Lately I've been reading a ton about western dermatology vs. eastern remedies for acne. I have gone to skin doctors since my teens, and I don't trust them. I don't trust them because I always know what they are going to say and what they are going to put me on. If I have an outbreak, it's always topicals and antibiotics. Or antibiotics with spironolactone. My acne always comes back! Isn't this a sign that these medications only work short-term for me. Worse is that it is a known fact that using antibiotics regularly has negative effects on one's body. Using chemicals on your face have negative effects on skin! Why must they try and put me on the same medications-- it's pretty clear to me that they don't work! Yes, maybe they help with my acne for a few months, but these are absolutely not permanent fixes! It's pretty clear to me that there is a deeper reason for my acne.
These short-term fixes are a problem! They can cause longterm damage to our bodies! Furthermore, my dermatologists have never given me an explanation for why my skin is bad. They tell me to do and not to do things, but they never tell me why. For example, they always told me not to pick my pimples. They said it could cause scarring. When I did a quick google search about picking, it told me that picking causes damage in the pores, which increases the size of the pore, making it easier to bacteria to infect the pore in the future. Ever wonder why acne often comes back in the same exact spot on your face? That's why! If a skin doctor told me the longterm effects of picking, I wouldn't have touched my face! I wasn't even an intense picker... if I had a whitehead about to pop, I would pop it. Or if I had flaky skin, I would pull it off. But, I definitely get cysts in the same spots on my face!
Antibiotics. I've been on so many in my life. I've been reading about antibiotics, and it's pretty clear that taking too much will cause candida overgrowth. Candida has been linked with acne. So even if antibiotics work initially, they could in fact make acne worse in the future. Furthermore, you can develop a resistance to them. I certainly have.
There needs to be a serious change in the way dermatologists do their work. I'm not sure if they just aren't sharing all information with us, but it seems there is a problem with how they are trained. They need to tell us about side-effects of using medications before prescribing them to us over and over again.
Is the root of the problem the fact that American's always want a quick fix? The approaches that skin doctor's use do give a quick fix to the problem. But, I find it ridiculous that I have to research longterm treatment on my own. A skin doctor has never given me holistic/eastern approaches-- even when I've asked! They say things like "well, some say there might be a link between milk and acne, but this hasn't been proven. If you want to know about other approaches, you could talk to an eastern doctor". It's like the dermatologist association banned them from talking about alternative approaches- even if they know about them! And if they don't know about them, it baffles my mind that they aren't knowledgeable about alternative methods. Diet, lifestyle changes, natural topicals, different reasons for acne formation-- why can't they tell us about these things?! Why is there such a divide between eastern and western medicine?!!!!
I have seen so many adult females with the same frustrations. So many women are going out of their way to learn about these things on their own because traditional treatments don't do the trick in the long run. I mean, duhhh, a hormone imbalance is not going to be remedied by a freaking antibiotic pill. It makes logical sense that there are internal reasons for acne that can't be fixed by simply getting rid of bacteria. So many women have found success in diet and lifestyle changes. They have found that natural topicals and oils have worked for them. Why isn't this stuff used by dermatologists? Why must they give us intense chemicals for our faces and harsh oral medications? Why don't they focus on longterm success?!
Arggg. Does anybody share my frustration?!
I am on Spironolactone and Antibiotics right now. My doctor gave me a prescription for 3 months of antibiotic pills. Doesn't that seem a little extreme?! I'm weaning off of them after being on for 2 weeks. There's no way I'm taking those fuckers for 3 months. They give me terrible yeast infections Spironolactone has worked for me in the past, so I'm going to stay on a bit longer. They did tell me there is a link between cancer in rats and spironolactone. That scares me shitless. I want to get off of this stuff as soon as my face calms down. I don't want to stop these medications cold turkey, because i know that will make things worse. I'm hoping to just be on birth control pills in a few months. During that time, I'm going to experiment with diet and lifestyle changes. I'm going to abandon my harsh topicals, and I'm going to try using jojoba oil and other natural topicals.
Has anybody had luck going to a holistic/alternative doctor? I've always wanted to go, but it's not covered by my health insurance. I don't have a lot of money to spend. I have been doing a lot of research, but I think talking to a trained professional could be beneficial.