Hey everyone. I'm new to this forum, so I don't know if I'm doing this right, but I need help ASAP.
So when summer first started, I decided to get rid of my acne for good. My acne recently started to give me major self confidence issues. Literally every morning I rush to the mirror hoping to see improvement, and of course am let down and I cry. This is really hard for me, as before I didn't care as much and was SUPER confident with myself. Feeling disgusting is recent for me, and it's awful.
I've tried every face wash and acne products from over the counter, and they hardly did anything. So, I decided to try to improve my diet. Before, I ate pretty badly... TONS of sugar, since I have a sweet tooth, soda, junk food, etc. So I got rid of those things... waited a couple weeks... nothing. So I made a list of everything that can cause acne when it comes to food...starch, gluten, dairy, so on so on. Literally before I ate ANYTHING I would check to see if it might trigger something, and almost everything can, except for raw non-starchy veggies.
The thing is, I've always been on the underweight side naturally, even though I always ate like a PIG before this. I loved food and just had a very fast metabolism. I am very lucky. But now, all I'm eating is broccoli, quinoa burgers, brown rice occasionally, veggie chips here and there, sometimes half of a sweet potato, salads, and other food items that do not fill me up at all. I'm constantly longing for food and am having energy issues.
I would stop this crazy diet change, but I've been seeing slight improvement on my cheek acne. A lot of the acne is flattening out.
But, for some reason, neck acne has recently developed on me, as well as minor shoulder, back, and chest. What the heck?? My face starts to clear, and now it's changing to my body. NOTE: My face is FAR from clear. It's still acne everywhere except for almost clear forehead...just not AS bad.
SO. My main questions are:
1. Why do I suddenly have body acne? Is it too much brown rice? Diet change?
2. What do I do about the diet? I'm starving and losing weight. My family is so worried, as am I. I'm malnourished.
3. Should I just cave in and go on some type of medicine so I can actually eat? I'm really afraid of side effects though, and my acne coming back WORSE when I come off of them.
PLEASE help. I'm so lost and depressed. :[ And please don't say "Just let it pass". I can't. It's ruining me.