I had acne for 47 years!!! From 11 years old to 58!!! I suffered immensely, wore thick make-up and refrained from socializing. In my 58th year, I wanted to lose weight for my 40th high school reunion. I went on a diet replacing all meals with a popular diet drink (chocolate). I lost 30 lbs and my acne. As I carefully replaced my diet drink with real food, I slowly became aware that breakouts started the day after I ingested certain acids; onions, scallions and citric acid.
My acne was actually precipitated by a food allergy. I had heard of breaking out in a rash or hives as a result of a food sensitivity, but never big, red, painful acne pustules. I had gone to many doctors, and none of them ever brought up the possibility that my skin could be reacting to what would otherwise be considered healthful, nutritious food.
I completely eliminated from my diet all onions, many fruits and anything with citric acid on the label or in the ingredients. I can eat apples, bananas, peaches, cantaloupe and even tomatoes; but not oranges, grapefruit, lemons, nectarines, honeydew, blueberries, etc. I don’t know why I can eat some fruits and not others. It is probably related to the amount of citric acid that the fruit contains. But onion (a very ubiquitous vegetable!!) is the worst offender.
All of this all has made me very careful as to what I eat, especially in restaurants. I'm in my 60's now, and my skin is totally clear. It is such a relief to look in the mirror at a face that is not ravaged with disgusting pimples and pustules! I have a few lines (ha ha!), but my skin feels strong and healthy and my face DOESN'T HURT ANYMORE! And I never wear make-up. An added bonus: dark chocolate makes my skin glow!
Others with an acne problem may not have the same cause as mine did, but I really want those sufferers to consider that the cause might be a food that offends their particular system–where, for everyone else, the same food is just healthful and nutritious. I hope my experience can help others who are suffering from this ego-crushing and life-limiting malady.
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