Background: I've had acne since I was a teen due to inflammation. For as long as I can remember I've had easily irritated skin, ketosis pilaris and slow healing wounds than often turn into scars. Since going autoimmune Paleo as per Robb Wolf my skin has improved but I must be very vigilant in my food choices and still suffer from these skin problems.
The only time I ever felt normal in my skin was when I was giving a course of prednisone for a couple of weeks to help treat an isolated attack of bronchitis. When on the prednisone, my acne disappeared overnight, old scars started to fade and cuts and scrapes on my legs healed up. Prednisone is a strong anti-inflammatory but also an immune suppressor. Most people put on prednisone report the opposite effect on skin. It seems people on a high dose for a short term usually break out.
The strange thing is that I currently have a common cold and my skin has been clearing up. This seems to be a common occurrence and I can honestly say that my skin is the best when I'm sick.
Could the result of an over-active immune system be causing my inflammation? Since my immune system is trying to rid my body of this cold virus it is no longer attacking my skin thus resulting in a better complexion?