Like a lot of other people in the world, I too have had to deal with the burden of managing life with acne. As anyone would know, it’s not the easiest thing in the world to deal with.
I’ve tried all sorts of over-the counter medicines and even took a trip to the dermatologist hoping to find the magic acne cure, but somehow all ended up coming short of my expectations. I’ve heard all sorts of suggestions from people including:
- Quit eating chocolate!
- Even though I’m more of vanilla person and don’t eat very much chocolate anyway.
- Don’t mash them or pick at them!
- I must admit that I have used a clean, small sewing needle to relieve the pressure of a pimple. While some may say that you shouldn’t do it, I have found that if I am able to relieve that pressure and follow up by using the Proactiv Solution … it actually speeds up the healing process. Not saying that you should try it … I am just saying that it seems to work for me.
- Wash your face more!
- This one was a no-brainer as I regularly do this anyway.
- Go to the dermatologist!
- I went to the dermatologist. The medicine that he gave me didn’t seem to have any effect so I stopped using it. Later on I read about the side effects of this “doctor-prescribed” medication and I’d prefer acne any day over upset stomach, diarrhea, dizziness, unsteadiness, drowsiness, mouth sores, headache, vomiting and thyroid cancer! I only used it for short period of time and during that time I hadn’t experienced any of those, but I wish I had known more about the medicine BEFORE I started taking it! So make sure you do your homework and ask your doctor about any possible side effects!
So years after this, I decided to try something different. I started taking note of the things that I had been eating and drinking … and I started to change some of those. The 1st thing that I decided to do was to stop drinking sodas. I thought “Well maybe it’s the carbonation in the soda that may be causing my skin to break out.” The acne still persisted.
So then I moved on to eliminating juice because of the citric acid. I’m a HUGE fan of orange juice, apple juice, grape juice, cranberry juice, pineapple juice, etc! But I decided to stop drinking those for a while … or at least limit myself to them. Still saw the same results.
Well after the same errors in the trial and error process I began to do some thinking. I thought that “Whatever I put in my body (my diet) must affect me in some kind of way.” So I started to think of what I consumed on a daily basis and through some brainstorm … I thought about sugar. All of the beverages that I drank had some amount of sugar in them … soda … juice … all of them. So I decided to research the sugar/acne relationship to see if there is some sort of connection. And low and behold … there actually is!