I'll just give a little background:
I had been an acne sufferer all through my teens, that combined with a skin condition (rosacea) that became more prominent at 13-14 is what I'm convinced started me off on the slippery sloop of inhibition and then later SA.
Here's what endless research and experimentation has led me to believe:
There are 2 main ways of dealing with acne(excluding the more drastic option of drugs)
I found that topicals for me at least are too expensive for what they do (limited treatment). They offer a too superficial solution to a much deeper problem. You gain acne and the like from deep inside your body - chemical & hormonal reactions operating at a microscopic level.
So I eventually opted for dietary; with no side effects and no expensive treatments I found this approach the most logical. Following this method will lead to you to the alt-health field more often than not - a field I should mention that there is some conflict even within itself, a problem though I'bve found only if you don't enjoy the idea of thinking critically. Now I know the mere mention of 'alt' automatically stirs up a bad distrusting feeling amongst people. And you know what, I agree with this to an extent, you do have to be able to decipher at times the information and weigh it up. BUT, and here is a big but here - I believe the vast majority of acne cases can be cured and controlled by diet. So the pay off for me at least is worth the little agro in terms of trial and error which can sometimes be brought with this approach.
Go to any site or message board that deals with acne with a dietary approach and you get 2 possible answers. And you know what they both work. But each has it's pro's and con's.
A diet that consists of mostly animal products with vegetables and fruit. No grains, little to moderate amount of carbs depending on exercise levels and I guess roll of the dice genetics.
This dietary approach is similar in that it suggests vegetables, fruits and whole animal products. But the ratio's are different; high-moderate carb and low-moderate fat. More in line with conventional thinking and standards but adheres to the cardinal 'alt' rule of limiting anything processed. Some varients of this approach go a step further, with either vegetarian or veganism undertook.
I was actually the latter for a good while, but I found eventualluy that I don't have a good tolerance to grains. So now I'm leaning to a more paleo based regime.
Here's a good starting point for anyone considering diet as a means for curing acne:
This guy is a fully fledged doctor, who specialises in alt-medicine. His articles on stress control and life purpose I find particularly useful
Good luck people.