How I Got Rid of Cystic Acne Naturally
My body changed at 25. Like clockwork, my body decided it was the perfect time to change the way my hair, skin, and digestive system worked. It only took me 25 years to get used to the body I already have and the system it had laid out but now my body changed unexpectedly and I had to learn how to handle the changes all over again. Especially, the sudden emergence of cystic acne. I had to figure out a way to get rid of cystic acne naturally. Because natural is best.
Now, I’m 27, and it has taken me 2 years to understand the way my body works now. My body changed completely into another body instantly. One day, I was okay using the same face scrubs, shampoos, and eating whatever I wanted. The next day, my face grew cyst acne, my weight fluctuated, and my hair grew differently.
I can’t speak for men but as a woman, this is extremely frustrating. We spend so much time working out the kinks in our bodies so much that simple changes in hormones affect everything!
What is cystic acne?
In high school, I had horrible acne. Then after 18, it went away. I was pretty much acne free for many years. Until I turned 25. When the demons have come from my skin and my battle with cystic acne began.
When my body changed, my skin went with it. I woke up with cases of cystic acne. I only knew they were this kind of acne because it was totally different than my high school blemishes. My acne was definitely not regular plain pimples which I would’ve loved instead of the cyst acne.
Cystic acne is horrible. This acne grows deep and is caused by hormonal changes. You cannot pop this kind of acne, you can’t pick at it or it’ll spread under the skin. It hurts when you touch it. You can feel it at all times.
Once it disappears which can take from 3 days to over a week, it’ll leave a scar that will last a long time. The scars last from a week to months depending on how deep the cyst pimple was. I have scars from a year ago that I have to cover up with concealer if that even helps.
Today, I have n0 breakouts except when I deliberately do the thing that causes my acne to flare.
The cystic acne diet
Once I hit 25, at 12:00 am on August 16, I became lactose intolerant. Or something like that. Maybe I’m exaggerating but I literally have always had whole milk growing up. I married my husband and I was okay with 2% milk. Even though I always believed it wasn’t real milk. Yet, at 25 my throat began developing phlegm like crazy.
I coughed up phlegm constantly and I became sensitive toward cheese, ice cream, and shakes. Even smoothies!
All I could think was my body can’t eat as it used to and now I have painful acne that I can’t get rid of. I had no idea what to do except to get on a fast.
Cystic acne from dairy
I knew I had to do something about my diet, and I went on a fast. All I ate was purely vegetables, meat, and fruit. I wanted to introduce certain food back into my diet and thankfully, the first reintroduction I did was milk.
When I reintroduced milk into my body, I have realized that my body was rejecting dairy. I cried inside because I love all dairy products, and I couldn’t believe that this was happening to me.
Yet I asked myself, could it be that dairy is giving me cystic acne?
My symptoms were more than a coincidence.
It took me over a year but I finally have 97% control over my acne.
After my week-long fast, no new acne emerged. I introduced bread, noodles, and rice. My face was slowly clearing up. My throat cleared from extra phlegm and I was so happy to know that I had no sensitivity to gluten.
Yet as soon as I poured milk into my coffee and had mint chocolate chip ice cream my phlegm came back and the next day I broke ut with new cystic acne on my face.
It was then that I knew that dairy was triggering cystic acne. My skin flared up around my cheeks and chin and the acne was painful.
I stopped eating dairy but I still wanted dairy
Dairy is a lot of things. Cheese, milk, yogurt, ice cream, pizza, and a lot of awesome foods are dairy.
I needed to know if all dairy was bad for me or just some dairy was.
I stopped eating anything dairy and converted to soy or almond alternatives whenever I wanted milk, yogurt, or ice cream.
It was obvious to me at this point that dairy was the culprit to cystic acne but I really wanted to see if it was a specific dairy item or not. So each day I’d try one dairy product to see how it would affect my body.
I’m free from cystic acne
Milk was out of the question. Milk made my throat close and caused flare-ups on my face.
Later I tried American cheese and that was also out of the question. Plain burgers it is. I even tried ‘finer cheeses’ and that didn’t work either.
Ice cream. I really thought ice cream would be okay but it wasn’t. Almond milk based mint chocolate chip ice cream from Whole Foods it is.
This had taken me many months to perfect. I tried every and any type of dairy item.
Chocolate. Chocolate was the hardest thing I’ve ever had to give up. Milk chocolate is not a possibility. But… dark chocolate is. Mast Brothers Dark Chocolate Bars are my favorite dark chocolate bars ever. I’ve tried many bars and they taste best and give me no flare-ups. The Sea Salt Dark Chocolate Bar is my absolute favorite.
Dark chocolate has to be at or over 70% with no milk so that it won’t affect my skin. There is a lot of great dark chocolate bars available at Whole Foods and even at my local bodega.
The last dairy-like food that I discovered I can have is greek yogurt. Plain Greek yogurt with honey, bananas and sliced almonds is my favorite.
The facts say that I can’t have any dairy at all
My results are extreme from my fast. After one year of so many trials and error, I learned that I cannot have any more milk. It affects my throat and my skin but it doesn’t hurt my stomach.
There’s no in between for me anymore. It’s either no milk or acne.
Today I enjoy my almond milk decaf coffees, my almond milk ice cream, dark chocolate, and Greek yogurt.
I believed it would be very hard to give up dairy yet I do enjoy having clear and pain-free skin.
Now, I hate the taste of milk. Milk chocolate is way too sweet. But pizza must be had with just meat, sauce, and the bread itself. No cheese. I have to eat burgers with no cheese, and when I eat Mexican I have to make sure absolutely no sour cream is on my tacos or enchiladas.
After a year of this change, I have gotten used to my new diet and enjoy my new skin. I have a few scars to get through but I know that I’m getting better.
May this article helps anyone out there who may be struggling with cystic acne. I hate going to the doctors, and I did this process my own way through trial and error. I hope that how you get rid of cystic acne won’t take as long for you as it did for me.
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