Im from Bolivia, Im 17 years old, I've been suffering from acne for one year now. Everything started when i started working out, during the first months i was pretty clear, but when I started to drink whey protein (makes muscles grow faster) and consuming 3000 calories per day a nightmare came into my life. I've developed inflammed acne on cheeks. I have to admit, i gained 16 lbs, but to what cost? ruinning my face, well, I regret, but the positive side is i was reallyyyy skinyyy after a gallbladder surgery I had, and now i have a pretty body.
I was started getting worried about my mild acne, went to the derm, gave me Retin-A, just made my acne worse. After that, benzoyl peroxide 5% one time per day (no moisturizer), got worst. Then, she wanted to prescribe me accutane and i said "wait a minuuute whooo" haha, I started to read about acne like crazy, increasing my knowledge A LOT. I discovered it could be the muscle supplement, i cut it off for one month and my acne was clearly getting better ( one day I drank too much rum, broke me out terribly during that period,learned my lesson haha, no more rum). After reading some more, started Dan's regimen (4% benzoyl peroxide, not 2.5% cause it doesnt exist in my poor country -.-) and started paleo diet aswell. After a short period, I WAS ACNE FREE!! my confidence was huge which means more security, less worries, more seduction etc.
( I was better in seduction not because i was acne free, because i had more confidence)
I treated some red marks, even 2 IPL laser treatments, after 3 months red marks were dissapearing. I got one inflammed pimples every...2 weeks or so, because i started eating some junk food and alcohol on weekends. Nothing to worry about...
Suddenly, 2 weeks ago, like october 20, two inflammed pimples showed just in a red mark which was dissapearing...i got so angry!!! and it got worst!!! it was like if the infection had spreaded and I realized my acne was back. I thought it was because i was drinking too much vodka, because i started using lemon juice for the tiny red marks left and because I had eaten two burger king's apple pie. Anyways, i started paleo diet again, but I got more friends on my right cheek. I was wondering "whyy am i getting these painful zits, i cut off the protein supplement, this shoudnt had happened". I think my acne is not hormonal (it would appear on the chin), i think its something in my digestive system, the abuse of alcohol, even though vodka doesnt break me out and some junk food I eat like one time per week.
Now i got more questions, , ¿why did I developed acne again if I dont eat junk food and cut off the gym supplement? ¿what if Dan's regimen was what really cured me and not the diet? ¿Is accutane the best option even though my acne is mild-moderate? ¿ is this because i cut off my salycilic acid cleanser?
I like to search for information until find the cause, dont judge me as arrogant haha but its true.
I went to my gastroenterologist, nutricionist and made a full exam. Everything was perfect, insulin was normal and no internal infections. Also, the exam showed that my excrement had food which was not digested properly. He prescribed me digestive enzymes.
-The nutricionist gave me a supplement because i told her I dont drink milk until my red marks go away completly (betacelullin makes sebaceous glands grow) and gave me a supplement with vitaming, minerals, CALCIUM, and omega 3. However, im afraid of drinking it, i guess its a trauma from whey protein supplement haha.
My new derm prescribed me differin and topical clyndamicine 2 weeks ago, I know this could made my acne worst during first 3 weeks, but it doesnt explain zits in other areas of my face. After that, he prescribed doxycycline 100 mg/per day. I talk a lot with my derm and he says i have a huge knowledge about this topic. However, he thinks its hormonal and because im 17 and its normal to develop acne and said i should be getting ready to take accutane, he thinks accutane worth the pain and it is not sooo bad after all. I agree, accutane is not a torture, actually it contrls your acne incredibly for a loong period of time, 4-5 months worth the chapped lips. Here we have to think in the farmaceutical bussines, derms get more money and the product (isotretinoin) is sold, that COULD be the reason he doesnt have faith in the antibiotic, he prefers accutane.
I decided to do this: increase the antibiotic dosage and add some staff
- digestive enzymes, after breakfast, lunch, evening meal and dinner
- chew the food well
- Paleo diet.- meats, fruits and vegetales, whole grain rice, whole grain pasta, oats, some teas to a proper digestion, whole grain ceral, yougurt to protect my stomach from the strong antibitotic etc.
- gym 3 times per week (lift weights )
- sleep 8 hours per day
-50 spf non-comedogenic sunscreen
- I use no cleanser, just water.
LETS TRY THIS FOR ONE MONTH, I HAVE FAITH IN THIS REGIMEN , if this shows improvement, i'll prolong this regimen for some months more. My graduation is on december 9, and I'd like to at least a clearer face. If this doesnt work, I'll go straight on accutane, IM YOUNG!! I wanna eat french fries on weekends, eat pizza,drink milk!!! not to get worry about washing my face after exercersicing and after having sex, 5 months of side effects worth it. By the way, i've noticed I get more breakouts after having sex, maybe its just coincidence, but im not gonna stop having it, my girlfriend doesnt really care (hopefully hahaha, if she does in the future, it means shes not for me), anyways its not fair for her..neither for me, what am i gonna say? "i dont wanna have sex cause im afraid to break out"....dont stop having sex people!! I read so many comments about this topic, control your masturbations to 1-2 times per week but dont stop it, eyaculation is relaxing and sex is beatiful, its the essence of reproductivity, the essence of human life.
Goal ---> 1 month ago skin
How I am now, november 6, 2011
active pimples : 5
The most important, i want this thread to be helpful for you, thanks for following this log.
Edited by Chestercool, 08 December 2011 - 09:36 PM.