I'm struggling with acne since 12, I'm actually 21. I took accutane at 16, and it clears me during 3 years, but the cystic acne came back..
I've read hundreds of studies and several books on diet, acne, hormones etc..
I think that acne is due to :
lack of gut flora => unable to digest sugar/carbs => inflammation on the gut => damage the gut lining (leaky gut syndrome) => chronic inflammation
I'm pretty sure about that because my acne wasn't that bad (lots of pimples but no cysts) in february, then I got a jaw surgery and they put me on antibiotics and other anti-inflammatory drugs, and after 2 weeks I broke out so bad with cystic acne, and since this event, I got cysts whereas I haven't got cystic acne since I took accutane. What an amazing coincidence...
I followed the GAPS diet during the last 3 months, and I can get almost 100% clear if I only eat protein and fat (meat, butter and coconut oil basically). The more I add carbs (even fucking carrots or broccoli), the more acne I got.
I was constipated all my life (less than 3 BM a week and really hard to pass)
I'm eating homemade raw milk kefir, kombucha and sauerkraut everyday, my BM are OK right now (one or two a day, really soft, etc..).
I still have bloating whenever I eat carbs
I'm currently taking 240-300 mg of zinc a day during 1 month (my zinc got copper with it), because I think that's the reason zinc does work for some people : it seals the gut, but the results are always seen after at least 1 month, and up to 3 months. So for a moderate case of leaky gut, 50mg should probably work, but I think I got a severe case. (because of the huge chronic inflammation).
I'm not patient enough to wait 2 months to see if Zinc is gonna work, so I started Vitamin A one week ago.
I'm taking 150 000 UI a day, and started 200 000 UI today. I will reduce to the minimum dose possible if I see i'm getting clear.
Yes I know, this is 10* the RDA but so is Accutane. So if I have to die, I will to it with a clear skin.
I'm pretty confident about the Vitamin A, the thing is, it's probably a temporary fix like accutane is, so i'm gonna continue to try to rebuild my gut flora (if it's even possible), i'm gonna try different fermented foods, try some soil-based probiotics, cures leaky gut, maybe treat a SIBO case..
If you have any suggestion concerning the rebuild of the gut flora and repair the gut lining, or if you already tried supplements etc.. Just share )
BTW, sorry for my poor English, I'm not a native speaker (French guy checking in !).