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About 4 weeks ago I accidentally ate sugar a few times (wasn’t using my brain) and broke out.  It took me a bit to realize what I had done.

Since then, I have had 2 weekends “off” (one nongluten-free and this past weekend I also allowed sugar on a trip).  My face has EXPLODED with adult acne.  Sigh.

I have come to accept that this is most likely a candida issue.  After the holidays, I will be going on an anti-candida diet.  Blerg.  Not looking forward to it.  I am reading The Yeast Connection and so much speaks to me.  Along with that diet I plan to also be gluten-free (his diet isn’t) since gluten can feed the yeasties.  After Thanksgiving I am going to start taking Candex (and after Christmas I will change my diet).

I really, really hope this works.  My face hurts. 😦

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After my tea and scones treat where I felt like my body was going to lift out of my chair because I was so fricken high, I broke out a couple of days later. Not as bad as in the past but definitely the worst break out since dropping sugar.

It’s been 2 1/2 weeks since then and my skin is blemish-free (minus one small one at my nose where my glasses rest).  I am not wearing any cover up on my chin r around my mouth – this used to never happen!

I’ve been gluten-free for almost 2 weeks now.  It’s been easy enough.  No idea if it is affecting my face but I’ll keep at it for a few months just to see.

I have to try these.

I haven’t made my own hummus in years.  This has inspired me to start making it again.

So excited about this find.

Even more excited to learn more about Forrest Yoga.

My face has totally reacted to the recent sugar (and, ahem, beer – I had a few good-bye Guinesses).  It’s amazing to see how my body reacted in the moment and also how it rebelled on my face.  I’m glad to have such tangible reminders, quite honestly.  Helps keep me in reality.  It also sucks that a brief treat means a few days of reminders on my face.

Gluten is getting kicked to the curb tomorrow.  I’m already mentally planning for our Disneyland trip in a few weeks (and also told the cast member taking my reservation about the gluten-free meal needed at Z’s Ariel Grotto birthday dinner).

A gluten-free fun read.

Reading Real Food prompted me to tell my husband that I wanted a family dairy cow.  He said we could keep her in my closet.  Heh.  I also said that, in the far off future, when we have a house I would love to have chickens.  He actually seemed open to that.  In the mean time I will live vicariously through this blogging mama’s experience with (soon) owning a goat.  How fun!

I am so glad I took a photo the weekend before going sugar-free.  It’s been a month (exactly 4 weeks) since I took the photo so I took a couple today.  I am actually surprised at the big difference – it’s funny how memory works (or at least my Mommy Mush Mind).  My friend (one of the ones who is gluten/sugar/dairy-free who I mentioned early in the blog) said it looked much better on Thursday and I wasn’t so sure.  Heh.

Not 100% clear but definitely a difference.

Not 100% clear but definitely a difference.

One more for good measure.

One more for good measure.

These photos are taken right out of the shower so untouched and unmade up.

if I do have a gluten intolerance.

I use Mary Kay concealer and have for years.  I did start using it pre-mommyhood when my acne was not nearly as bad as now.  After giving birth it has been a lot worse and especially in the last year (Z is almost 4).  So if I am gluten intolerant (and maybe pregnancy/giving birth “woke it up” a bit?), then using MK’s concealer is a terrible idea.

I just want to keep some of the links I have been reading in one place.

Acne and Gluten – message board topic

Allergy to gluten – acne a result?

The Hidden Connection btw Gluten and Acne

Gluten and Acne – are the 2 related?

The Effects Gluten Has On Acne

Acne (message board topic)

Gluten Intolerance Causes Acne? (another message board topic – the Type O blood tidbit peaked my interest since that’s what I am.)

Just trying to psyche myself up for going gluten-free in August.  We have a 2 night Disneyland trip for Z’s 4th birthday near the end of the month.  I know they have some gluten-free options but I am overwhelmed by the idea of Disneyland (which we visit regularly since we’re passport holders and barely an hour away) and gluten/sugar restriction.  I know I can do it, especially with planning.  But the idea is overwhelming right now.

But I woke up with no new pimples today.

Not putting a ton of stock in it, though.  It’s too early and soon to really put forward a big Yay.

I am also taking a few supplements as well.  Probiotics, liquid B12, a daily women’s vitamin, and cod liver oil.  Not all to benefit my skin but all to benefit me. 😉

10:30am Update:

Bah! It was too good to be true.  A little one popped up and another, soon-to-be painful and large, is slowly brewing on my chin.

In the good news front, I am finding some more gluten-free and sugar-free blogs to read (please share others in the comments!).  And the knowledge that gluten can cause acne makes me hopeful for the future…

…is hunting down gluten-free blogs.  I am still on the hunt for more sugar-free ones as well but I am seriously thinking about dropping gluten come August so I am surrounding myself with the idea.

I took a Celiac Disease quiz and was given this result:

6 points. Medium risk for celiac disease. Yet one-third of CD patients have no symptoms. Consult your family and your clinician.

I don’t know about that.  I feel like a lot of what I read about Celiac Disease doesn’t sound like me at all.

But that doesn’t mean I don’t want to try and axe the gluten.  A. For better skin and B. because all of these gluten-free bloggers keep posting about how they’ve gained so much more energy after killing the gluten in their diets.

I. Want. That.

I was actually hoping for a bigger energy boost from cutting out sugar.  There has been a bit – I am definitely not as sluggish and feel better when waking in the morning.  But nothing HUGE.  I want huge.  Please?

I’m sure doing an anti-candida diet would do that for me.  But, like I said, feeling a bit wimpish in that area right now.

…that I am 34 and have 2 huge pimples on my chin that are so painful (never mind the smaller ones and old ones that are healing).  Blerg!

It just amazes me that my skin is worse as an adult than it was as a teen.  I was totally ignorant of this possibility growing up.  I hate it.  I really, really hope that cutting out sugar (and maybe gluten) kicks my adult acne in the ass.

I also wonder how long it takes to see results.  When do I give in and declare F A I L?

I sound cranky right now but I’m actually not.  My sugar-free bad ass self is chugging along quite merrily.  I just have to plan.  That kind of sucks but it’s doable.  It’s just nowhere near second nature yet and probably won’t be any time soon.

Alas, my vacation is over.  The good news is that I only work in July for the summer and the days are short (I work at a school).  The bad news is that I am not in love with my job and want to be a SAHM (stay at home mom).  That’s in the works and I’m just sucking it up in the mean time.  But I’m still a tad cranky, heh.

It’s been one week since going sugar-free.  I feel good – not fabulous or anything but good and fine.  The only cravings I have now are occasional ones for a nice glass of wine.

Like I said yesterday, I suspect I have a problem with excess candida.  But, also like I said, the idea of the candida diet intimidates the shit out of me.  I’ve been off and on thinking about it all day today.  It’s so restrictive and that’s a trigger for me due to my disordered eating issues.  The idea of cutting out mushrooms, one of my favoritest favorite foods in the whole world makes my head spin.  And gets the Head Crazies chattering away which is something I’d like to avoid.

So, what does this mean?  Would I never try an anti-candida diet just because of food issues and body image problems?  Nah.  I would.  I would just work on getting over myself.  But I don’t think I am quite there yet and also I’m not quite convinced that such a restrictive diet is necessary (I may eat my words someday, pun intended, I know…).

I am thinking that in August if my skin issues are still bad I will cut out gluten.  And if I am still struggling with adult acne in mid-September then dairy will be next on the chopping block.  And that’s it, for a while.  I think.  I may have a totally different opinion by Fall.  I may be ready to do more, who knows.  But that’s what’s making me comfortable in my noggin at this point in the journey and that’s good enough for me.

The husband and I are also trying for #2 come the new year as well so that’s been another factor.  Do I really want to deal with the anti-candida diet when pregnant?  I’m betting no.

I still, however, totally reserve the right to change my mind at any given point during this journey.  I’m good at that.

What I’m not good at is cooking.  I have no feel for it.  It’s an art I don’t get.  I must have a recipe.  I do not know how to whip together things.  My brain is not wired in this way.  But I did decide to go all wild and crazy (yes, what I am about to share is wild for me in the kitchen creation area.  Feel free to point and laugh) and make up a sugar-free chocolate goody.

Banachoconuts
2T coconut oil
56 grams 100% Cacao Unsweetened Chocolate (mine was baking chocolate from Trader Joe’s)
3T shredded Coconut
1 banana

Slice banana and place on wax paper in one layer (inside something with edges – I used a plastic container).  I made sure the slices had a bit of space in between each one.

Melt oil and chocolate together over medium-low heat, stirring frequently.  Then add the shredded coconut and mix well together.  Pour mixture evenly over the banana slices.  Make sure to spread out chocolate and coconut over each slice.  Chill in the fridge to harden.

Then break off a pieces or two and enjoy!

I just made these today so I am clueless on how they will keep in the fridge.

Banachoconuts

Banachoconuts

I thought they were tasty – I think next time I will either do bigger pieces of banana or try it with a different fruit all together.  The 100% cacao is so intense and really kills my chocolate cravings.  I am loving it more and more each day.

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