ive been on 450mg daily for almost 4 months now and have seen fantastic results. i would prefer not to take something synthetic if i am able to. alot of people on this site have cleared from Saw P but as well all know, acne is different for everyone. spiro doesnt work for everyone either.
i wish there was just one cure. i think saw p combined with gluten removal made the biggest difference for me.
i dont even know that there is anything medically they can do. ive spoken with my dr about a hormonal imbalance before and if acne is the only symptom you have (which is my case) then medicine cannot really help you if you are already taking birth control.
so i took matters into my own hands with saw palmetto, exercise, vitamins and gluten removal and am having great success finally.
A summary about me, suffered from acne (regular whiteheads and blackheads) when I was a teen. Took BCP to help clear that up, which it did. Never had perfect skin but it was pretty good.
Then I turned 25 and my skin changed. The acne I got was all on my chin and jawline. The big bumps, some nodules, some cysts, some closed comedones, always inflamed.
First I was just getting regular acne on my chin, then the week before my period I was getting a big bump. Then two. Then three. Took a round of antibiotics which worked. Then when the 8 weeks of antibiotics ended, skin got worse. Tried the usual things including a very expensive medical grade skincare line which made my skin worse- it purged and purged.
Then Oct 12th I went completely gluten free and started taking saw palmetto (450mg daily) and doing Dans regimen (except in the morning i swap out BP for prescription clinidsol) and have finally found some success.
I dont know which of the three is helping, or if its the combo- but Ive barely had any active acne in 7 weeks. A pimple here or there but overall its a 90% improvement and im EXTREMELY happy.
what you posted in interesting, about it increasing estrogen because from what i understand and have read alot of women are clearing using high estrogen birth control pills, so i would think that if saw p increases estrogen it might help clear you more so
ive been taking 320mg for a month now, im not yet evaluating my skin as i want to give it an overall look after 3 months and i also take BCP (have for 15 years)
i havent had any emotional issues at this point or gastro intestinal issues (ive read some people get upset stomachs) but i always take it on a full stomach.
im hoping this is going to work for my hormonal acne. i think its a MUCH better alternative than say, spiro, accutane etc
Posted by chelslaw
on 28 September 2012 - 11:20 AM
I'm just on day 4 of the regimen and luckily so far havent experienced much redness but my skin is peeling.
Its hard to describe but after i cleanse, BP, and moisturize- if i touch my face (which i do not do often) i can glide my fingers over my cheeks softly and little balls of skin/bp/moisturizer ( i dont know what it is) roll off.. lots of them.
How long does that last? Will your skin always peel/be flaky as long as you are using BP?
I'm following the regimen to a T, very exact. I am just using a small amount of BP and will slowly add more over the next 3 weeks as instructed.