Hello and thanks for taking time to read my post! (This will probably be lengthy, apologies in advance.)
A bit about myself/a prologue:
(The short) My name's Jared, I'm 21 years old from Upstate New York and I've suffered from mild to severe acne for nearly a decade now. I currently go to school full time studying Environmental Science, work at a local vet clinic, and genuinely enjoy the outdoors.
(The Long) Before I ever had a zit I was heavy, very heavy indeed. In about 4th grade I began to gain weight, around the time my parents began to have trouble in their marriage, and continued to up until about 11th grade. This was pretty good to my self esteem (hah) but allowed me to discover some really amazing things as well. My adventure with acne began in 6th grade, I can actually remember the first zit I ever got on vacation in Pennsylvania and has been a non-stop source of fun ever since. My parents split up when I turned 16, my mother left at this point and I haven't seen or talked to her since. Part of my bad skin, I would bet, was the inability for either of my parents to even bring up or teach me about acne when it first hit (or at all, ever), or help me treat it properly. I never went to a single dance, dated, had a kiss, or even had my yearbook picture taken in Highschool. School itself was bittersweet to me, I loved the coursework and learning things, but I absolutely loathed the environment and the people. Kids can be cruel and teachers, condescending. After Highschool I tried to do the go straight to work thing at a local restaurant, which I did for two years before realizing it wasn't worth it and an education was a much better option, which I'll get into later. During this time in 2009 I discovered my father was gay and had lied to my sister and I about it, directly. I confronted him about it and he admitted he was gay but continued to lie about other parts of it, such as leaving every other weekend when I was younger to go to Canada, to see his boyfriend. (Yikes) He also had his new boyfriend, Scott, move in, in 2009 with his 2 year old son. At this point, this combined with the acne caused me to fall into a extremely deep depression for well over a year and a half. I literally fell off the planet to the friends I had, I went to work and came home just to fall into bed. My acne became outrageous during this time and I tried a vast amount of OTC and Prescribed products, which I'll list later, none of which helped and my acne continued to grow. I think the stress of depression had a huge impact on it honestly. I considered suicide a very viable and possibly needed option at the time. I became conscious that something needed to be done or else that was it, so I began to get fit. I lifted weights, rode bikes, did 14+ mile day hikes, started rock climbing, changed my diet, and read more than I had been doing previous. Miraculously my acne began to heal and my self esteem skyrocketed. For a period of about 6 months my acne disappeared. I started dating a really great girl for a while, registered for school, got back in touch with my friends, and for the first time since about third grade I was truly happy. Life was good. At the end of summer just before school started my Grandfather passed away. He was the best influence that was ever in my life and probably will be. He taught me to fish when I was 2, taught me to shoot a .22 when I was 5, bought me my first compound bow at 7, had me bailing hay on his farm at 11, and was the person I lived with for just about two years during my parents divorce. His passing away destroyed me once again. This as well as starting school most likely had an impact on the acne returning that fall, which it did in force. During the time it returned my girlfriend and I broke up, I began to stay away from people again, and probably the only good of it all, I buried my head in school work and realized I liked it. I went to my derm. which prescribed me topicals and a regimen of multiple antibiotics for 6 months which still didn't work. After the antibiotics finished my acne bloomed worse than ever, at this point I needed accutane. Also, as a side effect of this I made the Deans List then the Presidents List while taking Chem, Calc, Bio I & II, Ecology, Geology, Botany, as well as others (so it wasn't all bad, I doubt I would have done so well without acne lol.) My derm. told me I can't take Accutane because my mother was manic depressive, after spending thousands at her clinic on scripts and chemical peels that never really solved it,(didn't tell her about my episode though :S). So I went to my regular doctor and told him my situation, I had lost my insurance from work because I wasn't full time anymore so I needed help to get this. He was incredibly helpful and gave me scripts that I could mail to pharmacies in Canada to get Accutane for $147 a month rather than the $831 for a months supply here in the US. I still had to pay for blood tests but he worked with me to get them cheaper. Truly a health-care professional if there was one. So after my first course with Accutane ended in November I had near clear skin, with the exception of red marks, (not a single pimple) for almost 3 months. Then I got food poisoning from some bad chicken salad and it came back within 48 hours. UGH. Gone one day back the next. So that was about 2 weeks ago and I haven't stopped breaking out since, I have an appt. with my doc next Friday but I don't know if I can afford Accutane again while I'm in school. So that has brought me back here, now to finally begin.
Products/Vitamins/Prescriptions that haven't worked or show only slight help:
Proactive (10 Months)
Every Clean and Clear Product
(Basically name an OTC sold at pharmacies)
Clindamycin (topical AND oral)
Accutane (worked for 3 months)
Vitamin A (just did a week of 100,000IU, x10 the regular dosage to see if it would help)
Vitamin B complex
Fish oil (capsule and oil)
Fresh Garlic, Ingested (surprisingly had one of the best effects, still use it sporadically)
(I'm still on a few of these vitamins)
So after being on topicals for years now I realized something, I've never given my skin a break from something being on it. (Also it's good to note, companies can't make money off of saying it's good to not put anything on skin so this is seeming more and more plausible...)
So first thing's first, an apple and water diet for 3 days followed by grape juice and olive oil for a body detox.
I haven't washed my face with chemicals in about 24 hours and don't plan to for at least a month. (Unless I develop incredible amounts of cystic acne.)
Then I will be trying a raw food diet to aid it.
I plan to be changing out my pillow cases every night to every other night to also help not lay in my own oils, among other things.
This was in 10th grade, just before giving my Eagle Scout speech during the ceremony. My problem area had always been around my mouth at that point... Keep in mind this was calmer than usual. (Also a bit chunkier lol)
Added this (2/12/13) after initially posting but this wasn't too long ago either. Pre-Accutane.
This was taken tonight, I have definite red marks still and what not from the newest acne, that's a scar on my bottom lip btw :L
I will try to update as much as possible but most likely not every day.
If anyone would like to add something that might aid my efforts it would be greatly appreciated!
Edited by Hollywoodv1, 12 February 2013 - 07:59 AM.