I'm seriously at my wits end regarding my skin situation. I'll be 25 this June (okay so perhaps technically I can't call it adult acne yet...) and have had problems with acne since I was 12. I'm about to see my naturopath for a 3 month follow up in a few days and I've basically seen no progress in my skin despite high hopes and oodles of money. I still have very uneven skin tone, lots of oil production, smaller inflammatory pimples and lots of blackheads on my nose and surrounding areas as well as a fair bit of scarring.
I'm currently taking (and have been for 3 months):
Garden of Life Vit D 1x daily
Garden of Life Vit E 2 x daily
Garden of LIfe B complex 2x daily
Now Foods C complex 2x daily
Betaine HCL before Meals
Digestive Enzymes with meals
Probiotics (I started with mega dose satchels and have worked down to 10 billion 2x daily)
Nordic Naturals Omega 369 2x daily
3TBSP ground flax seeds daily
Now Borage oil 2x daily
Melatonin 3mg before bed
Green Tea extract, 4 pills daily
A 'skin tonic' my naturopath made up for me with stuff like burdock root and a bunch of detox herbs
Washing with Nubian Heritage brand black soap morning and night (the only thing that I believe has actually helped my chest breakouts) and using hemp seed oil to moisturize and a glycolic acid serum from Dr. Ron's every other night. I think the soap is giving me what I can best describe as "face dandruff" as my eyebrows, hairline and mustache/beard areas flake like crazy soon after showering despite the hemp oil so I'm looking to switch that up.
I workout 4 x a week, sleep about 9 hours and night and am currently only part time employed as a landscaper with fairly minimal stress other than the self esteem and acne related stuff.
Frustratingly enough I've never been able to pin down ANY connection between diet and acne as convinced as I was that that was the missing link. I went dairy and gluten free a year ago and which basically became pretty strict paleo. I tried reducing my carb intake severely for about 3 weeks in there too. All to no appreciable effect. About 3+ weeks ago I got fed up with my strictness and gradually reintroduced whey protein, chocolate, yogurt, bread etc. and it hasn't made anything any worse so my diet efforts haven't seemed to pay off.
I been to 2 dermatologists that basically said they couldn't think of any thing else to do for me after about 6 years on useless antibiotics, various topicals and even Accutane. Like all of us I've done all that OTC acne cream/toner and proactive knockoff stuff. I've tried numerous 'detox' forumlas and herbs, mega dosing vitamin B5, saw palmetto, getting lots of sun, oil cleansing, honey cleansing, the Acne.org regime (acne got WAY worse for those months) and even a brief spell of the 'caveman routine' which was pretty awful.
I'm really not sure where to go from here. Thankfully I don't have gnarly cystic acne or much backne like I did in my teenage days any more but I don't have to tell you how frustrating it's been to have had this condition rule my life for over 12 years. Any advice would be greatly appreciated! Thanks so much