Cystic Acne & Nutrition: Get Glowing from the Inside Out
Oye. This was a post that has been sitting in my drafts folder for well over a year. I had all intentions of posting it once my acne cleared up, which never seemed to happen. It wasn't until I did some serious research into the link between diet and disease that I found some answers even my dermatologist hadn't suggested.
I'm sure most of you familiar with my blog know we eat pretty clean around here due to severe allergies; we avoid gluten, dairy and preservatives. Welcome.to.crazytown. As you can imagine this did not happen overnight and now I know exactly what is going into my body typically because I make everything from scratch (hello ketchup, mayo, spice mixes, bread, muffins, cookies, bars, okay you get the picture). I flirt with veganism but generally try to eat a vegetarian diet. Many sources I researched cited dairy as being a possible culprit for acne. I knew this wasn't really my issue as the only animal products I consume are eggs (I believe she is producing them whether I eat the eggs or not, so as long as the chickens are happy and free, I'm totally ok with it) and butter. Sometimes a little seafood, but that is it. So I knew it wasn't the dairy.
So what was my acne telling me?
I started to see many testimonials (like this one) linking a high fat diet to acne. One Dr's newsletter from over ten years ago kept popping up in my searches, citing that people living on traditional native diets (almost all are low-fat) did not seem to suffer from acne. Jaw drop. As someone who eats a lot of nuts, avocados and has a pretty impressive cooking oil collection, I knew it was something I had not even considered. Essentially he goes on to deduce that it doesn't take much fat on the skin to plug the pores, feed bacteria and cause acne in susceptible people like myself.
I switched up some of my protein sources to include a meal replacement supplement for any missing protein. At 20 grams per serving, vegan and gluten free, it was a staple our house had already come to love, so it became my morning or afternoon snack. I have some wicked recipes you can find in my Facebook group Easy Clean Eating if you are curious but this was an easy transition to make as I loved both flavours, chocolate and vanilla. I cut down on the cooking oils and my consumption of baked goods, because they are the highest culprit.
PS. All you lovely meateaters that love us vegans, you need not worry about our protein levels! I laugh whenever people jab at me about my protein levels because they usually don't even know their own. I think there is an over-consumption of proteins happening right meow around the world and that is definitely another post for another time. But trust us, educated vegans are getting the cleanest, purest form of sustainable protein the Earth has to offer. To learn more, drop me a line, I love meeting new people!