Just my 2c.
I really feel for all who've commented and are going through severe acne or have been through it and have physical or emotional scars. If you get hit hard by acne, it can be huge mountain to climb, socially and emotionally.
Had severe acne as a teenager and have pretty bad scarring as a result. Accutane didn't come onto the market until after the worst was over, and my mum probably wouldn't have let go on it anyway.
To be honest, up until about a year ago, I wish I had been given the chance to roll the dice and go on it. Now I'm not sure. As an adult I still used to get mild to medium breakouts on my body during summer, even into my late 30s. Since going primal it's gone. Totally gone. Now I deliberately wear singlets at every chance.
Not saying I know for sure a primal diet it would have stopped all acne when I was a teenager, but it would have helped.
Tovek, I'm only to your post so if someone else has mentioned this forgive me. Your description of your problems since treatment, particularly with antibiotics makes me think you're suffering from Clostridium difficile (C.Diff). It messes up the gut flora and needs strong antibiotics to fix. Make sure your doctor checks for it. It can turn up a year after finishing a course of antibiotics.
Originally Posted by ozbuckley
I will definitively tell the doctor to send me to a specialist when I see him on thursday. It may be interesting.
I think so too. Therefore, I am avoiding all sugars, and dairy as much as I can. Unfortunately, I have to eat what is served at school, which is where I live. I eat every meal here. And sometimes the food contains grains, milk and other bad things.. I can't go buy my own food, I can't afford that. But I have only seven weeks left here, so I have to do the best of it and avoid as much as I can.
It FEELS like my gut flora is all over the place. But it's better since I quit Accutane, fruits and some other candida-feeding things. I will definitively look closer to the GASP diet. But unfortunately I can't totally avoid diary for the next seven weeks. That's what we get served for breakfast(besides breads...).
Thank you for helping!
Get healthy, acne is not cancer.
Thank you for your answers.
I have researched a lot about Candida, and now I am pretty convinced that it is what I've been suffering from. All the symtoms I've had the last two-three years matches all match up with candida overgrowth. I have had(and still have) a lot of symptoms in the past years, which I haven't got an clear answer to. This is the symtoms I have had the last two years:
- Genitale candida(and other problems down there)
- Headaches, a lot
- Scalp problems
- Immune dysfunction
- Bad breath(white tongue)
- Stomach problems
- Digestion problems
- Often hungry(and sugar cravings)
- Foggy brain(bad short-term memomy, confusion, concentration problems)
All theese problems have ruined and complicated things for me in life, completely unnecessarily. I feel sorry for that, because I thought I was a very confused and slow person naturally. I am also relieved. Of course I can not be sure it is Candida, but it really feels so. By the way, I just made the spit-test. The spit is floating, and made threads.
Next: the doctor. I am so motivated of getting rid of my problems, even if it takes a year or two.
I'm glad you're going to take a break from the accutane and look at dietary changes.
I'm 28 now, but have had acne since the age of 11, which was very severe by the time I was in my mid teens, and I was put on Roaccutane at 16. At the time I thought that the only side effect was very dry skin and lips (my lips would crack and bleed just from talking), but looking back, taking roaccutane coincided with a period of intense depression, and I now attribute my poor mental health and resulting self-harm practices to this drug. It did make a huge difference to my skin, but I hadn't tried anything else - I was vegetarian, eating heaps of wheat, dairy, and sugar, and not much else. I wouldn't take it now.
I am too.
I just don't see any reason to start treat just one problem with a drug that possibly gives bad and hurtful side-effects, when you can start at the bottom of it and possibly make ALL problems disappear, in a natural and healthy way. I just can't understand why the doctor didn't ask me about my diet/habits and told me to start there to see if that helps?! It bugs me so much. Doctor's of anyone HAVE to look at the whole body. I possibly don't have acne just because It's in the genes of my family. There is so many things that can be the cause of it! Food, bad behaviors, stress.. You name it. The body isn't a simple machine, it's an ecosystem. I wish doctor's were concious about that basic thing.
I am sorry you went trough it too, and when you were that young. I also experieced things with this medicine(/poison). Exept dry lips and skin, I felt mentally strange in some ways. My mood could shift very fast, and I could start to cry without reason. That was the hardest side-effect. I felt weaker too - it attacked my immune system. Now when I have been without it for a week, I already feel different, and stronger.
How are you and your skin today? Have any side effects from Accutane appeared later in life?
My acne came back when I was 18, although much more mildly, and I went on a second course of Roaccutane. (Hadn't worked out how bad it was for me yet!) I've never had bad acne since then, but I still get pimples and blackheads, ten years later. My skin is great when I'm eating primal, but I do have very scarred skin. My brother, who is 40, has been paleo for years and still suffers from pimples. His skin is great now, but his diet is at the point where literally all he eats is meat, vegetables and minimal fruit. If he adds anything back in his skin reacts again.
Originally Posted by tovek
I thought I had candida too. What I now realize is that I started to get *old on the inside* beginning in my late 20s due to diet related *hormonal imbalances* likely caused by *grains and sugar* and insufficient *saturated fats* and *low calories*. Go primal and see how that works for you.
Get the grains and dairy out (don't believe kefir is the "cure) and the digestive stuff will go away. EXERCISE is good too for bowel function.
Okey. Did you have many of those candida symtoms? That sounds likely. I am almost primal, exept some dairy(that's what is served at breakfast at school..), and a bit of grains now and then(lunch/dinner at school). But in seven weeks, when I am done at this school, I will go fully primal. Because of my low energy I mostly just don't manage to get the exercise I need. I walk much instead. But soon i hope to get some energy back.
Originally Posted by fiercehunter
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