Posted 29 October 2013 - 04:55 PM
Posted 29 October 2013 - 11:41 PM
Based on the photos you posted, your face looks fine. I don't even see any issues with your skin, but you are probably noticing things more than others do.
I have the same problem with raw diets, they are too limiting, but you can find many creative recipes online and on acne.org. Have you tried adding sweet potatoes? And even white potatoes, to give your diet some starch and help you gain weight. I buy the microwavable kind from the grocery store and even though I would rather eat the organic kind, even the microwavable sweet potatoes have many nutrients. I also added a fiber and protein bar which I eat whenever my energy is low. And I sometimes have low carb wraps (with no yeast), and I don't get acne from those. So you may consider adding a few things, one at a time, and see how you react. Also, anything you can do to help your digestion will help your body process foods more easily without causing breakouts or skin reactions.
I added aloe vera juice to my diet recently because it helped me in the past. I also use it on my face as a toner and it helps with redness.
Supplements: inositol, DIM, digestive enzymes [don't need them every day anymore, only on cheat days], herpanacine & vitamin C with rose hips [not every day], regular sun exposure for vitamin D3.
Lifestyle & Skin Care: Low histamine diet, avoiding unnecessary stress, balancing skin's PH (using Image Ormedics), using distilled/ filtered water to wash face, occasional high frequency facials... (although I have been slacking lately)
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Posted 30 October 2013 - 12:53 AM
Have you tried paleo? It tends to be better than straight raw because you can maintain a good weight, not be hungry, and supply your body with the fats it needs. Your problem could be stemming from wheat or another grain.
However your acne looks like it's comedonal. If this is true, then I would recommend using a mild soap - I just use a bar of super-crazy-organic-royal jelly soap that I picked up at a local health food store. I would also use a retinoid such as 0.1% tretinoin (this is one of the stronger retinoids). This needs to be prescribed. It also takes a couple months to work. Yes, months. No, there is not a faster solution. I suffered with something quite similar to what you're suffering with. I am finally close to being free of this travesty. They key for me was the combination of soap, retinoid, CeraVe moisturizing cream, and being extremely gentle with my skin despite the bumps and the dead skin that accumulated due to the retinoid.
That being said, you could have something else. It could be a reaction to something you're using on your skin. It could also be rosacea. It could also be folliculitis (to that end, you could try applying an antifungal shampoo such as selsun blue to your skin for 5-10 minutes and then washing it off thoroughly in the shower, if it's fungal it should respond quickly, and improvement should be visible by the end of a week. Antifungal creams don't work nearly as well).
The reason I don't think your problem is caused by diet is because dietary acne is almost always inflammatory - pustules, papules, or cystic acne. But either way, I would get it looked at by a dermatologist. If the derm says it's just acne, ask for a retinoid. Buy a mild non-comedogenic bar of soap and some CeraVe moisturizing cream (as opposed to the lotion or cleanser). And then, wait. Don't give up. I almost did so many times, and now I'm glad I didn't. Well, 'glad' doesn't really begin to describe it.
Posted 30 October 2013 - 08:58 AM
2) diet doesn't have to be all or nothing. (Tip: very few things in life do). Rather than starve yourself for weeks eating only raw, Eat MOSTLY raw fruits and veggies. Try the 80/20 rule.
3) try washing with water only I especially if cleansers irritate. When you get red, try applying something soothing like aloe Vera.
[ 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!
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