Hi everyone, I have been struggling with hundreds of recurring blackheads since I stopped BP more than a year ago. While on BP I would get 2-5 inflamed spots at any one time, and I could deal with that. But about a week after I stopped, my face EXPLODED into these blackheads all over my cheeks, nose, and forehead (and a few on chin). I tried the paleo diet for about a month (cheated on Christmas and New Year's) over my winter break to no avail. The only improvement I have found is in extreme overwashing and extracting the blackheads. But I can't stand up for long enough to extract all of the blackheads as there are too many and I get tired after an hour.
Anyways, I have tried many other approaches (wearing a honey/matcha/yogurt mask right now) and have been to a holistic medicine practitioner and had many tests done to locate deficiencies and such, of which there were none of note (C. freundii overgrowth that was corrected with some herbs). I have been avoiding wheat and unfermented dairy for at least 2 months and continue to the present.
I don't want to write a book here but I will note that I also get some spots on my chest, not whiteheads (unless it gets really bad) but more just red spots, whenever I eat something I shouldn't (I avoid those foods) or too much starch (I try to avoid most of this too). But, I have had perfect skin on my chest while maintaining hundreds of blackheads on my face. So idk if it's related.
I'm getting pretty desperate here, having spent a few thousand dollars and many years in pursuit of a remedy. Has anyone confronted this blackhead plague? Does anyone have any suggestions for what I should do next?