Hi Everyone - please help!!
I've had fairly clear skin my entire life with the exception of eczema here and there. I had a few breakouts when I was in high school and college so I started using Proactiv. Since then, no major problems. I would LOVE to get off of the proactiv and had switched to an all natural oatmeal soap via the advice of a homeopathic doc but that made things worse. Right now I am using Dessert Essence face wash and a little Proactiv benzoyl peroxide. I would like to give that up because of all the nasty, scary ingredients in it, but it seems to be helping a little bit. I should also note that I have tried not washing my face at all and then washing it only with water just to let my skin replenish and distribute its own oil accordingly. I live in a tropical climate and do Bikram yoga regularly so I am sweating a lot and shower twice a day (limited use of soap so as to not dry out the rest of my skin).
Fortunately, eating raw has completely gotten rid of my eczema. Unfortunately, I am now getting major, painful acne all over my face. I have it on my forehead, nose, chin, cheeks and jawline. It is painful to the touch. After 2 months of this and trying every natural method out there, I caved and went to a dermatologist. She prescribed prednisone and two antibiotics. One of them is topical and the other is oral. I tried the topical for two days and it seemed to making things worse so I stopped with it. I am still taking the oral antibiotic and the prednisone. I am really not liking taking either and have spent so much time on the internet searching for ways to get rid of whatever I have.
I used to have glowing skin and received compliments on my complexion all the time. When I first started eating raw my skin got even more luminous and it was such a great conversation starter for people who were interested in my diet. But now people are starting to wonder if I have some serious health concerns because of the shape my skin is in.
I am so confused and I feel that I have exhausted my search of what to do next. If there is anyone out there with a similar situation or advice for me, I would truly appreciate the help.