What's up everyone, it's your boy Silverlight22 (no idea why I chose this username) and I will be giving you daily updates on how fasting during the month of Ramadan is impacting my skin.
Quick background - I have cystic acne/perioral dermatitis on my chin and sides of my mouth. Been on antibiotics for 2 years. Got resistant to Doxy. Switched to Minocycline 100mg. I think I am resistant to that now as well but scared to let go off it.
OK SO let's begin this 30 day journey and see how fasting will help my skin. So just for those who don't know Ramadan is an Islamic month where we are supposed to fast for 30 days from sunrise to sunset. We cannot have any food or water during this time. Since I live in Canada, fasting will last 18 hours.
I also try to follow a low GI diet and I consume no chocolates, sugary snacks, refined sugar or any type of sugar! I eat bananas, apples and cherries to satisfy my sugar cravings.
Stuff that cause acne and that I have eliminated
-HOT PEPPERS or any SPICE containing these
- Cinnamon? (Started taking 500mg capsules after every meal but started breaking out on Day 3 of this regimen, quit immediately as I read it has a big impact on perioral dermatitis)
I am confident that my skin breaks out due to high GI food and Insulin spikes so I am trying to battle this as much as I can. This is why I started taking cinnamon supplements but they gave me whiteheads. I stopped immediately and my skin is doing better.
Current Acne Status = Two inflamed region on the bottom sides on my mouth - have had 2 - 3 whiteheads in that region for the past 1 week. Ate some stuff I shouldn't have and suffered. They're healing up now but a whitehead pops up in that region every now and then
Current Regimen - Low GI food, No spices that contain hot peppers, 2 bananas daily, 100mg Minocycline (pretty sure I am resistant to it by now)
THERE IS A NEW ADDITION TO MY REGIMEN - BLACK SEED OIL(NIGELLA SATIVA).
I researched a bit and found there are quite a few studies done on this. I came across this because it is mentioned in Islamic medicines and described as a cure for everything except death so I was like why not?? and bought some. I consume a 500mg tablet after every meal! Started yesterday but let's see how it turns out. Really hoping for this to do the trick. It is believed to cure candida overgrowth.
Here is a link to its many benefits - http://naturalsociet...nigella-sativa/
I have faith in this product and it is believed to lower glucose level in our body so I will take 2 grams everyday and see how I respond to it.
Medication I am on - Minocycline - 100mg
Supplements I take - Probiotics, Vitamin D(1000UI), Black seed oil tablets (500mg after every meal).
This combined with fasting and let's see how it goes.