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In Topic: [Pics!] How I Cleared My Hormonal Acne Naturally

21 April 2014 - 12:03 PM

Are the pictures in the first post not opening for other people?

Not sure why its not working for me...

 

I removed them for privacy reasons... I just sent you a private message with a working link to the before & after pictures. (:


In Topic: [Pics!] How I Cleared My Hormonal Acne Naturally

21 April 2014 - 12:46 AM

Hey! Yes, spotting always happens to me when I add a treatment, even herbal ones. But shouldn't I stop spotting now that I'm on to my 3rd month of DIM? I actually decreased DIM to 100mg and I think it's better, maybe I don't need a higher dose anymore. 

So great to hear you are doing well and your hair is thickening smile.png)) What is the Chvostek sign btw? Is that how you knew you were deficient in calcium?

 

Well, three months should be when things start leveling out but maybe it's just taking a little longer... if you keep having spotting after another few months then I would consider it something to look into. 100mg is the recommended dose on my bottle but it also says you can double the dose if needed. However, like you said, it's possible that you don't need as much as you did initially! I'm so glad that it has been working for you. (:

The Chvostek sign is a simple test where you tap your fingers on your face just in front of the ear. In my case and those with low calcium levels in the blood it should result in a very obvious twitching, usually in the lips or nose. I've been taking calcium and magnesium along with other minerals for a couple of months and now my face almost doesn't twitch at all compared to when I first tested. It has also improved my circulation dramatically. I don't know why I was so deficient — I don't limit my dairy and I have a good diet. Anyway, my body and skin sure appreciate the supplements, lol! (:


In Topic: Took Spiro For 7 Year... Finally Clear With Low Dose Accutane.

18 April 2014 - 09:52 AM

I'm going to take it for about 6 months. I check my lab work every single month to monitor everything.

 

And Yes I agree it's a strong drug. But like I've said over and over the people who have these bad side effects 99.99% of the time were unhealthy to begin with OR they got overdosed by their Dr's.

 

I see you girls are just dead set against accutane and nothing will ever change your mind about it. And that's totally fine. It's not for everyone. You say there have been people who took a small dose who had permanant issues.... I'd really love to meet those people and see their lab work they had prior to taking the drug. I bet they had something off that made them not a good candidate. But there is no way to prove that.

 

And again the only reason I came on this board was because I tried every single hormonal treatment you could ever imagine with no results. Just want to share my experiance. I didn't mean to get people all worked up. Not my intent.

 

I'm glad to hear that you don't plan on taking it indefinitely, which is what it kind of sounded like to me. I really don't think it is safe long term.

It's not that I am dead-set against accutane — it just scares me from my own experience and what I see others going through. I think it is over-prescribed and if you are correct about it being overdosed, then I think it seriously needs to be taken off the market until enough studies are done to find the correct and completely safe dose. I also get that some dermatologists are better than others so I think strong drugs like this should be more controlled... for example they have to start at a low dose and then work up if it doesn't help.

 

It's a little unfair to say those who had bad side effects were unhealthy before starting... everyone is different. Spiro and other treatments didn't work for you and gave you side effects but have worked for others so that argument doesn't really seem valid. Whatever, though... I'm not here to argue with you. I just wanted to offer a different opinion and maybe bring up some points that weren't mentioned before.

 

I understand that you are just trying to help and I didn't mean to sound like I was bashing your success or efforts. Like I said before, I think accutane is over-prescribed as it is so I wanted to point out that it isn't a miracle drug without consequences for everyone. Again, I'm happy that you found something that works for you and I wish you all the best. (:
 


In Topic: [Pics!] How I Cleared My Hormonal Acne Naturally

17 April 2014 - 11:04 AM

Hey hears, I just wanted to see how you are doing on your regimen. How is inositol working for you? 

I am very pleased with DIM & inositol, and I think my hair is also shedding less and looking healthier. The only concern is that every month I get a bit of spotting on DIM, usually during ovulation (I'm into my 3rd month now). Is that normal? I usually take around 150mg, do you think it might be too much? I don't think my skin looks as good on 100mg, maybe I'm not ready to lower the dose yet? Not sure.

 

Hey WishClean! (: I'm glad to hear you are still doing so well and I'm happy that adding DIM has helped. Spotting is normal when you change up your hormone levels — there is even a chance that you weren't ovulating correctly before and spotting during ovulation is a good thing! You can read more about that here. Maybe after a few more months of consistency the spotting will lessen or go away as it still hasn't been that long. I think 150mg is perfectly fine if it feels good to you. You can always try lowering the dose later on and see how it feels. (:

As for me, I'm still doing great. I think the combo of vitamins (including inositol), minerals (I was deficient in calcium which was clearly evident in the Chvostek sign and also magnesium), and progesterone cream is enough to keep me clear now. My hair is still not shedding and thickening back up! (:

 

I did stop taking DIM as I felt I was taking too many things... when I would forget several days of an already low dose of DIM my skin didn't breakout like it would before the other vitamins/minerals so I figured I could stop. Perhaps the inositol helps my skin more than I thought initially. Instead of taking DIM I am using NPC daily again... I really like everything about it (I feel amazing when using it) and it keeps me regular, etc. If things ever start getting crazy unbalanced again, I will add DIM back in.


In Topic: Weird Cysts

17 April 2014 - 10:31 AM

I have had this happen to me too, in the past.  From what I understand, not all acne comes to the surface of the skin and there are many different types. I remember some of my cysts would never go away unless I popped them, while others were exactly opposite and wouldn't go away unless I left them alone and they would clear quite quickly.

 

Fun stuff, huh? (;