ive been a vegetarian for almost 8 years and went vegan this past year. i love it! it makes me feel amazing! but i have terrible skin. and was wondering if anyone knew of any known triggers for it? and any natural fixes for it? its gotten to where my skin is constantly red with outbreaks! :/
If your skin has changed since you changed your diet, it may be something new that you have added or increased. There are a few long threads on this subject where people reported what worked for them. Some push products but I haven't had much luck with them at all.
Experimentation is a good way to see if you can find the culprit. Do you stop breaking out if you avoid all soy? how about gluten or corn or sweeteners.
I break out badly when my blood sugar gets too high so I must limit fruits and grains. Most people can stumble on their trigger by experimenting.
Justin's advice is great. Additionally, if you're looking for any acne cleansing systems, I just received the kit from Juice Beauty. It's only been two days and my skin looks really great. I don't have severe acne, but I do get persistent spots. I'm really liking it so far, so perhaps it'd be worth it for you to try too.
i know how you feel! ive been vegetarian for a year and went vegan about two months ago...it was one of the best things i have ever done...with one problem...my skin. ive broken out worse than i have ever broken out IN MY LIFE! i know my body is detoxing but how long is this going to last?! i HATE sounding vain or feeling sorry for myself but this is literally ruining my life. i wish i could be the kind of person that doesnt let things get to them and can just be confident no matter what...but im not. and i really dont have that great of family or friends so i dont really have anyone to talk to about this. i would really like to try to clear up my skin naturally but im not sure where to start. ive done a lot of research and im pretty overwhelmed. ive been trying apple cider vinegar for about two weeks and havent seen much difference. i dont have money to go to a dermatologist or buy crazy expensive products. i looked in the mirror the other day and burst into tears...i dont want to leave my house...im scared this is never going to go away! im trying to be thankful for what i have and im trying to think postive but its getting really hard! i wish i could be more helpful but unfortunately im dealing with the same thing...but i will post if i find something that works! if you want a great info source go to acne.org...also great for finding support from others dealing with acne. hang in there!
camille i couldnt have said it better myself i feel the same way...i tried natural i tried experimenting with my diet i just hada go to the doctor and he put me on just a antibiotic for 2 wks its clearing up already its still bad but it just was horrible thats all i could say i did my doctor was so surprised too bc he knows ive had clear skin always and it was just horrible acne out of nowhere and i no its not the most natural thing to take medication but i was desperate and i just couldnt stand wanting to stay in the house and not run in to people i no outside the housee... i hope it gets better caitlyn be patient and dont pick lol
I strongly suggest trying Justin's advice, and also using the site search engine, entering 'acne,' to find those other threads. You have to experiment and be dilligent, though. You can't give up soy or corn or sugar for a couple of days and then allow yourself to have some. You need to give your body some time to adjust to see if there are positive effects. Dairy (if you're still vegetarian), wheat or all gluten, and caffeine can be triggers for some. If you want to try and get control of your acne naturally, you need to try and determine if there are food triggers that exacerbate it, but you have to allow time for your body to adjust.
kaity...im glad your skin is getting better! i dont know how much longer i can keep trying natural remedies without success. how long do you have to stay on the antibiotics? i have tried eliminating soy...but its in EVERYTHING! does anyone know if soybean oil or the soy in things like whole wheat bread are just as bad as whole soy beans or tofu, tempeh, etc. ?
my skin started out terrible when i still ate dairy ( i was vegetarian for a couple years) but being vegan improved it drastically. i have very combination skin-it reacts to almost evrything and is dry in some places but i get acne in others, it was always a disaster and nothing worked on it. i tired mirnada kerr's organic line recently cause my skin still wasn;t as perfect as i wanted it to be and it worked , but was very expensive even thought it was amazing i don't want to continue to budget for it. treating acne/skin problems on the outside works but its really and indication of an issue in your body, something not being rigght. id try, like others have said, avoid eating common allergens for a while , like peanuts (im allergic to these), corn, soy, and wheat, and avoid too much processed food and refined sugar, ive always noticed this makes my skin bad. i always break out more if i wear much makeup, prevention/treatment is better than covering it up. I do recommend rosehip oil though, its a really good thing to use as a moisturiser and you only need a couple of drops each time you use it. it's full of vitamin c whcich id good for healing your skin. i read thrive by brendan braizer ( a vegan ironman athlete) and he recommeneded for bad skin, gettig your essential fatty acids are important, such as flaxseeds(linseeds) chia seeds, walnuts, etc, im trying to add ground flaxseeds to some of meals to see if it makes a difference. green vegetables are also important to include in your diet.
and about soy, there is nothing wrong with soy, its the processing that makes it unnatural. if you have soy milk, soy icecream, soy everything you'll get a soy overdose, and that of course can;t be good for you. but if you eat it in moderation, as long as you have no allergies, there is nothing wrong with the stuff, it has actually been shown to have many health benefits. id recommend to stick to tofu and tempeh and edamame and miso... the less processed soy stuff, for the majority of the time. of course soy always beats dairy every time in my opionion, no matter what. as i said beofre, the proceesing of food makes it harder for your body to digest it, outting your body under stress, and it needs to use more of it's nutrient stores to digest it properly. the same goes for any food, such as white rice , bread etcetera. if it's devoid of nutrientsyour body has to compensate for it.a whole foods vegan diet should work for everyones skin, after detoxing that is.
I am also having a breakout issue since becoming vegan. I am so desperate to figure out some way of clearing my skin that I looked everywhere trying to find a cure. I started drinking more water (with some lemon) and I decided to try drinking green tea in the morning *about two cups* and I bought some lemon-witch hazel astringent.....I also started drinking some soy/rice blend milk in my morning smoothie......I use the witch hazel morning and night and sometimes a few times during the day and within a day or two I started to notice my face getting much better...now about 5 days later it is soooooo much better. I hope this helps someone else out there~~:)