I am new tho the board but have been ready your comments and they have been s helpful to me. I am wondering if you would have any advice for me about my situation. I am 27 and seem similar to you in your struggle with acne, yet now you are clear:) I have had problems starting from when I was 10 years old. I have been on multiple types of BCP to using none at all which was terrible to now being on yaz (which doesn't seem to help) just the last two weeks of pills in the pack make my skin terrible.
I have tried everything else, every topical treatment, spiro, antibiotics, etc. I am now reduced to having such sensitive skin that I can not even use water to wash my face. My skin reacts poorly to everything put on it topically. I can't use cleansers, lotions of any kind, water unless it is distilled. Also temperature affects my skin I just moved to Boston and my skin is so bad now with dry heat inside and cold temps outside it is bleeding a flaky.
I also have tried asprin on my skin, aloe, and on and on.
I simply use witch hazel on my skin right now and nothing else.
I feel like I have gone to 30 or so dermatologists, 2 acupunturist, 1 nutritionist and still no answers.
The most helpful was the nutritionist. We took allergy tests and hormone tests and found my testosterone levels were at 90, pretty high, now probably down a bit that I am back on yaz. But I have to be on some hormones because my body won't regulate them on there own my gyno said, I basically am stuck on them now because I have messed them up so bad.
Also I found I am allergic to wheat, dairy, eggs and nuts, and pineapple.
I still eat a little wheat right now and only cream in my coffee. I am wondering if you would guess that my inflammed skin and acne are mostly hormonal and are diet related.
Should I not be drinking any coffee at all? Should I eat not wheat at all? I am a vegetarian and eat a veges a bunch but not enough. I don't get enough protein. I find that I when I take zinc 50mg, my omegas and multi it helps. I also feel dehydrated a bunch.
My skin has a hard time healing itself. I get scabs and they stay for over a month. It is constantly peeling.
I have been breaking out on my cheeks which I never did years ago??? And on my jaw line? I find that I get breakouts in the same places all the time?
What advice could you give me on my situation? Should I take Saw Palmetto, I just bought some but haven't started because I didn't know how it will affect my hormones?
Any help would be great.
Stuff I just wrote in another post that I thought was pretty good and want to save to use again in the next argument:
The diet acne connection is way underblown here. Because there is a connection in many ways. There are some studies that directly prove it. And there are many studies that directly prove connections between acne and factors such as androgens. And many studies that directly prove connections between diet and androgen production. And there are studies that prove a direct connection between diet and other androgen related conditions. Put it together.
And hormone balance is not the only way diet affects acne.
----And another argument
Yes, we've had that discussion here before specifically about the RMIT study when it first started being published in so many periodicals, from medical journals to Redbook. But it doesn't matter that the RMIT researchers didn't determine exactly what about the GI improved the subjects' acne. What matters is that the diet they thought would help, did. That hardly makes it 'poorly designed' or difficult to interpret. It's perfectly simple.
In addition, it probably isn't exactly the same for everyone as a hormone balance can have many varying factors and degrees that make the subject more sensitive to high blood sugar and their effect on hormones and/or the hormone levels themselves. Such as liver function, as it's the liver's job to remove excess hormones from circulation, which it doesn't do well when it's busy removing other crap from a person's system. A nutrient dense, low-GI diet also tends to increase SHBG levels which would reduce free testosterone.
So there isn't necessarily one thing that can be 'pinpointed.' There are dozens of ways a low GI diet affects hormones. And other ways it can affect acne such as inflammation. The body is balancing a lot of functions. There's lots of give and take going on. What gives can vary from person to person.
And it's not necessarily entirely the low GI. When you cut back high GI foods, you tend to replace them with more nutrient dense foods as they did in the study. Nutrients are what your body uses to function. A few might also have lost weight, which can effect hormone levels.
And I don't get what you mean by 'there were so many dietary changes for the low glycemic group...' They followed a pretty common lower GI diet replacing sodas, potato chips and white bread with veggies, whole grains and legumes. This is cause for puzzlement?? We know how the GI works. It's been studied too.
Besides there are many other studies that do pinpoint specific effects of GI diets on hormone issues. Just google 'diet and hormones' and you'll find a million articles, books and studies. In fact, a low GI diet seems to be the number one thing to study in relation to hormone issues from PCOS to Prostrate cancer or anything to do with Androgens. Why would that be? Because there have already been tons of studies proving a relationship between diet and the factors involved in those conditions. And some of those studies involve a low fat and low GI diet, which has nothing to do with promoting the meat industry.
We know that androgens play a major role in oily skin and acne. That's been studied, proven and accepted. We know that things like SHBG levels affect hormone balance. We know that blood sugar affects androgen production. We know that SHBG levels tend to increase on a low GI diet. Studied, proven, yada yada. Etcetera.
And finally, all of these interconnected things can affect acne and be improved by diet, sleep and exercise:
Digestion, allergies and intolerances, liver function, adrenal function, hormone balance, SHBG levels, Insulin resistance, inflammation, cell function and turnover, sebum quality, nutrient deficiencies, body fat, stress etc, etc.