Well, I'm new to participating in this community (long time reader and site-surfer) and I need to figure something out. Recently, about 2 weeks ago, I adopted an entirely new diet; one that I hope will assist with finding the real underlying reason for my acne.
A little bit of background:
I've had acne since I was 13 years old - I'm 18 now and heading into college (I'm a guy by the way). At first it was mild/slightly moderate with occasional inflamed pimples. I went to the derm and was prescribed clindamycin, differin, and doxycycline and the acne was gone! I was so happy! But after about a year, the acne came back and became moderate/severe - occasional cysts with mostly inflamed acne. I was so depressed =[.
After trial and error with minocycline and other products, I went on Accutane. After 8 months of hell, my acne was gone, and I thought for good. However, 7 months later, it slowly crept back to the surface of my face. That's when I went on a paranoid frenzy of trying to find the right products, the right prescription, the right regimen, the right supplement, etc. nothing was working well.
I've been on (in no particular order) in their full courses:
- Differin .1 and .3
- Sodium Sulfacetamide Suspension
- And the grandaddy... Accutane
After countless errors through all of my trials, what has calmed my face down the most is washing gently (almost like in the Acne.org Regimen way) with mild foaming cleanser and simply applying a moisturizer like Vanicream Lite afterwords. I spot treat problem areas with some things, but that's about it. I've also been taking the typical vitamins that are "supposed" to help acne - multi, A, D, Zinc, Chromium.
Yes, what I've done is quite extensive, but that's why I think that my issue originates either because of hormones or because of diet. I'm ready to change things around. I am now at the point where I want to find the real reason for this damn curse/disease, whatever you want to call it. I am determined to see if it originates systemically.
So, back to the real reason for this post. I did have a decently healthy diet - mostly organic except for when I eat out, minimal dairy in the form of cheeses, no milk, no white breads, decent amount of fruits and vegetables, what I thought was a good amount of water, and other typical healthy people things. However, just cutting dairy and eating "relatively" healthy seemed as though it wasn't cutting it.
Two weeks ago, like I said, I began the following:
- No more gluten. Period.
- No dairy at all in any forms.
- Limit greatly processed sugars.
- Minimal soy.
- Increase consumption of organic fruits and vegetables. Vegetables mostly with every meal.
- Juicing every morning. One large glass, combination of kale, cucumber, broccoli, beets, carrots, apples, and leafy baby greens. *ABSOLUTELY LOVE THIS JUICE, MAKES YOU FEEL SO GOOD AND ENERGIZED*
- Changed my Multi to Rainbow brand for Teens (Contains herbs and specific vitamins for teens with acne.)
- Large increase in water intake. Drink a one gallon jug from full every day, throughout the day.
- Minimal intake of red meat. Eat 90% chicken and fish.
- Sun exposure for 20 - 30 minutes each day. Avoid burning.
- Try VERY hard not to pick, scrape, pop spots. Only do so if the white head is visible and only requires light squeezing.
- Probiotic with about 5 billion active cultures in order to remedy issues most likely caused by extended antibiotic usage.
With these changes, I have noticed a decrease in large inflamed spots that I'm getting. However, I have in the past 2 or 3 days, broken out in smaller whiteheads and slightly inflamed mini-pimples. Not too many, maybe just 4 or 5 on each side.They're nothing compared to the honkers I would get before, but it's all frustrating acne regardless of the type.
Is there anyone here who can tell me if a purging or "detox" of the skin is possible with a diet change like mine? Especially with the juicing, which I think may be helping to cleanse my body.
SN: I recently was using Dan's AHA+ for some closed comedones on my face. Used it for about 2 and a half weeks, no longer using it now. Could it maybe be a minor breakout from the AHA+ use?
Anyway, thanks so much to anyone who reads this! Sorry for the long post, I just want to make sure that I'm covering all the angles. Also, if anyone wants to chime in on whether or not my diet sounds beneficial, please do. I am adding Spirulina, Chlorella, and Braggs Apple Cider Vinegar to my diet change as well in the coming days. Any thoughts on those?
Edited by AKanel, 11 July 2012 - 12:11 AM.