Originally Posted by marieE
I don't know what to do anymore. I have been vegan for almost 5 years and ever since about 6 months ago I have been dealing with terrible acne. I have never had any skin issues before and I do not know what is going on internally. I have seen a naturopathic doctor a couple times now and she hasn't found the right problem yet.
I do not eat any of the big foods that could cause breakouts such as soy, wheat, sugar, oils. I make all of my food at home and mostly eat veggie, rice, oats, really clean protein powders, seeds and sweet potatoes. I also use really clean beauty products and keep my skincare routine very clean and nontoxic and simple as well.
I have looked a lot into what all could be causing my acne internally and it is really frustrating and a HUGE blow at my self confidence and self esteem. I am also O+ blood type and I have read that certain blood types do better with animal products in their diet and O+ is one of them. I do not at all want to start eating animal products again but what if that is the cure for me? I am so frustrated and conflicted on what I should do.
any suggestions? anything would help!!
It's perfectly OK to avoid soy and wheat if you choose, but the American Academy of Dermatology hasn't found any link between acne and these foods.
The American Academy of Dermatology has found, based on all peer-reviewed evidence, that acne severity may be worsened by (1) high glycemic-load foods and (2) dairy foods: https://www.aad.org/practicecenter/q...f-diet-in-acne
High glycemic-load foods include certain foods that you may be eating: white rice, corn flakes, instant oatmeal, white pasta, sweet potatoes, white potatoes, and raisins. From Harvard Medical School, here are the glycemic load values for 100+ foods: https://www.health.harvard.edu/disea...-for-100-foods
Low glycemic-load foods include minimally-processed whole grains, beans, fruit (fresh, not dried), and non-starchy vegetables.
Why didn't the naturopathic doctor identify this issue?
The "Blood Type Diet" is not taken seriously by any mainstream health organization, nor by any mainstream vegan organization. Please see the statements below, from reputable health / vegan organizations.
From the Chicago Academy of Nutrition & Dietetics: https://eatrightchicago.org/blood-type-diets/
From the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition: http://ajcn.nutrition.org/content/98/1/99.full
From the (vegan) Vegetarian Resource Group: http://www.vrg.org/journal/vj99may/1999_may_hotline.php
From the Toronto Vegetarian Association (authored by prominent vegan physician Michael Klaper): http://veg.ca/2005/11/11/the-blood-type-diet/
From Jack Norris, executive director of Vegan Outreach: http://jacknorrisrd.com/category/blood-type-diet/