Hi All- I am finally here to introduce myself, as I have read so many posts from this website. I am 26 years old and suffer from severe acne!! I had my first breakout when I was about 11 years old- and had to start wearing cover-up and foundation in 4th and 5th grade. Nothing ever seemed to help....my mother brought me to the dermotologist soo many times and I was on various medications-oral and topical. I'm having a hard time remembering but I don't think anything ever really worked...or if it did, it worked for a little while and then I was put back on a different medication. I was put on Accutane around the age of 16..and I remember how dry it used to make my lips, where I could peel the skin off, layer by layer. Thinking back I can't really remember if it ever truly worked- because I continued to have acne, regardless of my menstrual periods/time of the month. I always found that in the summer months (I live in NY), my face would get pretty tan and clear up...but by the time school started in September, my face would break out so bad I would not even want to start school. I would also avoid people, sleep-overs, parties, etc, whereas til this day I do not have many friends, due to my acne and how badly it made me feel. Every single year of my life since age 11 has been the same thing...over and over again.... In the winter months my face is a horror scene. I was pretty happy this past summer (2012),as my face looked pretty good and I felt like my acne would finally go away, but that wasn't true. I guess I'm pretty okay at applying makeup these days to cover up all my acne, as I've had 15 years of experience....ugh.....I am so miserable from this skin "disease."
This past November 2012, my face was getting SOOO bad that I went to an urgent care doctor on a Friday night and was prescribed Minocyclin. Well that medication caused me to have vertigo pretty badly, and I had to stop it after 2 days, and the vertigo stayed with me for about a week and I almost lost my job because of calling out sick (even with a doctor's note!!). During my vertigo and feeling psychotic for a week I found some blood work that I had from March 2012 and it said I had high liver enzymes. I did research and found that there may be a correlation between liver and acne, therefore I immediately made an appointment wtih an Internal Medicine doctor. I told htem my concerns, and they told me that liver problems and acne had absolutely no relation whatevsoer. Anyway, I got blood work done and had a physical and they said I'm perfectly healthy (my liver enzymes in December came back normal). I am not convinced at all because i still have SEVERE acne this winter, it just keeps getting worse, and i NEED to find out answers as soon as possible. About 2 weeks ago I went to an Allergist to find out if any of the foods I've been eating cause my breakouts and acne, because when I jused to eat pasta or wheat- my face would itch a lot, so now I'm thinking that my acne could be related to allergies?
Anyway- the Allergist told me that acne and allergies are not related either. Ugh. I'm stumped once again!!! I get all my allergy blood testing rsults back next week. I could care less even gooing to pick up the results because I know that they won't find anythign wrong with me either....
Okay to get to the point of my post (I truly do apologize for writing so much- I am just a miserable, sad person about my acne and I am crying while writing this, and I need all the answers I can get!)......I eat a very balanced diet. I consume fruits and vegetables all day long- I even juice my veggies and fruits- I eat organic- I stopped eating pasta and breads. I stopped drinking milk at age 18- and I have slowly started to eliminate dairy from my diet (I will eat coconut milk ice cream, which is amazing instead). I have been moisturzing with Cetaphil at night, and right now I only use Simple to take my makeup off at night as well. I have been trying to keep my face hydrated as much as possible, as i hear that the winter can cause breakouts from the dry air, etc. I also have a humidifier-but I never felt that it worked either. I take an organic multivitamin and a probiotic (someone once told me acne could be caused by a yeast build up,plus i have digestion issues as well). SO what else could I possibly do to help eliminate the acne?
Help!! What else should I be doing to stop my SEVERREE acne? I also started to break out very badly all over the sides of my neck this winter, which is very new for me. NOTHING is working at all for me, just getting worse. I will be 27 years old in May and my mother told me when I was 15 that by the time I was 18 or 19- that the acne would be gone!!!! (I know she was just trying to be hopeful) I'm almost 30..... God Help me.....or someone!!
I made an appointment with an Alternative Medicine Nutritionist for tomorrow at 12pm. I'm sooo nervous that he will also tell me that my bloodwork is fine...etc... But physically- we can all see how ugly my face really is, it is so bumpy and acney. I really hope to find answers because I cannot afford anymore doctor visits...... this is getting wayyyy too expensive...
Thanks for letting me vent...Any feedback would be helpful...: )