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In Topic: Don't Know Where To Go Next

Yesterday, 09:13 AM

I'm so sorry you're having such a terrible time!  I too have struggled with cystic acne and whiteheads my whole adult life and am much older than you.  I also had a hysterectomy in my early 40's which messes up hormones even if tests come back okay.  The thing is your tests are "okay" for a post menopausal woman...meaning you have less estrogen.  This lack of estrogen causes an imbalance so the testosterone in your body becomes more dominant (still "normal" but dominant) and this causes more oily skin and particularly cystic acne.  The excess oil is also causing the additional whiteheads, inflammation, etc.

In addition it sounds like you have sensitive skin.  I do too so many topicals are too harsh for me.  Personally, full strength antibiotics keep me clear but cause terrible gut problems so I could not do that.  It was my current derm who devised a regime that has kept me almost clear.  It involves taking something to suppress testosterone or androgens (Spironolactone), something gentle to kill acne bacteria (Panoxyl 10% cleanser which has benzoyl peroxide). a topical to reduce inflammation and kill acne bacteria (Cleocin-T), and monthly microdermabrasions to open pores, allow the medicine in, and heal scarring.  In addition I am on a rosacea-acne diet that my derm endorses which avoids dairy, sugary foods, processed oils, spicy foods, nuts, and flour products.

I hope this helps.  Please feel free to message me.  I know what it is like to struggle with this kind of chronic acne and to finally find something that works.  

In Topic: Eliminating Dairy + Daily Green Tea - When Will I Notice A Change?

25 May 2015 - 08:11 AM

It can take several months to see a difference when making food changes...unless you are really allergic to something - then avoiding it may result in a quicker turnaround.  Avoiding dairy is a key thing to help acne and is very documented in research.  You can try using another kind of "milk" in your coffee like soymilk or almond milk.  I love soymilk in my tea.  I drink roasted dandelion root tea which tastes great...like hot chocolate...and is especially good with the soymilk.

For me personally, green tea upsets my stomach and I think made my acne worse.  This may be because my "acne" is also partially rosacea which has its own triggers.  When people on this forum talk about how much food affects their acne I sometimes wonder if many of them may have an underlying case of rosacea which can manifest more like acne than the usual flushed cheeks.  And many things in the typical western diet inflame rosacea such as spicy foods, caffeine, sugary foods, etc.

In Topic: Need Support And Help

25 May 2015 - 07:59 AM

Thanks - skin is clear again!  Avoiding brazil nuts did the trick.  It's just crazy to me how food can cause a flare-up.  For me, flare-ups from food are different than how I used to get acne.  Food reactions look like acne but more inflamed, come up suddenly and itch!!!  Hormonal acne was a slower process and deeper in the skin.  The flare-up I got recently was very superficial but with large red spots, some of which had whiteheads.  It went away within a couple of days of stopping the brazil nuts.  I should have paid more attention when I first started eating the brazil nuts and got one or two of these breakouts...I thought it was just stress or something and ignored it.  But within a few days I was getting 5-6 of these bright red spots on my cheeks each day.

In Topic: Need Support And Help

20 May 2015 - 08:41 AM

Thanks!  Yes, I have a derm appt this week and am discussing this with him.  Still recovering from flare-up.  Everything is fading which is good.  I'm following a strict rosacea and acne diet which is definitely helping.  The other thing I'd been eating too much of was avocado.  A little is okay but I was eating almost a whole avocado everyday.  The rosacea diet recommends avoiding avocado.  My best diet is a combo rosacea-acne diet.  

In Topic: Need Support And Help

19 May 2015 - 10:50 AM

Stopped eating the brazil nuts several days ago and my skin is much less inflamed.  Still have one or two red spots but they are not infected and fading.  Crossing my fingers it was just the nuts.