My skin has been terribly bad for about ten years. I would exfoliate and all the dead flaky skin would return the next day (dandruff of the face!). The smallest blackheads would cause infections the size of 1-2 marbles. I would have about 17 active infections at once (and they were quite painful) and about 2000 blackheads. If I emptied the blackheads, all of them would reappear 3 days later.
To confuse things, I began to notice that I had very bad canker sores that would flare up with my acne. Sometimes 17 canker sores at once. Also, two old tick bites in my scalp that I got as a 4-year-old would swell and begin to ooze.
After years of experiments, I found that any source of protein caused the infections on my face and my canker sores. Red meat and soy and all legumes was the worst offenders. Doctors were baffled (and 100% unhelpful), so I stopped eating all traditional sources of protein for 2 years (no meat, eggs, dairy, soy, legumes, nuts, seeds, etc). Skin became beautiful. Finally, someone on this message board told me to take HCl with protein because my stomach acid was weak. It worked (I can now eat protein if I take pills). Then my skin began to get bad again but no where as bad as it was. This time it was becoming bad on mangos and tomatoes. I then took vitamin D and found I can now eat mangos again.
I discovered I was Celiac (helped my skin 5%), but had already developed hypothyroidism because of undiagnosed Celiac. Discovered I was soy sensitive. I am still waiting for my apointment with the endocrynologist (2 more months - lovely!).
The hypothyroidism makes me incredibly sleepy so it is hard to research. So now I am avoiding goitrogenic foods to stay awake until my endocrinologist appointment. But my skin is a lot better after taking Vitamin A, Zinc, Selenium, D3. So there is some progress.
My health is a mess, my acne is better but who knows.
I am trying to do the Paleo Diet now and there has been improvement.
Edited by Dotty1, 09 January 2011 - 01:24 PM.