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Oh goodness, the shipping of Dan's products costs a fortune... No way I can afford it :/ the cheapest option is to order it and wait a month for it to come here :(


Diagnosed with PCOS

Occasional acne + rolling scars

Meds:


- Yasmin birth control
- Spironolactone 37,5mg going 25mg
- Inositol powder 2 times/day before meal

Skincare:

- Hemp oil




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My skin feels slightly better, but still with huge pores and visible red marks. I've been persistently using probiotics for a month now, and my stomach feels much better. Maybe that has an affect on my skin too.

I'm thinking about getting some tan in solarium, because my skin is very pale.

Also, in the pictures you can see some awful dark circles around my eyes, due to not eating well lately and crying a lot (some personal problems and stress). To myself I look like 28 y o :/

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Diagnosed with PCOS

Occasional acne + rolling scars

Meds:


- Yasmin birth control
- Spironolactone 37,5mg going 25mg
- Inositol powder 2 times/day before meal

Skincare:

- Hemp oil




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your face is looking so much better!! you have really pretty eyes too!

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AHAs in cleansers will have no effect whatsoever. These acids need to remain on your skin to work. I suggest a lotion to use every day anything between 8% and 15% or a peel [if you can afford it]


Finished Tetralysal on 12/04/13

Quinoderm 10 once a week

Gedarel 30/150 as current treatment.


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I still think you look great. I would order Dans AHA from amazon and choose the cheapest shipping option. That's what I did. I think it cost about $21 in total for a HUGE bottle (to put it in perspective, the other AHA I bought was about 2oz and cost $40) and it arrived in about 3 weeks, to Canada. I can't promise you'll have perfect skin after trying the AHA (remember to build up gradually and use a sunscreen), but many people have found success with this product and I think it could help you. I also think the BCP is a good option to try. Talk to your doctor, for sure.

*hugs!*

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I took Beyaz for a couple of years and it worked quite well for my face. I have since changed to Mirena, though, because I am too forgetful for pills. But with Beyaz, I didn't have major side effects or anything. Best of the 5 or 6 BCPs I've been on (I'm 20 and I started on pills when I was 15 and starting accutane).

I break out mostly on my left jawline, and I've realized that that is where I rest my face on my hand. Since yours is concentrated on your right, perhaps you touch your face there? Pay attention to that sort of thing. I try to be really particular about what touches my face (but my darned cats do what they want!) because no matter how clean your hand is, it probably has some oils on it anyway.

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I have decided to go on BCP after all. My skin was showing major signs of improvement lately, but it got much worse since yesterday again :( I noticed that I break out badly in the middle of my cycle, every month... So I'm going to a gynecologist on Monday. So don't want to be taking bcp again, but my skin is driving me crazy.


Diagnosed with PCOS

Occasional acne + rolling scars

Meds:


- Yasmin birth control
- Spironolactone 37,5mg going 25mg
- Inositol powder 2 times/day before meal

Skincare:

- Hemp oil




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Sorry to hear youre skins driving you crazy i know exactly how you feel having it imporve then bam one morning youre back to square one. Youre a very attractive girl and youre acnes not bad at all. I say sod u acne! Hope that goes well for you.

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You're probably breaking out around ovulation. I break out around ovulation like clockwork every month! I would try the BCP, but we are trying to conceive, so for now I'm stuck with the zits. You can take Midol for the few days around ovulation - it's supposed to reduce acne by reducing inflammation. I tried it last month and it did work!

Good luck on the pill!

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Sorry to hear that you are not seeing results. Based on your photos, your skin seems to be improving. Have you tried saw palmetto? I'm taking it as a last resort and to avoid BCP, and I'm gradually seeing results. To me, it's not worth the risks of taking BCP. You can't be on birth control for the rest of your life, and at some point the acne will return when you get off it, and maybe it will be even worse. So, if you are already hesitant to take BCP, I would recommend you look into some herbal remedies that will not mess with your overall health.


Current regimen: garlic supplements [as needed], Enzymedica gluten blocker [as needed], nicadan [not sure if it works yet]. I try to simplify as much as I can. Don't take more supplements than you need....try one at a time and be patient.

The supplements that really helped me when my acne was at its worst: inositol, DIM [not as frequently now!] digestive enzymes [don't need them every day anymore, only on cheat days], herpanacine & vitamin C with rose hips/ low acid [not every day], regular sun exposure for vitamin D3, superoxide dismutase (SOD) enzyme supplements. NOTE: I do not recommend DIM for long term use, and I do not recommend hormonal creams without doctor supervision.

Lifestyle & Skin Care: acupuncture, regular exercise/ yoga, low histamine diet, avoiding unnecessary stress, balancing skin's PH (using Image Ormedics), using distilled/ filtered water to wash face, occasional high frequency facials...

 

Grocery list:

 

** Find the cause, find the cure **

** If you have a question for me, please ask it publicly so that others can benefit from the discussion**

 

 


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Sorry to hear youre skins driving you crazy i know exactly how you feel having it imporve then bam one morning youre back to square one. Youre a very attractive girl and youre acnes not bad at all. I say sod u acne! Hope that goes well for you.


Diagnosed with PCOS

Occasional acne + rolling scars

Meds:


- Yasmin birth control
- Spironolactone 37,5mg going 25mg
- Inositol powder 2 times/day before meal

Skincare:

- Hemp oil




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Can I ask how much vitamin B6 you're taking? My doctor was recently talking about a new study that showed that supplementing with 10mg for a week before your period can greatly reduce monthly, PMS related breakouts. This is because B6 plays a role in regulating your hormones. I haven't had a look at this study, but if I can find it, I will link it to this post

I started taking it because it was recommended to me by my doctor, because I seem to be generally B vitamin deficient, and since I've started taking it, I've seen a big improvement in my mood and all those nasty PMS symptoms I'm getting because my Implanon implant is about to expire. I don't know if it's a coincidence or not. I've been taking it for 2 weeks.


Finished Tetralysal on 12/04/13

Quinoderm 10 once a week

Gedarel 30/150 as current treatment.


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You're probably breaking out around ovulation. I break out around ovulation like clockwork every month! I would try the BCP, but we are trying to conceive, so for now I'm stuck with the zits. You can take Midol for the few days around ovulation - it's supposed to reduce acne by reducing inflammation. I tried it last month and it did work!

Good luck on the pill!

Oh yes, it is very likely... 2-3 weeks past having my period, very punctually inflammed acne appears to ruin my skin for the rest of the month.

I don't think they sell Midol here in Sweden, but maybe there are similar alternatives, do you know what is the active component in Midol?

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Yes, please try herbal remedies first...BCP should be your last resort if you exhausted all other options, at least in my opinion. I still regret the damage years of BCP did to my body, both my metabolism and my psychological state (depression, low self-esteem, etc). Saw palmetto has been working for me, and I was in a desperate state when I started taking it in January. I also started washing my face with spring water (bottled) because our tap water is so harsh on my skin and is loaded with chemicals. Anyway, I will be posting new pics on my log this weekend as the improvement continues. I always get some pimples during ovulation and PMS too, but I try not to let that affect the overall progress I'm seeing, and at least now they take less time to heal. You just have to be patient, especially with herbal remedies because they are not a quick fix. Oh, and I also wanted to ask you how much B6 you are taking. I was taking a supplement that contained B6 but then I read that B6 can cause more breakouts so I stopped it.

Good luck, and don't give up the healthy eating!


Current regimen: garlic supplements [as needed], Enzymedica gluten blocker [as needed], nicadan [not sure if it works yet]. I try to simplify as much as I can. Don't take more supplements than you need....try one at a time and be patient.

The supplements that really helped me when my acne was at its worst: inositol, DIM [not as frequently now!] digestive enzymes [don't need them every day anymore, only on cheat days], herpanacine & vitamin C with rose hips/ low acid [not every day], regular sun exposure for vitamin D3, superoxide dismutase (SOD) enzyme supplements. NOTE: I do not recommend DIM for long term use, and I do not recommend hormonal creams without doctor supervision.

Lifestyle & Skin Care: acupuncture, regular exercise/ yoga, low histamine diet, avoiding unnecessary stress, balancing skin's PH (using Image Ormedics), using distilled/ filtered water to wash face, occasional high frequency facials...

 

Grocery list:

 

** Find the cause, find the cure **

** If you have a question for me, please ask it publicly so that others can benefit from the discussion**

 

 


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I was diagnosed with PCOS today... The gynecologist prescribed me Diane-35 and then I'm supposed to switch to Yasmin. I don't even know what to do :/


Diagnosed with PCOS

Occasional acne + rolling scars

Meds:


- Yasmin birth control
- Spironolactone 37,5mg going 25mg
- Inositol powder 2 times/day before meal

Skincare:

- Hemp oil




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i feel for you there thats for sure! ugh birth control always made my acne like 10 times worse. have you thought about spiro at all? i personally think its a lot better than bcp and in my mind a lot safer. i havent had any side effects from it and if you take yasmin you will already be getting 25mg of spiro in that which will help your skin but there have been so many issues with yaz and yasmin. i was on ontro-tri-cyclen and its generic forms for almost 11 years with no issues and within 2 weeks of switching to yaz i got a phlebitis in my arm and was taken off birth control immediately. i was 30 at the time and am very healthy and i dont smoke so i know that there is something with the yaz/yasmin that a lot of people get blood clots from. anyway good luck with your skin!!

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i feel for you there thats for sure! ugh birth control always made my acne like 10 times worse. have you thought about spiro at all? i personally think its a lot better than bcp and in my mind a lot safer. i havent had any side effects from it and if you take yasmin you will already be getting 25mg of spiro in that which will help your skin but there have been so many issues with yaz and yasmin. i was on ontro-tri-cyclen and its generic forms for almost 11 years with no issues and within 2 weeks of switching to yaz i got a phlebitis in my arm and was taken off birth control immediately. i was 30 at the time and am very healthy and i dont smoke so i know that there is something with the yaz/yasmin that a lot of people get blood clots from. anyway good luck with your skin!!


Diagnosed with PCOS

Occasional acne + rolling scars

Meds:


- Yasmin birth control
- Spironolactone 37,5mg going 25mg
- Inositol powder 2 times/day before meal

Skincare:

- Hemp oil




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oh no if that runs in your family i personally wouldnt even risk it. nobody in my family ever has any issues or anything so when i got a phlebitis it was a real surprise for me. i was just thankful that it didnt turn into anything too serious and that i was able to catch it right away and go to my doctor. it sucked though but in the end i think it was for the best because getting off the pill cleared up for about 2 years before i started breaking out again. if i were you, i would just see if you can get the spiro and the give it a full 3-6 months at least if you can manage it. when i started spiro i was breaking out really bad in cystic acne and i started at 25mg then worked my way up to 100mg to see if i could handle the side effects and i am also on keflex too. i have just about 12 weeks in and my face is just about clear. i take 50mg in the morning and 50mg at night and have no side effects at all. now at first i had trouble sleeping and had some strange leg cramps but that all went away pretty fast.

what i always say to everybody i know when deciding on meds is to go with your gut feeling. if something doesnt feel right then dont take it. you know what is good for you so go with what you think you should do. you should message green gables about this issue as well because she knows way more than i do on this stuff.

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i feel for you there thats for sure! ugh birth control always made my acne like 10 times worse. have you thought about spiro at all? i personally think its a lot better than bcp and in my mind a lot safer. i havent had any side effects from it and if you take yasmin you will already be getting 25mg of spiro in that which will help your skin but there have been so many issues with yaz and yasmin. i was on ontro-tri-cyclen and its generic forms for almost 11 years with no issues and within 2 weeks of switching to yaz i got a phlebitis in my arm and was taken off birth control immediately. i was 30 at the time and am very healthy and i dont smoke so i know that there is something with the yaz/yasmin that a lot of people get blood clots from. anyway good luck with your skin!!

Oh no... sad.png In my family there's a tendency for vein thrombose - my grandfather died from it, and my mom currently has problems with veins on her legs. BCP doubles the chance to get thrombosis and it scares me. I don't think though that they practice the use of spiro for acne. Once I asked my doctor (not gynecologist though) and he was quite suprised, but I convinced him to give it a try. I took it for 2 months, but I'm not quite sure about the effect cause I wasn't persistent enough for it to start working.

What about being on BCP for some time to clear my current acne and then switching to spiro? Would that be a good solution? I'm really afraid to take Diane-35 since there were some recent cases of death closely related to Diane (it cause thrombosis for some women).


Current regimen: garlic supplements [as needed], Enzymedica gluten blocker [as needed], nicadan [not sure if it works yet]. I try to simplify as much as I can. Don't take more supplements than you need....try one at a time and be patient.

The supplements that really helped me when my acne was at its worst: inositol, DIM [not as frequently now!] digestive enzymes [don't need them every day anymore, only on cheat days], herpanacine & vitamin C with rose hips/ low acid [not every day], regular sun exposure for vitamin D3, superoxide dismutase (SOD) enzyme supplements. NOTE: I do not recommend DIM for long term use, and I do not recommend hormonal creams without doctor supervision.

Lifestyle & Skin Care: acupuncture, regular exercise/ yoga, low histamine diet, avoiding unnecessary stress, balancing skin's PH (using Image Ormedics), using distilled/ filtered water to wash face, occasional high frequency facials...

 

Grocery list:

 

** Find the cause, find the cure **

** If you have a question for me, please ask it publicly so that others can benefit from the discussion**

 

 


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i dont like diane 35, took it when i was 16. it cleared up my skin but wasn't worth the trade off of hair loss (yes can you believe it?), weight gain, migraines that had me in bed for 1 hour after school and worse of all - deep vein thrombosis. I didn't even know this could have happened to me, i mean, i didn't even read the packet or know what i was taking. I was too busy with school and they just told me it would level out the hormone levels. So for years i was scared to take any more pills. My moms side of the family, all have veins on the legs, it doesn't bother me or anything, i have a few too. But my mom went on yasmin and said she had constant chest pain on it... so when my skin got bad a few months ago, i was told to take YAZ but keep hearing a bunch of negative stuff about it which puts me off but now i take belara. its supposedly better than yaz at clearing up skin.

btw Diane is only supposed to be taken short term (read up on this) and is not meant for long term use because of the side effects and it can actually cause mood problems. It was banned in a few countries last month.

i think with any medication you have to outweigh the positive with negative, if a pill clears up your skin then you have to consider whether you are willing to put up with a few minor side effects. With pcos, you need long term treatment, its not something that goes away overnight. You can manage your symptoms very well.

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i dont like diane 35, took it when i was 16. it cleared up my skin but wasn't worth the trade off of hair loss (yes can you believe it?), weight gain, migraines that had me in bed for 1 hour after school and worse of all - deep vein thrombosis. I didn't even know this could have happened to me, i mean, i didn't even read the packet or know what i was taking. I was too busy with school and they just told me it would level out the hormone levels. So for years i was scared to take any more pills. My moms side of the family, all have veins on the legs, it doesn't bother me or anything, i have a few too. But my mom went on yasmin and said she had constant chest pain on it... so when my skin got bad a few months ago, i was told to take YAZ but keep hearing a bunch of negative stuff about it which puts me off but now i take belara. its supposedly better than yaz at clearing up skin.

btw Diane is only supposed to be taken short term (read up on this) and is not meant for long term use because of the side effects and it can actually cause mood problems. It was banned in a few countries last month.

i think with any medication you have to outweigh the positive with negative, if a pill clears up your skin then you have to consider whether you are willing to put up with a few minor side effects. With pcos, you need long term treatment, its not something that goes away overnight. You can manage your symptoms very well.


Diagnosed with PCOS

Occasional acne + rolling scars

Meds:


- Yasmin birth control
- Spironolactone 37,5mg going 25mg
- Inositol powder 2 times/day before meal

Skincare:

- Hemp oil




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Advice needed!

My saw palmetto supplements arrived today. It says on the package that it "promotes prostate health" I wonder if it suits me as well? Maybe there are different variations of saw palmetto? I'm confused, should I use it? :D

Another question - I have also ordered vitamin A (it was before I found out that I have PCOS and need to be on Diane35). Is it ok if I use the vitamin A together with all the other stuff? It's 10,000 IU of it.


Diagnosed with PCOS

Occasional acne + rolling scars

Meds:


- Yasmin birth control
- Spironolactone 37,5mg going 25mg
- Inositol powder 2 times/day before meal

Skincare:

- Hemp oil




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Skin update. Depressing shit. More than acne itself, I hate these huge, clogged pores. So disgusting......

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Diagnosed with PCOS

Occasional acne + rolling scars

Meds:


- Yasmin birth control
- Spironolactone 37,5mg going 25mg
- Inositol powder 2 times/day before meal

Skincare:

- Hemp oil




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a good toner and an exfoliating cleanser should help those clogged pores. what are you using now? i am currently using proactiv toner(it has glycolic acid in it) and its really good but you can use just witch hazel as well. the toner is really good for getting rid of all that dead skin. i would only use the exfoliating cleanser like twice a week though if your skin is already irritated.

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a good toner and an exfoliating cleanser should help those clogged pores. what are you using now? i am currently using proactiv toner(it has glycolic acid in it) and its really good but you can use just witch hazel as well. the toner is really good for getting rid of all that dead skin. i would only use the exfoliating cleanser like twice a week though if your skin is already irritated.


Diagnosed with PCOS

Occasional acne + rolling scars

Meds:


- Yasmin birth control
- Spironolactone 37,5mg going 25mg
- Inositol powder 2 times/day before meal

Skincare:

- Hemp oil




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