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  1. Hey, so anyone have any good suggestions for acne aftermarks? Something that makes them fade faster.
  2. Hi everyone, I have read through these forums for years now trying to find a cure for my own acne. I’m a female, it’s started at 13-14 years old, I’m currently 28, cysts/whiteheads on chin and sometimes the jawline, daily break outs that never go away but definitely flares up at ovulation and week before period. I suspect I have insulin resistance and my acne is related to inflammation from sugar, bread, etc that then wreaks havoc on my insulin and other hormones. I have thought in the past that maybe I had PCOS, but my cycles are very regular and never any pain with periods or weight issues. Topicals don’t affect my acne at all. I've tried dermatologists, OTC treatments, peels, nothing helps topically. Coconut oil is the devil to my skin. Internal treatment is the key, but I’ve also tried everything from vitex, saw palmetto, inositol, chromium, magnesium, multivitamins, dairy free, digestive enzymes, alpha lipoic acid, gallbladder support, MSM, green tea, stinging nettle, moringa, niacin, reishi mushroom, burdock root, progesterone cream (reduces acne for a few weeks, but then got much worse), beta sitoserol, yeast cleanses, maca powder, l-glutamine, diatomaceous earth, vitamin c (i can feel inflammation reduced for a half a day and then by nighttime it’s flared back up again), zinc, NAC, wheatgrass powder, spearmint tea (did help reduce short term but stopped working), birth control (yaz helped the first time, it not the second time), DIM (still taking DIM because it notably helps cystic acne around jawline but I was still having horrible acne/whiteheads on chin), garlic (helps a lot actually but have to cut up at least 6 cloves day and drink with water and I wreaked of garlic all day every day), drinking more water (healthy, but didn’t affect my skin at all), exercise (once again healthy, but doesn’t change my skin), probiotics (helps a tiny bit outwardly but I still take for my gut), keto diet (a very STRICT keto diet cleared my skin up in 2 weeks, a relaxed keto diet reverts my skin right back to normal inflamed acne on chin within a day so it’s been very hard to maintain that lifestyle).... Now to MY Success. I say my success because I don’t know how many supplements and products I have tried because I read on this website that it cured someone else. Do your own research, but this has been the #1 combo supplement I have ever tried and my skin continues to get better. It's worth a try in my opinion. ***10,000 iu powder tablet form Vitamin D3 (must be powder tablet form, not oil) ***100-200 mcg Vitamin K2 (MK-7) About a month ago I was reading that if you take Vitamin D3 you must take vitamin k2 for absorption. I thought because I had taken vitamin d3 in the past, it didn’t work for my acne but I’ve never tried it with k2. Ya’ll. Over the past month my inflamed, reddened, pus filled skin that I had to wash and scrub every morning before work and cover up with loads of makeup has transformed into soft soft with only a few hyperpigmented areas here and there. My oily t-zone is gone, I dont have to touch up my powder midday, my hair is less oily. I could cry for how long I’ve searched for this and wanted skin that I don’t have to run to the bathroom in the morning and check the “damage” before I wanted my boyfriend (now husband) to see me. If you have acne acne that seems to be resistant to everything Iike one, please try this. The pic I posted is the brand and dosages I use that worked for me. You can order from amazon. I still take a few other supplements for other areas of my health, and I’m still always tying to work on my diet and being healthy internally. But not having to wake up in horror or feel totally guilt tripped from eating the wrong thing has changed my life. Going on month two right now and I’m so happy. Thought I would finally make an account and share my good news.
  3. So a few months ago I had the worst breakout I've ever had in my life. I'm not sure if it was random or due to some treatments that I was trying at the time. I stopped doing everything. I went straight caveman regimen to try and help and it seemed like it helped a little. The only things I do now is use tamanu oil for HIP and I've been taking some vitamins and I even went and bought a filtered showerhead for my shower to help filter the water I use on my face. It just seems like nothing I'm doing is working. I'm seriously at a loss. I cant take this anymore. I'm a 24 year old Male and I shouldn't have to deal with acne as long as I have. I believe its hereditary from my mom but there has got to be something I can do I keep trying to just have faith that it'll get better and be patient but my confidence is at a zero and I honestly just dont know how much longer I can deal with this. Below are pictures from about 3 months ago to now. I dont know if I should just keep doing what I'm doing or try something else. First set is now and second is before
  4. So if you've been stalking my old posts, you would know that I'm really big on using DMSO (https://www.acne.org/messageboard/topic/337735-dmso-the-best-fix-for-acne). DMSO pretty much scavenges and eats free-radicals for lunch. More importantly, it breaks up scars and boosts collagen.* Iodine, being an essential metabolic element, helps in scar regeneration. Copper peptide works amazingly well in scar reduction. Hyaluronic acid serum is all about wrinkle-free smooth skin, aka anti-aging. * DMSO should not be used alone but combined with others like the ones listed above. Only use topically, namely, don't get it into you eyes, nose, mouth, and any other possible opening or orifice that I've left out. Lastly, be smart. Don't overuse it. One word of caution about DMSO: DMSO is a transdermal agent, meaning it gets absorbed into the skin, so make sure you clean the site before application and be certain it doesn't come in contact with anything dirty, like soiled clothes. Also avoid plastic and latex gloves when handling DMSO. From what I know, all the toxins found in plastic/latex will get sucked in by DMSO and penetrate into the skin and/or bloodstream. Spooked yet? On the other hand, because DMSO is very effective as a delivery agent, it works beautifully as a vehicle to take your topical cream or liquid down into the skin. Take hyaluronic acid serum for example. The molecule of HA acid to too damn large to penetrate our skin barrier, so it just sits on top. To be effective, the hyaluronic acid needs to be absorbed into your skin, period. By using DMSO, this is quite possible. ◙ Previous Acne.org threads worth regurgitating ◙ Regeneration of Human Scar Tissue with Topical Iodine
  5. AwareTear

    After 5 years, my cure

    Hello, I’m writing this because after 5 years of struggling with embarrassing adult acne, I have found a cure for my particular situation. Approxiamtely 5 years ago, when I was 32, I began breaking out with mild acne on my scalp and around my cheek bones, and anywhere I had hair follicles. There were also areas on my thieghs and upper arms that would get pimples. I dealt with it for a while, but it seemed to progressively get worse. After devouring every bit of info on the internet, I tried the Candida diet strictly for 3 months. It cured my issue completely. When I was done with the diet, I went back to eating whatever I wanted. After around 4 months, I slowly started to break out again, and after a few months it had returned with a vengence. Large, dime-sized, irritated pimples. Often times in clusters, and impossible to conceal. I was breaking out along the front of my hairline, and all around my beard. The acne that would develop was red and large, and would take 2-3 weeks to heal. I went to holistic dermatologists, conventional dermatologists and nothing seemed to help. No one had any solution, other than antibiotics, and cleansing regimens, which didn’t improve the situation much. I thought I had food allergies, and I would avoid particular foods for months, and would see improvements, but then soemthing would cause another flair up. As I’m sure anyone who has found their way here knows, acne can take a severe toll on you psychologically, and i started to feel depressed. I stopped wanting to leave the house, and would avoid social situations. My daughter would ask about “my owies” on my face, and it was awful. I finally decided to go strictly gluten and dairy free for almost 2 years, and saw an improvement, but not a consistent one. I still seemed to have flair ups. I also began to feel sensitivity on my skin in different areas, kind of what i belive Fibromyalgia is. I had had just about given up, when I started to notice a consistent improvement. I kept a log of what i was eating, and I had been eating Pho a lot from a local restaurant, as it was quick, and GF and dairy free. I started reading about what was in Pho, and the broth is similar to bone broth, and contains collagen. After our second child was born, my wife had also developed moderate excema that seemed to happen after eating gluten. I started drinking a cup of bone broth first thing each morning before aging anything else. The brand I used was a grass fed chicken broth but Kettle & Fire. After about a week, i wasn’t having any new spots develop and anything that did look to be starting would quickly heal on it’s own. I began to add three scoops of a grass fed collagen peptide powder by Vital Proteins my cup of bone broth and my skin continued to look better everywhere. No more scalp breakouts, nothing on my face, and nothing on my arms or legs. My wife began the same regimen and had the same results. He excema cleared up almost immediately. To really test test this out, I began eating gluten again. Still no issue! This has been working for over 4 months now, my there has been the occasional spot that pops up but they now seem to go away on their own after 2-3 days. My confidence has come back, so I am excited to go out and experience a variety of foods again. At this point, I have had a bit of dairy from time to time, and it doesn’t seem to be an issue, but don’t want to overdo it. I wanted I post this, as I know how frustrating this can seem. I wish I would have discovered this sooner, as I now have a bit of scarring. What I’ve come to know, is that acne is your bodies way of telling you something is out of balance. This may not work for everyone, but it has been amazing for both me and my wife. Read up on collagen deficiency, which is pretty common during pregnancy, and give it a try. I’d love to answer any questions as well. Don’t give up!
  6. pache4321

    Acne Vaccine

    so i emailed this company regarding their acne vaccine development. this is what i sent them: greetings! i just want to share my story about my acne battle. i've been suffering having these nasty breakouts since i was 13 yrs old. i tried everything- antibiotics (doxycycline), isotretinoin (accutane), supplements (vit a, vit d3 and vit c), topical regimen, chemical peels, fractional laser and whatever my dermatologist would suggest and now i'm on a strict diet- no milk, no sugar and salt and i exercise everyday and i'm also very hygienic. sometimes my face would clear up for about 1-2 weeks but most of the time, i'm stuck with it. it feels like i have lost hope and it lead me to depression. i don't know what to do with my acne anymore. i gave my best shot. i spent thousands but it all keeps coming back. it never ends. i just want to know if this vaccine is still in the development stage? and if your research goes as planned, and you are actually able to develop an acne vaccine without side effects, when will it be ready for the public? and will you introduce it worldwide? i'm so desperate right now. i need a lot of guide about this so that i could understand how it works and if i should get my hopes up about this. thank you for your time! i appreciate it! and this is their reply: Dear Pache Rio, Thank you for contacting us and providing details on your struggles with acne. I can truly empathize and understand your frustration. We are always deeply touched to receive inquiries from the patients like yourself…because you are the reason we are working so hard on this product! First to give you some background on the industry we are in: Developing a cure against any disease is a very long, risky and expensive process (it takes at least $100 million to discover, develop and bring one such product to the market). Most investors are reluctant to invest into early stages of product discovery, because they don't wish to wait too long to earn on their investment, and because discovery stage is the most unpredictable and risky. So, at the moment we are struggling with very low resources and trying to generate lots of data to be able to convince the investors to support us so we can continue. We are also talking to large pharmaceutical companies and trying to convince them to invest their resources as well and help us move this project faster. We are on a good track and I hope that we will manage to speed up and deliver a very good product. However, it will still take a few years, because all medicinal products must be tested in large clinical trials involving thousands of patients, before they can be sold on the market. We do plan to market and sell the product worldwide. Now, back to your particular problem with acne and some questions: You mentioned that you have had acne since the age of 13, what is your age now (how many years have you had acne)? How long have you been on isotretinoin therapy (months, years)? Have you received more than one course of treatment? What was the daily dose you received? Has your dermatologist ever taken a sample of your acne lesion for a bacteriological analysis? This would be important to determine if Propionibacterium acnes is the main reason for your acne problems, since in less than 10% of acne patients another pathogen called Staphylococcus aureus has been isolated instead of P. acnes. If your acne is associated with S. aureus, and not P.acnes, than you would need a therapy for that particular pathogen and not for P. acnes. Has anyone in your family ever had problems with acne? I hope I have addressed some of your questions….I would be happy to discuss further if you wish. My most sincere regards, Sanja P.S. You could also help us improve our chances of success, if you would like to join our acne patient support group. We are collecting patients' personal statements and images of acne affected areas, which we plan to use for preparing presentation slides for our meetings with industry partners and investors, this would not be released into a public domain (nobody except us would have access to it). --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- so what doo you think guys??
  7. Some background information to start off.. I am 17, currently one month from graduating highschool. From what I can remember, my skin only started giving me major problems during my last two years, grade 11 til now. My forehead is where most of my acne is located, a lot of hyper pigmentation, unevenness, and pimples/whiteheads that come and go in waves. I also get a reoccurring whiteheads on my chin and near my mouth. My cheeks are clear and smooth, opposed to a pimple once and a while. I do get very oily (although my face used to be really dry) throughout the day as well. I don't have a dermatologist in my town so topical treatments like that have been out of the question. My routine now consists of Tea Tree Scrub/Mask/Wash, tea tree toner, witch hazel toner and cetaphil cream, 2x a day. (this routine is fairly recent, I still had acne problems before this) This routine has kept some of my acne at bay but has never really "treated" it. I've restricted myself when it comes to greasy foods, sugar, and dairy and I drink lots of water however I didn't see much improvement. I'm sick and tired of feeling self-conscious over my acne, I would kill to have close to perfect skin!! My last resort would be this Caveman Regimen. I've been looking through a lot of forums and have seen mixed reviews on this. So I decided to give it a go myself, because what the hell! (although I do rinse my face in the morning and before bed, these last 4 days I haven't worn makeup but once i go back to school i will start to) I'm on day 4 currently and I'm not feeling very happy about it. I am aware of purging, I'm just curious to know if it's usually this bad? My old breakouts are healing fine but I've broken out tremendously on my forehead (literally the first day I started!), consisting of small whiteheads. The skin surrounding the whiteheads isn't inflamed like usually but there are a lot of them! Is this just the purging period? And if so how long does it last? I've heard people say that the acne gets worse within the first 3 months of this, however my grad/prom is in a month and now I'm contemplating on whether or not I should stop now and try again after I'm done school, or ride it out for a couple weeks and see how my skin feels then? Any input or advice or anything along those lines would be of great help! (below is a photo of the state of my forehead now, day 4 of modified caveman regimen, doesn't look as bad on camera but its defintiely worse in person)
  8. Good Morning, Afternoon, or Evening Folks, how are you? My name is Dell and I am a new member. I would like to discuss my battle with acne and how I defeated it. Please, keep in mind that this is my personal experience. Just because this protocol worked for me, does not mean it will be effective for you. Alright, I shall begin. At the age of twelve years old, puberty hit me like a freight truck. One pimple lead to another, and you know the story. My acne was very severe. Overtime, it damaged my self-esteem and bravado. Fast forward three years later. I decided to change my diet to a primarily plant-based one. I ate grains, legumes, fruits, vegetables, nuts, and seeds. The proliferation of my acne was reduced. However, I still had breakouts. On that diet I eluded all sweeteners (sugar, honey, agave, maple syrup, stevia, coconut sugar, beet sugar). I avoided wheat as well. I did eat fermented soy products like miso, tempeh, and nato. The only bread I ate was the Ezekiel brand. It contains sprouted soy and wheat. Majority of my carbohydrates came from fruits, vegetables, and grains. Suddenly, I continuously asked myself. If this diet is so healthy, why am I still getting acne? Also, I only ate that way for a four-five months. In the span of nine years, I tried numerous diets. Raw vegan, Acid-Alkaline diet, vegan, and lacto-vegetarian. None of them, not one gave me the skin I had in my childhood. It lead to me being more depressed than ever before. Until I decided to place an appointment with a F.D.N (Functional Diagnostic Nutritionist). She told me the diet I was currently on, was not ideal for my metabolic rate or body. She placed me on a low-carbohydrate diet. I avoided eating all fruits, all sweeteners, all processed meats (beef jerky, sausage, hot dogs, bologna), all starchy vegetables (carrots, squash, pumpkin, potatoes, sweet potatoes, corn), grains, nuts, nut milk, soy, wheat, seaweed, seeds, butter, ghee, milk, cheese, eggs. All I ate was dark green vegetables: collard greens, broccoli, cabbage, brussel sprouts, kale, cucumbers, green zuchinni, romaine lettuce, and spinach. Meat and I seasoned it with sea salt, chopped onion, and herbs. I used coconut oil as an energy source. I would consume several teaspoons to tablespoons a day. I only had spring water as a beverage. Nothing highfalutin or fancy, just the Poland Spring brand. I ate this way for several months. My skin became clear. I was very delighted about it. Afterwards, I decided to add yogurt back in. The brand I consumed was Wallaby's Full-Fat Greek yogurt. It did not give me acne but I had increased phlegm production. So I discontinued the product. Currently, I am not eating that way anymore. Why if it worked so well? Because the diet is very restrictive. Despite the clear skin, I missed eating the foods I once enjoyed. Even if they make me look like a pizza face. Currently, I am a lacto-vegetarian. I am eating almond butter, Fage 5% or 2% yogurt, basmati rice, pineapple, bananas, plantain, cherries, blueberries, blackberries, grapes, cucumbers, apples, dates, and sweet potatoes, carrots, and squash. My acne is moderate right now. Honestly, I may just stay on this diet. I actually enjoy eating again. I know I can get clear skin by going on the anti-candida(ketogenic) diet, but I only have one life to live. Truthfully, I look terrible now. Because we all know how acne deters facial beauty. Anyhow, this is my story I am sharing with you. I genuinely thank all of you for reading this. I know that I typed a lot. Thank you so much. May The Gods and Goddesses bless you forever. Addendum: I only drink water and tea. I do not consume herbs with caffeine. Nor do I drink decaffeinated tea. Moreover, I never eat celery, avocado, or beans. They all make me feel odd. If you have any questions just ask me.
  9. Hey everyone. I'll be quick about it. I recently discovered that 'zinc oxide' can be the stand-alone acne cure for some people. (Seems like most actually). These people use baby diaper rash creams and sunscreens with a zinc oxide percentage of 5 to 40 percent. I have been intrigued to try zinc oxide related products. Note, zinc oxide is recommended for oily skin-types. I have mostly dry, sensitive skin. So this is a risk, because I'm a bit desperate. (Arn't we all). Though the warmer climate that is now coming around changes my skin and allows it to be susceptible to products made for oily skin types. I In summary, I'm going to be trying both sunscreens and diaper rash creams and reviewing them. I will list the product names, ingredients, and the key ingredients. This is for self-experimentation. I in no way can say that these products will work for you, but i can say you might as well try them if you want. And if you have dry, sensitive, acne-prone skin, then you can relate to me! Please feel free to leave any constructive comments, opinions, or information! Product #1 - Elta Block Broad Spectrum SPF32 Sunblock & Moisturizer w/ Transparent Zinc Oxide (Paraben-Free) Price: Like $15 on amazon. Uses: "Helps prevent sunburn. Protects against UVA/UVB rays. Noncomedogenic. Daily Moisturizer." ~So as of now, this product sounds pretty legit. Active Ingredients: Octinoxate 7.5% (Not sure about this. A little research on it led me to the conclusion that it is harmful). Zinc Oxide 7.0% Inactive Ingredients: Purified water, Petrolatum, a lot of random stuff. ~ Google it if you want to see them all. Results/Review: Instantly after my first use of this product. It left white residue, dried me out, made me flake so bad, and the next day my face was clogged/inflamed and red. Still trying to recover. So not completely positive about why this went so bad. But it's a shame. Maybe it has something to do with the load of unnecessary ingredients. This connects with the 32 SPF; the higher the SPF, the more ingredients. So I am going to try only SPF15-20 sunscreens from now on. Also could be due to the Oxctinoxate ingredient! Product #2 - (I hit up Walgreens) Desitin Rapid Relief Creamy Zinc Oxide Diaper Rash Cream (Fragrance-Free) Price: $3 on sale at Walgreens Uses: "helps treat and prevent diaper rash. Protects chafed skin due to diaper rash and helps seal out wetness" ~And people have amazing results with this stuff? Haha don't be skeptical. Only $3 so might as well right. Active Ingredients: Zinc Oxide 13% ~ Only zinc oxide... hmm. Inactive Ingredients: Water, Mineral Oil, Pretrolatum, Beeswax, Dimethicone, and some more crazy ingredients that I've never seen before.) ~Some research showed me that 'mineral oil' should not be used if you have 'oily skin'. Definitely a plus there. I also read that it does not clog pores and is one of the most non-irritating cosmetic ingredients. This is on a post about using these ingredients on one's face however, so who knows. ~According to WebMD (Who's to say you should trust it or not?) "dimethicone topical is used as a moisturizer to treat or prevent dry, rough, scaly, itchy skin, and minor irritations." Results/Review: ----- ~I'm starting off with a patch test that I will do daily in one spot on my face. Gonna do this for a couple days maybe and increase the duration if need be. I will update of course!
  10. I never, ever thought I would be making a thread such as this! I thought I was doomed to have this horrible curse on me for the whole of my life, or until I got old and my sebum levels changed. THE REASON THIS POST IS LONG IS BECAUSE I TRULY BELIEVE DIFFERENT THINGS CAN CONTRIBUTE TO DIFFERENT PEOPLE'S ACNE AND I WANT YOU TO JUDGE ON YOUR OWN IF YOU THINK MY STORY COULD HELP YOU. ALSO, you might think "This guy's acne was horrendous - mine is not that bad.. His post wont apply to me." just please consider what worked for me.. It is effective on a wide range of acne from what I have researched. I am going to outline this post in a way that I think is helpful, and I know anyone as desperate as I was will read through the whole thing, but I will break it down in easy sections for you to browse and highlight the cure at the bottom for your convenience. Background of my experience with the disease: 24 year old male Started getting mild pustular acne on back and shoulder blades around age 13 years old. Began browsing these forums. Tried oral doxycycline. By age 14 it had become nodulocystic. Tried topical antibiotic clindamycin+salycylic acid to no effect These lesions would start as deep, nonpainful bumps. They would grow over several days until being large fluid-filled boils or furuncles and then would pop, usually at night or when a shirt rubbed over them. (Heaven forbid if a friend backslapped me playfully!) Staining my shirts, bedsheets, and mattress with blood/pus became a constant routine. Sleeping was difficult. Self-esteem plummetted. My posture deteriorated as I would stand in odd ways to stop my shirt from rubbing against open abscesses and I would hunch my shoulders upwards to hide scars along the nape of my neck. Suicidal ideation became a regular occurrence. The lesions, after healing, left hypertrophic scars which remain to this day and are my next battle. (I am just glad to have a smooth back and butt pain-free and a body not being ravaged anymore by this affliction) Ages 14-16 it only got worse, began spreading to my upper arms and upper chest. Went on 6 month course of isotretinoin (Accutane). Acne cleared up for ~1.5 years, until I was about 18 By age 21, it had reached the same severity as it was at age 16. Acne began spreading down to my butt, thighs, and groin. At age 23 I began a rigorous trial of various over-the-counter, holistic, and prescription remedies, some helped (list below) but most had no change. By age 24 it had plateaud at its peak severity. I would usually have 5 to 10 large painful nodules and 10+ pustules, but they would come in waves. Sometimes as few as 5 lesions (but this only lasted for about 3-4 days) before flaring back up to 10+. I took a new direction in September 2017 At the time of writing, I have been on this intervention for 2 weeks and my acne has improved by literally 95% with only 2 nodules left, both of which are receding. Psychological effects of my acne: Low self-esteem leading to long-lasting depressive disorder Anxiety attacks at sports games, beaches, sexual encounters, physicians offices when I knew it was expected to take my shirt off (i almost always refused unless comfortable with the girl or had to because of the doctor) Sexual difficulties Constant tension along shoulders due to hunching shirt up in public to hide neck scarring -> weird posture because of trying to hold my shirt off my lesions I remember being so jealous of guys who could take their shirts off at the beach and run around playing catch with a football. They just seemed so limber and carefree Physical effects of my acne: Disfigurement (obv) Pain Bleeding and oozing pus (particularly overnight, but also at inopportune times in public) Picture: This is not of me, but is an accurate representation of what my back looked like. I am attaching as a link because it may be disturbing to some viewers http://cdn.lifebuzz.com/images/145670/lifebuzz-72e485672960d6893f5fac8fad3cb92c-limit_2000.jpg Things I tried up until September 2017, which were NOT effective in CURING my acne : An exhaustive, but not 100% complete, list of things I tried, with approx. length of treatment in [brackets] and my subjective rating of their efficacy in {curly brackets}, broken down by category. On my quest to cure my acne it was really helpful to read other people's things they had tried. Topical Benzoyl peroxide in strengths up to 10% [2007-2017 on and off daily for months at a time] {Barely helped} Clindamycin + Salicylic Acid prescription cream [2007 - 2017 on and off daily for days at a time on particularly large or painful lesions] {Definitely helps as a spot treatment} Salicylic Acid 2% [2007 - 2010 on and off daily for months at a time] {Less effective than BP for me} ZZ cream from Demodexsolutions [2017 daily for months] {Definite reduction in severity but did not cure me. WIll write more about this below} Sulfur ointment 10% [2017 daily for weeks] {Didn't help, i really hated this one because it would get greasy and wet on top of my painful lesions, causing any fabric to stick even harder and then rip off later} Turmeric (applied powder in shower and left on for 10+ minutes) [daily for weeks] {helped with inflammation/severity but was not curative} Head and shoulders (zinc pyrithione) [daily for weeks] {didn't help} Selsun blue (selenium sulfide) [daily for weeks] {didn't help} Ketoconazole 1% shampoo [daily for weeks] {didn't help} Black cumin seed oil [daily for weeks] {helped a little?} Bio-oil [daily for weeks] {didn't help but didn't expect it to, its more for scars} Potato peels [less than a week] {didn't help} Tea tree oil - either straight, watered down, or mixed with 91% isopropyl alcohol [twice daily, several weeks] {didn't help} Urine [less than a week] {helped} Apple cider vinegar Oral RX: Doxycycline antibiotic [1 trial in 2007, 1 trial in 2014] {didn't do anything} Accutane (isotretinoin) [6 months daily in 2010] {competely cleared up my acne for 1.5 years} Side effects included dry lips (went away after stopping), sensitivity to sunlight (still to this day), and - in my opinion - exacerbation of depression and suicidal ideation Oral non-prescription agents: I tried these in various combinations (for example, a thread on here recommends B5 + Cysteine + Vit C) daily for months. No improvement. Niacin Vitamin B5 (pantothenic acid) L Cysteine NAC (N Acetyl Cysteine) B Complex (B12, B6, others) Milk thistle + Fennel Acidophilus probiotic + fiber Vitamin E Vitamin A Vitamin C Magnesium Zinc Krill oil Borage oil diatomaceous earth Candidagone Wormwood+Black walnut+clove antiparasite drops Apple cider vinegar Urine (yes, I was this desperate. It works for some people apparently) Diets tried, for approx 1 - 2 months at a time: Gluten free Dairy free Low fat High fat No alcohol "Other" remedies: Daily sea salt baths [weeks] {helped a little} Daily diluted bleach baths [weeks] {made a huge difference - I think this is the closest runner-up to being curative of this whole list} Tanning {helped!} Extensive exfoliation with gloves [daily for weeks] {helped a little} No showers Lots of showers Cold showers Burning hot showers Changing pillow cases and towels regularly False leads: As you can tell by my list of things I tried, at some point I tried attributing my acne to a systemic Candida infection or parasite infection. I was skeptical, however, because I had no other findings indicative of Candida such as thrush, carb cravings, or fatigue and no other findings indicating parasites such as caloric malabsorption, GI distress, and general malaise. The breakthrough: I am a medical student, so I would like to think I know a little bit about the inflammatory process and disease pathogenesis. As my education progressed I learned that the boils and furuncles that my nodules would eventually become almost always cultured Staph aureus. Well, this is no surprise, it is a major part of our skin's flora and an opportunistic pathogen. So, I wondered, WHY do I have these eruptions while other people who also have bacteria in their skin flora do not? The age-old explanation for why we get acne is a buildup of bacteria in and around the hair follicle / sebaceous glands due to a sebum blockage. I began to wonder why bacteria was piling up in my pores to such a severe extent. Other people with normal skin also had bacteria all over them, but for some reason mine was getting brought deeper into my skin, where it could set up shop (the microenvironment within the follicle is different and must offer pathogenic bacteria an opportunity to thrive, which in turn produces inflammation). I didn't get it - I wasn't immunosuppressed (a.k.a. my immune system is good, it should be able to fight the bacteria properly before it reached unmanageable level and created this horrible painful pimple). I wasn't picking at my skin and therefore destroying the protective barrier of my keratinized epidermis. I put together every associated symptom I had that I could possibly think of: Optometrist commented on eyelash dandruff when I got vision checked at age 10 Acne began mildly in a small patch before progressing to severe, then began spreading to different areas over the course of a few months/years Number of lesions varied in a 2-3 week cycle Hairline and scalp acne At random times in the day but particularly at night, I felt a prickling, crawling sensation under my skin in areas that were affected by acne. Googling this symptom led me to posts on this forum and elsewhere that brushed this sensation off as "just feeling the acne growing" or "this is a sign of a Candida infection" I looked at all the remedies I had tried to find a pattern.. Over-the-counter anti inflammatories (SA, BP, vit E, others) didn't work, as expected.. These can help lower overall inflammation but if bacteria is still getting in your pores and causing problems, your skins gonna have a bad time. Various diet modifications (to the extreme extent of eating ONLY boiled chicken and raw greens for a week) did not resolve it, indicating this was not an autoimmune reaction to an ingested allergen (such as herpes dermatiform, the cutaneous presentation of Celiac's disease and can strongly resemble what we know as acne) A blood test to measure my AST + ALT (measures of liver functioning) plus assisting my liver with NAC / milk thistle, diatomaceous earth, and anti-parasite medication did not help, which seemed to rule out toxin buildup (either primary or secondary to parasite metabolism / liver dysfunction) The exfoliation in the shower with purpose-made gloves (in the few areas where I could reach without painfully blowing open a cyst) did help, but it wasn't curative. This just confirmed my suspicion that this had to have something more than a simple "Your pores just make soo much sebum and sucks for you, you get acne from it!" After looking at my attempted treatments, symptoms, and various reading throughout the recesses of this forum, I finally put it all together.......... THE CAUSE: An overabundance of Demodex falciparum mites. NOTE: Those unaware of "Demodex", and those who are deeply suffering, desperate for a cure, will keep reading. BUT, I know that many on this forum are skeptics of any mention of these mites... It is my firm belief that some of you simply have acne due to some other reason, while many of you do infect have acne due to these mites. Chinese medicine widely regards them as the cause of 90+% of post-pubertal (adult) acne. I used to scoff at the Demodex explanation 10 years ago, and I regret ever doing so. Some of you will simply parrot what you have read already on here even though you have good intentions. Others have a vested interest - financially, or otherwise - in promoting other approaches. All I know is I wish I had pursued this lead in the posts I read mentioning DEMODEX from back in 2005 - 2009; I would surely be a different (more confident, less scarred, more optimistic) person today. The explanation is quite simple. Demodex live on most everyone's skin and generally don't cause much trouble. For various reasons, their population increases too much in certain individuals. These mites travel to various depths within your skin and lead to the deposition of their waste, corpses, and eggs in and within hair follicles. They also carry S. aureus and other opportunistic organisms deeper into the skin with them. The body responds with white blood cell extravasation + inflammation. Depending on the extent of your infestation + hormonal influences, you'll get anything from simple pustules, all the way to widespread furuncles (connected boils) that ulcerate and leave painful abscesses that scab over to form deeply disfiguring scars. The variation in efficacy of my treatments finally made sense! Of course anti-inflammatories (such as benzoyl peroxide or SA regimens and vitamins) won't cure this acne - the root cause is still present. They may improve it.. Of course topical clindamycin helped.. It kills off the bacteria that the mites brought down into your pore, resulting in markedly decreased inflammation. But it has no effect on STOPPING the acne from forming. Of course bleach baths + UV (tanning) helped. Bleach baths are recommended by dermatologists for reducing # of Staph auereus (specifically in the treatment of eczema). Not only are you killing the bacteria on your skin, its likely to have a detrimental effect on the mites. Of course my acne was cyclic… The life cycle of Demodex is a few weeks.. As one generation dies off, it takes a while for new eggs to hatch and mature. Of course I had scalp issues and hairline acne.. I had a serious infestation of Demodex up there. This is why treatments of demodex (such as demodexsolution's Zhongzhou cream) are not effective in severe infestations.. You have a steady supply of mites up there and any patch you don't cover, they'll find. The itching, crawling sensation at night / occasionally during the day? Our touch receptors are not sensitive enough to feel something the size of this mite crawling.. Thats why I dismissed this theory initially. But as I learned in medical school, a type IV hypersensitivity reaction is DEFINITELY something that can be felt.. And that's what is occurring here, as your immune system marches out WBC's to battle. So, with my theory that mites were the cause of my past 10+ years of misery, it was time to CONFIRM it by doing an anti-mite therapy… TOPICAL ATTEMPTS: Thanks to a doctor in the family I was able to procure 5% permethrin, the gold standard for scabies treatment. Now, I knew I did not have scabies (thank heavens), but numerous posts on here and on the internet testified to its efficacy against Demodex. I began a daily treatment for 2 weeks, hoping and waiting…. Nothing. No improvement. I was devastated. It seemed I had run out of possibilities and leads, and was facing "idiopathic" acne.. a.k.a. "don't know why you've got this." I had heard a lot about demodexsolutions but was highly skeptical of them. Their site was archaic, and they were halfway across the world. With desperation mounting, I ordered 2 vials of ZZ cream. They arrived about a week later and I began applying it twice daily on my spots. Now, let me tell you, within minutes of applying this cream I began feeling a soothing relief on my lesions. I'm not saying it was a magic cure - maybe it was just the mint tingling - but having tried dozens and dozens of different things, ZZ cream just felt different. It felt soothing. Every morning I woke up and my painful pimples would have shrunk by a little. My Demodex theory began to gain traction! Until, trouble struck. I woke up one day and had 3 new nasty nodules in my torso :'( The tubs of ZZ cream were extremely expensive for the amount I received (I would run out of a tub after a week and that was only with spreading it on active lesions, each one cost around $35-40) and I didn't find this to be a sustainable solution. I also had a feeling that, while effective, it wasn't enough to eradicate an infestation as widespread as mine.. I was heart broken. That's when I came across this thread: And on this thread, I was led to this article: https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S120197121201315X tl;dr of the article: Ivermectin and metronidazole are commonly used for various bacterial and parasitic infections. Ivermectin acts on invertebrate-specific ion channels, while metronidazole inhibits DNA synthesis primarily in anaerobic cells. (a.k.a., they have an extremely safe clinical profile on humans. In fact, Ivermectin is one of the pharmaceutical pinnacles when looking at efficacy to minimal side effect ratio if dosed correctly) The most interesting result in that study to me was the figure showing the reduction in Demodex over the course of 4 weeks. It shows that a combined metronidazole+ivermectin therapy was more effective than ivermectin alone. By 2 weeks in, the mite density had approximately halved, and 4 weeks in was reduced by 90%. So, I got ivermectin and metronidazole and began the next chapter in my life. So, I proceeded to obtain ivermectin and metronidazole and followed the dosing regimen in the study. THE CURE .2mg/kg ivermectin on Day 0 and Day 14 (for me this came out to 18 mg each time. Up to 30mg on humans has been shown to be safe, and doses 10x that [as in, 2mg/kg] in rodents have been safe). 250mg metronidazole 3x a day for 4 weeks Within a week, my acne had gotten better by about 50%. Now, at 2 weeks, I'd say its close to 75% cured. I have never seen results this fast and consistently. I expect that I (and anyone else with a demodex infestation causing acne) will still need prophylactic measures upon completing this regimen. I am unsure of whether that will be a once or twice-a-month dose of ivermectin, or if perhaps a topical application of tea tree oil + 91% isopropyl alcohol (shown to be effective against demodex) will be sufficient. I will keep you posted on that. I am thankful beyond words to have found this treatment. I plan to check this thread at least weekly for the next several years in order to give back to this community that finally helped me cure this dreadful, painful, ugly affiliation. Once my back is completely cured I will begin applying biooil to fade the hyperpigmented scars. For obtaining ivermectin and metronidazole (which are available by prescription, and should definitely NOT be obtained from local or online aquarium/veterinary supply shops and measured out in a milligram scale and dissolving the ivermectin in a oil or pure 160+ proof vodka since it does not dissolve in water like its friend metronidazole ) the recommended practice would be to take the study to your physician along with an easily searchable pharmaceutical fact sheet about the safety of these drugs (Physicians are trained in med school to throw antibiotics, topical retinoids, and consults to derm at anything resembling acne and many will consider a psychiatric evaluation if you start mentioning demodex without bringing this information in hand) and ask plainly and simply for what you want. My experience with this forum is that there are people who will be quick to point out flaws in my approach, and provide criticism. I have nothing to benefit from this post besides the pleasure of helping other people accomplish something more quickly and painlessly then I had to battle 10+ years for.Many of you have been conditioned to roll your eyes at the very mention of the word "demodex." I hope you can find a cure, but please do consider the information in this post. Good luck to all. You do not have to resign yourself to decades of suffering. Derms told me my only hope was Accutane (which I already did, and it has a proven 75+% reoccurrence rate a.k.a. the acne comes back but not before causing potentially irreversible side effects in youor waiting till I am 40+ years old. I look forward to hearing from you.
  11. scottpiercings

    My vegan experience

    Hi, I'm Scott Piercings. I probably should have signed up for this a long time ago: i've had acne since i was 12 or 13 and have tried, what feels like, pretty much everything. Treating my acne has been like trying to solve an unsolvable puzzle. I did, however, manage to get my skin to behave in a way I thought I could only dream of by sticking to what some might consider a torturous diet. Allow me to list everything I eat on practically a daily basis: Quaker One Minute Oats with water, Kretschmer wheat germ and an apple Dainty Brown Rice with frozen vegetables Stonemill Slow Crafted vegan bread with avocados Catelli Ancient Grains pasta Sunflower Seeds (raw) And other raw fruits and vegetables I list these items because I know how difficult it is to find foods that do not cause acne. Take note that the items listed above contain no animals products whatsoever. In addition, they are minimally processed. My skin is extremely sensitive. Some can't have dairy products; some can't have fish; some can't have unbleached wheat flour; unfortunately for me, it's all of the above. I always thought of acne as something that I was doing to my skin, not something that my skin was doing to me; hence my aversion to acne medication. And what is white rice and white bread but rice and bread with all of the nutrients washed out of them. The same goes for refined sugar: it's nothing but carbs and is inessential to anyone's diet. Unfortunately, for most of my life I didn't even realize what I was eating. I was raised on refined sugar and junk food and sought to correct that. I became a regular runner; I started drinking decaf tea and coffee; I started eating raw vegetables (celery especially)--all in order to purify myself. Eventually, I stopped eating meat because it felt like I didn't need to. I had replaced meat with whole grains and vegetables. And honestly, meat is not nearly as easy to digest as whole grains and vegetables. The last thing I cut out of my diet which gave me acne was parboiled rice. After 3-4 months, my acne was completely gone. I even got a tattoo--something which I thought I would never do because of how hideous my skin was; it wasn't exactly a blank canvas--just to celebrate finding the cure. This bliss was short lived: I soon began to feel weak and fatigued all the time; my palms were sweaty; and I developed a twitch in my face. I couldn't tell which symptoms were caused by low blood sugar and which were caused by a vitamin b12 deficiency. Out of desperation, I ate wild caught salmon--which is supposedly very good for the skin--and broke out almost instantly. I could just take b12 supplements. But, even those contain unwanted ingredients. Besides, i'm trying to do things as natural as possible. Thus, if I could stick to veganism as a cure, I would. It seems that this wasn't meant to be and that I need to find a healthy source of b12, which I will update you guys on. Time for further experimentation.
  12. Curing Accutane's Long Term side effects Hey, I am a 22 year old who suffered from Accutanes side effects since I was 16, and I think I am cured, though for me while sexual dysfunction was the side effect that made me notice accutane had affected me, it was not the only side effect. The route to curing my own side effects was by using nutrition and supplements, as well as meditation, to undo the damage accutane did to my brain. Personally I believe Accutane causes its negative side effects by changing brain metabolism and causing a degree of brain damage. The brain damage is not caused by outright irreparable cell death, because the main place where cell death occurs is in the hippocampus, where neurogenesis can occur anyway and most of the damage can be reversed. The problem is that accutane also inhibits neurogenesis, so for some people, they suffer this brain damage quite severely, while others get back on their feet pretty quickly and don’t even regret taking it. Now as a disclaimer, I only took accutane for 9 weeks at 2x40mg per day, which was enough to give me no feeling in my penis for 2 months, and several years of not being aroused by and not being attracted to any person irl at all, and though with porn I could masterbate, I was very insecure if I would actually be able to perform under pressure, and avoided any situation where anything might happen. I developed social anxiety, I lost my passion for all my subjects, competitiveness for sport and academics, couldn’t concentrate or focus, and lost most hope and ambition for my future. I wasn’t completely antisocial, and still had a few friends, male and female, but only because my brain wouldn’t really care if it was female as there was zero chance of being aroused, I was equally anxious around boys and girls Now, about my protocol, it is cheap, easily accessible and safe. It is also research backed to help with depression and anxiety, so even if you don't have all the symptoms I've described, then it probably still has a lot to offer you. Lastly, the time frame for this to work is 3 to 6 months, but after that you should be able to tell a massive difference to how you were before and how you are then. Now lets get on with it Accutane What do we know about accutane? Well certainly the people that make it claim to know so little it is scary. All they claim to know is that it causes birth defects, and it somehow causes acne to go away. They also claim it causes no lasting side effects, except the magical disappearance of acne. However, that is because not everyone suffers the same side effects, though the loss of acne is the most common one. The reason for this, is because it inhibits neurogenesis and causes hippocampal atrophy(brain cell death), which results in varying degrees of brain damage. Below or the studies that prove this, further down is how to fix it, which is very possible with the right knowledge http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25689814 "A 25-question survey was emailed to 7,013 dermatologists included in a proprietary database (MBD, Inc.) and anonymous responses were collected. 591 board-certified dermatologists participated. Thirty-seven percent of the responding dermatologists believe that isotretinoin may cause psychiatric disturbances. Dermatologists' opinions on this relationship did not significantly impact prescription practices in patients with history of depression (P=0.056) or in patients being treated with an antidepressant (P=0.118)." Functional brain imaging alterations in acne patients treated with isotretinoin. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/15863802 "RESULTS: Isotretinoin but not antibiotic treatment was associated with decreased brain metabolism in the orbitofrontal cortex (-21% change versus 2% change for antibiotic), a brain area known to mediate symptoms of depression. Conclusion: This study suggests that isotretinoin treatment is associated with changes in brain functioning." “A 4-month treatment trial with isotretinoin was associated with a decrease in brain functioning in the orbito-frontal cortex, a brain region implicated in depression.” 13-cis Retinoic acid (accutane) suppresses hippocampal cell survival in mice. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/15251924 “We now show, in a mouse model, that endogenous RA generated by synthetic enzymes in the meninges acts on hippocampal granule neurons, and chronic (3-week) exposure to a clinical dose of 13-cis RA may result in hippocampal cell loss.” https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC387382/ "This report demonstrates that a clinical dose (1 mg/kg/day) of 13-cis-RA in mice significantly reduces cell proliferation in the hippocampus and the subventricular zone, suppresses hippocampal neurogenesis, and severely disrupts capacity to learn a spatial radial maze task. The results demonstrate that the regions of the adult brain where cell proliferation is ongoing are highly sensitive to disruption by a clinical dose of 13-cis-RA." Retinoic Acid and Affective Disorders: The Evidence for an Association http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3276716/ "Increased concentrations of homocysteine have also been associated with attacks of violent anger. Isotretinoin administration to human subjects was shown to be associated with increased concentrations of homocysteine, as well as decreases in 5-methyl-tetrahydrofolate, providing a potential metabolic mechanism by which isotretinoin may promote depression." "In the case of patients reported to the Norwegian Medicines Agency, single photon emission computed tomography (SPECT) of the brain was performed in 15 cases who reported lasting neurological symptoms. Altered brain function was seen in all cases involving altered or reduced frontal lobe blood flow. Ten of these patients were evaluated to have organic brain damage." 13-Cis-retinoic acid decreases hypothalamic cell number in vitro. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20708044 "13-Cis-retinoic acid (13-cis-RA) causes depression-related behavior in mice. Hypothalamic dysregulation has been implicated in clinical depression. In fact, apoptosis of hypothalamic neurons may lead to depression after myocardial infarction. . . .We hypothesize that the ability of 13-cis-RA to decrease hypothalamic cell number may contribute to the increased depression-related behaviors observed in mice." Anxiety, Depression and the Hippocampus After taking Accutane, I suffered depression and anxiety, and so far from normal that I went to a psychologist and explained my symptoms, and went there several times, and while I considered antidepressants, I never took them. On Accutane forums, many people are depressed, and so many have taken SSRIs, and many people feel much better having taken them. They still do not feel 100%, but while on them they regain a lot of feeling and emotion that they have missed, antidepressants obviously have their own side effects so it is not always worthwhile. There is much research showing there are natural ways to stimulate neurogenesis in the hippocampus, that does not risk the side effects of antidepressants Hippocampal neurogenesis: opposing effects of stress and antidepressant treatment. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/16425236 “The hippocampus is one of several limbic brain structures implicated in the pathophysiology and treatment of mood disorders. Preclinical and clinical studies demonstrate that stress and depression lead to reductions of the total volume of this structure and atrophy and loss of neurons in the adult hippocampus. One of the cellular mechanisms that could account for alterations of hippocampal structure as well as function is the regulation of adult neurogenesis. Stress exerts a profound effect on neurogenesis, leading to a rapid and prolonged decrease in the rate of cell proliferation in the adult hippocampus. In contrast, chronic antidepressant treatment up-regulates hippocampal neurogenesis, and could thereby block or reverse the atrophy and damage caused by stress. Recent studies also demonstrate that neurogenesis is required for the actions of antidepressants in behavioral models of depression. This review discusses the literature that has lead to a neurogenic hypothesis of depression and antidepressant action, as well as the molecular and cellular mechanisms that underlie the regulation of adult neurogenesis by stress and antidepressant treatment.” This study basically states the reason SSRIs work again depression is because they upregulate hippocampal neurogenesis Ventral hippocampal lesions affect anxiety but not spatial learning. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/12642189 Rats with cytotoxic ventral hippocampal lesions which removed approximately 50% of the hippocampus (including dentate gyrus) starting from the temporal pole, displayed a reduction in freezing behaviour following the delivery of an unsignalled footshock in an operant chamber. This was more plausibly a result of reduced susceptibility to fear than a result of a lesion-induced increase in general motor activity. There was no consistent difference between sham and lesioned animals in spontaneous locomotor activity, or locomotion following acute or chronic treatment with amphetamine. In contrast, ventral hippocampal lesioned animals were quicker to pass from the black to the white box during a modified version of the light/dark exploration test, and were quicker to begin eating during tests of hyponeophagia. Furthermore, rats with ventral hippocampal lesions defecated less than their sham counterparts both during open field testing and in extinction sessions following contextual conditioning. In contrast to these clear lesion effects, there were no signs of any spatial learning impairment either in the watermaze or on the elevated T-maze. Taken together these results suggest that the ventral hippocampus may play a role in a brain system (or systems) associated with fear and/or anxiety, and provide further evidence for a distinct specialisation of function along the septotemporal axis of the hippocampus. Anxiety and hippocampus volume in the rat. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/16192979 In depressed patients as well as healthy controls, a positive relationship between hippocampal volume and trait anxiety has been reported. This study sought to explore the possible inter-relation between hippocampal volume and trait anxiety further. Magnetic resonance imaging at 7 T was used to measure hippocampal volumes in a rat model of extremes in trait anxiety (experiment 1) and in a Wistar population with normal anxiety-related behavior (experiment 2). In addition to anxiety-related behavior, potentially confounding factors (depression-like, exploratory, and locomotor behavior) were assessed. Experiment 1 globally supported the hypothesis of a positive relationship between hippocampus volume and trait anxiety but did not allow for ruling out possible confounds arising from cosegregation of other behavioral traits. Experiment 2 yielded strong evidence for a negative relationship which was specific for trait anxiety. Thus, the relationship between hippocampal volume and anxiety may be more complex than expected. Interestingly, anxiety-related behavior in experiment 2 had a stronger influence on hippocampal volume than depression-like behavior. In the light of hippocampal volume loss in anxiety disorder and frequent comorbidity of anxiety and depression, this finding suggests that further research into the relationship between anxiety and hippocampal volume may be critical for understanding hippocampal contributions to normal and pathological behavior. The studies above show that hippocampal volume, which is the most common measure of neurogenesis and neuroplasticity, are very accurate in determining whether someone suffers from depression and generalised anxiety disorder, and also the severity of the mental illness. Hippocampal volume is also an accurate predictor of how well someone will recover from a brain injury, or how well they will cope when faced with a stressful situation. The cure is focussed in restoring neuroplasticity and hippocampal growth (aka promoting neurogenesis, they are all basically the same thing), and while following the routine your brain should regain this ability to heal itself and over several months a close to full recovery should be within reach. As a bonus, the depression and anxiety also being suffered should be much reduced after following the protocol Effects of Hippocampal atrophy/ negative changes in brain metabolism Traumatic brain injury: a disease process, not an event. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/m/pubmed/20504161/ “Traumatic brain injury (TBI) is seen by the insurance industry and many health care providers as an "event." Once treated and provided with a brief period of rehabilitation, the perception exists that patients with a TBI require little further treatment and face no lasting effects on the central nervous system or other organ systems. In fact, TBI is a chronic disease process, one that fits the World Health Organization definition as having one or more of the following characteristics: it is permanent, caused by non-reversible pathological alterations, requires special training of the patient for rehabilitation, and/or may require a long period of observation, supervision, or care. TBI increases long-term mortality and reduces life expectancy. It is associated with increased incidences of seizures, sleep disorders, neurodegenerative diseases, neuroendocrine dysregulation, and psychiatric diseases, as well as non-neurological disorders such as sexual dysfunction, bladder and bowel incontinence, and systemic metabolic dysregulation that may arise and/or persist for months to years post-injury. The purpose of this article is to encourage the classification of TBI as the beginning of an ongoing, perhaps lifelong process, that impacts multiple organ systems and may be disease causative and accelerative. Our intent is not to discourage patients with TBI or their families and caregivers, but rather to emphasize that TBI should be managed as a chronic disease and defined as such by health care and insurance providers. Furthermore, if the chronic nature of TBI is recognized by government and private funding agencies, research can be directed at discovering therapies that may interrupt the disease processes months or even years after the initiating event.” Currently there is no acknowledgement of this from anywhere, which is why mental illness is becoming an epidemic. In a few decades though I think this will become mainstream knowledge Smaller hippocampal volume predicts pathologic vulnerability to psychological trauma https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2819093/ “In animals, exposure to severe stress can damage the hippocampus. Recent human studies show smaller hippocampal volume in individuals with the stress-related psychiatric condition posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Does this represent the neurotoxic effect of trauma, or is smaller hippocampal volume a pre-existing condition that renders the brain more vulnerable to the development of pathological stress responses? In monozygotic twins discordant for trauma exposure, we found evidence that smaller hippocampi indeed constitute a risk factor for the development of stress-related psychopathology. Disorder severity in PTSD patients who were exposed to trauma was negatively correlated with the hippocampal volume of both the patients and the patients’ trauma-unexposed identical co-twin. Furthermore, severe PTSD twin pairs—both the trauma-exposed and unexposed members—had significantly smaller hippocampi than non-PTSD pairs.” here is another interesting study about recovering from a TBI, it's basically like the worse the patient thinks his recovery will be, the worse it will be https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2077969/ The reason for this may be the worse the TBI is, the less likely the patient is optimistic about his recovery, or maybe the worse his mental state before the injury happened, the worse his recovery will be, rather than simply being optimistic improves outcomes. In this we see that accutane, in mant ways, affects us like a chronic bout of stress. It is also why people who use antidepressants feel better, and why you often find people recommending SSRIs to treat accutane’s sides. That is because they can help treat some of accutanes sides in specific instances, because SSRIs can promote neuroplasticity, though it doesn’t cut through to the heart of the issue, and it means you can’t stop taking SSRIs. Now we established that hippocampal atrophy is the cause of many of our symptoms, and that the way antidepressants work is by stimulating neurogenesis, here is how you can improve your recovery naturally and safely, without the need to put your health under any further risks Stimulating hippocampal growth/neurogenesis/neuroplasticity First line of treatment is just some nutritional supplements Nutritional treatment for acute and chronic traumatic brain injury patients. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/m/pubmed/24844176/?i=6&from=/24605947/related "omega 3 fats, vitamin D, N-Acetylcysteine, branched chain amino acids, zinc, alpha-lipoic acid, magnesium, taurine, coenzyme Q10, and many phytonutrients may be helpful in the recovery from a TBI" Dietary supplement creatine protects against traumatic brain injury. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/m/pubmed/11079535/ Study supporting Creatine consumption as one of the top supplements for recovering from a TBI, and the one below supports Taurine use as well. Protective effects of taurine in traumatic brain injury via mitochondria and cerebral blood flow. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/m/pubmed/27156064/ Systematic review of effect of coenzyme Q10 in physical exercise, hypertension and heart failure. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/14695924 COENZYME Q10 IN PHYSICAL EXERCISE. We identified eleven studies in which CoQ10 was tested for an effect on exercise capacity, six showed a modest improvement in exercise capacity with CoQ10 supplementation but five showed no effect. CoQ10 IN HYPERTENSION. We identified eight published trials of CoQ10 in hypertension. Altogether in the eight studies the mean decrease in systolic blood pressure was 16 mm Hg and in diastolic blood pressure, 10 mm Hg. Being devoid of significant side effects CoQ10 may have a role as an adjunct or alternative to conventional agents in the treatment of hypertension. CoQ10 IN HEART FAILURE. We performed a randomised double blind placebo-controlled pilot trial of CoQ10 therapy in 35 patients with heart failure. Over 3 months, in the CoQ10 patients but not in the placebo patients there were significant improvements in symptom class and a trend towards improvements in exercise time. Fish Oil Intake and Seizure Control in Children with Medically Resistant Epilepsy https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4525390/ Table 1 and Figure 2 compare the distribution of children according to the number of seizure attacks per month, before the intervention, after one month, after two months, and after three months of the study. In the intervention group, it is quite obvious that the cases are significantly improving and the number of epileptic attacks per month is decreasing after starting the fish oil supplementation. The percentage of children having zero attacks per month increased from 0% to 57.1% at the end of the third month in the intervention group, while it only reached 2.9% in the control group. Changing diet Long-term effects of a ketogenic diet in obese patients http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2716748/ "Beneficial changes in the brain energy profile have been observed in subjects who are on a ketogenic diet (28). This is a significant observation because cerebral hypometabolism is a characteristic feature of those who suffer from depression or mania" Lifestyle choices and activities Meditation effects within the hippocampal complex revealed by voxel-based morphometry and cytoarchitectonic probabilistic mapping http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3705194/ Mindfulness Meditation can stimulate hippocampal brain cell growth. A smaller hippocampus is correlated with a poorer recovery from TBIs, in the case of war veterans suffering PTSD at least. Mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR) improves long-term mental fatigue after stroke or traumatic brain injury. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22794665 “CONCLUSION: The results from the present study show that MBSR may be a promising non-pharmacological treatment for mental fatigue after a stroke or TBI.“ The Effect of Mindfulness-Based Therapy on Anxiety and Depression: A Meta-Analytic Review https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2848393/ “Effect size estimates suggest that mindfulness-based therapy was moderately effective for improving anxiety (Hedges’ g = 0.63) and mood symptoms (Hedges’ g = 0.59) from pre to post-treatment in the overall sample. In patients with anxiety and mood disorders, this intervention was associated with effect sizes (Hedges’ g) of 0.97 and 0.95 for improving anxiety and mood symptoms, respectively. These effect sizes were robust, unrelated to publication year or number of treatment sessions, and were maintained over follow-up.” Larger hippocampal dimensions in meditation practitioners: differential effects in women and men https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4351565/ “Descriptively, left and right hippocampal volumes were larger, on average, in male meditators compared to male controls; they were also larger in female meditators compared to female controls (see Table Table1).1). The group-by-sex interaction was significant for the left hippocampus (p = 0.002) but not for the right hippocampus (p = 0.46). Conducting post hoc comparisons separately within males and females, left hippocampal volumes were significantly larger in male meditators than male controls (p = 0.02) as well as in female meditators than female controls (p = 0.046). Significant meditation effects with respect to right hippocampal volumes were not detectable in males (p = 0.722) or in females (p = 0.291).” Mindfulness meditation improves cognition: evidence of brief mental training. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20363650 “ After four sessions of either meditation training or listening to a recorded book, participants with no prior meditation experience were assessed with measures of mood, verbal fluency, visual coding, and working memory. Both interventions were effective at improving mood but only brief meditation training reduced fatigue, anxiety, and increased mindfulness. Moreover, brief mindfulness training significantly improved visuo-spatial processing, working memory, and executive functioning. Our findings suggest that 4days of meditation training can enhance the ability to sustain attention; benefits that have previously been reported with long-term meditators.” Hyperbaric oxygen therapy promotes neurogenesis: where do we stand? https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3231808/ Abounding evidence has shown that HBOT promotes neurogenesis. Future investigations need to be extended to models of neurological diseases, including subarachnoid hemorrhage (SAH), cerebral hemorrhage, AD, PD, surgical brain injury (SBI) and autism for cell proliferation, survival and differentiation. Furthermore, studies need to be conducted to explore whether HBOT induced neurogenesis leads to a functional improvement followed by large scale, strictly controlled clinical trials to establish HBOT as a prevention and/or treatment modality for neurological diseases. The influence of creatine supplementation on the cognitive functioning of vegetarians and omnivores. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21118604 Oral creatine monohydrate supplementation improves brain performance: a double-blind, placebo-controlled, cross-over trial. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC1691485/ Dietary supplement creatine protects against traumatic brain injury. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/11079535 Three weeks of creatine monohydrate supplementation affects dihydrotestosterone to testosterone ratio in college-aged rugby players. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19741313 Fish oil 3g x2 per day. It has very strong neuroprotective effects, and has been shown to control epilepsy in children. In animals it has been show to increase testosterone and improve sperm count Fish Oil Intake and Seizure Control in Children with Medically Resistant Epilepsy https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4525390/ Effect of Long-Term Fish Oil Supplementation on Semen Quality and Serum Testosterone Concentrations in Male Dogs https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4948075/ Effect of dietary fish oil on mouse testosterone level and the distribution of eicosapentaenoic acid-containing phosphatidylcholine in testicular interstitium. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/m/pubmed/28955915/ Zinc 30mg elemental/day Has been shown to have neuroprotective effects, improve male hormone profile, and improve liver health. If also taking iron supplements take at a different time of the day, because zinc can hinder iron absorption Zinc status and serum testosterone levels of healthy adults. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/8875519 Effect of zinc and selenium supplementation on serum testosterone and plasma lactate in cyclist after an exhaustive exercise bout. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21744023 Effect of zinc supplementation on neuronal precursor proliferation in the rat hippocampus after traumatic brain injury. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/ Example treatment routine Creatine - increases Dihydrotestosterone (DHT) and testosterone, while also increasing muscle power and improves neuroplasticity Fish Oil - improves joint pain, helps heart disease, reduces seizure incidence and promotes neurogenesis Zinc - increases levels of male hormones and improves neuroplasticity Magnesium - helps with chronic pain, fatigue and insomnia and neuroplasticity Vitamin D: Improves bone health, physical fitness, and improves neuroplasticity Meditation: Allows the body to better regulate stress, has been shown to increase happiness and reduce fatigue from social situations in stroke victims, and promotes neurogenesis. Yoga is also shown to help with mood and neuroplasticity, as well as physical health, so I recommend that if it is available to you CoQ10: Improves cardiovascular fitness and heart health, and ALSO improves neuroplasticity Multivitamin - makes me less likely to be malnourished. Taurine: Helps body avoid hypervitaminosis A, improves eyesight, digestion, heart health and improves neuroplasticity Ketogenic Diet: Improves body composition, can help ED, has been known to cure depression and anxiety, and improves neuroplasticity. I don't follow it currently, because its not easy, but will likely go back on it at some point Hyperbaric oxygen therapy: If this therapy is accessible to you I would also take advantage of it, though I haven’t done it. Many studies show it strongly promotes neuroplasticity Alternative treatment routines Things that might help, but are on the riskier side and I am unlikely to attempt myself, but possibly would help The regulation of adult rodent hippocampal neurogenesis by deep brain stimulation. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/18173322 “High-frequency stimulation of the AN increases the hippocampal neurogenesis and restores experimentally suppressed neurogenesis. Interventions that increase hippocampal neurogenesis have been associated with enhanced behavioral performance. In this context, it may be possible to use electrical stimulation to treat conditions associated with impairment of hippocampal function.” Stimulation of entorhinal cortex promotes adult neurogenesis and facilitates spatial memory. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21940440 “Deep brain stimulation (DBS) is an established therapeutic modality for the treatment of movement disorders and an emerging therapeutic approach for the treatment of disorders of mood and thought. For example, recently we have shown that DBS of the fornix may ameliorate cognitive decline associated with dementia. However, like other applications of DBS, the mechanisms mediating these clinical effects are unknown. As DBS modulates neurophysiological activity in targeted brain regions, DBS might influence cognitive function via activity-dependent regulation of hippocampal neurogenesis. Using stimulation parameters analogous to clinical high-frequency DBS, here we addressed this question in mice. We found that acute stimulation of the entorhinal cortex (EC) transiently promoted proliferation in the dentate gyrus (DG). Cells generated as a consequence of stimulation differentiated into neurons, survived for at least several weeks, and acquired normal dentate granule cell (DGC) morphology. Importantly, stimulation-induced promotion of neurogenesis was limited to the DG and not associated with changes in apoptotic cell death. Using immunohistochemical approaches, we found that, once sufficiently mature, these stimulation-induced neurons integrated into hippocampal circuits supporting water-maze memory. Finally, formation of water-maze memory was facilitated 6 weeks (but not 1 week) after bilateral stimulation of the EC. The delay-dependent nature of these effects matches the maturation-dependent integration of adult-generated DGCs into dentate circuits supporting water-maze memory. Furthermore, because the beneficial effects of EC stimulation were prevented by blocking neurogenesis, this suggests a causal relationship between stimulation-induced promotion of adult neurogenesis and enhanced spatial memory.” Nootropic agents stimulate neurogenesis. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19441945 Electrical Stimulation Elicits Neural Stem Cells Activation: New Perspectives in CNS Repair https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4610200/ Acupuncture stimulation induces neurogenesis in adult brain. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24215918 Hippocampal Neurogenesis and Antidepressive Therapy: Shocking Relations https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4055571/ "A strong enhancement of neurogenesis has been observed in various species following experimental ECS treatments [20, 21]. Several studies indicated a close relation between hippocampal function and mood regulation. The observation of an antidepressive-like effect and an upregulation of hippocampal cell proliferation upon experimental ECS raised speculations on the participation of neurogenesis in the antidepressive mode of action. However, evidence for a direct participation of neurogenesis in antidepressive mechanisms still remains to be convincingly demonstrated [17]. Just taken Accutane? If you've just had accutane, try to have taurine, vitamin D, E and K as soon as possible after taking it. This will restore the balance of retinoids in your body and reduce the chance of negative side effects, like eye, bone, muscle and skin problems. I haven't mentioned antioxidants like Vitamin C, or vitamin B, etc. Have a multivitamin, as accutane can drain you of certain vitamins, and if you want supplement anything you think may help. Antioxidants can help significantly while you are on accutane, and they may be a little depleted afterwards, so having them is never a bad thing, and a lot of people find vitamin B helps get their energy levels back up after Accutane, which is another thing to keep in mind Conclusion Remember, there will be scars remaining from your specific syndrome, but after this cure you will no longer be trying to cure the whole brain fog, erectile dysfunction, depression, anxiety, injury-susceptiblility, and the continuous and inevitable deterioration of health that the doctors can't seem to pinpoint the cause of, and instead it will be merely the scars, such as back pain, eye floaters, the occasional sore joint, low T, and unlike before, your body will be able to respond and heal so even those scars may fade a little. Good Luck everyone!
  13. ReneeAwen

    My FAQ's/About Me

    From the album: About Me

    My FAQ's (Last updated 03/21/18): Greetings strangers! *^Me *^You So... Let's just jump right into it, shall we? Time to say goodbye to "Regimen's" and live life to the best of your ability! ------------------- A lot of people have sent me messages since I joined this site at the age of 22. Many of the questions were similar, so I decided to gather my top frequently asked questions (FAQ's) here based on what people have asked me numerously, and what people are probably still curious about. If you see a question you have that's not here, then please let me know via message, e-mail, or just by commenting bellow! My previous pictures and past regimens are always publicly available, with pictures and descriptions of what I was doing at that time. Everyone is welcomed to take a look at them if they fell like, but the most updated and current information will be right here. ----------------- I would first like to give a huge thanks and shout-out to everyone for sending me links to all the information they have found in regards to acne and their life, and for posting their research and stories. I was so surprised with how much I was learning when I first came to this website! When I first joined, I joined for The Acne.org Regimen, and it worked! Sadly, its cons outweighed its benefits, and when I quit my acne unsurprisingly came back full blown. I pretty much decided that enough was enough, and wanted to get rid of it for good. My body had been screaming at me for years and I did nothing but ignore it. Therefore, my "Final Regimen" was taking care of myself from the inside out, in every simple, logical practical way. Most people do not do this, or at least if they do then they find it very hard to maintain. This is a lifestyle change and decision, and I admit that I am an entirely different person and personality when it comes to what I do in my life and how I live. In fact, after I got rid of my acne, I was never planning to come back on here because the general attitude of people and how resisted what I said. I also lived with people who all had similar stories: ‘It’s a chronic problem’, ‘I’m too depressed’, ‘I feel sick’, ‘I’m moody and angry’, ‘It runs my family’, ‘diet does not effect my health’... etc. People simply do not want to change their their diet and lifestyle, and if they did, then they either cheated and denied it was effecting them, stopped exploring themselves and remained ignorant to other kinds of growth they could have been having, or changed their diet but became somewhat saddened about it, and never maintained it. I never heard from a lot of people again. Look, I've been there with the ‘chronic’ and ‘incurable acne’. Ultimately, there is nothing wrong with feeling devastated for a short while, and letting it sink in that your skin may be 'different'. However, the beautifully ironic truth is that your skin is not very different, and a change to your diet is probably the best thing that could ever happen to you right now. All of this may depend on what you mean when you talk about such things, but in reality there only exists one truth. My skin, for example, was acne prone, and my skin type is 'different', Humans are generally effected in the same way, only with a unique surplus of different kinds of symptoms and results. Not everyone will be ‘displayed’ equally, but you may be surprised at the similarities underneath the surface. Acne was with me since I was four years old, and exploded when I was 14. I understand what it means to be sensitive, ignorant, teased, pushed around, emotionally abused, yelled at, and broken. If you want to talk to someone where acne did truly effect so many areas of their life, then you are speaking to the right person here! But you can NOT let what others do shape your attitude and cosmology into thinking that you deserve to live and eat the way others do. In what way are they actually 'living the good life?'. They're not, and I don't care if they never develop cancer or diabetes for the rest of their lives either. This is not the point. Life is not just about what you want to eat think deserve to do without consequences. Sooooo... basically said, I have a very difficult job here, and that's trying to reach out to as many people as possible as effective as possible. Without being too condescending, too confusing, too off-putting, and relate as much as possible, I'll do my best to reach into those dark, forgotten corners of your mind and break as many fourth walls as I possibly can. So as the saying goes, buckle up mo-fo's because I'm either about to make your day or piss you off. Either way... ------------------- How did you get rid of your acne? -Diet (Mostly Raw Vegetables, Home Cooking, Vegetable Juicing, 99.5% Vegan). -Exercise (1-7 times a week). -Lifestyle (Sleep, Non-depression, Joy and Bliss). But primarily diet. Who are you and what do you do? My name is Renee. I was born and raised in the Chicago Suburbs. I've graduated Community College. I moved to California in 2015. I'm the Owner/Production Manager of a small business. I currently study a wide variety of things on my own and with other people. I am a Truth Seeker (No, it's not what you googled). What are your Health Stats (After a Physical)? Last Official Physical was from 08/06/2012: Height: 5 ft. 5 in. (I've been that height for several years). Weight: 114 lb. (This ranges depending on muscle). BMI (Body Mass Index): 20 (18.5-24.9 = Normal). Cholesterol: 169 (Less than 200 = Desirable). HDL (Good Cholesterol): 83 (60+ is High, which is optimal and good). Triglycerides: 42 (Less than 150 = Normal). LDL: 78 (Less than 100 = Optimal and good). Glucose: 83 (Average is 80-120, so this is good). Liver and Kidney function: Normal. I do not have anemia (blood count is normal). I took a normal blood test and fasted for 12 hours before drawing blood. I didn't ask for anything special. More Tests on 04/19/13: - Had a stool test and blood test done. Required no fasting. - RESULTS: Everything was negative for parasites in my stools, and my thyroid function is healthy and working. More Tests on 05/08/13: - Had a skin prick allergy test done (60 common foods/allergens). - RESULTS: It concluded that I had no food allergies whatsoever. How much sleep do you get Anywhere from 5 to 9 hours a night. I know, random, but generally speaking it's about 8 hours. If it’s shorter, then I’ll try to aim for a nap later that day. I rarely sleep 5 hours. During full-time college life combined with full-time jobs... when I was getting rid of my acne... I sometimes use to sleep 4-5 hours, then nap once twice later on the same day. Currently, I wake/sleep around the same time every day. Do you exercise? Yes. How often? Usually six times a week. I also do a variety of chores and other daily tasks in addition. I enjoy walks, and stretch constantly. I move around a lot doing cooking, cleaning, laundry, vacuuming, shoveling snow/raking leaves/mowing lawn, dusting, organizing, etc… I am usually constantly on my feet, but I rest frequently and whenever I feel like it. I did not need to exercise this frequently to have clear skin. In fact, I went for several months just taking simple walks and still didn't break out. Do you exercise vigorously? Well... not really. I mean, I wish I could say, but what would that mean to you? Everyone has their own limit. I use to lift weights at the gym, and had more muscle mass when I was between 16 and 19, but now that I've done a lot of studying, working and small business building over the years, I will admit that I have loss some muscle mass. Not to mention I became completely vegetarian when I was 21. Sometimes I will sprint or run for 20 minutes, sweating and raising my heart rate to its max, but I currently don't attempt to body build. My past jobs have been very physical in the past, too, such as cooking, prepping, factory working, food distribution in a freezer, waitress, etc... Acne can be a funny thing in the world of working out and with people who go to the gym a lot. When a was sweating lot and wiping my face, I was never afraid of some kind of contamination from my hands, although anything I did never made my already existing acne feel any better. But I can honestly say now that I doubt sweating in of itself, and touching your face, causes acne unless you had crazy amounts of strange bacteria all over your hands. I always advocate, acne or not, washing your hands occasionally and when necessary, and rinsing your face off with just plain water frequently if washing your face with soap more than twice a day is not an option for you. And if you find yourself splashing your face with water several times a day, which can be normal depending on your work or home environment, then just pat your face dry and keep your hair out of the way. This is all basic care no matter who you are. Do you have stress/depression No. In some ways I'm like a child... … Did you ever have stress/depression? Before? Yes. But the past is no longer important... not even so much the future. What's important is HERE and NOW. Aaaaand that's how you accept, move on, let go and go beyond anything you want. But for the sake of helping others with "Acne and Stress", I will let you know what DID happen to me when I had "depression". I was on a few anti-depression medications in high school for about two years, and received counseling before, neither of which did anything to help. I was teased a lot in high school by both my companions, peers and even my teachers. Some of the teasing was from my acne, but most of it was from the fact that I wasn't very social (not because of my acne). I experienced depressed from grade school all the way through college, never really completely leaving the depression until I was around 21 years of age. Now it feels like I'm talking about someone completely different. When I started college, my depression faded away tremendously. I started seeking out what is real, true, and the end of suffering, and today I have nowhere near the same stress that I did before. Also, my acne got worse with age, not better. My stress faded as I got older, not worse. Therefore, stress did not effect my acne, but this does not mean that it won't effect other people's acne. They are likely effected my their metabolism reacting to their stress, which can cause a wide variety of health issues in general. As a female, do your monthly cycles affect your acne? I never figured this out, lol. I'm still not 100 percent certain about this, but I am going to have to say no. In regards to my cycles alone, I have normal symptoms, and always perfectly timed every 28.5 days. I will admit that I thought I noticed some of my acne linked to my periods, but it was almost next to impossible to catch since I always had acne on my face coming and going. I took daily pictures of my face for a very long time, and stored them in my computer, trying to study them and see if I could capture any kind of possible "pattern" I was missing, but this was difficult to do because: a.) My acne was mostly cysts... they developed slowly as huge, UN-moving spots. Cystic acne remained unnoticed under my skin for several weeks, then took weeks to emerge, pop, and disappear for good... not to mention I also got them in all shapes and sizes. b.) My period was not the cause of all my acne, if at all. c.) There were just too many spots and factors to keep count. Do you take Birth Control? No. Never did. Do you drink alcohol/do drugs? No. Never did. Have you done The Regimen of Acne.org? Yes I did. And yes it worked. But I don't recommend it. More information on all that here: Did you ever take topical/oral medication for your acne? Yes. I've tried everything and anything at all my local stores and pharmacies that said "For Acne" on them since I was 14. I have been an extremely patient acne sufferer for many years, always giving products months to work. Anything prescribed to me was always given to me by my local dermatologists. I do not remember all the prescription names I was on, but I do know that many of the things I took and used that were given to me by my dermatologist worked... ... however, my dermatologists and medications gave me more problems than answers, such as: - Finances: I was constantly pushed to maintain the cost of my medication, as a part time/full time worker AND part-time/full-time student. Treating my acne... not curing it, TREATING it... was anywhere from 100 to 600 dollars per month. This included all oral and topical medications. Some of them had to be done THREE times every single day. - Health: More than 2/3 prescriptions given to me gave me side effects. I had chapped lips, nose bleeds every few months, loss of appetite, shaking, itchy feet, and ‘burning sides of torso’ (kidneys). I also had frequent and sharp headaches, but they only lasted up to 2 or 3 minutes after taking the oral medications. - Damage: I lived with the side effects for years. My face had a thin layer of never ending shedding skin, my hair became thinner, and my acne kept developing and mutating into more cyst-like legions. I also had back, chest and stomach acne, all of which were ignored with my expensive topical face washes. - Mentality: I was frequently called and coached by my dermatologists every month to come in because of how severe I was, and that stopping in any way would only "make the acne worse." Wow, you don't say... I wonder why and when that started to happen... The acne.org Regimen worked for me, and Accutane worked for my brother. Since my first job, my doctors and dermatologists had gotten quite a generous amount of my paychecks. My acne was always treated with something, so I have been paying for it as long as I can remember. However, I no longer go to my doctor or dermatologist for my acne anymore. I can not stand the risks and side effects, not to mention they will always try to put me on something insanely expensive. I was able to get my doctors and dermatologists to admit that these medications were not long lasting, but that there IS a link to what we eat and do that obviously effects our overall health, including the state of our skin which may or may not develop acne. During my last acne visit to my doctor, he had told me that I can never get rid of my acne, that I will always have it no matter what I try to do differently. He was 100 percent wrong. So you completely quit topical washes/medications? Yes. I learned that they caused me more harm than good, but I never was brave enough to go more than three weeks without trying something. Like most people on Acne.org, I was terrified to stop. It meant acne no matter what, and looking like you didn't care about your hygiene and skin. Always starting the regimen over again when you decide to miss some time was a huge nightmare, and was a horrible way to live and feel about yourself. Basically, stopping was not easy but I did it anyway. The only thing I use to wash myself now is simple and organic soap bars (ordered off the internet - coconut, lavender, African black, etc...) and any kind of organic shampoo/conditioner I can get my hands on. There are dozens of simple soap brands in most grocery stores now. Look for brands with no perfume and as few ingredients as possible. And when using soap bars, wash your face and wipe your skin with your finger tips really, really well to get the roughness off. People make the mistake of rinsing too quickly and not long enough... water is your best friend. All the money I saved from quitting all my acne medications was instead used to expand my lifestyle and diet. Do you wear make-up? No. During a photo shoot (likely the picture above), then yes, very minimally and rarely. Make-up costs money and is a completely unnecessary investment to me. If I do put it on, I use my fingers and only use a base foundation. I use any brand that doesn't clog the pores. What do you eat? I enjoy eating: -Vegetables (Cooked, Raw, Boiled, Stir fried, etc...). -Fruit (Mostly Raw). -Beans, Lentils, Legumes and VERY few Nuts. I do NOT eat: -Meat, Dairy or Eggs. -Wheat/Bread and Gluten Products. -Most restaurant food (I hardly eat out anyway). -Almost anything that's not fresh, whole and what I would call real food. Being Vegetarian was a choice, but I am pretty sure that if I was not, then good quality organic meats, fishes and eggs should not cause someone to break out. For me, eggs and fish did not cause me to break out. Unfortunately, the meat industry is notorious for abusing animals and pumping them full of hormones, medications, poor quality feeds and awful living environments. So with that said, a lot of meat can and does cause acne. It depends on the quality. Most store bought meat is probably awful for you, even if you are a meat eater. I'll have a diet and recipe blog soon... Do you eat organic? I always prefer organic and extremely low processed foods if they’re available. How much money do you spend on food? Eating the way I am now is cheaper, with the only 'issue' being that you may have to shop every few days rather than every few weeks. Depending on the season will depend on how available the food is, and much the local produce will cost. With that said, I spend about $50-$100 a week on groceries on average. But I also live with with other people, and we buy more to serve each other, which in the long run is also cheaper. Fresh produce is large, bulky, takes up a lot of fridge space, and will go bad fast if not used right away, so try keeping track of your receipts and gas trips until you find what works for you. I save money and time by combining my food shopping with other errands. Most produce remains refrigerated until I use them, and I only peel/cut/wash the produce the instant I start prepping/cooking/juicing with them. I wash everything in a small bowl full of cool water and with a vegetable brush. Sometimes I use vinegar too. I started this lifestyle with a small fridge and pathetic kitchen, so anyone should be able to do this. How is your energy level? High. It's always been high. Eating more healthy now has not changed my energy levels. What about fatigue? I don't worry about fatigue, because no matter what you eat you will always be fatigued. People love to make the excuse that eating more vegetables wipes them out and that they are always cranky and can't stand the way they feel. Well guess what, they say the same thing about everything else they eat when the realize that it's probably not good for them. This is a sensitive topic to a lot of people, surprisingly. To me, being fatigued means normal, basic living, and a combination of everything you do. It could be emotions, work, lack of sleep, and of course what you eat. It could be two of these things, or all of them at once. Anything and everything I eat always has an effect on me... I can feel my vegetable juice run through my stomach, and then my body. Most of the time it's blissful and pleasant, but other times it can make me feel incredibly sleepy. Do not concern yourself with trivial matters such as this... but please do not ignore what you may feel might be a very bad symptom of food allergies and/or another kind of underlying health issue. How many times do you eat a day? I don't worry about how many times I eat a day. I eat whenever I get the chance and whenever I need to do so. But if you're picky then I'd say an average of twice a day, with one snack. I can eat around 1 to 5 times a day, and sometimes I fast. I seldom I sit down an eat a supper large meal. I also rarely eat and drink at the same time. I drink water periodically throughout the day, always keeping myself hydrated. Sometimes I'll wait a few hours before eating and/or drinking, it all depends on what I'm doing. So... What DID you use to eat? Candy, pop, chocolate, breads and bakeries, fruits, vegetables, soups, pizza, pastas, etc… I ate a variety of healthy things AND junk food. Whatever I wanted, whenever I wanted. The majority of my diet was breads, pastas, bakeries, cereals, candies and sweets, milk, soda, and juices. I use to commonly buy overly processed sweet coffee-like drinks, pour vast amounts of syrups and dressings over my weekend morning iHop pancakes, and at rib-fests I would joyfully tare the fleshy over-sauced meat off those poor dead animal’s flesh and bones clean off. At first none of what I listed above sounds bad for most people at all, but after reading several forums and stories on this website, as well as going to the library for years and reading one nutritional book after another, I eventually realized how terrible these things actually were. I hide nothing and admit everything. Why? because I wanted to get rid of my acne, and improve my overall quality of life. But please keep in mind that I didn't just eat all of these things at once, nor did I eat them every week. These are things that I simply had no problem swallowing, and was completely ignorant and oblivious of their effects on the body... I am simply remembering what I use to eat. I obviously ate healthy food too. I use to have candy about once a week and soda every other day. Hell, I was eating ice cream every night whilst anonymously reading acne forums on this website before i joined! If I wanted something sweet all day and healthy the next day, then I would just eat it. This is not the case anymore (with crap food that is). Do you still eat candy/ice cream/pudding/sugary sweets? No. If I want dessert then I make my own. When I tried doing that in the past, I did several things wrong. I realize what I was doing was not read the labels and ingredients correctly, and I didn't replace my diet with more nutritious food at the same time. You can't just get rid of the bad stuff, you also have to eat the good stuff! Do you drink milk/eat ANY kind of dairy product? No. No. No. HELL. NO. Before I could drink up to 1 to 3 glasses of milk a day, as well as cheesing up my eggs and other foods, but I literally quit milk when I was 22 years old (when I joined this website and read about health for a few months). However, this took a while to learn, even when I was a member here because I have been fooled by some products before, such as chocolates, breads, canned foods, etc... Milk is a huge stimulant for my acne and especially my cystic acne. Being extra careful in the beginning was the only way that I could guaranteed my acne would go away. Now I'm just use to it and don't even think about it anymore. But I can tell you that I once accidentally ate a stir-fry with melted cheese all over it... and nothing happened. Although I can not say for certain why that was, I do feel that it was because of my overall healthy diet. I got a little cocky after that and thought I could have cheese again, or at least cooked cheese, but even once a week for four weeks was enough to kick start my acne cysts all over again. So now I am aware that if anything like that happens again, the body should know what to do with it, but it’s not going to be used for something it can’t handle. So now you don't eat/drink sugar AND dairy products? Correct. However, there is sugar in everything we eat, including fruit. With that said I do eat one any kind of fruit I want every do often, so I guess we have to be realistic when it comes to the word "sugar". Did you ever stop drinking milk AND eating sugar at the same time BEFORE this website? No, never. What about Gluten? I don't eat bread or gluten-containing products anymore. Bread = Sugar to me, or at least most breads, so I eventually cut them out. Before I was eating them sometimes, but when I took wheat products out of my diet, my skin went from 90 percent to 100 percent clear. I am not interested in gluten free products because they are a health scam in my eyes: just because they took out the gluten doesn't mean the product is more healthy, it means that they replaced it with ingredients that act like gluten would... only they're twice as bad for you. I eat things such as oatmeal but not often. I make my own flours in a blender if I feel like it. So you changed your diet for good? Yes. After joining this website I've seen how nutrition and diet plays a role in our acne. How many servings/meals do you eat a day? Like I said before, I don't actually eat "meals" but will about 1-5 times a day. What do you drink now? Water, hot tea, coffee and hot chocolate (homemade). I enjoy loose leaf teas the most, organic and fair trade if I can find it. I have found many kinds of loose leaf green, white, chamomile, and Darjeeling teas off the internet and at my local vitamin shops. Those are my favorite flavors. I drink as much tea as I want, whenever I feel like it. If I drink coffee, I use non-dairy creamers except soy milk because I feel that soy products are is pretty damn bad for you, actually. I also feel that they effect people who like to work out a lot, such as myself. Go for Almond, Coconut, Hemp, Oat ad Rice Milk instead. I RARELY, RARELY, RARELY sweeten my coffee with Organic Cane Sugar, and I can not stress enough the word RARELY. I am successful with this because of my entire diet in general. If not that kind of sugar, then I actually use honey or even jams and jelly's. Loose leaf tea lasts longer than the pouched tea because I can add as many dried up leaves as I like. A little goes a long way. I would recommend buying a huge bag for 9-20 dollars and having it last half a year to one year in your household I have always drank hot tea though, ever since high school. Being a tea drinker alone didn't cause or cure my acne, I just happened to like it. I also sweeten my tea with honey, ut not all the time. How much water do you drink a day? I usually carry around a 20oz black reusable metal water container with me wherever I go, and I drink anywhere from 2-5 fillings of it a day. I usually don't eat and drink at the same time, but if I do I won't drink a lot just a little. Each day is different. If I am working out or walking then I'll drink more. How often do you urinate/produce waste? Well... if you must know I urinate about once every hour or so. Yes, that can be an average of about 6-12 times a day. I often stop drinking water approximately 1-2 hours before I go to sleep because I dislike waking up in the middle of the night to pee... always annoying and hurts my stomach. Before my diet change, I produced waste only once every other day. Ever since I started drinking my homemade vegetable juice and/or eating more vegetables, I suddenly can produce waste up to three times a day. For a while that was just way too much, so I read a few books and later discovered that chewing my food much longer than I normally would actually slows down the waste production, and it did. So now it's about 1-3 times a day. What about your scars? Don't care. Getting rid of the acne was satisfying enough for me. I have far more important things I'd like to do in life then see how close I can get to having 'flawless skin'. My scars do not phase me in the slightest, and I wouldn't treat them even if it was for free. With as long as my acne had been around, and how severe it was, I knew since I was a teenager that my skin was going through a lot, and I would probably be scared for life. I am of course aware of scar treatments, however, and I certainly don't condemn people at all for wanting to do them and get rid of as many of those holes on their face as possible. As you may have guessed if you read some of this article, I am a different person when it comes to what I value in life and what I find the most interesting. Humans are not meant to be packaged, contained and plastic wrapped to perfection, sitting on the shelf in mint condition, never to be used. A flawless face is not the pinnacle of life. But if you do want to treat you scars, then prevention, prevention, prevention. And if you don't have acne anymore, then water, water, water. Stay hydrated, and look into Chemical Peels, Lemon and ACV Treatments, and surgeries. Red marks DO take a while to go away, but they do fade. Make sure you get to the heart of the bee's nest first before dealing with scars. In fact, on a good diet, everything about your skin and overall quality of life begins to improve. For me, my red marks began fading away after only a few months, and my skin tone began neutralizing and evening out again. This overall effects the quality of my scars appearance, and my attitude with them. ------------------- Sorry for all the piss and crap talk, but these are actual questions that people have been asking me during my time here. So... there you go! I truly hope I managed to answer your questions, or at least inspire you just a little to look at your life and reflect on, well, everything! Let me know in the comments bellow what you think or if you have any questions. Best of luck to you all! And I'm out.
  14. Hey, So I like bread . . . I mean, I Iove the stuff. From what I have read everyone says to stop eating bread. Why is this? Is there any bread that is "good" for you? Thanks so much.
  15. Pord

    Shaving And Scars.

    Hey, I was just wondering it the way that I shave has anything to do with acne scars? Will shaving damage the skin that is trying to repair itself? - Just so you know, I shave every night. Thanks
  16. Hey, Thanks for taking the time to read this topic. For those of you that have shallow scars (or had shallow scars at one point) what do you recommed? What helped you get rid of our shallow scars or at least diminish them. I know that shallow acne scarring is not the end of the world. I feel bad for those of you that have serious scarring. Serious scarring is also not the end of the world. At least in my book i's not. Keep your heads up. Any and all responses are appreciated it. Thanks so much!
  17. Hi I am eula from Philippines. I have very oily skin and acne prone skin . 3 months ago I have clear face except for the occasional pimples occurs everymonth due to my period. During the middle of summer. I tried using lemon to lighten my face. The next day I saw my face with small pimps. Is lemon can do that? I just thought maybe its summer and it would go away but the next few days and week i know its not just pimple im starting to breakouts! It happen for 3months. I tried using korean products but it no help. Even aloevera gel that i used to use is not working anymore. Then 2 weeks ago i stop using everything except for this pond productcactive charcoal and it doest miracle so i thought its gone now my pimps are calming no breakouts BUT! NOW IM HAVING THEM AGAIN the old pimples are getting read and starting to be a pimple again . I DONT KNOW WHAT GOES WRONG PLEASE HELP ME
  18. HI! My questions to those who are finally " cured" from the acne now, or feel better and have it under control. If you could send a message to yourself back then when you were suffering from acne and feeling very horrible, what would it be? Please share.
  19. x15lovex

    My Cure! Finally!

    Hi all, After lurking on this website trying to find a cure for my acne, I've tried so many regimens and nothing really helped me, until now. I have finally found a cure that's for me, and I really want to share this with you guys, because it might benefit one of you out there. Ready? Okay, the cure is: SLEEP! Okay, I know it sounds ridiculous and all, but coming from a college student who used to sleep late and irregularly this is actually working for me! Ever since the beginning of April I really wanted to get my lifestyle back to normal, that means no more deliveries, more veggies and SLEEP! It's been half a month now since I started to sleep early and waking up 6 or 7am fresh and ready to go! I didn't really do this for my acne, I did it because I was tired of my old life, everything was bad, my GPA wasn't good, constantly breaking out because of irregular sleep, and always feeling tired! I think it was my positivity and determination that really made me stick to this, and so far it has not let me down! I have just one pimple now! No more breakouts and my face feels so much smoother! Aside from sleep, I ate a lot healthier, lots of greens and drank lots of water! I hope that maybe one of you out there reading this give it a try, it's not hard to follow through! Good luck!
  20. DC-girl

    Pulse Dye Laser-Vbeam

    Hi, Has anyone on here had Pulse dye laser treatments? This page looks very promising, saying many people don't ever have to come back after they've done a run of treatments. And it works for cystic acne as well. It shrinks the sebaceous glands in the skin so that less acne can develop. http://www.bigappleskin.com/laser-for-acne.html Anyone? I just had it done a couple days ago, but of course its too early to tell.....
  21. I wanted to post here because I've battled with acne for over 10 years. I always wondered why my skin was breaking out. I tried accutane 8 years ago with great results, and it permanently got rid of some acne but most of it came back. A couple months ago, I drastically increased my water intake simply with a focus to be more healthy. I drink about 8 liters of water a day. I buy organic lemons and squeeze 1-2 lemons throughout the day and add it to my water. I started to eat less junkfood and go for healthy salads compared with my usual burger and fries. The results I've seen are impressive and I wish I would have known about years ago. I noticed my skin become clearer with water alone, but when I started squeezing organic lemon juice into it, my skin became crystal clear. After about 6 months, I've lost about 15lbs, from 35 waist to 31. My skin is clear for the first time in years. My skin is much less oily, it's actually normal. I notice that when I start to drink a little less water for a couple days, a pimple will start, but after I drink more water it simply, goes away. I've never experienced this before. Before, my pimples would be very large and drag on for days, leaving dark marks. Now if one starts, it disappears. My breath is better, and I feel much more balanced. I wanted to post my story hoping it would help someone.
  22. Hey everyone, I'm a long time reader and first time poster here at acne.org. I've suffered with acne and more recently (2-3 years) with Seborrheic Dermatitis on my face, sides of my nose and around my eyebrows. Name is David, I'm 24 and from Dublin, Ireland. Since I was about 15 I've suffered with acne, I went through some bad chest, neck and back acne between the ages of around 17-22, I went through everything except Roaccutane. Over the last year or two it seems to be diminishing, my back is nearly free of acne, I still get the odd pimples on my neck and a few on the face, but nothing that causes me too much trouble. Anyway, the reason I came here today is to provide the info on how I managed to really reduce my seb derm and pretty much STOP flare ups! I used (and still use) plain old Head and Shoulders shampoo on my face. I started this at the beginning of August this year (4 months ago), and now, it still works! Maybe it'll work for someone else after reading this, mine got so bad and red and dry that I was willing to try anything, so if nothings working for you maybe just give this a shot, I saw a slight increase in redness over the first 4 or 5 days, but after week one It really diminished and hasn't come back in it's old full blown way! Touch wood it stays away for good! Here's what I did so maybe you can follow this and give it a try! And no, honestly, I don't work for Head and Shoulders! Step 1: Wash your face with plain old warm water, a simple splash and rub with your hands is all. NO SOAP or products! Step 2: Take a small amount of Head and Shoulders Classic shampoo in your hand Step 3: Rub it on the areas affected into a lather Step 4: Let it sit there for 4-5 minutes, listen to a good song on your phone or radio as you wait! Chill! Step 5: Rinse it off with WATER only and pat your face dry with a towel, GENTLY! That's it! Literally has worked for me and I'm so happy about it! I tried so many things, steroid creams, washes etc, nothing has worked like this has! If you haven't tried it and it's really getting to you, please try it, it might do the same for you, and if you do try it, stick with it for 2 weeks at least, give it a good go! The ingredient that seems to do the job is ZINC PYRITHIONE! Google it and do a bit of reading up on it, some good articles and research into the effects it has on seb derm! Anyway, just wanted to share in the hope that I can help someone else, I was lucky enough to come across this treatment method so I might as well spread the word! Stay strong folks! Dave! Also sorry, I forgot to mention that I've cut my use of head and shoulders on my face down to every other day now, so every 2-3 days I wash with it, the rest of the time I only use WATER! I kept the regime up every day, twice a day for the first 2 weeks, then reduced to once a day for another 4 weeks, then down to every 2 days!
  23. nick-o-lass

    Day 85! Over 4000 Views On My Blog!

    So first off I wanna say thanks to everyone for reading my blog now that I have over 4000 views! I havent had one zit until today I got a very very small one that will be gone in a day or two. I've noticed Accutane is making me not very hungry at all. My skin has been really dry and Im using all the same products. Im almost halfway done with Accutane! My hyperpgimentation is still there and I am patiently waiting for them to fade. Theres not really much else to update. Keep reading!!!
  24. SpiroUser

    Before Pictures

    Okay so - I wanted to share some before pictures. This is when I had hit my breaking point... I would have seriously burned off my face if it meant a beautiful new one would magically appear. I had stopped going to the dermatologist because the one I was seeing wouldn't believe me when I said everything I was dealing with on my face was totally hormonal and none of the stuff I had was working. I had been seeing her for about a year and a half. LUCKILY I found someone else but anyway... here's the pic...BTW.. this was taken on a "good day". I promise you it was WAY worse in person than this picture.
  25. Balance Bird

    I Hope This Is It!

    So, I love Tracy from The Love Vitamin blog. Been reading her posts for years! And she is finally cure! She describes it here Her happy and clear! Watch her videos! They make you feel so happy! http://www.thelovevitamin.com/10707/complete-acne-freedom/ How she cleared it! http://www.thelovevitamin.com/6855/treat-female-hormonal-acne/ I'm so happy for her! I just ordered some vitex, burdock, and milk thistle! I'm so excited! You know what! I'm going to go to Tobago with my boyfriend clear! And if I'm not...well who the hell cares! I will not be as stressed, and if I slip up and eat something with gluten or sugar in it....then so be it! I hope this vitex and liver cleansers kick my body into shape! I'm getting my HCL today, and will in-fact no for sure if I have low or normal stomach acid with the HCL test! I spent so much of my college job savings on my acne, and I hope it's all worth it! I will finish out all my supplements!
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