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August 8, 2017
Sugar = inflammation
All I can say is, everytime I eat anything that has a High GI, my skin will flare up the following day. My skin would be blotchy and itchy then I'd get small bumps. Food high in sugar makes my skin oilier. I am doing a sugar detox, I will be posting a content every weekend for updates and progress.
April 19, 2015
Following a low glycemic diet to calm acne
About 6 months ago I discovered that I have a problem with my blood sugar - it was trending in the wrong direction and edging dangerously close to Type 2 diabetes. As I began to research this medical issue, I discovered there may be a link between high blood sugar, insulin resistance, hormonal "back lash", and acne. It seemed to make sense that there would be an underlying systemic dysfunction to what may manifest as a cosmetic problem. I've struggled for many years trying to calm my overly reactive, acne prone complexion. I think I've tried nearly every prescription topical, anti-biotic, birth control device or pill, over-the-counter, and mail order "solution" with no dependable results. I've been following a low glycemic diet now for about 6 months, along with supplements and essential oil topical treatments. This combined approach has yielded my first-ever true, long-lasting result. I think I have found my cure, though I realize everyone is different and this is a very complex disease. I never thought a non-pharmaceutical approach would provide any benefit for me. It has taken a lot of research, trials, time, and patience to get to this point. The occasional pimple now heals in a few days. I wear virtually no makeup; just a tiny bit of spot coverage if I need it. Now I read every ingredient of every commercial product that I consider to put on my face and I've learned how much toxic garbage is included in even the most expensive, so-called "non comedogenic" products and treatments. Maybe I have not had good experiences with the dozen or so dermatologists that I've entrusted with my care. Has it really just been my bad luck though. I would like so see the western medical profession be more proactive in identifying underlying systemic causes to acne rather than dismissively tossing at the patient another prescription that does next to nothing.
September 29, 2012
Hard to keep up (no bread / carbs) but still big results doing it just for breakfast & lunch.
Can be expensive but you get smart about the best stuff to buy (eggs, nuts, etc)
This was really amazing when I discovered this diet - at first when I started it and then saw results so quickly I just went all out and was completely strict. All my large spots just 'deflated' on their own and except for slight redness they pretty much disappeared in a day or two. Whiteheads just deflated and fell off in a few days. Crucially no new spots came at ALL! People noticed a lot - my mum even & some friends. I still have the scars - although they heal way quicker - it doesn't help that much with this but they lose their 'bumpiness' I used the 'paleolithic' diet (search it) which means nothing humans wouldn't have eaten a few thousand years ago. The high-sugar levels in your blood from eating carbs like bread, cereals, chocolate etc which are broken down into glucose extremely quickly cause oil productiom & stop the skin 'shedding'. Humans did not suffer from acne before! It is a modern 'disease', least in terms of the last few hundred years. I made some mistakes at first that can trick you out - eg eating potatoes & similar 'starchy' vegetables which are some of the worst glycemic indexes of all foods. And DRIED fruit - pretty bad too. Replaced with lots of nuts and loads of fruit. I think I may be slightly allergic though so don't have many nuts anymore Basically a godsend! For science behind it & foods to eat / not eat read lorain cordain's The Acne Diet. Not essential though
July 2, 2012
NO more acne.
Requires discipline and motivation
This was the sole cause of acne for me, although it took me all of my teenage and early twenties to figure it out. Those medium sized and large bumps on the sides of my face simply don't happen anymore--unless i break my "diet", in which case they arrive right on time. Definitely worth trying if you're serious about clearing your skin. Eat carbs that have fiber, NO sugar, no dairy.
Works as much as you want it, ie if you're completely strict your acne will completely disappear (not joking) or if you do it partly (like me) ie breakfast & usually lunch, still works really well (no breakouts, only small bumps)
Skin seems to look a lot healthier
Forces you to eat really healthy - otherwise you see the spots in literally a few hours!
Try it for a day and you'll still have benefits literally the next day (large spots will go down)