Posted 09 February 2014 - 01:31 PM
Posted 25 February 2014 - 08:57 AM
hi, while i'm a guy......i've also suffered from cystic acne for 25 years.........i'm almost 40 now and have tried lots of stuff without long term success.......but recently, i've been taking 12 drops of 2% Lugol's iodine + 200mcg selenium +sea salt in distilled water everyday and things are very different this time round.......i dare say my acne has improved 90-95% even when i eat more wheat and sugar (you must avoid them) !
the iodine also helps to repair the skin.......get some sun too as it helps a lot with the acne and repair..........i also take MSM powder in organic apple Cider vinegar with water to help with the scars.........i also take probiotics (acidophillus) and 30mg L-optic zinc and vitamin D3 (not needed with enough sun)
i use a 12% glycolic cleanser and let it sit for 15mins then wash off, dry the skin and apply a thin layer of sulphur cream and let it sit for 15mins before washing off.............you can use ice on the cysts and put aloe vera gel to relax the skin and bring swelling down......
the main thing is the Lugol's iodine + selenium
Posted 13 March 2014 - 11:47 AM
You would probably see at least some effect from the SP by now if you have been taking it consistently for 3 months. Maybe it's just not what your skin needs... SP is an anti-androgen. I don't know a lot more than that about it since I haven't taken it personally, but I have heard that it can be somewhat estrogenic as well.
What birth control were you you on that cleared you? I ask because if it was something like Yaz, then spironolactone would probably work for you. The problem with spiro is it is a pharmaceutical (need a prescription) and it can cause side effects like birth control.
2-3 bumps a month isn't bad at all, so it shouldn't take extreme doses of anything to clear up. 1000mg is a pretty good dose since I have read about people clearing on as low as ~300mg. I don't know if you should increase it any more than that.
There are other natural hormonal treatments like WishClean suggested... DIM worked for me as it acts as an anti-androgen as well as balances estrogen levels and promotes estrogen metabolism. I am not taking nearly as much as I started with, though (my skin is clear). Inositol worked well for her skin and I have seen some benefits from it as well. Other things are making sure you are getting adequate amounts of vitamin D since that can help regulate hormones. I suggest this mostly because your acne isn't very severe and some people have cleared on supplementing with enough D alone. Most people do not get enough vitamin D even if they get plenty of sun. If you suspect your estrogen levels are high and progesterone is low, you could try natural progesterone cream or vitex.
As far as topicals go, my favorite is witch hazel as a toner. I use Thayers (non-alcoholic with lavender) to cleanse my skin and the lavender + aloe in it seems to moisturize somewhat as well. I have heard great things about using apple cider vinegar for scars so I will be trying that — my skin is like yours and is very tolerant / doesn't react to things.
Have you noticed any effect from drinking spearmint tea? I tried drinking several cups a day for mild hirsutism but I have never read anything on it affecting the skin. You are drinking a LOT so I am curious! (:
Edited by hearts, 13 March 2014 - 12:00 PM.
Posted 14 March 2014 - 02:35 AM
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