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#3394292 I'll Never Understand Why The Severely Obese Don't Have Acne Issues

Posted by sustakp on 12 November 2013 - 12:02 PM

I know what you are talking about.. My Mom had severe acne growing up and scarred quite a bit. No accutane and stuff like that those days. But she follows an extremely healthy diet for fear of getting acne again. She is about your age and takes no meds. My mother in law has clear skin never had a blemish, so she pretty much ate what she wanted..she does not gain weight very easily either so it was the best of both worlds, but the chronic poor diet caught up and caught up bad..she suffers from diabetes and high blood pressure.


I would say please think of acne as a chance our body signals to us to lead a better life before we have way worse illnesses.

I too have noticed a connection between obese people and no acne --- but I have also noticed a connection between people who eat @#$% and still have clear complexions...something which is often brought up by angry fed-up acne sufferers on this site.  Here is my take on this. 


Acne sufferers usually very quickly consciously or unconsciously notice a connection between foods and breakouts.  I remember as a teen noting this and avoiding chocolate and milk because they immediately caused flare-ups.  I also began noting that if I ate healthier my skin seemed to do better...not clear just better.  Consequently over the years I maintained a healthy weight because I very consciously was trying to do everything I could to avoid flare-ups.  Yes, because I have struggled with severe acne I became obsessed with diet as a means to control flare-ups...but it helped so I continued.  Flash forward decades and if you compared me to others my age you would say I looked like someone in their 20's physically, whereas most of my peers are overweight and suffering from diabetes and other internal inflammatory diseases.  They may not have acne but they have far worse diseases! 


Why don't they have acne?  Well, they were never predisposed to it genetically.  They could keep on eating whatever they liked with seemingly no consequences...so they did.  When we'd go out to eat they'd go for the heavy cream based sauces and I would be eating a huge salad.  They drank lots...because nothing caused a flare-up.  If it had you'd better believe they would have stopped because acne is so embarrasing!   But their bodies did not flame up this way...they were not sensitive to androgens genetically (like me) so they kept on eating whatever they wanted and too much.  But all this inflammatory eating did catch up with them...believe me!  They have far worse problems and take far worse drugs with awful side effects. 


Yes, I take 2 meds for my acne/rosacea (low dose spiro and extremely low dose anti-inflamatory dose doxy) but they have no side effects other than I have to pee an hour after taking spiro because it is a mild diuretic. 


Here's something to console yourself with if you suffer from chronic acne.  Your early efforts to eat right in order to manage your skin's inflammatory response (acne) will pay you back tenfold later when you are healthy, strong, fit and able to do marathons like me...and I am 62! 


Those people who ate @#$% and had clear skin will keep on eating @#$% until their bodies break down in some other more devastating way.

#3386592 Chiropractors & Blood Circulation

Posted by sustakp on 05 October 2013 - 09:37 AM

I get it that when you tell people you are mostly vegan they will first say OMG you will be B12 deficient. 

I think if you stick to natural sources you wont overdose as the body usually eliminates excess waater soluble vitamins.


Hi WishClean,


My mother in law did not get tested she was advised by her doctor in India to take a B Complex. She was having digestive issues with B complex. So I read up a little on this. Then we tried bee pollen and last week we both started takin royal jelly. She says it is really helping.




Read the deficiency symptoms. A quick google search on numbness and tingling Vit B5 deficiency will throw up a lot of results.

Hi sustakp,

Thanks for the useful info. So basically I should try to eat more foods rich in B5, if I want to avoid supplementing. I would probably have to eat large quantities of those foods though, if I'm deficient. It's interesting that no doctor ever mentioned that it's not only B12 deficiency that can cause numbness. Sometimes doctors are clueless when it comes to vitamin deficiencies and nutrition.  I'll try royal jelly too, to see if that helps, thanks for the suggestion! 

My symtoms have minimized a lot since taking inositol powder, but I'm not sure if it's masking the cause or boosting my nervous system....whatever the case, I can sleep better now. 

I read about B5 megadosing and hairloss, but I guess that shouldn't be an issue if B5 is taken in smaller quantities. I sometimes drink vitamin water and fuze (the sugarfree versions) and they have a high % of B5. 

#3380465 Finally Found It! Citrus I Hate You!

Posted by sustakp on 04 September 2013 - 08:03 PM



So I have been eating an extremely clean diet for about 5 months..I was still getting the ocassional big bump.

I methodically eliminated, dairy, gluten , nightshades and also citrus.

I can have raw dairy (usually fermented with no issues).

I dont consume much but can have gluten without issues.

I can have peppers and potatoes without issues, but not tomatoes. They break me out on my cheeks.


Pineapples and oranges give me cysts.


I ate some pineapples yesterday and can feel deep cysts forming undernneath, though not nearly as inflamed as I used to get back in March, they are big and it really looks like an eyesore as my skin had started clearing up very nicely. 


I hope it goes away soon without leaving scars my orange comsumption left me with..I know this has been mentioned many times but citrus is a possible allergen. Please please check for it. And my allergy tests do not say I am allergic to citrus.



#3347479 Precautions To Take Before Week Long Antibiotics And Time To Take Probiotics

Posted by sustakp on 10 May 2013 - 11:48 AM




I think this is the post vista is talking about

#3346957 Drink Recipes

Posted by sustakp on 08 May 2013 - 03:15 PM

Cumin Corriander fennel tea:


This is something which would be made 4-5 times a week at home when I was in India. My Mom would make a lot and we would drink it through the day. It helps with digestion. 

I recently started having it again, so here goes:


1 quart of water,1 teaspoon of cumin seed.1 teaspoon of fennel seeds,1 teaspoon of coriander seeds

I buy all the seeds from the Indian store.


Place all the ingredients in a pot and simmer for fifteen minutes. After it has cooled off discard the herbs and store the tea in a thermos. I sip on it through the day at work. I switch between this and the ginger turmeric tea vista posted earlier.



Cool Basil seeds drink:

This is specially good for people who eat spicy food, in India they say it cools off your stomach and also help in digestion.  I have it before I go to bed.

Half teaspoon of basil seeds (takmaria/sabja in indian store) in a glass of water. I usually add it to slightly warm water. Leave it for ten mins. It will plump up into a gelatinous mass. Drink it..:)




#3340889 Embarking On The Holistic Approach

Posted by sustakp on 15 April 2013 - 02:18 PM

I dont have milia. I mean a real pimple, more like inflamed acne..My skin is normal to oily, but sitting in an airconditioned office just zaps all the moisture out. So I use very little moisturiser as and when I feel it is dry, some days no moisturiser. Actually aha worked for me beautifully  before , I may think of using it sometime soon, good sugestion. I just dont want to irriate my skin more. My family says though there are few acne like 2 now and marks from the previous ones, my skin has a very healthy bright glow. I do not want to loose that. I understand the tiny whiteheads, I sometimes get them too. But it is rare...:) I was getting really painful ones which I was afraid would scar but cutting out milk and citrus has stopped them.


I know about the sugar connection, I am not someone who like sugar in general, not in tea, coffee or cereal..:) No big sweet tooth. Very rare indulgences. I like icecream but after giving up dairy not even that.  But this weekend was the indian new year and we make some offerings to God in form of a sweet, and I did eat a little rice pudding which I had made. Anyways after meals I am chewing cinnamon sticks like aanabill recommends. I spoke to my doc and he said it is a good blood sugar stabiliser. She also said sugars though mine are on the lower side could cause acne, as my sugar in general is low.( higher 60s fasting blood sugar now., )because once I consume sugar the insulin spike is higher than most people will encounter. This is the first doc I have met who is willing to connect my diet and acne..:):) Will try to go sugar free for next few weeks and see.