Posted 12 September 2013 - 02:23 PM
I had a similar experience. I would always get chest acne after eating wheat. Now I eat minimal quantities of wheat daily and do not get chest acne. I think it has something to do with antibodies in the blood. If you don't eat something for a long time, then eat it all of a sudden, you'll have a robust reaction to it because you don't have antibodies to the food in question - and the food particles thus float around and cause damage. If you do have antibodies, then the food particles are marked for destruction before they can cause an immune reaction. Your body will make antibodies in response to these food particles. So my guess would be that if you eat small amounts daily, eventually the acne will stop happening (once you have antibodies to the food once more). The purpose of continuing to eat small quantities of food is to keep antibody production up.
The antibodies are the immune system response.
Antibodies are one part of the immune response. Antibodies themselves are somewhat useless, unless they disable a protein or enzyme. But when it comes to antigenic fragments, their real purpose is to mark the target for removal by other white blood cells.
I'll give a good parallel. If you have a bacterial infection, your immune system will make you sick while it responds to the bacteria, and then once you have protective immunity, the infection will be cleared. Now, say food particles elicit a similar immune response as the bacteria does (obviously the manifestations of sickness are different). Once the body gains protective immunity against that food particle, the symptoms of you being sick go away.
Now; we're constantly being exposed to bacteria, so our protective immunity is constantly being modulated. It might make sense that we should be constantly exposed to a food in question, but not enough to cause 'infection'. I'm not saying this is a solid theory by any means, but it does fit my own observations in dealing with my acne that was caused by food sensitivity. It's really more of an autoimmune disease than anything else.
If you have the antibodies to the food, because you've been eating the food, those antibodies will trigger a response.
I'm a soon to be 26 year old guy and have had acne for 14 years now. 3 months ago I went on a low glycemic load diet, no diary, and no grains. I stuck to it 100 percent for 2 months and it worked perfect. I got maybe 2 small red spots which were gone in a day. The problem I am realizing now is that unless I stick to these rules for EVERY meal, I will breakout with nodules around my jawline, temples, and neck. Before going on this diet, I would get these nodules in these areas occasionally but now they come in batches.
First cheat: Full Fat Greek Yogurt ; 3 nodules
Second cheat: 3 beers ; 2 more nodules on my upper neck
Third cheat: Pasta with olive oil and chicken; FOUR NODULES (2 on temples and 2 on jawline)
When I ate food like this all the time, I never had these cluster breakouts with nodules. Clearly diet has a strong influence on my acne but I feel like I hypersensitized my body or something to these foods. What was before a slight intolerance is now a full allergic reaction.
Anyone have any experiences like this?
I get nodules in those area when I consume the food that causes them. Avoiding the food for years has not made me any more or less sensitive to them. However, following an anti inflammatory diet makes the nodules smaller, les inflamed & quicker to heal.
Clear after 30 years. Wow, I guess it's been 6 years, now.
Severe Acne since I was 10. 10+ years of Dermatologists, Antibiotics, topicals and ACCUTANE did nothing
. Discovered oranges triggered the worst of my cystic acne = about 70% improvement. Tried some nutrient supplements like B-complex with zinc and C, saw palmetto and a BHA like the aspirin mask = more improvement, a lot less oily. Then, Diet changes = Clear
Anti-inflammatory, nutrient dense, blood sugar stabilizing diet and supplements (for hormones, inflammation, aging, health). No soap or other cleanser except for hand washing! Water only or Oil cleanse. Aloe Vera mixed with niacinimide and a high linoleic acid oil for moisturizer and reduce pigmentation.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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