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[FONT=Comic Sans MS][COLOR=DarkOrchid]Okay, time for me to reply to everyone's posts I think! Sorry guys - been very busy at work lately!

[COLOR=Magenta]littledaga[/COLOR], this is going back a bit, but you mentioned avoiding beer. That's a good idea. If you can stand to make such sacrifices for the time being, then do so because it will help you in the long-run. If you want to drink, then stick to spirits with mixers and have one glass of water to every alcoholic drink. Your head and mouth will thank for that in the morning, too ;)

Regarding your washing routine, I would recommend using a cleanser and astringent of some kind. A cream cleanser (i.e. not soap) will remove surface debris and dirt from the day and the toner will clease the pores. It's best to use warm water with the cleanser in order to open the pores. I also recommend using a clay or mud based mask at least once a week to perform a deeper cleanse.

And, yes, [COLOR=RoyalBlue]Vitamin C[/COLOR] will aid your digestion and is proven to assist the production of new skin cells.

Hang in there, [COLOR=Magenta]omega47[/COLOR]. I too have fast metabolism and that's where I think a lot of my problems stemmed from. I believe that the faster we burn our food, the less cleanly it is processed. This regimen helps to reduce the waste by-products of digestion.

Hi [COLOR=Magenta]Jelohi[/COLOR] :) I'm afraid I wouldn't like to say for sure whether or not a digestive system cleanse would be safe for you in your condition. I can't think of any reason why, but perhaps it's best to consult your GP.

[COLOR=Magenta]c0nfused[/COLOR], maybe the problem you have is that you are playing around with your skin too much. Topical solutions generally do more harm than good in my opinion. The more you apply, the more you are touching your face. This promotes cross-infection of pores by the spreading of bacteria. Also, the more you dry out your face, the more sebum your sebaceous glands will produce in response. You need to maintain a balance. I know it's really hard to resist putting things on your face, but consider why you are doing it. You do it to treat the symptoms of acne. You need to treat the causes!

Hello [COLOR=Magenta]lainrosuta[/COLOR]! As you say, this regimen doesn't have to be about weight loss. That is one possible side-effect, but really it's about taking the burden off your digestive system so that the side-effects aren't evident on your skin. Just think about it, our ancestors didn't eat the amount of stodgy rubbish that we eat nowadays. It's no wonder our skin gets in a state!

So, you've experienced a productive cleanse, by the sounds of it. You will feel better for it, and hopefully you will see more results on your face sooner rather than later. Please keep us updated with your progress!

[COLOR=Magenta]Technicolor[/COLOR], you crack me up girl! I can see that you're not exactly enjoying this regimen (well, its ingredients, at least), but you've got the right attitude towards all this: don't be afraid to try different things, use your common sense, and stay positive. Good on you! I'm rooting for you all the way to be clear by next summer :cool: By the way, by "black marks", do you mean blackheads?

[COLOR=Magenta]Anonym0us[/COLOR], you've got exactly the right idea about how to treat your skin on the surface: less is more! The [COLOR=RoyalBlue]Essential Fatty Acids[/COLOR] you are taking will be beneficial to you. Like I said, it's all about experimentation. I'm glad to hear that you're testing things for yourself!

[COLOR=Magenta]health15[/COLOR], what would you say has been the biggest factor in your recent improvements? If you have really cut out sugar then that's probably the one. But hopefully you can cleanse your digestive system to a level whereby you can afford to indulge your sweet tooth every so often. Keep us updated please!

[COLOR=Magenta]soupyhead[/COLOR], I'm glad to hear things are looking up for you now!

[COLOR=Magenta]aida amador[/COLOR], I could talk for a long time about the subject of scars and marks, and I will if you want me to, but I'm flagging a bit now. Let me just say that lately I have been having immense success with [COLOR=RoyalBlue]Glycolic Acid[/COLOR] (30% concentration), which I would put on a par with microdermabrasion, except that it's better because it's not so extreme. As [COLOR=Magenta]Technicolor[/COLOR] says, though, it would help us if you could describe your scars/marks.

As a general note - everyone seems positive here, and that's wonderful. The worst thing you can do about acne is dwell on it in a negative light. Even if things are progressing as well as you all hoped, stick at your various regimens and stay positive. You've got the best support network available here! And I don't care if that sounds cheesy :D
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