Hey guys, so I'm looking for some insight on what to try next with my skin (see my signature for everything I've tried in the past).
Has anyone had any success with coconut oil, bentonite clay, or fenugreek tea?
The only thing that has ever really given me longer (though temporary) relief was Doxycycline and then years later Solodyn. Both helped in controlling my acne for awhile but then my body presumably developed a resistance to the antibiotics and my skin got worse again. Since I have seen some mild success with antibiotics, however, I'm thinking of considering them again. The only thing that concerns me is killing the good bacteria in my body. I feel like when I was on Solodyn my stomach was more sensitive (and maybe still is). I've heard though that taking probiotics with antibiotics can help to counter act any harmful effects and that more dermatologists are now recommending this. Has anyone gone on antibiotics again or else taken probiotics and seen results?
I also started juicing, which I plan to keep up, but really want to attack my acne from multiple angles.
So, in-short, the acne-induced isolation-filled lifestyle that I've grown content with and accustomed to since graduating from college almost three years ago is beginning to be perceived as unhealthy, and rightfully so, by my family, coworkers and even strangers. Everyone tells me that I need a girlfriend, and its embarrassing and pathetic. I smile sheepishly and say something about how Im more professionally focused in life right now and that the other stuff will come later, but the truth is Im too anxious and self-conscious to really invest 100% into social endeavors. The problem is, as a sufferer of acne, I simply cannot do the same things as other people. I cant consume copious amounts of alcohol and eat processed foods and screw my melatonin cycle up and generally jeopardize the state of my skin. I dont have a wide circle of friends from which to rely upon, nor an extensive history of romantic pursuits from which to draw experience from. Its me, just me. All I have is myself. The only advantage I feel that I have is that Im working, I have a good job, Im making money, and Im saving money.
But even if I was in a serious relationship - a welcome distraction perhaps - I don't think I could ever truly be "happy," not with the presence of acne and anxiety looming over me. I have a hard time thinking that anyone would want to be with another person who has acne and anxiety when there are so many other people out there who are available and do not have this extra baggage. Still, I feel that I should be doing something, making some sort of effort to avoid being alone - and not necessarily because Im deeply drawn to the idea of being intimately connected with another person, but because I just want to be normal. And right now, spending way too much time around my family is not normal. I want to get my own place next year, but the thought of living absolutely entirely alone isnt particularly exciting. I guess part of me does in some way want something more, but I really have no idea where to begin, not after living like this for so long.