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<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/sad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":("><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/huh.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":confused:"> I had acne in my teen years and had to take Accutane. I am now 32. Up until about a year ago my face was relatively clear except a few days a month with hormonal changes. NOW it is breaking out and I feel like a poster child for "Proactive before", which BTW I've tried along with all other chemical remedies. Nothing worked real well and most made it worse. I even read to use Prep H and Calamine lotion~tried DOES NOT WORK....... <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/spew.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":spew:"> OK <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/huh.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":confused:"> Question: I am trying to look for an all natural even homemade remedy and the web isn't helping.... Honestly my complexion is on the very long list of reasons I became veg*n and since changing my eating habits, my face is clearing slowly but it has before and I am worried its just a coincidence. I have only been a veg*n for less than a week... that's embarrassing to admit because I feel guilty for not being one for~ever. Any advice would be very appreciated Thanks <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/worried.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":worried:">
 

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Hi I read your post and you have my sympathy. I have Pcos( Please see profile) and so Know all about spots. The best thing I have found is not what you put on your face but what goes in my mouth.. Fruit like oranges and lemons(Cant do this if you have arthritis) Drinking a glass of lemon juice. hot water with a slice of lemon in it each morning helps to rid the body of toxins and hydrate the body to helping the skin. Also eating fresh vegtables (Organic type as any hormonal problem is based on chemicals so any food you eat will affect that too.) Take a look at a pcos site on the web it gives great advice on how to avoid chemicals and help to improve spots. Hope this helps. Michelle xx<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/chef.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":chef:">
 

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<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/hi.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":hi:"> Thanks Michelle I will absolutly try anything and not afraid to eat whatever it takes THanks again~Dawn
 

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What products are you using now? Can you give any more details about the types of breakouts you have, like do you have blackheads, ect? Just as some off-hand recs, the best thing I've found is a good cleanser, Earth Science Clarifying Facial Wash. Aside from that, anything with BHA and or AHA's can help a lot. Ecco Bella's Leave-On Exfoliant has both AHA and BHA and is awesome. A lot of people have good luck also with tea tree oil and sulfur prodcuts, and also if you have oily skin, using apple cider vinegar diluted with water as a toner is pretty helpful to most people.
 

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Dove soap and St Ives Apricot Scrub the past few days..... I have used it all. My pimples are raised and kinda hurt I do have some white and black heads... this is embarrassing<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/shocked.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":eek:"> I am also using a sulfer blemish cream (spot treatment) with a tinted color on it on days that I wear make-up I am at a loss. All advice would be helpful....
 

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I had difficult adult acne bad in my 30s and early 40s. I finally sought help. My dermatologist put me on Purpose liquid soap, Purpose lotion, and Bare Esscentuals (HSN!) foundation. She also switched me to "Yasmine" BCPs. It has been such a wonderful change. I only get an occassional cyst now - and those are usually stress-induced. For those I take minocycline for a couple of days, and they go away.<br><br><br><br>
I don't think any of what I've suggested is "natural", but it has worked for me and has made my life so much better.<br><br><br><br>
I'd ask an expert about the Dove soap - because it's moisturizing, it may be clogging your skin. If you switched to something that cleaned gently without moisturizing, you may have some better luck.
 

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I find that works great too! I've been using it about a year and a half.<br><br><br><br>
I also found changing my birth control pill helped, however the new one caused all kinds of problems so I went off it. Six weeks later the acne hasn't returned and my skin looks better than ever.
 

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I have had acne off and on since my late 20's. When I was 28 or so, I went on accutane. Since then I have had very few breakouts. All I would recommend is something to help out with your hormone levels. My doctor has me on birth control. I also only use scentless soaps. Anything with a scent will break me out. I also don't break out if I stay away from refinned sugars. The better I eat, the better my skin is. Being vegan has helped a lot with my skin also. Good Luck!! Hopefully, this too will pass.
 

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<span><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smitten.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":smitten:"> Thank you all soooooo much this is my very first forum I've ever been in and it looks like I picked a winner. I appreciate all the advice please keep it coming</span><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/broccoli.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":bobo:">
 

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I think you might want to try not using a manual scrub (St. Ives) for awhile if you have breakouts because the scrubbing can be irritating to your skin. Or if you want to keep using it, perhaps try just 2-3 times a week. It sounds like BHA's (beta hyrdoxy acids) would really help your skin, so perhaps you can look for a BHA product (salicylic acid).
 

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<span><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/thumbsup.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":up:"> Thank You. Does anyone remember that commercial for Olay ( I think) when the lady says she's getting her mothers wrinkles and her teenagers acne???? <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/lipsrsealed2.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":sealed:"> I shouldn't of ever laughed about that. I read about egg white face mask (home remedy) put on 20 minutes allowing to dry and rinse with mild cleanser.... Is this for acne, dry skin, oily skin??? I have acne but with patches (on cheeks) of dry skin that could be from product usage though OH the confusion... Any knowledge of egg white mask?????<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/help.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":help:"></span> <span style="color:#FF0000;">You all rock<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/guitarist.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":guitar:"></span>
 

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I think you need Arbonne. They have a mask too, but it is animal free. It clames to help with acne. Their mask doesn't irritate my skin other than the week before monthly issues. I have only used it for about a month. I already love it. I think my skin hasn't looked better since my pre-teens.
 

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I love Queen Helene Mud pack masque. Not tested on animals, contains no animal ingredients, and REALLY CHEAP! (I get it at Walgreens... probably available at any local pharmacy) As far as old blemishes, not sure how great it works on those... but anything else-it's a miracle to me! Any time I have a sign of a new pimple, I put some on it at night for a few nights, and zammo, gone. Cheap enough to be worth a try!
 

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You mentioned you've only been doing the diet change thing for a week...<br><br><br><br>
Give it more time. Drink lots of water to stay hydrated, and eat healthy foods. It should help some.<br><br><br><br>
As far as what products to use, that completely depends on your skin type and sensitivities -- do you have oily skin? dry? normal?<br><br><br><br>
I've found the less I use, the better off my skin is. I also don't put anything scented on my skin if I can help it (sunscreen is my exception to that rule -- can't seem to find an unscented one, and avoiding skin cancer trumps avoiding breakouts). I use plain aloe vera/vitamin E lotion, for example.
 

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I second the Queen Helene's, except I like the Mint Julep mask. Origin's "Out of Trouble" is a good mask, too.<br><br><br><br>
Drink water. Don't eat dairy.
 

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Skin can be such an individual thing. You have to keep trying to see what works. I used to be the envy of my friends in my early 20s. I had absolutely flawless skin. After I went vegan, my complexion took a very, VERY bad turn for the worse. I was vegan for six years, but after reintroducing eggs and dairy into my diet, my acne improved somewhat. My current regimen includes a gentle, oat-based soap, the occasional exfoliating scrub made from ground-up oats (sometimes with edamame), yogurt as an acidifying face wash after soap, and a tea tree oil moisturizer from the body shop.<br><br><br><br>
Here's an old blog entry that marks when I first started using oats, including before and after pics:<br><br><a href="http://verdantsf.blogspot.com/2005/10/title-bout-acne-vs-oats.html" target="_blank">http://verdantsf.blogspot.com/2005/1...e-vs-oats.html</a><br><br><br><br>
p.s.-- I'm not advocating a turn from veganism. I'm aware that the majority of people have had their complexions clear up after going vegan. I just happen to be in that minority where things went the other way.
 
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