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sweetjade. thank you so much for all that information! sorry for the late reply. gosh where do i begin...

antibiotics: you are right! my acne does get worse when on mino and tetra. when i first when on tetra it worked for about a year or so, but then all of a sudden BOOM, my acne came back even worse. and then i noticed over the years when the derms would put me back on it always made it worse. this most recent time i tried mino for the first time, and it made it worse too.

PCOS: i HAVE been diagnosed with this by a GYN not an endricrinologist (but many people have advised me to see one so i think that i will do this soon). my periods were always very irregular but about 3 years ago it didn't come for like 3 months. they did hormone tests which they said were normal. but ultra sound revealed the "cysts" on my ovaries. on top of that the acne, thinning hair, fatigue. i hate taking any kind of medication so i've been on and off of ortho trycyclin for the past 5 years. i think this time i'll stick with it tough since it seems to be helping in combo with the diet. i have read articles about PCOS and how many of the symptoms get better with low-carb diet. a coworker of mine has PCOS (she is overweight, has fertility probs, but not really acne). she told me how when she went hard core low-carb her periods got regular...and she got pregnant! what i noticed since being on the low carb diet is that my periods are heavier. for the past five years, both on and off the pill, my period flow was soooo light and short. so to me, this is more evidence that the low-carb diet IS doing something.


you asked about my diet: my diet history is a super long story, so i'll spare you that but in a nut shell i've always been a super picky eater. i don't like any seafood or red meat, poultry is ok but i only eat sparingly. throughout high school ate a lot of pb&j, bagels, pizza, baked potatoes. throughout college i also ate a lot of instant rice and pasta. my CURRENT diet consisted of elimating: dairy, past, white rice, simple sugars like candy and pastries. what i'm eating a lot of NOW are fruits, vegetables, beans, lentils, brown rice, nuts, and olives. at first i was using canned beans. but i heard the protein from caned beans is not as "pure" i switched to raw beans. initially i was eating bananas too but then i read how they can be an acne culprit so i cut that out. i was also eating soy products (milk, yogurt, and tofu) but just last week i read how soy can be a culprit too so i'm eliminating those as well. so as you can see, i'm pretty limited with what i can eat. i wish so much that i liked seafood, but i can't stand the smell or taste of it and never have (no fish, shrimp, lobster, NOTHING). i was taking primrose oil and flax seed oil, but i stopped. i get so paranoid as to what's working/what's not that i sometimes i just don't know what do to! but if you say they are good maybe i will go back on them.

you asked about dry skin. what i've noticed in addition to the less oil on my face is that my lips are often chapped and my hands seem dryer. i believe this is due to the lowcarb diet (man, i wish i had known this when i was younger i would have been a much happier person. my skin in high school, although i only had mild acne at the time, was like a GREASE PIT. minutes after washing, i'd be super oily already. i spent so much time and $ on face powder but all i had to do was cut down on the carbs!)

i've completely fallen of the diet this past week due to the holiday, and these past few days i'm paying for it with a lot of new pimples. but it's still not as bad as BEFORE i started the diet so i think eating sweets VERY sparingly would be ok. do you think that is the case?

sweetjade, what does your diet consist of? or maybe NOT consist of is a better question. is it just the Dr. Perricone diet? what supplements do you take?
Hello, Reading this forum has been interesting. Alot of Techincal stuff that confuses me but some of it I have read before. I would like to understand a bit better. or atleast understand my acne problem better. I am 22 yrs old. I am 5'7 120 lbs. (another thin one ;)) Im happy with my weight. Anyway I started having acne in HS I guess. it was bad for a while then my Jr and Sr year it cleared up pretty good. Then after HS it got bad again, Ive been to the derm a few times. tried certain gels and stuff, antibiotics worked kinda I think. my acne is on and off anyway. Its never completely clear but more severe at times than others. I didnt like the antibiotics, on top of that he gave me this face wash and Differin. kinda worked kinda didnt. I get acne on my back chest and of course face (T zone, forehead, nose, chin). I have very oily skin. The ance I get is like the huge pumps that sometimes pop sometimes dont. I dont force then if they dont come to a head, they just go away slowly but surely, Anyway, Im pretty sure I have hormone imbalance sometimes mabe not severe. I have a reg period. flow is about normal I guess being heaviest the 1st 2 days and bairly anything the last day. I never had problems with bad craps, sore boobs, and all that like some girls. for a while my boobs would get plumper and sore but that went away. I wonder what I could do to control my acne. I eat ok I guess. healthier than some. I eat alot of bread, potatoes, cheese, accasional fast food but I try to limit it if I can. I eat Pizza alot I. Anyway. Do you think I have that PCOS or whatever? I thought that was a disease where you have male hormonal problems. I dont have any symptoms of being a man,, lol I could have been mis informed. Anway any feed back would be great

Thanks!
krist03,

i think the culprit in your case might be your diet. bread is a high "bad" carb food. so are potatoes. simple carbs and dairy have been linked to acne. if you do a search on "acne and carbs" or "acne and dairy" you will find some more info on it. a number of people on this message board have reported success with eliminating these foods. for me, it wasn't enough. i was on a hard core low carb diet and no dairy for a few months. my acne only got a little bit better. BUT my skin got MUCH LESS oiler. i've been on the pill (ortho tricycline) for over 3 months. the pill in combo with the low carb diet is really helping. i'm not as hard core low carb any more but it's definitely limited a lot and my skin is ok. but i do notice a sligh increase in oil when i'm "bad" and fall of the diet. try eliminating bread, pototoes, and dairy for 2 months and see it that helps. it's hard, but you have nothing to lose. except a little weight...and hopefull your acne! good luck.

[QUOTE=Krist03]Hello, Reading this forum has been interesting. Alot of Techincal stuff that confuses me but some of it I have read before. I would like to understand a bit better. or atleast understand my acne problem better. I am 22 yrs old. I am 5'7 120 lbs. (another thin one ;)) Im happy with my weight. Anyway I started having acne in HS I guess. it was bad for a while then my Jr and Sr year it cleared up pretty good. Then after HS it got bad again, Ive been to the derm a few times. tried certain gels and stuff, antibiotics worked kinda I think. my acne is on and off anyway. Its never completely clear but more severe at times than others. I didnt like the antibiotics, on top of that he gave me this face wash and Differin. kinda worked kinda didnt. I get acne on my back chest and of course face (T zone, forehead, nose, chin). I have very oily skin. The ance I get is like the huge pumps that sometimes pop sometimes dont. I dont force then if they dont come to a head, they just go away slowly but surely, Anyway, Im pretty sure I have hormone imbalance sometimes mabe not severe. I have a reg period. flow is about normal I guess being heaviest the 1st 2 days and bairly anything the last day. I never had problems with bad craps, sore boobs, and all that like some girls. for a while my boobs would get plumper and sore but that went away. I wonder what I could do to control my acne. I eat ok I guess. healthier than some. I eat alot of bread, potatoes, cheese, accasional fast food but I try to limit it if I can. I eat Pizza alot I. Anyway. Do you think I have that PCOS or whatever? I thought that was a disease where you have male hormonal problems. I dont have any symptoms of being a man,, lol I could have been mis informed. Anway any feed back would be great

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