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Here's what happened with me:

I never had weight problems in fact I was naturally tiny, but from the time I was 14-16 I had bad acne. Then I became anorexic and my skin slowly cleared up. After a year of anorexia I slipped into bulimia. I've been bulimic since I was 17 and I am now 22. About a year and a half ago I started breaking out. I don't think I've had a day of clear skin since. At about the time I started breaking out I went off the birth control pill, and was beginning to eat more and more normally. Since then, I've gone weeks without b/p but my skin doesn't really clear up. Sometimes it seams to clear up when I start bingeing and purging again! I've tried eliminating dairy, which doesn't seem to make a difference. I've also tried eliminating pop, which makes no difference either. I can't manage to stay off wheat for a week. Lately, I've been b/p more. My eating paterns are similar to when I was 18, bulimic, and had clear skin. However my skin is breaking out. I've also been on and off birth control at different periods of my life, with no correlation to my skin being clear. I also just quit taking Accutane which wasn't working. It's possible I wasn't absorbing it, but I was experiencing strong side affects such as depression and hair loss so I'd think it was getting in me. I've also been on birth control pills at times while I was bulimic and never had a problem becuase I am very careful to take my pills a long time before I ever b/p.

So, I just can't figure out what's going on. I should add that while I'm bulimic I don't eat much else either when I am in b/p phases.

Since my acne started before my eating issues I would think it was hormonal. My periods are regular, but I have suffered from depression since I was around 16. It might be possible that the two seperate phases of acne I've had are caused differently, one hormonally from puberty, and now adult acne from my diet? Any ideas?

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