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About 6 months ago I discovered that I have a problem with my blood sugar - it was trending in the wrong direction and edging dangerously close to Type 2 diabetes. As I began to research this medical issue, I discovered there may be a link between high blood sugar, insulin resistance, hormonal "back lash", and acne. It seemed to make sense that there would be an underlying systemic dysfunction to what may manifest as a cosmetic problem. I've struggled for many years trying to calm my overly reactive, acne prone complexion. I think I've tried nearly every prescription topical, anti-biotic, birth control device or pill, over-the-counter, and mail order "solution" with no dependable results.
I've been following a low glycemic diet now for about 6 months, along with supplements and essential oil topical treatments. This combined approach has yielded my first-ever true, long-lasting result. I think I have found my cure, though I realize everyone is different and this is a very complex disease. I never thought a non-pharmaceutical approach would provide any benefit for me. It has taken a lot of research, trials, time, and patience to get to this point. The occasional pimple now heals in a few days. I wear virtually no makeup; just a tiny bit of spot coverage if I need it. Now I read every ingredient of every commercial product that I consider to put on my face and I've learned how much toxic garbage is included in even the most expensive, so-called "non comedogenic" products and treatments.
Maybe I have not had good experiences with the dozen or so dermatologists that I've entrusted with my care. Has it really just been my bad luck though. I would like so see the western medical profession be more proactive in identifying underlying systemic causes to acne rather than dismissively tossing at the patient another prescription that does next to nothing.
i have been on a strict diet for 5 years now.
Anyone would tell you that i am EXTREMELY
disciplined. I am 5'4 108 pounds...i exercise , do ballet, and NEVER EVER cheat on my diet...i have not had any fruit in 6 months and very little brown rice....i mainly eat green vegetable , fish and chicken, some seeds and nuts...i have eaten purely organic and natural for 20 years...i take many whole food supplements along with fish oil, probiotics, etc...i still have acne...in fact its the worst it has ever been...i am 37. I truly do not know what on earth i could change...it is a total mystery why i have moderately severe acne.. so before you blame anyone for their acne...thinking its their fault...you are wrong.
This was really amazing when I discovered this diet - at first when I started it and then saw results so quickly I just went all out and was completely strict. All my large spots just 'deflated' on their own and except for slight redness they pretty much disappeared in a day or two. Whiteheads just deflated and fell off in a few days. Crucially no new spots came at ALL! People noticed a lot - my mum even & some friends. I still have the scars - although they heal way quicker - it doesn't help that much with this but they lose their 'bumpiness'
I used the 'paleolithic' diet (search it) which means nothing humans wouldn't have eaten a few thousand years ago. The high-sugar levels in your blood from eating carbs like bread, cereals, chocolate etc which are broken down into glucose extremely quickly cause oil productiom & stop the skin 'shedding'.
Humans did not suffer from acne before! It is a modern 'disease', least in terms of the last few hundred years.
I made some mistakes at first that can trick you out - eg eating potatoes & similar 'starchy' vegetables which are some of the worst glycemic indexes of all foods.
And DRIED fruit - pretty bad too.
Replaced with lots of nuts and loads of fruit. I think I may be slightly allergic though so don't have many nuts anymore
Basically a godsend!
For science behind it & foods to eat / not eat read lorain cordain's The Acne Diet. Not essential though
This was the sole cause of acne for me, although it took me all of my teenage and early twenties to figure it out. Those medium sized and large bumps on the sides of my face simply don't happen anymore--unless i break my "diet", in which case they arrive right on time. Definitely worth trying if you're serious about clearing your skin. Eat carbs that have fiber, NO sugar, no dairy.