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Posted 23 September 2013 - 12:24 PM

... Eliminating Sugar and High GI/GL (Glycemic Index/Glycemic Load) foods cleared the rest of my 'white heads'.

This, however, was what personally worked for me. What I have been able to learn and understand for the past two years is that each and every person is different, and everyone will need to find what works for them and them alone. No one can do it for you.

If anyone wants to see my pictures, I've left them up in my galleries for everyone to see. They are all completely PUBLIC.
 
This is last post I will make. I may or may not come back occasionally to update some information. I'm not going to make a fancy thread or whatever because I've already spent a lot of time on this website as it is. I'm also sorry if you eventually come across any typos or broken links, however I am only too happy to leave this all behind and move on from the experience that acne has brought me.

If anyone wants to put this post into a success thread then please do so and let others see this.

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So, this is what you need to do if you have cystic acne (or what you should try to do to see if it works for you):

1.) Put aside some time for yourself so that you may learn about acne and what it is. The past and even the future is NOT important, what's important is what you do NOW. Not what you did last week or what you'll do in 5 minutes... it's what you'll do NOW.
 
2.) If it's at all possible, get a blood test done at a doctor's office. Nothing fancy, whatever you can afford, although more data is probably more beneficial. It's always best to know where your starting from and where you stand when it comes to your health, and to make sure that you are ready for a GRADUAL diet change.
 
3.) Consider completely getting rid of all your milk and milk-containing products for about 3 months to 1 year. This includes yogurt, butter, cheese, powdered milk, evaporated milk, etc.... or whatever. As long as it has milk it in, it probably has a large amount of NATURAL HORMONES in it. Read the labels in the box: If it has milk, skip it. If the cow was injected with growth hormones, it could be even worse than regular hormones. I wrote a 3 to 12 month time period because from what I have read online some people responded well to only a few weeks to a few months, but others were so bad that it took an entire year for their acne to settle down due to the high amount of hormones running in their system. I'm sure this may seem like a long time to go without milk, but hopefully these articles will explain in better detail why that is:
 
http://www.acne.org/...t-is/?p=3338544
http://nutritionfact...g/topics/dairy/
http://www.acnemilk...._milk_acne_diet
http://www.cbsnews.c...162-573443.html
http://www.cgfi.org/...lk-ad-is-false/
http://randomfoodfac...mone-free-milk/
http://dairycarrie.c...er-bs-bslabels/
http://www.boston.co...ar_connection/?
http://www.ncbi.nlm....pubmed/21717454
http://www.ncbi.nlm....pubmed/21663648
http://www.ncbi.nlm....pubmed/22081694
http://www.dailymail...truth-milk.html
http://www.ovarian-c...ws109.html#sec1
http://www.huffingto...a_b_822163.html
http://www.independe...ly-8431187.html
http://www.krispin.com/lectin.html
http://www.marksdail.../#axzz2PXiYLGfy
http://www.mendosa.c...sulin_index.htm
http://www.acne.org/...-5alpha-p-link/
http://www.ncbi.nlm....pubmed/23542805
http://www.acne.org/...-6#entry3048157
 
Personally, I am from the Chicago suburbs. I have friends and family of different skin colors and types, and most people I know who tend to learn more towards darker skin have responded well with their health when they get rid of their milk and milk products. I will also say this in regards to me consuming milk: I am not sure if boiling milk, melting cheese, or further processing milk-ingredients destroys the harmful hormones, but I once accidentally melted some cheese on a vegetable stir-fry I made and found out that absolutely nothing happened. Although I cannot say for sure why this is, I discovered that occasionally melting cheese to a sizzling/boiling point didn't effect my skin at all. Maybe it's acceptable for someone to have milk every now and then (once every couple of months or so), or maybe the IGF-1 Growth Hormone suspected of aggravating acne in acne prone people is killed off by heat when it is cooked, which might explain why homemade yogurt is beneficial to those with acne, not harmful. This is extremely difficult to tell unless you can somehow manage to track your skin at this time and know exactly where you are. Personally, I would recommend getting the dairy out of your system and seeing if you skin clears FIRST before assuming that you may or may not have melted/cooked milk and milk products. I am only being honest.
 
4.) Get rid of as much sugar from your diet as you can... white refined table sugar, cereal, breads, etc... and instead retrain your taste buds to enjoy the more natural, sweeter side of your food, especially your fruits and vegetables.

5.) Go to your local library (and/or free PDF internet database lab) and find/research charts with records for High Glycemic Index/Loads foods. Begin omitting as many blood sugar raising foods as possible without putting your overall health in a nutrient deficient state. You'll want to change your diet as calmly and safely as possible, but not to the point where you start shaking and starving yourself. Do this slowly and gradually, preferably changing only one thing per week.

Here are just a few I read that had the most impact on me (Please wait for some of the links and PDF files to load...):
 
http://www.ncbi.nlm....pubmed/17616769
http://www.cancersup...D Diet Acne.pdf
http://aje.oxfordjou...4.full.pdf html
http://ajcn.nutritio...67-9bb325b88d78
http://www.google.co....52434380,d.aWM
http://search.medsca...0&submit=Search
http://ajcn.nutritio...76/1/5.full.pdf
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/18194824?ordinalpos=1&itool=En…bmed_Discovery_RA&linkpos=1&log$=relatedarticles&logdbfrom=pubmed
http://www.ncbi.nlm....pubmed/15688807
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/17083856?ordinalpos=1&itool=En…bmed_Discovery_RA&linkpos=3&log$=relatedarticles&logdbfrom=pubmed
http://www.ncbi.nlm....5?dopt=Abstract
http://www.medicalne...hp?newsid=77676
http://www.ncbi.nlm....pubmed/17448569
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/15692464?ordinalpos=1&itool=En…bmed_Discovery_RA&linkpos=2&log$=relatedarticles&logdbfrom=pubmed
http://archderm.jama...rticleid=479093
http://highaltitudec...l_Blueprint.pdf
http://www.eat-real-...P-food-list.pdf
http://www.eat-real-food-paleodietitian.com/support-files/sibo-gut-healing-protocol.pdf
 
6.) Find a user on this website known as Alternativista and find her topics/posts in the diet/holistic health boards and try to read every single one of them. Start here:
http://www.acne.org/...t-lead-to-acne/
 
7.) Drink a minimum of 1-2 bottles of water a day (does not have to be bottled).

8.) Sleep 7-8+ hours a day if possible.

9.) Do not stress about your acne... there are millions of other things you could be doing or not doing. I was able to be stress free the whole entire time I was here. I had no idea if and when my acne was going away either, so why bother worrying about it?

10.) Walk. Don't just flat out run for long periods of time trying to kill yourself and suffer with the thought of doing something so strenuous... just walk. Walk for long distances if possible, and enjoy every single step you take. Do it at least once a day if possible. Two times a day would be your best bet. This is what I do, and if I don't walk, I am already naturally moving around a lot throughout my entire day. Don't make it into something you won't like doing, and don't think about it too much... you'll just end up hurting yourself and possibly your skin even more.

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You're not going to like this answer, but no matter what I tell you or how much you read, you'll never find out what works for you until you try it out. I'm not you and you're not me. Maybe a diet change will help you. Maybe it won't. You'll never know unless you try, and honestly try. Truthfully, honestly, and KNOWINGLY try. You have to WANT to try, not want to want to try. Be brave, and watch everything you say, do, think, and realize.

A diet change helped me... that's all I'm really saying here.

My diet is basically fruits and vegetables, nuts/seeds, and beans/lentils. Also, despite what some say about High GI/GL foods, I still occasionally eat potatoes, rice, and very few times bread. I am not a meat eater, so Tofu comes in pretty handy. I drink mainly water and fresh, hot tea (real, loose leaf tea, not the bagged kind) almost every single day. Once every few months I'll fast for a couple of days. I still make and drink my own homemade vegetable juice every now and then, so I guess you could say its like 's a supplement to my normal diet and lifestyle, but it's no where near as frequent as it was before, where I was doing it almost twice a day for several months. I take no vitamins and supplements since they make me sick. All my fruit is usually eaten raw, and the vegetables I eat are either fresh (raw) or frozen and then steamed/boiled. I avoid probably about 90 percent of most average westernized grocery stores, snacking on a cookie only here and there.

Nothing I do is scheduled or recorded... I simply live my life to the best extent I can, eat when I need to, sleep when I have to, and I always find ways to enjoy whatever I do and wherever/whenever I do it.
 
It's wise to be practical and open minded, but also compassionate and honest with yourself. Search for the truth, explore your life, have an adventure every now and then, and you will lighten up more than you ever thought you could.
 
I've spent less money, sopped washing my face, stopped putting my hair up, stopped visiting my dermatologist, and stopped having cystic acne. I honestly cannot see what others have to lose, but I do understand that a diet and, let's face it, a lifestyle change, is not something people are often anxious to do. I didn't care for the diet I had before, so this wasn't a big change for me. Maybe you do care about your diet, in which case you may need to work on how to get off it.

If you're having difficulty wanting to change the way you eat and live, then try putting some time aside and watch a few of these videos bellow. They may help you make the diet change. (YouTube, Library, Amazon, The Pirate Bay, etc... whatever it takes for you to get them, just find them and watch them):
 
Food Inc.
Fat, Sick, and Nearly Dead
Supersize Me
Food Matters
Forks Over Knives
The Future of Food
Hungry For Change
King Corn
May I Be Frank
Simply Raw - Reversing Diabetes In 30 Days
 
***UPDATE*** (11/19/13): Someone had brought to my attention that a few of the movies above are flawed, not scientifically proven and/or accurate, biased, and make points that have little to no scientific studies (a.k.a. "pseudoscience": http://en.wikipedia....i/Pseudoscience). Unfortunately I may have to agree with some of their arguments as I've done a little digging myself and discovered a few empty holes in their logic. Doctors and nutritionists, aside from what they do, seem to always want to win the public opinion, and the health and wellbeing of others is all but thrown out the window. I understand that it can be tough to really know what works and what doesn't work, and that's why so many people scream "Bread is Bad!" and "Bread is Good!" to one another in all out frenzy. Luckily for you, there are ways to deal with this: Find what works for YOU and acknowledge that you are different than others; Mention again and again "This is what works for me", and never try to shove your specific diet into other people's faces; Work together, create lists of possibilities, provide good research and statistics, and be the best you can be. If you'd like to learn more about the criticism against some of these movies, then just follow the links bellow (and read the comments from other people as well):
 
Criticism against "Simply Raw": http://www.scienceba...raw-food-diets/
Criticism against "The Gerson Therapy": http://www.scienceba...is-beat-cancer/ , http://www.scienceba...ancer-quackery/ , http://www.skepdic.c...sontherapy.html , http://scienceblogs....t-on-celluloid/ .
Movie reviews on "Food Matters" (and other movies if you use the website and type in the titles): http://www.imdb.com/...s?ref_=tt_ov_rt
 
There are probably dozens more food/health documentaries out there, but I'm sure you get the point by now. I'm not trying to shove Raw Foodsim, Veganism, Vegetarianism, Paleo Diet-ism, Cave Man-ism, or whatever kind of diet into your face. I'm just giving you the suggestion that you should definitely be finding ways in exploring all other alternatives before going to the extreme with pills, lasers, steroids, and all those other chemical goodies most of us have sought out at least one point in our lives.
 
I am also NOT suggesting that you NOT talk to a doctor, dermatologist, or nutritionist first before making extreme changes. Certainly get yourself checked out just to make sure nothing else is wrong. If you can't afford that, network and find some good trusting friends in a similar field who may be able to help.

I am on neither one diet or the other, nor am I choosing which side of the nutrition war I want to be on. I am simply myself... nothing more. I am as natural and organic and I can be with exceptions that I know my body can handle. I make most of my own food and found things that I liked to do (soups, stir fries, etc...). Telling you every detail of my diet would be impossible since I am natural and constantly change. I enjoy and love varieties that life has to offer.

Again, I will say that the biggest thing that helped me with my cystic acne and 99 percent of my white heads would be NO/LITTLE MILK, NO/LITTLE NO -BAD- SUGARS (Table sugar, high fructose corn syrup, etc.), and NO (OR VERY FEW) HIGH GI/GL FOODS with lots of water and vegetables and fruits (certainly more vegetables than fruit).

That is all I have to say about my acne.

 

 

 
Help for you to get started:
 
I'll provide a list of links for you to read and explore whenever you get the chance. Make sure you are getting as many vitamins, minerals, EFA's, sunlight, and exercise that your body needs to function and maintain itself. You don't have to be daily with everything, but it likely does have to be an overall lifestyle change. Becoming friends with your doctor and/or nutritionist would be a big plus and easy support, so try starting with them. I've always enjoyed properly organized and easy to print PDF pages and information, so I can print them myself and create my very own personal diet book. The specific lists/charts I will give you bellow will help you decide on choosing what foods you want to eat and/or are able to get your hands on based on the minerals/vitamins listed (you may have to do your own adding/subtracting and other calculating based on your own custom made diet):
 
The minerals your body needs: http://www.health-al...tion-chart.html
The vitamins your body needs: http://www.health-al...tion-chart.html
The protein your body needs (Legumes): http://www.health-al...tion-chart.html
The protein your body needs (Animals): http://www.health-al...tion-chart.html


Although this website provided the above information for free, it also has the information available in PDF Printable Formats for sale. However, with any luck you should be able to either copy and paste the information and adjust it in Microsoft Word or whatever text program you use, as well as using search engines in finding other websites with similar free nutrition information in pdf formats on the internet. I personally prefer the printable "one page information" charts because they are easy to read and understand as well as organized. This is just my personal preference though since I do a lot of reading and printing. I prefer to save paper and space on my bookshelves.
 
The FDA's Educational Resource Library: http://www.fda.gov/F...s/ucm239035.htm


I don't care whether or not you agree or disagree with what the FDA does... getting the RAW DATA in itself is more important than pointing fingers. If you don't agree with any of the information and/or are skeptical of who has collected it/funded it, then make your own charts or seek those with greater truth. Personally, any free resources are always a plus, and might be important for anyone to consider. With that said, this site has free "Nutrition and Labeling" information in printable PDF formats. Just click on the words for a drop down list and look for more information.
 
Another website with some of their own printable PDF documents and extra information: http://www.abcompany...n/nutrition.htm


To the upper left of their home page, http://www.abcompany.com/index.htm , there is a search bar. The site seems kind of unorganized, so I just typed in "nutrition" and followed whatever links looked interesting. Read and understand website's URL's to backtrack to other places that may or may not be hidden... For example, they didn't have the link on their website but it still exists. An example of a printable PDF page they have is "food combinations": http://www.abcompany...d_combining.htm .
 
Despite people "debunking" some of the movies above, some of these people's websites provide their own printable PDF charts with possibly important information (hopefully not biased and supported my several references and resources). One such example is "Food Matters" and "Top 10 Food Additives To Avoid": http://www.drcraigfr...Guide-20121.jpg
 
*Some minerals rely on vitamins! And vice versa! Make sure your Calcium/Vitamin D ratio is accurate, and your Vitamin E is being absorbed properly!
 
Learn about labels and what they mean: http://nutritiondata.self.com
 
Here's a cool Vitamin D website: http://www.vitamindw...om/VitaminDWiki
 
Great popular educational website with easy to understand videos (Just a warning, this site and the doctor who runs it is practically vegan. If you're worried it's more vegan-propaganda then don't look at it… but the information on the fruits and vegetables alone are amazing): http://nutritionfacts.org/topics/milk/
 
Complete lists of Vegetables, Fruits, Grains, Nuts and Seeds: http://vegetablesfruitsgrains.com
 
Alphabetical list of Fruits and Vegetables and some extra data (PDF Format): http://www.education...tionSection.pdf
 
Website where Vegetarians discus updated research about vegan, paleo, raw food, fruitarian, etc… diets: http://www.beyondveg.com
 
And finally, I saved one of the best for last. It's the only other "acne" website that I think we all can trust since I it had pretty good data and articles to read: http://www.acneeinstein.com . There are also printable PDF formats and information to seek out, as well as their book that I bought for myself and enjoyed reading very much. It's possible to always find more information as time goes on, but learning what you can whenever you can makes the road travelled much less hectic and problem free.

 

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SPECIAL NOTE: I have eczema as well!

That's right... Acne AND Eczema.

Two completely different skin conditions with completely different causes.

People have asked me if they are possibly related to the same "cause", and to this day I still honestly don't know. I have never met anyone else like myself, and very few people online with this double sided nightmare.

Well, after doing extra reading, I discovered that many skin issues likely stem from the gut, and that it is possible AND common for someone to have more than one kind of skin issue at a time. In fact, it's more common that inflammation is hidden under the skin and/or inside the body, not just exposed outwardly like mine was.


My eczema's biggest cause was not milk, like milk is for my cystic acne; it was actually tomatoes.

I had never... I repeat... NEVER suspected my rash to have come from food, let alone a common everyday vegetable (or fruit). No one else in my family has eczema OR any other kind of food allergy for that matter. Everyone was convinced that the only way I was ever going to get rid of it was to smother a bunch of steroids and creams all over my shame until it decides to vanish. Sound familiar to those of you familiar sufferers? Keep reading...

 

My eczema had been with me most of my life, and no one ever really knew the cause of it. Most of the time it was just dry and slightly red, and few times it was bright red and agitated by... whatever. My family and I just assumed that it was incurable, and I was given topical steroids to make the rash go away. Most of the time the creams worked, but sometimes they didn't. My rash mostly appears on the bend of my arms, but during my early 20's it started to spread all over my hands and fingers. As a kid it was behind the knee cap and on my feet, but those areas disappeared when I became a teenager.

Eating healthy for my acne ironically inspired me to go on what most people would call an "Elimination Diet". I joined acne.org after a year of stalking around silently, and while doing Dan's regimen began expanding my reading into other community boards as well, eventually finding my way into the diet and holistic health stuff. Surprised that acne could be "cured" by diet and lifestyle changes, I immediately started eating more vegetables and fruits, simultaneously omitting tons of other things. This is also when I started juicing vegetables after reading this: http://www.acne.org/messageboard/topic/288705-how-i-cleared-my-acne-after-26-years-try-it/ .

For some reason, no more than a month after eating more vegetables, I noticed an extremely painful change with my eczema. It literally began spreading to places it had never been before, and started to strengthen in redness, puffiness, and of course itchiness. It turned from not mild to literally hot red... If you were close enough to me you could feel my body heat in the particular effected. The insides of my arms, my hands (especially my fingers), my eye lids, temples, cheeks, neck, and even toes were starting to itch like crazy. Before I knew it, I was lit up like a Christmas tree.


After a few MORE months, I started to get extremely strange and inconsistent bouts of nausea and fatigue. I had, during that time, been hired as a cook and prep at a health food restaurant (now permanently closed), so I knew what I was eating an how fresh and clean it was. I had no clue what was happening to me on any level.

 

Worried about my fatigue and random vomiting, I put aside what money I could and eventually made an appointment with my doctor to get some blood work done, as well as a average physical. Everything not only came back perfect, I was assured that I was in the best shape possible. I had terrific numbers, my alertness was fine despite my random fatigue, and my mood was pleasant despite my worry for my stomach and skin. I was overall improving on my health and well being from an already good point.

 

After declining topical medicine and steroids/pills for my skin, they suggested that my stomach issues and energy was probably from food contamination/poisoning and/or other types of poor cleanliness. I was obviously consuming something bad. They told me that I probably wasn't washing my vegetables properly enough. I bought a vegetable brush and went home, embarrassed for my ignorance of just giving most things an average rinse but happy that I had likely learned something important.

However, my stomach still would not settle completely, and I started becoming more agitated with it. I decided that the new diet change had to at least have SOMETHING to do with whatever was happening to me, and started writing down everything I ate. I got rid of the things that I knew were hard for me to digest, such as leafy greens and other salads. When that didn't work, I began getting rid of my vitamins. Surprisingly, getting rid of the vitamins helped a little, but my stomach still cringed shortly after I ate. Whatever was happening, the most discomfort and pain started in my gut area.

After a few more weeks, I sat still for a while observing myself and what else I could possibly be doing. I was exhausted. My thoughts were loud with all the reading I was doing, my positivity was dimming, and no one else had any clue how to REALLY help me. I didn't want to go back on the crap diet I had before... how could that be normal? I had already been through so much. I KNEW I was onto something, and it was up to me to discover what it could possibly be.

 

I finally realized that perhaps I was allergic to some kind of common food, and never actually knew it until now. As embarrassing as it is for me to admit, I never really ate a lot of fresh vegetables and fruits growing up, and neither had the majority of my family and friends. Nothing I was eating was too alien or uncommon, for I had grown up with all these fruits and vegetable before.


I started getting rid of one fruit and vegetable at a time... apples, oranges, peppers, nuts, potatoes, etc... anything I could. Each thing was gotten rid of for up to a week or so, trying to see if I could catch the severity of the rash when it started to flair up. I discovered that no fruit was bothering me, but wraps and sandwiches were. The more apparent it became that a certain food I was eating WAS causing the pain, the more excited and determined I became to discover it.


FINALLY, I found the culprit.


Dipping raw tomato chunks into a homemade vinaigrette dressing to test the taste, I felt and realized that my stomach pain was almost instantaneous. Later that day I bit into a raw tomato, and only minutes later felt the same, familiar sharp pain in my stomach. To make absolutely certain, the next day I ate 1 raw tomato in the morning and evening, and threw them up each time.

 

I never really ate tomatoes alone before, and had always added them by default with numerous other ingredients to whatever food I was eating. They were in so many things I ate, if not hidden as some kind of flavoring. I also never ate them everyday, which explains the inconsistency of my symptoms. I also never added a ton of them to my meals, but also always included them as often as I could simply for the taste and the color.

Without hesitation, I got rid of tomatoes... and all my stomach problems went away. After a few months of wrapping and moisturizing my rashes, they too began to heal... and I mean heal! My skin literally began changing... Fresh, new skin began to show where the eczema had enjoyed spending most of their lives at! My skin became normal looking for the first time in my life since I was 4 years old. After 20 years, I finally did it. I got rid of my eczema.

To this day, I am still in shock with what I had discovered. Tomatoes are not just some kind of rare garnish, they're in almost everything I was eating... pizza, ketchup, salads, sandwiches, wraps, soups, etc... My whole life had always consisted of them. No one I knew would have ever guessed something like this, and no one else still has any clue as to how it may have happened. Unless someone had randomly told me to go on some kind of elimination diet, I would have never learned about it. If I wasn't eating more fresh tomatoes and not just more processed tomatoes, the reaction wouldn't have been as strong. If I wasn't trying to eat healthy to get rid of my acne, I would have never discovered this.

With all this said, is this even eczema at all? Some people have told me that my rash is actually a reaction to having food allergies and not just itchy skin: http://www.dryskinsr...food-allergies/ and http://www.fda.gov/F...ens/default.htm

Well, if that's the case, then why did my food allergy tests all come back negative? Why is my blood work fine and healthy when food allergies often cause abnormal blood count and weight gain in the majority of others? Why is the tomato in it's raw and pure form more hazardous to me than its processed form (which is probably why it was so hard for me to see anything growing up)? Are there other people being misdiagnosed with eczema if all they have is a food allergy/sensitivity? Isn't the allergy suppose to kill me and not give me a rash? Why does it get worse with age? Why do I have it if no one else in my family does? And why are there so many questions??? I have no idea...

If I were to eat tomatoes now, it would take 30 mins to an hour or so to develop the eczema. If I suddenly eat tomatoes again before my gut has a chance to push them out, THAT'S when my stomach act up and tries to get rid of them for me. This time frame MIGHT suggest that my gut/bowels are what is rejecting the foods, not my stomach. Interestingly enough, the gut may POSSIBLY hold the main cause for many other people's acne (according to these websites):
 
GUT Acne:
http://www.acne.org/...resource-guide/
http://gutflora.com/?p=344
http://chriskresser....ffects-the-skin
http://www.ncbi.nlm....les/PMC3038963/
http://www.acneeinst...kin-connection/

GUT Eczema(or Psoriasis):
http://www.medicalne...cles/255235.php
http://voices.yahoo....iet-195093.html
http://www.medicalne...cles/264719.php
http://www.caringdoc...is-in-your-gut/
http://primaldocs.co...a-or-psoriasis/

If this IS the case, then I haven't found any evidence of a gut problem, because all of my blood/stool tests I have taken have all come back negative and healthy. I even had an endoscopy done to see what was causing the extremely hot and burning feeling in my lower torso (when I was eating the tomatoes), but no ulcers or anything else were found in my stomach, just very faint inflammation near the start of the small intestines. My doctor didn't find the inflammation to be an issue for me, and tried to convince me that the incredibly hot and burning sensation I was feeling was not from food but from irritable bowels. Well, despite all suspicions, I miraculously and quite unintentionally managed to figure out what all my health issues were by carefully watching what I ate and how my body and skin felt afterwards.

Eczema was with me longer than acne, so it was a blessing to finally be rid of it. Considering all the tomato products I have eaten over the years at random times, it was no wonder why I assumed I couldn't get rid of it... what a crazy mystery it was for me. And what a shame that tomatoes are so common! Maybe that's why this happened to me... the world overproduced and consumed so many tomatoes that something started to happen to me when I was young... I ate many tomato products, but it wasn't till I was 4 or 5 that my skin started developing eczema. Maybe what I ate as a child was too much for my body to handle, and decided to reject the food once and for all.


Is avoidance a cure? No, but it's certainly a welcoming "solution" while I keep an open mind and eye out for anything that may help me further down.

No matter what happens, we must accept what we are given if we are to ever put the past behind us a move on with the natural changes of the universe. This may not be what everyone likes to hear, but it's one of the closest things to truth that can be understood at this point in our lives.

If you want to see pictures of my eczema/psoriasis they're right here: http://s1096.photobu...sort=3&o=27

To conclude, here's a funny story for you. After I found out that tomatoes were the causes of my eczema/food-allergy rash, I wanted to see if I could "out eat" the allergy and become "normal" like everyone else. Stupid I know, but I was willing to try anything at this point because when you think about it, avoiding tomatoes was going to be a life long change for me. Sadly, the preferred result never happened. Only three days was the longest I could go before my rash turned so hot and bright red that my body could no longer withstand it. I couldn't bend my arms, couldn't ignore the heat, and had incredible amounts of fatigue. My hands, face, neck, and arms were so puffed up that I scared every single person I came into contact with. The rash was spreading to places it had never spread before, and areas which rarely saw daylight. I was later working in retail at the time, and customers kept asking me if I had burned myself in a fire. No amount of makeup would have ever been enough to cover up all the bright, fire truck redness on my face and fingers, let alone the puffiness that made it stick out. No one wanted to touch me, and everyone watched and laughed as I tried to grab a cup of water and lift it up with my incredibly large and inflamed fingers. My skin turned so thick, red and rock hard that I had little to no feeling in them whatsoever, and felt like my bones would eventually stiffen up on me. My stomach and gut would burn with pain (which always made me wonder why my stomach would allow the food in the first place if it knew what the gut would do). The final symptoms I had were dizziness, feverish-like sensations, the finally throwing up the culprit. Afterwards, I would feel normal, but had to wait 2-3 months for the rash to go away WITH the help of lots of lotion and Band-aids. What did I learn? Never again.

 

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Seriously, thank you all for your support, love, and kindness. I could have never made it this far and this fast without all of you amazing people.

Whatever you decide to do, be smart, be safe, and be open to ALL possibilities!

May you all find what works for you. Have a long and good life!


Edited by TreatAcne, 15 April 2015 - 06:56 PM.

08/20/13: Acne is gone!! Success thread here ---> http://www.acne.org/messageboard/topic/333646-milk-free-diet-cleared-my-cystic-acne-and/ 

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My Regimen: NO Dairy, Sugar, and *most* High GI/GL foods.

My Previous Regimen Here: http://www.acne.org/...6-years-try-it/
My FAQ's Are Written Here: http://www.acne.org/...t-day-and-faqs/ 

My Experiences with Dan's Regimen Here: http://www.acne.org/...t-acne-regimen/


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Posted 25 September 2013 - 10:03 AM

Very good post. Thanks for backing up your claims as well.

 

I've been avoiding all dairy and it has been helping a lot. I have been eating less high GI foods, but it's difficult to completely eliminate them.



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Posted 19 November 2013 - 10:42 AM

Very good post. Thanks for backing up your claims as well.

 

I've been avoiding all dairy and it has been helping a lot. I have been eating less high GI foods, but it's difficult to completely eliminate them.

 

Thank you! And yes, high GI/GL foods are difficult to get rid of, especially when everyone reacts differently to them and when they have the nutrients we need to survive. All I can say is find what works for you and provide as much data as you can to support your claims. Personally, getting rid of some bread was pretty difficult for me, but not impossible. try to start from scratch if you can: If a spoonful of rice once a week won't do anything to you, try two spoonfuls. Gradually increase your dose until you are able to come up with a satisfactory conclusion. It takes time to start from scratch like this (months at the least), but it's way better than bouncing all over the place unorganized and without support for years and years. Good luck to you!


08/20/13: Acne is gone!! Success thread here ---> http://www.acne.org/messageboard/topic/333646-milk-free-diet-cleared-my-cystic-acne-and/ 

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My Previous Regimen Here: http://www.acne.org/...6-years-try-it/
My FAQ's Are Written Here: http://www.acne.org/...t-day-and-faqs/ 

My Experiences with Dan's Regimen Here: http://www.acne.org/...t-acne-regimen/


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Posted 19 November 2013 - 01:35 PM

Very good post. Thanks for backing up your claims as well.

 

I've been avoiding all dairy and it has been helping a lot. I have been eating less high GI foods, but it's difficult to completely eliminate them.

 

Thank you! And yes, high GI/GL foods are difficult to get rid of, especially when everyone reacts differently to them and when they have the nutrients we need to survive. All I can say is find what works for you and provide as much data as you can to support your claims. Personally, getting rid of some bread was pretty difficult for me, but not impossible. try to start from scratch if you can: If a spoonful of rice once a week won't do anything to you, try two spoonfuls. Gradually increase your dose until you are able to come up with a satisfactory conclusion. It takes time to start from scratch like this (months at the least), but it's way better than bouncing all over the place unorganized and without support for years and years. Good luck to you!

 

 

I'm glad you came back and  bumped your great post.

 

And regarding the high GI/GL foods, remember, it's the GL of the whole meal that matters.  And by meal I mean the sum total of whatever you consume at a given time. So that includes snacks & drinks throughout the day.


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[ Story: 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.

Regimen: 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!

For more information, see my Good Things for Acne thread *Moderator edit - Please refer to the board rules (see “Advertising/soliciting”, “Linking” and “Signatures”)*

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Posted 20 November 2013 - 09:16 PM

I'm glad you came back and  bumped your great post.

 

And regarding the high GI/GL foods, remember, it's the GL of the whole meal that matters.  And by meal I mean the sum total of whatever you consume at a given time. So that includes snacks & drinks throughout the day.

 

Sure thing!

 

Thanks for the tip! I'll be sure to be aware of that as well. High GI/GL foods was difficult to learn at first because of all the variables, food combinations, overall meals, and individual impact.


08/20/13: Acne is gone!! Success thread here ---> http://www.acne.org/messageboard/topic/333646-milk-free-diet-cleared-my-cystic-acne-and/ 

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My Previous Regimen Here: http://www.acne.org/...6-years-try-it/
My FAQ's Are Written Here: http://www.acne.org/...t-day-and-faqs/ 

My Experiences with Dan's Regimen Here: http://www.acne.org/...t-acne-regimen/


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Posted 21 November 2013 - 10:52 AM

I'm glad you came back and  bumped your great post.

 

And regarding the high GI/GL foods, remember, it's the GL of the whole meal that matters.  And by meal I mean the sum total of whatever you consume at a given time. So that includes snacks & drinks throughout the day.

 

Sure thing!

 

Thanks for the tip! I'll be sure to be aware of that as well. High GI/GL foods was difficult to learn at first because of all the variables, food combinations, overall meals, and individual impact.

 

Don't worry about it so much. Fat & carbs, plus a few things like vinegar, salt, cinnamon slow down carb absorption. Just don't eat/drink sugary/refined carbs by themselves. And ideally, don't eat very much of them regardless.  

 

Other than that, a few things are insulinemic without being high GI/GL such as animal proteins especially dairy. So don't have a glass of milk, ideally ever, but definately not by itself, especially not low fat milk. 


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[ Story: 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.

Regimen: 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!

For more information, see my Good Things for Acne thread *Moderator edit - Please refer to the board rules (see “Advertising/soliciting”, “Linking” and “Signatures”)*

When you eat stuff, Stuff Happens!


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Posted 19 June 2014 - 10:56 AM

Free Bump!

 

I came back to print out my pictures because I lost everything in my computer a few months ago :(.


08/20/13: Acne is gone!! Success thread here ---> http://www.acne.org/messageboard/topic/333646-milk-free-diet-cleared-my-cystic-acne-and/ 

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My Previous Regimen Here: http://www.acne.org/...6-years-try-it/
My FAQ's Are Written Here: http://www.acne.org/...t-day-and-faqs/ 

My Experiences with Dan's Regimen Here: http://www.acne.org/...t-acne-regimen/


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Posted 21 August 2014 - 09:56 PM

Another Free Bump!

 

I added and updated my Eczema information...


08/20/13: Acne is gone!! Success thread here ---> http://www.acne.org/messageboard/topic/333646-milk-free-diet-cleared-my-cystic-acne-and/ 

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My Previous Regimen Here: http://www.acne.org/...6-years-try-it/
My FAQ's Are Written Here: http://www.acne.org/...t-day-and-faqs/ 

My Experiences with Dan's Regimen Here: http://www.acne.org/...t-acne-regimen/


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Posted 05 April 2015 - 11:43 PM

So, I finally just finished reading your entire thread!  Then I saw your signature at the bottom with your previous regimen.  I take it you were on that when you were eating healthy and reacted to the tomato?  Also, I see you said no more high Gl's, sugars, and Milk has cleared your acne.  Was that immediate, or after months of avoiding them?  And is you're acne %100 gone? 


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I got a food sensitivity test, and am currently clearing my acne by eating food I'm not sensitive to.  Note: Food Sensitivity is different from allergies and intolerances!  I stopped doing things to my face, and started doing nothing but focus on diet.  My acne has never been more clear. I'm recovering from cystic acne. 

Status: %85 clear


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Posted 08 April 2015 - 12:05 PM

Melloman, on 06 Apr 2015 - 00:48, said:
So, I finally just finished reading your entire thread! Then I saw your signature at the bottom with your previous regimen. I take it you were on that when you were eating healthy and reacted to the tomato? Also, I see you said no more high Gl's, sugars, and Milk has cleared your acne. Was that immediate, or after months of avoiding them? And is you're acne %100 gone?


Hello! Great questions. Yes, that was my old or first regimen, and I wanted people to see it so they could see where I started out. I bought a juicer and juiced vegetables every day for a year or so. It worked wonderfully, but I wasn't able to digest other foods all of a sudden, such as salads and potatoes. When I stopped juicing it took a while for my body to readjust. I need to make a note about that, because juicing isn't for everyone and should not be a replacement for food.

This definitely took months of experimentation. The first thing I learned about acne was actually from Dan's Regimen on this website. I learned that it took me almost 3 months to become completely clear, or for the acne to at least stop producing itself. I knew that whenever I tried something else, it would take a while for the acne to create itself, emerge, puss and then finally go away. Spots can stay hidden under the skin up to several weeks once the acne has been "triggered", so if you had milk 2-3 weeks ago then a cyst comes, it could very likely be from that. Patience patience patience.

I was slowly getting off milk when I first started juicing and then did my complete diet change afterwards, but wasn't thinking of yogurt and cheeses on sandwiches and what not. Once I completely got rid of those, I saw improvement in less than a month, but that was almost 6 months later with lots of trial and error. I ate some cake a few weeks ago... some small spots did show up, but nothing like the cysts I was having before. Stopping the soda pop I was drinking, as well as a few other sugar drinks (like those tall sweet tea cans), got rid of the rest of my cysts. Sugar and Milk are a terrible combination for me, but tolerable every so often. The "every so often" depends on your body. For me, it's once or twice a week, but 90-95 percent of your diet has to be acne-free with little tolerance for your specific triggers.

Sleep is the most immediate resulting thing for me actually, not food. Better sleep for me means decent skin almost the very next morning, but could take a few days for others. More sleep means less facial redness too. I just splash water on my face and wipe it off with a towel every morning to get rid of the "oiliness", but sometimes I don't even have to anymore. I use to have a lot more oil, but not anymore.

Unfortunately no, I still get some acne. and I will make that very clear in my post above. Acne is still with me a tiny, bit... I still get a spot every couple of weeks or so, but it's vastly different than the 50 or so spots I always constantly had on my face. A cyst WILL return if I eat too much bread, sweets, and/or sleep very little, but hey are usually hidden under my jaw or around my ear (even in my hair line). Since I eat more vegetables however, the skin is healthier and the acne heals much more quickly and is a lot less painful to deal with. I'm pretty much in the same line of people where if you see a spot on their skin it's fairly rare and not even worth mentioning. Right now I have around 3 or 4 small spots on my neck, but they are hardly worth looking at. I one had a few cokes... which is funny because I drank them and really didn't even want them, but because I drank them I got two cysts a few days later.

Point in case, if I know the acne is coming from my food, then I'll personally allow it, but usually don't bother because I enjoy clearer skin. I'll also make a separate post here soon with some simple and cheap recipes I have.

Edited by TreatAcne, 08 April 2015 - 06:15 PM.

08/20/13: Acne is gone!! Success thread here ---> http://www.acne.org/messageboard/topic/333646-milk-free-diet-cleared-my-cystic-acne-and/ 

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My Previous Regimen Here: http://www.acne.org/...6-years-try-it/
My FAQ's Are Written Here: http://www.acne.org/...t-day-and-faqs/ 

My Experiences with Dan's Regimen Here: http://www.acne.org/...t-acne-regimen/


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Posted 10 April 2015 - 12:22 AM

Wow. Yeah, it took the girl on a video of the youtube channel you sent me, 3 months to heal as well. And she didn't even have acne. That's good.  It sucks that you still can't tolerate those foods yet.  It's been a year and a half, huh? That's disappointing that the wasn't enough time to fully heal. Hopefully in a couple more years, you'll be more tolerant. So your diet is vegan, but you're a vegetarian? I've noticed sleep is a good healer as well. I looked so much better yesterday morning! Thanks for posting your diet on my thread. The last couple of days help put me right back on track thanks to those comments. For some reason, no one ever goes into detail on their diet, ever online

Edited by Melloman, 10 April 2015 - 12:38 AM.

Relax

I'm a vegetarian

I got a food sensitivity test, and am currently clearing my acne by eating food I'm not sensitive to.  Note: Food Sensitivity is different from allergies and intolerances!  I stopped doing things to my face, and started doing nothing but focus on diet.  My acne has never been more clear. I'm recovering from cystic acne. 

Status: %85 clear


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Posted 23 April 2015 - 07:56 AM

Wow. Yeah, it took the girl on a video of the youtube channel you sent me, 3 months to heal as well. And she didn't even have acne. That's good.  It sucks that you still can't tolerate those foods yet.  It's been a year and a half, huh? That's disappointing that the wasn't enough time to fully heal. Hopefully in a couple more years, you'll be more tolerant. So your diet is vegan, but you're a vegetarian? I've noticed sleep is a good healer as well. I looked so much better yesterday morning! Thanks for posting your diet on my thread. The last couple of days help put me right back on track thanks to those comments. For some reason, no one ever goes into detail on their diet, ever online

 

 

Hey, sorry for the wait. I didn't watch any of her videos all the way through, but I am not surprised. Most people do not consider how much time things actually take... even Dan's regimen took me three months before I LOOKED clear, but 6 weeks was all it took for most of the acne to stop emerging. Skin shedding/healing and just average growing always takes longer... waiting to get rid of the red spots and scars acne leave behind is the worst. The last regimen I tried (the vegetable juicing every morning) took longer than 3 months for sure... in fact it felt more like six months or so before my skin started showing improvement, but I stopped timing myself and just let nature take it's course. You can see the dates on all my pictures in my gallery. Yes, it's been approximately 2 years or so since I stopped eating tomatoes, but it's hard to avoid since many things have tomatoes inside them, like soup broths, sauces, dressings, etc... and then there's cross contamination, which makes eating out very difficult... if people do not wash their cutting boards and/or pans, even though they are leaving the tomatoes out of my order, the juice is still know to touch everything and can get everywhere, so I have break outs from that. A vegan is a vegetarian who ALSO avoids milk and eggs... they have little to nothing to do with animals. However, I do occasionally have sweets and bakeries such as pie and some breads, but I don't eat them often and eat small portions when I do. These things commonly have milk and eggs in them, so that kind of flexibility I allow, but I do not drink milk or eat eggs strait out. Yes, sleep sleep sleep! And no problem about the recipes! I'm trying my best to gather recipes from other places as well, so it's taking longer than I thought... I'm think of starting a blog on blog post or Instagram or something.


Edited by TreatAcne, 23 April 2015 - 07:59 AM.

08/20/13: Acne is gone!! Success thread here ---> http://www.acne.org/messageboard/topic/333646-milk-free-diet-cleared-my-cystic-acne-and/ 

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My Regimen: NO Dairy, Sugar, and *most* High GI/GL foods.

My Previous Regimen Here: http://www.acne.org/...6-years-try-it/
My FAQ's Are Written Here: http://www.acne.org/...t-day-and-faqs/ 

My Experiences with Dan's Regimen Here: http://www.acne.org/...t-acne-regimen/


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Posted Yesterday, 01:10 AM

! And no problem about the recipes! I'm trying my best to gather recipes from other places as well, so it's taking longer than I thought... I'm think of starting a blog on blog post or Instagram or something.

 

Yeah, I was actually going to start a topic on all the recipes I came up with.  They're really good.  I was going to include pictures of the finished product and instruction and all that.  Since adding more veggies and a bit of fruit, my acne cleared drastically.  I think my gut has been healing for the past 8 months, but the wheat kept tearing holes which didn't let me see the results.  Before I followed your advice and got rid of wheat, I broke out almost immediately from Blueberries.  I ate blueberries after kicking wheat, and there was little to no reaction!  Of course I still breakout if I eat a lot lf bad food, but at least now I don't have to worry about cysts so much.

 

Tomatoes must be really bad to give you acne that easily.  I know if I eat a single donut from the store, I'll get a huge cyst that lasts for a month and a half, but I can eat an entire pound cake from the same store and get little to no acne.   I guess it's just one of those things.


Relax

I'm a vegetarian

I got a food sensitivity test, and am currently clearing my acne by eating food I'm not sensitive to.  Note: Food Sensitivity is different from allergies and intolerances!  I stopped doing things to my face, and started doing nothing but focus on diet.  My acne has never been more clear. I'm recovering from cystic acne. 

Status: %85 clear



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