Ok well here's a bit about me. I've had acne since age 10 / 11, had it SUPER bad when I was a teenager and it's decided to hang around ever since (I'm nearly 31) - at the moment it's moderately bad.
Like others I've tried everything and anything that I could lay my hands on - antibiotics, the pill, accutane etc. Diet wise, a while ago I tried cutting out wheat and dairy and it did help but I find it just too hard to cut those things out completely. And it seems that it only helped when I COMPLETELY cut those things out - so I feel that it's not a long term answer for me.
I eat pretty healthily - always have at least two fruit smoothies a day with things like spinach and avocado added (so green smoothies I guess you'd call them) and try and minimise my intake of wheat, dairy and sugar. I drink mainly nettle tea (which is weirdly nice, I like it the best out of all the herbal teas I've tried and keep coming back to it!) and sometimes peppermint. But I do have the odd cup of coffee when at work (with milk and sugar - gaaah my downfall! this is the main area I struggle with giving up milk, I don't really have it any other time).
So ... the latest thing I've decided to try, after reading alot of positive posts on here, is vitamin B5. I've decided to take the plunge and give it a shot.
This is day 4 for me on Vitamin B5 tablets - I'm taking 10 g a day, and so far... my skin's been more oily than usual and my scalp's been really greasy (weird, as this is something I don't usually have a problem with). So I'm hoping it's just my body pushing the oil and rubbish out and that good things and clearer skin are just around the corner! (please god....)
At the same time (I've decided to throw everything at my spots in a last ditch attempt to knock them out once and for all) I'm taking the following daily (again I've only started taking all these in the last 4 days):
1 tablespoon wheatgrass powder
1 Vitamin B-Complex capsule (to balance out all the B5 I'm taking hopefully)
3g of MSM powder (in my smoothies)
3g EPA / DHA (from fish oil capsules)
1 Probiotic (acidophilus) capsule
2 tablespoons of shelled hemp seeds (in my smoothies)
2 scoops hemp protein powder (Nutiva brand - in my smoothies)
1 broccoli capsule
and plenty of fruits and greens (mainly apples, pineapple, frozen raspberries, pears, bananas cucumber, spinach, which I use in my smoothies)
So here's hoping I'll get some much needed freedom from this horrible disease soon!
I'm using B5 tablets I got in the UK but have heard good things on the forums here about a brand from the US called VitaCure so I'm considering ordering some of that online. We'll see.
Onwards and upwards as they say!