I guess I would describe myself as having a mild case of severe acne.
I first started getting cystic acne about 8 years ago. Before that, I never had acne. I probably had about 10 pimples throughout my entire teen years. Then one day it just started and hasn't left me since.
I say its mild because I had definitely seen worse. For example at the moment I would say I have about 6 on my face right now. But these 6 are like little hard balls deep under my skin that will no doubt hang around for about 2-3 months if not longer. Then I had numerous which are dormant. These are a lot smaller and tend to flare up every few weeks. They never go away. I'm pretty sure its been the same pimples coming and going since it first started.
The main affected areas are on my temples, chin, above my lip and behind my ears. Once or twice a year I will get one on my shoulders.
This week I had my first visit to a naturopath.
I have been put on a diet. Basically whole-food low-gi food. Protein is a must with every meal.
I have to take an andrographic compound 4 times a day. That was mainly given to me because I have come down with a horrid bug this week and have missed 2 days of work.
An arctium & zinc compound twice daily with food.
And a herbal formula to take twice a day as well.
I have also been given liquid zinc to apply topically.
I'm slightly skeptical that the diet can fix it mainly because I was already following one that was very similar.
We shall see.
Liquid fish oil 5-10ml daily
1x vitamin d