Before the scientific method, we had collective learning. One person learned something and passed it on. Good ideas lived on, bad ideas died. Collective learning is something that distinguishes us from all of the other species. Dermatologists have ignored folk wisdom about what works to a surprising degree. Probably because patience adherance to diet and lifestyle changes is so low.
The Internet is filled with stories about people who cleared their skin. Most of the methods have a common theme: an anti-inflammatory diet and healthier lifestyle.
These are writeups from people who found a way to cure their acne via a variety of methods.
Sunlight + Zinc
Lifestyle + Diet
For the past 3-4 months, I started doing Stillman diet. Its a low carb diet with high protein intake. Basically it eliminates all diary, all breads and all sugars. The result….I havent had a single breakout in the past 3-4 months.
Finally, a post from a acneresearch.org visitor:
I will give you a beauty secret, for free. It will save you tons of money. Take it from a 35 years old who still gets carded every other time she orders a drink. Try to use as little products on your face as possible – you need only 3 products: moisturizer, sunscreen and a very gentle cleanser. Wash you skin with water rather than a cleanser as much as possible. I use Cetaphil only once every other week. Moisturize your face daily- preferably with a gentle and rich moisturizer (I recommend Webber Vitamin E Cream or Body Shop’s vitamin E cream). Try to limit makeup to special events as much as possible. Never step out without sunscreen on your face, even in the winter. Drink lots of water. A balanced diet with lots of veggies and fruits is essential. Red meat no more than once a week. Lots of fish. Avoid soft drinks, fast foods and processed foods like the plague. Some kind of physical activity once in a while helps too. No smoking, no caffeine. Make sure you get good nights of rest. Hope this helps someone.