I don't necessarily agree with every post she made, I'm just stating my interpretation of her original post. I may have even misinterpreted it myself. Also, our body does need proper diet and nutrients to function to an extent, I think that is quite obvious...but I feel like that statement once again implies that diet is the only reason for acne. All I am trying to emphasize here is not to judge people with severe acne just because you found out what works for you.
The low GI I'm very familiar with as well as the anti-inflammatory foods. I have incorporated fish oil supplements into my diet twice a day for three years now, not actually for the purpose of clearing my skin but I didn't see improvement from that either as far as reduced inflammation. I believe you have recommended taking them on one of your posts.
Bottom line: I can honestly say that I have put every amount of effort possible into dietary changes for my acne, I'm not sure why some people on here have a hard time believing that. If dietary changes cleared my skin, I would be on here encouraging others to avoid certain foods, etc. There was no reason to attack me saying I will be a bad dermatologist as I didn't find my previous post to be any bit controversial. I would also like to add that my diet as of now is not unhealthy. I'm not an organic eater by any means, but I do go out of my way to select foods that are nutritious and important for my overall health. I would encourage others to do the same.
I *think* the OP is trying to emphasize that there shouldn't be shame or guilt associated with having severe acne that many people have, and people shouldn't convince themselves that they are unhealthy, dirty or living a bad lifestyle solely based off of the fact that they have blemished skin. I've been tested for allergies and everything was negative, then tried to alter my diet anyway by slowly eliminating certain foods for periods of time (gluten, dairy, citrus and caffeine) to see if there was a correlation between breakouts and the food I was consuming. All I ended up doing was delaying treatment and causing serious permanent scarring all over my face and so it can be a little disheartening to hear other people going through the same thing or asking themselves "Why am I breaking out despite a healthy lifestyle?". It's important to realize that acne is a lot more than just not taking care of yourself, and although diet is ESSENTIAL to healthy living in general, it's foolish to assume that it's a cure for every ailment out there. With that said, many people on here say avoiding trigger foods = clear skin, all I can say is be lucky that you have some level of control over your acne whereas many people out there don't and that's the messed up reality of severe acne. Judging those people or implying that it's their fault they have acne is absolutely not okay.
Actually, what the OP is here to do is tell us this whole board is stupid. Believe me. She PMd me several times and this isn't here only post. In fact she apparently joined just to make these posts as she did it all on day one & two of membership.
We are no sicker or dirtier than clear skinned people. They just don't get the symptom of acne. But that doesn't mean acne isn't a sign of processes going awry.
Also, my seeking treatment from dermatologists that told me diet had nothing to do with my acne, delayed my path to truly healthy habits and clear skin. By over a decade in which I became quite scarred and possibly impacted what all i might have done with my life.
And trigger foods is not the only way diet affects acne or anything else to do with your health. There's Inflammatary/anti-inflammatory foods, there's high glycemic impacting habits that elevate hormones involved in acne as well as being inflammatory. There's the nutrients your body needs to function.
I was hoping you were on the path to become one of the better than average dermatologists. Please. We don;t need more mediocre ones.
Edited by missamua, 31 July 2014 - 12:52 PM.