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One Step Forward, Two Steps Back

Posted by Graciemeow, 08 June 2014 · 116 views

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I'm keeping this blog updated more for myself than anything else.
I think it's good to keep a track of where you are at and how you feel so that when you look back you can see how things really are.
 
So after months of gradual sucess on Vitex and Evening primrose oil, around the end of March Holland & Barrett changed the branding of the Agnus Castus (Vitex) and the dose was reduced massivley,(for reasons I won't go into again on here as I have ranted and raved about it enough) I wasn't informed upon buying this so gradually all the hard work and progress I had made on my skin become undone and I was left bewildered and back at square one.
 
Once I realised this I sourced Vitex again on the internet (Nature's Way) in order to take my original dose. I also began taking DIM Plus around a month ago (started this at the end of April).
 
So to keep a track of things I have been on:
 
DIM Plus - 5 weeks
Vitex (original 400mg dose) - 4 weeks
 
I also ordered Inositol as I have been reading about it and as far as I can tell it seems like a great way to combat the insulin resistance that comes with PCOS. I have been/still am a little confused about insulin resistance as I thought it led to weight problem which I don't have, however now I am not so sure. I think you can be underweight/of a "normal" weight and still be insulin resistant. the research I do surrounding this continues. Either way, I have been taking Inositol for 6 days (it came on Tuesday 3rd June). So not even a week.
 
I keep having to remind myself that hormones take time to adjust and that herbal remedies and supplements work slowly. I know Vitex works gently. I just need to have the faith and patience to continue this.
Here is what I have noticed so far:
 
So I am still breaking out. The breakouts I get are still pretty frequent and nasty. I seem to break out worst around ovulation, then again the week before my period, then again coming off my period. Which means every time I start to recover from one break out, I break out all over again (great).
My break outs are strctly hormonal. I never break out on my forehead, 'T Zone' or upper cheeks, only ever on my jawline, lower cheeks and around the sides of my mouth. After just over a month on both DIM and Vitex, here is what I have noticed:
 
my break outs are less cystic.
my break outs are more isolated (i used to get like big cystic clusters around and up the sides of my mouth and cheeks) now they are more like, one or two either side.
 
thats it.
I just want to keep myself updated...and remind myself that it took time for vitex to show effects and i was still breaking out after two months just different kinds of breakouts.
 




hmm...why do I get the feeling that you won't like my advice..anyways here goes...try Ortho Tri-cyclen, spironolactone and cephalexin. I have clear skin by using these medications, and remember, advances in medical science have eradicated many illness and controlled symptoms for countless others. If you had strep throat confirmed by a positive throat culture would you take the life saving pennicillin or would you use just the herbs? Just some thought candy. ;)

well, thank you for the advice i guess but you were right i don't like it, you just sound like every doctor and derm i've been to. I've been on various birth control pills none of which worked and many actually made my acne worse - i also think being on BCP at such a young age (16) and for a long time (until i was 21) may have worsened - if not caused - a lot of my current hormonal issues. so I won't be touching that no. Yes there have been many advances in medical science but at what cost? What are the side effects (short term and long term) that these have on your overall health? only time will tell.

 

Also for the record i am allergic to penicillan, so in that instance I would rather take the herbs :)

well, thank you for the advice i guess but you were right i don't like it, you just sound like every doctor and derm i've been to. I've been on various birth control pills none of which worked and many actually made my acne worse - i also think being on BCP at such a young age (16) and for a long time (until i was 21) may have worsened - if not caused - a lot of my current hormonal issues. so I won't be touching that no. Yes there have been many advances in medical science but at what cost? What are the side effects (short term and long term) that these have on your overall health? only time will tell.

 

Also for the record i am allergic to penicillan, so in that instance I would rather take the herbs smile.png

Touche'. lol Your'e not totally wrong in my mind. But I have gone through hell with acne and the drugs I take keep it away. I guess that is why I worship at the feet of Modern Western medicine. It works. And btw, you may die of Scarlet Fever if you don't take another antibiotic for strep throat other than penicillin like azithromycin. http://www.webmd.com...fever-treatment