There was a point in my life where it was very clear that my skin had changed. All of a sudden, my body was making it very loud and clear that it didn’t like certain foods. If I dared to drink a milkshake, I paid for it within hours. If I chose to snack on almonds, my face became very angry with me. I can pinpoint very quickly when something is not for me-my right elbow often itches when my body doesn’t agree. It may sound funny, but unfortunately it has been my reality for a while now.
Though I feel like I have a good handle on my body today, it took me a really long time to get this point. I went through many skin infections (exacerbated by other things like makeup, and a poor cleaning technique), and a diagnosis of eczema before I started to really understand. I remember going to the dermatologist as a teenager and getting a pamphlet that clearly said that things like soda and chocolate do NOT cause acne. For whatever reason, I still remember it to this day. For as much respect I have for my dermatologist, I had to abandon those theories. Yes there are doctors who will say that diet does not affect your acne (see the arguments for and against here). Despite the evidence that may exist, I have to disagree, because I know diet has a direct effect on my skin.
I've noticed that people are having more and more skin reactions to food and other environmental factors. Maybe even more than we realize. The game changer for me was when I finally started writing down what I was eating and started watching how my face reacted. That’s how I discovered I had an issue with cow’s milk and peanut oil. It forced me to take an active role in keeping my skin healthy. My skin is definitely not perfect. I still struggle, especially when it comes to my kryptonite, M&Ms, but I’m in a much better place. I know there are a lot of people out there struggling to get to the root of their problems (trust me I’ve RAIDED acne.org’s forums in a panic many nights). The solution for one may not be the same for another, but a good start is to understand what’s happening to your face and when. So, I created a free downloadable weekly face diary for those who want to see if there really is a connection with their acne and what they’re eating. Please let me know if this is useful! If you’d like to see some modifications, I’ll be happy to make them.
Have you noticed that people are having more and more skin reactions to food and other environmental factors?
A Quick Run-Down
Click the picture above to access a link to download the printable.
Start on whatever day of the week you like and take inventory of your face. Use the codes for the irritation on your face and write the number of days it’s been on your face.
Write down what you use to clean your face in the morning and at night (including all cleansers, toners, and moisturizers).
Identify any of the common triggers listed that you ate during the day and note the amount you ate (minimal, moderate, or excessive). If there are other triggers that you may suspect, add them to the chart!
Do this for at least a month to determine if there’s any connection.
Blackhead: A small bump as the result of a blocked pore beneath the surface of your skin that has turned black due to oxidation.
Cyst: A large pus-filled bump that is deep under the surface of your skin that is red, sensitive, and tender to the touch.
Papule: A small pimple that is raised from the surface of your skin. It is typically inflamed but does not produce pus.
Pustule: A small bump on the skin that is filled with fluid or pus.
Nodule: A large, hard, and painful bump on the skin’s surface that appears during late stages of breakouts. Nodules typically take a long time to go away.
Whitehead: A small bump as the result of a blocked pore that has closed up and has turned white on the surface of your skin.
Source: Academy of Dermatology.
- August 12, 2015
- Tiffany A