I'm wondering if prebiotics--e.g., apple cider vinegar, sauerkraut, etc.--may make some people break out?
I'm 37 and have had moderate acne since age eleven. When I was 22-23, I developed cystic/nodular acne--which felt like insult to injury. At that time, I began taking birth-control pills, which I continue taking to this day (though a fairly low dosage).
About 6 months ago, I started getting a few cysts/nodules a few weeks after I began taking a potent probiotic. For as much as I'd like to balance my gut flora, I stopped taking that probiotic, fearing it the cause of my breakout. My skin settled down after that.
Recently, I've developed 5 cysts/nodules on my chin and jawline area, and now I feel another one forming. I'd be surprised if a hormonal imbalance is the issue--or the sole issue, anyway.
For maybe 2 months, I've been taking apple cider vinegar (ACV) tablets, as I've read that ACV is a prebiotic. (I figured that giving existing probiotics in my gut a food source, like ACV, would be more gentle than trying another probiotic.) A few weeks ago, I also started eating sauerkraut, as I know it to be prebiotic.
Now I'm wondering if the ACV and sauerkraut may be the cause of these breakouts.... I'm adding a bit more detail in another post following this one.
Edited by PrettyInside, 26 July 2013 - 08:32 AM.