Hey alternavista. This is a great thread, thanks so much for pulling it all together. I have been following a low glycemic diet for the three weeks and my skin has shown enormous improvement. The tricky thing is that I've been vegetarian for 5 years (from the age of 18 to the age of 23), and it's been really hard eating low glycemic and avoiding meat dishes. (It has mostly been a protest to the way animals are treated on American factory farms.) My compromise has been only buying meat — mostly bison and lamb — from the local healthfood co-op, which tends to be grassfed and come from small family farms, so I assume they are treated somewhat more humanely. (I get my fruits and veggies from there too, almost entirely organic and locally grown.... Yes, it is costing me an arm and a leg, but I think it's worth it.)
My question is, have you ever heard about vegetarianism aggravating acne? I was eating so healthfully, mostly whole grains, and even cut out gluten for a long time (which helped at first, since I see it was causing me to eat fewer grains, period, probably lowering my overall carbohydrate intake). Is it really possible that eating more eggs, meat, seafood and even cheese can help alleviate problems with insulin resistance? After this amazing experience with my skin, mood, and energy level this past week, plus putting 2 and 2 together with previous problems with hypoglycemia I am almost convinced that my acne has been caused by insulin resistance. (I grew up on a really high sugar diet/high carbohydrates, used to binge on candy and have massive sugar cravings, especially at night when I was tired.)
The bright side is that if it is insulin resistance, than my new low-GL diet should do the trick to clear it up naturally. Unfortunately, it will also force me to abandon some of my most precious pet beliefs about animal rights, or at least not be able to practice what I preach. If you have ever heard of peoples' acne improving with more meat consumption, please let me know, I am curious if I am the only one who has had this experience.
BTW the benefit I'm getting from the meat is not just the zinc. I've been taking various expensive forms of zinc for years now. Also, these are the supplements I've been taking to help with insulin resistance:
vitamin D (2500 IU a day, which is great since I never go outside)
B complex (hey, it can't hurt)
Edit: I've been doing it for more than a week, I don't know why I put that. Actually been on it since slightly before Thanksgiving, but this week I've stuck to it religiously instead of having a little "treat" (ie: cookie) every day.
Edited by Annabelle Li, 17 December 2010 - 04:44 PM.