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Initial post: Aug 31, 2009 9:20:32 PM PDT
Grace says:
I'm looking for a new option on an acne treatment. Everything I try doesn't really help, I still have terrible acne all over my body. I've seen several reviews for acne pills like Acneticin and Orovo Acne but they look like scams and I was wondering if anyone else has tried anything along these lines. Help would be greatly appreciated!

Posted on Aug 31, 2009 11:10:33 PM PDT
Actually I had REALLY bad acne, and I am even willing to show you a picture. . .BEFORE AND AFTER that is. . . shoot me an email. . .

I used a microderma abrasion system not the kind that comes in gels or tubes but the one with a small vibrating machine and crystals that you rub on your face and then agitate with the vibrating brush and cleanser pads

It can be a bit painful if used TOO consistently BUT the results are fantastic. . if done twice in one week and then skip 3 and do it again. . . So Monday perform the microderma abrasion, then wait till Friday after your skin starts to peel and you will notice small scabs. . .then do it again. Wait 3 weeks and start over.

I did experience a lot of peeling and burning at FIRST and YOU MUST keep your face very clean with a GENERIC cleanser nothing too harsh or chemically based. . I would say 2-4 times a DAY! If anything gets on your face during this EXPOSED period it does kinda BURN!
I would also try to avoid the sun etc etc

ALSO you will need to WASH your blankets and pillow cases REGULARLY . . . at least once a week. . . and DO NOT allow various people to use them at least your PERSONAL ONES. . . It's a bit tedious. . .But I noticed results after the first treatment. . . Skin does brighten, and begin to lose its proneness to breaking out.

You are essentially SCRAPING the acne and the skin cells its producing itself in OFF your face. A bit painful, but HEY acne. . .or a little pain. . .. .And the cleanliness during this period really TAKES effect. . . unlike before where the cleanser had to get UNDER YOUR SKIN, NOW it is directly on the layer you need to be working on


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In reply to an earlier post on Sep 1, 2009 12:34:51 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Sep 1, 2009 12:35:27 AM PDT
Hello Forgotten Story: Read my post on the My daughter has ulcerative! forum, located on page 4, by Michael A. Kelly on Aug 31, 2009, at 11:55 PM PDT.

I highly recommend that you follow the steps I listed there because most acne is fungi/parasite/bacterial/viral related.
In addition follow these these steps:

(1) Daily, take a fresh, soapy shower, then...

(2) In a bathtub of water as hot as you can stand it, add one cup of epson salts and soak as much of your body as possible for one-half hour daily.

(3) Purchase the following from Amazon MSM Powder 1 lbs and mix 4 ounces by weight with an inexpensive absorbant body lotion. Rub this mixture all over your body (even work some into your scalp if you have a problem there) as you would any body lotion.

Follow this routine until acne disappears and skin completely heals. THEN STAY ON THE ROUTINE FIRST SPECIFIED OVER IN THE My daughter has ulcerative! FORUM permanently and acne will never return.

THE SECRET: Sulphur!!!!!! is the MIRACLE CURE! Hope this info helps!

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 1, 2009 3:29:35 AM PDT
curious cook says:
you might want to snoop around a bit over at I found Dan Kearn's acne treatments to be useful in the past. I've been dealing with acne for years. I am now fifty, and my acne has morphed into acne/rosaeca, so I can no longer use benzoyl peroxide. I now use a sulphur product called Prosaeca, which has really, really reduced my occurrences of cystic acne. For some reason, it's not with the acne treatment stuff, but always stocked with the first aid stuff in the drugstore.

Since you have full body acne, you might want to bite the bullet, and try a round of Accutane. I'm not crazy about the stuff, but I do know of several people who have had great luck breaking the acne cycle with it. Inflamed, irritated skin is much more prone to further infection. Victor's regime seems to have worked for him, but I'd try it on my chest or back before I'd try it on my face, because it does present some risk of further irritation and infection, depending on your skin type. Good luck. I sympathize. Never thought I'd be dealing with acne and wrinkles at the same time...

Posted on Sep 1, 2009 7:22:10 AM PDT
Not to oversimplify, sounds like you could use the help of something and there are good suggestions here! But if you drink soda, you should stop. Soda is THE worst for the skin. Chemicals in general are bad. Have you tried doing a cleanse?

Posted on Sep 1, 2009 12:32:37 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Sep 1, 2009 12:39:04 PM PDT
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Posted on Sep 1, 2009 4:46:36 PM PDT
Grace says:
Thank you all for your help. This is what I needed!

Posted on Sep 2, 2009 12:40:34 PM PDT
Paola F. says:
may be this can help

Posted on Sep 2, 2009 5:25:04 PM PDT
Mystere says:
Acne, no matter how severe, is a medical condition. This means your best bet is to talk to a doctor. Everybody's skin is different, and a dermatologist is probably the most qualified person to evaluate your skin and determine the best products to use. I'd ask a dermatilogist about those pills you mentioned. Also, not all bumps are acne. I get small bumps on my neck and shoulders that are actually caused by a buildup of keratin - the substance that makes up your hair and nails. It clogs the pores and can get infected. The best treatment out there for keratosis follicularis (the name of the condition) is an alpha hydroxy treatment. I use AmLactin, a lactic acid lotion that used to be prescription but is now available OTC. I get it at Costco which sells big bottles, but I'm sure you could buy it other places. It's a really thin lotion, so you only need a little bit.

I'd also use a body scrub a couple times a week (I like sugar scrubs made with oils like mint or olive that are moisturizing, but don't block pores) and let the oils soak into your skin. I wash excess off in the shower with a moisturizing soft soap, but you'll want to leave your skin where it feels like there's a little bit left on your skin. This will soak into your skin completely after about 10 minutes out of the shower, leaving your skin feeling soft and well-hydrated. One of the major causes of acne is over-drying your skin, which makes the oil glands produce too much oil in an attempt to soften it back up. These oil-infused sugar scrubs, vitamin E lotion, and vitamin E capsules can help your skin retain proper moisture levels and end the viscious cycle of over-drying and overcompensation.

But if it's definitely acne, I'd go see a dermatologist, especially if it's as bad as it sounds.

Posted on Jul 11, 2011 11:05:56 AM PDT
One simple home-remedy that some people with acne swear by, is milk of magnesia. If you have it around the house, apply it with a cotton ball, to try it out. Low cost and no risk.

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 11, 2011 4:22:47 PM PDT
Hello love*
I'm a 34 year old post-bacc in the pre-health program at Loyola Chicago.
My specific interest is Immunology - this after 15 years in and out of dermatologists' and gynecologists' offices.
If an acne treatment was available or newly developed, you name it, I've tried it...accutane, fraxel, retin-a .1%, dermabrasion, a series of glycolic/jessner peels, I'm resistant to 3 forms of anti-biotics due to long term use (I was on ab for over a decade), in addition to attempting birth control and spironolactone. I was used by several doctors as their guinea pig for an arsenal of discipline specific tools that did nothing for my acne, assaulted my immune system and natural flora, and disturbed the natural protective oils and pH of my skin. My acne went from mild to cystic in my 20s and I began scarring so bad despite being treated by two different specialists that my instincts began to kick in that I needed to back away from them and look for alternative means of treatment.
In my mid-20s I went RAW vegan. Within a few weeks my breakouts ceased and my overall body/tissue inflammation disappeared...I'd been living with inflamed tissue for so long I forgot about the odd bloating until it disappeared under a raw vegan diet.
I kept this diet up for a couple of years until I moved from LA to Chicago. Almost as soon as I moved and dropped raw veganism, my acne came back with a vengeance. It was then I realized it must be food allergy triggered.
In summary - my parents and I spent thousands of dollars and countless hours trying to combat what turned out to be a food allergy.
Luckily for me, Chicago is home to the Nation's premier center for Celiac research and 2 years ago I took advantage of this, signing up for a free Celiac testing kit through the University of Chicago (every September).

The kits come in October, the results come a short time later, and voila I tested positive and was given a wealth of gluten-free gifts to take home alongside an informative lecture on healing the GI/gut by avoiding gluten at ALL costs, in addition to dairy (as my gut was so damaged that being Celiac and ingesting gluten long-term actually leads to lactose intolerance in some cases).
After 2 years on a vegan (raw in the warm months), gluten-free diet I am once again ACNE free. ACNE FREE!!!! Even pre-period.

I now heal old scars/hyperpigmentation through home glycolic/q-tip spot treatments and use a natural salve line by puremedy to moisturize and heal my skin from years of drying and irritating topical treatments which BTW use olive oil as the base.
Contrary to what many dermatologists will have you believe, OIL does NOT cause acne (unless you have an allergy to the source :P)! Oil actually attracts impurities and can help draw them from your pores.
Enlarged pores are not genetic as many docs and cosmetic companies would like you to believe.
They are an inflammatory response due to the chemicals you are putting on your skin that disturb your protective oils and delicate pH mantle balance. You'll find that once you restore the two crucial lines of defense that your pores will return to normal and your skin will cease to be that unnatural state of dry with a perpetual oil slick surface.
If you have insurance see an Immunologist. Get tested for food allergies. You could be allergic to something as common as a green apple and not know that it is the cause of your skin issues.
Dermatologists and Immunologists should receive cross-disciplinary training in med school but this is not the case.
Immunologists can get to the core of your acne issues through allergy panels/testing/process of dietary elimination.
Dermatologists receive superficial training and most rely on topically assaulting your skin with a variety of harsh chem compounds ruining the skin's very specific delicate pH. Externally we should be slightly acidic (stay away from soaps/lotions with basic pH) and internally you should be slightly alkaline (look for alkaline natural food lists on line and try to stay away from acidic foods and beverages).
Examine your cosmetics and anything you topically put on your skin, seeking slightly acidic pH products.
If the pH is in doubt, buy pH tester strips from WF and dip one into the store's product tester before you buy or call the company directly to inquire.
Look for products that are devoid of Wheat, Wheat Germ, and Triticale as these aggravate those with gluten intolerance/allergies. It's everywhere BTW, shampoos, conditioners, lotions, cosmetics - as the govt subsidizes wheat and for product manufacturers wheat = super cheap thickener/protein.
I hope this info helps you to seek the source of your acne. Acne is not a war that can be won by topical/chemical assault. It's an external response to allergens either external or internal and is very much an inflammatory response. Avoid drying agents, products with basic pH and wheat, antibiotics, and anything that messes with your hormonal balance.

As another side note, I was diagnosed with Endometriosis and ovarian cyst issues in my early 20s. This was around the time my cystic acne was flaring and during a time period of high wheat/carb consumption. I went through laparoscopic surgery/laser and the whole tragic DNC bit. All of these gynecological issues and mysterious, post-surgical sharp pains in my right ovary disappeared on a gluten-free/dairy-free diet.
Hoping I didn't overwhelm you.
Good luck**

Posted on Nov 23, 2012 6:59:21 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Nov 23, 2012 7:00:06 AM PST
My teenage daughter is suffering with acne, it's very painful for her, physically, but also visually it is bothering her. I took her to our GP who has prescribed Tetralysal 300, dosage is one a day.

She has been taking it every day for over a month and we think we can see a little improvement but only on the left side of her face. The right side is very badly crowded still and painful.
My daughter is willing to keep trying with the antibiotic (she also has a prescribed facial wash and topical cream) and is scrupulous with her hygiene.

There is one problem that I have noticed over the past week. My daughter's hair is falling out very noticeably to me. After her daily morning shower there is alot of hair in the plughole. I am very worried that the medication is causing it. The best thing would be to make an appointment with the doctor, but I was wondering if anyone else was experiencing this?

Posted on Nov 26, 2012 3:15:18 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Nov 26, 2012 5:31:31 PM PST
Firstly, one needs to understand that acne is not just an isolated condition where only the skin is involved. The microbes are not to blame, either, but the whole body is involved, including the mindset, the cultural conditioning and the emotional environment.

The skin is the physical expression of our psychic or emotional and intellectual separation point from anything and anyone outside of us. It is our skin to the world we perceive.

So for the skin to be in trouble, it means our relationship with anything outside us needs a bit of tweaking as well. After assessing ones sociological footprint, decide where and how one can improve on his/her integration or separation from the world around us, especially people. It won't take much tweaking up of one's 'attitude' to show good results, good improvements, and diminishment of the acne. Complete healing, will take longer.

But by rubbing on and catering to the outside (the skin) using for example, Green Bay Harvest 15+ Active Raw Manuka Honey 375g and a short spell of cleaning out of the liver (anything from water fasting to OTC detox programs, as determined in consultation with your health care provider) the acne will soon disappear, and if the soul work was complete the acne will most likely never return. COMPLETE is a big word, as life is a continuing process of learning and tweaking.

Acne is seen in young people most regularly and they need firstly associate it with their parental or cultural heritage. Coming to grips with who your parents are (and who theirs were) and accepting the responsibility for now interfacing one's own self into society with that particular background is often at the basal cause of the confusion, distress and emotional conflicts that are the indicators for acne.

BTW, the Manuka honey is famous for helping prevent and ameliorate scarring.



In reply to an earlier post on Nov 26, 2012 7:46:33 PM PST
Hi kacee,yeah I would agree that I think the pills is causing the hair loss, quickly take her off them..maybe you could take the advice that Victor on this thread suggested. And from my own experience, I had blemishes and breakouts when I consumed a large quantity of dairy products in short periods of times, maybe your daughter is allergic to something, maybe not. Hope it clears up for her

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 26, 2012 10:14:49 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Nov 26, 2012 10:15:08 PM PST
Yes, thanks Clarke N Out, it's the same amount of hair loss every day, which is very worrying.
We eat a lot of yoghurt, and drink alot of milk so may have to cut down.
All the advice here is very helpful.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 26, 2012 10:39:57 PM PST
Wow, yeah i hope this problem subsides. And yeah, just experiment and see if you cut back on dairy maybe just maybe it will help. All the best to you and your daughter

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 26, 2012 10:51:39 PM PST
Thank you, I really hope so.

Posted on Nov 27, 2012 2:47:40 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Nov 27, 2012 2:52:58 AM PST
Kacee, here are a couple of links that might help your daughter: - This an excellent acne forum on the website. It's full of all kinds of interesting and informative information. - This site offers a acne treatment program-booklet (downloadable) for $19.95. The author believes that pathogenic/parasitic infections that have gotten beyond the body immune system's ability to kill and destroy are the primary cause of acne and I agree; which is a very long story about myself, service in Vietnam (1969-1970) and returning home with a horrible and debilitating parasitic infection/skin disease and illness that no doctor was ever able to correctly diagnose, let alone treat (which includes the VA; of course, which diagnosed it as Agent Orange toxicity - what a bunch of BS this has been).

I have a few other interesting websites, if you find these helpful!

Hoping the best for your daughter and Mom also!

P.S. Antibiotics are the worst thing your daughter should not be taking! That was the VA's response to my post-Vietnam condition. Oral antibiotics destroyed my intestinal natural flora; which in turn gave me a whole host of new and horrible problems - Jeez, where have all the good doctors gone that were knowledgeable and plentiful when I was a kid.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 27, 2012 11:45:35 AM PST
Michael, thank you so much for your advice. I'm sorry to hear of your and everyone's skin problems. Especially the situation that caused your problems.
My daughter is 13 and I don't feel comfortable with her taking the antibiotics. They are giving her side effects and I am going to ask the doctor to try something else. Not oral medication.

Thank you again for your help.

Posted on Nov 27, 2012 8:56:14 PM PST
OldAmazonian says:
What kind of acne?
Is it simple teeny zits or is it hidradenitis suppurativa?

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 29, 2012 4:17:08 PM PST
what are hidradenitis suppurativa's? and is acne different from red blemishes, and pimples with puss?

Posted on Apr 3, 2013 11:13:07 AM PDT
To add to the comments of Gemini Dreamweapon: oil does not cause acne and enlarged pores are NOT genetic. Dairy was the primary cause of my acne (which I had since puberty). Eliminating dairy has eliminated acne from my life completely. I now have zero pimples and I smear shea butter or jojoba oil on my face daily (definitely not an oil free regimen!). I use Kirk's Castile Soap on my face or just water if I'm pressed for time--that's it. I tell anyone who will listen to try it for two weeks.

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