I feel like I've eliminated so much food already. My meals pretty much consists of pork, avocado, quinoa, kale, sweet potatos, broccoli, cucumbers, lentils, coconut oil (to fry), tamari sauce, and fruits (canteloupe, apples, pears). I also drink a protein shake that has blueberry, blackberries, flaxseed, chia seeds, fish oil omega d3, l-glutamine, and hemp protein.
None of these came up as something I'm intolerant to on my IgG blood test.
I might try cutting out sweet potatos for now too, but really, I'm at a loss ... since I still got a couple new pimples these last couple days.
I think it's important to note that food intolerances are just one of the myriad causes of acne. If it's a bad bacteria, for example, the fiber in lentils could be allowing it to proliferate, resulting in an increase in the waste products of that bacteria, which could potentially be absorbed and react as a food antigen might.
That being said, of the things you listed tamari sauce stands out as the most potentially antigenic, being soy and all. Flax seeds are also potentially antigenic. But these are guesses. You could try doing 3-day elimination tests; don't eat a particular food for 3 days, and monitor your acne closely. Food usually takes around 48 hours to leave your system, so if it works with a particular food, I would expect nothing new on the 3rd day, but potentially new spots on the 1st and 2nd.
Depending on your type of acne, it could also be hormonal (usually cystic for women). If it's around your mouth, it could be toothpaste. Acne is sort of like cancer; it's a manifestation of something gone awry, but that cause could be many things, and the manifestation of that cause could differ in a number of ways. A group of diseases, and not just one problem - which means there almost certainly won't be one solution.
I have both whiteheads, smaller pimples, and some cystic acne. And mostly on my face.
And I don't use any medication anymore. Was on tetracycline for about three months last year and it worked rather well, but I feel all the antibiotics ruined my gut, hence part of the reason why I have leaky gut now. So no acne medication at the moment.
Ah okay. Yeah that does sound like food intolerances or potential dysbiosis.
You could get a stool test to see if the offending agent is a microbe. Do you have any gut symptoms?
Edited by Quetzlcoatl, 23 January 2014 - 03:09 PM.