Hi, my name is PJ, I'm 24, and I've had severe acne and anxiety for the past 10 years, since I was 14. I've been documenting my healing journey on YouTube for the past 9 months. - http://www.youtube.c...HolisticHealthJ - I want to share my story with the acne.org community. If you're a person who feels like you've done everything to try and cure your acne, you've tried all the creams and topicals, you eat really healthy, you get sunshine, you exercise, you do all the things the health guru's tell you and you still have acne, then my story should be able to help you.
To make a long story short: I spent 1 whole year trying to cure my acne on my own naturally and holistically through diet, supplements, exercise and stress reduction. I switched my skincare routine to honey and natural oils, I cut out all the common food allergies from my diet, even went raw vegan for a few months, then paleo for even longer, saw a naturopathic doctor who gave me tons of supplements, and spent thousands of dollars on organic foods and supplements. After 10 months my skin had only slightly improved, but my anxiety and depression got worse.
In August 2013 (when I started documenting on YouTube) I saw a new naturopathic doctor. But this doctor was different in that he practices functional medicine. I got a bunch of tests done which revealed the actual causes of my suffering. The tests revealed a severe candida yeast overgrowth, 20 hidden food allergies, low testosterone (80 year old man level), low thyroid, leaky gut syndrome, scoliosis, and low vitamin D. He explained how candida yeast, food allergies and inflammation causes acne, hormonal imbalances, anxiety, brain fog, fatigue, and everything else. Finally I had an answer as to why I was getting worse instead of better. The candida overgrowth is the first thing that needs to be taken care of. Diet alone is not enough to cure yourself if you have a candida overgrowth. I always knew about candida, but I never thought I had it, and I never knew how common it is. So basically I spent 15 months completely unaware of this candida overgrowth, and that's why I never got better. I am currently treating this candida with the an antifungal and on an anti candida diet which excludes the foods that feed candida. I'm documenting everything on my YouTube channel, from what I'm eating, the supplements I'm taking, and how I'm feeling. My acne has already gotten a lot better.
This is my short story. My full story is on my Facebook page under the about section: