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Acne and skin looks better when sick

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created July 01, 2012 at 5:25 PM

Hello!

To begin with I struggle with Acne since I was 17, today I am 23, male.

I'm not sick very often, however the four times I've been sick in the last two years I've noticed how my skin change.

First time I didn't feel so good in my stomach, and later that night I throw up. Went to bed and the next morning the acne and inflammation around the pustules had got down quite a bit.

Second time I didn't experience any stomach pain but I got a big flu, and I broke out like crazy, especially forehead area.

Next time I was sick I had stomach pain again, throw up and noticed the same thing as the first time.

The fourth time which was a few weeks ago I had stomach pain again after eating perhaps to much meat, I didn't throw up and hardly ate anything the day after. Guess what...skin looked better, I wasn't as puffy in my face, inflammation looked better and no new acne breakouts.

Can someone explain this? I hate that my skin looks puffy all the time, yet I am skinny. Could it be due to inflammation?

I have tried antibiotics three times (worked perfectly first time, but came back with vengence) and accutane (worked as well, but was only clear for a month).

I eat an anti inflammatory diet.

Fish: Wild caught Salmon, cod, herring, tuna, mackarel Meat: Beef and lamb sometimes Veggies: Saurkraut, Kimchi, Cauliflower, Broccoli, Asparagus, Brussel sprouts, sallat etc Fats: Coconut Oil, Olive Oil, Macadamia Nut Oil Starch: Brown Rice, White Rice, Sweet Potatoes Fruit: Green apples and blueberries Spices: Anti Inflammatory spices such as oregano, basil, garlic, ginger

5bd7f43c7da83282bcb78e3aa33832e0

(266)

on March 13, 2013
at 03:49 PM

Required? Lololo

5bd7f43c7da83282bcb78e3aa33832e0

(266)

on March 13, 2013
at 03:49 PM

Required? Lol ,

7cf9f5b08a41ecf2a2d2bc0b31ea6fa0

(4176)

on March 13, 2013
at 10:05 AM

Stupid answer, carbs are EVILLLLL AAAGGGGGHHHHHHH

582e89904fef55ad5c7dac673653ef8c

(281)

on March 13, 2013
at 09:41 AM

Could also be outside forces. Cologne sprays, deodorant, shampoos, face washes, etc. Stuff that can get near or on your face. Your diet looks good but, in our chemical world sometimes diet can't cure everything. Especially if the same toxin is being introduced often. I suggest.going to either a holistic doc or a dermatologist and clearly stating that you don't want to be stuck on pills for it, they might research the problem better. Good luck.

582e89904fef55ad5c7dac673653ef8c

(281)

on March 13, 2013
at 09:37 AM

You might be completely grain intolerant like me and the rice could cause it and any corn fed to your beef. When I eat grains I get breakouts, not full on acne but little pimples all over my face. Your immune system may also be overreacting to it trying to push things around and causing worsening. You could also have a severe toxin reaction to things like pesticides on fruit or veg if you aren't all organic. There really are a host of things that could be going on here. You might look into intermittent fasting if you haven't already, gives your body extra time to heal.

A39237551dac75eb36335098b0f5fa61

(525)

on July 05, 2012
at 04:29 AM

Acne always comes down to inflammation in the skin. Without inflammation you can't get acne. Potato Avenger could be onto something saying that the immune system is busy elsewhere and has less resources to deal with your skin. Overactive immune system in acne patients comes down to genes. You can mitigate the damage somewhat with diet and topical treatments though.

F5a0ddffcf9ef5beca864050f090a790

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on July 02, 2012
at 05:26 AM

Here is a test you can do - pick some very very low allergy food (that is 100% hypoallergenic in all people, not sure what it could be - bananas?) and eat it for the whole day and see if it makes any difference or not. I AM NOT A DOCTOR AND CANNOT PROVIDE ANY MEDICAL ADVICE. JUST THINKING OF IDEAS.

F5a0ddffcf9ef5beca864050f090a790

(15515)

on July 02, 2012
at 05:24 AM

Really, I have no clue. But I would start by eliminating all high-allergy foods and watch out for any foods that might be high on mold - nuts, even coconut, olive that can be mixed with other things, rice, and some other things. There is a list by a guy who wrote about his allergic reaction to mold. I would even avoid dried spices and anything that can cause allergy.

3327924660b1e2f8f8fc4ca27fedf2b2

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on July 01, 2012
at 09:38 PM

Antibiotics cause more trouble than they do good because they wipe out beneficial bacteria and suppress the immune system. I swore to myself to never take an antibiotic unless I get some infection where I could lose a limb.

Ffd72922a42e5f5c663d9a189229299f

(139)

on July 01, 2012
at 07:56 PM

I think this could be something even though I've most had my focus on gut health. How should I approach it? Any tests to do?

Ffd72922a42e5f5c663d9a189229299f

(139)

on July 01, 2012
at 07:55 PM

Really interesting this! Not sure how to fight it though..totally lost, tried pretty much everything. Best skin I've ever had during acne years is when I had took my first round of antibiotics. One week after that though all hell broke loose again.

Ffd72922a42e5f5c663d9a189229299f

(139)

on July 01, 2012
at 07:51 PM

I had been low carb for nearly a year but it did me no good at all so recently put in starches in my diet. So far I feel a bit better.

F5a0ddffcf9ef5beca864050f090a790

(15515)

on July 01, 2012
at 07:03 PM

This is not the answer but some odd idea. Could it have something with your immune system being overactive? Is there such thing as autoimmune skin conditions? Like when your immune system is down, fighting off other things, your acne is better? Just a guess - I DO NOT REALLY KNOW.

Ffd72922a42e5f5c663d9a189229299f

(139)

on July 01, 2012
at 06:14 PM

Yeah it does but these Times when I've thrown up it face have looked much better than usual in the morning.

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on December 31, 2012
at 07:55 AM

Your body detoxed when you vomited or fasted/ate less food. Acne is caused by a problem with gut flora. Too much candida. Your acne may be an allergic response or a toxicity overload. Look at an acne face map. Here is a good source, http://www.skinacea.com/acne/acne-face-map.html#.UOE8K4l5mc0 and look at the hours those correlating organs are in full function, http://www.astrodreamadvisor.com/Qi-Cycle.html# and http://www.silenthealingcenter.com/site/section/nutritional_program/organ_cycle.php . I currently have acne that stemmed from medicinal and health issues causing bad food intolerances. A dietary change, from gluten-free to grain, sugar, dairy, soy-free caused my acne, and although I feel better, I know my insides are saying otherwise, hence the breakouts. I read on a GAPs diet by dr Cambell Mcbride, that when candida overgrowth damages the gut lining, it creates a leaky gut and your blood reacts to larger food particles by overreacting (aka allergy or food intolerance. Food intolerance can mean that your body does not react, nor digest and allows the food to spoil, creating toxins that come out via skin or like an allergic reaction). Skipping meals and vomiting detox your body but does not cure it. Too much meds (all that I know of are fungal based) can cause acne as well, another reason candida is a culprit. This is long winded, but here are some ideas: baking soda water 2 hrs before breakfast (no more than 1 tsp a day! Unless you want acid reflux to the extreme). Baking soda maple syrup is supposed to act like a poison in killing off candida in the stomach. An apple fast for 3 days. AppleCiderVinegar (ACV) is supposed to be good but no such luck for me. Add garlic and other anti fungal foods to diet. And if you are extreme, honey and dates as your only sugar source. Your body needs sugar, and if you don't eat it, it will pull sugar from other sources. Honey and dates have anti fungal/bacteria qualities, so long as they are raw and unfiltered. You saw an improvement because you detoxed, which is a good sign that you can cure your acne by a wompen dose of live probiotic and a candida cleanse. Hope this helps! Not a doctor, just feel your pain.

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on July 01, 2012
at 07:37 PM

Auto immune reaction causes inflammation causes acne? Being sick depresses immune function / directs immune function elsewhere causes reduction in inflammation causes reduction in acne?

I wonder if a mechanism comparable to the above could be at work.

Ffd72922a42e5f5c663d9a189229299f

(139)

on July 01, 2012
at 07:55 PM

Really interesting this! Not sure how to fight it though..totally lost, tried pretty much everything. Best skin I've ever had during acne years is when I had took my first round of antibiotics. One week after that though all hell broke loose again.

3327924660b1e2f8f8fc4ca27fedf2b2

(2919)

on July 01, 2012
at 09:38 PM

Antibiotics cause more trouble than they do good because they wipe out beneficial bacteria and suppress the immune system. I swore to myself to never take an antibiotic unless I get some infection where I could lose a limb.

A39237551dac75eb36335098b0f5fa61

(525)

on July 05, 2012
at 04:29 AM

Acne always comes down to inflammation in the skin. Without inflammation you can't get acne. Potato Avenger could be onto something saying that the immune system is busy elsewhere and has less resources to deal with your skin. Overactive immune system in acne patients comes down to genes. You can mitigate the damage somewhat with diet and topical treatments though.

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5dbc84fc8a8e78e4db7293b58efdde32

(120)

on March 13, 2013
at 07:43 PM

I think the acne has more to do with you not exercising and possibly less oil produced when you are inactive, eating less, and sick.
If i were you i would get a spectracell test for antioxidant function. Acne and antioxidant function are closely correlated. Your body is most likely not detoxifying and free radicals are hurting your skin cells.

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on March 13, 2013
at 05:37 PM

My skin does the same thing. I still (usually) eat normally when sick. Frankly, I suspect that your body has bigger fish to fry and ignores skin issues and attacks the sickness. Or perhaps your white blood cell count goes up and clears up skin issues before there is a problem. Just a couple guesses.

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5bd7f43c7da83282bcb78e3aa33832e0

on March 13, 2013
at 03:47 PM

Could be the fasting that occurs when you're sick (throw up, don't want to eat, etc). Perhaps try fasting when you're not sick (water or fresh-pressed vegetable juice), and see what happens. If your acne gets better in a similar way, you've found an important data point.

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on March 13, 2013
at 09:16 AM

Acne not only commonly affects face but also the chest, back and neck. It is required to use Azelaic Acid cream which treat against moderate acne as well as rosacea.

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on March 13, 2013
at 03:49 PM

Required? Lol ,

5bd7f43c7da83282bcb78e3aa33832e0

(266)

on March 13, 2013
at 03:49 PM

Required? Lololo

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on July 01, 2012
at 07:26 PM

One guess: when you throw up, you are going low carb and/or removing acne triggers from your diet.

Ffd72922a42e5f5c663d9a189229299f

(139)

on July 01, 2012
at 07:51 PM

I had been low carb for nearly a year but it did me no good at all so recently put in starches in my diet. So far I feel a bit better.

7cf9f5b08a41ecf2a2d2bc0b31ea6fa0

(4176)

on March 13, 2013
at 10:05 AM

Stupid answer, carbs are EVILLLLL AAAGGGGGHHHHHHH

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3327924660b1e2f8f8fc4ca27fedf2b2

(2919)

on July 01, 2012
at 05:33 PM

Skin inflammation will go down overnight/over time after sleep/rest, regardless of whether or not you have some sickness. The inflammation has got to go down eventually.

Ffd72922a42e5f5c663d9a189229299f

(139)

on July 01, 2012
at 06:14 PM

Yeah it does but these Times when I've thrown up it face have looked much better than usual in the morning.

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