Hey guys! I've been reading various posts on this site for about a month and finally decided to join in myself. I'll tell you my story but be warned that it is fairly long...i'll do my best to keep details to a minimum.
I had nearly perfect skin until about 7 months ago. I had strep throat so my doctor prescribed azithromyocin. I didn't think twice about it and began taking the medicine. Literally OVERNIGHT i woke up with my entire face covered in bumps. Since that day I have had a roller coaster ride with acne. There have been several times where I thought I had kicked it to the curb and suddenly a few days later it's back and worse than ever. I tried switching face washes several times, thinking that would help my acne. Then I thought I should go on the pill but 5 days into it I was feeling so uncomfortable with the side effects I changed my mind. Then about a month ago after dong much research on this website along with others I realized I needed to change my diet. I thought that would cure things for sure. I read that antibiotics like the one I took so many months ago can put your system into a "candida" (or yeast) overload. I thought this information was the answer to my prayers, so I cut out all yeast. This helped for a few days but then the acne was creeping back. So I decided to take things further by cutting out gluten, wheat, dairy, egg, and vegetable oil. I have been doing this for a little over a week. Two days into this my face was looking AMAZING. But as soon as I thought I was almost in the clear my acne has started to come back in the past couple days. It is not as bad as it has been in the past, but I am so frustrated. I don't know what else to cut out but today I took out all sugars as well. This means no fruit even! sad.gif I went to the doctor today and begged to be allergy tested. My doctor does not think this is my problem, but I think I may be eating something my body does not sit well with. My acne is basically small bumps that look almost like a rash but there are tons of them. My overall complexion looks pretty good, it's just that if you were to run your fingers over my cheeks/chin or get super up close they can be seen or felt that way. My doctor prescribed me Duac gel, but I would prefer not to use it. I'm hoping I can cure this from the inside-out by diet or holistic ways. Deep down I just know this must have to do with something going on inside, and these pills and gels just mask that I feel like. I use great products like philosophy (purity, on a clear day moisturizer and spot treatment, and hope in a bottle) as well as a expensive clairisonic. I am getting allergy tested tomorrow (both for food and environmental) so hopefully I will soon have some answers.
Does anyone have any advice or suggestions? My acne is pretty mild but I just want to get rid of it once and for all. It has gone on too long. I don't have a lot of money to put into these holistic ways of treatment. I'm just a struggling college student smile.gif But any advice would be appreciated. Thanks everyone!