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  1. Severe Hormonal Acne

    I would highly recommend doing a saliva test for hormones, to see where your true imbalance lies. Then you will be able to treat your imbalance correctly instead of guessing. ZRT labs is where I got mine from, you order it online and spit inside little vials and mail it in, then in about a week they will send you an email with your hormone levels. I would suggest getting the one for Testosterone, progesterone, estrogen, and AM cortisol. Then you could be not so in the dark about what imbalance you're trying to correct. If you have low progesterone and high estrogen+testosterone, vitex and or DIM is recommended. Vitex definitely broke me out so BAD when I first started it, for about 2 months.. but it has cleared my skin completely after being on it for 2.5 months. I too, had extremely high levels of testosterone and estrogen. It's definitely something that takes time to correct (2-4 months with most people), and it will always get worse before it gets better. Same with DIM, most people report having to wait out bad initial breakouts for around 3 months before getting clear skin. Also, what is your diet like? Do you consume dairy/any animal products? If so, that could be contributing to the severity. You may also have PCOS, or high cortisol/adrenal issues, although I'd be willing to bet its an high testosterone/low progesterone issue. I know how it feels to look in the mirror and feel disgusted and wanting to cry all the time.. Just know that this is all temporary, and you will find a solution to this problem just as I, and many others have.
  2. High DHEA Sulfate and high cortisol causing severe acne

    It's definitely hard, trust me I know.. I had an eating disorder from the time I was 16 until I was 21. After I recovered from my eating disorder is when i developed full blown, cystic acne ALL over my face, literally overnight. not the best thing for a recovering anorexic, to feel "fat" and bloated from recovery, oh and a face full of beautiful acne on top of that. haha. I've done a ton of research on nutrition and it's correlation to acne, especially PCOS acne… what I can say that I've found is that low-carb is not necessarily the way to go. Low GI, definitely, but carbs and grains are not the enemy. The only things that I try to avoid now for skin purposes are refined sugars, refined carbs (like white breads, flours, pastas), oils, and of course animal products. I honestly feel like my skin has gotten better since adding more carbs to my diet, and I don't feel like I'm dying from lack of energy anymore. eating vegan is def kind of awkward in social situations, and when it's brought up people have the tendency to think I think I'm better than them (??) and become offended haha.
  3. High DHEA Sulfate and high cortisol causing severe acne

    I'm sorry you're going through this. I also have PCOS and I know how hard it can be to feel like you are battling your own body in which you seemingly have no control of. I can say that I currently take spironolactone for acne purposes, and initially it was a dream. I was clear after 4 months of taking it, and was clear for about 1.5 years afterwards. However, hormone levels naturally fluctuate as years pass, with different lifestyle changes and stress and what not, it stopped working for me and I began breaking out again. I do not recommend that you take it. I've gotten more side effects that I can count from this medicine. I wish I never got on it. Your story does remind me a bit of this video I watched a while ago: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0EiEYPLTc6A << This girl has PCOS and mentioned how her DR diagnosed her with extremely high levels of cortisol/DHEA, and she started taking a few supplements and along with some diet/exercise changes and now she is clear. I think the specific supplement she takes for cortisol/adrenal issues is called Seriphos https://www.amazon.com/Interplexus-Seriphos-Capsules-100-Count/dp/B000N23AE8 may be worth checking out. Also, Also, I'd like to suggest from experience that you stay away from all animal products, as they either contain hormones that can negatively impact PCOS and/or are extremely inflammatory. Also, I know what it feels like to be scared of eating anything for fear that it might break you out. I developed an eating disorder because of it and i've since recovered, it sucks, all I can say is: low sugar, high carb, minimal fat, vegan. no calorie counting!!! its the way to go. the stress from worrying about what you can and can't eat is no doubt playing a part in your high levels of cortisol. make sure to eat enough, sleep early and enough, and exercise (but not over-exercise) to reduce stress. take care of yourself. sorry this reply is all over the place, I hope I could be of some help. best of luck. forgot to mention-- your birth control may also be contributing to your acne, as it contains synthetic hormones and xenoestrogens. these synthetic hormones can impair the functionality of your liver, thus acne.
  4. Spironolactone stopped working!!!!

    Thats true. PCOS should be called by its other name I think its Stein Leventhal Syndrome cause not everyone has the cysts. I was underweight with no blood sugar issues but had irregular periods, excess hairs, and oily skin. Agreed, it can be misleading to call it PCOS. There are several "types" of PCOS, many cases are induced by the birth control pill, some are the classic insulin resistant type, and others like us don't exhibit many symptoms but still fall under the vague category.
  5. Spironolactone stopped working!!!!

    I'm sorry to hear vitex didn't quite work for you.. but I've heard great things about inositol for pcos cases with low estrogen /high T. I believe I've read that it raises estrogen slightly, which may help you. I myself tried it previously and got a breakout and freaked out and quit after about a week, hah. it may have been it's estrogen raising properties and the fact that I already have it in excess,or i mayve just been paranoid. I got diagnosed with PCOS after a visit to my gynecologist. they did an ultrasound on my ovaries to see if I had any cysts. at the time (last year) I had a minor recession of my pcos symptoms (including acne) so on the ultrasound, I did not have any cysts, only my right ovary was slightly enlarged. my MD said that not all women with pcos have cystic ovaries, and that I current had a mild case because my acne was mild, no excessive body hair, average weight, my only symptom then was head hairloss. I haven't been back to see if I've developed cysts on my ovaries since my symptoms have worsened . vitex seems to make my acne worse for the time being, but that is to be expected. I've only been on it for about 1.5 months and i plan to stay on it for a full 4 months before trying something else. my skin actually cleared up for about a week recently, I'm not sure if it's the vitex or not.. hmm.
  6. Spironolactone stopped working!!!!

    hi! your results are indeed a bit puzzling.. but there could be several reasons for your low estrogen. I recall you mentioned you at some point were taking DIM, correct? this may have something to do with it, but I'm not too sure. also, we're you already taking vitex when you took this hormone panel? also, It could be that since your hormone panel only measured estradiol, you technically could still have high estrogen (in the form of estrone, which is deemed a "bad" estrogen of of the 3 main types, and low in good/neutral estrogens such as estradiol and estriol. doing a quick search through some forums has told me this is actually a common occurrence with women. specifically women with what is referred to as "lean pcos", meaning their main hormone imbalance comes from unopposed high testosterone levels, which cause a domino effect with all the other hormones, especially estrogen. I've also read that BC/Spiro can cause lowered levels of good estrogen (estradiol) and high levels of bad estrogen. again, I'm not sure what exactly could be going on with that buts this is what I think.. how are you fairing on the vitex by the way? I've recently started taking one 400mg pill everyday and I think I'm going to die. hah. my estrogen levels are def being stimulated right now, my ovulation breakout has started way earlier than usual and my face looks like garbage. also if the wind blows too hard, I think my breasts will fall off. so much pain. I hope this won't last too long, but I plan on giving it a whole 3.5 months before deciding whether to continue or not.
  7. Spironolactone stopped working!!!!

    I am using a natural progesterone cream, I start using it after ovulation until my period starts, which is an average of 10 days. honestly, I have no idea if it helps me, but I may not be using enough to make a difference. I believe the reason why you're experiencing sore breasts is that by vitex creating more progesterone into your body can actually "wake up" the estrogen receptors in your body initially and making them more sensitive to fluctuations, thus making your symptoms of estrogen dominance more pronounced temporarily until your system gets used to it. I hope that made sense.. ice recently been getting some small cysts beside my mouth which I attribute to this temporary estrogen "wake up crisis" as well. I usually only get those annoying whiteheads around my chin and cheeks. and trust me, I know the struggle of having to cake your face every morning before doing anything and feeling like the world is ogling at the bumps on your face. I miss waking up, washing my face and going out the door without makeup, such a liberating feeling. I've just recently started to feel comfortable enough to go to the gym without makeup even with a face full of acne, but I have a long way to go until I can fully stop caring. it's been a bit over a year since this has started for me, and I've held back from trying anything new until recently for fear of breaking out even worse. it's made me even more of a recluse. I've decided to give vitex a full run along with maybe ditching the Spiro completely and trying spearmint capsules as a substitute for 4 months minimum, because what is there to lose, right? these things take time.
  8. Spironolactone stopped working!!!!

    I would be interested in seeing your hormone test results to compare with mine! I wonder if we have the same type of imbalance. my estrogen was so so incredibly high and my progesterone was basically non existent. my testosterone was slightly high but still within the normal range for my sex/age. (keep in mind these results were from last spring when I was still taking Spiro 100mg every day, without fail.) my dheas was very low, as was my cortisol, but I didn't get a full day test, morning only. I've been taking vitex every other day for a month now as well, and so far I've noticed that my breakout during ovulation and right before my period was slightly worse than usual, maybe (it's hard to tell nowadays if my skin is actually worse or just heightened anxiety about my skin, hah) but Im taking a break from vitex during my period and will start back up again, however I will start taking 400mg x5 days a week. it's made my period a lot lighter as well, which I'm happy about. your decrease in breast size is a great sign that vitex is working to balance the probable estrogen dominance in your body, which can cause water/fat retention in the breasts/hips/stomach. I'm taking all of this as a good sign that at least the vitex is doing SOMETHING, I know it will take probably just about as long as it did for the Spiro to clear my skin, as most hormonal shifts take (3-4 months) so hang in there!! chances are, if you have low p and high estrogen, androgen production can be amped way up as well through process of aromatase. vitex will gradually lower your t as well. there was a post on here by Green Gables all about it, but I can't remember the name.. best of luck! keep me updated, and remember you are not alone in this crazy acne mess.
  9. Spironolactone stopped working!!!!

    hi Sara! we've spoken thru email on a couple of occasions regarding this issue. I'm sorry to hear you are still dealing with this. unfortunately for me, Im also still dealing with acne despite being on 75mg of spiro.. (Im slowly titrating off) I can't remember if I asked you this previously, but have you been evaluated for PCOS? i would consider getting a home hormone saliva test panel, because then atleast you'd have a clearer look at what you're dealing with. if your estrogen-progesterone ratio is off, pcos could be the cause of your persistent hormonal acne. I was diagnosed with pcos despite not being overweight, no irregular periods nor having excessive facial hair, which are all the typical markers of the syndrome. it's always a possibility.. Also, have you looked into vitex? I've read a couple of reviews of the herb on here, some people have been able to switch from taking spironolactone to vitex and their skin cleared significantly. I've recently started taking it every other day, and no adverse effects noted thus far, skin wise. it does take 1-3 months to see its full potential..