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  1. Sorry for the late reply. I wash my face first. I currently use it only in the morning. At one point I was using it day and night, it kinda depends on the season for me. I grab 3 dime sized amounts of benzoyl peroxide 10. One on my forehead. One on each cheek. A tiny amount for my nose and between my eyebrows.
  2. what exactly does this mean, I thought sugar would raise the gi levels and fiber would lower it. I guess he's talking about those not-freshly-made, concentrated kind of juices you get in the grocery stores... lots of sugar is added in it, and not a lot of fiber are in there. She. And no, I am also talking about fresh made juices. And yes, sugar is high GI and fiber lowers the impact. That sentence was in a paragraph about high GI natural sugar sources, i.e. fruits and juices, so
  3. what exactly does this mean, I thought sugar would raise the gi levels and fiber would lower it. I feel exactly the same way you do about this dieting thing. I feel really weak after a couple days on a diet, going for days eating only things that I'm "supposed" to eat. After a couple months of not seeing results would make someone lack the motivation to keep going. Sometimes after a couple weeks into a diet, I start craving all kinds of bad foods, like junk, fast, fried foods, sweets, a
  4. I was using retin-a while on the antibiotics(doxycycline, minocycline, tetracycline). The timeline is what I'm confused most about, these are approximates: november 2003 - treatable acne - used proactiv. december 2003 - treatable acne - stopped proactiv, started antibiotics. march 2004 - no acne - stopped antibiotics. april 2004 - severe acne, almost untreatable - on retin-a. june 2004 - severe acne, almost untreatable - started antibiotics again. august 2004 - clear, with scars a
  5. Since stopping antibiotic usage completely, I've gone more topical and have had somewhat of a dietary change also. One of the topicals I use is benzoyl peroxide 10%. The other is retin-a .05. Anyway, certain parts of my face, my cheeks(by the nose and mouth), the area just above the nostrals, and my chin area are prone to little bumps that look like undeveloped pimples. I think the cause is the benzoyl peroxide. It may be that the acne is forming, then the benzoyl peroxide stops it in it's tra
  6. I remember when I was younger, young adult aged. I had acne but it would never scar or hyperpigment. One day I began taking antibiotics to escape the use of proactiv. That was probably the biggest mistake of my life. After starting the antibiotics, my face was clear, then when I stopped, my acne became untreatable except with antibiotics. So I started taking antibiotics again. For the next 5 years, I was almost completely clear. I stopped the daily doses of antibiotics about 8 months ago, that w
  7. I've read a lot about the different foods and "non-foods" that may cause acne. But I've got a few questions that I need to ask directly here. -There have been a lot said about refined sugar and it's effect on acne, the insulin levels, and immune system. So question number one is about naturalsugars only: --Does natural sugar have an effect on acne, insulin levels, and the immune system? ---By natural sugars, I mean sugars from plant sources, like sugar canes, fruits, and veggies. -Another que
  8. It may be the fish(salmon/tuna), or the excess brocolli, carrots, lettuce, or spinach. There was really almost nothing else besides those foods. Maybe a little chicken, but the fruits were kept at a minimum, especially bananas and other high gi fruits.
  9. since june of this year, I had been on some kind of diet in an attempt to get clear. first it was the low gi diet(not necessarily low gl). second came the anti-inflammatory diet, I was only on this for about 2 weeks, I started breaking out after a week so I decided not to pursue it any longer. third came the alkaline diet. well, I wasn't really on this one, I will attempt this or the paleo diet soon. I sorta embarked on the alkaline diet, but it was half alkaline diet, half whatever diet.
  10. which product are you using?
  11. I've been struggling with acne for a while. I've tried different diets, systems, treatments, medications, and supplements. Nothing has really worked. Recently, I've thought about trying a "ancestral" diet, one that contains only types of foods that my parents and grand parents ate. Growing up, I don't remember seeing any acne on my parents' faces. But of course I also was too young to look for it. I was talking to my dad the other day, he told me that he has always had some form of acne on his f
  12. My acne is mild to moderate right now, I guess. It was actually light or maybe mild a little while ago. I've been noticing bigger breakouts since taking more fish oils and eating more fish. I've been 99% dairy free for about 5 months now. I sometimes eat pre-made(I know it's bad) foods that contain a little dairy. So I've noticed that I am intolerant to nuts, dairy, and possibly eggs, garlic, and soy. I've been thinking about looking into gluten free foods also. Many of the foods that I had
  13. If you don't want to read my story and different experiences, please skip to the "Continue Here" section below. Here we go... I started my natural(mostly) journey not too long ago. After trying all the different acne systems and other "solutions" that are marketed towards desperate acne sufferers, I decided to take more of an internal approach. Before I tried all the acne systems, I was on antibiotics. I was mostly clear for about 5 years, with one or two every once in a while, but there were
  14. I am in the market for a good moisturizer that contains a good amount(over 10%) or AHA. Oh yeah, also at a decent price too. I have many hyperpigmentations that are on my face from the severe acne that I had several months ago. I still have acne, but it doesn't get as bad anymore. Anyway, the only one I found a moisturizer that contains 8% AHA and has a pH level of 3.3 - 3.5. Does this sound potent enough to treat hyperpigmentations and scars?
  15. I have taken two courses of antibiotics for acne. The first one was over 5 years ago. I was on it for a few months, I can remember that when I stopped, my acne came back worse than it had ever been. So I started back on it again for a second course a few months after the first course ended. This time, I was on it for about 5 years, trying 4 different kinds, one at a time. I stopped taking all antibiotics about six months ago. A little after stopping, my acne got extremely bad again, worse than e