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I have very, very problematic skin. So far Proactiv has been the one thing that seems to alleviate this problem, but I don't like using chemical products on my skin...or supporting a company like this. Can someone who has actually benefitted from some natural form of acne care give me some advice?
 

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Hi, when I saw your post, I thought I have to respond because I feel your pain with this one. I also have tended to have problematic skin, and a couple years back I was going thru some extremely stressful times which in turned reaked havic even more with my body and the display was on my skin. I never did try the proactive, but considered it many times in my desperat moments, but my fear was that it would just dry my sensitive skin way to much and cause more problems. So I tried everything I could find from the health food stores, from tee tree, to all the brands they carry for skin problems, problably the best out of those was the Derma E but even that showed minimal results, I opted to try some expensive more natural line in the dermatology world, the Murad, but that was so costly for the results, then I found Shaklee's Enfuselle line and honestly my skin has totaly cleared up except around my ovulation, I may get a few breakouts but thats depending on if Im slacking on mysupplements, they also have contributed to my skin looking and feeling so much better, Well I dont want to go on and on but I thought I'd share my story with you and if you'd like to talk more or want a link to some of those products just email me and we can chat.<br>
Blessings to you, Mama Jen <a href="mailto:[email protected]">[email protected]</a>
 

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I'm right there with you... I've tried everything out there! I really wanted the honey and baking soda regimine to work for me, but my face never cleared up with it.<br><br>
Just recently I bought AcneFree and I'm having really good results with it!<br>
I bought mine at Wal-Mart, it's pretty inexpensive.<br><br>
Good luck!
 

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Omega III Fatty acids/Fish oil, tumeric and broccoli extract capsules did the trick for my 14 yo dd who was really suffering from bad acne with lots of big comodones and weeping open sores, white and black heads all over her face and back. She had such beautiful skin as a child and it was heartbreaking to see it becoming permanently scarred, once she entered puberty. She was getting more upset by the day about it and so was I.<br><br>
She tried Proactive and it worked great for her, but then she started having uncontrollable bleeding and we learned that the Proactive has five known carcinogens! Her doctor dicovered that her platelet count had dropped to a dangerously low level and recommended to stop using it but unfortunately, was not able to help us find a reliable replacement for the acne treatment. We tried Murad, Arbonne and several other products; all of them were useless.<br><br>
A dermatologist we saw in desperation even recommended that dd try Accutane but I refused to let her because of all the side effects. It was so frustrating! Then we read about OFA's and she wanted to give it a try. She began taking therapeutic doses at three meals a day, along with the tumeric, which is a liver support and the broccoli extract which binds with excess hormones in her system and removes them from the body. Within two weeks we noticed a difference. Within a month, she was clear again, with just a few comodones along the hair line and even these are diminishing. She is very careful about her diet and eats a lot of fresh vegetables, raw as much as possible along with big salads and a variety of fresh fruit. She avoids dairy, sugar and has no soda, at all. She also has been using a topical cream based MSM with sulfur and this has helped the existing breakouts and redness heal, and is diminshing the scarring.<br><br>
When the liver is overtaxed from cleaning out and dealing with all the toxins that we take into our bodies through the air, water and food, the skin supports the liver and eliminates the toxins through the pores. You can't just slap somthing on the skin and expect it to heal. You have to treat it from the inside out and the OFA's and the liver support supplements help to clear the skin, in this way. HTH.
 

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E.V. Lowi, can you tell us what are the dosages of the supplements you are giving your daughter? I've heard about the effects of bioidentical progesterone has in counterbalancing estrogen. I'm wondering if that is the effect the broccoli extract is providing.
 

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I can tell a major difference when I have regular facials with extractions. Since the clogged pores cause the acne, it makes sense that keeping them unclogged would help. I use the Clarifying line of Anakiri chemical-free skin care products and it seems to work very well for me. I have had aestheticians tell me horrible things about what will happen to your skin aging-wise if you use proactiv for very long.
 

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I have been trying a baking soda scrub, then a honey wash, witch hazel toner and coconut oil/ tea tree oil moisturizer. It works beautifully!
 

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My skin breaks out when I eat commercial candy (not organic). Perhaps you are eating something that is causing the acne? Have you ever done a cleanse where you eat simple foods (veg, fruits, whole grains, beans) for a certain amount of time, possibly using a product that is supposed to help clear the body? That might help more than something you put on your skin.<br>
Your skin is part of the elimination system; toxin are excreted through the skin, which can cause acne, eczema, etc.<br><br>
Adding: Dairy can cause acne, particularly in people of African and Asian decent.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">My skin breaks out when I eat commercial candy (not organic). Perhaps you are eating something that is causing the acne? Have you ever done a cleanse where you eat simple foods (veg, fruits, whole grains, beans) for a certain amount of time, possibly using a product that is supposed to help clear the body? That might help more than something you put on your skin.<br>
Your skin is part of the elimination system; toxin are excreted through the skin, which can cause acne, eczema, etc.<br><br>
Adding: Dairy can cause acne, particularly in people of African and Asian decent.</div>
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I should do that. I am scared to do the cleanse, however, b/c I am bfing. I do need to elim the dairy again, and any sugar.
 

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I have had good success taking:<br><br>
Fish oil<br>
Grapefruit seed extract<br>
and Vitamin E<br><br>
and drinking lots of water!
 
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