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Curing Acne

Apr 11, 2010 - 7 comments

Hello everyone.  I have finally found the best natural possible treatment you can have to help your acne.

The fact is... Diet DOES affect your acne.  This is very much so true.  
The reason why you hear so many Doctors state that diet has no affect on acne is because the dermatology papers and research were done back in the 1960's and 1970's, and they thought diet has no correlation to food.

If you ask your doctor or dermatologist what causes acne, they will likely give a vague response such as ' a number of factors such as peronal hygiene, air you breath, stress levels, hormone levels, genetics...'

The study done in the 1970's by Dr.s Harper and Thiboutot.  They found that despite years of research, the conclusion came out that the basic causes acne remain to be unknown.

If you want my opinion of what causes acne... it is this.
When a hair follicle or pore get's blocked, sebum which normally drains to the surface gets blocked, and bacteria grow inside the plugged pore.  Eventually there is an immune response in which the immune system attacks the bacterial infection causing that red inflammation.  The white is actually the puss... the white blood cells doing their thing killing the bacteria.

In the case of a black head... this is not necessarily a blockage where bacteria gets trapped, but instead a pore plugged with sebum right to the skin.  The oil turns black when in contact with the air which is why when you pop a black head, it comes out white while the inside part is still white.  If you leave this popped blackhead out, it will eventually turn black.

Now... So there are a variety of factors that cause a pore to plug.
1. Maybe you have sebaceous glands that are easily stimulated by hormones.
2. They may produce excessive amounts of sebum produced.
3. The composition of the sebum may be very favorable to bacterial growth.
4. You may have ingrown hair follicles, or the hair is also partially responsible for the blockage.
5. But the big thing that blocks the pore... are toxins that the body is trying to excrete that are in excess
and cannot be excreted by urination or deification alone.

So you have toxins in the body... and unbalanced hormones.  These are the two things you have to control.
Of course the bacteria is also an issue, so you can work on killing the bacteria too.  But ultimately to cure your acne... you have to have unfavorable conditions for bacteria to thrive in plugged pores because the bacteria are ubiquitous and will always be around.


Your Doctor may actually be giving you misinformation in that diet has no correlation to acne.

A study done in 2002 by Dr.Loren Cordain and Dr. Staffan Lindeberg studied 1200 Kitavan people living in a remote island off the coast of Papua New Guinea...> NOT A SINGLE CASE OF ACNE!... including 300 teenagers and young adults.  

In westernized US, UK, or Australia... it would be impossible to find a group of 300 teenagers and young adults who are all completely acne free.

In another study by Dr. Kim Hill and Dr. Magdalena Hurtado, 115 Ache gatherers living in a remote jungle in Paraguay were observed. Again, not a single case of acne!

In both cases the diet consisted of fresh fruits, vegetables, lean meat, and fish.  

There were absolutely no processed foods, soft drinks, or dairy products in their diet.

In another study done in 2005 by the department of nutrition at harvard school of public health... The researchers found a direct positive association between acne and milk intake.

The researchers concluded that the association of acne with milk intake may be because of the prsence of hormones and bioactive molecules in milk.

There ARE foods that will cause you to breakout.

1. first and foremost is milk... you will have to cut out milk from you diet if you suffer from acne.
2. Refined sugars, refined grains, and of course dairy as well... will increase the insulin level in the blood which in turn cause the hormone imbalance and increase the sebum production, hence it will cause an outbreak.
3. Vegetable oils which contain way too much omega 6 fat and too little omega 3 fat can also affect your acne.  Omega 6 fats are necessary by the body for the inflammation response, however with too much you have too much inflammation.  You need to balance this with omega 3 fatty acids which will help reduce inflammation.
4. Cereal grains and legumes, beans and peanuts have Lectin in them... Peanuts also have other things.. hence the high frequence of allergies to peanuts.  
5. Processed foods, soft drinks, soda, candies, cereal grains, donuts, cakes, cookies... again foods you need to cut out.
6. Coffee... yes coffee can aggrevate your acne because of the release of cortisol.  High volumes of this hormone may affect your immune system and decrease your body's power to resist infections.  Cortisol may also have an affect of stimulation the sebaceous glands yet again... which is why stress is so frequently correlated with acne.
The presence of caffeine in the system also leads to release of more glucose in the blood stream... hence again the need for the pancreas to release more insulin ( for the body to utilize the glucose) and in addition the high insulin level will also stimulate the sebaceous glands for sebum production.  Coffee, soft drinks, and energy drinks need to be taken out of your diet if you truly want to be acne free.
7. Alcohol... As an alcoholic I'm happy to find out I have a reason that can truly motivate me to never drink again.  Not only does it damage the liver.... A damaged liver will adversely affect your acne because it hinders the livers ability to detoxify.  This is essential for healthy skin, because when you have an excess of toxins in the body, the toxins need a place to go... and so they go through the urine... but also end up going out the pores... and may end up plugging them in the process of toxin release.  In addition to the damage it does to the liver, alcohol will also result in imbalanced hormones and possibly an increase in sebum production.
8. Soy based products should also be eliminated and are not a good alternative to milk.  There are also many hormones in soy milk as well.  

So now for foods that you CAN eat.

Fresh fruits.
Green vegetables
Lean meat..(no fast food meat that is very fatty or processed meats)
Fish.

If you stick to the diet, you may feel you are missing out on your coke, ice-cream, donuts, cake and all those other foods loaded with refined sugars, but you don't necessarily need to give them up forever.

Avoid these foods until you have no more breakouts... or better yet, completely clear skinned.
After that you can do one of two things.  
Introduce 1 food into your diet at a time daily to see how it affects your skin.  Chances are if it's one of the foods that I mentioned above you will notice yourself breaking out again.  Then you will know for sure that diet DOES affect your acne.  Chances are if you fall back into your old habits your acne will also be just around the corner.  SUGARY FOODS ARE BAD FOR THE SKIN!  Any food that causes an abrupt release of hormones, or causes an imbalance will cause you to break out.  

Another thing to do to help your body is to detoxify the body.

Every morning when you first wake up, make it into your daily routine is to take a lemon and squeeze the juice out, mix this with water and drink it! If you do this first thing in the morning it will help detoxify the body very very well.  Detoxifying the body like this may actually induce a breakout because of the toxin release through the skin my plug some of your pores... but also a sign that your body is cleansing itself.

In addition to that... You can take some of the lemon juice you have just squeezed... and apply it to your skin.  It may burn a bit because of it's acidity but it will also help your acne.  The acid will kill the acne causing bacteria on your skin, and also help old dead skin come off as well.

There is a study done by the Japanese that demonstrated that those who did the early morning cleanse with the lemon water drink, and then applied the extra lemon juice to their acne, had been enough to treat there acne.

Another thing you can do is exercise... Not only does exercise improve circulation, but it also allows for faster delivery of nutrients to skin cells and other cells in the body, as well as faster elimination of toxins from the body.  Not only that, but it will also reduce your stress levels, hence reduce the amount of cortisol released from your kidneys.

Avoid touching your face!!! You can have millions of bacteria happily residing on your hands, and you just gave them a new place to stay if you touch your face, shoulders.. or wherever... Or what you can do is wash your hands before you touch your face.

Wash your towel, pillowcase, bed sheets, and blankets regularly.  You don't want colonies of bacteria growing on them.

Your hair... perhaps one of the best places for bacteria to reside is your hair.  In fact, I think this is where most of the bacteria will come from initially that cause your bacteria.  Wash your hair!

Also a key point... wash your hair FIRST!  Yes wash your hair first, condition etc first.  The bacteria and oil in the shampoo will be coming down your body when you rinse and so if you wash your hair last... and then rinse, you can be washing all that bacteria in your hair all over the rest of your body.

Supplements...
The key supplements are vitamin A which plays an important role in maintenance and repair of skin tissues.  It is found in yellow, orange, green fruits.  Carrots are an excellent source... you should eat 1 or 2 carrots everyday. Or supplement with vitamin A.  Vitamin E is also important for the elasticity and health of the skin and helps the skin repair itself faster.  Zinc is essential for the absorption of vitamin A and give an immune system boost.  It also has an effect of regulating the activity of the sebaceous glands.

Drink lots of water!!!
Drink at least 8 glasses of water daily to help eliminate toxins and improve nutrient absorption in your cells.  Drink some water before you sleep because the body can become dehydrated as you sleep.

Include Green tea in your diet.
Green tea is loaded with antioxidants and can reduce inflammation and decrease some hormone activity causing acne.  Get your caffeine from Green Tea rather than Coffee!!! Also there is far less caffeine in green tea than coffee anyways so it won't cause the harmful effects of excessive caffeine ingestion

Include Garlic in your diet.
Garlic is great and will help make your skin look young.  It will also prevent inflammation, when digested the garlic can kill bad bacteria in the colon.

Sleep.
Get 8 hours of sleep every night... and be consistent with your bed time, and your wake time.  Your body can then adjust to the most appropriate time of day ( your sleep time) to eliminate toxins.

Antibiotics...
You do not need to take antibiotics to treat your acne.  You will actually make your immune system "Lazy"
in dealing with acne causing bacteria if you do this.  

Popping your pimples:
Do not pop your pimples... for the following reasons..
1. You just spread the bacteria to the surrounding area of skin.
2. You just killed your own white blood cells... yes that whiteness in the pimple, are your own healthy functioning immune cells doing their job and eating the bacteria.  The inflammation or redness is a signal "IMMUNE SYSTEM ATTACK HERE"...  you just killed your own healthy immune cells.
3.  The pimple will take much much longer to heal, and in some cases may actually scar depending on the size of the pimple.

UV Light and acne.

UV light WILL kill your acne, however I will not do this because it also damages your skin, breaks down collagen, damages DNA essentially it ages your skin.
It is the blue light or violet light present in UV light that kills the acne causing bacteria.

Hair removal.

This is what I am looking into next... I also believe that home laser hair removal kits will help you with your acne if your acne is causes by ingrown hairs.  I'm going to be purchasing one within a month which is a bit steep in price at 500 dollars, but I think it's well worth it.  I have ingrown hairs on my neck, and sometimes I also get acne on my neck.

For men and shaving... avoid a close shave and shave in the direction of the hair follicles growth rather than against it.


I have been looking extensively for answers on how to help myself treat my acne lately... I'm 25 and I have had back acne since I was 14 years old and it has absolutely devastated and crushed my self esteem.  It's not the worst case of back acne.  I have done many things from proactiv... to differin cream.  

I have been always busy doing other things to not fully devote myself, but now I really want to be able to take my shirt off in public and not have to feel embarrassed about my acne, also I want to be able to date a woman not having to worry about taking my shirt off.  So I decided this is it, I'm going to do what I can do.

And finally!!! I Have the results I want!!! I'm proud of myself, I finally beat my acne without accutane, antibiotics.  For the longest time I thought it would just go away when I get older, but that didn't happen.

Now I'm finally acne free.  

In summary what I have been doing:
1. No more coffee in my diet.
2. No more dairy in my diet.
3. No more diet softdrinks in my diet.
4. No more refined flour in my diet, and I am greatly reducing the amount of bread products I am eating.
5. I bought a juicer, and have my lemon juice every single morning first thing.  
6. I have been washing my back with lemon juice... Not only is this killing the bacteria, it also sped up the time
of that "after redness' and discoloration of the skin where a pimple once was.
7. I have been exercising daily.  I have been doing both cardio, and yoga.
8. I use a towel 3 times only, after the 3rd use, It's time for a new towel.
9. Also when I towel my body, i 'pat' my skin dry rather than rub it dry.  This will help retain moisture in the skin.  And also not spread dead skin cells across you which my plug a pore.
10. I clean my bed sheets, blankets, and pillow case once a week.  In addition to that, I only wear clean clothes when it's bedtime, and I shower before bed, so I am clean before I go into my bed.
11. I have been drinking my 8 glasses of water a day.
12. I wear 3 shirts a day...  1 after my shower and before my bed, 1 after i get out of bed and go off for my day, and 1 after i workout.  (I know showering would help after my workout but then i just want to have 1 shower a day, not 2).
13.Hair... I wash my hair daily, and I wash it first when I shower.  The bacteria will rinse off on my body, and the bacteria will wash all over my body out of my hair.  If you want try something like head and shoulders shampoo, which is a bit harsher shampoo but will kill more bacteria rather than just 'wash it out'.  But it's also a harsher shampoo.  Or use an anti-bacterial shampoo.
14. Daily supplements... Vitamin A, Vitamin D, Vitamin E, Garlic Oil, Zinc, Omega 3, Cal/Mag/Zinc, probiotic supplement.
15. 2 cups of green tea daily, in the morning a caffeinated cup, in the evening a decaffeinated cup.
16. Getting that 8 hours of sleep, and those 8 glasses of water.
17. Also I haven't been drinking any alcohol at all.
18. I have also been avoiding legumes, peanuts, etc.
19. One surprise is that I still include my one piece of dark chocolate (85%) cocoa
20. No soy products.
21. I have been eating more fresh fruits and fresh vegetables.

I hope this helps someone!!! I finally did it... and I have never felt better in my life. Before I came up with this theory that acne is a 'vitamin D deficiency'... my acne got better not because I was supplementing vitamin D, but because I had quit drinking coffee during the same time.  I continued my vitamin D therapy but reintroduced coffee back into my diet which included lots of caffeine and lots of cream(i always got cream in my coffee) my acne came back again.

So I decided that I would seek out as much acne information I can and treat my own acne the way I want to treat it (with no prescription drugs, antibiotics, or harsh acne creams).

I succeeded!!!  I think you can to if you follow this very closely.  It's going to take self discipline though to follow all these rules.

The Nightmare of Crack

Oct 26, 2009 - 6 comments

Hello... I'd like to share my own personal experience with smoking Crack... maybe it could help you better understand the drug?

Okay... one thing I will share with you, Crack Cocaine is an extremely destructive drug... by far, the single most destructive drug I have ever done in my entire life.  

It is also by far the most pleasurable drug... but that pleasure is very misleading, short lived, and the destruction it causes lasts much longer.  Essentially it is evil in it's purest form.  

Essentially Cocaine blocks dopamine re uptake at the synapse.  Causing high levels of Dopamine at the synapse... it stimulates many many nerves at once and it is this feeling that is very pleasurable.  

But let me tell you, each hit you take is like a strong electrical current flowing through the brain, short circuiting neural connections and memories previously developed.  Essentially it causes a loss of memory, function, and development with each and every hit.  

The day after I experience Crack Cocaine... My brain feels very fuzzy, electrified, i feel withdrawn.  I just think about having more.  Even though you take a hit... and within 15 minutes you already want another one.  That is because the brain will make less dopamine, in an attempt to try and keep equilibrium.  

You have to take your husbands addiction very seriously, Crack is the most destructive drug I have ever experienced... everything falls apart when people use crack... it ruins lives, and I have seen it happen.  The ruin it causes cascades onto other people who may even be completely innocent to the direct effects of the drug...

I completely lost interest in women, pursuing women, I only wanted to pursue crack... The thought of women wouldn't even come across my mind while using this drug.  A previous poster was right, he can't love you when he's in love with crack.

You will have to let him know how you feel about his addiction, what it's doing to him, and of course how it's affecting you.  

How did i quit?  Well I just stopped... my parents love me too much, and I just realize the high level of destruction it causes, even just using for a month( every 3 days or so).  And of course the 1000 dollar loss in my bank account was also a real wake up call.  

I first used Crack about 2 years ago, but I wasn’t ever the type of person who would use daily.  At first maybe just once or twice a month for about 4 months, then I quit for 8 months, then somehow I met a dealer at the bar, and did it 2 weekends in a row… then quit for another 8 months… then I thought my life was over (that’s a whole other story) and used about every third day for a month straight… then stopped again for good… one month ago.  Now I know my life isn’t over, and there’s absolutely no reason to ruin a perfectly good life.

Well… the way I stopped was simply by thinking of all the damage it causes, and only associating the drug with damage, rather than as a form of pleasure…

The biggest thing… The day after using my vision would be blurry, my mind would be blurry… it’s like someone ran an electrical current through my entire body the day after.

Also… even after abstaining from use for a month after, I would recognize that I would forget things that I should know, whether it be a word, a name, or even an idea I once knew.  Thoughts wouldn’t flow through my brain as they once did, and my ideas wouldn’t construct in an orderly fashion.  

There was another time when I used when I had just been introduced to crack… I used quite a bit, and I remember laying in bed and my heart was beating very sporadically.  It would beat faster and faster, then it would beat out of rhythm, and after laying there for awhile like this it felt like my heart was too tired to beat!  It felt exhausted like it just wanted to take a rest!  I am very lucky in that moment, I remember thinking I just wish I had this cocaine out of my system once and for all!  For a solid 2 weeks after my chest was in a continual pain and felt stiff… My heart was damaged that night.

Then there’s also the lung damage done… The thing about smoking crack, is that users want to take big lung fulls, and hold it for as long as possible.  This is very damaging to the lungs, especially if the smoke isn’t cooled through water, or a long hose.  I would also say the smoke is very pure… and you can even blow the smoke to someone else, and they will still feel the effects, or put the smoke into a balloon, and take another inhale.  You can even smoke it and if you hold it in long enough, and wasn’t the biggest hit ever, you will actually absorb it all.  

The high itself is short lived, you can actually feel yourself go up, up, and way up, and peak shortly after the exhale… and then you are at that level for about a minute…after that you can actually feel yourself come down, like on a roller coaster, then you come to a high where you feel satisfied for about 10 minutes… after that you want more.

As for how addictive crack is??? Well this is a tough question to answer because based on my experience it is not physically addicting.  I can taste it again in my mouth and throat about 24 hours, although it’s not a very strong craving, however that might be about the only physical craving I will get.  It is however VERY psychologically addictive, and the single most reinforcing drug.  Reinforcing, as in that was soooo good… the mind remembers the feeling and wants to pursue it again and again and again.
I don’t know about other people, but it took me about 2 weeks to forget about how good the feeling is and move on with my life.  It’s these thoughts of using the drug that cause people to pursue it, rather than a physical addiction as in the case of tobacco and heroin.  

The good news is that the body has a remarkable ability to heal itself, and after refraining from use, I find that my mind feels better, my heart isn’t stiff or sore, and my lungs are also feeling better.  It takes time to recover from the damage… and even so there will definitely be damage done to the mind, but as long as someone stays clean, they can recover their mind and make new neural connections as long as it’s not impaired.  I need my mind to do other things, to hear the birds chirping, enjoy great food, goto work, solve problems, appreciate life and what it has to offer.

The best way to quit is to focus on how evil the drug really is, recognizing the damage it does to ones own self and those who surround that person.  That’s when someone can wake up from a cocaine dream and finally recognize it as a nightmare.


Free!

Oct 26, 2009 - 0 comments

Well...  I finally did it.  My entire life I've been trying to battle addictions... from age 15, right to my age 24(turning 25 soon, so almost 10 years) the substances I've abused include cigarettes, alcohol, marijuana, and even crack cocaine.   You can also include coffee in the list, but coffee isn't really unhealthy for you besides the high amount of pesticides it has.

I feel so much better about myself and my life now that I quit... somehow it was just time.  My 2 best friends who were my drinking friends somehow turned their back on me for a reason that I really don't know, although it's not the greatest feeling to lose 2 great friends of almost 10 years, i realized all we did together was drink.  That was a great help.  I also focused on why alcohol abuse is so bad for me, reasons why I need to quit.

I came up with the following-->

Excessive drinking greatly inhibits production of ADH, anti-diuretic hormone, which causes the kidneys to reabsorb water.  Because of this, you become dehydrated, lose your salt balance of sodium and potassium, lose your water soluble b-vitamins.  And since you are less hydrated, your blood pressure shoots up, your brain shrinks in size(not very much but it does because of the dehydration), and your skin doesn't look so great.  

Excessive drinking beyond 3-4 drinks, and your body no longer uses alcohol dehydrogenaze to break down ethanol into acetaldyhe(which is also a prime hangover compound).  Instead it starts turning excess alcohol and storing it as fat.  The fat from the ethanol is stored right in the liver... causing the liver to have an appearance like marble cheese, with little fat deposits here and there.  As these fat deposits are broken down, your liver appearance becomes much like swiss cheese, little holes are here and there.  Eventually the holes are filled with scar tissue.  But either way, the more you binge drink in your life, the more the natural architecture of a health liver becomes destroyed...  This reduces it's efficiency so much.  Of course this destruction occurs with binge drinking, if you can have 1 or 2 drinks no damage to the liver occurs.  

Perhaps one hugely negative aspect of alcohol is what happens while I'm drunk.  I'm uninhibited, I make the wrong choices, I become irresponsible with myself.  All of the bad experiences I have had in my life occurred to me while being intoxicated.  Some are pretty bad... but somehow and for some reason, I'm here today without anything tragic happening to me despite being drunk a ridiculous number of times.  

I can't help myself with alcohol, if i have a drink, my body always wants another one, and another one, and another one... i get a great release of dopamine while drinking, and then when that drink is done, I crave another drink.  I can't help myself.  It's strange though... my alcoholism almost completely goes under the radar for pretty much everyone I know being friends and family... I mean, I'm not a violent person, I don't have a criminal record, my driving record is completely clean...  but it's still become the biggest problem in my life.  Maybe no one sees it as a problem for me, but I certainly do.  Then again practically all my old friends, and both my parents are drinkers.

Tobacco-->
For tobacco... it just hurts my lungs, and I'm totally sick of being short of breath.  I definitely notice the damage done to my lungs, you end up getting little holes in your lungs, and a greatly reduced lung capacity.  Add to that the fact that tobacco causes less oxygen flow to my skin and makes it look unhealthy, and the premature wrinkling that it causes... no thank you.  

How did I quit tobacco?  You know I quit on and off in my life... 15-17 i was a smoker in high school, because that's all we did at lunch time, go outside, talk, and have smokes.  Then I quit at age 18 because I got my wisdom teeth removed... then I started again for a summer age 20, quit again... Smoked again age 22, quit again.  Then age 24... just recently quit again.  It seems I always start again smoking socially, when I'm out drinking I might become uninhibited, then I might have a smoke.

You know I really had no problem quitting recently, I caught a cold, and my desire to smoke is just totally lost when I get sick, I don't even get a craving at all.  That was over 5 weeks ago, just bam cold turkey, but being sick made it so easy.  Now here I am 5 weeks later, and my respiratory health feels like absolute ****, I feel short of breath, sometimes I got some pains... yea I know, my lungs are healing.  But never again this time around.  

Marijuana-->

I liked smoking marijuana before, it became a central role in my life... almost since age 15, I would smoke daily sometimes, then sometimes I'd take breaks.  I'm not sure, it seems like in a social group we'd hype it up to be something special.  Now it's just like... okay, I smoke it, it makes me temporarily stupid, why should I be stuck on stupid?

I grew out of weed now... it just doesn't interest me at all anymore... but they say you don't grow out of the weed, the weed grows out of you.  haha, not sure... but I just have no interest in smoking pot anymore.  It's funny, I can come up with so many reasons against alcohol, and tobacco... but marijauna?  Yea respiratory problems obviously, but for the years where I'd only occasionally smoke pot and not cigarettes my lungs didn't ever bother me.  But being stuck on stupid isn't fun anymore.  THC, basically known as 'a credit card molecule'... it basically hits your brain and sticks in between nerve synapses, reducing the amount of neurotransmitter that crosses through... creating that slow down in your brain that so many people find relaxing.

Crack cocaine-->
I wrote a whole post somewhere here on medhelp about crack cocaine and all i can say is that nothing I have ever experienced in my life is more destructive than this drug.  This is the drug that nightmares are made of.  Everything about it, the experiences you go through and people that are around this drug, to the physical after effects.  
I just read a Time Magazine on the human brain, a users guide.  Cocaine and crack users brains have extremely impaired glucose metabolism in their minds... and it can take months, or even years to recover from this.  It kind of scares me to think of the damage I may have done to myself.

But my overall changed perception on my substance abuse problem/disease-->

Maybe I grew up I'm not sure... I can say so much of my substance abuse is partly because of learned behaviors in groups of people, and then secondly because of low self-esteem.  But I see myself differently now, I just want to be able to function and be able to think with my mind.  I think of myself as a biological machine now, with drugs and alcohol only causing malfunctions and problems with my functioning.  I'm not happy with my life like this and I know the only way I'll ever be happy is to live totally sober now.