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This is my first post. I'm an African girl & here for skin ligtening advice but in my culture before you ask for advice you have to give some yourself. Just to be nice. So I thought I'd share how I went thru my acne battle & eventually worn.

Sorry this might be very long but I want to include my whole history. I had REALLY bad acne from teenagehood to adulthood.

I tried everything over the counter.

What worked

1)ACCUTAINE: I went on it twice. Thats how bad my acne was. It has to be a

very dangerous drug coz the doctor MADE ME SIGN A CONSENT FORM

BEFORE TAKING IT. Bad risks eg in case of pregnancy child can be born without ears etc.

BUT it worked miraculously.

Now i only break out like normal pple eg before my period etc. But to maintain I use LOREAL MICRODERMABRASION system. I tried the cheaper life brand

but it doesnt work that well. So dont skimp.

So imo if you are brave TRY ACCUTAINE. It works miracles.
 

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You shouldn't have to be "brave" to go for a treatment. Accutane is very serious stuff that shouldn't be gratiously promoted just like that. I would only take it on the recommendation of a dermatologist, not from a forum like this.
 

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you need to start from the inside out. try fasting and a colon cleanse. then add 50mg of zinc and 1,000mg of vit C to your diet, get a sulphur soap, and take the herb chickweed-which is great for acne, skin issues. get a queen helene mint julep mud mask, apply that over night. when you aware, wash off what's left. you should see some results in 7 days. if this does not work, Avon has an excellent acne line that works.
 

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I don't agree with the fasting and the color cleanse either. There are better ways to cleanse the skin than fasting yourself.
 

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I don't agree with the fasting and the color cleanse either. There are better ways to cleanse the skin than fasting yourself.

I'm sorry but fasting works. Acne dies without nutrients from oily foods, junk foods, artifical foods like Mc Donalds.

But with fasting comes another problem. Dry skin and hair and makes you look old.

That is something I cannot allow bcoz the quality of my skin and hair is the most important in the world. More important than education (laughs).
 

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I agree with you on the importance of nice skin. I'm right there with you. When you say cutting out the oily and junk foods though, you are implying you are still eating health, in which case it is not fasting, it is simply clean. Something that is not new and we've known for years. Fasting means don't eat anything, except some sort of nasty food such as celery or something; if that. Additionally, why would you want someone to fast if they're going to look dry and old? I'd take oily skin rather than old wrinkly skin any day of the week.
 

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Sadly, modern research has shown that foods have little to no impact on the presence of acne. Foods do affect the quality of your body and therefore the quality of your skin. Acne, or comedones, form when bacteria, which are naturally present on your skin, become trapped in a pore or enter through some fissure in the skin. These bacteria feed on your dead skin cells, so changing your diet has little impact on their activity, and trigger an immune response which causes your white blood cells to attack (pus). Products like accutane, which is an extremely potent form of vitamin A, work by decreasing the production of sebum, while greatly increasing cellular regeneration. Unfortunately, the particular form of vitamin A that is used for accutane can be dangerous. People with relatively milder forms of acne can get a lot of the same results from topical applications of vitamin A as retinol, retinoic acid, or other similar products contain "retin...". You should avoid any strong exposure to sunlight without a broad-spectrum sunscreen, but I recommend that everyone wears sunscreen anyway.
To be so important, skin is so commonly misunderstood. I recommend treating your skin gently and learn to recognize what your skin is trying to tell you. For example, your skin responds to overly warm environments with sebum, its natural oil. This oil covers your skin to prevent it from drying, and consequently forming cracks, and also makes your skin slightly acidic to keep the bacteria at safe levels. When people wash their faces with hot water, take hot showers, and use powerful soaps which strip away their skin's protective oils, they give the bacteria on their skin a free pass to enter. The best thing to do for your skin is cleanse with a gentle cleanser, use a non-alcohol based toner, and use a light moisturizer preferably with a built in sunscreen. Once to twice a week, do a gentle exfoliation (for most people, walnut shell powder and apricot scrubs are too much). If your skin feels tight, dry, or irritated, then you know you've done a little too much. Listen to and trust your skin.. you really have no closer partner in life
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I agree with you on the importance of nice skin. I'm right there with you. When you say cutting out the oily and junk foods though, you are implying you are still eating health, in which case it is not fasting, it is simply clean. Something that is not new and we've known for years. Fasting means don't eat anything, except some sort of nasty food such as celery or something; if that. Additionally, why would you want someone to fast if they're going to look dry and old? I'd take oily skin rather than old wrinkly skin any day of the week.

Yes! I agree. I rather have oily, pimpled skin than look old, dry and lifeless. I have never had a fever for so many years now but I did last January and it lasted for almost a week and I didn't admit myself to the hospital bcoz I know God doesn't want me to die yet. I didn't even eat for about 3 days and my cat is already complaining about the chocolate chips I'm giving him. I didn't take a bath but I still look gorgeous generally. But after that I notice a lot of hairloss and my skin seems to be dry and my eyes really looked sick. And so I texted my Mama to bring me food and I eat it like a savage.

But that was the past and I bounce back to life quicker than most...


YouTube - Mick Jagger - Old habits die hard (Feat. Dave Stewart)
 

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Sadly, modern research has shown that foods have little to no impact on the presence of acne. Foods do affect the quality of your body and therefore the quality of your skin. Acne, or comedones, form when bacteria, which are naturally present on your skin, become trapped in a pore or enter through some fissure in the skin. These bacteria feed on your dead skin cells, so changing your diet has little impact on their activity, and trigger an immune response which causes your white blood cells to attack (pus). Products like accutane, which is an extremely potent form of vitamin A, work by decreasing the production of sebum, while greatly increasing cellular regeneration. Unfortunately, the particular form of vitamin A that is used for accutane can be dangerous. People with relatively milder forms of acne can get a lot of the same results from topical applications of vitamin A as retinol, retinoic acid, or other similar products contain "retin...". You should avoid any strong exposure to sunlight without a broad-spectrum sunscreen, but I recommend that everyone wears sunscreen anyway.
To be so important, skin is so commonly misunderstood. I recommend treating your skin gently and learn to recognize what your skin is trying to tell you. For example, your skin responds to overly warm environments with sebum, its natural oil. This oil covers your skin to prevent it from drying, and consequently forming cracks, and also makes your skin slightly acidic to keep the bacteria at safe levels. When people wash their faces with hot water, take hot showers, and use powerful soaps which strip away their skin's protective oils, they give the bacteria on their skin a free pass to enter. The best thing to do for your skin is cleanse with a gentle cleanser, use a non-alcohol based toner, and use a light moisturizer preferably with a built in sunscreen. Once to twice a week, do a gentle exfoliation (for most people, walnut shell powder and apricot scrubs are too much). If your skin feels tight, dry, or irritated, then you know you've done a little too much. Listen to and trust your skin.. you really have no closer partner in life
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Unfortunately Dermatologists won't tell us the truth and they have an annual convention and stuff like that coming with a new trend in skincare blah blah blah...

Dermatologists I have to say should be opportunistic. They will lose their job if junk foods, inorganic foods and Mc Donalds were not invented. In fact I notice pimple breakouts during prolonged exposure to cellphones, pc, television. Everytime I eat peanuts I always get breakouts the next day and get oily skin instantly. How can you explain this?

Also everytime a lizard stares at me. I get a huge painful whitehead the next day. So I hated lizards and I casts them away everytime I see them. How can you explain this?

When it comes to food. Some people are alergic to oysters and peanuts and will get either pimples, or swollen lips just like my Mama everytime she eats oysters and seafoods and she really looked so funny. I can't help but laugh at her. ;-)

We don't need a 110% evidence that our skin imperfections are caused by our unhealthy lifestyle. Dermatologist don't like to admit that but we all know where we get our pimples and nobody knows our body better than us.

Just like if you wear the wrong dress or shoes then you will see the result of it afterwards. So start eating right and avoid or seldomly eat what causes your confidence downful...


YouTube - miriam quiambao!!
 

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Levulan Photodynamic Blue Light Acne Therapy results are a big improvement for those with moderate to severe acne cases. For those who have tried accutane without getting the results you wanted, check out Blue Light Levulan PDT as more effective option -- without the safety risks associated with accutane.
 

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I've heard a little about light treatments, sounds interesting! I need to look into that more just to learn about it. I still recommend a good, gentle skin care line that you can stick with.
 

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This is my first post. I'm an African girl & here for skin ligtening advice but in my culture before you ask for advice you have to give some yourself. Just to be nice. So I thought I'd share how I went thru my acne battle & eventually worn.

Sorry this might be very long but I want to include my whole history. I had REALLY bad acne from teenagehood to adulthood.

I tried everything over the counter.

What worked

1)ACCUTAINE: I went on it twice. Thats how bad my acne was. It has to be a

very dangerous drug coz the doctor MADE ME SIGN A CONSENT FORM

BEFORE TAKING IT. Bad risks eg in case of pregnancy child can be born without ears etc.

BUT it worked miraculously.

Now i only break out like normal pple eg before my period etc. But to maintain I use LOREAL MICRODERMABRASION system. I tried the cheaper life brand

but it doesnt work that well. So dont skimp.

So imo if you are brave TRY ACCUTAINE. It works miracles.


Hi, my cousin is 17 years old and she is considering taking actuane. She is just wondering what kind of side effects you experienced? Were there any major side effects? Or did you just get minor side effects? She would really like to know in full detail because the other websites dont tell you what you want to hear. She would greatly appreciate it. Thanks
 

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Accutaine is an incredibly potent form of vitamin A. The biggest potential side affects are to unborn babies. They will require her to go on birth control and sign an agreement to never stop taking it while she is taking accutaine, because babies com out seriously deformed. Her skin will become very, very dry and she will be exceptionally sensitive to the sun.
 

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Hi
I am a recent convert to the power of organic Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV) which I drink every day. I am lucky to have very clear skin, but since getting onto ACV people have been commenting on my 'glow'. I did a quick seach before posting to see if it had any benefits with Acne and found that many people have seen their acne reduce since starting to drink ACV as it is a natural detox, so cleansing from the inside (which is so important) naturally cleanses the skin too.
I drink 2 tablespoons a day in a glass of water, if you cant handle it, you can add a bit of honey too to sweeten. I could go on and on about how good it is.
Hope you give it a try.
 

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This is a very good thread, I really hope the mods make this a sticky one. Yes I agree going for accutane is NOT THE BEST solution. Do you know how many suicide deaths are there already due to accutane? Acne itself is not going to kill, if you want choose a treatment that will endangered your life, than I have nothing to say.

Anyway, dermatologists are liars. Acne has everything got to do with diet.
 

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We use Apple Cider Vinegar for sore throat too, it's our family recipe for sore throat. I use a glass of hot water with 1tbs ACV and honey.
 

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Hi all!
First off: there is no cure for acne. It can be controlled but never "cured". There are plenty of factors that effect acne including diet, exercise, stress, hormones, and bacteria. I have found that most people make their acne worse with the products they use. Most drugstore and department store acne brands rely too heavily on Benzoyl Peroxide and Salicylic Acid and can be very drying and sensitizing on skin (unless it is very oily). In my practice I have seen many people overuse these products, get dried out, and have there acne return, bigger and badder than ever!

If your diet is not great you can't expect your skin to be fantastic either! Our skin is a way for our body to detox so if you are putting crappy food, smoking, or drinking in excess your skin will suffer the consequences!

Go see a knowledgeable esthetician with professional products that can work with you and your changing skin.
 

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I mean that acne cannot be cured the same way you cannot "cure" being fat. You have to do steps to maintain your skin, the same way you need to control your diet to maintain your weight. One too many cheeseburgers and your on your way to your "fat" pants!
 
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