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Well, I had been consistently been getting acne on my cheeks (hard papules) And most of it had been on the left side of my face (which was where my dental infection was, interestingly enough) however, a month ago, most of my problems stopped after I took my first round of antibiotics (my dentist thought it was a simple gum infection), then later the right side of my face broke out. So confusing!!!!! I feel like I am trying to do everything, and nothing is working. I am trying to severely limit my intake of histamine foods, dairy, gluten, sugars, etc... but I feel like my diet will reduce to just rice and steamed veggies!!! I feel like my problem is green tea... I feel like every time I drink it, I get these weird welts. I am also going to start taking an antihistamine again. that seemed to make me not break out in those welts.

I try to take a probiotic... but I feel like the antibiotic would ruin it, right? I don't know, I have heard that you can get a yeast infection from taking too many antibiotics and also candida. I just thought it was unpreventable. I will try to take it every day.

Actually, taking a probiotic is the most useful thing to do to balance the negative impact on gut flora caused by antibiotics...I recommend starting with plain acidophilus, a few million strands a day while you are on antibiotics...it could really save your digestion in the long run. Take the antibiotic in the morning, then the probiotic at night on an empty stomach or vice versa. Take them far apart from each other basically.

Don't drink green tea and don't take antihistamines. Green tea can actually raise testosterone and also histamines. Antihistamines are fine if you get severe hives but long term they actually SUPPRESS histamines inside your body and eventually your body will want to release them, so they can do more damage than good if you take them every day.

You can try sticking to a plain diet for 2 weeks and see if it works...if it does, then part of your problem might be histamines. Have you been tested for IgG reactions to see if your body actually produces more antibodies than normal? that's how I found out about histamines, through a really good allergist who saw my welt-like spots and figured out those weren't acne (different from hormonal/ cystic acne).

Some foods that are safe for me are:

- sweet potatoes

- plain potato chips

- most vegetables except tomatoes (avoid anything red for 2 weeks)

- rice milk and plain rice (you can also make sweet rice with rice milk, rice, and stevia sweetener for dessert)

- carob and honey --> if you mix them together, you can make a nutella-like paste to spread on gluten-free/ yeast-free bread, it tastes pretty good

- green juice

- cooked ham and turkey (avoid fish for now)

- south beach honey & vanilla bars (you can test these out if you get hungry - fiber is good )

- gluten- free, yeast- free pitas

- toffutti dairy-free cheese spread

- gluten-free waffles (Van's waffles I think they are called) without preservatives or molasses)

I think this is enough to make a good menu for the next 2 weeks....but with histamines, it really varies from person to person so I can't say 100% that my diet will work for you. But I did a lot of research until I found safe foods I could eat on a regular basis.

To lower histamines, you must also avoid lotions and anything with sulfates and salycylates (e.g. shower gels, shampoo, etc).

I hope this helps! I know it's overwhelming at first, but it gets so much easier once you find your safe foods and body products. If you don't notice an improvement in 2 weeks, then I would advice you to go to an allergist and get your blood tested for DELAYED (not full allergies) intolerances, IgG & antibody count

Keep in mind that histamine intolerance and hormonal imbalances can be related. In that case, if you fix one, you can improve the other.

Hi Wishclean,

This is not a criticism, only my opinion. I see allergy treatment as a second line therapy when when hormone correction including insulin is ineffective.

I want to encourage Brenna to exhaust the hormonal side before looking at at an allergy because there is less scientific evidence to support this line of thinking as it relates to acne. She mentioned welts, which are typically associated with an allergy. Is it related to acne? Who knows.

I happen to believe that food allergies have a real impact on health. You could be onto something as it relates to acne. I have looked into this as it relates to general health and it appears that most of these allergies are gluten related. What happens is that a gluten intolerance is formed that results in an autoimmune reaction. What complicates this is "cross gluten sensitivity". Gluten completely activates the receptors responsible for the autoimmune reaction, however once this occurs, many other foods/chemicals can partially bind to the receptor and result in similar effects as gluten.

What a typical patient will do is see their doc, a gluten allergy is suspected, and a celiac test will be ordered. The test will come back negative and the patient will continue to be frustrated with no answers.

There is an option for those of us that suspect this. Cyrex labs has a number of tests you can run to determine if food allergies are a problem. Their array1 test involves nothing more than a saliva sample that analyzes for gluten sensitivity. The cost is a bit over $100. If this comes back positive (it's more sensitive than the test for celiac disease), then you continue testing based on the clinical picture.

If you have an allergy it can effect the lining of your intestines interfering with it's ability to filter out the unwanted from your bloodstream, resulting in leaky gut syndrome.

Here is their website:

Www.cyrexlabs.com

The advantage of testing is that you avoid the elimination diet.

By the way, one of the most common food allergies is eggs.

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Scroll down in older entries of my log...see the before & after comparison of a month on a strict anti-histamine lifestyle, and tell me that's not remarkable. That whole month I did not get any hormonal breakouts. Pictures say everything. I rest my case.


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:

 

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Scroll down in older entries of my log...see the before & after comparison of a month on a strict anti-histamine lifestyle, and tell me that's not remarkable. That whole month I did not get any hormonal breakouts. Pictures say everything. I rest my case.

http://www.acne.org/messageboard/topic/326479-diet-and-supplements-log/page-3

Wishclean, I'm not being being critical of your results and am happy you found something that works for you.

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Scroll down in older entries of my log...see the before & after comparison of a month on a strict anti-histamine lifestyle, and tell me that's not remarkable. That whole month I did not get any hormonal breakouts. Pictures say everything. I rest my case.

http://www.acne.org/messageboard/topic/326479-diet-and-supplements-log/page-3

Wishclean, I'm not being being critical of your results and am happy you found something that works for you.

Ok. I'm just trying to help people who are fed up and desperate, and have already tried mainstream treatments. I am not recommending anything with side effects, and I back up my arguments with evidence. Whoever wants to listen, I offer feedback. I have a doctorate so I know a little bit about what I'm taking about shifty.gif

The alternatives are all these one-size-fits-all treatments that don't work for everyone because we are all different.


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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Scroll down in older entries of my log...see the before & after comparison of a month on a strict anti-histamine lifestyle, and tell me that's not remarkable. That whole month I did not get any hormonal breakouts. Pictures say everything. I rest my case.

http://www.acne.org/messageboard/topic/326479-diet-and-supplements-log/page-3

Wishclean, I'm not being being critical of your results and am happy you found something that works for you.

Ok. I'm just trying to help people who are fed up and desperate, and have already tried mainstream treatments. I am not recommending anything with side effects, and I back up my arguments with evidence. Whoever wants to listen, I offer feedback. I have a doctorate so I know a little bit about what I'm taking about shifty.gif

The alternatives are all these one-size-fits-all treatments that don't work for everyone because we are all different.

I know it's annoying dealing with arrogant, low into docs.

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Hey there.

I never do this but signed up specifically to share my story in hopes it may help some other frustrated hormonal acne sufferers. I have had hormonal acne for 10 yrs. For me, i get cystic acne the week before my perios. i tried yaz which helped but made me pyscho and have me chronic yeast infections. I tried loestrin which made things worse. I tried spiro but had the same yeast problems as with yaz (they are chemically very similar). I tried ortho tri cyclen which works for me and helped but not completely. I have also tried pretty much every combination OTC and prescription topical a dermatologist can recommend.

I tend not to buy the homeopath stuff, but SAW PALMETTO changed my skin! I take one capsule in the morning and one in the evening from gnc. Its the standardized kind which I've heard is the only kind that works. 160 mg i think.

First month was pretty rough. I did have an initial breakout, which makes it hard to keep going. But now 2 months in my skin is improving every day. Haven't had a new zit since and definitely nothing cystic.

I also quit the harsh prescription and OTC stuff. I use adapalene (differin) sometimes but this is more bc I'm anal about wrinkles and i think it will help fade my acne scars.

But in terms of face wash i just use cetaphil and tea tree oil (which i then rinse off, its pretty harsh) and make sure to moisturizer. I like in a very dry climate and my favorite is the plain cerave lotion.

Hope this helps! The problem with hormonal acne is that topicals really won't work. Its not about dirt or excess oil on top of your skin. Its about internal hormones telling your skin to produce excess sebum, which it will do no matter what unless you get your hormones under control. I also don't really prescribe to the foods matter thing. I eat whatever i want really.

I also recommend spearmint tea (a natural anti androgen like spiro or saw palmetto or yaz), green tea (i don't know if it helps but its a great antioxidant) and LOTS of water.

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Hey there.

I never do this but signed up specifically to share my story in hopes it may help some other frustrated hormonal acne sufferers. I have had hormonal acne for 10 yrs. For me, i get cystic acne the week before my perios. i tried yaz which helped but made me pyscho and have me chronic yeast infections. I tried loestrin which made things worse. I tried spiro but had the same yeast problems as with yaz (they are chemically very similar). I tried ortho tri cyclen which works for me and helped but not completely. I have also tried pretty much every combination OTC and prescription topical a dermatologist can recommend.

I tend not to buy the homeopath stuff, but SAW PALMETTO changed my skin! I take one capsule in the morning and one in the evening from gnc. Its the standardized kind which I've heard is the only kind that works. 160 mg i think.

First month was pretty rough. I did have an initial breakout, which makes it hard to keep going. But now 2 months in my skin is improving every day. Haven't had a new zit since and definitely nothing cystic.

I also quit the harsh prescription and OTC stuff. I use adapalene (differin) sometimes but this is more bc I'm anal about wrinkles and i think it will help fade my acne scars.

But in terms of face wash i just use cetaphil and tea tree oil (which i then rinse off, its pretty harsh) and make sure to moisturizer. I like in a very dry climate and my favorite is the plain cerave lotion.

Hope this helps! The problem with hormonal acne is that topicals really won't work. Its not about dirt or excess oil on top of your skin. Its about internal hormones telling your skin to produce excess sebum, which it will do no matter what unless you get your hormones under control. I also don't really prescribe to the foods matter thing. I eat whatever i want really.

I also recommend spearmint tea (a natural anti androgen like spiro or saw palmetto or yaz), green tea (i don't know if it helps but its a great antioxidant) and LOTS of water.

Acne is caused by elevated free testosterone and secondarily insulin. Testosterone metabolizes to either estradiol or DHT through the aromatase or reductase pathway respectively.

Saw palmetto has mild reductase inhibition properties. Taking this herb decreases conversion of testosterone to dht and pushes the reaction toward estradiol.

Estradiol opposes testosterone and balances the side effects of elevated free testosterone on sebum production. You could also ask your doc for a prescription of estradiol gel and place a thin layer in areas where you breakout. Keep in mind that you generally must also supplement any estradiol treatment with progesterone.

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According to my research, it's possible to have high free testosterone and low DHT if testosterone metabolizes towards estrogen more than DHT.

Saw palmetto can make estrogen dominance worse if you already have high E2.


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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According to my research, it's possible to have high free testosterone and low DHT if testosterone metabolizes towards estrogen more than DHT.

Saw palmetto can make estrogen dominance worse if you already have high E2.

Yep.

Most of you will know if you are estrogen dominant. It's characterized by excessive breast development (greater than Tanner Stage 5) and swelling. 8-10 years prior to menopause progesterone starts dropping faster than estrogen. This is where many of the women with estrogen dominance will land. It can happen at puberty though...

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According to my research, it's possible to have high free testosterone and low DHT if testosterone metabolizes towards estrogen more than DHT.

Saw palmetto can make estrogen dominance worse if you already have high E2.

Yep.

Most of you will know if you are estrogen dominant. It's characterized by excessive breast development (greater than Tanner Stage 5) and swelling. 8-10 years prior to menopause progesterone starts dropping faster than estrogen. This is where many of the women with estrogen dominance will land. It can happen at puberty though...

I don't know about the breast development, but I noticed that since starting DIM my breasts seem to be less swollen....could be related to my cycle more than anything else though. The mid-section weight gain seems to be a clear indication, especially when one is thin. I used to think I had cushing's syndrome based on the fat distribution in my body and thinning skin. Now I think it's more related to estrogen than cortisol, but I'm sure my cortisol is also elevated due to prolonged stress.


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:

 

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

 

 


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According to my research, it's possible to have high free testosterone and low DHT if testosterone metabolizes towards estrogen more than DHT.

Saw palmetto can make estrogen dominance worse if you already have high E2.

Yep.

Most of you will know if you are estrogen dominant. It's characterized by excessive breast development (greater than Tanner Stage 5) and swelling. 8-10 years prior to menopause progesterone starts dropping faster than estrogen. This is where many of the women with estrogen dominance will land. It can happen at puberty though...

I don't know about the breast development, but I noticed that since starting DIM my breasts seem to be less swollen....could be related to my cycle more than anything else though. The mid-section weight gain seems to be a clear indication, especially when one is thin. I used to think I had cushing's syndrome based on the fat distribution in my body and thinning skin. Now I think it's more related to estrogen than cortisol, but I'm sure my cortisol is also elevated due to prolonged stress.

The classic symptom of cushing's are long, violet stretch marks. If you are stressed frequently and it's been for a long period of time, then you may have a cortisol deficiency. This would also explain the allergy/histamine issue you have mentioned.

It would be unusual to have true estrogen dominance and not have large breasts. Why? Unopposed estrogen results in breast development. It also increases the number of aldosterone receptors resulting in excessive water retention and swelling. Lastly estrogen causes the stereotypical, fat distribution pattern.

If you are thin, have average to under average breast development and are not significantly swollen, then estrogen dominance wouldn't fit.

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I never had large breasts to begin with....they just get larger on certain times of the month and also when I used to be on birth control. Doesn't stress increase cortisol, which in turn can cause mid-section weight gain to happen? Anyway, the fat distribution on my body wasn't even at all...most of it was around my waist and hips, but then my androgens got too high and I lost most of it but gained more excess hair.

I think the histamine reactions might be related to estrogen though...I haven't been able to find anything conclusive online about it. I also read that excess hair can be linked to high estrogen levels, and that by reducing "bad"/xeno estrogens, fewer are converted into androgens. Not sure if this is valid, but that might explain why some women clear on DIM

The classic symptom of cushing's are long, violet stretch marks. If you are stressed frequently and it's been for a long period of time, then you may have a cortisol deficiency. This would also explain the allergy/histamine issue you have mentioned.

It would be unusual to have true estrogen dominance and not have large breasts. Why? Unopposed estrogen results in breast development. It also increases the number of aldosterone receptors resulting in excessive water retention and swelling. Lastly estrogen causes the stereotypical, fat distribution pattern.

If you are thin, have average to under average breast development and are not significantly swollen, then estrogen dominance wouldn't fit.


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 never had large breasts to begin with....they just get larger on certain times of the month and also when I used to be on birth control. Doesn't stress increase cortisol, which in turn can cause mid-section weight gain to happen? Anyway, the fat distribution on my body wasn't even at all...most of it was around my waist and hips, but then my androgens got too high and I lost most of it but gained more excess hair.

I think the histamine reactions might be related to estrogen though...I haven't been able to find anything conclusive online about it. I also read that excess hair can be linked to high estrogen levels, and that by reducing "bad"/xeno estrogens, fewer are converted into androgens. Not sure if this is valid, but that might explain why some women clear on DIM

The classic symptom of cushing's are long, violet stretch marks. If you are stressed frequently and it's been for a long period of time, then you may have a cortisol deficiency. This would also explain the allergy/histamine issue you have mentioned.

It would be unusual to have true estrogen dominance and not have large breasts. Why? Unopposed estrogen results in breast development. It also increases the number of aldosterone receptors resulting in excessive water retention and swelling. Lastly estrogen causes the stereotypical, fat distribution pattern.

If you are thin, have average to under average breast development and are not significantly swollen, then estrogen dominance wouldn't fit.

There is an easy way to distinguish between estrogen dominance and progesterone deficiency.

Estrogen dominance impacts the entire cycle. Progesterone deficiency will only be noted the last half of the cycle.

So, if you have painful/swollen breasts only during the later half of your cycle, then that's progesterone deficiency.

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Complicated! But isn't cushing very rare? So if you're thin, you can never have too much estrogen? Damn... I'm skinny and have an A cup. So what would you do to lower free testosterone?

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Wishclean, I didn't answer your question regarding stress and cortisol.

Cortisol has 3 main functions.

Regulate glucose

Regulate immune system

Regulate blood pressure.

This is a very important hormone. When we are stressed, cortisol is released, blood pressure rises, glucose is made available and the neurotransmitter dopamine is stimulated. This prepares you to handle the stressor. Over time the adrenal system can become fatigued from constant stimulation and a deficiency results.

Those with a cortisol deficiency don't handle stress well.

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Complicated! But isn't cushing very rare? So if you're thin, you can never have too much estrogen? Damn... I'm skinny and have an A cup. So what would you do to lower free testosterone?

This is the easiest scenario to resolve. You are most likely estrogen deficient. You would need an evaluation and blood work (21st day of cycle). If estrogen deficiency is the diagnosis, then your doc might add something like this:

2.5 - 3.75 g of Transdermal Estradiol 0.6 mg/g on days 5-25 in the morning; and

100 mg micronized progesterone on days 15-25 before bed.

The nice thing about this for you is that estrogen protects you from the side effects of testosterone. So, adding estrogen/progesterone may be all you need to resolve the acne issue.

These are bio identical hormones and provide no protection from unwanted pregnancy.

Just to be clear, I am not an authority and not a doc. Please don't try this without supervision. It can get messy if you make incorrect assumptions.

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Thanks!! I know I should get my levels checked first before doing anything. Last time I quit diane there was not even a cycle.. still I had no 'male' symptoms' besides severe acne and lacking periods (by severe I mean I felt like it was severe)

Complicated! But isn't cushing very rare? So if you're thin, you can never have too much estrogen? Damn... I'm skinny and have an A cup. So what would you do to lower free testosterone?

This is the easiest scenario to resolve. You are most likely estrogen deficient. You would need an evaluation and blood work (21st day of cycle). If estrogen deficiency is the diagnosis, then your doc might add something like this:

2.5 - 3.75 g of Transdermal Estradiol 0.6 mg/g on days 5-25 in the morning; and

100 mg micronized progesterone on days 15-25 before bed.

The nice thing about this for you is that estrogen protects you from the side effects of testosterone. So, adding estrogen/progesterone may be all you need to resolve the acne issue.

These are bio identical hormones and provide no protection from unwanted pregnancy.

Just to be clear, I am not an authority and not a doc. Please don't try this without supervision. It can get messy if you make incorrect assumptions.

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Also interesting what you mentioned about cortisol. I can't handle stress at all. I'm always afraid to fail or to not be good enough. It has been like this for all my life.

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Brennaj,

Okay I am new to this forum, but really find a lot of emotional support reading posts from others who I feel I can relate to. Ah relief, it's not just me. I have had acne off an on since I was in gradeschool. I won't tell you my whole story as you can imagine I've tried everything from hollistic to Acutane. (Btw accutane works but is incredibly harsh and all my acne came back about 2-3 years after) currently I am seeing an aesthetician (because I'm tired if dermatologists prescribing me harsh chemicals to glob all over my delicate face and paying them hundreds if not thousands for their 5-10 minute consultation, sorry Docs reading this but that's been my experiences) ANYWAY. I am using a product line by Wilma Schumann that's seems to be helping. I've been using it for two weeks now and it's a slow process but I am noticing slower developing breakouts and clearing of existing ones. I develop pimples in clusters that turn into big blemishes and lots of hyper pigmentation. I know how you feel I had beautiful! Clear! Skin two years ago, then I started getting really stressed. Hated my job and town etc. and the breakouts haven't backed down since. I like how people don't know how to act freaking normal to someone with acne, recently an old man said to me, your how old? You shouldn't be breaking out anymore. Then gave me a look of disgust.- Thanks butthole. I'm aware. (I'm 27). When I complain about my skin my boyfriend tells me I'm beautiful, but it feels forced to me, I say thank you but now I ask him to just listen, the compliments don't really make me feel better even though it's very sweet of him. I can't tell you how relieved I am to talk on here, clear-skinners just dot get it! Ha. The wilma Schumann product line is great but a bit pricey and can only be ordered through a salon. I wish I could help you more. I feel a lot of weight lifted just being able to vet here. So thank you all. Love yourself. J.

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MissC.

Cortisol is responsible for maintaining:

1. Glucose levels

2. Blood pressure

3. Immune system.

It also helps you to handle stressful situations. If you have a cortisol deficiency, you are more likely to feel incapable of handling normal daily stress. You will be more likely to see yourself as a victim. When you are exposed to high levels of stress, you may need to lay down and rest or you may be inclined to have a very short temper, have periods of screaming and yelling followed by a a need to lie down and rest for a period of time.

If you feel as though you don't have sufficient confidence and are overly passive, then that's more likely a testosterone deficiency.

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Brennaj

i've been having cystic acne for 25 years and while my cysts are not as numerous as yours in the photos, they were much bigger !

i've tried all the vitamins and supplements to not much effect but recently things improved about 90-95% for me, this is what i do.....

glycolic cleanser (12% glycolic acid) and i let it sit for 15 mins before washing off..............dry off and i apply sulphur cream thinly and let it sit for 15mins then wash off............i'll apply aloe vera gel on any pimples (you can try to apply ice on the pimples beforehand)

but what i believe really makes the biggest difference is my daily intake of 12 drops of 2% Lugol's iodine + 200mcg selenium + sea salt in distilled water...................i also try to sun my face for 15 mins...........

i also take 30mg zinc and chromium after a lunch/dinner but the iodine is the main thing.

of course, reduce gluten (wheat) and sugar as much as possible - used to break me out badly but not so now with iodine.

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Hi

I'm sorry for your struggle. I'm 31 and I also struggle from hormonal acne. I've been on accutane 3 times and now I'm on 100mg of Spiroloctane. Accutane works like a miracle, however 6-8 months after treatment the acne comes back. My first year on Spirolactone my face cleared up beautifully now it's cunning back. I have an appointment this up-coming Friday with my dermatologist. Honestly I'm tired of spending all my extra money on medications that don't work. It's so frustrating. But I'll tell you one thing being on accutane did not make me depressed. I was actually happier once I started seeing results after the 2-3 week.

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Dear girl. This thing on your picture seems like staphylococci to me. It a derm infection that has a similar outcome to acne. I have not read all the posts here, and i dont know if someone else has mentioned it. Please check the staphylococci on google or wikipedia, and discuss it with a dermatologist. I think it is cured with antibiotics, but not acne related antibiotics. Good luck, you re still a gorgeous face!!!!

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Not to forget. Check on cassandra bankson on utube. She has exactly the same, she is a beautiful girl at your age, and a model. Anyway she has a way to cover all this very good. Check it out. At least you will have the confidence to socialize until you exterminate it...

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