So I've been a memeber of Acne.org for quite a while but I've always just sort of drifted along, trying endless products to fix my acne. I figured I might as well document it so that maybe some person with a shitload of free time can get some use out of it.
I think most people would agree that dermatologists really aren't the best people to visit when you have severe acne. All of mine have been very hasty and rushing and have not really helped me with my skin problems. It's very frustrating when you have a real problem and all the "solutions" aren't working.
I've tried A LOT of things in an attempt to clear my skin. Some of these include:
BP, Salicyclic acid, no sugar/gluten/meat/dairy diet, tetracycline, minocycline, duac, differin, proactiv, murad's, nature's cure, tazorac, benzamycine, scrubs, masks, ughh....anyway, none of that crap has worked. BP works for a while but I notice my skin builds up a resistance to it and then I begin breaking out again.
I'm here because, just like everyone else, I want clear skin. Lately what seems to be keeping the breakouts minimal is the following:
-a diet low in breads and sugars (no white bread, no candy, no sodas or juices (except blended fruits/veggies) I eat a lot of veggies and beans and yummy fruits.
-high vitamins (Vitamins A, B5, B6, B12, C, D, E, Zinc, Aloe Vera, Flax Seed Oil, Selenium, and Psyllium Husk Colon Cleanse)
-apple cider vinegar face wash (a simple splash of this wiped all over my face with a cotton round)
-cetaphil moisturizer (kept to a minimum)
-positive, happy thoughts.
This is my last resort to clear skin before I go on accutane, so I'm hoping this works because I'm out of ideas after this.
--update---I'm on accutane as of 6/20/08