Hello, here's my story and a solution that seems to be working. Some time ago I found this website and promised myself that once I find my cure, I'll post. There is no cure for everyone but one might read each others methods and attempt, so here we go.
24 years old male, always was a late bloomer (genes), my acne started when I was 20 and remained until now. It started as hormonal and remained hormonal, however sometimes other factors made it worse. My condition was moderate, sometimes worse, but never extremely bad (which I consider to be face completely covered with zits). It usually concentrated in different parts, first in T-zone (basic for teenage acne) and later mostly chin, jawline (hormonal imbalances in adult life). My work with late night stays and lots of sitting in front of a computer (IT) didn't do any good to my skin.
So at first I used the basic things thinking it will go away but when I was 23 it started to drive me nuts that I have hormonal acne all the time. Even when I ate well (I never ate junk food) I still had acne when friends of my age and even younger could eat crappy food and be clear. Seemed unfair, and I always thought it's due to my work/lack of sleep. I started sleeping normally, but still didn't clear up. I had regular sex btw, didn't clear up. Then I've researched a lot about food and etc. but never really could keep it strict.
I learned to live with acne. And to those reading this, it actually benefited me in some ways: made me step my game up socially to still interact with women, I've learned to accept myself as I am, developed spiritually and I learned a lot about healthy food. Also I didn't go out and drink as much as my peers and concentrated on work and learning more, which I am thankful for now.
I concluded that my acne is hormonal because the break outs were sudden, perhaps when I ate something or when something caused a hormonal shift. Anyway there wasn't a day when I didn't have a pimple or a cyst. Sometimes I had 2-3, sometimes more, when most of them went out, new ones appeared. No masks, toppings, creams helped me. I am very much against harsh chemicals and tried to minimize them on my skin. When a cosmetologist I went to suggested accutane I immediately left her (she never did anything good anyway). Later I also learned that partially my acne was due to candida overgrowth.
Here's how it's changed. I've moved recently to study and started a new approach, a completely strict lifestyle, focusing on all aspects of life.
I wake up when the sun rises and go to bed at 10pm
I exercise daily: cycle wherever I need to go, occasionally jog, do yoga, pull-ups/push-ups etc., surf 2 times a week when time allows me to.
By the way before moving I did shank prakshalana - a yoga procedure to flush your system from mouth to anus with salt water which due to being saltier than what's inside you sucks out the toxins, remainings of food and bad bacteria. After the procedure I ate as prescribed and built up my good intestinal bacteria from scratch basically. It's a hard thing to do so I don't recommend it, but I believe it's important before changing your lifestyle both spiritually and physically. I've stopped eating meat at that point too (as I didn't digest it well before).
So now when I've moved, I eat only organic food, my diet is nearly completely the same every day (except 3-4 times a week I eat lunch on campus, eating some stuff that I may lack in nutrition at home). I add 1 tablespoon of organic virgin coconut oil in every meal (except those not at home), 2 in breakfast (as I need 4 a day for my weight).
My diet is:
Breakfast. Organic wheat free cereal with oatmeal and a little bit of sunflower seeds, almonds and raisins (the package has it all). I pour heated up coconut/almond milk in a bowl of it, add 5-6 table spoons of organic sheep milk yogurt and add local bananas (for they have no chemical coating to keep them fresh).
Lunch. When I cook my lunch it's a bit of greens (lettuce, rocket, kale etc.) with a porridge that I boil, made of quinoa, red kidney beans, lentils and adding pieces of beetroot, turmeric and sweet pumpkin there. No salt or anything, the only spice I use is turmeric.
Dinner. I have a rice cooker with steaming function, so I cook brown rain fed rice (with 1/2 t.s. of turmeric) while steaming a selection of veggies: zucchini, carrot, beetroot, broccoli and/or cauliflower, sweet pumpkin (it makes rice amazing), garlic. Sometimes I add eggplant or green bell pepper in there. I also have greens with dinner most of the time.
All ingredients that I cook with are organically grown. 99% of the time at least. It costs me more, but I don't use anything on my skin now except tea tree oil face wash (daily) and natural moisturizer once in a while, so I save there.
I never eat bread, sweets or anything like that, as it causes candida overgrowth.
So basically I have lots of vitamins and elements that my body needs throughout the day, I keep my blood circulating well with exercise and my liver has a lot of things that help it cleanse and detox my body.
Coconut oil is essential by the way and I believe has the greatest effect, as my thyroid seems to function normally (now I no longer have oily skin) excreting hormones in balance.
Within 2 months of doing this "routine" I started to have glowing skin (with no black spots and no cysts), black circles under my eyes disappeared, I have lots of energy and am productive. After 1 week I had my first day without a single new pimple. Then it just got better and better.
BUT my skin hasn't cleared up completely. Once in a while I get 1-2 whiteheads. This is nothing compared to cysts I had frequently on my jawline and chin. I have yet to understand what causes those whiteheads, but I do have acne prone skin, so this is the best it ever was since I was 19. My best guess is just dirt in university classrooms air and inevitable toxins that I get while cycling on the roads.
Anyway it's not 100% perfect yet so I can't brag, but it suits me to be honest, I'd stick to this rather than using a regimen with topical chemicals on my skin. I'd rather depend on healthy food and lifestyle than on burning my skin with BP.
But here's what happened 6 days ago (after nearly 3 months in on my routine) and why I came here to search for stuff and decided to post.
I slipped and had a seafood meal in a cafe (fish, squids and shrimp with potatoes which I didn't eat) which turned out to be a disaster for me. Due to excess iodine intake my thyroid went crazy and in 1 day I had a break out all over my jawline with those bumpy cysts. I also had abnormal increase of libido, very noticeable compared to normal. So now I know one cause of a break out for me. But here's a funny thing, the skin everywhere else is still glowing, soft and nice. Also I don't pick my zits anymore (life has taught me and I can see that those bumps seem to disappear without erupting. This is what confused me, at first I broke out, concluded why, got angry at myself and expected them to come out in a day or two. Most of them never came out, they are not painful anymore and not even red, but when I touch them with a finger (clean of course) I can feel a bump under skin and the bump is a little visible too, but the color is the same as the skin around. All I've been using is tea tree oil topically on those. I have no idea why they decided not to erupt and I'll update on that in a week or so.
It is early to conclude whether I've found my cure or not, it's been only 2.5 months, but from last week's experience I will make sure to stay on track and see how it is in another 3 months. I will make sure to update here.
Edited by asker, 12 April 2013 - 04:05 PM.