deja, I could hug you for this
That was always my dilemma, IF you know what causes acne you can avoid it, but HOW do we know??
Even if you get skin tests/bood tests for allergies, not everything will show up. If there were a list for me of what to eat and how much to eat, Id be fine and never complain but there never will be because medicine simply isnt that advanced yet. Sure, one could say its trial and error but were all sick of trying and sick of being wrong.
I have PCOS, Ive had acne since I was 12. My acne was always mild. For the past 4 years Ive eaten healthy--not just apples or lettuce or water alone--it was only last year when my acne got really bad. I went crazy with the diet thing out of desperation. Once I took yaz and anti-DHT supplements my skin got clear and has stayed clear. Sure I know there are risks to birth control, but there are risks to everything in life. Id rather take a pill with some risks than have acne and mood swings and horrific bleeding every month. If I have to stay on birth control till Im 50 I will, its my choice. Everything has its price.
I am glad you have come to peace with food deja, because in life there are so many things better than spending our time obsessing over acne.
Thats all I have to say on the subject, Peace everyone <3
TBH, if diet is indeed causing acne, it is so difficult to find out what food it is.
There are people who break out from ANYTHING grain related and dairy related... but can eat processed sausages as much as they want without breaking out
Others only break out from wheat (gluten).
Others only dairy
Others can break-out from a fucking banana (so if you eat 100% safe diet but are still eating bananas, IT DOESNT MATTER, you will get acne if you are sensitive to bananas).
Others from citrus fruits.
Hell, my brother eats hot pockets, sour punch, gogurt, WE ARE IDENTICAL TWINS, and my body acne is worse than his.
I know a girl who breaks out in SEVERE acne from most commercial american dairy. She can eat wheat/grains all she wants but gets no acne from them.
Yes food can definitely cause acne, and everyone has their own unique triggers. For me it's gluten, soy, dairy and anything fermented/probiotic, although I seem to be able to handle small bits of some of those things (not gluten) now that I'm medicated properly. The message I'm trying to spread now is to eat as normally as possible, aside from any obvious triggers or things your body doesn't react well to in general (stomach aches etc). By "normal" I mean what a normal, healthy-minded person who cares about their body while still living a normal happy life would do. I don't mean "normal" in the sense of some alcoholic who drinks all day and eats nothing but Taco Bell, even though people like that are unfortunately quite common.
Also... I'd appreciate it if we wouldn't say things like "If you can't eat healthy without getting an eating disorder, don't." or that people who develop eating disorders have "poor coping skills." I've seen things like that said more than a few times and I've found it insulting. I do not have poor coping skills. I have great coping skills. The problem wasn't my inability to cope with my dietary needs, it was the confusion of having no idea what my dietary needs were. If anyone, at any point in time would have been able to sit me down and give me a healthy diet, I could have followed it without any problems coping. The problems came from some people saying to eat nutrient-dense foods like sweet potatoes and other people saying that sweet potatoes will clog your gut, feed candida and give you a face full of acne. You see? That's not an inability to cope, it's confusion.
No one PLANS to get an eating disorder. These things develop because of these vague yet extremely strict ideas about health that unfortunately are perpetuated on sites like this, such as "grains are bad" or "sugar feeds candida." People develop eating disorders because they are desperate to change something about their body and don't know how to do it in a healthy way. No one develops orthorexia on purpose. I didn't know I would get it, I didn't even know that I had it until it had progressed to a point where I was afraid to drink water or eat anything but lettuce.
Edited by AuguriesofInnocence, 25 April 2013 - 04:30 AM.