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  1. Hi Everyone, I just want to update on Estroblock. I’ve been taking two pills a day now, and I’ve just finished my 3rd week. My skin is doing really well, I’ve only got around 5 or so that have surfaced since beginning this three weeks ago, and I think the main reason was because I was not taking a liver detox sup with it which is recommended to aid in detoxification. Im also in the middle of final exams, so a pimple or two will be normal with stress as high as Dubai’s tallest tower, lol! I went back to my derm the other day and she tried to push the accutane back on me (despite a good difference in my skin?) but i told her id really like to give this a go first. She pretty much shrugged off the estroblock, she hadn't heard of it, as most docs do with "natural" methods. I feel no empathy from these doctors its ridiculous!!! I wish I had the brains for med school, I think dermatologists would relate so much kinder with their patients if some of them had actually STRUGGLED with acne. So far I am so happy with my skin, I really believe the Estroblock is helping. We’ll see if things really improve now that I'm taking a liver detox pill to help. I have been taking their DHT block with it because I have some symptoms similar to PCOS , its my guess my DHT/androgens are slightly high, dealing with acne on and off for so long. Apparently estroblock can slightly raise your androgen levels so I'm just keeping it all balanced out. I know I don't have doc papers that say anything is out of whack, but this stuff is all natural made out of green vegetables and other vitamins and minerals so I really don't see how it could be harmful. Apparently high estrogen is so common in most people, even guys, cause of all the crap in our enviro and food now. I remember two years ago my blood work showed low progesterone which is one indicator of estro dominance. I’ve also been using a facial brush the last 3 weeks as well so its hard to know which is which, but i really think this has been helping as well. my skin seems to love exfoliation to prevent breakouts. I really enjoy using it, mine broke so Ive ordered a new one. I reallyyyy think this has helped, ever since i started using one i noticed huge decrease in blackheads and my pore size shrank ALOT. I rarely get oily on my forehead anymore which is nuts, cause usually exfoliation increases my oil and mannnn my forehead used to be oily by 11 am! I think it may be more due to the 1 tbsp MSM powder though, I have it spread throughout the day, my oil reduction started when i began taking this at higher dosage in water with lemon juice (for fast absorption). I pretty much just have tons of red hyper pigmentation left after my huge outbreak a few months ago so Ive been trying to fade that with light chemical peels twice a week. Speeds things up way way faster for fading, I had excellent results last year with this when I had a bit of a break and was chilling down in clear town. Im trying to fade them fast as I will be outside working all summer and I know the sun can darker your spots so…. race is on. ps- anyone used the home dermroller for this and had good results? want to order one but having dealt with infections this scares me a bit. SO Estroblock (2x) + DHT Block (1x) + Liver detox supplement (Thorne SAT 1x) + MSM powder (1 tbsp) all internally + Facial brush + chemical peels/clay masks in moderation = working out really well so far!!!! Will update when I am around 1.5 months of estroblock! let me know if you have questions xx peaceful wishes as summer approaches (I already feel my happiness growing with the sunshine yay) ** not affiliated with any company of products mentioned, just all stuff i discovered through my own research on Youtube, internet, etc...
  2. That is so interesting thanks so much for all the info- you sound like you know your stuff in this area its awesome!! Yes I absolutely believe I have PCOS now because I have a lot of symptoms of it, but the doctor has never diagnosed me. Do you know if PCOS is linked with thyroid issues? they run in my family but my thyroid panel comes up as normal (I've had blood checks for this as well as hormones several times, always normal). Im really skeptical though cause I have always been underweight for my age (doc is quick to dismiss thyroid issues because of this due to thyroids linked more often with overweight), I have horrible circulation... I am always cold, all the time, my whole life its been an issue. This has got me super intrigued. Yes i know what you mean, I was wary of taking estroblock cause the only weird thing that came up hormone wise was low progesterone, but this to me indicates some sort of estro/andro dominance happening. I would not be surprised if androgens are out of whack cause as I mentioned i really have some textbook PCOS symptoms popping up. I know i shouldn't self diagnose but apparently the blood test is actually super inaccurate at detecting hormonal issues in people. Also, the company mentions too that in our environment, almost everyone is getting at least a little estro dominant with the added estrogens in foods and other areas of the enviro... so crazy... human race is extinction itself slowly but surely without realizing the damage we are doing thanks for mention the two types of PCOS... never knew. I ordered DHT blocker with the estrosmart which essentially when taken together, is a natural way to kick the high estros and andros in the butt lol. How is your accutane going?? and yeah, i mean i def recommend continuing with some holisitic research, the acne has to be a symptom of something going on!! frustrating not to know... PCOS sure sounds about right though!
  3. Accutane - Week 1

    Hi HarleyZ, Thanks so much for the words. It's nice to know there are others out there that feel my pain too (even though I wish you guys didn't have to deal with it either!!). I completely agree, Im mad often at being handed this, but I continually remind myself that this seems horrible because its the worst I have to deal with and there are others out there with a far shorter end of the stick. I absolutely hear you, I think our medical system should be a lot closer to the psychology stream, skin disorders and other external ailments weigh extremely heavy on us. I think the psychological and mental aspect of acne is far overlooked. Im so tired of not feeling confident because it makes other stresses in life a lot harder to handle. I want people to look at my other features for once, rather than stare at my scars and my pimples. Its something I don't think anyone will understand unless you've dealt with severe acne. Its something far greater than just a few monthly pimples. Ive never felt this low in my life, and its all cause I feel like my face does not do justice to the person I am inside. Its a very hard thing to deal with and its incredibly frustrating not to know why its happening. Ive taken a break for now from accutane to try one last thing but if it doesn't work ill be going back cause a person needs a break from this, seriously. lol. I wish you the best of luck and good health as you go through your accutane journey
  4. Hi everyone, Thanks to those still checking in on this blog post. Hopefully my journey with various things I try has been helping some of you out. I just wanted to update that I stop taking accutane about 1.5 weeks in for personal reasons. Every day I took a pill I felt something in my gut that told me it wasn't the right thing to do. wouldn't solve the actual root issue. My results for 1.5 weeks alone were great though. all my acne disappeared except a few small cysts which was nice. Maybe seeing this made me realize my skin is not serious enough yet to go on accuatne. I think its a really personal decision and if you feel its right for you, and you are fully informed, then its your choice. I personally just don't feel comfortable with it until i am really at the ends of the earth last resort type situation, because in my heart i know acne is my body telling me something is off and drying my entire body out wont help int he long run. I noticed hair loss, swollen wrist joint, joint cracking and back pain in my first two weeks. Maybe I was misattributing them, cause Im a hypochondriac. Ive been doing quite a bit of research and decided to stop the tane for the next month while I do a bit of a trial run if you may- Ive discovered something called estroblock… the love vitamin and others on youtube talk about it directly in relation to acne. Both men and women can take it. Its the idea that we are getting overloaded in our enviro with bad estrogens thats completely throwing our natural synergy of progesterone, estrogen and testosterone off balance. This can play a direct role in acne as your hormones fluctuate and your body tries to rid toxins through the skin etc… now, Im not affiliated with this company whatsoever, but they are natural pills (whohooo!) and there about 30 some pages of reviews on Amazon on this stuff and no joke guys, theres more positive reviews on this stuff then even accutane!!! I don't even know if I saw a negative review (yes Im still being wary, I'm not that gullible). Yet, I came across this in my first week of accuatne and I could not get it out of my head. Some of the reviewers said they've taken 2-3 rounds of accutane and nothing worked as good as this natural pill. WHAT?! seems like another gimmick but I'm still super intrigued. take the websites quiz, tells you based on your feedback what potential issues could be misdiagnosed. anyways, I received some in the mail and I am now on day 3 or 4. I think if this doesn't work within the next month or two I'm gonna say to H*&% with it all and go back to accuatne. but intuition is powerful and I really felt myself being gravitated to try this first… namely cause I never considered my hormones to be an issue with my acne (hormone blood results always normal- but apparently blood tests are a bad analysis for hormone levels since they are truest first thing in the morning? don't quote me on it though). Anyways guys, I will definitely keep you updated on progress if any. Im also taking MSM (powder form in water) everyday for the past couple weeks and noticed a huge reduction in facial oiliness, which is a first for me. Ill know it was the accutane though if it starts to get oily soon again. heres the link to estroblock if you want to read up about it: and the amazon reviews: Hope all is well and clear skies for you all!! P & L
  5. I agree, every drug will have its side effects. If i can find something natural though, I truly believe its the healthiest way. I think the gassiness was actually due to an almond milk allergy I just found out about (how funny, I thought I was doing myself a favour by cutting out milk!) but I notice hair loss. Not sure if it can start that fast (first 2 weeks of accutane) but I decided to stop the medication for now and keep trying natural stuff. I think I'm too much of a hypochondriac to take accutane at the moment. Every day I was constantly over analyzing my body's reactions. No doubt it works well for some, and i think people are lucky if they can get away scott free without any damage. I avant completely overwritten it yet, cause like you said scarring lasts forever and constant acne plus longterm scarring - aint fair! I think what bothers me most is lots of ppl say their acne comes back a year later or less after the tane... id hate to risk serious effects when theres not even a guarantee to be clear for a few years! thanks for the tips on the bitter and agreed on turmeric, will def take those if I decide to continue. Im going to post shortly about something Ive discovered (natural) for PCOS and hormonal issues... check it out it sounds super promising. It's called estroblock or something
  6. So I finally took the plunge, That being said, I am not sure if I will continue. So I've been on accutane for 1 week. 20mg once a day. Hardly any dryness yet, lips aren't chapped but Im a moisturizer kind of girl anyways so maybe Im just on top of it. light nosebleed tonight, sore inside the nose from blowing too hard I think. headaches and tiredness initially but i think it was more psychological than anything. tons of water drinking solves the headaches. Skin is actually more oily but it may be body feeling dried out and trying to compensate before the sahara blows in. I do have to mention that the few cystic bumps I did have (not many as its mostly hyper pigmentation from that infection) went down over first 4 days, and Ive seen a reduction in the appearance in my scars already. My confidence has already changed this week. I won't deny, it is an incredible drug for the skin (now the body is another story....) I have been having a VERY hard time with this. mentally trying to rationalize this. I truly don't believe in western medicine, not unless its a life or death type thing (i.e. serious matters like infections etc...) but my acne really sent me over the edge last month and I was like to heck with it I am tired of this I want this gone!!!! As much as I want that beautiful porcelain skin promised from the tane, I actually don't think I can continue because I am having insane flatulence this week. I don't know if it the pills though cause I had it mildly before but now its definitely aggravated. Im guessing due to 14 day antibiotics I was on a month ago. I really can't chance IBS or even IBD or chrons. Im actually seeing this as a blessing. every day Ive taken this pill I have recontemplated my health for my skin. I know there are lots of good reviews, and lots of bad, but trust me when I say the good are primarily within the first year after accutane. The bad are people returning 5 to 10 years later it seems with crazy stuff happening (some guy got leukaemia two years after accutane at 24, IBD, Chrons etc...). Of course doctors tell me theres no connection its all up in the air but Im not willing to chance that. I've read thousands of reviews you guys. Seriously, thousands cause Ive been contemplating this drug in the back of my mind for two years now. Please check out "AccutaneInMyBrain" post a few years ago. He had a great time on it but came back 4 years later to say that he was suffering with some real issues that came up after he ended his treatment (serious hair loss, stomach ulcers, etc). Im not trying to scare anyone because its absolutely a personal choice. and I really think its based on a person's genetics, how they will handle it. I read a lady who had an amazing experience, had no recurrence and that was 30 years ago. nothing bad. but then theres others that it affects so much worse. so i dunno.I just don't think I would forgive myself if I got something serious years later, acne SUCKS do not get me wrong but low confidence is better than battling a disease for the rest of my life. health is so important. Ive realized that this week. Yes, Im totally a hypochondriac, but I also see how sickly people are getting on western medicine and I honestly believe that accutane may put your acne into remission but that inflammation will go somewhere else in the body cause you haven't addressed the root cause. It makes so much sense to me. Im a holistic girl, always will be. This week has knocked some sense into me and I guess I will have to try some more natural remedies. I am very interested by colon cleansing as well as liver cleansing so perhaps I will move on to that. I just wanted to share my two cents. I know acne is tough, its been such a rough few months for me, but I realized suddenly that if I think I'm antisocial now how would I be if I had a life threatening disease to deal with? significant hair loss?? (some people say they've lost over half their hair.... ill take the acne). by the way i already had hair loss starting this week. Probably more from my over worrying than accutane HAHA. Sorry I'm just trying to vent. Its literally been a battle between my head and my body. risking it all for clear skin? or keep searching for a holistic cure without damaging my body. I know its out there.... *sigh* will update. I'm not sure what to do. I definitely need something more than water to cleanse my skin though- lol that is one thing I know by now.
  7. Hey CloudyDreamer, Thanks a lot for commenting. I completely agree with you. Our entire system here in the west is mainly based around medications that don't really treat the root cause, and even if they do, its all a money grab anyways. They still end up doing more harm than good IMO though. Eastern medicine (Chinese, aryreuvedic) has been around for thousands of years, naturally based, yet western medicine runs a blind eye to it and chooses to look past the fact that the mind has a huge influence on whats happening in the body. I'm guessing you went on accutane? I am on my first week. I have scarring from the damage acne has done over 9 years time. It's so sad, hence why I am SO at my wits end. I just finished my first week but do not think I will continue, solely for the fact that I am having digestive issues on it which is nothing to gamble with.
  8. Complete Accutane Journey & Tips

    Hey AccutaneinMyBrain, I'm not sure if you still check back to this post of yours. Thanks a million times over for coming back and writing about your side effects, it is SO important to be honest. Frankly, I have done so much research, were talking I've read thousands and thousands of people's experiences on accutane and it really does seem to be a miracle drug but only SHORT term. A lot of people report having acne come back a couple years later or even earlier, and I have read many posts such as yours who describe a worsening of symptoms for some time post accutane or even developing severe stuff a few years later (5-10 yrs later for most). Most people who report great experiences have just ended their treatment. This scares the crap out of me. Sure I'm a hypochondriac but Im on my 7th day today and I've already noticed changes in my gut, and I DO NOT want to change anything like IBS or IBD. Its not worth it. The pain of acne is so great, yet I'm smart enough to know it doesn't outweigh the risks of internal health. Every time I go to take my next pill I recontemplate whether I'm throwing away my health for something on the outside thats relatively unharmful compared to potential long term effects that could REALLY hinder my life. Sure I might make it through just fine. But I have no idea and if something does in fact happen... well I'll be outright upset at myself for the rest of my life. So thanks again for the honesty. I'm not sure I will continue to be honest. Can I ask how you are doing now with the longterm side effects? Trust you are better.
  9. Week 2 - Feeling GREAT!! WITH PICTURES!

    Ohh that's so exciting!! I hope you enjoy your trip here. It's an awesome country if I may say so myself would love to head to the uK when I wrap up my uni studies soon. Highly recommend you check out Montreal (Quebec), as well as Banff(Alberta) and British Columbia if you can make it out west... some pretty gorgeous sites. I'm experiencing the same thing!! Oiliness in My first week... hoping it'll subside on as yours did... no dry lips yet haha
  10. Hi Everyone, I hope you don't mind that I am joining this convo, not sure if you guys ever check back in but I wanted to know how it went for you all?! Thanks a lot for all the information you all provided for each month, gives me a lot of hope as I begin my tane journey (day 3 today). I hope you are all away enjoying your clear skin I'm starting low at 20 mg a day as I am very nervous about side effects, took me so much research and a very long time to decide to go onto this medication. Still not thrilled it came to this point, but I am really eager for the results it provides we all come to the point of enough is enough right? CNA7, gorgeous profile pic!! hope thats my skin in a few months yay how are things working out for you post accutane? I saw you mention early in the post that you have gut issues... so do I which makes me a bit more concerned about taking accutane, did you find it made your gut worse? I have movement in my gut (gurgling gas type thing) frequently but I notice it more after I have dairy (which I've cut out) or before I've eaten.... I'm worried cause I heard it can make IBS worse. I finished a two weeks antibiotic streak a month ago for an infection so I think its upset my gut again. My diet is full of probio pills and fermented foods so Im hoping I'm covered... Oh! and I've heard of eminence!! haven't tried though, really want too... was the regimen you used nourishing enough for the dry skin? May have to order some. I also am keeping a religious stock of waxelene for my lips hehe... Thanks!!
  11. Week 2 - Feeling GREAT!! WITH PICTURES!

    Hey there! Thanks for making this post. I'm just like you- came to a point where I feel I'm ready to try accutane, even though Im SO scared of this medication/potential side effects. Sometimes you just get to a point where enough is enough and you are so over the mental burden acne has on your life!! Anyways I'm in the same boat as you- I think Im starting my 20mg pills at the end of this week. Will keep following, it'll be nice to have someone else on it at the same time. Im female too, 23, so crossing my finger we both get the results we want!! little hello from your neighbour across the big pond (Canada)!
  12. What Is My Next Step?

    Hey Jake, I'm in the same boat as you. Ive tried everything since I was a preteen, and most recently (last two months) changed up my diet radically but to no avail. I just saw my derm today about getting onto accutane. Im so scared to take it though... Im also a very stressed, bad sleeps kinda college student lol... I think this impacts our skin hugely, and part of me is wondering if I should wait another couple semesters till I'm done school to see if my skin clears up. However, even over summer holidays of 4 months it doesn't clear up 100 percent so.... keep me posted, I'm interested to hear if you decide to push through it or if you decide on accutane. accuatne is a relatively short time frame (half a year max usually) so perhaps you could look into holding off on your ADHD pills during your course and start up again after if needed. im no doc though. I'm due to swallow my first pill within the next few days, scared man!
  13. Writing this I have a heavy heart. I wanted so bad for this to work, knowing I believe in holistic = health = happiness but I have ended this water only regimen at around day 62. So 2.5 ish months. Although my facial redness and facial oiliness decreased significantly doing this regimen, I can say with confidence that, for myself, it did not prevent acne. After my infection cleared, I realized I still had some bumps that had not disappeared and had been around since the start of the infection so I ran to the clinic and the doctor reassured me that the infection was gone but that I am now dealing with mod severe cystic acne on my face... I never really had a cystic issue before the oil cleansing ordeal. He suggested accutane. this has really been a struggle for me and I have tried almost everything so I am finally at a point where yes, I am in fact considering accutane. I have such an inner conflict about this medication, and have put it off for several years until now. I'm mad at my body because I gave it every chance at healing itself holistically and on its own without having to come to a point of using the tane. The long term effects of accutane scare the heck out of me but my acne has also held me back from so much in life and changed my personality from an outgoing social butterfly to someone who would rather chill alone all the time watching Netflix. So I really need to weigh the pros and cons. I do not feel that my face exudes how I feel inside- inside, I'm confident with who I am, I love myself, I'm happy, yet I look in the mirror and I remember that I have acne and it brings me down. I'm really over it all, I want to look outside with the same confidence of how I feel inside for once in my 9 years of struggling with this disease. I wanted to know what the heck caused my acne but I just can't figure it out. I see the derm in 2 weeks to get the blood work rolling for the tane... In the meantime the doc gave me Epiduo, which surprisingly had deceased a lot of the active cystic bumps, but my face is really red tight and hurts... Very dry so right back to where we started prior to the water only. The only thing left is to check my hormones out I guess, or get an allergy test done prior to going on accutane. A person only has so much energy to put into one thing and I am so sick of having this control my thoughts daily and affect me from doing what I want to do and what I would normally do. I deserve, and you guys deserve... All of us with skin diseases, deserve to look in the mirror and be proud and happy with how we look. I fought it off emotionally for many years but this year it's really coming to a head. Haha excuse the pun. My bf did accutane about 4 years ago and his skin is so soft and clear and I can't see a pore on his face. He doesn't seem to be dealing with any adverse long term side effects (yet anyways). From the research I've done it seems accutane has some mild side effects on the t then people report 5,10 years later some severe side effects pop up (Erectile dysfunction, lack of libido, constant hair thinning, IBS, premature aging and crazier stuff like personality changes, psychotic episodes and permanent mood disorders). Sounds fan-freaking-lovely don't it. but again correlation does not equal causation... There's always a lot of factors that play into someone developing a condition later in life. I don't want to promote this medication because it is very very serious and really needs a lot of thought put into it before you choose to go this route.If anyone is following this blog and has tried accutane please comment below and let me know if it was worth it or what long term side effects if any you are dealing with. I've read a lot of horror stories and I'm scared to poison my body... Thank to all for following this blog. Hope the water only is working better at clearing your acne
  14. I decided to rename my title to more fairly represent my regimen. I am officially infection free- YAY! what an ordeal that was… two weeks of oral meds cleared it up though. I noticed significant clearing however when I started washing my skin at night with salt water, it really sped up the healing process and helped disinfect from the outside. This is going to be my last post for a while since I am relatively happy with how far things have come. Although I have red marks left over along my jaw from the infection, my skin remains very clear. I currently have only 5 total “active pimples” on my face. Couple are by the hairline (I’m thinking this is more caused my shampoo now that my skin is used to being chemical free?) which have dried and should disappear in the next two days, and one popping up near my mouth. The red marks are deceiving making it look like I still have acne but my skin is 95 percent flatter than my breakout/infection time. It may be questionable- some people might be reading this and wondering if the clarity is really attributed to the antibiotics, but I was seeing improvements in my skin tone and texture even before the massive breakout. I will update a final time at the 3 mo mark once my skin has had time post infection to see how the water only regimen keeps up. I think water only is a fantastic regimen, and I highly recommend you try it if you haven't tried it already. Although I am not quite as satisfied as I had hoped, it is worth it to get at least relatively normal looking skin (no more oil) and a homogenous skin tone complexion. I do however notice one downside. I am finding I get blackheads more frequently with this regimen, more tiny little holes with dirt in them. This fact alone is almost pushing me to reconsider a very mild light cleanser to do every other day or something because my skin seems to not be healthy enough to keep pores tight and blackheads out. I thought a lot during my two week period with this infection- I think as humans we have a tendency to want to see immediate progress and we want cures, an age of fast technology has given rise to a society that wants immediate gratification. Ive learnt during this “water only” experience that the body is so powerful and will heal itself automatically- how crazy is that that skin can heal and grow itself back together all the while we haven't even turned a single thought to tell it so! We need to be mindful that the body CAN heal itself, and it needs time because not everything was meant to be ready set go RIGHT now! The skin is the body’s largest organ, so if you are breaking out we can't expect to do something on the outside and get radiant clear skin just from JUST this alone. The skin will break out if there are toxins in the body that are overloading other organs. Water only washing is a great way to let your skin go back to its natural state to heal quicker, but I do think giving it the same love inside is important too. I remember a couple years ago the idea of having to change my diet to clear skin was annoying and I just wouldn't expect it. I kept thinking acne has to be from anything other than food. cause i love my dairy lol. But healthy, non toxic food is just as important. pump yourself full of veggies, legumes, keep up the water and green tea, and lower your sugars and dairy (heard from so many people eliminating this made a mega difference) to nothing, if you can. It may take time, and its a daunting big step, but your body and eventually your skin will love you for it and thank you. I highly believe that water only, in combination with a really healthy wholesome diet is the key. No magic vitamin, no 6 gallons of water a day, no one pill that'll cure you but leave the inside disfigured (accutane), no skin cleansing kit that promises you radiant skin. Adequate water, fermented foods, antioxidants like green tea is what I believe is the secret. I have found through this regimen that although water only washing is an ideal scenario, some people may need a bit more of a boost to keep their skin clear but the key is mild and moderation for this. our skin doesn't need 10 steps to heal itself, heck for some people water only was enough to radiantly clear their skin. moderation is the most important thing guys, and keep your inside healthy. an inside healthy + an outside healthy is sure to give you positive results. Keep your heads up xx