Background: Male. I have body acne (mainly back, but chest also). Had facial acne when I was 13-15, but that cleared up for the most part. Most of my facial acne is pretty minor now.
I have been doing a bunch of research the past few weeks about changing my diet and whatnot to improve my acne. I can't afford a dermatologist, so I have to try doing this on my own. I have always been a healthy eater, but I really wanted to step it up to help clear my acne. I started my "diet" roughly a week ago, and today my back and chest are worse than they've been in (probably) 6+ months. I wanted to see what you guys had to say about my diet, because I'm really disappointed. Here's everything I eat, all the supplements I take, etc.:
*I buy mostly everything from whole foods. I'm a college student, but I am really trying to make this work
-Lentils (ate those last week, probably not going to eat anymore)
-Sweet potatoes (started eating 1 a day yesterday)
-Quinoa (mixed with ground beef and organic tomato sauce)
-Salad (with organic ceasar dressing)
-natural peanut butter
-rice bread (cutting out wheat, but I still need my peanut butter sandwiches for weight lifting)
-celery (late night snack with peanut butter)
-apples (last week, organic ones are pretty expensive, though)
-oatmeal (put rolled oats in boiled water)
-raisins (added to oatmeal)
-Universal Nutrition Real Gains whey protein
-vitamin D3 pills (5000 IU/day)
-creatine monohydrate (for weight lifting)
I also had some japanese food, alcohol, and a milkshake last weekend. I like to treat myself once in a while, and it normally doesn't affect me that much. Not planning on eating japanese or a milkshake any time soon. Alcohol probably won't change, though.
I exercise regularly (weights, running, etc.), but I always shower afterwards. I use face wash for both my face and body because it is more gentle on the skin. I sleep shirtless and wash my sheets every week. Please help me. I'm pretty distraught because I was expecting my skin to be better instead of worse.
Because of my weight lifting I have to eat a lot, hence the peanut butter sandwiches (great source of protein, calories). I also drink A LOT of water for my acne, migraine protection, and because of the creatine.
Heck, I've even stopped picking (95% of it, at least), which was a ritual for me in the shower.
Please tell me what I'm doing wrong. I'm feeling kinda helpless right now.