Recently I decided I DESPERATELY wanted clear skin.. and I wanted it BAD. I went to a dermatologist who prescribed me antibiotic acne gel. it was 1% cyanamide and 5% benzoyl peroxide. I was to put it on my face every night for a month. I was ecstatic about this cream because THIS was the cream that was going to cure all my problems.
After the first 2 weeks, I had a major reaction to the cream prescribed to me. My dermatologist had failed to mention that benzoyl peroxide, shouldn't be used on sensitive skin. Lucky me has extremely sensitive skin. At this point, I was done. I cried about every day for a week. Big painful cysts, dried scaly skin, my face was red and irritated 24/7. It was horrible, to say the least.
I ended up just getting so fed up with my skin that I began to research WHATEVER that could help me at this point. Chemical peels, facials, tea tree oil, you name it- I tried it.
I stumbled across one day, an article linking the health of your skin to the health of your gut and digestive system. It had explained dairy was a horrible acne culprit because of the sugar in it, which sugar helps to inflame the intestines. it suggested probiotics and pre biotics. I had to stay away from sugars, glutens, and anything that would inflame the gut. I began eating probiotic-rich foods like kimchi and sauerkraut. I also changed my diet to greens, meats, and maybe some starches. just eating clean. I began juicing every single morning. I had found that carrots and celery are phenomenal for the skin! so every morning I juiced celery juice and carrots. I would also take multivitamins, vitamin D and chlorophyll. each night I would take 12 billion probiotics. But I didn't stop there, I proceeded to get in good cardio at least 4 out of the 7 days. I bought a gentle Cetaphil cleanser, with a gentle scrub once a week. I also bought the maracuja oil, which is supposed to be good for the skin and dryness. slowly but surely, after 4 weeks I saw TREMENDOUS improvement.
I wanted to share my story with any other acne sufferers out there because I know how much it can take a toll on you. creams, gels, and such only treat the symptoms but not the cause. I found several youtube videos, where people had such severe acne and simply changing the diet like the one above cleared their skin. I suggest you take a look into gut health and its relation to the skin. there aren't many out there, because well, how would people make their money if they don't sell you a cream. I'm not saying this will 100% work for you, but you have a good shot with this. So many people have gotten good results.
I hope this helped some of you, and may your skin be on a journey to absolute perfection!
please let me know if you have any questions on the product I used, what I was taking, my routine, absolutely anything! <3