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  1. Hmm interesting. It has a couple of strains I've not seen before. I'll have to google around about those ones. Why did you stop taking it? Yeah I did mainly 3-day courses for Elixa.
  2. Fantastic Mrs Diamond! Congratulations and thank you for sharing your experiment and results
  3. It's funny you mention this, because I got my sister into taking Elixa recently (she wanted to see if she could use it to avoid zits around her period time). She said it caused her a few blemishes to begin with and then started working really well. She's researched and had come to the same conclusion as you about die-off, but I can't say that I ever experienced that myself. I think she took a couple of 6 day courses and it was towards the end that things 'flipped' and her skin improved. I haven
  4. I don't believe that acid reflux would cause acne. However I believe that the thing that would cause acid reflux/GERD, also causes skin problems - a gut dysbiosis. So it may not be the case that one causes the other, but that a third thing (in this case: an incorrect profile of bacteria in your digestive tract) can cause both. My theory is based on the fact that the same probiotic that cleared my skin, has also been reported to clear acid reflux problems. Additionally, the same foods
  5. I agree 100% with this. If you check the packaging on sliced bread you'll see a laundry list of ingredients above and beyond the simple things that bread used to be made from. I believe any fermentable ingredients (i.e. ingredients that make it non-fully-digested to the large intestine) have the potential to cause you skin problems; by the way they affect the population of bacteria in your gut. Same with milk.
  6. Hi Mrs Diamond, Firstly, I'd like to say that you don't have to be coeliac or lactose intolerant, for wheat or milk (respectively) to give you acne. Infact you don't even need to be allergic to them. People are not allergic or intolerant to KFC, yet it still worsens skin. I very much doubt that you have coeliac based on the fact that you would have experienced severe pain from the autoimmune reaction that would take place in your small intestine, soon after eating any amount of gluten pro
  7. I hear ya Beemm and I think you are absolutely correct about the gut dysbiosis. I'm convinced that it's responsible for almost all skin problems. However the actual effectiveness of the home procedure version of the FMT has to be examined. It has been highly effective against C.Diff and the capsule version and naso-gastric route was even more effective than the enema route (which is counterintuitive). Have you tried a probiotic? None of them come close to the bacterial variance that an FMT w
  8. It's called Elixa. And bear in mind I have tried MANY before, with zilch success. I stopped testing probiotics once i was on like... my TENTH brand. One brand did do something. But I later found out that was a fiber included in it. (the something that it did, was relating to bowel habits, not skin) But when I read some good things about Elixa I googled about it and saw their whole style of taking the high dose over a short period of time, as opposed to one capsule forever, so I thought it was
  9. Probiotics definitely cleared me right up....but they didn't contain Bacillus Coagulans. May I ask, why would you use Bacillus Coagulans? Is it not a spore-forming bacteria that's not found naturally in our large intestines??
  10. To be frank, I'm really skeptical when people claim that product X 'broke them out the worst ever' and then proceed to claim that 'topic Y' has no relation to acne whatsoever. You've said that this probiotic broke you out and then concluded that means gut flora has nothing to do with regulating sebum production...?? Make up your mind!!! There either is or isn't a connection! haha For me it did the opposite. But then again, I had a gut problem also, and it cleared that up Could be
  11. A little update: Everything's going well. The skin on my upper back and neck are now as smooth as my under-forearm. Really weird sensation to feel that. Still haven't got used to it yet. Face is all the same tone now, aswell. Never really noticed I had varying skin colour in my face (e.g. slight bits of redness or irritated looking skin) until it went away..
  12. Yeah if you got diarrhoea maybe it was from inulin/FOS in your supplement. Half the reason I went with Elixa (the other half was that it was high dosage) was that it contained NO inulin/fos/similar fibre. They always talk about inulin/FOS feeding the good bacteria and all this stuff (e.g. 'maximises the effect by 1000x!') but for me it just gives me massive bowel discomfort. And it's obvious why really: if it feeds bacteria and you have an excess of bad bacteria in your gut that are gives you
  13. Hey Paige, I'm confident I've given this an extremely thorough trial since it has been atleast 10 weeks. Despite it recommending just to take it once, the positive results made me super motivated just to see how how i could really take it, or if there are diminishing returns. I took about.. 4 boxes in the past 2 months, i'd say.. My skin is great. No seb derm anymore and my oiliness has gone from total oil slick to a barely noticeable (healthy looking) sheen. It's not dried out and it's n
  14. The probiotics I took didn't have any of that stuff in it. Just curious, though, what is the brand that you take? A really high strength one I found called Elixa. It's a three day program in a little purple box. I'll do a sort of write-up/review on here after another week or so of observing the effects Their website has alot of extra info on it if you're interested. It's best thing since sliced bread as far as i'm concerned
  15. Probiotics were the silver bullet that cleared my skin completely. I wonder whether people breaking out from them may be taking probiotics containing additional ingredients such as inulin/fructooligosaccharides. That would explain breakouts. Probiotics on their own will mostly do nothing good or bad. That's because they are far too low dose. You need a much higher dose for them to work. Only one brand worked for me... and when it worked, it freakin' worked good! It's what got me back intere