I read with interest some of the success stories in which the writer used a holistic approach. There were some similarities in the stories, such as the use of zinc and Vitamin E supplements. As all of the information can be quite overwhelming I went the simple route and bought Perfect Skin tablets by genuine health. You take two tablets twice daily, each tablet contains fish oil, EPA, EGCG, Zinc, Vitamin E and Chromium. Cost wise I am not sure if it is cheaper to buy the Perfect Skin, or the individual supplements. But I like the simplicity of Perfect Skin. With Perfect Skin I am also using a multi-vitamin and probiotic. I may also take more fish oil. Status: Still lots of zits on cheeks, chin and temples. It kind of looks like my face got a little clearer, but not really. The pimples on cheek look like they are underneath my skin, so my skin looks splotchy. Not cool!
Acne location and type: Temples - multiple on both sides, large and deep. cheeks and chin - multiple, small, appear to be under the skin. A few white heads. The temple acne remains pretty consistent. The cheeks are new and getting worse. I have never had cheek acne before, so this is kind of weird. Food: Breakfast - banana lunch - salmon, organic greens, yellow pepper and cucumber Dinner - gluten free pizza (I think this might be a mistake, but we will see) I am drinking lots of water, as I always do. Activity: 1 hour cross fit session. I showered right after and pulled my hair back so it is out of my face. Cleansing: no shower before crossfit, in shower I used the sukin cleanser. Jojoba oil used as a moisturizer Tonight I will use the sukin cleanser and PRFX toner. If my skin feels really dry I will put a bit of jojoba oil on my cheeks and nose area.
At the end of the day I have no real idea on what causes my acne. That is probably my major source of frustration. Because birth control worked so well I think my acne could be correlated to hormones. My husband says I break out just before my period, but I haven't noticed. I think I have zits all the time. My husband has also suggested it is our sheets b/c I get more zits on the side of the face that I sleep on. He has a bit of a point, so we have started to change the sheets more often. No change yetâ€¦ As I mentioned our diet is not that bad. I plan on cutting out more junk, meaning I won't go to Starbucks for a mid-afternoon snack anymore. I will eat more whole foods. I am going to start to take supplementations: fish oil, multi-vitamin and pro-biotics. I am also thinking of upping my Vitamin A, E and C. I am a nutritionist and one of my text chapters is on Acne. It gives suggestions on supplements and diet and I am going to look further into those. I have started to shower and wash my face immediately after exercising. We will see if anything helps...
I believe that what goes in, has to come out. Food will either be used by your body for energy, or your body will get rid of it through bowel movements. Toxins can also be excreted through your pores. So, make sure you are putting good stuff into your body. For the most part I am pretty good about that. I eat lots of whole foods, I own a juicer and make celery, cucumber and carrot juice every morning, I snack on almonds or fruit. We don't keep junk in the house, but do occasionally buy cookies. Over all, I believe I eat an above average healthy diet. But we do like McDonalds/A&W/Wendy's every now and then. Plus we have pizza about (or less than) once a week. Sometimes you just need what is convenient. I haven't made any firm correlations to my diet and pimples. But as I mention I believe that what you eat comes out somehow. I am reducing the amount of toxins I ingest hoping that my body will excrete any junk I put in through the proper channels (liver, bowels) and not through my face.
After reading this site, and looking at other suggested remedies. I am just confused! And annoyed, and frustrated. It is obvious that there is not one solution for fighting acne, and not every solution will work for everyone. A little bit more history: After I went off of birth control I gave Pro-Active a shot. It worked well enough, but when I had my face photgraphed by a Derm he said I had a lot of sun damage. Ok, I tan infrequently and I always use sunscreen when outside, so how did I get all this sun damage? The Derm said it was the result of all of the zit remedies I had tried, like Pro-Active. It basically wrecks the skin. With that in mind I am trying to manage my acne using a completely holistic and natural approach, no antibiotics, no special "zit" creams, no chemicals and no Pro-Active. The first thing I did was toss out my moisturizer and started using jojoba oil on my face. I have an oily T-zone, so I was a little concerned, but jojoba oil doesn't clog pours and so far I love it! I have not gotten more pimples that I can directly correlate the start of my jojoba oil use, so I am assuming it is not causing more acne. But my skin feels nice and soft, and I don't notice lots of oily residue. I was using PRFX cleanser and toner that my derma gave me. It is an alpha beta cleanser and toner that was suppose to help even out my skin tone and surface. I am pretty neutral on it. It didn't seem to cause more pimples or reduce the pimples, my skin looks about the same. So I say no harm no foul. But I didn't like the alpha hydroxy acid in it because I am trying to nurture my skin back to health, not continue to destroy it by stripping the top layer off with an acid. So, once the bottle ran out I bought a different cleanser, sukin cream cleanser. List of ingredients include Aloe, Sesame seed oil, rose hip, cocoa butter, avocado oil, etc. Other than a few preservatives (like alcohol) it is all natural. It feels a bit oily on, but so far I like it. I am going into my second week with it, I will keep you posted on my thoughts. I still use the PRFX toner as I have a tonne left, and I keep reading I should use a toner. I haven't made an opinion on it yet. I wash my face at night, but only rinse in the morning. I found this helps with the dry skin on my cheeks, and I think washing in the morning is not necessary as all I did the night before was sleep. I wash my face after I exercise. If I don't reapply any make-up after I exercise I won't wash my face before bed. Again, I find it helps my skin from becoming too dry.
I am tired, I am frustrated and I am a little angry that at 31 I still get acne. And not one or two pimples around my period, but 10 or more all the time. Some are little and easy to pop, some are huge and feel like a golf ball. I thought this was suppose to end after your teen years! Some history: I started breaking out severely (mostly on my forehead, back and chest) when I was 13. At 14 I used cream my doctor gave me and for the most part it worked, then didn't. I took tetracycline, which worked, and then it didn't. I went on birth control at 19 and that worked. But then went off of it. At age 19 I took Acutane for the first time. Great results, but had to do a second round as I still didn't have a completely clear face. At 21 I was on Trycycline birth control and that worked the best. I had a clear face as long as I was on birthcontrol. Well, now I am 31, married and off of birth control. At first it wasn't too bad. A few here and there. But then I got a Botox injection, and the acne got way worse!! I think the Botox changed my oil production or something because now I get pimples where I never got them before, like on my cheeks. Anyways, now I am fighting teenage acne levels at the age of 31. Here's my story: Step 1 - don't get BOTOX! Step 2 - figure out why I still am breaking out 6 months after my Botox injection.