In a previous post I mentioned how I cured my acne and eczema after eliminating my food allergies. Although this is true, and I did get rid of eczema that gave me red raccoon-like rings around my eyes, and acne that also strangely liked to hang out around my eyes, I still had acne. I also had a stubborn patch on the right side of my face that would flare up during my menstrual cycles.
Well, I think taking the yeast and acne thesis somewhat seriously may finally eliminate my acne entirely.
I have had a recurring yeast infection "in my pants," but, because I doubted the internet hype about candida until recently, I did not make the connection to the stubborn acne on my face.
Every once in a while there would be days when I was so busy that I would not be able to eat until the evening, and on those days my skin would be glowing and clearer. I think these unintended mini-fasts might have starved my yeast for a bit and not inflamed my face with my food allergies (milk/dairy and eggs), perhaps influenced by the yeast.
Anyways, I read a post by Emi, who documented in detail and with photos her experience with clearing her face using anti-fungals, suspecting that she had contracted a yeast infection from her dog. Her results were amazing, and the pattern of acne on he face resembled my acne when it was at its worst as a teenager and in my early 20s. I was further convinced that my problem may be yeast because I already knew I had a yeast infection, and my face got worse when the yeast down below got worse. I was also under many rounds of antibiotics for ear infections as a child, and later as an ill-fated acne patient of today's medicine.
I went out to my local pharmacy and bought an OTC ointment with 1% clotrimazole (called Lotrimin here in the U.S.). I also purchased a bar of soap with tea tree oil from the brand Thursday's Plantation. After using the soap, the acne on my face was already pushing out gunk. Now, waking up after an overnight application of the Lotrimin, my acne I would say is 50% better. My overall complexion is clearer, too.
Also, I have been following overall a low-carb paleo diet, although I cheat and eat a slice of rye bread once a day for energy, and now take pau d'arco supplements to fight the internal yeast. I would still like to emphasize though that diet (reducing carb intake, eliminating problematic foods, in my case dairy and eggs) cleared well over 50% of my acne. We'll see how my effort to eliminate my internal problems with yeast goes! The topical treatments already seem promising.
Anyways, if your acne responds to anti-fungals, you should suspect that you have acne caused by some type of fungus. Whether that be yeast or something else, although yeast seems to be a common culprit for various reasons, i.e. antibiotic abuse in popular medicine, high carb diets, poor nutrition, etc.