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posted by Colleen Shirazi, Tuesday, July 03, 2007 at 2:42 PM (Pacific)

Sighted at Albertsons (supermarket): store brand milk produced without growth hormone. Up till this point, Safeway was the only mainstream supermarket around here that had it.

Another discovery: the fish oil supplement I recently added to my routine, seems to have made my skin and hair noticeably less oily.

Fish oil supplements are not all created equal...I took a Costco one long ago (maybe a year or two ago) and didn't notice any difference. I did a reasonable amount of research before selecting a new one to try, starting with the Mayo Clinic site. Supplements are a form of medication, so proceed as you would with a new medicine as far as taking it seriously.

posted by Colleen Shirazi, Thursday, May 17, 2007 at 3:44 PM (Pacific)

Hi folks, I'm here updating the entire site...it's going to take a while, the short version is that we switched hosts late last year and it's meant moving what was then a four-year-old website to a new host. It hasn't been practical to transfer some of the pages with their old format so I've concentrated on doing the more active parts of the site first.

Anyway. What's up...

Quite recently I noticed a pork product, I believe it was sausage, that was labeled "no growth hormone," and then under that, was printed something to the effect that growth hormone was illegal in pork production.

This was identical to what happened to poultry in the U.S. ...at one point, growth hormone in poultry was quietly banned.

Good news for acne sufferers no doubt. I have yet to find a more direct cause of my adult acne, than hormones in food.

Growth hormone is still allowed in beef of course. I read long ago that it was only beef that saw good results from growth hormone. In hogs, it tended to produce fat rather than lean muscle, and in poultry, it tended to do little either way. But in beef, growth hormone produced dramatic results in developing lean muscle.

I'm not pointing a finger at the beef industry...everyone wants cheap food. Beef used to be very expensive, and steak was what fat guys smoking cigars ate, not you and I.

Still it continues to be my advice for adult acne sufferers to read food labels. Check carefully for information about growth hormone. It's also been suggested that antibiotics in food are bad for acne. In any case it's your body and your face...try avoiding foods produced with growth hormone and see if you don't see results.

posted by Colleen Shirazi, Friday, September 29, 2006 at 6:26 PM (Pacific)

I started taking a biotin supplement almost three weeks ago. Actually I started taking it for hair loss. I read on the beauty boards about it, did some online research (not that there is that much information about supplements online, try this page: Vitamins). You'll note on that page it says 2500 mcg would be the maximum amount of biotin to take daily, where 500 to 1500 mcg would be a "typical therapeutic daily dose."

Anyhow I decided to give it a try. I've had thin hair for much of my life and couldn't find anything bad about biotin supplements on the Net (in our lawsuit-driven culture, I would expect to find something if there was anything). I've been taking the supplement every day.

It does work for hair loss--noticeably. Much less hair falling out after washing, and throughout the day. For me, these were seldom broken hairs (most hairs that were shed had a piece of root still intact).

Why I'm posting this here, I noticed my skin got slightly better after beginning the supplement. Nothing dramatic--not nearly as dramatic as my diet changes, Yasmin/Ortho Tricyclen, multi-vitamin, etc. But still slightly better...smoother.

Okay, that is not entirely accurate...
posted by Colleen Shirazi, Monday, August 21, 2006 at 8:54 AM (Pacific)

Even if I take my multi-vitamin and Yasmin regularly--if I eat a lot of regular beef (as opposed to health food store type beef), I'll still start to get pimples again.

By now of course I buy the majority of the milk I drink from Safeway (which, weirdly enough, started carrying growth-hormone-free milk a long time ago...peruse this blog and you'll get an approximate date). That's the cheapest growth-hormone-less milk; it's also sold at Trader Joe's and under certain brand names such as Berkeley Farms.

Those are the three main factors. I don't eat a lot of fast food or drink a lot of soda (the former I probably went for once a week or every other week, before; the latter I used to drink constantly). A little harder to quantify those as factors but I think they are factors too.

A few conclusions...
posted by Colleen Shirazi, Friday, August 18, 2006 at 9:45 PM (Pacific)

Finally, someone is admitting that just maybe, there is a connection between the hormones in the food we eat and this relatively recent phenomenon called "adult acne":

The Claim: Your Diet Can Bring on an Acne Outbreak

Wasn't I saying this years ago?

Also, I recently ran out of my multi-vitamin and I haven't been able to get out and buy it (I know, I know, I need to start buying it online). Voila! My acne is returning.

I've concluded that it's only my multi-vitamin and my birth control pills that stand between having relatively good skin...no pimples, basically...and having noticeable adult acne.

The diet part counts too; there is definitely a connection. There are times when I don't eat very much at all, and typically my skin gets better during those times.

But of course everyone has to eat sometime. Hence, the multi-vitamin (and it does matter which one you take; they are quite different) and bc pills (likewise).

I can admit it still pisses me off how so many people are cashing in on adult acne "treatments." It's just the complete embodiment of everything I happen to loathe about the purity...the sheer amoral purity...of our capitalism. There are no alarm bells ringing online (hey, if our food is giving us acne, what else is it giving us?)...just tons and tons of sites selling overpriced treatments.

Don't forget to take your vitamin!!!!!