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  1. I've just completed my first week of Clarivis, 90mg/day. The past two days, I've been experiencing some mild/moderate stomach cramps, bloating, and gas. This is not normal for me. Is this likely related to the Clarivis? Should I be concerned? (I do have concerns about developing IBS.) If this is a known symptom, will it be persistent? I have been taking an apparently strong probiotic from Whole Foods, but I don't get the impression that it's working very well. Can anyone recommend something that may help with my digestive health while I'm on the Clarivis? Otherwise, I've been feeling pretty good. My skin is actually pretty clear, a lot smoother than usual. I have a few deep cysts, but they're not conspicuous or red like they usually are. I would like to stay the course and finally have clear skin, but I would also like to be doing everything in my power to keep my body healthy and functional for the short and long-term. Thanks guys!
  2. Bare with me. Its a long story over 8-10 years of knowledge but I hope this helps someone. #Skin RE-CLOGGING ITSELF endlessly My acne slowly slowly started when I was 12 and atm im 22 (first with bumps and pus filled ones and at 20 years oled they were deep big under skin cysts- it was a stressful time w bad relationship/ I ate very much processed food and oils and dairy). At 16 I was on birth control for half a year which didnt help acne and my whole body hated it (depression, low energy, broken blood vessels, dryness etc). So I came off of BCp and never went back. With eliminating oil, dairy, sugar (not fruits-these I keep), coffee, etc in my diet I have found a way to calm my skin down. The biggest change was dairy although Im not allergic to it. Right now I eat whole food plant based. When I want my skin to be near perfect then I cut out all sweets all caffeine all fried food (these make my skin oily and even more congested) and try to eat more veggies and raw foods and pickled stuff.. Being a quite healthy vegan now I have no infamed acne (IF I dont pick at anything), but all these years and all tried treatments those under skin deeply clogged pores remain. And not only remain, they refill themselves quicker than I can extract them- which has led me to dermatillomania. Not all of my pores are like that now when I know what my acne triggers are it seems that 60% of my pores know how to behave and the other 40% have no Idea how to DO ITS WORK. They just keep their opening small and fill keratin plugs inside. I dont have big pores and I dont have a problem with blackheads. My problem are closed comedones, which are always these same pores I just emptied one-two days ago. I could tell with my eyes closed where they locate. There are quite meny of them, with makeup in certain lighting and photos they look awful.. Id rather have BIG clean open pores than small ones that just fill themselves over and over and over with white stringy paste like stuff/ grains. While I have these eveywhere on my face (mouth area, chin, forehead, cheeks, in brows, T-zone etc..) they are not in every single pore. It seems like as if they are in the same exact pores every time. It looks like some pores are more stretched out inside than others and so they can fill up more. I have read that once the pore is emptied then it starts doing its job correctly...not from what I´ve seen though. it seems like some of my oil glands are just ruined from the inside and they cant function normally anymore. After emptying then they fill up super quickly.. And on my chest and back as well (but to a much smaller degree, I guess the oil glands on my face are more active). THIS IS NOT because of makeup or creams clogging my skin.. Because I dont wear makeup on my back and chest yet I get clogs there too. Also I have tested being with no makeup/no creams for a month and using only 0 comedogenic rating oils (my skin is on the dry side and really sensitive) with no relief, they still got congested. My skin clogs itself, not the chemicals I put on it. Doctor told me that I have thick sebum and I produce more keratin, That my problem is genetic.. Does that mean that I just have to learn to live with this misery? I dont remember my mom and my dad having such textured skin when they were younger. My mom is close to 50 and she gets one or tho zits once a month but she doesnt have these plugs and clogs everywhere. She has nice skin, dad also. Both agree they had acne when they were young and It went away. I could say that mine went away but I can get it back anytime I eat sth Im not supposed to. NOTHING I DO just works on these closed comedones. Nothing. Nada. I have been a year on differin and then tretinoin cream. Every article on congested skin tells you to use BHA and retinoids that those should work. NNOOOPE, not for me. TOPICALLY: I have used sonic brush, tea tree, wich hazel, nizoral shampoo, hemp seed oil (this thing my skin loves as a moisturiser but it doesnt do nothing for the comedones), AHA 12%, BHA 2%, benzyl peroxide with clindamycin, retinoids (whilst they made my skin smoother and nicer looking they never got rid of the deep sitting plugs), etc but it seems even If they could slough the dead skin off, the pores underneath just do the clogging party 100x faster than the unclogging happens. Doctors have told me I don´t have a hormonal imbalance although they never checked it (they assume upon the fact that my cycle is very regular). INTERNALLY: Lets get this out of the way, probiotics and not eating certain foods have made the biggest difference, they made my cysts go away and overall health has been SOO MUCH BETTER. For example: When I eat chocolate or drink coffee or sth that has been fried in lots of oil then I get oily and congestion happens much faster and in more areas, I even might get infected zits. The cleaner I eat my vegan diet the better my skin is (some things raw and some things cooked with minimal oli and salt) Things that have worked for some but haven´t worked for me in a way that I would notice: Silica, Zinc, vit A, vit D3, vit B6, vit..whateve vitamins. Omega3, evening primrose (I dont recommend omega 6). DERMATILLOMANIA PART:Only way I get rid of them is to pick at them, I know its bad, and my skin sooo hates picking, it starts peeling and by the time it has healed, the pore has filled itself again I have created thousands of capillaries because of this. My skin is very thin, that should be mentioned- when i pull my skin tight I can see all the clogs and many of my blood vessels underneath. Because of this fast-pore-refilling thing I have given up going to a professional to do extractions. Its like I have to choose, do I go around places my makeup looking textred and bumpy or do I have dry scaly skin. Of course I would prefer to have soft and smooth skin but its hard to tell myself not to pick anymore bc I know the clogs just keep getting bigger If I dont do anything about them. Some pores are even so big inside that they host about 1cm long little pasty whitish stuff..Sometimes If I pick at them and get many on a paper and they smell like...a bit sour? sorry if this is gross but am I the only one who has this? And because no amount of peeling or acne treatments work it seems like its not even acne.. I am thinking about demodex brevis or some kind of fungal thing...although Ive tried anti dandruff shampoo on face..nizoral orsth (didnt work). Nothing helps and dermatologists don´t even take any tests on wtf it is. Just give retinoids and tell me that they should work but no results ... My skin seems to clog itself from deeep layers, im thinking it is demodex brevis in follicles. New theory in practice: I have really sensitive digestion. As a kid I got many antibiotics, I ate only certain things (picky eater back then) and always had constipation. As a teenager I ate real junk if I wanted- , which was the same time time my skin started acting up. For years I thought that having bad gas pains and bad feeling in stomach after a meal was normal. In college years and after doing some food-sensitivity-bloodwork and switching to a whole-plant based diet iI found out that constant pain isn´t normal. Now I get gas and pains only If I eat some certain things (If I eat perfectly I rarely get any gas at all). My digestion got so much better- and faster I go to the toilet 1-3 times a day. BUT there are a few problems that still linger and I haven´t quite pinpointed what triggers them. You should analyse your stool- it tells much about your health. Sometimes my stool is normal, dark and all in one, but quite often it looks like underdigested or too soft or lighter brown in color or falls apart in the water like flakes etc. And usually I dont feel hungry (you know that hungry feeling you get in the stomach -Yeah, I did, not anymore), and when I start eating then its hard to stop although im full. This has made me think I have low stomach acid or sluggish digestion or problem with gallbladder etc. I couldn´t think of a reason why at such young age I have low stomach acid (low stomach acid- I mean I should say too high Ph, in a healthy stomach the acidity should be 1,5-3 Ph).. So I thought of helicobacteria Pylori that my grandmother has. You can get the infection it fairly simply by using the same cutlery orsth as the person who has HPylori. I got tested for it and the test Came back negative, although it might be false (falsenegatives are frequent). My doc wouldnt do the test again. So I tried Betaine Hcl to test if my stomach acid is really out of whack. And it is. I had to take 5!!! capsules with my meal to feel warm feeling in my stomach (which means that now is enough). This explains why I am sensitive to so many foods (but no allergies) and why meat is hard to digest. If your stomach acid is out of place then all the digestion along the line is some way or another out of order. SIBO, IBS, or for me- leaky gut. This also explains why my bloodwork shows a small amount of imflammation every time and why Im sensitive to many simple food items.. For different people these problems manifest differently- , some people show it on their skin as acne or eczema etc. As switching my diet helped my severe (doc wanted me to take oral antibiotics to heal my cysts if treclinac topically doesn´t help) acne soo immensely then I might be right when I suggest that the clogged pores are due to the undigested food particles, bacteria, and toxins in my bloodstream. Now I have to cure my gut even more. So far I have come a long way. Taking betaine Hcl is expensive in the long run although I would like to try enzymes as well.. but both of these routes are like band-aid approach BUT if everything else fails and I need to buy Betaine Hcl and enzymes for the rest of my life to keep my skin perfect and digestion running then Im up for it (not my wallet tho ). A REALLY UNDERRATED VIDEO IN THE ACNE COMMUNITY About all the things that I have learned along the way : I WOULD BE HAPPY IF WE WOULD TALK HERE ABOUT SIMILAR PROBLEMS AND EXCHANGE KNOWLEDGE. LOVE YOU ALL!
  3. Hi everyone, I was looking into the bulletproof coffee idea, and even though I don't really drink coffee (except decaf once in a while), I thought I'd try the other ingredients separately. So, I bought caprylic acid triglyceride and ghee to hopefully help with digestion and bloating, and to see if they can help with energy and mental concentration. Has anyone had any experiences with either of these? I'm not even sure if I should be taking each of these together, on an empty stomach, etc...
  4. Today I saw my doctor (integrative) for my ongoing hormonal & digestive issues. She believes I have systemic inflammation and all the symptoms for leaky gut (this I already figured out). She gave me a hypoallergenic diet to follow for 3 weeks, which contains some fruit. I wasn't sure if the fruit included would be ok, since I have issues with histamines. She also said I have to ROTATE foods every day - eat different foods from the list each day otherwise I might develop intolerance for foods that I could tolerate before. This is scary, since I have a list of "safe" foods I eat every day to keep my symptoms at bay. Another thing she recommended was to start using the sodium chloride drops a naturopath had given me 2 years ago. I was using them on and off, but when I started getting hives I stopped everything I was taking (including vitex, which I never had issues with before) because I didn't know exactly what was raising my histamines. She said those drops might help with acidity. Anyone heard of that? I got them from Europe, and it was a custom remedy - I couldn't find them here. Myomin was also recommended to filter out excess estrogens. Anyone heard of it???I'm guessing it works kind of like DIM, but she recommended this one instead. Also, she told me to keep using glutathione supplements to help with healing. The problem is that l-glutathione only works short term for me, then I have to take a break. I started taking Free Radical Defenze for both glutathione and to lower histamines. The ingredients are: - Catalase, Superoxide Dismutase (SOD- useful for mast cells), protease, alpha lipoic acid, and glutathione. ---> how does this sound? And here are the foods I'm supposed to pick and choose from each day. Is there anything on the list that might cause problems (e.g. beans, lentils - even if they are not canned?)? I'm supposed to follow it for at least 3 weeks, then begin to reintroduce foods. Apricots Arrowroot artichokes asparangus bacon beef, beef weiners beets <---Might raise histamines??? blueberries <--- might raise histamines? carrots cherries <--safe? vegetable shortening/ milk-free oleomargarine chicken ginger ale ham (boiled) kidney beans lamb lettuce maple syrup or cane syrup navy beans olive oil <--- I use grapseed, I think it's better but should I stop using it for a while? sugar (cane or beet only) pineapple plums <-- These give me gas, I should prob avoid poi <-- what is this??? potato chips prunes <-- cause gas lentils salt soybeans & soy milk (not sure about this, if I also have estrogen dominance) sweet potatoes tapioca (whole or pearl, not minute) <---- Where can I get plain tapioca? turkey vanilla extract rice water yams soybean sprouts white vinegar <--- I thought all vinegar should be banned to prevent candida overgrowth? white soda (?!?!)
  5. I thought I would never post here, but I guess I need to vent. I’m not a native speaker so I’m sorry for all my grammar mistakes. I am 18 year old guy (19 in 1 month) and my acne problems started in November 2012 (I was 17). I started to get more and more pimples. I searched on my local forums and bought couple of medicaments, but they didn’t work any good. So in January 2013 I decided to go to my Dermatologist. She gave me some antibiotics, which worked for a couple of months and then they were getting weaker. So I went there again and again but all the drugs which she gave me worked only a limited time, or didn’t work at all. Last time I was there (July 3rd) she gave me Skinoren and Zineryt, but I don’t think they help too much. I also use every morning and night Bioderma Sebium Gel Moussant. I read that diet affects acne so I don’t drink milk, I also don’t eat chocolate and I try to eat a lot of fruits and vegetables and also drink a lot of water. My acne might have a connection with celiac disease, which I thought I had, since I had a digestion problems (diarrhea) when I was eating gluten. But I got myself checked (panendoscopy) and they found out that I don’t have celiac disease. But my brother who also has celiac disease was also negative from this examination, but they found out from blood sample that he has celiac disease. The doctor told me to eat probiotics which helped me a lot with the abdominal pain, but I still have acne. Btw I also take vitamins A and D and also Zinc, but so far it hasn’t improved my skin. In this article I am going to explain how acne affected my life. I’ve lost all friends and every day is a bad day for me. When I wake up I hope that my skin has improved, however the only thing which I see in the mirror is a new pimple. I have never been to any party. When my friends (when I still had some) asked me to go with them somewhere I always said no and told them some excuse. I missed a lot of weddings, family trips and so on. It’s very tough to see other people with perfect skin, when my face is so ugly. I envy all the people with clear skin. They don’t even realize how lucky they are. It’s especially tough during summer, when you see all the young people having fun. I can’t even find a part time job, due to my condition. When somebody talks about having problems with knee or arm I always say to myself: it’s nothing compared to acne, I would rather have that instead of acne. And also when you go to a doctor and you have almost any other problem expect of acne, it is not visible, but when you go to doctor with acne, everybody knows in the waiting room what your problem is. Fortunately almost nobody in my high school pointed out my pimples. It’s mostly because I have been using a little skin corrector and I always covered my pimples. But sometimes it’s very visible despite of the corrector. College on the other hand was so far more difficult as we had in the summer term mandatory swimming. And you can imagine how much I hated it. Fortunately it was only one term and won’t be again. To sum up: I know I written this very chaotic, but what I meant to say was that everybody who doesn’t have acne should be grateful and thank God that he/she has a clear skin.
  6. What is happening? I've been avoiding certain foods lately, but today I ate a piece of chocolate (something I've been avoiding). Does this look like an allergic reaction or breakout? I have tiny red bumps only on the right side of my face
  7. Hi everyone, Has anyone had success with l-glutamine? I would like to address my leaky gut, and my naturopath recommended Designs for Health - L-Glutamine Powder 250 gms. Has anyone tried it, or other glutamine supplements? I'm not sure whether it's best to take it on an empty stomach or after a meal, and there are no specific directions on the box.
  8. Guywithaplan

    Green Smoothie Challenge

    My story Ive had acne for around 3 years I'd say. Im 24 and have never really experienced acne as a teen at all. Problem areas from day one has been cystic forehead acne, specifically above eyebrow area. I have tried countless skin care products and spent a decent amount doing so, including a topical antibiotic from the doctor. After research I realised that my problem was my digestion and it definitely made sense. The problem was always internal. I had tried cod liver oil and herbal remedies but nothing worked. I decided to move onto probiotics pills. I would take them twice a day after meals as well as a fibre drink. This was actually working but after 2 weeks I was breaking out again, on my forehead.I was avoiding dairy products at this stage as well and trying to get eat fairly healthy in terms of fruit and veg. Challenge I can't remember how I stumbled upon green smoothies but I think it was something that was always coming in my research but I would always brush past it. After reading about the results I'm determined to see it through. I realise that this will be a long process and can take weeks/months before results can be seen. So far... Its been 10 days and I have missed one day. Green smoothie of choice has been 1/2 apple, 1 banana, chunk of cucumber and handful of spinach. Can't really judge in such a short time but I have only really had one new lesion so far. I think the amount I've been having is too low (smoothie is less than 500ml/day) I will try and increase amount of greens im having now to make the smoothie up to 1 litre. My spinach handful is pretty small i read somewhere it should be 2 large handfuls. Will continue with this for at least 1 month and am Im still taking probiotics. Im hoping after the month I will also see a difference in my PIH. In some lighting this looks really bad but I know since green smoothies have an overall effect on skin it should help with this too.
  9. Hi everyone. I suffered some mild acne for a bit and cleared it up from being on doxycycline for about 9 months. I eased off of the antibiotic and was doing pretty good. A year and a half later, I now have worse acne (Not even specifically in the same area, but the same type). I feel that I have tried everything! I eat a very clean inflammatory whole foods vegan diet. I'm currently taking Zinc but it isn't making that much of a difference. My doctor is prescribing me doxycycline again but I really want to stay off of it... I'll only go on it if there's a way to keep the acne away long term. Can taking probiotics with it help? I feel that my gut and digestion are all out of whack. Not sure if I should just take the antibiotic now as a quick fix then figure everything out with my digestion or just keep trying the natural route. Any help is greatly appreciated!! So desperate for some other opinions / guidance! Thank you! -Alexa
  10. A few days ago, I decided to diversify my diet by adding some meat. I've been a vegetarian for 16 years now. I was strict for 14 years, and 2 years ago I started eating some fish. At first, I had some stomach pains but now I'm used to it. Today I had a turkey burger (all white meat, organic, no additives) and took a digestive enzyme capsule before it but I still experienced some stomach pain. I have also been eating ham for a few days with no issue. Any tips on how to gradually incorporate meat into my diet? What are the most beneficial types of meat that won't cause acne or histamine reactions? Is it better to eat more fish instead of meat? I feel really guilty for eating meat again because I have been supporting animal rights since I was very young. I'm not deficient in B12 despite being vegetarian for so long and anemic. I was just getting bored of the same restricted diet every day, and since I'm trying to eat paleo most days of the week, I figured that meat would give me more options. My acupuncturist recommended red meat, but so far I only had white meat...a bit nervous about cooking red meat.
  11. roadtoclear

    Age 25 And Going Through Cystic Acne

    I haven't really had the need to return back to Acne.org for a few years when I got over acne. When I was 18, I broke out all over my face and struggled with finding the right skincare products and taking regular trips to the dermatologist. Since then, I've only had mild breakouts and have kept them under control. All of a sudden, I'm experiencing a whole other new kind of breakout: adult cystic acne. For the last 2-3 months, I've been breaking out in cysts. They are large, painful, under-the-skin breakouts that take forever to go away! I've been playing around with the process of elimination to find out what could be causing this by doing some research online. I have stopped taking Norwegian Fish Oil and reduced sugar intake, especially in my teas and coffees throughout the day, while keeping up my regular skin care routine. According to some personal/consumer reviews, it has been noticed that the fish oil seems to cause breakouts exclusively. As for sugar intake, I have read that high levels of intake can be cause of breakouts because it increases the skin's natural exfoliating process which may seem desirable to most people, though it is not. In fact, it is not because it does not allow the skin to expel impurities normally. This leads impurities (potential breakouts) to get "stuck" under the skin and thus cause cysts. Both eliminated factors have not changed my skin, so I did some more reading online. I came across the topic of digestion problems and its link to cystic acne. I have noticed that my stomach feels bloated almost always since a teenager, but have not thought much of it. I yet have to read more on the scientific reasoning behind this, but if you would like to do some independent reading, I found the topic on livestrong.com. I've read online that zinc and digestive enzyme supplements have taken care of cysts. Also, probiotics and digestive enzymes are especially good taken together as it ensures good digestion and good bacteria is doing its work. Think of good bacteria as the little workers in your stomach to aid in digestion. Interestingly enough, there was a scientific study which found that probiotic claims made for Activia, the yogurt, are not justified. The ingredients (i.e. sweeteners) and cooking process (i.e. heat) of Activia actually deteriorates most of the probiotics. Needless to say, that is just disappointing because I've been crazy about Activia until now. I've begun a daily supplement regimen based on research, which I will do a review in a month or so. It includes: 1. Zinc (Jamieson, 50 mg) with Digestive Enzymes (from GNC)* 2. Vitamin B100 with Biotin (5000 mcg) 3. Silica 4. Alpha Lipoic Acid (100mg)* The astrixed items are targeted for cystic acne (1, 4) The other two (2, 3) are targeted toward general skin and hair health, as I have skin conditions (i.e. Eczema). Hope this helps someone out there! If it does, I'd love to read about it in the comments! x Leizel
  12. Hello. I have a very bad problem, and I don't know what to do. I am a male, 23, and this has been happening to me since I was about 10. Whenever I eat basically any food I develop huge, very painful and ugly white pus filled pimples. Certain foods trigger it worse than others. For example, the worst offenders are high fructose corn syrup, anything with soybean oil / corn oil, stevia / artificial sugars, natural colors / flavors, corn starch.... Basically, I cannot eat anything outside of my house without being attacked by this "food curse". I have been eating probiotics for years and it seems to not help at all. Also, when I do eat these foods in addition to skin reactions I also get terribly bad headaches. The only things I can really eat safely: bell peppers, steamed quinoa, baked chicken breast, water, blue agave Sparingly: broccoli, spinach, radishes, ground turkey, potato flour, broiled fish Anyway, I have had colonoscopies, seen gastroenterologists and no one can tell me anything. Literally no help whatsoever, not even a direction or a clue as to what is wrong with me. This is such a horrible way to live, and it is really interfering with work / social life so hopefully I can figure out what it really wrong with my body and get some kind of treatment. If anyone has ideas let me know.
  13. Has anyone tried Edible Earth's Digestive Detoxicant and Trace Mineral Supplement? My acupuncturist gave it to me a month ago to clear out toxins and ease my digestion but I was nervous to use it. Basically, you dilute a bit of the clay in water and drink it throughout the day or at night, always on an empty stomach so that only toxins can be pulled out. I was nervous about a detox breakout, but the clay is supposed to absorb the toxins and then gets pushed through the bowels. Well, today I saw a doctor who specializes in both western and holistic medicine. Besides acne, my issue was numbness in my hands/arms and feet. She told me that one possible cause, related also to my suspicions of leaky gut, histamines, and acne, could be heavy metal toxicity. She gave me guidelines for a diet that's similar to the low histamine one I am following until the test results come back. I got tested for prediabetes, iron & vitamin B12 [anemic] & vitamin D deficiencies, and metal toxicity (not sure how many metals they are testing for). I did both blood and urine tests and am waiting for the results. All 3 possibilities make sense based on my symptoms, and all are scary but prediabetes is the scariest since it runs in my family. Anyway, if it is toxicity I'd be willing to try the clay but I wanted to hear feedback from others too, especially in regards to how it affects acne during & after the detox phase.
  14. MissSac17

    Im Getting Annoyed.

    I need to express my feelings. I keep most of the shit inside so my only ways of expressing is by writing in my diary or typing. I seem to be getting really annoyed. Recently, I have been researching like a mad woman, honestly. Ive been reaserching endlessley ENDLESSLEY about how the gut affects our digestive system and how THAT affects our skin and acne. Honestly there is so so so much information on this site and on other sites about it, I would actually encourage and infact advise everyone on here to look into that, and actually make sure your digestion tract is working efficiently. So, with that, the reason Im annoyed right now is because I had just finished reading apost about a young girl who's dermatologist had her on anti-biotics. Shes 17. (I was on anti-biotics when I was 13-14). But because she has become immune they now want her to try birth control pills. I stopped reading there. I actually can't handle it anymore that all they seem to do is throw pills to everything, EVERYTHING. Its just got me all angry, I mean why don't they take some blood tests and see if her hormones are alright first, why don't they do some allergy testing to see if they can rule out potential allergens/food intolerences? Im gutted, totally gutted about it. Im not trying to DISS anyone that has took these things (I have took both in my life) or tell them what to do exactly, Im just expressing my opinion in this shit. I strongly believe that acne is a kind of hormonal thing which can be cured, sometimes compeltely with diet and a healthy lifestyle. I do. Obviously it is hard though and much easier to take a pill. In ways though it is laziness, isn't it? Laziness that we can't research it on our own and try our bests ourselves first. Maybe its just the way I am, I am a very "depend-on-myself" person, always have been do I prefer to "heal" myself so-to-speak. Id rather heal myself. After Christmas I am doing a cleanse, it will only last for about a week, it is to rid my digestive system with toxins and get it working efficiently again. I will then carry on with my diet but with pro-biotics too and take this seriously. I have a plan but first I need to find the right cleanse.
  15. Tetrad

    Water With Food?

    So I've read some posts from people claiming their acne does better when they lay off the water with meals: 20-30 minutes before and 1 hour after seems to be pretty commonplace. But is drinking water with meals really a bad thing? I find if I avoid water 30 minutes before and 1 hour after, then DURING meals I get increasingly hungry and usually overeat. Mayo Clinic posted a Q and A on the subject: Question Water after meals: Does it disturb digestion? Does drinking water during or after a meal disturb digestion? Answer from Michael F. Picco, M.D. There's no concern that water will dilute the digestive juices or interfere with digestion. In fact, drinking water during or after a meal can actually improve digestion. Water and other liquids help break down the food in your stomach and keep your digestive system on track. Looking for other ways to promote good digestion? Focus on a healthy lifestyle. Eat plenty of fruits, vegetables and whole grains. Maintain a healthy weight. Include physical activity in your daily routine. I like this article: http://www.naturalne...king_water.html Which basically claims the whole "everything in moderation" stance. But I have yet to come across a SCIENTIFIC STUDY that says that too much water impairs digestion...anyone have opinions on this?
  16. Omnivium

    Betaine Hcl Log

    Today I started using betaine HCL. I got my directions on how to use it here: http://www.modernherbalist.com/betaine.html How to use it: Basically you just take one pill at the beginning of the first meal. If you don't feel a slight burning sensation, then take two pills at the beginning of the second meal. Keep increasing the number of pills until you feel the heat in your stomach. Once you feel it, decrease the dosage by one pill and use that many until you feel the slight burning again, then keep decreasing the amount. Betaine HCL is supposed to train the body to produce stomach acid on its own, but Lilivg said it trained her body not to produce stomach acid. I'll have to see which one happens, as they contradict each other. I got the idea to try this as I was researching malabsorption. Here is a link to my malabsorption thread: http://www.acne.org/messageboard/index.php/topic/308847-finding-the-cause-of-malabsorption/page__fromsearch__1 I should mention two things. First, my body is sensitive to everything, so I may not be able to tolerate high dosages. Second, I don't know if I have low stomach acid or not. I'm using betaine HCL to find out. If I don't have low stomach acid, I might not use this for very long. I am using Swanson brand betaine HCL with pepsin. It contains 324mg of betaine HCL and 14mg of pepsin per capsule. I encourage anyone to try this with me or post your own experience with betaine HCL.
  17. ben111

    What Finally Got Me Clear

    First, I'm not a doctor or a dermatologist, this natural way of getting acne clear is based on my personal trial and error experiences and on a lot of reading on this subject. I am 28 yrs old and suffered from mild to moderate acne for about 10 years. In the last year I have been clear by using 5 "rules" which I will outline below. The only time I broke out was because I broke one of these rules. This system works great for me so I'm sharing it hoping it will help some of you as well. Im referring to this as a system because you have to apply ALL 5 rules together for it to work. My 5 rules for a clear skin: 1. Don’t eat close to bedtime - It doesn’t necessarily mean don’t eat at night, it means don’t eat at least 3 hours before going to sleep. So that depends when you are going to sleep. The exact number of hours changes from person to person and also depends on what you are eating, for example, if you’re eating a steak you should give yourself more time before going to sleep. The reason behind this rule is the key to this whole system, your digestive system affects your skin. If you have’nt digested your food right, for any reason, and your skin tends to brake out, you would probably brake out. For me this is the starting point of treating adult acne - Taking care of your digestion. So don’t eat close to when you’re going to sleep because the food would not digest right and you might find yourself feeling sorry the next morning. 2. Drink plenty of water - Drink a cup of water every hour or so. Spread your water intake throughout the day. This helps hydrate the skin, not letting it go dry and brake out, and also helps digestion. I CANT STRESS THIS ONE ENOUGH!! 3. Don’t eat dairy foods and foods that contain cocoa - It seems one old myth is probably true, at least for me it is, DONT EAT CHOCOLATE! especially chocolate with high % of cocoa in it. Yes I know the high percentage of cocoa is healthy because it's full of antioxidants, but there are a lot of different sources for antioxidants. As for dairy foods - at least in the first few weeks avoid any dairy, don’t eat cheese, milk, yogurt, butter etc.. once you get your skin 100% clear do some trial and error with different dairy products and see what you can and what you can’t eat. 4. Eat whole foods instead of processed foods - What i mean by whole foods is foods with low glycemic index. This refers to foods such as whole wheats, oats, lentils, whole rice and such. Don’t eat high glycemic carbs such as processed foods, refined sugars, soft drinks etc. If you’re not used to eating whole foods at all than you should introduce them to your body gradually and not all at once. As for chewing your food, you should pay attention to how much you really chew your food before swallowing it, again this relates to good digestion. 5. Keep it hygiene - Don’t touch your face with dirty hands, especially oily hands. Wash your face after every time you sweat or you find your skin too oily, no need to over wash it, just plain water. This is what worked for me, A more detailed explanation of this system is available on http://5keysclearskin.tumblr.com I would like to hear about your results with this system if you do try it. Good luck!
  18. I know food affects my acne, but I'm not sure how. It seems like if I eat a lot of anything I break out, and if I don't eat very much, I break out less. So that lead me to try a low glycemic load diet, which helps, but isn't enough. If I eat a lot of food, even if it is still in low glceymic load meals, I break out more than I would if I ate less. I can cut out certain foods and see if that helps, but I really don't think I have an allergy or anything. And if I did that, I would lose weight, since I am struggling to get enough calories already. And I already eat healthy anyway. So if my acne is not caused by specific foods I am eating, maybe it could be caused by my digestion. That idea lead me to try betaine HCL supplements, but they didn't do anything. I actually had some slight acid reflux while I was taking betaine HCL, so if anything is wrong with my stomach acid, it would be that I have too much. I still feel like eating a lot puts stress on my body somehow. Like for some reason my body can't handle food properly. So, as the title suggests, I am trying digestive enzymes. Here is what is in each tablet: Pancreatin 4x(protease, amylase, lipase) 250mg Ox bile extract 150mg Diastase(from barley malt) 80mg Papain (from Carica papaya) 30mg Cellulase Powder (from Aspergillus niger) 20mg Bromelain (2,400 GDU) (from pineapple) 10mg Betaine HCL 5mg I will be taking 1 tablet after each meal. Let's see if it helps.
  19. Just a bit of my background with acne.. I'm 20 years old and I've had acne since I was 14 years old. I've tried everything: birth control pills, minocycline, doxycyline, topicals, supplements, Vitex, DIM and spironolactone (I haven't been on Accutane and I would prefer not going down that road). The only thing that helped me was spironolactone which I took for a year and a half. Spiro gave me a horrible initial breakout but within 3 months I was clear. However, after taking it for an extended period of time I noticed that I was developing wrinkles (I'm assuming that this was because spiro is a diuretic?) and that my hair was falling out. I stopped spiro and immediately started taking Vitex and DIM, which I thought would do the same thing as spironolactone but was a more natural alternative. This was a HUGE mistake. I developed acne all over my jaw line and chin which had never been problem areas for me before. I assumed it was an initial breakout and I kept at it for 6 weeks during which time my skin kept getting oilier and I was breaking out more and more. Eventually, I decided that those two supplements weren't for me and I stopped taking them. I've also had chronic constipation since I was 14 which I've kept under control through natural remedies. However, I was only treating the symptoms and not the cause. Since stopping all medications and supplements, I've started a vegetarian diet, cut out dairy, take Betaine HCL (a digestive aid), and take a probiotic which has helped a decent amount with oiliness and digestion. I no longer breakout on my jaw line but I still experience terrible breakouts on my chin and occasionally on my cheeks. Since spiro helped me so much, I did some research and I found that saw palmetto works the same way by blocking DHT. I've been taking 320 mg of standardized saw palmetto extract for the past two days (NOW brand) and I've found that I am constipated again and I feel much more bloated. I've also developed two cystic pimples on my cheeks. I know that saw palmetto can cause stomach issues for some which Is why I take the pill with food, so I'm surprised that I'm still having problems. The NOW Brand also contains a small amount of carrageenan which I know can cause inflammation in the gastrointestinal tract for some people who have gut issues (which I do). I don’t know if I should switch to a different brand of saw palmetto, or if this is a problem that I’ll have with every brand of saw palmetto. Has anyone experienced this, and if so, how did you deal with it? I was also wondering if anyone had an initial breakout on saw palmetto. I’m willing to be patient and take SP for a while to see results but I want to make sure that I’m not hurting my gut health in the process. Sorry for the long post!! But any advice would be appreciated
  20. Another reason behind increasing food allergies: imbalanced gut flora and lack of good bacteria to help with proper digestion of food. Of course, we here on this forum already know all this, but now there's scientific research to verify these connections. This particular study (link below) suggests that the good bacteria that antibiotics kill, such as clostridia, can act as a barrier between the allergen and the bloodstream and therefore prevent allergic/ histamine reactions. A lot of people on acne.org poppin' antibiotics like candy should really pay attention to this. But I'm sure I'll get attacked if I post it on the prescriptions forum, so here it is. http://www.kcet.org/living/food/food-rant/reason-behind-increasing-food-allergies-discovered.html
  21. I was going to post this to the hormonal forum, but it might help more people here. There are old threads about this topic. I read a while ago that symptoms of estrogen dominance can include allergies and increased histamines. Since for me, my food intolerances are created by improper digestion and high histamines rather than specific foods, I was trying to find what caused all my issues. After some discussions on the hormonal forum a while back, I decided to try DIM along with my usual supplements. I have been taking it for over a month now, and I upped the dose 2 weeks ago with dramatic results. DIM helps with proper estrogen metabolism and with detoxing from xenoestrogens. Since high estrogen can also trigger high androgens (and vice versa), DIM is a good multitasker for healthy testosterone and estrogen metabolism. I noticed that I can tolerate more foods now, and since DIM is an antioxidant too, it helped my skin heal faster after an accidental microderm. If you suspect that estrogen might be part of your problem (both male & female), then I suggest you give DIM a go. I personally take a supplement that only contains DIM, nothing else, because I wanted to see if DIM works on its own. Some people take it with liv-tox or other liver supplements, but for me this doesn't seem necessary now that I have completely cleaned up my diet. Anyway, I just wanted to put this out there as a possible cause (or one cause) of sudden allergies. I didn't have many food intolerances until this past year, and even though I was hesitant to try DIM because it can make acne worse for some, I am so glad I gave it a go. I want to thank the user hearts, greengables, and other people who provided insights about this topic on the hormonal forum. It helped me make up my mind about DIM and give it a try. I have to say, my 2 favorite supplements are inositol (B8) and now DIM. I hope this combo keeps helping, and hopefully it can help some of you too. In my case, it seems that my allergies can be reversible, but obviously if you have severe, long-term allergies the cause is probably not hormones.
  22. As an acne sufferer for the past 20 years I finally found an explanation/ cure that's worth looking into. Acne is the result when Our body uses the skin as the last resort to eliminate waste (toxins, germs, any other unwanted stuff). That is, our body has tried to eliminate the waste/toxins through the usual channels and we have not allowed it. Our body's immune system has a few ways to eliminate germs and any unwanted harmful stuff by Sneezing, cold, fever, loose bowels. Some people will notice that their skin clears up during fever/colds. This is because the unwanted stuff is getting out of the body. If we don't allow this elimination then then we are withholding waste and the skin will be forced to eliminate it. Constipation is another way to withhold waste. When we have improper digestion we constipate. A ton of waste is clogged up. After this clogging most of us will catch a cold. The body tries to eliminate the waste by giving a cold. A sneeze can eliminate many germs. Now when we try to suppress a cold with medicines, we are not allowing the elimination. Next the body raises the temperature and causes a fever. The raised temperature will kill the germs. When we don't allow the fever to take its course we have blocked another elimination channel. Then the body gives us loose bowels. When we suppress a diarrhoea we again withhold the waste. Finally, the body having been blocked on all attempts, tries to eliminate the waste through the skin. If we do not allow this elimination, we will surely get more serious health issues including tumors and cancer(as a result of more accumulation of waste). I am sure acne sufferers have suppressed one or more of the above waste elimination channels by taking medicines for cold, sinus, fever, allergies etc. Or suffer from Poor digestion. I used to suffer from frequent colds, perennial allergy issues, and fevers. Yes I took medication for all of this and accumulated the waste inside my body. So to cure acne 1. Get ur constipation cured. Allow for proper digestion. I will explain how to eat right for ensuring proper digestion. 2. If u catch a cold / fever allow the elimination to take it's natural course. Our tongue is a good doctor. Listen to it. Our tongue tastes bitter during fever and we don't feel like eating anything. It is better to listen to the tongue and not eat anything. That way, no energy is spent in digestion and all energy goes to fighting off the germs. If u feel like having fluids, do that. The best medicine for fever is to close your eyes and lie down. 3. If you get diarrhoea allow a few loose bowel movements and let the body take it's natural path to heal. When the stomach is empty your body will have eliminated most of the waste and will begin to heal. Our body is not an idiot that requires tons of medications and external interventions to function properly. Left alone, any existing acne will heal without the help of benzoyl persoxides and sal.acids. Just as how our body knows to heal cuts, burns, and broken bones a raised acne is no exception. To prevent further breakouts you have follow the above said three points. Now comes the best part. What causes constipation and how to eliminate it? Digestion is the process of separating the nutrients from the waste. Whatever you eat, it is important to eat right. By eating right I mean the method of eating and not the content. 1. It is best to sit on the floor and cross your legs. This will restrict the blood to the lower body and more blood will circulate in the abdomen area. This stomach gets good nutrition for digestion. If you cannot sit on floor then sit on the chair but don't hang your legs. 2. Include all six tastes in a meal( sweet, sour, salt, bitter, hot- pepper or chilli, thuvarpu- don't know the equivalent english word, but this is basically the taste of olives). Start with sweet first. (One date fruit/a piece of apple). Sweet will get the stomach ready for digestion. 3. Do not drink water while eating, do not drink water half an hour before and half an hour after eating. Drinking water will dilute the digestive enzymes and the hydro chloric acid and food will not be digested well. I want to stress this point because this is the number one cause of constipation and hence acne and all other diseases. Improper digestion means the waste is not separated from the nutrients and so the good stuff cannot be absorbed by the body and the bad stuff cannot be eliminated. 4. While chewing close your mouth. Do not let air go inside. Chew well to make a nice paste and then swallow. Air will prevent good digestion. 5. While eating look at the food and eat. Do not watch TV or read or book. Doing so will not allow proper secretion of the digestive juices. When you eat right like this, you will have a small burp. This means the digestive juices have started to act on the food and the gas comes out through the cardiac sphincter. If you feel full at this point then stop. If you feel you need more food to withstand a forthcoming long meeting or something then eat some more. Again you will burp. This is a good sign. It means digestion has started. After eating don't drink water immediately. Drink after half an hour. If the above explanation makes any sense then try it. It doesn't involve buying expensive products. It is a change in our habits and doesn't cost money. When we get into this habit food will digest well and the waste will be separated well and eliminated well. The blood that is now generated will be fresh and clean. Blood is the transporter of nutrients. When we have improper digestion , we don't have clean blood. This means our internal organs are feeding on impure blood resulting in all kinds of health issues including acne. Our body's natural ability to heal is compromised. So you will see that acne takes a longer time to heal. Scars take longer to fade. Good digestion is crucial for clear skin. Before criticising this idea I suggest you try this method for one month atleast. I'm sure you will notice a change in your skin and overall health. You will get your blood sugar level under control, and many chronic aches and allergies will slowly begin to disappear. Modern science tells us to include all kinds of fibrous foods in our diet but you may wonder why we are still not able to empty our bowels even once a a day( that's the bare minimum). I read many posts here where people have eaten a ton of oranges and prunes and are still constipated. That's because no one told us not to drink water while, before and after eating. It's very sad to see many sites offering advice to drink water before and during eating for good digestion. We don't have blades or stones in our stomach that needs water for lubrication. Our digestion is purely a chemical process and water dilutes chemicals. Before eating food, there is a way to just spray-wet the throat without letting the water enter the stomach. This is a common technique that many Hindu families will follow. I will post that later. Thanks for reading.
  23. Edit: This thread started out about the ZAG enzyme but it's full of info on lectins, digestive tract health and which lectins harm it and what heals it, cooking methods that reduce lectins and food/nutrient combinations that reduce damage. Not to mention info about the enzymes and other factors involved in normal exfoliation of skin cells that doesn't clog pores. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ Something I'm looking into: ZAG enzyme (zinc-alpha-2-glycoprotein) which per Cordain: