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I've noticed that since I've become a vegan my skin has slowly but steadily been getting worse and worse. I've never had this much acne, even at my worst in jr. high it was just on my forehead, and I have bangs so it wasn't that big of a problem, but now its all over.<br><br><br><br>
I know there have been cleansing tips and I've been doing these for awhile already (steam, olive oil, tea tree oil) but its just getting worse and worse. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/sad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":("><br><br><br><br>
This never happened this badly before which makes me think that I'm maybe missing some kind of nutrient.... would a lack of something cause this much acne? Or maybe even too much of something....? Please help. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/sad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":(">
 

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How long have you been vegan? Frequently when the body is in detox mode (like you might be from giving up eggs & dairy) it will manifest itself with different symptoms. Acne being a very common one.
 

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You could be getting less zinc now. Some people say that taking a zinc supplement helps their acne. I haven't noticed any improvement and I've been taking it for months, but I haven't been able to take very much at a time because it makes me sick.<br><br><br><br>
ETA: actually, I guess it's not entirely true that my skin hasn't improved since I started taking the supplement because this summer I started getting multiple zits on my back for the first time ever and I haven't noticed it being a problem recently.
 

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How old are you?<br><br>
How recent have you gone vegan?<br><br>
What does your diet look like?<br><br><br><br>
If your still in puberty range, your body could still be having hormonal changes, and the veganism could be coincidental.<br><br><br><br>
Large dietary changes can causes different temporary effects in different people. As your body adjusts to the new diet, you might detox, or go through a variety of bodily changes for a short while.<br><br><br><br>
If your diet consists of lots of unhealthy fats, this could be a cause as well. Try eating mostly raw, or cutting out all junk foods, for a while and see if there is an improvement.<br><br><br><br>
These are just some ideas, as its hard to guess without knowing more information.
 

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When you went vegan, did you turn into a non-bathing hippie like the rest of us? If so, that could be the root of the problem.<br><br><br><br>
I'll go away now.
 

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<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>nigel</strong> <a href="/forum/post/0"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style=""></a><br><br>
When you went vegan, did you turn into a non-bathing hippie like the rest of us? If so, that could be the root of the problem.<br><br><br><br>
I'll go away now.</div>
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I thought being a non bathing hippy turned you vegan, not the other way around.<br><br><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/huh.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":confused:">
 

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Haha I still bathe every now and then. :p<br><br><br><br>
I'm 17, and I've been vegan for maybe 2 or 3 months I think. I actually cut out a lot of bad foods (not all though) and I've been making my meals myself, not taking them out of a package and warming them in the microwave which is why I am kind of confused.<br><br><br><br>
I have a decent amount of veggies: broccoli, potatoes, tomatoes, olives, lettuce, & cucumbers are my favorites and I make a lot of different things with them. I eat some seeds and nuts, I have tofu once in a while, and I have a lot of whole wheat things (pasta, bread, pita, tortillas). I have soy milk & soy cheese. I hardly have any fruit though, only strawberries & bananas when I make my smoothie about once a week.<br><br><br><br>
The biggest change from me changing to a vegan was giving up cheese. I had *a lot* of it. I don't know if maybe there was something in it I need that maybe I'm not getting?
 

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I ate tofu for the first time maybe a month ago? Is it possible to be allergic to something like tofu? :p And I started having soy yogurt about a month and a half ago, but I've had plenty of soy things before that...
 

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From: <a href="http://allergies.about.com/cs/soy/a/aa061499.htm" target="_blank">http://allergies.about.com/cs/soy/a/aa061499.htm</a><br><br><br><br><br><br><div class="quote-container"><span>Quote:</span>
<div class="quote-block"><b>Symptoms of Soy Allergy</b><br><br>
The reported symptoms of soy bean allergy include: <i><b><span style="text-decoration:underline;">acne</span></b></i>, angioedema, rhinitis, anaphylaxis, asthma, atopic dermatitis, bronchospasm, cankers, colitis, conjunctivitis, diarrhea, diffuse small bowel disease, dyspnea, eczema, enterocolitis, fever, hypotension, itching, laryngeal edema, lethargy, pollinosis, urticaria, vomiting, and wheezing.</div>
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might be worth looking into. Lots of soy products don't have a ton of soy in them.
 

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<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>troub</strong> <a href="/forum/post/0"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style=""></a><br><br>
I thought being a non bathing hippy turned you vegan, not the other way around.<br><br><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/huh.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":confused:"></div>
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<br><br><br><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/laugh.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":lol:"> this was the case for me <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/blush.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":eek:"><br><br><br><br>
anywho s0ad, I noticed the same thing... in my case I attribute it partially to detox and partially to hormonal changes (I'm 28 but just transitioning from lactational amenorrea back to regular cycles). It could be a similar sort of thing for you... I've been vegan now about the same amount of time as you and am still noticing it...<br><br><br><br>
perhaps someone who had a similar thing happen but has been vegan a bit longer can tell us this will be over soon!
 

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sOad, are you female? I've read in several books that cutting down on animal fat and animal protein can affect your estrogen levels. This is actually good for you in the long run since it places you at a lower risk for breast cancer and such, but right now because of your age it could be what is affecting your skin. If your skin doesn't improve with the natural remedies, I would recommend asking your OBGYN to do a blood test to check out for any hormone imbalances.
 

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I'd guess detox. Give it a couple months. Make sure you get lots of fresh fruits & veggies (greens, included!) Avoid using comedogenic products on your skin. In fact, the fewer products, the better.<br><br><br><br>
I quit using acne products a while back. It sounds weird, but I wash my face with grapeseed oil, jojoba oil, or a mix of a few other oils. It balances out my oiliness and some oils (like jojoba) actually dissolve your skin's sebum to unclog pores. I wet my face, put some oil in my hands, rub it on my face, it also removes waterproof eye make up. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/grin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":D">, rinse a few times, and pat dry. You usually don't need moisturizer afterwards, but if you do have a dry patch, just put a little oil on it & you're good to go.<br><br><br><br>
I'd say most skin issues are related to diet, so look at that first & foremost.<br><br>
Good luck. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)">
 

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I'll try cutting back on the soy a bit and see what happens. Then maybe I'll take zinc supplements like someone suggested. I am a female, I've never been to one though, I'm kind of terrified about going once I turn 18, don't know if I will. :\\ If I do, and still have the problem I'll know to ask.<br><br><br><br>
I guess I'll just wait it out for a little more and see if it goes away and if not I'll try seeing someone, as a last resort. I just thought maybe it could be from a lack of a certain vitamin. (I don't take any supplements aside from B-12)
 

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When I became vegan about six months ago (I was vegetarian for about 21 years), I developed acne for the first time in my life. Imagine my surprise, I am 41! It is almost completely gone now. I suspect that it was detox from dairy. Hang in there, it should get better.
 

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You know, I dont eat wheat, actually cut that our before going vegan, due to an allergy I had to it. Wheat makes me puff up and contributed to skin issues, including acne, exzema, and all sorts of not cute stuff. Soy allergies Ive seen do that to..does it to my mom. Hope it gets better!
 

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I found out that coffee beans and cocoa beans make me break out. After I quit those, my skin is much better. It's not necessarily caffeine, because I can drink tea and I'm fine. But that's just me.
 

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My acne got worse when I went Vegan, and I was 32 or 33 when I made the switch. I managed it by making sure I used a good facial cleanser, keeping my pillowcases clean and cutting back a little on the soy and other fats. Also, make sure you take a good multi-vitamin.<br><br><br><br>
I don't recommend this as a cure for acne, but mine finally went away completely when I got pregnant. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)">
 

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<div class="quote-block">I don't recommend this as a cure for acne, but mine finally went away completely when I got pregnant.</div>
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I've heard many hear say they were "glowing" during their pregnancy. I'll say I'm a bit jealous and tempted... but I'll wait. :p
 
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