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17 May 2015 - 08:34 AM

My skin was clear for years and years but in the past month it has gotten worse and worse.  This morning I woke up with red inflamed pustules on my cheeks and chin.  Looks horrid.  Looks like I'm a teenager.  I'm really very sad and depressed.

I made some small changes with diet.  About 6 weeks ago my doctor recommended I eat 2 brazil nuts/day and iodized salt because of borderline low thyroid.  About 3 weeks ago my skin started breaking out more and more.  

I thought it was nerves because I was going on a cruise.  My skin went bonkers while on the cruise (about 10 days ago) so I stopped eating the nuts. My skin got a little bit better.  However, I thought the flare-up was due to stress from traveling so last week I started eating the brazil nuts again (because I want to help my thyroid issue).  Each day I've gotten a few more breakouts. I stopped eating the nuts yesterday but woke up this morning with red inflamed pustules all over my cheeks and chin.  I look terrible!   

Could the addition of 2 brazil nuts a day, really cause such a sudden reaction?  I thought brazil nuts were supposed to be good for skin.  

I'm so worried this is not due to the brazil nuts but instead because my skin is returning to how it was years ago.  Back then nothing worked but full strength antibiotics and I couldn't do that all the time so in-between I had horrid cystic acne.  I'm too old for this (64).  I've battled acne my whole adult life.  I've watched my own kids outgrow acne (in their 30's) and watched my nieces and nephews go from acne to clear skin in their 20's.  But I've never gotten over acne...except recently with a very strict diet and treatment regime.

And now I am facing this breakout and not handling it well at all.  My son is getting married in a couple of months and I can not look like this.  It is too embarrassing.  What am I going to do?

I am hoping and praying this is just because of the brazil nuts...but it's very hard to imagine 2 small nuts a day causing such havoc.

Need Support And Help

17 May 2015 - 08:25 AM

My skin was clear for years and years but in the past month it has gotten worse and worse.  This morning I woke up with red inflamed pustules on my cheeks and chin.  Looks horrid.  Looks like I'm a teenager.  I'm really very sad and depressed.

I made some small changes with diet.  About 6 weeks ago my doctor recommended I eat 2 brazil nuts/day and iodized salt because of borderline low thyroid.  About 3 weeks ago my skin started breaking out more and more.  

I thought it was nerves because I was going on a cruise.  My skin went bonkers while on the cruise (about 10 days ago) so I stopped eating the nuts. My skin got a little bit better.  However, I thought the flare-up was due to stress from traveling so last week I started eating the brazil nuts again (because I want to help my thyroid issue).  Each day I've gotten a few more breakouts. I stopped eating the nuts yesterday but woke up this morning with red inflamed pustules all over my cheeks and chin.  I look terrible!   

Could the addition of 2 brazil nuts a day, really cause such a sudden reaction?  I thought brazil nuts were supposed to be good for skin.  

I'm so worried this is not due to the brazil nuts but instead because my skin is returning to how it was years ago.  Back then nothing worked but full strength antibiotics and I couldn't do that all the time so in-between I had horrid cystic acne.  I'm too old for this (64).  I've battled acne my whole adult life.  I've watched my own kids outgrow acne (in their 30's) and watched my nieces and nephews go from acne to clear skin in their 20's.  But I've never gotten over acne...except recently with a very strict diet and treatment regime.

And now I am facing this breakout and not handling it well at all.  My son is getting married in a couple of months and I can not look like this.  It is too embarrassing.  What am I going to do?

I am hoping and praying this is just because of the brazil nuts...but it's very hard to imagine 2 small nuts a day causing such havoc.

Weaning Off Doxy - Wish Me Luck!

05 April 2014 - 11:17 AM

I'm in the process of weaning off doxy and will share my progress in case anyone is interested.  I've taken 40 mg of doxy for over two years now without a problem.  I'd taken Oracea before this but it was too expensive and so switched to low dose doxy (anti-inflamatory versus antibiotic dose).  When I took Oracea it really didn't do much of anything and I'm not sure the doxy has either.  I'm on a complex tx regime (see below) so who knows for sure what is doing what.  I stated one week ago slowly weaning off doxy to see what happens.  My ultimate goal is to only use topicals.  Getting off of doxy (even an anti-inflammatory dose) I think is healthier for my body longterm. 

 

 I've been clear for a long time, especially after my derm started the BP cleanser (Panoxyl) + topical antibiotic (Cleocin-T) + monthly microdermabrasions combo.  Even on this regime I can sometimes get really tiny flat lesions, only a couple at a time...that sometimes have pus, sometimes not.  They seem to come up after eating rosacea triggers so I think they must be rosacea (I also have been diagnosed with acne).  Avoiding added oils also really helped clear up my skin.

 

So that brings me to weaning off the doxy.  I'm one week into it and my skin seems about the same.  I'm down to 20 mg doxy once a day.  Then I will take one less doxy a week until totally weaned (7 weeks).  Have to admit I'm a bit nervous about tinkering with things...but here goes!