I'm 29 now and I'm really, really tired of not having clear skin. I have clear-ish skin on occasion, but I'd say for close to 10 years now I have had chronic acne-prone skin that at times has gotten really, really bad. When I was pregnant last year it was HORRENDOUS. I've been nursing now for a year and it has gotten slightly better over time, but I'd say I probably still have a new breakout every day...they're just small ones. I'm also a skin picker, which doesn't help, but I have to get the stuff out.
In the last decade I have tried it all, and the only things that have worked for me were, unfortunately, not natural methods (I wasn't so "green" back then):
Doryx (doxycycline) taken every day for almost 2 years until I became resistent to it. I have never had clearer skin in my life. There was no oil in my skin and it was gorgeously smooth. Then it stopped working. The issue was that I had no idea that I was not supposed to be taking it long-term and I can't imagine what damage I did to my body with all those antibiotics.
Combination of Yasmin OC and Spironolactone. On and off for a few years. Worked pretty well, but wasn't perfect. I also felt very, very dry while on this...my hair was dry, skin was dry, etc.
I've always just had these big pores that seem to clog up no matter what I do. Blackheads and white lumps right under the skin with no head. Now my skin is sort of scarred from all the acne I had when I was pregnant, and I guess breastfeeding is still keeping the breakouts going. On top of that, every pore is always clogged. Every. single. one.
So, that is where I'm thinking that I need to treat this internally, given it is a chronic problem of mine. I know it is hormonal, but I'm starting to wonder if something is wrong with my liver or if I have an undiagnosed food intolerance. I am a coffee drinker and a huge wine drinker and definitely drank a lot back in college, which is also when I really started breaking out majorly (I had a horrible diet back then too). However, I used to break out in high school a little bit when I didn't drink either coffee or wine.
Anyone with similar symptoms/ideas of where I should begin? I eat an organic diet only but eat everything (dairy, beans, nuts, meat). Right now I'm washing my face with castor oil/jojoba oil via the OCM which seems to give me immediate glowing results but then throughout the day my skin looks splotchy and ravaged again. However, I really do think this is an internal problem I need to fix (i.e., nothing I put directly on my skin is going to "cure" me). I want to get to the bottom of it now b/c I plan to have more babies and don't want the scarring that will likely come with each subsequent pregnancy.