Have you ever felt like acne has been a seemingly lifelong battle for you? You were told as a teenager that your acne was just hormonal, and it would pass. You'd be left with beautiful skin in no time. So why are you still experiencing it? One woman wanted to crack the code on her problem.
"My experiment with seeing how diet — especially sugar — affected my acne started back in 2012. At 36, I was undergoing laser treatment for scarring while simultaneously trying to deal with painful, new cystic acne, something I never thought I'd still be struggling with at this point," began Anjali Lobo.
She had been dealing with acne since the tender age of 14. As the years went by, the worse it got. Her dermatologist tried to alleviate her issue by prescribing her an ointment that proved to be too harsh for her skin. "Her course of treatment for me was a prescription for harsh ointment that dried out the acne and then rich emollient creams to combat the dryness."
Lobo wanted clear skin desperately, but her patience was wearing thin, as was her confidence. She had tried out many treatments to no avail, so she decided to truly take matters into her own hands by researching all her options. "Over the years, I'd asked dermatologist after dermatologist whether my diet could be contributing to my acne, and they all said 'no' emphatically. But I was beginning to doubt them. If decades of experimenting with different topical treatments weren't working, what could possibly be left?" Lobo decided to become more aware of her eating habits, and quickly noticed that on days when she ate less sugar, her skin seemed to look better than normal. "I'd also seen a video from a doctor that detailed how exactly the body was impacted by sugar, and that certainly knocked some sense into me." She decided to cut out sugar, except for fruit and a little in her tea, completely. She kept a diary to ensure she could spot a trigger if she experienced a flare up. "Within two weeks, I noticed a difference. My skin was less red and much clearer. The acne I had was healing nicely, and nothing new was popping up. For the first time in years, my face — dare I say it — looked good. I even went out for dinner without makeup, something that was a HUGE deal as I tended to get depressed whenever I looked at my bare face in a the mirror. From looking at my logs, I noticed a pattern emerge: two weeks after I ate something sweet, I broke out. It didn't matter how healthy I ate for rest of the time, one bit of something sugary and it showed up on my face two weeks later. Not that I did, but I could have eaten raw carrots for a week and then had once small piece of cake and ... BAM! My skin was acting up." Lobo notes that cutting sugar out completely might not be the answer for everyone, but with her luck, she thinks it's worth a try for anyone. "As someone who had tried everything imaginable before, only to have sugar be the sneaking culprit behind my skin woes, I can say with confidence that it's helped me and my complexion immeasurably. If you're up for it, you'll probably have to cut it out completely for at least two weeks to see any kind of improvement." Have you decreased your sugar intake and noticed that your skin appeared to look better? Source: Mind Body Green Do you follow us on Instagram? [caption id="attachment_116130" align="alignnone" width="100"] @BodyRockTV[/caption]