originally i posted in the 'vitamin D' threads, thinking i had been cured...but after being miserable (a bit less miserable after extra vitamin D intake though) I found out that I have PF.
for those of you who have tried every PF-killing product out there, i wanted to share something that i haven't seen mentioned in this thread yet: if you are taking any kind of oral corticosteroids (especially those related to asthma inhalers), or have gone through chemotherapy, or have taken all kinds of antibiotics that knock the wind out of your immune system, your PF is going to be really hard to get rid of no matter what you do.this is a really good article.
i have had PF all my life and have been mistakenly & unsuccessfully treated for acne by every single doctor i've come across. i really wish i had known this at least ten years ago. if you are taking corticosteroids and can't reduce/quit that treatment, then you are going to have to deal with recurring PF. i do agree with one previous contributor regarding correcting yourself from the inside out, eating probiotics to try to balance your pH levels inside. that includes drinking apple cider vinegar diluted with a big glass of water too, and reducing your grains and sugars intake (see MarksDailyApple.com). my advice is to avoid any and all antibiotics as these not only kill the bad guys in your body but the good guys too, thereby weakening you and opening your body to more problems.
in regards to corticosteroids (which i have been taking daily for the past 25 years of my life), long term usage is related to immunosuppression, thinning of the skin, PCOS (polycystic ovary system) and related hormone imbalances, worsening eyesight, loss of bone density, etc. where PF is concerned, the suppressed immune system and thinning of the skin are where it hits you - your body and skin just aren't strong enough to fight off the yeast bacteria.
sunlight + vitamin D are most definitely your friends (sunscreen, oils, and lotions are not) - adding daily vitaminD to my system brought me up to about 50% skin clarity (marksdailyapple also has great reading on vitaminD and sun, and how sunscreen is not necessarily your friend). strengthen your body from the inside so it can fight the yeast that causes PF, and continue your external regimen to aid it. i found that topically applied tea tree oil, vinegar, or salycilic acid creams did not work well because this is just adding moisture to the affected area, which is what the yeast needs to thrive. i have noticed the most dramatic results when i used Nizoral or Head & Shoulders shampoo scrubbed with a loofah into the areas after opening the pores with a hot shower or bath, letting it sit for about 5 minutes, lightly rinsing off and then using a hair drier to really dry out the skin. sounds funny reading this but if your skin is ruining your life like it has been ruining mine, you'd try anything. don't apply any creams or lotions - spend a week just drying your skin out as much as possible to kill the yeast, then consider reintroducing some very light lotions.
i'm still working on my treatment, but i have noticed such a huge change in such a short time. i will update here though in the next few weeks to see how it progresses. (i'm not affiliated with marksdailyapple but it has sincerely changed my life, switching to a no-grain diet has helped me nearly eliminate all asthma medication that i have been dependent on for my entire life)
PS: i love dairy, and switching to goat's milk has also improved my overall skin & health enormously (check out why cow dairy is bad for you: homogenization issues
) , also substituting full fat coconut milk works like delicious magic.
Edited by direstr8s, 29 May 2012 - 12:17 AM.