So here is my story 23 year old male, have mild acne (mostly cystic), got worse after high school. I believe it is hormonal/hereditary because my mother and siblings all have it as well. Like many have tried just about everything over the counter. I went to to a derm a couple years ago and he gave me tetracycline (which i shouldn't have taken) and a sulfur wash which didn't do much. I hated the idea of using harsh chemicals in or outside of the body so I took the holistic approach. I have had laser treatments to remove red pigmentation marks and am currently getting TCA peels every 4 weeks. I also have at home glycolic and kojic peels I do. I also have a blue/red trophy skin light therapy I use mostly everyday. I wash with a salicylic and tea tree oil wash and different all natural types of soap, while using the Indian healing clay mask (100% Natural Calcium Bentonite Clay) mixed with raw honey and organic apple cider vinegar (keep it on for 1 hour). I started using a dermaroller to try to clear up some scars.
Here is my diet I switched to a couple months ago.
-Little to no wheat
-No sugar or chocolate
-Almost all organic fruits, veggies, nuts, brown rice, oatmeal, lots of water, green tea and hot lemon water in the morning.
It is to the point where I don't want to eat anything that I don't prepare myself.
I am very athletic and workout 4-5 days a week. Meditate daily (very spiritual person). Did a 14 day liver detox.
Nothing I do stops my acne. Sure I breakout less and they may go away faster but the left over red spots WILL NOT leave. My face is constantly oily within 2 hours of not washing it. I think I have a problem with my glands (I sweat very easily at the gym or when i get nervous). I get a new red bump somewhere every few days so I am never completely clear and the red leftover pigmentation spots are the worst. I also get some body acne as well.
I know it's not the worst thing in the world and I shouldn't let it effect me negatively but it effects my self esteem sending me into depression. I just feel like giving up. Any suggestions on what could work ? Any responses are greatly appreciated. Much love