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#1 ConorCoughlanMu

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Posted 09 January 2014 - 06:45 PM

Simple question. Sounds like a dumb one but recently I went on holiday and was eating rubbish the whole time and didn't get one single break out the whole time. Literally once I started my healthy eating again, I started breaking out. Anyone else had any experience with this?

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Posted 09 January 2014 - 08:18 PM

Acne is one of those conditions that people try to correlate with a certain product, food or regime. Whilst people often swear by very specific factors; 'eating healthy' is a far too broad sweeping statement in order to find justification. Perhaps look at certain food that you have eaten or keep a food dairy in order to specifically find your trigger.  All the best



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Posted 09 January 2014 - 08:19 PM

It's possible the your breakout is actually from all the bad stuff you ate on vacation. Acne takes some time to form.



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Posted 09 January 2014 - 09:45 PM

All the above, plus there already lifestyle habits that change on holiday. Does eating healthy stress you? Where did you go on holiday? We're you outdoors? How did ou sleep?
Status: Clear after 30 years. Wow, I guess it's been 6 years, now.

[ 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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Posted 09 January 2014 - 10:01 PM

I used to be all into the diet acne connection. While I think it does help with my skin and cuts down on the inflammation, I do not think it is the root cause of my spots. For the past 2 weeks I have been eating pizza, chocolate, candies. fast food, hot chocolate, wings, cereal, butter, bacon, bad fats, alcohol, cigarettes, milk, processed everything, fried everything etc. and I am the clearest that I have been in 6 months. So, while mine not be food related, yours very well may be.



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Posted 12 January 2014 - 10:36 AM

All the above, plus there already lifestyle habits that change on holiday. Does eating healthy stress you? Where did you go on holiday? We're you outdoors? How did ou sleep?

I wouldn't say eating healthy stresses me at all. I went to San Francisco, I was outdoors quite a bit. I slept okay, some nights having great sleeps, other's I was waking the next morning feeling like crap.



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Posted 12 January 2014 - 06:34 PM

I used to be all into the diet acne connection. While I think it does help with my skin and cuts down on the inflammation, I do not think it is the root cause of my spots. For the past 2 weeks I have been eating pizza, chocolate, candies. fast food, hot chocolate, wings, cereal, butter, bacon, bad fats, alcohol, cigarettes, milk, processed everything, fried everything etc. and I am the clearest that I have been in 6 months. So, while mine not be food related, yours very well may be.

Hmm, interesting. So if yours isn't food related, what else have you done/are you doing to prevent your acne? Or are you just simply not doing anything. Because that's the route I feel like taking!



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Posted 12 January 2014 - 07:15 PM

Well at this point in time yes, I am doing absolutely nothing besides trying a different round of antibiotics my derm prescribed. I am doing whatever I want and my acne is still just the same regardless of what type of food I am consuming. I am about to start eating vegan again only because since Christmas I've put on 15 lbs and starting to just feel shitty in general from all the toxins in our modern food. I have been on this site for a couple months and have done everything that has ever been mentioned on here to get rid of acne. I have come to accept that I might just have over active glands since I was just diagnosed with serborrehic dermatitis, this might be something I have to deal with my entire life. At this point I am more focused on keeping my acne to a minimal and trying to get some improvement in minor yet evident scarring on cheeks. Best of luck to everyone here as I have talked face to face with people who had acne 100% food related, don't smash someone's theory because yours wasn't caused by the same means..

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Posted 13 January 2014 - 01:56 PM

I have acne that is 100% food-related. However, just because eating junk does not make you break out does not mean that it's okay for your body. Epigenetics play a role in what food does to our bodies. Food-related acne is the canary in the coal mine alerting the sufferer to the damage that terrible food and nutritional deficiency are causing their body. Similar damage is occuring in those that do not suffer from diet-related acne, but they won't know about it until they have an obvious symptom of chronic inflammation like arthritis or heart disease.

 

I think I should also note that my idea of healthy food involves lots of vegetables, minimal fruit (sugar) saturated fats and butter, as well as some dietary cholesterol (from organic, pastured sources) which are actually necessary for proper cellular function. I suspect that if someone suffers from acne when eating "healthy", that they are not getting enough sources of dietary fat  including the very important omega 3 and omega 6 fats that your skin needs to function normally. For instance, I had a good friend with cystic acne that ate entirely vegan, and her acne only went away when she started eating pastured chicken with the skin, animal organs like liver, cold water fish like salmon, pastured eggs and butter regularly. She also had to omit grains almost entirely, as insulin spikes were causing a large part of the inflammation fueling her cystic acne, and grains made up a large portion of her diet.

I believe that humans can survive (and have survived) quite well on diets with large amounts of fat (the Inuit, for example), and only when we added in large amounts of grains and refined sugars did the diseases of civilization (acne, diabetes, cavities) emerge. If your acne goes away when eating junk, it could be that your body was craving fat as part of your diet. The type of fat that one gets from fried foods and junk is probably not optimal quality, but the body is making do with it in the short term. Try eating healtfully, but avoid dairy and grain and get lots of healthy fats from pastured, wild, or free-range sources (avoid grain-fed factory beef and chicken like the plague). See if that helps. I have also begun adding organic unflavored gelatin to many of my bone broths and stocks as an added source of protein, but this has also helped my skin's appearance and texture overall...


Suffered from acne as a young adult that went into remission when put on hormonal birth control. Went off the HBC around age 22 and the acne returned with a vengeance (along with a host of other hormonal complaints). 100% clear with a modified diet that excludes dairy, sugars, grains, citrus and cured meats and emphasizes whole food-based nutrition from both plant and animal sources, most notably organ meats like liver and juiced whole vegetables. I have included a recipe for the most helpful juice I have come up with for skin complaints. I drink it every day, and it is invaluable for acne due to the large amounts of vitamin A (carotenoids) from both the carrots and beets. It also helps improve your coloring if you are very fair, giving you a pinkish, more radiant look (not orange. Don't worry!).

 

Magic Juice

 

In a juicer, combine:

 

5-6 carrots

1 medium beet

2-3 stalks of celery

1 small apple (Green is preferred. Omit if you are very sugar-sensitive)

1 small (1inch) piece of ginger (optional, but good for digestion)

 

This makes a variable amount of juice depending on the size of the vegetables you use.

Drink this throughout the morning until it's gone. Store in the fridge not longer than one day.

Having perfectly clear skin on my wedding day was worth all the headache and effort of figuring out how diet affects acne!

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