this thread is very confusing. would be awesome if someone could type out a step by step way to get rid of acne using all these methods mentioned (i.e. elimination diet)
Chronic inflammation is at the root of acne formation as well as most health conditions. It has many causes but diet and lifestyle habits are major. What you want is a nutrient dense, blood sugar stabilizing, anti-inflammatory diet that doesn't include anything you have an intolerance for. And you need to sleep well, keep as natural as possible circadian rhythm, manage stress and be physically active but in ways that do not cause inflammation. Avoid or manage stress. Don't irritate your skin topically.
Keep all meals, drinks and snacks low to moderate glycemic load. It's the impact of the meal that matters, not each and every food. Never drink or snack on sugar without plenty of fiber and fat to lower the glycemic impact.
Eat real, whole nutrient dense food. Limit/avoid sugar, grains-especially gluten grains and refined grain products, hydrogenated/trans fats (margarine, crisco, most fried foods, corn & veggie oil). This means avoiding most commercially prepared foods.
Also limit dairy, especially unfermented and especially from cows. Milk contains hormones meant to make tons of things happen in a rapidly growing infant's body. This causes bad things in our no longer rapidly growing post-adolescent bodies.
The most anti-inflammatory foods are plant foods and fish. Have lots of veggies, fruit, herbs, teas, spices, fish, etc. Try to have only products from pastured animals as much as possible. You want to reduce your intake of omega 6 fats and increase omega 3 and monounsaturated fats. High omega 3 fish like wild salmon, sardines, herring. Farmed trout and certain other fish is also ok depending on where it's from, but avoid farmed salmon. It just isn't a good fish for farming. Avocados, olive oil and products from pastured animals and fish are sources of healthy fats that result in healthy sebum that works.
The most inflammatory foods/meals are anything that spikes your blood sugar/insulin, anything you have an intolerance for, trans fats and high omega 6 sources like grains, grain oils, and products from grain fed animals.
Follow an elimination diet to determine any intolerances you may have. Either follow a very hypoallergenic diet for a couple months, then methodically add foods back in, or methodically eliminate foods starting with the most commonly problematic ones such as grains, nuts, peanuts, soy, eggs, citrus, shellfish, dairy, etc. Perfectly healthy foods could be causing your breakouts.
Try completely avoiding gluten grains and dairy for at least a month. And even if you notice no improvement, they should not be a big part of your diet. Dairy always affects acne for a number of reasons and gluten isn't good for anyone, causing serious harm for some people, and is usually part of some high glycemic food anyway.
Avoid harsh cleansers and topicals. Soap is alkaline. Even tap water is mildly alkaline. Washing with them strips away the acidic layer on the surface of your skin that protects your from microbes. It's restored with sebum and sweat, but in the meantime, your skin is vulnerable.
And then maybe you need to pay extra attention with supplements, foods and habits to address any issue you might have such as gut permeability and other digestion issues, poor liver, thyroid or adrenal function.
More info on all of the above: http://www.acne.org/...ar-skin-health/
Various environmental pollutants are also factors in inflammation. Perfumes, cosmetics, detergents, Auto exhaust, mercury, all kinds of crap in our water. Maybe be even all the EM waves we now have bouncing around.
Edited by alternativista, 12 January 2012 - 12:36 PM.