- May 9, 2012 at 12:40 pm #81370
standinghawkMemberTopics: 2Replies: 0
I have been on the candida diet now for 6 1/2 weeks. So far so good. I feel more energy, less headaches, sleeping better. The main reason I am on this diet, however, is due to fairly severe skin issues: neuro-dermatitis, eczema and lichen schlerosus. I’ve had skin problems for the past 8 years, gradually getting worse.
What I would like to know is if others have done or are doing this diet for similar reasons and what has been your experience? I’m working with a medical doctor of environmental medicine. I’m doing all the right things, as far as I can tell, the probiotics, anti-fungals, very restrictive diet, although now I am gradually introducing “Phase 2” foods (had my first blueberries in over 6 weeks last evening!). I’ve also been taking stuff to help detox and keep things moving, so to speak.
Since I have been on this diet, I have had two very bad skin flare-ups. The first one started about 1 week in, and settled down somewhat after 3 weeks or so, but only briefly before the second flare up occurred. I have had lesions in areas that I don’t normally (as well as in the normal areas) – on my back, front, neck, etc. IT is settling down again as of the last 2-3 days.
I do understand that die-off is to be expected, but I don’t know if these flare-ups could be called die-off, really. Meanwhile I am feeling better in other ways. However, I’m wondering if it’s simply a case of it taking longer for the skin to respond. My doctor is not concerned, and seems to think it will take a while for my skin to finally improve.
I am under the care of a dermatologist too, but she wants to prescribe all kinds of nasties that I’d rather not put into and onto my body if I can resolve the problem through the candida diet.
Welcoming any thoughts.May 10, 2012 at 3:07 am #81423
KyleMemberTopics: 2Replies: 57
My aim in solving my gut problem is for purposes of improving skin quality.
I have seborrhoeic dermatitis and very oily skin.
The best thing I’ve tried so far is a joint win by three things: Doxycycline got rid of the seb derm but didn’t affect oiliness, zero-carb diet greatly reduce both seb derm and oiliness and, lastly, taking a tonne of probiotic with lots of strains (not including strep thermophilus, which is a con).
The first option, doxycycline, is however the worst thing you could do for the long-term because it will exacerbate the gut condition or even create new symptoms entirely. After discontinuation most probably.
Anyway, try this:
1. Find a probiotic with no FOS and no Strep. Get one which actually lists the amount of each strain not just the overall amount.
2. Take a load of it. I mean like 20 capsules per day.
3. Don’t worry that it is expensive because it should only be short term once the new bacteria establish settlement in the gut.
4. Cut out simple sugar from your diet. (replace all fizzy drinks with their diet variation and don’t drink fruit juice or eat fruit)May 10, 2012 at 3:57 am #81427
wenkinsMemberTopics: 6Replies: 34
Standinghawk, I am also on this diet for skin reasons – dry, flakey, no elasticity on arms and legs, which I believe are candida related (together with or because of my chronic constipation). However it could be exposure related.
I’ve only started (week 2 ish) so haven’t seen a diffs in the skin except for the odd annoying die-off pimple. The constipation is improving so I am hopeful.
Have you tried using oil on you skin (not cosmetic)? Oil kills oil, and that is supposed to work.
Personally, prior to starting the candida diet, I stopped using soap and shampers – body (excl. bits & bits) and face. I shower or bath only using water, and on the odd day I may rinse with an essential oil/water mix, or rub on tissue oil From this alone I have seen a difference, but still room to improve.
Supplement wise (yes, I’m big on these) … a beta carotine Vits A,C,E,Zinc and an EFA (or have a spoon full of your olive oil) should help your skin improve too.
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