ive gotten about 95% clear through diet. it really does work quite well if you stick to the plan. heres basically how it works. one day a week (at first maybe 2-3 days) eat nothing but fruit and vegetables, and drink about eight glasses of lemon water (not mixed too strongly, its basically like a very weak lemonade).
this stirs up a lot of toxins in the body. the next morning eat some raw veggies first thing, which brushes them through the system. my diet other than that consists of eating only whole grains- no white rice, no white bread, no white sugar, no white pasta. also no dairy other than small amounts of butter (never margarine), and small amounts of (real, not processed) cheese. yogurt can also be eaten on this diet. (but watch out for carageenan, dulse, kelp etc. these seaweed products are loaded with iodine which causes major break-outs).
the above foods are the types that cause toxins to get clogged up in the system. and when the system is over-loaded with toxins, they start coming out through the skin in acne prone people. also refrain from eating any hydrogenated oils, and fried foods. and dont eat much fruit on the days your not on the food-fast. if you ever cheat and start breaking out mega-dose on fish oil until you get your diet back on track. (like 8-10 capsules a day) also drink only distilled water.
this (other than the fish oil thing, which i threw in there because it works amazingly for me, when my skin starts breaking out) is the basic outline for the diet from the about-face program. which you can order online.
i think its just about-face.com. this diet has worked wonders for me, i am now finally off anti-biotics 100%,. (i used to be on minocycline 100mgs twice a day) and i dont use any harsh chemicals on my face now either. i now have a much more positive outlook in life than i have in the past 7 years.
i did develop a mild case of candida, from my long-term use of anti-biotics, however which hindered my progress at first on this diet. this is an extremely difficult problem to overcome once it has grown rampant in your system for a while, because the yeast gains the ability to reproduce rapidly anytime high sugar/grain/dairy/ yeast products are ingested.
this problem is actually reaching epidemic porportions in western society, because of all the anti-biotics we ingest in the meats we eat, and all the refined foods, and high sugar foods we eat. and it strikes hardest in people who take anti-biotics over a long period of time.
i found a natural cure though that works AWESOME at killing off the yeast in your system. it consists of a drink made with water, psyllium husk and seeds, bentonite clay, and caprilyic acid. taken in the morning. and also take dds acidolpholous at night.
caprylic acid on its own is not an effective supplement against yeast infections, because most of it is broken down in the liver (which is also hard on your liver) before it can effectively kill off a substantial amount of yeast. the psyllium escorts the caprylic acid through to the bowel, and also presses it against the intestinal tract which kills the candida.
the bentonite acts like a sponge, holding onto the dead yeast and toxins and helping the psyllium pull the unwanted toxins and debris out of the body.
olive leaf extract, and garlic, are also effective anti-fungal supplements.
i know all of this probably sounds like information over-load to a lot of you, but i think its worth it to look into trying some of this stuff. i feel 10x better since ive been taking it. i want to feel this way all the time. and my skin for the first time in years is staying clear on its own, without me having to worry about it. the diet thing now has become a habit for me, and i dont find it very difficult to maintain anymore.
but for people who are used to eating a lot of junk-foods all the time, switching over to this type of diet will be hard on the system at first because you are not used to it. it may even cause temporary initial break-outs. but if you wait it out i think the results are well-worth it.