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  1. 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.
  2. After upping my protein intake, my breakouts have lessened. Does having protein deficiency cause acne?
  3. 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
  4. 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!!
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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?
  9. 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!!!
  10. 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.
  11. 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
  12. 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
  13. 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.
  14. 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.
  15. 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
  16. 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!
  17. 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.
  18. 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!!!
  19. 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.
  20. 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?
  21. 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 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 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 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, 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.
  22. 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!
  23. Hey, 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?
  24. Hormonal Acne Advice!

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    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
  25. 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.