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Best Natural Zit Zapper?

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Best Natural Zit Zapper... Tea Tree Oil?

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8933 · September 07, 2013 at 1:28 AM

Nah Ray Peat did but man I'm so glad to hear this!

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148 · January 10, 2013 at 12:19 AM

Yea, that seems plausible. I only realized yesterday that the drug accutane is a vitamin A analogue.

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314 · January 09, 2013 at 5:50 PM

OCM is the best! I did well on a 90:10 mix of EVOO:castor oil + a few drops of TTO for the acne. My skin WAS generally dry with occasional breakouts when I was doing this. My skin is cleared up now though (knock on wood!), and I haven't been keep up with this routine in the past year or so.

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314 · January 09, 2013 at 5:44 PM

TTO does the trick for me at least! Dab it on with a q-tip at the first sign of a zit and keep it up 1-2x daily until it's gone.

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817 · January 09, 2013 at 1:36 PM

I use magnesium oil! just a dab on the spot. It takes out the inflammation. If you are still breaking out post-paleo, I would consider looking into cutting out some foods and healing up the gut more

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418 · January 09, 2013 at 3:03 AM

I wonder if it is the vitamin A. I supplement with cod liver oil and when I eat a lot of sweet potatoes I notice no Acne as well.

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134 · June 26, 2012 at 11:50 AM

Which foods Do you get your fat soluble vitamins from, Zach?

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134 · June 12, 2012 at 3:27 PM

Thanks. Any updates?

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8933 · June 09, 2012 at 8:10 PM

Ray Peat isn't really a diet, it's just science and you have to decide for yourself what to do. Dairy is the best source of calcium, but you can also take eggshell calcium and eat tons of fruit. Fruit should be ripe, preferably organic. Lots of fruits have their problems (like pectin in apples), but you shouldn't think too much about that. Obviously avoid seeds. Usually people just drink strained orange juice and eat pawpaws, melons, cherries, and some other tropical fruits.

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134 · June 09, 2012 at 4:39 PM

I'm a bit scared upping my Vitamin A as I last year did went on a course of Accutane. not sure about my Vitamin A levels. It cleared all my acne but it came back 3 weeks later. Can you do Ray Peat without Dairy, so scared to try it again as it used to make my acne worse. Also is all fruits allowed?

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698 · June 09, 2012 at 9:28 AM

Woke up again.. 5 days now, almost everything on my face and body has vanished.. Korion man, you just saved my life..

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515 · June 09, 2012 at 5:31 AM

I use Exposed Skincare: http://www.exposedskincare.com/. I don't live in North America so I can't recommend any specific brands there.

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134 · June 08, 2012 at 9:16 PM

Keep us posted how it goes, very interesting to follow! /another one who tried anything under the sun to get rid of daily acne. Gonna try Peat soon but have seen improvements with 20 000 iu Vitamin A from Cod Liver Oil, Skate Liver Oil, Vitamin D, zinc and Dandelion/Burdock Root tea

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698 · June 08, 2012 at 9:09 PM

So I had been wondering for a while why my cystic acne, but not comedonal acne disappeared for the most part once I switched to paleo.. My skin improved a LOT and quickly goes downhill if I go on SAD food binges.. so I simply don't do that anymore. My paleo diet model included lots of kerrygold and quality eggs. It seems possible that low doses of retinol were nuking my cysts, but wasn't enough to stop smaller comedonal acne from continuing. Consuming more retinol might just nip it in the bud. ;D

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8933 · June 08, 2012 at 7:47 PM

Butter and eggs are not good sources if you're trying to eliminate acne but still are good things to eat. BTCHLPS better stop the cod liver oil if you want to do this right. It's PUFA-loaded (Ray Peat considers omega-3 to be just as bad as omega-6).

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698 · June 08, 2012 at 7:00 PM

Shawn you can email me at maitaketaki@gmail.com if you want to ask questions about how I was eating.. I switched to Peat style eating 4 days ago too, which I thought would absolutely make things worse. I was convinced milk, cheese, and fruit probably contributed to my acne.. but no, i'm eating all three all day and since upping retinol intake the breakouts stopped? Seriously, this is the first time since I was 12 that I haven't developed new spots every day. It's been four in a row now!

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698 · June 08, 2012 at 6:58 PM

Only once I upped my intake to 100,000 IU or more did this start happening. I heard zinc helps heal faster so I bought some zinc to take too, but I doubt zinc alone is why my skin stopped breaking out. This is now the 4th day, and not a single new spot.. everything left is healing now. I still have a lot of hyperpigmentation which im going to use Tazorac a little to accelerate healing. Tazorac (a retinoid too) never did anything to stop my acne formations. It helped some though, mostly helped heal spots. I make sure to get a little sunshine everyday and also eat vitamin K2 100mg.

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698 · June 08, 2012 at 6:54 PM

Hey guys, and Shawn go ahead and message me! I'm also in the 100% paleo alone didn't fix my acne problem.. it got rid of 90% of my cystic acne but the small stuff never stopped daily. I however was NOT eating liver on a regular basis let alone a couple times a week or more. And I also don't eat shellfish, they kinda gross me out. So supplements it is. PaleoMouth, i've been doing vitamin A for a long time, at 25,000 IU per day. I also get some retinol from grass fed butter, eggs, etc.. but probably not nearly the same amount that is in liver.

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418 · June 08, 2012 at 6:40 PM

What brand you use? Link please.

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418 · June 08, 2012 at 6:40 PM

Retinol? Just high doses of Vitamin A or what? Confused... I take Carlsons Super Cod Liver Oil now...

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8933 · June 08, 2012 at 2:37 PM

I think questions about Peat should better be posted at http://peatarian.com He does recommend coffee with foods high in iron to prevent absorption. There are several studies backing this up, showing that tea and coffee do inhibit iron absorption. So eating liver or oysters with liver is a good idea. Some people get hypoglycemia with coffee, then it is best consumed with milk or maybe sugar (I need sugar to tolerate it well).

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720 · June 08, 2012 at 2:27 PM

Does peat actually recommend coffee? I read it was antithyroid? How long ahve you been doing the Vit A Zach? I think that this is important too.

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968 · June 08, 2012 at 11:26 AM

just a dab of tea tree or lavender does the job. But I haven't had a zit in years

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1017 · June 08, 2012 at 11:09 AM

Zach - can i message you to chat more (actually not sure this site even has that)? i'm curious about what else you've tried, the peat thing, and the vit A thing. I feel like I've tried everything on the planet as well and Paleo helps to a degree but i'm still constantly left with 3 cysts on a regular basis.

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8933 · June 08, 2012 at 10:00 AM

YEAH BABEH :D I hope this keeps working that'd be really cool. Good luck!

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698 · June 08, 2012 at 9:18 AM

Wow, Korion.. Woke up AGAIN today with not.. a.. single.. spot on my body. Nothing. Absolutely nothing! I can't fucking believe it.. I've tried everything on the planet and it was Vit A?!

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8933 · June 08, 2012 at 8:20 AM

Love it, Zach, hope it keeps working! As long as you don't have side effects I think your retinol intake is fine, but to play it safe, I'd slowly try to use lots of it topically and try to replace some of it with liver and oysters :).

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10663 · June 08, 2012 at 7:00 AM

I know you said "natural" but I swear by the Proactiv Refining Mask. I dab a bit on a zit and leave it on overnight and it's noticeably healed the next morning. One of the "inactive ingredients" is tea tree oil, btw. http://www.proactiv.com/customer-care/products/refining-mask,default,pg.html

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698 · June 08, 2012 at 3:20 AM

I've been taking 100,000 in the morning and another 25k or 50k later in the evening, always with fat.. To sum up the peat thing: Milk, cheese, meat, butter, eggs, gelatin, lots of fruits, fructose and sugar, raw carrots, coconut oil, coffee, cocoa, and shellfish if you can eat em.. limit vegetables, and limit all PUFAs (including omega 3s and fish oils), consume gelatin with muscle meats. There's more stuff allowed too but that's pretty much what i've been living on.. I add sugar to lots of stuff (sucrose or fructose either one) and have been eating lots cheese and chocolate hagen dasz..

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1017 · June 08, 2012 at 3:03 AM

One more question, do you take it all at once or space it out throughout the day?

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1017 · June 08, 2012 at 3:03 AM

What's the Ray Peat thing all about? I tried to find a clear list of do's and don'ts on his site but didn't see anything straight forward. Maybe I wasn't looking in the right place.

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698 · June 08, 2012 at 2:49 AM

Oh and so far i've been using Now Foods Vitamin A (from Fish Liver Oil, eugh).. It's also in a capsule with a little soybean oil. I can't imagine it's enough from 4-5 capsules to send my polyunsaturate fat intake soaring. Seems to be helping regardless!

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698 · June 08, 2012 at 2:46 AM

continued.. This whole Peat thing makes my skin produce a lot more sebum.. I sweat a lot because my body temperature stays higher. Coconut oil and coffee after some protein and fruit w/ sugar makes my temperature go crazy! Like a heat wave..

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698 · June 08, 2012 at 2:45 AM

So far I haven't noticed any.. I have had some pain in my knee and my wrists since then, but go figure.. I spend time daily practicing muay thai on weighted bags, and I don't really go lightly either. I also do high intensity interval resistance training and this isn't easy on my bones, ligaments, tendons, etc. Probably unrelated to Vit A honestly. Some people report dry skin and headaches.. I had a very mild headache today but short lived. My skin isn't dry at all but that isn't suprising because I started eating Ray Peat style.

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1017 · June 08, 2012 at 2:39 AM

Do you notice any side effects from that much Vit A? Which supplement/brand do you use?

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2407 · June 08, 2012 at 10:41 AM

concentrated mediteranean oregano oil with high carvacrol percentage. pop a drop on a zit, and it kills it. hightly anti bacterial and antifungal. put it on toenail fungus, and its GONE. have food poison? take it when you are first starting to feel something's not right, and you wont be sick for days.

best stuff on the market:

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698 · June 08, 2012 at 2:35 AM

On the recommendation of Korion and Peat I upped my daily retinol intake (which I get from dairy too, to some degree) from a 25,000 IU supplement to 100,000-125,000 IU. I also bought some OptiZinc and ate some of that too, as if I were feasting on oysters. It's been two days in a row now that not a single pimple or cyst has appeared and the active ones have rapidly shrank and closed. I'm getting really excited by this and will have to update about my progress.. Also note I regularly consume all of the fat soluble vitamins D, K2, A, and E almost entirely from food. I thus far haven't ate any liver or shellfish, hence the retinol and zinc supplements.

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1017 · June 08, 2012 at 3:03 AM

What's the Ray Peat thing all about? I tried to find a clear list of do's and don'ts on his site but didn't see anything straight forward. Maybe I wasn't looking in the right place.

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698 · June 08, 2012 at 2:46 AM

continued.. This whole Peat thing makes my skin produce a lot more sebum.. I sweat a lot because my body temperature stays higher. Coconut oil and coffee after some protein and fruit w/ sugar makes my temperature go crazy! Like a heat wave..

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8933 · June 08, 2012 at 10:00 AM

YEAH BABEH :D I hope this keeps working that'd be really cool. Good luck!

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8933 · June 08, 2012 at 2:37 PM

I think questions about Peat should better be posted at http://peatarian.com He does recommend coffee with foods high in iron to prevent absorption. There are several studies backing this up, showing that tea and coffee do inhibit iron absorption. So eating liver or oysters with liver is a good idea. Some people get hypoglycemia with coffee, then it is best consumed with milk or maybe sugar (I need sugar to tolerate it well).

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698 · June 08, 2012 at 9:18 AM

Wow, Korion.. Woke up AGAIN today with not.. a.. single.. spot on my body. Nothing. Absolutely nothing! I can't fucking believe it.. I've tried everything on the planet and it was Vit A?!

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1017 · June 08, 2012 at 2:39 AM

Do you notice any side effects from that much Vit A? Which supplement/brand do you use?

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698 · June 08, 2012 at 3:20 AM

I've been taking 100,000 in the morning and another 25k or 50k later in the evening, always with fat.. To sum up the peat thing: Milk, cheese, meat, butter, eggs, gelatin, lots of fruits, fructose and sugar, raw carrots, coconut oil, coffee, cocoa, and shellfish if you can eat em.. limit vegetables, and limit all PUFAs (including omega 3s and fish oils), consume gelatin with muscle meats. There's more stuff allowed too but that's pretty much what i've been living on.. I add sugar to lots of stuff (sucrose or fructose either one) and have been eating lots cheese and chocolate hagen dasz..

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698 · June 08, 2012 at 2:49 AM

Oh and so far i've been using Now Foods Vitamin A (from Fish Liver Oil, eugh).. It's also in a capsule with a little soybean oil. I can't imagine it's enough from 4-5 capsules to send my polyunsaturate fat intake soaring. Seems to be helping regardless!

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698 · June 08, 2012 at 6:58 PM

Only once I upped my intake to 100,000 IU or more did this start happening. I heard zinc helps heal faster so I bought some zinc to take too, but I doubt zinc alone is why my skin stopped breaking out. This is now the 4th day, and not a single new spot.. everything left is healing now. I still have a lot of hyperpigmentation which im going to use Tazorac a little to accelerate healing. Tazorac (a retinoid too) never did anything to stop my acne formations. It helped some though, mostly helped heal spots. I make sure to get a little sunshine everyday and also eat vitamin K2 100mg.

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1017 · June 08, 2012 at 11:09 AM

Zach - can i message you to chat more (actually not sure this site even has that)? i'm curious about what else you've tried, the peat thing, and the vit A thing. I feel like I've tried everything on the planet as well and Paleo helps to a degree but i'm still constantly left with 3 cysts on a regular basis.

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1017 · June 08, 2012 at 3:03 AM

One more question, do you take it all at once or space it out throughout the day?

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8933 · June 08, 2012 at 8:20 AM

Love it, Zach, hope it keeps working! As long as you don't have side effects I think your retinol intake is fine, but to play it safe, I'd slowly try to use lots of it topically and try to replace some of it with liver and oysters :).

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698 · June 08, 2012 at 6:54 PM

Hey guys, and Shawn go ahead and message me! I'm also in the 100% paleo alone didn't fix my acne problem.. it got rid of 90% of my cystic acne but the small stuff never stopped daily. I however was NOT eating liver on a regular basis let alone a couple times a week or more. And I also don't eat shellfish, they kinda gross me out. So supplements it is. PaleoMouth, i've been doing vitamin A for a long time, at 25,000 IU per day. I also get some retinol from grass fed butter, eggs, etc.. but probably not nearly the same amount that is in liver.

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698 · June 08, 2012 at 2:45 AM

So far I haven't noticed any.. I have had some pain in my knee and my wrists since then, but go figure.. I spend time daily practicing muay thai on weighted bags, and I don't really go lightly either. I also do high intensity interval resistance training and this isn't easy on my bones, ligaments, tendons, etc. Probably unrelated to Vit A honestly. Some people report dry skin and headaches.. I had a very mild headache today but short lived. My skin isn't dry at all but that isn't suprising because I started eating Ray Peat style.

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698 · June 08, 2012 at 7:00 PM

Shawn you can email me at maitaketaki@gmail.com if you want to ask questions about how I was eating.. I switched to Peat style eating 4 days ago too, which I thought would absolutely make things worse. I was convinced milk, cheese, and fruit probably contributed to my acne.. but no, i'm eating all three all day and since upping retinol intake the breakouts stopped? Seriously, this is the first time since I was 12 that I haven't developed new spots every day. It's been four in a row now!

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8933 · June 08, 2012 at 7:47 PM

Butter and eggs are not good sources if you're trying to eliminate acne but still are good things to eat. BTCHLPS better stop the cod liver oil if you want to do this right. It's PUFA-loaded (Ray Peat considers omega-3 to be just as bad as omega-6).

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134 · June 08, 2012 at 9:16 PM

Keep us posted how it goes, very interesting to follow! /another one who tried anything under the sun to get rid of daily acne. Gonna try Peat soon but have seen improvements with 20 000 iu Vitamin A from Cod Liver Oil, Skate Liver Oil, Vitamin D, zinc and Dandelion/Burdock Root tea

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720 · June 08, 2012 at 2:27 PM

Does peat actually recommend coffee? I read it was antithyroid? How long ahve you been doing the Vit A Zach? I think that this is important too.

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418 · June 08, 2012 at 6:40 PM

Retinol? Just high doses of Vitamin A or what? Confused... I take Carlsons Super Cod Liver Oil now...

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698 · June 09, 2012 at 9:28 AM

Woke up again.. 5 days now, almost everything on my face and body has vanished.. Korion man, you just saved my life..

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698 · June 08, 2012 at 9:09 PM

So I had been wondering for a while why my cystic acne, but not comedonal acne disappeared for the most part once I switched to paleo.. My skin improved a LOT and quickly goes downhill if I go on SAD food binges.. so I simply don't do that anymore. My paleo diet model included lots of kerrygold and quality eggs. It seems possible that low doses of retinol were nuking my cysts, but wasn't enough to stop smaller comedonal acne from continuing. Consuming more retinol might just nip it in the bud. ;D

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8933 · June 09, 2012 at 8:10 PM

Ray Peat isn't really a diet, it's just science and you have to decide for yourself what to do. Dairy is the best source of calcium, but you can also take eggshell calcium and eat tons of fruit. Fruit should be ripe, preferably organic. Lots of fruits have their problems (like pectin in apples), but you shouldn't think too much about that. Obviously avoid seeds. Usually people just drink strained orange juice and eat pawpaws, melons, cherries, and some other tropical fruits.

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8933 · September 07, 2013 at 1:28 AM

Nah Ray Peat did but man I'm so glad to hear this!

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134 · June 09, 2012 at 4:39 PM

I'm a bit scared upping my Vitamin A as I last year did went on a course of Accutane. not sure about my Vitamin A levels. It cleared all my acne but it came back 3 weeks later. Can you do Ray Peat without Dairy, so scared to try it again as it used to make my acne worse. Also is all fruits allowed?

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134 · June 12, 2012 at 3:27 PM

Thanks. Any updates?

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134 · June 26, 2012 at 11:50 AM

Which foods Do you get your fat soluble vitamins from, Zach?

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20 · January 09, 2013 at 12:21 AM

Check out oil cleansing method and no-poo for shampoo. I know that I can't use any sort of detergent on my face at all, they all break me out REALLY badly. And I've definitely dealt with the major cystic acne and was even on accutane. Nothing has cleared up my face like eating paleo and ditching soap/cleanser completely.

Another major plus is that oil cleansing method is really cheap! When I first switched I also used a true castile soap to wash my face/hair with (like dr. bronners, kiss my face olive oil soap, etc) and that worked really well. Putting oil on your face won't cause the problem. It might actually help you regulate the oil production.

I would stay away from mega doses of Vit. A as mentioned above. You can completely destroy your liver--there's a reason accutane is so regulated by doctors (it's a form of vit. A).

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314 · January 09, 2013 at 5:50 PM

OCM is the best! I did well on a 90:10 mix of EVOO:castor oil + a few drops of TTO for the acne. My skin WAS generally dry with occasional breakouts when I was doing this. My skin is cleared up now though (knock on wood!), and I haven't been keep up with this routine in the past year or so.

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1363 · June 08, 2012 at 4:43 PM

I used to use tea tree oil when I was a teenager. Didn't work that well for me but I also never really took that much care to do a proper facial routine. I think it probably works as well as any other off the shelf blemish fixer. Recently, I realized that after I stopped taking vitamin D I got acne on my face. I bought some 5000iu capsules and take one a day and my acne has cleared up really well. My diet hasn't even been particularly clean lately, so this is interesting to me.

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515 · June 08, 2012 at 3:57 AM

Green tea cream is fantastic. Some studies showed it to be as effective as benzoyl peroxide without the nasty side-effects. Other study showed it reduced sebum production by 70% after 8 weeks of use. It does that because it can block the action of androgens in the skin.

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515 · June 09, 2012 at 5:31 AM

I use Exposed Skincare: http://www.exposedskincare.com/. I don't live in North America so I can't recommend any specific brands there.

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418 · June 08, 2012 at 6:40 PM

What brand you use? Link please.

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148 · January 09, 2013 at 12:55 AM

I'm not sure what a "zit-zapper" is, but eating 1/4lb of beef liver weekly seems to completely eliminate my acne (although I'm still experimenting to rigorously establish cause and effect). If I forget to eat it, the acne comes back within a week.

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418 · January 09, 2013 at 3:03 AM

I wonder if it is the vitamin A. I supplement with cod liver oil and when I eat a lot of sweet potatoes I notice no Acne as well.

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148 · January 10, 2013 at 12:19 AM

Yea, that seems plausible. I only realized yesterday that the drug accutane is a vitamin A analogue.

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6229 · June 08, 2012 at 5:44 PM

When we eat out and sometimes a rogue zit pops out then my husband and I use (and you don't need much):

Green Pastures Beauty Balm. Ingredients: Shea Butter, X-FACTOR Gold High Vitamin Butter Oil, Blue Breeze Organic Coconut Oil, Blue Ice Fermented Cod Liver Oil, Cranberry Oil, Organic Orange Oil, Lavender Oil.

Possible Applications: Rashes, acne, wrinkles, spots, absorption of nutrients through the skin.

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2954 · June 08, 2012 at 9:52 AM

Well, best prevention is eating a super clean and nutritious Paleo diet.
But if you cheat on your grandma's apple pie...

Wash your face with warm water (no soap), and pat your face dry.
Take a cotton swab and dip it in alcohol. Now press it into each zit. Even the ugliest zit is gone in less than a day.

(I mean the alcohol in your medicine cabinet, not the alcohol you need an ID to buy :P )

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1614 · January 09, 2013 at 5:35 PM

I've had great luck zapping chronic acne by washing my face with honey and moisturizing with coconut oil. A dab of coconut oil at night will zap most zits by morning. If I've got a really big/painful zit, I'll use some of my husband's (not at all natural) toothpaste to take care of it.

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380 · January 09, 2013 at 10:22 AM

Best natural "zit zapper" I've EVER tried is topical propolis tincture (glycerine-based is easier to wash off than ethanol-based tincture while the ethanol one dries quicker, though they're both equally effective). Apply a drop to the area, let dry and sleep with this on overnight. (I've also tried turmeric, green clay, tea tree oil, lavender oil, nicotinamide, toothpaste, and all sorts of other lotions and potions over the years, but this one glorious natural substance rates as the most effective and quickest-acting spot treatment to date.)

Having said that - after an initial detox type reaction of sorts, my skin seemed to calm right down after going paleo/primal (particularly once I introduced a good probiotic plus cod liver oil and fish oils into the mix). Washing the skin with only raw honey (or honey mixed with rice flour if it needs extra exfoliation) also seems to have made it happier than it ever was in the cycle of stripping with cleansers and then having to rebuild the natural oils and acid mantle again from scratch each time.

To second Kashkillz' recommendation (though i haven't tried it on regular ole zits) - garlic works particularly well on any spots which get infected with staph - it explodes the cell wall to destroy it from within (and because of this mechanism there's no way for the bacteria to become resistant to it as they can with conventional antibiotics).

As with most things of course, what works may vary for different people. All the best with finding your personal zapping grail!

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3442 · January 09, 2013 at 3:33 AM

This will destroy any 'zit', any boil, any ringworm... any and ALL blemishes.

Slice the end off a raw garlic clove and squeeze it until the oils sweat to the surface. Rub the oils onto any blemish you might want to be rid of. Twice a day, whatever you're trying to get rid of will be gone after 2 days.

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1663 · January 09, 2013 at 1:24 AM

Neem oil + tea tree oil combo.

Neem stinks like garlicky peanut butter but it's amazing stuff.

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