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My Diet

I just wanted to mention that my diet still consists of mainly whole-grains, fruits and vegetables.

I like to cook from scratch and rarely eat processed food or frozen meals.

I do eat meat and fish again but without really thinking about it, I tend to gravitate to vegan foods. I just like them better.

I only drink water, no juice or soft drink or coffee.. sometimes tea with no caffeine.

I try to avoid sugar whenever I can and no wheat or yeast..

Just in case anyone was interested...

Okay, I'm pretty bad at keeping a blog.

What caused my cystic acne?

Well lets see... about 10 years ago I went to an allergy specialist and he said 'No dairy for you' okay.. not so bad.. I'll just drink soy... then I added rice milk, then almond and oat..

Became vegetarian, later became vegan. Eating tofu and drinking soy coz you know, you should have protein.

Soy has been the cause of the large cystic acne all around my face, but mainly on my forehead and even, inside my ears. There was no cycle to it. No pattern. Just randomly I would get a breakout followed by more just as the original ones were going away.

GP would always give antibiotics and topical creams

Saw a derm who wanted me on accutane. Never went on it and am glad about it. More antibiotics, more topical creams. The derm said I have excellent skin except for the cystic breakouts. Excellent, in that my age isn't showing, doesn't scar badly etc.

My naturopath put me on a variety of stuff including Premular that I was to take everyday (this was while still drinking soy). It helped so much more than anything before. Went from 10 breakouts all over my face to just always having one or two however, they would clear up a lot faster.

At some point I started exercising more and having protein shakes. Protein was made from rice but I was using soy milk. The more I drank and the worse it got. Finally there was a pattern. That's when it clicked. Got rid of soy completely. Cystic acne completely cleared. COMPLETELY!

I was clear for a whole year and recently ate 2 chocolate truffles that were dairy-free and I wasn't thinking and of course they contained soy. Within 24-hours two large cystic pimples appeared on my forehead. It was that quick.. This was on the 13th of April and now its the 9th of May and the acne, while they are just two tiny red spots now, they are still there. That's how long my cystic acne sticks around for.

I stopped the premular at some point as well last year because the acne was gone. I was just so sick of constantly taking pills. I can say that it helped me a lot with my pms and I have noticed that these breakouts are taking a very long time to clear. Had I been on premular when I ate the truffles, they would have already have disappeared by now. So as off today, because I was told to wait for the first day of my cycle, I'm back on it for pms reasons.

Fish Oil

My fish oil is:

Ethical Nutrients: Hi-Strength Liquid Fish Oil

5ml contains:

EPA 1900mg

DHA 279mg

I take 5-10ml. I'm considering taking 5ml twice a day instead of 10ml once.

I guess I would describe myself as having a mild case of severe acne.

I first started getting cystic acne about 8 years ago. Before that, I never had acne. I probably had about 10 pimples throughout my entire teen years. Then one day it just started and hasn't left me since.

I say its mild because I had definitely seen worse. For example at the moment I would say I have about 6 on my face right now. But these 6 are like little hard balls deep under my skin that will no doubt hang around for about 2-3 months if not longer. Then I had numerous which are dormant. These are a lot smaller and tend to flare up every few weeks. They never go away. I'm pretty sure its been the same pimples coming and going since it first started.

The main affected areas are on my temples, chin, above my lip and behind my ears. Once or twice a year I will get one on my shoulders.

This week I had my first visit to a naturopath.

I have been put on a diet. Basically whole-food low-gi food. Protein is a must with every meal.

I have to take an andrographic compound 4 times a day. That was mainly given to me because I have come down with a horrid bug this week and have missed 2 days of work.

An arctium & zinc compound twice daily with food.

And a herbal formula to take twice a day as well.

I have also been given liquid zinc to apply topically.

I'm slightly skeptical that the diet can fix it mainly because I was already following one that was very similar.

We shall see.

Other supplements:

Liquid fish oil 5-10ml daily

1x vitamin d

1x probiotic

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