Hey. So I'm not a nutritionist by any means. I'm just 18 years old, and I have mild acne. I used to have severe acne though. I'm going to share with you guys how I got rid of my severe acne and also share a little family history. My family line on my dads side has always had acne. I'm also of Scottish descent on my dads and moms side. Anyway, that's besides the point. I got my first blackhead when I was 9 years old, and zits started coming about 3 years after that. It didn't change much from12-15, just mild acne, a few zits a month type thing. But then I got into Grade 10, and November of that year (2005 I believe it was) I started getting severe acne. It didn't change for two years straight. I even started on Proactiv, and it didn't really help at all. I couldn't figure out what was happening. Then, just a year and a half ago, I started experimenting with my diet. First order of business: I cut out CocaCola. I'd been drinking CocaCola up till then, probably at least once a day. I found that quite reduced the zits I was getting, especially the ones around my jawline and neck. Then when I still found I was getting a solid amount of zits, I cut out the rest of the pop family. That brought my acne down from severe to moderate. I started to realize the Proactiv was actually working, but my bad diet had stood in the way of it working. So by last May, deserts were gone. My acne was down to about mild-moderate, occasionally mild. Then I cut out white breads, and my acne was down to mild.
Lessons learned- certain foods trigger acne: sodas, chocolate, deserts, junk food in general, even too much natural sugar
-follow canada's or america's food guide or where ever the heck you live's food guide to a hilt
-Too much sugar a day (yes, even natural sugar) can cause acne, so try to keep your sugar intake at 50 grams or below.
-White breads, because of their processed nature, cause acne, so avoid them. Stick with 100% whole wheat breads and multigrain breads, preferably with no sugar added. This applies to cereals, rice, and pasta to.
-Eat lots of nuts, but keep them unsalted and un-sugared. My personal favorites are almonds and pecans.
-Dairy products are cool, but don't eat to much, as I find this affects my acne. To much cheese, for instance.
-Eat plenty of fruit and vegetables, and make them your main source of sugar. Just remember to keep your total sugar intake below 50 grams of sugar a day. Dates and strawberries are my favorites.
-Stick with non-red meats such as wild salmon, chicken, and turkey. The occasional steak is ok , but don't make it an everyday thing
-Alcoholic beverages consumed in moderation are completely cool. 2 or 3 beers (depending on the brand, some add sugar) is not going to kill you. I love beer personally. My only issue with alcohol is that too much (say 10 beers or so) is going to make you break out, so everything in moderation.
-Make sure you use your regimen, whatever it is, consistently. I find that Proactiv is a great product, as long as you eat right.
I hope this helps. It's definitely helped me, especially the lack of pop and deserts in my diet. Also, if your trying to lose weight, cutting pop and deserts is with out a question key, as i also lost 30 pounds following this much healthier way of eating.
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