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02-02-2017 01:23 AM
WillCorw Hi, I faced the same problem and everyone was telling me that it's my body's reaction for detoxification but it has lasted and lasted for so many months - about 4. I didn't have any of those problems before - I'm 25 right now. So I started to look for something. I tried D3 vitamin and tee tree oil, some face masks etc. About 5 months ago I came across curology revievs and I found that they suit me new way of life - vegan. I tried it and it's working I hope it's not like every other acne cosmetic which is going to work only for a wile and than I'd end up with acne breakouts again. Any of you used to use it and can say if it's getting rid of the problem or just covers it as long as you use it?
12-24-2016 03:06 AM
adelafm
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Originally Posted by Kachok View Post
Just because someone stops eating animal products does not mean that they have stopped eating inflammation causing foods, in fact some key anti-inflammatory nutrients are found in animal products namely omega-3s, they can of course be supplemented without breaking your diet, and yes inflammation is a key cause of acne. There are also a whole host of anti-inflammatory herbs and spices, I personally love turmeric, cloves, garlic, and rosemary, some of which have antioxidant and anti-bacterial properties as well, if you favor sweet over savory seasonings consider ginger and cinnamon. I would also eat more broccoli it is something of a skin superfood. I have noticed a considerable improvement in my skin since I had to start my anti-inflammation diet.
Other tips, avoid inflammatory foods, processed foods, refined sugars, artificial sweeteners, and any preservatives. Consider getting an allergy test, since going vegan you might have increased your intake a a food that you have a mild allergic reaction to, that will cause massive inflammation issues throughout your body, peanuts, soy, and gluten are common culprits.
Edit: if you don't want to change the seasoning of your food consider some of the herbal teas, ginger, green tea, chamomile, and turmeric tea all good choices. I personally like powdered ginger and cinnamon in a chamomile tea, they go very well together and gives you a whole host of different anti-inflammatory nutrients. You can also use anti-inflammatory tea as a topical treatment, works the same way on the outside as it does the inside it will reduce inflammation and many of which are anti-bacterial/anti-microbial as well. Dandelion Root tea is a traditional herbal remedy for acne, might consider giving that a try as well.
Hope this helps.
Great, great info. For me the rise of my sugar intake was the problem, I just had to learn how to equilibrate all. Also it's a hard change to your body, so it needs time.
11-23-2016 09:17 PM
Kachok Just because someone stops eating animal products does not mean that they have stopped eating inflammation causing foods, in fact some key anti-inflammatory nutrients are found in animal products namely omega-3s, they can of course be supplemented without breaking your diet, and yes inflammation is a key cause of acne. There are also a whole host of anti-inflammatory herbs and spices, I personally love turmeric, cloves, garlic, and rosemary, some of which have antioxidant and anti-bacterial properties as well, if you favor sweet over savory seasonings consider ginger and cinnamon. I would also eat more broccoli it is something of a skin superfood. I have noticed a considerable improvement in my skin since I had to start my anti-inflammation diet.
Other tips, avoid inflammatory foods, processed foods, refined sugars, artificial sweeteners, and any preservatives. Consider getting an allergy test, since going vegan you might have increased your intake a a food that you have a mild allergic reaction to, that will cause massive inflammation issues throughout your body, peanuts, soy, and gluten are common culprits.
Edit: if you don't want to change the seasoning of your food consider some of the herbal teas, ginger, green tea, chamomile, and turmeric tea all good choices. I personally like powdered ginger and cinnamon in a chamomile tea, they go very well together and gives you a whole host of different anti-inflammatory nutrients. You can also use anti-inflammatory tea as a topical treatment, works the same way on the outside as it does the inside it will reduce inflammation and many of which are anti-bacterial/anti-microbial as well. Dandelion Root tea is a traditional herbal remedy for acne, might consider giving that a try as well.
Hope this helps.
11-20-2016 11:53 PM
JulikaScherer I bought dermalmd acne serum for my teenage daughter who has a very small problem with acne one or two pimples pop up here and there in this spot treatment takes care of them within 48 hours very good little product and works well
02-03-2014 10:49 AM
ADarkDraconis I can say that I've had the opposite reaction. Since I have started cutting out dairy and eggs I have noticed my skin has gotten clearer. I'm 27 and I had always had bad skin, combination dry and oily with always redness and blemishes. Today is the first day ever that I have come to work with NO FOUNDATION on! My skin looks happy and I think it is a pleasant side effect of my new dietary habits. I haven't changed my face washing routine or anything, have never used birth control, so I am attributing it to the only thing that has changed recently, my new vegan eating.
02-02-2014 07:07 PM
Sari82

Hi!

 

The same thing happened to me.  I was a vegan for four months.  Never had acne but after I started on the vegan diet my skin was never the same.  I exploded with a horrible acne that I have to this day.  I went back to being semi-vegetarian to see if things changed for my skin and then finally started eating meat, but the problem still lingers.  I've tried A LOT of things from natural remedies to over the counter drugs but nothing has "cured" it.  After reading the soy thing, I think that might have caused it.  Does anyone know what could counteract the effect of soy in people who have developed acne from it? 

07-27-2013 08:51 AM
silverstrawberry

I can't quote zike, but I'm very relieved to hear that in my case breaking up after going vegan is only about too much B12. Because when I started vegan diet almost a month ago my skin was all good until I started taking this multivitamin with B2, B6 and B12. Daily values of those vitamins are 735%, 625% and 1666%. I was really worried that I was really going to get acne from going vegan, but this forum saved me. So now I stop taking this multivitamin and as soon as possible I'll get one with reasonable amount of B12 (and B12 only).

03-26-2013 04:43 PM
Tiger Lilly
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Originally Posted by rc713 View Post

I am somewhat vegetarian, no dairy but an occasional egg. I have found that vitamin b12 supplements make me break out like crazy. Google it....you will fine a bunch of stuff connecting b12 to acne. I am new to all of this, does anyone know if there is a natural way to get b12 from a vegan diet?

 


I use nutritional yeast. I sprinkle it on dishes that usually require parmesan.

Other than that, you can get B12 from fortified cereals and alternative milks (like soy or almond). We don't need heaps of it to stay healthy, so if you've got these things already you 'should' be okay. That's about as natural as I've found it to be.


The only other things I can suggest for acne is to make sure you're using the right products for your skin type (you can go to a salon to find out exactly what you have and what you should be doing). I had really terrible, disgusting, skin. At one point, I was putting band aids over the worst of it because it was just disgusting.

But now, it's all pretty much in check because I follow a simple routine- Washing my face every morning and night, moisturising every time, sunscreen through the day and scrub twice a week. (Sukin, if anyone is interested in the product. It's completely vegan and they do body washes, shampoos and conditioners as well).


 

03-26-2013 11:20 AM
rc713 I am somewhat vegetarian, no dairy but an occasional egg. I have found that vitamin b12 supplements make me break out like crazy. Google it....you will fine a bunch of stuff connecting b12 to acne. I am new to all of this, does anyone know if there is a natural way to get b12 from a vegan diet?
03-13-2013 02:12 PM
penny79
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Originally Posted by live2dream View Post
I've cut out gluten and now and going to try mostly raw

grain-free and raw veganism is what has helped my skin the most!

03-13-2013 08:49 AM
luvourmother http://www.eatright.org/Media/content.aspx?id=6442474903#.UUCdGIy9KK0

This study was recently published. Links dairy consumption to acne as well as high GI foods.
03-11-2013 06:33 AM
katemcfadden

Thank you for your response on this! I actually visited a dermatologist & they wanted to put me on an oral medication, which I didn't want to do. The esthetician was for a second opinion. And as for the vitamin D, I take a D supplement daily, as well as visit a tanning bed once in awhile to keep my Ohio seasonal distress to a minimum. After bloodwork, I was not D-deficient. So that's not the culprit!

03-11-2013 03:27 AM
Diana

Someone further up mentioned soy. And if you have been eating lots of soy, try cutting it out completely and see if it is maybe the culprit.

03-09-2013 08:53 PM
jezebeljones Anyone using honey, or Burt's bees is not vegan. I'm sorry but bees are animals too and are being decimated by the farming of their honey. If we are all on a plant based diet don't you think we should protect the species that pollinates our food?
03-09-2013 01:39 PM
live2dream

Update:

 

My acne cleared up after maybe 9 months months of being vegan and using DeeVoo's vegan acne products from Etsy. I find now that the only time i break out with acne is during my TOM and after eating a lot of soy.

 

I had some blood tests done and found out I'm gluten intolerant and have leaky gut syndrome as well which has been causing me to get rashes and hives all over the past 4 months :(. (one thing to another, ugh)  So I've cut out gluten and now and going to try mostly raw - no gluten OR soy and see how that goes for my rashes. I'm told i have a highly sensitive immune system that attacks everything like an invader, but that's another story...

03-08-2013 01:52 PM
logic
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Originally Posted by katemcfadden View Post

Once he started examining my skin, he concluded it was not cystic and it looks like my skin is purging - unfortunately on my face. He seems to think that my body initially didn't like the dairy, and now it has the perfect time to get it out of my system since its not busy breaking it down in digestion. Interesting, and makes sense!
This is just pseudo-science, a salon isn't a place you should seek health information. Visit a dermatologists.

Increased acne after going vegan can be caused by low levels of vitamin D, if the acne outbreak is occurring in the winter that is the first thing I'd test. Vitamin D is synthesized in your skin when the sun hits the oils in your skin, low levels of vitamin D and cause your body to produce more oils in the hopes of synthesizing more vitamin D which can promote acne in sensitive individuals. For $4 you can rule this out, just get a vitamin D supplement at Target, etc and see if the acne improves.
03-08-2013 12:48 PM
katemcfadden Do you have any updates on this? I was just researching and was so thrilled to see this thread. Your situation sounds EXACTLY like mine! I went vegan about 3 months ago after being vegetarian for 3 years. My skin was never perfect but now it's the absolute worst it's ever been. People tell me to go on birth control but I'm adamant on not putting anything unnatural in my body.

I was so depressed today about my skin that I went to a neighborhood salon and met with an esthetician. He was wonderful & also concerned. After asking me questions about my skincare regimen, we got to diet & a lightbulb clicked when I said I recently went vegan. Once he started examining my skin, he concluded it was not cystic and it looks like my skin is purging - unfortunately on my face. He seems to think that my body initially didn't like the dairy, and now it has the perfect time to get it out of my system since its not busy breaking it down in digestion. Interesting, and makes sense! He seems to think we can get my skin beautiful again after a few peels... we will see! Just wanted to see if you determined a cause!
08-23-2012 03:29 AM
greenie25

This happened to me too. I stopped eating soy and wham. Gone. :) Now I eat a bit now and then but it's not a staple and it does me no harm! 
 

03-15-2012 07:11 AM
imagineaa Truthfully, I would suggest seeing a doctor. Such an abrupt and severe change in your skin--seems concerning.
03-15-2012 03:11 AM
azusapriss Hi all,

One month on, I am taking 3 capsules of flaxseed oil, plus 2 of primrose oil every day. I have changed my skin care routine quite a bit too, and I am happy to say my skin is clearing up, I just have quite a few scars and marks to get rid of. I have literally seen my acne disappear and I think the massive change occurred when I started to use Hydrogen Perixode on the active acne, it seems that the oxygen kills the bacteria and allows the skin to heal. At first I used it all over my face, but now I use it only were I have active pimples. I am also currently trialing lavender oil (to eventually replace the HP, lavender is also antibacterial) and aloe vera gel as my moisturizer (so far so good, seems a lot better than any cream or oil I have tried).

@ Vincent, I am not sure if you are female or male, but flaxseed oil as far as I have read, seems to be more helpful to women than men. Anyways, we are all different, and the causes of our illnesses can differ greatly. Hope you give Hp a go, its been amazing for me, never ever thought that something so cheap and simple could do so much.
03-11-2012 11:21 PM
Tiger Lilly This is the reason I'm cutting down (majorly) on my dairy intake at the moment, to see if soy can help me out. Or if it's causing the issues.

I don't have any of the other symptoms of soy allergy, so I don't think it's the cause of my acne (which is more cystic based, but only in certain parts of my face, the rest of my skin has cleared up) St Ives do a good range of cruelty free scrubs and moisturisers as well. I'm not sure how vegan friendly all of their stuff is, but it's quite affordable.
03-11-2012 04:40 PM
Cassette
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Originally Posted by MiracleClay View Post

Strange, I had a friend (girl, late 20's) go Vegan specifically because she had bad acne. By going vegan it helped balance her hormone levels (which apparently are affected by the amount of soy protein in some women) and her skin cleared up to flawlessness in under a month!

This is me, too. I had bad hormonal acne because apparently my estrogen levels were low and the moment I cut out dairy and additionally started eating a fair bit of soy, my skin completely cleared and remains that way barring a bit of acne around the TOM ( which is also now regular for the first time in a decade )
02-14-2012 09:03 AM
HotVeggieMama Upping my zinc intake has helped with acne. Also, not using tons of stuff on my face helps too. Right now, I only wash with water or raw honey mixed with distilled/filtered water and followed by a little jojoba oil. I know oil seems counter intuitive for oily skin, but jojoba is like the natural sebum in our skin and hair. If I need to remove make up, I use a little oil to wipe it off and then wash with honey.

Mineral make-up also makes my skin worse and if you're using that it may be making it worse. How often do you clean your make-up brush/sponge? Are you using new cleansers for your face or new detergent to wash your clothing/bedding? It could be that something you are putting on your skin is also contributing to the problem.
02-14-2012 08:02 AM
MiracleClay Strange, I had a friend (girl, late 20's) go Vegan specifically because she had bad acne. By going vegan it helped balance her hormone levels (which apparently are affected by the amount of soy protein in some women) and her skin cleared up to flawlessness in under a month!
02-14-2012 06:42 AM
vincent I have been taking flax seed oil for nearly 8 years, but it hasn't helped my skin.
02-13-2012 05:26 PM
azusapriss hi all, just an update and some info that might be helpful for other acne sufferer. Due to the diagnosis of another condition i started to look was natural antiflamatories, it had to be vegan too so fish oil and other supplement were out of the question. I stumbled across fax seed oil, and a website that show how many things is good for. One of them is acne!!! It seems that it can help a lot when the acne is being caused by hormonal imbalances. I have been taking it now for 2 days, so far so good, i have noticed no new pimples, and smoother skin. Have been taking 2 capsules per day. hope this info helps others.
02-04-2012 03:27 PM
GhostUser
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Originally Posted by zike View Post

Oh really. You need to do your homework.



http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19932324

Well I guess it just goes to show that there are a multiplicity of websites which each say a little bit different. But thank you very much for so kindly showing me my mistake. Certainly do appreciate that.
02-02-2012 07:56 AM
Charlotte80 Sorry to hear you're having this problem
From what I've read, 3 months is not enough to develop a deficiency in most vitamins and minerals, so it would seem to me - as some others have also mentioned - that it's more likely that your acne is caused by something you've added to your diet, rather than something you've removed from it. Have you started consuming a lot more soy, for instance? Soy allergy can cause acne, as can a host of other allergies and intolerances.
I hope you find a solution!
02-02-2012 07:35 AM
veganbunny you should ask your doctor before you add dairy back into your diet. good luck.
02-02-2012 07:08 AM
zike
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Originally Posted by Dieselsmom View Post

B12 isn't a medication so it isn't the cause of 'acne medicamentosa'.

Oh really. You need to do your homework.

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Acne medicamentosa is the development of acne vulgaris or an acneiform eruption with the use of certain medications. These medications include testosterone, progesterone,steroids, lithium, phenytoin, isoniazid, vitamins B2, B6, and B12, halogens, and epidermal growth factor inhibitors.

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19932324
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