I never thought I would find myself here at 39! but here I am after having tried pretty much everything on the planet: BP, antibiotics, Sulfur creams, clyndoxil, naturopathy, vitex, homeopathics, putting apple cider vinegar on my face, drinking kefir, etc. And I have been on a vegan diet for the past 3 months, (I was a vegetarian before) I was hoping eliminating dairy would improve the acne, but so far nothing, I even tried going gluten free but that only lasted a month, again no improvement. I do yoga, meditation and hypnosis on a regular basis and while that helps with the anxiety and depression, it's done nothing for the acne.
My father had acne really bad, he had it much worse than me, his face was scarred pretty bad. But my mom has beautiful skin even now at 58.
I also tried taking Zinc, I've done it for the past 3 months, again no improvement, I'm just fed up of looking for the latest cure, I need to concentrate my energies on more constructive things, like being happy and growing my business!
I've had blackheads since I was 12, but it turned cystic in my 20's. I would get the occasional cyst, then I started getting more so in my mid twenties I started using BP, and it seemed to get better, then it kind of stopped working because it got rid of the blackheads, or at least kept them under control, but I kept getting cysts. 2 years ago after almost 10 years of being on BP I started noticing wrinkles aroudn my eyes and skin really dry because of the BP and I decided to go see my doctor and try again all those other things I had already tried in the past. I always said no to accutane since my acne is NOT severe, but I get lots of blackheads and cysts mainly on my chin, but somedays it's not bad at all, other days they appear out of nowhere and I have been picking my skin for years with a needle, that's how I drain the cysts, I just hate having a big red bump on my face that itches like crazy.
My doctor told me to stop picking as I coudl end up with a really bad infection but I can't stop, I think having a scab for 3 days is better than having those cysts for months, mine don't seem to go away and when they do, they usually leave a scar, Thank god I don't have many.
I will keep you posted on my progress and I am hoping for tips to help me cope with the symptoms. I am a bit scared but I also want to be really optimistic about it. I've had this for so long and I think it's time for me to say good bye to this disease.
we are in this together, I send everyone here good vibes and lots of positive energy so that we all heal and live the lives that we deserve!