Posted 10 March 2009 - 09:37 PM
(One thing to keep in mind is that MY cystic acne was caused by inflammation.)
So, here is what worked for me:
1. I cut out ALL wheat and dairy products from my diet.
This can be hard at first but eventually you will find replacements for everything. As a side note, I workout hard 5 days a week so don't think you wont get enough calories eating this way. Here is a typical day for me:
Breakfast: Oatmeal (you can get wheat free stuff at the health food store although I find plain Quaker Oats is OK for me). Mid Morning Meal: Sardines (I love them!) and a couple of potatoes) Late Lunch/After the Gym:A half bag of rice pasta with bolognese sauce Late Dinner: Two chicken breasts and loads of brown rice and veggies. Also - loads of green tea and water throughout the day.
2. Stuff I avoid!!!!!!:
~ Dairy (although I think some is OK. I do miss pizza though)
~ I use to smoke pot ALOT several years ago so I quit that
~ I don't smoke cigs anymore either
~ Drinking...well, I only drink very rarely now and when I do it is vodka/water with glasses of water in between drinks. No wheat means NO beer or Whiskey or Scotch (things Canada is built on).
~ Coffee. Its hard to quit, theres no doubt and although I don't think it CAUSED my cystic acne it certainly has helped my condition since I have stopped drinking it.
*As a side benefit, I have cut out almost all junk food from my diet.
*When I go to out to eat I almost always get a chicken Caesar salad with no croĆ»tons or cheese and either French fries or sweet potato fries. Pretty simple but you cant go wrong. So far none of the dressings have caused a problem.
*One last thing, going wheat free requires a HUGE eye for detail. Read all labels well and if there is something you are not sure about, do not buy the item. Go home and research if that ingredient is wheat free or not. Lots of work I know but it is worth it to me for amazing skin.
3. Skin Care Regimen:
~ I only use SpectroJel scentless face soap. Its great. I have found that even if I just wipe my face in the morning with water and a towel it gets too dry so the SpectroJel is great for me.
~ I work outside so I do use a high SPF lotion on my face. Its by Neutrogena, nothing special.
~ I use typical shaving stuff, nothing special there either.
Well folks, I have tried everything in the past, expensive lotions and creams, every prescription possible, full body cleanses, and basically I have spent a ton of money on junk. I know how desperate you may feel.
Well, thats about it! It took me about a month to see fantastic results. I'm not promising anything but if my skin was a 1 it is now easily a 9. Give it a shot if you want and let me know how you are doing,
Posted 11 March 2009 - 01:20 AM
Posted 11 March 2009 - 08:29 AM
Posted 11 March 2009 - 12:31 PM
And congratulations on improving your diet and clearing your skin. Keep getting the word out. If derms hadn't all told me there was no connection between diet and acne, I might not have had to suffer from acne for 30 years. Not when diet changes cleared me within a couple of months. There are more details in my sig along with links to tons of info on the many, many ways diet effects acne and other aspects of your health.
Note to everyone else, gluten and dairy are the two most common food sensitivities, but they might not be yours. For example, citrus is what caused the severe cystic acne I used to get. Dairy and gluten aren't problems for me, at least not with acne or any other issue I can detect. You have to experiment with eliminating different foods for several weeks to see if it makes a difference to you.
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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