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OK, almost ALL acne is hormonal. If it's not caused by hormones then it's a reaction to your skin care products, etc. Change the outside influence and your skin gets better. =) However when hormonal, something must change on the inside. Skincare products will help, but unless you grow out of it, acne will always be lurking. However there are variety of ways to treat it:

Medications (except accutane or antiobitics...for some this is a temp. solution and acne always comes back after antis)

Herbals

Vitamins

Digestive Enzymes

Probiotics

Detoxing

Taking Fiber

Lastly, avoiding certain foods that you may not even know were aggrevators. After all if you are eating them on a daily basis and you are breaking out just as often, how do you Not know that it isn't food? ;-)


So, I definately suggest you check out the other diet threads (theres' like..4 or 5) because they have the more indepth info. and some people listed their diets. Oh and do some searches on the web, but in the mean time here's something to get you started:

There appears to be several popular diets out there that that help with weightloss and other health issues and just happen to clear your skin too. =) The most popular one's among the "acners" are:

GLUTEN-FREE DIET--Less restrictive- around 90% - 100% Clear skin.

WAI's DIET (look for that free acne book)--100% success while ON the diet--but VERY VERY strict.

LECTIN DIET (no book here, but you can do research online and find the same foods that I listed below. Try look up "The Lectin Story" . You may not have to give up all of these since everybody is different but this is the starting point. Follow the Elimination diet) Highly restrictive--100% success.

Eliminatiion Diet procedure (applies to most other diets)
1. Remove the Possibly Offending Foods for at least 2 weeks (longer may be neccesary).

2.If you want, slowly add in 1 Food Item each week there after.

3. Make sure you are eating that new food every day at every meal in order to determine if it is problematic.

4. If it is, you can either reduce your intake or completely remove from you diet.

5. Do the above procedure with any of the foods you wish to see if they aggrevate you.

6. Try keeping a diary of this to help you.


About the Lectin Diet:
While a few of these were added back to some poeple diets, just to make it simpler, aside from avoiding Low Fat Dairy (you can eat high fat), the LECTIN DIET seems to be excluding only these 2 groups of foods (some do overlap)

Avoid STARCHY (sugar) foods:
grains
legumes (includes peanuts)
pulses
peas
lentils
corn
potato
sweet potato
yam
plantain
(bananas-related to plantains)
squash


NIGHTSHADES (problematic also because of Solanacea):

All Peppers
Tobacco
Eggplant
Potato
Tomato
Paprika
Tobasco
petunia
cayenne
Mandrake
Pimento
(Okra --distant relative)
(Cucumber--some complaints but not related)


The ANTI-GLUTEN Diet (Gluten Free) excludes a LOT of grains, but most of them are derived from wheat. So here's a list, I'm currently eating from most of the "safe" and "disputed" list (may need to eliminate something else):

DEFINATELY NOT SAFE:
Barely
Kamut
Rye
Spelt
Triticale
Wheat (bulgar, durhum, semolina, all types)

REGARDED AS "SAFE":
Arrowroot
Corn (maize)
Potato
Sweet potato
Yam (they same thing?)
white rice
brown rice
wild rice
Montina
Sago
Sesame
Sorghum
Soy
Tapioca (manioc)

DISPUTED:
Amaranth
Buckwheat
Millet
Oats
Quinoa
Teff
De-glutenized wheat starch
(Sprouted grains)


OK, some people can be Allergic and/or Intolerant to the above foods items, but these are the most highly allergenic foods:

Eggs
Dairy
Soy
Fish
Shellfish
Peanuts
Nuts
Wheat


If you are crying at this point wondering, what on earth CAN I eat, remember you aren't likely to be intolerant to ALL of the above. ;-) Here's a list of the LEAST allergenic foods (usually means it's safe, but some contradict the above):

Cod
Trout
Mackerel
Pears
Parsnips
Turnips
Rutabaga
Sweet potatoes
Yams
Celery
Zucchini
Carrots
Peaches

You can even do an "Add-In" Diet with these foods, by starting with eating these for a few weeks and then slowly add in foods that you favor using the same procedure I mentioned above with the Elimination Diet.

Anyway I hope I helped. I'm going to bump another thread I created that you might find interesting too. It's called "There are 2 Types of Acne." I'll be adding in some other diet books in there and if you've done the majority of those things I listed, then maybe a diet change is for you.

[This message has been edited by SweetJade1 (edited 09-04-2002).]






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