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#1 paigems

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Posted 31 May 2013 - 06:23 PM

Hey guys. I hope you can help me find some explanation to what's going on with my skin because I really have no idea and it's frustrating me a lot.

 

About a month ago I started drinking green smoothies everyday. For a few weeks my oily skin was almost normal skin and I was so so excited. I continued to eat wheat and other things but still noticed my skin improving. For the past 2 weeks I have gradually been becoming more strict with my diet. A typical day of eating for me has looked like this:

 

Breakfast: Green smoothie with eggs

 

Lunch: Chicken or fish with broccoli, carrots, and some fruit

 

Dinner: Chicken or fish with broccoli, peas, and sweet potatoes

 

Snacks: fruit or raw veggies

 

My diet before was never bad, but this is still a big improvement for me. Unfortunately, though, my skin has been acting so strangely this past week. My skin has become oily again! Uncomfortably oily! The texture of the oil has changed, though, from quite viscous/sticky to more thin/smooth. But it's still there and bothering me. I thought I got rid of this from the green smoothies and now it's back! The only things I have done differently since this started are eating more strictly and getting less sleep. Unfortunately for the past 3 days I have only gotten 13 hours of sleep total. So 3 hrs, 4hrs, 6hrs. I recently made another thread trying to figure out if this is the cause. Or maybe it's something else? Maybe the change in diet? Can you guys give me some insight? I really want to find out what's causing this set back.


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Posted 01 June 2013 - 12:28 AM

IMO one cannot live on smoothies forver.i mean i know u had chicken and other stuff but ur diet should be ideally made balanced and flexible.

unless u're absolutely intolerant to something.


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oils used for cooking
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http://www.acne.org/...twith-pictures/
 
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#3 paigems

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Posted 01 June 2013 - 04:40 AM

IMO one cannot live on smoothies forver.i mean i know u had chicken and other stuff but ur diet should be ideally made balanced and flexible.

unless u're absolutely intolerant to something.

 

Why would there be a problem having them every day for breakfast if I am also having them with other things?



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Posted 01 June 2013 - 10:36 AM

Just give it some time.  It's only been a few weeks since you've made these changes, so your body is still adjusting.  It's a good sign that you noticed positive changes right away.  It can take a while to see real improvement.

 

The lack of sleep could definitely be a factor.  So can stress.  If your strict diet is causing you stress, then I'd probably relax a bit with it (though keep eating healthy).  And, as someone else said, make sure you're eating a variety of healthy foods.



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Posted 01 June 2013 - 11:52 AM

i said that considering daily life.

am not sure if its busy or needs u to travel.


Itchy red raised skin - dermatitis??
http://www.acne.org/...-with-pictures/
 
huge pores
http://www.acne.org/...dwith-pictures/
 
indented scar
http://www.acne.org/...iswith-picture/
 
oils used for cooking
http://www.acne.org/...oilgood-or-bad/
 
inflamed whiteheads & clogged pores
http://www.acne.org/...twith-pictures/
 
my balanced diet chart and skincare routine(medications taken & products used now)
http://www.acne.org/...food-allergies/
http://www.acne.org/...incare-routine/
 

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Posted 02 June 2013 - 06:48 AM

From what you have explained, I can only see that sleep is the real culprit here because as far as diet is concerned you are doing fine. Also I have observed that there are very little carbs in your diet. I agree carbs should be had in a moderate amount, but please make sure that you have some cereals at least. 



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Posted 02 June 2013 - 06:26 PM


From what you have explained, I can only see that sleep is the real culprit here because as far as diet is concerned you are doing fine. Also I have observed that there are very little carbs in your diet. I agree carbs should be had in a moderate amount, but please make sure that you have some cereals at least. 


I'm trying not to eat gluten and lower the glycemic load of my meals which is why I've been avoiding grains. How would you suggest adding more carbs without spiking my blood sugar? Should I eat more veggies? Or eat oatmeal and quinoa?

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Posted 02 June 2013 - 10:34 PM

I wouldn't stress too much about it because ever since I stopped juicing my oiliness came back as well... but only slightly. There should always be a little oil on your face. I can tell that my oil's consistency is different as well, though not as weird as you're describing it, lol! My oil feels 'healthier' than it does before, if that makes any sense at all, and it's not so sudden and violent. A few acne books I've read tell people that if you have oily skin then your lucky! Your face is lubricated and ages at a lesser rate... though that wouldn't make much comeback if your acne prone and have 50 dozen scars left and right.

 

I think your oiliness as well as mine will kind of always be there, so give your stomach a rest and don't gulp down so many green smoothies :3. More veggies sounds like the logical thing to do, but if you're not balancing out your nutrients, types of fiber, minerals and vitamins, etc... then it could be an effort wasted. I was eating oatmeal a few weeks ago and even spoke about it somewhere on the site, but when I ran out and didn't buy any more for a while I noticed I wasn't as oily as before, but these are incredibly slight changes that only you as a person can see on yourself.

 

As for carbs and your blood sugar, maybe it's your insulin that's spiking up and down randomly. Maybe this will help?:

 

http://balancedbites...diet-carbs.html

 

I don't mean to keep giving people Paleo links since some don't enjoy the Paleo community, however they state a good point that many thing need to be looked at at the same time for overall balance, and that finding your may be the key to your insulin levels/blood sugar spikes.


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Posted 03 June 2013 - 03:03 PM

I wouldn't stress too much about it because ever since I stopped juicing my oiliness came back as well... but only slightly. There should always be a little oil on your face. I can tell that my oil's consistency is different as well, though not as weird as you're describing it, lol! My oil feels 'healthier' than it does before, if that makes any sense at all, and it's not so sudden and violent. A few acne books I've read tell people that if you have oily skin then your lucky! Your face is lubricated and ages at a lesser rate... though that wouldn't make much comeback if your acne prone and have 50 dozen scars left and right.

 

I think your oiliness as well as mine will kind of always be there, so give your stomach a rest and don't gulp down so many green smoothies :3. More veggies sounds like the logical thing to do, but if you're not balancing out your nutrients, types of fiber, minerals and vitamins, etc... then it could be an effort wasted. I was eating oatmeal a few weeks ago and even spoke about it somewhere on the site, but when I ran out and didn't buy any more for a while I noticed I wasn't as oily as before, but these are incredibly slight changes that only you as a person can see on yourself.

 

As for carbs and your blood sugar, maybe it's your insulin that's spiking up and down randomly. Maybe this will help?:

 

http://balancedbites...diet-carbs.html

 

I don't mean to keep giving people Paleo links since some don't enjoy the Paleo community, however they state a good point that many thing need to be looked at at the same time for overall balance, and that finding your may be the key to your insulin levels/blood sugar spikes.

 

Thank you for all that information, especially the link! You always give great and thorough answers to my questions :)

 

Just curious, if juicing was working for reducing your oil production, why did you decide to stop? I know that some people tolerate it better than others. For example, my mom has oilier skin than me, but she doesn't seem to mind. However, for me, it makes me so uncomfortable that I feel like ripping my face off lol.



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Posted 03 June 2013 - 09:40 PM

I decided to stop doing it every friggin' day for almost six months, lol! XD

 

Apparently that was enough to keep me going another several weeks. Juicing every now and then wont be a financial or time consuming issue, but I'm always looking out for other alternatives and lifestyle adjustments. It's kind of obvious that I won't need to juice everyday since I wont suddenly have a cyst attack if I skip a day... so with that said, how less frequently can I do it? I'll save more money this way, plus I can take a break from constant vegetable storage and extra dish washing. No it's not much, but I'm not wealthy and ever little penny helps my family and I :). I stopped because I had to be practical, yet I know that the juice can last for several days on end. I had a cup here and there last month, and the energy was still flowing through me three days later.

 

Your mom had oily skin? Mine does too. Does it run in the family like mine? 


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Posted 04 June 2013 - 05:24 AM


From what you have explained, I can only see that sleep is the real culprit here because as far as diet is concerned you are doing fine. Also I have observed that there are very little carbs in your diet. I agree carbs should be had in a moderate amount, but please make sure that you have some cereals at least. 

I'm trying not to eat gluten and lower the glycemic load of my meals which is why I've been avoiding grains. How would you suggest adding more carbs without spiking my blood sugar? Should I eat more veggies? Or eat oatmeal and quinoa?

You do not need cereals. No one does. If want to add a carb, sweet potatoes would be better. unless you dont eat much animal protein and need the protein source, in which case you might want some grain. Whole oats, quinoa and buckwheat are good choices. Don't buy a processed breakfast cereal.

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Posted 04 June 2013 - 12:40 PM

I decided to stop doing it every friggin' day for almost six months, lol! XD

 

Apparently that was enough to keep me going another several weeks. Juicing every now and then wont be a financial or time consuming issue, but I'm always looking out for other alternatives and lifestyle adjustments. It's kind of obvious that I won't need to juice everyday since I wont suddenly have a cyst attack if I skip a day... so with that said, how less frequently can I do it? I'll save more money this way, plus I can take a break from constant vegetable storage and extra dish washing. No it's not much, but I'm not wealthy and ever little penny helps my family and I smile.png. I stopped because I had to be practical, yet I know that the juice can last for several days on end. I had a cup here and there last month, and the energy was still flowing through me three days later.

 

Your mom had oily skin? Mine does too. Does it run in the family like mine? 

 

Yeah I agree it's not very practical. I went to the store the other day to look at the prices of things I might juice and I was shocked to find out that one red pepper cost over a dollar! Because of that I haven't started juicing. I would like to, but I'd need some tips for making it more affordable/practical. Maybe drinking it every few days like you said.

 

My oily skin is genetic I think. My mom's skin is extremely oily and I think she got it from her dad. My dad's skin is perfect, but apparently I wasn't lucky enough to inherit that :( One of my sister's skin is less oily than mine, and then my other sister got my dad's perfect skin. So yeah, it seems to run in the family unfortunately.



You do not need cereals. No one does. If want to add a carb, sweet potatoes would be better. unless you dont eat much animal protein and need the protein source, in which case you might want some grain. Whole oats, quinoa and buckwheat are good choices. Don't buy a processed breakfast cereal.


Sleep is very likely a factor.

 

Thanks for the reply. I do eat protein with every meal, so I don't think I need additional protein. I do sometimes crave something carby though so I guess I'll look into the quinoa and buckwheat. Do you think my diet looks decent otherwise? I don't want to be unbalanced. Also, I've been getting regular sleep the past few days and I'm still pretty oily. I hope it goes back to being more normal in a few days.



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Posted 04 June 2013 - 01:02 PM

I decided to stop doing it every friggin' day for almost six months, lol! XD

 

Apparently that was enough to keep me going another several weeks. Juicing every now and then wont be a financial or time consuming issue, but I'm always looking out for other alternatives and lifestyle adjustments. It's kind of obvious that I won't need to juice everyday since I wont suddenly have a cyst attack if I skip a day... so with that said, how less frequently can I do it? I'll save more money this way, plus I can take a break from constant vegetable storage and extra dish washing. No it's not much, but I'm not wealthy and ever little penny helps my family and I smile.png. I stopped because I had to be practical, yet I know that the juice can last for several days on end. I had a cup here and there last month, and the energy was still flowing through me three days later.

 

Your mom had oily skin? Mine does too. Does it run in the family like mine? 

 

Yeah I agree it's not very practical. I went to the store the other day to look at the prices of things I might juice and I was shocked to find out that one red pepper cost over a dollar! Because of that I haven't started juicing. I would like to, but I'd need some tips for making it more affordable/practical. Maybe drinking it every few days like you said.

 

My oily skin is genetic I think. My mom's skin is extremely oily and I think she got it from her dad. My dad's skin is perfect, but apparently I wasn't lucky enough to inherit that sad.png One of my sister's skin is less oily than mine, and then my other sister got my dad's perfect skin. So yeah, it seems to run in the family unfortunately.

 

If you ever want to get around to juicing, then do it after you've discover what diet works before for you make your first cup. This way, when you have half a cucumber or half a red/green/yellow pepper left over from the week, you can use those pieces for your weekly or monthly juice. I'd recommend weekly, but even I'm not doing that now. My reason is because I'm a student. Don't fret about details and just find what works for you and your acne. I've been here since last August and every single time I see a health regime,it's what works for THAT person. Letting us know is a nice thing, but it is by no means the best thing for everyone. Juicing help me, but the topic board that was created for it had people on it that unfortunately didn't work out for at all. 


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Posted 07 June 2013 - 10:40 AM

Just wanted to update this. Everyday this week I have slept about 9 hours, and the oil was still there. Last night I took some chewable vitamin C tablets because I was going to a hospital and don't want to get sick. Surprisingly my skin is more normal today like it was a few weeks ago. A few weeks ago I was also taking vitamin C tablets everyday because I was also going to the hospital. So I guess there might be a correlation? I've never heard anyone talk about vitamin C decrease their oil production though. What would be the explanation for this?