Following a low glycemic diet to calm acne
About 6 months ago I discovered that I have a problem with my blood sugar - it was trending in the wrong direction and edging dangerously close to Type 2 diabetes. As I began to research this medical issue, I discovered there may be a link between high blood sugar, insulin resistance, hormonal "back lash", and acne. It seemed to make sense that there would be an underlying systemic dysfunction to what may manifest as a cosmetic problem. I've struggled for many years trying to calm my overly reactive, acne prone complexion. I think I've tried nearly every prescription topical, anti-biotic, birth control device or pill, over-the-counter, and mail order "solution" with no dependable results.
I've been following a low glycemic diet now for about 6 months, along with supplements and essential oil topical treatments. This combined approach has yielded my first-ever true, long-lasting result. I think I have found my cure, though I realize everyone is different and this is a very complex disease. I never thought a non-pharmaceutical approach would provide any benefit for me. It has taken a lot of research, trials, time, and patience to get to this point. The occasional pimple now heals in a few days. I wear virtually no makeup; just a tiny bit of spot coverage if I need it. Now I read every ingredient of every commercial product that I consider to put on my face and I've learned how much toxic garbage is included in even the most expensive, so-called "non comedogenic" products and treatments.
Maybe I have not had good experiences with the dozen or so dermatologists that I've entrusted with my care. Has it really just been my bad luck though. I would like so see the western medical profession be more proactive in identifying underlying systemic causes to acne rather than dismissively tossing at the patient another prescription that does next to nothing.