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Soy is a huge acne trigger for me due to its effect on hormones. I'm guessing that if I give it up completely I should get clearer, but it's really hard since it's in so many foods. Has anyone had luck ditching soy completely? Or ditching almost all sources of soy at least? If so, what do you eat now??

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I don't know about the amount of soy in your recipies and diet habits. Here we find soy only in processed food like biscuits crackers etc so i cook my self almost everything i eat and i solve this. I am not sure that soy breaks me out but i find it in products with other acne triggers and i avoid it anyway. For me the difficult thing is to avoid dairy. What i eat is fish, beans (black eyed, chickpeas,lentils), vegetables, chicken and red meat. I try to follow the mediterranean diet but with modifications because i avoid dairy as hell and try to reduce glycemic index so i have an issue with bread and pasta. But by avoiding dairy and fat and high gi food i have lost weight, i try to eat more but well how many dishes of lentils do i need to replace the calories of pizza and gain weight? More than i can eat obviously..

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What clears my acne:

Spironolactone 100 mg + limiting dairy

indoxyl (duac) gel + aha + baby brush for comedones.

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Maria, I love your signature, with your plans and the universe plans for you! Thank you for that, it was a great way to start my day! So true! And I agree with your eating plan, very close to what I do and I'm thin as well. Try to work some fat in there like coconut oil, I cook and bake with it...and use garbanzo bean flour as well to bake with....I cut the sugar in half of whatever the recipe calls for....that is a good way to get some calories and give your self a treat.

I don't know about the amount of soy in your recipies and diet habits. Here we find soy only in processed food like biscuits crackers etc so i cook my self almost everything i eat and i solve this. I am not sure that soy breaks me out but i find it in products with other acne triggers and i avoid it anyway. For me the difficult thing is to avoid dairy. What i eat is fish, beans (black eyed, chickpeas,lentils), vegetables, chicken and red meat. I try to follow the mediterranean diet but with modifications because i avoid dairy as hell and try to reduce glycemic index so i have an issue with bread and pasta. But by avoiding dairy and fat and high gi food i have lost weight, i try to eat more but well how many dishes of lentils do i need to replace the calories of pizza and gain weight? More than i can eat obviously..

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Maria, I love your signature, with your plans and the universe plans for you! Thank you for that, it was a great way to start my day! So true! And I agree with your eating plan, very close to what I do and I'm thin as well. Try to work some fat in there like coconut oil, I cook and bake with it...and use garbanzo bean flour as well to bake with....I cut the sugar in half of whatever the recipe calls for....that is a good way to get some calories and give your self a treat.

I don't know about the amount of soy in your recipies and diet habits. Here we find soy only in processed food like biscuits crackers etc so i cook my self almost everything i eat and i solve this. I am not sure that soy breaks me out but i find it in products with other acne triggers and i avoid it anyway. For me the difficult thing is to avoid dairy. What i eat is fish, beans (black eyed, chickpeas,lentils), vegetables, chicken and red meat. I try to follow the mediterranean diet but with modifications because i avoid dairy as hell and try to reduce glycemic index so i have an issue with bread and pasta. But by avoiding dairy and fat and high gi food i have lost weight, i try to eat more but well how many dishes of lentils do i need to replace the calories of pizza and gain weight? More than i can eat obviously..


What clears my acne:

Spironolactone 100 mg + limiting dairy

indoxyl (duac) gel + aha + baby brush for comedones.

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Soy is a huge acne trigger for me due to its effect on hormones. I'm guessing that if I give it up completely I should get clearer, but it's really hard since it's in so many foods. Has anyone had luck ditching soy completely? Or ditching almost all sources of soy at least? If so, what do you eat now??


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I avoid soy at all costs. It's not hard to avoid if you're cooking foods from whole ingredients.

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I eat bread made from soy and drink soy milk. Skin has been better than ever.


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I avoid soy at all costs. It's not hard to avoid if you're cooking foods from whole ingredients.

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Rye and multigrain bread have low gi and are suitable for diabetic people. If seeds or rye don't break you out give them a try.. i eat a slice of rye bread with jam (i made it with fructose) preferably with vegetables to lower the gi even more. As spiro starts to work hopefully we will have less and less break outs due to food.


What clears my acne:

Spironolactone 100 mg + limiting dairy

indoxyl (duac) gel + aha + baby brush for comedones.

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Rye and multigrain bread have low gi and are suitable for diabetic people. If seeds or rye don't break you out give them a try.. i eat a slice of rye bread with jam (i made it with fructose) preferably with vegetables to lower the gi even more. As spiro starts to work hopefully we will have less and less break outs due to food.

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I was diagnosed as allergic to soy (and yeast) about 3 weeks ago. I have read just about every label at the grocery (or that's how it feels) and EVERYTHING has "soy letchin" or "yeast extract". Yes I realize I should make meals from scratch & avoid packaged foods, but I work full time and have 2 teens-- not much time for cooking! For now I am buying less packaged stuff and food labeled organic tends to have fewer ingredients, so I have better luck there for stuff like granola bars or crackers. Otherwise, its basics like chicken& veggies. Good luck!

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I experience break outs when I eat soy so I avoid most soy along with gluten and dairy. When I do eat soy, I eat fermented soy - like miso or tempeh. Non-fermented soy (soybeans, tofu, soy-based protein powder, soy flours, etc.) contain phytic acid, which impairs digestion. They are also goiterogens, meaning they impair thyroid function - so they can mess with your metabolism.


Low glycemic diet/ Avoiding dairy, gluten, most soy, an refined sugars, foods/beverages

Daily exercise (yoga, walking, hiking)

Cetaphil cleanser & lotion (for dry, sensitive skin) - AM/PM

Agera AHA toner at night

Occasional spot treatment with 2% BP or skin biology Exfol Serum

Supplements: Multivitamin/mineral, calcium, ALA, MSM, D3 (2000 mg), Fish oil, CoQ10, Rhodiola Rosea, Silica, probiotic

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Soy is a huge acne trigger for me due to its effect on hormones. I'm guessing that if I give it up completely I should get clearer, but it's really hard since it's in so many foods. Has anyone had luck ditching soy completely? Or ditching almost all sources of soy at least? If so, what do you eat now??

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Soy is a huge acne trigger for me due to its effect on hormones. I'm guessing that if I give it up completely I should get clearer, but it's really hard since it's in so many foods. Has anyone had luck ditching soy completely? Or ditching almost all sources of soy at least? If so, what do you eat now??

there are tons of food without soy so its really not hard

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I experience break outs when I eat soy so I avoid most soy along with gluten and dairy. When I do eat soy, I eat fermented soy - like miso or tempeh. Non-fermented soy (soybeans, tofu, soy-based protein powder, soy flours, etc.) contain phytic acid, which impairs digestion. They are also goiterogens, meaning they impair thyroid function - so they can mess with your metabolism.

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I experience break outs when I eat soy so I avoid most soy along with gluten and dairy. When I do eat soy, I eat fermented soy - like miso or tempeh. Non-fermented soy (soybeans, tofu, soy-based protein powder, soy flours, etc.) contain phytic acid, which impairs digestion. They are also goiterogens, meaning they impair thyroid function - so they can mess with your metabolism.

Interesting. I've noticed that I get breakouts after eating sushi and Japanese food. That would all be fermented soy though, wouldn't it?

Low glycemic diet/ Avoiding dairy, gluten, most soy, an refined sugars, foods/beverages

Daily exercise (yoga, walking, hiking)

Cetaphil cleanser & lotion (for dry, sensitive skin) - AM/PM

Agera AHA toner at night

Occasional spot treatment with 2% BP or skin biology Exfol Serum

Supplements: Multivitamin/mineral, calcium, ALA, MSM, D3 (2000 mg), Fish oil, CoQ10, Rhodiola Rosea, Silica, probiotic

Sleep & hydration!


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I experience break outs when I eat soy so I avoid most soy along with gluten and dairy. When I do eat soy, I eat fermented soy - like miso or tempeh. Non-fermented soy (soybeans, tofu, soy-based protein powder, soy flours, etc.) contain phytic acid, which impairs digestion. They are also goiterogens, meaning they impair thyroid function - so they can mess with your metabolism.

Interesting. I've noticed that I get breakouts after eating sushi and Japanese food. That would all be fermented soy though, wouldn't it?

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Soy is a huge acne trigger for me due to its effect on hormones. I'm guessing that if I give it up completely I should get clearer, but it's really hard since it's in so many foods. Has anyone had luck ditching soy completely? Or ditching almost all sources of soy at least? If so, what do you eat now??

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Update - I went about a week and a half completely soy free, dairy free, etc. (basically only ate meat, almonds, veggies and fruit) and I got almost 100% clear! BUT I was starving cause all I found it hard to eat enough. I lost about 5 pounds, which is no good since I’m already technically underweight.

So I backed off a little bit - I’ve been cooking a lot in my crock pot, being really careful about anything that comes from a can (I do not use pre-made soup mixes or anything with preservatives, I only use Kitchen Basics stock as it has really clean ingredients). I’m also not eating anything packaged like chips, etc. But I am eating dairy, which seems to be okay for me in small amounts. And I do eat the occasional meal out, and when I do, I don’t worry about the ingredients, except to avoid anything with obvious soy and anything deep fried.

My skin isn’t quite as good as it was when I was eating 100% clean, but my new diet has made a world of difference! I am on Spiro 50mg/day so that’s definitely helping, but I dropped the dietary restrictions for 4 days and started breaking out again, so I know this diet change is making a difference. The best part is that I’m not losing weight and don’t feel like I’m depriving myself, so it is absolutely sustainable!!

To anyone who is thinking of changing their eating habits for the sake of their skin - please try it! It takes a while to figure out what works for you, but it’s totally worth it in the end.

Thanks again to everyone who chimed in on this thread. :)

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Update - I went about a week and a half completely soy free, dairy free, etc. (basically only ate meat, almonds, veggies and fruit) and I got almost 100% clear! BUT I was starving cause all I found it hard to eat enough. I lost about 5 pounds, which is no good since I’m already technically underweight.

So I backed off a little bit - I’ve been cooking a lot in my crock pot, being really careful about anything that comes from a can (I do not use pre-made soup mixes or anything with preservatives, I only use Kitchen Basics stock as it has really clean ingredients). I’m also not eating anything packaged like chips, etc. But I am eating dairy, which seems to be okay for me in small amounts. And I do eat the occasional meal out, and when I do, I don’t worry about the ingredients, except to avoid anything with obvious soy and anything deep fried.

My skin isn’t quite as good as it was when I was eating 100% clean, but my new diet has made a world of difference! I am on Spiro 50mg/day so that’s definitely helping, but I dropped the dietary restrictions for 4 days and started breaking out again, so I know this diet change is making a difference. The best part is that I’m not losing weight and don’t feel like I’m depriving myself, so it is absolutely sustainable!!

To anyone who is thinking of changing their eating habits for the sake of their skin - please try it! It takes a while to figure out what works for you, but it’s totally worth it in the end.

Thanks again to everyone who chimed in on this thread. smile.png

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