Thinking about trying to clear up my last, mild but stubborn, acne by trying the GAPS diet. So just want to know if anyone here have had success with this diet. Is it worth a try?
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Like you I've been looking for something to help clear up my acne (hopefully for good).
Whole foods cooked by myself, quitting tobacco, dairy, sugar, gluten and caffeine only went so far, and I wanted to try other things. Did two weeks following Ray Peat, adding fruit into my diet and lessening all PUFAs and insoluble fibres. Serious break out, which included a small cyst between my eyebrows. :(
Then read this interview with Chris Kesser about the gut-skin axis (it's a podcast you can listen to, I prefer to read things - transcript's below) http://chriskresser.com/naturally-get-rid-of-acne-by-fixing-your-gut
The stuff about SIBO made sense to me, especially when he says that 37% of acne sufferers also suffer from bloating, which I do. I always thought it was because I was weird and can't burp (unless I'm wretching) but I thought this would be good to investigate.
Check this list of SIBO-related illnesses: http://www.siboinfo.com/associated-diseases.html Click on Acne Vulgaris and you'll be taken to a study linking the gut with the skin.
It's early days yet, but I'm on day three of the GAPS diet, introductory phase 1 which consists of lots of bone broth, slow cooked meats and vegetables (my husband has been diagnosed SIBO so he's only doing carrots and mushrooms at this stage). I've been doing the HCl "test" too, where each meal you eat you increase your betaine-HCl capsule by one, waiting for a mild burning sensation in your tum to indicate that you've reach the correct acidity. So far I've taken four pills in one sitting and haven't felt the burn, so it seems like my stomach acid is very low, something I've never even considered before!
In between meals we drink ginger/peppermint/chamomile tea with a spoonful of honey. My breakout has pretty much gone in a matter of 2 days. The cyst between my eyebrows is actually shrinking, and all the pimples I had over my cheeks, chin and forehead are healing over. I've also have no new pimples these couple days too, and am looking and feeling significantly less inflamed.
Like I said, it's early days. I'll probably continue with the stage 1 stuff for this week, and move onto stage 2 (adding raw egg yolks) next week. Am hopeful!
I have no idea what the GAPS Diet is, but cutting sweetened foods, nuts and veg oils allowed me to get rid of acne entirely. You might also want to have a look at the effects dairy has on your skin.
Start by eliminating all soy, wheat, and milk proteins. You may need to use ghee instead of butter. You most certainly want to stay away from Omega-6 plant oils.
So, the standard paleo advice- no grains, no legumes, no dairy works to avoid acne, though some people have to do more. I saw something interesting this morning about glutathione and acne.
But Roth is right- GAPS isn't for acne, though it may improve symptoms.