July 14, 2013 at 3:02 pm #8933
I don’t know, Thomas. I can only attest to the fresh yogurt. Maybe you could try it and report back.July 14, 2013 at 3:06 pm #8934ThomasSeayModerator
The Real Amy, I don’t have acne, so what would I report back on? I am just anticipating any teenage acne my daughter may have. That’s why I am asking these questions.July 14, 2013 at 3:51 pm #8938
VizzyC yes it was a question :)
The Real Amy, dairy it not the problem for your skin at all?July 14, 2013 at 5:14 pm #8947
@Thomas – maybe you can report once your daughter is at the acne point!
@positively – I have noticed straight milk (even raw milk) is not great acne-wise, but I have not noticed an issue from the yogurt, only positives. Again, homemade is important. I sometimes eat good store-bought yogurt, but it’s nothing compared to homemade. I eat cheese, too, and it seems ok for acne as long as I don’t go crazy. I know some people have issues with dairy, so self-experimentation is probably key. In that instance, something like rejuvalac might be a good probiotic to try – and then you can report back for Thomas!July 14, 2013 at 5:49 pm #8950
I’ve noticed also that during my period I have more breakout.July 14, 2013 at 8:01 pm #8962
The reason women have breakouts during their period is because the sex hormones are at their lowest point during the entire cycle. The adrenals have to adjust accordingly, and produce the shortage of progesterone, and estrogen, as well as make up for the multitude of functions these hormones produce. Thus, they aren’t as effective at regulating blood sugar levels.
Basically whatever stresses my adrenals the most cause breakout’s for me.
Excessive sugar, lots of refined flour, excessive working out, emotional stress, etc.
Their aren’t many things you can control in life, but what you put in your mouth is one of the easiest.
Acne is an inflammatory condition. The fastest way to control it is through your insulin levels. This actually isn’t far off from taking prescription medicine. Although effective, long term results can be very unpleasant.
July 14, 2013 at 8:06 pm #8965
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@Thomas to control my acne? Honestly I just control my inflammation.
@theRealAmy This is related because sugar/insulin is the single biggest factor besides stress at controlling your inflammation. It’s the reason so many people here started low carb diets. You get immediate results because reducing your insulin levels rapidly reduces all other inflammation in the body, including acne.July 15, 2013 at 3:16 am #8998July 15, 2013 at 5:58 am #9004
No I still eat sugar. It just depends. Right now I don’t have a job so it’s easy for me to get away with eating whatever the hell I want without much acne. But as long as I’ve had a job, any sort of sugary drinks or a lot refined carbs would break me out. Now I just eat whatever the hell I want. My skin still breaks out a little bit, but I don’t give a shit anymore, I guess because I know how to control it so well. I know that if I wanted to tomorrow I could change the way I eat and have 100 percent clear skin in 2 weeks. It was actually those shackles that chained me a low carb diet for so long.
July 15, 2013 at 10:07 am #9020
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I still hold that sugar has no effect on acne for me. Granted, I eat barely any refined sugar, but lately with the heat and because I’ve been exercising more, I’ve had a lot more sugar in terms of juice, dried fruit, honey, etc., and my skin is looking great. I think refined sugar might not be great, but I believe that is more because it’s nutrient-deficient than because it’s sugar. Crap food is definitely bad for skin.
I don’t doubt that low-carb diets clear skin initially, but couldn’t that be from the low-carb honeymoon period of boosted cortisol (which is what is decreasing the inflammation short-term) rather than insulin issues?July 16, 2013 at 1:35 am #9111StephanieMichelleParticipant
I agree that acne is probably highly individual. I had acne in high school and through college. It was never cystic or severe, but it just wouldn’t go away. I tried absolutely everything under the sun and was finally put on Accutane in college. It worked amazingly, but the acne came back after a few months off of the Accutane. So maybe there is something to dosing with Vitamin A, but just be careful if there’s any chance you could get pregnant because of birth defects associated with high levels of vitamin A. I tried paleo as well, but it actually made my acne worse. I saw a specialist who did treatments on my face once a week, which didn’t help. My skin now looks better than it ever has, so I’m not sure if I grew out of it (I’m 24) or if its because I stopped caring. I stopped buying face products to save money and just use water and some oil to wash off eye makeup, nothing else. Food doesn’t seem to have any affect, I can eat whatever and my skin looks the same. I do think its very hormonal, pregnancy has made me breakout in weird places and more often than normal.
I hope you find something that works. I understand how sucky and self-conscious you feel when you have breakouts.July 16, 2013 at 9:54 am #9134lounieParticipant
I had bad acne for about 30 years and usually my acne was the worst before my period. While a very few did help, most things I did, didn’t make a difference. I don’t think I have any food triggers – I would go through times of eating mostly sugar (cramming for exams) and that didn’t make things worse. I can’t remember diet ever affecting my skin.
Since my acne was hormonal, my doc gave me birth control pills. One thing that was worse than my acne was insomnia and they made that worse so I didn’t stay on them longer than a month. (Maybe for another thread but that is the only time time I took BCPs or any kind of artificial contraception and the only times I’ve been pregnant are when I tried to be).
There have been 3 things I have tried that did make a difference but I don’t think I would recommend them. The one that I really recommend not even contemplating is antibiotics. They worked great for a couple of years but then stopped. When I stopped them, my acne was soooo much worse plus, I think I really messed up my system. I also took mega doses of B5 – helped a lot for a long time. After awhile though I think my skin started improving without the supplementation so I stopped. I’ve read that there are problems associated with mega B5 as I’m sure there are with mega anything. The third thing that kind of helped was MSM – didn’t make my skin perfect but improved. I stopped because I wanted to get pregnant.
I had tried many, many, many other supplements and topical regiments – nada. The only difference was that I was poorer than when I began.July 16, 2013 at 10:02 am #9136lounieParticipant
I want to add that the 3 times I’ve been pregnant – my skin was very clear and stayed clearish while breast feeding (no periods).July 16, 2013 at 8:14 pm #9194sa230eParticipant
I’ve had bad acne since me early teens and I’m now 26. Most people seem to grow out of it but I didn’t. It’s especially bad on my back.
I tried low-carb dieting which cleared up my face and the front of my body nicely but did nothing for my back. I don’t know maybe on my back it’s something else, like dermatitis herpetiformis or something. I just recently got off a year and a half stint on a gluten-free diet which did nothing for me. Now that I’m eating the food again (with plenty of sugar) it’s getting worse again.
I went to dermatologist who wanted to put me on Accutane but because of my history of depression they wanted me to go back on SSRIs. I didn’t book another appointment.
I’m now experimenting with Vitamin A but I’m not sure what dosage helps. It says 1 capsule a day (10,000 iu) on the bottle but that doesn’t seem to help so I’ve been going higher. We’ll see what happens.
July 31, 2013 at 11:12 am #10598derekParticipant
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This topic is stale, but I’ll add my input anyway. I’ve had issues with acne since I was about 12, and now 20 years later, I’m still waiting to “grow out” of it. I spent the past 10+ years trying to figure it out, and, similar to @VizzyC, I am convinced it is primarily an inflammatory condition. Certain foods may provoke more of an inflammatory response in people who already have issues with inflammation, hence it appears that cutting out certain foods helps. Beyond that, I still haven’t gotten rid of mine completely.
Perhaps a new topic to start would be strategies to reduce inflammation in general.
And stay the hell away from the advice offered on Curezone, or the “Leo Kiesen Acne Solution”. Probably messed me up more than anything.
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