I'm not quite sure how many people are going to actually ready this but I write it in hopes that I can help someone, as well as log my journey and see what works for me.
I have various posts from 2008 including my journey on accutane from start to finish. I became very obsessed with my skin at that time and decided that it was best to stop worrying about it so much which is why I left acne.org in the first place.
And here I am 6 years later lol...
Quick description of me: I am a 21 year old female. Been struggling with acne for as long as I can remember. Probably since I was about 12-13 years old. Bad skin runs in my family on my mom's side. Out of 9 aunts, about 6 of them have terrible skin. Many of my cousins have extremely scarred skin and struggle with acne that is way worse than mine. Is acne even hereditary? I wouldn't believe you if you told me no simply based on my experience. Anyway, I first started out with acne that was only on my forehead. Went on every pill and topical under the sun. Eventually I went on accutane and saw amazing results with horrible side effects (dryness, sensitivity, depression, etc). My skin was the clearest its ever been yet it came back.
Now I would consider my skin issues to be completely due to hormones. Some would considerate it to be mild to moderate. I only break out a week before my cycle. I have 80-90% clear skin any other time but by the time it calms down and clears up, I'm back at it again. I'm extremely frustrated because I am a full time working adult and I feel so childish to have acne still.
I will be going to my doctor to consider BC pills or other options, but from my research, some people have worse acne when they get off of it. I hate the idea of damaging my body with more antibiotics, pills, hormones, etc that I would really like to clear my skin as naturally as possible.
I tried the regimen and it worked okay for me but I feel like it does not stop the breakouts from happening. Only clears them when they have already surfaced.
With that being said, I have researched some supplements meant to help your skin and balance hormones. I will be also adjusting my diet and try to eat as clean as possible to see if that will help get my body back to normal.
Shakeology (not really because of my skin but worth noting)
Standardized Saw Palmetto- 540mg 2x a day
Maca- 500mg 1x a day
Stinging Nettles 2x a day
AM: Neutrogena naturals face wash
CeraVe AM face lotion
PM: Neutrogena naturals face wash OR oxy 10% benzoyl peroxide face wash (depending on severity)
Enthromycin (topical prescribed by derm)
This may be adjusted accordingly.
I have been taking these supplements religiously for a week now, I've also been eating 80-90% clean this week as well. I can't judge if this will help my skin until my next cycle which is in 3 weeks but I will keep you all posted. I also would love to hear any recommendations you have
Anyone interested in pics?
Thanks for reading!
Will update daily/weekly depending on skin changes