Posted 13 January 2011 - 03:53 PM
Here's some background:
My bacne started when I was about 16 years old, and would sporadically come and go with anywhere from 1 to 7 huge, cystic zits usually about the size of a dime, but could be as big as a quarter sometimes.
I tried everything and anything, heres a list off the top of my head:
Salslyic acid - made things 100% worse, hands down the worst product
Dan's Regimin - again made things worse, I noticed rubbing my back always made things worse
Benzoyl peroxide- worked great, but I never had the patience to do it consistently
ACV- didnt make things worse, but it smelled terrible and made my bed smell
minocyclin- helped get rid of zits, but didnt help prevent them
clindamycin- stopped taking it after i found out it can cause lupus
head and shoulders - didnt help
calamin lotion- worked great to make zits go away quickly, but didnt prevent
zinc pills - didnt help and made me nauseous
so after 6 years and all of these attempts to get rid of the bacne, i sadly decided to accept that i was going to have bacne for the rest of my life and there was nothing i could do about it.
then one day i was researching and heard that cow products, ie milk and cheese, had been linked to causing acne. i started to connect the dots between my intake of cheese/milk and my bacne:
1) my bacne usually would blow up after a weekend. usually at college after nights of drinking, (usually every thurs, fri, sat) i would always wake up hungover and just get a pizza or mcdonalds, loaded with cheese obviously. during the week, on the other hand, i usually avoided cheese and would eat healthy and go to the gym and all that good stuff.
2) when i was living at home for 3 months after college, my italian family would constantly be eating pizza, chicken parm, calzones, cheese rolls, etc. not to mention for lunch every day id make a sandwich with cheese on it, just because there was cheese in my house (id never buy cheese at school). Needless to say not only was my bacne the worst its ever been during this time, constantly 3 to 5 zits on my back at a time, but my facial acne, which id have under control since i was sophmore in high school, came back and was terrible all over my jaw line.
After thinking about all of this i decided to try one last desperate attempt to end my miserable always shirted existence and cut out the cheese.
It took a few weeks, (I was told to be patient as it can take a while for your pores to totally unclog from the dairy), but finally the acne has been consistently gone for a few months now.
i also decided to take one for the team and do a little experiment. when i was home over christmas break, i got drunk and ate about a full box of bagel bites, and also ate a dip my aunt makes with a ton of cream cheese in it. well when i woke up a few days later, after a few months of no bacne, i had two HUGE cystic zits on my back, one of them was literally the biggest one ive ever had.
so there you have it, if youve been struggling with cystic acne and cant seem to get it to go away, try cutting dairy out of your diet.
now i just need a good treatment to get rid of the scars...oh well, im on my way!
hope this helps.
Posted 31 July 2013 - 05:47 AM
agree with you 100% - for me it was dairy and gluten, hard to do but success keeps you going
I've read that over time we can re introduce dairy slowly as we age...hope that is true!
if you miss ice cream try Luna and Larry's coconut ice cream, it is my favorite...now if I could just find a good mozarella cheese substitute!!
Congrats to you on finding your trigger!
Posted 28 August 2013 - 09:17 AM
I've always heard that dairy could be an acne culprit! Over the years I have had acne on my face, upper back/shoulders and now sorta on my bum
My face has significantly cleared and I only break out when I'm about to start my period. As for my back and bum though...it's still there! I love milk and cheese...BUT, now that I've read your story I'm willing to give it a shot. Thank you for sharing
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