Recently, I have become frustrated with how people hold zero wasters to be the most perfect people on the planet. They must not have any health, mental or physical, because you can solve everything if you just eliminate toxic chemicals, processed foods, and the worse culprit plastic. That isn’t true. Thought, I do feel like my long term health will benefit from the zero waste lifestyle. I am not perfectly healthy. For the past 4 years I have dealt with severe cystic acne, anxiety, gut issues, and allergies. All of these issues make it difficult to refuse plastic packaging. I believe that zero waste doesn’t matter when it comes to your health. That being said, I have never been a believer in antibiotics or medication. I have only taken them when I didn’t feel like I had any other option.
As a result, I have decided to dedicate the next month to blog posts and videos that are all about zeroing in on your health and well-being. I have always taken the researchers approach when it comes to my personal health and well-being. Today’s article is all going to be about the medications that I have taken in the past for my acne. I will have more in-depth article at some point that talk more about the various issues and side effects that go along with these medications.
I have suffered from acne since I was 12 years old and have never found a cure. I have had moments of clarity but, it has always come back. As a result, I have tried a bunch of drug store and prescription topical creams, facial washes, toners, and even oral medications. Yes, I have taken oral medications such as birth control, spironolactone, and tetracycline. None of these medications have worked. I have decided to not go on Accutane because none of the other medications worked and I believe it is too harsh of drug for me to take.
I was given tetracycline because my dermatologist thought that my acne was the result of bad bacteria in my body that was making me break out. Once I took it for several months then I would be cured. Well, not only was I not cured of my acne, but I also became allergic to the medication. My dermatologist actually denied that my symptoms were real. This made my parents and myself so pissed that I stopped seeing that dermatologist and decided to just continue researching and finding more ways to deal with my acne.
I did have clear skin for about a year or two when I was 16 years old. However, when I was in college my acne came back like a horrific skin condition. It covered my entire face from my hairline to my neck, my arms, and even my back. My acne was a big trigger for my anxiety and I tried my best to figure out what exactly was going on in my body. When I was 18 I decided to see a different dermatologist. They put me on birth control, hoping that my hormones would “stabilize” and clear up my acne. This does help many women, but I also believe that I was put on it without receiving any tests to see what exactly was going on with my hormones. I also didn’t know any of the long- term side effects like brain tumors and cancer. I also didn’t know exactly how birth control works- this is something that I will be covering in a separate article.
The birth control pills did seem to help limit some of the big cysts, but it didn’t cure anything. Again, I felt hopeless and a great need for some answers. I became obsessed, constantly researching various products and possible answers for my acne. When I was 20 years old, my dermatologist told me that my acne must be the result of high testosterone and that a harsh medication called spironolactone would help limit my testosterone levels and cure my acne. Well, it did clear up my skin. I was so happy and thought that I had finally said Goodbye to Acne! However, I didn’t want to be on the medication for the rest of my life. I decided to get off of it. Unfortunately, my acne came back. I initially thought that it was due to bad stress and anxiety from being laid off from my job. It has been 8 months since I was laid off, and I still have acne.
I had thought about going back on the medication, but I really wanted to know if I had high testosterone. I wanted to get tests done to figure out what exactly was going on in my body. I also, wanted to see if there were any other natural supplements that would help cure my acne. As a result, I have decided to see a naturopath. I will have a full series on my channel all about my experience with a naturopath and the different answers that I receive from them. I believe that people should do more research on their personal health and be okay with questioning what their doctors want to put them on. I have also decided to stop seeing my dermatologist and have even decided to go off of birth control to see what exactly is going on in my body.
I will also be leaving some more amazing links that I hope will inspire you to do more research and find answers! You have control over your personal health and well-being. If you don’t want to be put on medications that is your choice. I have nothing against any of these medications and believe that people should have the choice to be on these medications. However, I believe that doctors are too quick to prescribe medications, instead of looking into other avenues.
Please comment below any questions or future posts you would like me to write about when it comes to health, nutrition, and diet! I want to help everyone be able to Zero In on their health!