So ... I have a few questions about diet, as it relates to hormones - and a few other things. If you could take the time to lend me your expertise, I'd be eternally grateful!
As I decipher my body's wisdom about what works and doesn't work for it, I've been thinking a lot about times in the past when I was clear, of course.
All through college, I was on BC (Ortho Tri-Cyclen Lo), and used Differin. I don't think I needed Differin so much, though; I would often forget to apply it and have no issue. I think the BCP kept me in check, or whatnot. I was totally 100% clear all those years - with the occasional breakout from stress or what have you, of course. I also ate MISERABLY! I ingested lots of cheese and processed dairy (no bueno for me); I ate SO much sugar (huge sweet tooth) ... but never had an issue - with my skin, at least.
Why is it that a certain dose of estrogen kept my skin so clear, I wonder, even when the rest of my health regimen was quite poor? Can you enlighten me as to this?
I came off of the pill a year ago, and an SSRI five months later; about six months ago, I began having severe cystic breakouts. I am now 24, and thankfully, the cystic acne has calmed down(whew, my hormones re-balanced, and I'm undergoing a liver cleanse), but I still have a few whiteheads and pustules. Every body is different, and so (though I am under the care of a naturopath and follow much of his advice), I eat the way I did when I was absolutely my happiest, healthiest, and my skin was AMAZING -- while I worked on a farm. No dairy; no processed foods; all whole foods, and low GI - only grains ingested like quinoa and brown rice, with occasional home-baked bread. It was like a five week experiment in health, working there, as I got to see first hand what sort of diet and lifestyle worked best for me.
So I try and eat a diet similar to that now, along with supporting my skin externally with a gentle wash and manuka honey. The only major difference between that point in my life and now is that, again, I was on the pill.
What can I learn from that? What sort of wisdom can I glean from my experience?
Thank you, friends. If you have any questions, please ask; I will gladly provide more information.
EDIT: PS -- I don't know if this is relevant or helpful information, but during this struggle, my acne has mainly been on my cheeks. An occasional zit pops up on the chin, rarely the forehead, but probably 80% are on my cheeks. I wonder about that...
Edited by Ukulala, 31 December 2011 - 12:40 PM.