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Poll: The "Right" Dietary Changes... (19 member(s) have cast votes)

The "Right" Dietary Changes...

  1. Were ABOVE my expectations (helped in other areas) (4 votes [21.05%])

    Percentage of vote: 21.05%

  2. Made a huge impact on my skin (90% +) (6 votes [31.58%])

    Percentage of vote: 31.58%

  3. Made a moderate impact on my skin (5 votes [26.32%])

    Percentage of vote: 26.32%

  4. Made a small impact on my skin (2 votes [10.53%])

    Percentage of vote: 10.53%

  5. Had NO impact on my skin (1 votes [5.26%])

    Percentage of vote: 5.26%

  6. N/A: I never changed my diet (1 votes [5.26%])

    Percentage of vote: 5.26%

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#1 SweetJade1980

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Posted 13 January 2005 - 01:08 PM

I know that we are all different and as such, different dietary regimens will work for us. Yet it seems like some of us are divided into groups where a group of us avoid pretty much the same things and another group avoids pretty much the same things and we both achieve around the same level of results. However there are other members that have changed their diets, and have not seen similar results as 90%, 95%, 99% or 100% clear skin.

It would be great if those of us that found that dietary changes were neccessary (despite supplements, detoxing, prescriptions) in order to improve our skin, if we could list what we do. Nutritional supplements & herbs are also allowed as part of your dietary regimen as sometimes these are actually found in the foods we eat daily. Of course if you are still taking prescriptions PLEASE list this as well, as this is probably affecting your results too.

For those that have found that dietary changes didn't affect them much, or at all, it would be great if you clarified what changes you made, as well as how long you made them. After all, what is healthy for your body overall, is NOT the same as what is healthy for hormonal balance or our skin. So if you just changed your diet to something that seemed healthy (low fat, low-carb, vegetarian, vegan, etc) and didn't see results, it could be because you didn't change your diet in the same manner that most of us did. Granted, there are people that are fortunate enough to have multiple ways (prescriptions, topicals, etc) of achieving 100% clear skin, but if your decision is to do it naturally & through diet and you are having trouble, perhaps you may want to compare your attempts to what the rest of us did to get there.


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1. How long have you suffered with acne & how severe was it?

2. How significantly did dietary changes affect your skin (give a percent)?

3. What dietary changes did you make and, IF you are aware, how did each of them affect your skin? (% of clarity, type of acne, sebum level, etc)

4. Are there any foods or drinks that you avoid regularly (unintentionally or due to dislike), that may or may not also have an impact?

5. Do you take any nutritional supplements, herbs, etc?

6. Do you use any topicals?

7. Do you use any oral prescription medications?

8. What's your BEST nutritional advice for those following a new diet?

9. Do you ever have fun while on your diet?

10. Ulitmately, has this helped or hindered your social life, self-esteem, etc?

Thank You!
These are not steps, but stages some people progress through when going from conventional to holistic medicine. Stage 2 is how I became 99%+ Clear, eliminated my dysmennorhea, significantly reduced my sebum & pore size, etc & is my predominant method.

Stage 1 (Treatment):
* (Daily) Isocare Skin Control Cleanser, Dream Products Customized Natural Face Lotion & Coppertone Sport Spray Sunscreen (mixed)
* (Sporadically) spot treat w/ anti-inflammatory (neosporin, hydrocortisone, salicylic acid) or a skin lightener (post-inflammatory pigmentation) to treat stubborn cystic/nodular acne that appears due to unknowingly or knowingly ingesting a food/ingredient that breaks me out (I do my best to avoid these foods). If you cover treated area w/ a bandaid, it makes product more effective.

Stage 2 (Prevention): "cheapest" method ~ Since Aug. 2002
* Follow a Gluten-Free, Trans-Fat Free, Dairy-Free and No Added Sugar diet for my Insulin Resistance/Hyperandrogenism (Silent Chronic Inflammatory Syndrome)
* Avoid ALL types of nuts and the Genus Prunus (almonds, plums, peaches, nectarines, apricots, cherries), Bananas, Pineapples, Cottonseed oil, Artificial Sweetners.

Stage 3 (Correction):
* 1/18/08 Ultimate Colon Cleanse (30 day program)

Research:
* Developing functional foods for those with acne & other special needs (assuming there's a defficiency).
* Developing good & "safe" formulas for various hormonal issues for women. Correction stage may resolve this for some.

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Posted 13 January 2005 - 02:16 PM

OK, so here's me =)

1. I'm currently 24 and have had acne since I was at least 10 years old. I developed cystic, nodular & body acne at the age of 11 and as such I can breakout almost anywhere you can imagine (ears, neck, face, scalp, back, chest, upper arms...& other areas). After a bout with minocycline for three months 4.5 years ago, I also started to breakout on my lower arms, legs, eyebrows, & sometimes along the edge of my lips in tiny pimples or very tiny nodules. When I was 20, I finally moved beyond knowing I had a "hormonal disorder" to knowing that it was defined as Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome or Insulin Resistance Syndrome (PCOS or IR) or more specifically HAIR-AN Syndrome.

2. After 2.5 years of following my customized diet, I am currently 99%+ clear. I also no longer suffer from horribly painful menstrual cramps, produce less sebum, less dandruff, have the smallest pores since puberty, & produce a bit less body hair. I do not carb count or follow the glycemic index/load, however my diet is what is suggested for good health, a Moderate Carbohydrate Diet (40% - 55% carbs) with my daily intake at 200g - 300g of carbohydrates. This is a 50% reduction of the amount of carbohydrates that I used to consume!

3. Some of my dietary changes & how they affected me are scientifically based and others were due to "trial & error":

A) Intial 95% Clarity = Low Grain/Gluten Free Diet (no wheat, barley, rye, (& oats)). I eat primarily (90% of the time) Rice & Corn, sometimes Buckwheat (not grain), and occassionaly other Gluten-Free Grains. This also eliminated my menstrual pains.

B) Additional 4%+ Clarity:

Avoidance of:
Added "sugar" (refined/organic glucose, sucrose, table sugar, cane syrup, etc) - tiny pimples/pustles that I like to call "Sugar Pimples" (appear in 1 - 2 days & go away in 2-3 days)

HFCS (Fructose/Corn Syrup/High Fructose Corn Syrup) - STUBBORN cystic acne (& acne within acne) that can last 2 - 4 weeks or longer (appears within 3 - 7 days)

Peanuts (legumes) - cysts

Bananas - cysts

Dairy (regular/organic casien, whey, milk, butter, etc) - cysts or sometimes very stubborn tiny nodular acne in & around my earlobes (this was a NEW development and can take a looooong time to shrink. Still have one very very tiny one, that is slowly shrinking, in my ear that initially appeared 1.5 years ago)

Trans Fats (Partially Hydrogenated & Hydrogenated Oils) - increased dandruff, sebum, unwanted hair growth & enlarged pores (takes 2 weeks to shrink pores down again).

Genus Prunus of Rose Family (Almonds, Plums, Peaches, Nectarines, Apricots) - cystic acne, nodular acne in NEW areas

Most Nuts (pecans-walnuts, pistachios-cashews, etc) - cystic acne



Addition of:
MORE fiber, nutrient, & antioxidant rich Vegetables (improves digestion, skin healing, etc) such as:

Cruciferous Vegetables - Brocolli, Cauliflower, Cabbage (red or green)
Leafy Greens - Spinach, Collard, Mustard, Turnip greens
Lettuces - Romaine, Bibb/Butterhead, Raddichio, Looseleaf etc (green or red leaves)
Misc. - green onions/leeks, celery, squash (green, yellow,etc), okra, artichoke, asparagus, potatos (w/skins), etc



****When you change your diet, you may find that you breakout in NEW areas or in MORE persistant acne from the same foods you once ate or due to SOME foods that you've Added/Increased consumpton of. This may be because you have now resensitized your body to those foods that aggrevate it. This is a plus for most of us, as it's a GOOD indicator of whether we ate something that doesn't agree with us, but may be a downside if you are unable to consistently maintain your dietary changes.****



4. I unintentionally started avoiding Citrus Fruits (oranges, tangerines, grapefruit) & orange when I initially changed my diet. My dad can breakout from a type of citrus fruit, but I personally don't know if I do. I also avoid 100% fruit Juice, Cottonseed Oil and usually MSG & Nitrates. If I drink 100% fruit juice it's usually a sip or diluted with water as I personally find them to be "too sweet". Also with the exception of Green/String Beans, I don't like most Legumes (beans, peas, lentils) and tend to naturally avoid these.


5. I take Benefiber (2x a day) & Calcium Hydroxyapitite (not for vegans) & Boron.

6. Honestly I don't have need for acne fighting topicals unless I "cheat" or unknowling eat something that has an ingredient in it that aggrivates my skin. Unfortunately traditional acne topicals don't work for the extremely stubborn acne that I can get as a result and so what I tend to use is either Vinegar/Water/Asprin toner, Neosporin, or Hydrocrotisone Cream (I know it's bad) as my spot treatments. They dont always work, so for me the best thing is to NOT consume those foods that give me cysts.

7. I dabble off an on with 100mg of Spironolactone, but this is only for treating my hirsutism. I don't NEED this for my acne and am looking for alternative supplements to replace it (to keep with the whole natural theme of things).

8. The best advice I can give is to know what nutrients you are giving up when you are avoiding a specific food and find other sources to replace them with. If you aren't a vegetable fan, find those vegetables that provide the nutrients you may be concerned with (fiber, calcium, magnesium, etc) and eat more of your FAVORITES and then gradually expand to include other vegetables. This list here may help: http://www.nal.usda....nk/wt_rank.html

9. Believe or not, I still am so faaar from perfect with my diet ;-) In fact I just bought an organic mint chocolate bar, gluten-free organic double chocolate chip cookies (these are splurges for me as they contain added sugar). Yet I eat home-made microwaved popcorn & organic/natural potato chips weekly (and never breakout)! I eat (organic) 100% fruit leathers, most dried fruits (unsulphured) such as raisens, pears, apples, and pretty much whatever fresh.frozen fruits I want (that aren't on the list above). I eat natural/flavored applesauce, sunflower seeds, nitrate/gf/hfcs free lunchmeats, ramen type noodles (Thai or Simply Asia), and sporadically select canned foods. I do occassionally eat fried foods such as fried pork ribs, fried/baked flavored chicken wings, and if I'm doing it at home, I use Extra Virgin Olive Oil. If I want french fries, I go for the baked kinds (Wild Oats or Alexia) that don't have any trans fats. If I want gum or mints I usually use Xylitol sweetened products and use xylitol when I wish to sweeten tea or use for baking. Yet again, if I want pasta, I can always eat Gluten-Free pasta (favorite is brown rice pasta), along with a host of other GF foods such as muffins, waffles, etc. Oh and of course, while keeping ALL of the above in mind, I still go out to eat and will be doing so this evening!

10. Ultimately, due to the success that I've acheived and the support of friends & family this has done wonders for my health & self-esteem. While I may not be able to eat everything at a party, but sometimes I get to share the foods that I now eat with my friends ^ family and usually they like it, this HAS improved my social life ;-) Of course, because of my dietary changes (miniscule sacrfice) I was able to actually have MORE of a social life in some aspects and now I can usually look people in the eye longer, hold my head up higher, and wear clothes that I never could wear before. That means that I no longer have to tell people I can't go out with them and disappoint them or that I don't want to do this or that because it required me wearing clothing that I couldn't wear. Having acne, and especially body acne, doesn't just affect you, but your friendships and the type of experiences that you get to have with those friends. So for me, finding an answer meant that I wouldn't have to miss out on some of this special occassions as now I actually get to wear those pretty dresses (was a bridesmaid and soon to be a maid of honor for another friends wedding) and more of the latest fashions and that to me, as a woman, is the most AMAZINGLY GOOD feeling!
These are not steps, but stages some people progress through when going from conventional to holistic medicine. Stage 2 is how I became 99%+ Clear, eliminated my dysmennorhea, significantly reduced my sebum & pore size, etc & is my predominant method.

Stage 1 (Treatment):
* (Daily) Isocare Skin Control Cleanser, Dream Products Customized Natural Face Lotion & Coppertone Sport Spray Sunscreen (mixed)
* (Sporadically) spot treat w/ anti-inflammatory (neosporin, hydrocortisone, salicylic acid) or a skin lightener (post-inflammatory pigmentation) to treat stubborn cystic/nodular acne that appears due to unknowingly or knowingly ingesting a food/ingredient that breaks me out (I do my best to avoid these foods). If you cover treated area w/ a bandaid, it makes product more effective.

Stage 2 (Prevention): "cheapest" method ~ Since Aug. 2002
* Follow a Gluten-Free, Trans-Fat Free, Dairy-Free and No Added Sugar diet for my Insulin Resistance/Hyperandrogenism (Silent Chronic Inflammatory Syndrome)
* Avoid ALL types of nuts and the Genus Prunus (almonds, plums, peaches, nectarines, apricots, cherries), Bananas, Pineapples, Cottonseed oil, Artificial Sweetners.

Stage 3 (Correction):
* 1/18/08 Ultimate Colon Cleanse (30 day program)

Research:
* Developing functional foods for those with acne & other special needs (assuming there's a defficiency).
* Developing good & "safe" formulas for various hormonal issues for women. Correction stage may resolve this for some.

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Posted 13 January 2005 - 04:28 PM

sweetjade ur a genius.
1. How long have you suffered with acne & how severe was it? 3 years, moderate, now mild

2. How significantly did dietary changes affect your skin (give a percent)? 70%

3. What dietary changes did you make and, IF you are aware, how did each of them affect your skin? (% of clarity, type of acne, sebum level, etc) remove alot of sugar, diary, fat, helped my acne move from moderate to mild

4. Are there any foods or drinks that you avoid regularly (unintentionally or due to dislike), that may or may not also have an impact? soda

5. Do you take any nutritional supplements, herbs, etc? vitamin c, zinc, b5

6. Do you use any topicals?bp, sa, ga, sulfur

7. Do you use any oral prescription medications?tetracycline

8. What's your BEST nutritional advice for those following a new diet?
Avoid sugar, alot of fat and carbs, water and apples are your best friend.
9. Do you ever have fun while on your diet?
no diet sucks and acne sucks and life sucks n porn rox
10. Ulitmately, has this helped or hindered your social life, self-esteem, etc?
helped.. a little.. still got a while to go

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Posted 14 January 2005 - 06:33 AM

Thanks so much for this, Sweet Jade - your posts are always so informative and helpful (PS come and say hello in the mods forum, we dedicated a thread to you and you haven't replied yet!!! sad.gif )


1. How long have you suffered with acne & how severe was it? - I am currently 20 and I started getting acne at about 13. It worsened when I was about 16 and became severe cystic and nodular acne, across my forearms, chest, back, neck and face. Leaving severe scarring across my body and moderate scarring on my face.

2. How significantly did dietary changes affect your skin (give a percent)? I have been eating healthily since I started getting acne so it's difficult to measure a percentage. I would say about 20% if that.

3. What dietary changes did you make and, IF you are aware, how did each of them affect your skin? (% of clarity, type of acne, sebum level, etc)
eliminated dairy, refined foods, sugars, salt, most trans and saturated fats, some alcohol. Introduced different grains such as quinoa, millet, rice etc to replace pasta. Drinking vegetable juices and herbal teas.

Are there any foods or drinks that you avoid regularly (unintentionally or due to dislike), that may or may not also have an impact? Eggs.

Do you take any nutritional supplements, herbs, etc? Yes, 2g Vitamin C, 50mg Zinc, 100mg B Complex, 200IU vitamin E and 200mcg chromium per day. I have also tried 1500mg propolis, 2 capsules tejaswini, 2000mg evening primrose oil, burdock root, echinacea etc with little success.

6. Do you use any topicals? yes, a LOT of topicals - primarily manuka oil, with weekly salicylic acid peels. I moisturise with emu oil and cleanse with the puredeming castille bar.

7. Do you use any oral prescription medications?Not currently, but I was on tetracyclines alternated with erythromycin for 4 years and roaccutane for 7 months ending a year ago.

8. What's your BEST nutritional advice for those following a new diet?
Try to remain positive at all times.

9. Do you ever have fun while on your diet?
No. I have enjoyed becoming more knowledgable about food, but having to avoid things whilst at university is very hard. I find it almost impossible to restrain myself from having alcohol - I'm quite shy and don't like going out unless I've 'blurred the edges'; I think alcohol is has a BIG effect on my acne, which makes me more self-conscious. It's a real catch-22. sad.gif

10. Ulitmately, has this helped or hindered your social life, self-esteem, etc?
I think diet changes HAVE helped, but I think my acne is too severe to control solely through diet. This is based on 8 years of trying the diet thing without much success. I think I might try avoiding wheat for a few weeks to see if that helps.


Thanks again for this thread, Sweet jade. We could look into pinning it if a lot of people reply. smile.gif

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Posted 14 January 2005 - 10:16 AM

Hi SweetJade, this is a great idea...For me the key to getting rid of my acne was detoxing, optimizing my diet to include as much antioxidants, fiber, and vitamins and minerals as possible, improving digestion (and elimination), liver cleanse, and regular moderate excercise.

1. How long have you suffered with acne & how severe was it?
I'm 23 years old and have suffered with acne since I was 15. Painful acne on my face only, I tried many topical medications (benzyl peroxide, salycillic acid, tea tree oil), but results have always been less than satisfactory. A year ago I started to educate myself on holistic nutrition, and apply what I learned.

2. How significantly did dietary changes affect your skin (give a percent)? 99% - I'm completely clear, just waiting for red marks to fade away, scars are actually fading (this I was not expecting). 1% - I will only break out when I'm under major stress or eat too much sweets.

3. What dietary changes did you make and, IF you are aware, how did each of them affect your skin? (% of clarity, type of acne, sebum level, etc).
Things I have eliminated are sugar, vegeatble oils, most meats (except for chicken and turkey because I do crave a little protein), dairy, minimized comsumption of foods made with refined flour, or contain preservatives, coloring, nitrates, nitrites, sulphites, BHA, and BHT.

What I have done is drink 10-12 glasses of water a day, lemon and hot water w/ginger daily, green tea, eat seasonal vegetables, raw vegetable or lightly cooked veggies, and consume a variety of vegetables (sweet potatoes,onions, leeks, garlic, broccoli, cabbage, carrots, cucumber, red/green leaf lettuce etc.), use spices known for improving digestion (e.g. ginger, tumeric, cumin, coriander), also eat brown rice.
I also cook with coconut oil, use butter (not margarine), and extra virgon olive oil for seasoning.

4. Are there any foods or drinks that you avoid regularly (unintentionally or due to dislike), that may or may not also have an impact?
Alcohol, sugarry drinks (pop, juice) and coffee I don't enjoy them anyway so no biggie.

5. Do you take any nutritional supplements, herbs, etc?
Acidophillus, Digestive enzymes (only when I eat certain foods or big meals), Broad Spectrum Quality Vitamin and Mineral Supplement (so I don't have to experiment with what specific vitamin is good for acne), EFA Oil, fiber in the form of psyllium in a little bit of juice followed by huge glass of water (this was really important for me). I also did a candida and parasite cleanse, and then did the liver flush. And took milk thistle afterwards to rebuild my liver. Also took a homeopathic remedy to help the liver further.

And Oh yes...took NAT MUR 200C for a few days to deal with some supressed childhood emotions, I heard that supressed anger affects the liver which in turn aggravates acne. (My mother in-law is a Homeopath)

6. Do you use any topicals?
Cleanse with soap containing primrose oil and tea tree oil (cost $1.00), and moisturize with aloe vera (the ones used for sunburns), and use St Yves apricot scrub to help reduce scars (works for me).

7. Do you use any oral prescription medications?
Used to be on birth control, but stopped 1 1/2 years ago. I don't agree with the side affects and who know what else oral contraceptives do to your body.

8. What's your BEST nutritional advice for those following a new diet?
A lot of people focus on their acne as being the biggest problem because that is what they and others can see, when really there are more underlying problems that they can not see. Focus on healing your entire body. Also foods that cause acne in one person may not cause acne in others because everyone is biochemically different. Keep a journal, recording what you drink and how much, what you eat, the supplements you took, and how your skin looks that day. This makes it easy to stick to a plan, it did for me.

9. Do you ever have fun while on your diet?
My energy level has gone up, I'm not tired, not so easily stressed, and I love trying new veggies and recipes that I know will be contributing to my overall health. so yes I do have fun.

10. Ulitmately, has this helped or hindered your social life, self-esteem, etc?
Because my diet has cleared me up I feel more confident and happy, instead of spending an hour every morning trying different ways to cover up my acne for the day I have more time to do other things. If I didn't make these changes, I would still be sitting around waiting for my body to "grow out" of it's acne stage, while trying to maintain it with expensive chemicals, and styling my hair to conveniently cover a blemish.

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Posted 14 January 2005 - 11:00 AM

X-cellent post.
1. How long have you suffered with acne & how severe was it?
I’ve suffered since about age 14 and I am now 26. My acne has gone from horrible to really bad to almost clear to (potentially) really bad. It’s been an interesting ride indeed. It was the worst in high school, although I remember not caring all that much. It cleared up in college for some reason. It came back with a vengeance about 2 years ago. I get cysts around my mouth, chin, and jawline. I get little tiny ones on my 4head. My cheeks are clear, as are all my other body parts.

2. How significantly did dietary changes affect your skin (give a percent)?
Hard to say for sure. I’m guessing I’m about 95% clear. The best I could do before my diet overhaul was about 75% clear. I am constantly analyzing my diet, trying to get to 96-100%. There are certain foods that set off the mine field, but I just can’t crack exactly what food it was. I also lost 20 lbs., from 205 lb to 185 lb. So, at 6’3�, I’m a little thinner than I want to be. Other than that, I have felt so much better on a whole, since putting the typical western diet behind me.

3. What dietary changes did you make and, IF you are aware, how did each of them affect your skin? (% of clarity, type of acne, sebum level, etc)
I’ve gone through many different dietary changes. About one year ago, I started a diet by a lady named Wai. All raw fruits, veggies, eggs, nuts, and fish (sashimi). Follow every bite of fruit with a fat, like avocado, olive oil, or brazil nut. After doing this diet for 1 month, I was very clear, about 98%. But, man, was that diet hard to stick to. If I lived on a deserted island, I would be fine, but avoiding cooked foods was like trying to get around the fat man in the narrow hallway. Needless to say, it only took 1 week for me to shatter the popular “diet has no effect on acne� doctrine that I believed for so long.

That’s about when I picked up the book “Paleo Diet� by Loren Cordain. Lean meats, fruits and veggies, healthy fats, no dairy, no processed foods, no tubers, absolutely no grains. It is basically an all-natural low glycemic load diet. I like this diet and I have become a skilled chef because of it. I still follow this diet for the most part and have +/- only a few things. As far as being clear, I have been between 90% and 100% since June. That 10% deviance has put me to the test.

4. Are there any foods or drinks that you avoid regularly (unintentionally or due to dislike), that may or may not also have an impact?

I am convinced that processed foods and sugars such as corn syrup and honey break me out. In my heart of hearts, I believe dairy caused me to get those nasty cysts. Sweetjade, funny you mention getting a nodular in your earlobe. I have one right now; I’m glad it’s not a unique experience.

I am trying to find out exactly what all-natural foods break me out. I know bananas do and believe that papayas do. I typically avoid vegetable oil and saturated oils (except coconut oil).

Trying to figure out coffee’s effect.

I have added brown rice to my diet. On occasion I eat ezekial sprouted-wheat bread and beans. I am trying to find a correlation between wheat and my occasional eruption, but haven’t yet. I am also not sure what effect rice and beans have.

Sweetjade, what’s the basis for wheat causing your acne, but not rice or corn? And nuts? You can speak in biochemical terms, I will follow. I’d love to add popcorn back into my diet.

5. Do you take any nutritional supplements, herbs, etc?
I take spirulina and noni juice every day. Sometimes I take some cleansing herbs/teas, like milk thistle and burdock root, though I’m not sure what effect it has on my acne vulgaris. This past week I’ve taken a B complex vitamin (B100) once per day just because. I don’t know if it’s a coincidence, but I have been 100% clear while taking the B100 (it’s very rare that I go a week without a new zit).

6. Do you use any topicals?
Occasionally jojoba oil or coconut oil for a dry patch. I use ice cubes when I catch an early zit forming (works like a charm).

7. Do you use any oral prescription medications?
No, I swore them off a few years back.

8. What's your BEST nutritional advice for those following a new diet?
Listen to what others have said worked for them. Try some of these. Create a diet journal early on to track red flags. Eventually you’ll be able to tailor your diet to your specific needs.

9. Do you ever have fun while on your diet?
I have more fun than before the diet, no doubt. Sure, family get-2-gethers are tougher in some aspects and sentimental food temptations arise now and then. But on a whole I have such a more positive outlook on my condition. I love telling other sufferers about diet’s effect. I am in so much better shape mentally and physically.

10. Ulitmately, has this helped or hindered your social life, self-esteem, etc?
Helped! My friend tease me bout my diet, but it’s all in good fun. I also don’t feel like the “only mid-twenties guy with bad acne�. Now I’m the mid-twenties guy who gets a spot or 2, no biggie.


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Posted 14 January 2005 - 02:15 PM

1. How long have you suffered with acne & how severe was it?

About a year. I would say it was moderate. Constant breakout on cheeks, sometoimes forehead and chin.

2. How significantly did dietary changes affect your skin (give a percent)?

About 40% I would say. The rest is from other thing like regimen and exersice.

3. What dietary changes did you make and, IF you are aware, how did each of them affect your skin? (% of clarity, type of acne, sebum level, etc)

It's a basic healthy eating deit. Lean Meat, Brown Rice, Wheat breads, Veggies, Fruits, tons of water, Vitimans.

4. Are there any foods or drinks that you avoid regularly (unintentionally or due to dislike), that may or may not also have an impact?

Product contianing White Sugar/Flour.

5. Do you take any nutritional supplements, herbs, etc?

I take B Complex and VC

6. Do you use any topicals?

Tea Trea Oil and Spot Treat SA once a week or less.

7. Do you use any oral prescription medications?

Nope.

8. What's your BEST nutritional advice for those following a new diet?

Acvoid Processed Foods.

9. Do you ever have fun while on your diet?

Well it's really just a lifestyle now. It's just what I do it's part of my life. So I really do know how to answer.

10. Ulitmately, has this helped or hindered your social life, self-esteem, etc?

I feel better I look better. You tell me.


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#8 xmarysue

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Posted 17 February 2005 - 02:51 PM

1. How long have you suffered with acne & how severe was it?
i'm 34 and have suffered from acne for the past 20 years. it has varied in severity from mild to severe - the past few years being most severe with cystic acne.

2. How significantly did dietary changes affect your skin (give a percent)? i've been on a diet restricting wheat/gluten, dairy, refined sugar and coffee for almost 6 weeks to date. it has cleared 80% of my acne - and 100% of my cystic acne.

3. What dietary changes did you make and, IF you are aware, how did each of them affect your skin? (% of clarity, type of acne, sebum level, etc)
all fruit for breakfast (no bananas, papayas or mangos), salad/fish/nuts for lunch, fish or chicken and veggies for dinner. for ocassional snacks i eat soy yogurt, soy crisps. i've also been eating brown rice and oatmeal upon occasion. tons of water with lemon, green tea. i've made all these changes simultaneously, thus unable to ascertain which is doing what. after another month or so i may try re-introducing foods into my diet, but i don't currently miss any other than sugar - which i do not want to go back to the ridiculous levels of ingestion i was previously at!!

4. Are there any foods or drinks that you avoid regularly (unintentionally or due to dislike), that may or may not also have an impact? indicated above


5. Do you take any nutritional supplements, herbs, etc? i take zinc, bcomplex, efa's (fish and flax), vitamin c and saw palmetto


6. Do you use any topicals? i've recently discovered tea tree oil and LOOOOVE IT!! BP also works, but only in moderation as it dries me out horribly

7. Do you use any oral prescription medications? i have in the past with success but is not a long term solution for me (or for anyone - in my humble opinion)

8. What's your BEST nutritional advice for those following a new diet?
where there's a will there's a way! smile.gif

9. Do you ever have fun while on your diet?
yes - i absolutely love trying new foods and recipes. my new diet has also provided enormous amounts of energy and mental clarity.

10. Ulitmately, has this helped or hindered your social life, self-esteem, etc?
thus far it has helped my self esteem as i feel for once that i'm gaining control over the acne situation. it really has had no effect on my social life, however i've never let my bad skin limit me to seclusion.



#9 Twobuttons

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Posted 17 February 2005 - 09:38 PM


Sweetjade! it's sooo good to see you're here too, you are so knowledgeable. I'm here now cause I got banned from "the other board" for voicing my "negative opinion" on the all new 'drink your own urine to clear acne' craze YUCK so anywho I went by the name Anibanani-which I'm probly gonna change Twobuttons to. anyway I wanted to say that after being off my macrobiotic diet for 5 months now, I am slowly gonna get back on it because even though tamanu oil worked for a couple of months my acne is slowly coming back. Diet literally is the only thing that works. When I was on my special diet I avoided sugar( tiny allergy looking bumps it caused), milk, eggs, cheese, any candy, except 80% cocoa dark chocolate, gluten, corn syrup, lots of other things which I'm too tired to think of, but anyway my God what a difference did that make I could not believe it. The only reason I stopped is for the lack of recipes and ideas to prepare food, but I am getting back on track ASAP, being happy is worth the hassle.