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My Low Dose Accutane Adventure Begins!

Posted by Know Hope, 04 January 2013 · 496 views
I took the first 20 mg pill yesterday. I'm going to continue taking my saw palmetto and chasteberry tincture and hope that I can get through the next few months with no problems.

Within a couple of hours my hands felt numb and then I realized they were freezing cold. Read up on it, popped a niacin and it felt a little better.

When I tried going to...

Quick Update

Posted by Know Hope, 02 December 2012 · 323 views

I was taking too much chromium - Side effects of taking too much include insomnia and loss of appetite. Definitely experienced that. There is already 400mcg in my multi vitamin - may take 1 other pill when I'm feeling anxious for no more than 600 mcg per day.

So far the sp tincture is definitely working. I don't have sore breasts or cramps I...

Update - It's Long, But I'm Finally Putting The Pieces Together

Posted by Know Hope, 25 November 2012 · 814 views

So far so good with the women's health doctor's regimen of the Saw Palmetto/Chasteberry tincture. I started using it after I noticed my PMS flare ups starting up again, and I already feel less oily. Only side effect was for a few nights I was feeling really tired, but then I remembered that I felt really tired when I started SP the first time...

What Now?

Posted by Know Hope, 16 November 2012 · 289 views

When I had the crazy breakout about a month ago, I made appointments with naturopaths, women's health doctors and 2 different dermatologists.

I decided to keep all of these appointments to continue to explore my options.

My visit with the women's health doctor was awesome and I'll share her advice. Basically, she agrees that my issue with...

1St Visit With Naturopath

Posted by Know Hope, 10 November 2012 · 396 views

I have mixed feelings - on one hand, she told me everything I already know - to improve my diet, take a multi-vitamin cocktail, to get more exercise and to take a month long hormone test because it sounds like I am deficient in progesterone. She agreed that saw palmetto could be overloading my body with estrogen. She also recommended therapy to deal with...

Finally Feeling Better-Ish And I Think Biotin Broke Me Out

Posted by Know Hope, 08 November 2012 · 973 views

I've been seriously bummed the last few days - it's a function of that time of the month and a new cyst/pimple/THING on my cheek that's been there since Sunday. I really hate that half the month is such a miserable time for me. I go to a naturopath tomorrow. I'm determined to get the mood stuff and hormonal acne bullshit figured out once...


Posted by Know Hope, 04 November 2012 · 258 views

I feel blah today. Not depressed or anxious, just blah. Part of it is I didn't sleep well.

The other part is I am discouraged. I eased up on the saw palmetto and have a smattering of premenstrual breakouts on my face. They aren't the worst - but still, I'm so tired of this.

I'm discouraged too because I keep reading contradicting...

Manuka Honey Is Brilliant!

Posted by Know Hope, 01 November 2012 · 1,170 views

I started getting my pre-menstrual breakout yesterday morning: 2 small zits on the sides of chin and what looked like it was going to be a big one right on my chin. I woke up feeling really oily too.

A month ago my skin was pretty much clear so to feel oily and get tiny zits is pretty demoralizing to me right now.

Anyway, I popped an SP and the oil went...

More Embarrassment...

Posted by Know Hope, 30 October 2012 · 272 views

Today I went to the derm to see about getting the cyst removed. I'm prone to sebaceous cysts and have had to get 3 of them removed over the years. I think I've had more than that and that some of them have gone away by themselves or with me manually draining them once they stopped being swollen. I really hate that I'm prone to these - chances are, picking...

My Nightmare Came True Last Night...

Posted by Know Hope, 28 October 2012 · 915 views

So I was supposed to go to dinner with my boyfriend. A couple of hours before he came over, I hopped in the shower and used my clarisonic all over my face, including the cyst.

The skin around the cyst is irritated - the hot compress I used earlier on the cyst burned the skin and the adhesive from the bandaids irritated the surrounding skin. Putting...

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