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#1 Haley May

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Posted 12 January 2014 - 06:07 PM

Hello! My name is Haley and I'm a 21 year old female, had very little acne until age 16 or 17 but started getting worse and worse. I already wrote a lot of my story on a previous forum from nearly two years ago (with plenty of pictures) which you can see here:
 
 
To sum it up, I thought my acne seemed unnatural because of the location: nothing on my cheeks, all over my t-zone and forehead. This led me to believe that it wasn't merely hormonal. Since everything I tried to treat it with seemed to make matters worse, I tried the caveman regimen. Oooo was that a bad idea for me! My skin was worse than ever! 
 
Because of the pain, I went to the derm and was prescribed Ziana and an antibiotic. This gradually cleared my skin and it seemed like a happy ending untillllll (and you can see the update on the link) for some reason the ziana quit working. The other thread doesn't show this, but my face went back to almost being as bad as it was before. Back to the derm! Then I was prescribed Ziana AND Aczone.
 
While this seemed to solve the problem, I still had breakouts every day of anywhere between one to ten zits on my forehead (which hadn't happened when I first started using ziana). I started to get depressed because of the odd texture of my skin, which peeled and flaked constantly and left me with tiny blackheads and large pores in my forehead that you could see under overhead lights. Even though it was a hundred times better than the full-fledged breakouts, I still wondered what I would do when the medication quit working again, or when I would "outgrow" acne since I hadn't yet. 
 
Let me tell you what happened. As I type this, I am elated because I have no acne, the spots I did have are healing, and my skin is so much smoother and even-toned than it has been in years. And I have not used my medication in 6 days!
 
As the title says, it was gluten. I quit eating gluten foods 10 days ago and noticed that even with the medication, my skin calmed way down and I had NO breakouts. Deciding to chance it, six days ago I went to bed without medicating my face. I haven't had a breakout since! My dad thinks the "gluten free" craze is ridiculous, but I think it is an eye-opener for so many people who suffer from chronic acne, especially the forehead kind. 
 
The pics, in order, are how my skin recently looked (the goofy picture) and pretty much always looked on meds since what I call my "acne relapse" (when my meds stopped working and the derm had to prescribe more), how my skin looks now, how my skin looked at its worst, and how my skin looked during the relapse.
 
Anyway, sometimes I wonder why I keep coming back here to update but I remember when I was desperately searching for answers, I was grateful for any updates like this that have me hope. So I hope this gives you hope! Gluten free, yay! It's not as hard as it sounds, especially with the diet craze these days!

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Posted 12 January 2014 - 07:12 PM

same for me, but lucky you your acne was mild and not cystic, you have no scars, you are SO LUCKY!!!!!.....mine was cystic and left a lot of scars....but gluten free cleared me quite a bit, and dairy the rest of the way....tough living this way, but tougher living with acne

 

but as we know this is not the answer for everyone, but it's the first thing I'd try before going on accutane...good for you!



#3 Haley May

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Posted 12 January 2014 - 09:08 PM

same for me, but lucky you your acne was mild and not cystic, you have no scars, you are SO LUCKY!!!!!.....mine was cystic and left a lot of scars....but gluten free cleared me quite a bit, and dairy the rest of the way....tough living this way, but tougher living with acne

 

but as we know this is not the answer for everyone, but it's the first thing I'd try before going on accutane...good for you!

I don't know if you could call it cystic acne, but I do remember having deep and painful large bumps on my forehead, and especially around my nose, that would never be able to pop. I think that left some minor scarring that doesn't show up well in the picture. I'll try to see if I can upload a good pic of the texture of my skin! But, yes, I was very lucky to be able to make it better before more scarring occurred! The ziana helped as well, I think. But I'm so grateful to have discovered the cause. I never even knew what gluten was until this recent hype, and thought it was a myth that what you eat affects your breakouts because I listened to the proactiv ladies. So silly and harmful. I also avoid dairy, but I'm not sure if it makes a difference, but you're right- so much better to trade dairy and gluten for acne!

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Posted 12 January 2014 - 09:17 PM

CANT SEE ACNE

JUST BEAUTIFUL EYES

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Posted 14 January 2014 - 01:49 PM

can I just say that you are one of the most beautiful girls ever :)

 

And congrats on getting clear! Looks great! :D


Morning Routine:

- Avene Soapless Gel Cleanser

- Boots Time Delay AHA Toner

- Boots Botanics Rosewater Toning Spritz

- Hyaluronic Acid Serum (homemade)

- Hazelnut oil with rosemary + clary sage (on acne prone areas)

- Alpha Hydrox Enhanced Cream (10% Glycolic Acid)

- SK:N Sunscreen SPF 30

- W7 Camera Ready Primer

 

Evening Routine:

- Lush Ultrabland + Washcloth 

- Soap & Glory ULTIMELT Hot Cloth Cleanser + Washcloth

- Boots Time Delay AHA Toner

- Differin 0.1% cream 

- Hazelnut oil with rosemary + clary sage (stops oil production)

- Vitamin C Serum (also homemade) OR

- Estée Lauder Advanced Night Repair serum

 

Once/Twice a week:

- Green Clay Mask (+ salicylic acid)

- Exfoliate with No7 skin cleansing brush


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Posted 15 January 2014 - 09:07 AM

congratulations, I've been gluten free for 5 months so far and my acne is worse than ever.. still this post gives me confidence it's just one small thing that is standing between me being acne free.. just wish it was something as easy to remove as yours was 



#7 Haley May

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Posted 16 January 2014 - 11:52 PM

CANT SEE ACNE

JUST BEAUTIFUL EYES

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Thank you!! I always feel so encouraged here on acne.org because people like you are able to see past something like acne. Have a blessed day!!!



can I just say that you are one of the most beautiful girls ever smile.png

 

And congrats on getting clear! Looks great! biggrin.png

Thank you so much, you are an awesome encourager! :D



congratulations, I've been gluten free for 5 months so far and my acne is worse than ever.. still this post gives me confidence it's just one small thing that is standing between me being acne free.. just wish it was something as easy to remove as yours was 

From the little that I've read about gluten free, if you effectively cut it out, it should stop producing acne almost immediately and as soon as the remaining breakouts heal you should be fairly clear. My guess is that either means you're not gluten intolerant or you are extraordinarily gluten intolerant and even the most trace amounts could be causing you to break out. I know exactly how you feel-- having only started this two weeks ago I am still in a state of disbelief about my skin and expect it to turn horrific any day now. When you try thing after thing for years and nothing truly works, you stop believing anything ever will. I mean this with my whole heart when I say that if I could find something, you can, too! Hang in there and keep searching for answers! Have you looked into holistic lifestyle changes that go along with diet changes? I read a free e-book on thelovevitamin.com that has really sound advice that would certainly never hurt to try! Surely it's no harder than cutting gluten out for 5 months. I wish so much that I had the answers for you- thank you for commenting and letting me know!






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