Acne is a pain in the butt!! If you have ever struggled with it at any point of your life you know what I mean. It puts your self-esteem down so low and makes you feel like you have no control over your skin. It physically hurts, and finding a way to control it or to make peace with the fact that you have it is also such a challenge.
As teenager I had a few breakouts here and there, it would get really bad around my cycles which is totally normal. But I didn’t have full-blown acne until I was 17. It started getting bad around mid December, I want to say about in January is when it HIT me! It felt like I woke up one morning and I couldn’t recognize myself in the mirror. I felt like it was me, but not me. I didn’t want to go anywhere, or talk to anyone, I just felt so miserable. The worst part is I had no idea what was causing it! I felt like I had no control and that’s what scared me the most. For months I tried to cover it with makeup and tried finding products that would help control it, but it felt like it just got worse. Some products did help for a little bit, and some gave me allergic reactions.
I felt like the ugliest person EVER! I couldn’t go out in public without makeup because I felt like people were looking at me. I had customers at work ask me about my acne and if I’ve tried this natural remedy, or if I’d tried eliminating foods or if I’d consider taking Actuate. I was so annoyed of everyone telling me what helped them, and telling me things I should try. It irritated me so bad because anything I did try would inflame my face so much more and my skin was always so irritated.
I tried taking sugar out of my diet and eating better but it still didn’t work. I even went on Whole 30 but still saw no change. So after months of battling with acne, I decided to see a dermatologist. When he looked at my face he automatically saw by the type of breakouts I had. Right away he was able to see that it wasn’t from food or from any products I was using, but that it was from a bacterial build up in my gut. So the solution that we came up with was a very safe antibiotic. The antibiotic I took was called Minocycline. I was supposed to take them for two months. I didn’t even finish the full course of treatment because in a little over a month into taking the pills, it was almost all gone.
I know what your thinking, and yes I thought a lot about what could happen if I took pills. I was so scared that they could be hormonal or that I could get really bad side effects from them. Taking pills for two months is risky so yes I did think a lot about what it meant and what could happen. I was really unsure whether taking the antibiotics was really a good idea, and if it was as safe as my doctor told me it was. I’ve heard all the horror stories about people taking medication for acne and how they either got fat or it got way worse than it was before. But being the person that I am my only solution was to pray that these pills would help my acne go away. After I prayed about it, I had a really good feeling that these pills were safe so I began my treatment course. About two weeks in I saw that my face was starting to clear up. It felt so good to see results so soon.
Along with the antibiotics my doctor prescribed me, he also recommended a spot treatment called Differen Gel. It used to only be by prescription, but now its available over the counter. I got mine from Amazon which I’ll link for anyone who would like to get it, but I also saw it at Target and at Fred Myers. It’s supper cheap and works so well. I was really nervous at first to use it because any spot treat t I’ve ever tried has given me a reaction, but this one surprisingly didn’t. I didn’t know this at first but it does take a little while of using it to start working on your skin but once it does, a zit that would take at least a week to go away would disappear within a day or two.
Another thing my dermatologist recommended for me was a cleanser that I was already using for about 2 years. It’s the Cetaphil gentle cleanser. Also available just about at any of your local drugstore or online. I usually get mine from Costco, it comes with two full-sized bottles that last me months and one travel size bottle I like to keep in my toiletries bag.
Having gone through this, I promise I am not trying to push any products and thing that helped me on anyone! I know all too well how annoying it is when people “give you advice” on what you should try. I wanted to share my journey and experience with acne. Acne is no joke! I was not really aware of it until I got it, and I don’t think I ever would have understood what anyone who was close to me having acne was going through till I was faced with this problem myself.
My choice of treatment was a very controversial option, especially in my family. All of my sisters are really for the neuropathic way of treatment, so when I told them about my choice of using antibiotics they did freak out a little bit, but at the end of the day, it’s my body and I will choose what goes in and out.
Would I recommend this course of treatment for anyone? YES I would because in my personal experience, I got positive results. BUT clearly I am not a doctor and this treatment may not be for everyone. I am not going to pretend like there were no side effects to taking antibiotics for 2 months, because there was! When I got prescribed the antibiotics my doctor told me that my skin will be more sensitive especially to burns. Another things that I now have a very weak immune system. I got sick with a cold in mid September, and didn’t fully recover till about the end of October. I had to take Vitamin D, Zinc and probiotics to boost my immune system to help me get better.
If I were to do it all over again I would do it differently. I would take a probiotic while taking antibiotics because antibiotics not only kill your bad bacteria but they also kill the good ones. Sense I’m lactose intolerant I can’t have yogurt or any kefir which are both high in probiotics, so I have to take capsules.
People may say that my way of getting rid of acne is cheating or whatever, but if you wake up every morning dreading to go anywhere because you have acne, you’ll do anything to make it go away. Proverbs 3:15 says “She is more precious then rubies; nothing you desire can compare with her”. Having acne I did not feel like I was more precious than anything. I felt the complete opposite. And makeup can only do so much to cover it up.
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