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So I'm dong OK I suppose. I fucking picked again. It's been harder to stop than I imagined it would be. I like to think I have good self- control. I became a vegetarian when I was 13, I pulled myself out of my alcoholism that I've had since I was 14, I overcame my OCD on my own when I was 10(officially diagnosed later on), but I can't stop picking. It's very frustrating. I'm starting to think my picking is actually a manifestation of my OCD, because it is quite obsessive and senseless in nature. I don't get whiteheads, I get nodules and cysts, so there's no way anything good will come from picking. Yet, I still do it.  My skin has been going through some drastic ups and downs lately, and it's really taking a toll on me. I recently cut out gluten, soy, and nightshades from my diet; all of which I used to eat A LOT of. I'm really hoping this will bring about some change. I already don't eat cheese, and meat, so it's getting harder to come up with interesting, and tasty meals. But, if I get clear skin as a result, it is a very small price to pay. Aside from my chin, the rest of my skin is very clear. My color has started to come back(I'm naturally yellow/olive, but since my acne came back my face has been very pink). I know that my acne is hormonal, so I'm very glad that I have the chance to talk to an endocrinologist about it soon. I'm also interested in getting a food allergy test done. It kind of feels like I'm shooting in the dark here, so it would be nice to have something of substance to go off of. Who should I speak to about that? My family doctor? I'm willing to bet I have a few food allergies as I'm allergic to several medicines. I REALLY don't wan't to go back on Accutane, but my skin is getting bad. I'm still drinking my matcha green tea, and applying manuka honey daily. I suspect that I'm currently experiencing an IB from the Manuka Honey, but I'm not sure how long it's supposed to last. It's not that I can't take the breakouts, I just want to know that I'm on the right path and that it will all be worth it in the end. I'm hopeful that the Manuka is just pulling out all the gunk from my pores, and that soon I will have clear skin. I'm afraid to stop the Manuka, because for all I know, I could be one week away from clear skin again. In other news, I'm really happy that husband is coming home soon. I've been having a really hard time lately, between the breakouts and my new Epilepsy medicine(which causes me to feel lethargic, and dizzy all of the time). It's nice having someone who supports you no matter what, so I'm thankful for that. 


I think it depends on your insurance whether you need a referral to a specialist or not. Call your insurance to find out.
For me seeing an endocrinologist was the best thing! I was on yaz and didn't have many skin issues till I stopped taking it 9 months ago. I know there are blood and saliva allergy tests available, I'm thinking of getting them too. I'm slowly becoming more vegetarian because its healthier and I hate how animals are abused.
I tried using oatmeal ( just plain mixed with water) as a scrub/ wash and its calmed down my skin. It doesn't dry it out at all. I still like the SIBU products but they ste a bit expensive.

As for picking, Ive totally messed with blocked pores or sebum plugs and they turned into big inflamed spots. Try limit looking in the mirror and if you have a big spot, use a small round band aid so its out of sight. Maybe hypnosis? I'd love to give it a try.

Sorry to hear about your epilepsy. I had mono a few years ago and my energy hasn't recovered since. I'm seriously considering disability cause I have no energy.
I hope you enjoy your time together . Its hard to be alone a lot.
Let us know if you have any improvements :)

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If you wear any jewelry like a necklace or earrings, try to avoid them and see if that helps. I was getting a small breakout under my left ear and finally decided to take out my sleepers (earrings). The skin behind my ears still feels a little weird but the breakout under my left ear is just about gone. Keep fighting. :)

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