Wishclean, your skin looks so great! Just stumbled on your thread here. So glad low histamine is working for you! I might do this as well when I come off BCP. This won't be something I could do long term I think. It would be hard...
Do you think it would be a good idea to track down any food allergies by blood testing? Seppo from aceneeinstom.com said that you would not necesarily need to eat super healthy all the time, but it's more important to find your own specific triggers. Of course, doing a binge eat on mcD is def. not the way to go!
Oh well, I just googled low histamine diet and this was what it gave me. You can actually eat a lot, is that right?!?!
I think it's maybe best for me to find the foods that I'm sensitive to, because they trigger histamine. I see you made a significant difference in cutting out your forbidden foods!
Well, I should get some sleep.... x
thanks! I still have scarring and redness, which those pictures don't show (my camera is cheap lol). There is some conflicting information about which foods/ products are low histamine. Generally, try to stay away from anything red (tomatoes, strawberries, etc), as well as sulfates (including cosmetics/ makeup./ cleansers/ shampoos etc).
Once you find your biggest triggers, it gets easier to learn what to avoid. Histamine-releasers come from various sources, though, not just foods...for me, the worst irritant is cleansers & shampoos & toothpastes with SLS.
I'm posting a link to my album with chronologically organized photos so you can see how severe my acne was. The photo from June is in between phases, where my skin cleared up dramatically on a very strict low histamine lifestyle. Unfortunately, in July I moved to a new place which was sprayed with pesticide inside and I also accidentally used a shampoo with SLS...all this plus stress raised my histamines a lot (I get red spots on my arms and legs too, plus itchy scalp, that's how I can tell my histamines get high). So the low histamine approach works well for hormonal acne, but it's really hard to sustain that's why I added other supplements and tried to decrease stress to help me eat a bit more
If you read through this log, you'll see that I also get monthly red light treatments and high frequency facials (with peels & extractions) to help with inflammation and scarring. My esthetician is awesome and doesn't use harsh chemicals on my face,just gentle peels with natural ingredients (well, almost natural...sometimes she uses things with a bit of retinol, which I don't like).
Edited by WishClean, 20 January 2014 - 03:56 PM.
Supplements: inositol, DIM, digestive enzymes [don't need them every day anymore, only on cheat days], herpanacine & vitamin C with rose hips [not every day], regular sun exposure for vitamin D3.
Lifestyle & Skin Care: Low histamine diet, avoiding unnecessary stress, balancing skin's PH (using Image Ormedics), using distilled/ filtered water to wash face, occasional high frequency facials... (although I have been slacking lately)
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