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I have a nutrition question for you, our resident expert.

My complexion is the worst it's ever been in my life. (I'm going on 54, well past menopause.) The problem is clogged pores and blackheads, the worst place is my chin. Lumps and bumps are driving me crazy. I can't figure out what triggers the worst outbreaks, the ones where the clogged pore gets backed up with a big lump of clear fluid and cause the kind of cyst that won't break. I've been waiting for my Armour to improve the situation, but that isn't happening. In fact, it seems worse since the Armour was started. I remember thinking that it might've gotten a little better on Synthroid, but that may have been coincidence... just the result of the irregular cycling the problem comes and goes with.

I've heard for years that diet doesn't cause acne, but I recently went searching for an answer on the net. One site I found says that sugar is definitely a cause, but doctors don't often disclose it because they make a lot of money from skin potions and procedures.
OK then ... long question longer... Even though I do my best to summon all my will power to avoid sugar, I often cave in because I'm a candy freak. In your considered opinion, might the refined sugar be doing this to my skin more so than hypoT?
[QUOTE]Actually the refined sugar is hurting you as well as any other foods that turn into sugar (high glycemic) such as pasta,potatos,white bread, even whole wheat breads,white rice,etc.... Yeah... I was afraid of that, darn it. I do eat a good measure of those foods besides candy; I just figure cutting out the candy would at least help some. You're right about the craving eventually lessening... but just one or two pieces of hard candy can start the ball rolling again and I'm sunk. Just like a druggie.

The cycles I experience when it gets slightly better for a while then bad again probably have to do with my cave-ins. For example, last summer when I was taking Synthroid, the acne got somewhat better... BUT... in summer I eat a lot less sweets because the fruit is ripe, luscious, and readily available, and they take the place of the refined sugar I eat more of in the winter. When fall came, I went on Armour; then Christmas arrived with all its overabundance of sugar... and poof... zit-face returns. I wasn't sure whether to attribute it to the Armour, to still being hypo, or to the sugar.

I take a natural multi-vit that includes E and zinc. Truthfully - and I know you feel differently - I don't want to rely on pills for my vitamins. I'd rather get them from my food and just add the multi, some calcium, mag, and selenium for extra insurance. Do you know what the real problem is? I just don't know what to eat, because we're told to avoid red meat's saturated fat, chicken's and dairy's hormones, fish's mercury. I love vegetables and fruit, but even they have scare stories associated with them, and my very favorite ones are supposed to be bad for the thyroid. What the heck's a person to do? (I know, I know... organic. But the nearest organic store is over an hour away. And the quality there isn't too swift. Makes it out of the question.)

I really appreciate your input, girlygirly. At least now I that I know avoiding sugar should help, it will bolster my will power to a higher degree. Thanks!
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Yeah... I was afraid of that, darn it. I do eat a good measure of those foods besides candy; I just figure cutting out the candy would at least help some. You're right about the craving eventually lessening... but just one or two pieces of hard candy can start the ball rolling again and I'm sunk. Just like a druggie.

The cycles I experience when it gets slightly better for a while then bad again probably have to do with my cave-ins. For example, last summer when I was taking Synthroid, the acne got somewhat better... BUT... in summer I eat a lot less sweets because the fruit is ripe, luscious, and readily available, and they take the place of the refined sugar I eat more of in the winter. When fall came, I went on Armour; then Christmas arrived with all its overabundance of sugar... and poof... zit-face returns. I wasn't sure whether to attribute it to the Armour, to still being hypo, or to the sugar.

I take a natural multi-vit that includes E and zinc. Truthfully - and I know you feel differently - I don't want to rely on pills for my vitamins. I'd rather get them from my food and just add the multi, some calcium, mag, and selenium for extra insurance. Do you know what the real problem is? I just don't know what to eat, because we're told to avoid red meat's saturated fat, chicken's and dairy's hormones, fish's mercury. I love vegetables and fruit, but even they have scare stories associated with them, and my very favorite ones are supposed to be bad for the thyroid. What the heck's a person to do? (I know, I know... organic. But the nearest organic store is over an hour away. And the quality there isn't too swift. Makes it out of the question.)

I really appreciate your input, girlygirly. At least now I that I know avoiding sugar should help, it will bolster my will power to a higher degree. Thanks!


in the meantime, while you are trying to decide just what you can eat, you could try some Benzagel 5%, which i've used in the distant past to treat my menopause outbreaks ... i used it a few years ago and it also worked for my DD (just don't get it on your sheets!!)...

we try to eat organic whenever we can so that we don't have antibiotics or pesticides, or other chemicals in our food ... but by no means can we eat organic all the time (too expensive and not enough selection, unfortunately) ...

jb