Acne and diet – despite what the experts say

I did a lot of research in 2005 into the cause of acne and things in life which aggrivate and cause it. About 80% of articles I read from so called experts in dermatology and such professions claim that what you eat is not related directly to acne.

I took away from all that research that as long as I used a topical acne cream and a face wash then eventually I would get clear skin. Yeah right!!! In the past few weeks I became very lax in my diet control eating pretty much anything such as chocolate, cake, fried foods, coffee by the bucket load and junk food. I have certainly noticed my skin deteriorating rapidly and have started to find that spots are very hard to get rid off even when they look like they are disappearing. 😡

Well I have bought a book which targets the relationship between diet and acne and I am convinced it is the right approach. So I am going to try very hard to stick to the regime suggested in it to see what the consequences will be. After all it makes perfect sense that eating natural products instead of man made ones should make your overall well being improve. So fingers crossed, here I go…

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16 thoughts on “Acne and diet – despite what the experts say

  1. Many of us have found a very strong relationship between diet and our skin condition. Also, there are studies of native peoples on natural diets and acne was virtually unheard of in those cultures. (There are other factors, though, such as air and water pollution, stress, etc.) Still, I am convinced by both the many anecdotal experiences I have read on acne boards, from studies and from my own experience that diet can play a very key role in a lot of health issues. An anti-inflammatory diet can help with arthritis also. Supplements can help acne a lot also. The “Naturally Clear” vitamin/mineral supplement is a good one ( http://www.naturallyclear.com ). My naturopathic doctor said that he has noticed that his patients who started using a supplement called Modified Citrus Pectin experienced their acne clearing up. I use the powder, which tastes good in a smoothie. I’m using the one made by Allergy Research Group — I bought it through my doctor. It’s quite expensive, though. Here’s a website that sells it online and has a sale on it currently:

    http://store.myhealth-store.com/a-71990.html

    Juicing is cleansing also. I need to start juicing. What book are you reading about acne and diet? I wish you the best. I feel the natural way is the safest and most effective way to do it.

  2. The book is called clear skin by Karen jessett. Unfortunately I live in UK and cannot get the products from naturallyclear.com. Im losing the battle with acne at the moment, just using a scrub and cleanser from the body shop (seaweed based) and a toner and non-oil moisturiser. But after a few hours my skin feels unclean again. Its so annoying especially as nothing I try seems to work, bp, B5, nicotinamide, various acid based creams, diet etc. Im 21 and have been fighting moderate acne for 5 or so years now and am getting frustrated that I still have it. Am contemplating visiting my GP to seek advice, hopefully she wont throw antibiotics at me. 🙁

  3. I feel so frustrated because the products that I feel have helped me aren’t available in the U.K. I hope there are some equivalent products available there. The MyChelle Dermaceuticals are available but quite expensive to ship apparently. If there is enough interest in the products there, maybe a distributor will start to handle the line eventually. There are quite a few different topicals that contain niacinamide and if you e-mail http://www.naturallyclear.com they can give you the ingredients in the vitamin mineral supplement and perhaps you can find something similar. Of course, the quality and the way it’s formulated is key also.

  4. Hello,

    I understand your frustration! What has really worked for me is a product called Zenmed. You can review it at this website: ‘[www.skinwithacne.com]’ . They have a 100% money back guarantee!

    Best of luck with your acne problems.

    Butch

  5. I think this bweber/butch guys is a faker just promoting and earning commission off of posting those advertisements on here, because ZENMED seems to be getting a little desperate 🙂 Chech out his postings they’re exactly the same!

    Just looking out…

  6. Yeah, his profile says “Internet Marketer”. He may be honest about the products actually working for him though, even though he does appear to be marketing the stuff. One thing about the acids in the MyChelle Clear Skin Serum though is that most of them are “chirally correct” which means the side effects are reduced. There are some posts on the board already about Zenmed. One post, http://www.clearskin.net/viewtopic.php?t=5162, contains an ingredients list for the products and they do look to be extremely natural and contain ingredients that are known to help acne, like salicylic acid, green tea extract (is anti-bacterial), etc. I would recommend doing a search on other acne boards on Zenmed before buying it and see what the concensus is. One poster here said that he thought the topicals were helpful but thought the pills were making his skin worse. I have read good things about green tea extract (it’s in the Zenmed gel). There’s a study about it working as well as benzoyl peroxide without the irritation and dryness. I think there are some posts here about it. The MyChelle Deep Repair Cream which I use contains green tea. I’m wondering if combining green tea with niacinamide topically would be a really good combination. I wonder if there’s a way to make up a gel or spray for oneself at home with these ingredients that would be effective. I just don’t know if the niacinamide in the Naturally Clear spray is in some special form of if it is just regular niacinamide like one can buy in capsules or powdered form at a health food store.

  7. I feel so frustrated because the products that I feel have helped me aren’t available in the U.K. I hope there are some equivalent products available there. The MyChelle Dermaceuticals are available but quite expensive to ship apparently. If there is enough interest in the products there, maybe a distributor will start to handle the line eventually. There are quite a few different topicals that contain niacinamide and if you e-mail http://www.naturallyclear.com they can give you the ingredients in the vitamin mineral supplement and perhaps you can find something similar. Of course, the quality and the way it’s formulated is key also.

    Indeed! Mine arrived recently and the shipping cost me $28.10 (I did choose Global Express Mail though – I think you can get shipping for $18 but it would talk a lot longer), and then there was a $22 customs charge on top (which I didn’t know about until they got here). However, saying that, someone from Mychelle discounted me $13 of the shipping which was nice of them.

    I’ll also keep you updated as to how effective these products are.

  8. Oh, my God Martay, that is a ton of money. I really hope they work for you. Which products did you end up getting? (Or did you post that in my MyChelle thread already, I forgot.) Currently I’m only using Nutra Lift soapless cleanser and their One Step cream and my skin is staying clear so far (12 days). I miss the MyChelle creams though — they’re more moisturizing. I suppose I could use them on top of the One Step but I’m experimenting to see if I can get away with just the two products right now. There is a UK website that sells the Nutra Lift products under a different name. I posted it in the Nutra Lift thread on the main board. I’m sorry to be telling you this now after you spent a ton of money, but I posted about the Nutra Lift as soon as I read about it. It’ll take some months to tell how my skin does in the long run anyway. I’m still using the Gloria Martel SkinLift Light also and doing all the other stuff I do that I feel helps my skin (diet, supplements, progesterone cream, meditation, etc). I’ve still got a lot of MyChelle products left, but I decided to spend the money on the Nutra Lift instead of replacing the products I was running out of it: the Perfect C serum and the toner. I did seem to break out the few times that I ran out of the Perfect C. The Nutra Lift cleanser is supposed to have a “built in toner” whatever that means. MyChelle claims that one needs both a toner and a cleanser because the cleanser needs to be alkaline in order to effectively cleanse the skin and then the toner is pH balanced to bring the skin back to a normal pH. Right now I’m opting for simple and cheaper because I’m broke and tired of applying all the layers, having all the jars and bottles on my sink counter, etc. There are many days that I want to cut all of my long hair off so that I won’t have to mess with that either, but then I’d probably miss it. Actually, I shouldn’t be even posting about this on the Internal Cleansing Board anyway. I’m off-subject here.

  9. Oh, my God Martay, that is a ton of money. I really hope they work for you. Which products did you end up getting? (Or did you post that in my MyChelle thread already, I forgot.) Currently I’m only using Nutra Lift soapless cleanser and their One Step cream and my skin is staying clear so far (12 days). I miss the MyChelle creams though — they’re more moisturizing. I suppose I could use them on top of the One Step but I’m experimenting to see if I can get away with just the two products right now. There is a UK website that sells the Nutra Lift products under a different name. I posted it in the Nutra Lift thread on the main board. I’m sorry to be telling you this now after you spent a ton of money, but I posted about the Nutra Lift as soon as I read about it. It’ll take some months to tell how my skin does in the long run anyway. I’m still using the Gloria Martel SkinLift Light also and doing all the other stuff I do that I feel helps my skin (diet, supplements, progesterone cream, meditation, etc). I’ve still got a lot of MyChelle products left, but I decided to spend the money on the Nutra Lift instead of replacing the products I was running out of it: the Perfect C serum and the toner. I did seem to break out the few times that I ran out of the Perfect C. The Nutra Lift cleanser is supposed to have a “built in toner” whatever that means. MyChelle claims that one needs both a toner and a cleanser because the cleanser needs to be alkaline in order to effectively cleanse the skin and then the toner is pH balanced to bring the skin back to a normal pH. Right now I’m opting for simple and cheaper because I’m broke and tired of applying all the layers, having all the jars and bottles on my sink counter, etc. There are many days that I want to cut all of my long hair off so that I won’t have to mess with that either, but then I’d probably miss it. Actually, I shouldn’t be even posting about this on the Internal Cleansing Board anyway. I’m off-subject here.

    Currently in the armoury are the following:

    Fabulous Eye Cream
    Cranberry Cleanser
    Fruit Enzyme Cleanser
    Cranberry Mud Mask
    Fruit Enzyme Mist

    Samples of: Incredible Pumpkin Peel, Pumpkin Renew Cream (which I really like), Deep Repair Cream.

    I started using them last Friday and I’ve actually broken out slightly more (I guess it gets worse before it gets better or something)… I’ll keep you updated on how it goes but I’m off on holiday this Friday. I’ll try and make a post just before I leave.

    I’m currently using the Cranberry Cleanser AM and PM (which hasn’t dried out my skin at all). I’m also using the FEZ and FEC after that. I’m currently using the CMM for 10minutes a day, except yesterday when I used the IPP and DRC. Even though I haven’t seen any improvements yet (in acne terms) I really like the products and the parts of my face which don’t have acne look good and feel good after only a few days.

    P.S: I’ll try not to derail this thread anymore and post on the MyChelle one instead.

  10. I did a lot of research in 2005 into the cause of acne and things in life which aggrivate and cause it. About 80% of articles I read from so called experts in dermatology and such professions claim that what you eat is not related directly to acne….

    Well I have bought a book which targets the relationship between diet and acne and I am convinced it is the right approach….

    This SO aggravates me!!! When I started breaking out about a year ago, and my breakout started leaving scars on my face, intuition told me that it HAD to be because of some kind of inbalance with my health!! Whether it be hormonal, nutritional… I knew there was more to it than just what I was putting on my skin, although I think that’s important too. I finally figured out a way to prevent getting the blemishes that were leaving behind scars. All you need is some fruit and leafy greens from the grocery store, and you can try it out. I have ran into a couple other people on other boards that cleared their skin with this too, so it’s worth a try! They are called green smoothies, and because the ingredients are "blended," the nutritional walls are broken down and more of the nutrition is released. Eating one cup of blended greens in like eating "4" cups of greens! After about 6 weeks, the blemishes stopped. However, I do have to keep up the smoothies, because when I get lazy and stop doing them, the blemishes slowly start to return. You can read more at my post, Fabulous Skin Food: http://www.clearskin.net/viewtopic.php?t=8144. If interested, I’m starting a 6 Week Green Smoothie Challenge at the Pioneer Thinking boards next Monday, and you are certainly welcome to join us. 🙂 http://www.pioneerthinking.com/cgi-bin/mb/YaBB.pl?board=skin;action=display;num=1154902025

    Lenore, I looked up http://www.naturallyclear.com, as I wanted to know what was in the product. I’d be careful if any of the ingredients are "synthetic" especially if it contains synthetic vitamin A, which is very dangerous and can make ones health worse. I try to get all of my vitamins as "food based" vitamins – another reason why I like the smoothies. The danger of overdosing doesn’t seem to be nearly as high as when you take synthetic vitamins. http://www.rainbowlight.com and http://www.new-chapter.com are two companies I recommend (New Chapter is the best I believe) for food based supplements. Neither looks to have a formula for skin though, but the smoothies work for me in that area. 🙂

  11. Dr. Fuhrman sells vitamins also. What do you think about his? I did take New Chapter vitamins for a while. I can’t swallow pills though and they tasted very nasty ground up. I didn’t feel nauseous from the Naturally Clear vitamins. My N.D., who is a mostly raw foods vegan, has high regard for the company that makes Naturally Clear vitamins (I forgot the name of the company right now). I have to say though that I feel that I’ve been over-supplemented by my N.D. because I actually feel worse after spending a fortune on and taking a ton of supplements that he recommended. I’m at the point now where I want to give my system a rest from all supplements, progesterone cream, etc. I think all of this stuff has overwhelmed my system. I was considering taking Dr. Furhman’s supplements eventually though.

  12. Dr. Furhman’s supplments look to be good, however, I don’t believe they’re entirely food-based. I’m not a big supplement person at all – I figure I’m getting plenty of nutrients from the green smoothies. I do think a good multi vitamin, a good antioxidant (like alpha lipoic acid), good oils (like fish and flax) acidolphilus, maybe MSM, and food enzymes (as long as they’re plant based) can be very beneficial. I don’t so much believe in taking herbs everyday either – I believe they are to be more medicinal and only taken when needed. I definitely think too many supplements can be a bad thing, and it is true that many people do actually end up feeling worse after being on lots of supplements. They can over tax your liver. You may find it beneficial to do a liver cleanse along with lots of green smoothies.

  13. Thanks for the link Lenore! They have really good prices on New Chapter too! 🙂

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