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  1. Vanessa, the zits I've gotten since I started the diet go away much faster too. I have a cyst now that has reared it's ugly head - it's on it's way out now and I've only had it a few days. So how long have you been on the diet now?
  2. Just wondering how you guys are doing on the diet. I got one new zit - grrrrrrr - but that's the only one in months, so I'm not complaining too much! I have been following the diet since October, and I have also started working out more, and am starting to lose weight, which is a problem. I can see my ribs when I'm just standing normally. Sigh - if it's not one thing, it's another. I guess I'd rather have the ribs. I can hide those.
  3. Hi Vanessa, I was wondering how your lower carb diet is working out, and also congrats on quitting smoking! Whoo hoo! I wanted to get on here to suggest also that you might want to try Milk Thistle. It helps to clear out excess testosterone by-products (by increasing bile, thus getting rid of it via the stool and keeping it from being reabsorbed into the intestine), but anyone who has a liver disorder or gallstones should not use Milk Thistle - otherwise it's virtually harmless in normal dos
  4. yeah, diet is controversial, but not everyone's acne is diet related. It actually makes me mad now when the doc said my diet didn't have anything to do with it. And then I was the one that mentioned that androgens attach themselves to insulin and she said Yes, that's right. I'm like "Well duh!! Why didn't you mention that before when I asked if there was anything I could do wit my diet besides eat "healthy" foods and drink water, which I've been doing for months without any positive results?" A
  5. Fiona, yes and no. I've been on the diet for about 6 months now. If I look really closely, I can still see it. But it's not nearly as "plentiful" as it was before - very fine and doesn't interfere with my makeup, whereas before my makeup would cake up on it. I don't feel the need to shave it. So it's much better, but it's not completely gone away yet. I only have it around my ears - not going down my jawline as before or over my lips.
  6. Fiona, yes and no. I've been on the diet for about 6 months now. If I look really closely, I can still see it. But it's not nearly as "plentiful" as it was before - very fine and doesn't interfere with my makeup, whereas before my makeup would cake up on it. I don't feel the need to shave it. So it's much better, but it's not completely gone away yet. I only have it around my ears - not going down my jawline as before or over my lips.
  7. Vanessa, at first I cut out all carbs - fruits too - but did keep the coffee and alky-hol, and still do, though I'm not much of a beer drinker to begin with. But then after two weeks, I ate everything as normal except no pototoes, pasta or bread. Now, I might eat pasta once every 1 or 2 weeks, and corn every once in a while too. When I'm "bad" and eat lots of french fries over a period of a week, (2 -3 times) I get rewarded with a small breakout. I eat no more than two slices of bread in a day,
  8. Hi everyone! I had posted back in October or November that I had found a medical journal that talked about a condition (specifically, PCOS). Women with PCOS had symptoms of weight gain, acne, hair on the face (can't remember the right term this moment), in addition to some other symptoms. They also had markedly high insulin levels. The article also said that androgens (the basic beginning cause of acne) attach themselves to insulin, resulting in these women having high free-testosterone levels w
  9. Hi everyone! Has anyone tried Mederma for scars with positive results? Thanks!
  10. Hi all! I did a lot of reading about PCOS, because I knew my own acne was hormone related, but didn't know what to do about the excess androgens. I also know I don't have PCOS. But I read articles that talk about the link between insulin and androgens. It seems that many women with PCOS also have elevated insulin levels. I don't know whether the elevated insulin increases the androgens circulating throughout the blood, or if the androgens themselves cause the elevated insulin. Most of what I r
  11. I used Saw Palmetto in an attempt to increase my estrogen levels to combat the higher androgen levels causing the acne. I'm not sure that Saw Palmetto alone would do the trick. I guess it depends on what your goal is - if it's only to help with acne, I myself am pretty skeptical that it works, because I saw no difference whatsoever. From the reading that I did about how Saw Palmetto affects estrogen levels, it would also be beneficial to use something that helps the liver work more efficiently (
  12. Hey LugMetric, It could be related to stress and diet. I'm in school fulltime too, in addition to working fulltime and having two kids. I also have to keep my GPA up to keep my financial aid, so I empathize with your stress level. It took me about a month to see real improvement with the regimen, (been doing it for about 4 months) and I'm using Cetaphil and Neutrogena also. I got into a bad habit of scrubbing to get off the flakes that occured from the drying skin, which didn't help. I
  13. Hi everyone, I'm a female, 34 yo, suffering from moderate acne for the past 4 years. I have been using the regimen for about 3 months. I did see improvement, but my skin was often dry, no matter how much I moisturized. I also continued to have new breakouts. I would even have pimples surrounded by flakes! It was not the fault of the regimen. I knew the cause was hormonal, but I didn't know what to DO about it. I'm already on BCP's, which seems to be the first step in hormonal balance. Didn't
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