My skin clearing diet (acne)

Answered on December 25, 2013
Created December 10, 2013 at 1:50 PM


25th year old acne sufferer since age of 17. The first few years I was on antibiotics which helped a bit but the acne returned when course was over. Have been on Accutane twice which improved my skin drastically. Last time I finished my course feb 2013. During my vacation away in the sun the acne came back in may. Funnily enough the exact same happened after the first course. Guess sun does not help one bit, just making it worse.

I've still got acne present and I am trying to heal it through my diet. Sides of forehead and along I have tried everything under the sun the last couple of years but at the moment I am concentrating at gut healing (avoiding Fodmaps) and anti inflammatory foods, hoping that this will work. Such a battle...

I eat

Grass fed beef, regular organic beef, eggs, tuna, superior farm raised salmon, sallad, carrots, zucchini, white rice, red bell pepper, parsnip, olive oil, coconut oil, cucumber, ginger, turmeric, oregano, basil, salt, pepper tomatoes (including tomato paste), fermented carrots.

That's it..


Digestive Enzymes, Probiotics, Vitamin D, Vitamin K2, Vitamin A, Magnesium Glycinate, L-Glutamine, Slippery elm and Marshmallow root tea.

Weight lifting every other day.

It feels like it's difficult to gain healthy weight on this. 189 cm 78 kg at the moment.

It feels like I need to include more foods. How about bacon? Kale? Sweet potatoes? White potatoes?

The skin is better than it was this summer but I want to get clear skin, something must be wrong cos I have had it for 8 years now and it has affected me massively negatively.

All opinions and suggestions are welcome..


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3 Answers


on December 25, 2013
at 03:53 AM

Proactiv worked wonders for me, I would try that.



on December 11, 2013
at 08:52 AM

Cleanse daily, avoid washing away natural oils with soaps or washes, this causes skin to produce more oil than normal which clogs pores. I recommend Oil Cleansing Method (OCM), it doesn't strip away natural oils so is healthy, reduces acne and heals scars. Mix half Extra Virgin Olive Oil (EVOO) to moisturize and half Castor Oil (CO) to cleanse, change mix as your skin changes, also try adding tea tree oil as its antibacterial. Massage mix into your face, then put a hot face cloth onto your face for at least 1 minute, this opens up pores letting the oil cleanse. Wipe off oil, any trace amounts of oil are absorbed so skin won't be greasy. Have your own face cloth and towel, keep them clean and dry to avoid bacteria growth which can cause spots. Moisturize daily, as long as it's not greasy it won't cause spots, but don't be scared to use oils such as Bio Oil which will heal scars too, remember oil is actually good for your skin.

Once a week steam to open pores by putting your head under a towel over a bowl of hot water, but don't do this during breakouts as it stimulates blood flow and oil glands which can make things worse. Exfoliate weekly to scrub off dead skin, use something with rounded beads as things such as apricot kernels have sharp edges which cause small cuts leading to spots. Another way to exfoliate is cosmetic vinegar which also promotes circulation, regulates skins pH and is antiseptic. Mix 500ml of apple cider vinegar, 3ml lavender essential oil, 3ml rosemary essential oil, 2ml rosewood essential oil, and 2 tablespoons glycerine. Place into a glass bottle, use as cleanser by adding 1 tablespoon vinegar to 1 cup of water.

Strawberry acne mask;

Ingredients: ½ cup fresh strawberries, 1 egg white, 2 teaspoons of honey.

Mix together ingredients until smooth using a blender or a fork. To use spread over face and leave for 15 minutes, rinse off with cool water and pat dry. This one is good as strawberries are rich in salicylic acid which is commonly used in acne treatments, honey is also antibacterial.

Keep yourself healthy, diet is a big factor so make sure to get a healthy diet with plenty of fruit and vegetables as well as a lot of water, but avoid salty foods as iodine aggravates acne, try also a good multivitamin - vitamins A, B6, zinc and chromium help to clean up acne. Get plenty of exercise, sleep and stay stress-free. Pay particular attention to your skin during harsh weather when it is more prone to damage, also avoid aggravation from the sun by using plenty of sunscreen. Make-up is best avoided all together, but if you do wear it use as little as possible and keep your make-up clean as dirty sponges or hands in make-up causes spots. Use mineral foundation as it has great coverage but is light so won't clog pores and is free from harmful ingredients, most commercial brands make mineral ranges now so it's easy to find.

Good luck with modelling, I used to do it myself and it can be tough - be careful of jerks, because trust me there are some real perverts in the modelling world.



on December 10, 2013
at 05:57 PM

A good friend of mine had bad acne issues, even on a stricter Paleo diet. One thing that she did that made a big difference for her was removing nightshades (so things like peppers, tomatoes etc). She also found that eating liver and coconut butter helped. Track all of your food in something like Cronometer, and see if you're lacking anything and fill in the gaps with real food vs supplements. Your diet also seems to be lower in carbs (which is why it may be tough to gain weight), so don't forget to include healthy starches like sweet potatoes, butternut squash etc.

I've personally found Zinc to help skin issues, which is essential for regulating skin oil production and supporting collagen & elastin. You can find zinc naturally in oysters, crab, beef, liver, poultry, mushrooms and pumpkin seeds. It needs Vit A to work properly, so make sure you're getting that in your diet. I would also make sure you're getting enough vitamin B complex (B1, B2, B3, B5, B6, B7 + B9), which can be depleted by birth control pills, stress, sugar intake, and poor digestion.

You may also want to check out Liz Wolfe's Skintervention Guide. She has complied a lot of great info for nutrition, supplements and diet related questions focused on the skin.

Good luck!

Oh and yes to including bacon :)

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