View Full Version : Preventing Acne.

04-19-2009, 06:24 PM
Hi, My name is Tyler and i am new to the fourms. I was wondering of anyone knew of any food/s to help or get rid of acne. I am 16 years old suffering with acne, but I love to work out and run. Ive been having acne sence I was 13 years old, I need to get rid of it...

medcines are working for me but I need to start eating properly to get rid of it 100%

Im 6'1 and weigh 170 pounds. :help:

Thanks for everyone who posts.

04-19-2009, 06:48 PM
Hi, My name is Tyler and i am new to the fourms. I was wondering of anyone knew of any food/s to help or get rid of acne. I am 16 years old suffering with acne, but I love to work out and run. Ive been having acne sence I was 13 years old, I need to get rid of it...

medcines are working for me but I need to start eating properly to get rid of it 100%

Im 6'1 and weigh 170 pounds. :help:

Thanks for everyone who posts.

Proactiv really works (use it only once a day unless you really have bad acne, in which case use twice a day)

Accutane also works, but only if you have a lot of acne.

Foods I don't think make too big of a difference. So those are your options really, and maybe you'll just have to wait until it goes away by itself over time.

04-19-2009, 06:56 PM
those face pads(oxy or something?) really helped me alot. I used to be really bad and had oily skin but those pads really helped. Im pretty clear after about a week or two. The only diet thing i could think of that might help is drink alot of water. Im pretty sure all of the other myths about chocolate and stuff have been busted.

04-19-2009, 07:06 PM
Acutane is really hard on the liver...try Proactiv, it definitely works. (I've tried both and the side effects of acutane aren't worth it, just go with the Proactiv kit for oil control on their website)

04-20-2009, 05:43 AM
Food never seemed to make much difference for me, although there is the possibility that allergies to certain foods can affect it.
Anything about food affecting acne is entirely anecdotal.

I suffered acne throughout my teen years. It was never all that bad but I never had clear skin and I think I thought it was worse than it was. I've used panoxyl and adapalene for topical creams and I've been on just about every doxycycline and erithromycin variant of antibiotics. I never used accutane because I've suffered issues of depression and the doctor decided it was risky.

I'm 22 now and it's almost entirely cleared up but I still apply adapalene (its kind of like a topical version of accutane) at night and I take pretty good care of washing and moisturising my face. I also have a decent beard so that covers up my jaw and cheek area!

This website offers very good advice:

Benzoyl peroxide cream really works at getting rid of acne, unfortunately it bleaches hair so you have to be careful not to get blonde eyebrows.

04-20-2009, 11:22 AM
food also was not a trigger for my acne. this was back in the days before proactiv, so i'd try that or the other one that Hayden Paniteirre does informercials for.

I did all the antibiotics for acne too, and in the end accutane was what I needed. It is a rough medication, so rough I could only do 75% of the treatment course before they stopped due to astronomical tri-glyceride levels (1300+). But, it worked. I stopped getting cystic acne, prevented most of the scarring, and now I only rarely get a normal pimple, not a cyst.

It was a multi-year battle too...started at 16 when oxy and such did nothing, and finished accutane when I was 20, almost 21.

04-28-2009, 02:52 AM
I had perfect skin untill I was about 21 when I got 'severe acne' mostly on my forehead, that's what the doc called it. Had a few years of creams and progressively stronger drugs but nothing worked. In the end I talked my way onto a research programme at york uni to have an intollerance test and it came up I was lactose intollerant, cut it out of my diet and 6 months later, perfect. Still perfect now 10 years on.
I just take lactose enzymes, from holland and barret, if I fancy eating something with milk in.
Some doctors will tell you this is ********, some will agree.
Changed my life.
No homo :thumbup:

04-28-2009, 05:19 AM
Hagus thats crazy, I had a dermatologist tell me nutrition played a very small role in acne...I guess I'll have to talk my way into a study as well.

04-28-2009, 06:50 AM
Yeah I know, what can I say!

Couple of years ago during the summer I started getting spots again, I thought what the f**k? Went on for a couple of weeks, then I checked my hayfever tablets which I took as they were one of the few without lactose in, they had changed the ingredients, now had lactose in! Changed tablets, couple of weeks later all clear again.

04-28-2009, 09:23 AM
You might want to check out Vitamin B5 or Pantothenic acid. Do some research see if its for you.

You have to take large doses of it (10 grams/day), but it really reduces the oil on your skin.

04-28-2009, 09:44 AM
stretch marks and acne, suck it up and buy a rad leather jacket and a motorcycle.

Dont go metro on us.

B5 isnt a cure, its something that when you stop, the acne comes back.
With that said, its only useful on a bulk when you are pounding the cals and your test is screaming through the roof.

06-10-2009, 01:27 AM
Thank you guys for all your posts, they really helped me alot.

06-10-2009, 03:01 PM
I had severe acne and Accutane was the only thing that worked. I've used every single (quite literally) topical, internal, over the counter, prescription, as seen on TV crap imaginable, and nothing else worked. Accutane you have to be on for 5-6 months and you'll feel like you want to die while on it. It is a last resort and you cannot just go on Accutane. It's very dangerous medication that can potentially fail the organs of the user, so monthly bloodwork is done to ensure everything is okay and you have to go through a few steps to even be allowed to go on it. Proactiv contains a crapload of Benzoyl Peroxide so if your skin does not react well to it, you won't enjoy the side effects. Your skin will peel off like you're a zombie. Murad is another topical acne wash that works pretty well. There was a thread on acne, but I don't recall the link right now. When I'm not so lazy I'll post up the recipe, but I just got back home from the worst camping trip of all time. I'm praying for the sweet embrace of death to numb the pain.

06-10-2009, 03:31 PM
I used Accutane a couple of years ago too, the side effects are inconsequential really when compared to the results. It cleared up my skin pretty much completely, except I still get the odd spot or two on occassion of course. Also drink lots of water and avoid greasy foods - which you should be doing anyway if you are into working out. One word of warning I will give you though is never ever burst your spots, I have a couple of small scars from doing so that will probably never go away - take it from me it's not worth it!

06-10-2009, 03:57 PM

06-11-2009, 02:20 AM
Accutane is the nuclear bomb for acne.

06-11-2009, 02:37 AM

I second this website. The forum on here is like the wannabebig forum of the acne world. You'll get plenty of good advice from there.

06-11-2009, 06:47 AM
I got acne when I was 26 for the first time in my life. It was very bad too. What worked for me was benzyol peroxide face wash twice a day, and these pills my doc prescribed me to called minocylin or something like that. I only took the pills for about 3 months, but they cleared me right up. The benzyol peroxide has been preventing reoccurances now for months.

NY Rob
06-13-2009, 09:30 PM
I find that tanning helps clear it up and prevent it quite nicely

06-14-2009, 09:16 AM
Hi all, I did a research paper on Acne and it's alleged causes and the conclusion after talking to several specialists in the field was that food (unless a reagent such as lactose) will make virtually no difference at all.

Acne is caused by the pore getting clogged with toxins that the body is repelling, such as those from preservatives etc...

As guys (and you ladies read this too!), we sweat more than the distracting female forms on the planet and unless we are in the shower 12 times a day the pores will get clogged, more specifically where fine hair grows (vellus hair).

So whats the answer? Ensure you keep the area where your acne is immaculately clean where possible, use the cleansing pads, especially those containing benzoyl peroxide, this is the active ingredient in almost all acne treatments including those prescribed by a GP.

You can also try Daniel Kern if you have spare cash (around $34 plus P&P) who 'manufactures' a specific skincare range for those with acne, with 2.5% benzoyl peroxide which is almost twice as much as the prescription medications.

I have no links with the site or the person so I will not post a link but a google search for daniel kern will popint you in the right direction.

Good luck and don't panic too much, everybody gets it at least once in their life, those that say they don't are either lying or have yet to experience it, and yes you can get acne in your 'golden' years.

06-14-2009, 10:59 AM
I find that tanning helps clear it up and prevent it quite nicely

I second this. I haven't had acne on my face for quite some time. But whenever I get acne on my shoulders, chest, or back a little sun clears it right up.

06-14-2009, 04:35 PM
Lots and lots of water.

06-14-2009, 05:30 PM
This helped me when I was in high school:
25-50mg of Zinc a day for 6 weeks at a time. Then 6 off. Repeat.

I read this in a mens health in 2003/4. It apparently doesnt work with women and has something to do with the reaction with testosterone. I dont really remember, but it was something to that tune.

06-15-2009, 02:10 PM
ACne sux man i used to get it real bad. Im in my 30s now and found out I had some food allergies. I would still get acne, but since i have cut out the foods, my skin has been clear. Pretty amazing!! Ask your mom to take you to the doctor and ask for a food toxicity test. Not the lil prick test they do, but full blood work out!! Also dont go on the hard core stuff the dermatologist will give you. I was on accutane and that crap made me bald lol at least i think it didnt help!!

06-15-2009, 08:42 PM
I find that tanning helps clear it up and prevent it quite nicely

I want to emphasize this notion TANNING does a lot for me. Also if you use sunbloack, make sure it is non-clomeogenic, or something like that. I used this suntan lotion one summer and my acne broke out horribly, and it never went away until I got on Accutane, which did work wonders for me.

If you want to go the medication route, look into Accutane, it worked very well for me, and I had it very bad, the big boils actually, all over my face and back.

If you want some more simple remedies I'd follow these options..

Limit your lotions, you don't want more oil or anything that may clog your pores.

Tanning- it dries your skin out, which is the idea behind Accutane also.

Shower multiple times, if you notice you are sweating a good amount, shower as soon as you can. If you workout and have a sweaty T-shirt, take it off ASAP and then shower up. If I have a sweaty workout and run errands afterwards, and keep that shirt on for to long, I'll start to splotch up quickly.

Those are some basic steps that I would recommend.

When you are 16 though, those options probably won't make a drastic difference outside of prescription medication. If you don't notice a difference within 2 weeks by using the more simple remedies, then you will definitely need to go to the doctor and get a prescription.

Best of Luck, ACNE is a b!tch, I think I threw away any pictures from my acne days! I didn't want to see anything.

06-15-2009, 08:50 PM
Lordy, guys.


Can I get an amen?