I got some test results back from the naturopath today - I did a blood test for food allergens and a saliva hormone test. The doc told me I have the classic hormone profile for someone "suffering" (I don't like that word, even if it feels like that sometimes!) from breakouts. My testosterone level is at the tip-top of what's considered "high" for my age range; my DHEA levels are OVER the "high" mark, and my progesterone is a bit low.
This explains, to me, why I had barely any skin issues while on BC, which regulated the crap out of my hormones. However, as I don't want to take BC right now (hello, side effects?), I'm looking for other options.
Though I also did an allergen test, and am somewhat allergic to some foods (eggs!), I don't think that's my main issue - neither does the naturopath.
So - what now? Here's what I'm on, and if this sounds like something you may potentially be going through (this likely applies mainly to ladies, sorry fellas), maybe this will be of help to you.
ACES Zn by Carlson's (Totally a rad supplement for skin support!)
Probiotic (Careful in purchasing these; they can be real shoddy quality. Look into the brand first)
Fermented Cod Liver Oil
Mirena (It's Turmeric, basically)
And a tincture she made me of Saw Palmetto, Chaste Berry, and one other herb. (Hormone regulating herbs! Hardcore.)
LOW SUGAR! Sugar drives hormones. Even natural sugar! She even told me to watch out for too much tomato or carrot juice. Bah! Difficult! But worth it, in the end.
Low carbs too, as those are, heh, sugar.
LOADS of veggies and such - I likely don't need to get too deep into this, as most of you here know this bit already.
Basically, hormone regulation is about evening your body out naturally (I suppose there's hormone therapy for severe cases as well, but -) and over time ... as well as guiding it along with some choice herbs and supplements.
Don't forget exercise, meditation, joyousness and generally feeling happy! It does wonders!
I highly suggest testing for food allergies and hormone imbalances if you're still struggling to decipher your body code. Don't worry! You'll figure it out! And so will I.
Edited by Ukulala, 01 August 2012 - 06:05 PM.