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  1. Every time I get a whitehead (see Types of Acne) it NEVER responds to anything, and slowly develops into a a papule or pustule. I've tried AHA, BHA, BP, sulfur-containing topicals, ice, Mint Julep; pretty much anything and everything, yet they ALWAYS get worse. Is there anything I can do to stop whiteheads in their tracks?
  2. I feel like for most people it's the other crap in their drinks (soda, juice, other sugary stuff) that causes the problems. When I drink, vodka with club soda and a slice of lime seems to work well. Beer I'm still not sure about; I don't know if the carbs are an issue.
  3. Thanks for the research. I recently started taking Niacinamide; let's hope it helps
  4. I've been eating green soups (blended spinach, kale, and broccoli) for almost 4 months now, and I'm still breaking out. This is in addition to a no-sugar, no-dairy, very limited carbs diet, and I'm quite frustrated that my face still looks terrible. I'm going to keep eating the soups twice a day for the health benefits, but this is not at all what I had hoped for in terms of results on my face.
  5. These are all great steps that have helped me as well. Hope they continue to work for you.
  6. Thanks for the post. Lots of good info in here, especially the parts about cutting out sugar and drinking green smoothies/eating green soups. Personally, I make soups blending spinach, kale, broccoli, and veggie broth.
  7. You absolutely need to dilute the tea tree oil, otherwise it will burn your skin. I usually add a drop of tea tree oil to about 10-15 drops of jojoba and apply that as a moisturizer. The jojoba will leave you looking very shiny, so I like to wipe off the excess oil after about 5-10 minutes using apple cider vinegar on a cotton ball or pad. Aloe vera I find is best for helping reduce red marks after a pimple. If you can find actual aloe vera (the leaves, not the gel), you can cut them open your
  8. Thanks for all the replies. I understand the benefits of green smoothies and I've tried them in the past, but I'm sensitive to the sugar content of most fruits and fruit juices. Is there any way could you recommend I get the same benefits but minus the sugar? Also, I'd love to try a low-fat/veggie heavy diet, but I'm already underweight and I struggle to get enough calories each day. I appreciate the concern about my topicals, but I actually think they're helping. I don't find they over-dry m
  9. Hi, I've been on the boards a while and I've had acne since I was 11 (I'm a 22yo male). I had my last soda, glass of milk, and anything with sugar in it over two years ago. Last September, I completely eliminated most carbs from my diet: no bread, rice, potatoes (except sweet), and limited my intake of fruits. So for nearly a year now I have made use of the following regimen: Diet Most meals consist of a meat (chicken and fish mostly) along with veggies (broccoli, asparagus, spinach, salad)
  10. cut up thin slices of cucumber and try cucumber and salsa....REALLY good
  11. All the sugar in the juice may be breaking you out. I can't even drink a little juice without having trouble with my skin.
  12. I too had a horrible breakout from B5, I had to stop using it. Do some research on acne and your diet, that's what's keeping me clear now.
  13. This is the regimen I've found to be most effective at (relatively) quickly reducing red marks left after an active pimple. I'm at the point now where most red marks disappear in about a week, depending on their severity. It's quite multi-faceted; if you can't obtain all the materials I would advise you to just make use of what you can. It won't be as effective, but it will still help. What you'll need: Topicals: Neosporin cream (NOT gel, it will clog your pores) Pure vitamin E capsules (I us
  14. Take one of those 100% unsweetened chocolate bars -melt it in the microwave or on the stove -add in a safe sweetener like stevia or xylitol -pour in some coconut milk and you have some acne-free milk chocolate I usually blend the melted chocolate, xylitol, and coconut milk so it mixes well, put it in a container, and put it in the freezer to harden. It comes out as an incredibly delicious fudge, I think better than most commercial chocolate