Shoulder Acne For First Time In Life

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  1. Orius

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    Since May 2020 I've been getting horribly painful cystic shoulder acne. Been to a dermatologist and everything. I just keep being given topical creams, peroxides, salicylic acids, etc. It started off as shoulders completely covered in blackheads, but even after having them removed cosmetically, new acne just comes. Really deep and painful white heads. It looks ugly and it's PAINFUL. It's also turning to scars.

    With this, I've noticed some new shoulder hair growing, and that may be part of it. Perhaps there is some kind of androgenic change in my body that is causing increased oil production, and therefore shoulder acne. But I don't get acne anywhere else on my body, not even my face.

    I'm 35. The one medication I'm on is 5mg of prednisone for my ulcerative colitis, but I'll be off that soon. I also take DHEA and pregnenlone. I thought maybe the hormone supps were causing an androgenic shift but stopping them didn't stop the acne.

    My diet is pretty clean. I'm plant-based with some meat here and there. I exercise at the gym but not excessively. Physically I am lean and muscular.

    Any ideas? I am desperate at this point. No doctor has been able to help.
     
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    Try oregano oil or something else that's antibiotic and see if you notice a dieoff reaction
     
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    Use it internally or topically?
     
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    A lot of people swear by topical (in a carrier oil), I just take it with water. Not sure it matters
     
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    What exactly are you eating on a daily basis? "Plant based" could very well be the source of the problem.

    I used to get cystic back acne, and it cleared up when I stared consuming regular liver. Even the small amount of desiccated liver in Beef Organs from Ancestral Supplements is enough to keep it clear, and I only take 6 caps a few times a week.

    My girlfriend gets some shoulder acne and doesn't respond to the usual acne remedies: liver, zinc, b5, etc. We suspect her issue is hormonal and she's going to see a hormone specialist soon. If we find a solution there I'll post back.
     
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    i got rid of mine by going very low fat and avoiding heated fat totally. also sebum and body smell is drastically reduced.


    the dhea might be involved though, especially if you have some E conversion from it (which I had from taking haiduts dhea preg product)
     
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    Interesting about the liver. Because of my colitis, my naturopath suggested I switch to a basically vegan diet, since proteobacteria (which are meat/blood consumers) are a major culprit in colitis. However, I have noticed this diet has deprived my body. During my last colitis flare, I actually experienced significant recovery from eating desiccated liver pills that I made myself. But now, when I try eating meat, I get bowel flare symptoms... so I'm concerned that my body has already adapted to the veganism.

    Veganism is not right for me, never has been, but I'm afraid I'm "locked in" now.

    Liver is high in retinol (vitamin A) which has many effects including immune modulating and skin restoring. I'll reconsider it now.
     
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    DHEA might be involved, yeah, but even taking breaks from it did not seem to help. I'm also worried that steroids (prednisone) are destroying my skeleton and DHEA seems to offset that.
     
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    This guy's method of eating raw milk kefir and raw, naturally fermented veggies WITH meals, and otherwise eating mostly tubers / cooked veggies / fruit / and meat has worked for a lot of people with Colitis.

    Good luck.
     
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