I have been experimenting with my diet for over a year now and my skin never got to the point where I was happy with it. I tried eating vegan, paleo, gluten free, dairy free, low glycemic load, etc. and my skin remained oily and and extremely clogged/ congested. I just started taking accutane again about 20 days ago, and already my skin is so much better. The thing is that I feel guilty for resorting to such an artificial method to clear up my skin. I still wonder if there's that perfect diet out there that will clear up my skin. I still eat really well (oats, rice, lean meats, fruits, and veggies), but there is no doubt that it's the accutane that's making the improvement in my skin and not my diet. I've done a lot of reading about primitive cultures and how they did not have acne, and I'm wondering how I'm so different than them since I have not been eating any processed foods. Could it be the pesticides, herbicides, plastics, chemicals, and non-organic products in my life? I just feel bad for not being able to figure this out naturally.
I started my second course of accutane 3 days ago (1/12/15). I'll be taking 40mg my first month. Thankfully my insurance is covering the accutane (zenatane) this course so I only had to pay $10 this month. During my last course the medication cost over $200 and I also had to pay for the blood work and derm appointments.
My last course was 7-8 months I think, and my dose was adequate for my weight. It completely cleared me, but after about two years, the acne started coming back. Lately my acne has become quite bad and has started to scar. I've tried everything to clear my skin including retinoids, antibiotics, benzoyl peroxide, aczone, birth control pills, and spiro. Nothing has cleared me so I feel like accutane is my only option right now. I'd really prefer not to take accutane because I worry about hair loss, slow skin healing, and nasal cartilage changes. I had nose surgery 4 years ago, and I have read about some having issues with accutane and past nasal surgeries and that really worries me.
Today is day 3, but I don't notice any side effects yet. My lips haven't even begun to get dry yet.
For awhile now I've been eating really well to help keep my skin clear. In September I had to have an appendectomy and then in October I had 6-8 inches of my right colon resected due to complications. Initially after surgery I had to eat a low residue (low fiber) diet, but now I'm back to eating my usual foods. I am really struggling with bloating after meals now, though, and I don't know what to do. I eat lots of fruit, veggies, lean meats, oats, and rice. Do you think there are any changes I can make to help me with my bloating problem?
Oh, and my doctor isn't much help... He just said I should avoid dairy (already do), broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, and beef. I was eating a lot of broccoli and cauliflower, but eliminating these recently has not helped.