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Hey everyone, I've been a member of this site for ages but haven't really participated until now. I just wanted to say thanks to everyone who has written diet related advice on this forum, because my skin is actually clearing up well for the first time since I was 13 (I'm 20 now).

The last straw for me was a week and a half ago, when I broke out so bad that half of my face was just red and inflamed. So I decided to do something drastic after reading the advice here.

I've completely stopped eating ANYTHING with added sugars (including so-called "low-GI" sugars like agave nectar), grains, or starchy foods. For ages I denied that whole grains were causing a problem, but they were. Sugar and grain break me out, gluten grains in particular. I may experiment with grains like quinoa later on, but the results are too good for now.

My diet now is basically: Vegetables, pasture raised eggs from local Farmer's Markets, RAW MILK (mostly goat) cheese (pasteurized dairy is hell for my skin), and ONE piece of fruit per day. Any more and I get a little red spot somewhere. I eat moderately now and never overeat even though I exercise/workout often. I also drink powdered wheatgrass with water in the morning, which helps a TON.

I'm vegetarian so I don't eat meat, but the eggs and raw cheese is plenty in terms of protein. I also make protein smoothies with hemp protein powder on workout days (awesome for muscle growth).

I drink 8 glasses of water a day and take a good whole food multi-vitamin and coenzyme B vitamin complex (New Chapter brand).

The only thing I use on my face is a mild fruit enzyme pumpkin mask every night (Mychelle Pumpkin Peel) which is really helping old red marks. I just wash with water and a soft washcloth.

What else can I say? I had pretty terrible acne on my face. Within 3-4 days of eating like this the acne flattened out almost completely, which normally would have taken 3 weeks or more for me. My skin is actually looking "normal", and it's only been a week of eating like this. My face also thinned out, almost like I was puffy and retaining water before. My jawline is noticably more defined (and it's not because I've lost weight), which I wasn't expecting.

Try it. No sugar, no grain, no more than one piece of fruit per day, 8 glasses of water, powdered wheatgrass, and exfoliate with a natural fruit enzyme mask (the Mychelle brand comes highly recommended by me, it's all natural with no *@&^ added).


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Man, I almost forgot: DIGESTIVE ENZYMES and PROBIOTICS. I use Enzymedica brand "Digest Gold" enzymes and these have helped a ton with my digestion over the past few months. They didn't help my acne a lot, but they stopped the griping pains I used to get sometimes/often after eating. I think they helped me to not break out as much, but I was still breaking out a lot until I changed my diet like I mentioned above.

And at the same time that I changed my diet, I started taking a ton of probiotics. I'd always taken them, but I started taking 3 times more. I think it makes difference.


'Till you clear the inside you ain't gonna clear the outside.


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1 piece of fruit a day? LOL

fruit is fine to eat all day....


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Don't be misled. This is one of the major misconceptions of science

education. Sugars (including sucrose) are not inherently bad. They are

fuels: sucrose for plants, glucose for us.

Also all fruits contain high levels of sucrose. It is the predominant

sugar in plants and is the major source of energy for photosynthetic

plants. Excess sucrose is stored as starch. Sucrose is extracted to

make table sugar. It doesn't matter if you get 1 gram from your apple

or 1 gram from your sugar bowl. The sugar from your apple does

increase your blood sugar. This is why diabetics are cautioned not to

eat fruits and vegetables (carrots, bannanas, grapes...) with high

levels of sucrose. The benefit to eating fruit as opposed to just

table sugar is that fruits also conatin vitamins and starches that add

nutritional value.


?tnarelotni esotcurF uoy erA

After all, man is not what he eats, but what he can digest and assimilate. And i can't assimilate much fructose at all!


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Awesome man, sounds like you have a very good diet. This sort of diet with no grains, no sugar and only raw dairy works for a lot of people. I have also noticed the less puffiness and more definition too when I am on a good diet. Your entire body changes in amazing ways when you change what you eat...afterall, your entire body is made from food :) .

One thing I would consider is the wheatgrass because it contains gluten. You might see even further improvements if you take that out.


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Awesome man, sounds like you have a very good diet. This sort of diet with no grains, no sugar and only raw dairy works for a lot of people. I have also noticed the less puffiness and more definition too when I am on a good diet. Your entire body changes in amazing ways when you change what you eat...afterall, your entire body is made from food :) .

One thing I would consider is the wheatgrass because it contains gluten. You might see even further improvements if you take that out.

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Awesome man, sounds like you have a very good diet. This sort of diet with no grains, no sugar and only raw dairy works for a lot of people. I have also noticed the less puffiness and more definition too when I am on a good diet. Your entire body changes in amazing ways when you change what you eat...afterall, your entire body is made from food :) .

One thing I would consider is the wheatgrass because it contains gluten. You might see even further improvements if you take that out.

wheatgrass is gluten free

Ive researched it pretty religiously and all links say so..... it is key though, containing a lot of enzymes and key amino acids


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Dudeman, my diet is alot like yours, I just eat lots of fruit. maybe I should try cutting that out. My big question is, knowing what we know, how can the rest of the world still believe that diet affecting acne is a myth? For most of us it is the cause!


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I think the fruit issue is an independant one. Fruit does have a lot of sugar, but it also contains a lot of fiber and other nutrients so even while "sugar is sugar" {I agree} the sugar being IN fruit does change the way it breaks down.

The two issues with sugar are

SPIKING insulin

and

FEEDING candida

The insulin spike issue isnt as bad with fruit {and some fruits worse than others} since the fiber binds the sugar and helps it break down for fuel in your body more slowly. This is why we must not drink fruit juice because that is just pure sugar. {My boyfriend drinks like a gallon of fruit juice a day, it kills me! haha}

The candida issue is a different one for everyone, because not everyone has a candida problem. Ive been doing green smoothies every day with lots of fruit and vegetables and seeing if they are causing any yeast problems..doesnt seem like it but its hard to tell. I know my boyfriend and I have "fruit night" {lol} where we have like 10 oranges between the two of us for dinner and I have done that and my skin looked great the next day {no new acne anyway} so I dont think fruit is the problem for me.

Right now Im trying to avoid gluten and see what happens. I KNOW I have a food allergy to something, I just dont know what! Its sooo frustrating!


Current Skin-Care Regimen (A work in progress):

Morning:

Gentle wash with DKR cleanser

Benzoyl Peroxide 2.5% (Following Dan's Regimen)

DKR Lotion + A squirt of Argan or Grapeseed oil (The lotion alone wasn't hydrating enough)

Skin 79 Korean BB Cream (excellent stuff)

Evening:

Gentle Wash with DKR Cleanser

Benzoyl Peroxide 2.5% (Following Dan's Regimen)

DKR Lotion + A squirt of Argan or Grapeseed oil


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i read in Dr. Mercola's 'No Grain Diet' book that he recommends that you eat no more than three fuits per week. also, the sugar issue. veggies are best.

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Don't be misled. This is one of the major misconceptions of science

education. Sugars (including sucrose) are not inherently bad. They are

fuels: sucrose for plants, glucose for us.

Also all fruits contain high levels of sucrose. It is the predominant

sugar in plants and is the major source of energy for photosynthetic

plants. Excess sucrose is stored as starch. Sucrose is extracted to

make table sugar. It doesn't matter if you get 1 gram from your apple

or 1 gram from your sugar bowl. The sugar from your apple does

increase your blood sugar. This is why diabetics are cautioned not to

eat fruits and vegetables (carrots, bannanas, grapes...) with high

levels of sucrose. The benefit to eating fruit as opposed to just

table sugar is that fruits also conatin vitamins and starches that add

nutritional value.

While not 100% accurate it's close enough. Just remember to make sure your getting enough vitamins and minerals and antioxidants from somewhere if your avoiding all fruit and some veg!


'Till you clear the inside you ain't gonna clear the outside.


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lol so what the hell are you people doing to keep weight?

veggies are calorie dense as hell and hemp protein costs a fortune

adjusting your diet to foods you hate = your still losing the battle to acne

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i read in Dr. Mercola's 'No Grain Diet' book that he recommends that you eat no more than three fuits per week. also, the sugar issue. veggies are best.

Current Skin-Care Regimen (A work in progress):

Morning:

Gentle wash with DKR cleanser

Benzoyl Peroxide 2.5% (Following Dan's Regimen)

DKR Lotion + A squirt of Argan or Grapeseed oil (The lotion alone wasn't hydrating enough)

Skin 79 Korean BB Cream (excellent stuff)

Evening:

Gentle Wash with DKR Cleanser

Benzoyl Peroxide 2.5% (Following Dan's Regimen)

DKR Lotion + A squirt of Argan or Grapeseed oil


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lol so what the hell are you people doing to keep weight?

veggies are calorie dense as hell and hemp protein costs a fortune

adjusting your diet to foods you hate = your still losing the battle to acne


'Till you clear the inside you ain't gonna clear the outside.


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lol so what the hell are you people doing to keep weight?

veggies are calorie dense as hell and hemp protein costs a fortune

adjusting your diet to foods you hate = your still losing the battle to acne

No offense man, but laughing and cussing at people just makes you look like an ass. Did you even read my post? I said I eat vegetables, eggs, raw dairy (I also eat nuts like almonds, which I forgot to mention). Do you know how many calories are in cheese alone? A lot. I workout regularly and haven't had any problem keeping weight, infact I'm gaining even more muscle eating like this.

And I never said anything about hating this kind of food. I like it more than eating a piece of cake and feeling like &#@* afterwards.

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One thing about the fruit-- if you want to be able to eat more without it causing a problem, and you take a fiber supplement (which is good anyway), eat the fruit right after you drink the fiber stuff, and it will lower the glycemic load of the sugar in the fruit.

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lol so what the hell are you people doing to keep weight?

veggies are calorie dense as hell and hemp protein costs a fortune

adjusting your diet to foods you hate = your still losing the battle to acne

No offense man, but laughing and cussing at people just makes you look like an ass. Did you even read my post? I said I eat vegetables, eggs, raw dairy (I also eat nuts like almonds, which I forgot to mention). Do you know how many calories are in cheese alone? A lot. I workout regularly and haven't had any problem keeping weight, infact I'm gaining even more muscle eating like this.

And I never said anything about hating this kind of food. I like it more than eating a piece of cake and feeling like &#@* afterwards.

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1 piece of fruit a day? LOL

fruit is fine to eat all day....

If you want to believe that, buddy, go right ahead. But if I have more than one piece of fruit at a time, or even one a day depending on whether it's a low sugar fruit or not, then within two days I'll break out in a little spot. I've tested it.

The only times I can have more than one piece is after a good workout.

Chances are it's the same for anyone whose skin is, apparently, sugar sensitive. Sugar is sugar, it doesn't matter whether it comes from fruit or not. Fruit just happens to be the healthiest version.


Status: Clear after 30 years. Wow, I guess it's been 6 years, now.

[ Story: Severe Acne since I was 10. 10+ years of Dermatologists, Antibiotics, topicals and ACCUTANE did nothing. Discovered oranges triggered the worst of my cystic acne = about 70% improvement. Tried some nutrient supplements like B-complex with zinc and C, saw palmetto and a BHA like the aspirin mask = more improvement, a lot less oily. Then, Diet changes = Clear.

Regimen: Anti-inflammatory, nutrient dense, blood sugar stabilizing diet and supplements (for hormones, inflammation, aging, health). No soap or other cleanser except for hand washing! Water only or Oil cleanse. Aloe Vera mixed with niacinimide and a high linoleic acid oil for moisturizer and reduce pigmentation.

Diet effects acne in so many ways: hormone balance, inflammation, Insulin levels, digestion, allergies and intolerances, liver function, adrenal function, SHBG levels, sebum quality, cell function and turnover, nutrient deficiencies, body fat, etc. Basic advice: Eat, sleep, supplement and exercise like you are a diabetic. And eat real food!

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Are you taking chromium? it really helps to control the insulin issue you are having, since it does affect you as well. (insulin is tied in with acne yes) :) It may eventually allow you to be more flexible with your diet and still be clear.


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People always think the key to fighting acne is to avoid foods, but in actually it's usually what they're NOT eating that's causing it to happen. It made no sense to start with omitting the small things that MAY cause acne for SOME people. Start with the basics of nutrition. You're a human, not an accumulation of minor problems from every person! Not everyone reacts to the same foods. Not everyone has issues with wheat and such foods. Start with the basics of good nutrition and THEN see what happens, omit foods once you feel something is not working, but don't base a diet off of what to avoid, that will make you malnourished and very depressed when you have nothing left to eat! It is true that some people have issues with some foods, but remember, try it for yourself first :)

Get to the root of the problem, because acne has a relentless and endless arsenal on the surface and it is sadistic.

Testosterone is a steroid hormone from the androgen group. Omega 3 fatty acids can also help to keep the production of androgens under control. Androgens are hormones that influence sebum production and are particularly active during adolescence, which is possibly why many teenagers suffer from acne. Androgen excess may provoke or aggravate acne by inducing seborrhea (sebum). In women, androgen disorders are frequently suspected when acne is accompanied by hirsutism or irregularities of the menstrual cycle. In men, however, acne may be the only sign of androgen excess.

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I just wanted to say that cutting down on fruit has really helped me as well. I've been Paleo ( with minor slips on beans) for about a month now, but I get cystic acne from eating nectarines and pumpkin seeds- strange but true. So for the last four days I've cut out fruits and what do ya know, my face is healing faster. I don't have that baby acne stuff some people got either, I have that I'm serious, call your mama, don't mess with me adult type of acne.... oh so much fun:) (sarcasm much?) Anyway, so yeah, I'm basically a meat and veggies girl and I'm feeling fine about it. So long as I take a good clean multivitamin to gain back all those good nutrients and antioxidants everyone seems to claim fruits have,and tackle that fiber issue with extra ground flaxseed and an avocado- which by the way has the highest fiber content of most fruits, I think I should be fine. I am of the same opinion that sugar is sugar. As someone who has been on some degree of antibiotic since I was 15 ( now 21) I don't think I'll be cuddling up to the fruit produce department any time soon...

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lol so what the hell are you people doing to keep weight?

veggies are calorie dense as hell and hemp protein costs a fortune

adjusting your diet to foods you hate = your still losing the battle to acne

No offense man, but laughing and cussing at people just makes you look like an ass. Did you even read my post? I said I eat vegetables, eggs, raw dairy (I also eat nuts like almonds, which I forgot to mention). Do you know how many calories are in cheese alone? A lot. I workout regularly and haven't had any problem keeping weight, infact I'm gaining even more muscle eating like this.

And I never said anything about hating this kind of food. I like it more than eating a piece of cake and feeling like &#@* afterwards.


'Till you clear the inside you ain't gonna clear the outside.


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