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So with a little creativity you should be able to see that there are foods that you can still eat. Tacos, take off the cheese. Over here, we decide what we want them to put on ours, unless you have a Taco Bell or Del taco. If you do, just take off the cheese, it's that simple =) You can eat products with Rice and Corn in it. That doesn't mean you can eat burritos or fajitas because these are Wheat Tortillas (white), not Corn (yellow). However, if they serve Taquitas or Tamales (corn with beef or chicken) you can eat those. Of course you may want to double check the ingredients, because while it's purely made of corn (maize or masa) they can be cruel enough (I swear they are out to make people sick) to add wheat flour in anyway.

So load up on lots of Vegetables, Fruits, Meats (beef, chicken, seafood, pork, etc), Beans/Legumes. As for snacks, well what do you like to munch on? Go for veggie sticks, fresh fruit, dried fruit, nuts, seeds. You can eat (flavored) apple sauce that's naturally sweetened, Sorbet (without dairy), natural/organic popsicles, etc. You can eat Rice or Corn Cakes, but some add wheat... Of course, if you like Popcorn or Potato Chips eat those too. Just watch the ingredients for hidden wheat (it's in most foods, flavorings) and avoid those with Hydrogenated Oils. Partially Hydrogenated oil is a wee bit better than Hydrogenated oil & Trans Fats, but if you can avoid ALL of it, do so as much as you knowingly can. When you eat out at a resturant or fast food place, sometimes you can visit their website to see what they put in their foods. If not, ask the waiter or pick foods that you think wouldn't have it and ENJOY.

I still occassionally eat french fries. I know that a Medium Fry from McDonalds has 4.5 gram of trans fat, whereas before they used to have 13.5 gram...so they've cut back ;-) I usually buy SMALL from these places and I usually do this 2x a month. That's a reduction for me, I was probably eating fries (larger sizes) 4 - 6x a month, but sometimes they were of the frozen variety. When I eat out resturants and I know they have good fries, I eat those too. The thing about fries is the Trans Fat, and some of them could have Batter. Usually, it's pretty obvious if they have batter, and as for the fats it's best if they are cooked in Whole Unaltered Oils that are stable, but few places do that. When it comes to topics like this, it's your own personal decison, but be aware of HOW it may impact you.

So you KNOW all the dont's, but just like you shouldn't pile on all the GREAT acne fighting topicals, you may not want to jump into a "Perfect" Healthy Diet too quickly. Depending on your Resources and Will Power, the best way to do this is [U]slowly over time[/U], especially if your finances, environment, or schedule doesn't permit you to completely overhaul everything. That way, you can work toward results but not feel restricted and give up, when you have a limited food selection. Eat Fresh foods, Raw Foods (nuts, fruit, etc), Baked Foods, Grilled Foods, and when it comes to Fried foods, take the batter off, if you must eat it.

What I will say is that [B]if you start avoiding something 100%, you need to permanently avoid it.[/B] That means you can't eat wheat products period, but if you are only avoiding Dairy a little bit, take the dairy if you're really hungry. This is actually how you will figure out what foods really aggrevate your body & increase those hormones ;-) There MAY be times when you will weigh one "evil" over another and I would avoid the one that causes me the most damage. Unfortunately, sometimes that can be a bit confusing too.

Take me for example, I KNOW wheat is a BIG avoider for me, but Soda & Peanuts give me cysts too. If I eat certain kinds of Candy and Chocolate Candy (probably the ones with Dairy, Hydrogenated oils, & processed/added sugar) not only will my teeth hurt, but I will get tiny persistant Neck Acne! So while Neck Acne is tiny, it's also on my neck and hard to get rid of...so I just don't eat it...any of it ;-) Of course, no one likes cysts because they can leave marks, right, so I don't eat that either ;-)

Hmm, that's the other thing....if you avoid something 100% that CAUSES problems for you and start eating it again, even sporadically, you will usually breakout. Those breakouts MAY be more [B]Stubborn[/B] or [B]Worse[/B] then your "normal" acne. So that right there is why others, including myself, say that it could hurt you if you "fall of the wagon" and that's why I encourage you to slowly avoid foods, one at a time even. You can survive with your Dorm food if you are only avoiding Wheat/Gluten. You can probably get away with eating less dairy products. However total elimination of Dairy and Hydrogenated Oils is probably not feasible in your [B]current[/B] environment. In fact it's not feasible for most people living in a Conveince world, doing so requires more resources than you may have access to right now. Yet it doesn't mean you can't try. I think that you would be happier with 90% - 100% clear skin AND a few days with acne rather than your current schedule, right?

Oh and of course right now your skin is clearing, that's the beauty of antibiotics. However [B]while they are inhbiting your inflammatory reactions, some of them are also increasing your DHT levels. [/B] This is why you may have heard people say that they breakout more or WORSE than before they were on the antibiotics. If the antibiotics didn't give you an internal yeast infection, then your sebaceous glands are finally free to respond to that increase in DHT! I've had first hand knowledge of this phemonemena and it rendered my Birth Control and Spironolactone near useless (which is how I got here today so it was sorta positive). Therefore, even out of desperation, I would NEVER take antibiotics because they don't eliminate anything and certain ones like Minocycline and Tetracycline are secretly increasing your acne inducing hormones...no to mention causing your body to become resistant!

Since you are taking it now, you have 2 choices. You can keep taking it AND change your diet for the better. Then after another month or 2 stop taking it. These aren't long term treatments anyway. Hopefully your diet will have reduced your (increased) production of DHT, etc so that your body won't be responsive to it. Your other option is to stop taking it now and change your diet, otherwise you can't fully monitor whether your diet is helping your skin or not.

If you decide to stay on antibiotics then you need to reduce your fruit consumption. Actually just make sure that you are eatng MORE Vegetables than any other food. Essentially ANYTHING you eat your body can turn into Glucose, so sugar itself isn't the problem but the [B]amount[/B] and sometimes the type of sugar. There's more to that, but to keep it simple, make sure you are eating more Healthy Carbohydrates than you are Protein and Healthy Fats.

Remember, [B]Glucose, Protein and Fats are the buidling blocks for the human body[/B]. So it makes sense that you want [U]Quality Foods [/U] with lots of nutrients and no ADDED hormones (beyond the norm for animals, plants), pesticides, etc in your body. It makes sense that you [B]don't[/B] want Denatured or Altered Proteins or Fats in your body. Sometimes your body can manufacture the proteins, enzymes, hormones it needs despite the above, and sometimes it can't. As a result, sometimes it will produce [B]defective[/B] enzymes, etc that work [U]very poorly [/U] or [U]not at all.[/U] That right there is the basis for a lot of complications, explanations and theories, but none of that matters as much as achieving the results ;-)

You are going to hear a lot of things, but only you can decide what is feasible at the moment. Most of us that have vastly reduced or eliminated our acne are following very [U]similar[/U] diets, but we aren't all eating the same [B]Quality[/B] of Foods (Organic Vs Commercial, Refined vs. Whole Foods) We aren't all [U]preparing and cooking[/U] our foods the same way (Raw vs cooked, Sprouted/Ripe vs. Unripe). Depending on [B]your[/B] body's [U]tolerance[/U] levels and [U]liver[/U] functioning, that right there can make a difference between 95%, 99% and 100% clear, but that's still [B]better[/B] than 50% clear, right?

Also, some of us also have more customized diets where we have personally discovered certain other foods to be problematic for us. In that respect you should take that info and file in the back of your head until one day you reach a plateu or realize you are breaking out again and can't figure out why. The only other advice I can give is to also keep a food diary, in case you need something to refer back to and see if those [U]extra[/U] foods are still in your diet. Otherwise, shop at a grocery store or online for certain foods, learn to read labels, and ask questions. If you do all that, which should be like second nature, I know you CAN do it. =)

Best of luck

P.S. Find a GOOD [B]Acid-Alkaline Diet[/B] List. With the exception of the meat, everything on the Acidic list is what most of us are avoiding. I suppose that 75% Alkaline and 25% acidic would actually be correct when I compare my diet to this list.
as far as wheat goes...
i've tried to eliminate it. i've had one hamburger in the past two weeks. and i think 1 cookie. i usually have so much self control...but after starving myself for almost a week, it's so hard to not splurge a little. at the beginning of the semester i was living off hamburgers. 1-2 a day (seriously)...and my acne was pretty bad.

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because of my acne, i rarely 'find myself' out at a restaurant, or fast food joint having to make a choice of what to eat. i go out with friends only when my acne is clear (once in a blue moon), and even then it rarely ends up being fast food...etc

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as i said before...everything contradicts itself.
whatever i do, i can't eat dairy products.

but then i can have skillets, omlets, and eggs.

????

i'm starting to doubt what everyone here says.

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in the last 2 months, i've only had 2 red bulls, and 1 soda. and i haven't had either, or any soft drink product, in the last 2.5 weeks.

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so what do i do about minocycline?
i've still got $60 worth, that i don't want to just throw away.
do i stop right now? not using $60 worth now is better than breaking out like crazy later.
do i continue on doing 2 x 100mg per day until i run out (~1 month)
do i continue on doing 1 x 100mg per day until i run out (~2 months)

"you are going to get oilier or breakout or not once you stop."
what does this mean?
that it's all or none? i'm either going to breakout or i'm not going to have acne anymore?

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what else am i taking?
as i mentioned, i'm using tretinoin as a topical. and using an antibacterial face wash.

internally...(amount x times per day)
minocycline (100mg x 1)
3g of b5 daily (1000g x 3)
a b50 complex (250mg x 2)
vitamin C (500mg x 2)
a calcium/zinc/magnesium complex (500mg x 2)(taken at different time than mino, because i hear that calcium inhibits the absorbtion of it)
flax seed oil capsules (1g x 3)

i've also heard that taking 2 spoonfuls of the actual flax seed oil (not the capsule kind) will make my skin absolutely beautiful. so i think i'm gonna take a trip to the health food store and see if i can find some.
Forcefed,
I agree with their concerns as well. To me it seems like your acne was WORSE, because you [B]starved[/B] yourself. Not only weren't you eating, but you were losing lots of vital nutrients. I know that people in 3rd world countries seem to do it without acne (so they observe), but I don't know how you accomplished this feat.

[QUOTE]When I was trying to cure my acne with diet, I tried all the things that were supposed to make skin better. I started taking flax seed oil, [B]cut out dairy and [U]meats[/U], no more bread/wheat/gluten[/B], you get the idea. All the same stuff you will read here. I drank a gallon of water or more a day, and [B]never touched soda, coffee (don't drink this anyway), or any "questionable" drinks such as beer[/B].

Now I enjoy beer occasionally (I love Guinness), I eat meat, have some dairy (ice cream), and basically eat a "normal" diet. I am not obsessive-compulsive about my diet, the only limiting factor for me is I want to maintain my solid 175lb weight. I don't have one active pimple, and I think I had one tiny pimple in the last month! Compare this to last winter (which is easy for me to do because I have a journal) at this same time when I was doing all I could to keep my diet acne-friendly, and my skin was horrible back last year. [/QUOTE]

[B]So what were you eating? [/B]

You Cut out what kinds of Meats? Beef, Chicken, Pork, Seafood?

No Diary

No Breads, meaning no Pasta, Pizza, Cake, Waffles, etc?


You were only eating, Fruits, Vegetables, Eggs, and Nuts???? Were you eating more Vegetables than fruits?

This is the thing I try to stress to anyone considering changing their diet. "Junk" food may not be so hot, but compared to what some of you consider "Healthy" food, you might be better off eating a bit more of the "junk." Dependng on your finances and resources, if you aren't willing to take a trade off and eat truly [U]Healthier[/U] Fast Food/Resturant Food or (organic) Processed food because you lack enough Time or Resources for Fresh Organic or Homemade foods, then you shouldn't even bother. If you are going to let yourself starve to that extent, it isn't the right time for you to try eating a "Human Diet" LOL and that may sound wierd, but I won't let myself starve... I LOVE food and myself way too much.

I grew up eating frozen foods, canned foods, and fast foods as well as Home cooked meals. Therefore, while I've changed what kinds of foods I'll eat from these places, currently these are ALL viable options for me. I still eat Refined/Processed foods, but I now eat HEALTHIER foods (some actually don't use preservatives & yucky chemicals) I still eat junk food, but I eat HEALTHIER junk food. [B]I keep in mind all of my Diet No Nos, and I NEVER compromise on eating Gluten, Soda, Bananas, etc [/B] (my own no nos) and my skin thanks me for it daily. My only crime, is that I do not eat enough Green Vegetables....and I'm working on that ;-)

I don't want anyone to do this, unless they've thought out how they are going to handle eating.

How are you going to handle eating at an Italian Resturant?

What foods are you now able to cook for yourself?

Make a list of all the foods you normally eat and then make a list of all the foods you NEVER eat. (how healthy have you really been eating?)

Write down your favorite Foods and see if you can find a comparable healthier option (that won't break you out).

I just can not believe how some of you think it's the end of the world because you can't eat wheat. ;-) There are sooooo many other options, it's rather sad that we were only limited to eating 5 types of grains, when there's 20 others!

I want you guys to get this, but most importantly I want you to get the MAIN idea of it all. It's not about Junk foods, so much as [B]it is about eating the [U]wrong[/U] kinds of foods period![/B] LOL and Prometheus and I debated over this a bit, but if you are having trouble, I think it is more important [U]for now[/U], to [B]eliminate the offending foods [/B] than it is to eliminate ALL Refined/Processed foods. If you already eat Organic or Whole Foods, step it up a notch. If you already eat "Junk" foods, do what you can including eating healthier Junk. [B]Talk to your doctor or a nutrionist, this is not an impossible diet, people with allergies and Intolerances (some of us) do it all the time SAFELY. [/B] As long as you aren't starving or losing nutrients, do what you must, and upon eliminating AT LEAST the MAIN foods, 95% - 100% clear skin is all yours.

Take care,


P.S. Forcefed, I'm glad your short bout of Adult Acne (due to severe stress?) is over, but what you did wasn't cool. Glad you won't be doing THAT again ;-)





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