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#81 dscully

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Posted 20 February 2014 - 08:20 AM

100% clear

 

The gist:

I suffered from acne from early puberty to my late teens when I was put on hormonal birth control. I enjoyed a brief period of time in college where my skin was mostly under control. When I went off the HBC for environmental and health reasons, my acne returned and drove me bonkers trying to deal with it. I was at a complete loss, and was, at the time, still guzzling milk, eating tons of bread, pizza, pastas, sugars, and drinking sweetened alcoholic beverages (hey, I'm in my twenties). I was also overweight, and my menstrual cycle was irregular and/or nonexistent depending on its mood. 9 months later, I am (cow) dairy free, (mostly) grain free, sugar free, and thankfully acne free. My menstrual cycle is now like clockwork, and I have lost 15lbs so far and keep losing weight. My diet includes lots of vegetables, particularly carrots and beets which are my best foods. I also eat liver, meat, butter, ghee, goats cheese (and milk sometimes for cooking), and plenty of fish and shellfish (I'm from the gulf coast).

 

I denote half of my success to the foods I have eliminated and the other half to the nutrient-dense, life-giving foods I have included. When my skin was bad, I was eating processed foods and denatured foods. My food was devoid of nutrition whether it was on the "naughty" list or not. I am now much more aware of the role nutrition plays in acne. Too many people think that simply "giving up" certain foods will guarantee them clear skin and are disappointed when elimination only gives them partial success. Elimination is only the first step. Acne sufferers are the canary in the coal mine of malnutrition. Most people go on in their lives malnourished and inflamed, but don't notice until they have rampant tooth decay or cancer. Acne sufferers have a very visible  and embarrassing condition that lets them (and the entire world) know when they are malnourished and eating inflammatory foods. I consider it partially a blessing. I might have ended up with some kind of disease from the terrible diet I was consuming, but have instead turned my health completely around. All because of an unsightly skin condition.

I know when I have eaten something unhealthy because my skin will show it roughly 12-24 hours later. Now, I just make some carrot and beet juice and move on, whereas a year ago I would have utterly lost my mind with endless topicals and makeup, trying to mitigate the damage or at least cover it up. I feel empowered, freed, and happy. Since removing the offending foods from my diet, I feel more alert, my sleep is better, and of course, my skin looks great! Because of all the colorful vegetables and nutrient dense foods I am eating, my skin's coloration is more radiant, and my dark under-eye circles (that the doctor said were genetic) are completely gone. I can't emphasize enough that elimination is only the first step. You have to eat for health and really be committed to it for it to work 100%.


xxxxxooooo and good luck to all!


Edited by dscully, 20 February 2014 - 08:22 AM.

Suffered from acne as a young adult that went into remission when put on hormonal birth control. Went off the HBC around age 22 and the acne returned with a vengeance (along with a host of other hormonal complaints). 100% clear with a modified diet that excludes dairy, sugars, grains, citrus and cured meats and emphasizes whole food-based nutrition from both plant and animal sources, most notably organ meats like liver and juiced whole vegetables. I have included a recipe for the most helpful juice I have come up with for skin complaints. I drink it every day, and it is invaluable for acne due to the large amounts of vitamin A (carotenoids) from both the carrots and beets. It also helps improve your coloring if you are very fair, giving you a pinkish, more radiant look (not orange. Don't worry!).

 

Magic Juice

 

In a juicer, combine:

 

5-6 carrots

1 medium beet

2-3 stalks of celery

1 small apple (Green is preferred. Omit if you are very sugar-sensitive)

1 small (1inch) piece of ginger (optional, but good for digestion)

 

This makes a variable amount of juice depending on the size of the vegetables you use.

Drink this throughout the morning until it's gone. Store in the fridge not longer than one day.

Having perfectly clear skin on my wedding day was worth all the headache and effort of figuring out how diet affects acne!

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Posted 20 February 2014 - 02:24 PM

^Don't forget diabetes, heart disease, fatty liver disease, accelerated aging, etc.


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!

For more information, see my Good Things for Acne thread *Moderator edit - Please refer to the board rules (see “Advertising/soliciting”, “Linking” and “Signatures”)*

When you eat stuff, Stuff Happens!

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Posted 21 March 2014 - 08:36 AM

BUMP


It's not that difficult. If I can do it, so can you.

 

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Posted 20 April 2014 - 11:03 PM

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Posted 22 April 2014 - 04:31 PM

Hello,

 

100% clear, 34 year old male.  I had moderate acne as a teenager that I didn't really care about, as I chalked it up to just going through puberty.  When I was 20 my acne went away for about 3 years or so, before slowly creeping it's way back into my life gradually.  The acne I got as an adult was a bit different than the acne I remember having as a kid.  The zits I got as an adult were deep, hard, and they throbbed throughout the day.  The main concentration was just under my mouth, and around my chin.  I also had occasional breakouts on my temples, and on the sides of my nose.

 

I tried Dan's regimen, and it worked wonders for about 6 months.  At that point, the same breakouts returned, following the regimen or not.  A fresh wave of research let me to believe that diet may be a contributing factor to my acne, and so my journey began.  I experimented and kept a journal for almost 3 years, with very little success, however I eventually stumbled upon Tom Naughton's documentary "Fat Head" which completely turned everything around for me.

 

My wife and I decided to give a low carb / high fat diet a try, since virtually everything else had not helped (vegetarian / vegan / etc.).  After I really committed to cooking and eating most of my meals at home, the change in my face was enormous.  I still got occasional spots, however they were infrequent enough so that it allowed me to really analyze what I had eaten prior to the breakout, and help potentially eliminate and reintroduce foods and really determine what the causes were for me.  The results were completely surprising to me, and so I felt that now might be a good time to share with this community.  I have been clear since the second week of December, 2012, so here is the list of things that cause acne flare ups for me:

 

1.  Corn - This is the absolute biggest issue for me, and it took me the longest to figure it out.  Ingestion of any corn product will cause a reaction in less than 12 hours.  The corn is also what causes the hard, cystic breakouts which can take weeks to heal.

2.  Chocolate

3.  Olive oil - this was another absolute stunner for me, as I believed for so long that olive oil was a healthy oil and was not the likely culprit.  Making that assumption prolonged my frustration for sure.

4.  Letting my dog lick my face - This one breaks my heart, because I love a good dog kiss.  Sure enough though, if my dog licks my face I'm guaranteed a breakout.  Luckily, if I slip on this one they are usually smaller pimples that heal in about 2-3 days.

 

Interestingly enough, regular sugar, dairy, and wheat are NOT acne triggers for me. I have verified this over and over again, as I usually will have some sort of ice cream with my wife about once a month as a treat, and it never causes a problem.  I do not eat wheat / gluten regularly, since I get rashes and hives when I eat it.  I also learned that pecans make my throat itch, so I leave those alone as wel.  I eat tons of eggs, red meat, pork, fish, fruits, vegetables, nuts, and seeds, and I feel pretty terrific overall.

 

Other things to note:  I don't take any supplements whatsoever, and I do not wash my face ever either.  I'll let a little bit of water run over my face in the shower, but that's about it.  I am fairly active, but I don't have any specific workout schedule or routine.  Lately I have not been sleeping well either, as we now have a newborn in the house.  Throughout all of it, my face remains clear as long as I avoid the 4 triggers above.

 

If I could give any advice to someone who wants to explore clearing their acne through holistic / dietary methods, it would be this:  Commit to doing a proper food journal, and either make your own meals from raw ingredients, or from purchased ingredients that you can trust.  Do not discount ANY food as a trigger, as it could end up being that one of your go-to "healthy" foods is the real culprit.  It was annoying that it took me so many years to get to where I am, but I am so glad and relieved that I don't have to worry about acne any more.  Good luck!


Edited by bigsnack, 22 April 2014 - 04:45 PM.


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Posted 23 April 2014 - 02:22 PM

So, weirdness? Or something deliberate?

 

There was an additional thread like this called "The Holistically Clear Skin Club" started & maintained by Healthoid in which people had to provide before & after pictures to be included.  I wanted to 1) see how many members it ended up having & 2) bump it, but it's nowhere to be found.  There should be links in this thread, and in many other posts made by Healthoid.  I found some links, but get page not found when I try them.  Visiting his profile & clicking on topics also yields zero results. And he had topics.

 

It should be here: http://www.acne.org/...ub-t172701.html but that is probably the path before one of the many updates they've done that changed the paths broke all the links.  Still, the search should find it.


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!

For more information, see my Good Things for Acne thread *Moderator edit - Please refer to the board rules (see “Advertising/soliciting”, “Linking” and “Signatures”)*

When you eat stuff, Stuff Happens!

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Posted 23 April 2014 - 03:09 PM

So, weirdness? Or something deliberate?

 

There was an additional thread like this called "The Holistically Clear Skin Club" started & maintained by Healthoid in which people had to provide before & after pictures to be included.  I wanted to 1) see how many members it ended up having & 2) bump it, but it's nowhere to be found.  There should be links in this thread, and in many other posts made by Healthoid.  I found some links, but get page not found when I try them.  Visiting his profile & clicking on topics also yields zero results. And he had topics.

 

It should be here: http://www.acne.org/...ub-t172701.html but that is probably the path before one of the many updates they've done that changed the paths broke all the links.  Still, the search should find it.

That's strange...the thread just disappeared?

 

Well, while I'm here, let me add my own regimen that has managed to make my cystic acne go away after a year. Now left with scarring, congestion, and some under the surface bumps that I'm working on.

 

Supplements: inositol, DIM, digestive enzymes [don't need them every day anymore, only on cheat days], herpanacine & vitamin C with rose hips [not every day], regular sun exposure for vitamin D3.

Lifestyle & Skin Care: Low histamine diet, avoiding unnecessary stress, balancing skin's PH (using Image Ormedics), using distilled/ filtered water to wash face, monthly high frequency facials, red/blue light treatment & Clear Touch Light (pulsed red light)

Acupuncture, yoga, relaxation, and anything that relieves stress.


Supplements: inositol, DIM, digestive enzymes [don't need them every day anymore, only on cheat days], herpanacine & vitamin C with rose hips [not every day], regular sun exposure for vitamin D3.

Lifestyle & Skin Care: Low histamine diet, avoiding unnecessary stress, balancing skin's PH (using Image Ormedics), using distilled/ filtered water to wash face, occasional high frequency facials... (although I have been slacking lately)

** Find the cause, find the cure **

 


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Posted 26 May 2014 - 05:18 PM

Just made a rare visit to one of the general acne forums and found this diet success post. http://www.acne.org/...cured-my-acne/. In addition to the OP there's a commenter or two talking about their diet success.

This list is far from comprehensive. Many never post here even when specifically asked to do so.
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!

For more information, see my Good Things for Acne thread *Moderator edit - Please refer to the board rules (see “Advertising/soliciting”, “Linking” and “Signatures”)*

When you eat stuff, Stuff Happens!




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