I've been lurking for two years, but finally decided to make an account because I've got something to say: I'm clear, finally. After 12 years of struggle, I now know how to control my moderate acne.
In October 2011, I started eating a strict paleo diet and it cured anxiety/depression, improved my general well-being, and minimized acne.
Paleo minimized but did not stop acne completely because I was not addressing an important underlying health issue: insulin resistance. Typical symptoms: I'd regularly wake up feeling weak and starved. If I had a meal high in carbohydrates I'd get the shakes and in the next few days I'd get zits. I couldn't eat fruit by itself without breaking out the following day.
I kept hoping that strict adherence to an all natural paleo diet would fix insulin resistance, but it didn't work; I had painful acne on my face almost every day.
In January 2013, I finally acknowledged that paleo alone wouldn't solve my problems so I came to these forums to learn about what others were doing to improve insulin sensitivity. I began taking a gram of cinnamon spice after each meal. I began skipping breakfast. Even though I'd spent the past few years bad-mouthing supplements, I buckled down and bought zinc, chromium, and magnesium.
It is March. I am clear. In the past three weeks about four people have complemented my skin. It's unbelievable. See pictures below and in my gallery.
- I follow a modified caveman routine: wash face with plain water 2-3 times a week; regularly apply avocado or honey face masks; use ACV as a shampoo; use baking soda instead of toothpaste.
- No refined sugar, gluten, dairy, or commercially processed foods. I eat plenty of vegetables, quality meat and fish, coconut oil and fruits. I love my carbs and eat 4-5 pieces of fruit a day - as long as I eat carbs with fat, protein, and cinnamon there's no problem. Yay.
- After each meal I ingest a gram of cinnamon spice.
- I skip breakfast.
- I began my minerals campaign by taking a daily dose of 50mg of zinc, 200mcg chromium, and 100mg magnesium. I have now dropped the zinc and chromium and am only taking magnesium at night.
I will soon update this post with before and after pictures.
Just thought I'd share what's working for me.
please dont skip breakfast.it's the most important meal of the day.it not only improves ur metabolic rate but also energizes and signals ur body.it's got load others benefits that u'll notice in longterm.its a part of healthy diet.a must!
try not to have so many eggs..two maximum.the egg yolk has 71% of the cholestrol the body needs per day.
so i've read..
i think i will start using cinnamon as well.i think i'll just chew a stick after each meal.we have the raw sticks u know.not the branded powdered ones.i think sticks will be just as fine if not better.
what exactly do u think it does btw?
i've read that it dries out the skin when applied topically.plus its anti-bacterial and helps against yeast infection too.lowers cholestrol level and is a blood regulator.
also,i dont understand..u wash ur face only 2-3 time a week?????!
how's that possible?
i'm not on paleo exactly cause i have vegetables like beans,capsicum,potato,sweet potato and also white rice etc
but even thats healthy.what say?
and i agree that a healthy has a positive effect on mind and soul;not just body.=)
dont u have fruits like grapes or papaya or u know others like strawberries,berries etc??
vitamin c reduces blood sugar and beta carotene maintains proper sugar levels. Don't cut fruits from ur diet maybe avoid citrus fruits.
citrus fruits have vit c.
lemon for example.
Thank you for sharing your sucess.
I'm curious, do you eat a lot of eggs? I know that most people on Paleo eat a lot of eggs, but it's a common allergen so I'm just curious...
Also, what do you mean by you eat carbs with fat? I'm sorry, I'm not that knowledgeable in the nutrition department. lol
I stick with meat, fish, vegetables, and fruit,.... but I also eat rice and beans. So I guess I'm not exactly paleo....
Would you mind giving us examples of what you eat in a day or recipe ideas?
Thank you !
i eat beans and rice(white) too.
i've heard beans are rich in vitamin-b.
also eggs aint bad unless u're allergic.
i have an egg almost everyday.it's got protein and also other nutrients.
and like i was saying sleptember about the cholestrol content so too many might be a bad idea.
Great improvement sleptember!
Regarding to my diet, I have a meal based on carbohydrates, as you said you had in the past. I love bread, spaguetti, potatoes and rice with meat. I know it´s the wrong diet for skin and I should try to have more vegetables, fruit, and meat from now on. And abp
Yesterday I was researching online about insuline resistance and I had sympthomps like a lot of wrinkles in the neck, superoily skin, acne, hair loss, dandruff, but I am not sure if I have insulin resistance. I also feel very week and low pressure. Don,t you think there must be a way to confirm the insulin resistance? I mean, you can avoid carbs and sugar, you spike insuline and you produce more testosterone, and more testosterone = more acne ( without beeing insulin resistance). I would like to know if I have insulin resistance, but also be confirmed by some test and my test of glucose are perfect.
Have you ever tried spironolactone, diane35 or other drugs before?
By the way, if you have insulin resistance, there is a drug called metformin( glucophage) very beneficial for that condition. Have you tried it?
How long have you been clear since you don't take any suplement, and I don't understand well because you said in your previous post that after having paleo diet, you realised you couldn`t be clear just with the paleo alone, and you started taking suplements ( zinc + chromium + magnessium)
Try to get that confirmation, if that's what you need. But in the meantime, since you fit so many symptoms, why not proceed on the assumption that you suffer from insulin resistance and begin treating it at home?
Personally, I don't see the need for validation from a doctor. There are a lot of gaps in conventional medicine, particularly where diet is involved. Most GPs have no clue about nutrition and think I'm an extremist for eating the way I do.
I'd rather treat my insulin resistance and other health problems through good nutrition.
I will not be trying metaformin or any other drugs. I've never been on any of the drugs you mention.
Sorry if there is any confusion about my supplements: I am taking mineral supplements (magnesium) but I am not taking any vitamin supplements (like Vitamin A, B5, C, etc).
my derma had prescribed me 'zevit' about a mnth ago.
capsules of vit-b complex and c with zinc sulphate.
it's got zn sulphate.vit b2,nicotinamide,b12,b6,calcium panthothanate(heaven knows whats that for),folic acid,vit c,biotin.
why is chromimium and magnesium needed?
what food have them?