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Glowy Skin and Thick Hair

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#1 PerfectBlueButterfly



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Posted 13 October 2021 - 09:50 PM

do you guys have any secrets or tips as to how to maintain like such glowy and clear skin both on your face and body as well as such thick and shiny hair while restricting? I really would appreciate some help for either departments?

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Posted 13 October 2021 - 09:52 PM

For skin, I have a skincare routine and take doxycycline for acne. For hair... I need some tips too bc with alopecia + ed, I keep losing so much hair everyday.

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Posted 13 October 2021 - 10:05 PM

the only tips I have is what everyone else suggests so I may not be much help. biotin, zinc, and basically getting in a multivitamin (don't overdose on vitamins tho cuz that's bad). I recommend also doing an oil cleansing method for skincare, or using gentle basic things like cetaphil. for oil cleansing I rec jojoba oil, and you can look up tutorials on YouTube for how to do it. also sunscreen, sunscreen, SUNSCREEN. I like tamanu oil (can be pricey) for moisturizer as well. honestly just do some research on oils/oil cleaning, and find what oils would work best for your skin type. mine is very sensitive so that's just what I use. 


another thing for hair is olaplex! it is a bit pricey, but it does wonders. you can either invest in the shampoo/conditioner or just the hair treatment/mask. if that's too pricey, doing oil treatments 1-2x a week with olive oil (you can mix oils too for a more beneficial mask) for a few hours or overnight. don't wash your hair everyday, get a dry shampoo for in-between washes. either every other day or as long as possible that you can stand having "dirty" hair. 


hope this helps!

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Posted 13 October 2021 - 10:07 PM

Sunscreen. The sun RUINED my skin so much and I'm trying hard to get it back.

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Posted 13 October 2021 - 11:50 PM

glowy skin and thick hair while starving? 
sorry, maybe if you're high restricting and a healthy bmi, but once you get underweight or med/low restricting it's all gonna fall apart no matter what you do. 

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Posted 14 October 2021 - 12:33 AM

ED behaviours don’t tend to result in thick hair and glowy skin. I don’t mean to be rude, but is this a joke?
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Posted 14 October 2021 - 12:46 AM

Long-term, this is NOT gonna work. ED behaviors are the opposite of nearly everything you should do in order to keep your body/skin/hair looking young and healthy long-term.


All the more so the many here who combine anorexia with drugs/alcohol, smoking, junkorexia, b/ping, no sleep, and many trips to the beach wearing as little as possible. 

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*Female bodies generally require a minimum 1200cal/day; Males, 1800cal/day; just to have basic organ function (can require a lot more if tall and/or athletic).

*800 cal/day or less is considered medical starvation.

*The definition of high restriction is no more than a few hundred cals below TDEE. The definition of low restriction is generally anywhere between your BMR (likely at least 1200 cal/day), and high restriction. So for a person who when healthy has a TDEE of 2000 cal/day, high restriction is about 1600-1950, and low restriction is about 1200-1600. With patience, it is very possible to increase your TDEE so you can eat a lot more without gain.

*Eating less harms metabolism and shuts down systems. Eating more than the bare minimum can make metabolism work faster, and also help you feel way better. Low restriction is not necessary, is counterproductive, often leads to binges, and is super dangerous. It also causes the body to eat muscle and bone faster, which frequently leads to heart failure, osteoporosis, and seizures, among other things.

*The brain requires at least 130g of carbs at minimum, per day, just to function. And that is assuming you're not doing a ton of exercise, or very tall or muscular, or in other ways burning through the stores more quickly. Eating less than that, risks not only your intelligence, but causes more anxiety, BDD, depression, makes it very hard to think clearly and make reasonable decisions (including regarding the ED), and risks your organs failing because the brain is responsible for telling each of them what to do. It can also lead to dizziness, coordination, and speech and language problems. 

*You train your brain how to think, and your body how to act, with repetitive behaviors. Repeating healthy thoughts and behaviors every day makes being healthy get a lot easier. Repeating unhealthy thoughts and behaviors every day, makes getting better a lot harder.

*Malnutrition biologically causes depression, anxiety, and OCD behaviors like ED to get way worse. The brain needs carbs, healthy fats, B vitamins, Vit. D, calcium, and magnesium, among other things, to be able to think straight and feel happy. Getting enough of each, can make ED symptoms lessen in whole lot in time.

*Drinking around 96 oz. water/day, getting in daily balanced electrolytes and a multivitamin, and eating just a little bit of a wide range of foods and types of nutrients, can reduce likelihood for organ failure and seizures.

*The longer you stay in ED, the more severe your behaviors need to be to get the same results. It gets way harder over time, not easier, to hit goals.

*ED damage is cumulative, and each relapse gets increasingly more dangerous.

*Pro-ana content makes people sadder.

*ED makes everything in life worse, and does not solve problems. Building a wide range of stress management skills is a much better option, that also has longer-lasting results.

*Recovery might feel rough for a year, or a year and a half, but will feel awesome then for the rest of your life. Harm reduction is way better than nothing! Each day we get to live, is a new day to start over and try again.

*A majority of people with ED recover fully eventually. You can get there! The sooner you try, and commit fully to it though, the easier it is and the more likely it is to be permanent. It is easier if you don't have brain/organ damage yet. Keep trying! You deserve to be happy and healthy. <3

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Posted 14 October 2021 - 12:56 AM

Look, let me put it this way. I have always had luscious hair and an oily skin type. I am high restricting and at a healthy weight.
This is what the palms of my hands are looking like at the moment. They developed wrinkles, dry patches and the skin can be literally peeled off. I have been actively disordered this since June. I am 25, for reference.

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Posted 14 October 2021 - 02:18 AM

These ideas might help slow the deterioration for a little while, but my bmi is 18.3 and even with that, the low restriction has definitely started to impact.

Despite a religious skin care routine my skin is in a constant breakout. Despite top range shampoo and conditioner, my hair is dry compared to a few months ago. It rooms so long to recover my hair when I recovered last time. And I always get some spots, but these aren’t hormonal and aren’t in my usual t zone.

Sorry, but it’s not going to change until your body is healthy - it grows from your body remember! And skin is part of the body.

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GW2: 58

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GW4: 52

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Posted 14 October 2021 - 02:51 AM

glowy skin and thick hair while starving?
sorry, maybe if you're high restricting and a healthy bmi, but once you get underweight or med/low restricting it's all gonna fall apart no matter what you do.

Yes yall i dont think its possible especially the older you get and lower you restrict. For me especially i was able to have color to my skin when i was younger. But for me it doesnt necessarily have that much to do with food unless of course im severely underweight and my vitamins are shit, mines mainly lack of sleep and getting no sun which i havent for a while. Ive been lacking on sleep and isolating myself. Which the isolation has more to do with something else going on and deoression then it does my ed because the ed never affected that part of my life for me. But you get the point. Sorry it this doesnt make sense and for rambling its 3:50am here.
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Posted 14 October 2021 - 08:57 AM

Gotta echo the room here - Once you're in the low BMI's and restricting a ton, it's really unavoidable. In the meantime my suggestions are as others have said, good skincare & vitamins. Avoid sugar binges, drink plenty of water, try to get good rest. I also personally recommend investing in a good boar brush- it brings the oils from your scalp down the strands to keep them shiny and looking healthy. That being said, the fall out from lack of nutrition is from the root. It's very ironic to me how eating disorders get branded as a vanity disease :/






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#12 Emo kid

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Posted 14 October 2021 - 09:21 AM

Even though I’m a hairdresser I can’t say much but…
Take vitamins
Shampoo twice then condition
Get a blood test to find out which vitamin you need cause that can help. Trust
Scalp massage can help blood flow for growth
Switch up your shampoo and conditioner , your hair gets used to it

And my skin is so clear right now so I’m going to leave everything I use and what I do but I have really dry skin and some eczema or psoriasis I forgot maybe both
But if my skins really dry I won’t wash it I’ll apply a thick moisturiser (the cerave one in the tub) like a mask or I’ll keep re applying through out the day to soften my skin so when I wash it it doesn’t hurt.

I use the cerave Hydrating Facial Cleanser with a silicone facial brush to help clean my face and Help with blood flow.
Then I use the Revolution Skincare Targeted Blemish Serum 2% Salicylic Acid with a jade roller
I will then use either the revolution moisturiser 30spf
Or the carave facial moisturiser
But if my Face is really dry I use the Cerave cream in the tub

If you wear make up use a cleansing balm
They normally come in a tub and it goes from a solid to an oil then do your skin care.
It’s saved my skin.

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Posted 14 October 2021 - 10:21 AM

I have thin hair and dull, acne prone, ugly skin when I'm NOT restricting idk I don't think it's possible.

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Posted 14 October 2021 - 10:31 AM

Avoid dairy products if you’re acne prone. Dairy causes inflammation which for acne prone people means acne.

Drink LOTS of water. Take a multivitamin. Do not eat below 800 calories a day and make sure the foods you eat are nutritious and not processed junk.
(Lean meat, nuts, beans, grains, eggs, vegetables, healthy fats)

Eat enough protein. Your hair needs protein.

Even if you do all of this if you don’t have naturally thick hair don’t expect to have it just because your diet is healthy. If your hair is naturally thin you can consider clip in extensions there’s no shame in that. Most celebrities wear them for added volume. Be sure to take good care of your hair too. Oil treatments, heat protectants and air drying your hair whenever possible will all help it look it’s best.
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