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Here's some more information for those interested in finding out ways to get those much needed answers. Obviously, [b]we don't all respond the same [/b]to our hormones. Some people's bodies do other things in response to the hormones that give us acne. Some people actually have NORMAL hormonal levels, but their receptors are [b]extra sensitive [/b]to certain hormones. Whereas, some of us have [b]HIGHER[/b] than normal hormones and/or extra sensitive receptors and our bodies respond accordingly. Perhaps that is why certain diets work better for certain cases. Indeed, that could be why people have gone on diets like a [b]Low Fat diet (fat stores hormones and certain ones increase insulin resistance)[/b] or a [b]Low Carb - No Grain diet (increases insulin sensitivity)[/b] and found that their acne improved, if not cleared 100%! While others discovered that all they needed were some enzymes or liver cleanses and things were perfect for them. =)

I believe that acne can be due to a combination of [b]Environmental[/b](dioxin & other pesticides, toxins, dirty telephones, etc), [b]External[/b] (bad skincare, haircare, etc), and/or [b]Internal[/b] factors. For me personally, my formula was Environmental-5%, External-15%, and Internal-80%. Since this is already so long, I'll just go over one way you could go about discovering if yours is mainly internal:

1. If your problems persist, your BEST bet is to go to a doctor.
a. Think about what your symptoms are. Think about any other problems that you have (vision, dental, stomach, energy, wieght, headaches, muscular, etc), for sometimes these symptoms may be related to a specific disorder. Also look back on your famiy's history and see if they can recall any problems or specifc disorders. Do they have anything similar to what you have?

b. If you have some idea as to what the problem is than seeing a specialist, such as an Endocrinologist, Gastroenterologist, Allergist, or Naturopath would be to your advantage.

2. You need to find out if you have an allergy, intolerance, a hormonal imbalance, or some nutrient defiency by having the appropriate tests run. Sometimes the tiniest thing really can make [b]that[/b] much of a difference.

3. Based on those results you'll be prescribed maybe Accutane, Birth Control, an Anti-Androgen, or some other specific drug. Or maybe you'll be advised to take a certain vitamin or to change your diet.

4. There's usually more than one way to treat a problem, so if the above fails, you should try a different doctor, formulation or technique.
a. Many vitamins and supplements "cure" acne, but which ones are right one for you?

b. The same should be asked of herbs. These have medicinal properties and as such, you should pick an herb that will do what you need it to do, based on your [u]specific[/u] internal problem. In other words, find an herb that has the same suggested use as the prescription drug your doctor put you on and see if it will help or if you can replace the drug with it. For example, Spironolactone's equivalent would be Saw Palmetto or BetaSitosterol.

c. Diet (headache anyone?) There are between 30 - 50 special diets out there and if we included our own unique diets, the list would be even longer. NOT all of these are designed to cure acne, but SOME of them have proven to be far more successful than [b]anything[/b] else! Once again this is very much so depends on how [b]YOUR[/b] body works, what it needs, and what your specific internal problem is. The most successful diets that I'm aware of are:

[b]Non-Processed/Refined Diet[/b]-- General Health, Insulin-Hormonal Imbalance

[b]Organic/Whole Foods Diet[/b]--General Health, Allergies, Intolerances, Toxin/Chemical/Hormone Sensitivities

[b]Vegetarian/Vegan Diet[/b]--General Health, Intolerances, Toxin/Chemical/Hormone Sensitivities

[b]Low Fat Diet[/b]- General Health, Toxin/Chemical/Hormone Sensitivities

[b]Low Carbohydrate/Sugar Diet[/b]--General Health, Allergies, Intolerance, Autoimmune Disease, Insulin-Hormonal imbalance

[b]Mucous Free Diet[/b]-- Intolerance, Autoimmune Disease, Insulin-Hormonal imbalance

[b]Gluten-Free Diet[/b]--Allergies, Intolerance, Autoimmune Disease, Neurological problems, Insulin-Hormonal imbalance

[b]No Grain Diet[/b]-- Allergies, Intolerance, Autoimmune Disease, Neurological problems, Insulin-Hormonal imbalance

[b]Paleolithic Diet[/b]--General Health, Allergies, Intolerance, Autoimmune Disease, Insulin-Hormonal imbalance, Neurological Problems, Toxin/Chemical/Hormone Sensitivities

[b]"Evil" Lectin Free Diet[/b]--Intolerance, Autoimmune Disease, Neurological problems, Insulin-Hormonal imbalance

[b]Elimination Diet[/b]--(Ex: Wheat, Diary, Iodine, Spicy Foods, MSG, Pork, etc) Allergies, Intolerance, Autoimmune Disease, Toxin/Chemical/Hormone Sensitivities

These are just generalized catagories, but there are PLENTY of books or websites, that use the above in some sort of dietary program, such as the Specific Carbohydrate Diet (SCD). You just have to figure out [b]which[/b] applies to you and what program fits your lifestyle and is the [b]MOST effective[/b] for [b]you[/b]. Yes, sometimes that does requres a bit of "trial and error", so just because one diet didn't work for you, it doesn't mean that NONE of them will.

5. Are there any specific foods or drinks you find that you consume the most?
6. Are you drinking enough water to flush toxins, hydrate, increase energy?
7. Are you getting enough sleep to decrease stress, balance hormones, improve healing?
8. Are you exercising to improve circulation, decrease stress, regulate hormones, etc?

9. Have you tried other alternative methods such as
a. Therapy--Counseling, EFT, Hypnotherapy
b. Detoxing--Colon Cleanses, Fasting, Parasite Cleanses, etc
c. Eastern Medicine-- Accupuncture, Ayurveda, etc

I personally didn't really go through the method like that, but it resembles what I learned and experimented with during the past 10 years. Personally, so far Soda, Cherries, and Gluten Grains (or all grains) break me out.

Good luck

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