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QUESTION: Hello Expert,

I am female who has mild acne. Everywhere I go, I cover my skin with makeup, but lately I realized that any product I use to hide my blemishes makes my skin five times worse.  

I am deathly afraid of leaving the house without makeup. Especially if I have to see people I know on a regular basis. My skin condition has somewhat hampered my self confidence and it seems as though when people look at me (without makeup) all they look at, is the chaos that is on my skin.

I want my face to heal, and I know that if I stop using makeup my chances of having a clearer complexion sometime soon will be much higher.  What can I do to increase my self esteem & be able to leave the house without makeup?

ANSWER: Hi Lacey,

This must be very difficult for you. You may have to investigate why your skin is producing acne. Sometimes it is due to nutritional deficiencies such as zinc. Try supplementing with zinc and see how you go. Go to a health food store and enquire about zinc supplements. If the problem persist I recommend that you see a naturopath or nutritional doctor to diagnose any nutritional deficiencies by for instance by hair-analysis. I also suggest that you go on a hypoglycemic diet (http://www.hypoglycemia.asn.au/2011/the-hypoglycemic-diet/).

The next step is to find out whether you may be suffering from allergies. This can be done one by:

Finding Your Allergies
  http://www.hypoglycemia.asn.au/2011/finding-your-allergies/

Also have a look at some herbal treatment at:

Acne at:
http://www.herbs2000.com/disorders/acne1.htm

I hope I have been of some assistance.

_______________________________________________
Jurriaan Plesman, Nutritional Psychotherapist.
Hon. Editor of
The Hypoglycemic Health Association of Australia.
http://www.hypoglycemia.asn.au/
Author of "Getting off the Hook"
Freely available at Google Book Search
Skype: jurplesman
Also at Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/183150461841144/

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QUESTION: Thank you. I am aware of my food allergies, but it has gotten to a point where I am allergic to most foods. My main concern is dealing with the opinions of others. I don't want everyone to know that there is something wrong with me. How can I ever handle the looks or stares other people give me without feeling bad?

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I have written about is kind of problem in my book "Getting off thee Hook" at page 73 under tyhe heaing "The Wooden Leg Argument" at:
http://www.google.com.au/books?id=cIbpj59s-KAC&lpg=PR3&ots=raIs2LZ1Xy&dq=Getting

_______________________________________________
Jurriaan Plesman, Nutritional Psychotherapist.
Hon. Editor of
The Hypoglycemic Health Association of Australia.
http://www.hypoglycemia.asn.au/
Author of "Getting off the Hook"
Freely available at Google Book Search
Skype: jurplesman
Also at Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/183150461841144/

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Jurriaan Plesman, Nutritional Psychotherapist

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I have a degree in Psychology from the Sydney University and a Postgraduate Diploma in Clinical Nutrition. I am also the author of “GETTING OFF THE HOOK” which deals with the nutritional and psychological treatment of personality disorders. It is freely available on the internet at Google Book Search. I am interested in the relationship between nutrition and behaviour, and as a Probation ans Parole Officer facilitated groups for offenders, many of whom were alcoholics and drug addicts, sex offenders or compulsive gamblers, as well as the whole gamut of “personality disorders”. I am also the ex-editor of the Hypoglycemic Health Association of Australia Newsletter, a quarterly publication dealing with hypoglycemia and related health problems. Its web site, together with a shortened course of PSYCHOTHERAPY can be visited at: http://www.hypoglycemia.asn.au

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Depression, Anxiety Attacks and Self-Esteem Problems, Drug Addiction and Alcoholism, Gambling, as well as the whole gamut of personality disorders.

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Author of the book "Getting off the Hook". It is freely available on the internet at Google Book Search. My articles can be found at: https://docs.google.com/document/pub?id=1M3x0ciu21Q8-KJO3tcIuxE-Mn97OIxCKzuhHDY8umrU#id.m9k24s-yjf9sc

Education/Credentials
BA (Psych) (University of Sydney), Post Grad Dip Clin Nutr (International Academy of Nutrition)

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