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How long should I give a diet?

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Hi all

If you don't want to real all of this info : how long should I try a change in diet before giving up if I see no changes?


This is my first time posting on the site. I had acne when I was around 14-17 and then I was prescribed Zineryt  which really helped for about 2 years. My acne then flared up again and I must have become accustomed to the Zineryt because it didn't help this time at all. My acne has been back, pretty much only on my face (maybe one pimple on my back or chest every few weeks, but really bad on my face) for over 2 years now so I have decided to try and use diet to combat it. One thing that I find quite strange is that every summer when I go to America, my skin clears up completely after like one week! It clears up at other seemingly random times also throughout the year.

I was doing quite a bit of research on diet & acne for a few days but I was spending so much time reading different things from different sources which was making me stressed so I stopped. I decided to cut out lots of the things that I have read have flared peoples acne up. 

So far I have had this diet for 3 weeks, if any change at all, I would say slightly more pimples but less red/inflamed. My question is, how long should I try this before giving up if I see no changes?

Please tell me if you think any of this is a mistake to cut out or if there is anything extra I should be trying. If anyone is interested, this is my current diet:

Only whole foods. Nothing processed at all.

Lots of veg: White potatoes, Sweet potatoes, Broccoli, Carrots, Cauliflower, Cabbage, Spinach, Lettuce, Brussel Sprouts, Peas, Onions, Red Onions

Fruit: Oranges, Apples, Bananas, Pears, Kiwi, Avocado 

Meat: Chicken, Tuna

Other: Brown Basmati Rice, 

Foods I used to eat lots but have cut out:


Lean Beef Mince (Ground Beef)
Greek Yoghurt
Tea with Milk
Oatmeal
Whey Protein
Tomatoes
Eggs
Pasta
BBQ fajita spices
Baked beans in tomato sauce 
Tomato pasta sauces
Tomato Ketchup
BBQ sauce
Tortillas

Other changes I have made:

Supplements Added:
Vitamin D & Calcium - 100% of Nutrient Reference Value (NRV) of Vit D, Calcium
Multivitamin - 100% of Nutrient Reference Value (NRV) of Vit A, Vit D3, Vit E, Vit K1, Vit C, Thiamin (B1), Riboflavin(B2), Niacin, Vit B6, Folic Acid, Vit B12, Biotin, Pantothenic Acid, Iron
Cod Liver Oil - 100% of Nutrient Reference Value (NRV) of Vit A, Vit D3, Cod liver oil & fish body oil, Omega 3

Trying (not really succeeding 100%) to sleep more - I have a very irregular sleep pattern

Changing pillow cases nightly

Daily honey mask

Using "Simple" cleanser day and night.

Applying Zineryt day and night after cleansing - doesn't prevent acne but I think it soothes existing spots a bit

Drinking Lots of water

Drinking green tea


Any and all advice/ constructive criticism welcome!

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I've been doing the exact same thing for 3 weeks too now!

What I cut out:
dairy, gluten, rice, refined sugars, red meat, processed foods, soy

What I still eat:
eggs, tons of vegetables, antibiotic/hormone free chicken, fruits, sweet potatoes,
oatmeal (just one serving in the morning D: ), almond milk, olive oil, coconut oil

I break out the same, or more than before starting the diet. I still have cystic acne and I got a huge cyst right next to my nose that has been there for two weeks now. I've been eating clean but my skin looks the same (bad). I also went drinking two days ago so the alcohol/sugar in my drinks might've worsened my skin. Going to steer away from drinks... -__-

Other forums have said to wait 2-3 months to see results from diet changes.
Just remember, this is a lifestyle change and this will be amazing for not only our skin, but our bodies/health overall :) So even if we don't see results on our skin, just knowing we are taking care of ourselves will at least be worth it all.
Good luck!

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