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OK it's almost 4 years now since I first had my big breakout. I'm 22 now, and it happened when I was 18. Before that, I had little to no acne, and it was a non-issue. However, when I was 18, this really, really bad break out of acne lesions just came out out of nowhere-- cysts, nodules, pustules, if you can name it, it was on my face. I have no idea why it happened. I went from acne-free to having severe acne all over my face in about 2 or 3 weeks.

After that episode, pimples just wont stop coming out. Not just small ones too, I still have the odd cyst and nodule, and pustules and common. Every now and then, I will still have a bad breakout in which really painful and big cysts and nodules will form. I also began to develop body acne, and by now it's really bad as well, especially on my back and shoulders. Even the underside of my arms (the triceps area) has lots of small, brown, hard spots. I tried taking fish oil and zinc, didn't really help. I no longer believe in topicals.

I'm also thin. I tried eating more, but I just wont gain weight. And my face over the years looks like it gained flesh but I'm guessing it simply looks that way because of the scarring. It actually looks a bit swollen.

When I first had severe acne nearly 4 years ago, I didn't believe it would last 4 years. I always thought it would end soon. Nope, it's still here, and I'm beginning to feel it might stay for a loong time even into adulthood. All this had led me to believe that something is wrong with my body. I dont want accutane. I know many of you have a lot of experience here, do you think maybe I'm not absorbing nutrients well? Maybe I have some intestinal parasite? Or I'm allergic to some food? Do you think I should try deworming? Who should I go see about these things? I dont think a normal doctor would know, and a skin specialist will most probably recommend accutane. Is there a more hollistic specialist to turn to?

Thanks.

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Hi!

Know that you're not alone in dealing with this shit. I also started getting acne when I was 17/18 years old and never imagined deling with this for so long. Mostly forehead, shoulders, back and chest.

It's nice to see that you're ready to take the holistic route, but I must warn you. It's not easy finding out what's triggering YOUR acne.

This is the advice I can give you:

1) Look at other physical problems than acne. Do you have digestive issues, headaches, stomach rumbling etc. Acne might be related to some internal problem your overlooking. Did something else happen to your body when you first started getting acne.

2) You have to look at the big picture and know that it doesn`t take one magic pill to clear your acne. Do some research, find out what you want to try and give it a couple of months. Don't give up after some weeks because your read some user finding his cure in another thread and you want to try that.

3) Very important: Don't go waiting around telling yourself to start living when your acne is gone. That might take forever.

Take a look at my log to see what i'm doing at the moment...

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Sounds like accutane might be the only solution, but I guess if you want to waste a bunch of time trying out other stuff that's your prerogative.

I noticed you said you can't gain weight, dude, anyone can gain weight if they're eating enough. You're just not eating enough. This is coming from someone who was 150 pounds at age 19 and 207 today (age 24), 6 feet tall.

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Sounds like accutane might be the only solution, but I guess if you want to waste a bunch of time trying out other stuff that's your prerogative.

I noticed you said you can't gain weight, dude, anyone can gain weight if they're eating enough. You're just not eating enough. This is coming from someone who was 150 pounds at age 19 and 207 today (age 24), 6 feet tall.

Not really. I know some people who are skinny as hell yet eat more than I do... It's like the protein doesn't absorb or something. I know that thyroid disorders can cause you not to gain weight. I bet there are a million of other possible causes, so it's not that simple.

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Sounds like accutane might be the only solution, but I guess if you want to waste a bunch of time trying out other stuff that's your prerogative.

I noticed you said you can't gain weight, dude, anyone can gain weight if they're eating enough. You're just not eating enough. This is coming from someone who was 150 pounds at age 19 and 207 today (age 24), 6 feet tall.

Not really. I know some people who are skinny as hell yet eat more than I do... It's like the protein doesn't absorb or something. I know that thyroid disorders can cause you not to gain weight. I bet there are a million of other possible causes, so it's not that simple.

I didn't say everyone gains weight linearly. For me to maintain my weight of 207, I have to eat around 3,500-4,000 calories a day. I know people who can hit 207 by eating a thousand calories less than that per day, and some that would have to eat more than what I eat to get to that weight.

The point is weight gain is simple math when you get down to it. If calories consumed exceed calories burned, then you gain weight. If the OP indeed has a hyperthyroid condition like you suggest, he would probably know about it because the symptoms can be severe with that disorder.

And the little quip you made about protein not absorbing just proves your lack of understanding of diet and nutrition, especially when it comes to simple weight gain. You realize a person can injest no protein and still gain weight right? In fact in my experience reducing my protein intake and adding more carbs / fats to my diet makes me gain weight faster because the satiety factor from protein is reduced in my diet.

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By any chance did you change your diet at the age of 18? Did you go off to college and start eatng more crap?

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Hi!

Know that you're not alone in dealing with this shit. I also started getting acne when I was 17/18 years old and never imagined deling with this for so long. Mostly forehead, shoulders, back and chest.

It's nice to see that you're ready to take the holistic route, but I must warn you. It's not easy finding out what's triggering YOUR acne.

This is the advice I can give you:

1) Look at other physical problems than acne. Do you have digestive issues, headaches, stomach rumbling etc. Acne might be related to some internal problem your overlooking. Did something else happen to your body when you first started getting acne.

2) You have to look at the big picture and know that it doesn`t take one magic pill to clear your acne. Do some research, find out what you want to try and give it a couple of months. Don't give up after some weeks because your read some user finding his cure in another thread and you want to try that.

3) Very important: Don't go waiting around telling yourself to start living when your acne is gone. That might take forever.

Take a look at my log to see what i'm doing at the moment...

Thanks. No I don't think I have any digestive issues, I dont have headaches, no stomach discomforts. But the persistence of my acne is convincing me that something may not be right with my body.

I noticed you said you can't gain weight, dude, anyone can gain weight if they're eating enough. You're just not eating enough. This is coming from someone who was 150 pounds at age 19 and 207 today (age 24), 6 feet tall.

I dont exactly want to gain a lot of weight or muscle, but with the amount I'm eating, I should weigh as much as most of my friends. Although it must be said, I've always been thin, even when I was a kid.

By any chance did you change your diet at the age of 18? Did you go off to college and start eatng more crap?

Haha yeah I did go off to college around that time and began eating out. It was around 2 or 3 months after starting my college that I got the severe acne. It did occur to me, and I changed my diet to a more healthy one, but nothing seems to have changed. It's as if something triggered my acne and nothing can stop it now.

I'm thinking of trying .

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For one, accutane is a desperate action drug. It has tons of negative side affects that a lot of people end up with and some can be long lasting, if not permanent. I honestly think I'd rather have acne than go on accutane.

Secondly, there are tons of helpful topics around here. Browse around and see if any of them fit your fancy. Did you read the sticky posts at the top about leaky gut and such?

Diet, though it can take a long time, has a pretty strong potential to help you. Try fasting for a couple of days and see if it helps at all. Afterward, cut out all dairy, gluten and processed foods - especially sugar. Try adding green smoothies to your diet (see ABG Fairy's topic) and tons of veggies. Reduce dramatically, if not eliminate breads, pastas and rice.

Note that it's perfectly possible to have digestive issues and not even know it. You may not have discomfort. Acne may simply be a sign of it. Again, look into things like Leaky Gut Syndrome, Candida, low stomach acid and so on.

If you want to take a dramatic approach quickly, you could always try nothing but raw veggies. After about a week, evaluate your skin. Then, add something else - like a particular fruit. After a week, evaluate your skin. Keep doing this until you see what triggers your breakouts. Not the easiest approach, but it might be helpful if you think you can handle it.

My other recommendation is to try either a candida or a raw food diet. I eat mostly raw foods - uncooked fruits and veggies with a little meat and maybe lightly steamed veggies for dinner. Foods lose their nutrients when they're cooked, so your body may not be getting the nourishment it needs. Eat tons of leafy greens. One of your problems may lie in what you're not eating as well as what you are eating. Within a couple of weeks of eating a mostly raw food diet, my skin cleared up. I don't eat any dairy, grains, or processed stuff. The closest thing to processed I consume is store bought unsweetened almond milk and coffee (which a lot of people are opposed to).

And count yourself lucky. 4 years of acne? I WISH I only got acne at the age of 18. I was struck with severe acne when I was 11. It was severe until I was about 17-18, then it was just moderate. When I started eating "healthier" which wasn't really truly "healthy" in the long run, it settled down to mild for the past 2 years. I'll be 23 in May and my skin is just now clearing up.

Focus on true health. If you're healthy, you're body will act accordingly and your skin should hopefully clear up. Just don't count on a quick fix.

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wasd,

Welcome! Sorry to hear of your acne struggles - we all know how frustrating it can be! gMARIAs has given you some great advice, and I do hope you'll check out my green smoothie thread as well as the diet tips listed there on the first page. My guess is that you starting eating not so healthy foods when you went off to college and that eating healthfully again will greatly help. It's certainly worth a try. If you do nothing else, at least start incorporating green smoothies into your diet - they are the easiest way to get in the healthiest, most healing foods of all... leafy greens. Good luck! :)

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By any chance did you change your diet at the age of 18? Did you go off to college and start eatng more crap?

Haha yeah I did go off to college around that time and began eating out. It was around 2 or 3 months after starting my college that I got the severe acne. It did occur to me, and I changed my diet to a more healthy one, but nothing seems to have changed. It's as if something triggered my acne and nothing can stop it now.

You might not be eating as healthy as you think you are and even if you are, you may be eating something you have an intolerance for. Do you avoiding processed foods, sugar and bad fats in favor of real, whole nutrient dense food? Do you eat low to moderate GL meals? Have you tried avoiding wheat/gluten and dairy? Tried eliminating other foods to check for intolerance or follow a very hypoallergenic diet for a period?

What about sleep, exercise, stress?

See the Good Things link in my signature for more information on the many various factors that lead to acne and what to do about them?

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