I would like to ask your help. I am a guy, 25 years old, and have been dealing with cystic acne for 10 years. At first, I did things the traditional way - going to a derm and getting massive amounts of doxycycline, antibiotic cream, etc, but my acne became progressively worse. It was only after I stopped all antibiotics/prescription meds 5 years ago did I experience some relief in regards to my skin. I still use BP on my skin but nothing else, and even this I am questioning now.
Although there was some improvement to my cystic acne years ago, I am puzzled about my current predicament. I am now constantly dealing with lip acne, pimples that may or may not come to a head dotted around my bottom lip mostly. They come in bunches and sometimes scar badly. Then they go away for a few weeks or a month, and then come right back. I have grown a beard, and for some reason my upper lip where my mustache is rarely gets acne anymore, and I don’t use any topicals on it....interesting huh? Same thing with forehead, I never put a topical on it and to this day I never had a pimple on it.
Now to my nose. I have been told I have rosacea and I have been told its just acne by different derms. I frequently get very large, deep, painful whiteheads 5 or so at a time, smack dab in the center of my nose. They make my nose beet red and leave deep scars. Then they go away for a few weeks or a month and finally when my nose is almost healed.....they come right back and its two weeks of Rudolph nose and scabs. On top of that I get marble and golf ball sized cysts on my neck frequently that are quite painful, i'd almost rather deal with these though because when I have nose and lip acne I feel so embarrassed I don't even want to look at my girlfriend.
I am done with the status quo dermatology field, they have done nothing for me except destroy my gut and inflame my acne. After reading “The Clear Skin Diet” and alternative health articles by respected MDs, I am convinced acne is from within and much to do with diet/lifestyle. So 5 months ago I cut back on dairy, cheese, white starches, while increasing my fiber, and switched my toothpaste to natural and no longer use chapstick. Still, the acne persists. I admit, there is room for improvement. I still smoke. I still slip here and eat a cheeseburger once and a while but I am trying harder then ever. I also have been dealing with anxiety for quite a while but I do a lot of deep breathing/relaxation techniques, etc.
Any help or advice as to why I get the acne where I do on my face and neck? What am I doing wrong or what do you think I should do about it? Is change in order, should I ditch all the BP for good? Thank you so much for your time and help.
Edited by lostinthefog87, 02 February 2013 - 10:57 PM.