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s2a6r2a

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  1. I have been sleeping more as well! I forgot to mention that! I went from 5-6 hours per night to 8-9 hours per night.
  2. Here's my story: I'm a 30 year old female that never had acne aside from a monthly pimple or two from hormonal shifts until I was 29 years old. Then, last winter my face began to break out uncontrollably in places I had never had break outs and it occurred all month long. I spent several months finding a regimen that would work for me, but nothing brought my skin back to it's normal clear state. I did find that Clinique Acne Solutions worked on my forehead, but the rest of my face was irrita
  3. How can you tell the difference? I never had acne until 6 months ago and I'm 29. I keep thinking it must be something I am using because it doesn't make sense that it came on so strong out of no where. I don't think my hormones changed over night, but my skin certainly did. Where is it on your face? Also, did ou happen to change anyting in your diet or skin care routine at the time at which you started to break out? I did switch a few products (face products, shampoo, detergent)
  4. I want to try a glycolic acid peel to remove/minimize the red marks all over my cheeks from recent acne. Should I go to a dermatologist ($150), a spa ($60), or buy an over the counter product ($25) for the peel? I know it is more expensive to have a doctor do it, but if it works better, I am willing to pay for it. Also, should I plan to have it done on a Friday when I'll have the weekend to let it heal or is your face presentable the next day? I teach 150 7th graders, they won't let me
  5. Background: I'm 29 and never had acne aside from a few PMS zits each month. Love: I must say that Clinique's Acne Solution Clarifying Lotion (with SA) and Moisturizer (with BP) have provided miraculous results on my forehead. Once the only place I ever had zits, now has been 100% blemish-free for 7 months. It has even remained clear through PMS, very stressful moments of teaching 7th grade, and a few family crises this year. Hate: For the record, I NEVER had acne on my cheeks and I wou
  6. How can you tell the difference? I never had acne until 6 months ago and I'm 29. I keep thinking it must be something I am using because it doesn't make sense that it came on so strong out of no where. I don't think my hormones changed over night, but my skin certainly did. Where is it on your face? Also, did ou happen to change anyting in your diet or skin care routine at the time at which you started to break out? I did switch a few products (face products, shampoo, detergent)
  7. Follow "Hey, how's it going?" with a compliment or question that directs attention to them and provokes the opportunity for a conversation. The best advice I ever received on socializing (I had social anxiety for years) was to let the other person be in the spotlight. People are typically their own favorite topic and they will love the attention they receive from you. Think about how good it feels when a person gives you positive attention or tries to make you laugh. You are typically very
  8. 1. I never noticed acne on anyone until I had it myself at age 29. And I only notice it now because it's new to me. Kind of like when you buy a new car, you notice every car of the same make on the road for weeks. There are plenty of beautiful women with imperfect skin. My cousin was nominated for homecoming queen at a large high school and has severe acne. It doesn't even phase her that she has acne. She is always smiling and always laughing. 2. I've had some guys approach me/flir
  9. How can you tell the difference? I never had acne until 6 months ago and I'm 29. I keep thinking it must be something I am using because it doesn't make sense that it came on so strong out of no where. I don't think my hormones changed over night, but my skin certainly did.
  10. I'm 29 and never really had acne aside from a few occasional PMS zits on my forehead. No one in my family ever had acne any more than that either. Then my entire face started breaking out this year. It could be hormones, stress, diet, your facial moisturizer, your shampoo, your detergent, or other environmental factors... It could be anything or a combination of things. I never thought for a moment that I would be entering my 30's with acne. You can't really predict it. I've been driving m
  11. It's what spontaneously happens when you reduce calories. Let's say you consume 2400 calories. 20% proteins: 120 grams 20% fats: 53 grams 60% carbs: 360 grams And you switch to 1500 calories. 120 grams of protein = 32% 53 grams of fat = 34% carbs = 35% (almost half the hypercaloric diet) It just happens naturally, that's why fundamentally a fat loss diet is a low carb diet. As a math major, I understand your proportions. I just don't understand how anyone could make glycog
  12. Wouldn't it depend on the type of grains? Are complex carbohydrates now bad too? I agree that refined sugars are problematic for a variety of reasons. I've cut those out and still have acne. So, I need a better answer. I have friends that are doctors. They can be just as narrow-minded, biased, and misled as the rest of us.
  13. i read that stress can influence how your body uses glucose, perhaps this is at the heart of it all. something to do with cortisol, but this is another reason why i tend to believe moods/emotions may be a major factor in acne and other diseases as well. When I first started getting acne this year. I was very stressed. I had the worst group of 7th grade students I have ever taught. A few of them constantly tried my patience at the expense of everyone else's education. There is nothing mo
  14. Low carb diets are not dangerous per se but many people don't tolerate them and it's a metabolic disadvantage to rely on just one metabolic pathway when we have many, each specialized for a certain context. On the other hand low-carb doesn't mean neither very low carb nor no-carb. Since officially diets are supposed to be 60% carbohydrates even someone who decrease them to 50% can be considered low-carb and I bet a lot of people have reduced their carbs. So when someone asks whether X food is a
  15. Dangers of low carb diets: http://women.webmd.com/guide/high-protein-...bohydrate-diets
  16. Add some carbs! Low carb diets are terrible for you! People are supposed to use carbohydrates for energy. Have you ever heard of the Krebs cycle? When your body uses protein for energy, you release ketones into your blood stream. There are all sorts of effects. Also, if you plan on exercising with a low carb diet, expect your workouts to be more difficult. You can't store glycogen for your muscles without carbs. Of course it is initially easy to lose weight on a low carb diet because car
  17. I get a "food baby" every month because of female water retention. I've had it for more than 15 years. Nothing helps. I've been taking probiotics for about two years almost daily. I haven't seen an effect. Avoiding salty foods can helpa little. Also, for every gram of carbohydrates you consume, your body temporarily retains 3g of water. I've switched to a lower carb diet during my PMS week in the past. I didn't get as bloated, but my athletic performance was hindered. Low carb diets are
  18. Don't forget that accutane has a severe drying effect. Dry skin = wrinkles/aging. Every person I know that has taken accutane ends up looking much older very quickly. There is a trade off.
  19. I beg to differ, accutane will fucking damage you permanently, did you tried a low carb diet? What is your face cleansing routine? It's great that you have clear skin, but what about the rest of your body? Too much protein is bad for you. Did you miss the alerts 10 years ago about the dangers of Atkins? "If your body does not have enough carbohydrates and has too much protein, it enters into a state known as ketosis. Ketosis is the accumulation in the blood of ketones (byproducts
  20. I eat very healthy and I am still getting acne. Can someone explain that? A little background: About 7 months ago, at age 29, I began getting acne for the first time in my life. I tried prescriptions that did not work. I never really paid much attention to my diet because at an athletic 5'5" and 110 pounds, I never really saw the need. I felt good and I could perform well in athletics with my diet the way it was. And, I did have clear skin with my diet for many years. I then drastic
  21. I'm currently trying to conceive and in a similar situation. I use BP everyday and have had amazing, almost miraculous results. I see my OB/GYN this week and will ask about it then. However, regardless of what my doctor says, my friend in a different area of medicine put it this way, "Anytime you are dealing with a Category C, the benefit should outweigh the risk." Will having clear skin during your pregnancy benefit your future child in any way? Probably not. It's selfish and vain. Havi
  22. Use the same guidelines you would use for pregnancy. When you are trying to conceive, you could be pregnant without knowing it for a few weeks. You have to treat that time as if you were pregnant in all regards. Many harmful substances take weeks to get out of your system. So trying to use things in the weeks you know you are not pregnant each month is the same as using them while you are pregnant. However, if you are using "safe" products and are not getting pregnant after a few months,
  23. I'm currently on Differin and Clindagel. This is what friend that is a doctor said about my acne medications: "Differin is a pregnancy category C..means you can take it, but....anything category B is fine, has been found safe in human trials. I think category C is safe in animal trials but considered a slightly higher risk than categ B. For example, in terms of my allergy/asthma meds, my allergist changed me to all category Bs except for the one inhaler and told me it was fine to use that on
  24. I've been an avid runner for 15 years and have always eaten relatively healthy. I agree that most Americans are lazy. It's honestly one of my pet peeves that we put everyone's psychological health before their physical health. God forbid we actually motivate someone with a comment such as, "You are overweight, unhealthy, and need to get to a gym." All we do is drive up health care costs with our passiveness to obesity. We are the most medicated society especially when it comes to ailments t
  25. It could also be that many Americans work 60-80 hour weeks with little vacation time. We are tired and stressed... a bad combination for your skin. Other countries make personal/family time more of a priority.
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