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I started having really bad problems with my skin about 8 months ago. The breakouts started in conjunction with having problems with my stomach. I am not 100% certain but the stomach issue started and was followed shortly by the skin which leads me to believe that the stomach is really whats driving the skin. Since this started I've had low grade nausea/indigestion and near constant breakouts. I've tried a number of things to fix my stomach to little effect.

Aside from diet, exercise and hygiene haven't tried much on the skin.

Has anyone else gone through a similar experience....in that they had okay skin...started having stomach problems which seemed to spark the acne. Thought maybe it was worth asking. Theres so many treatments and so much information on different threads I didn't know where to start.

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Have raw manuka honey with plain greek yogurt/ kefir. Might help. Increase ur fibre intake oatmeal, avocado, psyllium husk etc. Also ACV, vegetable juice, yoga.

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I think this is quite common. I know I have struggled with both. I agree that you should see a doc and make sure your stomach problems are nothing serious. In the meantime, some things that coud help: eliminate milk products, reduce processed and fatty foods, take a realy good probiotic, drink lots of water. I also found that reducing/eliminating gluten helped me as well. I'm sure there's other things as well that people could add.

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DO NOT ELIMINATE FOODS! It makes me really angry when I see people suggesting that because it is dangerous (physically and psychologically) and VERY unlikely to do any good. Some people do have genuine intolerances but you should be properly tested before eliminating anything (eliminating things actually inteferes with the test.) And by properly tested I mean see a doctor not a homeopath. (I think homeopaths have their place but I have known them to give dangerous advice to friends about this kind of thing)

So yes I do agree that you should see a doctor.

I would speculate about a link between your problems but I believe we are not supposed to give advice or claim to have any such expertise on these boards so see a doctor!

Hope you feel better soon!

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Yes I know that 8 months is a long time to go without getting checked by a doctor. I have had a couple other long term health problems in the past that have really undermined my faith in doctors. Additionally I am an uninsured American. I feel very reluctant to pay an MD $200 to talk to me for 5 minutes. Dermatologists are, from what I know, considered specialists and therefor even more expensive. Then again this is destroying my life, so I've broken down and have an appointment to get checked.

All the stuff about food. I've read about dairy and gluten before, cut both out for various lengths of time didn't seem to have any impact. I've taken probiotics, enzymes, ACV, and a couple other supplements. I don't know much about stomach acid levels causing acne, I guess this is where a doctor's expertise would be helpful.

Thank you everyone for responding. Any other input is appreciated, I am going to see a doctor...but as someone lacking insurance I really cannot afford many visits. So ultimately I am sure I will end up trying to deal with this on my own.

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...I am an uninsured American. I feel very reluctant to pay an MD $200 to talk to me for 5 minutes...

...I am going to see a doctor...but as someone lacking insurance I really cannot afford many visits. So ultimately I am sure I will end up trying to deal with this on my own.

Living in the UK, I sometimes forget how lucky we are to have a free NHS (National Health Service). Although I never realised how expensive it is, just to see a doctor in the USA!

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DO NOT ELIMINATE FOODS! It makes me really angry when I see people suggesting that because it is dangerous (physically and psychologically) and VERY unlikely to do any good. Some people do have genuine intolerances but you should be properly tested before eliminating anything (eliminating things actually inteferes with the test.) And by properly tested I mean see a doctor not a homeopath. (I think homeopaths have their place but I have known them to give dangerous advice to friends about this kind of thing)

So yes I do agree that you should see a doctor.

I would speculate about a link between your problems but I believe we are not supposed to give advice or claim to have any such expertise on these boards so see a doctor!

Hope you feel better soon!

Lots of studies show eliminating (and incorporating) certain foods to have profound effects on the body.

Many people on these boards including myself, have noticed a correlation between food and acne, so I would not rule it out. My boyfriend is a doctor, his family are all doctors, quite a few of my friends' parents are doctors and I have seen way too many "health professionals" to count. Most doctors are NOT well-trained in nutrition, so I would recommend not blindly taking anyone's advice on subjects that are not well-understood yet without doing your own research first.

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Will check out the HCL link thanks. Yeah the concept of going to a doctor without worrying about the cost or if its covered is foreign to me. Yes having the NHS must be nice, enjoy it you don't know how lucky you are.

Back on the topic of food. As I alluded to in my earlier posts. I cut out dairy and gluten for considerable lengths of time but never noticed much of a change in symptoms. Also experimented with being vegetarian. Again nothing. So in terms of food I came to the conclusion that if it was food sensitivity I'd need to get a bunch of testing done to find specifically what is was that was causing problems. Based on the price and the likelihood of this being the cause I decided not to pursue that route. I'd be open to reconsidering, for me now all options are on the table. This has just gone too far.

I don't discount that eliminating and incorporating things in your diet can have profound effects. Its just that with the information I have it doesn't seem logical that this is the cause/cure. Anyone with more knowledge feel free to step in and tell me I'm wrong.

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DO NOT ELIMINATE FOODS! It makes me really angry when I see people suggesting that because it is dangerous (physically and psychologically) and VERY unlikely to do any good. Some people do have genuine intolerances but you should be properly tested before eliminating anything (eliminating things actually inteferes with the test.) And by properly tested I mean see a doctor not a homeopath. (I think homeopaths have their place but I have known them to give dangerous advice to friends about this kind of thing)

So yes I do agree that you should see a doctor.

I would speculate about a link between your problems but I believe we are not supposed to give advice or claim to have any such expertise on these boards so see a doctor!

Hope you feel better soon!

Lots of studies show eliminating (and incorporating) certain foods to have profound effects on the body.

Many people on these boards including myself, have noticed a correlation between food and acne, so I would not rule it out. My boyfriend is a doctor, his family are all doctors, quite a few of my friends' parents are doctors and I have seen way too many "health professionals" to count. Most doctors are NOT well-trained in nutrition, so I would recommend not blindly taking anyone's advice on subjects that are not well-understood yet without doing your own research first.

If you can point me in the direction of a credible study I'd be interested to see it. There are genuine medical conditions which require people to eliminate foods and in those cases eliminating the foods does have a profound effect. Maybe there are other links that are yet to be recognised but some of what I see on this board is very irresponsible. Eliminating foods is much more likely to trigger an eating disorder than it is to have any positive impact on your acne.

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I would also like to back up eliminating certain foods.. if I eliminate all sources of wheat and corn I do not have acne. Unfortunately corn is in everything so it has proven very difficult, but many people do have food intolerances and they most certainly lead to acne. Medical studies have shown that the less diverse your diet is the more diverse your gut flora will be, not the other way around. There is no harm in trying an elimination diet - dairy, nuts, citrus, eggs, corn and gluten are common allergens. Also - medical doctors are not the best place to go to test for food intolerance, these are delayed food reactions which most doctors will not test for. I was tested for gluten intolerance though my doctor and it came back negative, yet every time I eat wheat I get stomach problems, acne, huge dark circles under my eyes and migraines. Trust yourself - not doctors.

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I would also like to back up eliminating certain foods.. if I eliminate all sources of wheat and corn I do not have acne. Unfortunately corn is in everything so it has proven very difficult, but many people do have food intolerances and they most certainly lead to acne. Medical studies have shown that the less diverse your diet is the more diverse your gut flora will be, not the other way around. There is no harm in trying an elimination diet - dairy, nuts, citrus, eggs, corn and gluten are common allergens. Also - medical doctors are not the best place to go to test for food intolerance, these are delayed food reactions which most doctors will not test for. I was tested for gluten intolerance though my doctor and it came back negative, yet every time I eat wheat I get stomach problems, acne, huge dark circles under my eyes and migraines. Trust yourself - not doctors.

1) There is risk of harm trying an elimination diet - massive inconvenience, preoccupation and eating disorders

2) What do you mean by delayed reaction? What mechanism are you proposing by which gluten affects you? If your test from your doctor came back negative you don't have coeliac disease. I fear you are wasting your time.

3) It is irresponsible to tell people not to trust doctors. They have many years of training and there are important evidence based reasons why they say what they do.

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I would also like to back up eliminating certain foods.. if I eliminate all sources of wheat and corn I do not have acne. Unfortunately corn is in everything so it has proven very difficult, but many people do have food intolerances and they most certainly lead to acne. Medical studies have shown that the less diverse your diet is the more diverse your gut flora will be, not the other way around. There is no harm in trying an elimination diet - dairy, nuts, citrus, eggs, corn and gluten are common allergens. Also - medical doctors are not the best place to go to test for food intolerance, these are delayed food reactions which most doctors will not test for. I was tested for gluten intolerance though my doctor and it came back negative, yet every time I eat wheat I get stomach problems, acne, huge dark circles under my eyes and migraines. Trust yourself - not doctors.

1) There is risk of harm trying an elimination diet - massive inconvenience, preoccupation and eating disorders

2) What do you mean by delayed reaction? What mechanism are you proposing by which gluten affects you? If your test from your doctor came back negative you don't have coeliac disease. I fear you are wasting your time.

3) It is irresponsible to tell people not to trust doctors. They have many years of training and there are important evidence based reasons why they say what they do.

To answer your questions

1. There is no risk like I said, sure it is an inconvenience but it is worth exploring. To say that one should not eliminate foods because it is too hard is ridiculous. You also do not have to develop an eating disorder - you start by eliminating all possible triggers and then start adding foods back into the diet to see if you react. If I hadn't done this myself I would be living with horrible acne, crushing fatigue, migraine associated vertigo etc. Please do not say something is dangerous just because it takes willpower to do.

2. It is a delayed allergic response meaning it takes 24 hrs to 48hrs to occur. Doctors only test for immediate allergeic response. I could get into the specifics of IGA and IGE allergies or you can just google it. No I do not have celiac disease which is what the doctor tested for - I have a delayed allergic response or "intolerance" to wheat. Which again causes me acne, fatigue, vertigo, migraines etc.

3. Doctors are trained by teachers who have been trained and bought by pharmaceutical companies. Sure they can fix many medical problems but generally acne is not one of them. Generally doctors will give you a prescription for something, more of a band aid solution instead of treating the body as a whole. Did you know that the third leading cause of death in the United States is from doctors? Read the article at the bottom and open your eyes. You are your own advocate for your health, no doctor is going to be able to put all the puzzle pieces together for you.

In conclusion: MANY (but not all) of us suffer food intolerances which either cause or exasperate our skin condition. It is worth it to everyone to explore an elimination diet and see if they are affected. It has been long documented that there is a gut-brain-skin axsis.

http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2000/07/30/doctors-death-part-one.aspx

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I'm in a similar sort of position. Never really had any spots, maybe the odd one, until after i was 20. Coincidentally i never had any digestion problems until after i was 20, ie i used to pawn at eat all you can eats etc, not any more, eat and chew like a slow man now lol.

Who knows if there is any connection. I would say Probably.

For some people it may well be an allergy thing; gluten, casein, lactose, citrus, nightshades etc. If you find out you simply have an allergy/ sensitivity then imho you're pretty lucky, miss out on some foods but you know what the answer is at least.

In my case and with many others with digestive problems, as others discuss on here, i think there is a bacteria connection.

Obviously acne is named after bacteria but i'm talking about bacteria in the digestive tract, serious f'ing mine field.

There is also the gut-brain connection to consider. I know i am an anxious and "emotional" person. Your brain directly affects your digestive tract/gut. Butterflys in the stomach etc. Who knows what affect this has over the short term and especially the long term. Science and medicine is only just trying to understand the gut-brain connection.

One thing to consider is they used to think stomach ulcers were caused by stress, then it was "discovered" it was the bacterium h-pylori. As with acne, kill the bacteria and you remove the problem, except is isn't that simple and there are people now questioning the wisdom in simply removing h-pylori as a "cure" for ulcers.

My observations:

I either have upper or lower gastronomical problems:

ie: upper = "stomach ache", bloating, belching, burping, heartburn etc

Lower = bloating, Farting.

In my opinion all my problems are bacteria related [no idea the roll my brain is playing in all of this] somehow i am over feeding the bacteria in my gut, either higher or lower up and/or i have the "wrong" type.

The weird thing about the farting is that when i am farting it isn't really a physiological problem, as in apart from some "discomfort", there is no pain and the only problems are all "social". I have no idea whether farting is bad for you[personally], maybe it's good to fart. On the other had the upper intestinal problems are problems, especially as i have a history of gastrointestinal cancer in my family etc.

Also the foods that make me fart tend to be the "healthiest" ie raw vegetables, fibrous vegetables - salad, cabbage, carrots, potato skins, broccoli, beets etc. I think large starch meals [starch combined with protein] cause me to have the "upper" problems and also the upper problems are more related to my state of mind etc, ie may be brought on by stress/anxiety etc.

Other things to consider:

Everyone can digest different amounts of different food types in one go etc - if you aren't digesting all of what you eat what happens to the rest of it if you have the "wrong" bacteria or too many.

Ie

Everyone can digest different amounts of fructose.

Same with starch - depends on enzymes etc - amylase i think.

Only so much of the world can digest lactose etc.

Maybe depending on our "genetics" / ancestral background etc we can all handle different kinds/amounts of food. Overtime eating too much of foods not best suited to you can cause problems etc.

I realise i haven't even mentioned why or how having too much bacteria or the wrong ones could cause problems, hopefully somebody else will. I don't actually know myself, maybe immune response related etc - i'm not that happy with loose terms - like "leaky gut". It is proven that h-pylori plays a role in ulcers though. Just as with p-acnes.

Anyway all does my head in, i keep meaning to do a proper post but never get round to it, hopefully some genius can work it all out one day. Gotta go way too late.

Good luck.

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some excellent posts

must agree with "flaxen" -Trust yourself - not doctors.====doctors are like politicans,you will occassionally find a good one if you keep looking.

your very lucky if you find a good doctor,if you do,stick with them like s**t to a blanket.

Alexsi post is worth reading, quote-" you start by eliminating all possible triggers and then start adding foods back into the diet to see if you react."

similar to what I done after getting cystic spots week in week out from 15 to 25,I have now been 30 years( to this day still get caught out every couple of years)I found the poison that I have an intolerance too,well I couldn't actually name it but know what food products to avoid,like ramen,pot noodles,instant soup,gravy granules,all products that are mainly made up of chemicals produced in a labratory,

I wish everyone had the same intolerance as me.

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To answer your questions

1. There is no risk like I said, sure it is an inconvenience but it is worth exploring. To say that one should not eliminate foods because it is too hard is ridiculous. You also do not have to develop an eating disorder - you start by eliminating all possible triggers and then start adding foods back into the diet to see if you react. If I hadn't done this myself I would be living with horrible acne, crushing fatigue, migraine associated vertigo etc. Please do not say something is dangerous just because it takes willpower to do.

2. It is a delayed allergic response meaning it takes 24 hrs to 48hrs to occur. Doctors only test for immediate allergeic response. I could get into the specifics of IGA and IGE allergies or you can just google it. No I do not have celiac disease which is what the doctor tested for - I have a delayed allergic response or "intolerance" to wheat. Which again causes me acne, fatigue, vertigo, migraines etc.

3. Doctors are trained by teachers who have been trained and bought by pharmaceutical companies. Sure they can fix many medical problems but generally acne is not one of them. Generally doctors will give you a prescription for something, more of a band aid solution instead of treating the body as a whole. Did you know that the third leading cause of death in the United States is from doctors? Read the article at the bottom and open your eyes. You are your own advocate for your health, no doctor is going to be able to put all the puzzle pieces together for you.

In conclusion: MANY (but not all) of us suffer food intolerances which either cause or exasperate our skin condition. It is worth it to everyone to explore an elimination diet and see if they are affected. It has been long documented that there is a gut-brain-skin axsis.

http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2000/07/30/doctors-death-part-one.aspx

This is an extremely ignorant post. Please stop poisoning people's minds. You say "There is no risk" Firstly, EVERYTHING has some risk so you are wrong straight away. But to say "you do not have to develop an eating disorder" is ridiculous. An eating disorder is not something you choose! And you can't tell me it doesn't happen, because it did, to me, and even in my short time on this board I have read about it happening to other people.

Secondly your doctor bashing is ridiculous and very poorly informed. I am a doctor, I have been through medical school. We are not taught by teachers influenced by pharmaceutical companies. Much of what we learn about is pathology which has nothing to do with drugs, and when we do learn about drugs we are only taught the generic names except for very rare circumstances where the preparation makes a difference e.g. epilepsy.

I'm not even going to try and correct your "delayed allergic response" rubbish. You + google is not better than a doctor. However you + google + doctor is best of all IF you can be open-minded. Tell them your theory and ask for their opinion and an explanation.

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some excellent posts

must agree with "flaxen" -Trust yourself - not doctors.====doctors are like politicans,you will occassionally find a good one if you keep looking.

your very lucky if you find a good doctor,if you do,stick with them like s**t to a blanket.

Alexsi post is worth reading, quote-" you start by eliminating all possible triggers and then start adding foods back into the diet to see if you react."

similar to what I done after getting cystic spots week in week out from 15 to 25,I have now been 30 years( to this day still get caught out every couple of years)I found the poison that I have an intolerance too,well I couldn't actually name it but know what food products to avoid,like ramen,pot noodles,instant soup,gravy granules,all products that are mainly made up of chemicals produced in a labratory,

I wish everyone had the same intolerance as me.

Err... You must have mis-read something here. I certainly didn't mean that you shouldn't trust doctors, just that it is also good to be informed yourself BUT What you find on google can be very misleading as I can see from some of the rubbish that is being spouted here! Seriously, are you going to trust google or someone who has spent six years in medical school (+ experience beyond) learning about these things? Doctors want to help you!! That is why they became doctors!! They are not politicians, they don't sit in the pocket of a drug company rep; or they certainly don't in the UK. Maybe the US is as corrupt as you all seem to think it is but over here doctors take their hippocratic oath seriously.

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some excellent posts

must agree with "flaxen" -Trust yourself - not doctors.====doctors are like politicans,you will occassionally find a good one if you keep looking.

your very lucky if you find a good doctor,if you do,stick with them like s**t to a blanket.

Alexsi post is worth reading, quote-" you start by eliminating all possible triggers and then start adding foods back into the diet to see if you react."

similar to what I done after getting cystic spots week in week out from 15 to 25,I have now been 30 years( to this day still get caught out every couple of years)I found the poison that I have an intolerance too,well I couldn't actually name it but know what food products to avoid,like ramen,pot noodles,instant soup,gravy granules,all products that are mainly made up of chemicals produced in a labratory,

I wish everyone had the same intolerance as me.

Err... You must have mis-read something here. I certainly didn't mean that you shouldn't trust doctors, just that it is also good to be informed yourself BUT What you find on google can be very misleading as I can see from some of the rubbish that is being spouted here! Seriously, are you going to trust google or someone who has spent six years in medical school (+ experience beyond) learning about these things? Doctors want to help you!! That is why they became doctors!! They are not politicians, they don't sit in the pocket of a drug company rep; or they certainly don't in the UK. Maybe the US is as corrupt as you all seem to think it is but over here doctors take their hippocratic oath seriously.

thanks for your reply.As a doctor it surely interests you that people have found a way to prevent acne.

In my case and my 21 year old daughter,we positively know that certain food s that are chemical based give us cystic spots and you being in the medical profession are in the right position to help people who may suffer from this intolerance and make your findings known to other medical practices.

We have no choice but to accept a doctors diagnosis but doctors sometimes get it wrong and the problem is if you seek a second opinion from a doctor in the same practice,they won't want to disagree with them,

Also it seems to me that acne isn't high on a doctors list and I can fully understand why members on here seek any advice that they can get from other members.

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some excellent posts

must agree with "flaxen" -Trust yourself - not doctors.====doctors are like politicans,you will occassionally find a good one if you keep looking.

your very lucky if you find a good doctor,if you do,stick with them like s**t to a blanket.

Alexsi post is worth reading, quote-" you start by eliminating all possible triggers and then start adding foods back into the diet to see if you react."

similar to what I done after getting cystic spots week in week out from 15 to 25,I have now been 30 years( to this day still get caught out every couple of years)I found the poison that I have an intolerance too,well I couldn't actually name it but know what food products to avoid,like ramen,pot noodles,instant soup,gravy granules,all products that are mainly made up of chemicals produced in a labratory,

I wish everyone had the same intolerance as me.

Err... You must have mis-read something here. I certainly didn't mean that you shouldn't trust doctors, just that it is also good to be informed yourself BUT What you find on google can be very misleading as I can see from some of the rubbish that is being spouted here! Seriously, are you going to trust google or someone who has spent six years in medical school (+ experience beyond) learning about these things? Doctors want to help you!! That is why they became doctors!! They are not politicians, they don't sit in the pocket of a drug company rep; or they certainly don't in the UK. Maybe the US is as corrupt as you all seem to think it is but over here doctors take their hippocratic oath seriously.

thanks for your reply.As a doctor it surely interests you that people have found a way to prevent acne.

In my case and my 21 year old daughter,we positively know that certain food s that are chemical based give us cystic spots and you being in the medical profession are in the right position to help people who may suffer from this intolerance and make your findings known to other medical practices.

We have no choice but to accept a doctors diagnosis but doctors sometimes get it wrong and the problem is if you seek a second opinion from a doctor in the same practice,they won't want to disagree with them,

Also it seems to me that acne isn't high on a doctors list and I can fully understand why members on here seek any advice that they can get from other members.

Don't get me wrong, I think this site is a great resource - otherwise why would I be here?! But personally and professionally I don't believe in food intolerances and think the whole concept of excluding specific things unhealthy. Some people find they have better skin eating a healthy balanced diet - which we should all aim for anyway but there is no need to exclude anything. Also a good doctor will not be dismissive of acne especially if it is causing scarring so if that is your experience try another one...

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some excellent posts

must agree with "flaxen" -Trust yourself - not doctors.====doctors are like politicans,you will occassionally find a good one if you keep looking.

your very lucky if you find a good doctor,if you do,stick with them like s**t to a blanket.

Alexsi post is worth reading, quote-" you start by eliminating all possible triggers and then start adding foods back into the diet to see if you react."

similar to what I done after getting cystic spots week in week out from 15 to 25,I have now been 30 years( to this day still get caught out every couple of years)I found the poison that I have an intolerance too,well I couldn't actually name it but know what food products to avoid,like ramen,pot noodles,instant soup,gravy granules,all products that are mainly made up of chemicals produced in a labratory,

I wish everyone had the same intolerance as me.

Err... You must have mis-read something here. I certainly didn't mean that you shouldn't trust doctors, just that it is also good to be informed yourself BUT What you find on google can be very misleading as I can see from some of the rubbish that is being spouted here! Seriously, are you going to trust google or someone who has spent six years in medical school (+ experience beyond) learning about these things? Doctors want to help you!! That is why they became doctors!! They are not politicians, they don't sit in the pocket of a drug company rep; or they certainly don't in the UK. Maybe the US is as corrupt as you all seem to think it is but over here doctors take their hippocratic oath seriously.

thanks for your reply.As a doctor it surely interests you that people have found a way to prevent acne.

In my case and my 21 year old daughter,we positively know that certain food s that are chemical based give us cystic spots and you being in the medical profession are in the right position to help people who may suffer from this intolerance and make your findings known to other medical practices.

We have no choice but to accept a doctors diagnosis but doctors sometimes get it wrong and the problem is if you seek a second opinion from a doctor in the same practice,they won't want to disagree with them,

Also it seems to me that acne isn't high on a doctors list and I can fully understand why members on here seek any advice that they can get from other members.

Don't get me wrong, I think this site is a great resource - otherwise why would I be here?! But personally and professionally I don't believe in food intolerances and think the whole concept of excluding specific things unhealthy. Some people find they have better skin eating a healthy balanced diet - which we should all aim for anyway but there is no need to exclude anything. Also a good doctor will not be dismissive of acne especially if it is causing scarring so if that is your experience try another one...

I totally agree with you about eating unhealthy things.When my mother was adding a granular sauce mix to meals, was I now know the reason for 10 years of cystic spots,leaving home at 24 years of age and fending for myself,I ate fish and chips daily for a few months,I developed a healthy complexion.

So in my and my daughters case, eating healthy is pointless for our acne if we,say if we made a daily dish of fresh mixed vegatables and added a granular sauce to it.

Please elaborate on your view that you don't believe in food intolerances,what would you say our problem is if we aren't intolerant to granular food products,maybe allergic?

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A few thoughts....

1. I'm one of the people who developed an eating disorder because of trying to eliminate foods to help my acne, possibly one of the people Flaxen mentioned reading about.

2. I'm also one of the people who would probably be dead now if I hadn't eliminated gluten and soy, two foods that were absolutely destroying my body.

3. You do not need an allergy test to figure out food allergies and allergy tests are NOT reliable. I know multiple people who tested negative for gluten yet get violently ill if they ingest it. You can have a food intolerance and not necessarily have celiac disease.

4. No one from the UK, Canada or most other modern countries has a clue what it's like living in America with the health situation. I have not had access to a doctor for over 6 years now. This includes times I needed a doctor. Why? Because seeing a doctor here in America would cost me more than TWO WEEKS wages. This does not include tests, medications, etc. This is the price to sit and talk to a doctor for probably less than five minutes. If any of you had seen the careless, brutal, cold-hearted way that the doctors I have paid for years ago treated me, you would understand why the hatred of the medical industry is so common on this site. A lot of us are American, and this is what we deal with. I'm willing to believe that doctors are better in the UK. If you watched Michael Moore's movie "Sicko" it explains how their system works differently and how it creates much better doctors who actually care about their patients. Everything is for-profit here in America and it's incredibly difficult to find a doctor who a) actually cares and b) has a clue.

5. If I went to see any doctor and they told me that they "didn't believe" in food tolerances, I'd walk out right then and there.

6. Since I'm in recovery for my eating disorder, I've been working hard to add foods back in that I've eliminated. Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn't. I've managed to eat sweet potatoes in moderation again without any negative results. But after attempting to add dairy back in, I can't deny that it's not good for me. Stomach aches, mucus in my throat, and terrible breakouts. It isn't mental because at the time, I truly believed that ALL my intolerances other than gluten and soy were in my head. I thought dairy was good for me. I was still breaking out the whole time but I told myself it was something else. Then I wasn't able to buy any dairy for about a week due to $$$ and my skin cleared completely. I told myself it was a coincidence and happily bought myself some yogurt. Within a few hours, I had 3 giant, painful new cysts on my face.

7. Of course a person shouldn't develop an eating disorder and go insane trying to eliminate every possible trigger like I did. But that doesn't mean that food intolerances don't exist!

8. To the OP, stomach problems are definitely related to acne. Emotions, stress, sleep patterns, environment, skin-care AND food are all involved. That's what makes trying to figure this out so incredibly difficult.

9. Okay, I think those were all my thoughts. :)

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