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#3190920 Why Do Anti-Androgens Work So Well? Whats Happening Inside?

Posted by melissa6980 on 11 December 2011 - 09:40 PM

My understanding is either we have too many androgens in our body or (more commonly) our skin receptors are oversensitive to normal levels of androgens. From what I've read, anti-androgens like spiro will help both problems. Have you gotten hormone levels tested to determine if hormone levels are normal?

Spearmint tea and saw palmetto are natural anti-androgens. They might help you, especially if you use a combination approach. Something like topical retinoids plus natural anti-androgens plus a healthy low glycemic dairy free diet can be helpful.

#3168104 Inflamed Cysts, Sensitive To Medication

Posted by melissa6980 on 12 October 2011 - 11:25 PM

I have a huge cyst on my forehead right now, but I have bangs which might be helping to cause it too. I recently had a big cyst/boil on the side of my face. grrrr. No one ever suggested accutane to me for cystic acne. Actually, one derm recommended yasmin birth control and the retinoid differin and another spironolactone and differin. I'm just using benzoyl peroxide right now. Over the long term, I could see where epiduo and aczone would be helpful for acne, even cystic acne since the differin (adapalene) part of epiduo helps to prevent pores from getting clogged in the first place. If needed, could you go back on the antibiotic you liked instead of solodyn short term while your body is adapting to the topicals?  You could also try taking probiotics if you have another stint with antibiotics, just don't take at the same time as the antibiotics, apparently that could mess with the effectiveness.

#3167602 My Face Looks Flaky After I Apply My Makeup?

Posted by melissa6980 on 11 October 2011 - 07:53 PM

A good moisturizer underneath the makeup can help too. I use purpose moisturizer. Some people like cera ve, cetaphil, etc.