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  1. I have been using Tretinoin microsphere gel 0.1% and Minocycline 100mg (twice a day) for a couple of months now and I was on the acneeinstein.com website and the suggestion of taking zinc/Vitamin D3 pills was suggested. I wanted to ask and see if it was ok that I take these pills along with the medications that have been prescribed to me? thanks in advance.
  2. Hi all, I was previously on a low dose of minocycline for acne, but I decided I didn't want to continue taking it for multiple reasons. I would really like to heal my gut since the 6 months of antibiotics probably weren't good for it. I've done some research, and it sounds like I'd benefit from probiotics. Are there any reputable brands and formulations you guys would suggest? Any tips would be appreciated! Additional note: I think I have a sensitivity to dairy, grains, and soy, so I'll be cutting those out of my diet along with reducing sugar intake. Thanks in advance!
  3. Hi Everyone! I wanted to share on here to hopefully help some people because throughout the years I have googled over and over to find tips and advice. And i found my cure by way of the internet so hopefully the word spreads and this starts helping people! History: I am 28 year old female, I have had acne since puberty middle school. It started around my entire face, forehead, cheeks, chin. At 23 I took my first 8 month course of Accutane. It was amazing. My side effects were not bad, just the usual. It cleared everything up and my skin was absolutely beautiful for 2 years. I barely even had to wash my face and I never got a zit. After the 2 years, my acne slowly started coming back but more on the lower part of my face on my chin and sides of my mouth. And it was more cystic. So larger nodules under the skin that would not come to a head for a few days. And they were big and red and sore. I tried to ignore it but it got worse and worse. By the time I was 26/27 it was SO bad. And it was all focused on the 2 lower side area of my chin below my mouth. I also was getting big cysts on my jaw line as well. And some times huge ones on my neck or a few clumping on my neck that wouldn't go away for a few weeks. These were all big, underground cystic pimples, red, sore, sometimes they would itch. And they would also leave scars. Sometimes indented scars and always always red hyper pigmentation. Also my acne never totally cleared. Maybe there was one day when a cluster of pimples had finally gone down (but my skin was still completely red & inflamed in the area) and no new ones were rising up, but the next day a new one was forming and I could feel it under my skin. And there were no certain times of the month for me , it was constant. I would cry over it. I had to put tons of make up, I was embarrassed infront of my boyfriends. My skin was bumpy and rippled and I had deep scars. And I couldn't believe at 28 years old i was STILL dealing with this problem. BTW up until this point I had tried everything in my acne history: antibiotics, topical creams, Spironolactone (which made me break out worse the whole 4 months I was on it) all face washes, face brush, retin-a, switched to all natural clean toothpaste, changing pillow cases every couple days, pulling hair away from face, cleaning phone, mixtures of vitamins, eliminated dairy, chocolate from my diet, cleaned up my diet, green diet, gone to facialists, had my hormones tested (which they were all normal and fine) blue light treatments, cortisone shots, peels, accutane EVERYTHING. I had tried everything. I went to demo and all she could offer me was Accutane. I didn't want to but I didn't want to keep living like this. So I tried it again round 2. I was only on for 1 month and towards the second half of the month my hair started falling out right in the front of my head where my part started. I started getting a bald patch. My eyelashes also fell out and I started getting darker skin on my mustache area. I was also feeling very depressed and down. So I stopped the accutane on the last day of the month and I was determined to find another way. So I did a TON of research and found a blog at frivolousgirl.com Super good and lots of info and loved seeing her pictures. Her acne was in a different location than mine, but I still figured I would try her suggestions. At this point I had nothing to lose. It couldn't get much worse and I as not going back to accutane. So I bought Dr. Ohhiras Probiotics I take one pill first thing when I wake up in the morning on an empty stomach. I have a sensitive stomach and this is very gentile and does not upset me at all. I try to wait a little after before I eat breakfast, but sometimes I don't have time, so thats okay too. I have been on for 45 days, (so 45 pills out of the 60) and my skin has cleared up SO MUCH. RESULTS: My skin has never looked so good! My cystic acne has completely cleared up. And the redness can finally calmed down and cleared because there is not constantly new break outs forming as soon as the others go away. The type of my pimples has changed too. If I do get a pimple, it is smaller, and has a little head (more like a zit) and gone in a few days. It doesn't go deep down underneath the skin and hurt like the cysts did. I am SO HAPPY!!!! I literally ask my mom and brother to look and check it out because I cannot believe the results myself and I am so happy and proud to finally have clearing skin. Please do yourself a favor and BUY THE PROBIOTICS. Its totally affordable for a 2 month supply and there is nothing in these that can harm you only help you. So if it doesn't clear your acne, then I'm sure its going to help with your digestion or your daily deification or whatever. I think these can just help your body balance out whatever bad bacteria you have going on inside you that is manifesting itself outside your body and in my case through the lower part of my skin on my face. The girl in the blog said she only did a 2 month supply and then was cleared, but I think I am going to buy another box and do another 2 months because I think these can only help and I really want to cleanse my gut. Anyways hope this helps you all! Blessings!!!
  4. History: Late 20s female, suffered cystic hormonal acne (jawline, chin, cheeks, forehead) for almost 15 years now. I have tried almost every Rx oral and topical medication short of accutane (because it's chemotherapy poison) and nothing worked. I've tried $$$ dermatologists, antibiotics (topical and oral), OCPs, hormonal creams, tretinoin, BP washes/creams, sulfur, and myriad other OTC treatments like Murad, Dr. Gross, Proactiv. I've maintained a very clean diet, healthy weight and active lifestyle my entire life. Of course, nothing worked until I started a very simple regimen last month and my skin has never looked better *knock on wood*. All my cysts are gone. It's been bittersweet because I wish I had found this solution for myself in middle school, but I hope this helps someone else out there because I know how devastating this disease can be. AM and PM: 1. Wash face with gentle cleanser 2. Pat face dry gently with cotton towel 3. Apply apple cider vinegar toner with cotton pad (I made my dilution 1 part ACV and 3 parts water) 4. Let dry. Then spray face with a probiotic skin spray. I use MaryRuth, but MotherDirt is also excellent (and more expensive) 5. Let dry. Then moisturize with cold-pressed sunflower oil (I use the one from Trader Joe's for $3) I am now a huge believer that most skin pathologies are due to a disruption of our skin's natural acid mantle and natural bacterial flora. I've also been using the probiotic skin spray on some of my nummular eczema patches, and they have cleared up nicely as well. That's it. It works super well and I really think it's the combo of ACV and probiotic spray for me. Oral probiotics haven't done much for me, but the skin spray really works. Of note, I also exercise daily and drink lots of green tea. I avoid dairy, sugar and fried foods. I think all of that helps, too. I hope this regimen helps others out there. Please let me know how it works out for you. I realize everyone's biochemistry is different, so you just have to keep trying and searching until you find your solution. The only other treatment that came close to becoming my cure was topical urine therapy (tons of reviews on this site), but it only worked for a few weeks before my skin broke out again. Thanks for reading.
  5. Hi all! Hope you are all enjoying the holidays! To Start; This is the first time posting in the forum but like many other people I've become fed up with trying different treatments without seeing results treating acne- especially on my neck. Before banging on about my acne I have included a great product (All natural) I now use on my seb derm at the bottom of this post which has worked wonders (Don't worry I have not been paid to promote etc It's just something which has really been amazing and if it helps one person with this issue I'll be happy! This has changed my life on the seb derm front! Onto the Acne issues- zzzz; I have been on various antibiotics when I was younger (I'm now 29) and like many people have tried everything from some light therapies to creams (prescription and none prescription) and also going down the holistic approach. Examples include different diets, using apple cider vinegar, cutting out sugar and using probiotics and omega 3 supplements with little results. I do not want to take antibiotics for this issue any more even though it has been around 10 years but I want to sort it once and for all (And I believe I can!) for a less harsh more natural approach. Neck Acne/ Infection? I get a few spots on my face but the area which is most affected is my neck, I normally have a fair few large cystic spots on my neck and shoulders which are very painful to touch, itchy, red and pustular. Not pretty! I'd really like to hear from people who have managed to treat these types of sports and maybe find out a bit more on specifically the type of acne or infection it may be. Frustratingly most dermatologists haven't been very helpful and harsh medication and creams are prescribed with no last affect- This hasn't got to the root and so my search has brought me here. Now at present it isn't crazy bad but I'd like to find out what has worked for other people! The Acne.org products sadly did not work for me. Have you managed to clear your neck acne? Are there things in your diet which have helped? Which products do you now use? Any other advice? Anxiety/ Stress/ Depression; I am a very fortunate person but over the years have had a few up and down periods in life like most people. I believe that some people are prone to acne as a result of stress. Have others found this and if so have there been things which have helped the acne stress balance? I exercise regularly, do yoga and also cycle and still the deep neck acne is present ..... Any tips would be great. Seborrheic Dermatitis Conditioning Oil; Now before finishing I'd like to share something I've recently manage to control using an oil which has worked wonders! Seborrheic Dermatitis, something that other acne sufferers seem to suffer with is also an irritating skin condition and something which I've tried to control with every product under the sun over the years! I recently found this skin condition oil from Biom8 which has cleared my seb derm and kept it at bay for almost 6 months. It's serious been the best skin product I've ever bought! *Also I have not been paid by the company etc etc I just thought it might help some more people out there like it has me and is definitely worth trying if you suffer from this also! You get it from the link at the bottom. Cheers; Thanks for reading my post, remember there are far worse things in life than acne, with the right information, approach and action everyone out there suffering will find a way to manage/ eliminate theirs- I know I will! keep making progress and we'll all get there . Biom8 Oil for Seb Derm; https://www.biom8.com/product/biom8-conditioning-oil/ Neck Acne Example- This is actually a lot better than normal;
  6. 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!
  7. Hi everyone, I am an 18 year old female who stated to develop acne at age 12. I have been taking the oral antibiotic doxycycline for about 4 or 5 years. Recently I have been reading about the importance of gut flora and gut health. This research is what led me to realize antibiotic use, especially in the long term, can be very harmful to your gut. I suspect myself of having a candida overgrowth due to longterm antibiotic use, tinea capitis (a fungal infection of the scalp), and fungal acne. My tinea capitis and fungal acne have both been cured, however I would love to address the root cause to prevent further issues. I am going to attempt the gaps diet hopefully very soon in an effort to help restore my gut and balance gut flora. This diet is fairly similar to paleo, but was specifically created to heal the gut. The problem I am having now is that I am uncertain and extremely apprehensive about stopping my antibiotic. Doxycycline has worked for me all these years, but probably not as effectively as it should. I still use the topicals tretinoin and aczone with the antibiotic and have mild breakouts. However when I stop taking doxycyciline my acne becomes very severe. The last time I missed taking the antibiotic for one day I developed three huge inflamed zits that took weeks to go away. I am very self concious about my acne to the point where I become dysfunctional while having a break out. I would like to do everything in my power to stifle a severe break out while transitioning off of doxycycline. I have also never taken a probiotic before since I only recently earned about them. My question is how I should go about stopping doxycycline. Some thoughts I had would be to start taking a probiotic for a few weeks and then gradually stop taking my antibiotic. Or that I should start the gaps diet and probiotics right away while still taking doxycycline. I think that taking an antibiotic while doing the gaps diet will defeat the purpose of it and maybe I should wait until I stop taking it. Or that maybe starting the diet right away will only help lessen the effects of stopping doxycycline. If anyone has suggestions or experience with a similar issue please let me know, I will be very grateful. Also if anyone has ideas about the gaps diet and it's ability to heal acne and candida overgrowth feel free to write me about it. additionally if you have suggestions for certain probiotics or vitamins that would be most healing please add those. extra information because I'm extensive currently: diet: I eat mostly organic foods but also quite a bit of sugar and carbs, pretty much whatever I please. no fast food and rarely junk food and rarely dairy skin routine am: antibacterial face wash (from dermatologist), thayers toner, aczone, azeliac acid (brand the ordinary), lotion, sunscreen non-comedgenic pm: antibacterial face wash, micellar water, thayers toner, niacinamide 10% + zinc 1% (brand the ordinary), aczone, tretinoin, lotion, spot treat with mario badescu sulfur drying cream. I have mild to moderate acne on my face (and oily skin), chest, and back. I have the least acne on my chest and most on my back. other health issues: hair falling out, insomnia, vitamin d deficiency (I take gummies for this), extreme sun sensitivity, bad anxiety, paranoia, nausea, occasional constipation, very lethargic again I welcome any additional knowledge or advice from people with similar issues or experiences and am grateful to everyone who replies.
  8. Diet and Probiotics

    Forums Diet & holistic health 1 reply

    I've just started a course of probiotics and vitamin supplements for my acne. Alongside this, I have dramatically changed my diet, cutting out dairy, wheat and sugar, with the advice and guidance of a nutritionist. However, it seems that may acne has become worse breaking out in white pimples over my face and a couple cystic spots. Is the theory that my skin could be 'detoxing' and readjusting to this new diet valid? Will it get worse before it gets better?
  9. Natural way to treat adult cystic acne

    Forums Adult acne 3 replies

    Hi all, I have been using the experience of those on acne.org during my journey and now that I have seen some noticeable results, I thought I should share it with you. Little background about me: 27-year-old female, acne during my teenage years, went on Accutane when I was 17 and acne was gone, mild acne came back during my early 20s but nothing too bad, moderate-severe acne started when I was 25, went on antibiotics for 9 months, I was clear for 6 months but after 6 months it came back even worse. I have tried topical antibiotics, retinoids, salicylic acid, and BP with no improvement. After doing so much research, I decided to the following step by step and saw little improvements with each step: - Eat a strict paleo diet for 1 month, after that, still follow a gluten-free, dairy-free, and alcohol-free diet - Eat more healthy fats (I use cold-pressed coconut oil and olive oil) - Take probiotics (pills and fermented food) - Take digestive enzymes for one month (This made the most difference in my skin) - Take zinc supplements - Take cod liver oil - Take ginger + turmeric tea once a day - Take vitamin D supplements (This made my skin to go from okay to very good!) - Take MRT food sensitivity test and avoid foods that I am sensitive to I started taking these steps in January 2017 and now it is June 2017. I have 2-3 breakouts during my ovulation week and 1-2 breakouts before my period. They are much smaller and less painful that the ones I used to get 6 months ago. Now that I am mostly clear, I am totally fine with drinking a glass of wine once a week or having a cake during a birthday. However, I try to stick to an anti-inflammatory diet as much as I can. Here is my current regiment: - First thing in the morning, take one teaspoon of cod liver oil - At noon, take 44mg of zinc - In the afternoon, take 2200IU vitamin D - Before going to bed, take a potent probiotic As for face wash, I use Cetaphil gentle skin cleanser (I never thought I could use a facewash as gentle as this one!). Two times a week, I exfoliate my face with my Clarisonic. I want to emphasize that if you do intense workouts, you need to be extra careful with your diet because your body needs a lot of nutrients to recover (I can tell you my workout story and how it affected my acne). Also, I would suggest taking blood tests before taking any vitamin or mineral supplements. I was both zinc and vitamin deficient. My nutritionist has been super helpful during this journey. I would highly recommend seeing one if your insurance covers it or if you can afford it.
  10. From the album Kat Sanchez

    Along with fermented vegetables, these are the foods I eat to maintain my acne-free, healthy skin. I've been following a specific food regimen for a few months now and my skin has completely transformed. I don't like to use the term "diet," I consider it more of a lifestyle change. I hope this information encourages you to do more research on which foods are essential for healing your acne. I will be filming a "What I eat in a Day" soon so stay tuned!
  11. Hi everyone. I suffered some mild acne for a bit and cleared it up from being on doxycycline for about 9 months. I eased off of the antibiotic and was doing pretty good. A year and a half later, I now have worse acne (Not even specifically in the same area, but the same type). I feel that I have tried everything! I eat a very clean inflammatory whole foods vegan diet. I'm currently taking Zinc but it isn't making that much of a difference. My doctor is prescribing me doxycycline again but I really want to stay off of it... I'll only go on it if there's a way to keep the acne away long term. Can taking probiotics with it help? I feel that my gut and digestion are all out of whack. Not sure if I should just take the antibiotic now as a quick fix then figure everything out with my digestion or just keep trying the natural route. Any help is greatly appreciated!! So desperate for some other opinions / guidance! Thank you! -Alexa
  12. I have acne since I was 13, now 22. Have a lot of scarring and hyper pigmentation as a result. Planning on using milk kefir masks topically starting today, was wondering if anyone else has tried this?
  13. http://bodyecology.com/articles/4-steps-to-say-goodbye-to-acne This should be a decent article for anyone suffering from acne and food intolerances, gut problems. Started making milk kefir recently myself. Im on a GAPS-like diet, starting to eat more sweet potato lately though. Drink lots of bone broth as well as eating and drinking fermented foods, this has helped my clear their skin. Any questions I'd be happy to try answer!
  14. Day 1 Curology

    Blogs My journey 2 comments

    So no matter how much I want things to clear my skin, that I used to be able to use on my skin, they don't work. I prayed and just sucked up my fear of dermatologists. I got an online dermatologist on curology because it's a lot less hassle! I didn't want to have to call my doc to get a referral for dermatology, call the dermatologist, go see the derm, and then go get a prescription. I have insurance but it still costs money and driving. I also don't like taking on the phone for some reason. Anyways, I got my Curology today! As you can see in picture my prescription is: zinc pyrithione 0.25% clindamycin 1% niacinamide 4% Its free for the first month just pay $5 shipping! [link removed] Im also using free and clear liquid cleanser, derma e purifying moisturizer, insta naturals Aloe Vera, and Coola classic sunscreen white tea spf 50. I hardly ever wear a sunscreen but I really need to start! I got sample of Coola sunscreen I'm going to try because it checks out clean on the CosDNA website! Supplements: fish oil 2-4 a day. zinc 1-2 a day turmeric probiotics 1-2x *new Spearmint 2x. I just started taking it yesterday because it is supposed to help reduce androgen hormones/ oiliness.
  15. hello, haven't messaged for quite some time, which im sorry for. spent a long time trying to sort my issue out. so where to start.......im now 35, had very bad acne in my teens and went on Accutane which worked. I was clear for years and years till I was about 27. this was when I noticed my skin getting oiler and also my hair started to thin(don't know if theres any relation). so basically since then my acne/spots have come back, now I will stress that its not as bad as when I was a teenager, however they have come back and this time they tend to be more nodular and are usually concentrated around my mouth(worst place to get em), sides of my nose and between my eye brows. then in the last 6 to 10 months ive starting getting a few where my hairline is reseeding at the front. so up until 2 years ago I was trying all the soaps etc etc etc but nothing was working at all, then I watched a documentary about allergies and immune systems and it mentioned things like probiotics and gluten free. so at the time I was thinking that maybe I had an intolerance to something, so I decided to go gluten free as well as try taking acidophilus, I started to see some good results, the oiliness decreased and I was getting a lot less spots, especially nodular spots, there was also a point in time when I headed to Thailand and I was completely spot free for ages......nothing coming up, skin looked matted and had a lovely tone ot it. at this moment in time I was thinking it was the gluten free and finally thought I found the reason. until maybe about a year later, when I started to get nodular spots again, even tho I was gluten free. I struggled for about 5 or 6 months with getting the nodular spots. I went to the doctors who wanted me to see a dermatologist, so that they could give me anti-biotics etc. I went home disappointed at the doctors visit and was trying to think what it could be that gave me the clear skin, especially for some lengthy periods of time when I was getting nothing. I then released that it could be the probiotics, so I bought the firsts ones I could which was a bad mistake as they broke me out really bad..........but then I checked which ones I used the first time and it was acidophilus. I went out and bought some more of them and after about 2 weeks of taking them, my skin was clear. finally I thought I had found the cure, until about 4 or 5 weeks after that when I started to break out again. at the time I thought it may of been the creatine I was taking for the gym or the aspartemine sweetner in the powdered drink mix I used, so i stopped them. I have now read that too many probiotics could cause SIBO and in turn cause spots. recently I have been breaking out bad and also not been getting much sleep. I haven't been taking the probiotics that much, cut them down to maybe 1 or 2 a week, but for the last 6 days I have been taking 1 a day to try and help my skin. im sure the acne I get now is related to my gut. im just wondering if others out there may know more about gut to skin relationship. thank you
  16. Really exciting news. I recently purchased a new AO Mist from Mother Dirt. With just ONE night, I saw reduced redness, no new break outs! Miracle? Probably not. Just taking care of your skin's bacterial ecosystem. Other factors that have contributed to this breakthrough: change in pillow cases, 1 cup of kefir per day, gentle exfoliation with oxy pads, NO LONGER SLEEPING WITH WET HAIR. My skin had been slowly improving since my last probiotic update. Since that time, I've reintroduced kefir into my diet which has brought probiotics into my gut digestive system. I changed my pillow cases. And one surprising factor: sleeping with completely dry hair. Driven by curiosity, I decided to research the dangers of sleeping with wet/damp hair. My mom has always told me not to do it but she never told me why. I found that sleeping with wet/damp hair, especially if you have a bad habit of tying your hair up after you shower, promotes bacteria/fungal growth on your scalp. Bacteria thrive in damp, warm locations. There's no better place than your scalp! The result is an itchy/flaky scalp. Imagine what passes from your damp bacteria filled hair to your pillow every night? Sickened by this, I no longer shower at night. I changed my pillow cases and the improvements showed within days. And it exponentially improved within the first two sprays of Mother Dirt's topical probiotic. I will continue to monitor the progress.
  17. Hello. So the deal is ive tried everything for my acne in the past 5 years now. I started solodyn going into my senior of high school. That worked for about three months then my doctor turned me to accutane which cleared me up in 5 month and kept me clear until the first week of college I was then put on solodyn again which kept me moderately clear for about 3 months again. But then i started breaking out badly again. i visited the dermatoligst and he shoved accutane back down my throat again. The results were not as great this go around and the side effects were even worst (anxiety/depression). So after going off that i lived with moderately clear skin for about 6 months. Once again i was prescribed solodyn, surpisingly it got me the clearest ive ever been my sophomore summer. I stayed on it for nearly a year and a half. Start of senior year of college i broke out terribly again. Back to the dermatoligist where i was then prescribed Bactrim. This got me clear and kept me clear for about 8 months. That leads us to now. Ive decided to try probiotics because just about everything tells me the antibiotics have actually made my skin the way it is. Im just so frustrated. I visited me dermatolgist and he thinks i should do accutane for a 3rd time!!!!!!! Ive now been on these garden of life probiotics for about a week now. Im breaking out moderateley so my question would be does it get worse before better with probiotics for acne???? Im 23 male.
  18. Has anyone experienced getting acne after taking a probiotic? Ive taken 2 different brands before and i don't remember getting pimples from it, but i started taking Refresh-pro b last week and almost immediately my face broke out and continues to do so. I keep doing research and I'm lost at what to do. Some say to keep going with it and see if it calms down but others say you should just stop taking that brand and switch to another. I get pimples, usually near my period, but not as much as this. Anyone else have this problem?
  19. Hey y'all. Happy thursday! I did not take my N-A-C this morning. And I'm going to be taking a break off taking that, for a little while. I ate like 10,000 calories today. Not really more like 2700 but I walked over 5 miles for sure because I charged my phone so I didn't have it on me for an hour and I still walked almost 5 miles today. Plus most of those calories are from nuts lol, deeeeez nuts. im looking into what it takes to be a paralegal. So yeah, that's what ya girl Natalie is doing on a Thursday night. New 60 days in tonight woop woop!!
  20. In this initial post, I want to share my origin story with acne. I think it's important for everyone to note the causes of their acne (when and why it started) in order for them to find the most effective treatment. I will then share my treatment philosophy following the origin story. In the next entry, I will post a break down of my goals as well as possible obstacles I might face. Origin: Like a lot of people, I had clear skin in high school. My skin care routine was to wash my face twice a day with just water and a towel. I had break outs maybe once or twice a month. My diet included a healthy mix of vegetables, meat, grains, fruits. My parents strictly prohibited sugary drinks and we rarely ate processed food. I also drank a lot of green tea. I didn't have to think much about my skin. When I was 17, I had a yearly check-up with my doctor. I just so happened to have a couple break outs on my face on that day. My doctor noticed it and prescribed me a strong benzoyl peroxide wash, clindamycin (a topical antibiotic), and topical Retin-A (speeds up regeneration of cells). I didn't question it. I didn't think there was any harm in using these medications so I applied them religiously as my doctor instructed. I used these three medications daily for the following year. The summer before college started, I was running out of the medications. I never had the time to get them refilled. Plus, my skin was looking amazing so I didn't care. College classes were starting and I decided to dabble more in make up. I started using more products on my face; face washes, make up removers, oils, strips, foundations, primers. This is when the break outs began. And I no longer had my medications, nor did my insurance cover these medications any longer. It started with one or two on my cheek. And over the course of the year, it spread from one cheek to the other. And now in my second year of college, it has spread to my forehead, chin, temples. It's everywhere. It's inflamed, red, scarred, pigmented. I can't leave the house without concealer. My confidence has plummeted. It's devastating. And for most of us on this website, I'm sure you understand how crushing it is to wake up, look in the mirror and want to be someone else. Over the course of these two years, only two things have provided a significant improvement in my skin; 1. Severe diet restriction (this is when I had money issues and couldn't afford much food. Mostly peanut butter sandwiches, brown rice, tomatoes, eggs, fruit, very small meals) And daily exercise 2. No make-up, No products (just a dime-sized amount of cerave wash twice a day and organic cold-pressed sunflower oil for moisturizer) At its current state, my skin is the worst it's ever been. It saw improvement last year but I fell back into my old ways and it got much worse. After a lot of reflecting about my skin history, I can safely attribute my skin's sensitivity with the prolonged use of prescription-grade benzoyl peroxide, topical antibiotics and Retin-A followed by immense stress from school, the exposure of hundreds of different chemicals through skin products, and finally, a major change in sleep, diet, overall lifestyle due to my leaving the care of my parents. The Treatment Philosophy: I spend a lot of my free time researching acne treatments. I've done oil cleansing, watching ph, acv, lotion p50, glycolic acid, clay masks. Nothing worked. I realized I was looking for a quick fix, a magic potion. But nothing was going to magically cure my skin. Because of my specific skin history, I decided the best treatment for me will be topical probiotics and holistic health. I decided on this approach after learning more about microbiomes from Chris Kresser, a famous advocate for the paleo lifestyle and holistic healing. Here is an article from his website about skin microbiota. His approach to skin (and overall health) is to treat it as an ecosystem, populated by several bacterial strains; some bad and some good. In the article, he promotes a company called Mother Dirt (I'm not sponsored). Mother Dirt backs up their products with real undeniable evidence. Why is acne a virtually non-existent health issue in hunter-gatherer societies that still thrive today? They don't use products and their skin contains good bacteria. The argument they make is that the micro-organisms that make up a healthy skin ecosystem are wiped out by modern day "skin care" products. It just makes sense. The science behind microbiomes is growing and I encourage everyone to research and educate themselves. I have done the homework and I recently purchased Mother Dirt's AO Mist, a LIVE probiotic spray. I have only begun using it for a few days but the results are unbelievable. I am not promoting this product as the fix-all, magic potion. It may not work for you. Please evaluate carefully your skin history and overall health. But for my purposes, the AO Mist is indispensable. My skin is far from cured but it is making progress. The second angle to my treatment is to consider my holistic health; in other words, my health as a whole. Every aspect of my life must be considered; diet, sleep, environment, mental health, exercise. In order to be the most effective, I have adopted a lifestyle change that I support and have done extensive research on; the paleo diet. There are some personal modifications I've made to better fit my personal needs but in summary my diet will include foods that existed pre-agricultural revolution; organic, non-gmo, whole, nutrient dense foods. I will reincorporate as much exercise as I can, consisting of interval cardio and strength building. As for mental health (which could honestly be a blog on it's own), I will reincorporate therapy, meditation, journaling, positive thinking and I will work to build healthy, supportive networks. I will dedicate time to create aesthetically pleasing, clean, organized and safe spaces within my apartment. I will prioritize sleep and health as the school year begins. Finally, I want to acknowledge the readers of my blog. Please feel free to follow, share, comment. Success will not be possible without a supportive network. This blog is very methodological but I also want this space to be uplifting and positive! Please spread the love! Thank you - C.
  21. Last night was the same mask as usual-- I tried the rosehip oil out finally, after the Argan and before the aloe. It's 5:55am right now and it's time to punch today in the face haha!! It's 10:25am right now...Work is KA-RAZZZZY. I'm going on my walk after I eat a snack. Yayyyy. its almost 8:30pm I'm going to lay down and rest I'm dead I'll deal with life tomorrow
  22. Hey y'all. Same ish as usual. Just working my butt off. For the past week or so, I have been taking my walk around the lake in the mornings usually at 10:45-11:45 or sometimes 11:45-12:45. Depends on how work is goin and if shit pops off. I've been getting good sun. The morning sun is the BEST. It's currently 93 degrees where I'm at. AND NO BREEZE LOL. I have not been putting argan oil on my face in the mornings-- just at night before I put on my aloe. So my routine for the past two nights has been my mixture of manuka honey, colloidal silver, goats kefir, cinnamon, turmeric and a probiotic capsule. Then I wash it off (with tap water eeeeeeek) after an hour or longer just depends, tone with NOW I'm diluting ACV to 50/50 filtered water/ACV, and then put argan oil on let it dry for a few minutes and then fresh aloe. holy shit my dark circles are so insane I really need to start sleeping properly. It's 6:35 and I'm waiting for my sister to get out of the kitchen so I can cook & make tea !!
  23. By Dr. Justin Marchegiani Did you know that the bacteria in your gut has a huge effect on your immune system? Your gut houses 70% of your immune system. Gut-associated lymphoid tissue (GALT) and mucosa-associated lymphoid tissue (MALT) reside in the gastrointestinal tract, and these lymphoid tissues produce antibodies that fight bacteria, viruses, parasites, and infections. If you don’t have a healthy gut balance, your immune system will be severely affected. There are three main types of bacteria that determine the health of the gut: beneficial, commensal, and pathogenic. Beneficial Bacteria Beneficial bacteria include probiotics, such as Lactobacillus and soil-based probiotics. Beneficial bacteria aid in the following: Nutrient Breakdown Energy Immune Function Detoxification You need certain nutrients and absorption of these nutrients to help run your detoxification pathways. If you don’t have beneficial bacteria, you can produce enzymes known as beta-glucoronidases that can negatively affect how bile conjugates hormones. Beta-glucoronidase and good bacteria levels are an inverse relationship. If you have high beneficial bacteria levels, you’re going to have low beta-glucoronidase. The good bacteria in your gut also produce acids, like lactic acid or CO2, that can lower the pH. When the pH in your gut is lower, it’s harder for bacteria that are bad, or pathogenic, to proliferate. Yeast infections proliferate more in an alkaline urinary tract than in an acidic urinary tract. That’s why things like cranberry extract and resistant starches can be beneficial. Resistant starches feed butyrate (butyric acid), which helps decrease microbes. You need healthy hydrochloric acid (HCl) levels in your stomach. Without it you can’t break down proteins, start protein metabolism, or ionize minerals. If you can’t ionize minerals, you can’t absorb minerals. Protein digestion starts in the stomach, so the first domino falls over in the stomach. If that domino doesn’t fall, then the dominoes in the gallbladder, where fat is emulsified, and pancreas, where lipase and other enzymes and fats are produced, won’t fall. So beneficial bacteria is very important for helping the first domino of digestion fall. Commensal Bacteria Commensal bacteria are switch-hitters that can become either beneficial or pathogenic. Stressors, the factors shared later in this post, can push them to one side or the other. Symptoms of Bad Bacteria Levels If you have any of the following symptoms, there is good chance that your bacteria levels in your gut are tipped more toward the pathogenic side. Unless changes with diet, gut bacteria, infections, and stress are changed, symptoms tend to get worse over time! Bloating Gas GERD or acid reflux Constipation or not having a bowel movement at least once per day Diarrhea Stomach pain Any active gut infection Pathogenic Bacteria Pathogenic bacteria include bacterial infections (e.g., H.pylori), parasites (e.g., C.difficile), and infections. Pathogenic bacteria can produce the following: Toxins—These toxins include mycotoxins, endotoxins, or various biotoxins produced by infections. These infections disrupt peristalsis, which can cause bowel movements to take longer. This can cause the body to reabsorb a lot of toxins from the bowel, causing autointoxication. Malabsorption—If you’re not able to absorb certain nutrients and minerals, it’s going to have an effect on your energy systems, the Krebs cycle, and the electron transport chain. You must have nutrition to run your energy pathways. Leaky gut—Leaky gut drives autoimmune conditions. In a leaky gut, the tight junctions in our bowel start to open up, forming various cracks and allowing food molecules and bacterial infections to slip into the bloodstream. The immune system creates a hate response to these foreign molecules, and because a gluten molecule may look similar to the thyroid tissue or a dairy molecule may look similar to the pancreas, other tissues start to get destroyed by mistaken identity. Factors That Push “Gut Bacteria” There are many factors that push gut bacteria in one direction or the other. All of these tend to be opportunistic, which means we start to see a decrease in HCl, enzymes, and nutrition. Youaren’t what you eat; you are what you eat, break down, absorb, and assimilate. These things push us in the direction of the pathogenic bacteria: Medications—Proton pump inhibitors (PPI), such as Nexium and Prilosec, shut down HCl production, but HCl production is important for the first domino of digestion. When acidity is low, HCl will trigger the esophageal sphincter to close. If it doesn’t close, it’s very easy for the acids to rise up, burning the throat and creating a reflux disorder. Acid breaks down nutrients, and if you don’t get good breakdown, it creates a downward cycle that only gets worse. A good doctor can find the root cause of the issue and pull you off a PPI responsibly. Don’t randomly take yourself off it. Sugar—If you’re eating too much refined and processed sugar, it feeds the bad bacteria in your gut. About one hundred years ago, each person was consuming and average of 3–4 pounds of sugar per year; now it’s about 150 pounds. Too much sugar consumption feeds the funguses and pathogenic bacteria in your gut. Emotional—Emotional stress will increase interleukin 6 (IL-6), which is an immune compound that can throw your immune system out of balance. Your immune system and gut are intimately connected, and you should minimize emotional stress to have a healthy gut balance. Decreased probiotics—Maybe you’re not eating probiotics via fermented foods, like raw milk if you can tolerate dairy. Get natural probiotics from foods you can tolerate. Increased antibiotics—The consumption of antibiotics wipes out everything in the gut and causes rebound overgrowths to occur. If you wipe out everything in a garden, the first thing that grows back, unless you plant seeds, is weeds. If antibiotic use is an issue, you need to consume good seeds (prebiotics and probiotics) for balance. Infections—Infections tend to be opportunistic, which means they happen when someone already has a compromised immunity. A tick bite causing Lyme disease can drive one person into a pathogenic episode while another can be bitten and recover quickly. Everyone is a little different, but the more stressors a person has, the more complicated the infection can be. Those who bounce back quickly may be feeding, and have a greater abundance of, the beneficial bacteria in their gut. An infection can prevent healing even when these stressors are removed, and the infection may need to be addressed for you to fully heal. Some patients can get exposed to a parasite, like Giardia, or pathogenic bacteria, like H.pylori, and not recover from the infection and get sick. Leaky gut—Foods and unwanted bacteria in the intestinal track can slip through the tight junctions into the bloodstream. This can put stress on the immune system and is the main cause of autoimmune disease for most people. Most people who have a digestive problem seem to have a higher amount of bad bacteria as well as a potential active gut infection. These problems tend to be active for many years before symptoms start to even show. Getting the gut fixed is one of the most important codes to crack for any functional-medicine doctor trying to get his or her patient healthy again.
  24. New blog so I can post photos! Duh! For your reference... this is me: Meet Natalie! Today at work...I'm dead. I'm so sleep deprived I have no idea how I'm still functioning. I ate and I feel sick. It's about 4pm. I'm ready to go home and sleep. I had to start this blog because my other one ran out of MB??? I don't even know. Ain't nothin' changed...Drinkin' tea...Workin'...YOU already KNOOOOW. photos with my hair down are last night and today with my hair up at work looking like death haha!
  25. Hi everyone, My name is Vince and I am 20 years old. I have had pretty bad acne on my face since I was 14 years old. I just joined the forum today to make this post because i believe it could help many people on here struggling with acne. I finally found out what worked for me and I always told myself that when I get rid of my acne I will share my story with others to possibly help them. I have had between moderate and severe acne and here is a list of things that I have tried that were non-successful: Seeing a dermatologist(Acne removal with a needle once a week, Put me on Epiduo and Doryx Antibiotic Pills which helped but once I stopped taking the pills my acne was worse) Clearasil, Proactiv(that stupid revolving brush thing), Clean and Clear, Neutrogena products etc. Natural Treatments(Manuka Honey, Apple Cider Vinegar, Lemon Juice, Lava Soap, Calamine Lotion, Witch Hazel etc.) Diet change(Cutting out all gluten, high-fat foods, and high-sugar foods) I had tried all of these things over the past 6 years and none of them worked for me, there was definitely times when my face looked slightly better, but I was never close to being acne-free. But last December, I became very frustrated with my acne and I did searches on Youtube and saw many positive reviews on the Acne.org regimen. So I bought the basic regimen(Cleanser, Benzoyl Peroxide, Moisturizer). I followed the directions exactly and stayed with it for about 3 months and I started to see slow improvement, at this point I decided to also start incorporating the Acne.org AHA+ into my regimen. I basically did the regimen like normal but I used AHA+ as a spot treatment whenever I saw an area with new acne trying to form(I applied AHA+ as a spot treatment in between the cleanser and the BP), I also began doing half moisturizer and half AHA+ every night(once a day). My results started to get even better, The AHA+ helped a lot by preventing new zits, and also helping fade my red marks. I was doing this all the way up until May. At this point I felt like my acne was 80% better, but there were still new zits always trying to form. I found out how to stop new zits from forming: Probiotic Pills. My dad was taking probiotics because he was having stomach issues and they helped him out a lot. So I decided to do some research and apparently a large percentage of your immune system is in your stomach. The amount of good or bad bacteria in your stomach can directly relate to how clear your skin is on your face. So I decided to start taking some. The brand is called Elite Nutrition Gold Probiotic Pills(I will post a link below). I would take one in the morning when I first wake up, with a full glass of water, and then wait at least 30 minutes before I eat breakfast. Not trying to gross anyone out, but when you first take probiotics you are putting millions of good bacteria in your stomach and the good bacteria fights off all of the bad bacteria in your stomach and the bad bacteria comes out in your poop. The first day of taking probiotics I went to the bathroom a few times and it smelled very bad, but this is completely normal, this is all of the bad bacteria that is leaving your system. I took the probiotics for a week straight and then took a few days off because I became slightly constipated(this is normal), then I took them again for another week then I stopped. At this point my acne was starting to improve dramatically and I was extremely surprised! Apparently most of my zits that were forming was due to all of the bad bacteria that built up in my stomach over the years from eating unhealthy food or eating out at restaurants alot. I stopped taking the probiotics after this because I could tell that at this point, all of the bad bacteria was gone from my stomach and I already had a enough good bacteria. So this has been my routine since May. I just do the Acne.Org regimen with AHA+ as normal and do small runs of probiotics every once in a while just to maintain my good bacteria in my stomach. Now, I rarely with have new zits form, maybe like one small zit once a week but that's it. I still have some blackheads on my nose but I don't really care too much about those for right now. It is still amazing to me that after all these years of searching for answers I finally found the key: Probiotics along with the Acne.org Regimen. I am so stoked and hopefully this information can help some of you out as well, especially if you are already using the regimen but you want to improve your results. Acne.org regimen: https://store.acne.org/aha Probiotics I use: http://www.ebay.com/itm/ULTRA-PROBIOTIC-50-100-Billion-CFUs-NOW-ULTIMATE-FLORA-PRIMAL-NATURES-KEY-ALIGN-/201453780241?hash=item2ee794bd11:g:eYoAAOSwuTxWCf5K Please leave a comment if you enjoyed reading or if you plan on trying these out. I can also post pics of my face if anyone is interested in seeing the results. Thanks for reading, Vince Summary: Do the Acne.Org Regimen with the AHA+, along with Probiotic Pills.