Posted 27 July 2014 - 06:51 PM
My diet has been great for a long time now. I eat a ton of fruits and veggies. I avoid wheat, sugar, and animal products. I don't eat vegetable oils or any oils for that matter. I eat good fats (cashews and avocado) and some gluten free whole grains like oatmeal. My skin is still sooo clogged up and lately it has been very oily. It was like this before I eliminated meat too. I exercise, get enough sleep, my vitamin D is not low. My stress levels could be lower, but I have an anxiety disorder so it's never going to be perfect. Why is what I'm doing not good enough to have clear skin?
I recently added a couple of things to my habits and my skin has become amazingly soft & smooth. My KP has disappeared, the few blackheads I tend to have in the center of my chest have disappeared & whatever happens on my back whether it's KP or blackheads or whatever it is I can't see but keeps my back from being completely smooth. Disappeared.
I have added water kefir, chasteberry vitex. And i took DIM for the last several days prior to my last period. Because the month before had been very inconveniently irregular. Which is also why I bought the Vitex. But I've taken vitex and DIM before. In fact, I took the DIM because I had it on hand and it wasn't getting any younger.
One thing I'm wondering about is the GABA in water kefir. GABA is a neurotransmitter and one thing it does is increase both calm & focus. So it both helps you work and helps you relax & sleep. But that isn't all it does. It's in a lot of skin care topicals. So, I'm looking into what it does for skin, specifically.
GABA is produced by your body & is in some foods. But mostly it's produced by bacteria and so is in live fermented foods. Which i've always consumed regularly. But I'm making the water kefir and trying to drink it as fast as I make it as I don't have room to fill up my fridge with jars of the stuff. You ferment it at room temp for 24 hours, then flavor if you want and bottle and ferment another 24 or so in the fridge where it will become 'carbonated.' So I'm making and drinking a quart a day.
Oolong tea is another good source.
I thought this might be of interest to you for your blackheads & stress,
Clear after 30 years. Wow, I guess it's been 6 years, now.
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
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!
For more information, see my Good Things for Acne
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