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Acne & sugar

Posted by Cindy on April 09, 2003 at 07:40:39:

I am 40+ years old and have had acne all my life. My son started having problems with it when he was about 14 and it developed into a rather severe case. We have tried many different methods over the years and nothing every worked for very long. A few years back I read an article by a man who had cut sugar from his diet completely and it cleared up the acne he had experienced since his teens. I didn't try it at the time because it seemed too difficult. However, recently I went on one of those high protein, low carb diets that completely cut out the refined sugar from my diet and my face cleared up. My son decided he wanted to try it also and had the same results. While we no longer stick to the diet, we do not eat any refined sugar--and we have no acne. I admit it's tough to do because if you read lables, you will find refined sugar in almost everything. I don't know if this will work for everybody, but it sure did for us!



Re: Acne & sugar

Posted by BlueFlower on April 09, 2003 at 08:30:26:

In Reply to: Acne & sugar posted by Cindy on April 09, 2003 at 07:40:39:

I think everyone is different and they experience acne for different reasons. I am on a low carb diet where very little sugar gets into my food if I can help it and although it has improved several of my other health problems my adult acne actually seemed to get worse with my second go on this way of eating. I started the EFA regimine and that seemed to help it somewhat though I've noticed more an overall improvement with the texture of my skin and hair since starting it then anything else, I also discovered about a year ago that I can't use any skincare products that contain Cetyl Alcohol.

Recently i was eating too many SF chocolate treats which are allowed on my WOE and even though eating them in moderation my skin flared up again. It's possible they contain sugar that is not listed but supposedly they are completely sugar free using Malitol instead as the sweetner.

I drink plenty of water and someone once suggested that it's possible it's continually flushing toxins from my body causing the acne flare ups since I've eliminated most sugar and harmful skincare products. Though that does seem like a lot of toxins considering most stuff I eat is whole food ie no packaged foods.

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Re: Acne & sugar

Posted by
Michele on April 09, 2003 at 09:42:37:

In Reply to: Acne & sugar posted by Cindy on April 09, 2003 at 07:40:39:

Hi - I never had acne, but did develop a facial dermatitis - and when I omitted sugar along with a lymph massage - it cleared up 100%. A lot of stress during the months before it cleared up, which wasn't fun - and sort of induced by the dermatologists - but luckily, I did find this site then - and love it.
One major thing to remember (If you've done science experiments with your child/children you may know first hand!) that fungus/bacteria love sugar. the more sugar, the more the fungus can eat. the more they eat, the stronger they are...the stronger they are, the more they grow...starve the source, bacteria - and you lose the symptoms.
I personally did this experiment with my son which was a "hit" at the school - and this will scare the bejeevers out of someone to realize this. But make clear jello, with the sugar added. A cup is fine, but if you want faster impact, use 2 cups. Let it set. (use a lot less water, because you need it to set without the fridge)... with a cotton swab, run the swab lightly over the bottom of a foot...then run the swab lightly over the top of the set jello. In a few days, you'll see bacteria growing. In a few more, it will be massive and smell like "stinky feet". My daughter did this and labeled her project "My Brother's Stinky Feet" - Caution - this bacteria is so dangerous that we had to have it disposed of with a hazmat man! It can not be thrown out in regular garbage!

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Re: Acne & sugar TESTIMONIAL

Posted by Walt Stoll on April 10, 2003 at 07:33:24:

In Reply to: Acne & sugar posted by Cindy on April 09, 2003 at 07:40:39:

Thannks, Cindy.

There are many pathways to the top of the mountain. Eliminating refined carbohydrates for defeating acne is just one of the more common ones.

Congratulations for finding the one for you and your son.

Walt

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Re: Acne & sugar

Posted by
Clare on April 10, 2003 at 12:03:15:

In Reply to: Acne & sugar posted by Cindy on April 09, 2003 at 07:40:39:

I used to suffer from acne pretty badly too a few years ago and now my skin is almost flawless (I'm 20 years old).
I bought a Proactiv set from America...it's quite expensive but it's the only thing that has ever worked for me. I have pretty sensitive skin and consider Proactiv a miracle of sorts. Everybody will react differently to it and it will cost you about 60 dollars for a set...you can buy it off QVC america...I suggest that you try it if you have the money. One month after using Proactiv my acne had cleared up completely. Britney Spears mentioned on an interview recently that it worked for her too.. All the best!

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Re: Acne & sugar

Posted by R. on April 10, 2003 at 17:29:45:

In Reply to: Acne & sugar posted by Cindy on April 09, 2003 at 07:40:39:

It's worked for me too.

I admit it's tough to do because if you read lables, you will find refined sugar in almost everything.

It will be difficult if you think you must have manufactured foods. The opposite is true if you stick with wholesome, homemade foods.



Re: Acne & sugar (Cindy)

Posted by Miss Bliss on April 11, 2003 at 00:15:58:

In Reply to: Re: Acne & sugar posted by R. on April 10, 2003 at 17:29:45:

Its worked a charm for my skin, Cindy. Just yesterday, I was picking up some goats milk at the health food store, and the shop assistant commented on how clear my skin is looking. That reinforcement sure helps!
I wish I had known this information when I was in my teen years, could have saved myself a lot of grief back then; lucky for your son that he has such a smart mum!

I am amazed how EASY it is to go without sugar once you become use to eating healthy foods, the idea of eating sugary foods is very unappealing now.

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