I have researched SD for a couple of years on and off now and have been a suffer for 5 years. After reading so much about this condition, peoples trials and experiments of trying to rid it, I feel very compelled to say this;
Be proud of who you are, a mirror is only a small reflection of you. So don't let SD get the better of you mentaly, remeber the fungus is a slave to you, not the other way arround. Keep smiling and remain possitive. ;-)
I have come to the conclussion that in my case and other peoples, the cause is due to an inballance of good bacteria that make up the skins flora. I also belive that while one thing works with one person it may not work with another, this I put down to there being different types of bacteria that are out of ballance. It would be nice to think that there is a mirricle cure that will help all, and if there is such a thing then the person/company who descovers it will certainly be my best friend for life.
So what caused my SD? Having been pone to suffer sinus infections and after suffering food poisining, I had taken 4 courses of an anitibotic, (Amoxacillian) in a three year period, it was shortly after this that I had a really bad flare up on my face. Over the years it has moved and spread to cover my head, ears and random patches on my uper back and chest. One thing I have noticed with mine and being male, is where I grow hair it thrives and the skin is at its worse.
I have tried some thing including steriod creams that cleared it, then I saw some of the side effects of skin thining and decided I would rather have SD than the possibilties of the side effects. I no longer use any creams as I am a strong believer that this is not the path to take, even if it does apear to work. With this in mind I started to think about it completely differently and the following si why I have tried and the results witnessed.
Cut out sugars, yeast products, (including bread) and introduced more live yoghurts in to my diet. After one month I did not experience one ounce of change. Then I started to read about antioxidants, my first thoughts was this is different, nothing ventured and nothing gained, right?
While many of the antioxident foods didn't work, there were two things that I did witness a noticable difference with. Red skined Apples and oddly, Spinach. At first I thought it can't be having an effect, but as I am very methodlical and as I changed one thing in my diet at a time it had to be so. I noticed that if I ate a red apple then the next day my skin had calmed down, not so sore looking. I experienced the same results with spinach. Unfortunatly I don't like apples or spinach and the thought of eating these every day was too much. Still, I will eat them when I have really bad flare ups. Maybe two apples a week and one serving of Spinach every two to three weeks. Why these two should have a noticable mild effect, I don't know? Maybe someone reading this may take it further and descover why.
I am still trying new foods that I have not eaten or tried before to see if anything changes, but have not noticed anything.
What else has an effect? As most of us now the sun works mirricals and with me it clears it completly, but come winter and its back again. Why should UV effect it? I do need to do some research of my own in this area, to understand why the bacteria seems to not like UV. I don't recomend sun or UV treatments because of the obvious, and I can understand and sympathise with the guy who posted earlier who has taken this route. I too have SD bad, so much so I shaved all my hair off and now keeps it very short, I don't try to disguise it anymore because wearing a hat creates a hot humid envioment that the yeast thrives in.
The thing that I find the most intresting in some of the information in forum posts with suffers of SD, are the snippets of peoples life style before developing SD. The woman who posted earlier who said she skipped breakfast, lunch and just ate dinners in the evening, this was my life style too before developing SD. I believe its this sort of information that is most important to understanding more about SD, what are the likly causes, what is the yeasts habits? We know it thrives in certain conditions, in sebaceous gland rich areas of the skin and likes Oleic Acid from the unsatuated and satuated fats that our skin releases. We know one thing it does not like, a well ballanced skin flora of bactiria. What bacterias exactly? It seems to me that there is not enough information out there to some of the important questions. I did read that laboritry teams are just starting to try and ID the thousands of different strains of bacteria that live in the skins flora. DNA is the method used for ID'ing them, and hopefully along the way of understanding which bacteria do what, will bring better understanding and prevention, as well as treatments for us that are less harmful and more dirrect in their working.
I know that sufferers of SD like me have desperate times where we feel so low that we are willing to try anything. I must stress, be strong and change one thing at a time, this way if something works you know what it is. Also learn about what your putting on your skin before doing so. There is every bit of chance it could do more damage than good. I am possitive that either a doctor will find a solution to the problem or we will beat them to it, in the mean time remeber your not alone, stay possitive and stay safe!
I was diagnosed with SD 26 years ago so the ups & downs of this are not new to me. However, I found your discussion of eating a red apple to be interesting. I enjoy eating a red apple every day but am currently having an SD flare up and have not eaten wheat in the past month. I'm going to try a probiotic, next.