So I've been lurking acne.org for about two years now and this is my first time posting. I'm very desperate to find a solution to my chronic moderate cystic acne issue. Sorry this is so long but I really would love some advice!
Ok so here it goes:
I'm currently almost 20 years old and throughout my teenage years I suffered from a little bit of acne that healed very quickly and it started to get better as I got older. Never ever washed my face. But silly me before college decided I wanted to have "perfect skin" so I went to a dermatologist and got some type of retinoid cream (I can't remember but I think it may have been tazorac?). Anywho, that completely destroyed my skin and left me with red marks, dry/peeling skin, red face, and worsened acne no matter how little I applied.
*Also note that I have extremely sensitive skin and have dealt with moderate allergies and digestive issues all my life. I also went through a few years of anorexia.
So of course I continued to go back trying different creams like Differin, Proactiv, etc... and yes I did use them for about 12 weeks each. And then I probably made the worst mistake of my life by going on antibiotics for several months, which did nothing if not made it worse. I also went on birth control for 3-4 months but couldn't handle the side effects. After I learned about this site, I discovered that I didn't have to destroy my face and that I could find a natural approach but man have I had a difficult time!
First, I tried doing a detox tea and man did that clear things up! I also added in a multi vitamin and I was so glad to see my face improving for the first time in months. But slowly my acne creeped back and that was when I tried more antibiotics and the birth control (yeah a step back, I know). I started having more digestive issues and went to a gastroenterologist. After many tests, we discovered that I have celiac disease. Which I'm SURE came from the antibiotics because no one in my family has it. So I thought, I'd cut out gluten and dairy (since it's bad for acne) and I'll be good as new! WRONG. The acne persisted.
I tried improving my diet but maybe I continued to eat too much meat? I don't eat any red meat. Only chicken, occassionally turkey, eggs, and fish. I've still been eating corn and gluten-free oats as far as grains. I don't eat fast food. I only drink a lot of water and some almond/coconut milk. Barely any processed food. I've also eliminated all refined sugar and haven't had a soda since 6th grade. I don't eat candy/sweets. I don't eat "bad" fats-I use only olive oil and now am using coconut oil for better health benefits. I'm a college student so I can't afford organic . I also went through a ton of supplements.
Only inflammed cysts that sometimes come to a head and cysts deep below the skin that aren't inflammed and remain for months....and months. I never get blackheads. Not really oily, just a teeny bit on t-zone.
Nothing really, I hate using products on my face because my skin doesn't like it. I just run my face under water every other day.
weight gain-pear shape
weak legs/exercise intolerance
spitting up phlegm everyday
depression-probably from acne
poor wound healing- hence horrible red marks :'(
enhanced allergic reactions recently
dry hair/hair loss
hangnails-had these all my life really
poor circulation especially in legs
persistent peeling/dry lower lip only despite chapstick
period coming more often than it used to (every 20 days or so)
colonoscopy-doc said everything looked fine
What I think it may be related to:
overactive immune system
adrenal issue maybe?
Right now I'm on day 4 of a 5 day water fast (No change in acne thus far) and I'm going to try going on an elimination diet to look for intolerances and try to become a mostly raw vegan because of how good it is for inflammation and healing.
So does anyone have any feedback for me? Anything would be greatly appreciated.
P.S thanks to all you guys do! You've helped me understand my body so much. It's just really confusing with all the information.
Edited by bpeyton3, 06 August 2012 - 05:53 PM.