If I took this advice I'd still be hiding in my closet wondering about the day I'll be clear of acne.
I am so close to being clear through diet alone. I don't know what my problem is - leaky gut, candida, hormones - I really don't care. What I do know is diet works, and taking many different supplements, which I did do, did absolutely nothing.
On health care.. very emotional political comment you got there - ban Mc Donalds and we'd probably significantly lower government health care costs (and also my huge tax hikes).
I just find it disturbing how people in the U.S are paying $300 dollars for one dermatologist appointment! and some can't even afford to go so they suffer for years on end. And why is Acctane $500 dollars a prescription for this uninsured in the U.S? in Canada it's $53. So terribly sad. They've turned health care into a business which is incredibly unethical.
So darkheart... what is your answer then to how to fix the androgen hormones in our bodies to not cause acne?
If we all have this predisposition that if we have acne when we are young, and it is caused by this genetic androgen hormonal issue - then what explains why more than half of people who had server acne when young, do not have it anymore as an adult?
and most dermatologists tell you that you will grow out of this condition -and most people do - then there is the rest of us, still looking for answers...
so what are you suggestions to regulate this androgen hormone and stay clear... we know people do it, you see it every day...
im intriqued and agree that you are correct in that this hormone is what causes the acne - and I also am a strong believer that certain food trigger hormonal imbalances in our bodies and can trigger outbreaks... but if you dont think thats true, how do you suggest we supress this hormone?
All teenagers get some acne (at varrying degrees) because of the introduction of "new sex hormones" that their bodies haven't gotten used to and as a result the sebaceous glands are stimulated. How much acne a person gets during the teen years depends on how sensitive they are to androgen hormones (which is determined by genetics). People that don't get a lot of acne are androgen insensitive by nature (their sebaceous glands are not stimulated), people that get a little acne are fairly sensitive to androgens, people who develop severe cystic acne are almost allergic to the effects of androgens. When someone "grows out of acne" it means that their immune system has changed (just like growing out of childhood asthma and allergies) so they're no longer affected by the effects of androgen hormones because their bodies have now "gotten" used to this hormone which usually occurs around the time of adulthood (18-20 years old). People incorrectly think of this as "the hormons becoming balanced" which is not true.
I'm shocked that people in the U.S don't know this? in Canada our Derms are already aware of this and educate us.
I have also suffered from an eating disorder and gotten to a very low weight. No change in acne whatsoever. But I never lost my period. I have no idea how I could possibly get low enough to lose my period because I've been under 100 pounds at 5'6'' and never lost it. I guess I'd have to literally be on the edge of death.
Also--I get huge, painful cysts immediately after eating something my body doesn't like (dairy, gluten, some other things). The cysts will appear sometimes before I even finish the plate of food. I don't get hives on any other part of my body, just massive cystic acne on my face. How dare you say that isn't something that happens.
Really? I'm 5'7 and all it took for me to lose my period was getting below 130 pounds and then it was totally gone with all the acne and "extra hair". I must have a large frame or something because I was emaciated at 129 and in a size zero jean with no boobs. I was eating less than 400 calories a day at this time.
Edited by darkheart, 28 February 2013 - 06:17 PM.