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  1. I suspect 99% of you reading this have heard of the dermaroller. I suspect many of you have tried it. I also suspect many of you have not looked into actual research on it and have learned most of what you know about dermarollers from youtube videos and miscellaneous websites. Not good. Having access to a good number of research databases, I decided to look into microneedling. Here's some of what I discovered: A good deal of preperation is typically required in succesful research studies t
  2. http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0031938409004065 http://stroke.ahajournals.org/content/45/Suppl_1/ATMP65.short http://www.eje-online.org/content/167/4/483.short http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3157490/ http://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s13524-011-0035-2 <--Good one I typically see a lot of "avoid all alcohol" statements in these threads. Here are some studies that state why having that glass of wine with dinner might actually be good for you.
  3. It sure isn't good for you! "...corn should not make up the veggie section of your meal plate, because it’s a high-glycemic sugarfest. In sum: corn is not a vegetable, and it’s a worthless grain." --http://www.marksdail.../#ixzz2ICmA2S9k
  4. Well, first, you need to eliminate oranges and then bananas separately to see which you have a problem with. My money is on the oranges. i've been toying with diet for about 3 years now. There was a time when i was doing 30 bananas a day and was still getting acne. So I know that I get acne with those, but oranges may be giving me the giant cysts. I guess I'll sip orange juice tomorrow just to be sure I'm not sensitive to bananas but I think 30 bananas a day would break me out too. Bananas
  5. So I've read some posts from people claiming their acne does better when they lay off the water with meals: 20-30 minutes before and 1 hour after seems to be pretty commonplace. But is drinking water with meals really a bad thing? I find if I avoid water 30 minutes before and 1 hour after, then DURING meals I get increasingly hungry and usually overeat. Mayo Clinic posted a Q and A on the subject: Question Water after meals: Does it disturb digestion? Does drinking water during or afte
  6. I think 2 hours minimum is the common recommendation. " Do not take iron supplements, multivitamins, calcium supplements, antacids, or laxatives within 2 hours before or after taking doxycycline. " --from drugs.com, a reliable source when it comes to your pill info. If I were you, I would take my antibiotic first thing in the morning, then take zinc at lunch and/or dinner, then take your antibiotic before bed, if you can handle it on an empty stomach. Good luck, peace out B)
  7. Typically, no one thing will immediately cause you to clear up. A healthy lifestyle (i.e. exersize, healthy diet, avoiding trigger foods, GOOD SLEEP) will usually help to clear up acne if continued over the course of a few months. Plus it's kick-ass for your body in general. I can relate to your situation--when I get breakouts they almost always appear on my chin, sometimes in my mustache area. And trust me, I KNOW how frustrating it can be to give up sugar, dairy, etc. and not see immediate res
  8. IMO this varies widely from individual to individual. I went on 100-200mg a day of zinc gluconate for two to three months and cleared up immensely. I did not experience stomach upset when taking the zinc alone with a glass of water. My sleeping patterns continued to be normal; I could fall asleep with ease and wake up with ease with no interruptions in my sleep. That being said, I UNDERSTAND the concern over Zinc Toxicity. I really do think people need to carefully examine this research, tho
  9. My GI doctor recommended Align Probiotics and Culturelle Probiotics, as well as Garden of Life Raw Enzymes for Men. I just got some today, and haven't tried it personally, but I'm taking their word, since they are gastrointestinal specialists You can find Align and Culterelle on Amazon, as well as in your local health food store. As for foods high in probiotics, I'm all in favor. Saurkraut, like you said, is a great source! So is Kimchi, as a matter of fact. Kefir and Yogurt have been
  10. Yeah, I recently came back from university too. Before I went there I had really cleared up a lot--I was getting sleep, eating healthy, and exersizing...but in college, it's really really easy to just not do any of that. I kind of broke out...a lot. My mom commented the first night I came home if I would consider accutane, which she had originally insisted I avoid, because of its many health risks. I honestly think my mom's pretty oblivious most of the time... "Your skin's looking clearer!
  11. I feel ya, bro. 18/M and just finished a semester in college...I went there with clear skin and came back more broken out than I've ever been before. I'm just trying to live this month as healthy as I can...lots of sleep included. It's not ridiculous...I notice my face heals a lot faster when I get my rest. so far it's getting better. But I'm still pretty dang broken out on my forehead and I've got some pretty bad red marks around my mouth. I'm literally living for my skin. Almost everything I d
  12. GAAHHHHHHHHHHHHH! LOVE this post! The basic idea here is to live healthy and avoid synthetic chemicals, eh? Yeah, right when I switched back to fluoride-containing, added sugar toothpaste and garnier shampoo, I noticed I broke out more. And when I used commercial body washes (through the roof with synthetic chemicals and surfactants) I had a great deal of body acne. Now, I use all natural Dr. Bronner's (totally organic, nothing synthetic) and some acv/tea tree oil. Lo and behold, body acne dis
  13. My sympathy goes out to you! I've had acne since I was about thirteen...it started off kinda small, a few zits here and there, then it came on strong. STRONG. PIMPLES EVERWHERE. Places I didn't even know I could get them! So when I heard your story, I felt really bad, because I remember those feelings I got when I first had mine and they just wouldn't stop. Hopelessness. Disgust. Depression. Dermatologists prescribed ineffective treatments for some years, during which time I was told I had to