Two years ago I started what was my second round of Accutane. It was a rough 5 months, but the accutane did what it was supposed to and cleared me of all my acne. I was 100% acne free for close to 6 months post-treatment. I then started nursing school in August 2014. With the start of such a rigorous program, some of my acne came back, but it was completely manageable. I would get the occasional cystic pimple with the rest smallish pustules. This was all until about a month and a half ago.
So I am now 25 years old, 2 rounds of accutane, and have tried every antibiotic and topical cream under the sun with no relief from my persistent cystic acne. About a month and a half ago my acne reappeared. First it was a few on my cheek which have since cleared and no new ones have reappeared in their place. However, the left side of my chin and jawline is a mess! This is completely different than the acne I have suffered from in the past. I typically had acne only on my cheeks - my chin has for the most past always been pretty clear. With this resurgence in acne I panicked and hauled my ass straight to my dermatologist. She put me on a 2 week course of septra and a script of atralin gel (my insurance didn't cover this so I got tretinoin gel .05%) To give you an idea of just how crazy this breakout has been - I have LITERALLY gone to my derm once a week for the past month to have new cysts injected (cortisone shots). Work great on the existing cysts (no scarring or pitting), but sadly new ones pop up in their place
This leads me to the purpose of this 2 year update. I went to my derm today to have yet 2 more cysts injected. One of the first things she asked me was what my diet was like. I have never had a poor diet. I don't eat junk food or a lot of sugar (minus my starbucks coffee). However, I do eat a decent amount of bread products and dairy. So I am creating this new blog to document my journey on going gluten and dairy free in a final attempt to clear my acne!!
She also explained how acne isn't just a skin problem. If something if off in your gut, this can present itself through your skin in the form of acne. So she also suggested I start taking a probiotic to balance out the bacteria in my digestive tract.
So today makes DAY 1 gluten free, dairy free and taking my daily probiotic. With the holidays coming up I know it's going to be a challenge to maintain this kind of diet but I am DETERMINED to rid myself to this acne once and for all!
This also means I will be eliminating all alcohol (at least for the next month), to see if this is playing a role in my breakouts. (I am a big beer and wine fan - again, going to be a challenge with the holidays, but worth it) New Year's resolution come early I guess?
Currently sitting with pimple medicine on my face, so I will upload pictures tomorrow.
Neutrogena healthy skin booster face wash
Witch hazel (toner)
Ovace lotion (AM)
Tretinoin gel 0.05% (PM)
Cetaphil moisturizer --- I want to find a new one, this one makes me look shiny during the day
Vitamin E oil (for dry patches from old acne lesions)
Renew Life Ultimate flora probiotic (150 billion) once daily
Any feedback from people going this more holistic approach to cure their acne would be much appreciated!