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In Topic: Milk And Wheat Causing Adult Acne?

Today, 06:36 AM

Fantastic Mrs Diamond! Congratulations and thank you for sharing your experiment and results :)

In Topic: Bacillus Coagulans For Fighting Acne?

26 January 2015 - 06:08 PM

This is frustrating.  I wonder if there was a way to administer this in suppository or enema form, as to bypass the small intestine, if SIBO really is the issue here.  I do know one thing for sure though:  probiotics are not a one-size-fits-all sort of thing, and there is a complex relationship between each individual person and their personal microbiome.  I strongly believe that acne can be resolved by healing the gut, but how one goes about that needs to be tailored to them.  Not sure what step to take now, as I put a lot of faith in this working, with no results to show for it.  Any advice, Listener(I can use it)?


It's funny you mention this, because I got my sister into taking Elixa recently (she wanted to see if she could use it to avoid zits around her period time). She said it caused her a few blemishes to begin with and then started working really well. She's researched and had come to the same conclusion as you about die-off, but I can't say that I ever experienced that myself.
I think she took a couple of 6 day courses and it was towards the end that things 'flipped' and her skin improved. I haven't actually seen her in person (we live in separate cities) and I found it hard to believe that it would have caused one of these 'die-off' reactions (since I assumed if it did then I would have experienced it) however she is fairly astute and scientific so I guess it is the case.

I'd say you should see what happens after you finish off what you have. Like you say.... maybe you have SIBO!! In which case we're talking about a completely different thing and no probiotic on earth is going to work well for you with that! Maybe try the lactulose breath test at your doctor's.



Can you share what brands of probiotics you've tried before this one? I'm interested in this whole soil probiotic thing and wanted to know if you've tried them?

In Topic: Acid Reflux And Acne?

03 January 2015 - 02:00 PM

I don't believe that acid reflux would cause acne. However I believe that the thing that would cause acid reflux/GERD, also causes skin problems - a gut dysbiosis.


So it may not be the case that one causes the other, but that a third thing (in this case: an incorrect profile of bacteria in your digestive tract) can cause both.


My theory is based on the fact that the same probiotic that cleared my skin, has also been reported to clear acid reflux problems.


Additionally, the same foods that encourage bad bacteria to grow in the digestive tract, could exacerbate both GERD and skin conditions via that single mechanism.

In Topic: Milk And Wheat Causing Adult Acne?

03 January 2015 - 01:52 PM

 I know sometimes people are sensitive to other things that are found IN wheat products that isn't gluten. Whether it's soy (soy lecithin is in just about every commercial bread product) or another feature of wheat. Also, most bread you buy in stores is gluten-enriched, so it could just be sensitivity to the amount of gluten.


I agree 100% with this.


If you check the packaging on sliced bread you'll see a laundry list of ingredients above and beyond the simple things that bread used to be made from. I believe any fermentable ingredients (i.e. ingredients that make it non-fully-digested to the large intestine) have the potential to cause you skin problems; by the way they affect the population of bacteria in your gut.
Same with milk.

In Topic: Milk And Wheat Causing Adult Acne?

02 January 2015 - 06:29 AM

Hi Mrs Diamond,

Firstly, I'd like to say that you don't have to be coeliac or lactose intolerant, for wheat or milk (respectively) to give you acne. Infact you don't even need to be allergic to them. People are not allergic or intolerant to KFC, yet it still worsens skin.


I very much doubt that you have coeliac based on the fact that you would have experienced severe pain from the autoimmune reaction that would take place in your small intestine, soon after eating any amount of gluten products.


My recommendation is to simply cut out wheat products and dairy and to monitor improvements for a week or so.

I would strongly advise against taking any more antibiotics.


May I ask: Was there anything that caused the initial appearance of your acne around 8 months ago? I see that you went from a splash of milk to 1-2 PINTS!! Which is definitely a big enough difference to be the culprit of all this.... But, let's consider some other triggers:


Had you taken any antibiotics?

Had you experienced any illness (particularly a gastrointestinal illness which may or may not have caused diarrhoea)?

Had you experienced any food or alcohol poisoning?