I've tried Accutane (twice) and Minocycline too. Soaps, natural soaps, cleanses, alcohol solutions. You name it.
At the end, they were useless, and it always came back with revenge.
Don't try to beat your skin into submission with drugs - your body will not give up.
The more you try to dry it out with chemicals, the more oil it will produce.
When you "clean" it you are stripping your skin's first defense.
What's helping me is:
For the skin-gut connection: Going primal really helped, as well as totally cutting out dairy and nightshades. Personally, I avoid eating lots of bananas as they block my belly, which gives me acne. Also, watch your Omega-6 intake.
Omelets give me acne, but boiled eggs don't. Maybe the frying oxidizes the O6? I honestly don't know.
I'm following GAPS diet which seem to work. Basically, primal with no dairy/nightshades + broth and fermented foods, to heal your guts and get some good bacteria in you.
Excess sugar: Fruits must be limited and should be eaten on empty stomach. When eaten in large quantities, fruits make me break out. Stay away from the high sugar content fruits and don't eat too many fruits together. Avoid insulin spikes!
Stay active: Move our body. Take breaks when you sit in front of the computer, walk around, move your body!
For the skin itself: I quit using soaps. Every soap, even the natural ones, dry your skin. You don't want that. Your body will adjust if you let it. I smell great and my hair looks great, even if I don't use soap or deodorant.
"But Gilleh, what about all that oil coming out of my pores?" -
The first time I tried going poo-less it was an oily mess.
Like I said, there is an adjustment period - you'll probably flare a bit while you're on it.
The second time I tried going poo-less, I was (and still am) drinking Dandelion tea (which Knifegill in this forum told me about)
The tea empowers your skin, shrinking your pores and the bottom line is - makes your skin produce less (far less!) oil.
You can get it in your garden or at the nature-shop. Eat the roots too.
Dandelion capsules didn't do the trick for me, go for the natural stuff.
Sun: The sun makes my skin glow and strong. I get a few hours of it every weekend.
Pay attention for the fact that when you're on Accutane/Minocycline, you should avoid the sun, hence you avoid the real cure.
If you're on one of them, 1. Stay off the sun! 2. Throw the capsules away.
Avoid hot water. I shower with cold water - few minutes when I wake up and before I sleep.
Just rinse myself and go over my body with my hands. Makes me feel great and clean.
When I use to take hot showers, my skin looked terrible - tired, sore and zitty.
Don't use bleach or any hard stuff to wash your floor. You inhale the fumes which kill the good bacteria inside you.
For supplements, I supplement with Zinc, Vitamin D, Probiotics and Omega 3.
I read that Acne made be triggered by iodine deficiency but I've yet to try eating seaweed.
Acne is a western disease - primal cultures don't get it (even with their lack of soaps! or maybe because of it?)
Think about Inuits or Africans.
Healing your skin takes time. It's not a short fight and there's no overnight solution,
but I do believe the body, being resilient, will heal itself when given the right nutrients and taking off all the toxins.
Speaking of which, I hope I don't need to tell you one of the hardest things to do - take your hands of your face!
The more you touch it, the more it produces more oil.
Getting a facial from time to time can be great, but please - keep your own hands off.
Chill with the booze. Beer, as much as I love it, gives me acne in high dosages.
When I drink red wine, my face gets all warm and red.
If you're still drinking tap water, don't. The fluoride is bad for your acne.
And that's what I know about acne.
Last edited by Gilleh; 06-16-2012 at 08:00 AM.
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