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How Much Has Your Lifestyle Affected Your Acne?

Is your acne the consequence of your lifestyle?   11 members have voted

  1. 1. How much has your lifestyle affected your acne?

    • It's everything my acne is.
    • It's a pretty major factor.
    • To some degree, but not so much.
    • It doesn't affect my acne at all.
    • I don't know.

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I'm trying to find out how much people's lifestyle affects their acne. I've not had any attempt to change the way I live until now so I can deal with acne better. So basically here's how I deal with life.

Sleep: I get around 6-7 hours. Sometime's I sleep really late, as a college student in the field of architecture, there will be times when I don't even sleep.

Diet: I eat everything I want. Very little veggies, I eat fruits here and there but not regularly. I'm a big carnivore.

Exercise: I work out around 2-3 times a week, about 2.5 hours per.

Stress: School is everything that makes me stressed, and acne of course. I can say that as of the moment I'm not but at times stress really kicks in.

Emotional and Psychological: This year has been a roller coaster ride. Ups and downs all year. I've dealt with depression on and off for a couple of years now but I'm still holding on :)

So what about you guys?

Daily Routine


  • Cleanser - Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser
  • Topical - Benzac AC Benzoyl Peroxide 10% Gel
  • Moisturizer - Cetaphil Facial Moisturizer SPF 15


  • Cleanser - Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser
  • Topical - Benzac AC Benzoyl Peroxide 10% Gel
  • Moisturizer - Cetaphil Moisturizing Cream


  • Scrub - St. Ives Blemish and Blackhead Control (2x a week)

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Sleep: I get around 8 hours. Sometime's I sleep really late, times when I don't/cant sleep. some what an insomniac

Diet: lactose intolerant. veggies, fruits, nuts, meat.

Exercise: I work out around 5 times a week - cycle and weight training.

Stress: i think in general i'm a pretty stressed guy. could do with a girlfriend, but maybe that would add stress lol..

Emotional and Psychological: To sum it up highs and lows, mainly lows

My Regimen.. accutane

If anyone cares to read this and I manage to stop 1 person to avoid going on Accutane, then its served its purpose.

PM me if you'd like to chat. ACNE is ENTIRELY curable through natural ways. Please don't feel pushed or pressured or helpless that you think you must resort to this drug.

I'm not a crazy natural person (nut job lol) just a 27 year old guy who has been through it all and can offer genuinely good advice. You can see by my profile how long i've been around this forum.

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Sleep: My sleep is really erratic. Usually sleep 8-10 hours, but sometimes I can't sleep at all, and sometimes 4-5 hours.
Diet: I'm very strict with my diet at the moment. Very low dairy (small portion 1-2 times per week), very low to no sugar (except special occasions), no high GI foods, partly gluten free. 2-3 litres of water per day.
Exercise: I've been very sick recently so this has been a lot less than usual. Usually running 2-4 times per week, around 30-40 minutes per session.
Stress: Uni = stress. Stress definitely breaks me out.
Emotional and Psychological: Depression/anxiety which leads to more stress and generally makes me feel unwell. Doing better recently though c:

Stopping the birth control pill & going natural log:

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Sleep: 7 1/2 hours is about right. Usually get between 7 - 8 hours, nearly always go to sleep before 11, earlier is better because I am going to wake at the same early hour.

Diet: I eat everything except the foods I am intolerant to (most citrus). I just mostly eat very well, focusing on the most nutrient dense, healthily prepared foods and have very little processed 'foods.' And I never drink sugar or consume any high glycemic load meal. I.e. if you are going to have one birthday cake or ice cream and it isn't following a good low GL meal, then have some nuts or something or take a fiber capsule.

Stopping the sugary drinks and replacing processed high glycemic foods with real food cleared my skin in less than two months of the day drank my last coke and began, just began, gradually finding better things to eat.

Exercise: active daily with chores, playing with dog, walking, biking places, the way humans are supposed to be. Outside in the daylight. It's always the plan to do some resistance exercises, but I'm not that good at habits that aren't daily habits. Don't and never will do any kind of workout that requires eating large amounts of carbs or shakes to fuel. Or eating enough food for 5 people. I need to take up yoga.

Stress/emotional -- Not issue.

Status: Clear after 30 years. Wow, I guess it's been 6 years, now.

[ Story: Severe Acne since I was 10. 10+ years of Dermatologists, Antibiotics, topicals and ACCUTANE did nothing. Discovered oranges triggered the worst of my cystic acne = about 70% improvement. Tried some nutrient supplements like B-complex with zinc and C, saw palmetto and a BHA like the aspirin mask = more improvement, a lot less oily. Then, Diet changes = Clear.

Regimen: Anti-inflammatory, nutrient dense, blood sugar stabilizing diet and supplements (for hormones, inflammation, aging, health). No soap or other cleanser except for hand washing! Water only or Oil cleanse. Aloe Vera mixed with niacinimide and a high linoleic acid oil for moisturizer and reduce pigmentation.

Diet effects acne in so many ways: hormone balance, inflammation, Insulin levels, digestion, allergies and intolerances, liver function, adrenal function, SHBG levels, sebum quality, cell function and turnover, nutrient deficiencies, body fat, etc. Basic advice: Eat, sleep, supplement and exercise like you are a diabetic. And eat real food!

For more information, see my Good Things for Acne thread *Moderator edit - Please refer to the board rules (see “Advertising/soliciting”, “Linking” and “Signatures”)*

When you eat stuff, Stuff Happens!

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Sleep: between 7 and 10 hours. Depends on the day, but when I don't get much sleep, I don't notice my acne getting worse.

Diet: I have an okay diet. I drink lots of tea and water and I try and be healthy. I eat junk food, but not on a daily basis.

Excercise: Besides everyday moving around, I don't have an exercise routine. I try and walk 2 miles everyday, but nothing rigorous. I also do yoga (2X or more a week) and a dance class (1X a week.)

Stress: I definitely have stressful moments, but overall my life is pretty calm at the moment.

Emotional and Psychological: This year has been good for me so far, and I try and have a positive outlook, no matter the situation. I've never suffered with depression, but I've gone through times where I wasn't as happy with myself.

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