I was wondering if anyone has any experience with adult acne? I have been vegetarian for 5 years, vegan for 1 year, and have ALWAYS had fantastically clear and blemish free skin....and I quite literally mean aboslutely nothing. Then over the course of the past year, I have developed terrible cyst-like acne on my forehead and sides of my chin/jaw line. I feel like I have tried everything--getting rid of gluten, getting rid of sugars, antibiotics for cystic acne, getting rid of nuts, cleaning my face after I workout every day....but there just doesn't seem to be anything that helps. I feel so desperate....does anyone have any advice? My doctor doesn't even know what to do. Could it be due to minor weight gain (5lb) or to starting loestrin birth control? Those are the only two other aspects I could imagine....ANY advice would be so welcomed :)
i used to have too, yes is food but also your feelings. you got it listen to your feelings and pay attenton to your thoughts, what were you feeling and thinking after the outbreak? acne represents anger. begin healing within inside. i hope this helps
Ditto here. I have always dealt with acne in some capacity but seemed to have it under control minus a few hormonal breakouts, but it's been so much worse in the past 3-4 months. My back has been breaking out which has never happened and also my neck and of course my face. I've been vegan for over 3 months now so I'm beginning to think it's not the detox anymore. I doubt it's the soy because since I've been a vegetarian for 15+ years I've always eaten a lot of soy. I am so frustrated, I thought this was supposed to clear my skin.
Detox can last a long time, and if you eat anything offensive once you are all clean, the skin's reaction will be very dramatic. If I have any sugar at all, or a martini, I break out now. Otherwise my skin is finally good! I kind of like it that my body lets me know right away what it doesn't like.
I have the same problem! I am 42 and I have always had some pimples, but now I have breakouts on my forhead, chin, back of neck and chest! It is very embarrasing and I am getting so self concious about it. I have been Vegan since Feb. of this year. I tried changing my shampoo, facial cleanser, moisturizer, taking oregano oil (acts like antibiotic). Nothing is working!! Help!!!
BTW- Just this week I started a food journal to see if I could figure out if any foods are the cause.
I am 29, and I have always had bad skin...when I started this diet it got really bad and then better and then bad again and now it is better. I had alot of soy at first then cut it out and my skin is doing much better. The problem with acne is there is no one fix because everyones skin is different. I also tried apple cider vinegar which really works. I mix it with a little water and dab it on twice a day. Try it!
Here are some rules I try to follow everyday:
1) eat as many fruits and vegetables as I can 2) avoid soy 3) wash face gently twice a day 4)apple cider vinegar mixed with water 5)never touch my face (I work in a school which is filled with germs) 6)don't pick at it 7)never put anything but oil free sunscreen on face (might be hard for some not to wear makeup but I never do)
OK, I tried the apple cider vinegar with water topically and it worked! My skin is clear now, just continuing to heal. I read on acne.org about people ingesting apple cider vinegar (about 1-2 tsp) with water. Anyone do this? Is it safe? Hoping to stay clear. I'm sure it's a combination of things, but the acv did help clear what was already there.
I have been going through the same thing! I've been vegan since and went off birth control Jan 1 - I've attributed the acne to detox, getting off bc and switching to all natural beauty products, but it's been over 5 months now, and it's only gotten worse and worse. I've never had skin problems like this - breaking out when I went to bed without washing my face was all I dealt with before, easy enough to keep under control. And now my face has not been clear since 2009. I'm so depressed now. And guess what? I'm getting married in October! I've started to just panic about it - my face has been crappy for 5 months now and I have about 5 months before the wedding to go! What if I can't get it clear by then? I've tried literally everything (Burts Bees, Juice Beauty, Dessert Essence, Julie Gabriel, Aubrey Organics, more I can't remember) and I'm at my wits end. Meanwhile, my fiance is getting understandably annoyed at the amount of money I'm spending on it all. He says I should just go back to the non-natural stuff. I know it must seem terribly shallow but it is wrecking my self-esteem and the good things I was feeling about this diet.
I will give the apple cider a try. Beth - it is perfectly safe to digest. It does taste pretty gross though. ;-)