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  1. 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?
  2. Inflamed pimples

    I NEED HELP! I am on a light pill from my doctor which cleared my skin up. For the past five months I've had zero breakouts, just marks left behind. Well this week every day I have been getting new pimples. I put my benzoyl peroxide on them last night and woke up to them being smaller but redness all over my forehead! I need to get rid of this fast as I have a big event in two days and i need my skin to look good! What do I do!? Thanks!
  3. Day One

    Today is Day One of my gut healing protocol. It's basically my last chance to heal my skin, because I have tried EVERYTHING else! Antibiotics (twice,), BC, BP, salicylic acid, accutane (isotretinoin) (couldn't keep going due to horrific side effects so acne came back.) I've tried dairy free, low fat, vegetarian, vegan... you know the drill. After extensive research (we're talking bloody hours trawling the internet and looking at ebooks, blogs, PubMed, etc., I have decided the acne is a direct result of gut troubles. I have a history of IBS, gastritis (for which i took PPI's), and general gut discomfort, and having seen how many people have found success with the paleo diet I've decided it's definitely worth giving it a go. The theory goes that gut troubles = leaky gut = toxins leeching through gut lining into bloodstream = toxic buildup = skin ends up trying to eliminate it. I will now be following a paleo regime (no dairy/grains/soy/legumes/processed food/sugar) after my fast has finished, in the hope of removing all gut irritants and healing my leaky gut. But to kick start this, I'm doing a three day bone broth fast. For the next three days, I will only consume bone broth, herbal teas and water. The idea is that this gives your gut the chance to start healing and repair some of the damage. Bone broth (which is homemade) is full of collagen and beneficial nutrients and amino acids such as glutamine - google it for details! I will post here daily to update you all. Today - woke up with about 5 new red sore spots on chin, plus a couple on forehead/eyebrows. Cheeks and nose are (thankfully) clear - main issue is chin really (which is BAD - if this experiment works, i'll upload photos!) So far, the bone broth is fine. Not hungry. Happy (apart from shocking face.) xxx
  4. Hello everyone! I specifically joined this forum to lend help to those who have tried a million different acne treatments and have failed. After many several attempts I finally found something that works for me that uses both over the counter topical cream and supplements to help clear cystic acne. Here's my story: When I turned 24 last year after a long night out I woke up the next day with the beginning of an acne breakout. I thought the reason it was happening was because I slept with my makeup on, the many tequila shots and mixed drinks I ingested, along with the crippling sense of dehydration I had when I woke up the next morning (Clearly are not good for you skin). Well, was I SO wrong. I would come to find out I would be out here on the battlefield with cystic acne for the remainder of the year. I never once had cystic acne so bad in my life. I use to have minor breakouts in high school all the way up until I turned 24. Over the months my acne continued to get worse and worse to the point where I didn't even want to leave my house. I went to my dermatologist and she told me I had the onset of ADULT ACNE. I sat there and I cried because I thought acne was something of the past that teenagers had to deal with. I finally pulled myself together and began researching various ways to get rid of acne. I'll be damned if I'm 24 and super single with cystic acne attacking my face. Here's what I did: 1. PanOxyl - This stuff really saved my life. My dermatologist new I tried EVERYTHING and this was my last shot at hope. PanOxyl is an over the counter acne face wash with the highest available amount of Benzol Peroxide. You can get this anywhere - Amazon, CVS, etc. etc. I started washing my face with this at least once a day massaging over my cystic acne for at least a minute. Then I started moving over to twice a day until I started to notice improvements. Warning: THIS will really dry out your face to be extra careful. I have sensitive skin and it really dried me out. 2. Argan Oil - After I wash my face I always moisturize with oil. I read the using oil is a lot better for cystic acne than using regular face creams which contain perfume and other irritating factors. Oil has a thin consistency and really holds in the moisture longer. 3. Clairsonic - Mia - I’m not saying you have to purchase because I know it’s a little pricey but it really did help me on my acne removing endeavor. The Clairsonic I used twice a week to help circulation on my face it also removed my dried skin from using heavy duty acne treatments. I still use it now twice a week for a light exfoliation and to get my circulation going. 4. Supplements - I stumbled upon an all natural acne forum. As most of you know, acne actually starts from within your body – if your inner body isn’t regulating properly or if there is a hormone imbalance your face will in fact breakout. I was kicking up the battle on my external body but I also needed to fix it internally as well. Here are the supplements I recommend to treat acne and they’re all over the counter: - Pro-biotics: sometimes your stomach produces bad bacteria and you need to bring in good bacteria to balance it out – if you have more bad than good you develop acne and inflammation. - Vitamin A: help prevent dead skin cells from sloughing off and clogging pores, reduce the amount of oil your skin produces, which also reduces pore-clogging, suppress androgen formation (androgens in the skin are a major cause of acne), protect fats from oxidation (which keeps cell damage and inflammation at bay) - Zinc: helps accelerate the growth and development of skin cells necessary for clear skin and also reduced inflammation Vitamin B complex: help convert carbohydrates and fats into energy. It also promotes function of immunity, digestion and the nervous system which (if you look at the bigger picture) improves our overall body function of skin, hair, nails, etc etc. It also reduces inflammation. Lastly!! I started to eat a yogurt once a day to really keep on top of ingesting a pro-biotic. I put it in a smoothie or take one on the go. After also speaking with my dad he told me he had acne as well (curse my family for this bad acne gene) and he told me an old method of acne removal that really worked for me: using a hot compress to open your pores and then use a cold one to close them. This helps unclog your pores at the end of each day and I started doing it at least 3 times a week! Easier said than done but, don’t ever be discouraged because of acne. It happens to the best of us and we are all more than just a pretty face. One thing that helped me get by during my healing process was googling celebrities who had bad acne and you will really be surprised with what you find. Good luck!! Love + light xx.
  5. So I have what I would consider moderate acne. Certainly not nearly as bad as some people have it, but I definitely have trouble skin. I also have mild to moderate eczema, usually mild. Been struggling with acne for about 4-5 years. Went vegan because of it 2 years ago and have been eating about 80-90% raw for the past 2 months or so. Although my skin has improved, it is far from perfect and I am quite insecure because of it. Recently I decided to do some grape fasting (went about 2 days, broke it, then went for about 4.5 days). I finally got fed up when looking in the mirror that I decided I need to do a water fast and be serious about it. I am also interested in seeing what this will do for me mentally and spiritually, but the drive behind this water fast is to nearly or fully eliminate my stubborn acne. I just finished my 50th hour of the water fast, I feel I need to go at least 14 days, and I am aiming for 21 days. I have been avoiding the mirror during the fast as I believe it will only get me down looking at my skin. I just got home, and decided to look in the mirror and my skin has gotten a lot worse (I also have redness around and in the corners of my lips). It's more aggressive than my regular breakouts and is on parts of my body where I am usually or nearly acne-free. Just a few days ago I recall looking at my chest and remarking on how clear it was, and right now it is breaking out. It is odd but I actually embrace this for the most part, as I truly feel I am in the beginning stages of detoxing. Although it has only been 2 days, I think the detoxing had began to start before the water fast because of the grape fasting I did, combined with the 50 hours of water fasting so far. I am drinking spring water (bought in 5 gallon jugs from a spring 3 hours from my city, tested with a ph of 7.95 and an overall great source of natural water, unlike tap or bottled water). I am hoping for any testimonials from people who have water fasted to clear their acne, I would love to hear your story. Especially in regards to detox breakouts like the one I believe I am having. If there is anyone currently on a water fast to clear their acne, i'd love to know how it is going!
  6. Hi guys. I have a deep scar on my nose its actually an ice pick scar. Will a fast work? What about 10 day fast? I am preparing for the fast. Hoping for your reply. Thanks. You guys might wamt to try it as well, pm me so we could start together. I heard dffuq had succes in treating his ice pick nose scar but eventually hr came out of the scene and left the followers of his thread hanging, full of distress. I believe he fixed his scars but was excited to face back his life again so he did forget to update us.