So yesterday was pretty tough. It was my third day of eating nothing but steamed low carb veggies (which I hate). The plan I'm following says to eat nothing but them for a week to prepare my gut for the probiotics and anitfungals. I had to leave work at noon because I was experiencing some pretty bad "die-off" symptoms. Headache, nausea, brain fog and my acne had begun to breakout. I felt like shit. So that afternoon I kind of cheated and ate some organic chicken...alot of organic chicken. It was delish. I also went to the gym and spent some time in the sauna to sweat out the toxins. Sure enough I woke up this morning feeling great. And my breakout died down alot! I think thats just another clue that im on the right track. So I went back to the gym today for another sauna sesh. I had 2 organic eggs for brek and I'm gonna have some veggies and more chicken for dinner. So far so good.
My name's Greg. I'm 29 and have been suffering from acne since I was a teen. When I first began suffering from acne I began taking tetracycline, an anitbiotic. It worked for years by killing the bacteria which thrived on the sebum from the clogged pores on my face. At the age of 24 I noticed the antibiotic was losing its effectiveness so I switched to Pro-Activ. It stopped working after two years so I discontinued with the product. For about 6 months I struggled with the effects of severe acne. I even had to go on meds for severe depression. So I began using Pro-Activ again and my acne cleared right up. However, like before the pro-active began losing its effectiveness. 3 months ago my doctor prescribed Minocycline, another antibiotic. It began to work but wasn't the 'cure' I was looking for. At the age of 29 there is nothing natural about having acne so I assumed it was a symptom of something else happening in my body. Why do I have acne and what causes it? I wanted to pinpoint the triggers that gave me acne and correct them so I wouldn't have to take pils or buy expensive creams and lotions. I know that acne forms when sebacious glands in the skin are overactive and produce too much sebum. Pores get clogged, bacteria enters and feeds on the sebum. But what triggers sebacious glands to act this way? In teens, sebecious glands over produce as a response to different hormones being released as a result of puberty. So acne shouldn't be a problem after puberty right? After being perscribed Minocycline I began to read more about bacteria and the role it plays in a healthy body. I started reading a book by John Taylor and Deborah Mitchell called "The Wonder of Probiotics." According to the book your Gastrointestinal system (includes mouth to anus and everything in between) is populated by a large number of bacteria which aid in digestion and all sorts of body cleansing and immune functions. The G.I. system also contains a number of negative harmful bacteria. A healthy ratio of bacteria is around 85% pro and 15% negative bacteria. FYI I also suffer from ulcerative colitis which one of my doctors described as an inbalance between the pro and negative bacteria in gut (G.I. system). I found this interesting because I was on Tetracycline for a number of years which not only killed the acne bacteria on my face, but also presumably killed off most if not all the helpful bacteria in my gut. So I began taking probiotic supplements along with my anitbiotics thinking this was my silver bullet. They helped, but i was missing something. Finally I came to the chapter on Candida. Candida is a fungus that exists in the gut of everyone but is kept under control by probiotics. It is reasonable to think if someone were to take a broad antibiotic for a long period of time then candida would be able to grow unchallenged. According to some research I've done Candida contains 79 different toxins. The growth of Candida relies on sugar, not just candy and chocolate sugar but sugars converted from carbs like breads and pasta. Maybe you've heard speculation that sugar triggers acne. It is my theory that toxins from Candida trigger hormones which trigger sebacious glands to overreact which triggers acne. So the purpose of my blog is to document an experiment I'm currently undertaking. 2 weeks ago I stopped taking Minocycline. Most methods I've researched to kill off Candida follow basic principles. Starve the Candida and attack it with antifungals while boosting the immune system. I've decided to follow a plan I found on a website called thecandidadiet dot com. Out of all the website I looked at this one was the most comprehensive and educational. Today was my first day on the program. It's gonna be tough but I'm commited to ridding myself of acne forever while increasing my health and well-being. For those of you following along I will post on here periodically to answer some questions and give updates. Wish me luck.