View Full Version : My face is diseased.
05-06-2009, 06:57 PM
A few weeks ago I posted about getting seborrhea on my face one week after changing my diet. Not 100% raw yet, but I have cut out coke/soda, sugar, dairy, meat, pretty much all processed foods except vegan burger patties. I only eat sprouted bread. So on any given day I'm 50-75% raw. I drink 32 oz green smoothie every morning. I drink tons of water.
So it had looked like the seborrhea was going away, but it wasn't, and it has spread and continues to spread. It's been like 6 weeks and going strong. I have tried to think of anything that could be causing it, and the only thing I can come up with that I eat A LOT of that I wasn't eating before is...bananas. I'd put 1-2 in my smoothies and eat 1-2 more throughout the day. Could it be bananas? I stopped eating them a few days ago and it doesn't seem to be making a difference. And along with the seborrhea, I am still getting acne. :( This is so crappy! I eat so much healthier than every single person I know, yet my skin looks like I live on McDonald's.
Does anyone have ANY clue whatsoever what I can do for this? Is it just a continuation of detox? I'm about to break down and see a dermatologist and just get the cream for it. :(
05-06-2009, 07:03 PM
What about going on a green smoothie feast for a week or so. Or Giving raw 100% to help speed the detox process (hopefully thats what it is) ?
What about the products you use?
I know for me since raw started my skin has become sensitive to chemical products....
Do you eat a lot of nuts or seeds ?
05-06-2009, 07:26 PM
Hmmmmmm. First, pulling towards wellness is a good idea. "my face has some challenges yet it is working towards my highest good." Thats what I might say to me if I had this.
Stuff cleaning up and out looks like this. Our skin is our biggest organ for cleansing. The raw food appears to be what you have changed up. So is raw causing horrible skin. Unlikely? Is it creating an outpouring of toxins inside that want out, thru your skin. Probably.
Bananas? Try taking them out and see. Also look at them creating candida. This has been known to cause skin issues. Sometimes ones prone to candida or releasing candida have skin eruptions.
Whatever this is, experiment and see what your body is doing and wants to do.
It is ok and will be. Yes you are eating healthier than you have ever been and sometimes the water looks bumpy on the surface but smooth sailing is just ahead. Hang in there.
Just a side thought-question....saw you are a make up artist. Do you put any stuff on your skin? So much stuff can cause alot of skin challenges if applied topically as well. It is either coming from inside or something on outside applied.
05-06-2009, 07:30 PM
Does anyone have ANY clue whatsoever what I can do for this?
100% raw organic food, nothing more nothing less
05-06-2009, 08:34 PM
You mentioned you eat vegan burger patties & sprouted breads...those two items alone would give me asthma, acne and a severe breakout on my face of eczema and seborrhea in my ears.
Soy + Wheat = uh oh.
You might want to try cutting those out, if you aren't ready to go 100% raw, which would be the best thing to do.
05-06-2009, 09:05 PM
I'm not a make up artist, I'm a cake decorator. I use dr. bronner's to wash my face with, and I use Miracell to moisturize. I use tea tree oil on pimples. I use mineral powder foundation and nothing more.
No I don't eat a lot of nuts or seeds. Some days none. I only last week tried flax crackers for the first time. I thought flax was good for the skin??
The thing about the soy patties and sprouted bread is...I ate this every day for lunch for months without a problem. Could it still be a problem now that I've changed practically every other aspect of my diet?
I do want to eventually go 100% raw, I am just needing to transition into it. I work full time and have two young children. Not much time left after that! hehe I've already made great strides towards fitting a lot of raw into my diet, it does take time, especially starting out when you're unfamiliar with it. I feel when I know enough, I'll easily be able to make things quickly, have more ideas as to what I can make myself...besides salad. I mean I love salad, but it doesn't stick to me.
Also, since the diet change I have lost weight, that I didn't need to lose. I'm now at the point where my family starts to comment and worry. Long ago I had eating disorders!! So I worry that going 100% raw right now would just make more weight come off. Would it? *sigh* That combined with the way my skin looks....I'm sure my family will be giving me grief soon enough!! Calgon take me away! hehe
05-06-2009, 09:23 PM
- its gonna take way longer but skin shall get better
- all the soap / moisturizer / etc on face adding to problem imo .
its screwing up your skins natural condition , just rinse with warm water
- the skin shall clear as the blood / cells / tissues / lymph fluids get cleaner via the proper raw diet , if you ate raw plants and water from birth your skin would be perfect
05-06-2009, 11:15 PM
Oh I hear ya, and can imagine what a bummer it must be just when you are doing the most amazingly healthy way of eating, and the skin thanks you by looking awful. But it's quite possible that lots of stuff is just coming out via the skin - detox, as it were. If this is the case, it seems that after awhile it would start clearing up. Frequently the breaking out happens if the normal channels of elimination are not working optimally, so this is something you might want to pay attention to to make sure that colon is getting clean. Green smoothies with chia seeds are a gentle, but effective way to move things along, if you know what I mean.
In the meantime, you're wise to keep things very simple with your skin care. Lots of us have had to go simpler after going raw, even if not ALL raw - still happens. Just as our bodies are starting to no longer want processed junk, so our skin often follows suit, especially if we have any natural tendency toward sensitive skin to begin with. If you're not wearing makeup, one of your daily cleansings can just be with water and maybe a microfiber cloth for exfoliation if your skin needs it, along with a very simple oil just on dry spots. and let the rest of your face alone. Good luck with this! Hopefully you won't have to go to the dermatologist who will just give you a chemical product that might work, or not.
Roman is right. Skin is VERY slow to respond [or not to react] once it starts giving you problems. If your skin reacts to one thing and breaks out, then it will break out from almost everything it comes in contact with. Even things that normally would not bother it. Keep everything away from it. Everthing has the potential to be a trigger to your already over sensitive skin.
05-07-2009, 05:27 AM
i have seb derm and rosacea. what works best for me is a product called prosacea. it's main ingrediant is sulfer and works wonders.. like a miracle for my face! and it has NO meds in it~!
the crap derms gives you is bad for faces. prosacea may or may not work for you... but it only cost 10 bucks and can be found in any major grocery store and walgreens etc.
lemon water with a little sea salt helps too. seb derm is more of a candida infection.. so keep in mind what you eat.
05-07-2009, 05:31 AM
ps.. so you aren't confused just in case... seb derm is the short name for seborrhea dermatitis.
also... prosacea is mainly known to be just for rosacea... but really it isn't. my face is mostly seb derm... cuts it out, but doesn't cure it... but you have to do something or else it can perm damage your face!!!
05-07-2009, 07:09 AM
Sweetheart . . . I feel your pain. Skin problems still plagued me for a long time after going raw, and even got worse, before getting better. I still have some minor skin challenges right now (1.5 years raw) but overall my skin looks and feels amazing and is getting better every day. Have faith and drink spring water at the source if you can get it. Youtube Daniel Vitalis about water.
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