Ill second what the previous posted said. "EEK" with the antibiotics. No one (that im aware of) has ever been CURED of acne from them (for some they work while they are on it, and thats it) for many, it makes it worse in the end (this i HAVE seen, MANY times, myself included...) Wash once a day an hour before bed like previous poster stated. do NOT use any scrubs of ANY kind. Get some UNprotected sun, you dont have any other problems than acne so 10 minutes at a time SHOULD be ok. 2-3 hours out of sun, another 5-10 mins IN the sun. Were are Designed toi require sunlight, you NEED it to be healthy, just dont get burned.
IMO, I would avoid the probiotics also, not much research has been done in this area, and i feel messing with your gut ecology in anyway is detrimental.
If changing your diet helpped with the acne, it is a digestive issue. This could be from poor gut bacteria, either inherited or self induced (antibiotics). Takes years to resolve, but good chance that it will. Eat very small amounts of the foods that you think give you acne if you plan to ever eat them again (if not you can cut them out forever) but if you eat just a SMALL amount, your digestion will have to adapt to digest it, if possible. Surging horomones have to be filtered through the liver, which will hinder on digestion also, this will resolve in time should it be the case.
NO LASERS NO PEELS NO HARSH SCRUBS OF ANY KIND
and id LOVE to say NO ANTIBIOTICS, but im not a doctor and many will argue that with me, so thats upto you, but id strongly advise against them. Your body is NOT in balance, and antibiotics will not help that, in fact, will make it worse.
Just be gentle with it, dont overwash, use a gentle cleanser, drink lots of clean water (multi stages filtration / UV light) avoid foods that are KNOWN bad for digestion (GMO's work by exploding the intestines of insects .. scary, avoid. Caffine causes gut inflammation as does refinded flour and gluten. these can be cut out. eat small amounts of dairy if possible, dairy has health benefits and if you can digest them thats good, but in small amounts) No heavy raw vegetables like broccoli or cauliflower, lightly steam these, makes it easier to digest.
so just do easy on your digestion / skin.
I have a hunch your acne would be less if you havent tried so many things to get rid of it. dont freak out if you get a breakout, your body is TRYING to balance itself, help it along by just trying to be healthy and gentle (skin is NOT self destructive, but the stuff we put ON our skin is, keep that in mind.
Again, not to counter the advise of the previous posters, as they have some good points, Id strongly advise your stop probiotics as well. They dont actually colonize in your gut, and may help while they are there, but once you stop taking them you lose the benefits. Better to let your system work it out by itself. and yes, this takes a LONG time (your body doesnt like rapid change, will do so gradually) which is why you shouldnt eliminate any foods (except caffine / refined sugar) cold turkey, and just work your way down to smaller and smaller amounts of the foods you think you react to. then stay at that minmal level untill acne seems to clear up (months / years who knows) then slowly start increasing them up again, if you do so choose. should be fine at this point.
If you find you cannot tolerate a certain food AT ALL, then eliminate it, but i think a restrictive diet is unhealthy.
fruits/vegies/meat/fish/whole grain (amarath, quinoa, millet) and long grain brown rice, we are MEANT to eat. Eggs/dairy/sugar/most bread(refined white/brown/whole wheat) we have adapted to eat, may cause problems in some.
Caffine/junk/processed we are NOT meant to eat and havent really adapted to eating and wont, as they offer little nutrition. Once in awhile is perfectly ok, just dont count it as FOOD or DRINK. its a treat.
lighly cooked vegetables are easier to digest, and you may absorb more nutrients from them. cook till slightly soft, steamed if possible, microwave kills less nutrients than boiling. DO NOT OVER COOK lol, or they are useless almost.
Dont mess with your gut, treat it well.
Dont drink much water 30-45 minutes after eating, this will lower stomach acid, hinder digestion and also your stomach lets water pass through almost immediatly, if there is food in there, some food will get thru with the water and wont be digested as well. If you need to drink after eating just a small amount of water, to rinse mouth or help reduce thrist (if you are VERY thirsty after eating drink a glass of water, listen to your body) but generally, if your not that thirsty, its better not to drink alot of water immediately after eating. the best choice would be have a peppermint tea ready to sip on after meals. Peppermint aids in proper digestion/assimilation of nutrients. Sip on water through the rest of the day.
Get a small, easy digested snack an hour before bed (can of tuna, couple piece of toast for example) and than a full glass of water right before bed.
the food will help you get a better sleep, and the water will help clean you out while you sleep.
GET LOTS OF SLEEP!!
Edited by Doddy46, 27 July 2013 - 08:36 AM.