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Excessive Protein & Exercising Was The Problem

06 July 2013 - 04:43 PM

So, I spent 5 years going the holistic route trying to clear my skin. Did it all: Paleo, Super low/no carb, gut diet, vegetarian, you name it I tried it. Nothing ever got me clear, until the last few months.

I moved to NYC a few months ago for a new job. The job is quite stressful, I don't sleep enough, eat lots of crap, but am clear. This goes against everything I have been doing for years. I got to thinking what might be the cause of this. The only change is that I haven't been watching my diet,  and go to the gym less frequently.

I had always been eating a minimum of 1g/lb Bw in protein, and going to the gym 5-6 days/week. Now I eat anywhere between 80-140g of protein/day (weigh 185lb), and go to the gym every other day. I decided to test this out and see if it really was the cause,  so I went to the gym 5 days straight, ate my normal higher protein diet, and sure enough my skin went to hell. I dont know if it just jacks my cortisol levels up too much causing inflamation. When I went back to eating normal amounts of protein and exercising less my skin cleared back up.

I understand that this won't be the solution for everyone (possibly anyone), but I want to point out that this you think are healthy might be the cause of your acne. My diet is actually pitiful right now. Lots of bread, cheese, ice cream, pasta, pizza, candy, etc. After years of not eating any of that stuff out of fear of breaking out,  I've sort of gotten a little out of control, and am working to get my diet back in check. I do know peanut butter definitely breaks me out though, which sucks because I love it.

That's the end of my rant. Hopefully this is of some use to someone, in some way. I'm not encouraging eating garbage, but I realized at the end of the day eating perfect never really did anything for my skin. Good luck to everyone. I dealt with moderate/severe acne for over 10 years, and understand the pain.

So It Was Sex Causing My Acne. Any Solution?

27 December 2011 - 08:29 PM

Well, I finally came to the realization that sex was what was keeping me from finally getting clear. Avoiding dairy helps my skin, but despite going on  tons of diets for the past 4 years, I always had acne. No matter how strict my diet got, aside from avoiding dairy, it never made a whole lot of difference. So, I broke up with my gf a few weeks ago, and went from having sex almost daily to having none at all. After about a week my skin cleared up, for the first time ever. I thought that maybe my diet was just FINALLY working. I continued to have clear skin for about 2 weeks, which hasn't happened since I was about 15 (25 now). So I met a new girl, had sex a few times, and now am breaking out again. Nothing else changed. I feel like there is absolutely no other explanation. I always thought this was nonsense, but unfortunately its not. I'm not trying to argue on whether or not this is the cause. My question is whether there's anything I can do about this or if I'm just kind of screwed. I'm not going to abstain from sex, that's ridiculous. DO I just have to live with acne?