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Green Gables

Member Since 06 Jun 2011
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#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. 

#3454168 The Beginning Of A Caveman Life

Posted by Green Gables on 01 October 2014 - 05:46 PM

My sebum isn't the "right" kind of sebum. I can't get away with no washing. I haven't had a lot of success changing my sebum composition with good oils (oral or topical). 


The biggest help for me has been changing my hormonal balance and controlling my blood sugar. Second to that has been Betaine HCL with Pepsin for digestion. It's not perfect but my pimples and cysts are gone and my clogged pores are greatly reduced. I stay on top of the clogged pores with high potency salicylic acid.

#3454025 Finally Took The Step...

Posted by Green Gables on 30 September 2014 - 04:16 PM

Hey guys,


So I finally got enough courage to ditch the pill (mercilon)!! Such a relief.. I have a copper IUD inserted at the moment to prevent pregnancy. At first (first 3/4 weeks) my skin went really well. It was even better than when I used the pill, but now I notice I start breaking out more... It´s been 6 weeks since I stopped taking BCP. I have a past with pcos. Are there any tips to naturally balance hormones? I live a pretty decent lifestyle, with enough essential fatty acids, vitamines, and stuff. II never eat added sugar (no sweets, pie, other junk and not too much carbs). I don't think take any supplements at the moment. I have no other health complaines besides my still abscent period and some mild acne. 




From what I've seen, for the majority of people with acne, these two steps help the most:


1) Reducing testosterone and increasing estrogen

2) Reducing elevated blood sugar


"Natural" ways to do the first are saw palmetto or stinging nettle standardized extract supplements. For the second, use curcumin or berberine. 


Going the natural route for #1 will probably take a lot longer, just so you know. I cleared up after 8 months on spironolactone, a prescription med that is a lot more powerful than saw palmetto. Your acne probably isn't as bad or chronic as mine, but just keep in mind that patience is key here. 

#3454022 Help! What Supplements Am I Missing?

Posted by Green Gables on 30 September 2014 - 04:08 PM

Hi everyone, I'd really appreciate your advice!!!!


I'm a 19 year old female and have had cystic acne since I was 12. After trying every antibiotic under the sun, none of them worked... I even did a course of accutane when i was 15 which cleared me for 6 months only, and my acne came back worse than ever.


I know for sure that my acne is hormonal. However I have non-hormonal acne as well: a TON of un-inflamed clogged pores, blackheads all over my face, sometimes infected, not-deep papules.. It's like 
i have two sources of acne going on!





TOPICAL (on rotation.)

-no cleanser, no soaps, wash face with water.

-Azclear (20% azelaic acid) on infected papules

-Retin-A 0.1%

-Anti-fungal cream with 1%hydrocortisone

-Skin Doctors salicylic, lactic and glycolic acid moisturiser.


i know it sounds very strong but I've been using retin-a on and off for 3 years, and have a really good tolerance for acids/peels, almost nothing irritates my skin to cause infected acne, only clogs.




-Vitamin A, 40,000 IUD 

-Vitamin B multi

-vitamin C, 600mg 

-Lysine (i get inner mouth ulcers so i thought the acne might be herpes simplex related)

-50mg of zinc chelate (6mg zinc)


-Calcium, 600mg

-vitamin D, 500 iu 

-Spirulina, 7000mg



I'm also on the contraceptive pill jasmine, the best for acne apparently because it has an anti-androgenic progesterone.


I do own a clarisonic, but barely use it because it really didnt do anything for me at all. I only used it when i used to wear really heavy foundation to go out, but that was before my skin got REALLY bad.

i haven't worn any makeup at all for about a month now and my acne has gotten worse sad.png


I literally do not leave the house at all. it gives me so much anxiety... i don't hang out with friends, see boys, go to the gym (my face would probably burn from sweating!!!)


When i go to uni, my classmates literally say "oh my god! what happened to your skin/face?!!? What's wrong with it!!!" 


It's so embarrassing... I feel so defeated that i still haven't figured this out after 6 years.


There are several things you should STOP or modify.


B vitamin multi  - notorious for causing acne, the exception being if you only take B5 (pantothenic acid) by itself. B vitamins causing acne has been shown in several studies. The reason is still unknown.


Hydrocortisone - should NEVER be applied topically long term, even on rotation, especially for acne, you can actually cause hydrocortisone-induced rosacea this way.


Spirulina - contains high amounts of iodione which is also notorious for stimulating acne


Vitamin A - your dose is really high. I don't follow all the FDA rules exactly but I wouldn't take more than 10,000 IU a day.


Vitamin D - too low. The vitamin D council recommends a minimum of 5,000 IU a day with an upper limit of 15,000 IU.


As far as adding something, the supplement that has helped me the most is Betaine HCL with Pepsin. It improves my digestion and makes me less reactive to the things I eat. 

#3450828 Dim Or Saw Palmetto

Posted by Green Gables on 06 September 2014 - 01:23 PM

Saw palmetto doesn't directly increase estrogen. It does decrease testosterone.

I've already told you what I think you should do in one of your other posts. I think you should only take saw palmetto and keep at it for at least 2 months. After 2 months you can actually make an informed decision if it's helping at all or not. 

#3450695 Can A Gynecologist Help Me?

Posted by Green Gables on 05 September 2014 - 12:14 PM

My appointment is soon and I am worried that they will suggest synthetic hormones.
my mom goes to the same lady and she is doing some weird treatment where they insert a little rice sized pill into an incision on her butt/lower back. (it sounds like the lady doesn't just prescribe trial and error bc)

I guess what I'm asking is.. will a gynecologist be able to help me if I am against BC and synthetic hormones?


It sounds like your mom is getting HRT (hormone replacement therapy). They typically do this with women in perimenopause or menopause. 


I doubt she would suggest the same treatment for you. They will probably put you on a hormonal birth control pill or they may suggest a progesterone cream. All hormonal birth control contains synthetic hormones (though that doesn't always mean it's bad for you). Most non-prescription progesterone creams are naturally derived. 


So if you are against BC the only thing they could do is give you a natural progesterone cream...which you could get without a prescription or an appointment anyway. 

#3450693 Spironolactone Effects On Bones/joints

Posted by Green Gables on 05 September 2014 - 12:10 PM

One of my doctors said that women have more incidences of joint pain and things like TMJ. They don't know why. They do notice that joint pain reports tend to go up for women on hormonal birth control. Most birth control increases progesterone and estrogen to some degree.


Spiro does increase estrogen. It is possible that increased estrogen gives you more joint pain.


Also spiro does mess with your electrolytes a bit since it's a potassium sparing diuretic. It means your body is getting rid of more water than normal but it's not getting rid of potassium as much. You need to be drinking a ton of water. I would recommend drinking bottled water since there could be added potassium in your tap water which could cause muscle issues. Also make sure you check the ingredients of any bottled water you buy. For example Dasani adds extra potassium to its bottled water so that brand would be a bad idea. Gatorade or other sports drinks are also out since they are filled with potassium.


I drink the Arrowhead bottled water. I can get a pack of 36 bottles for $4 at Costco or Sam's Club. 


Personally I have not noticed any increased joint pain since going on 3 years of spiro.