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PIMPLES HELP: Gluten, Dairy, Zinc, Probiotics, etc.

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Created June 04, 2011 at 1:39 PM

So I have been getting Zits consistently forever. I am now 24 and kept telling myself it would go away as I got older. I did a session accutane when I was 22 and it kind of helped, but I still get it below my mouth around my chin. (Never got horrible crater face type acne.)

I realized dairy was a big trigger for me, cottage cheese just kills me and I cut out milk a long time ago. So no cheese kind of sucks and I already eat pretty much gluten free.

I've recently supplemented with ZINC and noticed an improvement, and the ones I do have seem to dry up and heal A LOT quicker. At the same time I introduced Zinc I introduced PROBIOTICS. Not exactly sure which might be helping more.

Does anyone else have similar sensitivities or notice certain things that have helped/hindered their acne?

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on November 02, 2012
at 05:42 PM

i would be inclined to say it was the zinc. I never got zits so bad as when I introduced goat milk kefir (though it was commercial, not homemade). Oddly enough, it was during this time that i stopped taking zinc. When I quit the goatmilk and reintroduced the zinc, much better

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on July 10, 2012
at 06:02 AM

100 mg zinc/day is okay? I always thought 50 mg/day was the absolute minimum. I just received my order of B3 and mixed it in some water. Can't wait to try it topically!

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on April 06, 2012
at 01:30 PM

Why don't you guys eat oysters? Less expensive, tastes good, and also a good source of selenium and copper which help acne tremendously too.

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on April 05, 2012
at 08:59 PM

i started making home made kefir out of whole milk and my skin improved dramatically. I also supplement magnesium

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on December 13, 2011
at 12:29 AM

I think she's talking about that liver-gallbladder flush with the Epsom salts and olive oil...oh boy. Check out http://www.liverdoctor.com/

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on November 23, 2011
at 04:02 AM

i love dairy...time to throw it out :/

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on November 03, 2011
at 03:03 AM

Hi Dana, could you please provide a link that you think aptly describes this plain jane hulda clark method?

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on November 03, 2011
at 02:15 AM

i quit eating pork and quit getting acne..

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on June 29, 2011
at 01:09 AM

No, I go by the same name on acne.org. :) And yes, Bee's anti-candida diet was my base (my boyfriend's following her too, but actually for candida). It's pretty amazing when you can actually see the results, immediately, eh? I can see the effects the next day when I've been naughty (my new kryptonite is frozen yoghurt - evil).

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on June 28, 2011
at 03:14 PM

Are you nightsdiguise on acne.org? Or are you just following Bee's candida diet? I have the same results as you, and I'm not even supplementing! Fruit was a no-no for me, and I cut back on the avocados I eat (contains a lot of copper which reduces zinc, I think that might be the cause of my 2 mini-zits I got in a week).

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on June 06, 2011
at 10:28 PM

I don't remember. A doctor gave it to her. It may have been an injection.

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on June 05, 2011
at 11:31 AM

Dave, was your dairy grassfed? CLA can inhibit IGF-1, but if its not grassfed, no CLA.

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on June 04, 2011
at 04:20 PM

WOOOOOOOOOO. It is working for me too! Just a pill or topical too?

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on June 04, 2011
at 02:45 PM

Since I've gone strict paleo with no dairy and started taking Zinc and a Probiotic among my other supplements, I have noticed fast healing and a huge decrease in pimples. Thanks for the info and good luck to you!

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on June 04, 2011
at 02:38 PM

Heya Dave,

So I'm pretty much in the same boat as you. Acne since forever (like 11 maybe??) and it's just getting worse. About a month ago I had this intense sugar craving, went to a nearby liquor store and gorged on a disgusting cheery-cheese danish, oreos, and nesquick. Needless to say, I had the worst breakout of my life, multiple cysts around my mouth and chin.

So I started researching the nutrition/acne connection. There's a lot of stuff online, maybe you can start here and here. (The second site has a lot of ads and looks pretty dodgy, but the info looks good, actually where I got started.)

Personally, about 20 days ago I started following the anti-candida diet. Not that I think I have candida growth specifically, but I think there's a reason why it's a healing diet. It takes a lot of pressure off the digestive tract, there's a focus on building and maintaining healthy gut bacteria and general function.

So all in all, I've cut out of my diet: foods processed in any way, sugar - refined, natural, you name it. This includes fruit and sugary veggies, like carrots. starchy veggies, tubers, roots, grains (important one!), soy, corn, nuts and pasteurized dairy.

And I'm supplementing with zinc, B-complex, niacin, magnesium, chromium, a multivitamin, cod liver oil and evening primrose, and coconut oil.

I've not had a new breakout in this time, and my skin has calmed down significantly. I'm in a really awkward red-blotchy healing stage, but at least no active pimples! I had a HUGE cyst to the right of my mouth lurking there from BEFORE I started this 3 weeks ago (hence I call it THE LURKER), and two days ago it actually started shrinking! Something's happening, I'm sure. When I feel like I'm healthier, and my skin will be a big indicator of that, I hope to start introducing things back into my diet, starting with potatoes, and working out from there.

Good luck and godspeed! :)

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on June 04, 2011
at 02:45 PM

Since I've gone strict paleo with no dairy and started taking Zinc and a Probiotic among my other supplements, I have noticed fast healing and a huge decrease in pimples. Thanks for the info and good luck to you!

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on June 28, 2011
at 03:14 PM

Are you nightsdiguise on acne.org? Or are you just following Bee's candida diet? I have the same results as you, and I'm not even supplementing! Fruit was a no-no for me, and I cut back on the avocados I eat (contains a lot of copper which reduces zinc, I think that might be the cause of my 2 mini-zits I got in a week).

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on June 29, 2011
at 01:09 AM

No, I go by the same name on acne.org. :) And yes, Bee's anti-candida diet was my base (my boyfriend's following her too, but actually for candida). It's pretty amazing when you can actually see the results, immediately, eh? I can see the effects the next day when I've been naughty (my new kryptonite is frozen yoghurt - evil).

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on November 03, 2011
at 12:49 AM

All interesting stuff. I cured my acne (of 8 plus years starting at around 21) by doing a liver flush. I had tried SO many things up to that point it was ridiculous. I noticed the comments on how ZINC benefits acne and so I just quickly googled how ZINC effects the liver and my suspicions were confirmed:

Zinc is an essential trace mineral and is the second most common mineral in the body's cells (next to iron). Zinc serves as an antioxidant and helps with the immune system, both of which aid the liver.

Benefits Zinc helps to heal wounds and clot blood. It also acts as an antioxidant by helping neutralize free radicals, the damaging by-products of toxins in the body. When the liver is overtaxed with alcohol or other toxic abuse, zinc helps rebuild immune strength.

SOOOO what's interesting about this is that by taking ZINC it's actually still a sort of band aid to the REAL issue. Which is a congested liver. The skin is an elimination organ. When the liver and digestion are congested, the skin "helps out" by releasing excess toxins. I have seen that WHERE the breakouts ARE can indicate other aspects of health that are compromised, around the chin area (which I also suffered from-has been said to) indicate hormonal imbalance. BUT consider that the liver has over 500 (!) functions, including synthesizing and secreting (at least) four important hormones, it makes sense to get the liver into tip top shape in order that it may best do it's many jobs to help you (and your skin) healthy and clear.

There are many types of liver flushes, I recommend the plain jane hulda clark method. It only takes a day and a half, but you'll need to do several (a couple weeks apart) and your colon needs to be eliminating properly first (going at least a couple times a day / no constipation) before you attempt one. Anyone suffering from acne, should consider a thorough colon cleanse anyway, most people I know who have acne in the first place have a digestion that's not exactly stellar. OH and I changed the flush up a bit to make it more tolerable - I put my epsom salts in capsules and i use walnut oil instead of olive...i should make a youtube video about this, since it would help SO many people.

BTW I have just started doing them again (was 5 years since I cured the acne) because a few pimples started resurfacing, and I also had really bad allergies that had started. the allergies stopped within one flush and on the fourth one i did last week, I discovered that I ALSO had candida and I flushed with coconut oil and I think I've cured that too! I have never not craved sweets in my entire life! Now I don't have any desire for them at all whatsoever. I'm SO blessed to have found these paths to wellness. Good luck! :)

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on November 03, 2011
at 03:03 AM

Hi Dana, could you please provide a link that you think aptly describes this plain jane hulda clark method?

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on December 13, 2011
at 12:29 AM

I think she's talking about that liver-gallbladder flush with the Epsom salts and olive oil...oh boy. Check out http://www.liverdoctor.com/

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on June 04, 2011
at 04:16 PM

My former gf had acne problems that she cured with zinc. Yes, cured.

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on June 04, 2011
at 04:20 PM

WOOOOOOOOOO. It is working for me too! Just a pill or topical too?

1f24d4895246892ef4ee4d79b7f9eeeb

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on June 06, 2011
at 10:28 PM

I don't remember. A doctor gave it to her. It may have been an injection.

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(1026)

on April 06, 2012
at 01:30 PM

Why don't you guys eat oysters? Less expensive, tastes good, and also a good source of selenium and copper which help acne tremendously too.

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on June 04, 2011
at 02:47 PM

I started getting the pimples after my last baby and I am now 37 - not cool.

You are right about dairy because IGF 1 is known to cause acne. It seems the most offensive is dairy in which the fat is removed (skim milk, whey protein powder). Fermentation as in making cheese seems to eliminate the IGF 1 response I believe. Here's a quote from a study.

Milk intake may affect acne severity through the Insulin-like Growth Factor-1 (IGF-1) pathway. In two large cross-sectional studies, milk consumption was positively associated with higher plasma IGF-1 levels[20,21] and in both studies, this was predominantly an association with skim milk.

Some hormones in milk are carried by whey proteins, including ??-lactalbumin, which also have intrinsic biological functions.[34] Animals fed ??-lactalbumin-enriched whey protein show increased will and capacity to engage in physical activities, gains in lean body mass, improved efficiency of exercise training, and decreased percentage body fat mass; all of which are similar to the effect of androgens.[35,36,37] In addition, ??-lactalbumin undergoes pressure-induced conformational alteration, possibly because of centrifugation stresses during processing; this leads to changes in biological function.[38] Whey proteins are also added to low fat and skim milk to simulate the consistency of whole milk. These proteins might therefore play a role in acne.therefore play a role in acne.

Also, not so paleo but it works for me. Use a salicylic acid product (wait that's derrived from white willow like aspirin, co not so un paleo). Works for me (Neutrogena 3 in 1 hydrating gel - it really tones down the inflammation.

Oh, fish oil (internally).

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on June 05, 2011
at 11:31 AM

Dave, was your dairy grassfed? CLA can inhibit IGF-1, but if its not grassfed, no CLA.

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on June 04, 2011
at 02:32 PM

Dairy makes me break out SO bad. It sucks being dairy free, but I like clear skin, lol

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on November 23, 2011
at 04:02 AM

i love dairy...time to throw it out :/

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on March 15, 2013
at 07:54 PM

Look out!! Zinc can raise the level of testosterone, therefore, acne might increase. I, too was so excited about zinc to clear up some hormone acne, just to find out that zinc did make my acne worser. Quit for 3 days now and try to flush it out of my system with a lot of green tea and water. My skin seemed to clear up pretty nicely. Dairy is my skin worst enemy.

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on April 05, 2012
at 09:42 PM

The Paleo diet cured my acne, took about 3 months, pimples are gone and never to return on face, stomach, back and upper legs.

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on April 05, 2012
at 08:30 PM

I just bought zinc today. I hope it works. All the reviews above have given me encouragement. I am taking probiotics as well.

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on June 05, 2011
at 12:21 AM

I've never had horrible acne, but I'm 29 years old and had been dealing with pimples on my forehead and chin for years. I stopped eating grains about 7 years ago, but the acne continued. A few months ago, I quit my habit of eating 1 piece of fruit a day, and I haven't had one zit since! Raw Meat Recipes, Chinese Herbs, and Top Quality Supplements

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on June 04, 2011
at 09:05 PM

Zinc orally along with B3 (niacinimide) topically have saved me. I agree with the D3 rec if you don't already supplement. That seems to help some people as well. You can safely go up to 100mg zinc/day (assuming you're at 50mg now) if you need to.

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on July 10, 2012
at 06:02 AM

100 mg zinc/day is okay? I always thought 50 mg/day was the absolute minimum. I just received my order of B3 and mixed it in some water. Can't wait to try it topically!

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on June 04, 2011
at 07:41 PM

Supplementing vitamin D has been my biggest help along with zinc. I used to get acne from milk but can tolerate it just fine now.

Many people find vit D helps a lot if not just out right cure it. I take around 1000-2000iu depending on my daily sun exposure.

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on November 02, 2011
at 09:51 PM

Some information how can gluten affect on acne and pimples

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