Going vegan = bad skin??

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Going vegan = bad skin??

Postby TofuPup » Fri Feb 18, 2011 2:17 pm

Hi there

I wonder if anyone could offer any advice... I went vegan about 18 months ago but ever since I have had more problems with spots and blocked pores than ever before in my life. I wondered if it was a soy allergy, but I have been drinking soy milk every morning for about the last 4-5 years without any problems.

My diet is good and clean - lots of fruit and veg, proteins, raw veggies too.

Any ideas as to why this might be?
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Re: Going vegan = bad skin??

Postby beforewisdom » Fri Feb 18, 2011 2:29 pm

A similar thing happened to a vegetarian friend who I convinced to go vegan. It eventually went away, but we never found out what the cause was. She worked at her diet for a while in reducing the junk and eating more vegetables.

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Re: Going vegan = bad skin??

Postby KaliBaby » Fri Feb 18, 2011 4:45 pm

on your face or on your body? that is quite weird. could it be something to do with your training? sweat and dirt could clog your pores.
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Re: Going vegan = bad skin??

Postby vegimator » Fri Feb 18, 2011 5:08 pm

Are you eating enough omega 3s?
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Re: Going vegan = bad skin??

Postby beforewisdom » Fri Feb 18, 2011 5:27 pm

Excellent point. Some vegan diets can be very low in fat and the high fat vegan foods ( nuts, seeds, avodcaoes, soy, etc ) have many of the things that give people healthy skin.

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Re: Going vegan = bad skin??

Postby TofuPup » Mon Feb 21, 2011 9:38 am

That might well be it.

I have hemp protein powder every morning, though I have been trying to cut down my fat intake of late to get rid of Christmas-related tubbiness. I'll get some extra brazil nuts and avocados in and see how I go.

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Re: Going vegan = bad skin??

Postby VirtueVigilante » Mon Feb 21, 2011 10:21 am

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Re: Going vegan = bad skin??

Postby erske » Sun Feb 27, 2011 5:14 pm

I don't know if it's related, but I have a theory that when I eat lots of carrots, containing lots of beta carotene (vit A) I get less acne. (On the other hand, my acne outbreaks seem to be more stress related, which also coincide with more junk food, and less vegies and carrots... But I still like to entertain the Idea! :wink: )
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Re: Going vegan = bad skin??

Postby Gelert » Mon Feb 28, 2011 2:18 pm

Another possibility:

Going vegan properly often prompts a search through the bathroom cupboards for soaps, shower gels etc that contain animal products (or tested upon) and their replacement with animal-friendly products.

Has this happened, and if so, is it possibly that the replacement may contain something which doesn't agree with your skin?
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Re: Going vegan = bad skin??

Postby Kayzerino » Thu Mar 03, 2011 10:39 am

Hello, I have eczema and am vegan. You need to make sure you're eating alot of anti-oxidants (berries are amazing for this.) You also need to cut down artificial sugars (candies and sweets) and salts as this is what dries the skin out. I find that if I eat candy in the day my hands get very dry. I try to make sure to eat Omega 3's as well (as someone stated above.)

I hope that helps :)
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Re: Going vegan = bad skin??

Postby TofuPup » Mon Mar 14, 2011 11:03 am

Thanks for your good advice, everyone.

I also suspect I may have a soy allergy - I've upped the amount of soy products I consume since going vegan which might explain why my skin has got worse, so I'm going to cut out soy for a month or so to see if anything improves.
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Re: Going vegan = bad skin??

Postby ProteinVegan » Thu Mar 24, 2011 10:19 pm

I learned that the higher fat Vegan foods do different things for people. The extreme change in diet was a big factor for me. I had to gradually change my diet over a period of 4-5 months. Starting with breakfast, and protein drinks after workouts. Then adding lunch and gradually dinner. Sometimes the body reacts differently to such a drastic change in food. :roll:
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Re: Going vegan = bad skin??

Postby V-Igor » Sat Apr 16, 2011 3:24 pm

TofuPup wrote:Thanks for your good advice, everyone.

I also suspect I may have a soy allergy - I've upped the amount of soy products I consume since going vegan which might explain why my skin has got worse, so I'm going to cut out soy for a month or so to see if anything improves.


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Re: Going vegan = bad skin??

Postby BlueRose » Thu Jul 21, 2011 5:06 pm

Whenever I either go off my fitness routine or start up a new one, I get breakouts. Beyond hormones I haven't found anything in my diet that affects it one way or another. I do my best when I keep my face clean, wash in the morning and at night, and drink a lot of water.
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