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  1. 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.
  2. 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
  3. 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!
  4. 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.
  5. 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!!!
  6. 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.
  7. Hi, I have suffered from moderate to severe acne since I was about 16 and am now 21. I have taken doxycycline pills, benzoyl peroxide cream (which I still use on occasion- I am unsure whether it actually helps or is irritating and drying out my skin too much) and now take anti-androgens. I have taken antidepressants for about a year until recently as well. Since January, I have pretty much eliminated dairy products from my diet as I've heard multiple times that it is good for acne. My skin has improved slightly but that may also be due to changing medications and using Lush's Ultrabland cleanser. I have also read that, forgive me if I'm not using the correct term, 'carbohydrates with a high glycaemic index' such as bread, cakes and rice often contribute to acne. I am trying to reduce these in my diet but am finding I now feel very hungry and irritable a lot of the time. I've always followed a pescatarian diet and I don't ever want to eat meat that isn't fish. So what is there left to eat? Fruit, vegetables, eggs, fish, nuts, vegan meat and dairy substitutes? I eat all these things but I think that because of my tall, slim body type I have always been the kind to get very hungry easily and my body is used to me eating a lot of bread and pasta. I don't have a lot of money to buy lots of fancy non-wheat vegan food. Any suggestions of what I can do and is it even worth restricting my diet so much in order to reduce acne?
  8. My FAQ's/About Me

    Gallery Diet logs

    From the album About Me

    My FAQ's (Last updated 03/21/18): Greetings strangers! *^Me *^You So... Let's just jump right into it, shall we? Time to say goodbye to "Regimen's" and live life to the best of your ability! ------------------- A lot of people have sent me messages since I joined this site at the age of 22. Many of the questions were similar, so I decided to gather my top frequently asked questions (FAQ's) here based on what people have asked me numerously, and what people are probably still curious about. If you see a question you have that's not here, then please let me know via message, e-mail, or just by commenting bellow! My previous pictures and past regimens are always publicly available, with pictures and descriptions of what I was doing at that time. Everyone is welcomed to take a look at them if they fell like, but the most updated and current information will be right here. ----------------- I would first like to give a huge thanks and shout-out to everyone for sending me links to all the information they have found in regards to acne and their life, and for posting their research and stories. I was so surprised with how much I was learning when I first came to this website! When I first joined, I joined for The Acne.org Regimen, and it worked! Sadly, its cons outweighed its benefits, and when I quit my acne unsurprisingly came back full blown. I pretty much decided that enough was enough, and wanted to get rid of it for good. My body had been screaming at me for years and I did nothing but ignore it. Therefore, my "Final Regimen" was taking care of myself from the inside out, in every simple, logical practical way. Most people do not do this, or at least if they do then they find it very hard to maintain. This is a lifestyle change and decision, and I admit that I am an entirely different person and personality when it comes to what I do in my life and how I live. In fact, after I got rid of my acne, I was never planning to come back on here because the general attitude of people and how resisted what I said. I also lived with people who all had similar stories: ‘It’s a chronic problem’, ‘I’m too depressed’, ‘I feel sick’, ‘I’m moody and angry’, ‘It runs my family’, ‘diet does not effect my health’... etc. People simply do not want to change their their diet and lifestyle, and if they did, then they either cheated and denied it was effecting them, stopped exploring themselves and remained ignorant to other kinds of growth they could have been having, or changed their diet but became somewhat saddened about it, and never maintained it. I never heard from a lot of people again. Look, I've been there with the ‘chronic’ and ‘incurable acne’. Ultimately, there is nothing wrong with feeling devastated for a short while, and letting it sink in that your skin may be 'different'. However, the beautifully ironic truth is that your skin is not very different, and a change to your diet is probably the best thing that could ever happen to you right now. All of this may depend on what you mean when you talk about such things, but in reality there only exists one truth. My skin, for example, was acne prone, and my skin type is 'different', Humans are generally effected in the same way, only with a unique surplus of different kinds of symptoms and results. Not everyone will be ‘displayed’ equally, but you may be surprised at the similarities underneath the surface. Acne was with me since I was four years old, and exploded when I was 14. I understand what it means to be sensitive, ignorant, teased, pushed around, emotionally abused, yelled at, and broken. If you want to talk to someone where acne did truly effect so many areas of their life, then you are speaking to the right person here! But you can NOT let what others do shape your attitude and cosmology into thinking that you deserve to live and eat the way others do. In what way are they actually 'living the good life?'. They're not, and I don't care if they never develop cancer or diabetes for the rest of their lives either. This is not the point. Life is not just about what you want to eat think deserve to do without consequences. Sooooo... basically said, I have a very difficult job here, and that's trying to reach out to as many people as possible as effective as possible. Without being too condescending, too confusing, too off-putting, and relate as much as possible, I'll do my best to reach into those dark, forgotten corners of your mind and break as many fourth walls as I possibly can. So as the saying goes, buckle up mo-fo's because I'm either about to make your day or piss you off. Either way... ------------------- How did you get rid of your acne? -Diet (Mostly Raw Vegetables, Home Cooking, Vegetable Juicing, 99.5% Vegan). -Exercise (1-7 times a week). -Lifestyle (Sleep, Non-depression, Joy and Bliss). But primarily diet. Who are you and what do you do? My name is Renee. I was born and raised in the Chicago Suburbs. I've graduated Community College. I moved to California in 2015. I'm the Owner/Production Manager of a small business. I currently study a wide variety of things on my own and with other people. I am a Truth Seeker (No, it's not what you googled). What are your Health Stats (After a Physical)? Last Official Physical was from 08/06/2012: Height: 5 ft. 5 in. (I've been that height for several years). Weight: 114 lb. (This ranges depending on muscle). BMI (Body Mass Index): 20 (18.5-24.9 = Normal). Cholesterol: 169 (Less than 200 = Desirable). HDL (Good Cholesterol): 83 (60+ is High, which is optimal and good). Triglycerides: 42 (Less than 150 = Normal). LDL: 78 (Less than 100 = Optimal and good). Glucose: 83 (Average is 80-120, so this is good). Liver and Kidney function: Normal. I do not have anemia (blood count is normal). I took a normal blood test and fasted for 12 hours before drawing blood. I didn't ask for anything special. More Tests on 04/19/13: - Had a stool test and blood test done. Required no fasting. - RESULTS: Everything was negative for parasites in my stools, and my thyroid function is healthy and working. More Tests on 05/08/13: - Had a skin prick allergy test done (60 common foods/allergens). - RESULTS: It concluded that I had no food allergies whatsoever. How much sleep do you get Anywhere from 5 to 9 hours a night. I know, random, but generally speaking it's about 8 hours. If it’s shorter, then I’ll try to aim for a nap later that day. I rarely sleep 5 hours. During full-time college life combined with full-time jobs... when I was getting rid of my acne... I sometimes use to sleep 4-5 hours, then nap once twice later on the same day. Currently, I wake/sleep around the same time every day. Do you exercise? Yes. How often? Usually six times a week. I also do a variety of chores and other daily tasks in addition. I enjoy walks, and stretch constantly. I move around a lot doing cooking, cleaning, laundry, vacuuming, shoveling snow/raking leaves/mowing lawn, dusting, organizing, etc… I am usually constantly on my feet, but I rest frequently and whenever I feel like it. I did not need to exercise this frequently to have clear skin. In fact, I went for several months just taking simple walks and still didn't break out. Do you exercise vigorously? Well... not really. I mean, I wish I could say, but what would that mean to you? Everyone has their own limit. I use to lift weights at the gym, and had more muscle mass when I was between 16 and 19, but now that I've done a lot of studying, working and small business building over the years, I will admit that I have loss some muscle mass. Not to mention I became completely vegetarian when I was 21. Sometimes I will sprint or run for 20 minutes, sweating and raising my heart rate to its max, but I currently don't attempt to body build. My past jobs have been very physical in the past, too, such as cooking, prepping, factory working, food distribution in a freezer, waitress, etc... Acne can be a funny thing in the world of working out and with people who go to the gym a lot. When a was sweating lot and wiping my face, I was never afraid of some kind of contamination from my hands, although anything I did never made my already existing acne feel any better. But I can honestly say now that I doubt sweating in of itself, and touching your face, causes acne unless you had crazy amounts of strange bacteria all over your hands. I always advocate, acne or not, washing your hands occasionally and when necessary, and rinsing your face off with just plain water frequently if washing your face with soap more than twice a day is not an option for you. And if you find yourself splashing your face with water several times a day, which can be normal depending on your work or home environment, then just pat your face dry and keep your hair out of the way. This is all basic care no matter who you are. Do you have stress/depression No. In some ways I'm like a child... … Did you ever have stress/depression? Before? Yes. But the past is no longer important... not even so much the future. What's important is HERE and NOW. Aaaaand that's how you accept, move on, let go and go beyond anything you want. But for the sake of helping others with "Acne and Stress", I will let you know what DID happen to me when I had "depression". I was on a few anti-depression medications in high school for about two years, and received counseling before, neither of which did anything to help. I was teased a lot in high school by both my companions, peers and even my teachers. Some of the teasing was from my acne, but most of it was from the fact that I wasn't very social (not because of my acne). I experienced depressed from grade school all the way through college, never really completely leaving the depression until I was around 21 years of age. Now it feels like I'm talking about someone completely different. When I started college, my depression faded away tremendously. I started seeking out what is real, true, and the end of suffering, and today I have nowhere near the same stress that I did before. Also, my acne got worse with age, not better. My stress faded as I got older, not worse. Therefore, stress did not effect my acne, but this does not mean that it won't effect other people's acne. They are likely effected my their metabolism reacting to their stress, which can cause a wide variety of health issues in general. As a female, do your monthly cycles affect your acne? I never figured this out, lol. I'm still not 100 percent certain about this, but I am going to have to say no. In regards to my cycles alone, I have normal symptoms, and always perfectly timed every 28.5 days. I will admit that I thought I noticed some of my acne linked to my periods, but it was almost next to impossible to catch since I always had acne on my face coming and going. I took daily pictures of my face for a very long time, and stored them in my computer, trying to study them and see if I could capture any kind of possible "pattern" I was missing, but this was difficult to do because: a.) My acne was mostly cysts... they developed slowly as huge, UN-moving spots. Cystic acne remained unnoticed under my skin for several weeks, then took weeks to emerge, pop, and disappear for good... not to mention I also got them in all shapes and sizes. b.) My period was not the cause of all my acne, if at all. c.) There were just too many spots and factors to keep count. Do you take Birth Control? No. Never did. Do you drink alcohol/do drugs? No. Never did. Have you done The Regimen of Acne.org? Yes I did. And yes it worked. But I don't recommend it. More information on all that here: Did you ever take topical/oral medication for your acne? Yes. I've tried everything and anything at all my local stores and pharmacies that said "For Acne" on them since I was 14. I have been an extremely patient acne sufferer for many years, always giving products months to work. Anything prescribed to me was always given to me by my local dermatologists. I do not remember all the prescription names I was on, but I do know that many of the things I took and used that were given to me by my dermatologist worked... ... however, my dermatologists and medications gave me more problems than answers, such as: - Finances: I was constantly pushed to maintain the cost of my medication, as a part time/full time worker AND part-time/full-time student. Treating my acne... not curing it, TREATING it... was anywhere from 100 to 600 dollars per month. This included all oral and topical medications. Some of them had to be done THREE times every single day. - Health: More than 2/3 prescriptions given to me gave me side effects. I had chapped lips, nose bleeds every few months, loss of appetite, shaking, itchy feet, and ‘burning sides of torso’ (kidneys). I also had frequent and sharp headaches, but they only lasted up to 2 or 3 minutes after taking the oral medications. - Damage: I lived with the side effects for years. My face had a thin layer of never ending shedding skin, my hair became thinner, and my acne kept developing and mutating into more cyst-like legions. I also had back, chest and stomach acne, all of which were ignored with my expensive topical face washes. - Mentality: I was frequently called and coached by my dermatologists every month to come in because of how severe I was, and that stopping in any way would only "make the acne worse." Wow, you don't say... I wonder why and when that started to happen... The acne.org Regimen worked for me, and Accutane worked for my brother. Since my first job, my doctors and dermatologists had gotten quite a generous amount of my paychecks. My acne was always treated with something, so I have been paying for it as long as I can remember. However, I no longer go to my doctor or dermatologist for my acne anymore. I can not stand the risks and side effects, not to mention they will always try to put me on something insanely expensive. I was able to get my doctors and dermatologists to admit that these medications were not long lasting, but that there IS a link to what we eat and do that obviously effects our overall health, including the state of our skin which may or may not develop acne. During my last acne visit to my doctor, he had told me that I can never get rid of my acne, that I will always have it no matter what I try to do differently. He was 100 percent wrong. So you completely quit topical washes/medications? Yes. I learned that they caused me more harm than good, but I never was brave enough to go more than three weeks without trying something. Like most people on Acne.org, I was terrified to stop. It meant acne no matter what, and looking like you didn't care about your hygiene and skin. Always starting the regimen over again when you decide to miss some time was a huge nightmare, and was a horrible way to live and feel about yourself. Basically, stopping was not easy but I did it anyway. The only thing I use to wash myself now is simple and organic soap bars (ordered off the internet - coconut, lavender, African black, etc...) and any kind of organic shampoo/conditioner I can get my hands on. There are dozens of simple soap brands in most grocery stores now. Look for brands with no perfume and as few ingredients as possible. And when using soap bars, wash your face and wipe your skin with your finger tips really, really well to get the roughness off. People make the mistake of rinsing too quickly and not long enough... water is your best friend. All the money I saved from quitting all my acne medications was instead used to expand my lifestyle and diet. Do you wear make-up? No. During a photo shoot (likely the picture above), then yes, very minimally and rarely. Make-up costs money and is a completely unnecessary investment to me. If I do put it on, I use my fingers and only use a base foundation. I use any brand that doesn't clog the pores. What do you eat? I enjoy eating: -Vegetables (Cooked, Raw, Boiled, Stir fried, etc...). -Fruit (Mostly Raw). -Beans, Lentils, Legumes and VERY few Nuts. I do NOT eat: -Meat, Dairy or Eggs. -Wheat/Bread and Gluten Products. -Most restaurant food (I hardly eat out anyway). -Almost anything that's not fresh, whole and what I would call real food. Being Vegetarian was a choice, but I am pretty sure that if I was not, then good quality organic meats, fishes and eggs should not cause someone to break out. For me, eggs and fish did not cause me to break out. Unfortunately, the meat industry is notorious for abusing animals and pumping them full of hormones, medications, poor quality feeds and awful living environments. So with that said, a lot of meat can and does cause acne. It depends on the quality. Most store bought meat is probably awful for you, even if you are a meat eater. I'll have a diet and recipe blog soon... Do you eat organic? I always prefer organic and extremely low processed foods if they’re available. How much money do you spend on food? Eating the way I am now is cheaper, with the only 'issue' being that you may have to shop every few days rather than every few weeks. Depending on the season will depend on how available the food is, and much the local produce will cost. With that said, I spend about $50-$100 a week on groceries on average. But I also live with with other people, and we buy more to serve each other, which in the long run is also cheaper. Fresh produce is large, bulky, takes up a lot of fridge space, and will go bad fast if not used right away, so try keeping track of your receipts and gas trips until you find what works for you. I save money and time by combining my food shopping with other errands. Most produce remains refrigerated until I use them, and I only peel/cut/wash the produce the instant I start prepping/cooking/juicing with them. I wash everything in a small bowl full of cool water and with a vegetable brush. Sometimes I use vinegar too. I started this lifestyle with a small fridge and pathetic kitchen, so anyone should be able to do this. How is your energy level? High. It's always been high. Eating more healthy now has not changed my energy levels. What about fatigue? I don't worry about fatigue, because no matter what you eat you will always be fatigued. People love to make the excuse that eating more vegetables wipes them out and that they are always cranky and can't stand the way they feel. Well guess what, they say the same thing about everything else they eat when the realize that it's probably not good for them. This is a sensitive topic to a lot of people, surprisingly. To me, being fatigued means normal, basic living, and a combination of everything you do. It could be emotions, work, lack of sleep, and of course what you eat. It could be two of these things, or all of them at once. Anything and everything I eat always has an effect on me... I can feel my vegetable juice run through my stomach, and then my body. Most of the time it's blissful and pleasant, but other times it can make me feel incredibly sleepy. Do not concern yourself with trivial matters such as this... but please do not ignore what you may feel might be a very bad symptom of food allergies and/or another kind of underlying health issue. How many times do you eat a day? I don't worry about how many times I eat a day. I eat whenever I get the chance and whenever I need to do so. But if you're picky then I'd say an average of twice a day, with one snack. I can eat around 1 to 5 times a day, and sometimes I fast. I seldom I sit down an eat a supper large meal. I also rarely eat and drink at the same time. I drink water periodically throughout the day, always keeping myself hydrated. Sometimes I'll wait a few hours before eating and/or drinking, it all depends on what I'm doing. So... What DID you use to eat? Candy, pop, chocolate, breads and bakeries, fruits, vegetables, soups, pizza, pastas, etc… I ate a variety of healthy things AND junk food. Whatever I wanted, whenever I wanted. The majority of my diet was breads, pastas, bakeries, cereals, candies and sweets, milk, soda, and juices. I use to commonly buy overly processed sweet coffee-like drinks, pour vast amounts of syrups and dressings over my weekend morning iHop pancakes, and at rib-fests I would joyfully tare the fleshy over-sauced meat off those poor dead animal’s flesh and bones clean off. At first none of what I listed above sounds bad for most people at all, but after reading several forums and stories on this website, as well as going to the library for years and reading one nutritional book after another, I eventually realized how terrible these things actually were. I hide nothing and admit everything. Why? because I wanted to get rid of my acne, and improve my overall quality of life. But please keep in mind that I didn't just eat all of these things at once, nor did I eat them every week. These are things that I simply had no problem swallowing, and was completely ignorant and oblivious of their effects on the body... I am simply remembering what I use to eat. I obviously ate healthy food too. I use to have candy about once a week and soda every other day. Hell, I was eating ice cream every night whilst anonymously reading acne forums on this website before i joined! If I wanted something sweet all day and healthy the next day, then I would just eat it. This is not the case anymore (with crap food that is). Do you still eat candy/ice cream/pudding/sugary sweets? No. If I want dessert then I make my own. When I tried doing that in the past, I did several things wrong. I realize what I was doing was not read the labels and ingredients correctly, and I didn't replace my diet with more nutritious food at the same time. You can't just get rid of the bad stuff, you also have to eat the good stuff! Do you drink milk/eat ANY kind of dairy product? No. No. No. HELL. NO. Before I could drink up to 1 to 3 glasses of milk a day, as well as cheesing up my eggs and other foods, but I literally quit milk when I was 22 years old (when I joined this website and read about health for a few months). However, this took a while to learn, even when I was a member here because I have been fooled by some products before, such as chocolates, breads, canned foods, etc... Milk is a huge stimulant for my acne and especially my cystic acne. Being extra careful in the beginning was the only way that I could guaranteed my acne would go away. Now I'm just use to it and don't even think about it anymore. But I can tell you that I once accidentally ate a stir-fry with melted cheese all over it... and nothing happened. Although I can not say for certain why that was, I do feel that it was because of my overall healthy diet. I got a little cocky after that and thought I could have cheese again, or at least cooked cheese, but even once a week for four weeks was enough to kick start my acne cysts all over again. So now I am aware that if anything like that happens again, the body should know what to do with it, but it’s not going to be used for something it can’t handle. So now you don't eat/drink sugar AND dairy products? Correct. However, there is sugar in everything we eat, including fruit. With that said I do eat one any kind of fruit I want every do often, so I guess we have to be realistic when it comes to the word "sugar". Did you ever stop drinking milk AND eating sugar at the same time BEFORE this website? No, never. What about Gluten? I don't eat bread or gluten-containing products anymore. Bread = Sugar to me, or at least most breads, so I eventually cut them out. Before I was eating them sometimes, but when I took wheat products out of my diet, my skin went from 90 percent to 100 percent clear. I am not interested in gluten free products because they are a health scam in my eyes: just because they took out the gluten doesn't mean the product is more healthy, it means that they replaced it with ingredients that act like gluten would... only they're twice as bad for you. I eat things such as oatmeal but not often. I make my own flours in a blender if I feel like it. So you changed your diet for good? Yes. After joining this website I've seen how nutrition and diet plays a role in our acne. How many servings/meals do you eat a day? Like I said before, I don't actually eat "meals" but will about 1-5 times a day. What do you drink now? Water, hot tea, coffee and hot chocolate (homemade). I enjoy loose leaf teas the most, organic and fair trade if I can find it. I have found many kinds of loose leaf green, white, chamomile, and Darjeeling teas off the internet and at my local vitamin shops. Those are my favorite flavors. I drink as much tea as I want, whenever I feel like it. If I drink coffee, I use non-dairy creamers except soy milk because I feel that soy products are is pretty damn bad for you, actually. I also feel that they effect people who like to work out a lot, such as myself. Go for Almond, Coconut, Hemp, Oat ad Rice Milk instead. I RARELY, RARELY, RARELY sweeten my coffee with Organic Cane Sugar, and I can not stress enough the word RARELY. I am successful with this because of my entire diet in general. If not that kind of sugar, then I actually use honey or even jams and jelly's. Loose leaf tea lasts longer than the pouched tea because I can add as many dried up leaves as I like. A little goes a long way. I would recommend buying a huge bag for 9-20 dollars and having it last half a year to one year in your household I have always drank hot tea though, ever since high school. Being a tea drinker alone didn't cause or cure my acne, I just happened to like it. I also sweeten my tea with honey, ut not all the time. How much water do you drink a day? I usually carry around a 20oz black reusable metal water container with me wherever I go, and I drink anywhere from 2-5 fillings of it a day. I usually don't eat and drink at the same time, but if I do I won't drink a lot just a little. Each day is different. If I am working out or walking then I'll drink more. How often do you urinate/produce waste? Well... if you must know I urinate about once every hour or so. Yes, that can be an average of about 6-12 times a day. I often stop drinking water approximately 1-2 hours before I go to sleep because I dislike waking up in the middle of the night to pee... always annoying and hurts my stomach. Before my diet change, I produced waste only once every other day. Ever since I started drinking my homemade vegetable juice and/or eating more vegetables, I suddenly can produce waste up to three times a day. For a while that was just way too much, so I read a few books and later discovered that chewing my food much longer than I normally would actually slows down the waste production, and it did. So now it's about 1-3 times a day. What about your scars? Don't care. Getting rid of the acne was satisfying enough for me. I have far more important things I'd like to do in life then see how close I can get to having 'flawless skin'. My scars do not phase me in the slightest, and I wouldn't treat them even if it was for free. With as long as my acne had been around, and how severe it was, I knew since I was a teenager that my skin was going through a lot, and I would probably be scared for life. I am of course aware of scar treatments, however, and I certainly don't condemn people at all for wanting to do them and get rid of as many of those holes on their face as possible. As you may have guessed if you read some of this article, I am a different person when it comes to what I value in life and what I find the most interesting. Humans are not meant to be packaged, contained and plastic wrapped to perfection, sitting on the shelf in mint condition, never to be used. A flawless face is not the pinnacle of life. But if you do want to treat you scars, then prevention, prevention, prevention. And if you don't have acne anymore, then water, water, water. Stay hydrated, and look into Chemical Peels, Lemon and ACV Treatments, and surgeries. Red marks DO take a while to go away, but they do fade. Make sure you get to the heart of the bee's nest first before dealing with scars. In fact, on a good diet, everything about your skin and overall quality of life begins to improve. For me, my red marks began fading away after only a few months, and my skin tone began neutralizing and evening out again. This overall effects the quality of my scars appearance, and my attitude with them. ------------------- Sorry for all the piss and crap talk, but these are actual questions that people have been asking me during my time here. So... there you go! I truly hope I managed to answer your questions, or at least inspire you just a little to look at your life and reflect on, well, everything! Let me know in the comments bellow what you think or if you have any questions. Best of luck to you all! And I'm out.
  9. Hey guys, I'm going to try to not make this too long. I visited my dermatologist and her resident in mid-January for severe and persistent cystic acne. After the resident got me all excited about the possibility of finally getting accutane, my dermatologist decided I should try doxycycline 100mg twice a day in combination with Diane 35 and a benzoyl peroxide cream. I reluctantly agreed, knowing she's the professional and that accutane is a pretty intense drug. I started taking it right away and have been very consistent and strict with it. My question is, when will I see results? I noticed initially it helped a bit but now my skin doesn't seem to be getting any better - one pimple goes away, a new one takes its place. It wasn't very bad on my back or chest but now I have pimples all over my back, arms,chest and even my legs! My skin is so red, dry and flaky. My eyelids hurt if I don't put on a cream right after a shower or washing my face. I got a nice large rash all over my chest and neck. I know these are all side effects of both medications, but is my acne going to go away anytime soon? Has anyone been on this combination of medications and and seen results? I don't think I can deal with it for much longer. I'm using cetaphil gentle skin cleanser and first aid beauty moisturizer along with the glamglow mask for acne (i know it's a little harsh on sensitive skin but it gets rid of all my redness!) Is there any other products I should be using? My dermatologist only said cetaphil and a good moisturizer so that's what I stuck with but now I'm wondering if anything else might help. Sorry, this is such an incredibly long post for only a few questions but I feel like if my acne doesn't start cleaning up soon i'm going to have a breakdown. I never want to leave my room because I feel like people are staring and my self-confidence is at an all-time low! Hopefully, someone else has been put on this regimen and had success!
  10. Hey acne.org, first time poster here! I was wondering how I could bulk (3200 calories a day) by eating clean ie. limiting carbs, sugars, processed foods, no dairy, etc. I've been focusing on drinking lots of water and eating lots of fruits/veggies, vegan protein powder, soy milk, whole wheat cereal, oatmeal, you name it but I always come up around 1000 calories short. There aren't many clean options when it comes to lunch because the school menu is pretty much set everyday so I'm trying to eat well in the mornings and evenings. In short: How do I eat a lot of calories without risking breakouts?
  11. Hormonal Acne Advice!

    Forums Hormonal acne 1 reply

    Hello everyone! I know long post... please give it a read?:) Ok, so I’ve been reading this forum form or years. You all seem to be very educated and know what you’re talking about when it comes to acne. I’m really hoping there’s someone that can give me some advice or suggestions for my acne. So backstory... had acne since 13, mostly just whiteheads and some pastuels on my forehead. Never on the lower half of my face where the hormonal acne “should be”. That bothered me so very much tried multiple different diets, creams, supplements... to no avail. Fast forward to when I turned 18 I started noticing more pastuels and some mild cysts along with the whiteheads. Again all localized on my forehead, but the cysts where only on my temples. My acne started to become more severe for me, but still classified as moderate. Again I started to try diets, vegan, paleo, Atkins pescatarian... etc. Tried many topicals for otc and perscription. Tried supplements, zinc, pantetheine, vit a... you name it I’ve probably tried it:(. So, I thought that my acne must be hormonal since no diet or amount of probiotics helped. So, I got my dermatologist to prescribe me Spironolactone. I was on that for two months OMG. No pimples after about a month. I was in what felt like bliss with my skin... but not in my head lol. The problem with this drug was it gave me severe depression, so I had to come off it. Within two weeks... boom, war zone on my forehead. So, then I had a DNA test done and he said that my testosterone was low and that I had estrogen dominance. Which had me very confused. I’ve taken dim for a month long before and my acne was at its worst, but maybe it’s detox? Or maybe Dim should raising free testosterone? Not sure. I know very confusing:( anyways, I’m only 20 and it’s T-zone acne which makes me think it’s puberty androgen induced acne since Spironolactone helped a lot! I have been on saw palmetto for months and that didn’t seem to do anything. But then again I seem to have estrogen dominance and I know. That phytoestrogens cause acne. Oh forgot to mention. I was on Diane 35 for a year and that also really helped my skin when I was 16. I am also female if anyone has some advice please please please let me know!!! I think I’m driving myself crazy over here
  12. Day 984

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    What better time than Lent to give up all the things you enjoy eating? I know I'm a couple of days late, but I've decided to give it a proper shot. Another attempt - yet another attempt - at clearing my skin up and feeling vaguely good about myself. I thought I'd share a little history. I've dug out some pictures of me over the last 19 years. The early ones are blurry (35mm scans), but you get the general idea. My acne has rarely been classed as severe, but it's been with me my whole life. It's always been around my nose, lips and chin. I avoided cameras for months when it was at its worst, so these pictures aren't the most representative. My spots have always been horrible for relationships - kissing anyone always made them stand out more. They have gotten smaller as I've gotten older, but somehow more numerous. So. Here's the ridiculous regimen I'm going to follow in order to look like a normal person. For the next 6 weeks: 1. No meat or fish 2. No dairy or eggs 3. No sugar (cakes, chocolate, etc.) 4. No fruit 5. No stupid breakfast cereals (like cornflakes or Rice Krispies) 6. Drink more water 7. Eat tons of everything else so that I'm not hungry 8. Blog here like a maniac to stay on track I feel miserable even at the thought of it. Here's how it's going to go: Stage 1: The early days will be okay, just tiring. Stage 2: Then the depression and moods and irritability and headaches set in. I will cry and hate everything. This will last until day 14. Stage 3: Then I will get a cold or the flu. Stage 4: Then the cravings will be unbearable. Stage 5: Then I'll be on an even keel and I will start thinking that ONE treat will be okay because I can control it (but it never is just one). Stage 6: Then some life event will come along that will make me think f*ck this, and I'll give up, and binge on wine and chocolate. I never got any further than that. But here I am again, giving it another go. Six weeks - what's six weeks after 30 years of acne? And what better time to do a 6 week detox than on the 30th anniversary of turning into a zitty teenager? Did you know at school the other girls used to call me pizza-face? Yep. Horrible, isn't it? So when I think about giving up, I'm going to re-read this post and remind myself why the hell I am putting myself through 6 weeks of utter shite, eating food that makes me miserable and feeling utterly crap, when eating is the only thing that I actually get any joy out of these days. It's because I want fabulously smooth, clear skin. For once in my life.
  13. My acne is healed. I healed my skin with a combination of: Diet - I do not eat gluten, I avoid dairy products, lots of fruits and vegetables. I still enjoy my food and eat out on occasion. A few months of the caveman regimen (which allowed me to discover that my skin is extremely DRY and SENSITIVE not oily.) Stopping my skin picking habit (took a long time but I no longer touch my face or pick my skin.) The first and most important rule of my current acne routine is that it is NOT a routine. I pay attention to my skin and respond accordingly. I don't mindlessly wash my face morning and night - I keep my use of products as simple and minimal as possible. The second rule is be GENTLE! It is so important for my skin that I am extremely gentle with it. I touch it as little as possible and when I do it is only very gently and I only ever wash using lukewarm water. Never ice cold, never very hot - both of these temperatures dry out my skin. Products In My Routine (I keep to these products but I use them as and when I see fit.) Raw, organic, unfiltered honey - as a mask, applied gently, approx. 2x a month for up to 6 hours. Moo Goo Full Cream Moisturiser - rich, gentle moisturiser with great, natural ingredients. I only apply this to very damp skin after splashing with water. 100% cold-pressed, organic argan oil - helps with my hyper-pigmentation healing, seals in moisturiser when skin is particularly dry. Also doubles as my eye 'cream.' Soft microfibre face cloth - allows me to remove light makeup with only water. For heavier makeup I follow up with some argan oil and remove with the cloth. ALWAYS extremely gently (take your time) and only with lukewarm water. I am only able to use these products with success now because I believe I found the route cause of my acne, which was a poor diet (high in gluten, sugar and dairy) and continuous use of a harsh, acne-targeting skin care routine which damaged the barrier function of my skin. Of course these products will not work for everyone's skin as they have for mine - but I wanted to document what has been working for me for the past year or so. If anyone has any questions please don't hesitate to ask!
  14. Diet

    Forums Diet & holistic health

    I have read lots of advice online about what you should and shouldn't eat. I became a pescatarian (someone who doesn't eat meat, but eats fish) a little over two weeks now. I am eating a lot of oily fish like salmon. Also I have started taking spirulina, raspberry leaf and flaxseed. My skin hasn't improved that much but it's only early days. However, I have noticed that i'm feeling a lot less tired recently, even though I have around 10-12 hours per night. If anyone knows of any foods that help acne that would be much appreciated.
  15. 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
  16. I’ve posted here few times before. If you ever read any of my posts before you would know that I eat around 4000-6000 calories a day mostly junk food. Especially dairy, wheat and sugar. I still eat like this too. But today I found some absolutely shocking pictures of my acne that I couldn’t not even believe. Don’t even remember taking them. Check this out. I never took accutane but did take some antibiotics way back last February. Only for two weeks though. This is the last thread I’m gonna make on this site most likely as I don’t feel the need to post after this. October 2016: my face was pretty much clear. January 2017: got horrible acne breakout and popped all my pimples every single day with dirty fingers. February 2017: March 2017: May 2017: July 2017: August 2017: september 2017: October 2017: Now: I don’t have a picture of me today but I’m better now then those last pictures in October. Anyways I used to put undiluted tea tree oil on my skin to dry out my pimples and this led to those red burn marks on my cheeks. I still have some red marks on my temples and on cheeks but wayyyy better.
  17. I recently had a bad breakout from taking Saw Palmetto and it left ugly red marks on my cheeks. I have been eating a small handful of organic raw pumpkin seeds everyday and my skin looks smoother. Has anyone's skin cleared up from eating pumpkin seeds? Is it good for balancing hormones?
  18. Ok, fascinating video here on the severe damage diet has within the body, and it's effect on the prevalence of acne.Hard to dismiss these scientific facts! https://nutritionfacts.org/video/saving-lives-by-treating-acne-with-diet/
  19. Ok, fascinating video here on the severe damage diet has within the body, and it's effect on the prevalence of acne.Hard to dismiss these scientific facts! https://nutritionfacts.org/video/saving-lives-by-treating-acne-with-diet/
  20. Hi gang! My background: Lurker for close to 10 years, almost as long as I have had acne. I am a mid-20s college student raising a sibling. In other words, I have no time. I want to look presentable, though. This is why clearing my skin naturally is so important to me. I also don't wear makeup.. so it's magnifies the issue. I'm a hard INTJ, if you dig MBTI. That means I'm typically anxious and tense, which I'm sure is a big part of my acne. BCP (Yasmin) cleared my skin in my teens. Went off of it because of some of the possible side effects, then went on Spiro, which worked perfectly. However, I want to heal my body. I don't want to be on medication forever. Both my parents have adult acne, so I could be looking at hard cysts on my face with other inflamed red rolling hills until I hit menopause. I was going to do Accutane, but stopped when I realized I would have to go back on Yasmin (i.e. my skin would be perfect on yasmin so I doubt the accutane would cure me.) I am using the Neutrogena light therapy mask right now. It is helping but I doubt it will help as much as I need. I eat a diet of chicken, vegetables, and glucomannan/oat fiber (non-soluble fibers that fill you up and pass right through.) I have always had chronic constipation, so I take Miralax. When I don't take it, the inflammation gets worse. I have noticed that if I eat a ton of vegetables, my skin can get inflamed. This worries me. When I don't eat, or eat tiny portions to keep myself from starving, acne is reduced. But how can I sustain that? It doesn't seem possible. I know tanning and sweating/working out have helped in the past, but on this diet I have no energy to work out. I am scared of how hungry it would make me. No, not anorexic. I'm 5'6 and ~140. If you have read this far, my heartfelt thanks. I am so grateful for this community. Acne is such a difficult disease to deal with in the modern world-the shame, I mean. MY QUESTION: Is there anything else I can do for my acne naturally? Should I just suck it up and go back on Spiro?
  21. Hi Guys, I’ve browsed this forum a lot while struggling with my Acne. I never post and I’ve just been lurking like I’m sure of some you are who’s reading this. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- First off, if you are considering suicide, please consider calling the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255. Acne is a difficult, painful, emotionally destabilizing, but you will get through it. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- I wanted to tell you my story over the last 10 years, and to warn you, it is quite long but it may help you if you were/are in my position. I will be going over what medications I took, and my final straw with doctor’s recommendations as the last one recommended that I stay on Accutane for the rest of my life. I have before/after photos, but if enough people find value in a video, I will consider making one and may actually do it to spread awareness. I have a few since I was 16 the beginning and throughout my 20s. For now, I will share with you my most recent cystic acne outburst. The photo that you see with my severe acne was in Late August 2017 and the other one is a picture taken today, early December 2017 (approximately 3 months). This was actually the second worst acne breakout that I ever had. The first one occurred when I was 18 on Accutane. As you can see, I still have a lot of scarring, but I don’t break out anymore. The scars you see developed when I was figuring it all out after discontinuing the expensive products and topical + oral medications that I was put on. I cut those medications off in July 2017, and my face went bonkers. Why in July? Well, for one my health coverage was ending and I would be paying a much larger out of pocket expensive. To add to that, around April/May, the dermatologist I was seeing recommended that I start a new prescription of 40MG of Accutane infinitely. I was scared, nervous, and almost had a mental break down. I asked what are the side effects? Why forever? She said “because we’ve tried everything else, but you don’t have to go on Accutane if you are happy continuing to take your current medications”. I was frustrated. So, I decided to learn everything I could about the science of Acne, diet, skin care, bacteria, etc. Now before I jump into the story, to put actual figures behind my prescriptions + recommendations. At the time, spending close to ~400 a month just to keep my acne at bay WITH health insurance. Albeit, hindsight is 20/20 and some of the lotions recommended to me by my dermatologist were anti-aging creams that they encouraged. I was too foolish to question anything otherwise. It wasn’t needed in solving the underlying issue. Why was I still breaking out after ALL of this? WHY? WHY ME? Questions I’m sure you ask yourself too. I’ve been through many of the same stages as you guys. First let’s start with all the medications/things I’ve been on or tried personally and can attest to how you may be feeling. Over the Counter Meds: Benzoyl Peroxide Wash/Gel (All strengths) Salicylic Acid Wash (All strengths) ProActiv Prescriptions: Minocycline Doxycycline Clindamycin Tetracycline Retin-A Isotretinoin (Accutane) (Up to 40mg) Tazorac Differin Aczone Benzaclin Things I’ve experimented with Jojoba oil Teatree oil Maka Honey Mask (Regular raw honey also) Rose pedal Toner Aloe Vera Toner Dieting Sweating by workout/Sauna Salt based cleansers Korean skin exfoliates Swimming frequently Tanning Niacin Changing bed sheets/ bed covers often Changing detergent Different Hair products Different Shampoo/ Conditioners Clean & Clear Adv TNS Essential Serum (Expensive) Chinese Herbal Tea Vietnamese Yoga Vitamin C face lotion As you can see, I have tried a lot of things. This list doesn’t include the countless amount of expensive lotions/“miracle” creams to help with scarring that I was recommended by people and forgot the name. I’ve been to a few cosmetic dermatologist to fix my issues, and although they are amazing, I needed to stop the root cause of my acne. Why am I getting acne? Why do I continue to breakout despite the oral pills, the over the counter drugs, and the gels that are supposedly stop breaking out. My answer Since my acne was the worst some of the dermatologist I’ve met with have ever seen, they didn’t know what to do but to throw the kitchen sink at it. So, I knew my answer to Acne when going on a treatment was to battle it in a multi-factor way. Diet + Skin Care Routine + Overall Wellness/Cleanliness Now let’s break it down: Diet For me diet was HUGE. HUGE. The only thing that I was never coached on by any dermatologist. It was the PRIMARY thing that was breaking me out. After consuming whatever I wanted for over 20+ years, I realized some foods were terrible for me regarding my skin condition. I needed to stay away from Chocolate, Diary Products (cheese, ice cream, pizza, etc), and Coffee. I converted to a cleaner diet consisting of mainly fruits + veggies + cleaner meat dishes (staying away from fried foods, heavily sauced foods, and dishes with an abundant amount of sodium). Changing my diet helped with the rise of new acne. I wasn’t forming these nasty cystic that pops up. What can you do? Look at what you eat and keep a journey or new acne to foods you consume. Skin Care Routine This was important but it was something I was doing my whole life. This was just continuing this same process but now in a systematic way. I clean, tone, and moisturize. Sunscreen in the day. Benzo to kill P. Acne. I also use natural exfoliates to clean dead skin cells a couple times a week. If you aren’t doing this in your daily routine, DO IT. What can you do? Buy a gentle cleanser that works for you, toner, and moisturizer. It is critical to put sunscreen on. Get the non-oily versions of the sun screen. If you aren’t a big fan of benzo peroxide, you can everything else first and use benzo as a last resort, even a 2.5% may help. Overall wellness/ cleanliness I practice these a lot throughout my years but I will bring some awareness to a few that I do. Don’t touch your face. It may seem obvious that you want to avoid putting dirt on your face, but it’s so natural to touch your face if you are stressed or embarrassed etc etc. If you really need to touch your face to scratch an itch, use your shirt or a tissue. Do remember that your phone has more bacteria on there than almost any appliance you use on a day to day basis. Wipe it down. Save your health by killing that bacteria. Pillow covers. Change them frequently. If you are extra oily like me, do it more often than others. I change mine every night if not every other night. Yes. It is a lot of work, but until you are for sure that you can go without it, you should incorporate this habit. These are some examples of overall wellness that I committed to and will continue to commit to. What can you do? The above. Acne scars This is the next stage of my acne journey. I am in the Acne scar revision phase. I have ice pick scars, rolling scars, keloid scars, atrophic scars, and the list goes on. I will take you guys on this journey with me and hopefully in a year, there will be some great results that I can help you guys with who may be in the acne scar phase or will be in the acne scar phase. I feel like there are so many parts to my story that I didn’t include, but over the span of 10 years is a long time to cover everything. I would be happy to answer ANY question regarding the different mediation, gels, creams, lotions, and etc that you may have. I have been on Accutane and faced severe depression. I, like some of you, have considered suicide. Don’t do it. Remember, you are beautiful. I put the list of things I’ve tried so we can have an open general conversation about it. I can tell you my experience in what I liked/didn’t like. If I wrote each experience up, it would be a novel. It took me nearly a week to do this write up (partially due to work), and also I wasn’t sure if I wanted to be in the public eye with my acne and my problems. I’m rather to myself with these things. But I want to be a resource to people. I’ve dealt with this for 10 years. I know the pain you may be in. I’m here for you. I wish I had someone do the same for me, so I’m reaching out. Comment or message me. Share your story. I will try to help as I can and will get back to your messages!
  22. Moderate hormonal acne and dry skin

    Forums Hormonal acne 2 replies

    So I posted a topic on this forum a couple months ago and I figured out part of the reason my acne was getting so bad. First, I was using a coconut based face wash and moisturizer that DESTROYED my skin and in the process of trying to reverse it, I was using so many products on my face at one time that, while the worst of it was going away, my skin was still worse than I had ever seen it. Recently, I switched to using Cetaphil on my face since I do have incredibly sensitive skin and decided I should use something as mild as possible. I follow it up with a Cetaphil moisturizer that has hyaluronic acid in it because (and this is the part that's been stumping me for the past six months) my skin has been soooooo dry. This is weird because my face was a constant oil slick up until I started taking minocycline a year ago and even after I stopped taking it, my skin has done a complete 180 and is dry all the time. So now I'm fearing that since my face is so dry, that's why my acne might not go away. I have very large pores, small whiteheads all over my jawline, whiteheads on my cheeks, and a mixture of whiteheads, blackheads, and flesh colored bumps on my forehead. I stay away from dairy and wheat products as much as I can and I've been taking quite a few supplements to treat what I believe is an excess in testosterone in my body (I'm doing all trial and error with this because I don't have the money to get any blood work or anything done to prove that's the case) including cinnamon extract, a vitamin b complex, magnesium, fish oil, and a natural stress response supplement as I do have mild anxiety. My skin is definitely a lot better than it was over the summer, but I just don't know what else to do to help get rid of it once and for all. I feel like I've tried everything. Does anyone have any thoughts/suggestions? Maybe any advice on what products to use to help regain the moisture in my skin? Thanks a bunch.
  23. Cystic acne on vegan diet

    Forums General acne discussion 4 replies

    I have dealt with moderate to severe acne since I was 13. 2 months ago, I was so happy because my skin was clearing up, I had almost no acne on my face. However, after consuming a lot of dairy, I experienced a massive breakout. In an effort to clear my skin up, I immediately stopped consuming all animal products. I also cut out bread, soy, and added sugar. Even with this diet change, 2 months later my skin is getting worse by the day. I had better skin when I was drinking soda and eating processed foods. Right now I have countless cysts covering my cheeks. Everytime I walk past my reflection I am embarassed. I want to stay inside and hide from the world. 3+ times a day, I douse my face in undiluted tea tree oil. At night, I use a cleanser with salicylic acid. I drink 1-2 litres of green tea everyday Anybody have any experience with this? I need advice.
  24. I cannot believe it is day 21!! I thought I was going to be way more diligent about posting here but life gets busy, what can I say? Anyways, I've been really good with my diet after I had an incident. It's actually pretty funny now that I think about it. My last blog post talked about how much I missed cheese. Well, the next day I split half a pizza with my husband and yes - I broke out! And I don't mean the whiteheads I had before, I mean big ugly cysts. It took awhile for my breakout to mellow down but now I know that dairy definitely causes my acne! Before I just assumed it did because it does for so many other people, but secretly I didn't want to believe it, but now I have concrete evidence. Also, I've been eating a bunch of gluten with no breakouts so I know that's not an issue. It may still be sugar related as well (I'll have to eat sugar without dairy sometime soon and see if I break out) but at least I know dairy does for sure. Anyways, my skin is now pretty clear. I have a couple tiny whiteheads that I don't really know how to get rid of. I started using jojoba oil around my nose since it's been a little dry because of the cold and it's definitely been helping with redness. Part of me wants to start adding products and makeup back into my routine but the other half of me is scared to! I think I'll wait a little longer and see if the whiteheads clear up on their own.
  25. 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!