Diet does work!
Posted 27 September 2002 - 04:18 AM
Thought i would let you all know, how important diet is, i know people say it is a myth and is not connected to spots, i believe it is.
I have tried loads of things, spending far too much money opn make up and cleansers and moisturisersm all of which aggittated my skin or made it worse.
I have also been to the doctor who gave me potent drugs i did not wish to take.
I thought being 19 i should no longer have spots, so i decided to look at alternative therepies and went to see a keinsiologist who is basically a dietician and allergist. She tested me with various food to see which i was allergic to, or my body did not respond to well. It turned out i am no longer allowed to eat chocolate, potatoes, soya and sob drink vodka or babcardi (how will imanage being a student).
However this diet has meant that in a mionth my skin is a million times better than it have been since i was about 13.
It seems to be that basically if you cut out what your body is overlloaded with and let the toxins leave your body your skin will clear. Also if you are a girl your skn is probably connected to painful periods, this will also be cured (or at least it was in my case). Therefore if you seem to be eating lots of chocolate or even something healthy like bread, which contains yeast which is bad for you, try cutting it out and see what happens.
It is really worth it and you will find that rice cakes are not that bad!
Also having clear skin will make you feel so much more confident, you will no longer feel you have to hide your face.
Anyway thought it was important to share this piece of information with other people.
Posted 27 September 2002 - 08:59 AM
Posted 27 September 2002 - 09:38 AM
For SOME people, it's a problem, for SOME luckier people, it aint. OK?
An to Timbo, i agree with Dans theory, i think same as him that high calorie things may cause a slight elevation in hormones, an maybe cause a zit or 2, plus allergies to certain ingredients means some people will ALWAYS have prob with certain things. Maybe if u ate about 5 candy bars all at once it might affect u, maybe not, depends on the person wouldn't u say? 8)
I jus recently found im allergic to citric stuff, so if i eat an orange or drink some lemon juice, my skin dries out, goes itchy an breaks out a bit.
Posted 28 September 2002 - 03:09 PM
Please, the answer is not in diet. It's good to eat healthy, and it could, maybe should help in the long-term, but if I'm allergic to potatoes or milk, how am I supposed to find a diet that doesn't include these staples of my life?
Posted 02 August 2004 - 07:56 PM
Posted 02 August 2004 - 09:45 PM
Posted 03 August 2004 - 03:38 AM
so i decided to do the same thing for my headaches. i went and i was told that i was allergic to wheat - not yeast, wheat. which meant that i could only have an extremely narrow diet. where i live, if you want a good enough choice of wheat-free options, you've got to drive at least 30 minutes. it's very expensive and i hated the extremely dry wheatfree bread i was told to eat instead. i didn't see any significant improvement in my headaches or my skin, but then again i only stuck to the diet for 6 weeks and i cheated a little- i found out about rye bread, which was quite nice (the nicest alternative at least) but it had 10% wheat in it. i could only get that while i was in germany, so when i went back to ireland i was stuck on the dry bread again. i made a sandwich for school, and i could barely swallow it!
so that was the end of my so-called 'wheat free' diet.
Posted 03 August 2004 - 10:03 AM
You mentioned painful periods, was this something that you experienced? It was something that I experienced as well as bad acne. When I started taking Avandia, an Insulin Sensitizing drug, for my acne, it helped more for my acne than it did for my cramps, but I did noticed a slight improvement.
So when I changed my diet to a Gluten Free Diet (wheat, barely, rye) 2 years ago, I was completely shocked that my acne not only improved dramatically, but that my menstrual cramps dissappeared. Wow, for me that is well worth all the dietary changes. I've also noted that sugar and dairy will aggrevate my cramps some as well as give me very specific types of acne.
Anyway, thought I would post that sometimes it is due to wheat allergies, wheat intolerances, yeast from the gluten, or due to a high insulin response from eating wheat and other foods. If you have a high insulin response, then you may also overproduce androgen hormones which are responsible for acne producition.
Like Fatman said, higher calorie diets will also do this, but we have to remember that usually a higher calorie diet consists of foods that are on the "bad" list anyway. So which is really the cause? Regardless, I'm glad you have found yours =)
p.s. Regards to why reducing insulin would alleviate menstrual cramps, well it boosts PGE2 which is the inflammatory prostaglandins.
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)
* 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.