Thanks for the quick reply WishClean! The antibiotic dose does seem crazy high, but that’s what was prescribed to me. I called the piercing place and based on how swollen my ear had become (it’s a helix piercing, upper ear) they recommended I go to a clinic and the doctor recommended the antibiotics. So here I am. It’s a week-long course. In the early to mid-2000s, I took antibiotics of all shapes and sizes to control my acne to positive, short-term, results. So it’s odd that it would cause a flare-up, except I can’t think of what else may have.
So you ended up just going back to myo-inositol at a higher dose? What dose, in milligrams, do you take (mine is already in a tablet, so I can’t compare teaspoons or whatever)? According to the video I posted from the Chiral Balance website, myo-inositol works differently from chiro-inositol… I wonder if I need both? Should I up my dose?
I’m thinking CAREFULLY about starting DIM if things don’t clear up soon. I’m really scared about the increase in free testosterone that people talk about causing a breakout but, on the other hand, I’ve been in this renewed struggle for over a year now with little relief. And you said DIM did not cause an IB for you and has actually helped loads, right? Having PCOS, DIM makes sense—because it is a high estrogen and high androgen problem. I’m still on sprio though and GreenGables said she had a horrendous breakout from combining the two. Until my skin gets settled, I’m not comfortable dropping spiro, for fear of a rebound effect. Do you think DIM is a good idea, given my situation? What do you think about this brand (it’s the same Canadian company that makes my inositol (Glucosmart))? http://healthyimmuni.../estrosmart.asp
I read the thread that you linked in, I’m confused. Can you please dumb this down for me—how are digestive enzymes related to cortisteriods?
Some antibiotics can worsen acne, even the ones prescribed for acne. my skin usually worsened on them, so they don't work on everyone the same. 500mg x4 sounds like a lot... is that much really necessary? I had an ear infection from a piercing before, and I'm pretty sure I never took that much, if anything at all. I just used a topical antibiotic on the wound and it healed just fine.
Hmm there are things that can deplete inositol in the body, so it could be...but you're right, 5 days is a very short time span for anything extreme to happen.
You can combine myo and chiro together...in fact, that's what I was doing at first because I didn't know if chiro on its own would work. For me, chiro worked extremely well the first 2-3 weeks, then my skin plateaued so I just increased my regular inositol instead bc chiro was getting a bit expensive.
The other thing I'm reading now and researching is based on this thread here: http://www.acne.org/messageboard/topic/343494-acne-was-cured-no-accutane/#entry3443526
I'm thinking I was really onto something with the enzymes I was taking for digestive issues.... the poster explains it well, esp. in the last few posts, how it's all related.
Hi WishClean and everybody else,
I'm hoping someone can help me. I've been back on inositol for three weeks and during that time I had only one breakout that wasn't too bad. Five days ago I started the antibiotic Cephalexin at 500mg four times per day, prescribed to me by the walk-in clinic because my ear piercing became infected. Today I woke up with a really bad nodule. I’m very upset about this obviously and also confused because this antibiotic is actually prescribed for acne patients. I have read in one or two places that long-term antibiotic use may reduce inositol in the body. But is five days long enough for this result? Would you suggest I take an extra (600mg) tablet of inositol to combat this? Also, has anyone experienced an IB on inositol (I did not the first time around but my skin was in a good state when I started it the last time)? Also, is there a benefit to combining myo and chiro inositol for acne specifically (I have read both may be taken for infertility)? Thanks for the help and please quote me, so I know to check back right away!
Edited by brenmc, 26 July 2014 - 02:26 PM.