I know there are a ton of threads on acne and skin health, but I haven't found one focused on the "journey" of curing skin problems. I ask this because my own skin has been undergoing an interesting and unpredictable series of changes since I adopted a paleo diet about 2 months ago. For over a decade I've dealt with acne, never severe but always there, from minimal to moderate. It was (along with gluten intolerance) my main reason for going paleo, but paleo hasn't been a miracle cure for me yet. I've seen some people saying it takes 3 months or more, and others saying that it "gets worse before it gets better." I'm curious about what I should expect during the next 1 - 4 months.
Background: For the last couple of years I usually had one to three cysts on my face, as well as small break-outs on my forehead, chest, back, and upper arms. I would break out in the same place over and over again - sometimes the spots would take over a month to heal. Around January (before I got strict about my diet), I had the worst break out ever -- multiple cysts all over my lower face, as well as numerous cystic break-outs on my neck, which was a place I never got break-outs! I was despairing. I got strict about food in late February and stopped using products on my face.
The first month and a half that I followed a paleo diet (no nuts or dairy), my skin only seemed to get worse. Some of those days about 4 weeks in were the worst skin days I've ever had in my life. I was breaking out in clusters, which was unusual for me. However, in the last 2 weeks, I've noticed that my skin is softer and I haven't had any large or cystic break-outs. I've still been getting a few pimples but they are tiny and shallow and heal quickly. However, I'm now noticing more clogged pores then ever before... No big ones but just tiny white bumps on my cheeks and jaw. Is this a detox thing or what? Am I still getting acne without the inflammation? I must be doing something right because my neck, back, and chest have been completely clear for the last couple of weeks... If anyone who has improved their skin with a paleo diet can share their stories about specifically HOW their skin reacted to the change (in stages and over what timespans), I would be most grateful.
EDIT: I also noticed something weird during the last few weeks that I forgot to mention in my original post. A few times over the last month, I was disturbed to notice a reappearing acne scar on my face. These were pale, faint scars that had previously vanished, now returning like zombies from the dead! Of course I was annoyed and a bit disturbed, also confused as it didn't make sense to me. But each time, after a few days the scars would fade again. Does this mean a deeper healing is taking place? It really weirded me out.