“A wise man should consider that health is the greatest of human blessings, and learn how by his own thought to derive benefit from his illnesses”. -Hippocrates
You may find yourself asking this question. “Why me?” or some variation of it like, “Why can all my friends eat garbage and have beautiful skin?”
The answer is a tough pill to swallow and here it is:
Life isn’t fair.
That’s it. That’s all there is to it. If you can accept this readily, well then you are on the road to acne recovery.
Why can some people eat fish every day while some are violently allergic?
Why can two people eat the same diet and only one becomes obese?
Why can some people go into combat and come out unscathed while others are maimed and killed?
Life isn’t fair. That’s why.
Not everyone around you will become allergic to pollen and not all of them will get acne. Genetics and hormones may simply provide the fertile soil for acne to grow but you plant the seeds with a civilized, “normal”, and ridiculous diet. Not everyone becomes obese from eating the Standard American Diet but the SAD causes all obesity. You cannot point to an example of someone who doesn’t suffer ill effects and use that as reason to ignore the cause. If you are around someone who has the flu but you do not become sick it does not mean the influenza virus does not cause the flu.
Your friends may not suffer the same disease as you. They may never suffer acne at all. The crappy Western diet doesn’t affect them that way. However, what if they get cancer at age 40 and you don’t because you changed over to a healthier, more sensible diet much earlier in life? That could happen.
Not everyone gets acne. Some just get fat.
Would you say, “It’s just not fair!” and continue eating fish if you were allergic just because your friends could eat tuna with no ill effects?
The things in your head like,
Why do I have this curse?
My friends can eat whatever they like and have perfect skin!
This all seems too extreme!
No one else is doing this!
actually don’t matter at all. The only thing that really matters is that you face your own reality and deal with it effectively.
If you have acne it is because you are one of the people who is responding to that acne-inducing environment. You were not able to fight it off. That acne-inducing environment is modern, western, civilized, cheap, abundant food. If you don’t have dental cavities, it does not mean that our terrible modern diet isn’t causing tooth decay. It simply means it didn’t cause it in you.
If you are an alcoholic, you should stop drinking booze. It doesn’t matter that everyone else can get away with it! You must make the most sensible decision for you. If you have acne or diabetes or tooth decay you should stop eating garbage and living like a modern fool.
Make the right decisions.
Eating a human “paleo” diet is a sensible decision. Eating man-made garbage is not. Avoiding vegetable oil everywhere you go is a sensible decision. Soaping your whole body twice a day is not.
These decisions are effective in combating acne; a whole lot more effective than whining and cursing the gods. You can face reality or live in denial. You know what I advocate.
Consider yourself lucky.
Bodo C. Melnik, author in the Department of Dermatology at the University of Osnabrück, Germany says,
“Acne should be regarded as an mTORC1-driven disease of civilization, like obesity, type 2 diabetes and cancer induced by Western diet. Early dietary counselling of teenage acne patients is thus a great opportunity for dermatology, which will not only help to improve acne but may reduce the long-term adverse effects of Western diet on more serious mTORC1-driven diseases of civilization.” (source)
What if you escaped acne your whole life and instead, your shitty American diet manifested as diabetes later in life? Or cancer? Would you be glad you avoided acne? Would it all have been worth it?
How do you know that whatever is causing your acne isn’t doing further, invisible damage underneath?
Personally, I’m glad I got acne because it forced me to take a magnifying glass to every aspect of my lifestyle. Acne was a wake up call; an early warning signal that I was doing something wrong. Not just a little mistake either, but something MAJOR. How else could it manifest as such an unsightly disease all over my face? It was literally staring me in the face, in the mirror, every day. It forced me to overhaul my diet, my lifestyle for 15 years. That’s what it took.
I encourage you to use my blueprint and do the same. You may save yourself a lot of trouble down the road; and not just with acne. In the end, eating “healthy” and being different from everyone around you is not the worst way this could have gone.
Some will never get a wake up call.
Instead of thinking “Why me?” I encourage you to think “Lucky me.”