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  1. Try to take the anti-histamins for one week. Also, take some anti-inflammatory supplements such as fish oil (only high quality and mercury-free) or borage oi and some Vitamin C (non-acidic preferably) I have more questions for you: 1. are you on any meds right now? For example, antibiotics? or are you taking any vitamins/supplements? 2. Do you also get a problem with dandruff in the spring? Or is your scalp itchy? 3. Are there any itchy pimples at the hairline? 4. Have you tried a new
  2. Yes, you can try an over-the-counter anti-histamine from the store or pharmacy. Try it out for one week. Have you been spending much time in the sun in the past couple of months? Does your acne get better if you spend some time in the sun? Yes, Vit D is important, and we are all (unless we live at the equator and run around naked in the sun) quite deficient. Since you mention that your skin is very irritated, do you suffer from any yeast infections anywhere else? It might be that your skin
  3. Do you suffer from allergies? Have you been tested for allergies? Is your acne inflammed? If you are allergic to pollen for example, your body goes into overdrive and becomes extremely inflammed. There is sometimes a connection between histamine, insulin and acne. Edited to say: I agree with Mamita. Try taking anti-histamines on a daily basis for a week and see what happens.
  4. I hear ya, tdot. It has been my experience that people are not only ignorant but also disrespectful when it comes to food allergies/sensitivities. Here's a daily conversation: Me: "I can't eat bread or gluten." Person: "Really? Okay, here, have a slice of bread and some cheese." Aaaaaah! I don't understand people. If someone told me they can't run a marathon because they have knee problems, I'm not going to sign them up for the NY marathon! We've become completely food illiterate. Wh
  5. Has anyone tried Stevia as a natural sweetener?
  6. I once tried to make homemade shampoo with castor oil and my hair ended up looking like oily straw. Awful! Didn't work for me. Didn't dare use it on my face or body after the hair experience. But, I've seen people speak very highly about it on the web and in healthstores. Are there any success stories on here?
  7. Agree, too many supplements is bad. It can actually make your body acidic which allows bacteria and fungus to grow. That is why it is so important to narrowly tailor the supplements you take and to only take high quality stuff. In any case, I wouldn't dismiss supplements completely; even with a healthy diet of fresh vegies and fish (for example), we are lacking in many very basic and important minerals such as zinc and magnesium.
  8. If possible, go to Whole Foods or Trader Joes and grab some of their prepared sandwiches or warm dishes... much better for you and much more tasty anyway. Try to stay away from restaurants unless they are local and trusted places. I spent a couple years traveling and eating out, and it wrecked my system.
  9. ZINC -- Take with food. Do not take with vegetables, grains, calcium or magnesium because they reduce absorption of Zinc. Take zinc with protein. One of the best sources of zinc is pumpkin seeds. Go to your healthshop, buy some raw, unsalted pumpkin seeks. Soak them in water for a couple of hours, add some sea salt and eat. Eat 1/2 to 1 cup per day. Vit D -- Make sure you get Vit D3. If you live anywhere north of Miami in the US, you will not get enough vitamin D for at least 4 months of
  10. Putting dead sea salts in the bath and soaking for 20 minutes has done miracles for my body acne. I highly recommend it. One note of caution: do not wash your body with soap after the bath. Only use water to rinse off the salt water, and if needed, use soap only under arms and in groin area.
  11. Thanks for your replies. Yes, it's itchy, and feels like a bad burn that won't go away. A derm prescribed cortisone pills one month ago. It didn't help. When I called him to say that the spots are still there, he said just to put over-the-counter cortisone cream. It doesn't help either. If the pills didn't help, why did he think the cream would? Aghrrrrrr... Also, cortisone makes me breakout worse.
  12. I get these red, raised, hard, patches of skin on my arms and face. They appear randomly, and are sometimes itchy. If you look closely at the picture, there is a red outer rim, them a lighter area and then at the center a red spot. I'm going crazy. I want to know what it is. Any ideas? Please help.
  13. For those of you on Spiro and not taking BCP, how long after you started spiro did your period go haywire or did you start having spotting (if at all)?
  14. You're a superstar! Thanks for all your great advice.
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