QUOTE(LiliVG @ Dec 9 2007, 10:25 PM)
I'm definitely not avoiding meat. My skin actually gets better the more meat I eat. However I don't recommend the pure meat diet some people are doing. It may work in the short term, but has some serious long term health implications. My dairy intake is pretty low but not 100% eliminated, and wheat is probably lower than average of most people, but it's not excluded completely either. However, I found out yesterday that wheat contains fructans which are long chains of fructose molecules. I want to look into that some more, I may try to remove more wheat from my diet in the future.
Kudos on acheiving much success on your journey! I started mine, diet-wise, almost 5.5 years ago and during my first year I remember how thrilled I was with what I had eliminated....only gluten, and the progress I had. Then I started to notice specific types of acne popping up that weren't there before (somewhere I've got a post about this), this became more obvious once I finally stopped taking Spiro. On Healthboards, there was someone that was adament that we MUST avoid quite a few things including sweetners, especially HFCS. I was like...."no I don't" LOL, it took a couple of months but I soon came to realize that I did.
Like many people in this thread and many others may have noticed, when you eliminate gluten from your diet, you automatically eliminate perhaps 90% of processed foods (in a regular grocery store). Thus, you are consuming less
sugars, trans fats, and dairy.....all ingredients that some people have found can break them out.
So, once I realized that I started paying more attention to what happened when I ate more Dairy, more HFCS, etc and this is what I discovered for myself (I've posted this a few times over the years):Sugar Pimples
- occurs anywhere on the face or body but these are usually tiny pimples or pustules. On average appear within 2 - 3 days of consumption (some 24 hrs), and usually go away within 2 - 3 days. These are called sugar pimples because this is what I get after consuming table sugar (sucrose).Basic Acne
- These would be regular acne I guess and can appear anywhere on the body within 3 - 5 days time. A significant amount of my acne disappeared when I eliminated Gluten foods. HOWEVER, when I did this, I also eliminated a signficant amount of Sugar, Dairy, and Trans Fats since these ingredients where/are used in most processed and restuarant foods.Ear Acne
- Tiny cysts or nodules appearing near or burried within your ear tissue. You may not see them, but you can feel them. These appear within so many days of consuming dairy and/or some form of a sweetener. I'm not alone in getting this type of acne, but I personally never observed this type UNTIL I changed my diet for the better! Even though I was still on spironolactone (antiandrogen), I began developing this type of acne whenever I would eat cereal (plain rice or gluten free, sweetened with sugar/fructose & organic milk). However, I don't eat cereal anymore, but there are occassions (right now I have 2 in my left ear) where I must be exposing myself to a certain combination of ingredients and as such I will develop this. They last forever....if untreated as long as year. If treated maybe a few months.Forehead Acne
- For moi, this is usually peanuts & peanut oil. Without fail, if I ingest these I will get cystic acne. The more I ingest, the larger or more cysts I will have. That's another thing, sometimes your reaction is trigger-dose dependent Between Eyebrows Acne
- This is almost always dependent on my consumption of fructose based sweeteners. If I consume HFCS the acne will be (double) cystic or nodular. If I consume another type of fructose based sweetener, they may just be inflammed blackheads or some other form of acne. They appear within 5 - 7 days and can take anywhere from 2 - 4 weeks to go away!Side Burn & Jawline Acne
- Wow, lots of people experience this form right? Well for me, side-burn acne and toward the back of my jawline & cheek area I can get pimples from consuming pineapple (take about 2 weeks to disappear). I will also get double or triple cystic acne (cyst on top of cyst) from consuming dairy and/or HFCS. This type takes about 2 - 4 weeks or longer (yikes) to go away.Underchin & Neck Acne
- This occurs again HFCS, but specifcially the Underchin acne is from Almond (and Genus Prunus) consumption. Again we are talking nodular acne here and can take weeks to go away (hence why I try my darndest to avoid). There are a few other members that have noted that nuts also break them out on their neck and I have a former co-worker that said the same about pistachios.Cystic or Nodular Acne
- For moi this would also include Fructose Based Sweeteners, Dairy, Bananas, Nuts, Genus Prunus. For others it might be Trans Fats and Dairy or Seafood. The inflammatory response varies here but this is where you are more likely to come across foods that you are simply Hypersensitive to vs. it being simply about the Insulin Response of a food. This inflammatory response can develop within 1 - 2 weeks and last a few days or as long as several weeks. In fact, the longest it took for me to get rid of one was 6 weeks!http://www.acne.org/...howtopic=112972
As for what affects my Pores
and a small amount of unwanted hair growth... Trans Fat avoidance
does the trick. My pores shrink down wonderfully. However, recovery time takes 2 weeks if I've eaten something with trans fats. The absolute smallest I've ever seen them was when I was doing experiements in class making gluten-free, dairy free, sugar free (xylitol and a tad of stevia) Buckwheat (look this up) muffins and my skin looked really great! I was eating two a day for 2 - 3 days each week, plus I recall a guy that PM'd me a few years back telling me how buckwheat cereal completely
dried of up his oily skin. I've got a bag of the good stuff (Buckwheat Farinetta
) just waiting for me to make some more blueberry muffins or pumpkin pancakes (the most bread I've had since going Gluten Free).
Also, regarding the types of sugar, here's something else I compiled:Glucose Based
- Glucose/Dextrose, Sucrose/Sugar/Table Sugar/Beet Sugar/Evap. Cane Sugar(Sucanat)/Juce (Rapadura)/Syrup, Brown Sugar/Muscovado,
--Higher Glycemic Response
--Less Inflammatory (compared to 100% Fructose)
--Acne may not be "as bad" ex: pimples, whiteheads, pustules
--Amount consumed in one serving may affect the amount & severity of acneFructose Based
- Fructose/Levulose, Corn Syrup, High Fructose Corn Syrup/HFCS, Fruit Concentrate/Juice (with no soluble fiber), Agave Nectar, Honey, Fruitrim (may be forgetting one or two other fructose-based sugars).
--Lower Glycemic Response
--Acne may be more of the cystic or nodular type
--Amount consumed in one serving may affect the amount & severity of acneMisc."Natural" Sweeteners
- Brown Rice Syrup, Date Sugar
--May be metabolized much slower than the above
--Some people can quite happily & "safely" consume Brown Rice Syrup
--Acne may not be "as bad" as the other types, if it does develop
--Amount consumed in one serving may affect the amount & severity of acne Articifial SweetenersSplenda/Sucralose
- this was once "sugar" but was altered by adding Chlorine atoms and thus a chlorinated hydrocarbon
was born....(cause of chloracne)
-- Supposedly no glycemic response
-- There are various reports on these boards and on the internet that this substance has brought about acne to those that NEVER had acne, or made those with acne break out more or worse.
--The Splenda symbol does not
have to be put on the front label of any food or hygeneic product (toothpastes, mouthwash, gum) so read all "No sugar" "Sugar Free" "Diet" ingredient labels, among others, if this is a concern.http://www.acne.org/...showtopic=55819
Personally, because acne is an Inflammatory Skin Disease
or a Symptom of an Inflammatory Disease....or a Inflammatory Sign of a Hypersensitivity, such as food, bacteria, etc (we can debate about what caused it) everyone has different sensitivity or tolerance levels.
Me, for example...I can't even use lip balm that contains almond oil without getting....you guessed it under chin/neck acne!
When I eat out, try as I might, it's still a gamble. For the past few years, I've been generally 99% - 100% clear, depending on how much food I eat at home, since I can control what I eat. However, when I do breakout more than usual, they don't take as loooong to heal anymore. I've found that broccolli (gotta love sulfurous vegetables) really improves my healing time. Others have found blueberries do it. Of course, they all work in one way or another to....reduce/inhibit inflammation!
So what I love hearing about Taurine is that it attacks the problem of acne via inhibiting the inflammatory process found occuring in Delayed-Type Hypersensitivity reactions. There are very few studies that define acne as a hypersensitivity reaction (I've posted more indepth in other threads) but those that do have called it:Type III
- Immune Complex Reactions: there are IgG antibodies present for this type of reaction and an ELISA test may help.Type IV
- Cell Mediated Reactions/Delayed-Type: no antibodies, so essentially no "real" way to test for this using a traditional allergy test. The reaction involves your white blood cells, specifically Polymorphonuclear Cells (PMNCs).
We can have acne via both
of these types of reactions AND
....each type can react to different
antigens. Thus one test may reveal that you are not sensitive to gluten, but the other test will say you are. Of course, this is because they are looking for entirely different modes of reaction.
Anyway, enough of all that. Just wanted to add, I can't eat certain fruits (see profile), but I can eat most and no problems. I've gone weeks without fruit just because, and saw no difference in my skin, it didn't get better or worse. So this is why I suspect/believe it's important to have a mixture of fiber and nutrients when consuming fruit juices or other sweeteners. Except....my body really really doesn't like Fructose-based and of course we know why...it's great at producing cholesterol, which is neccessary to produce hormones and inflammatory products.
As for Wheat (or gluten), there's only a few studies done that have it up against rice and, in terms of cholesterol, lower insulin levels, lower androgen levels (varies by gender) and other markers, rice always wins. So I'm still not certain we can throw it out just yet....well at least some of us may not be able to. Let us know what you personally find out.
Thanks for the post!
P.S. Xylitol lovers:http://www.naturesflavors.com/http://www.probstfarms.com/http://www.emeraldforestxylitol.com/