So recently I've been reading up on fiber, probiotics and how restoring the good bacteria to the gut has been some people's acne cure. This naturally got me very excited, specifically because I've noticed a strong correlation between my diet and acne in the past year or so. Lately I've also been experiencing fatigue, dermatitis, a foul smell in my nose, really bad dandruff and very runny stool, and in the past I've always experienced breakouts from certain foods - sugars, dairy, red meats, caffeine (the "usual suspects"), but also what I imagined to be benign foods like salmon and grapefruit, as well as exceeding the DV on seemingly any vitamin.
Anyhoo, right now I have pimples on my chin and around my lips, as well as on my cheeks and along my jawline. Some of them are clogged pores caused by wearing concealer, which I've been doing for the past couple weeks (it keeps me sane). However, the real problem ones are the super-painful red inflamed ones that come and go in my mouth and jaw region, simply because they hurt every time I speak or chew.
As per the recommendation of another forum member, I ordered NOW Foods GR-8 Dophilus probiotic and a NOW Foods fiber supplement. So far the fiber hasn't come in (probably won't for another week), but the probiotic came in last evening, and I couldn't wait to get started so I decided to just kick off with the probiotic and add the fiber in later (I still get extra fiber, but not in supplement form - I just eat a fiber cereal morning & evening, about 10g fiber each time).
One forum member said that it took only 3-4 days for him to see results. Others, 2-3 weeks. Some never saw results, period. Personally, I went into this hoping this would be my cure, seeing as how I've pretty much exhausted my options (aside from Accutane, but I don't think my acne is severe enough for any doctor to let me on it).
So last night at around midnight, three hours after my previous meal, I popped one probiotic pill. Popped another today at 8 AM and another one at 4 PM. The 4PM one was between meals and might have been overkill, seeing as how I'd never taken a probiotic before... anyway, lunch at 1PM was pretty comfortable, but dinner at 6PM gave me a lot of gas and other stomach discomforts. I'm thinking tomorrow I might just take two pills to be on the safe side.
Positive effects I noticed... almost immediately, the foul smell that had pervaded in my nose for over a week was gone. I also seemed to have less dandruff after my morning shower. However, both these could be just placebos: one day is far too early to tell. Also, I didn't have any real diarrhea like I normally do (especially after eating carrots), although my after-dinner dump was pretty watery (TMI).
Negatives... well, aside from the stomach discomfort, this evening after I removed my concealer I noticed that a large red tender cyst was developing on my left temple, and three smaller bumps seem to be coming up on my mid-forehead. The reason I'm so bothered by this is because my forehead has been relatively clear for the past year or so. Sure, it hasn't always been smooth, but any acne that may have been underneath never really surfaced and never really became visible. I did get small clogged pores there after I started using concealer, but nothing like this. These seem like mini-cysts. If it's an initial breakout or some kind of purge from the probiotics, then I'm okay with it I guess... but if it's a bad reaction to the probiotics, and if it's just going to continue like this for as long as I take them, then I will be extremely disappointed, because I had such high hopes for this. I guess it's always better to go into a new treatment without any expectations to avoid being let down...
Well, I'm going to keep taking the probiotics... what I'm REALLY hoping for is that I don't get any more forehead acne, because then I'd be able to attribute it to a diet slip-up on Tuesday (I was out most of the day and had some pretty unhealthy food, a lot of ice cream specifically).
Over and out, for now.