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Diet Doesn't Seem To Affect My Acne Anymore?

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#1 cosmicunicorn

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Posted 08 September 2013 - 11:31 AM

I'm 17 and have had hormonal acne since I was 12. My skin has cleared up remarkably during the summer, and now I have virtually not a single spot on my face other than a couple of small hyperpigmentation/red marks left over from earlier acne. When I wash my face, it feels flat and smooth. This is the first time since I started combating acne that my skin has improved significantly on its own! I've been following a strict diet for the past few months: I cut out dairy, processed foods, white rice/bread, junk foods, etc. and lived on brown rice,  veggies, occasional fish, fruits, and water. This is definitely one of the main factors contributing to the improvement of my skin.

 

I also realized: my skin seems to have gotten more immune to junk food!! For example, I "cheated" and had cake for breakfast for a whole week during the summer but didn't get a single breakout. I bought a can of Pringles the other day, finished half the can, and woke up the next day without a single new whitehead. I also had frozen pizza twice in the past two weeks and didn't see any changes in my skin! I've also started to eat boxed cereal for breakfast again. I'm thrilled! Does this mean I can slowly start to add foods I love back into my diet? I'm still going to eat lots of veggies, but it would feel good to know I can still enjoy some pizza/snacks once in a while. Any help is appreciated! 


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Posted 08 September 2013 - 11:43 AM

Yes. Your hormones may be balancing out and becoming less reactive to certain foods. Lucky you haha.

 

But make any changes slowly, as the foods you eat today may not show any changes in your skin for 7-10 days.


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-- DIY Apple Cider Vinegar Toner http://www.acne.org/messageboard/topic/324606-flakydryoily-skin-try-this/

-- How to Ice Inflammed or Picked at Cysts http://www.acne.org/messageboard/topic/327532-acne-redness-removal-trick/

-- Milk of Magnesia Uses http://www.acne.org/messageboard/topic/329385-ways-to-use-milk-of-magnesia-for-oily-skin/

Other Threads Worth Looking At

-- Oily Skin Research Thread: This shows some of our previous efforts and explains the mechanisms behind oily skin.

http://www.acne.org/messageboard/topic/326345-oily-skin-research/

-- My failed but enlightening experiment going the "less is more" route, aka "The Caveman Routine"

http://www.acne.org/messageboard/topic/327898-a-minimalist-approach-for-oily-skin/

 

 

 


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Posted 10 September 2013 - 12:29 AM

I hope that's the case eusa_pray.gif Yes I will be cautious about making changes and see how it goes.



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Posted 10 September 2013 - 07:04 AM

I wouldn't keep up the bad habits if I were you, unless you want to be one of the sickly drug dependent people our culture is now filled with.

Also, you may have become less acne prone, but its unlikely you've become immune.

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Diet effects acne in so many ways: hormone balance, inflammation, Insulin levels, digestion, allergies and intolerances, liver function, adrenal function, SHBG levels, sebum quality, cell function and turnover, nutrient deficiencies, body fat, etc. Basic advice: Eat, sleep, supplement and exercise like you are a diabetic. And eat real food!

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Posted 15 September 2013 - 12:33 PM

There are other possibilities too. You said your acne cleared up during the summer - were you getting more sun exposure? It could be that you were vitamin D deficient. Does your acne usually improve when you get regular sun exposure? Because that's another factor that could be contributing to you clearing up. 

Another possibility is that you may have had candida or leaky gut issues, and now you helped your gut repair by doing a strict diet. If your gut is healed, then yes, you can ease up on your diet but within limits because you don't want to mess up your gut flora again. 


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