Acne Linked With High-Sugar, High-Dairy Diets

FINALLY, doctors and scientists are finally confirming what I've been posting for four years! Here's an article posted yesterday...

"NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Young adults with moderate to severe acne reported consuming foods with a higher glycemic index and more sugar and dairy than those with little acne, in new research...early results suggest that physicians might add a dietary change to their acne treatment prescriptions, researchers say"

"If appropriate, it would be acceptable to try a lower-glycemic load diet or to remove dairy products in an attempt to help treat acne," Burris says.  She and her colleagues published their research online January 13 in the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.

Though I have experienced so much change since altering my diet, if you are unable to reduce carbohydrates and diary products, try using this glycolic acid once a week. 

Their study included 248 volunteers age 18 to 25 years old. The participants reported on the severity of their acne, what they eat each day, and also which foods they thought might exacerbate their acne.

Those who said they have moderate to severe acne ate foods with a higher-glycemic index. They had a mean GI of 51.8, compared to 49.6 for those with mild acne and 48.9 for those with no acne (p<0.001).
Those patients also reported consuming more sugar, 199 g/day, compared to 56.4 g/day for those without acne (p<0.001).

They drank more milk (0.7 vs 0.3 cups), and they ate more trans fats (9.6 vs 2.4 g/day) and more saturated fats (31 vs 15.6 g/day) (p<0.001). Those with worse acne also reported eating less fish than those without acne: 0.2 vs 0.7 ounces (p<.002).

There were no differences in fruit and vegetable consumption.
"Patients often say that changes in their diet affect their acne. We've been hesitant to draw a direct link, but this study lends some support to the observations that patients already report to us," says Dr. Amy Derick, a clinical instructor in dermatology at Northwestern University in Chicago, who was not involved in the research. She is also medical director of Derick Dermatology in Barrington and Crystal Lake, both in Illinois.

"The number of studies investigating diet and acne have increased over the last five to 10 years, but there are still many issues with study design that make it difficult to compare the studies or determine diet guidelines for patients with acne," Burris says.

Though I have experienced so much change since altering my diet, if you are unable to reduce carbohydrates and diary products, try using this glycolic acid once a week.


Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Diet 2/2014.

Retin-A for Eyes

Have you thought about using retin-a (tretinoin topical) on eyelids and surrounding skin? I've been using retina on my eyes for about two years, and I think they're better in two ways: first, they don't sag like they used to, although I also believe my diet helps with that; second, I think the skin is firmer, although I'm two years older.

Here are my eyes before I started using Retin-A. The lighting isn't the best, but you get the idea:
My eyelids were saggy and droopy. The relaxed skin was partially from aging, but I also consumed too much sugar, which contributed to inflammation. I changed my diet dramatically two years ago and started using retin a all over my face at least 3x/week.

Here are a couple pictures I've taken over the last year:

Indoor lighting
Outside after a long day at the beach

I am very conservative with the retin-a, although I use the strongest formula. After I moisturize with olive oil, I dab the least amount possible, really what's left over on my fingers after applying a pea-size amount to my face.

If you prefer to use OTC retinoids rather than visiting a doctor for a prescription, many are now as effective as prescription strength. They’re available in prescription strength, but studies show that  OTC products produce results as good as prescriptions!

The first month was weird: I felt like my eyes did look worse: sort of dry and older crepe-paper like, but I stuck with it because I've read that it takes the eyes a long time to exfoliate this way. When I started noticing some flakes around my eyes, I used oil and massaged the skin gently; this helps a lot, but I don't do it regularly.

If you're starting to dislike what you see around your eyes, consider retin-a. It's just a chemical peel for the eyelids and surrounding skin.

30% TCA at-home Peel

This 30% TCA chemical peel has been my highest at home so far; and after doing it, I don't think I can go any higher at home because it was red and burning--and it hurt! The burning for several days scared me a bit because I felt like I could have been in the early stages of an infection.

Although I am terribly careful about what I eat and drink during a peel--to promote faster healing, I was especially careful after the burning sensation continued. I drank only filtered water, ate wild-caught fish and fresh, organic veggies, along with a few fruits (to keep my sugar consumption very low).

I also applied anti-bacterial ointment on days 1-4, and I am sure that helped as well. I was afraid of a bad breakout, but I figured that was better than an infection and possible scarring! It was a smart decision. 

Note: I diluted the original formula from 50% to create a 30% (very close based on mixture). I also use the proper pH product to get the right peel. I always check the pH before buying and double check it with test strips before use. I did not neutralize this peel, but I probably should have, given how red it stayed for several days. It ended up being a great peel, although it was still risky.

Here is a series of photos covering the 10-day TCA at-home chemical peel (click on to enlarge each)


Frost (Yes, I was thinking, "what have I done?"):

Next morning:

Day 3:

 Day 5:

Day 6:

Day 8:

Day 10 (just moisturizer):

I just turned 50!

Remember to see your beauty

I think these four sisters aged gracefully, and the artist presents them so beautifully. They are The Brown Sisters, photographed by Nicholas Nixon. As I watched the video of their annual photos, I couldn't help but wonder if they'd used any anti-aging or anti-wrinkle products--or had any work done.

It is amazing to see pictures like these--really the fabric of lives unfolded before us; it's so beautiful. It makes me want to sit back and appreciate our natural beauty, without worrying about TCA chemical peels, facelifts, or blephoroplasty. 

Remember to see your beauty when you look in the mirror. Yes, we do what we can to prevent those lines, but try not to dwell on those, or you may miss the miracle in front of you.

TCA Mole Removal - Lower Eyelid

I've had this pesky little mole under my eye for a long time, so I found some courage last week and decided to zap it with 50% TCA chemical peel solution.

I dabbed the solution on with a thin plastic toothpick (made sure no large droplets were on the pick), and though it didn't hurt at all, it frosted right away.

After two days, the first layer peeled off.

Looks like I need to do another application, but it's definitely smaller (yea)!