Most people, can 'afford" to make small mistakesbut those of us with acne, whatever you do shows up on your face like a scarlet letter.
I agree, having acne has made me a healthier person and more compassionate to others...but it also makes me hate myself sometimes. Meh.
I see where you're coming from. I still think that, to some degree at least, we can get away with things in moderation. Plus, if you ate something or did something which triggered a reaction or a breakout of acne, you'd be able to put that down to experience and avoid it in future. It's all trial and error. In terms of the approach, there's every chance that being less obsessive about it would reduce stress and things like that, which of course could also mess with your skin. Not always easy, but it pays to take a step back sometimes so that you can evaluate things clearly and learn how to control it as best as you can. It gets really frustrating and I still get angry with myself if I slip up, especially if it was with something I knew I should have avoided but decided to take a gamble. But even that acts as clarification and brings me closer to having the degree of control and influence I'd like to have over my skin day-to-day, so there's always something positive to be taken from the experiences, be they good or bad.
Paul what kind of allergy tests did you have bloodtests or skin pricks? and did your insurence cover it?
I'm in England so our medical care is free on the National Health Service, I'm pleased to say. I guess the insurance situation is something you'd have to look into.
I had a blood test done, although that in itself was just a pinprick so it was all quick and painless. Although I don't have any full-on allergies, there are a number of things my system is intolerant of so it couldn't process them in the quantities I was consuming. Dairy, wheat, and gluten seem to be issues for a lot of people who are prone to acne. I also found that I'm intolerant of boiled milk and cooked/melted cheese. I guess something happens during the cooking process. So out when cooking sauces and stuff like that, mainly any that were heavy in cheese or cream. Said bye-bye to pizza and stuff like that. Cut out processed foods and also overly spicy foods which tend to be inflammatory. Aside from that, didn't really make many changes. I used to have boiled milk daily in hot chocolate and cutting that out alone - not a big deal - seems to have made a massive difference.
They also told me I was lacking in vitamins A, B, and D, and also in Zinc. I supplement those now along with Omega 3. Between that and the diet changes, things are going well. I was on a course of Doxycycline when I first made the changes last December so I could tell for sure what was helping the most, but I tapered off the Doxy and that's out of my system now. I didn't break out after finishing and my skin has stayed as clear as it was after making the diet changes. It's not perfect and I'm still prone to problems, but I'm no longer breaking out week after week like I did for thirteen years so I'm happy enough with that.