Three new spots (two near the chin/lower lip and one on the forehead) and i'm so puzzled as to why this has happened. I'm getting thorougly fed up of this diet and i'm giving it up at the end of the month
All i had yesterday to eat and drink was the usual; water, rice cakes and rice milk (also almond milk) sunflower seeds, sweet potatoes with veg, chicken, two eggs, and...thats about it!!!
Have finished my capyrilic acid supplements which were a waste of time even at maximum strength and dose; I didnt feel any of the supposed die off symptoms one usually gets with them which is suspicious to me. Still my immune system should be stronger for all these anti fungals i've been taking.
I have made the decision to really cut down on my supplement use in the next few weeks as i've taken a moderate amount of them over the past few months and i cant say that things have improved to any great extent. It will be interesting to see if my acne gets worse as a result or, as i suspect, it stays at a similar level.
Disappointed. My scars never seem to diminish in terms of redness (or rather they do for awhile and then they get re-inflammed again) ALWAYS have red hyperpigmentation marks just below the lips.
I sat wide awake last night doing a lsit of things that i've tried to help me overcome my battle with acne. These include
Changing pilliow cases often, quitting diet cokes (have had a little success on this one i must admit) Apple cider vinegar tabs and garlic make no difference. Vitamin C, b-complex, Vitamin B5, cod liver oil, probiotics, and multi vitamin the same. Niacin was probably the best thing i ever took for inflammation but your body just gets used to it after a few weeks.
On the bright side i've yet to try milk thistle, ginger, aloe vera juice, msm, Vitamins A and D.
I hope i'm free of this disease one day, i'm doing all i can do to fight it
Since cutting out gluten and having no dairy (aswell as sticking to this candida diet pretty strictly over the past few days....apart from the odd diet coke) my skin looks reasonably ok except for quite a few scars here and there. I am trying to lessen the redness of scars by dabbing lemon juice on them at night and it may slowly be working (or it could be just my bodys natural healing process)
Anyway i'm quite excited by the prospect of having no gluten in my diet as a lot of people have cleared their skin through avoiding it and dairy in particular. Ive given up my yeast free soda bread and replaced it with free range eggs. My diet at the moment consists of;
Rice milk with organic whole grain rice (am thinking of switching to Almond milk which is apparently a healthier option and lower in sugar)
Organic eggs (two a day)
Salad with virgin olive oil.
Rice cakes (with dairy-free sunflower oil or coconut oil as a spread)
Sunflower and pumpkin seeds.
Chicken (and occasionally turkey)
Veg- collyflower, cabbage, green beans
Sweet pottato (try and have these everyday)
Thats about it really. Nothing too inflammatory there surely?
As for the supplements, i'm finishing my caprylic acid supplements and then i'm not going to use them anymore. The massive 'die off' reaction you're supposed to get with them has been non existent, even on the highest dose, and i just feel they are an expensive waste of money. I do have to say though that since replacing my old anti histamines with the more natural quercetin i do feel that my nasal breathing hasn't got any worse at all. In the past if i went two/three days or more with out my anti histamines i would get hayfever and start sneezing and getting a runny nose. The quercetin tablets seemed to have stabilised things on that front.
Two days ago i ate deep fried chicken and fries and had a few glasses of wine at a friends house, i also drank a coke earlier in the day and my sleep pattern over the night was pretty bad. Anyway two days later and all i can say is this; BOY AM I PAYING FOR A DAY OF RELAXING THIS DIET AND MESSING WITH MY ROUTINE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! My skin is the worst it's looked for quite awhile. The spots near the lower lip/upper chin are back with a vengence, the ingrown hair on my right cheek shows no sign of fading and i have one HUGE PIMPLE on the side of my head, near my right temple. Also have a few tiny spots on the side of my right cheek.
One thing that this incident has reminded me of (or at least brought to my attention again) is that my acne tends always to be on the RIGHT side of my face while my left side is almost always clear aside from the odd blackhead. My mother has noticed this quite often too and frequently says 'well that (my left) side of your face looks fine'. I have noticed that i also DONT sleep on my right side generally at night so it can t be due to sweat on the pillow cases. It is interesting to me why acne manifests itself in certain areas of the body/face; it's as if the body is trying to tell me something but i dont understand just what it means.
Anyway, i'm going to try in earnest to cut out gluten completely now and i'm going to try and get my fat sources from coconut oil, free range/organic eggs, and virgin olive oil. I really want to bulk up as i'm painfully thin at the moment and it's not good. Sometimes i think i should just give up and eat the junk that i used to a year or so back. I may get more acne but at least i'd have some more body weight.....but this would be quiting and i do really believe that the only way to cure acne is through the holistic approach.
I'll soldier on for now
Despite the fact that i've added lemon juices to my diet (which a lot of people swear by as the ultimate detox of the liver) i can't say my acne has improved all that much. The one near my nose is fading THANK GOD!!! but the one on my cheek that was an ingrown hair doesent seem to want to go in any hurry and i have a few tiny dotty pimples around my temples which arent too bad to be honest.
On top of this i really dont feel well at the moment and have relaxed the diet to include a cold diet coke to help my sore throat (I just need it!!!!).
As of today i'm going completely gluten free in addition to this candida diet. I've cut out my yeast free bread and am replacing it with salads. I'll try this for a few weeks and see if it makes any difference. What this in effect means is that i'm going to be glutten/dairy/and (virtually) sugar free in my diet. This has to work surely?
Annoyed is my word for today. The blemish near my nose just keeps getting re-inflammed all the time and i have had to put some BP on it just to try and get rid of it. The hyperpigmentation marks near my mouth and beard never seem to fade or, like i mentioned in a previous blog, they fade for a certain amount of time but just come back again whenever i have a particularly bad night or something upsets my body.
My tongue still is incredibly pale in the mornings but my energy levels are fine. I'm going for a jog after i finish this blog.
I'm upping my capyrilic acid supplements to the maximum dose tomorrow.
Overall i've not been impressed with the effects of this diet so far (and yes i know you have to give it time)
Acne is the bane of my life. The huge spot near my nose has gone down somewhat but i have another fairly big one forming on my cheeck in the beard area. On top of that my hyperpigmentation scars below my lips and above my chin have become more red again. There's no actual acne there but the scars are definitely worse. I attribute this to a very rough night on thursday where i hardly got any sleep and i drank a diet coke.
It's very frustrating being on this diet as people give you a lot of conflicting information about what is acceptable and what is not. My book that i'm reading tells me that grains and pumpkin/sunflower seeds are fine, others say they are both a big no-no when it comes to fighting candida. Some people say that a small amount of fruit is fine...others that ANY sugar will feed candida and that you shouldnt eat it under any circumstance. I do wish people would form one unified opinion sometimes....it would certainly help poor unknowing souls like me
Anyway i stop this diet at the end of this month and if it doesnt work i'm going to try the glutten free diet (which means i'll be able to eat fruit again at least)
This wretched spot near my nose wont go away. It's not coming to head or anything it just looks inflammed and angry. Its making me very angry
Apart from this my skin isnt looking too bad. I have quite a few blackheads on the side of my cheek and i'm somewhat reluctant to try and extact them as i dont want more inflammed acne. I ate a ton of pumpkin/sunflower seeds yesterday and maybe it's a placebo effect but i always feel they benefit my skin.
Sleep pattern is somewhat erratic and i know that can't be helping my skin but it's difficult to change things round at the moment.
My tongue is still as pale as death but my energy levels are at a decent level. In two weeks time i'm going to switch to the full strength capyrilic acid supplements as recommended by this candida diet. As i've said before i had expected a stronger die off reaction than this but i remember at around christmas and january when i started this diet (and ended up cheating after two weeks or so and giving it up) that my energy levels fell to an all time low and i couldnt function well at all. Maybe i eliminated a good deal of yeast around that time and that has helped my earnest attempts to do the diet properly this time.
Well after a pretty stressful weekend (and one in which i relaxed the diet to include two diet cokes) i can say my skin isn't looking too bad apart from one nasty spot near my nose. Incidently, this was an old spot that was healing nicely up until the first night i decided to have a diet coke. People will say that a fizzy drink cant react that quickly and that the pimple is due to something else, but i view it as an almighty coincidence if that is the case.
Have increased my Capyrilic acid supplements to the maximum allowed dose and i'm not feeling any die off effects still. My tongue is worryingly pale though and there's a funny taste in my mouth a lot of the time.
Apart from an increase in my supplements, i'm going to try and cut down on all grains except quinoa and organic wholegrain puffed brown rice. I know i'm intolerant to gluten so it seems the sensible thing to do.
At the end of March i will do an evaluation of this diet and see how effective it has been.
I cheated for the first time proper last night by having a diet coke and a packet of crisps as i was starving. I felt a horrible burning sensation below my lips/upper jaw area later on in the night and was sure i would break out there in the morning. Surprisingly i havent, although my scars from previous acne look redder than they were yesterday and one spot near my nose has become slightly inflammed again.
I'd be absolutely amazed if i dont break out really badly in the next few days as my stress levels are higher than ever and my sleep pattern is erratic. I do think that the amount of water i'm drinking is helping my skin and detoxifying some of the excess toxins in my body.
Hopefully no more breakouts will happen and i can continue this diet (more strictly) until the end of next month.
Didnt blog yesterday but my skin isn't looking too bad to be honest. I have been more stressed than ever recently and i'm amazed i havent broken out more (maybe the pimples are going to form an assault soon ) but for now i have one pimple above above my beard near the chin/lower lip area (there again!) and one thats healing nicely on my cheek. My forehead is a bit dotty but they're very tiny and not too noticable.
I didn't even wash my face last night as i just went to sleep after a night out. I find that washing my face doesn't really make much difference to my acne. It's still something i shoud do but there are times when i've been clear in the past and i havent washed my face; so my conclusion is that it makes little difference.
One thing i did notice this morning was that my tongue looked excessively pale and had a spotty texture at the sides which did not look healthy.
I have cheated on my diet slightly by chewing sugar free gum which i know i shouldn't do but it's kind of hard to drink only water on a night out and keep your breath fresh and nice.
No changes on supplements or anything else to report on the diet front.
Apart from looking very dull my skin doesnt look as blotchy today. I've got one nasty pimple on my lower cheek that looks like an ingrown hair (it's in the beard area). I have to say that my beard trimmer that i got for christmas has been excellent at minimizing acne caused through shaving. Obviously it hasn't completely stopped the acne forming (hence the pimple) but it has contirbuted to keeping it at bay.
The diet is the same as ever except i have increased my caprylic acid tablets from three to five a day as instructed in my candida guidebook. Again no 'die off' symptoms are apparent as my energy levels are good, i've had no ulcers whatsoever, and my acne as i've said is rather up and down in it's severity. Having said this my tongue is very pale still, and there's quite an awful taste in my mouth that's frequent enough to irritate me. Also my sinus problems seem to have worsened just lately although that may be due to my switch from anti-histamines to quercetin.
I think at the end of this month i'm going to try and go gluten free as well as staying on the candida diet. I know i'm sensitive to gluten and the only thing that has stopped me giving it up so far is that this candida diet is so restrictive as it is that giving up my yeast free soda bread and oatcakes just seems ridiculous. However if i want to beat acne it seems that even more sacrifices have to be made
Skin is not looking so good today. I suppose after a few days of being relatively happy with it i was bound to be brought back down to earth
My skin looks somewhat blotchy and although there's only two new spots and they're both quite small, my face just looks irritated with little patches of redness on my cheeks and forehead. My tongue was very pale this morning too and didnt look healthy.
I felt a little unwell last night and didnt wash my face at all before going to bed. Having said this i did mosturise my forehead with some jojoba oil as my skin was quite dry in that area. Other than that i did nothing to aggrivate my skin.
I did eat rather a lot last night (only foods that are allowed though) and I have spent far too long in bed this morning, but i think the real key to why my skin has gotten worse is STRESS. I had a night of broken sleep and i was thinking a lot about personal problems that have arisen in my life again which isn't helping things.
I think looking into activities that reduce stress is my next port of call. Although there's no evidence that stress aids candida activity in the body I'm pretty sure it doing nothing to help my immune system battle this thing.
No real change in my acne today. Again my skin looks a little dull and the redness of old acne is SLOWLY fading. Got a little inflamed pustule near my chin but its formation was entirely my fault as i tried to squeeze a blackhead the other day and it became infected
Nothing new to report on the diet front except i've begun taking Quercetin on the advice of a food allergist nurse/practitioner. I've been taking anti-histamines for a good 5-6 years non-stop and i was told it was much better to try a more natural product to try and stop my constant hayfever symptoms. One of the supposed benefits of taking quercetin is that it apparently has anti-inflammatory properties. hopefully this will help with the redness of old acne scars
Just a quick entry today. I ate far too much last night (only foods that are allowed, i didnt cheat) and i was somewhat worried that i might pay for it today. Surprisingly the acne between my lip and jaw is still healing and i have no new acne to report. My skin does look a little dull but that could be because i put a little BP on my forehead to try and strip away a few whiteheads. Overall though i'm rather happy and pleased that things seem to be on the mend.
My tongue is still very pale when i wake up in the morning but my energy levels are fine (just had a workout in fact) Again i have to say i'm surprised that i havent experienced a greater 'ie off' reaction but the book i'm reading tells me that i should increase my capyrilic acid intake if no 'die off' is occuring. I might give it a few more days and then increase the dose.
My skin is looking pretty good today, best it's looked in a week. The spots on the lower lip/above the chin area are fading and a lot of the dotty red spots on my cheek have faded too. The only explanations i can give for this (other than the obvious; that it is the natural healing process) was that i drank a lot of water yesterday and washed my face with only warm water (no cleanser/ exfoliant) Whatever the cause i'm very happy that i'm not waking up. looking in the mirror and cursing my skin as usual.
Finding a cleansing/moisturising routine has always been a problem for me as virtually everything aggrivates my mild-moderate acne. i think in the future when i've hopefully gotten rid of acne that i'm going to make my skin care routine as simple as possible. If all moisturisers break me out then i wont moisturise....i'd rather have a natural case of wrinkly skin than acne at 40-50.
Anyway i digress. My skin this morning has given me hope that i can perservere with this diet a lot longer. My energy levels (despite a long lie in this morning that i know is not going to do my body clock any good at all) are pretty good and i'm going to work out after i finish this blog. One thing i have taken care to notice more of lately is the colour of my tongue when i wake up in the morning. People with candida are generally said to have a pale white coating on the tongue and i have to say mine does look an unhealthy pale hue when i wake up. I hope this is something that gets better the more i stick with this diet.
Another day and more acne below my lower lip on the right hand side of my face. Very inflammed, has a horrible white centre. Aside from this area, i have a lot of tiny red marks from old inflammed acne on my right cheek (again the right side of my face is the worse). It looks very mild but having said this, the acne i had there was really quite minimal anyway and i didnt expect the redness to last this long. Forehead is reasonably ok, quite a few white heads but you cant really tell in natural light so it doesnt bother me too much.
Why do i mostly get inflammed acne beneath my lips/above my chin area? The whole tooth-paste theory isn't valid for me as i have been using SLS free toothpaste for 5 months and at any rate i've never been so messy when cleaning my teeth that i let it drip on to my skin. The theory about ingrown hairs isnt applicable either. Although i suffer from ingrown hairs generally, i dont have any hair growth in the area where the acne around the lower lips/above the chin usually forms. It's very odd. The only thing i can think off is that if the toxens in my body have to be realeased then i guess they have to be released somewhere
Because i know i'm gluten and dairy intolerant i do try and minimize these foods but it is very difficult to do so on a candida diet. I have had 4 slices of yeast free soda bread this morning but that will be all from the gluten food group today.
As i posted in my blog, apart from an increase in acne over the past week i've experienced no die-off symptoms whatsoever. This does lead me to think that despite my quite regular periods of antibiotic use i may NOT have candida at all and that my acne/ulcers/sinus troubles may be due to something else. The skin reaction could just be the introduction of L-Glutamine and Capyrilic acid supplements in which my body is having a hard time coping with. Anyhow, i shall continue on this diet until at least the end of the month before i consider possibly trying the gluten free/ dairy free diet. I'm determined this year is going to be THE year that i find out what's causing my acne. I'm getting older, i'm twenty four and i refuse to go through my life with this problem without at least looking for a solution
Woke up today to find little change in my acne except for one new little pimple below two HUGE buggers beneath my lower lip (I always get them here, why o why?) Have put a little tea tree oil on it in the hope that it might look less angry tomorrow.
In terms of diet, it's just another day of no cheating on a low sugar diet;
Breakfast: four or five slices of yeast free soda bread, three or four rice cakes and supplements.
Snack; Sunflower seeds
Dinner; salad with some quinola and crackerbread (yeast free)
Evening; Sunflower seeds, rice cakes, wholegrain puffed rice with rice milk,
Nothing terribly formidable about my food here i think; nothing that should feed a candida problem anyway. The only real sugar is in the rice milk and i've been told that's ok for people on a candida diet.
I'm begining to wonder if my recent breakout has less to do with any 'die off' symptoms and more to do with the recent additions of capyrilic acid and L-glutamine to my supplement routine. Both have been recomended as useful weapons in the candida battle and so i shall stick with them for the time being.
On the subject of 'die off' symptoms i have to say that although my energy levels are absolutely fine and i dont miss sugar at all, my stomach has been reacting badly to this diet from the moment i started it. Generally i have a lot of gas, and i go to the toilet more frequently than i had done before. This is most likely to due with the increase of fibre in my eating habits. The salad is ok but cabbage and other greens tend to give me digestive problems.
Am hoping these spots beneath my lower lip are better tomorrow, i have a funny feeling they'll be here for a while yet though
Have decided to keep a blog of my acne progress while on the candida diet. Hopefully if i keep blogging and recording my progress i can work out any patterns that are improving or aggrivating my condition.
Background of my Mild-Moderate acne.
Started getting little spots on my nose as early as eleven years old but they were only minor. The first years of adolescence were mostly acne free except for TERRIBLE blackheads, particularly on the nose. The condition (if i remember correctly) began to get worse when i was seventeen/eighteen with large puss-filled spots (gross i know) coupled with huge blackheads. At nineteen (i think) i began my first round of anti biotics for several months which did seem to work at first. Things did improve, but then at the age of twenty the severity of the acne worsened again and i was put on another round of anti-biotics this time to little effect. Eventually my acne got better on it's own and i believe that during the summer when i was twenty one/twenty two my face was the clearest it had ever been. I wish i could remember what i was eating back then or any significant changes in my life but i'd probably had the best skin i'd ever had at this time.
Having said that i dont remember what 'cured' me of acne that summer i know precisely what caused my face to erupt again. After using a cheap facial exfolient that i bought for a very small amount of money i woke up one morning to find a huge pimple on my right cheek. I tried everything to get rid of it, using a variety of different products which did far more harm than good and succeded in spreading the infection all across my face. Was then perscribed another round of anti biotics and differin cream. After many months things did improve but the real 'miracle' (or so i thought) came when i was lurking on these boards and found that people were raving about niacin. I became curious and so ordered some from the internet. Taking 3 500mg tabs a day, i discovered that the anti-inflammatory effects were by far the most remarkable thing that has helped my acne. For a good two to three months i was able to eat what i wanted and only experience minimal breakouts. Unfortunately, as with the majority of people on acne.org, the effects of niacin only lasted a short time and for the past year i've been back to square one.
Due to my history of antibiotics and a generally poor diet, i came to the idea that candida might be the root cause of my acne. For the past 17 days i've been on a diet consisting of;
No diet cokes/sodas
No critic acid
Am also taking the following supplements;
Niacin 500mg 3x a day
L-glutamine 500mg 4x a day
Probiotic 2x a day
zinc 25 mg 1 a day
vit c 1000 mg 1 day
Cod liver oil 1 a day
Caprylic acid 400mg 3x a day
For the first two weeks my energy levels haven't dipped at all, physically i felt great and my acne was moderate. The past few days though have seen several inflammed pimples near my mouth and one on my forehead which i'm not happy about This could be the famous die off reaction but i had expected this to effect my energy levels a lot more, also i expected the severity to be much worse.
At the moment i'm unhappy because it doesnt feel as though anything major is happening except for a few nasty pimples. I had anticipated major fatigue and some signs that the yeast in my body is dying. Nevertheless i shall keep going and record my progress here.