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[FONT=Comic Sans MS][COLOR=DarkOrchid]Hi guys :cool: I've been meaning to reply to some questions for a while - sorry for taking a while.

[COLOR=Magenta]tata77[/COLOR], I am sorry that this regimen hasn't exactly worked out for you. But I am glad that you have seen for yourself the connection between diet and acne. I wish you the very best of luck in whatever measures you take to improve your skin. Perhaps alternative cleanses are the answer for you.

[COLOR=Magenta]AznHisoka[/COLOR], I considered performing a liver cleanse but I really don't see the point now since I very rarely get new acne now. Also, as you have eluded to, a liver cleanse is a complex and unpleasant procedure. Whilst my regimen might not be strict, it should give you some level of improvement over the course of a few months.

I am really happy for you, [COLOR=Magenta]health15[/COLOR], and I hope your progress continues :) As you say, with winter upon us I recommend that you prevent your skin from over-drying since this will promote an increase in sebum production. Don't be afraid to reduce the retin-a and apply more moisturiser in its place. If things are improving from the inside then you can afford to slacken off the topical measures against acne; they just dry out your skin and rob you off your youthful glow. Get it back!

I'm glad to hear that things are steadily improving for you, [COLOR=Magenta]jac1976[/COLOR]! It does take time, believe me. But you are noticing the things that I first started to notice: the cysts are less stubborn and less prone to scarring. I don't really know about your dosage. It probably varies from person to person, but don't be afraid to increase the dosage - just experiment! Good luck ;)

[COLOR=Magenta]Hyde[/COLOR], thanks very much for updating us! Please do so regularly, whatever happens. I don't mean to blow my own trumpet, but it's nice to have another convert... I just wish everyone could experience success like yours :confused: The smoothness is wonderful, isn't it! I think it's because there's less rubbish in your pores; they are breathing more clearly than they have for years!

[COLOR=RoyalBlue]Vitamin C[/COLOR] might be a good idea for you as might some kind of essential fatty acid such as [COLOR=RoyalBlue]Flaxseed[/COLOR] in order to combat the shedding. Also, don't underestimate the importance of a good moisturiser. Open up your pores with warm water in the morning and wash with a gentle cleanser, tone and then moisturise to seal in moisture.

Hi, [COLOR=Magenta]blah-de-blah[/COLOR] :wave: When I first started this regimen I was a lot more strict with what I ate than I am these days. For me it seems like the regimen does allow me to get away with eating the kind of foods that are typically associated with the exacerbation of acne. But if I were you I would stick to strict diet for a while to give yourself the best chance of results, as [COLOR=Magenta]AznHisoka[/COLOR] advises.

In fact, a diet rich in "skin foods" is essential at all times. Although I eat my fair share of junk food nowadays I also ensure to eat at least five portions of fruit and vegetables every day. The vegetables must not be over-processed; I eat lightly boiled broccoli, sugar snap peas, cabbage, kale, spinach, mange-tout, green beans, etc. And if you haven't been taking a probiotic then I definitely recommend it!

Gaining weight might be difficult on this regimen, I'm afraid. But my advice to you is to get on top of your skin first and then worry about your weight. Again, as [COLOR=Magenta]AznHisoka[/COLOR] says, don't overeat on this regimen - eat until you are pleasantly full so your digestive system is not burdened. Things might get worse before they improve because a build up of toxins is being flushed from your system, with the result being new acne. But once that's over things should get better!

[COLOR=Magenta]Stylianfire[/COLOR], I believe any probiotic will be beneficial to you. And in terms of breakfast, try some fresh fruit instead of the typical Western diet choices such as toast and cereal. A grapefruit (which is what I have), for instance, will fill you up until elevenses and is proven to combat early morning hunger pangs; whereas, sugary cereal makes cravings for sugar worse throughout the day.

Don't worry too much about the fast. It just gives the regimen a kick-start but I don't think it's essential and could be dangerous in your case. In terms of exercise, I definitely believe it is important. I like to run but I know that the cold puts you off. But indoors you can perform some crunches, star jumps, squat thrusts, maybe some rope skipping... be imaginative! And regarding people in the military, I believe they have good skin because their diet is more rigid than a civilian diet. I've never really figured out for myself how much of a factor stress is in relation to acne.

An update from me: Lately I have been playing Le Bon Viveur (as my colleague calls it) a bit too much! Too many late nights and too much alcohol (and too much junk food thanks to the munchies :D) has led to the occasional outbreak. But these new spots won't ever last more than three days; proof (to me at least) that I have taken control of the acne cycle, because they used to last for weeks sometimes. But I've decided it's time to push things on to the next level.

To me, healthy skin is about more than not having acne; it's about preventing lines and wrinkles, banishing puffiness, achieving a natural matte look, and having fine pores. So no drink until Christmas, no junk food, no eating after 20.00, regular steaming and no skimping on general skincare. But then again I let my dad twist my arm and I had a half a Löwenbräu last night :rolleyes: Still, it was better for me that Coke![/COLOR][/FONT]





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