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Green Gables

Member Since 06 Jun 2011
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#3467899 Severe Cystic Acne After Pregnancy And Birth

Posted by Green Gables on 13 January 2015 - 06:10 PM

The short answer is the the options for hormonal acne are limited and require some trial and error. And LOTS of patience. It took 8 months for my current treatment (spironolactone) to kick in. That's a long time to wait and be hopeful. If I hadn't waited I'd probably still have acne and be jumping around from treatment to treatment.


Yaz/Yasmin/BeYaz, Ortho Cyclen, Belara, and Dianette seem to be the only birth control pills that truly help stop acne. Anything else makes it worse. If you want birth control that just doesn't affect your skin either way, well you have condoms or the COPPER IUD (just the copper IUD, all of the other ones have hormones in them).


The only other prescriptions I would recommend is spironolactone. It's an androgen blocker that a lot of women (including me) have had success with. I take 100mg a day to stay clear. It's sort of a lifelong thing though, if I go off it, acne comes back.


You can also do some things with your diet and herbal supplements that modify your hormones in a positive manner. This lady wrote a very comphrenesive post about it in "bootcamp" style. It is pretty strict but based on my reading it follows all the principles correctly.

#3467890 Scabs...and Picking...

Posted by Green Gables on 13 January 2015 - 05:42 PM

I have a handful of scars and they are all from ones that I did NOT peel or pick. When I began my "acne journey" I was very careful to follow all of the traditional advice.


Now perhaps it's just a correlation, but I find it really interesting that my scars that won't go away were from when I was being "good". Even though I was younger, had better skin, and the acne was not nearly as bad as later in life. 


There's a difference between peeling/draining and gouging your face. If I went into a dermatologist they would NEVER just leave something your face, they would lance it and drain it. I followed their example.  There are lot of people here who probably suffer from dermotillomania and don't know it. Dermotillomania behaviors will cause damage.


There's also a big difference between lancing/draining and squeezing. Lancing in the right area makes a small cut that allows the pus to drain freely and can heal over without a scar. SQUEEZING the pus out forcefully ruptures the pore.


You have to consider the pros/cons of leaving a zit alone. If you have an impacted blackhead just sitting there, it's already stretching the pore and doing damage. If you can remove the obstruction gently, then it's less damage than something sitting in your pore applying pressure to the skin 24/7.

#3467732 Stomach Problem, Acne?

Posted by Green Gables on 12 January 2015 - 06:32 PM

My digestive issues were cleared up by a combination of Betaine HCL with Pepsin and Daily Essential Enzymes at every meal for 6 months straight.

#3467728 First Time In 7 Years Together, Husband Mentions My Acne :-/

Posted by Green Gables on 12 January 2015 - 06:23 PM

I guess it did get pretty bad probably about 6 months ago, and I was OBSESSED with a 'cure'. I only said things here and there, I'm kind of proud to talk about it. Idk.
Then today he sees something about something new for acne online, one of those things we've all seen a million times before that costs a bunch of $$$ and is obviously bs. But he pointed it out to me. Thing is, I'm doing really great right now, almost clear.
The few times I've asked him he said it doesn't bother him, he just hates that it bothers me.
I don't know what to think now. Maybe it bothers him more than he lets on. sad.png


It probably just took him that long to "click" in his brain. You were obsessed about it for a while, he happened to see something on TV recently, and was trying to help. Don't make it more than it is. He's not making any judgement on the severity of your acne today by trying to help, he's just reacting to months of you looking for a cure. 

#3467726 Natural DHT/ Androgen Blockers

Posted by Green Gables on 12 January 2015 - 06:15 PM

Thanks for the reply and I will check out the links. As I said, I tried the diet approach for years. I cut out gluten and dairy for a long time and have only just started reintroducing the two slowly with no bad effects so far.


For the above post on male pattern baldness, are green tea and zinc still regarded as the best DHT reducers out there? I keep getting conflicting information about green tea and whether or not it reduces DHT or actually increases it. I'm looking for supplements I can take that just might help hair growth and that might be the final piece of the puzzle with regards to a 15 year battle with acne. I've started to zinc again recently and hoping it might help on both fronts.


I believe that beta sitosterol / saw palmetto is regarded as the strongest OTC DHT blocker. Any stronger and you need prescription Finasteride or spironolactone. 


Zinc can modulate DHT. In some studies it reduces it, in others it increases it. I wouldn't count on zinc as your main weapon in the arsenal.


EGCG is in green tea and can reduce DHT. However I recommend extract rather than the tea itself. The natural caffeine content in green tea spikes DHT a lot more than you would think. Caffeine in general = bad if you're trying to control your DHT levels.

#3465858 Spironolactone Journey

Posted by Green Gables on 29 December 2014 - 10:33 PM

Its so weird because I was soooo clear on 50mg  but it took me 6 full months before it cleared me,  I was clear for 4 months then all of a sudden I started getting cysts again so I was bumped to 75mg, then after 2 weeks of being on that my derm bumped me to 100mgs, im beyond frustrated with all this and all right around the holidays grrrrrr lol,........... Hopefully we will all be clear for 2015 !!!!


I could never stay clear on Retin A, which you are on.


In some people retinoids harm rather than help. The exact mechanism of Retin A can actually cause clogs deep in the skin that wouldn't happen if you were off it completely. 

#3458212 Mirena Post-Removal: Severe Acne.

Posted by Green Gables on 30 October 2014 - 11:27 PM

Are you on birth control pills? If so what are you on?


Your best option is to get on a birth control pill that has a hormonal balance that helps acne (unlike the Mirena). Your best options are Yaz, Yasmin, BeYaz, Belara, Dianette, and as a last resort Ortho Cyclen. If you are on ANY other brand of birth control get off it.


Your second best option is to take some OTC supplements and change your diet to fix your hormone levels.The acne bootcamp page has a very detailed plan that tells you what supplements to take, what diet changes to make, and what cosmetics to use until your skin is clear. 

#3457399 Differin For Hormonal Acne

Posted by Green Gables on 24 October 2014 - 08:39 PM

I went off birth control around a year ago and ever since then I have been struggling with moderate but consistant acne. I'm pretty sure its hormonal acne as I'm 31 years old. I started differin 3 weeks ago and my skin is breaking out so horribly. my forehead is completely covered in bumps, where I never used to even get breakouts, and I have pustules coming up randomly all over the rest of my face. It is so depressing. I hate leaving the house. plus it is making areas so dry and scaly and red. 

Does anyone know if jojoba oil will work for a mosturizer? or how long I can expect this irritation to last? I'm only using it every other night, and not slathering it all over my face.

I normally eat fairly healthy, but since I've been reading so much about hormonal acne in females, I'm trying to cut out any high glycemic index food, ( no wheat no sugar no dairy no alcohol ) because apparently those trigger testosterone production which triggers adrenal glands which trigger sebum production.

I honestly can barely handle this anymore. if anyone has any advice, or encouragement about differen, or things that have helped their hormonal acne I would love to hear about it.


My skin doesn't like retinoids. I've tried so many times...it just never gets out of the "bad" phase. If you want your skin to be angry, red, flaky, and broken out for years...keep using Differin. 


Differin doesn't work for hormonal acne. Hormonal solutions work for hormonal acne. 


Jojoba oil is not a moisturizer it is a sealant. It will keep existing water from exiting the skin. It will not add water to the skin.


This moisturizer and this serum have humectants and other ingredients that help add water to the skin and keep it there.

#3457135 Help/prevent Oily Skin

Posted by Green Gables on 22 October 2014 - 11:27 PM

Daily supplementation with vitamin A and pantothenic acid helps keep my oily zone down. It feels a lot nicer to stop the oil from the inside rather than try to control it from the outside. Last thing you want is another cream to your regimen.

#3457133 Is Anybody Here Just Thrilled With Their Foundation?

Posted by Green Gables on 22 October 2014 - 11:22 PM

Low cost option: PF Organic Wear


Moderate cost option: Ecco Bella Flower Color


High end option: Bareskin Pure Liquid


They all work for me, Bareskin is the best but also the most expensive. 

#3457131 How Can I Tell If I'm Overloading My System Or Just Getting Through The C...

Posted by Green Gables on 22 October 2014 - 11:16 PM

Maybe you have an autoimmune disorder or your immune system is in overdrive. So taking "cleansing" agents or anything that stimulate immune responses is making things worse. 

#3457130 Royal Jelly - Anyone Tried This?

Posted by Green Gables on 22 October 2014 - 11:13 PM

I used a royal jelly based moisturizer once.


There's been some claims over the years that it has anti-tumor and anti-cancer properties, most of which have been debunked.


As far as I know, this stuff is basically bee breast milk. It has a mixture of vitamins, minerals, and amino acids. Won't hurt but it's probably not a magic bullet for anything.


BTW life-threatening allergies have been documented to royal jelly so be careful.

#3456375 Acne/oily Skin And Hair Always Clear Up During Pregnancy, But Return After.

Posted by Green Gables on 17 October 2014 - 02:52 AM

Estrogen, progesterone, prolactin, parathyroid, cortisol, and aldosterone all increase during pregnancy. 


I generally attribute clear skin during pregnancy due to the increased estrogen. I don't have any numbers, but I believe that proportionally estrogen actually increases more than any other hormone during pregnancy. 

#3454592 Need Help With Finding The Problem For Cystic Acne!

Posted by Green Gables on 05 October 2014 - 01:37 AM

My personal opinion is that it is probably not an "allergy" or "intolerance" to a food, but the insulin/glucose response from the refined carbohydrates + bad fats from cooking oil + dairy-based pasta sauce. I love pasta as well, but unless you're eating a very small portion of whole wheat mostly dry pasta with a teensy bit of marinara sauce, it just isn't all that healthy.

#3454451 Saw Palmetto Dangerous For Liver?

Posted by Green Gables on 03 October 2014 - 10:12 PM

The main study that used saw palmetto for acne used 640mg a day safely.


Anything is bad for your liver if you take it long enough. Did the person posting actually have tests done to confirm that? Were they alcoholic before that? There are a lot of factors to consider before you rule something out just because someone had a bad experience.