I have had mild- moderate to severe acne - perfect skin in bouts since I was 12. The perfect bouts only really came after an accutane course of which I have had three. Once when I was 15, 19, then 23. I will never go on birth control ever-- after the first and second time when I was 14 and 18-19 which caused my skin to go from mild to severe. (And no it wasn't just purging... as the dermatologists said).
After round 3 of accutane at 23 -- I enjoyed pretty great skin from 23-25 controlled by retina a and clindoxyl. At 26 I contracted a parasite travelling (without knowing) which caused a gut infection- my skin flared, in december 2011 -- major cystic acne over the jawline and cheeks- cleared, then flared again in October 2012.
I found out about the parasite in August 2012 and also -- some food intolerances -- (not sure if was there previously or not) to gluten and eggs. I have since eliminated both.
In April 2013 it seems my skin is plugging up again-- could be the sign of another flare but one always hopes its not- mostly and usually in vain.
Its hard not to get depressed. I'm going off sugar, and dairy as well for the next year and trying to manage my stress.
Currently I'm on
-Vitamin D3 4,000 IU
-Vitamin A 9 a day
-anti candida herbs
- I do at least one shake a day with Vega plant protein
-since Im eliminating all the good stuff! Im mainly eating veggies/meat
-exercise (yoga, weights, cardio) at least four times a week