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for all acne sufferers: what i've learned in a year of fighting and studying acne. and a petition for Paul Jaminet

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Created November 06, 2012 at 3:19 PM

Hi all, I really really would like to write a book. it would be called, "Acne, Dermatitis, Eczema, Psoriasis, and Rosacea - No one knows what the F**K is going on with your skin."

or: "why for every acne product or book there are as many 5 star as 1, 2 and 3 star reviews. Why some vegans/fruitarians/models have great skin and some have terrible skin. Why your sister-in-law seems to eat all the crap in the world and never have problems and you eat perfect and you break out at the sight of everything."

However, I am in no way qualified.

I was wondering if Paleohackers could help me petition paul jaminet or another respected, medically oriented blogger.

Series like Chris Kresser's - take these nutrients/supplements - are too general. I like PerfectHealthDiet because Paul deals with specific cases of people. These cases can serve as very good lessons.

if there's any medical researcher or other doctor (please Paul Jaminet!) or some other authority out there I would be willing to help you research for the posts.

I think there's someone smarter than I am who could help compile a cross-reference of acne types and effective treatments. Paleohackers are the only people I've known who have a somewhat controlled diet and improved acne - without creams or antibiotics.

Paleohackers are proof that diet can improve and also worsen acne, no?

My notes:

Without a doubt, Acne (like eczema, psoriasis, dandruff, other skin conditions) has some of the most complex etiology known to man. To paraphrase the Perfect Health Diet's Paul and Shou-Ching Jaminet and Leo Tolstoy, every person with clear skin is alike. Every person with acne is sick in their own way.

Acne is absolutely, at its core, caused by an imbalance and an inability of your body to process what you have exposed to it - internally or externally. It is a direct reflection of what you have taken in, and what you have not taken in - whether through diet, skin, pill, inhalation, as a suppository, and other methods.

Things I know can cause acne:

1) not being paleo (grains, vegetable oils, overconsumption of carbs or sugary items which leads to blood sugar problems- aka "diabetes of the skin"; and other substances your body is allergic to. (Plus omega-3 omega-6 imbalance)

2) being cheap paleo - eating too much non-organic produce, conventionally produced pork, and chicken, eggs and meat. There is just as much crap on the dirty dozen (or fifteen now) fruits and vegetables that can get make you sick as if you ate cereal and milk three times a day. I was grasping to paleo so long and hard -it was a dogma! it couldn't be wrong!- that I couldn't accept that cheap vegetables, chicken, and pork could be making me sicker. Wash out for this refusal to let something be wrong, especially twenty-something people like me.

3) beauty products. your skin absorbs whatever you put on it, so be careful! even natural, organic beauty products. Some people can even react to beeswax, which seems completely natural (thanks mM)!

4) supplements Yup - multi-vitamins, minerals, probiotics because of binders or fillers, chemicals sprayed on the tablet and additional load on body to process the supplements. And sometimes no matter how hard you scrutinize, there's something in there (in the process of making it, or something you misread) that can upset your body. and also, Supplementing with too much of the wrong thing (or even the right thing!) can exacerbate #5, which is...

5) vitamin and mineral deficiencies. Many people find deficiencies in zinc, vitamin D, A, etc. etc. but fixing those deficiencies can create other ones. ALL nutrients work in concert with other ones. Check acucell.com for more information.

6) bacterial infections

7) fungal infections

8) poor organ function - kidney, liver, lymphatic (and thus skin), thyroid, reproductive organ function (like PCOS), too low stomach acid (which could be caused by small intestine bacterial overgrowth) or diet, poor gut health - like compromised intestinal mucosal integrity (could be caused by gut biofilms, wheat, etc.)

9) toxic household cleaning products - disinfectant sprays, bleach, etc. Especially if you have a leaky gut, which most do. (which is why so many see a benefit to GAPS - i.e. eating bone broth with meals).

Things which can help acne: 1) being paleo, perfect health diet, primal, etc. (while figuring out your trigger foods or substances and WHY).

2) eating less, using less cosmetics, . I know i'm going to get crap for this, but when you eat less, and yes, you might want to eat less paleo food. Eating less, using less, can basically completely reduce the load on your organs to process pesticides, hormones, the food, etc.

3) no-poo (i.e. less shampooing, going for less or more natural beauty treatments)

4) supplements - to help naturally correct vitamin and mineral deficiencies. or probiotics, to improve the good bacteria in the gut.

5) anti-biotics (natural, herbal supplements or manmade) (with trade-offs for the man-made ones)

6) anti-fungals (natural, herbal supplements or manmade) (with trade-offs for the man-made ones)

7) Doubt EVERYTHING you eat, are exposed to, supplement with, sleep on, etc. etc. etc.

SO when someone tells you avoid dairy, go low-carb, drink bone broth, do GAPS, etc. etc. etc. guess what? it might work, but it might not. you might see a difference and you might not. what's more demoralizing? trying to eat better and sleep better, or spending tons of money and time and hoping for a fast and easy cure and being let down.

There is no one size fits all cure. not even accutane.

when you try something new, it could be better or worse.

When you ask people questions about their acne and treatments, there's no guarantee it could work for you. unfortunately, there is no one-cure-all. you might be low in Vitamin A, D, biotin, zinc, omega-3, and WOW the list goes on forever.

But be an observer. Be a researcher for yourself. PAY ATTENTION if something gives you acne (or keeps you clear) because it's telling you something about your body.

What I can tell you is:

(1) The diets on here will help you narrow the field down on what could be causing reactions. (2) There is no perfect diet for skin, but beef broth, liver, and fish are good sources of food. (3) Even more, get to know your local farmer. Please, I beg you, avoid pesticides, fungicides, and other chemicals sprayed on your produce. Think about the worker who gets exposed to that crap and what ingesting it does to you. (PS this was a huge change for me. See bganimalpharm.blogspot.com for more interesting discussions about pesticides, fungicides and implications for human health. yes, these are studies, but in my opinion, significant departures).

It took me forever to realize that the zits around my lips and chin were related to toothpaste. hell i never thought something so innocuous as TOOTHPASTE could hurt me. it kept my teeth shiny, clean, and it made my breath so much better.

Right??? So here is my request: treat your body well. don't put anything on your skin or in your house you wouldn't take in your mouth. Question EVERYTHING. the only advocate for your health is you. I think teens will learn this hard lesson early. I know it's been a hard one for me to get used to, that a doctor may prescribe something because it's easier than telling me to get proper nutrition, etc.

finally, to those considering it: research accutane, tetracycline, doxycycline. it's easier to take a pill now, maybe, but you will pay later on.

And I'm not going to tell you not to stress, because acne is stressful. it sucks. it hurts. but RESEARCH! and Question!

I think this is why so many people can get so much better on paleo and why so many people can get so much worse. why someone can be paleo for 3+ years and see NO improvement and someone else can see a huge improvement in two weeks.

I'm happier and more accepting of my scarred, blotchy bumpy face now. I do not have a cure. I don't think anyone who has gone through something like this can go back to their previous way of life. When I get a huge cyst, I accept that it might be there for 6 months if I want to avoid a scar. I accept that people love me, not my pussing oozing face. Paleo was good and bad in that it helped me figure out and consider foods I never would have considered, to avoid things I considered, without a doubt, to be healthy. So I eat "healthier." But I accept that I might continue to have pimples on my chin for the rest of my life, because of the many rounds of anti-biotics, because it's hard to control how much I eat, because I can't avoid X,Y,Z pesticides that cause me to break out for the rest of my life. I can't avoid fluoridated water for the rest of my life. I can't take back all the times I took antibiotics, didn't rinse the toothpaste out of my mouth, or ate a poor diet. So I accept now.

my acne treatment notes: 1) work out - really really really hard outside. and sweat your eyes out if you can. this helps flush your skin.
2) if you can't do 1, steam your face. get a huge pot of water, bring to a boil, and then stay with the pot and a blanket over your head for fifteen minutes. (Warning - if you haven't stopped consuming the offending X,Y,Z this may bring more pimples to a head) 3) take judicious note of everything you are exposed to. If a food or lotion or you notice SOMETHING causes you a break out, GREAT! it's a piece of information you didn't have before. very often those items might have something in common, but you will have to research hard to find out.

Here is my list of what can cause acne, compiled from many, many sources and personal experience, in addition to the list above:

1) histamines 2) tyramines 3) arginines 4) halogens (bromine, fluorine, and iodine) 5) high-levels of fluorine water 6) pesticides high in fluorine (cryolite, for example) 7) and every possible food group.

there are other sources, which I would be interested to note. Like an encyclopedia of acne.

Good luck investigating. if you're lucky, it's a short road! I wish for you it is, but if it's the long road - then keep in mind you will learn a LOT about the human body and yourself. you will stress a lot. you will probably cry. I am sorry for that but I know that you are a wonderful, amazing person, and acne is just a little part of the wonderful person that is you. you have a lot more to offer.

What I would love is if there were a database compiled of symptoms of acne sufferers and what fixed them. And then, instead of worrying what caused your acne and coming up with a million different theories, you could see where MOST people get problems and start there. I would think that most don't have an allergy to arginines or tyramines, but I honestly don't know. and no one knows. consider yourself lucky you have connected your overall health to your diet.

This is one of (in my extremely uneducated opinion) the least well understood pathologies. I am only a researcher. I only wish to convey to you what I have learned. My qualification is that I am obsessed, I have trolled many acne.org message boards, and I hate that people have to be depressed and suffer over something so uselessly.

Other points:

1) going too low-carb can exacerbate acne and improve acne. why? http://chriskresser.com/episode-15-dr-paul-jaminet-on-chronic-infections-depression-more If your acne (or skin condition) is caused by a pathogen, it has mitochondria. Pathogens like fungi and protozoa can metabolize ketones for energy. Bacteria and viruses can???t, and so if you go on a ketogenic diet you???ll starve bacteria and viruses but you???ll feed fungi and protozoa. And so a simple thing to do is go on a ketogenic diet for a while, do your symptoms get worse or better. And that can tell you which class of pathogen you have, one with mitochondria or one that doesn???t have mitochondria.

you could try a fast with coconut oil, which will generate ketones, and see if your symptoms get better or worsen. See Perfect health diet for more information.

what do you all think? book material?

Other chapters: 2) viruses, funguses, and parasites, oh my! 3) Nutrition - vitamins and Minerals work together 4) Being a detective 5) Some strategies to avoid spending $100's of dollars to "cure" yourself 6) Getting personalized recommendations (and not going crazy in the process)

Paul Jaminet wrote a while ago that he has a lot of notes on acne and wanted to do a series on it. My dream would be to help him compile his notes for a post (or maybe even to include in perfect health diet - acne edition). I have so much information that I've compiled and yet I know there's so much more to obtain.

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817 · March 01, 2014 at 3:51 AM

Doctors will swear up and down diet has nothing to do with acne...but they're wrong. I've found dairy, fish/seaweed, and gluten are all triggers for me. If I eat more than trace amounts of any of those things I've got big, painful, scarring zits within two weeks. I've tested each substance multiple times, one at a time. Diet most definitely causes acne for some people.

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0 · February 01, 2014 at 8:20 AM

Coconut oil is comodongenic. It may cause problems with breaking out if you are using it to moisturize. Some people do not have problems with it, but they are the exception, not the rule.

Not that this will solve anything completely, but trying a different oil/moisturizer may help.

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94 · July 27, 2013 at 1:02 PM

Try going over to earthclinic.com and typing acne or pimples into the search box (hit enter). Might be able to grab some good info there.

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1601 · July 02, 2013 at 10:06 PM

i actually downloaded her e-book!! To be honest, it's not a bad source of information, but I wouldn't consider it broad enough either. it's basically paleo-oriented, except that she calls for anti-fungals, because she seems to consider candida/sugars/yeasts as the source of acne. Which they may be, and so she calls for treating it with diet (yes!) and also anti-fungals like oregano oil, pau d'arco, candex. I had mixed results with it, but I don't doubt it is a good source of help for MANY people. Tracy is great and I like her site a lot. I just think that it's not scientific enough for me.

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145 · December 29, 2012 at 8:35 PM

This is so informative! Just curious what kind of toothpaste you use now that doesn't exacerbate acne?

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1601 · November 07, 2012 at 9:28 PM

hi katie, I can't believe you have breakouts at 70! That's incredible!

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1601 · November 06, 2012 at 10:46 PM

oh yeah, I forgot - some people have issues with chlorine in swimming pools...Natasha Campbell McBride tells you to avoid pools because of the chlorine in them in Gut and Psychology Syndrome Book. (But again, this is for people with extremely compromised leaky gut - I found I was ok with pools before and then I think not so much later).

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4373 · November 06, 2012 at 10:21 PM

thx elf27, just learnt some new words halogenoderma, bromoderma, iododerma & fluoroderma

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1601 · November 06, 2012 at 10:09 PM

halogenoderma is from fluorine, bromine, and iodine intake or exposure. chlorine is added to water, and also pesticides, so it is not precluded from causing a reaction - it's just not known. If you did have a problem with salt, it may be a kidney issue, as your kidneys regulate the amount of chloride in the body...but this is just per my research! Question everything, including me, like MargaretS!

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1601 · November 06, 2012 at 10:07 PM

so from my research, Bromine and fluorine have no known roles in dietary health. Chlorine and Iodine do. Thus, the reason why halogenoderma exists (and why many people report acne from supplementing with iodine).

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1601 · November 06, 2012 at 10:04 PM

also, you're so right! the post does sound like I have found a "cure." i have definitely not. I should change that. Thanks for your comments!

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4373 · November 06, 2012 at 9:18 PM

you mentioned 3 halogens, which made me think of chlorine, another halogen, did your research turn up any chlorine related issues

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1601 · November 06, 2012 at 7:21 PM

I'm sorry you find it offensive, as well, that I disagree that dermatologists have all the answers...

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1601 · November 06, 2012 at 7:18 PM

the whole point, margarets, is that there is no one cure-all. hence the need for a book, so that people realize they need to consider EVERYTHING, with an evolutionary perspective, a Weston A. Price Foundation perspective, etc. I do think this idea is pretty revolutionary, just as Paleo and Primal have been somewhat of a shock to many of us. I'm not discounting the knowledge of dermatologists by any means, but in fact we still don't know the cause of many diseases, simply treatments that sometimes work for them and sometimes do not.

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1601 · November 06, 2012 at 7:15 PM

I apologize if the above seems ad-hominem. I don't mean to attack you, I simply respectfully disagree with you. and clearly, I don't mean to suggest that I have a cure, but this would be a discussion book to explain why some acne treatments (like AHA, or Benzoyl Peroxide or zinc supplementation) work on some people, and not on others. Or why antibiotics work for some people and not for others. or why cordain's advice seems to work for some but not others.

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1601 · November 06, 2012 at 7:11 PM

if diet doesn't matter, then why do you take primrose oil? could it be you are lacking anti-inflammatory substances in your diet?

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184 · November 06, 2012 at 6:41 PM

"And maybe that's the point of the book too - to get doctors to admit they don't always know everything!" They already do. Look up some medical journals. They are full of caveats and qualifiers precisely *because* there is a limit to their knowledge. Frequently they just come right out and say they don't know. Anyway, a publisher can tell you if your book is marketable.

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184 · November 06, 2012 at 6:40 PM

"I'm sorry but your dermatologist is wrong." It sounds like, at best, you've managed *your* acne down to 1-2 pimples per week, but you're not really sure why. Dermatologists draw on the experience of their peers, science, and the thousands of acne patients they see over the course of their careers. Are you really claiming that you - alone - have somehow stumbled on an acne cure that they somehow missed? They already do.

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1601 · November 06, 2012 at 6:29 PM

thanks for your input margaretS.

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1601 · November 06, 2012 at 6:25 PM

To be honest, I have greatly improved my acne!! I still get one or two pimples per week, but I am so much healthier. That's what I mean by acceptance. I'm done looking for a cure for the 1-2 I get. AND I feel so blessed that I figured out what causes it. actually, I would say that even people in non-paleo type societies have figured out how to avoid it. I'm sorry but your dermatologist is wrong. And maybe that's the point of the book too - to get doctors to admit they don't always know everything!

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1601 · November 06, 2012 at 6:22 PM

Well, but this would be the audience for the book. People who are interested in fixing things naturally, not with drugs.

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3521 · November 06, 2012 at 5:27 PM

I would buy it. Sounds very interesting.

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184 · November 06, 2012 at 5:02 PM

As a book? Someone in the publishing industry would be better able to advise you. What I notice is that you say you've learned to accept your acne, i.e. you still have it. Which doesn't help to support your claims that you have figured out the causes of acne. You say acne can be caused by "everything", including things that people can't really avoid, so I'm not sure how helpful that is. Plus, loads of people are doing/eating the opposite of everything you suggest, and have good skin. That is pretty strong contradictory evidence that you will have to account for somehow.

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1601 · November 06, 2012 at 4:57 PM

Desmond if you want to start another thread on this, I would be wiling to try to help you research. :) I just hate that people have to suffer over this.

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1601 · November 06, 2012 at 4:51 PM

I'm glad the creams work for you! But this would be a book more geared at people who want clear skin without even buying Alpha-Hydroxy acids...

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1601 · November 06, 2012 at 4:49 PM

and that there could be fungal or bacterial infections. Which could be improved or exacerbated by diet.

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1601 · November 06, 2012 at 4:48 PM

Sorry Margarets, so you don't like the book idea? Also, if you read the post, I'm trying to say it's not just diet. It's everything - it could be medicine or creams you have used, cosmetic products, even the cleaning solutions in your house.

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1601 · November 06, 2012 at 4:42 PM

Hi Desmond - read the post! it depends on the products you use, your personal medical history, the foods you eat. and even, where on your lip and what kind of "pimple."

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2302 · November 06, 2012 at 4:36 PM

I had always wondered about the lip pimples, etc...I mean, I KNOW I don't have herpes, but I'll get these pimples on my lip randomly and it's the most obvious, annoying and painful place. Do you have any more info on this? I did a quick search but saw lots of contradicting info. Of course I'm just trying to provide you with good book material :)

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762 · November 06, 2012 at 3:47 PM

Great points! I do know that fluoride in toothpaste is one of the main causes for perioral dermatitis, but didn't know about the acne connection. I would also add that beeswax is a really big problem for some, and that's why they get skin problems when switching to "natural" products.

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215 · January 16, 2013 at 5:31 AM

This post made me want to cry. I mean that in the best way possible, I struggle with acne and I eat strict Paleo and take supposedly acne fighting supplements and always always wash and moisturize my face (and hair,) with coconut oil.

My back is also a horrific breeding ground for acne and it makes me feel extremely unattractive. You brought up a valid point though, people love me for me, my nasty skin doesn't seem to make a difference.

Although, I'd do just about anything to have clear skin. So, write a book. Cure the universe of acne. Revolutionize dermatology. Save the world. Bye.

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0 · February 01, 2014 at 8:20 AM

Coconut oil is comodongenic. It may cause problems with breaking out if you are using it to moisturize. Some people do not have problems with it, but they are the exception, not the rule.

Not that this will solve anything completely, but trying a different oil/moisturizer may help.

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10480 · November 07, 2012 at 1:31 AM

I would add poor gut health as a possible cause of or contributor to acne. Probiotics, either in commercial form or home-fermented products, are often used to try to contribute to a healthy gut flora. I have also heard of such things as fecal transplants, but I should say I don't really know much about that, nor do I really want to learn more.

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184 · November 06, 2012 at 4:40 PM

"Acne is absolutely, at its core, caused by an imbalance and an inability of your body to process what you have exposed to it - internally or externally. It is a direct reflection of what you have taken in, and what you have not taken in"

Nope. I used to have acne and my dermatologist made it clear that in study after study, no connection has been shown between diet and acne. Plus there are various kinds of acne. I don't have acne now, but I get exposed to a bunch of the things on your list. (I have no doubt that those things are bad for us in other ways.)

The periods when I had acne were also periods of extreme stress. The biggest part of the solution was to resolve that stress (which meant extracting myself from toxic situations). Another part was to go easy on my skin - use gentle cleansers, no picking!, and moisturizing. I tend to break out when my skin gets dry (probably the glands over-produce to compensate) and of course many acne cleansers are extremely drying. I cleanse just once per day, in my morning shower. At night it's just a wipe with a warm washcloth, followed by an AHA/BHA moisturizer (not too strong).

Finally, I take evening primrose oil capsules, 2000mg in the morning and the evening (4000mg total). I tried this as a PMS cure, which didn't work, but I noticed my skin and hair and cuticles looked GREAT on it, so that sealed the deal. Maybe it's the essentially fatty acids, the anti-inflammatory properties? I don't know. But it's easy to try and won't hurt you. Oh, take it ORALLY, don't put it on your skin.

Of course, you should eat a good diet anyway, but don't rake yourself over the coals if you fall off the wagon. Be gentle with yourself, and your skin, and don't try too many remedies at once. Just one at a time, to narrow down the variables.

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817 · March 01, 2014 at 3:51 AM

Doctors will swear up and down diet has nothing to do with acne...but they're wrong. I've found dairy, fish/seaweed, and gluten are all triggers for me. If I eat more than trace amounts of any of those things I've got big, painful, scarring zits within two weeks. I've tested each substance multiple times, one at a time. Diet most definitely causes acne for some people.

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1601 · November 06, 2012 at 10:04 PM

also, you're so right! the post does sound like I have found a "cure." i have definitely not. I should change that. Thanks for your comments!

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1601 · November 06, 2012 at 7:21 PM

I'm sorry you find it offensive, as well, that I disagree that dermatologists have all the answers...

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1601 · November 06, 2012 at 7:18 PM

the whole point, margarets, is that there is no one cure-all. hence the need for a book, so that people realize they need to consider EVERYTHING, with an evolutionary perspective, a Weston A. Price Foundation perspective, etc. I do think this idea is pretty revolutionary, just as Paleo and Primal have been somewhat of a shock to many of us. I'm not discounting the knowledge of dermatologists by any means, but in fact we still don't know the cause of many diseases, simply treatments that sometimes work for them and sometimes do not.

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1601 · November 06, 2012 at 7:15 PM

I apologize if the above seems ad-hominem. I don't mean to attack you, I simply respectfully disagree with you. and clearly, I don't mean to suggest that I have a cure, but this would be a discussion book to explain why some acne treatments (like AHA, or Benzoyl Peroxide or zinc supplementation) work on some people, and not on others. Or why antibiotics work for some people and not for others. or why cordain's advice seems to work for some but not others.

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1601 · November 06, 2012 at 7:11 PM

if diet doesn't matter, then why do you take primrose oil? could it be you are lacking anti-inflammatory substances in your diet?

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184 · November 06, 2012 at 6:41 PM

"And maybe that's the point of the book too - to get doctors to admit they don't always know everything!" They already do. Look up some medical journals. They are full of caveats and qualifiers precisely *because* there is a limit to their knowledge. Frequently they just come right out and say they don't know. Anyway, a publisher can tell you if your book is marketable.

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184 · November 06, 2012 at 6:40 PM

"I'm sorry but your dermatologist is wrong." It sounds like, at best, you've managed *your* acne down to 1-2 pimples per week, but you're not really sure why. Dermatologists draw on the experience of their peers, science, and the thousands of acne patients they see over the course of their careers. Are you really claiming that you - alone - have somehow stumbled on an acne cure that they somehow missed? They already do.

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1601 · November 06, 2012 at 6:29 PM

thanks for your input margaretS.

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1601 · November 06, 2012 at 6:25 PM

To be honest, I have greatly improved my acne!! I still get one or two pimples per week, but I am so much healthier. That's what I mean by acceptance. I'm done looking for a cure for the 1-2 I get. AND I feel so blessed that I figured out what causes it. actually, I would say that even people in non-paleo type societies have figured out how to avoid it. I'm sorry but your dermatologist is wrong. And maybe that's the point of the book too - to get doctors to admit they don't always know everything!

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1601 · November 06, 2012 at 6:22 PM

Well, but this would be the audience for the book. People who are interested in fixing things naturally, not with drugs.

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184 · November 06, 2012 at 5:02 PM

As a book? Someone in the publishing industry would be better able to advise you. What I notice is that you say you've learned to accept your acne, i.e. you still have it. Which doesn't help to support your claims that you have figured out the causes of acne. You say acne can be caused by "everything", including things that people can't really avoid, so I'm not sure how helpful that is. Plus, loads of people are doing/eating the opposite of everything you suggest, and have good skin. That is pretty strong contradictory evidence that you will have to account for somehow.

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1601 · November 06, 2012 at 4:51 PM

I'm glad the creams work for you! But this would be a book more geared at people who want clear skin without even buying Alpha-Hydroxy acids...

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1601 · November 06, 2012 at 4:49 PM

and that there could be fungal or bacterial infections. Which could be improved or exacerbated by diet.

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1601 · November 06, 2012 at 4:48 PM

Sorry Margarets, so you don't like the book idea? Also, if you read the post, I'm trying to say it's not just diet. It's everything - it could be medicine or creams you have used, cosmetic products, even the cleaning solutions in your house.

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30 · November 07, 2012 at 12:58 AM

What we eat does affect our skin. I have never had acne in my life or even pimples as a teenager until now, and I am 70 years old. It came with the carb intolerance I was diagnosed with. So if I want clear skin, I have to eat close to a paleo diet. If I fall off the wagon, I will have breakouts that antibiotics can't touch.

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1601 · November 07, 2012 at 9:28 PM

hi katie, I can't believe you have breakouts at 70! That's incredible!

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An excellent book that I always recommend reading is The Clear Skin Diet by Alan C Logan. Goes in depth about the physiological causes of acne (insulin, hormonal systems) explains why some never get a zit in their lives and others are triggered so easily. The diet is not entirely paleo but it largely advocates in that direction. Mostly just an excellent reference full of SCIENCE (studies, actual verified results) that can really help you to understand your skin, your body and how it all goes together. This book essentially started me on the path to clearing my skin.

Finding that the 3 most important elements to doing this were DIET & EXERCISE, Skincare (Less is MORE), and Stress Management. One of these without the other is a treatment plan that may be incomplete and therefore unsuccessful.

Another way to put the OP's opening statement about ACNE is that it is caused first by your genes (do you have the predisposition to acne - which the book explains) and then whether that gene expresses itself as a result of any of the many factors listed above.

The acne.org forums are also an excellent resource though they can be filled with quack and many anecdotal theories- but it is the closest you could get to a "database" of personal experiments on the matter. Definitely helpful in your personal research!

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Diet and beauty are co related more healthy food you intake which gives natural source of vitamins and proteins make your skin supple and glowing.

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188 · February 02, 2014 at 3:53 AM

Pretty Good Resource, perhaps when you get your blog live you can post it and keep in touch as I myself am currently writing a blog offline soon to be launched about acne elimination through nutrition.

Some acne sufferers who have sensitivies to citrus, oxalates and nightshades get cystic and regular pimples as a result.

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0 · July 27, 2013 at 9:31 AM

Omega-3 and fatty acids rich foods like salmon, flax seeds and walnuts, will give your skin an instant glow and reduce inflammation. Eat vitamin C rich foods like Mmlons, oranges, tomatoes, and strawberries. Drink water it’s good for your skin and for your whole body (Watermelon, cucumbers and parsley). Olive oil lotion absorbs into skin without clogging pores, allowing skin to breathe which in turn help prevent acne. If you want to use any cream for acne you can go for Renova Retin A Cream, which is one of the best and popular med for skin care.

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0 · July 02, 2013 at 9:29 PM

Try and go on thelovevitamin.com and download the person's e-book! Really! it's an amazing place where you can learn a lot about your acne condition and how to cure it! I kid you not!

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1601 · July 02, 2013 at 10:06 PM

i actually downloaded her e-book!! To be honest, it's not a bad source of information, but I wouldn't consider it broad enough either. it's basically paleo-oriented, except that she calls for anti-fungals, because she seems to consider candida/sugars/yeasts as the source of acne. Which they may be, and so she calls for treating it with diet (yes!) and also anti-fungals like oregano oil, pau d'arco, candex. I had mixed results with it, but I don't doubt it is a good source of help for MANY people. Tracy is great and I like her site a lot. I just think that it's not scientific enough for me.

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Try amalou skin at www.amalouskin.com

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