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I have been on a vegetarian diet for about five years now, and have been taking amnesteem (isotretinoin) for almost three months, at 40mg. i recently just changed my diet from vegetarian to vegan (no animal products whatsoever, i.e milk, eggs, cheese, honey etc..) in the past month and my skin is still terrible.. i know it takes a few months for accutane to do it's thing, but does my vegan diet have an effect on anything?

thanks!

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I have been on a vegetarian diet for about five years now, and have been taking amnesteem (isotretinoin) for almost three months, at 40mg. i recently just changed my diet from vegetarian to vegan (no animal products whatsoever, i.e milk, eggs, cheese, honey etc..) in the past month and my skin is still terrible.. i know it takes a few months for accutane to do it's thing, but does my vegan diet have an effect on anything?

thanks!

<3acacia

I doubt going from vegetarian to vegan made your skin worse. But remember, you do need to take accutane with a fat in order for it to absorb well. Maybe a salad with olive oil, then pop your pill. Or drink a tablespoon of olive oil with your pill.

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I have been vegan for 13 years, went on accutane twice during that time. IMO, there is no possible negative impact a vegan diet might have on the efficacy of accutane/amnesteem, as vegan diets are certainly not fat free, and are deficient only in Vit D, which you can pop a supplement for (since you don't want to go in the sun--the other vegan source of Vit D-- too much on the meds).

If anything, a vegan diet ought to make your skin more -- not less-- clear, as most humans are lactose intolerant (which can f-ck up your body in various ways) to begin with. It's probably just some adjustments your body is going through.

Have some toast w/ earth balance (vegan butter) on it when you pop your pill if you're worried about the amnesteem absorption.

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I have been on a vegetarian diet for about five years now, and have been taking amnesteem (isotretinoin) for almost three months, at 40mg. i recently just changed my diet from vegetarian to vegan (no animal products whatsoever, i.e milk, eggs, cheese, honey etc..) in the past month and my skin is still terrible.. i know it takes a few months for accutane to do it's thing, but does my vegan diet have an effect on anything?

thanks!

<3acacia

I doubt going from vegetarian to vegan made your skin worse. But remember, you do need to take accutane with a fat in order for it to absorb well. Maybe a salad with olive oil, then pop your pill. Or drink a tablespoon of olive oil with your pill.

Your body breaking out from switching to a vegan diet is just your bodies reaction to the unnatural state of not eating meat you're subjecting it to. After all, we evolved to eat both meat and vegetables. You cannot possibly achieve balance without meat (see what I did there vegetarians).

But seriously, you should be fine. The effects of that switch in your diet should be minimal, you're probably just overreacting.

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Your body breaking out from switching to a vegan diet is just your bodies reaction to the unnatural state of not eating meat you're subjecting it to. After all, we evolved to eat both meat and vegetables. You cannot possibly achieve balance without meat (see what I did there vegetarians).

But seriously, you should be fine. The effects of that switch in your diet should be minimal, you're probably just overreacting.

It is asinine to suggest that "you cannot possibly acheive balance without meat." I have been vegetarian since I was 11, vegan for the last 13 years. During this time I have run marathons, surfed overhead waves that would crush your bones on an almost daily basis, etc. -- and I am a girl. My meat-eating friends tell me that I'm the most in-shape person they know, and I can pretty much out-compete anyone my age (male or female) in most sports.

There is a long list of elite, vegan athletes: multiple Olympic gold-medal winner Carl Lewis is one. Ultimate fighting champion Matt Danzig is another.

A vegan diet is by far the healthiest thing you can do for your body and the rest of society. If your body is freaking out after ditching the dairy and eggs, it's probably just re-adjusting, similar to the way your body will readjust after you do a juice cleanse or fast. Hell, if I were to mistakenly eat a block of cheese right now, after being happily and healthily vegan for so long, my body would have canniptions.

Just be proud of your healthy choice and your soon-to-be-clear skin, and be assured that veganism can only help you and your skin!

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Being vegan, when done RIGHT, can be perfectly healthy.

However, many people when making the switch to vegetarianism or vegan do not do it correctly. They end up deficient in many vitamins and nutrients that they formerly got from meat, such as iron, protein, or healthy fats. You CAN achieve a balanced diet from vegetarianism/veganism, but you must research and know what you need, and how to get it.

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Your body breaking out from switching to a vegan diet is just your bodies reaction to the unnatural state of not eating meat you're subjecting it to. After all, we evolved to eat both meat and vegetables. You cannot possibly achieve balance without meat (see what I did there vegetarians).

But seriously, you should be fine. The effects of that switch in your diet should be minimal, you're probably just overreacting.

It is asinine to suggest that "you cannot possibly acheive balance without meat." I have been vegetarian since I was 11, vegan for the last 13 years. During this time I have run marathons, surfed overhead waves that would crush your bones on an almost daily basis, etc. -- and I am a girl. My meat-eating friends tell me that I'm the most in-shape person they know, and I can pretty much out-compete anyone my age (male or female) in most sports.

There is a long list of elite, vegan athletes: multiple Olympic gold-medal winner Carl Lewis is one. Ultimate fighting champion Matt Danzig is another.

A vegan diet is by far the healthiest thing you can do for your body and the rest of society. If your body is freaking out after ditching the dairy and eggs, it's probably just re-adjusting, similar to the way your body will readjust after you do a juice cleanse or fast. Hell, if I were to mistakenly eat a block of cheese right now, after being happily and healthily vegan for so long, my body would have canniptions.

Just be proud of your healthy choice and your soon-to-be-clear skin, and be assured that veganism can only help you and your skin!

Dude, my post was a joke in response to the militant attitude displayed by many vegans towards meat eaters, and how a diet with meat in it is unhealthy, toxic, out of balance etc. You just affirmed what I was satirizing. Good job douche.

And I bet you can't out-powerlift me. Not your fault, just sayin you can't do it unless you're allowed to inject test on a vegan diet...

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I have a vegan diet aswell and I don't believe that the type of diet matters but rather the food you eat. A vegan diet or an omnivore diet alone is not healthy, you have to make it healthy. I personally believe sugar has something to do with acne and I found that alot of processed vegan foods contain lots of added glucose/fructose.. I now make most of my food and found that it helped my acne. Sugar alone isn't bad but the amounts they add into our food is unbelievable.

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I'm a vegan and so far I've had a very successful course on Accutane. I'm in month 5 and have been clear since month 3. I doubt it's the vegan diet itself causing your problems; but perhaps you're missing a certain nutrient since eliminating eggs and dairy that you haven't yet replaced with a vegan equivalent. Usually the hardest to get is B12, but this can easily be found in fortified foods (some soy milks, cereal, supplements, etc). Or perhaps you're eating more sugary, starchy, and less nutritious foods as you adjust to a vegan diet. Make sure you're eating a wide variety of vegetables (including leafy greens), fruits, whole grains, healthy fats like olive oil, and proteins like beans and nuts. You could consider taking a multivitamin, but it's a good idea to talk to your doctor first to avoid any interactions with the medication.

Lastly, remember that some studies have shown a link between dairy consumption and acne:

Adebamowo CA, Spiegelman D, Berkey CS, Danby W, Rockett HH, Colditz GA, Willet WC, Homes MD. "Milk consumption and acne in adolescent girls." Dermatology Online Journal 2006; 12(4):1.

http://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/537367_4

Adembamowo CA, Spiegelman D, Berkey CS, Danby FW, Rockett HH, Colditz GA, Willett WC, Holmes MD. "Milk consumption and acne in teenaged boys." Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology 2008; 58(5): 787-793

http://www.journals.elsevierhealth.com/per...024024/abstract

Diet and Acne: Milk and Acne

http://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/579326_3

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