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Hello fellow acne sufferers, Firstly I would like ot apologize in advance if you find the text a bit inconsequential. I just wanted to share some diet changes that I have made that have significally improved my skin condition. I hope that this can inspire and help other people. Background: I have been fighting acne back and forth over the last few years and I have tried almost every diet there is without any major improvements; vegan, no gluten, no dairy, no soy, no carbs, only meat and most recently keto which is what I wanted to talk about today. About keto: For those who are not familiar with the keto diet it is basically that you exclude carbs from your diet (20 net carbs tops) so your caloric intake will be from 70(fat)/20(protein)/10(carbs). This diet is said to help with weight loss, improved brain function and most importantly for me - my skin. You may ask yourself where is the source of energy? The source of energy is in you, or more specifically your fat. When you do not consume enough carbs the body will start taking energy from the fat you have stored on your body. 3 months on keto and green tea: Ever since I decided to start with a ketogenic diet my weekly outbreaks magically disappeared. I used to get 1-2 per week and the week I started keto - nothing and not one since. It is now over 3 months ago since I started doing keto. Also worth mentioning that the keto recipes usually contains a lot of cheese which I am still sensitive to and do not feel ready to experiment with yet so I am, for now, avoiding it. The same week that I started keto I also started drinking green tea every day so I can not say for a fact how much the other did alone for my skin but together they have profoundly improved my skin and I am forever thankful for trying this diet. If you feel brave enough you can try this diet alone or even just add a few cups of green tea to your existing diet or combine both. Happy easter!
Hi, The way I understand it, acne is often a multi factorial symptom of some underlying issues that vary among different people, which is what makes it so hard to treat. I've managed to make a lot of headway in treating my own acne, and the more I read the more I recognize commonalities among the things that work for me, however I just don't have the knowledge to necessary to diagnose exactly why these things work for me. I feel like if I could better understand why, I could further improve treatment on myself. I was wondering if I could poke y'alls brain for some advice. I'm very acne prone. My face used to be a mess; 1-2 pustules a day, cysts every month. Comodones and red spots everywhere. Very oily skin and huge pores. I've since almost cleared my skin. Here's what worked for me: Ketogenic diet (<25g net carbs a day, high fat and high protein) - this has had, by far, the biggest impact Hygiene (fresh pillow case every night, finding the right cleanser and moisturizer for my sensitive skin) Supplements (omega 3, zinc, vitamin A, vitamin D3, a multivitamin) - I'm not sure the efficacy of them individually, however I notice a significant difference when I don't take them all As someone very prone to acne, practicing all of these habits keeps my face >80% clear. I'd say it's 65% diet, 25% hygiene, and 10% supplementation. Long before this, I once had a lot of success treating my acne by megadosing (4-7g a day) on vitamin B5/pantothenic acid. My pores were noticeably smaller and my skin less oily. I still got breakouts occasionally, but at the time megadosing was my only method of skincare. My skin might've looked close to perfect had I been doing everything else I do today. I stopped megadosing after 7 months because I suspect it brought about other issues, like hair thinning and dermatitis on my scalp and face. Apparently this was caused by a deficiency in other B vitamins? Whatever the case, the side effects were enough that I don't plan on returning. The efficacy of pantothenic acid and a ketogenic diet suggest, to me, something involving fatty acid metabolization? Like, they work because they either improve the composition of my sebum or allow me to better break it down? Does that even make sense? I don't know what I'm talking about. I was wondering if any of you had insight to offer, like additional skincare methods based on what I've shared.