Acne treatment through diet / natural remedies?

(45 Posts)
DazedAndVeryConfused Mon 26-Nov-12 15:57:41

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DonaAna Mon 26-Nov-12 16:51:09

Acne is a multifactorial disease (involving at least genes+hormones+microbes) but diet may have some a role in it. Many things that can lead to weight gain also can make acne worse. I read about an experiment among hunter-gatherers in Papua-New Guinea - they don't get acne. wink Personally, a diet high in fat (butter, olive oil, chocolate) always makes my skin worse. Anything anti-PCOS can help, but I'm not sure whether you can really stop acne with diet only.

coffeeinbed Mon 26-Nov-12 17:23:44

Probiotic supplements might help, and mint tea. Peppermint tea's really good for this.
Try Avène - they are really good, much cheaper than Dermalogica and easily available - bigger Boots stores carry then.

spanishring Mon 26-Nov-12 17:31:39

Hello
I don't think dermalogica is a great brand for acne. The daily microfolient is too much every day for example. I think you should have a look at the website beauty mouth by Caroline Hirons and see what she has to say. I find her very knowledgeable and sensible and not tied to any particular brand. I don't think sorting out skin issues is always about a brand but individual products - so you can mix and match.
Its horrible having spots and I hope you find something that works.
Food wise-the obvious ones are less dairy/ crap food and more fish and green leafy veg.

QuinnFabray Mon 26-Nov-12 18:07:11

Sugar in my diet has a huge impact on my skin. I don't suffer from acne, but have very oil congested skin with lots of black heads. When I cut sugar out completely my skin is so much less oily and clearer.

babybarrister Mon 26-Nov-12 18:40:28

Agree with healthy diet but do not agree that olive oil makes it worse - rather the opposite for me anyway. I have also started using the snail cream from holland and barrett and I can only say it works for me - and is the only cream that ever has! It is called de tuinen ...smile

LordEmsworth Mon 26-Nov-12 18:45:08

There was an episode of Food Hospital on Channel 4 a month or so ago, which looked at acne - they changed a young man's diet and (apparently) it improved dramatically after about 4 weeks

foodhospital.channel4.com/cases/case-file-adam/ - it was a low GI diet in fact, to control production of the hormones that caused it. You can watch it on 4 On Demand online - it was a fascinating series...

Murraylover Mon 26-Nov-12 18:58:38

Try not to worry. My husband & I have been through 3 ICSI treatments(DH) & I've always had bad skin. Diet changes never made any difference to my skin. Clinique anti blemish foam wash & neutrogena small tube of rapid clear treatment are great. I'm pregnant & due next year - good luck with meds & everything smile

Hetaera Mon 26-Nov-12 20:22:43

Before you dismiss me as sounding a bit lentil-y, have you considered Traditional Chinese Medicine, perhaps with acupuncture?

With the PCOs, it could be a good thing to try and may support your fertility too.

Don't go to one of those dodgy looking places in a shopping centre. Have a search on here for recommended practioners.

Karbea Mon 26-Nov-12 20:50:56

If you are going to do ivf check with your clinic before touching any Chinese medicine (except acupuncture) as many of the herbs effect hormone readings and could give you inaccurate results.

If I were you id have lots of green fresh veg, low GI, not too much saturated fat, plenty of oily fish (not more than recommended though because of the mercury).

lurkingaround Mon 26-Nov-12 21:26:32

I'm in the not convinced diet changes will cure your acne. However, dairy has been shown to promote acne, as have fruit sugars, they're pro-inflammatory I think, so take it easy on fruit.

www.acnemilk.com/ is a dairy and acne information site.

Good luck with the fertility treatment.

MavisG Mon 26-Nov-12 21:28:24

GAPS diet might help. Gets rid of my rosacea when I stick to it.

cedge Mon 26-Nov-12 21:31:01

have a look at www.acne.org Great advice on there..

Murraylover Tue 27-Nov-12 19:33:53

2nd best thing I did to improve my skin was take up jogging, in the (months) between treatments. Helped to sort my thoughts out, and also improved my skin & shape. It was alien to me before I started - 1/2hr, 3mi average 3times a week. Made NO difference with treatments IMO.

cedge Tue 27-Nov-12 19:38:35

Murraylover - thats interesting. Acne is often linked to high testosterone levels and running has been shown to reduce testosterone, so it seems very logical.

coffeeinbed Tue 27-Nov-12 19:42:33

I've given up coffee. None at all for the last 8 weeks or so.
Ironically enough. grin
My skin's never looked clearer.
Might be a concidence...

PretzelTime Tue 27-Nov-12 20:14:14

I have def noticed a connection between eating a lot of sugary stuff and bad skin.

babybarrister Tue 27-Nov-12 20:55:26

I have also been using that snail slime stuff from holland and Barrett - de tuinen - it has worked for mesmile

YouBrokeMySmoulder Tue 27-Nov-12 20:58:14

The only things that work for me are pregnancy and dianette. Damn those hormones. No link with diet for me.

Lostgirl27 Tue 27-Nov-12 21:05:09

The clinique three step products have worked for me. Also just bafic good balanced diet, plenty water, fresh fruit and veg, whole meal seedy bread and exercise !! Survivor of 12 years of acne smile

naturalbaby Tue 27-Nov-12 21:06:28

My skin used to be terrible and sugar made it worse. If I eat too much sugar now I can see mini flare ups like I used to have.

The only thing that really, really made a huge difference was pregnancy! Roaccutane cleared it up but didn't really shift it. I was having monthly facials from an American lady which did help. Not the relaxation type facials, but a deep cleansing type.

discrete Tue 27-Nov-12 21:12:07

What really helped for me was starting zinc supplements and omega oil supplements (I used Udo's choice oil added to my food initially, now use ground flax seeds).

Coincidentally (or maybe not?) a year after starting to take these regularly I became pregnant, having been told I never would (and after many, many years of not using contraception).

I also used a very mild salicylic acid based cleanser.

SugaricePlumFairy Wed 28-Nov-12 08:14:25

I'm also a huge fan of Caroline Hirons, she advocates upping your fish oil intake and I take 5000mg a day, actually I use Krill Oil as I read it was more potent. I'm 44 and consider my skin to be very good especially since reading her blog and taking on board what she says.

Keep sugar to a minimum along with red meat.

Read her blog, she's fab!

PrincessSymbian Wed 28-Nov-12 08:30:30

I have found that if I eat something containing palm oil, I get two big ugly spots within about twenty minutes. I now read ingredients very carefully indeed. I am yet to link any other dietry substances though.

ChestnutsRoastingonaWitchesTit Wed 28-Nov-12 08:56:35

GAPS diet and a good probiotic.

DazedAndVeryConfused Wed 28-Nov-12 09:48:42

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genebernice Wed 28-Nov-12 10:23:37

Tea tree oil and zinc are the best natural remedies for acne. Avoid the food which contains more glyemic, such as fruit juice, baked potatoes, cheese foods.

SugaricePlumFairy Wed 28-Nov-12 10:29:05

Dazed in my opinion the products you've mentioned in your last post would be too strong for your skin and strip it rather than nourish it. I wouldn't put anything by Lush on my face, stick it in the bath!

Cleansing balms and oils are fine to use when you have acne.

Check Caroline's blog, she goes into great detail and is easy to read smile

PretzelTime Wed 28-Nov-12 10:35:16

No, not more protein! It makes you lose weight.
Here is a guy who has written about gaining weight on a lowcarb, no dairy diet:
www.marksdailyapple.com/what-if-i-dont-want-to-lose-weight/#axzz2DVnzO5lO
The solution is actually more carbs. Safe carbs which doesn't make you break out. Dairy is an excellent fattener but perhaps try eating a lot of fruit instead...? See what works for you.

PretzelTime Wed 28-Nov-12 10:36:17

And another no for Lush products. They can be quite harsh actually.

coffeeinbed Wed 28-Nov-12 10:46:01

BWT, Caroline Hirons is coming to Mumsnet as a guest beauty editor - I think.
Just read something on her blog.
Can't wait.
What she does not know about products is not worth knowing..

SugaricePlumFairy Wed 28-Nov-12 10:54:33

I love Caroline's Blog, to say her advice has changed my skin sounds a bit hmm but it's true!

PretzelTime Wed 28-Nov-12 11:09:44

www.beautymouth.com
This is her blog right? Thanks, lots of good general advice!

SugaricePlumFairy Wed 28-Nov-12 11:19:00

Yes that's the one smile.

naturelover Wed 28-Nov-12 11:28:29

Echoing others, what makes a difference for me is keeping sugar and dairy to a minimum. I was 10 years older than you when I figured it out.

Everyone's different though. Good luck!

GeordieCherry Wed 28-Nov-12 11:32:39

Have you tried microdermabrasion? No chemicals in that
I was having chemical peels until I got pg. They really worked for me. Have microdermabrasion now until I can go back to the peels
Good luck smile

SkyBlueSky Wed 28-Nov-12 11:40:13

This probably isnt very revolutionary advice, but I ditched all make-up brushes and puffs, all powder (inc bronzer and blusher) and cut out most fruit (snacked on carrot and cucumber instead) and it did seem to help.

laptopdancer Wed 28-Nov-12 11:49:17

http://www.northwestnutrition.co.uk/articles/diet-and-acne

This is from a serch for the latest evidence based stuff.

laptopdancer Wed 28-Nov-12 11:51:16
DazedAndVeryConfused Wed 28-Nov-12 11:56:45

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DazedAndVeryConfused Wed 28-Nov-12 12:00:20

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SugaricePlumFairy Wed 28-Nov-12 12:00:46

grin she doesn't pull punches does she!

Her cheat sheet on acne is ace!

DazedAndVeryConfused Wed 28-Nov-12 12:33:57

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ppeatfruit Wed 28-Nov-12 12:37:21

I've got a book called Wheat belly by William Davis M.D. and it is a real eye opener; he reckons that wheat (even wholemeal organic) causes a vast number of health problems including acne. It's worth giving it up for a while and seeing how you go. There are lots of wheat free products now!

GeordieCherry Wed 28-Nov-12 23:13:45

You need a series of treatments & then less often to maintain. There are different strengths/ settings they can use so shouldn't be too harsh ever smile

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