Fluoroderma isn’t a condition you hear about everyday –most people still think fluoride helps keep the cavities away. Few of us suspect it could be clogging up our lymphatic system, leading to pesky skin conditions like cystic acne and cellulite. Some CI readers suspect they may have fluoroderma, too, so I am posting a few pictures to show my experience.
The pictures where I am wearing the pink shirt were taken about a year ago, soon after I moved to a fluoridated town in South Florida. You can see how the acne traces the path of the lymph vessels down the sides of my mouth and neck.
I took the pictures with the blue shirt a few days ago. I made a concentrated effort to avoid fluoride over the past several months and you can see the difference on my face. My neck is completely healed and most of the red marks that remain on my chin are called Post Inflammatory Hyperpigmentation (PIH). They should fade in 3 to 12 months.
Here is another angle of the fluoroderma. It pains me to post these pictures on the Internet(!) but hopefully it helps someone out there who might be dealing with this embarrassing problem.
My skincare routine hasn’t changed at all in the last year. I wash my face once a day, before I go to bed, using California Baby’s Super Sensitive Shampoo and Bodywash. Sometimes I use a homemade toner made from diluted Apple Cider Vinegar or Proactiv’s sulfur mask as a spot treatment. [Read here to know why I had to stop using Proactiv's other products even though they worked on my acne].
I know the pictures aren’t the best. I took them using the built-in webcam on my Mac. But I hope they give you a better idea of what fluoroderma looks like and the healing that is possible, even without medication.
Most dermatologists, including the ones who developed Proactiv, are often quoted as saying that there’s no cure for acne. I don’t think this is true. Every effect has a cause. Saying that acne is caused by overactive oil glands is like saying that being drunk is caused by too much alcohol in the blood system. It is, but that answer isn’t satisfying. What caused the excess? In the case of being drunk, it was one too many martinis. In the case of my acne, it was ingesting toxic levels of fluoride over the years. Now, every time I consume fluoride, my lymphatic system goes into overdrive trying to flush it out of my body. I can truly say I am thankful for my acne because I realize it is a protective mechanism.
If you can determine the true cause of your acne and eliminate it from your system, your body will heal itself. It’s a slow process, but it’s worth doing the right way.
I’m still figuring out how to set up our forum, but feel free to come over and say hi while I’m working on it. It’s always nice to hear from my fellow cellulite investigators!