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(for history, here are links to my last two updates:
***update #4
***update #3

i think this will be my last "update" because for me, i'm a firm believer in "the diet" and connection to acne. it's been approximately 10 months since i started the low carb, low dairy, low sugar diet and 8 months on bc. my skin is great/clear when i stick to the diet and not when i slip.

regarding bc...i had been on the diet for two months with minor improvement then started bc with much more improvement over time. i'm wondering if i needed to the diet longer before my hormones regulated. the endocrinologist i went to see had said bc takes 4 - 6 months to show skin improvement, so i'm wondering if the diet needed that long as well. i really don't like to take bc (i'm very anti anything "not natural") but since it's been part of a regimen that's been working for me i don't want to give it up just yet. perhaps i'll give it another year and maybe by then i will have gained more discipline in sticking with the diet and i'll try coming off the pill.

below are some interesting notes i've just want to share in hopes that they will help. i'll continue to post any other interesting things i come across, i just wont be posting any more "my story updates." thanks to everyone who provided feedback, especially prometheus and sweetjade for shedding light on the diet/hormone/acne connection.

***the meaning of "low carb"
it's become such commercial hype i just want to clarify what I think it SHOULD mean for people who want to eat healthy in general: NATURAL, UNPROCESSED, LOW GYLCEMIC INDEX food. that seemingly "healthy" pasta sauce or salad dressing with hydrogenated oils/high fructose corn syrup...THROW IT OUT. natural and unprocessed means no artificial sweetners or preservatives. i've seen some low carb breads on the market with ingredients that contain sucralose (an artificial sugar)! avoid anything artificial/processed. eat FRESH vegetables and fruits. with meat, buy organic if you can.

***exceptions..."natural" foods that are common acne culprits
of course nothing is always simple. on many message boards i've read how some people specifically have found their acne causing food to be bannanas, potatoes, carrots, and peanuts. so these are "natural" foods that should be avoided/eaten in moderation. i'm assuming this is because most of these foods are HIGH on the glycemic index. for more info about this do an internet search for "Acne foods and Glycemic Index"

***great articles about acne and diet
-do a search for "acne vulgaris: a disease of western civilization"
-do a search for "Acne And Carbs"

***if you are going to try the lowcarb/lowdairy/lowsugar diet, do it SLOWLY
i had gone into it full-throttle. i suffered physically and emotionally; lost a lot of weight and was agitated/angry from not knowing what to eat and feeling hungry all the time. i recommend beginning slowly; cutting out the most obvious skin offenders (greasy, fast food and other processed foods like sweets and sodas) and then DECREASING the less obvious (dairy, simple carbs like pasta and bread). perhaps simply REDUCING would be enough to help your skin. if not, continue to eliminate more. and give it time, at least a couple of months.

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