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Hello Tommy jojo,

I read your post about not eating sugar in an effort to speed up the healing proces.
You (and other interested people) might also want to try another strategy that helped me a lot: avoiding all hard fats in your diet. See below for the details, this is information i got from somebody i found via the Internet.
Although not easy, i started with this diet half a year ago and it cured me from my inflamed acne, deeper in my skin. Unfortunately it did not cure me from the blackheads i have on my face (especially my nose) as my skin continued to be too oily. That's why i started with B5 a month ago, next to this diet. B5 reduced the oilness of my skin significantly, so i am quite pleased with this. But it seems to be very difficult to get rid of the blackheads on my nose. I squeeze them after soaking my skin with a hot towel, but until today i am unsure if i am only cleaning out the old ones or if it's a never ending process with pores still filling up with new sebum. With the reduced oilness i hope for the first ofcourse but i guess it's too early to tell.

parts of info found on the Internet about Diet:

When I was 19 I found a book by a Long Island dermatologist named Gustave Hoehn called "Acne Can Be Cured." He was sitting in his office one afternoon and an
Italian teen was there with her grandmother. The grandmother was a genius.
"In old country she eat the olive oil, she eat the pasta, she eat the bread,
she eat the tomato, beautiful skin. She come to America and she eat the
hamburgers she eat the french fries she eat the ice cream. Look at her
face." Eureka. That was the moment he understood the cause of acne. He put
the young lady on a diet where no saturated or "hard" fat (solid at room
temperature) passed her lips. In four weeks, massive improvement, in six,
complete sure. No patient he had after that ever had a pimple if they stuck
with the diet.

I was impressed enough to try it: for six weeks I ate absolutely no dairy
fat, red meat, shortening, or hydrogenated fat. My face was clear in
five-and-a-half. The good doctor's practice multiplied tenfold as word
spread that someone had a cure. He wrote a book which must have helped a few
thousand people, but the medical profession never put its ideas in the lab
and remains to this day, as you unfortunately proved for yourself, clueless
about how to eliminate acne.

This diet eliminates acne. No patient in Dr. Hoehn's practice ever had a
pimple if they stuck strictly to the diet. Every patient who did not eat
hard fat did not get acne. This truth correlates with the diet and skin
condition of every place in the world he looked. He found the answer.

The hard part is implementing it; hard fat is so pervasive in the food processing industry
that avoiding it takes quite a bit of effort. The good news is that there
are some wonderful new products on available since I went through this in
1979. Last night on behalf of a reader I checked out fake cheese, and it
isn't bad! It's great!

There is another component to my suggested natural remedies for acne. I
guess that means there is another story.

In 1976 a California doctor named Atida Carr, MD came out with a product
advertised on television called Acne Statin. Slides were shown proving how
thoroughly bacterial activity on the skin was contained by her product.

The American Medical Association didn't like this imposition on their
expensive and well-delineated turf, so they analyzed Acne Statin. The
product was no more or less effective then pHisoDerm, a wonderful cleanser
which manages to both kill everything in sight and leave skin in better
condition than before the it was cleansed. Problem was they found no unusual
ingredient that would justify the claim illustrated by the slides, which
gave them an openint to take the product off the market. People were asked
to return the product so they could be given refunds. Even Pat Boone, Acne
Statin's paid spokesman, had to give his money back I believe.

It was all for naught. Dr. Carr had solved a big part of the acne trauma
with this product's method of application: patients were instructed to soak
their face with a hot washcloth for ten minutes morning and night, then
apply Acne-Statin. The soaking was the secret.

So killing acne is a one-two punch: diet and hot compresses.

Here is a list of foods you will have to avoid. Since food is such a social
thing, it can be extremely difficult not to draw attention to yourself as
you avoid:

1. Dairy (butter, cheese, cream, milk fat)
2. Red meat (pork counts here too)
3. Shortening
4. Hydrogenated fat

Red meat is just right out. The fat is inherent in even the leanest cuts.
Adios. Good news: chicken and fish are fine.

Shortening is a culprit. That means crackers (25% shortening), cookies,
pastries, lots of things.

And worst of all: hydrogenated fats. Food manufacturers take oils and
saturate them, turn them slightly rancid, so that food can't go bad because
it already has. This makes it look nice and sit longer, unnaturally longer,
on store shelves so that they can turn perfectly good food into a mechanized
product. Anywhere you see the word "partially hydrogenated" you will see
pimples too.

This substance is in just about every processed food.

Margarine is pure hydrogenated fat.

You can use all the liquid oil you want; the offending substance is hardened oil.

Sugar is another culprit. Your white blood cells have a harder time
ingesting bacteria if you've just eaten apple pie a la mode or poured maple
syrup all over that nice lowfat waffle than they would if you left out the
sugar. Quite a few foods (candy, ice cream, pie, etc.) are an acne cocktail
of lots of sugar and lots of hydrogenated fat or milkfat.

So another big part of the diet is avoiding sugar.

OK, let's look first at the medical establishment's response to acne. I
wouldn't go as far as calling it "fraud." Although I personally feel
insulted that the medical institutions society entrusts to pursue solutions
to medical challenges has avoided testing a proven method of curing acne, I
do not think of this as conscious fraud. The belief system behind what
becomes accepted in the literature consists of many separate parts. The
culprit is traceable more to a mindset than it is to a set of minds.

A study authored by James Fulton, M.D., Ph.D., reaches a dubious conclusion.
In "Acne Can Be Cured" by Gustave H. Hoehn (if you can find a copy I'll pay
you eighty-eleven trillion dollars for it; I lent mine out in 1979 and never
saw it again), the good doctor traced dietary habits across the world and
found a clear correlation: diets rich in hard fat produced populations ripe
with acne, and diets with no hard fat produced clear-faced populations.

Our friend James Fulton looks at his chosen data and blames hereditary
alone, which all originated with.... those greasy Spaniards! I'm not
kidding! "We believe the gene came from a Mediterranean pool and was spread
around the world by the early Spanish conquistadors." They intermarried, and
"wherever they had penetrated... there is a cystic acne problem." I can't
help but laugh at the different ways data can be interpreted. Dr. Fulton
didn't seem to consider that intermarriage might introduce new *food* to
indigent populations. He concludes with brash certainty, based on these
laughably superficial interpretations, that heredity, not diet, is the root
cause of acne.

Diet is dismissed because of a University of Pennsylvania study where 65
adolescents were fed a pound of chocolate a day, and no effect was found on
the level of acne. Virtually everyone uses this one study to conclude that
diet is not a factor. A recent abstract of a study at Oxford University to
test the efficacy of minocycline -- the latest antibiotic fad -- cites the
"inadequacy of acne trials in general" and sets out to achieve "improvements
in methodological quality and standards of reporting." From Dr. Fulton's
sweeping "eureka!" claiming genetics the lone factor in acne, and an
examination of how he reached that conclusion, I would tend to agree with
Oxford University.

Here's how, for example, the chocolate study was set up:

Two sets of candy bars were concocted: Bar "A" had sugar, hydrogenated fat,
and chocolate, and Bar "B" had sugar, hydrogenated fat, and no chocolate. It
can be safely assumed that the tests' subjects, like everyone else,
regularly ate a bit of chocolate before the study. No one was "cleared out"
of previous dietary influence before the study began. The study lasted four
weeks, two weeks short of the length of time it takes for a plug to form and
grow into a pimple. They isolated chocolate, not sugar, not hydrogenated
fat, but one tiny component of "chocolate," which always comes mixed with
milkfat and sugar.
It is not "chocolate" the ingredient that causes acne, it's the fat in the
*food* we call "chocolate" that can lead to acne in people with the genetic
tendency to have trouble metabolizing it. Those very same people will not
have acne if they do not eat any hard fat. The way to test whether hard fat
is a factor in acne is to REMOVE it, not heighten its presence. Moderate
acne existed in these patients before the study, moderate acne existed in
them after the study. Proof?
(laughter) The moderate acne had its source, hard fat, fed to patients, and
remained moderate acne. If a sugar-and-fat bar contributes to acne, then
patients who ate it might still have acne after four weeks of eating it;
surprise, they did. To conclude from that faulty isolation of "chocolate,"
missing the point that both bars contained the real culprit, that diet is
not a factor is simply ludicrous. But it's the "reason" diet as a factor in
acne is debunked as "myth."

No data is available as to the disposition of the patients' complexions
after the gestation period of a pimple.

I challenge any doctor reading this to finally set up a study which isolates
and tests hard fat instead of testing "chocolate," a food consisting of
different components which includes hard fat.
Dr. Hoehn's book was ignored by the profession in spite of its common sense
and legitimate challenge to the accepted conclusions of faulty studies.

Here's one factor at work in medical research: sponsors of studies are
usually drug companies. What for-profit company would set out to prove the
irrelevance of topical or ingested cures? Individuals who want to prove
something often have to find a sponsor. To have clout in the field one has
to rise through the ranks and set up studies of increasing importance; the
"ranks" consist almost exclusively of doctors who vehemently adhere to the
"treatment" model of medicine.

Far from asserting a conscious effort to mislead the public, I believe the
accepted "facts" about acne and diet are in place because of two flawed
studies on chocolate. If a pound a day didn't aggravate it, then "chocolate"
must not be a factor. If chocolate isn't a factor, well then no food can be,
right? This study is cited over and over; the field needs to wake up and go
back to the lab.

Science has given us a curious habit of entrusting its practitioners with
overwhelming authority; in the process we forget that responsibility for our
bodies lies in ourselves. We expect to go into an office, be given a formula
(pill or ointment), take or apply it, then be all better. Well for many
things, acne included, this is wrong. I should know, my Dad was a doctor;
there are only so many things that one can do.

In the case of acne, doctors have it backwards: they admit that the cause of
acne is a "mystery" and go about trying to treat existing pimples with
either harsh chemicals or antibiotics. Oh, they know it is caused by
bacteria, but they have no idea why, so they offer overkill approaches, sort
of like destroying a village to find one outlaw.

Antibiotics are an extremely valuable resource which should be reserved for
real emergencies. They're so effective though that undisciplined medical
practitioners often prescribe them for everyday things.
That means that by the time something that actually threatens your system
may come along, the potency of an antibiotic has been watered down through
exposure. This is bad.
It's easy to prescribe antibiotics because they work, and good doctors are
reluctant to use them.

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