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Hi gang! My background: Lurker for close to 10 years, almost as long as I have had acne. I am a mid-20s college student raising a sibling. In other words, I have no time. I want to look presentable, though. This is why clearing my skin naturally is so important to me. I also don't wear makeup.. so it's magnifies the issue. I'm a hard INTJ, if you dig MBTI. That means I'm typically anxious and tense, which I'm sure is a big part of my acne. BCP (Yasmin) cleared my skin in my teens. Went off of it because of some of the possible side effects, then went on Spiro, which worked perfectly. However, I want to heal my body. I don't want to be on medication forever. Both my parents have adult acne, so I could be looking at hard cysts on my face with other inflamed red rolling hills until I hit menopause. I was going to do Accutane, but stopped when I realized I would have to go back on Yasmin (i.e. my skin would be perfect on yasmin so I doubt the accutane would cure me.) I am using the Neutrogena light therapy mask right now. It is helping but I doubt it will help as much as I need. I eat a diet of chicken, vegetables, and glucomannan/oat fiber (non-soluble fibers that fill you up and pass right through.) I have always had chronic constipation, so I take Miralax. When I don't take it, the inflammation gets worse. I have noticed that if I eat a ton of vegetables, my skin can get inflamed. This worries me. When I don't eat, or eat tiny portions to keep myself from starving, acne is reduced. But how can I sustain that? It doesn't seem possible. I know tanning and sweating/working out have helped in the past, but on this diet I have no energy to work out. I am scared of how hungry it would make me. No, not anorexic. I'm 5'6 and ~140. If you have read this far, my heartfelt thanks. I am so grateful for this community. Acne is such a difficult disease to deal with in the modern world-the shame, I mean. MY QUESTION: Is there anything else I can do for my acne naturally? Should I just suck it up and go back on Spiro?
So summer is coming in a month and I just started using roaccutane, I was wondering whether I can tan through out roaccutane or not? I read that a lot of people advise against tanning beds and so but I was wondering what about sun tanning with protection (15 -20 spf) would that be ok?
Hi, Well summer is around the corner. For me it is pretty much here since I live where winter does not exist. The sunshine is everywhere and so are booty shorts, beach volleyball and all other delicious sunny shenanigans. I have been avoiding the sun and tanning for the last couple of years. First due to a couple rounds of Accutane, then due to home peels... Every time I go to the beach I am there to swim in the ocean or jog, and spend the rest of my time generously bathing myself in Trader Joe's SPF 100 spray, hiding like Nosferatu under towels and shade. I want to start tanning now, and I would like to hear about healthy ways to tan besides sunless tanning lotions and sprays if there are any? Someone recommended coconut oil- that sounds delicious and very promising. haha Please do share your secrets? Thank you!
Just wondering why i keep reading about not going outside unless applying/adding sunscreen to your face or moisturizer? With summer right around the corner and my face clearing up the only place i want to be is on the beach soaking up the sun Would it be bad for my acne if i was still doing the regimen twice a day, and going outside tanning? Also would it be ok to use just any sunscreen lotion ? or is there one specifically that you can recommend for the face? Steph