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I had pretty bad acne all of my life, and finally i have it under control. I kept a journal for a year and tried to figure out which things triggered my acne more than others, and which things i did that helped it stay clear.

Here is what my final results were:

1.) If you find that you drink soda, STOP! The one thing that i have found again and again in my journal is that when I had soda on a saturday, that week i would get more pimples that i normally wouldnt' get when i didnt drink soda.

2.) drink water AS MUCH as you can. I drink iced tea and coffee too and that doesn't seem to make me break out. but i drink mostly water

3.) GNC Hair, Skin & Nails formula in the purple and white bottle. I have found when I continuously take these vitamins, my skin clears up , hair grows FAST (an inch per month) and my nails grow stronger. Now, my sister and I both take them every day; we noticed when the bottle ran out and we forgot to get more for a few weeks, we both had bumpy pimples! The second we started again they disappeared. These vitamins had great reviews on various websites.

4.) i use a glycolic/salicylic cleanser from platinumskincare.com -- the one for acne-prone skin. It is GREAT!

5.) Eucalyptus Tone from either platinumskincare or Lurebeauty (they are having a labor day sale):
This toner really shrinks my pores and makes my skin feel refreshed.

6.) Glycolic serum from either platinumskincare or Lurebeauty - this speeds up exfoliation.

7.) Mix some emu oil with any pimple cream (the emu oil is the greatest product i have ever found - GREAT for acne-prone skin and wont make you breakout. it is the only moisturizer that penetrates all 7 layers of the skin and is transdermal, so it PUSHES any of your creams deeper and faster into the skin). Lurebeauty has it with essential oil ; platinumskincare also has it and so does skinbiology.com . You may be able to get samples on all of their sites.

My skin has never been clearer in my entire life. I have a few acne scars now that i am getting rid of with Super CP serum from Dr. Pickart and it is working wonders.
 

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and like i've said, all people have different skin types. just because it worked for you doesnt necessarily mean it will work well for others.
 

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I hope anyone else who reads this forum learns much from this young person.

If you are having an issue with something that you don't like, than journal when it occurs. Than you can have the exact cause of when the issue occurs.

I used this exact system for migraines. Now I jut plan ahead when I want to drink my red wine.....

Thanks for sharing your system and your notes...

Great job!
 

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That is a complicated routine and one that might be hard to maintain for the rest of your life.

What about Zeno pimple remover device? It's natural and simple.

Gisele
 

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This is going to sound funny, but trust me, it works wonders. Apply honey to your face like a mask once or twice a day for about 20 minutes. Your face should clear up fast. If you put it in a zit overnight, a lot of times the zit will be gone by morning.

I have done this many times and it works great for acne or irritated skin.
 

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People here could benefit from a book called...The skin type solution, by Leslie Baumann. Just google it and it will come up, it gives 16 different skin type solutions for people. What works for one person, may not work for another. I know from experience, what works for my friend, didn't work for me, what worked for my boss, didn't work for me. Learn your skin type and go from there.
 

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Thanks for this. I've stopped drinking soda, except for the occasional IBC root beer. I'll be posting a Murad review, which is kind of why I'm typing this because I have URLs to other sites.
 

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Great idea about the journal! Another thing to watch out for is dairy products. These contain high amounts of hormones given to the cows, and cheese is especially bad because the hormone concentration is so high. I love cheese, so I ate a big bowl of cheese&crackers for lunch every day for a few weeks. Not only did I have a horrible breakout (even though I use Retin-A) but that month I had horrible PMS that lasted for like 2 weeks! Then I heard about the hormones and put it together. I haven't eaten cheese since!
 

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Good threat and good idea on the journal. I have found after suffering years with acne that using probiotics does wonders also - heals from the inside out I believe. Alpha lipoic acid is also great as well as green clay masks do wonders.

I meant good thread, not good threat!
 

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I had pretty bad acne all of my life, and finally i have it under control. I kept a journal for a year and tried to figure out which things triggered my acne more than others, and which things i did that helped it stay clear.
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Hi,

Here are some more tips on acne skin care based on my 25 year knowledge and self experimentation;

Acne Skin Care Grooming Tips
To best deal with the excess oil that builds up on the skin, use an astringent, especially if you have excessively oily skin. Additionally, do not use a moisturizer every day. However, a moisturizer with no oil is very useful directly after washing the skin when it is at its roughest.
Your products should be water based when at all possible so as to avoid the excess oil that some products can produce. Also use a sulfur-based soap twice a day to wash your face. Be gentle when washing though to avoid abuse of the skin. Scrubbing will negate the positive effects of your acne skin care.
Honey is a great facial mask product. It works as a disinfectant and in some cases to heal some blemishes. As a natural acne skin care product, it is believed to be one of the most effective. Long hair does not bode well for skin afflicted by acne either. The dust and oil in your hair brushing against your face will only serve to further clog pores and inflame acne.

Acne Skin Care through Nutrition and Supplements
There are plenty of vitamins and supplements you can take on a daily basis to increase the effectiveness of your acne skin care regiment. A multi-vitamin should be a part of your diet while an additional chromium supplement will serve to help your blemishes heal quicker. Vitamin A is a natural skin protector as well as an acne preventative, acting to reduce sebum.
Drinking at least 8 glasses of water each day will keep your skin clean and your body hydrated to promote overall health and subsequent skin health. Eating plenty of fruits and vegetables on a regular basis is not only a good healthy habit; it promotes acne skin care by combating the negative nutritional factors that can cause acne such as greasy food.

What Not to Do during Acne Skin Care
There are a variety of things you should avoid at all costs. Do no pop or squeeze pimples as it can easily lead to infection and further swelling or even scarring of your skin. Alcohol based skin care products should also be avoided as they promote the production of the hormones that cause acne. Wash your pillow cases and your sheets every day if possible to reduce oil transferred to your face. Stress is another common cause of acne, so try to find times to relax and not allow stress to overcome your body.
Ultimately, the proper combination of a healthy lifestyle and the right acne skin care techniques can ensure that your body remains as healthy as possible and keep your skin as clear as possible.

Sincerely,

Maya McMahon
Skin Care Specialist
 

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I know a bunch of dermatologists and all of them say diet doesn't really affect your skin unless you have an aversion or allergy to the particular food.
 
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