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About auleej

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  1. I'll meet your anecdote with mine: weightlifting did not impact my acne at all. That's fair, but the reason I proposed it is for the exact reasons you mention. Weightlifting and walking (cardio) are two different types of exercise. One essentially builds mass and the other sheds it. If you're working out regularly, muscle is way easier to hold on to than fat (in my experience). It's the only way I've ever been able to maintain healthy weight. I don't do cardio because it makes me lose wei
  2. If you're going to eat carbs, opt for complex carbohydrate sources - stuff that catabolizes slowly and doesn't impact insulin as much. If you're going to consume protein powders, I'd suggest slow-digesting isolate powders like casein. Non-isolates have lots of added sugars, and other fast-digesting proteins like whey spike insulin and seem to impact [me] in much the same way as sugars. Both carbs and fats are functional energy sources, so you can think of them as interchangeable. If try
  3. Unless you have some strange allergy, poultry is an extremely unlikely culprit. It shouldn't have any unique mechanisms to trigger acne. Given your stated triggers (which resemble mine), I'd try experimenting with a lower carb diet. The things you've listed are typically high-carb. Even after removing them from your diet, it's pretty easy to inadvertently substitute other high-carb foods, which could explain your skin worsening in their absence. Carbs (sugars) are a definite trigger for some
  4. @Adeel2111 I know you're just offering advice, but I'm gonna be nitpicky. What worked for you isn't going to work for everybody. The solution to my acne, for example, is the complete opposite of what you describe. Telling people you have the solution, only for them to try it and it not work, can be really discouraging in the fight against acne.
  5. Could it be from saw palmetto and B complex? Possibly. Lowering DHT is going to cause an increase in free testosterone and B vitamins like biotin can cause an increase in sebum. That looks a little like mild folliculitis. I get it on my butt and thighs sometimes, especially when wearing non-breathable fabric or if I don't shower right after sweating.
  6. Yes, that is a bad idea. You can't get everything you need from just almonds and some vitamins. When you say you're feeling more depressed, is it in tandem with the diet or just from having acne in general? If it's the former, that's a good sign of nutrient deficiency and your gut not being happy. A lot of our mood is influenced by the neurotransmitters released by the "second brain" in the gut. Low carb intake can cause "keto-flu," but that's caused by an electrolyte deficiency. The cure
  7. No disagreement there: sugar itself is the culprit for many of us. GI is just a tool. Limiting GI is just an easier (or sufficient) way of limiting the impact of sugar for most people than to totally cut it out altogether. I think the whole low-GI thing gets spread around so much that why it's potentially effective gets lost in translation. There are people here that claim low-GI to be sufficient. For some of us, however, that will never be enough. The only thing that worked for me personally
  8. I think it's important to look at acne as a symptom of some underlying issue. Blanket statements like "acne is caused by x" are kinda like saying "coughs are caused by a viral infection" when there are, in fact, many potential causes. Our own bodies are not the arbiters on what is and isn't good for everyone. My skin can't tolerate rice, for example. I'm sure that for many of you, rice is fine, but telling OP rice is okay because it's okay for you could point OP in the wrong direction. There
  9. Lowfat yogurt is made by replacing fats with sugars. Chocolate milk is like a sugar cocktail. Pretty much everything you listed is loaded with sugar and has a relatively high GI . Insulin is released in response to sugar in the blood stream. The simpler the carb, the faster the sugar gets catabolized and floods the blood stream, which further increases insulin and the hormonal response. "sugary but low GI" is somewhat of a contradiction If you want to keep insulin and IGF1 under cont
  10. Probs wasn't directed at me, but I feel like chiming in. It's a trade-off, I guess. Depends how far you want to take it. You might have a lot more to gain from just eliminating sugars and sticking to complex carbs and low-GI foods. I had to go all the way and switch to a ketogenic diet to solve my dietary acne; others get away with much less. Personally, I'd suggest trying a week or two on a low-carb diet and seeing how that affects your skin. Should tell you how much of it is from sugars. F
  11. Just as not everyone is the same, not all dairy is equal. It's possible that dairy in general could be a trigger... or it could be only certain types of dairy... or just how you consume dairy. Personally, I can eat butter and cheese all I want. They're mostly just milk fats. My issue comes from sugars in general - especially milk sugars (lactase). Thus, things like milk, ice cream, or pizza are awful on my skin, whereas cheese or butter itself is fine. In order to figure out if dairy is saf
  12. I'd suggest looking into the ketogenic diet for ideas on what to eat. You needn't go full keto, but since the diet centers on <25g of carbs a day, it's a great low-carb or no-sugar resource for meal ideas. Afterall, it's hard to eliminate sugar from your diet when it's all you've known for most of your life. It's not about starving yourself from delicious foods; you just need to satiate yourself with better options. It DOES get easier over time.