New Me Severe Acne Part 2
Over the last 6 years, I have struggled with severe acne. I can’t remember all of the treatments I have tried and I am too scared to recall how much money I have spent trying to find something to fix it, but I have used so many different types of face wash, creams and spot fighting cosmetics; herbal drinks, diets, at home face masks; anti-biotics, medicinal creams (which burned my skin!), hormone treatments, herbal medicine and even injections to the face! Yet, I have never had any luck at keeping the outbreaks away. The closest I have ever been to having clear skin, is when I visited Thailand for 3 weeks and when I started using raw honey and nutmeg facemasks. This helped to reduce the appearance of my scars.
The thing that shocks me most though about my experiences is, that no matter how many doctors I went to see, not one of them suggested that the problem may be originating in my gut. In addition to that, nobody ever considered that any of the other issues I had sought help for were connected to my skin issues. I was constantly given different drugs which in turn had different side effects.
I worry that there are so many more adults – especially women, being told that the only cure for their skin issues is to use Roaccutane. The side effects are horrendous, you even have to sign a document which states that you will not get pregnant whilst taking it! I read absolute horror stories from women that had taken it and therefore decided that it was not for me. Especially considering that you have to take the pill whilst on this medication which seriously effects my mood.
For several years, I have also been struggling with mood swings, depression, suicidal thoughts, problems going to the toilet and what I can only describe as ‘brain fog’ – the inability to think clearly, focus and feeling inexplicably paranoid or agitated. I never once thought that these issues could be linked to my skin, I just felt as though they were something lots of people dealt with on a regular basis. The acne therefore, has always been at the forefront of my mind .
The need to find not even a cure, but just a cause for the acne was really important to me. It may sound silly or vain but, the way my skin looks really impacts my mood which in turn has a negative impact on choices I make. When I think about how I look, I feel guilty that people have to look at my face and have resigned myself to not wearing make up or making an effort with my appearance. I often tell myself, “what is the point in polishing a turd?” which is awful and but, if I am completely honest with myself, that is how I feel most of the time! I am sure a lot of other people with acne will agree with that too.
Imagine, my complete surprise (and relief) then, when I was told that the cause was most probably parasites that had been harbouring away in my gut since my time living in Asia almost 6 years ago! I had a lengthy discussion with the wonderful Tania about how these little demons lay dormant in your gut until times of stress and wreak all kinds of havoc in your body. The symptoms she listed were all too familiar; The bold red are the symptoms most relevant to me.
• Mood disorders
• Strong cravings for processed and sugary foods
• Anemia or iron deficiency (worms can create enough blood loss to cause anemia or iron deficiency)
• Skin ailments such as hives, rashes, weeping eczema, itchy dermatitis, acne, ulcers, sores, lesions, etc.
• Recurring yeast infections like Candida
• Bleeding gums
• Insomnia or irregular sleep patterns
• Teeth grinding and drooling during sleep
• Food allergies/food sensitivities
• Loss of appetite
• Sexual dysfunction
• Chronic fatigue
• Unhealthy food cravings
• Persistent digestive problems (cramps, bloating, gas, etc.)
• Hungry all the time
• Sore/stiff joints
• Breathing problems
• Itching – especially around mouth, nose and anus
• Memory problems
I actually cried when I hung up the phone after our initial conversation with Vibrant at Darlington. The feeling of relief was immeasurable. Finally, I had a real possibility of getting better and I wasn’t just an emotional, crazy person with awful skin – someone else had had the same experience as me and was going to help me fix it!
*During my time in Asia, I ate a lot of raw meat and fish which is where we think the parasites came from!