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  1. I bet I am one of many people who will say that they have tried almost everything to clear their acne including supplements, prescriptions, products and treatments. So, I started The Regimen on the evening of 10-11-14. I am following the instructions exactly as stated. I can honestly say that the cystic and standard acne has dramatically decreased and any new acne seems come and go much quicker than before. However, I am experiencing some discomfort other than being dry and mildly peeling. I am using the full does of BP as recommended. However, my eyes react (like your cutting up a really strong onion) with the inital contact along my forehead, nose and around the eye area. I realized I must be getting too close, however I have had some acne between my eyes, along the temple and above the eyebrows. So I wanted to make sure to cover those areas. In the last couple of days I made a slight change. After I wash my face I have been putting on Mary Kay Timewise moisturizer for combination skin on and around my eyes. My eye area has also been dry. As I am moving the BP around I am very careful when going near my eye area. After I am done with the application I wash my hands and very gently take a q-tip to remove any BP that I feel might be too close. The irritation still occurs but it doesn't last like it had been. Has anyone else had this experience when using BP? I am also experiencing moderate discomfort after applying the moisturizer and jojoba oil. Also when using the AHA+. (I've used it a few times to obtain additional hydration). I originally thought it was the BP but decided to test my theroy to figure out which product was really causing the stinging mild/moderate sunburn sensation. Instead of applying the moisturizer after the BP was fully absorbed I waited for at least an hour. While my face is sensitive right now, I didn't feel any sunburn sensation and didn't see any redness. Then aprox 15 minutes after applying the moisturizer and jojoba oil my face it was red and felt like I was mild to moderately sunburned. It is a constant sensation and started becoming very uncomfortable. Last night and this morning I decided not to use the moisturizer and jojoba oil. I still have some moisturizer than I've been using for years that I feel comfortable using. I had a mild sunburn sensation, however it went away within minutes. At this very moment I do not have any out of the ordinary sensation other than I know that my skin is sensitive and it is just slightly pink which I feel is due to the adjustment of the BP and the mild dryness/peeling. Has anyone else had the same or similar experience using the moisturizer and jojoba oil? If you have, did you switch to a different moisturizer? If yes, would you please share what brand? My neck is the most dry right now. I am experiencing dryness all the way down my neck even though I haven't applied the BP below my jaw line area. I don't know why the dryness has spread to much, but it is improving and I can deal with dryness over having a bunch of acne. Thanks, Tammy
  2. I wanted to share my story and struggle with acne in the hope other people can relate and share their advice, including any information they may have found that could help. Long story short, I began to suddenly suffer with severe acne two years ago - unsure and frustrated with why this suddenly occurred I was put on a 4 month prescription of Accutane or Roaccutane depending where you're from. The accutane helped, it cleared my skin significantly and didn't damage my liver etc. 1 year later after continuously researching about acne, diet, insulin and other things I've found to be linked with acne, my lifestyle and diet have significantly changed which I've found (contrary to the doctors belief) that diet has a MASSIVE impact on how clear my skin is. Frustratingly, my diet consists of only chicken, tuna, brown rice, lentils, vegetables and eggs everyday. When I eat a high amount of carbohydrates, especially when it's processed food such as pasta, pizza, bread, beer and cake I seem to suffer quite immediately afterwards (sometimes acne follows a day after eating such foods). This link has become clearer to me through experimenting with foods, but what I'd like to hear from other people is if it's possible to change this!? I'm desperate to live a normal life again where I can drink a beer, have some pizza or sweets knowing I won't develop acne days later. It may seem my body is now very much insulin sensitive, and that when I eat these kind of foods my body struggles to deal with the sugar spike/carb spike and so produces excessive sebum followed from the insulin spike which quickly leads to breakouts. What confuses me is how I used to eat many many sweets, cake, pizza as a kid and now it's impossible... Please please, anyone who suffers from a similar experience or has any other findings I'd love to hear your story.
  3. liquidstream1

    Alternative regimen to BP

    Wanted to update my forum post () with a blog which is the direction I want to take the post since I'm currently in the "experimentation" process. I was motivated to do this blog to help other people who are trying to find alternative treatments to BP as I know how frustrating it can be to find new a regimen after one has been working so well. Currrently, i'm trying a new regimen as I found that using salicylic acid wash (neutrogena oil free wash) and aha (dan's brand) resulted in many closed comedones and noticeably darker skin with a rough texture. I stopped doing this regimen about 2 weeks ago. About 1 week ago I started using coral kavi soap which is a sulfur based soap with salicylic acid 2 times a day followed by red box stridex followed by cetaphil spf 15 after allowing the stridex to dry for about 15 mins or so. Broke out in a few whiteheads which I'm excusing as purging after the first 4 days. The whiteheads also went away within the same week after popping them but so far no new breakouts and my closed comedones are making progress, Overall I'm very pleased with the results. I'll update next week on more results.
  4. Melloman

    Naturopathic Acne Journey

    So when I was 16, I decided to find the root cause of my acne. I was convinced it was masturbation within my first two weeks of self testing. So all the way up until I was almost 18, I was tormenting myself trying not to masturbate. I broke down and masturbated a lot. When I was 18, I researched, and remembered my severely unhealthy diet I had when I was little. Then I remembered how acne came when I was 11. It turned cystic when I was 12 and started masturbating, which is what threw me off at first. I realized it was probably food. I went Veggetarian for the animals, not related to the acne. Then I went to a naturopath which I couldn't pay because I was broke af. Then, 6 months later, after so many doctors fucked me over, I finally got a prick test done for food sensitivities. The jerk doctor was all mad. He was all like "There is no way you have food allergies! This is just a waste of time! graa graa graa!!!" I gave them my insurance, and didn't pay the bill that I thought they were gonna cover. Here are my results: i'm sensitive to: Almonds Coconut Filbert/Hazelnut String Green Beans Lima Beans Green English Peas Peanuts Soybeans Celery Histamine Buckwheat Corn Rice I'm Barely sensitive to: Eggs (white and yolk) Milk Cinnamon Garlic Ginger Pecan Pistachio Walnut, Black Food (wtf? black walnut?) Green Pepper Mushroom White Potato And I'm Not sensitive to: Oats Rye Whole Wheat Poppy Seed Apple Orange Peach Tomato Brazil Nut Cashew Nut Kidney-Pinto Beans Carrots Saline The doctor was pissed off that he was wrong, and didn't even apologiez for spazzing out just because I asked for a test. He meanly jerked my arm to record the results of the test. He was just like "I just can't believe you proved me wrong." Then I found out he set me up with a dermatologist without even asking my permission. Another bill I can't pay! I went, and the derm said there was nothing he could do. He didn't even try to offer me medication because he could tell I knew what I was talking about. The derm was very nice, though, compared to the doctor. And at least he listened to what I was saying before getting pissed off. Avoiding Jail Time I have about $2,000 in unpaid doctor's bills. Maybe more. This is because of all the doctors who fucked me over. I'd go to an office, ask for a test, they add all these other stupid fuckin tests, take my blood, and do more stupid fuckin tests, and then a month later mail me a fuckin letter when I asked them to call me, and the letter just says "everything's fine." Then I went another doctor's office. I came in, sat down, and they gave me a number to the asthma and allergy place and I left. I got a $300 bill from them. Then I went to the Asthma and Allergy place to meet that Jerk doctor. After I got those results back, I went back for more testing. I saw a different doctor, in the same office, who does the same thing, and he acted a total ass, too! He got pissed off when I suggested I get tested for "Sweet potatoes", and a few other things. Instead, he's like "Shut up! I know what's best for you to be tested for!" Ok, he didn't say shut up, but he did spazz out! So I backed off. I go to the children's hospital to get tested, and I saw he was mostly testing for things I was already tested for! So I changed a few things (I'm a teenager, I don't know how this shit works) thinking it wasn't a big deal. I give it to the people, and their pissed! "What kinda doctor messes up a request like this! All these squiggly lines! This is bullshit!" I just backed off, and played a long. "Uhh, yeah. I dunno why someone would ever do that..." I didn't think they would actually call the office and order a new one! When they found out it was really me, my heart dropped to my asshole. When I went to the room to get my blood drawn, I thought the lady was gonna stab the shit out of me! She gave me this death stare. Luckily, some other lady walked by her with the needle. That day, I learned my left arm hurts like hell compared to a needle in my right... Apparently I just have to show up to court if I want to avoid jail time for not being able to pay. They aren't supposed to send you to jail for stuff like this, but they can make it happen if they really want to. Your best defense is to go to court if you can't pay. Or call the office about paying it off monthly to avoid court alltogether. So anyway, I ate the stuff I'm not reactive to, and my cystic acne went to clear. I eat organic veggetarian fed eggs, which doesn't affect me to bad as long as I don't eat too much of them. I only use them to make the wheat bread. Current Status: Moderate
  5. Could anyone please help with identifying what could be the root problem for my acne? I'm male, 27 years old, acne since puberty. Around nose, mouth and on scalp. I have something opposite of cystic acne, pimples mostly show up on outer layer of skin. Of all the tests I'v taken and doctors visited, only IgG4 food sensitivity panel show up that there's something wrong with me. High sensitivity to grains and gluten, dairy, few fruits and veggies. But as weird as it sounds, most of the time it feels like the food sensitivities are not the major factor here, there are times when I look even worse when on a "healthy" diet, eating only meat and veggies. As if food sensitivities are just a part of some bigger, yet unidentified.
  6. Does this medication cause increased sensitivity to the sun and/or prevent one from tanning?
  7. This was brought up before, but I couldn't find any definitive and updated answers as to what the best way of testing for food allergies AND intolerances is, and what the options are for people living in the US in terms of service provides/ companies etc. I just found out that my insurance can cover most of the costs for allergy testing, so I figured I might as well get tested but I would also like to test for intolerances. I have tried several elimination diets, but I suspect that my biggest intolerances (maybe not full-blown allergies) are triggered by random things that are hard to eliminate, maybe some cooking oils or food spices. Anyway, I'm sick of the guesswork and being afraid to introduce anything new into my diet, so I'll give this a try. What tests would you recommend? I mostly have a vegetarian diet with some fish, so I would obviously test for those types of foods. I read about different methods to diagnose allergies - saliva, blood, stool, and digital...which one would be the most accurate for intolerances, rather than just allergies? I would ideally like to find a company that also tests for candida and other gut & liver issues, and maybe deficiencies (like Immunolabs do).
  8. So if you read my last entry-I had a decent breakout and since I lost my lovely tan from the summer, my skin is pale and the marks are more noticable. I'm so relieved to have the breakout subside but I hate the red marks just at much as the bump itself. Anyways a few years ago I did a series of lactic acid chemical peels to fade my PIH (post inflammatory pigmentation) from an acne breakout. I did one peel a week for 6 treatments - so 6 weeks and it made an amazing difference. So I am tapping into my aesthetician skin care stash and I will be doing Skin Ceuticals sensitive skin peel which contains lactic acid to help fade my marks. I'm going to do just spot treat the areas at hand wish are on both side of my cheeks. The peel goes on for about 5 minutes max and then neutralized and only tingles a bit. My plan is to do this peel every 5 days until I completed 6 treatments so I figure in about a month the spots will be significantly lighter (if not completely gone) I'll be posting progress and pictures to let you guys know how this works and maybe someone else can have some success with this type of treatment. Anyone have any comments or suggestions I'd love to hear about them.
  9. I have a problem NO dermatologist has been able to help me with...so I'm hoping someone on here will be able to share my experience and lend some help! I've had clear skin all through my teens; nothing more than a few tiny clogged pores. I'm 20 now and my skin is acting VERY strange. It started in May/March with these little raised pink bumps on my chest/back/forehead. They'd ALWAYS itch and my doctor thought it might be Staph, so I went on Keflex. Which didn't really do much. However, shortly after stopping the Keflex my chest/back cleared right up. My face however kept getting worse. It's been nearly 3 months since I haven't had clear skin and my dermatologists cannot help me. Sometimes I just think it's acne--I mean, my forehead is covered in tiny skin-colored comedones that flatten at night and flare up during the day. Other times, strange things happen and my gut tells me it's something ELSE. Like 2 weeks ago I stayed at a certain beach house in RI and whenever I stepped foot on the sand my face broke out in bright red HUGE bumps that I've never had in my life--and never had since leaving that beach! My derm tried telling me "it's just the sun", and "you must have gotten bitten by something" but he's wrong. I know it. I've gone to this beach all my life and been fine. A month prior to going to this RI beach, I was staying at a Sarasota beach place in FL and my skin was ABSOLUTELY FINE. I can't make sense of what happened back then, but the red bumps were SO bad I cried and thought I had developed cystic acne within hours. Luckily for me, as soon as I drove home from that beach house, it all disappeared. :/ :/ So now I'm just struggling with little annoying comedones on my forehead and pink bumps on my cheeks. It's nothing bad, I don't even think it qualifies as "mild acne". But it's not what I'm used to and I'm trying to fix it--my derm prescribed my PanOxyl 10% cream wash and Tretinoin Gel .025%. HAS ANYONE EXPERIENCED ANYTHING LIKE THIS?!?!??!?!?!??
  10. I am starting to wonder if citrus fruits have any affect on my acne. After I had some OJ, I woke up the next day with a pimple. Is there a difference between citrus and citric acid for acne? I found a chart of foods with the highest citric acid, but haven't found any with the highest citrus content. Does anyone have a chart for this? One fruit I am wondering about is raspberry. It has a pretty high citric acid content, but is not a citrus fruit.
  11. RespectedFig

    Dehydrated Skin?

    Heyyo, I'm new to this forum but joined because I'm having some serious issues getting my skin under control, and need some advice if possible? I used to use a ton of things on my face, alcohols, BP, Salicylic Acid, you name it, sometimes all at once, and other times switching products very frequently (I had mild-moderate acne as a teen). As you can probably guess, my skin didn't like that and ever since trying products I've always had issues. After I stopped wearing makeup entirely and cleaned up my diet, I haven’t broken out like I used to in the past, but now I’m facing just very temperamental and uncomfortable skin that I’ve been trying for more than a year to resolve with no results. Currently my skin feels extremely tight, it hurts to smile or even laugh, and when I do, my face then produces a lot of oil and gets red. Sometimes I even have a mild burning sensation with it, as though my skin is hot. I see a lot of fine lines everywhere, and when I smile or scrunch my face, my skin looks very leathery. You can see my pores, and most all of them seem to be filled with dried up gunk (sebum, I assume) that keeps filling and seeming to just pile up. I've tried moisturizers ad infinitum, and whenever I do, I only become greasier, and break out. Most of my breakouts are just clogs and small whiteheads, up until I recently used the Cerave Moisturizer cream and hydrating cleanser and I've gotten a few real pimples like I used to get as a teen. It had gotten wonderful reviews though, so now I'm stumped on what to use. I’ve since stopped that and I’m just using water until I can get my bearings, but even that’s stripping and irritating. I also tried not washing for about a month, and while I didn’t break out, my skin developed dry red patches and was just overall uncomfortable. It seems that no matter what I do, nothing is working and I’m becoming quite hopeless with it. It’s not only aesthetically terrible to look at (I’ve covered all my mirrors, lol,) but even uncomfortable to move my face like I used to because of how tight it feels. My skin never used to be this way until I used a lot of products, and I just need some sort of regimen to calm everything down that shouldn’t break me out As an added note, I eat fairly healthy, (no sugar or white bread, limited red meat, no dairy, tons of water, no caffeine), try to sleep adequately enough (in college though so that’s hard), change my pillowcases, clean my cellphone, all that golden star stuff, but again, nothing works! Sorry for the long first post, but I just really need a solution! Thanks much! J
  12. First of all, thank you so much for shipping my order so fast, I'm beyond happy! I've been using other BP gels prescribed by the doctor which are 5% concentrated. I did get a reaction when I first started, however, it went away after a few weeks of use. Now, I've tried the acne.org BP after receiving it and first impression was that the smell was super strong and although I applied tiny amounts it stung my eyes as it happens when cutting onions. Secondly, not only my eyes got a bit swollen and red (I was kinda expecting that as it happened to me before) but my whole face is very itchy, red and the irritation got even to my neck. I haven't noticed excessive dryness though. Is it common to get these symptoms even when your face is used to BP of a stronger concentration? What should I do to prevent this?
  13. hey! (typing on broken tablet, will fix post later) so i was thinking about how my body only want to accept foods high in fiber, according to my sensitivity test results (fiber helps you shit more efficiently). then i remember a visit to the doctor here i found out i had chronic constipation. basically i had shit laying around my body for years. this made sens
  14. I used hibiclens to wash my face after an awful cystic breakout all over my face and didn't use any moisturiziation so the wash could kill the bacteria. I'd leave the hibiclens on for sometimes up to an hour a couple times a day. it worked but now even three months after stopping I'm left with red clogged skin that reacts to EVERYTHING I don't know what to do. my nose is especially bad... it's so oily and red and bumpy irritated looking. I'm only washing with water and using olay deep hydration cream but its almost like my face has taken on a whole new texture... I feel like my moisturizers never sink in and actually moisturize and the skin on my chin is shrunken and dehydrated now and I get recurring bumps along my temple and forehead and I don't know what to do about the frequent clogged pores or horrible texture or skin reactivity. nothing I do is working
  15. I NEED HELP! Everything I have put on my face thus far has been burning so badly. I have never really had acne problems, I don't exfoliate regularly at all (maybe just to scrub off stubborn makeup once in awhile). It's not really a product I've been using regularly, the Only thing I use is Epiduo Forte for when I get a slight breakout here and there that my dermatologist recommended (I only put it on the affected area). I have been trying the ultra repair cream (burns like hell). I've tried nothing at all and my face remains super dry. I don't have super fair skin, I never had eczema or even dry skin ever before. I lived in Florida and noticed once I moved to VA Beach that my skin has been drier. But I've pretty much always had combination skin. It burns to put on foundation so I rarely wear makeup. I've even noticed it hurts when I cry, my tears burn. The driest parts of my face are my eyelids and around the eye area, around the nose and cheeks, and on my chin (where i typically have breakouts). VASELINE EVEN BURNS! I have an infant daughter with eczema (her dad has it) and I've even tried her lotions and creams prescription and over the counter and it all burns! I am not sure what to do at this point except to just live with pain. if you have suggestions I welcome it, or if you can tell me what's going on with my skin that'd be awesome too.
  16. Hey guys, need help! If you don't wanna read my messed up story, skip to the bottom questions. So I got a prick test for food allergies/sensitivities. the doctor was pissed off cuz he said he didn't think food had anything to do with my health issues. The results came back and I was right. He was still mean about it. So the results said i was highly sensitive to soy and a lot of other stuff. It said I was barely sensitive to eggs and not sensitive at all to oats. I ate eggs and oats only for weeks and my acne almost completely cleared! I have cystic acne, but it was moderate at the time because I was already cutting out soy since I knew I reacted to it before the test. I go back in for a blood test so i could test more food. i don't wanna keep eating eggs and oats! they decided to test for mostly the same stuff as before (complete jerks) and i noticed it before i turned it in to the blood lab. i changed some of the requested items. i didnt think it was a big deal. anyway they got pissed and i think they botched the results. they came back saying NOTHING was reactive. The doctor then wrote next to Oats that it was reactive, but not significantly, which makes NO sense at all because that's one of the only foods I ate to clear my skin! sorry for long story. my 2 questions: 1. is an allergy blood test different from a SENSITIVITY blood test? I think that may be a reason, too. 2. i know i'm sensitive to: Almonds Coconut Filbert/Hazelnut String Green Beans Lima Beans Green English Peas Peanuts Soybeans Celery Histamine Buckwheat Corn Rice I'm Barely sensitive to: Eggs (white and yolk) Milk Cinnamon Garlic Ginger Pecan Pistachio Walnut, Black Food (wtf? black walnut?) Green Pepper Mushroom White Potato And I'm Not sensitive to: Oats Rye Whole Wheat Poppy Seed Apple Orange Peach Tomato Brazil Nut Cashew Nut Kidney-Pinto Beans Carrots Saline Now I don't have perfect acess to good fruits because of my cold location. Most of the fruit is already rotting. Also, I'm a veggetarian! Can any of you tell me what YOU eat even if it's not on the list? I need some good meal ideas. Appreciated if you can! THANKS EVERYONE! Wtf? my profile views shot up 210 in a day! Aww, fuck it! I got it guys. Thanks, though. You have any questions, feel free to ask.