Today has really hit me hard. I am 25 yrs old. I have had acne since I was 13. I have tried everything except accutane. I remember being 15 and think when I'm 25 I won't have to deal with this anymore. I stopped getting small pimples now I have deep cystic acne that worsened after I had my son who is now 4. I was placed on Yaz birth control. I was clear in 4 months. It got worse before it got better. Well I have decided that I want another child. It seems silly to choose clear skin or a baby but really that is what it comes down to.
I literally cried all day today. I stopped my birth control 2 weeks ago. It has come back worse than ever. I have a huge boil like cyst on my chin. I don't even want to go to work tomorrow. My acne has robbed me of so many things in my life; friends, family, social situations, job opportunities. Why can't I just be normal?
My plan is to update everyone on my experience and hope it can help someone else in my situation. I have seen a naturopath. I have lab work coming back to decide if I have a gut issue. All of this I am paying out of pocket since I have no insurance. I have spent so much money on this for the past 12 yrs it's ridiculous. My acne is concentrated on my chin, nose area, mouth area, temples. I also have back acne which is also cystic. My back is pretty much scarred forever. I have not had a reemergence of my back acne yet.
Here is what I am doing:
I take turmeric and ginger pills.
I also take zinc & probiotics.
I have been taking turmeric and ginger for the past 3 months.
I started zinc and probiotics since I stopped my birth control.
I have a green smoothie with kale 4 times a week. I eat clean; no dairy, low carbs. This is what frustrates me the most. I am so dedicated to how I eat and see people that don't and they have clear skin. I have started experimenting with Maca root powder and I am curious if this is why I have been breaking out.
Once my test results come in I will start a regime that my naturopath recommends.
Sometimes I wish I could give up and not give a crap but I can't. I want to be happy and healthy.