What happened? A new country – Stress! A new job – Stress! A lot more beer drinking – Stress! Lots of potatoes – Stress! Lots of travel – Stress! Less sleep – Stress!
First attempt: Go to my hometown dermatologist (December 2008) Result: prescribed antibiotic course for a year plus a monthly prescription bill of over $600 for pills & creams.
Side note: ProPublica
Second attempt: Talk to a food allergist (June 2009) Result: diagnosed as having allergy to soy and chicken, cut both out of my diet; no effect on skin * But now I had an idea
Third attempt: Take matters in to my own hands (January 2010) Result: over a year of experimentation
Method (Or, How You Can Do ThisToo) Record, record, record Simple is best Make time to make connections
Result! In December of 2010 I decided to try giving up all dairy. By New Year’s Eve, my face was my own again. Why dairy? Why now? I have no idea. Maybe my body changed, maybe it’s something about Irish dairy, maybe ???
Summary Don’t let anyone tell you that what you put in your mouth doesn’t affect your body – the famous “Acne & Chocolate” study was found to be badly executed but many dermatologists still go by this advice. Be wary of people telling you to spend a lot of money to cure your condition (even the food allergist wanted me to spend a lot of money on pills & vitamins!) Everyone is different, you may have to try several variations until you figure out your own personal trigger.
Questions? Find me on Twitter: @martharotter Or on my blog: http://martharotter.com/blog You can download my free, experimental app to keep track of your own food intake at: http://martharotter.com/qsapp Or fork it / build on top of it at: http://github.com/martharotter/QSApp