Acne has been a part of my life since freshman year in high school. I wanted to find an alternative to antibiotics and I just thought that out of all the acne treatments out there I had to find something that worked for me. I came across acne.org after having suffered from acne for about two years, and my life changed. First, I gained a support network. Knowing that there were other people like me made me feel that there was hope. Secondly, by using Dan's products my skin did improve, drastically. It did take a long time for my skin to actually clear up; and I still relied on make-up to cover up old blemishes and scarring. I reached the point where I did not have to use so much benzyl peroxide and I could wear make-up without getting nasty acne. My acne remained mild, but it was under control. Yet, now it is a different story. I noticed my skin getting worse after I quit my job. I was stressed out about figuring out my finances and looking for employment that I just started bursting uncontrollably. It didn't help that I was home and dealing with family is not something I considered to bring me peace and serenity. Yet, they are not at fault for anything. I am just putting two and two together. So, now I have cysts on the left side of my face. They appeared slowly and have increased in size dramatically. I continue to use benzyl peroxide (Neutrogena spot treatment) and I feel as if the cream version burns my skin a bit. On the plus side, my skin is not as oily, yet it is a lot more dry. I am thinking of seeing a doctor to prescribe me birth control pills in order to balance out my hormones, since I read somewhere that acne in adulthood for females tends to be due to hormonal imbalances. The funny thing is that I have been tested for thyroid issues, polycystic ovarian disorder, and other hormonal issues back in college and they all came back clean. Which leads me to believe that there are other variables to my skin issues. I am now taking a closer look on my diet, fitness, and stress in order to come up with a more natural solution for my skin care problems; which I believe to be more caused by stress than anything else. My plan is to eat a well-balanced diet and cut out many things that can raise my insulin levels such as: cow's milk, simple carbohydrates, and junk food (mostly candy and chips). I am going to start taking Zinc in capsule form and making sure that I consume enough vitamins and minerals.
Also, I may be unemployed right now but that does not mean that my life is over. I need to use this time to reflect and re-examine my skin-care regimin. I looking forward to coming back to the acne.org community in order to come up with the best options for myself and I hope to share my successes.