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  1. intothewild

    New Poster

    Hi, this is my first time posting but I feel like going this community is a good idea. To start off I am a 20 y/o college student, i have struggled with mild to moderate acne since I was about 14. There have been times when it has been almost nothing and times when it has been cystic. I joined this site today because over the past 6 months I have really tried to get to the bottom of this problem, I feel as if I should be growing out of this problem and who knows I might, I am still only 20 years old. Anyway, I'm in college and pretty soon will be trying to find professional work and acne is something that diminishes all my confidence and that is something I am going to need in the work place. I spend a lot of time researching different topics relating to break outs and it is all so overwhelming. Through out the past probably 2 years I have been using a benzoyl peroxide cleanser and an oil free moisturizer afterwards and that is it. It keeps most break outs at bay, but like I said over the past 6 months I have really been trying to get to the root of my problem. I sense it could be my digestion causing the problem. Most of my break outs that bother me are on my forehead, usually since I was 14/15 that is where it began as well. I heard forehead acne could be linked to digestion. adding to this, I used to have a horrible diet, like 3 sodas a day, refined sugar and flour treats every day, like really bad. Towards the end of high school my diet did improve but not until 6 months ago has it really transformed. To try to get my digestive system running more smoothly, I took l glutamine twice a day for 3 months, a probiotic in the morning, digestive enzymes off and on (didn't seem to be doing much) I was also taking burdock root. Right now I am only taking one probiotic pill in the morning and that's it. In addition to that I haven't eaten gluten regularly in about 6 months, only drink water and breakfast tea, and try to keep sugar to a minimum. For about 3 weeks now I have not eaten any sort of grain, and have been trying to eat only fruit, vegetables, and lean meats. The point of all this is to say that I can't tel if things are getting better. I am sure the changes in diet are good no matter what but it is frustrating to sacrifice so much and still have the same problem of breaking out. To be honest most people would look at my face and say stop complaining because I really do only have mild acne as I am getting older, it was definitely worse between the ages of 16 and 17, but still I am willing to do what it takes to find the solution even if it is not that bad. Acne is definitely the most frustrating thing I have had to deal with, which again is something some people would probably love to say. It just makes me act so isolated and depressed when I have flare up, it sucks.
  2. I'm 22 years old and have been dealing with acne since I was about 14. It started with normal white heads, black heads, etc. and i was young and going through puberty and have naturally oily skin anyway. I was frustrated when generic otc medications wouldn't work so i visited a dermatologist. I was prescribed dioxycycline first, then minocycline, and it all worked for a few weeks and the acne was back. By now I'm 16 or 17 and still having issues with acne and won't take the antibiotics because they aren't working how i want them to. Also, my acne is now more cystic and large red bumps that are rock hard and painful. I came down with a cold and was prescribed amoxicillin and my acne disappeared. I asked my dermatologist if my acne cleared up because of the amoxicillin and i was told it's possible so i got prescribed 1000mg a day of that and my acne was at bay for some time (along with benzoyl peroxide wash 2-3x a day). Fast forward and i've been taking amoxicillin for around 3-4 years on and off, more often than not. My acne has gone from the teenage whiteheads and blackheads to full blown cysts all the time that are incredibly painful and take weeks to surface and then go away. After reading some threads on acne.org and some of the 'leaky gut' side affects and dairy and wheat/gluten intolerance threads I'm convinced my issue lies somewhere in that area. I've cut dairy completely out of my diet and my acne is calm. When my skin looks good I think i can cheat so i'll have some pizza and a week later i have a couple big cysts on my face again. I've experimented with the gluten but seem to have much worse side affects from dairy, which my entire life i would drink gallons of milk a week and have no issues. My question is, did the antibiotics cause these potential food allergies? Is eliminating dairy and gluten and other food groups the answer or is there a better way to go about getting rid of cystic acne for good? I appreciate any and all answers, I'm in the same boat as everyone else on here and just want some clear skin already!
  3. Around 8 months ago at the age of 35 I started getting really bad acne including cysts around my jaw, chin and on my neck. I went to the doctor who put me on Oxytetracycline which made no difference. I had started increasing my milk intake from around a spash in a cup of tea or coffee to drinking around 1-2 pints a day as my personal trainer said I needed to get more calcium in my diet. When the antibiotics failed to work I googled milk / Adult acne and found lots of forums about it causing acne in adults because of the high level of hormones in milk. The moment I stopped drinking it the cysts cleared up but I was still getting spots. The doctor then changed me onto Lymecycline which also had no effect so at the moment I am on Dianette as he thinks it could be a hormone imbalance that is causing my bad acne. For the first two weeks of taking it my skin started to clear up but now a few days after Christmas it is so bad I actually dread leaving the house and every morning I wake up to find more and more appearing. Around the same time as starting Dianette I started a new gluten free diet to try and see if that could help with my digestive problems and funny enough that is when my acne started to clear up. At Christmas that new diet when out the window and I gorged on everything filled with wheat ,gluten and sugar in site and now my skin has had the most terrible flare up yet. Tomorrow I am going to the doctor to get a test for wheat intolerance and also to see if I am Coeliac which I honestly think now think is the root of my problematic acne. I also recently learnt that my cousin has the same problem and wheat causes him to get the most horrible spots in the same places so I am even more convinced. So if anyone is strugging and given everything else a try I would recommend to stop drinking milk and cut out gluten from your diet to see the effect it has on your skin. Has anyone else experienced this? I will update with pictures over the next few weeks and also test results!
  4. Hey guys! I had a lot of problems with acne since high school and I'm 24 now. I've learned, what works for me and what doesn't in terms of pimples, greasy/oily face, less with facial redness. With greasy skin, vitamin D3, drinking more water and getting rid of sweets(sugars) and dairy products worked. With pimples, my last try was getting rid of products, that include gluten(..of all the things I've tried, that has worked the most quick and efficient. No bs). To dry out acne, when getting pimples or redness, some of the best things that work, are benzoyl peroxide and salicylic acid. In general, what also has worked for me, is a good night sleep, exercise and lowering stress. Also, one of my recent discoveries(take in mind, that I've been passionate and self-conscious about my acne for 5 years now) was that if i ejaculate(sex & masturbation) too often, my facial redness increases. I also used to have more pimple breakouts because of that, but losing gluten from my diet took that away. I researched it and turned out, that ejaculating too often can result in deficiency in coenzyme A(google it). Also, you begin to sweat and it messes up your skin, if you don't shower/wash and it messes your face up. WITH ALL THAT BEING SAID, Even thought i stopped breaking out with pimples because i dropped gluten, my facial redness has increased and has become a bigger problem than it was before. I'd like to know, what's up with that. With all my diets, have i also stopped consuming some vitamins or nutrients, that help to reduce redness, inflammation and skin irritation and that gluten, dairy or sweets include? Also, about 1-1,5 months ago(when i dropped gluten products), I started eating oatmeal for breakfast. If i'm not wrong, oatmeal should NOT include gluten, but some say it does. I started to eat that, because it gives me energy in the morning and with all the diets, that stop me from eating stuff like sandwiches, i had to replace them with something. I'm still going to try to cook the oats a bit and make a mask with them, as it is highly recommended in acne-related forums and apart from other stuff, it doesn't have chemicals in it, that might mess up the skin. So, to conclude: My pimple breakouts have stopped, but my facial redness, inflammation and irritation have increased. What nutrients or vitamins or other things am i not getting here. What's up with that? And what about oats? Can i switch to buckwheat? Help, please!
  5. Hello everyone, I am writing with hope to get some help. Ive ot severe acne. I haven;t been diagnosed yet(if I need to be diagnosed heh). I am 22 now, had 'acne' for past 10-12 years. The issue is that my acne doesn't appear to be normal and all I hear from meds and my GP is that if I stop to scratch it, it'll go away!! I am having kind of small circle wounds or some pimples... I've been trying to find some information about it and I found a forum where people describe the same issues and post a pics- their acne looks just like mine. Unfortunately most of them hasn't been diagnosed yet. Its like the puss is inside underneath skin, and it almost break throuh pores, it mostly appears on hairy part of my face(I have looots of blonde light hairs) and it turned out 2-3 weeks ago I am alletgic to gluten...is anybody here able to put all those signs together and ive me some idea how to speak with my gp. BcuzI I don't know how to talk with docs anymore, I am just fed up... Please. Thank you in advance.
  6. I switched to a paleo diet a year ago and it was the best decision of my life. I don't know why some people refuse to leave that diet can be related to acne. I'm not saying that all people's acne is related to their diet. However, It is very clear that for some people their food choices is their aggravator, as it was the case for me. Now I'm going to switch to a vegan diet and can't wait to start this new chapter in my life! I am not giving out medical advice but I encourage people to try dropping gluten and dairy from their diets for at least a month and see if it does anything. The pictures are 4 months apart. Ask me any questions you guys might have, I'll be glad to answer them : ) Here is my Facebook page in which I talk about my journey for those interested. https://www.facebook.com/pages/Organic-Rodo/343607759139225 I also have a youtube channel where I just posted my first video of a full day of eating. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EvrsY10mbfU
  7. Meelespea

    I Will Not Touch My Face!

    Hello! I've been dealing with acne for some time and learned that most of the harm comes from touching my face. So I challenge myself to stop touching my skin until August, starting today! Once I managed to leave my face alone for a month but unfortunately got back to the old habits.. Acne can be rather depressing. I'm not sure how different food affects my skin since its bad anyway (picking&popping), but I've been a vegetarian for a year and recently eliminated gluten and sugar from my diet, also avoiding processed foods. So let's do it!
  8. Right now i am on no gluten diet and eating plain boiled white rice in lunch and dinner, in small quantity with lots of veggies, lentils and salad. I could switch to brown rice for now, but that's not problem.. The issue is 2 months after checking myself for gluten intolerance and its effect on skin, I will be living in a hostel, so would not be able to control what's being cooked. I would like to add whole wheat grain rotis (Indian whole wheat flat-bread with no added sugar, not the refined wheat) like 1-2 per meal and reduce rice intake to 1/3 or so.....is that ok...since I can't escape both. Or should i just stick to rice twice a day...??? I personally feel rice is more unhealthy especially if one is not intolerant to gluten and that is not the cause of acne. Please give suggestions.
  9. Allow me to introduce myself: I've had acne since i was 14, first it was moderate but it went very quickly to cystic severe. I was 16 when the derma put me on my first accutane course, it went well for 1.5 years and then it came back when mild-moderate when I turned 18. So at that point I went back on my second course of accutane and my skin cleard up for 2 years. Now i'm 20 and it's getting back and again its mild to moderate. I've been thinking a lot about what to do. Should I go on a third course of accutane or should I try something different, cause eventually it will come back with accutane and its not very healthy. So i've been spending hours and hours on this forum to do my research and i guess i'm going to try a dairyfree, glutenfree and sugarfree diet with some vitamines. So i've made a list for myself what i can do to begin and not lose too many pounds because I also don't want to look too skinny. What to eat: First of all I'm cutting out my supermarketbread and instead of that I'm going to eat gluten free bread from schar. I was think about 6-8 slices a day, where I was normally eating 16 slices of bread. The next thing I'm going to do is eat 3-4 pieces of fruits a day, or is this to much because of the sugars in it? I'm also going to buy a blender so I can make myself a green juice everyday. For protein I'm going to eat salmon and chicken mostly(on my bread and for dinner). For dinner it will be mainly some vegetables, brown rice and chicken. For lunch maybe some soup and a salad with eggs, tomatoes, cucumber and chicken? Basically, what I'm going to eat is: gluten-free bread, brown rice, fruits, vegetables, green juice, salmon, chicken, soup and salads. Supplements: I also want to take some vitamines with my diets. I was thinking about to go on zinc, vitamine d3, vitamine b5, fish oil, vitamine A and vitamine C. Do you guys have some tips how much mg I should take? Regimen: Next to the diet and supplementing I'm also going on Dan's regimen. So I'm hoping these 3 things will get me finally clear. Did I overlook something? Do you have any advice on my diet, maybe some things I should cut and some things I should add? Will I don't get to many proteins, because I've read somewhere that protein can lead to acne as well? What about the vitamines? Basically: ANY advise is welcome. It will be a very hard regimen, and I'm so jealous of people who can eat EVERYTHING without breaking out. But at this point I'm willing to do anything for my skin to clear up. PS. Sorry for my english, it's not my native language
  10. As from today I am going to eliminate all food sources with wheat. These include bread, pasties and those processed hot dogs and meats. After 10 days I will assess my progress.
  11. MollieDorothea

    Acne/gluten Timeline

    Hey all! Just wanted to get some feedback on going gluten free for acne. I've had deep cystic, hormonal acne for years and regular acne since I was about 11. The hormonal acne was controlled by spironolactone for about a year, but last fall it came back with a vengeance. Tried upping my spiro from 50 mg (maintenance dose) to 200 mg (prescribed dose)...didn't work and I started to have bad side effects. Anyway, because I have tried everything but accutane and birth control, I decided to try to figure out why my hormones are out of wack rather than keep pumping my system full of drugs... I started gluten free a little over two weeks ago after doing a lot of research. i'm still on 100 mg of spiro. The first few days I noticed some clearing, but for the past two weeks my skin has been horrible. I'm breaking out in places I don't usually get acne, and am getting clusters of the cysts. Just wondering if anyone else who went GF for acne had similar stories. I can't seem to find anything about timelines, and I don't want to waste my time on something that's not gonna work. Two weeks of bad detox seems like a really long time from what I have seen, but just wondering other people’s stories! Thanks.
  12. JungleBear08

    My Acne Challenge

    ABOUT ME I am a 20 year old female, and my skin has been bad since I was about 11 years old. During my school years I got the standard T zone acne, oily skin, whiteheads, the usual stuff that's associated with puberty and all that jazz. Well now I am 20....and my skin is still oily, and the acne is now on my cheeks and jawline mostly, and I am starting to get fed up, acne is meant to have gone now right?! During my teen years I went on antibiotics, topical solutions from the doctor and Accutane....nothing has been a permanent solution, and the Accutane made my whole body ache to the extent that I had to lay down part way through everyday chores such as making my bed because I ached so badly. Pretty sure that's a sign that this drug is not good for you in any way. My acne has never been severe, but it's enough to make me self conscious and upset, and I have been bullied because of it at school too. I was always told to pop my spots to get rid of them, which has now led to me obsessively picking at my face, which is one of the main reasons my skin gets bad (Look up dermatillomania). If I didn't pick, it would be be a lot better, but not picking still won't solve the oil and spots that would still emerge. I have recently got a lot better at not picking, and my skin is improving, but I am seeking out cognitive behavioral therapy to help me control it better. Anyway, I wanted to start this blog because I am fed up with all the lotions and potions not working and probably making everything worse. So I am about to start an alternative acne regime which I am hoping in conjunction with me not picking will really improve my skin, maybe even cure it. After a lot of research, I really believe that acne is a problem caused by something on the inside, such as poor diet, allergies, and deficiencies in vitamins and minerals. I have been eating a lot healthier and lost weight over the past year which I believe has helped to improve my skin, although I am sure that my diet still does not give me all the nutrients I need to keep my skin clear, and that some aspects of my diet may still be making my face worse. So, after a lot of researching due to me being desperate and depressed over the whole subject, I have decided to religiously take vitamins, wash my face with sea salt, and remove dairy and gluten from my diet. I have spent a lot of money on these vitamins, but if they work, I'd be happy to have spent a lot more because my skin really does control my life and can ruin my day so easily. VITAMINS I have decided to take Pantothenic Acid, also known as vitamin B5. I will be taking the pill form and intend to start on 1500mg a day, potentially increasing the dosage if I need to (but not too much). Many people have cleared their acne using this vitamin as it helps to control oil production in the skin. I am aware however that high doses can have side effects, and some people have reported hair thinning and hair loss while doing this but usually due to higher doses for long periods of time, so I will just have to be careful and sensible. I am also taking Acetyl L-Carnitine to help my body absorb the B5 better. Vitamin D3 is another vitamin I have decided to take (3 x 400 I.U. tablets a day). This is the vitamin/hormone that our bodies produce when we are exposed to sunlight. I personally have great skin when I go on sunny holidays, it clears up 99 percent. So, I figured it must be something to do with the vitamin D3, as I'm pretty sure I am deficient while at home in the UK as we don't get a lot of sun and I spend a lot on time inside glued to a laptop (joys of being a student). I also wear makeup a lot less on holiday which definitely helps, and I am currently not wearing makeup very often (mostly because I'm in my last year of uni and therefore have no social life) and washing it off as soon as I get home if i do wear it. I am also taking Zinc combined with copper ( 1x 15mg zinc and 0.75mg copper combined tablet), which is important for skin health and has helped some people to reduce their oil production. Along with these vitamins, I will also be taking a general multivitamin like I usually do, as well as an Estroblock type supplement to help control my hormones. I will be spreading my doses throughout the day to avoid getting sick/vitamins competing with each other when they enter my body. SALT GLORIOUS SALT Ok so I love sea salt. I have recently been using this as a rinse/scrub/spray and it really does help my skin to heal up and reduces oil. Again, sunny holidays by the sea do wonders for my skin, so I am hoping that getting enough vitamin D3 and using sea salt on my skin will really help to clear me up like holidays do. It is important that sea salt is used, and not table salt. I have a spray bottle containing water with a generous amount of dissolved sea salt in it with a few drops of tea tree oil. I spray this over my face and shoulders before bed and it really helps reduce the amount of new blemishes in the morning. I do also wash my face in the shower in the morning and before bed at night with a face wash (before spraying the salt). I have used so many different cleansers but I currently like to use Freederm exfoliating wash as it is gentle and doesn't smell like a florist/perfume shop. GLUTEN AND DAIRY My final acne busting tactic is to cut out dairy and gluten form my diet. Gluten, dairy and soy are common food allergies that can cause some people to break out. In some cases people have cured their severe acne by cutting out these food groups. Currently, I do not eat a lot of gluten or dairy products, and no soy, so for me it won't be too hard to change my diet. I eat fat free natural yoghurt and have oats for breakfast, and that's about it so I will be stopping these foods just as an extra bit of help although I personally don't think these are a major contributing factor to my acne, but worth a try. I'm also going to cut down on my sugar intake. I will update this blog over the next few months of trying out this regime to let you all know if it is working and how I am feeling while doing it. I am really hoping this makes a change, because I am fed up and all the medicines have failed me. If this works for for me I hope it could help out others too, so here I go! REGIME (all tablets taken with a meal and water drunk throughout the day) - Week 1-2 Breakfast - 3 x vitamin d3 tablets, 1 x zinc/copper tablet Lunch - Multivitamin Dinner - 3 x B5 tablet, 1 x Acetyl L-Carnitine tablet (Not taking the estroblock yet) REGIME - Week 3 Breakfast - 3 x B5, 1 x Acetyl L-Carnitine, Lunch - Multivitamin, 1 x Zinc/copper, 3 x D3 Dinner - 3 x B5, 1 x Acetyl L-Carnitine, 2 x Estroblock, 1 x Magnesium WEEK ONE So it's been a week of the regime. I must admit I have not been very good at cutting out the dairy and gluten and had a cake binge yesterday (oops). However, there is no doubt that my skin has improved, in less than a week I saw and felt a difference. Oil production has most definitely decreased, which has led to a reduction of new pimples, and even new pimples are less inflamed and noticeable. No real side effects that I have noticed. I did however notice that the mornings after I had eaten junk (had a chocolate binge one evening and a cake binge on another) I had more pimples than the mornings where I had eaten healthy the day before. This could be coincidence or me just relating new pimples to the junk food, but I personally do believe that a healthy diet and avoiding high fat and high sugar foods will help me to reduce/clear my acne. Some of the more visible and red spots on my face were made worse by me picking. WEEK TWO Skin seemed a little more oily again, but I have read that oil does fluctuate a bit at the start of this treatment. I have decided to now take 3000mg of B5 a day and start the Estroblock. Skin overall is better than before, but I have made it look worse than it is by picking at it and therefore will hold off on posting pictures. Have also researched into Magnesium being important for absorbing the other vitamins I am taking, so have bought some Epsom Salts to bath in and will be taking a Magnesium supplement.
  13. Hello! My name is Haley and I'm a 21 year old female, had very little acne until age 16 or 17 but started getting worse and worse. I already wrote a lot of my story on a previous forum from nearly two years ago (with plenty of pictures) which you can see here: To sum it up, I thought my acne seemed unnatural because of the location: nothing on my cheeks, all over my t-zone and forehead. This led me to believe that it wasn't merely hormonal. Since everything I tried to treat it with seemed to make matters worse, I tried the caveman regimen. Oooo was that a bad idea for me! My skin was worse than ever! Because of the pain, I went to the derm and was prescribed Ziana and an antibiotic. This gradually cleared my skin and it seemed like a happy ending untillllll (and you can see the update on the link) for some reason the ziana quit working. The other thread doesn't show this, but my face went back to almost being as bad as it was before. Back to the derm! Then I was prescribed Ziana AND Aczone. While this seemed to solve the problem, I still had breakouts every day of anywhere between one to ten zits on my forehead (which hadn't happened when I first started using ziana). I started to get depressed because of the odd texture of my skin, which peeled and flaked constantly and left me with tiny blackheads and large pores in my forehead that you could see under overhead lights. Even though it was a hundred times better than the full-fledged breakouts, I still wondered what I would do when the medication quit working again, or when I would "outgrow" acne since I hadn't yet. Let me tell you what happened. As I type this, I am elated because I have no acne, the spots I did have are healing, and my skin is so much smoother and even-toned than it has been in years. And I have not used my medication in 6 days! As the title says, it was gluten. I quit eating gluten foods 10 days ago and noticed that even with the medication, my skin calmed way down and I had NO breakouts. Deciding to chance it, six days ago I went to bed without medicating my face. I haven't had a breakout since! My dad thinks the "gluten free" craze is ridiculous, but I think it is an eye-opener for so many people who suffer from chronic acne, especially the forehead kind. The pics, in order, are how my skin recently looked (the goofy picture) and pretty much always looked on meds since what I call my "acne relapse" (when my meds stopped working and the derm had to prescribe more), how my skin looks now, how my skin looked at its worst, and how my skin looked during the relapse. Anyway, sometimes I wonder why I keep coming back here to update but I remember when I was desperately searching for answers, I was grateful for any updates like this that have me hope. So I hope this gives you hope! Gluten free, yay! It's not as hard as it sounds, especially with the diet craze these days!
  14. MissionClearSkin007

    Is Gluten Causing Your Acne?

    I didn't have acne until I was in my mid-twenties. I tried EVERYTHING to tame it. I kept my hair clean and off my face, my pillow cases clean, tried all types of different makeup to make sure I didn't have an allergy, never slept with make up on... I tried every single treatment imaginable: salicylic acid, benzoyl peroxide, masks, scrubs, peels, everything over the counter that you can name, ProActive, the harsh, expensive crap that my dermatologist prescribed me... I even tried washing my face less and using very mild soaps made for sensitive skin. Nothing worked; the acne always came back. Anyone who suffers from acne knows the struggle-- I didn't even want to go to the beach or the pool or spend the night at my boyfriend's house cause I didn't want him or anyone to see me without makeup. Finally my skin got so bad that I decided that the problem had to be internal. I don't have health insurance since I turned 26 so I couldn't go to a doctor. I started to do heavy research on my own and came across articles online about gluten sensitivity and gluten intolerance and their strong ties to acne. One of the most prevalent side effects of gluten intolerance or sensitivity is acne! If you're sensitive or intolerant, gluten POISONS your body and it reacts by trying to get rid of it (one way it does this is pushing it out through the skin). I decided to experiment. I IMMEDIATELY cut gluten out of my diet. This was no easy change... Everything has gluten in it!! Bread, pasta, most cereals, cookies, cake, ice cream, even most candies contain gluten. I really had to research and I am constantly reading labels and googling. It has been THREE WEEKS since I've cut out gluten and the proof is in the pudding. The change is unbelievable. The only change I made was cutting out gluten. I used tea tree oil to heal the existing acne and have not had a new breakout since. If you can afford to go to the doctor they can test you for gluten intolerance/sensitivity... I had to do it the old fashion way-- trial and error! It worked... If you've been struggling with acne and nothing has worked for you, try considering what you're putting INTO your body that may be causing it. See attached thumbnails for before and after pics. These pictures were taken 25 days apart.
  15. Hello! I'd like to share how I got rid of my acne so that it might help some of you get rid of yours. Here's the short version: cleanser= pine tar soap, treatmen=paleo diet, moisturizer=jojoba oil, switch from liquid makeup to mineral powder full story: I stopped using BP because it made me extremely dry and itchy. I weaned off of it while starting a gluten free diet. This was Jan 2012. The diet worked amazingly until my acne came back a few months later. I stumbled upon the paleo diet and decided to try it immediately. I had been eating a lot of soy, dairy, sugar, and grains still and paleo made me stop that. My acne cleared up again. I started that in October 2012 I had been using liquid makup to cover acne and scars, and having to wash it off was tough without irritating my skin, so one of the most important things that helped me heal was switching to mineral powder. I use maybelline. I don't have to rub it off and I don't mind sleeping in it. I only wash my face once a day. At this point I wasn't using any soap on my face, just running it under water in the shower. I also stopped using daily sunscreen. I think that made a huge difference also. I read that a diet high in antioxidants makes sunscreen unnecessary. I honestly don't know if that's true or not but I'm pretty sure all the excess sugar and processed foods I'm not eating now would have made me age much more than the minimal sun I get daily. I still had breakouts now and then and the thing that made me pretty much 100% breakout free was pine tar soap. I discovered it very recently. My friend was using it and his skin looked incredibly better, I tried it and it worked. I feel that I finally found my perfect regimen! I am still looking for ways to exfoliate without irritating my skin because anything with microbeads breaks me out immediately. I'll probably experiment with bentonite clay masks once in a while. Thanks for reading, good luck on your journeys
  16. Hi. I had bad cystic acne on neck and jawline on and off since may last year. I'm 24 now by the way. It would be really bad, then go away, then come back really bad. But earlier this year it was getting even worse. So in about may, I stopped eating dairy, it definitely helped. But then in july time I stopped eating gluten and it got so much better. But recently it's got a bit bad again. My question is, if gluten was a cause, would I suffer from any other symptoms of gluten intolerance? I've never actually had any other symptoms of gluten intolerance. So maybe the cause was high gi foods? And by cutting out gluten it cut out some high gi foods? Anyone got any thoughts on this?
  17. 40andAcne

    Gluten Sensitivity?

    I already posted this under "Adult Acne" before I realized there was a Diet section.... Hi all, I just joined this site today. I'm 39 years old and have been dealing with acne as long as I can remember. However, the last 3 -4 months have been the worst of my life! Deep, painful, ugly cystic acne....lovely! It's taken a toll on me or sure....visibly and mentally. So, my next game plan is to get tested for gluten sensitivity. I see on the forums that some folks have tried this. I got blood work done a year ago and it came back negative, but I've been researching and found out that the stool test available online is much more accurate (http://www.enterolab.com). Has anyone ordered from this site and if so, did you order just the $99 gluten sensitivity kit or do you think I should also test sensitivity to dairy, soy, & egg as well (more expensive, but maybe worth it). Suggestions? Thanks!
  18. Hi all, I just joined this site today. I'm 39 years old and have been dealing with acne as long as I can remember. However, the last 3 -4 months have been the worst of my life! Deep, painful, ugly cystic acne....lovely! It's taken a toll on me or sure....visibly and mentally. So, my next game plan is to get tested for gluten sensitivity. I see on the forums that some folks have tried this. I got blood work done a year ago and it came back negative, but I've been researching and found out that the stool test available online is much more accurate (http://www.enterolab.com). Has anyone ordered from this site and if so, did you order just the $99 gluten sensitivity kit or do you think I should also test sensitivity to dairy, soy, & egg as well (more expensive, but maybe worth it). Suggestions? Thanks!
  19. Diamondcutbaby13

    Second Day Accutane

    So it is only my second day on accutane but would have to say that I am definitely having the initial breakout! Omg this makes me so anxious asI am a bartender and have ro talk to people face to face all night! I's this normal fot this to happen so fast? My skin seems more red near my nose and more white heads near my chin. I ate piazza tonight though and it i's the first time that I have had gluten in over a month some maybe that has some thing ro do with it or it is the meds. I got tested fot celiac and it came back negative but the dr said I could still have a sensitivity to it. Hope my skin looks better by morning but I'm not counting on it. Anyone else had it happen so fast? Would love the feed back!
  20. is gluten the main or/and only reason why grains considered inflammatory food item in general? if no,then what are the other possible reasons? if yes,then how does it contribute in being inflammatory for our gut?how does it effect our gut? also,how and why do u think they are said to make our skin oily/greasy? thanks.
  21. hi! i've been avoiding gluten for not many days though. its probably just a week. so am not sure if its related or not. but what i want to know,desperately, is why am i suddenly having small but red angry white headed zits on one of my cheeks. some of them do slightly itch sometimes.not all. am also having teeny-tiny whiteheads on the same chick. and today i had a new one..the place itched for quite some time and then after a while i noticed i have a red head there. i anyway have many spots/PIH on that part of my face and now this. **it could be heat(i spent cooking hours one in the kitchen,its summer here) **it could be the anti-fungal shampoo i was using for 2-3 days.a few bumps on my forehead seem to disappear for that. but i used it all over my face for two days..but am only having this after good 2-4 days of stopping. **it could be something i eat.but i havent changed my diet at all. except for i dont take whole wheat(which i had for dinner forever).and i dint have any active zit/acne of almost 1.5 mnths. its not even days nearing my periods. i was kinda clear and just before i need to go out for somewhere very important to me in 2 days i've these red spots. i just couldnt hold myself crying. which btw i have not done for ,what seems now, like ages. although i use saslic(salicylic acid wash 1%) as usual and apply clindamycin phosphate gel on it(as spot treatment) as usual. i cant see any change.its been 2-3 days already. what should i do? i dont want to break down again for i need to be strong. but i just cant hold it anymore. i dnt know what to do!
  22. hello! i'm not sure if anyone else has this question in mind but i am in serious confusion! there are people who say white rice is poison and others who stress on a gluten-free diet. if one had to choose,which one would you choose? going by logic , white rice is bad for it raises the insulin level(sudden spike) ..for it's got high GI.whereas gluten is said to be inflammatory. so,what do u think?which one is (let's say) less harmful(or safer to carry on with)?? (my story : i have both white rice and whole wheat flat bread(home made) for lunch and dinner respectively.i've had phases in between when am absolutely clear and dnt have acne for may be a mnth or more. so,does that mean am intolerable to any one of it?? which one should i quit? ) if u have any question regarding this,please let me know. i'll add it here. aana
  23. righthandman

    The Superoxide Theory

    Please read this previous thread for info before commenting: I am confident, after years of dealing with acne that there is one fundamental difference between acne sufferers and those with clear skin. But this idea doesn't dismiss the fact that acne is multifactorial and I am not dismissing healthy eating, exercise, antibiotics, benzoyl peroxide, etc. I believe that all the different manners of treating acne work by affecting one thing but in different ways. I thought at one point that it was DHT, a more potent form of testosterone. Many of you may have read this thread entitled, DHT the sole creator of acne: While I do believe that DHT contributes to acne, I don't think it is what we should be focusing on. I personally use borage oil with lecithin to keep my acne under control. The mechanism here is GLA which inhibits DHT production. But this hasn't cleared my acne completely. I also only masturbate at most twice a week because I know that excessive masturbation/sexual activity can exacerbate acne. My newest theory is that the production of superoxide anions triggers acne. Superoxide dismutase is a "scavenger" of superoxide anions, meaning it destroys the superoxide anions. Either acne sufferers don't produce enough superoxide dismutase in the skin, or we produce too much superoxide anions. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2709429/?tool=pubmed Vitamin E potently reduces superoxide anion when applied topically. THis may explain why so many benefit from Vitamin E oil. I did a bit of researching and found that there are 8 different isomers of Vitamin E; alpha, beta, gamma, & delta tocopherols and alpha, beta, gamma, & delta tocotrienols. Most vitamin E's sold are of the tocopherol kind. I found out that the tocotrienol forms are generally higher in antioxidant power: http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0009912099000272 Recently I have applied a full spectrum vitamin E capsule topically making sure to get a significant source of tocotrienols. I do so before bed each night because it leaves my face red during the day. This helped my situation so I continued to research and found this abstract: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/16972004 It basically states that a certain plant known as Chinese Knotweed, Fo-Ti, Fallopia Multiflora, or Polygonum Multiflorum, strongly inhibits the destruction of SOD1. I forgot to mention that SOD1 is superoxide dismutase in its zinc form. The zinc form is the one related to acne. I went to chinatown and found Fo-Ti for very cheap. Its in a pill form which I crush up. I make a mixture with it along with vitamin e from my capsule, some water, and a little bit of hemp oil. I always use hemp oil as it is non comedogenic and has always helped me. These two things together have been tremendously helpful. The reason I am posting this is to share my knowledge but also to ask for help from fellow acne researchers. I have had, at many points, severe acne. I wasn't able to leave my room in fear of being seen in public. I skipped classes, have missed countless social opportunities, and become severely depressed. Acne holds me back from the person that I want to be and I know when I have a clear face and body, I will embrace life in all its glory. I have tried all diets ranging from sugar free, gluten free, dairy free, raw, vegan, vegetarian, paleo, and wai. I have supplemented with green tea, resveratrol, magnesium, vitamin d, fish oil, iodine, chromium, cinnamon, the list is too long. I am trying to find one extract, oil, herb, drug, or vitamin that can be ingested or applied topically that treats my acne by either effectively increasing zinc superoxide dismutase (SOD1) or inhibiting the production of superoxide anions and reactive oxygen species (ROS) in the skin. So far Fo-Ti and Vitamin E work but not well enough. I want to see if anyone wants to help me out on this theory of mine. Fo-Ti isn't the best solution because its very dark to apply on the skin and you must leave it on, vitamin E makes my skin bright red, and I still have acne. Here are some promising abstracts/studies involving the antioxidant activities of certain herbs/drugs/vitamins/extracts. I would appreciate it if someone helped by trying one of these and documenting your successes/failures here. Cocoa polyphenols inhibit phorbol ester-induced superoxide anion formation in cultured HL-60 cells and expression of cyclooxygenase-2 and activation of NF-kappaB and MAPKs in mouse skin in vivo. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/16614396 "The levels of COX-2 expression induced in mouse skin after 4-h treatment with topical TPA (10 nmol) was also diminished significantly by pretreating CP (40 or 200 mg/kg) for 30 min." Changes in Zinc Levels and Superoxide Dismutase Activities in the Skin of Acute, Ultraviolet-B- Irradiated Mice After Treatment With Ginkgo Biloba Extract http://link.springer.com/content/pdf/10.1385%2FBTER%3A80%3A2%3A175.pdf "The Zn levels changed in the same pattern as the SOD activity values. " Resveratrol reduces endothelial oxidative stress by modulating the gene expression of superoxide dismutase 1 (SOD1), glutathione peroxidase 1 (GPx1) and NADPH oxidase subunit (Nox4). http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20083859 "The same resveratrol regimen upregulated the mRNA expression of SOD1 and GPx1." Ozonized sunflower oil reduces oxidative damage induced by indomethacin in rat gastric mucosa http://link.springer.com/article/10.1007%2Fs00011-007-7034-1?LI=true "It was concluded that cytoprotective effects of OSO in rat gastric mucosa are mediated at least partially by upregulation of the antioxidant system and mainly SOD." Benzyl isothiocyanate inhibits excessive superoxide generation in inflammatory leukocytes: implication for prevention against inflammation-related carcinogenesis http://carcin.oxfordjournals.org/content/25/4/567.full.pdf "We demonstrated for the first time that the pre-treatment with BITC 40 min prior to each TPA treatment significantly inhibited the number of papillomas per mouse. " Highly galloylated tannin fractions from witch hazel (Hamamelis virginiana) bark: electron transfer capacity, in vitro antioxidant activity, and effects on skin-related cells. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/18311930 "...we hypothesize that the final putative antioxidant effect of polyphenols may be in part attributed to the stimulation of defense systems by mild prooxidant challenges provided by reactive oxygen species generated through redox cycling." Sesamol inhibits UVB-induced ROS generation and subsequent oxidative damage in cultured human skin dermal fibroblasts. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20697726 "On the other hand, sesamol pretreatment significantly decreased cytotoxicity, intracellular ROS, lipid peroxidation, oxidative DNA damage and apoptotic morphological changes in sesamol-pretreated and UVB-irradiated HDFa cells." Genistein protects against UVB-induced senescence-like characteristics in human dermal fibroblast by p66Shc down-regulation. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20211546 " Genistein exerted dramatically protective effects on HDFs in a dose-dependent mannerz"