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  1. So it all started out when I was 11 to 12 where my hair clogged poors and consistent itching after dandruff because of Candida I have had since age 1. I have had a personal doctor work on keeping it under control (and also my overall health) with coffees, teas, antioxidants in royal jelly, probiotics in yogurt,for leaky gut ps100 supplement pills, also triphala, I even had black tea for months on and off, (white tea) really long ago, glycoside or glycozine I forget but I think it was for my spleen, sero-plus for mental clearance, blue berries for antioxidants and finally right now mulberries (ewgh) for even more antioxidants. I DID THESE AT DIFFERENT TIMES IN MY LIFE DO NOT TAKE TWO DETOX THINGS AT ONCE because you’ll break out and if you have Candida it will go out of control. I started acne masks when I was just starting to get it but what I didn’t know was that Apple cider vinegar would aggravate my acne to come out even more, (since at that young age all I ate and drank were sodas and chips) which fed my Candida thus acne at a young age, as I spiraled down isolation and depression I started not caring any more but still tried with steaming (non consistent) and ended up wanting proactiv (worst decision) it’s chemicals were too strong all at once making huge cystic acne appear. Eventually I got to acutane which worked until I stopped, I started clindamycin and had gone trough ever organic cleanser and toner which was working but my diet wasn’t , if I had kept using rose Mira’s products I would have cleared up but instead I used more toxic charcoal cleanser and rotating face brush irritating my face. I even used hot peppers hoping it would detox my system faster (maybe it did who knows) but I got to thinking and started sweating more with exercise and then I’m just on my 2nd month of vegetarianism (tried vegan, too hard) I’ve noticed a difference ever since I started using azeliec acid, clindamycin and zinc pyrithione together from curology. I have just got prescribed minocycline but researched to learn it kills the little good bacteria I have (I’m not going to take it) I’m starting benzol peroxide again(hopefully it works)
  2. Two months ago: today: So this girly needs some advice from women who have or are suffering from hormonal acne and have used birth control to control their acne breakouts. Background: I have suffered from anorexia for the last 6 years (since I was 16) and due to this I have never properly had my periods, only the occasional one every now and again. However since maintaining my weight, still low but healthy enough (BMI 15, if that is any help to anyone), I have had a massive hormonal breakout. I am guessing it was hormonal as I broke out a month ago at the same time as I was experiencing blood spotting and my boobs had swelled that week. I went to the doctors and he prescribed me Yasmin as I have been having weak periods every now and again since September last year and he thought this would regulate my periods and help my acne settle down. Now when I say I had a breakout I don't mean 3 or 4 spots on my chin, I am currently sitting here with around 20 spots on my face! I have never had a breakout before only the occasional pimple. I am unsure whether to go on the pill I am worried that it will cause my acne to get worse as it has been slowly getting worse and worse since the breakout in early march. I'm already vegetarian but over the month I have cut down on dairy, I'm drinking more water, taking vitamins, drinking green tea, eating more vegetables, I've been using a topical cream named Zineryt (for the last week) and all has led to no results so far! I'm feeling lost on what to do and I already suffer from body dysmorphia, all I now see when I look in the mirror is a girl covered in spots and I need to find a way out of this mess. I'm extremely distressed, cancelling on friends, hiding away, finding myself skipping university lectures etc. Also, it is making my anorexia hard to deal with again as it keeps telling me to just lose weight so my body won't be able to have the energy to produce the hormones. I DON'T WANT TO RISK EVERYTHING I'VE WORKED SO HARD FOR IN RECOVERY, I know I'd be put back in rehab. So any advice would be very much appreciated! Should I start on birth control? Would that be advisable? What were your experiences? I mean the doctor thinks so but he only chatted with me for five minutes so he doesn't fully understand my situation at all.
  3. hi everyone, hope you're doing well! just wanna post here what helped me to get my acne under control, it may be able to help someone out with this horrible thing as acne is. I'm male 20 years old from costa Rica(tropical warm weather) and have had oily skin and acne almost all my teenage, before I thought it's totally normal and that eventually it would go away with time, but it was approximately 2 years ago when my acne started getting bad(cystic acne) bad to a point where I have a couple of scars (Ice pick, V shaped) that are really unnoticeable and tiny so they don't really annoy me, and also around 2 hypopigmentated scars (white flat scars that never regained original skin color) they're not noticeable either so I dont care. I really never cared about diet and thought it was an underlying problem in my body the cause of my acne, and also I've always been someone who adores food so changing diet was not an option for me, I used to eat bread everyday, red meat, pork and would eat junk food like 3 times per week. 3 months ago I started to realize it was not worth to have this psychological pain all the time and that I had to do something about it, not only that it would help my skin but also my body in general so I decided to change my diet, I was offered Accutane but I decided that taking this drug was not worth it so diet was my only option for now and it would also be the best thing. for moral reasons, I became vegetarian first, it was very hard as stuff like meat, chicken had always been one of my favorite meals but now I think that it's not worth of how much an innocent animal has to suffer all their lives for me to have a good meal, it's just cruel and now every time I see any meat I feel like throwing up, even tho the taste is good, what hides behind is enough for me to say goodbye to it forever. (some will have a different opinion on it which is totally acceptable and respectable) going vegetarian helped me tons to lessen my acne also, but something was missing and my cosmetician that does me extractions told me to try to stop eating gluten for a few weeks (you know that thing that is in pasta, bread, etc.... gluten is something that produces a lot of inflammation in the body and can definitely cause acne for some people like me that are prone to it, also every time I used to eat bread I. would get awful bloating, gases, etc so that may be an indication you're sensitive to gluten. anyway I tried it out and it was what helped me the most! my acne literally disappeared in a matter of 2 months, no more cysts of bumps! it was hard to leave gluten as I would always have bread for breakfast and subway was my favorite restaurant to go too but now I've found other things that also taste good and they do not do harm on me that gluten does. the only gluten I get now is from a couple of beers that I have onweekends and that's it( I believe the beer I drink does not have much gluten as I dont have any bloating after drinking it) but just by doing that I can proudly say that I dont have acne anymore, I only get like 1 a whitehead per week goes away like in 2 days if I don't touch it and immediately if I pop it properly. now im only dealing with red marks and a couple of shallow. scars which im confident will fill up in time as they have improved a lot recently, the only thing is use in my skin now is aloe vera mousiturizer in the morning and at night aloe vera gel straight from the plant and ita done wonders specially for the red marks & scar,also I exfoliate twice a week with a mix of. baking soda and honey as recommended by the cosmetician. I'm not encouraging anyone to go. vegetarian or gluten free, but if you are so depressed because of acne as I was and you dont wanna try harsh things like Accutane or retin a etc, changing your diet would be the first thing you should do. (specially gluten)most of my protein comes from light yogurt, 2 organic eggs per day, rice and beans and cottage cheese In case you're wondering where to get your protein from. hope this may be able to help someone out and have a good day! (sorry for bad English, as it's not my first language)
  4. Been years since I have been here. Thought I would post this. It has some interesting quotes from some dermatologists! Has anyone tried vegan or plant based? Did it work? I would love to hear. My own skin cleared up many years ago because of Accutane, but now that I am older and wiser I am concerned about the long term side effects of this. I also now finally realize the science behind not squeezing the damn zits! Case in point, that I should have thought about before. I remember a girl in high school who usually had clear skin, but for months had bad acne on one side of the face and clear on the other side. Likely do to a squeeze that resulted in a ripple effect.
  5. Acne when going vegetarian

    Forums Diet & holistic health 3 replies

    I'm new and searching for some acne advice when I feel as though I have no options left. Over the summer, I went vegetarian and slowly gained acne, although I have never had a serious acne problem before. I thought maybe I was vitamin deficient, but I was tested and all my levels were normal. Then I thought maybe it was the soy, so I cut out all fake meat and started eating more veggies and beans. Nothing helped, so I tried to go natural with honey face wash and aloe vera gel. I thought I was seeing some improvement, but my acne did not go away. Since then, I have tried coconut oil, hydrogen peroxide, and many other topical treatments. It got to the point where I felt depressed, and I decided to eat meat again. I thought that if I ate how I did before I got acne, maybe I would get back whatever I may be missing from my diet. It's been a few weeks, and I am still breaking out. Mostly just small pimples all over my face, a couple cysts but nothing serious. I do not want to go on Accutane, and I am not sure what to do at this point. Any advice would be greatly appreciated!! It is getting to the point where I do not want to leave the house.
  6. Hello, I’m reaching out in hopes that someone might be able to provide some advice on acne treatment. I read posts on how you can cure your acne through diet changes and I was hoping to find out how. I just switched over to an organic, vegan, paleo type diet and my old acne began disappearing within a day or so, along with quite a bit of inflammation, but after about four to five days, the inflammation began to increase and new acne began to appear. Below, I’ve listed everything I’ve been eating since I’ve made the switch: Week 1: 2 lbs of white rice ¼ of a grapefruit 1 cucumber 1 apple 1 tangerine 15 red potatoes 2 tomatoes 3 pears ½ lbs of carrots 6 oz of blueberries 2 broccoli crowns Week 2: 1 can of corn 2 lbs of white rice 1 apple 3 tangerines 4 bananas 9 mandarins 15 red potatoes 2 tomatoes 1 red bell pepper 1 green bell pepper 6 oz of blueberries 2 broccoli crowns ½ lbs of carrots I’ve been eating white rice, red potatoes, and fruits almost every day, so I don’t know if carbs and blood sugar are the contributing factors. Should I change out white rice for cauliflower rice and red potatoes for sweet potatoes? Does anyone have a specific list of fruits that I should eat and how often, in order to prevent spikes in blood sugar? Would you be able to provide a list of foods that you eat daily and weekly? Thank you for all your assistance. Best, djb5595
  7. I had one of those horrible, crushing mornings. I tried styling my hair 3-4 different ways. I tried on different tops, bottoms, scarves and shoes, but no item of clothing did anything to relieve me of the shame and sense of vulnerability (like being naked, ironically) that my bad skin gives me. I stopped, looked in the mirror and started sobbing. Of course, the tears streaming down my face smudged my makeup. I have hormonal cystic acne along my jaw, lower cheeks and chin. Despite my best efforts I can't seem to do anything to permanently fix it. I also have a great life. I am a 30 year-old, female tech worker in san francisco. I make a really, really good living. I am married to a kind, intelligent engineer who is, frankly, way too good looking for someone in my condition. But I'm smart and sometimes pretty funny, so he likes me. In the last 12 months we've traveled to 10 different countries together. We have a hilarious pug that we love immensely. Both of our families are so kind and good to us. And yet, on days like today my thoughts consist of "Why am I cursed"? Or, "I am the only adult on this bus with acne" or "Maybe I deserve to be ugly" or "Should eliminate corn and rice too"? I'm writing this with a lump in my throat. I am ashamed of how I look, but I am also ashamed that I let this affect me so much. Ha, double-shame. Stupid—it is shocking how a few dozen clogged, infected pores can make a person completely lose his or her sense of self-worth and appreciation for life. For the record, here's what I do: Because I have money, I use good, clean and often very expensive products. I can also afford to buy organic fruits, vegetables, and experiment with complicated, exhausting diets. I can afford to go on 'relaxing' vacations, see dermatologists and aestheticians, and try prescriptions and also weird, holistic treatments. I have done all of those things and more over the last 6-7 years of my acne journey. To be explicit, I have tried being sugar-free, dairy-free, vegetarian, gluten-free, and vegan. I have tried juicing, have avoided sodium laurel sulfate, and have allowed no processed shit-foods near me (99% of the time). I have tried chemical peels, facials, antibiotics like doxy (NOPE), 2 kinds of birth control, and every topical known to science. Still, I have angry, cystic acne that my friends, family and coworkers stare at and sometimes comment on. And I just feel so broken about it. I weep, I stay in, I get really depressed. I know it's irrational and stupid, but maybe I am irrational and stupid. At least I'm self-aware.
  8. New to blogging but need advice

    Blogs David 2 comments

    Hi I'm a 17 year old male and have had acne since 13/14. I never get cystic acne but I have a face full of medium sized red dots. I used benzoyl peroxide with clindamycin as phosphate 1% and benzoyl peroxide 5% last summer and my face was almost completely cleared but I still had about 15 red spots on either side of face so I went to my doctor again because my prescription was used up and she prescribed Epideo to finish clearing up my face. Ok, that is when ALL HELL broke LOOSE! I started breaking out NONSTOP. My face got totally red and pealed like crazy in the beginning but now I'm more used to it. I'm still using it a couple times a week. When I was so dry I started using coconut oil which helped so much with dryness but I firmly believe that it breaks me out, I have tried it twice and each time it feels GREAT but after about a week after using it once or twice I break out in very small dots everywhere. I firmly believe in curing acne naturally and have for the past couple months eliminated all dairy, most sugar and most meat from my diet and I always eat a homemade vegetable soup consisting of green peppers, tomatoes, sweet potatoes and celery. I eat this for most of my meals daily. And have been using a multivitamin plus zinc and vit d3 4-5,000 IU per day. Plus I drink lots of alkaline water every day and wash my face with acidic 4.0 water. My face has not cleared up in the least. Do you think it's because I have only been doing it for 2-3 months or am I doing something wrong. I also run/work in a woodworking business with LOTS of dust, is this a negative for my skin? If so what can I do to help? I've read MANY reviews on and YouTube of how people healed there acne by drinking and/or using Apple Cider vinegar as a topical. And what I have noticed is most people that this has helped are people that are close to there 20s or older I'm 17, so if someone could give me some advice if I should run to the store and pig out on ACV or not, and my whole acne disaster I would be soooo grateful. My email is Thanks!!!! P.S. I hang out only one day a week and try to hide my face as much as possible. I HATE my face and have for so long, if this would help me get cleared I would have my life back!! #fingerscrossed
  9. Just thought I'd share this, particularly for any vegetarians out there. After 10+ years of taking prescription medication (Oracea, Benzaclin, Differin, etc), I'm now completely clear six weeks after eliminating my gluten consumption. I now realize that the annoying cysts I was getting were the result of toxins that gluten was introducing into my bloodstream. For any vegetarians out there, you may want to pay particular attention to the mock meats in your diet. To my surprise, 90% of the mock meat I was eating had wheat gluten listed as one of the primary ingredients. What I thought was healthy for me was actually poisoning my system. And I was literally eating this stuff 1-2 times a day, 5-6 days a week. So beware. Fortunately, the newer meat substitutes like those from Beyond Meat are gluten-free and much healthier. While everyone's trigger is different, eliminating gluten worked for me. Hope this helps someone out there and good luck.
  10. From the album No Meat, No Dairy, Gluten-Free, Sugar-free Diet

    Hello! This is week 4 and I'm super excited to update on how my skin has been doing. A couple days ago was ovulation (sorry tmi) and lo and behold I broke out into some hormonal acne around my mouth and some on my cheek. You can see they emerged two days ago (photo attached below), leaving a lot of redness. Today, however, my skin is looking a lot better. The breakouts have flattened out as they've bled and "purged" already so my face is just red marks at this point. In addition, I purchased a 0.5 mm dermaroller which I tried out today!! It hurt and left my face red for an hour or so but I definitely see my face is a little brighter (might be just in my head). But the bumps are minimized and all I need to combat are my red marks. I have a feeling I'll break out again before my period in two weeks but I'm hoping for the best through my diet. CHANGES MADE: DIET: ALSO, I don't know if this is a common trigger food for acne but I consumed half a package (natural, no salt) of peanut butter in the last week--correlated to my breakouts? Peanut butter is dangerously addictive. But scared, and not willing to take the risk, I've stopped eating PB and any alternative such as almond butter. If I don't breakout before my period this time around, I'll know peanut butter may have contributed to my ovulation breakouts. SKINCARE ROUTINE: I used to think that the more moisturizer I used the more supple and smooth my skin would be. WRONG. After a certain point, your moisturizer will clog your pores. Key is to apply only the necessary amount. I've used 1-2 pumps of Cerave Moisturizing Lotion which probably has been conducive to a lot of my clogged pores. So, keeping my usage of moisturizer minimal. Instead, if my face feels like it could use a little bit of moisture I apply some alcohol free witch hazel ALSO, noticed my conditioner has some pore clogging ingredient despite the fact that it's SLS free, Paraben free, and natural so I've decided to stop using that as well. A lot of my acne is temple/hairline so there might be a relation there.... -___- Will update again next week Below is Week 3.5 (ovulation, as noted before) and beginning of Week 4 (today). You can see my marks have flattened and my breakouts are less noticeable. Week 3.5 Week 4: TODAY
  11. Tomorrow's food/regimen will be (I have veeeeery limited food options for certain reasons...): On face: Lotion, makeup (I'll check which kind I use tomorrow)Breakfast: Wheat toast and peanut butter Apple Snack: Banana Lunch: Carrots Hummus Apples Snack: Raw almonds Dinner: Salad (non dairy dressing) Cooked vegetable of some type Wash face with Purity Cleanser, some Nivea lotion (keep it simple, no picking...which I already did tonight. Ugh.) Anyway, I'm trying to get my boyfriend to join in on this venture...he loves junk food and loves binging, so we will see. I'm also going to do 30 minutes of cardio and then some lunges! Also, I'm on Yaz birth control, which helps my skin a lot...aka, not as much CYSTIC acne as I used to get (still get the occasional one), but it makes me a little chunkier than I'm used to. I used to be 125 lbs (at 5'6"), but now I'm about 10 lbs heavier. With much larger breasts...So, yeah. Maybe this food regimen will combat that a little!
  12. This site had me vegetarian, gluten free, all that junk. I now noticed its not food that causes acne. Make up, cover that fucking acne up. Clean your face with alcohol and a cotten ball twice daily. My dads 65 and been doing it his whole life and it hasn't aged his skin. I finally took his advice and copied him. I'm boy and wear make up now. I found how to videos on youtube. Good luck everybody. It took a month for my face to clear up with the alcohol.
  13. I Have No Will Power!

    Blogs luckandlove's Blog 4 comments

    To start off I've been a vegetarian for about 4 months now I haven't really seen any improvement in my skin but that's not really the reason im vegetarian in the first place, and my skin would probably be worse if i wasn't. I eat pretty healthy, a lot healthier than most my friends yet they still have perfect skin but I've been trying to eat less gluten, bread, pasta, stuff like that. Also no sweets but I have a massive sweet tooth and binge a lot so I'm thinking that having this blog will help me stay on track to clearer skin. I'm also taking fish oil and 50mg of zinc a day, I think I'm going to stop taking fish oil though. Right now I'm going through a baaaad breakout on my chin 2 deep ones and a few little bumps, it could be from a lot of things, I missed taking my zinc pill the other day, I've eaten horribly for the last 3 days, and I didn't wash my face before bed the other night, and of course damn hormones. I just started hanging out with people more and going out because my acne was getting better but I'm just afraid that I'm going to hide in my room all this weekend because i don't want everyone staring right at those honkers on my chin. I absolutely hate it when you're doing so good at not popping your zit but then when it comes to a head and you see everyone staring at it when you're talking to them like its gonna explode at any moment. It's just so embarrassing... Anyways, this blog is to help me stay on track with eating the right foods and improving my acne, I'll update at the end of everyday what I ate and how my skin is. xoxo
  14. Just Started Getting Acne.

    Forums Adult acne 6 replies

    I started getting slightly more severe acne 2 years ago (I'm 20 now). I never really had acne as a teenager and even had decent skin. However around 18 I became a vegetarian, shortly after I started developing acne that was primarily white heads, or white heads with puss (I don't know the medical term for the contents of a white head). Since then it has become slightly better, although I may be over compensating by over washing (I have very dry skin), but I've developed less acne. While I've developed less acne it has migrated from my forehead to the borders of my hair line. I know my mother has said that she never had acne as a teenager but got it around my age so in that way it may be genetic. I'm also wondering if it's my diet with me being very reliant on greek yogurt, eggs, and whey protein for protein. It could also be my dry skin, or over washing, or it could be due to my intestines not functioning properly. I'm not an expert on the subject but I'd like some advice. I've tried different acne washes, and also tried different home made recipes but all thats done is keep it in check. Granted the home made recipes weren't long term tests (those being honey masks and apple cidar vinegar as I have terrible redness in my face now). Is this something I need to just wait out? Am I maybe washing my face too much (I sometimes wash twice a day)? Maybe not drinking enough water or relying too much on dairy/eggs for protein? Or should I just see a dermatologist? Thank you
  15. Premenstrual Acne, Please Help

    Forums Adult acne 6 replies

    This is a really long story but maybe someone can advise me. I would be eternally grateful if you had any advice. This is what's been going on since I was a teenager: During PMS I get cystic acne. (I can't remember if it was during PMS when I was a teenager but in recent years I've noticed that it is.) I'm 28 now. It's usually only on my forehead or on the skin between my eyes and ears (side of my head there). Recently I've gotten a couple on my cheeks which worries me because my cheeks are mostly scar-free. I also have dysmenorrhea, meaning lots of pain during the first 2 days of my period. When I was a teenager it was worse and I couldn't go to school really. I felt nausea and severe cramps. It's somewhat better now. I don't think I have PCOS because I don't have any other symptoms. My period is weird because it happens every 3 weeks instead of every 4 weeks. I don't know if that's normal. Also, birth control didn't work for my acne. I tried Yaz, and Desogen. The big issue is that the cystic acne almost always scars. I used to really pick at it so I have scars on my forehead. Now even when I don't pick at it, it caves in when it goes away, so I get an atrophic scar whether I pick the acne or not. I want to try the Aleve for PMS acne. I used to be on prescription Naproxen Sodium (550mg) as a teen but never took it before my period, just during the painful days. Someone also mentioned Evening Primrose Oil and Flaxseed oil on that same thread but then I read reviews and some people have "purging" with Flaxseed oil. I can't afford any purging at all, because as you can guess, I will end up with scars from it. I never knew what "jawline acne" was until I tried Saw Palmetto last year because my hormones are obviously involved in my acne. The Saw Palmetto gave me jawline acne for the first time. It stopped after I stopped taking it though this month I noticed I had a couple again, I don't know why. I am sensitive to dairy products, so I have to learn to avoid them. Even though the cystic acne occurs during PMS I notice that if I eat dairy beforehand, it's so much worse. Chocolate and sugar in general is bad too. I'm wondering if it's because of sugar and dairy or because of the ph of these foods is very acidic? Right now I'm living abroad in S. Korea and I'm eating a lot of acidic foods (kimchi, rice and egg) and my face doesn't look so great. When I first got here I was super stressed and ate a lot of sugary snacks, and my face looked terrible. So stress/sugar/dairy/PMS is all working together. I think I'm allergic to corn too, that doesn't give me cystic acne, but tiny red blotches. Another big problem is that I'm a vegetarian. So...I'm starving here because I can't easily find good vegetarian foods, especially not ones that are healthy for my skin. As far as protein goes, I'm sensitive to dairy, eggs are bad for your skin because of the iodine, and tofu is supposed to mess up your hormones. I'm not sure what vegetarian protein I can eat! But I had this PMS acne long before I became a vegetarian so that's not the cause. question is, is Evening Primrose Oil going to give me any side effects, like Saw Palmetto? Is it known for doing that to some people? I can't afford to have an Evening Primrose Oil "purge" or "initial breakout" because of scarring. I will try the Aleve. Nothing topical seems to make too much of a difference. Needless to say, at 28, I'm fed up. I don't want to try Accutane for many reasons. I need to try something though. Thanks for any advice you can give.
  16. 90 To 100% Clear Since 2009

    Forums Diet & holistic health 6 replies

    Hi. I used to have moderate acne, large painful lumps under my skin, that looked very red and even distorted the shape of my face. My life was a living hell dealing with the self-esteem issues etc I suffered. Crying after looking in the mirror was a regular thing for me. To all of you who have the acne problem: I feel your pain. I was trying to sleep tonight, and I just wanted to come back and help some people who might be going through what I was. I originally posted my success story here: I've actually learned a lot in these past 2 years, so I'm back to share it. I'm 100% clear now almost all the time. Occasionally get a very surface level whitehead, when I don't follow my own rules, although even now I'm finding I can occasionally do stuff which totally should give me acne (like eating some really sickly sweet chocolate ice cream and drinking a bunch of alcohol on the same day) but it doesn't! Bam! 1-week instant acne solution Here's a quick technique guide, for people who want to just dive right in, without reading too much. I'll talk about the rationale for it below. This is what I wish I someone could have told me a few years back - how to get clear in a week or so. GREEN SMOOTHIE. Replace one meal a day (breakfast for me) with a green smoothie. Here's my recipe: Mint leaves, spinach, coconut water, half a banana, tiny drop of agave nectar, freshly squeezed lime juice. I can literally feel my skin heal up when I do this. It's highly anti-inflammatory, ultra rich in vitamins and minerals, rich in chlorophyll which helps detoxify the body. My number one most powerful ally in maintaining clear skin is to have nothing else but a beautiful green smoothie for breakfast. Research it - you'll find so many people who swear by them. OMEGA 3 (from cod liver oil and Vitamin rich butter fat combined). Honestly, most Omega 3 supplements don't work. I tried loads and never had much success, until I read Tim Ferris the Four Hour Body, and read some really interesting research about how unsaturated fats like Omega 3 need to be accompanied by saturated fats to be properly absorbed and utilized by the body. I started buying Fermented cod liver oil with vitamin rich butter fat (combo of saturated and unsaturated fat). There's a particular supplement maker who combines these two in capsules or liquid form. I take the capsules. I'm not here to advertise anyone's brand, but google it - there is only one real manufacturer who is doing this right now. This is my get out of jail free card for acne. These omega-3 caps are incredibly high quality and carefully treated to preserve the nutrients, and they work v. well. I've got to admit, I've got a bad habit: I like drinking alcohol, often like to have several glasses of wine and maybe some cocktails in with the deal once or twice a week. I'm a young guy, I'm out dating etc, I live in NY, it's hard to avoid this. This would cause my acne to come back a little sometimes. I started on the fermented cod liver/vitamin rich butter fat caps and BAM! I can drink and sugary stuff (occasionally, not to excess) and still have great skin. Green vegetables 3 times a day. So I have the green smoothie for breakfast, lots of salad etc for lunch, and ensure I get some steamed green veg like spinach etc in the evening. For some reason, green vegetables and salad are just the ultimate acne-antidote. Yoga. Got to say, you could probably get clear with yoga by itself. The main thing about yoga is increasing levels of oxygen in the blood, clearing out the lymphatic system (eliminates waste in your body from the cells), and most importantly CIRCULATING NUTRIENT AND OXYGEN RICH BLOOD TO THE SKIN. If you're taking the three steps listed above, you'll have lots of nutrients available in your blood, and doing an exercise like yoga (with all sorts of upside down poses etc) which will bring tons of that nutrient rich blood rushing to your skin where it's needed. If you really can't bring yourself to do yoga, at least go for a short run (sprint a bit, if you like). I'll just do 5 minutes of exercise everyday, just enough to get lots of healthy fresh blood circulating to my skin. At least 5 minutes a day, 5 days a week. If I only do 5 minutes, it will just be a 5 minute intense sprint. To eliminate: Eliminate every single refined carbohydrate (white bread, pasta, white rice) and refined sugar from your diet. Guess what - almost every breakfast cereal contains refined sugar. I look at every single list of ingredients for anything I eat, and if there's sugar in it, I won't touch it. I never eat candy. If I get a plate of pasta put in front of me, even if I'm starving hungry, I'll just take that stuff and chuck it in the bin. Refined carbs and sugar cause huge blood sugar fluctuation, which believe me, leads to acne. I can't be bothered with a science lesson - google acne and blood sugar and draw your own conclusions, do your own research. Eliminate alcohol, messes up your blood sugar too. Ultimate topical: This took me from 95% clear to just never even seeing a hint of redness or a spot on my skin, 100% ultra-clear. I use unrefined, organic coconut oil (1/3 of a tea spoon, warmed up until liquid) with 5 drops of tea tree oil. I mix that up and apply it to my face. You can feel it working and clearing your skin. Both substances - organic coconut oil and tea tree oil are anti-bacterial, anti-microbial and anti-viral. Coconut oil is rich in healthy nutrients, and tea tree oil is like a spot destroying machine. I only found this one out recently and it's just absolutely nailed all skin probs. Coconut oil has a slightly acidic pH which is anti-bacterial. Just apply a light covering on your skin - it will moisturize and stop your skin producing excessive sebum oils which bacteria feed off of. Vitamin D: I'm going to confess here, I use sunbeds as a source of Vitamin D. The UV stimulates production of Vitamin D. Very very careful and moderate use - I never go on for more than like 2 or 3 minutes. Never burn from it. I suggest watching this video for a bit of truth about sunlight and skin cancer, before you comment, I suggest watching that with an open mind. If you're going to do this supplement with Astaxanthin - it gives your skin massive protection from UV and reduces chances of burning. Interesting article about this here: Supplements are a great way to get Vitamin D (Vitamin D3) - but be careful you can take too much. Don't use tanbeds ever unless you are on an ultra-healthy diet including green smoothies, rich in antioxidants, rich in fruit and vegetables, with very little or no junk food. Very healthy diet + limited, carefully moderated healthy amount of sun exposure / UV exposure is good for you as it raises vitamin D in the blood (and vitamin D is one of the most powerful anti-cancer nutrients). However if your diet is crap, your low in antioxidants, overexposure to UV or sunlight can cause you to burn and lead to skin cancer. SO EXTREME CAUTION AND COMMON SENSE HERE FOLKS. Don't rush into anything - do your research, don't take my word for it. But DO RAISE YOUR VITAMIN D - work out the healthiest solution for you. B-Vitamins: I find supplementation of B-Vitamins has a powerful effect. If you are vegan/vegetarian getting the full spectrum of b-vitamins can be difficult, so I suggest buying supplements. So for one week: Green smoothie for breakfast every day (and nothing else - it's important to ONLY have the green smoothie) Fermented cod liver oil and vitamin rich butter fat - 2 caps first thing in morning, 2 caps last thing at night, yoga or exercise 5 times that week, Vitamin D supplementation (get a high quality expensive supplement from a health food store) or 20-30 mins of direct sunlight per day (for people with fair to medium skin, darker skin may require longer as pigmentation blocks vitamin D absorption), green vegetables 3 x per day, use the coconut oil/tea tree oil topical, supplement your B-vitamins, and ELIMINATE ALL SUGAR, REFINED CARBS, JUNK FOOD. I'm going to respond to questions, and anyone who wants more help or advice from me can contact me, and I'll try to give you some advice. I've been on the getting clear path for 5 years, and really want to help some other folks get clear too. I wish I had some before pics, but I've only got after ) clear for past 3 - 4 years and loving it.
  17. Some Things That Really Work

    Forums Adult acne 6 replies

    I made up my mind several years ago to read everything I could about adult acne and then to be as scientific as I could in applying what I learned. I've been sharing bits and pieces in reply to other people's posts but now I think I'll try to summarize what works, what doesn't, and what has made a real difference for me. Maybe this will help you, especially if you have chronic resistant acne like me. I've struggled with cystic acne all my life since age 15. Up until my 30's I kept thinking I would outgrow it but I didn't. During this time I used OTC acne products and my skin was always red, irritated, and they ultimately didn't do much but dry my skin out. In my 30's I did 2 rounds of accutane. Love the stuff and I had crystal clear skin but the effects didn't last. I did Proactive for about 10 years and it helped but again my skin was red, peeling and irritated. Antibiotics helped when my skin was really flaring up but you can't take those forever. I became a vegetarian, ate organic, and led a very natural lifestyle overall. This helped but the acne continued. In my 50's I became desperate and was so embarrased by this disease that would not stop! What did not work OTC acne products, including BP --- too irritating Raw diet and general organic diet --- felt great but did not stop acne Oil cleansing --- messy and caused plugged up pores Short-term remedies that work but you can't use them longterm Accutane --- fantastic stuff...wish I had been one of the lucky ones where it stops acne forever... Antibiotics --- great for awful flare-ups and calming the skin. Nice to have on hand. Spironolactone --- worked great in combo with other treatments but can't use forever Birth Control Long-term remedies that work and can be used forever without harm These remedies work together...using just one may not accomplish the goal of clear skin Tretinoin (retin-a) --- this is the gold standard. It takes forever to kick in so people often give up. But think about it...tretinoin restructures the pores and skin so it takes awhile to accomplish this. It normalizes how the skin functions. You may have to experiment to get just the right formulation of tretinoin. I like the generic .1% cream. Spearmint tea --- this has a natural anti-androgen effect that is as effective as spironolactone (google it). I make my own blend of spearmint with a little chamomile and hibiscus and use as a loose tea. Drink 2 strong cups a day for a medicinal effect. I like it with soy milk --- shake up the carton for a latte effect! Cetaphil Antibacterial Bar Soap --- this is a best kept secret. It is an amazing cleanser that is very mild, rinses clean, doesn't strip skin and lowers surface bacteria count. Neutrogena Lotion for Combination Skin --- this lotion is very very mild and keeps down oil. I have unusually sensitive skin and this is about the only one I can use without problems. Avoid these foods and chemicals (these are all documented and researched items that aggravate acne) --- dairy, sugary foods including all sugars, honey, etc and foods with them, white flour and overly processed foods, very spicy foods, alcohol, red meats, Sodium Laurel Sulfate (is in most toothpastes and shampoos - go organic), flouride, sunscreen on the face (even ones for sensitive skin - wear a hat), anything you think you may be sensitive to (everyone is different and it seems most people prone to acne have underlying food and chemical allergies that are further irritating the may want to get formally tested...I finally did and it made a difference.). Find a non-flouridated, non-SLS toothpaste at the health food store. Many adult acne sufferers actually have perioral acne that can be aggrevated by regular toothpastes. This type of acne happens not just around the mouth but along the jaw and up around the nose and forehead too. Eat as organic, fresh and natural as possible. Be outdoors often, walk, play, laugh, be with friends. Try hypnosis and get a personal CD made just for you...hey it works! Do yoga, deep breathing, keep a journal. Read Eckhart Tolle's "The Power of Now". Listen to his talks. Be inspired. Hope this helps! Namaste and blessings ~ CVD
  18. he guys, im 24 male, issuing a nech HEAVY big (like a nail size each, some of them bigger) red acne (usualy not white heads, just big red)... its not in the middle of neck, but on sides under the ears and its pretty huge visible... Well sometimes it gets better sometimes it get worse, but its there for like 10 years and cant get rid of it... Found out that i have a sensitive skin over all body (if i shave even with a very proper way with proper products, i got bur marks which are there for 3 days)... Sun & tanning gets it better, it does dry them out well and its noticable BETTER! Sometimes it does help if i put a toothpaste on it over the night (it does dries them too, heard it somewhere and it really seems to work)... but for me there is no known way to get rid of them all the way (it just getting smaller - or less visible)... I think i found that food does make it worse, actually all u need to bake (pizza, bread etc)... but i deffinitely dont want to get vegetarian or stop eating the basic things as pizza or bread is... Please give me any ideas...
  19. I've been struggling with acne since I was 11 and I am now 15. It's gotten worse and worse over the years. First it was on my nose then my forehead, then it started on my chin, now theres a little on my temples and its all on my cheeks and chin. So I decided to stop being lazy and finally go holistically. I have tried endless different products so obviously if none of them can get it right then I'm probably not going to cure my acne with products. I was using the OCM at night and honey in the morning, the OCM worked great when I first started using it which was about 6 months ago but I decided to go a little more simple and less time consuming. So right now I am using just raw honey. I used to use honey but it was crappy honey so I went to Whole Foods and bought Really Raw Honey and so far my scars are fading(i have a lot of scars) and my skin is starting to really improve but that might be because of what I'm doing holistically. I'm a vegetarian so I've recently started to take Calcium Magnesium Zinc with Vitamin D, just in case my acne is caused by a Zinc deficiency, plus I heard Magnesium and Vitamin D are good for acne. I did the 3 day apple fast earlier this week and I think it helped but it didn't cure. I'm also eating mostly raw and cutting most dairy out of my diet. Hopefully these combinations are going to continue to improve and maybe cure my acne. Cross your fingers!
  20. I've been reading a lot about gluten free diets curing acne. How would I know if I had gluten intolerance? I'm a vegetarian and I don't drink milk, but I love cheese and eat eggs occasionally. I don't think I could completely cut out gluten (but I said that about meat too), and chocolate is my weakness. Would cutting back on gluten help at all? I'm about to be on a 2 week road trip, so it's out of the question until then. Just looking for experience.
  21. I cured my acne, but...

    Forums Diet & holistic health 6 replies

    Sup peeps, I haven't chimed in a while but thought I would give you guys an update regarding my acne issues. Just a little background first... A couple years ago, out of the blue, my face erupted in acne. At first I thought it was a rash, but then over the week I was able to see new lesions appearing and it was behaving like acne. I went to see a GP and he gave me some basic first line acne treatments that didn't work. Long story short, I ended up trying tons of medications, developing rosacea, and fighting the most miserable battle of my life. But I have stopped all traces of acne... In the rosacea community it is well known that low-carb diets help with rosacea symptoms: flushing / blushing, redness. For me I had been trying all this time to keep the acne away that worrying about the rosacea symptoms had become second priority. But since all the topicals I was using (adapalene, tretinoin, BP, etc) would irritate my skin and cause rosacea symptoms I figured that I should try the no-carb diet for a bit and see if there was any progress. I started my first week long no-carb diet a couple months ago. I noticed that the acne was clearing up, but do to other factors I wasn't able to stick with the diet for very long and so I wasn't clear if the diet was helping. Then I decided to give the diet another test and document everything I was eating and how my skin was reacting. I also stopped all medications (topical / oral) / moisturizers at the same time. I wanted to make sure that the only thing effecting my face was my diet. Within the first few days I noticed an improvement in my acne. Also my skin wasn't flushing as much and was getting paler because I had stopped the topical meds. So as the week progressed I could really tell that the acne was clearing up. And just to clarify, by no-carb I mean only meats/fish, eggs, a little cheese, and a few green veggies here and there. No fruits, breads, grains, etc. After a week and a half I could easily see that my skin had improved and I was no longer developing any new acne lesions. This was pretty much the proof I needed for myself to understand if diet was really effecting my skin. This was really a big step for me. I knew that diet effected skin but to what degree I wasn't sure. Also, every derm I have ever spoke to says that diet plays a part but not as big as we think. I live in Japan and the derms here are very conservative and stuck in the past. I am sure that some of you get to see more progressive derms and you are lucky. The hard part about a no-carb diet is that you get super constipated and it feels like you are giving birth every three days. Not fun. I decided to add green veggies into my diet and my skin was still looking good. Then I added beans, still ok, and then nuts / fruits. Still ok. When I would experiment with any sweeteners or refined carbs (breads, rice, etc) I would notice little spots appearing. The cool thing is that when I noticed a red spot and then ate a big chunk of meat/fish the spot would go away over night. So now I can eat any meats, veggies, fruits, beans and nuts and not have any acne. I am a strict vegetarian and only experimented with the no-carb diet as an acne test. Also, just in case any of you want to try this diet. I didn't use many oils, maybe just a teaspoon of olive oil here and there. So not sure if that would make a different. My guess is that what really improved my skin wasn't the high protein diet, but rather the low refined carbohydrate diet. Anyway, so now I am cured of acne. And by cured I mean that I have no more acne lesions on my face. My redness has cleared up and my rosacea is almost gone. But I have a new problem: how to clear up the acne scars and deal with the oily skin... Can anyone recommend some topicals that help with skin texture that aren't very irritating and can be used long term? Peels are too irritating for me. I am pretty sensitive to tretinoin, but adapalene isn't as irritating for me... Also, from the looks of things on this forum there is no cure for oily skin outside isotretinoin. But maybe I overlooked something. Thanks, SG
  22. I just got back from vacation in Costa Rica. Since I don't tan my face (to avoid my PIH from getting worse) I made sure to wear 30 SPF on my face. However, after the first day I got an awful burn/heat rash on my face since my skin is so photosensitive. For the rest of the trip I was forced to avoid BP due to the heat rash. I only cleansed my face and put on a tiny bit of Olay moisturizer. No BP, no makeup (except when I went to dinner but no longer than 2 hours) and no toner. Normally if I go off BP I start to get painful zits on my cheeks. However, I only got one small zit the whole trip!!! My skin had a bumpy texture from the heat rash for about 3-4 days and then it went away but still no zits and my skin was nice and smooth. Some things I think it could be: - wasn't wearing makeup for 15 hours a day like I do in the city - I didn't eat soy or peanut butter the whole trip. These are foods I eat normally since I'm a vegetarian but they didn't have them at the resort. - no stress (but I got zits even when I wasn't stressed in the past) - was swimming in salt water - maybe the heat rash killed the acne bacteria from forming. Whatever it is about Costa Rica that helped my skin, I would like to know! Has anyone ever experienced this on vacation??? Maybe I should start soaking my face in salt water every day or stop eating soy and eat more rice and beans like the Costa Ricans? Who knows! But any similar stories might help to uncover the secret.
  23. I just got off of a 6 month course of Amnesteem. 80/40 every other day (80 one day, 40 the next) Some facts: I cut out ALL dairy products in my diet, only take in egg white protein now. I don't eat any bad oils. I'm a vegetarian (wonder if this has something to do with it) I did a Prohormone about a year and a half ago (over the counter steroids) Accutane: I got horrible sides from it I broke out the entire cycle, even on month 6 one side of my face is clear, and the other has 2 big cysts on it. I DON'T KNOW WHAT TO DO AT THIS POINT. Can someone suggest something? Thank you.
  24. I will be volunteering for anywhere from 3-6 months next summer in Uganda. The organization I am volunteering for states the diet that will be provided as such: "During placement you will have locally available foods such as matooke (bananas), rice and vegetable with tart flavor pickle two times a day, 8:30AM and 7:30 PM. There will be a snack in afternoon which you can expect beaten rice, puff corn and roasted peanuts etc. Sometimes host families may offer different items such as noodles, meat (if you are a non-vegetarian)" Generally my body doesn't get much out of pills; I don't take vitamins because I've never gotten any sort of benefit from them. But the best brand of Multi I've ever taken was Nature Valley, so maybe I should look into another brand that has better absorbency. Also, since I have Celiac, my body doesn't always do a fantastic job of absorbing things, so I need something that's really going to just go full force into my bloodstream without passing Go or collecting $200. What are your recommendations? Must be gluten-free. Thanks!
  25. I am a vegetarian and i have seen a lot of people who say they have had successful diets with lots of meat and lack of soy but in my case i eat loads of soy... I do however eat fish. Id love to hear from some other vegetarians