I've been using this forum for years to try and come up with ideas to combat acne. Wanted to keep a record of what I've tried and how much I think it worked. I'm a 23 year old male. This first part is going to be a informal “patient” history. My current theories are in the second part.
I got my first zit at the end of 5th grade. I thought I had a bug bite on my nose and one of my friends told me it was a pimple. I asked my mom if it was a bug bite and over ten years later here I am. Currently, I have persistent mild/moderate acne and 1-2 a month I get intense breakouts that take 6+ weeks to heal.
ProActiv (Fail) - Middle School
A male cousin a few years older than me had great success with proactiv and that's the first treatment I remember trying but I'm not sure how long I took it for. I remember hating having to wash my face twice a day and my parents had to keep reminding me to do it. I did this throughout middle school without satisfactory results.
Spectrum AntiBiotics (Fail) - High School
I tried 2-3 different types of antibiotics under the supervision of my derm. None of them worked particularly well but I did learn that I am allergic to sulfa based drugs.
Accutane (Fail) - Sophomore Year HS
I eventually changed derms because my first one refused to write prescriptions for accutane. Obvious side effects included bloody noses, dry face and chapped lips. I took 20mg twice a day for 3 months. I think it helped a little bit but I experienced some really bad side effects so I will not take it again and I would not recommend it to anyone.
An older cousin of mine (female) took accutane at about the same age and one thing I have noticed is that we are both way more introverted than the rest of our VERY outgoing irish family. It could be coincidence, similar psychological response to having acne or the accutane itself. I can never really know but I always thought it was interesting that we are the quietest and tend to miss the most family gatherings. She is now clear so good for her
Doxycycline (Worked) - Junior Year HS
Apparently I was not pleased with the results of my accutane because within 6 months I started taking doxycycline. Doxy was a miracle drug for me in so many ways. It cleared up my acne unlike any other drug I took. I was a three sport athlete at this point and was running 40+ miles a week (just in planned runs) for the next two years and I now I think that played an immense role in my overall health. I was still working out my freshman year of college but by my sophomore year I stopped completely. I would recommend antibiotics to somebody ONLY if they took probiotics during the end of their cycle.
Skin ID (Fail) - Sophomore Year Uni
In the spring of my sophomore year one of my friends called me out for taking antibiotics so much. She basically told me I was ruining my immune system and it was going to hurt me more long term. She convinced me to stop filling my doxy and I switched off my miracle pill to Skin ID. Over the next year my skin had ups and downs. When it was clear it was just as good as with the doxy but when it was bad it was horrible. Spring of my junior year I had some terrible breakouts and I think that was the start of a trend that has continued to today.
Fish Oil (Worked) – Junior Year Uni
I became pretty religious about fish oil at this point. It seems to really help me but it made me bruise SO easily I had to stop. I also had some very bad problems with fainting due to blood pressure drops probably because of the fish oil. One time I fell head first down a flight of stairs because I fainted (suffered a pretty bad concussion). I love the theory behind omega 3s but do not recommend going all out with these mostly due to my specific medical problems.
No Dairy/Sugar (Helps) - Senior Year Uni
Around the spring of my senior year I realized that my skin seemed to get particularly bad a few days after eating ice cream. First I cut all dairy from my diet. If something has cheese mixed into it I will eat a little bit of it but I will never eat it intentionally. I also came to the conclusion that baked goods, in particular the sugar in them seems to break me out. I still eat sugar but I make sure that I eat lots of psyllium if I do.
Around this time my therapist (going back to the ‘tane days) got me started on liquid vitamin D3. I probably do about 4000/day but I plan on switching to pills because of an ingredient in the liquid that causes chemical seeping (no ty).
My acne strayed from moderate to intense at this point and I started doing some serious research into a solution to my problem.
EDIT: Lunch break over =D gotta get back to work will finish another day.
Edited by Twosteps, 20 December 2013 - 01:05 PM.