Update - I went about a week and a half completely soy free, dairy free, etc. (basically only ate meat, almonds, veggies and fruit) and I got almost 100% clear! BUT I was starving cause all I found it hard to eat enough. I lost about 5 pounds, which is no good since I’m already technically underweight.
So I backed off a little bit - I’ve been cooking a lot in my crock pot, being really careful about anything that comes from a can (I do not use pre-made soup mixes or anything with preservatives, I only use Kitchen Basics stock as it has really clean ingredients). I’m also not eating anything packaged like chips, etc. But I am eating dairy, which seems to be okay for me in small amounts. And I do eat the occasional meal out, and when I do, I don’t worry about the ingredients, except to avoid anything with obvious soy and anything deep fried.
My skin isn’t quite as good as it was when I was eating 100% clean, but my new diet has made a world of difference! I am on Spiro 50mg/day so that’s definitely helping, but I dropped the dietary restrictions for 4 days and started breaking out again, so I know this diet change is making a difference. The best part is that I’m not losing weight and don’t feel like I’m depriving myself, so it is absolutely sustainable!!
To anyone who is thinking of changing their eating habits for the sake of their skin - please try it! It takes a while to figure out what works for you, but it’s totally worth it in the end.
Thanks again to everyone who chimed in on this thread.