I am a 27 year old female and I've had acne since I was about 13/14 years old. Like most of you, I've tried so many products and prescriptions ranging from topical/oral antibiotics, birth control, salicylic acid, retin-a creams, bp gel, jojoba oil, organic diet, gluten-free diet and the list goes on! All of these things either clear me up temporarily or they don't work at all. Only thing I've not tried is accutane, but I really don't want to mess with it as I'm already prone to anxiety and depression.
My acne is usually moderate -- anywhere from about 3-5 pimples on any one day with the exception of when I first started puberty and my acne was super bad due to my raging hormones.
For the last four years, I've been using the acne.org regimen. My acne has never really gone away completely, it's been bearable while I've been on the regimen and confined to my chin, jawline with a rare pimple between my brows and mustache area.
My Skin Currently
However, over the last three months, my acne has been out of control. I started noticing lots of whiteheads popping up on my forehead (which was previously the clearest part of my face), by my nose and all over my brow area. At the same time, the pimples on my chin and jawline started to become more frequent and were taking longer to heal. And as time has gone on, the whiteheads have turned into badly inflamed bumps that are so hurtful that it's painful to scrunch my forehead.
I don't know where I've gone wrong, but ever since these bad breakouts, I've tried ACV (taken orally and topically), aspirin masks, tea tree oil, DIM/I3C supplements and lately clindamyacin gel that was prescribed by my family care doctor to help combat it. I was given a referral to my derm, but I am skeptical about going and being given more topical or oral meds that never work that well and irritate my skin even further.
The Skin Challenge
After my recent physical, my doctor's office called and told me that I have a Vitamin D deficiency. She recommended I take a supplement of at least 2,000 iu per day and to come back for testing in 3 months. I researched the internet and started to find that vitamin d3 supplements helped some people with controlling excess sebum and, thus, their breakouts.
I've no idea if taking D3 supplements will help my acne, but I figure I have to take them anyway, so I should at least keep a log of any changes I see.
So far, I am on day 4 and I think there's been an improvement in the amount of sebum. My skin is severe with oil and it's pretty typical for my skin to get slick mid-morning. Within the last two days, my skin stays normal up until the afternoon. And when I blot, it isn't as bad. Not sure if this is a fluke or not, but I'll keep updating. So far, no difference in the breakouts, but it's still really early so it could just be that my body is purging the congestion.
Will update again in a few days!