I'm an eighteen year old male who's been struggling with an incredibly stubborn, persistent case of moderate acne since I was 12. I used to have cystic acne until I went on a course of Accutane which cleared that up, but after about 7 months my acne came back, albeit moderate this time. I have been on and tried nearly everything when it comes to prescriptions, supplements, topicals and the like.
These included (in no particular order): Doxycycline (2 times), Minocycline (couldn't tolerate), Erythromycin (did absolutely nothing), Bactrim (Septra), Accutane, Differin .01, Differin .03, Benzaclin, Benzamycin, Epiduo, Ziana, Veltin, Aczone, the Acne.org Regimen --- keep in mind that I was not like most people who gave up on these after a week, I gave each treatment the recommended 2 to 3 month "success" period. That being said, most all of these worked for some time but eventually my virtually invincible acne fought back.
After the prescriptions I decided to tackle the natural remedies route. If you go down the Acne.org reviews page for natural/at home remedies and supplements, you can rest assured that I have tried most of the supposed treatments on the first two pages =/.
Anyways, the last thing I haven't done, because for so long I've been told that there is absolutely no correlation, is drastically change my diet. At eighteen and just heading into college, this may be the last thing I want to do, but I think that it may be the only answer.
I know I may not understand what it is like to have acne as an adult, and no offense, I hope I never have to *knocks on wood*, but I do understand what it's like to feel dreadfully embarrassed or sad when your face breaks out, which for many people, like myself, is a reoccurring cycle =[. Sorry for this being part vent session, but what I'm trying to get at is, is there any evidence that a regimen relating to holistic health and nutrients (i.e changing a diet drastically for the better) can help a teenager who has only been able to temporarily "bandage" his situation.
WingedSerpent, maybe when you're back in circulation you could help me out here. Are there any teens or younger men who have seen promise with what you've done? Maybe anyone can answer?