I am a 24 male with sensitive combination skin and persistent cystic acne. My body chemistry absolutely bewilders me. I have very dry eyes, dry legs, dry hands, but predominantly oily skin on my face. I am very hesitant to take Accutane because of the horror stories on both here and abroad but also because I had LASIK surgery last year and now my eyes are very sensitive and almost constantly dry and bloodshot. Also, the isolated accounts of how Accutane can permanently effect one's testosterone levels and sexual ability in men is equally unnerving. I have taken Doxycycline, Bactrim, and Solodyn, separately, for extended periods of time, but like all antibiotics, they are not a cure, and they have their limitations. I also do not like the idea of being on these kinds of medications for prolonged periods of time, as the chances of killing the good bacteria in one's gut are increased.
Right now, I try to eat as healthy as possible. I do not drink soda, dairy milk, or sugary artificial drinks. Instead I prefer almond milk, mineral water, carrot juice, and other fruit and vegetable juices. I will sometimes drink coffee or tea. I also try to prefer, as much as possible, whole wheat gluten-free grains. I have tried to start eating more fruit as well. Dark chocolate is my only weakness but I cannot say if it actually makes my skin worse. I never eat fast food or junk food. I take fish oily, zinc, and sometimes vitamin B5 or a multi-V daily. I am not a particular fan of mega-dosing because I feel it may be dangerous though I am open to consideration.
In the morning I use a CeraVe cleanser for normal to oily skin and then a CeraVe AM moisturizer. In the evening I use a sacyclic and glycolic acid cleanser from my dermatologist, then a CeraVe PM moisturizer, and Epiduo (a Benzoyl Peroxide topical). Sometimes I will use a 10% Benzoyl Peroxide spot treatment.
This week I have a second PDT session and chemical peel. The PDT treatment I receive uses red light and Isolaz technology. I am very interested, however, in asking my dermatologist about more intense light therapies, such as the ones that involve the chemical topicals and are designed to permanently shrink or kill the subaceous glands. I also really want to look into a home blue light kit (probably one from Tanda) for managing cystic formations. Any insight on light therapy would be greatly appreciated. Finally, does anyone know much about drinking off-the-shelf, combined fruit and vegtable juices? I know a lot of people on here have claimed success with drinking smoothies and juices they made from a juicer but what about simpler, easier alternatives, such as juice that is already prepared?
I made the horrible mistake of picking at my face and now it looks like someone took a golf club to my forehead. As a result, my anxiety is particularly high going into the coming work week, especially considering how many meetings and office functions I have to attend. In the interim, any words of wisdom, advice, or comments are greatly appreciated.
Edited by John457, 19 May 2013 - 12:36 PM.