I'm glad to report that after almost a year, my face remains clear, apart from the occasional small whitehead, which I can usually trace to a specific cause.
What brings me to start a new log, however, is that I still have body acne on my chest, arms, back, and to a smaller extent shoulders and neck. After many months of experimenting, I have narrowed the possible causes down to pretty much only candida, and am now fully in the fight against it.
The reasons I'm pretty sure I have candida:
A) I never had chest acne before I went on antibiotics, and the rest of my body had cleared up after high school. They all flared up after I came off antibiotics, and haven't gotten better since, regardless of any changes.
B) My body acne always gets worse after sugar or alcohol, but not my face. For some reason, Taurine (see my other log) keeps my face clear (which is where I had normal acne) but not my body (which only broke out after antibiotics).
C) I thought it couldn't be candida because I ate a "low-sugar" diet, but didn't realize that the carbs I was craving (giant bowls of cereal, bread rolls, rice, etc) were all feeding the candida.
D) I experienced a fair few candida-like symptoms over the last year (fatigue, jock itch, muscle pains in my legs, headaches (especially after sugar consumption)
E) most promisingly, I have experienced strong die-off symptoms since I began treatment consistent with candida.
So basically, this summer I decided to finally try to fight it, having eliminated all my other theories and added up all the evidence. I first got into a stable normal regimen that kept my face clear, then simply added several tablespoons of ACV (an antifungal) each day. After 2 weeks, I was experiencing flu-like symptoms, fatigue, depressed sexual appetite, etc. This was enough evidence to put me on the full program.
So my current regimen (I am on day 4) is this:
No fungal things
Nothing that could aggravate my digestion
Plenty of healthy meat and vegetables
Lots of anti-fungals
I replaced my morning giant bowl of all-bran with scrambled eggs with a side of sliced avocado, topped with cayenne and black pepper. I started on green smoothies containing spinach, ginger, and garlic. I've begun cooking my own candida-friendly dinners (which is two birds with one stone, since I wanted to learn to cook these holidays). I'm still drinking ACV, and am also taking psyllium husks to replace the fiber that all bran was giving me.
Since I started this regimen my die-off symptoms have intensified. I have near-constant muscle ache in my arms and legs, sometimes back and neck. I get headaches now and then. I get tired easily, and my body acne has intensified to a level it's not been at in months (thankfully my face hasn't been too badly effected yet, just a lot more blackheads and some small spots on my forehead where I had them last year).
These die-off symptoms actually make me feel really good however. It means that I'm killing a significant amount of candida each day. In following advice from Brenton's thread, I'm not taking probiotics for a while, until they can do the most good. Since I've been taking ACV for about 3 weeks now, I will rotate it out next week and add either coconut oil or caprylic acid (if I can get the latter, I can't seem to find anywhere selling it).
After spending a year unable to make much progress on this body acne, seeing everything playing out consistent with candida makes me very glad to be combating it. I know it might take a few months, but I hope to beat it out.
Anyhow, that's all for now. I'm going down to the farmer's market tomorrow to buy some organic vegetables. Does anyone have any suggestions?
Edited by ThatPrimalGuy, 22 December 2011 - 07:28 PM.