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I want to help!!
Feb 1, 2006
Hello Everyone,

I have been suffering with this problem for most of my life. I was on Accutane and various antibiotics in my early twenties. I cleared up after the Accutane for about 6 years. Last April I started developing painful cystic acne and extreme tiredness. I thought at one point that I was allergic to MSG and Aspartame because it seemed to get worse when I ate those things. Then I thought that it was sugar and carbs. I spent hours researching this board and all over the internet. I tried just about everything and spent tons of money on worthless crap! Until one day I did a search on acne and "candida" popped up. I was like what the hell is Candida? So I began a lengthy search for about two weeks completely obsessed with finding out the cause. I am in sales and your personal appearance is important, especially when dealing with clients. This was causing me to shy away from people because I was so embarrassed by my appearance. Anyway, I discovered that I had a yeast infection in my body that was setting off allergic reactions to certain foods causing my breakouts. It turned out that MSG, aspartame, sugar and breads were releasing sugar into my bloodstream which was feeding the yeast. I had to go on an anti-candida diet (do a google search) which basically cut the sugar intake down dramatically. I also had to start taking a probiotic to replenish the good bacteria in my body. The candida albicans are the unfriendly bacteria and they overgrow to the point that you feel sick and tired, runned down and acne develops. I know this sounds crazy but I have tested the theory and I have cleared up 99 %. I have also been taking antifungals such as garlic, apple cider vinegar (with the mother) organic (get it at a health food store.), grapefruit seed extract, oil of oregano, caprylic acid, (do a google search on anti-fungals). Yeast is like a mold and it responds well to antifungals. I started applying tea tree oil to my face and doing clay masks to draw out the impurites as well as steaming and applying castor oil (noncomedogenic) right after the steam. This seemed to really be working but not enough. So I went to the health food store and the guy told me to do a cleanse with a product called Candi-gone. It really worked. I also drink 1 gallon of water a day and I mix 2 tbl of Apple Cider Vinegar and a packet of stevia in a glass of water and sip it throughout the day. Phew- a lot of work, but well worth it. About a week ago I incorporated Emu Oil into my regime , which is noncomedogenic, and an anti-inflammatory. I use that as my moisturizer. I recently started using Adult Acnomel which is a sulfur based cream and that has been taking care of what is left. Just to let everybody know one cause of this problem is an overuse of antibiotics (this includes acne treatments such as tetracycaline, minocycline, doxycycline, etc.) The antibiotics also kill off the good bacteria leaving you vulnerable to candida. If you do take antibiotic make sure that you follow up with a probiotic afterwards to replenish the friendly bacteria. Eating yogurt (not the sugary kind) plain , organic, mixed with stevia, will help as well. I also read that Birth control pills make the body vulnerable as well. You shouldn't smoke ( which I contantly battle personally) beacause it releases sugars into your bloodstream and weakens your immune system.
I tried the three day apple fast, it helped to jumpstart my body as far as I started detoxing but it didn't cure me. Also, not to be gross but it is something that needs to be said, you must stay regular. Being regular ensures that the excess toxins in your body are being removed or else they will come out in your skin. If you are undergoing a candida cleanse you might experience (as I did) a "die-off" reaction which is the yeast being killed off in large mumbers at once. The yeast release a poison into your body when they die ( do a google search on "die off" or the "herxiemer reaction" sp?.) When this happens you basically feel like you have the flu. This was a good sign for me because I got better shortly there after.
I realize that this is a lot of information at once but I just want to be as helpful as I can. I can't say for sure that this is going to help everybody but this has worked for me. It's something to research. I had a few bumps on the side of my face the other day. I used the acnomel last night and I when I woke up this morning there were two small red bumps. Now at 11:50 p.m , as I am writing this they are hardly even noticeable. I went from a full face of cystic bumps to this in about a month (that was when I started the candida cleanup). I will stop rambling, this is extremely long , but I believed that it was important to share. Thanks for reading and I wish everyone the best success!


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