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Green Gables

Member Since 06 Jun 2011
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#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.




#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. 




#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. 

 

thanks!!!

 

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. 




#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.




#3450162 Help Me Identify These Deep, Painless Cysts?

Posted by Green Gables on 02 September 2014 - 12:08 AM

Cortisone shots from your derm usually clears these up. Take in the picture next time so your derm will "believe" that they are there.




#3450157 Girl Reflects On Being Ugly

Posted by Green Gables on 01 September 2014 - 11:52 PM

This girl is pretty cool. Not everyone wins the genetic roulette. And she's decided to be happy anyway instead of obsessing over it or going through drastic measures to change her appearance.




#3450110 My Wife Does Not Understand My Pain

Posted by Green Gables on 01 September 2014 - 05:08 PM

I want to get my scars corrected. But I don't work and my wife does. She simply does not understand the emotional pain I have gone through because of my scars. Thankfully they are not as bad as they could have been. My wife found a letter from a doctor who does scar correction. The prices for the procedures were in the letter. She mouth dropped to the floor. She simply could not fathom why I would pay for this procedure? How can I let my wife understand the emotional tole this has all taken upon me over the years?

 

Her reaction is typical...especially as you said she is the sole breadwinner. Is she expecting that you should work as well? In this day and age there aren't a lot of stay-at-home spouses anymore, even if you do have kids. Maybe she's wondering why you're looking at scar procedures before you have the income to pay for it?

 

Even if you do get a job and pay for it, she probably still won't like the idea. She may not stop you, but she'll try to talk you out of it. This isn't because she's unloving. Her reaction is COMPLETELY normal and should be expected. MOST people have no sympathy when others want cosmetic procedures.  Why? Because they see you much more positively than you see yourself. She probably figures she married you and has no problem with your scars, so why should you? Is she being completely fair to think that? No. Of course people like to look good for themselves not just for their spouses, and you don't like having scars. But her reaction is so typical. I guess all I'm saying is that no matter who you were married to, most people would act like she is acting. 

 

Try to imagine that you're the one working, money is tight, and she wants a procedure. The procedure has to be something that you don't fundamentally like. Maybe it's breast implants. Maybe she wants to die her hair bright red and purple and blue. Maybe she wants a nose job. Liposuction. Butt implants. To shave down her calf bone. I'm sure you can think of something where you would react the same way that she is to you right now

 

When I was a teen I was diagnosed by a dermatologist with most severe form of cystic acne. He practically threw an Accutane prescription at me. My parents wouldn't fill it. There were a lot of reasons, but one big one was that they "didn't think my acne looked that bad." That's what it always came down to. It didn't matter that multiple dermatologists said I NEEDED to take Accutane or risk severe scarring. When they looked at me they just saw the kid that they loved. That I was beautiful and couldn't possibly need a serious drug like Accutane. In hindsight, yeah, their perception was a little skewed. But it's really not possible for the people close to you to understand things like this. They love you. Their love blinds them to seeing the flaws that you see. 

 

Practically speaking, your  only option is to get a job, save up, and pay for it yourself. Your wife is never going to understand unless she gets horrible acne and scars and experiences the same thing herself. You're just going to have to go it alone. (You will also have more credibility with her if you focus on the getting a job part before you research any more procedures.) Hopefully you will have a great outcome and feel happier with yourself, and at that point she can see that it was worth it.




#3450060 Need Help With A Moisturizer Problem

Posted by Green Gables on 01 September 2014 - 12:05 PM

You might do better with straight aloe vera. You'll probably have to get it online. I could not find 100% aloe vera anywhere in stores. And no, the "Fruit of the Earth" brand at Wal-Mart is not 100% aloe vera, the bottle actually says "100% Gel". Misleading advertizing. It only has like 2% aloe vera.

 

Aubrey Organics Aloe Vera is one I have used. It doesn't clog my pores.




#3449995 Under The Skin Acne, Does It Fade Over Time?

Posted by Green Gables on 01 September 2014 - 12:52 AM

My underground bumps only faded if they were either injected with a cortisone shot, physically "excavated" by a dermatologist, or came to the surface by aggressive home treatment.

 

If you can't or won't get a cortisone shot, you can force them up by a really aggressive application of retinoids combined with chemical peels just on the cyst. For example if I apply a prescription retinoid just to the bump 3x a day and then also apply 20% salicylic acid 1x a day, I can get a cyst to come up to a head in about a week. It's not something I'd normally recommend, though, unless you really have severe, chronic cystic acne. When you're like me and have had cysts that did not respond to 5 cortisone shots in a row you start to take desperate measures...