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Severe Acne After Taking Milk Thistle?
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Severe Acne After Taking Milk Thistle?


I'm 28 and I have a serious Acne problem that doesn't seem to want to go away. Here is a a breif history of my diet and lifestyle:

I never had Acne while I was a teenager (ate the typical american diet). I developed mild Acne at the age of 21. Ever since I started getting a zit here and there. I changed my diet around big time. I cut out junk food, no soda, no sugar, no gluten, no dairy and what ever foods I had a allergic reaction to. I drank only water, vegetable juice and herbal teas. I exercised regularly and ate tons of vegetables and some fruit every day with lean meat (chicken, turkey). This really helped my acne and it went away. I have 1 to 2 large, well formed bowel movements per day. I would only get a pimple if I really ate something bad.

Last october 2009 I decided to take a liver supplement containg:
- Milk Thistle Extract (Silybum marianum) (Fruit and Seeds) (Standardized to 80% Silymarin Flavonoids) 300 mg
- Dandelion Root Extract (Taraxacum officinale) (4:1) 100 mg
- Artichoke Extract (Cynara scolymus) (Leaf) (Standardized to 2% Cynarin) 50 mg

I read so many reviews on milk thistle and how it helps the liver and people with acne. So, I bought a bottle and used the liver supplement (above) 3 capsules a day for two weeks in october 2009. I started breaking out big time. So, I stopped taking it. I developed severe acne with red cysts and white heads. I would get these every week. It is now may 2010 and I still have these cysts that appear every week and I am really really depressed. It has left a ton of marks on my face. I never had this problem before and I don't know what to do. Do you think my liver is trying to get rid of the extra toxins and hormones by expelling them into my colon and my colon can't eliminate them quick enough, so the excess toxins is coming out of my skin?

I'm taking the following supplements. (I took these before last october and never broke out):

Multi Vitamin
Vitamin D3
Fish Oil Liquid
Coconut Oil
Saw Palmetto
Beta Carotene
Calcium & Magnesium
Digestive Enzymes
Vitamin E
B Complex
Psyllium & Bentonite shake twice a day for the past 2 weeks

I used to wash my face with Proactiv for the last 8 years and it has helped a lot. Now the Proactiv has stopped working. No matter what I put on my face, it doesn't seem to help. I'm using manuka honey, coconut oil, aloe vera and I'm exfoliating.

I've narrowed this down to these things:
Colon/Intestines/Leaky Gut and Liver. I never had hormonal acne before, so I don't think it's that. It's probably the toxins in my bowels that is getting into my blood causing me to break out. I also want to go on a serries of colonic hydrotherapy to get all of the mucoid plaque out.

I'm sorry for the long post, but if there is anyone out there that can help me or put me in the right direction, I would appreciate it very much. It's very stressful to go from smooth clear skin to a face that has acne and marks.

Thank You !!!

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