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  1. I read this "book" and basically it's say you have to drink only water and eat apples per 3 days and supposedly, acne is gone, it also say to "eat" acidophilus b and garlic pills after the 3 days and don't consume any sugar (I think he's talking about refined sugar). All this is based in you have to clean your body of toxins, these toxins supposedly result in acne. I'm doubtful about this but I want to try it. What do you think? Have you tried this? Will you try it? Why?
  2. Hi, I am 21, biologically female. A few weeks ago I started eating 2 cups of noodles every day, and my face started to break out every day. At first, I couldn't figure out what was causing me to break out so bad all of the sudden(which I feel dumb for now). A week and a half ago I quit eating the noodles, but my face is still breaking out almost every day. I believe it was the noodles that caused this, because before all this my face wasn't that bad at all, I had like 6 tiny red marks on my right cheek and that's it. And my face would break out maybe once or twice a month, but now it's almost every day. Now I have big red spots all around my mouth and today I woke up with 3 more big painful pimples on my chin. I'm so embarrassed and frustrated with my face, I just want to scream and hide my face from the world.. Does anyone have any idea on how I can make my face stop breaking out? Also, if it helps, for the past 4 months my diet has been: Golden delicious apples, Celery, Blueberries, Lemon juice(twice a day), Spaghetti and garlic bread(this has never affected my acne), Hotpockets(only occasionally), Meat pies from Safeway, some TV dinners, and cereals... And that's it, I'm currently trying to add more fruit and vegetables to my diet but I'm not really sure what to add. Any suggestions on what I should add? Thanks for any help
  3. Manticore

    Multi Pronged Attack!

    This is a regimen I followed in 2009. I meant to join the forums & post at the time but didn't get around to it. My nephew was getting married in August 2009, so I was desperate to get rid of my spots before the wedding. After decades of having bad skin, I thought I would attack the problem from all angles. 1) I used Dan's cleanser, BP & moisteriser. 2) I used a blue/red light Beauty skin unit daily for 15 minutes on one side of my face & 15 minutes on the other. 3) I cut out all dairy products. 4) Had a cup of green tea each day. 5) I started taking zinc, vitamin B complex, evening primrose oil, selenium (+ACE), garlic, & omega 3 fish oil supplements. I took a photo on day 1, then every week after that. I started all this on 1st April 2009. 8 weeks later my face was clear! I have attached a before & after picture. I have put the weekly photos in the gallery to show that it wasn't a gradual recovery. New spots were still appearing during the 8 weeks. I don't know whether it was just 1, or all of the methods combined which did it. Once my face was clear, I carried on using the beaty skin unit for about another month, then stopped. Also, I only use the BP 3 times per week now. Still taking the supplements & green tea (yuk!), and still not eating/drinking dairy products. My face is still clear.
  4. Hi Just wanted to re post the general part of what I've been doing. I think the other version will just take too long to read for most people. Now I'm finally acne free. In summary what I have been doing: 1. No more coffee in my diet. 2. No more dairy in my diet. 3. No more diet softdrinks in my diet. 4. No more refined flour in my diet, and I am greatly reducing the amount of bread products I am eating. 5. I bought a juicer, and have my lemon juice every single morning first thing. 6. I have been washing my back with lemon juice... Not only is this killing the bacteria, it also sped up the time of that "after redness' and discoloration of the skin where a pimple once was. 7. I have been exercising daily. I have been doing both cardio, and yoga. 8. I use a towel 3 times only, after the 3rd use, It's time for a new towel. 9. Also when I towel my body, i 'pat' my skin dry rather than rub it dry. This will help retain moisture in the skin. And also not spread dead skin cells across you which my plug a pore. 10. I clean my bed sheets, blankets, and pillow case once a week. In addition to that, I only wear clean clothes when it's bedtime, and I shower before bed, so I am clean before I go into my bed. 11. I have been drinking my 8 glasses of water a day. 12. I wear 3 shirts a day... 1 after my shower and before my bed, 1 after i get out of bed and go off for my day, and 1 after i workout. (I know showering would help after my workout but then i just want to have 1 shower a day, not 2). 13.Hair... I wash my hair daily, and I wash it first when I shower. The bacteria will rinse off on my body, and the bacteria will wash all over my body out of my hair. If you want try something like head and shoulders shampoo, which is a bit harsher shampoo but will kill more bacteria rather than just 'wash it out'. But it's also a harsher shampoo. Or use an anti-bacterial shampoo. 14. Daily supplements... Vitamin A, Vitamin D, Vitamin E, Garlic Oil, Zinc, Omega 3, Cal/Mag/Zinc, probiotic supplement. 15. 2 cups of green tea daily, in the morning a caffeinated cup, in the evening a decaffeinated cup. 16. Getting that 8 hours of sleep, and those 8 glasses of water. 17. Also I haven't been drinking any alcohol at all. 18. I have also been avoiding legumes, peanuts, etc. 19. One surprise is that I still include my one piece of dark chocolate (85%) cocoa 20. No soy products. 21. I have been eating more fresh fruits and fresh vegetables. So I decided that I would seek out as much acne information I can and treat my own acne the way I want to treat it (with no prescription drugs, antibiotics, or harsh acne creams). I succeeded!!! I think you can to if you follow this very closely. It's going to take self discipline though to follow all these rules.
  5. sachin

    need some help...

    i have heard about eating as much garlic as one can.i tried with chewing one part and my mouth cavity was like burned.so how to take garlic?do you swallow it?and can we have probiotic supplements and garlic the same time coz garlic is an antibiotic?if not then please mention what time difference should be there.and i take probiotics after my meal.is it ok?
  6. I am on day 24. I went to the derm today and the derm said I was doing really well. I am on 40 mg. 1 x a day. I have really no active lesions at this time. The derm upped me to 80 mgs. a day, but she told me I could take 40 a.m. and 40 p.m. Or I could take 80 one day, 40 the next, or I could take 80 both at the same time. She told me basically to just experiment and see what works for me. Any suggestions on how I should do this? What are my odds of getting an breakout phase from the increase? What is the whole formula about that I see on her about kgs to mgs or something? I weigh 135 lb. She told me to watch the side effects.... Oh and also, she told me that my cholesterol was raised....not bad but a little high, but she wants me to watch that! How? Any suggestions? Cheerios, oatmeal? She suggested Fish Oil and Garlic, does Flax Seed do the same thing as Fish Oil?? Any feedback on anything I just rambled on about!?
  7. acnevirus

    GARLIC-pills

    i was wonder, for those who take garlic pills, which are the best ones?? and where can i get some online? i tried eating it naturally, not because of acne, but basically because i've read so many good things about it. but ugh, it burned my mouth
  8. I had "severe cystic "acne since 7th grade and did nothing about it. Then the second term of senior year I went on accutaine for 6 months and it cleared everything up on my face. My chest had already stopped getting acne for some reason, and my upper back also. I got off accutaine Sept 1 of 2006. It is now Oct 18 and I only have one small pimple on my left temple. I take 10 grams of B5 a day, and it seems to prevent new pimples. I only drink lemon water b/c it supposedly purifies the blood; and I eat huge pieces of ginger after I eat something because it ensures that I digest everything and gets rid of toxins in my body. Recently I ordered an E-book on how to cure acne naturally but it is a long and complicated process so I'm just going to stick to accutaine. But some things that I do incorporate from the E-book besides the lemon, garlic, and ginger is only eating one type of food at a time. This means I will not eat protein with carbohydrates but will have separate meals. Supposedly, when we eat protein we have certain digestive juices that process them, and the same goes for carbohydrates. If we eat them at the same type, the juices counteract against each other and dont process food leaving you with toxins that show up on your skin. Also, drinking with meals is bad because you dilute digestive juices. I also stopped eating processed foods, and most cooked foods and started eating raw organic vegetables. The supposed benefit of this is that they are cleansing foods that help take the stress off of your digestive system and help your liver function. So, this is my experiment and I hope I'm able to last about a year w/o a remission to get something done about my scars. I think they are only bad under extremely harsh lighting but everybody from church, and other people always say that I look good. However, I really dont think my face can afford any more potential scars. I intend to keep you posted on my face and show pictures of before and after. My face looked insanely bad everywhere except the forehead which never gets acne for some reason, but everything cleared up with accutaine. I think it is amazing how I could have such severe acne for 6 years. I mean if I broke out once every too weeks that is like 80+ breakouts before accutaine and yet still after just one course of accutaine I look completely clear and the scars aren't that bad. As far as scars, I am planning on doing maybe a carbon dioxide laser resurfacing if I even need it. My advice to anyone would be to immediately go on accutaine, and if your doctor doesn't give it to you; take 10g or more of b5 every day and stop eating processed foods.
  9. aite so, i was talking to this one doctor dude, basically... he kept insisting that the stuff i eat does not cause acne at all, specifically milk and shit, when my face is fucked up right now because of soymilk, i believe he was reading out of a book to decide wut to prescribe me (i was not there for any prescriptions) he was telling me, face has to be constantly dry so acne doesnt come up, but at that moment i was a firm believer that dry skin causes more oil secretion = more acne dunno about this one, but i took garlic pills, and then he decides to tell me that somehow that affects me, along with like fish oil and flaxseed oil cuz too much oil causes more oil...iono yea, w/e, i dont know if he was right about everything, but a lot of things he said contradicted my beliefs
  10. the11toyour7

    Cure Your Acne in 3-days

    INTRODUCTION Okay. So here's my background. I'm 24 and have acne. Oh yeah, and I'm also a writer and comedian, filmmaker, television commericial editor, basketball coach, friend, lover, fighter, giver of terrific hugs (this according to to my mom), and I'm becoming a volunteer firefighter. Oh and I'm 24 and have acne. It seems strange I know, but the fact that my face is constantly breaking-out seems to be the overriding factor of who I am to many people. And it's been like this since about the 8th grade. Which, by my count, is about 10 years. At first I sort of floated along. It was high school, lots of people had adolecent acne. I was just another red face in the crowd. But then came college and instead of being 1 in a couple 100 I become 1 in a handful. Still I figured I was young and there was hope for the future. But then came my career. This stage of my life has been the hardest to cope with having acne. In many social and professional situations I can feel myself having the "worst skin the room". Which is hard to imagine at banquet filled with 300 adolecent basketball players but, none the less, true. And while my face has never been a topic of conversation or even the subject ridicule I constantly feel like I'm being judged for it. Like I'm not as good or handsome as someone with clear skin. If course over the years I've tried everything. I always see those proactive commercials on TV where people claim to have tried EVERYTHING! and generally feel like if Proactiv worked for them they didn't really try EVERYTHING! Because I tried Proactiv too and while its a nice vehicle for a Benzoyl Peroxide treatment, it's nothing new. This is not discrediting Proactive Solution. I think if Benzoyl Peroxide medication seems to work on your acne and for many, adolcent users it certainly does (just ask your dermotologist) then Proactiv will be the miracle it claims to be. For me, it cleared up my face quickly but I was still getting new breakouts, though in fewer numbers, just as fequently. But then again this seemed par for the course in my acne treatment over the years. Below is a list of the treatment, oral, topical, or otherwise. I'll try to list them in chronological order and the regime i used and, why I stopped using them in some of the instances. Freshman to Junior Year HS - Noxima, Sea Breez, OTC Benzyol Peroxide. Junior to Senior Year HS - Tetracycline (oral anti-botic), Triaz (BP face wash), Diffrin (topical treatment). This was the worst. The Differin made me break out even more and turned my whole face a bluish-purple, I stopped using it for obvious reasons... Senior Year HS to Freshman College - Accutane, Alpha Hydroxy cleanser made by my dermotoligist. I had a very adverse reaction to the Accutane which I am told is very uncommon in most users. But I felt sick and (this may gross you out but I like to laugh about it sometimes when I'm alone and on the toilet) it caused a lot of blood in my stool (aka poop). So I had to stop. Freshman to Sophmore year College - Alpha Hydroxy cleanse and Trazoac gel. This gel worked the best of everything I had tried up until this point. From what I understand is a topical form of the same vitamin derivitive that makes Accutane so effective. Although it causes sevre redness, skin scaling (which i treated with just a gentle moistizer) and, well, it burns! After a six month treatment, it keep my skin clear for another six months. Junior Year - After my acne returned I wasn't ready to go back on the Tazorac just yet, as i felt continuing a regimine like this every 6 months wasn't the healthiest thing to do for my skin. So I gave into the TV ads and clebrity endorsements and tried Proactiv. Senior Year - My second semester senior year I went back for a another round with the Tazorac gel. And again, after about 6months treatment I was clear for most of summer and fall but by winter I was broken out again. Winter 2004 - I started using a 2% Salicylic Acid Nutragena face wash and a Benzoyl Peroxide gel. This worked about the same as before. Dried up breakouts but I kept getting new ones. (Something else important happend to me around this time. I was diagnosed with Ulceritve Colitis. Which is basically a colon infection. One of the indicators that you have colitis other than a doctor sticking his hand up your ass and telling you have colitis is bloody stool (aka crap). I didn't click at the time how my colon problems might be linked to my acne but I'll get to this later.) Early 2005 - Began using Retin-A microgel. After another six months I found it didn't work as well as the Tazorac with similar side-effects and gave it up in favor of a radical new apporach. I WAS NOT GOING TO USE ACNE PRODUCTS AT ALL!! Mid 2005 - Durring this time period I used only a gentle cleaser twice daily. Surprisingly my acne didn't get worse. My face wasn't as dried out and my skin felt a little less abused but I still had acne breakouts in about the same numbers, maybe a bit more that took a little longer to clear up, as I did when i was using all those treatments. It was also about this time I purchased the book "Cure Your Acne in 3-days" almost of out shear desperation. (I was trying EVERYTHING!!) The book desribed an apple fast for three days followed by a regime of herbs and viatmins. I immiated felt I wasted my money. I didn't do the fast but felt the vitamins and herbs couldn't hurt. So I started taking the perscibed Acidopholus, Garlic supplements, and a Muti - vitamin. I was expecting dramtic results but found only mild success. I noticed that when I was taking the pills my acne got a little better not great but certainly any breakouts I had were smaller in size and severity though not really in number. I didn't try the apple fast because it sounded like a lot of new-age, holistic none-sense. Especially when i found out the orginator of the fast was a reknowned "psychic healer" (yes, you read that correctly) in the 1920's. Although the book claims many of his findings have since become more mainstream practices even by some physicians. Ok, so also around this time I experience a bad flare up of my colitis and wound up in the hospital and because i had moved back to my home town of San Jose, had to find a new physician to treat me. I wound up at the doctor who treated my gradfather when he had colon cancer (which actually killed him) despite this my mom really liked him and told me I should go see him. After sticking his hand up my ass and reconfirming that, "yup, I had colitis!" He asked what I was doing to treat it. I told him my previous doctor gave me anti-biotics that worked but I hadn't been on them for a few a months. He asked if i was on any pro-biotic treatments. I told, him yes, i was taking Acidopholus. He said good, continue. He gave me another round of the same anti-botic my first doctor had given me to stave off the initial inflamation and sent me on my way. Late 2005 -- I gave up my no acne treatment and began using the Murad Acne Complex (as seen on TV!) along with their blend of vitamins and herbs meant to reduce skin irritation and prevent clogged pores. Its mostly a host of B vitamins, Vitmins A, E, and C, Zinc and a lot of herbs like Yellow Dock and Burdock. I actually like this system a lot. Its the best OTC topical remedy I've tried for clearing up breakouts. And the Vitmain supplement along with my Acidophlus and Garlic have cut down considerably on new breakouts. Its not great. My skin isn't clear. But its better than before and like I said I feel a gradual decrease in new breakouts which is key. This is where I'm at right now. Last night I revisited my purachse of the "Cure Your Acne in 3-Days" book. I couldn't seem to escape this link that he keeps making about acne and intesinal health. One of the main reasons being the book claims acidphlus as neccessary to cure acne and my gastro enterologis claims "good bacteria" will keep my colon free from infection. Ok. So here's what I know. I have acne. I have colitis. With so many perscription and over the counter rememdies failing to cure my breakouts the possiblity that my intestinal problems (as the book and many naturalists will claim) are a major cause of my acne became more and more appealing. At the very least I told myself, "Why the hell not?" I was pretty much willing to try anything else. Why not apples for three days? So that's it. This is day one. As I've written this i've eaten 4 apples and drank 2 8oz bottles of water. And I have an enema stading by but that's for tonight (you know, when we get sexy). I wanted to write these entries as I was going through it so i could share my experience with all of you. The way I see it what's the use of a good colon cleanse if you can't share it was millions of people online?? So stay viligiant this is day one. Check back tomorrow (Feb. 9th 2005) for the next update. And keep your fingers crossed. -- CM
  11. Hi guys, I've only just discovered the existance of this problem... I've read the posts on this forum but still have a few questions I'd really like answered. I'm about to alter my diet to determine whether or not this is the cause for my skin problems and constant fatigue. BUT another member posted that if mercury dental fillings are present in your mouth it's impossible to change the Candida levels, therefore my diet would be in total vain. Is this true? I hope not! Long term I'll have the fillings removed, but I'd like to know for sure first whether or not this is the cause of my problems. I've read coconut oil is good to help reduce levels, as well as garlic. Any other recommendations? I've found these tablets from Holland and Barratt that claim to be good against candida, anybody had any experience with these tablets? I'll include a screen shot of the ingredients. Thanks in advance Paul
  12. floss

    aromatherapy

    A NICE thing you can do to help yourself is use aromatherapy oils to decrease your stress, hence decrease your acne. We have to spend the whole time with terrible tastes in our mouths: vinegar, garlic, lemon, flax seed oil, apple upon apple upon apple... but at least we can have some nice smells! Top 2: lavender, jasmine
  13. For exactly a week now I have changed my diet dramatically. I went from eating EVERYTHING that is horrible for you. This summer durring the month of July and August I was taking summer school and having fast food at least 2 times a day. I remember drinking at least like 3 cokes a day since I was like 4. I bascially eat Chilis, Fridays, mexican food, chinese food, ANYTHING tasty and strong. Well anyways I decided a week ago I really wanted to try a drastic change to finally find out if it really was my diet. By the way I have been getting diet for exactly a year now, it started when I was 19, never had it through high school, and now that Im 20 I still have it. Its mild, but not like 1 pimple. I currently have a pimple on each cheek, and some clogged pores, most all unnoticable with makeup, but I really want to fix whatever this thing is. For the past week I have basically been eating lettuce with chives, garlic powder, avacado and vinegar as the dressing. By the way is straight vinger okay for acne? The first few days I was munching on raw quaker oats as a snack. Been eating a lot of broccili and musrooms, some green beans. And tons of fruit. Apples, kiwi, grapes, strawberries, and peaches. Okay, now a week later, my face looks, eh a little better. Nothing new has come in the past week, but thats not out of the ordinary, but if I can make it through this next week, my PMS week and the 2nd week of diet, then I will know something is happening. My face has kinda like dead skin coming off if I rub it. Like I feel like all my clogged pores are comming to a head and out, but not in an inflamed way. I really believe in this diet thing because it just makes perfect sense to me, if your putting something really toxic in your body 24/7, of course its going to affect your skin, if you are acne prone, which i guess I am as of a year ago. I just rinse my face with water in the morning and then wash with water and purpose soap to remove makeup at night. I used to do everything like Dan's reg, proactiv, tea tree oil, EVERYTHING, and Ive made my skin so much worse, so I am definately done with trying to fix things from the topical point of view. So, I am wondering if everyone thinks this diet sounds okay, and also what should I be expecting acne wise in the next few weeks?
  14. I've found this recipe on a website. It is a natural detox and healing broth. I'm making it right now and it smells a lot like my detox tea. It's 25% potato peelings 25% carrots 25% chopped onions 25% chopped celery 50 garlic cloves (minimum) peppers (i used white and black pepper) enough water to cover food in pot Cover and simmer 2-4 hours Strain and refridgerate, only keep the broth! I started mine an hour ago, thought i'd give it a try since i had all the ingredients.
  15. I am currently taking a b-50 vitamin pill, a vitamin A pill, and a garlic tablet daily while following the regimen. Will this pose a problem or am I fine. Im also taking a tablespoon of flax oil a day.
  16. I hear alot of people talking about how garlic helps when they apply it on their face... what would garlic pills do??? It goes into ur system so....
  17. dantecubit

    Three things to try

    Okay, so on the health board you always read about a lot of weird things that people have tried and they say it clears them up, like eating nothing but cabbage or bathing your face in horse urine. That's fine, it may work for some people, but to me that's not a fun way to live my life. That being said, I've noticed a real difference with just 3 simple things (or it may be a combination of other factors I'm unaware of, who knows): 1) Lately, I've been drinking lots of Rooibos tea. Now, before you dismiss this, 1 average sized serving has 30% of your daily Zinc, in a highly absorbable form. Zinc reduces oil production and is anti-androgenic (according to some sources). 2) I also do liver cleansing, but not nearly as intense as some people. I just drink a few teabags of a detox formula. I also take milk thistle in standardized capsules. 2) I've also been making stir fries/miso soup with lots of garlic/ginger/onions and taking vitamin E. My theory is that this could be killing bad bacteria or providing minerals that I don't normally get. Or it could be improving circulation which somehow improves skin. In addition to this, I take B-complex and vitamin C, sometimes a multivitamin. My diet consists mostly of whole grains and vegetables. I wash my face with Pears soap. But I have been doing all this for a while, the only things I've really changed are above.
  18. Indoobidubly

    Garlic pills

    I've seen odorless pills and was wondering if they're as effective as eating raw garlic?
  19. I've been eating raw garlic with good results the past several weeks, and today I tried applying it topically for the first time, with an apparently good result. This morning I noticed a red spot just beginning to form above my upper lip. I took a small clove of garlic and crushed it onto a paper plate. I rubbed my finger in it, coating the fingertip with garlic juice. I then applied the garlic juice to the red spot, rubbing it on with my finger. It stung at first, but the stinging only lasted about a minute. I left the garlic juice on for several hours, after which I noticed the red spot was fading. It is now 9 PM and the red spot is almost completely gone; it won't become a zit. Garlic appears to be effective applied directly to the skin.
  20. I have a plan to attack my acne on all levels internally. It involves a lot of pills daily tho : 20 x B5 (10g) 1 x omega-3 fish oils ( 1000mg fish oils) 1x cod liver oil (550mg) 2 x zinc (15mg each, 30mg total) 1 or 2? x evening primrose oil (1000mg) 1 x b-complex (inc brewers yeast and folic acid) 2 x garlic extract tablets (10mg - equivalent to 1000mg of fresh garlic bulb) To those in the know, would any of the above supplements conflict with each other? Or perhaps are too low in dosage. Ive read good things of all of them and it seems like a good idea. I could also fit in some of those 'acne releif' tablets too (which for some seem to work all by themselves).
  21. Hello board and all you precious board members! Don't lose hope over your skin condition and keep the faith, remember that always. If you do lack hope or faith no matter what, ask a loved one for a nice long back rub with mineral oil...or eat some luscious chocolate (you'll break out quicker from avoiding it and stressing yourself out than eating some and relieving stress--I know that for a fact). Why do I sound like I'm on something? Coz I am...vinegar and water. Not to mention a secret ingredient that Sofia Loren herself uses and doesn't tell anyone, though it's under your nose every day, so it's no big secret really...hint: she's Italian? Soooooooooo, JON CARLO, you saved my A$$, buddy. I only started your regimen today (or rather my dad's regimen that I never followed) but believe me it's better than never starting at all. Just reading this board about natural products like vinegar and water made me feel a whole lot better, reminding me suddenly of how right my dad always was. It's a shame that most kids take their parents for fools and avoid their advice like the plague. My whole life my dad always came up with his very own homemade remedies for curing my acne, like raw aloe right from the leaf (that he also made me EAT...for the fullest effect, in his words), mushed herbs that had me looking like the Swamp Thing, and even minced garlic (WHICH HURT LIKE AN ABSOLUTE BI*CH), and last but dreadfully not least, he applied RAW GOLDENSEAL on my face and MADE ME EAT IT...now let me tell you something folks, no squid guts or hundred-year-old egg on Fear Factor or live bugs can come close in taste to the Goldenseal. Once again, he likes things to their "fullest effect", so I had to up with just about everything a person can see in their worst nightmares ...to no avail unfortunately...but, the fact of the matter is, BP or prescribed BP and antibiotic mixture did no better...but I'd rather put up with a muddy green face from the herbs than a swollen flaky one from the BP. I never used BP for more than 1 week at a time...I just couldn't go through with the god-awful side effects--you really need nerves of steel for that. So many times I started BP, whether Proactiv or prescribed, and stopped a week later, never following all the way through...you must be a complete moron to watch your face disintegrate before your very eyes when using BP every day and actually continue to feed the destruction. What the heck do you think the redness and peeling means? Daddy in his birthday suit? No, it's your skin's warning signals telling you to STOP IT ...STOP KILLING THE POOR, DEAR, INNOCENT THING. Ok, perhaps your skin is not so innocent when it attacks you with acne like that, but attack it back and it will return more fierce than before...'cause you'd be messing with Mother Nature and she doesn't like having her authority questioned by someone way beneath her. What I'm trying to convey here is that you should leave your skin alone and let Nature take its course, since getting in the way of this powerful force will only come back at you threefold, as I have experienced with chemical treatments. I mean, when I was taking Tetracycline for my acne for 2 weeks, I gave up all food except rice (the drug won't work otherwise...go online and see all the diet restrictions for that particular drug...they say avoid this, avoid that--it's plain nuts). So, I had a near-death experience and felt every minute of every day like my head was completely detached from my body. And that was only short-term so you wouldn't believe the damage it does in the long-term...eating away at your internal organs and all that. Your best bet would be to steer clear of its harmful path, as well as the BP. Now, BP not only accelerates aging of the skin by thinning it out dramatically after prolonged use (when I say prolonged, I mean 3 weeks, so I don't know what to call months of use...how about "INSANE"?), but weakens your immune system enough to increase the risk of getting cancer. That's right, why use a product that puts you through all that pain and suffering without actually delivering the worthwhile results it promises? When I asked my friend for her insight on the BP product she was using, she said, get this, that she knows it's not working for her after several months but will continue to use until it works someday in 10 years. She said using it is really just gambling your skin...you get your share of clear skin for a week and then it gets taken away from you and then returned and then lost again, and so on. What's the point of that if your acne fluctuates the same way naturally, on its own, without any help from foreign sources. Therefore, if your thinking about using chemicals to treat your mild or moderate acne, do so AT YOUR OWN RISK. But if you want your skin to breath and heal naturally the way God intended, just leave it alone and don't touch it with your hands or any chemicals out there. I can't stress this enough, but...IF IT'S NOT SAFE TO EAT, IT'S NOT SAFE TO USE ON YOUR SKIN. Think of all the pores on your skin as itty bitty mouths that swallow whatever you give them, which is then absorbed into your blood stream, meaning a certain percentage of the BP you apply to your skin is also carried through pore glands into your blood stream and messes up your whole system. I believe that Indian women are truly enlightened creatures because of the amount of love they give their skin. They don't abuse it, but spoil it with nothing but natural products. For example, while they prepare a salad or chop up tomatoes for soup, they always rub their face with a piece of the veggies or fruits. Just like you feed your body with nutrients when you eat them, you feed your skin with nutrients just the same when you apply them on it. Don't hesitate to moisturize with oils like jojoba or flaxseed...any natural oils will do. You can wear them thick as a mask for a repairing effect for an hour or two, and wash it off with hot water. Or, you can apply them thin for daily moisturization. Remember, if you can eat it, your face sure can. There are endless food products out there you can use to benefit your skin, including oatmeal for weekly masks and milk for daily cleansing. Just Google the words "natural acne treatment" and see for yourself! Avoid all chemicals on your face like the plague, 'cause that's what they are, a plague in disguise. I'm so glad I stopped my topical treatment today since the discomfort has become a real turnoff. For those of you who are using it for a while, it's not too late to stop and recover the damage. Just follow JON CARLO'S advice in his post--he's one wise kid. Well, I hope this thread will help sway your decision about using harsh chemicals to treat your acne...and don't make me use reverse psychology on you, though it works for so many folks, including me. OK, DO USE BP AND SIMILAR TOPICALS AND ORAL ANTIBIOTICS AND RUIN YOUR SKIN...USE IT, GO AHEAD...IT'S YOUR FUNERAL. Best wishes, Yustas The following is a Zeppelin song I chose for BP and oral antibiotics: "I should have quit you, long time ago. Oooooh, yeah yeah yeah, a long time ago. I wouldn't be here, my children, down on this killin' floor. I should have listened, baby, to my second mind Ooooh I should have listened to my second mind. Everytime I go away and leave you, darling, you send me the blues way down the line. Said, people worry I can't keep you satisfied. Let me tell you baby, you ain't nothin but a two-bit, no-good jive. Went to sleep last night, worked as hard as I can, Bring home my money, you take my money, give it to another man. I should have quit you, baby, such a long time ago. I wouldn't be here with all my troubles, down on this killing floor.
  22. Hello board and all you precious board members! Don't lose hope over your skin condition and keep the faith, remember that always. If you do lack hope or faith no matter what, ask a loved one for a nice long back rub with mineral oil...or eat some luscious chocolate (you'll break out quicker from avoiding it and stressing yourself out than eating some and relieving stress--I know that for a fact). Why do I sound like I'm on something? Coz I am...vinegar and water. Not to mention a secret ingredient that Sofia Loren herself uses and doesn't tell anyone, though it's under your nose every day, so it's no big secret really...hint: she's Italian? Soooooooooo, JON CARLO, you saved my A$$, buddy. I only started your regimen today (or rather my dad's regimen that I never followed) but believe me it's better than never starting at all. Just reading this board about natural products like vinegar and water made me feel a whole lot better, reminding me suddenly of how right my dad always was. It's a shame that most kids take their parents for fools and avoid their advice like the plague. My whole life my dad always came up with his very own homemade remedies for curing my acne, like raw aloe right from the leaf (that he also made me EAT...for the fullest effect, in his words), mushed herbs that had me looking like the Swamp Thing, and even minced garlic (WHICH HURT LIKE AN ABSOLUTE BI*CH), and last but dreadfully not least, he applied RAW GOLDENSEAL on my face and MADE ME EAT IT...now let me tell you something folks, no squid guts or hundred-year-old egg on Fear Factor or live bugs can come close in taste to the Goldenseal. Once again, he likes things to their "fullest effect", so I had to up with just about everything a person can see in their worst nightmares ...to no avail unfortunately...but, the fact of the matter is, BP or prescribed BP and antibiotic mixture did no better...but I'd rather put up with a muddy green face from the herbs than a swollen flaky one from the BP. I never used BP for more than 1 week at a time...I just couldn't go through with the god-awful side effects--you really need nerves of steel for that. So many times I started BP, whether Proactiv or prescribed, and stopped a week later, never following all the way through...you must be a complete moron to watch your face disintegrate before your very eyes when using BP every day and actually continue to feed the destruction. What the heck do you think the redness and peeling means? Daddy in his birthday suit? No, it's your skin's warning signals telling you to STOP IT ...STOP KILLING THE POOR, DEAR, INNOCENT THING. Ok, perhaps your skin is not so innocent when it attacks you with acne like that, but attack it back and it will return more fierce than before...'cause you'd be messing with Mother Nature and she doesn't like having her authority questioned by someone way beneath her. What I'm trying to convey here is that you should leave your skin alone and let Nature take its course, since getting in the way of this powerful force will only come back at you threefold, as I have experienced with chemical treatments. I mean, when I was taking Tetracycline for my acne for 2 weeks, I gave up all food except rice (the drug won't work otherwise...go online and see all the diet restrictions for that particular drug...they say avoid this, avoid that--it's plain nuts). So, I had a near-death experience and felt every minute of every day like my head was completely detached from my body. And that was only short-term so you wouldn't believe the damage it does in the long-term...eating away at your internal organs and all that. Your best bet would be to steer clear of its harmful path, as well as the BP. Now, BP not only accelerates aging of the skin by thinning it out dramatically after prolonged use (when I say prolonged, I mean 3 weeks, so I don't know what to call months of use...how about "INSANE"?), but weakens your immune system enough to increase the risk of getting cancer. That's right, why use a product that puts you through all that pain and suffering without actually delivering the worthwhile results it promises? When I asked my friend for her insight on the BP product she was using, she said, get this, that she knows it's not working for her after several months but will continue to use until it works someday in 10 years. She said using it is really just gambling your skin...you get your share of clear skin for a week and then it gets taken away from you and then returned and then lost again, and so on. What's the point of that if your acne fluctuates the same way naturally, on its own, without any help from foreign sources. Therefore, if your thinking about using chemicals to treat your mild or moderate acne, do so AT YOUR OWN RISK. But if you want your skin to breath and heal naturally the way God intended, just leave it alone and don't touch it with your hands or any chemicals out there. I can't stress this enough, but...IF IT'S NOT SAFE TO EAT, IT'S NOT SAFE TO USE ON YOUR SKIN. Think of all the pores on your skin as itty bitty mouths that swallow whatever you give them, which is then absorbed into your blood stream, meaning a certain percentage of the BP you apply to your skin is also carried through pore glands into your blood stream and messes up your whole system. I believe that Indian women are truly enlightened creatures because of the amount of love they give their skin. They don't abuse it, but spoil it with nothing but natural products. For example, while they prepare a salad or chop up tomatoes for soup, they always rub their face with a piece of the veggies or fruits. Just like you feed your body with nutrients when you eat them, you feed your skin with nutrients just the same when you apply them on it. Don't hesitate to moisturize with oils like jojoba or flaxseed...any natural oils will do. You can wear them thick as a mask for a repairing effect for an hour or two, and wash it off with hot water. Or, you can apply them thin for daily moisturization. Remember, if you can eat it, your face sure can. There are endless food products out there you can use to benefit your skin, including oatmea
  23. again, this text is taken from a book i have and may of good use to many of you out there. I will be trying to follow the guide as closely as poss. ANTI-ACNE PLAN although acne mostly occurs in teenage years, it can also be seen in adults too. It is often due to hormonal inbalances which stimulate the sebaceous glands to increase oil output. But acne can also be due to poor dietry choices. If traces of sebum become trappen inside skin pores, tissues can attract bacteria, resulting in inflamation and blemishes. Acne is aggrevated by poor internal elimination and a high fat and/or refined food diet. Drink plenty of fresh vegitable juices throughout the day : in particular carrot, lettuice, watercress, nettle, celery and dandelion. Also include vegetable and whole grains at both lunchtime and evening meals, particularly green leafy veg, carrots, onions, garlic, brown rice, millet and live sprouts. NUTRITIONAL SUPPLEMENTS the nutrient most successful with acne in clinical practice are : * beta-carotene (25,000iu) * vitamin A (10,000iu) * vitamin B complex (50-100mg) * pantothenic acid (B5) * vitamin b6 (50mg) * propolis (500mg) * zinc (50mg) * borage oil capsules * vitamin C (1000mg twice a day) * acidophilus with befidus (freindly bacteria) to promote colon health and elimination of toxins top ten tips for healthy skin : * drink plenty of clean filtered water (at least 6-8 glasses per day). * include lots of fibre in your diet. keeps your intestinal tract regular and enhances the elimination of waste products. * make sure your diet contains plenty of anti-oxidents such as fruit and veg * food combining - by eating carbs and protein as seperate meals, you will prevent unnecessary fermentation in the colon and increase nutrient absorbing in the blood. * get plenty of good fats, they are vital for healthy skin - get these from whole grains, seeds, nuts, soy beans, leafy veg, cold pressed oils and oily fish such as sardines, mackeral and wild (not farmed) salmon. * start your day with an early morning mini-cleanse. you should drink a glass of warm water, followed by a mug of nettle tea or hot water with lemon * avoid excessive amounts of caffeine or alcohol * cut down on table salt. * reduce foods that clog. the worst being red meat, dairy, refined foods, fried foods and foods that contain hydrongenated oils or fats * externally apply honey three times a week to your face. Leave on for around 30 mins and rinse off with warm water. you will be amazed by the wonderfull results of this simple trick, leaving your skin soft, supple and well nourished. HERBS herbs that are benficial include echinacea, dandelion, yellow dock, burdock root and red clover. All are powerfulk internal cleansers. for more related info see my other post regarding this book here
  24. 24 Hour Revenge Therapy

    Here's what I am doing

    Alright, I have tried Tazorac, Doryx, Differin, and another oral medication to which I don't know the name... I experienced no success or even any lasting improvements. (By the way, I have pretty mild acne on my face. It happens to be worse on my back and shoulders. ew.) I began Dan's Regimen about two months ago, and since then I have seen a vast improvement, but not total clearence. I had a two day streak where I wasn't getting any new acne and my scars were really starting to heal nicely. I thought, "could this really be the end?" Early yesterday, I broke out (slightly, but still enough to really give my spirits a good blow below the belt). So I decided to try this garlic thing, which is eating a couple cloves of raw garlic every day, as raw garlic contains some powerful antitoxins. Furthermore, as of yesterday, I am taking 50 mg of zinc a day as well. With these two new variables in place, I plan to continue the Regimen as I have for several weeks now. The Regimen is great, but in my case, I think it needs some tweaking. This all said, my current regimen is as follows: Morning: Dan's Regimen (as usual) 50 mg of zinc At some point in the day, eating two cloves of raw garlic Night: Shower Dan's Regimen *I shave at night. For anybody who has problems with irritation from shaving, I advise shaving during your evening routine so your skin has some time to "recoop" overnight. ...Now for my back, it's a little different. Here's what I am doing as of a few days ago (and I think I am beginning to see some good results): During my nightly shower, I gently wash my back with a very heavy lather from a Nutragena body wash containing 2.5% salyclic acid. After I have allowed my back to dry, I apply Dan's BP gel. That is what I've got going on right now. So hopefully the new things I am trying will get me where I need to be. Some additional things that might be worth noting are that I have reduced my dairy intake, am drinking a bit of lemon juice every day, and am doing the tape method whenever I feel like I could use it. Wish me luck, as I am wishing it to all of you.
  25. Here's a list of natural home remedies. Some probably work, like oatmeal, lemon juice, salt, vinegar, from what I've heard. ____________________________________________________________ Acne remedies 1.take some oatmeal, (about 3/4 cup) and enough water to moisten the oatmeal, and put it in the blender. Put this on face for about 15 minutes, and rinse with cool water. Oatmeal takes down swelling and redness, and has a slight drying affect. 2.The milky juice exuding from wounds of the unripe papaya fruit applied locally removes pimples. This is a tried & tested method & is very effective 3.slice off thin slices of a fresh potato, and rub freshly sliced area over face, or irritated skin. Do not rinse. Effects will be felt immediately! Keep potato in refridgerator, after initial slicing, and you will get many uses out of it. 4.First wash face with mild soap. Then peel cucumber and place in blender. Blend until cucumber is of a pasty consistency, but not too watery. Take the mixture and apply as a face mask leaving it on face for 25 mins. This procedure not only clears the acne, but also cools down your face leaving you feeling refreshed 5.Drink alot of water. Next apply corn flour mixed with an egg to the face at night befor going to bed . Apply with your hand and let it sit for 5 minutes.Then wash face face with hot water , make this mask for 2 or 3 days. 6.wash your face in very warm water, then squeese a fresh lemon and mix an a little salt. apply on face let it air dry for about 20 minutes then wash face with warm water again 7.Mix three tablespoons of salt with four tablespoons of olive oil in a bowl or container. put the mixture in a washcloth or on your fingers and scrub in face. works great as an exfoliant! and the olive oil helps keep skin soft/ doesn't sting 8.Take a small piece of Aloe Vera and peel it in half exposing the fleshy middle and apply the wet side to affected areas. One piece covers a lot. Allow to air dry and apply your favorite lotion. Do this twice a day and the symptoms will begin to regress. 9.Crunch up some dried oregano and put it into a bottle or container of warm water. Measurement isn't really important, but make sure it's enough oregano to turn the water color. Let the water stand for a while until this happens, you can even shake it to help it along. When it's ready, use a cotton ball or even just your hands to apply the colored water to your face, ignore the pieces of oregano that might stick to you. Let it all dry and brush off the bits of oregano. 10.Toothpaste Make sure it's the paste, and not the gel. Any brand/type will do. Dab a small glob onto acne using a q-tip. Leave it over night, and by morning it should be gone or close to 11.3 teaspoons of salt , warm water Add the salt to the water in your bathroom basin and wash your face thoroughly twice a day for best results. It will leave your skin free of oil. 12.Use the yolk of an egg and with a cotton ball apply on face and let it stand for 10 minutes. Wash off with warm water . Do this everyday for a month . 13.Put some eyedrops on your acne and its just like the regular medicine 14.First, gently wash your face with a mild soap and rinse well. Next, apply the vinegar to the face at night before going to bed. Apply with cotton ball and let sit for 5-10 minutes then rinse off with cool water. 15.Hydrogen Peroxide, baking soda , milk of magnesia Wash with a mild soap twice a day, then wipe face with a cotton ball soaked in hydogen peroxide. Twice a week exfoliate with baking soda and once a week use a mask of milk of magnesia. 16.Salt, oatmeal, milk, strawberries (For 1-2 weeks worth of facial mask) Use one cup of milk and 4 tablespoons salt-mix together in bowl with 2 tablespoons of maionaisse. Use blender to blend 1 cup of oatmeal with 2 strawberries. Mix the oatmeal and strawberries with the salt,milk and maionaisse.. Apply this as a facial mask for about 20 minutes. Let harden. (Keep away from linens etc, however it wont hurt if some gets in your hair) KEEP OUT OF EYE-SALT BURNS! With this treatment you will see immediate improvement in skin texture, and with 2-3 weeks of this mask, you should have less blemishes. 17.wash face with Apple Cider Vinegar 18.Rinse water for face - pour 1/8 cup apple cider vinegar in rinse water, rinse face and let it air dry (it seals the moisture in the skin) (great for all over especially when weather is dry) 19. applyLemon juice. 20. apply Cucumber --- leaves or grated pieces. 21.apply Clove based face mask or a paste of Fenugreek ( Methi ) leaves applied overnight and washed off next morning. 22. Mix 1 teaspoon of turmeric ( Haldi ) powder to 1 teaspoon of mint or corriander juice. Apply and wash off before retiring tobed. 23.Orange peel pounded well with water and applied to affected areas is often helpful. 24.Drink atleast a litre of water to impart a healthy glow to the skin. 25.Carrot Yogurt Acne Mask 2 tablespoons carrots 2 tablespoon yogurt Slightly cook carrots ,Mash with yogurt (Can also grade carrots into yogurt Blend in blender until smooth) Apply to face . Rinse with tepid water Tepid= kinda like room tempature 26.Gently scrub acne with a mixture of chickweed herb and water to reduce inflammation. 27.Apply garlic oil and cayenne extract, or a redmond clay poultice to draw out toxins and to heal the acne. 28.Avoid eating chocolate, fried food, and refined sugar. 30.The herbs cayenne, garlic, ginseng, burdock, and sarsparilla taken orally can help rid the skin of blemishes.
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