Acne Archives

acne yoga etc

[ Acne Archive ]
[ Main Archives Page ] [ Glossary/Index ]
[ FAQ ] [ Recommended Books ] [ Bulletin Board ]
   Search this site!
 
        

acne yoga etc

Posted by
laura on January 25, 2001 at 00:27:34:

i am feeling very frustrated. i have had acne since i was a teen i am 25 now. i always thought i would grow out of it but i am always blotchy and it really embarasses me.
i do believe that acne is only a symptom of a greater problem, however i have really instituted your lifestyle for about a year now and there has been no change in my skin. i meditate every morning for a half hour. i either do/teach yoga or go jogging, every day i dont eat meat or drink or smoke etc. i try to keep a whole foods diet and yet nothing has changed and i am at my wits ends about my skin. i dont know what more i can do. part of the reason why i began doing yoga was because of panic attacks which started when i was about 15 so the theory about the fight/flight adrenals effecting the skin makes sense. my question is: what do i do now? is it possible that there is nothing i can do for my acne? i just went to the dermatologist and he prescribed acutane...i came on the web tonight to research it before taking it and now i am too afraid to take it. it just doesnt resonate with me as the right long term thing to do. also i dont know how much more i can change my lifestyle i practically feel like a monk as it is...what do you think?



Re: acne yoga etc

Posted by Been there. on January 25, 2001 at 01:13:48:

In Reply to: acne yoga etc posted by laura on January 25, 2001 at 00:27:34:

I don't know how bad your acne is. But I can tell you that I've been treating my acne since I was 9 and now I'm 37. I was on antibiotics when my treatment first started and my doctor also did this weird treatment with dry ice that no doctor I had after him had ever heard of! When accutane came out he put me on it but I don't think he prescribed as high a dosage as he should have because of the possible side effects (drying, and whatever else they were). The accutane helped when I was on it. When the treatment at a higher dosage stopped, he put me on a "maintenance" dose to control things. Doctors I went to after him said that wasn't really how the drug is supposed to be used. However, I just wanted something to keep pimples away so I didn't really care!

The things that finally helped were: I think the dosage was 100mg of minicycline (not sure of spelling). I think I had been on this before, but maybe not as high a dose or maybe just at the age I finally started using this my body finally responded to it. When I wanted to get pregnant, my doctor switched me to topical only treatments. I now use Benzac AC wash and a cream call Azelex (azelaic acid 20%), both twice a day. I can't believe that I can actually control my acne now without oral medication! I've been on this treatment for probably 3 years and rarely have pimples anymore (can't remember the last real one). Not sure if the cream was something new that came out around the time I started or if the dermatologist just found something else to try. Either way, I've been very happy with the results and now just go to see him about once a year when I need new prescriptions. If you haven't tried it, I'd suggest asking your doctor about it.



Re: acne yoga etc

Posted by R. on January 26, 2001 at 19:50:06:

In Reply to: acne yoga etc posted by laura on January 25, 2001 at 00:27:34:

Consider taking high doses of Vitamin A for short term. It should be natural, like one in cod liver oil. It is said to be very effective. Find out how much to take. It is in hundreds of thousands of IU.

Another method is mega doses (several grams a day) of vitamin B5. Search for info about it. Not on this site, though. This one is reported to be a fast, effective, and safe way to eliminate or significantly reduce acne.

Regarding your life style... From your words ("monk") you used to describe the way you live, I get an impression that there is no harmony between what you think and what you do. No integrity. If I am right, what you do creates stress in you. Maybe your current life style in not for you? You said you don't eat meat. Why? If you haven't done so, read stuff on www.westonaprice.org. Animal food not only may not be as bad as some people believe, but it may actually be necessary for optimum health. If you don't eat meat, where do you get protein? If it is soy, then according to some research, you should look forward to worse health problems than acne.

Acne is thought to be caused mostly by hormonal imbalance. Have you checked your hormonal status? There are laboratories that can check if you have adrenal exhausted. And there ways to correct that. SR is one. Maybe you need more than SR. Or maybe quality of your SR is not good enough? Read this: http://www.mercola.com/2000/nov/12/womens_hormones.htm

Have you checked how well your liver works? Standard test don't do that. Have you checked your digestive system?

I would begin with the endocrine.



Re: acne yoga etc (Archive in acne.)

Posted by Walt Stoll on January 27, 2001 at 08:16:22:

In Reply to: acne yoga etc posted by laura on January 25, 2001 at 00:27:34:

Hi, Laura.

You have put in your note most of the reasons why your "monk-like" existance has not worked to resolve your acne:

First, I have insisted that at least twice a day for SR is necessary for this to work. I see no indication that you even bothered to check the effectivenes of your SR with biofeedback.

Next, you have "tried to do the whole foods diet" and when someone says that it means that they have not succeeded.

Next, you did not say whether you have succeeded in your jogging at least 3 times a week.

Next, have you checked out your yoga to see if IT is reaching the required alpha/theta rhythm? I have been as specific as possible as to what one has to do to reverse something like this. You are not the first one who has "tried" to do it and have wondereed why their "short cut" modifications have not worked.

Most people have a lot of difficulty disciplining themselves to do ANYTHING well enough to make a difference. Then, it is too painful for them to admit to themselves that it was their lack of discipline , rather than the program, that failed.

The GOOD thing about all this is that you are close to doing what you need to do so it will take a lot less to make that final step than when you started a year ago.

In the meantime, you might consider the essential fatty acids to enhance what you are already doing.

Let us know how you do. You have not completely wasted your efforts but what you are doing will work only for the minority of people with acne. References, Dr Selye's book, Dr Pelletier's book, Dr Benson's book, etc.

Hope this helps even though you will not like to hear it.

Walt



Re: acne yoga etc (Archive in acne.)

Posted by laura on January 29, 2001 at 01:09:17:

In Reply to: Re: acne yoga etc (Archive in acne.) posted by Walt Stoll on January 27, 2001 at 08:16:22:

thank you R. i will deffinatly check my adrenals i suspect they are a large part of the problem because i also had CFS for a while and i believe the two are thought to be associated. and walt thank for the bedside manner, your patience is simply overwhelming. when i said i tried the whole food diet i meant that i spent 3 months only eating whole foods. no bread no refined sugar barely any friut at that. only fish and veggies and rice. now i eat a piece of spelt bread on occation and THATS what i mean by try to keep a whole foods diet. why are you so quick to assume? also i DO jog at least 3 times a week usually its 5 times a week even in the rain and even in the cold. i have not however tried biofeedback maybe its something i should look into... but i just cant seem to get myself to pay for a machine to tell me if i relaxed or not expecially since i feel that i have such an accute sense of when i am tense and when i am relaxed due to all the yoga training i have had. also for the record when i compared myself to a monk i only meant it as a comparison to the average person. i mean not many other 25 year olds in nyc rather be home meditating than at a club or a bar or prefers steamed veggies over KFC. get what im sayin? walt i feel like you have adopted some modality and if someone doesnt easily fit into it you cant handle it. maybe theres more here than meets the eye.



I agree with you. I still have acne even though my lifestyle is also like a monk compared to my 21 year old friends. nmi

Posted by Shannon on January 29, 2001 at 17:25:48:

In Reply to: Re: acne yoga etc (Archive in acne.) posted by laura on January 29, 2001 at 01:09:17:

nmi



Re: acne yoga etc (Archive in acne.) (Also archive in philosophy.)

Posted by Walt Stoll on January 31, 2001 at 10:55:34:

In Reply to: Re: acne yoga etc (Archive in acne.) posted by laura on January 29, 2001 at 01:09:17:

Laura,

Those who come to this BB have already been conventionally evaluated and conventional medicine has not successfully resolved their chronic problems. That means they fit a slice of the chronically ill population who nearly ALL fit the criteria that we deal with here on this BB.

Since what I frequently recommend has only positive side effects why not give it a try when nothing else has worked?

The reason is that most people who say that "they would do ANYTHING to be rid of their chronic problems", when they understand what they will HAVE to do, begin to waffle and doubt. What do they have to lose but their symptoms???

I make no apologies for what I do on this BB. The testimonials of those who have tried what I recommend are proof enough. Those who have not tried it need not knock it.

Walt



[ Acne Archive ]
[ Main Archives Page ] [ Glossary/Index ]
[ FAQ ] [ Recommended Books ] [ Bulletin Board ]
   Search this site!