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Can Fruit Cause Acne?

12 March 2014 - 08:00 PM

Hello everyone,


My name is Tony and I'll just give some brief background information about myself. I think it's safe to say that I'm quite experienced with acne. I've been dealing with severe acne since the age of 15. I've undergone two treatments of accutane but it always comes back (although not as severe as it used to be).


But anyway, back to the main point. I've always been skeptical when people have told me to change my diet, mainly because the people that tell me this have clear skin and I feel like they have no idea what it feels like to actually be cursed with this disease. However, I noticed something that may have just changed my mind completely.


When I was young, I was very sensitive to fruit for some reason. My assumption is because I was very thin and I probably couldn't digest too much fructose. But just this past week, my roommate kept telling me how amazing avacado and kiwis were. Out of curiosity, I wanted to give kiwis another try...so I ate one. And just like that I fell in love (not really). However, over the past two days, I had probably eaten around 20 kiwis. They were just so good!


And then something happened. I started to break out a lot on my face, but I told myself awhile back that I would no longer let my acne control my life because it had ruined too much of it already. I thought nothing of it, thinking that it was probably just stress. But then I started to break out more...and then I got a huge cyst near my testicles and this one was HUGE. The size of this pimple was almost as big as when I had quarter sized cystic acne before I went on accutane. Then I got to thinking... COULD FOOD ALLERGIES BE THE CUPLRIT????


What are your thoughts and experiences on this?


Enough Is Enough!

09 April 2013 - 01:14 AM

Today, I felt like I had hit rock bottom. Being a freshman in college, I felt like I had no one to talk to my problems about. Especially when it's something as trivial as ACNE. I just couldn't control my emotions any longer. Out of desperation, I decided to drive over two hours to see my yellow lab....whom of which is like my brother, son, and best friend at the same time. (I grew up with three sisters and not much of a dad) Even after balling my eyes for over two hours, I just couldn't control my emotions when reuniting with Ace (my dog). 


To make matters worst, my 16 year old sister shows up from school and is obviously surprised to see me. I tried my best to keep myself together. What kind of role model would I be if I let something as stupid as acne get me down? But my emotions got the best of me... I didn't want her to see me at such a low point, so I told her to go to her room and then I drove off. It was so dumb of me to come home...but I just didn't know what to do. My mom and two younger sisters were confused and deathly worried about me while I was trying to regain some composure. But when I thought I could come in and talk to them, I STILL BURST INTO TEARS...WTF.  


I've dealt with severe acne throughout high school. Long story short, I was on antibiotics for awhile...but my acne became so bad that I had to start accutane the start of my senior year. Sadly, those last 3 months of my treatment (and 2 months before acne remission) were the best times of my life. 


The reason I'm so depressed with myself is because I have let acne dictate my life for the past 4 years. I did horrible in high school because I was so self-concsious. I felt like college would be a new start, not only academically but also a new start at making new friends. And it was exactly that my first semester. But as my acne progressively got worst, so did my self esteem. I just wanted to quit...EVERYTHING. I've contemplated suicide so many times...but I know I could never go through with it because it would be such a selfish act given that I've been blessed with an amazing family. My older sister goes to a prestigious college, my 16 year old sister is a 4.0+ student, and my youngest sister is so loving.I can't even describe how supportive my mom is. Given those circumstances, I could never live with myself if I let them down. I know they don't care what I do in life, as long as I am happy. But it just kills me inside to know that I can't even be a good role model to my sisters...


To sum things up...I had a long talk with a close uncle of mine. (The closest thing I have to a father-figure) My mom was so worried because I wouldn't tell her what was bothering me.I know she would tell me to withdrawal from the rest of the semester if I had told her I was depressed. I'm sorry for making this post so long...I just wanted to vent and say that I AM DONE. I am sick and tired of letting this stupid condition dictate my life. THIS IS FOR MY MOM, MY SISTERS: EVA, TRACY, AND VICKY. MY DAD, ALL OF MY FRIENDS AND FAMILY. To anyone that is struggling out there...just know that talking about your problems can REALLLY help. I know this is just a stupid post and not many people will read this, but just know that there is ALWAYS someone you can talk to...

My Derm Prescribed Me Minocycline...again.

19 February 2013 - 08:53 PM

I was put on Minocycline 2 years ago for about 6 months, but had to be taken off because it was losing its effectiveness. About a week later, as you can guess, I get the biggest acne flare of my life. I then went on Accutane for 5 months and that cleared me up. However, 2 months later my skin became oily again, and my acne also came back.


It's been about 9 months since I've been off accutane and I recently just tried switching from doxycycline to minocycline (50mg a day). I asked my new derm (A different derm prescribed me both minocycline and accutane 2 years ago) if I would get an initial breakout, and he said no. About 5 days into minocycline, I've already had a breakout of about 9 pimples. I KNOW this isn't just some coincidence. I know this breakout will subside...but I'm terrified by my previous experience with minocycline.


Do you guys think that things will be different with antibiotics this time? (Since practically every derm has told me that antibiotics will be more effective after tane) I want to discontinue all antibiotic use...but they seem like my only option because my derms don't think my acne is severe enough for Accutane again... 

Really Scared To Get Off Oral Medication.

03 December 2012 - 08:25 PM

About 9 months ago, I finished my first course of Accutane. I was really happy with the results, but I still had really deep scaring from even two years ago. Two months after my treatment I began to breakout again (though not as severely), so my doctor put me on Epiduo. I was on Epiduo for about 4 months, and I would say that it had helped a little, but hadn't completely rid me of acne.

I wasn't happy with how things were going so I went to see another derm, but both had insisted that I stay off Accutane. Instead, she put me on Oracea, a smaller dose of doxycycline, used as a anti inflammatory instead of an antibiotic. It's now a month later and I'm really happy with my life again, but I know this is temporary because the dermatologist will try to get me off oral medication and switch me completely to topicals. I'm sick and tired of experimenting with topical medication that takes months to work, and I believe that the only thing that will make me happy is going on a second course of Accutane. How can I convince my doctor to prescribe it to me...I feel like the only way is if I stop using any medication altogether and let my acne become worst again. Thanks for any advice!

Drying Out Skin Over Acne?

18 October 2012 - 11:54 AM

I've been on Epiduo for about 4 months after being on Accutane for 5 months, and I'm not sure if it's just pure luck, but I just recently changed my face wash from Cetaphil Gentle Cleanser to St. Ives Apricot Scrub and I haven't gotten any blemishes for about a week! I've also upped the dosage of Epiduo to twice a day, but I had to take a day off because I went swimming and my face got sunburnt pretty bad. The only downside so far is my face is extremely dry whenever I wash my face and begins to flake throughout the day, and no amount of moisturizer really helps lol. Will the dryness eventually get better? It's a whole lot better than acne, that's for sure!