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Always had mild acne but I'm 21 now and it's never been worse :(

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So first post here, 
I'm 21 and have been getting mild acne since about 13. In general the acne has been mild on my face and quite a bit more severe on my back. 

I went to the doctor 2 years ago for a check up and he noticed my back acne. He said I should try antibiotics to clear it up, I was on two 5 month cycles of tetralysal. The results were ok but acne just returned when I stopped. 

2 months ago I went back and he has now put me on a 5 month cycle of erythromycin.

I'm 2 months in and my facial acne has never been worse. I am also getting side effects such as stomach cramps and acid reflux. My back is much better since returning to anti bs 

I plan to finish the cycle and not go back, just try alternative methods. 

At the moment I eat no processed foods and no dairy in an attempt to improve my skin.
I wash two times a day and apply differin gel at night.

If anyone can offer any advice on my current situation it would be really appreciated! 

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The antibiotics are likely messing up your gut and causing yeast overgrowth. Try taking Oil of Oregano softgels while quitting sugar and gluten. If you see improvements, your acne is being caused by yeast in the gut. You can take a GI Map test for about $180 and it will tell you exactly what is wrong in your gut. Best to see a Naturopathic doctor that offers this test. 

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I am a soon to be esthetician and I am very disappointed by dermatologists overprescribing antibiotics. I even prefer accutane over antibiotics. I 100% agree the with 'O Wow' user. Antibiotics alter our gut bacteria which can lead to SIBO overgrowth, candida, parasites, and infections. Your dermatologist will probably tell you none of that is true, but it's because they're used to prescribing medicine and topicals and not examining other culprits that cause acne. I like to look at things from all angles. I am not a doctor, but I am very educated in regards to the body, medicine, etc. Speak with your primary care doctor or dermatologist first, but I would HIGHLY reccomend stopping erythromycin immediately. It should not be getting worse and you're probably altering your gut microbiome. You're already doing great by eliminating processed foods and dairy, but if you're commited here's several other things you can eliminate to really clean up your body internally and restore your bacterial balance. Gluten can cause a lot of issues for many people, especially those with digestive issues. Try to incorporate healthy carbs such as quinoa, sweet potatoes, brown rice, and steel oats. If you have any intolerances to grains obviously ignore some of those (quinoa is my personal healthy favorite). Try to limit sugar intake, even natural occurring sugars (honey, fruit, etc). It's best to consume fruit on an empty stomach since its digests quickly and so it doesn't mix with other foods causing insulin levels to fluctuate (in return causing acne). Also, 1-2 servings of fruit a day is perfect. Try eliminating all red meats and stick to things like lean chicken and fish. Make sure you're consuming vegetables with EVERY meal. Seriously, I can't emphasize this enough it's crucial for clear skin and make sure you incorporate variety, don't get bored eating the same thing daily. Caffeine is also a culprit for many people, it's hard to give up but after 30 days you'll have more natural energy and your body will thank you (that includes preworkout :/). Now for some supplement reccomendations! Start every morning with a glass of warm water and half a squeezed lemon with a probiotic. The probiotic will replenish you with good bacteria to restore balance. I absolutely LOVE the probiotic called Pro-15 by Hyperbiotics, (find on amazon) it's great for the skin and gut (I personally take it). Next supplement is vitamin D, if you're someone that doesn't get much sun it can be very beneficial to restore the skin and a great brand is NOW vitamin D 5,000 IU. Lastly, the one I reccomend the MOST is arctic cod liver oil by Nordic Naturals. This is a boost of vitamin A that allows our skin to thrive. Our body only converts 1/12th of the vitamin A we consume through diet into retinol (which our skin needs). Your skincare regimen is great! I'm a fan of differin. What cleanser and moisturizer are you using? I hope some of this helps and I'm happy to answer any questions you may have! Best of luck!

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On 19 June 2017 at 10:05 PM, WestCoast82 said:

I am a soon to be esthetician and I am very disappointed by dermatologists overprescribing antibiotics. I even prefer accutane over antibiotics. I 100% agree the with 'O Wow' user. Antibiotics alter our gut bacteria which can lead to SIBO overgrowth, candida, parasites, and infections. Your dermatologist will probably tell you none of that is true, but it's because they're used to prescribing medicine and topicals and not examining other culprits that cause acne. I like to look at things from all angles. I am not a doctor, but I am very educated in regards to the body, medicine, etc. Speak with your primary care doctor or dermatologist first, but I would HIGHLY reccomend stopping erythromycin immediately. It should not be getting worse and you're probably altering your gut microbiome. You're already doing great by eliminating processed foods and dairy, but if you're commited here's several other things you can eliminate to really clean up your body internally and restore your bacterial balance. Gluten can cause a lot of issues for many people, especially those with digestive issues. Try to incorporate healthy carbs such as quinoa, sweet potatoes, brown rice, and steel oats. If you have any intolerances to grains obviously ignore some of those (quinoa is my personal healthy favorite). Try to limit sugar intake, even natural occurring sugars (honey, fruit, etc). It's best to consume fruit on an empty stomach since its digests quickly and so it doesn't mix with other foods causing insulin levels to fluctuate (in return causing acne). Also, 1-2 servings of fruit a day is perfect. Try eliminating all red meats and stick to things like lean chicken and fish. Make sure you're consuming vegetables with EVERY meal. Seriously, I can't emphasize this enough it's crucial for clear skin and make sure you incorporate variety, don't get bored eating the same thing daily. Caffeine is also a culprit for many people, it's hard to give up but after 30 days you'll have more natural energy and your body will thank you (that includes preworkout :/). Now for some supplement reccomendations! Start every morning with a glass of warm water and half a squeezed lemon with a probiotic. The probiotic will replenish you with good bacteria to restore balance. I absolutely LOVE the probiotic called Pro-15 by Hyperbiotics, (find on amazon) it's great for the skin and gut (I personally take it). Next supplement is vitamin D, if you're someone that doesn't get much sun it can be very beneficial to restore the skin and a great brand is NOW vitamin D 5,000 IU. Lastly, the one I reccomend the MOST is arctic cod liver oil by Nordic Naturals. This is a boost of vitamin A that allows our skin to thrive. Our body only converts 1/12th of the vitamin A we consume through diet into retinol (which our skin needs). Your skincare regimen is great! I'm a fan of differin. What cleanser and moisturizer are you using? I hope some of this helps and I'm happy to answer any questions you may have! Best of luck!


Thank you so much for the detailed reply. 
I'm going to try implement your advice as well as I can, it makes sense as I've felt nauseas and have had stomach cramps for the last 2 months.
i use natural tee tree oil has a cleanser and aloe Vera as a moisturiser but am open to any suggestions. 

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Yeah that is definetly not normal, I would speak to your doctor immediately. If he tries to prescribe you more antibiotics, I would probably refuse. I don't usually give a head strong opinion like that, but that is definetly alarming. As I said, I'd rather my clients get on accutane than antibiotics for all the reasons I listed above. Also, you said you're using differin, I would advise against using a tea tree oil cleanser with it as it can lead to dehydrated skin. When your skin becomes dehydrated it causes your skin to over produce oil to keep the epidermis hydrated, thus causing more acne. I am a proponent of aloe Vera, however it isn't usually hydrating enough on its own. If you don't believe me, check out dehydrated, oily, acne prone skin. Many people think they have extremely oily skin, but in reality it's due to the reasons I listed above. The difference is dehydrated skin lacks water, not oil. I would try using a mild cleanser like Cerve Hydrating cleanser or Vanicream (my FAVORITE- sold at target or maybe other places). There's other cleansers that are appropriate, but those are great. Just don't get anything drying (salicylic acid cleansers, etc) as the differin is your acne solution. As for a hydrating moisturizer  you can using something along the lines of Cerve PM, Cetaphil, Neutrogena Hydroboost, etc. If you would like high end suggestions I can reccomend some as well, but I think you should try one of those to see the results first. I would say try Cerve PM first. You can apply the differin before the moisturizer. Keep it simple and your skin will thank you! 

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5 months cycle of antibiotics seems a lot. Just to tell you my experience but my system got messed up with even a 10 day dose and my acne got worse after that. 

What might help right now is probiotics to balance out your digestive system. Apply honey for your facial acne. See if that helps. 

Please stop with the antibiotics after the course ends!!!


You should not allow acne to control you or your life. After having suffered from acne for 20 years I decided to share what I learnt and help others. PM me if you need more information or just support. 


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On 6/19/2017 at 5:05 PM, WestCoast82 said:

I am a soon to be esthetician and I am very disappointed by dermatologists overprescribing antibiotics. I even prefer accutane over antibiotics. I 100% agree the with 'O Wow' user. Antibiotics alter our gut bacteria which can lead to SIBO overgrowth, candida, parasites, and infections. Your dermatologist will probably tell you none of that is true, but it's because they're used to prescribing medicine and topicals and not examining other culprits that cause acne. I like to look at things from all angles. I am not a doctor, but I am very educated in regards to the body, medicine, etc. Speak with your primary care doctor or dermatologist first, but I would HIGHLY reccomend stopping erythromycin immediately. It should not be getting worse and you're probably altering your gut microbiome. You're already doing great by eliminating processed foods and dairy, but if you're commited here's several other things you can eliminate to really clean up your body internally and restore your bacterial balance. Gluten can cause a lot of issues for many people, especially those with digestive issues. Try to incorporate healthy carbs such as quinoa, sweet potatoes, brown rice, and steel oats. If you have any intolerances to grains obviously ignore some of those (quinoa is my personal healthy favorite). Try to limit sugar intake, even natural occurring sugars (honey, fruit, etc). It's best to consume fruit on an empty stomach since its digests quickly and so it doesn't mix with other foods causing insulin levels to fluctuate (in return causing acne). Also, 1-2 servings of fruit a day is perfect. Try eliminating all red meats and stick to things like lean chicken and fish. Make sure you're consuming vegetables with EVERY meal. Seriously, I can't emphasize this enough it's crucial for clear skin and make sure you incorporate variety, don't get bored eating the same thing daily. Caffeine is also a culprit for many people, it's hard to give up but after 30 days you'll have more natural energy and your body will thank you (that includes preworkout :/). Now for some supplement reccomendations! Start every morning with a glass of warm water and half a squeezed lemon with a probiotic. The probiotic will replenish you with good bacteria to restore balance. I absolutely LOVE the probiotic called Pro-15 by Hyperbiotics, (find on amazon) it's great for the skin and gut (I personally take it). Next supplement is vitamin D, if you're someone that doesn't get much sun it can be very beneficial to restore the skin and a great brand is NOW vitamin D 5,000 IU. Lastly, the one I reccomend the MOST is arctic cod liver oil by Nordic Naturals. This is a boost of vitamin A that allows our skin to thrive. Our body only converts 1/12th of the vitamin A we consume through diet into retinol (which our skin needs). Your skincare regimen is great! I'm a fan of differin. What cleanser and moisturizer are you using? I hope some of this helps and I'm happy to answer any questions you may have! Best of luck!

Quick note on Vitamin D3: Take this in liquid form with Vitamin K2. A brand called Ortho Molecular Products makes it. D3 needs K2 to take full effect. Also, D3 is not ment to go through the digestive system, so pill form is no good. I was taking 5k IU in pill form for 3 months, then took a vitamin deficiency test and still tested as deficient. 

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