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Days 14 through 21

I have battled with cystic acne for nearly my entire life.  My breakouts started when I was 8 or 9 years old (4th grade).  At that age, they were mainly just little pimples that started at my hairline and then eventually moved down my forehead.  As I got older and into puberty, they developed on the rest of my face and became cystic.  This type of acne tends to be hereditary and I inherited mine from my father’s side of the family.  I have gone to dermatologists and used over-the-counter or specialty products like Artistry, Mary Kay, Proactiv and Acne Free throughout the years.  With each new treatment I would get temporary relief and then eventually my skin would grow used to it and the acne would return.

As you may already know from reading my blog, three years ago I found Jillian Michael’s book, Master Your Metabolism, and I began following her recommendations for dietary changes.  One of the most astounding things that occurred during that transition was my face cleared up.  I mean CLEARED UP!  I would go weeks sometimes without even a small blemish.  It has continued to stay clear with very few breakouts.  That is, until the Whole30.

Going into it my skin was completely clear and it stayed that way until around Day 14.  Imagine my surprise when suddenly I began having a bad breakout.  I’m not talking just a few small pimples either.  They were very large, cystic blemishes and there were as many as 8 of them all at the same time.  This has not happened in YEARS!!  I am distraught over it, to say the least.  For several days my skin was sore and sensitive, as though it was going to erupt at that very moment with a new one.  The fresh eruptions seem to have subsided now but I still have 3 livid blemishes on my face.

I reached out to the Whole30 community on Facebook and I read some of the blog posts on Whole9life.com.  Unfortunately, I didn’t get any clear answers but I did find some suggestions as to what might be causing it.  I have been eating a lot of cashews since I started the Whole30.  I love cashews and they are one of the nuts on the diet that you don’t have to limit.  I have decided that I am not going to eat another one until I am done with the Whole30.  Hopefully, that does the trick.

Another bummer is my digestive distress is back again.  It seemed to return to normal around the time my face started breaking out, but not any more.

At this point, I’m not sure the good outweighs the bad for me and my Whole30.  I am anxious to measure and get on the scale at the end and see what the numbers look like.  I can tell by how my clothes fit that there has been improvement but at this point I really just can’t wait for it to be over.  Nine more days…

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