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    Old 02-19-2008, 09:53 AM   #1
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    Modernized Diet, skin products, & acne

    Hello,

    I haven't been here in a long time. I still have acne, and it has not gotten any better. I'm still switching back and forth from one product to the other. Recently I have been using a Glycolic acid cleanser, which worked the best compared to everything else I've used. Then I started using retin a micro. The retin a caused more severe breakouts, but did decrease fine lines and some skin damage caused by the acne itself, using products, and the sun. I figured the breakout are a part of the initial breakout you go through, but I'm on week six and severe pimples continue, though they have gotten better.

    However, I am really getting sick and tired of using the synthetic, chemical laced products! Why do we need all this crap? I feel like all of these products make my skin worse, generally speaking. They make my skin look darker, and less healthy. They also seem to slow the healing process for my skin. When I don't use a cleanser or moisturizer or any other acne product at night my skin seems to look better in the morning. My pimples also seem to go away quicker when I do this as well. Even when I wake up in the morning and just wash my face with water and don't put any moisturizers or anything on my face my skin still feels healthier. Even though it may feel a little dryer in this New York winter, it still feels like my skin can breathe; and when you go outside there is actually more moisture in the air, than there is in your house.

    Why is acne such a major problem in the modernized world? Why do primitive societies rarely ever get acne, or why is they're acne conditions never severe? Sure genetic factors play a role, but is there more too it? I am starting to think so. I am starting to think that our high carbohydrate, high sugar diets, and possibly even the hormones in our foods are promoting the acne condition in the modern world. Most primitive societies don't even have a word for acne; and most don't even have words for cancer, heart disease, etc.! There have been a number of studies that show that the high carbohydrate, nutrient lacking diets of the modern world may be promoting the acne epidemic.

    I am going to give myself a test. I am going to eat a low carbohydrate, high meat and protein, whole fruit and vegetable, all water and no sugar drinking diet to see what happens. Yes, I said high meat and protein. Our hunter gatherer ancestors evolved and survived off of meat. Yes, we **** sapiens are omnivorous. Primitive societies like the Eskimos, the African hunter gatherers, South American Indians, and others, have a high meat and protein diet, that there people have been eating for up to 400,000 years. These people are far healthier than us modern societies are. They also don't farm, so they don't consume grain foods and refined carbs. They also don't use hormones and chemicals on their cattle.

    I am also going to stop using retin a micro and cleansers and moisturizers on my skin, and see what happens. I encourage others to do the same, just to give it a try. At this point what do we have to lose?!!

     
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    Old 02-19-2008, 10:02 AM   #2
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    Re: Modernized Diet, skin products, & acne

    I have to agree. Even when you see pic's of people from the early 1900's they didn't appear to have any acne. Makes me wish I'd been born in that time frame. Things were so much different back then..

     
    Old 02-23-2008, 01:07 PM   #3
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    Modernized Diet, skin products, & acne *UPDATE*

    For those who have read my post under the title Modernized Diet, skin products, and acne I have an update. I have only been washing my face with water and using no moisturizer for a week and already my skin seems to be getting better. The pimples I had before healed very quickly and new ones are rarely popping up. My complexion also looks healthier. I'll update you all in a week to let you know how it's going.

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    Old 02-23-2008, 01:33 PM   #4
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    Re: Modernized Diet, skin products, & acne

    healthy j, I wash my face with just water. I feel if I dont use moisturizer than my skin gets really dry in nyc weather and starts to peel.

    Do you recommend a good moisturizer. Trying to go the same route as you.

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    Old 02-23-2008, 03:09 PM   #5
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    Re: Modernized Diet, skin products, & acne

    Hey Slumpey,

    I live in NYC as well and my skin does get dry at night. When I wake up my skin has flakes, but it looks better overall. I just wash my face with water in the shower, pat dry and that's it. If the moisturizer you're using is working for you then you can keep using it, but I know that if I use a moisturizer it is likely to break me out. The only moisturizer I would dare use it nutraderm, but you can also try Vaseline. Vaseline petroleum jelly locks in the moisture on damp skin, helps with dry flaky skin, and believe it or not it doesn't break you out. Because of the greasy look of petroleum jelly most people think it will cause break outs, but it doesn't. It also doesn't leave your skin looking greasy, because it absorbs into the skin, but not too deep. If you put the words vaseline petroleum jelly non comedogenic in a search engine you will find info on it. You can also go to drugstore websites and it has a five star rating, by people who have acne. I'm going to start trying it this coming week. I've already started testing it on my forehead for two days and I have no breakouts so far.

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    Old 02-26-2008, 06:38 PM   #6
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    Re: Modernized Diet, skin products, & acne

    healthy j, I think I will try the vaseline petroleum jelly tomorrow. Have you ever tried aveeno ultra calming moisturizer.

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    Old 03-10-2008, 10:46 AM   #7
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    Re: Modernized Diet, skin products, & acne

    I used the petroleum jelly last week and the results were bad! I had breakout after breakout. I don't know if it was because of the brand or what, but the results were not good. I would prefer not to use a moisturizer, but this winter weather is not helping me do that. I may try to stop using moisturizers completly again because they seem to always break me out. I think I'll just use a moisturizer on my body. I am going to try using Nutraderm lotion for a while, but if I continue to breakout then I am going to stop using moisturizers!

    I have never used Aveeno before.

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    Old 03-15-2008, 12:57 AM   #8
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    I would find a natural moisturizer. They don't have all of the synthetic dyes, perfumes, preservatives, petrlatum, etc that do nothing for the skin.

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    Old 03-21-2008, 06:59 PM   #9
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    I thought vaseline was suppose to be good for your face. what brand did you use.

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    Old 03-30-2008, 03:52 PM   #10
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    Re: Modernized Diet, skin products, & acne

    I recommend olive oil or a facial oil blend instead of putting a petroleum by-product like Vaseline (or Aquaphor) on your face.

     
    Old 03-30-2008, 05:34 PM   #11
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    Re: Modernized Diet, skin products, & acne

    I find that Eucerin facial moisturizer works well, and so does Aveeno. They're both non-comedogenic.

    For what it's worth, people have always had acne, and it's usually passed down genetically through family trees. Certain races are also not as prone to it. You can't usually see it in old photos because they're grainier and blurrier.

     
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