If you would like the effects without the feminization... take a NON-ESTROGENIC anti-androgen such as
Natural over the counter (recommended dosage for males 300mg-1000mg a day).
Pumpkin seed oil
Ok, so what are the arguments AGAINST this entire thread?
You and Bryan seem pretty sure that anti-androgens will solve oily skin issues for a lot of people. So why not we all (males and females) just take saw palmetto and call it a day?
Because while this thread is very informative and makes plenty of good points, much of this is speculation and anecdotal reports/studies. There has been very few clinical, large scale, and long term studies done on anti-androgens, especially natural/herbal supplements. That's the reason why if you look up saw palmetto or stinging nettle, nearly every claim it makes concerning its effects begins with "It may..."
or "Studies show a correlation with..."
or "It is believed to work by...."
There's so much that goes into the equation when it comes to your hormone levels and what effect they have on you that modern medicine has yet to fully understand how some of the processes work. If oily skin or hair loss was so easily fixed by modifying perceived hormonal imbalances, then these sort of problems (hair loss and complexion issues) would have been solved and documented as such. While spiro does work for women, there's not much out there about men taking it.
If anti-androgens consistently reduced oily skin or cured hair loss with few side effects, pharmacuetical companies would be the first ones to let us know because that would mean massive profits for them. What we are doing on this thread is self-diagnosing issues without a biology/medical degree (I assume, I could be incorrect and if anyone does please correct me). And while I don't either, I do understand that not every bodily mechanism follows the same sort of linear cause and effect that we are giving it. Any time you attempt to change your hormone levels without medical supervision, you take a gamble. You might have good results, and you might not. I'd love to see some large scale studies that prove good results without dangerous side effects.
Someones got to disagree on this thread
Regardless, fascinating information here and definetly some ideas/techniques that should be researched and looked at more. This thread has given me quite a few questions for my dermatologist the next time I see him LOL I've got lots of new ammo now and it's going to be one heck of a conversation Haha
Edited by CBIOT13, 17 October 2012 - 06:02 PM.