This is my first time posting.I have been on here a lot within the past months, due to an obvious reason, acne. So here is a little history:
I am a 26 year old male. I have had acne since 14. They were big cyst at first but in my late teens, the acne tend to happen around my jawline. It was horrible. I lived in Asia until I was 20. When I came to America, I ate a lot of junk food and sweet food. Then I started developing chest and back acne. I never understood the reason as I was always convinced that diet was the root of acne.
I have always been an active user of BP. It kept my skin about 90% clear but I didn't like the dryness and the hassle. So I always wanted to find a substitute. So in January, I decided to try only AHA on my face. Big mistake, my face was smooth for 2 weeks but then it started breaking out. But I didn't want to go back to the BP lotion so I used a combo of Satylic Acid and Clean and Clear 10% BP face wash because I saw someone recommended it on the other forum. My face continued to break out. Then, I used tea tree oil as it helped a lot before but now it doesn't anymore
I got so frustrated as it was the worst break out since I could remember. My jawline and cheeks were so terrible. So I decided that something must be wrong and I needed to heal this once and for all. So I came across some acne-diet blogs and this forum. I thought why not give it a try. I even bought the book "The Clear Skin Diet" and it gave me so much insight and I felt confident that changing my diet would work.
So I changed my diet totally. Before all this, I had a bad diet. Because I am thin and always want to gain weight I would eat fat oily stuff and tons of chocolate and I wouldn't gain much weight. I drank milk, ate fast greasy food, milk chocolate, cereal, you name it. But because I was using BP lotion my acne was under control.
Now I totally cut off milk, butter, peanuts, white rice, pasta, white bread, white potato and everything. I follow a strict diet.
And my diet consist of:
Making smoothie out of (combination of) green leaves, ginger, turmeric, beets, fruits etc.every morning
I eat only brown rice, wild rice or quinoa. I eat salmon and lean meat for protein.
I try to avoid anything gluten but occasionally i will still have it like wheat bread.
I take lots of flax seeds, hemp seeds, for Omega 3
Basically, I eat what is recommended on this forum and avoid what's not recommended. I even try to avoid soy but it didn't help.
I have been on this strict diet for 2 months now.
And I do not know why, my urges have really slowed down and so my masturbation has been really infrequent too
Given all that, my face is still breaking out crazily on my jawline and cheeks. And it also came on my neck which has not happened before. Oh my gosh, if anything I would expect improvement but it broke out so badly.
Oh yea, I also started taking evening primrose oil (does any male have bad experience with this?), zinc and omega 3 supplements in february. But my face broke out and I was not sure if these caused it so I stopped taking them all for now.
I have been depressed and have no idea how to face this. I have been avoiding people I used to talk to and stop going out. I know I shouldn't be like this but I just feel so sad. Just today my coworker asked me what happens to my face as it's so red. (I have been back to BP lotion this week because I think it has worked well in the past few years. I have to go back BP, otherwise it is like the end of the world.)
With all the strict diet and without masturbation (and less urges so I think less testosterone in my system) I still break out. And 2 weeks ago, I masturbated as I thought I still got acne without masturbation, whats the big deal. Big mistake, my acne got worse.
Is it too early to see improvement due to diet for 2 months? How long will it take? I am leaning towards the belief that diet wouldn't work for me. But I actually enjoy eating healthy now so I am going to continue to eat healthy no matter what. So I will see if my face will improve in the future. Now I also start taking Vitamin D and A supplements. (Back in December my family doctor told me my vitamin D was way low). I find it hard to believe Vitamin D is the cause though, since I had acne when I was living in Asia 5 years ago with tons of sun. But I am going to continue to take Vitamin D.
And I am really confused as to why my sex drive has been so low. This has never happened to me. And I would think the good side of that is less acne. But it is not the case...And my good diet is not helping either.
Needless to say, I am so frustrated. With good diet and low urges, my face is not different from having a bad diet and high urges. This just doesn't make sense. Thanks for reading. Please let me know if you see something that I don't.