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Anyone have experience/advice with vegan acne?
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I've been cutting out meat for a while, and recently went full vegan and now my skin is freaking out. I've never really had that much acne to begin with, just usually around my period. But now my face is covered. Does anyone have experience with this? I'm trying to figure out if this something I need to ride out or change my whole skincare regimen...

 

any advice is greatly appreciated!

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@phantompenguinx - Everything @ChicDabbler said.  When I went vegan (about 19 years ago), the biggest problems I ran into were not getting enough of some of the B vitamins and not enough protein.  I now take a complete B vitamin supplement (Solaray) and I add nutritional yeast to one of my meals most days.  Nutritional yeast if you're not familiar has 15 g of protein per serving.  It tastes kinda like cheddar cheese or Vegemite, and it comes in flakes.  It should be available in your local health food store.

 

I also take vitamins C, D, & E, magnesium, and zinc.  I prefer to pick and choose which supps I take vs. taking a multi.

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 You shouldn't get acne from eating healthy, lol, yikes. It is possible that with a drastic diet change you are suddenly not getting certain vitamins/minerals you need and you are breaking out due to adjusting to the internal changes.

 

If it doesn't go away in a few days of eating clean and healthy with plenty of water, sleep then you might need to examine external causes. If you are diligent about your skincare and there's no change, then it might be pillowcase/phone or change in the weather (humidity or pollution). If that is not it....then try a mask or serum. If you have oily skin then Origins Charcoal, Glamglow Supermud etc. If you have sensitive or combo/dry skin, the Farmacy Honey potion or Karuna Clarifying. You can also search BT for other acne advice/recommendations. Good luck and I hope it clears up soon!

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I just wanted to add that when you do a drastic  change of diet like that you might find yourself introducing new foods to your diet to compensate the lack of protein. Maybe there is a new food that does not go well with you or maybe you are detoxing. Just be observant of new foods you may introduce.

Best wishes!

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you might also be allergic to some ingredients like soy, for instance. If you went vegan and been eating lots of stuff that contains soybean, soy lecithin, that can be the culprit. I'm allergic to soy. when I eat anything that contains soy like cookies, crackers or even use cleansers like fresh soy cleanser I break out like crazy . I get huge cysts all over my face that won't go away .  do an allergy test or try to cut out the ingredient that you think is causing breakouts and see if it makes any difference. good luck !

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That happened to my sister.  My parents took her to see a doctor, and he determined that it was her diet.  Once she changed her diet, her skin improved dramatically.  I recommend seeing your PCP, a dermatologist and a nutritionist.  I'm not saying that you necessarily need to eat meat and dairy products, but you do need to be careful to get the right protein, etc. in your diet.  Not only do you need it for your skin, but you need it for your overall health.

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