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Day 6, First Post

inndem

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I'm a 24 year old male. Up until the beginning of this year I had light - moderate acne that started when I was 14 or 15. It was never that bad. It was never a big deal. Even if I did get a pimple in my hair or ear now and then. Or the occasional cyst. But then my acne started getting way out of control.

To make a long story short, this year has been the worst year of my life. I went through a lot this year. And I ended up with bad scalp acne, some angry pustules, cysts on my cheekbones all the time, and a face full of red marks with some scarring. I tried BP, hydrogen peroxide, sulphur, tea tree oil, and blue/red light therapy. I had to have my wisdom teeth out so I was also put on antibiotics twice. The first time I took antibiotics my acne really improved, but then it just went back to the way it was after a week or two. Nothing happened the second time around. The blue/red light therapy kind of worked, but not really. Sulphur was good at controlling the cystic acne, but that's about it. I was at the end of my rope. I went to see a dermatologist and I told her everything. I was hoping I could get a medium peel. I'd read that certain kinds of medium peels were really good for acne. I knew I didn't want to take any antibiotics. And especially not Accutane. She asked me a lot of questions and then told me that Accutane was pretty much my only choice. That is, unless I was willing to take oral antibiotics and use topicals on my face, scalp, ears, chest, and back. I was sold on Accutane right then and there. She then told me to come back a week later with some blood test results... and I did. She put me on half my body weight in kg / day, which is 30 mg.

So far I don't seem to have any real side effects. My lips do feel kind of weird, but they're not particularly dry or chapped. My skin itches a lot, but it's not really dry. Strange, huh? Although, my face was definitely less oily today than it was 6 days ago. By the way, is it normal to have really oily skin on your face and very dry skin on your legs? It's been like that for as long as I can remember.

Diet:

Vegetarian with lots of dairy. I've been a vegetarian for 9 years now.

Dietary supplements:

Inneov (hair mass), which is basically zinc, taurine, and a green tea extract, twice a day for 2.5 months now

65 g of sunflower seeds every day (lots of vitamin E, just started)

Calcium and vitamin D fortified rice milk. I drink 3 - 4 cups of coffee with rice milk every day.


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