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#1 WishClean

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Posted 31 May 2014 - 09:33 PM

Hello,

I thought it might be a useful idea for everyone to contribute to this thread with useful hormonal and/or vitamin tests they ordered through their doctor/ naturopath/ online. This is to help those who are confused about which tests to order, especially if your doctor does not specialize in hormonal imbalances, nutrient deficiencies, and other issues.

Here's my list. I will add more later because I'm in a rush right now.

 

- First of all, hormonal blood tests, unless you take the same tests several times a month and at different times of the day, are not very helpful. You need either saliva or urine tests (taken a few times a month) to chart your monthly hormonal fluctuations. No test is 100% accurate, so it's wise to also consider other symptoms besides acne  (e.g. look up things like adrenal fatigue, estrogen dominance, zinc deficiency, etc). 

 

- HORMONAL PANEL: Ask for a full panel, including all the thyroid tests (not just T3, also T4 and anything else available), E1 and E2 for estrogen (not just E2, that won't help if you have estrogen dominance), all the androgens/ testosterone, progesterone (very important), and a few other neglected hormones that can still cause acne but doctors rarely check them, like cortisol and prolactin. There are a few more, but I forget now... I'll post the actual names for each test when I look them up. 

 

- VITAMINS and MINERALS: Vitamin D and zinc are the 2 common deficiencies for acne sufferers. Niacin might be another one, inositol (especially if you have PCOS), and other Bs (like B12). Check your iron, magnesium, chromium, and selenium too if you don't normally eat very healthy and/or if you have anemia (or if you are vegetarian). 

 

- You can also get tested for celia's disease/ gluten intolerance if you have severe allergic reactions. If your reactions are not severe (i.e. no hives etc), then you can take the ALCAT test or something similar for intolerances. If you don't want to spend a lot of money, try doing a simple histamine test to see how high your histamines are compared to the average. If they are higher than average, then you either have allergies/ intolerances or mast cell disorder/ mastocytosis. 

 

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Lifestyle & Skin Care: Low histamine diet, avoiding unnecessary stress, balancing skin's PH (using Image Ormedics), using distilled/ filtered water to wash face, occasional high frequency facials... (although I have been slacking lately)

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Posted 26 July 2014 - 12:44 AM

Bumping to add the hormone ACTH, which can affect cortisol production, estrogen, and androgens, especially when progesterone levels are low. 

Also the sex steroid hormone 17-Hydroxypregnenolone.

I'm adding these because I was reading a recent thread about hyperplasia, and then stumbled upon an older thread on N-CAH(nonclassic congenital adrenal hyperplasia)

 

I googled the symptoms of NCAH...I wonder how many have this and have no idea about it.

Source: http://www.caresfoundation.org/productcart/pc/ncah_late_onset_cah.html 

 

Both males and females with NCAH may show the following: 
Premature development of body hair (pubic and underarm)
Body odor (young children’s perspiration normally has no odor)
Early, rapid growth spurt, but ultimately short stature as adult 
Oily hair and skin
Severe acne
Mood swings
Infertility

 

Also, apparently doctors say the following if only the acne is treated:

What Happens if NCAH is Not Properly Diagnosed and Treated?

Missing the diagnosis of NCAH can have serious consequences. Some common consequences are:

Inefficient treatment: Treatment may be directed at the symptoms of NCAH rather than the disease itself. For example, acne may be treated for just this symptom, while other damaging effects of NCAH continue unchecked. Also, treating the disease itself is more effective than treating the symptoms alone.

 

This is another reason why I urge everyone (including myself, when I finally get better health insurance) to get tested for what might be causing your acne, rather than just treat the acne in isolation of other possible symptoms. There are other posts here and there on acne.org of people with more serious medical conditions that resolved their acne issues once they addressed their health problems. 


Edited by WishClean, 26 July 2014 - 10:52 AM.

Supplements: inositol, DIM, digestive enzymes [don't need them every day anymore, only on cheat days], herpanacine & vitamin C with rose hips [not every day], regular sun exposure for vitamin D3.

Lifestyle & Skin Care: Low histamine diet, avoiding unnecessary stress, balancing skin's PH (using Image Ormedics), using distilled/ filtered water to wash face, occasional high frequency facials... (although I have been slacking lately)

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Posted 15 October 2014 - 01:40 PM

Does anyone have any other useful tests they would like to contribute?

Especially experiences with saliva/ urine testing...this can help other users who are trying to figure out what tests to order.


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Posted 15 October 2014 - 08:19 PM

Can you recommend an affordable and reputable online source for hormone testing? eusa_think.gif



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Posted 16 October 2014 - 02:37 PM

Can you recommend an affordable and reputable online source for hormone testing?

I wish I could...I haven't used one yet. You said there aren't any good homeopaths/ integrative doctors in your town? 

 

 

I've been reading the Facebook PCOS support group, and they post interesting discoveries about PCOS which can also relate to hormonal balance in general, not just PCOS. The page that's linked to the facebook group is this one: http://www.massattack.com.au/  and they do hormonal testing.  They are based in Australia. The hormone tests they do are for people who want to lose weight by regulating their hormones, but I guess those hormonal tests could help with acne as well. 

 

And here's another new test for PCOS, taken from the PCOS support group. 

New blood test for PCOS

Recently published research shows that elevated levels of anti-Mullerian hormone (AMH) can be used as a new diagnostic marker for PCOS (1-3). Serum levels of AHM were significantly elevated in women with PCOS (7.34ng/mL) compared to women without PCOS (2.24ng/mL) in recent studies. (1-2)

What is AMH?
Anti-Mullarian Hormone is a hormone produced by the granulosa cells of the early developing antral follicles. These are the immature eggs that wake up from their dormant state and develop into mature eggs. AMH levels are generally used to assess the ovarian reserves of a woman: the higher the levels of AMH, the more eggs a woman has left. However, as this new research shows, it can help diagnose PCOS as well.

AMH in PCOS
AMH is typically elevated in women with PCOS. Elevated levels can reduce the production of progesterone and reduce the expression of Luteinizing Hormone receptors, thus further interfering with ovulation and potentially aggravating PCOS (4), even though more research is still needed in this area to clearly establish cause and effect.

Testing for AMH
AMH levels can be tested through your GP or through specialized labs. In Australia, this test costs on average AU$60, but prices can vary per country. If you suspect you have PCOS but tests are inconclusive, ask your GP or fertility specialist about testing for AMH levels.


Supplements: inositol, DIM, digestive enzymes [don't need them every day anymore, only on cheat days], herpanacine & vitamin C with rose hips [not every day], regular sun exposure for vitamin D3.

Lifestyle & Skin Care: Low histamine diet, avoiding unnecessary stress, balancing skin's PH (using Image Ormedics), using distilled/ filtered water to wash face, occasional high frequency facials... (although I have been slacking lately)

** Find the cause, find the cure **

 


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Posted 17 October 2014 - 06:22 PM

I still do not have access to a naturopath, and my doctor has no suggestions for me since spiro stopped working, except to go back on birth control—which is my LAST resort.

Let me know if you find anything about mail-in hormone testing for Canadians. There are many options for Americans, even right from amazon; however, these are not available in Canada.eusa_wall.gif

 

Can you recommend an affordable and reputable online source for hormone testing?

I wish I could...I haven't used one yet. You said there aren't any good homeopaths/ integrative doctors in your town? 

 

 

I've been reading the Facebook PCOS support group, and they post interesting discoveries about PCOS which can also relate to hormonal balance in general, not just PCOS. The page that's linked to the facebook group is this one: http://www.massattack.com.au/  and they do hormonal testing.  They are based in Australia. The hormone tests they do are for people who want to lose weight by regulating their hormones, but I guess those hormonal tests could help with acne as well. 

 

And here's another new test for PCOS, taken from the PCOS support group. 

New blood test for PCOS

Recently published research shows that elevated levels of anti-Mullerian hormone (AMH) can be used as a new diagnostic marker for PCOS (1-3). Serum levels of AHM were significantly elevated in women with PCOS (7.34ng/mL) compared to women without PCOS (2.24ng/mL) in recent studies. (1-2)

What is AMH?
Anti-Mullarian Hormone is a hormone produced by the granulosa cells of the early developing antral follicles. These are the immature eggs that wake up from their dormant state and develop into mature eggs. AMH levels are generally used to assess the ovarian reserves of a woman: the higher the levels of AMH, the more eggs a woman has left. However, as this new research shows, it can help diagnose PCOS as well.

AMH in PCOS
AMH is typically elevated in women with PCOS. Elevated levels can reduce the production of progesterone and reduce the expression of Luteinizing Hormone receptors, thus further interfering with ovulation and potentially aggravating PCOS (4), even though more research is still needed in this area to clearly establish cause and effect.

Testing for AMH
AMH levels can be tested through your GP or through specialized labs. In Australia, this test costs on average AU$60, but prices can vary per country. If you suspect you have PCOS but tests are inconclusive, ask your GP or fertility specialist about testing for AMH levels.



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Posted 18 October 2014 - 03:34 AM

I might have an idea. I follow High on Health on facebook, and she gives skype consultations about acne problems. Then she recommends supplements & diet based on your status. How about that? Fran, the owner of the website, is reliable, as far as I know, and also certified. I used to watch her videos on youtube.

Why not try that??? And maybe also when you have the skype appointment, do it with makeup-free skin so she can really see what your issues are and give you feedback. 

http://highonclearskin.com --> click on Get Help to see the options she offers.

 

I still do not have access to a naturopath, and my doctor has no suggestions for me since spiro stopped working, except to go back on birth control—which is my LAST resort.

Let me know if you find anything about mail-in hormone testing for Canadians. There are many options for Americans, even right from amazon; however, these are not available in Canada.

brenmc, on 18 Oct 2014 - 03:19, said:

 
 


Edited by WishClean, 18 October 2014 - 03:35 AM.

Supplements: inositol, DIM, digestive enzymes [don't need them every day anymore, only on cheat days], herpanacine & vitamin C with rose hips [not every day], regular sun exposure for vitamin D3.

Lifestyle & Skin Care: Low histamine diet, avoiding unnecessary stress, balancing skin's PH (using Image Ormedics), using distilled/ filtered water to wash face, occasional high frequency facials... (although I have been slacking lately)

** Find the cause, find the cure **

 


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Posted 19 October 2014 - 10:07 AM

Thanks WishClean! I'll definitely check this out. Steph from Epic Beauty Guide has also been helping me via email. But it would be fantastic to have a face-to-face chat with a professional who understands acne.

 

I might have an idea. I follow High on Health on facebook, and she gives skype consultations about acne problems. Then she recommends supplements & diet based on your status. How about that? Fran, the owner of the website, is reliable, as far as I know, and also certified. I used to watch her videos on youtube.

Why not try that??? And maybe also when you have the skype appointment, do it with makeup-free skin so she can really see what your issues are and give you feedback. 

http://highonclearskin.com --> click on Get Help to see the options she offers.

 

I still do not have access to a naturopath, and my doctor has no suggestions for me since spiro stopped working, except to go back on birth control—which is my LAST resort.

Let me know if you find anything about mail-in hormone testing for Canadians. There are many options for Americans, even right from amazon; however, these are not available in Canada.

brenmc, on 18 Oct 2014 - 03:19, said:

 
 






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