A lot of people ask me, what can I do to get rid of my acne? As I mentioned in my earlier post, the first thing that I did was realize that I had to look within in order to heal my exterior. After appreciating that realization, I started simple and specific. I didn’t want to totally disrupt and change my life if I didn’t have to, so I choose one or two items at a time to take out of my diet or my life for a specific duration of time. This enabled me to see if this item or these items made a difference for my acne.
I am going to rewind for a minute here and tell you a quick story before I get more specific. A number of years ago, my acne hurt so much that it kept waking me up at night when I would roll over and put pressure on any of my pimples. I was frustrated and exhausted. After waking up for the 4th time that night, I couldn’t get back to sleep. I got up and googled, how do I get rid of my acne!? The first thing that came up was a post that said “if you want to get ride of your acne, stop eating dairy and gluten!” This happened before it was common to be gluten free or dairy free. This was something that I had never thought to do. Yet for some reason, that night, this post showed up and it registered. I was so tired of having acne that I was ready to try anything. I went back to sleep and the next morning was the first day I was gluten and dairy free and since then I have never gone back. Within a couple of days I began to notice changes. Changes in a positive direction. Changes that began driving of the rest of my life.
You might be thinking… no way! I can’t go gluten, sugar or dairy free cold turkey! I hear you and I know it is not always easy. Especially because these foods have addictive qualities. Yes addictive! For example, we have all heard about how refined white sugar is addictive, but did you know that cheese has something in it called “casomorphins—that is, casein-derived morphine-like compounds. And they can attach to the same brain receptors that heroin and other narcotics attach to.” This is no joke. These foods are very hard to remove from our diet because we can literally be addicted to them. In addition, some people don’t have to remove them if they do not have a sensitivity issue.
So let’s get’s back to our simple and specific approach that I do and that I share with my friends. If you or your loved one has acne, you might consider taking dairy, gluten or sugar out of your diet for a week or two and seeing what happens. I like starting with sugar because sugar does not have necessary vitamins or minerals in it. So when we remove it, we aren’t really losing anything nutritionally and we might be gaining something such as healing our acne. Once you have tried removing sugar, you might choose to keep it removed and add in removing dairy or you might switch. Do what works best for you. I like moving to dairy next because there have been numerous articles published relating dairy and acne. Apparently dairy can be inflammatory, specifically for the skin, 5 Things to Know about the Link between Dairy and Acne, Medical News Today – Dairy and Acne, Healthline, and more. Once you know how you react to sugar and dairy, you may want to see what happens when you remove gluten.
This is a pretty simple plan. No medications needed. No bloodwork needed. Just a simple at home experiment that might have massive effects on your body. If you are at your tipping point, much like I was, then this might be just the right next step for you. For a great conversational article about acne, I also enjoyed reading the following by Dr. Elizabeth Bohan. It may be helpful to you too.