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    Tbh, going on those antibiotics was not a good idea. It probably messed up your gut flora quite a bit and created a bunch of food intolerance issues. This has happened to me as well. I first used antibiotics for 2 years and then quit and broke out pretty bad. I eliminatef ALL forms of sugar including fruits, ketchup and whatever as well as every single source of dairy and white bread. This cleared me up and then i slowly started introducing sugar back into my system. Took me months before I could eat sugar and experience a minimal breakout. However, I was pretty much 98% clear for the next 2 years. I recently had to take antibiotics again for a stomach infection for a week and that cleared my face up for 2 months. However, I had a really bad breakout again and have been struggling to fix my gut issues once again. It really takes a lot of time, effort and patience to rebuild your gut once again but youll get there if youre determined. This time around i have been reluctant on letting go of sugar (1tsp everyday with tea) but i think ill finally give in and stop having it because my breakouts still persist and i need to give my gut more time to heal before introducing sugar back in. same goes for dairy. hope this helps
  2. How long did it take your acne to clear up after eliminating dairy?Did you see results right away? Or were you still breaking out for a couple of weeks before things calmed down?
  3. Glad to see you're active here again. Last time we were in touch back in 2014, I was suffering from acne. I managed to clear up for 2 years and stopped visiting this website. However, due to some recent events, it all came back.

    Here is my post -

    Would you mind going over it? I dunno, you seem to have a lot of experience, maybe you'd be able to guide me in the right direction?

    Thanks a lot :)

  4. Just an update. It's been 2 months since I got my post antibiotic breakout. It was really bad for the first 3 weeks and then things finally calmed down. Since then, I've had more breakouts around my mouth and chin but not as bad. There are days when I'm clear and other days when I have no control of my acne regardless of what I eat and break out all over my chin and mouth area. There are days when its bad, moderate and some days are good. My only regret is that I can no longer control my acne to be 100% clear like how I was able to for the past 2 years. I was at a stage where I knew what food breaks me out, could plan out my weekends, eat smartly and even the acne I'd get after eating unhealthy food would go away in 2 days. This was all after I had stopped taking minocycline in July 2014 and rebuilt my gut health just by giving my body time to heal and slowly introducing small amounts of sugar. RIght after I took anbx for H pylori for a week this May, I think I destroyed my gut flora and now I'm back to square one. All my hard work over the past 2 years is gone. Maybe I should stop consuming sugar all over again. My only source of sugar these days is tea anyways. Back when I let my gut heal itself in 2014, I was only getting sugar from tea but would have it every other day and within 2 months increased it to daily consumption and slowly started adding snacks (croissant/bagel) in another month or so. By January this year, I could easily eat chocolates and barely break out. All of this happened over a period of two years. I'm not sure how to go about healing my gut now. People offer different suggestions such as "try L glutamine" or "eat lots of bone broth/probiotics". I am scared of trying new things because I don't want to make my acne worse because I work now. It is kinda bad already. I eat yogurt daily these days. I have been thinking about taking two weeks off and eating all probiotics/bone broth/manuka honey and whatever to maybe boost my gut healing speed. Tbh, I don't even know if it will go back to being how it was the last time. Anyone who has gone through something similar or has any valuable advice, feel free to reply to this post.
  5. Hibiscus tea helps clear skin?

    Now that it is starting to get colder, have you tried experimenting if you get blackheads with and without hisbiscus tea? It could be that the weather itself triggers the blackheads to show up. In my case, I have noticed that green mint tea tends to calm down and soothe my acne and I get a lot less breakouts if I drink it after having a sugary snack. I think the mint is responsible for this because when I'd have normal green tea it wouldn't really have a huge impact.
  6. What can i even eat anymore!!? Please read :(

    I feel like I've become a victim to this orthorexia thing as well. Ever since I got on here and read about the acne food connection, I started experimenting. Eliminating food definitely did help my acne 2 years ago to the point i was 95% clear. I was also slowly able to introduce moderate amounts of sugar into my diet very slowly (took me months) and it wouldnt affect me that much. However, the antibiotics I took few months ago changed everything and now my face breaks out regardless of what I eat. I know removing white rice and wheat and butter will help me stay clear but I'm not going down that path again. I'm not eliminating any more food that I already have and I'm just slowly starting to accept that I'll have good and bad days with acne but i won't let it completely control my diet. It still controls my diet to a great extent anyways but I dont want to go back to how I was 3 years ago where I had eliminated almost everything including all spices and was eating bland food. The antibiotics caused damaged to my gut but ill have to give my body a few months to heal itself. Hopefully, someday, my acne will go back to being how it was between 2014 to may this year. There are days where I'm still terrified of eating fruits. I miss eating fruits, I haven't had oranges in 3 years. Or mangoes. My mum would tell me I have a disorder but before I came across this post I'd tell myself she knows nothing about acne. Maybe she doesnt, but at least she is right when she says I have a disorder. Its just a battle in my head, every now and then. there are days I am scared of eating stuff I think Im not supposed to eat and there are days when I feel more confident and have a few pieces of chocolate. Anyways, food definitely affects my acne, i just need to learn to not let it control my life.
  7. how did these meetings go?
  8. Thanks for that. I'll definitely try it out. Did you break out from any of those natural products while you were taking them? Also do you think its a good idea to take HCL for a long period of time? I read somewhere you don't want your stomach to get too dependent on it for acid production
  9. Antibiotics made my acne worse!!

    try staying away from all sugar products.

    3 days wont make any difference. However, stay away from them because they will stop working and then you will have acne worse than before.
  11. Going on Doxycycline a Second Time

    If it worked for you till the very last pill you took, it will work again till you become resistant to it. However, I would stay please stay away from antibiotics. I took doxy 3 years ago and while i was clear for 8months, i became resitant and my acne came back much worse. Same with minocycline.

    Hey. To be honest, yes the antibiotics will clear you up but only for a few months. A lot of people become resistant to it. I became resistant to doxycyline in 8 months. I tried stopping doxycycline once but my acne came back worse than before. Then after I became resistant, i switched to minocycline and became resistant to that in 5months. My acne came back much worse. Take my advice and please please stay away from antibiotics. Message me if you have more questions.
  13. Doxycycline?

    Ok stay away from doxy. If you have chin and mouth acne like me, yes doxy will work for sometime but once you get resistant to it, it will come back much worse. Trust me on this! The biggest mistake I ever made was getting on antibiotics when I was 15. Please try staying away from it. Mild acne is much much better than permanently messing up your insides.
  14. Erythromcyin

    For some people it gets worse (for about a couple of weeks) before they clear up. For others (like me) it clears you up in 4 days. However, antibiotics are not a long term solution. Once you stop using them, there is a huge possibility you will breakout worse than before. I would recommend staying away from them. They also damage your gut and stomach lining.
  15. Continuing/stopping doxycycline?

    You are lucky they worked so well for you. They worked amazingly well for me too. However, when I stopped cold turkey a few years ago, I got a horrible break out which lasted 3 weeks. After that i tried upping dosage of doxy and then went to minocycline after i became resistant to doxy. Finally I gave up on mino and was clear for 2 years by staying away from sugar. However, I had to take a couple of other antibiotics 2 months ago for a stomach infection. It was a 1week prescription and I stopped cold turkey. 2 months later, my skin broke out pretty bad. I haven't had such a bad break out in 2 years. Even controlling my diet (staying away from sugar) is not helping anymore. I just wish I can get back to the point where my skin was clear and I was in control of my acne.
  16. Doxycycline help? Desperate

    In all honesty, your acne is not bad at all. Please get off the antibiotics. They cleared me up for sometime and then my skin broke out worse that ever before. They sometimes damage your gut and make you sensitive to foods you weren't before. For example, sugar breaks me out a lot now. Please stay away from them.
  17. No worries about the late response. Well, i stopped antibiotics on 24th of May (had to go cold turkey). I was pretty clear over the past 2 months (couple of spots here and there) but 2 weeks ago I broke out pretty bad ! I haven't broken out like this in 2 years, which was the last time I took antibiotics. For 2 years, I have been able to stay pretty much 90-99% clear by controlling my diet (staying away from sugar mainly) but this time around nothing seems to be working. It's like my skin decided to purge on its own 7 weeks after i stopped antibiotics. I really hope my this is just my skin purging and nothing permanent. I had somehow managed to control my acne completely for the past 2 years and not being able to do so right now (even by staying away from sugar) is heartbreaking. I had been on antibiotics (doxy and mino) for acne from 2012 to 2014 and finally quit. After that i swore never to go back on them for acne. Well, I was forced to go for it because of H pylori and now I have to face the consequences. I remember the last time I quit antibiotics temporarily and went cold turkey was in Dec 2012. I broke out really bad after a month and it took almost 3 weeks to clear up including more antibiotics. I really hope I don't have to take antibiotics again to clear up this purge because this just seems to be an endless cycle! Do you think this will last much longer? It's around my mouth and nose (always been there). Are there any tips that might make my situation better? Is it actually a purging cycle that I'm going through after which my skin will go back to being how it was before I took these god damn antibiotics? I just want to get back to the point where I was able to control my acne by controlling my diet. Would really appreciate any feed back. Thanks!