When I was first prescribed antibiotics as a teenager, not enough was done to establish the root cause of my acne. Probably because the cause was clear. I was a teenager with imbalanced hormones. BUT before we rush to treat the SYMPTOM, would it not be better to treat the CAUSE?
Had I known at the time that a course of antibiotics was going to have a negative impact on my digestive system, I hope that I would have sought an alternative way to treat my acne.
I have been researching a lot on social media over the last few days, to see what other acne suffers are going through.
It is very touching to see so many people connecting and sharing their story with each other to offer support and counsel.
There is also a common theme of acne diaries of individuals journey on ACCUTANE (isotretinoin).
After ten years of acne, I used roaccutane as a last resort. I remember the feeling of finally seeing results. The frequent visits to the dermatologist. The cholesterol checks. The dry lips.
My advice here, is that medication such as this should be as a LAST RESORT.
Have you explored all possible ROOT CAUSES?
Over the next few weeks, I will be blogging about the effects each of these factors has on our skin, so you can really get to grips with each of them to rule out all possible causes before you turn to more aggressive medications.
In the meantime, have a look below at some of the possible causes of acne and see if you can rule any out.
- UV exposure
- Hormonal imbalance
- Oxidative stress
- Mental well-being
- Medication / illness
- Lack of sleep
Could one of theses lifestyle factors be the reason you have acne?