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  1. Hi. I'm a little new here and hope this is the right place for this. A little background: I’ve had moderate to severe acne since around age 12, now 22, with moderate being the norm that once and a while would change in short severe breakouts of cystic acne. Last year I finally caved and went to a derm who prescribed me 200mg of Doxycycline and Epiduo. I was on the antibiotics for 7 months under supervision and then I weaned myself off, and probably a little quickly at that. It stayed clear for 3 months and then it came back horribly. My mother was so upset she hauled me back to the dermatologist…who wanted to stick me right back on doxycycline. I was almost tempted to do it, but something seemed wrong about the way the acne was coming back. I was right. It cleared up a little for a couple of weeks although it was still worse than normal, but with cycling of hormones for girls at the beginning of this month I severely broke out again in cystic acne, worse than I ever had and have been going through that for two weeks now. The infections have gotten so bad they burrow under the skin leaving dime and penny sized cysts. Sometimes I can’t move half of my face because of the swelling. Yesterday a small spot cropped up, inflammed and went under the skin, and now I can’t breathe out of my right nostril because of its size and the pressure on my sinuses. A lymph node has become irritated and been going up and down all month, swelling under my jaw. Other than this, I’m perfectly healthy and don’t feel ill at all. Although I am insanely stressed by this. I’m making an appointment with my GP this week because I don’t know what else to do. Throwing a hail mary I’ve severely limited my diet within the last month, eliminating sugar, dairy, eggs, wheat, gluten, soy, processed foods, white/bleached flours, excessive fruit, and preservatives. I tried to avoid spikes in blood sugar. Previously an already health conscious semi-vegetarian who ate fish, I resulted to adding a bit of antibiotic free, vegetarian fed chicken to get enough protein with all the limitation. I’ve been taking zinc, turmeric with black pepper, D, E, probiotics, fish oil, and a multivitamin. Aside from dropping from 110 lbs to 102 lbs in two weeks it has done nothing. Does anyone have any advice at all about what I should be doing at this point or what I should be asking my doctor when I go in? I have a feeling she is also going to take one look and want to prescribe an antibiotic to clear the infection, and I think I’d rather face Freddy Krueger than that right now.
  2. Hello all! I am new to adding topics to the website, but I've been following the discussion for some time. I am in need of some advice. I have suffered from acne since I was in 5th grade and now I am 23. I've gone to derms, but they never helped and I just got so frustrated with their advice. Here's my lifestyle: I'm a vegetarian I have eliminated dairy from my diet for a month I have eliminated gluten from my diet entirely for a month I take the following vitamins: Multi-day, Vitamin E, Black Walnut, Probiotic complex, and a few general others. I wash my face with coconut soap I use tea tree oil for zits and whiteheads that occur My whiteheads and zits occur only around my mouth, chin, and around/under my nose. Not only do I have those zits, I have lots of scarring from years of acne. How long does it take for my body to clear up if it is the gluten and dairy sensitivity? I'm STILL breaking out!!!!! I thought I was doing good, but now today and yesterday I broke out with a few. Could that time of the month be doing this to me? If so, what can I do to stop it?
  3. Basically, I'm making this post so that some of you guys with digestion issues that don't seem to be getting cleared up on paleo/fodmaps/leaky gut healing etc. can have another alternative to add to your current regimen. My own journey: I am currently 22 years old. Have always had problems with digestion- even in infancy in the form of colic. I have tested negative for most of the (major) food allergies like dairy, gluten, eggs and peanuts. My diet is impeccable. I exercise. But I still have persistant itchy, cystic moderate acne. I am sensitive to the slightest bit of sugar, whether natural (in the form of fruit or honey) or not. At the age of 13- I was also diagnosed with high bilirubin (which they said was genetic, psh), and high cholesterol. Very bizarre. To find out the source of all my problems, I've done quite a bit of research and done a ridiculous amount of trial and error through various dieting, lifestyle changes, supplementation, topicals, etc. I've also convinced myself over the years that I have a variety of different allergies which I tried to help with elimination dieting, the most recent being fructose (which does aggravate me), but I'm pretty sure now that I don't have an allergy at all. I am sensitive, in truth, to ALL foods and I'm trying to figure out why. Benzoyl peroxide cleared me up- but I knew the internal problem was still alive and well. I came across the threat here about leaky gut, which I had known I've struggled with for a while. Things about me that could have caused this are: I was not breastfed, I was on a few rounds of antibiotics as a kid, I consumed a high amount of NSAIDS (ibuprofen) for horrible cramping, and my diet when I was younger consisted mostly of refined carbs, processed foods and sugar. I also have experienced an extreme amount of stress and anxiety since very early on in life, which can also contribute to leaky gut. So, I tried probiotics in addition to my already paleo diet. Symptoms did not clear up. I did some more research. I eventually came across FODMAPS, which I also tried, to no avail, and I felt like I was starving because I could barely eat anything with the paleo and FODMAP combo. Recently though, I came across a diet called "GAPS." Basically, GAPS stands for "gut and psychology syndrome diet." The protocol is almost identical to paleo and also recommends adding in the supplements used for leaky gut. BUT, there is one major difference: the recommendation to avoid most supplements (vitamins, etc), and the strict recommendation of Betaine HCL with Pepsin before every single meal. So, in addition to a very high quality probiotic, strict dieting of absolutely no sugar or grain, and cod liver oil (for vitamin A and D, as well as essential fatty acids), which are all MUST HAVES on the GAPS diet, you must have this Betaine HCL with Pepsin, which I was not using. The premise behind this, is that many of us with leaky gut actually have low stomach acid. ---------------------------------------------------------- So what does stomach acid do? HCl's important functions include: Breaking down proteins into the essential amino acids and nutrients your body needs in order to stay healthy. Stimulating your pancreas and small intestines to produce the digestive enzymes and bile necessary to further breakdown the carbohydrates, proteins and fats you eat. Preventing disease by killing pathogenic bacteria and yeast normally present in food. And if your stomach acid is low? What happens then? You become protein malnourished. When your stomach acid is low, you are not able to digest protein. The improper digestion of protein creates toxins in your intestines that can set the stage for illness and disease. Improper digestion of protein also creates acidic blood, since protein is by nature acidic. [*]You become mineral deficient. As your blood becomes more acidic, it will look for minerals from anywhere in your body, in order to get your blood to its more ideal alkaline state. Acidic blood robs your body of minerals, even taking minerals from your bones (which is important to know if you want to prevent osteoporosis). Okay, that's bad enough, but then what? [*]You could eat plenty of protein and still be protein malnourished. This raises cortisol levels (stress or death hormone), thereby raising your blood glucose (blood sugar levels). Elevated cortisol adversely affects your behavior and temperment. (OKAY, SO THIS EXPLAINS WHY I AM SENSITIVE TO EVEN NATURAL SUGARS IN FRUIT AND HONEY, AS WELL AS WHY I'M EXTREMELY ANXIOUS AND GET ANGERED SO QUICKLY. IT ALSO EXPLAINS MY HORMONAL IMBALANCES, BECAUSE WHEN YOUR BLOOD SUGAR AND CORTISOL LEVELS ARE HIGH IT WILL AFFECT OTHER HORMONE LEVELS BECAUSE THE BODY IS A SYNCHRONISTIC MACHINE). [*]Eventually, your adrenals become depleted (adrenal fatigue) and DHEA, the youth hormone, is suppressed, leading to premature aging. Low DHEA and high cortisol affect your brain and behavior, but that's not all. The vicious cycle of low stomach acid affects your inner ecosystem too. Low stomach acid can lead to more bad guys (pathogenic bacteria, candida and viruses) than good guys (healthy microflora), thus lowering your immunity. ---------------------------------------------------------- So all of this research has me pretty convinced that my problem, and the problem with many of you guys who have tried all possible digestive and nutritional remedies and haven't found refuge, is low stomach acid. But- then I started thinking- if I was diagnosed with high bilirubin and high cholesterol, wouldn't that mean my liver and such is producing TOO much acid? Apparently not, because while bilirubin is indeed made of bile (the digestive fluid) and cholesterol, the purpose of bilirubin is to help the liver break down substances, soooo: Elevated bilirubin levels can be a result of increased breakdown of red blood cells, which is called hemolysis, or an incapability of the liver to remove the substance properly. I'm assuming now, that my high bilirubin and high cholesterol is a result of my liver not being able to remove certain substances efficiently, because in the place where much of the enzymatic breakdown is supposed to occur, the stomach, there is not enough stomach acid and therefore much of the food is undigested and toxic. To explain it again, when you have low stomach acid, the natural digestive enzymes won't function properly and none of your food gets digested, so when certain bits get to the liver, the liver gets overloaded and treats certain "unbroken-down-things" as toxins. And now that I know my liver is overloaded (I never could figure out why since I completely avoid common toxins, I exercise, sleep and eat very well) due to low stomach acid, I have an explanation for my hormonal imbalances. The liver also deals with hormone levels. It is our master organ, you know. If it's overloaded with other duties, it's not going to be the best at helping create hormonal balance on top of it. So, my advice to you guys, whether you have high bilirubin or not, try to find a betaine HCL acid with pepsin supplement (without fillers) and take it at each meal. This will help MORE than digestive enzymes, because when there is enough stomach acid, digestive enzymes will (usually) naturally regulate themselves. Anyways- I'm pretty sure I'm onto something here and I just wanted to share the wealth/hear your thoughts, even though this is a long post, I hope someone has some extra info to lend. -INDIGO
  4. Hi, I have oily yet flaky skin on my chin and jawline. My cheeks, forehead, and nose are COMPLETELY CLEAR. It's only my chin and jawline that is affected. My whole face gets oily but my chin/jaw are always flaky, always breaking out, hyperpigmented, and it seems the area is dehydrated. You can see that there's oil on the skin but when I go jog or something, my chin/jawline pores just can't sweat out anything. It's really dehydrated to me and there's no protective skin barrier. Worst of all, it's constantly flaky. I have been diagnosed with seborrheic dermatits/perioral dermatitis amongst other diagnoses but alot of antifungal/antibacterial/antiparasitics don't work on me. It makes me think there's something wrong with my skin that is affecting only the chin and jawline. Hormones are a culprit. My regimen includes: Green SuperFoods once a day Raw Whole Grain Oats with Flaxseed once a day Avoidance of gluten/wheat/excess protein Avoidance of SLS/Fluoride/Steroids/Other irritants Oral Hyaluronic Acid capsules Oral Vitamin C 1000 MG Oral Lipase/Digestive Pill for lactose intolerance and digestion aid Oral Minocycline (just started again 3 days ago) Oral Probiotics Oral antihistamine (Allegra or Claritin) Baking Soda or Milk of Magnesia to remove flakes. Comes back in 2-3 days Optional (these hardly work): Tea Tree Ointment by Desert Essence Aim 2 Health Face & Body Moisturizing Wash Aim 2 Health TheraCream Oral Oil of Oregano Oil Pulling Method Topical Finacea Topical Lotrimin Ultra, Loprox, Econazole, Clotrimazole, Ketoconazole Topical Metrogel Topical Coal Tar Topical Prosacea California Baby Calendula Cream Anyone have an idea? :/
  5. I'd been dairy free for a year now and rarely if ever broke out. I also followed the treatment regimen below. This Thanksgiving I ate cheese several times and now have two bright red papules - one on my cheek and one on my chin. I follow a strict doctor prescribed allergy diet (gluten-free, sugar free, etc.) but dairy was supposedly okay to eat. I chose to avoid dairy because of the acne connection. Eating cheese is the only thing I changed in the past month and whammo...2 big red zits!!! Can't get a better experiment than that to show how dairy can cause flare-ups.
  6. After a year and a half of struggling with acne after living a life full of beautiful skin, I've decided to make this post in hopes of helping the people who feel hopeless and that they will never see clear skin in their life again. Here's my disclaimer- I am a nutrition major at UIC and work in the Whole Body/Supplement section of Whole Foods Market. I am not a doctor nor a licensed dietician as of yet so take this information as you please. If you follow my suggestions, I can guarantee clearer, beautiful skin! This may be long but it will be worth your while. First things first, if you don't believe acne and nutrition are connected, I am terribly sorry but you are WRONG. Bacteria and oil are NOT the enemies here, people! Food is. Your skin is an outer reflection of exactly what is going on inside your body, namely your digestive organs like the large intestines. So the very first thing you need to do is reevaluate your diet and please remember to keep an open mind. Everything I am about to tell you has been proven in scientific journals from around the world, if you'd like to learn more I have left a list of books, movies and online resources to check out. Despite the controversy, dairy is shown to be linked to acne. Dairy wreaks absolute havoc on your body and skin, especially with the standards of the United States' factory farms. It is pumped full of hormones which we know affect skin, anti-biotics and fed a diet of genetically modified corn, ground up cows, pigs, cats, dogs, and whatever else the 'farmer' can get his hands on for cheap. And ever since the drought, 'farmers' have even resorted to feeding their animals with sprinkles, gummy worms, oreos, you name it. When dairy enters the body, it causes an extremely acidic environment, so your body's defense automatically needs to neutralize and alkalinize it and does so by pulling key nutrients from other parts of the body like your bones and skin. Not only does dairy rob your body and skin of nutrients, it also is left to putrefy in your intestines for 24-48 hours(which is how long it takes the average human to fully digest food). Now take a minute to imagine what would happen to milk/cheese/ice cream if it was left in an environment that's 98 degrees for a day or two. It actually causes little pustules on the intestines much like say, a pimple! Gross, right? Toxins expelled from your intestines need to find their way out of the body, a quick and easy way is through the skin and BAM, acne. Also, most people after the age of three stop producing, lactase, the enzyme that breaks down lactose/milk protein. This is because humans were genetically not supposed to consume our mother's milk after the age of three and certainly not supposed to drink the milk of another animal. If you are one of the following nationalities, you are at an extremely high risk of lactose intolerance or not producing lactase: Asian descent- 90-100% lactose intolerant* Native Americans- 95%* African descent- 65-70%* Italian descent- 65-70%* Hispanic descent- 50-60%* (*Reference: The Food Revolution page 99) If you gather nothing else from this post, please let this be the one! Your body and skin will thank you. I'm not going to go as in depth with this topic because there is not enough research done on it but almost everything I said about dairy, also goes for meat. It's acidic, it putrefies in the intestines, and the anatomy of human doesn't agree with meat. Carnivore's(meat eaters) take only about 2 hours to fully digest their food, as I mentioned earlier humans take 1-2 days; we are meant to be omnivores. But, if you're not ready to give up the meat, at least try to find a clean source for it; reach out to local farmers that raise cattle/chickens humanely and are fed a clean diet. The idea of changing your diet is to get back to nature; one ingredient foods. This means look for organic, non-gmo, unprocessed foods and crowd out the bad stuff with the good. Fresh fruits, veggies, nuts, seeds, beans/legumes and whole grains should be staples in your diet unless you have a gluten/wheat sensitivity or allergy which in that case you would stay away from whole grains and shift towards wheat and gluten free grains. Of course there are going to be those days where you are just craving a slice of pizza or a nice big bowl of mac&cheese especially because most people's comfort foods include dairy in some way(just like me!). There is a vegan alternative to every single thing you can imagine. If someone told me a year ago I would be a vegan today I would have laughed in their face. I never thought I could do it. But it's SO much easier than you think. Some yummy alternatives I have found to my favorite comfort foods can be found at health food stores like Whole Foods, Wild Oats, Fruitful Yield, etc. Now, I'm not saying replace your diet now with all this processed food but for the occasional treat, these are all amazing alternatives that will satisfy your craving without having to feel horrible about it or breaking out terribly because they are all vegan and most are non-gmo or organic. Here's a few of my favorites: Cow's milk- almond milk, soy milk, coconut milk Cheese- Daiya cheese (comes in cheddar, mozzarella and pepper jack Mac&Cheese- Amy's rice pasta and vegan cheese(made with daiya cheese) OR Vegan Cafe's creamy macaroni & cheese Pizza- Amy's vegan margarita pizza (you also can make your own with the daiya cheese OR at Whole Foods you can order a vegan pizza fresh made by the prepared foods department, it's delish) Milk chocolate- Carob, dark chocolate Chocolate snacks- Hail Merry Chocolate Macaroons- THESE ARE TO DIE FOR! I eat them instead of cookies/chocolate bars/etc. Meat- There are plenty alternatives you can buy frozen I also have amazing recipes for vegan chili and vegan black bean burgers that won't make you miss meat! Aside from animal products, the next trigger for acne is sugar. Yes all types, brown sugar, white sugar, refined sugar you name it. It causes spike in blood sugar and is also very acidic in the body. Most people have heard of and are familiar with the link between sugar and acne so I won't dive into this topic either. I believe this next trigger comes close to animal products, and that is processed food. Now, I'm not going to be unrealistic and say cut it out completely, but look at the ingredients. Make sure you know what every ingredient is on that label and the fewer the better. Although it may be a few bucks more expensive, chose USDA organic products when possible; they are much more nutrient dense and have far less toxins. Toxins=acne. Shifting toward a clean diet is key. So now that you've taken away part of your diet, what will go in place? The most nutrient dense, detoxifying, brightening, strengthening foods out there. Crowd out the bad stuff with good stuff. My recommendation is to start off every morning with a smoothie. I believe this is sosososo important! You can get a blender for about $40 at a department store and it will be a great investment in your health. Smoothies should always contain fruits AND veggies! Greens in particular, they are cleansing and detoxifying. You can chose either frozen or fresh fruit, whatever you prefer and through it in your blender. This is usually what I do: Strawberries, blueberries, mangoes/pineapple with some carrot juice. Then I blend in a stalk or two of kale(remove the middle stem and just use the thin leafy parts) and a few handfuls of spinach. The magic ingredient I end with is a scoop or so of Vibrant Health's Green Vibrance. They also sell this at health food stores or you could always find it online. This stuff is absolutely amazing and essential if you don't get enough greens/vegetables in your diet. It contains just about every green vegetable and seaweed you could think up, PLUS special detoxifying herbs PLUS 25 billion probiotics and at least 95% of your daily value of all the fat soluble vitamins(A,D,E,&K)! If you're not a fan of the consistency/taste of this product you could also try Sunfood's Sun Is Shining which is very similar to Green Vibrance. Feel free to do research on these products, there's lots of good feedback on the net. I noticed a difference in my skin just a few days into using it. If like myself, you have been eating animal products and processed junk your whole life, your body is probably extremely toxic. I recommend doing a full body cleanse to kick start results. I'm not saying go on a crazy water or juice fast- just adopt your new lifestyle and give your body that extra push it needs. There are cleanses you can get at health food stores. I have tried a few and my favorite has to be Garden of Life's RAW Cleanse- I noticed a different in my complexion just a few days into it. It's raw, it's vegan, it's only seven days, it's amazing. What most people don't understand about cleanses though is that once you cleanse your body, those toxins end up getting filtered through your liver and kidneys which if your body is very toxic, can be a heavy load on your liver. I recommend doing a liver cleanse right after a cleanse or during a cleanse. Good supplements for this are: Himalaya's LiverCare and Soloray's Liver Blend. You can take them at the same time; they just utilize certain herbs that assist the liver in detoxification. These will rid the body of many toxins but not from everything. Chances are, if you have ever eaten meat in your life, you have worms. 85-90% of American's have worms in their intestines. Worms, along with candida/yeast overgrowth can be major causes of acne. It's really gross but the good news is, you can get rid of them all with one herb. I refer to this herb as magical because of how well it works. Oil of Oregano is the most anti-microbial, anti-bacterial herb known to man. In placebo studies it actually worked better than penicillin and amoxicillin in killing bacteria. Want to know the best thing about it? It doesn't touch your good bacteria, it only kills the bad bacteria unlike anti-biotics which kill ALL bacteria, even your good flora. Oil of Oregano has more benefits than I could count on all my fingers and toes, I'd encourage you to do more research on the benefits of the herb. I'd recommend doing the Oil of Oregano for a month straight, twice a day. I prefer the tincture but it also comes in capsules. I've found Gaia's Oil of Oregano to be one of the cheapest, but most effective. If you have worms or candida/yeast overgrowth, a month should be plenty of time to get your gut in balance. You should absolutely notice a difference in your skin within a few days with this one; it is extremely powerful stuff. Most people are uneducated about probiotics but they are absolutely vital to curing acne. You want more good bacteria than bad in your gut because bad bacteria is what causes acne. You have countless strains of bacteria and about 400 trillion organisms in your gut so when picking out a probiotic supplement, look for AT LEAST 20 billion organisms and as many strains as you can find, the more, the better. Also, many probiotics are grown in dairy! Make sure you look on the bottle that it says free of dairy- dairy probiotics will do the same thing dairy itself does in the gut. One I've found that works well is MegaFood's MegaFlora. It has 20 billion organisms and 14 strains per capsule. It's dairy and allergen free. I'm very confident lifestyle changes are enough to cure the skin but for some that have severe acne and/or have been on antibiotics need a little extra attention. If you've taken Accutane or routine anti-biotics, you've done some damage to your intestines. But the good news about the body is that amazing ability it has to repair itself. I would encourage you to do all of the above but you should absolutely focus on probiotics. You should be taking double to quadruple the amount I advised above because your gut is so depleted of good bacteria at this point. I would also add in some reparative herbs. The most important and potent of those being Curcumin which is the extracted active ingredient of the herb, Turmeric. It can actually repair the tissues of your organs inside and out; from your gut to your skin. It is also extremely anti-inflammatory which is another cause of acne. I would recommend 500 mg twice per day for the first month or so and then cut back to one for maintenance. Other reparative herbs include Neem and Amla. There is a product by Organic India called Skin Renew that includes both of these herbs plus turmeric. I would still advise taking the extra curcumin though. Lastly, but certainly not least I want to talk about mental stability. Most people wouldn't think your skin and your mental state relate at all but they surprisingly do. Have you ever heard anyone tell you if you imagine/visualize/tell yourself something, your mind can make it happen? Same goes here; if you obsessively look in the mirror, think about your acne, tell yourself how bad it is, etc, your mind will actually make what your subconscious is telling you the truth. So if you obsess and think about your skin most of your days, your mind will make it a reality. You have to let go of what you think you know and talking down about yourself and just love yourself! Everyday for the next month take at least a few minutes out of everyday to tell yourself the following: I can cure my acne. I have total control over my skin. The healthier I get, the healthier my skin gets. Clear skin is no accident. Curing acne is simple and easy. I will have clear, beautiful skin. Just say it over and over again. It's best to do it when you are in a relaxed state or meditating(hate that word, but basically just focus on your breathing, relax and repeat the phrases in bold) This will literally make your subconscious believe exactly what you're telling it. This is exactly like hypnosis; if you can't relax on your own, look up self hypnosis online. There are great resources to learning how to get in the right frame of mind for this to actually work. I never knew mental health and skin had any correlation but it makes total sense. To be totally healthy, you need to be healthy body, mind and soul. You will find happiness when all of these are are in balance. My goal is to help people. I'm well versed in nutrition, natural medicine and supplements. If I have left questions unanswered or have left you confused please do not hesitate to email me or leave a comment here. I'd be more than happy to answer any questions/concerns. For those who have read this entire thing, I hope I have helped in your journey to having beautiful skin and that you take my suggestions and at least give them a try for a month. You have nothing to lose, only clear skin to gain. -Sarah scampb22@uic.edu ALL! Here is a great resource from Dr. Furhman, MD's website based off of his book 'Eat to Live'. There are plenty of scientific studies on how diet affects acne and also many testimonials of those who have followed his low-fat vegan diet. This website has endless information, resources, recipes, etc. Here's the link :http://www.diseaseproof.com/archives/cat-acne.html I would also recommend the following books and movies for both healthy skin and a healthy body. BOOKS -Eating for Beauty by David Wolfe -The Beauty Detox Solution by Kimberly Snyder, CN -The China Study by T. Collin Campbell, PhD -The Food Revolution by John Robbins -Diet for a New America by John Robbins -Eat to Live by Joel Fuhrman, MD MOVIES -Forks Over Knives -Hungry for Change -Food Matters
  7. Hi Everyone! A summary about me, suffered from acne (regular whiteheads and blackheads) when I was a teen. Took BCP to help clear that up, which it did. Never had perfect skin but it was pretty good. Then I turned 25 and my skin changed. The acne I got was all on my chin and jawline. The big bumps, some nodules, some cysts, some closed comedones, always inflamed. First I was just getting regular acne on my chin, then the week before my period I was getting a big bump. Then two. Then three. Took a round of antibiotics which worked. Then when the 8 weeks of antibiotics ended, skin got worse. Tried the usual things including a very expensive medical grade skincare line which made my skin worse- it purged and purged. Then Oct 12th I went completely gluten free and started taking saw palmetto (450mg daily) and doing Dans regimen (except in the morning i swap out BP for prescription clinidsol) and have finally found some success. I dont know which of the three is helping, or if its the combo- but Ive barely had any active acne in 7 weeks. A pimple here or there but overall its a 90% improvement and im EXTREMELY happy. Just wanted to share some success Ive had
  8. Hey! So I finally saw a really good health place and did a really amazing (yet expensive) test, which I see my new nutritionist at every week. Basically I have a leaky gut from an infection, and I've been given a bunch of healthy natural tablets to take to fix all of that and in turn, cure my acne. Also figured out that I am most likely intolerant to Dairy and Gluten. Next Wednesday I'll be visiting my nutritionist to start the healthy diet food plan to follow. (For now she said to focus on getting use to taking the tablets) but basically, she said she knows exactly on what to do to cure that acne of mine and get me clear skin. For now I'm taking all the tablets as said to and just having a basic healthy diet low in carbs and sugar and healthy fresh food and added in exercise and a lot of water. Current regimen: Morning: Do exercise regimen about 10 minutes after waking up. Take Alpha Lipoic Acid tablet (Mainly for Acne and healing acne marks) 30 minutes before breakfast Have nice luke warm shower Have Breakfast and take a long with Active B complex tablet + Cod liver oil tablet with a bit of filtered water. Lunch time: Take Alpha Lipoic acid tablet 30 minutes before lunch Have lunch + Cod liver oil tablet At around 2 or 3pm Have vitamin C (1 teaspoon) into 500ml of water and stir. I find this really yummy. Dinner: Have dinner + Codliver oil Go for 20 minute walk and drink plenty of water Take Ultra Flora Dybiosis tablet 30 minutes after bed time Generally trying to go to sleep at about 9PM and waking up at 6AM but time can vary, and 10 minutes before sleep I have 1tsp of Magopti in 250ml of water to help me sleep. And I do that every day basically. I've been doing it for 6 days so far. I was told it should take a few months to heal my leaky gut and get rid of my acne, but hey, as long as it will be gone soon, I'm good with that . Improvement wise in the past 6 days, I'd say very very little, but that's obvious because you shouldn't expect any results in 6 days. But I'd say it's gone away by 1 or 2% possibly? I'll update every week or a few days. Post any questions or feedback or what not here.
  9. How long after changing your diet did it take to see results? (if any) What did you change about your diet? I have been gluten free and sugar free and also low GI for 2 weeks. I know its not long and everyone is different but I am really struggling with these changes and just want to hear some positive stories to keep me on track. Dairy seems to be a common one to drop as well so am still deciding whether I should do that as well, I feel if I do I will have nothing left to eat! I don't eat much dairy, never drink milk but have been having some feta in salads and also some greek yoghurt. Hoping this won't effect clearing things up.
  10. Theres a reason acne hit me this late in my life, i thought i was doing my body good when i wanted to gain weight with all the "HEALTHY" foods. And theres a reason why my acne went away last year when i started drinking, smoking weed, eating nothing but trash. The truth of my acne is that My body can't handle all the carbs i eat so my face is paying for that It was never the dairy, the gluten, the nuts, the fish that was my problem. As i wrote above - i have had acne before that suddenly disappeared when i started doing the worst lifestyle. I was eating everything and i didn't break out - WHY? Because i never ate foods with high carbs. When i stopped binge eating my acne went away ALOT , but only to a certain degree. The reason for that is because i cut ALOT down on carbs when i ate. Theres a reason why cutting out gluten helped me so much but i still didnt get rid of my acne. It was because i wasnt gluten sensitiv, the most carbs i got was gluten, but i was still eating beans and lentils everyday (much smaller amount) Also i replaced most carbs with high fats like oils, avocados, coconut oil to make sure i wasn't too low in calorie intake which helped me alot. Also i think i have a problem with fructose since i also breakout when i eat fruits but i never breakout if i even candy? No i don't think its the blood sugar that spikes because this only happens when i eat fruits. So i finally found the problem of my acne. And at the moment i'm clear and trying to get rid of the hyperpigmentation. But i still need help! I know that the key is low carbs/high fat. But how can i maintain my weight and not feel hungry anymore? Can somebody tell me how i can start live a good life without all the carbs? I never really liked all the carbs i ate, i really only did it to gain weight (weight training) and because i thought it was healthy. But i was wrong. Hope you can help me out there! Thanks
  11. Hey i want to try to add back dairy to my diet since i don't think its what caused my acne. Im just a little scared, how much should i start with? And will my body get a shock and break me out bad? Hope you can help. Btw. gluten and unhealthy blood sugar levels was what caused my acne.
  12. Hi guys Just thought Id share my story and cure in case it helps somebody else out there. Its taking me agaes to write this cus I wanted to be sure it was the cure and didnt want to temp fate by writing it as I have semi cured myself before and then acne returned, not this time! First I have always had very mild acne but my acne became moderate/severe with cysts afte taking the pill for a year and then being given a year of antibiotics by my derm, oh the regrets. I tried everything for the last four years, I mean everything! I was so depressed I have hidden away and lost many friends and nearly ruin my relationship. I part cured myself when I used a very potent fish oil capsule along with a supplement called perfectil and an amazing probiotic called This had me totally clear and radiant, I glowed for 6 months but then stopped working. Worst still my hair had broken off and has never been the same. I also sunbathed for two weeks on holiday and developed melasma, a dark patch like a moutashe which now causes my daily grief, therefore I warn you please never sunbathe!! Its really common and I believe it may be due to the hormones in the fish oil. My hormones changed when I took the fish oil, my period became regular the light and I didnt get any PMT! All good but I have stoped taking it because of the melasma. My period have remained regular a year later. Anyway Im side tracking but thought you should know this! Anyway my best discovery is a product called Skinceuticals Age and Blemish defense. As with all things it may not suit you but I urge you to try it as It might be the thing that saves you! Its not cheap at 70 english pounds but its worth every penny, please check its reviews on this site and google its website. Im pretty clear now, one or two tiny spots a week max. I also discovered sugar gives me whiteheads and yeast give my cysts, when I cut these totally out and gluten along with the skinceuticals I acne free. Pleae try this! Now all I have to do is get rif of my melasma, thats a whole new issue!!
  13. Hey i have not had new breakouts in many days now. Things i have changed recently cutted out: All gluten, all sugar, and carrots. I have also stopped washing my face twice a day. Now i just wash my face every night with warm water and then splash with cold and moisturize with extra virgin olive oil. I have totally clear skin now, all i have is hyperpigmentation but its less and less everyday i look in the mirror! What am i doing right?
  14. Hey everyone, im a male and i have really bad cystic acne all over my body, mostly my upper chest, shoulders and back, sometimes i get it on my neck.. but the weird thing is my face is completely clear. I've had acne since i was 14yrs old. I've been using cleansers and bp for months now and it doesnt seem to be helping. Ive tried no dairy diets, no gluten diets, no egg diets, no refined sugar diets and why i have seen minor improvements, the cystic acne still remains. I'm also taking zinc/milk thistle supplements Medications im currently taking is 0.088mg of Synthroid/Levothyroxine for my Hypothyroidism. So i guess my question is, why is my face clear but my body not? Could it be that my clothing is irritating my skin? maybe im allergic to a certain fabric? thanks in advance
  15. Trying to figure out the cause of your acne sometimes feels like an exercise in futility. There are literally so many possible variables that can lead to acne that trying to control and/or pinpoint them sometimes feels impossible. After years of mild-moderate acne with cysts and nodules thrown in mix, I decided to cut all grains out of my diet and am happy to be acne free one year later. There are many reasons to cut grains out of your diet acne aside, but the acne related ones are blatant.. - 30-40% of people of European decent a gluten sensitive to some degree - grains cause inflammation and are linked to a myriad of diseases - consuming grains leads to insulin spikes which in turn leads to cascading hormonal responses which trigger the sebum-producing glands in your skin to produce more oil After doing some research, quitting grains was honestly a no-brainer for me. The first thing I noticed weeks deep into the diet was that if I were to develop a spot, it had no chance of becoming inflamed anymore. In the past, if a spot were to develop I could almost guaranteed that it would become inflamed within a matter of days, but no more. Soon I was legitimately acne free for the first time since I could remember. I'm about a year deep into the diet now and I couldn't be happier. I understand were all different and what works for me may not work for you, but I would urge you to try a "Paleo" diet if you haven't already. There are so many positives to cutting grains out of your diet, clear skin may just be icing on the cake. Aw, I can't have cake anymore..
  16. emmatorrens

    I Am So Stressed Out.

    So I have been on Spiro (Spironolactone) for just over two months, using the regimen for two weeks with Dan's BP (Love it) and Cetaphil cleanser and moisturiser. I haven't eaten Wheat, Dairy, Sugar, Soya or Gluten for four months an yet my skin keeps going in circles. Ill think it getting better about a week to two weeks after my period then ill break out (again, ugh) in different places than previous breakouts while places I have Hyper pigmentation will stay bumpy and keep breaking out on top of them. I also went to my Doctor today to talk about gong on a BCP but she just prescribed me Eurthromicin gel/Zinc acetate and Lymecycline AGHHHHHHH. What am I doing wrong?!?! Should I take the Lymecycline? The gel? If anyone has any ideas they would be much appreciated. Love and luck to all x
  17. farmergregor

    Male, Age 22, Weekly Log

    Background: Acne has been a burden all of my teen and adult life. I started getting my first acne in the 7th grade. It did not become a huge problem until the 10th grade where I had what I would consider moderate to severe acne (about 5-8x worse than my week 0 state shown below). I saw the family dermatologist who put me on an arsenal of treatments. First proactive, then tazorac, then antibiotics, and finally accutane. Nothing but accutane in the 11th grade did anything to lessen my acne. Accutane itself did a great job of reducing my acne down to 1 or 2 pimples a week which was a godsend for me. However, my sophomore year of college, I started to break out more and more. Now, acne once again plagues my life. I'm in my 4th year of college. I hate having acne. It kills my confidence (I feel I have the potential to be a rather handsome/attractive person). I find myself purposely avoiding social situations when I have break outs (my face is in constant break out mode at this point). I find myself turning my head during conversations so people see the side that is least broken out. White heads are gross, I worry about them popping without my knowledge, and it is hard for me to look in the mirror. I'm sick of dealing with acne, and I've had enough. I'm going to start a treatment with the hopes of curing my acne once and for all. It will start out rather mild compared to some of the regimes I have researched on this board. Problem Areas: My acne largely presents itself around my chin and cheeks. I have never had a pimple on my forehead. This is in the form of white heads and deep, large, red, tight hard spots that hurt if touched too roughly. I do have some occasional acne on my back and neck, but it is very mild. Regime -Oxy Clinical: (This is the 3 pack with the face wash (2% salicylic acid), clearing treatment (5% BP), and hydrating cream (2% Salicylic Acid). I've been using this for about 2 weeks, and the results have not been great. I'm going to stick with it for at least another month) -Paleo Diet: (Basically I'm only going to eat meats and veggies. This means a strict gluten free, no sugar, no pastas/breads diet. I've been on this diet on and off, but I want to give it a full month to see the full benefits). -Exercise: (I already do cardio 3 days a week and lift 3 days a week, but I will stick to this) -No touching my face: (This is a big problem for me. I constantly find myself picking at my acne and scratching itches. I have a feeling this is a huge contributor to my acne.) -No masturbation: (I'm not sure how much this contributes to my acne, but I am mostly doing it for other reasons). -Zinc Supplements: (I'm going to take 60mg. This is something I have not tried that gives me hope given the good reviews) -b5 supplement?: (I'm considering 10g a day, but my understanding is this is to control oil. My face is typically dry as a result of the accutane I took, so I doubt this will help.) -Daily moisturizer: (This is a necessity due to the oxy clinical treatment I've been using. If I don't use it, my face will peal and break out even worse. I use a cetaphile brand that is non-comedogenic twice a day) -shaving: (I use a beard trimmer to give myself a 24/7, 5 o'clock shadow. This seems to not irritate my skin, and I have not seen any correlation between shaving and breaking out). -Sleep: (Something that is very, very lacking in my life. Some nights I get as little as 4 hours of sleep. I'm going to make it a habit to get at least 8 hours of sleep a night. Also, I am going to start positioning my head such that my cheeks do not touch the pillow; IE I look at the ceiling when I sleep). -Probiotic: (I've been taking one capsule a day for the past week. I don't have the bottle with me for more information) -Fish Oil: (I take one tablespoon a day to supplement my strength training.) -Water: (I'm going to up my intake from 1.5 liters a day to 3 liters a day) With that out of the way, I present my week 0 photos which I will use to benchmark my progress (haven't shaved in a good 4 days... sorry about that): Disclaimer: My camera is pretty terrible. I recognize my acne is not as bad as some people (not by a long shot), but it still kills my self-esteem. Also, as I mentioned previously, my acne was anywhere from 5-8x worse back in high school, so believe me, I know it could be worse.
  18. jarrit

    Gluten Free Bread

    I'm just wondering if anybody has tried this bread : http://www.julianbakery.com/smart-carb-gf-3-promo/?gclid=CPC2iJ2ay7MCFYZaMgodgBAAxQ It contains flax seed, so it may not be appropriate for those that have adverse effects with it. I love bread so much. It would be nice to be able to make sandwiches again for convenience.
  19. The Regimen, all it is a temporary fix. It wont clear your acne for good..and that's if it even works for you. Chemicals destroy your face. Sorry Dan, Proactiv, Neutrogena and other names that are in the Acne Industry... I want to make this as short as possible.. Acne is caused from inside. Please get away from products and save your face and time. Just refer to Nutrition & holistic health section..and find your problem through trial and error. That's how I did it... For myself, I stopped drinking/taking dairy, and reduced gluten foods, and believe it or not...I am not breaking out anymore. And I just use water to wash my face. Please do yourself a favor and research what triggers your acne and inflamation.. Drink lots of water, even when you arn't thirsty.. (10+Cups a day) Balance or overcome your sugar intake with Fiber foods/powder Common triggers (Not everyone is affected) Leaky Gut Dairy Products (yes even plain yogurt) Gluten foods Good luck. Yes, it does help scars. Please do research like I did, I am 17 and I was tired of being lied to. Finally I found what triggers my acne/inflamation and now I am looking forward to my life. Look at my stupid older post, that was my pathetic self don't be one of those. It all starts from inside!! thanks, robert.
  20. I'm extremely curious about this. Lately I've been getting cystic acne all over my face and it's driving me nuts! I don't know how I got them they just randomly came out. I've stopped eating dairy, soy, fish, grease, sugar, and gluten as of a couple of weeks ago and my aunt ordered The Regimen for me I believe almost a month ago. I stopped using it for a while and right now I'm really wondering if the Regimen will truly help my cystic pimples, bumps, and everything? I'm fifteen if that helps. I forgot the reason why I stopped using it. Now I'm using Pathothen + Clearzine pills and i don't see a diference, really. I wanna buy new acne products but before I do, I really do wish to know if I can use The Regimen for cystic acne. Please respond as soon as possible! Thank you so much!
  21. I don't get it. I gave up gluten but my adult cystic acne got worse. Has anyone else had this problem?
  22. I recommend you all read this: http://www.gutpathogens.com/content/3/1/1 And consider getting yourself tested for Small Bowel Bacterial Overgrowth (SIBO) and having a detailed stool analysis preformed. Personally, when my SIBO is under control, I feel great and my acne is completely GONE! When my SIBO returns, so does my acne. My diet is low FODMAP (google it) - this includes gluten and dairy. For immediate results, you may also consider getting a food allergy test preformed. However, if you can reheal your gut and stick to a low FODMAP diet many of the "trigger foods" that are not FODMAPs and thus are likely allergies will go away. Wish I had more time to talk more. After 9 years of acne this has really been the missing piece to the puzzle, I hope it helps someone else out there. p.s. Also currently taking calcium and zinc. To keep my body alkaline. I still consume carbs in the form of rice, potatoes, quinao etc.
  23. I was wondering if anyone had any good information on the differences between these forms of Vitamin A. Or if anyone could share their experience with any of them. I ask because I was at the store today comparing these, and had a very hard time deciding. Vitamin A (Acetate) (10,000 IU) Non-Medicinal Ingredients: Microcrystalline cellulose, magnesium stearate. -I went with this one because it has the fewest ingredients. I was a little worried about the brand, and it says "no added wheat, soy, gluten, dairy, etc". No added? Oh well. Vitamin A* (Palmitate) ......................5500 mcg (10,000 IU) * From cod liver oil Non-Medicinal Ingredients: I forget... gelatin capsule, etc. but it also had soybean oil. -I didn't choose this one because the cod liver oil made me iffy... I know it breaks some people out, and Omega 3 from fish oil seemed to break me out in the past, I think I have a sensitivity to some fish. Also, I have a sensitivity to soy so I wasn't sure about the soybean oil. From what I could gather, Palmitate is just a more refined Acetate. Is that true? I think that could be argued as a good or a bad thing. Beta Carotene ........................18, 000 mcg (30,000 IU) -I didn't choose this one because I have a feeling half of my problem is being unable to convert beta carotene in my liver. So taking this might be useless. It also might make my skin orange. It does seem more natural though. If someone can give me good enough reason, I may try this one next time.
  24. spencer6456

    Food Allergies

    Has anyone been diagnosed with a food allergy such as gluten that caused your acne. If so, what did they do for it and did it clear up fast?
  25. Hey guys, So i wont bore you with background I think were all very similar in the fact that we have tried everything under sun to get rid of this problem I even bought that 'acne no more' ebook and spend 9 months with diet, stress, exersice, liver flushing, sleep, food sensitivites the whole holistic approach which with out a doubt helped but still got breakouts ect... Like most of you its destroying my life has been for years and and you know what life to too short I figure life is about risks, I have looked at the potental side effects of accutane and im more than willing now to take them on for clear skin. I love the fact that the world has this site theres no much support here which is just fantastic, Ive been contemplating weather to make a journal on youtube or this, I wasnt going to but people who have done them helped me so go figure So yes I went to the derm 18 months ago he took one look at me and bang accutane, I hadent tried everything at that stage so I wasnt havin it! So tommorrow im going back. I have two questions, 1. Im going to thailand in jan for 14 nights and that would mean I only would of been on it for a month or so, so should I stop taking it, lower the dose, I know sun/drinking is NOT advised and im not planning in doing alot of either Il ask the derm these things anyway but any info you could provide would be great! 2. This there any diet anyone follows? Im staying away from gluten & dairy they were the biggest sensitivies on my test (which i payed 400$ for!) I got but it seems as long as you have a balanced diet a healthy diet you should be fine? Thanks in advance, I will continue this log once the accutane journy has begun... Terence.
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