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  1. Anyone know what causes our skin cells to be sticky in the first place? Seems to me that unless they can figure this out, all our efforts are going to continually be "ameliorative". Is it skin cell turnover rate, or stickiness, or both that contributes most to this condition? Is it mostly genetically determined, or can we actually influence it? Weren't the prepubescent days of porcelain skin wonderful? uggg.
  2. By the way--Sorry about the similiar post. I see someone else just posted asking about dairy. I would be interested if anyone suspects theirs to be iodine related though.... thnx
  3. I recently read an article about how doctors think they've finally identified the cause of dairy causing/exacerbating acne: Iodine. I was wondering if anyone else here suspects/has found dairy or excess iodine to be a major contributor to their acne--especially when it comes on immdiately (I'm talking 2-3 days). I used to think that it was just dairy that was causing these horrible reactions, but now I strongly salt & excess iodine. I'm a soup lover, and I've noticed that everytime I go
  4. Just curious here--Are there certain foods that tend to aggravate the redness of previous scars/recently surfaced pimples/etc for you? I've noticed that sometimes I go through periods where (surprisingly) the acne isn't 'too' bad, but the redness left behind from previous %&*$ can flare up. For me at least, I think I've noticed it happens anytime I increase wheat, dairy, sugar, and lack of sleep. Any of these have the same effect for you? Thnx
  5. Interesting to hear all your experiences. Personally, I'm not sure about the whole diet issue. I've known people who've completely cleared it w/ diet and others who claim it never made a dent. It 'seems' like the ones (I've known anyway) who didn't have any success had a really strong genetic predisposition for it--out of control hormones, non-shedding skin, massive oil. Which makes sense I guess--the more severe the condition the harder to treat and less likely any one treatment strategy wi
  6. Obviously, the large majority of us have probably found significant improvement by avoiding the usual culprits (dairy, wheat, sugar, alcohol, processed junk, etc.). And regardless of acne, the benefits of eliminating/limiting these foods extend way beyond acne. However, has anyone here NOT noticed a real difference (long term) in their acne condition--even after radical dietary changes that SHOULD have cleared them up? If so, what was your long term experience with it? I'm trying diet change
  7. Just curious whether anyone here has had a food allergy test done. I've noticed a definite link between diet and my skin condition. All it takes is 24-48 hours for my skin to go from reasonably clear and dry to extremely oily and infected. Even worse, I'm having trouble pinpointing the precise culprits. I guess I'm kinda unclear on just what exactly a food allergy is. If I'm not having any digestive trouble with the stuff that IS giving me trouble (milk, grains, eggs, cheeses, iodine, and a
  8. Thanks for the suggestions. Lots of good stuff for me try!
  9. Just wondering if I could get some suggestions on beverages. Basically, I've found that anything with sugar, dairy, caffeine, or alcohol makes my skin turn to crap. I'm trying hard to get hooked on water, but it's proving tough at meals--just way too bland. Diet sodas without caffeine don't seem to bother me but I'd like to get off that sh$t if possible. Tea is 'ok' but I'd much prefer something cold. What's does your acne beverage menu allow for? Thanks for any ideas you can throw my wa
  10. These two probably get brought up a lot here, but I was just wondering what everyone's reaction is to diary and caffeine. I've noticed that by eliminating coffee, tea, milk (almost entirely), cheese, and eggs the oil production has fallen dramatically--especially the redness and inflammation (which was killing me since old spots were getting re-infected). Is this pretty common? It's kind of a big nutritive loss, but huge whiteheads, re-infected scars, and major redness have been killing me
  11. Just wondering if anyone here has noticed a relationship between acne and cereals. Seems like everytime I go back to cereal for breakfast, my skin just turns to sh$t in a matter of days. At first I thought it was the kind of cereal, but it doesn't seem to matter (whole grain / oats / no sugar--still breakout). I'm even getting the same experience with oatmeal. Eggs 'seem' to be a much better option for me in the morning. I still get oily, but at least my pores don't turn into huge black &am
  12. acnesoldier

    Oily Skin

    Boy I know how ya feel. I'm older than you and still drowning in oil. It's gotten better slooooooooooooooowly over the past couple years, but anything from normal (God I miss that super dry prepubescent skin!). Here's some things I've found to help: 1. Try not to eat out too often. My skin turns to shit with only a few outings. 2. Get lots of rest--I remember when I got really sick with the flu. I was in bed all day and my skin was better than I can remember in a long time. 3. Don't ove
  13. Just wondering if anyone else has this problem? It never fails. Everytime I go out to eat 2 or more times in a given week, I break out BAD and feel like I'm drowning in oil. Logically, given timeframe acne requires to develop, this factor shouldn't/couldn't explain it--but I'm finding there's a DEFINITE correlation. As long as I stick to my "home" diet (no dairy/low fat/no sugar, etc.) I don't get these pustules. Does this happen to anyone else here? Fuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuck!!! P.S.
  14. Here's my trouble-- I have really sensitive and oily skin. So....products designed to unclog pores seem to just agravate the problem. Unfortunately, if I use a gentle cleanser and nothing else my pores still get clogged like crazy. Right now I'm using Cetaphil Cleanser (for normal/oily skin) which I like. It doesn't seem to do much in the way of unclogging pores, but at least it's not drying. I've also been using Neutragena Oil Free Acne wash which I suspect is the problem. I think it's just cl
  15. Here's my trouble-- I have really sensitive and oily skin. So....products designed to unclog pores seem to just agravate the problem. Unfortunately, if I use a gentle cleanser and nothing else my pores still get clogged like crazy. Right now I'm using Cetaphil Cleanser (for normal/oily skin) which I like. It doesn't seem to do much in the way of unclogging pores, but at least it's not drying. I've also been using Neutragena Oil Free Acne wash which I suspect is the problem. I think it's j
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