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How Changing My Diet Cleared My Acne

Hi Everyone,

I will try to to keep this as short and sweet as possible.  
 

So I started to develop severe (painful) cystic acne when I was about 15.  I went on my first round of accutane when I was 17 as the acne got worse and worse.  It cleared up my skin completely for about a year post treatment, then it came back when I was in my first year of college.  The acne developed from normal small pimples to cystic acne again so I went on a second round of accutane when I was about 20.  Again my skin cleared up and remained clear for about a year post treatment.  Again it came back and became cystic again.  I decided after 2 rounds of accutane to change my diet when the acne came back and went vegan for about 2 years.  In the beginning I saw a significant improvement for a few months and then the cystic acne came back when I was about 22.  I again went on another course of accutane (the 3rd one) and again my acne cleared up and remained clear for about 2 years post treatment.  I thought by this point I was about 23 that my acne would be gone since I was moving deeper into adulthood.  I was wrong, the cystic acne started to come back again at about 25.  I tried numerous over the counter treatments in an attempt to control the breakouts but they persisted and began to get worse until I turned 26.  At this point I felt like I was out of options and stuck with acne for the rest of my life.  That is until I went completely carnivore for a couple months.  Within a matter of weeks my cystic acne had completely cleared up and there were no new pimples.  I then slowly this year began to introduce new foods back into my diet but remain keto.  I have identified the dietary culprit for my acne and it is carbs.  Without fail if I consume any carb laden foods I will breakout immediately with large cysts.  
 

I am sharing this story because I understand what it’s like to live with severe acne and feel completely hopeless after numerous attempts at treatment.  I must say this whole experience has left my pretty disgusted with the current knowledge in the field and the dermatologist’s gut reaction to just prescribe drugs.  I was told by multiple dermatologists that diet doesn’t affect acne.  This is simply not true.  
 

Try many diets, I have friends who have suffered from acne and different diets work for them.  Some people may be affected by carbs, others by fats, etc.  I found that a strict elimination diet (like carnivore) was the best way to identify foods that cause flare ups.  
 

I hope this helps someone out there.  The mental health impact of acne is really severe for some.  I went into deep depression during my bouts with cystic acne, especially after so many years of dealing with it.  Stay strong! <3

 

-John

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Congrats man! 

There's so much science out there on why elimination and carnivore style diets cure acne, many people just don't want to believe 

I actually wrote an ebook about it that you can find in my signature, but if you're curious about why it clears acne I'm happy to answer any questions

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