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    How do you guys deal with acne? I'm a teenager, but I am dedicated to finding a way to get rid of the pimples. I don't have a major problem with them, I just want to have a fully clear complexion. I am washing my face twice a day with a cleanser when I shower, and using an anti-acne lotion from CVS. Diet is good. What do you guys recommend and what has worked for you? A problem I have with the lotion I use is that I have to use it or my face gets very dried out and tight after using the facial wash, and it makes my forehead shiny. I wish I could get rid of that.


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    Hi

    Long term sufferer here - although mine is due to hormonal stuff going on.


    The thing that jumps out at me is when you say your skin gets dried out and tight - ditch the face wash that does that to you. The more it dries out, the more oil it will produce to protect itself. The lotion you add doesn't quite "match" so the extra production will still happen.


    I've not heard of CVS so can't comment on that but again, if it's too harsh and works by "stripping" the skin, it will be counter-productive.


    Diet wise, I presume plenty of fat?

    Do you use dairy? That's a common trigger for a lot of people.


    I use Aveda products, but may have to reconsider as they are starting to dry my skin out. A lot of people swear by the "Oil cleansing method". If you google it, look out for forums and discussions rather than an actual product advert.


    Oh yeah, I recently got told off for not washing face properly (!!) - I just rubbed cleanser in and rinsed off. I was informed (and it's quite obvious really) to really massage the cleanser in, give it a chance to work, then rinse well.


    As for shiny foreheads...I'm still looking for the answer I'm afraid. You can get powdered paper that you just "mop up" with?


    Hope that gives you some ideas!

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      Thanks for the reply!


      CVS is the pharmacy; it's a CVS store-brand lotion. I actually use two different cleansers. One in the morning, one in the night. If I don't apply the lotion after the shower, my skin will be dry practically immediately. That, and even after application my skin can still feel somewhat dry although dryness won't look apparent.


      I do massage the cleansers in, so I don't know. One thing I do is if a pimple get's really noticable, I will pop it, but thoroughly, use alcohol, and then apply something called "dry-lo" which dries out the area it is applied to. It seems to have some decent effect on slowly making blemishes go away. Oh and, I don't eat dairy. Maybe a piece of quality cheese here or there, or some cheese sprinkled onto a salad, but on a day to day basis I don't consume dairy products.


      Anyway, I will google the oil cleansing method.

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        pillowfire, I almost never get zits anymore... simple regimen too.


        In the shower, I just wash my face with water and a washcloth - using the washcloth in circular motions to exfoliate all over my face and neck.


        Then out of the shower, if I remember, I use a tiny bit of cetaphil moisturizer (you can get it at CVS in a tub - not the kind made for face, just the regular body cream in a tub), rub it between my hands and then over my face especially forehead/nose where my skin sometimes gets dry (it's dry and oily at the same time - weird?).


        If I do get a zit or two, I use an astringent with salicylic acid in it - just smooth it over the trouble spots with a cotton ball when I get out of the shower... then I wait a while before moisturizing. The zit(s) will disappear in a day or two with that.

        Eating lots but still hungry? Eat more fat. Mid-day sluggishness? Eat more fat. Feeling depressed or irritable? Eat more fat. People think you've developed an eating disorder? Eat more fat... in front of them.

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          oh also sometimes i use a bit of coconut oil instead of the cetaphil. Just depends on my mood...if it's cold I'm more likely to use cetaphil just because the coconut oil is really hard when it's cold. haha.

          Eating lots but still hungry? Eat more fat. Mid-day sluggishness? Eat more fat. Feeling depressed or irritable? Eat more fat. People think you've developed an eating disorder? Eat more fat... in front of them.

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            Just my two cents, but I think Burt's Bees acne treatment serum works really well. I got a sample of it a week ago and right at that time a noticed a few pimples on my forehad (cheated with grains prior to that). It cleared them right out.

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                http://www.thepaleodiet.com/articles...%20Reviews.pdf

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                  I don't think diet alone can clear up some people's acne...Especially if you're cleansing improperly...Pillowfire, if I were you, I'd stick to one cleanser with minimal ingredients. I tried some Juice Organic cleanser awhile back from Tj Maxx, and it was soft and smooth and didn't dry my skin out. I used Proactiv for about two or three years, but it stopped working (go figure..) Also tried a Benzoyl Peroxide Bar, which is effective but REALLY harsh, so use moderately...


                  I'd also try cleansing only once a day, at night, rather than twice if you're noticing your face is dry. Your face should NEVER feel tight or dry after cleansing.


                  I've been going on-off with the oil cleansing method for about a month or two, with mixed results...Coconut oil didn't seem to work so well after awhile, olive oil didn't impress me, now I'm using almond oil/lemon oil which is alright. Ordered some jojaba oil and tea tree oil for future use, because I love Ebay deals.. You might really benefit from OCM, google it up, just make sure you don't steam for too many times (2 should be sufficient,) or your face will get dry. It does require a lot of trial and error though, so be prepared for mixed results... It at least FEELS effective, whenever I massage the oils in I feel a grainy texture which I've read is the dirt and grime trapped in your pores. Yummy!

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                    Just thinking aloud, but what would sorta Acne issues might a teen to young adult Grok or Grokette have had? There certainly were not cleansers, soaps, oils, lotions and potions to apply, and likely there was little need for them. Proper nutrition, sunshine, a healthy skin had to result far more often than not.


                    I had it bad as a teen, but I was a sugar fiend as well. i used any and all soaps, topical creams, zit lotions, etc, it was terrible! But I finally grew out of it in early college. Seemed the LESS I used the different cleanser regimes, the sooner the acne resolved, but coincidence is likely too.

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                      Diet/Nutrition is definitely the biggest factor in skin health.

                      Acne is the reason I started to get interested in health and what ultimately got me eating Paleo/Primal and led me to this site.

                      I can see a difference when I eat healthier.

                      I wish this topic was discussed more on this site, especially since Cordain wrote an entire book on the subject. (great read by the way)


                      To PillowFire and anyone else that suffers from acne: I feel your pain.

                      semper ad meliora

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                      • #12
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                        True, I've wondered the same thing, but you've got to wonder if the nutrition then and the nutrition now, even if the individual is eating the same foods, are the same. For instance, the case with CAFO meats on my other thread...Evidently very deficient in many vitamins and essential fats in comparison to grass-fed. Vegetables are also treated differently, with the whole host of pesticides and chemicals, etc...Dairy isn't produced the same way either...Also, couldn't you say the enviornment is more toxic as well? I'm sure the gas, grime and oil clouding our air today can't be good for the skin...


                        I also wonder why one person can have more acne than the other, isn't acne just the result of trapped dirt in the pores? Why does this occur more in some people than others?

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                          Ok, I shall try today not using any of the washes or anything. I am concerned because based on what I read from the provided links, Acne is a symptom of inflammation. My diet is spot on aside from a slight allowance for a bit of dark chocolate or desert every now and then. I'm fit, I don't eat grains. I take fish oil supplements. So I don't know why it keeps coming if this doesn't work out.


                          Edit: I do know of some people at school whom I have talked to that say they don't use anything and they have clear skin. I started using these products before I switched to primal, but back then my acne was not too bad, even though I was eating utter crap when it started. Since then it's been several years and I have definitely improved nutrition, fitness, etc. Maybe the very thing I was using then to help me is now causing the problems.

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                            Is all acne a reaction to inflammation though? I'll get little bumps every now and then, but it's never red or "inflammed". Is there a difference?...

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                              When I was a teenager, acne would come and go. Daily exposure to sun light, salt water, and swimming pools would help immensely.


                              If I had known about the correct way to eat then, I'd imagine that would have the combo..

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