Did you miss the first installment of this series? You can read it here and then continue on below.
Accutane “worked” while I was on it but then “stopped working” soon after I was finished taking it.
It was a typical (albeit ultra-corrosive) band-aid solution to my skin problems, and while it helped me to have movie star skin for a while, it did nothing to resolve the imbalances that were actually underlying my acne. Alas.
I knew this.
In my logical brain, I could see that drugs weren’t the answer I was looking for, and this made perfect sense to me. However. My Lizard Brain didn’t understand this so well. It searched frantically for a simple connection it could make between the outside world and the state of my skin, and the only thing it could see through its extremely shortsighted, primitive vision was that Accutane = Clear Skin (sort of).
So, ahem, I ended up taking another course of Accutane.
Yes: all logic, reason, sanity, and common sense were sidelined for another three months. Skin flaked off to stomach-churning degrees (again). I had to promise celibacy (again). My parents had to cough up obscene amounts of cash to fund my quest for perfect skin (again). And at the end of this course of Accutane– spoiler alert: my skin looked great… until it didn’t anymore.
(To be fair: my skin was pretty decent for several years after taking the second course of Accutane. However, I chalk this up more to diet, exercise, and entering adulthood than I do to the drug itself.)
Fast forward to 2010: my skin was breaking out in a big way. Yet again! I had deep sores burrowed in my cheeks, highly pressurized and sensitive pimples underneath my nose, irritations erupting along my jaw, neck, and hairline, and a modest constellation of breakouts on my forehead, too.
I was not impressed.
So the next measure I attempted was the most drastic of them all: giving up dairy.
Sure, you might think that ingesting a toxic drug for a total of six months is way more drastic than not eating cheese, but to me– the once self-proclaimed ‘Dairy Queen’– deciding not to ingest dairy for the sake of a clear complexion was a pretty huge, effin’ deal.
I’m not exaggerating when I say that giving up butter was one of the most anguishing choices I’ve had to make in my life, but almost immediately, the benefits were clear (on my face and elsewhere).
I have written fairly extensively about taking dairy out of my diet before, so if you are interested in reading the dramatic play-by-play, you can do so by following the links below:
Update: Dairy was first jettisoned out of my diet in January 2010, and even though I recently brought small amounts of butter back into my diet, the rest of it– milk, cheese, yogurt, etc.– have all been out 100% since then. Personally, not eating dairy really helped my skin to stay clear and blemish-free, although I do know several other people who also do just as well, skin-wise, by switching to goat milk or by drinking unpasteurized and/or fermented dairy products.
So. My skin was clear, pimples seemed to be a thing of the past for me, and I was pretty certain that I would finally enjoy the complexion of a goddess forever more.
And that’s when rosacea flared up…
What have you tried before when it comes to your skin and complexion? I’d love to know, so please leave a comment below or send me a personal e-mail at: email@example.com. Thank you! xx