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What I Have Learned About Acne Over The Last 8 Years

27 May 2014 - 07:26 PM

I've had acne since I was 11. Just recently, about a month ago, my acne has cleared up and I do not have it anymore. I do not know what I did or why it stopped. I beleive that I have simply grown out of it. I used to use acne.org a lot when i had lots of acne which was really bad. I learned a lot about what causes acne more some people and what doesn't work to stop it. So I want to give you all some tips based on what I learned. First, benzoyl peroxide is not a long term solution and neither are antibiotics, although some of them worked. I have never used accutane. I found that the only thing that allowed me to control my acne when I had it was to not eat any sugar other than sugar from fruits. I did this diet for about 8 months and it worked very well to control my acne. Whenever I would have a sugary drink like starbucks, ice cream, cookies, etc I would get lots of pimples. The only thing that decreased these pimples was taking 30g of chelated zinc per day but this did not stop the acne. The only thing that stopped it was not eating sugar. I think is because of some biological processes that our bodies go through while we are teenagers that cause us to be more insulin sensitive. The high sugar intake somehow leads to clogged pores and acne. I'm not sure how but I know that this is what happened for me and a lot of other people. So if you guys want to try to control your acne without antibiotics or creams, try reducing your sugar intake and hopefully it will work. I don't think this works for everyone unfortunately but I think it will work for some of you, especially if you are teenagers with puberty acne. Please ask any questions you want as I really want to help you guys since I suffered from the same stupid skin problems for a really long time.

My Case History Showing The Relationship Between Acne And High Blood Sugar Foods

17 September 2013 - 12:31 PM

Age 17 to 18

Race: Caucausian

Acne: Moderate to Severe, around 20 white heads a day on all parts of face but especially on left cheek. also lots of black heads on nose, and small cysts that happen about every 3 weeks.


August 2012: Started Zinc and sees 50% imporvement within 2 weeks. Substantially less acne but still a lot more

October 2012: started taking vitamin D

January 2013: Starts to limit sugary foods slightly: not much of an improvement

February 2013: Completely cuts sugar to less than 20g of sugar a day not counting fruits, not much improvement

March 2013: starts to see drastic imprvement that is consistent with how much sugar is eaten but still has about 8 pimples a week

April 2013: Cuts almost all carbs except fruit, 99% improvement in acne, about 1 small pimple a week

May 2013-June 2013: keeps up the no carb diet and still has almost no acne, complains of depression, low ability to do exercise, and extreme fatigue

July 2013: Starts taking chromium 500 mcg a day and ends no carb diet, goes back to high sugar high carb diet as before. no new acne

August 2013-Mid-september 2013: continues taking 500mcg of chromium a day and still only has about 1 pimple a day while changing nothing in his diet and mood improves as well as physical ability



Results and Possible explanations:

The acne was reduced because it was somehow being caused by his high carb, high sugar diet. Upon reducing intake of such carbs and sugar, the acne disappeared. However, when taking chromium, a know blood-sugar stabilizing element, his acne stayed at bay while he was able to return to his previous diet and no longer have problems in mood or physical ability possibly caused by the low carb diet. 


Conclusion: 500 mcg of chromium a day can substantially help clear acne specifically because of its blood sugar lowering effects and seems to continue working after an extended amount of time.