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bradmanda

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  1. So, I just wanted to chime in and say that I've had great results with adding in food-based forms of retinol (vitamin a) into my diet. I'm 29, have had acne since I was 12. Essentially, cutting out cow dairy in all its forms has been the most impactful for my skin and acne situation. I can eat sheep and goats' cheeses and yogurts with generally no noticeable issues. In addition to eliminating hair and skincare products that were aggravating my acne, the more red, raised spots don't appear if
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    95% clear

    95% clear

    Eliminating dairy completely from my diet has cleared my acne 95%. For a while I had eliminated all dairy except butter, which I liked to cook with. However, I found that even butter was behind my severe back acne. In my view, the key is to make sure that everything that you are ingesting is free of dairy and milk products. When I go out to eat, I make sure that the dishes that I order do not have dairy, or I go to a vegan restaurant to be 100% sure. I've had moderate to severe acne since my te
  3. Hello! I updated my progress if anyone's interested here: The conclusion is basically that I'm highly intolerant to dairy and need extraction facials to properly clear my face, but take a look if interested.
  4. Hey everyone, Lately I’ve received a lot of private messages asking for updates regarding my skin after weaning myself off of spiro. I decided to provide a more public, candid summary here of how I have achieved clear skin. Besides, I also feel like ranting a bit, spinning my acne yarn….I emboldened my main talking points so you can easily scroll to the parts that you find the most relevant. About Me My skin is essentially 100% clear. I am a half-Filipino female, 27-years-old, and tend to
  5. Why yes, actually. The right side of my face had a particularly stubborn patch of zits which started to relapse after just one application of Lotrimin. Besides the Great! I've been meaning to buy Nizoral too, because of its potential to clear up fungus and acne, but haven't been able to find it in my local pharmacies. Update: My skin is completely clear, except for hyperpigmentation. I am also starting to take Solaray Yeast Cleanse supplements.
  6. * I was on birth control and spironolactone for a year, which I have been off of since late August. This change may be responsible for my recent yeast flare-ups. I also discontinued my use of Retin A Micro.
  7. In a previous post I mentioned how I cured my acne and eczema after eliminating my food allergies. Although this is true, and I did get rid of eczema that gave me red raccoon-like rings around my eyes, and acne that also strangely liked to hang out around my eyes, I still had acne. I also had a stubborn patch on the right side of my face that would flare up during my menstrual cycles. Well, I think taking the yeast and acne thesis somewhat seriously may finally eliminate my acne entirely.
  8. That's great! I was red around the eyes, raccoon-like, from eczema caused mostly by eggs. (Now I'm suspecting also caused by yeast.) After eliminating eggs, the eczema went away! As did much of my acne.
  9. Exactly. The elimination diet will save you time + $ + agony, and give you solid conclusions...I wish I had known about nutrition and eliminating problematic foods when I was younger.
  10. I am 99% certain that I am allergic to eggs, and that eggs have been one of the main contributors to my adult acne (I'm 26). I recently wrote a post about becoming clear while on spironolactone (the popular anti-androgen that has been featured on acne.org and elsewhere). In that post, I mentioned that since February I had reduced my dose of spiro from 100 mg to 50 mg (still too afraid to wean myself off that final dose!), and had been pretty clear until June. HOWEVER I'm a researcher, and
  11. I am 99% certain that I am allergic to eggs, and that eggs have been one of the main contributors to my adult acne (I'm 26). I recently wrote a post about becoming clear while on spironolactone (the popular anti-androgen that has been featured on acne.org and elsewhere). In that post, I mentioned that since February I had reduced my dose of spiro from 100 mg to 50 mg (still too afraid to wean myself off that final dose!), and had been pretty clear until June. HOWEVER I'm a researcher, and
  12. Still going strong! No change in my regimen or diet and no acne as yet to report, except a little oiliness. I must admit, I'm only taking 50 mg of spironolactone now but because it has become my crutch, the one thing I can depend on from numerous trials in clearing my skin, I'm a bit afraid to go cold turkey. I'm still clinging to the acne safety net provided by spironolactone. Let me emphasize again, I FEEL so much better than when I was on birth control and taking 100 mg of spironolactone
  13. In sum, a little rant: I have suffered from acne and oily since elementary school, and I cannot emphasize the extent to which having acne has influenced my life. Having had more consistent and long-term success with changes in diet and lifestyle, rather than antiobiotics, aggressive bouts of Accutane, birth control, etc., I find it increasingly difficult to turn to conventional medicine for solutions. I've had many kind doctors throughout my life, but their view of diet as secondary, or even a
  14. Hi everyone, Just popping in to give another update on my face: I am still taking my reduced dosage of 50 mg of spironolactone during the morning, in addition to 1 tablet of Nature's Way DIM in the evening. Like I said, I feel a lot better than when I was taking 100 mg of spironolactone and birth control. I am overall "happier," and no longer experience periods where my emotions are flat-lined. It would take me a lot to feel much of anything, and the easiest emotion which came to me was "a
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