- Last Month
I sometimes feel as though everything I eat affects my skin. Vegan (and gluten free and sugar free), here too for the last month. I don’t know if my body just needs a long break to get back to better health or whether there is some underlying issue with how i process food that is at fault. It’s really miserable.
I thought I’d have picture perfect skin by now, but the acne continues.
i am still getting spots around my lips and mouth. I’ve cut back on the snall amount of sugar I wad allowing myself, but it has made little difference. I’ve started using an antioxidant skin cream (yesterday) and I also got squalane as a moisturiser.
The only big change to my skin is the rough, dry, flakiness has gone, almost completely since i stopped dairy.
Three weeks no diary. I am still breaking out. However, my acne has changed. It doesn’t show well on the photos, but my skin has lost the eczema-like, scabby, flakiness that it used to have. My skin is softer and smoother, it’s just still full of pimples.
I got my estrogen/testosterone and cortisol results back. All okay, estrogen low normal. I’d like to raise estrogen somehow as my skin is better when I’m pregnant or breastfeeding, so that lowness I think is a contributor.
Not really sure where to go from here. Trying to stay low stress and eat low sugar. There’s not much else I can think of. I have researched and read everything I can and at this stage I am pretty much out of ideas.
I have eaten sugar ever since i stopped the dairy, so might be time to cut that right out again and see if in combination with no dairy it helps.
- More Than a Month
The only thing I can do is post a picture because I am utterly astonished.
My skin is softer (instead of feeling like sandpaper all over - even in the acne free areas), it's not sore, and my spots are clearing up in places that haven't been spot free in years.
I have been 100% strict with no dairy. I have eaten dark chocolate occasionally (although it tends to give me a stomach-ache which is interesting because I never noticed that with milk chocolate), and I've had some maple syrup in cooking, so I haven't been sugar free. I don't eat any gluten as I'm coeliac and I've been really strict with that this week also as I didn't want to cloud the dairy-free thing with the coeliac thing.
I will post again next week. This could just be a random fluctuation. I barely want to hope that this progress will continue because I will cry and cry if it doesn't.
But as of today I'm basically witnessing a miracle.
Not alone. One of the reasons I hang out here is to remind myself that there are lots of us facing this problem and that we can all help each other. When you go out and everyone seems to have perfect skin it is utterly depressing, but it's not like that. We see what we don't have. Going dairy free has help me more than anything recently, but I think there is no one answer for everyone. We all have to find our own problems and fix them :-(
I haven't. I've been on various antibiotics (oral and topical), birth control, and every kind of over the counter medication. I'm too much of a hippy at heart to use other drugs, and these days I use nothing. I'm convinced it's a diet issue. Cutting out diary has made a massive difference for me (I started a week ago).
I know how utterly sh*t it makes you feel, and just wanted to say *hugs*. I hate going out also. Like you, my friends all have lovely skin. It cripples your confidence and makes life so bloody miserable. I hope things improve for you soon xxx
I had a miserable day yesterday. And I ate a ton of sh*t. I had hot chocolate with mountains of whipped cream, chocolate, pizza for dinner and a massive serving of stewed apple and cream for pudding. I basically ate all my favourite foods.
Yesterday i had 33 active spots. Today i have 42. I am breaking out really badly.
But today I am going 100% dairy free. In my six weeks of near perfect eating i was still breaking out and I was still eating dairy. Let’s try cutting it completely for a month and seeing what happens.
I will update in one week.
What the actual f*ck is the reason for these? Woke up with three this moming and they are so painful and they look disgusting. My skin has been a bloody nightmare for the whole of this year so far.
I honestly think i need to cut out dairy but i swear that eating it is one of the few things that makes my day better. Without knowing for sure if it’s dairy-related I just can’t bring myself to give it up because I’m too depressed anyway without that being taken away as well.
I'm just crying and crying and crying over how fucking impossible it is to clear my skin. I decided to go vegan and I lasted one day. Because I hate not eating the foods I enjoy and I hate everyone that can eat a ton of shit and still have clear skin. It would be easier for me to eat healthier if it WASN'T for the sake of my skin. I am becoming obsessed with what I eat and then bingeing on crap because I miss eating "normally". I swear, acne is basically sending me down the tunnel of a fucking eating disorder. I can't LIVE like this any longer, I just can't. Cry, cry, cry and cry some fucking more.
I have a meeting with my son's teacher today and all I'll be thinking about is my skin. I hate even leaving the fucking house now. I hate seeing everyone on the school run. I'm just too old for this shit. I am so fucking miserable I can't concentrate on work or anything else. All I want to do is lie in bed until my skin miraculously sorts itself out. Which is never going to happen. I'm going to be a corpse with acne.
My skin has ruined my entire life.
Four days ago I just went totally off plan and gorged on gluten and sugar. It started with a bit of chocolate after lunch each day. But then I just went off the deep end. For three days I ate whatever the f*ck I wanted. I was just so fed up with not having clear skin after 6 weeks of being so strict and careful.
Well, now I’m paying the price and I look bloody awful.
Compare this to four days ago. Anyone who tries to tell you diet doesn’t affect skin is so wrong.
I swear this is driving me effing crazy, I cannot seem to make ANY headway with my skin at the moment. And all I want to do is eat chocolate and chocolate and more chocolate.
I ate 100g of milk chocolate this morning because I was feeling down. Sigh. A bit of a dent in my no sugar policy, but hopefully the consequences won’t be horrendous. I had a green juice and a massive salad at lunch to compensate.
My skin seems to go in cycles in patches around my face: dry up and peel, breakout in tiny pimples, dry out and peel. Each time my skin seems to get a little better, I think.
Today’s progress pic:
It was definitely the B vitamins affecting my skin. It has settled down again and I am getting close to having no active spots. I’m still getting little whiteheads pop up in the worst affected areas, but they are getting less.
I’m still off all gluten, sugar and alcohol, and meat/fish, and having a green juice once a day. I’m eating a ton of vegetables too.
I’m breaking out again, albeit it tiny pink pimples, but it’s not good because I’m getting new spots and I want my skin to be completely clear.
I started taking a load of B vitamins I had left in the cupboard, but I have got a feeling I remember them doing this before. I have thrown them all out and will continue to rely on just food to clear my skin.
Let’s see if things settle over the next few days.
I seem to have hit a bit of a plateau. I’m way better than I was, but on a daily basis I am still getting little whiteheads popping up. This says that something is not right.
I tracked my calories yesterday and I consumed 2,200 over the day, 43% of which came from fat. 103g of fat!
I eat a lot of nuts, seeds and avocados. More than I ever have. My diet is really good now - no gluten, alcohol or sugar. But the fat content is really high and I am maintaining around 10lbs of extra weight that I don’t need. I think that the percentage of fat should probably be lower - around 30% of my calories - so from today I’m going to try replacing some of the fats with more fruit and veg and beans/protein.
My two year old daughter has just had chickenpox. She looked at today’s photo as I cropped it to upload and she said:
”you keep getting spot mummy”
I could have cried.
I am going to fix this.
I think I’m finally moving in the right direction. My skin looks SO much better. I am STILL getting small spots, and I’ve a face full of red marks, especially around my mouth, but it is definitely, absolutely getting better.
Here’s where has consistently helped:
1. No sugar, 25 days
2. No alcohol, 17 days
3. No gluten (strict - I am coeliac but often allow a bit), 3 days
4. Green juice daily (I’ve juiced a big handful of kale, carrot or beet, and apple), 7 days
I should also say that I used a topical antibiotic i was prescribed for 20 days. I stopped using it 5 days back as it just seemed to be aggravating my skin and making it more sore.
Here’s today’s pic.
The dryness has drastically reduced. My skin tone is better. I’ll do a before and after round-up at the end of the month.
Still sugar and alcohol free. I’ve added a green juice daily (kale beetroot and apple at the moment, which is more red than green, but still good).
So it’s odd.
1. My spots are still popping up and still sore, but they are getting smaller. I just get little whiteheads.
2. My skin-tone is less red and my face is less puffy. I think there was a level of inflammation there that has reduced
3. I’ve just noticed for the first time in months that my skin, esp on my cheeks, is not so sandpapery anymore. It feels softer, which is really lovely.
Slow changes. But I suppose I am 43 and have eaten sugar and processed food my whole life, so nothing is going to work overnight.
Finally my skin is looking better. It’s been a rough few weeks and I’ve hated going out.
Stopping oil cleansing seems to have done the trick - I may try it again at some point but I have to be super gentle as the exfoliation part just made my skin so sore.
I’m not washing my face or using anything at the moment, which seems to help everything but the extreme dryness. Is my skin ever going to be soft and smooth?? At least the spots have calmed down.
My face looks a bit mottled from all the tiny red spots I’ve had as they leave marks that take a while to fade. I can live with that though, as long as I stop breaking out.
12 days no sugar or snacking which I think has helped SO much.
My skin was pretty much the same today although I drank no alcohol last night. I’m stopping the oil cleansing also as it seems to be aggravating my face. I don’t think it’s the oil, I think it’s the hot face cloth afterwards that is too strong an exfoliant. My skin is kind of sore. So, at the moment I am:
1. Topical antibiotic
2. No sugar
3. Drink lots water
4. No alcohol
5. Back to caveman - other than the antibiotics - as nothing I put on my skin ever seems to help
I’ve changed things a lot recently in response to how my skin is looking, but I have this deep belief that no sugar-no alcohol is the key. I am hoping to emerge, phoenix-like, with a much better face within a few weeks.
I need to get rid of the soreness first and then see how I am doing. I look terrible today and had to face a social event this afternoon where I was so self-conscious of how red and spotty I am. However, I am feeling SO positive about this. I am going to clear my skin up properly. I am taking better care of myself and I’m going to keep working on that.