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  1. Hi, so this topic will go through my accutane journey. I'm having a hard time getting through this. Acne really sucks, and not being able to control it sucks even more. So, I felt like by recording down how I was doing, and my stages, I could probably help some other people. I know it helped me reading what other people go to. Also, I'm emotionally low right now. Ranting about this stuff really let's me get it off my chest. And that's good, cause no one else in real life cares about this stuff, and just assumes I'm a "dirty" person cause I have acne.
  2. Hello all, I'm about 1 month in to my 2nd course of roaccutane, my first was 9 years ago. I took it for moderate to severe cystic acne which was all over my face, the course lasted 7 months and I enjoyed clear skin for the past 7 1/2 years. Ive done a lot in that time and not least had 2 children, and even then my skin was great throughout. I developed BP related complications with my last pregnancy and my Dr wasn't keen for me to be on go back onto the pill I had been on so switched me to the mini pill, cerelle. This was when the problems began, it just didn't suit me and I wanted to come off it but my Dr said it would settle but it never did. I took myself off it after 5 months and my skin was in a sorry state, very very oily, hormonal, cystic spots along jawline/neck, enlarged pores and many blackheads and whiteheads, on forehead and temple. I thought stopping the pill would halt the spots but taking the pill seemed to kickstart my skin producing spots again. I waited 3 months to see if skin would improve but it didn't and opted to go onto antibiotics for a time, i tried Lymecycline, while these quelled the bigger spots and certainly stopped my spots from becoming infected, it didn't so anything to the blackheads and whiteheads and the overall texture of skin was bumpy, you could feel the underlying spots just waiting to come out. I mentioned after 2 months to the Dr I didnt think it was working and would they consider me for a dermatologist referral, they did but I had to wait 5 months to see one. By the time I saw the Derm my skin was better but the spots weren't going and my skin was hiding a lot of spots underneath, I expressed concern that I felt i had not other option other than to take roaccutane again given that i had taking all the drug and alternative therapies to avoid them. He agreed I was a mild case on this occasion but I had jumped through enough hoops and he was satisfied I could have it. Obviously there will be no future babies for myself and my husband therefore the pregnancy risks are null (he has opted for a more permanent solution!) and i was prescribed isotretinoin that day and began taking it that evening. I rushed out to buy lots of lip balm and moisturiser, however I don't seem to get on with Carmex and have reverted to a product I used before; blistex Intensive moisturiser, which is a cream based lip balm and now comes in cherry flavour. I also bought a product which was my holy grail for roaccutane last time for my face which is avene skin recovery cream. I'm using neutrogena body moisturiser and some mild dermalogica face washes although may revert to Simple products like last time also. Ive been on it approximately a month, 2 weeks at 40mg now the rest of the time at 60mg. Doing ok aside from the lips and dry skin/hair/eyes and the red hot flushes! Have some skin smoothness where I didn't before and skin is drying up and pores closing. Still some active spots around but going quickly and none are of the cystic variety. Due to get another prescription next week so had bloods taken this week, hoping all is well and I can continue. With my first course I wrote a blog on the website reclaim your skin, I've looked but it doesn't appear to be around anymore, I found write the diary help process the changes and its a good comparison at the end, and importantly its good to get support from people who know what your going through. Thanks for reading. Andrea
  3. Sulfacetamide Wash Problems

    So here is a little backstory, I got prescribed sulfacetamide wash and clindamycin lotion on January 5th, 2017 and was told to wait three months to see results for my hormonal acne. First month started slow but my face started getting really clear until the end of the month I had a really bad breakout out of nowhere. And after that my chest started breaking out, which never happened before. So I tried neutrogena body clear wash but didnt work, called derm she told me that could make my chest worse so i stopped. Now two weeks into February I have a rash on my chest and I have no idea why. I have changed so many body washes, no longer use my bath sponge just a rag. My chest was never an issue it was always my face and now I don't know what I'm doing wrong. I called to get in with my derm in 3 weeks but I need relief now and I was just wondering if anybody else has gome though this. And if possible is the sulfacetamide wash to blame? I like using it on my face but is it possible using it in the shower isnt a good idea? Any help or comments would be so appreciated. I'm just emotionally drained from this all and it makes me really upset.
  4. Hi. Im 31 and suffer from hormonal acne with cysts. Im thinking of trying SkinB5 Acne Controlled Extra Strength Tablets. Im just wondering what peoples thoughts are about this and if its worth trying for balancing hormones.
  5. Heres some background on my skin: I started getting acne at 12. I knew nothing about acne back then and used drug store acne products that didn't work all throughout middle school. Finally, in high school my mom took my to the dermatologist and i was put on topical treatments that didn't work. In my senior year of high school, the doctor put me on antibiotics and it was a miracle, my skin cleared COMPLETELY. I was finally so happy and I never had to wear makeup. After about a year on the antibiotics, they stopped working and all my acne came back. This is when i started to research skin care and acne really heavily and learned how bad antibiotics are for your skin. **When I was 19 I got on birth control hoping it would help my skin but it did absolutely nothing. (didn't make it worse or better). Ive been off the pill for 6 months now and skin is still the same*** I am now in my senior year of college (21 years old) and have done EVERYTHING. I use primarily natural and good quality gentle skin care. I use great brands like origins and bare minerals makeup. I wash and moisturize my face every morning and every night. I wash my makeup brushes and pillow cases every week and never go to bed with makeup on. I have mostly cut out all dairy (only eat it on rare occasions). I eat plenty of fruits and vegetables and only drink green teat and water (i drink A LOT of water) I have tried probiotics and seen no results. Its so frustrating taking such good care of my skin and still having breakouts all the time, yet my friends, who eat whatever they want and have awful skin care, have flawless skin. (I'm sure a lot of you know the struggle) I attached pictures of my skin right now. I only ever break out on my cheeks and sometimes my chin, rarely (if ever) on my forehead. I have pimples on my cheeks at all times. My acne is either under the skin, or whiteheads. Im starting to think my acne is hormonal, because nothing else helps. Does anyone have a similar story or know anything that helps? Ive read that dermatologist aren't helpful with hormonal acne, so who should i go see? OBGYN? Who gives hormone tests? Also I've read a lot about PCOS and how that causes acne. I have a lot of the symptoms, EXCEPT my period is completely regular. Any advice is appreciated! If you got this far, thanks so much in advance!!
  6. Hi. Ok so my acne right now is the worst its been since high school! Im desperately needing help! Im 31 and suffer from hormonal acne. December was an extremely stressful time for me. (A death in family and another traumatic event happened). My face, around my mouth, just exploded with acne! Some of the acne went away, but the hyperpigmentation is really bad! Cysts, pustules and whiteheads. Id been using Cetaphil Oily Skin face wash as my skin is quite oily. With Benzac Ac 5% gel. Followed by Cetaphil Dermacontrol Moisturizer SPF 30 Sunscreen. At night was the same, but with standard Cetaphil moisturiser. It was all working semi-ok. I havent had clear skin since I was 14, but this routine gave me only 2-3 breakouts at a time. Now, as you can see in the photos, Its a hell of alot more! I am currently on Zinc tablets and Doxycycline 100mg. I have been for a decent 10 years and I dont think its doing much but my fear to stop is huge. My dr who is wonderful says it is helping. I also probably need to add that I do have an eating disorder (anorexia) so I know my diet isnt great. Its too low but im doing quite well with water. Having atleast 2L a day. So. I got desperate. It was worsening my depression so I came online to think what to do and I read about the Caveman Regimen. I decided since Im not working and never wear make up anyway I thought it actually made sense. It sounded crazy and scary as hell but it still made sense. Im now on day 2 of Caveman Regimen and its not as scary as day 1. I thought my face would be dripping with oil but its not. I have made my own version of Caveman Regimen though. I couldnt not wash 100%. So my morning shower i let water fall over my face but only for a few seconds. I lightly rub with hands. Once out, i very very gently pat with a soft face cloth. Then let it to dry properly itself. Once dry I do use Cetaphil Dermacontrol Moisturizer SPF 30 because i can not not wear a sunscreen. At night just before bed I splash luke warm water over it and very lightly pat dry maybe once or twice. Thats it. Im not getting the flaking so much and my acne is the same. I was expecting it to be worse but im feeling positive about this. Im definitely going to keep trying it coz I have nothing to lose any more. My depression couldnt have gotten worse. My other issue is hyperpigmentation which is also why I need the sunscreen. Any help, or any advice, or ANYTHING, feedback would be so helpful.
  7. Im 27 yrs old starting breaking out more frequently now more than ever. all along my jawline. Thought it was hormonal .. I do not have any symptoms of pcos only acne . Thought maybe high androgens? when I had my daughter two years ago my skin was glowing during pregnancy and while I was breastfeeding .I've never taken any b.c and hate putting unneccessary chemicals in me I eat clean I am into weightlifting 7xweek take supplements omega -3 probiotics , etc. My breakouts were limited to only the right side of my face with a lot of red marks w active acne more big red pustules Come and go and more bumpy ones ( as u can see in the larger areas) Started using Cerave now my left side which was clear is now breaking out so I stopped that .I don't have insurance so I can't afford to get these hormonal lab tests done .. Anyone have suggestions or know what it can be ?
  8. Initial breakout on yaz

    So, I've just started my 3rd pack of Yaz. I've been breaking out pretty consistently ever since I've finished my first pack. People say that you should start to see your breakouts change and start getting better. Like I said, I've been breaking out pretty consistently and doesn't seem to be getting much better. But, the initial breakout first started on my forehead and left cheek then that cleared up pretty well but the breakouts moved to my other cheek and jawline.. I just want to know if that's how anyone else's initial breakout was and if it's a sign of progress? And if it's normal for the initial breakout to continue into the 3rd pack?
  9. Hello! So for the last few months I have been wondering if maybe I have PCOS. I was wondering if anyone could share their experiences to help me! BACKGROUND: So I'm 21 and have had acne for about close to 10 years although in the beginning it was just from being young and typical teenage acne.. I got rid of that stubborn acne by going on the regimen, although I was left over with cystic acne still on my chin, getting about one every week or two nothing too dramatic I know but it still takes a tole on your confidence when they take like a month to go away so they add up. Anyways, about 2 months ago I went on yaz and my stubborn hormonal chin acne is cleared! Excepppppt I now have gotten 5 cysts on the left side of my cheek in that 2 month which I never break out there.. Along with the acne, I've had irregular periods the last 4 years or so sometimes I'll miss one completely, other times I'll have my period for weeks.. In terms of excess hair growth I notice that my hair grows back super fast but my hair on my head seems to be thinner these last few years as well as I get some light hair on my chin and upper lip the last few years as well. ALSO when I was about 16 I had a large ovarian cyst removed.. about 16 cm in diameter, I had no pain or symptomsduring this time and my gyno surgeon removed my ovary as well. I also have been having super bad insomnia like it takes me houuurs to sleep sometimes, as well as pretty bad anxiety. Also fatigue, I find it hard to concentrate and am just always tired and wanting to nap. I was thinking that I might have excess estrogen. I tracked my cycle this last two months and found that my pimples almost always come at the same times, Day 14-day 19 usually which is around ovulation and then again day 18/19 is when your estrogen starts to make its comeback in the cycle. Let me know if anyone has any suggestions or similar problems!
  10. I started accutane last week and my skin has gotten the initial breakout. Does anyone have any tips to overcoming it? Or Accutane tips in general? I want it all to go as smoothly as possible and I really appreciate everyone's knowledge and experience. I haven't experienced much dryness but in well prepared and in anticipation. My skin is very oily still and hasn't slowed yet.
  11. Hi everyone, I have been using these forums for years to get ideas on how to cure my acne. Finally after 17 years of pimples at 33 i am proud to announce that i am acne free and feeling great. All I have to do now is let the scars fade. I will share how it happened. So I have combination skin which is dry and prone to black heads with hormonal breakouts around that time of month especially on the cheeks chin and around the temples. Theres been a few discussions on here as to whether or not coffee affects acne. In my case I really think it did affect it. As soon as I quit drinking coffee i noticed that my skin was producing way less sebum, but it was also softer and less wrinkly, flakey and dehydrated. Every time I felt like drinking a coffee i would just have a water or a rooibos tea instead. At the time I put some retinoid cream on my face which made me get a very itchy dry face rash, it was almost like i had eczma all over my face, So i stopped using the retinoid cream and put some very mild corticosteroid cream on my face to clear up the itch. I was using that retinoid cream for about a week, as you are not supposed to use it for any longer. I think that the steroid cream actually reduced the remaining pimples a lot as well as the rash. I was worried they would come back once i stopped using it but they didn't. I think that was due to othr things I had also begun doing at the time. At the time I also started to use plain bentonite clay as a cleanser. i don't allow it to dry on my face like a mask as that sucks the moisture out way too much. All i do is I just rub the mud around in circular motion on my face morning and evening and rinse with cool water. I find it very cleansing and exfoliating. The thing I think really helped the most was changing my moisturiser. Ive been using animal fat now!!! grass fed buffalo tallow to be specific. Would have thought that animal fat would make my skin really greasy and clog my pores. But it didn't...its perfectly moisturised and balanced. i think there was something i was reading about why animal fat is easier for our skin to absorb than plant oils. The brand I use is primal care facial blend. There are a couple of other brands available on the internet and you can also make it yourself. Im sure its not the brand but the fact that animal fat is so vastly different to plant fat that makes the difference. Anyway my skin has never felt better, i urge some of you to try this simple regimen and see what happens. Heres an article on a wellness blog that explains why tallow and bentonite clay is good for skin http://www.foodrenegade.com/why-i-wash-my-face-dirt-oil/ Bentonite clay carries a strong negative charge which bonds to the positive charge in many toxins. When it comes in contact with a toxin, chemical, or heavy metal, the clay will absorb the toxin and release it’s minerals for the body to use. Bentonite also helps get oxygen to cells as it pulls excess hydrogen and allows the cells to replace it with oxygen instead. Tallow is uniquely compatible with the biology of our cells. About 50% of the structure of our cell membrane comes from saturated fats, with remaining amounts consisting of monounsaturated and to a lesser degree polyunsaturated fats…. Tallow [also] contains skin nourishing ingredients that plant-based oils do not. Though I am still a huge fan of coconut oil, the skin on my face is visibly more toned with tallow. I think that may be because of the abundance of fat soluble vitamins (A,D,K and E) that naturally occur in pastured tallow, along with the potent anti-inflammatory conjugated linoleic acid (CLA) and anti-microbial palmitoleic acid.
  12. On my eighth day and so far I'm getting what I assume is the initial breakout, and it's progressively getting worse! I'm not too worried, I know it's normal and I'm trying not to let it get to me. The cysts are pretty painful and inflamed and I'm doing my best to let them clear up themselves without irritation. I've also had some exams this week which could be taking a toll on my hormones. I know it will have to get better sometime down the road which is keeping me sane. I'm only a bit worried about scarring because my skin is very very sensitive to hyperpignentation.
  13. Hi everyone! Welcome to my post! Here are the topics that I'll be discussing: Accutane Birth Control / PCOS Cosmetics Washing your face Topical medications Before you continue reading I'd like to say that I'm still dealing with cystic acne. It's been a long journey, but my skin has improved dramatically. I've accepted that I'll never have perfect skin, but that doesn't mean I can't have try to have decent skin. Attached are pictures of my Accutane journey. My skin cleared up beautifully, but years later the acne came back. The last picture is me wearing makeup, not caring that my skin isn't perfect ;) Accutane I started getting acne in elementary school, and I've always had oily skin. I tried many OTC products, topical meds and home remedies, but nothing helped. Eventually, my derm put me on Accutane. I was on it for a year and my skin cleared. Years later, my acne slowly came back (not to the same severity as before). I did a second and third and fourth round of Accutane, but I had to stop each time due to horrible side effects. The acne always came back. Round one side effects: Dry, cracked, painfully chapped lips Constipation Dry eyes Round two-four side effects: All of the above side effects PLUS Extreme dryness in private area (TMI, sorry) Blurred vision Thinning hair I didn't take birth control during round 1 or 2 of Accutane. Birth Control/ PCOS I have PCOS. I have high testosterone and my periods have always been irregular. My doctors have said that birth control is beneficial for PCOS. I've literally tried 6 different bill control pills. The first 5 all broke me out HORRIBLY. My skin would get so oily and I would get acne all over my entire face. I can't remember the names of all the different pills that I tried- but I can tell you that Ortho Tri-Cyclen and Orho Tri-Cyclen Lo were the WORST. It took my face months to recover from the acne that those pills gave me. I've been taking Yasmin for 5 months and I LOVE IT. No headaches, no nausea, no initial breakout, and my acne has actually improved. My husband has commented on how consistently clear my skin has been. Please try Yasmin if you have PCOS/ adult hormonal acne. Yasmin decreases your body's testosterone levels which is why my acne has improved. AMAZING! Cosmetics I wear light makeup to boost my confidence and cover my redness from current/past acne spots. I start with a light application of non-comedogenic primer, then apply a mixture of oil free foundation with a non-comedogenic moisturizer (my "homemade" tinted moisturizer), and finish with bareminerals loose powder. These products don't give me breakouts, but I still try to skip makeup as much as possible. Face-wash I always wash my makeup off with CeraVe Foaming Facial Cleanser. Actually, I always wash my face with this in general. This is the best face wash that I've EVER used. It doesn't dry out your skin, but it cleans the skin throughly. I wash my face 2-3 times a day, depending on if I workout that day. Please try this cleanser. I can't recommend it enough. Topical Medications/ Spot Treatment If you're going to use a prescribed topical medication, the #1 thing that you need to do is to use a minimal amount. I actually mix my topicals with water to dilute it. Before applying, I use a non-comedogenic lotion with the topical treatment over it. Be gentle with your skin at all times. I have scars from the times that I wasn't gentle. I'm currently using Acanya and, honestly, I love it. It heals my acne very quickly, and I only use it as a spot treatment. Remember, what works for me might not work for you love yourself at all times (even during a horrible breakout) you are not alone <3 you can get through this GOOD LUCK!!!
  14. I am soooo busy. But i thought I'd share some info to other acne sufferers based on my experience. Hopefully this could help someone. If you read my past post, I had used Retin A. This post is the most recent update on what is going on with my skin. Retin A worked well for my skin when i first used it. Once i got clear skin, i completely stopped. I broke out again after three months of not using Retin A. So i started using it again, and this time it did not work at all. In fact, because the retin A made my skin so thin and sensitive, when i broke out again, my skin started to scar!!!! SCAR!!! something i never dealt with in my life. I was the lucky person who when i broke out, i just got hyper pigmentation. So scarring was such a sad moment. So i stopped using Retin A because it was changing my skin texture. Now I am completely clear from acne, taking a natural route. And when i get a pimple, it does not leave a scar. This is my current routine for my skin: ( oh and i have hormonal acne) Supplements : 1) vitamin code raw whole food and probiotics (multi-vitamin Brand- Garden of Life)- It recommends 4 pills a day. But since I eat healthy I only eat 2 pills 2) 2 cups of water with 1 tbps Apple cider vinegar 3) 2 cups of water with 1 tbps tumeric powder 4)1 serving of maca, 1 serving of matcha 5) 2 cups of either peppermint tea, lemon tea or green tea 6) a serving of golgi berries (now this alone helps with preventing acne and if i get acne, it helps my skin scar less and heal faster) Face 1) I wash with african black soap 2) spot treat blemishes and scarring with tumeric powder mixed with benonite clay and french pink clay 3) Toner Spray DIY: green tea, sea salt (natural kind), tea tree essential oil and helichrysum essentail oil 4) Moisturizer: Raw organic shea butter mixed with Frankincense, tea tree, rose hip, geranium essential oil)--> I KID YOU NOT this reduces acne by 50% the next day, I really hope I have helped. If anyone anyone can try this, keep me posted if this works for you.
  15. Acne has returned

    Hi guys I used to post on the forum on a different username but I can't remember my password anyway long story short I was on the regimen for about a year and go completely clear skin from it at around the 8/9 month mark.. I finally was able I go out without even concealer and was over the moon I probably shouldn't have done this but I ran out of treatment so stopped using the regimen for about 6 months and stayed clear.. I then went on the implant bearing in mind I was on this before and this was way before my skin got bad I was however worried how this would effect my skin so I bought the treatment in just in case .. I didn't notice any change in skin really just few spots on my chin that cleared very quickly however due to other reasons I had the implant out a few weeks ago and my skins all of a sudden got bad again it's gone from the odd spot on my chin to the under skin spots my right cheek that last for weeks I've started to use the treatment again but i am really worried my skins going to get really bad again. has anyone had a similar experience when stopping the treatment ?
  16. Starting my accutane journey!! I've been wanting start for some time because I've struggle with persistent acne for 2 years (it could be worse but it still affected my self esteem). A quick run down on what I've tried in the past: benzoyl peroxide, salicyclic acid, Proactiv, tactuo (epiduo), aczone, doxycycline, clindoxyl, minocycline, retin-A .05% and .25%, Alesse (STARTED CYSTS ON CHEEKS), biacna, aczone again, Diane/cyestra-35, cyproterone acetate & now accutane! My skin is moderate, I do get cysts quite often. I've also recently started breaking out on my back which is what I think caused the "tipping point" for me to start accutane. My skincare routine is doing has been for a long time: effaclar cleanser La Roche Posay, Effaclar mattifying moisturizer (day or night), lipidar (?) moisturizer (night), oils of life serum from the Body Shop (sometimes at night). I wash my hands before washing my face, I lather up the cleanser until foaming and gently cleanse my face. Pat dry then apply moisturizers and topicals. I am also a HUGE fan of Lush's mask for magnaniminty, it's very refreshing and soothing - the ingredients are great!! I'm open any questions, just wanna help anyone going through it too
  17. I am learning more and more about just how closely acne and diet are related. I've read a lot of books regarding nutrition and how it plays a role in either creating acne or encouraging clear skin. I never used to believe that eliminating certain foods could actually benefit skin health. I've seen it all first hand now though and I believe it more and more. Over Christmas and Thanksgiving, I indulged too much. I'm sure I'm not alone in that! It's such a hard time of year to stay on track but now I'm paying the price with tiny whiteheads, dull and sallow looking skin, and no glow! I think back to all the years I had horrible, cystic acne and was completely miserable. I was trying every product - over the counter, prescription, weird home remedies. Looking back, I wish I had tried to fix my diet instead. I was going about it all the wrong way. I'd get scared of a certain food and cut it out (i.e. dairy) but then still maintain a diet full of other junk! I also got scared of foods that were actually health for me (spinach, eggs.... no idea what convinced me to think these could be bad). I'm going to work on compiling a list of all of the most helpful foods (and the worst) for my skin based on what I have experienced the past many years. In the meantime, I'm going to fully re-commit to the paleo diet:
  18. Hi everyone, I just want to share my experience with Spironolactone as I now know I'm not the only one who has had this happen to her. I have read countless entries on forums and websites with the exact same story as mine. Please, please consider this carefully if you are planning on going on Spironolactone. I gained a lot of weight while on Spironolactone. Actually, I gained 25 lbs over the course of 8 months. I was at my thinnest before starting Spiro. I had been doing (kept doing during the time I was on the medication, and still am) high intensity workouts combined with running 5-6 days a week and looked great. I also have had a great diet for years, avoiding sugars and high glycemic foods as much as possible. I weighed 130lbs before starting Spiro and looked pretty. Suddenly, after about 4 months of being on the medication, I started noticing that my tummy was getting bigger, as well as my thighs. I thought I just had to amp up the workouts and cut out more carbs. And so I did. But I just kept gaining. It actually took a few months for me to realize it was the Spiro... I don't understand why I didn't make the connection earlier. I was on 200mg daily. Also, like many girls, my periods turned into a spotting that came every 2 weeks. I finally realized that this wasn't normal when I looked at my face in the mirror and didn't recognize myself. It is so round and swollen I just thought it was impossible to be working out so much and so hard, eating so well and gaining 25 lbs in such a short time. I stopped the Spiro 2 months ago but have not yet been able to lose weight. I keep working out (harder) 5-6 days per week, have an even stricter diet than before, and just can't seem to make it go away. I am on DIM for the likely extraordinary estrogen dominance that this created, and have only seen results skin-wise -- my face is clearer than it's been in years. I would really like to know if other girls have been able to lose the weight after being on Spiro. And it would be great to hear other girls' experiences with Spironolactone and weight gain. Let's create more awareness for other girls looking into this medication.
  19. 1 month with Diane-35 / Alcohol and I

    Today, i´m doing 1 month on Diane-35. Here are the changes I´ve experience yet. -More appetite = getting fatter -Feeling much better with my emotions, in general, except the days of "resting" , when i have my period. My mood changes like crazy! I feel moody and angry, I don´t know why. - My breasts are getting bigger, too - My acne is slowly improving -My hirsutism... i´m not seeing improvement yet. -I don´t tolerate alcohol as before. I don´t know why. Maybe it has nothing to do with the pills, but, the last time i drank, it was terrible. I didn´t drink a huge amount, not even a glass of alcohol, and i was feeling sick. Maybe i should stop drinking for a while... to see what happens! I´ll continue posting how it all goes. Thanks!
  20. What Is Hormonal Acne? It's pretty much what it sounds like. It's your hormones having an imbalance and are fluctuating. Hormonal Acne occurs with women as well as men but women are the main victims of hormonal acne When the hormones are imbalanced this can appear as spots which generally appear around the jaw. What Can I Do To Get Rid Of My Hormonal Acne? If your Hormones are at an imbalance, it makes sense to look to solutions which would get the hormones back in balance. There are many treatments out there which advertise to get your hormones back in check and the main supplement people take to do this, are multi-vitamins. Taking multi vitamins have proved over and over again to be a great way to solve the hormonal imbalance issue, but this isn't the case with everyone. What I Recommend To Get Rid Of Hormonal Acne... I would recommend taking magnesium, magnesium dramatically assists the body in getting the hormones back in balance and this method is what has worked for me. I have done a review of my favorite magnesium supplement/product and why it's great for solving your acne problems. Go To My Profile's Review Page And Give It A Read!
  21. A little background about my acne- i have huge cystic, Painful acne around my jawline. I changed my diet- cut out meat, dairy, bread, i ate more clean/green juices and cut out pretty much everything bad for acne and still suffered from painful cysts. I always suffered form acne, but never this horrible. This horrible cystic acne came near the end of last year. So earlier this year i got prescribed retin A .05%, started using african black soap, tea tree, and also used a clay mask (benonite) with sea salt once a week. That gave me the clearest skin i've had in my entire life. Then i slowly stopped using Retin A, and the acne didnt come back for at least three months. Then it slowly came back again, but this time in the form of small white heads. So i started to use retin A again, but it has not made a difference at all or is working like the first time i used it. Currently, I am using Retin A, african black soap, tea trea, and the clay mask. One thing I am doing differently is, drinking 2 tablespoons of apple cider vinegarwith a huge glass of water(diluted), and so far no acne has come since Saturday. Acne is such a pain, and it makes me so depressed, but don't loose hope or give up, we all deserve acne free skin.
  22. Hey everyone, my name is Nola. I'm quite lost and I need help deciding what I should do about this acne. It seems hard to ever get a response on here anymore, so I'd greatly appreciate any help. I've recently got my hormone saliva test back and I need help deciphering it. but first, my background: 23 yr old female, I've been taking spironolactone 100mg for 2 years now..It got me completely clear in 4 months. I've recently started breaking out again (although not nearly as bad as my pre-spiro days) but it's been getting increasingly worse. The reason why I think spiro stopped working as well as it used to, is because I had a relapse from an eating disorder a few months ago. It seriously messed up my period, and subsequently, my skin. I have recovered since then and I'm eating well, lots of organic fruits and veggies, lean meats, good carbs, low sugar, no dairy, etc. I have symptoms of estrogen dominance.. PMS, cramps, mood swings, depression, tons of hair loss, acne, extra weight around hips/thighs and I break out during the middle of my cycle (ovulation?) and my skin magically clears up during my period and for about a week afterwards. weird, huh? Has anyone had this happen to them? I also have some symptoms of high testosterone, hair loss and some really long ass peach fuzz on my face. now for my saliva hormone test results: My results Ranges Estradiol (Saliva ) 3.6 H pg/m 1.3-3.3 Premenopausal ( Luteal ) Progesterone (Saliva ) 68 L pg/m L Optimal:75-270 Premenopausal ( Luteal ) Ratio: Pg/ E2 (Saliva ) 19 L Optimal: 100-500 when E2 1.3-3.3 pg/m L Testosterone (Saliva ) 46 pg/m Optimal: 16-55 ( Age Dependent ) DHEAS (Saliva ) 7.7 ng/m L 2-23 ( Age Dependent ) Cortisol (Saliva ) 6.9 ng/m L 3.7-9.5 (morning ) The H is for High, L for Low. So… EXTREMELY low progesterone to estrogen ratio? I'm not even sure I'm looking at this right??/ By reading this information, what do you guys suggest that I do? Should I add in DIM, vitex, progesterone cream, inositol, more spiro? blahhHH!!! I recently began taking some inostiol powder but a few days afterwards, I broke out out in cysts, which I typically never have. So discouraging. Also, I've attached a picture of my face as it is right now, in all it's oily glory. I currently only have 4 active spots, the rest of the redness that you see are scars from previous monthly breakouts.
  23. I just got a hormone test done and found out that I am high in androgens, which is likely the cause of my persistent hormonal acne. I have tried many birth control pills in the past but have never found success so I am looking for a more natural solution. What are some anti-androgen supplements or foods I could be consuming to balance my hormones out??? I am already taking 30mg of zinc, which has helped a lot but not completely.
  24. Hello all, I'm 18 and just started my freshman year of college which should be fun and exciting right? Wrong. I have always had the occasional pimple pmsing, but in the past 6 months I have had the most terrible onset of hormonal acne and I'm losing hope and feel incredibly insecure. Backstory: I noticed my hormonal acne appearing after I stopped playing competitive soccer (which I had played all my life). It appeared slowly, progressively getting worse. 5 months ago I went to a dermatologist for the first time ever, where she then prescribed me Spiro 50mg in the morning and at night. I expected an IB and I sure as heck got one. After three months of Spiro and very very little difference if any I went back to the derm and she increased my dosage to 100mg in he morning and 50 mg at night and retin a. Still no difference, just really dry skin. Another month goes by and I'm still getting deep painful cysts on my jawline, I go back to my derm and she gives me Loryna BCP which have currently been on for 2 and a half weeks. I am healthy, I tried changing my diet, I don't get as much excersise as I did playing soccer but I enjoy going hiking and surfing (which I do not do as much anymore because of my skin sensitivity). ALSO: I've always had a regular and normal cycle, but ever since i strted Spiro I have not had period. Which is fine by all means lol, but it feels wrong. Why is it like this? Is this common? It's not even irregular just completely nonexistent? I never realized how conceited of a person I was until I had this severe, relentless, cystic acne I am now suffering from. I've read countless forums saying how these medications take time but I'm losing hope and feel like I may becoming slightly depressed. I cry so much now and hate myself for reasons I can't control and my skin is too sensitive to enjoy the beautiful sunny outdoors of socal. Any insight on when these medications will start working if at all? I was thinking of giving it 2 more months before accutane, which scares me and is a last resort. thank you!!!
  25. Please help my acne!

    Hi guys, I was was wondering if anyone could help. Im 21 and I've never had perfect skin but about a year I had acne flare up around my cheeks and jaw line. i did move house but the move wasn't stressful and if anything as time has gone on it has gotten worse not better. I would really like to solve this holistically and i and I really don't believe in taking drugs but I am starting to get desperate. Where my acne is, is typically linked to hormonal acne but I've just had my bloods tested and no imbalanced where found and I was so sure that, that is where the problem would lie. Its also mainly on just just one side of my face (right side). Any ideas?