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