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My Semi-Successful Journey To Clear Skin

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Alright, forgive me if this post is too long... So during the Summer of 2011 I began to get Acne on my face and ALL OVER my back. The acne on my face wasn't really that bad during that specific time. During that Summer, I didn't know much about acne as I had never really had it before that point besides normal teenage breakouts. So, I bought some BP and other products at stores during that Summer. Some things seemed to help, others didn't. The problem persisted over that Winter and I was starting to get a little nuts over it. My mom took me to a normal physician and she gave me products from a dermatologist (retin-a and some type of other medication that I don't remember at this point.) However during that time I was still able to socialize well, and met my beautiful girlfriend that I still have to this day. But any way, things became horrorific during the Summer of 2012. My back was covered in acne again, and my face was beginning to become the same. I began to get huge places on my cheeks that eventually led me to quit my Summer job and disassociate myself with society for around a month and a half or so. I moved to my dad's during this time and lived in a bedroom at his house. I would never come out with the exceptions of getting food and using the restroom. I even went as far to not see my girlfriend for a month, which was a mistake because one day she told me how badly she wanted to see me and be with me, and expressed how she didn't care if I had acne. She loved me for who I was. I remember on a Wednesday morning in July, I drove to her house and she kissed me and told me that things were going to be alright. That was the moment when I truthfully knew what true love was. However, This particular Summer came with some great challenges, as I was determined to figure out what in the world was going on with my skin. I tried so many different things... I can't even name them all. I invested (wasted) so much money into cleanser/acne products that I would never benefit from, and attempted so many diets that were supposed to eliminate it. There was actually a point where I would literally only eat apples. No jokes here. By August, most of the huge breakout I had over the tine of July was going away. However this scarred me up pretty well and I was still getting some spots, but it wasn't as rough as the one during July. I was nervous about the upcoming school year, as I was about to embark on my senior year of high school. All I wanted was to have an awesome last year of school. In late August, I finally got an appointment with a dermatologist. This doctor told me that acne had nothing to do with diet, and that I needed to be prescribed some skin medication. They gave me retin-a for the second time and a mix of BP and Clindamycin Phosphate. Even though the BP+C was actually helping a bit, my skin still looked rough because I was getting more spots. This was the turning point of everything. I knew at this point that my problem had to have something to do with my daily diet. So from the time of September through November, I tried a couple more types of diet. I initially went on the alkaline diet, but it had no positive effect on my skin. But in November, the situation that I had been dealing with truly, TRULY changed. I finally found the source of where the majority of my acne was coming from. I decided to try out the low-glycemic diet, and man, it was the best decision I have ever made. My skin rapidly cleared up from November to February, and my face was FINALLY 100% clear. All I had left was the scarring, but I didn't even care about it at that point. My acne was GONE! So now I'm at the point where I have been enjoying clear skin on my face since the beginning of the year. The Summer has been good, and I've been maintaining my job well. I'm still with my girlfriend, and now I just have one last thing I need to figure out: Why do I still have very bad back acne break outs? Yes, I wash my back every night, but I have gotten a lot of it on my back again, however my face has continued to stay clear since I have been on the diet. I've come to the conclusion that body acne may be caused by something different, but I just don't know what that factor is yet. Does anyone have any suggestions? Thank you so much for reading, and I wish the best of luck to anyone out there that is suffering with ANY kind of acne. It all sucks, and I know how it feels. Hang in there and never give up!

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Congratulations on finding a diet that has worked for you!

As you say, your back breakouts might be caused by something unrelated to diet. Maybe you are sensitive to certain fabrics or your detergent? Or even your body wash? When does your backne flair up usually? The good thing about backne is that you can at least cover it up grinwink.gif

Current regimen: garlic supplements  & turmeric [as needed, for antioxidants, both are AMAZING for skin], Enzymedica gluten blocker/ digestive enzymes [as needed], nicadan [the only vitamin presciption I take -1/2 per day works well], DIM (needed), inositol (very rarely nowadays - no longer needed as my PCOS is balanced). Also trying herbs for adrenal fatigue. I try to simplify as much as I can. Don't take more supplements than you need....try one at a time and be patient.

The supplements that really helped me when my acne was at its worst: inositol, DIM [not as frequently now!] digestive enzymes [don't need them every day anymore, only on cheat days], herpanacine & vitamin C with rose hips/ low acid [not every day], regular sun exposure for vitamin D3, superoxide dismutase (SOD) enzyme supplements. NOTE: I do not recommend DIM for long term use, and I do not recommend hormonal creams without doctor supervision.

Lifestyle & Skin Care: acupuncture, regular exercise/ yoga, low histamine diet, avoiding unnecessary stress, balancing skin's PH (using BioClin and other products), using distilled/ filtered water to wash face, occasional high frequency & lactic acid peel facials...


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