I'm one of those people who have tried "curing" acne with diet and vitamin supplements. Believe me, I've done it all, cleanses, juice fasts, raw food, mixing theories, liver purges, dairy-free, fish oil, coconut oil, I'VE DONE IT ALL. And that period in my life was one of the saddest times and one of the biggest mistakes of my life. My conclusion is it's total bullshit. I don't think there is any effect whatsoever on acne. People who insist on this, I think, are delusional, as I was at one point.
Imo, acne is genetic, and it just depends on the kind of skin you have, period. No diet is gonna change that. It's really sad when people do these things, especially since it takes up so much of your time and energy, and it becomes a total obsession.
Anyone thinking of going down this route, please reconsider. And if you are on this route, please stop. JUST STOP. Look at it like this....would you try to cure male pattern baldness with diet and supplements?? It makes no sense, it's a waste of time, and there are more rational options available that might actually help, like rx medicine, Dan's regimen, etc. Diet and vitamins wont.
Candida, leaky gut syndrome, all bull shit. I honestly have to say, please don't fall into the trap of thinking this stuff is true and wasting not only your time and money, but your LIFE on such baloney. If you want to eat more healthy, that's great, but just know it aint gonna effect your acne one bit. I spent YEARS doing this stuff, and there is a very vicious cycle you can fall into to. I posted religiously on message boards devoted to curing acne in this way, and not a single person found success doing it, just more problems and stress, but some how, couldn't find a way to stop. It becomes an obsession, it becomes a vicious cycle...ie, if it's not working, it means your just not finished "cleansing" your body. So you do more to cleanse. Its just such a waste of time and it really took over my life to the point where I couldn't even go out to dinner w/ family or friends without stressing out about what was in the food I was eating, asking waiters to ask the chef questions, etc, its just so ridiculous. It totally makes you put your whole life on hold.
Anyway, I'd love it if others who have done this to cure acne, and have been met with no success (which I'd venture to say is EVERYONE), could add to this post. I think it is so important. And if you just started on this route, please listen, and don't put your faith in it and defend it, because the first few weeks is not enough to say if something is working. People have a weird habit of defending this approach when they first start because they want it to work so bad, and because it seems more "noble" to handle it in a "holistic" way, but really don't have the experience to be advocating this stuff. Its dangerous, its extreme, and it wont help your acne. Fasting, liver purges, juice diets, they can be VERY DANGEROUS and no one should be going to such extremes based on the advice of people on message boards who don't know what they are talking about.
Go to the dermatologist. If you don't like them, go to another one until you find one you are comfortable with. Try Dan's regimen. I've had a lot of success with Benzoyl Peroxide. Be patient with topicals or oral meds. And if you are an extreme case, perhaps you should talk to your doctor about things proven to help extreme acne, like accutane (I'm not advocating any medicine, just saying rxs and bp are based on science and been proven to work, where as this holistic stuff is based on NOTHING. You could either be ridiculous and extreme with your diet and still have acne or be rational and calm and try things that actually work).
I hope I've persuaded just one person to stop this foolishness and just handle their acne in a rational way...with medicine (topicals and oral meds) proven to work or at least help. Diet/vitamin supplements don't work AT ALL.
Please, I think it's important for others who have tried this approach w/ no success (as I said, I'd venture to say that's everyone) to speak up and stop this myth from being further perpetuated.
Edited by Enimrac, 26 February 2012 - 04:14 PM.