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  1. Are Pumpkin Seeds good for acne?

    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?
  2. Painful chin acne

    Hi, okay so I need help from all the acne solvers out there in the universe. I am a 17 year old girl, and have had relatively clear skin my whole teenage life- even when I hit puberty. Except for the past year my face (chin especially) has been HORRENDOUS. In the pictures attached you can see what it looks like. It is painful as you can probably imagine and had been consistently like that for a year (as I mentioned before). I've been forced to wear tonnes of makeup just to cover the redness, and even when one pimple fades, a red mark is left over and a new one pops up. I've slowly become incredibly self conscious- to the point where I won't even let my family see me without makeup on anymore. PLEASE if anyone knows how to help ( without going on medication) Please do I can't deal with it anymore. I've been cleansing with Liz Earle cleanse and polish- which I've been using for my whole life, then using their toner and moisturiser. I've not used many acne treatments because they never even to make it better- only worse. Thank so much, your help is much appreciated! This is it not even at it's worst (baring in mind these NEVER clear up, has been constant for about a year now) :
  3. 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.
  4. Diet and Acne

    I eat like total crap. Bags of candy and cookies everyday, ice cream, crackers I’m a total binge eater and have always been. Although I have seen progress with my skin, starting tomorrow I’m going to fix up my diet significantly and then I’ll finally see if it makes mine worse and by how much. I’ll keep posting in here.
  5. 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/
  6. 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/
  7. 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?
  8. 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!
  9. 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.
  10. Day 21

    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.
  11. I made an account just to post about this issue because I know there is someone out there suffering with the same issue I had and IT IS FIXABLE. I am a 24 y/o female with dry/combination skin. My whole life, I never really had issues with breakouts, even as a teen. My only skin concern was dryness/redness. Like a normal person, I would sometimes experience breakouts (maybe one every 2 months and they were on the surface of my skin), and they would last about 2-3 days before disappearing completely. I guess I was taking my clear skin for granted because about 4 months ago that changed SEVERELY. Around December, I started getting deep, cystic acne around my mouth, on my chin and along my jawline (sometimes on my cheeks, too). It was so painful and underground that I could not even open my mouth all the way. These were the type of cysts that were so large, even makeup couldn't cover them (Let me tell you, I tried. I bought out all of Ulta trying to find something high coverage enough to cover those suckers up. It was horrible.). I had NO idea what was going on, as overall, I was pretty healthy. I ate relatively well, worked out regularly and was pretty diligent about my skincare. I was also very hygienic (i.e. never skipped washing my face, never went to bed with makeup on, etc.). I also knew it wasn't my birth control and I consulted with my doctor (I have the IUD) and she assured me that there was a 0.1% that was the cause. So, I did what most people do when acne flares up, thinking it was an easy, temporary fix: Got more sleep, drank more water, changed my skincare routine to all natural products, tried essential oils, tried to be less stressed out (ha), cut out refined sugars and other well-known acne triggers (chocolate, dairy, etc.). NOTHING was helping. I didn't know what do to. I saw dermatologists, went to my family physician - they didn't know what was causing it either. The one helpful thing they did tell me was that since my acne was localized around my mouth, chin and jawline, that it was hormonal acne. So, after many expensive creams, doctor's appointments, and consulting with my aesthetician friends didn't produce the answers I needed, I set out to find the cause myself, and I did. SOY! After months of searching and lots of sleepless nights, I finally figured it out. It didn't hit me until one night when I was making an sort-of overnight oats recipe (oats, almond butter, almond milk, coconut sugar and a scoop of soy protein powder). I ate the whole thing in one sitting and over the next 3 days, my acne was the worst it had ever been. I had 2-3 new cysts popping up every day. That's when it clicked. The soy. I was also eating soymilk ice cream and having a half a scoop of soy protein powder in my smoothie every day after working out. But, I was skeptical at first after making this realization. If it was soy that was making me flare up, what did that have to do with hormones? Isn't that just a food sensitivity? That wouldn't explain the location of my acne, would it? After doing tons of research, I found out that soy (if genetically modified), can boost estrogen in your body and prevent other hormones from taking effect. I'm no doctor or anything, but that's what I took from what I read (AKA -- soy isn't always that great for you and can cause hormonal imbalances in some people). That's what was happening to me, and explained why my acne was only happening around my mouth, chin and jawline and nowhere else on my face. I immediately threw away anything that had soy as an ingredient (even if a small percentage) and MY ACNE STOPPED COMPLETELY. I have not had a flare up since and my old acne is on its way to healing. If you have a similar story, try cutting out soy. It took me 4 months of grief and despair (I wish was I was being dramatic) before figuring out the culprit! Also, don't get discouraged if you still have a few new cysts after you stop eating soy-containing products. I had a few "new" ones but they weren't really new because they were from pores that were already blocked from the hormone imbalance. I could visibly see those ones were still blocked (my skin was raised in those areas and I could see the pore was blocked), so I knew they would take their course before I would be in the clear (no pun intended). After those, I have had no new breakouts at all. I have a new appreciation of how much acne can effect your entire life, but don't lose hope - acne is NOT permanent and there is a fix for you. Throughout this process I kept thinking "This is just how my skin is now. It's not something that can be fixed." But that was not true. Research is the way to go. I found that the "experts" did not help me that much and my own research and healthy experimentation is what ultimately led to my "cure"! No negatives toward derms though, I know they have helped many people. That was just my personal experience. I wanted to write this post to help even one person out there who many be experiencing the same thing. I hope my story helps! Good luck!
  12. 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!
  13. Day 10

    I feel extra gross about my skin today. The ones on my forehead got inflamed, but the same thing happened to the ones on my chin, so hopefully that just means they're healing. I also got some whiteheads around my lip lines, which I'm honestly not surprised about because I was wearing lipstick basically everyday to try and distract people from the fact that I wasn't wearing any foundation. I really miss cheese today. That sounds like such a silly thing to say but I LOVE cheese. Grilled cheese is my comfort food. I miss pizza and lasagna and goat cheese with crackers and ravioli and sharp cheddar and cheesecake and cannolis. I'm praying that once my face clears up, I'll be able to introduce cheese again. But who knows if that'll actually be a reality. UGGGGGGGGG The good thing when I first started this regimen I was super oily, but I don't have to blot anymore! Also my pores have definitely shrunk. I still have hope!! This is just way more difficult than I thought it was gonna be. On another note, it's the weekend!!!!! I've caved and eaten crap basically every other weekend before, I'm declaring this weekend will be gluten/dairy/sugar free! (Hopefully!)
  14. Day 9

    Nine days in a row of no foundation. CRAZY. I've been getting more down about it lately. I just want to feel pretty and I don't at all. I feel self-conscious about the state of my skin and it sucks. BUT I'm committed and will 100% stick through this for at least three months. I'm committed. So I've been good about the regimen, despite the impulse to put SOMETHING on my skin. It is nice to have such a short bedtime routine, so that's good. I've also been good about my diet, though when I went to the bank today, I got all shaky and impulsive when I noticed a bowl of chocolates at the window. I grabbed one and chowed it down when I got to my car. I'm pretty embarrassed at my reaction, but maybe writing it down will help me bring awareness to it and have better self-control the next time something like that happens. The white heads below my noise totally dried up overnight!! Also most of my chin bumps are totally gone. Sadly, little red bumps have been forming on my forehead but they're barely noticeable. I just hope they heal as quickly as the ones on my chin! The cyst on my temple started scabbing (I think I might have bumped it when pushing my hair back) but I'm hoping that goes away soon. I just know that one will scar. Boo.
  15. Day 7

    Here we go... My story is similar to so many users on here, especially those who have tried the caveman regimen, because I have been on everything (antibiotics, topicals, retinoids, Accutane, birth control, BP, medicated cleansers, vitamins, you name it) and NOTHING has worked. Everything works for a little while and then the acne comes back at some point or another. So I guess everything worked but nothing lasted. So here I am, trying to heal myself the au-natural way. Thanks to blogs like Organic Olivia and The Love Vitamin, as well as so many user experiences here, I'm pretty confident and excited to move forward with the next step...the Caveman Regimen. So like the blog title says, I'm on Day 7 but I woke up with some tiny little whiteheads around my mouth and chin and freaked out and immediately washed my face and put on some nice chemically boosted facial spray. Ug. SOOOO hopefully writing everyday (or so) will give me some accountability. I'm also trying to cut out dairy/gluten/sugar/hard liquor so I'm hoping for some added accountability there too. Up until now, my skin has been clearing up SIGNIFICANTLY. The weird thing is, I never had whiteheads before, my problem was always inflamed cysts. I only have ONE cyst right now (on Day 1 I had 6 cysts) but these tiny whiteheads have popped up. I read some other blogs and other people have had the sam problems, but they did end up going away on their own. I'm going to try and NOT wash and moisturize again because my face is dry and red now and it looked better before I washed it, despite the whiteheads. I trust the process!! Also in an attempt to not eat ice cream before bed, I've been eating frozen mangoes. A little too many frozen mangoes, which might be contributing to my little chin breakout. I'm gonna stop eating those for awhile and see what happens. If anyone has done this before and had the same reaction, let me know if you have any tips!
  16. I have very few 2-3 small acnes now,most of my faces is red because of the post-acne scars.I eat fruits and veggies everyday and i try to stay away from sugar.Here is photo of my right cheek.What do you recommend? https://imgur.com/a/vW4WR
  17. I have read that you can't eat bread,cookies,diary products,so what can i eat as a snack except fruits and veggies?
  18. Hello all! I have written my testimony/story for those who want to read it! For those who don't, keep scrolling and I will talk about my cure below I was taking oral medications to treat my acne for about five years. My dermatologist thought it would be okay for me to be on such medications for that long. Somewhere in those five years, there was a time where I didn’t have a period for nine months. My hormones were completely out of order, and after that nine month time frame, I got off Spironolactone in order to try and regulate my body. However, my cycle went absolutely ballistic. I went from having no period, to the heaviest period of my entire life. My body was lost and relied on medication for so long. It tried to regulate itself, but my hormones were completely out of whack. And, you guessed it. After getting off Spironolactone, my acne came back. So, naturally, I was put on another dosage for the next three years. I went through on and off cycles (yet, mostly on) until my freshman year of college. December of 2014, I got off Spironolactone because I thought I had ‘outgrown’ the acne phase. I was clear for a couple of months, but in May of the next year, things took a turn. I started developing deep, cystic acne and it was pretty inflamed. June and July were the worst for my skin. There were some days where I cried. It was SERIOUSLY taking a toll on me, emotionally. My skin was so incredibly bumpy, inflamed, and people even made comments and asked questions about it. One day, I received TWO comments from two older relatives, and these comments were less than 5 minutes apart. It was at church, first thing in the morning, so of course I walked around all day completely paranoid of how I looked. Another time, I was having a great day at work until I heard “Mommy, she has lots of spots on her face,” a little boy said, loudly. It literally ruined my positive attitude for the day, and it’s difficult when you don’t feel confident enough to even look people in the eye. So obviously this was hard for me mentally, and I avoided pictures as much as I could, but I did find a few from this time period that I can share with you guys to show how bad it was. I am wearing foundation in some of them, but you can still clearly see the bumps and cysts that are impossible to cover. Here’s an interesting fact: last summer, my forehead was extremely broken out, but cheeks were clear. This summer, my forehead is clear and all my acne was on my cheeks. Interesting right? Keep in mind, these pictures don’t do it justice; I just completely avoided the camera at this time in my life. They are attached below. It was May when I broke down and cried because I saw my skin starting to break out pretty badly. I was almost 20 years old, why did I have skin problems? Basically everyone I knew had perfect skin. So, I started doing some research. It took me a few months to really perfect this all, as it does for everyone. If you’re going to treat the source and find a holistic cure, you’re going to have to experiment with it and find what works. You may be thinking, “well she probably drank a ton of sodas and ate a ton of candy/chips/processed foods before”. Wrong; I am an athlete, and NEVER touched soda and had a pretty good diet. However, I workout 4-5 times a week, and it was very crucial that I was taking in enough calories in order to put on more muscle mass. Therefore, my breakfast smoothie, at the time, consisted of almond milk, banana, TWO scoops of peanut butter, oats and a vegetable supplement. I was also taking in lots of carbs, such as white rice and wheat toast to pack on some weight! Out of these items, bananas are the only thing I still eat regularly. Why? I explain that below. Now, my skin is looking better and better every week! The bumps and cysts that I used to have are now completely flat due to cleaning up my diet! And WITHOUT an oral medication. My skin is completely smooth, and its amazing to run my fingers over it. I have red marks from my acne, but I have gotten them before, and they will fade. They are not the icepick/boxed scars that leave dents in the skin, which is why I am confident they will fade on their own. Here is what I have learned about my body and my skin the past few months, and what has helped me tremendously: I eliminated gluten: Not only do many people have a gluten-acne connection, but gluten is hard to digest even for those who don’t have an intolerance!! Gluten promotes inflammation, and it WILL wreak havoc on your gut. Ultimately, gluten causes a multitude of problems for lots of people. After taking acne medications for nearly five years, I suspected I have Leaky Gut (the lining of the intestines are damaged, meaning particles of food can literally leak through the holes of the lining and make their way into the bloodstream) and Leaky Gut is a very common cause of skin problems. Gluten will damage the gut even more, and I needed to HEAL my gut, so I avoided it. I eliminated soy: Very controversial. Soy can create an imbalance of hormones= acne. I personally saw a difference after avoiding my vegetable supplement that contained soy. Soy can also wreak havoc on gut. I also eliminated dairy, legumes, refined sugars, processed foods= Dairy has a huge connection with acne, and some people say its because the hormones injected into the animals end up in our bodies when we eat dairy. If you’re going to eat dairy, look for ORGANIC/CAGE FREE/NO HORMONES OR ANTIBIOTICS/ ETC. Peanuts are legumes, and I was eating peanut butter daily. Legumes impair zinc absorption!!! Lots of people take zinc supplements and it clears their acne! Well, stop it from the source. Stop eating legumes so your body can properly absorb zinc in the first place. Refined sugars, processed foods, and even carbs such as rice= insulin spike. I was eating oats and white rice everyday for the calories, and I stopped. “Elevated levels of insulin cause pimples to form. Insulin is a hormone that is released in response to eating, and tells your cells to take in sugar from the blood (glucose) and store it for later use. Insulin levels and blood-sugar levels are closely related (diabetics measure their blood-sugar levels to determine if they need to inject insulin), and blood-sugar levels are controlled directly by what you eat. Sugary and starchy foods, like table sugar, potatoes, and bread, can raise blood-sugar levels quickly for relatively small portions.” (http://www.instructables.com/id/How-to-Prevent-Pimples-and-Acne-by-Eating-Right/step2/Keep-your-insulin-levels-low/) there are multiple articles on this. Look into it. I’m still looking into nuts: Nuts can cause acne for a lot of people. I was drinking almond milk everyday, and didn’t cut it until July. I believe it has made a huge difference. However, I don’t necessarily think it was the almonds, but the INGREDIENTS in the almond milk. It wasn’t an ‘organic’ brand, so there was a ton of krap in it. I wasn’t drinking it for the nutrition, so I thought I may as well drop it and use water instead for smoothies. My smoothies taste the exact same, and my skin has been looking better. We just weren’t meant to take in so many ‘chemicals’/ingredients that are in almond milk. Basically, I was following an anti-inflammatory Paleo diet. I also added lots of fats. GOOD OMEGA-3 FATS ARE ANTIFLAMMATORY AND RESET YOUR HORMONES. For example: I take coconut oil everyday (good source of fats, helps balance hormones, fights bad bacteria in the gut, and skin problems are usually a sign of something wrong in the gut) I also take L-glutamine to support the lining of my intestines and gut everyday, and I now supplement with certain multivitamins that contain extra Vit D, Zinc, Selenium, etc. I believe this has helped a lot, as most people see a huge change with Vit D and Zinc. I eat lots of sweet potatoes as my carb source! Here are a few other benefits of my lifestyle change: 1.) Clear skin with no more medication! 2.) BMs that aren’t uncomfortable (lol sorry, my digestive system is just so much better!) 3.) LOWER blood pressure! 4.) Less body fat/lean physique! And so much more... I believe what we put into our bodies is a TRUE reflection of how we look and feel!! Gluten insensitivities/other internal problems such as Leaky Gut can even cause anxiety and depression, which of course, doctors prescribe pills to treat. I used to make fun of people who had to eat “organic”, but now I love this cure and am trying to spread the word!! Studies on cultures that live a Paleolithic lifestyle show they had CLEAR skin! Our ancestors didn’t have acne, and definitely had less diseases. (The Dietary Cure for Acne by Loren Cordain will cover this, look into it as well.) If you’re reading my post, give this lifestyle change a shot. Any questions?? Typical Day for me: Breakfast-Green smoothie with water, ice, a banana (carbs in the morning, makes smoothie sweet), 2 big handfuls of spinach, (fiber, good for digestion, anti-inflammatory), half avocado, (balance hormones, good source of fats, filling, sweetness) blueberries, (reduces insulin levels!!!, antioxidants and anti-inflammatory), 5-8 grams of glutamine, 1-2 tbsp coconut oil. If this isn't enough, I'll have Sweet Potato Pancakes (literally just 2 eggs and 1 cooked medium sweet potato in the blender to create a batter, fry like a regular pancake) Here is, in a simple form, what I eat: Meals: 1 protein (chicken, fish, turkey, eggs, etc) 1 carb (squash, sweet potato, etc) 1 fat (olive oil, coconut oil, avocado, etc) I basically just focus on whole, REAL foods! It is what our bodies are meant for. Don't overcomplicate it! Address your inflammation from nutrition with WHOLE foods! I do have cheat meals on the weekends and still enjoy myself! You must think of this as a LIFESTYLE CHANGE! I have included some before photos, and one after photo taken this morning. As you can see, my cheeks are now nearly flat, I just have some 'left over acne' that will flake off in the next few days. I have only been doing this for about 2-3 months, and am looking forward to seeing even more progress in the next few months Thanks for reading! I hope this can help others, I had to share what worked for me! UPDATE: The very last photo was taken September 3, 2015! I have been VERY lenient with my diet, but as you can see, my cheek is clear!! Just have some scars left over because my acne was so bad, but I will gladly take scars over inflamed bumps that are impossible to cover. (They will fade btw) Perhaps my body needed some SERIOUS hormone balancing and gut help! I've been enjoying all foods the past few weeks and my skin looks great:) Still being careful, though, and watching what I eat it is a lifestyle change The third photo is showing the same cheek as the last photo!!!! Crazy....
  19. Acne is a sign of an imbalance in your body (hormones and/or bacteria). Take this sign of acne as a positive message to rebalance your body & become a healthier and happier person. Don't get frustrated, don't get angry, be thankful for your body letting you know something is off track. of course skin care is important but so is what you put in your body. AVOID: dairy, gluten, sugar, grains, alcohol, coffee, vegetable oils, and any processed junk that comes in a package, high glycemic foods. It WILL BE hard, it will take TIME. I know it's frustrating seeing people eat pizza and ice cream all day and they have clear skin, but unfortunately some people (like me) or anyone with acne has genes that react different to foods. It's human nature, we are all built differently. Fall in love with VEGTABLES, FATS & ORGANIC LEAN MEATS & NUTS. Train yourself to WANT as much nutrients as possible so you can be the best you can be. Also drink/eat probiotics balance your microbiome. KOMBUCHA & SAUREKRAUT ARE EXCELLENT SOURCES OF PROBIOTICS TO KILL OFF BAD BACTERIA IN YOUR GUT. Drink green tea & lemon water more often eat more; carrots, pumpkin seeds, spinach, SALMON, chia seeds & organic lean meats, oranges, blueberries This lifestyle will shows results in days. Stay consistent & relaxxxxxx! **Also try eat every 2-3 hours to help digestion process** Small tips: -Use coconut oil for cooking instead -Run and walk everyday to release toxins, stress & help your lymphatic system - drink apple cider vinegar -Coconut sugar & Stevia are the best low glycemic sugar substitutes for acne -smile more & take acne as a blessing to get better health & not as a bad thing. -almonds & cashews=the best snacks -vegan dark chocalate w/ coconut sugar is low glycemic & delicious -running outside gives your skin a glow -research, research, research!!! Btw: im 15, and I cook my own breakfeast, lunch and dinner everyday. I don't eat what my family eats (the SAD diet) *Standard American Diet*. They support me thankfully & it is not expensive to eat healthy. My family eats pizza & ice cream while I eat fish & veggies at the dinner table. It doesn't bother me because I learned to LOVE healthy food. There is no excuses, it's either you want to get better or you don't. I want clear skin so I gotta do whatever it takes and so can you! Lastly, the Law of Attraction is real. What you think, is what you get and who you are. Think clear skin thoughts, think healthy thoughts & thoughts will manifest!
  20. My Elimination Diet Trial | Log

    Skin type: oily, sensitive, acne prone History: Moderate, consistent acne and blotchy skin since 2008. 2013 - Accutane 2016 - Accutane Been prescribed with topicals and oral anti-biotics in between. - NO EFFECT Acne always comes back after a year. Dermatologists I've seen don't believe that there is a connection between food and acne. Supplements: Zinc - 25mg 1-2x a day (helps with inflammation and speeds up healing) *Vit B5 500mg when consuming meat Probiotics - acidophilus 3x a day Vit C - 1000mg Glutathione 500mg - for my liver 1 Garlic Clove (minced) ACV - 2tbsp a day with 1 glass of water Turmeric/Ginger Tea Note: DO NOT take zinc on an empty stomach. It can cause nausea. I take zinc gluconate. Food I've eliminated throughout January 2016: Refined Sugar (causes acne, clogged pores & eczema) Bread & Pasta (causes oilier skin & eczema) Wheat (causes acne & eczema) Grains (causes eczema) Dairy What I have not eliminated are fruits! I eat lots of them everyday. Now I'm starting to think that even fructose is harmful for me. Probably fructose malabsorption. I'll try to cut back on fruits and see how it affects my skin. I will be posting updates at the end of every week. I started Low Carb Low Sugar diet this monday, August 7, 2017. I will be posting again this sunday.
  21. Hello, to my fellow victims of this terrible plague called acne. I’m not new to acne.org as I have stumbled across these forums on many occasions in the past, but this will be my first ever post. I am a 22 year old guy who suffers from moderate to severe acne specifically and almost exclusively on the chin. Picture someone drawing a triangle from the corners of your mouth down to the sides of your chin. I do occasionally get 1 or 2 above my mouth as well (maybe once or twice a month) but they heal well and don’t leave red scars. I also every now and again get some between my eyebrows, although this is a hideous location I don’t get them that often nor do they stay long which makes them the least of my worries. But other than that the rest of my skin, forehead, nose, cheeks, even body are flawless. I literally NEVER get pimples on my cheeks. I’m pretty sure I could smear motor oil on them leave it for a week and it would be as clear as printer paper. To give you a little background I went through school without any acne. We’re talking nothing, nada, should have been on a skin commercial. I don’t think I ever even got my first pimple until my senior year. Oddly enough, after that I began getting acne pretty frequently. Still exclusively on my chin of course but back in those days they were more scattered and I got more in the center of my chin. Still though they were typically small white heads with just the occasional cyst or two. With this being the first time I had ever suffered from acne I went and made the first rookie mistake. I went and bought every commercial product (Facial wash and topical) on the market, and tried them all with no success. Proactive seemed to dry my skin out the most and ultimately make my breakouts much worse, but they all had similar affects. The battery powered Clarisonic scub brush was the worst….. Oh my god, It was so harsh on my skin it literally turned my chin into WWIII. This would be what ultimately led to me completely destroying the skin on my chin. Going into that winter of 2013 (Winter Is by far the worst time for my breakouts) my skin was so dry I could literally run my finger nail down my chin and watch the dead skin cells fall of like a heavy snow fall. It’s like when somebody has bad dandruff and they aggressively itch their scalp. This led to me finally breaking down and going to my first dermatologist. She prescribed me more topical treatments but this time they were “fancy prescribed topicals”. But… yep you guessed it they did nothing. Fast forward some time somewhere near the end of 2014. My third dirma….. Yes you heard me correctly my THIRD DIRMATOLOGIST. Who pretty much in every way was the worst of the three prescribed me an oral medication called Solodyn (Minocin), which to this day is the only thing that has ever cleared me up. For those of you who don’t know what it is, it’s an anti-inflammation pill that’s quite commonly prescribed for all sorts of acne. It did come with a couple side effects; Severe dehydration, profuse sweating under the arms which no antiperspirant could stop (had to get a prescription one haha), and it has permanently caused my urine to be a golden yellow no matter how hydrated I am. But never the less it did what it was supposed to do, completely cleared my acne. I was on it for almost a year and was told even if it cleared me early to continue using it until I was out. I did so and was clear for nearly 6 months after. There seems to be a common theme of people on these forums who appear to have this thing licked but then it comes back with vengeance like Maximus in the Gladiator. There seems to be an even larger group of people who find something that works….. Works the first time that is. Only to try the same thing later and it has no affect. This seems to be the case for most every treatment/remedy for our specific kind of acne, from home remedies to the supposed “acne cure” itself Accutane. To get back on topic I’m sure you’re wondering what happened between the large gap from when the effects of the Solodyn wore off somewhere late-2015 to now. The best way for me to answer that would be to say….. Nothing. Literally “nothing”, not only in the way of not finding a cure but nothing in the way of my life. Like so many others who suffer from this terrible thing, I too have almost stopped living life all together. I know for someone on the outside looking in it that can sound extremely over dramatic or just down right foolish. But I can assure you it’s not, as bad as it looks on the face, or as physically painful as it may be. Nothing compares to the absolutely detrimental affect it has on your self-esteem. When I’m having a bad breakout I literally won’t leave the house. This has led to me dropping out of college, quitting a good paying job with co-workers I actually liked, and losing many friends from cancelling plans so much to the point where they think I no longer like them. You become obsessed, my skin and the pursuit of me trying to put a stop to my acne has completely consumed my life. It is literally all I think about every day. I look in the mirror countless times a day to check the current status. Is my current break out healing? Is the monstrous pimple on the left between the 3 smaller ones that’s been on my face for two weeks finally going away or is it swelling up for a round two? Maybe even a round three. The worst of all is when your current break out is almost completely healed and then BAM! You feel a new breakout coming. People who don’t suffer from acne don’t understand that having breakouts literally makes it impossible to even run to the grocery store, or go through the drive through at the bank, the risk of someone seeing it is too great. Being assertive with people which you took for granted for all those years now sounds like a dream. I know this all sounds a little extreme, like maybe I need to see somebody. But the truth is I don’t I’m perfectly sane. Like anybody else I know how crazy and cynical this all sounds but there is nothing I can do about it. I know that at the end of the day a person’s appearance is probably the least important thing about them, I know that any girl who genuinely wouldn’t be with me because I have acne is a girl that I wouldn’t want anyway. I know that any dude that sees me with a bad break out couldn’t care less. Most importantly I know that having acne on my face isn’t actually stopping me from doing anything, I can still travel, interact, and frankly pursue anything I please. But….. Knowing and being able to do are two completely different things. All though I know these things are true I can’t convince myself to ignore my breakouts, it’s like I’m trapped in a mental cage. I just want my face back. I don’t want exceptional skin, not even good skin, just average. I want my life back. As far as advice I have for other people dealing with the same kind of acne I don’t have much. In the 4 years that I have suffered I have learned some do’s and don’ts. But not much that hasn’t already been mention in the forums. I used to take extremely hot 30 minute long showers which I learned is a down right TERRIBLE thing to do and dries your skin out like you wouldn’t believe. I also learned that for me and other people suffering from the same kind of acne as me in the same locations would benefit immensely from sleeping on their back instead of their face on the pillow. I just learned that at the start of this year and had actually cleared me up completely for most of January. Unfortunately though all of this time I have only ever found one for sure trigger. This seems to sometimes be a controversial subject in these forums…. But masturbation is a 100% trigger for my breakouts. Please before you chime in and tell me about an article you read online by DR. Smitty Werben Man Jensen that says it’s not a trigger or that you yourself masturbate 10 times a day and have no acne. Just know that if there is one thing I’ve learned about factual information in the acne world it’s that long time sufferers of acne are more informed than the so called specialists in the field. And that just because it’s not a trigger for you doesn’t mean it can’t be one for me. I won’t go into any more detail on this subject as I plan on making a separate post specifically on this later on, I just wanted to touch base now. Ultimately I feel that the root cause is something internal, whether its hormones, diet, or both. And I plan to find out. Also I feel that my acne somewhat comes in cycles. For some reason I have really bad appetite swings where I will go for about a week or so being extremely hungry and eating everything in sight, followed by a week of having no appetite at all. Obviously I still eat it’s just considerably less. I’ve always noticed that at the very end of my big appetite week is when I tend to break out, and then I have no appetite at all during the bad breakout. This also causes my weight to fluctuate somewhat badly, I’m pretty underweight as it is and this seems to be a big culprit. My diet for pretty much my entire life has been fairly bad, not necessarily in the sweets department but as far as fried foods go I’m an addict. I drank sodas and stuff as a kid and into my early teens but I can say truthfully that I haven’t drank a soda since sometime before my sophomore or junior year in High School. Also I don’t drink alcohol, in fact I’ve never even tasted it, it’s just not my thing. Now there are plenty of people like me who indulge in more fried foods than they should, but my problem lies in the lack of good foods that I eat for counter balancing. I’m embarrassed to say that I literally hate every vegetable, other than carrots, potatoes, and corn. There isn’t another single vegetable I will eat…. And that’s a problem. The last year or so is really the first time I have every truly started to try to improve my diet. I’ve done and okay job still slipping up here and there, and occasionally getting discouraged and quitting all together for a bit. Obviously though my problem is eating less junky food really does nothing when you’re still not consuming enough good ones either. However I have just recently started putting large amounts of spinach in my daily fruit smoothies and also plan on getting the juice plus supplements within the next week. The last thing I really wanted to touch on as far as concerns would be a Thyroid condition. I literally suffer from every symptom in the book. Then to top it off I have four close family members who suffer from conditions themselves. I Have an uncle and a Grandma with celiac, (grandma actually went into a thyroid storm) a mother with Hypo, and an uncle on my dad’s side with Hyper. But despite all of this I went and got a blood test 2 months ago and they came back good. Although I heard that you can’t always find it in the test and that part of the problem is that having the condition means that levels are constantly fluctuating which means sometimes the levels are okay. The only thing that came back low was my Vitamin D which I know can play a big role on the skins health as well. Unfortunately though my levels are good again and it hasn’t made a difference in my breakouts other than the first week or two. For anyone who didn’t know the reason I brought this up is because if you have a thyroid problem it can play a HUGE role in causing acne. It controls many things from hormones to vitamins specifically correlated with skin to much more than that. If you’re suffering from a similar kind of acne as me, I definitely recommend getting tested. Very sorry for this book that I have just written, in case you can’t tell I easily get carried away with my rambling, especially on subjects I’m really passionate about. I really just wanted to get the basis of everything that is important to me on this issue in my first post. I fully plan on making many more posts on this journey and plan on sharing all of my results positive and negative. My first plan is definitely going on a strict diet with important supplements added as well. I’m really trying to stray away from any sort of topical treatments or remedies. Topicals may help with existing (emphasis on the may) but they don’t help with the source/cause, and that’s what I’m after. Ultimately I feel that I’m suffering from a more rare type of acne breakout, as I’ve only found a few other threads of people with the same type and location. Also this particular type seems to be much more common in woman. Any and all advice is welcome, please keep the comments as positive as possible. There is already enough negativity going around in the world of acne. I plan on being pretty active on this site and should have more posts up later this weekend. Feel free to contact me about anything at all, my name is Matt as my username suggest’s. Thanks again for reading this 2000+ word ramble.
  22. Hi! Has anyone tried the 'Clear Skin Forever' diet? Mod Edit The authors believe the root cause of acne is diet. I'd be interested to know what other think & if they've tried this approach. Thanks!
  23. So after suffering from an extremely severe bout of cystic acne (caused by stopping topical antibiotic lotion) at the end of 2016, I decided to give the dairy-free diet a go. I cut out all dairy from my diet, all of it. No milk, no cheese, no cream, no butter, no chocolate, none of it. Used to have cheese sandwiches quite a bit and a chocolate bar nearly every day - gave it all up. I've been dairy free for over six months now and to be completely honest, I don't really see much difference to what my skin was like before I used the topical antibiotic lotion. Just the same moderate, inflamed acne. So many people have had such success with this, and I honestly believe there is a link between diet and acne, so what am I doing wrong? My diet on a typical day is as follows: Breakfast: a bowl of low-sugar cereal or porridge made with almond milk. Mid-morning: black coffee Lunch: salad with spinach and other greens, tomatoes, cucumber, chickpeas, red onion, sometimes avocado, cous cous, or red pepper. Dairy-free dressing. Afternoon snack: an apple and a handful of nuts Dinner: Stir-fry/Beef and Bean Chili/Chicken Curry/Fish and Chips with veg/etc Evening: Green Tea and, occasionally, a few pieces of dark chocolate (no dairy) I also take a Cod Liver Oil and Evening Primrose Oil Supplement. Any suggestions?
  24. Hi Guys, The change to my skin has been dramatic. I have had no spots on my face for 2 months now but I still get some spots on my scalp. I would therefore say I am around 80% - 90% cured. I still have very oily skin though. What I did was: 1. Cut out all Coffee, replacing with decaffeinated tea. 2. Follow an Intermittent Fasting pattern of eating. I eat from 12pm - 9pm everyday only. Apart from step 4 below. 3. Have a VSL#3 sachet at 8am on an empty stomach. 4. Have a full glass of homemade strong Kefir made with Organic milk before bed. 5. Ensure I am getting 40g - 50g of Fibre per day 6. Sleep well and get my 8-9 hours a day. Essentially cutting out coffee, eating lots of fibre and mega dosing of Probiotics seems to be making a huge different. FYI one sachet of VSL#3 has up to 250 billion bacteria per sachet and Kefir is considered a super food, containing up to 40 different strains of yeasts and bacteria, and one cup containing between 1-5 trillion bacteria! I have made no other changes. I eat crap when I want to. I gym 3 times a week. In fact, for the last 2 months I am on a caloric deficit as I am trying to lose weight. I am hoping that when I increase my calories, I may be fully cured but let's see. My message to you is, give it a go, what do you have to lose. VSL#3 is quite pricey yes but Kefir grains costs just £5 from Amazon and you can make an infinite supply of Kefir from it. All you need to buy is Organic milk to ferment It's a cheap, natural way of producing trillions of beneficial bacteria so if you don't want to buy VSL#3, then just try out with Kefir for now. I believe it is working for me as I am rebuilding my gut bacteria after having destroyed it after years of extreme dieting and antibiotics. Read my whole story here if interested which describes how and why I decided to follow the steps above:
  25. Hello, I've created an account to share my findings with others and hopefully change someones life for the better as I have done for myself. I will keep this brief as I can, but would appreciate that if you try what I suggest and you have success, that you post a reply with some information about your success. Please only continue reading if you're at the stage where you're willing to 100% commit to a diet that is difficult and will involve being extremely strict, I had to do this to be able to clear my acne, but it worked! I'm currently 29 (male), and have had very bad acne since I was about 13. I have tried numerous skin care products like pro-activ, with all of them not having much affect, except for drying out my skin and damaging it too. For the last year and a half I have been absolutely determined that acne is caused purely by what I am eating, and has nothing to do with hormones (although hormones may amplify it). I have been testing numerous diets and recording ingredients and results religiously, and over time I have narrowed it down and been able to prove to myself what causes my acne (my results are just my own writings, so not exactly proof for others), but I urge you, if you are determined to get rid of your acne, try what I suggest! From all the narrowing down I have found that every food or drink that I consumed that may have been processed by the chemical hexane gave me acne. What is hexane? - hexane is a toxic chemical that is used to separate oils from a product, so it is mainly used in the production and extraction of vegetable oils which unfortunately is used in almost every product that you’ll find on a supermarket shelf. I’ve also found that it is used in A LOT of other processed foods. Any foods that contain soy, vegetable oil (including olive oil, but extra virgin olive oil is ok because it’s cold pressed), artificial sweetener (stevia leaf is processed with hexane), and dairy (hence why a lot of people have positive results when cutting out dairy from their diet). I went from having 15-20 pimples (about 5 or so deep cystic acne on my neck and face) to literally no acne at all, perfect skin! My exact diet consisted of the following foods: eggs, bananas, rolled oats, durum wheat pasta, tuna, tomato cooking sauce (tomato puree, spices), almonds, brown rice crackers, extra virgin olive oil, rump steak, carrots, broccoli, water. Your diet does not have to be exactly the same, but so long as you are 100% it was not processed with hexane, which unfortunately is usually only whole foods. Once my skin was perfectly clear, I ran numerous tests by adding one thing to my diet that is processed with hexane to help cement that it is hexane that causes acne (for me at least). I tried adding the following on a case by case basis, waiting for my skin to clear between tests: canola oil, tomato sauce with natvia sweetener, yogurt, standard olive oil, soy rice crackers, and a few others. EVERY one of these resulted in my acne returning the next day and then clearing up after continuing the original diet. For this to work, I had to be extremely strict, only sticking to my exact diet where every food I put into my body I was 100% sure it was not processed using hexane. You can do your own studies about this, however there is almost nothing online, except for some concerns about hexane being deadly but the FDA still allowing it. I urge you to try this for yourself for only 1 week and come back here to tell me your result, but please only try it if you’re going to be 100% committed, which unfortunately means that you’ll only be able to eat cooked meals at home which you make yourself, eating out is a good chance that the food will contain some oil that has been processed with hexane. I'm interested to see more positive results like my own, but if your results are not as positive as mine, please post anyway with details! Regards, Thomas