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natural_path

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  1. Thanks for the bump! This is a link to my progress now: click here for update
  2. Hey everyone! I haven't been on here for a while, but I wanted to post an update. Here's a recap so you don't have to read all the previous posts from last year: -I started off with horrible hormonal chin and jaw acne (cystic too!). Click here for pics--scroll down to post #6. -Then I went on an elimination diet and cleared it all in 3 weeks! (See gallery for pics!) I couldn't have been happier! -Then I went to New York and ate regular food (pizza, etc) and my skin looked worse -Then I
  3. Try the second link--the first link is a big pdf file, so it might take a while to load if you have a slow connection.
  4. I was considering taking the ALCAT food sensitivity test in which they analyze your blood for sensitivity to 100-200 types of food. Then I came across these links: http://www.allergysa.org/pdfs/intolerance_tests.pdf http://www.samj.org.za/index.php/samj/arti...iewFile/877/823 The whole thing sounds like a hoax now... Has anyone had experience with the ALCAT or has considered this option? Thanks!
  5. I was considering taking the ALCAT food sensitivity test in which they analyze your blood for sensitivity to 100-200 types of food. Then I came across this link: http://www.allergysa.org/pdfs/intolerance_tests.pdf The whole thing sounds like a hoax now... Has anyone had experience with the ALCAT or has considered this option? Thanks!
  6. Ok, starting over, Day 1... I'm getting depressed looking at these new pics I posted: http://www.acne.org/messageboard/index.php...i&img=34928 http://www.acne.org/messageboard/index.php...i&img=34925 http://www.acne.org/messageboard/index.php...i&img=34927 http://www.acne.org/messageboard/index.php...i&img=34926 Some parts don't look as bad as when I started this log (i.e. my cheeks), but my forehead is WAAY worse! I don't know what caused this. Since going to NY, my diet has
  7. natural_path

    Natural_Path diet log pics

    Starting from week 2 on elimination diet. For earlier pics, see my diet log: http://www.acne.org/messageboard/Clearing-Chin-Jaw-Hormon-t225057.html&p=2523751#entry2523751 This Elimination diet has REALLY worked for me!! I started out with cystic acne all over my chin and jaw area, and now I'm almost able to go out without any makeup! It only took about 1.5 weeks to see a dramatic improvement, and it's been about a month and my dark marks are all but gone (thanks AHA lotion!). Now's the
  8. I forgot how good it feels to eat healthy again. My skin is doing well---clogged pores on forehead are persistent, but getting noticeably better. I've noticed that on days when I have poor digestion, my skin doesn't look as good either.
  9. I second Alterativista. In truth, the BP regimen just never really worked for me. I would still break out! This forced me to reevaluate my diet, and now I'm actually grateful for that. Also, good to know about the tomatoes, cookie mistress... I have been avoiding them as well, but more because I would get cracks in my lips if I ate things with too much. Now that I think about it, those cracks were also accompanied by acne!
  10. That's great news!! I took an internet hiatus too. Haha. I'm glad that you pinpointed the nuts and bananas. I'm the same with those foods. Also, avocados and dairy give me pimples. Keep up the dietary investigation!
  11. Wow, it's been 100 posts! Things are getting better with my skin. I found this really cool website: http://www.visualdxhealth.com/myDiseaseFinder.htm I used this to find out what those bumps were: milia? keratosis pilaris? nope... just plain old Acne vulgaris. They are very tiny bumps on my forehead that look exactly like this girls': http://www.visualdxhealth.com/adult/acneVulgaris.htm They are going away thanks to washing my face with a wash cloth to exfoliate, using cerave cleanser,
  12. Skin is clearing up. My face has been kind of taken over by small clogged pores lately, and they are invisible to most people, but I can see them up close. I've been exfoliating with a wash cloth to try to get rid of them. My "treat" that I indulge in is salad and deli from Whole Foods. It kind of satisfies my desire to eat out, but I know I'm still eating relatively healthy food. Of course, I am staying away from allergens like dairy/wheat, etc. It's working so far!
  13. Pimples are dying down now, I think... I still have some scars on my forehead from pimples. I hope they go away soon! Regimen right now: Doing a combination of tea tree oil and AHA lotion on my face. Washing with Cerave. Yesterday I ate: Beef, Asparagus, apple, chicken, brussel sprouts, fruit salad Vivid dreams last night and the past 2 nights as well. Feeling tiiiired.
  14. I just looked up "papules", and I am getting conflicting information. Some sites say that papules are a form of acne that can turn into pustules. I think this is what I have. But other sites say that papules are caused by candida or other stuff... My bumps are like clogged pores. They are very small and can be extracted, like clogged pores. I am not extracting them right now, however, cuz that can lead to scarring. Sometimes these bumps get really clogged and turn into superficial pimple
  15. ARRRRGHHH!!! I haven't posted in such a long time. My skin has totally gone down hill. It doesn't look as bad as it did in my original "before" pics, but it's really gone haywire. What's weird is my forehead is covered in small bumps, as is the rest of my t-zone. My forehead used to be clear. I have been eating out, largely due to being in a relationship and feeling like I need to eat out to make things "interesting"... but like I said before, I need to eat not out of boredom, but to make my
  16. I've been doing the lymph facial and neck massages in the Japanese skin care book and it is amazing! I have also been putting on lotion and serum like she talks about and doing the lotion mask. Everything about the book is so good, and it made me realize that my lymph system is sluggish. The facial massages I'm doing are so helpful in reducing facial puffiness. As I am doing them, I can feel how my lymph nodes are tender: behind/below my ears, and down my neck and my arm pits are all a little
  17. OMG, my mom just gave me this book: THE JAPANESE SKIN CARE REVOLUTION by CHIZU SAEKI. It is amazing!! It goes into detail about facial massages and draining your lymph. I realize that the left side of my body and face is clogged up with lymph fluid. I did the massages today and the pimples that have been appearing on the left side of my face are going down already! Amazing!!
  18. TERRIBLE migraine last night. Thought I was gonna die. Pimples have gone down dramatically. Lots of little pimples all around face--skin colored, not noticeable. Might be because of coffee.. Haven't drank coffee since Saturday. Yesterday I ate: cod, mustard greens, 2 apples, tomatoes
  19. So I survived the fancy dinner night (plus not so healthy brunch the next day) with two small pimples on chin and forehead, and red spots around nose. Nothing too bad. If I go back to my regular diet today, then they should all disappear in a couple of days. *knock on wood* I won't go into details of my meal on Friday night, except to say that it was drool worthy and consisted of many no-no's (wheat, sugar, eggs, cheese, COFFEE). Did I say coffee? Yes! I have never been a coffee drinker. H
  20. Hey Honnie, Thanks for your kind words. Good luck on the elimination diet--I'm excited for you! You can still do it as a vegetarian--any foods on the "hypoallergenic" list works. Check out this link for the list: http://www.acne.org/messageboard/IgE-vs-Ig...95#entry2400195 I would probably stay away from TOO much starch, since it can spike your blood sugar. Try 2/3 of your plate no starch, and 1/3 starch. If that doesn't work, cut it down even more. I've noticed that potatoes (both r
  21. No New Pimples! Skin is back to normal! Besides some light marks from past acne, my skin is clear! That small pimples by my nose from yesterday is gone. Smooth skin, yay!! Yesterday I ate: cabbage, yellow squash, beef, pork, chicken, 2 pears, 2 small apples, butternut squash, onion Energy Level/Alertness: B- So I think it takes about 4-5 days on this diet to see clear skin. Not bad!! Tonight I'm going to the fancy restaurant... No promises there, but I'm sure it won't do too much damage.
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