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Hallo everyone,

I'm a recently turned vegan.  My skin has never been great but over the past few years it's taken a turn for the worse (I'm 21) and now I can't remember it being so bad. 
I'm hoping that a few months without dairy and processed foods should sort it... if not then I may need to see my doctor  :(  What skin changes have you all noticed after going vegan - if any at all?  I really need some (truthful) good-skin stories here!  :'(

People seem to report mixed results after going vegan. Some say they have horrible break-outs and some say their skin has never been clearer.

While vegan I think my skin stayed exactly the same. It is worth a shot to see if being vegan will help.

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i went veggie and moved to NY (from WA) around the same time. my skin now drives me batty. i blaim NY for the change, not my diet.

some have talked about this before and that for a while the skin issues are a result of the body "detoxing" and getting rid of all the crap you had been eating. idk  ;D hang in there and see a doc if it doesn't clear up.

btw what kinds of body products do you use? if you changed recently that can also mess things up.

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My skin broke out. A lot. But I do still sneak ice cream sometimes.

It's starting to clear up from a big breakout, but overall vegetarianism/veganism didn't help my skin.

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acne, for me, I think is because of stress. I don't usually break out all over the face, just in certain, "sensitive", spots. but those spots can look pretty darn icky... my solution? don't have one. maybe I need to be constantly happy and mellow.

yeah. right.

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My skin didn't change at all, it's always been temperamental and still is. The only thing I've found that works consistently is washing in warm filtered water with a natural face soap. The shower is usually too hot for my cleansed skin, and I'm extremely sensitive to chlorine, so the sink is best. Wash up to two times a day, cleanse with cool water and pat dry. I use a vitamin E enriched face lotion a few minutes after washing, if your face feels oily even after washing use a toner, or if your skin is more dry use lotion often.  Once or twice a week, exfoliate with a gentle exfoliant scrub. Also, make sure to not touch your face and keep hair clean. 

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I have actually noticed a change since returning to a vegetarian diet--I do still eat dairy but not as much as I used to. I am now in my third month and my breakouts have pretty much stopped--I do still get a pimple or two, but I dont get massive breakouts from before when I was eating a lot of processed and fast foods. I think even my black heads have diminshed--and those are what I have always had major problems with.

Good luck!

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Skin breakouts can be a sign of toxins leaving your body as you are eating much healthier/ cleaner. So don't let it get you down- you can embrace it and take joy in all the crap that's coming out! :)

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I had a BIG reduction in breakouts after going vegan.  I used to ALWAYS have some new area of breakout somewhere on my face and I'm in my thirties.   >:(     I do get an occasional zit still, but nothing like the amount I used to.

I've read that tomatoes are a member of the nightshade family (toxins) and can cause some people to break out badly. Do you eat a lot of tomato foods??   Eggplant is too, if I remember correctly.   :-\       

I've also moved to only using all natural, plant-based lotions and facial moisturizers which might help, but the improved diet definitely made a difference for me. 

Congrats on making a positive change  btw!!   

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I get pimples when I'm stressed, when I've eaten too much junk, when my hair is greasy, when I've been wearing my hair on my face and when I started cleanse/tone/moisturise-ing. Now, I make sure to wash my hair whenever it starts to feel greasy and I use a natural vegan shampoo and conditioner. I generally wear my hair up - it's easier. And I cleanse my face in the shower once or twice a week, and moisturise afterwards. Do you wear make up? That can make it worse.

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I've read that tomatoes are a member of the nightshade family (toxins) and can cause some people to break out badly. Do you eat a lot of tomato foods??   Eggplant is too, if I remember correctly.   :-\       

Exactly what is the deal with nightshade fruits/vegetables? I understand that fruitiarns don't eat them--but I don't know why. I fnd it odd that some fruitsand veggies could hve toxins in them--that just seems counter productive!  :P

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I'm not completely vegan, but since I became a vegetarian, my skin has never been better. I go vegan for weeks at a time, but I don't notice anything different with my skin.

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http://www.deliciousorganics.com/Controversies/nightshade.htm

Interesting website.  I've seen others about nightshades, also.

I think my skin has gotten better since I went veg, but I'm still ovo-lacto.  I try to limit my dairy intake (I rarely eat eggs), but lately I haven't been doin' too hot with that.  My skin is great right now, though.

I think for me it has more to do with stress levels, for me.  When I'm under less stress, I eat better and generally take better care of my body and skin. 

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Thanks everyone!  I think I'm gonna give it a few months and see how it is then.  I'm hoping my new diet will sort things out - like someone else said, the crap has to leave my body somehow  :o

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The timing may be coincidental.  I'd go see a dermatologist.  My skin didn't break out until I was around 20.  I tried home treatments for three years with limited success, and I finally broke down and went to see the dermatologist and found out I have rosacea, which is treated TOTALLY differently than acne, even though they can look similar.

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My skin is the best it's ever been. I used to get these huge boils on my face that took up to 2 weeks to completely clear up, and I haven't had one since I went veg. The only other thing that I've been doing differently is a mild exfoliating cleanser once a week.

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I created a thread similar to this a few weeks back... and, well...
I GIVE UP.

I made an appointment to see my dermatologist.
Problem is, soonest appointment is three weeks from today.
Let's hope it's all clear by then, I guess.  I can't stand it anymore.  I have more zits on my face at this exact moment than I have in my entire life combined.  Who would think going veg and treating my body right would cause it to revolt in this way?!

Rant over.

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