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Hi all!

This is my first post. Oh, and I have a feeling it is going to be a long post, so bear w/ me! I have been lurking for quite some time and have been intrigued by the posts relating to diet and acne. I have suffered from acne for quite some time, now...about 9 years. I have Celiac disease (which is a disease that renders the small intenstine unable to digest gluten, which is found in most breads/pastas, etc) and have been on a gluten free/milk free diet for over a year, now. I have felt a bit better on this diet, however I still suffer from acne!! I am not able to digest: wheat flour, barley, millet, yeast, and a tonne of other grains due to the Celiac disease (therefore, I don't eat a lot of carbs to begin with). I'm also intolerant of milk and soy products (although up until a week ago I ate a lot of cheese and yogurt). On top of that, I've tried a restricted carbohydrate diet for a period of time (eating lots of meat/cheese - my nutritionist said that cheese & yogurt were OK to eat as they contained very little lactose - nuts and fruit/veggies). I really tried to restrict my sugar intake on this "specific carbohydrate diet", too. I did not find that I had that much success with it in terms of clearing up my acne and craved a little bit of carbs.

Quite recently, due to the fact that I am SICK of acne, I looked more closely into the acne/diet link. I have tried *every* type of product given to me by a derm: Accutane twice (worked well, but zits came back after a short period of time), antibiotics (I am on minocin right now, but trying to get off of it), BP bills (I am on Diane-35 right now...I don't find it really works, I've been on it for about 2 years), all sorts of topicals (I am using Tazorac right now...not sure about that one, either) and face-washes. Due to the fact that I have also tried to restrict my carbs and have tried the low carb diet by supplementing a lot of meat and cheese with my meals everyday and having little success, I am trying one other option: a vegan diet. I have been on it for a little under a week and am eating rice (for one meal, only - I don't eat any other grains except for rice), lots of fruits and veggies, water (lots of it!), beans and nuts. That is my diet. I have cut out all meats/fish/eggs, *all* dairy products, all sugar, high animal fat foods, junk foods and most carbs (with the exception of rice). I use only olive oil and canola oil to cook with (mostly olive oil, though). This is the only other option I can think of that will help me since I"ve tried *everything* and have restricted my diet already! I was talking with a co-worker a little while ago and she is a strict vegetarian. The reason she does not eat meat is due to the high levels of hormones and other additives in animal products and byproducts. Looking at the reports that link excess hormones to acne, and the fact that I have tried a diet high in animal protein/low in carbs and had little success on it (and I was strict about this diet, too!), I am thinking that there is a connection.

However, I am finding this vegan diet to be very difficult as I already have a very restricted diet as is. In order to maintain a vegan lifestyle, it is crucial to get protein from other sources, such as soy/dairy/grains. Since i am intolerant of soy, dairy and most grains, I am finding it increasingly difficult to get an equal balance of these things in my diet. I am also taking lots of vitamins since people with Celiac Disease tend to be deficient in many vitamins. I am currently taking: Vitamins: A,C,all B vitamins, D,E, Chromium, Selenium (yeast-free), Zinc, Iron, Calcium, MSM (4000 mgs a day), Flax Seed Oil (3000 mgs a day)... and I think that's it!

Does anyone out there have experience with a gluten-free/vegan diet? I would love to hear some input on this. On a plus side, I have noticed that my skin *is* a little better (granted, it's only been a week). I will keep you posted on my results.

Thanks for reading. Any advice would be *so* appreciated!


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