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Diet Doesn't Seem To Affect My Acne Anymore?

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I'm 17 and have had hormonal acne since I was 12. My skin has cleared up remarkably during the summer, and now I have virtually not a single spot on my face other than a couple of small hyperpigmentation/red marks left over from earlier acne. When I wash my face, it feels flat and smooth. This is the first time since I started combating acne that my skin has improved significantly on its own! I've been following a strict diet for the past few months: I cut out dairy, processed foods, white rice/bread, junk foods, etc. and lived on brown rice, veggies, occasional fish, fruits, and water. This is definitely one of the main factors contributing to the improvement of my skin.

I also realized: my skin seems to have gotten more immune to junk food!! For example, I "cheated" and had cake for breakfast for a whole week during the summer but didn't get a single breakout. I bought a can of Pringles the other day, finished half the can, and woke up the next day without a single new whitehead. I also had frozen pizza twice in the past two weeks and didn't see any changes in my skin! I've also started to eat boxed cereal for breakfast again. I'm thrilled! Does this mean I can slowly start to add foods I love back into my diet? I'm still going to eat lots of veggies, but it would feel good to know I can still enjoy some pizza/snacks once in a while. Any help is appreciated!

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Yes. Your hormones may be balancing out and becoming less reactive to certain foods. Lucky you haha.

But make any changes slowly, as the foods you eat today may not show any changes in your skin for 7-10 days.

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I wouldn't keep up the bad habits if I were you, unless you want to be one of the sickly drug dependent people our culture is now filled with.

Also, you may have become less acne prone, but its unlikely you've become immune.

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[ Story: Severe Acne since I was 10. 10+ years of Dermatologists, Antibiotics, topicals and ACCUTANE did nothing. Discovered oranges triggered the worst of my cystic acne = about 70% improvement. Tried some nutrient supplements like B-complex with zinc and C, saw palmetto and a BHA like the aspirin mask = more improvement, a lot less oily. Then, Diet changes = Clear.

Regimen: Anti-inflammatory, nutrient dense, blood sugar stabilizing diet and supplements (for hormones, inflammation, aging, health). No soap or other cleanser except for hand washing! Water only or Oil cleanse. Aloe Vera mixed with niacinimide and a high linoleic acid oil for moisturizer and reduce pigmentation.

Diet effects acne in so many ways: hormone balance, inflammation, Insulin levels, digestion, allergies and intolerances, liver function, adrenal function, SHBG levels, sebum quality, cell function and turnover, nutrient deficiencies, body fat, etc. Basic advice: Eat, sleep, supplement and exercise like you are a diabetic. And eat real food!

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There are other possibilities too. You said your acne cleared up during the summer - were you getting more sun exposure? It could be that you were vitamin D deficient. Does your acne usually improve when you get regular sun exposure? Because that's another factor that could be contributing to you clearing up.

Another possibility is that you may have had candida or leaky gut issues, and now you helped your gut repair by doing a strict diet. If your gut is healed, then yes, you can ease up on your diet but within limits because you don't want to mess up your gut flora again.

Current regimen: garlic supplements  & turmeric [as needed, for antioxidants, both are AMAZING for skin], Enzymedica gluten blocker/ digestive enzymes [as needed], nicadan [the only vitamin presciption I take -1/2 per day works well], DIM (needed), inositol (very rarely nowadays - no longer needed as my PCOS is balanced). Also trying herbs for adrenal fatigue. I try to simplify as much as I can. Don't take more supplements than you need....try one at a time and be patient.

The supplements that really helped me when my acne was at its worst: inositol, DIM [not as frequently now!] digestive enzymes [don't need them every day anymore, only on cheat days], herpanacine & vitamin C with rose hips/ low acid [not every day], regular sun exposure for vitamin D3, superoxide dismutase (SOD) enzyme supplements. NOTE: I do not recommend DIM for long term use, and I do not recommend hormonal creams without doctor supervision.

Lifestyle & Skin Care: acupuncture, regular exercise/ yoga, low histamine diet, avoiding unnecessary stress, balancing skin's PH (using BioClin and other products), using distilled/ filtered water to wash face, occasional high frequency & lactic acid peel facials...


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