Hello fellow fruit bats! :)
I am hoping to receive some tips, advice, personal experience, or encouragement with acne on this lifestyle. I have been doing raw till 4 for about 3 months now. I have always had some mild acne (most problematic around jaw line, outline of my face, and some bumps on forehead here and there). I went vegetarian about 1 1/2 years ago. I went whole food vegan cutting out processed foods about 6 months ago but with a high fat intake (alot of nut butters and such). My skin actually went on quite a detox switching off dairy but it didn't completely clear up like I was hoping. I went on raw till 4 about 3 months ago and my acne started getting pretty intense right away. I noticed some cystic looking acne as well as whiteheads coming up around my jawline with a lot of little bumps on my forehead. My forehead has mostly cleared up now (not entirely clear) but I am still experiencing quite a bit of acne along my jawline (it is way worse than it normally has been in my life) so I attribute it to detox. While I feel great physically and emotionally on this lifestyle, the acne is starting to take a toll on my social life (not feeling up to making many social appearances).
My typical day on this lifestyle:
1 liter of water upon waking
10 banana smoothie with a couple handfuls of spinach with 2 cups of water (occasionally I will have some dandelion greens and occasionally I will have some frozen berries or acai powder in it as well)
1 liter of water about 15-30 mins before lunch
15-20 dates or about 5 mangos (I make sure I get at least 1,000 calories from fruit for lunch).
1 liter of water about 15-30 mins before dinner
typically either a lot of baked potatoes or rice with some cooked veggies.
1 liter of water before going to bed
NOTES: I think my daily caloric intake ranges from 2,500-3,000. I keep my sodium intake low. I might have a half an avocado 1-2 x wk. I have rarely had any oils except for a couple times over the last 3 months I have eaten out (even then the oil intake was very low). I average 7-9 hours of sleep per night throughout my week.
I do yoga/pilates a couple times a week and do cardio (running or cycling) a couple times a week as well.
FACE CLEANSING ROUTINE: 1 part grapeseed oil mixed with 1 part aloe vera gel. I mix the two in my hand until they're emulsified, rub lightly on my skin, and rinse lightly with water and dap lightly with a towel. I find the oil to be beneficial in helping my skin stay moisturized as it can easily dry out.
PAST: I have been on the birth control pill and antibiotics before but have been off of them for about 9 months now.
Does anyone have any suggestions as to how to help my skin on detox? Anyone with similar experience? If so, how long did it take for your skin to clear up? Is there anything I can be adding to my smoothies which will be beneficial in helping it clear up?
ANY advice, tips, or encouragement will be GREATLY appreciated.
Thank you! :)
Acne is not about what you apply to your face or cold/hot showers, etc.. It's all internal, what you put into yourself. What doesn't come out the other end will end up as disease/sickness. Your body is having trouble getting rid of the crap so it comes out your skin.
It took like a year + on raw (high fruit) diet to get rid of acne (but I had it real bad). Going back to cooked vegan usually starts the acne to come back.
Edit: If you're eating cooked, then the oils are definitely what affects acne/blackheads the most.
All constipation will cause acne, so the thing with cooked foods is that you'll usually eat high carb things (always starchy, like potatoes, rice, wheat). Starchy things are a glue, so they usually stay inside your colon and constipate you. Make sure any food that goes in you comes out again within 24 hours