I don't remember having a problem with acne prior to my early twenties. Since then I can not remember my face being completely clear (except maybe when I went vegan for a few short months). I have tried every face wash possible. I've even used the proactiv treatment. My doctor has also prescribed differin gel. I always notice a little difference when I first begin using a new product but then a nasty cyst will appear again. I've done research over the last few months and I finally come to the realization that I may be having problems with acne because of what I am feeding myself. My acne may never go away with just medication or creams. I was going to have to take it a step further.
Nearly three weeks ago I cut dairy out of my diet completely. I am happy to say that since then I have not had any cyst like pimples. I have had tiny whiteheads here and there but they are nothing in comparison to what was on my face before.
I wanted to remove dairy from my diet as an experiment. I had no intentions of being dairy free long term but the results are slowly altering my thoughts. I definitely feel a void without cheese but I would rather have clear skin than eat pizza and quesadillas. Hopefully the cravings won't last much longer. And thankfully there are so many dairy substitutes now. I can still enjoy almond and coconut milk in my cereal and coffee, almond ice cream (so amazing, by the way!), vegan chocolate chips and Tofutti sour cream and cream cheese.
I am really hoping I have found my own natural cure.
Here are some before and after photos. The ones on the left were taken in February. (My problem area is/was definitely my chin.) The ones on the right were taken this week. I see a huge difference.