already ridiculously-restrictive diet so much to even exclude such a basic ingredient as salt I ask myself if it's even worth it anymore, because it's honestly insane for my skin to react so negatively to so many common ingredients/foods. I have generally attributed the back and forth with my acne even on this diet to not being able to perfectly adhere to it, primarily due to social engagements where I eat out - for example, it's my roommate's birthday tomorrow and we're going to a taco place for brunch, which literally has no menu items which are both dairy and gluten-free (unless I order a bunch of guac lol) It kind of makes me wonder for those who can stick so strictly to such a restrictive diet how you handle eating out? Or do you just not eat out at all, which seems impossible if you're trying to have any kind of a social life? Not to be demeaning haha, just genuinely curious here. Not to digress on that last point though as I'm mainly curious to hear people's thoughts on Chipotle. Thanks all!
  6. Hi all! im just here to share my acne story with anyone who is willing to listen. I didnt have acne until i was 19 and it hit me like a train. i dont have any pictures of when it started because i didnt take any. I was so ashamed. But i do have one 2 months after i started my routine. My acne had already started reducing a bit (it was muuuucccchh worse a month before) and within 6 months it had gone. So i have a few tips for those going through what i went through. 1. Dont pick at your skin and dont touch or scratch your face especially where your acne is. It is inflammed and irritated skin and you'll only make it worse. 2. Be gentle with your skin. I know you're frustrated with it and youd just try anything to make it better but all good things come in time. Cleanse your face gently and if you're using a scrub use a mild one and scrub gently. 3. Your diet is one of the most important aspects when it comes to acne. You cant just wait around for your topical medications or tea tree oil products to work. If you want change you have to work for it. Try cutting out junk and fatty food from your diet. And most importantly, ditch refined sugar. Dont have sugar in your drinks or in your treats. Avoid it completely. You may substitute refined white sugar for brown sugar or honey. On another note, it would be great if you just gave up white sugar forever. Atleast try it for a month and you'll be bursting with energy and you won't even catch a common cold. It does wonders for your immune system. But if you cant give it up then just do so until your skin clears up. 4. Wash your skin with a good cleanser after you return home or if your face becomes sweaty or dirty, but not too often. 2 to 3 times a day is fine. Make sure the cleanser doesnt overdry your skin. Cleansers containing tea tree oil or neem or turmeric would be ideal. Just remember to treat your skin gently. 5. MOISTURIZE. This is THE most important part of your routine if you have acne. It prevents your skin from producing oil which is one of the main causes of acne. Moisturize after every wash. Even if you feel like its oily on your skin. If you really can't handle it use a non comodogenic moisturizer. But do not skip this. 6. Dont pop your pimples. There are so many reasons so just dont do it. It can leave a scar. It can push pus further down your skin and create even more problems. It can make the pimple worse and even more inflammed. If you do by chance break it by mistake, clean the area with rubbing alcohol, ice it, and then apply an ointment or a bandaid. 7. Take care of your gut health. Have yogurt, probiotics, fruits that are high in fibre or cumin tea at least once day. 8. Stick to your routine. Dont keep switching because its not working. You need to give it time. Write down your routine and stick to it! 9. And lastly (and most importantly tbh) don't look in the mirror and feel bad about yourself. Just dont do that. Dont think you're ugly or dirty because you're not. Look into the mirror and think of your favourite memories and just smile. See how your face lights up. You look beautiful. Dont let your acne define you. I know it destroys your confidence and makes you feel unpretty. I got my cystic acne two weeks after my boyfriend cheated on me with my bestfriend and the entire college was talking about me. It completely destroyed my confidence. But i just couldnt let it define me anymore. Worrying isnt gonna magically make your acne disappear. So why are you doing it? Just live! And if you feel like dressing up for work or school just do it! Dont have this mindset that no matter what you do you wont look good. Its just a load of crap. Dont let these ad companies fool you into thinking this is a big issue for you. Just be yourself and enjoy your life. Dont worry over such petty things. This is me 6 months after my routine. Just light pink pigmentation that'll heal over time which is barely visible. I hope i helped you out in anyway, and good luck with your journey. And yes, everything i wrote was out of experience. If you find any remedies or medications online, just make sure you cross check the information as thoroughly as possible. Remember your skin is your largest organ and you should take care of it, inflammed or otherwise.
  7. 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.
  8. After upping my protein intake, my breakouts have lessened. Does having protein deficiency cause acne?
  9. hellooo, I finally found the routine that helped me clear my cystic acne (on my cheeks) and I just wanted to share it with those who has tried everything (like me) but nothing seems to work and believes that Accutane might be their last resort. NOTE: this is what worked for ME, thus, it may not work for some people. anyway, the key to this routine is diet. - no milk (this includes any kind of milk eg soymilk, almond milk), well, occasionally, I would have food that consists of milk, just dont go overboard - no diary - no sugar, this includes honey (I realized that honey made my cysts worse and more inflamed), however, I still eat abit of candy sometimes. - no citrus food - eat 2 kiwi fruits per day bc theyre high in vitamin c and vitamin c is really good for your skin - try to avoid fruits that are high in sugar eg, banana - no gluten - drink a teaspoon of apple cider vinegar diluted with a cup of water first thing in the morning and before you have your dinner - add a teaspoon of chia seed to your dinner - drink at least 2 litres of water per day - no caffeine - no fried food (however, i'd have like a packet of prawn chips occasionally), this triggers acne on your forehead and around your mouth - avoid oily/greasy food - avoid eating eggs facial routine - literally just wash your face with seasalt water (do not use any forms of cleansers) - apply fresh aloe vera gel on your face everyday or once every 2 days for ONLY 20 minutes - use the Aztec clay mask once every 2 days (for two weeks only) - whenever I wear makeup, i'd use jojoba oil as a makeup remover - use an apple cider vinegar toner after you shower (only once per day) - apply a moisturizing serum (morning and night) - after the serum, apply a mixture of jojoba oil, teatree oil and rosehip oil and massage onto your face (at night only) (please please please do a patch test first because you never know what you may be allergic to) - always wear sunscreen
  10. It's been a few weeks since I last updated this blog, so be prepared for a long one! Right now, without hopefully jinxing it, I have no actives on my face!! It's by no means clear however, unfortunately still some quite persistent lumps from previous spots that just won't go down . I also have A LOT of hyperpigmentation and a few scars so definitely not looking clear by any means. But I honestly can't believe this right now, after just 4 weeks I've reached a point where I am going a good few days without getting a cluster of new spots. Before roaccutane I would usually get about 3-4 new spots a day so this is a real difference. I did notice a bit of a purge in the first 2 weeks with a cluster of cysts quite suddenly popping up around my mouth and a few on one of cheeks - the ones on the cheeks being the persistent ones that won't fully go down (). But since then I've still been getting spots but just not the same quantity and going a few days between them popping up. In terms of side effects, my skin certainly isn't oily anymore. Before starting the medication, I would have said my skin wasn't even that oily but now that I'm producing so little of it I realise I was wrong hahah. And my makeup lasts really well all day!! However, I wouldn't say my face is particularly dry. After washing my face, if I were to leave it for half an hour without moisturising, I would notice dry patches on my chin but that's about it. I've been using the Clinique moisture surge collection which I really recommend, pricey but good at battling the dryness! My lips are pretty dry though. I apply the La Roche Posay Cicaplast lip balm which I really like. I apply it in the morning, then usually sometime half way through the day and then a thick layer at night before going to bed. So only applying 3-4 times a day max, but I have split my lip twice since starting roaccutane. My hair is now going days between washes. Right now, I washed my hair 4 days ago and have been to the gym twice in that time, sweating a fair bit, and it still no grease to be seen (for reference I washed my hair every other day before starting). I began getting a dull ache in my lower back about 2 weeks ago, which I noticed whilst running. Since that happened I have been taking an omega 3, 6 and 9 supplement everyday and today I was at the gym doing bursts of sprinting on the treadmill and didn't notice any aches. That's pretty much it on the side effects, my mood has been pretty positive, no stress as uni is finished for summer and generally happy about the progress being made. I also had my dermatologist appointment last week. My skin wasn't actually looking too good last week at the appointment (always happens) but I spoke to her about how I'm doing good with the side effects but obviously want some more progress, so she's upped me to 30mg!! I'm pretty excited about upping my dose but also slightly nervous that I'll see another purge, which I know will disappoint me given how good it's looking right now. I'm also going on holiday next week to see family so I'm reaaaally hoping it doesn't happen. Oh, I got my blood test done last week also, and found out my cholesterol is high, but still within standard limits (5.2) so I'm trying to keep to a low fat, healthy diet as up until last week my diet consisted of a lot of pizza and chocolate, so sad times :((( Well I think that's it for the update. I'll try to update more frequently as this was a lonnnng post, soz about that. Let's hope for more progress at the next one!!
  11. 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.
  12. Hi all! I'll keep this short and sweet, but I wanted to share my experience with an anti-inflammatory diet three weeks in. Obviously I have a long, long way to go still. But seeing any improvement is exciting! If you asked me a month or year ago, I would have sworn to you that diet had nothing to do with my cystic acne. I thought it was all hormonal. However, I was breaking out while taking birth control AND 200mg of spironolactone, so I knew I needed to give something else a try. I've been told that a diet like this can take about 6 months to fully clear your skin (obviously this varies greatly by person), so I'm happily surprised to see less redness after only three weeks. I hope this encourages some of you (especially the skeptics like me) to give diet and supplements a try. Next stop is weaning off the spiro.
  13. OK, I'm a 17yo female with most likely hormonal and inflammatory acne. My acne started when I was around 11 right at the beginning of puberty. I would describe it as mild: quite a few small blackheads/big pores (especially on forehead and front of cheeks), several small inflamed bumps at any given time with a couple small pustules (usually around chin, forehead or front of cheeks), I occasionally get cystic pimples (or "underground pimples) that are painful and inflamed. Always a couple blackheads and pimples on back and shoulders. I always used a combo of benzol peroxide and salicylic acid, although I went through month long periods of only one or the other. I tried incorporating an oil mix (jojoba, argon, etc) but it made me look greasy and seemed to cause congestion. I occasionally use diluted glycerine to moisturize my face and aloe vera when I literally cannot with my skin. I try not to pick but I do end up touching my face a lot. When I eat high glycemic foods I see an effect on my acne almost immediately, such as small pustules appearing by my nose soon after and an obvious increase in pustules and inflamed acne the next couple of days. I find that when I eat a lot of carbs I tend to get cystic pimples on my back. Because of this I make and effort not to eat too many of these foods (although I still eat sugary foods from time to time and carb-load for sports). I eat dairy but no straight up milk because I am lactose intolerant. I'm also a competitive swimmer and have around 8 practices a week, so my skin gets very dry because of all the chlorine (most likely aggravating my acne). Ok so I decided to a modified caveman regimen because I wasn't going to quit swimming. So basically I just stopped using my topicals and only rinsed my face with water after swimming. Obvs my goal was to obtain the beautiful clear skin that was supposed to happen but really I just wanted to not have such irritated, itchy dry skin all the time that would end up super oily at the end of the day. I also exfoliated a tiny bit with my fingers and water occasionally. Also I know that with swimming and stuff it wouldn't be possible to have that perfect acid mantle and cultivate good bacteria but I thought that it would still greatly improve my skin barrier or whatever. So first week-ish of the regimen I was camping so literally nothing touched my face except for some lake water (which I thought was ok since dirt is supposed to contain a lot of good bacteria etc). My skin immediately broke out into a ton of pustules, especially in my general mouth area (chin, above lips, smile lines). They were small and surface-level but I didn't pop them so I looked hideous. My cheeks also started to get really bumpy (like a breakout ready to happen). On week 2 and 3 I seemed to be getting less pustules than the first week but it was still a lot more than normal, but I was breaking out a lot basically everywhere (even places that normally didn't get too much acne) and my whole face, especially my chin, was inflamed. It was itchy, painful and very terrible looking. On top of that my forehead started to get super congested. BUT I was seeing signs of things that I thought meant that the regimen was working, like a ton of dry skin and my pimples would crust over and recede fairly quickly. I also noticed that a lot of my pores seemed to be pushing out plugs if that makes any sense (like I could often pull them out with tweezers and my chin pores had little short strands of white sticking out of them). K so last week (I gave it 4 weeks so that the skin could flip over or whatever) and my skin is DEFINITELY the worst it has ever been. Tons of pustules, inflammation and blackheads everywhere. Like I cry evertime (except not really, but I am someone who is very resilient to being judged and stuff and am not prone to anxiety, but If I was OOH BOY, like I probably would've quit so soon and actually cried myself to sleep). Like my mom even confronted me about it (a fair bit) cuz she was disgusted and thought people would start treating me badly. Recap: Good things that happened - less oil production - I became mentally stronger - I gained a lot of confidence (cuz I realized not everything depends on looks) - I started to accept and love my body (since it was the only good thing about me physically during this time) - I realized that my skin was best when I just used salicylic acid (benzol peroxide is a little too harsh in my experience) - I became way better at not picking (especially when it comes to not popping) Bad things - I became v ugly (thank god my skin doesn't scar easily!!!!!!!!!) So ya, basically if you have hormonal/puberty acne DO NOT DO THIS. Even if it works out you'll basically give yourself depression during the months required for purging. I would instead recommend a healthy diet, salicylic acid 1x/ day, diluted glycerine for moisture and acceptance of non-severe acne because it is NOT A BIG DEAL. If anyone cares I can upload some pics of my skin. Also I'm giving it 2 more days cuz I'm a fighter.
  14. It's very weird because for me potatoes can be incredibly bad for my skin, but other times I can eat them and be totally fine. It seems that whenever I get a baked potato from a restaurant or even make them myself I break out with large pimples somewhere on my face within a few hours. When I eat baked sweet potatoes I notice the same thing, maybe even worse, literally every time. However, I've been eating peeled, boiled red potatoes every day for a few weeks, and my skin seems to be fine. Last night though I was at a steakhouse where my options we basically french fries or baked potato so I took the potato, and sure enough I had some new pimps that night. It seems that in order to stay clear I need to stay low glycemic, low fodmap, low iodine which is I think why the peeled and boiled red potatoes work for me. What types of potatoes are ok for you guys and how do you cook them?
  15. Hey everyone! I recently started taking AcnEase (look it up if you need to know what it is; it’s all botanical) because it claimed crazy good results. For a while it seemed to be really helpful and I seemed to be gradually clearing up with a few stray pustules sometimes. But now, around a month in, Ive had a huge flare up, worse that I can remember since being on AcnEase. I’ve had moderate-chronic acne (moderate acne that last more than three years), and so I know it might take 2-3 months to get clear forever, but I’m wondeirng if anyone could share their experiences with this treatment?? I’m just not sure why I hold be breaking out so much all of a sudden, like maybe a change of diet or something. But I’ve been very careful about doing everything right and haven’t changed anything in my lifestyle. Thanks for any help you can give!!!
  16. My vegan experience

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    Hi, I'm Scott Piercings. I probably should have signed up for this a long time ago: i've had acne since i was 12 or 13 and have tried, what feels like, pretty much everything. Treating my acne has been like trying to solve an unsolvable puzzle. I did, however, manage to get my skin to behave in a way I thought I could only dream of by sticking to what some might consider a torturous diet. Allow me to list everything I eat on practically a daily basis: Quaker One Minute Oats with water, Kretschmer wheat germ and an apple Dainty Brown Rice with frozen vegetables Stonemill Slow Crafted vegan bread with avocados Catelli Ancient Grains pasta Sunflower Seeds (raw) And other raw fruits and vegetables I list these items because I know how difficult it is to find foods that do not cause acne. Take note that the items listed above contain no animals products whatsoever. In addition, they are minimally processed. My skin is extremely sensitive. Some can't have dairy products; some can't have fish; some can't have unbleached wheat flour; unfortunately for me, it's all of the above. I always thought of acne as something that I was doing to my skin, not something that my skin was doing to me; hence my aversion to acne medication. And what is white rice and white bread but rice and bread with all of the nutrients washed out of them. The same goes for refined sugar: it's nothing but carbs and is inessential to anyone's diet. Unfortunately, for most of my life I didn't even realize what I was eating. I was raised on refined sugar and junk food and sought to correct that. I became a regular runner; I started drinking decaf tea and coffee; I started eating raw vegetables (celery especially)--all in order to purify myself. Eventually, I stopped eating meat because it felt like I didn't need to. I had replaced meat with whole grains and vegetables. And honestly, meat is not nearly as easy to digest as whole grains and vegetables. The last thing I cut out of my diet which gave me acne was parboiled rice. After 3-4 months, my acne was completely gone. I even got a tattoo--something which I thought I would never do because of how hideous my skin was; it wasn't exactly a blank canvas--just to celebrate finding the cure. This bliss was short lived: I soon began to feel weak and fatigued all the time; my palms were sweaty; and I developed a twitch in my face. I couldn't tell which symptoms were caused by low blood sugar and which were caused by a vitamin b12 deficiency. Out of desperation, I ate wild caught salmon--which is supposedly very good for the skin--and broke out almost instantly. I could just take b12 supplements. But, even those contain unwanted ingredients. Besides, i'm trying to do things as natural as possible. Thus, if I could stick to veganism as a cure, I would. It seems that this wasn't meant to be and that I need to find a healthy source of b12, which I will update you guys on. Time for further experimentation.
  17. Since around August last year, my skin (which was once very clear, maybe only 3-4 small non-inflamed spots) has been getting worse. At first it was just a few more on my forehead, but now it's covering my forehead, all along my hairline, a little on my cheeks and a bit on my chin. My back and chest doesn't have a lot of acne. Whilst I do struggle with picking acne on my face (though I have improved), I was wondering whether being extremely iron deficient could cause it to get worse. Since my iron deficiency started getting worse, so did my skin. I have trouble absorbing iron and will get infusions soon, as I literally have no iron left. I read something about the bacteria-causing acne multiplying a lot in low-oxygen environments, and since I have hardly any iron not as much oxygen is diffusing into my cells (including skin in this case). Do you think that could be a possible cause? I don't eat dairy, eat lots of fruit and vegetables/wholefoods, minimal refined sugar, low gluten, etc. so I wouldn't really blame my lifestyle. Though I do have a pretty stressful life, it was the same before my acne. I just want an answer as it makes me very insecure Thank you xx
  18. Since around August last year, my skin (which was once very clear, maybe only 3-4 small non-inflamed spots) has been getting worse. At first it was just a few more on my forehead, but now it's covering my forehead, all along my hairline, a little on my cheeks and a bit on my chin. My back and chest doesn't have a lot of acne. Whilst I do struggle with picking acne on my face (though I have improved), I was wondering whether being extremely iron deficient could cause it to get worse. Since my iron deficiency started getting worse, so did my skin. I have trouble absorbing iron and will get infusions soon, as I literally have no iron left. I read something about the bacteria-causing acne multiplying a lot in low oxygen environments, and since I have hardly any iron not as much oxygen is diffusing into my cells (including skin). Do you think that could be a possible cause? I don't eat dairy, eat lots of fruit and vegetables/wholefoods, minimal refined sugar, low gluten, etc. so I wouldn't really blame my lifestyle. Though I do have a pretty stressful life, it was the same before my acne. I just want an answer as it makes me very insecure Thank you xx edit: i realise i accidentally put this in the wrong forum
  19. When beginning ones conscious choice to make a big life change, there are many things you need to consider. A big factor in me making the decision to change my skin for the better, and seeing results, required a few big changes. A very overlooked side to the causes of acne would, hands down, have to be diet. Growing up, my mom had always warned me against certain skin destructive foods. At one point I actively began to rebel against what she was telling me mainly because I think I was embarrassed that others were seeing negative changes in my skin. A lot of foods she was telling me to avoid were simple cuts and could have spared me 1. A lot of money, 2. A lot of embarrassment. The first thing that is super important when trying to maintain clear or less bacterial breakout prone skin would be a regular consumption of water throughout the day and especially after working out. Something else to look out for as far as diet goes would be things that you know cause inflammation or redness on your own complexion. For me those foods were: dairy & lactose, milk chocolate, super sugary foods, and really high fat or highly caffeinated fruits and veggies. After swapping out my yummy iced white mochas for a simple almond milk latte, a milk chocolate lava cake for a small piece of dark chocolate, and being more mindful about consuming larger portions of both fruits and veggies, within a few weeks I was able to see wonderful results in both my skin and overall energy level. Another simple beverage swap would be cutting out soda and sugary drinks completely. If you are really craving something other than water when out at a restaurant try something like iced tea which contains less dye, sugars, and potential negative health effects. If are someone who more enjoys the carbonated aspect of soda try something such as La Croix, San Pellegrino, or a generic club soda. Being a super huge coffee fan, I found it hard to cut out caffeine completely so instead opted to drink just one 16 oz. homemade iced almond milk latte on weekdays before school. This helped me get through the day while also saving money on sugary and expensive Dutch Bros. drinks (I still really miss those). Once you really get over that bad caffeine difficiency headache, the cut of all those toxins will really start to clear up your skin. Remember, aspirin is your friend. Completely depriving yourself of the foods and beverages you love is never good, instead use these cravings as a reward to your body and make sure to remember that moderation is key.
  20. Two months ago: today: So this girly needs some advice from women who have or are suffering from hormonal acne and have used birth control to control their acne breakouts. Background: I have suffered from anorexia for the last 6 years (since I was 16) and due to this I have never properly had my periods, only the occasional one every now and again. However since maintaining my weight, still low but healthy enough (BMI 15, if that is any help to anyone), I have had a massive hormonal breakout. I am guessing it was hormonal as I broke out a month ago at the same time as I was experiencing blood spotting and my boobs had swelled that week. I went to the doctors and he prescribed me Yasmin as I have been having weak periods every now and again since September last year and he thought this would regulate my periods and help my acne settle down. Now when I say I had a breakout I don't mean 3 or 4 spots on my chin, I am currently sitting here with around 20 spots on my face! I have never had a breakout before only the occasional pimple. I am unsure whether to go on the pill I am worried that it will cause my acne to get worse as it has been slowly getting worse and worse since the breakout in early march. I'm already vegetarian but over the month I have cut down on dairy, I'm drinking more water, taking vitamins, drinking green tea, eating more vegetables, I've been using a topical cream named Zineryt (for the last week) and all has led to no results so far! I'm feeling lost on what to do and I already suffer from body dysmorphia, all I now see when I look in the mirror is a girl covered in spots and I need to find a way out of this mess. I'm extremely distressed, cancelling on friends, hiding away, finding myself skipping university lectures etc. Also, it is making my anorexia hard to deal with again as it keeps telling me to just lose weight so my body won't be able to have the energy to produce the hormones. I DON'T WANT TO RISK EVERYTHING I'VE WORKED SO HARD FOR IN RECOVERY, I know I'd be put back in rehab. So any advice would be very much appreciated! Should I start on birth control? Would that be advisable? What were your experiences? I mean the doctor thinks so but he only chatted with me for five minutes so he doesn't fully understand my situation at all.
  21. Please help! I am desperate to fix these skin issues once and for all. I've had acne since I was 13, and I'm 21 now. I have recurring acne on my cheekbones and around my mouth and chin that pop up in the exact same spots, on and off for about two years. I have red marks on my cheekbones, mouth area, and forehead that will not go away no matter what. I tried proactive when I was younger and it set off some of the worst acne in my life. After that, I found out I was allergic to sodium laureth sulfate as well as tocopherol acetate (synthetic vitamin e) so I haven't been able to use any of the standard acne medications. I prefer holistic remedies anyway, and have seen some success with diet changes, but not enough to completely clear my skin. I started a whole foods, plant based diet in February, and completely went off meat and dairy. About two weeks ago I stopped eating processed oils (as well as nuts and nut butters) and cut my intake of processed foods down drastically (bread only every so often). All of this was for personal reasons, but I did read that cutting these things out could help with acne. I take Green Vibrance Powder, and drink 64-87 oz of water per day. (64 is the basic amount I need). I drink coffee, but I also drink ginger turmeric tea and skin detox tea intermittently. I do still have a good amount of sugar - it's the one thing I can't really kick. I often get coconut milk caramel frappuccinos when I'm working, and I still have jam occasionally and brown sugar quiet a lot. This could possibly be the source? I am moderately active - I work online so I'm often sitting, but I do walk every day and I go hiking every week. I use an all-natural aloe vera gel on my skin and wash my face everyday, I don't sleep with my makeup on, and I follow pretty much every skin care rule I'm supposed to follow for my skin. Still, nothing helps. I don't know what else I can do, and I am completely sick of dealing with this. I'm ready to throw out all of my heavy foundation and concealer (oil free and clean of ingredients I'm allergic to, but not organic or natural, unfortunately. I can't afford expensive makeup very often.) and never wear it again, but I can't. All I have wanted for the past 8 years is clear, healthy skin. I have had hormonal issues in the past (it runs in my family) and have seen my skin get better from using progesterone cream when I was younger. I do have some symptoms of low progesterone, but not a lot - almost every issue I had previously went away with the wfpb diet. Even my skin texture is better, but the acne and scarring will not budge. Any advice or tips are appreciated! Thanks for reading
  22. Hello fellow acne sufferers, Firstly I would like ot apologize in advance if you find the text a bit inconsequential. I just wanted to share some diet changes that I have made that have significally improved my skin condition. I hope that this can inspire and help other people. Background: I have been fighting acne back and forth over the last few years and I have tried almost every diet there is without any major improvements; vegan, no gluten, no dairy, no soy, no carbs, only meat and most recently keto which is what I wanted to talk about today. About keto: For those who are not familiar with the keto diet it is basically that you exclude carbs from your diet (20 net carbs tops) so your caloric intake will be from 70(fat)/20(protein)/10(carbs). This diet is said to help with weight loss, improved brain function and most importantly for me - my skin. You may ask yourself where is the source of energy? The source of energy is in you, or more specifically your fat. When you do not consume enough carbs the body will start taking energy from the fat you have stored on your body. 3 months on keto and green tea: Ever since I decided to start with a ketogenic diet my weekly outbreaks magically disappeared. I used to get 1-2 per week and the week I started keto - nothing and not one since. It is now over 3 months ago since I started doing keto. Also worth mentioning that the keto recipes usually contains a lot of cheese which I am still sensitive to and do not feel ready to experiment with yet so I am, for now, avoiding it. The same week that I started keto I also started drinking green tea every day so I can not say for a fact how much the other did alone for my skin but together they have profoundly improved my skin and I am forever thankful for trying this diet. If you feel brave enough you can try this diet alone or even just add a few cups of green tea to your existing diet or combine both. Happy easter!
  23. Hey everyone. So I now decided to finally make a log of my before and after pics (I was mainly waiting to see if my skin really was better or if it was just a phase). Attached I have a before and after pics of my skin, arround 1/2 years appart. It was a hard journey but you can never give up on it. Before the two pictures I tried a lot of stuff from antibiotics to accutane. Nothing worked. So I took the issue on my own hands: I changed my diet, mainly through elimination diets. Tried vegan, paleo and keto. The one that worked for me was a dairy-free low fodmap paleo diet (I know, long word). I changed my habits - stopped smoking, reduced alcohol intake and stopped drinking caffeine. Adopted a minimal skincare regimen. Only water (and moisturizer if I have any dry area). Only shower my hair and face every other day. Taking a full body shower everyday dries my skin way too much. And one that I think helped me a lot: went to a psychiatrist to deal with my anxiety and constantly high stress levels. And this is the basics of it. If anyone has a specific question, feel free to ask >Oh, and I'm sorry I don't have more pics of the before, but at that time I avoided taking pics at all costs.
  24. I was prescribed tretinoin (0.01%) last August. My dermatologist also prescribed me benzoyl peroxide (10%) to use as a spot treatment. When I first started using them, my skin felt fine (I didn't have any major irritation or redness.) I went through the purging phase and my skin began to clear up for a bit. However, I would still get some painful pimples every few days. At that time, I thought that maybe it would take longer for me to heal and get rid of acne completely. But 7 months have passed and I would still get one or two painful pimples every few days... About 3 weeks ago I got the worst reaction and breakout. I think using the BP and tretinoin every day started to dry my skin out really badly. The skin on my right cheek felt super dry and irritated. So I went to my derm again and she prescribed me a triamcinolone acetonide ointment to calm my skin down. I read somewhere that said this is generally used to treat eczema and that you shouldn't use it on your face. But I still followed my derm's direction and used it for about a week. I wake up with several new pimples every morning and I'm really depressed. My forehead and cheeks are covered with acne scars and new pimples. I stopped using the ointment, and I only Cerave lotion now. But my skin hasn't gotten any better. I still wake up with new pimples. I really don't know what to do, for I have been eating salad and completely cut out dairy and gluten for the past few months. Should I start using the BP cream again? Or is there anything I can do to make my face better? PLEASE HELP!! Thank you!!!
  25. I don't know how many of you heard about the acne no more program(mike Walden). Is it a scam ? Please I want honest reviews about it.